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Love it, still threatening and people still thinking he will be in the finals at 38. Maybe the tennis tour should start getting good young tennis players so that Fed at aged 38 being projected in final is not even something that should be a possibility.

Fed still scares his haters that he might just win another. Love it.

 

oldmanfan

Hall of Fame
Love it, still threatening and people still thinking he will be in the finals at 38. Maybe the tennis tour should start getting good young tennis players so that Fed at aged 38 being projected in final is not even something that should be a possibility.

Fed still scares his haters that he might just win another. Love it.

They're all being childish really.

Why?

1) It's not as if none of the other Big3 have ever had this 1-day extra rest.
2) The extra day of rest is moot unless you MAKE the finals.
3) Both finalists will get at least 1 days of rest. Plus, 2 days of rest vs. 1 day doesn't mean you'll win, nor even more likely to win. Look at AO19 finals; Djokr had 1 day of rest while Nadl had 2 days, and what was the result?

Again, which half starts first is moot unless that person makes the finals. OTOH, it can even be argued that having a 1,1,1,1,1,1 days of rest rhythm is better than going 1,1,1,1,1,2 days of rest potentially throwing off your rhythm. It can't be proven either way, so it's pointless to get bent out of shape over it.

Now, the play-4-days-in-a-row like Thiem did instead of 1 day of rest that Nadl had at RG19 finals.... :happydevil:
 

Rogfan

Professional
Went to kids day today. They got rid of the cartoon character session. So no player came out with Micky mouse to entertain the kids. Instead they organized some big names to practised on the big courts. Roger and Goffin played a practice match. I watched the first set. Both of them didn't get out of third gear I'd say. Roger was quite unhappy with himself all set long. He won 7-6 in the end.

We all thought they were only playing a set so towards the end of first set lots of kids were squeezing near the player entry/exit for signature. My son was in second row behind two ladies. I've seen these two at every AO I've been to. Last year I saw one of them waiting at Rogers's practice court two hours before his practice. They were holding selfies with Roger so no doubt very big fans. However they were being so rude towards the kids behind them the whole time. They told them to go away. They said "you'll never get a signature from Roger so just go way!", "why are you even here? If you want to get a signature go buy tickets to watch his match". My son was so upset. I was so aahoxled to hear what they said. What a shame these mean people became Rogers's fan.
 

Bobby Jr

G.O.A.T.
...They told them to go away. They said "you'll never get a signature from Roger so just go way!", "why are you even here? If you want to get a signature go buy tickets to watch his match". My son was so upset. I was so aahoxled to hear what they said. What a shame these mean people became Rogers's fan.
Who would even do that? They can't be tennis fans, more like celebrity fanatics.
 

fedfan08

Semi-Pro
Does anyone have stats on the percentage of AO winners who had an extra day off? I’m curious if it really makes a difference or not. It certainly didn’t in 2009.
 

oldmanfan

Hall of Fame
I'm a bit worried about the first round.
A legitimate concern. I'm also a little concerned about 1R Johnson and 3R Hurkacz/Humbert (H/H both in good form and Humbert just won a 250 title). Johnson just won a challenger while Fedr goes in cold. Don't overly worry though bc Fedr is aware of this (he addressed it in his presser). Fedr didn't play a lead-in tourney, but all those matches with Z before going to AUS is good enough I think (especially the exo in China which was only a few days before old Hopman Cup dates).

Neither played 100%, but he was pretty good against Nick too at the Rally for Relief where I felt Fedr took it a bit easy on Nick during some points. He also said he's practicing and pacing well. Fedr should be okay.
 
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A legitimate concern. I'm also a little concerned about 1R Johnson and 3R Hurkacz/Humbert (H/H both in good form and Humbert just won a 250 title). Johnson just won a challenger while Fedr goes in cold. Don't overly worry though bc Fedr is aware of this (he addressed it in his presser). Fedr didn't play a lead-in tourney, but all those matches with Z before going to AUS is good enough I think (especially the exo in China which was only a few days before old Hopman Cup dates).

Neither played 100%, but he was pretty good against Nick too at the Rally for Relief where I felt Fedr took it a bit easy on Nick during some points. He also said he's practicing and pacing well. Fedr should be okay.
Johnson? Zero concern needed. Fed is a very smart player. And Johnson has many weaknesses to expose. That is one first round I am not worried about, but it will be good to start off with someone that keeps him alert from the get go.
 

fedfan08

Semi-Pro
I’m not worried about anything. Just the fact he’s still playing at 38 years is amazing to me. Any wins he has is gravy. I‘ve resigned myself to the fact that a weak era will have allowed Nadal and Djokovic to pass him in the slam count. But they’ll never pass him as most beloved player world-wide. Just like Tiger Woods might go down as GOAT but he’ll never hold the special place in golf that Arnie and Jack (and even to a lesser extent Gary Player) have. Chris Evert got teary-eyed on air when Roddick retired. She’ll be bawling like a baby when Fed bows out. Honestly I think it won’t be until after Fed is gone that the sport really realizes what he did for it and he really is missed.
 

fedfan08

Semi-Pro
Can anyone reprint this article? Behind a paywall.


This isn’t an interview but a really nice long article.

 

fedfan08

Semi-Pro

I see this article going around. I’d be curious to know if the Fed Moët example was actually at a Moët event. Seems odd that a newspaper or whomever would request an interview and Tony Godsick would say “only if you throw in a few Moët plugs”. I’ve read/watched a ton of Fed interviews over the years and endorsements didn’t come up or if they did it was just more questions about them general not a specific plug for anyone.
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
Oh god. That guy again. Andrew Prochnow was a clueless tool when it comes to tennis years ago and seems nothing has changed.
Again, it's amazing so many followers of tennis (I won't say "fans") are most invested in hating one player than rooting for their own favorite. You see that in spades on TTW. Fed hate trumps the affection they feel for their guy. I find it bizarre to lead that miserable and empty of a life. Tennis fandom is supposed to be about celebrating the success of your favorite, accepting the inevitable defeats and having fun when your guy wins a match or event. Not 24/7 full on invective against their rivals. Andrew Prochnow apparently hasn't learned that.
 

alinefx

New User
Can anyone reprint this article? Behind a paywall.
Here's the article:


Roger Federer could surely be excused if he wished to take a day or two off from practice. At 38, he is a 20-times grand-slam singles champion, an Olympic gold medallist and has spent 310 weeks of his life as the world No 1. What more is there to achieve?

A cold and windy afternoon in the Swiss Alps last April, however, gives you an indication of the dedication and passion that he still has for tennis. Federer had invited Dan Evans, the British No 1, to hit with him during his preparations for the clay-court season but it was blowing a gale. Some players would have called it quits. Federer was having none of it.

“It was so windy when we were there,” Colin Beecher, a British coach who accompanied Evans, told The Times. “Roger was like, ‘Yeah, we’re practising in it because this is tennis and this is what can happen.’ They cracked on and they had a three-hour session on all three days in unbelievable wind.”

Six weeks later, Federer was playing Rafael Nadal in gusts of 30mph at the French Open.
Another abiding memory for Beecher is how modest the tennis clubs at which they would practise were. Afterwards, there was the surprising sight of Federer picking up a broom and sweeping the clay court so that the surface would be smooth for the next member who was due on. For Federer, who has played in front of millions of spectators across the world throughout his career, there was clearly something satisfying in going back to his roots by hitting balls in front of a handful of curious locals.
“We played at two clubs but both were very unassuming,” Beecher said. “One of them only had four courts, the other was slightly bigger. They were just at the bottom of the mountains on the clay.
“We had lunch twice with him. He was very relaxed. He loved to tell stories, whether it was about tennis, football or his family. We were constantly chatting about anything and everything.”

As Federer prepares for his 21st consecutive Australian Open — moving ahead of Lleyton Hewitt for most appearances in the men’s singles here — it is his love of the sport that keeps him going. For most athletes of his age, there comes a moment when they wake up and realise there is no urge to train and compete any more. This has not come to pass for Federer yet, although he did question whether to make the trip down under this year while packing his clothes.
“Last week I was asking myself, ‘Am I happy to go to Australia, or should I rather just stay here and stop packing immediately?’ ” Federer said this week. “Because I can. I could easily just stay home and I was like, ‘No, no, I’m really happy to go to Melbourne and kick off the season there.’ ”
Federer has played in 20 consecutive Australian Opens since January 2000WILL BURGESS/REUTERS
There is a chain of thought that Federer is eager to continue so that he can finish his career as the greatest male player of all time, with more grand-slam singles titles than the rest. But his position is precarious — only one ahead of Nadal and four ahead of Novak Djokovic — and he made a significant concession this week about his prospects of remaining in front.
“The way it’s going, obviously, Rafa and Novak will win more, because they’re that good,” Federer said. “The season they had [in 2019] shows that there is more to come for them.
“At the end, if somebody else would pass you, I guess it’s OK, because that’s what sport is all about. It’s a lot about numbers. It’s a lot about records.
“But I had my moment and I always said everything that comes after 15 [which beat the previous record of 14, held by Pete Sampras] was, anyway, a bonus. And especially after the knee injury [four years ago], everything that came after that was a bonus. I would have taken one more slam.”

Federer constantly bats away questions about when he will retire. There is a belief among some insiders that he has not yet decided exactly when his farewell — which will be one of the big sporting moments of this decade — will take place. It is unlikely, however, to come before August 8, 2021, so that he can reach the landmark of playing into his forties.
Federer has adjusted his training routine in recent years to preserve his body. Guided by Pierre Paganini, his fitness guru since 2000, he has reduced his hours in the gym and on the court but maintained a high level of intensity when he is at work. His aggressive game helps too, as he is not wearing himself down like the baseline grinders.

“When you go to see a dance, you do not see the physical effort,” Paganini told the Tribune de Genève last year. “But behind there is unbelievable training. With his potential, Roger makes us forget the effort. His physical shape is still there and his mental status is one of an athlete that has just started his career. His secret? Passion.”

Federer — a father of two sets of twins — is comfortably set up for retirement. In the next year or two, he will become sport’s fourth dollar billionaire, joining Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather. He has already earned close to $900 million (about £690 million) and is guaranteed another $200 million through sponsorship deals with brands such as Credit Suisse, Mercedes Benz and Rolex.
Another source of income for Federer in recent years is exhibition matches. Away from the tour, Federer is in the midst of a four-month period containing seven unofficial contests. Last October, he signed a five-year deal to make an annual trip to Hangzhou, China, for an estimated eight-figure sum. This means that Federer will appear on a court when he is 42, even if he has retired by then.

Interestingly, Federer and his agent, Tony Godsick, have shown a ruthless side through their Team8 management company — which also has Coco Gauff and Alexander Zverev on the books — that has caused some disruption on the tour.
The Laver Cup, started by Team8 in 2017, has become embroiled in a war of team competitions with the Davis Cup, and hostility has been shown towards any threats to their patch, namely the coveted fourth week of September.
Not that Federer’s fans will care. They will cheer him on with utter devotion, the likes of which no other player can boast. His legacy has long been secure.

Potential route to title

First round
Steve Johnson, US (World No 81)
Second round Filip Krajinovic, Serbia (41)
Third round Hubert Hurkacz, Poland (34)
Fourth round Denis Shapovalov, Canada (13)
Quarter-final Matteo Berrettini, Italy (8)
Semi-final Novak Djokovic, Serbia (2)
Final Rafael Nadal, Spain (1)
31 Since Wimbledon in 2003, his first title, he has reached the final of 31 grand slams, falling before the final 30 times
 

Rogfan

Professional

I see this article going around. I’d be curious to know if the Fed Moët example was actually at a Moët event. Seems odd that a newspaper or whomever would request an interview and Tony Godsick would say “only if you throw in a few Moët plugs”. I’ve read/watched a ton of Fed interviews over the years and endorsements didn’t come up or if they did it was just more questions about them general not a specific plug for anyone.
Well the media they mentioned “Good Weekend” is a weekend lifestyle magazine insert in Sydney Morning Herald. It doesn’t talk about sports whatsoever. It’s all about food, wine, places to go etc. I’d imagine that media op was initiated by Moët by its PR agency and Roger was just helping out. In other words that interview was probably about Roger’s lifestyle choices anyway, not his tennis.
 

oldmanfan

Hall of Fame
Anyone else's stomachs turn when they read that part?

Logically, I already know he's playing but goddamn if it's still not scary just to read the words.
Yup! He has said multiple times that he'd love to play into his forties, but nothing is certain. He has a big family, and if he chose to be a family man, nobody can really complain. In the mist of the bush fires and smokey conditions, that he would STILL come even though he could've stayed home shows his passion for tennis and its fans (his fans too). He wanted to help too bc he knows that Tennis Australia would do an event for bush fire relief.

In a way, I'm sort of glad he said what he said. Intentionally or accidental, it's a gentle reminder to the the whole world, not just the tennis world, that he won't be there forever. Hopefully people will appreciate him a bit more while he's still on tour bc simply, he does not have to be there.

Having said that....
Come Jet Ski! 8-B
 

MeatTornado

Legend
Yup! He has said multiple times that he'd love to play into his forties, but nothing is certain. He has a big family, and if he chose to be a family man, nobody can really complain. In the mist of the bush fires and smokey conditions, that he would STILL come even though he could've stayed home shows his passion for tennis and its fans (his fans too). He wanted to help too bc he knows that Tennis Australia would do an event for bush fire relief.

In a way, I'm sort of glad he said what he said. Intentionally or accidental, it's a gentle reminder to the the whole world, not just the tennis world, that he won't be there forever. Hopefully people will appreciate him a bit more while he's still on tour bc simply, he does not have to be there.

Having said that....
Come Jet Ski! 8-B
I didn't start truly appreciating him until 2013 when I assumed his retirement was imminent. That's when I first started going out of my way to watch his early round matches and soak up whatever I could before he was gone for good.

You'd think I'd be more prepared by now.
 

oldmanfan

Hall of Fame
I didn't start truly appreciating him until 2013 when I assumed his retirement was imminent. That's when I first started going out of my way to watch his early round matches and soak up whatever I could before he was gone for good.

You'd think I'd be more prepared by now.
Nevah Reddy Bro, Nevah Reddy. :eek:
 

fedfan08

Semi-Pro
So does he exclusively wear On shoes off court now? I wonder if they’ll have a tennis shoe ready while Fed is still playing. He never said anything about a shoe deal with Nike so I wonder if he even has one. The shoe colors do seem to be coordinated with his outfits so maybe he does have one? Would Nike do that for him if there wasn’t a deal in place?
 

Enceladus

Hall of Fame
I would hate for his last Slam to have been won against Cilic.
What do you have against Cilic? He is the USO 2014 winner and two-time GS runner-up. I understand it would be cool for Fed Fans, if Roger beat Djoker or Bull in his definitely last Grand Slam final, but if Fed earns a GS title in the future, I think the vast majority of Fed fans will not care who will Roger's opponent in the final (with except Djoker+Rafa).
 
So does he exclusively wear On shoes off court now? I wonder if they’ll have a tennis shoe ready while Fed is still playing. He never said anything about a shoe deal with Nike so I wonder if he even has one. The shoe colors do seem to be coordinated with his outfits so maybe he does have one? Would Nike do that for him if there wasn’t a deal in place?
Of course they would. Free advertisements.
 
@oldmanfan

I have made up my mind, Fed and his jovial and tax-free attitude this week means he is putting zero pressure on himself with no expectations. I think this will get him to the SF. Only question is will he keep that attitude in a SF against Djoker?
Hopefully it does. Funny enough we've never seen a carefree Federer vs Djokovic that much....definitely not in a slam....
 

Breakpointerer

Hall of Fame
@oldmanfan

I have made up my mind, Fed and his jovial and care-free attitude this week means he is putting zero pressure on himself with no expectations. I think this will get him to the SF. Only question is will he keep that attitude in a SF against Djoker?
Oh man, it would be so awesome if we get a free swinging, AO17 5th set from 3-1 down style Fed vs Djoker.
 

fedfan08

Semi-Pro

And here’s where I will take issue just slightly with Federer: Yes, it’s a lot about numbers. But there are certain things that the numbers can’t convey. They won’t show that Federer played tennis more beautifully than it has ever been played, or that during his career he was the world’s most adored athlete, revered for the elegance of his game and his graciousness on and off the court. Without intending to downplay the significance of wins and losses and Grand Slam titles, those aspects of his legacy will ultimately matter more and prove to be more enduring.

Of course, if Federer feels like winning a few more majors just to cushion his lead, we won’t complain.
 
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