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« Reply #360 on: February 18, 2008, 07:28:03 PM »
Thanks for posting the Fed article.

I'm surprised about his practice schedule but thinking about it now it makes sense.
The last year he seemed lacking the old intensity, a sign of burnout.
This time off will give him some perspective on things and his love for the game should start to motivate him again.
A good plan for him IMO.


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I think so too.  He needed some time away after the loss but now when he comes back - he's refreshed and ready (at least I hope so!) :rofl_2:

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« Reply #361 on: February 22, 2008, 04:26:16 PM »
Davydenko thanks Federer for support over ATP probe
By Theo Ruizenaar

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Russian Nikolay Davydenko, under investigation by the ATP over an alleged betting scandal, thanked world number one Roger Federer for his support on Thursday.
Federer said in Moscow this week he believed fourth-ranked Davydenko was innocent.
"That was interesting," Davydenko told Reuters after losing 6-3 7-5 to unseeded Frenchman Michael Llodra in the second round of the World Indoor Tournament. "Roger has supported me from the beginning and I thank him for that.
"He has known me a long time and knows I always give my best tennis. I receive a lot of support from other players but if the number one says this you don't need anything more."
Davydenko said he hoped Federer's comments might help to conclude the probe by the governing body of tennis.
"His remarks might put some pressure on the ATP so they speed up the investigation and finally close it," he said.
Davydenko has been under almost constant scrutiny since a match he was involved in last year in Poland was the subject of irregular betting patterns.
(Editing by Tony Jimenez)

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« Reply #362 on: February 24, 2008, 12:09:37 AM »
Here's one Dallas should frame  :)


The Man Who Could Not Avoid Beauty -Nine reasons why Roger Federer is a Genius
by Bill Simons

Some simply understate the matter. Jon Wertheim proclaimed, Roger “really has the hang of tennis.” Some overstate it. Eleanor Preston wondered, “Is it possible that Federer is the most perfect tennis player — the most perfect man — in the history of everything, ever?”

Others see it as a matter of simple injustice. “Federer has too many shots in his body” insisted yesterday’s hero Rod Laver. “It’s hardly fair that one person can do all he does.”

And there are some who make it sound kind of grandiose. For instance, the London Times said Federer “gives us his Houdini, Picasso and Lao Tzu. He can be as mellifluous as Noel Coward, as harsh as Bob Dylan. He can be as canny as Ulysses, defiant as Hercules, as brilliant as Einstein, as brutal as Genghis Khan, but ultimately...[he has] a character trait few possess...the instinct for championship: the understanding of oneself, not just as a mere winner, but as the best of all. It is something so powerful that it more or less guarantees the occasional miracle.”

In the end, perhaps it is the humble signs in the public square that say it best, like the church by Wimbledon that hung a banner that proclaimed, “And God created Roger Federer.” And then there was that Swiss fan who held aloft the sign which read — “Quiet Genius at Work.”

But what makes a genius? What qualities elevate the gifted ones above us mere mortals?

When we see genius, it amazes. We recognize and embrace it. It dazzles. There is always a certain elusive quality beyond our grasp. Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Mozart come to mind. They say genius is an imaginative, innovative individual who both has an exceptional intellect as shown in creative and original work and the ability to leap forward to achieve in a stunning manner that re-shapes the landscape.

Fair enough, but can we refer to ordinary folk who’re athletes, who merely toss a ball or hit one over the net — Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali — as geniuses? Can we call a mere tennis player a genius? Musicologists deconstruct Beethoven’s power and precision. Well, let us take a look at tennis’ genius du jour.

Okay, off-court Roger Federer speaks six languages and calls on airtight (VP in Charge of Operations) management skills. On-court he combines greyhound speed, flawless mechanics, balletic grace, explosive power, flicker-fast reflexes, jaw-dropping creativity, a much-celebrated penchant to switch from defense to offense, and the uncanny, pedal-to-the-metal ability to either sustain his formidable focus or switch and go to Plan B. Sorry Andy, Francisco or Lleyton, he can neutralize your fiercest weapon and beat the field in every which way. He long has been the best player on all the game’s surfaces, except clay where he’s a lowly No. 2. A confident, unwavering warrior, he’s every sports psychologist’s role model and gives new meaning to the phrase “mentally tough.” Plus, he’s blessed with that often underrated gift of avoiding bad mistakes, bad injuries, and bad relationships.

Yes, Fed’s record-book rival, Pete Sampras, consistently delivered over-the-top value and surprising drama. Unlike Lendl, Pete was far from artless. But, then again, beauty was hardly his strong suit. In contrast, Fed lifts us to a place of serenity and delight. Sure, we readily concede that it’s Fed’s flash: his fabled fluidity and astounding shot-making virtuosity, his in-your-grill forehands, beautiful (Picasso would be proud) backhand flicks, “gotcha” volleys and delicious drop shots and lobs that capture our attention and bathe our senses. After all, fans flocked to see McEnroe’s juicy implosions, while they watch Fed to partake vicariously of his generous grace. As David Foster Wallace reminded us, great athletes “catalyze our awareness of how glorious it is to touch and perceive, move through space, [and] interact with matter.”

Still, overall, it is the seamless combination of many assorted elements — little and large — which craft his genius. Roger’s sum is obviously far grander than all of his ‘Federerian’ parts. Here before us is a multi-faceted gem. Come let us reflect on the nine components of the artist’s genius:

For the full 9 reasons, http://www.insidetennis.com/YB08_first_serve.html

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« Reply #363 on: February 24, 2008, 01:18:45 AM »
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« Reply #364 on: February 24, 2008, 05:34:59 AM »

Who is "Francisco" supposed to be?  :rofl_2:
Roger IS the king :king:, and I'll always follow the Federer Express. :first-place:

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« Reply #365 on: February 24, 2008, 01:12:53 PM »
Here's one Dallas should frame  :)


The Man Who Could Not Avoid Beauty -Nine reasons why Roger Federer is a Genius
by Bill Simons

Some simply understate the matter. Jon Wertheim proclaimed, Roger “really has the hang of tennis.” Some overstate it. Eleanor Preston wondered, “Is it possible that Federer is the most perfect tennis player — the most perfect man — in the history of everything, ever?”

Others see it as a matter of simple injustice. “Federer has too many shots in his body” insisted yesterday’s hero Rod Laver. “It’s hardly fair that one person can do all he does.”

And there are some who make it sound kind of grandiose. For instance, the London Times said Federer “gives us his Houdini, Picasso and Lao Tzu. He can be as mellifluous as Noel Coward, as harsh as Bob Dylan. He can be as canny as Ulysses, defiant as Hercules, as brilliant as Einstein, as brutal as Genghis Khan, but ultimately...[he has] a character trait few possess...the instinct for championship: the understanding of oneself, not just as a mere winner, but as the best of all. It is something so powerful that it more or less guarantees the occasional miracle.”

In the end, perhaps it is the humble signs in the public square that say it best, like the church by Wimbledon that hung a banner that proclaimed, “And God created Roger Federer.” And then there was that Swiss fan who held aloft the sign which read — “Quiet Genius at Work.”

But what makes a genius? What qualities elevate the gifted ones above us mere mortals?

When we see genius, it amazes. We recognize and embrace it. It dazzles. There is always a certain elusive quality beyond our grasp. Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Mozart come to mind. They say genius is an imaginative, innovative individual who both has an exceptional intellect as shown in creative and original work and the ability to leap forward to achieve in a stunning manner that re-shapes the landscape.

Fair enough, but can we refer to ordinary folk who’re athletes, who merely toss a ball or hit one over the net — Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali — as geniuses? Can we call a mere tennis player a genius? Musicologists deconstruct Beethoven’s power and precision. Well, let us take a look at tennis’ genius du jour.

Okay, off-court Roger Federer speaks six languages and calls on airtight (VP in Charge of Operations) management skills. On-court he combines greyhound speed, flawless mechanics, balletic grace, explosive power, flicker-fast reflexes, jaw-dropping creativity, a much-celebrated penchant to switch from defense to offense, and the uncanny, pedal-to-the-metal ability to either sustain his formidable focus or switch and go to Plan B. Sorry Andy, Francisco or Lleyton, he can neutralize your fiercest weapon and beat the field in every which way. He long has been the best player on all the game’s surfaces, except clay where he’s a lowly No. 2. A confident, unwavering warrior, he’s every sports psychologist’s role model and gives new meaning to the phrase “mentally tough.” Plus, he’s blessed with that often underrated gift of avoiding bad mistakes, bad injuries, and bad relationships.

Yes, Fed’s record-book rival, Pete Sampras, consistently delivered over-the-top value and surprising drama. Unlike Lendl, Pete was far from artless. But, then again, beauty was hardly his strong suit. In contrast, Fed lifts us to a place of serenity and delight. Sure, we readily concede that it’s Fed’s flash: his fabled fluidity and astounding shot-making virtuosity, his in-your-grill forehands, beautiful (Picasso would be proud) backhand flicks, “gotcha” volleys and delicious drop shots and lobs that capture our attention and bathe our senses. After all, fans flocked to see McEnroe’s juicy implosions, while they watch Fed to partake vicariously of his generous grace. As David Foster Wallace reminded us, great athletes “catalyze our awareness of how glorious it is to touch and perceive, move through space, [and] interact with matter.”

Still, overall, it is the seamless combination of many assorted elements — little and large — which craft his genius. Roger’s sum is obviously far grander than all of his ‘Federerian’ parts. Here before us is a multi-faceted gem. Come let us reflect on the nine components of the artist’s genius:

For the full 9 reasons, http://www.insidetennis.com/YB08_first_serve.html



I hadn't seen this one so thanks for posting!

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« Reply #366 on: February 24, 2008, 01:34:12 PM »
Here's one Dallas should frame  :)


The Man Who Could Not Avoid Beauty -Nine reasons why Roger Federer is a Genius
by Bill Simons

Some simply understate the matter. Jon Wertheim proclaimed, Roger “really has the hang of tennis.” Some overstate it. Eleanor Preston wondered, “Is it possible that Federer is the most perfect tennis player — the most perfect man — in the history of everything, ever?”

Others see it as a matter of simple injustice. “Federer has too many shots in his body” insisted yesterday’s hero Rod Laver. “It’s hardly fair that one person can do all he does.”

And there are some who make it sound kind of grandiose. For instance, the London Times said Federer “gives us his Houdini, Picasso and Lao Tzu. He can be as mellifluous as Noel Coward, as harsh as Bob Dylan. He can be as canny as Ulysses, defiant as Hercules, as brilliant as Einstein, as brutal as Genghis Khan, but ultimately...[he has] a character trait few possess...the instinct for championship: the understanding of oneself, not just as a mere winner, but as the best of all. It is something so powerful that it more or less guarantees the occasional miracle.”

In the end, perhaps it is the humble signs in the public square that say it best, like the church by Wimbledon that hung a banner that proclaimed, “And God created Roger Federer.” And then there was that Swiss fan who held aloft the sign which read — “Quiet Genius at Work.”

But what makes a genius? What qualities elevate the gifted ones above us mere mortals?

When we see genius, it amazes. We recognize and embrace it. It dazzles. There is always a certain elusive quality beyond our grasp. Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Mozart come to mind. They say genius is an imaginative, innovative individual who both has an exceptional intellect as shown in creative and original work and the ability to leap forward to achieve in a stunning manner that re-shapes the landscape.

Fair enough, but can we refer to ordinary folk who’re athletes, who merely toss a ball or hit one over the net — Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali — as geniuses? Can we call a mere tennis player a genius? Musicologists deconstruct Beethoven’s power and precision. Well, let us take a look at tennis’ genius du jour.

Okay, off-court Roger Federer speaks six languages and calls on airtight (VP in Charge of Operations) management skills. On-court he combines greyhound speed, flawless mechanics, balletic grace, explosive power, flicker-fast reflexes, jaw-dropping creativity, a much-celebrated penchant to switch from defense to offense, and the uncanny, pedal-to-the-metal ability to either sustain his formidable focus or switch and go to Plan B. Sorry Andy, Francisco or Lleyton, he can neutralize your fiercest weapon and beat the field in every which way. He long has been the best player on all the game’s surfaces, except clay where he’s a lowly No. 2. A confident, unwavering warrior, he’s every sports psychologist’s role model and gives new meaning to the phrase “mentally tough.” Plus, he’s blessed with that often underrated gift of avoiding bad mistakes, bad injuries, and bad relationships.

Yes, Fed’s record-book rival, Pete Sampras, consistently delivered over-the-top value and surprising drama. Unlike Lendl, Pete was far from artless. But, then again, beauty was hardly his strong suit. In contrast, Fed lifts us to a place of serenity and delight. Sure, we readily concede that it’s Fed’s flash: his fabled fluidity and astounding shot-making virtuosity, his in-your-grill forehands, beautiful (Picasso would be proud) backhand flicks, “gotcha” volleys and delicious drop shots and lobs that capture our attention and bathe our senses. After all, fans flocked to see McEnroe’s juicy implosions, while they watch Fed to partake vicariously of his generous grace. As David Foster Wallace reminded us, great athletes “catalyze our awareness of how glorious it is to touch and perceive, move through space, [and] interact with matter.”

Still, overall, it is the seamless combination of many assorted elements — little and large — which craft his genius. Roger’s sum is obviously far grander than all of his ‘Federerian’ parts. Here before us is a multi-faceted gem. Come let us reflect on the nine components of the artist’s genius:

For the full 9 reasons, http://www.insidetennis.com/YB08_first_serve.html



I hadn't seen this one so thanks for posting!


excellent article.

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« Reply #367 on: February 24, 2008, 01:56:50 PM »
Just a brilliant article!

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« Reply #368 on: February 24, 2008, 02:43:37 PM »




Thanks for posting barbadosan, I don't want to add anything!!






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« Reply #369 on: February 25, 2008, 07:51:51 AM »
Nothing too earth-shattering about this post on tennisplanet, but I thought the end was kinda funny:

"Have you noticed the difference in a match with and without Federer? Duh!!!  Apart from the obvious, the reluctance of either players to pull the trigger is so conspicuous. Both are looking for an unforced error from their opponent to bail them out. And since this ‘unforced error’ appears consistently, it makes players even more hesitant to try hit a spectacular ‘Federer’ shot, and take the unnecessary risk.

Consequently as a fan, you are left to either witness a boring rally, or a pathetic halt to it because of an UE. Have you noticed how many freaking times the ball stays way inside the lines?

Get used to it. That’s what tennis will be reduced to when Federer is gone. They will have to play back Federer’s matches on the jumbo screen to entice fans into coming to events after he retires. We have been spoiled rotten."

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I'm sure other players will come along to excite our imagination, but the vision of the replays as a way of attracting attendees was kinda "grin-inducing"  :)~

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« Reply #370 on: February 26, 2008, 07:45:34 PM »
Here's a great interview with Roger:



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« Reply #371 on: February 26, 2008, 09:30:03 PM »


That was awesome Dallas :H  Very nice interview :) 

Thank you for posting.




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« Reply #372 on: February 26, 2008, 09:43:21 PM »
Dallas, you're doing good today, (not that you don't usually   :) ).

Thanks for posting, good interview!!

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« Reply #373 on: February 26, 2008, 09:45:05 PM »
Dallas, you're doing good today, (not that you don't usually   :) ).

Thanks for posting, good interview!!

Well, I know you guys are just dying to know more about Roger! :rofl_2:  Sometimes I get carried away because I know some folks think I post too much stuff about Roger. :innocent: :innocent: :innocent:

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« Reply #374 on: February 26, 2008, 11:19:14 PM »
Dallas, you're doing good today, (not that you don't usually   :) ).

Thanks for posting, good interview!!

Well, I know you guys are just dying to know more about Roger! :rofl_2:  Sometimes I get carried away because I know some folks think I post too much stuff about Roger. :innocent: :innocent: :innocent:

Dallas, I am glad that you are posting all this stuff about Federer. I like to know as much news about him as possible. So please keep posting :H


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« Reply #375 on: February 27, 2008, 05:43:10 AM »
Dallas, you're doing good today, (not that you don't usually   :) ).

Thanks for posting, good interview!!

Well, I know you guys are just dying to know more about Roger! :rofl_2:  Sometimes I get carried away because I know some folks think I post too much stuff about Roger. :innocent: :innocent: :innocent:

Who would possibly give you any grief for that???    :whistle:

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« Reply #376 on: February 27, 2008, 10:05:09 AM »
Nice interview.

But I DO have one question to ask: Aren't we there yet? (Dubai - March 3rd! It's taking forever!)

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« Reply #377 on: February 27, 2008, 10:29:26 AM »
Dallas, you're doing good today, (not that you don't usually   :) ).

Thanks for posting, good interview!!

Well, I know you guys are just dying to know more about Roger! :rofl_2:  Sometimes I get carried away because I know some folks think I post too much stuff about Roger. :innocent: :innocent: :innocent:

Who would possibly give you any grief for that???    :whistle:

i am the forum/resident grief therapist. free grief therapy for Dallas if anybody gives her grief.

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« Reply #378 on: February 27, 2008, 11:21:09 AM »
Picked this link up from MTF.. Roger in training in Dubai

http://www.eaglefustar.com/blog.html

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« Reply #379 on: February 27, 2008, 11:44:46 AM »
Picked this link up from MTF.. Roger in training in Dubai

http://www.eaglefustar.com/blog.html


barbadosan.. you have been charged guilty of scooter skimming. Dallas already posted this in the dubai thread and a few us have already read the whole thing.

 :king: :uh: