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To all Roger and Tennis fans, below are the quotes on Roger Federer. I actually want to put it on the who is the most complete player thread but I think it deserves a separate post.

Source: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Roger_Federer


    *  I played unbelievable, and if it was not Roger Federer on the other side of the net I would have won, 400 per cent.
          o Thomas Berdych, No. 10 in the world, Davis Cup tie, Sept. 23, 2007

    * He's an artist on this surface. He can stay back. He can come in. No weaknesses. Federer could win Wimbledon six, seven, eight times. He can play on any kind of surface, he is so complete. And if he continues the way he has been doing and stays away from injuries and still has the motivation, he will be the greatest player ever. I think the motivation is the key thing and he has the motivation to continue to play for another three or five years.
          o Bjorn Borg, winner of 11 Grand Slams, at Wimbledon 2007.

    * He's the most gifted player that I've ever seen in my life. I've seen a lot of people play. I've seen the (Rod) Lavers, I played against some of the great players—the Samprases, Beckers, Connors', Borgs, you name it. This guy could be the greatest of all time. That, to me, says it all.
          o John McEnroe, winner of 7 Grand Slams.

    * He's probably the greatest player that ever lived.
          o John McEnroe, BBC Wimbledon 2006 live broadcast.

    * He can beat half the guys with his eyes closed!
          o John McEnroe, BBC Wimbledon 2006 live broadcast.

    * If you want to be a tennis player, then mould yourself on Roger Federer. I won three Wimbledon titles and I wish I could play like him.
          o John McEnroe.

    * Federer is the best player in history, no other player has ever had such quality.
          o Rafael Nadal, after winning French Open 2006.

    * Yes, I really hit with him when he was 15, during a tournament in Basel, and I knew then he would be good, but not this good. If he stays healthy, it will actually be a miracle if he doesn't win more Grand Slams than Pete [Sampras]. The way he picks his shots is unbelievable. He is fast, he has a great volley, a great serve, great backhand, great everything. If I was his coach, what can I tell him? He is a magician with a racket. Even when he is playing badly, which is rarely, he can still do things with his racket nobody else can do.
          o Goran Ivanisevic on the question if Federer is destined to become the greatest player of all time.

    * Well, I think when I look at Roger, I mean, I'm a fan. I mean, I'm a fan of how he plays, what he's about, just the fact that I think he's a class—I don't know him personally, but seems like he's a class guy on and off the court. He's fun to watch. Just his athletic ability, what he's able to do on the run. I think he can and will break every tennis record out there.
          o Pete Sampras, winner of 14 Grand Slams.

    * I don't see anyone with a big enough weapon to hurt him. They're just staying back and Roger is able to dictate well enough. You just have to serve well and attack him.
          o Pete Sampras.

    * I really consider myself top 5 player in the world, which it doesn't mean that I am close to Roger.
          o Ivan Ljubicic, at Indian Wells 2006.

    * Oh, I would be honoured to even be compared to Roger. He is such an unbelievable talent, and is capable of anything. Roger could be the greatest tennis player of all time.
          o Rod Laver, winner of 11 Grand Slams, considered by some the greatest player to ever play the game of tennis.

    * Roger's got too many shots, too much talent in one body. It's hardly fair that one person can do all this—his backhands, his forehands, volleys, serving, his court position. The way he moves around the court, you feel like he's barely touching the ground. That's the sign of a great champion.
          o Rod Laver, after 2007 Australian Open semifinal match.

    * The best way to beat him would be to hit him over the head with a racquet. Roger could win the Grand Slam if he keeps playing the way he is and, if he does that, it will equate to the two Grand Slams that I won because standards are much higher these days.
          o Rod Laver, speaking ahead of the 2007 Australian Open final against Fernando Gonzalez.

    * He's the best I've ever played against. There's nowhere to go. There's nothing to do except hit fairways, hit greens and make putts. Every shot has that sort of urgency on it. I've played a lot of them (other players), so many years, there's a safety zone, there's a place to get to, there's something to focus on, there's a way. Anything you try to do, he potentially has an answer for and it's just a function of when he starts pulling the triggers necessary to get you to change to that decision.
          o Andre Agassi, at US Open 2005.

    * He hits that short chip, moves you forward, moves you back. He uses your pace against you. If you take pace off, so that he can't use your pace, he can step around and hurt you with the forehand. Just the amount of options he has to get around any particular stage of the match where maybe something's out of sync is—seems to be endless. His success out there is just a mere reflection of all the things that he can do.
          o Andre Agassi, at US Open 2005.

    * There's probably not a department in his game that couldn't be considered the best in that department. You watch him play Hewitt and everybody marvels at Hewitt's speed, as well as myself. And you start to realize, `Is it possible Federer even moves better?' Then you watch him play Andy [Roddick], and you go, `Andy has a big forehand. Is it possible Federer's forehand is the best in the game?' You watch him at the net, you watch him serve-volley somebody that doesn't return so well and you put him up there with the best in every department. You see him play from the ground against those that play from the ground for a living, and argue he does it better than anybody.
          o Andre Agassi.

    * He's a real person. He's not an enigma. Off the court he's not trying to be somebody. If you met him at McDonald's and you didn't know who he was, you would have no idea that he's one of the best athletes in the world.
          o Andy Roddick, at Cincinnati 2005.

    * I think there's—he's the main guy and then there's probably four or five of us that are—I don't know. Maybe we need to do just a tag team effort or something, join forces, you know, like Power Rangers or something.
          o Andy Roddick, after losing to Roger Federer at the final of Cincinnati 2005.

    * He's probably the most talented person to ever carry a racquet around—the shots that he can come up with, the way he's kind of become a totally complete player. But I think off the court, it's huge. There have been a lot of good champions, but he's just classy. He is never high and mighty in the locker room or anything like that.
          o Andy Roddick.

    * Roger is at the top, and he's the only person at the top, regardless of how much people want to make rivalry comparisons and this, that and the other. He's the best player in the game. There's no question in my mind.
          o Andy Roddick, after losing to Federer in the Final of 2006 US Open.

    * [In the modern game], you're either a clay court specialist, a grass court specialist or a hard court specialist ... or you're Roger Federer.
          o Jimmy Connors, winner of 8 Grand Slams

    * He hasn't changed a bit. He hasn't been arrogant in the locker room. He never is. That's great to see someone that does it with class. He doesn't intentionally get in anyone's face. He doesn't put people down.
          o James Blake, at Cincinnati 2005.

    * He is on his way to becoming possibly the greatest of all time. But he's still human.
          o James Blake, before he faced Federer in the Quarterfinal at the US Open 2006.

    * He put tennis, the bar very high—very high. It's incredible what kind of game he can play.
          o Marat Safin, at Australian Open 2005.

    * We have a guy from Switzerland who is just playing the game a way I haven't seen anyone—and I mean anyone—play before. How fortunate we are to be able to see that. If he stays healthy and motivated—and the wonderful feel he has stays with him—he is the kind of guy who can overtake the greatest.
          o Boris Becker, winner of 6 Grand Slams.

    * I'd like to be in his shoes for one day to know what it feels like to play that way.
          o Mats Wilander, winner of 7 Grand Slams.

    * Roger Federer is the most talented tennis player I have ever seen. He has the capacity to become the greatest in history.
          o Nick Bollettieri.

    * Roger Federer is the only guy I watch for his strokes. He is just beautiful. He can hit every single shot you could ever think of. John [McEnroe] and Ilie [Nastase] were very talented but you always knew there were some shots they couldn't hit. Not with Federer. I would go and watch him practice, he's so good.
          o Ivan Lendl, winner of 8 Grand Slams.

    * Roger is a complete player. What he has, and it's not luck, is the ability to change his game slightly as to what his opponent's doing to him.
          o Jack Kramer, an all-time great of the game.

    * I thought Ellsworth Vines and Don Budge were pretty good. And Gonzalez and Hoad could play a bit, too, but I have never seen anyone play the game better than Federer. He serves well and has a great half-volley. I've never known anyone who can do as many things on a court as he can.
          o Jack Kramer

    * I've never enjoyed watching someone playing tennis as much as Federer. I'm just in awe. Pete Sampras was wonderful but he relied so much on his serve, whereas Roger has it all, he's just so graceful, elegant and fluid—a symphony in tennis whites. Roger can produce tennis shots that should be declared illegal.
          o Tracy Austin.

    * He's the best player I've ever played against, full stop ... and he was just too good today.
          o Tim Henman, after losing in the 2nd round of Wimbledon 2006 6-4, 6-0, 6-2.

    * I'm not sure if he has any weakness in his repertoir.
          o Jonas Bjorkman, after losing in the semifinal of Wimbledon 2006 6-2, 6-0, 6-2.

    * Maybe Roger Federer will rescue tennis. He plays like we did in the past.
          o Ilie Nastase, first ever World No.1 when rankings were introduced in 1973.

    * He is capable of hitting shots which other players don't even think about trying. He has so many skills.
          o Ivan Lendl, on the 25 Birthday Party of Federer in Toronto.

    * Maybe I could win more championships and prize money if Federer was not in the same age with me, but you have to know that there is something money can not buy—that's playing against Federer.
          o Ivan Ljubicic.

    * He is the best man in the game, on and off the court, and he has a great personality. I enjoy so much having opportunities to compete against him.
          o Ivan Ljubicic.

    * I am so proud to have him around. It is very pity that I am not able to play with Pete Sampras, but it's OK, I can see Federer on the tour. I could tell my grandson someday that I have competed against the greatest player on the planet.
          o Ivan Ljubicic.

    * Today I was playing my best tennis, trying lots of different things, but nothing worked. When you're playing like that and he still comes up with all those great shots you really have to wonder if he's even from the same planet.
          o Novak Djokovic, after Davis Cup match.

    * Roger is like a good red wine, he's getting better with age...I think his big years will be when he is 26, 27, 28.
          o Tony Roche, former coach of Roger Federer.

    * Roger hasn't even started to use a lot of his game.
          o Tony Roche, former coach of Roger Federer.

    * He's Roger. What can you say?
          o Mario Ancic after their quarter final at Wimbledon 2006.

    * Just about everything he does is pretty impressive. So, yeah, 50 titles at any age is impressive. 50 titles at 26 is incredible. 50 titles with 11 of them being Grand Slams, and I think now 14 being Masters Series, that's just phenomenal.
          o James Blake after their final in Cincinnati 2007, when Federer won his 50th title in the ATP circuit.

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Re: Quotes on Roger Federer
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2007, 09:47:14 AM »
Wow, thanks for posting. I particularly liked McEnroe's "I won 3 slams and I wish I could play like him". Also, it's nice to see how much respect there is from other ATP pros: guys like Ljubicic, Nadal, Berdych, Ancic, Roddick, Blake, Safin, Henman, Agassi and Bjorkman, as well as old guys: Laver, Kramer, Connors, Wilander (I thought he didn't like Fed? :confused1: ), Lendl and Becker. He just demands respect. :worthy:

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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2007, 10:01:27 AM »
Wow, thanks for posting. I particularly liked McEnroe's "I won 3 slams and I wish I could play like him". Also, it's nice to see how much respect there is from other ATP pros: guys like Ljubicic, Nadal, Berdych, Ancic, Roddick, Blake, Safin, Henman, Agassi and Bjorkman, as well as old guys: Laver, Kramer, Connors, Wilander (I thought he didn't like Fed? :confused1: ), Lendl and Becker. He just demands respect. :worthy:

Just ask Alison. First he's saying Federer has no stones and Alison likes him, then he says Federer is the best and Alison hates him (ah, ok, sorry, doesn't like him).
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Re: Quotes on Roger Federer
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2007, 10:05:04 AM »
Awesome quotes, thanks tennisfan!!!
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Re: Quotes on Roger Federer
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2007, 10:38:49 AM »


    * Roger is like a good red wine, he's getting better with age...I think his big years will be when he is 26, 27, 28.
          o Tony Roche, former coach of Roger Federer.


Thanks for posting this :H   

Also, I hope that Tony is right  ://


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« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2007, 10:58:05 AM »
Nice! my favs::

    * [In the modern game], you're either a clay court specialist, a grass court specialist or a hard court specialist ... or you're Roger Federer.
          o Jimmy Connors
Roger can produce tennis shots that should be declared illegal - Tracy Austin

He's Roger. What can you say?
          o Mario Ancic after their quarter final at Wimbledon 2006.

He is a magician with a racket. Even when he is playing badly, which is rarely, he can still do things with his racket nobody else can do.
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   --- Santoro still has the copyright on the Magician title and is fully worthy of it.


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Re: Quotes on Roger Federer
« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2007, 10:59:11 AM »
Thanks Tennisfan. What a delight.
But  I can assure you that this does not mean anything to some of our posters( you know them) who are out to bashing Federer. You will see preety soon the results.
These are the words from PROS but i can't wait to see what our PROS from this board will say.

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« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2007, 12:59:05 PM »
Thanks for posting!  You know I can read things like this all day!  In fact - I had read them...but I still can read them over and over and over...well, you get the point. ://

When you read things like this and see the respect and admiration other players have for Roger...then you read tennis forums from people who have never met the guy who say things like 'he's arrogant, big-headed, blah, blah, blah'... then you have to scratch your head and say - Are these posters talking about the same man these  tennis players are talking about?  Are these posters talking about the same men who was voted the Edberg Sportsmanship Award 3 straight years in a row - by his own peers?  Then I choose to believe the people who are closer to him.  The ones who tour with him day in and day out over some tennis posters who hasn't even seen the guy in person, less known even spent a day with him.

It also amazes me that some people will still say he's arrogant and big headed, etc., yet do they honestly think the players themselves would vote for someone like that to represent them as their own best Sportsmanship person of the year?  Think about it!  I don't care who you are - if the players don't like you and the attitude you bring, you won't get their vote for that award.  Yet - Roger has won it 3 years in a row. Amazing... ://

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« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2007, 02:51:06 PM »
Thanks for posting!  You know I can read things like this all day!  In fact - I had read them...but I still can read them over and over and over...well, you get the point. ://

When you read things like this and see the respect and admiration other players have for Roger...then you read tennis forums from people who have never met the guy who say things like 'he's arrogant, big-headed, blah, blah, blah'... then you have to scratch your head and say - Are these posters talking about the same man these  tennis players are talking about?  Are these posters talking about the same men who was voted the Edberg Sportsmanship Award 3 straight years in a row - by his own peers?  Then I choose to believe the people who are closer to him.  The ones who tour with him day in and day out over some tennis posters who hasn't even seen the guy in person, less known even spent a day with him.

It also amazes me that some people will still say he's arrogant and big headed, etc., yet do they honestly think the players themselves would vote for someone like that to represent them as their own best Sportsmanship person of the year?  Think about it!  I don't care who you are - if the players don't like you and the attitude you bring, you won't get their vote for that award.  Yet - Roger has won it 3 years in a row. Amazing... ://

Add to that the tournament workers, the volenteers, the ball kids all speak well of they guy too. You really find out about someone by the way he or she treats the behind the scenes people. The people who will probably never see Federer again, and who really count very little towards his future.

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« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2007, 03:35:53 PM »
Thanks for posting!  You know I can read things like this all day!  In fact - I had read them...but I still can read them over and over and over...well, you get the point. ://

When you read things like this and see the respect and admiration other players have for Roger...then you read tennis forums from people who have never met the guy who say things like 'he's arrogant, big-headed, blah, blah, blah'... then you have to scratch your head and say - Are these posters talking about the same man these  tennis players are talking about?  Are these posters talking about the same men who was voted the Edberg Sportsmanship Award 3 straight years in a row - by his own peers?  Then I choose to believe the people who are closer to him.  The ones who tour with him day in and day out over some tennis posters who hasn't even seen the guy in person, less known even spent a day with him.

It also amazes me that some people will still say he's arrogant and big headed, etc., yet do they honestly think the players themselves would vote for someone like that to represent them as their own best Sportsmanship person of the year?  Think about it!  I don't care who you are - if the players don't like you and the attitude you bring, you won't get their vote for that award.  Yet - Roger has won it 3 years in a row. Amazing... ://

Add to that the tournament workers, the volenteers, the ball kids all speak well of they guy too. You really find out about someone by the way he or she treats the behind the scenes people. The people who will probably never see Federer again, and who really count very little towards his future.

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« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2007, 12:40:50 PM »
1 word........................WOW!   :king:

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« Reply #11 on: October 01, 2007, 01:27:35 PM »
I've read many of those quotes before but I can never read them enough.  Unfortunately, people who hate Federer for whatever reason, will hate him despite all the proof otherwise that Fed is a good guy, not arrogant, well-liked and well-respected by all his peers, and well-thought of by former greats.  No amount of proof will convince them. 

Like you said Dallas, I would rather trust the opinions of his peers and former players than posters who have never met Roger.  And of course, I can speak from experience about how great Roger is because I have met him a few times and he could not have been nicer and made plenty of time for his fans. 

I'm just glad that I can appreciate this guy while he's playing I feel very lucky that I'm watching this legend make history.  GO ROGER!
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« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2007, 01:40:16 PM »
Well... very nicely put.. Very nice post.

I have something to contribute to this magnific thread :)

Its an hour video, I already posted it in another forum but I really like it... have fun :)

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Re: Quotes on Roger Federer
« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2007, 10:52:38 AM »
Guys, more quotes from Sampras in the article. I'll bold them. I hope Thalivest drop by and read the article so that he can appreciate RF the same way Sampras does.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-streeter16sep16,1,3630950.column?ctrack=1&cset=true

Federer has no match
Woods, Bryant, Manning, Tomlinson and others merit consideration, but all take a back seat to the tennis star in a discussion about the world's greatest athletes.

September 16, 2007

Tiger Woods, it's time to step up your game.

Kobe Bryant, you too.

LaDainian Tomlinson, Peyton Manning, Shaquille O'Neal, Alex Rodriguez, you've all got a ways to go if you're going to catch up to the greatest athlete on Earth.

That would be none other than Roger Federer, the finely tuned 26-year-old forehand machine who one week ago today, after a Houdini final, held aloft the tall U.S. Open trophy for the fourth straight time.

Roger Federer?

"No question in my mind, Roger is the best athlete in the world," Pete Sampras said on the phone the other day. If form holds, next year he'll break Sampras' all-time Grand Slam event championship tally of 14. It took Sampras 12 years to set that record. Federer will have surpassed it in five.

He doesn't have height that casts a long shadow or muscles that shout at you.

He is of average stature, a shade over 6 feet and about 20 pounds below 200. He hails from Basel, Switzerland, and plays a country club sport with the airy elegance of white linen wafting in the breeze. Pass him on the street and you don't think sports stud, you think runway model.

This guy, at the top of the list?

You bet.

Nudge Woods, chances are he'll agree. He and Federer have become buddies, bonding over prowess. This year, Federer visited Woods at a golf tournament in Florida. "It's pretty neat when you have probably the most dominant athlete on the planet out there in your gallery," Woods told reporters. "What he has done over the last three years is pretty good."

That's a pretty good understatement.

In July 2003, Federer won his first Grand Slam tournament title: Wimbledon. That started a run of excellence he carries on to this day. He has claimed 11 more Grand Slam event championships and held the top ranking in his sport with a relentless grip.

Here in the United States, though, where pro tennis ranks down next to televised poker in popularity, Federer isn't getting the recognition he deserves for pure athletic genius. Ask an average fan, and he'll list Federer well below Bryant, LeBron James or Woods.

Federer is underestimated in much the same way skinny, sly Wayne Gretzky was sold short. He performs with the stealth of a world-class pickpocket. In any one of his matches there will be a point where you rub your eyes and wonder, "Wait a minute, did I just see that? What did he just do?"

Yes, he did get to that ball. Yes, he did get it back at that angle. Yes, that was a winner he just hit.

And then he does something that fools you into thinking it's all very easy. Casually, he strolls about, hardly dropping any sweat, prepping for the next point with the detached visage of a limo driver waiting at the airport for his next ride.

It's part of his mental approach, but it does not get much notice in our over-hyped world. TV just doesn't get it. Watch the highlights of any sport, and what do you find? Not much nonchalance. Instead, a heaping dose of fly-through-the-lane dunks, line-of-scrimmage blowups and home runs launched so far into the sky they appear to rewrite the laws of nature.

That a tennis player could be the world's greatest natural athlete simply flies in the face of SportsCenter.

Sampras agrees.

"The problem is, tennis just doesn't get the respect it deserves," he said. "I know for a fact you've got to be fast, quick, strong . . . the hand-eye coordination has to be there. You're battling against the elements out there, for four hours sometimes, all by yourself, struggling to find a way to win. Roger has it all, the whole package."

It's a remarkably reliable package. Since 2004, along with all those Slams, his win-loss record is 299-21.

Hello.

Who can top that? Bryant will score 81 points and look like Superman, but without O'Neal, he can't get his team past the first round in the playoffs.

Maybe Woods comes closest to Federer, but can the world's greatest athlete be a guy who doesn't have to run or jump?

Moreover, in the toughest moments, too often Woods comes up inexplicably short. This year alone, he lost the Masters to an Iowan we'd never heard of and the U.S. Open to a beer-bellied Argentine who sucked on cigarettes between rounds.

Lose a big tournament to a fat guy who smokes and, I'm sorry, you can't hold the top spot.

Basel's favorite son does have a weakness. In the last two French Open finals he couldn't beat muscular Rafael Nadal or the dusty red clay. But Jimmy Connors never made a single French final. Neither did Boris Becker. Neither did Sampras.

When Federer plays well, he says it feels as if he is flying. The victories happen with speedy, clear precision. On the flip side, when times are tough and the winds are swirling and another geeked-up opponent is jamming in serves that fall from the clouds, Federer almost invariably keeps his cool.

This year, in the finals of both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, he dodged his way through trouble -- hitting winners when he needed to, and then having the good sense to let his opponents overcook.

Sampras said he wasn't surprised at the tightly contested Open final against upstart Novak Djokovic, a match Federer could have lost if he hadn't held his nerve.

"The great ones, when they are not playing at the top of their game, they find a way to win," Sampras declared. "It's just another notch for Roger, another sign of greatness."

Genius has a way of recognizing genius.

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Roger Federer has been dominant the last four seasons, winning 12 of his 13 Grand Slam titles during that time. His record the last four years (Note: Federer still plans to play five more events this year): * 2007…52-6

* 2006…92-5

* 2005…81-4

* 2004…74-6



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Re: Quotes on Roger Federer
« Reply #14 on: October 03, 2007, 11:10:30 AM »
More quote. This time it's from Justine.

"A lot of times you don't understand how he can do it," says the 2007 U.S. Open women's singles champion, Justine Henin. "The way he covers the court, it's like he's never forcing his game. He's everywhere. His attitude never changes -- winning, losing, if he doesn't play well -- he's very calm. He is going to be the best player ever. I don't see anyone who can stop him now."

source: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/sl_price/09/11/u.s.open0917/index.html

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Re: Quotes on Roger Federer
« Reply #15 on: October 03, 2007, 12:03:43 PM »
More quote. This time it's from Justine.

"A lot of times you don't understand how he can do it," says the 2007 U.S. Open women's singles champion, Justine Henin. "The way he covers the court, it's like he's never forcing his game. He's everywhere. His attitude never changes -- winning, losing, if he doesn't play well -- he's very calm. He is going to be the best player ever. I don't see anyone who can stop him now."

source: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/sl_price/09/11/u.s.open0917/index.html


This reminds me of a few years back, I took a martial art with a grandmaster for a few months. After a workout I would be sweating and he asked me "why are you sweating?   :Confused: "you need to relax more". It was in the mind, not the body.
I tried it and after workouts my fatigue and sweating went way down. You stress the body alot with mental tension which wears you down. Federer gets alot of his endurance with his calm demeaner IMO.

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Re: Quotes on Roger Federer
« Reply #16 on: October 03, 2007, 12:32:24 PM »
Nice thread  :)) thanks tennisfan to start this one :)..Let's add a couple of additional quotes:

Santoro ( the oldest man in the field at the moment, i.e. one who was already playing in the '90) and a very talented (even if quite personal style) player IMO described FED as follow:

"He’s strong in every part of the court and always plays the right shot at the right time. He has no perceptible weakness. In my mind, he’s the best ever."

More details here: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1070924/asp/sports/story_8354090.asp

BTW: he is defining nowadays Tennis as follow (ok it is a little bit nasty but we are here to have fun right):

"In the old days, you could say that this player had a weak backhand or a weak serve so you could attack that area" Not any more, everybody is good in every area."

Weak era theorists where are you? :rofl_2: :rofl_2:

Another, might not really traditional perspective is provided by the Umpire Gerry Armstrong ( a celebrity at Wimbledon).

"He is the best ever I've seen. He does not volley as much, but Federer has such a great all-round game he can do whatever he wants. He can dictate the tactics."

Even the Umpire like FED :king:..what do you want more.. ..-)

details here: http://www.rediff.com/sports/2007/sep/27armstrong.htm
« Last Edit: October 03, 2007, 12:39:55 PM by TennisVeritas »
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Re: Quotes on Roger Federer
« Reply #17 on: October 03, 2007, 12:35:16 PM »
nice compilation of quotes!  i like the one by laver the best, where he says that he would be honored to be compared to roger.
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Re: Quotes on Roger Federer
« Reply #18 on: October 03, 2007, 01:51:57 PM »
:sleeping:

I'm sorry, but do these quotes surprise anyone??  :confused1:



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Re: Quotes on Roger Federer
« Reply #19 on: October 03, 2007, 02:00:04 PM »
:sleeping:
I'm sorry, but do these quotes surprise anyone??  :confused1:

They shouldn't.
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