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Great video!  Brings back memories!  You did a great job!   AND....welcome to the forum! :))

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Awesome TV-Ad with Roger Federer | Jura ENA Micro 9 | HD
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i just hope fed finds a way to nuetralize his serve ..his groundstrokes are pretty impressive too.. :cool:
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And Roger looks like someone who has been off the tour for a month or so.... He's very rusty.  AND...Raonic is not the type of player you want to play when you're getting back on the tour.  You'll hit nothing over 4 strokes in the entire match!  Not a good sign in that first set.

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And Roger looks like someone who has been off the tour for a month or so.... He's very rusty.  AND...Raonic is not the type of player you want to play when you're getting back on the tour.  You'll hit nothing over 4 strokes in the entire match!  Not a good sign in that first set.

No kidding Dallas!  :Confused:
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Well Roger came through Raonic.  Here is his interview (it was translated by Google from German to English - so.... some things may not make sense):

At the end of their match against Milos Raonic was a thriller. What has made the difference?
 
Roger Federer: The first set was tough, because it took me a bad game the sentence. I knew that it would depend only on how I can serve consistently. Then there were a few tricky games, but I'm through. We have both played a good third set, and eventually I could read his serve a bit better. So came but then concluded a couple of baseline rallies and he took during his service games a lot more shots. I've tried a few things in return, I also stopped coming forward. It has paid off in the end.
 
They have also tried it with more serve-and-volley ...
 
Federer: After the first movement was behind the baseline rather slippery, as I had initially not confident enough for that. But when I realized that with his strong serve no rallies came about, I tried it anyway. I thought if it works, it gives me a few more options on the net and if it did not, I would have anyway no longer deserves to be in the tournament.
 
It seemed that finally would have only a forehand error and a great forehand winner made a difference in this two-hour battle ...
 
Federer: Well, I think it was just fast tennis. Cause this is one of the fastest places that we have at the moment on the tour. There must always be reckoned with the fact that only a few points deciding the outcome of the match. We had earlier also but, as Sampras, Becker, Edberg or played against each other. Since it was a Passierball here, since a return and a good serve there - and just as it was tonight.
 
It was your first match after a break of six weeks. How do you rate your level?
 
Federer: I have no idea where my game is at the moment and I do not even really care. I'm glad I just work out well and can play a few matches. It is good that I've survived the first round, but if I want to achieve great things here, then I have to play for four days in a row. In a few hours, I'm already back on the court against Gasquet, it is not so simple. It's a tough tournament, as well as next week in Rome - if I play there. Right now I just play good tennis and it's a great victory, because it can occur much more. It was not easy for me today, but the level pretty well, and I'm happy where I am right now.
 
Do you think that Raonic has potential in the near future to crack the top ten?
 
Federer: I think so. Although I do not even know what rank he has accurately. Perhaps he is number eleven! (Laughs) But probably not, otherwise I would not have played in the first round against him. But he definitely has the game to make it. Just how far it can go up is always hard to say. He can go far, number one, grand slam victories knows who. I never thought that once I win a Grand Slam, and now I'm 16th Something that happens sometimes ...
 
For some crazy hold the new, blue squares. How do you find them?
 
Federer: I do not feel that the courts are so incredibly different than usual, it was here in the past, never the best courts, there were many errors and place balls are versprungen. Last year it was extremely slippery, because the base is simply too hard and it's just a little sand about it. This time it's a little slippery, and the balls are a little harder to control, but it is played fast. We must now deal with it.
 http://www.tennisnet.com/deutschland/welttennis/herren/Federer-nach-Debuet-auf-blauem-Sand-Die-Plaetze-waren-noch-nie-die-Besten/3996470

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Roger came through much easier against Gasquet today:


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Now some pictures of the family:






Look at the Nike (RF) jacket the little girls have on.  Must be specially made by Nike for them!

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http://www.smh.com.au/sport/tennis/nadal-loses-to-verdasco-at-madrid-masters-20120511-1ygcc.html
Nadal loses to Verdasco at Madrid Masters May 11, 2012 - 8:18AM
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Rafael Nadal ... lost his first clay match of the season. Photo: Reuters

Rafael Nadal went down in frustration as the second seed lost his first match of the season on clay, with Spanish compatriot Fernando Verdasco triumphing 6-3 3-6 7-5 on Thursday in the third round of the Madrid Masters.

"I never was in control of the match, I didn't know how to win a point," said Nadal, who intimated he will not show up next year unless the controversial blue clay surface he abhors is modified.

Nadal's perfect record on the dirt for 2012 was marred as Madrid native Verdasco clawed out the opening set to stun multiple Monte Carlo and Barcelona champion Nadal, who, though he dug out the second set, succumbed in the decider.

Advertisement: Story continues below It was entirely another story for top seed Novak Djokovic, who needed two match points to beat Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 and Roger Federer, who rolled over Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-2.

With the exit of Nadal, Federer now has a chance to return to the ATP No.2 ranking if he can win the title, according to ATP calculations.

"It was a surprising loss for Rafa," said the Swiss. "But Verdasco is a quality player who should have maybe beaten Nadal in the past.

"But the tournament goes on without Rafa," he said before facing Spanish fifth seed David Ferrer, who beat compatriot Nicolas Almagro 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 7-6 (10-8).


Verdasco lost his second set as Nadal found his rhythm, but the 15th-seeded challenger rallied from 1-4 down in the third to work his upset miracle, winning his first match over the king of clay from 14 attempts.

The final set was littered with seven breaks of serve, with a nervous Nadal well off his game and expressing frustration with the surface which has drawn his ire for weeks.

Verdasco applied the pressure in the final game to break Nadal and advance on his second match point, with the winner kissing the surface in gratitude.

"I couldn't close out the match at 5-2. He played better than me," said Nadal, by far the harshest critic of the experimental switch to blue clay.

"The ATP and the tournament can do what they want, I tried my best, I've trained since Thursday. I was as prepared as I could be.

"I was not good enough to adapt my game to this court. If things continue like this, it will be very sad.

"Next year this will be one less event for my calendar."

The devastated No.2 will need to regroup if he is to regain equilibrium, with next week's Masters 1000 in Rome restoring some normality with a return to classic red clay and sea level altitude.

The Mallorcan now stands 22-1 on clay since losing in the Rome final last year to Djokovic.

Elsewhere, Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych ended the injury comeback effort of Frenchman Gael Monfils with a comprehensive 6-1 6-1 victory.

Estoril champion Juan Martin del Potro, the tenth seed, beat Croatian Marin Cilic 6-2 6-4.

In women's play, Serena Williams staged a recovery at the expense of Caroline Wozniacki as the American reached the quarterfinals 1-6 6-3 6-2.

The comeback win in 1hr 42min put Williams into a showdown with second seed Maria Sharapova, who earned her last-eight place when opponent Lucie Safarova withdrew before their match with stomach illness.

Polish fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska advanced over Italy's Roberta Vinci 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 while Lucie Hradecka beat Elena Makarova of Russia 6-2 7-6 (7-5).

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According to a new ATP rule, veterans who reach the age of 31 are exempt from all Masters 1000 events the following season. That means starting in 2013, Roger doesn't have to play a single one, which would give him a big advantage over his rivals and help extend his career to possibly 2016 Olympics.
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Dallas, please add one more to to 73 !!
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I'm out of town right now. I'll be back tomorrow (Thursday) and will post all the updates and pictures! I'm just glad Roger won his first match in Rome after winning Madrid.  Right now, if the score holds up, looks like he will be playing Isner next - not an easy match for Roger.


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I'll change it to 73 titles and 20 Masters when I get back in town tomorrow. I didn't bring my laptop and I can't change my signature over the phone! But rest assured - it will get changed!! Lol


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Dallas - it's 74 titles.
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Roger Federer Rome Press Conference | Wednesday, 16 May, 2012

An interview with: Roger Federer

Q: Roger, did you hesitate a long time before you play here and when did you finally make your decision?
Federer: What was the first part of the question?
Q: Did you hesitate a long time?

Federer: Yes, until this morning after practice. I just wanted to see how I felt and it there was anything major –if this were the last tournament of the season then there would be no problem but we have a long summer ahead. This is the beginning to many tournaments in a row and many 5 setters in a row and so I think it is important to make very good decisions.

Q: Roger, I wanted to congratulate you are finally number two in the world are so many years. Are you happy about that? What are your comments and what are your feelings

Federer: Well it is always nice moving up and down is always tough. --- but this is our career. The rankings are very mobile and obviously you don't jump 20 slots when you are in the top five and honestly one slot means a lot that this position. To me this is not a major issue and I look at the big picture and what is important to me is just to be in the top 10 and if I am No 2 or not at the French Open doesn't change anything when and it doesn't change anything for Rafa. That I was able to win Madrid was amazing that is what I look at right now is not the rankings.

Q: Roger, Hi. There was a lot of red dust flying around about wanted to know if that affected your game or not?

Federer: Well, we actually had that in Madrid at the end as well and so there was nothing new. Yes -- it makes things, tougher. I mean you have to chase the lines a little. It is so much slower here in Madrid and so it takes a lot of adjusting to do -- and sometimes we can ………… inaudible ………. that is not something that was not possible in Madrid and so there are some information form the match and how to play from the baseline and how points are constructed and I'm sure that this match has given a lot
of information and it takes some adjustments from Madrid.

Q: One, we are the start of an incredibly busy period with a lot of very important titles up for gabs. Do you think of the nature of the schedule for the next few weeks that it is going to be likely that you will be spread around amongst players.

Federer: Maybe – I mean that has always been the case. I was in Wimbledon back to back and that is going to be the case again, just because it is a hard thing to do but a little easier it will be Wimbledon and then the Olympics only because it makes sense -- is in the same place and 3 weeks after… if you are feeling sure and can win Wimbledon then you are confident going into the Olympics. But the 3 set format earlier on in the Tournament and that is very dangerous as we know going onto grass and then the US Open is after that and so…..who knows then who is in good shape and who is not. Time will tell – usually when I play and win in Wimbledon then I am in good share at the US Open and I think just today how the conditions are then if you lay good then you play good everywhere. But maybe you are right and we may be spread out and its hard to see someone win all four – I mean Paris, Wimbledon, The Olympics and the US Open and I don't think anyone is thinking of something that crazy at the moment. I think we are all taking it one by one.

Q: Roger, the way you re playing, you could even get back to number one into one grand slam in the couple of months. What would you prefer -- a grand slam or the No 1. How do you see them?

Federer: We're talking about great problems. I don't really care. We'll see how things go. I didn't win the world tour finals which for me are a huge tournament which at times -- now we have grand slams. I have a good win under my belt and I might be number three next week but that doesn't matter for me and Rafa. I know it is an interesting time right now is that there is a lot to talk about rankings and I know that I have a shot until the US open with the rankings and you will see.

Q: ………… Rafa was saying that seems to know exactly where he is in the race and yet some players don't give it that much attention. How do you see it?

Federer: No, I don't. I wouldn't even know how many points I am right now. Just occasionally I'll check other rankings like my friend …. audible ….. will be because they are more volatile back there and I just kind of know what the other guys have to defend and what I have to defend. That kind of thing I stopped doing a long time ago. It just consumes more energy.

Q: In Madrid you met Will Smith and after the match you had a special gift from him. How do you feel? Just like another man in the or another actor on the ground?

Federer: If I am going to be an actor one day?

Q: Yes -- if the man in Black is the right role for you -- something action

Federer: It that would be the right movie for me? To watch, yes, to play, no. I'm not a very good actor but I think I'm a good tennis player and I think we know from weaknesses. I doubt that my career is going to be over there and it was nice to meet Will again and it was nice I was able to help him promote the Men in Black 3 movie in Madrid – but that it abut it – as my acting career.

Q: Roger I was not in Madrid but following from afar, you seemed to stand back from all the argument that there was about the tournament. Do you think the fact that you are about 5 years more that most of your opponents and you have more experience helps you deliver your best.

Federer: Maybe but as I said, Rafa should never have lost against Verdasco and he would have had the tournament – he would still have been the big favourite for the tournament despite the conditions of the court in Madrid – it is clay and it is slippery and it is blue but it is in Madrid and Rafa is the king of that surface and he probably wins hundreds of matches on that surface and loses maybe 3 or 4 or 5% of his matches on this surface and maybe so ………but on tour I still though that conditions were very different. You had indoors and then all those different indoor courts – many of them were very fast and then … many more clay court specialists such as Guga and Musters when I came on tour already knew they would make their points n clay and other guys already know they would points on grass. They were much more experts in their field whereas today I think people can just abut play anywhere and we have
to adapt – for example here in Rome it is not as crazy as it used to be. In the past we used to have some really craze changes – probably more back in the 70's and the 80's and so you take it as it comes but the
unhappiness for the blue court was not …….. the decision was taken by the chairman the day before and we know why it was taken for and so I know it was going to be a test and there was no reason to freak out about it . I think what we have to do now its to talk about what is going to happen next year because it was not the best of conditions for all people.

Q: You said that it was amazing for you to win in Madrid. Would it have been more amazing to have won here …….. now having arrived – what do you expect.

Federer: Well – probably the same. It was great arriving and not knowing here my game was at whereas other players had been playing for weeks and weeks and so they had been to S. America and all I had was an indoor think in Switzerland and so that was what it was………at least here we have 2 days off which can be a life saver and in my situation I don't think I would have played this tournament if I would have had one day off…….. I mean I took 1 day off to play 6 days in a row and then another day off to play other 6 days,…….in Hamburg and that is why we had all to pill out.

Q: Andy Murray was told off for a verbal comment he made yesterday in his match against Nalbaldian but he later said that he often hears worse from Spanish players but nothing happens because the umpires don't understand it. Do you think that people are punished more and do you ever say things in Swiss German on the court?

Federer: No – I don't. I haven't said that much any more but yes – if you speak English then you are understood more whereas there are some coaches that you out and speak to the players in their native languages and are not understood.

By Jess Abad On Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Tags: Interviews, Master Series Rome Internazionali BNL d'Italia, roger federer