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Who is most likely to stop Djokovic in the final?

Posted by tennisplanet on May 9, 2008

I don’t think Stepanek can pull a second miracle against Djokovic tomorrow, unless there is something physically wrong with Djokovic.

In dispatching Federer today, Stepanek may have displayed all his cards already. The backhand of Federer, on which Stepanek feasted so consistently will be replaced by the best in the business today. His forays to the net will be met with laser guided perfectly timed lobs mixed with precision drop shots. It may turn out to be another of those Tsonga and Fish matches, where Djokovic makes the guy look ordinary right after defeating the world’s No. 1 and 2 players the day before.

With Stepanek now being extended to the fullest in all of his four matches – four 3-setters and two tie breaks – and Djokovic being handed a match in 33 minutes against Almagro, fuel in the tank will certainly become a issue in this match between a 20 and 29-year old.

So it appears unlikely Stepanek can stop Djokovic, but that’s how it looked against Federer too. So who freaking knows.

So if Djokovic does reach the final, who is more equipped to take him down there: Roddick or Wawrinka?

I think it’s Wawrinka, having reached the first semifinal of a Masters event in his life, he is clearly hungrier of the two. With Federer in his corner, he may have access to some invaluable insight, Roddick can only dream about.

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Federer, you will always have us with you, no matter what.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 9, 2008

Federer has done so much for tennis and many things not even remotely connected to tennis, that no matter what happens, his place in history and in the hearts of millions of fans worldwide, will last forever.

He has proved over and over again that this individual rises once in a million years, to jump start not only tennis but the world of sport in the right direction, in the midst of world stuffed with scandals, felonies and druggies.

He has been THE best ambassador for tennis ever. No one even comes close to the all round and multi faceted personality and game he has. We are truly honored to be in the same generation to witness the burst of brilliance on and off the court of a giant in the world of sport. No one in tennis has won so many awards on the world stage competing against Goliaths from all over the world from every freaking sport.

He has brought us to tears and has made us jump ecstatically in our living rooms by not only his many victories, but the way he made them look easy and effortless, using his genius and magic we may never see again ever. He drew so many to the sport, not just with his skill but with his generous, decent and magnanimous personality. His respect of his peers reached legendary status. Despite beating everyone to pulp, there was not a single soul in the locker room, who had anything bad to say about him.

He has shared himself with people all over the world, at times when even his own career was at stake. He delighted fans by electing to play exhibitions with Sampras at a time most players would have chosen to concentrate on their own career instead. Even Sampras admitted that if he was at a point where Federer is at his career, he would not have done what Federer is glad to perform for the sake of tennis and fans.

He is currently without question the most beloved athlete on the face of the earth. Fans adore him and love him to a state of frenzy not seen in many years. He has transcended race, color, nationality, sex, religion, you name it.

He is a jewel in today’s world not just of the tennis world but the entire universe in general. Fans come in hordes to him because of his game but are enamoured more of Federer, the human being.

Federer has a special place in the hearts of his fans which has nothing to do with his exploits on the court anymore. He has blown past that many years ago and is firmly etched as the most adored human being today.

He may be going through a rough patch currently, but maybe that’s for a reason. Maybe the second phase of his career will shape up to be even better than the first one. He is still 26 and with the support and prayers of millions, he could come back even stronger.

But our love and respect for him is not contingent on his wins or loses anymore. Of course, we would like him to win all the time, but if God wishes otherwise, we wish him best of luck and hope that whatever he is going through now ends up as a blessing in disguise, because no one deserves the good stuff more than him.

Federer, we will always have your back. So go boldly and aggressively towards your journey wherever it takes you. You will always find us there with you.

We admire you and love you infinitely.

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Federer vs Stepanek in photos.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 9, 2008

Czech Radek Stepanek shakes hand with Swiss Roger Federer during their ATP Tennis Open in Rome on May 9, 2008. Stepanek won 7-6, 7-6.  AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo Pinto (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images) 

Czech Republic's Radek Stepanek reacts after defeating Switzerland's Roger Federer in a men's quarter-final match, at the Rome Master tennis tournament, in Rome, Friday, May 9, 2008. Stepanek won 7-6 (4), 7-6 (7).  

Roger Federer of Switzerland shows his dejection as he loses in straight sets against Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic during their quarter-final match at the ATP Masters Series at the Foro Italico, on May 9, 2008 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) 

Czech Radek Stepanek celebrates after winning against Swiss Roger Federer during their ATP Tennis Open in Rome on May 9, 2008. Czech Radek Stepanek stunned an out-of-sorts world number one Roger Federer 7-6, 7-6 to qualify for the semi-finals of the Rome Masters.AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo Pinto (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images) 

Czech Radek Stepanek celebrates after he won against Swiss Roger Federer during their ATP Tennis Open in Rome on May 9, 2008. AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo Pinto (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Radek Stepanek  of Czech Republic returns the ball to Roger Federer of Switzerland  during their men's quarter-final match, at the Rome Master tennis tournament, in Rome, Friday, May 9, 2008. Stephanek won 7-6 (4), 7-6 (7).  

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Roddick, you cannot change shorts on court, yet. And now we have a solution to that busted left pectoral. It’s called breast implant. Geeeezzzz!!!!

Posted by tennisplanet on May 9, 2008

Andy Roddick of the USA changes his shirt during his match against Tommy Robredo of Spain during their quarter-final match at the ATP Masters Series at the Foro Italico on May 9, 2008 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) 

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Was this the right response from Federer to this ‘beginning of the end’ question?

Posted by tennisplanet on May 9, 2008

Q. Many people say that this year is the beginning of the end. What do you think about?
ROGER FEDERER: Next question, please.

I think he should prepare a rehearsed reply to it like a cookie cutter, instead of brushing it under the carpet. There is no doubt that if his performance does not improve in a hurry, such barbs are only going to get uglier and louder.

Might as well face them head on rather than provide more ammunition for the next clown. It is what it is. What you say is not going to change anything. All that matters is what happens on the court. All other theories that it will further embolden the field etc. etc. is BS. Stand up and face it. Say what you truly feel at the moment. You will be loved for it. Everyone loves honesty, integrity and courage.

When I win Wimbledon one day and someone asks me to tell them how to answer tough questions, I would say ‘Just speak the truth’. And feel like a free bird. Who freaking cares what anybody thinks or says. You should have enough self esteem to not need any confirmation from any freaking body for any freaking act of yours. This is how I am. Take it or leave it. Whatever you decide will have no bearing on my life either way. You think that sends a message? You freaking bet your rat’s ass!!!!!!

In my case it also means staying in the basement, to extend my life.

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Stepanek’s serve and volley and aces take down Federer for the sixth time this year.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 9, 2008

Swiss Roger Federer leaves after losing a point against Czech Radek Stepanek during their ATP Tennis Open in Rome on May 9, 2008.  Stepanek won 7-6, 7-6.  AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo Pinto (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images) 

Here is that one step back I have been barking about all along. This is after sustaining four steps forward and one step back for a while now. I only hope it doesn’t spiral down to one step forward and one step back eventually reaching the inevitable end.

This clearly is the most inexplicable of the six losses he has had this season – Djokovic, Murray, FIsh, Roddick, Nadal and Stepanek. Stepanek was faring the worst of the last eight, having lost a set in each of his three matches. And now he doesn’t even lose a set?

Guy is 29 years old, ranked 27th in the world and is having a miserable year so far:

Monte Carlo: 1st round.
Miami: 4th round.
Inidan Wells: 3rd round.
Australian Open: 1st round.
Adelaide: 1st round.

Sydney: Semis.
San Jose: Finals.
Memphis: Semis.

Going in, Stepanek had logged in over five and a half hours compared to under three for Federer. There was nothing to indicate a straight set loss, unlike some indications in all of Federer’s previous five losses.

With so much debris already removed from Federer’s path to the title in the last day or so, it is clearly disappointing for fans worldwide not to see Federer holding the trophy on Sunday.

The law of averages kicked in for Federer and the under 65% first serve and just 2 of 5 break point conversion, was too much for the seven aces and his other weapons to overcome eventually. But it is shocking to lose to this clown after overcoming Nalbandian, Djokovic, Canas and Karlovic just days ago. The only explanation that holds any water now is this: Federer is finding it increasingly difficult to hold his bar high enough with any regularity. The only other explanation could be his inclination to play up or down to the competition.

You need a six match string of victories to win Roland Garros. So far, not only is that continuity missing, it’s getting worse. The flashes of brilliance is enabling him to get through even the toughest opponents only to fall flat against an unheralded joker.

I don’t think that skin on Nadal’s blister will grow back and heal before he steps on that Hamburg court. Translation: Federer may have another shot at winning a clay event without defeating Nadal or a fit Nadal. It is critical for Federer to have Jose with him all the time for obvious reasons, unless of course the reason he was sent off was due to lack of chemistry. But that’s just a very small part of the equation at this point. Nevertheless, it appears the one thing that can be controlled for greater benefit more easily than others.

If his claims of being 100% fit are to be taken on face value, there is very little to account for this showing at the three clay events so far, considering he is the second best player on clay. Contrast that to the level of the No. 1 clay player and you will get the picture.

It’s hard to imagine Federer winning either Hamburg or Roland Garros, irrespective of whether Nadal is there or not, or what kind of draw he gets etc. based on his erratic showing this whole season. The only stat that can make it possible is consistency. WIthout that even a win over Djokovic, Nalbandian , whoever, is hollow and meaningless.

Did Nadal’s early exit play some part in this defeat? Maybe. Add the demise of Ferrer and Nalbandian and that could have mentally relaxed Federer to the point where he took it for granted, already thinking of his match against Djokovic in the next round. Who freaking knows!!!!!

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STEPANEK POST MATCH INERVIEW. From Sarah. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 9, 2008

Sarah

09/05/2008 20:47
STEPANEK POST MATCH INERVIEW

Radek Stepanek after his win over Roger Federer in post match press conference

Q. You must be very, very happy. How do you explain? A great, great day of yours with a day so so Federer, a little bit of both, or how?
RADEK STEPANEK: You have to get him to his day so so, but I’m happy with the win. There is no better win than to beat No. 1 player in the world, you know, in front of full crowd. That’s amazing feeling. You know, the tournament is not over yet. I made just another step, which is very special, and that’s the way I feel.

Q. Did you walk on to court today thinking that he’s not quite the player that he has been because of the results he’s had this year, and therefore your confidence level was up a little?
RADEK STEPANEK: No. I came to the match today, you know, Roger, no matter if he’s losing a few matches in a year, you know, he’s such a great champion he can get ready like for the next tournament. So definitely he doesn’t have the result he was used to, you know, in the previous years. But, you know, the players are getting better, and it’s definitely not as easy as it looked before. I believe it wasn’t easy anyway.
But I came to the match with a believe that I can win the match. If I don’t have that believe I’m not walking on the court, and doesn’t matter if it’s Roger or somebody else. I went to the court knowing I have to play aggressive tennis, you know. I have to be the one who’s dictating and going for the shots, and it was working.

Q. 5 2 in the tiebreaker. You’re down. Are you starting to think maybe three sets?
RADEK STEPANEK: Actually not, to be honest, because I know I was serving. I knew that I was serving the whole match, if I could hold those two points, you know, and I get him to 5 4, the pressure is going to be again on him. I play two really good actually not points, but I serve twice very well. He didn’t made the return on the first one, and the second one was ace. So I got, you know, those two points were very important to get in touch with him again. Suddenly he made he missed his first shot at 5 4 and we been even again. So, you know, if would I believe if I would have those things going in my mind it would definitely be three sets.

Q. Can you compare this win to another of yours? Is this the most important ever beating No. 1 in the world?
RADEK STEPANEK: Definitely it’s an important win. You know, you can show yourself that you have the ability to compete with the top, and that’s, you know, important for me. It also is showing me that I have the ability to be there as well. That’s one of my goals: to get back to top 10, and I believe I’m on my way.

Q. Your style of game is more tough physically or mentally?
RADEK STEPANEK: For me or for the opponent?

Q. For yourself.
RADEK STEPANEK: For every game you play you have to be physically ready. You know, I came to that match with a strategy of not playing many rallies, because once you give Roger timing and the rhythm to his shots he can work with the ball amazingly well. He’s opening up the court and then you’re just running like crazy. So that’s why I choose to play aggressive, don’t give him the time, trying to play, you know, the rallies as short as possible, and playing serve and volley, attacking his second serve. I think it was pretty good tennis.

Q. What does this mean, the splash of joy you did at the end of the match?
RADEK STEPANEK: That’s the way I celebrated my first tournament victory in my career, and since that I’m doing that on special matches and special events.

Q. The reason why?
RADEK STEPANEK: Why? I know I did it once when we had a party in San Antonio during the exhibition, and everybody loved it there. So when I won my first tournament it came out and I just showed my emotions, and since that, you know, it’s following me and everybody is asking me to do it again, do it again. It has to be the right time to do it, and I believe today was a special day to do it.

Q. Your style of play is not really suited for play on clay. How special is it that you beat the world’s No. 1 on this surface, clay?
RADEK STEPANEK: You think it doesn’t suit clay?

Q. I don’t think so. You disagree?
RADEK STEPANEK: Definitely.

Q. Yeah?
RADEK STEPANEK: Yeah. I believe there is not many players left with this style, and, you know, it’s I think my game is different than 95% or maybe 99% of the players. I’m not running behind the baseline and hitting the balls just back. I’m trying to create and playing serve and volley and, you know, the rallies are shorter. That’s the way I’m playing.

Q. But you prefer to play that style on clay than on other surfaces?
RADEK STEPANEK: I play it everywhere.

Q. But do you prefer to play on clay?
RADEK STEPANEK: No. You have to work with the ball. You have to suit it to the surface you’re playing. You know, on clay there are high bounces, much higher bounces than in, I don’t know, grass or indoors. So you have to really adjust it to the place you play. Here in Rome, it was always quite faster, the clay, than the other tournaments, and definitely it suits more my aggressive play of the game.

Q. You have a sort of different career compared to the other players. You started to become first a doubles player and then after the success you became good in singles. When was the moment when you realized that you could become a really good singles player? When you beat somebody or won something or when?
RADEK STEPANEK: In the end of the year 2001. That year I won I think two or three tournaments in doubles, you know. I was traveling around the tour playing with the guys, but even though I was playing doubles I never stopped practicing like a singles player, because I was too young to do that, I believe. In the end of 2001 when I drop my singles ranking very, very low, I asked Petr Korda, I picked up the phone before the first tournament of the year that he could help me out, that my singles is gone and I want it back. Since then he said, Listen to me. I know what you’re able to do, but you have to listen and do the stuff, and I guarantee you you’re going to play main draw at the US Open and you’re going to be Top 70 in the world. At the time when I call him I was 700. I said, Yeah, you’re right. Then came US Open and I was No. 63 and I play main draw. That explains everything. I’ve been working hard, you know, and I’m very happy that I got to the top level. I’m trying to attack it again. I would like to say one more thing to that. Since I started to build a team around myself, which includes Petr Korda; my traveling coach, Tomas Krupa; my conditioning coach which is here with me, Marek Vseticek; and my cousin as a manager. Those guys are helping me out with all the stuff, and I have a great respect for their work. I’m very happy that I’m surrounded with such a great people as they are.

Q. With Roger and Nadal struggling this week, do you think we’re going to see a more wide open French Open this year, or are those still the guys to beat?
RADEK STEPANEK: I don’t know if they’re struggling, but maybe somebody is playing in that moment better. No, I’m joking. Definitely, you know, it shows how the players are getting better; everybody is hungry. I believe it can’t work that only two players going to be all the time winning the tournaments.

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Davis Cup city selection gets ugly. From Sarah. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 9, 2008

Sarah

Davis Cup city selection gets ugly
By PAUL LOGOTHETIS, AP Sports Writer
May 6, 4:06 pm EDT

MADRID, Spain (AP)—The selection process to determine which city will host Spain’s Davis Cup semifinal series against the United States is threatening to turn into a mutiny.

The players and team captain are upset that the Spanish tennis federation appears to be ready to overlook home-court advantage in favor of sponsorship money.

Madrid is one of four cities vying to host the Sept. 19-21 best-of-five series at the Las Ventas bullring. Benidorm, Tenerife and Gijon are also trying to win the right to host the event.

The Spanish players are worried that Madrid’s 2,100-foot altitude—making it the highest capital city in Europe—will take away its precious clay-court advantage against the defending champions.

They believe that Andy Roddick’s booming serve and the hard-hitting doubles pair of Bob and Mike Bryan will be equal to the hosts despite playing on their least favorite surface.

Madrid’s sudden place as the front-runner comes about three months after the city’s tourist office signed up as a key sponsor with the Davis Cup through 2010.

“What I know is that as of today it hasn’t been decided where the Davis Cup semifinal will be staged,” federation sporting director Javier Duarte said. “That which has the best specifics will take the semifinal.”

Marca newspaper reported Tuesday that Spain captain Emilio Sanchez Vicario had sent the federation his notice of resignation because his objections to playing in Madrid had fallen on deaf ears, with Madrid already believed to be a lock.

Federation president Pedro Munoz dismissed the reports that Sanchez Vicario had resigned on Tuesday, while Duarte denied that a players’ rebellion was brewing.

“You have to respect that, every player and every captain has his preferences,” Duarte said. “I was once captain and opinion is important. You have to listen to all sides and undertake a valuation of all information.”

Juan Carlos Ferrero, who was part of the Spanish team that beat the Americans in Seville nearly four years ago for the title, said problems were brewing.

“We players want this to be solved in the best way possible, but if it has to be done the worse way, then it will be,” the former top-ranked player said from the Rome Masters.

The federation will make its decision Friday, but then has several days to relay its decision to the International Tennis Federation, which is expected to announce the host city by May 13.

Benidorm’s Parque Tematico Tierra Mitica, the Parque Hermanos Castro in Gijon and the Estadio Olimpico Arturo Dominguez in Tenerife are the other venues.

The slowest of all playing surfaces, clay is a more physical surface with its lengthier baseline rallies due to balls taking on heavier topspin.

Three-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal will play for Spain if is healthy. He has won 103 of his last 104 matches on clay.

Roddick lost both of his singles matches against Spain at the Stadio Olimpico in 2004 in front of a record crown of 27,200.

“I hadn’t really been following that, to be honest,” Roddick said from Rome on Tuesday. “There’s a lot of big events between now and then … so it’s not something I think about daily.”

Roddick, who trails only John McEnroe and Andre Agassi in Davis Cup wins for the United States, said he would be happy with whatever city the federation choses.

“I’m sure wherever it is it’s going to be fine. It’s always nice when there’s interest,” the sixth-ranked American said. “Any time there’s that kind of attention drawn to tennis and that excitement, it’s not going to be a bad thing.”

AP Sports Writer Andrew Dampf in Rome contributed to this story.

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Languages, Nole, number 1? From Rock. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 9, 2008

Rock

Languages, Nole, number 1?

A couple of questions that interested me (not pertaining to tennis) in Novak’s interview after he defeated Darcis in the second round.

Q. Where did you learn your Italian? Watching Italian TV?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, I’m always. No, I was practicing with Italian Coach Riccardo Piati and with Ljubicic as well. They help me in some way. I was trying to communicate with them throughout our incorporation in all Italian more than English. I like languages a lot, especially Italian. I’m still far away from perfect, but, you know, it takes time.

Q. How many languages are you able to speak?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, you know, four languages I can speak pretty much okay. You know, to understand, I speak German. I spoke German really well not really well, but pretty well when I was living and practicing there, but I didn’t speak it for four or five years. I already forgot a lot of things, but I’m trying to get better, you know. Because I think more languages, you know, more is your worth and more people respect you. I really like languages.

http://www.tennis-x.com/story/2008-05-07/l.php

*Do you guys think multiple languages really matter a lot for players at the top of the rankings to capture many a heart across the world? Skeptics might say that he is competing with Roger off the court as well by trying to speak as many languages as he can.

Roger, we know can speak 4? 5? languages. Rafa I guess is clearly behind the language race at the moment. I can see Novak making a deliberate ploy to outclass Roger in all departments of the game/personality at this young age. He has already made his presence felt to the American audience at Jay Leno show. Now he is trying to draw the attention of Italian crowd and I am presuming that he is good at French, considering that he resides in Monte Carlo. So any headaway he makes into RG till the SF, would help utilise his French language skills.

He along with Rafa had been to a Casino before the start of Monte Carlo tournament. He is working on his style at the moment and I am sure he should be contemplating over a ND logo and collection (once he reaches the number 1 spot sometime) just as RF.

Apart from all these, Nole makes statements that,” I want to be number one by the end of this year”. He may not have thought of becoming number one before this year, but after AO victory, as Nole said, has changed everything for him. Now that ‘number one’ fire has ignited in his mind and I think it would be raging with every win and loss that he concedes to Roger from now.

Why didn’t Rafa never made statements that he wants to be number one despite being number 2 for what? freaking more than three years? He knows he has the tough guy mentality but he also knows that he hasn’t got the devastating game as he has got on clay, to tame Roger on hard and grass courts. Rafa has immensely improved on grass by defying all expectations and giving Roger a run for his money at last year Wimbledon. But still he is miles short of saying something on air that would make Roger sit and notice. Is it more out of respect to Roger that he is not disclosing his feelings? Novak on the other hand has been on Roger’s throat ever since he defeated him at Montreal and AO’ 08.

Are all these the desperate signs of a budding champion who wants to dethrone the current number one once for all and free the mens tennis of the superpower control which has been operating for over 4 years or this is plain goat stuff that any goat wanted to do?

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FEDERER POST MATCH INTERVIEW. From Sarah. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 9, 2008

Sarah

09/05/2008 20:34
FEDERER POST MATCH INTERVIEW

Roger Federer after his loss to Radek Stepanek in post match press conference

Q. Was it the serve and volleying, or the backhand today was not working?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I don’t know if it was just the backhand, you know. I think I missed plenty of opportunities throughout the match. I think I led in both breakers with a mini break, and usually when I have the lead, you know, I don’t let it go, so it’s quite disappointing.

Q. You looked tight in the second set when you lose the breakpoints in the first game. Were you tight?
ROGER FEDERER: No. Well, the way you always feel in breakpoints: it’s never fun to face them. That’s why you try to avoid them. No, look, he’s difficult to play, you know. He gives you little rhythm and he always changes his game up a lot.
You know, I’ve played against him in the past, so it wasn’t much of a surprise, you know. I just hoped I could have played a little bit better.

Q. What was the problem with your backhand, Roger, the shanks?
ROGER FEDERER: You’ve seen me so many times. It happens all the time. Something I’ve been trying to get rid of for ten years. Still not today.

Q. Do you feel this was especially a missed opportunity with Rafa out and the draw opening up?
ROGER FEDERER: No. I mean, you can maybe look at it that way. To me it’s just disappointing the way I lost today. My focus is not at the bottom of the draw. It’s just I wish I could have played better, you know, and I played so poorly on the big points. It’s a tough loss.

Q. Do you have more regrets especially for certain points, some certain moments more than others, or not?
ROGER FEDERER: I regret losing the match, so the details don’t really matter right now.

Q. What do you think you should have done better? Was it hitting the shots, your attitude?
ROGER FEDERER: No. I think the attitude was okay. I struggled to return and, you know, he definitely did serve well when he had to, especially throughout the first set I thought. Maybe in the tiebreak on my serve on both deuce sides let me down, and I let him back in the match that way. I think that one hurt me in the first set. Second set I went down instead of going a break up, so that was tough. I didn’t really believe I was going to come back because he was serving so well. But, you know, after getting, you know, sort of back on even terms, it was just a big disappointment to be broken yet again. And then, you know, having to break him again, I guess it just used up too many lives. Unfortunately, I couldn’t sort of win the tiebreak. I don’t know how I lost it, but it happens sometimes, I guess.

Q. In retrospect, do you feel you might have gone to the net more and taken it away from him?
ROGER FEDERER: I don’t know. I mean, there’s no point just moving in, you know, all the time. I think I was doing that in the beginning. He adjusted a little bit. I don’t think I could have come into the net a whole a lot more, you know, to be honest.

Q. What does this mean for your French Open preparation?
ROGER FEDERER: More time for Hamburg, so that’s what I got. Looking forward to defend my title there. Wish I could still be playing here, but, you know, worse things have happened. So I hope I can bounce back strong in Hamburg.

Q. Are you still satisfied with your clay court game at this time?
ROGER FEDERER: Sure. I think it’s not bad, you know. I’ve played plenty of the matches so far, so I’m pretty pleased with my run so far. It’s just a disappointing loss today, but you’re always going to get those.

Q. Does a loss like this affect your confidence level?
ROGER FEDERER: I hope not. I can’t tell you right now ten minutes after the match. But this wasn’t really a clay court match, you know. I think I would be a bit more worried if I were to lose against a guy, you know, who would just be playing real clay court tennis. This was a different match. It’s like when you lose against Karlovic and it’s a guy that gives you very little rhythm, so when you come off the court your a little rattled obviously because he didn’t allow to you play your game. Still think I should have within today.

Q. Many people say that this year is the beginning of the end. What do you think about?
ROGER FEDERER: Next question, please.

Q. Does his taking your rhythm away and coming to the net a lot in that match demonstrate that people playing and attacking style can succeed on clay, and is that something that you think about doing yourself at the French this year?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, all of a sudden maybe I’ll be serve and volleying first, second serve, you never know. But I have my doubts some reason. I don’t know why.But of course when a guy serves well, you know, and he backs it up with a good volley behind, you know, he’s tough to play for everyone. But I don’t think that’s the way to win the French Open, to be honest.

Q. Did you sense that he was playing particularly well when he beat Ferrer particularly easy?
ROGER FEDERER: I didn’t see any of his matches. No, obviously I assumed he was playing okay. A little hiccup maybe against Horna. I thought he was going to beat him maybe a little bit easier. He’s a tough guy to play. He also beat Nieminen who’s tough and doesn’t give you much. No, I was expecting I think anybody in the quarters is a tough match, you know, not just Stepanek.

Q. It was 5 2 in the tiebreak; what happened there? I mean, the first part of the match we can see he was playing very well.
ROGER FEDERER: Two good serves, so we have 5 4. So then we talk again and that changes already. Then I had one mini break in hand, and that’s not a lot, you know. Maybe at 5 2 everything looks a little bit more relaxed. But if he serves two big serves, one ace of it, one service winner, I mean, those three points lead gets cut down to one. So that’s not to exaggerate, but I had the lead, you know. Maybe at 4 1 he hit a good return to go instead of going 5 1, I go 4 2. Never hitting such a good return all match long I think on the forehand side on the ad side, so it just went against me, I guess.

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Djoker in the running for #1 Ranking. From Anand 101. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 9, 2008

Anand 101

Djoker in the running for #1 Ranking

With Nadal’s first round exit at Rome, he is no longer a threat to Fed’s #1 ranking through RG. Even if Fed gets zero in Hamburg and RG, Rafa will be behind him.

But… with Fed and Nadal gone at Rome, Djoker enters the race for #1 ranking. Theoretically, he can get to #1 as early as by the end of RG:

Fed is at 6825, Nadal at 5435, Djoker is 4750 pre-QF.

Best case for Djoker (Fed and Nadal stumble at Hamburg and RG while Djoker wins Rome, Hamburg and RG) would see:
Fed 5635, Nadal 4095, Djoker 6050.

From Fed’s point of view, he needs about 400 points to cement the #1 through RG. Unless Djoker trips up.

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Roddick’s results at Rome in six attempts.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 9, 2008

Attempt Year Result Lost to Score Aces
in
the
match
Winner   
1st 2002 Semis Haas 1-6, 5-7. 4 Agassi   
2nd  2003  2nd rd  Verkerk  7-6, 3-6, 4-6.  12  Mantilla   
3rd  2004  1st rd  Canas  6-7, 1-6.  Moya   
4th  2005  3rd rd  Verdasco  7-6, 6-7, 4-6.  12  Nadal   
5th  2006  Quarters  Monfils  2-6, 3-6.  2 Nadal   
6th  2007  3rd rd  Chela  0-6, 4-6.  Nadal   
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               

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Which hair color do billionaires like most on their wives? Is there a category for fur too?

Posted by tennisplanet on May 9, 2008

Here are your options:

-Black.

-Blonde.

-Brown.

-Red.

Here’s the answer. If you get it right, you will be forced to take the tour of my basement.

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Improve your freaking posture, for crying out loud!!!!!!!

Posted by tennisplanet on May 9, 2008

Do you even know how much your posture advertises what king of a person you are?

That includes sitting too, the one position all you lazy freaks are in constantly. Or are there more interesting ones?

Get freaking up, yeah, up and walk to the edge of the nearest door from your cardboard box, line up your back against it and that’s it. That’s your ideal posture.

Sitting:

The key to a good sitting position is to sit with the spine lengthened at all times.

Ideally we should sit with the pelvis angled slightly forwards, therefore giving us a gentle curve inwards in the small of our back.

The level of our knees should be slightly lower than the level of our hips. Therefore we may need to adjust the tilt on the seat.

Our neck should be long and slightly tucked in, not poking forward beyond the level of the shoulders.

Our shoulders should not be rounded, they should be in line with the neck in a good position.

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