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Roddick clinches semifinal berth against Spain by winning in straight sets again.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 13, 2008

Andy Roddick of the US reacts during play against France's Paul-Henri Mathieu on April 13, 2008, during their quarterfinal tennis match of the Davis Cup World Group in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Roddick won 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 and the US are qualified for the semifinals against Spain. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images) 

Andy Roddick's girlfriend, model Brooklyn Decker looks at him after his victory against France's Paul-Henri Mathieu on April 13, 2008, during their quarterfinal tennis match of the Davis Cup World Group in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Roddick won 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 and the US are qualified for the semifinals against Spain.AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

US' Andy Roddick's girlfriend, model Brooklyn Decker looks at him after his victory against France's Paul-Henri Mathieu on April 13, 2008, during their quarterfinal tennis match of the Davis Cup World Group in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Roddick won 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 and the US are qualified for the semifinals against Spain.  AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images) 

Andy Roddick of the US salutes after his victory against France's Paul-Henri Mathieu on April 13, 2008, during their quarterfinal tennis match of the Davis Cup World Group in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Roddick won 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 and the US are qualified for the semifinals against Spain. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images) 

Andy Roddick of the salutes the crowd after his victory against France's Paul-Henri Mathieu, during their quarterfinal tennis match of the Davis Cup World Group in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Roddick won 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 and the US are qualified for the semifinals against Spain. 

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Contortionist extraordinaire. From Louise. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 13, 2008

Louise

well this isnt tennis related but you know until estoril is on its way. i watched britains got talent last night, and sheshhh you want to see this contortionist on there.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Pz6PaBoZNuk

wow! i was amazed!

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What are the various nick names of players you are aware of?

Posted by tennisplanet on April 13, 2008

Gonzo.

TMF (the mighty Federer).

Ferru.

What are others? Jenny?

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Davis Cup pitchkers.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 13, 2008

Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany reacts during his Tennis Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinal double match with teammate Philipp Petzschner against Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez of Spain in Bremen, northern Germany, Saturday, April 12, 2008. 

US' Andy Roddick supports James Blake against France's Paul-Henri Mathieu on April 11, 2008, during their quarterfinal tennis match of the Davis Cup World Group in Winston Salem, North Carolina.Blake won 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6,7-5. The US leads 2-0 after the first day.AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images) 

France's Richard Gasquet checks his cell phone during the game between US' James Blake and France's Paul-Henri Mathieu on April 11, 2008,  quarterfinal tennis match of the Davis Cup World Group in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Blake won 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6,7-5. The US leads 2-0 after the first day.AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Sweden's team captain Mats Wilander (C) argue with Argentina's team captain Alberto Mancini (L) and US referee Jake Garner during the 2008 Davis Cup quarter-final double match between Argentina's David Nalbandian and Guillermo Canas, and Sweden's tennis players Jonas Bjorkman and Robert Lindstedt in Buenos Aires on April 12, 2008. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images) 

Argentina's tennis player David Nalbandian (R) shakes hands with teammate Guillermo Canas (L) to celebrate a point as Sweden's team captain Mats Wilander (C) gestures, during their 2008 Davis Cup quarter-final  doubles match against Sweden's tennis players Jonas Bjorkman and Robert Lindstedt in Buenos Aires on April 12, 2008. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images) 

A supporter of Argentina celebrates after the tennis team defeated Sweden 3-0 in a quarterfinal Davis Cup 2008 doubles in Buenos Aires on April 12, 2008. Argentina leads the series 2-1.  AFP PHOTO/JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

US fans welcome Bob and Mike Bryan on April 12, 2008, during their quarterfinal tennis double match of the Davis Cup World Group against France's Michael Llodra and Arnaud Clement in Winston Salem, North Carolina. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

France's Michael Llodra, top right, leaps over the net as his doubles partner Arnaud Clement , top left, walks back to their seats during changeover after winning the second set over USA's Bob Bryan, bottom right, and Mike Bryan, bottom left, during their Davis Cup tennis quarterfinals match in Winston-Salem, N.C., Saturday, April 12, 2008.  

Dominika Cibulkova, of Slovakia, serves to Alize Cornet during their semi-final tennis match at the Bausch & Lomb Championships, Saturday, April 12, 2008, in Amelia Island, Fla. 
Fernando Verdasco, up, and Feliciano Lopez of Spain celebrate after their Tennis Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinal double match against Philipp Kohlschreiber and Philipp Petzschner of Germany in Bremen, northern Germany, Saturday, April 12, 2008. Spain won by 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 2-6, 13-11. Spain leads 3-0. 

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What the…….

Posted by tennisplanet on April 13, 2008

France's Michael Llodra kisses his teammate Arnaud Clement on April 12, 2008, after their quarterfinal tennis double match of the Davis Cup World Group against Bob and Mike Bryan of the US in Winston Salem, North Carolina. France won 6-7, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images) 

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Write up on Federer’s personal life.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 13, 2008

Roger Federer, of Switzerland, returns the ball to Andy Roddick,of the United States, during a quarterfinals match at the Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla., Thursday, April 3, 2008.  

Roger Federer was born in Basel, Switzerland, to Swiss-German Robert Federer and South African Lynette Federer. He grew up in suburban Münchenstein, ten minutes from Basel and close to the borders with France and Germany. As a boy, Federer was very emotional and was kicked off practice courts occasionally. Federer was also a talented football player. He had considered becoming a professional footballer but instead decided to pursue tennis. He continues to support FC Basel, his hometown club and is a fan of Italian club AS Roma. When he was younger, he liked to watch Marcelo Ríos in action. Federer especially liked Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker and has cited them as idols.

Federer currently resides in Oberwil, Switzerland and is dating former WTA player and Slovakia-born Miroslava Vavrinec (Mirka), who retired from tennis in 2002 after a foot injury. The two met at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Federer launched a fragrance called RF Cosmetics in October 2003. He considers Swiss German his first language, but also speaks German, French, and English fluently and conducts press conferences in all three. His favorite vacation spots are the Maldives, Dubai, and the Swiss mountains. He is also a good friend of golf superstar Tiger Woods. Federer is Roman Catholic, and met Pope Benedict XVI while playing the Rome Masters in 2006.

Roger Federer is highly involved in various charities. He established the Roger Federer Foundation in 2003 to help disadvantaged people and to promote sports to young people. He was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF from 2006. Since then, he has visited Tamil Nadu, one of the worst tsunami-affected areas in India, and South Africa. He has also appeared in UNICEF public messages to raise public awareness of AIDS.

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