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Federer now better win Stockholm or else………….

Posted by tennisplanet on October 23, 2010

Wawrinka played his part of shaming the encounter perfectly putting the Williams sisters to shame. Then Soderling produced another of his crude showing to hand Federer the trophy on a platter. Losing to some tomato can specially someone who just beat Soderling will NOT only look bad it will make Soderling look good.

And all the butt smooching that Bjorkman clown has been upto will amount to nothing – at least on the court!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This title should bring Federer to a fairly decent number for the season (3) even if it was all planned by Bjorkman. This is also an opportunity for Federer to make some kind of statement too specially after being extended to a tie break by hospice patient Ljubicic. Bagels and breadsticks should rule, don’t you think?

After all the guy is ranked 47, is 27 years old and has won Jack in nine years as pro. He has been playing challenger events most of the season, for crying out loud.

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54 Responses to “Federer now better win Stockholm or else………….”

  1. Dee said

    Hope so .Annoying bit is I can’t even get a glimpse Fed on sports news.No one covers Stockholm.

  2. claire said

    Dee,
    You can watch the match tomorrow – A lot of free stream links listed on right side work well – thank you to all you
    guys who told us about the free streams!

    Federer couldn’t possibly lose tomorrow —- right??

  3. mircea said

    Wawrinka beat Murray not that long ago. Ljubicic beat Nadal not that long ago. You must be smoking some killer stuff friend…

  4. Dee said


    this is not a good clip but better than nothing

  5. Dee said

    Federer semifinals at stockholmes

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    Here I found Federer and Edburg match

  12. Dee said

    How adorable!

  13. Bettyjane said

    Well I have the final on and the pattern is sticking. Federer is not grooving his serve in the early stages of any of his matches.

  14. Growltiger said

    Good review TP. Apparently you’re one of the few who looks at Roger Federer (and all the other players) objectively.

  15. Bettyjane said

    GRRRRRRRRRRR!!! I’ve been streaming matches all week and today they decide to stop streaming after the first set. WHY does that happen???

    Well at least Roger did what he was supposed to do.

  16. Sir Vibhudi Aatmapudi said

    Federer just beat the tomato can 4 and 3. In fact, it was so easy, I am convinced Federer threw Jarko a game in the set one to make it more interesting. Star wars music playing right now…

  17. Sir Vibhudi Aatmapudi said

    What a Happy country this is! Happiest ceremony I’ve ever seen. Plenty of good wishes for Roger. Also nice words for Jarko. Lot of happy people!

    • Sol said

      Lol, Sir V. His name is Florian. Jarko (M&M) is the guy he beat yesterday to get to the finals.

    • Kitty said

      SV, did u notice the change in dress code of Mirka again? When with anaconda and without him? Those jazzy pink tops are again gone. Also what the freaks, no loser’s trophy?

    • Sir Vibhudi Aatmapudi said

      Thanks for the correction, Sol. Kitty, there were too many happy looking attractive women spectators. Thus, I was unable to notice anything about Mirka. For sure, I’d pay to see Paul besides Mirka next time rather than the boring sight of unshaven, hollow eyed Severin Luthi!

  18. Sol said

    64th title for Roger. Congrats!

    Mayer plays some great tennis though, he’s very creative on court and looks like a very nice guy. I liked how he told Fed he hopes he can get the no.1 spot back “as fast as possible”. You and me both, Florian 🙂

    The trophy ceremony was nice but Mayer didn’t even get a runner-up plate, nothing. It was weird and awkward for him to stand next to Fed in front of the photographers with empty hands.

    Bjornino, may I ask what the “ro ro ro ro…” chant is about? Is it in honour of the royal family?

    • Jenny said

      Well done, Roger and nice words from Florian. Also congrats to Victor Troicki on winning his first title in Russia, well deserved. He’s also going for the doubs title with Janko T.

      • Jenny said

        No runner up trophy?? I haven’t seen that before, imo pretty mean to a losing finalist.

      • Sol said

        Forget mean, it’s totally embarassing. I wanted to go out there and give Mayer a hug.

        Congrats to Troicki, good player. Should have beaten Nadal in Tokyo (?), but choked on all his match points. At least he still gets his first title this year. Good season for him.

      • Jenny said

        Agreed, Sol. Surely a token big bouquet and a bottle of champagne would have been better than nothing. Let’s hope the organisers don’t put their foot in it next year, anyone know if this faux pas happened last year? Bjornino?

      • Sol said

        Oh he got a bouquet and a little black bag with something in it. So did Fed. But he didn’t get any trophy (a plate or a vase would be better than nothing)

      • Jenny said

        LOL There could be something rather nice in that little black bag, I feel better for Florian now.

    • RafaFan said

      Just wonderful! Roger’s tennis and his interviews. 🙂 I guess Bjornino didn’t watch the finals. 😉

    • O said

      Federer wins royal seal of approval with Stockholm title

      By Marianne Bevis

      It was a royal occasion in more ways than one at the final of the Stockholm Open. Played to a capacity 5,000-plus crowd in Sweden’s Royal Tennis Hall, the climax of the tournament was attended by Crown Princess Victoria, and it was she who would present the silver globe of a trophy to the winner.

      On court, too, the final boasted the closest to royalty that the tennis tour has to offer in the regal form of Roger Federer. Playing in Stockholm for the first time in 10 years, he appeared to be on a mission: to tick off as many new landmarks in his record-breaking career as possible.

      By winning his first match, Federer became the only active player on the tour to reach 900 ATP matches. The first of those matches was played, as 16-year-old, the week after he was crowned Wimbledon Junior Champion 12 years ago.

      In his second match, Federer won his 50th match of the year, to became only the fifth man in the Open era to win 50 matches in at least nine straight years.

      Were he to win the Stockholm title, he would reach 64, and tie with Pete Sampras in fourth place on the Open era titles list. It would also mark the 18th different country in which he had won. From the United States to Europe, from Japan to Canada, from the Middle East to the China, Federer is the ultimate worldwide champion.

      His progress in Stockholm, however, had been far from faultless. He was a set and a break down to Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarterfinals, in a match riddled with unforced errors, before finding his attacking game to take the win.

      Against Ivan Ljubicic in the semis, he also went a break down early on, and trailed right up to the moment Ljubicic served for the set. Federer assaulted the net, forced errors from his opponent, and broke back. Federer won the tiebreaker and then a more straightforward second set, 6-2.

      And the same pattern seemed to unfold in the final against Florian Mayer. The German, in only his third tour final, had completed one of his best ever weeks in taking out world No5 Robin Soderling and No22 Feliciano Lopez.

      Mayer may also have drawn some inspiration from Viktor Troicki who was at the same time on his way to a first ever ATP title in the Kremlin Cup. The Serbian sits just four places above Mayer in the rankings, at 43, and he had also performed giant-killing feats en route to the title, taking out No13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and No18 Marcos Baghdatis.

      Mayer’s self-effacing character and, more importantly, his swinging, uninhibited, athletic brand of tennis ensured strong Swedish support, and he won an early break from Federer. Mayer’s combination of power and touch brought the best out of Federer, who responded with some of his most varied and fluid tennis of the week to break Mayer back.

      Federer rode this momentum and to take control of the match, rushing the net, picking off touch volleys, and making overhead smashes with confidence. It turned out to be the top seed’s most intense performance of the tournament, and his most fleet-footed. On numerous occasions, he had to rush forward to retrieve a fading drop shot, but rarely did he fail to make a winner from the return.

      Then with precision timing, just as he’d done against Ljubicic the night before, Federer broke the Mayer serve to take the first set 6-4, which enabled him to open the second set on his own serve.

      Mayer continued to power both backhand and forehand ground shots to either wing, and throw in drops and a few aces for good measure. But Federer’s standard stayed high. In the sixth game, he found slightly more attack and angle, picked up a couple of drop shots with outright winners, and broke the German. He held his own serve to go up 5-2, and safely served out for a 6-3 win.

      The nature of the award ceremony, from a charming and enthusiastic Princess Victoria, could not have been more appropriate. Mayer, a gentleman to his fingertips, thanked the crowd for their encouragement, before extending his hope that Federer would win back the No1 ranking “as soon as possible.” The crowd went into overdrive with a standing ovation that brought the proceedings to a standstill, and almost brought a tear to Federer’s eye.

      So with his 64th Sampras-matching title duly won, Federer will head home for a few days’ break after reaching two consecutive finals in as many weeks—Shanghai and Stockholm. But then he has yet more business to attend to. His local tournament in Basel beckons, and it carries particular significance because Federer’s three-year winning streak there was brought to an end in the 2009 final by Novak Djokovic.

      Federer, therefore, will be after revenge on his home turf. What’s more, if they meet in the finals again, it will be their fourth confrontation in consecutive tournaments. Theirs is becoming one of the key rivalries of the tour, and any meeting is certain to bring both high quality tennis and high tension to the court.

      At this stage of the year, too, the 500 Basel points have great value because the No2 and No3 men in the world have twice swapped places in the rankings since the US Open. Federer now has his end-of-year ranking in view and would dearly love to guarantee the No2 spot to cap an eighth consecutive year in one of the top two places.

      There is a still bigger prize up for grabs the week after Basel: the final Masters of the year in Paris.

      Federer has already overhauled Andre Agassi’s record number of Masters match wins, which now stands at 221. However, he still equals Agassi’s tally of 17 Masters titles and needs one more to equal Rafael Nadal’s leading 18.

      Paris would be a good place to do it, as that is the only Masters on the tour where Federer has yet to reach a final. To add a little more spice to the occasion, Djokovic is the title-holder there, too.

      So there are incentives aplenty to keep Federer’s engine in turbo drive. But judging from his words in recent days, his desire to play and to win is undiminished.

      Not only did he cheerfully consider a 1,000 matches to be well within his reach in the next two years, he also confirmed that the No1 ranking was also an itch that needed scratching: “It’s not that important to be two, three or four. For me, it’s either number one in the world or everything else.”

      He can’t overtake Nadal before next summer, but after that?

  19. Sol said

    Jenny, I’m watching Dimitrov in Orleans (vs. Mahut). Good match. Dimitrov really does remind me of young Federer. Such great talent.

    • Jenny said

      Thnx for the nod, Sol. I agree about Dimitrov, but I’ve always had a soft spot for Mahut and his s/v game. Another underachiever who should have done so much better.

    • Jenny said

      I noticed there were more crowds at this challenger event in Orleans than some of those regular well known tourneys these past weeks. Well done Nicolas. Way to go Grigor.

  20. claire said

    You guys need to click on the “free live streams” which is on upper left side between “What’s On” (current tournaments) and “What’s Next” (tournaments)- purple color. Click on “free live streams” and there are several listed. I always manage to get the match (live) on at least one of the links listed.

    Unrelated but pray (or whatever else you do) for my friend. My friend that had brain surgery – it’s cancer but has not spread to rest of body. There’s one of 2 types of cancers he has. One he would immediately need radiation which will definitely effect his memory and possibly other brain functions. The other type, he will take chemo and should be fine. He will have to do chemo for one year! He turned 44 two days after his brain surgery, has 3 boys – 9, 7, 6!He will find out this week which cancer he has! Also pray for his wife – she is an emotional wreck. Three weeks ago their life was wonderful, a family that would say how lucky they are to have 3 healthy,beautiful boys. They didn’t start their family until she was 36.

  21. M said

    “This title should bring Federer to a fairly decent number for the season (3) even if it was all planned by Bjorkman.”
    LOL, TP. 😛

    Yaaaay, Roger!!

    • claire said

      To me it depends on WHAT title you win not how many,i.e. GS, ATP1000,500 or 250!

      • Sol said

        Claire, both are important, imo.
        Of course, GS titles are more impressive but with the new ATP rules, a certain number of 250 events are mandatory for the players. So if they have to play them, it’s better to win them right?

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