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Date: 20 Feb 2009 20:21:12
From: wkhedr
Subject: Fed looks to future
Roger Federer's absence from the Dubai Tennis Championships will have
a few tennis stars breathing a sigh of relief, but the former world
No1 issued an ominous statement of intent in the emirate on Thursday.

The four-time Dubai champion pulled out of the tournament last week
because of a back injury first sustained towards the close of last
season and has indicated he will need at least a month to recuperate.

Yet he fired a warning to those who think the titanic tennis talent is
on the wane.

"I'm still fairly young in tennis terms and I've still got many years
ahead of me," said the 27-year-old. "The most important thing is to
stay healthy so I can chase my dreams. I'm so disappointed I'm not
playing in Dubai, but I'm very confident and positive about this year.

"Despite the injury, I feel a lot better this year to what I did last
year. I'm only going to play again when I'm 100 per cent fit, whereas
last year I played many matches when I wasn't feeling great. That's
going to make a big difference for me, both now and also for the
following years."

That Federer is thinking long-term will strike a chord with the rest
of the men's game =96 he is chasing down Pete Sampras' record 14 Grand
Slams and was disappointed to not equal the milestone in his last
match.

He contested an epic five-set showdown against Rafael Nadal at the
Australian Open final in Melbourne last month, only to go down 7-5,
3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2 to his Spanish rival.

Roland Garros in May provides Federer's next chance to secure his 14th
Grand Slam title, the only major the world No2 has failed to win since
joining the professional circuit in 1998. The French Open has proven
particularly elusive since Nadal's rise to prominence, as the
Mallorcan matador conquered Federer in the past three Paris finals.

If Federer were to add the missing link, he would surely be considered
the greatest tennis player of all time. The tag does not sit well with
him, however.

"We don't know the greatest of all time," he said.

"But I think that's the beauty of tennis. Who even knows how many
matches I'm going to win, or if I'll win the French Open? It would
definitely enhance my career and make it even more incredible for me
than it already is. It would make it more special to be the greatest
of all time, yet I'm not really sure what that would take. I'm very
proud to already be up there and have a lot more time left to achieve
even more. That's why I'm excited about the future.

"I want to play as long as I can and that's where I draw inspiration
from Andre Agassi who played through many generations. I've already
played against Sampras and Agassi, then [Andy] Roddick, [Leyton]
Hewitt and [Marat] Safin in my generation and now I'm playing Nadal,
[Novak] Djokovic and [Andy] Murray.

"And we've already got a new generation coming through, and after that
maybe there'll be another one. Every five years you have a new
generation, which is interesting for tennis and I'd like to stay
around for a while yet.

"We've got the Olympics in 2012 and getting the singles gold in London
=96 which will be held on the grass at Wimbledon =96 would be a proud
moment for me.

"So I'll hopefully play until I'm 35, which is seven or eight years
from now," added Federer, who took gold for Switzerland in the doubles
at the Beijing Olympics last August. "I'm setting my goals long-term."


http://www.business24-7.ae/articles/2009/2/pages/02212009_dbfa6e4da42d4950b=
5eac22d75d05773.aspx

He still looks depressed for sure.




 
Date: 21 Feb 2009 16:11:34
From: Roger That
Subject: Re: Fed looks to future
wkhedr a écrit :
> "I want to play as long as I can and that's where I draw inspiration
> from Andre Agassi who played through many generations. I've already
> played against Sampras and Agassi, then [Andy] Roddick, [Leyton]
> Hewitt and [Marat] Safin in my generation and now I'm playing Nadal,
> [Novak] Djokovic and [Andy] Murray.

Santoro played against Lendl, Wilander, Becker, Edberg, Sampras, Agassi,
Hewitt, Federer, Nadal, Murray, Djokovic :-)



  
Date: 22 Feb 2009 11:36:39
From: Whisper
Subject: Re: Fed looks to future
Roger That wrote:
> wkhedr a écrit :
>> "I want to play as long as I can and that's where I draw inspiration
>> from Andre Agassi who played through many generations. I've already
>> played against Sampras and Agassi, then [Andy] Roddick, [Leyton]
>> Hewitt and [Marat] Safin in my generation and now I'm playing Nadal,
>> [Novak] Djokovic and [Andy] Murray.
>
> Santoro played against Lendl, Wilander, Becker, Edberg, Sampras, Agassi,
> Hewitt, Federer, Nadal, Murray, Djokovic :-)
>


He played Jimmy Connors (on tour 1971) in 1992 so just needs to get a
match in v Tomic & he'll cover about 60 years of tennis history.


 
Date: 21 Feb 2009 06:28:49
From:
Subject: Re: Fed looks to future
On Feb 20, 11:21=A0pm, wkhedr <wkh...@my-deja.com > wrote:
> Roger Federer's absence from the Dubai Tennis Championships will have
> a few tennis stars breathing a sigh of relief, but the former world
> No1 issued an ominous statement of intent in the emirate on Thursday.
>
> The four-time Dubai champion pulled out of the tournament last week
> because of a back injury first sustained towards the close of last
> season and has indicated he will need at least a month to recuperate.
>
> Yet he fired a warning to those who think the titanic tennis talent is
> on the wane.
>
> "I'm still fairly young in tennis terms and I've still got many years
> ahead of me," said the 27-year-old. "The most important thing is to
> stay healthy so I can chase my dreams. I'm so disappointed I'm not
> playing in Dubai, but I'm very confident and positive about this year.
>
> "Despite the injury, I feel a lot better this year to what I did last
> year. I'm only going to play again when I'm 100 per cent fit, whereas
> last year I played many matches when I wasn't feeling great. That's
> going to make a big difference for me, both now and also for the
> following years."
>
> That Federer is thinking long-term will strike a chord with the rest
> of the men's game =96 he is chasing down Pete Sampras' record 14 Grand
> Slams and was disappointed to not equal the milestone in his last
> match.
>
> He contested an epic five-set showdown against Rafael Nadal at the
> Australian Open final in Melbourne last month, only to go down 7-5,
> 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2 to his Spanish rival.
>
> Roland Garros in May provides Federer's next chance to secure his 14th
> Grand Slam title, the only major the world No2 has failed to win since
> joining the professional circuit in 1998. The French Open has proven
> particularly elusive since Nadal's rise to prominence, as the
> Mallorcan matador conquered Federer in the past three Paris finals.
>
> If Federer were to add the missing link, he would surely be considered
> the greatest tennis player of all time. The tag does not sit well with
> him, however.
>
> "We don't know the greatest of all time," he said.
>
> "But I think that's the beauty of tennis. Who even knows how many
> matches I'm going to win, or if I'll win the French Open? It would
> definitely enhance my career and make it even more incredible for me
> than it already is. It would make it more special to be the greatest
> of all time, yet I'm not really sure what that would take. I'm very
> proud to already be up there and have a lot more time left to achieve
> even more. That's why I'm excited about the future.
>
> "I want to play as long as I can and that's where I draw inspiration
> from Andre Agassi who played through many generations. I've already
> played against Sampras and Agassi, then [Andy] Roddick, [Leyton]
> Hewitt and [Marat] Safin in my generation and now I'm playing Nadal,
> [Novak] Djokovic and [Andy] Murray.
>
> "And we've already got a new generation coming through, and after that
> maybe there'll be another one. Every five years you have a new
> generation, which is interesting for tennis and I'd like to stay
> around for a while yet.
>
> "We've got the Olympics in 2012 and getting the singles gold in London
> =96 which will be held on the grass at Wimbledon =96 would be a proud
> moment for me.
>
> "So I'll hopefully play until I'm 35, which is seven or eight years
> from now," added Federer, who took gold for Switzerland in the doubles
> at the Beijing Olympics last August. "I'm setting my goals long-term."
>
> http://www.business24-7.ae/articles/2009/2/pages/02212009_dbfa6e4da42...
>
> He still looks depressed for sure.

Fed throws in a lot of acceptable stuff in his comments, but
insinuating that he played last year in unfit condition and is now
resting a back that has presumably been injured. That seems like an
implied excuse for losing to nadal at AO. 2007 was mono. It is far
more likely that Fed needs a break after his crushing defeat to Nadal--
and I wouldn't blame him for that at all. But this is absurd and
shows poor form imo. I wonder what Laver and those other old Aussies
think of this kind of talk.



 
Date: 21 Feb 2009 06:05:22
From:
Subject: Re: Fed looks to future
On Feb 21, 7:54=A0am, Professor X <sueboka...@hotmail.com > wrote:
> On Feb 21, 4:21=A0am, wkhedr <wkh...@my-deja.com> wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
> > Roger Federer's absence from the Dubai Tennis Championships will have
> > a few tennis stars breathing a sigh of relief, but the former world
> > No1 issued an ominous statement of intent in the emirate on Thursday.
>
> > The four-time Dubai champion pulled out of the tournament last week
> > because of a back injury first sustained towards the close of last
> > season and has indicated he will need at least a month to recuperate.
>
> > Yet he fired a warning to those who think the titanic tennis talent is
> > on the wane.
>
> > "I'm still fairly young in tennis terms and I've still got many years
> > ahead of me," said the 27-year-old. "The most important thing is to
> > stay healthy so I can chase my dreams. I'm so disappointed I'm not
> > playing in Dubai, but I'm very confident and positive about this year.
>
> > "Despite the injury, I feel a lot better this year to what I did last
> > year. I'm only going to play again when I'm 100 per cent fit, whereas
> > last year I played many matches when I wasn't feeling great. That's
> > going to make a big difference for me, both now and also for the
> > following years."
>
> > That Federer is thinking long-term will strike a chord with the rest
> > of the men's game =96 he is chasing down Pete Sampras' record 14 Grand
> > Slams and was disappointed to not equal the milestone in his last
> > match.
>
> > He contested an epic five-set showdown against Rafael Nadal at the
> > Australian Open final in Melbourne last month, only to go down 7-5,
> > 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2 to his Spanish rival.
>
> > Roland Garros in May provides Federer's next chance to secure his 14th
> > Grand Slam title, the only major the world No2 has failed to win since
> > joining the professional circuit in 1998. The French Open has proven
> > particularly elusive since Nadal's rise to prominence, as the
> > Mallorcan matador conquered Federer in the past three Paris finals.
>
> > If Federer were to add the missing link, he would surely be considered
> > the greatest tennis player of all time. The tag does not sit well with
> > him, however.
>
> > "We don't know the greatest of all time," he said.
>
> > "But I think that's the beauty of tennis. Who even knows how many
> > matches I'm going to win, or if I'll win the French Open? It would
> > definitely enhance my career and make it even more incredible for me
> > than it already is. It would make it more special to be the greatest
> > of all time, yet I'm not really sure what that would take. I'm very
> > proud to already be up there and have a lot more time left to achieve
> > even more. That's why I'm excited about the future.
>
> > "I want to play as long as I can and that's where I draw inspiration
> > from Andre Agassi who played through many generations. I've already
> > played against Sampras and Agassi, then [Andy] Roddick, [Leyton]
> > Hewitt and [Marat] Safin in my generation and now I'm playing Nadal,
> > [Novak] Djokovic and [Andy] Murray.
>
> > "And we've already got a new generation coming through, and after that
> > maybe there'll be another one. Every five years you have a new
> > generation, which is interesting for tennis and I'd like to stay
> > around for a while yet.
>
> > "We've got the Olympics in 2012 and getting the singles gold in London
> > =96 which will be held on the grass at Wimbledon =96 would be a proud
> > moment for me.
>
> > "So I'll hopefully play until I'm 35, which is seven or eight years
> > from now," added Federer, who took gold for Switzerland in the doubles
> > at the Beijing Olympics last August. "I'm setting my goals long-term."
>
> >http://www.business24-7.ae/articles/2009/2/pages/02212009_dbfa6e4da42...
>
> > He still looks depressed for sure.
>
> I hope if fed is planning on playing long-term that he isn't going to
> let it reach the stage where he starts turning up at slams at losing
> in 3rd round, that would damage his legacy... it would be best for him
> to go at or near the top.- Hide quoted text -
>
> - Show quoted text -

Nothing suggests this so far.


 
Date: 21 Feb 2009 04:54:15
From: Professor X
Subject: Re: Fed looks to future
On Feb 21, 4:21=A0am, wkhedr <wkh...@my-deja.com > wrote:
> Roger Federer's absence from the Dubai Tennis Championships will have
> a few tennis stars breathing a sigh of relief, but the former world
> No1 issued an ominous statement of intent in the emirate on Thursday.
>
> The four-time Dubai champion pulled out of the tournament last week
> because of a back injury first sustained towards the close of last
> season and has indicated he will need at least a month to recuperate.
>
> Yet he fired a warning to those who think the titanic tennis talent is
> on the wane.
>
> "I'm still fairly young in tennis terms and I've still got many years
> ahead of me," said the 27-year-old. "The most important thing is to
> stay healthy so I can chase my dreams. I'm so disappointed I'm not
> playing in Dubai, but I'm very confident and positive about this year.
>
> "Despite the injury, I feel a lot better this year to what I did last
> year. I'm only going to play again when I'm 100 per cent fit, whereas
> last year I played many matches when I wasn't feeling great. That's
> going to make a big difference for me, both now and also for the
> following years."
>
> That Federer is thinking long-term will strike a chord with the rest
> of the men's game =96 he is chasing down Pete Sampras' record 14 Grand
> Slams and was disappointed to not equal the milestone in his last
> match.
>
> He contested an epic five-set showdown against Rafael Nadal at the
> Australian Open final in Melbourne last month, only to go down 7-5,
> 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2 to his Spanish rival.
>
> Roland Garros in May provides Federer's next chance to secure his 14th
> Grand Slam title, the only major the world No2 has failed to win since
> joining the professional circuit in 1998. The French Open has proven
> particularly elusive since Nadal's rise to prominence, as the
> Mallorcan matador conquered Federer in the past three Paris finals.
>
> If Federer were to add the missing link, he would surely be considered
> the greatest tennis player of all time. The tag does not sit well with
> him, however.
>
> "We don't know the greatest of all time," he said.
>
> "But I think that's the beauty of tennis. Who even knows how many
> matches I'm going to win, or if I'll win the French Open? It would
> definitely enhance my career and make it even more incredible for me
> than it already is. It would make it more special to be the greatest
> of all time, yet I'm not really sure what that would take. I'm very
> proud to already be up there and have a lot more time left to achieve
> even more. That's why I'm excited about the future.
>
> "I want to play as long as I can and that's where I draw inspiration
> from Andre Agassi who played through many generations. I've already
> played against Sampras and Agassi, then [Andy] Roddick, [Leyton]
> Hewitt and [Marat] Safin in my generation and now I'm playing Nadal,
> [Novak] Djokovic and [Andy] Murray.
>
> "And we've already got a new generation coming through, and after that
> maybe there'll be another one. Every five years you have a new
> generation, which is interesting for tennis and I'd like to stay
> around for a while yet.
>
> "We've got the Olympics in 2012 and getting the singles gold in London
> =96 which will be held on the grass at Wimbledon =96 would be a proud
> moment for me.
>
> "So I'll hopefully play until I'm 35, which is seven or eight years
> from now," added Federer, who took gold for Switzerland in the doubles
> at the Beijing Olympics last August. "I'm setting my goals long-term."
>
> http://www.business24-7.ae/articles/2009/2/pages/02212009_dbfa6e4da42...
>
> He still looks depressed for sure.

I hope if fed is planning on playing long-term that he isn't going to
let it reach the stage where he starts turning up at slams at losing
in 3rd round, that would damage his legacy... it would be best for him
to go at or near the top.


 
Date: 21 Feb 2009 08:08:12
From: Stapler
Subject: Re: Fed looks to future
You don't even know when that photo was taken. Talk about a leap.