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Pre-Wimbledon rest for Rafa and Roger

Nadal’s Wimbledon warm-up was curtailed by Tsonga while Fed chose to sit out Halle.

To me, Rafa looked fatigued at Queens, and although I have to admire his determination to prepare for the grass of Wimbledon by playing both singles and doubles, I was actually relieved when he was knocked out by Tsonga in the quarters.

What he needs right now is some rest, his play was looking good – even against Tsongas who played one of those incredible matches he can pull off every few years (Australian Open comes to mind…). He looked comfortable on grass, was finding his length nicely and even getting in some good serve and volleys.

So now he is in Mallorca, where he plans to “Be with the friends, be with the family, play some golf, relax, go fishing maybe”, before heading to Wimbledon next Wednesday or Thursday.

Federer on the other hand took the decision to pull out of Halle, saying that before the French Open, that he was so tired that he would sleep through the alarm clock.

I am sure that his time at home with the family will do wonders, and I am really looking forward to seeing our two champs feeling relaxed and fit for what will be an absolute humdinger Wimbledon in 2011.

 

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Madrid Masters – Roger’s Match Point “Whiff”

Match point to Rafa, Fed serves, Rafa returns and inexplicably, Roger MISSES COMPLETELY to lose the match?

How did this happen?

And more importantly, why wasn’t this commented on by the TV commentators or media?

Is the image of Mr Cool and Perfect Roger Federer untouchable?

I don’t think Federer needs any brushing over, his record speaks for itself.

But here is that unforgettable moment, the blooper of all Nadal vs Federer bloopers:

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Mirka serves twice – the Federer’s have twins!

Congratulations to Mirka and Roger, who gave birth to twin girls, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva.

Roger said that their birth was the “best day of his life”.

So if you though the Williams sisters were something, then wait until we see the “Federer twins” on the courts in a few years…!

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Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Federer!

Mr and Mrs Federer

From Roger Federer’s website comes the following announcement:


Dear Fans

Earlier today, in my hometown of Basel, surrounded by a small group of close friends and family, Mirka and I got married. It was a beautiful spring day and an incredibly joyous occasion.

Mr. and Mrs. Roger Federer wish all of you a Happy Easter weekend.

Love,
Roger

Great news, congratulations Roger and Mirka!

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Fed smashes racquet, “Mac The Super Brat” offers to help… hmm…

Kind of like giving whisky and car keys to a teenager isn’t it?

How exactly is John McEnroe going to help Roger Federer improve his game?

“Rog – you gotta work the umpire, man!

C’moooonn, the ball was ooouut!

You can not be serious!

Yeah, smash the racket, smash the racket. Feel better?

John McEnroe - Roger Federer's new coach?

John McEnroe - Roger Federer's new coach?

Violation? fahgettaboudit….”

Makes you wonder about the wisdom of the international press when they grab a throwaway line from a washed out loud mouth like McEnroe and suddenly the talk is that he will become Federer’s new coach.

Seriously? Sure, we all agree that Federer could need some help right now. There is that ailing right hand drive that seems to have a death wish for the net, the one handed reverse that has all the precision these days of a North Korean guided missile.

But even if wooden-racquet era John might have a few hints on fine tuning some technical elements of his game, surely it is that hardest place of all that Roger needs help on right now – that space between his two ears. And to do that he needs assistance from a good performance coach.

And finding the right man will be tough. He must be someone that Federer respects, and who is worthy of that respect. Someone with moral authority, poise and seasoned wisdom.

In-your-face Mac is not that man. He would be American chalk to Fed’s Swiss cheese, and although Roger would do well to pick up on some of McEnroe’s feisty determination and spirit, Roger just won’t, I humbly believe, say three Hail Mary’s for a guy who has sinned in just the ways Fed doesn’t want to go right now.

No, Roger won’t go for this “offer”. And those 125,000 fans who have already watched Federer’s racquet smashing heroics won’t get to see a whole library of Fed and Mac line-calling, abuse-hurling, umpire-bashing specials after all.

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Roger and Mirka – Next Generation

Congratulations to Roger and Mirka, who have just announced that they will be parents this summer!

From Roger Federer’s website:

Roger and Mirka www.rogerfederer.com

Dear Fans

I arrived in Indian Wells earlier this week and I am eager to get back out on court. My back is feeling much better and I am ready to go.

I also have some really awesome news to share with all of you: Mirka and I are excited to let you know that we will be parents this summer! Mirka is pregnant and we are so happy to be starting a family together. This is a dream come true for us. We love children and we are looking forward to being parents for the first time. Mirka is feeling great and everything is going well.

Speak soon and thanks for all your continued support!

Roger

Wow- what with Roger being the tennis great that he is, and Miroslava (Mirka) Vavrin having been a top 100 tennis player herself, the mind boggles about how very good Federer Mark II could be should he or she decide to take up tennis. Those genes and all.

So little one, hate to build up the pressure so soon, but I am one greedy tennis fan!

And I’m sure I’m not the only one already drooling in anticipation of that 2030 Wimbledon final against an Agassi/Graf!

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Becker Advice to Federer: Nadal is the Enemy on Court

There is a very interesting post on a Slovenian website. Bear in mind that I have unfortunately been unable to verify yet the authenticity or source.

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Boris Becker

In the post, Boris Becker is purported to be giving advice to Roger Federer, making intriguing parallels with moments in his own career, and basically saying that Federer needs to realise that Nadal is is chief enemy on court, that it is Nadal that has cost him three of the last four Grand Slams, and that he has to face him with a changed attitude.

Boris believes that Federer is still motivated, that his position is not that bad, and that he should reassess his priorities and leave the Davis Cup – as Becker himself did in his own career, facing the wrath of the public before becoming Number 1 in the world and leaving his fans satisfied.

Are you listening, Fed?

EDIT: 26th February. Seems this article from Boris Becker is genuine, and that it can be sourced from a Swiss newspaper, in German. A Roger Federer fan posted a translation of this article on Federer’s website.

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New coach for Federer?

I cannot comment on the veracity of this, but The Age newspaper in Australia has reported:

“Darren Cahill’s voluntary departure from coaching Australia’s Davis Cup team inspired speculation that he was set to be hired as coach by Roger Federer. “

Roger has of course not had a regular coach since the part time arrangements with Tony Roche (2005) and José Higueras (2008) ended. Darren Cahill is best known for his coaching of two other former number ones, Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi. Cahill retains a close relationship with Agassi, and he and Gil Reyes, Agassi’s conditioner, are currently helping Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in his preparation for the forthcoming US hardcourt and European claycourt seasons.

Could there be any truth to this rumour, and more importantly, could it help to break Fed’s losing streak against Nadal?