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Courtside at Monte Carlo: A Fed Fans Perspective

Hey all, I'm back blogging after a short trip away and with Madrid still 7 days away I've been struggling for blog post ideas to fill the void. Luckily when I got back I had an email from Wanda in my inbox with a great recap of Monte Carlo.

It's always great to get courtside reports from fans who have seen Fed in the flesh and this is a really great piece which is both helpful to anyone visiting Monte Carlo next year or those just wanting to read about another Fed experience.

The blog now has Simon and Rita's Davis Cup experiences and along with this Monte Carlo Country Club report. Hopefully we can get a few more posted during the year, so if you see Federer live and want to write a short piece about your experience just email me it. Anyway, enjoy….

Courtside at Monte Carlo: A Fed Fans Perspective

I currently live in South of France less than an hour away from Monaco. Normally I have little interest in the Monte-Carlo Masters but as soon as I heard Fed decided to take a wild card, I tried to get the ticket online. Unfortunately not a single seat left in the Centre Court on any day.

Although I knew some tickets were available each day at the door, had no idea what's the chance of getting one. So I bought a ticket for the Court Princes on Wednesday online hoping to get to see Fed on a practice court at least. I picked Wednesday because it was almost guaranteed that Roger was due to play. But I would have chosen Thursday if I could as you can see most of the top players on the Centre Court on the same day.

On the day

Count Central Monte Carlo
My view on Court Central

Arrived at 8:15 am by the earliest train along with a bunch of ball boys and found myself the first in the queue at the ticket booth opened 8:30am. Got a good seat in the 2nd category for the Centre Court, behind the base line, a few row after the box seats for 67 euros (see the photo for the view from the seat).

The highest category was €115 by the way. After buying RF cap for the first time ever, strolling between the practice courts, not finding anybody interesting except Bellucci (anyone agrees he's quite hot!?). Then the Centre Court opened and omg…there Roger and Stan were practicing there! They were cute smiling, talking together and being photographs taken, sadly I only caught them for mere one minute.

I juggled between the Centre Court and the Princes and I saw Fognini, Roger, Dimitrov, Stan, Cilic, Monfils and Doglopolov.

Before the match, Roger was so relaxed chatting with the official as if he was a neighbour, looked just so smooth and elegant. It's very true what people say he is like strolling in the park or shopping mall on and off court, while the heart rates of his fans' shoot up like a rocket with excitement.

As you know Roger played solid and clinical, served flawlessly that day. No need of ‘HOLD' and ‘BREAK' mantra as he's got 100% BP stats both conversion and saving. Would have been perfect if it was a warm sunny day but I'm not complaining. I was so over the moon witnessing Roger's BH overhead for the first time!

I gave Rafa's match a miss (saw him twice there and Wimbledon, enough of him really) and tried to get a glimpse of Roger in the autographs session. Though no intention to get one myself, I'm too old and shy. But so many people there lined up and had to wait too long. It was the time for Dimitrov's match so I eventually gave up. Those people, kids and adults were all chanting “Rog! Rog!” hoping for him to come out from the building for God knows how long!?

Some info and thoughts on the venue – Monte-Carlo Country Club

Dimitrov Court des Princes
Dimitrov Court des Princes

It's worth visiting at least once for its beautiful setting alone. Easy to get there from one of the tourist cities along CΓ΄te d'Azur by train such as Cannes, Nice, Grasse and Monaco. The MCCC train station, a few minutes walk from the entrance, is only used during the championships with special discounted fare. And now you know it is not difficult to get a ticket on the spot as well. I met the couple from Canada who were on their holiday staying in Nice and just decided to come to see tennis the day before.

The Club, with several land levels, is not large because it is sandwiched between the sea and the rock mountain. So moving around the courts or trying to buy some beverage are not easy with lots of people doing the same. Not just everything is pricey in French Riviera but queuing up for food for ages between the matches is not an ideal so I brought my own picnic.

The weather in April is quite unpredictable and because of the sea breeze, it can get windy and chilly even on a lovely sunny day. So it was freezing without Sun.

You could see some of the most posh, gorgeous people there. A blonde model type with 15 centimetre stiletto or a gentleman wearing the soft panama hat, the pastel colour scarf and matching moccasins! But those people usually prefer socialising in the exclusive restaurant overlooking the Centre Court rather than watching tennis. You hear more Italian language than French around you. Because lots of Italian fans come to visit as the Club is closed to the border to Italy. Or perhaps they are more vocal than French. And I can tell you they love Roger! The crowds cheered him the loudest for sure.

Wish Fed played at the Court Princes, it was much better with the intimate atmosphere, close enough to get feel all the effort of the players. Therefore I really enjoyed Baby Fed's match. He was just a few metres away. It was fantastic to see his running FH live in front of you which was selected as the ATP's ‘Hot Shot' of the day. I must admit some of his shots were indeed Federer-like. I was pretty impressed how popular Dimi was, particularly after the match, being mobbed by a large crowds of fans screaming his name. And good to see that he was kind and patient especially to the kids for signing autographs, following Fed's footsteps, I guess.

Thoughts on Fed

When you are on the live chat watching his match, we all wish JesusFed to appear and get bakery products not any drama from him. But when you watch him live, you want to see more of Roger and as long as possible. I wished the match would continue for ever and I even cheered for Stepanek to fight harder.

I leave to describe Fed's tennis/match to the professionals such as you Jonathan. But there's a few things I can say about Fed as an amateur fan. When you are in the same dimension as he's in, you realise how incredibly perfect proportional body he's got. With the wide shoulder, strong legs and oh my God…the most beautiful ass! I tried hard not staring at it all the time πŸ˜‰ I think many players look rather skinny in person.

And Roger's hair with the curls…I probably looked stupid with the mouth opened and the eyes shaped like heart mark. Felt as if I was melting away despite the cold temperature. Then I realised quite lots of people even guys around me on the stand were all looking at Fed with the same admiration.

His movement was unreal yet so gracefully natural, does it even make sense? The sequence of the motion formed by the perfect physique is just divine. He moves like nobody, doesn't he? There are incredibly athletic players out there such as Djokovic and Monfils but Roger is the only of its kind in my opinion. And not mention, the ball flying from his racket is a part of his creation, well…most of the times. And interesting to see clearly that he was intentionally crafting the points not just running and chasing the balls.

I amazed how the tennis pros hit the ball so hard and fast! No wonder lots of pros injure their shoulders and wrists. One thing I noticed while watching tennis live was the difference of the sound when the racket hit the ball. You can't get the reverberation of the impact from the screen just as watching fireworks on TV. I thought the noise sounded different in each players and of course I liked Roger's music better than anybody else.

Despite I had no personal contact with Roger nor any special episode to tell you, it was a very special day for me. Though my life-time dream of seeing him at Wimbledon still continues…


Huge fan of Roger Federer. I watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or writing about tennis I play regularly myself and have a keen interest in tactics, equipment and technicalties of the sport.

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  1. I flew to Brisbane from N.Z. to watch Roger play live in the quarter finals. The match was very short because he won 6-1,6-1. However it was wonderful to watch his graceful movement and shotmaking. I agree that it is hard to take your eyes off that beautiful ass, and I am old enough to be his grandmother.

  2. Wonderfully written. I hope you realize the wimbledon dream soon. Never in my wildest imagination would I have a thought that I would see Federer at Centre Court Wimbledon for all those years that I supported him but I did realise my dream in 2012 in the most crazy match of the slam. Vs Benneteau in 5 sets. The most unbelievable moment of my life. HOPE it happens to you too.

    1. Wow lucky you watching that incredible 5 setter! I won the ballot three times, but all non Fed matches πŸ™
      Hope it happens one day. Thanks for reading the post, Waleed.

  3. Super recap Wanda! Having seen him live, I totally empathise with the whole unreal, real thing! He really does float with almost no noise compared to others! My husband thinks I am obsessed by Feds physical beauty but I just love the grace in motion! Agree re his A.. Btw!
    Interesting to hear how easy it is to get tickets! Worth thinking about!
    Lucky you and thanks for sharing!
    Federer rocks!

    1. Hey Serajul, glad you enjoyed it. Just wanted to give something back to Jonathan and the peRFect tennis community πŸ™‚

  4. And that’s why I am hunting a FO ticket like crazy!!! Just to get to live a similar experience!
    Unfortunately it’s not as easy as Monte Carlo it seems…
    Anyway great recap Wanda and thank you for sharing it with us πŸ™‚

    1. It’s got to be possible Alex, the seats are always half empty at FO! Unless they’re actually sold, but people don’t bother to come???

  5. Great for you Wanda! Great recap and glad you enjoyed your time there. Seems like you saw some pretty decent matches πŸ™‚

    Alex, was also wanting to go to FO, semis and final: the very day the ticket sale started, there was already nothing left…. FML

    1. Majority sold thru French tennis clubs! Don’t think there is any public ballot at all
      I hv been lucky enough to get Wimbledon tickets already thru a Club members ballot! Centre second Tues. Men’s 4th round! Ladies QF’s! Hoping I luck out… And Fed still in! Hvnt missed a Wimbledon since forever!! Going to Queens too! Now that’s fun cos u r so close!

      1. Er, sorry to disappoint you … second Tue features only ladies for singles. All men’s fourth round matches are on Monday.

      2. Don’t mind. Just keeping my record of not missing a yr! Will go other times too! Will keep you posted

    2. I’ll be in Paris only for the first week of the FO but even those were sold out the same morning ticket sales started… now I’m almost living in front of the official tickets exchange website waiting for 2R or 3R tickets to appear… even if they’re +25% of the initial price…

    3. I decided to go Monte-Carlo because I was inspired by your recap and the ‘little talk’ with Roger, Simon πŸ™‚

  6. Great memories Wanda. Thank you for writing them down for us. You describe it so well I feel I was there too. I certainly know what you mean about Roger’s movement, both playing and just walking around. He really does look as though he’s almost floating, or like a panther, graceful and silent. It must have been really scary facing him from the other side of the net in his peak days – and probably still is. You don’t really get that feel so much from watching him on TV do you, although you do of course notice the gracefulness.

  7. No, thank YOU Rita and guys, this community means a lot to me πŸ™‚

    Yes, something is definitely different in Fed’s being from other players. Difficult to describe but it’s like watching big waves in the sea without sound. Awesome nature…

  8. Thank you so much for putting down your thoughts & observations & experiences for us Wanda! I remember when you said you couldn’t get a ticket after he announced he was accepting the wild card – and then we didn’t hear any more from you, but it’s because you were THERE, lol!

    I bet it’s a little more “squished” for the players too, facilities-wise. Good that you’re able to bring your own picnic though. So neat that you were able to go, and it sounds like you squeezed a ton of tennis into your day! Thanks again for helping others of us to live vicariously!

    1. Hi Thinker,

      I love reading/hearing others’ Fedexperiences so hope it would encourage more to come πŸ˜‰
      Susie, by any chance?

      I took the whole day off and put up with the consequences, been crazy busy afterward so that’s why I hadn’t been participating on the blog lately. I could have written earlier or more about the day such as the wired Fognini’s match or Stan’s powerful and dominant display etc. but anyway glad I managed to post it.

      1. Loved yr experience! You had a wonderful environment to add to the occasion. O2 final 2013 despite Fed losing was just awesome given the extreme high quality of the match and again this yr (again losing to Novak, I must be a jinx!!)

      2. Wow Susie you were there at WTF final 2012 (not 2013, right?)! Must’ve been amazing. Roger in my favourite purple colour πŸ˜€

        You know what? After Roger won it in 2011, I bought three set of best tickets for both semi and final for 2012 at January pre-pub sale but then I couldn’t come to London πŸ™ It was devastating to let the occasion go, though I sold the tickets for a quite bit of profit at least. Had to only imagine how incredible feeling I could’ve had there while watching highlights as well as reading all sort of articles and blogs. O2, another dream list…

  9. Great write up, Wanda! Nice to hear it completely unadulterated from a Federer fan πŸ™‚

    Funny how you could’ve just yelled at Stepanek, “You sumbitch! Do something! Give me my 67 Euros worth”. Though I think you are a greedy Federer fan, wanting him to stay on court much longer, so you can stare at his hiney, when Roger could’ve spent that same time with Mirka, and the kids. Such selfish fans.

    That’s not what I would say. That’s what KFedFan would say. Where is she? πŸ˜‰

    1. Hey Sid, haha exactly! Were you there too? You must’ve heard what I was yelling at Stepanek.
      No regret being biased, greedy and selfish πŸ˜€

      1. Yeah 2012 for final and 2013 for round robin! Totally amazing experience, and back then courts were faster. Yes the purple shirt was my fav too! Royal Roger!
        The other tourney worth looking at is Halle, must be easy to get tickets, never looks full!

    2. Roger rear watching is fine, but stalking his wife and getting upset because he may miss a tournament to be with his wife while she gives birth to “their” child is not fine. You can watch his rear later.

      What’s up Sid?

      1. Hey, Mom! What’s up? Where you been? I swear we’ve been well behaved while you were gone πŸ˜‰

      2. I have to eat, sleep and work. Fed fans on MTF is stalking the [email protected] of Mirka. They made a thread called Maternity Watch with pictures of Mirka and the twins out on the town in Switzerland while Roger was playing in MC. Fed fans anticipating Mirka to give birth on the street while Roger is at soccer match with M Lammer. Oh, those passionate Fed Fans!

      3. Sid, you and KFedFan and you and Pablo…… Dude….. πŸ™‚ What’s up?? What’s up?? πŸ™‚

      4. KFedFan….again…. we are all on the same side here….trust me….Team Roger πŸ™‚
        No Team Edward…. no Team Jacob…..Go Team Roger πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      5. omg.. What is wrong with you man ? Are you Pablo by any chance.Everyone here is just trying to have a little fun and you come here and act as if you are Federer’s bodyguard or something.I mean…Are you retarded ?

  10. Hi Wanda,
    I really enjoyed reading your experiences in Monte Carlo. I was fortunate enough to see a couple of his matches at Indian wells and close up at one of his practice sessions. I totally agree with you about how amazing it is to see his beautiful movement. He hits his strokes with such ease, I am jealous I can’t hit the ball like him. My dream has always been to go to Wimbledon and see tennis, but to see Roger as well would be absolutely amazing!

    1. Hi Fran,
      Thanks πŸ™‚ Love to visit Indian Wells one day, it looks really a cool, fan-friendly place!

  11. So exciting just reading about your experience at MC, Wanda. Non-Fed (tennis) fans don’t get it! I too go to IW every year. Watching Roger on and off the court is amazing! I, along with hundreds, will wait in the hot sun just to watch him practice. He is so relaxed and looks like such a fun person to be with.
    PS. Also love his body, especially his shoulders.
    Watching him live should be on everyones bucket list.

    1. Glad you enjoyed the piece, Sue.
      Wow envy you for being able to go IW every year.
      His existence is an art. He’s like a moving tennis museum/gallery, isn’t he?

  12. Great piece Wanda, and a good mix of the first Roger epiphany and practical info for first visitors in Monaco.

    And I totally understand how you felt when you quitly where chearing for Stepanek to put of a fight. Live tennis is just amazing when itΒ΄s close and down to the wire. I saw Roger live two times last year, once at French Open on Chatrier from way up in the stands against Benneteau, Roger won comfortly in three sets. Even though I was way up high I still got the feelings about his movement, ballstriking etc. like you did and I wanted more. So I travelled to Hamburg when Roger suddenly took a WC after his shocking Wimbledon defeat. And there I was blessed with a courtside experience of Roger in a close three set match against Florian Mayer. Even though it was obvious Roger was having major back issues, his brilliant floating movement was still there. And Roger finished that match with playing amazing tennis in the last two games taking the set 7-5.

    And I share your dream about watching Roger live at Wimbledon, and having been there three times now and failed each time, I think itΒ΄s the hardest place to get a peak at his brilliance.

    1. Hey Mark thanks πŸ™‚

      Great that you watched him 3-setter both times at least!
      I’ve been Wimbledon three times without success, too. And somehow every time I go to see live tennis, Nadal or Murray, even both were there waiting for me… Never give up our dream, shall we?

      1. No Wanda we must never give up πŸ™‚ and I too would like to switch my two times Nadal, one time Djokovic and one time Djokovic experiences at Wimbledon with just one showdown with Roger at SW19, but hopefully it will come soon!

    2. That Mayer match was crazy last year, I was almost certain he would lose it, I remember watching it on a laptop at a BBQ πŸ˜€ long before the days of live chat!

      1. It was a really crazy match, it was in that where he suddenly in the second set took on that aweful west πŸ™‚ Lost the set and of again did the west come πŸ˜‰ But he had major back issues, at some point I think my first serves would have been a help for him πŸ™‚ But he took some painkillers and found his game, crazy match indeed!

  13. Hey Wanda, such a great story. Damn you are a great writer πŸ™‚ Easy reading !!! I am sooooo jealous of some of you guys who have seen him live. I had the opportunity at the SF of ATP Rotterdam 2013 (bought even both tickets to make sure I would see him), but that was last year with Roger’s backpain, so he was out in the QF.
    But I have not given up…. I will see Roger live….have to, just have to….

    And I do agree with you on one thing: some are soooo skinny. I did see Benneteau live, who looks normal and “wide” on tv, but Oh my God, he is soooooo thin and skinny…. Makes me wonder how skinny Andy and especially Novak are…

    And his body……. no comment πŸ™‚

    1. Good point Katyani! They are all thinner and more compact but tall!!! Most of these players are above average height and you really feel their physical presence live! That’s where Wimbledon is great, walking round the outside courts and seeing the athletic effort right up close! Awesome! I watched Delpo last yr at Queens! Enormous!! The racquet looked just ridiculous in his hands and how he has done so well on grass is beyond me as the distance from his waist/hips to the ground is very very long so needs huge knee bend!

      1. Hey Susie, seriously, I am not kidding, I was soooo shocked to see, Benneteau is really really skinny. Not normal. And it makes me really wonder exactly how skinny is Novak?? I mean, come on, he is like the thinnest and skinniest right?? Can you even see him on court??

        When I was at R’dam I saw two SF, Simon vs Benneteau and Delpo vs Dimi.
        I saw them is maybe an exxeguration, because my seat was so high in the sky, even with glasses on I could not see them properly (makes me wonder what the people in Arthur Ashe Stadium see when they are sitting in the clouds πŸ™‚ )
        I did notice that Simon and Dimi look like boys, but they are quite tall.
        And again, what I did notice, even from the sky, was how fast Delpo is…. but not in between points πŸ™‚

        I miss Delpo…….. Remember how he last year played a couple of points against Novak at Wimby, where he was on one side of the court and played the ball cross the court back to Novak with such a speed that Novak could not even reach, maybe like 150 miles per hour or more, so hard, I even felt sorry for Novak….. Damn… I miss Delpo… friendly giant…

    2. Come to the O2!! As soon as overnight draw comes out, get on line, get yr ticket, and get on the road! I did it twice last yr thinking ” oh I won’t get a ticket” but if you are prepared to pay, are quick on the draw, you will get a gd seat for about Β£180 I think I paid! depending on the day! Yes expensive but So so worth it!! Don’t go high! Tell me in advance!

      1. Hey Susie, you think Roger is stubborn, well…. you haven’t met me πŸ™‚ I am worse. I want and will see Roger in my own country, he has to come, atleast once πŸ™‚
        No seriously, I don’t travel. It’s in my DNA. Don’t like it. Can’t stand it. Tried it once. Bad move. Really bad move.
        Yes… my kind does exist, rare breed, people who don’t like holidays and travel πŸ™‚
        And even if Roger is the love of my life, I won’t even do it for him…. (worse Roger fan ever right?? :))

    3. Thanks for your compliment on my writing Katyani πŸ™‚ As a travel journalist, writing is my profession but never wrote about Roger even in my native language before. Hope I’m not too embarrassed myself posting silly grammatical or spelling mistakes. (Jonathan probably corrected them for me.)

      I saw Andy playing few times and found him tall and skinny with a tiny head, wired proportion. Fognini, I know you like him and agree he’s quite good-looking, though his upper torso looked stiff, moving like a penguin lol πŸ˜‰

      1. Hey Wanda, you’re a travel journalist?? Wow, sounds so exciting. You must go to a lot of places and meet a lot of people… But I meant it, you write with so much fun.

        Fognini on court is oke, with his headband and totally unshaved. But once I saw him watching a match with other players and he was sitting in the crowd. No headband and totally shaved. Wow, Wanda…. he was quite goodlooking. Not Tommy Haas goodlooking or Dimi goodlooking and certainly not Roger goodlooking πŸ™‚

        Oh and Wanda, I still smile when I see your avatar πŸ™‚

      2. And Katyani, I’m still waiting for your avatar to turn up here πŸ˜‰

      3. Hey, think Flavia has got holt of Fabio! But he makes tennis fun too! Agree he is a strutter!

  14. A huge thank you, Wanda, for sharing your MC expereince with us. I had quite a few chuckles in reading your description of Roger’s body fatures πŸ™‚ . I wish I could be one of those men who sat around you. Really enjoyable reading, thanks Jonathan. We have got quite a few Fed fans who have got a fair bit of writing talent πŸ™‚ .

    1. My pleasure, Gang. Great that the post made you giggle πŸ˜‰ Roger could easily have been one of Michelangelo’s sculpture models if he was there in the time, don’t you think?

      1. Wanda, I was about to suggest that you could make a living by doing some writing. There you are, no wonder you write so vividly and wonderfully. You should definitively write more about Roger, which we Fed fans all will benefit πŸ™‚ .

      2. Send me to Wimbledon, would you? Though I’d be too emotional seeing Roger on grass so probably useless reporting tennis. Thanks for the remark anyway, Gang πŸ™‚

  15. Thanks Wanda for your insightful post on MC. Nothing beats watching him in person playing tennis. I think I can relate the excitement watching him in person as I am such a fan-girl myself. When it comes to Roger, I will totally melt at his royal highness presence on court. πŸ™‚

  16. Hi Dippy,
    Imagine us watching Roger live together, we’d be giggling, shouting, chanting, praying, crying, suffocating and totally over-the-moon falling for him! That would be a great fun πŸ˜€

  17. Great Writeup….I had a fortunate of watch Roger Vs Novak back in 2010 on Roger cup SF Toronto… since I get tickets on gate it’s so far from players…..This article makes me to get ticket again for same event to watch it in live…

  18. It’s always fun to read a fan’s experience…. Very nice writeup, thanks for sharing your experience!

    1. Thanks for the comment, Kit πŸ™‚ Yes, always lovely to read fed-experiences or fed-moments from his fans!

  19. Hey guys, I was thinking about names…. Of course it is up to Roger & Mirka, but me personally… I don’t want Roger to call his son Roger if it is a boy…. Afterall, in our lifetime and this lifetime there is and could be only one Roger Federer πŸ™‚ I mean, what if his dad decided to name Roger his own name Robert?? We all would be calling him Bobbie instead of Rog or Rogi πŸ™‚ Would be nice if they name their child (boy or girl) with a name that starts with an ‘R’, so RF could continue πŸ™‚ Or is it already a fact that they will give the name Alex if it is a boy??

  20. Yeah, I agree, they are all skinny. Had a chance to see all the top 8 at the O2 in 2011 and 2012 . I was particularly shocked by how skinny Nadal was. I dodged security and got into the ‘Not allowed’ zone in a desperate attempt to get Djokovic’s autograph. I eventually did with 2 security men at my heels, but I caught up with Djoker and he told them to wait a minute while he signed my WTF white cap and then I was escorted out.
    I never saw Federer in practice though, but watched his matches live and when he did the interviews at the end , tears were always in my eyes.
    I have made up my mind that next time, I am so staying close to the hotel (if not the hotel) where these players stay before they come to the O2, I will also attempt to take same ferry if possible to get a picture or 2.
    I thought I was a crazy Fed fan till I sat near a kid with his mom who kept screaming come on Fed at the WTF, I thought the kid would lose his voice. The crazy thing is I could swear this kid wasn’t yet 7years old even!!!
    I also want to say, If any of you have gotten Federer’s autograph LIVE, you deserve a medal. I have tried, fought, by passed security, accessed VIP lounges and no luck yet. I hope this year holds success…

    1. Haha, you are indeed a desperate Fed fan πŸ˜€ Good luck for getting his autograph!

      …But Nadal was skinny? Really?

  21. And think of it guys, we may just have an active 4 years left for Roger to play, each year has really got to count. I have started strategising and saving, reduced shopping and other unwanted freebies to save more πŸ™‚
    I’ve got to be third time lucky πŸ˜‰

  22. jst to be sure i’ve been correct: has anyone seen Roger on practice courts at the O2…i am beginning to think, either the hotel has a practice court in itz grounds or Roger has a practice court in his room .
    Or better still, he is soo good that he doesn’t practice at all πŸ˜‰

    1. Players often practice at the indoor courts over at Queens Club when playing at the 02. Same surface.

      I think Fed did practice at the 02 last year though on those courts outside the arena, I’ve been 3 times and only seen Nadal hitting.

    2. When I saw the practice schedule last year, Fed was on the actual main court, prior to the doubles (I think that was the day he wasn’t playing, although it might have been before his match against Gasquet). I don’t know whether that’s a personal preference, or simply a crowd management issue. Mind you, I think Nadal was on one of the practice courts while the singles was on … (I caught Gasqs and Tsonga, BTW, and a couple of doubles teams)

      Wouldn’t the best place to go to get an autograph be the stands by the tunnel as the players exit? That seemed to be where everyone was heading last year.

  23. Yeah Wanda, I was hoping for huge muscular biceps and so many other much things as depicted in pictures ,I got a slim Nadal instead

  24. No problem then, Nadal is loosing @ d qtrs, Fed is safe to finals and winning d title. Yeah, no need to look @ d full draw really πŸ˜‰

  25. Potential opponents of Roger Federer

    R1: Bye

    R2: Benoit Paire/Gilles Simon

    R3: Jo-Willy Tsonga

    QF: Andy Murray

    SF: Rafael Nadal

  26. R1: Bye

    R2: Benoit Paire/Gilles Simon

    R3: Seppi/Bautista-Agut/Tommy Robredo/Verdasco

    QF: Andy Murray/Jo-willy Tsonga/Almargo

    SF: Rafael Nadal

    I think the previous one may be wrong.

  27. Awesome report! I’ve seen Fed live a few times at the USO but the best was watching him up close at Cincy. I was drawn to him years ago because of his movement and it really is remarkable to see. You nailed it!

    1. Oh sorry for the late reply but thanks for your comment, Deborah. Cincy is another place I wish to visit one day but sooner as Roger plays some of his best tennis there. Were you there the final 2012 by any chance? He was in a God mode the whole week, wasn’t he?

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