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Impressive Federer Wins Record 8th Halle Title

The Seppi curse is no more as Roger took out the Italian 7-6(1) 6-4 to win his 8th Halle title and 86th career title overall at the Gerry Weber Stadion on Sunday.

Roger was the heavy favourite going in and he lived up to the billing, weathering the Seppi storm in the middle of both sets and coming up with the better tennis when it really mattered to record victory in 1 hour and 48 minutes.

Quick Match Recap

Federer Halle Final 2015

Seppi served first and after looking a little nervous held to 15 thanks to some cheap errors from Federer. The Swiss then levelled for 1-1 and both players began to exchange comfortable holds with Seppi just slightly the more dangerous of the two.

At 3 all deuce on the Seppi serve the heavens opened which meant the roof had to be closed and after a 12 minute delay play resumed. Seppi held for 4-3 and then had his first break point chance of the set in game 8, Roger saved it with 2 heavy forehands before holding.

Another Seppi hold followed and the Italian then had 2 more chances to break at 15-40 to the set. In true GOAT style Roger saved them both with back to back aces before levelling at 5-5. Seppi then recovered from 0-30 to guarantee himself at least a tie break before Roger held to 30, coming up with a stunning defensive point at 30-30 which set the tone for the tie break.

Into the breaker and Roger hit a sweet forehand to get the mini break on the opening point and soon moved into a 4-0 lead. Seppi had looked the better player for all of set 1 but Roger's serve + forehand clicked at just the right time and at 1-6 down the man from South Tyrol double faulted to drop the set.

With Seppi on the ropes I thought Roger could break early in the second and although he won the first point on Seppi's serve in set 2 there was no immediate breakthrough. In fact it was Seppi who had the first chance to break again in set 2 but Roger again saved it with more clutch play.

At 4-3 Roger fashioned his first break point of the match with an epic return but Seppi saved it, before saving 2 more with some crisp hitting.

Fed then held to love in about 60 seconds to put more pressure on Seppi who would have to serve to stay in the match. The Italian looked tight, making a tame error at 0-15 before Roger ripped a backhand winner to bring up two match points which he took in style, firing a crisp backhand followed by an inside in forehand that put Seppi way behind the baseline before finishing with an overhead winner to seal his 8th Halle title.

Match Stats

R.ย Federer A.ย Seppi
Aces 14 1
Double Faults 0 1
1st Serve % 73% 62%
1st Serve Points Won 43/53 (81%) 34/52 (65%)
2nd Serve Points Won 10/20 (50%) 18/32 (56%)
Break Points Saved 4/4 (100%) 4/5 (80%)
Service Games Played 11 11
1st Return Points Won 18/52 (35%) 10/53 (19%)
2nd Return Points Won 14/32 (44%) 10/20 (50%)
Break Points Won 1/5 (20%) 0/4 (0%)
Return Games Played 11 11
Winners 36 15
Unforced Errors 29 21
Net Points Won 19/28 7/11
Total Service Points Won 53/73 (73%) 52/84 (62%)
Total Return Points Won 32/84 (38%) 20/73 (27%)
Total Points Won 85/157 (54%) 72/157 (46%)

Shot of the Match

Thoughts on the Match

Federer Wins 8th Halle

Another peRFect week in Halle for Roger Federer and after coming within 2 points of losing against Kohlschreiber he took full advantage to take down his 8th title without dropping another set throughout the whole tournament.

In today's match it was tough going for the most part with Seppi proving a very tricky opponent. Seppi has no huge weapons but thanks to his crisp flat hitting and very solid movement he was tricky for Roger to find a way through. In fact it was only really Roger's ability to play the bigger points better and his break point clutchness that proved the difference out there. Seppi had plenty chances but Roger came up with the goods time and time again to foil him and then pounced at 4-5 in set 2 after Seppi got slightly tight serving to stay in it.

In terms of stats Roger's numbers are all pretty impressive with a high first serve %, winners outnumbering errors and a comfortable gap in the points won column. Going into the match Roger said in press he thought the 2nd serve would be an area he could target but it was actually the reverse as Seppi won over 75% of points behind his second serve up until the first set tie break and Roger was down below 50%. Over the course of the match Seppi's dropped to 56% overall but still bettered Roger's at 50%. Probably the worst stat for Fed especially on a grass court.

The main takeaways for the week I think are Fed's serve has been incredible, he's moved exceptionally well, played clutch basically every time he needed to and has got 5 important matches under his belt ahead of Wimbledon. The only 2 things you can be critical over the week are 2nd serve points won and the forehand has been a little flaky. Although it came good in the tie break today which was very timely so hard to really criticise the best shot in the game of the last 12 years.

Next stop is Wimbledon where Roger will be the Number 2 seed and will be playing his opening match on Tuesday 30th of June. BEL18VE ๐Ÿ™‚

Federer vs. Seppi Halle 2015 Rating

Serving
Returning
Net Play
Winner to Unforced Error Ratio
Break Point Conversion

HALL8

Clutch play in the tiebreak yet again to get the all important first set then took advantage of Seppi getting tight in the 2nd to win his 8th title.

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  1. Another thing I forgot in the post: What was Fed thinking at 3-3, Advantage where Seppi’s shot clips the line, he hits a clean backhand winner but then challenges incorrectly? Madness ๐Ÿ˜†

    You know pretty much 99% of the time as soon as you hit the ball whether it’s going in but he blurted out challenge ๐Ÿ˜€ lucky it made no difference in the game.

    • Very true Jonathan – a touch of brain freeze – he knew the minute he said it – aaargh!

    • Exactly what I was thinking ! Even Seppi shrugged to say, “What the fuck is he doing ?”

    • It was too fast, I think he challenged before knowing the ball was going in, you know, BHDTL is not his most confident shot too…

    • Aha, I was puzzled what was going on there in Fed’s head? Then I thought, oh some wired thing happened that I couldn’t see thanks to the fuzzy stream?? Thanks for the explanation.

    • Sid TheCookieThief

      See, this is one of the things I don’t like about the challenge system. I’ve always believed that you should let the advantage be played for one shot, and allow a challenge. It’s how the referees play the advantage in soccer. They see a foul being committed a team, then sometimes they wait for just a bit to determine if the other team seems to gain an advantage with continuity. If that doesn’t happen, the referee whistles.

      There should be something similar in tennis. The idea is to make the right call. So in this example, if Roger misses the backhand, immediately challenges, and it’s determined that Seppi’s shot was out, Roger should be given the point. The fact that Roger missed his shot has no bearing on the reality of the situation that the point ended when Seppi missed.

      You can’t whine that, “Well, he took a shot.”. So what? Your shot was out anyways, so it’s your opponents privilege to decide what he needs to do. Stop whining!

      Forcing players to immediately challenge is totally wrong. It’s not their job to make line calls.

      • I am thinking that could open a can of worms, just haven’t figured out exactly why yet ๐Ÿ˜†

      • Sid TheCookieThief

        It’s totally black and white. You get a one shot privilege to decide if you want to keep the point alive, or challenge. As long as you do it before your second shot, you are fine.

        I can cite one example that could be an exception. Roger served and volleyed, the ball came back pretty fast, Roger dumped the volley into the net, then made a challenge…and this is interesting…he challenged that his serve was, “not in”, and that the point should be replayed. Well played Roger! But the umpire didn’t buy it. ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s about the only time. He cannot possibly challenge his second serve to be out now, can he?

        On your opponents serve, that’s not an issue. If you feel the serve is out, you take your shot as a privilege, and if you miss it, you challenge. If the serve was out, then no harm was done, and justice prevailed.

      • And I would add that ironically that’s one point where football is one step ahead of tennis. For the other issues, football is way behind, namely the stubborn rejection of video aid (remember when France qualified for the WC final 2010 after a goal scored by Henry in Ireland with a little help from his hand? Or Maradona in Mexico/1986?…) But FIFA prefers to add more auxiliary referees. They should me more concerned with corruption.

      • Yeah tbh it doesn’t sound like a bad idea really.

        Although what about the scenario where say Federer hit’s a ball very close to the line, Seppi plays his return shot also very close to the line and both players challenge within a split second of each other?

        Seppi played his shot as per the “one shot privilege rule” then challenged at the moment Roger made contact with the ball (which went out) and then blurted out challenge also.

        Who get’s the challenge?

      • Sid TheCookieThief

        Jonathan, if you slow down, I’ll solve that problem. It happened so was, it took me a while to figure out what you were trying to say. ๐Ÿ™‚

        So, let’s begin. Say Seppi challenges first, the moment Roger makes contact. Roger’s shot is out. Seppi wins the point. Next. Roger’s shot was out. Seppi loses the point. If you challenge, and lose it, you lose the point. Next.

        Say Federer challenged shortly afterwards, when his shot went out. It doesn’t matter because Seppi has already challenged and stopped play, and as explained the point has been decided.

        The scenario you are talking about is extremely rare anyways. If no call is made, you get continuity, and a bit of time to decide if you want to challenge. That’s the least you can do for the players, if your lines people screw up. The alternative is, just trust them, and get rid of the system, as Roger wants to.

        In club tennis, and mixed leagues I’ve played, you see the ball is out, hit the shot, ensure the ball was out, and make the right call.

      • Sid TheCookieThief

        *correction: Roger’s shot is in. Seppi loses the point.

    • @GFed – nah as soon as he makes contact with that ball he knows it is good. How often has Fed shouted come on a split second after the ball hit the racquet? Of course only when the opponent is miles away so no hindrance called. He will have known the backhand was good as soon as he hit it, but something compelled him to shout challenge ๐Ÿ˜†

      Didn’t he do a choke move against Nadal once too with hawkeye? Didn’t bother challenging on a break point when Nadal was serving for the match? I think it was in Cincy.

      Just one of those Fed moment ๐Ÿ˜† wouldn’t trade them though, all part of the genius.

      • Match Point at Cuncy 2013 I think. Dull’s ball looked long but decided not to challenge, kind of like Nadal did at the WTF in 2010. Though Nadal was getting pummeled then, and in cincy Roger was close to breaking back…

      • And the Nadal shot was out…..

      • Yes it was Cinci 13. I watched and it and Nadal won the point with a ball ‘on the baseline’ which looked long. Fed didnt challenge because I think he had simply had enough. Think he had done OK but nadal had the upper hand in the third and maybe it was the bad back. Hawkeye later showed it was out.

  2. Hi Jonanthan

    So pleased he won, it was tougher than I thought it would be, here’s looking forward to Wimby and No 8 there? Allez Roger

    • Yeah I think a lot of fans were predicting Seppi would get mauled. Not the case ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Seppi played well and Fed does struggle to read his flattish serve particularly down the centre. Also Seppi’s inside out FH is harder to read than say Ferrers which is so obvious! Fed did better once he employed more slice and shorter slower balls!

  3. I was very nervous the whole match and am just grateful it was a win in straight sets. Fed has the knack of pulling out miracles at just the right moments …….sometimes. Ironically both Seppi and Karlovy double faulted away the first set tiebreaks. Just show how much mental pressure Fed puts on his opponents.

  4. Wish he could have had returned a little better against Seppi, but excellent serving kept Feds out of trouble and he played those big points really well. It was great to see him holding that Halle trophy for the 8th time. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Murray fully deserved the Queens title having to play two matches; Anderson playing really well, so good win for Andy. Can we hope he’ll land on Djoko’s side of the draw at Wimbledon? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Imagine if Federer’s draw is something like:

      R1: Dolgopolov
      R2: Verdasco
      R3: Kyrgios
      R4: Nadal
      QF: Berdych
      SF: Murray
      F: Djokovic

      http://commentphotos.com/gallery/CommentPhotos.com_1407355992.jpg

      • Sid TheCookieThief

        Why go through all that trouble. Keep it quick and painless. ๐Ÿ™‚

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZFzSK1nKHk

      • Actually day-dreaming the other day, I was thinking the Dog might be a good one for Nadal to face in 1R Daya! XD on suicide choices from you and Sid…let’s hope it won’t come to that!

      • I am actually looking forward to an R4 meeting between Nadal and Federer ! I think this is Federer’s last chance to rest his Grand Slam Nadal demons to rest ! Think about it, what can be a greater feeling than Wimbledon for Roger Federer ? Beating a 29 year old Nadal at a Grand Slam nearing 34.

      • Well Federer can’t face Nadal before the quarters so there is that. So Federer can face only one of Berdych or Nadal. Truth is the only guy who is really bothersome in that draw is Murray. Remove Murray from the list and Federer will surely have a chance.

        PS: If anyone is wondering why that is the case it is because the 9-12th seeds get the 5-8th seeds in the 4th round and the top 4 seeds get 13-16 in their fourth rounds.

      • Wouldn’t surprise me the slightest if this became a reality…Putting my money on the Fedal match at SW19 to culminate finally after 7 long years…

    • Yeah I forgot to mention the return in my post, not his strongest suit this tournament. Struggled a bit with Seppi’s serve but did enough.

      • That was also Rogers biggest problem the last Wimby final. Rog never really got hold of Novaks serve. I believe he even commented on the fact. It’s amazing he managed to take it to 5.

    • Andy looking v consistent but Kev was not nearly as aggressive today…

      • I might be the only on here that thinks this but I feel Murray is the favourite heading into Wimbledon.

  5. Halle-lujah, said Roger.

    Great week for Fed and you Jonathan, did a great job, well done ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love the grass tennis, love watching the king of grass. Now I’m dreaming for a DOUBLE 8 or 8818!

  6. Thanks for your updates this week, Jonathan! I’m very pleased with his 86th win.
    And in the process he broadened the gap with Isner in the all time tiebreak wins list!

  7. Thanks for the recap, Jonathan. A bit special here – the first 8th! ๐Ÿ™‚ . Let’s hope that Roger will double it up in three weeks ๐Ÿ™‚ .
    I did not have a chance to watch the match; been out all afternoon. Having looked the stat, clearly, they don’t tell the story with all stats in clear favour to Roger. Yet, the match finished with 7-6 and 6-4. The only thing that I noticed is 29 UFEs in two sets, highest in the whole tournament for two sets? That might have eaten away some of 36 winners. No matter, a win is a win ๐Ÿ™‚ . Bravo, Maestro! Your prediction is a lot closer to the result, congratulations, Jonathan ๐Ÿ™‚ . Somewhat, I just don’t fancy Seppi’s games at all.
    Have a drink, Jonathan, for all the hard work ๐Ÿ™‚ thoughout the tournament!

  8. Yep, gd TB streak this week! Clutch which is gd sign on grass!
    Needs to clean up FH and some of the volleys, he simply ran straight thru them!!

    Quite liking the Seve/Rog double act….yields more success…..

  9. Btw gd weekJonathan, great to read your reports and everyone’s views!
    Off to watch the Quallies next week, best free tennis around!
    And I will be on centre Ct on 30th, hopefully seeing Rog open his Wimby campaign…. Allez!!

    • Oh, have a great week Sue – and you get to see Feds on Centre Court – how wonderful! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lucky you, have a great day Susie and Ian. Need ‘PeRFect Tennis’ banner!
      Look forward to reading your fan stories ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Is anybody else going to Wimbledon this year?

      • Hoping to, depending on work, weather and so on. It would be nice to have a rain-free day for once.

    • Hi Susie

      Enjoy your day lucky you I have tickets but for court 1 on Friday so no chance of me seeing him

  10. I’ve just had a look at match highlights. My impression is that Roger played well except for a few extra shanks and Seppi played extremely well, which was surprising. It is a bit unfair to Roger, as Seppi had played only 3.5 matches really. Thus Seppi’s movement was very impressive. Roger clearly upped a gear in the Seppi’s last two serve games in the 2nd set. Seppi did extremely well to hold the 8th game after four brilliant points played by Roger. He still did well in his last serve game when Roger finally found the way through. Maestro was simply impressive. A very good omen to Wimbledon!
    Allez Roger!

    • Fed just upped his level at the right time and Seppi couldn’t handle the heat. Did well at 3-4 to hold but at 4-5 he couldn’t produce his best shots.

  11. Still moving well, DID figure things out on the fly, Seppi moving well too. Fabulous serve %. Getting behind on his own serve the only concern I see – would he be able to recover in that situation against Stan, Andy, Novak?

    Missed seeing the family in the stands.

    Glad to see him in fine form as we head into Wimbledon!

    • Murray and Djoker infinitely better on the return than Seppi by a far margin so Fed would be under more pressure. But he’s shown a tonne of mental toughness there this week, impressive against anyone.

    • Seppi is 10th on 2nd serve return points won so far this year, so his return game is very solid.

  12. Our boy looked tired today, as did Severin. He needs to get some rest ahead of Wimby. I heard terrible weather is predicted…does a closed roof favor Fed on grass?

    • At least he’s got a full week of R&R – I think that first match against Kohli took it out of him; then there was that minor injury issue. Always a toss-up in this country as to the weather unfortunately. Most people suggest that the roof favours Feds because of his prowess on indoor courts, but I honestly don’t think it makes a lot of difference, although the lack of any wind might help with pinpoint accuracy on serves perhaps? It’s the surface which favours him, roof or no roof. Fingers crossed Emily. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Maybe not explosive as he can be but his level was still pretty high. Wasn’t broken once after Kohli match?

      I think roof closed helps serve yeah because no elements at play.

  13. Yeay, 86th title, so happy!!

    Impressive winning for the whole week, especially while facing so many tie breaks.
    Thank you Jonathan for a hardwork and good job this week. Super fast and high quality review + prediction
    Remember that I rely on you for Wimbledon on Tiger, no pressure ๐Ÿ™‚

    Congratulation for Roger and for all Fed Fans
    8th Hale, hopefully followed by 8th Wimbledon and 8th Dubai 2016
    Bel18ve

  14. 8-8 Halle-Wimbledon Combo incoming!?

  15. HALL8! Congrats Fed and great write up yet again J! Smart tennis from both guys today and Seppi I thought really turned up and pushed Fed more than I expected. Fed’s serve and clutch play though this week as you say has been a joy to watch in action, but am slightly concerned over that FH of his- last year at Wimbledon, it kind of let him down in the big moments so it is annoying that what was once his best shot isn’t as reliable anymore once he switched racquets- has anyone in press asked him about the experiences of the FH once he switched? But winning solves everything I guess and with another title, no point complaining.

    Overall, an enjoyable week and I’m sure Fed is feeling good heading into the big one. Don’t think winning the title changes his chances but should give him some comfort knowing where his game is at. Since the French, Fed been a chatterbox about winning Wimbledon so hope he tones it down next week. All that’s left to do is BEL18VE. Allez!

  16. Great post and congrats to Roger and all the Fed fans! He still has to return better and cut down on the errors if he wants to win Wimbledon, but clearly he needs an 8th Wimbledon to go with that 8th Halle. I BEL18VE it can happen with the right draw.

  17. Now that Seppi has been put to rest
    Even though he really tried his best
    Federer was never in much trouble
    Now for a Halle-Wimbledon double

    Go Fed

  18. Nice to win but to put it in perspective, Seppi is ranked 45 in the world. It was a match-up Roger should always win – even if he doesn’t.

    Murray’s final was tedious to watch. Without his serve, Anderson poses little threat. The ratio of baseline winners was 28-10 in Murray’s favour.

    • Actually I thought it was a pretty decent final Richard – some of Murray’s shots-on-the-run were fantastic. I do find Anderson a little dull, but he’s more than just a servebot; some pretty vicious groundstrokes, although not in Murray’s league obviously. He’s pretty good at the net also. He’s very tall, so movement is perhaps an issue, but he had a pretty good tournament, beating Wawrinka along the way.

      Yes. Federer should of course beat Seppi, but all players seem to bring their best to the court against Feds, and Seppi played well. What has always amazed me is Federer’s ability to plough through all his opponents to reach so many SFs/Fs with barely a hiccup; obviously this is becoming harder as the years clock on but he still has an unbelievable record. Eight titles at any tournament and +5 at 6 different tournaments – that’s something to celebrate. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Seppi has been as high as 18 in the world and should have beaten Djokovic at the French one year. So he’s not a pushover by any means.

      I didn’t watch Murray but Anderson was never winning that.

      • If I refer back to the ratio of groundstrokes winners, which was 3 to 1 in Murray’s favour, you have to ask how many games Anderson would have won without that monstrous serve. Any? Personally I don’t find that sort of lop-sidedness interesting to watch.

    • Blah, Blah, Blah Richard because if Roger lost to Seppi but because Roger beat Seppi, it’s well “he should have won due Seppi being ranked 45” Fed fans you can’t have it both ways. If Roger had lost, it’s he sucks and needs to retire but when he wins, it’s he should win because the field sucks.

      • Well, that’s not my point but, unsurprisingly, you fail to grasp it.

      • I grasped your point just fine. You’re just mad because I called you out on it.

      • what Richard says isn’t untrue. Roger goes into a match with seppi, any court, any day, he should be winning it. It’s nothing to do with whether or not he does win it.

      • John. Quite.

        Karen, I don’t know what point you think you got but the finer points clearly elude you. Clearly, others don’t have the same problem.

      • Oh Please, just because Roger is the higher seed or the “matchup” favors him does not guarantee victory. Don’t piss on Roger’s victory because you think he “should” beat Seppi. That’s my point. Put that in perspective. I am upset about your comment because how much the victory meant to Roger. LAME.

    • Agree w/ Jonathan about Seppi’s potential level. Saw someone else saying he was playing like a top 20 player during the match, too. Granted, he was lucky in his last 2 matches to not have to play more than a set, but he also really showed up to the final as others have said.

      Hm…. suppose it had been Seppi in R1 & Kohli in the final? ๐Ÿ˜‰ – we know Seppi is capable of (occasionally!!) beating Roger, and we know Kohli is capable of winning the tournament. Point being, as we say all the time, you can only play the player in front of you.

      • Karen, if fan infatuation gives you “perspective” then, no, I don’t have that. “Pissing on Roger’s victory”? Piss off. Seppi is not and has never been a top ten player. He is currently ranked 45 against Roger at 2. He has never made it past the 4th round of a slam. That makes him a handy if sometimes dangerous journeyman – as Roger well knows. Any tournament victory is gratifying but it says little about whether Roger could win an 8th Wimbledon – as Jonathan, among others, has pointed out – other than that normal order has been restored between these two players. It would have been a major upset if Roger had lost the final. That is all.

  19. Nothing more to say but

    BEL18VE!

  20. A good week for Roger, giving him some confidence and intel on what needs to fix. Mentally has been clutch just need to make sure his body stays injury free. It was a quality match by both, Seppi pushed him and made Roger earn the W. Hope he can get 2nd 8th title at SW19, double 8 is such a good number yes?

  21. Wow the British are so vain! Sorry Jonathan.
    Just flew into UK for a meeting and the only update on the news is the title Murray won in Queens and nothing talking about Federer’s title in Halle even if it was won on the same day. I am so *ticked*
    Another repeat of the story today and yet nothing on Fed’s win *now very mad*
    Anyways, answers please
    1) When is Fed going to Wimbledon
    2) How does one get to the practise courts
    3) Do we need tickets for that
    4) When will Roger practise?

    • [Wow the British are so vain! Sorry Jonathan.]

      This is what we have to deal with. The British press have been up Murray’s behind even before he was a nobody. I hope he gets spanked at Wimbledon, I don’t care who does it.

      But unfortunately I think he’s probably the favorite for Wimbledon.

    • Roger can get revenge by winning Wimbledon then the British newspapers or news will have no choice but to cover his win.

    • Don’t generalise Utch. And I bet your phone is filled with selfies.

      I heard Fed travels to Wimbledon today, I don’t know where he practices most of the time whether it’s at Aorangi Park or on one of the outside courts at Wimbledon. Also no idea if you can get in the venue but you can see Aorangi courts through the fence to watch.

      He will no doubt practise most days this week and at the weekend, maybe 1 or 2 days off.

    • I reckon you probably mean “jingoistic”, Utch ๐Ÿ™‚ And I know: it’s really nauseating. But if you think this is bad, you should have seen post-Wimbledon 2013. That was so vomit-inducing I didn’t dare go near the TV or newspapers for days. I’ve nothing against Andy, it’s just the over-reaction from the media and some members of the public which puts me off ๐Ÿ™ All these people who couldn’t give a toss about tennis for years suddenly going on about how “77 years of hurt” (phrase similar to the one usually used to describe the time elapsed since England won the World Cup) had been ended.

  22. Federer is playing too many baseline shots towards the T. He should try down the lines shots more often, thats what stan does the most!

  23. Title 86! It would be great to get to 90 ๐Ÿ™‚

    Roger was mentally solid, I hope he takes that into Wimbledon. Does anyone know when the draw takes place?

  24. I had hoped Roger would have come out and played the final with the same focus and precision as he did the semifinal against Karlovic but indeed a win is a win. Congrats to a Roger on winning his 8th at Halle and hope for all the world I am saying the same on July 12th.

  25. Sid TheCookieThief

    Had to share this. ๐Ÿ™‚

    What your favorite tennis player says about you.

    • Very funny Sid – I loved the limited edition Vidal Sassoon hairdryer line, and poor Wawrinka ‘You basically live life waiting for him to die.’ ๐Ÿ˜†

    • Hilarious Sid – so rude but gr88!

    • He, he, very cruel. It’s incomplete, though. Let me add some more salt:
      -Monfils: you lived your youth in the illusion that you were the funniest guy in the class, but behind your back it was all chuckles. The top 10 cruellest jokes in the school were all about you, but you were not the least aware of it. There were 3 teenagers who worshipped you but they were green and used to wear propeller hats.
      -Bouchard: one day you woke up and you mail box was full of love letters. You could not identify a single handwriting but it didn’t really matter. It lasted 6 months and during that time you swear that people looked at you differently as you walked past them. You twirled and they passed out. 6 months and one day later you had a front-wheel-drive pumpkin parked in the garage.
      -Sharapova/Azarenka/Brito (my fellow contrywoman…): someone convinced you that you had a bright career dubbing actors in audio post-editing of movies of questionable morality. You were even named for an award in an obscure film festival, but the organizers fleed with the sponsors’ money even before the ceremony started. Your boyfriend blushes and looks around when you raise your voice.

      Now add you own…

  26. Sid, I do use hair dryers to blow up air mattresses.

    So, Susie and Ian hope to see some Fed fan stories soon! Lucky dogs.

  27. Hey guys, video 2 of my YouTube series is out – ‘RF’s Top 20 Points of 2004’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpfG7oTlFZk

    My holiday break is coming up, so expect a video each week, perhaps 3 during Wimbledon!

    Hope you enjoy it, and please share and subscribe if you haven’t already! ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Federer’s Wimbledon dress is out. Looks pretty great on him (the wing/ henley collar).

    Kyrgios looks absolutely horrid in it though. Begs the question- how u have so much style Rog?

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