Roger Federer

Roger Federer to Hire New Coach?

With the 2014 season just around the corner, Roger and his team are having a meeting behind closed doors, and trying to figure out how to solve Nadal and Djokovic at the Australian Open.

Luthi: “Roger, you will be able to win the tournament. I heard that the courts at the Australian Open are really fast which should suit you”

The Joker makes a sudden appearance in the room.

Joker: “Aa ha oh ha ha eh ah oh eh aha….and I thought my jokes were bad. I found this Pro Staff 90 on my way in. Nice racquet by the way. You oughta know, you bought it! You know who you remind me of? You remind me of Sampras. I hated him. I tried to make him switch to a bigger racquet but he just wouldn't listen to me”

Roger: “Why are you bothering me?”

Joker: “I'm not trying to bother you. I'm trying to coach you.”

You're a Bigger Clown

Roger: “Why would I want to get coached by you? I've turned down McEnroe and you are a bigger clown than him”

Joker: “Let's wind back the clocks six years. All these journalists, and McEnroe's, and Wilander's…wouldn't dare ask you to retire. What happened? Your serve dropped off?”

Roger: “You're garbage, who coaches for money”

Joker: “Don't talk like one of them. You're not, even if you'd like to be. Look…I know why you choose to have these, group therapy sessions in the basement of this Basel pub. I know why you're afraid to play at Monte Carlo. Nadal! You see Nadal has shown the world the true colors of your backhand, unfortunately”

Roger: “My slam record is safe. Novak will make sure Rafa doesn't even get close to it.”

Toni Has No Jurisdiction

Joker: “No, it's not! As for this Djoker guy of yours…Uncle Toni has no jurisdiction. He will put him in an egg and make him choke. I know a choker when I see one and that…”

Luthi: “What do you propose?”

Joker: “It's simple. Destroy Nadal”

Roger: “If destroying Nadal was so easy, why haven't you done it already?”

Joker: “If you're good at coaching, never do it for free”

Godsick: “You're a freak”

Joker: “No, I'm not. Nadal is just the beginning. Soon, every moonballer and ball basher with a Babolat will be picking on your backhand…”

Roger: “How much do you want?”

Joker: “Half……………of your World Tour Final titles. And if you don't deal with this now, soon little Luthi here wouldn't have a Swiss Franc left to buy a ball hopper”

Godsick: “Enough of the clown! You think you can just steal from my client and walk away?”

Joker: “Yes”

Godsick: “I'm putting the word out, one million dollars for whoever bagels this clown”

Joker Card

Joker: “Right…listen Rog, why don't you call me when you start taking that 10-22 record, a little more seriously. Here's my card”

Joker leaves the room. *To be continued*


Roger Federer inspired me to take up the sport of tennis. I believe he is the GOAT because I don't see anyone who can better his resume. His loss at Wimbledon 2008 really made me love him and the sport; the only time I watch tennis is when he plays. If you are going to read my posts, be prepared for a thorough technical analysis.

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        I still think Heath Ledger, as the Joker, is the greatest villain ever, in the history of cinema.

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  1. Isn’t the Fedal H2H 10-22 now? Lolz, anyway great post Sid, can’t wait for the follow-up post! Has anyone heard that Federer and Godsick are starting their own sports agency called Team8? Del Potro and Dimitrov have signed up already!

    1. Hey Conal, just out of curiosity, what does such a company do?? Do they make sure Delpo and Dimi get the best commercial deals or ads? Do they represent them when they are discussing enterance fees for tours??
      What is it exactly such an agency does that a personal agent does not do??
      And I know Roger will not do much in the company as long as he is playing, but will Tony Godsick now have enough time to represent Roger?? Will he not be too busy??

      1. Hi Katyani,
        As far as I know, a sport agent/agency will help its clients to negotiate endorsements. Basically finding extra sources of income, as someone like Roger earns around 50 million each year with endorsements (Moet and Chandon, Rolex, Nike etc). Jonathan has written a great article on Roger’s net worth over the years and included all the massive sponsor/endorsement deals he has –
        I think the tournament entry fees are also negotiated through sports agents as well.
        Sport agency groups such as IMG has a corporate structure, generally meaning a larger group of agents, and more clients able to be handled. Agents can chose to start their own sports agency which is what Roger and Tony Godsick have done. Previously, both of them were with IMG, until their contracts expired sometime ago and Roger felt he didn’t want to renew his contract (or simply IMG shunted him out) so he left, along with Godsick.

      2. And I think two other American investors are in the forming process of the agency, but they aren’t going really manage Federer, so it should be Godsick to deal with everything and I’m his professional standards are high enough to handle with several clients ๐Ÿ˜‰

      3. Hey Conal, thank you for explaining it to me. Nice and brave move of Roger and Tony.
        I mean, maybe there are already many of such agencies and now they are starting a new one.
        But I think it will be very succesfull. Afterall, Tony has done such a good job for Roger, I bet more players will want to have that.
        Maybe we will hear that Rafa will want to be signed too !!! Or does he already have his own company?? For me, I hope Tony will make Roger still his first priority.

      4. Pabtroll lol come on man. Kinda obvious Fed plays for more than sponsors. How many new deals has he signed lately? I can think of 1 in about 2 years.

  2. Yes Conal that is correct, Roger is planning things for after retirement,, Del Po and Dimitrov all ready signed

  3. Great article Sid, and funny too, but…… not as funny as Andy’s acceptance speech when he won last night Britain’s Sportman of the year !!!

    Unfortunately, you did write one hurtfull truth in your article:
    “Nadal is just the beginning. Soon, every moonballer and ball basher with a Babolat will be picking on your backhandโ€ฆโ€

    Come on Roger, wake up, all you have to do is beat Rafa like three times in a row. I promise you, when you do that, no tennisplayer will fear you or think they can just defeat you like that….

  4. Great writing Sid, enjoyed it. 11 days to go before Brisbane tourney starts…..missed everyone from chat room. On a side note, I would like to extend seasons greetings from Happy Hanukkah to Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all Fedfans. Can’t wait for 2014…..

  5. Seems like Federer is taking this very seriously… And we know who’s behind the Joker’s Mask….
    A certain St….. Ed…
    The Mission “destroy Nadal” is now officially ongoing! BOUM!!!!

    1. Hey Sue, I hadenยดt seen that one. I think I will look for a job at Credit Suisse or Rolex or at one of the other sponsors Roger has :)that must be incredible to sit there and hear him talk about all those things.

  6. So, how serious is this Edberg thing? It would be very cool, my top two favorite players fighting it out together ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. My favourites too ๐Ÿ™‚ Seems odd he would spend a week training with Roger if there wasn’t some further involvement planned. We live in interesting times.

    2. Hey Sid, maybe I am the only one, but…. I don’t see that as a “good” partnership.
      First of all, I have to admit, I never saw Edberg play, but he seems like a too nice guy, just like Annacone.
      Is that what Roger needs?? I think he needs someone who is not “too nice”, not very impressed by Roger or his legacy. Someone who is tough on Roger…. Someone who wants Roger to win a lot in his last years and not be his “friend”. Don’t know if I have explained my point that good…..

      1. [First of all, I have to admit, I never saw Edberg play, but he seems like a too nice guy]

        Duh! There’s a “Sportsmanship” award named after him ๐Ÿ™‚ Roger simply needs a mind fix. He has the talent, and the skills. And a bigger racquet wouldn’t hurt.

      1. Very interesting. It reads very much as though the ball is in Roger’s court (sorry about that – no pun intended :-)). It’s also a little scary, the idea of Roger trying new things, with a new racquet. Could all go horribly wrong and put him off for good which would be a shame. I’d very much like to see a Federer/Edberg partnership. I think they’d work well together and get on which is probably the most important thing. No point in having someone that’s too dictatorial when we know how stubborn Roger is. Stefan might have the right kind of personality to be able to get his point across without offending. A new head, a new way of thinking is always good I think. And of course he does have the skills. Those who have never watched him play should check out some of his matches.

      2. The guy is the most talented player ever, he could probably play with a stick of rhubarb and be in the top 50 so I can’t see things going wrong. The only thing Fed fans should worry about is the back.

      3. Rita, well, Stefan can always threaten Roger by asking him to return all his Sportsmanship awards. That will teach the GOAT ๐Ÿ™‚

      4. Jonathan, that’s probably correct. We as fans get so carried away with all this big racquet and power thing that we forget that it is Roger’s equipment and unique playing style that has kept his game just about near his best.

    1. Another great interview. Thanks Alb. I seem to remember he got a lot of stick for his comments about the 150,000 years since a Brit male won Wimbledon. Some people have no sense of humour at all.

      1. Precisely. He was just having fun with those journalists, and the hype surrounding the long British wait. Anyone who thinks that Roger was making fun of Andy Murray, or was being condescending, is an IDIOT!

    1. Maybe the ATP/tournaments should follow their lead, speed up the courts, and give us a few years of front court play. Why not? We’ve seen about five years of slowed down courts and ball bashing ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Anything that could help to make the court speed more varied would be great ๐Ÿ™‚ Do you think we now have to get used to a diving/flying serbian at the net? ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. That would be scary. Is that a bird? Is that a plane? No, it’s Djokerman ๐Ÿ™‚

        So, some very interesting developments, right? We already know Lendl and Murray. Djoker and Becker. Roger and Edberg. Nadal and…McEnroe? After all, McEnroe is Nadal’s No.1 fan, and he is also Roger’s No.1 hater. I definitely see that happening,

      3. I think Djoker will become a competent volley-er working with Becker. I’d be surprised if that doesn’t happen because his net game is the pits.

  7. Didn’t see that one coming. I suppose Becker will help Djokovic with his net play.
    Alb, thanks for the interview. Fun to watch that again.

    1. Truth is, these two grunters, I mean, Nadal and Djokovic, are maxed out when it comes to using brute strength to hit through the other guy. So, skills like serve and volley, front court play, etc. will make a huge difference to the fortunes of either.

      I still think Roger will benefit the most if courts start demanding aggressive play.

      1. Check this out Sid, an old (2008?) Edberg article on how Roger should play against Nadal:

        Q: You have a big French fan called Guy Forget. Two years ago, we asked what Federer should do to beat Rafa. He replied, “If Stefan Edberg was still playing he would beat Nadal 7 times out of 10” because you would make him a first serve and volley and then a second serve and volley, and that throughout the entire match. Do you think the same?

        Edberg: Clearly to beat Nadal, he should not play from the baseline. Because at this game he is the best. To beat him you have to attack, play a different game. I’m really surprised that Roger Federer does not play like that. At Wimbledon, for example, he came to the net once in ten. If I were his coach, I would have asked him to come to the net at least 7 times out of 10 against Nadal, just to break his rhythm. I think you do not have many players who play like I did or as McEnroe or Becker did in attacking first and second. It’s a shame because it is very difficult to play against someone who always breaks your rhythm and it’s very frustrating. But at the same time it is a very difficult game to play.

        Q: But do you think it is still possible to play like this, with the current grass, rackets and strings?

        Edberg: Itโ€™s got to be more difficult. I know they made balls slower, heavier. They cut the grass a little higher, so slower. It is therefore more difficult. It is a style of game that needs speed.

      2. [Clearly to beat Nadal, he should not play from the baseline]

        The problem is, once Roger gets burned in a few points, he switches off the front court switch. He needs to be prepared to lose a few to Nadal because if he stops doing it, the less he comes to the net, the less comfortable he start feeling out there, which results in even less forays. It’s a vicious cycle.

        A lot of it has got to do with court conditions, racquets, etc. The type of looks the surface allows Nadal at a pass, it’s just not possible for Roger to deal with those dipping top spin shots at the net.

        As much as I hate McEnroe, I believe he could’ve helped Roger in a big way. You can hate the man as much as you want to, but you simply cannot hate his game ๐Ÿ™‚

      3. Well, I have to say, with the racquet and string technology plus the much slower courts than from the Edberg time and before that, itยดs simply not possible to play that kind of game anymore. The split second extra the players have extra to get to the ball on the serve, return it, and with the new strings and racquets the serve and volley player will be gunned down coming in on the second serve. I agree Roger could do it much more on his first serve, but not the second serve. We have seen that so many times go bad, Roger doing the second serve coming in and just being punished almost every time.
        But if the courts are made faster again then itยดs a different story for sure.

      4. Speaking about how Roger could beat Nadal is such an old-fashioned debate that we all know the answer. Roger is not thinking about that, he is realistic.

  8. Hey guys, we all read that Novak has hired Boris Becker, but…. that is so dangerous for the rest of the players.
    I have read so many times that Novak is the perfect player, but lacks netplay.
    Now if Becker makes him unbeatable in that, will Novak not be completely unbeatable???
    Great if you are a Novak fan, but what if you are not a Novak fan?? Dangerous times……..

    1. I don’t mind. Whatever Becker teaches him, Novak will never have the same peRFect touch and control at the net as Roger. Besides, if Roger can’t win any more slams, I’d rather see Djokovic or even Murray add some to their collection. No more for Nadal please!!!

  9. Hi everyone, I just uploaded a video of Fed’s 16th slam triumph at the Australian Open 2010. It was made by Seven Sport (a TV channel), and I thought the video was beautifully made so I decided to upload it onto YouTube to share with you guys. It would be a dream to see Federer play like he did in this video for the upcoming Aussie Open.

    1. Edberg is a classy guy, says something but still not reveals anything, just like all the others in Rogers camp ๐Ÿ™‚

      “I think he will be coming back. He’s a great player and all the pieces are in place, he can definitely win some more grand slam titles.”

      Love this quote, if anyone this man must know ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Looks like the week with Edberg was a trial of some sort? Either way this pairing makes a lot more sense than Becker and Djokovic. Trying to follow Murray I guess in hiring someone who never won the slam you wanted to win the most…

      1. Yes, that pairing makes a lot more sense because they are both natural volleyers but in case of Djokovic-Becker, there is so much room for improvement……it’s scary. I mean, Djokovic is scary as it, imagine what would happen if he has an improved net game!

        From Boom Boom Becker, to Boom Book Djoker, you think? ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. I don’t know Sid, I just never pictured Becker as a coach but I guess we’ll find out what impact he has on Novak. Whilst yes I do agree that Novak’s net game lacks, that wasn’t his biggest problem this year, Nadal was.

      3. Alysha, remember that deuce point at the French Open where he collapsed into the net? The one which was a gimme point that he so clumsily lost? The one that cost him the slam? He has serious issues at the net.

      4. That was a balance thing, Djokovic got too excited obviously and let his emotions get the better of him- that was unlucky what happened to him. Djokovic lost that match because he wasn’t mentally stable enough for the consistency of the match and Nadal was.

      5. I would disagree that Nadal was Djokers problem this year or that Djoker wasn’t mentally tough enough. The guy is unbelievably clutch. I mean he plays better when the pressure is at boiling point, check out some of his return games vs Nadal in that FO semi.

        His problem was lack of ability / refusal to end points when they could be ended. Has a tendency to go backwards rather than forwards. It nearly cost him USO 2011 vs Nadal but he was just too good that year, this year he stood still a little bit whereas Nadal improved. If Djoker could be confident volleying then he beats Nadal quite easily I think.

        Could be a good pairing if they get along and Becker doesn’t start chasing Jelena lol.

      6. “Could be a good pairing if they get along and Becker doesnโ€™t start chasing Jelena lol”

        Good one Jonathan, and you could easily see that thing happend right? ๐Ÿ™‚

      7. Jonathan, evidently, Djokovic hasn’t researched Boris’s past at all. Moving in swiftly for the kill is Mr Becker ๐Ÿ™‚

      8. Good points Jonathan, I saw Novak and Nadal live at the US Open this year and to me it felt as Nadal was intimidating Djoker big time because of that FO loss- that’s why I bring in the mental inconsistency here and there. But the main thing is that he responded well after that and ended the year unbeaten. Will Boris help Novak end points quicker? I don’t know, Djoker looks pretty set in his ways to stay on the baseline and it’s why he’s gained the success he has. Interesting season ahead that’s for sure.

      1. It definitely is a different racket, that’s for sure. And I think it is far bigger than the 90. Fingers crossed.

      2. It is a bigger racquet! Looks like my biggest wish for christmas is coming through ๐Ÿ™‚

        It looks like heยดs really training hard. And for me it seems like thereยดs a lot more video material coming out than ususal?

        Sid that clip is a vintage clip, and I have stolen many of the drills from it ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I honestly don’t mind Pablo commenting here because I never have a clue what he’s talking about.
    Something off topic. I was looking at photos of 3 yrs ago at IW. I have a photo of Berdych practicing without a shirt. Looking at him today….huge muscle mass increase.

  11. Hey guys, I haven’t read the latest comments, will do that soon, but I just wanted to comment this that made me kind of mad: Saw today on Eurosport Matt Wilander’s “Matts Point 2013”. In this he ended with the remark that he thinks all the 4 finals of the 4 GS of next year will be between Rafa and Novak.
    So…….. should we just say to the rest of the players that they should stay home or that they otherwise just buy tickets to see 4 finals between Rafa and Novak?? He did not mention Andy, Delpo, the others, the youngsters or…. how about Roger??
    Maybe someone should remind the writers and critics that last year around this time they were all falling over each other to be the first one to predict that 2013 and further would be the Novak/Andy rivalry show (because Roger would be too old and Rafa would be injured). Well, we all know how that prediction worked out…
    Now Wilander is saying that Rafa and Novak will be playing the 4 GS finals….
    Hope Roger decides to wake him up of his “dream”……

    1. Matts is an anti fed, you should know that ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Let Roger shut them up. Underestimate and bury Roger at your own expenses ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. Actually Mats Vilander is not anti Fed at all, I always watch slam tennis on eurosport where heยดs plays a major role and over the years he has pais a lot of tribute to Federer and praise for his game. And he kept it up longer than most but unfortunatly Vilander has become more a journalist now than a tennis expert and has jumped the band wagon of chasing headlines and he is now more interested in Rogers age and retirement instead of actually looking at his game.
        However Mats Vilander predictions has never been spot on, so I will still leave3 it for the players to battle it out to get to the slam finals ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. MarkWandy, absolutely agree. I too watch most of tennis in eurosport and the guy always praise him and pay tribute
        I donโ€™t know from where this Mats hate Fed come from! if someone can enlighten me please, I would be very grateful ๐Ÿ™‚

      3. I find Wilander hard to weigh up, changes his tune often. I think he’s fairly balanced though and gives credit when due, would be pretty poor if he was stupidly biased towards one player.

        If you go back to 04-07 then all commentators were constantly raving about Fed, now they talk more about Djoker and Dull which is fair game seen as though they’re winning more.

      4. I feel a lot of Fedfans throw shade at Wilander because of those comments he made a couple years back about Roger when it comes to Rafa. Either way I don’t mind his commentating, he’s quite objective and I’d rather him over those BBC trolls any day of the week. I don’t blame people picking Djokovic/Nadal to contend for slams next year, they are both in the prime of the careers and are dominating men’s tennis right now. Roger is the x-factor next year.

      5. Jonathan, well spotted “I think heโ€™s fairly balanced though and gives credit when due”

        two thumps up and I totally agree with you on the BBC part ๐Ÿ™‚

      6. Hey guys, wow so many comments… Actually, me, I really like Matt. I love his show (also Open Court by Pat Cash, I like that programme even more). Matt is very respectfull towards Roger. I listen to his comments on Eurosport. He is way better than some other commentators. But the thing I find dangerous is making such a big prediction. That Rafa and Novak will play all 4 GS finals. They might be in 1 or 2, but to think in all 4?? That has not even happen in 2011. All it takes is one guy (ofcourse the Goat) to ruin that.

        Even today when I saw Matts Points 2013 for the females, Matt ended with next year he thinks Serena will have her Serena Slam. I mean, you all know I am her fan, but even I don’t think she can win all 4. All it takes is a Sloan Stephens or your Sensual Sabine….

        So that is my problem with Matt. He is a great guy. Nice and honest, but his predictions????

      7. Katyani,
        Nadal and Novak played 4 consecutive finals in 2011-2012 (Wimbledon 2011, USO 2011, AO 2012 and FO 2012) so itโ€™s not imposable and can be predicted easily with the way both are playing right now. So I donโ€™t see it bold prediction from Matts given all the facts.
        So if thatโ€™s is your problem with Matts then sorry I canโ€™t help it more!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. Hey Scooter, yeah I know. Love the name you gave him “Trollander”, but the best one is STILL Alysha’s “Dramadal” for Rafa !!!

    2. Nadal 10/13 GS Finals/GS played 7 WINS
      Djokovic 10/16 5 WINS
      Murray 6/15 2 WINS
      Federer 3/16 2 WINS

      And you ask why Wilander said that????

      1. Hey Pablo, what I meant was it is kind of a danger to make such predictions. Thats all. Nothing more. In 2011 Rafa and Novak played the most GS finals. I think they even could have played like 6 or 7 in a row, but it was Roger who stopped atleast one. That is what I meant.

  12. I really don’t take anything those guys say seriously….ie John McEnroe. No one has a crystal ball. So don’t worry Katyani….Brisbane is just over one week away!

  13. Happy Christmas to all you Fed fans out there. I see Fed is staying in Dubai for a desert Christmas! Clearly he is serious about making 2014 a vintage year! I’ll drink to that!! Hv a merry one! Sx

  14. Merry Christmas to all you Fed fans who I know are waiting for Brisbane to kick of the new season. Thus my christmas present to you all is the Australian open 2010 final with Federer vs. Murray.

    This is only the highlighs, more easy to get through in these holidays. But lets hope this is the way Roger comes out playing in 2014 ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Many thanks Jonathan and all for keeping us Fedfans united. Lots of fun and cool being with your guys!
    Wishing you all a happy holiday and great New Year ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. Merry Xโ€™mass and a happy new year to all…

    2014 a year of good health for all, enjoy the game of tennis, both playing and watching.
    A strong Tennis year with strong competition, exiting matches and Roger ending next year with at least a slam.
    Good luck to all , good luck to Fed with his new stick .Hope he beats some Spanish ( Serbian and British) a*s with it.

    Hope Jonathan keeps up with his good work.

    What else may I ask for the New Year? Not much I guess.

    Ok maybe just one last wish: I hope Susie doesnโ€™t turn her back on me next time we attend the same tournament ๐Ÿ™‚

    Merry Xโ€™mass and a Happy 2014!!!

  17. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. Thanks Jonathan for the great blog and thanks to all the bloggers the world over. And of course, thanks to Roger for his beautiful game.

  18. A very Happy Christmas to all. A million thanks to Jonathan for this wonderful blog, and to the rest of you for your interesting contributions. See you on the other side xx

    1. Looks like Pinkerer aint coming to Australia this year. Love this polo though, vintage Fed (hopefully makes him play vintage as well aye?). Agree with Jonathan on the shoes- Nike and Fed improving at the same time I guess?

  19. Standing Ovation for you Sir SID ๐Ÿ™‚
    Well done, but I am curious and concerned in the same time on how you are going to destroy Nadal!

  20. Merry Xmas to all!
    Let us meet in 2014 in the chat room and witness toghether Roger winning some slams!

    Anyway see you all at Brisbane!

  21. Merry Christmas to all of ya!! What do you think Roger is going to get a for xmas? A new stick + a couple of slams? ๐Ÿ˜›

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