Roger Federer: I Promised Myself Not To Play When I’m Injured
by Tom Gainey | March 3rd, 2014, 4:05 pm
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Roger Federer has put it out there that he will no longer play when he’s injured. Last year Federer nursed a back injury for much of the season. And the injury, he says, led in part to his poor results. Looking back, Federer regrets playing and vows not to play anymore when’s he’s not in perfect health.

Talking about his back injury he struggled with at Indian Wells one year ago, Federer said it hurt his ability to train for the clay and summer seasons.

“The injury,” Federer said Saturday referring to his back, “took me three weeks probably. And out of those seven weeks I was looking forward to taking two weeks off and then training for five weeks basically, and I could only train for like two weeks. So actually, instead of coming out of the training block strong and fit like a fiddle, I came out like, you know, halfway.

“That’s why my results were mediocre. I think they were okay. I mean, I did play the finals in Rome and quarters in Paris, won Halle. It was okay, but I realized I’m missing training, I’m missing things, my confidence is not there.

“So the rest I took, I had to take it at the end (after Wimbledon), and I believe my results would have been different could I have trained 100 percent, because then many things happened with my mind, I lost confidence in my movement. The back issue didn’t quite go away really ever through that entire stretch.

“But I did decide to play Hamburg and Gstaad, added that to the schedule, but then got hurt again in Hamburg, should not have finished the tournament there, should not have played Gstaad, but I was like, I’m already here. It’s not crazy bad, but it’s bad enough that I shouldn’t be playing but I want to play.
And then from then on I just had to take a clear decision that I will just not play when I feel this way anymore in the future. That’s the promise I made to myself.”

With the back healthy again, Federer’s results this year have returned to form. The 32-year-old who’s also added a bigger racquet and Stefan Edberg for the new season, just won Dubai after a semifinal at the Australian Open. And even though he ranks No. 8 still in the ATP Rankings, he’s No. 4 in the 2014 points only race.

“I’m just happy that I’m healthy again and that I can focus on tactics and not focus on am I feeling all right, you know, when I wake up tomorrow or am I going to feel better tomorrow, that kind of stuff,” added Federer. “I went through that weeks and months, like every day I hoped there was going to be a little improvement. I only started to feel that improvement halfway through sort of the US Open maybe, so it was a long time. I was fighting it, you know, all the way from Indian Wells really.

“I’m just happy that now it’s clear, I don’t have to think of it, and I can just play tennis. When you can play that way, you’re more free, you have an open mind.”

Federer will be back on US soil later this week for Indian Wells which starts on Thursday. The Swiss has won the title four times most recently in 2012.


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95 Comments for Roger Federer: I Promised Myself Not To Play When I’m Injured

Giles Says:

When was he injured? Tell me again.


Humble Rafa Says:

If I say the same thing His Holiness said, I would be crucified.

But everyone knows, a fit Humble never loses.


Annegc1 Says:

Big lol! It was so obvious. Everybody but his haters could see it. Even his opponents said so.


Okiegal Says:

I’m loving the title of this thread!! We can talk about Roger’ s injury for a change!


queen Says:

Nooo, where did he get that idea from? Must be from other smarter players.


John Says:

oh shame, taking away the Vamos-limelight?


Saba Sheikh Says:

Watch his matches in the last few months of 2013 and those in the middle stretching as far back as Mar 2013 when he first injured his back, and you can see a clear difference. For most of 2013 his movement was hampered and his backhand wasn’t firing at all, the first thing to be affected in the case of a back injury.he should have taken time off, but he didn’t. These are not excuses, just facts.


Saba Sheikh Says:

Severin Luthi talked about Federer’s back late last year at World tour finals.he explained that the back was the real problem after he got injured in Indian wells and hampered training. He explains that Federer added more tournaments to gain practice but hurt his back again. He also said that he wasn’t making excuses for Federer but just tallking facts.


madmax Says:

Giles Says:
When was he injured? Tell me again.

March 3rd, 2014 at 4:14 pm

John Says:
oh shame, taking away the Vamos-limelight?

March 3rd, 2014 at 6:29 pm

A breath of fresh air for Fed to be asked about his back in interview and for him to respond so candidly. Most definitely taken the limelight from Rafa’s million interviews discussion for the millionth time his knees, his blisters, his back, his stomach, his disbelief of ever winning a tournament again because of his injuries.

Stick to Rafa’s injuries Giles. It’s what you know best.


Giles Says:

@madmax. Rafa has suffered a lot hasn’t he? Surprised and thankful he is still around and hope he will be for many more years to come.
Vamos Champ!
Stay Healthy!


Hippy Chic Says:

Such a credit to the man that he has seldom had to pull out of tournies through injury,due to his effortless style of play,well done Roger.


Giles Says:

Oh yeah, such a credit to a lucky, healthy man. Has never had injury woes unlike some players!


rafaeli Says:

So next time he loses he won’t be able to claim injury.


skeezer Says:

“such a credit to a lucky, healthy man.”
Obvioulsy Roger has had health and injury problems just like every other human on the planet. Difference is he doesn’t consistently use it as an excuse nor consistently whine about it. A man’s man.


Translated Age Says:

To be fair, he’s been pretty consistent about it for the last nine months. Time to let his racquet do the talking.


skeezer Says:

9 mos? What does that mean? Point is he doesn’t have a career about using injuries as an excuse to winning or losing. As far as his racket doing the talking, he’s already started out this year doing just that!


Giles Says:

“Point is he doesn’t have a career about using injuries ….”
No, the point is he hasn’t had a career filled with injuries as has other players. The odd backache or so? Call that injury? He should speak to some of the long suffering players for enlightenment in that regard and so should some of the fed belles on here.


Ben Pronin Says:

Federer’s been dealing with back problems since 2003. That’s over a deacde. Pretty long suffering.

Players with injuries aren’t victims.


Giles Says:

^^^ Doesn’t affect his calendar though so can’t be serious. Just niggles.


Skeezer Says:

Giles read Ben. As usual u make up sh!t. Fed has had hos share.


Giles Says:

^^^ Stop stalking me or I will report you to madmax.


Ben Pronin Says:

I can’t believe the stupidity.


skeezer Says:

Really!
out.


Branco Says:

@Giles
you really need to chill… all that hate towards Federer is not healthy. A niggle is something that doesn’t hinder your movement or ability to play. Nadal could still play in spite of the injured knee; was that a niggle? Of course not, and when I see Federer walking like Donald duck around the court, without being able to bend is back I know it’s serious.


pigoonse Says:

Gilles, it is embarrassing to read. You really do not know which way is up when you are talking about Federer. Stick to Nadal.


Giles Says:

LOL! The Faderer belles defending his “back” issues. “Walking like Donald duck around the court”. If it was so bad he had no business to play.


Translated Age Says:

Pretty sure I’ve read on here in the past something to the tune of “if you play, then you’re fit.”


Branco Says:

@Giles

Obviously there is no point in trying to have a normal conversation with you. I’ve learned my lesson.


Okiegal Says:

@Translated Age @1:40 pm

Good observation…..”If you play, you’re fit…..I’ve seen that comment a few times myself!

Fed’s injury is serious and Rafa’s isn’t?? Give me a break. Fed fans are having to eat humble pie. I suppose they never thought that there idol could be in the same predicament as Rafa…..just saying!


rafaeli Says:

” There’s an asterisk next to Federer’s merriment in Dubai. He beat everyone he could. But he didn’t beat that S.O.B Nadal.”

That’s just. Beating Nadal IS the Holy Grail in tennis, but Edberg despairs as he said after Rafa beat Fed in Australia:

Open:Australian Roger Federer still can’t figure out Rafael Nadal

“Coming into the match I thought we would have a chance today but the way the match came about, Rafa played very, very well and Roger didn’t have that many chances,” Edberg told a small group of reporters.

“Playing against Rafa at this level is very hard,” he added. “It wasn’t enough today, but I think he’s made a lot of progress over the last three months.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/24/sport/tennis/australian-open-federer-nadal-tennis/


Branco Says:

Hum, I’m not sure I agree with the statement saying that Federer can´t figure out Nadal. He has managed to beat him 10 times so he should have an idea on how to beat him. To me most of the times Federer’s problem against Nadal lies in his approach to the game which is pretty negative. His body language just has DEFEAT written all over. I think during their last match at the AO that was pretty obvious…


Polo Says:

It seems to me that Federer has never played Nadal when the latter has an off day. Nadal always seem to be in his best form whenever the two meet. I have seen Nadal against other players when he was not in peak form and still win but Federer would have fared better. I keep wondering why Federer never had the luck of getting him on days like that.


skeezer Says:

^as usual no intelligent responses or discussion. just the usual link and Vamos. Yawn.


rafaeli Says:

Polo, Fed couldn’t even beat Nadal in AO 2009 after Nadal had that long gruelling match against Verdasco and Federer had had 3 days rest.

Off the top of my head, two of the 10 times Fed has beaten Nadal, Nadal had food poisoning at the O2 in 2011 and in 2009 he’d had that long match in the SF in Madrid against Djokovic.


skeezer Says:

“Off the top of my head, two of the 10 times Fed has beaten Nadal, Nadal had food poisoning at the O2 in 2011 and in 2009 he’d had that long match in the SF in Madrid against Djokovic.”

Well if we are going to start listing excuses for each players loss I am sure we all can come up with reasons. That ,,,seems always a easy justifiable Rafa talk defense for losses.


Translated Age Says:

Nadal had an off day 2012 Indian Wells on a cool, blustery night and Fed took advantage.

Since Rafa turned 22, the only other times Fed beat Nadal was indoors (4X) and once in Madrid (after Nadal played Djokovic for four hours the previous day).

Never in a major on any surface in their six meetings since that time.

So in reality, no, I think it’s pretty accurate to say Fed can’t figure out Nadal on an outdoor court of any kind in particular.


Sirius Says:

- rafa was a BABY when prime fed came back from two sets down to beat him in 2005 miami final. Babies don’t have that much stamina to last that long

- the baby was still a baby in 2006. So he lost to a primed fed at wimbledon in 4 sets

- baby lost in hamburg to fed in 2007 because of fatigue

- baby ( 2 years older than he was in 2005 but STILL A BABY!) lost to fed in wimby final again due to being still a baby and playing 5 setters early in the semi (pick either or both as reasons for the loss)

- baby rafa came of age after beating fed on grass and Hc slam final. But he lost to fed in madrid 09. Why?? Long 3 setter against djokovic before playing fed.

- rafa lost in 2010 wtf to fed. Same reason. Playing long 3 setter against murray

- lost in 2011 round robin match due to bad stomach!

- lost indian wells 2012 clash due to windy conditions. ( but rafa forgot to mention any injury. He mustve been hurt. Otherwise, he’d have mastered that wind and beat fed 6-0, 6-0, no?)

I mean, why give fed any credit??


Giles Says:

Faderer and Dedberg had long chats trying to figure out how to beat The Champ Nadal. The Champ beat him in straight sets at the AO!!


Translated Age Says:

Indoors, full credit to Fed, he is the master, no question, didn’t say otherwise.

Yeah, pretty much under 23, no player in today’s game is “matured” or in their prime so, in that sense, they are still a baby. Just ask 22 year old Baby Fed (who turns 23 in May, and has started to ramp up his game in case you haven’t noticed).


Pitchaboy Says:

The champ was not the champ. He got a beat down from the other Swiss. Perhaps he ran out of his fix


skeezer Says:

@Siruis,
You forgot the 2 bagels he has given Rafa in finals also ;). Oh wait…doesn’t count, no? Rafa had a niggle or something, no? Had to be.

“Indoors, full credit to Fed, he is the master, no question, didn’t say otherwise.”
Sorry, that is an insult to the man. What is he the master of again? Slams, on all surfaces he has mastered them. 17 times.


Giles Says:

I think we should count the two bagels as equivalent to two slams since they were against faderer’s nemesis. So that makes 19, no?
23-10


the DA Says:

Roger seems to be turning into quite a contrarian. Just a few months ago he was suggesting it was cowardly of a player to take time off for an injury by stating “I won’t go into a corner and hide for 4 months”. (And we all know who he was jabbing with that comment). So now he thinks it’s wise to go away and recover? Inconsistent, Roger.


Okiegal Says:

^^Exactly DA!!


Rafa better than Roger Says:

Sounds like Roger, with his handlers and posse is setting up a nice way or excuse to bail out once he gets trounced again.
His uptick will soon vanish once he faces Rafa.

And let it be known, roger declared ‘Rafa is better’ after losing in semis, after mind you seemingly playing good against someone who just had a back surgery.


skeezer Says:

the DA,
Well I would like to look at the interview to get the context of what that meant. Regardless, I don’t know how you can label Fed a contrarian when he openly said he made a mistake of playing injured. He obviously feels different about it now. My 2 cents is he has gotten older now and can’t play through those things anymore without losing productivity as he was able to do in his younger years. Welcome to getting older.


Rafa better than Roger Says:

Roger is very good at seizing opportunities when he does not have competition. Just like in the dead tennis zone after Sampras and aging Agassi. That no sooner when Novak is not going to play Davis cup, Rafa’s Spain out of contention due to his lenghty absence, all of the sudden Roger became patriotic????

So transparent!

Roger is at all is plain lucky player. Had he been with Rafa’s group he would be pressed to even get four slams.

Oh that is right, Roger was indeed lucky to even win French! Because. rafa was injured.


Brando Says:

@the DA:

LMFAO:

Game, set and match with that 5.14 post!


Rafa better than Roger Says:

DA …. It is called spin-doctoring.

Roger, has been, kinda duplicitous; anything to male subtle insinuations against the one who kivks his butt.


Hippy Chic Says:

(Sigh)Why cant people just enjoy watching their favorites,but admire and respect the achievements of their rivals,instead of pulling these two amazing players to pieces,both win and both lose its all part of the game,its a shame people cant just enjoy the beautiful game of tennis,niether will be around for ever and the game will be all the poorer when they have gone,that much is for sure,Rogers fans cant resist mentioning Rafas even on a Roger thread,Rafas fans cant resist mentioning Roger even on a Rafa thread,blimey for fans that dont really care for their favorites rivals they sure as hell spend alot of time talking about them.


pigoonse Says:

A healthy, grown-up almost 28 year old Nadal never loses to Federer. Baby Nadal losing is excusable. Post 2008 big boy Nadal should never lose to Federer anywhere, any time of year. Those are the rules.

Still waiting for Messiah to save tennis from weak era.


Hippy Chic Says:

Have to say i do agree with The DAs post though.


the DA Says:

Oh boy. IW draw underway. Rafa/Andy/Stan in the same half. This is why he needs to get back into the top 4. Tough on both Rafa & Andy to meet in the QFs. At least Fed fans can breathe a sigh of relief ;)


the DA Says:

Uh-oh, wait a minute Federer also lands in that half! haha This is crazy. Projected quarterfinals: Nadal-Murray, Wawrinka-Federer, Gasquet-Berdych, del Potro-Djokovic.

This will be a test to see whether Stan can follow through with his Slam win. Will he put a stop to being Federer’s bunny?


the DA Says:

Groan. Andy’s route will be tough. Raonic in the R16.

Top half projected R16s: Nadal-Fognini, Raonic-Murray, Wawrinka-Youzhny, Haas-Federer.

Once again a top heavy draw. Gasquet and Berdych get the breezy quarter. Maybe it’s time to think ahead and hope for a better draw in Miami.


the DA Says:

Nadal’s projected run: R2 Istomin R3 Monfils R4 Fognini QF Murray SF Federer F Djokovic.

Murray’s projected run: R2: Rosol/Qualifier, R3: Andujar, R4: Raonic, QF: Nadal, SF: Federer/Wawrinka, F: Djokovic.

Federer’s projected run: 2R- Qualifier, 3R-Tursunov, 4R- Haas, QF-Wawrinka, SF- Nadal/Murray, F- Djokovic

Nobody has done one for Djokovic yet, probably because it’s not as fraught with danger.


A Tango Lad Says:

the DA, if Roger’s back is healthy, Stan won’t have a chance, mark my words.


El_Flaco Says:

Federer won Wimbledon in 2012 with a bad back and you could see how it affected his movement. It wasn’t like he had an injury timeout and then came out in beast mode like we see with some other players.


Humble Rafa Says:

and his backhand wasn’t firing at all

Dude, where have you been the last 10 years. His backhand is bad, has been bad since he was born.


Rafa better than Roger Says:

Such a pre-emptive ruse so that when Roger finds himself struggling again, has a ready-made exit to retirement.

Have you noticed that most of his high profile but@kissing fans in Evert, Sampras, etc have been on the offensive desperately propping up Roger?? That the reckoning of the dominant 23-10 just trumps whatever the lucky Federer did.
Defeated Roger in grass when Nadal is just a claycourter (imagine that), woefully defeated Roger in outdoor hardcourts, when everybody discounts Rafa’s play will not translate in low bouncing fast hard courts? Only for Roger to do a boohoo wah crying embarrassment, but no sooner just manhandled Roger in INDOORS!!! As it is Rogerlings have no arguments anymore that the only desperate thing to say is — roger is artistic, balletic style — to distinguish him from the more macho gladiator warrior in Nadal. You want artistry go ser figure skating! Such pronouncements make tennis even more effeminate in perception.

But when Rafa toys with Roger in hard, clay or grass Roger is yo-yoing with arms flailing, rackets flying off the grips, tripping at the net. Artistic? Lol.

Yeah, a nice way to exit without losing face. Roger knows it’s coming. And it is not going to be pretty.


Skeezer Says:

Such a long winded gibberish. Why doesn’t Rafa have mist all the records in Tennis? Is he too busy “owning Fed?” Meanwhile, Fed has earned them all. Slams, weeks @#1, ( a record Rafa will never ever achieve ). Again the argument from vamosheads always goes to h2h. Sorry , you don’t get titles and Slams that way. U have to beat the draw, like a rosol, or darcis, etc. Hehe…


skeezer Says:

“Have you noticed that most of his high profile but@kissing fans in Evert, Sampras, etc …”

*Please take note; the one and the same multiple butt@kissing vamoshead moniker at work.*


Humble Rafa Says:

I have been injured since 2003. Do I need to get a doctor’s certificate to prove it?


skeezer Says:

^ask your idol Fed, he’ll cover for ya. Just tell the truth.


Jose Felciano Says:

Rod Laver is and will always be the greatest of all time, singles AND doubles.


skeezer Says:

Laver will be like the Babe in history, always the benchmark when discussing the greatest ever.


Gordo Says:

Wow – Social Media experts can learn a ton by reading this thread of comments.

It is not only like a fly strip attracting trolls, but especially mean spirited, stupid trolls.


http://tiahpost.com/blog/ Says:

Following the train of thought here, why should we give any credit to Andy Murray for defeating Federer in the finals in the 2012 summer Olympics? The fact is the Delpotro/Federer semis took such a long time and Delpo took everything, I mean everything, out of Federer. In the finals a day or two after, Federer had nothing left to give, and it was obvious to the whole world. Now, if we go by this logic, I guess there will be so many winners that we will not give any credit to just because their opponent was tired from the previous match!


Giles Says:

@Rafa better than Roger. Hello. Are you new here? If so, welcome. The more Rafans here the better especially fans like you. Hope you stick around.


Giles Says:

Rafa has a tuffie and as usual joker gets a cake walk draw.
Let’s see what unfolds.
Vamos Rafa!


rafaeli Says:

Polo Says:
It seems to me that Federer has never played Nadal when the latter has an off day. Nadal always seem to be in his best form whenever the two meet. I have seen Nadal against other players when he was not in peak form and still win but Federer would have fared better. I keep wondering why Federer never had the luck of getting him on days like that.

March 4th, 2014 at 3:35 pm

skeezer, I was responding to Polo who satrted with the flimsy excuses for Roger’s losses to Rafa.


rafaeli Says:

@Rafa better than Roger Says:
March 4th, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Couldn’t agree more. Roger got the elegant and artistic tags because there wasn’t much they could say about his boring shots and getting matches handed to him on a plate in the weak era.


madmax Says:

Translated Age Says:
To be fair, he’s been pretty consistent about it for the last nine months. Time to let his racquet do the talking.

March 4th, 2014 at 9:46 am

Yeah, to be fair Translated Age, Rafa has been pretty consistent about his injuries, for the whole of his career, not only having them, but talking about them over and over again.


madmax Says:

so it is important that whoever said it, let the racquet talk now.

Commies would help by NOT asking questions in interview about injuries.

You have to admit though, it’s rare that Fed even Breathes a Word about it.


madmax Says:

Giles you are always quoting numbers and stats (repetitively).

So read the whole of this by tennisabstract.com

Of all the amazing Roger Federer stats, this is the most impressive:-

The Fed has never retired from a match.

This is one of those remarkable stats that’s been floating around for years, but it’s always worth repeating.

Federer, who has played almost 300 more matches than any active player, has never retired in the middle of a match. No other player in the top 25 has fewer than three career retirements.

Here’s a list of how Federer’s retirements compare to his contemporaries and some past tennis legends.

Federer’s 1,154 matches are the most by any active tennis player.

The rest of the top 10 in matches played — none of whom is within 290 matches of Federer — has an average of 12.4 career retirements.

Those players: Tommy Haas (23), David Ferrer (7), Lleyton Hewitt (6), Nadal (7), Nikolay Davydenko (23), Tommy Robredo (9), Mikhail Youzhny (13), Tomas Berdych (9) and Jarkko Nieminen (15).

What does it all mean? Is Federer tougher than Nadal because he’s never thrown in the towel during a match?

Does Novak Djokovic’s 11 retirements make him less of a competitor than Andy Murray?

Of course not, though that’s not to say the numbers are meaningless. The Djokovic retirement total was a blight on the early part of his career.

And Federer’s non-retirement streak is still an impressive feat of durability, toughness and stubbornness.

Call it another impressive statistic on a resume filled with them.


SG1 Says:

Federer has the ideal physique and fluidity to be a tennis player. Tall but not too tall. Strong but not too muscular. His game is physical but easy on his body (relatively speaking of course). He’s has had some genetic help in terms of durability. This being said, never retiring from a single match is a remarkable accomplishment. Particularly when you consider how long he’s played and how many matches he’s played in. I guess the secret’s out now…Federer’s not a bad tennis player.


Nat Says:

If people actually read the article Federer basically admits his stance was wrong in not taking off time to recover from injury. So no that doesn’t make him contradictory because he’s saying he learnt from experience to change his view on the issue.

@rafaeli which weak era are you talking about? Surely the current one where Federer got “handed” a match by prime Djokovic to go on to win Dubai right? Yeah that’s why his “boring” lob tweener (with added spin) was called artistic and marveled so much…because of this damn weak era.

Seriously you KADs must be what 12 years old with the kind of statements you come out with.


pigoonse Says:

Bingo, Nat! Spot on, sir.

Look at the top ten now. Never seen a sorrier bunch. Djokovic – the apathetic slacker, Murray and Delpo – perpetually injured, Berdych and Tsonga – mentally weak, Ferrer – too weak and winky for the weak Federer, even. The rest are one-handed backhands – one of which beat Nadal in a GS. Enough said.


Purcell Says:

Those ‘elegant and artistic tags’ and ‘boring shots’ combined with much of what SG1 says are what have established Roger as an icon within the sporting world and well beyond it. You, Rafaeli, need to open your mind and eyes to the wider picture.


kriyuk Says:

The Greatest of the Technological Era
The Greatest of the Selling Ticket Era
The Greatest of the Magic Treatment Era

Guess who?

Now they call it the strong era? Lol

Now, take away that technology, money, and magic treatment and see yourself what left


kriyuk Says:

The Greatest of the Technological Era
The Greatest of the Selling Ticket Era
The Greatest of the Magic Treatment Era

Guess who?

Now they call it the strong era? Lol

Now, take away that technology, money, and magic treatment and see yourself what’s left


Steve 27 Says:

what left?
Kriyuk


nadalista Says:

“Now, take away that technology, money, and magic treatment and see yourself what’s left”

I did, and this is what I saw: an over the hill ol’ man struggling to live with the fact.


kriyuk Says:

The fact is there will never be old Nadal. He will blame his “injuries” once again when he retires, not very old, but enough that he can’t run like a rabbit anymore and outpower everyone in tour. And he will say “I will not play when I am not 100%”. Humble, as usual.


Translated Age Says:

Now we have old Roger who can’t seem to stop talking about his back and saying he won’t play if he is injured.


Okiegal Says:

@Madmax @12:36

I think everyone in the tennis world agrees that Roger has the most amazing athletic genes on the planet…..why would a perfectly fit guy retire?? Your comment going on and on about tennis players who have retired because of injuries or illnesses is impertinent to any discussion regarding Roger and injuries. He had mono once and if he was able to play with that, I’ll have to say he didn’t really have it. If his back is really hurt he won’t be able to play, simple as that! He’s just fortunate that his body has never let him down, lucky him…..this guy doesn’t even sweat! He is a great player who has never had to retire…….good for him!!

“Here’s a list of Federer’ s retirements…….a list?? If he’s never retired how can there be a list? All you had to say was Roger has played in 1,154 matches and never retired……just saying!


skeezer Says:

“need to open your mind and eyes to the wider picture.”

We all know their wider picture. It’s Rafa on the beach pics. All that matters in there world.


Hippy Chic Says:

I have had a couple of friends that have had Mono,and they were so ill they couldnt even get out of bed never mind run around playing tennis,so although i dont doubt Roger had it, but it surely must have been only a mild dose?TBH i didnt even know he had it at Wimbledon 2008,and i wouldnt have guessed it either,and he seemed to sail through the draw pretty easily,until facing Rafa in the final.


Giles Says:

Elena Baltacha has been diagnosed with liver cancer. Sad. Hope she will recover.


Translated Age Says:

HC, most likely Roger had a relapse in the final.


Hippy Chic Says:

Thats very sad indeed,get well soon Elena,my thoughts are with you and your family :((..


Hippy Chic Says:

TA yeah probably but the point is surely it could only have been mild in the 1st place?oh well,made my point.


Okiegal Says:

Right Chic, you won’t be playing tennis with mono. I had two friends that each lost one year of college. It’s a nasty disease. Complete bed rest is the cure.
Roger has come out of the closet about his
ailments…..big deal……glad he did…..now he and Rafa really have something in common…..blaming losses on injuries…..I say this in jest because I will give the players the benefit of the doubt regarding injuries and illnesses. I believe them.

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