Roger Federer Takes Rotterdam Wildcard, Could Get No. 1 At Event
by Staff | February 8th, 2018, 10:55 pm
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In a surprise move, Roger Federer has accepted a wildcard into next week’s indoor event at Rotterdam. The recent Australian Open champion was off until Indian Wells, but will be back in action with a shot at the No. 1 ranking in a few days.

“The tournament is special for me,” Federer said. “I remember playing for the first time in 1999 as it was one of the first events where I got the chance to play at the highest level. It feels good to join in the celebrations of the 45th edition.โ€

Federer, who last held No. 1 on October 4, 2012, will pass current No. 1 Rafael Nadal if he reaches the Rotterdam semifinals and at 36, he’ll become the oldest to ever reach the spot.

Federer is a 2-time champion in Rotterdam.

“We are thrilled that Roger has chosen to come to the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament last minute,” tournament chief Richard Krajicek said. “After his fantastic result at the Australian Open, it is tremendous news that he will be joining us in Rotterdam. It is a crown to the celebration of the history of our tournament.”

Federer will be joined by Grigor Dimitrov, Alexander Zverev, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Tomas Berdych, Stan Wawrinka among others at the event.


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61 Comments for Roger Federer Takes Rotterdam Wildcard, Could Get No. 1 At Event

Tennis Lover Says:

Nadal is the biggest hypocrite and cheat in tennis


Willow Says:

Nice picture, i like this under water Federer ….


t4t Says:

Willow fawninmg on Fed…. there is an awful sense of deja vu


rognadfan Says:

I see, he is a hypocryte because he would focus too much on #1 and now that ie is inches close, he should bail out. Great point!

I guess the argument is- Federer should give #1 to Nadal, his little cousin or something, ‘here, Rafa you are ahead in points, I could try to work my #! ranking out but I guess I’ll pass it to you, coz I like you’.

But, what some Rfanatics are missing is Fed’s decision to play Rotterdam plays out in their favor. If he loses early, then Rafa’s #1 will become more valid and earned. But had Fed skipped this, there would be questions of ‘ifs’; and that means some Fed fans would argue it’s a gift from Fed to Rafa to hold on to #1 a little longer.
Now Rafa fans don’t want that do they?
p.s.
I thought Fernando was one of the haters of all here in TX; Been a few years since TX was just a bit cleaner (relatively), But someone is getting that detest-wisdom from him. He living in TX via his pupils.


rognadfan Says:

^……*Because he said he would not focus too much #1*…..


skeezer Says:

Giles,
Thanks for that twit,
โ€œExactly why Nadal played a round in Paris last year, so what?โ€
#hypocriticalmuch?
๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘
โ€”-
I see t4t over here fawning over Fed again, lol, keep it up! Winning #20 felt so good.
#gofed
#GOAT


StarvingActor Says:

I do hope Roger is not taking any undue risk entering this tournament at the last minute…


Pamela Says:

StarvingActor – Roger is very smart when it comes to his schedule. If he was not in top shape and feeling great, I don’t think he would ever enter a tournament….


Humble Rafa Says:

Karma may catch up with the Arrogant One. Sometimes, it’s best to lock yourself in your 635 sq ft apartment.


Humble Rafa Says:

The very idea that you can play 10 tournaments a year and become number 1 is so prepostrous, it only makes sense to Arro tards.


Django Says:

Rotterdam!
Hand him the trophy. Lmao


SG1 Says:

It’s hypocritical for a pro tennis player to play in a pro tennis tournament? Funny! Who comes up with this stuff?


rognadfan Says:

‘The very idea that you can play 10 tournaments a year and become number 1 is so prepostrous, it only makes sense to Arro tards.’

Now that is one of the borderline dumb arguments from HR. Albeit obnoxious, normally they have some sense of humour, at least.

FWIW, I’d say its time for you to follow your big brother.
Here’s some hint (or guideline, take your pick). Coming from someone who wishes you best

1. Try to shred the clay court apart like you did last year, you got 2-more slam potential + may be 2-3 titles at each of those <= MS events

2. Keep trying at Wimby (I have very little hope on ya at wimbledon though. I think the feeling is similar on your part as well, though you keep mentioning you will be a force at Wimby. You just cant convince yourself as a competitor, I get it. Sure, I will be happy if you really become a force there once again). Grass is pretty soft so the knees will hold up, your concern is the likes of ROSOL and Darcis at round 1-3.

3. You got a chance at USOPEN (probably even a little more even Fed, believe it or not)

3. Don't go crazy on other HC and indoor tournaments like last year to grab that ranking (sure, you got that #1, which was great but u missed london). Ranking will come to you if you do well in the events that you play. Just look at the big guy.

Personally, I think it should should lengthen your stay at the top of ATP if you can do that.


Humble Rafa Says:

Personally, I think it should should lengthen your stay at the top of ATP if you can do that.

Mr. Obvious,

I already know all of that. Someone like you, a know it all reporter asked me if I can get to 20 slams. Ofcourse, I can.


rognadfan Says:

Hmm… Alright! Thanks for the cool nickname, it was somewhat obvious, wasn’t it? But sometime it pays off to point it out, you know, to stubborns. But I don’t ask, I tell, because I am not a reporter. And I am telling you, 20 is very very far-fetched for your body; even if you do the obvious and achieve the obvious.


Giles Says:

Fedfans getting too big for their tiny boots!!


Willow Says:

t4t i just like that picture is all i comment on alot of players pictures, FFS please knock it off eh ?


t4t Says:

Alas, I cannot. I just comment on what I observe and my observation is that you fawn on Fed just to please his fans.


skeezer Says:

โ€œI just comment on what I observe..โ€
When you canโ€™t observe correctly then there is nothing to comment on. Just sayin….get yourself some correct observation. Glasses? Fed therapy? Truth?
#appreciatethe20


Willow Says:

t4t stick a fork in me im done, there is no reasoning with you, ill just ignore your posts from now on feel free to do the same with me, i dont care, knock yourself out ….


t4t Says:

The Murray fans are few but they are loyal to their idol. The Nadal fan base is pathetic. Willow, supposedly a Nadal fan, behaves like a Fed fan, fawning on him and his fans. She bullies and attacks Nadal and Djokovic fans, complains endlessly about this forum and readily throws Nadal under the bus. Poor Nadal!


the_mind_reels Says:

Federer played a 500 event last year in between the AO and Indian Wells, so…none of the finger-pointing seems merited. (It rarely does anyway.)

I recall after the AO, he said that he and his team would decide about Dubai and had not yet committed. Seems for scheduling purposes, it was better to play Rotterdam than Dubai this year to give some additional buffer between the 500 event and the Sunshine Double.

The Rotterdam draw is loaded with talent:

Kohlschreiber/Kachanov in the R16, Wawrinka in the QF, Sascha Zverev/Tsonga in the SF, and Berdych/Goffin/Dimitrov in the F.

That’s three top 10 guys in the mix, plus Kachanov (who played Federer very tight at the end of last year) and Wawrinka, who’s likely going to take the Sofia title tomorrow.

Federer is going to have to earn it this week if he wants the #1 ranking! Can’t believe Krajicek and his buds at the tournament would have rigged the draw so well for Federer ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚


the_mind_reels Says:

(By the way: sounds like TX needs a meta-forum for posters who want to post about other posters and evaluate them for how well or poorly they are adhering to being a fan of their supposed favorite (??).)


t4t Says:

Fed got a cupcake draw…what’s new? Rigged draws, rigged schedules, Swiss Banks and Univ of B make up the Frauderer File.


t4t Says:

TMR,
The operative word is “supposed”.
TX probably needs a separate forum for the Fed worshippers so they can fawn on him day and night…


t4t Says:

The most ridiculous thing a Fedfawn journalist did was to ask a woman tennis player, returning after giving birth, whether she was inspired by Fed’s example…..Ha ha ha!


Giles Says:

https://twitter.com/dimonator/status/962122977759367169
Lol. So what else is new! More rigged shiat!!


skeezer Says:

Such bias BS> So I guess we can talk about Rafa’s cupcake rigged tourneys also? How about this one, 2009 FO, 3 Qualifiers in his qtr, and still loses to Sod in the FOURTH ROUND. Hee Here :)

Let’s ask tennis x to come with an off topic section for this below. Soma ole BS stuff repeated for self edification. That way this poster can look at the same multiple posts over and over and be self edified.
“”Rigged draws, rigged schedules, Swiss Banks and Univ of B make up the Frauderer File.”


Giles Says:

^^^ You know we speak the truth. Is that why youโ€™re so touchy? Lol


j-kath Says:

rognadfan: Your posting name implies you are a fan of both Roger and Nadal….have I misunderstood?????


skeezer Says:

^^you speak BS, you canโ€™t get more than a puppet to agree with you. When twtting always seek our the source in you case TT.
You and the puppet tout the same ole BS.
20, get use to it.


Giles Says:

^^^ Yep, got it, 20 qualifiers!


rognadfan Says:

j-kath,
I am just a fan. So misunderstanding is not even possible.
I could be Nadal fan, but not on Tennis-X, if you know what I mean. Elsewhere, I am also a Nadal fan because I am a lefty and I like to run like him on the court.


j-kath Says:

Okey-doke…keep it up rognadfan – no courts within a 100 miles of where I live – Andy/Judy’s expansion of tennis courts has not spilled over to my area…and local government is even more broke than our national government….so a brisk walk to the beach is our Hobson’s choice.


rognadfan Says:

jk-
Well, hope that will change soon. For me, I am a over privileged migrant who likes playing sports. And tennis is at the top on that list, shared only by football.


Willow Says:

TMR absolutely ….


t4t Says:

I was not aware that there are so many fans evaluating other fans that a meta forum is needed for them. This evaluation started if you remember with our own resident bully Willow calling me stupid and then claiming she hadn’t called me stupid but that I lacked comprehension skills….??!!!
TMR obviously is in the Fedfawn state i.e, believing in impossiblly good things about Fed and believing that fawning on Fed is in the the natural order of things. So he doesn’t see anything strange about a “supposedly” loyal Nadal fan endlessly fawning over Fed. Anyway Fed fawns ( including Willow) are plenty and their fawning needs a separate forum so rational fans will not interrupt the nauseating exercise.


t4t Says:

skeezer has started calling me puppet. As I am t4t and he is t3t, I guess it sort of makes him my sock puppet and that means , I am also sort of his sock puppet. madmax, by the way, is t20t. So skeezer please do not try to steal that name.


Willow Says:

Sean what is going on with this site, too many posts spamming up this site with nonsense ?


Giles Says:

t4t. Perhaps you should start calling him t1t. Much more appropriate. Lol


the_mind_reels Says:

@Willow: agreed.

@ t4t: I don’t consider myself a Fedfawn (<– not a word), but I do consider myself a Fed fan. Most people here are fans of one player or another (or multiple). I get it, though — you say "fawn" because you think that people who are f-a-n-s of a player you don't like (Federer) are blindly and naively accepting of a world that is so designed and rigged in his favor that it's beyond doubt it could be anything else. *Anything* else. Like his talent. Or his scheduling. Or sure, his occasional ability to take advantage of a situation where others are injured. Or a favorable draw.

What you are blind to, however — what you refuse to accept — is that none of the above is unique to Federer. Every one of the top guys has benefited from one or many of these situations in the past. (Since Rotterdam is topical: like that time Murray had the #1 seed and faced a qualifier first round a few years ago when he played.) Or that time since 2011 where Nadal hasn't played *anyone* inside the top 25 at Wimbledon. Those are some good draws. (Meanwhile, Federer has faced players inside the top 25 sixteen times in the same span.) But before you jump all over me for claiming Nadal's Wimbledon draws are rigged, don't. Because I don't think they are. That's the whole point — it's the nature of the sport.

I'd tell you to come off it, but you really don't seem interested in having real discussion or fact-based debate with anyone on here, so whatever. Feel free to respond. Or not. I really don't care. You will say I'm biased and that Federer is a doper like we've never seen and that he drinks the blood of baby Swiss cows up in a cave deep in the Alps with the Norman Brookes cup at his side. Seriously, we have heard it all.

I'm proud to say I'm a fan of tennis, which includes many players, both male and female. I actually like watching Nadal play. I don't particularly love Djokovic, but he's a hell of a player and an athlete, and his accomplishments are tremendous. And I can respect that. You'll likely find a number of people on here who respect many players, even those who aren't their favorites. And those aren't mutually exclusive concepts.


t4t Says:

TMR: I don’t read long posts so you lost me after the first few lines.
Your support of the troll Willow is enough to blight your credentials….Isn’t it strange that the troll gets support from the Fed fawns and has been disowned by the Nadal fan base? hmm…


t4t Says:

Willow did not answer me as to how she ignores herself but here is a working theory. When she stands in front of a mirror she turns her back so her back sees her back. She has never seen her face which probably explains why she has frequently boasted about her attractiveness.
She being a witch has granted herself the gift of immediate memory erasure. So she insults Danica and then denies knowing Danica. Several puzzling things now explained with my model.


the_mind_reels Says:

Cool, bro!


t4t Says:

Giles @ 5:57am…Lol!


skeezer Says:

@tmr,
Nailed it๐Ÿ‘


squirrel Says:

Seriously t4t, calling a post a witch and make personal attack? Come on. You cannot grasp the fairness and niceness of Willow towards everyone including Fed fans because you cannot comprehend that it’s okay to be a fan of a player and be completely fair and respectful towards the rivals of your idol, such as not spread lies and rumors.

And please, in your own world that Willow has been disowned by Rafa fans! Other respectful and lovely Rafa fans such as AndyMira, j-kath, Okie etc are always with Willow 100% supporting Rafa. Tehy’re the true fans of Rafa and tennis, definitely not you I’m afraid…

You really are the delusional one. #getsomehelps!


Willow Says:

t4t LOL Ive never boasted about my attractiveness, i might have said something tongue in cheek but thats it, and BTW ive always got on well with Danica, shes a very calm and knowledgeable lady, it was Yolita you were thinking of and i didnt attack her personally either, i merely said shes was biased, which isnt an insult its an observation, she wasnt really a poster i interacted with, so you need to get some facts right before coming for me ….


Willow Says:

Squirrel thanks nice to see you, i am actually a practicing white witch in the real world, nothing sinister, and i did mention it here to t4t, which is where he/she got it from, its all cool i dont mind that hun ;-)


squirrel Says:

hahahaha that explains it, gosh people take everything so literally sometimes. But keep having fun hun! ;)


Willow Says:

Squirrel well hun i have a weeks holiday this week, and its ST Valentines day, so hubby will probably take me out on Friday instead of Thursday as hes working, im having alot of fun too, still chatting to Okie on FB, so dont worry ill entice her back lol, really missing Jalep though hmmm ….

Anyway i think Fed probably takes the number 1 ranking this week, but im thinking it will probably flip flop between him and Rafa for a while, lets see ….


squirrel Says:

Wait, valentine’s on Wednesday right? But yeah, many people will probably celebrate it later during the weekend as well :)

YHeah you should entice her back, that would be nice!

Yeah, it probably will be between these two legends. I like that Fed is playing Rotterdam isntead of Dubai as it limits the traveling, but I do get the sense that he’s entering Rotterdam to get that no 1 spot, which I can understand, so enticing to get it being that “old”, and always saying the spot is not important, hence why people are accusing him of hypocrisy, lol.


Willow Says:

Squirrel lol sorry Wednesday not Thursday lol ….

I Didnt actually think Federer was that interested in the number 1 ranking anymore, but now its within touching distance, you can see his motivation, i hope Rafa is motivated into trying to get it back lol ….


Amit Says:

Willow

You neednt bother much about accusations hurled at you.. just enjoy here knowing you have good support from all quarters.. the know-it-alls you can’t argue with ever!๐Ÿ˜‰


t4t Says:

What does it matter whether it was Yolita or Danica that Willow insulted? The point is that she insulted someone and then denied knowing that poster. Also she called me stupid then denied she had called me stupid…, The pattern is the same. My model explains this curious case of the forgetful troll.


Willow Says:

Thanks Amit, you can go round and round in circles till your fingers bleed, its a complete waste of time, i have a weeks holiday so i can catch up and enjoy watching the tennis yippee ….


skeezer Says:

Rotterdam has started. Misha up a break on Bird.


t4t Says:

squirrel @ 3: 55 am. J-kath is a Rafa fan? Lol!!!
Also I don’t see anyone other than Fed fawns defending Willow on this thread. Proves my point.
Giles @ Feb 10th at 12:08 pm, looks like more and more people are noticing the rigging in favor of Fed which actually has been going on for a long time ( at least since 2007 when i first started noticing it). Frauderer all set to make rigged history!!!


skeezer Says:

t4t,
Just curious, how old are you, like 8?


t4t Says:

ooh skeezer you are forgiven because I know you cannot count. Even assuming that I was just born in 2007, it makes me more than 10 now. But making a more realistic assumption, the fact that I started analyzing draws in 2007 implies that I must be more than 20 now. This calculation probably heated up your brain. Apply an ice pack to cool it down. We cannot have our beloved skeezer blowing a fuse.

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