Roger Federer: I Loved My First Hit on Grass
by Tom Gainey | June 14th, 2011, 9:16 am


After taking a week off for rest, Roger Federer began his Wimbledon training program. The Swiss announced on his Facebook page that he had his first hit on the grass this tennis season.

“Today I had a nice & easy hit on the grass..first of the year….loved it!” Federer posted yesterday. The note was accompanied by a picture of Federer which could have been taken 50 years ago!

Federer controversially withdrew from the Halle tournament the day after losing to Rafael Nadal in a four-set French Open final.

Federer has six career titles at Wimbledon, just one short of Pete Sampras’s Open Era record of seven.

Last year, Federer was shocked by Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals for just his second loss at Wimbledon since 2002.

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27 Comments for Roger Federer: I Loved My First Hit on Grass

skeezerweezer Says:

Sounds like he had a good rest up for Wimby. Go Fed!

van orten Says:

the only thing i know after watching a bit the match vs berdych last year is: fed is def. moving better right now then last year same time…

Michel Says:

The only thing I know and not watching a bit o the Berdych match is that Fed is in a better physical and thus mental shape then he has been for let say 4 years. He is in 2007 shape…meaning that if he can play 3 competitive sets on clay against Rafa he is the favorite to win the finol or semi against him.

dari Says:

sigh, hope you guys are all right and things pan out according to this good physical form.
not gonna let wimbledon stress me out this year.
Go Roger!

Anna Says:

Lovely photo.

dari Says:

so, apparently, hewitt just walked off the court at 3-6, 0-3 down to o. rochus. no injury, just walked off. i didn’t see it as i stopped streaming after the tsonga match, but… weird. sucks if that’s how he goes out and thats his last match ever. nah, he will show up to wimbles.
just goes to show how remarkable roddick and fed are keeping it going strong from that generation

dari Says:

ok, turns out lleyton is injured, but he didn’t tell anybody at the time!

Humble Rafa Says:

too bad. i am injured all time, i tell everybody!

stu Says:

^^ this guy is hilarious

van orten Says:

this just means great tennis is ahead of us…this years french open the top four players were in top form and they showed it by figthing till the last point in their respective encounters.

the great thing is:
fed will be very hard to beat
nadal will be very hard to beat
but they still must come through and remembering nadal and federer playing several 4 and 5 setters coming into the quarters last year just reminds one that everybody can beat anybody any given day if the normally superior player has an off- or not one of his better days .

fedal in the semis or final should be very possible though according to form and history there

madmax Says:

Will be great to see fed playing wimbledon; he’s definitely a sight for sore eyes (and I don’t mean the hay fever!) when playing on grass.

C’mon Roger!

Skeezerweezer Says:

^^^ soooo funny Lmao

scoreboard66 Says:

ESPN Classics is showing a lot of tennis-related stuff this week, especially Wimbledon Classics.

Kimberly Says:

wait, wasn’t i supposed to be watching game 7 tonight? Oh that’s right, we blew it.

Kimmi Says:

Go Rog!!

muralisk Says:

waiting to see you in action Roger. am sure you are in good shape to repeat your great performance we saw at FO. Go Roger go and get the 7th title. All the best and have fun!!

steve-o Says:

He’s relaxed and feeling no pressure; the quality of tennis he showed in his run in Paris was higher than what he displayed when he won there a couple years ago, despite falling short in the end.

C’mon Roger!!

Lulu Iberica Says:

Yes, Roger looks in very good physical condition. We should be in for a great Wimbledon. Unfortunately for me, I’m going to be on a cruise during most of the tournament. I’ve never been on a cruise before (not really my thing, but going with older relatives.) Do you think I’ll be able to see any of it? We’re at sea the day of the final, and I pictured lounging with a drink, floating on the ocean, watching the premiere match of the year, but I think maybe you can’t watch tv at sea!

Kimberly Says:

I’ve never been on a cruiise and since I had kids I only go to the keys, Disney world, and the hamptons. someone suggested a Disney cruise I’m surenthey have tv though?

madmax Says:


There’s TV on a cruise ship, don’t worry. You’ll get the best picture in the house!

madmax Says:

the formula for the seedings does sometimes cause confusion at wimbledon, so here you go everyone. Clear as mud!

At No. 3, Roger Federer has received his lowest seeding at Wimbledon since 2003, the year that he won his first career Grand Slam title after being seeded fourth. The six-time Wimbledon champion has been the top seed at the tournament six out of the last seven years at the All-England Club, the lone exception coming in 2009, when he was seeded second.

Of course, in 2009, top-seeded Rafael Nadal withdrew from Wimbledon without playing a single match, leaving Federer as the de facto top seed in the event. Federer has thus not played the part of the underdog in eight years, and it will be interesting to see how the Swiss great will take on his new role as No. 3, behind Nadal and world No. 2 Novak Djokovic.

Since 2002, a seeding committee has been eschewed in favor of a more transparent and objective system. The list of 32 seeds is comprised of the top 32 players on the ATP Entry System Position (ESP), adjusted for play on grass tournaments in the past two years. The formula is as follows: take ESP points as of June 13, 2011, add 100% of points earned for all grass-court tournaments in the past 12 months, and then add 75% of points earned for the best grass-court tournaments in the 12 months before that.

Tournament organizers are scheduled to release a complete draw on June 17th, which will determine the challenges that lay ahead of Federer as he seeks to tie Pete Sampras’s record of seven Wimbledon titles.

Now, I’m wondering whether Federer will be seeded no. 3 if it is based on the 2 year rule. Because he won it in 2009, got to the quarters in 2010. I guess though he’s nearer no.3 than no.2 right now.

madmax Says:

Final of Halle last year and Qf’s at wimbledon 2010, PLUS winning wimby in 2009. Isn’t this enough to get the no. 2 seeding?

sheila Says:

come on roger!!!!!!!!!

Michael Says:

I hope this time Federer goes all the way to win the coveted crown and make it for the seventh time tying up with Sampras. He has the game to what it takes for capturing the title. I am sure Federer badly needs one as he is facing a grand slam drought since the 2010 Australian Open. This is his last chance and he must grab it just like that. For the sake of his fans and well wishers, Federer must add 17 to his tally. Positively, let us hope he will do it as Champions never disappoint.

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