U.S. Open not a priority ... Federer

U.S. Open not a priority ... Federer

Post by Cage Rattle » Mon, 16 Aug 2004 06:41:09


Roger Federer plans to complete his hat-trick of goals for the year by
winning a medal in the Olympic tennis tournament.
The world number one from Switzerland says he would readily swap winning the
U.S. Open grand slam which starts on August 30 for a slice of Olympic glory.
"You could put it that way," Federer told reporters at the athletes' village
on Saturday.
"We only play it every four years. I put it down as one of my top three
priorities of the year, next to defending my Wimbledon title and being
number one in the world."
 
 
 

U.S. Open not a priority ... Federer

Post by Yury » Mon, 16 Aug 2004 07:01:25



Quote:
> Roger Federer plans to complete his hat-trick of goals for the year by
> winning a medal in the Olympic tennis tournament.
> The world number one from Switzerland says he would readily swap winning
the
> U.S. Open grand slam which starts on August 30 for a slice of Olympic
glory.
> "You could put it that way," Federer told reporters at the athletes'
village
> on Saturday.
> "We only play it every four years. I put it down as one of my top three
> priorities of the year, next to defending my Wimbledon title and being
> number one in the world."

Smart guy.

 
 
 

U.S. Open not a priority ... Federer

Post by David Henr » Mon, 16 Aug 2004 07:48:53


Quote:



> > Roger Federer plans to complete his hat-trick of goals for the year by
> > winning a medal in the Olympic tennis tournament.
> > The world number one from Switzerland says he would readily swap winning
> the
> > U.S. Open grand slam which starts on August 30 for a slice of Olympic
> glory.
> > "You could put it that way," Federer told reporters at the athletes'
> village
> > on Saturday.
> > "We only play it every four years. I put it down as one of my top three
> > priorities of the year, next to defending my Wimbledon title and being
> > number one in the world."

> Smart guy.

Yes. I think Federer recognizes that winning Olympic Gold for his country is
bigger than winning a slam. He doesn't simply think about himself and "his"
legacy, which is nice to see.

Besides that, I don't think Switzerland has ever been a huge powerhouse at
the summer games. They're more successful during the Winter.

Dave

 
 
 

U.S. Open not a priority ... Federer

Post by Marius Hanc » Mon, 16 Aug 2004 08:36:56

Quote:

> Roger Federer plans to complete his hat-trick of goals for the year by
> winning a medal in the Olympic tennis tournament.
> The world number one from Switzerland says he would readily swap winning the
> U.S. Open grand slam which starts on August 30 for a slice of Olympic glory.
> "You could put it that way," Federer told reporters at the athletes' village
> on Saturday.
> "We only play it every four years. I put it down as one of my top three
> priorities of the year, next to defending my Wimbledon title and being
> number one in the world."

This does NOT mean USO isn't a priority. It just means it's not a top 3
priority for him, but I might well be a top 4-6 priority (including the
Australian there too ...):-))

Marius Hancu

 
 
 

U.S. Open not a priority ... Federer

Post by Stephen » Mon, 16 Aug 2004 08:50:21

Quote:
> Yes. I think Federer recognizes that winning Olympic Gold for his country
is
> bigger than winning a slam. He doesn't simply think about himself and
"his"
> legacy, which is nice to see.

It may be bigger to his country for him to win an olympic gold, but as you
also note, it's not as big for his personal tennis legacy as a USO win would
be.

If Fed really is prioritizing the olympics over the USO, then he is indeed
very unselfish, because doing so does indeed sacrifice his personal tennis
legacy.

--
Rhythms are relations between what you believe
and what you believed before.

- DF Wallace

 
 
 

U.S. Open not a priority ... Federer

Post by David Henr » Mon, 16 Aug 2004 09:18:37


Quote:

> > Yes. I think Federer recognizes that winning Olympic Gold for his
country
> is
> > bigger than winning a slam. He doesn't simply think about himself and
> "his"
> > legacy, which is nice to see.

> It may be bigger to his country for him to win an olympic gold, but as you
> also note, it's not as big for his personal tennis legacy as a USO win
would
> be.

> If Fed really is prioritizing the olympics over the USO, then he is indeed
> very unselfish, because doing so does indeed sacrifice his personal tennis
> legacy.

I'm sure the US Open is important to Federer. Winning in N.Y. just wasn't
one of his top three goals for 2004. Feds emphasizes that the Olympics
happens only once every four years, so it's easy to see it being the
tournament he wanted most this year -- after defending Wimbledon. (Also,
Federer at 27 might not be the same player he is now. And who knows about
the competition then. I can see why it's important to him now.)

You also have to assume Federer made this "list" after winning the Masters
Cup last season. At that point, he had won only one event (Vienna) between
Wimbledon and the Masters Cup. At that point, he knew that when he was hot,
he could beat anyone, but didn't know how consistent he could be. He
probably had no idea he'd win Australia and probably just focused on
Wimbledon.

As far as his legacy goes, I'm not sure Federer is quite the
greatness-seeker Sampras was. At least not yet. He easily could have pulled
out of Cinncinati, knowing full well he was tired. Instead, he didn't care
about breaking Sampras's streak still played. Had the streak *really*
mattered to him, I'm sure he could have dug deep enough to beat Hrbaty.

I'm still not 100% behind Federer, but I do respect his priorities. Even in
Davis Cup, he plays everything he has to to help the team without complaint.
I get the feel that Federer is quietly *very* patriotic.

Dave

 
 
 

U.S. Open not a priority ... Federer

Post by Whispe » Mon, 16 Aug 2004 09:22:04

Quote:

> Roger Federer plans to complete his hat-trick of goals for the year by
> winning a medal in the Olympic tennis tournament.
> The world number one from Switzerland says he would readily swap winning the
> U.S. Open grand slam which starts on August 30 for a slice of Olympic glory.
> "You could put it that way," Federer told reporters at the athletes' village
> on Saturday.
> "We only play it every four years. I put it down as one of my top three
> priorities of the year, next to defending my Wimbledon title and being
> number one in the world."

Why would winning Wimbledon 'again' be a priority - he's already won it
once?

Jaros says 1st priority is to win all 4 slams at least once...?

Well, that means either Federer or Jaros is a***head.

 
 
 

U.S. Open not a priority ... Federer

Post by Whispe » Mon, 16 Aug 2004 09:29:06

Quote:





>>>Roger Federer plans to complete his hat-trick of goals for the year by
>>>winning a medal in the Olympic tennis tournament.
>>>The world number one from Switzerland says he would readily swap winning

>>the

>>>U.S. Open grand slam which starts on August 30 for a slice of Olympic

>>glory.

>>>"You could put it that way," Federer told reporters at the athletes'

>>village

>>>on Saturday.
>>>"We only play it every four years. I put it down as one of my top three
>>>priorities of the year, next to defending my Wimbledon title and being
>>>number one in the world."

>>Smart guy.

> Yes. I think Federer recognizes that winning Olympic Gold for his country is
> bigger than winning a slam. He doesn't simply think about himself and "his"
> legacy, which is nice to see.

> Besides that, I don't think Switzerland has ever been a huge powerhouse at
> the summer games. They're more successful during the Winter.

> Dave

That's the key - it won't add anywhere near to his legacy what a USO
title would, but in Switzerland he'll be a bigger man with a gold medal..
 
 
 

U.S. Open not a priority ... Federer

Post by Whispe » Mon, 16 Aug 2004 09:34:55

Quote:

>>Yes. I think Federer recognizes that winning Olympic Gold for his country

> is

>>bigger than winning a slam. He doesn't simply think about himself and

> "his"

>>legacy, which is nice to see.

> It may be bigger to his country for him to win an olympic gold, but as you
> also note, it's not as big for his personal tennis legacy as a USO win would
> be.

> If Fed really is prioritizing the olympics over the USO, then he is indeed
> very unselfish, because doing so does indeed sacrifice his personal tennis
> legacy.

I think he rightly sees Wimbledon as 'the' tournament to win every yr, &
would be happy to follow in footsteps of Borg & Sampras.  Any guy who
won 3 or more Wimbledons is ranked very highly in alltime rankings....

Sampras/Borg/Laver (top 3 alltime) have 7, 5 & 4 Wimbledon titals (&
Laver missed 5 yrs at peak)....

 
 
 

U.S. Open not a priority ... Federer

Post by Whispe » Mon, 16 Aug 2004 09:47:20

Quote:

> As far as his legacy goes, I'm not sure Federer is quite the
> greatness-seeker Sampras was. At least not yet. He easily could have pulled
> out of Cinncinati, knowing full well he was tired. Instead, he didn't care
> about breaking Sampras's streak still played. Had the streak *really*
> mattered to him, I'm sure he could have dug deep enough to beat Hrbaty.

Who really knew that streak existed?  Trust me, it's meaningles....

Quote:

> I'm still not 100% behind Federer, but I do respect his priorities. Even in
> Davis Cup, he plays everything he has to to help the team without complaint.
> I get the feel that Federer is quietly *very* patriotic.

> Dave

You tend to get that with small nations who haven't achieved a great
deal on world scale (Goran eg).  Roddick or Hewitt winning gold for
their countries wouldn't be a big deal (USA/Aus have won plenty) like it
would for Swiss or Croatia...
 
 
 

U.S. Open not a priority ... Federer

Post by Stephen » Mon, 16 Aug 2004 10:44:20

Quote:

> You tend to get that with small nations who haven't achieved a great
> deal on world scale (Goran eg).  Roddick or Hewitt winning gold for
> their countries wouldn't be a big deal (USA/Aus have won plenty) like it
> would for Swiss or Croatia...

Good point.

--
Rhythms are relations between what you believe
and what you believed before.

- DF Wallace

 
 
 

U.S. Open not a priority ... Federer

Post by Brissi » Mon, 16 Aug 2004 10:59:32



Quote:

>> Roger Federer plans to complete his hat-trick of goals for the year by
>> winning a medal in the Olympic tennis tournament.
>> The world number one from Switzerland says he would readily swap winning the
>> U.S. Open grand slam which starts on August 30 for a slice of Olympic glory.
>> "You could put it that way," Federer told reporters at the athletes' village
>> on Saturday.
>> "We only play it every four years. I put it down as one of my top three
>> priorities of the year, next to defending my Wimbledon title and being
>> number one in the world."

>Why would winning Wimbledon 'again' be a priority - he's already won it
>once?

>Jaros says 1st priority is to win all 4 slams at least once...?

>Well, that means either Federer or Jaros is a***head.

Sampras never won gold or the French. Agassi won both. Sampras didn't
win anything(big) that Agassi didn't. If Federer wins Gold he'll go up
another notch.
 
 
 

U.S. Open not a priority ... Federer

Post by Lloyd The Great, aka » Mon, 16 Aug 2004 13:53:08

Quote:

> I'm still not 100% behind Federer, but I do respect his priorities. Even
in
> Davis Cup, he plays everything he has to to help the team without
complaint.
> I get the feel that Federer is quietly *very* patriotic.

Admit it - he's just an admirable guy.........
 
 
 

U.S. Open not a priority ... Federer

Post by David Henr » Mon, 16 Aug 2004 14:10:42


Quote:


> > I'm still not 100% behind Federer, but I do respect his priorities. Even
> in
> > Davis Cup, he plays everything he has to to help the team without
> complaint.
> > I get the feel that Federer is quietly *very* patriotic.

> Admit it - he's just an admirable guy.........

I'll mail it in at some point. Just have to find a stamp....

Dave : >

 
 
 

U.S. Open not a priority ... Federer

Post by Whispe » Mon, 16 Aug 2004 16:25:18

Quote:




>>>Roger Federer plans to complete his hat-trick of goals for the year by
>>>winning a medal in the Olympic tennis tournament.
>>>The world number one from Switzerland says he would readily swap winning the
>>>U.S. Open grand slam which starts on August 30 for a slice of Olympic glory.
>>>"You could put it that way," Federer told reporters at the athletes' village
>>>on Saturday.
>>>"We only play it every four years. I put it down as one of my top three
>>>priorities of the year, next to defending my Wimbledon title and being
>>>number one in the world."

>>Why would winning Wimbledon 'again' be a priority - he's already won it
>>once?

>>Jaros says 1st priority is to win all 4 slams at least once...?

>>Well, that means either Federer or Jaros is a***head.

> Sampras never won gold or the French. Agassi won both. Sampras didn't
> win anything(big) that Agassi didn't.

Agassi wasn't good enough to win Wimbledon a 2nd time.