Abu Dhabi: You know, I’m not sure I’m quite ready to see your faces again.
Oh is it 2010 already? Umm … didn’t tennis just finish?
Federer, Nadal, Soderling, Davydenko, Ferrer and Wawrinka arrived in Abu Dhabi for their wad of cash over the New Year.
Check out their enthusiastic faces.
Kolya wondered how Roger ended up with such fine hair.
While Roger and Rafa shared their thoughts on Tiger Woods.
Mentioning Tiger Woods, Federer was asked about his Gillette mate yesterday and the pressures of being a top sportsman and rolemodel. As always, he responded with Swiss diplomacy,
“I think it is important for athletes and for me, anyway, to be as good a role models as you can be.”
“It is never guaranteed that you will be liked by the public and the fans. You try to achieve something and when that happens, it is also hard to maintain it,” he said at a press conference yesterday ahead of the Capitala World Tennis Championship.
“Obviously I am very happy that my image is on the good side,” said the 28 year old who won a record-breaking 15th Grand Slam to end 2009 as World No 1.
Sporting a new tan, Roger said he’s been enjoying time with his young family.
“The girls are five months old and it is challenging that way, but it has been fun. I have a great wife who helps in an incredible way. I try to help as best as I can but she is doing the main work.”
“My mindset has not changed. I am as eager as ever, as motivated. I am excited about this whole new chapter in our life. To manage it all and eager to experience it.
Fed planned celebrate NYE with a family dinner and perhaps the Rihanna concert if “my girls allow it“.
Ah.. to be the sole male in a family of women. Talk to my dad, Rog.
Onto actual tennis: overnight, Ferrer took out Davo 2-6 6-2 6-4 in a match that had as much chemistry as table salt. Davydenko appeared to be in control early on, but lost concentration in the second and third sets. Ferrer plays Nadal next in an all Spanish semifinal.
Is there something about a Davis Cup win that rejuvenates Spanish players like Nando and Ferrer? I guess we’ll find out.
Rafa will be on-guard, as he attempts to explain that tennis isn’t all about him and Roger.
“When I go to a tournament and see the draw, I am not only watching Roger. I watch every round and that is changing now.
“Before, there were big players and now there are a lot of good players. I don’t think that a few years back it was only Roger and me. The competition has always been tough.”
In the other match of the day, Stan fell to Soderling in a well-fought match, 7-6 7-6. With some decent tennis under his belt, the Dimpled One is looking forward to taking on the Mighty One today at 3pm local.
“Every match is a new match; the more times I play him, the closer I get to winning. We had a lot of good matches, I came close a few times,” said Soderling.
“Even though I lost every time against him I always feel like I learn something. It’s perfect for me to play against Roger, it really improves my game.”
Just a thought: Soderling defeats both Federer and Nadal to start his year. Plausible. Probable?
Another thought: a Federer v Nadal final to kick off the year. Epic. Orgasmic.
Mentioning the fabulously duo, earlier, Roger and Rafa took the chance to practice tennis on some F1 tracks.
While Roger recommenced his display of funky practice tees for the year in less photo-opped settings.
And the finger to you too, Sir!