Baby bye bye bye.


Let’s take a short stroll down Memory Lane. Remember 2007? That good old year when Dootsie decided she’s had enough of hating Roger Federer and got herself some first class tickets on the Federer Express?

There I was, all wide-eyed and Fed-loving for the first time in my life, fresh from the Australian Open semifinal during which Roger ‘converted’ me, I couldn’t wait for Indian Wells to roll around.

My guy was on a 40+ match winning streak and closing in on his own record. He just won his 10th slam, surpassed Connors for the most number of consecutive weeks at No 1. He was awesome, fierce, and on top of the world. Somewhere along the line, he got hot too. It helped with my conversion and I’m not afraid to admit it.

Indian Wells was going to come around and make life awesome, because for once, I was a rookie Federer fan and lovin’ it.

And then, THIS HAPPENED.

It’s okay, a blip in the minor scheme of things. Bring on Miami OH WAIT –

The result is that I spent the next few months trying to figure out if I jinxed Feddypoop onto a losing streak.

The whole point of telling this convoluted story is that the particular player who turned me into a superstitious tennis freak and sowed the seeds for this blog all those years ago is set to retire from tennis this week.

“There were many [career] highlights, but beating Roger two weeks in a row was amazing.

“I was great for me and then in 2008 I was in the top [15] again and one year after that I’m coaching, and will make my retirement official this week.”

Roger, who’s in Miami and spending a lot of time practicing with Serbian youngster Filip Krajinovic, also commented on his past tormentor.

“He was always a grinder and always gave his best on the court, so you always knew you were in for a tough match,” Federer said after a hitting session with 351st-ranked Filip Krajinovic.

“It was a bit different losing to the same player back-to-back. It hadn’t happened to me in years.”

In his retirement, Canas will be doing some coaching in the States, taking Odesnik and Capdeville under his tutelage.

“My life is different, but I’m happy in the role I’m doing right now.”

That role involves teaching promising juniors as well as young pros such as Odesnik and Paul Capdeville.

“He’s so mentally tough it rubs off on his pupils,” said Odesnik, who’s over a sprained ankle sustained in a first-round win in Delray last month. “He’s made tennis interesting for me again.”

Source: Sun-Sentinel

Best of luck, I won’t miss ya.

xx doots

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16 responses to “Baby bye bye bye.”

  1. Mia says :

    Good to hear that Roger has taken that cutie Serbian under his wing. Hah, I bet another Serbian would want to take Filip’s place in a heartbeat.

  2. breadstix says :

    N’aww, haha! That must have been some feeling, catching Feddy on a blip just as you jumped on teh wagon. :’) Best of luck to Canas.

  3. Warwick360 says :

    Lucky that you got to see fed play at AO.
    I wish I could see Fed someday at wimbledon…………

    And best of luck to Canas.

  4. Alex says :

    Good riddance to the doper!

    • Yolita says :

      Alex: That was not a nice thing to say at all.

      It’s bad enough that almost 2 years of his active life were taken away from him. He was exonerated and compensated for an undisclosed amount.

      Shame on you!

    • dootsiez says :

      Play nice tout le monde.

      Alex, I’m pretty sure it was a muck-up – Canas was exonerated and compensated for the damage to his reputation and income earning capacity.

  5. pban says :

    Doots that sure must have been an awful beginnig for you as a fedfan, no wonder you turned into the frazzle fanatic who writes a blog to keep her nerves steady.. seriously Feddy should be held responsible for all the maniacs he has generated over the years.As for me I had been firmly entrenched on the fedexpress for the past 4 years so the losses left me bewildered.Can’t say I or for that matter anybody (I know I’m being mean here) will miss him though,one less boring baseline slugger to worry about……god his game was an eyesore.

  6. FortuneCookie says :

    This week’s ATP Uncovered vid,and whaddya know,it’s a Fed special!
    Nothing new,apart from some blond Fed cameos 😛 ,but just some good old legends-fawning-over-Roger time 🙂 Seriously,I’m confused,this feels like 2006 or something…

    http://www.atpworldtour.com/Media/Channels.aspx?gt=Uncovered&q=ATP+World+Tour+Uncovered

  7. FortuneCookie says :

    Also,Ljubs has moved up 13 places to no.13 in the rankings,yayy for him,and also,isn’t that no. supposed to be,y’know,unlucky? 😉
    No huge moves apart from that,forgetting about Rafa being back at no.4 *sadface*,he’s only 750 points ahead of Delpo as well,but of course Delpo is gonna lose Miami semis…
    He says he’s gonna try and be back for Monte Carlo,i.e THE BLOODY CLAY COURT SEASON,is it just me who thought,shit this year’s going fast!It’s only 2 months till RG as well,SO hard to believe,and frazzling begins early people… 😛

    • dootsiez says :

      well I have a feeling Ljuby may be defending close to nothing in Miami, so he won’t be there for long me thinks 😉

      I can’t believe we’re basically one tournament away from clay. Urgh. Roger winning Roland Garros last year was nice and all, but I still can’t stand clay.

      I wish he’d play MC though. It’s like my fave tournament.

  8. Deb says :

    Well, I had lost my mind at the 2006 Wimbledon (blame it on the ivory jacket) and so other than the little blip where Roger lost to Murray in Cincy, I had never experienced any real Roger losses until the back-to-back losses to Canas. So interesting to hear that Canas considers them the highlights of his career. Similar to what Baggy said after he beat Roger last week. And yet, Roger just wears that target on his back for years without so much as a shrug. That is a lot more mental toughness than he ever gets credit for.

  9. BS says :

    I had never heard of Canas before his (in)famous wins over Rog, but of course I took an instant dislike to him 🙂 Great – now I’ve finally figured out why Rog sucked for a while back then, it was because you jumped on the bandwagon doots 😛

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