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01/31/2011

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Stella

bitch to the umpire ?

Stella

say a naughty word.

Bettyjane

A letter TP. Oh BOY.

Before we get started, I want to know if this is a legitimate tennis-related quirk, or is it something dumb like he doesn't hit the balls to the ballboys to help them out?

M

Bettyjane, I'm sure it's exactly something like that -- in addition to b*tching to the umpire and saying a naughty word. :-)

chieko

He was irritated and frustrated by the slowness of the opponent in between serves.

banti

Bathroom break?

Jenny

I'm with banti.

banti

If I'm right. You can give the prize to someone else! I don't want it.

banti

:)

M

Oh ... I'll bet Banti's right.

But - didn't Roger take a BB in the 3rd or 4th round of the '09 US Open too ...?

*is somewhat abashed she can almost remember this*

TP

Is a legitimate tennis-related quirk.

banti

Asks for Extra towels? Plays without undies?

Xeres

Lol banti good one ;)

Federer sweats profusely..for me that's the sign he is going to lose.

TP

No correct answer yet.

Xeres

He challenged a call ?

banti

Looks to his box.

Xeres

banti Rog once said that he looks to his box atleast 5 times during a match.

Dee

Ahha!This is worth having a guess.

Dee

During match point-(It was not just a match point-both cases it was "Ad")Federer Looked up to his box before playing the point.
(Too sad why do you have to aske questions like this?)

banti

Sadism Dee, Sadism.:)

Kitty

Play squash shots?

Barbara

Federer was irritated with the hawk-eye

Barbara

and line judges

Dee

Ana must be his lucky charm or her earrings!!!!

Dee

Sorry, I don't know how I got here.supposed to be live chat.

Rock

Stare at the opponent after the opponent hit a clean winner under pressure?

Bettyjane

Didn't grab a second set that he should have won?

Ricke

Scowl so intensely that he gave himself a uni-brow?

Ricke

Plays more drop shots than he should to try and win a long rally.

Stella

shouts allez.
Gets upset with hiis opponents box ( supporters)

banti

The answer anytime soon? You have us all intrigued and guessing on this one.

Bjornino

Obsessively checking the strings of his racket over and over again.

Kitty

Usually changes his racquet while receiving new balls (unless there is a broken string etc.) But I saw him doing this serving new balls or other time

MyLove

Make little or no effort to return a serve or return a ball.

MyLove

Then casually walks over to receive the next point or casually walks over to his seat after game is over. Maybe this could be a sign that he's befuddled or he is slowly accepting potential defeat.

TheHumbleOne

Tending to frown & look downward, with a downward turn of his mouth. Does the same against Nadal mosttimes, rather than the usual confident & relaxed facial expression...
...or could just be constipation.

TheHumbleOne

Takes an untimely bathroom break, to sit & cry for awhile?

AVTP73

Changes his head band for a fresh one

Serran

Yells "Come on!" to pump himself up after winning a seemingly irrelevant and easy point, like a forehand winner from the middle of the court to close a service game, when he's already been broken in that set.

Nelson Goodman

Directly talk to the other player?

M

Oh, Nelson, you may have it. Did he talk directly to Polito at the 09 Open? I don't remember.

banti

"Directly talk to the other player?"

Good one! But pretty sure it didn't happen in the 09 Open.

O

Spray his forehands?

O

Spray his forehand on set point.
Spray his forehand on key points.
Spray his forehand on match point.

M

*winces*

Ouch, O.

Bettyjane

Yeah I'm with M. Can we just stop this already. It's quite painful.

O

Just guessing, never had a chance.

chieko

Start to miss him already. It is not the same without him.

Nelson Goodman

Yeah, no idea M, Banti, if he did talk to Delpo or not. Might just have to cue up the match. Would solve the missing him problem that I'm already having as well Chieko. But then again, do I wanna watch again him blow a match he had in hand? Rafa put it best "my opinion, Federer that year, last year, had to win that final because he was winning playing unbelievable in the beginning. Have break in the second, so it was yeah, he had the match under control, and something happened in the end of second and everything change."

bryan_b

Casually bit his upper lip.

M

Chieko san, there are some nice AO semis and finals of Roger's in the 'Wanna Post' thread. I put them there with some other choices; I had a hunch some other people as well as me could use a spot of cheer.

flip

Looks down to the ground longer than he is supposed to when waiting for his opponent to serve?

alek

i am a big fan of fedex and ..
I know that.. simply fed he just accept defeat.

throughout his career has always been a bad loser, bad gestures and perhaps excuses. but do not blame him, many great champions took that attitude in defeat even nadal..

RafaFan

When Federer critics the opponents game behavior, i.e. excessive ball bouncing, time between points >20s etc.

RafaFan

...oh sorry, I meant when Federer criticizes

Abdullah Wiqar

tried to clean the court with his racquet.

chieko

Thank you sooooooooo much M san. You are truly so sweet and considerate. Just that already cheered me up !! And I am sure Goodman san too. Yes let us move forward, he did well at the Ao last year and poorly later. May be this year it is the reversal of fortune. I hope so. But at least he is healthy ( may be back problem came and goes and he is not telling anyone about it). The way this so call hard hitting game is going, I do not think there will be longevity in any player like that for sure. The surgeons will be so happy standing by, and the knee and hip replacement companies will sure make a fortune just like in other contack sports even there is no real contack in history. I did not watch the final. But my classmates and my colleagues told me that it was really close to boring. Yes I miss Federer san, he may sulk but at least he did not continuously swear and makes it pain for everyone else to watch. Oh wow I am brave today.

P

So TP, you must be a huge Federer fan since you are so super observant at his matches :-)
I go with trying to clean the court with the racquet that someone has already said above.
Give us the correct answer already.

banti

"Give us the correct answer already."

It better be a good one.

Xeres

TP did say it was a tennis related quirk so Teeps it better be a freaking tennis related thing or else all hell shall break loose :P

What's with the freaking suspense drama ? You know we're all ignorant toddlers..so out with it I say ! Hmpf

RafaFan

Fed rejoined grunting!!!! Geeeez! LOL. Wall Of Fame, no?

DSG

Oh! I want this soooo badly.

I got it! He shook the umpires hand after Djokovic did, thus implying that Djokovic had lost.

I feel really good about this.

nelson goodman

"He shook the umpires hand after Djokovic did, thus implying that Djokovic had lost."

Interesting, but if we're to believe TP's criteria, can't be it since it happened once Fed already lost, while this is "something he almost never does, except when he is certain he is *going to lose* and cannot believe it."

I'm with others: out with it already, TP, and it better be a "legitimate tennis-related quirk"!!

Bettyjane

sheer desperation here----does it have to do with how many balls he puts in his pocket and/or throws back to the ballboys when he gets ready to serve

O

He would remove the sweat with wrist band before he serves?

O

He would stick his tongue out to moisture the lips?

DSG

Teep, can't you see we're hurting here.

Come on

We might have to get Sol to represent us in a class action lawsuit if you don't ceaae and desist such flagrant abuse of the Wall of Fame."

O

He would be very careless with his shots, and send the balls to Cairo?

Sarah

Pray for rain?
Fight back the tears?
Hid underneath his towel?

Kitty

lol DSG, I would prefer TP go slow and easy on this one by giving hints etc. if no one answered it yet. This walloffame has become very interesting.

DSG

Good idea, Kitty. I didn't think of that. Hints would be great.

Pleeze, Teep, donnez-nous des hints. SVP.

Growltiger

I lost TP for a long time (November 2). I finally had time today to do an extensive search. It seems current, but still not sure I am able to post.

Have no idea if it's tennis related, but I have observed when he loses, he starts to gripe about the other player. In this case, ball bouncing by Djokovic. Notice none of the other players' quirks bother him when he's winning.

Sol

"We might have to get Sol to represent us in a class action lawsuit"

Bonjour mon amie!
Lol. Not sure we can make big bucks with a guy living in his parents' basement.

chieko

He started to jump up and down for no reason.

Dee

Hi Everyone please remember Jett in your prayers and rest of Cairns community.It's scary.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/cyclone-yasi/evacuations-begin-ahead-of-the-arrival-of-the-powerful-cyclone-yasi/story-fn7rj0ye-1225997968847

Xeres

Dee thanks for letting us know,sure will pray for Jett .

M

Oh Dee. Thank you for letting us know.
Please let it be low tide.

ricky

he rubbed his nose

nipurn rastogi

He gets agitated very fast and begins to argue the umpire AND HIMSELF. he shakes his head. also, when a dead ball comes his way (the point is over but the ball is coming to him), he either doesnt bother or hits it to the ball kids. when federer is playing well, he will still play the dead ball and hit a shot to the other side of the net.

Bluechyll

He didn't raise his hand in apology for a net cord that resulted in him winning the point?

Lobbo

Engage in prolonged backhand crosscourt duels, despite being overpowered.

Kitty

Is too much bothered by things like feather or other particles on the court. Also I think takes a lot of time to serve (usually is fast between points)

banti

TP is this your way of getting Fed's attention? Are we all just victims of this futile attempt ? New poll: Would Fed himself know this answer?

Kitty

Ball bounces more than 5 times before serving

O

He called a friend???

banti

"He called a friend???"

lol

banti

He impersonated Rafa out of desperation. Lining up of water bottles, picking of underwear. I've given up on what I know of Fed, moving on to Rafa.

Growltiger

OK TP, give us the answer!

Sir Vibhudi Aatmapudi sr. the 3rd

I remember then and now that he argued with the umpire - a clear sign that he was rattled.

ScotsLady

Sends a text to TP that it's time for a Wall of Fame contest??

DSG

@banti: "Would Fed himself know the answer?" Hahahahahahahaha.

@Sol-Bonjour.The bucks might not be big but we could get him for everything he has...

TEEP- Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze a hint or two. Forget what I said to Sol.

Murph

Yelled "cum on" with a winning point.

Jef Costello

I will throw in the following thought: Federer usually plays at his opponents pace - i.e. even when he is ready, he ends up having to wait for his opponent to be ready. Rafa is the best exponent; Gilles Simon tested him in the second round at the AO by making Roger wait for him; and Nole does a great job by taking extra ball bounces.

Roger adapted his game, at times against Nole and even Simon, he shifted this and made them wait for him to be ready. Cannot confirm if he did this against Delpo at the 2009 USO as I have not seen that match.

AVTF73

Ok, here goes for a second try...Fed bounced the ball prior to serving. Usually, he just lines it up to the triangle in the middle of his racket right before serving.

chieko

He looked up to the sky.

Kitty

lol chieko, the winner is already declared!

chieko

OMG Kitty san, now you where I am!! Cloud nine.
Gezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Rock san did it. GOod for him. I did not notice that. I shall go back to find that now.

TP

Winner: Rock.

wasim

he tries to peel the gum of the floor with the raquette

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