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Athens 2004

16.08.2004 | Tennis

"Dear Fans First of all I would like to thank you all for your comforting words for my experience in Athens. Many of you have asked how I feel and what exactly has happened. That is why I wanted to place this comment on the website. I certainly don’t have anything to reproach myself with for my performance at the Olympic Games. The preparations were very good and I gave 100% of what I could. In the end it was my daily shape and several things that turned against me. I never really managed to feel comfortable with the conditions in Athens. All these are reasons why this defeat hurts a lot. The experience certainly is one of the baddest ones of my career. Now I have to overcome this defeat and forget about it – which does not mean that I will suppress it. The important thing is to show a great reaction at the US Open, which is now my big motivation and high goal. I will fly to the States on Monday or Tuesday and am very much looking forward to this next challenge." Roger’s dreams for an olympic medal are unfortunately over for Athens 2004. He lost against Tomas Berdych (ATP 74) in the second round of the men’s singles and was later also defeated in the doubles with Yves Allegro. Roger had gone to Athens with high expectations and is certainly disappointed by the outcome. He really experienced a black day like he very seldomly does in important encounters. Roger did win the first set with a 3:2 break but the Czech got the upper hand more and more. Roger gave away the decisive break to the 7:5 of the second set with three double faults and a volley error. Roger had another four break-balls in the third set at 5:5, but Berdych played great tennis at that point. Little later Berdych managed to snatch the greatest victory of his career thanks to a backhand-longline-winner.

 

Roger overstood his first round in Athens – it turned out to be a rather tough one though. He beat Russia’s Nikolai Dawidenko (ATP 56) 6:3, 5:7, 6:1. Roger had to play over three sets in his third encounter with Davidenko, letting his numerous fans ins Athens become a bit anxious. Roger was 0:3 behind in the second set, then served for the match at 5:4 – to then lose his service twice in a row and thus the set. In the third set Dawidenko took a 1:0 lead, having won six games and two breaks in a row. But Roger made everything clear, going for 6:1 and thus the victory. On Tuesday Roger and Yves Allegro play their next round against Mahesh Bhupathi/Leander Paes, 7 p.m. local time.

 

The Davis Cup doubles team Yves Allegro / Roger Federer needed just 50 minutes for a surprisingly clear victory at the olympic tennis tournament against the winners of Costa do Sauipe: 6:3, 6:2. After an early break to 3:1 they pretty much dominated all actions against Fyrstenberg/Matkowski. Proof of their superiority was the dominance with their own service: Roger just had to give away five points during his service, Yves even just two. „We played a solid match, but nothing extraordinary“, said Yves Allegro, who did not show any signs of nervosity during his olympic premiere and was clearly the best ‚pure’ doubles player on the court. Roger was the best man on the court overall. The next round will be just the tougher for the two. Yves and Roger will meet the winners of the encounter Mahesh Bhupathi/Leander Paes (Ind/5) and the americans Mardy Fish/Andy Roddick on Tuesday at the earliest.

 

Roger is certainly happy with the draw for the tennis tournament at the Olympics. He will play Nikolai Davidenko (Russ, ATP 56) in the first round of the men’s singles. Nevertheless, Roger will certainly beware of taking this first match too easily. The first possibility for a match against a seeded player is in the third round – against Tommy Robredo (Sp/15), against whom Roger has won all five official encounters. In the fight for a place in the semi-finals the possible opponents would be Paradorn Srichaphan (Thai/12) or David Nalbandian (Arg/6) who had been injured until now. In the semi-finals names like Carlos Moya (Sp/3) or Rainer Schüttler (De/7) appear on the board. It could get rather exciting! The draw It will be important for Roger to manage his energy well: Between August 15 and 22 up to eleven rounds are on the program (6 single, 5 double). Roger will play the double’s tournament with Yves Allegro. The two friends will meet Poland’s tennis export Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski, who triumphed in Sopot last year and in Costa Do Sauipe this year. If they manage to proceed to the second round it would get rather tough – a duel against Mahesh Bhupathi/Leander Paes (Ind/5) or Mardy Fish/Andy Roddick (USA).

 
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