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Merry Christmas!

24.12.2008 | Off Court

Dear Fans


After a wonderful and very relaxing seaside holiday I am now in the final stage of preparation for the new season which, as you know, will be beginning very soon. Never before have I started a tennis-year as early as the one ahead: I will be back in action on January 1st. I am very much looking forward to the tournament in Abu Dhabi, which is taking place for the first time, as well as the entire season of 2009! There is such a large number of challenges lying ahead - facing them, working hard and giving my best to succeed is precisely why I love my job so much.


Looking back at the past 365 days a lot of unforgettable experiences come to mind. But there are, of course, also the tough moments I had to go through. I faced an unexpectedly difficult training period and exhausting start of the season due to illness precisely 12 months ago. I spent a great deal of the year battling with the lack of practice and hours of training that I faced at the time.

So having played another three Grand Slam finals and having brought home the US Open trophy as well as reaching Olympic heights together with Stan Wawrinka makes me just the more proud. I was honoured to receive the Laureus title as Athlete of the Year again and also lift the trophy at my home-tournament in Basel once more. These are some of the truly wonderful, emotional moments I had the privilege to experience. And it was special to be able to share them together with Stan in Beijing.


Something I will always want to stress is the fact that all these experiences would not have been the same if I hadn't been able to share them with all of you. You gave me your full support during the entire season and showed me your enthusiasm for this wonderful sport. Your thoughtful gifts, words and actions are always a fabulous reward. I would like to thank you for that with all my heart. Let's keep up the great work and head into a successful 2009 together!


I'd like to wish all of you and your families a Merry Christmas, a wonderful end of this year and all the best for the one lying ahead.


See you very soon,

kind regards from Dubai,




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01/02/2009 | 02:41 PM
Well, Davydenko gets the first break, good job. Keep it up.
01/02/2009 | 02:40 PM
Does anybody know Roger's score? And is anybody really interested in watching Nadal play? He seems to be having problems with his knee still. I want Davydenko to win easily.
01/02/2009 | 02:39 PM
Well, it's really true... Nada now has sleeves and at least we are spared the view of his armpits...

We'll see if he still scratches his butt...
01/02/2009 | 02:38 PM
I can't believe Roger lost his first match of 2009. Well...thank God I didn't wake up on time to watch it, I would have been so disappointed. How come he let Murray who was the last man to defeat him to be the first man to defeat him again? Whatever that
01/02/2009 | 02:37 PM
I know it's an exhibition , and it absolutely means "nothing" to lose in such an event.

But in today's match there are signs that Roger has indeed MANY things to work on so that he can fine tune his game for the AO.

1-Inconsistent service game :

01/02/2009 | 02:36 PM
Well my Swiss Knight lost the tie breaker and Murray won, it's a shame after he broke Murray back from 2-4 to 5-4, I was hoping the 5-4 game would be sudden death for Andy but it didn't happen. His play looked like practice to me. He was experimenting at
01/02/2009 | 02:28 PM
Happy New Year to all Rogerholics!

And I agree, Tuluta, it's nice watching Roger in good company!

Anyone has enough courage to watch the Spanish bull? Maybe just to check how much he has recovered from the VICIOUS operation?
01/02/2009 | 02:26 PM
Hey man... Sorry to give you the bad news that Roger Lost... but that is OK.. It is just an exhibition knockout tournament and not recognised by ATP.. So ranking points lost here..Roger played great.. and didn't even look disappointed or unhealthy..which
01/02/2009 | 02:23 PM
i know you will do super super great this year.
we r all behind u. cause no matter wat we love you.
01/02/2009 | 02:23 PM
Dear Roger,

nice to se you playing again.
No problem that you lost!
You looks greet and in Doha will be better !
Good luck for next week !

.... and nice to "watching" Roger with YOU ALL, dear ROGERHOLICS


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