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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 | 01:43 PM
Go Roger!!!!
Alleeeez Rogi!

Break Murray now!!!
01/02/2009 | 01:40 PM
Bravo Roger!

Break him again in his next serve!
01/02/2009 | 01:39 PM
szerintem azt igazán csak az ausztrál nyílt bajnokságon.
01/02/2009 | 01:38 PM
this shot is into top 10!!!
01/02/2009 | 01:36 PM
boting, I agree. And Happy New Year!
01/02/2009 | 01:35 PM
Agree with *boting*... next week will be when we can see how Roger really is... I also think today he's taking the chance to practice some shots he usually doesn't use...
01/02/2009 | 01:33 PM
but there are many games and rallies when he's playing hardly tough and did very many unreal beauty shots!!!
01/02/2009 | 01:31 PM
next week will be important then we will
see where federer stands..................
01/02/2009 | 01:30 PM
it was a moment of it too when he stepped back in Murr's serve game at the return i mean he stepped back and after it the volley or deep volley before he smiled. :)
01/02/2009 | 01:29 PM
I was kinda joking...
but still Roger can't practice with Murray in the off season... now it's a different kinda practice...