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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 | 01:28 PM
it's between tournament conditions where the opponent wants to win badly.
01/02/2009 | 01:27 PM
Tilou ,

If Roger needs 3 sets of practice , then what on earth was he doing in the off season , wasn't he supposed to be training or what ??!!!!!
01/02/2009 | 01:25 PM
he's trying every kinds of shots. :) :)))
01/02/2009 | 01:23 PM
OK, Good start to the 3rd set!
01/02/2009 | 01:22 PM
for example in this game too. unreal and beautiful.
01/02/2009 | 01:21 PM
2nd set lost 2-6...
01/02/2009 | 01:21 PM
it's the tougher version from Rog, damn!!!
01/02/2009 | 01:20 PM
Hi Takeko
Nice to see you here!
01/02/2009 | 01:18 PM
smiling Rog. :)

it's amazing how he's doing that in a rally, soft play some ball bouncing then he's changing his game into so tough which is unreal.
01/02/2009 | 01:14 PM
and what an amazing volley was that earlier, or now ok that shot was out but that bh before that what an angle was that!!!