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Federer Express through Lisbon

05.05.2010 | Off Court

The day before taking part in the on-court action in Estoril, Roger took an exclusive 40-minute tram ride through the streets of Lisbon. 16 lucky school children – aged between six and nine – were great company and asked Roger some questions en route.


“I am very used to drive around in trams,” Roger admitted, who is looking to capture his 63rd tour-level title this week. “I used to travel to practice back in Basel on the tram in winter and with the bike in summer time. It does not feel too unusual to me."


Our champ, who lifted the 2008 title with victory over Russian Nikolay Davydenko in the final, started the journey on a 53-year-old tram at the Museu do Museu do Eléctrico in Largo do Calvário (Alcântara).


It went through Rua da Junqueira, the house of the president Cavaco Silva at Palácio de Belém, the factory of Pasteis de Belem and the Monasterio dos Jeronimos, where a second group of children from Colégio St. Julians de Carcavelos jumped on the tram.


The last stop was at Rotunda de Alges, where the group got on a bus for the Estadio Nacional, venue of the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tennis tournament.


“I like coming to Portugal,” Roger said. “That is why I am here again. Two years ago, I had a wonderful experience, not just because I won the tournament, but the people were very friendly, very welcoming and very happy to see me.


“Of course the city of Lisbon and Estoril is very nice and so we decided if the schedule allowed we would like to come back. This year was the right year and it is going to be another good tournament for me.”

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05/18/2010 | 06:10 AM
Hello Roger.. I hope you like stay in Portugal because next year we expect you here again.. Always improving..
05/16/2010 | 07:04 AM
05/16/2010 | 03:05 AM
How gorgeous! What a great ambassador for the sport you are Roger!

05/15/2010 | 10:41 AM
Amazing person.
05/12/2010 | 04:47 PM
Good luck Roger
i love you
05/12/2010 | 03:37 PM
peRFect...A.M.A.Z.I.N.G :)
05/11/2010 | 08:52 PM
05/10/2010 | 12:33 AM
One day, I'd meet you like these children :)
It's my dream...
Come to Brazil, pleeease! I'm living in Canada, but if you go to Brazil, I can see you easier :)
Brazil - Canada
05/09/2010 | 10:44 PM
you're always good with kids, all kids love you and look up to you, I really wish you can com visit Jordan, the kids will love to see you and may be even play with you...
05/09/2010 | 02:52 PM
hi roger! my name is carola an i´m 12 years(i´m the daugther of the username!); i´m your biggest fan!...roger good luck in next tournament!!...i konw you will not need it.....for me you are the best of the best!!!....thank you for showing the world that
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