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RF The End

By Scoop Malinowski Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal lost their doubles match at Laver Cup. It is the end of Federer’s professional tennis career. I have three thoughts… Nobody knows where the sport of tennis would be right now if the boy named Roger Federer didn’t love to hit a tennis ball. Roger Federer miraculously […] Continue to read full article...

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The Biggest Federer Fans I Know On RF Retiring

I know a lot of very devout Roger Federer supporters and fanatics. One guy named Zahed used to actually travel the world to his tournaments, in full Federer Nike attire, but was abruptly kicked out of Indian Wells because something he said spooked the maestro. That was the year Federer lost to Marcos Baghdatis. Another […] Continue to read full article...

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Llodra: Federer “is more crazy than everybody.”

By Scoop Malinowski Years ago in the prime years of the Federer-Nadal rivalry I got an idea to do a fantasy magazine feature asking ATP players who would win a boxing match between Federer and Nadal? Many notable players like Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, Carlos Moya, Tim Henman, Ivan Ljubicic, Carlos Moya, Greg […] Continue to read full article...

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My Biofile Interview with Roger Federer

By Scoop Malinowski I did a Biofile interview with Roger Federer at US Open qualies in 1999 after he beat Dutchman Edwin Kempes 64 64 (he lost second round to Ivo Heuberger 76 62). Later I updated some questions with Roger it at press conferences at US Open… Tennis Inspiration:  “Watching my idols play back […] Continue to read full article...

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Dan’s Press Conference Question To Roger Federer

Dan has asked Roger Federer many questions over the years at pro tennis press conferences, provoking responses that have run the gamut to warm to cool, but his question after the Medvedev match at Miami Open was one of the best responses he's ever collected. Q. You used that chip forehand slice approach a number of times today, and the backhand seemed to have a tough time. These guys who are 6'4", 6'5" and taller, do you find you personally are using those chip and slice shots more to give them trouble? Continue to read full article...

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Federer Frustrates Fritz

By Louise Belcourt Roger Federer’s scintillating Australian Open defence continued in glorious fashion with a straight sets 3rd round victory over young American Taylor Fritz 6-2 7-5 6-2. In just under 1 hour 30 minutes the world number 3 frustrated and outfoxed the 21 year old. Fritz fresh off a great 4 set win over the 30th seed Gael Monfils was given a tennis lesson by the 37 year old defending champion. Continue to read full article...

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Does Federer Subconsciously Duck Rafa and Djokovic?

By Scoop Malinowski Ducking happens in one on one sports, it happens in pro boxing and it happens in tennis, perhaps even at the highest level. After Federer lost to John Millman this week, I made a comment on a Facebook post about the match suggesting that maybe Federer subconsciously tanked to Millman to avoid having to face Djokovic in the next round. Continue to read full article...

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Federer Mindset Strong Entering 19th US Open

By Scoop Malinowski Roger Federer has not felt the joy of winning the US Open since 2008 when he defeated Andy Murray 62 75 62. That was ten years ago. Since then there have been several close calls but they all fell short. 2009 loss to Del Potro in the final. 2014 loss to eventual champion Cilic. Two semi losses with match points to Djokovic. Continue to read full article...

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Federer Gunning For ATP No. 1 in Rotterdam

fedflow By Scoop Malinowski Roger Federer has the chance to be ATP World No. 1 again and he wants to take his shot at making tennis history as the oldest world no. 1 in history. Roger will take a wild card into next week’s ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, where he can reclaim the No. 1 ATP Ranking for the first time in more than five years if he advances to the semifinals. Continue to read full article...

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Federer says he’s better now than ten years ago

(Note: This article was orignally posted in April 2017.) I asked Juan Martin Del Potro at the 2017 Miami Open if he feels Roger Federer could be playing his finest tennis this year and the intelligent Argentine hardly objected to that notion. The next day at the Miami Open press conference, Pete Bodo followed up on that story angle by asking Federer himself if it is possible that he actually is playing his best tennis now at age 35? Continue to read full article...

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