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  • Tipsarevic pays tribute to Federer's skills

    11/7/12 7:18 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Tipsarevic pays tribute to Federer's skills Janko Tipsarevic is more impressed than ever with the other-worldly game of Roger Federer after losing to the Swiss in an opening match at the World Tour Finals.

    Tipsarevic, the world No. 9 who came to the match after suffering in recent days with illness, made no excuses for his defeat by the best to ever play the game.

    And he stressed that it was talent and not luck that has had everything to do with the Federer run of form which has lasted the better part of a decade.

    "I think Roger Federer is everything but lucky," said the Serb. "People see him play this flawless tennis and saying, 'Oh, life is so easy for Roger, he's so talented.' He is talented, but there's so much work behind that. The fact that he was born with that magic hand of his is a plus."

    Tipsarevic did not mince words when expressing his admiration for the 17-time Grand Slam winner, who is bidding for a seventh year-end title after setting a new record of 40 victories at year-end events.

    "Roger Federer is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, professionals that this sport has ever had. Throughout his career, he was always putting tennis as the No. 1 thing in his life, never doing anything to damage his professional tennis career.

    "Because of that, and because of the professionalism that he has and the time that he devoted to this game, this is the reason why he has such high durability and was almost never injured in his career.

    "This is my take on that. It has nothing to do with luck."


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a very true statement from Tipsy. He imbibes good qualities from NOLE though elder to him.

velliat53 , 11/8/12 7:41 AM


"Roger Federer is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, professionals that this sport has ever had. Throughout his career, he was always putting tennis as the No. 1 thing in his life, never doing anything to damage his professional tennis career.

"Because of that, and because of the professionalism that he has and the time that he devoted to this game, this is the reason why he has such high durability and was almost never injured in his career.

"This is my take on that. It has nothing to do with luck."

Huh? The reason Fed was almost never injured in his career is because of the professionalism he has. Ergo, those who get injured are not professional enough....

And here I was thinking idiocy was a trait required of footballers only...............

rafaisthebest , 11/8/12 7:53 AM


Fed was injured not long ago. He skipped the Paris Masters due to 'some niggling stuff'.
## "I'm not going to Paris, it's too much for me." said Federer. "I have some niggling stuff that I want to heal, I don't want to take a chance for London." ##

http://www.tennistalk.com/en/news/20121029/Federer_to_miss_Paris _to_rest_for_London

Augustina08 , 11/8/12 9:19 AM


Ok, so he was answering a question but his fullsome praise (in place of the usual bland 'he was better than me' blah blah) was far more likely to be driven by an attempt to counteract the bad press in the wake of his chauvinistic, homophobic comments than by an unstinting admiration for the Diva.

#DamageControl
#PublicRelationsSpin



ed251137 , 11/8/12 10:14 AM


what comments from tipsarevic are you referring to ed?

croc , 11/8/12 10:32 AM


These Croc:
http://tinyurl.com/6ti

The subject cropped up here recently on one of the other threads but cant trace where. He has a history of making unfortunate remarks which have earned him the ire of other players and tennis fans generally.

ed251137 , 11/8/12 11:10 AM


Well, what he said about Federer was true except "I think Roger Federer is anything but lucky". Come on, surely Federer has had his fair share of luck over the years? Greatest player of all time, but he's definitely had his lucky moments.

samprallica , 11/8/12 12:32 PM


I'm all for competitors showing respect for each other. Gentlemen's sport and all of that. But this seemed a tad too deferential to me. It reminds me a bit of how David Ferrer speaks about Nadal.

I'd like to see a bit more fire, honestly. Yes, Roger and Rafa are 2 of the all-time greats. Yes, they deserve respect. But let's not go overboard.

cherylmurray , 11/8/12 12:58 PM


^^^except when Ferru plays Rafa, he does not lay down for him. He fights. The Tipsy/Fed show was pathetic.

rafaisthebest , 11/8/12 1:05 PM


cherylmurray is right on this one. way too overboard.

#NigglingStuff

RickyDimon , 11/8/12 2:51 PM



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