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  • Nadal to return to Federer's Basel stronghold

    4/30/13 6:50 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Nadal to return to Federer's Basel stronghold Rafael Nadal returns to Roger Federer's tennis heartland for the first time in nearly a decade, with the world No.5 set to play the Swiss Indoors next October in what promises to be a talent-packed edition.

    Officials announced that the Spaniard would compete for the first time since 2004, when he lost in the first round.

    The signing of Nadal is considered as a sort of box office insurance policy for tournament boss Roger Brennwald, who had reportedly been in conflict with Federer over the past months since the icon's rich appearance contract with the tournament expired at last October's edition.

    Federer, who got his start in the game as a Basel ballboy and is guaranteed to sell out the St Jakobshalle for every match he plays, only recently revealed that he will also be back for the 2013 edition. He said the entire issue was over-blown concerning his possible absence from the tournament for which he has a strong sentimental attachment.

    Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro will be back to defend his title while Canadian Milos Raonic will make his Swiss debut. Japan's Kei Nishikori and Swiss No. 2 Stanislas Wawrinka are also returning.

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what hell. go to the indoor of Spain.

tennisnba , 4/30/13 7:36 PM


There was an interview with Roger in Swiss media.


I?m playing in Basel, even without agreements?


Roger Federer ends the speculations and declares that he is going to play at the 2013 Swiss Indoors. Under new signs.


Roger Federer is in the middle of a 7 weeks tournamentfree building phase which he spends for most of the time in Switzerland at the Lake Zurich. Yesterday the 31year old #3 in the ranking and record Grand Slam winner made a standpoint and made clear that he is going to play the Swiss Indoors in Basel in autumn, which he has won 5 times already, despite his contract with the tournament has expired.


Doesn?t this delay your build-up so short before the clay season?


As I mainly worked on my fitness the weather wasn?t a big problem for me. I played indoors on clay and 2 times on HC. I?m happy that the weather gets warmer at the weekend because then I can start to practice hard outside. Within the next weeks the practice is going to get more intense. It would be important that I get good practice conditions 2 weeks before the tournament in Madrid. It would be nice if the weather keeps up.


Do you stay in Switzerland until the start of the clay season and will let sparringspartners fly in just like in the last years?


Exactly. Severin (Lthi) is in contact with several players who could come. I?m pleased that I can have this preparation in Switzerland. Later on Paul (Annacone) will be here as well, at the stage in which I?m going to play tennis for 4, 5 hours a day and don?t work on the fitness anymore.


You haven?t been in Switzerland for that many weeks for a very long time. Do you enjoy this?


Absolutely. I missed Switzerland in the last years. It is great to play in the nature with the little ones and to be here with friends and family and to work on things. I could come down a bit from the stressful daily routine on the tour and to find back to normality. 2012 was extremely stressful due to the Olympic Games. I really enjoyed the last weeks even though the weather was bad.




Another open question is if you are going to play in Basel in autumn after your contract has run out.


For me it was always sure: I?m also going to play the Swiss Indoors in 2013. I haven?t commentated on it yet but now the moment has arrived. I have always played in Basel during all those years when I wasn?t injured. Everyone knows how much the tournament means to me and that is still the case. I was a ballboy there, played once in the qualification and got to play as a junior against Andre Agassi. I experienced many unforgettable moments in this unique atmosphere with the great fans and I?m extremely happy that I can experience it again this year.


So there has been made an agreement in the meantime between the Swiss Indoors and you?


No, but it wasn?t necessary. I can play in Basel without any contracts or agreements when I want to and that?s want I want. It is always very special to play in front of a home crowd when you are on the tour the whole year. I don?t want to miss this chance.


There were many discussions about the negotiations between you and tournament director Roger Brennwald. Rumours and speculations and there was the talk of many money. And now you just play?


I don?t really want to say anything more to it because it could be mistaken again. I have never said that I won?t play in Basel. Now I just try to simplifiy this complicated issue.


Does it mean that you are going to skip Paris-Bercy again then?


I have often missed tournaments due to the Swiss Indoors, so it?s nothing new. I love to to to Asia or Paris but you have to set priorities and Basel has always been one of my priorities.


www.tagesanzeiger.ch/sport/tennis/Ich-spiele-in-Basel -auch-ohne-Abmachung/story/17293661

tennisnba , 4/30/13 7:43 PM


As usual Nadal following the money. It would make sense for him to play Valencia since it's the same week and it's in Spain. Maybe he feels guilty about destroying Ferrer and Almugro's Golden Swing so he's trying to give them a chance in Valencia.

chr18 , 4/30/13 7:59 PM


Roger Federer: I?m playing in Basel, even without agreements?


question is if you are going to play in Basel in autumn after your contract has run out.


Roger: For me it was always sure: I?m also going to play the Swiss Indoors in 2013. I haven?t commentated on it yet but now the moment has arrived. I have always played in Basel during all those years when I wasn?t injured. Everyone knows how much the tournament means to me and that is still the case. I was a ballboy there, played once in the qualification and got to play as a junior against Andre Agassi. I experienced many unforgettable moments in this unique atmosphere with the great fans and I?m extremely happy that I can experience it again this year.


So there has been made an agreement in the meantime between the Swiss Indoors and you?


No, but it wasn?t necessary. I can play in Basel without any contracts or agreements when I want to and that?s want I want. It is always very special to play in front of a home crowd when you are on the tour the whole year. I don?t want to miss this chance.



Does it mean that you are going to skip Paris-Bercy again then?


I have often missed tournaments due to the Swiss Indoors, so it?s nothing new. I love to to to Asia or Paris but you have to set priorities and Basel has always been one of my priorities.

tennisnba , 4/30/13 8:00 PM


So, bad news for Paris-Bercy...but also nothing "really" surprising.

textor , 4/30/13 8:04 PM


chr18, if Rafa had turned down the invitation to play Basel and played Valencia instead, the likes of you would have said he is only a claycourter and no good indoors. He can't win.

nadline , 4/30/13 8:40 PM




As usual Nadal following the money.

chr18 , 4/30/13 7:59 PM

Hahaha! At least Rafa follows the money and accepts it without unseemly, grubby histrionics unlike a certain Swiss Miss. But then again, this is not surprising: Rafa comes from a wealthy family so Rafa is not fazed by money, he knows how to negotiate without appearing greedy and provincial.

rafaisthebest , 4/30/13 8:46 PM


nadline, 4/30/13 8:40 PM,

Well said! Of course Rafa can't win when it comes to chr18. Nothing new there!

I also found chr18's comment @ 7:59 PM quite hilarious! Yes, because we know that Fed never, ever follows the money! Too funny!

Nativenewyorker , 4/30/13 9:21 PM


Roger Federer latest is among the most unexpected, especially for a man raised in a country known for its benign neutrality: backroom power broker.


But after leading the ATP Tour Player Council as president the last three years, Federer has become a savvy student of the laws of political governance.


Much of Roger Federer's behind-the-scenes work this year has focused on persuading the four majors to share a larger piece of the revenue pie with players.
He has also lobbied that a larger percentage of prize money go to earlier rounds to rectify a growing income distribution gap.


That work has increasingly fallen on his shoulders, as Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, once Player Council members, left their leadership positions.

Take his pre-tournament schedule last month at the Masters event.

Under added security because of death threats, Roger Federer arrived on a Friday and discussed strategy with ATP player and board representatives till about 1 a.m.
He practiced the next morning, spent about 7 hours in meetings with various representatives of the Grand Slams and still attended the player party Saturday night.

On Sunday evening, he hosted three hours of meetings in his hotel room with the Player Council, ATP executive staff, and U.S. Open executives -- all before he struck a match ball.


"Roger has so many demands on his schedule and the fact that he is investing so much time into the player council and these negotiations shows his character and how much he cares for the future of the sport,"

doubles specialist and council member Eric Butorac.
"I believe it is very unprecedented to have a top player so involved."


It's not just Roger Federer's time than matters. It's his clout.


Reserved by nature, Federer has come a long way in understanding the needs and concerns of everyone from players ranked well outside the top 50 to doubles specialists.


Roger Federer did not slip into the role of leader without some angst.

It is, like his precise shotmaking and fluid movements, a delicate balancing act. Demands can stretch on and on. The mind can become weary. Focus can waver.


Despite threats of a boycott and other hard-line tactics -- for tennis -- Roger Federer and his fellow players and ATP executives have shepherded successes.


The French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open each contributed a larger percentage of prize money to earlier rounds this season.

The Australian Open will do the same in January, and in a pre-emptive strike already announced the biggest year-over-year prize money increase in its history.


More important, Roger Federer said, is the "productive" dialogue taking place.


"I'm happy that we've gotten to the table with the Slams and been able to explain our case," he said.

At 31, Roger Federer is brushing up against the usual threshold when age undermines skill, which means every minute and every decision he makes counts.


In that regard, time management might just be the Swiss' biggest asset. He seems to have found a formula that works.

tennisnba , 4/30/13 9:23 PM


nadline,
You do realize Valencia is not a clay tournament?

chr18 , 5/1/13 1:53 AM


Oh no?

Still, about Rafa following the money, tennis is his career; Rafa is not running a charitable organization, if people offer to pay him appearance fees it's well within the rules. The organizations pay Rafa a fraction of the income he generates for the event so he deserves all the money they are prepared to pay him. Only a fool would turn it down. Pro Tennis is a short career so the money money he can make whilst he is active, the better.

Mr Money-Grabber is stringing them on for a 7 figure sweetener in his own country!

nadline , 5/1/13 10:07 AM


This is a more credible reason why Rafa will be playing Basel this year: to show Fed how to treat his home tournament, by winning more!

Federer has played Basel 13 times and won it only 5 times. Rafa has played Barcelona 9 times and won it 8 times. Rafa's way is how you treat a home tournament!

So Roger, be sure to watch and learn from the Bull............

rafaisthebest , 5/1/13 12:08 PM


nadline,
Valencia is also an indoor HC tournament just like Basel. The only difference is the Swiss are offering more money than his broke home country. First he followed Fed to Halle and we know how that turned out last year. Now he's following Fed to Basel so we'll see how this turns out.

chr18 , 5/1/13 12:45 PM


Well, let's not go down that route. Switzerland is the refuge for despots in 3rd world countries to hide their ill gotten gains whilst their people are starving. Nothing to be proud of.

nadline , 5/1/13 1:11 PM


.........Now he's following Fed to Basel so we'll see how this turns out.

chr18 , 5/1/13 12:45 PM

It will turn out with a boat load of cash, at a minimum...............guaranteed.

rafaisthebest , 5/1/13 1:16 PM


^^^My initial point exactly. Just like Queen's<Halle.
On another note, is this replacing Tokyo for his 500 requirement? You mean after his third set bagel in 2011 he's avoiding Murray? Maybe Murray should play Basel too.

chr18 , 5/1/13 1:27 PM


^^Ask Rafa about his scedule.

And why are Federer's shenanigans any less about money? Even his own tournament is fed up with his greed, for heaven's sake.

Did Federer avoid Rafa after Rafa bagelled him at RG? Hmm, explains his sorry loss to Djokovic at RG last year.

rafaisthebest , 5/1/13 1:37 PM


You mean in 2008? Ridiculous. He beat Djoker in 2011 and lost to Nadal again in the final with no bagels. This is different because he's going to another tournament to avoid somebody potentially. Fed has not missed RG.

chr18 , 5/1/13 2:00 PM


Yes, chr18, Rafa is so afraid of Murray he avoided him in Indian Wells and Monte Carlo. No, you are not being ridiculous...........

rafaisthebest , 5/1/13 2:10 PM


Rafa is rejuvenated after his injury time out. He now appreciates tennis more and is making the most of it. He was cheesed off with it after being on tour and very successful at a very young age, which meant that he played nearly every round at nearly every tournament for something like 10 years on the trot. Now his love for the tour has been rekindled that's why he is accepting these invitations to play at tournaments he shunned before, because he has got over his homesickness.

nadline , 5/1/13 2:16 PM


ritb,
I just posed the question. I did not say it was definitive. You do realize the difference between Nadal facing Murray at MC or IW as opposed to Tokyo right?

chr18 , 5/1/13 6:39 PM


^^^^

Look who is lecturing Rafa fans! The pseudo expert himself! This is the hater who continues to promote the lunatic conspiracy theory that Rafa pulled out of the 2009 Wimbledon due to a lack of confidence and a fear that he couldn't win!

Reading this stuff is like an alien being from another planet is speaking!

Nativenewyorker , 5/1/13 8:31 PM


chr18, let's clear this up once and for all: Rafa fears no one. Think about it, it makes no sense to fear anyone, It's not as if you can will them away! So, quit projecting and relax. There is no player out there who fears other players, it's nonsense.

rafaisthebest , 5/1/13 8:38 PM


textor , 5/1/13 10:11 PM


chr18
after all these years here at TT (and I distinclty remember your very first post here, it had troll qualities) do you really think the rest of us don't see through your bs?

chlorostoma , 5/1/13 10:25 PM


I just realised that was ambiguous. I don't mean it took anyone here years to figure out your ways. I mean that it has been years that half your post are full of hate or bs and you get called on it yet you keep at it as if you are not coming across looking silly.

chlorostoma , 5/1/13 10:28 PM


You're entitled to your opinion. If I shared my opinion of you I'd get banned so I'll keep it to myself. :-)

chr18 , 5/1/13 11:04 PM


^^^^^God if you lot are going to fight, then at least make it entertaining!
This is pretty lame assed nimby pamby stuff. And so predictable.
'Oooh I'm gonna get banned if I'm naughty'
At least you've still got your unemployment insurance to snuggle up to dear.
Next up t38 to give us all a poignant life lesson (or so he/she/it thinks) which isn't at all to do with being a troll oh no!
Come on Fedal fans, why dont you put on your gladiatorial armour and gives us some BLOOD
Your baying crowds await you.
I'll play Caeser if you like!
Or are we all getting a teensy bit fatigued with this dance finally?
It's all rather old isn't it?
Like your idol's careers now actually.
;-)

Twinge , 5/1/13 11:55 PM


Unemployment insurance? Are you joking? I'm a Republican. We don't do that welfare/socialism stuff. I'm not your dear either. I don't swing that way bro. Obamacare, which can be a general term for his 2 terms, is taking a toll but I'm employed 40 hours per week. No French employment of 3 days a week or whatever they do in that socialist place. Lol Fed is getting old but I wouldn't be surprised to see him out last Nadal.

chr18 , 5/2/13 2:39 AM


touche .... coule ....

chlorostoma , 5/2/13 4:15 AM


chr18, 5/2/13 2:39 AM,

Now that you have revealed your political point of view and party affiliation, why am I not surprised! Along with your totally nonsensical idea of socialism! Also, dissing the French who don't work enough!

This post is so filled with ignorance, bias and prejudicial ideas that I don't even know where to start! But it gives me a better idea of why this person is the way he is!

Fed out lasting Rafa! LOl! Wishful thinking!

Nativenewyorker , 5/2/13 5:25 AM


It is clear Rafa is no yet at 100%, he has said so himself and Novak said as much post his MC win.

RITB- What did Npvak say abt Rafa not being at 100% post MC. I am sorry I didnt read any of it

sanju , 5/2/13 6:09 AM


Twinge, haven't you heard? It's not good manners beating on the disadvantaged, so we Rafans just let Fedfans be.........

rafaisthebest , 5/2/13 7:27 AM


More lame assery....
Don't worry chr18, no need for any anxiety!
I wasn't sure on your gender hence the dear, should have not taken the risk but then I also didn't know you we're American either & all that can entail......
We're less uptight about that sort of thing in communist Europe.
I didn't really think you were one of those too..
A dear that is!!!
I was merely (mildly!) patronising you for your rather bloodless wishy washy ways on this site.
In the foolish hope of getting some better entertainment & perhaps closure.
May the best Fedal fan win u know that sort of thing.
That's all :-)
Personally ritb I like to go in for the kill if I have a beef with anyone.
In the long run it really is the more merciful option.
And saves all the needless whining & meandering....

Twinge , 5/2/13 10:20 AM


OK here's a life lesson for you Tinge (I hate to disappoint). Proof read your comments before posting them.

ts38 , 5/2/13 11:40 AM


Oh Twinge, you have not heard? Fedal died many moons ago (check 19-10) but it was not merciful I guarantee you, hence the endless, and fruitless, attempts at rescucitation. But us Rafans have moved on, much bigger fish to fry!!

rafaisthebest , 5/2/13 12:02 PM


thank you t38,
you're as useful as ever!

Twinge , 5/2/13 12:26 PM


If not for the money or the extra points I really don't know why Nadal is going to this. If Fed ends up losing to Rafa in the final and cries it will be ackward trying to console him in front of his home crowd.

Shireling , 5/2/13 12:44 PM



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