Roger Federer, who breezed into the fourth round of the Paris Masters with a straight sets win over Radek Stepanek on Thursday, reflects on the glam tennis life style he lives in the public eye:
Roger living in the public eye means we’re treated to these privacy-invading photos of Federer family cute:
Photos nabbed from the Federer forum (Yes! I can finally get back in!)
But it’s all business for Roger this week in Paris, playing the last Masters 1000 of the year and seemingly on a mission, these days, to prove that he really, really does want to win tournaments other than the Majors and Basel. A few interesting bits of trivia I’ve picked up this week: 1. Roger’s win in Basel makes him the first guy to win a Major, a Masters, an ATP 500 and an ATP 250 level tournament in a single season. 2. Roger’s never made it past the quarters at Bercy. (He has a chance to score a career best result when he takes on Jurgen Melzer tomorrow.)
Oh, and he says he’s feeling no pain from that little ankle roll he suffered on Thursday.
So now that we’ve got our Roger Talk out of the way, can I gush a little over Michael Llodra? My absolute favorite second tier Frenchman took out the tournament’s defending champion, Novak Djokovic, on Thursday in an electrifying straight sets win. The secretly sexy serve and volleyer was serving down that nasty lefty spin, lunging at volleys with abandon and using his endearingly homely forehand to his advantage. The teams haven’t been chosen yet, but lets hope we see these two guys meet up again soon. France travels to Serbia in December for the Fed Cup final, also on an indoor hard court.
He may have lost early, but Nole knows how to make an impression. . . via @jameslarosa
By the way, why is the Bercy crowd 1000 times better than the Roland Garros crowd? They pack the stadium seemingly from morning to night (okay, there’s only one stadium to pack, but still. . .) and manage to wave flags, bang bongos and cheer on the home team without any of those infamous Gallic jeers and whistles. Of course, it helps having the near omnipresent Amelie Mauresmo classing up the joint.
Fernando Verdasco’s loss to Gael Monfils on Thursday brought some closure to the year end WTF field. Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer and Andy Roddick are now confirmed for the last three spots in London.
Up on Friday:
Roddick vs. Soderling
Davydenko vs. Llodra
Federer vs. Melzer
Murray vs. Monfils