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Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by laverfan on Thu 08 Aug 2013, 12:13 pm

34 32 today! May his fans rejoice in his presence and enjoy his brand of Tennis for a long time.

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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by JuliusHMarx on Thu 08 Aug 2013, 1:04 pm

32? That's nearly halfway to retirement age.

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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by The Special Juan on Thu 08 Aug 2013, 1:07 pm

Indeed LF, many happy returns to the man. guinness
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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by lags72 on Thu 08 Aug 2013, 2:25 pm

Many happy returns Bubbly 

Bus pass for Mr Federer please.

Oh hang on ........ I believe Mercedes Benz generously take care of his road transport needs  .....  Erm

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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by bogbrush on Thu 08 Aug 2013, 9:25 pm

I'd just like to point out that Federer isn't the only player who has birthdays, in fact I think all the top players have at least one a year. As the BBC documentary on Andy Murray showed, Andy has had one every year of his life according to Judy.

Well done to Roger but a bit of balance was needed on this thread.
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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by lags72 on Thu 08 Aug 2013, 9:37 pm

I can see your point bb, and I think the wording of the title could be seen as a bit of a controversial issue. Too narrow perhaps, and as such leaving little room for open debate.

The thread might have been better called something like  "Congratulations to all those celebrating their 32nd birthday today, including multi-slam winning tennis players from Switzerland, and indeed any other touring pros who will be celebrating a birthday at some point within the next 12 months ...... "

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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by bogbrush on Thu 08 Aug 2013, 9:38 pm

Quite so!
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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by CaledonianCraig on Thu 08 Aug 2013, 9:41 pm

Happy Birthday angel 
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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by HM Murdock on Thu 08 Aug 2013, 9:47 pm

I bet he is celebrating it too, the arrogant swine.

Probably wearing a jacket embroidered with '32' and telling noisy party guests to "be quiet".

Maybe telling the other competitors in Musical Statues that they "f***ing stopped" and shouting "don't tell me the f***ing rules" when explained that this is in fact the point of the game.

Perhaps claiming that the youngster who pinned the tail on the donkey just hit a lucky shot.

Awful man.

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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by bogbrush on Thu 08 Aug 2013, 9:54 pm

HM Murdoch wrote:.........Probably wearing a jacket embroidered with '32'.
That just caused my family to ask me what am I laughing so much about!
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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by hawkeye on Thu 08 Aug 2013, 10:03 pm

I was going to complain about why only Federer gets a "fangirl" birthday thread. But then I remembered that it is a special privilege only granted to holders of at least 17 slams who are still playing at the grand old age of 32.

In celebration here is my favorite recent picture of Roger Bubbly 

https://twitter.com/rogerfederer/status/358012181717078016/photo/1

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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by YvonneT on Fri 09 Aug 2013, 4:34 pm

It was Marinko Matosevic's birthday yesterday too. His present is another chance to knock over Rafa's water bottles.

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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by time please on Fri 09 Aug 2013, 6:21 pm

HM Murdoch wrote:I bet he is celebrating it too, the arrogant swine.

Probably wearing a jacket embroidered with '32' and telling noisy party guests to "be quiet".

Maybe telling the other competitors in Musical Statues that they "f***ing stopped" and shouting "don't tell me the f***ing rules" when explained that this is in fact the point of the game.

Perhaps claiming that the youngster who pinned the tail on the donkey just hit a lucky shot.

Awful man.
Lots of very droll posts on this thread, but I like this one 'visually' the best Laugh 

Happy belated birthday TMF!

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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by Henman Bill on Fri 09 Aug 2013, 6:53 pm

HM Murdoch wrote:I bet he is celebrating it too, the arrogant swine.

Probably wearing a jacket embroidered with '32' and telling noisy party guests to "be quiet".

Maybe telling the other competitors in Musical Statues that they "f***ing stopped" and shouting "don't tell me the f***ing rules" when explained that this is in fact the point of the game.

Perhaps claiming that the youngster who pinned the tail on the donkey just hit a lucky shot.

Awful man.
laughing 

Very good.

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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by laverfan on Sat 08 Aug 2015, 2:39 pm

Happy 34th B'day to Roger Federer!

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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by temporary21 on Sat 08 Aug 2015, 4:58 pm

Im very concerned about the ops clear bias on this thread. Two of Rogers well earned birthdays have been asterisked off for being part of a weak era for birthdays. Noone else during that period was good enough to have birthdays apparently...

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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by lags72 on Sat 08 Aug 2015, 6:40 pm

Ah yes ........ Roger Federer.......

I can just about remember when - on his 22nd birthday, twelve years ago, way back in 2003 - he had climbed to a heady World No. 2 in the rankings. Those were the days !

But Father Time can be very cruel, especially where sport is concerned. The new boys push the old guys out, just like younger lions taking over the pride.

So suddenly he is 34, and ready for the seniors tour. Sad really.

I hate to think where he sits in the rankings today (can't quite bring myself to check ........  Shocked )

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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by bogbrush on Sat 08 Aug 2015, 8:34 pm

The seniors tour players need to pray he stays interested in the main tour for a long time.
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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by lags72 on Sat 08 Aug 2015, 9:12 pm

I imagine they're praying already bb.

Meanwhile ......I did eventually get round to checking Federer's current ranking. Seems like they haven't fixed that dreadful new-look ATP site. What a mess it continues to be ..... never gets updated as quickly as the old site .....still showing Fed as World No.2, like in 2003 .......

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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by sirfredperry on Mon 10 Aug 2015, 9:19 am

Remember how we all laughed when Fed said he wanted to play the 2016 Olympics ? At this rate he may be around for the 2020 Games.

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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by lags72 on Mon 10 Aug 2015, 10:06 am

Sfp - yes, most of us did laugh very dismissively - I was certainly one of them.

Back then, I think I all but used the word 'delusional' in response to all his own comments about Rio 2016 being a target. And yet ...... here we are, less than 12 months away, and barring any major downturn in form he will be in decent shape to give it a go.

If the field is at full strength, I wouldn't rate his chances of taking Gold very highly; but there seems every reason to expect a perfectly respectable showing.

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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by LuvSports! on Mon 10 Aug 2015, 11:46 am

It is on clay right? No chance he will win.

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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by HM Murdock on Mon 10 Aug 2015, 11:57 am

LuvSports! wrote:It is on clay right? No chance he will win.
Surprisingly, no.

It's fast hard courts!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_Tennis_Center_(Rio_de_Janeiro)

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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by kingraf on Mon 10 Aug 2015, 12:14 pm

Not brag or anything, but seeing as the recent Ashes series had me embarrassingly on the wrong side of history, I think it pertinent to take this moment and gloat, unendingly, about the fact that I called his retirement situation spot on.
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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by LuvSports! on Mon 10 Aug 2015, 12:24 pm

:O 
Ta Bruce.

I hope it's the speed of Cincy or faster!

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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by lags72 on Mon 10 Aug 2015, 12:59 pm

kingraf wrote:Not brag or anything, but seeing as the recent Ashes series had me embarrassingly on the wrong side of history, I think it pertinent to take this moment and gloat, unendingly, about the fact that I called his retirement situation spot on.

Could you expand re 'spot on ' when calling his 'retirement situation' .......??

Did you say something like ......"I think he will play on to the Rio Olympics ....." ? - in which case, I don't think it can be classed as the prediction of the decade, but was more about simply agreeing with Fed's own commentary in media interviews  ; a minority view sure, though by no means a unique one

OR did you call a specific date on which he will retire ? - in which case, you might have to hold fire on the unending gloating & bragging until such time as an official announcement ....... !! Very Happy

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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by temporary21 on Mon 10 Aug 2015, 2:15 pm

Let's not go counting chickens like country folk.  12 months is still a long time and he would be nearly 35. Form can go quickly and the body at his age even quicker

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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by kingraf on Mon 10 Aug 2015, 2:18 pm

More that he will in fact still be competing (Ie at an elite level) come Rio 2016. Unfortunately can't Find the exact thread anymore. And I can't really be bothered to. But safe to see I was in the "put your pitchforks down" side of the 2013 retirement witch hunt.
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Post by temporary21 on Mon 10 Aug 2015, 2:22 pm

Don't jink him my leige. A lot can happen yet

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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by Henman Bill on Mon 10 Aug 2015, 9:15 pm

Here is a list of open era grand slam winners by age.
http://www.tennis28.com/slams/agerecords_winners.html#oldest

Ken Rosewall is in the top three slots.

Federer sits a mere 11th, with Agassi, Sampras, Connors, Laver, Ashe, Andres Gimeno also above him having won a slam at an older age. (this list does not include 2014 and 2015).

However any further grand slams for Federer would put him ahead of all players except Ken Rosewall, in the open era unless it's one of the next 3-4 slams in which case he would be behind Andres Gimeno.

If he wants to beat Ken Rosewall's record, he'll need to win a slam at least as late as 2019.

That's just open era. Wimbledon. The oldest singles champion of all time was Arthur Gore (Great Britain) at 41 yr 182 days in 1909. According to source: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/oldest-grandslam-winner.237439/ That's going to be a challenging record to beat.

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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by LuvSports! on Mon 10 Aug 2015, 10:30 pm

Yeeee Feds. You suck!

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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by laverfan on Tue 08 Aug 2017, 9:03 am

36 and counting.. thumbsup

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Re: Happy 32nd Birthday to Roger Federer!

Post by lags72 on Tue 08 Aug 2017, 10:17 am

Henman Bill wrote:Here is a list of open era grand slam winners by age.
http://www.tennis28.com/slams/agerecords_winners.html#oldest

Ken Rosewall is in the top three slots.

Federer sits a mere 11th, with Agassi, Sampras, Connors, Laver, Ashe, Andres Gimeno also above him having won a slam at an older age. (this list does not include 2014 and 2015).

However any further grand slams for Federer would put him ahead of all players except Ken Rosewall, in the open era ...........................................

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So that was posted by HB back in 2015.

Fast forward to today, and Federer is indeed now the oldest Open era Slam winner bar Rosewall.

The two wins which keep Rosewall ahead of Federer both came at the Aussie Open. All credit to him ; but fair to say I think, that back in the early 70's (and indeed for a good few years beyond) the AO field was never as comprehensive, relative to the other Slams, as it subsequently became.

I think Rosewall's record is pretty safe. (But then again, I also thought, for a long time, that Fed had won his very last Slam at Wimbledon 2012 ........ chin )

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