practice makes perfect: roger federer’s 2009 so far

First off, a shout-out to Mikey, whose Timber Palace blog is back in business… If you’re into architecture (or you live in the Pacific Northwest), you should take a peek

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Nike and Roger Federer are at it again, starting slow in 2009 before slamming us with his day/night outfits for the Australian Open.

More pics: See what he wore in Doha, Kooyong, and for practice sessions and pressers — all after the cut…

there’s nothing photoshopped about this roddick

We don’t really mind that Andy Roddick‘s guns aren’t as big as Men’s Fitness would’ve liked (btw, did you know that a design consultant resigned after Andy blogged that those arms weren’t his?)…

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…because the all-natural Andy isn’t bad at all.

What is bad is the new Spring 2008 look that Lacoste has draped on Andy. I never thought I’d say this, but I almost wish he’d just go back to Reebok, because even though their partnership produced more disasters than not, at least they produced… something. See this new shirt for yourself after the cut…

shirtless: andy murray

(Editor Update: We are now editing at Tennis Now – as of July 2012 — and still keeping an eye out for our favorite lanky Scot, Andy Murray. Check us out there!)

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Not to be outdone by the other hunks showing off in Melbourne, the lanky and shaggy Andy Murray, fresh from his win in Doha last week, does some time in preparation for next week’s Australian Open. Cut the hair already!

Scoreline: At this week’s Kooyong Classic, the Scot lost 1-6, 4-6 to to Safin in his first true test against a top player (and yes, even though Safin is ranked in the 50s, the Russian’s clearly ace), but rebounded with a routine 6-2, 7-6 (7) win over local Brydan Klein.

marat safin practices in melbourne

The Australian summer is so hot, boo hoo. Oh wait, those are tears of joy that I’m crying because all the guys have to practice shirtless. Don’t overheat, y’all. Drink lots of water, okay?

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Terry cloth trend: I’m definitely all about the big and loose wristbands the guys are wearing right now. I don’t know where that’s coming from, but Juan Carlos Ferrero wore two in white in his Auckland match, and Marat Safin does black as he practices in Melbourne Park in between exhibition matches at this week’s Kooyong Classic.

Scoreline: In this pre-Aussie Open warm-up, Marat beat Andy Murray 6-1, 6-4 on Day 1 but lost to the other Andy — Roddick — 6-3, 6-3 the day after. On Saturday, the Russian will face off against Fernando Gonzalez for third place.

More photos: While we’ve already covered this topic in TSF’s tattoo watch, we have another look at Marat’s back tattoo (of a sun) and him practicing on the court — shirtless, of course — after the cut…