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Federer has looked so impressive that it has kind of shocked me...if he can keep this same level through the tournament then he is winning it. Even against Nadal!!! However, the key is keeping the same level because anything less then what he has showed us If he plays Nadal will result in another loss on clay...man winning this tournament could give him so much confidence heading into Paria
2 days, 3 hours ago on tennis.com - Rome: Federer d. Janowicz
Roger looked like his vintage self today...but as good as he looked today he can look horrible on Thursday....he has a great draw for a change...lets see how he does...beating Murray in a semifinal on clay would give him some much needed confidence
5 days, 9 hours ago on tennis.com - Photos: Roger Federer's fresh, short haircut
@llg0918 that will never happen...I'll be shocked if he reached a final
1 week ago on tennis.com - Ferrer: Win over Nadal could have changed my career
The doper (protected by Spanish law) has already beaten Nadal before so what career change is he talking about?
Then he needs take 6 months off and then see if the hunger comes back and totally commit for tennis the way Andre Agassi did late in his career where he was in better shape then the younger guys on tour
1 week, 3 days ago on tennis.com - Madrid: Nishikori d. Federer
As I said many times before and many people here did not agree with me. Federer cannot take extended time off from tennis anymore if he wants to continue to remain amongst the top 4 of tennis. He thinks that tennis practice mixed in with charity work and family time is enough for him. It is not. He needs to train as hard as Murray, Nadal, Djokovic, and others. Many people say he does but that's just not true. All those guys are totally committed to tennis and only tennis. Federer also needs match play to fine tune his game. Once again practice does not make perfect when it comes to real life shots. He would be wise to enter in smaller tournaments this year because the way it's looking the year is almost half over and no one here expects a rusty Federer to win in Rome or in France.
@Darrengh your are totally right...it was such a big deal before because it required different skill sets to accomplish it....Aussie got even slower which is good for baseline grinders, French stayed the same, Wimbledon plays medium speed now but faster only under the roof, and sadly the US open has introduced so much grit that it might play almost as slow as the Aussie....the players with the best stamina and consistency are the players that have been winning since 2008 unless your Federer who has won 5 since then
3 weeks, 4 days ago on tennis.com - Sampras: Djokovic can challenge record run at No. 1
i watched the match and the whole tournament...and the court was slower then last year...everyone knows this and everyone mentioned this from brad gilbert to patrick M.....and i did not read a quote from federer saying that he was happy with this years court speed...thats the journalist saying so without an actual quote...why would federer be happy with this year's version? it was slow
6 months, 1 week ago on tennis.com - Federer calls for quicker courts to promote attack
"What you don't want is that you hit 15 great shots and at the end, it ends up in an error"
That is exactly how the match went with Djokovic and this is what Djokovic had to say
"He's somebody that is very aggressive, that likes to finish points very quickly," Djokovic said. "But I managed to get a lot of shots back into the court, being passive, a couple meters behind the baseline. ... That was one of the goals tonight, to always try to get him into the longer rallies where I think I had the better chance"
I personally agree that their needs to be a lot more of variety in men's tennis and not 95 percent of the tournaments need to be played in slow conditions......even wimbledon is now slow minus the first round and the matches under the roof play quick....im glad to see that people are speaking out more.....though that didnt help in London as they shockingly slowed down conditions :(
that is true..cincy played faster then usual this year where of course roger won...basel played normal...nothing too crazy..paris was slow
6 months, 1 week ago on tennis.com - World Tour Finals: Djokovic d. Federer
i don't agree....i value the trophy cabinet more then how far you get into tournaments compared to the other guys where novak built his lead...if Federer had won today he would have had 7 to novaks 5 and the more important ones as well....but novak came through anyhow and for me he clinched it today
i'm the same way...i prefer variety as well...for me it was upsetting to see the tourny organizers in London slow down the hard courts considerably this year..maybe its just me but i don't enjoy watching long rallies that end because 1 player finally makes the mistake...i like to see a well constructed point ending with a winner or with some vintage shot making......every court now plays the same on tour...amost every single one...which is slow and bouncing...the only 3 courts all year long that play fast were dubai, Halle, and queens...actually when wimbledon went indoor i enjoyed it as well
@mutilated_bonsaiLOL....i mean sure Novak was doing that often..but when the courts are slow like they were I mean what other choice does he have? He isnt gonna match Roger with winners..he has to retrieve and make Roger work hard out there and stay positive...thats what I would have done...I wonder how long Novak can play this way though....it take a toll on the body
Hey man....for me this match decided the best player in the world.....Novak dealt with the pressure better then federer.....i give him 100 percent credit for winning and for me he ends 2012 as the best player in the world....having said that...the match was on federer's raquet more often then not....i just call it like i see it.....im also predicting novak to win australia again...these bouncy hardcourts suit his game perfectly...in australia the courts are gonna play the same as in london where they shockingly changed the surface from fast to slow...For me the Serbian backboard with skills is borderline unbeatable on this kind of surface
I thought Federer outplayed Novak in terms of skill but lost to him mentally.....Federer sometimes just has to seize the moment when it presents itself....for example....slicing weak back hands on Novak's second serve during key moments over and over for this observer was ridiculous and probably had something to do with Federer's cautious mental approach or nerves during key moments.....Federer did everything well today except for going passive during key points during the match not to mention shanking forehands for no reason other then being nervous ha ha....credit to Novak for hanging in there....its interesting to note that he didnt feel the pressure like Roger did during some important points...shows you hall of famers like Novak still play with that underdog attitute when playing Roger.....in addition I do want to point that the courts the whole tournament did not favor the style of Roger...novak retrieved a lot of should be winners against Federer and fed's slice backhand bounced up way to high...
Roger had his best year since 2009....man won 70 matches this year....relax....he aint having no crisis....NO i do not believe he will win the London....but i think he will win his semifinal match..yes
6 months, 1 week ago on tennis.com - Del Potro tops Federer to reach London semifinals
well i know he is probably disliking the slow hardcourts they put in this year...that is for sure....federer wants to cut the ball off all the time and finish the points.....he is gonna have to put in the work this tourny or he will struggle as you said
He is struggling....but mostly when he is not moving his feet.....all us tennis players know that if your not moving your feet and just think you can play sublime tennis then we struggle.....Lets just wait and see in the semifinals...it will be interesting to see if Roger turns it on..i think he will
Roger gave 100 percent effort in the second set...thats all i'm going to say about this match.....he now has IMO a less difficult opponent in Novak....if he had faced Murray in the semifinal then it would have been a long drawn out match... Roger knows this...However, Novak sometimes goes away quietly and Roger is hoping to face him and win without too much effor...then he can give it his against Andy Murray knowing its the last match of the year...good move IMO
if you come out wearing a Darth Vader your intention is to win....and he destroyed Querrey in the first....funny how a slip in concentration can cost you the match though....once Sam got the confidence there was not much Joker could do...never let your opponent get any confidence or else bad things can happen......See Federer vs Del Potro US Open 2009
6 months, 2 weeks ago on tennis.com - Querrey rallies, ousts Djokovic in second round of Paris