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Federer v Ferrer - who's going to win?

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by Pranav Soneji (U5268639) 18 November 2007
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So the season comes down to this - Roger Federer defends his crown against David Ferrer.

Ferrer has been the revelation of the tournament - no debutant has ever won the Masters Cup since Alex Corretja did it back in 1998.

Although he has been the form player of the tournament, he has never beaten Federer in seven previous meetings.

However Federer has slipped up against Fernando Gonzalez in Shanghai, so it's not all cut and dry.

So which way will it go? Let me know your thoughts.

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posted Nov 19, 2007

This post proves that disabled people can have fun on this board too.^_^

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posted Nov 19, 2007

Well, i agree with Tin Tin's sportsmanship comments - when things aren't going his way, Federer can really *bitch* about all manner of things, and seem like spoilt, sulky child.

And, after some losses, he can horribly ungracious - rivalling Serena Williams (also, a great talent but... ) any day.

I don't find that appealing. At all.

On the other hand, there is no question that Federer is absolutely the best player of this (my) generation, and possibly, of all-time. His creativity and iventiveness on court have to be witnessed before you can fully appreciate the man, imo. And when he is no longer around, a lot of people will miss him, imo...

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posted Nov 19, 2007

Realitytime,
Please don't get so annoyed - it is not worth. This is just an open debate, and believe you me, I am a very normal bloke who loves tennis and plays a match with friends every once in a while.

I say it again,
1. Roger: great player, most technically capable nowadays.
2. I personally have more fun watching others like Nowak or Rafa (I can understand others may have more fun watching Roger - wouldn't discredit or insult them for that)
3. Roger handles very poorly when he doesn't win - far worse than Nowak or Rafa. He is human, and at critical times he is very poor keeping the composture.
4. Unlike Andy or Rafa, who come across as straight down to earth blokes (on their own styles of course), Roger, sorry again to say, comes across more godlike, and clearly saying it: liking himself a little too much (isn't that narcisism?).

Finally. My education? my ignorance?: I would say I'm one of the bunch hopefully cool and correct - I endeavor to be respectful to others; I try not getting excited in debates, but like to express opinions; apologies if I have written something that someone may have interpreted ofensive - wasn't my intent.

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posted Nov 19, 2007

Federer considers himself superior to all the others, which is also true as far as tennis is concerned -- with one single exception of Nadal on clay who proved to Fed time and again that he is the better of the two: "...Rafa is just a different animal on clay as on other surfaces..." as Fed put it.

Therefore Fed has problems dealing with losses to players whom he considers as inferior to him, which makes him feel better and angry -- as if it were personal insults to him.

MacEnroe decided to quit the game after his loss to Brad Gilbert (author of "Winning Ugly"), for he could not accept the fact that such a inferior player could defeat him, the Mastro.

Federer did not go that far. But he said frankly in an interview about his thoughts in the past that he considered himself good and talented and believed his talent alone would enable him to win most of the matches, and any loss would make him cry and feel angry...

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comment by Mr T (U7234563)

posted Nov 19, 2007

bdyke04!!! bdyke04!!! you're not going to win many tennis matches if you're not good enough to break the other guys serve, regardless if you have a good serve or not. You'll have to look at the stats for 2007 to see how often Federer has managed to break the service of the top 10 players!! Really!!!

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comment by Mr T (U7234563)

posted Nov 19, 2007

So!! he's a bad loser, but a damm good tennis player!!!

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comment by Mr T (U7234563)

posted Nov 19, 2007

Rafa and Nowak handles losing much better than Fed because thay are more used to it. If they were No. 1 and lost occasionally then they wouldn't like it either.
All you have to do is wait another 3 years. It'll be about then when his game begins to fall off then you'll see he'll become a good loser just like Rafa and Nowak...

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posted Nov 23, 2007

Well, as Jimmy Connors once said "Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser." Of course Federer hates to lose. That's why he hardly ever does!

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posted Nov 30, 2007

People who have been saying Roger is a bad loser. I will say one word to them: nonsense. Roger Federer is as gracious when he loses as he is when he wins. Have you ever heard him blaming injury on losing? Exactly. He respects his opponents and gives them a reason to respect him. If Djokovic saying Federer 'is going down' is sportsmanship, you can get a serious reality check!

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posted Apr 13, 2008

This may have been Federer's last major victory.

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