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I've deleted the contents of my original article, because the truth is simple and undebateable.If Nadal reaches the semi-final of Cincinatti, he will be no.1 on August 18, even if Federer wins the Olympics.If Nadal reaches the final of Cincinatti, he will be no.1 on August 11.If Nadal wins Cincinatti, he will be no.1 on August 4.It's a simple as that. One thing's for sure:If Nadal beats Lapentti today, he'll be no.1 for certain.
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posted Aug 1, 2008
I dont think people will ever give up on Federer, but I feel that he may give up.Can you imagine what will happen if he doesnt win the Olympics? His targets at the start of the year would have been Wimbo, Olympics and the French. Nadal beat him on 2 of those, and will probably beat him at the Olympics. That could pretty be one humiliation too far for the Fed who is no doubt a proud man.
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No No No Zidane I dont think he will .. I am convinced that Borg would have had a word with him.. honestly. Borg went the same way after he lost his Wimby crown to McEnroe and has confessed since he made a big mistake. Tried to make a come-back and failed. He I feel sure would have told Fed grit your teeth and hang in there
Fed will know himself whether he can get back to the form of old.Despite what Borg says, if Fed himself doesnt believe he can, then he will pack it in. I would rather see Fed leave on a high, or a decent enough high as World number 2, than just a standard player who doesnt get anywhere
ZidaneThen I am not sure whether I feel more sorry for Fed or you. Fed never got there by giving up. I dont think he would want to retire on that note knowing thats exactly what Borg did. Its like retiring with a fake injury in the middle of a match you know your going to lose.. not Fedīs style I would have thought
Deecoco your right Fed wouldnīt do that and i think he will be playing for about 4 more years just like he says and then retire after Olympics in London! so he has some time to come and i donīt think he will quit not while he has 12 GS and will be able to make two or three more or at least try! He is not a quiter
Federer said after Henin retired that if he was her he'd have gven it a year if only to see hhow she felt then.Even if federer has lost all his confidence he would still keep plugging away till end of 2009.I think federer will have lost some confidence and wont "know" that he will be able to find a gear and grind out win if nessasary. However his 12 slams and countless other achievements will allow him to bounce back as soon as he has some sucess because he'll "know" he can pull out and "know" he will.
Even if federer has lost all his confidence he would still keep plugging away till end of 2009.------I think thats the key. I personally can see him playing until the end of next year, but not past it if he is not successful. The loss of all his major goals and his number 1 ranking this year is such a massive blow that he would have to stage an extrodinary comeback next year.From January 2009 he would have to come back to his best, if he didnt (and he would have been low in confidence after a rubbish 2008), then he would give the 4 slams a go. If he didnt do well, he would quit.I think he needs to win either the Olympics or the US open to atleast go into next year with some confidence in order to come back. I think 2 further losses would be a dagger which would affect him next year.
Personally I agree with Zidane.If Federer doesn't win another Master event or a Grand Slam, I reckon he might retire.The biggest tournament he's won this year was Halle - hardly what we and probably he was expecting.The last Grand Slam he won was last August and the last Master event last August too, which he's failed to defend - Cincy.I just feel he's already losing his grip as a top 3 player.
You know I watched a video clip of a recent interview with Fed and I personally thought he looked drained. I am not sure that that is a physical condition rather than a mental one. It must be difficult trying to stay ahead in the race for such a long period of time.. it might be that after the Olympics and AO he could do with taking a little break.. lets face it he will have already lost his #1 spot by then presumably
Maybe he should only play the US Open and the Olympics and have a long break.He must be mentally and physically drained. I can't blame him, but he needs to pick and start winning something.
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