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Say sorry to Federer...

by Dan the guitarman (U9587655) 08 September 2008
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Come on now, I wrote him off a little bit too. I always believed he had the form inside him but I thought mentally he had lost it.

All geniune tennis fans who can recognise greatness and who wrote him off - whoever you support - feel free to say sorry. Even if you don't like the guy and wanted him to lose, you gotta admit he's good.

I don't know why there is this total denial of brilliance between some Federer and Nadal fans. (I stress SOME, not all) They are both brilliant, they make each other all the more great. To achieve something when there is another true great in the game is a greater acomplishment. So the fact that Nadal is number one when Federer is obviously a tennis great and playing well now is all the more credit to Rafa.

The fact that Federer came back after Nadal has beaten him in two slams this year is all the more credit to Roger.

There are some people like stephanerationnal who seems to be on the line between fairness and Federer hating. Why would you want to paint a big rival of Nadal's (who despite a losing record, probably has more wins against him that any other top player) as a poor player when that makes Nadal achievements look like less? You're greater by beating a great player rather than an ordinary one. Some people are just Federer haters, they don't care about Nadal or anyone else in today's game, but Rafa fans are different surely? I'd be interested to hear whether you can recognise that Federer is a great player now and take back this comment "When Murray wins,will he display the biceps?" WHEN Murray wins? hmmmmm...

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posted Sep 11, 2008

Murray only had to play a set and a half on Sunday. People have a go at Djokovic for taking medical time outs but Murray had a day's time out in the middle of the Nadal match winkeye

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posted Sep 11, 2008

FPM-Federer had an extra to day to rest and prepare his tactics. How can you possibly argue that Murray benifitted from playing three days in a row compared to having a one day break? That is simply ludicrous.
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1. Murray did not play three days in a row. He had Friday off (no matches), Saturday he played two and half sets and Sunday a set and a half.
In fact he played the same amount of tennis over those three days that Federer played in three days, only difference was that he played a set and a half the day before.

The point I was making was that under normal conditions, Murray (playing in the 2nd SF) would have had even less rest than he did at this years US Open. In fact the bad weather gave him more time to rest for the final! As such why does the interviewer try to make it sound as if the weather gave Federer benefit when it was the opposite?

I raised the 'fairness' of the sequence of play in SF's on these forums a month before the US Open. At the Cincinnati Open Nadal/Djokovic played their SF a full six hours after the start of the Murray SF. This meant that Murray had around 24 hours rest for the final and Djokovic only 18. A clearly fatigued Djokovic in the final lost to Murray but I did not hear any excuses from Djokovic regarding fatigue or any comments by any BBC interviewer about how his limited rest could have attributed to the loss to Murray.

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posted Sep 12, 2008

With regard to Roger's form this season, I think people have underestimated the effect his bout of glandular fever had on him, coming at the start of the season it set his preparatoy work way back and meant he couldn't build up his fitness properly and when he came under pressure earlier in the season, this told big time.
I expect a fully fit Fed to win three slams next year, leaving the French to Nadal, but there's no doubt he'll want Wimbolden back the most.

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posted Sep 12, 2008

i can't believe people wrote off federer anyway, but still think he had a major psycological boost by not having to play nadal in the final. i think the murray v nadal match may have saved federer's career; if nadal had won that, then the final, i doubt if federer could have made it back from that

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posted Sep 12, 2008

Roger Federer was the best man on the day

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posted Sep 12, 2008

It was a shame that, in the final, Murray wasn't able to find the form that saw him beat Nadal.

Although Federer was awesome, he was certainly helped by Murray's poor start, which undoubtedly gave him some confidence.

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posted Sep 13, 2008

People are idiots. Let's face it, an Aussie Open semi, French and Wimbledon finals and a US open win aint exactly a bad year. Nadal has just been on fire. People should respect other players instead of brainlessly criticising End of.

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comment by senfar (U13149549)

posted Feb 1, 2010

Excellent post towser83. Full credit should be given to both Federer and Nadal. I think Nadal is the greatest clay courter of all time and if it wasn't for his style of play damaging his knees could become one of the all time greats. I don't see why people feel the need to belittle someone in order to boost another and, as you point out, doing this to Federer lowers Nadal's status!

As for Federer, just a few of many comments I've read by those who REALLY KNOW what they are talking about:
"For me Roger is the greatest player ever who played the tennis game. he is going to win more grand slam tournaments." Bjorn Borg
"What he's done over the past five years has never, ever been done--and probably will never, ever happen again. Regardless if he won there or not, he goes down as the greatest ever. This just confirms it. Now that he has won in Paris, I think it just more solidifies his place in history as the greatest player that played the game, in my opinion.." Pete Sampras
"Oh, I would be honoured to even be compared to Roger. He is such an unbelievable talent, and is capable of anything. Roger could be the greatest tennis player of all time." Rod Laver
"Roger Federer will undoubtedly become the greatest tennis player to have graced the sport if he wins the French Open. It ends the discussion of where he fits in the history of the game." Andre Aassi
"His win today at the French Open, tying Pete Sampras's record for major titles and the completion of a career grand slam firmly places him in a special place as the greatest player of all time." Billie Jean King

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posted Feb 1, 2010

towser83 is probably long gone. Why are you commenting on a thread a year and a half old?

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posted Feb 1, 2010

nah, I'm still here a lot! I am surprised to see this one resurrected after such a long time but anyway thanks for the comment.

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