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Live - French Open day 15

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Afternoon everyone,
I hope you're all as excited about this one as I am - will Federer finish the job, complete the set of Grand Slam titles and match Pete Sampras's record total of 14, or can Robin Soderling provide another huge shock after beating Rafal Nadal in round four?

Federer leads the head-to-head 9-0 and is playing in his 19th Grand Slam final, while Soderling has only ever taken one set off the Swiss and is playing his first tour-level final on clay. It doesn't look good for the Swede but anyone who can beat Nadal at Roland Garros - and he is the only one so far - has to have a fighting chance.

So what's it to be, Rog or Rob? Let me know your thoughts and follow the action here:
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posted Jun 13, 2009

Marcelt...he may not be where Fed is now but he's 10 in front of where Fed was at his age.

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posted Jun 13, 2009

duggie...nadals been playing every tournament he's fit for which has knackered him. In future he'll be throwing a sickie every now and then and he'll blow Fed out of the water.

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posted Jun 13, 2009

In future he'll be throwing a sickie every now and then
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Believe it when I see it koppite :)

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posted Jun 13, 2009

True, time will tell but it's the only sensible approach.

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posted Jun 13, 2009

True, time will tell but it's the only sensible approach.
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When has Nadal ever been sensible over scheduling ?

As I just posted elsewhere Rotterdam ( singles and doubles) MC > BARCA > Rome > Madrid > RG

He doesnt win easily either, so the intensity/strain is multiplied.

He dont learn - or is driven too much by Uncle T ??

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posted Jun 13, 2009

Duggie...couldn't agree more and if they had a choice I think they'd continue but they clearly don't so it's a fait acccompli.

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posted Jun 13, 2009

Duggie...couldn't agree more and if they had a choice I think they'd continue but they clearly don't so it's a fait acccompli.
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I certainly think its hit "them" hard - RG of all places !

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posted Jun 13, 2009

Look at nadal's year- he won Aus, won every french open match going into Rl and lost for the first time there, he will be back, and he's only 22!

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posted Jun 14, 2009

Which sets of statistics are you using then? Sampras won his 14 major titles over 12 years: Federer won his 14 major titles over 6 years and Nadal has won his 6 in 4 years. To catch Federer Rafa now has to win all four majors over the next 2 years irrespective of his age. Do you honestly think, with his game style, he will manage to do this? Federer is now, and probably always will be, the best male tennis player ever. His achievements are awesome.

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posted Jun 14, 2009

Rafa will run Roger close in Grand Slam wins...even with his "injuries". Nadal is an incredible player (and athlete) and he's already proved (at 23 years old) that he can win tournaments on all surfaces...

But Roger has to cash in RIGHT NOW with Wimbledon...because Nadal isn't 100% fit and Murray and Djokovic are only getting better.
This is an important time in the career of Roger Federer.

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