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Congratulations to Berdych

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by blueskies1 (U14502309) 30 June 2010
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As a Federer fan, I'd like to say congratulations to Berdych on playing an excellent match today.

No doubt there shall be many WUMs mocking Federer's loss, but hopefully fans of Federer can have a more respectful attitude towards Berdych.

Also, let's try to keep some perspective. Federer lost a match at Wimbledon. He's not "washed up" and he shouldn't retire if he still enjoys playing tennis. He has become a victim of his own success, where he is expected to win almost every slam.

Also, let's hope Murray can seize the opportunity of perhaps being able to make a slam final without facing Federer.

Well done Berdych!

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comment by Trudy (U14531952)

posted Jul 1, 2010

Fairplay to Berdych who beat Roger but even if Roger never wins another Wimbledon, he will always be the Wimbledon Champion who inspired a world of players to up their game and try and copy him for his beautiful style and manner in how he played the game - anyone can behave badly. He shows discipline, respect and love for all players and fans. He brought back good conduct to the game which was the first lesson I was taught in tennis. His love for his beautiful wife and family portrays through to the game and will always carry him over the waves of turbulence. God bless him as he continues to play the wonderful game. He is truly a champion on and off the court and will be remembered for what he has done for tennis and the upcoming champions he has inspired.

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comment by mayor (U14516522)

posted Jul 1, 2010

well done Roger for your achievements over the past decade.Unfortunately your fans are unwilling to accept that you are ageing and younger players are improving as well.

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posted Jul 1, 2010

Does it matter if he is a bit ungracious? He was hampered by injury. And was probably still smarting from defeat!! And to be fair, he credited Berdych by saying he just wasn't missing

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posted Jul 1, 2010

Have to retract my previous comment about Fed's comments on Nadal, Soderling and Djokovic at the end of his interview.

It was a joke, at the expense of the media, as is obvious now, reading the transcript again.

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posted Jul 1, 2010

Looking at Federer's performance yesterday one was reminded of Sampras's q/f final defeat to
(guess who ? )the former in 2001.Then similarly aged 29 one had an acute sense of a great champion in terminal decline but in particular, lacking focus and smoothness when it really mattered.One wonders what the rest of 2010 holds for the dethroned Wimbledon Champion and indeed , whether that elusive 7th title is now beyond reach!!

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comment by nuilix (U7715255)

posted Jul 1, 2010

Fed had to lose one day.He wasn't as smooth as usual, due to pains?
On the day, a good player like Berdych can beat him no doubt.Fed is not as dominant, but don't write him off, he can win again.Look at his incredible run..It also reminded me of Sampras losing, I think it was in the 4th round jim pilk but rather to Krajicek in 1996.Outplayed on the day.

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posted Jul 1, 2010

to Nuilix:
I recall the Krajack encounter in '96 ( was there !)The Dutchman " walked on water " that day and Pete came up short !- a stumble on his march to 14 GS. I am still more inclined to compare Federer's loss yesterday to the Sampras defeat in 2001!

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comment by nuilix (U7715255)

posted Jul 1, 2010

jim pilk, that 2OO1 defeat was a very close match 7/6 5/7 6/4 6/7 7/5.Sampras won one more Slam after that,I'm pretty sure Fed will win at least one more, but you can never tell in sport.
Whatever happens,FED's 23 consecutive semis and 16 GS will be remembered as a unique achievement.

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comment by Soots4 (U7126503)

posted Jul 1, 2010

I agree with Pat Cash's statement yesterday - that Roger is slightly over his peak, but it was a very high peak and he's a long way from being over the top. Probably has another couple of slams in him.

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comment by MOMOY (U14540528)

posted Jul 1, 2010

To be fair,Roger is still playing excellent tennis but the men's draw is really difficult on his side even with Rafa. They Have engaged to a very difficult match that even their greatness can be victimized. Sometimes sport is not only about greatness but also with luck... I do wonder if Berdych and Soderling are playing in other bracket of men's draw. Maybe we are looking at different set of last 4 players in mens single...

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