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Baghy-Fed Your thoughts about the match and Fed's form

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Message 1 - posted by AceMaster (U2158154) , Jan 29, 2006

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Message 2 - posted by AceMaster (U2158154) , Jan 29, 2006

Baghy should be in the top 20 this year. He gave Fed some hard time in the first 2 sets even though Fed was far from his best. Baghy has a bit the same attitude as Nadal, he plays with no fear.

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Message 3 - posted by ivokarlovicfan (U1907713) , Jan 29, 2006

good match....

the first 15 games baghdatis played really well and federer did not look comfortable. The next 10 games or thereby baghdatis clung on and then (whether it was a tear, cramps, exhaustion, whatever) fed pulled away. the first two sets were exciting and great to watch, the last two a bit one sided but entertaining nevertheless. In my opinion, after the first set baghdatis ran out of steam (possibly all those long matches).

i dont think on this performance though fed will do the grandslam this year. and also it must give feds opponents some heart on how uncomfortable helooked for the first set and a half.

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Message 4 - posted by PortoBelloDutch (U1645722) , Jan 29, 2006

Fed had a cakewalk draw against chumps and losers until Kiefer, Baghy fought thru innumerable five setters against top 10 opponents. The over rules for two weeks went without except in favor of Fed. So with Fed fresh, and Baghy demoralized and exhausted, we will be treated to endless over the top pomposities about the superiority of Fed.

And we endured two weeks of pompous superfluous verbage from some of the UK commentators including colour from Mats - I've got dirreah of the mouth - Wilander. Though I must admit at times Mats was a marked improvement compared to the usual bunch of UK tennis has beens and never weres. EuroSport and the Beeb could do themselves a world of good to drop their UK team of commentators under the age of 50 - with mentioning their names. If only the commentating would have been as good as the matches. If only the commentators had a clue...

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Message 5 - posted by azbedwell (U1714379) , Jan 29, 2006

[quote]i dont think on this performance though fed will do the grandslam this year. and also it must give feds opponents some heart on how uncomfortable helooked for the first set and a half.[/quote]

You have to remember that Federer is still coming back from an injury (his ankle is still heavily strapped) while his nearest contenders either were not even playing (Nadal/Safin/Agassi) or got knocked out early on (Roddick/Hewitt).

This will mean that Federer will soon be at full fitness while nadal etc are still coming back from injuries. If anything this may be a great chance for Fed to do the slam. If he can get good few clay tournaments under his belt while nadal and safin are still on the comeback trail then he should be confident going into the french.

I dont think he will win the slam but I dont see an reason why his opponents should be anyting other than fearful of him.

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Message 6 - posted by mightyHornets4ever (U1649290) , Jan 29, 2006

No doubt some people will expect Murray to be like Baghdatis!

Grandslam this year for Roger?

Pretty emotional speeh from Federer.

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Message 7 - posted by sharafan00 (U1745645) , Jan 29, 2006

pretty emotional- 2 right!!!!!! talk about lost 4 words. good 2 c how much it means 2 him.

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Message 8 - posted by PortoBelloDutch (U1645722) , Jan 29, 2006

Murry has more than enough mouth, the question will be does he have the stones...

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Message 9 - posted by AceMaster (U2158154) , Jan 29, 2006

No doubt some people will expect Murray to be like Baghdatis!

Grandslam this year for Roger?

Pretty emotional speeh from Federer.

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Yeah, Rod triggered Fed's tears. I can't tell you that this moment will stay with Fed, i.e. he will really go for the full slam this year.

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Message 10 - posted by Whatever People Say I Am . Thats what I'm Not (U2987297) , Jan 29, 2006

It will stay with me too for a very long time.
Not the best match ever but the manner in which it was won. And the record he has just equalled is one for the ages. Well done Roger
No doubt some people will expect Murray to be like Baghdatis!

Grandslam this year for Roger?

Pretty emotional speeh from Federer.


Yeah, Rod triggered Fed's tears. I can't tell you that this moment will stay with Fed, i.e. he will really go for the full slam this year.

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Message 11 - posted by Graham (U1644783) , Jan 29, 2006

My thought copied from another thread as more appropriate here:

Mmm. I'm not sure about what to make of today's final.

Baghdatis certainly gave his all and for a time, looked as if a huge shock might be on the cards. It will be fascinating to see how he fares throughout the year.

As for Federer, credit for "finding the way to win", as he so often does. However, I did not think this was an impressive performance. Okay, even Federer can't be outstanding all the time but this was one of the worst big matches I've seen him play. His service percentage was very low indeed and he made lots of poor errors. One does wonder what if he had been facng a more experienced opponent such as Nalbandian, or even Roddick? Still, he came though so that is all that really matters and the two players I mention couldn't beat Baghdatis!

When he plays at his best he is incredible but this wasn't one of those days (not that he will care too much, having just won GS No. 7 of course!).

The commentators were saying about a possible Grand Slam in 2006 but Federer will need to play much better than he did today if that is to happen.

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Message 12 - posted by urbande (U1664218) , Jan 29, 2006

Every major win is a difficult thing, although you are the great favorit, so all respect for Federer for holding up his nerves. Despite all the absenties, is was no cakewalk, but he struggled more on a oviously slow surface and faced stiffer opposition by lower ranked players than in the last years. In the end, as often at the AO, it became a fitness test. Federer certainly benefitted from the scheduling and from playing 5 times in night matches (a new record for a major), while the other guys had long matches under the sun. Kiefer and Baghdatis were dead tired after 2 sets, but the Cypriot gave the favorite a scare. I still think, that Nalbandian would have been in with a good chance in the final, if he had not choked away his lead in the sf, it was his best chance to win a major. Now i hope, that the injured top players like Safin, Nadal and Joachim Johansson can get back fresh and healthy, then it could be an interesting season, with Federer going for more majors.

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Message 13 - posted by becca (U2999086) , Jan 29, 2006

it was a great match, especially for the first two sets, but all of baghdatis' previous matches just caught up with him in the end. still, he's done so well to compete with the world no.1 and i'm sure he's gonna be in the top ten quite soon (think he'll be no.26 when the new rankings are released). and what a speech from federer! made it clear to everyone just what it means to him and rod laver being there just made it all the more special. not sure if federer can do the grand slam this year, definately favourite for wimbledon & the US, not sure about the french...i think this will depend on the injury situation going on with lots of the top players at the moment.

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Message 14 - posted by Nick Havoc (U1645160) , Jan 29, 2006

This match obviously showed that Bagdhatis is just afraid of success. ;) <biggrin>

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Message 15 - posted by safcfan89 (U1636318) , Jan 29, 2006

Good match, but it just shows that even if Federer plays quite a bit off his best for long parts of the match, he can still win easily.

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Message 16 - posted by Dr_Sincere (U2021784) , Jan 29, 2006

Federer played a terrible match but he was allowed to win based on Baghdatis's choke job. He was on fire for the first set and a half but once the realisation came in he could win he wilted under the pressure. If that was Sampras out there he'd have whipped Federer in straight sets with a bagel thrown in for good measure. The current era is incredibly weak compared to those of yesteryear.

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Message 17 - posted by Graham (U1644783) , Jan 29, 2006

I actually agree that Sampras would have beaten Federer comfortably today, based on Roger's performance.

But there have been other occasions where I'd have picked a peak Roger to overcome Sampras...

I still don't think Baghdatis choked though.

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Message 18 - posted by Nick Havoc (U1645160) , Jan 29, 2006

Federer played a terrible match but he was allowed to win based on Baghdatis's choke job. He was on fire for the first set and a half but once the realisation came in he could win he wilted under the pressure. If that was Sampras out there he'd have whipped Federer in straight sets with a bagel thrown in for good measure. The current era is incredibly weak compared to those of yesteryear.

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<laugh> I didn't see the match, but not at all surprised to see that kind of reaction. It always seems like Fed's biggest fans want talk like he's always a genius to watch, and his biggest detractors want to say he only wins because his opponents are intimidated by him or choke under the pressure, etc.

Both wrong. He's a great tennis player. He wins most of the time, because he's the better player. Sometimes he's not at his best, but like most of the "great" players, he also has a knack for raising his game and finding a way to win.

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Message 19 - posted by bijusportsfan (U1904129) , Jan 29, 2006

Dont think Bhagdatis choked. he played brilliantly for a set and a half and then federer just raised his game and Bhags couldnt keep up with it.He played as well as he was allowed to and federer was the clear winner.But all credit to Bhags for the manner he hung on and made this match special(compared to womens final)
Federer played a terrible match but he was allowed to win based on Baghdatis's choke job. He was on fire for the first set and a half but once the realisation came in he could win he wilted under the pressure. If that was Sampras out there he'd have whipped Federer in straight sets with a bagel thrown in for good measure. The current era is incredibly weak compared to those of yesteryear.

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Message 20 - posted by scolios (U2033036) , Jan 29, 2006

Even Federer's biggest fans (and I count myself among them)cannot be unaware of all the UE he makes. The point is, though, as Nick Havoc says, that somehow he always (well, usually) has the ability to raise his game no matter who he is playing against.

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