Basel Draw 2014(Federer Could Withdraw from Paris)

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Hey folks. I hope you all had a good weekend and are ready for the coming week. Above you see the draw for Basel which is pretty tough for Roger and pretty easy for Nadal. I’m not usually the type that believes in conspiracies but ever since Nadal’s comeback he has gotten easy draws in every tournament he played. Yet still he has lost to Klizan and Lopez. So I guess no draw is easy for Nadal at this point. The opposite can be said for Roger who is in such great form that no draw appears difficult for him. Not indoors anyway. It just seems strange that Nadal gets a qualifier in the first round while Roger gets a good indoor player in Muller. Then Roger could play Janowicz in the next round who has a huge serve and has been fighting his way back after a very poor start to the year. Nadal on the other hand gets another qualifier or Roger-Vasselin, who is not exactly a big danger.

In the quarters Roger will most likely play Dimitrov who is the most difficult opponent in the quarters for any of the top four seeds, while Nadal gets Gulbis who was just routined by Agut in the semis of Moscow. Looking at Stan he has a pretty tough draw himself because Kukushkin is a dangerous player, and then he has Karlovic in the quarters. I’m sure Stan will desperately want to find some form in Basel after losing his first match to Simon in Shanghai. I’m sure he’d at least want to make semis, but it won’t be easy. If he does make semis he could be another tough opponent for Roger. Nadal on the other hand could face Raonic or Goffin. Raonic lost his first match to Berankis in Moscow. So he isn’t in the greatest of form either. I am hoping for a Fedal final, but with Nadal being in the form he is in that could be a tough ask. We will see. Draws are unpredictable.

Claycourt practice #dirtysocks#sliding#grinding

But I guess Nadal will be as desperate as anyone to get some wins under the belt after his recent defeats, so I won’t be surprised if he makes the final either. Definitely this idea that he has appendicitis should not be taken seriously, because we know by now that he uses those things to take pressure off himself and then he comes out playing the best tennis of his life. So if I was Roger I would expect him to make the final and be at his best. And even if he is at his best I still like Roger’s chances given the way he played in Shanghai, which is why I want to see a Fedal final. Roger hasn’t had a win over Nadal since Indian Wells in 2012 and lost their last five encounters. And as is usually the case Nadal have beaten Roger when he was at his worst(four times in 2013), while he has been able to dodge Roger this year when his own form has been poor and Roger has been playing well.

Therefor I won’t be surprised if he dodges Roger again in Basel if Roger makes the final, but I’m hoping for something different anyway. Of course nothing in tennis is more satisfying than Roger beating Nadal, and this is the ideal timing with Roger in top form and Basel being indoors and home for Roger. Not that tournament director Brenwald is trying to make Roger feel at home. I wouldn’t even be surprised if he had something to do with Roger’s tough draw and Nadal’s easy draw. But like I said that hardly matters given the form Roger has been in. The more important issue is that it sounds like Roger will skip Paris to prepare on clay for Davis Cup. Roger has already posted two pictures of himself training on clay on twitter of late so he is clearly very serious about the Davis Cup. He said since the beginning that the Masters Cup and Davis Cup will be his main focuses, so it shouldn’t be a surprise.

Day 3 on clay #done

But then again he didn’t know what his form would be like in Shanghai. There has been no official confirmation, but there has been a report from a French paper I think that Roger will skip Paris to prepare on clay for Davis Cup. You will remember I said before Shanghai that Roger should skip Paris, but I never expected he would win Shanghai. So I was actually disappointed to hear he might skip Paris. If he was gonna skip anything I’d rather it is Basel where Brenwald has historically treated him poorly anyway. If he played Paris instead then he would still have a chance of getting the year end #1. If he skips it and Djokovic plays then there is no chance. I’m not sure about this idea of preparing on clay during the indoor season either. How does that affect his play indoors? I know for Roger Davis Cup is a huge deal but for me personally it is only a means to an end, so I am somewhat disappointed by all of this.

Of course there has been no confirmation that Roger will withdraw from Paris, but it does look likely. I know if Roger wins Davis Cup it could really inspire him for the Australian Open next year, but wouldn’t being #1 at age 33 do the same? Obviously Roger knows his own body and he knows what is best for him, but personally I would have liked him to focus more on the indoor season and getting the year end #1. If he wins the Masters Cup or end the year #1 it will give him confidence for Davis Cup anyway. Why does he need to prepare so early on clay? He will have four days after the Masters Cup. Now it seems complicated how he is alternating between surfaces. If he skips Paris he can pretty much forget about the #1 ranking. I just hope this alternating of surfaces doesn’t cost him the Masters Cup too. And what if he loses the Davis Cup too? Yup, then he has nothing.

Hopefully he gets his fifth title of the year in Basel anyway. First things first.

Posted in ATP 500, Basel.

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  1. He’s all over the place,isn’t he? So sad to see and it will be bitterly disappointing if he fucks it up after a majestic performance in Shanghai. I just hope Shanghai was a stepping stone for something greater. He already fucked up his USO campaign due to Toronto which was utterly needless?
    I don’t get why Fed wants DC when YE#1 has not only more prestige but also has the added benefit of being ranked #1 for slams and thus get good draws. It’s like he wants to win it just cause he doesn’t have it. Ditto for OG which again means very little for tennis,historically anyway.

    Agree about skipping Basel for Paris. First off Paris is better prep for WTF and is a M1000 so more points. Plus he gets to increase his MS count cause that surface suits Fed to a T. Just common sense really?

    Anyway I just hope things work out for Fed but his decisions don’t feel logical right now. That’s all I’m saying.

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  2. I wish he would have skipped Basel or better yet I wish Nadal would have skipped it. He keeps saying he is going to have his surgery soon. He sure likes to keep everyone guessing about when that will be. I wish he would just have it and quit whining about it. I am wishing Roger the best over the next few weeks. I want him to have a great end of the year result.

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  3. I think Roger has been practicing on indoor clay for a couple of days just to develop his strategy and get a feel for what works on that surface in preparation for Davis Cup.

    I honestly think that Roger is not taking Basel as seriously this year, partly because he’s won it so many times already, and partly because of how Brenwald has been prioritizing Rafa. I wouldn’t be surprised if Roger lost early in Basel only to make a bigger push in the Paris Masters 1000 instead. That would actually help him earn more ranking points. I wouldn’t even be surprised if Roger was planning on using Basel as just practice for Paris, which would explain why he was using the week between Shanghai and Basel to practice on clay instead. But we shall see. Let’s keep in mind that in the grand scheme of things Basel is just another ATP 500 tourney, and won’t be as important to Roger’s legacy as Davis Cup.

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    Vily Reply:

    A good point and I thought about it as well!

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    Dave Reply:

    I agree with this theory. It’s possible. Roger knows what he’s doing.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I hope so Dave. The fact that Roger has not officially stated that he won’t play Paris makes me hope he is still thinking about playing Paris. But it’s hard to believe he won’t go all out for Basel. It’s still his home tourney and it’s still indoors and he’s won it 5 times already. Moreover it won’t be good for his momentum to lose in Basel. He is expected to win it after winning Shanghai so that is what he should do. I can’t see him giving anything less than 100% anyway.

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    Vily Reply:

    Well if he loses early he’ll definitely play Paris. And if he wins it he’ll probably play Paris also. The draw is tough though so a lot of grinding ahead.. So we’ll see. Let’s try to enjoy and see what happens. I would be very happy if he wins Basel again.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    How do you know? A French paper said he will announce his withdrawal from Paris.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well seems like all is well https://twitter.com/RF_link/status/523885128515604481

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    Ru-an Reply:

    More – Fed: “I can cope with playing in Basel, Paris, London and with the Davis Cup” #GOAT

    http://www.blick.ch/sport/tennis/roger-zu-sand-bildern-federer-ich-habe-keine-tricks-noetig-id3208747.html

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    Vily Reply:

    That’s my man! :-)

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Albert, great comment. Didn’t thought of it like that. Using Basel kind of as a practise and that is why he is practising on clay right now. Hmm, good theory. Knowing Roger, he could do that, but I also think like the rest that he will try to win Basel seriously.

    And I read that Seve says that Roger beeing number 1 depends on others as well (he meant Novak ofcourse). That is why, I think if Roger knows upfront that he has no chance, that he might skip Paris. But….. if he knows there is a chance that he might be number 1, than HELL YES… Roger will play everything possible to become that !!!

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    Veronica Reply:

    Think you are right, Ru-an, in all accounts. Roger loves his home tournament. He has never not given his all there, it is not good for his momentum to lose early and he is expected to win after Shanghai. If he maintains his form, I can see him winning WTF and Basel (unless Brenwald succeeds in rattling Roger with his spite which is possible because Roger is a sensitive man. Conversely however, the spite can also work as motivation for Roger) Paris would be harder to win. And I’m thinking now DC could turn from a 50/50 chance to a no chance with Stan still playing like shit….Roger better not put all his eggs into one basket…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yes Veronica he certainly should not put all his eggs in one basket. That’s why should play Paris and go for year end #1. The DC should be more like a bonus if it does happen, as it was never in his hands to begin with. I really want Roger to win Basel. He must also do better than Djoker in Paris.

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  4. Ru-an,

    I agree with you and I am slightly worried about Roger but we’ll see. If he wins Basel he’ll be within striking distance of the Year End #1 and he’ll be foolish not to jump on it… I’ll also be upset if he messes up in Basel too because it’ll be totally due to him playing indoors while practicing on the clay prior.

    So we’ll see… I hope he knows what he is doing because the last time I checked Davis Cup is a team sport. No matter what he does, it’ll depend on his teammates and Stan in particular… So I hope that this obsession with Davis Cuo doesn’t cost him everything else..

    Let’s hope for the best! :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah Vily I am not crazy abut his obsession with DC but that’s his right of course. I just hope he plays Paris. Then I would still be OK with him practicing on clay. If Albert is right and he is basically gonna use Basel and a warm up event for Paris then it’s actually a good plan, but if he is taking Basel 100% serious and is planning on skipping Paris then he has lost me. Why would he give up the year end #1 for DC which is not even in his hands?

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    Dolores Reply:

    Hi Ru-an, Guess I need to add my opinion, for whatever it is worth about the DC. Am totally with Roger, you see playing the DC is close to his heart, he is playing for his country, to win the DC for him is more important than becoming #1, I don’t think that is that important to him…With all my heart I hope he and his team can defeat France and win the ugly “Salatschuessel”, so it is termed by the Swiss Team, the trophy, of course.
    Best
    Dolores

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    Ru-an Reply:

    We will see what is more important to him Dolores. If he skips Paris then we will know.

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  5. ‘…Of course nothing in tennis is more satisfying than Roger beating Nadal…’

    I like it! :-) :-) :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha yeah maybe even more satisfying than a slam title Rahan. Roger leads Nadal in slam titles but not in the h2h. And yet I feel too much is made of the h2h. Roger have for instance bageled Nadal on every surface and of course most of their meeting have been on clay. It’s just so overrated which makes it extra special when he proves the critics wrong and beats Nadal. It’s been too long!

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  6. Hi @ru-an, the draw is a well designed grouping to maximise television footage. Given the players recent forms, it actually makes sense to pit the “weak” nadull against weaker boys (no offence to qualifiers) and the in form Fed against stronger opponents. Theoretically, it would be great tv to see Fed kill off these tough players one by one and meet Nadull in the final. Personally, I don’t like a Fedal showdown, bec of ALL the injury excuses that comes with a Nadal lost. But oh, the tons of exclamation that comes with a Nadal-fought-through-injury “surprise” win. It’s enough to make me puke. No, screw the H2H. I want to see Nadull not making the finals each time Fed’s in the tournament. Hey, it ain’t Fed’s fault if dull can’t meet him for the finals. Regardless, brenwald is arse**** for designing the draw this way,no? My prediction is that its a Fedal showdown, but hoping that gulbis brings his A game and gives dull a mass whooping! #vamos!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well dull already has an excuse lined up with his appendix should he lose, but I don’t care. I still wana see Fed whoop his ass.

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    Charlie Reply:

    Yeah I’ve absolutely had it with Nadal’s injuries. It’s like he thinks we are all stupid. I would undersatnd if it was a couple injuries a year or something, but its like EVERY single time he loses there is an excuse. Why can’t you just give credit to the opponent rather than come up with some bullshit injury? Don’t even get me started on the time wasting and tactical MTOs.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Nadal has a huge fear of losing, which is why he competes so hard. I think that fear was instilled into him by uncle Toni when he was a youngster. Sure it is a fear that made him very successful, but I don’t think it’s a healthy fear.

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    Katyani Reply:

    I agree, Ben, Charlie and Ru-an.
    I think it is so unfair what Rafa and his uncle are doing. Isn’t it obvious? They just want to see if Rafa has the opportunity to win. If he wins, then he will play WTF and maybe before that Paris. But if he loses early in Basel or sees that Roger is unbeatable, he will not play, just to keep the H2H on his side.
    Isn’t it strange? You don’t hear about him skipping Paris or WTF…. then he sees Novak vs Roger SF Shanghai and sees that he cannot beat EITHER ONE of them in their form and BAM…. suddenly there comes the stories about him skipping….
    I really believe he is just too SCARED that he will lose to Novak or Roger. The only reason he is playing Basel is to see how Roger is doing…..

    Someone made a great comment. He skips a big major like USO for wristpain, but plays a 1000 tour with a appendix that can burst???

    And you know guys what bothers me soooo much? Like sooooo much. If Roger met Rafa since June this year at 6 or 7 tours…. HE would have beaten Rafa. At Halle, Wimby, Cincy, USO, Toronto, Shanghai and I think I am missing one. So the H2H would have been soooooo better for Roger. But of course, story of Roger’s life, Rafa was a no show. He won’t make the final in Basel either, will be too scared for Roger in the form Roger is in….

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    Vily Reply:

    I’ve already made peace with that. That is why the H2H doesn’t mean much to me. Actualktvwhat bothers me more is the Grand Slam H2H which is 9:2 in favor of Nadal. We can’t really run away from that one.. But that’s ok! In the end Davydenko is the guy that has a 6:5 all time record over Nadal and he just retired. And Roger owned Davydenko so it’s all about match ups.. No big deal!

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    Katyani Reply:

    Sorry Vily, I wish I could be as big as a person as you are, but the H2H does bother me A LOT. It is the first thing everyone talks about when they want to compare Roger with Rafa. Even if Roger wins 30 GS from now on, with that H2H, they still will try to make a case about Rafa beeing better.
    But one thing I am sooooooo PROUD of is Roger. Last year, maybe his worse year, with backpain and low on confidence and losing left and right to almost everybody, HE didn’t try to escape Rafa. He met him 4 times and lost 4 times !!!, but….. he was THERE.
    How on earth can you claim that one person (Rafa) is better than everyone on the planet when he has a better H2H with every player on the planet, but if he only meets them when HE is unbeatable…. How can you, or more important his fans, claim that he is the best??

    LET HIM TRY to be the best when he himself is not playing at his best or has pain or has a low confidence…. Roger’s 2013 was maybe not his succesfullst year, but I am more proud of him in THAT year than ever. Beeing low on confidence, losing a lot, but still not giving up or giving in…. Only one person is capable of that: our Goat.
    The more I write these things, the more I love and respect the dude :-)

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    Joe Reply:

    It’s hard to imagine a better fan than you, Katanyi. This is extremely well said, as usual.

    Cheers,
    Joe

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    Vily Reply:

    Katyani,

    I respect your opinion. But the reason for which I have already made peace with the following is this. Nadal has a 9:2 GS commanding H2H lead. Roger hasn’t beaten Rafa in a Slam wince 2007. But so what. What matters to me more are GS titles, weeks at number 1, 23 straight SF and numerous other records that Nadal doesn’t even have a chance of touching. No other mortal will ever touch touch those records.

    But even more important than that: imagine a year long season in soccer where 3 points are awarded for every win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a defeat. Imagine than Team B beats Team A 2 times or 4 times during the course of the season but team A still becomes the champion. In 5 years time, no one will care or remember that Team B beat Team A 4 times. People will remember that Team A is the champion and that they hold the trophy.

    So, in other words. Who cares about Nadal. I completely agree with you that he is a cheat and if he doesn’t feel a 100% he’ll quit. But who cares? Roger is taking advantage – now is at Number 2 and maybe he can finish Number 1. To me that’s much more impressive than Roger being Number 10 in the world but to have more wins against Nadal.

    So it’s ok! Nadal is better than Roger when they play simply due to the match up. Like I said. Roger owned Davydenko 19:2 lifetime and yet Davydenko has a 6:5 lifetime against Nadal. Go figure! So don’t stress out too much. Nadal fans can keep talking about the H2H until they die but it won’t make their player the GOAT. It simply won’t..

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    Ben CHIA Reply:

    Well said @vily! Yes,screw the h2h. Fed has more records in totality to more than overshadow Nadull.
    @katanyi, the more write, the more I like Fed too!
    @charlie, u must have felt that Nadull tried pull a fast one on warinka at AO too, right?

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Ben, Vily and sweet Joe. Thanks guys :-) Roger all the way :-)

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    CharlieFL Reply:

    That would be the Uncle Tony who switched him to a lefty so he’d have that advantage right?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right.

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  7. Hey guys, do you also wonder where all those critics/haters/naysayers/tennispundits are who said that Roger won so many GS in a weak era and that this is the strong era with so strong players that he is not dominant anymore?? Where are those people??
    What answer do they have that in this so called “strongest era” a 33 year old player (long out of his prime), not dominant anymore, has an ACTUAL chance to be world number 1 WITHOUT winning a single GS or without winning 13 titles :-) Where are those “Roger-underestimaters” RIGHT NOW?? :-)

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  8. Most of you have probably seen this article:

    Boris Becker: ´I Feel Pressured by Roger Federer for World No.1´

    http://www.tennisworldusa.org/Boris-Becker-I-Feel-Pressured-by-Roger-Federer-for-World-No1-articolo20821.html

    But I thought that visitors who haven’t might enjoy it.

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Joe, I loved what Boris said:

    “Who would have thought just one year ago, that at this point of the year Roger would have been in the run to close the year at World No.1? He became father again in May, and from then on he just kept on playing better and better. He plays unbelievable. I was a little worried in 2013, when I saw Roger losing to players less valuable than he is, but he showed once again all of his character and determination: He changed his racquet, he changed his coach (choosing another tennis legend, Stefan Edberg, who played the 1990 Wimbledon final against Becker), and he has found his best results”. :-)

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    Katyani Reply:

    Ps Joe: this is what we in Holland call a “schijnbare tegenstrijdigheid” a paradox (like screaming silence):

    “Speaking about Federer, Toni showed great example of sportsmanship…” :-) :-)

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    Joe Reply:

    Ha Katanyi, that is hilarious!! I hope you won’t mind if I keep that phrase in my own repertoire!!

    You know our English word oxymoron?

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  9. Nadal won 6-2, 6-2 against Bolelli. From what I have read, he moved very well for someone having issues with their appendix…

    Ruan was right (as always) when he termed these ‘serious illnesses’ as a strategy to get the pressure off him. To some of us it seems unfair, but nothing can be done about it. Players have to rely on their conscience while making claims about injuries, illness etc. . Some of them have one and some don’t…

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    Vily Reply:

    Well, I guess the course of antibiotics has done the trick. Nadal will most likely play full schedule now until the end of the year and I actually expect him to make the Basel Final.

    This may actually play in Roger’s hands. If Roger wins Basel and then Nadal and Djokovic are drawn in the same half and Nadal beats Djokovic in the semis, it could potentially help Roger with the year-end Number 1. But it could be the reverse. Nadal could be drawn in Roger’s half. Also it will be interesting to see in what group Nadal will be drawn in at the WTF.

    Also, it is clear that the Basel officials are clearly helping Nadal with the scheduling and the draw so it’ll be interesting to see if Roger will still prevail or get ousted early. I want him to make the final for sure and win Basel. Paris will be a tougher ask but as long as Djokovic is beaten I’ll be ok with it even if Nadal wins Paris (which is unlikely but you never know). The appendix will not bother him until after the WTFs – that’s my estimation anyway.. Will see.. It will be interesting to see how Nadal plays against Gulbis if they meet.

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    Veronica Reply:

    “….anti-biotics done the trick” lol! Gosh, I could use some of those magic portions…I wonder where they come from……

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  10. Taking into account the Shanghai final, I really cannot understand the loss in R32 in Valencia:

    Dolgopolov defeats Simon 60 63

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Nice to see anti-tennis getting bageled anyway.

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  11. I just watched Roger’s pre-tournament interview and I can’t help but notice a little bit if anger and frustration in Roger. The organizers have really angered him and what a shame that is. The greatest player to ever play in Basel to be treated like a me this.

    How pathetic is that? Nadal getting the easy draw and the sweet Monday Wednesday Friday Saturday Sunday way and Roger having to play 5 matches in 5 days.

    And how dare they let play Nadal first – he’ll basically be in the 3rd round even before Roger starts his 1st round match..

    Roger basically said that the magic is no longer there and that he’s basically obligated to play because of his home fans.

    I sincerely hope that if he wins it he’ll just say good it and take it off his schedule. They don’t deserve him. I hope that one day he’ll basically buy the tournsment and make it a first class event rather that what it is becoming now…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Basically, yes. Jokes aside I couldn’t agree more with you. Brenwald has turned Roger’s home tournament into a disgrace. He should just win it this year by beating Nadal in the final and then not play it next year. If he wants to play a tourney he can go play in Valencia. I’m sure they’d love to have him there and pay him loads of appearance fees. Or better yet buy Brenwald out. That could be difficult though.

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    Katyani Reply:

    “I sincerely hope that if he wins it he’ll just say good and take it off his schedule. They don’t deserve him. I hope that one day he’ll basically buy the tournament and make it a first class event rather that what it is becoming now…”

    Hey Vily, I particially agree with you. The Basel Tournament and the Basel people DO deserve Roger. But Roger Brennwald DOES NOT deserve Roger at all. There is a big difference. Why make all the Swiss people suffer from missing Roger because of one stupid and OBVIOUSLY JEALOUS person??
    In Basel they seriously love Roger the most. Remember the 5 minute standing ovation last year when Roger was the runner up? He was not even the winner. The Swiss people love him the most in the world, no matter what anyone says. Roger Brennwald (why does he have the same firstname as our Goat by the way) is just jealous. He actually has Roger and does not appreciate him. Now I can see why Seve didn’t want Roger to play Basel in the first place. But ofcourse our Goat does everything for his fans. I saw his press where he says that Basel is no longer the tour to him that it was before. It was kind of sad to hear him say that.
    And that Brennwald character should remember Brisbane 2014. Roger came there for the first time I think and what about the most attendance figures going to the roof huh? Even Hewitt said that it was because of Roger.

    I agree with Ru-an. Let Roger win Basel this year and then…. never play it again.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Brenwald is the scum of the earth, Katyani! Where did all that hatred come from?!!!! Roger stole his wife or what??!!! Gosh, guerrilla killing fields style against a gentle peace-loving Roger??!! Is he even sane?! All of McEnroe, Agassi, Wilander, Garber, all the Fed haters put together, wouldn’t be able to hold a candle to Brenwald, The Ultimate Scum!! Come Basel every year, I feel very sad for Roger as it is such a thorn for him. Damned if he plays. Damned if he doesn’t. His dream was to own Basel. It’s looking like a shattered dream at the moment. Brenwald is guarding it like a man possessed!! Don’t think it is even healthy for Roger emotionally and professionally to enter a tourney where he is “told” in no uncertain terms that he is not welcomed. But I salute Roger for his incredible maturity, professionalism and love for his fans, home and friends. He would do anything for them including suffering and humiliation. Such a wonderful person; caring, tender, sensitive and yet thoroughly professional, objective and fair. It will take more than one Brenwald Scum to break this beloved champion down! Nah! let him continue his delusional one man war; Roger is too busy winning tournaments, heh heh!! C’mon Roger!

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Veronica, so true about that unworthy man. But…. luckily our Goat took care of him by…. winning the damn Tour :-) Did you see his face?? Brennwald could not fake a smile. How I LOVE that Roger puts people in their place by…. simply playing the sport he loves the most and by acting like an adult :-) I would love to say that Roger did stick it in Brennwald’s face and will never come back. But knowing our Goat, he will be there next year too for his fans…

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    Veronica Reply:

    Vily, The ultimate insult and snub to Roger was “buying” Nadal to boost his tourney. Fell quite flat coz Nadal could only make it once in his 3 year contract. Serves him right. What I don’t get is why Nadal accepted the offer in the first place. Shouldn’t he already know what’s going on between the two Rogers? Can you imagine Roger doing likewise to Nadal? Let’s just say Roger doesn’t play Madrid like how Nadal doesn’t play Basel. Would Roger sign a contract to play a tournament that he doesn’t play and knowing Nadal has fall out with TD??!! On the contrary! I think Roger would be sensitive, respectful and professional enough to say no! Not even for a billion dollars!! And isn’t Nadal always worn out end of the year, skips many tournaments and hates indoors? So why sign a contract in a tournament that you never care to play; in your least favourite surface; at your least favourite time of the year?? There could only be 3 explanations. First, Nadal doesn’t know about the fall out. Second, Nadal cannot resist a great offer regardless of circumstances. Thirdly, Nadal is fully aware of fall out but couldn’t care less and thus joins forces with Brenwald to spite Roger. I can’t believe it’s the first reason. I would like to believe it is the second. It would be very painful if it is the third reason; for us fans and especially for Roger. Because although not perfect, Fedal does have a good and respectful relationship. For Roger’s sake, I hope it’s not the third.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah it’s poor form from Nadal Veronica. He should be playing in his own country(Valencia) anyway and help to promote tennis there. Is Nadal and Brenwald teaming up against Roger?

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    Eric Reply:

    Roger should start his own new tournament in Zurich, make it the same week as Basel and blow this unappreciative jerk out of the water.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Not a bad idea but he is attached to Basel. He has good memories there.

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    veronica Reply:

    It sure appears like they are, Ru-an, although I don’t like to believe it. And lol Eric! You never know, Roger just might go down the Zurich road especially after he retires if he can’t wrestle Basel from the jerk.

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  12. Ok this has been an ongoing problem this year which has probably screwed over Roger’s chances to win more titles. Sceduling! Why is nadal playing his second round match before roger even plays his first round match?…in a 500 masters event where you basically have to play every day? Why didn’t nadal start his first round on the wednesday as well??? Pissed off

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    Veronica Reply:

    Yeah, Alex, all in the grand scheme of the Other Roger. The Scum Roger. Our Roger is playing everyday starting wed and he would only be playing his first round while Nadal is onto 3rd. But Roger is fresh. He will be fine. But if he wins Basel with this schedule, Paris or WTF maybe screwed up……

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  13. After the match I heard one of the commentators say, “Even for Roger Federer that was something special.”

    From the parts of the match I saw, I’d have to agree. Once he started reading Muller’s serve, it was all over.

    Thoughts?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Couldn’t watch Joe my laptop gave in.

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    Joe Reply:

    Too bad Ru-an,

    You missed some beautiful tennis!

    But it looks like there will be plenty more, so no worries..

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah hopefully I can get my laptop fixed soon. I wouldn’t want to miss all the tennis.

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    Joe Reply:

    Hey Ru-an,

    I read somewhere that Roger didn’t lose a single point on serve, but the wording of the article left me unsure as to whether that stat applied only to the second set. It’s a nice stat either way!
    :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah I think only second set Joe. Not bad.

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  14. At first when I saw that Nadal won 6:1 6:1 I was slightly worried but that feeling was quickly erased when I saw Roger dismantle Muller 6:2 6:1 in 47 minutes. Impressive. With Stan out, possibly Pospisil and Dimitrov may pose little problems in the QFs but overall I think that we’ll see Fedal!

    I hope that Roger will be extra motivated to beat Nadal in order to rub it in Brenneald’s face!

    By the way, I looked at the 2015 schedule and I found something cool.

    There will now be 3 weeks between Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

    Stuttgart will become an ATP 250 event right after the French and will be played on Grass. Then the following week, both Halle and AEGON will be played on Grass and now have been upgraded to ATP 500 events. Then after that there is another week off and then Wimbledon starts.

    I think that this is great news for grass tennis. It’s not as good as a Masters 1000 on grass but at least there are ATP 500s now! :-) ))

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    veronica Reply:

    Ru-an, Joe, Vily, Good to hear Roger played well. I couldn’t watch the match too but I think Roger was more impressive winning against Muller than Nadal against a nobody! On the other hand, Muller is a perfect match up for Roger so we can’t read too much into the dominanat display. Istomin maybe a better indicator of where Roger’s at. And yay! for ATP500 grass! Finally grass gets some attention!! There is a small concern, dunno if it’s even significant….but a longer time between FO and Wimby may actually play into Nadal’s hands! It means he would have longer time to recover from FO and prepare for grass!! Roger has always been a master switching from clay to grass. Not many players are good grass courters and the quick switch from clay to grass adds to their struggles. So this longer time may actually give Roger’s rivals a better chance at grass!!

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    Vily Reply:

    Yes, but at the same token Roger could try to go deep at the French without having to compromise Wimbledon. Or if he does poorly, he could get a wild card at Stuttgart and play more gras tennis..

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  15. To those who this concerns, a personal and small message from me: Happy Divali.
    May our God give you all what you desire with your heart and may he and she keep you and all your loved ones save. And… may our God give our Goat all the good things that he deserves !!!

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    Veronica Reply:

    Hey, you celebrate Divali, Kat?! If I’m not wrong it’s an Indian Festival- The festival of light; houses lighted everywhere. Legend has it that some evil king was overcome and the ppl rejoice with light, something like that? Anyways if you celebrate, Happy Divali to you and of course to our dear bro in India!! (You know who you are! Heh heh!)

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey sweet girl, didn’t you know that I am Hindu?? Didn’t my name kind of gave it away :-) Yes, I might live in my beautiful country Holland, but phir bhi dil hai Hindoestani :-) Which means, whereever I am, my heart is Hindoestani.
    But… how do you know so much about our festival?? You are absolutely right about good overcoming evil and a festival of lights.
    But… I have one small problem. Divali is celebrated before and around 18:00 hours and at that time Roger is also playing…..
    But since Roger kind of controls my life like 364 days a year, I don’t think he would mind me missing one match on a day that is important to my God right?? :-) :-)
    Ps: Jiten Bhai, Rahan, Bharata and to others, again Happy Divali.

    Hey Ronnie, are you going to Brisbane to watch Roger??

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    Veronica Reply:

    Hey! Didn’t know there are SO many of you lurking here!!! Rahan, Bharata….wow! Ok, Happy Divali to all! Learnt about Divali in school except we call it Deepavali…….Definitely a most beautiful and joyous occasion. Btw, Do you know quite some years ago a sign appeared outside a church in Wimbledon that read, “God made Roger Federer”!! So Kat, I’m sure Roger doesn’t mind you missing his match to spend a day with his creator!!

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    Joe Reply:

    Hey Veronica!

    I think it is really wonderful that so many people admire Roger from all over the world. And I loved watching Shanghai, with all the Swiss flags painted on so many Oriental faces.

    I really don’t see that kind of thing with some the other top players. Or very many other athletes in other sports either…

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    Veronica Reply:

    Yes, Joe, it was kinda odd to see the Chinese holding Swiss flags! I wonder how the Communist govt view this as they are a patriotic country! ha! But it is so beautiful to see. It’s like Roger unifies all nations! But nation-wise, nothing beats AO. Of course I’m biased, haha! In AO you see all kinds of ppl/nations, not just sprinkling of different ppl but contingents of every race under heaven! It’s like being in different countries within a country!

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    Veronica Reply:

    Yeah, I thought Katyani was kinda exotic but then I do have many Dutch friends who have unusual names too so I wasn’t sure. I stay in Melbourne, right where AO is held!!! But I’ve never really managed to see Roger really close up although I’m close enough to see him clearly. First because good seats are always reserved for corporations and members. Second you would have to really stalk to get a chance to be close to him in the practice courts or outside his hotel(like going there really early or wait outside his hotel 24/7) Every year I make a vow to try harder to see him close range but each year I fail. It is just too hard fighting the crowds and finding time. But at least I get to see him live every year. I’m grateful enough already! In real life, he looks slimmer and taller. His beautiful skin, so tanned and smooth and his fabulous shoulders are what stand out about him for me. And of course his relaxed manner, his swagger, Awww….the way he walks, gosh, so sexy! And when he plays and moves, so quiet and so elegant. If you don’t know him, you would think he is a film star pretending to be a tennis player!!!

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    Bharata Reply:

    Hi Katyani, thank you for the nice comments about Divali. I never realized from your name, although it didn’t really sound Dutch to me either…. I guess my name kind of gives it away for someone who is familiar with Hinduism.

    Roger had a tough match today (really tough on break pints in the 3rd set, I was going crazy). I hope he is not too tired. Istomin is always a hard match up on an indoor court, he hits pretty hard. Fed served really well though throughout.

    Dimitrov next – that could be another tough one. Meanwhile Nadal continues on with his joke draw.

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    Jiten Reply:

    Thanks Sis. I am stalking all of you through this wonderful blog holidaying in Jaipur, the pink city of India with my Mirka where Diwali is in full swing. May the owner of the Basel tournament, the Evil Roger be silenced by our own King Roger by his brilliant play on this ouspicious occasion. And how can I forget my own little Desi sis in the orange country? Of late you have started making some thoughtful comments on the Love of Your Life! Keep up the good work. Happy Diwali to all in Ru-an’s family in cyber land.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Awwww……..Jiten….”my Mirka” how sweet……!!! Your wife is one damn lucky lady and must be one hell of a wife to deserve the name, “Mirka”, the synonym for “perfect wife!”

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    Joe Reply:

    Happy Divali to you too Katanyi!

    I thought Katanyi was probably an Indian name. Can you tell us what it means? It’s not easy to find..

    :-)

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    Joe Reply:

    Hey Katanyi,

    I should add that I did find the name Katyayani, and wondered whether Katanyi might be a familiar form of that name.

    In that case, I suppose all other goddesses would just be incarnations or manifestations of you!

    Cheers, O You of the Mountains…
    Joe
    :-)

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Bharata and Joe, hey, hope you get to read this too. I am a little late with my reply. But thanks a lot for your lovely comments. Hey Joe, you are soooo funny. I ALWAYS look forward to your replies. Please know that I am very grateful for them. Yours too Bharata.

    And yes Jiten Bhai, please don’t forget your little Desi sis in the Orange country. You are sometimes so busy with your Aussie sis that I have to remind you that I am here too :-) Ah… girls and their jealousy :-) Ps: Thanks for the compliment about my comments about the love of my life. I can keep on and on writing about him :-)

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  16. I am happy that Roger won but that break point conversion rate was abysmal to put it kindly. Anyway – moving on!

    Tomorrow will be a big test against Dimitrov who is playing into form and dispatched Pospisil 6:2 6:2. It will be a tough match and you never know…

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  17. Roger seemed a bit off but so glad he stayed mentally tough! As I commented earlier, we can’t measure Roger’s level when he defeats a comfortable opponent (Muller). Istomin was definitely a sterner and more accurate test of where Roger is at. I’m seething looking at Nadal’s joke opponents which I’m sure is part of Brenwald’s hate campaign against Roger. I’m a bit worried now about Fedal if it happens if Roger goes through another tough one against Dimi. But if Roger pulls another Shanghai, ie getting better with each round, then Nadal doesn’t stand a chance! So pissed off Gulbis and Golubev lost. These guys would have been more capable of taking out Nadal. Meanwhile, I really wanna get my hands on those so special made in Spain antibiotics…miraculous, don’t you think so?!!!! Pttf!

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    Charlie Reply:

    The only thing I really care about at the moment is the current tournament. Screw the YE no.1 and Davis Cup, if Roger plays well one or both may happen but he cannot directly control them, because they are based on other people’s results. All that matters is that HE plays well and does the best he can to make a good end to the season to build momentum for the start of 2015.

    PS: Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see Roger win DC or the YE no.1 but I don’t think they are the most important right now.

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    Joe Reply:

    I have to admit that I’d rather see Roger beat Nadal at this tournament (especially when Nadal is trying to play mind games with Roger – i.e. I beat you in your home town when I had appendicitis, now I’ll beat you at AO) than see any of the other history-making outcomes we’ve been discussing come to pass. And I would really love to see those other successes come this year!

    But a win against Nadal would be so sweet – it would be like two wins when you add the classless Mr. Brennwald into the equation.

    On another note, I think Roger was trying to save a little energy today, probably in light of a possible match with Nadal, and ended up having to spend more energy as a result. His mental toughness is definitely still there, so if he doesn’t run out of gas I still like his chances – against everyone.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Yes, COMPLETELY with you on this Joe. I just want him to beat up Nadal. Question for everyone. Would you guys prefer that Roger beats Nadal but lose everything else or win everything but lose to Nadal??!!!!

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    Veronica Reply:

    Charlie, I am totally with you. It is the now. DC, Wtf, Paris is another day, another story. We want the story finished NOW…. right up Brenwald’s face!! Reset the button as and when the other tourneys happen. It is the current tourney that is all important. And it’s not only about Brenwald or getting super satisfaction of seeing Roger on top if Fedal happens. It is also about continuing the momentum as Ru-an pointed out earlier. Also, If he wins Basel, psychologically, he can relax as he would be full of confidence to attack the next few tourneys. If he loses Basel, there would be more pressure for the rest of the tourneys plus a loss to Dimi/Nadal would not sit well mentally (especially as Nadal is supposed to be sick) But if he wins Basel, he would be very tired and Paris maybe questionable as Vily mentioned. But let’s worry about that when it happens. Skip Paris if need be. For now, I want him to give it his all, no holding back. Allez!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    You have the best attitude Charlie. All that matters now is Basel. Again I’ve been looking way too far ahead lately. If Roger wins Basel he would have achieved his goal of 5 titles for the year which would be amazing. Anything that comes after that would be gravy. And I agree with Joe. Beating Nadal in the final would be every bit as satisfactory as WTF, DC, or year end #1, given that he has lost their last 5 meetings.

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    Dolores Reply:

    Hi Veronica, Good comment, also am with you on this Brennwald character (he has no character), he is a big jerk in my eyes.
    Nadal will play Borna Coric, never heard of him before, know he is a WC, #?????, had a day off in between, Roger plays without a day’s rest….well, I got all my frustration off my chest, Veronica. Please, somebody, defeat #2 Nadal, hopefully it is Roger….may he have a good day tomorrow defeating Dimitrov. C’mon, Roger!
    Best,
    Dolores

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    Veronica Reply:

    Hi Dolores! Is Brenwald a Swiss or not?!!! The Swiss are usually the most down to earth ppl, understating, unflappable, extremely polite, fair, objective and professional. But this..this ..Brenwald is so flighty…..flapping his busy body everywhere!! Gosh, Basel is beginning to turn into a torture chamber for me. I cannot bear it if Roger doesn’t win this now, Dolores!! I seriously hope Roger will write Basel off his schedule next year. He doesn’t deserve to be treated so shabbily by a tournament that he has always given the best of himself. Gosh, I seriously need to hold your hand for tonight’s match against Dimi, Dolores! And if he gets through that, please Dolores, can I hold BOTH your hands to get me through it?!! Haha!

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  18. Roger has the tougher schedule and draw no doubt.. Tomorrow will be tough. At least the semis should be slightly easier. Plus, Raonic may pose some threat to Nadal. You never know.

    I think that if Roger wins the tournament, his mind and body will be screeming for rest.

    Considering the WTFs and the Davis Cup coming up, Roger may skip Bercy after all. If he does, I won’t blame. I’ll completely understand. Yes, that may means good buy to the year-end Number 1 but winning the WTFs and the Davis Cup will be just as sweet.

    I am afraid that if he overextended himself he’ll come within striking distance of Djokovic but then will one crashing down in London. Wawrinka willbe resting. Cilic is resting. Nishikori is resting.. It might be to much.. Plus I’d much rather see him win the WTF undefeated and collect that nice $2.5 mil check..

    I don’t know.. Something has to give. I can tell when Roger shows signs of fatigue. It took him like 9 break points at one point to finally break Istomin so!

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  19. Well, I guess Roger is goinch all-in:

    Speaking to the media after his successful debut in Switzerland, Roger revealed what his priorities are for these last weeks of competition.

    “Right now I am focused to win the tournament of Basel, which for me is very important. After that, we will see what happens with the rest. At this point of the season my priority has to be considered to close the year as World No.1. The Davis Cup only will arrive at the very end of the season. When that moment will come Davis Cup will be my main priority, but not for now” confessed the Swiss.

    Let’s hope that it works out for him and for us FedFans. It will be epic if it happens..

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Like I said, year end #1 should be priority and DC would be just a nice bonus as it is not entirely under Roger’s control. It really means very little for the individual resume.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Wonderful, Vily, Ru-an!! I haven’t been able to follow his Basel interviews. Looks like our man has got his priorities right, as always! C’mon Roger!!

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  20. A very happy Diwali :-)
    Federer the GOAT im sure will win this time if he faces Nadal. It has to stop at some point.
    and its worrying to see Stan totally self destruct now. Hopefully he fixes it up before DC
    and Congrats Djokovic !! :-)

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    Katyani Reply:

    Happy Diwali to you too Hari :-)

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  21. Mirka has always been part of the Fed formula.. where has she been? No Shanghai .. Not even Basel. Yes 4 kids but that didn’t stop them at the last 3 slams. There was an article of Fed, Mirka and the boys out in NY during the US Open and the vibe wasn’t good. He looked foul. Not trying to start something – just hoping all is ok. Maybe it’s just the girls hitting school age or something.

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