Federer Breaks Masters Final Curse with 80th Title in Cincinnati

Hey, folks. He did it! I don’t think I will get far with this post, but I will make a follow-up post if I don’t. I just basically wanted to make a post and celebrate Roger’s biggest title in two years with you. I got up at 3 am this morning like I said I would but didn’t watch until the end. I started watching at 2-2 in the first set and left the match with Roger leading 4-1 in the third. From the start, Roger didn’t have things all his own way. It was only his second day match after his first match and he had much less than 24 hours to recover. Things were pretty close at the start and Roger finally got the break in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead after Ferrer double faulted on break point. But while serving for the match he went down 0-40 on his serve. Somehow he dug himself out of that hole and won the first set. It was actually quite nervy stuff from the start.

Probably because I felt this was make-or-break for Roger, and probably he was feeling the same kind of pressure. At the start of the second set, Ferrer kept the pressure on and Roger’s level dropped, which resulted in Roger getting broken twice and trailing 0-5. Ferrer was right back in the match and this was a concern. Was Roger gonna let yet another Masters slip through his fingers? I was preparing myself for the worst case scenario. Roger even had to save two set points on his own serve at 0-5 to avoid the bagel. That was a key game right there. Roger didn’t want to get bageled by Ferrer and needed to get on the board before the start of the decider. He needed to change the momentum and achieved that. I was hoping for a straight set win so that I could go to sleep again quickly, knowing that I had to work soon.

But I couldn’t go to sleep at a set all. At the very least I had to watch until Roger got the break in the third and consolidated. Fortunately he did that and I went back to sleep knowing that the result would still be unsure when I wake up, but at least it was better than going to sleep at a set all. That would have been unbearable. Of course when I woke up the first thing I did was check the result. I even had a dream that Roger lost again. But waking up to Roger winning his first big title in two years was the best way to start the day and the week. I was absolutely delighted. It was also a relief given Roger’s recent record in Masters finals and the fact that he got breadsticked in the second set. Ferrer was playing well, and how many times can you keep beating a player before they finally get a win?

Good stats for Roger

Even Roddick got three wins against Roger. I mean 16-0 is just an insane head-to-head against a quality player like Ferrer. I was just praying that Roger would beat Ferrer this one more time because if he ever needed to beat him it was this time. Thank God he did and in doing so he broke the Masters final curse, won his 80th title, and qualified for the Masters Cup for a record 13th consecutive time. He surpasses Lendl who managed to qualify twelve consecutive times. At age 33 Roger is still setting up staggering records. The big news just a short while ago was that Nadal officially withdrew from the US Open. This is big for Roger as it removes possibly his biggest obstacle to winning the US Open. I would have been more worried about Nadal if he played than I am of Djokovic.

Djokovic has only won the US Open once, in 2011 when he was peaking. I don’t see how he can do it when he is in poor form. Roger will be the second seed and can only meet Djokovic in the final. I’d be surprised if Djokovic gets that far, and even if he does I would still pick Roger if he is in the final. Roger is the in form guy and he would be a good shout to turn that Wimby final around. But like I said I don’t expect Djokovic to make the final. With Murray having problems since his comeback, Wawrinka inconsistent since winning the Australian Open, and Berdych in dire form, it is hard to see who can stop Roger from winning #18 in New York. It feels like destiny to me too after what happened at Wimby. I never lost any sleep over that loss because I felt that the law of averages was against Roger there and that it would even out at some point.

Of course, I am super excited about the US Open and the fact that Roger goes there as the favorite, but for now I just want to enjoy this title which has been two years in the making. Roger has now won a 250, a 500, and a Masters this year. Make no mistake about it, Masters are big. They are just below the slams and Masters Cup as far as prestige go. It is usually the big four that wins them. Tsonga winning Toronto was an anomaly. So Roger is in good company winning this title. This title is special for me as a fan because 2013 was such a tough year as a fan and even though 2014 has been drastically different, Roger never won that one big title. I feared that even though he was having a resurgence in form, that he won’t win anything really big, and that his star would just keep fading.

Ready for take off 3…2….1….

But being a Fedfan is no ordinary experience. It is the best because this man is an anomaly in almost every sense. He just keeps raising the bar and proving critics wrong. It’s unbelievable. You can’t have a better experience as a sports fan of an individual or a team, surely. And I still feel like Roger has not reached his best level this year. I know I shouldn’t get over excited since this is Cincy and Roger gets assistance from the court speed, but I think Roger has learned a lot from his game in the last two weeks and it will give him huge confidence. I’m not worried about fatigue for the US Open either. This title will give Roger an energy boost if anything I think. He now has that winning feeling of a big event back and he will now want to scale the heights of slam glory for a staggering 18th time.

He has a week of rest ahead now so I think he will be ready and raring to go. The confidence will be so high now that he can probably win his early round without dropping sets and go into the second week with a full tank. Things are looking positive for New York but like I said I just wanna enjoy this win now, and once the draw is made I will really start thinking about New York. I want to dedicate this win to all the true Fedfans out there and to my readers especially who have kept the faith throughout and never lost sight of what this is really about. It’s been a long dry spell but we are now well and truly back in the winners circle as fans, and who knows, we may even visit that hallowed ground of slam glory again in the near future. I am just excited for the rest of 2014 no matter what happens.

The race rankings are now as follows:

1 Djokovic 7430
2. Nadal 6650
3. Federer 6160.

Points to defend for the top three until year end are as follows:

Djokovic defends 5200 points into the end of the year.
Nadal defends 4020 points into the end of the year.
Federer defends only 1330 points.

Big smile for a big winner!

As you can see there is now a very real possibility that Roger could end the year ranked #1. I feel he needs to win the US Open to do so, and that is certainly a possibility. It’s unbelievable that at this stage of Roger’s career the #1 ranking is even a possibility, and a very exciting one at that. In the end it’s mostly about the slams though, and we all know Nadal will be back chasing Roger’s slam count again. So above anything I’d like Roger to win #18 in New York. But really there is no need to get obsessed over that now. Roger has got that big title in the bag and I thought the possibility that Roger could become #1 again is a very interesting one. But even if Roger wins nothing from now until year end it would already have been a special year, so I am just staying in the moment and enjoying all of it. I hope you do too!

 

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Posted in Cincinatti, Masters 1000.

132 Comments

  1. Ru-an,

    Thank you so much for this wonderful post! I am literally salivating at the prospect of Roger hoisting the US Open trophy this year. Roger is on the verge and yet again things are just starting to fall into place. I think that he’ll need a little help from the draw – I’d rather see Tsonga and Murray in Djokovic’s section but if that’s not the case, I’ll be ok too. Especially Tsonga..

    I am so EXCITED.. Number 2 is certainly there for the taking and if Roger wins the Open, maybe even the Number 1 ranking is there as well..

    This is incredible. I think that if he wins the Open, it may even be a more satisfying feeling than winning Wimbledon in 2012.

    This is just crazy. And we feel it in the air – let’s just see the draw first and then we can really start dreaming but this is absolutely amazing.

    My wife and I have tickets for the Quarter-Finals but if Roger reaches the Final, you bet that I am getting those as well. No matter the cost! ;-) )

    Allez Roger!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    You are welcome Vily. You are probably the most eager reader for my new posts and I appreciate it. It’s always nice to see you make the first comment. I’m gad to see you are as excited as I am, but we need to stay in the moment too and just enjoy every moment that is left of this very special player’s career. That’s awesome that you have tickets for the QF. I’m super jealous! I hope Fed makes the final so you can see him live in the final and the rest of us on TV! Haha.

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    veronica Reply:

    Vily, you are so funny and over the top in your enthusiasm but I love it! Just to reply to your comment from previous post, yeah, I can’t stand the Russian Ice Queen too. Takes forever and plays like she is in perpetual constipation. I was furious when they made Roger wait till 10pm to play his match, ha!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Good description of Shrieka Veronica. Don’t forget the disgusting shrieking either.

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    eric Reply:

    Super cool, Vily. Have a great time at in my old stomping grounds at Flushing Meadow.

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  2. Thanks a lot Ru-an for a wonderful post despite not being in good health. I am sure Fed’s resurgence will be directly proportional to your career rise as well. My all good wishes from the bottom of my heart. Well, I don’t want to say anything about this victory. I simply want to relish it for the moment. For the US open, I still want to be cautious about Fed’s success. But I have hopes seeing his new-found confidence which he utterly lacked last year. As I have said earlier, statistically, it is still possible for Roger to end the year as no. 1. Who knows, he may have the big number! This guy is simply amazing and has indulged us so much with his joyful play that we almost take it for granted to expect the unexpected from him. Bravo our hero and many congratulations to all the Fed fans.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Jiten I enjoy reading your comments. They are always full of support and gratitude. My immune system hasn’t be at full strength lately because I started lifting weights again and then my sleep hasn’t been what it should be with the time difference. Not sure what I’m gonna do during the USO. At least over the weekends I can get up at crazy times and catch up sleep. And I agree very much with you about being cautious for Roger’s success at the USO. I actually have no expectations believe it or not. I am just happy about the Cincy title and the excitement that comes with it. We are at a stage of Roger’s career where we have to appreciate every win and every moment that he is on court. It won’t last forever. Great comment.

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    Jiten Reply:

    Thanks Ru-an. We want you to be 100% during the USO in order to blog at the best. :-) Just one thing. In your current write-up, you have probably mistakenly put the statistics of Roger’s Rogers Cup performance against Ferrer, not Cincy. Or was it intentional, just to compare his Cincy performance against the same player?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    No it wasn’t intentional. I am often tired when I make these posts and I have a busy schedule, so mistakes happen. I depend on my readers to let me know when I make a mistake. It’s fixed now.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I don’t like it when I make mistakes like that. I want my posts to be peRFect for a peRFect player. So the sooner you let me know of an obvious mistake like that the better.

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  3. Nadal out of US Open, no surprise here, his pattern over the years has been very clear to people with a brain, one year with only clay success and one slam, but slumping with “injuries” on hard and grass, one year of total domination with 2/3 slams on every surface… 2013 was his year, 2014 the usual facade, expect a miraculous comeback in 2015 despite his many career-threatening injuries… Funny that he’s never injured on clay, his best surface, except the anomaly in 2009 at RG when french AFLD made random unannounced testing, and they caught him with a dirty sample, surprise surprise… Federer chances for the USO, good draw, Djokovic not in super chemical shape, and a necessary recovery after this tour de force between Toronto and Cincinnati, 33yo, no joke…

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  4. Finally. Yes! And Nadal is out from the US Open. So he cannot chase #15.
    I liked how Roger covered the net in Cincy. You can clearly see Edberg’s influence. For me next to Rafter, he was the GOAT at coving the net (at least since the early 90s.)

    I didn’t not like Federer’s backhand and is inconsistency from the baseline. For the US open it might matter against Djokovic, and Murray if he finds his from, but not against all other players as Nadal withdrew.

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    Joe Reply:

    Too tired, I think, is all that was. Two consecutive tournaments, both including a quick switch from a night semi-final to a day-time final, and Roger was a little tired. He mishit some shots badly b/c of fatigue, but probably none more than his b/h. Thank goodness his serve held up pretty well!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Agree about Edberg and Rafter. Two best volleyers.

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  5. Roger Federer is about to complete himself. It seems almost fated, written in the stars. Yes, the Gods are smiling down on him, and always have. Now, after much hard work and dedication to his evolving craft, They will reward him, letting him defy the ravages of time so he may conquer Everest once again, for the 18th time. But They will surely test him as he scales those rarefied heights, for They always see to it that Glory does not come easily to mortal men. Still, I sense They will grudgingly let him pass to the exalted summit, for They are pleased with him, pleased with the way he has forged Art from the rough-hewn block of mere athletics, like a Master Sculptor with the deftest touch. Yes, not since Michelangelo have They been so pleased….

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    Vily Reply:

    Yes,

    I feel that the Force is strong with him!!! ;-)

    The Master will become a Jedi Master yet again! LOL! By the way, is it confirmed that he’ll wear the Darth Fed again or not? I saw the nice blue greenish outfit but what about the night sessions?!

    And by the way: I read somewhere that Roger was very close to pulling out of the Cincinnati Masters. In fact, maybe it was such a blessing that he didn’t. If he had won Toronto, I would have perfectly understood it. But now he is perfectly primed – both tasting a little dissapointment to keep him honest and well-earned glory soon afterwards.. I am curious about the draw.

    I want to know where Murray, Tsonga, Ferrer, Berdych, Raonic and Dimitrov will land. It’s of some significance although having to face one if them wouldn’t be the end. But having to face two or maybe three of them might be a but too much… But still, I trust Roger!!! :-) ))

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I think the comparison with Michelangelo is an apt one Balthazar. They are both incredibly gifted artists. But I’m not sure about the Gods grudgingly letting him pass the exalted summit again. I think they’d be quite pleased to allow it ;-)

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    Vily Reply:

    Guys,

    I’ve heard rumors that the USTA has deliberately tried to speed up the courts this year for the Open so this should be great news for Roger if it’s true. But let’s still relax and enjoy this moment.. :-)

    Plus, do you think that Roger will accept the Ice Bucket Challenge?! LOL! :-) )

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    veronica Reply:

    Yay!I hope so! You just might be right, Vily. They would want their own to win USO, don’t they? Afterall their players are mostly serve bots and quicker courts would give them advantage…

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    veronica Reply:

    Yay! I think it might be true, Vily. They want one of their own to win USO, don’t they? Speeding the courts just might help them. Afterall, most of their players are serve bots…. Ice bucket?! I don’t want Roger to do it. He might just catch a chill/flu, plus the icy cold is not good for his back!! Gavin, lay off Roger! Ha!

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    veronica Reply:

    Balthazar! Do your writings go on print? Might consider buying a copy…hehe!

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    balthazar Reply:

    You’re being overly kind, Veronica, though I am actually working on a novel—but so is every waiter in L.A., not to mention every Tom, Dick, and Harry.

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    eric Reply:

    Hey Balthazar, you’re in LA? Do you play tennis????? Maybe we can hit when I get back.

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    balthazar Reply:

    No, Eric, that was just a phrase that popped into my head. I live in the San Francisco bay area. Which is probably for the better. I’m sure you’d crush me at tennis. I haven’t lifted a racquet in forty years.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Lol, lol, ” so is every waiter…every tom dick and Harry.” Now you are being overly humble and understating, Balthazar! Good luck anyways and may it bear much fruit!

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  6. First and foremost, Ru-an please take care of yourself and get healthy and strong. You’re a wonderful guy and you deserve to be feeling powerful and great. OK, guys here’s the deal. This will sound a bit wacky but I’m going to say it anyway. Joe and Ru-an said/joked a while back that my personal GS quest is somehow tied to Roger’s 18th. I was supposed to go to China for this big opportunity and miss Wimbledon. Then at the last minute everything got delayed. I didn’t go. At the last minute Roger didn’t win. So finally after months of agonizing but preparing, working hard, things are back on track and I leave for China this Thursday and don’t come back until the 10th, right after the USO finishes. I have zero control over my schedule and yet again the trip falls exactly on a grand slam. It’s finally happening for me, it’s finally happening AGAIN for the man himself. And our fearless leader Ru-an has had a special hand in this as well. With a generous act of friendship and graciousness, he’s helped restore my good luck in a way that further ties the knot together even more. Thank you, Ru-an. This has already helped me in remarkable ways. I know this sounds crazy. Believe me I am not usually into this stuff at all, but I am finally on my way and I am certain that ROGER IS WINNING THE US OPEN THIS YEAR!!!!! I’m hoping I can catch a match here and there, and will comment when I do, but I will be following the action through Ru-an and you guys. Enjoy these next few weeks you lovely and loyal RF fans, I truly believe they will be glorious!!!

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    veronica Reply:

    Gosh, Eric, what a story! I really hope, and pray that this is it for you! How glorious would it be if it happens for Roger and for you and for Ru-an!! Without a doubt, Ru-an has touched many people through this blog and being the kinda person that he is – thoroughly genuine and real; not just a talented, creative and knowlegeable blogger.

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    Jiten Reply:

    Congratulations Eric. And please, don’t prepare any salad during your stay in China! :-) :-)

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    eric Reply:

    Haha, never again!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Ah that’s awesome Eric. Seems like you and Roger are peRFectly in sync. Both of you have important business ahead and both of you are gonna come up with the goods this time. Great to hear that I could help you out!

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    Joe Reply:

    This is amazing news Eric, and the very best of luck – to you both!
    :-)

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    Vily Reply:

    This is awesome news, Eric.. Simply great. I do feel also that your success will coincide with Roger’s.. I don’t want to be arrogant about it, but Roger’s consistency THIS year is second to none. He may not have won as many titles, or even the biggest titles, but apart from the Clay stretch post Monte Carlo Roger has been the most consistent player on the tour – making 8 Finals (on all surfaces). He has the most Top 10 wins in tour -?12:4. The guy is a machine. That 10 matches in 13 days at 33 really proved that the guy can hang with the young guys, energy wise..

    Therefore, he should be ok. Now, let’s see the draw, please. ;-)

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  7. Ru-an,gosh, what can I say that I haven’t said already?! You gather your thoughts so well (after not much sleep too! your brain is unbelievable!)and you cover everything that needs to be said so thoroughly. Everyone of your post has something worth quoting but usually I don’t quote them as it would make my comment too long but heck! I’m gonna quote a few this time. “even had a dream Roger lost…” – haha! “if he ever needed to beat him, it is this time”, “this man is an anomaly in almost every sense”, “can’t have a better experience as a sports fan of an individual or a team surely” – so well said! And that picture of Roger flying with the caption is so freaking clever, Ru-an! Haha! A few thoughts. Did anyone notice Roger finger wagging after he won?! He did it many times! Is he hinting about no. 1?! He was dead meat in 2nd set and for a moment I thought it would be all over. But how good was he in 3rd set! Uses his variety, draw Ferrer in, wins the point! Easy peasy! Haha! Wasn’t that short slice bhdtl so awesome, btw? I mean there were so many awesome shots not only that one! Roger looked so child-like in his happiness. It’s so endearing. I’m yet to come across a more humble, (yet supremely confident) calm, peaceful, optimistic, secure individual/champion. It’s no wonder why he has cult-like following. I wanna share something interesting here. Roger said (in Cincy, I think)that he does feel bad when he is crushing opponents but that he needs to block out these feelings; otherwise if he start feeling sorry for them, he would lose the match! What a thoroughly decent nice human being!!! We’ve been talking many times about Roger missing the killer instinct. Well, this is proof that he really doesn’t have a killer bone in him! Ha! He loves the game, loves the winning feeling, loves to challenge himself; that’s it. He is not about being revengeful and killing himself or someone for the sake of winning! Btw, I thought Roger would withdraw from Cincy seeing how taxing Toronto was and I thought what a pity as Cincy has always been a great hunting ground for him. Thank God he played. But I think he should forget about Toronto next year and just concentrate on Cincy. As for Nadal, I’m not deceived. He is resting/juicing (whichever you choose to believe!)up to gear himself specifically for the slams to legitimise his GOAT claim. A second career slam won’t hurt either. Who wants to bet that he would be bull dozing the field come AO and the clay season?! Anyway, like you, Ru-an, I wanna savour this moment for as long as possible; USO can wait for now…Btw, anyone agree with me the Cincy trophy is the UGLIEST trophy ever???!!!!! Haha! Rest well, Ru-an! Happy pumping! (weight lifting!) and I hope the work permit is in your pocket!!!

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    Elizabeth Reply:

    Totally agree about the trophy..can you imagine finding a place for more than one? Another great post Ru-an, how good it is to read all these wonderful things about this fabulous player Federer. The ‘feel good’ factor is tangible! About Nadal, I’m sure he will be determined to be toned and tuned and (I was going to say topped up)
    but that’s nasty all for the WTF, he must be really annoyed that he has never managed to win this tournament.

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    Veronica Reply:

    “Can you imagine finding a place for more than one?”, very funny, Elizabeth! Isn’t the same trophy used every year?! You don’t mean they give out a new one every year???!!! OMG!!!! Mercy please, Cincy! Roger already have 5 of these hideous pieces at home! Please spare him another, I beg you! Haha!

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    Joe Reply:

    I wonder how excited Mirka is about Roger’s latest tournament win…

    :-)

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    balthazar Reply:

    The trophy’s appearance perfectly reflects America’s bad taste and adolescent culture. $$$$ is the only God here; aesthetic refinement is at the bottom of the list.

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    Joe Reply:

    Are the rumors that she was actually cheering for Ferrer so she wouldn’t have another ugly trophy in her house actually true?

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    veronica Reply:

    Lol,Joe!!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Cheers Elizabeth. Who knows what’s next for Nadal. Maybe another 7 months off?

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    eric Reply:

    I wouldn’t mind that! :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Veronica. Roger is a unique individual isn’t he? He has compassion for his opponents but at the same time is able to turn into a killer if necessary. That’s a fine balance to keep.

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  8. Yes Veronica, I completely agree that Cincy trophy is probably the ugliest trophy ever. I believe (correct me if I am wrong) this year (I didn’t follow it last year after Fed’s ouster), they made both the male and female champion lift the same trophy (look here: http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/reliables/52464/#.U_OtcNhnAmA at the trophy Serena is holding up). Did you see that at the base of the trophy (which is detachable from the main one), the names of both the man’s and woman’s champions are carved one after another? I think that is pretty weird. About the backhand down the line slice, yes, Fed seems to be using it pretty regularly and it is working very well with his serve and volley tactics. Many a time I saw his opponent surprised and taken off-guard; while they anticipated a top-spin backhand from Fed, instead he is feeding them with the wicked slice. I am very positive for Fed in the near future and at the same time a bit cautious also. All I am looking forward to is the first round of USO, after that we will just wait and see.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Yeah, Jiten, he was hitting those bhdtl so sweetly and taking his opponents by surprise too! Actually I made a mistake in my comment above about the short slice bhdtl. What I meant was the half volley bhdtl. Did you see that, Jiten?! Out of this world! I’m with you. I’m cautiously optimistic about USO. Djoko and Murray seem out of it ATM, but this is tennis after all; you never know; like how we would have never known last year that Roger could produce such fantastic results this year. I prefer to be surprised rather than have my hopes crushed. But 2014 is sure looking rather sunny, don’t you think so, bro?! Allez!!

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    Jiten Reply:

    OK Sunshine, I got it. Ru-an has already included it in this current blog under the caption: Hot Shot. One can watch it as many times as one can. It is like that Pepsi Cola ad that used to be very popular in India with the theme song: Dil mange more, meaning the HEART WANTS MORE. They are so pleasing to the eye! I could also see more preparation (taking split seconds more before the racquet actually hitting the ball) on his backhand shots than in Toronto. But this shot? Pure instinct. Just WOW! :-) :-) :-)

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    Veronica Reply:

    Oic! I haven’t watched the videos yet, just read the post. Ok, I’m onto it. It’s just so great when he plays so freely and so instinctively, isn’t it?!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    That was a piece of genius, wasn’t it? At first I thought it wasn’t that special but then I looked at that floating slice that drew Ferrer off the court and then the half-volley bh to finish it. Wizardry.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Yes, that combination. The floating slice that just painted the line and pulled Ferrer off court and wham bam the half volley down the line, awesome!! And not only this. There were so many wonderful shots and how he worked the points and gosh how he closed down the net and gosh s@v so frequently and so naturally now! Gosh, the variety, Ru-an! I’m so excited that he is going back to his true self, using full arsenal he is blessed with and practising and using and sharpening them. It’s looking like he has answers now to every problem on court and he is using those solutions that he has always had! So wonderful to watch. He’s in a way like a new player. Even more exciting than 2012!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    It’s crazy what he does with a tennis ball. Ferrer was running around his bh thinking it won’t take him too far out of court, but the trajectory of the ball was such that it just stayed in the air forever and kept taking Ferrer wider and wider. When Ferrer finally got to hit the ball Fed had the instinct to take the ball on the bounce into the open court. It didn’t have to be hit very hard as Ferrer was far enough out of the court. A total wizard with the tennis ball.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Perfectly put Ru-an! That was exactly what happened! I sometimes so wish I have your knowledge and talent, Ru-an!!

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    Veronica Reply:

    Gosh, Jiten, you are a REAL tennis fan! Nothing escapes you, does it?! Not only you know EVERYTHING about tennis but trophy details too! Frankly, I hadn’t a clue about name carved in what trophy, except maybe Wimby trophy, haha! You are incredible, bro!! Now I’m just wondering ….say your wife gets a new haircut or puts on a nice dress, you notice that or not, bro??!! I expect only the truth from you, bro!! Hehehe!!!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Lol. Knowing Jiten I’m sure he does Veronica. I think you are seriously underestimating his thoughtfulness and appreciation!

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    Veronica Reply:

    Not underestimating my most thoughtful and supportive bro in India. No way. I would gladly exchange one of my own blood brother for Jiten to be my brother! Haha! Just that it seems to be a male thing to notice some things and ignore others…just in their biological make up I suppose. Not all males but a lot of males. Was just teasing Jiten…..if he is as keenly observant about his wife as he is about everything tennis!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Ha I was just teasing too. I’m sure you don’t underestimate Jiten’s thoughtfulness.

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    Jiten Reply:

    Well, Veronica I will have to ask my wife!! :-) :-) It is quite a torture for her when Roger is playing in North America. I have to sneak out of the bed at wee hours of night to watch Fed in the TV room. When I return to bed, the first thing she asks me is, believe it or not, still in her sleep, “Has Fed won”? :-) :-) :-) As a woman, she probably adores Fed more than me and of course his daughters! When I am upset after a Fed loss, she is the first one to console me “How much can this person do at his age”? In other words, my Mirka is also a great Fed fan. Who is not? Hehehe :-) :-) :-) .

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    Veronica Reply:

    Hahahaha…”Sneaking out of bed….” Too funny, bro! Gosh, the things that Roger reduce his fans to do!! Anyway, anyone who has a Mirka for a wife is one damn lucky guy. She is pure gold.

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    Veronica Reply:

    “Sneak out of the bed”….too funny, bro!! You are so blessed to have a Mirka for a wife, Jiten! World Oxford Dictionary has a new definition for the word, “Mirka”. It is a synonym for “PeRFect Wife”!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Sorry about the delayed approval of your comment Veronica. My settings is so that every now and then a random comment will get held for approval.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Thanks Ru-an. I was getting a bit embarrassed to see repeated comments! Haha! So next time I see “comment waiting for moderation”, I should take it as successfully sent?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Lol yeah. It may just take a little while to before I approve it. You want me toe erase one of your comments?

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    Veronica Reply:

    It’s all right, Ru-an, leave it, no worries! Thanks!

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  9. Hey Kat! Have the Wimby tears finally subsided?!!!! Is Cincy (bar the hideous trophy!) good enough to take away the pain?!! What does Kat’s crystal ball has to say about USO??!!!

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    Katyani Reply:

    First of all Veronica, I don’t know you personally, but you are one of my FAVOURITE people in this world :-) I kind of felt a little bit left out of here (not the fault of all the great people here), but since I cannot comment from home, I have to wait to comment from my work. And you know about work, it is just sometimes way too busy to do anything else. So thank you sweet girl for asking about me :-)

    Second of all, Wimby tears have been dry now, but whenever I see Roger I am proud and whenever I see Novak I still get discusted about the gamesmenship MTO he took. But no worries, Roger will take revenge on him.

    Third of all, how about Roger using his hands as a drumm before they were announcing his name to get the Cincy award? Our dude just loves winning, make no mistake about it :-)

    Fourth of all, that Cincy thing is not a trophy, it is a vase for flowers :-) Hideous.

    And fifth of all…. don’t know how to say it, but Roger is looking TOO good to win USO. And when that happens, he normally doesn’t win it. At Wimby 2012, no one thought he would get passed Novak and Andy and he ended up winning the title. When he was a favourite for Wimby 2013 and 2014 and USO 2012, he ended up losing it. So…. I don’t know what to think.
    But God please please please let Roger win USO, DC and again… FOR GOD SAKE FOR GOD SAKE the WTF :-)

    Oke now, my boss is looking at me why I am typing like a madman :-)
    See you later sweet Ronnie and all the others, gotto run :-)

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    Katyani Reply:

    Oh and sweet Ronnie, can Roger seriously seriously be any cuter and dorkerer?? :-) Seriously Roger, after Mirka…… I get dips on you :-)
    Kat over and out :-)

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    eric Reply:

    I absolutely loved seeing him drumming his hands with childlike excitement. That was awesome!!!

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    Veronica Reply:

    That’s what I meant when I said he was so child-like in his happiness; the drum roll, grinning from ear to ear, playing peek a boo with the fans when posing with his trophy on the “Wimby copyright varendah”! The guy never gets tired getting so much pure joy out of winning. He played 2 back to back tourneys, a lot of tough matches, 3 setters, victim of atrocious scheduling, has 4 young children, does press in multiple languages, is 33 for god’s sake and he won!! Where were all the young players?! Where were all those who got deep in Toronto?!!! They all got tired!!! Except old man Federer!!! Just this win alone Roger has achieved something that NO 33 year old has ever or will ever achieve! With all the demands required for these 2 tourneys on his 33 year old body, he should be collapsing already by the time the finals came around; not only physically but mentally as well! For me, this is one of his toughest and most significant win taking all things into consideration. This win also gives him confidence that he can still push his body when needed. Why are the tennis writers not highlighting this awesome achievement?!!!

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    Veronica Reply:

    One more thing. Sorry, folks if I’m spamming this blog but anyone notice Roger NEVER complained about the scheduling?! Not a word! Truly like a lamb led to the slaughter! Haha! He just said he was tired but never pointed fingers at the tourneys. Now if it had been a certain Scots man or a Spanish Bull or the Serbian Egg, I bet you, the whining would have been the headlines of the tournament! Another reason for admiring and RESPECT for this awesome incredible out of this world champ!! I’m really touched and affected by this win. It’s not about how big/small the title was but the manner in which he went about winning it. Inspiring. Classy. Through and through!

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    Joe Reply:

    How about this for a title: “Federer Breaks Masters Final SCHEDULING Curse with 80th Title in Cincinnati!!”
    ?

    :-)

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    Veronica Reply:

    JUST wonderful, Joe!! Say, you aren’t another budding writer like our Eric, are you?! Haha!

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    Veronica Reply:

    So glad to get some Kat energy going on in here, haha! I’m totally with you. I want WTF and DC. And I want to see him crush Nadal again in WTF!! Haha! I get the pattern about USO. Yeah, it’s positive vibes all around but let’s be cautious and especially wait for the draw first.

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  10. Here is a cool article. I am sure many of you have read it but I love Roger’s comments:

    “I finally got a big trophy for the kids,” he said on Sunday, after flirting with defeat before seeing off the hangdog David Ferrer 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 to win the Western & Southern Open, placing him in the best possible place before next week’s US Open.

    The three-month-old kids, Leo and Lenny, might be less aware of their father’s deeds than Myla and Charlene (born July 23, 2009) but there is no doubt the close family unit is an important component in Federer’s enduring success. He is the daddy of the Tour.

    “I’ve been bringing home some smaller ones,” he adds. “I keep telling them they are still trophies but this one should satisfy them.”

    However, dad needs his rest. Ten days ago he turned 33 and, although probably in better shape than nearly everyone that age in the world, tennis is a weekly assault course on the body, hurting more as the years pass.

    “I was considering not playing for just a day or so on Monday,” he revealed later. “So just to not go crazy here; we don’t need to take chances here. I need to be smart about how much I play, when I play and how I feel. So I waited for Monday, Tuesday to see how I played. In practice I felt like I was recovering quickly and gave it a go.

    “I could have just not played here and gone into the Open feeling good about my chances; now I feel even better. On the flip coin, what was the other plan: practise, take a few days off? But then I have to grind it out in the practice. I still believe matches are the best practice right now. I’m not going to fly back to Switzerland.

    “Now I come in [to Flushing Meadows] with great confidence. I can really rest now, rather than having to work on stuff. I can just enjoy New York for what it is and go out to the practice courts and do the opposite of what I had to do last year. Last year I went out there and did three-hour practice sessions and went for extra practice sessions after matches sometimes. That I don’t have to do. I know my game is where I want it to be. It’s about just keeping that level up right now.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/aug/18/roger-federer-the-daddy-of-the-tour-at-33-paces-himself-for-us-open

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Wow that’s an awesome interview Vily. Seems like he is just in the flow right now and everything is just happening for him. Great energy.

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    Vily Reply:

    Yep, that call to actually play Cincy may prove pivotal for the Open. Actually, if he won Toronto, he might have pulled out. But now he is truly primed. Even better than in 2012. And I think that his energy and mind are exactly in the right place.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Awesome, Vily! Sometimes it gets a little hard to find these articles. Links always help, so thanks, Vily! I think if he had won Toronto, he would have skipped Cincy but he would still be on a high and still feel good about his chances in USO; except that the Cincy win was sweeter as it was harder fought, unexpected in a way, and he proved to himself that he can go the extra mile when needed to.

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    Vily Reply:

    That is exactly, right! I think that when the mind is STRONG, then the body complies also.. It’s funny but there is some truth to that statement. I caught a bit if the qualifying today. Here in the US they show it on TV. Nothing exciting. The players play on the outer courts anyway. Well, I hope that there are some events with Roger this week. It’s kinda quiet without hearing something about him.. Novak completed the ice bucket challenge. It’s a big frenzy over here with all those celebrities doing it.. Anyway, I guess couple more days until the draw and then we’ll really assess Roger’s chances. ;-)

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  11. And here is another article if you guys are bored.. ;-) It was written prior to Roger winning Cincy..

    Spectators at the U.S. Open put a little extra pressure on players to perform, says Roger Federer, with conditions also very different between day and night matches.

    Speaking ahead of the Masters event in Cincinnati, Federer said that the atmosphere was much more consistent at Wimbledon.

    “Just the way the people clap at Wimbledon, it’s consistent throughout. I’d say if it’s a first set or a final set, it just gets slightly louder,” he said. “Whereas the U.S. Open I find that they’re cool to be at the U.S. Open, cool to watch U.S. Open, but they’re waiting for something to happen. They won’t start clapping just right off the bat.

    “So you feel there is a little pressure here and there.”

    Federer also described the night sessions as typically having much more energy than the day, when the weather can affect those watching and playing.

    “And then night is electric, and really has the potential to go wild,” he said. “Whereas the day session can go too, but there you need the swings of momentum, the five-set thriller for the fans to get into it. Because it can get brutally hot, so you tend to act differently as in person, as well, when it’s that hot. You’re just not going to put everything in each point. You have to pace yourself a little bit. I find that, as well.”

    http://m.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/federer-us-open-atmosphere-adds-pressure/52434/#.U_QjeNm9LCQ

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    Veronica Reply:

    Wonderful comments from Roger. He gives so much more info and insight in his interviews than any other ATP player, doesn’t he?!! So true about the consistency of the applauding at Wimby. That is just one of a hundred reasons why it is the holy grail of tennis. The other 3 slams are not even close; although they have their own uniqueness.

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  12. Hi Ru-an, Like the colorful picture on your GOAT blog, Roger looks happy, so do all the kids in background. The trophy is a bit awkward to say the least, but it’s the WIN that counts.
    Best,
    Dolores

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I just changed the picture Dolores. Hope you like it. I don’t have a problem with the trophy. It’s the title that counts as you say.

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    Dolores Reply:

    Oh, I see, Ru-an, the change happened so quickly, I thought I had the wrong blog. To be honest, did like the other one better. It was colorful with lots of smiles to greet us.

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    Veronica Reply:

    I thought I was in the wrong blog too; changed like magic! I prefer that one with the kids too. Oh, looks like Ru-an just obliged you, Dolores!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I did! But now I changed it again haha. Thoughts?

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    Dolores Reply:

    Love it, Ru-an, Goat blog Picture….I see it as Roger looking with joy to heaven with thanks to all. He made it!
    Sorry, am getting carried away. Veronica, your thoughts?
    Best,
    Dolores

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    Veronica Reply:

    Oh, I like this one better than the other one of his face taking up the whole screen! Yes, like you said, Dolores, looking up to heaven, happy and thankful. Ru-an, you a part time magician?! Ha!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Ronster I like it too.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Glad you like it! He made it indeed. What a journey it has been.

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    Joe Reply:

    Hey Sweet Dolores!

    How are you dear? Please let us know what is going on in your life.

    Btw Ruan, it was surely very kind of you to swap in such a great and cheerful picture. I want to send you my thanks as well – for all you do, providing great analysis, clear thinking, and so consistently answering virtually every post, regardless of how you are feeling (which I hope is much better lately btw!!) – just to mention a few! :-)

    Dear Dolores, you may know this already, but for those who don’t, I thought I’d share a few interesting facts about Ruan’s name, since it’s clear that he’s looking out for us all:

    First of all, the name Ruan is associated with the Rowan tree, which was thought in many ancient cultures to have supernatural powers. I read this on one web site: “It has a beneficial energy which will increase our abilities to receive visions and insights” – which is very cool, of course. :-)

    The Rowan tree was thought in older times to be a magical tree that provided protection against malevolent or demonic beings. The tree was also called the wayfarer’s tree or traveler’s tree because it supposedly protected those on a journey from getting lost.

    In a more direct sense, Ruan’s name has the meaning of the color red. This is tied to the Rowan trees berries that turn bright red in winter, and a very cool story:

    The berries are said to be red because Hebe, the Greek Goddess of Youth, dispensed ambrosia (which conferred eternal life) to the Gods from her magic chalice. Demons captured her chalice, and the Gods sent an eagle to recover it. The feathers and drops of blood which the eagle shed in the ensuing fight with the demons fell to the earth, where the feathers turned into the leaves of the Rowan tree, and the drops of blood into its beautiful berries.

    So … I think this an interesting ‘thought for the day’ and I hope you will too.

    But it’s surely no wonder that a man like Ruan is looking out for you, is it? :-)

    It’s always good to hear from your Dolores. Take care and best wishes!
    Joe

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Ha that’s a super cool story Joe. Had no idea! It would be sweet if I could protect my readers from demons and increase their abilities to receive visions and insights!

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    Joe Reply:

    Hey Ruan!

    Feeling better I hope?

    My personal favorite was the part about eternal life!
    :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I’m still having problems with my immune system since I started lifting weights Joe. I never had any problems before. Guess I just need to take it slow to start with, but I am always pushing myself. How is things with you? You seem to be in pretty good spirits.
    Eternal life entices me too, but where did time come from? ;-)

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    Veronica Reply:

    My grandpa (an excellent traditional wholistic healing doctor) always tells us to stop our normal exercises if we are sick. He says the body needs everything it has to fight the sickness and recover. Exercising will only add unnecessary load/stress on the body! Get back to reasonable health first with some wholistic food and gentle routine before hitting the gym. I dislike my grandpa as he watches over us like a hawk and always giving out his wiser than wise wisdom in everything, not only health. But I believe and understand now. I follow his advices to the t! Hope this helps, Ru-an!

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    Dolores Reply:

    Your Grandpa is 100% right, Veronica. Definitely, let your body heal before you continue any exercise program. Hope you listen, Ru-an! Veronica did.
    Best,
    Dolores

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Good advice Veronica. I should follow it more often.

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    Dolores Reply:

    What a lovely story, Joe, of name Ru-an, to share with all of us. Beautiful! Am so glad you did, have read it several times taking comfort in reading it. Thank You, you are most kind.
    Am attaching my thoughts with Ru-an’s comment. Ru-an has the best Tennis blog with best to come to comment.
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Dolores I appreciate that. I like to think I have the best tennis blog with the best player and the best readers!

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    Joe Reply:

    Hey Dolores!

    I wanted to add that about Ruan as a comfort to you, but I kind of got carried away once I started. :-)

    But we never heard what is going on with you!

    I hope you are well and I’m sorry if my details about Ruan caused me to miss the point (again). Actually after doing so repeatedly, I’m starting to get used to it!

    But do take care dear, and please let us know how you’re doing when you have a moment.

    Very best wishes,
    Joe

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    Veronica Reply:

    Wonderful story, Joe! I think it is good to know meanings of our names whether our parents were intentional or not about the meaning of the names when they named us. Own the meaning, Ru-an, and begin to live your life according to your name! I discovered my name meant “true image” as apparently Veronica was the woman who had compassion for Jesus and was brave enough to come forward to wipe Jesus’ bloody face with all the Roman soldiers around. From then on, I prayed for courage as I was a fearful person and prayed to serve people more, to be more Christ-like. I am far from perfect but I am improving. So I do believe your name was meant to be. Your past suffering had a purpose to bring you to fulfill your purpose in life. And you better believe there is eternal life. Life would have no meaning if there isn’t! All right enough philosophy for the day! C’mon Roger!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    That’s a good story too Ronster. I was a fearful person too. You are good at serving people that’s for sure. As for eternal life I don’t believe in time in the sense of duration. I only believe in an eternal now.

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    Joe Reply:

    Hey Ruan,

    You asked yesterday where time came from, and I was too busy to get back (not enough time!!). I love these kinds of topics and could talk about them all day – but I’m not even sure you’ll read this since we’ve moved on to Roger’s draw at this point. And I already knew you were a deep one before you asked! I’ve seen, just as an example, the great post on emptiness on your outstanding web site. :-)

    But here goes:

    I can speak to this question from the standpoint of Physics – my undergraduate degree – from the standpoint of epistemology, Eastern philosophy (which modern Physics has only ‘recently’ begun to appreciate), Jungian psychology (which drew heavily from Eastern philosophy), Gnosticism, Christianity, and others. These other perspectives are just hobbies of mine.

    But the neat part is they all say the same thing! Maybe I should add ‘in my opinion.’ But if I do that, I should probably also add that in my opinion, it’s not a matter of my opinion. :-)

    I think the answer to your question is that time (along with space, matter, energy, etc.) constantly arises from – and is constantly being reabsorbed by – emptiness (!) – what Buddhists call Sunyata or Void, what Gnostics refer to as Pleroma, Physicists as quantum vacuum, etc. It’s kind of like that serpent named Ouroboros… who just can’t quit biting his own tail! :-) And I could send you a word or two from Einstein about this as well, if you’re interested.

    I like the way Joseph Campbell describes the Eastern approach to eternity, not as a ‘really long time,’ but as BEYOND ALL CATEGORIES OF THOUGHT. And I think I’m paraphrasing the Buddha correctly when I say that the distinction between the eternal and temporal is only apparent.

    This is a quick answer that no doubt comes across as very superficial. But the impact of all this on our lives can be profound.

    That subject would need to be addressed another time, but there’s a lot of literature about it available, some of the best dating from about 2600 years ago. :-)

    But that’s all for now, gotta run!

    Take care,
    Joe

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Of course I read it and I appreciate the comment. This subject is basically my other passion aside from tennis. I am not as educated as you in terms of a formal education and I can see from your English that you are well educated. But I have read books about this my whole life and finally came to a book by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj called I Am That that was basically the final answer for me. This guy achieved self-realization like Buddha, Christ, etc. Basically this is the state you refer to as beyond time and space. This is the reality from which time and space comes. Time and space is dependent on it but it is not dependent of time and space. It is like you say beyond all categories of thought or knowledge. It is beyond the mind so thought and knowledge doesn’t reach it. The only way to know this state is to be it. In fact we are it but we are lost in time and space, completely identified with the bodymind. We think is reality we live in is real, but it is no more than a dream. A dream you can wake up from. This is what self-realization is. Time and space is thus an illusion. It is temporary and empty. It is dependent on Reality for it’s existence. By itself it has no existence.

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    Joe Reply:

    Ruan, you are the man! And I say your English is outstanding – I think you’ve summed it all up perfectly. And this is a second language for you? Amazing…

    And what an outstanding title! I have a book by Joseph Campbell called “Thou Art That” – Tat Tvam Asi as Campbell says – that probably addresses a very similar subject area.

    It’s nice to know we share an interest in this topic!

    Best,
    Joe

    P.S. Thanks for reading an old post!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Maybe the man but not a man ;-) Thanks for the compliment about my English. Sounds like an awesome book from Joseph Campbell. I Am That and Thou Art That means exactly the same thing I would imagine, even though I haven’t read Campbell’s book. Just two different way of putting it. We are all that in fact. Everything is a manifestation of one thing(just another way of putting something that can’t be put into words).

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  13. I just saw Roger practicing on TV as they are still showing the Qualifiying. He looks good. He’s in no mood for bucket challenges I guess and really wants to take this title.. Love it.. :-)

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  14. This is great Vily, thanks! My favorite part is where Jon Wertheim picks him as the favorite for this year’s USO. Jon picked him to win Wimbledon 2012 btw, and caught a lot of grief for it – until Roger won!

    Best,
    Joe

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  15. Yes!!! Awesome draw for Roger and absolutely ridiculous draw for Novak:

    Roger could face Fognini in 4th Round, Dimitrov in QFs, Ferrer in SFs and Djokovic in Final (although not likely)

    Djokovic could face Isner in 3rd Round, Tsonga in 4th Round, Murray in QFs, Wawrinka in SFs and Roger in Final!

    This is basically game, set and match for Roger!!!

    This is absolutely REDICULOUS!!! Absolutely the dream draw for Roger and the nightmare draw for Novak.. ;-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha yeah it’s a nice one Vily. Like I said, the stars are aligning ;-)

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  16. Even Raonic is on the opposite half if the draw. Berdych is lurking but he’s not making it to the QFs and even if he did, Ferrer will dismantle him pretty quickly. Roger is in the Final. The question mark is – who does he face?!

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  17. Potentially Monfils could be tricky – he’s the 4th round opponent of Dimitrov – and might beat him – so Roger should watch out. Also – Ivo as Roger’s 3rd rounder but not too concerned. All in all – great draw..

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  18. Okay first of all Djokovic can face Isner only in the 4th round (who is injured by the way and pulled out of Winsten-Salem) and can face only one of Tsonga or Murray in the quarters. Second of all I urge all the people here not to get too optimistic. Please lets just take one match at a time and if Federer wins it at the end lets all rejoice like never before. But till then lets all be just a little extra cautious because if for somoe reason he does not win, we will be completely crushed. That being said. No harm in telling, Goooooooo Roger!!

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    Dolores Reply:

    Am with you 100%, Ajay, agree with your comment, it is “one match at a time”….we hope it will be a win to the end…common sense is in order.
    Yes, Gooooooo Roger!
    Best,
    Dolores

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well yeah which is why I said I have no expectations for the USO, even though there is a feeling of destiny about this one. I’m just happy that Fed won Cincy.

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    elizabeth Reply:

    I too don’t want to think too far ahead.
    There seems to be so much hulabaloo about Roger at the moment, I just hope that he keeps his feet firmly on the ground (so to speak) and keeps his focus. We know what a player he is, he showed us again in Cincinatti and it would be wonderful if he could win the U.S Open again, it just makes me feel uncomfortable with all the ‘pundits’ jumping on the Federer bandwaggon, having said all that C’MON ROGER x

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  19. Lets not get cocky guys, just take one match at a time. If Roger is to win this thing he needs to save as much energy as possible through the early rounds. Any opponent Roger plays in the final needs to be respected, and no match is a guarantee any more. First things first, Roger needs to beat Matosevic in a quick 3 set match and get into the tournament, only then should we look forward

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  20. Lol! I just saw Roger do the Ice Bucket Challenge. Too many people asked him to do it so he couldn’t pull out.

    Lol! I agree with him that it is COOLER to donate. I did so myself today..

    Here’s the link.

    https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10152640513614941&id=64760994940

    And also to the ALS donation page:

    http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html

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    Katyani Reply:

    Oh Roger, if you get sick so short before USO and before a dream draw??? Couldn’t you wait till the final was over to do the challenge?? Kudos for doing it anyway, but please don’t get sick. Look at what a sickness caused Novak at RG this year….

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  21. Yay! (Breathes BIG sigh of relief!) Was tossing in my bed last night with a big horror picture of a draw for Roger in my mind! Haha! However if we have learnt anything, it is that draws quite often do not pan out according to script and that softer draws can spring surprises. Example Toronto draw was reasonable even if Djoko made the final but Roger stumbled there whereas the Cincy draw was brutal to start with but ended well. Stars were aligned at Wimby too but we know what happened there. But I think Roger’s confidence is sky high and he has broken the curse of losing finals. I’m very excited too and can almost touch no.18!! But I will NOT get ahead of myself! Ha!

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    Vily Reply:

    I can sense it too. I think that Roger savors this opportunity. He knows that things like this do not happen often. And I think that Roger will take it seriously while at the same time enjoy himself out there… I know that it looks weird that Roger hasn’t reached the US Open Final in 5 years, but I am not worried. If Roger is able reach the French Open Final in 2011, win Wimbledon in 2012 and reach the final there in 2014 – he’s definitely capable of doing it here. I think that it’s almost destiny for him to win..

    I’ll say more but first I want to wait for Ru-an’s next post! ;-)

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    Veronica Reply:

    Yah, Vily, it is kinda weird that Roger hadn’t reach finals in last five years. I always thought USO is second only to Wimby for Roger as it plays faster than AO. However looking closer, I can understand why he has not made it last 5 years. 2010and 2011 was the birth of Djoko plus Roger was still stubborn and proud then, not adjusting his game. He should and could have won those semis. 2012 he lost to Berdych who Roger often has trouble with plus Roger played so much tennis that year. 2013 he had back problems. Therefore not making the last 5 years finals were explainable. Now this year he is healthy, confident, new racket, new aggressive game, posting excellent results, haven’t played too many tournaments ( although the Toronto/Cincy back to back fatigue effects are yet unknown). Rationally, it can only look like he is making the finals and maybe winning it! Btw, Roger did the Ice Bucket challenge!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I have always said the USO is still his second best chance for winning a slam and that Roger has unfinished business there. I mean winning it 5 consecutive times and then not making a final since that crazy loss to Delpo in 2009? Two more crazy losses to Djokovic in the semis? Something has to give I think.

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  22. Hey guys, I know this sounds funny coming from me, but I am not happy with this “dream draw”. Sounds way too easy. Not good. Not good at all. All it takes is one player like Stakhovsky or like Robredo.
    Someone we as fans don’t even take a second thought about and then…. Roger has had a dream draw at RG where he would meet Jo Willy in the QF and Ferrer in the SF. Easy peasy. Still he had problems with Simon and then lost to Jo Willy. Did not even make it to Ferrer. And when he had more “easy” draws like Wimby 2013 and 2014 or USO 2013, he didn’t make it. And when he had a draw where no one thought he would make it (like against Novak and Andy at Wimby 2012)… he won the whole thing !!!
    I know that Roger won’t let this opportunity get passed him and that he knows that he can win this thing, but sorry to say…. it sounds TOO good to be true. What if Roger finds it too easy and underestimates opponents??

    Come on Roger, I know you will take this chance that has been given to you, and I am not underestimating any opponent, and I will take it one match at a time, but please Roger…. make it happen. YOU SO DESERVE TO WIN USO 2014 !!!

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    rahan Reply:

    I agree with every word you wrote. Allez Roger !

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    veronica Reply:

    Yes, Kat, it does sound too good to be true. But would you rather prefer a tougher draw?!! Seeing how well Roger is mentally shaping up this year, I don’t think he would let this golden opportunity slip. Roger’s draw is not easy per se as he has tougher early rounds. Djoker, on the other hand, has easier early rounds and then gets progressively harder which is just perfect to play himself into form. This may mean Djoker would be pretty unbeatable by the time finals come around! Roger’s new aggressive game has yet to be tested in best of 5 on hard court against the best players. Djoker remains his biggest threat; so it’s all good that Roger doesn’t have tough quarters/semis so he can stay fresh for him. An early Djoker exit, of course, would be the best scenario! This has been such an exciting roller coaster of a year for tennis fans, hasn’t it?! If anyone pulls another Tsonga or a Stan or a Kyrgios, I wouldn’t be shocked at all this time around! Allez!

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Veronica, I know I am talking about a “dream draw” or a “easy draw”, but really there is no such thing. A great player can have an off day or a day when nothing is a winner, and the opponent can have a day where he is playing in the zone or like you guys say finds all the corners and lines. I mean look at Stan in the 3rd set at the MC final. Every literally every ball he played was a winner. Found the lines, the courts, etc.
    And look at Robredo and Novak at Cincy. This is THE chance Novak has to write history that even Roger and Rafa don’t have. To win all 9 ATP 1000 titles. He ONLY needs Cincy. If you were in his place, would you not give almost your life to be the first to have something even the 2 greatest players don’t have?? Novak will never have Roger’s records, or even Rafa’s. He will never beat their GS tally. But THIS record…. would he not go all out winning Cincy?? Still he lost. He didn’t have his day and Robredo (luckily) did have.

    And Veronica, seriously,…. doesn’t Roger DESERVE a easy draw for once? I am just so nervous. He soooo deserves to win USO and I really hope he does.

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  23. Hi everyone! Ru-an, you’re indefatigable! Hope you got some rest this week, Flushing Meadows beckons.

    What a performance it was! And to think he was considering dropping out of the tournament. He did a fantastic job coming through a very tough draw—even Pospisil wasn’t an easy opponent, and it only got harder and harder after that. It was great to see him so relaxed, yet he was very hungry and fired up, yelling at himself or roaring when he made a good point. No matter when he lost sets or got broken, he just kept fighting and trying different things, sure that he could find some way through. And he always did.

    During the final I, like probably all of Fedfandom, nearly had a heart attack after the second set, but he just got right back up, wiped the memory of second set from his mind, and went to work in the third like nothing happened.

    It was really fantastic to see Federer so happy and giddy after that big win, he was whooping like a little kid, pumping his fists, and wagging his finger in the air. And then of course his drumming on his knees while they were announcing his name. Times like that, you can see the boy that still lives somewhere deep within the man.

    It’s been too long since he won such a big tournament. In the end, there is really only one cure for lack of confidence and that’s winning an important tournament, so I’m really happy he got this one just before New York.

    I think Djokovic will make it to the final, it’s best-of-five so two good sets from his opponent won’t be enough to give them the victory, and then his famous ability to grind out marathon matches will come into play. Should he meet Federer in the final, it’s hard to imagine that he could produce another performance like he did at Wimbledon–then he had all that pent-up hunger from losing so many Grand Slam finals, and now that hunger has been relieved. Plus he’s newly married and expecting a child, and that’s going to be a bit of a distraction for him.

    As you say, he’s not the superman of 2011, and since then he has never won more than one major a year. That, coupled with his very poor record in USO finals (only 1-4!) suggest strongly against his winning a second USO title this year. Federer set such a high standard for consistency that he made people take for granted that a player could play at absolute peak level all through the season. Djokovic, though a great player, has only managed to touch that standard for one year in his career. Since then, he’s been less consistent, so there’s no guarantee he can come up with that sublime level a second time. And it may well be that Federer can play even better than he did in Wimbledon.

    Conversely, Federer’s playing well and he’s enthusiastic, full of confidence, and hungry for another Grand Slam title. There’s only been one time when he’s lost two consecutive major finals, and that was in ’08 against Nadal. If he can make it to the final, his chances at the title are good. So c’mon Roger!!!

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    veronica Reply:

    Fantastic comment,worded so well, Steve! You never fail to deliver! About Roger not losing consecutive finals except against Nadal in 2008, I didn’t realise that! It’s looking good then! But I’m still wary of Djoker; despite the 1-4 stats. Hopefully he has mentally checked out already to welcome his baby and only looking to come back next year.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Djoker’s chances doesn’t look very good at all to win the USO imo. I didn’t say it in my draw post because I didn’t want to sound like I already had Fed winning the USO but there is no denying it.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha Steve I had to look up what ‘indefatigable’ meant. Your English is clearly on another level than mine. I love that word! The definition on Google is ‘(of a person or their efforts) persisting tirelessly.’ That is exactly what I’d like to be known as. Great comment as usual too. You are very right about Roger having to win Cincy to get the confidence to be able to win a slam. It is something I harped on as well. He has gone too long without a big title and the Cincy title can only help his chances in NY. That makes you think Roger is even more destined to win the USO since he wasn’t sure if he would play in Cincy until the last minute!

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