Federer Confident About Chances to Win Record 8th Wimbledon Title

About his own chances:

“I feel like if things click here I should be able to win the tournament; whereas at the French I feel like I’m slightly more dependent on Rafa. He’s the only guy really,” Federer said.

“That doesn’t mean I don’t believe I can win the French either. It’s just that I know he’s been so dominant over there that it goes through him regardless; whereas on the grass or hard courts you don’t feel it as much.

“I feel like if I play my game it’s more on my racquet. As soon as that’s the case, you’re more confident in your chances. I feel I have a very good chance again this year,” he added.

About Nadal’s chances:

“I think he might be slightly more vulnerable in the early rounds. This new, fresh, lush grass, we’re not quite used to it. As you go deeper in the tournament, it becomes easier to move; the ball bounces a bit higher; it becomes more what we’re used to,”

“The early rounds are key for most of the top guys. We’re talking about the first two rounds in particular.”

“I didn’t expect him to lose last year first round, let’s be honest. So these losses, they happen. I didn’t check his draw, but if he gets through that, I would think we’ll see more of what we’ve seen in the past, is my opinion.”

http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/556530/20140622/wimbledon-open-roger-federer.htm#.U6gq17HACKL

 

Hi, tennis fans! I made a draw post, but I felt I had to make another one before Roger’s first match. This Wimbledon is too interesting and exciting not to. I hope you had a relaxing weekend and are looking forward to Wimbledon as much as I am. For one thing, the tournament is quite open this year. There is no clear favorite among the big four. It is not like the French Open which was a two horse race from the beginning. Each one of the big four has a fair shot at the title this year. But, of course, we as Fedfans are hoping Roger can make history by becoming the first man to win eight Wimbledon titles. How awesome that would be! It would be the ultimate for me personally as a Fedfan. To win a record 8th title at the most prestigious tournament in the world seems utterly fitting for the greatest player that ever played the game.

Roger’s career would come full circle. If that happens I simply cannot possibly ask more. I know I have said something similar in the past, but who ever thought Nadal would currently be on 14 slams and threatening Roger’s slam record? Certainly not me. And you better believe he is set to chase down Roger’s record and even surpass it. In that way, Nadal has made things interesting and pushed Roger to greater heights. Roger said right after the French Open that he feels he has something to prove at Wimbledon. He knows Nadal made a big move by winning a 9th French Open and is closing in on him in the GOAT debate. It is time to take things into his own hands again and make a move himself. And there would be no better way to respond to Nadal’s record 9th French Open than by winning a record 8th Wimbledon title himself.

As far as I’m concerned that would end the GOAT debate right there. I say that because after everything Roger has achieved in the game(which is an awful lot), winning the record amount of titles at the biggest tournament in the world would be the peRFect way to cap it off. It couldn’t get any better. Nadal’s resume is simply not balanced enough to ever compete with that. It would give Roger the edge. If you look at the spread at the slams and the second most prestigious event after the slams, then for Roger it would be 4-1-8-5-6 while for Nadal his current spread is 1-9-2-2-0. Add to that weeks spent at #1 and the fact that Roger dominated two surfaces while Nadal only dominated one, and you have pretty much a closed case for Roger being the GOAT. Yes, Nadal can still add to his resume but currently his spread is very unbalanced.

The Fedberg factor simply can’t be underestimated

He is simply too dependent on one surface and too one dimensional. For this reason, he can never be the GOAT to me anyway. But, of course, the critics will say Roger can never be the GOAT either because of his head-to-head with his main rival. Obviously there will never be a general consensus as to who is the undisputed GOAT. When Roger was asked about it himself he said he believes we will never really know who is the greatest between him and Nadal. I agree with this but at the same time if Roger wins an 8th Wimbledon I would stop caring about what Nadal does. It would be impossible for him to surpass Roger. For me, that is good enough. Since there will never be a definite GOAT everyone can make up their own mind as to who is the GOAT to them, and for me it would be Roger.

No one would have to agree with me, but I would be entitled to my opinion. Enough of the GOAT debate. Like I said, I think this Wimbledon is shaping up to be a very interesting one. The reason for that is like I mentioned because it is so open, but more specifically because Fedal is in the same half. Both Federer and Nadal have a point to prove for different reasons. Roger because of his early loss at the French and because Nadal won a 9th French Open, and Nadal because he lost before the third round at Wimbledon for the last two years. No doubt Roger has a lot to prove, but so does Nadal. More than ever he would like to prove that he is not just a one-surface wonder and that he can also do well at the most prestigious tournament in the world. Two successive years of failure at Wimbledon just won’t sit well with Nadal.

A third successive year of failure at SW19 would take a lot of the shine off of what he just achieved in Paris and it would give Roger the chance to once again surge well ahead of him in the slam count. So this is gonna be very interesting. Even though there will probably never be an undisputed GOAT a lot can be decided right here. There is just this feeling of importance about this Wimbledon. It is after all the grandest of stages and totally fitting of the occasion. I just want Roger to prove the critics wrong one last time. It would be so utterly delicious that he wouldn’t need to ever do it again. I would be saturated with satisfaction. Then Nadal could do whatever he pleases. My life as a Fedfan would be complete. Roger have proved the critics wrong so many times in the past, and on each occasion I took a huge amount of satisfaction from it.

Roger no doubt has a more relaxed and mature outlook this year

But if he does it this one more time it would really be the ultimate. I would come close to orgasm just imagining Mcenroe and Agassi’s reactions. But since Nadal is equally desperate to set the record straight at Wimbledon we are now left to ponder what will happen if we have a Fedal semi. But first let’s examine Fedal’s draws. I have already said enough about Roger’s draw. I think it looks pretty good. If either of Fedal is not making semis I would think it’s Nadal. But he would have to get stopped in his tracks very quickly. Once he gains some momentum and finds his feet on grass he becomes extremely difficult to stop. He may have to be taken out in the first round again if he is to be taken out at all. And he is indeed playing the type of guy who could possibly upset him. Klizan is just ranked outside of the top 50 and he is left handed which means Nadal can’t hurt him as much with his crosscourt forehand.

I haven’t seen much of Klizan but I have the feeling he could be a real danger to Nadal. That said, Nadal would be so desperate not to lose in the first round again that it is hard to see that happening too. Should Nadal get past that hurdle you feel like his chances just improves. He could play Rosol again, and is likely to turn the result of 2012 around. If it’s Paire I think Paire is mentally too fragile to really threaten Nadal. Then Nadal could come up against huge serving Karlovic who could be a real test too, but by that time Nadal would be even more confident. You can see in Roger’s quote that he mentioned the first two round as well. Once the top players pass that hurdle it gets easier. The courts have lost just that little bit of it’s shine and the players are more used to it. It is really the first two rounds where the upsets can occur.

So even though Karlovic could potentially be a threat, I feel like the first round is where the biggest chance of an upset exists as far as Nadal is concerned. Since that is a 50/50 situation we must ask the question what happens in case of a Fedal semi. At first I was kinda pessimistic about the prospect, but I have decided to put all that behind me and give Roger a fresh chance of beating Nadal at a slam. It has been seven years, at the very same event. So if it is ever to happen again Wimbledon is the place. Yes the odds would be stacked against Roger, but I have just made a personal decision to believe again. What better way to make the final or win the tournament than to beat Nadal? It would just taste extra sweet. So for once I’m just gonna throw caution to the wind and see what happens.

What do I have to lose anyway?

Posted in Grand Slams, Wimbledon.

103 Comments

  1. Hey, Ru-an!

    I agree with everything you said in your piece. I think that on this side of the draw it will be either Federer or Nadal reaching the final. I would to see Nadal lose early (and that’s realistically the best place for him to lose) but if he escapes (I have a bad feeling that he will), we most certainly will see a Fedal Semi. To me, the most important thing is whether Roger truly believes what he is saying – that he can take Nadal on grass. If that is truly the case, then great. I just don’t want to see another of those matches against Robredo last year. We’ll see what happens. I am cautiously optimistic and will see.

    I just finished watching my buddy Dimitrov smoke Harrison so I have a feeling that Grigor will go deep in this tournament. If the body holds, he can reach the finals. I can feel it.

    Will see what happens. Still a long way to go! A very exciting and interesting tournament…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I watched some of Dimitrov too Vily. He looks very impressive indeed. I like his chances to make QF and then will have a tough match vs Murray. I don’t think he is ready to win the title yet but he is certainly ready to make a move, like Roger did in 2001. I can certainly see him as a future Wimby champ and it is exciting for me as a Fedfan. We are privileged as Fedfans aren’t we? But since Dimitrov is Bulgarian it’s a double whammy for you!

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    Vily Reply:

    I don’t know much about Murray since he lost early in Queens. Djokovic is a whole different animal but will see what the loss to Nadal has done to him. Grigor just needs to be careful about not wasting too much energy early. His stamina is still not the best and if he gets tired, he can lose quickly… Will see! ;-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Murray looked good today too. His form on clay was good. Dunno what happened at Queens but I wouldn’t make too much of that. But we will see what’s going on.

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  2. Very nice that we have the full force of your belief on this one Ru-an. Haha – so utterly delicious – and practically orgasmic — Yes, that is my kind of tennis fan!!! ALLEZ, ALLEZ, ALLEZ!!!

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  3. Well boys enjoyed the post…you realise Ru-an that
    you have spoiled my dislike of Mcenroe forever, because before when I saw him agitated and backtracking on some stupid remark I used to laugh, now I will be wondering what you are doing!!! Today
    I thought Novak looked fantastic didn’t seem to be any sign of an injury.

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  4. I’m disappointed Fed comes out with statements like this pre slam. Yet again talking too much when he should let his racquet do the talking.

    Based on him hyping up his chance, I don’t see him winning. Hope I’m eating my words in 2 weeks time but not confident after

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    Dolores Reply:

    Jonathan, am in total agreement with you on your comment above. Yes, Roger should let his racquet do his talking. Hope in two weeks time, we both will be eating our words.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I don’t think he said anything wrong here. This is how he has always done things and he has been pretty successful, won’t you say? Besides he was just being honest.

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    Jonathan Reply:

    There is some truth to his statement. But it wasn’t an answer to a direct question. He just blurted it out like he couldn’t wait to tell the press he can win Wimbledon.

    He said in Australia that ‘We [Fedberg] have a gameplan to beat Nadal’. He got whooped in 3.

    Of late every time I can remember him hyping his own chances he has failed miserably. I would prefer he kept quiet and took it one match at a time rather than coming across over confident.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well what else was he gonna say? We have a game plan to lose to Nadal? Far as I am concerned that was a lost case before the tournament even started anyway. I said from the beginning he can’t beat Nadal there. I don’t know what people want me to say anymore. If I say Roger can’t beat Nadal people call me negative. If I say he can they say I’m unrealistic. Just this once I wanted to give him a chance but I guess it was too much too ask. So I agree with you. Roger can’t beat Nadal if they meet. Lets face it. ZERO chance.

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    FeDaL Reply:

    So Federer pretty much dominating their meetings at Wimbledon (except for 2008)isn’t a factor?

    I think if anywhere he can beat Nadal it is on grass. So it is ino way unrealistic to assume that Federer can pull through.

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    Veronica Reply:

    It is a factor except 2006/2007 was prime Fed and Nadal was just warming up to be a serious grass contender. Nadal succeeded in 2008 and subsequently became a huge factor on grass except last couple years where he lost, not to Roger, but to one hit wonders. Yes, if any surface Roger would have a chance against Nadal, it is grass. But I wouldn’t say it can be ASSUMED that Roger has a chance. That would mean he has a sure chance; I don’t think so, but a fighting chance at best and a very slim chance at worst.

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  5. Wow! Djokovic made quite a statement today. Looking forward to Federer tomorrow and Nadal – Klizan ;-) )

    I wish the grass would stay lush and green the whole tournament, It’s already day one and it’s deteriorating already…

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  6. I haven’t seen the match but I’m not surprised. Djoko should be considered the favorite as far as I’m concerned. I’m glad Roger won’t see him until the final :-) ALLEZ, ALLEZ ALLEZ!!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah the Djoker looked good yesterday Eric. I like that he is bouncing right back after the FO. He looks very motivated to win this title too. The same goes for every other member of the big 4, which makes this event so damn interesting. Whoever wins it it is gonna make for good viewing, whether it be Roger or not.

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    Alex Reply:

    not nadal………

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  7. Ru-an, I have one problem with Roger and that is he does too much talking. I agree with Jonathan’s comment, and I see there are many other comments that have the same opinion….Let your racquet do the talking instead. Certainly agree that he should have a positive outlook, along with his team. Nothing more we all wish for Roger to win his 18th GS. So, I shall be hopeful to the end….C’mon, Roger!
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I don’t see any other comments here other than Jonathan’s about the subject Dolores. This is the way Roger has always won slams. He is a confident individual. Should he downplay his chances the way Nadal does? I don’t think so. Should he just say nothing and get on with the job? Perhaps. But he will get asked about it in the press so he can’t keep quiet really. He is gonna give and honest answer. That is just who he is. And I can’t find anything that feel short of truth in what he said. He just won Halle and is playing well. He is saying IF things click he should win the tournament, which is true. He is also saying that IF he is playing well it is more on his racquet, which is also true since he is the most attacking player of the big 4 and this is after all Wimbledon. He simply has to believe that if he is gonna win Wimby again. In the past when he said these kind of things I felt he didn’t really have the right given the way he was playing. But now I think it is justified. It’s not like he is saying he is going to win the tournament for sure anyway. He is just being logical.

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    elizabeth Reply:

    I can’t imagine what the fans would say if when asked Roger said he had no chance of winning. Surely he has to be positive. The problem with Fed is there are always so many stories and it would seem the same statement gets repeated time after time!

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    Joe Reply:

    I agree with folks who say that Roger’s racquet does the best talking.

    And I think it would be great if Roger would start downplaying his chances with some self-deprecating humor. Then sports journalists would be the ones focusing on his chances (because they’d definitely still have to), and they would be the ones putting pressure on other players.

    I know Roger sometimes leads with remarks that he may regret later, but we all do that. I think he shows amazing restraint most of the time, in the face of an unrelenting deluge from the press and others, the like of which most of us will never experience.

    I’ve seen transcripts of interviews where journalists keep hounding him about his chances and he says something like “If I play well, I think I have a pretty good chance.” – just being honest, as Ruan noted – and then the press will publish articles with titles like “Federer insists he can win Wimbledon.” Shameless really.

    But how about joking by saying, “I’m so old, I hope I won’t oversleep for the next match,” or “I hope my old bones will allow me to get out on the court tomorrow,” or something like that?

    BTW I thought he made an excellent statement with his racquet in round 1!

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  8. The GOAT debate is a nice discussion for the pub, but not something to be taken seriously. There are too many variables to compare eras.

    Only today Navratilova was comparing the difficulties of hitting a topspin lob with a wooden racket and old string technology, with new string and racket technology. Before it was a very difficult shot to control and hit. Now she could make them as a matter of routine.

    The technology has changed and many modern strokes wouldn’t work with older rackets. Then there is the quality of the field, if Nadal had played in the same era as Borg, would he have that French record? Doubtful. If Federer played in the same era as Sampras would he have won as many Wimbledons? Once again, doubtful.

    The head to head matchup between Nadal and Federer is another good example. Most players have a bad matchup, a player whose game is designed to beat theirs. Nadal is Federer’s bad matchup, but I don’t think anyone here would accept that makes Nadal automatically the better player.

    There are certainly players who stand head and shoulders above the rest, but the simple truth is, there is no GOAT.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Of course there isn’t.

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  9. Love this post, Ru-an! A long one too and I love it! – but…..should we elect a censorship board, eh, Ru-an? Some bits may not be appropriate for under 18’s? Exhibit A,…”close to orgasm…..” Lol lol lol lol lol lol That’s the comment of the year,Ru-an, made even more orgasmic because it involves Bigmouth and Methman!! Like Elizabeth said, the experience of enjoying those two clowns will never feel the same again with you coming in, Ru-an!! Haha! Gosh I can’t help laughing. You have been really naughty,Ru-an!! Ok, serious, always forget to say this but you deserve to hear it. I really appreciate and admire the great care you take with your blog from writing to choosing great photos and captions, to your very clear, uncluttered and classy layout. You really have the best blog, Ru-an! Congrats! I love your optimism in this post. Like you, I’m aware of the mountain Roger has to climb but I choose to start from zero. I know there won’t be many slams left before Roger retires and I want to really enjoy every one of them, win or lose because future slams will never be the same without Roger although I will still continue to watch tennis. What’s there to lose anyway as you say. A night’s sleep? I can afford that. Looks like Djoker and the defending champ both bought a first class ticket to the cruise! And boy! were they cruising in style last night!! If that was a peep review of what is to come, then I say boy! Are we in for a dog fight among the top 4 this year! They all want it so bad! C’mon Roger!

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    veronica Reply:

    correction, “..sneak preview of what is to come…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well now you can enjoy those two clowns even more! Lol. Jokes aside I appreciate your appreciation, and admire you a lot as well. This blog certainly won’t be the best blog without you! Not even close. You have the people skills that bring everyone together and you know a lot about tennis too. Definitely Djoker and Murray was looking good last night, and it’s a steep mountain for Roger to climb. But I will remain optimistic no matter what. I will also take it round by round.

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  10. Murray sure is getting a nice clean crack on the ball. He is looking sharp. Can’t wait to see Fed’s opener. This is the most competitive and exciting slam in quite a long time!!! Each one of the four has got so much to prove and all are sharp and healthy. Boy oh boy!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right Eric, each of the top 4 has something to prove! This is gonna be so interesting. Can’t wait!

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  11. Oh, ho , oh… Sweeeeeeeet stuff from Dimitrov. This boy is lookin like a second weeker to me. It’s Wimbledon, folks!!! Yeah, baby!!!

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  12. Hey Ru-an, what’s up? Again great post. Loved the thing you wrote about The Two Greatest Jealous Players Of Roger Of All Time (aka the angry grey man and Breaking Bad’s biggest fan :-) ). How is that Ronnie? Am I improving with beeing funny? :-) Ofcourse The Great Uncle Toni is the Goat of jealousy of Roger….

    But here is a very very serious point Ru-an. Please reply. How come I cannot comment from home (my laptop) anymore? I can’t see my comment, I can’t click on the submit-button. And when I submit it again I get the message that I already submitted it. What is going on? What am I doing wrong? How come I can still post from work and not on my laptop at home? I even tried to come on this site through Google.
    This is really getting annoying, because I have to wait to go to work to post on your site (and you know how busy work can get) and it is also annoying that I cannot post something when it happens (again, have to wait for work). Please somebody help me. I love this site TOO MUCH to not comment on it.

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    Joe Reply:

    Hey Katanyi,

    Have you tried using a different browser at home?

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  13. Now that I do have the floor…..
    1) Taking it one match at the time, but believing with my whole heart that Roger will win Wimby. And if he does his best and still loses, no worries, we will be back next year.
    2) Don’t know if Rafa will get that far, but Klizan is not going to cause an upset. Rafa is not stupid. He knows he is vunerable the first and second round. Trust me, the guy will not lose to Klizan. Only way that is possible is if Rosol’s and Darcis’s ghost enter Klizan’s body…
    3) Why are you all beeing mislead/fooled by Nole? This is what he always does. Looks unbeatable the first matches and then loses or loses terribly or loses in the final. I don’t believe for a second he will make the final or win. He may have had “2011”, but he is a mental “mess” right now when it comes to GS-finals. If Roger doesn’t win, I hope Nole does, but I will believe it when I see it…. Everytime I (or we) think he will win a GS….he loses.
    4) Is that Dimi?? Oh my God, where did he learn to play like that???
    5) Could someone please tell the BBC that Andy Murray is just ONE of the players?? That it is not the Andy Murray show??

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  14. Hey Aussie Aussie Aussie….oi oi oi :-) What’s up girl?? Can we be friends again now that Holland is through and the Soccerroos are….. how do I say this polite?… OUT :-) No more frenemies??? Just two amazing Roger fans?? What do you say?? :-)

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    Veronica Reply:

    Haha Dutch Dynamite, missed you here! Abandoning tennis for football, eh?! Netherlands just might win WC this year!!! Ugh! The beast escapes, not watching anymore….goodnight best friend!!

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  15. Klizan, steady yourself please. Why you falling all over?! Over eager much, it’s best of 5 sets man, steady……c’mon!! No, 2 bp gone!! Nadal looking very determined, not gonna be easy, C’mon C’mon C’mon Gosh this is nerve wracking……

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  16. The beast is back. Klizan looks beat. Don’t think he’s gonna do it. Up to Rosol now..

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah looks over. I wouldn’t put my faith in Rosol either. Nadal probably going all the way now.

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    Veronica Reply:

    I know Ru-an….so depressing…….. Roger won, right? I hope he played well. Our tv not showing his match.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah. You don’t have Internet?

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  17. And………Dr Ivo is out…………..Looking like our nightmare about to begin Ru-an?! Haha!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah. Nadal is here to win the thing. I’m losing interest in tennis again.

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    Ajay Reply:

    Ruan,you just have to calm down.You are getting carried away.

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  18. Surprised by the fatalism after Nadal wins a four set, 1st round match against a player ranked 51st. I don’t think it’s over yet. Granted the first week is tougher for him, but just look at the Australian Open, a much more favorable slam for him. He’s here to win, but so are a lot of other people and he’s certainly beatable on grass at age 28.

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    Joe Reply:

    That’s the spirit!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Not fatalistic. Realistic. Nadal takes whatever he wants. Who is gonna beat him?

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    Alex Reply:

    Actually I’m not losing hope. Federer can beat him…with difficulty. But he can. Djokovic if fit can beat him as well. And yeah if Murray gets close to the level he was at last year then he can 1000% beat him on grass. Wawrinka or dimi could beat him (if there is any chance they could meet at any point). There’s other great grass court players as well like lopez. Or maybe someone unexpected could beat him. same goes for all the favourites though.

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  19. I just don’t see how you come to that conclusion after a 1st round match against a player ranked 51st. Who thought Wawrinka was going to be him? Who thought Rosol was going to beat him?

    Novak or Roger or Murray could beat him on grass. Not saying they will, but they can. Raonic too, maybe. Who knows? Maybe there will be a different Rosol this year (or maybe the same Rosol will do it again.) I just find the fatalism unwarranted; it’s the 1st round. Let’s see what happens.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    It doesn’t matter that you find the fatalism unwarranted. If Nadal is gonna win his gonna win regardless. This is not Wimby 2012 or AO 2014. This is Wimby 2014. Nadal would be the favorite against all the players you mentioned.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Peoples, YOU calm down!!! It is not fatalism that we have to watch out for in this blog but fear. Why does it get so jumpy when a negative remark is made?! Goodness gracious why are we so sensitive to a negative remark?!! We watch a game with our whole heart mind and soul. Emotions spill over, we are feeling the fatalism, not believing the fatalism! Gosh if we are as fatalistic as what we are made out to be here, this blog would have shut down ages ago! Give Ru-an a break. Don’t you all know him by now? He is a sensitive guy but has a VERY sensible head too. He is just feeling it and expressing it here. I wanna be able to say crap when things don’t turn out the way I want it but that doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying the tourney or that I’d given up on the tourney or Roger!! Heck I’m so looking forward to Djoker, Murray, Grigor, etc. Some of us have cooler dispositions and will not even blink an eye even if Nadal wins the whole thing. That’s totally fine too. Some of us will believe Roger can still win slams when he is walking with a cane! That’s fine as well. I can cry and scream at my dad and tell him I’d given up on him when he lets me down. Do I give up on him? No. He is still the best dad for me. It was painful having a peek at what kinda beast Nadal can be even not playing his best. Having said that, don’t tell me that anyone of you honestly did not feel a twinge of dread after Nadal won?! It’s whether you controlled it or expressed it. Nothing more to it. Not saying that we simply say what we want without being able to back it up. It’s about using a bit of discernment and giving space. Don’t have to feel the need to be defensive or consoling all the time. There is a time and place for everything. Ok, forgive me if I hurt anyone or sound like a smart Alec. That’s not my intention. Just giving another dimension to things I suppose. Ok, C’mon Roger, you can beat the beast!!,! Nah! I can be very optimistic too!! Just give me a nights rest after the pain!! Haha!!

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    Eric Reply:

    If anyone, I think Djoko would be the favorite, but there are 5 guys who have a legitimate shot at taking this trophy home in my opinion.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    If you think the 5th guy is Dimitrov then I don’t agree.

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    Eric Reply:

    Haha, I knew you would say that Ru-an. Granted it is a slim shot but I do think he has a shot. Here’s why. His serve is a monster, he’s fast as hell, has nice touch and variety up at net, he gets a nice arch on the ball on both wings giving good net clearance – so all the skills are there. But the most important thing is confidence and playing free. If he gets into the second week, which I expect he will, he’ll be the only one there, exploding with confidence for being the best he’s ever been, and with nothing to lose. Remember what that did for Gulbis? Grigor could have that same fire but with better skills to back it up. He’s my long shot 5th possibility.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Sounds plausible theoretically. Definitely got the game. Long shot, maybe. But equally as 5th contender, no. Never underestimate how much experience comes into play at a slam.

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    Eric Reply:

    Oh no, certainly a long shot at best, not equally. I may be smoking some crack, but I’m not that high!! :)) ))

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    Ru-an Reply:

    He is a dark horse. I’ll give you that. But I don’t see him winning the title.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Haha Eric! Now you maybe taking crack…. Haha! not that I don’t believe in Dimi, (ie if he is the 5th guy!) but maybe in a year or two. His fitness is yet to be tested, although vastly improved under Rasheed. Mentally against the top 4, yet to be tested. Stan was different. He is more experienced. Plus he played few outstanding semis already before he won AO. More or less same scenario with Delpo. Already holding his own against the big guys before Delpo won his slam. Can’t see Dimi as an exception. He would need to get into and win a few slam semis yet.

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    Eric Reply:

    Of course there is no arguing with both of your great logic on this and I agree completely. But I think he’s on the verge of something special and we could see it sooner than later. This is why I NEVER bet on tennis. I am truly a passionate fan of the sport and like to root for my favorites despite the odds. Even without the crack :)) )))

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Exactly Veronica. His best result at a slam so far was this year in Australia when he made quarters. There is just no way he is going from that to winning Wimbledon.

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    Eric Reply:

    I was about to start talking about my tennis goddess Ana Ivanovich, but I will control myself.

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    Joe Reply:

    I’ve learned to respect your opinions, knowledge, hunches etc. Ruan!

    So naturally, I wasn’t very happy to learn about this one! It’s obviously impossible to argue with your logic, so instead I will hope for great things, and maybe some great changes, to happen before or during the later rounds. I hope we’ll all get to see Roger’s best tennis on display.

    A lot can happen!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Joe. I’m not any happier about the situation than you are. But I suppose anything can happen. Nothing is 100% certain, aside from the fact that Nadal will never give anything less than 100%.

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    Joe Reply:

    Very well said!

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    Joe Reply:

    Actually that might be another ‘quotable quote’ Ruan!

    Nadal has some very good qualities as a player, but I think you just summed up his best.
    :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Ha thanks Joe. I still haven’t convinced myself to create a quote page but I do love it every time you point out a quote you like!

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  20. I like nadal, admire the fact he can grind results out of a limited game but objectively he looks beatable on grass. The serve is not great and the extra pace catches him out in way that doesn’t happen on clay.

    Can someone get edberg to work more on federers volley. I lost count of the number of easy ones he missed. What happened? Federer use to be great at the net.

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  21. Was does it people. Anyone who seriously EXPECTED that Rafael Nadal was going to lose in the first round and not show up to win, must be smoking crack. There is a lot of great tennis left to play. Enjoy it, it’s freaking Wimbledon!!!!!

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  22. What Eric said!

    It would be a shame not to enjoy the greatest tennis tournament of the year. And do please try to enjoy it without smoking crack, if possible.
    :-)

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  23. Oh ye of little faith! Ruan, you just stated in your post that you choose to believe in Roger’s chances for the fortnight. Then, as soon as The Grinder of Grinders wins one measly match you abandon all hope? Please hurry back to the altar and and meekly genuflect. You need to pray and ask for God’s forgiveness. He expects a much greater Constancy of Faith than you have thus far exhibited.

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    Veronica Reply:

    O ye of little faith! Have faith in Ru-an!! Haha!

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  24. Ru-an, pardon this newsflash not concerning tennis…..Veronica and Elizabeth, oh, oh, you gals did not succeed in having Mirka hide those scissors….Roger had his haircut after today’s match.
    He looks pretty good, though. Although, I miss his curly look.
    Best,
    Dolores

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    Veronica Reply:

    Noooo!!! Did he??!!! You are so quick with the latest about Roger, Dolores! We should have sent you to do it, Dolores!! You are so ahead of things. Mirka was one step too slow!

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    elizabeth Reply:

    Too bad, you see if sometimes I shrug my shoulders at Roger’s tennis it’s still nice to admire the curls!!!

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    Dolores Reply:

    Up-date on hair-gate…maybe we all can smile after all….just found out that maybe this may have been an erroneous report. I spotted it on Roger’s homepage…hmm, next time I shall not be so eager to believe. Sorry, girls. Veronica, Dolores is blushing!!! Did just read on Blick an interview with Roger about his homelife, it is beautiful, wish you could read it, it is in German.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Thank god Dolores!!!!! I was soooo disappointed when you first told me. I seriously think the power is in his hair, I do!!! How many slams has he won with short hair? None!! And never forget he lost a heartbreaking one in AO 2009 with short hair! What about a horrible second round send off last year without his lucky curls, huh?! It’s all good now. Thanks sweet Dolores! This news sure saved the day for me!! Btw, I’m with you about Roger letting his racket talk rather than his mouth! Let’s hope his racket talks loud and clear tonight! Allez!

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  25. Btw guys, no one said a word about Roger here!! Just goes to show how much Nadal is in our heads too, not only Roger’s! Haha! Internet let me down, couldn’t watch. Did he play well? Score looks dominating.

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  26. Not much of an opponent but Roger played very well. Served well, nice topspin backhands. Forehand was a bit loose at times, weak approach shots put pressure on his net game, and struggled to close it out a bit but all in all a very solid first round performance. This is exactly the level we want him to start a slam at. Looking good.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Thanks Eric. Agree. We don’t need him playing lights out now. It’s a good draw for Roger, ie at least until the semis. Gets a really easy first round, a tougher second round and he should be progressing nicely. Oh yah, one part of Rogers game always puzzles me. Why is he always, and I mean, always, hitting ball right back to opponent when they are at the net?! It gets so predictable and it’s not that there was no open court to put the ball!

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    Eric Reply:

    Yep, he sometimes does it when he volleys as well, hitting it right back to them and setting up the easy pass. I think he must feel rushed in those situations and just makes poor decisions.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    It’s not about that Eric. He can choose only one side because he is not concerned about what the opponent is doing.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Sounds reasonable,Eric. I hope it is not stubbornness! But yeah, feeling rushed and making poor decisions is to be expected past his prime.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    This is something that bothers me too Veronica. The reason for it is that he is completely ball watching. He is not concerned about what the opponent is doing at all. If the opponent guesses right, which happens often, then Roger will probably lose the point. I was different when I played. I was still trying to see out of the corner of my eye what my opponent was doing while I was hitting the ball. This is risky because you must always be focused on the ball, but it allowed me to see when my opponent guessed the way I’m going early. So then I just went the other way. It is probably technically more correct to do it the way Roger does it but like you say the opponent often chooses the right side and then it goes straight to them! It frustrates me!

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    Veronica Reply:

    What an insight, Ru-an! You maybe on to something. Yeah, Roger is about technics. And he is a creature of habit and often falls back to old patterns of play.

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    Eric Reply:

    Very interesting, Ru-an. I’ve always marveled at the way he keeps such perfect eye contact on the ball, something it try and fail to emulate. But I never really thought about the downside of not seeing the opponent move. Very interesting indeed. You are the man, Ru-an!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    It is the correct technique, because you should always be focused on the ball. But still I don’t like the fact that the opponent can move early without you seeing anything. For me I liked watching my opponent out of the corner of my eye, even though it meant I was less focused on the ball.

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  27. I think that we are so accustomed to Roger as well as accustomed up the style of play of Federer and Nadal that we are overanalyzing here a little bit. Honestly, if Roger and Rafa meet at the semis, I just wanna see a great match. I obviously Roger to win but at this point dwelling on the past won’t necessarily bring the best result. It’s a new day and you never know. 0% of beating Nadal? That is very harsh. After all we haven’t seen them plate on grass since Wimby 2008.. You never know who’ll be on top!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    As long as Roger loses against Nadal it will never be a great match because it happens so often. In a great match the outcome is uncertain right until the end.

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    Veronica Reply:

    You are in an uncompromising mood, Ru-an, aren’t you? Haha! No worries. I know you are still enjoying the tourney though Nadal smeared it a little for you. And I know you still looking forward to watching Rogers progress thru the draws and hoping for a GodFed performance if Fedal,happens. Otherwise you wouldn’t be responding to our comments here, would you?! But I wanna catch you while you are in such a responsive, albeit, fatalistic Fedal mood right now! Ha! Can I ask some more technical questions? What you said about Roger hitting back at opponent really enlightened me. I wanna ask about bhdtl. This is my fav shot of all shots and I think a most powerful game changing shot to have. But why is it that very few ATP have this shot in their arsenal and why is it sparingly executed when it is so needed? Technically is it a harder shot to master? Is more time needed to set it up? In ATP, Off my head I can think of only Djoker, Gulbis, Stan who seem to have this shot and play it more often. But in WTA it seems to be played more regularly. Maria, Serena, Jankovic, Li, etc, can play it at will all day long. Even Bouchard. Why do more women use it and then use it regularly? Roger’s bhdtl is deadly and he needs it, oh how he needs it to change position of rallies, etc. yet he hardly uses it. Can this shot not be worked at and become a weapon?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Not uncompromising, just how I see it. The bhdtl is more difficult and more risky because the player must change direction with the shot. It is easier just to go back cross court where the ball came from. It is also easier for a two-hander as they have more control. Djokovic for instance has the best bhdtl in tennis. Roger’s is good too but not as good as Djokovic for instance. You can’t compare men’s and women’s tennis in my book. It is two different sports, so I won’t go into that. As for Roger it is an important shot but he is not a base liner like Djokovic and Murray and therefor the shot is slightly less important to him. Not sure it can be much improved either. I’d rather keep working on my volleys if I was him.

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    Eric Reply:

    Yes, since you brought it up, WTA is just barely watchable to me except for AI. Did I mention she is 6 feet tall, breathtakingly gorgeous, and can kick my ass at tennis? That is just mind boggling to me. Proof that God is my kinda guy – haha. Good night ya’ll. happy watching! I will catch up mañana.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Now, that is what I call good taste, Eric! AI is so much classier than Maria ever was. So humble, appealingly vulnerable yet doesn’t give up, a much more natural good looking goddess, perfect features, hair, body, tanned. She’s also shy which I just love about her, awkward which I totally adore. But sometimes doesn’t really dress well and put on horrible make up. That’s just because she is not a diva, doesn’t spend hours admiring herself in the mirror, (not like a certain Russian) and all these people trying to make her prettier by slapping make up on her doesn’t know that perfection doesn’t need make up. She is perfect the way she is. When she is on, her fh is such a beauty and just so awesome, don’t you think? Didn’t she play awesome beating Serena at AO? And don’t you just love her Nadal like fist pump? I would also say that with more women coming up, the serious young contenders, Bouchard, Halep, and the rise of Azarenka, Li Na, Ana herself, the crafty and oh so creative Aga, etc etc, WTA is actually more interesting now but I would still agree with Ru-an that ATP and WTA are two different games. You agree with equal pay for WTA, Eric? Ok, too controversial, we won’t go into that! Haha!!

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    Eric Reply:

    Oh my, yes. I can’t believe you noticed all of that. Her awkwardness and cute little fist pump are absolutely irresistible. When her forehand is on, it’s art. Natural beauty in spades. And that smile… Ok, I’ll actually answer that controversial question though you might not like the answer. I don’t think they should get paid the same, it’s not the same amount of work and doesn’t have the same economic value. Wozniaki played 59 minutes today and barely broke a sweat. Stephanic probably played 3.5 hours and could have broken some bones the way he was diving. Women usually make it all the way through a major tournament playing less then 50 percent of the time the men’s winner does, sometimes a lot less than that. They’re also not the same draw. Just look at how empty the stands are and you can see that with one or two exceptions, they are the band that comes on before the headliner. They’re the boxing match before the one you actually paid to see. In both of those situations and more, they would never get paid as much as the main event. So, I don’t think I’m being chauvinistic. I love women, am the most happily married man on earth, would often rather work or partner w women, think they absolutely should get equal pay for equal work and value, but just don’t think they deserve it in tennis.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Agree Eric. I love women too but they play a different sport.

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    Veronica Reply:

    “I love women too but they play a different sport”…….Lol lol!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    :-)

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    Veronica Reply:

    Exactly, Eric!! Does other sport also pay women equally or is tennis the only one?! The way WTA has always “piggy backed” on ATP is embarrassing. They have joint tournaments with the men and it is awful to see the total opposite in attendance. One completely full, the other, you can count the spectators with your fingers! I don’t think they can afford the equal pay without piggy backing the ATP! Ha!

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    Veronica Reply:

    Thanks Guys. So it is a hard and risky shot. I totally agree with you about ATP and WTA being two different games. But it still doesn’t explain, all things being equal, ie same net, same shot, why more women players have that shot and that they play it more frequently. Only reason I can think of is maybe women’s games are more predominantly baseline and that they generally have just a few basic shots and not as great a variety as men’s. Therefore bhdtl is a basic shot for them and they all have that. Now I sound stupid…..haha!,

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well I don’t want WTA so I wouldn’t know Veronica. Like I said it doesn’t interest me and I know nothing about. Maybe one of the other guys can help you out. The reason why the men don’t hit it all the time is obvious and has been well explained here.

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    Eric Reply:

    Maybe just because almost all women have 2 handed backhands, it’s easier for them.

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  28. Changing direction of the ball. High part of the net. Hard to control and keep from straying wide.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right Eric, high part of the net as well.

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