Federer Fanatics vs Tennis Fanatics

  • What is a Federer Fanatic?

A Federer fanatic(or Fedfanatic) is someone who specializes in following the career of one specific player(Roger Federer) to the exclusion of everyone else. They prefer his playing style and personality above anyone else’s. They don’t care much for whether other players are also great or whether they are stronger in certain areas than Federer. For all they care Federer is the greatest in all areas and any flaw he might have could be explained away and justified somehow.

Federer is the embodiment of perfection. He truly is love and life. Nothing comes close. The head-to-head problem with Nadal is purely due to a matchup issue and, therefore, can’t be used against him in the GOAT debate. The 2004-2007 era that Federer dominated was as strong as any era and Federer only started losing to Nadal and Djokovic after that because he was in terminal decline. It is wrong to want Federer to lose. That means you have poor judgment.

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Anyone with a decent set of moral values and logic will always want Federer to win. He is the ultimate in tennis and when he retires I will lose interest in tennis because anything else will be an anti-climax. In short, Federer is tennis and when he retires tennis will be dead and I will be devastated. I just hope and pray Federer wins one more slam before he retires(preferably a record 8th Wimby) so that he can go out on a high and I can have my fairy tale ending in which case his retirement will be easier for me.

It’s all about me.

  • What is a Tennis Fanatic?

A tennis fanatic loves tennis first and foremost. He knows no player is bigger than the sport, no matter how great they may be. Tennis players are transient while tennis remains. This person is adaptable as far as being a tennis fan goes. He can appreciate different styles and personalities in tennis. He may like some more than others, but even if he doesn’t like some he can still appreciate their strengths. He is not beyond having favorites. After all, as long as we are human we have our likes and dislikes.

That said, he doesn’t get hung up on any given player. He knows players are transient and that there will always be someone whose game he can enjoy and who he can identify with. Don’t confuse a tennis fanatic with  a ‘glory hunter’. That infamous term is reserved for fans who always want more no matter how good it gets. They want perfection, even though all logic points to the fact that there is no such thing in the manifest world. A tennis fanatic enjoys both the ups and the downs.

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They know it’s part of the sport and they don’t expect perfection. They live in the moment and appreciate everything. They don’t get stuck in the past or get attached to a future outcome. They are adaptable and therefore if they don’t like the present moment they change it. They are more concerned about a player’s tennis and on-court personality than with the player’s private life away from tennis. This is something called celebrity worship and a tennis fanatic wants nothing to do with it.

It’s all about tennis.

  • Which Are You?

Remember there is no judgment here. You are what you are. I just wanted to make a clear distinction between a Fedfanatic and a tennis fanatic in this post and I wanted to find out what kind of people read my blog.

Which kind of fan are you?

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122 Comments

  1. I like Federer and tennis as equal.

    I accept Federer’s best days are over.

    There’s no other players come even close matching fed’s playing style and has had the results to back it up. Prior Federer my favorite player is Agassi.

    My 2nd favourite player on the tour now is the other Swiss man Stan Wawrinka. He has a devasting one handed back hand even Fed cannot match. His problem is inconsistency.

    Djokovic is the best player in the last 3 years that’s for sure. However,he is not Federer or Stan. I would be interested to watch Djokovic play against any of these 2 players. I wouldn’t care less a final featuring Djokovic versus Andy Murray – I find it rather boring to watch.

    Nadal, though is not my favourite, has a interesting style of play. I hope he continues to play but not surpassing Fed’s 17 GS.

    Nygrios has a big game but larger than life attitude. He can be annoying at times.
    Nishikori doesn’t have the serve to win titles consistently.
    Dimitrov’s commitment to tennis is questionable.
    Roanic …yawn.
    Milic..yawn.

    In other words, none of the next generation players impress me

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  2. Hi Ru-an I’m truly sorry that now you feel the need to make someone almost feel embarrassed to be a ‘Fedfan’. I started to like Fed when I saw him beat Sampras at Wimbledon….Sampras a great player but I never enjoyed his matches, Federer brought some excitement back into tennis. At this point I feel the need to add that I was a tennis fan when Roger Federer was but a twinkle in his Father’s eye! Nadal without a doubt has been a great player although it has always been win at all costs, we all know all about mind games so eloquently written about by yourself. Djokovic too another great player and deserves all the plaudits he gets, he played a blinder at Wimbledon. But for me Novak has pulled so many dodgy things in the past for me to be a fan, when Karlovic had the double bounce it was said an honest Djokovic would have owned up too bad for Andy Murray that Djo thought it was ok to hit the ball on the other side of the net at Miami I think. I know Djo plays good tennis but for me just predictable. Looking forward to the ‘new batch’ coming through!

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    jason Reply:

    The new batch looks pretty hopeless. I guess after 2+ decades of brilliance, we must brace for a kind of mediocre time. We better enjoy the brilliance that is still with us now. Djokovic is also a large part of this brilliant era. He has always shown promise, even during his defeat at AO 2007 — the first time I saw him play. So was the case w/ Murray.

    The incoming batch is presenting us w/ the likes of Kyrgios, whom I suspect will be Monfils’ successor or in a more favorable case, like Tsonga — a great player, but not the champion type we have now. Not holding much hope for this.

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  3. Hi Ruan,

    I think you have clearly missed something with this post. You of all people should understand that almost everyone is going to have their favorites who they will follow. So actually there needs to be a third category here because I am neither a tennis fanatic or a Federer fanatic. At the same time I am not a tennis fanatic. If Federer is not playing in a tournament still, unless its a final or Djokovic or Nadal are playing a dark horse I won’t watch it. I think clearly there is room for one more category and I think that is where most ardent tennis fans will fall on.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well done. You have passed the test of leaving a comment asking for a third option instead of blindly going for the first option. I guess you could say it was a kind of trap. Not that I am trying to trap my readers, but if you went for the first option you are obviously extremely biased and I can’t say that I consider you to be a true tennis fan.

    I purposely did not add a third option even though I thought about it. I wanted people to make a clear choice or alternatively leave a comment like you did. Obviously I consider myself to be a tennis fanatic and I think that is a way more balanced and healthy way to follow tennis, but each to their own.

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  4. It’s a bare fact that 95% of Fedfans are also Fed-fanatics. The transition from Fed-fanatic to a tennis-fanatic is huge, and I’m glad that you made me realize the difference over the course of the past year after I started reading your blog. Nobody could have explained the concepts better than you did. I strongly feel that you have to particularly keep this post as a prerequisite read for any new followers so that they get a clear idea what they’re getting into in terms of content and opinions.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Good points Nakul. It’s funny but even when I was a biased Fedfan myself I never liked Federer’s fanbase. They didn’t like it when I criticized Federer or praised his rivals. Just way too fanatical and one-dimensional. And yes the transition is massive. A tennis fanatic and a Fedfanatic has almost nothing in common, other than the fact that they both watch tennis(not always sure with Fedfans sometimes I think they watch Federer not tennis).

    I’m glad you could make the jump. I don’t think the hardcore Fedfanatics have any hope of doing so, but surely there are many Fedfans who love tennis enough to make the jump, and I want to help them make it. I think it’s great that you could do it and that I helped you. Now you won’t be devastated when Federer retires and you can appreciate the great things going on in tennis right now. Congrats! :-)

    Good idea about making new readers read this post, but as far as the fanatics go I don’t think they will ever get the message. I guess they are glory hunters and misery hunters :-P

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Btw if anyone was still wondering what a Fedfanatic was here is a peRFect example =))

    http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=672625

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    Nakul Reply:

    Haha. I saw it when you tweeted the same. Stopped reading at-” I quit watching the sport.”. I knew the rest would be BS as well. %-(
    P.S. It might be a good idea to include the link within the post

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Exactly =)) Why waste your time? :-??

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Perfect response =)) http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=30569121&postcount=9

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    Charlie Reply:

    Wow, that was the most BS post I have ever seen on a tennis forum/blog and I have a lot of experience with Talk Tennis. What an idiot on MTF! I consider myself a tennis fanatic now and I list my top three favourites as Federer, Hewitt (strictly sentimental due to his age) and then Djokovic. But I don’t feel the same fanaticism I felt a few years ago. If this match had happened in 2012 or 2013 I would have felt terrible for days about it. When it happened I just thought: “Djokovic played better and deserved to win and he was very clutch, and both players played well.” I still prefer to see Federer win but I don’t let it ruin my day if he doesn’t. The only players I genuinely dislike now are Nadal and (sorry Ru-an) Kyrgios.

    Enjoy the US Open Series everyone regardless of who you choose to support.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Don’t be sorry. I like Kyrgios as much as I dislike him. And it’s great to see tennis fans like you around here. Actually as recently as the 2014 USO it still hit me hard when Federer lost. But that’s an unhealthy way of being a tennis fan like in the first option.

    That guy o MTF is clearly in denial lol. Not healthy.

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    Charlie Reply:

    Yeah there’s sort of a scale of fanaticism in my book:

    Doesn’t really care much who wins (fairly boring way to watch tennis IMO but to each his own)
    Has his/her favourites but doesn’t let it ruin his/her day (best way to watch tennis IMO)
    Very fanatical about a player or players and refuses to accept any kind of criticism of their player(s) or any things that other players might do better (the kind of FedFan in your post, that guy on MTF and the vast majority of tennis fans on major forums such as MTF and Talk Tennis, along with specific fan blogs and websites). I really find it annoying to deal with those kind of people. No matter what kind of logic you present to them. There were people after the AO on Talk Tennis talking about the possibility of a Djokovic CYGS. Since when is CYGS likely after one slam? After two slams I can kind of see the argument for beginning to discuss it but after one is just ridiculous. Also on Talk Tennis more recently after the Wimbledon final there are people saying Federer, Murray and Nadal are completely washed up and they were talking about (wait for it):

    THE POSSIBILITY OF DJOKOVIC WINNING THE NEXT SEVEN SLAMS IN A ROW FOR A NCYGS FOLLOWED BY A CYGS!

    I don’t think I need to say any more about that kind of fanaticism now.

    To be honest part of the reason Federer’s losses don’t really hurt as much is if you think about it, he is not supposed to win. He has no right to play as well as he does at almost 34, it’s almost unprecedented outside of three players (off the top of my head: Agassi, Rosewall and Connors). If he were to win an 18th slam before he retires I would be the first to congratulate him and would be very happy with the result, but at the same time if it doesn’t happen it’s not a huge deal and I don’t waste my time worrying about it constantly unlike some insecure fans of specific players (not just Federer).

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    Charlie Reply:

    Just to prove my point further of how you have to appreciate good performances, here are four video highlights of some of the greatest Wimbledon finals of the last 10 years:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTKkLhO5TQI

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1yfWb0-jqQ

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3zeh8xJxvY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3HMq4K3ZX8

    The four true epic Wimbledon finals of the last 10 years, enjoy.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yes, there should be a balance between fanaticism and not caring at all.

    Federer is still spoiling his fans at his age but, of course, the fanatics don’t realize it. They want #18 and won’t be satisfied with anything less.

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    Charlie Reply:

    Yeah for me my attitude to #18 is it would be great and I would love to see it, but the real ‘fairytale win’ was Wimbledon 2012. FedFans should have been satistfied with that, as it effectively elevated him above everyone because he showed he could succeed at an advanced age and after many setbacks. Thinking that a second farewell victory is required of Roger is absurd. Yes it would be great but it’s not necessary. Many players don’t even get one final win. Borg didn’t and neither did McEnroe. Some players such as Connors and Sampras managed one final win (’82 Wimbledon and ’02 USO respectively) but I would struggle to name anyone who got two farewell victories.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right, Charlie. In fact, there have already been three encores since Fed’s prime. The one from 2009-2010 AO, The one in 2012, and the one in 2014-present. Fedfans are a spoiled bunch which is why they always want more. It may be better for them if Fed does not win another slam so that they can be reminded that they can’t always have what they want. Life doesn’t work that way.

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  5. I didn’t vote because I guess I kind of fall somewhere in-between. It was because of Roger that I discovered the sport, but I will still enjoy watching tennis after he retires. But that is mostly because there are other interesting players like Stan, Nole, Murray, Nadal. When these guys are gone I will probably still watch tennis, but it just won’t be the same. Hopefully the newer generations will bring interesting players and great rivalries, but right now it looks very disappointing.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    You are one of the guys I certainly don’t count as a fanatic BE. Anyone that voted for the first option is a fanatic because I purposely made the views very extreme. If someone is not a fanatic they don’t have to vote or they can leave a comment like you did. I’m sure a Fedfan like you can identify with some of the views of the first option which is fine with me. But to fully identify yourself with the first option by voting for it shows unashamed bias. And again, that’s fine by me. But it’s not what this blog is about.

    As for the generation after Djokovic and Murray it does seem like there isn’t a lot of promise right now but the same can be said for the post-Sampras/Agassi transitional era when Hewitt was #1 for 2 years. And then came the big four. There is always someone new.

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    Bjorn Eirik Reply:

    I viewed results from the vote, and I’m surprised to see so many still went for the first option after you made the definition sound so extreme. I guess I’m beginning to understand what you have to deal with on this blog, and why you’ve been so hard on Fednatics.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    The first option is obviously sheer nonsense and I’m just as surprised as you people went for it. It was supposed to be a joke, but it seems people actually took it seriously :)) If someone told me that was me I would find it extremely offensive.

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    jason Reply:

    Quite founded concern we have here, BE. If we look at the currently active players, the youngest GS winner is 27 yrs old now (Del Potro). All the players we consider realistic contenders for a GS are 28 or older. Prime age for tennis is normally 23-27…and none in this age bracket has a realistic chance to win a GS. The prospects of the future successor of tennis look bleak indeed. We better savor what we have now.

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    Bjorn Eirik Reply:

    You’re right, better make the most of it while it lasts. These younger players have big shoes to fill and it’s probably unreasonable to expect them to live up to all the hype. But like Ru-an said, someone will come along eventually. And speaking of Del Potro, it’s a pity he’s struggling with injuries. He was one of those few that could really push the best players. Hope he can make a comeback.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    We already have guys like Kyrgios, Coric, Kokkinakis, Rublev, and Thiem coming through. They are still young and will improve a lot. The generation of Raonic, Nishikori, Tomic, and Dimitrov are not that great but also due to how good the big four is.

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  6. Ru-an,
    This post and the surrounding discussion is like an interesting sociology experiment. I’m surprised there are these kinds of fans (unashamed!) willing to admit this extreme loyalty.

    Although I suspect some readers could say you’re mocking these kinds of fans (Fedheads), there’s an almost surreal clarification here. Again, I’m surprised. And a little disappointed. There is so much more to the sport than Roger Federer. Incredible.

    I wrote about this a while ago, contrasting the “homer fan” with what I call a “mercenary sports fan.” The later is term I got from a radio host but I expanded upon it. My approach (perspective) is almost identical to yours. I argue that a fan who is not so invested in his/her team (or tennis player) becomes a better fan of the sport, of his/her team, too, but is less vulnerable to that inevitable misery, or, as you have said, “glory hunting.” Be more of a student of the entire sport.

    Granted, we do appreciate rooting for favorites. That’s important, of course. But you can’t lose the bigger picture. The more you know of the sport, the traditions, the great battles and characters of the past, the more you’ll actually appreciate your own.

    The Federer love is ridiculous. You nailed it. It’s more about celebrity than tennis. I’m afraid Federer would be pretty disappointed in the results of your poll, in this superficial deification.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks, Matt. I don’t know about Fed. Whereas I think for sure he would think that first option is ridiculous and be surprised that people would vote for it, I think he would also like it. He loves attention and people making a big deal out of him. He does have a pretty big ego and fame has for sure gotten to him. But yeah, not as crazy as his fans.

    Tennis is also an individual sport. Fans worship a player not a team as a whole and that makes the player’s ego even bigger and gives them the wrong impression about themselves. It’s all too serious and strange to me.

    It’s true that favorites are an important part of the sport. I don’t think tennis would be much fun without it. But to be that interested in someone that you watch their every move and want to know every detail is a mental illness.

    I don’t give a shit what players are up to off the court most of the time. I like them as tennis players, not as people because I don’t really know them. But then you have these people who think about Federer every day, always tweeting about his latest move on or off the court, replying to every tweet he makes on twitter. It’s cringe-worthy. Really disturbing to see.

    As soon as a fan is only interested in Federer and can’t appreciate the rest of the sport they are a lost cause. It is purely celebrity worship and has nothing to do with tennis. These kinds of people has no business here or in tennis for that matter.

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  7. Ru-an,

    It’s the first time I post on your blog, although I read it for years already. I always liked very much your honesty, even when you seem biased. I voted for “Federer’s fanatic”, although I am a Jimmy Connors, Miloslav Mecir, Andre Agassi, Marat Safin and, finally, a Novak Djokovic fan. It looked like a good joke the way it was formulated, and I believe that most voters thought the same way.

    Then, I feel that you perhaps overdid it here. I write on other blogs (mostly on Tennis-x and LesAsduTennis), but I never felt that Fedfans were the most aggressive, quite the contrary. One of the reasons I read this blog (and Jonathan’s “Perfect tennis” too; thanks to you I discovered Matt’s blog, which is, for me, very interesting; a recommendation for Novak’s fans: Second Serb, with a lot of stats about Novak) is that there was always a fine balance between Federer and tennis, and a lot of respect for other players — with one exception, of course.

    Even after “the shot”, at the USO 2011, I never had problems with fedfans, while it was enough to state that Novak was fatigued in the fifth set of the USO 2012 final (he played three sets the day before, and we know that muscles need 48 hours to recover), to be viciously attacked.

    Federer is not only a player, but an industry in the world of sport. It’s not his fault, nor it is Novak’s. I think he ages well, and I just hope he will play many years more, for our delight. But as a Novak fan since 2007, I hope that Novak will win a few slams more and take his rightfully deserved place among the greats of the game.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Hey Mat. Welcome. Sorry if I offended you. As long as you realized the first option was a joke and voted for it that’s fine. But if you voted for it because that’s how you see yourself then you won’t enjoy this blog. I don’t understand what you are saying in the third paragraph.

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    mat4 Reply:

    Ru-an,

    Sorry, English is not my first language and I believe there could be some misunderstanding here.

    No, you didn’t offend me. I thought you made a provocative question, to trigger a discussion about the strange and exclusive world of fandom. That’s the reason I voted the way I did — I am not a Fedfan, in fact, and I never was.

    In the third paragraph I wanted to say that I seldom had problems with Fedfans. It’s probably because Fed had won so much, and has fulfilled the wildest dreams of his fans.

    I enjoyed your blog, as a Novak fan, when it was “Ru-an Federer blog”. So, I liked your writings even then. You were always balanced and your love for tennis was always obvious.

    That’s why I chose to finally write a few words here, just to show how much I appreciate your blog. I hope that you will continue.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Oh, I see! No problem Mat my English isn’t the greatest either. I’m very happy you decided to comment because your comment should be proof to people that even when my blog’s name was Ru-an’s Federer Blog it wasn’t exclusively about Federer. I never thought of my blog that way, but because Federer was a big part of it many of the extreme-type fans came here too.

    It’s also just nice to see a Djokovic fan has been reading my blog for this long. I followed his career since the start when he first made his name by beating Federer in the Montreal final in 2007. At that point I knew this guy was the real deal but as it turned out he needed quite a few more years to mature fully.

    You are the kind of reader and commenter I want on my blog going forward because you are obviously open-minded about the sport. There are many like you here too like Jason, Matt, Eric, Nakul, Bjorn Eirik and more which is great to see.

    About Fedfans yes they have been spoiled. That’s one thing I don’t like about them. They have become obsessed with this bel18ve nonsense. I kind of hope it doesn’t happen so they can realize how lucky they’ve been.

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    mat4 Reply:

    Ru-an,

    I was a Connors fan once, and I was just happy to see him play that long. Just like Fed, the funny thing was that he improved with time, learned to use new racquets, adapted to new technologies and the advance in the game (better than JMac, btw), and he was always a pleasure to watch. I was so sad when he stopped.

    Then, I liked Mecir, but his career was ruined by injuries, and Safin, who didn’t have it — the stuff that makes champions, and I was happy with Agassi’s resurgence in his later years…

    Tennis has changed, but there’s a kind of player I always liked: the one that isn’t that gifted, hasn’t got a big serve, a magic touch, but still manages to win relying on his work intelligence and his sense for strategy.

    But I knew to enjoy great champions, and, unfortunately, I saw with sadness all of them pass. In fact, it doesn’t matter if Federer one day wins that elusive 18th slam or not. He has given so much. The same with Djokovic. Who knows will it be another great victory. But, let’s be thankful for the pleasure they already gave us. We will miss them just a few years from now.

    A few last words about Nadal. In many ways, although he seems to be a good boy — I emphasize “he seems” — he almost destroyed tennis with his approach to the sport.

    I have noticed that there are a lot of misconception about Novak — he didn’t really improved his stamina in 2011, he did it in 2009, he is not that fast, so he has to slide just to reach the ball, and since he has improved his serve, he does a lot less of running, something revealed by Hawkeye data, although his light weight allows him to run longer, etc. — basically, his game is very different than Nadal’s, it is an opposite direction in tennis. I even suspect him to mimic Federer in certain aspects.

    So let’s get back to Rafa’s approach, based on speed, defence and physicality. I have noticed that his slump, his physical decline recently precisely defined by Marion Bartoli in a comment, started with the advent of the biological passport. It could be just a coincidence, but go figure. We’ll never know, I guess. I was afraid that he will continue to dominate, and prove that power is much more important than craft, that stamina (for a very heavy guy) will prevail over thinking, strategy, and that he will discourage the entire field, and, ultimately, denature tennis itself.

    His rivalry with Novak was not a page in sport history. It was rather a duel to the death — one was bound to break the other. It seemed first that Rafa will succumb, then, suddenly, the roles were inversed, and finally, Novak managed to destroy him thoroughly. The bull was no more. Just like you wrote, a month ago: Novak slew the beast.

    But eventually, to my surprise — and it shows that there is always something good, a light in the deepest darkness — when Rafa stopped dominate the court with his power, he started to play a different, more versatile brand of tennis, with forays at the net, changes of rhythm, a diversified palette of strokes. He still is timid about it, but patches of such a game were visible against Murray, in Madrid. Tennis won in the end, just like it always does.

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  8. You have a fixation problem, Ru-an?! Why so concerned about Fedfanatics? Move on already….this subject is getting old…. Does seem like you are not quite comfortable in your own skin having to put the fanatics down in order to prove your point. One can be fanatical in many things, not just Fedfanatic…..Just sayin’ …..move on already….Exciting things happening in tennis, eg DC, although not many tennis fans bother about DC (me included) but the way Murray and Hewitt fought and represented their countries are worth talking and celebrating about!

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    Eric Reply:

    I actually agree with Veronica and think this topic has gotten way too much attention and is boring. I would be much more interested to go back to hearing yours and others’ passion and insights about the players and matches rather than this never ending argument over how people should or shouldn’t enjoy and conduct themselves as they go through their tennis watching lives. I think it is abundantly clear that you don’t want FedFanatics here, and that’s your right as this is your space, but why do you care so much about what people think? It’s gotten to the point of consuming a part of almost every post and discussion. Who cares? Why waste so much of your valuable time, energy and talent on this, and be stuck in the negativity of this debate, rather than enjoying the tennis?

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    Eric Reply:

    For example… I know we don’t talk about doubles much, but Jaime and Andy Murray’s performance was really fun to watch, in fact Jaime did much of the heavy lifting at least in the beginning. I saw hm play in Switzerland last summer and he’s an extraordinary doubles player. Super high tennis IQ that always seems to have him guess right at the net – a valuable skill for singles players to pick up if they can. Beyond the actual matches it’s interesting, to me at least, how these two brothers deal and play with each other when one is a huge star and the other is pretty obscure, especially since the obscure one is the doubles specialist. Some may find this boring because it’s doubles, but to me it’s a hell of a lot more interesting than what readers are or are not fanatics.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Fair enough Eric we all have our tastes. Personally I don’t find doubles very interesting at all. Almost in the same league as WTA for me – I never watch it. And I find the fan topic interesting. It’s a kind of self-reflection. Why always focus on the tennis when there would be no tennis without us as fans? Especially in this time when there isn’t much interesting tennis going on I think it’s a good idea to analyze the subject for a change as opposed to always analyzing the object.

    How is your personal slam going btw?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks for your view Eric. It’s good that you can speak frankly. And I’m sorry if it has gotten old and boring to you. It is basically just a reaction and getting some of my frustration out. For instance, Fedfans who say Federer played better than Djokovic the whole Wimby other than in the final. Whether it’s bias of ignorance it is equally bad. If you know something about tennis you know the best players raise their game when it matters most. Djokovic didn’t need to be at his best before the final.

    Federer was at his best vs Murray and it cost him in the final when Djokovic clearly raised his game. It’s just little statements like these from Fedfans that annoy me and fuel my criticism. That just sounds like the typical brainless Fedfanantic who only cares about Federer and doesn’t now anything about the sport itself, and they are here and annoying. When they say annoying things I’m going to react. I will set the record straight.

    What does it matter what Federer played like before the final anyway? The title is won in the final not before! Djokovic won! He’s better! That’s it!

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    Ferreira Reply:

    If you don’t think it is normal a guy with 34 four years old losing to a great player in his absolute prime I think you should revise your thoughts… Actually I think it is quite extraordinary that Fed is one of a few guys who pushes Djoko to the limit. Nevertheless, I am a bit frustrated that we don’t have a more competitive field against the world number one. Fed is far away from his prime and he is n2; with Nadal absence now, it is even easier to Novak as well. Let’s hope some guys just lift his level to make things more interesting. I don’t know if you all agree, but anyway… Cheers!

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    IWC2015 Reply:

    Not really, we still have Wawrinka who can challenge Djokovic in every surface they play. Because of him, Djokovic could not win the FO this year and there is no guarantee he can win it next year.

    As for Fed, he is no longer a favourite in every GS he enters due to age (sorry he can’t turn back the clock). He is still a strong contender in master series and the smaller 500 tournaments.

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    Ferreira Reply:

    Notice that I said “on of a few guys”, that is, there are others (like Stan) who are capable of pushing Novak too. And yes, that’s exactly what I am saying: we can not turn back the clock… Everyone who has some knowledge about ATP tennis history knows that it is extremely rare when a player 31 years plus wins a Slam. Lots of legends have already pointed out the inconsistency problems when you are getting older, the recovery from the matches is harder, your reactions are not quite that accurate as well, and so on. So, no doubt, today, Novak is the best player (even more in slower conditions).

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Of course, it’s normal! I said many times Federer is doing great! What made you think otherwise?

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    Eric Reply:

    As a kid I learned tennis playing doubles with my dad, still some of my fondest memories of him, so I have a soft spot for it. I’ll say something really scandalous. I don’t think Novak even played his best in the final. Didn’t have to. I think he has a whole other gear and didn’t allow Roger to play like he played against Murray. The only way Djoko gets beaten these days is by massive big hitters having the best day of their lives. On my personal slam, it’s complicated but the short version is I’m doing my best work ever by far, really kicking ass, and still finding it very very hard. I’ve been working flat out since May of last year. Delivered the first draft in April and now working on the second. This could take the rest of the year to finish and I’m in the process of trying to transition to a marathon mentality so I don’t burn out. Really demanding work but most of all I’m still super grateful for the opportunity and determined to make the most of it.

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    Veronica Reply:

    No, Eric, you are not scandalous. I think too Djoker didn’t need to play his best and that he has another gear. Last year was a closer fight. This year…meh… He has got Roger figured…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    That’s great to hear Eric. I wish you all the best.

    About Novak not playing his best tennis in the final, even I couldn’t have dealt the fanatics a harder blow than that. OUCH! I actually love that because Fedfans keep saying how Federer didn’t play in the final like he did against Murray, failing to realize of course that Novak didn’t allow him. I’m not gonna say whether I agree or disagree, but I will say he didn’t play his best level in the second set tie-break. I don’t think next time Federer would be so lucky. But I totally agree that Novak didn’t allow Roger to play like he did vs Murray. Just an altogether different and better opponent.

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    veronica Reply:

    Yeah, Roger wasn’t allowed to play his game; the ufe which had been minimal until the final are telling; he was under a lot of pressure and pushing too much; although I think that if he were mentally a little stronger, he might have served better and played the important points better. Djoker is just on another level this year; he has reached a maturity in his game, in his mind and his emotions which wasn’t there yet in 2011. And as I keep saying, he has Roger figured. I can’t see their rivalry going to Roger anymore; even on fast hard courts Djoker could very well close in; we’ll see in Cincy where historically Djoker hasn’t done too well. It’s like Djoker knows Roger’s patterns, reads his serve really well and it does feel like Roger doesn’t have enough weapons against Djoker; his offensive game totally neutralised. Djoker has said many times before that to win against Roger, he has to stay with him and don’t back off from baseline. So true. Players lose to Roger exactly because they couldn’t stay with him and they don’t have enough weapons to keep Roger off his attacks.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right, Veronica. It’s what you said before. Djokovic’s depth from the baseline makes it impossible for Federer to dominate proceedings like he does against others. Also, his return of serve helps to neutralize Fed’s biggest weapon. In Shanghai and Dubai, Djo Fed could still dominate proceedings. I guess Djo is just mentally better and raises his game when it matters most.

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    Charlie Reply:

    Yeah I’m not exactly sure if it’s mental strength or something else because Roger seemed mentally fine in that TB. You could argue that he slipped up when he was a break up in the first set and handed it back but Novak handed away that TB so its 1-1 on the mental slip-ups IMO. The biggest difference is that Novak has the best serve and return combo in the mens’ game right now among the top players on a consistent basis. That is, he has neither the best serve among the top players (that goes to Federer) or the best return (which IMO goes to Murray), but taken together, he has the best serve and return game overall. Those are the two most important shots in tennis and that is the reason why he is World no.1 right now in my opinion. Also part of the mental chokes that players have against Djokovic is because of the pressure caused by those two factors. Similiar to Federer in his prime: coast to the end of a set holding serve easily, then just turn up the heat and break once each set. Clinical and efficient whilst conserving energy.

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    veronica Reply:

    Charlie, very well put and I agree with you. Before Djoker, players are either great servers OR great returners. You don’t find a player having both. Djoker is the first that has the best combo as you so succinctly put it. But I still think he would not be as effective if not for his solid deep shots as well. Eg Murray is a great returner but his shots are not as deep and as pacy as Djoker’s. It’s hard to win a rally with Djoker; he pushes you back with every stroke, while at the same time, his strokes are never out. I watched the semi with Murray, it was like every few strokes, Murray hits out and they were not deep. Roger was not only eating up his second serves but hittting winners from left right and centre; absolutely no problem with what Murray threw at him. No one hits as deep as Djoker; maybe only Stan and Delpo; or even Berdych but they are not as consistent or as accurate as Djoker.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    ‘Does seem like you are not quite comfortable in your own skin having to put the fanatics down in order to prove your point’

    Why is it bothering you so much though? Could it be that you are a Fedfanatic? :-) I am definitely comfortable in my own skin as a tennis fan. Much more comfortable than Fedfanatics I can assure you. But a post like this is entertaining to me. I had fun writing it and the discussion has been fun. I thought it was a good post too. Look at the discussion it brought forth! Pretty good for a post that is during the off time I would say. I can assure you it has resulted in a better and longer discussion than a Davis Cup post would have.

    Sorry, you didn’t like it!

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    Veronica Reply:

    Comfortable means assured and don’t have to shout about it as you have shouted often. You have been reading a lot of enlightenment books and I believe you should be above all this and have moved on. Why let others’ obsessions bother you? If you are really bothered, then tell it straight : “Fedfanatics not welcomed anymore”. You know, I could have very easily played along and have some fun and be nice and not have you judge me as a Fedfanatic. But, no, I think you deserve better than that. And if being honest means I’m a Fedfanatic, then that is the risk I take for being honest trying to tell you to move on. Of course this kind of post would generate traffic; certainly better than “irrevelant” DC!! :-) But then again, I think you are better than that, Ru-an! Have fun but know when it’s time to get back to work!! :-P

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Not judging you as a Fedfanatic. Just checking ;-) And it’s not the time for work yet. Work starts when the next relevant tournament starts. Still not sure why you are so against this. Why bring something like enlightenment into this? I know I have a naughty streak in me but you act like this is patently wrong. Is it really? I’m just stating my views and having some fun. Maybe you should ask the judgmental fanatics to leave me alone if you want me to stop. Personally I don’t care if it goes on because I can have fun with it and make interesting posts about it that people read and comment on. Hence, I asked by you are a Fedfanatic. You sound as though this is an insult to you!

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    Eric Reply:

    You know Ru-an, for some reason I did not pick up on you just having fun and being playful with this topic and took your tone for angry. Maybe Veronica did too. I think you’re a great guy and I find it disturbing that this topic seems to have you so frustrated and pissed off, but maybe I have read too fast and misinterpreted your tone.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Yeah, Eric, maybe we didn’t pick it up but for me, it’s not so much about the anger or whatever tone. It’s more the going on and go and on…..you know……like a broken record…..haha! Anyway, you work so hard, Eric! It’s tough out there. You gotta be better and work harder than everyone else to even stand a slim chance. I admire you for your courage and determination just to put yourself out there. Let us know when you get your slam, or rather a Masters, or even a 500! Baby steps, one at a time!

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    Eric Reply:

    Thank you Veronica, very sweet of you to say. I have always worked extremely hard but this is a whole other league. Believe it or not, the last time I had a few days off was right after Wimbledon, a year ago, when I went to that tournament in Switzerland. Crazy. I didn’t even realize that until right now. Damn, get a life Eric.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Teach me some hard work, will ya, Eric?, I get lazy sometimes; haha! I think I know what you mean about a whole new league. I’ve got a couple of friends in the creative arts industry who don’t sleep and don’t let up. And I wanna say to them, “get a life”! Haha! But I think if you are passionate and you believe and you wanna achieve, it’s the only way. To get that first slam is all consuming. After that, it’s a matter of choice whether you want to up another level, or just want to maintain, or………retire as a one slam wonder! (How fantastic is Roddick doing, eh?!!) Those are hard choices too! But get that first slam first! C’mon Eric :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    There is more to it than hard work though. Millions of people work their asses off and never achieve much. Other people just do what they love and are very successful. The important thing is to do what you love I think. Then money and success is not all that important because you’re happy, which is why you wanted money and success in the first place.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha yeah you gotta make time for living too, right? Because what if you don’t get what you want? Then you missed all that living for something that never paid off!

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    Eric Reply:

    Yeah, this one really isn’t about money and success for me at all. It’s about realizing my full potential and producing truly great work. I love what I do and have a rare opportunity to do it at the highest level. I want to prove to myself that I’m capable of mastery. I see how hard guys like Novak, Fed or Rafa work and sacrifice to get the absolute maximum out of themselves and I want to know that I can do that too. I don’t need much money and plenty will come with success anyway. The fun can wait. This is bigger than that to me. The thing that I’m surprised at and am needing to adjust for is the duration of the effort. A six month blitz won’t get it done, it must become more of a sustainable lifestyle. I am taking Friday off and going to Santa Barbara for the weekend to refresh.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well, that’s a great attitude to have. That’s what I was saying to Veronica. If you do what you love the money and success are not even very important. The reward is in the work itself but, of course, the success and money is nice to get, but that will come by itself. Let us know how it goes and enjoy your time in SB.

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    veronica Reply:

    “Its about realising my full potential and producing great work!” you couldn’t have a better motivation than that! Way to go, Eric and wishing you all the best!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yes, Eric seems to know what he’s doing. Great work ethic, something I also strongly aspire to now. I’m back in school!

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    Veronica Reply:

    Really happy for you, Ru-an! Education is never wasted; even if it may not guarantee a job. No one can take that away from you. I’m SURE you will enjoy study life again! But how do you get by financially? Your govt supplies scholarships or loans?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks. Yes, I’m grateful that I can complete my education because I was not in the condition in the past to do so. My mom offered to help me financially.

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    veronica Reply:

    Always great to hear these kind of stories; being given or giving oneself second chances. A lot of people never got that second chance….You study hard and don’t let your blog distract you :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yes I am very lucky Veronica. I just want to make the best of it. I always had an inferiority complex because I don’t have a university degree so I’m looking forward to getting over that and of course studying is great for the development of your brain which is now known to be plastic.

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    Eric Reply:

    Congrats Ru-an. Glad to hear that you’re on a good path and that your family is behind you. Awesome. Thanks very much to you guys for your sweet comments and support. SB was…. aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh :)) )

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha sounds like you had fun. Well deserved. I admire your work ethic. I’m trying hard myself.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks, Eric. That’s nice of you to say. It’s just an annoyance. Really not a big deal and I’m just having fun with it. I would say this is a serious topic but I’m also having fun with it.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Because you have prided yourself as being enlightened and balanced?!…..and that your blog is one of the most knowledgeable, objective, intelligent, analytical blogs out there?!….not sayin’ this blog must always be “professional”! Far from it. I’m sure you and your readers want a bit of everything. Remember I often said your blog was too serious and bland, to lighten up a bit?! Well, you have certainly lightened up!!! Maybe you need to get all that stuff out, again and again and again……… :-) As far as I can see from your blog, you are receiving far more balanced than fanatical comments. But if fanatics are hounding you mercilessly, and we are not aware as you maybe blocking them, then I can see where you are coming from. Actually come to think of it, I think when you were trying to be objective and give critical appraisals of Roger’s performance in the past, that was where the fanatics hounded you mercilessly, that Roger was perfect, and accusing you as a glory hunter, negative, etc. that was when I thought you “suffered” so much for being balanced, honest and objective. But now, even last couple years, it’s not as bad anymore.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well then maybe I’m getting some revenge with the years I was hounded by Fedfans.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Thought you not the revengeful type? That you live for the moment, that you don’t like to be emotionally attached, that ego is no good…..oh never mind……..you are master of yourself, this is your personal space, why shouldn’t you choose to think and do what you want?! :))

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Will you stop getting all serious on me? Never claimed to be an angel. That’s you! ;-)

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    veronica Reply:

    Haha, your words, not mine! :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I said I was an angel? That’s news to me. That’s something you said.

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    Veronica Reply:

    No, the first part, about living in the moment, ego is no good, etc, not the angel part :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Are you saying I’m being egotistical and out of the moment with this post? I just see it as fun.

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    veronica Reply:

    Yeah, living in the past, still affected by how the fanatics judged you ;-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I’m just having a laugh at them because it’s fun. They don’t have the power to affect me.

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    veronica Reply:

    …”don’t have the power to affect me”… :)) Of course you must have your fun. Remember all work and no play makes Jack (Ru-an) a dull boy! :))

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    veronica Reply:

    Btw, seriously, that classy Fedfan link was hilarious. Is the blogger mad?!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    As in crazy mad? It does appear that way.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I’ve had people tell me this is one of their favorite posts from me and it clearly sparked a lot of discussions and interest. Again, why are you so against it? :S

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    Veronica Reply:

    Good for you that some ppl like this post, Ru-an :-) Maybe you should do more of these kind of posts to grow your readership ;-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Maybe I will ;-)

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    Veronica Reply:

    I shall look forward to them O Tsar, Emperor, Keiser!! :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    :->

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  9. Its very interesting post, but I am not entirely convinced this post really helps anybody though….

    Here is my two cents, I totally agree you don’t need to worry about tennis players as person to enjoy sport, but its evident personalities(even off court) makes it more interesting…. Even though cricket is team sports, there are so many who follows it for single player…There were thousands of people who doesn’t follow match once Sachin got out, there were hundreds of people who do that for Sourav…they don’t really care about neither match nor result…However you can not simply outcast them as they have no business watching cricket (I think same applies to Tennis too)….Sometimes there are some personalities really make people watch sports..My Mom never really cared about India’s match result but she did worried about Sachin scoring runs…I doubt she is glory hunter, I am just glad she shown some interest in cricket because of Sachin otherwise she may never have watched it ….Similarly Roger, Nadal, Novak are such personalities in Tennis.. Some can inspire globally (like roger due to his style of play) where as some others more regionally (like Nadal and Novak)… So the point is there is always a category in-between of SpecificFan Vs TennisFan….I feel absolutely no wrong in that….which is why I am having hard time understanding this post … Also that above comment as Only Federer fan no business of watching tennis which is bit too far stretch of statement to make I think….

    Lets face it, there were people reading this blog simply because it was Federer fan blog, so no wonder they still follow you….its not long ago you raised the question of continuing blog on loss on 09 AO…You grown out of it which is good, but there are many still it isn’t….may be they will one day or they wont never but why do make buzz of it? I would say ignoring those comments probably best way if you don’t want them reading your blog, but that’s just my way of thinking…

    About people following/replying in Twitter when Roger (or some other player) tweets, again I don’t find anything wrong in that….Basically social media made for that..everyone wants to engage it hence we do Twitter/facebook including blogging…Otherwise all we need is Reuters and AP… I hope you would agree that this site also wont be much fun if people are not commenting when you make posts…

    you made post saying no judgements, but calling in comments as “shameful” for those voted in first option?? You really have to re-look into this….

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    sid Reply:

    You’ve made a good point Nambi. I feel that these discussions on ‘fed-fanatics/fed-tards’ have run their course. It is very apparent from the day that the name of this blog was changed that it will focus on tennis in general and not on Federer in particular. For all those who feel ‘betrayed’, I am sure Ru-an has put in a lot of thought on how he felt about the sport before making this change. There are blogs which focus primarily on Federer’s (or Nadal’s or Djokovic’s or Murray’s …..) career. For example you could head over to Jonathan’s at ‘peRFect Tennis’. His analysis of Federer’s matches make for an interesting read.

    As for this blog, the more Ru-an is hounded with ‘What-happened-to-the-days-when-you-were-a-fed-fan’ kind of questions, the more perturbed he’ll get. Allow him to focus on writing about tennis and I am sure, we’ll start having insightful discussions on matches instead of the whole ‘Fed-fanatic/Fed-tard’ debate.

    If the point still doesn’t come across, then let’s keep it simple :-) —- ‘This is Ru-an’s blog. His space on the web and he can blog about whatever or whoever he wants’ …

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    sid Reply:

    PS: Wherever, I have used the term ‘You’, I meant those who felt ‘betrayed’ by this blog’s change of focus from Federer’s career to tennis as a whole and not ‘Nambi’ or anyone in particular :-)

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    Nambi Reply:

    Yep, I get what you saying, but its pity you understood that I made comment to defend what ‘Betrayed fan’ feeling…I am sure those have moved on already from here….

    My comment is more from perspective of some one not necessarily neither “Any player Fan” nor “Idle Tennis fan”…These postings are more meaningless rather than serving any purpose is my point….

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    sid Reply:

    Oh no.. Not for a minute did I feel that you were trying to defend anybody. What I was trying to convey is that since there has been a change in the tone of this blog, some fans, might experience betrayal or disappointment.

    I wanted to highlight the fact that there are other blogs focusing on one player alone and that this blog should be viewed for what it is now and not for what it was…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right Sid. I have Fedfans calling me a glory hunter and al sorts of things because I don’t kiss Federer’s ass 24/7 anymore(not that I ever did). Because of their own extreme bias they just can’t conceive of an unbiased and objective fan and so they assume the victim role and call me a traitor. So of course I’m going to retaliate! They are scolding me for doing an admirable thing and on my own personal blog to boot! Unacceptable!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well, I said no judgements so people would make an honest choice. That doesn’t mean I approve of the first option. Even though people can be whatever kind of fan they want, it doesn’t mean I like the first option. I just want everyone to be clear where we stand, and like Nakul noted I should probably put this in the About section so people know what I’m about.

    There was a time when I was biased myself, but like Mat just noted even the I had a good balance between Federer and tennis in general. Some people must never get it. It seems they want me to continue to have a fan blog even though I never wanted one in the first place. It’s too one-dimensional given my history as a fan and a player.

    I think it’s good that the stars bring fans to the sport but it kind of defeats the purpose if they don’t actually become a fan of the sport but just remains a fan of a specific personality, which is just celebrity worship in the end. Don’t you think? Tennis wants tennis fans, not celebrity fans. For that, there is Holywood and showbiz.

    I clearly don’t have a problem with all Fedfans. Just the extreme ones. I just don’t like it when everything is fixated on a specific person. Then it doesn’t have much to with tennis anymore. Federer is a good role model, but he has become too popular. To the point that he is worshiped as a god which is just silly and a kind of sickness we as a society suffer from.

    Celebrities are worshiped as gods and they are anything but. They gain a false view of themselves in the process as well. They become arrogant and take the hype seriously. That’s not good for anyone.

    Otherwise good, balanced comment. I liked your tone.

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  10. Every top player has his or her fanatics so your post seems mean-spirited and biased, not to mention arrogant. People will support whoever they want, however they want despite your petty attempts at shaming. If you don’t like Federer or his fans, that’s your problem, not theirs.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I have already said people can pray to Federer for all I care, but that I won’t allow it here. I really couldn’t care less what they do, but this is my blog and if you don’t respect that then you can hit the road or I will make you. Simple as that.

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  12. Dude, you are a Keiser, Emperor, Tsar.

    I love when people evoke strong feelings in Fedophiles and ‘tards.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thank you! You have to tease and make fun of them. They take themseleves and their hero way too seriously :))

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  13. Instead of continuing a futile debate like Veronica and many others here including me have been telling for quite some time, why don’t we actually acknowledge what a great human being Federer actually is. Just look at this video and if some of you still feel Federer is not as genuine as they come, you are probably blind. And don’t tell its a PR act or something. Federer has no need to go to Malawi to prove he is a good guy. It is pretty clear he really wants to be there to see how the children are being taught and helped and whether his foundation is actually doing a good job. And by the looks of things it is doing an amazing job.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=100&v=pfYin92D9G8

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Just because you are a few others don’t enjoy it doesn’t mean it’s not worth having the conversation Ajay. There are just as many people who do enjoy it and find it entertaining. It bothers you because you have fallen for the Federer cult. And in true selfish Fedfan fashion you have acted as if this blog and post is about you and for you and that how others feel is not important. Fedfans don’t realize this, but there are other people in the world and they also matter.

    That’s great that Federer went to Malawi to help the children. I think with all the money he makes it would be a shame if he didn’t. Anyway, this is a tennis blog not a celebrity news blog so your post doesn’t belong here.

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    Ajay Reply:

    I am long past the stage where I want you to think I am not fanatic about Federer. In fact I don’t like this judgemental nonsense. I don’t try to judge you or anyone else here. All I said was to keep asking people to become tennis fanatics is futile. Instead just continue your good work by writing great articles and people would slowly realize that Federer is not the end of the world.

    Look Ruan I barely have any time anyway these days to worry about Federer. To say I am crazy about Federer to the point where I think Federer is the end of the world is ludicrous. I know Federer could retire any time now and I also know tennis goes on. But I have seen you tell Federer is not genuine and he is dishonest while Djokovic is the most honest guy and I disagree and showed this videos to prove it.. Do I come here every time and tell you are wrong ? In fact see my comments over the years. I have almost always admired the way you write and was one the first guys to praise you for leaving the Federer worshipping behind and make this blog even better. But you have repeatedly taken offence to anything I post which makes no sense to me. Think about it. Federer is still the number 2 player. He is still the second most relevant guy in the tennis world even now at 34. That means there are going to be lots of people who want to talk about him. If you still think I don’t care about others just take a look at my comment where I described the evolution of Djokovic’s game in detail. In fact I would challenge anybody here to know Djokovic’s game as well as me. He was by far my second favorite player till 2012 and only after he became too defensive these last few years have I felt bored by his game. And I think he has become more offensive again this year which is good to see.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    We seem to be on a different wavelength or something. I haven’t taken offense to anything you’ve said! To the contrary, you always seem very defensive when I say certain things. But it doesn’t matter. I just thought it was out of place for you to tell me that my post and discussion is futile. If that’s the case for you then that’s fine but why bother calling it futile while clearly many people are interested and we are having a great discussion? Not to mention posting something which isn’t about tennis but for Federer cult followers?

    That just makes it look like you belong to the first option. But whatever.

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    Ajay Reply:

    Fair enough.

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  14. Ru-an,

    As a dedicated tennis fan, would you consider writing up an article about future prospects of the youngsters? I just feel that these days the subject of Djokovic v Federer has been exhausted. Also for now, if we talk about superiority and keep talking about Djokovic, personally I would feel it a bit too singular. I guess it’s time to talk about new comers who may be capable of upsetting the balance of power.

    A few days ago you mentioned several prospective youngsters, and I was only familiar w/ Kyrgios…whom for now I still regard more as a clown than the real deal (subject to change upon further evidence, of course). A while back you wrote about Del Potro, which was interesting but quite a pity it didnt come to fruition due to injuries. I think the topic will be richer if you include discussions of prospective new talents. FYI, I still feel beyond Djokovic we’re left with a pretty mediocre generation. Do you feel the same way?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I did make a post about the youngsters some time ago Jason. I don’t have time to look for it now, though. I think there are many promising youngsters coming through like Kyrgios, Coric, Zverev, Rublev, Thiem, Kokkinakis, etc. I actually think the future of tennis looks bright. But I’d also like to see Djokovic dominate for the next few years to see how many slams he can rack up. You are right there aren’t too many to challenge him, but there is Stan who certainly can.

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  15. Check out this classy Fedfan ;))

    https://plus.google.com/115387741188765572609/posts

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    Charlie Reply:

    Wow, can’t say I like Rafa but to continously post the same stuff on every video this guy comments on and though some of Nadal’s actions may be close to rule-breaking or at least unsportsmanlike, I would hardly call him a “piece of shit”. There are far worse examples e.g. Lance Armstrong in sports, and outside of sports corrupt politicians and criminals. Those kind of people deserve that label. That Fedfan is a disgrace to the person he idolises, and Roger would be disgusted with his attitude and would not want people like that as his fans (at least I very much hope so).

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    Charlie Reply:

    Did you see the racist comment as well Ru-an? Just found it shortly after I finished my previous post. Disgraceful in a civilised society.

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    Charlie Reply:

    Oh just saw an anti-religious comment as well, I am not even religious but I find that offensive.

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    Charlie Reply:

    Just saw the perfect response:

    Sun Seeker: “Nadull is a piece of shit”
    cleanplasticchild + Sun Seeker:
    “stfu

    – sincerely, a Federer fan”

    Brilliant!

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    Ajay Reply:

    That guy is crazy don’t waste your time reading about him.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha. That must have hurt.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I didn’t see that? What did it say?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah calling Djokovic a yokel? It is clear who is the yokel looking at that guy’s MTF posts and youtube page.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    As far as I scrolled down he was calling Nadal a piece of shit, and I scrolled down far. It made me wonder if it ever stops. That guy is seriously obsessed.

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    Charlie Reply:

    Oh you missed some stuff much worse, as in not racist in relation to tennis but actually racist in general. There was one other tennis-related racist comment I saw: “Novak Monkeyvic Djokovic”. Similiarly with the anti-religious stuff. I wasted way too much time on that idiot, scrolling through almost a year’s history of his comments. Not worth my time, your time or anyone else’s time. The only reason he probably posts that is because he doesn’t get any attention for his own achievements in life and so he gets attention by irritating others, including many more objective fans of both the player he supports and other players, along with entire classes of people with his racism and anti-religious sentiment. Though to be honest being more objective than that guy is hardly an achievement. If you can find someone less objective you deserve an award for wading through the depths of the internet to find it and to be honest I’d rather not know. What kind of person wastes their time posting that? Does the guy not have studies/a job?

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  16. 27 July 2015:

    My Sweet Dolores:

    Happy birthday to the most incredible, most inspirational, most captivating, and above all, most loyal 90 year old “young girl” I have met and respected through the internet :-h

    Hoping your 90th birthday, like your lifetime, is full of love from family and friends, unbridled joy, unforgettable moments and ultimately happy memories :-|

    Happy birthday to someone who can teach us youngsters how to be really young =))

    Thank you to Roger and Ru-an, that I got to know your kindhearted soul. Roger would be sooooo proud and honoured to know that he has you and will always have you as a fan (no matter what /:)

    But Sweet Dolores…. I have to WARN you….. one of these days I will demand to Ru-an that he asks you a copy of your id. There is NO WAY someone who writes like you, can be 90 !!! I mean, My God, I am soooooo many decades younger than you, but you make me feel old ;-)

    Don’t forget your Dutch Dynamite alllllll the way from Holland <:-P <:-P <:-P

    Lots of love, Katyani :-*

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Katyani, you remembered! ;-) Happy birthday from me to you as well Dolores! You have been quiet recently due to all the Djokovic love around here but congrats on turning 90! A great achievement in itself. But I agree with Katyani, you may have to send us a copy of your ID so we can verify someone who is 90 years old can write like that on the internet. My mom is 70 and there is no way she can do that! She has an Ipad but doesn’t even know how to get to the home screen :))

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    Dolores Reply:

    Hi Sweet Katyani,
    Yes, as Ru-an mentioned on his reply to you….” You remembered, Katyani”I
    And so you did, Was ever so happy to receive your kind good wishes to my 90th birthday!
    It was a very busy day for me, celebrated with family and friends.
    As far as my ID goes, Katyani, you have to take my word for it….it is solid, just like being a solid, loyal tennis fan to Roger. Yes, because of Ru-an’s Blog, we have become friends across the pond, I do follow your comments, Katyani, and know of your love for Roger.
    I do appreciate other tennis players, enjoy watching the game of tennis even though I never played.
    We shall keep united and connected all for Roger and for the sport of playing tennis. Future young tennis players will take over in time to come, very exciting times ahead.
    Thank You so much, Katyani, my Dutch Dynamite from Holland….
    Love,
    Dolores

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  17. Ruan your second favorite player just won a tiile !! I think that deserves a post !!

    PS: I am not sure who his first favorite is anymore. Though going by what he has recently written I think it is Djokovic.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Of course, it’s Djokovic! And yes, I am planning on writing a post.

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