Federer Finally Criticizes Nadal for Time Wasting

Hi Fedfans, I’m back…again. I now have a separate screen for my laptop and I may just keep it instead of getting my laptop fixed. I am just too fed up being without Internet and dealing with incompetence. I may also be covering Indian Wells and Miami for the next few weeks, although I don’t want to make any promises just yet. I already missed out on Rotterdam and Dubai because of my ‘job’ and may just quit before I move onto the big project. But let me move on to the topic at hand:

Roger Federer was unequivocal at the BNP Paribas Open here Wednesday.

“I think they are being too loose about it,” the Swiss No. 3 said when asked if the time rule was being properly enforced by umpires.

Federer even took a swipe at his respected rival, Nadal, a notoriously pokey competitor.

“I don’t know how you can go through a four-hour match with Rafa and him never getting a time violation,” he added.

Nadal, speaking Thursday, disagreed. He said the rule is being enforced properly but must be applied according to match conditions.

“The rules are there, but you cannot expect to play a six-hour match, play rallies of crazy points and rest 20 seconds,” the No. 2 Spaniard said.

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/story/2012-03-08/atp-tour-flouting-the-time-rule/53420792/1?AID=4992781&PID=4178046&SID=2591q1xwgvav

It was good to see Roger finally criticizing Nadal for something. For too long he has had this nice guy, buddy-buddy attitude towards Nadal. I never liked it very much. It translated to their matches where he went too easy on Nadal and it ended up costing him dearly. In my opinion he should have said something like this a long time ago, but I guess it wasn’t really in his nature. Now that Nadal has given him another severe beat down in Melbourne he is finally realizing that he has to try something different. I have said many times that something drastic must happen if Roger is to beat Nadal in a slam again and this could be it. It is no guarantee but it is good to see anyway. If the once friendly relationship turns into more of a enemy type relationship you would have to say that it is a pretty drastic change.

But of course Nadal started the criticism when he claimed Roger was only thinking about himself when he denounced the 2-year ranking system. At that point Roger was very diplomatic and said that there was no ill feelings from his side towards Nadal. But I guess the loss to Nadal in Melbourne gave Roger second thoughts. He realizes as well as I do that he has to make something happen if he is going to beat Nadal in a slam again. Despite different claims, I still believe that loss to Nadal was a telling one and a worse defeat than his previous ones to Nadal. Something clearly needs to be done. So I am all for this kind of criticism from Roger. He has tried the diplomatic approach and it didn’t work. Something new needs to be done. For a long time I have wanted Roger to try and get under Nadal’s skin. And there are so many ways to do it. Nadal is extremely methodical in his on court mannerisms. To the point of being obsessive.

I am the kind of guy that would like to see Roger kick over Nadal’s water bottles to unsettle him. Now while that may be a bit extreme for a guy of Roger’s class, there are more subtle ways to unsettle Nadal. Like for instance what Roger did now. Remember in the 2009 Madrid final when Roger waited for Nadal in his chair until he finished his whole pre match routine and then made him wait for him at the net? That was another subtle message telling Nadal: “We are going to play this match on my terms, not yours. I am the one who’s won 16 slams. Bow down to me.” He then went on to destroy Nadal on his favorite surface in front of his home crowd in a no-nonsense type of display. If only we had seen more of that over the years. But it doesn’t matter. Better late than never. The good thing about Roger and being a Fedfan is that Roger doesn’t stagnate.

There is always something ‘happening’ with him. He is always there on the cutting edge of the game trying to improve and make the necessary changes. It may take him a while to make changes because he is stubborn, but in the end he does what is the best for his tennis. Like when he finally decided to hire Annacone, or when he took some time off after the US Open last year and made some very necessary changes to his mental game. On both occasions the changes paid off immediately and he went on impressive winning streaks. He is currently on one of those winning streaks with a 35-2 record, having won five of the last seven tournaments he has played. But that is not enough. Roger went on a similar run after he hired Annacone. It is the slams he is after, and for that Nadal remains a massive obstacle.

Luckily for Roger he managed to regain the momentum he had before he lost to Nadal in Melbourne, thanks to two tournaments that favored his game. Therefor he is confident again and can afford to have a little dig at Nadal. He realizes that he is not the favorite should they meet in the semis of Indian Wells and this time he is trying something different. Roger has always made little digs against the likes of Djokovic and Murray in the press. Why not Nadal? Is he some kind of special case that leaves him exempt from the GOAT’s mind games? No, he is clearly not. If anyone deserves the mind games it is him since he uses gamesmanship more than any top player probably in the history of the sport. It is high time that someone started calling him out, and no one better than Roger to do so.

The problem is that Nadal acts as though he is already the GOAT. He calls for more clay courts, a two year ranking system, complains about the schedule while playing every event possible, and takes as much time between points as he wants. He acts as if tennis exists because of him. Roger should have taken a stand against that nonsense a long time ago. This kind of attitude from Nadal translates to his matches with Roger. He acts as though he owns the ATP and then he ends up owning Roger in their matches too. Roger is the one on 16 slams and he should be calling the shots and throwing his weight around. I can understand that up until this point he has been reluctant to do it because it is not on his nature. I am the same way. I like to take the humble approach first, but if people force my hand I will not hesitate to show them who is boss.

It has happened on this blog in fact. I am very lenient about comments but when people start taking advantage of that they must live with the consequences. This is my blog and no one will tell me here what to do or boss me around. The same goes for Roger. Roger has tried the friendly approach with Nadal for a long as he could, but Nadal is now treading on his turf. It is time to send that pushing cheat packing for good. For too long he has been the pretender to the throne. He is a mere peasant in the presence of the king and it is about time he is reminded of the fact. Note the fact that Roger only singled out Nadal and said nothing about Djokovic, who wastes just as much time between points. This sounds personal and I for one am loving it. The more personal it gets the better.

I believe Roger has a killer deep down inside him but it takes a bit more to bring him out. A killer more ruthless and destructive than Nadal can ever dream of. Hopefully we will soon see a changed Fedal relationship full of hate and resentment. I now have reason to look forward to Indian Wells and Miami once more. Roger play tonight against Denis Kudla, an upcoming American youngster. It is time to get that reign of terror off to a ruthless start and send his opponents a little message. Murray already lost yesterday against Garcia-Lopez. Must be after Roger psyched him out before the Dubai final again, calling his relationship with Lendl ‘early days’. It reminds me of the 2010 Australian Open final where Roger psyched Murray out and Murray having a slump afterwards.

I am hoping this criticism of Nadal is a new direction that Roger is taking in the Fedal rivalry and that it will be the catalyst for Roger picking up his next slam soon. I’m excited!

Ps. Like I said I am gonna try to take off work and cover Indian Wells and Miami. Therefor any donations would be appreciated.

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33 Comments

  1. Ru-an.It gets really exciting when fed plays.But even more when people know that you are writing a match report after that.Its gr8 to see you back buddy.Even I think the way Fed singled out Nadal is something personal and will trigger that killer instinct which is deep down and sleeps against Nadal.Hope this time around if they meet,ROger is prepared menatlly as well to take him down and show who is the boss.Murrays loss in straight sets surprises me as he was playing well in Dubai and gave roger a close fight in that final a few days ago.But anyways,Roger is playing tonight and it will be early morning in India,so more than seeing the match,I am lookig forward to your posts and analysing the matches.Goodluck for your job and blogging.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks V, your comment is very much appreciated. It also feels great to be back and believe me I get excited too, about Roger, blogging, and your comments. This new direction Roger seems to be taking in the Fedal rivalry makes me want to cover IW and Miami badly, whereas before I wasn’t very excited about it.

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    V Reply:

    Federer defeats Kudla 6-4,6-1.Fed just missed the bagel but overall he played a really good match on a slow surface.The commentataors said that Roger was not 100% and said that this win will give him the needed rest for the next match.Dunno what it is about.Tell us if you know about it.And Rogger Blue-white clothing is awesome.

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    veronica Reply:

    V, Koenig says some virus (that causes stomach upsets and vomitting but which lasts only 24 to 48 hrs only) that’s going around there and 6 players (men and women) have been affected and dropped out of the tournament already. Rumour has it that Roger has it too. When he went for a toilet break after the first set, it really got me worried. However he played well enough although he did look a little pale.

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    veronica Reply:

    Just read that Roger also recovering from a fall he had on Friday affecting his arm. Didn’t turn up for practice for two days! Let’s pray and hope he recovers and back to 100% for Raonic match!

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    V Reply:

    Thanks for the info guys.Yeah all of us hope that Roger comes out 1005 for raonic match

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    V Reply:

    100%

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    V Reply:

    thanks veronica.heres a news read.
    http://www.hindustantimes.com/sports-news/Tennis/Federer-Nadal-advance-as-flu-hits-Indian-Wells/Article1-824053.aspx
    Roger says “We are fighting something of our own in our family,I have a bit of a combination. Not a terrible temperature but I have some things going on. I am the best off in the family. The rest of them are struggling much more.”
    Even at this time he brings in some humour.Thats what has made him so likable over these years and i hope that he will be fully ready for the Raonic match

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    veronica Reply:

    Thanks lots, V!! Boy! did Federer invent the words, “positive”, “never say die”, “glass half full”???!!!! I shake my head in awe and in disbelief how he can be so cheery and upbeat and still give out so much positive vibes when he is suffering from this virus that everyone is dreading??!! The guy is JUST amazing! Roger Federer, you are truly one in a million!!

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  2. Very well said, Ru-an. I am also very happy that Roger has called out Rafa on the time he wastes between points. Maybe Rafa would have a point if he played grueling 20-shot rallies EVERY point, but seriously, how many long rallies do we really see in big Nadal matches? Sure, extra time should be allowed when a long rally is played where the two guys are trying to recover afterwards, but this is not the case with Rafa. He consistently takes over 30 seconds between points whether he just played a 157 shot rally or whether he just hit an ace. It’s time for the rule to be enforced again. A lot of Rafa’s matches are getting seriously overrated just because they see the time on the clock, but if it was Roger in the same situation, the match would be much, much shorter.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Kyle, how is the blogging coming along? I could have said a lot more about this whole time limit thing between points but I was more focused on the Fedal rivalry implications. Nadal gets leeway because he is a superstar. Like Jordan got in the NBA. It is much easier to be ok with it when the person who gets leeway is likable like Jordan was. Jordan was the Federer of the NBA. A likable guy and good to watch, while Nadal is not that likable and plays unattractive tennis. Tennis isn’t basketball however and Roger isn’t taking any advantage of the fact that he is a superstar and neither does he need to. Again this comes down to the rivalry for me. Whether the superstars should get leeway or not is debatable, but the fact is Roger must do something to counter Nadal’s tactics. He must do something to get under his skin. And the fact that Nadal takes advantage of his star status so much makes him an easy target for Roger. If it’s not the time wasting then it’s the coaching he receives on court and the fake injury time outs. Other players can’t really call Nadal out because they are not stars themselves, but the fact that Roger is even a bigger star makes it ideal for him to call Nadal out and start a mental war.

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    Kyle Reply:

    Blogging is going very well, thanks for asking. I’m writing a lot more lately than I was earlier. Anyways, like you mention, that Roger is starting to take digs at Rafa is good because it means he is confident again, and with that, his ability to think clearly and effectively. This is especially important on the tennis court for Rog, and in the past few weeks he has been very clear in his game.

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  3. King of blogs Ru-an is back !!
    Now thats what the fuck I’m talking about !!
    I didnt wanna leave a comment when u were critizing Roger and arguing fiercely with others about his lack of balls in earlier posts, because i understood the frustration u were going thru, but i always knew u would come back and hit me with that ACE OF SPADE kind of post that got me hooked to your blog, just like Roger has taught me thru the years Never to lose faith in him until He decides to hang it up !!
    There is a Huge parralel between Roger’s career and this special blog ! The fun, the frustrations, the class, the intensity, the glory, the precision, the artistry ( shout out to Balthazar ! ),you can name them all..
    People do no understand how this game is so heavy mental and I always suspected Roger was always too nice to Nadal and it reflected on courts as well.
    Rafa might show humility off court but deep inside him he wants to aleniate Federer ! There is no way he would waste all that time against his great friend and Goat in his own words ( which he abused in the last AO), or fist pump more than 5 times in a row, or celebrate winning the match as if he had won the calendar slam if he really respected Federer !
    Now Fed has to act the same ( not fist pumping or gamesmanship) and keep the friendship off the court or end it for good because I tell you Nadal is one hell of a hypocrite !
    I still dont understand how he waited all this long to air him out ! Had he done it in 06, we might have had a couple of calendar slams and would be on a 20 and plus slam count..
    We all know Federer is way more a superior tennis player than Nadal and this rivalry is pretty much mental than anything.
    All i want to see now is him getting more and more into Nadal’s head and keep on making him wait at the net before matches ! Kill him with the digs as only The Goat can. Keep it classy because i sincerely believe this would already do the job but i wouldnt mind a little trash talk ( even though i know its not in his nature and wouldnt do it).
    I already predicted our man Fed to return to n.1 this year and breaking Pistol Pete record and this is great news for my prediction !
    FedererExpress back with killer instinct, digging at whoever he feels like, aiming at the top spot, You all better get outta the way !! This will be another magical year i promise u..

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Raoul, that is very kind of you to say so. I am just writing as I see it at the moment. After the AO I felt the criticism was necessary and now I feel the praise is necessary. Like you say there is a parallel between Roger and this blog. I just live in the moment. After the AO it wasn’t necessarily disappointment. I wasn’t shattered by the loss or anything. I just felt that something drastic needed to change against Nadal and here it could be happening. So here I am praising him again. That is just the ebb and flow of Roger and this blog. Anyway I am delighted that you are back and as excited as I am!

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  4. It was about time, Ruan. After all this crying about Roger’s end I can gladly welcome you. All this years I’ve accepted and agreed when you criticized Roger but you depression of a late was unacceptable. But you’ve returned with a bang. So welcome back and please, make sure you’ll stay no matter what happens.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    No one said anything about Roger’s end Rusev, calm down. I think you tend to be overly dramatic but everyone is different. This is my blog and I welcome you.

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  5. Nice to see you back Ruan…
    Agreed, Rafa takes a lot of time and its also fair that extra time must be given when there are long rallies, but as a referee you got to stict by the rules, i think the time limit can be increased to 25 and make it a strict rule, such that no one crosses it…having said that i doubt if it will have any effect on Fedal games…may be Fed will start complaining about time during games, but for Fed its all in the head and game tactics when it comes to Fedal matches…

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  6. You know, it really irks me when people point to an isolated incident or type of incident to justify their behavior when in fact the issue is a general one that applies in a much broader range such as Nadal has done in his response to Roger’s comments about the time violations. Any reasonable person (such as Roger) realizes there will be exceptions to some rules (e.g. long rallies where both players might need a few extra seconds to regroup). But those actually guilty of the offense choose to focus in on these specifics so as to deflect attention and scrutiny lest they be exposed. Thank you Ruan, and others who commented above, namely Kyle, for pointing this out. Nadal delays play WHENEVER it suits him and he is not the only one. His additional antics such as the questionable calls for the trainer and the blatant (defiant) on court coaching leave a bad taste in my mouth and squelch any otherwise interest or respect I might have for him, even if I liked his game (and I don’t!). Nonetheless, thanks Ruan for keeping your post focused on what this tells us about Roger and how it relates to him and his fighting spirit! Keep on blogging!!

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  7. Hey Ru-an!

    I like your newfound enthusiasm about Roger. To be honest, however, I don’t want to jump on the bandwagon just yet. I’d rather wait until both Roger and Nadal do meet in the semis. There is still quite a lot of matches to be played until then. I’ll wait at least before the QFs before I can say if Roger is ready to take Nadal down. But don’t get me wrong. I’d love to see Roger put Rafa in his place. It’s due to happen some time this year!

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  8. I’m disliking Nadal more and more. This blog reinforces it. Can’t explain in detail why I feel the way I do, I just do. The ultimate for me would be a win over Nadal at the French Open. We’ve had plenty of chances, but a guy can dream can’t he? Glad to see you back Ruan, and I still can’t connect with you on FB, although I have tried. I’m a little jacked up on mountain dew, so I can stay up and watch “The Federer”. Kick it FED. G

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  9. Well another good day back in Holland – another post from Ruan! :-) Thanx and make em somethimes even 2,3 a day if u have the time :-)
    I think Federer must focus on his mental and actual play and less on irrelevant for their rivalry small details. Those breaks didn`t prevent him from winning all those losses he accumulated last years. We all see that he moves and hots the ball better than even at AO2010 when last he was plying consistently well.
    Time has proved that until he meets Nadal there is no need for being overly positive.AO2012 was not that long ago and just trowing those accusations in the air will not affect Nadal at all.This guy was able to almost win this AO after 6 consecutive losses in finals, 3 at slams.Nadal can be beaten on court only with good tactics, mental fortitude and good game.I don`t believe until i see it :-) Enjoying his game is enough of a joy for all of us. If davidenko can do it , del potro too before surgery, james blake in the past, djokovic now we don`t need those killer instincts on display -he need to have this attitude in his game and thats sufficient.
    p/s Fed must have talked loudly enough about the 2 year ranking and the longevity of tour.
    p/s Same way he can address his complaints for time violation whenever he plays nadal and the referee is there to react.No need to say it before playing.Same for illegal coaching, or medical timeouts.
    Waiting on ur next blog Ruan :-)
    ….and by the way have u tried to contact roger during the years somehow (don`t think its possible he doesn`t read this blog.There are online tools to see how many hit ur site has a day , week, months year and different stats and ur blog may turned out to be a solid competitor of his FB account – no kidding :)) or have u watched many of his US performances live?

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  10. Good post, Ru-an, though I disagree that Federer needs to adopt such an adversarial attitude to beat Nadal.

    I think it best if he looks upon Nadal as a pure tennis problem. Focusing on hatred and antipathy would cloud his on-court judgment and keep him from playing his best and most sublime tennis. Federer doesn’t play from anger or hatred and it would hinder his game if he were to deliberately nurture those feelings.

    If revenge there needs to be, the best revenge is winning. And winning in the final of Roland Garros would be the best kind of victory. That isn’t to say, of course, that he shouldn’t put Nadal on notice about his passive-aggressive mind games and cheating.

    However, I doubt this particular comment was intended as mind games–he was asked specifically about the issue and he gave his usual prompt reply, though it’s certainly telling that Nadal was the first and only example that popped into his mind.

    Nadal proves once again to be a pouty little man-child who’s getting far too big for his britches, demanding selective enforcement of the rule.

    He knows very well that the umps will be reluctant to enforce the rule against him, and that he’ll be able to get away with much more than most of his opponents. He just doesn’t think the rules should apply to him.

    If it were really about letting everyone have a fair chance to catch their breath, he would suggest that the actual rule be changed instead of saying that it should be up to the umpire to decide whether the rule should be broken. But as usual with Nadal, it’s about gaining an advantage for himself at the expense of others.

    Anyhow, Federer has rolled over Kudla into the third round, and although he said in that postmatch interview that he was a little feverish, he looks to be striking the ball very cleanly in the slow conditions. Hopefully he will be fully recovered when he tackles Raonic.

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  11. Nice to see you posting again, Ruan…. What more can be said about the arrogant, selfish Spaniard? Well I, for one, find his incessant feigned humility during interviews both tiresome and irksome. Does he actually believe that no one can see through his facade? Doesn’t he realize that his on-court behavior negates his humble veneer? The constant jumping up and down at the net before matches to rattle his opponent, the endless fist-pumping after won points, the over-dramatic glares he shoots at his foe, the way he greedily slows down the match to a glacial pace with his perpetual towel-wiping between every point, every serve … then, to top it all off, all those endless moonballs! delivered with a macho grunt, no less, with a strategic medical time-out thrown in here and there for good measure, whenever things aren’t going his way … I could go on and on, but why bother? Suffice it to say that the Majorcan has the ugliest game of all the multi-slam winners. And now he has the audacity to defend his time-consuming tactics, saying the umpire should grant him clemency since he suffers through so many long, arduous rallies. No, Mr. Nadal, the rules of tennis should not be altered just to suit your boring, grinding style of play. If you want to run around like a madman during countless, thirty-shot barages, that is your problem, not ours. The rules are the rules—they demand that you step up to the line to serve again when 25 seconds have passed, and not keep everyone waiting so you can regain your breath and composure while you finger with your hair and pick at your butt a couple of times. The gall of this man! He thinks the universe should bend to his every wish and whim. Some day, hopefully soon, the Gods will have had enough. I await Their Judgement eagerly, with bated breath….

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    Raoul Reply:

    Thank you so much Balthazar!
    Nadal is a disgrace to the sport and I still cant figure out how he got to 10 slams..
    The Gods will have had enough soon enough, im thinking this year..

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  12. Hey!

    I watched couple of interviews of Roger before the start of the tournament and after his win today and I have to say he looks really dialed in and very serious. He looks hungry and has the predator look. I mean I think he looks like he is getting sick of loosing to both Nadal and Djokovich. He wants to make something happen here. Again in his interview today he referred to one of his favorite wins when he came back from 2 sets down to win against Nadal in Miami. He seems to be looking for answers to the question of why he is unable to win close matches. And to him, the answer seems to be lack of confidence. Roger is full of confidence now. He is playing very well. He just wants to push it one step further and beat both Novak and Rafa. If he can do it here, who knows he can do it again in a slam. I like and I hope that he continues to take these smaller tournaments seriously because in the end confidence comes from winning matches. Nothing beats winning, as he himself says. We’ll see. I think Raonic is tough but Roger will prevail in two close sets. 6:4 6:4

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  13. the old Ruan is beck? was beginning to like the ‘almost neutral Ruan’. but never mind. jst want to say that there are people out there who like Nadal. i cant even decide who is the bigger star between him and Roger. i guess it boils down to age groups. the older generation probably like Roger more. but to say Nadal is not likeable is not correct. just saying.

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  14. Agree with you, Steve, that there is no need to nurture any feelings of antipathy or hate towards Nadal, even if Nadal runs afoul of the code and rules , be it in a manifest way or in a more hidden way. Feelings of hate may be indeed counterproductive on the tennis court .
    But I also fully agree with Ruan where he talks about “the killer deep down”. When someone is coming – what Ruan calls – “on your turf”, on your property with the intention to occupy it, you need to have the appropriate response. Animals do defend instinctively the boundaries of their territory, and we normally do it too in our own ways. Roger is still the most talented out there of the whole field, and does have to show it, even with age catching up for him. There is no room, no place for self doubt or hesitation here. Roger has to defend himself and has to adopt indeed a bit more an attitude of what the French call “ne pas se laisser faire”, a bit more of the spirituality of the buddhist monks and the martial arts: having a general serene and pacific attitude towards everyone, but also being perfectly prepared for any kind of attack and ready to go for the kill if the situation demands it. Roger needs to have this attitude on the court and go for it, especially on the big points of a match. There is no need of grunting or more animal like demeanor though, but there is nothing wrong with Roger’s own moderate reply to Nadal’s tricks in the Madrid final 2009.

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  15. Ruan – great to have you back and even more fantastic to have you back as positive as can be. The point you made over RF being too nice to Nadal is something Boris Becker made in 2009. See the article here:

    http://gototennis.com/2009/03/02/boris-becker-coaches-roger-federer-rafael-nadal-is-your-worst-enemy/

    I am hoping Fed beats Nadal in every GS meeting going forward based off what i am hearing from him this week esp since he did so against Murray and the Djoker earlier. Keep the chin up – he may just win this one unless something unforeseen affects his health!

    S

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  16. You seem obsessed with this Nadal! He is not worth the attention you pay to him. Even if he wins more Grand Slams than Roger, he’ll never be considered the greatest of all times. Even if he keeps beating Roger every time they meet, he’ll never be as popular within or beyond the tennis world. Even if he never gets caught for using illegal substances, he’ll always be suspected of not being clean. Even if he never gets a warning for time wasting, he’ll always show his true character through his behavior each time he steps on a court. He made me become aware that I am not a Tennis fan, I am only and simply a Roger Federer fan. Because if the Aussie final is the announcement of what Tennis is becoming to be, I’d rather not keep watching when Federer is gone. I’ll continue to watch Federer, because he is unique in many ways, he is a joy and pleasure to watch, he is poetry in motion, and his behavior is fascinating both on and off the court.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Hey Chris, good to see you back. Maybe it is the competitor in me but I don’t want Nadal to beat Roger’s slam record. It would just feel terrible. So I am obsessed with it in that sense. I don’t think he will, but you never know. I also want Roger to find a way to beat Nadal. The rivalry reached a kind of plateau and I think Roger realizes that. Time for change.

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    Chris Reply:

    Just relax, Nadal will self-destroy. He will not be able to enjoy the same time of career end as Roger does. Federer is finishing his career in style, and once he steps down, everybody will be aware that Tennis will never be the same again without him. How long was Nadal #1? How many times did he win the Masters at the end of the year? How many consecutive semi-finals did he play? How many times Sportsman of the Year? I will always remember Nadal as the #2. That’s his spot, that’s where he belongs to. He still needs to win 5 Grand Slams to be the #2 on the list of all time Grand Slam winners. I doubt he’ll make it.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    It is all true what you say. I will always remember Nadal as that number 2 too. He is not GOAT material. But I still want Roger to break through against him because he is blocking Roger at this point.

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  17. Hey Ruan,
    I don’t think Fed has NEVER said anything about it before; it’s just that he’s complained to no avail. Have a look at this from July 2008.
    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/2008/07/06/fed-s-warning-to-umpire-on-nadal-s-antics-78057-20633669/

    mentions Nadal getting a time violation at the FO that year and Fed trying to give the umpire a heads-up before the Wimby final. I remember reading some other stuff between 2006-8 about it here and there. Just seems like nothing happened so Roger gave up. :-(

    Now there are quite a few players doing it (Del Po and today vs Djokovic it was his opponent, Kevin Anderson, passing the limit!). So because Nadal got away with it, it’s becoming more widespread. At this stage maybe better to focus on the problem than to look like you’re picking on one guy.

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