Federer Gets Nadal in His Quarter at Wimbledon

Section 1:
(1)Novak DJOKOVIC vs Florian MAYER
Bobby REYNOLDS vs Steve JOHNSON
Blaz KAVCIC vs Jan Lennard STRUFF
Ryan HARRISON vs (28)Jeremy CHARDY
(19)Gilles SIMON vs Feliciano LOPEZ
Ricardas BERANKIS vs Pual HENRI-MATHIERU
Wayne ODESNIK vs Jimmy WANG
Dmitry TURSUNOV vs (13)Tommy HAAS

Section 2:
(9)Richard GASQUET vs Marcel GRANOLLERS
Andreas HAIDER-MAURER vs Go SOEDA
James BLAKE vs Thiemo de BAKKER
Bernard TOMIC vs (21)Sam QUERREY 
(27)Kevin ANDERSON vs Olivier ROCHUS
Phillip PETZSCHNER vs Michal PRZYSIEZNY
Daniel BRANDS vs Daniel GIMENO-TRAVER
Martin KLIZAN vs (7)Tomas BERDYCH 

Section 3:
(4)David FERRER vs. Martin ALUND
Roberto BAUTISTA-AGUT vs. Teymuraz GABASHVILI
Horacio ZEBALLOS vs. Santiago GIRALDO
Gastao ELIAS vs. (26)Alexander DOLGPOLOV
(17)Milos RAONIC vs. Carlos BERLOCQ
Alex KUZNETSOV vs. Igor SIJSLING
James DUCKWORTH vs. Denis KUDLA
Ivan DODIG vs. Phillip (16)KOHLSCHREIBER

Section 4:
(12)Kei NISHIKORI vs. Matthew EBDEN
Leonardo MAYER vs. Aljaz BEDENE
Michael LLODRA vs. Jarkko NIEMINEN
Denis ISTOMIN vs.(23) Andreas SEPPI
(29)Grigor DIMITROV vs. Simone BOLELLI
Grega ZELJA vs. Michael RUSSELL
Guido PELLA vs. Jesse LEVINE
Albert RAMOS vs. (8)Juan Martin DEL POTRO

Section 5:
(5)Rafael NADAL vs. Steve DARCIS
Lukasz KUBOT vs. Igor ANDREEV
Stephane ROBERT vs. Alejandro FALLA
Adrian UNGUR vs. (25)Benoit PAIRE
(18)John ISNER vs. Evgeny DONSKOY
Pablo ANDUJAR vs. Adrian MANNARINO
Dustin BROWN vs. Guillermo GARCIA LOPEZ
Lleyton HEWITT vs. (11)Stanislas WAWRINKA

Section 6:
(15)Nicolas ALMAGRO vs. Jurgen ZOPP
Marinko MATOSEVIC vs. Guillaume RUFIN
Radek STEPANEK vs. Matt REID
Kyle EDMUND vs. (24)Jerzy JANOWICZ
(30)Fabio FOGNINI vs. Jurgen MELZER
Julian REISTER vs. Lukas ROSOL
Rogerio DUTRA SILVA vs. Sergiy STAKHOVSK
Victor HANESCU vs. (3)Roger FEDERER

Section 7:
(6)Jo Wilfried TSONGA vs. David GOFFIN
Edouard ROGER-VASSELIN vs. Ernests GULBIS
Fernando VERDASCO vs. Xavier MALISSE
Tobias KAMKE vs. (31)Julien BENNETEAU
(22)Juan MONACO vs. Bastian KNITTEL
Lukas LACKO vs. Rajeev RAM
Kenny de SCHEPPER vs. Paolo LORENZI
Marcos BAGHDATIS vs. (10)Marin CILIC

Section 8:
(14)Janko TIPSAREVIC vs.Victor TROICKI
Andrey KUZNETSOV vs. Albert MONTANES
Marc GICQUEL vs. Vasek POSPISIL
Robin HAASE vs. (20)Mikhail YOUZHNY
(32)Tommy Robredo vs. Alex BOGOMOLOV Jr.
Nicolas MAHUT vs. Jan HAJEK
James WARD vs. Yen Hsun LU
Benjamin BECKER vs. (2)Andy MURRAY

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/draws/ms/r1s1.html

 

Hi Fedfolks. Sorry about my blog being offline yesterday. My host does that without a warning and I spent all day yesterday fixing it. Well the big question about the Wimbledon draw was in whose quarter Nadal would fall since he is the #5 seed, and as destiny would have it he fell in Roger’s quarter. This is the first time since I can remember that it has happened, in a slam or outside of it. It’s been 5 years since the two’s last meeting in the 2008 Wimbledon final. That’s a long time and it’s hard to know what to expect should they meet in the quarters. Still a long way to go. Roger’s draw looks decent until the quarters, but then it gets really hard. The first two rounds shouldn’t be much of a problem. Roger comes off a high after winning Halle and I expect him to win his early rounds fairly easily. Maybe Rosol can trouble him in the 3rd round if he plays out of his mind again, but that is unlikely.

Then in the last 16 it would probably either be Almagro or Janowicz. Janaowicz can potentially be dangerous but you’d expect Roger to get through that as well. From the quarter finals onward it gets as hard as it can get. Roger probably has to beat Nadal, Murray, and Djokovic in succession to defend his title. We can’t be certain Nadal will make quarters however. In the early rounds Nadal is vulnerable because the grass is fast and he usually starts slow in slams. His draw looks pretty good though. Maybe Paire can cause him some trouble but I don’t think he possesses the mental fortitude to upset Nadal. Isner potentially has the game to upset Nadal on grass, but he would have to get past Stan. As for Murray his chances to make the semis looks good. He’s got Tsonga in his quarter but holds a 8-1 head-to-head record over him.

Finally Djokovic has the easiest draw of the big 4. He has none of the big 4 in his half. He’s got Haas, Berdych, and Del Potro. Probably the most dangerous of those 3 for Djokovic is Haas, who recently beat him in Miami. Djokovic has a 13-2 head-to-head record over Berdych, and it’s doubtful that Del Potro will make semis. For me it is important that Djokovic makes the final in case Nadal is there. So I hope Haas doesn’t upset him. Nadal has a tough road to the final though. If he gets through the early rounds he has Roger to deal with and then Murray. Of course Nadal is not an easy opponent for Roger, even on grass. This is a great opportunity for Roger though. Why? If he beats Nadal he stops him from catching his slam record himself, and he gets an important slam win over him where he currently trails Nadal 2-8.

It would also mean he leads Nadal 3-1 on grass and 9-7 off of clay. There is a lot on the line for Roger. If Nadal wins the head-to-head just gets worse for Roger and Nadal is still in the running for the title. If there was ever a title that Nadal must not win from a Fedfan perspective it is this one. Nadal basically has to win this title if he is to remain in touch with Roger’ slam record. Thankfully it’s a very tough road to the title for him, provided he has to face Roger, Murray, and Djokovic in his last three matches. And like I said being upset in the earlier rounds is not impossible either. Having said that, Nadal will be desperate to win this title despite looking vulnerable in Paris, and having played a ridiculous amount of tennis since his comeback. We will just have to see how it pans out. I don’t think many people expect Roger to defend his title, but I do think he is at least expected to make the quarter finals.

Roger sporting his 2013 Wimby outfit

Roger just won Halle and the last place you’d expect his quarter final streak to end is Wimbledon. On the other hand we know what effect it can have on Roger if Nadal is in his draw. Having said that, I read that Roger is really excited at the prospect of facing Nadal in the quarters. I can’t find the place where I read that but Roger sounds positive about it all. I did however find another article:

“The fun factor now is much greater than it has ever been,” “I can pick and choose. I am not in this stress like I used to be.”

“Eventually you just have to slow it down a bit and work on your game,” “If you play too many matches it all adds up with you. You can never try out things. That’s why sometimes some free time is good because you reflect on how you’ve been playing and what you want to achieve.

“I don’t want tennis to become an everyday grind where it’s nothing special any more. You need it to be special and sometimes you need to get away from it all to come back eager. That’s what happened. I was super-excited packing my bags for Madrid. I was excited going back on tour. It was an important moment for me to see how hungry I still was. And I still am.”

It was only just after the French Open that people started to talk more about that because my performance was also not what I like to see for myself. So clearly winning Halle came at the right time to silence a few people. But I don’t play tennis for that. I play tennis for enjoyment.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/wimbledon-2013-roger-federer-has-found-the-fun-factor-and-hes-still-hungry-8669294.html

I just took out the quotes that I thought was the most important. It’s all interesting. He talks about Murray too, saying that he has grown as a player in the last 12 months and that he will be tougher than ever to beat at Wimbledon. I have said that Murray is my favorite for the title but I hope Roger can prove me wrong. To get back to what Roger said, I think his words tells us a lot. I think part of the reason for Roger’s disappointing first half of the season is that he still had a hang over from 2012. I have mentioned this before. He played so many matches and it took so much out of him. Then at the end of 2012 he went to play the exhos in South-America. It was just a very emotional season for him overall with a lot of tennis. Of course that was gonna take it’s toll. So the 7 week break was a great thing and as Roger said he felt refreshed and excited when he came back.

The clay season wasn’t that great but it is Roger’s worst surface after all. I have also said that the second half of the year is a new beginning for Roger. I expect him to do much better from here on. He already started the second half of the season with a title. Many Fedfans have become depressed with Roger’s performance in the first half of the year and started writing him off. But if Roger has taught us one thing over the years it is that he can never be written off. The most important thing that Roger says is right at the end where he says he plays not to prove something to people or to silence them, but for the enjoyment. This is the key and why I think Roger will still play for a long time still. He doesn’t care if people write him off. Not even if his own fans does it, because he plays for the love of the game.

If you play to prove something to other people you will burn out, because people will never be satisfied. But if you play for the love of the game there is no reason to burn out. You just keep going. Burn out is still possible from playing a lot of matches, but it’s not as bad as when you are trying to prove the whole world wrong. There is just a lot less pressure. It seems Roger has found his enjoyment again and that gives me a lot of hope. It doesn’t mean I think he will win Wimbledon, but I think his heart is back in it and he will make it hard for Nadal, Murray, and Djokovic. I’d love to see Roger win Wimbledon, but if that can’t happen I just want to see someone else than Nadal win it. If that happens I would be satisfied because Roger’s slam record would be safe in all likelihood. I expect Roger to have a good Wimbledon and I am looking forward to the potential Fedal quarter.

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  1. One match at a time as they say. One match at a time. All the best, Roger! =)

    Also, considering the fact that even if Roger wins Wimbledon, he will most probably drop down to rank #4. I would hate to see him out of the top 4. I can’t even remember when did it happen ever in my life time, anyway.

    “RANKING SCENARIOS POST-WIMBLEDON (and post Olympics points drop)

    CURRENT RANKINGS:

    1. Djokovic (11830)
    2. Murray (8560)
    3. Federer (7740)
    4. Ferrer (7220)
    5. Nadal (6895)
    6. Berdych (4515)

    Since Olympics points will also drop next week, there could be a few dramatic changes

    It is assumed that there are no upsets till the QFs, and the quarterfinals are:
    Djokovic vs Berdych
    Ferrer vs del Potro
    Murray vs Tsonga
    Nadal vs Federer

    Now suppose these are the semis:
    Djokovic vs Ferrer, Murray vs Nadal/Federer

    Scenario 1: Nadal wins Wimbledon, defeating Federer in QFs, Murray in SFs and Djokovic in F.

    1. Djokovic (12040) (+480, -270)
    2. Nadal (8850) (+1955)
    3. Ferrer (7510) (+360, -70)
    4. Murray (7380) (-480, -700)
    5. Federer (5650) (-1640, -450)

    Scenario 2: Djokovic wins Wimbledon, defeating Nadal in the final

    1. Djokovic (12850) (+1280, -270)
    2. Nadal (8050) (+1185)
    3. Ferrer (7510) (+360, -70)
    4. Murray (7380) (-480, -700)
    5. Federer (5650) (-1640, -450)

    Scenario 3: Djokovic wins Wimbledon, defeating Murray in the final, Murray defeated Nadal in the SFs

    1. Djokovic (12850) (+1280, -270)
    2. Murray (7860) (-700)
    3. Nadal (7570) (+675)
    4. Ferrer (7510) (+360, -70)
    5. Federer (5650) (-1640, -450)

    Scenario 4: Djokovic wins Wimbledon, defeating Murray in the final, Murray defeated Federer in the SFs

    1. Djokovic (12850) (+1280, -270)
    2. Murray (7860) (-700)
    3. Ferrer (7510) (+360, -70)
    4. Nadal (7210) (+315)
    5. Federer (6010) (-1280, -450)

    Scenario 5: Djokovic wins Wimbledon, defeating Federer in the final

    1. Djokovic (12850) (+1280, -270)
    2. Ferrer (7510) (+360, -70)
    3. Murray (7380) (-480, -700)
    4. Nadal (7210) (+315)
    5. Federer (6490) (-800, -450)

    Scenario 6: Murray wins Wimbledon, defeating Djokovic in final and Nadal in SFs

    1. Djokovic (12040) (+480, -270)
    2. Murray (8660) (+800, -700)
    3. Nadal (7570) (+675)
    4. Ferrer (7510) (+360, -70)
    5. Federer (5650) (-1640, -450)

    Scenario 7: Murray wins Wimbledon, defeating Djokovic in final and Federer in SFs

    1. Djokovic (12040) (+480, -270)
    2. Murray (8660) (+800, -700)
    3. Ferrer (7510) (+360, -70)
    4. Nadal (7210) (+315)
    5. Federer (6010) (-1280, -450)

    Scenario 8: Federer wins Wimbledon, defeating Nadal in QFs, Murray in SFs and Djokovic in F

    1. Djokovic (12040) (+480, -270)
    2. Ferrer (7510) (+360, -70)
    3. Murray (7380) (-480, -700)
    4. Federer (7290) (-450)
    5. Nadal (7210) (+315)

    Scenario 9 (OUTSIDE CHANCE): Nadal wins Wimbledon, defeating Berdych in the final

    1. Djokovic (11200) (-360, -270)
    2. Nadal (8850) (+1955)
    3. Ferrer (7510) (+360, -70)
    4. Murray (7380) (-480, -700)
    5. Berdych (5700) (+1190, -5)
    6. Federer (5650) (-1640, -450)

    All this is predicated upon Ferrer reaching the semifinals. If Ferrer doesn’t reach the semis and loses in QFs, his points will be 7150.

    Takeaways:
    -Djokovic will remain #1 with a big lead no matter what.
    -Ferrer is the biggest gainer if he can reach the SFs. He can go to #2 if Federer wins/reaches the final. Ferrer will be #3 if Murray doesn’t reach the final, for sure.
    -Federer is the biggest loser. His ranking will DEFINITELY drop unless there are upsets. He will go down to #5 unless he wins, and will go down to #4 with a tiny lead even if he wins.
    -Nadal can be back to #2 if he reaches the final.
    -If Berdych can upset Nole, Federer might slip to #6.
    -Murray will stay in the top 4 for sure. To stay at #2 he HAS to reach the final.”

    Credits – TROLL TENNIS, on Facebook.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Tijra this is interesting. Like someone said, Roger not taking advantage of his soft draw at the FO is the reason for this. Not such a big deal though.

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  2. Great post, Ruan.
    Don’t have much time at the moment to react with an extensive comment.
    Just ‘d like second your opinion / comment where you say “ But if you play for the love of the game there is no reason to burn out. You just keep going”.
    That’s a great comment and really the secret of any love. Real love for someone or something is “keep going” in all circumstances, even if that going starts getting tough. You keep going because you love, and you give up if your love isn’t strong enough.
    I might chime in with another little comment later on.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Wilfried. I don’t think many Fedfans know what Roger is about, judging by how quickly they write him off.

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  3. Ruan First of all am excited with the draw(imagine a QF match after 5 years after the Greatest match of all time).Second,You gave me the creeps yesterday.I thought for the whole day that I would never be able to visit your blog again(OH NO) since it came the site was not accessible through my server.Phew today was a great relief.

    Now ,to the draw,Serena Williams has been in the news for things other than tennis and she has picked one hell of a terrific(or should I say terrible) draw for the Gentlemen’s Singles.
    No Doubt Djokovic is feeling happy and is probably planning how to pace his game to be in max level for the final and dare I say that he will be upset before that.He would have to play close to a clown match to be upset with this draw which I don’t think is even possible for him at the very peak of his career i.e, now.
    Even if he plays bad for 2 sets,he can still win and thats what we have found out the hard way over these years esp at the USO.So I pretty much make him a deadlock for the final and it is at the bottom half where the heart of the ATP is packed.
    Three of the big 4 + Tsonga etc makes it a very interesting draw as well as a nightmare one.
    I think if Federer or Nadal were to win htis one beating either of them,Andy and presumably Djokovic,then I think it should be regarded as one of the greatest achievements in recent years.I mean the bottom half is dreadful for both Fed and Rafa.
    Going through two of the big 4 itself is one hell of a thing,but think of it,to beat 3 in a row,possible but most likely improbable.
    If you look at Federer,
    the draw is like a double edged sword for him.
    He has two possibilities:
    One=Reach QF-beat nadal and save his own legacy/lose to nadal and square h2h on grass.
    Two=Lose before QF and end one of the greatest records in tennis history.
    Choice is his.
    May be who knows.God thought that his favored son didn’t do well in FO with a joke of a draw and may he wants to punish hime in kind by asking him to prove that he is the GOAT to ever play by giving him this draw.
    All happens for good
    And I believe in Federer simply because he is ROGER FEDERER and I think he is in the right frame of mind(very positive interview) and he knows better than anyone that this could be one of his last chance to win his favorite event let alone another slam and I hope that he wins 8th WIMBY TITLE on the 10 anniversary of his first slam title.ALL THE BEST ROGER.
    ALLEZ

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha V this blog isn’t going away if I can help it. It is annoying when they take it offline.

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  4. Here are more quotes:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2346124/Roger-Federer-insists-hes-got-takes-win-record-eighth-Wimbledon-crown.html

    I specially like this one:

    ‘I’m not here to get to the third round, I’m here to do exceptional stuff and make the latest stages of the tournament, going through incredible atmospheres out on Centre Court.

    ‘It’s very important to me that I can compete in the big tournaments. Sometimes you think you can just rake in the wins, then you remember how hard it is to win a Grand Slam, I know that better than anyone.’

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks for that Rosa Maria. That’s the one where he says he’s excited to play NAdal, although the wording is strange. I’m really liking Roger’s attitude.

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  5. I hope he steps it up against Nadal, this is grass surely he has more confidence on his favorite surface. No matter how hard is the draw, I am rooting for Roger -always.

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  6. Hi Ruan, as usual an interesting post. There’s always something original here. A small comment: Federer/Nadal met in the QF of Miami this year, with of course a bad showing for Federer with his bad back. That was, of course, a slow hard court, and Nadal was just coming back form his ‘career-threatning’ injury before remarkably winning 7 of the next 9 tournaments he played, or whatever it is…

    I have come to believe that Nadal is a hypochondriac, and his knees are not as bad as he imagines, or he is in severe pain, but somehow can still run around like normal and retrieve all those would-be winners.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Bharata, I draw my own conclusions and I have a pretty good idea what goes on with Roger. As for Nadal all that knee talk is a PR stunt to take more pressure off himself. Just like when he says he is never the favorite for any match.

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    Dolores Reply:

    You got that one right, Ru-an, Nadal’s knee, always sporting this bandage….don’t trust Nadal nor his Uncle Toni!
    Dolores
    PS. Are you watching Nadal’s match? Two sets down to tiebreaks….in first round!

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  7. Tough draw for Federer but, let’s face it, he must have seen this coming since he didn’t take advantage of his cakewalk draw in Paris (Tsonga on clay, who was straight-setted by Ferrer, who was straight setted by Nadal!) to reach the final and enter Wimby as #2.
    On the bright side of this, who are we kiddin’, we always knew that if Fed had to face Nadal in Wimbledon, his chances would be better in a potential QF meeting than in a SF or even worse, in the deciding match for the title.
    First of all, the grass should be still fresh (and fast) but that’s not the main reason I like his chances better in quarters; we’ve all noticed how difficult it is for Roger to bring his ‘A’ game on court for five matches in a row, let alone six or seven. He seems to me that his tank isn’t what it used to be anymore, therefore whenever he reaches a SF/F in a slam nowadays, he looks drained, physically and emotionally. We watch him play ugly, uninspired tennis more often than not, whereas if we go back two or three matches we notice some unreal shots , almost flawless tennis. I’m not saying this is always the case but whenever this happens I’m always thinking what if he had faced his nemesis in 4R/QF ? Nadal would still be the favorite to me, but with a fresher Roger on the other side of the net who knows. There would be less pressure on Federer, that is for sure. Not to mention the fact that Nadal’s pattern, on the contrary, is the exact opposite; he seems to be more fragile and beatable in the first week (maybe till the quarters sometimes) of every slam, especially Wimby, but should he reach the semis, he’s a different animal.
    Anyway, I think it’s interesting that they will probably face each other sooner than the semis. Who knows, maybe Federer uses his weapons against the Spaniard EFFECTIVELY, for a change.

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    Frannyfran Reply:

    I like the way you are thinking! I agree he has a better chance in earlier rounds.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yes George good observation about the cakewalk draw at the FO. Also like you I find it interesting that they are meeting in the QF. It adds a new dimension to the match. Less pressure for Roger I think, and faster grass. Now lets hope the roof is closed as well.

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  8. Hi Ruan,great post as always. I’m one of the biggest fans of Roger and I think we are only small group of people who don’t write off Roger after match or 2 lost. For me Roger is the best and will stay the best, no matter what,dont care about 8 or 9 Roland Garros titles and stuff. I had this feeling that he will meet Nadal in quarters, so what lets do it..Chances are 50/50 and its grass so I do believe in Roger.Nadal usualy plays his best from semis on and he must has his doubts after loosing in second round last year.And if Roger will loose the match?He will stay best in my heart and my head.He still have years ahead of him and he is going nowhere.Look at the Bryan’s brother,there was a good article yesterday on atpworldtour website about them being in top form and physicaly best ever at age of 35.I know doubles are less demanding but still I’m sure Roger has at least one grandslam left,2 or 3 is my aim..Bryan’s brother were laughing when Roger called himself and Haas old horses playing doubles together in Halle.Because Rogers super efficient game and Nadal,Djokovic not getting younger he will and he wants to compete few more years,cause he is so good.Look at Haas playing best tennis now at age of 35,i know he did not play as many matches as Roger but his tennis was always halted by multiple injuries.
    If he can do it at that age and Agassi could,Roger will stay there and is going nowhere.
    I’m fed up with people writing Roger off every year for last 5 years,i even stopped writing here cause sometimes its just too much to debate with people who don’t understand Roger’s tennis.
    I still can’t sleep before Roger’s important matches,i’m changing 2 or 3 t-shirts when he is playing and its tough,still having butterflies before big matches.All my friends and my wife think its too much,but hey I love Roger’s tennis too much, cant help myself.Until he hangs up his tennis racquet I do believe he can beat them all and if it will click he will beat Nadal,Murray and Djokovic to get his 8th title.Who is king of tennis and grass?Only one Roger Federer.
    So good luck to our Roger and Ruan,there is still people who will never give up believing that he is best ever.

    Have a fun over next 2 weeks…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha awesome comment Pete. One of the best I’ve read. Your passion for Roger and his tennis is amazing! I don’t get tense before his matches or change shirts(lol!) but I do get really psyched up in important points in his matches against a big rival. I fist pump and roar so that the whole neighborhood can hear me, no matter what the hour is. I find the way people write Roger off pretty disgusting too, including some of his fans. That’s the lowest of the low, because these people don’t give a shit about Roger. For them it’s all about their own satisfaction, as if it’s going to reflect badly on them if Roger does not perform the way they think he should. Their own satisfaction is more important than Roger’s satisfaction. Sad stuff.
    Anyway you would have noticed that I don’t go out of my way to make my blog popular. I just say things as I see them and I don’t care what people think of it. This has probably weeded out a lot of those glory hunter fans that I was just referring to. I don’t think my readers are like that but they don’t always understand what Roger is about either, so I educate them. I don’t want to have many blog followers. I just want to have real Fedfans like yourself here. Numbers are superficial and shallow. Thanks for leaving a comment again and I appreciate you following my blog. It’s great to see Fedfans like you out there.

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    Pete Reply:

    Thx Ruan,nice gesture that my comment is one of the best you have read.I dont pretend,all my friends and family know that im mad fan,i too roar when important point is won.T-shirts is too much i know(lol)but its true.I follow your blog since the beginning and i could see u r true fan straightaway.Now with Nadal out,it only proves even more than he is King of clay,nothing else and Rogers legacy is safe as ever.No way guy he only plays brilliant on clay can be best ever,we do know that he never defended anything outside clay.How can he be considered best ever?
    I was cheering for Darcis big time today..Roger path is clearer now and i have feeling it will get even clearer later on..Come on Roger

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  9. Hi Ru-an, I have a couple of things to say.

    1) Draw from Hell? Yes, it is !! Serena picked up one impossible draw for Roger. And how did he return the favour? By giving her a Vika/Maria-SF so she would not have to worry about those two. Really, Roger is way too nice.

    2) This draw is difficult for two people only, Roger and Rafa. Novak has a cakewalk. But so did Roger at RG, so it is not nessecary a good thing. Novak had a cakewalk draw at AO and Stan the Man almost spoiled it for him.

    3) If Roger beats Rafa, then Andy, then Novak, he is and will always be remembered as the Goat. Beating THE top 3 at age 31 when they are 5 and 6 years younger…. no debate about beeing or not beeing the Goat. How bad he will do after this, no one can take away that he did beat those 3 at Wimby.

    4) This draw is not tough for Andy at all. He has only 2 of the 4 to play, while Roger and Rafa have 3 of the 4 to play.

    5) This year Wimby will be Andy’s.

    6) If Roger cannot win Wimby, I don’t want Rafa to win it, because he does not deserve it. But…. if Rafa wins Wimby, beating Roger, Andy and Novak… then yes, let him have the title. Roger and Rafa are the only ones with this tough draw. I don’t want Rafa to win, but if he can beat the 3 best, he will have deserved his win.

    7) If Roger wins Wimby after beating Rafa, Andy and Novak, he WILL be the greatest of all time. If Rafa wins Wimby after beating the big 3, he will NOT be the greatest of all time, he will just be the guy who showed that it was a good and wellthought plan to take a 8 month break to work on every aspect of the game and come back winning everything.

    8) If Rafa wins Wimby, he better have a good explanation how it is possible to get into 10 finals, winning 8 of them in less than 6 months.

    9) Rafa has played more matches this year than Roger, Novak, Andy and Ferrer. Losing only 2 matches. This must stop sometimes right? Even his body aka knees have to say, give me a rest, I cannot do it for so long.

    10) As much as I love Roger I don’t think he will defend the title. If he keeps his QF streak alive, I will be happy. If he BEATS Rafa, that will be enough for me, even better than winning the title.

    11) I am really sorry that Roger will get to number 5 (or hopefully only number 4) after Wimby. But the rest of the year is not over yet. He will not end the year as number 5. He will make sure of that.

    12) A bad thing about beeing number 5 is that as much as we are shocked with this draw, it will also mean he has to play 3 of the big 4 at USO, so we better get use to it.

    13) I know Roger will never retire too soon. He has already said that he knows of guys who have retired too soon and are regretting that decision. So he will retire when he thinks there is no “hope” for him. He does not want to retire and regret it.
    Also, although he does not say it, he wants his legacy to be left almost unbeatable.

    14) Now that he knows Rafa is getting closer, he will make sure that Rafa does not win. You saw his fighting abillities at Halle. He will beat Rafa by fighting. By winning his 12th GS Rafa did Roger a HUGE favour. Roger wants to win GS now even more.

    15) All Roger fans are realistic. They want him to win, but they know it will be nearly impossible. He has guaranteed three 5 setters or atleast three 4 setters to win Wimby. And with his 31 years, he gets tired after two 5 setters.

    But…. Somehow, I think this will be Roger’s time to shine.
    This is his opportunity to get passed Pete. This is his opportunity to show something that no one has ever done: beat the 3 best players in the world to get a GS title. This is his opportunity: THEY are coming to beat him on his backyard, his favourite surface. This is his opportunity to get so ahead that he will not be surpassed in the next generations to come.

    And lets be honest, even if he did not win this year so much, he could have reached almost every final of the tours he entered this year. That was how good he was playing, even with a hurtfull back. Like he already said, he was not playing bad, the others were just playing better. Now, this is his chance and I think one hand that he will beat Rafa at the QF but will lose to Andy at the SF, but on the other hand I do have this feeling that he will win Wimby.
    “Destiny” is giving him a great opportunity: Show the world WHY you are the best, WHY you should be considered the one and only Goat, WHY you deserve your legacy.
    And Roger will take that chance “Destiny” gave him.

    Go Roger Go, I believe in you, no matter what.
    This will be two stressfull weeks for Roger fans !!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    A couple of things Katyani? I saw at least 15 things! ;-) Nice to see you passionate as always.

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  10. Ruan–I echo some your and others comments above –but just want to reiterate one main point. For me, I want Federer to have to face tough opponents now, so that he can be pumped about his game and so that he can shut down all his critics. I’d rather Fed had tough draws and made it to the finals, so that noone can say he has not had a win against the top 4 in a long time. IF anything, wins against the other three top players will only fire Fed up. Remember, last year he beat Nole and Murray –and Nadal is a whinger and I am sooooo tired of his endless self-flagellation. Just step up and claim the fact that you are one of the favorites to win instead of constantly pretending you are not good enough. That is pure BS to me. One blogger reported that Nadal was seen limping a bit during one of his practices. Is it wrong to just wish him away in the early rounds? He may not lose but I hope he gets exhausted by the end of the first week. Power to the Fed, I say. Bring it, peeps, Fedfans are ready to support their man!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right Sakhi. It’s no good backing away. He must face his rivals head on. The FO was an easy draw for him and he failed. Maybe now that he has a really tough draw he will be fired up and surprise everyone yet again!

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    Fedfan Reply:

    Don’t be so sure of that. Nadal hasn’t played a grass tournament/match in one whole year, it’s expected it will take a few rounds to get used to it again but he’s won this slam twice already.
    Nadal gets stronger with each slam match and believe me that if he gets to that Fedal QF, you can be sure he will be eyeing the title and Roger’s slam record with it. Nadal doesn’t get physically tired i’m afraid. The guy has played 40 matches already this season. I’m sure it’s going to catch up eventually but he will be quite motivated to perform his best at Wimbledon.

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  11. This is will be one of the more interesting Wimbledon draws in recent years! I hope Federer pulls through to the quarters for an epic FeDal match, from that point on I have no favorite may either one of them take it.

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  12. Nice to see most people optimistic about Roger’s chances against Nadal. His form leading up to that match will be pivotal, conserving energy is vital. If he is to beat Nadal finally in a slam after 6 years, he has to be mentally there. On clay, there’s no mental belief but he has been given a golden opportunity, only question is will he take it? Grass is HIS home turf and on the 10th anniversary of his first Wimbledon, he will be incredibly motivated to show up here. Halle was very important to build momentum and now I can see why it was so crucial with this near impossible draw.

    The odds are staked against Roger but that’s when he surprises us. This is a big if, but if he can indeed pull this off there is no doubt that this will remain to be his greatest slam victory of all time and will assert his name as the GOAT even if Rafa eventually catches up. Can’t wait for him to kick some grASS. Allez!

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    Katyani Reply:

    Nice…. Fedfan… To kick some grASS !!!

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  13. Only five games dropped, a meager six UEs and more than five times as many winners as errors, and all done and dusted in an hour and nine minutes! Granted Hanescu’s mobility is not his strength and he had no real idea how to play on grass, but it was still a fantastic start for Federer.

    Hope he can keep it up for the next match. He needs to keep the points short and stay aggressive to save energy for the later rounds, which will be murderous if the draw ends up going according to seeding.

    C’mon Roger!

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    V Reply:

    Right steve I agree with you.But Roger did what he had to do and I am happy with that.The point of the match for me was the magical lob in the 5th game of the final set to get the 3rd break.That was MAGICAL

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  14. U-N-R-E-A-L

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    George Reply:

    Darcis showed us (and Federer of course) how doable it is for a tennis player with a single handed backhand to not only beat Nadal, but straight-set him as well. Yes it’s grass I know, Nadal is not the monster he is on clay, but it’s still a monster kinda like you have to deal with a huge crocodile on land instead of its physical environment – water – I mean it’s no mean feat for Federer to beat Nadal on grass and I think it never was and will never be. After all, Roger never managed to beat him in straight sets even from their very first meeting on grass in 2006, let alone now that it’s pretty obvious he’s declined a bit accompanied with the fact that the bull from Mallorca amplifies his skills year by year, even on grass. Don’t get fooled people, there was NO injury last year, just a bad beating from a Czech guy that hurted his ego more than ever before; make no mistake, had he gotten past that match he would never withdraw from the next one just like it would make sense since the reason of that beating was his ‘injured legs’. For all I know he could have even went on to capture his 3rd Wimbledon title.
    What I’m trying to say is, tennis fans seem to forever underestimate Nadal’s game on grass no matter how well he has performed there over the past few years; five finals, two titles. Not bad for the ‘master of clay’ I think. As for his defeat today, I haven’t read his presser yet but I’m pretty sure it will be something similar to last year, again legs/knee issue, although is has to be ‘milder’ now cuz he knows he’s not supposed to take another 7 months off of tour EXACTLY in the same fashion like last year, even the grass itself would laugh about it.

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  15. Did you guys see what I saw???
    Nadal out first round and my world this has got to be the biggest upset in tennis history.It for sure tops Rosol’s epic upset last year of nadal in the 2nd round.I mean who is this Steve Darcis??For sure he has been around for quite some time.I remember him beating Gasquet 5 years back and Youzhny 6 years back but this is just unfathomable.
    I mean an early GS loss is great enough but beating the marathon guy in the first round for the first time in a remarkable career spanning 10+ years and 34 GS is just something beyond this world.And as if beating him wasnt good enough,he defeated him in straight sets at a time when even the GOAT could not defeat him in straight sets in 3 attempts and nor the world no 1 djokovic.
    THIS HAS GOT TO BE THE GREATEST UPSET IN THE HISTORY OF TENNIS. period
    This loss has got to hurt Nadal very badly more than those 7 consecutive final losses to Djokovic back in 2011.I mean he just won the FO and was in decent form and granted that he did not play on grass for a year but I mean losing first round at any event for a champion like him has got to hurt and that too at the greatest tennis event-It is gonna be very tough for nadal to rebound from this loss but you can bet, Nadal will be back but I ust think that all the hard work he put into the clay season got up with him and I would not be surprised if he ends up losing before the latter stages(finals i.e) at the other GS because his physical style has finally caught up with him and if you are a sane tennis fan, you can clearly tell that he has lost just about a nano second in terms of speed time and recovery for the next shot and you can see that he is clearly vulnerable outside clay.
    Now to get back to Roger,What a day it was for him.Starting the championships in grand fashion and ending the 1st day with the news that his best friend and greatest nemesis has crashed out and given away the passes to their potential QF blockbuster of a match to another person.
    Federer did what he had to do.Serve highly,reduce the unforced errors and finsh the match in less time.He did that all and I give him a 95+ for his performance today.He should continously tr to shorten the points and now that Nadal is not there in the draw anymore,he should take advantage of it as it would mean he is going to meet a player against whom he could have a less tiring match and he could save energy for the semis and finals(BUT THE MANTHRA IS TAKE IT ONE MATCH AT A TIME.Don’t forget that FED FOLKS)
    One down, six to go for an 8peat and the untouchable 18.
    GO ROG.
    And Nadal-The Tennis world needs you to be at your best form, so rest and come back firing.All the best to you too(even though i don’t like him,tennis needs him and I hope he will be back firing)

    And Roger-next stop SERGIY STAKHOVSKY
    Do your best
    ALLEZ

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    Chris Reply:

    His best friend???

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    V Reply:

    I just implied that since they have such enormous respect for each other and if you see the promos for Match for Africa,you can tell that Rafa and Roger are the best of friends and have such respect for each other.SO just tried to put that into perspective

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  16. Holy Cow! That just made my Day! Yes! Nadal is OUT! Bye bye! Good luck on EVER catching Roger’s Slam record now! Now, go Roger, go! With Nadal out Roger can definitely make semis and even go all the way, baby!

    #18!!!! Here we go!!!

    Yes!

    PS. Roger played sublimely today btw. Murray is gonna be a very tough test though! We’d better be ready for him. But Roger is gonna get a TON, a BOOST of confidence after today. That’s so sweet!!!!

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    jason Reply:

    YES! YES! YES! It made my day, too. There must be a huge confidence boost for Roger.

    But here’s a word of caution: looking at the 2 previous GS, a kind of trend emerges. This trend is Roger gets pushed hard in one match, then on the subsequent match he lost. In the AO it was the Tsonga-Murray combo, in the RG it was Simon-Tsonga. I hope this trend doesnt get established even more in this Wimby.

    Given Nadal’s exit, he SHOULD have a cakewalk until QF. After that, it’s very likely he has to pull off the exact same as last year’s feat in reverse. I hope he’s ready for that challenge.

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  17. Nadal’s defeat shows also how extraordinary is Roger in terms of consistency, he is practically untouchable.From AO in 2000 he always turned up for work in big tournaments, never pulled out with injury or calling a sick day, of course never crashing out of Wimbledon in first round ;-) This is indeed a true indication of a GOAT.

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  18. Wow,great news i saw this morning.
    Fedfans i guess now we should forget about everything else and just put forward wimby’12(2nd round) and wimby’13(1st round,ha ha) to silence everybody.

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  19. Roger is GOAT. end of discussion. This Nadal loss is not surprising at all. I mentioned in an earlier e-mail that blogs were reporting that he was limping during practice on Saturday and even someone as freakish as Nadal had to give in to fatigue and mental exhaustion. I am for one glad that he is gone because it proves that Federer is not passable in terms of consistency and skill. Who cares if Nadal eventually wins a bizillion French Opens and passes Fed? I think today’s match just proves that Nadal is still a clay courter and can get blown away any day on other surfaces. Go Fed. Let’s hope he makes it to the semis and gives Andy Murray the lesson of this life!

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  20. It was another ‘goderer’ performance after a long time, maybe first time since cincinnati final.
    For the huge upset, i can’t get what is my exact feeling? I really wanted nadal to face roger outside slow hard court and clay stretch. The timing and footwork deserted nadal big time. Don’t want to take anything away from darcis, but the level was nowhere near that rosol match. However, half the excitement about the championship is gone. It’s time for the media to start murray bandwagon

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