Federer: “I’m convinced I’m going to win another slam. I’m very close.”

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=525178

Hi friends. I couldn’t stay away from tennis very long, could I? Don’t worry, I’m not still obsessed with Roger winning another slam. I just thought the above quote from Roger was worth a post. Of course it is nice to read and it gives you renewed hope, but I have already made the decision just to take things as they come and I’m not going back on that. It’s is almost as if Roger is trying to get us to take the bait again with this quote, but of course that is not at all what he is doing. I think he really believes he can win another slam and he has the right attitude. But this is what makes it tricky to be a Fedfan. I am tempted to have expectations again and become emotionally invested, but this time I won’t allow it. I think there is an important life lesson in this.

You might think from my blog that my life revolves around tennis and Roger, but that is far from the truth. Tennis and Roger is something I am passionate about but I blog for enjoyment or as a hobby. Offline I have big dreams and ambitions and one thing I have learned of late is that you can dream and want better things, but you should never make the present moment a means to an end. The present moment is primary and as long as you are dissatisfied with it you can’t have it better. So actually appreciating what I do have instead of noticing what I don’t have is something I have been focusing quite a bit on of late. I have been trying to do the same with tennis and Roger but still I felt very disappointed when Roger did not win the US Open. Another lesson learned.

Tweenerer back in Geneva

I allowed myself to become attached to the outcome again instead of appreciating what I have. I suspect it is harder than it seems and takes quite a bit of practice before you get it right. I thought after Cincy that I was happy with what Roger achieved and that whatever the outcome at the US Open I would be OK with it. Yet I was not. Far from it. So here I am again trying not to get emotionally invested after Roger’s latest statement. What makes it hard is that I actually believe him. I believe that he can win another slam. The trick is not to expect it to happen though. I am not sure if you are always with me when I write these things but I’m sure at least some of you will resonate with what I’m saying. I think I will just appreciate what a great year this has been for Roger and the fact that he has already won 17 slams.

Also this terrific blog with all the terrific people reading and commenting. I’ll be honest with you. I have even thought about quitting blogging because it seemed to me I couldn’t blog without becoming emotionally invested and hurt. Who knows. Maybe I can’t. But that shouldn’t be the case. Surely I can be satisfied with 17 slams and the best blog readers a blogger could ask for. Or else I may indeed be a glory hunter like Krean said! Jokes aside though, I don’t think I’m the only fan who finds it difficult not to get emotionally invested. In fact probably 99% of fans do become emotionally invested. Maybe some of us just deal better with losses than others. Personally I am a passionate person and I tend to be an all or nothing kind of guy. I can’t just invest a little emotion.

Hopp Schwiiz

Well I am back today after not being able to finish this post yesterday. It didn’t feel right yet. But today I figured it won’t get as bad as this last episode again because now I have even lower expectations. Some of my readers are sure Roger will win another slam, or even more than one. Personally I am not that sure. In fact I don’t want to be, because if it doesn’t happen then I will suffer again. Nothing in the future is guaranteed after all, and all the more so in the case of Roger winning another slam. I think it’s great that Roger thinks he can win another slam and I think it is possible, but my expectation is now lower than it was in 2014. I will just focus on providing more value with my blog and making it the best tennis blog in the world. If Roger wins another slam then great.

If he doesn’t then I still have the best tennis blog in the world!

Thoughts?

Ps. Forgot to add something about the US Open final. It was a blowout, with Cilic winning 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. A pretty disappointing scoreline for a slam final and I wasn’t gonna make any effort to watch it either. But it was nice to see that Roger lost to the eventual winner who didn’t drop a set from the quarter final onward. So congrats to Cilic on his first slam and a terrific two weeks. The fact that Cilic won the final so comfortably makes me feel better about Roger’s loss to him. Cilic was basically just unplayable, like Del Potro in 2009. Similar playing styles and personalities too. So I think Roger can be really proud of his US Open performance and a fantastic year so far. Hopefully he can end it in style with another Masters Cup title or the Davis Cup!

Pps: I just realized the link where this was originally posted leads to a blank page, so there is no actual proof that Roger said this. Oops! Doesn’t matter either way…

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45 Comments

  1. I am with you 100 percent Ru-an. Don’t be afraid to invest your emotions, it’s what makes life exhilarating instead of boring. Appreciate but don’t be a slave to expectations. I still believe it’s possible for Rog but it will be harder for all the obvious reasons. I didn’t see a single point of this US Open and I head home tomorrow. Life goes on without you no matter who you are. The true value in all this is the appreciation of a master artist and the community that we have here.

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  2. Thing is Ru-an just when you have come to terms with the idea that he won’t win another, a little voice in your brain says but it’s Federer…anything can happen!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    It’s possible but very unlikely now Elizabeth. This year he had two big opportunities and couldn’t convert. It’s like Eric said, life goes on no matter who you are.

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  3. Hey, Ru-an! Think of it like this: What if the tables were slightly turned and Novak was beaten by Cilic and Roger beat Nishikori. We would all but assume #18 and the Cilic would beat Roger in the Final.

    What happened, happened! It’s in the past – for better or worse! Roger is moving on and so should we. Number 18 May or may not happen. What I am convinced if is that Roger will make several more semifinals – and one or two of these will become Grand Slam Finals and then maybe just maybe Roger will win. On average, Roger has made a Grand Slam Final in every 5-8 Slams in which he participate in. So sooner or later, he’s bound to make one or two more finals. If he takes one if those, Number 18 becomes reality. So I am optimistic, although patient at the same time…

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  4. Hi Ruan,nice post. Your posts are like a morphine shot after a Fed loss so please don’t give up blogging!
    If Fed believes that he can win another slam then that’s good news for us fans and we can’t ask for more. I don’t think it’s wrong to be optimistic about Fed winning another slam but what’s important is how you deal with it if he doesn’t especially if it looks like he’ll win on paper,that’s something new I’ve learnt in 2014.
    With so many high profile losses that Fed accrued over the years, I try to switch my focus on something else when he loses but then again it’s never easy haha. Oh well, on to DC then hahahaha

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    Ru-an Reply:

    You are welcome Monfed.

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  5. The final was so boring. There were so many empty seats in the stands. I would like to know how many people showed up and wat the tv viewing audience was. So hard to watch!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I didn’t watch but going by the scoreline and who was playing it must be the worst slam final that I can remember Pat.

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    Henrique Cunha Reply:

    The final was boring, for sure. A LOT of empty seats!!! Not a crowded house, as it would have been if Federer (or Djoko) were playing. And Nishikori was NOT at his best, so, Cilic just served to the title all way through. Far from a great final, such as, for instance, Wimbledon this year.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Wimbledon was an epic. That’s what happens when you have two great players in a slam final as opposed to two slam final newcomers.

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  6. Ruan,
    Congrats on yout excelent blog!!!
    I Love reading your comments and thoughts.
    Well, I agree with you:
    I think Federer trully believe he can win another slam, but that doesn’t mean he can.
    Winning another Slam is very unlikely and will become less probable each year.
    But I’m happy with all he has accomplished in his career, that’s for sure.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Henrique! I agree. I think it is fair to say his slam winning days are over, bar a miracle. Fed 2003-2008 won 13 slams. Fed 2009-2010 won 3 slams. Fed 2012 won 1 slam. Fed 2014 won 0 slams. And like you I am very happy with everything he achieved in his career. It’s been an amazing run and I’m happy with 17 slams.

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  7. Wilander about Roger and Rafa:

    “…Roger wants to shorten points up, he wants to play for another 5-6 years, another 4-5 years at least.”
    Nadal, 28, has taken a different path.
    You don’t know how long he’s gonna be able to keep doing what he’s doing, play for a year and a half, take a break, play for a year, take a break. Maybe another 4-5 years?”…

    http://www.sport24.co.za/Tennis/USOpen/5-6-more-years-for-Federer-20140909

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Don’t mean to kill your vibe or anything Rahan but Wilander also said Roger was a lock for the USO. I wouldn’t take him too seriously. I can see Roger quitting in 2016. That’s the date he has mentioned himself a few times anyway. But you never know. Maybe he plays until he’s 38? With him I suppose anything is possible.

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  8. You are probably right, but I am “a la recherche du temps perdu”

    Therefore , I would be very happy if Wilander would be right (I started to follow RF’s tennis only after Australia open 2008)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well to be honest with you I wouldn’t be surprised if he plays post 2016. He will be 35 then and if you look how well Haas was playing at that age you know it must be possible for Fed to play even better. But of course a lot will depend on his health and he also has two added family members now. By then he may just decide he wants to spend more time with his family, even though he could still play at a high level. I think he should play as long as he is top 10, top 20 at worst. Once he falls out of the top 20 it’s really time to call it a day.

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  9. I will always hope that Roger can win his 18th Major, but I will not be attached to this hope. It’s like a high wire act—you tread carefully, step by step, with great precision and calm, indifferent to the great chasm below you, even though you know it can swallow and destroy you if you fall. But you don’t fall because you are in perfect balance, since you fully accept all the possibilities and dangers and stay centered as a result. Before you know it, you have crossed the dangerous gulf without a moment’s hesitation. And hope has guided you all the way. Indeed, without the hope of success, your mission would have been doomed before you even took the first step. So why on earth give up on hope? It is your very life’s blood, the only reason you exist. Cherish it. And never let it go.

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    Vily Reply:

    Beautifully put, Balthasar! As always! :-)

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    balthazar Reply:

    Thanks for your kind words, Vily. And keep up your passionate and insightful posts. I enjoy them immensely.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah you shouldn’t give up on hope but the present moment should be more important than any future outcome, as the future arrives as the present moment. There is a saying ‘the future never arrives because when it gets here it is the present moment’. The present moment is primary and should never be given up for some future, however glorious that future may be.

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    balthazar Reply:

    Actually, Ru-an, all facets of time are an illusion, including the present moment. To the Gods, “the past,” ” the present,” and “the future” all commingle magically and freely in an Indivisible Unity, where Hope, Compassion, and Wisdom merge and act as the ultimate Binding Force of the Cosmos.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    The Gods are an illusion too. The real is beyond description.

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  10. Ruan, I know this is the Federer blog, but do you watch any women tennis? Every time Ana Ivanovic is on, I end up watching, and I have no idea why? lol. Anyway, do you have an opinion on Serena being sooooo far superior to the other women on the tour? She only loses cause she doesn’t play well, and I’ve never scene anything like it, and it’s gone on for years. Just curious. G

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    Ru-an Reply:

    No I don’t watch women’s tennis Gary. It doesn’t interest me in the least. Maybe Serena is doping? She had that aggressive outburst at the USO remember? They say dope does that to you.

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  11. I saw Roger’s first match in Davis’ cup rubber vs. Bolleli (no. 76 in ATP rankings).

    “It was quite frustrating at times,” said Federer

    What an understatement !!!

    On a hard – indoor court, Roger made 51 unforced errors !

    Fortunately , Bolleli did compete well with Roger at this category and made 65 unforced errors.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah Roger said afterwards that the conditions were surprisingly fast to him. Guess Bolleli felt it too. Check out my FB page for DC updates https://www.facebook.com/TheGOATblog

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    rahan Reply:

    It’s not so clear to me why the fast conditions were a surprise ? If I understand well, Swiss chose the surface.

    Nevertheless, after the first day of DC it seems that will have a final vs. Tsonga and Monfils .

    Allez Roger !

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Same here Rahan. Fast surfaces are supposed to favor Roger and they had plenty of time to get used to it. But it was a straight set win so it doesn’t matter. Does look like it will be a Swiss/French final.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    So this Swiss are into the DC final for the first time since 1992, thanks mostly to Roger. As always you can check out my FB page for updates https://www.facebook.com/TheGOATblog

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  12. I think that this is huge for Roger and for Swirzerland.

    However, I think that the French will be extremely tough to beat, and in France of all things.

    I mean Tsonga, Gasquet, Monfils, Benneteau, Simon, Chardy – all nasty opponents and ones that have beaten Roger and Stan!

    They are like 8 time winners of the Davis Cup as well.

    If Roger and Stan manage to beat them in France of all places, it will equate to a Slam victory!

    Considering the history of the Davis Cup and how big it sits with all the great players in history, this opportunity is amazing.

    If not equal to a Slam, it’s definitely a big achievement – a bigger than Olympics Gold. You see that many nobodies have won Gold but the Davis Cup is almost always won by teams with great players.

    So, all in all the format of basically trying to qualify each year just to stay in the World Group and then over the course of a year to get to this place is pretty amazing. Roger lucked out with an easy draw this year but the Final will be different. Roger has historically had difficult matches with the French and I can see this going to a 3:2 tight score.

    And will it be played in Bercy? What will be the venue?!

    I am very excited about the prospects of Roger winning the Davis Cup. It will be huge for him and it may pay BIG dividends going into the Australian Open!!!

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    rahan Reply:

    No. 3 and 4. against 11 and 18 (or 21).

    It should be 4-0 at least.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    As the DC is a team competition it doesn’t mean much for the individual resume Vily but nice to have for sure. I am more excited to see what effect it has on his AO campaign. Remember in 2008 when he won the doubles gold with Stan it propelled him towards winning his 5th USO!

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    Vily Reply:

    I agree even though in itself, a Davis Cup triumph – a first in Switzerland’s history would be pretty awesome and epic. Plus, to beat those French guys – all of them who frustrated Roger time and time again would be awesome for the psyche and for the confidence.

    It will be pretty tough and difficult, however. I suspect they may pick indoor clay which would be not cool. Indoor hard would give Roger a better chance.

    Winning the Davis Cup will be pretty difficult.. Let’s not assume anything. Roger deserves a nice break now however.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well obviously the French will choose the surface which gives them the best chance. That is their privilege playing at home. Roger and Stan can play on any surface anyway.

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  13. So Ru-an, what’s the story with your recent prodding towards the Facebook page? Is that valuable to you to grow readership? Are you trying to eventually move the blog over there? Just curious. I’ve been inactive for a couple of years and only for you would I consider plugging myself back into the whole FB environment. Good to be back home. What an experience!! I followed all of your posts and read comments whenever I could (Especially Vily because HE WAS THERE!!). Still don’t know where the hell Cilic came from to win the whole thing but I’ll check out what you guys all thought of it in the coming days.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Hey Eric nice to hear from you. As I have told Veronica I will be putting more effort into my blogging from now on. And one thing I have neglected is my FB page. It is good for reaching many people and it is a good place for live chat during matches because most people have it or can get it. It is also great for making updates when I am not blogging. It has so many uses I can’t believe I have not started using it earlier. I just never use FB for myself which is one of the reasons for my neglect. But it is really good for discussions in between posts so I would like to get as many of you there as possible, and I appreciate that you would get FB just to join us. I hope everyone has that attitude. I myself have FB but I don’t use my personal profile. Great to have you back and I’m glad you had a good experience!

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  14. Congrats Switzerland, first final after 22 years! I love the Swiss fans; so noisy but never rowdy! It was redemption for Roger too who lost in the final rubber to Hewitt in the last semis they were in. But this is as far as it goes, I’m afraid. Any of the French; Tsonga/Monfils/Simon/Benneteau; not to mention Gasquet/Chardy pose problems for Roger/Stan. And they have a strong doubles team too. They can even afford to have half their players injured and still play Switzerland extremely tough. Just too much depth. Plus most probably none of the French would be playing WTF so they would be fresh against Roger/Stan. And most likely they would choose indoor clay. Why choose indoor HC when it’s Roger’s strongest surface? And why not tire the Swiss even more after their WTF by getting the Swiss to grind out on clay?! Ha! This DC reminds me of Wimby this year. Everything looks favourable and possible until the final. But if the Swiss can pull it off, I think it would be like equivalent to slam victory as Vily said. And it could have great far reaching benefits for Roger and Stan. Anyway, can’t wait for indoor season and Roger’s release of his fall schedule. I’m thinking two definites would be missing Shanghai and playing Basel.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Hello Veronica. No doubt the French will be tough at home, although I’m not sure the surface will make a drastic difference. I’m curious as to why you think DC equals a slam victory? Are you saying Nadal has in effect more slam titles than Roger then?

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    Vily Reply:

    I agree with Veronica in terms of it being very difficult to win. It will be a hostile crowd although Roger is like a second son to them so they’ll applaud him also. It will come down to: whether Roger can get two top wins over there back to back – which can and should happen and whether Stan can help out and squeeze a win against Tsonga. It will come down to that. Roger will need to get a day of rest after his first match in order to be fresh for his second so the doubles will probably go to the French. So it is of paramount importance that Stan wins his 1st match or in the worst case scenario (and more realistic) it will be down to the wire with 2:2 and Stan playing Monfils or his recent nemesis Benneteau or the nasty Simon.

    So all in all, it won’t be easy. Roger and Stan will need to pace themselves.

    I even suspect that Roger may give this a SLIGHT priority over the WTF. Will see. It’s tough because I wanted him to also play Shanghai.

    Also if the French do choose Bercy, then playing the final Masters 1000 there also becomes a necessity. So all in all it will be interesting. And it will come to the wire. Last time in 1992 supposedly Switzerland was leading 2:0 before the juggernaut of Sampras/ McEnroe/ Courier finished them off.

    Davis Cup is bigger that we assume and it will be especially huge for Roger. I hope that Stan the Man will answer the call also. I truly hope that he will. :-)

    P.S in terms of the Davis Cup being equal to a Slam – in the grand scheme of things – probably not but still it would mean a LOT especially for Roger because he would have carried this team and been an instrumental part if his success. The same could be said about Nadal too but the Spanish did have a much deeper Spanish squad. So do the darn Frenchies.

    And by the way, the reason why I am extra cautious is precisely because of what happened at the US Open…

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    veronica Reply:

    No Ru-an! Not in the way of equal importance but like importance. It would indeed feel like a slam win, although, I totally agree with you that DC is a team effort and nothing to do with individual achievement. If Roger doesn’t win it, it is no big deal. And for me, it doesn’t make any difference to his resume whether he has won DC or not. But if he should win it, it would be BIG. Winning DC has always been an impossible dream for Switzerland. Winning it would “compensate” somewhat for Wimby/USO losses and end the year on a high (of course winning WTF or another Masters would be even better) Roger has always been about giving to his fans and now that the Swiss can almost smell victory, it would mean the world to Roger to win it for them. Roger may feel even more euphoric than winning a slam as there is nothing more emotional and gratifying than winning with your team mates and for your country and….making history; winning it for the first time! Can you imagine the euphoria if it came down to the wire and Roger/Stan clinch the last rubber?!!

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    veronica Reply:

    But for the same reasons too, there will be a lot of pressure on Roger/Stan. Not sure how they gonna cope because the way people are behaving, it’s like the Swiss already have it in the bag! Both Roger and Stan do not need this kind of pressure. And it may well turn out ugly if they lose it and start blaming each other (like how Roger hinted that Stan wasn’t doing his part in previous year’s DC). In that way, I don’t like DC as it puts a lot of unnecessary and unfair pressure on professional players playing an individual sports.

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    elizabeth Reply:

    Hi folks glad that the Swiss got through. I have never really liked D C because I think the timing of the ties are rediculious. Good that Fed got the win that took them through because of all the talk in the past saying he was only interested in his own career and not the Swiss team. I hope when he plays the French that they leave Monfis at home!

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