Federer Into Quarterfinals in Halle While Wawrinka Falls to Anderson in Queen’s

  • Federer Defeats Gulbis

Roger made quarterfinals in Halle today when he expectedly defeated Gulbis, 6-3, 7-5. Gulbis is quite a poor player these days having fallen to #86 in the rankings. His forehand also remains a huge liability that can easily be exploited. So one can hardly draw any conclusions from this match. One surprising thing that happened is that Roger served more doubles faults than aces(4-3). That is something extremely rare. Roger now plays Mayer who defeated Johnson.

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The head-to-head there is 5-0 and it promises to be another routine win for Roger. Things may not be so simple in the semis though because Berdych smashed Coric 6-3, 6-2 today and now plays Karlovic who had a tougher match against the other youngster Zverev.

  • Wawrinka Dismissed by Anderson

So it seems Stan is back to his old ways after losing for a fourth consecutive time to Anderson, 7-6(4), 7-6(11), and now trails the head-to-head 3-4 after winning the first three matches in the head-to-head. He also made an Anderson-like play when he missed a shocker in the second set tie-break serving for the set at 11-10. It is quite impressive to out-choke a choker. That said, Anderson obviously likes something about Stan’s game and he is a good grass-court player with his big serve.

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I’m sure Stan can still go deep at Wimbledon, but it is yet to be seen if he can find consistency. You would think that would be the case after winning a second slam. Surely he has proven himself enough now not feel the pressure of expectation so much. Anderson now plays Garcia-Lopez who defeated Nadal’s conqueror Dolgopolov in straight sets today. But that is Dolgopolov for you. Another inconsistent player. The winner of Anderson and Garcia-Lopez will play the winner of Simon and Raonic for a place in the final.

  • Federer Reacts to Becker

Recently Becker said some things about Roger in his new book which wasn’t too complimentary. Here it is:

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Roger responded today:

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Quite interesting. I think the game needs more of this to spice things up in the era of boring PR bots. Becker is quite right when he says players maintain a fake friendliness. And I don’t like that. If they are going to compete and do whatever it takes to spoil the other guy’s day then I’d prefer they are honest about it. It’s no secret that for years Roger treated the Djoker with disrespect and disdain. That is not just gonna go away by Roger saying: today he behaves wonderfully and extremely fair. I have no problem with Novak.

And, by the way, I hope Fedfans take note of those words. I think Becker would know a thing or two about how the Djoker feels too, being in the Djoker’s camp and all. Things are clearly better between the two these days, but I always wondered why Roger showed such disdain for the Djoker when he was the one stopping Nadal from catching Roger’s slam count. I mean it’s not like he could ever do it himself. But I guess after a while he started to appreciate that fact and started showing the Djoker more respect.

And even more so now after he called Nadal the favorite to win the French and the Djoker destroying Nadal in straight sets.

Thoughts?  :-P

  • Highlights

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IyRBuqT92A&feature=youtu.be&t=27s

The is in your court.

Posted in ATP 500, Halle, London-Queen's.

37 Comments

  1. This controversy is a bit weird, because I already read articles where Becker says he was misinterpreted and telling people to actually read the book.

    But answering to your question, I think the disdain Roger showed to Djokovic was partially due to his parents attitude (the infamous “the king is dead, long live the king” after AO 2008 and the Monte-Carlo “shut up”, for example), and also because of his constant walkovers during matches for all the possible injuries in the world. Possibly because of some premature arrogance from Djokovic (after an RG semi against Nadal, 2008 I think, he said that we could have won the match when it wasn’t even close).

    But Djokovic changed his attitude and conquered enough to get respect, so I think nowadays they are probably not the best of friends, but respect each other.

    Roger had basically the same attitude with Murray, and today I think that is solved too. I guess that he was used to the Big 2, just him and Nadal, and it took some time for him to embrace the fact that a new generation got involved and reached their level.

    As for Halle, after that 1st round scare, I hope he goes on and wins the tournament. It would be a good achievement, winning tournaments in hard court, clay and grass in the same year, something he hasn’t done since 2012.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah, there is always the question of misinterpretation as well FE. Like, for instance, Becker was very complimentary of Roger after last year’s Wimby final, calling him the GOAT. It’s quite strange how strongly Roger reacted to what Becker said.

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    Mridul1 Reply:

    I think that the saying by Becker that Federer may not be as nice as he appears is just a silly statement and the most undiplomatic way to say. Who on Earth is as nice as he or she appears? After all, Federer was voted the second nicest person after Mandela and as such his response to Becker is right.

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  2. I think Roger is still congratulating himself for placing the burden of being the favorite on Nadal’s shoulders at RG this year.

    He probably feels he deserves some of the credit for Dkojer’s straight sets victory!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Probably!

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  3. Hey Ru-an, I was actually at the Wawrinka-Anderson match yesterday and really enjoyed it. Lot of good tennis on display, with particularly good serving by Kevin throughout. He did really well to keep Stan out of the match until the 2nd set tie-break. I think the only time Stan was really in some sort of decent position was at 11-10 in the breaker (where he choked) but otherwise he tried his best to stay competitive, IMO he was thoroughly outplayed and seems to have found a bogeyman of sorts in the form of the South African giant, who has won their last 4 in a row!

    I checked the scores for Halle and was content with Fed’s win – apparently he served very well. I think he needs to really focus on 2 issues before Wimbledon, and if he can correct these he has a great shot: his forehand and his return game. The FH has had 3 or 4 great patches this year (e.g. Dubai final, Brisbane), but is not hard enough to properly unseat opponents. Return game does take a while to find on grass, but it needs to improve a whole lot. Regarding his Becker comments, I think a big deal is being made out of what was actually a very simple statement (by Becker, and then by Federer himself). There was friction between Djokovic and him from around 2006-2008 due to many factors (Djokovic “cockiness”, impersonations, retiring from matches, Djokovic parents) – and that was during a time when Fed was at the top and winning Slams (and his fair share of matches vs Nadal). After that, it seemed to calm down a lot (save one incident at AO 2009) and relationships have been perfectly fine for the last 4 years or so.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Hey, Krish. Fed made 4 DFs but his first serve percentage was still high. His serve is always good. It’s hardly worth mentioning it anymore. But probably not enough to win Wimbledon. The last time he won Wimby was with his old racquet and his fh was still working. Agree that Becker’s words were probably taken out of context. But I wouldn’t say the relationship has been perfectly fine the last 4 years or so. I’m not even sure it’s perfectly fine right now after what Becker said. They are still rivals and want to destroy each other on any given day.

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  4. http://s.telegraph.co.uk/graphics/projects/novak-djokovic/index.html

    I came across this and I found it really interesting for two reasons. One is that Djokovic seems to be pretty level headed and sensible guy. But the other is the sentences themselves feel too fake to be true. I mean this is a guy who tears his shirt after wins, curses on court, calls his opponent a fucking bitch in Serbian (Murray – Rome 2011 semis), takes MTO’s just like his foe Nadal, bounces the ball till time ends and gets time violations and in his younger days retire and withdraw from matches and wind up crowds by talking against them. How is it that suddenly he is so level headed and everything he says in the press is like an intellect speaking. I frankly don’t buy into it. I much prefer a guy like Murray who seems to be as genuine as they come outside the court and he accepts everything wrong he does inside it as well while Djokovic comes across as someone who seems to tell the press exactly the kind of things they can praise him for. Btw if he called it alternative current instead of alternating current then that shows how much he knows about Tesla.

    To Djokovic fans please don’t bring Federer into this. I haven’t mentioned him even once.

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  5. And to comment on the theme of the article I don’t think Novak is the sort of guy who hates people. I mean I don’t think he even hates Nadal who has cost him a lot more than Federer ever has. And I actually believe Federer when he says he is cool about his opponents. Because ever since 2011 even though he has called Nadal the favorite at French Open other than that he has called Novak the favorite in every other tournament and has always given him respect. Of course once it comes to a match between them, sure they want to defeat each other. But otherwise I really think Novak has always respected Roger a lot and Roger has slowly started giving Novak a little more respect year by year and I would even say nowadays he even likes him.

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  6. And about Roger’s reaction to Becker I don’t think it is strong at all. I for one don’t like it when guys like Becker, Mcenroe, etc decide they have to comment on everything that is on the face of earth. I mean why would you possibly say Roger is too nice. Roger is as genuine as they come. I know Ruan has his doubts but I have not even a trickle of doubt. In fact Roger is like the perfect role model for me. He has his bad moments but they are so far and few in between that he is according to me as genuine as they come. Roger had every right to the crap Becker told. Btw I also like Becker and except for this incident I have always found him really likable and genuine as well.

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  7. Ruan, I have been reading this blog since 2009, from the time THASP (Tennis Has A Doping Problem) featured regularly in your blogs. For the longest time I thought you were a true Federer fan who would support him through thick and thin. However, your recent posts have changed that opinion. I think that you are a fair-weather fan.

    Note that I am no FedFanatic, as you call them. I would never blindly praise Roger, I am aware of his flaws. But despite that, to me, Roger is more than just an athlete. He is not just the greatest athlete of my lifetime (so far), he is also an amazing role model – in terms of conduct, sportsmanship and character. I have always been cautious about being swayed by an athlete’s public image, especially after the Tiger Woods scandal. I also used to be a huge Sachin Tendulkar fan, but I recently heard (from someone who knows him personally) that he is a serial womaniser who pretends to be nice. But so far, in Federer I see something greater – that rare sportsman who knows exactly how good he is, who loves the trappings of fame and wealth, but for whom the game ultimately is the biggest. I feel like he is genuine because he has moments of weakness, where he shows his more human side, like the times he has shed tears and cursed and broken rackets.

    I used to think that you appreciated these things about Roger in addition to his game, about which I have to say nothing. It seems that I was wrong; you have forgotten Roger’s many qualities…you have thrown them out the window. It seems that you have jumped on to the Djokovic bandwagon mostly for more glory as a fan. I say this not because you praise the Djoker, but because you are excessively critical of Roger.

    It was once fun to read your blog.

    Sincerely,
    Utsav

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I’m glad you made this comment so I can give my side of the story too. I hope everyone that reads this blog will read this comment. Let’s call it like it is – you are the typical Fedfanatic. I don’t mean that as an insult. It is just the truth. Me, I am neither a fair-weather fan nor a glory hunter as you so easily accuse me of.

    But I am not surprised that a Fedfanatic would insult me like that after all my years of loyal support of Federer. As a Fedfan, I have contributed more in support of Federer than you can ever hope to. And yet, just because I wasn’t as fanatical and a blind worshiper like you, I am accused of being a fair weather fan and a glory hunter.

    This is exactly the reason why I am being put off from being a Fedfan. Not because I am a glory hunter(I started this blog at the end of 2008 when Federer had his worst year since his prime began) but because of people like YOU. For you it is all about Federer. There really is nothing else. You also worshiped Tendulkar I see. You are a glory hunter in the most extreme sense of the word.

    For you it is all about the supporting ‘the best’ who wins the most. That is glory hunting my friend. I bet you would never be a Djokovic fan, simply because he doesn’t win enough and doesn’t fit your personal opinion of what is right and wrong, good and bad. In that sense, you are the ultimate fair weather fan.

    So really my criticism of Federer has more to do with fans like you than with the man himself. That said, fame changes everyone. It makes everyone stupid like the wise Einstein noted about himself after he became famous. You are holding onto some kind of ideal that is an illusion. Federer is no different from any famous person.

    Fame takes its toll on everyone. Federer has done quite well compared to other famous people, but he is no Buddha. That much is certain. If you have to worship a human being then look for an enlightened person. I can even recommend a few if you want. Don’t be blinded like I once was. Forget all this hero worship and be your own man.

    To get back to why I am a Djokovic fan, he loses more than Federer(8-8 in slam finals) and he had a tougher upbringing. I find that much easier to identify with because I have lost an awful lot in my life and my upbringing was hell. So actually I am the opposite of a glory hunter, but your twisted Fedfanatic logic just can’t imagine any other possibilities.

    You are a Fedfanatic and therefore everyone who is different should be brutally judged and written off. I know a lot of this is going to come as a surprise to you. Maybe even as a shock. But try to see past that and do some soul searching. Not everyone is honest enough to see past their own bias, but I am setting a good example for people of how it can be done.

    Federer has many flaws and supporting one of his big rivals doesn’t make you a glory hunter. It makes you open-minded, objective, and unbiased. You should try it.

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    Ajay Reply:

    Hey Ruan you really need to calm down. Whenever you feel someone is making a really biased or stupid post ignore it. I feel every time you react to someone in this manner you are actually getting a little angry at Federer as well for having created such fans. Most of us who have been reading you blog for a long time know you will always be a Federer fan and I personally want to admit a long long time ago I was actually both a Federer and Nadal fan. So being a Djokovic fan doesn’t mean in the slightest that you are not a Federer fan and most of your true followers know it.

    Coming back to Fed fanatism, I think it does exist and I can see why as well. Federer is so much larger than life. Most people see in him a perfection we all yearn to achieve. Most of the time even when I fail in any of my endeavours, I still see Federer and feel happy. Today my friend was telling me during the Mayer match that its clear Federer is going to win so why are watching it. I told him watching Federer play for me is more like listening to music. Its something that soothes me and makes me feel good.

    On the flip side I don’t think there is any reason not to respect Djokovic. He is nothing like Nadal. He is always fair after the match even though during the match I don’t like his antics sometimes. I think Djokovic is definitely one of the greatest players of all time and he has earned the respect the hard way for which he actually deserves to praised quite a lot.

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    Dolores Reply:

    Hi Ajay! Agree with your comment about Ru-an to ignore those type of comments completely. Life is too short to get upset over these types of thoughts.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    You are probably right Dolores, but I kinda enjoy this. It’s entertaining and if it gets out of hand I am the one who is in control. So I don’t have anything to lose here :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Also, I don’t want to delete comments like that. That seems too strict. But I will reply in kind and if they can’t take it they will get banned.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks, Ajay. Without Fedfans like you I would flat out hate Federer and his fans. I know I am to some extent to blame for the Fedfanatics that still hang around here, but I think I have given them enough time to get the message. Some of them still think this is a Federer blog, even after I changed the name. I guess I have to take down all the old posts of Federer too. I am considering it.

    And you are right, every time I read garbage like that it puts me off from Federer a little more. I really still want to be a Fedfan, but the fanatics are not making it easy. You haven’t even seen some other comments. This one was mild in comparison to some others and it gave me a chance to state my case. The others don’t see the light of day. I just laugh at their mental instability and block them.

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    Utsav Reply:

    I’m sorry Ruan, but since you have the audacity to accuse me of hero worship and idolatory, I feel like I should respond. It’s up to you to publish this comment, I really don’t care. My message is for you.

    I happen to follow a lot of football as well. I support the Spurs in the Premier League in England. They have won nothing but the League Cup in the time that I have supported them. Does that deter me from being a fan? No. Other teams are obviously better, but I support the Spurs because of the way they play the game. The success of other teams doesn’t matter.

    You so insensitively accused me of worshipping Tendulkar. Some backstory: I am an Indian who grew up in the ’90s watching a lot of cricket. Tendulkar carried the team in those years, hence the soft spot for him. I used to be happy for him when he did well. Are you not happy for Dale Steyn when he gets a five wicket haul?

    In tennis though, I don’t have one favourite. My second favourite happens to be Djokovic himself. Since you are so quick to judgement, you obviously did not even try to discover that.

    I admit that I have a Federer bias, but so does every fan. If tomorrow it comes to light that Roger is not at all what he appears to be, I’d be hurt and maybe my fandom would die.

    At the end of this long reponse, let me shoot it to you straight. You’re pissed about the Fedfanatics, i get it. But to criticise Roger more because of his fans or because you want to be “open-minded, objective, unbiased” is unfair, whether you see it or not. I request you, my friend to introspect. Follow your own advice.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    ‘since you have the audacity to accuse me of hero worship and idolatory,’

    You really deserve to be banned for making this comment after you were the one that started slinging the insults, calling me a fair weather fan and a glory hunter. You certainly can dole it out, but you can’t take it. That shows poor character. In fact, I am going to do just that. I will give you a week break for you to do some soul searching as I suggested. After a week, I will lift your ban and if you are less biased by then, then you can come back. Otherwise just stay away, because I will ban you again. Ps. It’s spelled ‘idolatry’.

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    Hilda Reply:

    I am sorry if I wanted to jump into this comment but I feel I am obligated to do so.

    I read Utsav’s comment and I actually happen to agree with it. Does that make me a Fed Fanatic?! I actually hate that word.

    Just because I like Federer and I like him more than Djokovic, for example should not make me a Fed Fanatic. I read Ru-an’s comment as well and I agree with some of it. I just don’t like this name calling. If someone feels strongly about something, that shouldn’t mean that they are Fanatics. I happen to think that Roger is the Greatest Tennis Player that ever lived. Furthermore, he is a great role model and someone that I strive to be like. His latest comments against Becker were classy, filled with no animosity and just utter class. If someone likes Roger and feels the need to defend him, to me, that shows that he is just a great and loyal fan. No one is perfect. But all this fanatic name calling is just getting tiring. How would someone feels if they were labeled a Nadal or Djokovic Fanatic. There is no need for that.

    On to the specifics of Roger’s current game, I do believe that he’ll need to work on his forehand and return to have a shot at Wimbledon. It won’t be easy. Even if he manages to win Halle, I would still call him a 2nd or 3rd favorite behind Djokovic and Murray. Hopefully, the draw will be kind and put Murray in Djokovic’s half. But don’t count on it…

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    Utsav Reply:

    Thank you, Hilda. Thanks for seeing the sense in what i had to say. Every great player inspires fanaticism, even Djokovic. I have the highest respect for the guy. He taught himself to play in the backdrop of the Yugoslavian bombings and reached the highest levels of the sport. He applauds great shots, even those of his opponents. By all accounts, he seems to be a family man. So many of his fans are assholes.

    It is naive and unfair to single out Fedfans for fanaticism if there are comments like “Fed and Fafa suck! No1e iz da besttt and he wil destroy all records!!!” in so many places on the internet.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Oh please, Hilda. You are sounding exactly like the thing you despise so much here. Did you not notice that he called me a glory hunter and a fair weather fan due to his extreme bias? And now you are accusing me of calling people names because I replied in kind? That sounds like bias and a guilty conscience to me. I really think I’m going to delete all my old posts about Federer. It looks like this is the only thing that will end this BS once and for all. I thought I would keep it for the Fedfans but this crap is really getting old.

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    Utsav Reply:

    Let me, for a moment, accept what you have to say. That I am a “Fedfanatic” and that I blindly worship athletes as a matter of habit. Let me even accept that you are capable of ‘shocking’ me. My question is: in these accusations against me, are you sure you aren’t describing yourself as well? If not you today, then a past version of you?

    Let us look at some facts:
    1) I have never called Nadal a doper on this blog. You have.
    2) I did not call the Djoker a doper in 2011 when he started winning everything in sight. I was happy for him. You? You did call him one and you sure as hell weren’t happy about his new-found self-belief, unless he was beating Nadal.
    3) I have never called Nadal “nadull” or anything else that was derogatory on this blog or otherwise. Every reader here knows for a fact that you have.
    4) I have always respected Djokovic (for his sportsmanship and his tenacity) and Nadal (to a lesser extent due to his gamesmanship, but for his achievements) but have never claimed to actively support them. I like Roger best and I will not apologise for it. I support him through thick and thin. That’s it, really. If he wins, I’m happy. If he loses, it’s just a game. He’s a legend anyway.
    5) I have always regarded this as a game. You have gone to the extent of equating Federer vs Nadal with “good vs evil” and the like. You have obsessed over and written endlessly about threats to Federer’s slam count. Whether you wrote these things because you believed them or because such articles get readers, only you now. I am merely stating cold facts here. You know why I don’t care? Federer is my player. It doesn’t matter if he wins or not. I will support him as long as he plays. His slam count gets beaten? I really couldn’t care less. These stats are for message board fans who are still stuck on the GOAT debate. Like you once were.

    Notice a trend? Shall I go on?

    I think that everything you accuse me of, you’re actually angry with yourself for feeling at one point. I understand your feelings towards the fanatics. I hate stuff like that as well. However, I think that you have just gone over to the other extreme. As you say, you are put off from being a Fedfan by the fanaticism around you. You have allowed it to affect you. I have not. I don’t care. My argument is that you are not put off by their fanaticism as much as you are by your own (once upon a time, let’s say).

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    Hilda Reply:

    Ustav,

    It’s ok. I know you are a true Federer fan. No one should call you a Fanatic. I don’t think you deserve it. Others, like Vily for example are true fans, as well. This fanatics labeling needs to stop. It’s getting ridiculous. I remember when Roger beat Novak at the French in 2011 and the immediate post of Ru-an was a picture of Muhammed Ali and it said: “And stay down!” That could be described as a fanatic’s statement also but I would never it call it that. This blog should allow people to be more emotional. After all, isn’t that the whole point of watching sports?!!

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    Hilda Reply:

    And, by the way: isn’t it funny how McEnroe jumped off the Federer bandwagon for a little while but now when he sees Nadal at Number 10 in the world, he’s jumping on Roger’s bandwagon again. I just recently read somewhere that he said that it would be very hard to argue against Roger’s GOAT status or something of the sort. Just putting it out there… ;-)

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    Utsav Reply:

    I KNOW! McEnroe has ZERO conviction. Half the things he says are just meant to be clickbait on the Internet.

    I think the same goes for most sports commentators and “experts.” It is always about the man of the moment for them. Remember how Agassi couldn’t stop gushing about Roger back when he retired, calling him the best player he’d ever played against (I think it was mostly to diss Sampras though)? He said in 2013 when Nadal won two majors that it was hard to argue against Nadal being the GOAT. HAHAHAHA

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    Ru-an Reply:

    ‘My question is: in these accusations against me, are you sure you aren’t describing yourself as well? If not you today, then a past version of you?’

    No, I am describing the past version of me and the current version of you. Is it that hard to understand? You are the one that started the accusations, I replied in kind, and now you can’t deal with it. Why is it so difficult to understand that someone can change and come to terms with their own bias? I’ll tell you why. Because YOU can’t!

    Now I am done replying to you. I have better things to do than to answer long comments of sheer nonsense from biased fanatics. You are better off reading and commenting on Jonathan’s blog believe me. You don’t fit in at an unbiased, objective, and open-minded blog.

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    Ajay Reply:

    Hey Ruan please don’t delete all the old posts. If you really feel something is necessary just delete some of the posts that you feel are too fanatic. Deleting all the posts will only make you like Roger less. Please don’t do that.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I don’t delete many posts, Ajay. You don’t have to be concerned about that. You can see I allowed Utsav’s post, even though he accused me of being a fair-weather fan or a glory hunter. I found that extremely insulting after how long I supported Federer and for being open-minded enough to support one of his big rivals. Utsav came across as extremely spoilt and biased, which are the traits of a fanatic. He is lucky to get away with a one-week ban. I have had enough of this BS. Now I am going to start making examples. I don’t care if I have only one reader as long as they are unbiased. That would be better than dealing with this nonsense 24/7.

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    Ajay Reply:

    Hey no I was talking about the Federer posts you have made over the years.

    PS: I also realise you are pretty tolerant with the comments made here. But I personally do not think it is right to insult the owner of the blog blatantly then expect sympathy from him.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Oh, I see. It may be the only way to get rid of the fanatics. I mean let’s face it, I was biased back then. I was hoping people could appreciate the fact that I became less biased, but their own bias won’t allow it. That said, there have been quite a few people who have complimented me about the change and I am very grateful for those people. But there is still this Federer stigma attached to my blog it seems. I don’t know what to do anymore. Should I stop writing about him altogether? Should I insult him 24/7? What do you suggest?

    About the insults, how funny is it though that he accused me of blatantly insulting him after he did the exact same thing to me? If that isn’t bias and fanaticism I don’t know what is :))

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    Ajay Reply:

    No way you should insult Federer. He has done nothing wrong. In fact over the years he has actually become more appreciative of the others. What I would suggest is either delete all the posts you don’t like or ignore it. Because most of your readers are still Fed fans and even though we appreciate other players as well we would never be able to digest you bashing Federer.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    So you think I should just delete a comment like the first comment from Ustav? I felt like he was saying something which was probably on the minds of many Fedfanatics, which is why I felt like replying. Also, it seemed a bit strict to just delete it. I don’t necessarily think it was his intention to just insult me. I think a lot of it was just his Fedfanatic conditioning. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt. But when he couldn’t take the insults in return it became obvious that he needed some time to reflect. There is no doubt whatsoever that he is an arrogant, spoiled rotten fanatic. I don’t expect that to change, but I did give him another chance.

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  8. Greetings to you, Ru-an! Hopefully, you will give an analysis of today’s many matches going on. Always eager to read your blog. Finally was able to watch Roger play tennis, saw most of the match against Mayer of Germany. He played well as he won the match. Next up for Roger will be Ivo who blew Berdych off the map….45 aces! Record for the books….how will Roger beat this giant? Hope he has a plan for a win!
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Hello, Dolores. I am busy with a post yes. I sent you an email earlier today too.

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