Federer Reaches Newest Low Against Monfils in Shanghai

Just when I thought things are moving in the right direction again Roger goes and reaches a new low. Will this ever end? The most disturbing thing about this is that nothing seems to give Roger self belief. Even though the game is still there, there seems to be no life inside the body. In the past when Roger came through a tough match it always gave him confidence, like it would for any player. But these days he wins a tough match and it just has no effect. Take the match against Simon at the French Open for instance, after which he got destroyed by Tsonga in the next round. Or take the win over Seppi in in Shanghai even. After a confidence sapping loss to Robredo at the US Open it was a tricky match for Roger against a good player. He struggled a lot in the 1st set and I thought he did very well to win it 6-4. And clearly he took confidence from it because he played better in the 2nd set.

So I thought he would have gone into the Monfils match feeling pretty confident. But then he goes and drops serve right in the opening game against Monfils and loses the 1st set 6-4. OK so he needs some more time to build confidence. I forgive him. In the second set he gets broken again. I still haven’t given up, and neither has Roger because he breaks back and we go into a tie break. In the tie break Roger goes down a break again to trail Monfils by 4-5, with two serves to come from Monfils. Yet he somehow digs himself out of that hole as well to win the next three points and the 2nd set. If anything should boost his confidence that would surely do it. In his opening service game of the 3rd set he comes through another testing game. Good. He has learned his lesson from the 1st set. Yet in his next service game he drops serve again.

Really? What does it take for this guy to believe in himself? Even then at 4-1 Monfils has two break points at 40-15 on Roger’s serve, and on the first point he returns a ball which is far out but he doesn’t challenge the call. Roger somehow holds serve and must feel like this guy doesn’t want to win the match. I mean Monfils is notorious for his ability to throw away important matches. Surely Roger gratefully accepts this gift from Monfils and makes him pay in the next game. It even looks like he will when he goes up 40-15 on the Monfils serve. But no, he doesn’t want it either. Monfils holds serve and wins the final set 6-3. This is why I say it looks like there is no life in Roger. As far as the game does there were some very good tennis from him, but mentally he looks broken and lifeless. To me it looks like he is retired already.

It was another one of those days…

My first reaction after the match was that this is it. It really is over this time. I mean I really thought he has been on an upswing of late, and then he puts in a performance like this where there is just no signs of life at all. But at usual having some time to digest it all changes things. For one thing Monfils did play well, even though he tried to throw it away at the end. His serve was especially good on important points, which frustrated Roger. The frustration was all over Roger’s face in this match. He was clearly trying hard out there but the confidence level was still rock bottom. Monfils is at least giving Djokovic a tough match as I’m writing this, having won the 1st set on a breaker. That makes me feel a little better. The other thing I realized is that when Roger came through a tough match this year there was usually a good reason for him losing in the next match, other than the French Open.

In Indian Wells he lost to Nadal who is a tough opponent for him anyway. In Hamburg he had the back problem. In Cincy the match against Nadal was still a positive loss. Finally the match against Seppi in Shanghai was maybe not enough yet and Roger needs more confidence. I am not looking for excuses. There is no excuse for losing to Monfils the way he did. But I am willing to give Roger some more slack. Not much though. I think if he doesn’t make the Masters Cup he should probably retire. Even if he makes it as an alternate that would probably not be enough to launch another successful year from in 2014, and it will just be another year like 2013. And I for one won’t be interested in that. I can’t think why Roger would be either. It won’t be enjoyable and he would do his legacy a lot of damage if he goes out like that.

I didn’t think we would reach this point. I thought Roger would be playing Djokovic right now, playing with nothing to lose and maybe even cause an upset. But Roger has lost to yet another player he has owned in the past and we just have to deal with it. I didn’t even feel like making a post yesterday. Today I didn’t feel motivated to do anything either, kind of like I imagine Roger must feel like right now. I guess what happens to him really does affect me, which is something I don’t like. So I picked myself up and made this post. I hope Roger can pick himself up too and still qualify for the Masters Cup. Some people have suggested he should just call it a year and come back refreshed in 2014. I think that would be a mistake, and Roger won’t do it anyway. He badly needs confidence and the only way to get confidence is by winning matches.

On his way home. Doesn’t look too unhappy, does he?

He needs to at least qualify for the Masters Cup like I said, which would already give him confidence. Running away now would just compound his problems. He needs something to launch 2014 off of like I said. If he can’t even win matches in his favorite indoor season what would that mean for 2014? I’m not sure what Roger’s next move is. There has been talk about him taking a wild card in Vienna. Hopefully he does that and wins a couple of rounds at least. Then he will have Basel and Paris left to lock up his spot in London. Stan has overtaken Roger in the race by defeating Raonic yesterday but he actually did Roger a favor, because that hurts Raonic’s chances of qualifying. With Murray having confirmed that he won’t play in London it leaves five spots, of which two would go to Del Potro and Berdych surely.

That leaves three spots for Stan, Roger, Tsonga, Gasquet, and Raonic to fight over. Gasquet also did Roger a favor by losing in the 1st round, and by winning today Tsonga has passed him in the race. I think Stan will lose today and Tsonga will lose to Djokovic who has just beaten Monfils 6-4 in the 3rd. Good performance from Monfils in the end which like I said makes me feel better about Roger’s loss. Anyway that will leave Stan, Roger, Tsonga, and Gasquet all very close together in the race, with Raonic slightly further back. It won’t be easy for Roger to qualify and that should be his main concern right now. Basel and Paris will give him chances to make some more points, but I think he must take a wild card in Vienna for sure. He can’t afford to take any chances. If he qualifies for London as an alternate that won’t be any good either.

If that happens and he doesn’t somehow qualify for the semis he should seriously consider retirement. I’m not ready for it to be over though, and I don’t think Roger is either. 2012 was a great encore but I never thought it was the last one. I still want to believe that there is another encore left in 2014. Right now Roger’s confidence still seems shattered though. Another thing we must take into account is that Shanghai is not actually an indoor event. Vienna would be indoor and so is Basel and Paris. That is also something that can still work in Roger’s favor. So I am not ready to give up on Roger just yet. Yes this was another very disappointing loss but I will give him until the end of the year. I still think he can qualify for London, in which case I will be satisfied. Well I’m off to go see if Stan can win a set against Nadal!

Ps. I got the rankings and the race mixed up again, but it’s fixed now.

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42 Comments

  1. Watching the Wawrinka-Nadal match. Wawrinka is another talented player who is terrible on the big points against top players. The first set is his for the taking and he blows it double faults, poor shot selection and errors. The opposite of clutch. Nadal takes the set. Goodnight, Stan. No need to watch the inevitable unfold.

    As for Roger, well, there is nothing more to be said. He just isn’t there now, as you say.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah all over now Rich. Probably no 1st set for Stan vs Nadal either.

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  2. Roger will retire when he wants to retire. I am sure its not always about him winning. He is bound to lose to clowns these days but we have to accept that players that once his minions will also improve their games while his form will dip due to age. Its tough to watch him lose badly, I am sure he will figure it out himself. Give him time and space to figure it out. 2013 is already coming to close, learn from defeat and move on. Even if he misses WTF, its a reset for him. Have we forgotten that we love watching Roger. His tennis not always about winning, its about the beauty he brings to the game. We can continue to B*** about it but he only got a few years left. Lets enjoy every time he steps on court win or loss. Love him, support him, celebrate him as there will never be another Roger Federer in this lifetime.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right, and I don’t want to remember him for losing to every player he once owned. That has already happened this year and what is the point of sitting through another year of it? At some point things have to start improving at least. To me it is neither beautiful not enjoyable to watch what is currently going on. Maybe for him it is but not for me as a fan.

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    Katyani Reply:

    “He is bound to lose to clowns these days but we have to accept that players that once his minions will also improve their games while his form will dip due to age.”
    So true Dippy. While Roger gets older, the young ones or the ones he has beaten a lot, also improve. That is so true. But I don’t believe Roger is not willing to learn. He is SO stubborn, but knows when he has to give in. I think he knows the time is now.
    If he still loves the game and is “oke” with losing a lot, who are we to stop him from playing his passion sport??
    You are right Dippy.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    You guys are right. If he wants to continue and lose every match he plays for the rest of his career and play until 2016 that is fine, as long as he enjoys it. That is what it is all about in the end. It’s about his enjoyment. Not winning.

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  3. I wish he would have retired in 2012 when he was on top. I was crushed when he lost yesterday. His face said it all. How much more humiliation can he take. He will always be my favorite tennis player, but all these losses are tarnishing his greatness. If he really believes he can turn things around, it doesn’t show. I see no fire in him which is very sad. I wonder if he even had that fire or did winning just come that easy for him before all of these hard hitting tennis opponents showed up. It started with Nadal and has been going downhill ever since. I don’t think Anacone is of any help to him.
    Besides how do you bring back confidence after this mess.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right Christine, currently it looks like retiring after 2012 would have been a better call. Like you say no fire, no signs of life. And look at you wondering now whether he had that fire to begin with. Of course he did but these are the kind of things people are starting to think about now, which tarnishes his greatness. He either needs to get it together and have a realistic chance of adding another slam or call it a day. I’m not up for any ‘in between’ nonsense. Once the fire is gone it is time to call it a day.

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  4. All Roger needs to do is start using a larger racquet.
    Tennis has changed a lot. Like 15 years ago, it used to be a serve volley game even on clay courts. But Now it is just a baseline long rallying physically taxing game.
    And a small 90 sq inch racquet (which by the way no professional tennis player other than Roger uses anymore) is way too difficult to play long rallies and hit a winner after playing like 15+ shots.
    Roger’s age is reducing his movement and hand-eye coordination a bit.
    And That can easily be fixed by using a larger racquet like the one he used in Hamburg and Gstaad.
    Ask any tennis expert (Pete Sampras, Roman Prokes) and they will say the same.
    What i do NOT understand is why is he taking so much time to make the switch to a larger racquet?
    Roger said that he would resume racquet testing post US open. Surprised to see that no journalist asked anything about that.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yes he messed up with the new racquet too. I thought he started playing with it too early and should have waited until the off season, but once he started with it he should have stayed with it. Now he is back to his old racquet and nothing has come of it.

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    Sakthi Reply:

    Roger injured his back in Hamburg and Gstaad.
    That was a really bad time to test the larger racquet.
    Roger himself admitted that he could NOT feel the racquet as he was feeling the pain in his back more and so his mind was thinking only about his back.
    Despite that he played well in Hamburg.

    So Roger could not test it to the full extent and postponed testing to post US open. But i could NOT find any news on that. I thought atleast one journalist would ask him. But none did.

    Let me tell you more about the effort i put into analyzing Roger’s 5 matches with the new racquet.
    I saw the highlights of all the 5 matches (4 in hamburg and 1 in gstaad) like about 20 times each. I looked at each shot with a lens.
    I thought it improved his baseline game so much (despite the fact that he was playing only with like 50% of his full effort due to the back injury).

    His BH slice had so much more pace and slice. BH had more power. FH was also good.
    So i believe that Roger can win atleast 2 more slams if he gets used to a larger frame.

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  5. RACQUET POWER
    Roger’s 90 sq inch racquet does NOT give any power.
    He has to generate all the power unlike all other players on tour who get aid for power from their larger frames.

    UNFORGIVING RACQUET
    Its so unforgiving. You have to hit the smaller sweet spot each and every time or else either u will hit it long or wide or into the net. That is impossible to do in this era of tennis when the opponent is mostly a baseline grinder putting lot of balls back in play with depth and pace.

    And despite these disadvantages, the fact that Roger managed to win 17 slams with that smaller racquet is JUST UNBELIEVABLE.
    Imagine what damage he could have done had he switched to a larger racquet head a bit earlier (lets say in 2011). I am sure that he could have won 20+ slams.

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  6. It was a tough loss but I just have a feeling that it’s going to turn around soon (maybe not this year, but perhaps early next year). The game is still there, but the confidence and consistency isn’t, and I think those go hand in hand. He’s too up and down within matches – gone are the days where he can play well throughout the entire match it seems.
    I’m sure he’ll make the WTF because he only needs to be 9th with Murray’s withdrawal.

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  7. Ruan, it’s good that you digested the loss. I understand where you’re coming from. No one wants to see Roger go out this way, I’m sure we would all love a Sampras style fairy tale ending for him and he might just get that. Roger was incredibly frustrated in the Monfils match, he was so vocal and it shows that he knows that he needs to turn it around but if you aren’t confident in yourself there’s only so much you can do. Roger fought a lot in the Monfils match. By the tone of this year, you would expect him to lose the second set once he dropped serve but no he hung in there, he did well to win that second set tie break. But it wasn’t enough. I say we see what Roger does in the indoors season before we judge what happens next. I think he still has it in him to create momentum for 2014. I don’t know if he should take the Vienna wildcard nor do I think he will. I believe he’s just set on finishing his 2013 schedule (Whether it includes London or not) so he can focus on 2014. It seems he’s already written the year off in a way because when he looks back he only has one title to his name. He wants to restart and I don’t blame him. The one thing I think that could lift Fed’s spirits would be a win over Nadal or Delpo in Basel, all it takes sometimes is a tournament/win over a top player to hit the ground running. I hope this is the case but to me if Roger doesn’t finish strong in the indoor season it’s going to be tough for him at the beginning of 2014. He is guaranteed to end the year outside the top 4 so he’s going to get one of the big three in the quarters in Australia so his semi final run there could come to an end. He doesn’t have anything really important to defend other than that semi final in Melbourne in terms of points so I think 2014 could be pretty big for him, just needs to have some goals in place and momentum to get him going.

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  8. Remember Fed and Nadal “fighting over” the 1 or 2 -year ranking system few years ago. Fed wanted to save his legacy with the 1-year ranking while Nadal just wanted to have easy draws so he can catch-up with the slams number easier :-)

    It seems to me that both Fed and Nadal found an easy fix for winning the N1 spot in tennis. Fed started the trend in 2011 with an unusually less successful season. Then followed “plan 2012” according to which he will get back easier to N1 in the world with winning 2 out of 3 set tournaments and avoiding Nadal in smaller events the 1st half of the year. There was even possibility to break Sampras` record by not winning slams at all – by going caroline vozniashki style :-) Than we have nadale cloning this scheme by leaving the game for 7 months which eased tremendously to reach N1 – with such a long break, well rested, some improvements in his game and doping regime he managed to get it back in a spectacular fashion. But…think about whether he would have gained N1 status if he had results in fall 2012 similar to 2011?I think Djokovic is still the year N1 player if we think about only points won this year and remember that Djoko could add more if he wins next few master events.

    Now is turn to the serbian to take a long break and comeback fresh for an easier N1 run :-)

    Federer will play some extraordinary tennis next year believe me….Don`t expect 2005/07 level but pretty close to his 2012 level. Fresh with many points to get for slacking around whole season will rejuvenate him :-) He can even try to beat Nadal once more at the start of next year…at some of the smaller events.

    No wonder Nadal has watched his match few days ago…they both follow the same scheme to get back to N1 :-) Long time ago he watch him live vs Davidenko by the end of 2009 and there is only one reason….its not that Fed will retire soon but he wants to see with his eyes that the other player is faking his form fora reason – weather to avoid Nadal sometimes or to prepare easy points from the same event next year. they all calculate, use tricks, play games, use suspicious stimulants…its not what we only see on TV. See what Kolerer said about the tennis world recently – its all parody these days :-)

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  9. It is over for the great one. The most gifted player but a poor learner. Brought down by his refusal or inability to adjust his game to Nadal. Right now though it is Father Time.

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  10. Ru-an, it is difficult indeed, to watch Roger these days but you’ve got to give him time. And that time I believe is later this year or will start early in 2014. Even Roger knows he can’t go on forever and he has too much pride not to finish on a high. Keep the patience, hard as it is to do so. The quality of his class will overcome the temporary slump in his form.

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  11. It’s hard to watch him lose like this, but really, at his age you can’t expect him to come back at his best level right after such a long break. At least he wasn’t blown away.

    If he believes he still has great tennis left in him, who are we to second-guess him? Who knows his body better than he does? Who knows his motivation better than he does?

    Keep in mind he was courageous enough to risk trying out a new racket in mid-season and looking ridiculous in front of the whole world if it didn’t work out (which it seems not to have, at least for the moment). He certainly can’t be faulted for being unwilling to change.

    Roger Federer has nothing left to prove to anyone, save himself. He’s earned the right to play on as long as he likes.

    This is the final, most challenging part of his career: his epic struggle with Father Time to create his ultimate masterpieces, to finish his unfinished symphony and realize every last bit of greatness of which he is capable.

    Each victory now is far more poignant, more emotional, more charged with meaning, than any ten triumphs of his earlier career. Who can forget his incredible 7th Wimbledon title last year, the grueling battle he had just to make it past the third round, the back issues he struggled with, the transcendent tennis he displayed to down Djokovic and Murray, and the tears that flowed afterwards as he contemplated what he had done? There remain a few such precious moments left in his career, and even if there’s only one or two, they’re worth a hundred losses to the likes of Brands, Delbonis, Robredo, and Monfils.

    Now more than ever is the time to cheer him, give him our love, affection, and support, and show him how much he means to us. For all too soon he’s going to retire, and there will be a giant void left in the sport.

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    Dolores Reply:

    Beautifully said, Steve, I join you in your kind, meaningful thoughts about Roger. Thank You. You made my day.
    Best,
    Dolores

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  12. Guys!

    I told you about Roger all the way back at the US Open! I knew it was over. Even that 2nd round loss at Wimbledon showed that it’s over.

    I refused to believe for a while but the signs are there. It hurt in the beginning but now I’ve lost interest and it doesn’t bother me anymore. We all have lives and just because Roger will retire it’s going to be ok!

    Every beginning has and end! I doubt it that Roger will ever rediscover his former days of glory! Australia was great but ever since then it has been a slow and unrelenting path to death. It is what it is!

    Roger has to figure it out! Obviously the Masters Cup is key! He has to make it and he has to get to the semis. But the ways he is playing it’s just not gonna happen! And all these smiles coming from him – what’s up with that?! He needs to be pissed and braking racquets! I think he needs to fire Annacone! He needs to DO something! What’s up with that smile?! You are losing to yet another Djoker and you are smiling?! This is not an exho! Someone needs to slap him and wake him up?! Is he Roger Federer and or Roger Loserer?! Time to make a decision – to get angry, pissed and whatever else it is but this is just utter embarassment to the sport!!!

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    rich Reply:

    Vily, you need to calm down – or at least deal with some real disappointment in your life. This is only tennis.

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    Sakthi Reply:

    Please look at Roger’s smile from a different perspective.
    When one tries so hard, gives his/her best in practice and still ends up losing, he/she can only smile after that defeat. Because they know that they have given their best. They know they had given everything they had at the match time and during the practice days before the match.
    So why whine about the loss when u know u have given ur 100% and have nothing left in the tank?
    Roger prepared so well after the US open. He worked on his fitness a lot.
    He worked hard on the practice courts.
    But he still ended up losing because he gave it everything he had at 32 years of age.
    If the same amount of effort was put when he was 27 years of age, he would have destroyed Monfils.
    But now he is just too old to have that youthful energy. That shows he is human after all.
    And Make no mistake about it. Roger will keep working hard. Keep giving his 100%. The end result does NOT matter to him. He aims for victory and prepares and accepts the results whatever it may be.

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    Fedfan Reply:

    Can’t believe this guy. Roger has every reason to smile. He is healthy and is still playing tennis, albeit it’s not the year he’s wanted but nothing makes him happier than playing in front of his fans-that gives him a lot of joy. Federer is no embarrassment to the sport whatsoever, he’s the epitome of it, you are embarrassing yourself as a so called fan to say such things.

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    Mesao Frio Reply:

    Shame on you Vily, you need to learn to lie better. Calling Fed an “utter embarrassment” only exposes you as a closet nadal fan masquerading as a Fed fan so that you can sneak in here to downplay the GOAT’s achievements at every turn you can. Why still bother? What would it take to get it in your head that given nadal’s tainted history, he will never be half the champion Fed has proven to be, as cheating doesn’t count.

    Roger is experiencing a natural decline. What’s wrong with that? See, he would rather take the losses than to use PEDs to steal victories. And you take issue with that! But you’re OK when nadal doesn’t even have the guts to turn up in an important tournament (e.g. AO 2013) because he’s not juiced up for the challenge. So stop your BS badmouthing Roger. We all know who’s THE embarrassment to the sports, the darkest one who’ve been cheating his way to #1.

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  13. WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF ATP makes a couple of NEW RULEs like these ?
    1) All players must play with wooden racquets which give NO aid for power. Must generate the shot power by themselves without any aid of the racquet.
    2) The racquet size should NOT be larger than 90 sq inch. Play with a smaller sweet spot and an unforgiving racquet.

    Using high-tech racquets is a crime. Its cheating. Its equivalent to using PEDs.

    Eliminate the aid of technology and then we shall see who the REAL GOAT is. That will be the ONE and ONLY RF.

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  14. Guys, when you see any Rafa Fans discussing and praising their GOAT,
    just ask them this simple question.

    If Roger and Rafa are FORCED to play with racquets which are UNFAMILIAR to both of them, and play on all different kinds of surfaces, who would win more ???

    That would say who the MOST SKILLFUL TENNIS player ever is.

    ALL other players are just LUCKY that Roger plays with old school smaller racquets.

    If Roger was of the same age as Rafa, Nole and Andy, he would have definitely adapted his game to a larger high tech racquet and crushed those 3 players just like he dominated the Hewitts and Roddicks.

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  15. It is of course a disappointment when Federer loses a match but I find so much negativity in fans’ blogs. Sometimes we say we want to enjoy Federer tennis, win or loss, and at other times we ask him to retire outright. I find it so unjust. Before the magnificent win of USO by Pete Sampras he was as lowly rated as Federer now and we do not want to recall that. The magnificent win by Federer at Wimbledon 2012 and his crowning of No 1 to enable him to surpass 286 weeks of Sampras at No 1 also is forgotten so easily. I like comments by Steve. I always enjoy his comments. If Federer can continue playing even with losses I do not see his stellar career tarnished. How can that happen? A person ages naturally and his game declines with age. It is not a rocket science. I shall be utterly disappointed if Federer is forced to retire due to extreme negative comments from his fans.

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    Katyani Reply:

    “Sometimes we say we want to enjoy Federer tennis, win or loss, and at other times we ask him to retire outright. I find it so unjust. Before the magnificent win of USO by Pete Sampras he was as lowly rated as Federer now and we do not want to recall that.”
    I love that sentence, Mridul…. so true….

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  16. “I think if he doesn’t make the Masters Cup he should probably retire”.
    Sorry Ru-an, I thought you would be one of the last guys to think something like that.
    Don’t lose hope and don’t lose faith in Roger. It is difficult to see him losing, I understand, but it would be more difficult to see him losing without a fight. I disagree with you. There is life in him. He is still kicking and fighting. He just has to continue doing that. Yes, he lost to Monfils (yes, he should have won), but he just did not role over and lost. He gave a damn good fight. In ALL his matches that he lost this year. My God, he even gave Rafa a good fight in the Rome final. Remember the last two or three games? How hopeless !!! it was, but he still did not give up or gave Rafa the win. He still fought. I really cannot believe all the people who say he should retire to keep his legacy intact. This is Roger we are talking about. If he loses 30 matches from now on, people will still say he won 17 GS and was 302 weeks number one.
    We still talk about Sampras and Agassi as the best players of their time. No one goes on about their losses the last period before they retired. People still remember them as beeing the best. That will also happen to Roger. His legacy is already set in stone. Not even Roger can tarnish that. Not even by losing 100 times from now on. Please keep faith in the guy. He is still working hard. He is still phisically fine. He is still hunger for winning. Like you yourself have said, Rafa has done Roger a huge favour by winning his 13th GS. Roger knows he has so many points to gain next year and he is counting on another “2012”. I really honestly believe Roger will have a great 2014 with even a slam win. He wants Wimby too bad to let that one go.
    He does not want to be stuck on 7 Wimby’s.
    The hunger is there, the game is there, the physiek is there, but….. he needs to play with the bigger racquet…..that one I agree with everyone.
    After that, I am still confident in Roger and still have hope in the guy. You don’t just win 17 GS for no reason. The hunger, the drive is still there, now just the confidence IN HIMSELF…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right. It’s been a long, hard year. He should take the rest of 2013 off and get some rest. Come back refreshed in 2014.

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    Katyani Reply:

    Trust me Ru-an, I SO get where you are coming from, it hurts me SO much to see him lose, but I just cannot believe that this is the end for Roger. He will bounce back. And that is not me saying, yes it is Roger he always bounces back and finds ways, but… the game is still there. He has not lost big time. Even against Brands in Suisse he lost in two tiebreaks.
    This guy… has to find a way AND has to play with the bigger racquet. Period.
    No more stubbornness about that.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Who said it’s the end? He just needs some more time off and come back with a bang in 2014.

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  17. My frustration comes from the fact that I am used to seeing Roger FEDERER being the BEST and being the MASTER that he was! I just disagree with people who seem to want to him continue to keep playing and to continue losing while tarnishing the legacy that he has so hardly worked for all these years…

    The problem is that people seem to have a short term memory and they ALWAYS look at what you did LAST…

    So when I see this smile after the n-time of yet another loss, it’s bothering me. At least after the loss to Nishikori in Madrid, I saw a picture of him looking down in deep thoughts. And we saw a response.

    Here it’s almost like he is on a farewell tour already. And I just don’t want to be there watching. I’d rather live with my memories of Roger being the Greatest instead of continue watching Roger embarrassing himself and the sport more and more…

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  18. I’ve just arrived home from the beach and I saw
    Delpotro vs. Nadal 6-2,6-4

    Nice ! really nice !

    … and a funny comment of David Hansen from ATP site:

    Many players have a higher toplevel than Nadal.

    But Nadal has a higher bottom level than pretty much anyone else.

    Nadal toplevel vs Djokovic toplevel = Djokovic wins
    Nadal toplevel vs Federer toplevel = Federer wins
    Nadal toplevel vs Del Potrol toplevel = Del potro wins
    Nadal toplevel vs Rosol = Rosol wins

    Nadal worst level vs Djokovic worst level = Nadal wins
    Nadal worst level vs Federer worst level = Nadal wins
    Nadal worst level vs Del Potrol worst level = Nadal wins
    Nadal worst level vs Rosol worst level = Nadal wins

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  19. I am a Roger Federer fan. Always have been, always will be. I only find some of his ‘fans’ embarrassing, as they put themselves in evidence as mere glory hunters. I am not only a fan of Roger Federer the tennis player, but I am a fan and an admirer of Roger Federer the human being. I wish for him to play tennis as long as he can enjoy it, and I will follow his career as his fan throughout.

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  20. Anyways nice tactics by nadal to avoid losing to djokovic once more.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I don’t think that’s what happened V. He was utterly outplayed by the better player on the day. Lets not sell Delpo short.

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    V Reply:

    I am in no way selling delpo short ruan.if anyone is capable of blowing nadal off the court,it would be delpo.But looking at the bigger picture,you would feel that this kind of thing always happens with nadal in the fall season when he starts losing much more often and now that his winning streak agaginst djokovic is halted,I would not be surprised if he starts to avoid him till the start of clay season

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    bartelbe Reply:

    Not giving Del Potro much credit? He was playing very well, his forehand is mighty, he hit straight through Nadal. He was also great in defence and Djokovic may have a problem

    Nadal was not at his best, but to be honest, I don’t think Nadal at his best would have beaten Del Potro on that type of court.

    If he can stay injury free, and that is a big if, Del Potro could well take the US or the Australian open titles next year.

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  21. Wow. I didn’t see that one coming. I wonder if Roger has another coach in mind or will go it alone for awhile?
    Love your comments, Steve.

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  22. I think you are all expecting a little too much from Federer, he is 32, and that matters. He will take a little longer to recover, his body is a little less reliable, maybe just a little slower.

    Fine margins that an amateur player wouldn’t notice, but at the level the top professionals play, fine margins make all the difference between winning and losing.

    He isn’t going to go out and win tournement after tournement like he use to. Partly because of what I mentioned above, and partly because the aura has gone.

    Top level tennis is partly mental, and in his prime, people sometimes lost to Federer before they hit a ball. That has gone, other players think they have a chance.

    None of this matters, if Federer wishes to carry on playing, however well he does, more power to him. I disagree with people who think it will tarnish his legacy.

    Plus he may get lucky with a draw, with the conditions, his body feeling right and win something big again. It is not impossible.

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