Federer Takes Wild Card at Monte Carlo

http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2014/410/mds.pdf

Hi, guys. I haven’t forgotten about you. It’s just been a hectic time. I am in Krabi for the Thai Songkran holidays and things have finally settled down enough for me to make a post. I was glad to hear that Roger took a wild card in Monte Carlo, an event he has skipped in the last two years. At first I thought he added the event to his schedule because he wants to make another serious run at the French Open to see if he can win his second career slam. After losing the 2011 final to Nadal, it seemed like he kind of took the clay season less seriously. He had chances in that match to beat Nadal but failed for the fourth time against him in the Roland Garros final. In 2012 and 2013 he played only three events in the clay season.

So I was kind of hoping he was thinking of making another serious run at the French Open title, especially with Nadal looking fragile, but it is rumored that Mirka will give birth during the Madrid/Rome stretch. And of course Roger said he wanted to be present this time when Mirka gives birth so it looks like he added Monte Carlo to his schedule because he is going to miss some tennis. I am a little out of the loop with tennis at this point so correct me if I’m wrong, but this is the last I’ve heard. Of course, the birth of your child is a big event and you can’t blame Roger for wanting to be present, especially since he missed the birth of the twins if I remember correctly. But at the same time it would have been nice if he played three events in the lead up to Paris instead of two.

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I’m not saying he can’t make a serious run at the French Open now, but I’m not sure it will be enough if he only plays one warm up event to Paris. I just think Nadal is looking vulnerable and he has never won the French five times in a row. If there was a chance of him losing early again in Paris it would probably be this year. But of course Djokovic is also there and he desperately wants to win that elusive French Open and complete the career slam himself. He is back to his best after winning Indian Wells and Miami and I think this could well be his year at the French. He is also playing Monte Carlo and Roger is in his half of the draw. Of course, Roger is back in the top 4 which helps him a lot with draws.

His draw in Monte Carlo is probably as good as it gets. He will play Stepanek in the second round who defeated Karlovic and then Janowicz if Janowicz gets that far. Janowicz have been poor this season, and so has Tsonga who he faces in the quarters if Tsonga gets that far. It’s more likely that Roger will face Fognini in the quarters, who defeated a very capable clay courter in Sousa today. If Roger’s recent form is anything to go by he should make semis anyway. Then of course Djokovic will be a very difficult opponent. A Nadal/Djokovic final would be interesting. Nadal probably needs the title more than Djokovic after he has struggled of late. He needs to resurrect his season on clay as he usually does, but I think Djokovic could make it difficult for him like he did in 2011.

Roger will play his first match on Wednesday.

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  1. YES, RU-AN!!!! Finally a vacation for you. Here’s a tip. Au-Nang is right near Krabi. If you go to the beach in Au-Nang and make a left and walk all the way to the end (not hard to find) there is a small wooden latter that leads to a path up the side of the hill through the forest. The forest is packed with monkeys and the path will eventually lead you back down to another private beach with just one hotel and very few people. A beautiful place to swim and relax. Bring food / water w you and ENJOY. You are in HEAVEN ON EARTH!!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Wow, that sounds very interesting Eric. I will definitely have to check it out next time I’m here. I leave tomorrow but definitely plan on coming back. And yes it’s beautiful here. Never seen something like it. Also I still want to visit Chiang Mai as I was told by some people again today that it was the best place they visited. It’s far from me though so I probably won’t visit it any time soon!

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    veronica Reply:

    Hey Teacher! Still frolicking in your beautiful Thai sarong in exotic Thailand (summer camp, Au-Nang, (how do you even pronounce that?!), Chiang Mai, temples, monks, etc etc) while we, mere on-lookers toil daily at our mundane jobs!! Haha! Thanks for the post, Ru-an. Agree with your thoughts. I just hope for a perfect arrival time for the babies to enable Roger to get the most out of this year where he is looking good with the new racket and getting back into some really good form. Can’t wait to see him play tonight!

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  2. Chiang Mai is where you want to live and work. If you like animals, I know of a BEAUTIFUL elephant rescue where you can volunteer and they will give you free room and food.

    I will never forget that year that Roger was playing Rafa masteRFully in the semis or finals of RG and then missed that one set winning drop shot and got massively discouraged and fell apart to lose the French. Roger was blowing Rafa off the clay before that, if I remember correctly. That gives me great hope that if Roger can keep himself together emotionally, that he does have the clay court skills to beat the very best. I’m excited to see him try and am more confidant that I have been in years that even if Roger can’t get it done, that Djoker will.

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  3. Hello, Ruan, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted here (during Roger’s 17th slam title run at Wimbledon), but I’ve still been reading your blog faithfully these last two years, and enjoying your insights. Hope all is well with you and the rest of the old timers here—Veronica, Steve, etc.. I’ll keep things short and sweet for now. Just wanted to let you know I’m still an avid reader of all things Federer. And it’s nice to see that Roger’s star is ascending once again after a dismal 2013. An 18th Major this year might just be what the Fates have in store.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Hello Balthazar. It seems like yesterday that you commented on my blog. Can’t believe it’s been so long! Good to know you still follow my blog and Roger.

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    balthazar Reply:

    Yes, Ruan, time is a strange thing. When one is a child, it yawns and stretches out interminably. But the older one gets, the more it speeds up. Then, when one is very old and decrepit, it cruelly slows down again, or so I’m told. God has a wicked sense of humor, don’t you think?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I think your expectations create your reality Balthazar. I just live my life and don’t worry about the future.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Balthazar, where have you been?! It hasn’t been very “poetic” during your absence, that’s for sure!! Hehe! Totally agree about time, God does have a wicked sense of humor. Although generally ppl now have a more enlightened outlook to time and aging, (like what Ru-an said) it still holds true what you say. How many times have we witnessed children wishing they grow up faster and then we have ppl like you and I wishing we could stop time as there is so much to do and then I see many older ppl finding it so hard to fill up time! Yep, I too look on Wimby as the one for Roger, deep showing in FO and USO and maybe win some masters like Cincy, Paris and WTF. Monte Carlo? I will just enjoy the stunning scenery and pretend I’m not watching tennis! Hehe!!

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    balthazar Reply:

    Hi Veronica, nice to hear from you again. I see you’re your usual effervescent self! Regarding the attributes and subjective sensations of time, Federer often leads me to such ruminations since, in tennis terms, he is getting rather old. And I often sense him struggling with this realization as he plays his matches now. But if anyone can blunt the blows of Time’s scythe, it would be Roger. So, as Ruan says, let’s just enjoy what the Maestro offers us in these last years of his tennis career. And if another Major is in the cards—well, that would be so sweet. Yet we shouldn’t judge him harshly if he fails in such a difficult endeavor, for he has already given us enough sterling memories.

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    veronica Reply:

    Effervescent?! What the hell is that?! Looks like poetry is back, Balthazar!! Haha! That’s some really keen observation about Roger. I do sense these internal struggles within Roger too about getting older; although he is handling it exceptionally well and it only makes me admire the man all the more. I believe there will never be another champion like him who can hold it all together and come out unscathed, normal, happy and at peace with himself and with the world. To me it is an impossible feat given the every man for himself and dog eat dog attitude of today’s world. Roger is not only the biggest champion on court, he is DEFINITELY the BIGGEST champion OFF court. And I firmly believe his off court achievements will NEVER be seen again anytime soon.

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    balthazar Reply:

    Nicely said, Veronica.

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  4. Hey guys. Hey Ru-an, nice to hear you are doing good. I know you all call me a fool for it, but seriously, this is Roger’s RG to win. Not Rafa’s. I really don’t think he will win. I think the final will be between Roger (going for his second career slam) and Novak (going for his first career slam). And something tells me that even this year Novak will not win RG. I mean think about it…..
    Roger COULD and SHOULD have won RG 2011. He didn’t. I saw that match. Did not know exactly why he lost it, but he lost it. Novak COULD and SHOULD have won RG 2012. If it wasn’t for the raindelay, we all know, even Rafa’s camp said so, Novak would have won it. Atleast 2 or 3 years (??) I think Novak had the chance to win all the ATP 1000 tours as the first person, but since 3 years he cannot win Cincy. There is just something about that. When he goes for “history” he just can’t. I know he won MC only last year, but still he only needed Cincy to be the first.

    So I really think this is Roger’s time. And maybe it is meant to be. Him missing Madrid/Rome, but beeing more hungrier for RG?? Who knows?? I just somehow have this feeling this is Roger’s year.
    Something I definitely know is that Rafa is not winning RG. He is older and more injured and more beatable…. he does not have that fearfactor like he did last year….

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    Ru-an Reply:

    If this is anyone’s RG to win it’s Djokovic’s. Roger may not even play Madrid and Rome, and he lost the 2011 final because he choked like he usually does against Nadal. I’d love for Roger to win RG again but I think you are going way overboard with your predictions again. I don’t understand this need of yours to always live in the future instead of just enjoying the present. You are always creating expectation, and it will inevitably end in disappointment.

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    balthazar Reply:

    We all need our heroes, Ruan. But you’re right, Katyani is suffering from wishful thinking. I’d put the odds of Roger winning the French at 20% tops. But for Wimbledon, they go up to 50%. That may be his last best chance to win a Major.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    It’s a peculiar habit of Fedfans to create all these expectations, and when they are dashed they blame it on Roger. Why can’t they just enjoy the fact that Roger is still playing some amazing tennis at age 32? Like you say winning Wimbledon will be hard enough as it is, never mind the French Open.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Katyani! Keep the predictions coming! One day they have to come true, don’t they?!! Haha! Much as I love to be optimistic and know Roger still has the game and can still do the impossible, I remain a realist. Did you see how Djoko was hitting airy high balls to Montanes’ shbh and how he was ending points by finishing at the net esp when Montanes float a bh short ball? Djoko is as fresh as a daisy, as fit as a fiddle and so relaxed. He is progressing nicely into his 2011 form. Nadal is a little vulnerable but this is his fav surface. It’s gotta be something major to stop Nadal. What are Roger’s chances in his present form and in his first clay tourney with his new racket? (Last year’s trial with new racket on clay doesn’t count) I think he would need a miracle to beat the top 2. But I promise to eat my words, every single one of them if he makes the final, Katyani! Haha! Unless the draw opens, I would be very satisfied with a semi showing which I think is doable. I think Roger would do better in Madrid and Rome, ie if The Baby Feds do not arrive first!

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    veronica Reply:

    Oops! Sorry Katyani! Guys! Katyani was actually talking about Roger winning the FO despite the top 2 guys while my comment was more about Roger not winning Monte Carlo while the top 2 guys are there! Had a late night, not thinking well in my head, haha!! Anyways, Roger winning another FO can happen as Roger said clay is his beloved surface and I still think he is the second best clay court player but it’s a long way to go; we are just starting the season. Let’s see how he performs with his new racket and we can adjust our expectations as we continue our ride on the FedExpress!

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    Katyani Reply:

    Not fair Ru-an…..

    Don’t you know by now that I am not like all the other so called Roger fans who have expectations and blame Roger when he loses?? When have I ever blamed Roger ?? There is a reason I call him the love of my life, my hero, my idol, the reason I watch a sport I still don’t even have the knowledge for. I love him because he is not perfect but still comes close to it.

    Yes, I do think he sometimes can win matches he should have won but somehow lost. I can say that right?? That is what beeing a fan is all about. I don’t understand. If you praise Roger a lot you are a blind follower who is not up to reality. If you do say something about a loss, it is not good either?? I really enjoy the way Roger is playing tennis at age 32. Always have, even last year. I was one of those who said that Roger would come back, would be difficult, but still. While some were saying that this was Rafa/Novak’s time now or Andy/Novak’s time now I (like many many real fans) supported Roger. While some were saying he should retire to preserve his legacy, I was saying don’t talk about his retirement because when he is retired you will all miss him.

    Please Ru-an, don’t put me in the same category as those who have expectations of Roger and blame him when he does not meet them. There is nothing wrong with predicting. I love predicting the weather, WC soccer in Rio this year and how Roger will do when he plays tennis. There is nothing wrong with predicting and having expectations. Because I do have them and STILL…. I take it one point, one game, one set and one match at the time and if all is well then after a while Roger will be holding the trophy. Even Roger himself says that he does not enter tours for points or to go deep, he enters them to WIN. Period.

    When I predict for Roger that he will win and he loses or loses early… I am for a few hours upset. BUT… NOT AT ALL for the fans of Roger, not for the bloggers, not for the writers, not for the commentators, even not so much for Mirka, his parents, his coach or his team. I am upset for one person and one person only on this whole planet and that is ROGER. Because he is a good human beeing with a heart of gold and he deserves so much, because with all the good players around, in my opinion he deserves to win every match he plays.
    I know Ru-an, maybe you did not mean it bad or maybe I am totally overreacting, but it gets to me when someone says don’t have expectations and just enjoy the tennis Roger is playing. We do that. So does Roger. But Roger also wants to win. It pains me when Roger loses, but I don’t care at all how that makes the “rest and me” feel, I just find it bad for Roger…..

    I don’t mean to “attack” you, so sorry for that, but… not fair Ru-an.

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Balthazar, I don’t suffer from wishful thinking :-) Just don’t find it nessecary to be caucious for every tour Roger enters. Sometimes it’s just plain and simple fun to predict something that is not going to happen but still you hope it does.
    I know Roger will come far in MC but will not win it, but it is still just cool to predict that he will win it. Who knows, it might even come true :-)

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    balthazar Reply:

    Predict away, Katyani! But when one predicts, one should expect a critical analysis by others. As for wishful thinking, I only meant it in the context of this particular prophecy of yours. Now that you’re telling me you’re just soothsaying to have some fun … well, I accept that wholeheartedly. Still, you should realize that a lot of people who forecast events are too often dogmatic about their beliefs and assumptions. You are obviously not one of those.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    No one knows the future and predictions are wrong more often than not. But if you can handle the criticism that comes with being wrong then there is no problem with it. Personally I don’t see why you would try to predict when you know you will be wrong most of the time. It just makes you look like a fool. And why care about the future anyway? It just shows that you are not content with the present.

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    Eric Reply:

    Funny Katyani. Friends have asked me to join in their Grand Slam betting pool. I did it once and just hated the experience. I am just too much of a RF fan to not root for him and too much of a realist to bet on him. I finally decided that I would rather root for who I wanted to win than try to make money betting on who I thought would win. So I totally understand you – haha.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Fair enough Katyani you don’t criticize Roger but the predictions are unrealistic and unnecessary I feel. Why worry about the future? Just enjoy Roger while he is still playing. No need for predictions and expectations.

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  5. Hey Katyani,

    Hi Katanyi,

    Well here’s one vote from someone who will definitely NOT call you a fool. Roger is one of the best clay court players of any era, he could have won RG 2011, and if he plays his best he I think can do it in 2014!

    It would be one of the very sweetest wins of his career so I really hope he can make it happen. It would also prove that you are very insightful! :-)

    Best,
    Joe

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Joe, thank you for your reply. I am not insightful at all. Just a Roger fan who really thinks Roger will win RG 2014 :-) If is happens, every credit goes to Roger. If it does not happen, than trust me, I will be the first to say I was wrong and that Roger will win RG 2015 :-)

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    Joe Reply:

    Hi Katanyi,

    Darn it, I really thought you actually WERE insightful. Does that mean I’m not insightful either? :-)

    I have to admit I don’t feel ‘entirely positive’ about Roger’s chances to beat a healthy Djokovic and a healthy Nadal on clay in consecutive matches. But he could beat either one I think, even Nadal – if he doesn’t play his best, or isn’t entirely healthy for some reason. And if one of them falls, it could be Roger’s chance for history.

    By the way, I understood your recent post more as a prediction that Nadal wouldn’t win RG this year than that Roger definitely would. Nadal surely hasn’t looked so vulnerable for some time. It’s too bad Nadal and Djokovic would have to meet in the final!

    A lot of people have made some good posts about this topic and I agree with a lot of their points. I’m just trying to live in the moment and still wish the very best for Roger. It would be great if he’s still getting better with his new racquet, wouldn’t it? It may be that we see Roger’s game at full flower only at US Open this year. I just wish him the very best, regardless…

    Best to you too,
    Joe

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  6. Hi folks, I have always enjoyed watching Roger play on clay. When he was younger he seemed to glide on that surface even more than others. About R.G. I feel that this year it is more open to change than before, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Rafa gets there! However I like to be surprised and if Roger isn’t successful how nice it would be to see a new face lifting the cup. I wonder if Roger will be drawn in Novaks half at R.G. again? But to more immediate things looking forward to the match this morning just hope our man wins although I love to watch Stepanek.( he’s just a wee menace) This is one good thing about getting older…you can watch tennis when you want!!! Ru-an glad to read your are enjoying the goodlife, take care.

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    veronica Reply:

    Elizabeth, I thought I was the only one who loves Stepanek’s game!! Glad I got company! He must be the most annoying, “in your face” player in ATP! But the extreme self-assurance (completely at home with who and what he is)he exudes is just so fascinating! From hating his guts in the beginning, I find myself grudgingly admiring it now! Stepanek’s game and all his theatrics are never boring. And is there a better and more clutch DC player than Stepanek?! You noticed the tiger shirt he always puts on when he plays DC?! I don’t know to be amazed or to be amused!

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  7. Roger Federer has debuted on the right foot at the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo ( Monaco ) , winning with authority in Round 2 against Czech Radek Stepanek 6-1, 6-2 in just 51 minutes.

    The Swiss returned to Monaco tournament after a two year absence and was cheered on entry by the public of the Principality . Roger did not disappoint and played a good game, which moved well , just made ​​mistakes and were able to draw conclusions from the new racket larger will be of great help in this area, where you have more room for error when placed to hit . Her opponent today was very Fallon did not deploy his tennis to the level shown by Roger .

    The Swiss came out flat and soon was reflected on the scoreboard after winning two consecutive break and bind to place the score at 5-0 . There were no more break and Roger with their service the first set was carried by a final 6-1.

    In the second set , Roger started well and got the initial break that gave him the lead . From that point, Roger took his foot off the accelerator and his lead was up to the 3-2 when he had to save two break points . Roger did not want surprises and 4-2 in their favor getting another break it was the judgment because posteriomente closed the set on serve 6-2 victory wearing .

    In 3rd Round opponents will be another Czech player , Lukas Rosol .

    http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/04/federer-would-skip-tennis-be-wife-newborn/51191/#.U07ZU_l_uun

    Roger Federer is prepared to skip tournaments — including possibly the French Open — to be with his wife when she gives birth again.

    Federer, who has twin daughters with wife Mirka, announced on Dec. 24 they are expecting their third child, although they have not said when.

    The 32-year-old Federer still does not know the due date.

    “So we’re just waiting,” Federer said Wednesday at the Monte Carlo Masters. “It’s a priority for me trying to be there, trying to support my wife. I’ve played enough tennis matches. Missing a tournament or missing a match wouldn’t change anything for me.”

    Asked if that means he would be prepared to miss the French Open, which runs from May 25 to June 8, the 17-time Grand Slam champion hinted that he would.

    “Yeah, let’s talk about it when it would happen. At the moment we hope it’s not going to be that way,” he said after beating Radek Stepanek 6-1, 6-2 in the second round. “If it is, that’s what it is, you know.”

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  8. I checked ATP site and I saw that Djokovic missed for a second time a double bagel !!!

    He likes Monte Carlo indeed !!!

    …and as it looks right now Berdych will be the only seed not present in the QF (all the other seeds 1-9 are already in QF)

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  9. In Rosol vs. Federer match Roger managed only 58% first serve, much lower than 78% first serve in the first match against Stepanek.

    I hope that he will serve better tomorrow …

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  10. Hi all, how’s it going? Ru-an, how’s life in Thailand?

    Good to see Federer playing so well and enjoying himself. I think he is in good shape to win some clay tournaments, including the big one (fingers crossed!)

    I don’t see any reason why he can’t win it. Besides Nadal, he’s the only player on tour who’s won it before, so that has to count for something. If he keeps giving himself chances, it has to pay off sometime.

    Hopefully the birth of the baby (babies?) won’t interfere with his entering the Grand Slams. If it happens, family comes first, but I hope he’ll demonstrate his penchant for peRFect timing yet again so that he can be able to play and be with his family for the birth.

    So far in MC he has faced guys who don’t move great and who don’t cover the court nearly as well, he can play a bit more defense and wait to pick his spots. Djokovic is a completely different story and he’ll have to play very fine-tuned offense to get past him, to say nothing of Nadal.

    But Tsonga first. C’mon Roger!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I’m surviving thanks Steve. I think Roger can do well on clay but like you said yourself Djokovic and Nadal are huge obstacles. It would be amazing if Roger wins one more slam, and RG has historically been far the hardest one for him to win. So I won’t bet any money on him winning it. I have a feeling this is the year Djokovic will finally win the FO anyway.

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    rahan Reply:

    Hi Ruan ! I am glad that you are “alive” in your new adventurein thailand.

    I fully agree with your post comment. But if you try you will eventually succeed:

    Just look at Ferrer: 7-6 and 6-4 vs. Rafa.

    This is a very good start for today .

    ALLEZ ROGER !!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Nadal will probably be upset at RG. Djokovic is looking in scary form.

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    Joe Reply:

    Too bad Nadal is out of Monte Carlo already…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    How is that bad? ;-)

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    Joe Reply:

    I guess you got me again Ruan!
    :-)

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  11. So far this is like the match he played against Meltzer three years ago–he’s not converted a single BP. He’s playing OK in patches, but never on the important points. He’s had bad luck on a couple points, some bad line calls.

    Tsonga is playing well but not in the kind of world-beating form he’s capable of. It’s Federer errors and poor decision-making that are the cause.

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    rahan Reply:

    0-10 break points won !!!

    With this kind of BP conversion Roger will loose :-(

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    steve Reply:

    If he can get just one break, I think the floodgates will open and the shots will flow freely. But despite the intermittent lucid moment, there seems to be mostly static in Federer’s head today.

    It could just be one of those diabolical days where nothing seems to go right and every little thing goes against him.

    I mean, the sky even darkened and ominous clouds massed in the offing. How melodramatic can you get? If it actually started raining, it would be like something from Wuthering Heights.

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  12. Into the tiebreak at least. C’mon Roger!

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    rahan Reply:

    and now 3 set points go to tsonga :-(

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    steve Reply:

    Finally, he’s managed to drag it into the final set by dint of sheer bloody-mindedness and force of will. Fantastic mental effort considering the difficulties he had in playing the important points.

    Hopefully he can take his chances a bit more in the third.

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    Joe Reply:

    Roger’s mental strength is my favorite thing about his resurgence this year.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I wouldn’t say he was mentally very strong. 2/17 on bps. It was actually a very poor match from both.

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    Joe Reply:

    Oh too bad then Ruan. I didn’t see the match; was just trying to read between the lines..

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    Joe Reply:

    But this is great news – Roger up a set and a break against Djokovic!

    He seems to have his game face on today!

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  13. …but we have now a third set!!!

    I want a 6-0 for Roger, but I will settle with 7-6 :-)

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    steve Reply:

    Federer converts on his 15th break point!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    *16th

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    steve Reply:

    Thanks, my mistake, Ru-an. There were so many I lost count :-)

    If he can win this one with such a lousy BP conversion rate, it augurs well for this season.

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    rahan Reply:

    My wish was close: a breadstick is almost as good as a bagel.

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  14. HE WON,no complaining!

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    rahan Reply:

    No complaining, but it is not good to my health :-)

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    Joe Reply:

    Does anyone have a comment about Nadal’s loss to Ferrer?

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  15. Hey, Ruan, I was thinking of you the other day. Go onto my FB account, and you’ll see what I mean. I couldn’t send it to your blog. Look under Gary Kranendonk. Oh, and by the way….GO FEDERER!!!! G

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I went to FB and didn’t see anything Gary.

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    gary Reply:

    I was driving to work, and there was a truck with Ruan on the back of it. It said it real big. Maybe scroll down a bit, and you’ll find hopefully. What a treat we got today. gary

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  16. Today has been a great serving day for Roger, who won 84% of his first serve points in the first set against Djokovic.

    Something I like even better is Roger winning more of the long rallies! On points of more than five shots, Roger won seven in the first, while Djokovic won only four.

    What a great win for Roger! 7-5 6-2 and Stan had better be careful!

    (Roger too of course) :-)

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  17. Would it not be great, Roger deciding last moment to take the wildcard and ending up winning MC???

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    rahan Reply:

    Hi Katyani,

    It will be great, but he should be on his top level.

    Stan was always a tough player on clay: his only ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final, were in Rome in 2008 (lost to Djokovic !!!) and in Madrid in 2013 (lost to Nadal !!!).

    And we should not forget that Wawrinka’s ONLY WIN over Roger came in Monte-Carlo in R16 in 2009 (4-6, 5-7).

    Nevertheless, this is a great day and I will enjoy it waiting for Ruan’s post !!!

    ,” said Nadal. “But here on clay, it’s always a big challenge. I have played a lot of matches against him, very tough ones. If you are not at your top, top level, it is very difficult to win. I need to be ready for that.”

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Rahan, that is the only thing that worries me. The only match Roger lost to Stan was….. here !!!

    I think Roger knows he will not get such a chance again to win MC and that he will win it, but oh my God, he better not underestimate Stan. This is not normal Stan but GS winner Stan. Big difference !!!

    But…. don’t mean to worry us all, but if Roger has a good serve day, doesn’t he have a bad one the next day????

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    Ru-an Reply:

    No.

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    Katyani Reply:

    Honestly, was that not the case for the final??? Or was his serve just good, but Stan’s was better??

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  18. … did you see the above comment of Nadal on ATP site ?

    I am wandering what he really thinks about his loss ?
    Last year to Djokovich and now to Ferrer ?

    Is he worried for Rolland Garros ?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I was gonna make a post tonight but I lost my bank card for the second time in Thailand so I don’t feel like making one anymore.

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    steve Reply:

    Sorry to hear that, Ru-an. Hope you can get it all straightened out. Good luck!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Shit happens. All the time. Oh well.

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  19. Fantastic performance today! Federer played a masterclass in the first set, especially saving two set points at 15-40. He’s full of confidence at the moment. I haven’t seen this level of tennis from him for a couple years. He was even beating Djokovic in the long rallies, when you’d expect the opposite.

    Djokovic may have fallen off slightly in the second set but he played great tennis in the first and was one point away from winning it. It was not easy at all.

    Djokovic had won the last four Masters 1000 tournaments in a row, his form had to dip eventually. Federer was there to seize the opportunity and as a result he’s got a shot at winning a title that has eluded him for years. This is why he chose not to write off the clay season–you never know when these chances will present themselves. If he wins this title, he gets much-needed rankings points (I believe he’ll be #1 in the year-to-date rankings race if he wins) and a big boost of confidence.

    He is the favorite over Wawrinka, but not by a whole lot. Especially since Wawrinka’s sole win in their H2H came on this court. Stan is a new player and determined to prove he belongs on the big stage, and he’s going to put up a tough fight.

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  20. What a match, despite Djokovic slouching away in the final set, this should not really take away form the the victory, the first set was high quality and Djokovic had 2 set points. I was thinking that Federer’s inability to cash in on his own break points earlier would get him. But somehow he held firm. He really made some remarkable shots (one crazy run-around forehand drop shot, hopefully that makes it to some highlights clip)…really even if he loses, watching such mastery as it happens is worth all the stress and shanks…

    He also was at the net and stuck to it, unlike in Indian Wells where he seemed to stop going to the net in the final 2 sets . Part of it was due to Djokovic, but also I think he’s much more comfortable on the baseline, despite how good of a volleyer he is.

    As for Wawrinka, he absolutely blew Ferrer off the court in the 1st set. I am hoping for Federer to win, but Wawrinka is really hitting flat and hard. Fedeer will have to use a lot of variety, he can’t just beat Wawrinka off the ground . I would argue Wawrinka actually is better from the baseline now.

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  21. Djokovic said: “It’s unfortunate that when you’re playing at this level against Roger, big tournament, that you are not able to play your game because something else is taking away all your energy.”
    Great comment from him, but to be honest…. good, now he knows how Roger felt last year when he could not play his game a lot due to backproblems….

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  22. Looking forward to the match today, but must admit that I’m a little nervous! Of course I hope Fed wins but Stan was playing lights out tennis against Ferrer so I guess Roger will just have to play his tennis with a little of the magic that we all know he has. I wonder which hat Severin Luthi will be wearing today…maybe a Swiss one eh?

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  23. Damn. I want to be happy for Stan, but cannot…
    Anyways, still congrats Stan. You deserve it. Sorry that I cannot be that happy for you as I want, but I really wanted Roger to win this. THIS was his best chance.

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  24. Obviously feel gutted for Roger not winning, he may never get a better chance to win monte carlo.

    However, this means good things for stan who unlike federer CAN beat Nadal. Maybe he can help protect Fed’s legacy

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah this is obviously disappointing Alex but I am happy for Stan too. He is now well and truly out of Fed’s shadow. I wanted to make a post tonight but I’m a bit disappointed now so I’ll probably make one tomorrow.

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  25. I believe it’s unfolding before our eyes. When federer brought tennis to a whole new level, he had set the bar. All the other players then knew what they had to aim for in order to beat federer who obviously does not have time on his side anymore.

    Nadal had set the bar high as well. It seems there are only two ways to beat Nadal, the first beating him at his own game by being even more consistent and unbelievable defensively (a la djokovic, ferer two days ago) and the second to hit him off the court (a la soderling, wawrinka, del potro and rosol).

    Players are adapting their games to be able to beat nadal and we are witnessing this transition slowly but surely.

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  26. This evolution you speak of is one of the things I love most about tennis. It’s always fascinating to see the game itself change to allow players to win. Federer could not be beaten by a better version of himself. It took a perfect storm named Nadal, born and raised to be a Federer beating machine. But as you say, Nadal is revealing his flaws and there are teenagers out there now practicing with the sole purpose of exploiting those weaknesses. It’s like the law of the jungle.

    Btw, I am disappointed for roger today but if it had to come from anyone on the tour I’m glad it was Stan. He deserves it, maybe this match gives Stan that little bit of extra confidence to take out Nadal in the FO for us.

    Happy Easter to Ru-an and all of my tennis loving family.

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    Katyani Reply:

    “I am disappointed for roger today but if it had to come from anyone on the tour I’m glad it was Stan. He deserves it”.

    Hey Eric, you could not have summed it up better, I and I believe all of Roger’s fans feel EXACTLY the same way.

    BUT…. I agree totally with it, but unfortunately I am not quite there yet. Cannot get yet over the fact that Roger lost. This was his BEST chance.
    Happy for Stan, but feel so so so sad for Roger…. He comes close (to almost all the tours he has played since USO 2013), but there is just no win….

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Do you still think Fed will win the FO Katyani? Just wondering. Apparently Djokovic may miss the FO.

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    Alex Reply:

    That’s terrible news. Stan will have to step up again.

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    rahan Reply:

    “Apparently Djokovic may miss the FO.”

    That’s a pity !

    According to http://live-tennis.eu/forecast_atp_ranking
    in 4 weeks Djokovic can be number one
    (if he performs the following month better that Nadal)

    5 Weeks Forecast ATP Rankings:

    Rafael Nadal

    12810 12810 11810 10810 10810

    Novak Djokovic
    11040 11040 11030 10850 10850

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Pity indeed Rahan. Djokovic can easily overtake Nadal and win the FO but now it’s all uncertain.

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    Katyani Reply:

    “Do you still think Fed will win the FO Katyani?”. Yep :-)

    I’m not a dreamer or something, but I can see that happen. For this reason:
    Last year his back hurt. Now that is fixed. Touchwood hope it stays like that. Last year his serve was off. Now it is not. Last year his BP convertion was well… not excisting. This year, although he sometimes makes unbelievable numbers like 1/16 or 2/16, he is far and far better in it then last year.
    SO…. believe it or not, he IS improving !!!
    Now, he makes finals but cannot get over the next step, winning them. But who is to say that he won’t improve that on the way? I do think he needs Stefan around, eventhough he still lost matches when he was around.
    But my point is, Roger is still improving on points he was not good at. Now he is making finals and not winning it. Well… he will improve that too.
    I really don’t think RG will be easy, but to be honest, I never thought he would win Wimby 2012. He did. So, you never know.
    But….. I am calling it…. Roger will win AO 2014 :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    You said Fed will win AO 2014? Well we know how that turned out. Anyway I hear Djokovic will be back for Madrid so him, Stan, and Nadal will be very difficult to beat at the FO. Fed probably 4th favorite after them, but who knows what he is gonna play before RG.

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    rahan Reply:

    Hi Ruan, I also hope that Djokovich will be back for RG.

    Maybe he will be ready for Madrid also:

    “Novak Djokovic hopeful of Madrid Masters return after wrist injury”

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis/27112010

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    Katyani Reply:

    “But….. I am calling it…. Roger will win AO 2014”.

    Damn Ru-an, me and my mistakes. I mean RG 2014.. But, great to know that Stan is also a possibility for RG and even world nr 1 :-)

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  27. Forget it. Roger never wins Monte Carlo, and never wins Rome. I’ll be very surprised if he wins a 1000 this year at all. This is even worse than the Australian Open loss. At least we expected that.

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Chris, look at it from this side (the bright side): he was not even going to play MC and still made the final….

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    eric Reply:

    This is why we’re lucky to have you here Katyani, you always look for the bright side. :-)

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    Katyani Reply:

    “This is why we’re lucky to have you here Katyani, you always look for the bright side.” Yep, Eric, but it is not easy and seriously, Roger does not make it easy :-)
    But I have faith in the Goat. He always delivers.
    Last year he said that when his back and health were alright, he would play better and matter. Well, did he deliver or not? 1 title, 2 QF, rest SF or Finals. Of course Roger winning a lot would be better, but I have the time. Roger is not going anywhere and neither am I :-)

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    elizabeth Reply:

    Katyani, you are so right the glass is half full not half empty! But do I think Roger took this match seriously enough and I have to say no. Stan comes across as quite shy and quiet but he must have great belief when you think that a couple of years ago he was prepared to give up everything for tennis. He is just the opposite from Roger. I think although Roger seems to be doing O.K. with his new raquet he still doesn’t have the same touch and feel, I don’t think he serves as accurately and his drop shots are nothing like as good as before….still gutted that he lost!

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Elizabeth. It still hurts that Roger lost MC, but seriously, Stan deserved it and played better when he needid too. I do think Roger had his hopes on winning the TB. I think he knew that if he lost that, he would lose the match because he was tired.
    When it went to the third and Roger played first, this is so embarressing, but I immediately knew he would lose the first game. You could see it on his face. That he would lose his second game was a surprise, but Roger does not do that unless he is really tired.
    And to be honest (maybe you disagree), but the winning fire was just not there in the third set, like it was with Jo Willy or Novak.
    And I am really taking nothing away from Stan. His confidence was in the third set so high, every point he made was like gold.
    Deserved win from Stan, but so so sad for Roger.

    And I don’t want to be mean, but Roger deserved to be in the final for beating Jo Willy and Novak.
    And…. Ferrer deserved to be in the final for doing the impossible and beating Rafa on clay after 10 years….

    As much as I love Roger who deserves to have atleast 25 or 30 GS, if there is one person I would like to win atleast 1 GS after Roger, than that is Ferrer.
    He is such a great guy and player (even if he is Spanish :-) I liked him from the first time I saw him… (didn’t like Rafa from the first time I saw him, even without knowing about the rivalry, but Ferrer I liked immediately).

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    elizabeth Reply:

    Yes Katyani I agree completely, Ferrer is one of my favourites. I loved it that he beat Nadal and was so sorry last year when he lost to Murray in Miami. I don’t like Nadal, don’t find him good to watch….but admire his mental stength. Stan when he won the T.B. knew he had Roger, he even said in one of his interviews that he knew Roger was tired!

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    rahan Reply:

    Yes, I was also very sad after the loss and being optimistic after the first set. Only reading the comments on this blog helps…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah he shouldn’t even have beaten Tsonga. He only won because Tsonga was so dismal.

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  28. And with regard to our previous conversation about their relationship. This is from after the match today.

    “It’s always special to play Roger,” added Wawrinka. “We know it’s always a strange match, especially being in the final here. He’s my best friend on the tour.
    “We respect each other so much. I’m just trying on the court to win the match. Before and after, we are still very good friends.”
    Federer said: “I think it’s one of the those finals that I could have won but Stan was tougher at the end. I think he deserved it just a little bit more.
    “Of course, I’m very happy for Stan. It’s a huge win for him after winning his first Grand Slam this year, also to win his first Masters 1000.
    “To take the opportunities when they’re there, that’s key in a tennis player’s career.”

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    Ru-an Reply:

    It’s easy for Stan to say nice things when he has stepped out of Fed’s shadow Eric. Not so much when Fed was getting all the attention and Stan was basically a nobody.

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  29. First of all, I am very disappointed at Roger’s loss. since this was such a golden opportunity to fill in the gap in his resume. That part apart, I am also looking at the brighter side of Stan’s win. First of all, he is one of only five active players to win both GS and master’s title and that may bode well for Davis Cup since, after his win against Kukushkin at DC Stan has changed for the better and he may be able to play a pivotal role for potential Suisee victory at Davis Cup. The win seems to be the turning point for him. From the other perspective, his first master’s title may be better than Federer’s 22nd title. After all, Federer is very unlikely to overtake Nadal and may be he will not be able to stop Djokovic from overtaking but it is well and good till he has the highest number of GS titles. Stan may help Federer if he becomes stronger. I think the most important thing is that Federer remains the leader Of GS titles.

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  30. This loss was slightly expected and yet disappointing. Not because Roger necessarily played bad or because Stan didn’t deserve it more. I just really wanted Roger finally to win Monte Carlo. Maybe it’s a bit of the glory hunter in me that is saying that though. In the grand scheme of things it’s not a huge deal. For example, the loss to Djokovic in Indian Wells didn’t hurt as much. This kinda feels bad – in a weird way. For example, Roger losing to Murray in the Olympics Final didn’t hurt as much. Because it was so one-sided. Here, I just felt that after winning the first set, it might be easier. But apparently it wasn’t. I guess some titles are just not meant to be won. Same for Nadal and the Miami struggles.

    It would have been sweet and stuff but it’s ok.

    Overall, this year is much better than last year. It’s just too bad that Roger is having a tough time at the finish line. But it’s ok. He’s trying. He did really, really well. It would have be awesome if he won but life goes on. Let’s hope that this year Roger wins the Davis Cup. That would be sweet too.

    If anything, the state of Roger’s game is great. I think that the problem lies in the fact that after the 3rd or 4th match in a row, Roger gets to become a bit tired. If there was a day of rest, I bet he would have smoked Stan. But it’s ok. Now Stan all of a sudden becomes a factor for the French, maybe.. :-)

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  31. Hi folks! Didn’t have time Easter week to comment. Happy Easter everyone!! Anyway, what a tournament, full of the unexpected! Since 2010 actually, nothing is for sure anymore. Who would have predicted The rise of Djoko in 2011? Or Roger’s no. 17 and becoming no. 1 again in 2012? Or Nadal’s dominant 2013? It follows therefore that 2014 would be unpredictable! I am ready for all kinds of possibilities and upsets! More so for 2014. I believe Stan is the real deal. He is not an overnight successful journeyman or a rising star. He’s been on tour for a long time, he’s had many painful disappointments, (the tattooed poem on his arm is testimony of how he always see himself as losing/failing) always had the talent, the power, but mentally weak and never believed his game was good enough to beat the top guys. Since that 5 set semi with Djoko in USO, his game started to click and come together for him. He has a bigger game and more weapons than most others who are knocking on the big 4’s door. This win over Roger is a very significant one for him (validate his AO was not a fluke) and for tennis in general because Stan will be a factor now in every tournament he enters. This win also signalled Stan’s coming out of Rogers shadow and their h2h from now on would not be as predictable as before. The only question mark over Stan maybe his fitness whether he can sustain going deep in all the slams in best of 5, his consistency and how injuries may come into play when one becomes a top player (we’ve seen how delpo struggled with injuries since winning a slam as the demands become more gruelling at the top). Stan was playing lights out tennis in MC and it needed a Roger Federer to control and contain him; well, for almost two sets; but the dormant walking volcano that has been brewing and boiling for so long couldn’t be contained any longer and it burst forth just running over every obstacle that stood in its way!! In past matches between them, usually Stan would just cave in after a bit of pressure from Roger. This time Roger couldn’t keep up with him partly because Roger was tired (he also caught a cold) and couldn’t keep up with Stan’s power and pace. Going forward, Rogers fitness and stamina continue to be the question mark even if he is improving in all areas. It is just so imperative now that roger wins in straights, not only in the early rounds but even in semis and finals. I don’t know how he’s gonna do it or if it’s possible to train or be better at these things but he has got to focus on being clutch and efficient as he doesn’t always have the mental and physical energy to go the distance. And players know that, so they try to just stay with him and force an additional set where Rogers fitness and focus becomes less dependable. I wasn’t too disappointed Roger lost because hey! He wasn’t even supposed to play! He’s picked up extra points, transitioned to clay, and I’m so happy that he was so happy for Stan! Despite his own disappointment, Roger feels and shares Stan’s happiness as he remembers how he must have felt when he won his first masters. Did you all see how playfully he pat Stan’s face when they shook hands at the net?! So cute! And Stan looked almost apologetic for beating Roger! So, yeah, Roger can afford to be generous especially to a deserving champ, friend and countryman. However the match felt a bit weird, the crowd was a little torn who to support and was really quiet for a final match. There was a holding back for both players because of the respect and friendship factor. I thought, as many also thought, that it would be an exciting and enjoyable match as they are both aggressive players and had beautiful bh but, no, lacking in fire and it never really took off. Stan’s shbh also made me realise for the first time that a shbh may be superior to a Dhbh! Provided you have enough power like Stan does, it definitely is superior or at least can hold its own against the dhbh. Look at the extreme angles Stan was creating! Wow! Roger was doing so much mileage getting the balls back from so far out in the court. If everyone plays at his best, I see no one taking out Stan except maybe Nadal if he can relentlessly topspin Stan’s bh till it drops (!) and Roger, if he could counter Stan’s power with his variety for a whole match. But gosh, Stan’s bh is so dangerous. He can smoke you cc or dtl, take your pick! Roger was trying to avoid it and the moment he played it, he got burnt! I thought djoko’s bh was impressive but Stan’s is scary! He’s always had a great bh but I swear since last year, it has gone up a notch! I hope this would inspire a great comeback of shbh and more youngsters would take it up! So, well done Roger! In the big picture, who cares about most masters titles or having a title in every masters?! It is still most slam titles, weeks at no. 1 and all the semi/ quarter runs he has and the numerous times he won at slams and tourneys which are so impressive and never will be taken away from him. And as Roger himself said, as long as he keeps putting himself in those situations, one day things will go his way. He is playing well, going deep in tourneys, is healthy, and therefore on track to pick up some trophies; and hopefully the bigger ones! Relax! Roger Federer was just warming up in IW and MC!!! Hehehe!!!

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    Dolores Reply:

    Looking at this comment….another dictionary….yikes!
    ‘nough said, Veronica.
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Lol too funny Dolores.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Yes, ma’am! This dictionary is overdue for an updated concise version, yah?!! :D :D

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    Veronica Reply:

    Yikes, sorry! That was supposed to be smiley face, not toothy Dracula face! Hahaha!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Didn’t have time to read Veronica but I like the last sentence.

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    Dolores Reply:

    Hello Ru-an, good to hear from you, have missed your blogs but understand the situations that arise. Mainly, you are well, getting settled in your new country.
    Agree with you about Veronica’s last sentence on her lengthy comment! Love to tease her, she is a darling.
    Many comments have been made on your blog and other places about Roger’s loss at MC. I was a bit sad, too, that he could not win the title. He looked tired to me especially towards the end of the match. He genuinly is happy that Stan won, I believe that. The anticipation, concern for Mirka, until the baby(ies) are born, would be on Roger’s mind more than playing tennis.
    MHO, Ru-an. May all go well for Roger and family.
    With kindest regards,
    Dolores

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks for understanding Dolores the last few weeks had pretty much been hell. I lost my bank card and am struggling day to day just to have food to eat. Your teasing of Veronica is hilarious. As for Roger yes I was disappointed too. He now surely won’t get another chance to win MC, but I am happy for Stan that he is now well and truly out of Roger’s shadow. And like you said Roger is happy for him too. One title out of four finals for Roger this year. Not exactly a good record in finals but at least he is making them and is back in the top 4. It’s an awful lot better than last year. Hopefully Veronica is right and Roger will pick up a few more titles this year, but clearly this is not 2012 level.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Sharks! Ru-an! This is as bad as when you were punched in SA! I’m so sorry. Is the bank card sorted out yet? Hope you have a place to stay! Hang in there Ru-an! You have been putting yourself in position and hanging tough, one day, things will go your way and you will lift the trophy!! Allez Ru-an! Can Santa help?!

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    Dolores Reply:

    Dittos, Veronica, on your message to Ru-an. May the sunshine appear on the horizon for Ru-an, all will be well. Yes, can Santa help?
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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  32. Oh my God Ronnie, this long????
    Well, I am now at work, will read it when I get home.
    But… from one long commentator to the other…. I love it :-) :-) :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Are you waiting all day for Veronica to comment Katyani? I think you literally replied to her within seconds of her post lol.

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    Katyani Reply:

    “Are you waiting all day for Veronica to comment Katyani? I think you literally replied to her within seconds of her post lol”.

    Oh… didn’t you know Ru-an??? Veronica and I are long lost twinsisters who decided not to meet face to face and stay in our own countries :-)
    Actually… this is the situation and we both decided not to press charges against our own mothers because we love them and we don’t want them to go to jail :-)
    But… appearently my mother stole me when Veronica’s mother gave birth to me and took me to Holland or…. Veronica’s mother stole her from my mother when she gave birth to her and took her to Australia :-) It’s all a blur :-)
    Ronnie and Kat…kindred spirits :-)
    This is me.. trying to be funny… we are not all comedians like you Ronnie :-)

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    Veronica Reply:

    Yeah Katyani, GIRL power! Thanks for the support! You rule Crystal Ball here while I rule Long! Hehe! Ru-an just might start censoring your predictions and deleting my comments soon!! Hahahaha!!

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    Joe Reply:

    … very effervescently put…

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    Veronica Reply:

    All right, I’m looking that word up, Joe!

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    Katyani Reply:

    Don’t worry Veronica, I am always on your side. Aussie Aussie Aussie oi oi oi :-)
    Hope Ru-an does not delete my predictions or your long comments. What will we have left to talk about?? :-)
    Oh… one tip, there is a vid or Roger going to Credit Suisse company, about 4,5 minutes. Wow, Veronica, seriously… the dude is soooo handsome…. phew man…. :-)
    Seriously next life….

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    Veronica Reply:

    Yup I saw it Katyani, so handsome until I couldn’t even eat my breakfast and do my work; just mouth open! hahaha!! Hope Ru-an and the rest don’t mind some fangirliness here!

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  33. Don’t worry guys! This dictionary is just getting warmed up! Haven’t even talked about Nadal’s and djoko’s loss yet!!! …….haha! Anyway, good that you are woken up by this dictionary, Ru-an!! Now, when are you gonna post???!!!!

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  34. Haha, Katyani! LONG may your life be, LONG may Roger play, LONG may this blog go on! Now who says LONG is no good?!!!! And long may not last forever. Enjoy it while it’s still here! Hehe!

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    Katyani Reply:

    Noop… good times are ahead. Isn’t it so that when Rafa falls…. Roger rises??? Come on Roger. Having faith and bel18ve in the one and only Goat :-)

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  35. Hi Ru-an hope all is well with you, have just read that Novak is going to be a Dad! I wonder if this will make his tennis better or worse in the coming months haha.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Wow! Elizabeth! He is such a close closetted admirer of Roger, isn’t he? Didn’t Mirka got pregnant before they tied the knot? Isn’t Nole trying so hard to have Fed-like professional and class attitude since he got to no.1? But Nole is a sweet person. Congrats to him and his lovely fiancée. It may not be as easy to have babies and play well as how Roger did it and is still doing it!! Very hard act to follow!! Bring it on! Battle of the dads!!

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  36. Hey guys, Rafa just lost to Almagro. Anyone see similarities with Roger’s situation?
    Last year when he lost, “lower” ranked players got the believe that they could beat Roger as well, looks like it is now happening to Rafa…….
    Congrats to Nico, hope he wins the title, but he has to be aware of Nishikori. When did he started to play so good?

    Oh and Ru-an, I know you said you would make a post. But don’t hurry yourself to make one. I read all the unfortunate things that happened to you. You have other more important things on your mind. We can do with commenting on this post, afterall the Goat does not play until the beginning of May, unless…. ofcourse the little Goat decides to come into the world healthy and like now :-)

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    rahan Reply:

    WOW ! WOW ! WOW !

    It seems that nobody beats Almagro 11 times in a row.

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Rahan, what is up with the players outside the top 4???

    Roger lost to Robredo after defeating him 10 or 11 times. Roger lost to Stan after defeating him 13 times. Rafa and Novak both losing to Stan after beating him like every time. Ferrer beating Rafa after losing to him on clay 10 years long. And now Nico beating Rafa after losing every time…. What is up with these players and what is up with the top 4??
    What is next? Ferrer defeating Roger after losing 14 times?? Touchwood…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha Rahan what a great result. Nadal losing to everyone he owns like Roger did last year.

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    Dave Reply:

    Give me your expert opinion why you think Nadal is losing? Where is your post following the final?

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  37. …”he has to be aware of Nishikori. When did he started to play so good?”

    Good remark Katyani !

    Actually I like that Kei is playing well.

    Please take a look at the following data:

    (http://www.atpworldtour.com/Performance-Zone/Performance-Deciding-Set-Current-List.aspx)

    Pressure situations – Deciding set

    1. Kei Nishikori .761 – 54-17
    2. Novak Djokovic .714 117-46
    3. Rafael Nadal .712 – 116-47
    4. Andy Murray .682 – 105-49
    5. Juan Martin Del Potro .667 – 70-35
    6. Lleyton Hewitt .663 – 181-92
    7. David Ferrer .646 – 148-81
    8. Grigor Dimitrov .643 – 36-20
    9. Roger Federer .642 – 176-98

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Rahan, I like the way Kei plays too, but right now…. I am just a little ieny mienie mynie little bit upset with him that he beat Roger twice.
    I will get over that :-)

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    veronica Reply:

    Ugh Rahan! Those are depressing stats! Ha! If Kei can get his body together, he can crack the top 5.

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    rahan Reply:

    Yes Veronica: this was also my feeling, but I think that Roger is only in 9th place because he is such a good player and almost never need a deceiding set.

    Nevertheles, IMHO after 32 he should improve this particular aspect of his game

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  38. I can’t believe it Nadal almost looks human less robotic! He definately looks like he needs to recharge his batteries….but you can never rule him out. But it’s good to look forward to R.G. with other players in the mix. Come on ROGER x

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah that AO final loss destroyed his confidence Elizabeth. I’m pretty sure my prediction that he won’t win the FO will come true. I just don’t see him winning it this year.

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    elizabeth Reply:

    When I used to read Roger talking about confidence as a mere tennis fan I wondered how someone who was so successful could lack confidence! But I must confess what do I know because never, never would I have thought that Nadal would be the same because I’ve always thought that Nadal (win at any cost) to be the strongest most single minded player I’ve ever seen. Conners and Hewitt another two who fought till the last, but Nadal even above them! But dont’t worry Roger..you are still my favourite!!

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    rahan Reply:

    Hi Elizabeth:

    ‘… Conners and Hewitt another two who fought till the last, but Nadal even above them…’

    Please note that the above data concerns only ACTIVE players.

    If you are interested in all open era players, then Roger is not in the first
    10 :

    Pressure situations Deciding set

    W–L

    1. Björn Borg 74.84 119–40
    2. Novak Djokovic 71.78 117–46
    3. Rafael Nadal 71.34 117–47
    4. Jimmy Connors 69.60 229–100
    5. John McEnroe 68.83 159–72
    6. Andy Murray 68.18 105–49
    7. Rod Laver 68.16 122–57
    8. Johan Kriek 67.93 125–59
    9. Pete Sampras 67.87 188–89
    10. Arthur Ashe 67.41 182–88

    * minimum 100 wins

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    elizabeth Reply:

    Hi Rahan,
    although I can see that many are interested in stats I have to confess as a tennis fan my thoughts are only on how I see and remember matches! Of course I may have to backslide a little and say the stat of 17 Slams sounds good, take care and keep counting haha

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Great stats Rahan. Just shows that Roger’s forte is not mental strength and fighting ability, like I’ve been saying all along. He likes to dominate and be in control.

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    rahan Reply:

    True indeed: 302 weeks of total control.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Yeah, Ru-an , you hit the nail. Roger is about dominating and controlling. Take both these away, he becomes very mortal.

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  39. I just watched Roger’s MC post match interview. He didn’t say a word about it and was super gracious, but he was congested and big time sniffling with a very nasally voice. Dude had a pretty bad cold – just saying’. Anyone notice that???

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    veronica Reply:

    Yup, Eric, I noticed and mentioned it in my long comment above. Stan played really well but Roger was sick and had too much tennis. I think he went into MC thinking he would just get in a few matches; wasn’t quite well-prepared when he got deep.

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Eric and Veronica, just look at it like this: Roger and Stan met in matches but never in a final. They were bound to meet somewhere in a final, because… well Roger is Roger and Stan is doing extremely well.

    Although this loss at MC hurt me more than the loss at Brisbane and IW, be “glad” that this is the final they both played together and Roger lost. Because of the respect and friendship the final was awkward. They were both not playing really great, nervous and flat. Now that the first Swiss final is out of the way, Roger can go all out on Stan. No more mister polite and well wishing for Stan… the next final is Roger versus an opponent who happens to be Stan. And then Roger will win.
    What if the RG final would be the
    first time they would have met?? What then?? Better that they got it out of the way.
    Because believe me, Stan damn well knows that he won MC final because he played good, BUT Roger was tired from his two previous matches and had maybe a cold. NOT taking anything away from Stan, but Roger was too tired in the third to fight.
    And… they are (together with Novak) the players of now who play the best. So what is to say that they will not meet in the RG final????

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    rahan Reply:

    Next dream final: Roger vs. Stan at RG and Roger wins in 5 sets :-)

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    Katyani Reply:

    No no no Rahan, Roger winning in 3 please :-) Better for our hearts right??

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    Veronica Reply:

    More of a nightmare final, Rahan, I would think!! I’m not looking forward to another battle of the Swiss. I really really like Stan. But I want Roger to win. But I think Stan will win………aaahhh!!!

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  40. Yet proven again that when Roger rises, Nadal falls; or vice versa. Nadal’s mental toughness is the one constant in tennis. But the AO loss seemed to have started the slump shaking his confidence and eating into that mental armour. But I think it is also father time. He is older. It is doubly hard for him now to summon that intensity that he must need to win his matches. I think his decline is starting now. But Nadal being Nadal will still fight to the end. I’m not writing him off for Madrid, Rome or FO. My prediction is if he wins FO, he may still be able to play on relatively well for another year. But if he loses FO, it ends for him there. He would not be a significant factor in other tournaments anymore. Which is even more imperative now that Roger stays healthy for the rest of the year and DOESN’T miss FO!!!

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Veronica, isn’t it strange how one GS can make such a difference?

    I remember before the Rafa/Stan-AO-final began, we all were so so so so sure that Rafa would win, that we would say, well WHEN not if but WHEN he wins AO he will have 14 GS, then he will definitely win RG without a doubt which will make it 15. Then, because there will be the possibility of a Rafa Slam, the Great Uncle Toni and therefor Rafa will do everything to somehow win Wimby, which would get him the Rafa Slam and 16 GS and that if they wanted they could also win USO to make it to 17 GS this year already equalling Roger.
    Remember that time before the AO final??? What a difference one GS makes !!! Now we are talking about the beginning of Rafa’s decline…

    I did say in the beginning of this year that Rafa would lose because he was getting older (the same age Roger was when he started to decline) and that his mental fighting spirit would deminish because that had to start sometimes right??? But honestly, even I did not see it coming that Rafa would lose SO MUCH confidence because of the AO loss….

    Doesn’t it look like Roger’s life is starting to “happen” to Novak, Andy and Rafa?? I mean Roger and Mirka dated a lot of years, then she got pregnant and they married, the same way Novak is doing it right now. Andy having trouble getting his rythme and way of playing games back after a backsurgery the same way Roger had trouble last year?? Rafa losing confidence and losing to players he beat easily before, just like Roger did last year??
    They all seem to go the “Roger way”…

    For me, Rafa losing the AO final was definitely a Karma/Destiny/Faith-payback for Roger’s heartbreaking loss to Rafa at AO 2009.
    After that didn’t people say that Roger changed? Well…. same is happening to Rafa.

    BUT people, lets not kid ourself. Rafa is going nowhere. Like Roger he will bounce back. Only advantage he has now (because of all the losses), now he can say, well fans, I am taking a half year off to ask myself why I want to play tennis, to give my body a rest, to train afterwards… all this, and now he does not have to “create” a knee injury. The tennisworld and all his fans are seeing that Rafa is mentally hurting and losing and will forgive him for “taking time off” to get his act together :-)
    If only he had a bit of Roger’s dignity…..

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    Veronica Reply:

    Yeah, Katyani, Roger is the one and only original. All the others are so copy cats!

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  41. Oh and about Roger maybe missing RG…. It can happen. Depends on Mirka and the baby. I would hate to see Roger’s GS count of what 56?? end right here.
    And to be honest, Mirka does seem the type of lady who says to Roger, don’t worry about me and the baby, go play RG and get back to us.
    But if I have to be really honest and fair…. Roger ows Mirka to take time off for her and the baby. After all the sacrifises she made and the way she was there for him from the beginning till today…. Roger ows Mirka to “put” her before tennis atleast once….

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    rahan Reply:

    57 according to

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATP_World_Tour_records#Consecutive_streaks

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  42. I hear what you’re saying katyani, but really? Is it so much of a sacrifice to be Mrs Roger Federer? In a year or 2 she can have him any day she wants for the rest of their lives. But with Nadal weak and Djoker maybe a little injured, RG may be a possible win, and if it came against Nadal, it would be the ultimate, epic, career topping finish to the greatest tennis career of all time. I say she pushes him out the door like Adrian did to Rocky at the hospital in Rocky 2. Remember she said knock em dead Rock and he said, huh? Then she said loud. WIN!!!

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    Katyani Reply:

    I hear what you say Eric. So hope that Roger will play RG. But honestly, Mirka does sound like the type to say, I will call you to let you know if it is a boy or girl, you go play and win damnit, you also won it the last time I was pregnant :-)

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    Veronica Reply:

    Haha Eric/Katyani! Totally agree with you. Mirka does seem that kinda down to earth no nonsense person. Babies?! What babies?! Go get a trophy first; THEN you can talk about supporting me! Haha!

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    Katyani Reply:

    Appearently Roger went Saturday or Sunday to a football match of Basel with Lammer and he was not nervous at all…. so no babynews yet.
    Does he know something we don’t? Is he so relaxed because he knows that Mirka is not due for a while??

    Please Mirka and new baby, don’t make Roger miss Wimby…. we all can live with him missing RG, but not Wimby :-)

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    eric Reply:

    Amen, sister!

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  43. Hey guys, what’s up?? What’s up?? No baynews yet and Roger all over Twitter…. Madrid is coming up. I think we are all very nervous :-)

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    Joe Reply:

    I know I’m nervous. Roger has been playing really great tennis though.

    I just hope this break will allow him to get that one more ounce out of himself that he needs to win – RG!!!!
    :-)

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    Katyani Reply:

    Oops, I meant to write “babynews”….

    Hey Joe, I totally agree. I even think it is written in the stars that Roger will win RG this year (if he works hard for it and of course if he will be present). And…. I am calling it: Roger vs Novak final or Roger vs Stan final. Anyways… Roger will be the winner of RG 2014 :-)
    I think he knows he dodged a bullet when Rafa lost AO 2014. So he knows this is his chance to be the first to win each slam atleast twice :-)

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  44. Hey Katanyi,

    I like your finals predictions and I would have guessed the same players most likely to make it. A win at RG would be one of the sweetest of Roger’s career, both for himself and his fans.

    They say you’re a dreamer Katanyi, but you’re not the only one. Roger may not win a major this year, but I think if he can win RG he still might bring home two!

    But I’m also a little nervous about our host! Ruan, I hope all is well with you. You’ve been a little quiet but there’s no tennis news … I hope you are holding together financially, etc. And thanks for being so tolerant about our speculations about RG, etc.!

    :-)

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  45. Yes,Joe, Katyani, one can always dream. The dream of 2nd FO for Roger remains until he retires….it just might happen this year. Nadal has always been Roger’s biggest stumbling block but atm, Nadal is looking really vulnerable. If Roger can up his game a notch and is fresh in body and mind, he has got a very real chance. Stan, though, is the in-form player atm. If he is ON, he’s taking FO. Roger maybe the only player capable of stopping Stan. If they meet for an all Swiss FO final, it will be one hell of a battle – no more warming up together, no more dinners together!! Lol! Are the Madrid draws out yet?!! Can’t wait. Not only for Roger but also how the original top 4 plus Stan would perform!

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  46. Btw, Joe, I think Ru-an is all right. He is just keeping us in suspense like how Roger is keeping us in suspense of when the baby/babies would be born! Hehe! Just kidding, Ru-an!! With so many challenges Ru-an is facing as how he has briefly shared with us, I’m sure he just needs more time to settle down and into a new routine. I bet Ru-an will be blogging when Madrid starts! Remember, quoting Joe, “we are all pulling for you, Ru-an!!” Joe, this is one of the best, most assuring and heart warming phrase I’ve ever heard!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I will indeed be blogging about Madrid Veronica. My break has just started and I will try to make a draw post tomorrow. I appreciate you guys pulling for me. my situation has been challenging to say the least.

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  47. hm..very tough draw for Roger. But who says draws matter these days in tennis?! ANYTHING can happen! Allez Roger! And common baby Fed, be born after Rome and before FO….. Ok, baby??!!

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  48. Have just seen that Djokovic has pulled out of Madrid. Don’t see that will help Roger as he is in the other part of the draw, but looking forward to see him play.

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