Federer will Officially Play Shanghai

Hi guys, it’s been a while. There hasn’t been much going on in the world of Federer of late and today is my first day off in 10 days. So I thought I’d whip up a post for you. Let me just say that I appreciate the readers who have stayed loyal to my blog since I’ve made the move to the US. Thanks for being patient and sticking around. I have less readers these days but the core group of readers at my blog has stuck around, and that is all that really matters to me. I’m not gonna name you guys because I don’t wana miss anyone, but you know who you are. It’s great to have a bunch of civilized, tennis educated folks like you around.

Even though I was sure it would be the case, it is now official that Roger will play Shanghai. He really had no other choice having skipped Shanghai last year. He had some time off now as well and hopefully he got some good rest during that time. It’s an important stretch lying ahead for him now until year end. Shanghai is slowish outdoor but after that his favorite indoor season starts. It’s still doubtful whether he will play Paris though, and if he doesn’t it won’t be much of an indoor season for him. What annoys me is that he is playing that exho in South America which means he can’t go full out for the year end #1 ranking and play Paris.

A photoshop where Roger wears his new outfit

He may still play Paris, but that means he compromises his health as he will have less time to rest during the off season. Getting back to the poll in my last post, most people were against Roger playing both Davis Cup and the exhos, even though the option that playing both was the right decision won the poll. I think playing Davis Cup was fine, but playing the exhos is going to far in my mind. He played those exhos in the East with Sampras at the end of 2007 as well, and look what happened after that. I just think it’s unnecessary. I would like him to give the year end #1 a full go now, and now Paris is in doubt due to the exhos.

As far as a sixth year end #1 goes which would tie Sampras’ record, it is not a very important record. Having a calendar year is just an arbitrary division in the continuum of time. It’s the same with winning the calendar slam. Winning any four slams in a row is exactly as impressive as winning all four slams in a calendar year. The most important thing is who spent the most amount of weeks in the #1 spot, and Roger has that record now. But I can’t help but feeling ending the year ranked #1 would be a nice mental boost going into 2013. It would confirm he was the best player of 2012 and he would go into 2013 as the top dog.

Anyway it is what it is. We can just hope he still plays Paris and ends the year ranked #1, while at the same time the exhos doesn’t compromise his 2013.

Ps. One of my readers added an avatar for their comments which I liked. It would be nice if the rest of my readers can do the same so I can have a face next to comments. You guys know what I look like by now. It’s now your turn if you feel like it. You can add your own picture by going to http://en.gravatar.com/

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20 Comments

  1. Hey, Ru-an

    Hopefully my real picture will show this time. The other one you saw was of my wife who is using my e-mail for gaming purposes online.

    Anyway, time will show if Roger will do well for the rest of the year. I agree that he maybe a little exhausted after the long stretch but if he manages to do well in Shanghai, we’ll forgive him.

    I don’t have Tennis Channel so I won’t be able to watch much of the matches anyway.

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  2. I think Fed will have a solid Shanghai – I can see him making the final for sure. The crowd loves him there and he has historically had a lot of success in that place. I have already accepted that he likely won’t retain the #1 to the end of the year, but if he does it would just be icing on the cake. His goal was to get back to #1, not to hold it for as long as humanly possible like it seemed to be his goal in 2004. Okay, just kidding there.

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  3. I think Exho is different that playing in ATP 500 like Beijing or Tokyo. Roger seems to have a good time there (in his facebook at least), like he did after Davis Cup agains Netherland (you see Jonathan’s video, don’t you?). I think he will be more fresh compared to Novak or Murray in Shanghai. I thinks it’s good for Roger to have much fun with friends and fans with less pressure after exhausting times lasting in USO.

    Don’t worry Ruan, I’m always sticking around, like your blog very much. Just keep up the good work Man.

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  4. Hy Ruan, good to read another blog again. I don’t write a comment very often but always read your blog because like you I’m a devoted fan of Roger for many years already.
    As far as Shanghai and the exho I’m not that worried if there is one player who takes good care of his body is it Roger. Besides indoor is not so demanded on his body.
    And like Andi said he likes to be with friends

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  5. Your old buddy JDub is still around! haha Just wanted to check in and say hello. I still read every one of your posts and look forward to them after every Federer match. So glad to see that you are able to keep up with him and look forward to your coverage of Shanghai and beyond! :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha awesome! Was just thinking about you today, wondering if you are still lurking. Great to see you are still around :-)

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  6. i kinda hope fed will skip paris… i dont think bercy tournament is compromised by the exhos – it is compromised by the fact the WTF is at the following week! the WTF is more importent in every way than bercy – so if fed does well in china next week he should skip paris to rest up for london. if that costs him the no 1 ranking – so be it. it would be nice to end the year on top, but like you said, Ruan, not the end of the world if he doesnt.

    now about the exohs: as i said before i never liked them. it reeks of greed… why do thses molty millionairs need all that hustle? for a few more greens in their safe? another yacht? whatever. i guess it is also fun and i am sure its some kind of an obligation to the sponsers.
    but looking at the calander it seems that fes, once again, thought this through: the WTF ends on sunday, Nov 12th. the exohs starts around Dec 13th. that leaves fed fool 4 weeks – more than enough to get some rest and start working for the next season. fed will probably be back home or in Dubai by Dec 17-19. he will have about 2 weeks bofore Doha tournament – again, enough time to relax for a bit, get over the jetleg, and than do some prepration for Doha-AO…

    so all we can hope for is that fed will enjoy the south american tour and that it will give him some mental break from the grind of the atp tour and some extra motivation to do well in AO 2013, which should be, IMHO, the main goal.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Ruan, you are the GOAT, full stop! I hope you can watch And share Shanghai with us through your post! Feddybear, i agree. It’s actually not the exhos but that bercy n wtf are back to back. I just don’t understand why players applauded this change in order to get a so-called, “longer break” at the end of the year. What they are getting is just an extra week but at the expense of playing back to back big tournaments?!!!! When they approved it last year, I was already like, “you cannot be serious!” and I knew Roger would be affected by this, if not the most affected. Surprisingly Roger himself welcomed this move. Maybe he was under pressure from players complaining about the exhausting calendar and when ATP suggested this, every player welcomed it. However, eventho the exhos are spaced out well as feddybear pointed out, realistically it’s not just simply two days of fun per se. The toil of travel, of novelty of a new country, the media demands, etc. eventho it can be refreshing and fun or whatever, it may take a toll mentally and emotionally for Roger. Roger is an emotional and very involed person. And at 31 he has to be careful he doesnt do too much or get too excited!! Haha! But he seemed extremely excited about it so I can only be happy for him. In my heart though I’m not so confident, I really hope he would still have something left for AO next year. Realistically, I think he has to skip bercy for best chance at wft. Best scenario is if he skips Basel and do bercy and wft (as more points are lost in bercy if he doesn’t defend). But Roger would never skip his home tournament. Plus Basel has always springboarded him to end the year strong. Oh well, we are in a bit of a tricky situation now and im very intrigued and can’t wait to see how Roger play his cards for these few remaining very important tournaments.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha too funny Veronica. But seriously you guys are GOAT blog followers ;-)

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  7. Yikes, Fed received a death threat in China. Security will be super tight the whole time he is there.

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    Jiten Reply:

    Here is a link to that story:

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/gameon/2012/10/04/roger-federer-death-threat-shanghai/1613851/

    Though it seems like the handiwork of some insane member in the Fed hater group, I am afraid this might affect Fed’s game in Shanghai. On the hind sight I also think that this may make him more determined to win the tournament as well.

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  8. Before anyone over here comes with a reply that the death threat was from a Nadal fan, please don’t. Have some class.

    As for the threat itself, it’s quite odd how deluded some people are to actually take sports so seriously that they are fanatically handicapped for life. Sad.

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  9. Really stupid and unfortunate – I hear the Chinese have located the idiot who threatened. I’m always leery of those fans who have run out on court after the players – RG 09 example. Scary. After Seles, you just never know. Thank goodness for the bodyguards.

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  10. Donde te has perdido todo ese tiempo?
    Where have you been all that time…?
    Great to see you posting a comment on Ruan’s blog again.
    It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

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  11. Yes, it has, Wilfried. I don’t know what happened. I think Ruan blocked my comments there for a while. Don’t know what I did to ‘deserve’ to be allowed to comment again. Guess cos I’m pro some other guy (shrug) :-)

    But hey, nice to be allowed a comment – thanks Ruan!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah you were banned. Guess you have a new IP address. I banned you because you are a Nadal fan and many of my readers were complaining about you. But since Wilfried missed you I will give you another chance, so thank him not me.

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    marron Reply:

    Thanks, Wilfried.

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  12. It is very important to have a happy wife, haha.
    Fed can win this event, and I expect another final appearance. Would be interesting if he went up against Djokovic in the final, esp. if Nole wins Beijing tomorrow.

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