Miami Rd 3: Roddick Upsets Federer 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-4

Needless to say, not quite the result that I expected. I was obviously too assured about the outcome of this match. It just goes to show that in tennis nothing is ever certain. Not even with Roger having transformed as a player since the US Open last year and having a 21-2 record over Roddick, guaranteed the victory. In the end that is what makes tennis interesting. In a sense it is great to see Roddick get this result after being completely owned in his career by Roger and declining fast. It just goes to show that anything is possible. I am not a Roddick fan in the least but I am not that closed-minded and obsessed that I can’t be happy for him and admit that he played a tremendous match. As Fedfans we are a spoiled bunch.

We are one of the most immature fan bases out there because when things don’t go our way we throw our toys out of the pram. We are not used to not having things go our way. Or that is the way it used to be anyway. For me personally that has changed in the last few years. Prime Roger or what I would call Roger 1.0 hardly ever lost. Since 2008 we saw Roger 2.0 who was much more vulnerable. There were many tough losses and I kept throwing my toys out of the pram. But since the US Open last year we saw Roger 3.0, and I would like to believe Ru-an 3.0 as well. I am more mature as a fan, and I can take losses like these with a smile. I already said that the Indian Wells title confirmed to me that we are seeing a new Roger since the US Open, and I am not gonna change my tune just because of one loss to Roddick playing out of his mind.

I am very surprised when I see fans making a big deal of this loss, as if this loss spoils everything Roger has done since the US Open. God forbid he loses to a player who was playing the match of his life! I guess some Fedfans thinks Roger 3.0 is prime Roger and that he is not allowed to lose any matches. Well I have news for them. Roger 1.0 is never returning. That’s why I call him Roger 3.0 after all. Sure I wanted to see Roger defend at least his semi-final points, but upsets do happen. Or else it wouldn’t be tennis. This doesn’t all of a sudden mean that Roger can’t get back to number two or one in the rankings. People are awfully short-sighted. They have no sense of a bigger picture. Or maybe I just read Mens Tennis Forum too much.

But we all tend to do it. I have been guilty of it many times in the past and I’m not gonna fall for it anymore. In the bigger picture this loss is as much a blessing as a curse. Before Indian Wells and Miami started I was not very excited. I didn’t hold out much hope for Roger to improve upon his results from last year. I would have been content with him just defending his points. But then he criticized Nadal for time wasting and I was starting to feel a little more excited about his chances. He looked hungry and confident. My excitement wasn’t disappointed as Roger won India Wells and beat Nadal in the process.  In the end he made a 325 net gain on his points for last year’s North-American swing. He also bagged another Indian Wells title and beat his nemesis in the process.

I can’t ask for more. Rather I am happy for Roddick who badly needed this win and I am also happy for Roger who now gets a much deserved break after playing an awful lot of tennis of late. Roddick played an awfully good match last night, make no mistake about it. It was not like Roger played badly at all. Roddick just came out from the start like someone possessed. There were no breaks in the first set as they headed into the breaker. Roddick got the early mini break but Roger broke back. Roddick then got another break after hitting a winner off an overhead from Roger. It was just too good. Roddick had seized the initiative and the tie break with it. In the second set it was all JesusFed as Roger came storming back.

The momentum was back with Roger and he went up 40-0 on Roddick’s first service game in the third. This was the key game of the match. Roddick saved all three break points and then saved one or two more. Roddick’s serve was on fire throughout the match and although I don’t remember much of that game, Roddick probably saved quite a few break points with his serve. I think there was also one point where Roger missed a pretty makeable forehand which could have changed the outcome of the match. In a match like this the margins are very small and you can’t expect Roger to always come out the winner. When Roddick held serve the momentum shifted again and in the next game he broke Roger with a string of forehand winners.

I haven’t ever seen Roddick play better. He was deep in the zone. With the way he was serving there was no way back for Roger after that break. This was just a totally different Roddick. He was crushing the ball instead of pushing it. It was just Roddick’s day. He has always loved the Miami conditions anyway, while it is far from Roger’s favorite conditions. Both players have won the title twice, and had Roger not won after being two sets and a break down to Nadal, he would have a poorly one title. Roddick also leads the head-to-head with Roger in Miami 2-1 now, which pretty much sums it up. Outside of Miami the head-to-head is 20-1 in Roger’s favor. Roger will now just have to wait before he makes Roddick the first open era ostrich. He just needs two wins and no losses which is easily doable.

But anyway I was glad for Roddick that he got this win. He is too good a player to lose to Roger all the time. In my last post I said I wasn’t convinced about Roger’s chances to win this title and my gut feeling proved to be accurate. Not only did he not win the title but he didn’t pass the third round. If he did make the semis he would have almost certainly lost to Djokovic. I prefer he loses to Roddick who he owns anyway than losing to Djokovic who has beaten him four out of the last five times. I look at this loss as a blessing in disguise. It’s like losing your car keys today instead of your car tomorrow. Now that Roger lost early in Miami he may just take a wild card in Monte Carlo. He must decide weather he wants to take a six week break before the clay and grass court season and risk losing some of his recent momentum, or take less of a break but risk tiring during the clay and grass season.

The clay and grass court seasons includes Madrid, Rome, Roland Garros, Halle, Wimbledon, and then the Olympic Games  three weeks later. The fact that the Olympic Games is this year may just cause Roger to skip Monte Carlo. Otherwise I am sure he would have played it. It is not enjoyable for us Fedfans when Roger is out of action for six weeks but in the end Roger has to do what is best for his health and longevity. It has been a great start to the year and whatever Roger decides to do I am not complaining.

Highlights:

Presser: http://www.sonyericssonopen.com/News/Tennis/2012/Interview-Transcripts/Roger-Federer-26-March.aspx


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98 Comments

  1. Well! As an old Wise man once said: “A picture tells a Thousand Words!”.

    Looking at Roger smiling after a loss just shows how much he has changed. He is playing amazing and one loss will not change that. Btw that picture makes me feel better too! :-) )

    We are spoiled as fans and that’s true! After all this is Roger Federer the GOAT, The FedExpress, The Maestro, etc. that we are talking about.

    But one can’t win them all. I guess we should look at it from the positive side, as Ru-an suggested. Roger should stick to his guns and take the long break.

    After all the biggest prices of the season will be won in June and July. So Roger can take his break now and get himself into form in May. 6 months of great results and positive mindset from Roger won’t be undone by a long break now. If anything, I feel it would be another brilliant move that will lead him to great things.

    For now, we’ll enjoy watching the sluggers fight it out, and hopefully get exhausted by the time The Mutua Madrilena Open arrives. Btw check out their website. I kinda like the blue clay. It’s different. Who will be the first ever to win a Masters 1000 tournament on blue clay?! Food for thought?! :-)

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  2. I am from Mississippi,USA, however, I always pull for Roger. Roger does need a break after all he played sick and won in IW. Andy got up for Roger and was terrible today. Andy’s attitude was so much better. His temper just seemed to have gone away. Roger is good for Andy. Andy ‘s temper did not show tonight either. I am so glad Roger became number one of all tennis players before last night. After some rest I feel certain he will come back stronger. I hope Nole and Rafa do not ever win another tournament. Rafa is so crude and pouts in most of his games. Isner did great in IW and then poorly this week. It just happens. Nole and his egg machine and Rafa and his drugs will continue until they break an arm or leg. Roger and Sampras will always be my favorites.

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  3. Beating Roddick doesn’t matter to him like beating Nadal, or else that fist full of break points mightn’t have gone begging. Not so sure Federer 3.0 would have lost to Djoko though. At Indian Wells he would have beaten anyone. I would be surprised if someone doesn’t continue El Toro’s title drought (Tsonga anyone?) Another MTO is on the cards.

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    Jiten Reply:

    “Another MTO is on the cards.” The prelude was there in the Nishikori match already.

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  4. Great post Ru-an. Pitch perfect.

    Btw, Fed not only gained 325 points over last year’s IW-Miami double, but also took away a further 240 points from Rafa with his semi’s win, for a net gain of 565. That is, unless Rafa does better than finals here – i.e., win.

    For that, tough rooting interest for us Fedfans: Do we want Delpo (or Ferrer, who’s currently on fire in his R16 match with Delpo) to take out Nole in the quarters – thereby decreasing the point spread b/t Fed and the no.1 spot and also further denting Nole’s confidence? Or is it better to ensure that it is Nole who Rafa faces in the final?

    As for me – I’m hoping it’s a Delpo-Murray final.

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    veronica Reply:

    Best scenario : French Fry takes out Humble Bull, White Fang cracks the Egg….. and the world shall live happily ever after.

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  5. What I am noticing about these very slow courts in Miami – it seems like all the big hitters are slowly but surely losing, and all the grinders are winning. Completely opposite to what happened in IW. It shows how difficult it is to do the IW-Miami double.

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  6. Right on the dot, Vily. It’s the grinders playground – David just slayed Goliath few hours ago. Miami.worst.hardcourt.ever. I have enough of slugfest to last me a whole year. I’m switching off.

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    Vily Reply:

    Now that he has only 45 points to defend, maybe Roger should just skip Miami altogether next year. I mean even Serena lost today. Murray, Djokovic and Nadal going through easily. Tsonga will probably lose tomorrow as well. It’s kinda boring.

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    veronica Reply:

    Yes, who would have thought/predicted?! Slug fest queen Woz grinded Serena to a halt!!

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  7. Nice blog, nice attitude. Federer was called a sour loser recently in one of the comments here, and we, his fans are often sour losers as well. I’m happy to see a change in attitude. Greatness has to show in defeat as well. Nadal has left the players council, which is VERY interesting. The bullying of the bull did not work!

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  8. This is called counting your chickens before they hatch – or in this case, counting your “ostriches” before they hatch?
    No biggie. Federer has more important things on his agenda this year.

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  9. Last year Federer kept losing in the semis or final during the spring hard-court season and didn’t win a title after Doha. He seemed lacking some small but crucial element in his game.

    This year he has that little bit that was missing, he has the right balance of offense and defense in his game and greater sureness in his shotmaking, and that gives him the confidence to scrap his way out of difficult situations. Looking back, that comeback against Davydenko in Rotterdam was very important for his confidence, it gave him the momentum to roll through Dubai and fight hard at IW until God-mode Federer could make an appearance from the QF onwards.

    He won three straight tournaments, one of which (Dubai) he hadn’t won in five years, another of which (IW) he hadn’t won in six years, and the third of which (Rotterdam) he hadn’t won in seven years! On top of that he bested Nadal on outdoor HC for the first time in seven years, Murray, who has often dogged him in best-of-three, and Del Potro, who is always a very tough customer, a whopping four times.

    Clearly he did far better during the spring hard-court season than he has in a long while and that’s a very encouraging sign. His rather mindless performance against Roddick was almost surely a result of momentary mental weariness from all the tennis he’s played, rather than a long-term dip in his level.

    It appears that he has successfully raised his game, and after some down time and more training, he should be ready for the clay/grass seasons.

    I hope this clay season will be a very competitive one, with Federer playing so well, Del Potro in good shape, and of course Djokovic is still world #1 and very dangerous.

    I wouldn’t be shocked if Federer skipped MC. If he can win one of the other two clay Masters he will be in good shape for Paris. His chances are probably better in Madrid, but I actually hope he can do it in Rome.

    After that, there are the all-important Wimbledon and then the Olympics, which essentially extends the grass season by another tournament. Then the Toronto Masters starts the day after the Olympics end! So chances are he’ll skip Halle, especially if he does well in RG.

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  10. Congratulations Ruan on a spot on, unbiased article.
    Having watched sets 2 and 3, I noticed Fed flying high until 0-40 in the second game of the decider. At this eleventh hour, Andy put together an extraordinary string of aces, service winners, smashes and running forehand winners from every possible part of the court. Especially one point i think in the game that Roger got broken, he backpedals to run around his backhand and hits and incredible inside in forehand winner. By the time Roger realized what hit him the train had left the station.
    I just need to remind anyone that something like this had happened exactly two years ago, in the same event between Roddick and Nadal. Andy won their Miami semifinal after been outplayed for a set and a half, by just switching his game from trying to stay in a point to an all out attack. Despite of losing this game and the opportunity to win a tournament after an 11 month title drought, i believe everyone remembers how the rest of year unfolded for Rafa. So, lets pay Andy his due for a well deserved victory and hope for the best for Roger for the rest of the season. After all, despite that surprise loss, he is on the ascending.

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  11. Here is more on the classy side of Fed. Excerpts from Roddick interview after the match:

    Q. Besides congratulations, did he say anything after the game?
    ANDY RODDICK: Roger’s great. He said, I’m happy for you. You deserved to win tonight. Good luck. Keep it going.
    He said similar, something similar in the locker room before he left tonight. You know, he was really classy about it all.

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    rich Reply:

    Yeah, not naming any names but he could have said that the chronic groin injury he’s had for the last 5 years was really troubling him again. Or something like that. Now that would be classy. But not Roger’s kind of class.

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  12. Hey Ruan i slightly disagree with this post. I dont think it was good result for Roger because you got to give yourself chances by going deep in tournaments. I dont agree that Roger would certenily have lost to djoker. In IW too if Roger would have lost to Belluci we certinly would have thought that Roger would certinly have lost to Nadal. But Roger turned it around. He also got lucky with djokovic going out in semis. So you cant really judge Rogers form on early rounds. And besides he badly needs that no 2 ranking for the french open.. And also u havent touched on nadal resigning from the vice president post…

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  13. Roddick upsets Federer only to be bagled and fizzle out against Monaco!

    Ruan – These kind of upsets do not make any sense to me and I hate such upsets. If one is to upset an in-form Top Seed for say a loftier purpose like going on to win the tournament or if not, at least go deeper enough in the draw only to lose to nothing but the other two Top seeds, it makes sense to me.

    But this kind of seemingly purpose lacking upset (like one-hit wonders), seems only to serve the purpose of spoiling the good run of an in-form player and the party of his fans.

    But, as you said such is Tennis and I guess stranger things have happened!

    BTW, I do not understand why Roger should be tired. He had a week off after IW and had played only one match. But, in the last set I could see a couple of his overhead smashes lack power, that seem to indicate bit of weariness? Hmmmm…, do not know.

    Anyway, now, let us all take a break along with Roger, focus on our lives until the next tourney!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Upsets are part of tennis. Tennis would be boring without them. No player wins every match they ever play.

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  14. There are a lot of positives these past 4 weeks for Roger, early loss to Roddick will do him more good than harm. He needs to avoid burnout and let his body recover. He sort of push the limit at IW with sickness. Monte Carlo now seems like a good idea but I think he should pass it altogether, focus on Rome and Madrid.

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  15. I have to admit I was shocked while watching the match and even more astounded that Roddick held on for the win. I’m almost thinking (hoping?) Fed half-tanked this match because he’s tired and wants to get backto Europe. As he said in his presser, he’s mentally tired.

    I can’t stand Roddick and admit I was depressed and angry for several hours after the match ended. I would have been less upset had Fed made it to the semis and lost to Djoker. I want him badly to get to #2 before RG so he at least has a chance that Nadal will be drawnin Djoker’s half. Any slam where Rogi has to go through Nadal is probably a lost slam. :-(

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    Ru-an Reply:

    All good points but it is what it is.

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  16. If you look at the Fed/Roddick match, Roger hit 43 winners to 26 UE, 11 aces, and was 18/23 at the net. Those are good, and even great numbers. I don’t like when Roger loses when he hands the match away with bad play, but this was certainly not the case. Roddick was just better. As great as Roger is, he CAN lose a match and still play very well, and the numbers indicate that.

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  17. Why did Roger not get his full 1000 pts on Monday after IW? The points system is confusing. If Roger misses some tournaments can Murray get back to #3?

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    Wendy Reply:

    Since no one else answered, I thought I would give it a try. Basically, this is what happens. The points Roger earned last year at this tournament drop off his rankings score. So he did get his 1000 for this year’s IW Win but he also lost the 360 he earned for reaching the Semi Finals last year at IW giving him a net gain of 640 points. As far as him missing tournaments, he’ll only lose points if he played in that same tournament last year. And to compare that with Murray’s points it depends on which tournaments he plays in the coming months and whether or not he played in them last year. So the points system does get a little complicated. I haven’t looked at Murray’s history close enough to know for sure, but he will end up roughly 600 points below Roger if he wins Miami’s Final. And then it just depends on what happens in each tournament following it. Anyway, that’s how I understand it and hopefully someone will correct me (kindly) if I’m wrong.

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  18. Great positive post, it cheered me up.

    The only worrying thing I saw was that Federer seemed shell shocked when Roddick strung those crazy forehand winners together. THe first one or two were great, but then Federer became tentative somehow and allowed Roddick two more forehands. He seemed mentally out of it a bit after that pivotal game.

    Anyone notice how Roddick suddenly started grunting loudly in that game?

    It almost seemed like Fed just expected Roddick to collapse and was annoyed that he didn’t and it cost him. Kind of similar to wimbledon 2011 vs Tsonga.

    Next time they play, expect Federer to be VERY focussed vs Roddick. As someone said above, 43 winners to 26 errors is still good. Although I guess on these surfaces it’s more effective to hit 5 winners and no errors and grunt loudly.

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    Dave Reply:

    He wasn’t shell-shocked, he was tired that’s all. Federer played a good game just not consistent on the big points. Roddick definitely tired himself out playing Roger because he played awful against Monaco. Roddick doesn’t have the skills to maintain his high level anymore that explains his drop in the rankings.

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  19. Ruan, I totally agree with the tenor of your article. Roger had a great American swing, and we should be happy with that. Roddick played lights-out tennis. He deserves the win. Andy was highly motivated to defeat Federer—constant past humiliation can do that to a man. I was not at all surprised by Roddick’s letdown in the next match. He had just conquered his personal Everest; his psyche simply couldn’t summon the energy for any further mountain climbing. As for the Maestro, he should rest to his heart’s content. I think he should skip Monte Carlo, replenish his soul in the Alps or on some exotic, far-flung beach. A little accumulation of rust is a small price to pay for a nurturing, restorative sabbatical, during which he can gather his strength for the arduous and all-important spring and summer campaigns.

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    Dave Reply:

    I hope he doesn’t play Monte-Carlo and plays awesome all the way through to the Olympics. I have a good feeling Roger is going to make us all proud. Have faith in Fed and let us enjoy the rest of year.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Agreed Blathazar, well put. Roger is Roddick’s personal Everest and he had nothing left in the tank vs Monaco. Beating Roger is for him like winning a slam almost. It takes every ounce of his energy, mental reserves, and skill.

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  20. Federer got knocked out of the Miami tournament in the third round. But what about Nadal ? Will he make the finals again ? According to this article in Marca (a spanish sports site) Rafael Nadal’s knee tendinitis flared up again in Indian Wells and continues to bother him in Miami. If it ’s indeed true that Nadal has worries about his knee, he might not be able to fully defend his chances here in Miami in case he would face a tough enough opponent in the next couple of rounds. That’s why it wouldn’t surprise me if Rafael Nadal didn’t make the final either. http://www.marca.com/2012/03/27/tenis/copa_davis/1332830957.html?a=93ac1c44f5793ba158bed701ea86675d&t=1332872422

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    rich Reply:

    Nadal is injured if he can’t run. He’s still running.

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    steve Reply:

    And he ran Tsonga into the ground.

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    veronica Reply:

    In the end the Frenchie couldn’t get it hot enough to fry the Bull. Good match. But Bull is definitely feeling his knee. I see White Fang taking out Bull this time. And if Fang stays sharp for one final push, the Egg will break. Let’s hope it pans out that way.

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    veronica Reply:

    It’s a shaky situation for Nadal. Whether he’s seriously injured or not (hard to tell with him), I think his knees are hurting. If Murray can’t take him out, it can mean 3 gruelling matches in a row for Nadal; Tsonga, Murray, Djoko and that would only aggravate his injury. Meanwhile, clay court season is just round the corner. If Nadal is not 100% fit, he is ripe for the picking. Looks like things can get very interesting now!! Definitely 2012 has been very interesting and unpredictable so far.

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    Chris Reply:

    Life is really hard for him, with this overloaded schedule, imagine, poor Rafa has to play not only singles but also doubles at IW, and exhibition matches, and the selfish president of the players council does not see this problem and does not agree with the 2-year ranking system. I feel so sorry for Nadal…, I hope he makes it to the final and gets a good beating there by Djokovic

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    Ru-an Reply:

    :-)

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  21. Everytime Roddick beats Federer it`s unusual.says something about the consistency of Roger`s play.Despite being dominated by Roger his entire career and losing wimbledon 09 on the finish line,he comes back and beats Federer.agree that we should be happy for Roddick this time and respect his fighting ability.

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  22. Interesting Stuff from Tsonga:

    “Q. At the end of the match when you were talking to the chair umpire, you were like complaining or something?
    JO WILFRIED TSONGA: Yeah, I was complaining because all the match, you know, I’ve got to I have to challenge, and I was right, you know, many, many times.
    So never take how you say? (Through translation.) He never take, you know, initiative when it’s against Rafa, you know.
    And you know now it’s all the time like this. All the time.
    So, you know, I have to be, you know, really focused, you know, on the ball, because if the ball is out, it would never if it’s really close, he would never say out against Rafa. Always to say against me. If Rafa don’t like him anymore, I mean, he would not be in the chair many times on final and semifinal.
    So it will not, you know yeah. That’s it.
    So sometimes, I mean, it’s not fair. Because I have to take decision, you know, all the time. And he never take decision. He just say the score. That’s why, you know, sometimes I’m upset about it.”

    Best,

    P.S. Juan I believe I postede this under a different e-mail adress. Would you be kind enough to delet that one? Thanks

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  23. Finally someone speaking against all the gamesmanship tactics of Nadal. Well said!!! I really hoped for Jo because he is a nice guy.

    But at the end, he couldn’t get it done even though he had couple of chances.

    Now all our hopes lie with Murray. I know it’s not ideal but if Murray somehow beats both Nadal and Dkokovic, they will lose points and Murray will gain.

    In a way, he’ll get closer to Roger in the rankings, but Roger will be closer to Nadal and Dkokovic as well.

    Any other result will almost make it very difficult for Roger attack the number 1 position.

    We’ll see. Btw. I am over the loss already. Looking forward to Madrid. :-)

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    veronica Reply:

    Murray whips them both – no other way. For the first time, I’m going to support the Scot without any reservations…. (taking off RF shirt and ….now… where is the damn English flag I have somewhere …….)

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    Jiten Reply:

    No Veronica, not the dammn English flag, it should be the Scottish one. When he loses, he is not even British for the English, he is Scottish then. Ha ha ha….

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    veronica Reply:

    Gosh! Jiten! I can’t even get that right! NOW I know why Murray gets so confused when he is ABOUT to win a slam : “Am I a Scot? Am I a British? Am I…Am I…?” and the Bull whips the greatest passing shot past him!!! Jokes aside, I sincerely feel for Murray and really hopes he wins a slam one day.

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  24. Anyone know how many challenges Tsonga had? And how many were right? I love how the tennis “journalists” like Matt Cronin just start attacking Tsonga without ever once considering whether or not he was right? I’m not saying he was, but wouldn’t it be good to look at the empirical evidence? As though tennis umpires are these paragons of virtue. The sport is so dependent on big stars like Nadal to maintain fans’ interest. I wouldn’t be surprised if he favored him, consciously or not. That’s not even addressing their toleration of his gamesmanship, time delays. Thank God it was Roger that mentioned it, if it was a lesser player, like Tsonga forget it. Reminds me of how they circled the wagons with Noah’s accusations. They never once considered the charges, they just started these ad hominen attacks. Remember how Nadal was going to “sue” him. Whenever anyone threatens loudly and publicly to sue always look for the follow through, it usually means theres’s some grain of truth to it and the lawsuit never happens. Just a handy way to deflect the public and press.

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    veronica Reply:

    Tsonga, I’m beginning to think is one of the nicest, fairest and most pleasant losers on tour. Although he openly shows his frustrations on court, when the game is over, win or lose, Tsonga has a beautiful smile for his opponents and gives very firm and friendly handshakes. Despite his frustrations last night with Nadal and the umpire, see his hug to Nadal at the net last night. Pure CLASS!

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    Kyle Reply:

    Jo’s reaction after Fed won in Paris and the WTF against him was very classy. Warm smile, long handshake, sincere congratulations at the net…he is a class guy.

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    veronica Reply:

    Kyle, are you the lefty advantage blogger? Ru-an recommended your site. I like your enthusiasm. Sorry, I had to communicate with you here as you don’t seem to have a comments section in your blog?

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  25. Guys,

    Please read this excellent article from the Economist magazine regarding Nadal’s resignation from the ATP Player Council which again just show what a self-centered losing SNOB Nadal is! Also I’ll post the interesting post below it as well! Crazy stuff!!

    http://www.economist.com/blogs/gametheory/2012/03/player-rankings-tennis

    Nadal’s never-ending whining continues despite several changes in traditional tennis conditions to accommodate his incessant demands since 2006:
    – elimination of five set matches from all tourneys except the Grand Slams and Davis Cup;
    – reduction of number of rounds top players play in tourneys except the Grand Slam championships;
    – continued homogenization and slowing down of tennis courts which helps him win outside clay;
    – reduction of the number of mandatory tournaments that top players must play;
    – reduction of tennis calendar by 3 weeks in November;
    – reduction in indoor hardcourt tournaments (e.g., Madrid indoor Masters has been replaced by Shanghai outdoor Masters);
    – reduction in perception of importance of the World Tour Finals which Nadal has failed to win.
    – etc, etc.
    Nadal is like a kid who keeps demanding more even though his whining has got him more.

    Why did Nadal and/or his expensive publicity manager leak his resignation to the news media just hours before Federer’s match with Roddick? Why did Nadal not quietly resign next week, after Miami is over? After all, Nadal did not make press statements when he became vice-president… so why is he making a noisy exit now? If Nadal truly believes what he claimed (that he does not have energy/time, he does not like listening, he is not the right person to be council vice president, etc)… he could have quietly resigned, instead of making a big public spectacle of his grievances and/or resignation during two important tournaments (Australian Open and Miami).
    In any executive committee/council, it is a code of honor for ex-co members that what happens in the committee should stay within the committee. lnstead Nadal the vice-president violated the honor code by publicly airing his personal grievances at the start of the Australian Open and again at Miami. This whole affair smells like a dirty public relations campaign to tarnish Federer in an election year for presidency of the ATP Players Council.
    The London Telegraph broke the news about Nadal’s resignation at least three hours BEFORE Federer’s match with Roddick, so every news media was aware of Nadal’s resignation. Yet at the post match press conference not one news media (not even the London Telegraph) asked Federer for his views on Nadal’s resignation. It appears the mainstream news media has been publicizing and sensationalizing Nadal’s side of the story… while neglecting to give equal air time to the views of Federer and other eight ATP Player’s Council membbers who have been doing the hard work of representing the 2,000 ATP player community while dealing with the politics of trouble makers.
    This whole affair proves Nadal’s savvy at public relations goes beyond publicizing his injury excuses and into ATP politics and power. Nadal’s expensive public relations manager Benito Perez-Barbadillo must be very good at his job (he owns the B1PR company and also represents Djokovic).
    Unlike Nadal, Federer does not have a PR manager to help him on public relations regarding such problems, so Roger has to do it himself. As well, poor Federer — as Players Council president — has been wasting his time and mental energy dealing with Nadal’s personal agenda, whining, dirty politics, his leaks of information to the news media, reporter’s questions, etc over the past two months during important tournaments like Australian Open and Miami. Surely Federer wasted his time during the first few days of Miami trying to reach a compromise with Nadal to keep him from resigning. Federer is human, not a robot who can automatically shut out such emotional distractions. No wonder Federer looked distracted and mentally off in his Miami matches against Harrison and Roddick. Roddick played well — but Federer also played distracted and flat at critical moments. Not surprisingly, Federer admitted he was mentally tired at his post-match conference, even though he was under more stress playing while sick in Indian Wells. How convenient for Nadal — Federer’s early loss at Miami keeps Roger from closing in on Rafa’s No. 2 ranking.
    Nadal has been a trouble maker whose personal agenda has distracted the other nine ATP council members from doing their job representing the needs of 2,000 ATP players. The player community voted Federer to be president of the players council — not Nadal. Nadal has forgotten that he was elected to be vice-president to represent the needs of the player community and to work with the other nine council members from the same song sheet — it is Nadal who has to cooperate with Federer, not the other way around. Instead the self-serving Nadal has been using the Player’s Council for his personal agenda that that first and foremost benefits himself.
    This is not an issue of Nadal’s self-interests versus Federer’s self-interests. It is really an issue of Nadal’s self-interests versus the positions of the other nine ATP council member and the needs of the other 2,000 ATP players. Not one of the 2,000 ATP players has publicly supported Nadal’s self-serving demands for a change in the tennis ranking system to a two-year system. Had Nadal’s two year ranking system been implemented before Monte Carlo, it would have primarily benefited Rafa since he was dominant between 2010 Monte Carlo to 2010 US Open. Did Nadal resign now because he sees no chance of the two year ranking system being implemented within the next few months while it still benefits him? Besides the tennis ranking system, Nadal had been seeking the appointment of his under-qualified friend Richard Krajicek to the complex job of ATP chief executive. Nadal has not been interested in the main issue preoccupying the player council — the size of the pay packets of hundreds of lower-ranked poorer players who tend to lose early at the four grand slam tournaments.

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    Vily Reply:

    Guys, I just felt I had to post again. I am ABsolutely disgusted with Nadal right now. This guy is willing to do everything and anything protect not only his self-centered agendas but also his number 2 ranking. Obviously his resignation just hours before the match of Roger and Andy must have thrown Roger off. I am sure that there might have been some arguments as well. But just the way this guy is willing to do everything – including on the court and off the court tactics – I think that it is simply despicable and disgraceful to the sport. I hope that Roger’s racquet will continue to do the talking and put Rafael where he belongs – in the doghouse!!!

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    veronica Reply:

    Well done, Vily! Been really busy, eh?! Thoroughly enjoyed your post. May the tennis world come around one day to see the true colours of Nadal. My heart is with Fed. He doesn’t need this added “pressure”. I hope he’s able to once again handle this latest Nadal dirt- spilling like he has always done before – maturely, professionally, like a man (unlike the Spanish whining overgrown kid). And I hope some of the other ruling ATP members would speak up. If Fed gets re-elected again, then what Nadal has done will only look so bad. But if Fed is not re-elected, then the members maybe more seriously divided than we think.

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    V Reply:

    Great work Vily.I completely agree with your posts and I think what that chief Grounsperson at wimbledon has said is utter nonsense.If he thinks slowing down wimbledon will attract clay courters,then even Roland Garros must be made more faster to attract serve&volleyers and grass court playes.I am sad that even Groundspersons want the whining kid Nadal to do better.There are more better things to do than to help MR.Whing Kid winning Wimbledon.Hope Fed defeats Cheater one day in his den at Paris.

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  26. Well said Vily. I appreciate the info from the contributor just before your comments. I just keep hoping Nadal will not play again. He is just disgusting. He chets and never gets caught. He is so jealous of Roger. I hope Murray will take both Djokovic and Nadal out. More Importantly Monaco.

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  27. So guys now cry baby had resigned.Who will be made vice president now?
    By the way guys i was watching roger’s old matches and i ran in to 2004 Houston SF Roger Federer vs Marat Safin!
    Check out the voracious BH of roger in the tie break which was quite similar to the one he produced to save a MP against rafa in wimby’08!I am watching this tie break on a trot :D

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  28. I stay up late to see Murray give Nadal a beating. And now good ol’ Rafa retires because of a knee injury! And it’s all Rogers fault because he denied the two year ranking system, forcing Nadal to play doubles in IW :-)
    Nadal is not doing great in his comeback, I must say. Looks like a spent force and a frustrated spirit. No title since Roland Garros 2011!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I am very irritated with his withdrawal Chris. Miami has been a disappointment and now this. Who wants to be a fan of a guy who gets injured all the time anyway?

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    Chris Reply:

    Not me, that’s for sure. But I’m not irritated, I’m smiling at the thought that Nadal is probably not gonna be able to defend his French Open title with this kind of form. But let’s not talk too much about him, he only brings negativity to this blog and to this sport. Let’s focus on positives.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah Murray would have beaten him if they played I’m sure. Moving on..

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    Vily Reply:

    Nadal just lost points and that’s what matters. I am not sure who should win the tournament now. We all want Monaco – but it isn’t gonna happen. If Murray wins – it would be good but then he’ll be closing on Roger – he’ll gain 990 since last year. And since Roger is not playing MC Murray is gonna close even more. But the good thing is Nadal just lost 240 points. We’ll see about Djokovic.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I don’t want Monaco to win. That would first of all be a joke and I want Djokovic to gain confidence by winning this thing so he can trash Nadal on clay again. And he is gonna win this most likely.

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    Vily Reply:

    That would be nice but then Novak will solidify his number 1 ranking. Roger will most likely get to number 2 but number 1 will be out of reach if Novak wins the French. I would love to see Novak beat Rafa in the semis of the French and then lose to Roger in the final. But that will be too good to be true. We can hope though.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yes that would be the preferred scenario. I just want Roger to get to #2. Big difference between 2 and 3. Number one can wait.

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  29. Well, well , well Nadal knew hi is going to get a real beating today and safely withdrew :-) So Nadalish style :-)
    Still remember that AO 2010 semifinal where Murray once for all was going to destroy him and reverse their one-sided rivalry but the spanish “bull” retired pretending to be injured just to steal his victory until better times come for him to show up.
    he did it again even on an exhibition tournament in the end of December 2011. The looser lost on purpose to Ferer just to escape 7th loss in a row from Jokovic.That same tournament he said he cannot beat Fed and Djoko at that moment cause he`s still not 100% but beat Fed very easy as an “injured” player :-)
    Having in mind ho Murray trashed him 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 in japan Open in October this is Nadal`s way to hold his mental edge until he feels he has a chance.Looser :)) )

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right Stoyan, Nadal knew he was gonna get beaten by Murray today. FEAR.

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  30. Just a quotation from youtube user about the beat-up Nadal suffered from Murray on Japan open in October.Very telling message about the conscious “draw gods of Nadal” :
    “People seem to forget that Murray’s beaten nadal twice in Grand Slam semis. Us Open 2008 and Australian 2010. But unfortunately for Murray, anybody that beats Nadal these days will never be put in the same Draw with him again. Ask the likes of Tsonga, Monfils, Ferrer, Del Potro, the list grows.

    If Nadal played the big servers regularly like Federer does, chances are he might not be ranked inside the top 10. But his team are very cunning business people.”

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    Wilfried Reply:

    Hi Stoyan, you made a very good spot on comment here. I’ve done a bit of research on your statement that “anybody that beats Nadal these days will never be put in the same draw with him again”, and my conclusion is that indeed Nadal is getting a very special, preferential treatment by the ATP which even Roger Federer doesn’t get. It also makes Tsonga’s outburst against the umpire to me a bit more comprehensible, because nobody likes to be discriminated I guess. I’m gonna write my own observations in this regard in a more detailed, elaborated comment which i’ll post as soon as possible.

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    Stoyan Reply:

    Go for it Wilfried, looking forward to see how random draws are for nadal and since when he started getting that special treatment – i guess after mid 2008 sine was elected as vice-president , but than how com the vice can benefit but the president cannot prevent it for so long…?

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    Wilfried Reply:

    Well, these are my comments in regard to your bold statement.

    First the facts.

    There are only 9 players outside the top 4 who managed to beat Rafael Nadal in the period from USOpen 2010 uptill today. These players are :
    – Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Bangkok – 2010) ;
    – Jurgen Melzer (Shangai -2010) ;
    – Nicolai Davidenko (Doha -2011) ;
    – David Ferrer ( AO – 2011) ;
    – J.W. Tsonga (Queens -2011) ; Barclay London RR 2011
    – F. Dodig (Montreal – 2011) ;
    – Mardy Fish ( Cincinnati -2011) ;
    – Florian Mayer (Shangai -2011)
    – Gael Monfils (Doha -2012) ;

    We now look at these players next tournaments in détail and examine if they were put in the same quarter of the draw with Rafael Nadal, and continue to do this examination till they both are in the same quarter of a tournament draw.

    1) Guillermo Garcia-Lopez
    Tokyo 2010 : not in the same quarter (1)
    Shangai 2010 : not in the same quarter (2)
    Doha 2011 : not in the same quarter (3)
    A0 2011 : not in the same quarter (4)
    Indian Wells 2011 : not in the same quarter (5)
    Miami 2011 : not in the same quarter (6)
    Monte Carlo : yes -→in the same quarter !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(7)
    2) Jurgen Melzer
    AO 2011 : not in the same quarter (1)
    Indian Wells 2011 : not in the same quarter (2)
    Miami 2011 : not in the same quarter (3)
    Monte Carlo 2011 : not in the same quarter (4)
    Barcelona 2011 : not in the same quarter (5)
    Madrid 2011 : yes in the same quarter !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(6)
    3) Nicolai Davydenko
    AO 2011 ; not in the same draw (1)
    Indian Wells 2011 : not in the same quarter (2)
    Miami 2011 : not in the same quarter (3)
    Monte Carlo 2011 : not in the same quarter (4)
    Barcelona 2011 : not in the same quarter (5)
    Madrid 2011 : not in the same quarter (6)
    Rome 2011 : yes in the same quarter !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(7)
    4) David Ferrer :
    Indian Wells : yes in the same quarter !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(1)
    5) J.W. Tsonga
    Wimbledon 2011 : not in the same quarter (1)
    Montreal 2011 : not in the same quarter(2)
    Cincinnati 2011 : not in the same quarter (3)
    US Open 2011 : not in the same quarter (4)
    Shangai 2011 : not in the same quarter (5)
    (BARCLAYS )
    Doha 2011 : not in the same quarter (6)
    AO 2011 : not in the same quarter !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(7)
    Indian Wells : yes in the same quarter
    6) F. Dodig
    Cincinnati 2011 : not in the same quarter (1)
    US Open 2011 : not in the same quarter (2)
    Tokyo 2011 : not in the same quarter (3)
    Shangai 2011 : not in the same quarter (4)
    AO 2011 : not in the same quarter (5)
    Indian Wells 2011 : not in the same quarter (6)
    Miami 2011 : yes in the same quarter !!!!!!!!!!!!!!(7)
    7) Mardy Fish
    US Open 2011 : not in the same quarter (1)
    Tokyo 2011 : not in the same quarter (2)
    Shangai 2011 : not in the same quarter (3)
    (BARCLAYS 2011 : !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!yes )
    AO 2011 : not in the same quarter (4)
    Indian Wells 2011 : not in the same quarter (5)
    Miami 2011 : not in the same quarter(6)
    8) Florian Mayer
    Indian Wells 2011 : not in the same quarter (1)
    Miami 2011 : yes in the same quarter !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(2)
    9) Gael Monfils
    AO 2011 : not in the same quarter (1)
    Miami 2011 : nt in the same quarter (2)

    The data above mentioned show us that Nadal drew the same quarter as the players from whome he lost only:
    – In the 7th commun tournament : G. Garcia Lopez, N. Davydenko , J.W. Tsonga , F. Dodig ;
    – in the 2d commun tournament : F. Mayer ;
    – in the 1st commun tournament : D. Ferrer ;
    – not yet : G. Monfis , M. Fish.

    We now move on to the critical interpretation of these data.
    Nadal has a 25% theoretical probabiltiy of drawing the same quarter as the players to whome he lost, which implies that out of every 4 tournaments he should draw once the same quarter as his opponents. But that’s only a theoretical truth, because this probablility counts only for an infinite number of draws, whereas we have only a limited amount of draws in examination.

    Therefore in my opinion we can better take a look at how many times Nadal has been drawn in the same quarter of a draw before he lost to them, and compare this pattern with the pattern after his loss.

    Let’ s first look in this regard at the tournament draws of J.-W. Tsonga. Well, in the 6 tournaments that R. Nadal and J.-W. Tsonga both participated the same tournament preceding J.W.Tsonga’s victory over Nadal in Queens 2011, Tsonga was drawn 3 out of 6 times in the same quarter as Nadal :
    – Indian Wells 2011 : in the same quarter and Tsonga loses in the 3d round from X.Malisse ;
    – Miami 2011 : in the same quarter and Tsonga loses in the 4the round from Dolgopolov ;
    – Monte Carlo 2011 : in the same quarter and Tsonga loses in the 3d round from Ljubicic ;
    – Madrid 2011 : not in the same quarter
    – Rome 2011 : not in the same quarter
    – Roland Garros 2011 : not in the same quarter

    The situation before and after the loss is therefore striking and contrasting : 3 out of 6 times before Nadal loses from Tsonga were they drawn in the same quarter of the draw, which means with the loss itself included, 4 out of 7 tournaments. But after this loss, it takes 7 normal tournaments before they are in the same draw again (if one doen’t consider the Barclays tournament at the end of 2011)!

    Let’ s now look at the hot Mardy Fish in 2011 and his tournament draws. In the last 5 tournaments that they both participated in preceding M. Fish’s victory over R. Nadal at Cincinnati in 2011, they were drawn 3 out of 5 times in the same quarter of the draw :

    – Madrid 2011 : not in the same quarter ;
    – Rome 2011 : in the same quarter and M.Fish loses in the 4the round from M.Cilic;
    – Roland Garros 2011 : in the same quarter and Fish loses in the 4d round from G. Simon;
    – Wimbledon 2011 : in the same quarter and M. Fish loses from R. Nadal in the QF ;
    – Montreal 2011 : not in the same quarter

    The situation before and after this victory is again very striking and contrasting : 3 out of 5 times before Nadal loses from M.Fish in Cincinnati were they drawn in the same quarter of the draw, which means with the tournament of the loss included 4 out of 6 tournaments. But after this loss, 0 out of 6 tournaments were they drawn in the same quarter of the draw of a tournament where they both participated. If we exclude the Barclays tournament, they still have not been drawn in the same quarter of a draw sinds Nadal lost to Fish !!!!!

    Let’s also take a look at the draws of D. Ferrer.
    After his AO-victory over Nadal in the QF, he was immediately drawn again in the same quarter of R. Nadal in their next commun tournament : Indian Wells 2011. D. Ferrer lost however in the second round from Karlovic and didn’t meet Nadal. Since Indian Wells 2011 R. Nadal and D.Ferrer were only once out of 13 tournaments drawn in the same quarter of the draw of a tournament that they both participated in (US.Open 2011, where D. Ferrer lost from A. Roddick in the 4the round).

    Finally some thoughts on Roger Feder’s draws and the draws of the opponents from whome he lost.
    I give you two examples to show you that he is not as priviliged (or Lucky ?) as R.Nadal.

    First example : J.W. Tsonga.
    Federer lost from Tsonga in Wimbledon in the QF. In Montreal 2011, Federer is in the same quarter of the draw as Tsonga, and loses again from him.

    Second example : R. Gasquet.
    Federer lost from R.Gasquet in Rome 2011. Federer weren’t drawn in the same quarter of Madrid, Roland Garros and Wimbledon. But in Montreal, there 4th commun tournament after Rome, both were again in the same quarter of the draw, where Federer lost from Tsonga in the 3d round and Gasquet from Almagro in the same round) .

    My overall conclusion is this one : it looks indeed very much like “ R. Nadal does not have to face “ the players from whome he loses immediately afterwards in subsequent tournaments, whereas other players don’t seem to enjoy the same kind of privilege.

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    stoyan Reply:

    Wow thanx man that deserves to be a separate article in a tennis blogs as many tines as needed so his camp will be aware that people know what`s going on.
    Excellent following of tournament draws and even better conclusions !!!
    I think we can add Del Potro who was close to win against him last Wimby if Nadal didn`t use his fake medicine help to distract him but the message was send that Delpo was up to the task that day and they should not meet no more in tournaments (he met him only once after the injury before Wimby 2011 i think).
    I think he only get some of the player in his quaterif they are out of form at that moment or not at 100% and chances are thay wont do him no harm.
    Still amazed how he protects his h2h with Davidenko, Delpotro, Djokovic and in-form Murray.He definitely tries to be the only great player with no negative h2h but seems like he knows he cannot improve on Davydenko no matter his form and try to postpone games with some other players when they are in form :-)
    I don`t expect Murray and Davidenko (or Isner) in the same draw soon :-)

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    Ilya Reply:

    I second the idea that this should be a separate entry or otherwise publicized. A very thorough and interesting analysis!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Very interesting Wilfried. Thanks for that. I never believe this stuff about rigged draws other than the fact that Roger and Djoker is in the same half so often in slams. But this definitely makes you wonder.

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  31. The story of Nadal and his injuries is a bit like the tale of “Peter and the wolf”. Even if is claims of knee pain are true it is difficult to believe without any inch of doubt since he has bullshitted so many times before.
    Also, what is really bizarre (or not!) is Nadal claiming that his knee was bad already during IW. If so, why the hell did he play doubles and singles in both IW and Miami?
    This seems more like some cunning plan from uncle Toni to avoid Novak and lower expectations regarding Rafa and the clay season. Then when he starts winning them all he aura of hero, fighter will illuminate the sky…

    Best,

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    rich Reply:

    How bad a knee injury is it that he says is gonna be fine in a few days? Yep, as Ruan said, fear of getting rolled by the Scot. I’m picking all those thrashings by Djoko has turned the Spaniard into chickensh*t. So who’s gonna win the final? Murray’s turn.

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    anewor Reply:

    But one’s thing for sure Nadal will come back STRONGER AND BETTER!!!

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    Chris Reply:

    What makes you think so, anewor? Most people commenting on this blog develop strong arguments to suggest the opposite. You seem to be quite sure about a strong comeback from Nadal, but is it more than wishful thinking?

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    anewor Reply:

    I reckon it is an excuse for Nadal to take his dodgy knee treatment???!!!

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    anewor Reply:

    Chris, I reckon it is an excuse for Nadal to take his dodgy knee treatment, if you know what I mean!

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    Chris Reply:

    Nadal needs 7 more Grand Slam titles to break Roger Federer’s record, assuming that Roger will not win more of them. That is hard to imagine, even with special knee treatments

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  32. Is it me or is this tourney extremely boring. I am just tired of Nadal and his antics and talk about not having courage. We all know he’s running from Murray and/or Djokovic. The last thing Nadal needs is to lose before the clay swing and then have to face Djokovic in the French and losing his clay court invincibility. At least Federer had the guts to face Nadal every time with the possibility of defeat. Thi year is turning out to be pretty interesting.

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  33. Hi guys,
    I have been trying to think of a way to say this, without too much criticism coming back at me, but here I go. If you disagree, just say I’m way off, but I think that Nadals future in tennis is bleak. He has always had trouble with his knees, because of his style of play. I am sure you agree with that. The thing that I think is his downfall, is his pride. Pride always goes before the fall. The fall is happening, and I may be totally wrong, but to me, he doesn’t have that teenager fire anymore. It was OK for an 18 or 19 year old to be doing those silly antics up at the net before the match, but now it just comes off as weird.

    Mentally, Djoker has Him almost totally, and I think Murray is well on the way. With that happening, I think even Roger has a chance to get in there too. He is cracking under the pressure, and some of his ideas were not taken very well, because they were very evidently, self serving. A 2 year ratings system. Come on, everyone for years has had that system, and why does he all of a sudden want to change it. He wants to change it, because he is about to be passed by 2 people, and he will be 4th.

    He used to be humble, but now he is a superstar, and I don’t think he is handling it very well. Give you an example of his huge ego. I am on FB, and I have Federer, Nadal, Djoker, and Murray on there, so I can see their updates. Out of all of them, Federer does the fewest updates, and the others are in there for a popularity contest, with videos, and postings almost everyday. Roger doesn’t have to go on there to gain more fans, they just happen. Nadal is behind him in numbers and I will bet he wants to have more fans? Like FB is a true testament of the fans he has. There is jealousy there, and I think it’s very apparent. He’ll probably be happy if more people are on there, and I truly believe he is striving to have more people like him, for whatever reason. He made a huge deal about getting to 10 million fans.

    I don’t know how much more he can take a beating by Djoker, before he really folds. His style of tennis is made to beat Federer, and now he needs to figure out how to beat Djoker. Once he figures that out, he’ll have to deal with Federer again. Too one dimensional. It just may be a quicker end than most of us think. He’s at a point now, where there isn’t much room for improvement, and he may even retire before our guy. Only because he killed himself, and peaked too early. That, is my humble opinion. G

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    Chris Reply:

    Gary, why being afraid of criticism coming back at you? You don’t use abusive words nor insult anybody here, so no need to fear retaliation. I guess that none of these players personally update their facebook page, so I would not read too much into that. Nadal is loosing and declining, and that does not usually bring out the best of personalities who have a winning attitude and dedicate all their life to win everytime and everything with the objective of becoming the best of the world. Narcistic people they are after all. Federer was not always a joy to watch and listen to when things did not go his way, and his tears in Melbourne were not of joy for Nadal. Bad thing for Nadal is that he is far less talented than Roger but still many expect from him to do better and beat the GS record of Federer, and be claimed by many as the GOAT. Heavy expectations for somebody with the limitations of the Spaniard. And worst, I think that Rafa is surrounded by a camp and people who are overly ambitious and use Nadal for their own glory. I don’t see that kind of people in Rogers camp. After all, I feel sorry for Nadal. Which is the worst I can do to him ;-)

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    veronica Reply:

    Great post, Gary. I agree with all your observations. One outstanding thing I wanna mention is about that Facebook thing that you mention which I think reveals a lot about Fed. You just look at Fed’s career, he doesn’t try to sell or promote himself and he never gets into popularity contests. When people pay him attention, he likes/enjoys it but sometimes he seemed even embarrassed and he never takes this attention for granted but always tries to give back (eg taking time to do autographs, never rejects and always on time for press conferences, performing his duty in his official capacities, etc)People are attracted to him without him even trying. He’s not just a chaff or a whiff. Fed is a flame that is ever burning, ever bright and whoever sees or has experienced it gets enveloped in its warmth and light. The man is great and I hope he will never change – that he will never get into twitter, never get into men’s underwear adverts, never gets into false modesty, etc. Fed is not afraid to be “different” from modern-day famous people who crave attention and are often victims of overexposure and commercialism. Fed is not “cheap” because he does not fall into every temptation that’s just screaming out to him – such strength of character. My respect and utmost admiration for the man. I think if a poll is held, Mirka might just make it as “No. 1 most envied woman in the world!!”

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  34. Well gary your analysis is factual.I think we should get ready for some cheap stunts in case he loses FO this time.
    Rafa is an ass(sorry if its harsh but he is) and his gimmicks are far more cheap than his taxing style of game and that is simply the reason why a fedfan or a normal tennis fan can never like rafa’s game!

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  35. Hi Ru-an, greetings to you. Thinking how lucky we are to have your blog to come to with our comments and opinions, all are food for thought.
    Agree with Veronica about who Roger is. It all comes down to one word: Character!
    Did you watch the Djoko/Murray match? Any thoughts? Think it lucky for Djoko that the match ended in 2 sets as he began to struggle more, he showed fatigue.
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Hello Dolores. I will try to make a post tomorrow about the final etc.

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    Ilya Reply:

    Please do, Ruan! Hope it was not an April’s fool joke :-)

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    Jiten Reply:

    This match exemplifies the difference between when Roger is a part of a match (win or loss) and when he is not: when HE plays, you know that a brilliant shot is on the way at any moment; just cannot afford to keep your eyes of the TV. When these guys play, most of the times you wonder: OMG, when is the point going to be over? One player just waits for the other to make mistakes! With Federer, it is always first strike tennis. This two set match (the first one 6-1) took more than two and a half hours, another grinding festival. Roger has spoiled us so much that something slightly less than good looks ugly to our eyes!

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    Chris Reply:

    I watched a few games, got bored and went to sleep. Federer spoiled me

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    veronica Reply:

    I had insomnia. Sat and watched the recorded final. Next thing I knew, I had woken up from a most refreshing sleep and….. our “grinders extraordinaire” were still at it!! Best cure for insomnia : Djoko V Murray, Djoko V Nadal, Nadal V any player (not in any particular order)

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    veronica Reply:

    Nadal V any player, BUT Federer!

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    Wilfried Reply:

    I’m getting squared eyes of fatigue when watching them play…lol. What a difference with Roger when he’s inspired!

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  36. Most matches are pretty dull without Roger. This final was no exception. We have a long wait to see him in action again. I wonder where he will be spending his time? Any guesses?
    About Tsonga. I got to see him play against Canada in Feb. and just seemed to run into him a lot at IW…matches and practicing. He seems like a very nice guy. When he complains, I’m sure there must be something to it.
    Gee, having Fed withdrawals already!

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  37. Breaking NEWS Everyone.
    The Atp has just announced that it will be penalising playing if they serve at more than 100mph.They have done so to prevent injuries to line judges,officials and fans.
    Do you guys think this is right?oR Just a SHOCKER?Join Ruan in this debate right here on ruansfedererblog.

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    V Reply:

    Lol.JUst trying to fool you guys.Its april you see

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  38. Ruan:

    After seeing the Novak-Andy finals highlights, I realize what you guys mean by slow court. It is so pathetic, utterly disgusting and a total insult to Tennis. And combine with the fact when we have players playing like robots without any genius in stroke play – this has sunken to the lowest! After this even Golf seems better paced and intersting to watch.

    I am gald now that Roger exited early – no point in wasting his energy and talent on a surface where talent seems to matter the least!

    To get rid of this most disgusting feeling I saw some old matches on YouTube of Roger on Grass and also Stefan Edberg.

    Since it is Miami. they might as well play on beach sand from next year!

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  39. nole almost got his 2011 form back at last in the final, he was at his aggressive best, which was missing in the previous tournaments this year including Aussie open. it again proved that the top 3 guns r far superior than murray when it really matters. and we can’t help ruing d missed opportunity to judge our rejuvenated roger against nole.

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