Federer Reveals on Christmas Eve that Mirka is Pregnant Again

Federer Reveals on Christmas Eve that Mirka is Pregnant Again

Mirka and I are very happy to share the news that Myla & Charlene will be big sisters in 2014! Happy Holidays…

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Before I continue with my post let me first of all wish you a merry Christmas. I hope you all had a blessed time with your loved ones and that none of you were alone. But if you were then let me remind me of the Fedfamily here on my blog who cares and who are all connected thanks to Roger Federer. I spent the day with family myself but I felt the need to connect with you guys as well, who have been such loyal and faithful followers of my blog. My blog reaching an age of 5 years and a million views recently is a tribute to all of us. Those things would not have happened if there wasn’t something special about this blog. So I think we can afford to feel proud of ourselves for these achievements. All of us. Whatever the future holds it has been a great ride full of ups, downs, passion, intensity, interesting discussion, friendship, and much more.

Well then. Full of surprises this GOAT, isn’t he? Let me say congratulations to the Federer’s for expecting their third child. As I’ve always said there is never a dull moment in the Federer camp. There is always something happening. Even in the off season. I can’t speak for others but I’m sure there are quite a few people who hopes this will be a boy. It would just balance things out a bit after the twin girls and may be someone who follows in Roger’s footsteps. At first I wasn’t sure what to make of this new development but I’m sure Roger knows exactly what he is doing, and if anything it will just improve his tennis. And if it doesn’t it won’t matter either. There are more important things to life than tennis(I’m serious!). It is exciting either way and of course Roger has no shortage of ‘help’ when it comes to the children.

With a fan in Dubai

He is so wealthy that he can have the best of both worlds. That’s why probably it is positive for his tennis if anything. He is in a great position in his life where he can be a good parent and a professional sportsman at the same time without either of the two negatively influencing the other. Of course cash plays a role in this and Roger is an exceedingly wealthy man. And he deserves every penny. Roger did not become one of the wealthiest sportsman in history through greed and selfish motives. He has given joy and inspiration to countless fans around the world and entertained them to no end. He has treated other people as equals and tirelessly given of his time and energy to the public. In a society driven by idol worship he is one of the extremely rare idols who actually deserves that status.

He was named the second most respected and trusted personality in the world second only to the late Nelson Mandela in 2011. I never said anything about Mandela’s passing in my blog but believe me it was felt here in South Africa, as I’m sure it was all over the world. Either way it says a lot about Roger to get elected for such an honor behind someone like Mandela. And he may as well be the most respected and trusted person in the world at this point. And I didn’t even mention his foundation which recently celebrated its 10th year of existence. The man is a true inspiration. Always sees the glass as half full. Always bounces back from adversity. Always respectful and giving tennis a good name. One doesn’t even want to think about the void it would leave the day he leaves the sport.

Well it’s not long before Brisbane now, is it? Just 5 more days and the man is back on court! I’m very excited to see the ‘new’ Roger in action and whether he has a few more surprises in store for us. Will he have a new racquet? Will he serve-and-volley more? Will his confidence keep increasing from where it left off in London? Can he start the 2014 season with a title? All these questions will be answered and I am waiting in anticipation and excitement. Maybe the expectancy of an addition to the Federer household will also serve as an inspiration for Roger to rise to even bigger heights. Children makes one feel young after all, especially if you can afford to pay others to do some of the more energy sapping work. What do you guys think? Do you think this new development will inspire Roger or do you think it could interfere with his tennis?

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16 Comments

    1. Merry Christmas to you Ru-an and a Happy Holiday To Everyone. I Hope 2014 Brings You All Health, Peace and Happiness. I am thrilled about the new baby, if a boy he will be followed in the coming years with much curiosity and anticipation should he pick up a racket. The girls may play too, who knows after all they are all Federers.

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      Susan Reply:

      LOL geesh, almost forgot to wish Roger a great 2014, let the tennis begin.

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      Ru-an Reply:

      Always nice to hear from you Susan. All the best in the new year to you. I will probably make a new year’s post as well. Guess I’m in a generous mood these days! Haha.

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    1. Hi Ru-an seasons greeings and a Happy New Year to you and all your many readers. Isn’t it good that amid all the comments about Fed good and bad, that he just gets on with his life in the most natural way! We as fans wish him and his family all the best and hope to see him play well and stay healthy
      in 2014 and of course …win

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    1. Dear Ru-an, Greetings, Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Year to you and to all many, many Fedfans that come to your blog.
      Your blog about Roger and Mirka’s exciting news said it all! There is nothing I would want to add. Beautifully stated as to who Roger is. May the new baby, boy or girl, to join their family be a healthy baby. My earnest wish for them.
      Ru-an, a belated congratulations to your 1 million views on your blog, am not surprised. Good news travels fast and so it has.
      Most of all, I wish you the best on your new life in Thailand. Take good care of yourself.
      Roger will be doing well in 2014, I have good feelings about it. Ups or downs, we will stand by him, he is, after all our Champion, the Tennis Champion of the world.
      Kindly,
      Dolores

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    1. Happy new year to you, Ruan! and congrats on your blog’s success. I was actually quite happy to hear of the addition to Fed’s family. I think he is such a family man that this will only inspire him to play better in his last few years. He looks happy and excited in all the press coverage leading up to Brisbane, and one can only hope for the best. If anything, I think fans will just have to enjoy whatever he throws at us. My sense is that Edberg will join the team– and Fed will show us something slightly different at Brisbane –not sure what it is. But I have been watching all his old Wimbledon victories and hoping that now that his back is better, his old accurate and well-placed serving will win him some cheap points.

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    1. Dear Ruan,
      A belated congratulations to your million views on your blog.
      You’ve indeed created a real community of readers here, a family of brothers and sisters from all over the world connected around Roger Federer and his journey, and around you.
      You brought us together not based on status, gender, ethnicity, culture or whatever human criteria, but just out of love for tennis and affection to Roger Federer as well as our desire to be informed and better understand tennis.
      Your posts proof you are a firm, but critical believer in Roger Federer.
      At the same time you didn’t keep at bay critical thinking from the side of your commenters, which is a unique quality I think.
      Whilst at the start your sense for truth and honesty as well as your emotional engagement to Roger Federer made you write in a very negative way towards Roger’s nemesis’s (whose conduct doesn’t shy away from crossing the lines of fair play and the rules of the book), you’ve gradually learned to express your views in a more moderate way now.
      It opened up more space for differentiated views, which is good I think, but which made you also lose some fans.
      Some of them were very good commenters, and I miss them.
      That’s a bit sad, but such is probably inevitable as you can’t please everybody.
      But your blog continues because you love it and you don’t give up like Roger Federer.
      I can only say :“Mil fois merci” for all this, Ruan, duizend maal dank !
      I’m happy Roger is expecting another baby.
      Can’t wait to see him play at the Brisbane event.

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      Ru-an Reply:

      You’re welcome Wirlfried. It is indeed nice that everyone are equals here no matter what our differences may be. As for Nadal you said it well. I have changed my attitude and I know I did the right thing. Criticizing others is not a good quality no matter who they are. Our duty is to work on our own faults and weaknesses and eradicate them. There is a power which will make everyone face the consequences of their wrongdoings so it is not our job to make that happen. We are best advised to set ourselves right so that we wouldn’t have to face any negative consequences ourselves. If someone was here only to criticize Nadal then they don’t belong here anyway. This blog is not about obsessing over Nadal(and looking like bad losers in the process), it’s about celebrating Federer. I think you summed it up well in the words ‘you are a firm, but critical believer in Roger Federer’. That is probably the best anyone has ever summed me up as a writer. I do have a huge amount of faith in Roger, or this blog wouldn’t exist after 2013. But I am also very objective and criticize when neccasary. This was never gonna be another blind Federer worshiping blog. It was gonna be about critical and intelligent thinking. I believe this is not only the best Federer blog there is but also the best tennis blog. Duisend dankies aan jou ook :-)

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    1. Merry Christmas and a happy new year to Roger, Ruan and all of us Federer fans.

      I think the news of an additional child is actually going to inspire Roger. Until 2013, 2008 was probably the most disappointing year in Roger’s career. Nadal’s 2009 Austrailian open win was like a knife in all our hearts esp after his wins at Wimbledon and FO. But then we learnt of Mirka being pregnant and suddenly 2009 became his greatest year and only a lucky JMDP stopped him at the US open else he would have had a Roger Slam. In some ways, I am seeing a trend – 2013 has been his worst year and he doesn’t own any GS titles anymore – cycle of life anyone?? Bigger racquet or not, bigger family for sure and with it a bigger heart!!! Watch out for Roger in 2014!!

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    1. Ruan, Congrats to the million hits. Also, all the best in the new year. I’ve felt this year you have been too critical of Roger. We don’t really have a clue what is happening in his life and we always have to give him the benefit of the doubt. He suffered back issues most of the year and in turn changed his play to protect his back. Instead of playing again his opponent he was playing to protect his back.
      I know he always does his best with what he has out on the court….he loves the game too much to do otherwise.
      We have to understand, he’s only working with what he has at any given moment, just like the rest of us.

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    1. Roger on his Facebook: “I am happy to announce that beginning in Melbourne, Stefan Edberg will join Severin Lüthi on my coaching team. Severin, who has been part of my team for the last 7 years, will do most of the weeks and Stefan has agreed to work with us for at least 10 weeks starting at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Stefan was my childhood hero, and I am really looking forward to spending time and learning from him”.

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    1. Federer said in his interview that Mirka is doing well and that he hopes it stays that way, and that her previous pregnancy in 2009 didn’t prevent her to assist the dramatic Wimbledon final in 2009 between Roger and Andy Roddick, which wasn’t evident at all in her situation.
      The ATP-events calendar fortunately allows you to react and adapt your personal calendar he added. When something important happens like the birth of a child I’ll play a bit less during some weeks, to play more afterwards. This year (2013) I added spontaneously Hamburg and Gstaad to my program. Next year will happen most likely some changes to my program as well, he added.

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Federer Receives Favorable Draw at US Open

Federer Receives Favorable Draw at US Open

[1] Djokovic
Schwartzman
Muller
Mathieu
M.Gonzalez
Querrey
Lu
[28] Garcia-Lopez
[22] Kohlschreiber
Qualifier
[WC]Llodra
Gimeno-Traver
Kukushkin
Struff
[WC]Giron
[13] Isner

[9] Tsonga
Monaco
Qualifier
Nedovysov
Carreno-Busta
Qualfier
Paire
[24] Bennneteau
[31] Verdasco

Rola
Klahn
An. Kuznetsov
Qualifier
Stepanek
Haase
[8] Murray

[3] Wawrinka
Vesely
Bellucci
Mahut
Kavcic
Young
Falla
[30]Chardy
[21] Youzhny

Kyrgios
Stakhovsky
Seppi
Bolelli
Pospisil
Roger-Vasselin
[16] Robredo

[10] Nishikori
[WC] Odesnik
Andujar
Sock
Ebden
Kamke
Montanes
[23] Mayer
[29] Rosol

Qualifier
Estrella Burgos
Sijsling
Qualifier
Becker
Qualifier
[5] Raonic

[6] Berdych
Hewitt
Qualifier
Klizan
Qualifier
Donskoy
Gabashvilli
[27] Giraldo
[19] Lopez

Dodig
Johnson
Qualifier
Lacko
Thiem
De Schepper
[11] Gulbis

[14] Cilic
Baghdatis
Qualifier
Qualifier

Janowicz
Lajovic
Cuevas
[18] Anderson
[26] Simon

Qualifier
[WC] Rubin
Delbonis
[WC] Tomic
Brown
Dzumhur
[4] Ferrer

[7] Dimitrov
[WC] Harrison
Berlocq
Sela
Qualifier
Goffin
Dancevic
[32] J. Sousa
[20] Monfils

[WC] Donaldson
A. Gonzalez
Tursunov
Qualifier
Lorenzi
Istomin
[12] Gasquet

[15] Fognini
Golubev
Riba
Mannarino
Qualifier
[WC] Smyczek
Haider Maurer
[17] Bautista Agut
[25] Karlovic

Nieminen
Melzer
Granollers
Groth
Ramos-Vinolas
Matosevic
[2] Federer

http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/draws/ms/r1s1.html

 

Well there it is folks; the 2014 US Open draw. Will this finally be Roger’s year in New York again? If you look at the draw his chances certainly look good, but people seem to forget he still needs to win seven best of five set matches and possibly beat Djokovic in the final. I would say it’s way too early to start thinking about #18. Look what happened at Wimbledon. Before the tournament every Fedfan was hopeful that it would be #18 for Roger there, until the draw came out and Nadal was in his half. Then when Nadal lost and Roger’s draw opened up every Fedfan was once again hopeful that Roger would win the title, only for their dreams to get smashed in the final by Djokovic. If we have learned anything about draws it is that it is unpredictable and the initial draw seldom means much.

Roger’s day outfit

For instance a player nobody expected could go on a hot run in the bottom half and upset Roger. Or Djokovic could kick into top form again from the quarter finals onward and be unstoppable in the final. I don’t expect those things to happen, but nothing is guaranteed. Roger’s draw is Matosevic, Groth/Ramos-Vinolas, Karlovic/Granollers, Fognini/Bautista-Agut, Dimitrov/Monfils, Ferrer/Cilic/Berdych, and Djokovic/Murray/Tsonga. It’s not gonna get any better for him at this stage. Then in the top half you have Djokovic, Murray, Tsonga, and Isner all in the same quarter. I mean are you kidding me?! This is the dream draw for Roger and if you are ever gonna believe in destiny or that the Gods favor Roger to win something then it is now. But still you got to remain grounded and remember what happened at Wimbledon.

Hitting the practice courts. I’m just loving the outfit!

I’m not speaking for myself so much as I am speaking for many Fedfans who were crushed after the Wimby loss. You all know by now that I took that loss well and that it didn’t bother me as much as other Fedfans. I felt that it was destiny for Djokovic to win Wimby and that Roger was up against the law of averages. For that reason I felt there was unfinished business and I was already excited about the North-American hard court swing. If you don’t believe me go back and read it. I just don’t want Fedfans to set themselves up for disappointment again and come here and leave very negative comments. We all want Roger to win this and we all sense there is a great opportunity for him here, but it is better to let go of any expectations. I have learned a lesson from Wimby myself, all be it maybe not as hard a lesson as for some others.

Guess who is back for the night session…

I learned to be grateful for what you have and not focus on lack. This is an extremely important lesson for life in general as well which I learned recently. So for me I am just extremely grateful that Roger won Cincy after a two year drought in Masters titles. The biggest mistake to make now would be to have already forgotten about that reward and focus all the attention on winning the US Open. Personally I am very grateful that Roger won Cincy after losing in three Masters finals and that he has had a superb year so far. I mean at age 33 and after the all time low of last year. So the US Open title would be more like a nice added bonus for me. I am not attached to the outcome. I am just looking forward to another slam and to enjoy every one of Roger’s matches. I hope you feel the same.

Roger answers some fan questions. Good stuff:

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44 Comments

    1. Agree completely, Ru-an! I am pumped and very optimistic about Roger’s chances. I talk about the draw endlessly. But ultimately, like you, I don’t have expectations. I’m very grateful for all he has given us this year already. It’s not realistic to have high expectations for Roger at this stage of his career, even with a soft draw. But if he pulls it off, well and good. If not, it’s not the end of the world. “Focus on what you have and not focus on lack”. Good one, Ru-an!

    1. Oh, Ru-an, LOVE the outfits especially Darth Federer! That practice white Betterer t-shirt and blue shorts are so awesome too, Ru-an, totally agree with you!!!

      Ru-an Reply:

      Yup, Darth Fed is back. We all know what happened the last time Darth Fed paid a visit to the USO.

    1. Ru-an no matter how much Fed gives his fans will always want more, but he’s such a class act it’s natural to want him to win…but win or lose how can you not but admire him! Still C’mon Roger x

      Ru-an Reply:

      Well wanting to Roger to win because he is a class act and not having expectations is one thing, and expecting Roger to win and writing him off if he doesn’t is another…

    1. Completly agree Ruan as much we love watching Roger play if he dosent win any tournament barring clay and miami its a disopintment…The draw is just peRFect..i am hooked for two weeks now..

    1. This is how I feel about Roger’s unfinished business in New York:

      In Australia, Roger has won 4 Titles. Yes it could have been 5 but it feels like he has closed that chapter.

      After the crushing defeat to Nadal in 2009, Roger came back and won in 2010. He has lost in the next 4 years always in the Semi-Finals, including two losses to Nadal (2012 and 2014) but in both cases, Nadal didn’t go on to win the tournament. Therefore, Roger can claim that he is the more recent of the two champions in Australia.

      Roger won the only French Open separating the 9 GS that Nadal has won there. He took advantage of the only door that was left open and that’s good enough. Yes, he made the 2011 Final as well but to me the memorable performance there was the Epic Semi-Final against Djokovic snapping his unbeaten streak. Therefore, Roger can feel like the chapter there can be closed as well.

      At Wimbledon, Roger avenged the 2008 loss to Nadal by winning in 2009. Then Nadal won it again in 2010, and Roger was able to win it yet again in 2012, therefore also becoming the more recent champion there. The epic way in which Roger won his 7th Wimbledon Title, and returning back to Number 1 was the Ultimate. Yes, he could have won his 8th and he may yet have one more chance, but being in 9 Finals is an amazing feat, and the way he fought in that final was simply mesmerizing. He could close the chapter at Wimbledon with no regrets.

      Finally, the US Open. 2008 was such a long time ago. So is 2009. I was there in the Final, when against all odds, Del Potro stole Roger’s 6th US Open title. At the time, there was this sense of nostalgia, as if the book wasn’t closed the way it should have been. Then in 2010 and in 2011, Roger was stopped from getting into the finals yet again. Maybe, the fates didn’t want him to face Nadal, and maybe he’ll thank them later. Nadal is the most recent champion in New York and that has to be corrected! ;-)

      It brings us now to the 2014 US Open. An amazing draw! No Nadal! Djokovic appears weak. Murray and Wawrinka are both in Djokovic’s section.

      Roger is playing amazing, and not just as of late. If you look at it – ALL year apart from the Rome/ French Open stretch, Roger has played very consistently.

      Roger has been in 8 Finals. No one can match this feat this year. He has the most Top 10 wins of all players. (12:4) and is 2:2 with Djokovic.

      He is ranked 3rd by the ATP at Most Service Games Held All Year.

      There are three keys to this revival:

      The New Pro Staff RF 97 Racquet
      Healthy and Confident Roger
      Stefan Edberg

      Roger is playing efficient, aggressive, fluid tennis. I’ll let Ru-an delve into the details here but it’s all true.

      And then one final thing. Darth Federer is coming back! He was here back in 2009 and now he is back to finish the job.

      Roger lost the All-White Final at Wimbledon but will win the US Open with the All-Black Outfit.

      If for some reason, Roger does come short, it will not be the end of the world – just a huge opportunity missed. The season will still be very positive for Roger but we all sense that Roger is on the VERGE of greatness.

      We swallowed all these defeats – in Brisbane, in Australia to Nadal, in Indian Wells to Djokovic in the 3rd set Tie-Break, at the Monte-Carlo Masters after leading Wawrinka, at Wimbledon after the Epic comeback, and in Toronto after forcing the tie-break against Tsonga.

      I sense that if Roger could trade all these losses and titles for the US Open, he’d do it. And it looks like, that might very well be the case.

      I’m excited as ever for this year’s US Open. There will be some peaks and valleys along the way, some surprises as well, but I am confident that Roger will stand victorious in the end.. I haven’t felt like this in a long time.. If there is destiny in sports, then this is it! ;-) #18

      Katyani Reply:

      Hey Vily, trust me, AO is NOT over for Roger. He has made what SF all the time?? Once (2015 or 2016) there will be a time when he will reach a final and my God…. even win it :-) I know most fans have given up on AO because of the slow courts, but guys…. the dude makes SF there !!! Believe me, a final and even winning a final will happen.
      And… no, I am not crazy…. even RG will happen. With or without Rafa playing :-)

      Ru-an Reply:

      Wow, you people talking about Roger winning the AO and FO. I’m just glad he won his last match.

      Jiten Reply:

      Absolutely, my point as well. We should not go overboard. This man is 33. Has to win 7 matches, probably some of them going to five sets. One match at a time folks! Be patient, you never know what is going to unfold in the next two weeks. Just appreciate good tennis. Perhaps Roger is more relaxed than us, the crazy Fedfans.

      Ru-an Reply:

      Most probably Jiten. A lot of Fedfans already have Roger winning the title. They forget the 7 BO5 matches and a possible final with Djokovic I guess.

      Joe Reply:

      Ruan is quite right (simply yet very powerfully put Ruan!) but Vily, somehow that 2:2 with Djokovic this year seems a little like unfinished business to me.

      Maybe I need to work on my attitude…

      Ru-an Reply:

      Nothing wrong with your attitude Joe. Just remember that Djokovic is in his prime and Roger is not, so 2:2 is actually good for Roger. That said, there may be some unfinished business after what happened at Wimby. That is after all the one that counted.

    1. Very good post, Ru-an, with lots of common sense, I like. Thank You! Both day/night attire I like, too. “Betterer” t-shirt is a hit….Roger will always be a winner in my heart…wish him Good Luck at USOpen, one match at a time.
      Anxious for the tournament to get started…..
      Kindly,
      Dolores

      Joe Reply:

      I’d kind of like to see Roger wearing a Winnerer T-shirt after USO… but maybe that would be a bit too arrogant?

    1. We’ll see I guess. I have a lot if question marks for Djokovic. Everybody assumes that he’ll make the finals but I am not so sure.

      He has been in 5 US Open Fina while Roger has been in 6.

      Roger had a Run of 8 straight SFs (2004-2011) while Novak also had a run of 8 straight – (2006-2013). So I don’t know.

      It would be impressive if Novak makes it to the finals with the tough draw he has. But I am just not so sure. Murray and Tsonga are very hungry and they want to do something here. I also feel that Wawrinka may show up as well. Let’s not forget that he beat Novak in Australia and that he also lost a 5 setter last year at the Open.

      I don’t think that Novak is rolling into the final. He’s had a great year but the combination of marriage/ kids/ winning Wimbledkn will result in a meltdown. If he makes it to the final, I’ll be very impressed and nervous at the same time.

      Let’s hope that Roger makes it as well and just go guns blazing. Let’s not forget that the Wimbledon Final was decided in the 3rd set Tie-break which went Novak’s way.. They also have a 5-th set tie-break at the Open. I hope it doesn’t come to that!

      Joe Reply:

      Well said Vily!

      I’m starting to worry about Stan as the best dark horse too, or maybe that one of the young guns will (try to) make a move…

      Ru-an Reply:

      Agreed Vily I am not so sure Djoker will make it to the final either. I didn’t write in my post about the scenarios for the top half because I didn’t want to look like I was looking too far ahead, but my feeling is the top half is very open. I think Djoker, Murray, and Tsonga all have a shot at making the final. People seem to sure to me that Djokovic will make the final. Tsonga destroyed him in Toronto and and could go on a hot run to the final again. I thought Murray was on the brink of something good before he ran into Roger in Cincy. He could go all the way to the final too. I think it’s about equal chance between those 3 as to who makes the final. Not counting out that Isner could upset Djoker too. He is also due for a good run. Djokovic has his work cut out for him.

    1. Sorry to hype up the situation even more guys :-)

      http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/stars-spell-roger/52502/

      Ru-an Reply:

      Thought the actual stars would spell that Roger will win the USO in this article. Anyway I’m not sure how seriously I would take Bodo Alex. He chose Bautista-Agut as the dark horse, in effect saying Roger could lose to him of all people. RBA is in my opinion a pusher with no weapons.

      Alex Reply:

      Yeah don’t worry I’m not getting my hopes up too much. I realize that at Roger’s age it’s gonna take something awfully special for him to go all the way. We just have to wait and see.

      Ru-an Reply:

      Don’t get me wrong. He is the favorite for the title to me. But if Bodo calls RBA a dark horse I’m not sure how seriously you can take him.

    1. beautiful ruan. for the past the.lesson I have been working on is what you wrote. grateful,abundance, appreciation are the keys to happiness for me regardless of what life gives you moment to moment. Joe, Joseph cambells heroes journey is the fundamental structure for just about everything I write. love from Shanghai guys. :-)

      Ru-an Reply:

      Yes you are a great example of this Eric. I have noticed that about you. You appreciate every little blessing life brings your way and therefor they are bound to keep coming and to increase. I won’t be surprised if you win your personal slam. All the best in Shanghai!

      Eric Reply:

      Means a lot to hear you say that. It’s not natural for me. Years of work and only now just getting it. I suffered tragedy and loss and was very angry for a long time. Marrying a woman who is a master at this was the best thing I ever did.

      Ru-an Reply:

      Well you sure seem to have caught up with your wife! This is kinda crazy but I suffered tragedy and loss myself, and was very angry for a long time too!

      Eric Reply:

      it is no mistake.that I found you, Ru-an.

      Ru-an Reply:

      Was thinking the same thing.

      Joe Reply:

      Hey Eric,

      That is so cool! I think a lot of writer’s put together stories about the Hero’s Journey without realizing it – but to be fair, that’s probably not so much the case these days as it was before Campbell’s work became popular!

      Knowing what you are doing in re the Hero’s Journey makes your art so much richer IMHO, and lets you ring some of the deep bells in the human psyche (humans really like that). By coincidence, I’m actually re-reading Hero With a Thousand Faces now – and it’s hard to say since I’ve picked through it so much in the last ten or twelve years, but it’s probably about the fourth time. There’s a lot there! I’ve read and own many other Campbell books too, and you can color me a huge fan.

      When you have some time, drop us a line to let us know how things are going! I wonder what it’s like to be on your own Hero’s Journey when your trip is about ‘Hero’ stories too! Do you ever feel like you’re looking at yourself through a microscope?

      But enough about that – I want to wish you the best of luck in Shanghai, and don’t forget to have fun there too!

      All the best,
      Joe

      Ru-an Reply:

      This book by Campbell that you mention sounds interesting Joe. From your comments on my last post he sounded interesting too. It may be my next read. Can you tell me some more about it? Cheers.

      Eric Reply:

      Joe I am very conscious of being on my own heroes journey. We all are. It’s the awareness of it that makes it extra deeply fulfilling and which allows me to alter my path, to write my own story so to speak. I have been reading and rereading JC (coincidence?) for 20 years. Have you ever watched his interviews with Moyer on PBS? Ru-an that might be a nice light way to introduce you.

    1. Yay!!! The schedule is out and I am happy! Here’s why:

      1. Djokovic will play Monday and then potentially on Thursday (US Open spreads the 1st round over 3 days), then Saturday, then Monday, then Wednesday, Saturday and then Monday (if he gets that far)

      2. Roger will most likely play Tuesday, then Friday, then Sunday, then Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and then Monday! :-) )

      I am happy because this schedule puts the spotlight on Djokovic first and then it will allow Roger to see what he does first and then do one better.

      Also, for purely selfish reasons, my wife bought us tickets for that Thursday (4th of September) so I’ll definitely be able to see Roger play! :-)

      In any case, I think that it’s a good schedule. It will allow Roger to kinda find his game in the 1st week with 2 days inbetween his 1st and 2nd round and then really get into the tournament with only a day between each match which would be fine for him since he’ll be able to get into a rhythm.

      By the way, I liked his pressed today because he looks grounded, maybe slightly nervous but what he said about not getting ahead of himself was spot on! :-) )

      Joe Reply:

      Hey Vily,

      I am still jealous about your getting to watch Roger play! But this schedule looks great; in fact, it could scarcely be any better.

      On a slightly different note, here’s an interesting article about the top players. I knew that Roger runs less than the others but the stats about his return of serve were very surprising to me; hope you’ll enjoy reading:

      http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/11387952/us-open-runs-more-novak-djokovic

      Best,
      Joe

      Ru-an Reply:

      Thanks Joe that’s very interesting indeed. Roger taking returns even earlier than Djokovic. And yet he is such a great returner of big serves. Lighting fast eye.

    1. Hey Ruan!

      Another quick and superficial summary is coming your way now! Joseph Campbell is more interesting and relevant today than any summary of mine can explain, but here goes:

      First of all, The Power of Myth is a good book for a busy professional to start with, for an introduction to Campbell and his work.

      Hero With a Thousand Faces is a deep and scholarly work almost 400 pages long, that required a lot of study on my part. It was so much more than worth it (!), and I also have to admit that my own blind spots may have had a lot to do with the amount of work required! But Campbell unifies psychology, mythology, art, science, and religion in this amazing book, so I should have known I would have to stretch myself at some points.

      Please note first of all that ‘Hero,’ summarizing 90% of the world’s mythology or more, is actually about each person’s life.

      Campbell considered a culture’s myths, just as he would consider art, music, scientific discovery, religious thought, etc. to be reflections of unconscious psyche. He said that his purpose in writing this book was to uncover some of the deep truths ‘disguised under the figures of religion and mythology.’

      He starts the book by pointing out in an indirect way how many of us who haven’t encountered ego death are actually living out myths unconsciously. This is, in my understanding, how psychoanalysts approach their patients on some level – by determining what myths they don’t realize they’re living out. Carl Jung talks about this in Man and His Symbols as well. But there’s some work to do to get through the early pages.

      In any event, here’s the point of the book as I see it: I think Campbell would say that every human life is a hero’s journey. The journey will result in the inevitable death of the hero; but out of that death, there can arise an authentic human being.

      This is also one of the foundational points of life as Joe sees things: Ego death is absolutely necessary for spiritual rebirth. “When our day is come for the victory of death, death closes in; there is nothing we can do, except be crucified – and resurrected; dismembered totally, and then reborn,” as Campbell says. So I think this is a healthful way to deal with unfortunate circumstances that occur in our lives, and I can’t emphasize that enough. We have to die to a tragedy in order to be reborn; if we don’t, we live that tragedy again and again, every day of our lives.

      Campbell steps back in the early going to make this remark about the Greek plays of tragedy and comedy: “Tragedy is the shattering of the forms [forms = basically the world of objects, the sensory veil (of polar opposites) that hides our minds from deeper reality – Joe] and of our attachment to the forms; comedy, the wild and careless, inexhaustible joy of life invincible. Thus the two are the terms of a single mythological theme and experience which includes them both and which they bound: the down-going and up-coming (kathodos and anodos), which together constitute the totality of the revelation that is life, and which the individual must know and love if he is to be purged of the contagion of sin and death. All things are changing; nothing dies…”

      The bulk of the book is dedicated to a description of the phases of the hero’s journey as we encounter it in myth. But these phases correspond with steps in the process Carl Jung calls individuation. I want to note that he gives careful attention to the teachings of the Christ and the Buddha.

      Campbell’s prose is beautiful, but some of his sentences are an entire paragraph long! I do want to give a sample I think is relevant:
      “Furthermore, we have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have gone before us; the labyrinth is thoroughly known; we have only to follow the thread of the hero-path. And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence; where we had thought to be alone, we shall be one with all the world.”

      Looking at what I’ve written, I think I may have gone on too long already! I know I have a tendency to do that… but I’ve also done very little to describe this vast and symphonic book. Eric and any others who may be familiar with Hero, please add any comments you think will help about the volumes of depth I haven’t mentioned.

      For anyone this summary offends, please accept my sincere apologies! If you’ll tell me so, I’ll try my best to explain and/or make amends.

      Best Regards,
      Joe

      Ru-an Reply:

      Don’t worry about offending anyone Joe. This is my blog and I like what you said. Thanks for the summery it looks interesting. I have read extensively about the meaning of life like I told you and have found my answer, but I’m sure it would be an interesting read regardless. I am looking for something intellectually challenging to read, as I found some of Freud’s stuff when I read it. Would this be in a similar category?

      Joe Reply:

      Hey Ruan,

      I haven’t read much Freud but he had some excellent observations, for which in the United States he doesn’t get the credit he deserves in my opinion.

      What I can say though, is that Campbell and Carl Jung seem to be on a similar wavelength; Jung has a book called Man and His Symbols that he wrote (with colleagues) near the end of his life to explain his work to the public. It has a lot in common with Hero With a Thousand Faces and I’d recommend Jung’s book too. Jung is more an analyst whereas Campbell is more a synthesis, but both were brilliant men.

      Joe Reply:

      “synthesist”

      :-)

    1. Joe, you’ve done an excellent job. Yesterday my writing partner and I met with scholars all afternoon to try to uncover Chinese mythology such that we may apply these exact principles to our screenplay and have them resonate with the Chinese the way European mythology resonates with western audiences. Think King Arthur, Cinderella, etc. countless movies have recreated these myths. The fascinating thing is that it was extremely difficult for them to identify Chinese mythology. We are gathering elements and symbols that we can include in our story but still haven’t found full mythology. Joe if you are aware of any I would love to hear about it. If you don’t mind, perhaps Ru-an could connect us via email so we don’t hijack the tennis conversation too much. Btw Joe, Ru-an is a very deep guy who at one point was simultaneously blogging on topics such as these.

      Joe Reply:

      Hey Eric,

      That really sounds like a lot of fun (and a definite challenge). I know Campbell mentions some Chinese myths in Hero (mostly Buddha types as I recall), but I’ll look for some others.

      Sharing email addresses is fine with me!

      Best,
      Joe

      Ru-an Reply:

      Just saw this. Sure I’d connect you. And I guess suffering kinda forces you to become deep.

      Eric Reply:

      I know I didn’t have much of a choice. Leaving for southern china at 5 am. Not sure what my internet access will be. So if you don’t hear from me enjoy the hell out of this next 10 days. go go go Roger!!! I should be back in Shanghai for the semis or final. Go go go, baby!! Have fun you guys!!

      Joe Reply:

      I’m somewhat ashamed to say that I pushed a lot of suffering aside and repressed it for a decade or more, living in denial when the opportunity to grow from painful events was staring me starkly in the face…

      My life felt as if I was falling from a tall building. But eventually, the ground broke my fall.

      Ha! At this point I’m able to find some amusement in how big a fool I was (but that is not to say that I’ve eradicated all foolishness – I certainly haven’t).

 

Federer Pulls Out of French Open

Federer Pulls Out of French Open

Some people were predicting this would happen and I wasn’t one of them. Given Federer’s form so far this year and how he fared against Nadal, and also how much he values grand slam events made me believe he would play the French Open.

I mean if he could come from a six-month break to win the Australian Open then surely he could win the French Open but in the end, I think he did the right thing. There was no way he was going to beat Nadal on clay in his current form without playing any warm-up events on clay.

Maybe he saw how dominant Nadal is on clay again and thought it would be better to rest some more and not risk any injury. Federer is easily the favorite to win Wimbledon this year and there is no reason to risk that.

It does mean that beating Nadal at the French Open or winning the double career slam is less likely now but it is astonishing enough what happened in Australia this year.

  • Rome Draw

Rome started today and I am currently watching Del Potro vs Dimitrov which is a terrific first round encounter. This is now the third clay Masters where Nadal and Djokovic are in one half and Murray and Wawrinka in the other.

Again, it seems like something is working against Djokovic. It’s a similar draw for him than Madrid because he has Nishikori in the quarters. But he also gets Kyrgios who has a tough draw himself with Agut and Busta.

Djokovic will play Bedene tomorrow in his first match which should provide a good match for him to acclimatize. I’d really like to see Djokovic get through his quarter again.

I’d rather Nadal lose before the semis but if he doesn’t Djokovic should be better prepared this time if he comes through his quarter(given Nishikori does not withdraw again).

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4 Comments

    1. Hello Ru-an.
      1) Like you, I was surprised that Roger withdrew from the French Open. In hindsight, I should have guessed the outcome. Roger has entered in three grass court tournaments (Stuttgart, Halle, and Wimbledon). Going deep in the French would have hurt his grass court tune ups because Stuttgart starts days after the French.
      2) The Rome draw is awful. All of the decent players are on Nadal and Novak’s side. Excluding Stan Wawrinka and David Goffin (Goffin is my favorite on that side of the draw, I can’t trust Stan or Andy).
      3) I saw that Kyrgios withdrew as well. That’s a pity, because I believe Novak beats him on clay all day.
      4) Here are the match ups I want to see. Novak-Del Potro, Thiem-Nadal, Wawrinka-Goffin and Zverev-Murray (hopefully Murray makes it that far).
      Take Care.

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      Ru-an Reply:

      Hey, Styrre. Goffin has impressed me of late. Again in Rome, he lost the opening sets against Belucci and Verdasco but keeps winning. The top half is tough to predict but he is probably the favorite to come through. Maybe Stan is due for a good performance. Murray is gone now so maybe Fognini can make a deep run given that is is Rome and all. Or Zverev.

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    1. Not really a shock, but still I’m a little surprised. The idea of him winning FO never seemed very realistic to me when you consider his poor results on clay for many years now. But I still thought he would put up an appearance at FO just to see how he does. If not anything else, I’d be curious to see if his improved backhand would make a difference on clay. I still don’t think it would magically turn him into a player that would wipe the floor with Nadal on clay, but it would be interesting to see nonetheless. Oh well, I trust he knows his own best and wouldn’t skip FO withouth a good reason. Hopefully he’s just being cautious.

      Anyway it looks like the table is set for Nadal now. I agree with you from previous posts that the clay season has been pretty disappointing so far. I actually don’t mind Nadal having some success again, but I don’t want to see FO handed to him without a fight. Looks like Djokovic still has not found his spark yet, and it’s hard to see anyone else stopping Nadal at the moment. It’s hard what to make of Djoker’s decision to part ways with his team. Seems like a rather drastic decision, and being on the outside we can only speculate what is the reason behind it. Only time will tell wether it’s a good move. In any case, things are bound to turn around sooner or later.

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      Ru-an Reply:

      Hi BE. Yeah, I think Federer’s fans were getting a little overly optimistic about his chances vs Nadal on clay. Then again he may have had a shot given his record against Nadal of late. But he wasn’t gonna get it done with no warmup events on clay. That is just silly so he did the right thing.

      As for Djokovic, these players don’t need a coach as much as people think. What is surprising is that he let his whole team go including his physio. Who works on his body now? Anyway, I don’t want to see Djokovic just give Nadal stiff opposition. I want to see him playing Nadal in top form and beat him again at the FO like in 2015. But he is in a serious race against time. For that, he needs to make semis in Rome and if he plays Nadal he must beat him or at the very least go to three sets. Then he may be able to gain some more confidence in Paris with plenty of court time and be close to his best if he plays Nadal again. It’s not quite all over just yet.

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Federer Pictures from Jura Event

Federer Pictures from Jura Event

http://www.fans4roger.ch/index.php?id%20=8&L=1

Roger was honored again last night by one of his sponsors, Jura. For people who did not have tickets to the event there was a big screen outside. Below are some of the pcitures. For more pictures go to Men’s Tennis Forum


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Federer Off to Winning Start at Roland Garros Under Controversial Circumstances

Federer Off to Winning Start at Roland Garros Under Controversial Circumstances

It was a first day at Roland Garros which included only one seeded casualty in Garcia-Lopez who lost to Johnson. For once it was not Gulbis who lost. Roger had a good start to his French Open campaign as well by defeating Falla 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. Falla was playing at a high level all the way through, but Roger was playing well himself so a guy like Falla, who lacks any serious weapons didn’t stand much of a chance. Roger’s breakpoint ratio was sub-standard, but he won his first round in straight sets against a player who played well, so it doesn’t matter.

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Any thoughts on the outfit?

It was the kind of start he would have looked for if he wants to make a deep run here. He now plays Granollers, who had a straight set victory himself. Karlovic also lost his first match, so Roger’s smooth draw is working out even better. He should easily be able to reach the fourth round without dropping a set. That should leave him with plenty in the tank to make semis at least. As for tomorrow, the highest seed in action will be Murray, who will play against some unknown Argentine. For me, the only match of much interest will be Thiem against Bedene.
  • A Kid Runs onto Centre Court for a Selfie with Federer
The main headline today was probably the kid of who ran on the court for a selfie with Roger to which the security was slow to respond. Roger said afterward that he wasn’t happy about the incident and that he was speaking for all the players. There was also some British idiot cyclist called Chris Froome who tweeted afterward: ‘Harden up @rogerfederer‘ with a photo included of him being harassed by fans at the Tour de France. Stakhovksy replied with a tweet of his own: ‘It’s nice when a doping star compares himself with the pure sport star and offer him to “toughen up=)) . I can’t post the actual tweets because Stakhovsky deleted his tweet, and Froome blocked me along with all the other people who said something about it or even mentioned Stakhovsky(which is what I did). Can you believe that about a guy who won the Tour de France?! I never even mentioned him in a tweet, and yet I got blocked.

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Always had a hard time saying no to a selfie :))

So he was sitting at his computer looking for anyone who tweeted something to Stakhovsky and blocked them. Is this guy for real or what? It seems cycling is in worse shape than I thought. I guess if you are that desperate about Stakhovsky’s tweet then you indeed have something to hide. I don’t follow cycling myself, but it seems it is still rampant with doping even after the Armstrong scandal. But who knows. The point is he was out of line with his tweet as tennis is very different from cycling. Monica Seles was stabbed in Germany for instance so these things should not be happening, and it’s not doing the reputation of the French Open any good. It’s not the first time either. A guy ran on the court during the 2009 final too and put something on Roger, and then there was the incident of some fool running on the court during the 2013 final as well. I have seen too many disturbed and obsessed fans on forums for that to be safe. You never know when another Monica Seles incident can happen. Highlights:
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Posted in French Open, Grand Slams.

74 Comments

    1. To answer your question, Ru-an, about Roger’s outfit he is wearing….think it is great, love the colors. By far better looking than Stan the Man in his outfit….wonder if he sleeps in it? You are quite busy, Ru-an, the next two weeks will keep you out of mischief….ha-ha-ha. Great blog as always! ‘Til next time, Kindly, Dolores
      Ru-an Reply: Thank you, Dolores. Or maybe he swims in it? :-?
      Jiten Reply: Yes Grandma Dolores, Stan really sleeps in it! In fact, the story is slightly different: he loves his blanket so much that he wraps its miniature version around his waist when he is not sleeping. We are now seeing the special version of the miniature version in the tennis court. :))
      Veronica Reply: Even the needy will reject your pjs/blanket shorts if you donated them, Stan! :-q :-)
    1. Great post Ru-an. What do you think about the court? People say it’s slow and low bouncing. Btw Monica Seles was stabbed in Germany, not FO.
      Ru-an Reply: Thank you! The court looked pretty slow in Roger’s match. Not sure about the bounce.
    1. Overall, a decent outing by the Fed. He can to the final or lose as soon as the 4th round or the QF. Something tells not to read too much into the Wawrinka win in Rome. If they meet here. It will be much more difficult. We’ll see. A Final is certainly possible and even expected, but anything more is a mere dream in my personal opinion..
      Veronica Reply: Vily, a rather “subdued” comment from you I must say :-) must have learnt a lesson after USO, eh?! But personally I agree with you. I won’t look beyond each round and especially not beyond Monfils, ie if Monfils makes it. And like you, I wouldn’t read too much into the Stanchoke/Stantank in Rome.
    1. BTW, Ru-an, Great post. Another request – it seems that I can only post from certain locations which are outside of my home IP address. Could you please look into that as well. Otherwise, I can’t post unless I am outside. Thank you so much!
      Ru-an Reply: I did remove your IP addresses from the block list Vily. I will check again.
      Vily Reply: Ok. Thank you! It’s all good now.
    1. BTW, I did see that kid and it was definitely wrong to do by the kid. He was basically getting into Roger’s face and imposing that selfie which clearly Roger didn’t want to do. Not when someone is clearly just roaming on Centre Court freely. The French Open organizers are definitely to blame here. Roland Garros is so much behind the other 3 slams in terms of prize money, organization, venue, etc. but that’s a topic for another conversation. But anyway, I honestly think that it would take a miracle for Roger to win again here. But the draw is certainly perfect for him so – best or not best surface – he should personally get to that final. And from then on – it’s going to take a monumental performance to win. I am pretty confident that Novak will make that final also. And then it will be 70/30 or maybe 60/40 depending on how much Novak will be tired. Anything less will be disappointing in my eyes. But that’s ok. The good news is that if Nadal loses in the QFS, he’ll basically drop to Number 11 in the world (embarrassing) and then Roger can see him as early as the 4th round at Wimbledon. But personally, I think that that is actually GOOD for him because Roger is very good when the grass is still there and not roughed up. But that’s far away I guess.. I just don’t see Nadal beating Novak this year. Not if he lost to the likes of Murray, Stan and Fognini.. Just don’t see it.. ;-)
    1. Ru-an as usual another great post. Like Veronica said recently, you are really traveling like a runaway train these days. Simply unstoppable! Kind getting the Nirvana by liberating yourself from the FEDfan shell. No compulsion. Let me tell you, though I have not been commenting much of late, I really appreciate your efforts. Here is my observation on your blog after its facelift: after every Roger’s match is still ruansfedererblog, not TUTB. After all your are still a Fan of Tennis and though Federer is not TENNIS, nobody epitomizes it better than him. Hoping for a better run than 2014 for our hero. Keep up the good work Ru-an. :-bd
      Veronica Reply: Yeah Jiten! I’ve been huffin’ and puffin’ since the birth of TUTB :-) and yes, Ru-an and all of us are Fed fans and it’s only natural that it reverts momentarily back into Rf blog when Roger’s playing, haha! But that doesn’t take anything away from TUTB being the coolest tennis blog! Don’t wanna be dramatic and say TUTB has been a blood sweat and tears project, but it’s close; right, Ru-an?! Thank you and fully appreciated by your readers ^:)^
      Ru-an Reply: Thank you, Veronica, I appreciate it a lot that you still support my blog. I understand that it is not necessarily what the typical Fedfan appreciates but who wants to be typical? Yeah, I won’t say it’s been a blood, sweat, and tears project. It has taken some work, but it’s been liberating because the Fedfan fanaticism was becoming too much for me. You will remember how I tried to make it clear that this is not a fan blog, but people didn’t get. So I had to start all over.
      Ru-an Reply: Thanks, Jiten. It’s just that I have more time on my hands right now not working. I like the Nirvana part and breaking the Fedfan shell. That is well said. It is liberating, but people don’t necessarily appreciate where you are coming from. Sometimes they don’t want to hear about Roger instead of the game as a whole. I am still very much a Fedfan. I guess I just need a break from all that fanaticism. It gets boring and tiring. #:-S
    1. Good start for Roger. He looked a bit stressed out there to me I thought. Fantastic stat for winners and good serving day. But the bp conversion, as often is the case, is woeful. But important is the win as you say, Ru- an so doesn’t really matter. But I can’t help thinking that this has become a serious weakness in Roger’s game today. Ok he has always not been good in bp conversion even in his peak. But those days other parts of his game were more than enough to make up for it. I think now he should make a point of playing the bp well, just for practice’s sake – that every bp is a rare opportunity and as if the win depends on it. He’s sometimes too casual with bp. He must up the intensity and practise them well in every opportunity so that when he meets the top players, he is better prepared to play them well. These are the important moments that let him down, where he makes poor decisions, where he isn’t confident how to play them and which ultimately deny him the trophy. Having said that, I can’t ask for more than this great start. Love the colour of his outfit individually but overall I’m not sure it is one of his best. Shame on the French security. Thanks for sharing this with us, Ru-an. I missed the incident. But what a cavalier attitude the Director. He should be sacked. I would be very worried if I were Roger. Hope this will not affect him adversely. Thumbs up to Starkovsky. :-bd And Tour de France? It’s not legitimate as far as I’m concerned! :-q
      Ru-an Reply: :)) @ your last comment.
    1. Actually another testament of the cult-like following that Roger has. He has like, how many these kind of incidents already? The other top,players have NONE as far as I know! GOAT for being the most fan obsessed sports figure!
      Marron Reply: Well I do recall the 2009 USO, a fan ran out on court and kissed Rafa. I think it’s very lax of the FO security to allow this. I don’t blame Fed at all for being upset. Cycling is different, you’re out on open roads amongst the public anyway. The court should be a safe place where players can concentrate solely on their game, not on who’s going to come at them unexpectedly.
      Ru-an Reply: Yeah, what happened itself was not a big deal. It is about standards and what the players are used to. No one likes surprises. The same standards should be kept everywhere. In hindsight, Froome had a point and maybe Roger reacted too strongly. I just found Stakhovsky’s tweet funny as well as the photo I posted with Roger smiling for the selfie. Guess I saw the humor in it all.
      Veronica Reply: Yes, Ru-an, it’s about the standard, the security; not about the harmless act of a fan wanting a selfie per se. Gosh, unauthorised ppl being able to get onto court serves to confirm only one thing – that your security is not up to acceptable standard. Roger is absolutely right to react strongly and he also has the absolute right to demand for better security, especially as it happened to him before in 2009 and ESPECIALLY as there has ALREADY been a case in tennis!! (Seles). What do they expect from Roger? To laugh it off, “oh Jimmy meant no harm in 2009; oh, it’s just over zealous fans this year; oh it’s no big deal, your security is fine……”!!! Gosh, if this had happened here in Australia, we would have been SO embarrassed, the apologies would have been profusely done and the security system would definitely be reviewed and tightened. And I’m pretty sure this kind of thing would never happen in Wimbledon or the USO. Shame FO!!! I’m disappointed with how cool the reactions have been, especially the players. And Ru-an, Froome does NOT have a point. Only a kid, a jealous person, an insecure person would react like he did. Ppl who laugh at other ppl’s manhood are often not man enough themselves and need to put others down in order to affirm their own manhood. Just shows how man he is sitting at his computer and blocking tweets!!! Bravo Starks! Is he the only player to have stood up for Roger?!!
      Ru-an Reply: Right, Veronica. I can understand that Fed was pissed off after what already happened in 2009. But why did he allow the guy to put a flag on him? He could have held him off. Same with the selfie. He could have told the guy off, but he posed for the selfie. As for Froome, he sounds like a douche but in all honesty those guys deal with much worse than tennis players. Broken bones and all kinds of crap due to the spectators running on the track.
      Veronica Reply: Coulda, shoulda, :-) Whether Roger punched the guy or not, doesn’t change the fact that the security is not up to standard :-q although I do agree Roger should have reacted tougher to the intruders. Yeah, guys like Froome have dealt with much worse than privileged tennis players fretting over a selfie! I totally get that! :-) Broken bones and crap happen in cycling, not tennis. Tennis players would be tossing and turning in their beds if you left a pea under their mattresses! :-) Ah, isn’t it great to be tough; like some cyclists; especially at “all” costs……….incredible what remarkable feats they can achieve…….. :-)
      Katyani Reply: TAKE A BOW SWEET RONNIE, TAKE A BOW. COMMENT +++ 1 :-) :-) :-) Let us all, including his fellow players and the tour management act like Roger is overreacting, until…. something real happens (touch wood that it never does). Then lets see how ashamed and sorry they are. It is so easy to judge Roger. Were they in his position?? Here in Holland we had an incident a couple of years ago. A soccermatch. The goalkeeper had his back against the goal. Suddenly a grown man a fan came up on the grass to him from behind. Maybe to hug him or touch him. The goalkeeper saw him in the last seconds and kicked him in his stomach. The referee gave him a red card !!! Which sounds maybe reasonable, but to the goalkeeper this stupid fan was a danger !!! How was he suppose to know what the fan wanted?? He also could have had a knife. That is why it is so easy to judge afterwords. Ps: The coach of the team backed up the goalkeeper and all the team left the grass TOGETHER when the goalkeeper got a red card. I was so proud of the coach and the entire team. Roger had every right to be pissed off, if something would have happened then what?? I am not Rafa’s biggest fan, but that situation last year during the final?? That man with the burning flag. My God, what if he had thrown it on Rafa?? So dangerous situation. And look… RG still hasn’t learned from it….
      Veronica Reply: Thanks for sharing about the soccer match, Kat! Well done to the team! Maybe Roger should boycott FO, eh?!! ;-) I hope the Seles incident stays fresh in everyone’s mind and tennis stays safe. I only know about the Seles incident after I became a serious Roger fan, ie 2009. Gosh! How absolutely completely heartbreaking it must have been for Seles and her fans! I read that the rivalry with Graf was coming up nicely and Seles was set to take over Graf when the tragedy happened. I cannot imagine the heartbreak, I simply cannot!! Seles was never the same although she recovered. Now just imagine if such a thing happened to Roger…….I shudder! Swallow your pride, FO security, and Just.Do.It!!
      Katyani Reply: Yep sweet girl, Roger should boycot RG next year, but… someone has to win it next year right, so Roger has to be there haha \\:D/
      Veronica Reply: Thanks Marron! Yah, actually there have been other incidents with other players as well. All the more urgent the FO security gotta clean up its act!
    1. Over all it was good first round match for Roger. Break point conversion is low, Should convert more in upcoming rounds. Good start to kick of RG. Outfit doesn’t look good. RG 2011 outfit was best i think so.
      Veronica Reply: Yes FO 2011 and Wimby 2008, the best Roger outfit of all time
      Ru-an Reply: Darth Fed baby \\m/
      Veronica Reply: Yup I would include Darth Fed as well
      Katyani Reply: In my opinion, the best is “Half Darth Fed” :-) His outfit during Rotterdam and Dubai 2012. White shorts and black shirt :-)
    1. That’s pretty funny it’s Stahkovsky who backs up Federer there. The guy who caused Fed’s greatest upset, still has the greatest respect . About the break points, I saw a few of them and Falla would play well on them. I don’t know if Fed takes them too easily, but his opponents will always aim the serve to his backhand and he’s already scrambling and the point is gone. So given his relatively poor conversion rate I think he should just run around the backhand every time. Maybe 1/5 times he will look like an idiot if the guy serves to his FH. But better than just dumping a slice BH into the net or a short ball. I have been disappointed many times the last few years with unrealistic expectations, and so even with this great draw I would not think of getting past Monfils, who for whatever reason plays out of his mind against Federer. Taht will not be a straightforward match if it happens.
      Ru-an Reply: It’s not like it’s the first time it’s happened Bharata. How many times have we seen Roger with a poor bp conversion rate early on in a tournament and improving as he goes along? He’s not supposed to peak in the first round!
      Veronica Reply: Still, Ru-an, he gotta improve on this whether first round or last round. He got to switch his mind set from “creating” bp to “converting” them. Especially if he is so used to creating lots of bp but hardly converting them, what typically happens when he meets a top player is he could only create a few and of course he blows them and then maybe later realise he has no more to spare! Ha! As Bharata said, maybe run around the bh as quite often players go there on bp. If he misses too bad. But at least you are trying something and putting some pressure on opponents.
      Ru-an Reply: That’s the way he always was. I doubt he’s gonna change that ever Veronica. I mean I agree that he should but I don’t see it happening. :-??
      Veronica Reply: Yeah, true Ru-an, don’t see him about to change either. And that’s one of the things that make me sad about Roger. Given all his talent and all that he is still capable of, in some ways, he himself is the one blocking his own path….. :-??
      Katyani Reply: Unfortunately…. very true comment….. :-(
    1. Nice post Ru-an. I have been super busy lately so haven’t commented but I read everything and am loving the new energy and diversity of the blog. Roger also said that the day before his match, three fans walked onto his practice court and approached him with no security there at all. Not cool.
      Ru-an Reply: No worries Eric. Glad you like the new blog :-bd
    1. Nice post Ru-an. I think both Roger’s and Edberg’s indifferent attitude towards the clay court season cost him last year. I remember distinctly Edberg saying something on the lines of – “”French Open may not be the highest priority for us, but with a bit of luck in the draw, Roger has a good chance at Wimbledon and US Open.” His words turned out to be so true. Losing early in Paris and coming so close to winning both USO and Wimby. Hopefully and it looks like Roger has taken the clay court season more seriously this time, and at this point although it’s better to look at one match at a time, making SF should be a good result for him, especially with the kind of draw that he has got. By the way, talking about the outfit, Roger joked in the presser about it. He said something like – ” Let’s see for how many matches I’ll be able to wear this. Hopefully it’s going to be 7 matches” $-)
      Ru-an Reply: Well, Roger wanted to be present at the birth of his twins which affected his FO prep. I seriously doubt he regrets any of it. But yeah especially after the AO result he would want to go deep at the FO and take advantage of his draw. That would put him in good stead for Wimby and the USO like you say.
    1. I have that feeling again….
      Ru-an Reply: I removed your link Fedal. I guess it hasn’t occurred to you yet that no one on this blog wants to see the thug moonballer win a 10th FO. Now you know.
      Katyani Reply: Hey Ru-an, you are right. No one wants to see Dull win a 10th RG. But if it happens… so what?? He will NEVER OUTDO Roger. Never. Ever. Having 15 GS of which 10 are RG?? Yeah right… that will definitely make him the Goat. To me, it makes Roger more the Goat. And if Dull wins a 15 GS, trust me.. 16th will NEVER come. His body is breaking down quicker. He is aging faster than others. He is getting more tired. His confidence gets up and down and the THREE most important ones: 1) His lockerroom effect is getting less and less. 2) Others are on to him on how to beat him and…. 3) Rafa and his uncle and his team ALL know very well, Roger is NOT out, it IS likely that Roger can also win another slam. I know you guys don’t want to hear this…. but I can see a Roger/Rafa-Final. Novak will not be able to stop Rafa, not even Murray. Just hope they will “tire” him out. The guy won 9 RG. He won’t give that up. Not even with such a draw. Rafa lost one match in 10 years and it looks like he has “clay” and “5-setters on clay” running through his body instead of blood. Rafa will make the final… but he won’t win it. And guys… lets not all just fear Monfils… somehow I think Jo Willy is the one to be scared off. The guy is too much under the radar and he is too quiet….
      Ru-an Reply: ‘I can see a Roger/Rafa-Final’ ‘Rafa will make the final… but he won’t win it.’ =))
      Katyani Reply: I am sorry Ru-an, I won’t underestimate Dull. Last year he also lost some clay-matches before RG and what happened?? He ended up winning RG. So you can laugh…… but I honestly see Rafa making the final. You don’t end up winning RG 9 times if you won’t find a way to get through, even with low confidence…..
      Veronica Reply: Kat, I think Ru- an is laughing at your “Rafa won’t win it…” If it is a Rafa/Roger final!
      Ru-an Reply: :-??
      Ru-an Reply: :-j
      Veronica Reply: Ok, smart guy! What ARE you laughing at?! :-)
      Ru-an Reply: I’m laughing at exactly what you said! Katyani living in her own world as usual.
      Katyani Reply: Hmm, we’ll see :-) God did not put Roger on earth to lose to Rafa all the time :-) He will beat him :-)
      FeDaL Reply: Rename the blog back to Federer/Djokovic fan blog / Nadal hate blog, and all will be well. 8-> I guess a bit of humor on this blog isn’t welcomed, unless its about bashing Nadal.
      Ru-an Reply: Come on Fedal you can do better than that. There was nothing funny about posting a photo of Nadal with the FO trophy. Not even if you worship Nadal.
      Veronica Reply: =)) Ru-an, Fedal, freaking hilarious, both of you!!!! Keep it up guys!! :-)
      FeDaL Reply: You only have the fun you make yourself :-P
      Veronica Reply: :-?? What do you mean, Fedal? You may have misunderstood me. I meant you and Ru-an had provided some really funny moments – you leaving a pic of Nadal for Ru-an to print (as if he would) with a provocative comment along with it and Ru-an maybe freaking out when he saw the pic and immediately banned it!!! Haha! Peace, Fedal. I like you despite your displeasure with some things going on here. At least you are consistent and true to your name!
      Ru-an Reply: Lol. Looks like you are enjoying the emoticons, Veronica. :-bd
      Veronica Reply: Yes! Ru-an!! One of the best things you have added in TUTB!!! They are so spot on and much more interesting than mere words!! You deserve this :-* Ru-an just for the emoticons!! :-)
      Ru-an Reply: ;;) Lol, your finger wag is still the best L-) =))
      Veronica Reply: =)) Hey! Maybe PROPHETIC, Ru-an!!! :-)
      Ru-an Reply: OK let’s make some fun then. ‘I made Bernardes and offer he couldn’t refuse. He won’t be umpiring your matches anymore. You are free to take as much time between points as you want again and no one shall interfere.’
      Gordon Reply: Haha I just read about that. Totally REDiculous, but not surprising.
    1. Take a bow Chris Froome. You got your 15 minutes of fame (something you obviously couldn’t get by doing YOUR sport). Unfortunately you had to do it over the back of the greatest (or as Stakho says the pure sport star). As if that was not enough Ru-an…. he blocked, literally blocked Fedfans !!! Seriously, how sad and how old can you be?? :-) I guess he had enough of people mistaking him for Bradley Wiggens :-) Nope, I know nothing about cycling, my collegue is just a diehard fan (he follows tennis for me, I try to follow the Tour for him). Did you see that when the kid ran up to Roger, Roger had to TELL the security to come and take him away? They were still standing. Can you believe that?? When Roger stepped out of a car in Rome to do an interview in the studio, 7 or 8 securitymen held each others hand to form a half circle so that no fan could reach him. And that was a 1000 Tour. THIS is RG. Did you guys read what the TD said? Roger was right to complain, but it was not the end of the world. Sooooooo sad of him. Will he do something when someone is stabbed?? Last year even with Rafa. Do you know HOW dangerous such a situation can be?? This was a kid. And then some people had the nerve to say Roger should have aloud him the selfie… ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? Reward him?? Actually reward him?? What if the next kid or adult or lunatic thinks, well, he did it and got away with it, so can I?? And then I read some other players were also joking about that. Well…. lets see what they will do when they have fans who run up to them. Roger could not know that he wasn’t dangerous?? SO PATHETIC, this happening again at RG. Almost want to say to Roger, please skip RG next year and let them see how “full” their stadiums will be. Also, I read a great tweet where someone was telling Froome to tell Roger in his face to “toughen up” or better yet… tell it right in Monica Seles face. Let Froome do that !!! RANT OVER. Oh wait…. not yet. Stakho, you played the perfect match at Wimby 2013, you totally deserved the win…. still… I was a bit upset that you won that day…. but take a REAL bow Sergey…. you rock :-) Oh and Ru-an and guys about the outfit… well…. the shorts should have been white or black. Now… he looks like a cupcake or a my little pony. You know what it is… Roger is ALWAYS the only one wearing something of a color. When the girls and guys are wearing green and blue, Roger is wearing yellow. When all the others are wearing red or white, Roger is wearing orange. Now… he is wearing pink and purple….but so are the boys and believe it or not… 9 different girls are also wearing pink and purple !!! Too bad Nike. That is a big no no. Atleast Berdy got it right…. damn…. his outfit looks good :-)
      Ru-an Reply: But Roger did allow him the selfie? Did you not see the photo on my blog? :-?
      Nakul Reply: Apparently the security guard deleted the selfie from the kid’s phone later.
      Ru-an Reply: Right, the security guard did.
      Jiten Reply: \\:D/ \\:D/ Hi Katyani, so Berdy has already started giving you those secrete winks? I am just wondering how the QF in Fed’s quarter would turn out to be: the war of Mini blanket VS pinkpony. It will be a matter of who can distract the other more with their new weapons. Whenever the opponent is at the net, a slight leap with these pants on would be good enough to make the other missing a volley. ~x( :D
      Katyani Reply: Haha Jiten, who could have thought that there would be a day when Berdych would be dressed better than Roger?? Can you remember last year his outfit with H&M with big big blue white flowers?? Yikes. Now look at Berdy. Sigh :-) I know Roger’s draw is easier, but is it really?? Stan the Man, dangerous Nishikori, crazy but “always playing in the zone against Roger” Monfils and Jo Willy?? That guy is wayyyy to quiet for me. Roger also faces difficulties
      Veronica Reply: :))
    1. Nadal’s draw has opened up a little with Dimitrov losing. Almagro will still be a test as will Sock if he gets that far. Djokovic still looks like a lock for the title to me.
      Ru-an Reply: Dimitrov was never a factor to begin with Ajay. You just have to look at what happened to him today to realize this.
 

Federer Most Respected and Trusted in World Along with Mandela

Federer Most Respected and Trusted in World Along with Mandela

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2011/09/Features/Federer-Mandela-Most-Respected.aspx

Someone posted this news on my blog a while ago already, but I wanted to do my own post paying tribute to Roger. This study is obviously a great tribute to Roger. He is the most respected, admired, and trusted personality in the world second only to Nelson Mandela. As a South African myself this makes me proud, since Mandela is South African and Roger is half South African himself. Roger is obviously a fantastic idol and ambassador for tennis. This study goes to prove all the haters and critics wrong once more. The angle of the haters are so fond of is that Roger is arrogant and a bad loser. They point to things like his crying after losing to Nadal at the Australian Open, the 15 he had on his jacket after winning his 15th major at Wimbledon, or to the fact that he makes ‘arrogant’ statements in the media.

They latch onto whatever criticism they can find, because it is just in the nature of humans to be jealous and despise great people. This study once again proves that these haters are miserable people and that their criticisms carry no weight. To illustrate what I mean I will use Serena Williams as an example. You probably know about Williams’ recent outburst at the US Open. In the final against Sam Stosur she shouted ‘Come on!’ in the middle of the point right after the ball left her racquet. It was after she lost the first set and she was trying to intimidate her opponent to try and get back into the match. But of course it was against the rules and the umpire awarded the point to Stosur which caused Williams to lose her serve. After this Williams kept running her mouth at the umpire, trying to intimidate and unnerve.

This all happening after Williams was defaulted in 2009 after telling a lines person that she would ‘shove a fucking tennis ball down her fucking throat’. Serena Williams provides the perfect contrast to illustrate what a class act Roger is. There has been zero controversy around Roger in his career, while Williams’ name is tainted. Roger is a class act and respects everyone around him. It is unimaginable to think that he would threaten someone with violence. Nor has he ever cheated on his wife like Tiger Woods has. He just has a very clean image which makes him the ideal role model. Why is Nadal not on the list? When I have written about the Fedal rivalry in the past I have pointed to the fact that being a top player is more than just about your results. Winning titles and trophies is just a part of the whole package.

It has always been obvious to me that for Nadal it is all about winning. For him the means justifies the end. Therefor he will use gamesmanship without fail to win. Nadal is a lot more classy than Williams. He will not break the rules to win. But he doesn’t hesitate to use unsportsmanlike conduct to secure victory. This is one of the overlooked reasons why Roger has struggled against Nadal. Roger is too classy to lower himself to the levels of bad sportsmanship. For him it is more important to have integrity as a human being than to win titles and trophies. A true Fedfan does not love Roger for the incredible records he has set as a tennis player, but for who he is. The fake fans are the ones getting off the bandwagon, now that Roger is declining and more human than in his prime. These fans were never true fans to begin with.

The true fans will stick with Roger until the bitter end because they love him as a person. It is about honesty and integrity. These are values I put a high prize on in my personal life and which Roger embodies as well. If Roger really wanted to beat Nadal he could have started to employ gamesmanship as well, but he remained true to who he was. He did not sell out. In this sense Roger and Nadal are utter opposites, which makes me feel you can’t be a serious fan of both. When it comes to human values they stand for utterly different things. Nadal stands for worldly values like fame, fortune, and fear, while Roger stand for spiritual values like truth, honesty, and love. Roger plays tennis because he loves it. It is that simple. Whatever else he gains from the sport is just a bonus. There just isn’t a better idol in sport than him.

And it doesn’t seem like there are many better idols in the world either. Of course Mandela is an extraordinary individual and it is hard to compete with what he endured. But as a sports figure Roger is certainly right at the top of the pile. We are very privileged as Fedfans. We take for granted how lucky we are when Roger isn’t winning as much as he used to. It tests our own integrity. Why did we support Roger all this time? Was it really just because he was winning? Winning is nice, but it is ultimately superficial. There are more important things in life than winning. The world is in the state it’s in because everyone wants to win. There aren’t enough of the values which Roger embody around. If good values came first and winning was just a bonus, then we would live in a drastically different world.

I salute you Roger.

Ps. Roger has withdrawn from Shanghai and I am sure it was the right decision.

Roger Federer

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    1. Hello Ruan, so nice to see a post from you even when Roger isn’t playing. Us Roger fans fell inlove with his game but it is his personal integrity on and off the court that made us Federer Fans Forever. It really is quite the honor to be the second most admired person on the planet. For the Fed haters who say he is arrogant i say remember the interviews from the past ten years of other players. Some of them are comical with their arrogance.Also when he cried, check footage of other players and you will see plenty of tears or stomping off the court. Someday Roger will retire but he will continue his Foundation work and we will be proud of him still. If you are not a Fed fan then you dont get it and quite frankly i dont care. Roger Federer is the most gifted tennis player of all and a truly wonderful man, husband, father and humanitarian. We are the luckiest fans of all.

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      Ru-an Reply: You’re welcome Susan. I also enjoy making posts when Roger is not playing. I plan on making a post about Nadal’s future soon.

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    1. Glad you´ve made this post. It´s a fabolous honor… more than any win in a tennis match! The best gift he can give his children and his family is the gift of a good name. For sure he has given them that. So proud of you Roger!

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    1. Truly a testament to Roger, how he carries himself on court and offcourt is highly respectable. I do not understand why other people calls him arrogrant just from reading his interview transcript. Some of caption capture by journalist are taken out of context. I have always enjoyed his interviews with press and comical with his dry sense of humour. There are times journalist comes up with silly/obvious question that he nips it but it does not constitute as arrogrance. He always for fairplay and never stoop himself low just to win. I liked that he has strong belief against injustice. As any human there will be outburst emotions be in tears or laughter, that makes us love him for person he is and his mastery of tennis. Win or lose, I always get excited to watch him play. Seeing him lose makes it painful but later we still see the beauty of his game. Just a thought – I liked watching Oprah and Ellen, wouldn’t it be nice to have them interview him. That would be awesome!

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    1. Listen I am a Roger fan but lets be honest the guy isn’t super-humble, when he does lose sometimes he is a bad loser. Now I am not comparing to Nadal because he has some bad characteristics during a match to do anything to win, but when he loses he isn’t a bad loser. I am a Fed Fan cause of his tennis and how he plays, but after US Open Semi, him calling Novak’s return on match point a lucky shot and criticisng how Novak plays when he was Junior with a risk strategy was pathetic. Didn’t Roger not once say to win a GS you must be aggressive and take risks, so if someone did that against you, applaud that return winner in the post conference instead of bashing the opponent’s possible mental philosophy during his junior days. I did not like Fed giving credit to Novak, but fact is he is sometimes a bad loser, he isn’t perfect and sometimes from reading your blogs Ruan, you think Fed is perfect, no1 is perfect, nuff said.

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      Ru-an Reply: Oh no i totally agree with you. I never said Roger was perfect. You made the wrong assumption. I also think what happened after the Djokovic match in his presser was being a bad loser. But which tennis player likes to lose? And don’t tell me Nadal is always a good loser. After the French Open loss in 2009 he appeared pretty bitter himself. Most great tennis players just can’t stand losing and it is one of the reasons why they are so good. Roger can be quite arrogant as well, but again it is the same for all tennis players. Nadal appears humble but it is false humility. He does it just to take pressure off himself. Again it is just a way to get that all important win. Roger is quite humble in a lot of ways. I guess it just depends on how you look at it. This is the problem. The haters will latch onto Roger’s arrogance while all tennis player are arrogant, and conveniently overlook his countless good qualities. I never claimed that Roger was enlightened, and therefor he is flawed like all humans. But overall he is a very positive role model, or he would not receive tributes like these.

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      Suhas Bharadwaj Reply: Agree with your views and he is kind of bad loser whn he loses games to guys like Joker and Rafa , but incase he loses to guys like Tsonga or Berdych or Del Potro he accepts his defeat gracefully and credits the opponent..

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      Ru-an Reply: I think he is fine losing to Nadal too, because Nadal always shows him respect. He hates losing to Djokovic however because Djokovic is arrogant and very disrespectful.

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      David C. Reply: Roger gives credit to his opponent after a loss more often than not. It’s just in some big losses he didn’t really give proper dues to the other player. As for Djokovic, Fed did credit him with great play in AO 11, last year’s USO and AO 08 (he actually played down his illness there, people should go and take a look at the presser on asapsports.com) So yes, sometimes he does appear to be a sore loser, but overall, at least up to this point, I think he is fine.

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      David C. Reply: I also want to add that to my knowledge, Fed has never blamed mono outright as the cause of his defeat at AO, 08. He has said many times that Novak played great in that match. You can see it in that post match presser, an interview after FO 08 named “why do they want to shoot me so soon” and also Fed’s quarterfinal presser at this year’s AO.

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      Ru-an Reply: Yeah it actually wasn’t that bad considering that he dislikes Djokovic. I mean he could have reacted better, but Djokovic can be such a douche that it’s hard to feel sorry for the guy.

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    1. “I did not like Fed giving NOT credit to Novak”

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      Susan Reply: There was an element of luck with that shot, just like with occasional shots other players make including Roger.No one is perfect but some are better than others and in the long haul Roger has been the best in the past years.Noles game is spectacular right now but his behavior , to me, is not. Its all a matter of taste.

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      Ru-an Reply: I didn’t like it either. He should have just accepted that the return from Djokovic was amazing and said it was too good. But instead he was in denial and chose to discredit it. No, Roger Federer is not perfect.

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    1. When I posted this I thought it caught no attention. Ru-an highlights perfectly the differences between Federer and Nadal. Two totally different personalities. ” In this sense Roger and Nadal are utter opposites, which makes me feel you can’t be a serious fan of both”. I’ve always wondered how could anyone love Federer and Nadal at the same time.

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      Susan Reply: I have respect for many players but do not love them or their game as i do Roger.

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    1. Excellent post. In a world where everyone seems to be hustling or fronting or otherwise pretending to be something they aren’t for the sake of personal gain, Federer is the rarest sort of human being: a person who is what he appears to be, and I think that is why he’s so respected and loved. He is not trying to be someone else, he’s always himself: straightforward, simple, and direct. This is bound to lead to some misunderstandings but in the long run I think people will come to understand. He’s a sportsman with a pure heart, which is rare to find in these days where sport is a multi-billion dollar corporate enterprise. He enjoys the privileges of fame and fortune but that’s not what motivates him, nor even so much the records. It’s the pure love of the game and the pursuit of excellence that drive him. These are the qualities he embodies so strongly and which make him such an iconic figure.

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      Ru-an Reply: Excellent comment as well Steve. Thanks for adding that.

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      Susan Reply: Well said Steve.

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    1. Of course Roger is not perfect—no one is. But when compared to other tennis players and their antics, he shines like a paragon of virtue. That is why his detractors hate him so much. They just can’t believe that one man can be the greatest champion in history, a kind and honorable husband and father, a calm adherent of fair play and sportsmanship, a role model for philanthropic causes, an inspiration to millions around the world, all wrapped up in a very sane, simple, and understated persona. Such an unlikely human package makes some people seethe with anger, for it’s like a mirror held up to them, exposing all the glaring flaws they do not want to see in themselves. And so, envy and schadenfreude become the last refuge of these scoundrels.

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      Ru-an Reply: ‘Such an unlikely human package makes some people seethe with anger, for it’s like a mirror held up to them, exposing all the glaring flaws they do not want to see in themselves’ Exactly.

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    1. “The true fans will stick with Roger until the bitter end”. I have to say that hearing about Federer’s withdrawal from Shanghai made me feel for the 1st time that his career is really nearing its (bitter-for-his-fans) end. The moment I realized he isn’t going to play I lost interest in the tournament. On top of that, he is probably going to finish the year at #4. It’s all kind of depressing, especially in light of this post which feels like we have started summarizing his career…

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      Ru-an Reply: I don’t see what is depressing. Skipping Shanghai is expected as this stage of his career. Why go to the east just for one event across time zones? He will have Basel and Paris to get ready for the WTF. So what if he falls to #4? It will make no difference in his GS draws. He is still better than Murray anyway. Everyone knows that. Negativity is not necessary.

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      Susan Reply: Dont worry so much TD, there will never be a bitter end for Roger.Lots of top players skipped tournaments this year due to injuries or need of rest.

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    1. Had a dream the other night, that I just had to share, cause it’s too funny. In my dream, my wife had this great date all set up, and we were on a horse and carriage going out to a fancy dinner and rode by some tennis courts and guess who I saw? Saw Roger, and I said, “Hey Roger”, and he yells back, “Hey Gary, wanna play some tennis?” I said sure, to my wifes dismay. I told her, “come on, it’s Roger Federer!!” So we played some tennis, and of course, he kicked my butt. G

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      Manu Reply: Proves that Roger ain’t human- he can even penetrate into others mind- yikes!

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      Veronica Lee Reply: You’re so funny, Gary, really liked your dream! So you’re married with a wife and all that. By your enthusiastic and cheerful posts and fanatical support for Fed, I thought you were a teenager! Keep up the enthusiasm and positivism. Ru-an, enjoyed your posts. It’s rather dull now as we Fed fans are having an off season as our “old” man needs some rest! Thanks so much for keeping us occupied and happy with off season posts, Ru-an! I became a fan rather late, 2008/9; when old man Fed started his downhill. I don’t know much about God Fed of 2003-2007. You asked us to suggest any topic for you to write about, maybe, if the rest are agreeable, write something about Fed’s glory days; 2003-2007 – what were the outstanding matches, some of his interviews, things like that. Bring us down to memory lane a bit. I need a bit of cheerfulness and fantasy in my life before I brace myself for some harsh reality come Fed’s next tournament in Basel! If there is one regret I have in my life, it is being such a late fan. Why didn’t somebody just grab me by my throat and force Fed on me in 2003-2007?!! I would have gladly suffered the strangling to witness such Godly tennis! I really envy and feel I missed SO much of Fed’s glory days. It must have been so exhilarating and ecstatic living in those glory Fed days when everything Fed touches turn to gold and winning is a given. Btw, hope you have completely recovered physically and emotionally from the horrible beat up you had, Ru-an.

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      Manu Reply: I, too was a late fan- the first tournament in which i began to seriously root for Roger was the 2009 AO. I had an instant dislike for Nadal and I was heart-broken when Federer lost. I, too never got to saw divine Federer. However, I think 2009 was one of his greatest years.

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      Ru-an Reply: Wow that’s a tough time to start following Roger. The 2009 AO was by far the lowest point for me as a fan, and I followed him from the start. I started this blog at the end of 2008, so it got a rough start as well, but at least the rest of 2009 was pretty awesome. I wouldn’t say one of the greatest years in terms of his level but winning the career slam and breaking the slam record were the biggest achievements of his career.

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      Manu Reply: It was indeed a low point. I was very sad after the final and I actually stopped following Roger until the French Open. The Madrid win against Nadal was relatively unknown to me until maybe after the French when I read your blog. I even didn’t follow the French that properly- until Nadal lost to Soderling. After then, it has been all Roger for me. As for 2009, it may not be the typical great year all the original Roger fans may be accustomed to- Roger did not sweep the year. But he certainly came back in grand style, with the Madrid-French-Wimbledon wins and then continued until the US Open. 2009 is the main reason every critic must think twice before writing Roger off.

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    1. Veronica, yes, I’ve been told I still act like a teenager at times. Just my passion for the sport I guess. I won’t tell you how old I am, but I can only wish I was that young again. G

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    1. My case is different. I played a lot of tennis at a modest amateurlevel when I was still a teenager and an early twentier. And during those years, I watched with passion – together with my friends and brothers – almost all the WImbledonmatches of Björn Borg and Jimmy Connors, Gerulaitis and others…. I was a Björn Borg fan at that moment, not so much for his playing style but for his demeanor on court. Once I passed the age of 25 years, the course of my life changed and I quit playing and lost also interest in the game. Only about a year and a half ago I got again fascinated in the game by getting to know this blog and reading the articles and comments. I adore the blog and I’m checking almost every day if anything new has been posted. I became a Federerfan by reading the comments here. I thank Ruan in particularly for all the efforts and work he is putting into it and everyone that contributes to this blog.

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      Ru-an Reply: Thanks Wilfried, that’s very nice of you to say. That’s one of the nicest comments I’ve ever gotten. I followed tennis from a very young age, and remember watching Becker winning his first Wimbledon. I also started playing at an early age. In the early days I enjoyed watching guys like Edberg, Becker, and Lendl. I was a big fan of Sampras at the beginning, but after a while got bored of his dominance. I then started cheering for the underdog Agassi. I was an even bigger fan of him than I was of Sampras. I followed him until the end, and I remember at the WTF of 2003 he ran into Roger in his first RR match and lost 7-6 in the third. He still made the final where he got properly schooled by Roger. I think this is where I first started becoming a fan of Roger. Before 2003 I wasn’t really that into Roger. I knew from the start he was a great talent, but he wasn’t really doing anything big. It looked like he would be another waste of talent. But that 2003 WTF win against Agassi was where I really ‘noticed’ him for the first time. I was still a fan of Agassi until 2006 when he retired, but I was a fan of Roger at the same time. And then I started this blog at the end of 2008 when I was done with playing tennis. So I would say I became a more and more serious tennis fan all the time, until I started following Roger and it became almost like a religion. I love watching his matches and analyzing it afterwards. I like analyzing stuff, especially tennis since it comes so easily for me. I hope to keep this blog going for a long time still and I will soon make some more posts. Stay tuned. Ps. When I get comments like these it motivates me to write more.

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      veronica Reply: Thanks Wilfried and Ru-an on sharing your story on how/when you became a Fed fan. I love your stories. I would love to hear from the others as well, (calling Steve, Neil, Gary, Andrew, Ines, etc etc etc)their stories on becoming a Fedfanatic. Drop a line. I will be really looking forward and waiting in great anticipation to hear everyone’s own unique story! Hey! this could be a separate post by itself! – “How ______ (fill in name) became a Fed fanatic”!

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      Ru-an Reply: That’s a very good idea. Post coming up :-) Thanks Veronica!

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    1. Some of my tennis buddies told me to come on this site. Some loved, it some hated. some of them r fed, nole, rafa and roddick fans so I decided, to check it out. I’ve read through quite a few of your post even a year or two back, sometimes I have to say you have some interesting stuff to say, other times not so much. But the one underlining thing i see in alot of your post is your hatred for nadal. It’s a bit like an OCD. The subject is rafa and you feel threatened by him and you want to convince yourself everything he does is bad, wrong not right. Hey i understand you don’t like him, some of my friends don’t like him either. But your hate for him seems to run so deep for him that you step out of reality. But the truth is his existence seems to hurt you and all the times he’s won or beaten Roger, it seems as if your worried he’s a better player than Roger or you believe he’ll tarnish rog legacy or something? You see rog and rafa are both legends, both r greats of the game, rog nor rafa r better than one another but they r as good as bjorn, Pete and rod. The need to call nadal a drug cheat, fake humility, he grunts to put off his opponent, cheat etc…. Is just sad. Focus on Roger, he’s a great player on and off the court, yes he can be a sore loser, arrogant but so be it. Nadal is just as great on and a little better off the court and you know what he isn’t arrogant and he is humble and lives at home with his parents and sister not seeking fame, he’s not the devil ruan, he’s a human being and after talking to some ATP officials at Wimbledon he’s as nice and generous as they come. Leave the man alone Ruan, he’s as great as they come, fight the obsession , focus on Roger.

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      Ru-an Reply: I don’t hate Nadal. I hate the tennis player. Off court he is a very nice guy and have no problem with him.

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      Manu Reply: True- Nadal the tennis player is an animal. But I think it the on-court behaviour that usually determines the behaviour. Since we don’t know them personally, I think on-court behaviour helps us more than interviews. I mean, everyone usually says the same thing in interviews- designed to please the reporters, fans and the media-irrespective of whether it is their real thought. On-court, however, during a pressure point, whether you play it safe or play for winning, or use gamesmanship or not, is actually sort of the true character the player has.

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      Ru-an Reply: True, the real person comes out under pressure.

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    1. Yes, Ru-an’s “hatred” of Nadal is apparent but as he explained, it’s his on-court behaviour more than anything else. Also, a true fan would always be very partisan of his/her favourite and can sometimes view other players very unfavourably. But this is a blog and Ru-an calls it “Ru-an’s FEDERER blog”, so you gotta expect things like this. Yet, Ru-an doesn’t exactly put Fed on a pedestal (he is one of Fed’s harshest critics) nor bash up other players like some other blogs do. I’m quite sure if you go to Rafa blogs, you would find similar “hatred” for Fed. You should read some of the articles Vee Jay on Bleacher report writes on Fed – complete bias hatred with very few facts. Although Ru-an is biased, he is actually quite factual and he is honest, with a touch of naivety/childlikeness which I find refreshing/appealing especially in today’s world where there is so much manufactured sophistication and too much overdone. Ru-an sometimes wears his heart on his sleeves, (which I admire) but he doesn’t do it for attention’s or sensation’s sakes. I read other Fed blogs too but this blog is my favourite as Ru-an has captured a very good balance between serious and fun, objective and bias, analytical and informative. Not forgetting the unique characters of regular contributors like Neil, Nelson, Steve, Ines, Manu, Susan, Gary, Andrew (Hey man! where are you? Long time no hear from you, etc, etc which makes this a very very looked forward to and treasured blog for all of us Fed fans. I rarely comment actually, too busy. But it is nice you come here and read although you maybe not a total Fed fan. It is always nice to have other fans coming in and have a wide readership.

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      Ru-an Reply: Andrew joined our Fedfamily on twitter. He no longer comments here.

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      Ru-an Reply: Just read this properly Veronica. It seems you know me pretty well ;-) Thanks for the nice comment!

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      Veronica Lee Reply: Lol! You’re welcome Ru-an! From reading your blogs, I get to know a little bit of who you are. I’m quite good in reading a person’s character (face to face) and haven’t been wrong 99 percent of the time. It’s an in-born thing and became more pronounced as I opened my heart to God. I can pick up messages in a person’s spirit which are not communicated and which they themselves are not even aware of sometimes. I used to try to ignore these pick ups I have and push them away but they have proven to be very accurate everytime so I learn to pay more attention to it. It is very humbling and helps me to understand and accept people more and at the same time, teaches me a lot about myself.

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      Ru-an Reply: Well I think you did a very good job of summing up my writing style, and of course the person I am comes through in my writing. That is a very interesting ability that you have to know other people. There is an enlightened guy who can enter other people’s focal point of awareness and he just calls it love. It is almost like becoming one with another person, because enlightened people do not identify with a their body. They identify with the entire universe as their body, in which case other people’s bodies are just as much their body as their own body is. It seems you have this skill as well, and that you are quite spiritually evolved. When you are able to enter other people’s focal point of awareness like you do then you realize that all are equal and one. Agree or not?

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      veronica Reply: Hm… Ru-an, this warrants and deserves a more detailed and thoughtful discussion but more or less I agree with you although not exactly as how you understand it. To put it simplistically, I’m just able to pick up the “real” intentions of people I relate to although they may communicate differently from their intentions. Once I know this, there is a tendency to judge or withdraw from them if I sense that the intentions are not good. But then the awareness comes in that we are all human and we are not perfect (although we must be on a journey of perfection; otherwise we don’t “grow” well) and because of that, I accept the other person as he/she is. When they sense sincere acceptance from me, they let down their defences and a good relationship has a chance to develop. Doing that, I also learn to accept my own faults and at the end of the day, as you say, we are all created equal – equally capable of good and evil. Having said all that, it doesn’t mean when I accept people, I agree with their values or their behaviour. I have strong values of good and bad and I don’t compromise. But accepting others means they are loved just as they are. When people are assurred that they are loved and accepted just as they are, it frees them to want to change and be a better person themselves. I can’t force people to change but I lovingly help them realise that they need to change;eventhough they may have hurt me terribly. I’m not saying it is the answer to the world’s problems but it has worked in my life and it comes with suffering. But suffering is never negative, never in vain. It builds character, deeper unconditional love for God, for myself, for others; it brings enlightenment, joy, revelations, etc etc. I wouldn’t trade any of my sufferings for anything easier. I learnt the most, gained the most, grew the most, in my sufferings. Thank God for them, I am who I am today. Again, having said all that, I am no better than the next person. I am just more aware.

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      Ru-an Reply: Agree completely about suffering. I have suffered immensely in my life and has brought depth to me. Pain wakes up and pleasure puts to sleep. Everyone I know who has a certain about of depth to them has invariably suffered a lot in their lives. There is no substitute.

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      veronica Reply: LOL “pleasure puts to sleep”! I like that! and “pain wakes up” – so very true. Who quoted this?

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      Ru-an Reply: Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj – the Real Deal.

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    1. …..The true fans will stick with Roger until the bitter end because they love him as a person. It is about honesty and integrity….. so true, being his fans i learn a lot about Gratitude and Respect.

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    1. Extremely nice post Ruan.. :-) I am ardent fan of Roger.. and I keep on reading your each blog so many times, Roger is definetley BEST as a player..no doubt.. but he is BESTEST :-) human being.. and I really salute him for the example that he has set ..truely unmatched ever ..ever
 

Federer Into Dubai Quarter Finals After Trademark Verdasco Collapse

Federer Into Dubai Quarter Finals After Trademark Verdasco Collapse

Only Verdasco is capable of going 4-1 up and then losing 20 straight points to drop the first set 4-6. That is why is nickname is Fiasco. That must be some kind of record because in my entire tennis watching career I have never seen that happen. No doubt Roger played some terrific tennis himself, but losing 20 straight points is very hard to do against anyone no matter how well they are playing. Especially if you were bossing the match until 4-1. Just unbelievable. This match epitomized everything Verdasco is about. In the first five games he was dominating someone who is by many considered to be the GOAT. Yet from there on he just inexplicably falls apart completely. As far as talent goes he has enough to be the GOAT himself.

But mentally he is probably the weakest player on the entire ATP Tour. He’s got stiff competition from guys like Gasquet, Anderson, and Berdych, but Verdasco may be at the top of that list. He is also the most talented of all those players. The first five games were just unbelievable to watch. Even as a Fedfan I enjoyed it. In the second set Verdasco got broken in the opening game again but then broke right back and held serve to take a 2-1 lead. I was kind of happy because I wanted to see a good match, but Verdasco just disappeared yet again and only won one more game in the match. It was nice to see Roger playing well again and I am definitely not complaining, but it is sad to see a talent like Verdasco’s go to waste like that.

Who would ever forget that semi-final epic he played against Nadal in Melbourne where he put up a better score than Roger in the fifth set. And yet that is still the best result of his entire career. With the amount of talent he has the sky is the limit, but he is just the biggest nutcase I have ever seen on the professional tour. But enough of Verdasco. Roger’s good form from the first round continued right on which was good to see. He now plays against another choker Gasquet who he leads 13-2 in the head-to-head. Gasquet had a good win himself over Bautista Agut who he beat 8-6 in the third set breaker. Having seen Roger’s form I just can’t see Gasquet beating him, but we will see. Murray also had an impressive 6-0, 6-2 win over Sousa.

Boom

He now plays rising star Coric who made the best of the fact that he got into the main draw as a lucky loser. That should be interesting but surely Murray will win. I’d love to see a Fedray semi anyway after what happened in London. In the top half Djokovic is still looking like the man to beat after destroying Golubev. In Buenos Aires Nadal also progressed after bageling an Argentine dirt baller and looks good for the title for now. Finally in Acapulco third seed Dimitrov was upset by Harrison as he got bageled in the final set and did another epic racquet smash which I posted in the comments of my last post. So in the end Roger is still looking in fine form and it looks like he will make at least semis here!

 

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31 Comments

    1. What ever happened to that big mouth rich kid with the weird but powerful ground strokes? I can’t remember his name for some reason but haven’t heard anything from him since he beat roger last year. Know who I’m talking about? Easter European with the billionaire daddy?

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      Ru-an Reply:

      Lol. Gulbis. The guy with the ugliest fh of all time.

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      Katyani Reply:

      Gulbis better not vanish from the face of the earth. We still have to revenge our loss :-)

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    1. YES!! That’s him. Is he injured or did he just fall off the face of the earth or something? Btw, speaking of Fiasco ( love that ) he is only an inch taller than us and is ripped at 195. When I saw him in person he didn’t look that big but definitely in great shape.

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      Ru-an Reply:

      Well he is #14 in the world so he didn’t exactly fall off the face of the earth. He lost early in Dubai to Istomin though. Yeah Verdasco is very muscular though. He puts in a lot of hours in the gym.

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      Ru-an Reply:

      How much do you think this guy weighs? Just take a wild guess.

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      Eric Reply:

      165. That’s you!!

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      Eric Reply:

      Hard to tell but I would guess he’s a few inches shorter than us and about 175 or so. Small frame but big chest.

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      Ru-an Reply:

      I don’t have his height but yeah he is shorter than us. He weighs 167 lbs in this picture, and you wouldn’t think it. You got pretty close though.

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      Ru-an Reply:

      Ha I wish.

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      eric Reply:

      That is pretty much the ideal body. Lean and mean. Gotta go to sleep but will check out built lean in the morning. I assume some kind of exercise program. Curious.

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      Ru-an Reply:

      Well from the sound of it you are already on your way to that body! That is the website I used to drop 25 pounds. Marc Perry is great and you will find a wealth of info there about workouts and diet. You can buy a program there but I just used the free info. If you are disciplined you don’t need anything else. Once I get out of here I’m gonna get back in the gym myself and start building muscle again. I guess the point I wanted to make with that picture is that muscle takes up four times less space than fat, and most people are in denial about how much fat they carry. When I weighed 190 lbs I thought I was in ok shape. It was only when I lost 25 pounds that I realized I was fat! If I look at before and after pictures now there is a huge difference. My face looked all fat in comparison to now. Even now I can still probably drop another 10 pounds of fat, but I’m not gonna bother. I’m just gonna head straight into building muscle again when I get the chance.

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      Katyani Reply:

      Hey Ru-an, got any of those 2 pictures above of our Roger?? You know, for girls like Elizabeth and me and… well every girl else here?? :-) :-) Hmm, Dolores, I think you would also like it :-)

      Ps: “Rafa-beater” is giving Murray a hard time :-)

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      Ru-an Reply:

      Here you go lol.

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      Katyani Reply:

      Haha thanks Ru-an. You know… me personally I don’t like when men have hairy chest, but my God, on Roger it looks amazing :-)

      Ps: Roger, dude… can you atleast act like you have a 6pack underneath all that hair?? :-)

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      Katyani Reply:

      Ps: Ronnie, if these pics of Roger don’t bring you back here, then I don’t know what will :-) #missingyoualotsweety

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      Ru-an Reply:

      Yeah Ronnie is scarce these days. But she has more important things to attend to.

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      Eric Reply:

      He really just has an average body. That’s pretty incredible for one of the greatest athletes of all time. Amazing, really. Next to Nadal or Murray, berdych, Verdasco, Dimitrov, etc you would never guess that Roger was the premier athlete.

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      Ru-an Reply:

      Well he’s still a great athlete. He is just not very ripped or big in his upper body. In tennis you don’t need much muscle there. It’s more about timing and rhythm than power. And Roger is so talented that he can get away with it, but he has been overpowered in the past by Nadal, Berdych, Del Potro, etc. Djokovic and Murray doesn’t hit big enough to overpower him.

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    1. Ru-an, nice to see you’re feeling more positive about Federer. One bad match isn’t the end of the world. If he has another early loss, then we can start worrying but so far it seems he’s in good form. I think the only issues to worry about are if he gets injured or sick, and so far, he’s neither.

      In 2013, he had a letdown after the heroic exertions of 2012, and even before he tweaked his back at IW he was already having issues with his consistency. I think he was just so drained physically from playing for so long at such a high level that he simply couldn’t maintain a high standard, especially after his grueling match with Murray at AO.

      This year, he has the new racket, which should prevent him from wearing himself out so readily, since it allows him to penetrate the court more easily and gives him more margin when he goes on defense. And he is aware of the need to use his all-court tactics to close down the net and finish points quickly in order to preserve his body.

      To be honest, I’m paranoid that it’s been a little bit too easy so far. He’s faced opponents with aggressive, low-margin games but little consistency. Youzhny faded, both mentally and physically, after he dropped serve. However, Federer did say he was making a conscious effort to play aggressively in Dubai and take advantage of the speed of the court, rather than playing it safe which he felt cost him against Seppi.

      Verdasco also started great and tried to smack winners off of every shot, but couldn’t sustain it. It is a little worrying that Federer fell behind early, but that could be due to Verdasco’s overwhelming Federer at the beginning with his raw hitting power. The important thing is that Federer took advantage when Verdasco’s level dropped. Of course once Verdasco was broken back, it took the wind out of his sails and he melted down completely.

      It would have been nice had Gasquet lasted more than one set. Now there’s a small danger of Federer’s going into the semis underdone. Then again, I do remember his winning Cincinnati in ’10 playing only three matches (his first two opponents pulled out with injury) so it is possible for him to win without much court time. But given that Djokovic is the likely opponent should he get past Coric, I’d have preferred it if he’d played a more consistent player with strong defense so that he could get used to the long rallies. Then again, he’s played Djokovic close to 40 times so it’s not like he’s going up against an unknown opponent.

      Don’t know much about Coric, but I don’t think he has a lot of weapons. Against a player like Federer who plays so aggressively and takes away the opponent’s time, pure defense and footspeed won’t get the job done on such a fast court. It’s only when Federer is off his game and spraying lots of errors that a strong defense can stop him here. So far his game seems to be well-balanced, he’s playing quite aggressively but not making a lot of errors–although as I said, he’s not really been tested in the rallies.

      C’mon Roger!

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    1. Nice gutsy match from Ryan Harrison tonight against Dr Evo. Maybe Ryan is finally ready to live up to his potential. Nice playing, especially in the TB’s against a tough opponent – and – it’s a follow up to bageling Dimitrov. Hell of a week for him.

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    1. Anyone watching Novak vs Berdych?? After Berdy got bageled in the 1st set, he won the 2nd one. Go Berdy. You may end up losing (or winning !!), but respect for you :-)

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      Katyani Reply:

      Ahh too bad, Tomas lost, but he tried. Lost 15 or 17 times to Novak, got bageled and still believed. Taking my hat off for you Berdy.
      Come on Roger, now it is our time :-)
      Ps: Roger, please don’t fall for Novak’s acting…

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      Ru-an Reply:

      Yeah Berdy doesn’t have the X factor. I think you are overreacting as usual about the acting thing. I’d be very surprised if there is any acting and if Roger falls for it again he is really stupid.

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      steve Reply:

      Well, either way, the final was going to be a revenge match for Federer’s opponent, since he beat both Berdych and Djokovic last year.

      It’s better that it’s Djokovic. The only time they’ve met in the final here was ’11, when Djokovic was nigh-unbeatable and Federer was struggling to raise his game under Annacone’s tutelage, and Federer lost badly. Let’s hope our man can put up a better fight this time. And it would be nice to improve his finals record against Djokovic, for whatever reason he hasn’t done too well in title fights with the Serb.

      Don’t know how he will come out tomorrow. He’s looked great so far, but Djokovic is a whole other kettle of fish from the guys Federer’s dispatched so easily. And Djokovic has been tested, while Federer hasn’t really.

      It would be huge for Federer to defend this title. He defended Halle last year, but after all he was able to win there during one of the worst years of his career, so that defense is not as significant as this one would be. Hope he can rise to the occasion.

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      Albert Reply:

      Federer into the final again in his first tournament back from losing to Seppi… I’m not sure it’s fair to say he hasn’t been tested. He beat experienced veterans Youzhny and Verdasco, and Verdasco was up a break against him before things turned around. Then he beat Coric, the talented youngster. Even though Fed hasn’t been stretched to three sets, I think he must be feeling confident, and perhaps most importantly, fresh and full of energy for the final.

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    1. No, you are right Ru-an, Novak didn’t act this time that much. He doesn’t need to. That role is now beeing played by Boris Becker :-) Wow, is Boris serious?? Can anybody PLEASE tell him that he is the coach of the world nr 1 and not the coach of the world nr 250 or 500?? The way he is soooo nervous for Novak’s matches all throughout, I am thinking, get real man, you will give yourself a heartattack. Have faith in your “student”. Even the Great Uncle Toni doesn’t act so nervous during Rafa’s matches.

      Ru-an, did you see the match?? The 1st set Novak bageled Berdych. Novak played AMAZING. But… he did play like Roger. Very attacking and coming all the time to the net. I think Boris and Novak have studied the Shanghai match over and over again :-) Which is why I think it will be difficult for Roger to win, because Novak is kind of playing like him. But I really believe Roger will find a way and win.
      And Novak beeing mentally tired after the Berdych match is nonsense. Ofcourse he will come out perfectly fine…
      Come on Roger, you can do this. Dubai is yours !!!

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      Ru-an Reply:

      Who said Novak is mentally tired? If anything he is mentally ready after the Birdshit match.

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      Katyani Reply:

      The commies of Sky Sport said it after the match ended when Novak walked to the net for the handshake…

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      Ru-an Reply:

      And you believe them why?

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Federer Fanatics vs Tennis Fanatics

Federer Fanatics vs Tennis Fanatics

 

  • What is a Federer Fanatic?

A Federer fanatic(or Fedfanatic) is someone who specializes in following the career of one specific player(Roger Federer) to the exclusion of everyone else. They prefer his playing style and personality above anyone else’s. They don’t care much for whether other players are also great or whether they are stronger in certain areas than Federer. For all they care Federer is the greatest in all areas and any flaw he might have could be explained away and justified somehow.

Federer is the embodiment of perfection. He truly is love and life. Nothing comes close. The head-to-head problem with Nadal is purely due to a matchup issue and, therefore, can’t be used against him in the GOAT debate. The 2004-2007 era that Federer dominated was as strong as any era and Federer only started losing to Nadal and Djokovic after that because he was in terminal decline. It is wrong to want Federer to lose. That means you have poor judgment.

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Anyone with a decent set of moral values and logic will always want Federer to win. He is the ultimate in tennis and when he retires I will lose interest in tennis because anything else will be an anti-climax. In short, Federer is tennis and when he retires tennis will be dead and I will be devastated. I just hope and pray Federer wins one more slam before he retires(preferably a record 8th Wimby) so that he can go out on a high and I can have my fairy tale ending in which case his retirement will be easier for me.

It’s all about me.

  • What is a Tennis Fanatic?

A tennis fanatic loves tennis first and foremost. He knows no player is bigger than the sport, no matter how great they may be. Tennis players are transient while tennis remains. This person is adaptable as far as being a tennis fan goes. He can appreciate different styles and personalities in tennis. He may like some more than others, but even if he doesn’t like some he can still appreciate their strengths. He is not beyond having favorites. After all, as long as we are human we have our likes and dislikes.

That said, he doesn’t get hung up on any given player. He knows players are transient and that there will always be someone whose game he can enjoy and who he can identify with. Don’t confuse a tennis fanatic with a ‘glory hunter’. That infamous term is reserved for fans who always want more no matter how good it gets. They want perfection, even though all logic points to the fact that there is no such thing in the manifest world. A tennis fanatic enjoys both the ups and the downs.

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They know it’s part of the sport and they don’t expect perfection. They live in the moment and appreciate everything. They don’t get stuck in the past or get attached to a future outcome. They are adaptable and therefore if they don’t like the present moment they change it. They are more concerned about a player’s tennis and on-court personality than with the player’s private life away from tennis. This is something called celebrity worship and a tennis fanatic wants nothing to do with it.

It’s all about tennis.

  • Which Are You?

Remember there is no judgment here. You are what you are. I just wanted to make a clear distinction between a Fedfanatic and a tennis fanatic in this post and I wanted to find out what kind of people read my blog.

Which kind of fan are you?

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The is in your court.

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122 Comments

    1. I like Federer and tennis as equal. I accept Federer’s best days are over. There’s no other players come even close matching fed’s playing style and has had the results to back it up. Prior Federer my favorite player is Agassi. My 2nd favourite player on the tour now is the other Swiss man Stan Wawrinka. He has a devasting one handed back hand even Fed cannot match. His problem is inconsistency. Djokovic is the best player in the last 3 years that’s for sure. However,he is not Federer or Stan. I would be interested to watch Djokovic play against any of these 2 players. I wouldn’t care less a final featuring Djokovic versus Andy Murray – I find it rather boring to watch. Nadal, though is not my favourite, has a interesting style of play. I hope he continues to play but not surpassing Fed’s 17 GS. Nygrios has a big game but larger than life attitude. He can be annoying at times. Nishikori doesn’t have the serve to win titles consistently. Dimitrov’s commitment to tennis is questionable. Roanic …yawn. Milic..yawn. In other words, none of the next generation players impress me

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    1. Hi Ru-an I’m truly sorry that now you feel the need to make someone almost feel embarrassed to be a ‘Fedfan’. I started to like Fed when I saw him beat Sampras at Wimbledon….Sampras a great player but I never enjoyed his matches, Federer brought some excitement back into tennis. At this point I feel the need to add that I was a tennis fan when Roger Federer was but a twinkle in his Father’s eye! Nadal without a doubt has been a great player although it has always been win at all costs, we all know all about mind games so eloquently written about by yourself. Djokovic too another great player and deserves all the plaudits he gets, he played a blinder at Wimbledon. But for me Novak has pulled so many dodgy things in the past for me to be a fan, when Karlovic had the double bounce it was said an honest Djokovic would have owned up too bad for Andy Murray that Djo thought it was ok to hit the ball on the other side of the net at Miami I think. I know Djo plays good tennis but for me just predictable. Looking forward to the ‘new batch’ coming through!

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      jason Reply: The new batch looks pretty hopeless. I guess after 2+ decades of brilliance, we must brace for a kind of mediocre time. We better enjoy the brilliance that is still with us now. Djokovic is also a large part of this brilliant era. He has always shown promise, even during his defeat at AO 2007 — the first time I saw him play. So was the case w/ Murray. The incoming batch is presenting us w/ the likes of Kyrgios, whom I suspect will be Monfils’ successor or in a more favorable case, like Tsonga — a great player, but not the champion type we have now. Not holding much hope for this.

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    1. Hi Ruan, I think you have clearly missed something with this post. You of all people should understand that almost everyone is going to have their favorites who they will follow. So actually there needs to be a third category here because I am neither a tennis fanatic or a Federer fanatic. At the same time I am not a tennis fanatic. If Federer is not playing in a tournament still, unless its a final or Djokovic or Nadal are playing a dark horse I won’t watch it. I think clearly there is room for one more category and I think that is where most ardent tennis fans will fall on.

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      Ru-an Reply: Well done. You have passed the test of leaving a comment asking for a third option instead of blindly going for the first option. I guess you could say it was a kind of trap. Not that I am trying to trap my readers, but if you went for the first option you are obviously extremely biased and I can’t say that I consider you to be a true tennis fan. I purposely did not add a third option even though I thought about it. I wanted people to make a clear choice or alternatively leave a comment like you did. Obviously I consider myself to be a tennis fanatic and I think that is a way more balanced and healthy way to follow tennis, but each to their own.

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    1. It’s a bare fact that 95% of Fedfans are also Fed-fanatics. The transition from Fed-fanatic to a tennis-fanatic is huge, and I’m glad that you made me realize the difference over the course of the past year after I started reading your blog. Nobody could have explained the concepts better than you did. I strongly feel that you have to particularly keep this post as a prerequisite read for any new followers so that they get a clear idea what they’re getting into in terms of content and opinions.

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      Ru-an Reply: Good points Nakul. It’s funny but even when I was a biased Fedfan myself I never liked Federer’s fanbase. They didn’t like it when I criticized Federer or praised his rivals. Just way too fanatical and one-dimensional. And yes the transition is massive. A tennis fanatic and a Fedfanatic has almost nothing in common, other than the fact that they both watch tennis(not always sure with Fedfans sometimes I think they watch Federer not tennis). I’m glad you could make the jump. I don’t think the hardcore Fedfanatics have any hope of doing so, but surely there are many Fedfans who love tennis enough to make the jump, and I want to help them make it. I think it’s great that you could do it and that I helped you. Now you won’t be devastated when Federer retires and you can appreciate the great things going on in tennis right now. Congrats! :-) Good idea about making new readers read this post, but as far as the fanatics go I don’t think they will ever get the message. I guess they are glory hunters and misery hunters :-P

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      Ru-an Reply: Btw if anyone was still wondering what a Fedfanatic was here is a peRFect example =)) http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=672625

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      Nakul Reply: Haha. I saw it when you tweeted the same. Stopped reading at-” I quit watching the sport.”. I knew the rest would be BS as well. %-( P.S. It might be a good idea to include the link within the post

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      Ru-an Reply: Exactly =)) Why waste your time? :-??

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      Ru-an Reply: Perfect response =)) http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=30569121&postcount=9

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      Charlie Reply: Wow, that was the most BS post I have ever seen on a tennis forum/blog and I have a lot of experience with Talk Tennis. What an idiot on MTF! I consider myself a tennis fanatic now and I list my top three favourites as Federer, Hewitt (strictly sentimental due to his age) and then Djokovic. But I don’t feel the same fanaticism I felt a few years ago. If this match had happened in 2012 or 2013 I would have felt terrible for days about it. When it happened I just thought: “Djokovic played better and deserved to win and he was very clutch, and both players played well.” I still prefer to see Federer win but I don’t let it ruin my day if he doesn’t. The only players I genuinely dislike now are Nadal and (sorry Ru-an) Kyrgios. Enjoy the US Open Series everyone regardless of who you choose to support.

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      Ru-an Reply: Don’t be sorry. I like Kyrgios as much as I dislike him. And it’s great to see tennis fans like you around here. Actually as recently as the 2014 USO it still hit me hard when Federer lost. But that’s an unhealthy way of being a tennis fan like in the first option. That guy o MTF is clearly in denial lol. Not healthy.

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      Charlie Reply: Yeah there’s sort of a scale of fanaticism in my book: Doesn’t really care much who wins (fairly boring way to watch tennis IMO but to each his own) Has his/her favourites but doesn’t let it ruin his/her day (best way to watch tennis IMO) Very fanatical about a player or players and refuses to accept any kind of criticism of their player(s) or any things that other players might do better (the kind of FedFan in your post, that guy on MTF and the vast majority of tennis fans on major forums such as MTF and Talk Tennis, along with specific fan blogs and websites). I really find it annoying to deal with those kind of people. No matter what kind of logic you present to them. There were people after the AO on Talk Tennis talking about the possibility of a Djokovic CYGS. Since when is CYGS likely after one slam? After two slams I can kind of see the argument for beginning to discuss it but after one is just ridiculous. Also on Talk Tennis more recently after the Wimbledon final there are people saying Federer, Murray and Nadal are completely washed up and they were talking about (wait for it): THE POSSIBILITY OF DJOKOVIC WINNING THE NEXT SEVEN SLAMS IN A ROW FOR A NCYGS FOLLOWED BY A CYGS! I don’t think I need to say any more about that kind of fanaticism now. To be honest part of the reason Federer’s losses don’t really hurt as much is if you think about it, he is not supposed to win. He has no right to play as well as he does at almost 34, it’s almost unprecedented outside of three players (off the top of my head: Agassi, Rosewall and Connors). If he were to win an 18th slam before he retires I would be the first to congratulate him and would be very happy with the result, but at the same time if it doesn’t happen it’s not a huge deal and I don’t waste my time worrying about it constantly unlike some insecure fans of specific players (not just Federer).

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      Charlie Reply: Just to prove my point further of how you have to appreciate good performances, here are four video highlights of some of the greatest Wimbledon finals of the last 10 years: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTKkLhO5TQI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1yfWb0-jqQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3zeh8xJxvY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3HMq4K3ZX8 The four true epic Wimbledon finals of the last 10 years, enjoy.

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      Ru-an Reply: Yes, there should be a balance between fanaticism and not caring at all. Federer is still spoiling his fans at his age but, of course, the fanatics don’t realize it. They want #18 and won’t be satisfied with anything less.

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      Charlie Reply: Yeah for me my attitude to #18 is it would be great and I would love to see it, but the real ‘fairytale win’ was Wimbledon 2012. FedFans should have been satistfied with that, as it effectively elevated him above everyone because he showed he could succeed at an advanced age and after many setbacks. Thinking that a second farewell victory is required of Roger is absurd. Yes it would be great but it’s not necessary. Many players don’t even get one final win. Borg didn’t and neither did McEnroe. Some players such as Connors and Sampras managed one final win (’82 Wimbledon and ’02 USO respectively) but I would struggle to name anyone who got two farewell victories.

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      Ru-an Reply: Right, Charlie. In fact, there have already been three encores since Fed’s prime. The one from 2009-2010 AO, The one in 2012, and the one in 2014-present. Fedfans are a spoiled bunch which is why they always want more. It may be better for them if Fed does not win another slam so that they can be reminded that they can’t always have what they want. Life doesn’t work that way.

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    1. I didn’t vote because I guess I kind of fall somewhere in-between. It was because of Roger that I discovered the sport, but I will still enjoy watching tennis after he retires. But that is mostly because there are other interesting players like Stan, Nole, Murray, Nadal. When these guys are gone I will probably still watch tennis, but it just won’t be the same. Hopefully the newer generations will bring interesting players and great rivalries, but right now it looks very disappointing.

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      Ru-an Reply: You are one of the guys I certainly don’t count as a fanatic BE. Anyone that voted for the first option is a fanatic because I purposely made the views very extreme. If someone is not a fanatic they don’t have to vote or they can leave a comment like you did. I’m sure a Fedfan like you can identify with some of the views of the first option which is fine with me. But to fully identify yourself with the first option by voting for it shows unashamed bias. And again, that’s fine by me. But it’s not what this blog is about. As for the generation after Djokovic and Murray it does seem like there isn’t a lot of promise right now but the same can be said for the post-Sampras/Agassi transitional era when Hewitt was #1 for 2 years. And then came the big four. There is always someone new.

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      Bjorn Eirik Reply: I viewed results from the vote, and I’m surprised to see so many still went for the first option after you made the definition sound so extreme. I guess I’m beginning to understand what you have to deal with on this blog, and why you’ve been so hard on Fednatics.

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      Ru-an Reply: The first option is obviously sheer nonsense and I’m just as surprised as you people went for it. It was supposed to be a joke, but it seems people actually took it seriously :)) If someone told me that was me I would find it extremely offensive.

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      jason Reply: Quite founded concern we have here, BE. If we look at the currently active players, the youngest GS winner is 27 yrs old now (Del Potro). All the players we consider realistic contenders for a GS are 28 or older. Prime age for tennis is normally 23-27…and none in this age bracket has a realistic chance to win a GS. The prospects of the future successor of tennis look bleak indeed. We better savor what we have now.

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      Bjorn Eirik Reply: You’re right, better make the most of it while it lasts. These younger players have big shoes to fill and it’s probably unreasonable to expect them to live up to all the hype. But like Ru-an said, someone will come along eventually. And speaking of Del Potro, it’s a pity he’s struggling with injuries. He was one of those few that could really push the best players. Hope he can make a comeback.

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      Ru-an Reply: We already have guys like Kyrgios, Coric, Kokkinakis, Rublev, and Thiem coming through. They are still young and will improve a lot. The generation of Raonic, Nishikori, Tomic, and Dimitrov are not that great but also due to how good the big four is.

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    1. Ru-an, This post and the surrounding discussion is like an interesting sociology experiment. I’m surprised there are these kinds of fans (unashamed!) willing to admit this extreme loyalty. Although I suspect some readers could say you’re mocking these kinds of fans (Fedheads), there’s an almost surreal clarification here. Again, I’m surprised. And a little disappointed. There is so much more to the sport than Roger Federer. Incredible. I wrote about this a while ago, contrasting the “homer fan” with what I call a “mercenary sports fan.” The later is term I got from a radio host but I expanded upon it. My approach (perspective) is almost identical to yours. I argue that a fan who is not so invested in his/her team (or tennis player) becomes a better fan of the sport, of his/her team, too, but is less vulnerable to that inevitable misery, or, as you have said, “glory hunting.” Be more of a student of the entire sport. Granted, we do appreciate rooting for favorites. That’s important, of course. But you can’t lose the bigger picture. The more you know of the sport, the traditions, the great battles and characters of the past, the more you’ll actually appreciate your own. The Federer love is ridiculous. You nailed it. It’s more about celebrity than tennis. I’m afraid Federer would be pretty disappointed in the results of your poll, in this superficial deification.

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      Ru-an Reply: Thanks, Matt. I don’t know about Fed. Whereas I think for sure he would think that first option is ridiculous and be surprised that people would vote for it, I think he would also like it. He loves attention and people making a big deal out of him. He does have a pretty big ego and fame has for sure gotten to him. But yeah, not as crazy as his fans. Tennis is also an individual sport. Fans worship a player not a team as a whole and that makes the player’s ego even bigger and gives them the wrong impression about themselves. It’s all too serious and strange to me. It’s true that favorites are an important part of the sport. I don’t think tennis would be much fun without it. But to be that interested in someone that you watch their every move and want to know every detail is a mental illness. I don’t give a shit what players are up to off the court most of the time. I like them as tennis players, not as people because I don’t really know them. But then you have these people who think about Federer every day, always tweeting about his latest move on or off the court, replying to every tweet he makes on twitter. It’s cringe-worthy. Really disturbing to see. As soon as a fan is only interested in Federer and can’t appreciate the rest of the sport they are a lost cause. It is purely celebrity worship and has nothing to do with tennis. These kinds of people has no business here or in tennis for that matter.

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    1. Ru-an, It’s the first time I post on your blog, although I read it for years already. I always liked very much your honesty, even when you seem biased. I voted for “Federer’s fanatic”, although I am a Jimmy Connors, Miloslav Mecir, Andre Agassi, Marat Safin and, finally, a Novak Djokovic fan. It looked like a good joke the way it was formulated, and I believe that most voters thought the same way. Then, I feel that you perhaps overdid it here. I write on other blogs (mostly on Tennis-x and LesAsduTennis), but I never felt that Fedfans were the most aggressive, quite the contrary. One of the reasons I read this blog (and Jonathan’s “Perfect tennis” too; thanks to you I discovered Matt’s blog, which is, for me, very interesting; a recommendation for Novak’s fans: Second Serb, with a lot of stats about Novak) is that there was always a fine balance between Federer and tennis, and a lot of respect for other players — with one exception, of course. Even after “the shot”, at the USO 2011, I never had problems with fedfans, while it was enough to state that Novak was fatigued in the fifth set of the USO 2012 final (he played three sets the day before, and we know that muscles need 48 hours to recover), to be viciously attacked. Federer is not only a player, but an industry in the world of sport. It’s not his fault, nor it is Novak’s. I think he ages well, and I just hope he will play many years more, for our delight. But as a Novak fan since 2007, I hope that Novak will win a few slams more and take his rightfully deserved place among the greats of the game.

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      Ru-an Reply: Hey Mat. Welcome. Sorry if I offended you. As long as you realized the first option was a joke and voted for it that’s fine. But if you voted for it because that’s how you see yourself then you won’t enjoy this blog. I don’t understand what you are saying in the third paragraph.

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      mat4 Reply: Ru-an, Sorry, English is not my first language and I believe there could be some misunderstanding here. No, you didn’t offend me. I thought you made a provocative question, to trigger a discussion about the strange and exclusive world of fandom. That’s the reason I voted the way I did — I am not a Fedfan, in fact, and I never was. In the third paragraph I wanted to say that I seldom had problems with Fedfans. It’s probably because Fed had won so much, and has fulfilled the wildest dreams of his fans. I enjoyed your blog, as a Novak fan, when it was “Ru-an Federer blog”. So, I liked your writings even then. You were always balanced and your love for tennis was always obvious. That’s why I chose to finally write a few words here, just to show how much I appreciate your blog. I hope that you will continue.

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      Ru-an Reply: Oh, I see! No problem Mat my English isn’t the greatest either. I’m very happy you decided to comment because your comment should be proof to people that even when my blog’s name was Ru-an’s Federer Blog it wasn’t exclusively about Federer. I never thought of my blog that way, but because Federer was a big part of it many of the extreme-type fans came here too. It’s also just nice to see a Djokovic fan has been reading my blog for this long. I followed his career since the start when he first made his name by beating Federer in the Montreal final in 2007. At that point I knew this guy was the real deal but as it turned out he needed quite a few more years to mature fully. You are the kind of reader and commenter I want on my blog going forward because you are obviously open-minded about the sport. There are many like you here too like Jason, Matt, Eric, Nakul, Bjorn Eirik and more which is great to see. About Fedfans yes they have been spoiled. That’s one thing I don’t like about them. They have become obsessed with this bel18ve nonsense. I kind of hope it doesn’t happen so they can realize how lucky they’ve been.

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      mat4 Reply: Ru-an, I was a Connors fan once, and I was just happy to see him play that long. Just like Fed, the funny thing was that he improved with time, learned to use new racquets, adapted to new technologies and the advance in the game (better than JMac, btw), and he was always a pleasure to watch. I was so sad when he stopped. Then, I liked Mecir, but his career was ruined by injuries, and Safin, who didn’t have it — the stuff that makes champions, and I was happy with Agassi’s resurgence in his later years… Tennis has changed, but there’s a kind of player I always liked: the one that isn’t that gifted, hasn’t got a big serve, a magic touch, but still manages to win relying on his work intelligence and his sense for strategy. But I knew to enjoy great champions, and, unfortunately, I saw with sadness all of them pass. In fact, it doesn’t matter if Federer one day wins that elusive 18th slam or not. He has given so much. The same with Djokovic. Who knows will it be another great victory. But, let’s be thankful for the pleasure they already gave us. We will miss them just a few years from now. A few last words about Nadal. In many ways, although he seems to be a good boy — I emphasize “he seems” — he almost destroyed tennis with his approach to the sport. I have noticed that there are a lot of misconception about Novak — he didn’t really improved his stamina in 2011, he did it in 2009, he is not that fast, so he has to slide just to reach the ball, and since he has improved his serve, he does a lot less of running, something revealed by Hawkeye data, although his light weight allows him to run longer, etc. — basically, his game is very different than Nadal’s, it is an opposite direction in tennis. I even suspect him to mimic Federer in certain aspects. So let’s get back to Rafa’s approach, based on speed, defence and physicality. I have noticed that his slump, his physical decline recently precisely defined by Marion Bartoli in a comment, started with the advent of the biological passport. It could be just a coincidence, but go figure. We’ll never know, I guess. I was afraid that he will continue to dominate, and prove that power is much more important than craft, that stamina (for a very heavy guy) will prevail over thinking, strategy, and that he will discourage the entire field, and, ultimately, denature tennis itself. His rivalry with Novak was not a page in sport history. It was rather a duel to the death — one was bound to break the other. It seemed first that Rafa will succumb, then, suddenly, the roles were inversed, and finally, Novak managed to destroy him thoroughly. The bull was no more. Just like you wrote, a month ago: Novak slew the beast. But eventually, to my surprise — and it shows that there is always something good, a light in the deepest darkness — when Rafa stopped dominate the court with his power, he started to play a different, more versatile brand of tennis, with forays at the net, changes of rhythm, a diversified palette of strokes. He still is timid about it, but patches of such a game were visible against Murray, in Madrid. Tennis won in the end, just like it always does.

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    1. You have a fixation problem, Ru-an?! Why so concerned about Fedfanatics? Move on already….this subject is getting old…. Does seem like you are not quite comfortable in your own skin having to put the fanatics down in order to prove your point. One can be fanatical in many things, not just Fedfanatic…..Just sayin’ …..move on already….Exciting things happening in tennis, eg DC, although not many tennis fans bother about DC (me included) but the way Murray and Hewitt fought and represented their countries are worth talking and celebrating about!

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      Eric Reply: I actually agree with Veronica and think this topic has gotten way too much attention and is boring. I would be much more interested to go back to hearing yours and others’ passion and insights about the players and matches rather than this never ending argument over how people should or shouldn’t enjoy and conduct themselves as they go through their tennis watching lives. I think it is abundantly clear that you don’t want FedFanatics here, and that’s your right as this is your space, but why do you care so much about what people think? It’s gotten to the point of consuming a part of almost every post and discussion. Who cares? Why waste so much of your valuable time, energy and talent on this, and be stuck in the negativity of this debate, rather than enjoying the tennis?

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      Eric Reply: For example… I know we don’t talk about doubles much, but Jaime and Andy Murray’s performance was really fun to watch, in fact Jaime did much of the heavy lifting at least in the beginning. I saw hm play in Switzerland last summer and he’s an extraordinary doubles player. Super high tennis IQ that always seems to have him guess right at the net – a valuable skill for singles players to pick up if they can. Beyond the actual matches it’s interesting, to me at least, how these two brothers deal and play with each other when one is a huge star and the other is pretty obscure, especially since the obscure one is the doubles specialist. Some may find this boring because it’s doubles, but to me it’s a hell of a lot more interesting than what readers are or are not fanatics.

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      Ru-an Reply: Fair enough Eric we all have our tastes. Personally I don’t find doubles very interesting at all. Almost in the same league as WTA for me – I never watch it. And I find the fan topic interesting. It’s a kind of self-reflection. Why always focus on the tennis when there would be no tennis without us as fans? Especially in this time when there isn’t much interesting tennis going on I think it’s a good idea to analyze the subject for a change as opposed to always analyzing the object. How is your personal slam going btw?

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      Ru-an Reply: Thanks for your view Eric. It’s good that you can speak frankly. And I’m sorry if it has gotten old and boring to you. It is basically just a reaction and getting some of my frustration out. For instance, Fedfans who say Federer played better than Djokovic the whole Wimby other than in the final. Whether it’s bias of ignorance it is equally bad. If you know something about tennis you know the best players raise their game when it matters most. Djokovic didn’t need to be at his best before the final. Federer was at his best vs Murray and it cost him in the final when Djokovic clearly raised his game. It’s just little statements like these from Fedfans that annoy me and fuel my criticism. That just sounds like the typical brainless Fedfanantic who only cares about Federer and doesn’t now anything about the sport itself, and they are here and annoying. When they say annoying things I’m going to react. I will set the record straight. What does it matter what Federer played like before the final anyway? The title is won in the final not before! Djokovic won! He’s better! That’s it!

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      Ferreira Reply: If you don’t think it is normal a guy with 34 four years old losing to a great player in his absolute prime I think you should revise your thoughts… Actually I think it is quite extraordinary that Fed is one of a few guys who pushes Djoko to the limit. Nevertheless, I am a bit frustrated that we don’t have a more competitive field against the world number one. Fed is far away from his prime and he is n2; with Nadal absence now, it is even easier to Novak as well. Let’s hope some guys just lift his level to make things more interesting. I don’t know if you all agree, but anyway… Cheers!

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      IWC2015 Reply: Not really, we still have Wawrinka who can challenge Djokovic in every surface they play. Because of him, Djokovic could not win the FO this year and there is no guarantee he can win it next year. As for Fed, he is no longer a favourite in every GS he enters due to age (sorry he can’t turn back the clock). He is still a strong contender in master series and the smaller 500 tournaments.

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      Ferreira Reply: Notice that I said “on of a few guys”, that is, there are others (like Stan) who are capable of pushing Novak too. And yes, that’s exactly what I am saying: we can not turn back the clock… Everyone who has some knowledge about ATP tennis history knows that it is extremely rare when a player 31 years plus wins a Slam. Lots of legends have already pointed out the inconsistency problems when you are getting older, the recovery from the matches is harder, your reactions are not quite that accurate as well, and so on. So, no doubt, today, Novak is the best player (even more in slower conditions).

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      Ru-an Reply: Of course, it’s normal! I said many times Federer is doing great! What made you think otherwise?

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      Eric Reply: As a kid I learned tennis playing doubles with my dad, still some of my fondest memories of him, so I have a soft spot for it. I’ll say something really scandalous. I don’t think Novak even played his best in the final. Didn’t have to. I think he has a whole other gear and didn’t allow Roger to play like he played against Murray. The only way Djoko gets beaten these days is by massive big hitters having the best day of their lives. On my personal slam, it’s complicated but the short version is I’m doing my best work ever by far, really kicking ass, and still finding it very very hard. I’ve been working flat out since May of last year. Delivered the first draft in April and now working on the second. This could take the rest of the year to finish and I’m in the process of trying to transition to a marathon mentality so I don’t burn out. Really demanding work but most of all I’m still super grateful for the opportunity and determined to make the most of it.

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      Veronica Reply: No, Eric, you are not scandalous. I think too Djoker didn’t need to play his best and that he has another gear. Last year was a closer fight. This year…meh… He has got Roger figured…

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      Ru-an Reply: That’s great to hear Eric. I wish you all the best. About Novak not playing his best tennis in the final, even I couldn’t have dealt the fanatics a harder blow than that. OUCH! I actually love that because Fedfans keep saying how Federer didn’t play in the final like he did against Murray, failing to realize of course that Novak didn’t allow him. I’m not gonna say whether I agree or disagree, but I will say he didn’t play his best level in the second set tie-break. I don’t think next time Federer would be so lucky. But I totally agree that Novak didn’t allow Roger to play like he did vs Murray. Just an altogether different and better opponent.

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      veronica Reply: Yeah, Roger wasn’t allowed to play his game; the ufe which had been minimal until the final are telling; he was under a lot of pressure and pushing too much; although I think that if he were mentally a little stronger, he might have served better and played the important points better. Djoker is just on another level this year; he has reached a maturity in his game, in his mind and his emotions which wasn’t there yet in 2011. And as I keep saying, he has Roger figured. I can’t see their rivalry going to Roger anymore; even on fast hard courts Djoker could very well close in; we’ll see in Cincy where historically Djoker hasn’t done too well. It’s like Djoker knows Roger’s patterns, reads his serve really well and it does feel like Roger doesn’t have enough weapons against Djoker; his offensive game totally neutralised. Djoker has said many times before that to win against Roger, he has to stay with him and don’t back off from baseline. So true. Players lose to Roger exactly because they couldn’t stay with him and they don’t have enough weapons to keep Roger off his attacks.

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      Ru-an Reply: Right, Veronica. It’s what you said before. Djokovic’s depth from the baseline makes it impossible for Federer to dominate proceedings like he does against others. Also, his return of serve helps to neutralize Fed’s biggest weapon. In Shanghai and Dubai, Djo Fed could still dominate proceedings. I guess Djo is just mentally better and raises his game when it matters most.

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      Charlie Reply: Yeah I’m not exactly sure if it’s mental strength or something else because Roger seemed mentally fine in that TB. You could argue that he slipped up when he was a break up in the first set and handed it back but Novak handed away that TB so its 1-1 on the mental slip-ups IMO. The biggest difference is that Novak has the best serve and return combo in the mens’ game right now among the top players on a consistent basis. That is, he has neither the best serve among the top players (that goes to Federer) or the best return (which IMO goes to Murray), but taken together, he has the best serve and return game overall. Those are the two most important shots in tennis and that is the reason why he is World no.1 right now in my opinion. Also part of the mental chokes that players have against Djokovic is because of the pressure caused by those two factors. Similiar to Federer in his prime: coast to the end of a set holding serve easily, then just turn up the heat and break once each set. Clinical and efficient whilst conserving energy.

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      veronica Reply: Charlie, very well put and I agree with you. Before Djoker, players are either great servers OR great returners. You don’t find a player having both. Djoker is the first that has the best combo as you so succinctly put it. But I still think he would not be as effective if not for his solid deep shots as well. Eg Murray is a great returner but his shots are not as deep and as pacy as Djoker’s. It’s hard to win a rally with Djoker; he pushes you back with every stroke, while at the same time, his strokes are never out. I watched the semi with Murray, it was like every few strokes, Murray hits out and they were not deep. Roger was not only eating up his second serves but hittting winners from left right and centre; absolutely no problem with what Murray threw at him. No one hits as deep as Djoker; maybe only Stan and Delpo; or even Berdych but they are not as consistent or as accurate as Djoker.

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      Ru-an Reply: ‘Does seem like you are not quite comfortable in your own skin having to put the fanatics down in order to prove your point’ Why is it bothering you so much though? Could it be that you are a Fedfanatic? :-) I am definitely comfortable in my own skin as a tennis fan. Much more comfortable than Fedfanatics I can assure you. But a post like this is entertaining to me. I had fun writing it and the discussion has been fun. I thought it was a good post too. Look at the discussion it brought forth! Pretty good for a post that is during the off time I would say. I can assure you it has resulted in a better and longer discussion than a Davis Cup post would have. Sorry, you didn’t like it!

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      Veronica Reply: Comfortable means assured and don’t have to shout about it as you have shouted often. You have been reading a lot of enlightenment books and I believe you should be above all this and have moved on. Why let others’ obsessions bother you? If you are really bothered, then tell it straight : “Fedfanatics not welcomed anymore”. You know, I could have very easily played along and have some fun and be nice and not have you judge me as a Fedfanatic. But, no, I think you deserve better than that. And if being honest means I’m a Fedfanatic, then that is the risk I take for being honest trying to tell you to move on. Of course this kind of post would generate traffic; certainly better than “irrevelant” DC!! :-) But then again, I think you are better than that, Ru-an! Have fun but know when it’s time to get back to work!! :-P

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      Ru-an Reply: Not judging you as a Fedfanatic. Just checking ;-) And it’s not the time for work yet. Work starts when the next relevant tournament starts. Still not sure why you are so against this. Why bring something like enlightenment into this? I know I have a naughty streak in me but you act like this is patently wrong. Is it really? I’m just stating my views and having some fun. Maybe you should ask the judgmental fanatics to leave me alone if you want me to stop. Personally I don’t care if it goes on because I can have fun with it and make interesting posts about it that people read and comment on. Hence, I asked by you are a Fedfanatic. You sound as though this is an insult to you!

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      Eric Reply: You know Ru-an, for some reason I did not pick up on you just having fun and being playful with this topic and took your tone for angry. Maybe Veronica did too. I think you’re a great guy and I find it disturbing that this topic seems to have you so frustrated and pissed off, but maybe I have read too fast and misinterpreted your tone.

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      Veronica Reply: Yeah, Eric, maybe we didn’t pick it up but for me, it’s not so much about the anger or whatever tone. It’s more the going on and go and on…..you know……like a broken record…..haha! Anyway, you work so hard, Eric! It’s tough out there. You gotta be better and work harder than everyone else to even stand a slim chance. I admire you for your courage and determination just to put yourself out there. Let us know when you get your slam, or rather a Masters, or even a 500! Baby steps, one at a time!

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      Eric Reply: Thank you Veronica, very sweet of you to say. I have always worked extremely hard but this is a whole other league. Believe it or not, the last time I had a few days off was right after Wimbledon, a year ago, when I went to that tournament in Switzerland. Crazy. I didn’t even realize that until right now. Damn, get a life Eric.

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      Veronica Reply: Teach me some hard work, will ya, Eric?, I get lazy sometimes; haha! I think I know what you mean about a whole new league. I’ve got a couple of friends in the creative arts industry who don’t sleep and don’t let up. And I wanna say to them, “get a life”! Haha! But I think if you are passionate and you believe and you wanna achieve, it’s the only way. To get that first slam is all consuming. After that, it’s a matter of choice whether you want to up another level, or just want to maintain, or………retire as a one slam wonder! (How fantastic is Roddick doing, eh?!!) Those are hard choices too! But get that first slam first! C’mon Eric :-)

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      Ru-an Reply: There is more to it than hard work though. Millions of people work their asses off and never achieve much. Other people just do what they love and are very successful. The important thing is to do what you love I think. Then money and success is not all that important because you’re happy, which is why you wanted money and success in the first place.

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      Ru-an Reply: Haha yeah you gotta make time for living too, right? Because what if you don’t get what you want? Then you missed all that living for something that never paid off!

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      Eric Reply: Yeah, this one really isn’t about money and success for me at all. It’s about realizing my full potential and producing truly great work. I love what I do and have a rare opportunity to do it at the highest level. I want to prove to myself that I’m capable of mastery. I see how hard guys like Novak, Fed or Rafa work and sacrifice to get the absolute maximum out of themselves and I want to know that I can do that too. I don’t need much money and plenty will come with success anyway. The fun can wait. This is bigger than that to me. The thing that I’m surprised at and am needing to adjust for is the duration of the effort. A six month blitz won’t get it done, it must become more of a sustainable lifestyle. I am taking Friday off and going to Santa Barbara for the weekend to refresh.

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      Ru-an Reply: Well, that’s a great attitude to have. That’s what I was saying to Veronica. If you do what you love the money and success are not even very important. The reward is in the work itself but, of course, the success and money is nice to get, but that will come by itself. Let us know how it goes and enjoy your time in SB.

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      veronica Reply: “Its about realising my full potential and producing great work!” you couldn’t have a better motivation than that! Way to go, Eric and wishing you all the best!

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      Ru-an Reply: Yes, Eric seems to know what he’s doing. Great work ethic, something I also strongly aspire to now. I’m back in school!

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      Veronica Reply: Really happy for you, Ru-an! Education is never wasted; even if it may not guarantee a job. No one can take that away from you. I’m SURE you will enjoy study life again! But how do you get by financially? Your govt supplies scholarships or loans?

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      Ru-an Reply: Thanks. Yes, I’m grateful that I can complete my education because I was not in the condition in the past to do so. My mom offered to help me financially.

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      veronica Reply: Always great to hear these kind of stories; being given or giving oneself second chances. A lot of people never got that second chance….You study hard and don’t let your blog distract you :-)

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      Ru-an Reply: Yes I am very lucky Veronica. I just want to make the best of it. I always had an inferiority complex because I don’t have a university degree so I’m looking forward to getting over that and of course studying is great for the development of your brain which is now known to be plastic.

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      Eric Reply: Congrats Ru-an. Glad to hear that you’re on a good path and that your family is behind you. Awesome. Thanks very much to you guys for your sweet comments and support. SB was…. aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh :)) )

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      Ru-an Reply: Haha sounds like you had fun. Well deserved. I admire your work ethic. I’m trying hard myself.

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      Ru-an Reply: Thanks, Eric. That’s nice of you to say. It’s just an annoyance. Really not a big deal and I’m just having fun with it. I would say this is a serious topic but I’m also having fun with it.

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      Veronica Reply: Because you have prided yourself as being enlightened and balanced?!…..and that your blog is one of the most knowledgeable, objective, intelligent, analytical blogs out there?!….not sayin’ this blog must always be “professional”! Far from it. I’m sure you and your readers want a bit of everything. Remember I often said your blog was too serious and bland, to lighten up a bit?! Well, you have certainly lightened up!!! Maybe you need to get all that stuff out, again and again and again……… :-) As far as I can see from your blog, you are receiving far more balanced than fanatical comments. But if fanatics are hounding you mercilessly, and we are not aware as you maybe blocking them, then I can see where you are coming from. Actually come to think of it, I think when you were trying to be objective and give critical appraisals of Roger’s performance in the past, that was where the fanatics hounded you mercilessly, that Roger was perfect, and accusing you as a glory hunter, negative, etc. that was when I thought you “suffered” so much for being balanced, honest and objective. But now, even last couple years, it’s not as bad anymore.

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      Ru-an Reply: Well then maybe I’m getting some revenge with the years I was hounded by Fedfans.

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      Veronica Reply: Thought you not the revengeful type? That you live for the moment, that you don’t like to be emotionally attached, that ego is no good…..oh never mind……..you are master of yourself, this is your personal space, why shouldn’t you choose to think and do what you want?! :))

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      Ru-an Reply: Will you stop getting all serious on me? Never claimed to be an angel. That’s you! ;-)

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      veronica Reply: Haha, your words, not mine! :-)

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      Ru-an Reply: I said I was an angel? That’s news to me. That’s something you said.

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      Veronica Reply: No, the first part, about living in the moment, ego is no good, etc, not the angel part :-)

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      Ru-an Reply: Are you saying I’m being egotistical and out of the moment with this post? I just see it as fun.

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      veronica Reply: Yeah, living in the past, still affected by how the fanatics judged you ;-)

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      Ru-an Reply: I’m just having a laugh at them because it’s fun. They don’t have the power to affect me.

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      veronica Reply: …”don’t have the power to affect me”… :)) Of course you must have your fun. Remember all work and no play makes Jack (Ru-an) a dull boy! :))

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      veronica Reply: Btw, seriously, that classy Fedfan link was hilarious. Is the blogger mad?!

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      Ru-an Reply: As in crazy mad? It does appear that way.

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      Ru-an Reply: I’ve had people tell me this is one of their favorite posts from me and it clearly sparked a lot of discussions and interest. Again, why are you so against it? :S

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      Veronica Reply: Good for you that some ppl like this post, Ru-an :-) Maybe you should do more of these kind of posts to grow your readership ;-)

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      Ru-an Reply: Maybe I will ;-)

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      Veronica Reply: I shall look forward to them O Tsar, Emperor, Keiser!! :-)

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      Ru-an Reply: :->

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    1. Its very interesting post, but I am not entirely convinced this post really helps anybody though…. Here is my two cents, I totally agree you don’t need to worry about tennis players as person to enjoy sport, but its evident personalities(even off court) makes it more interesting…. Even though cricket is team sports, there are so many who follows it for single player…There were thousands of people who doesn’t follow match once Sachin got out, there were hundreds of people who do that for Sourav…they don’t really care about neither match nor result…However you can not simply outcast them as they have no business watching cricket (I think same applies to Tennis too)….Sometimes there are some personalities really make people watch sports..My Mom never really cared about India’s match result but she did worried about Sachin scoring runs…I doubt she is glory hunter, I am just glad she shown some interest in cricket because of Sachin otherwise she may never have watched it ….Similarly Roger, Nadal, Novak are such personalities in Tennis.. Some can inspire globally (like roger due to his style of play) where as some others more regionally (like Nadal and Novak)… So the point is there is always a category in-between of SpecificFan Vs TennisFan….I feel absolutely no wrong in that….which is why I am having hard time understanding this post … Also that above comment as Only Federer fan no business of watching tennis which is bit too far stretch of statement to make I think…. Lets face it, there were people reading this blog simply because it was Federer fan blog, so no wonder they still follow you….its not long ago you raised the question of continuing blog on loss on 09 AO…You grown out of it which is good, but there are many still it isn’t….may be they will one day or they wont never but why do make buzz of it? I would say ignoring those comments probably best way if you don’t want them reading your blog, but that’s just my way of thinking… About people following/replying in Twitter when Roger (or some other player) tweets, again I don’t find anything wrong in that….Basically social media made for that..everyone wants to engage it hence we do Twitter/facebook including blogging…Otherwise all we need is Reuters and AP… I hope you would agree that this site also wont be much fun if people are not commenting when you make posts… you made post saying no judgements, but calling in comments as “shameful” for those voted in first option?? You really have to re-look into this….

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      sid Reply: You’ve made a good point Nambi. I feel that these discussions on ‘fed-fanatics/fed-tards’ have run their course. It is very apparent from the day that the name of this blog was changed that it will focus on tennis in general and not on Federer in particular. For all those who feel ‘betrayed’, I am sure Ru-an has put in a lot of thought on how he felt about the sport before making this change. There are blogs which focus primarily on Federer’s (or Nadal’s or Djokovic’s or Murray’s …..) career. For example you could head over to Jonathan’s at ‘peRFect Tennis’. His analysis of Federer’s matches make for an interesting read. As for this blog, the more Ru-an is hounded with ‘What-happened-to-the-days-when-you-were-a-fed-fan’ kind of questions, the more perturbed he’ll get. Allow him to focus on writing about tennis and I am sure, we’ll start having insightful discussions on matches instead of the whole ‘Fed-fanatic/Fed-tard’ debate. If the point still doesn’t come across, then let’s keep it simple :-) —- ‘This is Ru-an’s blog. His space on the web and he can blog about whatever or whoever he wants’ …

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      sid Reply: PS: Wherever, I have used the term ‘You’, I meant those who felt ‘betrayed’ by this blog’s change of focus from Federer’s career to tennis as a whole and not ‘Nambi’ or anyone in particular :-)

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      Nambi Reply: Yep, I get what you saying, but its pity you understood that I made comment to defend what ‘Betrayed fan’ feeling…I am sure those have moved on already from here…. My comment is more from perspective of some one not necessarily neither “Any player Fan” nor “Idle Tennis fan”…These postings are more meaningless rather than serving any purpose is my point….

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      sid Reply: Oh no.. Not for a minute did I feel that you were trying to defend anybody. What I was trying to convey is that since there has been a change in the tone of this blog, some fans, might experience betrayal or disappointment. I wanted to highlight the fact that there are other blogs focusing on one player alone and that this blog should be viewed for what it is now and not for what it was…

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      Ru-an Reply: Right Sid. I have Fedfans calling me a glory hunter and al sorts of things because I don’t kiss Federer’s ass 24/7 anymore(not that I ever did). Because of their own extreme bias they just can’t conceive of an unbiased and objective fan and so they assume the victim role and call me a traitor. So of course I’m going to retaliate! They are scolding me for doing an admirable thing and on my own personal blog to boot! Unacceptable!

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      Ru-an Reply: Well, I said no judgements so people would make an honest choice. That doesn’t mean I approve of the first option. Even though people can be whatever kind of fan they want, it doesn’t mean I like the first option. I just want everyone to be clear where we stand, and like Nakul noted I should probably put this in the About section so people know what I’m about. There was a time when I was biased myself, but like Mat just noted even the I had a good balance between Federer and tennis in general. Some people must never get it. It seems they want me to continue to have a fan blog even though I never wanted one in the first place. It’s too one-dimensional given my history as a fan and a player. I think it’s good that the stars bring fans to the sport but it kind of defeats the purpose if they don’t actually become a fan of the sport but just remains a fan of a specific personality, which is just celebrity worship in the end. Don’t you think? Tennis wants tennis fans, not celebrity fans. For that, there is Holywood and showbiz. I clearly don’t have a problem with all Fedfans. Just the extreme ones. I just don’t like it when everything is fixated on a specific person. Then it doesn’t have much to with tennis anymore. Federer is a good role model, but he has become too popular. To the point that he is worshiped as a god which is just silly and a kind of sickness we as a society suffer from. Celebrities are worshiped as gods and they are anything but. They gain a false view of themselves in the process as well. They become arrogant and take the hype seriously. That’s not good for anyone. Otherwise good, balanced comment. I liked your tone.

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    1. Every top player has his or her fanatics so your post seems mean-spirited and biased, not to mention arrogant. People will support whoever they want, however they want despite your petty attempts at shaming. If you don’t like Federer or his fans, that’s your problem, not theirs.

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      Ru-an Reply: I have already said people can pray to Federer for all I care, but that I won’t allow it here. I really couldn’t care less what they do, but this is my blog and if you don’t respect that then you can hit the road or I will make you. Simple as that.

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    1. Dude, you are a Keiser, Emperor, Tsar. I love when people evoke strong feelings in Fedophiles and ‘tards.

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      Ru-an Reply: Thank you! You have to tease and make fun of them. They take themseleves and their hero way too seriously :))

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    1. Instead of continuing a futile debate like Veronica and many others here including me have been telling for quite some time, why don’t we actually acknowledge what a great human being Federer actually is. Just look at this video and if some of you still feel Federer is not as genuine as they come, you are probably blind. And don’t tell its a PR act or something. Federer has no need to go to Malawi to prove he is a good guy. It is pretty clear he really wants to be there to see how the children are being taught and helped and whether his foundation is actually doing a good job. And by the looks of things it is doing an amazing job. https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=100&v=pfYin92D9G8

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      Ru-an Reply: Just because you are a few others don’t enjoy it doesn’t mean it’s not worth having the conversation Ajay. There are just as many people who do enjoy it and find it entertaining. It bothers you because you have fallen for the Federer cult. And in true selfish Fedfan fashion you have acted as if this blog and post is about you and for you and that how others feel is not important. Fedfans don’t realize this, but there are other people in the world and they also matter. That’s great that Federer went to Malawi to help the children. I think with all the money he makes it would be a shame if he didn’t. Anyway, this is a tennis blog not a celebrity news blog so your post doesn’t belong here.

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      Ajay Reply: I am long past the stage where I want you to think I am not fanatic about Federer. In fact I don’t like this judgemental nonsense. I don’t try to judge you or anyone else here. All I said was to keep asking people to become tennis fanatics is futile. Instead just continue your good work by writing great articles and people would slowly realize that Federer is not the end of the world. Look Ruan I barely have any time anyway these days to worry about Federer. To say I am crazy about Federer to the point where I think Federer is the end of the world is ludicrous. I know Federer could retire any time now and I also know tennis goes on. But I have seen you tell Federer is not genuine and he is dishonest while Djokovic is the most honest guy and I disagree and showed this videos to prove it.. Do I come here every time and tell you are wrong ? In fact see my comments over the years. I have almost always admired the way you write and was one the first guys to praise you for leaving the Federer worshipping behind and make this blog even better. But you have repeatedly taken offence to anything I post which makes no sense to me. Think about it. Federer is still the number 2 player. He is still the second most relevant guy in the tennis world even now at 34. That means there are going to be lots of people who want to talk about him. If you still think I don’t care about others just take a look at my comment where I described the evolution of Djokovic’s game in detail. In fact I would challenge anybody here to know Djokovic’s game as well as me. He was by far my second favorite player till 2012 and only after he became too defensive these last few years have I felt bored by his game. And I think he has become more offensive again this year which is good to see.

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      Ru-an Reply: We seem to be on a different wavelength or something. I haven’t taken offense to anything you’ve said! To the contrary, you always seem very defensive when I say certain things. But it doesn’t matter. I just thought it was out of place for you to tell me that my post and discussion is futile. If that’s the case for you then that’s fine but why bother calling it futile while clearly many people are interested and we are having a great discussion? Not to mention posting something which isn’t about tennis but for Federer cult followers? That just makes it look like you belong to the first option. But whatever.

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      Ajay Reply: Fair enough.

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    1. Ru-an, As a dedicated tennis fan, would you consider writing up an article about future prospects of the youngsters? I just feel that these days the subject of Djokovic v Federer has been exhausted. Also for now, if we talk about superiority and keep talking about Djokovic, personally I would feel it a bit too singular. I guess it’s time to talk about new comers who may be capable of upsetting the balance of power. A few days ago you mentioned several prospective youngsters, and I was only familiar w/ Kyrgios…whom for now I still regard more as a clown than the real deal (subject to change upon further evidence, of course). A while back you wrote about Del Potro, which was interesting but quite a pity it didnt come to fruition due to injuries. I think the topic will be richer if you include discussions of prospective new talents. FYI, I still feel beyond Djokovic we’re left with a pretty mediocre generation. Do you feel the same way?

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      Ru-an Reply: I did make a post about the youngsters some time ago Jason. I don’t have time to look for it now, though. I think there are many promising youngsters coming through like Kyrgios, Coric, Zverev, Rublev, Thiem, Kokkinakis, etc. I actually think the future of tennis looks bright. But I’d also like to see Djokovic dominate for the next few years to see how many slams he can rack up. You are right there aren’t too many to challenge him, but there is Stan who certainly can.

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    1. Check out this classy Fedfan ;)) https://plus.google.com/115387741188765572609/posts

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      Charlie Reply: Wow, can’t say I like Rafa but to continously post the same stuff on every video this guy comments on and though some of Nadal’s actions may be close to rule-breaking or at least unsportsmanlike, I would hardly call him a “piece of shit”. There are far worse examples e.g. Lance Armstrong in sports, and outside of sports corrupt politicians and criminals. Those kind of people deserve that label. That Fedfan is a disgrace to the person he idolises, and Roger would be disgusted with his attitude and would not want people like that as his fans (at least I very much hope so).

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      Charlie Reply: Did you see the racist comment as well Ru-an? Just found it shortly after I finished my previous post. Disgraceful in a civilised society.

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      Charlie Reply: Oh just saw an anti-religious comment as well, I am not even religious but I find that offensive.

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      Charlie Reply: Just saw the perfect response: Sun Seeker: “Nadull is a piece of shit” cleanplasticchild + Sun Seeker: “stfu – sincerely, a Federer fan” Brilliant!

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      Ajay Reply: That guy is crazy don’t waste your time reading about him.

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      Ru-an Reply: Haha. That must have hurt.

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      Ru-an Reply: I didn’t see that? What did it say?

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      Ru-an Reply: Yeah calling Djokovic a yokel? It is clear who is the yokel looking at that guy’s MTF posts and youtube page.

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      Ru-an Reply: As far as I scrolled down he was calling Nadal a piece of shit, and I scrolled down far. It made me wonder if it ever stops. That guy is seriously obsessed.

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      Charlie Reply: Oh you missed some stuff much worse, as in not racist in relation to tennis but actually racist in general. There was one other tennis-related racist comment I saw: “Novak Monkeyvic Djokovic”. Similiarly with the anti-religious stuff. I wasted way too much time on that idiot, scrolling through almost a year’s history of his comments. Not worth my time, your time or anyone else’s time. The only reason he probably posts that is because he doesn’t get any attention for his own achievements in life and so he gets attention by irritating others, including many more objective fans of both the player he supports and other players, along with entire classes of people with his racism and anti-religious sentiment. Though to be honest being more objective than that guy is hardly an achievement. If you can find someone less objective you deserve an award for wading through the depths of the internet to find it and to be honest I’d rather not know. What kind of person wastes their time posting that? Does the guy not have studies/a job?

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    1. 27 July 2015: My Sweet Dolores: Happy birthday to the most incredible, most inspirational, most captivating, and above all, most loyal 90 year old “young girl” I have met and respected through the internet :-h Hoping your 90th birthday, like your lifetime, is full of love from family and friends, unbridled joy, unforgettable moments and ultimately happy memories :-| Happy birthday to someone who can teach us youngsters how to be really young =)) Thank you to Roger and Ru-an, that I got to know your kindhearted soul. Roger would be sooooo proud and honoured to know that he has you and will always have you as a fan (no matter what /:) But Sweet Dolores…. I have to WARN you….. one of these days I will demand to Ru-an that he asks you a copy of your id. There is NO WAY someone who writes like you, can be 90 !!! I mean, My God, I am soooooo many decades younger than you, but you make me feel old ;-) Don’t forget your Dutch Dynamite alllllll the way from Holland <:-P <:-P <:-P Lots of love, Katyani :-*

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      Ru-an Reply: Katyani, you remembered! ;-) Happy birthday from me to you as well Dolores! You have been quiet recently due to all the Djokovic love around here but congrats on turning 90! A great achievement in itself. But I agree with Katyani, you may have to send us a copy of your ID so we can verify someone who is 90 years old can write like that on the internet. My mom is 70 and there is no way she can do that! She has an Ipad but doesn’t even know how to get to the home screen :))

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      Dolores Reply: Hi Sweet Katyani, Yes, as Ru-an mentioned on his reply to you….” You remembered, Katyani”I And so you did, Was ever so happy to receive your kind good wishes to my 90th birthday! It was a very busy day for me, celebrated with family and friends. As far as my ID goes, Katyani, you have to take my word for it….it is solid, just like being a solid, loyal tennis fan to Roger. Yes, because of Ru-an’s Blog, we have become friends across the pond, I do follow your comments, Katyani, and know of your love for Roger. I do appreciate other tennis players, enjoy watching the game of tennis even though I never played. We shall keep united and connected all for Roger and for the sport of playing tennis. Future young tennis players will take over in time to come, very exciting times ahead. Thank You so much, Katyani, my Dutch Dynamite from Holland…. Love, Dolores

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    1. Ruan your second favorite player just won a tiile !! I think that deserves a post !! PS: I am not sure who his first favorite is anymore. Though going by what he has recently written I think it is Djokovic.

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      Ru-an Reply: Of course, it’s Djokovic! And yes, I am planning on writing a post.

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Federer Enters God Mode After Losing First Set to Granollers

Federer Enters God Mode After Losing First Set to Granollers

Not a bad result in the end, was it? Dropping a set was never going to be ideal, unless of course Roger came back to triple bread stick Granollers for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 victory. This morning I was woken up by my cat at the window wanting to come inside, and that was just after Roger dropped the first set. So my first thought was here we go again. But after seeing the way Roger came back in God mode in the last three sets I was very satisfied. Not that I watched much. My connection was really bad and I had to go to work anyway. Then later I caught the highlights and loved what I saw. This was, of course, a day match and there was a rain delay at 2-5 in the first set. When they stepped back on court Roger lost only four more games. Roger said in his presser that the wind affected him quite a bit and that the conditions slowed down when they stepped back on the court too.

Also, Granollers was playing very well at the start. So I think the combination of Granollers’ high level, the wind, and the fact that it was Roger first day match is what cost Roger the first set. Obviously when they came back on court things changed drastically. Granollers couldn’t keep up his high level from before the break and the wind had died down. Roger lost sets against players who were in the zone when he was in his prime too, so this is not a setback for his US Open chances in any way as far as I’m concerned. If anything his form in the last three sets makes me believe more that he can win the title. But it’s way too early to seriously start thinking about that anyway. The match stats for Roger was very good. I don’t see any weakness there. It is good to see Roger making no double faults again because lately there have been some of those creeping into his game.

I think after the break Roger started using his slice and variation very effectively to make things difficult for Granollers. It was just an overall master class with destructive serving, ground strokes, and net play. I mean to triple bread stick a player like Granollers who is top 50 and who has won four ATP titles takes some serious doing. That right there is enough to believe that Roger is back to his best and a serious threat for this title. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but the early signs are promising. Roger said in his presser afterward that he felt ‘very explosive, quick’. And if you need evidence see the opening point at 1-1 in the second set. Just unbelievable speed and racquet head control from Roger to hit the winner. So everything seems to be working well. I felt like in Toronto and Cincy Roger was playing well, but everything hadn’t clicked yet.

Some days his forehand was slightly off, some days his volleys, and maybe other days his backhand. But I feel the title in Cincy just made everything click, and although I haven’t watched a full match from Roger at the Open yet I sense that everything is working well at the same time. Both the backhand and forehand are looking good to me. That is why I so desperately wanted Roger to win Cincy because it just gave him that winning feeling and edge back right in the nick of time. He also said in his presser that he now feels very comfortable on the hard courts so that should give you another indication. It was an interesting presser overall. Roger gets asked about his level now compared to his peak from 2004-2007 too. He says that his serve and volleys have improved, but that he doesn’t have the same confidence he used to have.

God mode: ON

That confidence aura in his peak, I have talked about before and yes confidence is maybe the single most important thing in professional sport. But either way I think it is just terrific what Roger is still doing at this stage of his career. Never mind if he is a better player or not. To me, that is beside the point. I just find it fascinating how he adapted over his career by relying more on his serve and improving his net play. He is not as quick as he used to be and he doesn’t have the same stamina, so making those changes was smart. Also changing his racquet and hiring Edberg was big. Roger now plays Bautista-Agut who I have probably said enough about by now. I just don’t rate the guy very highly and if the way Roger ended the match against Granollers is anything to go by he will smash Bautista-Agut.

I mean this guy doesn’t even have a zone level like Granollers did in the first set. The only possible way that Roger can drop a set is if he really sucks. Much has been made of Bautista-Agut winning two titles(not three as I’ve been hearing) this year, but they were Mickey Mouse events and the highest ranked player he beat was Fognini who has zero weapons himself and a nutcase. If Bautista-Agut plays someone with serious firepower like we know Roger has, then he stands no chance unless that player has a bad day. We know tennis is an unpredictable thing, but it’s really hard seeing Roger losing this. Elsewhere Dimitrov won after getting bageled in the first set by Goffin. At a set all and 4-4 in the third set, Goffin double faulted on break point and that cost him the match. Dimitrov held serve and bread sticked Goffin in the fourth set.

Hey, dad!

I was actually disappointed because I am not quite sold on Dimitrov yet. I didn’t like the way he celebrated in Toronto after Anderson made a massive choke and I don’t like the fact that he is dating Sharapova. But that’s just me. He now plays Monfils for a place in the quarters against the winner of Roger and that guy with the long name. Monfils made short work of Gasquet who was once again a big disappointment. That should be an interesting match and chances are that it will be a long match and they tire each other out, which, of course, would play into Roger’s hands. Especially if he makes short work of the guy with the long name. Then Berdych won easily against Gabashvili as I expected and he looks to be right back on form out of nowhere. I guess he heard he was in Roger’s half of the draw.

He now plays Thiem who had a very good straight set win over Lopez. I like this Thiem. He has a sweet one-handed backhand and I’d rather support him than Dimitrov. He looks like a humble guy too. The match between him and Berdych should be interesting and I hope Thiem wins for various reasons. The big upset was Simon who defeated Ferrer in four sets. You would think that helps Berdych’s chances to make semis. It’s just crazy how Berdych all of a sudden started playing well now that he is in Roger’s half. But you could also say he was due a good performance. I sure wouldn’t be surprised if he makes semis now, but he still has to deal with Thiem and possibly Cilic, which will be tricky opponents. Anyway, I don’t care if Roger has to go through Berdych and Djokovic to win the title. It would just make victory all the sweeter.

Smilerer, or Autographerer?

So we have reached the round of sixteen and today there will be a blockbuster line up which includes Djokovic vs Kohlschreiber, Murray vs Tsonga, Wawrinka vs Robredo, and Nishikori vs Raonic. A great day to be at the grounds if you are in New York. The match that is creating the most interest is probably Murray vs Tsonga but I think they will all be good. The matches are actually tough to call aside from the first one which you would expect Djokovic to win given the form he has been in. I would like Tsonga to win as he would pose a bigger threat to Djokovic I think. I wouldn’t mind Stan winning either as he could also pose a threat to Djokovic if he catches fire. As for Raonic and Nishikori I’d like to see Nishikori win. I’m getting a bit tired of Raonic’s serve botting. Happy viewing!

 

Highlights:

The sick speed and control:

Post match interview:

Presser: http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2014-08-31/201409011409544359906.html

 

Posted in Grand Slams, US Open.

43 Comments

    1. Hi, Ru-an!

      I just read your piece and I’d have to agree to an extent on your view on Dimitrov. Obviously, he’s confident but at times he appears a bit cocky even though he hasn’t won anything important as of yet. He hasn’t even made a Grand Slam Final or even a Masters 1000 Final yet. At the same time, he appears to be in the groove and talk big. A bit like Raonic even though Raonic has been more consistent albeit less talented.

      Dimitrov is 0:4 vs Monfils but at this point I am not sure who to route for in this match. They’ll grind it out from the baseline and possibly play a 5-setter which would be ideal.

      As far as Berdych – yeah the guy is a tough cookie and you have to watch out. Obviously he’s going to be tough to beat, but if Roger beats Agout in straights and Dimitrpb/Monfils in 4 sets then I’d like his chances. obviously I wanna see a Cilic/ Berdych encounter as well to see who’d prevail there. Both are dangerous but Cilic hasn’t beaten Roger in a best of 5 so I’d prefer him. But no easy matches from now on.

      Djokovic is winning yet again as I write this – so this is ridiculous. I expect him to at least drop a set (or two) in the Quarters. This is ridiculous. And I certainly expect Wawrinka to step up to the plate as well.

      That’s about it. Roger is in a decent position but obviously by the quarters and semis we’ll know what the deal is.. :-)

      Ru-an Reply:

      I didn’t mean to put Dimitrov down Vily. I realize you and Eric are fans. I was just giving my point of view. He has a nice game but a bit too much of an imitation of Roger for me. I like both Thiem’s game and personality more. Yeah Djokovic is on his way to the final. Only guy with an outside chance to stop him is Stan, just like Berdych has an outside chance of stopping Roger in the semis. But again looking too far ahead.

    1. Wow! By the way the schedule for tomorrow puts Roger playing at night again!!

      Roger is pretty much playing all night sessions. It’s good for him but I hope that he won’t pay the price later on in the tournament. Therefore, I am not sure if he’ll play his QF match on Thursday evening or during the day. In any case, I have tickets for both the day and night sessions but this is a surprise..

      Ru-an Reply:

      Yeah Roger plays better at night but the disadvantage of it is that when he plays in the day it’s a kind of disadvantage. It’s a double-edged sword.

    1. Sounds like you have it covered Vily. Did you have to pay extra?

      It seems that Murray is sliding past Tsonga – unless he runs out of gas. I think it would be good to see a Djokovic-Tsonga match, so I’m hoping that Tsonga will come through.

      Hey, here’s some trivia I tripped over today. Roger is 73-11 at AO, 73-9 at Wimbledon, and 70-9 at USO. If he wins the tournament this year, he’ll not only have be 74-9 at this tournament, but a higher winning percentage than he has at Wimbledon. I’m just saying…

      And definitely don’t be late on Thursday!

      Ru-an Reply:

      Thanks for the stat Joe. The USO is clearly one of Roger’s better slams. He should have had more titles but there were those two fluke semis to Djokovic and the final vs Delpo. There definitely is unfinished business in NY…

    1. The biggest potential issue facing Roger for the remainder of the tournament is bad luck regarding scheduling. Pray that there are no long rain delays, pray that Roger gets at least 36 hours of rest between matches. If the weather cooperates, I give him a 45% chance of lifting the trophy, which are great odds considering his age. But the Djoker is still the favorite, due to his youth and championship pedigree.

      Ru-an Reply:

      On any given day the odds don’t matter much Balthazar. But too early to start thinking about a Djokerer final.

    1. I am very impressed with Murray. He was able to beat Tsonga in straights and I think that he can push Novak. Not sure if he can beat him but he should be able to push him to 5…

      Ru-an Reply:

      Yeah interesting result there Vily. Never expected Murray to win in straights. I guess Tsonga was not exactly on fire, but well done to Murray. Maybe he can surprise against Djokovic too.

    1. I am so happy for Stan!!! He did so well to finish off Robredo..

      Now, I think that our fortunes are about to turn.. :-)

      Djokovic won today but was struggling against Kohlschreiber and even he himself stated that if he had not saved that set point in the 2nd set, the match would have gone to a different direction.

      I sense that Murray is very hungry and he wants to finally punish someone. He beat Tsonga in straights and will be very confident against the Djoker.

      Also, Stan is moving on and I think that he can make semis or even the final.

      I think that if Murray beats Djokovic, he might get to the final. I’d Djokovic beats Murray, then Stan will beat him.. That’s what I think.

      As far as RFed – let’s see how it goes tomorrow. Hopefully a nice straight set win and hopefully no more breaks on Roger’s serve. Then Roger is going to have two tough matches and then a very tough Final. It will be interesting to see if Novak will be derailed or if he’ll be able to beat those guys who have beaten him at Slams before..

      Ru-an Reply:

      Don’t know about Djokovic struggling Vily. Beating a dangerous opponent like Kohlschreiber in straights without entering a breaker is a good result. Djokovic has looked untouchable so far. Don’t hold your breath about him not making the final. If there is someone who can stop him then it is Stan I think, but Djokovic is likely to make the final.

      Alex Reply:

      I believe that Murray looks in the form to actually push Novak to at least 4 maybe 5 grueling sets. Djokovic may be seeded number 1 but his draw is tough. It could be that should he get to the final he’ll be tired out from the previous 2 matches which could be murray and wawrinka. Looking at the previous matches between djoko and wawrinka they usually always go the distance – good news for Roger. But having said all the above, I am now reminding myself that djoko plays a day before Roger so he will have an extra day to recover which could be just what he needs – not so good news for Roger.

    1. I think for RF to have to win the tournament, I believe the following match up is best for him provided he get past Roberto:-
      1) Quarter to play Monfils & he has to have long match in the quarter. His endurance is suspect.
      2) Semi to play Cilic. He is a bit inconsistent & mentally not that tough.
      3) Final to play either Andy or Milos. The person I most worried about is Stan. If he beat Milos or Kei, I think he will beat Andy or Novak on Saturday.This year Roger has problem with Stan. Loss to him in Monte Carlo & if Stan wasn’t sick or injured in Wimby he could have beaten him there.

      Ru-an Reply:

      Well if Stan makes the final and Roger is there I’d like Roger’s chances. It’s hard to believe Stan will win two slams while sucking everywhere else aside from MC.

      Vily Reply:

      At this point I’ve seen the game of Murray and Wawrinka and I think that one of them CAN take out Djokovic.. I don’t know. Time will tell.. Btw what an impressive effort from Nishikori. The guy was “supposedly sick” and just wanted to give it a try at the US Open and he just beat Raonic last night in 5.. The guy is for real and a tough guy to beat unless you are on top of his throat and not let go.. That Wawrinka – Nishikori match can go either way as well. Pretty much all matches from now on can go either way. I hope Roger’s match tonight is the only “predictable” result left… It truly is wide open this year.

      Ru-an Reply:

      Yeah I like Nishikori. I always thought he is too small to become a serious danger but he is talented and hits the call hard. Great bh. Gotta like Stan’s chances after Nishikori’s marathon with Raonic though.

    1. Agreed with you either Andy or Stan has a good chance to take Novak out. I hope Kei can knock Stan out to increase Roger chances. So far Stan is flying under the radar; he has the easiest quarter with a bonus of a walkover. He has an up & down year but end of the day, like all sports, it is just the matter of peaking at the right time. Just like Roger did in 2008 US Open finals.

    1. I have a weird feeling that Murray will beat Novak and that we’ll have an exciting Murray Wawrinka Semi-Final. Roger will play either Monfils/ Dimitrov (still haven’t made my mind on who is winning that one) in the QFs and then most likely play Berdych/ Cilic with my preference of Cilic… Then the Final will be Federer vs. Murray or Wawrinka and I see Roger winning it either way. I will be SHOCKED if Novak reaches the final…

      Ru-an Reply:

      ‘I will be SHOCKED if Novak reaches the final…’

      Why?

      Joe Reply:

      Djokovic’s form seems to be pretty good right now… maybe his conditioning isn’t, though, post-Wimbledon and post-wedding, etc.

      Since Murray got through in straights against Tsonga, I hope he can have a nice long fight against Djokovic next round. And I hope Stan can do the same in the following round if necessary (not assuming too much there I hope – I’d be almost as glad if Nishikori is in his path, as long as he fights like a tiger, which he probably would).

      But I have to admit that I won’t be ‘too’ surprised if Djokovic wins his way to the final at this point … I’d be very pleased if his path to the final weren’t too easy though. :-)

      Vily Reply:

      I don’t know. “Shocked” should really replaced with ANGRY! I mean he wasn’t showing any form after Wimbledon and all of a sudden he turns it on goes on to the final and wins it. Please!

      It could very much still happen but I am putting my money on Murrat. He’s been close and his games suits against Novak especially on faster courts so we’ll see. We should not underestimate Myrray. He’s been close – QFs at Australia – losing to Federer. Semis in Paris – losing to Nadal. QFs at Wimbledon – losing to confident Dimitrov (who lost to Monfils as I actually expected him to) and QFs here so far. I think that if he steals the first set, he can take it. Sooner or later he’ll start to win matches that he has been losing. I still think that if he beats Djokovic, he may still lose to Wawrinka or Federer but I think that he can take Novak. If Novak beats him – I’ll be pretty upset. He has to crack at some point. Wawrinka pushed him to 5 last year so he may beat him too but Murray desperately wants a big win also… I’ll wonder how will Djokovic respond if he goes a set and a break down. I don’t think that he’ll fight his way back..

      As far as Monfils – again I’ve been saying that he’s dangerous. He pushed Novak to a 3rd set tie-break in Toronto and also pushed Roger to 3 sets in Cincy. Obviously fitness is an issue but he’s redlining a lot of shoes and is very good at serving and at returning / a bit like Berdych. So Roger’s gonna have his work cut out for him anyway but I think that if he wants to win the title, he has to beat to those types if players if he’s serious about it.. We’ll see. Hopefully tonight goes smooth as well..

    1. As expected, Cilic went into the fifth set against Simon. It’s a hard matchup for him because he relies much more on placement of his groundstrokes rather than mobility, and Simon is a clever counterpuncher who really punishes you if you put the ball anywhere but exactly in the right spot. Still he came through for his first win in five meetings with Simon. Would love to see him down Berdych, but the Czech is a tough customer. (Although who knows, Thiem could win).

      The Monf bested Dimitrov in straights, I think he’s the only one left in his half of the draw who hasn’t dropped a set. I’ve never seen him play so well–he’s being smart rather than flashy. If Federer comes through, it’ll be a tough match.

      Djokovic-Murray is a hard one to call. Remember, when Murray beat Djokovic here it took five sets and Murray very nearly blew a two-set lead. Murray is surely hungry to win this tournament and if he beats Djokovic he’ll be very confident. But I think Djokovic also has something to prove after his two early losses and he’ll give his all to win. Still I have a feeling Murray might edge it.

      Wawrinka is playing really well and I think he might be back to the form he was in at the beginning of the year. He did well on these courts last year and who knows, he might be able to match or even better his performance.

      But before all that, our man needs to come through his match. So go Roger!

    1. I like your spirit Vily. And I also think it’s odd that Djokovic is suddenly playing so well. He looks as strong as ever – all of a sudden. I’m worried about him in this tournament, and I won’t pretend otherwise. I won’t throw stones, but I’m tempted.

      In any event, Roger came from behind to beat him this year, and I know he can beat him again.

      In the meantime, I hope you’ll have a great time at the Quarters!

      Ru-an Reply:

      Well Djokovic is a classy player Joe. I’m not surprised by his resurgence. Toronto and Cincy was just his wake up call, and he didn’t expend much energy either.

      Joe Reply:

      Hey Ruan,

      In a hurry last night, I still need to send a longer answer to your observation.

      First of all, I’ve never seen Djokovic lack class! Of course I may simply not have seen but I think he has a lot.

      He seems very objective, is always complimentary to his opponent when he loses, and seems to be in tune with himself. Hey – he doesn’t make excuses! He’s one of my three favorite players, along with Roger and DelPo, and maybe in my top two.

      My only issue with Djokovic is something I can’t prove, a suspicion that during AO ’12 he was running like no other tennis player in history. I love how Djokovic goes at Nadal full bore, and if he had some ‘help’ in that tournament I wouldn’t have an issue, because of my firm belief about the other guy.

      But it’s different to think about that when he’s playing Roger, you know?

      But Djokovic is one of the greats, has a lot of class, and is good for the game of tennis. And I hope he has a good result in this tournament – but not the best result!
      :-)

    1. By the way, Roger looked awesome with the MJ shoes again. I don’t know what it is, but:

      Roger looked OK with the Darth Fed Outfit and the MJ shoes and the white socks.

      He looked better with the Darth Fed Outfit and the black shoes and the black socks.

      Today, I think he looked the best and simply awesome with the Darth Fed Outfit, MJ shoes and the Black Socks.

      I am telling you if Roger wins I’m buying these.

      It accentuated the MJ shoes more and it looked pretty cool actually.

      Another thing that makes me VERY Confident that Roger is getting to the FINAL now is this:

      Regarding Monfils:

      “[After my win in Cincinnati] I know exactly how I need to play him,” Federer told ESPN of the looming Monfils clash. It’s going to be more or less the same conditions. “It’s very clear cut in my opinion. I know I’ll be coming in; he knows he’ll be defending. He’ll be wanting to serve well and play big as well. So we both know what to expect going in.”

      I like that. Now, there is a small chance that they may play during the day in humid conditions but that may actually play in Roger’s hands because Monfils will be exhausted if he loses the first couple of sets and will just throw the towel.

      Also, I was extremely happy about Cilic prevailing today. I think that he can beat Berdych. He did beat him at Wimbledon. Here it will definitely be a long match but if Cilic wins, Roger is in the Final. If Berdych prevails, I think that Roger will win that match also.

      The reason why I believe that to be the case is the following:

      Ever since Roger lost that set to Granollers, he’s playing AWESOME – I mean ultra aggressive and coming to the net. He’s just on fire and “UNHINGED” at the moment. Yes, he’s getting broken but so what. He breaks with ease. He’s creating chances and he closes sets when he needs to with relative ease. He’s playing a lot more care-free.

      And finally, the great conqueror Alexander once said: “Conquer your FEAR and you WILL CONQUER Death!!!

      I think that Roger is playing FEARLESS tennis right now. He’s coming in, aggressive on pretty much every ball with great success. At times, he’s playing out of this world. At times he misses and gets broken. But so what, I LOVE that version Roger right now (Roger 4.0) – I know it won’t last forever but I think that if he plays like this for the remainder of the tournament, he’s winning it No matter who’s across the net.

      Monfils will fall, then Berdych/Cilic and finally Djokovic/Wawrinka/Nishikori/Murray.

      There are only 2 (TWO players) in the world that are capable of taming Roger when he plays like this – NADAL (who’s obviously not playing here) and SIMON (who just lost today). So, I feel awfully good after today.

      I mean just look at how Roger’s moving. Even John McEnroe was in AWE and said that Roger was playing fantastic and he can’t remember seeing him playing so well in years.

      BEL18VE!!!

      Jiten Reply:

      No, Fed’s quarterfinal match is at night again (why should the TV channels let go this opportunity to maximize their prime-time viewership in US?). Brad Gilbert himself told Federer about the timing of his quarterfinal match during the court-side interview after his match against Agut. So Vily, all the best and I hope you will get to see Fed at his ruthless best in his Darth Fed attire :-) :-) .

      Vily Reply:

      I guess even better then! ;-) Night session! Awesome! Will love to see Roger again! :-)

      veronica Reply:

      Hey Jiten! I know you are a computer wizard! (right?!), hehe! Clouds are rolling in and Sunshine would like a bit of Roger comfort. I can’t find an interview with Hannah Storm where Roger talks about his goals of winning another Wimby and… getting back to no. 1!! Have you seen it, bro? Where can I find it?!! Thanks!

      Jiten Reply:

      It is here:
      http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=11456823

      veronica Reply:

      Always can count on you, bro!!! Thanks a zillion!

    1. Another great performance from Darth Fed! Sweet! Gosh, Vily, you must be bursting over waiting to watch Roger on Thursday night! Love your run down on how Roger WILL win the tournament, haha! I wouldn’t be too confident about Birdshit though. It’s annoying how his belief goes up few notches when he faces Roger. Roger seems to have a bit of problem handling his pace. He, along with Nadal and Gulbis find Roger’s backhand so well, pin him there and then swoosh a giant forehand. But it would be intriguing how the new Ultra Aggressive and Explosive Roger will play the Shit now! Have never been sold on Grigor. Not surprised he lost. Well, it seems Roger may have to deal with 3 REJUVENATED players if he is to win : Monfils, Berdych and Djoker. These 3 musketeers have chosen the perfect time to wake up from their slumber, don’t they?! Meanwhile, we have enough on our hands already with the first clown on Thurs night. C’mon Darth Fed, may the Force ALWAYS be with you!!!!

      Vily Reply:

      Well, I can see Roger beating Monfils in straights or in 4 sets… after today’s display I grow more confident that he can actually lift the title.

      Berdych is the epitome of the POWER game. However, with the new racquet and the improved serve and volley game Roger is just on another level. I just checked the tournament stats and guess what: Roger is leading the 1st Serve Return Points Won – WhAT?! That means that his return game is peaking right now. That means that Roger can serve a bit more freely because even if he gets broken he can break himself as well.

      In the final, I am not certain that Djokovic will make it. He has to go through both Murray and Wawrinka who are playing great tennis right now. Nishikori is not too shabby either. But if Novak makes it to the final. Great! Roger will slay him also! Enough is enough already! :-) )

      veronica Reply:

      Lol, “enough is enough already”!I am with you on that, Vily; the unfinished business in USO that you and Ru-an were talking about in earlier posts; 2010/2011 semis, 2009 final, 2012 semis and 2013 4th round. I dearly would love one more USO title just to close the chapter of that unfinished business, ha! Roger leading 1st serve return points won, What?! Wow! That definitely is another big reason to believe he can win it all. Djoker’s treacherous path starts now. Murray at least would soften him if not beat him and then Stan (who should win against a tired Kei) most probably would finish him off. But if Djoker could hold off these two, then he’s gonna be tough to beat. Nobody’s talking about it but an All Swiss final is also a probability too! Meanwhile some insane heat is needed from Hot Cilic Pepper to smoke the Big Bird. I will sleep much much better if that happens, haha! And we’ll be waiting with bated breath for your account on the Monfils match!! We are all green with envy, Vily! Enjoy yourself!

    1. Another good win for Fed, but I wish he’d get a day match otherwise it will be Toronto all over again! Good to see Monfis playing tennis and not fooling around. I am not a Dimitrov fan for me although I know he’s a good player it was almost as though he was a copycat of Roger (although I think he’s changed a bit now). I used to think that he must have watched hundreds of Federer matches on Youtube to perfect his play…even to the raquet twirling! But then again so have I and I don’t play tennis. So looking forward to Roger’s next match and hope he will be all in black, C’mon Roger x

      veronica Reply:

      Me too, Elizabeth. I worry about the day transition. But Roger sounded confident and said it would be no problem for him. Fingers crossed! You nervous about Clownfils, Elizabeth?!!

    1. Federer is playing pretty well in every department, but this Monfils will be a test for his ambitions… A much bigger test will wait the swiss in the semifinal, as i predicted Berdych regained his top form out of nowhere, Cilic is playing well but the 4 hours plus battle with Simon is a problem, even with a day rest… Ferrer and Simon were more dangerous players for the czech… Federer hasn’t beat the czech in a slam/best of 5 since ages, he suffers him mentally, of course he can do it, but he needs to avoid his stubborness in trying to beat him with his same power game… Djokovic seems a safe bet for the final as of now, for a 33yo Federer going through both Berdych and Djokovic is one of the most difficult task of his unmatched career…

      Vily Reply:

      For some reason I am not worried about fatigue. If Roger continues to play like this – there are so many possibilities. I mean – he’s attacking and taking the ball so early – in the air! Moving in beautifully, covering the court – I mean even better than at Wimbledon. Maybe his serving was better at Wimbledon but all other aspects of his game are better here… So when Roger plays like this he throws caution and logic out of the window. I know it won’t last forever – but enjoy Roger SuperCharged while it lasts! I was actually shocked when Roger was asked about his goals and he said he wanted to win Wimbledon again. RF – how about the US Open?! Maybe he’s playing it smart until he reaches the semis/ final prior to announcing he wants to take the tournament. :-) But let’s not get ahead of ourselves! ;-)

 

Federer Does the Double Again, Mirka Gives Birth to Twin Girls!!

Federer Does the Double Again, Mirka Gives Birth to Twin Girls!!

http://www.rogerfederer.com/en/rogers/news/newsdetail.cfm?uNewsID=939

After Roger did the double at the French Open and Wimbledon for the first time, him and Mirka are now the proud parents of two twin baby girls! All this time the size of Mirka’s belly just looked a little too big for one baby, didn’t it? Their names are Charlene Riva and Myla Rose. Apparently Roger also said that this is the greatest day in their lives. There were rumours that Mirka’s due date was August 10, which overlapped with the tournament in Montreal. So hopefully this means that Roger will be playing in Montreal. Well now Roger has two kids instead of one, but at least they are girls, who tend to be a little less of a handful than boys. I think this is really sweet and I am really happy for Roger and Mirka. Congratulations!!

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    1. What delightful news, nothing more needs to be added other than “Congratulations”! We all take part in their happiness. Good health to Mother and Babies, Father included.

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    1. How wonderful days they have in July.It´s unbelieble.It´s like winning back to back G.S.once again. What a surprise! In Basilea he said:”I´m supporting Mirka and i´ll be redy for the USOPEN”.
      All the best for both,specially for Mirka, supporting him in Wimbledon…A REAL LOVE!!!Time to enjoy the family…

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    1. Just heard the news and CONGRADUATIONS are in order. Mirka belly did look big, and Roger fooled us all again. Boy I was shocked and surprised at two babies. Will go to rf.com and give formal thanks.

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    1. I am back! Gosh didn’t see this one coming but I think its great. Hope to see him back in action soon, I am having withdrawal syndrome here.

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      Ru-an Reply:

      Welcome back! Been missing you around here :-) Waiting for the photos…

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    1. The rumor is Nike is working on a “Don’t look at my babies” shirt for Federer to wear casually (at press conferences and practice). LOL.

      I don’t think it is true but I wouldn’t put it past them. Serena was wearing a Nike “Don’t look at my titles” shirt after her Wimbledon win.

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      Ru-an Reply:

      Why would he wear a shirt that says that lol?

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    1. Pardon my ignorance, forgot to congratulate you on your new job. Hope it won’t effect frequency of your updates on Roger :-) . God I am one selfish b**** :-p

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      Ru-an Reply:

      Looool im hoping the same thing :-)

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