The Federer ‘Situation’

What’s up guys? I still have some free time and since Roger is only playing on Wednesday I thought I’d make a post about this whole ‘situation’ surrounding Roger right now. We have had some great discussions on my blog and I’d like to try and sum it all up and put it in perspective. Since Roger’s loss to Del Bonis there has been quite a bit of panic and resignation among Fedfans. I have no doubt a few more so called fans have jumped ship. But they were never fans to begin with. They were just along for the ride as long as Roger was winning. These are people of questionable character because as soon as things get tough they run away. It was nice to see all the comments after my last post from the real fans showing their support of Roger and my blog. For a second there I thought you guys had given up as well. It was no doubt another tough loss to swallow.

There is nothing wrong with feeling frustrated and disappointed after such a loss. But if you stay in that mode it becomes a problem. When people act like that as fans it shows me something about how they act in their owns life when faced with disappointment. This is where Roger has taught me a lot. The way he comes back from disappointments is fantastic because he has a way to focus on whatever positives there are and gets over it fast. When I was a tennis player tennis taught me a lot about life. It is the same with this blog. It is not just about tennis, but about life at large and how I can apply things to my own life as well. Roger is a positive role model in a world where they are few and far between. In our society we put people on a pedestal who don’t deserve it. Look at how Tiger Woods was idolized for instance and how he proved to be undeserving of it.

Or Lance Armstrong for that matter. One should never put one’s trust in people, unless the person is truly spiritually enlightened. Roger is not my spiritual guru or anything, but I do believe he has good moral values and sets a pretty good example of how to live one’s life. He is disciplined, ambitious, he loves what he does, he is a good father and husband. He is just a good clean guy and keeps things simple. He doesn’t do anything that hurts the image of the sport or the people that idolizes him. He doesn’t let the fame and fortune go to his head like so many people do. He stays grounded and surrounds himself with good people. It is all about his motivation for playing tennis which is love for the sport. He is totally dedicated to tennis and doesn’t get distracted by other things. The love he has for the sport is enough for him.

Of course he has a wife and kids(whose birthday it is today), but they fit in very well with his tennis career. I think Sampras was a pretty good role model too but Roger is just a better version. He loves tennis more than Sampras did and he is just a little better in every way. And again I’m not saying Roger is perfect. He has his flaws and we only know him as fans anyway. But as far as being a fan goes he is as good a role model as you can get. I guess the reason I am saying all this is because I am trying to say that being a fan of Roger is more than just winning. He brings other good things into my life, and the people who desert him only cares about winning, which is an empty and shallow way of being a fan. Tennis and life is about more than just cold, clinical winning. Yes we all like to win but what if it is done in an immoral way and hurts others?

Unfortunately this is so often the case in the society we live in. It is all about greed and selfishness. People will kill and hurt each other and nature in order to win. It is like a sickness and it threatens to destroy humanity’s very survival. That is why it is so important to have role models like Roger, and not ones like Lance Armstrong and Tiger Woods. These are false idols who promote ego gratification over the betterment of the whole. Nadal has not been involved in a scandal yet but I also view him as a false idol who promotes egotistical values. He just has that whole vibe about him. But that is just a personal thing and like I said at least he has not been involved in a scandal. So now you know why I don’t just jump ship when things get tough. But it is more than that. I love the way Roger plays and he has had a terrific career.

Smiling and has every reason to.

In fact there has never been a player who has had a better career. Seriously, what does it take to satisfy people? If you are not gonna be happy as a fan of Roger Federer then you are never gonna be happy as a fan. You will keep jumping ship every time the player you worship runs into adversity. And that is no way to be a fan or to live life. You gotta tough it out. Dig deep. The night is always darkest before the dawn and in that sense failure and disappointment is a good thing, because it is the beginning of something good. It is all about having a positive attitude and no one is a better example of it than Roger. I have no doubt things will turn around again for Roger. Haven’t they always? So Roger had a good start to the second half of the year by winning Halle, but then had one of the most disappointing losses of his career against Stakhovsky.

Lets look at another example where Roger had a tough loss and what happened afterwards. Lets go back to the 2009 Australian Open final. For me personally that was by far the most devastating loss of Roger’s career. The second round loss at Wimbledon pales in comparison. What happened after that loss? You know but I will tell you anyway. He won that illusive French Open title to complete the career slam and followed it up by breaking Sampras’ slam record with a 6th title at Wimbledon. This is what makes Roger a champion. Being a champion is about how you come back from adversity, and Roger did it in the best possible way in 2009 after the most crushing loss of his career. If I have to choose a defining moment of Roger’s career it would probably be be how he turned disaster into success in 2009.

And if you want to break it down to a single point it would be that inside out forehand winner against Haas he painted the line with when break point down in the third set after losing the first two. These are the moments that make or break players, and it made Roger because after that he came back to win the match against Haas in five sets, the French Open title itself, and then Wimbledon. So if anyone can come through this current adversity it is Roger. His love and passion for the game will pull him through like it has so many times before. The loss at Wimbledon made the good work at Halle undone and he had to start over in Hamburg. Of course we hoped he would win it, especially with the way his draw turned out. I guess we keep making the same mistake of expecting too much. Expectation is not good because it leads to disappointment.

In hindsight he needs more time. We can’t just expect him to go out there and win Hamburg right after he got beaten by a journeyman. If the Wimbledon loss destroyed the confidence he gained from winning Halle then he was back to where he was after the French Open, where he had just been destroyed by Tsonga in straight sets. And losing in straight sets to Tsonga on clay is a confidence destroying loss for Roger. So losing to Del Bonis was actually not that surprising. If your confidence is low it doesn’t just come back after one event. Roger’s confidence has been low ever since after the Australian Open. I think people are expecting too much too soon. And I include myself in that group. But I know better now. Having said that, I do hope Roger can win Gstaad. I am not putting expectations on him.

I am just saying that if he wants to have a good hard court season and possibly do great things then he needs this title. I just feel like he needs to get that winning feeling back before he crosses the Atlantic Ocean. The problem with the grass court season is that it is so short. Roger could only afford to play one warm up tournament and then it is make or break at Wimbledon. At least now he has some more time to get ready for the big one in New York. He already has some matches behind him now and I think things will go well in Gstaad. I just have a good feeling about it. The draw is good and he is playing in his back yard. Yes he may not win it but that is not gonna stop me from being optimistic and hoping he can do it. As far as the new racquet goes we have already had some good discussions about it on my last post so you can go read there.

The gut is gone and Roger looks happy in his own back yard.

I’ll just echo what Darren Cahill said when he said that it will take time for Roger to harness the extra power from his new racquet and that the playability of it can only really be adjusted to during match play. So it is still a work in progress but it doesn’t have to take until the end of the year to adjust like some have suggested. A lot of it has to do with confidence. As Roger wins more matches he will grow in confidence while adjusting to the racquet at the same time. Roger also made a change in his physique like I suggested, but instead of bulking up he took the other route and slimmed down. Jason remarked that he did it to increase his stamina for the long five set matches, and if we are honest that has been a problem for Roger. He just seems to run low on fuel in the late stages of a five set match. Also it will make him lighter on his feet and improve his speed.

Of course slimming down means less muscle and power, and for that he chose the bigger racquet to make up for the lost power. So on paper it makes sense. Lets quickly look at what would happen if he takes the route I suggested. He would bulk up in the upper body which would mean even less stamina for long matches, and he would keep the bigger racquet. It is not a bad option and I’ll tell you why. For me getting overpowered on a regular basis have been a big issue for Roger for some time now, and it is happening with more and more frequency. Also take into account that Roger is not a great five set player anyway. Just to name a few examples he lost 6-2 in the fifth set to Nadal, Del Potro, and Murray recently. To me those losses were not as much physical as mental. As I have stated on many occasions mental fortitude and fight is not Roger’s strength, even though it is still very good.

So even if he is slimmer and have more endurance it won’t help him to win long matches if he is not mentally in it. On the other hand if he bulks up and has a more powerful racquet there will be a much slimmer chance of him getting overpowered, in which case he won’t need to go to a fifth set and have good endurance anyway. In his prime he overpowered guys and didn’t have to play many long matches, but these days he gets involved in these long matches because he is now the one getting overpowered, or he can’t overpower guys like Simon anymore and have to go to five sets to win. Just food for thought. I am not saying my way is right and that Roger’s way is wrong. I am sure him and his team have their reasons for what they are doing and they know what they are doing too. They have already chosen a bigger racquet head than I was suggesting and I think that was a good thing.

I am just looking forward for Roger to keep toughing it out and to start having success. I remain optimistic and believe he can win Gstaad. I am not discounting the possibility that Roger can win the US Open either. The night is darkest before the dawn and Roger has the ability to turn disaster into triumph. But first he needs to win Gstaad…

FEDERER LOOKS TO FIND HIS WAY IN GSTAAD

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36 Comments

  1. Hey, Ru-an! Thanks for the great post! I am sorry that I didn’t respond to your last post but I am also dealing with my own personal adversity at the moment. But Roger is in my thoughts and even though I did feel disappointed by his loss in the semis in Hamburg, I do agree that it will take him some time adjust to the new racquet so that he can get the maximum power out of it. As someone posted a while ago it did take almost a year for Djokovic to get the best out of his new racquet but I do feel that it was the right decision. There is no point in going back now. Roger has to be courageous and take some risks. I am sure that they will pay off for him. I like how he has become serious about his physique and fitness. I am sure that it will help him immensely.

    I also think that winning Gstaad would be amazing but I don’t want to put more pressure on him. Roger is low on confidence right now and he does need to win something to get back to winning ways. It will be more difficult but I do feel that the new racquet will pay off for him sooner or later. But you never know. It would be absolutely amazing if Roger reaches the semis of the US Open because that will be a huge boost. But right now he is a long way off that goal and he needs to make the most of the leading tournaments before it.

    We’ll take it slow and see what happens. I am sure that Roger will find a way. He always does! :-) )

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    Veronica Reply:

    Hi Vily! I’m sure you will find a way in your personal adversity just like you said you are sure Roger will find a way!! Take care and good luck!

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  2. Thank you, Ru-an! Beautiful!!! Almost brought a tear to my eye, your writing and the photos of Roger you posted here. Roger Federer is truly a beacon of light, of normality, of sanity and an unapologetic bearer of good moral values in a world of corrupted darkness. Nothing can take away from Who Roger is and What he has achieved. He continues to amaze and astound. What he is going through right now is even more inspiring as he fights to remain relevant, willing to go through what others would not and dare not go through. Though my heart pains to see Roger struggling, I am FULL of admiration for this beloved champion that NEVER says die. The millions of lives that have been touched by Roger Federer would be what kids will be reading about in history books 50 years from now! We are with you, Roger, as you continue to fight in Gstaad! Allez! P/S, I actually like Roger’s slimmer look; who knows he maybe looking to bulk up now after losing the weight, Ru-an!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Veronica and well said. I’m sure you like Roger’s slimmer look! Bulking up after shedding some weight may not be a bad idea. His upper body needs some muscle.

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  3. Ru-an, you are the Goat of Roger-pictures !!!
    Man, the guy is handsome !!! And…. his curles are coming back….. Such a nice photo where he is wearing the green shirt, puts a smile on my face !!!

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  4. Superb post, Ru-an. I applaud you for covering all aspects of Roger’s present situation in a well thought out and reasoned write-up. I will disagree with you about Roger’s mental fitness. You don’t get a career like Roger’s without being mentally tough. I will stand by this despite his book-ending 5th set meltdowns to Nadal and Delpotro in 2009 and his willingness to grab defeat from the outstretched hands of victory against Djokovic in the US open. Twice. It is only when you compare him in his encounters with Nadal and Djokovic, his mental fortitude is questionable. Nadal and Djokovic – and now Murray – are players whose playing styles are similar and the grinding approach to tennis translates to their mental conditioning. They will mentally settle to grind it out physically on slow, high bouncing surfaces for hours and hours, chasing balls from side to side until there is an opening that they will put away or wait until the opponent makes a mistake. Tennis courts, rackets and strings today are designed around defensive players like Nadal, Djokovic and Murray (and god help us, all – Ferrer too!). As bizzare as it sounds, it is easier to be mentally tough when you know that the surface gives your strengths a fighting chance. So even if any one of these guys are down 2 sets and a break down, they know their phenomenal defence and two handed backhands keep them in the fight till the end. And it usually does against players outside the top 8.

    Roger is playing a style of tennis that has been increasingly discouraged in over 90 % the surfaces that are in play today. It’s like swimming against the tide most of the time. In his case, Roger manages to keep afloat and sometimes even reach the other side. I fear that it’s conditions like this that may force a player like Grigor Dimitrov to sacrifice his complete game and settle down to becoming a baseline energiser bunny.

    Now, in the present situation, And among this pack of 4-5 Hyenas – all playing identical wear-you-down tennis, we have a Lion with an aching back who’s older by a good 5-6 years, has the only single handed backhand among them and an all-round attacking game who’s not only kept himself afloat but has also excelled beyond expectations till the AO, 2013. What is even more astounding is he did all this with a 90’ racket! It takes a strong mind just to hang with these animals. And in conditions where he’s almost always had to fight off not only one or two of the above mentioned animals, and also the playing surface! If Stakhovsky likened playing Roger on Wimbledon Centre court to playing 2 Rogers, imagine what it must have been for Roger to play Nadal at the French Open pre and post 2011? I mention 2011 because that’s when Roger had a fighting chance to beat Nadal in the finals at Rolland Garros. That fighting chance was provided not by a faster surface but by a new breed of balls that year that were faster and moved like pellets from a gun. Unfortunately, by then, Nadal had had over 6 years of building his mental toughness on that surface and had the edge over Roger yet again. Even if that match was in Roger’s hand. Nadal is also mentally shrewder than Roger since he always has a Plan B and C. Plus his one-dimensional game gives him focus and the security of knowing that it’s all he needs to execute. Roger in contrast has gone either toe-to-toe or done something totally different, given his broader range of skills – like he did in the Rome finals this year. The second approach would have worked if the execution had been spot-on. Still, it took guts on Roger’s part and a lot of risk to go with that strategy and doing that too is a part of Roger’s brand of mental toughness.

    Circumstances and conditions can shape an athlete’s mental toughness. It certainly shaped Rogers. However, it also sharpened Nadal’s who in turn compelled Djokovic to raise his own mind to a higher level. Now Djokovic has met his match in Murray.

    Roger, though is not done yet. He has – unlike in the past when it used to be his way or the highway – accepted his situation and is now willing to introduce little nuggets of change to help balance his game to suit the present conditions. The racket change was a pleasant surprise that could be one of several coming up from this very special athlete and inspirational role model. He deserves to rise this year or the next on his terms without the burden of our expectations. Let us instead, encourage him in his continuing transition and wish him our best.

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Grumpy…. comment + 1 !!!

    So true and nice. I hope Roger makes in Gstaad atleast SF or Finals, winning would be great, but if he lost or even before the SF… no worries… he has to get use to the racket.

    And to be honest, if his back holds up, I can honestly see Roger playing till 40 or 45 !!!

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    Veronica Reply:

    Wonderful comment, Grumpy, as with all of your comments! About Roger’s mental fitness, I tend to agree with Ru-an. Taking risks and playing a risky game doesn’t necessarily mean mental toughness. It can mean stubborness, sometimes maybe even foolishness(!) although you would have to be mentally strong to be able to take risks in the first place. Now, being able to come from behind, again and again, refusing to lose, when the tide is against you, thinking clearly and playing the big points well, even when you are not playing your best, is the kind of mental toughness that is required for a win in today’s top tennis matches. Roger has his brand of mental toughness as you rightly say so which his circumstances and conditions have shaped him to be. It is unique because his game is unique. But Nadal’s and Djoko’s mental toughness is of a different league. But as you say, it maybe easier and more natural for grinders to develop mental toughness as their games are more stable.

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    Alex Reply:

    Ok I agree with most of what you said there but I just have to jump in to mention something which caught my attention. We keep saying that Nadal is one dimensional and that he only has one game plan. That’s true but mostly when it comes to him playing Roger. Personally, ever since Djokovic started dominating Nadal in 2011, I have noticed great change in Nadal’s game.

    Firstly, in the very important points he quite often tries to serve and volley. He always practice the serve and volley for the crucial points.

    Secondly, if you watch closely Nadal has this other type of play where he attacks someone’s backhand in order to get them out of position and opens up the court to play his new and improved devastating forehand either cross-court or down the line.

    Throughout most of his career he has been a defensive grinder and to a large extent still is. Nowadays it’s a different story coz he attacks opponents a lot more.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Grumpy. I didn’t say Roger is not mentally tough though. It is a bit surprising how often people claim I said that when I have said no such thing. I said mental fortitude is not Roger’s strength, although it is still very good. How does that translate to me saying he is not mentally tough? I’d be interested to know.

    Personally I didn’t even think about the Djokovic losses at the US Open, which goes to prove my point even more that mental fortitude is not Roger’s strength. And yes, I am comparing him with the best. He is the best so why should I compare to anything less?

    Anyway I like your comments and my readers seem to like them too judging from the thumbs up.

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    Grumpy Reply:

    Thank you Karyani, Veronica, et al.

    Thank you too Ru-an. I apologise for the line wrongly coming out as you not thinking Roger is mentally tough. I daresay we both agree that while Roger’s mental strength is very good, Nadal and Djokovic are a level above.

    Alex you are right about Nadal having variety in his game. I have seen Nadal serve and volley against Youzhny in Wimbledon 2008 and he did it quite well. However his bread and butter tennis is still from the baseline and any variety or tweaks you see in his game is still baseline-centric

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  5. Hi Ru-an, What a nice tribute you are giving to Roger…it could not have been said any better. Roger, the person, an all-around great guy you just have to love. Like the photos, too, and Roger’s curls are coming back. Thank you, Ru-an, for you, too. I am a fan of both of you! In a couple of days I will observe my 88th birthday, I take delight in following tennis especially, Roger, of course. Thanks to your blog, I have learned a lot about tennis with all your blog readers comments’ that are posted.
    Katyani says, Roger will Rock in 2014! I love that enthusiasm, and how could we not appreciate Veronica’s bubbly expressions to Roger and his game.
    Gstaad is on the agenda, as I mentioned, Ru-an, am hopeful that Roger will do well here. He has his family with him which means much to him. Good luck, Roger!
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Hi Dolores. Thank you. Amazing that you will be 88 in a couple of days and you are such a lively follower of my blog. You sound young at heart! You are definitely a unique and special follower of my blog and it’s great to have you here. Never mind being a fan of me, I am a fan of you! Here’s an early happy birthday wish from me!

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    Dolores Reply:

    Thank you so much for your kind words and I cherish your Happy Birthday wishes.
    Just stopped by at Blick.ch and read about Roger’s gift, a cow named Desiree. Have you seen this, Ru-an? It is most amusing, hope all the readers will take note of it.
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yes I did! Funny stuff.

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Dolores, thank you for your sweet comment and mark my words, Roger WILL rock in 2014 !!! All he has to do is get use to the racquet and take care of his back.
    Also from me, happy almost 88 birthday !!! Wow, what a beautiful age. But like Ru-an said, you write as if you are young at heart. Please stay that way forever. This blog and Roger need you !!!

    Katyani

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    Dolores Reply:

    Hi Katyani,
    You are sweet…thank you much for your good wishes to my 88th coming up this week…am hoping Roger will top the cake with his Gstaad win! Whatever happens, he will always be our hero, win or lose. Yes, Ru-ans blog is the best, I enjoy reading his posts and all the comments from all fedfans.
    Thank you, Katyani, for your kind words.
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Careful not to jinx Katyani.

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    Katyani Reply:

    No no no, Ru-an, no jinxing going on…
    If he makes SF or Final I will be happy.
    If he loses before that, oh well, he tried and atleast he will have played more matches with his racquet.

    But I do hope he sticks with it and does not change the racquet back for USO. He has to stick with it no matter what. It does take time to get use to a new change.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Happy double eight (88)birthday to our favourite cyber grandma Dolores! And many many blessed returns of the day! So happy that you are with us enjoying the Roger Adventure Ride. At the moment the Ride is not too turbulent for you, eh, Dolores?!…all the twists and turns and ups and downs (back issue, new racket, 2nd round Wimby exit, down to no. 5!!) Haha! No worries, Ru-an will soothe you with his calming posts and the rest of us will put a smile on your face on your birthday and every time you visit Ru-an’s Federer blog!! Have a smashing day and may the Lord bless you and keep you always!!!

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    Dolores Reply:

    Hi Veronica,
    Your cyber grandma, Dolores, says tons of thanks for your kind wishes to my 88th birthday. I do cherish your thoughts.
    You are right, Roger, has kept us all on a roller coaster ride, so many ups and downs but he will prevail and come back with a bang. Your bubbly comments, Veronica, keep me smiling along with Katyani’s enthusiasm. Truly believe Roger will get his 18th Grandslam. Am ever so thankful to be able to enjoy tennis, especially Roger’s, most of all Ru-an’s blog.
    You are in my thoughts, thank you for thinking of me.
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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  6. Hi Ruan. I was thinking about Roger playing doubles in smaller tournaments so that he’ll be getting used to the new raquet. I don’t know how much helpful this will be in confidene boosting but it’ll definitely help in adapting to the new raquet… What’s your opinion on this?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    That’s a good call actually Girish. But right now I’m not sure what the deal is. Apparently he said he may switch back to his old racquet in the US!

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  7. Thanks for the kind compliment, Ru-an. It’s just something that crossed my mind.
    At present, Roger is indeed faced with a boiled frog situation. If he doesn’t change, he will still do OK, but he will become irrelevant relatively quickly. Many of his contemporaries refused to change and eventually faced a dead end which shortened their careers. I think he’s quite lucky to have Annacone in his team, who was with Pete when he went through the challenge and eventually faced that end.
    Roger is making sure that if his career is to end, it will be due to his body, not to technicalities that he can actually tackle and adapt with. He’s leaving it all on the table.
    In fact, here is where my concern lies: his body, i.e. the back. This does have the potential to cut his career short. It affects the whole thing that’s important to him: confidence, footwork, movement, etc. Without the back cooperating, he will get more and more bad results which affect his confidence, and it will become an evil’s circle.
    Now comes an important point for technical discussion: is the decision to slim down related to this back problem? Pete Sampras was slimmer during his younger years and he seemingly had less back problem. He played the baseline game quite a lot as well. As he aged and his speed decreased, he bulked up during later years, the aim was likely to shorten points and minimize additional mileage. But it seemed to make the back problem serious. Roger, too, went the same path and found more back problems after. There seems to be a correlation of bulking up and back problems but I’m not sure yet if it’s causation. Nevertheless, it’s something interesting to note.
    Power is often the route great players go for as they aged and lost their youth speed. Roger is perhaps trying to set a new path. I hope he does set a revolutionary path that will bring him more success. However, one must note his chance to fail this time is probably bigger than ever given his age, back conditions, the competition and the amount of adjustment he has to make. As fans, we must appreciate his courage to go through all this and wish him all the best. Fingers tightly crossed

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Not sure slimming down would help the back Jason. If it is a muscle problem which it seems to be then he needs to build muscle to support his weak back. I don’t think Roger has bulked up at all and therefor had more back problems. He has stayed the same in the upper body but has slimmed down now. I think he needs to build muscle there. Also I’m not sure endurance is a problem. Endurance seem to improve when you get older. So I think he should get stronger and make sure he doesn’t get overpowered anymore. He has also said he is not sure whether he will play with his new racquet in the US, which I think would be a mistake. Maybe he is waiting to see if he wins Gstaad, after which he will stay with the new racquet. I think he should stick with it anyway. He should give it more time. Otherwise he should just have played with the BLX 95 like I suggested and stayed with it no matter what.

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    jason Reply:

    Yes Ru-an, I’m not sure either if bulking up or slimming down has an effect for the back. I was just pointing out something that may be correlated. More technical discussions interests me quite a bit, :D

    As for bulking up, I think Roger does bulk up a bit. If you watch his matches from 2004-7 and compare them to the last 2-3 yrs, the bulking up is noticeable. For example, watch his 2004 USO final vs Hewitt and 2012 Wimbledon final vs Murray. The difference in his body is noticeable. The serve has also seemingly become harder the last few yrs and he won more cheap points with it…it’s my feeling, still yet to be proved by stats.

    I’m of the same sentiment regarding the new racket for USO. Hopefully he does well in Gstaad.

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  8. What a treat this blog is! It’s great to read the range of responses. Just wanted to add that Pierre Pagnini, Fed’s fitness guru, is an amazing guy and has helped Fed throughout his career. I am sure there is a master plan here that is being worked on. Remember, Nole lost a lot of weight as well when he went on his gluten free diet and like Fed, he’s quite lean as well. So, hopefully there is something in the works there.
    Reading Fed’s interview in Gstaad, he seems relaxed but pensive. I think the positive energy and support from the crowd will buoy him for sure. He plays Brands on thursday and I think we will learn a lot from the match. Also, Gstaad is higher altitude, so the balls will be flying –so, we have to be patient as Fed’s timing will be even more exposed with the new racket!
    My concern here is that will Fed have enough time to practice on hard courts before the hard court season begins??? especially as the other three have already started their training

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Sakhi. Yes Pagnini is certainly more qualified than I am to give Roger advice and knows what he is doing. It is fun to talk about it and look at it from different angles anyway. The higher altitude is an important factor which I think will help Roger as it does in Madrid. Another reason why he can win this event. As for the hard courts they are the easiest to adjust to and the week between Gstaad and Montreal will be enough.

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  9. He’s just going through a little Sampson stage. When the hair grows out. Watch out. Yeah, I’m being silly, but I think these loses will only motivate him. Slimming down is just a sign of trying to do different things. All the best to the best. Go Federer!!!!

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  10. So our hero is not going anywhere. He has already planned ahead and will start 2014 at Brisbane:

    http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/07/federer-open-2014-season-brisbane/48479/#.UfAC7azYEmA

    One more reason to cheer up Veronica!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Nice to see Roger will play Brisbane. I like seeing him change things up.

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    rahan Reply:

    Yes, it is nice to see him how well he comes back from disappointments.

    A very interesting interview of Roger Federer:

    “…I don’t think my ego would suffer if one day I was no longer in the top 10,” Federer told Le Matin. “There’s a moment when the rankings aren’t that important anymore. Honestly, I don’t even know what my current ranking is. Fourth? Fifth? Third? Today, my ranking isn’t that important to me anymore….”

    “…. Lleyton Hewitt is a great example in my mind. Whether he’s 170th, 20th or fifth, his ranking isn’t important to him. He just takes a lot of pleasure in playing….”

    Please have a look at this site:

    http://www.lematin.ch/sports/tennis/roger-federer-brule-encore-jouer/story/14436499

    or

    http://tennis.si.com/2013/07/24/roger-federer-rankings/

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  11. Hi Ru-an and fans of Roger.Ru-an your comments are so good its unreal sometimes,i said before i think exactly the same as you,just can put to words same as you on the website.I think there is many Roger’s fans but only group of few who never give up and believe in Roger as a person and a player.People quickly forget what Roger did achieve and how much did he bring to sport.I just admire him.Can’t stand when people compare him to Tiger Woods(The Spitter)-guy is just so ruuuude its unreal.I hate Stepanek for this cause he is spitting all he time,but Tiger woods should be an example,guy who earns more money than any sport person,for playing a game?(not a sport to me,sorry golf fans).Roger is best sportsman i ever witnessed in my life and i will support him till he hangs up his racquet.He always comes back stronger and if he does not,well he was still best player for a decade and he will stay best role model and tennis player to me,ever.
    Ruan keep up good work,love this website.
    Peter,one of the top fans..

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Peter I appreciate it.

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