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Hey folks. Some of you have realized already that I have a new blog url and title. So I just wanted to explain what it is all about and welcome you to my new blog! Well not exactly brand new but a few important changes nonetheless. Now, before you get worried that my blog won’t be about Roger anymore let me calm your fears by saying that this is still very much a blog for Fedfans, as has always been the case. But as you know for a while now I have been trying to emphasize the fact that this is first of all a blog about tennis and second of all a blog about Roger. Which is why I am calling it The Ultimate Tennis Blog. But also because my blog is about the very best in tennis. Or on the cutting edge of tennis if you will.

The big three and Murray to a lesser extent have always featured very strongly on my blog. So my blog has really been about what is going on right on the cutting edge of the men’s game. That doesn’t mean it is just about the big three plus Murray. I also follow tennis as a whole. I have a few other favorites than Roger. And not necessarily guys that are ranked in the top ten for instance. I also like to follow the progress of the young players like Coric, Kyrgios, and Thiem who is now coming through. Tennis has always been a big part of my life and I never really wanted my blog to be exclusively about Roger. For people who wants to blindly worship Roger there is always Jonathan’s blog. And I don’t mean that in a bad way.

Jonathan has done a terrific job with his blog and has become much bigger than my blog. But his blog is very much exclusively about Roger, as the title of his blog indicates(PeRFect Tennis). I have followed tennis for too long and have too broad an interest in tennis for it to be exclusively about one single player. You could argue that has been the case in the past with my blog, but if you followed it closely you would have noticed I always had interest in other players as well. And I have always had a problem with people who blindly worships Roger. I hate bias and when people can’t be objective. And I think a blog name change has been a long time coming. I tried The GOAT Blog for a while but it still referred too much to Roger and the url for it was not available anyway.

I wanted a url that would make it clear that this is not a fan blog, which Jonathan’s blog is. So if anyone here wants to follow a Federer fan blog then they are welcome to follow Jonathan’s blog. Or they can read both our blogs. The point is I don’t want a fan blog and never really did. But because of the name Federer in my previous url that confused things. So now there is no more reason for people to act like this is a Federer fan blog and blindly worship him here with their bias. Roger is and probably always will be my favorite player, but I don’t tolerate bias and lack of objectivity very well at all. The way I see it this blog is now more for the mature Fedfan and for people who are also interested in tennis as a whole.

People who don’t have a problem with Roger when he played his best and simply got beaten by the better player. I have already said that I am not crazy about Fedfans in general because they tend to be spoiled and very hard to please. So now that kind of Fedfan have no more excuses to come here and claim that this is a Federer blog. Contrary to what you may think, this blog will be more appreciative of what Roger is achieving at this stage in his career than the typical fan blog. This is because the emotion of blind worship won’t be involved and we can objectively appreciate the fact that Roger is still competing right at the top of the game at age 33. I see people on twitter all the time who get so emotionally involved in Roger’s matches that they simply can’t appreciate the greatness that is happening in front of them.

And to me that is a damn shame. It defeats the purpose of being a tennis fan or even a Fedfan when you are so emotionally invested in the match that you can’t appreciate the mind blowing tennis that is being played in front of you. So with my new blog I want to completely break away from that mindset and focus on tennis itself. It is about enjoying good tennis and great contests. If Roger wins then that is just a bonus. As far as my writing goes it won’t change much. But at least I won’t have to feel like I’m betraying my blog followers anymore if I say something positive about Djokovic or Nadal. And yes there are people who are that fanatic. If you say something positive about a rival of Roger then it is treated as heresy.

I have had enough of that nonsense once and for all and from now I will compliment whoever I want whenever I want and no one will complain or take offense. So I am looking forward to blog without the burden of having to always take into account the sensitive feelings of biased Fedfans. That also means I will probably be much more laid back and calm than in the past, when I often had to be harsh to root out the blind worship. And I don’t like to be like that. I want things to be calm and friendly. Another thing I will do is to allow guest bloggers to blog for me just to mix things up a bit and also to give you more posts. And guest bloggers don’t necessarily have to blog about Roger, although like I said my personal posts won’t change much.

I will make posts that doesn’t involve Roger but I have done that in the past anyway. Finally I think I still want to keep blogging when Roger is retired, which means I can just continue with Ultimate Tennis. Blogging about tennis and discussing with my readers is something I enjoy. You guys mean a lot to me and not just in terms of tennis. I have had this blog for more than six years now and your support has always been very much appreciated. There are too many to mention but there are so many great commenters that know a lot about tennis and are just good people. So I am very grateful to have this blog and it has kept me going through some tough times. Therefor I don’t want to just quit when things are better.

I hope you like the new blog title and as far as I’m concerned Roger is the ultimate tennis player so it still works well from a Fedfan’s perspective. The Miami Masters have of course started already and you can view the draw here. Roger will not be involved which kind of fits my new blog because I will be making posts that won’t involve him much. I am looking forward to watch Nadal’s progress in Miami, as well as Djokovic’s, Murray’s, Nishikori’s, and Stan’s. I see Thiem has also won a match for a change and now plays Lopez. Kyrgios is out with an injury and Coric’s progress will be interesting to follow too, as his draw looks pretty decent. Will Djokovic do the double for the third time and make it a fifth Miami title, one short of Agassi’s record?

It looks likely.

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32 Comments

  1. Ru-an, I hope I am the first commentator of your Ultimate blog. Feel really privileged, not only as a part of the current history of your blog, but as an avid follower of your blog right from its inception. It has enriched my tennis knowledge every day both as a follower and as a player. I appreciate tennis more than I had ever appreciated it; I can relate myself more to it in other facets of life. The problem with the fanatic Fedfans is that they cannot differentiate between appreciation and greed. They simply want more and more from Fed without being realistic. Whatever we have seen from Fed at the age of 33 is already phenomenal. I was watching the highlight of the IW final again, and now I am appreciating its quality even more. What a match! The shotmaking was simply unbelievable from both the players, particularly our hero. The fanatics will say: how in the world could Fed lose the match after slowly making a comeback in the second set? But they forget the point that Djoker did something extra than ordinary and showed more character than Fed in order to win the match. One thing I have noticed in the recent past is that Fed is reaching for more balls than he used to go for earlier, probably many of them he won’t have even chased. The hotshot of that final exemplifies that fact. What else can one ask from a person at the ripe age of 33? He made life so difficult for the world no. 1 that he had to smash his racquet in frustration! How many of the young guns in the ATP circuit have been able to do this? To all those fanatic fans: appreciate whatever you are watching in front of your eyes, it is not going to last forever. Don’t be greedy, be happy!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yes you are the first commenter of my new blog Jiten and a fitting commenter at that. I feel privileged to have readers like you and that makes me really proud to me the host of this blog. Your comment is spot on too. The greedy and childish Fedfan asks why Roger could not win after coming back in the second set. The mature and appreciative Fedfan asks how did Roger manage to win the second set. Never mind not being able to keep it up in the third. It was the same story with the Wimbledon final last year. Where I was astonished at the level of play and just felt grateful to be part of such a classic many Fedfans were shattered. I can understand their disappointment, but what about the fight Roger showed in the fourth set? What about the fact that Roger was almost 33 and played against the best player in the world in his prime? What about the incredible match?? These are the things I want to keep emphasizing and with the new blog title it will be easier.

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  2. Roger is only human and will eventually fade, so I am glad to see this move for the blog! But we will definitely enjoy these last few years of Roger’s career and see what other records he can smash (hopefully at least one more GS!). It’s been quite a fun journey, and I’m glad to have gotten to be on that journey with you, Ru-an, by way of your blog. I get the majority of my tennis knowledge from you, so thank you once again for your time and for sharing your talents of writing and tennis with us! Cheers!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Hey JDub thanks as always for the support. I will always remember you as my first reader!

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  3. I think it is the case with most Fed fans that they are so tensed during his matches that we can’t really see the kind of amazing things he is doing with his racquet. That’s why I always go back and watch his highlights. And I really hope Federer doesn’t retire in the next 2 and half years atleast. I am defintiely not one of those who thinks he will tarnish his legacy by playing longer. His legacy is already set in stone. Him playing longer will both give him as well as his fans happiness. As for the blog itself I have pretty much read every one of your posts in the past 3 years. And I know we have had our differences recently but believe it or not I am one of your biggest fans as well. And like you since I talk pretty frankly, I think maybe we had a couple of arguments. I hope all that is over with the Old Federer Blog :D

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right Ajay no hard feelings. I am glad you are still following my blog and that I didn’t estrange you from my blog. I know you don’t mean any harm and that you just speak bluntly like me. But like you say that is something in the past now with the Old Federer Blog. I promise I will be more relaxed now ;-)

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  4. All the top players in the world have to adapt their game to stay ahead, and so do the best bloggers! Congratulations Ru-an, and happy birthday Ultimate Tennis! I’ve followed your blog/s for a couple of years now at least and I’d like to thank you for providing me with your thoughts and also a platform to express my own, completely free of charge. I really appreciate it, I’m still only a teenager and I’m not the most intellectual guy, but your insights have definitely grown my own knowledge on the game and made me wiser for sure.
    You’ll have plenty to write about! Roger’s still playing awesome tennis, definitely rivalling Agassi for longevity and who knows he might go on to rival Connors! I think Nadal needs a good week to give a message to the rest of the tour before the clay season starts as well. I’m excited about Thiem too, it was a good win over Schwartzman yesterday since the latter definitely turned up to play. Another guy I’m a fan of is Kokkinakis, he’s wise beyond his years and is improving with every match he plays on tour. I’m also ecstatic Del Potro is back and that Tipsy is playing doubles with Novak this week! My pick for Miami is Stan after his disappointment last time out. Phew and that’s just a start haha

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Hey Tom, sorry that I didn’t get time to reply to your comment on my last post. I just didn’t get the time. And you are welcome about the free of charge part. I like that this is a totally free service and that no one has to pay anything to read my posts and comment. I hate the fact that these days everything is done with the intention of financial gain, so I am happy I can give a totally free service like this that means something to people. That said, I do appreciate the odd donation very much and am looking for ways to make more of an income from my blog. I won’t charge anyone to read my blog but I may allow people to make posts that wants to advertise something.
    And don’t worry about not feeling like much of an intellectual. I’m 36 and still don’t feel like one. I intend to finish my college degree soon but don’t ever forget that education is not the same as intelligence. There are many highly educated people who are very stupid indeed. I agree about Kokkinakis. Australian tennis is looking promising because Tomic looks like he is finally becoming more consistent too. And yes I really hope Del Potro can make a full recovery. There is indeed a lot to talk about in tennis!

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  5. Ru-an, congratulations on the Ultimate Tennis Blog! Your blog was always the ultimate tennis blog for me, and now it’s official. :-) I started reading your blog in 2013 when Roger was at the rock bottom. In fact that was also the time when I started following tennis closely and became Roger’s fan. You gave me a whole new perspective about Tennis and also about Roger. You may not believe this but although I started reading your blog recently I have read each and every one of your old posts as well, and few of them maybe even more than once. Doing this helped me to understand what was happen in Roger’s career during those years since I was not following Tennis then. Reading your blog also helped me to look at tennis in a different perspective, rather than just being like other greedy fans. I think this is the major thing which I’ve learnt and I’m thankful to you for this.
    Even now I’ll be nervous as hell during matches but I’m certainly improving on that as well. Like you say, when you appreciate what players do on court, then you don’t feel tensed but rather you enjoy the game being played. I guess in that regard you are that GOAT spectator as well :D .
    I’m really grateful for this blog to introducing me to various facets of Tennis and Roger, and looking forward to what’s in store for the future. Allez!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Wow! I’m stunned that you read all my posts, some ever more than once! That’s an awful lot of posts! Lol! It fills me with pride and gratitude when I hear things like this. I often here from people who have never commented before and then they tell me they have followed my blog since start, read all my posts, or something similar. Those are the most satisfying kind of things to hear as a blogger, but your story maybe top them all! And I really appreciate you saying that my blog has always been the ultimate tennis blog for you. That means a lot. I have really enjoyed your comments since you started commenting and I think the fact that you started following Roger in 2013 when he was at an all time low explains a lot. I myself started blogging about Roger in 2008 when he had his worst year since his prime, so you and I have something similar in common. I can sense from your comments that you know a lot about tennis and that you can really appreciate Roger and tennis as a whole. And I totally understand that you are nervous during Fed’s matches. I am too believe me. If you ever watched a Roger match with me you’d probably be surprised how vocal I get. Not in the usual matches but the ones against Djokovic for instance. I usually roar when Roger wins a big point to the point that I’m sure the neighbors can hear me. But despite all that I am still calm enough to appreciate what is going on in front of me. And I think that is important or you miss what it is all about. Thanks for the follow!

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    Nakul Reply:

    It’s true that you and I have the common aspect which you mentioned. But sometimes I feel as though I missed out on so many milestones in Roger’s career since I started following him much late after he started, and when he was well past his prime, and most importantly at a time when most people had also written his obituary! I envy you and all other readers here who have been following Roger since a long time now in this aspect, but I’m glad that Roger’s career is nowhere near the end. So better late than never!
    I’m glad that you enjoy my comments. I try to give out my honest opinions and the fact that you enjoy those inspires me to keep doing that. But I’ll have to admit that I have too little tennis knowledge contrary to what you feel, say maybe 10% of what you do. Also whatever knowledge I have, the major part of it is because of your blog!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well then you are a fast learner! And don’t worry about missing a lot of Roger’s career or your ‘lack’ of tennis knowledge compared to me. I myself was still playing tennis during Roger’s prime and missed a lot of that. Also I don’t think I know everything about tennis. I mean I’d like to think so but far from it. Sometimes I feel my readers know more than me, or that I don’t try hard enough to analyze the game more. But I think I do an OK job all in all. My posts are already quite long and if I get into more analyzing then they will become too long. I already wonder how many people actually read my entire posts. I know the hard core fans like you do but then I think some people just kind of ‘check in’ and don’t really go through the trouble of reading the entire post.

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    Nakul Reply:

    It’s good to have the feeling that you need to improve on the things you do, since it shows how much you are determined to give your best at what you do. I too try to have this kind of attitude in everything I do.
    But as far as your blogging and analyzing is concerned, I feel you do a pretty good job at it. I mean you are doing what a majority of bloggers can’t do, which is being a fan of a certain player and also being objective about him at the same time. Once you have the right balance of it, you can hardly go wrong. Also your posts are so intriguing that once you start reading them you can’t stop before you finish. Don’t think I’m just exaggerating here. I know not all the readers agree with everything you say but I’m sure most will agree with me.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Again I appreciate it very much Nakul. And you make a great point about being probably the most objective fan of any given player. Certainly the most objective blogger as a fan I think. It is extremely difficult to be objective if you are a fan of a player and I have had my fair share of bias in the past, but I think I have come a long way and this blog change marks a proud moment for me because I have made it clear that I am done with blind worship and bias. So yeah that is probably the thing I am most proud about as a blogger, the fact that I am very objective and honest. Popularity have always come after honesty and integrity for me. I am like that in real life too. I don’t care about being popular. I am a bit of a rebel and hate conforming. Owning myself has always been way more important than fitting in or belonging to me. I just wish more people had this attitude. It’s nice to be popular but it should never be the main priority. Just a bonus. And I don’t want a blog with thousands of followers but most of them are blind worshiping idiots I can’t stand. Lol.

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    Eric Reply:

    That is so awesome that you took the time to go back and read so many of Ru-ans posts to educate yourself. I really respect that! Just so you know I hve been an avid tennis fan and player for forty grays and I still get really amped up watching Rogers matches. I get nervous on break points. I call out loud with ooo’s and aaaah’s, stand up and applaud, and say c’mon so loud my wife has to leave the room!!! Most of my friends think I’m nuts. That’s why I looked for a place online where I could find likeminded people with great tennis knowledge that I could share my passion with. Ru-an is the best of the best!!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Eric but I also have my flaws which I am well aware of. And yeah isn’t it amazing how Nakul read all my posts, some more than once?! Unreal especially since he started following my blog in 2013. That kind of thing makes all these years of blogging worth while. And he is a guy whose comments I like and respect, someone like me and you who understand and appreciates the game so that makes it even more special. That’s pretty hilarious what you said about come oning so hard that your wife has to leave the room. Lol! IF I had a wife the same thing would happen I’m sure. You simply cannot get more psyched up and excited than me when Roger wins an important point in an important match. I literally ROAR a come on. Those moments have always been my favorite about this whole thing. That excitement and getting pumped up. And that is only possible if you are a fan of a specific player. So I definitely think there is a place for that, but one must also appreciate tennis as a whole and keep perspective. And again I myself has made that mistake plenty of times in the past so I definitely have to try and be more patient with people.

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    Nakul Reply:

    Thanks Eric and Ru-an for your support. You guys are amazing. It’s always nice to be with the company of like-minded people. So I’m glad I came across this blog. One of the key points that I learnt through reading this blog is regarding Nadal. Specially how Ru-an had positive things to say about him in the beginning of this blog, but later on the truth about his gamesmanship came into light which changed those opinions big time. Frankly I would never have learnt about the truth about Nadal and also about the dynamic of the Fedal rivalry, how much it was over-hyped, etc. So the posts which I read more than ones mostly had something to do with Nadal. I feel this is a very key issue to know about regarding tennis which not many people give much importance to.

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  6. Congrats Ru-an for ‘ The ultimate tennis blog’ …..very well named as for so long you have posted and kept us well informed of you thoughts and aspirations for ‘The ultimate tennis player’. So I look forward to all the forthcoming coming and goings of the new crop of players. They will have to go some to catch our man Federer! I’m watching
    Miami and it would be great if someone ‘new’ picked up the trophy.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Cheers Elizabeth.

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  7. Hi Ru-an,
    Hope you are fine. Congratulations on the Ultimate Tennis Blog! I have been reading your blog from 2009 and also Perfect Tennis Blog . Nice to do post on good tennis matches. Looking forward for good match analysis of Roger and other Tennis player’s too. Hope we are going to see Roger play for atleast 2yrs & lets cheer Roger’s play. Lets appreciate good tennis matches and records set by other players also.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Inbakumar. I think Roger could play for quite some time still. Definitely until the end of 2016 and then he will take it from there. He is still right at the top so I don’t think he is thinking about retirement at all.

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  8. Congratulations, Ru-an, to your new blog, The Ultimate Tennis Blog, a well chosen title indeed.
    Remember finding you so many years ago, have much enjoyed your analysis of tennis and your loyalty to Roger’s tennis now and of the past. Am with you, Ru-an, there have been many great tennis players in the past, as there are now and will be in the future. We need to keep going ahead and not dwell on just one player, although, I am a loyal Fedfan. Also, I have learned a lot about tennis reading your blog and from commentators that come to you.
    Keep up the good work, Ru-an! Thank You.
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Hello Dolores! I’m glad you like the title, because I didn’t think very long about it. I guess it just seemed appropriate, but now I have a lot to live up to! It’s always been a pleasure to have you around and I want to thank you for your loyalty to my blog. I always think of you as the wisest and most loyal follower of my blog! And I am also proud of the way I stayed loyal to Roger all these years. If it’s in your blood it’s in your blood. Thank you for the support again!

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  9. Congratulations Ru-an! I love the name and the clarity and freedom that I am sure it will bring you. Frankly, the way you describe the “new” blog is exactly how I have always viewed it and why I enjoy it so much. So cheers to clarity and to longevity. I know I look forward to your insight, humor, passion for many years to come, even after Roger retires.
    On a personal note. I AM DONE!! The first draft is finished and delivered to the studio. I don’t know what the reaction will be but I am absolutely certain that it is the greatest effort I have ever made and the greatest work I have ever produced. That’s all I can ask of myself and now the process is out of my hands. Time for SLEEEEEEEEP.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    That’s awesome Eric! With such an effort and quality of work I’m sure only good things can come from it. And thanks. You have never been anything but supportive and have fit in here extremely well. In fact sometimes I think you are the only one who can truly appreciate my work in terms of appreciation for the game and objectivity. Unfortunately we are a rare breed. Most people can’t be a fan of a player and objective at the same time!

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    Eric Reply:

    Thank you for all of your support as well. That, your blog, and your friendship mean a lot to me. And remember this. At least on your blog the fanatics have the good taste to be fans of the right guy!! Can you imagine how intolerable it must be on the fan sites of “other” players?? I’d be afraid to look.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha. Do you think I am too hard on the fanatics? I have been fanatical myself in the past so I probably need to have more patience with them. It is something that must be outgrown.

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    Eric Reply:

    Well, sometimes I think you are a bit too hard on them and I feel bad they they are being publicly reprimanded. But I understand how you feel, believe me. When Roger loses a well played set and they start with the defeated comments that it’s over and he’s ready to retire, or when he plays an incredible match against an in prime number one like last wimbledon, and they are furious and crushed and think he will never win again, or when he really plays like shit and blows it and they say the other guy cheated or got lucky – it makes me not want to read any of their stupid comments and just read your posts. Yes I feel that way. But then I realuze that they haven’t played the game like we have and so they just don’t know better but at least they picked the right player and then had the extra good sense to pick the right blog. Plus when they get really out of hand they suddenly disappear so I have faith that you Ru-an are on top of it.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well I appreciate your honesty, even though it makes me feel a bit bad. But it helps to know I am not the only one feels the way I do about these people. It is pretty much exactly the way you described it. It is infuriating but you are right you and me have been around tennis longer and I should take that into account and try to be more considerate. As for people disappearing rest assured it doesn’t happen often and it’s only done in extreme cases. I also have to let people know I won’t tolerate BS on the blog that I pay for and which I do for free.

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  10. I doubt many of you watched the Dolgopolov Robredo match but I gotta tell you, Dogopolov was just so much fun to watch. The guy has suffered through a lot of injuries and he has an unorthodox and small body, but he’s an artist out there and I dig that big time. The guy has real love of the game and this was quite a performance from him. On a separate note, I have mentioned it before but I’ll say it again, Raonic is the breakout player of the year and with his body and superb attitude, he is a force to reckon with right now and for the next decade.

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  11. There are only two tennis blogs I read on the internet – Ruan’s and Jonathan’s. I discovered Jonathan’s blog first back in late 2011 and have been hooked on it ever since, as a big Fed fan. Some of Ruan’s content was featured on Jonathan’s blog and I’m glad it did because then I discovered Ruan’s blog. I do read Jonathan’s blog more often because it is more frequently updated but Ruan offers a slighly broader perspective in tennis than Jonathan (as he’s already mentioned in this post) and that is what I find highly intriguing. It’s rare to find a sports blog these days which isn’t overly biased towards a certain athlete and I’m thankful Ruan’s efforts have kept the blog as subjective as possible without lacking taste. It has certainly been a pleasure reading your blog and your extensive outlook on many tennis rifts, scandals and notable events.

    Keep it up Ruan!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thank you Conal! That’s sweet of you. From now on my blog will feature an even broader perspective since I don’t have to worry about hurting the feelings of Fedfans. So now you will have an even bigger contrast of blogs to follow ;-)

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