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What is the obj of this write up? You want us to agree with you that Federer is done. Man, you are wasting your time.I think you should rather concentrate on praising your Andy Murray. Continue to tell us how he will overtake Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. Federer is still a good player. The fact that Djoker and Nadal are no1 and 2 at the moment doesn't mean that Federer is done, that's sport.
The forehand might have failed Roger Federer this time around, but his biggest problem lies with piling up too many unforced errors. Summing up his game the no of errors committed against lower cadre opponents cannot be afforded against the likes of Nadal and Djokocic. He has to realise his invincibility has been broken hence he has to put his thinking cap on when playing Nadal or Djokovic.
May headline "Resurgent Federer".June headline "Worrying times for Roger Federer".Hmmm.
Federer may or may not win another grand slam, but theres little significance in that. Hes already proven that he is the without doubt the greatest tennis player.At his age, his level of performance is impeccable. His movement and footwork is amazing, just compare him to other players his age and you will soon see.Nadal playing this well at 30? No chance.
Really cannot believe Djokovic is included in any GOAT conversations.
Utter rubbish! His last Grand Slam appearance was last year and his last victory the year before. Look at the way he moves dimwit and you can see he still has a few aces (pardon the pun) up his sleeve. Djokovic had an excellent chance against Nadal, but lost it. Fed on grass will still give Djokovic and Rafa something to think about, mark my words. I tip him to take his 17th Major this year.
Federer is a legend of tennis that's a fact i think we can all agree on. But as much as federer is up in the top bunch, in terms of the physical stamina Rafa and Novak are too much now because Roger is coming to the end of his career, and i think you can see this in his body language. He's pretty much done everything there is to do in tennis, atm he will always be there, but another slam? Tbc
It is to Federer's credit that at Roland Garros he became the oldest semi-finalist for 27 years and beat Connor's record for number of grand slam singles appearances. It seems a shame that he is not praised more for still being able to compete and win titles at his age. He was younger than Rafa when he got to 11 Grand Slam titles so let's not right the old master off just yet.
Chip and charge, bring the opponent to the net and lob them, ten consecutive moon balls, more short soft angled ground shots; underarm serve when break point down, all tactics I have never seen Federer adopt, they might not be successful, but, since the current strategy is failing, they cannot make things worse.Players of bygone eras would change a losing game pronto.
I often feel Federer plays with more confidence against the top two during competitions that are over 3 sets only. I get the impression he feels he can match them in physicality and agression over shorter matches. When I watch him at the Opens he seems a little more tentative in his aproach, does he feel he can't match their stamina or grit for 5 sets? Hope he can add another major to his list!
Jonathan, I think your assessment of Federer's form, does gross injustice to reality. I worship Roger, but Djokovic and Nadal are hands down the two best players right now. Federer is behind those two right now, and rightfully so, age does catch up. But still, he has had a great 7-8 months, and a semi-final at Roland Garros is hardly a worry!!. HIs best chance is at Wimbledon, and he has a chance.
Re 40, What has Nadal's record got to do with it? I don't think Fed is GOAT, but Nadal definitely isn't. And you can't talk about active players when the post I was replying to mentioned ayouthful Fed's record v. Rafter & Kafelnikov. H2h just can't come into GOAT chat as it punishes players for making the latter stages of big tournies when they're not at their best.
Latest update on the Fed's injury and various other irreverent factshttp://tennisinsideout.com/5-ways-roger-federer-may-have-injured-his-hip/
A few months ago, Nadal and Djokovic were having dips in form. Federer has now had one at Roland Garros. What does this mean? Very little, I suspect. The second half of the season has surfaces best suited to Federer's game. I am confident he will win some more titles before the end of the year.
Montreal Gazette: “Federer was congested as he spoke to the media, his nose running. He also said this was the best day he’d had physically during the clay-court season, after dealing with a hip issue.” Swiss media Blick confirmed Fed’s clay preparations were thrown off by a hip injury in Madrid. If this affected his practice sessions, it would show up in matches as errors and poor serving
Yes, i am a tennis lover and Roger Federer is my GOD. I am not only sad and disappointed but deeply worried after watching Roger lose the semi to Dok. I have seen the wrath of Djokovic and I saw Roger give his best in this match and still it wasnt enough even to bother Djokovic. Surely Djokovic has taken his game to a much higher level like Federer did few years ago. I fear that the unthinkable.
I think it is early to assess Roger right now as he very well could win Wimbledon and the Olympics or the U.S. Open. It's unfortunate that he is just past his peak when the other 2 are clearly at their's. I do not see either Djokovic or Nadal getting to semis regularly in 4 years time when they are 30.
In many eras there is one player that dominates and majors like Wimbledon are a foregone conclusion. Can anyone state catergorically who'll win this year's Wimbledon and would they be prepared to bet their house on it? I suspect in fifteen years time we'll be looking back on the last couple of years as a golden era of tennis because we had such great players. Enjoy it while you can.
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