Federer Feeling Confident, Nadal Feeling No Pressure in Latest Meeting
by Sean Randall | May 20th, 2007, 8:33 am
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I certainly didn’t think we would get another Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal battle before the French Open. While I pegged Federer to reach the final, I really believed Nadal would either withdraw or get knocked out en route to the title match.

Credit to Nadal, with his game already in prime form, he showed up in Hamburg and made the best of it running his streak to 81 straight on clay after a harrowing win yesterday over Lleyton Hewitt.

Today, though, I think Federer will have his best chance of beating Rafa on the clay, a feat he has never accomplished. Hamburg is a slower surface than Rome or Monte Carlo, and much less slippery, which should give Federer better footing, something the Swiss relishes given his excellent footwork. Federer has also won Hamburg the last two times he’s played.
On the other hand, Nadal says he’s 100% content with his clay preparation this season regardless of the outcome of today’s match. He adds that he’s got nothing to lose against Roger. Says Nadal:

“I feel good, it’s always a special, interesting match. I have no pressure, win or lose I will go to Paris with the best of confidence.”

No pressure? Sorry, Rafa, I don’t buy that. You have all the pressure. You know that. Thevery last thing you want to do is lose your last match before the French to your biggest rival. So there is pressure, in fact, it’s all on you! Federer is the one with little pressure because based on his results during this clay season and his recent Roche sacking I think few people, myself included, give him much of a shot today. Hence why Roger finds himself as the biggest underdog odds-wise in a match in recent memory.
Speaking of his clay season, Federer has a new explanation for his Rome setback to Filippo Volandri:

“My confidence is okay now, again. I was maybe not confident in my match against Volandri but because of some reasons. It was a hard decision [getting rid of Tony Roche] and like I say, it did play a little bit of a role in my match against Volandri. But I was disappointed in my own performance, that I couldn’t block it out for just another week and then maybe talk to him after Rome. But I couldn’t kind of keep it together, so that was kind of disappointing.”

Well, Roger, I can’t totally buy that either because if your confidence is now back on track what the heck you doing going three sets with Monaco, Ferrer and Moya this week, all guys you should be beating in straight sets.

It’s post time…We shall see!


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61 Comments for Federer Feeling Confident, Nadal Feeling No Pressure in Latest Meeting

claycourtrafa Says:

a set all nadalvfed 6-2 2-6.


kingonclay Says:

Is it a best of three or best of five match?


Sam Says:

Must be a five set match… Is there any website with live web radio feed of commentary?


Agassi Fan Says:

Yeah, that’s what I am talking about!! Fed just thrashed Nadal 2-6, 6-2, 6-0. Finally. I just hope it wasn’t because of a Nadal injury or something.


Sam Says:

Cool result! Hope Fed takes this form to Paris…


Sean Randall Says:

I must say, WOW. I know it’s not Roland Garros, I know it’s not best-of-five, but Fed’s going to be sleeping pretty well tonight after ending Rafa’s streak in ulimate fashion, feeding a Rafa a bagel to close out the match.

Again, i give credit to Nadal for playing Hamburg but this is not the kind of result you want to have in your last match before the most important event of the year for you. Rafa cannot be feeling good losing a bagel set to his chief rival ahead of the French.

For Fed, is he back on track? Confidence-wise he is, and while I think he still could suffer an early exit at Roland Garros, i think if he does meet Nadal in the final this win will play a huge role in that match.

Let’s face it, in this rivalry on clay Nadal had Fed dead to rights, but now after getting Fed a bagel in that final set that’s no longer the case.


Sean Randall Says:

I will also add that while I’m not sure Rafa will admit it, I’m sure he was feeling some bit of fatigue, but even if he was it’s not going to take away from Fed’s pleasure of this win.

I wonder if Rafa could do this again, would he have still played Hamburg? And if you are Rafa you cannot feel the same about your game after losing 12 of the last 14 games to Fed.


realist Says:

the signs were there after hewitt(oh the horror) almost beat him.

federer got more confident as the match progressed and started making shots, but let’s face it, nadal wasn’t playing well at all. the worst i’ve seen him play. he was making way too many unforced errors for his game style(he made more than federer, who should really be making a lot more considering his aggression.)

he was having trouble finding federer’s backhand, fed was stepping around it a lot.

also, nadal was putting the ball WAY to short, many shots landing in the service area for federer to easily tee off on.


Nim Says:

I think Fed’s confidence is now up..he should be good to go going into Rolang Garros. He’s now 4-7 against Nadal, breaking Nadal’s 81 game win streak on clay.

Fed earned 500 points and his first Masters Shield this year.

The bagel was big, just to put emphasis on his skill and mental fortitude.

I am a big Fed fan and I think now all the doubters out there will rescind some of their scepticism about what Fed’s going through with or without a coach. He just showed he can win without one, just like in 2004.


Nim Says:

Great form for Fed..couldn’t see the match live since i don’t have tennischannel…but was watching the scoreboard.

can’t believe he bageled Nadal in the 3rd.


Fedfan Says:

I think Fed’s confidence is now up..he should be good to go going into Rolang Garros. He’s now 4-7 against Nadal, breaking Nadal’s 81 game win streak on clay.

Fed earned 500 points and his first Masters Shield this year.

The bagel was big, just to put emphasis on his skill and mental fortitude.

I am a big Fed fan and I think now all the doubters out there will rescind some of their scepticism about what Fed’s going through with or without a coach. He just showed he can win without one, just like in 2004.


realist Says:

nadal definitely looked fatigued, that’s for sure. and fatigue and unforced errors go hand in hand, just ask davydenko.

i doubt nadal wanted to play hamburg that much. i don’t think anyone would really want to risk ending such a perfect lead up. but he kind of got dragged into it, with the atp thing of course, the fact that he didn’t have a ‘real’ reason not to play(and everyone else was), and he probably wasn’t keen on having too much time away from match play before the french.

sucks for him now, federer’s game is 90% mental edge…


cookie Says:

loooved the bagel in the third!
federer showed him what he’s got, he’s always had the goods to beat nadal on clay, now he converted them. and nadal didn’t play badly, nobody can put it down to that.


Agassi fan Says:

Fed didn’t have an easy road to the final either – 3 out of his 4 matches went to 3 sets. Its certainly a strange result for Nadal – he is known to practice upto 8-10 hours a day, so with no 5 set matches……

Certainly a big result for Fed. He has now won 3 out of the last 4 matches with Nadal (on 3 different surfaces). Lets see if he can take this confidence to the French Open.

4 time Hamburg masters winner – that certainly strengthens Feds credential as a top level clay court player.


lilberah Says:

Wow I love this! I love how he came from a set down, and steamrolled Nadal.. usually when Federer loses the 1st set, he doesnt come back and win..but he has done it two matches in a row (Moya and Nadal)..

I hope this gives him the confidence needed to win the French Open, and beat Nadal there if he indeed plays him again there!


Fedfan Says:

I don’t get this, why are some people saying that Nadal shouldn’t have played Hamburg. He is a true competitor and not interested in preserving streaks but entering into competition for the love of the game.

Last year, both he and Fed were to enter Hamburg, but they were completely exhausted after there 5 set marathon final in Rome.

Why the ATP puts Master Series events back to back, I don’t understand. spread it out a little.


Thereturnoftheking Says:

“nadal definitely looked fatigued,”

Fatigued indeed. He had better do something about the fatigue if he wants to get to the final of Roland Garros this year ( Since all grand slam matches are minimum 3 sets !!! ) And well, Allez ROGER :) :) :)


johnnhoj Says:

Fed played better this time because he slowed things down a considerable amount. He used to be in such a hurry to end the points sooner that he’d make all those damn unforced errors. Those unforced errors have awarded Nadal a lot of games before, plus Fed was surely feeling much more determined this time around. If Nadal lacked his usual intensity, is it not due (at least in part) to Federer hitting the right shots with the proper mix of pace and further frustrating his opponent? Fed stepped it up in the last two sets and Nadal didn’t. I think Nadal expected Fed to keep making more mistakes. To paraphrase something Hewitt said: “You’ve just got to go in there and beat him.”
Fed parting with his coach was probably one of the best things he could have done. Federer does NOT need a coach. He could be his own and should be, period.
This was a legitimate win for Fed. Well done. Now, Roger, please win Roland Garros, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open. You’re the guy to do it. You’ve already got the Australian in your bag.
Keep up the good work.


mike Says:

yes good move man… This win was great

It’s gonna be very different in Paris.


Rob Says:

While I didn’t watch the match, you can’t say this was ‘all Fed’. There is no way that Nadal got outplayed on this one. While I am sure that Roger played very well to bagel Nadal, you can’t discount the fact that Nadal has been playing for almost a month solid, and Roger has been going out early. I definitely saw this coming though, his streak had to end somewhere. Here’s hoping Rog wins Roland Garros and Nadal takes away his crown at Wimbeldon. Now THAT would be a great summer of tennis!!


mike Says:

would be great for sure… I did see the match and I felt from the beginning that Rafa was gonna loose just because it’s a nice way to end a streak. Versus someone who’s not mister nobody in the field.


hewitt come onnnnn Says:

hi guys,

oh it was great comeback for Roger today…i really enjoyed it….this win is very important for federer to regain his confidence …and i think nadal was’nt
100% today but that doesnt take any credit from federer…after he broke nadal in second set …federer start playing incredibly well specially his backhand which he did alot of job today by it…and i think federer in 2nd and 3rd sets…was playing exactly like hewitt in his first set against nadal, keeping nadal guessing …serving wide, alot of cross court backhands and forehands and then a surprising down the line shot. and may be this is the best way to beat nadal on this surface.. i am also happy for lleyton hewitt who is really resurging in very beautiful way..hew was very close yesterday to beat Rafa …and that is big credit to him and i think he will do something in french open. i hope federer and hewitt will dominate the tennis world.


Agassi fan Says:

I love it – how Nadal die hards are now hiding under “oh, he was tired”. Come on, face it, he got thrashed. Fed had a harder time reaching the finals, if anything. Nadal has himself said many times that he considers a two set match “light practice”, since he goes right back to the practice courts after that.

Players just need to believe in themselves while playing him. Like Many of them do on hard courts, like blake, berdych, Gonzo etc.

Like people were saying – Fed has peaked. Well, maybe that’s true of Nadal as well. We’ll find out in the next one month.


johnnhoj Says:

Goes to show that Fed can beat Nadal anytime he feels the motivation, no matter if you think Nadal was or wasn’t at his best. Nadal has probably inspired Federer to be a more versatile player than anyone else. Fed’s win was completely legitimate and well-earned. Nadal should have stepped up his game, but did not.


Stix Says:

Aint no way Rafa will lose best of 5 at the French. Fatigue set in. The problem with these boards and Tennis Live etc is that no one actually watches these matches they just comment on scorelines and that’s like judging a book by the cover. Rafa was spent after Hewitt and Fed has had loads of time after getting knocked out all the time.


Agassi Fan Says:

What logic! Fatigue set in, in these best of 3 matches. But somehow, Nadal will be better off in best of 5, since there is less fatigue in those, right?

Wow.


johnnhoj Says:

Everybody gets tired. Hasn’t Federer ever been fatigued as well? Federer just did all the right things in the last two sets. Nadal lost fair and square. Before today, when was the last time Nadal got a bagel on clay? I don’t think Nadal would have ever wanted to allow that, especially against Federer. It’s good to see Federer do well – one of the few reasons to watch tennis.


Stix Says:

Yo Agassi Fan or johnhoj! Either watch the final? Bet not. Fatigue aint sloping around it’s also mental fatigue. Nadal had it. Look Fed played better and deserved to win but he aint beating Rafa at the French in a month of Sundays. Rafa has a week and he’s gonna be like a bitch on heat gunning for a 3rd French. Fed ain’t consistent over 5 sets on the dirt. Too many balls to hit and the forehand breaks down, that gives Rafa at least a set in the bag.


Stix Says:

Yo Agassi Fan or johnhoj! Either watch the final? Bet not. Fatigue aint sloping around it’s also mental fatigue. Nadal had it. Look Fed played better and deserved to win but he aint beating Rafa at the French in a month of Sundays. Rafa has a week and he’s gonna be like a bitch on heat gunning for a 3rd French. Fed ain’t consistent over 5 sets on the dirt. Too many balls to hit and the forehand breaks down, that gives Rafa at least a set in the bag.

Wasn’t Fed motivated the last 5 times they played on clay? Sure, he gets to the Final andcan’t be bothered cause it’s Rafa. These posters on here have the mental age of 6.


johnnhoj Says:

Stix, I know it hurts to see your favorite guy lose. Let’s try to examine these things objectively. I’m not trying to put down Rafa. He’s a tremendous athlete. Fed’s been struggling to improve, and sometimes failing to do so, but give Fed some credit for doing whatever it was he needed to do to come from behind to win this match in a fantastic way, which not many were expecting. I see no reason why Nadal would be mentally fatigued. He has won three straight clay titles and has a winning record against Federer on clay. The only way mental fatigue can happen is if your opponent is playing better than you and taking away your confidence. Perhaps Nadal was unprepared for Fed’s mid-match improvement. Why didn’t Nadal step up his game? It’s something he’s known for.


Moya! Says:

Anyone know whats happened to samps?


lilberah Says:

rained out


FloridaMan Says:

I actually watched the match. And I can say that yes, Roger played fantastic the last two sets, barely putting a stroke wrong. But I do think Nadal was getting fatigued, after playing so much tennis virtually nonstop over the last few weeks. I agree, I still don’t really give Federer an edge over Nadal on clay, especially best of 5 sets in Roland Garros. I still think it is a little too much for Roger to ask for, given Nadal’s superior fitness and movement around the court (when he’s not fatigued like today).


hewitt come onnnnn Says:

The two guys who can threat Nadal in the coming RG are first Federer 2nd is Hewitt…who has a big chance to beat Nadal.


grendel Says:

I’m a fed fan, and I watched the match. Nadal did look jaded, and that presumably accounts for all those unforced errors. On the other hand, he was perhaps shocked by Fed’s unexpected resilience. Even after fed was whipped in the first set, there was a look of determination, frustration, anger about him – quite different to Monte Carlo. It is true, Nadal will be a very different proposition at RG, and he will go in, deservedly, the overwhelming favourite. But it doesn’t have the feel of last year, when the door was shut tight. Now, there is a glimmer of light, and not just for Federer.


Beppo Says:

This adds a lot of excitement to Roland Garros, I think. I’m not saying it makes Federer the favorite, but it definitely removes some of the invincibility that Nadal seemed to have on clay.

Federer definitely has the tools to beat Nadal on clay, but he rarely plays really well against him, either making lots of unforced errors (which are somewhat understandable, given the circumstances), or just not choosing a good strategy and being too passive. In this match, he lost the first set, but didn’t throw in the towel, instead becoming more aggressive, which is what’s required to beat Nadal.

I think this is Federer’s year to win the French Open. He’s arguably the second best clay-court player, and he has the talent to win.


JCF Says:

“What logic! Fatigue set in, in these best of 3 matches. But somehow, Nadal will be better off in best of 5, since there is less fatigue in those, right?

Wow.”

You really should use some of that logic. In best of 3 matches, you don’t get a day’s break between matches. At the grand slams? You do. That makes it harder to win Masters Series on clay, especially if you play 4 weeks straight, making the finals in each tournament.

Nadal will still be favourite for RG.


Giner Says:

Fed beats Nadal on clay for once, and suddenly he becomes the favourite for the French?

Come on people. Federer had plenty of rest. He played Monte Carlo, then took two weeks off till Rome, lost his first match, and went to Hamburg. Compare that with the tournaments Nadal played back to back, and getting to the finals each time. Fed is going to be fresher.

I’m not convinced Fed could do it again. I’m not even convinced he’ll make the final of RG. There are people like Canas and other clay courters that can beat him. If he can lose to Volandri, he can lose to almost anyone. Remember, the Canas losses were on HARD courts in tournaments where Fed was defending champion in both. Can’t imagine if it was on clay… Canas’s favourite surface, and Fed’s least.

I can’t wait to see the draw.


Agassi Fan Says:

JCF, Nadal didn’t play 4 weeks straight, he had one week off in between.

Giner, Fed lost his second match at Rome, not first.

Guys, get your facts straight first.

Nadal battled Davydenko for 3.40 hours, then blasted Gonzo the next day at Rome. This time he played 2.40 hours against Hewitt – so come on, it wasn’t just fatigue. Nadal practices harder than what it takes to play 3 set matches every day. He just got beaten, period.


realist Says:

before fed gets too cocky, he should work on not almost losing to people like monaco.

here’s something funny, he actually thought he had ‘a tough draw’…hmmm, juan carlos certainly is a major threat these days huh?, and gee it was tough beating an in form djokovic…oh wait a minute, who was that in the semis instead? a 30+ yr old veteran who’d played grueling 3 setters all week in an actual tough draw…


FloridaMan Says:

Nadal still did not play anywhere near his best today. He made numerous unforced errors in the second and third sets. There were several times when Federer came in, didn’t put away the volley, and allowed Nadal to hit another shot. Most days, Nadal would make that extra shot off of a weak Federer volley, and beat Federer on a claycourt. This didn’t happen today. Fed did play great, but let’s face it, Nadal was way off par. He should be fresher for the French Open starting next week.


Sean Randall Says:

So was Nadal tired? It’s hard to rule it out. Even if he was does that take anything away from Roger’s win, no. And remember, Roger could have been just as tired – he had three three setters during the week, Rafa just one.

Bottom line, Rafa had Roger in his back pocket prior to Hamburg, but by losing to him in Hamburg in such a fashion, that is no longer the case for Roland Garros.

Sure Roland Garros is a slicker surface and you have three out of five sets, but Roger after this win will go into a match against Rafa – should it happen – with that added confidence from today. And as we know in tennis, confidence is a major factor.

As for the match itself, certainly not the best of their meetings with neither playing at their peak at the same time. Roger played like crap the first set and Rafa did the same the last two. Obviously the guy on the other side of the net contributed to that to some degree, but for me, in some ways Rafa looked out of sorts in that third, almost like he didn’t want to be there (who does when they are getting bageled?).

I would even go so far as to say Nadal choked a bit in knowing that he was really in a no win situation before the match – if he wins, we expect it, but if he loses, well – and that comes from my feeling that he really didn’t need (and maybe he deep down didn’t want) to play Hamburg for this reason only, that is losing some of the edge he had over Roger.

After playing a perfect first set, I think late in the second when Roger began to pour it on Rafa got caught up in that worst case scenario of finally losing to Roger in his last match before the French. And when you throw in thoughts of “Why am I even playing Hamburg? I should never have been in this situation to begin with. I have nothing to gain, everything to lose. And why am I suddenly losing to this guy I have dominated on my surface?” things snowballed could have snowballed in Rafa’s mind leading to his complete mental unraveling in the third set.

Just a theory I’m putting out there, I could be way, way off. Probably am. We’ll never know, but regardless today’s result doesn’t change Rafa as the favorite at the French, but it does make the tournament that much more interesting.


Leo Says:

I think Nadal is still the favorite for the French.

But what a nice ole fashioned whopping was that today? Just awesome!


Leo Says:

anyone still going on about the Volandri or Canas losses: they wer just better than Rog on that day. Doesn’t suddenly make Roger a bad player… and it certainly doesn’t make them Hall of Famers… atleast not yet!


realist Says:

i think the point someone made about mental fatigue is valid. nadal has had the pressure of backing up last season, the streak etc. which was probably quite a burden.

i think if rafa was playing great and got beaten, he’d be really worried. but anyone who watched the match could see rafa was playing terrible, even in the first set making poor errors(fed was just shanking worse in first set.)

although fed’s extra confidence could be a problem for nadal, ending the streak might not be so bad. it might get the monkey off his back, sort of liberating. could probably relax more with his tennis now.


JCF Says:

“JCF, Nadal didn’t play 4 weeks straight, he had one week off in between.

Giner, Fed lost his second match at Rome, not first.

Guys, get your facts straight first.”

Ok, so with your corrections, he played 4 out of 5 weeks (full weeks), and Federer lost a 2nd round match instead of first.

Still doesn’t change any facts.

Nadal has played waaaayy more tennis than Federer has in the clay season, and it’s not hard to believe that he really didn’t want or need to go to Hamburg. But he pledged his support in not wanting to lose Hamburg as an AMS title, and it would look stupid for him to skip it for a third straight year. He’s still the better player on clay, and one loss doesn’t change that.


Dan Martin Says:

Sean,

I think that Rafa likely would have skipped Hamburg in retrospect. He only dropped sets to Hewitt and Federer (I think), but playing 4 tune-ups for Paris might have been one too many. Still, he is fit enough to recover over this week and be the favorite in Paris.

PS – I lined Tennis-x in my column this week.


Dan Martin Says:

linked tennis-x that is

Sorry,

Dan


rwn Says:

The excuse of mental fatigue is simply pathetic. Federer probably also had a period of mental fatigue after 3 and a half years of domination. Is that an excuse for those defeats? Absolutely not. In Nadal’s case it’s the same.


Agassi Fan Says:

Nice excuses, for the whipping Nadal got, on clay! PRobably his worst loss on clay.


Dan Martin Says:

I do not think I was making excuses for Rafa. I think mitigating factors always exist going into a match. Federer had struggled to reach the final, had his worst stretch as #1, had never beaten Nadal on clay, and had just split with his part-time coach. All of those could have factored into a Federer loss. Of course, Federer won and the contextualizing of Nadal’s loss occurs instead. Maybe I should have given context to Federer’s win in my post. I am most impressed with the result. I think on paper Nadal is the favorite to win in Paris, but Federer, Hewitt, and Davydenko all look like real threats to Nadal as well.


max619 Says:

It is just soo boring to hear to all those things about Rafa being tired or making so many unforced errors to explain why Fed beat him. I have watched all the matches where Rafa beat Fed, Fed made over 40 unforced errors in all those matches but nobody says that Rafa won because of it. In these cases Rafa was better and that is why he beat Fed, and guess what, it is true. But the same thing applies for yesterday’s match
Somebody in this blog said “Rafa has a week and he’s gonna be like a bitch on heat”, well Rafa fans… stop defending your bitch, your bitch simply got spanked yesterday.


Deuce Says:

Perhaps Rafa did not play his best but certainly not because he did not want to. You could see his level of play was not at the top against Hewitt the day before. What makes this dangerous for Rafa is that it shows that Fed can beat him on clay, he did it before the French Open which would make him question his dominance right before a major and it gives Federer a confidence boost (BTW, Fed should have fired Roche a long time ago and probably does not need to hire another one anytime soon). Observers have always said that Rafa’s style of play takes a lot of energy and effort and that it would be difficult for him to keep it up week in and week out. It showed yesterday.
Whether he can rebound to handle 7 grand slam, three of five set matches, will determine what he is made of.
Another thing was that Fed was moving the best I have seen him move and stroking as confidently as ever.


realist Says:

It’s not about ‘excuses’ it’s about ‘factors’. the fact is, rafa played like crap, which is why he lost.

it’s like when murray beat federer, no one suggested the win didn’t mean anything, but it was clear federer wasn’t playing that well, so it wasn’t like murray was suddenly a threat to federer’s hardcourt dominance.

if federer had beaten nadal when nadal was playing great tennis, it would simply mean a lot more.


max619 Says:

to realist
many of the 7 times that Nadal beat Fed one could argue that Fed played like crap and in fact he did play like crap in many of those defeats to Rafa. That would also be a fact.
Fed beat the crap out of Rafa this time. Pure fact.


RJ Says:

As a Fed supporter, everytime Federer lost to Nadal I felt Federer was playing way below his best. The reason is simple, when either of these 2 players dictate play, they dont allow the opponent to play his own game. Thats why it ends up with Fed having a seemingly awful day or vice versa.

But this win has changed everything. Its given Federer much needed belief that not only can he beat Nadal on clay but he can dominate him. I still think Nadal is the best clay court player but now I give Roger a strong chance to win.


realist Says:

max619: yes federer did play poorly in some of those meetings, however nadal also beat fed when fed was playing good tennis – montecarlo, rome last year for example.

fed has yet to prove he can beat nadal when nadal is playing good(Even average) tennis on clay.

i actually think fed can beat nadal when nadal is playing good on clay, but how often do you think that would happen? very rarely


zarlee Says:

“Well, Roger, I can’t totally buy that either because if your confidence is now back on track what the heck you doing going three sets with Monaco, Ferrer and Moya this week, all guys you should be beating in straight sets.”

Says Sean Randall

Now this is exactly what we have a problem with!

What law states that Federer ought to beat certain players in straight sets????

Oh Come On!


zarlee Says:

Sean Randall
this is exactly what we have a problem with!

What law states that Federer ought to beat certain players in straight sets????

Oh Come On!


Deuce Says:

The odds of Federer winning the French are still better than Rafa winning all or any of the other 3 Grand Slams.


Ryan Says:

I think that Roger was able to experiment on his own with Nadal after sacking Roche.Before that he was always made to try out ideas given by Roche which maybe made him feel uncomfortable.Now he can try out his ideas and still not be answerable to Roche even if he loses.So that took a lot of pressure of him and thats why he won.

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