Roger Federer v. Andy Murray, Who’s the Pick?
by Sean Randall | January 30th, 2010, 10:31 am
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Roger Federer and Andy Murray will meet today at the Australian Open for the first Grand Slam title of the new decade. I know there are a lot of fans who wanted to see Federer play Rafael Nadal, but I think this paring is the next best, if not the best final matchup we could have had.

Both Murray and Federer come off impressive performances in the semifinals. Murray had a slow start against Cilic before he found his gear while Federer was in complete control from the onset over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who appeared to have forgotten that he had a semifinal that day – JW was basically a no-show!

Of the two, Murray has been the better player the last two weeks. He played awesome tennis against Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals and showed his versatility in comfortably taking down the dangerous Big John Isner.

Federer struggled with Igor Andreev in the first round then had a couple clunkers against Victor Hanescu, Albert Montanes and Lleyton Hewitt (Hewitt just announced that he had another hip surgery and will be out three months!) before that crazy match with Nikolay Davydenko.

In their ten head-to-head meetings Murray leads it 6-4. But only one meeting came at a Slam or in a best-of-five situation and Federer prevailed in straight sets at the US Open final. And Federer’s won the last two in Cincinnati and in front of his British fans November in London. Of Murray’s six wins, only one came in straight sets. He’s never beaten Federer in a final either.

What I like about this matchup is that really anything can happen in the final: Murray wins in a blowout, Federer wins in straights, Murray in five, Federer in five, etc. Just about any combination wouldn’t shock me with the exception being a Federer retirement. That I don’t see. But really, the way the two play it should be a great, compelling match.

With that, here’s my breakdown of the key strokes:

Serve – Advantage Federer
Murray brings more heat, more bang on his serve. But Federer gets the edge here with his precision, placement and above all his second serve. Both have good first serves and the match could very well come down to who is hitting and winning more on their first serve. And Murray will need to serve a high first serve mark because I think his second offering is far more attackable then Roger’s.

Forehand – Advantage Federer
Both players have terrific forehands. Murray may have more options than Roger and perhaps even more zing on his shot when he goes full force. But I’m going to go with the Federer forehand. It’s not quite what it use to be but it still remains among game’s best. I also like that he’s added the drop shot in recent years and his wide squash shot is a beauty. And unlike Murray who really doesn’t have one true go-to shot, the forehand is without question Federer’s weapon of choice.

Backhand – Advantage Murray
Federer may have slightly more variety and more options off the backhand wing, but I’m taking Murray in this one. Federer’s backhand is where most players direct their blows as it’s far more susceptible to breaking down than the forehand, and I’m sure Murray will employ a similar strategy. Murray’s backhand is a rock. He can roll it, flatten it out, slice, lob and even hit the dropshot. Plus, he can return serve much better off it than Roger. Big edge to the Scot in this department.

Return of Serve – Advantage Murray
Roger never really does much with the return of serve. We’ve seen him time and again just chip the ball back in effort to simply begin the rally. It’s not as much of an offensive shot as it could be. And I also think Roger’s a wee bit vulnerable off his backhand return. For me, Murray may not get as many balls back as Roger does against the big players, but he can do more damage with the ones he does return, especially off the backhand wing. If Roger’s missing a lot of first serve Murray could be holding up the hardware at the end of the day.

Speed and Movement – Advantage Murray
Both players are two of the fleetest around the court which allows them to play great defense as well as great offense. I’ve often said in the past that Federer is the fastest player in the game, but no more. I truly feel he’s lost a half step from a few years ago and that’s really just part of the aging process. So I’m taking Murray. He’s quick, reads and reacts well and his body size gives him an extra few inches to retrieve. He also moves well vertically – to and from the net – better than just about anyone.

Volley – Advantage Federer
Murray volleys very well, but if I had to pick Federer gets the edge but not by much. Murray has some of the best hands in the business but over time Roger’s been able to hit the volley when it counts.

X-Factor – Advantage Federer
Federer is playing in his 8th straight Grand Slam final and it’s his 18th of his last 19 Slams. Two absolutely ridiculous numbers. By contrast Murray is just in his second final having lost to Federer already in the 2008 US Open title match in straight sets. But now that Roger has his records the pressure on the Swiss isn’t quite what it was just a year ago. Meanwhile Murray has all of the expectations and the agony of Great Britain resting on his shoulders. And when you look at moments when those expectations have been at their highest – 2008 US Open final, 2009 Wimbledon semifinals, 2009 London – Murray has come up short more times than he’s come good. Federer knows how to get the job done at this stage, he may not be the better pound-for-pound player, but he gets the edge.

Key to Match
In my mind the match is on Murray’s racquet. He has so many weapons and options – sometimes too many – that when he’s playing at his best I don’t think anyone can beat him. But the problem is that all too often he goes into a defensive-passive mode which usually gets him into trouble against the better players. That said, if he can stay in an offensive mindframe and serve well for the entire match he should win. If he starts pushing the ball hoping for Federer errors – a tactic that has worked in the past – I think he’ll be in trouble.

For Federer, he has to serve well to have chance at winning this one. That means a high percentage of first serves to keep Murray on his heals. Roger also needs to tighten up the groundstokes and have a low unforced error day. If he’s making a lot of errors off the ground he’s not going to be able to get many breaks, if any, off the Murray serve. And if he can jump on Murray with an early break and take the first set, that could be it. So a quick start would do Roger a lot of good.

The Pick
Federer is not the same player he was a few years ago when he was playing on another stratosphere. Nowadays he’s looking more and more vulnerable with each passing Slam. In Melbourne he was in serious trouble against Andreev and later against Davydenko. Murray is a better and more complete player than either Russian and he’s mentally much sounder. But this is the biggest match of Murray’s career, and that’s a big factor. As I said he’s had trouble in big matches before when his country in hanging on every stroke. And we saw a little crack in the mental armor of Murray in that first set against Cilic. Now the tension and pressure will be exponentially greater in the finals – and it doesn’t help that he’s had two days off because I think it only adds to the weight on Murray’s shoulders and prolongs the anxiety of playing the match, which I’ll say isn’t a good thing.

As I said before, Murray’s the better player and if this match was a final in Montreal or a best-of-five final in Shanghai or even an early round Slam match, I’d pick Murray. But this has now flat-out become the biggest match of Murray’s career and perhaps for his home country in decades. For Federer, it’s really just another Slam final. Fed’s place in tennis secure win or lose. So Murray has the pressure and from what I’ve seen I’m not completely convinced he can handle it just yet. Federer I know can. The pick is Federer in four.


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421 Comments for Roger Federer v. Andy Murray, Who’s the Pick?

Dianne Korber Says:

Are you kidding. Murray is the better player?


evie Says:

Murray also said in his final press conference that he’ll have to play the best tennis match of his life to win. Talk about putting pressure on yourself.


jane Says:

Murray has actually out-aced Fed at this event; I thought that was surprising. Murray’s #8 in most aces for the event and Roger doesn’t show in the top ten. I am not saying that matters a lot but it does suggest that until now Murray’s serve has served him well. He is more vulnerable on the second serve, though.

And while I agree Murray has more pressure, Australia, as has been mentioned, is probably one of the places he least feels the hype – two of the “big matches” you mentioned were in London! So of course it’s likely the pressure would get to him there. And even the USO match, imo, is not a good gage, (a) because it was two years ago and Murray is a better player and more mature person since then and (b) because it was his first slam final and NYC is the place for hype!

Here, it’s much more relaxed, and frankly Murray has looked very relaxed throughout, except for maybe a few nerves in the first set versus Cilic.

Pretty much everyone is picking Federer to win, and that seems like the logical choice in many ways, but my heart is pulling for Andy.

GO MURRAY!!!


margot Says:

jane: what time is the match where you are? In UK it’s 8am.
Also, I would add, at USOpen 2008 Andy had just played Rafa over two days. I know it shouldn’t matter to a top athlete etc but I bet it did and as it was Andy’s first stab at a slam I bet he felt dazzled. He is a much better match player now. Also in today’s interview he said just what you’ve just stated i.e. pressure in Australia is just not in the same stratosphere as in UK.
Also, disagree with you sean. Andy often starts slowly and, even if Fed takes the first set, I won’t be thinking all is lost!


ckr Says:

In the best interest of the Sport, GO MURRAY. I am bored with Federer’s brilliance. I hope Murray draws inspiration from Delpotro. Murray’s win will do wonders for the sport in general. Now that Rafa’s career is in question, Djoko can’t handle Grand slams, Roddick has tough luck….I will be rooting for Murray…


Kimo Says:

I have a feeling this match will set the tone for the rest of the year.

Go Rogeeeerrrrrrrrr!!!!!!


jane Says:

Midnight tonight margot (well, half past) – will have to have an afternoon nap if I want to stay up for it! Good point about the first set; it’s not the be all and end all. Anyhow, good vibes, I’m sending AM’s way, and in my house our fingers and toes are crossed for his first slam win! We all want Andy to win, including my Aunt and Uncle, great granddad, etc. Lots of Scots in Canada, you know. ; )


Huh Says:

“Sean says:
Forehand – Advantage Federer
Both players have terrific forehands. Murray may have more options than Roger and perhaps even more zing on his shot when he goes full force.”

You really believe Murray’s FH has more options than Fed’s? Unbelieveable!


Huh Says:

And there’s one more area of disagreement. Looking at the current form of Federer, there’s no way I see Murray winning in a blowout tomorrow.


sheila Says:

i am hoping roger takes it, but from the start, darren cahill & brad gilbert have picked murray to win it. i agree w/everything sean randall has said. i hope roger can serve well and hit some great forehand winners. he lost to delpo @uso having, i believe, 11 dbl faults. that, i think, did him in. he won roddick @ wimbledon because of brilliant serving and thats what roger needs. unfortunately roger doesnt have the consistency he once had. i also feel this match is important to roger as much as andy because if roger loses back to back finals in a major then that says something. i’m hoping roger some how pulls it out.


Kimmi Says:

Jane, everyone was also picking Nadal and we all know what happened! I love Federer, if he wins his 16 its OK, but I will be very sad for Andy..at this moment Murray needs this one more. C’mon Murray, show the old guy you are ready to conquer the tennis world. Go Murray


Kimmi Says:

I also feel that If murray wins this..I will be sad for federer when he collects his runner-up trophy :((..Oh No ! Go Murray!


Huh Says:

From what I’ve seen so far, Fed’s a slight edge tomorrow. I’d bet my money on Fed.

Needless to say though, it’ll be the most amazing thing to see what’d happen if Murray wins tomorrow. I think the media frenzy that will be created in case of Murray’s victory, words cannot describe it nor can mind imagine! It’s impact probably will far outweigh even Rafa’s defeat of Fed in 2008 Wimbledon! It’ll perhaps generate a kind of reaction that has not been seen in the open era. British fans would just go insane! Can’t wait for tomorrow’s match.


Huh Says:

Murray needs the win here more than Federer. It’s a shame that there has to be a loser in tomoro’s match. I really like both the guys very very much even if I’m first and foremost a Fed fan.


margot Says:

jane, kimmi: we’ll link hands across the oceans and keep everything else crossed! All together now: “There’s only one Andy Murray”!!
huh: I dunno,in the UK tennis is far behind football in popularity stakes. Top story here now is about England’s captain’s indiscretions. Says it all doesn’t it?


Huh Says:

Mrs Margot:

I have a feelings that things will change a little bit if Murray wins tomorrow. But remember, Murray has to win it first in order to bring the change. And no doubt, football is the most popular in GB. But I can’t blame the football fans for that. Even I would wilfully miss a Federer vs Pete slam final if I could get a chance to watch a Pele vs Maradona World Cup final. You too must be fond of football Mrs.Margot, aren’t you? It’s a fantastic game! After all Football is the No.1! :)


Huh Says:

Oops, what I’ve done?! Talking football here! :/


Ben Pronin Says:

I don’t agree that this match is on Murray’s racquet. Federer is the aggressor so it’s more up to him to make less errors and keep hitting winners. And I’m also not convinced Murray’s best will beat Fed’s best just yet.

As for the pressure thing, if Murray is ever gonna become the multislam champion everyone thinks he will be, he’s gotta start delivering during the pressure moments at some point, why not now?


margot Says:

huh: my all time favourite is Cantona.
Ben: yes, of course he must! And why not tomorrow. Cometh the hour. And yes, how fitting that the young pretender must dethrone the king in order to get the crown.


chieko Says:

Thank you for such a well thought out article. I think they are both very good players and both at good form. Murray will be the world number one day but not now. I think Federer will take this one in 4 as the writer has predicted. A grand slam is different from the 3 sets formats. I do believe if I were Murray I shall learn from Delpo , winning a grand slam quietly and not so noisy about it. For once you have announce that you will take the GS and will become number, the humble pie becomes so much bigger if you do not win, no!? So shut the hippo big mouth and win quietly ( not this time I don’t think) and then win one big one for your own country . I think that is the way Murray should go.


Ben Pronin Says:

So far Del Potro and Djokovic have both had to beat Federer to win their slams (I don’t buy the mono excuse). The difference is that Del Potro also beat Nadal while Djokovic beat Nadal’s conquerer. Murray has a chance to repeat Del Potro’s accomplishment but there’s a slight empty feeling since Nadal couldn’t let Murray finish him (not that Murray wouldn’t have beaten him anyway).


madmax Says:

Hello everyone!

No way fed is going to let this match go. He is too much in fighting mode.

As for murray serving more aces than fed – I think 9 more aces? 55 to 46, I dont think that counts for much, considering the draw murray had. It could also be said that Murray has had the easier route to the final. That cannot be argued. Just look at the rankings of his players (apart from cilic, who had a real chance to do some damage).

Roger has proved his worth, to get to the final, had some difficult moments.

I have just watched some very disparaging interviews from brad gilbert – I get the impression he just doesnt like roger (could that be because roger turned down his offer of being coached by him last year?), but then everyone entitled to their own opinion.

So what if roger’s step is “half a step slower?”

Makes me laugh every time I see someone write that. Because, even with a half a step slower, he is still reaching the slam finals and winning them! Where is rafa/novak and the rest of the field? There’s more to being a tennis player than running ragged for every shot around the court.

He is a different more astute (is that possible?), player. Yes. And actually I feel he is a much cleverer player with his tactics than before.

Roger has the game to win tomorrow and I dont think he will disappoint. It’ll be a cracker of a match. I expect him to go all the way. I’ll stick with him!

C’moon Federer!


ines Says:

If Roger plays at his best no one come close.There is only one RF.His killer instinct is back.The win will go for the one who wants the title more.Hope a victory in the final against AM.


Ben Pronin Says:

How much smarter could Federer be than before? He’s been the smartest player on tour since 2004.

I don’t think Gilbert dislikes Fed I think he’s in love with Murray. Don’t forget Murray got his first win over Fed under Gilbert.

I feel like if Federer loses it’s going to be because he’s too relaxed. Nowadays I feel like Federer isn’t even focused on the results anymore, he’s focused on what goes on between the players on the court. Lately, he’s often saying “it’ll be interesting to see what he does and what I do…” and other things along those lines. He’s literally playing for fun. He might win, he might not, either way he’s gonna put up a helluva fight and enjoy himself.


ines Says:

Madmax:I agree with all you have said.Of course Murray has had the easier route to the final, then the media said”he hasn´t dropp a set”,Roger has beaten Hewitt in the third and Davy in the QF.
Roger has haters but he only speaks in the court.
Go Roger for the 4th.!!!


Ben Pronin Says:

How the hell has Murray had the easier draw?


Jurasick Says:

Sean: What do you really mean by “vertical” movement? After all, moving up to the net and back is “forward and back”, right? Vertical is up and down. Unless the 2-D tennis we see on TV has to be taken literally and we avoid mentioning the 3rd dimension!!


jane Says:

Ben, the people who say that are going solely by rankings, but rankings don’t always hold or tell the whole story. Cilic was clearly the break out player at this event, taking down Delpo and Roddick, and Murray beat him. Murray also beat the current number 2 in Rafa, and while Rafa quit in the third, Murray was playing awesomely till then. Moreover, Murray had to quell the serves of Isner.

Hewitt was never a threat imo (at most I thought he might take one set); the guy has just taken another 3 month leave from the tour for his hip! Davy was, of course, the form player coming in, and he gave Fed a fight for a set or two, but he has never proven himself a threat to win a slam. I thought he might here, but he didn’t. I thought all the quarter final matches were pretty awesome in terms of level and opponents. As for Fed’s semi, as Sean said, Tsonga barely put up a fight. Less of one than Cilic did in my view, after having watched both matches.

Clearly, Fed had the toughest first round match (or was it 2nd) in Andreev, but Murray had to beat Rafa to get to the semis.

In short, I’d say their draws, strictly speaking, were quite even. : )


Ben Pronin Says:

I’d give the slight edge to Murray because I agree with what Sean said in that Murray has looked like the better player over these 2 weeks. Going by ranking, imo, is worthless. Going by form is more important and by that Federer had only 1 truly in-form player (Davydenko) while Murray played an in-form Isner, Cilic, and even Nadal. With Cilic, even though he was tired, he showed his toughness and honestly, from now on in the slams, I think to beat Cilic you’re really going to beat him. The young guy is tough mentally. So Murray had the tougher draw, as far as I’m concerned, but I don’t think any of that will matter since neither was ever really pushed to the brink.


Huh Says:

“Ben Pronin Says:
I don’t agree that this match is on Murray’s racquet. .”

Oh, thank you sov ery much! I gave two points on which I differed from Sean and was left bewildered as I’d just forgotten another most important point on which to express my disagreement but just it went missing until you posted it. This is the third point where I’d seriously beg to differ apart from Sean’s hilarious comparison of Murray’s FH to Fed’s. Actually Murray’s FH is good but nowhere near Federer in terms of variety. In fact guys like DP, Rafa, Roddick, Cilic, Gonzo and even Soderling (or even Andreev when things’re clicking) have better FHs than Murray, harsh truth but still the truth. And these guys too can hit FHs with some degree of variation or the other, it’s not like Murray has more variety/consistency/sting in this area than these guys, rather less IMO. But the FHs of even the aforementioned ones come nowhere close to Fed’s in terms of variety, let alone Murray’s! What Fed can do with his FH, nobody else can! Period.

“And I’m also not convinced Murray’s best will beat Fed’s best just yet.”

I second it.


jane Says:

So true about Cilic Ben – Cilic took out Roddick, USO winner, 3 time Wimbledon finalist, 4 time AO semifinalist; and he took out Delpo, who just won the USO and was in the finals of the WTF. If Cilic can do all that, he can take out almost anyone. Moreover, he rides the waves of 5 setters really well. He is patient and he keeps focused. He also seems to have a lot of energy. It was only in the 4th set that I saw a real drop in form from him versus Murray, and even in the 4th he didn’t wave the white flag or anything.


Ben Pronin Says:

It’s so exciting watching young guys like Del Potro and Cilic who will tough it out no matter what’s going on with their games or their opponents’. We talk about how much of a fighter Federer is and it’s true but it took him several years to get there. I can only hope Djokovic and Murray continue to improve in this department. God knows Nadal was born a the grittiest of fighters.


Huh Says:

“madmax Says:
Hello everyone!

No way fed is going to let this match go.”

I understand what you feel dear Maxi, but we must never say never coz future is the most uncertain thing. Who knows who’d win tomorrow? Neither you nor I.


mike Says:

I think my fellow-citizen has clearly the edge over Murray weaponrywise. But he is not as hungry and mean than the brit. This is going to make the difference, I’m afraid.

Murray in four.


Huh Says:

“I feel like if Federer loses it’s going to be because he’s too relaxed. Nowadays I feel like Federer isn’t even focused on the results anymore, he’s focused on what goes on between the players on the court. Lately, he’s often saying “it’ll be interesting to see what he does and what I do…” and other things along those lines. He’s literally playing for fun.”

No, I can’t agree with all this. IMO Fed still wants all the wins in the world, he’s too good work ethics and self-respect for not willing to give his best all the time and thereby meet failure or ridicule or criticism from various quarters. And if Fed wasn’t focussed on the results anymore, he’d not participate in the tournaments and slams stating his intentions to win as much titles as he can this year, big or small. Man, Federer’s words are not that cheap! He’s not a liar either but brutally honest all the time. So I’d rather believe his take on this matter than anyone else’s. Though Fed says it’s fun, it’s not childish fun for him. It’s fun for him doesn’t point to his fickle-mindedness here. Fed rather means to make it known here that he enjoys the fun that he derives by his utmost dedication to his work coz he’s a hard-working person and not a lethargic and idle fellow who loves to while away his time unproductively. By this post, you give me the impression that you don’t have enough respect of Fed as a disciplinarian, but the truth is far from it. Fed’s disciplined, dedicated and hard working, all at the same time!


Huh Says:

I also feel that Murray’d nearly as difficult a path to get on to the finals as Fed. Murray may not have played that great opponents in the first 3 rounds, but he’s come through some extremely tough rivals like Rafa and Cilic and also Isner (who’s by no means a slouch) to a lesser extent in the next three rounds. So the draws of Fed and Murray have been kinda even.


loco Says:

if murray wins it’ll prove that you just have to run to win. he just puts the ball in play most of the time. for the sake of the game hope federer wins. the ultimate fight between attack and defense.


FA Says:

The article was pretty biased, Murray’s forehand does not even come close to Rogers and game is for Roger to lose not vice versa. Also it’s gonna come down to who plays the big points well and in that area no one even comes close to Roger, his ability to really come up with the shots when they matter will be the deciding factor tomorrow. Allez Rojerr…


madmax Says:

huh,

I’ve just sent a really long comment back to you and it’s disappeared! So will keep it short.

I am trying to say that federer “should” win tomorrow. He has the tools in his box, and he has the strategy on the court. It hinges on his first serve – he served 89% of his first serves in with Tsonga yesterday, usually, as you know he is around 65 ish %, so that is going to have to be a “must” (imo).

I can see how great a player murray is becoming but I wont be supporting him tomorrow. The british press have pretty much already declared him the winner.

It will be a great match tomorrow – I am rooting for the fed, because in my eyes he is the best – will always be – but tomorrow a new day, a fresh day of tennis, where the past h2h dont matter.

Federer has to bring his A game, we all know that as fed fans, dont we? But I dont see any reason why he should not win.

Ben,

Murray has had an easier draw, first and second round, at AO, plus third round. I felt there was a possibility with murray to win rafa, as he has done it before – very well – rafa matches up well to murray, and with cilic, I felt it was 50/50, but that murray had something to prove.

Murray does get a little bit cocky when it comes to federer though. He has said/reported as being saying, some very silly comments about federer – (I know that can happen the other way around too), but I really do believe that a roger federer in a grand slam is a very different roger federer in a masters – where murray is better in terms of wins in 3 setters –

I just think that roger’s focus is more geared now to slams. And I dont see any reason why he should not come out tomorrow ready, prepared and start off the blocks in style. That’s what I am hoping for, despite what the irritating brad gilbert – who is cocky as hell – says.

C’moon Federer!


Cindy_Brady Says:

It’s tough to call this one. Both can win and lose for different reasons.

I can’t get passed the fact Murray has 0 grand slam wins while Federer has 15. But, at one time Federer also had 0. This could be Murray’s break through slam even though he is very ugly.

Youth and hunger are on Murray’s side but experience and history are on Federer’s.

Hard to pick against Federer. I’m picking him in 5.


madmax Says:

i dont think how murray “looks” will affect his tennis cindy_brady. you’ve said some pretty damning comments about both players – you dont like either, so why are you even bothering to watch the match?


Kimmi Says:

We can only hope people. We don’t know what can happen. I also think Murray had the tougher draw coming in. Anytime you take out a player ranked higher than you, you have have gone through the toughest imo. Cilic did the same by taking out Delpo and Roddick back to back. Cilic and Murray were underdogs in those particular matches, very few people thought they would get thru..but they did. Murray is in the same situation tomorrow. federer with his GS record and his number one ranking has the big edge over Murray. So murray to win this will be very sutisfying as much as it was for delpo. I am hoping for a good match and whoever wins deserves it. Go Murray Go.


FloridaTao Says:

Yes I very much agree. Federer in 4. While Murray has improved a lot in the last 2 years, I don’t think he will have what it takes mentally to beat the GOAT in a grand slam final.


madmax Says:

Ah Kimmi! And yet the tabloids say that murray had the easiest route (because rafa was not a consideration due to injury of his knees going into AO), but we all know, you never write rafa off – especially in a slam.

But not going to get into a silly argument about who had the easiest draw – pointless now.

Federer had the trickiest start, that’s for sure, against Andreev and could have rolled over, but he is now in his 7th match at the AO. The excitement is killing me!

Kimmi, Federer to win! Go Fed Go!


Fot Says:

None of ous really know who will win tomorrow. All I can do is root for my favorite to come through: GO ROGER!


madmax Says:

Absolutely FOT! Rooting for Federer all the way!!!!!


Cindy_Brady Says:

madmax,

I’ve been a tennis fan longer than you’ve been alive so STFU.


Kimmi Says:

madmax, if federer wins i will also be very very happy for him. But i really hope Murray gets his 1st slam…for me, it is very sad that he has to play one of my faves. If he could have played anybody else, i would have given him full support. At this moment I am trying.

People have bashed Murray too much due to the fact that he has not won a slam. Murray sucks at this, Murray sucks at that. Murray will never win a GS…I have always never stop believing in Murray talent and I am very glad he was able to balance offense and defense in these past 2 weeks.
madmax, let the best man win. Go fed, Go Murray


Kimmi Says:

madmax: Ah Kimmi! And yet the tabloids say that murray had the easiest route (because rafa was not a consideration due to injury of his knees going into AO), but we all know, you never write rafa off – especially in a slam
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madmax, I KNEW IT!! Those people who say “the win does not count” are driving me nuts. What does the guy need to do to get some credit on his Rafa wins.

In US 08, they said Rafa was too tired coming in from too many matches in the past 3 or 4 months. In Rotterdam, Rafa had knee injury so it did not count and now in AO ’10 Rafa retired with another injury so it does not count either. Sheesh!

Rafa aggravated his injury in the third set and to be fair to Murray I don’t think Rafa would have come back in that match. But let’s give credit when its due, he came with the right tactic and it worked. Retiring or not..he beat him fair and square.


andrea Says:

what i like about this match is that both players are coming in rested. there can be no “oh he played a tough five setter with no turnaround” bullshit to discredit the win…for either of them.

murray has so much more to prove and so much more riding on this win. he’ll either come out blazing and make it a match or be tentative and be in a hole quickly.

that’s not to say that federer’s doesn’t have anything to prove. he wants to trounce murray. you can feel it. he’s amped.


sar Says:

Murray and Fed don’t get along according to Brad Gilbert, PMac and Fowler. Fed might get really motivated here.

I see Pliskova beat Robson. I knew she would be motivated after she took out Pliskova’s sister yesterday.


Ben Pronin Says:

“And yet the tabloids say that murray had the easiest route (because rafa was not a consideration due to injury of his knees going into AO”

Nadal said that he didn’t feel anything in his knees until the end of the second set. That’s what Nadal said, that’s what I’m going by. Murray’s win was fair and still tough. Perhaps if Nadal was up 2 sets and a break he would’ve tried to finish it, but there was no point since he was losing, no?

Murray has a right to be cocky towards Federer, he pwns him.

As for the difference between Fed in the slams and outside, it’s not because he’s more “geared” or “focused” towards the slams. He has said that he wants to win a bunch of titles outside the slams even though the slams are still the most important. It’s just that Federer knows how to play best of 5 set matches better than anyone else. Playing a 3 setter is just like, you play well for a moment and you win. In a best of 5, you can play well for a set and lose, then play slightly subpar and win the whole match. Federer is just brilliant with it, that’s why, despite how “deep” and “talented” and “unpredictable” the field is, Federer is in his 250,000th slam final. Connors and Agassi are revered for their longevity. Well, (Agassi^2 + Connors^2)(Sampras) + Santoro^5 = Roger Federer. That’s my personal Roger Federer Equation.


Ben Pronin Says:

Before anyone jumps down my throat, my equation isn’t to signify how much better Federer is tennis-wise, that equation demonstrates Federer’s consistency and longevity and accomplishments vs those guys, plus the magic touch like Santoro.


Colin Says:

I think there’s been a change in Federer’s approach since his problem year with the illness. It’s a matter of ego. Even when he was not at his best when still recovering from the mono (couldn’t a guy that rich afford stereo?)he still THOUGHT he could sweep anyone else off court as he used to do. Now I think he’s coming to terms with being just a little less than his incredible former self, and is prepared to work hard for a victory if need be.
I’ll be surprised if Murray wins, but not amazed.
By the way, I’m British, and I have absolutely zero interest in football. Come on, Andy, and put tennis on the front page for a few days!


Sean Randall Says:

Murray’s had the much tougher path the finals. I know Rafa retired but he was playing pretty well up until the injury. Cilic and Isner are no easy outs either.

Fed did have to contend with that mental master Davydenko and Tsonga who as I wrote didn’t show up.

And I agree, the fact the match is played so far away from London helps Murray a little. But that extra day off for Andy only increases the hype, allows him more time to “overthink” and might even break his “routine”.

It’s also interesting how Fed’s made some comments about Andy. Clearly some headgames are at play but for what purpose? Is he worried or is he just that confident?

Q. It’s actually only 74 years since we haven’t won a Grand Slam.

ROGER FEDERER: How many years did I say?

Q. You said 150,000.

ROGER FEDERER: I missed it by a little bit (smiling).

More from Fed:
“he’s in his second Grand Slam final now. I think the first one’s always a bit tougher than the second one. But now that he didn’t win the first one, I think doesn’t help, you know, for the second one around.”

“But, no, without having any ‑‑ taking anything away from him, but I think a few times he played me I wasn’t at my very, very best. I think I played him on a couple of occasions. Dubai the first time we played, I just came back from resting, my mono, and everything. I know some don’t like to hear it. Some still don’t believe me for some reason.”


Kimmi Says:

“But, no, without having any ‑‑ taking anything away from him, but I think a few times he played me I wasn’t at my very, very best. I think I played him on a couple of occasions. Dubai the first time we played, I just came back from resting, my mono, and everything. I know some don’t like to hear it. Some still don’t believe me for some reason.”

he he he LOLz…Djokovic won’t be happy to hear this re; his win over federer in the AO that year.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Federer’s case of mono must have been very VERY mild. He must have had a very usual less aggressive strain.

Normal cases of true mono knock people on there asses for months. I still find it hard to believe he could play world class pro tennis at its’ highest levels with mononucleosis running rampant through his body.

I’m not saying it isn’t true but it is very fishy. We will never really know the truth unless Fed shares it with the world after his career is over.

Anyways, Fed in 5 and Madmax you are on my shit list.


steve Says:

I won’t make any picks. But I am rooting for Federer and I hope he can play his best in the final.

But I think Murray is too obsessed with the prospect of beating Federer specifically rather than having his mind on the match.

“Play the ball, not the player,” goes the old saw. If Murray’s mind isn’t on business, things will be more difficult for him.


Kimo Says:

Well, Fed lost to Murray for the first time in Cincy in 2006. In fact, of Fed’s five losses in 2006, four came to Rafa and one was to Murray.

Ben Pronin said:

“Murray has a right to be cocky towards Federer, he pwns him.”

Does he? Well, since you didn’t phrase it like a joke, I’m not gonna take it as one.

The H2H is 4-6. They were 2-2 after the USO final in 2008. Then they met at Shanghai, and Fed back was so bad (he withdrew from the quarterfinals in Paris Bercy earlier) that he had to be massaged every changeover, which btw is something I’ve never seen Fed do, so obviously he was in pain. Still, he changed tactics to make points shorter, and it helped keep Murray at bay for a while. Murray won in the third 7-6 to make the H2H 2-3.

Then Fed had the Mono in December 2008. I don’t know if you know Mono, but it sticks with you for months, if not years. (Mario Ancic had it in 2004 or 2005 I think and never recovered). From December 2008 to April 2009, we all know Federer was not Federer (remember the racquet smashing incident?). During that stretch he played Murray 3 times.

Ehen Federer was again Federer, he beat Murray handily in Cincy and came back from a set down to beat him in his own backyard in London. You can even say Roger “pwned” him

So excuse me if I don’t get the “pwns” him part.


Kimo Says:

Correction, Fed had the Mono in December 2007.


SG Says:

Murray is well rested and so is Federer so fitness probably won’t be a factor. Murray will have to play aggressively over the match duration. In otherwords, he’ll have to play outside his comfort level against arguably the best player of all time. Can he do it? Yes, he can.

Will he do it? I’m going to say no. I actually think the surface is a little too slow for him against Fed. I say Federer wins with the first 3 sets being relatively close and Federer running away in the 4th.

I have some doubts about Murray based on his performance against Cilic. He seemed a little paralyzed by the moment. If Cilic was fresher, I have a feeling Murray would have been bounced. Federer knows how to win the big ones. He’s been doing it since 2003. Until Murray beats Fed in a major, I’m going with Federer. I’ll say this tough…if Murray wins today it will signal a changing of the guard with Fed losing in consecutive slam finals. I’m guessing Fed isn’t ready to lose consecutive finals just yet.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Kimo,

I saw that Federer match against Murray in Cincinnati (2006). That shouldn’t even be considered. Federer did not try at all to win that match. Just went through motions. Tanked it. He didn’t want to play that event. He was just coming off winning in Canada. He could care less about Cincinnati and his play showed.

He had bigger fish to fry at the U.S Open, where he kicked ass.


Kimo Says:

Pete Bodo in his blog about Serena’s win:

“After she cracked that ace, Serena jumped for joy. Did anyone else see something touching in the way she landed so clumsily, flat on both her feet? That shot put Serena in charge for good; and it confirmed what I had tweeted not long before: Can the Shotmaker beat the Server? I don’t think so. . .

I also felt that the way Serena let Henin back into the match in the second set, with that uncharacteristic 0-30 double-fault, is relevant here. You live by the serve, you die by the serve. It’s as basic a rule as you can find in tennis, and I was glad to see it re-affirmed in such stark terms.

Both women played impressive tennis, but I keep returning to the same thing (as I have ever since I started writing this blog). The serve is the foundation of the game, and as it’s the only shot over which a player has complete control, even if he or she is at a disadvantage when it comes to naked power. All the pretty backhands and lovely touch volleys in the world aren’t enough to ensure that you’ll get the job done if you can’t take care of your own serve – or take away your opponent’s. And when you can do neither, you’re fighting a battle you’re destined to lose.”

Maybe the same thing will happen in the men’s match? Both Fed and Murray are great shot-makers, Fed more so than Andy in my not-so-humble opinion. Roger’s serve however, is undebatably better than Andy’s. Andy’s first serve is a real weapon, but he hasn’t been serving superbly this tournament. Fed has a much better 2nd serve to fall back on.


Kimo Says:

SG:

“I’m guessing Fed isn’t ready to lose consecutive finals just yet.”

Ummm, RG and Wimbledon 2008?


Kimo Says:

Look, if Fed lose it will singal a change of the guard. Does that mean he’ll not wins slams anymore? No, it doesn’t.

However, if Fed does win, then I believe that he will go on to set records that will never be touched.


Kimo Says:

My grammar was terrible in that last post :(


Von Says:

“The serve is the foundation of the game, and as it’s the only shot over which a player has complete control, even if he or she is at a disadvantage when it comes to naked power.”

I’ve always maintained that the serve is what gets the game going. And, it’s been a puzzlement to me as to why people criticize big servers so much. True, big servers don’t bring as much of an all-around game, but a big serve is a thing of beauty to watch. However, a lot of the big servers are now changing their style to an all-court game, and that translates to more pleasurable spectating for the fans.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Big serving slam bam thank you mam tennis is BORING. Yawn’s ville. Serves should begin a point, not end them.

This is the main reason Wimbledon slowed down their grass courts. Hoping to create longer rallies with more shot making for more visual fan appeal.

Those players who make their living off of mainly big serving/Aces have boring one dimensional games imo.

Pro tennis would be better off only allowing one serve. This would rid the sport of the “one shot” players who reek up the sport.


Ben Pronin Says:

Von, it depends on what big servers we’re talking about. Sampras was a big serve but he was an all around player. It wasn’t until the last few years of his career where he solely relied on his serve.

Roddick is kinda the opposite, he was just a big serve and forehand in the beginning of his career but now he’s a more complete player where the serve just happens to be the best part of his game.

Karlovic sucks but Isner is gradually improving from forehand to net play and I’m sure his backhand will improve, too.

Hell, 50 aces in one match, you gotta say Federer has big serve. Not the fastest but cmon, no even Roddick’s hit 50 serves in a match and he’s got one of the best serves ever.


Dan Martin Says:

I think the key will be how well and easily Murray holds serve. I am going to pick Federer in 4. I think either guy could win in a close one or in a blow out or somewhere in between so who really knows?


Von Says:

Ben: Yes, it depends on the servers. But, going back to my post, I think all of the big servers are trying to embellish their ground game, and it’s why we’re seeing so much change in the sport.

I agree Karlovic kinda sucks, sometimes, but he’s got some nice volleys also in his game. Isner is improving and is cognizant of the fact that his serve alone will not win matches.

With respect to Roddick, well, in his early career, his serve and FH was enough, until Mr. Federer began playing his beautiful tennis, and he motivated most of the players to begin embellishing their ground game = A-Rod had to change his game to win also.
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Ben Pronin Says:

Kimo, it’s not their h2h, it’s their matches. These injury excuses are getting ridiculous. You got Nadal and his loss to Soderling “because of his knees” and Federer and his losses to Murray “because of his back and mono.” If they were SO injured, they wouldn’t have been able to make these matches even remotely competitive. And it’s not because they’re such tough competitors and blah blah blah.

Federer was fine in Dubai, he took the first set didn’t he? His back was bad at the end of 08 but not bad enough that he didn’t play one of best 3 setters against Murray at the TMC. Then his game went awol in the beginning of 2009 and he lost to Murray 2 more times (3 if you count Abu Dhabi). I agree that he wasn’t at his best, but why should we assume Murray was at his absolute best? The match in Cincy was points away from a 3rd set. Federer won the second set tiebreaker 10-8 despite Murray’s crappy serving. And in London, Murray was also serving really bad but still got a set before Federer’s ground strokes really started clicking. So some of the times Federer won, Murray wasn’t at his best, either.

Federer is the most accomplished player in tennis history, why the hell should he be given excuses for things he just barely missed accomplishing? Despite all of Nadal’s inroads, he had to play the best tennis of his life and completely dominate the tour to dethrone Federer, but Federer still needs excuses for losing to Murray? The fact of the matter is that Murray has a game that troubles Federer. If Federer plays streaky tennis and makes a bunch of UEs, he’ll lose. Even if Murray drops the first set because of nerves like he did against Cilic, eventually the inner champion in him will click and he’ll start dialing in. Murray has the game to win and if he does he should get credit for it. Nonetheless, the match is on Federer’s racquet.


Kimo Says:

I doubt we’ll see a blowout. I think Murray may come in very nervous, which is why he’ll lose the first set comfortably, but he’ll regain his composure in the 2nd, whether he’ll win it or not I’m not sure. If he does win the 2nd set. Fed will take the next two, if he doesn’t, he’ll probably win the third as Federer suffers one of his mental lapses where he seems uninterested and lathargic.


Kimo Says:

Ben, you make very good points, but I still don’t see why you used the term “pwns”. What you have just posted is all correct, but I don’t don’t see the “pwns” part.

And why do you assume that if a player is injured he should be walking around using a cane or something? Injuries vary in their severity, but no matter how bad they are, they always have an effect on your game.

I’m not using the back injury and mono as an excuse, I’m using them as an explanation. I’m only saying that the four consecutive wins Murray got were against a very different Federer, and I’d think you’d agree.


Ben Pronin Says:

I don’t get to use “pwn” often, I just like throwing that around, it sounds funny.

I’m saying that a player can be as injured as he wants but it shouldn’t be used an excuse for why he lost. If he’s so injured that he knows he’s gonna lose the match, then why even play? Just to try? Then don’t tell anyone because it’s insulting to your opponent. If he thinks he can win but doesn’t and assumes it’s because of the injury, then he should still keep it to himself. I know Federer was getting massaged on changeovers but I don’t think that his back is the reason he lost 4-6 7-5 7-6. That’s just about as close as 3 setters get. Is he saying he would’ve won 6-4 6-3 otherwise? Murray was playing great, so I doubt it.

Did you know Federer didn’t have a single break chance on Murray’s serve in their Dubai match? Is that because of mono? It didn’t prevent him from making the semis of the AO.


Kimmi Says:

@ 7.47PM Good points Ben. Great analysis.


skeezerweezer Says:

madmax,

I agree with you about BG. He trys to hide it but he is NOT a Roger fan, and often picks against him. I remember when he picked Nadal to win Wimby ( he did that year ) and BG says Nadal will be #1 and get more slams than Rog. Give it up BG! WHen are you going to say Rog is GOAT?

Regarding the match, great, great match up and I agree with Sean that anything can happen, kinda. I do know this, Rog is playing very well despite the critics and will not lay down. I do NOT see a straight set win for Murray. If it is its more like a 7-6,7-6,7-6 but by no means a blowout. Fed in 3, 4, or 5. I know I am chicken can’t call it exactly. Hope its a classic!

Kimo,

Its been all over the press and even from Rog that there is so much pressure on Murray, he’ll be nervous, etc.

This is old news for Murray. I think he will come out swinging and take it to Rog in the first, trying to surprise him. ( Not saying he’ll take the first )But I do think sometime during the match, the weight of history will lean on him.

I’m out, have fun watching everyone!


skeezerweezer Says:

Sorry after reading some posts had to add another thing.

Serve. It is nice to see people up here appreciate what a good serve does. That one shot, like NO OTHER, can keep a player in a match. And if your in the match, you always have a chance to win. If either player has an exceptional serving day, look out.

Remember Goran Ivanisevic?


Ben Pronin Says:

I don’t know why everyone thinks Gilbert hates Fed. A couple of years ago, Gilbert said Fed’s gonna win 20-22 slams. I thought and still think that’s a little much.

Gilbert has always favored defensive play. He probably enjoys Nadal a lot and, imo, he may have held Murray back by trying to mold him into a pure counter puncher.


skeezerweezer Says:

Ben I do agree with you and good insight as to why BG favors defensive play, thus his leaning towards those players. BG almost started that routine, but I wouldn’t go that far. He was a counter puncher. And whined while he was doing it, lol. Way different than staying in a match or winning with defensive play.

However, knowing that, you think BG doesn’t like Fed because Fed is not defensive? I don’t think the word defensive play came into the tennis world until Fed….


tennislover Says:

Dan Martin,
I agree that Murray’s serve is really the key here and if he has an exceptionally good serving day,he will win relatively easily. If he has a reasonably good serving day,he will win in a close encounter.

However,at the moment I just can not pick any player. It is too close to call given Roger’s unpredictability and inconsistency these days. Roger’s return game has deterorated considerably whereas Murray’s is possibly the best on the tour. Murray’s first serves are lethal as well. Murray is hungrier and highly motivated to get the monkey off his back.

This somewhat slower surface and the cooler conditions in the night are not suitable for hitting a lot of winners and it puts Roger at a disadvantage against a player whose defense is arguably even better than Nadal’s. The only way Roger can win against Murray is by hitting a lot of winners but an attacking game is not that easy under such conditions against Murray’s great defense. Roger will have to be at a very high level and expect Murray to make some mistakes. Murray has consistently played at a high level and remained focused right through this event. No walkabouts at all. He has not relied as much on his opponents’ errors and has found the right balance between attack and defense.

I hope it is a classic and, as Murray said,it could well be decided by a few points here and there and, maybe, a little bit of luck.


sar Says:

It’s up to Fed if Murray wins this. Good luck to fans of both players.


puckbandit Says:

As a Murray fan I hope he gets his first slam tomorrow. That said, I think the match is completely up for grabs. I don’t know if we have seen both players at their best against one another in the same match. It seems one was always slightly “off” during their matches.

I hope it’s a good match and would love for Murray prevail.


puckbandit Says:

“I don’t think the word defensive play came into the tennis world until Fed….”

Huh?? Don’t understand this comment. First, Roger is not a “defensive” player – but he can play defense well if needed, as can most of the great players.

The most purely “defensive” player that managed to win a slam in the Open era, IMHO, is Michael Chang. And he preceded Fed by a generation.


puckbandit Says:

Jane,

I hope you enjoyed your “Hockey Day in Canada” today.

Go Murray.

bandit


jane Says:

Hey puckbandit: every day is Hockey Day in Canada! : ) Thanks, and also GO MURRAY!!

Cheers.


SG Says:

Kimo Says:
SG:

“I’m guessing Fed isn’t ready to lose consecutive finals just yet.”

Ummm, RG and Wimbledon 2008?

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Granted. I forgot about those two finals. But, Murray’s a better match up for Fed.


skeezerweezer Says:

puckbandit,

I did not intend to say Rog is “A” and only a defensive player. What I did intend to say is that no one included as a main stay in their game of defense to weather a storm in winning a match UNTIL Fed.

Chang? You kidding me? Fed invented “defensively play as a tactic that then would then generate to the offensive”.

Players in Chang’s era ( and BG’s )just knew how to counter punch. That is not the defensice game in a match as we know it today, that the current players play “counter punch”, which I know they do.

Sorry but we are long past that era. Chang was well known as a “counter puncher”.
If you want to start arguing that Chang started the “defensive era” AND that vs. Fed “defensive play” then bring it on.


SG Says:

Federer’s serve is the best in the game. He doesn’t have to serve as well as Murray to be dominant. While Murray’s return game is excellent, I still think that Fed gets the edge in the rallies as his weapons are more formidable.

If Fed is sharp and Murray brings anything less than his ‘A’ game, he’ll be beaten easily. Conversely, even if Roger doesn’t bring his best, his sheer talent will enable him to keep things close. I actually think Murray’s best chance lies in a 5th set where Fed has shown a tendency to get tight.

There are a lot of possibilities for how this match can unfold. I just can’t see Murray blowing Fed off the court. DelPo has that kind weaponry. Murray is a player that wins with guile. Guile doesn’t seem like enough at this point. I hope Murray gets after Federer. I really do. The match will be boring if Murray goes into a defensive mode. Fed in four…as I’ve said before.


Kimo Says:

I don’t think Fed gets tight in five setters. It’s just that when he is on his game, matches seldom go to the fifth. The very fact that someone gets to the fifth, means that he is not playing his best, regardless of who is on the other side of the net.


Kimo Says:

It seems that almost everyone is picking Fed in four. Every review and opinion I’ve read, professional or otherwise, say so. The only one that’s different is the review on the AustralianOpen site itself, where they predict Fed in five.


Gordo Says:

I hope we have a classic that people refer to for years.

But if Federer brings his “A” game tomorow Tsonga will look at the results and say “You see? Losing 2-3-2 to him wasn’t that bad!”


Bjorn Borg Says:

Ben says:
“Even if Murray drops the first set because of nerves like he did against Cilic, eventually the inner champion in him will click and he’ll start dialing in.”

Maybe, maybe not.

Kimo says:
“I think Murray may come in very nervous, which is why he’ll lose the first set comfortably, but he’ll regain his composure in the 2nd, whether he’ll win it or not I’m not sure. If he does win the 2nd set. Fed will take the next two, if he doesn’t, he’ll probably win the third as Federer suffers one of his mental lapses where he seems uninterested and lethargic.”

Not sure if Murray will start nervously or confidently. We’ll find out in a couple of hours.
Fed knows he cannot afford any lapse in a Grand Slam final, but I’d not be surprised if both players happen to go through brief moments of highs and lows. There could be even more than one turning point in this match, sort of momentum swings that could be decisive.
I will be attentive to Roger’s forehand and all-out aggression, plus how he avoids Murray’s backhand. I am expecting Roger to rush to the net as frequently as he can and try to play as much from inside the baseline. On the other hand, Murray will attempt to replicate Nadal’s strategy and keep Roger behind the baseline, throw everything to his backhand, retrieve everything possible, and wait for Roger’s errors. It will be a classic match between an aggressor and a counter-puncher and as usual the aggressor should prevail at the end, only if he can just cut his errors. If he can’t, he will hand the match to the counter-puncher. The match is on Roger’s racket, take it or leave it, unless he uncharacteristically switches to relative passivity or errors creep in disproportionately.
I cannot wait the match to begin.


Gannu Says:

Everyone conveniently seems to refer to his losses against Nadal and Del Potro in the two hard court grandslams last year… The key culprit was Fed served horribly in both the matches… Against Del Po it was unimaginable.. his worst serving day ever..have u ever seen fed serving Double faults in double digits.. and still both had to go to the distance to defeat the mighty fed…

Bottomline.. Fed’s serve should be clicking today and if that happens he is should sail through.. but any sub par serving would only result in disappointment..

Hope Fedex brings his best serve and game today…Come on Fedex!!!! Another 2 hrs to go!!!


Gordo Says:

A LESSON FROM CINDY BRADY ON HOW TO ALWAYS BE IN A POSITION TO SAY “I TOLD YOU SO.”

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1) Post that Federer will not even make the semi finals…

Her comment, from the January 25th, 2010

Federer Blasts Hewitt; Djokovic, Williams Sisters Also Advance into Australian Open QFs

Cindy_Brady Says:
Djokovic is going to win the title.

He’s had the easiest road and is the least tired. The environmental factors even favor him. It’s not been too hot or windy.

Tsonga barely survived Almagro, a clay court specialist (10-8 in the fifth). How good could his hard court game be at this moment??

If Fed survives Davey, which is a big if, then a fresher Djokovic will be waiting.

The survivor of the bottom half better be prepared for war against Djokovic. He’s coming to win and he’ll be fresher.

Sorry Fed fans, Fed isn’t going to win the AO title this year. The stars just don’t favor him.

January 25th, 2010 at 11:09 am

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2) Reinforce the prediction of Federer’s demise, later in the same post -


Sorry that your favorite Federer is going down in flames at the hands of either Daveydenko or Djokovic. His conquer will start with a D, that is for sure.

January 25th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

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3) Post that Federer is going to win today -

Cindy_Brady Says:
It’s tough to call this one. Both can win and lose for different reasons.

Hard to pick against Federer. I’m picking him in 5.

January 30th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

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4) If Federer wins, come back and say “I was right, as always.”

If Federer loses, come back and say “I was right as always.”


rafa Says:

Federer has already achieved so much, I guess he may tank this much and try to become the first person in history to hold all runner up grand slam trophies at the same time. :D


margot Says:

kimo: really interesting point you make about Fed’s 5 setters. Will think about it, but first that comes to mind is Rafa’s win at Wimbledon. Think Fed was playing pretty well then.
Come on Andy, Go man Go!


Kimo Says:

I disagree with you margot. In Wimbledon 2008, Fed imho didn’t play his best until the third set. He wasn’t bad in the first two, but Rafa was sharper. After the rain delay, Fed was on fire. He used the right tactics, attacked Rafa’s forehand using his inside out forehand, kept Rafa on the run, was more aggressive, and he was moving better. He continued to play well from that point up until the middle of the fifth. I believe Fed started slow in that match, and that cost him the first two sets. He was content with playing rallies, and hence playing into Rafa’s strength, whereas on grass Fed can almost pull the trigger on any shot. Also, he returned horribly in those two sets. Yeah, he did get the ball in almost all the time, but Rafa was serving to Roger’s backhand 100% of the time!!! 100 %!!! You’d think that after a game or two he’d run around his backhand to return with his forehand, which btw is what he did in the third, fourth and fifth sets, but nooooo. He just sliced the ball back in play. Wrong strategy cost him that final.

I don’t wanna dwell on this subject, because remembering that match hurts too much. Let’s focus on tonight’s match.

Go Rogeeeerrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!


margot Says:

kimo: ah yes, I remember that tactic now- Rafa serving and serving to Rog’s backhand and me wondering why the heck Rog didn’t do something different. He seemed mesmerised. A tip for Andy here, perhaps!
Go Andyyyyyyy!


sam Says:

Can somebody give me some links for online streaming…..Please.


Kimo Says:

The roof is closed!!!!


Sean Randall Says:

Rise and Shine! The roof is open. Game on.


Kimo Says:

Well, it’s partially closed. The forecast is cloudy and it’s cold at 21 degrees celcius. Game on!!!


sam Says:

Thanks……….Kimmi.


madmax Says:

Murray has a right to be cocky towards Federer, he pwns him.

No one owns anyone Ben. It’s the craziest term I have ever heard. Federer is a front runner. Anything is possible.

When you say comments like that Ben, you go down in my estimation.

May be its an American term? but – it shows disrespect.
And you dont live in the UK, so you dont see what murray says about federer, you want to believe it. That’s fine.

Game on,

C’moon the Federer! The champion of champions.
Amazing to think that Federer has been in the last 18 of 19 grand slams.

Here is an example ben:
Murray walks on court, crowd cheer (about a 1/3).
Federer walks on court, crowd cheer (about 2/3).

UK commentators say:

Crowd cheer seems pretty even out there. D’uh!

It just gets better.


Gannu Says:

I am just the most nervous guy on this earth i think… Come on Federer


madmax Says:

Gannu,

stay calm. Even in the tough moments. Its the only way. We can only root for the person we want to win. Federer got to make it “his day”.

Boy, am I pumped!


Kimo Says:

Murray is as tight as a drum.


Gannu Says:

Thanks madmax for those encouraging words… Really hope our boy wins ;-))


Vin Says:

Gannu … i am also with u may be after u :)


Kimmi Says:

Murray is nervous here..C’mon


Kimo Says:

Roger breaks!!!


Gannu Says:

He breaks.. fantastic.. now just simply keep holding ur serve


Kimo Says:

Some pretty long rallies early on. This will be a long match.


Kimo Says:

Murray breaks :(


Kimmi Says:

Break right back..we have the match


fed is afraid Says:

6-4 isn’t pawning anyone.


fed is afraid Says:

13-7 is.


Kimo Says:

Roger is not as aggressive as he needs to be imo.


Kimo Says:

Is Roger not thinking out there? He’s playing to Murray’s backhand most of the time!!!


Kimo Says:

It’s 13-8 FIA.


fed is afraid Says:

no it isn’t.


David Says:

Murray just doesn’t have enough of a forehand to beat Roger in a Slam. I think it’s just that simple.


Sean Randall Says:

13-7…Ha.

Fed hitting a lot of backhands. Two breaks. Murray seems to be over the initial nerves. Let’s see what he can do.


fed is afraid Says:

murray looks better to these amateur eyes.


Kimo Says:

Roger HAS to get more aggressive. When he plays an aggressive point he wins big time.


madmax Says:

Fed is afraid. Dont be afraid. Fed will be fine.

Roger is not going to use all his energies in the first set, even if murray wins the first set. roger has been a set down before this tournament. Obviously would help him if he can hold on to his serve and break murray’s before the first set is out, but absolutely, he must NOT become too passive. He must stay agressive and focused all the way through the match, it will be that tight. But federer should come through with his game – and why not? why not?

gannu and vin, this looks as if it is going to be a long match, but that’s okay. Whatever happens, it will be gripping! C’mon Federer!

He isnt going to lose this Gannu! No way. This is a slam and roger is a fighter. Andy is a great player too, and wants to win – sounds weak – but am always staying positive with roger. Have to. No other way.

C’moon the Fed!!!!!!


madmax Says:

It’s that serve! Keep a hold of it roger!


Kimo Says:

YES!!! NOW THAT’S AN AGGRESSIVE TACTIC!!!


sam Says:

All the talk about pressure being on Murray and Fed is playing like he is the one with pressure. Dont Know why though…


fed is afraid Says:

we’ll see, i thought roger had the uso won
and he wound up losing in the end.


David Says:

I think they’re both a bit tense out there, but the tension affects Roger more because he’s the more aggressive player. But if Roger gets the first set, he’ll be able to relax and really get the steamroller out.


Kimo Says:

0-30 Fed. This is it. This is your chance Roger.


fed is afraid Says:

that was nice.


sam Says:

fed breaks……


Kimo Says:

YESSSSS!!!!!!!! AGGRESSIVE FOREHANDS IS THE WAY TO GO BABY!!!!


fed is afraid Says:

can he hold here??


Kimmi Says:

WOW! Great attack from the fed to break


fed is afraid Says:

don’t lose your serve here.


Kimo Says:

First set summary: When Murray went for his shots, he won the point. When Fed went for his, he won. Fed is the aggressor by nature, so he had the upper hand.


fed is afraid Says:

first set to fed.


Kimmi Says:

6-4 federer..hmmm does not look good for murray


sam Says:

1 set to Fed …… Now he will relax I think.


Gannu Says:

Finally roger wins first set 6-3.. maintain focus baby.. maintain focus


Kimo Says:

fed is afraid said:

“don’t lose your serve here.”

Is that admiration for Fed I hear all of a sudden? ;)


Kimo Says:

So far, a very high quality match, but 12 winners from Fed to five from Murray says it all.


fed is afraid Says:

i kinda like fed, he hit some nice
shots there.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Conditions favoring Federer. Murray looks depressed.

1st set Fed…Haha Murray.


fed is afraid Says:

just don’t let it slip away like mac said.


David Says:

Kimo

I think you’ve summed it up. There was one point, at 3-4, 15-30, where Murray really unloaded on a forehand (for him anyway) and it caught Roger off guard. But it’s just not his nature to go for shots like that. He just wants to roll the ball to Roger’s backhand and hopes he misses, but that’s not going to work at a Slam. Maybe at Indian Wells in a few weeks, but not when Roger REALLY wants to win


fed is afraid Says:

he can’t forget uso final which fed
had, and let slip away.


sam Says:

Both the guys still not playing to their full potential.


fed is afraid Says:

wow


sam Says:

Fed just raised the level in 3rd game.


Ra Says:

Idunno, but Fed just played an insane return game to break. Those first to backhand winners? Unreal.


fed is afraid Says:

wow what a shot


Kimo Says:

Fed is wayyyy too loose right now, just the way I like him.

Murray is TIGGHHHHHTT.


Kimmi Says:

Oh Nooo..Murray, things are NOT looking good here.


Ra Says:

to s/b two


Daniel Says:

Fed taking control of the match!


David Says:

People say Fed’s not at his peak, but he looks pretty amazing to me. I think he’s playing way better in this match than he did against Djoko in the 07 USO final. He just looks free out there. No more pressure from trying to break Pete’s record.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Goodnight Irene


sam Says:

FIA.. you will change your name now?


Ra Says:

We’ll see, Cindy. I’m not counting Murray out yet. I mean, has he EVER won the first set against Federer?


fed is afraid Says:

i like my name, it’s all in fun
ain’t it?? obviously roger is
great, no matter what i spout.
i mean rafa is nowhere around
is he?? and by that i mean he
couldn’t get to the final.


Kimo Says:

Fed’s backhand is sublime today. reminds me of the good old days of 2004.


Kimo Says:

Murray falling apart.


Kimmi Says:

This is going to be easy straight sets for the fed


Kimmi Says:

maybe that BH winner to serve the break point will be a changing point for Murray


Kimmi Says:

serve s/b save


margot Says:

Fed 2 good and Andy not as good as he has been and serve awful. Only secon set but looks all over.
BooHoo!


Sean Randall Says:

Murray won’t go away easy. I fully expect him to mount a comeback. This isn’t over.


madmax Says:

C’moon federer!

Dont lose it now! Stay aggressive all the way! It’s the only way!

C’moon The fed!

Such a clever man!

Game federer 4:2

Now come one. You see guys, when Fed gets to this point, I do get a little wobbly, only because I dont want him to become relaxed. At all! As long as he can keep that aggression, as you have said Kimmi, then game on!

How are you feeling Gannu? Vin?

Morning Margot!


madmax Says:

No one said it was over sean. Margot just having a “moment” that’s all. :)

Federer is sublime.
Sublime. Sublime.

C’mon Federer!


madmax Says:

I think if anyone ever writes off an opponent before a match is over, then that is very dangerous. Look at what happened with Tsonga at 5:1 down. I dont think Federer will make that mistake again. And we are in a slam so it is totally different.


Ra Says:

Fed has been just dissecting Murray’s service games to earn his break chances. Murray’s definitely done some great playing to save them, though.


Kimmi Says:

It will probably be Tsonga score like here..OMG


Kimmi Says:

C’MON saved 3 BPs


madmax Says:

c’moon federer! This is the Grand Slam Final of the AO! Go do it!


Kimmi Says:

GOOD game to hold…now break him


Kimo Says:

Fed should have broken in that game. He might regret those missed opportunities.


sam Says:

Good hold for Murray.


madmax Says:

great match so far. I want to see more aggression from federer. It’s still at a precipitous point, but c’mon! Tactics are good from sides.


Daniel Says:

Fed is asking for it: 15-40 and he didn’t break, now 0-40 he misses an easy forehand and the had a little bit of bad luck when he hit a forehand ong for a in to close the break. Murray survive another game with mutiple break points. But even so, the match is on Fed’s terms.


David Says:

Gotta give Murray credit. He’s holding on for dear life, but he’s at least giving Roger a chance to get tight. If Fed wins this 2nd set though, I think it’ll be a straight set win. That would be pretty demoralizing.


madmax Says:

missed opportunities yes. 1 out of 7 break points from fed. Needs to improve on that. For sure. There is no way fed is going to lose this match. Just look at his face! He’s just so pumped! I love it!


madmax Says:

He just has such brilliant accuracy with his shots. Great game. Precision. Sublime. Love it! C’moon Federer!


madmax Says:

brilliant shot! Scorched through. bullet richocheted!


sam Says:

Murray is playing better now. Fed should have broken him in his last service gamed.


Kimo Says:

Now Fed needs an easy hold like that game that lasted only 59 seconds.


madmax Says:

c’moon fed!

Serve for the second set – wrap it up in straights! Go for it!


sam Says:

If Fed looses this service game he will loose the set.


madmax Says:

Sam,

he’s not going to loose. His serve is “on”. Too powerful right now. C’moon Federer!


Vin Says:

c’mmmoonn FED !!!

Madmax … i am feeling comfortable now :)


madmax Says:

7 aces. 3 set points. This is where it gets dangerous. Cos Fed could relax. So hold it together roger!


madmax Says:

Well done Vin. Just remember fed is a superstar, he never loses his desire. But. He must keep his serve! C’mon the fed!


Kimo Says:

2nd set summary: Fed too good for Andy. This can be a straight set win.

Fed’s backhand is better than Murray expected. His tactics is all wrong.


sam Says:

Great game from Fed .

2nd set to Fed….. Yess


madmax Says:

Whooooo hooooooo!!!!!

2 sets up!

WHOOOOOOOOO! HOOOOOOOO!

(sorry people. I just dont have a life that’s all!).


Aravind Says:

Murray has improved a great deal. Federer takes his game up a notch to lead two sets to love


Kimo Says:

To be completely honest, Andy is letting Roger off the hook easy by playing conservative tennis. Andy can play better, but his inexperience compared to Fed has shown.

You can’t expect Roger to give you a win in any stage at a slam, much less a final. You gotta snatch it from him.


David Says:

Kimo

What can Murray possibly do tactically? He’s just up against a guy with too many weapons. Maybe if Murray had Roddick’s serve and Gonzo’s forehand, we’d have a great match, but he just doesn’t have enough guns to match Roger when he’s playing like this.


madmax Says:

Kimo,

this is why federer is so clever. He reads murray. He would have worked out that murray wants to play fed’s backhand all the time. But equally, murray reads federer well (a lot of the time!).

C’mon fed!

Third set! game on!


fed is afraid Says:

might be a tad premature
but congrats on your 16th
un freaking belivable


Daniel Says:

But what can he do Kimo, go to his forehand?! :)


sam Says:

Still looks like battle of nerves.

Fed is holding is nerves liitle better than Murray.

Lets see what happens in 3rd set.


madmax Says:

Fed is afraid. Dont say that. Just enjoy the game. It’s so presumptious of you to say something like that.

If Roger plays better than murray from now on, he will win. BUT we still have another set to go. And Federer IS on fire. This is true.

Never count murray out, but federer is going be difficult to break.

C’mon Federer!


fed is afraid Says:

true dat


madmax Says:

c’moon federer!

68% first serve. 16 winners and 11 UE’s. The backhand has made the difference so far. Complete underestimation of this shot of federer’s.

Federer knows how dangerous murray is, and can be crucial that he holds on and does this in straights. cos once he lets andy back into the game, he mustnt let that happen.

C’moon!


madmax Says:

c’moon federer! Hold your serve! hold the game! dont relax!


Ra Says:

Oh, brutal overhead! That one just added insult to injury after the long backhand…


Kimo Says:

It’s taking a great performance from Fed to keep Andy at bay, so Murray fans can take comfort in that.


Kimo Says:

Now I can finally say that me and madmax couldn’t have become tennis players; our nerves are made out of pudding :D


madmax Says:

This is true Kimo.


Ra Says:

Ha, you two are funny.


madmax Says:

I like pudding though Kimo!


Kimo Says:

Me too :D


madmax Says:

Federer! C’mon! This is it! This is it!

Let’s go, Jeronimo!

Fed to hold his serve, yes!


madmax Says:

game federer. 2 games all.

third set.


madmax Says:

Pull the trigger fed! C’mon. Pull the trigger!


madmax Says:

c’moon Federer! Break!

Let’s go!


madmax Says:

close this one.

But federer is on the case.


madmax Says:

why are they talking about murray having an injury?

Momentum. Keep the momentum federer.


madmax Says:

keep calm. Fed. keep calm. c’moon!


Ra Says:

If Federer holds here, there’s no way he’s losing tonight.


madmax Says:

fed playing so well. there gotta be a dip in his game but not now! Only at the end of the match!

C’moon federer!


madmax Says:

break point. this is where the game STARTS.


Kimo Says:

Well done Murray. Roger took his foot of the gas. :(


Ra Says:

Shoulda stuck that volley, Fed.


madmax Says:

federer fans where are you? Am sorry. but that murray mouth is not pleasant.

c’mon Federer!

This is where you must not let the match slip out of your hands. This is where you must come back and show what you are made of!

c’moon!


Daniel Says:

Fed better raise his evel cause he is not putting pressure on Murray’s game anymore.


Vin Says:

c’mmoon FED break back !!!


sam Says:

Murray with momentum now…


madmax Says:

stay calm vin. It will happen.

C’moon federer.

Like they say, “beware the wounded federer”.

So true.

He’s dropped down the level of aggression so he has to just step it right back up there again. He CAN do it!


Ra Says:

I guess Murray’s leg healed.


madmax Says:

okay,

i dont know this stat, but has federer ever lost a grand slam final where he has been 2 sets up? Ben? I am it? Been there? Kimo?

Surely, he cant let this match go at this stage of the game! No way!


Kimmi Says:

I am glad Murray is making a match out of this. He need to bag this set at least


fed is afraid Says:

i thought andy was injured.
a bit wee phoney thing going
on here.


madmax Says:

Ra,

I think it’s tactics. dont like it.

federer better keep his thinking cap on!


David Says:

Looks like Fed in 4 was the correct prediction after all. Kudos to Murray for fighting back when things were looking bleak.


Daniel Says:

Fed has to hold now so Murray will deal with the pressure of serving fot the third set.


madmax Says:

c’moon federer!

Aggression back, please!
let’s go!


Kimo Says:

I think were are at the same stage that the Serena-Henin final was in in the end of the 2nd set. Henin had a surge of Adrenalin and suddenly couldn’t miss a shot. Serena stayed calm and waited for the storm to pass.


Gannu Says:

Please federer Please somehow Hold and Break.. come on.. u can do it…. I am dying!!!!


Daniel Says:

madmax, Fed has never lost a Grand Slam match when leading 2-0. He lost to Hewwit in Davis cup and Nalbandian in Masters Cup 05, I can’t recall others.


Vin Says:

Break FED …


madmax Says:

fed to keep on grinding and bring his game out on top. This is a bit more testing this set. He got nothing to lose, last shot was a silly shot by fed. He getting too relaxed and a bit tentative.

C’moon Federer! This is not to the time to take the foot off the gas!


madmax Says:

c’mon federer! Break!


madmax Says:

c’mon federer. I’ll say it again!

BRRRRRREEEEEEAKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!


Kimo Says:

YESSSSS FEEEDDDDEEEERRREEEERRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!


Vin Says:

Yessssss !!!!!!


Gannu Says:

Thank God he broke back


Maso Says:

Go Roger!!! This may go to a tie break.


sam Says:

YEsssssssssss


madmax Says:

Federer Breaks! Federer is back! Federer to serve! C’moon federer! Keep it together. Do it in three!

back to common sense and more aggression please. This is so exciting!


Daniel Says:

Wow, first Fed set a break point with an amazing return winner down the line. Then set a new one with a ball into Murra’s feet. Now Murray cracked a forehand. Amazing Fed’s composure in tigh situation!


madmax Says:

federer c’mon! Serve brilliantly. Please. Let’s go. Let’s do it.

Federer to hold serve.

Federer is striking the ball beautifully, with more aggression. Fed is back PUMMMPPPPPED!


madmax Says:

that was a great return by murray.


madmax Says:

silly dropshot by federer. got to beat murray by being aggressive!


Kimo Says:

Break right here Fed. Let’s finish this match.


fed is afraid Says:

is murray’s leg hurting again??????????


Maso Says:

Amazing return by Murray at 30-0. Federer coulda taken it at 40-15. But anyway, 5-5!


madmax Says:

FIA,

I dont think murray’s leg is injured. i think its tactics. he wouldnt be able to return as well or move around the court. i wish he would stop doing this.

it detracts from the game. if he was hurt that badly, call for a MTO.

Kimo,

you are right.

Right here Fed. Let’s break. Right here. Let’s do it!


fed is afraid Says:

yeah bad sportsmanship there


madmax Says:

half volley,

magical. and all the press can say is “unbelievable recovery from murray” he almost gets this. Do you hear it margot?

Well done Federer!


Maso Says:

That half volley by Federer was simply incredible! Let’s see if Murray can hold.


Vin Says:

FED hold now ….


madmax Says:

okay,
so this is tight.

Federer to hold his serve. He gotta hold it Kimo!

C’moon! Then tie break! Ugh!

Fed to do it!


madmax Says:

hold now fed…..c’mon!

Serving…serving….serving…….


David Says:

Murray’s really trying to go for some bigger forehands. He’s making some bad errors, but at least he’s putting more pressure on Fed. Hopefully he’s going to learn from this match that the only way to win a Slam is to play that way from the start of the match.


Daniel Says:

Tiebreak. This will be tense!


Maso Says:

Breaker!!! Alright, the stakes are high. Let’s see how this goes. Come on, Fed.


Vin Says:

TIEBREAK !!! Win it here FED


madmax Says:

WIN IT!!!!! FEDERER!!!!!!!!! C’MON!

Let’s just do it!

go:go:go:

mentally the fed is strong. Such pressure.


madmax Says:

this is tense guys. c’moon fed.


Maso Says:

Murray’s taken the edge in the breaker. Hopefully Roger can get the mini break back.


Maso Says:

And Murray wasted that point. Come on, Rog!


madmax Says:

federer to hold. c’mon.

This is the point where federer needs to hold. Be decision. Fortune favours the brave. Gotta be federer!


Maso Says:

4-3, this is tight, quite tight.


madmax Says:

“decisive”.


madmax Says:

very tight Maso.

Just unbelievable.


Maso Says:

5-4 for Murray, Federer to serve… holy crap!


Maso Says:

2 set points for Murray! Uh oh!


madmax Says:

federer! C’moon! dig yourself out again!

Yesssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!


madmax Says:

am calm. am calm. am calm.


Maso Says:

6-6, this is quite stressful!


madmax Says:

am just hyperventilating.

federer so cool. so cool. under pressure.

such a great champion Federer. Honestly, he never fails to amaze me.

C’moon Federer! Wrap it up!

Serve on!


Maso Says:

7-7, what a rally! Holy shit, this is insane.


madmax Says:

c’mon Federer.

my nerves are nervy!

C’moon!


Kimo Says:

CH’SHIP POINT!!!!


Maso Says:

Championship point for Fed, Murray to serve. 8-7.


madmax Says:

Oh My God!

I cannot believe.

C’mon Federer!


Kimo Says:

Too tentative, Fed :(


Maso Says:

OH MY GOD!!!! I thought that was in. 8-8.


madmax Says:

I did too Mason.

c’mon Federer!


madmax Says:

i wish murray wouldnt swear. I hate the “F” word. It’s so disgusting.


Maso Says:

9-9, man, this is quite the tie break!


madmax Says:

just got to stay calm in these moments. whatever happens. just got to stay calm.

Federer has it on his racquet.


Maso Says:

Championship point #2! Murray to serve again. 10-9. My god.


madmax Says:

C’mon!!!!!!!!!

Championship point no. 2! C’mon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


madmax Says:

federer is berating himself! Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!

But come on!


sam Says:

wt gr8 match guys


Maso Says:

That was so stupid… I can’t believe it. He didn’t play that point!


madmax Says:

At least federer smiled. But now back to business and I want him to wrap it up now. This is getting too close.

Come on!


madmax Says:

set point no. 5, but c’mon federer!

Yesssssssssssss!

Now come on!

C’mon! The great serves of all time! C’mon!!!!!!!


Maso Says:

And championship point #3. 12-11, this is almost unreal! Hope Federer can capitalise this time.


madmax Says:

championship point #3.

C’mon!

C’monnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!


madmax Says:

yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss


sam Says:

thts it…….. yess


Maso Says:

16 for Roger! holy shit, that tie break was intense. 13-11.


Kimo Says:

I don’t wanna see anyone talk about my Fed in clutch situation. I’m dying over here.

I LOVE YOU FEDDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!


Daniel Says:

YEAHHHHHHHHHHH!


Vin Says:

yeeeeeeeessssssssssssssssssssssssss

Yeah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Ra Says:

Straight sets for Sweet Sixteen! Amazing!

Condolences to the Murray fans. Not his night, but I’m thinking it’ll come.


Kimmi Says:

WOW! sad for murray but federer 16 Congrats


Daniel Says:

This is genuine greatness!


madmax Says:

Oh My God!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THAT MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!

GUUUYSSSSSSSSS I LOVE THIS MAN!!!!!!!!!!


fed is afraid Says:

congrats fed fans
your boy did it again
number 16 must be sweet


Gannu Says:

HE DID IT YIPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPE

DAMN HAPPY CONGRATS MADMAXand all other roger fans


Kimo Says:

HOW LUCKY ARE WE THAT WE LIVE IN THE TIME OF ROGER FEDERER. THERE WILL NEVER BE ANYONE LIKE HIM!!!

And talk about his nerves!!!! WOW!!!!


Daniel Says:

Poor Murray, he needed more than Fed. In the last 3 games and tiebreak he started hitting his forehand more agressive, but that cost him some errors. He will many more chances!

Damm DelPotro, Fed was 2 points away (DelPo serving 4-5 30-30 in the fourth set) of winning four Slams in a row!


Kimo Says:

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE FIRST MAN TO EVER WIN SLAMS ON FIVE DIFFERENT SURFACES: Rebound Ace, Plexicushion, clay, grass, DecoTurf.


Ty Says:

That’s some mentally strong tennis right there from Federer. Something in me thought things might have gotten tricky had Murray pulled it out.


Kimo Says:

Daniel, we shouldn’t be that greedy :)

Talk about this guy’s longevity, unbelievable!!!


blank Says:

This is shaping up to be an awesome year! With the extra added points, he’s pretty much guaranteed to beat Sampras’s record of most weeks at # 1 (as long as he puts up a decent show in the masters leading upto the FO).

Also, though it’s too early to say, with Nadal not in top shape, this may be the year where he gets one from Nadal at the FO. And, wimbledon…he’s still the king.

USO…let me not be so greedy…let one of the young guns grab it! Maybe Murray…that guy would deserve it.


margot Says:

Congratulations to madmax, kimo, huh and all you Fed fans, your man was febfabulous! Even if Andy had taken that third set he wouldn’t have won, he looked absolutely bushed, whereas Fed looked as if he could go another 8 sets! Truly he is exraordinary. If he’s been playing anyone else I’d've just sat back and watched the fun, as it was, it was torture!
I hope Andy isn’t too down on himself, I’ve seen him play a lot better. Come on!


David Says:

Ty

That was some gutsy play by Murray at the end, but realistically he was breaking down physically. Federer just punishes you so much out there that I don’t think Murray would’ve been able to hold up and push it to 5. We’ll never know obviously.


Kimo Says:

Thanks margot ;)

And Andy will win some in the future, rest assured.


blank Says:

I just love the attitude from Fed…so cool, so calm…he even smiled at his misread of Murray’s pickup on his drop shot…at championship point!

He’s free but not a bit carefree!


Maso Says:

16 slams, that’s just insane. Wasn’t Murray’s match today, if he had been as aggressive in the first 2 sets as he did in the 3rd, the match might have gone differently. But what consistency by Federer!


Dan Martin Says:

I only saw the final 4 games of the 3rd set and then the tiebreak as parental duties require that I not be a zombie all day (a DVR is a good thing).

I think this sets Roger up quite well for the rest of the year. Every elite player wants to win at least 1 major per year and that pressure is now off of Roger. Roger will tie Jimmy Connors’ 268 total weeks at #1 on Monday. Lendl’s 270 is going to fall as well. Pete’s 286 is in serious danger as well.

Andy Murray will have his day(s) I am sure. I hope his health and hip are not a lingering issue.


Ra Says:

I think Federer’s game looks better overall than 2008 or 2009.


Maso Says:

Hope Murray won’t feel too down about this. He’s an amazing player, played an amazing open, and I’m sure his time will come.
Think Federer’s chances of breaking Sampras’ record of total weeks at no. 1 are very good now, with a win at the Australian. Basically makes his ranking untouchable until the French Open.


Kimo Says:

OMG Andy’s crying?!!!!

I’m starting to like the guy already.

Let’s call the AO the “crying slam”.


Kimmi Says:

SO SORRY Murray


Daniel Says:

I can cry like Roger but can play like him was excelent! :)


Maso Says:

Wow, I think Murray just broke my heart there with his speech. Think I may cheer for him more in the future, I may have misjudged the guy. Always tough to lose in a final like this.


Ty Says:

Ummm… did Roger just bust a fat joke on Mirka?


Von Says:

GONGRATS TO FED FANS!!!!!U SHOYLD ALL BE VERY PROUD OF YOUR GUY’S ACIEVEMENTS. iIDIDN’T FEEL MURRAUYWOULD WIN, BUT THOUGHT HE WOULD HAVE LIKED TO SEE THE MATCH EXTENDED TO A 4TH SET, AND THEN START PUSHING fED AROUND. WHO COULD DISPUTE THAT TRAIN OF THOUGHT? A FIFTH SET WOULD HAVE BEEN ICING ON THE CAKE IF FED WERE TO PREVAIL. aaL’S WELL THAT END’S WELL. LET’S JUST BE HAPPY THAT IT WASN’T A BLOW-OUT, VIZ., 6-2, 6-0, AND 6-1., AND FOR THT i’M THANKFUL.

AS THE SAYING GOES, YA JUST CAN’T KEEP A GOOD MAN DOWN, AND FEDERER HAS WRE-WRITTEN TST LINE FOR SURE.

CONGRATS TOF FED, HIS FAMILY AND HIS FANS!!! ENJOY ALL …….!!! 2010 IS SHAPING UP TO BE AG REAT YEAR,


Ra Says:

Aw, poor Murray. He is really feeling too much pressure. He spoke with such mature earnestness, though, and I hope they cut him some slack back home.


Daniel Says:

Sean was right on his money: He picked Serena and Fedrerer. His jinxing ability deserted him.


Daniel Says:

“Youare too good of player to not win a Grand Slam” Excelent quote back from Fed.


Kimo Says:

Maso said:

“Wow, I think Murray just broke my heart there with his speech. Think I may cheer for him more in the future, I may have misjudged the guy. Always tough to lose in a final like this.”

Me too. I hated his guts in the past. But boy, I feel really sorry for him right now. But like Roger said, he’s too good of a player not to win a slam. I might even say he could have made life a little tougher for Roger tonight. He was just too passive, but he’s a smart guy and he’ll be better in the furture.

In fact, I’m ready to make a statement: Andy Murray, RG 2010 champion.

You heard it here first.


Ra Says:

Yeah, wait, what’s with all the crying? Isn’t this supposed to be “The Happy Slam”?


Ra Says:

Agreed, Daniel, that was a great quote. I also like that he added “so don’t worry”.


Daniel Says:

Oh, I am almost forgetting. Super congrts to all Djoko fans, tomorrow he’l finally be World’s Number 2!!!!


Gannu Says:

Feel gutted for Murray.. he broke down.. but i guess its high time that people realise the enormous pressure one goes thru ahnd they now can empathise with roger when he cries.. Come on .. they are also human beings and have a right to cry

Well done federer.. u deserve to be what you are….


Kimo Says:

The Australian Open is definitely the “Crying Slam”. Maybe it’s the color of the courts that get their tears rolling.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Congratulations to Roger Federer, sweet #16 and counting.


Kimo Says:

But I have to admit, the line “I can cry like Roger but I can’t play like him” was said with such pain and anguish that it broke my heart.


blah Says:

so i guess i’ll have to be the one to say it.

murray will never win a slam if he insists on playing that pure counter punching only style, and i think he’s just stubborn enough to do that.


Daniel Says:

Funny, Fed has all the tiles that Nadal won a year earlier: RG09, Wimby09 and AO10.


blank Says:

So is Djoko now the world # 2 for the 1st time?


Kimo Says:

And congrats to Djoko fans for finally getting your man to no.2 in the world. He came close many times before, but he finally broke through.


Kimo Says:

Daniel said:

“Funny, Fed has all the tiles that Nadal won a year earlier: RG09, Wimby09 and AO10.”

Good observation. Their destinies are just tied together, aren’t they? Much like Pete and Andre.


Dan Martin Says:

I think the pressure on Murray is pretty unique on tour. His home media and fans badly want a slam title. If Murray were say a Swede, Russian or Spaniard I think breaking through would be easier because it would be more anonymous. Other countries have droughts as well, but they do not have a history of tennis achievement so near misses are celebrated. Serbia threw a massive party for Ivanovic, Jankovic, and Djokovic for finishing well at the 2007 French open (AI – runner-up, JJ – semifinalist and Nole – semifinalist). Murray has none of those luxuries. His fans are tennis nuts who have had no success to cheer about on the men’s side for over 7 decades. (Virginia Wade won slams in the 70′s I think …)


chieko Says:

I am so happy for Federer san. Thank you very much.


Veno Says:

Wow, Fed did it yet again. 16!!! That’s just sick!
Congrats to all my fellow Fed fans!

And Margot, Kimmi and the rest of Murray fans:
Commisserations, that’s tough, for both Andy and you guys. Although Andy couldn’t find his absolute best form today, after his attitude today on court, his fighting spirit as well as his speech and respect towards Fed, he has won a great deal of respect from me.

Great to see how much it means to him! Seeing him emotional after such a tough loss warmed my heart and I felt for him. He went through it well though, even quipped towards Fed, that was good fun.

I hope he keeps developing his attacking game and keeps polishing his on-court behaviour, because he’s insanely talented and there is NO WAY Andy won’t win a Slam soon. He’d be a worthy successor of Fed!


St4r5 Says:

I ALREADY SAID IT BEFORE THAT THE MIGHTY FED WOULD WIN IN 3 SETS!!


Maso Says:

Agree with you, Veno. I think Murray won a lot of respect today. Myself included. Definitely touched me and a lot of people, I imagine. It’s hard to imagine him not winning a slam with the chops he has.


Daniel Says:

Just like Fed last year Murray hit the shot of the tournament in the semis and came short in the finals.

Fed did made changes in his forehand, is not as flat as used to be, he amost never misses in the net anymore, which I think is way better. I prefer hitting it wide trying to force the spin or the baseline than trow a ball in the net.
He will be a favorite for RG10 if Nadal doesn’t recover properly, which I am sad to predict doom, but someday his clay dominace will end, and his rankings prospects are not good until RG10.


Kimo Says:

And btw guys, the shot that won this match wasn’t Roger’s forehand. His backhand was the best I’ve seen it in years. Not exaggerating at all, it was very solid, sometimes even lethal.


Veno Says:

Yes, congrats to Djoko fans for his number 2 ranking come Monday. Murray will be not too far behind him at 3. Rafa drops to 4 and will have to get injury-free soon and play his skin out, because boy, he has got some points to defend until the French. For all we know Rafa could slip down towards 6th or 7th(not unrealistic) before the French Open Draw…


blah Says:

yes, because murray’s strokes had nothing on it, no power, not enough spin, sits in middle of the court. how can anyone think that he might be fed’s successor…


Veno Says:

Agree Kimo,

it was his BH that was solid today….Murray tried to dismantle it in the first set, but Fed wouldn’t have it….


Cindy_Brady Says:

Pete Sampras’s record of total weeks at #1 will soon be owned by Federer. He’s got a huge pts lead now with less points to defend than any of his rivals in the upcoming hard court master series events. Roger only looks vulnerable around French Open time. And that’s even questionable with the current state of Nadal’s knee health.

I don’t feel sorry for Murray one bit. It’s all a sympathy plow to gain new fans and acceptance. Boo Hoo Hoo. Spare me the fake tears, Andy!


steve Says:

Congrats to Roger on #16! His first Grand Slam as a dad.

I do feel for Murray though. He was so obviously disappointed and pained. It’s not fair to him that the whole British media hypes him up so much only to tear him down mercilessly when he loses. If they simply left him alone I think he’d be able to play more freely and show his best tennis.

As Federer said, Murray’s too good not to win a major at some point. He has all the tools, he just needs the mindset.


Maso Says:

Not looking good for Rafa’s rankings, I have to admit. It’s a shame, ’cause he brings something amazing and unique to the court. I really hope his knee problem hasn’t come back like it did last season, but it’s not looking good.

Congratulations to Djoko for the number 2 ranking. I imagine it’s not the way he would have liked to get there, but nonetheless, he got close a few times and it must feel good to get past that #3 ranking that he’d been mostly stuck on for years.

And for Roger, well… he’ll be 3,000 points ahead of Djokovic and Murray. Think Sampras’ record of 286 weeks at #1 is going to fall this season.


Von Says:

Murray seems very crest-fallen similar to what Andy Roddick suffered after his ’09 wimby loss to Fed.

I think losing the match is painful, but it’s even more painful that they have to go through the emotions and deal with the negativity of the press for weeks after,

My commisserations to Murray fans. I can emphatize as I’ve been there before.

Don’t worry guys, better days are ahead, and there will be more GS finals ,but for now it’s Ferd’s time to celebrate.

_______________
Skeezer, it’s nice to see you posting again.


Kimo Says:

And with his win, Roger has tied Sampras’ and Borg’s by having won at least one slam for eight consecutive years. :)


Veno Says:

blah, starting to think you should add another blah to your name….

From all the guys in the top ten Murray is at the moment the one with the skills and talent to challenge Fed’s dominance. He could become the next number 1…While the others….I don’t see it. For DelPo and Cilic it’s too early to tell.

Rafa could only when he gets rid of his knee-problems…..and even if he physically heals, the mental damage something like that causes is tough to get through…

Djokovic has the talent, but lacks the physical abilities(could change…but would be tough for him) to get to number 1, but who knows…he is the number 2.

And to think Murray won’t ever win a Slam is just silly….Lendl lost his 1s 4 finals and Andre lost his 1st 3! They both ended at 8 and Andy is not even 23 years old….


Von Says:

To Djoko fans: congrats on his tise to the No. 2 ranking. It was a long time coming, but enjoy!!


Heather Says:

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOH YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

ROGER FEDERER-GREATEST EVER.

Maybe now they will shut up about him crying last year when they see that Andy also cried and was not embarassed to admit it.

What an emotional rollercoaster and all credit to Andy-but his time will come :)


Veno Says:

Vonnie!!

Thanks for the congrats…it’s an amazing feat by Fed….Re-read what everybody said after Wimby ’08 and after last year’s final….

He’s still here and it’s 16 and counting…

Pete will certainly feel he’s underachieved and could have done more…

Like Kimo said….to win at least 1 Slam for 8 consecutive years, like Pete and Bjorn, is just incredible


Von Says:

oops: @713 am, ’tise to No. 2 ranking, s/b ‘rise’ to No. 2 ranking.


andrea Says:

that was very touching – i liked to see that emotion from andy….obviously heartbreaking. and the stress of trying to win for a nation has to suck. i also thought his comment about being able to cry like roger, but not play like him was funny and a touch bittersweet.

the tiebreak was pretty tense and my favorite part of the match.

yay fed!


Kimo Says:

Just one thing Andy needs to remember: in order for him to have a long career and not be looking at retirement by the time he’s 26, he’s gotta ease up on those knees and on his back, coz he’s just torturing his body at the moment.


Kimo Says:

When I was discussing Fed’s record in five set finals I told her: If he’s playing well, finals seldom go to five sets. They only go to five if he’s not playing well, so it’s no wonder that he loses a number of them. It’s not a mental thing, it’s just a “bad day at the office” thing.


Von Says:

Hi Veno: You’re welcome!!

No doubt about it, Fed is incredible and no one can take that away from him. He recently stated that in a commerical that what he’s achieved no one can take away from him. I’m happy for you and his fans.

Mazeltov Fed!!


Cindy_Brady Says:

Wow, the two Andy’s (Roddick and Murray) have been in a combined 7 grand slam finals and are 1-6. All six loses have been to guess who?


Von Says:

BTW, Veno, how did you like your Happy Birthday songs.??


Veno Says:

Hey Von!

My old fave Pete probably hopes my current fave Fed doesn’t get to 20 Slams, cause sheesh…gotta be tough to swallow as the Slam record and being the greatest champion was the main motivator for Pete to compete so well for so long….

With Fed, I think it’s more the fact that, boy oh boy, the guy really really loves tennis!!!


Veno Says:

Yes Von! I liked it. Thanks for that!!!!

I have been away all week, so didn’t have the time yet to thank you!

It’s much appreciated


Veno Says:

Cindy, why don’t you take your negativity and your nielistic attitude and shove it somewhere the sun doesn’t shine! Sheesh, always stressing the bad sides…Be a little more positive…You come across as being very frustrated with yourself…What a pity


Von Says:

Veno:

Pete was my all time fave, and I think he’s probably having serious arguments with himself as to why he was so quick to retire. Oh well, no use crying over spilt milk is there? When we make our decisions we have to live with them, n’est ce pas?


Veno Says:

Untill Wimby ’03 Fed was 29-16 in Grand Slams
From Wimby ’03 up to OZ Open ’10 he’s 166-11!!!!

He was almost 22 when he finally figured out to win at Slams….


Von Says:

Veno: Oh well, if and, whenever you feel so inclincd, it will be OK.


Skorocel Says:

Well, Murray may not be one of the most popular guys on the tour among the fans, but boy, one has to feel for him after that trohpy presentation! It was quite obvious that the occassion of having once again a chance to play in a GS final has got to him a bit, and frankly, who wouldn’t be tight? Almost everything was in his favor – whether it was the time which he spent en route to the finals (remember he lost just one single set & didn’t even need 3 full sets to beat Nadal), H2H vs Fed (which, even though reduced to 6-4 in their last 2 matches, was still positive – and there simply HAS to be a reason why it was like that), experience (which is now FAR greater than when he played Roger in the USO 2008 finals), and maybe even the surface, so it’s not surprising to see him react that way… After all, he’s not worked his .ss off for 20 years only to be beaten just before the finish line, has he?

Anyway, just as Fed said, the guy’s just TOO good to not win a slam in the future… Fact is, if you look at Murray’s tennis skills, you’d hardly find a shot which is missing in his repertoire. Fitnesswise, he’s clearly made a big progress during these last 1-2 years, and regarding his mental strength, he’s certainly not worse than his 2 main contemporary rivals who already have a slam title under their belt (Djoker and JMDP, of course), and, like them, he can play well on all surfaces, including clay. I, for one, certainly wouldn’t be surprised if his first slam were to be the FO – as crazy as it may sound for some people here… What would surprise me would be if this was to be his last GS final…

As for Federer, well, can life be any better than this? 16th slam title, Sampras’ record of 286 weeks on the top virtually a lock now, H2H with Murray almost dead even, his main rival Nadal injured, Mirka & the twins safe & sound & happy, etc. etc… Well, as the saying goes, everyone’s making his/her own luck – and Federer certainly did make his own during his (already remarkable) tennis career…


Cindy_Brady Says:

Veno,

How was that negative? It is a fact the Andys are 1-6 against fed in slam finals, and if you’re a Federer fan a very POSITIVE one.

Why don’t you shove that where the sun don’t shine!


margot Says:

Hey Dan Martin I’m a Murray fan and I’m not a nutter! Cheeky boy! Andy’s just gotta learn how to handle that pressure though hasn’t he?
Some gr8 comments from you guys, thanks a million. I cried too at Andy’s speech, and I’m still all emotional! Dearie me.
Hi veno, good 2 c u!
cindy-brady: you don’t half know how to kick someone when they’re down, don’t you?


margot Says:

PS Now two of you are saying French Open!! What’s going on???


Cindy_Brady Says:

Oh please margot,

Instead of Andy crying on the podium. He and his team should be formulating a better plan of attack on how to beat Fed and win a slam.

They (him and his team) went in to that match very sumggly/arrogantly. Murray was not aggressive enough in the first two sets and did not execute well at crunch time during the tie breaker or when he served to win the 3rd set.

He needed to take it to Federer the way Del Potro and Nadal have done in the past.

Crying isn’t going to get it done. Step up your game Andy and that will shut up your critics and posters like me permanently.

Until then, cry me a river of excuses margot.

I’ll never be a syrupy nice poster with flowery words of praise for losers. Only winners!

Fed is a winner like him or not.


madmax Says:

cindy_brady I dont get you.

You stated arrogantly yourself that federer would never win a slam again, let alone the AO and all of a sudden you are his greatest fan!???????

And so rude to lovely Margot!

You dont like federer yet you now fill him with your platitudes and graciousness. very duplicitous.

Margot,

ignore.

Wasnt andy’s day today. He played great I thought, just needed a different plan – he had the wrong tactics for federer today. bad luck.

But, you know margot. Andy was close. Andy was so close. He kept with roger all the way. and when you compare the straight sets defeat from USO 2008, Andy took more games off Fed this time, and needs to grow in his mental toughness in tight situations. It’s just down to experience.


Cindy_Brady Says:

madmax,

—————————————————
Wasnt andy’s day today. He played great I thought, just needed a different plan – he had the wrong tactics for federer today. bad luck.
—————————————————–
Now “bad luck” is Murray’s fans excuse.

Bad luck has nothing to do with wrong tactics. Tactics have everything to do with good game plan/preparation. Luck is something you need in Vegas.

I think Andy Murray will win a slam one day. The pieces are in place, but not yet. He still has much maturing to do between the ear lobes, if you know what I mean.


David Says:

Kimo

I think there’s a decent chance Murray will win at least one Slam, but I seriously doubt it will be the French. Did you see his match with Gonzalez last year? He got blasted off the court. I think that’s clearly Murray’s worst surface because it takes all the sting out of his flat backhand, and he doesn’t have a big enough forehand either. Djoko’s got a much better chance at the French than Murray does.


Morlvera Says:

This is all getting a bit heated!

Federer was unstoppable at times and you could see the effect it had on Murray, indeed this seems to be the main part of his Achilles Heel. His body language just looks too down and depressed when he’s on the back foot and this can only act as a spur to the top players. Time to take Fed acting lessons in poker face (not the GaGa variety).

He might not have quite developed the mental toughness needed in GS finals and at nearly 23 this does need to be addressed – it’s the one real piece of the jigsaw that’s missing.
Most top players start to fade after 25, even Federer, with only Agassi and Lendl really bucking that trend.


Bjorn Borg Says:

Congrats to Roger for the Sweet Sixteen !
Way to go, champ, you did it again and will do more, me hoping ! You never disappoint.
I saw it beforehand that this match would unfold exactly the way it did. Pleased. Feel sorry for Murray, but he will likely do it sooner than later. It was simply not his day. His ceremony speech definitely won more fans.
Once again, thank you, Roger.


Dan Martin Says:

Margot I mean nut as a compliment. I’m a tennis nut. I just mean his home fans care about the sport/follow the sport :)


madmax Says:

Cindy_brady,

you are definitely a hard woman.

Molvera:

“Most top players start to fade after 25, even Federer, with only Agassi and Lendl really bucking that trend.

January 31st, 2010 at 9:40 am”

Yeah, Molvera. Federer is fading. And fast. Comment of the day! Cheers!


jane Says:

Here’s all the live jubilance and sorrow! Great to read through these posts (margot I teared up during Murray’s speech too). I couldn’t post throughout the match as we unhooked our internet connection and hooked the computer up to our projector so we could watch the match supersized! It was the size of a small movie screen. The impact of some of those shots – some of Fed’s forehands esp. – was amazing. Jeez he can hit a forehand like mad. “The liquid whip” as D. F. Wallace called it.

Glad to see Fed fans so happy, sad to see margot sad – cheer up, Andy’s slam is coming soon to a theater near you! : )

Thanks to those who congratulated Djoko for his little hop up the ladder – very kind of you.


cha cha Says:

“Youare too good of player to not win a Grand Slam” but he was thinking “not on my watch.”


jane Says:

Skorocel, great post at 7:58 January 31st. Murray will win a slam and yes, could things get much better for Roger? He does seem to be a lock to equal and/or better Pete’s weeks at number 1. He truly is a record-breaker kind of guy. He even had to have two babies not just one. ; )


Long Live The King Says:

First and foremost :

Von – thanks for all the Fed-love :) You are a very sweet girl. As for “breaking your heart” (you mentioned in another blog, not able to locate it), you know I would never do that. I can only say, WE ARE ON! regarding our date ;)

Also, let me say, I will be rooting for A-rod to win Wimbledon 2010 :) (even ahead of Roger, unless Roger wins in Parisian clay and looking out for Calendar slam, in which case it will be best man win :)


Long Live The King Says:

Madmax, Kimo, Gordo, Huh, Gannu, Steve, Kimmi ;) and all the other Fed fans (read it as Ben, Dan and Sean – j/k)

3cheers for the King of the Court! wattaplaya….

Margot, Jane, Kimmi

tough loss for murray. Though I did not cry like I did last year (when I cried with Roger :D) Murray almost got me! He can play like himself and win a slam, soon I am sure.

Jane, Duro and Sar:

Congrats on Djoko’s rise to no.2, another step closer to the coveted no.1 :)


Duro Says:

Long live, sincere felicitations! Your king is a tennis ballet dancer. Absolutely fantastic!

About our bet; it’s on, don’t you worry. Exactly the way we agreed! Nole to win the IW. If not, you’re getting 100 Euros. But, if I was as big fan of the King as you are, and if that king happens to be The Mighty Rog, I would have bet my 100 Euros for him to win and not for someone else to lose! Where is your belief and confidence in him!?

Djokovic No2-vak, clap-clap clap clap-clap! Number 1 in the world in the end of 2010! Amen!


Long Live The King Says:

Duro,

thanks. I believe and have confidence in the King of the Court, but have more belief in Probability ;)

Best of 3, is just not Roger’s cup right now. In 2007, 08 and 09, Roger won 3 MS1000, both at cincinnati. I am more willing to bet my 100$ on murray or davyD…. but I would take your offer any day of the week and 3 times on sunday.

the offer of 100 euros that is :)


Duro Says:

Maxi, a special congratulation for you on your guy’s achievement! Brilliant! The greatest tennis player of all time, the past and the future! Enjoy as much as you can, the time is implacable…


madmax Says:

Duro,

good evening my friend! where have you been? I hardly see you here any more! And yes. I was going to congratulate you on novak’s rise. But it doesnt happen until tomorrow? Is that right?

This being the case, well, you and sar must be so happy for your man? This means that Roger, No. 1, one side of the draw, Novak, No. 2, the other side of the draw – can only meet in the final of a slam/masters.

What will happen to rafa? This is not good news about his knees duro. He needs to take a rest and really make sure that he does not overdo his schedule of play for the year –

But he is his own master of his body and must make sure he makes better decisions this year.

take care special friend.


Huh Says:

My heartiest congrats to you too LLTK!


skeezerweezer Says:

Von.

Thanks! You’ll still see me around the Majors :)

Now another discussion. Fed has 16, fit and healthy at 28. will he hit 20 majors? If he hits 18, he’ll be the talk of the golf world. Finally some respect from the golf fans…..ha!


Von Says:

Hey Skeezer: I have missed your logic on the blogs!! I look forward to seeing you at the majors, but would like to see you at the MS tourneys as well.

BTW, let’s not make fun of the golf world. LOL.


Huh Says:

Hey Skeezerweezer, please stay here. I miss u too.


margot Says:

jane: thanx, also Long Live. Am still sad for Andy that he didn’t make a better fist of it, such bitter disappointment for him.

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