Roger Federer: The French Open-US Open Period Will Probably Decide The No. 1 Ranking
by Tom Gainey | February 26th, 2012
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Speaking to the press Sunday in his part-time homebase of Dubai, tennis great Roger Federer remains focused on the big summer bullseye: the London Olympics. Federer gets a third shot at gold in July and the Swiss feels he’s still in prime condition to come away with the big prize.

“I’d love an Olympic gold, everyone knows that,” Federer told the Gulf News.

“I’m still in my prime to actually have a shot at not only playing in the Olympics, but to do well.

“That combination obviously drives me a lot to make sure I’m in good shape and a good position when I enter the tournament.”

Despite his ranking slip to No. 3, the 30-year-old Federer is also still hopeful of returning to the ATP’s top ranking, and the summer will be the key.

“Sure, getting to No 1 again is a long-term goal, but it doesn’t drive me on a daily basis,” he said.
“I feel that if I play really well between now and through the US Open there is a shot. But then again, there’s a shot for probably ten players to do that as well. So I’m aware that I’m not the only one.

“World No 1 will probably be decided for the majority of the players between the French Open and the US Open period, where there are so many highlights.”

Federer just won his 71st career ATP title last weekend in Rotterdam. And he finished 2011 strong winning titles in Basel, Paris and then London finals. But in Grand Slam play Federer has faltered recently. Roger has been without a trophy since his 2010 Australian Open victory.

Federer will seek a record fifth Dubai Duty Free title starting Tuesday when he plays Frenchman Michael Llodra who just lost in the Marseille final this afternoon.


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109 Comments for Roger Federer: The French Open-US Open Period Will Probably Decide The No. 1 Ranking

Skorocel Says:

As long as he keeps losing to Rafa & Novak in the slams (& everywhere else, for that matter), there’s simply no way he can regain that No 1. spot…


Andie Says:

Suckrocel start counting. Fed is about 1,500 points ahead of Djoker and Rafa since US Open. Fed lost less matches than them in this time. If Fed keeps within 1,500 points of djokovic, roger is number 1 by US Open.


bstevens Says:

Andie, the indoor hard court season is over for Fed (until after US Open). Federer needs to win titles on other surfaces to get a shot at number 1. He hasn’t won a non-hard court title since 2009! Just getting to the semis at slams is not good enough.


kriket Says:

Andie, dream on or better yet, wake up.


Kimmi Says:

Even if roger does not get back to No.1, its good to see him with the drive.

What do people want him to say “I will never get to No.1 again because djokovic and rafa are too good”??. Well, he is not a quitter. he is already been there and he knows what it takes. Most players at his age are thinking of retiring or have retired already, cant deal with the demanding life of the tour..but not federer. he loves the game and he is still giving the young guys a run for their money.


Steve 27 Says:

Did he said is still in his prime? what thinks fed fans about that?,is he a liar or he is only a dreamer?


steve-o Says:

There are no sure things. Maybe Federer will get it, maybe he won’t. The only sure thing is that it won’t happen if he doesn’t try.

I’m glad he is still competing fiercely and working on his game. He will believe he can win Grand Slams until he hangs up his racket, and with his remarkable gifts, he will win them.


Steve 27 Says:

List of champions of majors at his 30s:
Jimmy Connors 1982 US Open 30y 0m 10d
Petr Korda 1998 Australian 30y 0m 9d
Andes Gomez 1990 Roland Garros 30y 3m 14d
Rod Laver 1969 Australian 30y 5m 18d
John Newcombe 1975 Australian 30y 7m 9d
Andre Agassi 2001 Australian 30y 8m 30d
Rod Laver 1969 Roland Garros 30y 9m 30d
Rod Laver 1969 Wimbledon 30y 10m 26d
Jimmy Connors 1983 US Open 31y 0m 9d
Pete Sampras 2002 US Open 31y 0m 27d
Rod Laver 1969 US Open 31y 1m 0d
Arthur Ashe 1975 Wimbledon 31y 11m 25d
Andre Agassi 2003 Australian 32y 8m 28d
Ken Rosewall 1968 Roland Garros 33y 7m 7d
Andres Gimeno 1972 Roland Garros 34y 10m 1d
Ken Rosewall 1970 US Open 35y 10m 11d
Ken Rosewall 1971 Australian 36y 2m 12d
Ken Rosewall 1972 Australian 37y 2m 1d
Can the swiss win a major at his 30s? Possible but ver improbable.
Time is the only response we have.


Michael Says:

I am not sure whether Roger can regain the No.1 ranking. But irrespective of it, he still is the main attraction in Tennis World. Without Roger, Tennis loses its charm and crowd support. In most of the Roger matches you will see full attendance which is not so with other players. He has this charisma and crowd pulling ability which will make him successful even in politics. His Tennis is sublime and so easy and his movements in the court are extempore. You rarely wrong foot Roger. He is such an anticipator and has such good eyes. I hope he carries on his career and even if he doesn’t win matches, I will be thrilled to see him on Court exhibiting his master Tennis. Long Live Roger.


Kimberly Says:

Steve27 that is a very long list and federer is much better plater than most if not all of those guys. He will probably get one or two more, though I will have to exit tennis x temporarily at such time he does as I won’t be able to bear dave posts.


Kimberly Says:

Off topic i admit but i must vent, Great Nba all star game but disturbing pass by LBJ rather than taking the last shot. The heat better have a contingency plan for the final, mainly wade.


skeezeweezer Says:

Kimberly,

Lol @ 11:32! Hope you don’t ever exit though ;)


skeezeweezer Says:

@K

LJ has all the flash, but Wade is MONEY.


Nixon Says:

The big-mouthed big-head is back to stimulate his fans…..LOL.


Kimberly Says:

Skeezer agreed, thinking of heading to delay to watch the semis on Saturday. They are having a kids day so it should be nice. Hope at least isner in the semis to make colino6 happy,


jamie Says:

Predictions for 2012:

AO: Djokovic(duh)

FO: Nadal

Wimbledon: Murray

Olympics: Federer

USO: Djokovic

WTF: Djokovic


alison hodge Says:

lol i must admit to agreeing with kimberlys post feb 26th 11.32pm about daves posts,i have to say im feeling that way from time to time about jamies endless rabiting on about his pyschic friends predictions yawn.


Vidzy Says:

Federer has may be slowed down a touch but he still playing at his peak. He is still winning tournaments. He defeated Nole at French and was a point away from defeating him again at US Open. The real thing which has slowed down are the courts at majors. Nobody could have defeated Federer if AO had green courts like in 2007 and before.Same goes for Wimbledon courts (2008 and before). Federer is still the best in the quickest conditions. I definitely think he has a At least couple of Grand Slams left in him. Not sure about Olympics Gold but any Olympic singles medal would be fine with Federer. The way Federer’s body is responding and looking at his motivation , i don’t see him retiring before 37. If Agassi could play till 36, why cant fed ? So we are seeing him play beyond Rafa and may be Djoker.


Dave Says:

Kimberly and Alison: Instead of whining, there is a more mature and simple solution: do not read those posts you do not like and do not respond to these posts. No one is forcing you to do so. However, if you voluntarily choose to read such posts and then voluntarily choose to attack such posts as “ludicrous” and “delirious” blah blah without providing any reasonable arguments or facts, then you should expect a rebuttal. Don’t whine if you can’t rebut the rebuttal… and don’t then pout that you have to boycott the site until posters you do not like reading — even though you choose to read their posts — conform to your requirements.


alison hodge Says:

dave i cannot speak for kimberly,but what i said was with a tongue firmly in cheek type humour,sorry but its not my fault if you cant take a joke,but thanks ill take your advice now anyway.


Dave Says:

The difference between the few great champions and the many losers who have no success at any level — that’s why their ego needs to bash great champions — is that great champions have the soul of a champion (see link). Great champions make sure their minds remain super positive about their chances, even in rough or dry times. Serial losers give in to failure before even trying, and expect the same negative behaviour from others.
http://www.peaksports.com/pdfs/soul_of_champion_USATODAY_article.pdf

Federer still has the soul of a champion when he says factually “I feel like if I play really well from here till the US Open, obviously there’s a shot [at regaining No. 1]… World No 1 will probably be decided for the majority of the players between the French Open and the US Open period, where there are so many highlights.” Federer just stated the facts (this tends to irk those have been having delusions of Fed’s demise). Fact remains that Federer made 4,370 points since after the 2011 US Open compared to 2,580 points by Djokovic (including non-countable events). So if Djokovic performs the best of the bunch going forward, Federer just has to stay within 1,800 points made by Novak between Dubai to US Open to have his shot at No. 1 (minus non-countable tourneys). For the next three hardcourt events starting with Dubai, Federer needs to remember that he holds the ATP record for hardcourt titles (49, ahead of Agassi’s 45) and hardcourt win-loss percentage (83%, ahead of Lendl’s 82%)… and that Fed has lost only one hardcourt match in his last 27 hardcourt matches. Capitalizing on his home base of Dubai would be a good start, despite having to face the hot Llodra in his first match.

Federer also said “I came so close [to breaking Sampras' record] and I could have chased it if I had wanted to…It would be great having [Pete Sampras' record for most weeks at No. 1] but my life is very much OK without it, too. Pete is a good friend and was an amazing champion for our game. I don’t need to break every record he has.” Federer probably knows the history of how Sampras achieved his 286 weeks.

- Pete Sampras won and lost and won the No. 1 ranking over 11 different periods (compared to Fed’s 2 periods to achieve his 285 weeks as No. 1). Most of the time it wasn’t even Agassi who took the No. 1 from Pete. In all, Sampras achieved 286 weeks as No. 1 in part because of desperate moves like the following.

- In the Fall of 1998, 27-year old Sampras was about to lose his year end No. 1 ranking to Marcelo Rios. So what did Sampras do? He desperately chased the ranking: in Fall after the 1998 US Open, Sampras played 7 tournaments (Basel, Vienna, Lyon, Stuttgart, Paris, Stockholm, World Tour Finals… Sampras won only Vienna, lost the other six sometimes in the first round) to win the extra points necessary to hang on to the No. 1 ranking for a while longer. Sampras played 22 tounreys in 1998, up from 18 in 1997 and 17 in 1996. Sampras ended 1998 as No. 1 even though he had only 3,915 points — just 245 points ahead of Marcelo Rios. Rios should have been the No. 1 Player of 1998 if not for Pete’s desperate moves to hang on to No. 1. Sampras had lost the 1998 French Open second round to No. 97 Ramon Delgado, Australian Open quarterfinal to No. 20 Karol Kucera and US Open semifinal to No. 3 Pat Rafter. In 1998, Pete won only Wimbledon plus Philadelphia, Atlanta, Vienna.


Dave Says:

alison, yes, yes, I’m sure I cannot take a joke when it’s intended to be a genuine, real joke. Having read your posts in the other thread, I’m sure your assessment of my post as “ludicrous” was a long-tongue-firmly-inside-big-cheek-type-humor… as was Kimberly’s satire in denouncing my post as “delusional”. We’re not fooling anyone.


alison hodge Says:

dave i meant a joke about leaving the forum,but whether or not you choose to believe that is entirely up to you.


jamie Says:

Federer will never win a slam again or reach #1 again.


jamie Says:

@alison hodge

The predictions I posted today February 27th, 2012 at 9:15 am will all come true.

Just wait and see, sweetie.


alison hodge Says:

jamie good i hope they do,love rafa,and as a brit gal ill be delighted for murray,a double whamee for me this year,i can just imagine our british press will have a field day the day muzza wins a slam,especially wimbledon,bring it on cant wait,thanks sweetie.


margot Says:

jamie: if Andy wins Wimbledon, if, if….he will leap into the stratosphere of Slams ;)


margot Says:

Hi alison :) dreams are free :)


alison hodge Says:

margot hi,personally i can hardly wait for wimbledon,if jamie gets this one right,i will be ecstatic,imagine the newspapers the day after,jamie this better not be a wind up.


Krishna Santhanam Says:

jamie: U r saying Federer will win the Olympics? That would be so amazing!! :)


Dave Says:

jamie: “Federer will never win a slam again or reach #1 again.”
Even a brainless prophet, James Bond and Justin Bieber will tell you — NEVER say never. The future rarely turns out the way we predict or hope for. In mid-January 2011, Djokovic was rated only fourth favourite to win the Australian Open, but we all know what has happened since then. The betting odds for the 2011 AO were Federer/Nadal joint first at 15/8, Murray third at 8/1 and Djokovic fourth at 9/1. The odds were given by the paid prophets of Ladbrokes (the largest betting company in Britain and largest retail bookmaker in the world, so we’re not talking about some imaginary prophet here)
http://www.australian-open-live.com/category/Australian-Open-News/Australian-Open-2011-Betting–Ladbrokes-rolls-out-Top-Price-Guarantee-201101150008/


Dave Says:

Interesting article: Federer Went Down, but Not Without a Fight
http://blogs.wsj.com/dailyfix/2012/01/26/federer-went-down-but-not-without-a-fight/


alison hodge Says:

dave no offence as im not attacking your post i promise sincerly,but is there not a big difference between between ladbrokes the largest bookmaker in the world and jamies pyschic,isnt one about gambling and odds,and one about spiritualism,or one has a gift the others about making money,two different things surely?


Dave Says:

alison: I can prove Ladbrokes exists. Can you or jamie prove that “jamie’s psychic” (1) actually exists (i..e, it is not a fantasy or lie); (2) has an actual gift and qualifications to be a psychic; and (3) has a good record of success as a psychic?

Even if “jamie’s psychic” does exist, there may not be a huge difference between it and ladbrokes in terms of the success rate of their predictions.

Btw, it is not necssary for a psychic to be tied to spirituality. A psychic is simply a person who claims to be able to use ESP, telepathy or psychokinesis. Whether a psychic is real or fake is debatable. E.g., the TV show The Mentalist is based on a main character with extraordinary mental ability who used to be a successful psychic — albeit fake — performing on TV and in a circus. Fake psychics make predictions much like a bookmaker does — probability something will happen based of an analysis of perceived information.


jamie Says:

@Dave

She does exist.

She is gifted.

Since I met her, after RG 2011, she predicted the Wimbledon, USO and AO winners all correctly. All of her predictions were before those slams even began. You can search my messages.

I chat regularly with her. I met her at this forum:

http://foro.astrodestino.com.ar/forumdisplay.php/deportes-44.html

You are just upset because of the Federer predictions.

Boo hoo.


jamie Says:

Dave wrote:

In mid-January 2011, Djokovic was rated only fourth favourite to win the Australian Open, but we all know what has happened since then. The betting odds for the 2011 AO were Federer/Nadal joint first at 15/8, Murray third at 8/1 and Djokovic fourth at 9/1. The odds were given by the paid prophets of Ladbrokes (the largest betting company in Britain and largest retail bookmaker in the world, so we’re not talking about some imaginary prophet here)

_________________

ROTFL. You are actually comparing a 23-year-old(Nole in early 2011) with Federer who is almost 31. Hilarious.


Dave Says:

jamie: LOL, I’m just concerned about you given your fantasies. You claimed she predicted “the Wimbledon, USO and AO winners all correctly”. Are you sure her predictions are not always Djokovic, Djokovic, Djokovic, Djokovic, Djokovic, lol? Did you search her predictions for 2009 and 2010 — were they Djokovic, Djokovic, Djokovic also? LOL. Hey, ask her who will win the men’s doubles and women’s singles in the remaining three grand slams — let’s see how good she really is.

If she really exists, what is her name on that forum? Or better still give me the links to all the exact messages where she made predictions (I searched for your name “jamie” but found nothing). She doen’t exist, does she?

jamie: “ROTFL. You are actually comparing a 23-year-old(Nole in early 2011) with Federer who is almost 31. Hilarious.”

What does your irrelevant reply have to do with my comment, which was “In mid-January 2011, Djokovic was rated only fourth favourite to win the Australian Open, but we all know what has happened since then. The betting odds for the 2011 AO were Federer/Nadal joint first at 15/8, Murray third at 8/1 and Djokovic fourth at 9/1. The odds were given by the paid prophets of Ladbrokes (the largest betting company in Britain and largest retail bookmaker in the world, so we’re not talking about some imaginary prophet here)”. Do you understand that my point to you was that it is poor judgment to presume “Player XYZ will never win a slam again or reach #1 again” given that predictions are often wrong.


jamie Says:

@Dave

She predicts Nadal for the French Open this year. His chart is perfect. She already did the astrological charts and the lunar astrology for RG. So she does not always predict Djokovic for all the slams. It’s not my fault that Djokovic had all stars aligned for the past 3 slams. That is not the case at RG. And I met her after RG 2011. I don’t know what she predicted for the slams in 2009 and 2010. She does not follow doubles, who the feck does? She sees Murray as the favorite for Wimbledon and Djokovic as the favorite for the USO. BUT she has not done the astrological charts for Wimbledon and USO yet like she did for RG this year. Looking at their lunar astrology, Murray is the favorite for Wimbledon and Djokovic is the favorite for the USO.

I don’t post under Jamie there. I haven’t posted in a while there. Do you speak Spanish? I doubt it. You are just upset because of the Federer predictions. You can read the forum and you will see all the predictions I gave for 2011 are there. I chat with her regularly “through private messaging”. Capice? You can search the term “Federer” and read what they predict for him. Which is basically more titles but a slam is unlikely.


jamie Says:

Oh and she is a huge Federer fan btw. There’s nothing she would love more than Federer winning another slam.


alison hodge Says:

jamie if all these predictions go pear shaped you will look very silly indeed,i was just wondering will you still continue to post,if they do,and will you apologize, to the fans on the forum?were you sweating a little bit last year when roger had match points against novak at the uso?


Sienna Says:

Well it is easier to find ways to donate money on tthat site then it is to find the actual predictions. I am sorry to say but Dave is having you all for breakfast, lunch and afternoon delight.


jamie Says:

@alison

Of course I will continue to post.

_________________

FO: Nadal

She already did the astrological charts for the French Open plus looking at their lunar astrology and sees Nadal winning his 7th RG this year.

___________________
She has not done the astrological charts for Wimbledon/USO yet.

Without doing their astrological charts, just looking at their lunar astrology, my friend thinks Murray is the favorite to win Wimbledon BUT Djokovic and Federer have chances of being finalists.

Djokovic is the favorite for the USO BUT Del Potro has chances of being finalist.


madmax Says:

jamie Says:
Predictions for 2012:

AO: Djokovic(duh)

FO: Nadal

Wimbledon: Murray

Olympics: Federer

USO: Djokovic

WTF: Djokovic

February 27th, 2012 at 9:15 am

alison hodge Says:
lol i must admit to agreeing with kimberlys post feb 26th 11.32pm about daves posts,i have to say im feeling that way from time to time about jamies endless rabiting on about his pyschic friends predictions yawn.

February 27th, 2012 at 11:06 am

I’m sorry Jamie, but you are the one who is hilarious. I have been laughing all after noon at you and your ridiculous predictions, done through the smoke screen of Gypsey Rose Lee or is that Mystic Meg? And strangely, when last year ALL your ‘dead cert predictions’ (how can a prediction be a dead cert?) did not come true, and federer went on to win so many tournaments, and do so well still in the grand slams despite your rubbish. So I see you as the comedian and I want to thank you for the laughs. Thank you.

Guffaw guffaw Jamie. You hide away when you are wrong..then come back after a few weeks and start it all over again. As Alison says, yawn.

Alison and Kimberley, absolutely enjoy your posts but have to disagree with you (joke or no joke/let’s leave the laughs to Jamie!). I love Dave’s posts! He is so thorough, he backs them up with links that are healthy and not one sided. I love Dave. I can see when someone is able to support what they say with solid facts and analysis it can annoy some people, but I, for one enjoy it.

So Dave, I will continue to read what you say and I will continue to laugh when Jamie comes on. I’ve missed him!

As for Federer, well, just continues to amaze me. Hopefully get to see him play a few more times this year too. I can see him play well into his mid 30′s. He is enjoying the game of tennis and that is 3/4 of where his game is at right now. He doesn’t need to play, he wants to play and that is a huge reason to continue.

Federer for wimbledon this year and also reaching at leasts semis of the FO, same with USO too.

This is fed’s year in so many ways.


jamie Says:

My predictions for Wimbledon 2011 and USO 2011 and AO 2012 were:

______________________

jamie Says:

Novak Djokovic to win Wimbledon 2011.

June 18th, 2011 at 7:50 am

________________________

jamie Says:

An online psychic just told me she sees Nole as the Wimbledon champion this year. His chart is perfect.

June 27th, 2011 at 9:26 pm

________________________

jamie Says:

Y’all, the online psychic told me today she sees Djokovic winning the US Open.

September 1st, 2011 at 5:11 pm

________________________

jamie Says:

She did the charts for the top 4 plus Del Potro and apparently Djokovic’s chart is absolutely perfect for the USO.

September 1st, 2011 at 5:24 pm
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jamie Says:

@ alison hodge

This is the same online psychic that told me Djokovic had the perfect chart this year for the Wimbledon fortnight and that he was going to win Wimbledon.

Just saying.

September 1st, 2011 at 6:00 pm

___________________________

jamie Says:

She told me:

Nole’s chart is perfect for the AO.

December 29th, 2011 at 4:20 pm

_______________________

jamie Says:

But apparently Nole has an amazing chart for the AO. She sees him winning.

December 29th, 2011 at 4:44 pm

_______________________

Have a nice day. :)


skeezerweezer Says:

Jamie,

Like Dave says tell her to pick the GS winners this year in men’s doubles.

Anyone can predict the sky will be blue since there is lots of it.


jamie Says:

She only follows men’s tennis in singles. Nothing more and only at the slams. She only watches the 4 slams. And Only men’s matches. She is a mother of a little boy and a little girl. She does not have much time to do predictions. Plus she has to work.


Dave Says:

Señor Jamie, muéstrame el dinero … muéstrame la mujer psíquica. You give me a link to the forum where I can’t even find your name, then you later tell me you don’t post under Jamie. Now you tell me you interact with her via PM. It doesn’t take a psychic to tell you that you haven’t given us any proof of the existence of your 1-800-PSYCHIC (I mean PM-the-psychic) actually exists.

My prediction for the next 5 years: Still no sign (no pun intended) of Jamie’s psychic.

When somebody starts off with “I am a huge Federer fan but…” you know that they are probably not huge Fedfans. Skeezerweezer is right — it’s easy to predict a blue sky when ther’s lots of it.

According to the stars, Nadal has an 85% chance of winning every French Open he enters until 2013 (do I have to even explain this?)

According to the stars, Djokovic had a 70% chance of winning the next three grand slams after he displayed the form that won him 43 matches in a row (since the next three non-clay grand slams fell within the next 40 matches).

According to the stars, the hiring of Ivan Lendl significantly increases the chance that Andy Murray will win a grand slam within the next year (why not pick his home country’s tourney?).

As for Federer “basically more titles but a slam is unlikely” sounds like posters from many sites who used to predict after mid-2010 that Federer will never again be able to handle power players like Tomas Berdych, Del Potro, Soderling, Tsonga, just because he loses one or twice to them. “Slam is unlikely” was what similar prophets claimed about Sampras in 2001 and 2002.

Sienna, afternoon delight, lol? Not sure if it Miss-Late-Night-Psychic would approve your prediction. Hmmm, not sure I would either :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eplbDbp6XJQ

Thanks madmax, I write for discerning readers like you… and yearn for critics who back up their claims with reasonable facts and analysis, instead of cheapshots.


tennisfan Says:

Roger Federer continues to amaze all of us with his intensity and passion to reach his goals. I think that he has a chance to reach worl d no.1. He recently said: “I’m a believer that if I do things the right way the success will come back. I just have to keep working hard”

So true! Roger Federer & His Secret of Success? http://bit.ly/ySgH7K


madmax Says:

tennisfan,

Agree 100%. It’s about belief in your own ability and federer has tons of it and that’s what I love about the guy. He never gives up, despite the most enormous bad press. He just carries on doing his thing. Shows great strength of character and that’s why I admire him so much.

Dave,

You are hilarious! I have just watched ‘afternoon delight’ link laughing my socks off!


carlo Says:

For the serious astrologer/ psychic, they wouldn’t need to be a tennis fan to predict. He/she would simply ask for birth date, then do a chart and go from there, right? Predicting doubles, no problem. Extra money, yes… lol


jamie Says:

@carlo

Exactly. And have tons of spare time which she does not have. Once you have kids you barely have time to breath.


jamie Says:

@clown Dave

She got all the slams right last year.

Let’s see this year.

Stop trolling already.


jamie Says:

Federer will not win anymore slams. It’s written in the stars.

Bye.


carlo Says:

Jamie, that’s right. I forgot about the kids. Respect.

I don’t have a problem with her predictions. But I predict No1e winning FO. My methods aren’t scientific or psychic. I just watch tennis and like Djoker’s form right now the most and his success v Nadal their past 8 meetings. Maybe Del Po and Murray or even old Federer can make a mess of the odds and predictions. ;)


carlo Says:

oops. 7 times not 8? I get confused and forget how many. Anyway, Djokovic is impressive.


jamie Says:

2012

FO: Nadal
Wimbledon: Murray
USO: Djokovic

———————

2013

AO: Murray
FO: Djokovic
Wimbledon: Djokovic
USO: Del Potro

Bye.


Dave Says:

Jamie, is this your psychic woman with her kids? Focus deeply on the ball to see all the winners…
http://blogboogie.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/psychic-reading-2.jpg


Sienna Says:

Dave
Afternoon delightvid LOL.

I only knew about the song cause of the movieGood Will Hunting. This is much better.

Jamie
Who is getting the Bye for the slamwin in 2014? To get 7 matches W/Omust make for a world record. Whoever gets that slam might be considered GOAT. No point in training anymire it is al written in the stars


jamie Says:

Notice how Olderer is not predicted to win any of the next 7 slams? That’s because he is done winning BO5 tournaments. He will only win BO3 tournaments from now on.

Bye.


dari Says:

Dave you cracked me up with the show me the $!

Excited to watch some dvr tennis lateri,Dubai tourney is packed!
Did I miss the tennis x prediction post for that?


jane Says:

I don’t get why jamie’s psychic’s predictions rile people up so much. It’s just predictions; anyone can do it, maybe not by reading charts, etc, but still. Who cares? It’s one or two people’s opinions. Admittedly, she’s been on a bit of a roll of late. We’ll see how she does going forward; it adds a bit of drama. Will she be right or not?? I guess the “olderer” comments might bug people, or that she says Fed’s done winning slams, but any journalist or poster could say the say without a psychic. Besides which, many have handed jamie a few zingers in turn, so whatever works.


jane Says:

*say the same…


Daniel Says:

Jane is right,

I remember after AO 11, Jaime said (what he thought, wishes) that Djoko would complete the Grand Slam. Fed spoiled the party, but the psych thing only happen before Wimbledon, and she/it/him/jaime secret personality got it right the last 3, and he already said Nadal will win RG 12′ (which is the easier pick by far).

The interesting will be the Wimby prediction. Because if Nadal indeed win RG 12′, we will hardly give any merit to the psych, but Murray at Wimby will cement her status.


jane Says:

That’s right Daniel: Wimbledon will be the interesting one for sure, and that’s why I was saying if anything it kind of adds to the drama- “will jamie’s (in)famous psychic be right” or not? It’s kind of like the bracket challenges adding to the fun. I don’t take any of it too seriously. Whoever wins will win. :) BTW, did you enjoy the Oscars? I really want to see “A Separation”.


dari Says:

Haha, yes Jane thanks for addressing the Jamie situation. I’ve found it very funny that ppl are so bothered, she and novak are on a role, no big deal ;)

way to go roddick for winning a three setter! He needs a boost, and bad.


jane Says:

dari, and gulbis won, too, speaking of needing a win. He’s won Delray before i think, so maybe he feels good there, good vibes.


rave Says:

Jamie, the stars can change, nothing is fixed in stone. I grew up in Asia where there are psychics galore. I went to a few, some predictions have been right, but so many have turned out wrong.

We have the ability to change our destiny, what psychics see are one of the probabilities of the future. SO. I believe Federer will win 1 to 2 more slams. I had a dream about it. I have had dreams for the last 3 yrs about who will win the slams, and my record, 80% habe come true. HEy, may be I am a psychic too.

BTW, one of the best psychics I went to predicted I would be very wealthy, I am still waiting for that to happen. In the meantime I drag myself to work everyday to make a comfortable living.


Dave Says:

Did Roger Federer really say “Nadal is always beatable” yesterday? Sorry to disappoint those who chant Federer is arrogant, but Roger didn’t say that. Actually it was Nadal who said it of his 0-7 conquerer: “(Djokovic’s) always beatable.” Absolutely nothing wrong with such comments, just like there was nothing wrong with what Fed said in this article. That’s exactly how a champion needs to think and say, even after 70 losses (if you disagree, go read my link to peaksports above). Yet, had Federer said that about Nadal, Roger would have been subjected to an Inquisition (not just of the Spanish type).
http://www.espn.co.uk/tennis/sport/story/138425.html

Sienna: Glad you liked the Will Ferrell video. I love GWH, and the Matt Damon-hypnotherapist scene was priceless.

dari: you may be the only person — besides jamie — who understood the first (and best) line of my post! Usted es brillante.

Finally, I don’t get why some people who presume “jamie’s psychic” actually exists then presume the alleged predictions of this (unverified and quite likely non-existent) psychic actually rile people up so much.


margot Says:

jane: agree psychic stuff is just a bit of fun and adds a little something. Upset by “olderer?” Well then maybe the internet is not for you, far, far worse going around.
Daniel is right too, Rafa for RG isn’t anything surprising or mystical, but Andy for Wimbledon? Well, she’s really put her neck on the line here.
I dunno, I think the “hand of history” will be very heavy on Andy’s shoulders at Wimbledon. But I also disagree, in so far as if he gets one he will get a few more, and he needs to hurry up as peak tennis years are generally 24-27.


Steve 27 Says:

If Federer wins the Olympics, the Swiss fans say it’s a minor achievement, not worth even a master 1000, and finally got accepted to be something extraordinary, all individual tournaments have taken place:
250 tournament
500 tournament
Master 1000
World Tour Finals
Oympics Gold Medal
Grand Slam

Only Agassi has managed to win it all individually, -I am not counting the Davis Cup-, considering that since 1988, professional tennis players participating in the Olympics. Nadal lack get the World Tour Finals, who knows if someday he get it, therefore, Federer would make history, considering that this year the games will be held at Wimbledon, the sacred land for the tennis players.
Congratulations advanced if it succeeds, the final touch that would be missing to close the most extraordinary career of the open era.


Kimberly Says:

“Jamie’s psychic” only got the winner right an made deplorable quarter final predictions, del Porto to beat fed and tsonga (who never even made it there) to beat Murray. She is wrong more than right, and for once I agree with Dave, who knows if he even exists.


Kimberly Says:

I meant she not he


dari Says:

I forgot Dubai was so fast, good mix up to see.
And novak gets first set in TB!
You know what, I haven’t been keeping track of “the psychic” predictions besides major winners, dobt know her qf and what not-
Ok I’m gonna stop talking about this figment of imagination- I’m thinking of that Genie from pee wee playhouse- can tennis x make a post about jamie psychic and put that picture up?!


dari Says:

Hmmm, stakhovsky consolidated the break for 3-1


dari Says:

Back to reality for now. Novak breaks back


jamie Says:

Predicting the winner of a slam is not that hard.

What is complicated is predicting the slam finalist because sometimes a player with a very lousy astrological chart/lunar astrology can reach the final. Nadal had a very lousy astrological chart/lunar astrology for the past 3 slams(Wimbledon, USO and AO) and he still reached the finals but he was never winning, not with a with a very lousy astrological chart/lunar astrology. Del Potro had a better astrological chart/lunar astrology at Wimbledon, USO and AO than Nadal but still Nadal went further. Neither of them had the “winning astrological chart/lunar astrology” for Wimbledon, USO or AO. Same can be said for Federer and Murray. None of these guys were winning the past 3 slams. Nole had the “winning astrological chart/lunar astrology” for the past 3 slams. That will not be the case for Nole at RG in 2012.


alison hodge Says:

ive seen pyschics over the years,some have been really good some have been complete hogwash,and its not that i mind jamies posts,its just that i find many of them quite repetitive at times,many of them are exactly the same,nothing new to say.


alison hodge Says:

@feb 28th 11.17am hi madmax thanks i enjoy your posts too,and i must say i love your passion for roger,and i must say even though im a rafa fan,its nice that the fed fans also give rafa alot of credit for what hes achieved,and i enjoy all there posts aside from the unpleasant subo,about dave i dont have a problem with him,i actually sent in a post on the roger federer title thread at one point saying what a great post he had sent,wondering how he had the patience to send a post that long,and how it took me about ten minutes to read,as i had to read it twice to take it all in,i just had a difference of opinion to him on the roger/rafa ao semi final,then i said in a tongue and cheek way about not posting on the forum,and said whether he chose to believe me or not was entirely up to him, but thats another story,anyway dave does send in great posts,i just dont always agree with them.


Dave Says:

Alison, we both know the issue isn’t that you don’t sometimes disagree with my posts — disagreements with facts and rational arguments are welcome.

We both know the first issue was you and Kimberly jumping to the wrong conclusions and condemning my post as “ludicrous”, “delusional”, etc without backing up up such rash judgments with facts, principles and good arguments. As well, my post wasn’t primarily about the roger/rafa ao semi final — my post was a reasonable speculation about the hidden agenda, intentions and game playing of Nadal in making self-serving, misleading and disingenuous speculations about Federer, see link (given the context of the many changes made in response to Nadal’s continual complaints since 2008 to the traditional player workloads and tournament conditions that had existed since 1970s/1980s to 2007… as well as Nadal’s contradictory behaviours in playing lucrative ATP 250 tourneys, exhibitions while skipping bigger events like WTF and Davis Cup finals). If a multimillionaire athlete with paid PR staff deliberately chooses to publicly speculate about others… then his speculations deserve to be the subject of plausible speculations by others.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/rafaelnadal/9016038/Australian-Open-2012-Rafael-Nadal-claims-Roger-Federer-cares-more-about-his-image-than-fellow-professionals.html

And we both know the second issue was following up the earlier imprudent post with the new post “i must admit to agreeing with kimberlys post about daves posts” in response to kimberly’s post “I will have to exit tennis x temporarily at such time he does as I won’t be able to bear dave posts”. Your claim it was supposedly “tongue in cheek” in your mind does not excuse your comment from being given a totally different but reasonable interpretation by other people.

Disingenuously twisting the story and issues isn’t fooling anyone.


Sienna Says:

Dave youre spot on.
There was a deeper meaning for Nadal to come with those statements just prior to first slam of the year. Why hasnt he adressed the issue since? He has been quiet and has not even put forward an agenda with thing to come. Maybe he’ll start again when they meet semi final at Garros.


alison hodge Says:

dave eeerr whatever blooy hell lol,lol.


alison hodge Says:

^sorry bloody hell^.


Mark Says:

@ Dave& Sienna. There was no ‘deeper meaning’ . Nadal was just frustrated with the lack of support from Fed and hence made his statements which, I might add, were supported by Davydenko. Also Nadal said he was not going to speak anymore on the issues and he has not.


Kimberly Says:

Dave—it is my opinion is that your post was delusional, and guess what, I’m entitled to it!!!! your post can be no more than speculation in the first place as you are not Nadals BFF who he said, i’m going to say this crap and try to F up Roger’s AO since he is on my side of the draw so I can soften him up for the semi. I feel no need to back up calling this “speculation” delusional with “facts” as Federer played superbly right up unitl he ran into an opponent that he has a match-up issue with.

I admit I have made a few snide comments in jest at you since and as I am not wanting to get into an internet war with you (as I have plenty of people that hate my guts in real life) that I will say Roger is a great player, Rafa is a great player, I don’t think Roger is arrogant, and I apologize if I have been rude to you.


Sienna Says:

I do believe Nadal wanted to stir things up. He always tries some smokescreen or downplaying his chances.

With Fed being in his half it would be nice to start a bit of controversy. I grant that it was instigated by T and not that the original idea came from Rafa. I guess they were a bit startled at how well their plan worked out.


Sienna Says:

And besides no body can be in favor of a two year ranking? Is that really what he wants? That will be a deadblow for tennis. Nobody would follow the rankings anymore.


Dave Says:

Mark: It’s highly unlikely there was no deeper meaning. It’s ridiculous for Nadal to even pretend that he is frustrated with Federer’s support after all the changes that have been made.

Nadal has been whining about such issues since 2006. To accommodate Nadal’s demands, since 2007/2008 the ATP and tourneys have made many changes to the traditional player workloads and tournament conditions that had existed between the 1970s/1980s to 2007: e.g., there are only 12 mandatory tourneys today where penalties are imposed (compared to 16 to 18 mandatory tourneys in 2006); in 2006, Federer played 97 matches, compared to Nadal’s 84 matches last year; in 2006, Federer played 12 tourneys where he played five set matches (since 2008 only 5 tourneys have 5 set matches); in 2006, Federer played 6 Masters tourneys where he had to play 6 rounds (since 2008 all Masters tourneys give top players a bye in the first round so they play 5 rounds); in 2006, the World Tour Finals was held in late November (this year the WTF will be held in early November); etc, etc. At what point does Tennis, tennis tourneys and tennis traditions go past a point of no return due to Nadal’s demands? What more does he want?

If Nadal had any guts he would demand the following simple solutions to his issues: get rid of Davis Cup, reduce Indian Wells and Miami to one week tourneys and grand slams pay men more than women. Nada would stop playing lucrative exhibitions. NAdal would stop accepting appearance money and fly to tourneys like Bangkok, Doha, etc.

Bear in mind that this year 2012 is election year for the ATP Player’s Council presidency, and that Nadal is the current vice president and Federer president. It’s highly likely that Nadal is playing dirty politics against Federer to unseat him and take over the presidency to serve his interests. If you have been president or sat on the executive-council of an association you would know that such issues are usually sorted out behind closed doors, not publicized to the media like Nadal did. Federer is representing the collective decisions of the Player’s Council, otherwise council would out-vote Federer for failing to carry out its decisions.

There is no player consensus on the issues Nadal has brought up and most players outside the top 100 elite apparently do not support Nadal’s demands – they are more interested in getting more money for players who lose early. Thus it is silly to claim that Nadal’s claims are validated because they were supported by one or two quirky or elite players like Davydenko. Davydenko was famous for voluntarily choosing to play 25 to 30 tourneys each year – flying to whichever tourney in the world was willing to pay him appearance fees.

Of course Nadal does not need to speak anymore about the issues: his public statements have had the desired effect and his PR manager can work behind the scnes to get tennis writers to keep up the publicity on his agenda.


Dave Says:

Sienna: very insightful comments.

Alison: I knew you would eventually come around to agreeing with our views :)

Kimberly: Entitlement works both ways. I am equally entitled to debunk your delusional post claiming that my plausible speculation was delusional about the questionable and self-serving speculations by a rich athlete who has a long history of playing mental games against other players. Ok, apology accepted.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/tennis/3670565/John-McEnroe-tells-Andy-Murray-not-to-put-up-with-Rafa-Nadals-mind-games.html

http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/12766/Nasty-Nadal-accused-in-cheat-stormNasty-Nadal-accused-in-cheat-storm

http://www.aolnews.com/2010/09/30/its-time-to-stop-rafael-nadals-cheating/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1317387/Grunting-tennis-players-advantage-rivals-says-new-study.html


Polo Says:

Most of the things that are written here are speculations especially when they relate to the perceived meaning of any players actions or words. None of us know exactly what these players have in mind. In most instances, our interpretations are colored by our own biases towards them. Many of us will have opposing opinions. It is alright to express them but it would not be right to presume that one is correct while the other view is not.


jane Says:

Polo, you always say things clearly and briefly.


Kimberly Says:

I am going up to my moms house in palm beach for the weekend and taking both kids the delray beach tournament semifinal and final. We got tix in the second row. Please no upsets from now on as we would like to actually know some of the players and this tourney is pretty thin to begin with.


jane Says:

Have fun Kimberly; be sure to bring back reports from the front lines. I want to hear your thoughts about watching Gulbis, if he makes it that far, of course. But he won another match today so that’s progress.


Daniel Says:

Jane,

Loved the Oscars, everybody I was rotten for won (Meryl, The Artist, Hugo), except The Tree of Life should have won cinematograph. The fils itself could be set as a picture exposition.

Go see A Separation, was the best film I saw last year, on top of The Artist. Just remarkable, and it works so well due to the religion nature. It’s a kind of film can’t be translated to other cultures.

Back to tennis, hope we get Murray x Djoko. I feel if Murray start strong, Djoko won’t mind losing that one and can kind of fold, will see. Somebody mention here that Djoko transforms against top players as of lately, and that would be the case on semis onwards.


jane Says:

Agree about the Tree of Life Daniel; I also felt sad that the academy shunned “Melancholia” altogether, since I “enjoyed” that film. I haven’t yet seen “The Iron Lady” but I thought both Viola Davis and Michelle Williams did well with their roles, although I am sure Streep is great, as usual. I will see “A Separation” as soon as I can…just so busy lately.

Yes, I kind of feel that whoever wins or loses – if Murray and Djoko do meet – that it won’t matter too much either way. He’ll have gotten to the semis, and he’ll lose to a top competitor. Then there are IW/Miami to focus on anyhow, and going forward toward the next slams.


skeezerweezer Says:

Dave,

Thanks for this link

http://www.aolnews.com/2010/09/30/its-time-to-stop-rafael-nadals-cheating/

The “elephant in the room” no Rafa fan wants to debate.


grendel Says:

Polo – spot on and, as jane says, clearly and briefly said.


madmax Says:

jane Says:
I don’t get why jamie’s psychic’s predictions rile people up so much. It’s just predictions; anyone can do it, maybe not by reading charts, etc, but still. Who cares? It’s one or two people’s opinions. Admittedly, she’s been on a bit of a roll of late. We’ll see how she does going forward; it adds a bit of drama. Will she be right or not?? I guess the “olderer” comments might bug people, or that she says Fed’s done winning slams, but any journalist or poster could say the say without a psychic. Besides which, many have handed jamie a few zingers in turn, so whatever works.

February 28th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Jane morning.

I think Alison got it right on the head; it’s because they are so repetitive. You don’t see anyone else writing the same stuff over and over and over so much so that it loses any of the comedic value. Less is more. Know what I mean? And yet, there is so much stuff that could be written about other players, but it seems that Roger is always in the firing line with barbed comments. I suppose in one way there is only one thing worse than being talked about and that’s NOT being talked about. So way to go Roger!

And not so long ago ‘her’ predictions were way out, then where did Jamie go? Hung her head in shame, disappeared for weeks and weeks – the joy of silence – but back again.

Got to say, Jamie bores me. As you said Alison, completely agree.

Dave, still watching afternoon delight – will ferrell – how he gets away with it?

To Roger. He is still there, no. 3, 8 years on and proving everyone wrong. A slam this year, that’s not a prediction. If he keeps working the way he is working and going deep, then he puts himself in equal standing with the others.

Go Roger!


Nims Says:

I’m surprised some people here think Nadal would play mind games with Roger before a tournament. Deep inside, Nadal knows Roger can never beat him in a GS, unfortunately deep inside Roger too knows it.

I believe Nadal’s outburst could be due to elections where he is trying to project himself as a guy voicing opinion for others than Roger. It will help him to get the Presidency post. It’s a calculated plan probably Nadal’s team is executing.


Sienna Says:

Nims Says:
I believe Nadal’s outburst could be due to elections where he is trying to project himself as a guy voicing opinion for others than Roger. It will help him to get the Presidency post. It’s a calculated plan probably Nadal’s team is executing.

So you actually agree that there is a deaper meaning to his comming out just hours before the start of the first slam/

It makes me sick that he or better his team is trying those tactics just to put down Federer. Fed always fights his own battles with no hidden agenda.


Nims Says:

Sienna: I’m not sure if you would expect anything different from Nadal’s camp. We all are used to the kind of dirty tactics the team has been using throughout this career. He is such a great tennis player, but his other side is not so great.


Dave Says:

“Grand Slam matches are not just tennis matches, they are mind games.” McEnroe said this at last year’s Wimbledon, though any tennis great could have said this from experience. It is naive to presume mind games and politics do not happen between big rivals where winning a grand slam is worth $5 to $10 million in endorsements and prize money (a newspaper once estimated that Murray could become $50 million richer by winning his first Wimbledon). The trick for any powerful/rich person is to look innocent and angelic while playing dirty games.

Courts of law — despite biases — have to make best-possible judgments all the time based on perceptions and judgment, without knowing what the people involved actually have in mind (regardless what they publicly say). Indeed, Life on this earth is based on rational judgments made by people based on perceptions and interpretations. To disqualify an argument because all interpretations are coloured by our own biases towards them isn’t practical or reasonable. Decison making involves being open-minded to different possibilities but at some point the best possibilities are chosen (based on certain criteria) to reach judgments and decisions.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_bias

But Polo is right (in some cases) to say that it would not be right to presume that one’s view is correct while the other view is not. For example, Mark presumed he was correct when he wrote “Dave& Sienna. There was NO ‘deeper meaning’ . Nadal was just frustrated with the lack of support from Fed and hence made his statements.” On the other hand, my reply was not stated in presumptious or absolute terms: “Mark: It’s HIGHLY UNLIKELY there was no deeper meaning. It’s ridiculous for Nadal to even pretend that he is frustrated with Federer’s support after all the changes that have been made (to meet his never ending complaints since 2006).”

Nims: “I’m surprised some people here think Nadal would play mind games with Roger before a tournament. Deep inside, Nadal knows Roger can never beat him in a GS, unfortunately deep inside Roger too knows it.”

I hail your ability to read the minds of Nadal and Federer. However, it’s a reasonable to consider the likelihood that Nadal would play mind games with Federer before the AO tournament, especially when Federer had Nadal for an Afternoon Delight the last time they played at the WTF. Nadal’s nervous and tight start to their AO match indicated he wasn’t all that assured of beating Federer. Had Federer not made a few makeable unforced errors (especially the flubbed drop volley) to donate the fifth game to Nadal, it’s possible Rafa might not have been let back into the match that early. In the WTF, Federer held his ground whenever Nadal attempt to mount a comeback.


Nims Says:

Dave : Had Federer not made a few makeable unforced errors (especially the flubbed drop volley) to donate the fifth game to Nada

Is it not the case with most of the matches Roger lost to Nadal including clay. If Roger only had made all those makeable FH and Volleys against Nadal, he would have been sitting with 20GS and beaten Sampras’s record for No 1.

Though NAdal had played some miraculous shots, but I believe their matches are won or lost on Roger’s racket. But I don’t think Roger is ever going to win against Nadal in GS. But no one knows the future in certain, except Roger can never beat Nadal in a slam atleast for next 2 years.


rogerafa Says:

@ Dave

It was indeed very surprising to see such an unusually hostile Rafa because he was the biggest beneficiary of the changes that you talked of. Roger’s favorite clay event, Hamburg, was downgraded to 500 status and scheduled after Wimbledon. That effectively ended his association with Hamburg. Monte Carlo was made non-mandatory but it still remained a 1000 event. Roger supported even this move keeping in mind the history of Monte Carlo knowing fully well that it was to the be a big advantage to Rafa in their race. The three clay masters were given a gap of one week each between them. Rome and Hamburg used to be played back-to-back. No such concession for Canada-Cincy though. It again benefited Rafa the most as he normally tries to play the full clay swing including Barcelona. The latest change is that Basel/Valencia, Paris and WTF are now to be played without any gap. Roger has shown statesmanship in these matters even though he was put at a disadvantage by most of the changes. Some of the top guys need to realize that they can’t have everything as per their wishes.

I do not, however, think that Rafa’s comments had much of an influence on the outcome of the semi final. The conditions in London and Melbourne are very different. Rafa’s win was not a surprise at all.


alison hodge Says:

skeezer @1.20am,on the link rafael nadals cheating the elephant in the room no rafa fan wants to debate,ill give it a go,although its not a debate more like an agreeement from this rafa fan anyway,rafa is an amazing player as you have always said,but your right he does say and do some stupid things that even rub me up the wrong way at times,coaching ,mtos,2 year rankings,taking a pop at roger etc,the truth hurts sometimes,its uncomfortable,and its not always what you want to here,but it is what it is,like it or not.


jamie Says:

Nadal is a douchebag.


skeezerweezer Says:

jamie,

That wasn’t funny.

@allison,

That was my point exactly. Yes he IS a very amazing player!! 10 slams and counting is all anyone can say. And who else has that playing today or any other era? Only a few at the top of that ladder.

What bothers me is this; Does he really feel he had/has to do that to win?

Me thinks not. He is too good a player to be meddling in that. And if he thinks he has to take advice from the sideline whilst he is playing to win, he is wrong. He has won plenty of matches without that stuff going on.


jamie Says:

Psychic Predictions for 2012:

AO: Djokovic(duh)

FO: Nadal

Wimbledon: Murray

Olympics: Federer

USO: Djokovic


jim devers Says:

There is no such thing as people who can see the future when it comes to tennis. It is not that important. I do not agree with some of the predictions for 2012, but I do agree with some. Here are my predictions.

Australian Open- Djokovic
Dubai- Federer
Indian Wells- Federer
Miami- Murray
Monte Carlo- Djokovic
Madrid- Federer
Rome- Nadal
French Open- Federer
Wimbledon- Federer
Olympics- Federer
Toronto- Murray
Cincinatti- Djokovic
US Open- Djokovic
Basel- Djokovic
Paris Indoors- Murray
World Championships- Djokovic

I also predict that Roger will regain the #1 ranking by summer-time and will hold it just long enough to break the last meaningful final record he needs to break. This will be Roger’s year on many fronts, but Novak will end the year #1 for a second consecutive time. Rafa will not win a slam this year for the first time since 2004. This will be Rogers final time to be ranked #1 and probably Wimbledon will be his last slam. The top 4 players in the world will end their career’s with this # of slams.

Federer- 18
Djokovic- 10
Nadal- 11
Murray- 0


jim devers Says:

Andy Murray will never win Wimbledon Jamie. There is way to much pressure! Rafa will never win the ATP World Championships and Roger will never be apart of a Davis Cup championship team. Roger will however be the only man to have ever won every slam title along with a gold medal in singles and doubles. This will be the list of all time greats when it is said and done.

1. Roger Federer
2. Rod Laver
3. Pete Sampras
4. Bjorn Borg
5. Novak Djokovic
6. Rafael Nadal
7. Andre Agassi
8. Ivan Lendle
9. John Mcenroe
10. Jimmy Connors

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