Federer Battles Djokovic In Dream Cincinnati Final, Who’s The Pick?
by Sean Randall | August 18th, 2012, 6:52 pm
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It’s the dream final we all wanted when the tournament began as Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will clash for the 2012 Cincinnati Tennis Masters title.

Both guys eased into the final today after convincing wins. Djokovic got past a game Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3, 6-2 who was suffering from a left wrist issue. Federer put in a little extra work dispatching friend and countryman Stan Wawrinka 7-6, 6-3.

What’s interesting in this final is that both players seem be hitting their stride. Neither guy has lost a set yet all week and neither has even dropped a service game!

Federer has made a remarkable transition from the grass to the hardcourt in his first cement event of the summer. And really, the Swiss has looked magnificent – today he could have served better, though. Djokovic has looked dynamite as well, so it sets up for quite a super showdown Sunday and a perfect way to hand off to the US Open.

So who’ll win? Honestly, I’ve been really struggling with this one.

What I like about Federer: He’s been playing extremely well, going after shots, being aggressive and cracking his groundstrokes. As a four-time champion Cincinnati has to be one of his favorite courts.
What I don’t like about Federer: He’s had an easy draw with Fish, Wawrinka and Bogomolov. Also, his first serve percentage today was rather low (54% with 49% in 1st set), and against a good returner like Djokovic that could leave him vulnerable. Worth remembering is how Murray destroyed him at the Olympics and Novak did get him twice on the clay.

What I like about Djokovic: He’s really shook off the disappointment of the grass season and even after Toronto he’s remained in form, riding momentum and heading up that “peak” on his favorite hardcourt surface. He hasn’t looked this good in a while and this match is crucial going forward.
What I don’t like about Djokovic: He had those lackluster, flat losses to Federer, Murray and Del Potro on the Wimbledon grass. And after a very busy summer might some mental/physical fatigue be setting in? Plus, he’s never won Cincinnati and it’s awfully tough to pull off the Canada-Cincy double.

So going in both guys have positives and both guys have negatives that I can see. There’s hardly much to choose between them!

In this their 28th meeting, Federer has won 15 of them most recently during the Wimbledon semifinals last month. Prior to that, however, Djokovic had won six of seven since the start of 2011, losing just that French Open semifinal last year in addition to last month’s loss.

But they do have history in Ohio.

“I played Roger here and have lost in finals, I think, what, two, three years ago,” Djokovic said recalling Federer’s straight set win over him in the 2009 final. “So, you know, not to spend too much words about Roger. We all know how good he is, especially in later stages of events.

“Here conditions are quite fast, so I think it’s quite suitable to his style of the game. We played so many matches against each other. It’s always a big challenge when you play a big rival of yours.”

Of the two, I think Novak needs the win more and he carries the pressure. Even though he took Toronto, he didn’t beat any true rival in that watered-down event and since beating Federer at the French, he’s lost three straight to the Top 5. In order to really re-establish himself as the man on hardcourts build steam toward a year-end No. 1 ranking finish, he absolutely has to win this match.

And At 25 Novak should be at his prime. This is his time, or should be. He has the game, all the shots and he’s fit and healthy. Yet a guy with bad knees ran over him during the clay season then he let a 30-year-old manhandle him on grass. Is the belief he had a year ago still there? Or are the pressures and demands of staying at the top just too great a burden? I think tomorrow we’ll start to find out. He needs to show 2011 wasn’t a fluke.

Meanwhile, having just turned 31 and playing his first hardcourt event since March, Roger has to be pleased with where his game is at. He looks relaxed and comfortable on court as he should because he’s won Cincinnati four times before. And with the No. 1 ranking out of the way – Roger will stay No. 1 next week and for the duration of the US Open – and with his Wimbledon title, the pressure and urgency to win tomorrow just isn’t there as it was at London or even Paris. So tomorrow in some ways is “gravy” as they say.

“I guess it will be helpful to win, but then again, it’s not going to decide the outcome of the US Open,” Federer said. “We’re on opposite sides of the draw at the US Open and might not even play each other. So there you have it. But I’m going to try
my best. I hope I’m more recovered than he is. Again, he’s had a pretty easy road to the finals here this week. I don’t think he must be too tired. Might be more tired mentally just from traveling right from the Olympics, straight to Toronto, winning there, and then coming here. So he’s done an amazing effort and great results so far. I hope I can stop his back-to-back
victories here at the Masters 1000 level.”

Did Federer just hint Djokovic might be mentally tired?

As I still wrestle (and stall) with a pick here, on paper the edge though has to go to Djokovic. It’s his best surface, he just won Toronto and against some stiff resistance he’s been holding serve these last two weeks at a steady clip (only broken once in Toronto!). But I just don’t buy into the notion that he’s back to where he was a year ago. And he might be able to shake those three bad losses on grass, but I can’t.

For Roger, if he serves poorly like he did today I just don’t think he can win (and really same can be said for Djokovic). But he’s beaten Djokovic before in the Cincinnati final and like I said he’s had as much success on this court as any player alive.

“I have loved this tournament for many years and played really well here all the times I’ve come here,” Federer said of the event. “Now I’m really just excited to be back in the finals against Novak. Obviously couldn’t have a tougher test, because he is playing so great on the hard courts.Then again, I’m going for my fifth and I’m feeling well, I have no issues, and I can just really go for it and make to happen tomorrow.”

So while Djokovic really needs this win and he’s been the better player thus far, I don’t think he has that 2011 belief. It’s a false front. That leaves it for Roger who picks up his serve and gets it done on the bigger points.
The pick: Federer in two.

CBS has the final live at 12:30pm ET. The women’s to follow at 4pm.


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175 Comments for Federer Battles Djokovic In Dream Cincinnati Final, Who’s The Pick?

Violet Says:

If fed serves well I don’t see him losing. Go feddy.


Brando Says:

Agree with sean. Post olympics, novak ONLY TODAY faced a player who had any real chance, hope or cause to belief that he could win. His 1st top 8 player that he faced on the USO swing. And yet that player, JMDP, as others acknowledged was playing with an injury. So to say he’s back to 2011, back on form etc is silly in my opInion as the players he beat were NEVER a threat to him at all! So this match is crucial for him IMHO. Win and he’s the man to beat for USO. Lose- then the problems he has had against the very top players since MC are continuing!


El Flaco Says:

Since Toronto Djokovic has saved 36 of 39 break points which is incredible. You figure at some point he has to cool off in the clutch department. Fed has been poor at converting in the big matches recently against Delp, Murray and Stan today. Maybe his Federitis will be cured tomorrow.


jane Says:

According to ESPN, it’s the first time ever the numbers 1 & 2 in the world have met in the Cincy final.


The Great Davy Says:

Look at this dopes Federer and Dudukovich (I think I spell his name wrong), wasting energy before You S Open. I was smart you can see, I ‘injure’ when I realize I am wasting time.

The Open is all Davy!


The Great Davy Says:

I mean what are these guys doing here, no foreign player can even pronounce “Cinicinatti” correct. Except Your Great Davy of courts.


skeezer Says:

sean just jinxed the Fed. Dang!


skeezer Says:

Matches between Fed and Nole have been dramatic, fun, and high quality stuff. can hardly wait, #1 and #2 go at it, Tennis is doing very well thank you very much!


Kimmi Says:

jinx!!


Kimmi Says:

congrats to kerber! too bad petra couldnt keep up the second set form. on to NY


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Going to be an incredible match. We’ve been spoiled with marquee heavyweight matchups in masters and slams over the last year. Its like the Becker/Edberg/Lendl years.
I really enjoy their matchup. Federer/Rafa matches have been epic because so many of them have been Slam finals. The Wimbledon matches and some other have been all-time great matches. But could it be that the Fed/Nole matches are more entertaining? The intensity maybe slightly lower than in Fed/Rafa, or Rafa/Novak, but the tennis may be more creative and surprising. Thoughts?


Violet Says:

@tennis vagabond the fed novak rivalry is my fav. Like you said it’s more suprising then the fed rafa one, and more creative then the novak rafa one. To me the fed-rafa rivalry is pretty predictable. Nadal playing mostly to fed’s backhand, fed makes eventually the error or ball falls very short. Also the flow of their matches is similiar. Fed alot of times starts strong in a set, takes the lead (there have been countless matches he had a 5-2 or 5-1 lead) to then end up faltering and losing the set. There are ofcourse exceptions. While the novak and nadal matches get imo boring after a while. Their gladiator matches are impressive but it lacks variety and as a fan of attacking tennis it isn’t really satisfying enough. The fedole matches have everything imo the shotmaking, drama, suprise ect.


Wog boy Says:

I love Delpo but I don’t think he gave to much credit to Nole by saying after the match “that he is good friend of Nole and didn’t want to retire out of respect for him, so he played injured.” I don’t really think this came out the way he wanted to say, it could be understand in two ways. I will give him benefit of the doubt.


Rick Says:

Thanks for picking Federina to win! Sean, your “Jinx” curses are deadly. LOL


Rick Says:

Matches for Federina and Nadal, even in exhibitions, Federina is the one who has his ass kicked.


Rick Says:

It would be great, if you could have finals with Murray, Tsoonga, Djokovic and JMDP.


Rick Says:

The final gonna be an easy win for Nole. And would feels like an old fool, like he did at the Olympics.


steve-o Says:

With Federer/Djokovic, both men are going for their shots. Djokovic tries to match Federer’s aggression by attacking more often and taking more risks in the rallies than he usually does.

Whereas Federer is forced to serve well, make first strikes, come to net and use his variety, because if he just tries to outslug Djokovic he’ll be beaten to the punch.

The quality of the ball-striking is usually superb when both are playing their best. Lots of great rallies, offensive play, and a very high intensity throughout.

The RG and USO matches of last year are perhaps the very highest quality they’ve ever played against each other.

This year’s Wimbledon was also very high-quality but perhaps lacked a certain suspense because the match was so brief (being on grass) and the last set wasn’t very close.

They do sometimes play indifferent matches like Rome and RG this year or Dubai last year.


JayJay Says:

Rick, you comments are, as always, pathetic…
About the match tomorrow, it really doesnt matter who
Wins, the title win be in good hands either ways…


skeezer Says:

Rick is old news, a Fed hater and will post anything so her Rafa Love looks better. A TT transient. Rick, try some fishing and swimming, hope u feel better. Fed is wayy past his prime and oh, wait a sec, just won a record 17th Slam, when will the old man quit winning? Rick was hoping that the last 2 years. Still no end insight for rickypoo. Pathetic. Must be very painful.

Whats real is the match tomorrow, the best 2 in tennis are playing, and hoping its a cracker!


skeezer Says:

Btw congrats to ma man for securing the #1 ranking in the world by making the Final AND securing the #1 seed at the 2012 USO!!

Maestro GOAT and @31 still competing strong. The iron man of Tennis.
Good luck tomorrow Fedster!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I can’t remember when Roger last beat Novak in a 3-setter. It would be good for Roger to get one now. Though I think Novak is playing better tennis on the ground. Roger needs to be serving like he did in the quarters to have a chance against Novak. I just hope it does not turn out into a match like Dubai or Rome.


gannu Says:

fck…sean u scrwd fedex by picking him ;-) oh no…now only god can save federer from not losing ;-) hahahahahhaa…anyways feddy bear i will be watching u despite 15 cosuins staying at my house today!!! ;-)


skeezer Says:

NK,

Am concerned about Fed serving also. If he is on he’ll win. His all court game will follow suit with the very best one back handed game ever. But Novak is the best returner in the game. I Feds serve doesn’t deliver……..Nole can, and most likely will, take it to him. Serve it Fed!


Alok Says:

@skeezer, “no end insight for rickypoo”

How old are you? LOL.


Alok Says:

Fed needs to win this match, so that he can ride the momentum wave into the USO, if the two should meet in the final tomorrow.

I think Fed’s serve will be on. Yesterday’s match with stan was good prep for today’s match.


Lisa Says:

a) If Novak wins Cincinnati….

Federer/Murray to win US Open….

b) If Federer wins Cincinnati…

Novak/Murray to win US Open….


Alok Says:

I meant if the two should meet in the USO final again.


Lisa Says:

a) If Novak wins Cincinnati….

Federer/Murray to win US Open

b) If Federer wins Cincinnati….

Novak/Murray to win US Open


skeezer Says:

Alok,

Spellcheck ipad issues. The only thing i don’t retract is rickypoo. That was correct spelling ;)..hehe


Sienna Says:

Its not all that difficult to try and predict a winner.

When bothmen are on top of their games and they usually aremind you.

Fed has the upperhand on the faster hardcourts during US Open time where Novak has the upperhand on the slower hardcourts in the beginning of the year.

That doesnot mean neither can win today but it would be a fair estimation. Anyways Roger got enough match playfor entering the Open lots of tennis to be played before they reach the final of another slam.

But is they do then the Djokovic Federer rivalry will be the new big rivalry in tennis. It is now on paper, but they most follow up with 1, 2 finals.


Brando Says:

IF fed’s serve is on- he’ll win IMO.

Out of the 2, from the little i have seen, fed has seemed the better player in most areas.

Cincy is a place where the more aggressive player tends to win- and fed, in the SF at least, was going for his shots and being very aggressive.

Fed has not beaten novak in a best of 3 in a very long time- i think he shall do so in this one!


Wog boy Says:

Brando,

Is (was) Andy “more aggressive player”?


Sienna Says:

Hehe Fed critics not so long ago told Fed can only win best of three tournée. all of a sudden he needs to proof he canbeat Djoker in best of three!
If he can beat him in a slam he can beat him in best of three.


Danica Says:

Nole in two. Gut feeling :))


Humble Roger Says:

Rick = afake time-out rrogant gamesmanship player Nadal’s fan. classless kid. Djokovic kicks Nadal in 7 finals all. right?

I love Roger and I like Noval. good luck both

congrats Roger. 299 week?


Humble Roger Says:

skeezer

>Rick is old news, a Fed hater and will post anything so her Rafa Love looks better

lol. Rick is her?


Humble Roger Says:

sorry 278.


dinah Says:

Always Roger


Gaga Says:

Lisa, not necessarily.

Federer could very well win Cincinnati and the USO this year. He’s done it before, in 2007.

Djokovic could also win Cincinnati and the USO this year.

Murray winning the USO after losing momentum since Toronto would surprise me.

USO is a Federer/Djokovic thing this year.

Del Potro seems injured and Murray lost momentum after the Olympics.

Anyone but Federer/Djokovic winning the USO would be a huge surprise.


Tennis Fan Says:

According to Sean, Federer had the easier draw at Cincy … at least his competition was able to complete their matches. I could have beat Davydenko …and Del Potro’s backhand with his bad left wrist was as bad as … as bad as Davydenko’s shoulder.

Let’s face it the Djok’s got to the Cincy final without having to play anybody this year …


David Says:

I think that, as always, when these two play it’s going to come down to Fed’s serving and unforced error count. If he’s serving at say 60% and not making the errors, Djoker doesn’t have a big enough weapon on the forehand side to win. Fed’ll control his service games and then that’ll free him up to crack the forehand and get 2 or 3 breaks. Djoker still has that slight weakness on the forehand because his arm’s a bit too stiff and he guides the racquet through the hitting zone sometimes. People don’t mention it as a weakness, but it is.


skeezer Says:

^good analogy David


Nadal Says:

It is so hard to predict now who is going to win what between Roger and Djokovic…..

At least, when I am against Roger you folks have no confusion who is going to win…..it is self evident. Which is what really matters….

Here, I am smiling, taking a long overdue rest and getting ready for WTF this time…….Hunt the lion in his den…


Nadal Says:

Or is it hunt the tiger in his den……..

Doesn’t matter. Y’ll get the idea….


David Says:

Nadal,

I think you’re better off concentrating on Davis Cup. If you play, you should be able to beat the U.S. 3-1 and then maybe Del Potro will be still struggling with his wrist problems and you guys can sneak out another DC title. WTF’s just never going to be your tournament. The court’s too quick.


meow Says:

^ LOL. No amount of preparation can an injured cow on skates (with no WTF title) do to hunt THE GOAT


David Says:

It just occurred to me that if Fed wins the U.S. Open and finishes the year at No. 1, will Sampras have any significant tennis record all to himself? He won’t have most Open Era Wimbledons, won’t have the record for weeks at No. 1, won’t have the record for year-end titles, won’t have the record for year-end No. 1s either. Just incredible that all these records he devoted his career to could be erased in a decade. And of course Fed has at least 2-3 more years left, so Sampras probably won’t even share any records at all by 2014 or 2015.


Wog boy Says:

Sampras has six consecutive years as world #1, methinks.


meow Says:

^6 consecutive year-end no.1s. Sampras said so himself


David Says:

Right, but if Fed gets year-end No. 1 this year they’ll be tied.


Maso Says:

Yeah, but Rog’s 6 years won’t be consecutive. He had 4 years consecutive from 04 to 07, Nadal took it in 08, and Rog got it back in 09. If he does it this year, it’ll be 6 total but non-consecutive. So that record of Sampras’ will probably hold for a little while still.


Maso Says:

If Roger ends the year at #1 anyway, which I seriously hope he does!


Wog boy Says:

But not consecutive, there is little bit of difference in beeing best in the world six years in a row, even freakish Federer couldn’t achive that:)


Wog boy Says:

Maso,

You already said it.


John Says:

More important is conecutive weeks at no1. Pete only managed 102, Jimmy connors held the record of 160 consecutive weeks at no1 for 30 years befor Fed came along. Shows you how freakish Feds 237 consecutive weeks are.


Wog boy Says:

He (Federer) is a freak, I said that, of course positive one.


John Says:

I think Fed will have to convert break chances if he is to win. Djokovic has saved 60 of the last 66 break points…that also is deserving of the title Freak, lol in a good way.


trufan Says:

year end no. 1 in totally meaningless. Its as asinine as Jan 31 No. 1 ranking, or JUne 30th No. 1 ranking – or pick any other day of the year (how about Oct 17 no 1 ranking?)

Sampras nickled and dimed through the end of the year stretch in Europe because somehow this meant a lot to him. I guess he can keep that one record that is meaningless. All his others are gone anyway.

WHat matters is how long you were at the top (weeks at No. 1), or, if you want to look at a “reign”, consecutive weeks at No. 1. Fed has 237 consecutive weeks – a record for mens AND women’s tennis.

As for 2012, Its between Djoke and Fed. Lets see. I still think Fed will remain No. 1 till at least IW.


John Says:

Im happy…its all gone perfect. Even if he loses the most important goal is achived. No 1 seed at Us Open.In my opinion.


skeezer Says:

John,

Yes time ro relish the moment. When will Fed ever come in again to USO as #1 seed? Enjoy it while it lasts! ;)


David Says:

Trufan

I don’t think it’s totally “meaningless” because most in the tennis world think of the sport as having a “season.” Of course the season is so long that it’s easy to forget that there even is one.

But, for example, if a player were to win the NCYGS, you know that there would be a debate as to whether that’s as great an accomplishment as Laver’s CYGS. But why? In either case, it’s 4 consecutive Slams won. The only reason to value the CYGS over the NCYGS is because the tennis community sees the sport as occurring in a season that begins in January and ends in November with the WTF. And that’s why the “year-end No. 1″ is significant whereas who is No. 1 on Oct. 17 is not.


trufan Says:

At the end of 2010, everyone was heaping compliments on Nadal – he was 24+ years in age, and had won 9 slams, was ranked No. 1 (Fed was on 16 then, but was 29+ in age). So everyone was saying Nadal would definitely overtake Fed in slams, remain No. 1 for a long time, Fed won’t win another, blah blah blah.

Now, almost two years later – Nadal is past his peak/prime period, is 26+ in age, did manage to get to 11 slams courtesy clay courts (he hasn’t won ANYTHING outside of clay since then), is barely scrapping to keep his No. 3 ranking (if Murray hadn’t lost so early, NAdal would be No. 4).

And Fed is 31+, just won his 17th slam, got the No. 1 ranking back, has gone 72-7 since the last USO (remember, in Nadal’s best year, 2010, he went 72-10), and its all about Fed and Djokovic.

Suddenly, doesn’t look likely that Nadal will ever get to 17.

How times change.

THe decline of a tennis player is pretty sudden, its not gradual. And very very few recover from that… Agassi and Fed are the only ones to do that.


max Says:

Sean said: “What I don’t like about Federer: He’s had an easy draw with Fish, Wawrinka and Bogomolov”

Fish and Wawrinka easy? Are you serious?

An easy draw was Djoko´s draw. I think I could have beaten Davydenko myself and then Delpo with a bad wrist.


David Says:

Wog Boy

In my opinion, being No. 1 six times non-consecutively is just as impressive as consecutively. Because as great as six years in a row is, it means you did it in your prime and over a relatively short period when your rivals were basically the same (in Sampras’ case it meant basically beating out generational peers Agassi, Courier, Chang and Rafter). By being No. 1 six times over 9 years, Fed will have been the world’s best past the period of time when he “should” be. And he’s having to deal with great players at different stages of their careers (for example, in 2012, he’s got Djoker and Murray in their prime).


trufan Says:

David,

NCYGS and CYGS are the same as far as I am concerned. Someone holding all 4 titles at the same time is a big deal. The rest is just TOTALLY arbitrary “packaging”. Doesn’t matter what the so called “tennis community” thinks. I think political elections should have told us by now how wrong the majority can be, so often.

As for Laver, really, people should stop bringing it up. there was so much lesser competition then, and 3 of the 4 were on grass. He got lucky the first time since players like Pancho and Rosewall couldn’t play (in 1962), and then by 1969, there was a bit of a vacuum since Pancho and Rosewall were much older. Laver made the most of it.

If the media repeats something a thousand times, people repeat it a million times, then everyone starts to believe it.


David Says:

trufan

I never even entertained the thought of Nadal getting to 15 Slams let alone 17. I have no idea where that thinking ever came from. It was obvious he was a Borg or Courier-type player who would have a relatively short prime and that would be it.


David Says:

trufan

I’m not arguing with your logic. But if “everyone” thinks something, then it matters. Year-end No. 1 certainly matters much more than Oct. 17 No. 1. Whether it “should” mean more is irrelevant.


David Says:

skeezer

Fed might very well come into the USO ranked No. 1 next year too.

I think we all should have learned by now not to doubt what he’s capable of.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Pretty interesting stat on Novak’s BP’s. He looks to have played clutch for last 2 tournaments. I’m not sure about the stat, but I guess Roger should be leading the players when it comes to wasting the BP opportunities. Looks like this stat favors Novak for this match. But all bets are off if Roger has a serving masterclass.


DC Says:

Nadals condition has deteriorated sooner because of the grinding Nole has had to make him go through in the past 1 & 1/2 years.

Nadal was a freak – once in a 100 years kind of player, Just like Fed.

Although im a big Fed fan and want him to win everything, im a bigger Tennis fan and want Nadal to get well soon. THis is the most interesting & challenging era of tennis, even better than the 80′s because of the quality of the sport and the players.


Polo Says:

With Nadal out, Federer and Djokovic are the best bets to take the US Open title (with Murray a small step behind). This Cincy final would be more like testing the waters for both for the Open.


David Says:

trufan

I don’t agree Rafa was past his prime this year and certainly not last year. Maybe his post-peak period will start now but the fact he hasn’t been able to win anything significant off clay since 2010 is all due to Djokovic. He’s just not as good as Novak off of clay, but he played the same tennis in 2011 and at this year’s AO as he did in winning Wimby and USO in 2010. It’s just that Novak raised his game to a level Rafa couldn’t match.


David Says:

Polo

I’m going to take Raonic as a darkhorse. Unless he’s on Fed’s side of the draw I’m going to pick him to make the final. The only thing that concerns me about him is his court positioning. Once he improves that, I think he’ll win a minimum of 4 Slams.


Rick Says:

trufan, you are full of shits! If Nadal didn’t lose to Rosol at Wimbledon, Federina would not be number one. And I expected Nole to beat him easily today! And the old lady would never wins gold at the Olympics. Guess Federina was having mono on that day he played Murray.


trufan Says:

David,

OK, sure… year end is certainly more “palatable” than Oct 17th.. I said that just to emphasize it was still rather arbitrary.

Lets see. I doubt Federer will be able to sustain this level beyond Nov 2012. I think he is giving it one last push for the next 3 months – and then he will pare down his calendar a bit, which means never being No. 1 again. But what the heck, what else has he gotten left to prove!

The AUS open 2013 may be his last slam seeded No. 1….

I still think Fed will get his 18th slam. He has got to get some luck one day (remember, he has had to run through a peak Djoke or a peak Nadal in almost every single slam for so long now!). He has tto some day get “Sampras 2002 USO” level luck, where he never has to face a top 5 player to win a slam – heck, if he could go through a slam never facing another top 5 player, he would have had 25 slams by now!


trufan Says:

With Murray finally showing up on court, Djokovic still going strong, Federer still with something left – and some younger players showing promise – Doesn’t look good for Nadal going forward, EVEN on clay. Remember, Murray and Djoke are both one year younger to Nadal, so they WILL outlast him.

Nadal’s slam winning days are done. Perhaps another French, that’s it.


Angel Says:

237 consecutive weeks at the top looks more difficult to achieve than the 6 consecutive years end no. 1 because in the first one you just can’t have a off period of time in which you play poorly and in the second one you can and recover later to finish no. 1. Besides you have to be really good on any surface (clay) to doesn’t loose the top spot momentarily. Just my impression of course there isn’t an impartial way to determining that but you really have to be blind if you can’t see that Federer is a better and above all things “more complete player” than Sampras was.
Kudos.


Rick Says:

We all know what old lady is capacable of, he choked against Ali and Nold at Wimbledon and US Open. When he chokes, he will chokes even if he is in command.


JayJay Says:

Rick, you need to see a shrink… You have serious issues. Go get some treatment to heal your hatred…


Margot Says:

Good Luck Nole. You can do it :)


conty Says:

Rick is simply aniti-fed, in need of attention and feels powerful by trolling here. don’t feed him JayJay, if there was a ‘block’ poster feature on this website; problem solved. as it is, try to ignore and pretend the troll does not exist, otherwise he/she revels in her unoriginal insults.


noogie Says:

I wonder in Mark and Rick are lovers. There is just no stopping the Great Federer.


conty Says:

hello Margot :D

hoping it will be some good tennis.


JayJay Says:

Thanks for the tip conty, problem solved.


Polo Says:

At first, I was just hoping that Federer will win the French. Then he won. Then I hoped he would surpass Sampras’ total slam record. The he got that. Then I wished could be number one again to equal Sampras with the most weeks at number one. Accomplished. Still I kept wishing for more. I am getting greedy. So enough already. I just hope for an occasional surprise. If it does not happen, I have already gotten more than what I originally wished for.


David Says:

Polo

I think now the goal has to be having the U.S. Open and Wimbledon records all to himself, which is certainly well within reach. One more AO and he’d have that all to himself as well, although that’s probably more difficult and less of a priority.


dari Says:

Did novak contract the yips from davydenko?


El Flaco Says:

Well, as I said earlier Djokovic’s streak of saving break points has to revert back towards the average at some point and it appears it is happening today.


gannu Says:

quite a shocking start for djoker..good for my feddy bear…neone watching this?


jane Says:

Poor Nole: 42% first serves, 3 double faults. Something is up with his serve today? Meanwhile Fed is at 89% first serves and going for a bagel. Sad for Nole. :’( This will be over in no time at this rate.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Pretty fast start from Roger. He does this sometimes, but cools off.


autoFilter Says:

Looks like Nole is about to blow his gluten-free diet on a bagel…


gannu Says:

i agree NK..winning a set 6-0 is meaningless unless roger goes to win the match…otherwise its pointless!!! so hope he keeps the pressure on!!!


El Flaco Says:

Sometimes it backfires in the next set when you dish out a bagel or bread stick to a really good player.


dari Says:

I hope that when novak decides to show up fed keeps cool and responds


tennisfansince76 Says:

naughty roger. Novak’s diet is suppposed to be gluten free and he has fed him a bagel


tennisfansince76 Says:

@uatofilter you got there first!


autoFilter Says:

@tennisfansince76

No worries, my invisibility cloak has been malfunctioning lately.


Addicted Says:

I find it amazing that the Nadal fans’ strongest anti-Fed argument is that Nadal is not good enough to make it to finals.


Addicted Says:

Let me clarify that last statement with “idiot Nadal fans”. I know a lot of great Nadal fans who don’t need to denigrate other players to prop up their players significant achievements.


RajeshlovesU2 Says:

Is there a good live stream link for this match?
Our CBS station is showing the Orioles game.


gannu Says:

hmm djoker is a wounded tiger…plays best when he is behind!!! that game federer would have broken anyone in the world! well done djoker to hold..come on feddy bear take this match in a tie break and in straight sets!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I believe Novak would take the TB and the 2nd set. He is so good off the ground now.


jane Says:

Never cracked 60% first serves once = never had a chance. Too bad. Oh well. :/


gannu Says:

so djoker saves one more MP ;-) bad omen


Eric Says:

He hasn’t lost yet, Jane! :)


Eric Says:

Well now he has. Glorious victory!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Fantastic win for Roger. He just scraped through the 2nd set. But he should be happy with the performance.


marrisv Says:

Masterclass performance from fed… Imperious on serve against the best returner!!!


senthil Says:

No.1 secured for Federer till Paris Masters… Way to go Fed.


Sienna Says:

NK when he doesnt win a set with 2 or more breaks doesnt mean he is scraping? It can be that the other guy is playing better. Glad you have nothing better to say after the bagelling of the first.


Polo Says:

There’s another one of those happy surprises from Federer.


pritesh Says:

if only uso speed up the court’s


pritesh Says:

so how many tournament’s in which fed has atleast 5 win’s?


dari Says:

Congrats to Rog and thanks for not making me last on the bracket.
Now go win the big one that matters most :)


Sienna Says:

1 more masters title to equal Ivan lendl 22. I never thought he would reach that before Nadal. Of course Nadal got I believe 3 non mandatory masters title since MC has become non mandatory.


Tz Says:

Seems like nole was FEDERIZED in the 1st set! A bagel against novak is hardly seen, specially on hard court! Can’t remember if I have ever seen nole get bageled! Have to say, Roger, u are one of a kind!


Lou_tennisfan Says:

Wow, what a wonderful display of tennis by Federer. What an amazing year he has had but when did it all start..it is Mirka who should be credited with his success: believe it or not: Federer and his secret of success: http://tinyurl.com/7vtd2tj


Brando Says:

There you go folks, as I mentioned IF Feds serve was on- he would win. And so he did. Congrats to fed and his fans.


Tennisfan Says:

So Djok in his prime still can’t catch up to the old man … I don’t think I’ll be able to force myself to watch tennis after Fed retires .. I’m roo spoiled now :)


dari Says:

Novak did great things to be in both finals after olympics, so professional. He just woke up a set too late today, and will be rested and blazing on the slower hardcourt over 5 sets.
He will be my USO pick, though I want murray or fed to take it.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Sienna..I was not surprised on the Bagel. Roger has done it many times in his career, where he is just unstoppable for a set. But he just cools off. It was not a convincing TB win by Roger. Novak did have set point. So we can’t say he won the 2nd set comfortably. I thought one bad FH miss by Novak in the TB got the set out of him. We never know what would have happened if it had gone to 3rd set.

But this win is great for Roger. To beat the guy who is the best outdoor HC player for past 2 years is just ridiculous.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Novak should be really proud and happy. I have heard few people foolishly say that Novak needs to win Open to prove his 2011 is not a fluke. I’m really surprised by such stupidity. He has already proven this year how great he is. He was at a semis of all the GS and been in finals and won them. He has won few MS titles and was stopped by Rafa in clay. What more does he need to do in a year. Even if he just takes off for entire year, I think this has been a fantastic season for Novak.


pritesh Says:

at age 31, winning a full strength tournament without dropping serve all through. classy!!!


Pitchaboy Says:

I have read postings here for a while. I am not sure what match Nirmal Kumar watched. Novak was summarily dismissed. He barely hung on in the second stand did not have one break point. The first set was an embarrassment. And thrashed by a man six years his senior


Eric Says:

NK, “having a set point” in a TB doesn’t mean anything since after 5-6, every time it switches serve the receiver has an SP, as you know. Federer was definitely the better player in the breaker, who easily could have gone up 5-0 instead of 3-0 had Novak not played his unreal best on those two points. Anyway, it was a really close set, has anyone said Roger won “comfortably”?? I’m not sure what you’re going on about. It was a great win.


Sienna Says:

NK

I thinkRogeris still the best HC player on the faster hardcourts. Novak is on the slower hardcourts.

Please do not make it that there is no difference. There is a huge difference.

We have Clay, slow HC, fast HC and Grass.

I dont care much for indoor or outdoor the surface uis still the major difference.
But indoor makes just the condition on a sat HC a place where Fed has become at his most deadliest.

Anywayzzz I take Roger over Novak on a fast hard court any given Sunday.

And I like the fact that he had a tight breaker and came out to win it. That really gives his confidence a boost. Setpoint down and pulling through after having matchpoint.
So that is big big breaker Roger got on Djokovic.

You call it scraping through I call it heart of a champion and he will take this confidence for the next time he could be in that position. maybe in US Open final for #18. No wouldnt that be great You Federer fan?


Alok Says:

Great win for the Fed! This win will give him the confidence should he meet Djokovic in the final at the USO. I’m counting my chickens but it’s important to think positive.

Yesterday I said Fed will serve good today, and he did. Djokovic didn’t have a chance in the first set, because Fed cracked the whip from the first game.

Djokovic was living dangerously having to save so many BPs playing against the lower ranked players in Toronto and Cincy, so it had to catch up sometime.


Ray Says:

Take a bow, federer! Fed has won 5 or more of

dubai, wimbledon, halle, cincinnati, usopen, basel and Year end.

7 tournaments.

if fed chose to play hamburg regularly, he would have won a tournament 5times on all 3 surfaces. as of now, he has 4 hamburg titles!

Superman/batman or spiderman! or maybe even james bond! Fed is just a super hero.


Rahul Says:

NK im surprised when Federer opens with a bagel against his closest competition on hard court you say “im not surprised”. Sure Federer is known to start strong in finals but your talking about him beating a player whose now more hungry, has more to prove, whose never won Cincinnati, looking for revenge after coming off a win in toronto, and who is by and large now expected to win these encounters considering hes in his prime.

I understand your trying to be objective but your really overdoing it. I can understand if he loses the match the bagel is a waste but lets not reach a stage where if Roger doesnt win a set with a break we consider it a struggle. Novak is a dangerous and no.2 player in the world. You dont expect players like him to fade after a bad first set. Be happy when the player your backing wins a master without dropping a set!!


madmax Says:

Great win for Federer and well done to fans of Novak for reaching the final!

Come on Fed! Come on USO!


Gordo Says:

With that Cincinnati win Federer has secured the #1 ranking in the world past the US OPEN, possibly until October.

Here is the math -

FEDERER has 11,345 points. He loses 180 points from reaching the quarterfinals in Cincinati last year and gets 1,000 points for winning it this year. From this we subtract his semi-final berth last year (720 points) in the US OPEN and his base points going into this years US OPEN is –

11,445

DJOKOVIC has 11,270 points. From Cincinnati he reached the final both this year and last, so those points are a wash. But last year he did win the US OPEN, so we have to subtract those points (2,000)so his base points going into this years US OPEN is –

9,270

A player gets 2,000 points for a win, so even if Djokovic wins the US OPEN he would have 11,270, 175 points behind what Federer would have, IF FED LOST IN THE FIRST ROUND!

This numbers game will catch up to Fed in about 2 months, but at the moment he is taking advantage of the situation, and should he do well at the US OPEN he could have enough of a lead over Djokovic to finish the year at #1.


Daniel Says:

First time Djoko got a bagle in a long time, if ever. Don’t recall the last time.

Federer skipping Toronto was perfect choice. Djoko is match tested for US Open as well. But contrary to last year, he already lost 2 or more matches to Nadal (3 on clay), Fed (wimby and here) and Murray (Dubai and Olympics). That is the main difference from last year. He was just winning all close matches against fellow top 4 in 2011. As soon as law of avarages even things out, he is no longer #1.

I am really amazed with Fed at the moment, he already has 6 titles (1 GS, 3 Masters and 2 500) and we are entering the period of the season where he is more successful. He always had a great last 3 months of the season, he is already on a streak of 3 finals (Wimby champion, Olympics runner up and Cincy champion), with Nadal out and Djoko only in the final, is hard not to see Fed in the final, considering that his last 3 defeats in US Open were on five sets. This is the Slam
he is harder to beat, more than grass.


noogie Says:

Nirmal the same stats u used to point out Djokers success for the year is more or less the same u used to downgrade Feds performance before he went on a roll. Fake ass two faced Fedfan


Nadal Says:

Next year, it will be so hard to defend the ranking points for whosoever gains this year.

I just need to show up next year and will start gaining points….Year End No. 1 for 2013 is already decided….


marrisv Says:

Congrats to fed fans and commiserations to nolefans,…

Bring on USO, with no rafa around, I am going all out for muzzard….


Skorocel Says:

@autoFilter: That was without question THE comment of the year! :-)))


skeezer Says:

@brando

Yep, said te same thing ;)( tooting my horn )

————-

Commiserations to Nole and his fans. Hope he gets fully rested for a fabulous run at USO

————-

To ma man the Maestro of Tennis, awesome awesome awesome. You’re still #1 at 31? How can that be? Lets see, acoording to the Fed haters;
- you’re too old
- you can only win indoors ( one of the funniest ones I ever heard )
- you have a weak one handed BH (LMAO, how do you win 17 Slams with a one handed BH?
- you can’t win on a slow surface against Rafa (IW anyone?)
- you’re an old lady and you choke…….

The list goes on but “Winning” remains, and Fed does “that” best!


skeezer Says:

- 6 Titles, 56 match wins (Leads ATP in both)

- Won 7th Wimbledon Title and Olympic Silver Medal

- Regained World #1 ranking after winning Wimbledon

- 291st week ranked #1
(most all time)

Anyone else have a better year so far?


van orten Says:

fed won most of the points longer than 11 shots!!! pretty impressive performance…number 1 and number 2 players are the favourites at us open .
then the rest of the pack is loaded. expect nole and roger to come through to the semis.


NELTA Says:

Gordo Says:
This numbers game will catch up to Fed in about 2 months
————————————————

It definitely will. Right now Fed’s ranking includes 3000 points from Basel, Paris and the WTF. Djokovic’s ranking right now is hurt by the fact that he had such a poor showing in the indoor season last year where he only won 500+ points.

This year those 3 tournaments are scheduled back to back to back which is not the norm. Last year Basel and Paris were back to back, but then there was a week off before the WTF. I wonder, when was the last time Fed played 3 tournaments consecutively with no time off?


Dave Says:

Federer played sublime in the first set, and had he kept up his serving in the second set the match would have been very short. I think Djokovic had the yips in the first set (just like he did in first half of 2010) because he was facing Federer with No. 1 on the line. Once it came to the tiebreaker in the second, the odds were with Federer.

Jim Courier said in his CBS commentary of the match that Djokovic was leaving Cincinnati tonight for the home of Gordon Uehling in New Jersey. Djokovic has stayed at Uehling’s home during the previous 2010 and 2011 US Opens. Djokovic has apparently used the CVAC Pod (and other technologies) at Uehling’s home in the past. This controversial CVAC technology (see links) is supposed to be twice as effective at helping the body absorb oxygen as blood doping (a banned form of performance enhancement). The World Anti Doping Agency said it violates “the spirit of sports”. Don’t be surprised to see a faster, sharper stronger Djokovic at the US Open. Novak surely knows the controversy regarding the CVAC Pod yet still continues to stay at Uehling’s house.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904787404576532854267519860.html

http://tinyurl.com/8cfmhfg

http://tinyurl.com/3z5ayr7


Sienna Says:

Well to put things a little bit in perspective. Djoker still leads the year to date race. So in fact he is getting more points on the board then Fed from januari 1.

Even the US open is not the decider of the year.
I hope they both are within touching when they enter the O2.
It would be magnificent for tennis if Djokerer wher to fight it out at the O2. Something like winner takes all.

Wow how quickly Nadal is out of the picture and minds. It could well be that we have watched the first of 4, 5 or maybe 6 remaining finals. ANd I have to say all of them are on fast courts.


tennisfansince76 Says:

if this match were the USO semis we would have been where we were last year after 2 sets. Fed up 2-0


Gordo Says:

If Roger Federer finishes the year at #1 and should he find it in him to win an 18th (or more) Grand Slam Title(s) I think the discussion can begin on whether instead of comparing him to Sampras, Borg, Laver, etc as to who the GOAT is, we need to go beyond that and start elevating him in discussions, including him with Ali, Pele, Jordan and Gretzky.

The “if” I started the last paragraph with is WAY less of a longshot today than it was 2 years ago.

He is one of a kind, dat boy!


Dave Says:

Following up on skeezer’s post: Over the past one year (52 weeks), Federer has achieved:

- 78-8 win loss (91%)

- 9 titles (including 7th Wimbledon, World Tour Finals, 4 Masters 1000, 3 ATP 500) from 11 finals in 13 tournaments this season

- 21 Masters 1000 titles (at Djokovic’s age, Federer also had 12 Masters shields, so they are even)

- 76 career titles

- World No. 1 ranking: 294 weeks No. 1 (end of US Open, guaranteed at least)

- 21-11 (66%) tiebreak record

Note: ranking points

- Year-to-date ranking points (Aug 20): Djokovic: 8,710 vs Federer 8,545 (gap 165 points in Djokovic’s favor)

- 52-week ranking points (Aug 20): Federer 12,165 vs Djokovic 11,270


Dave Says:

Sorry, second bullet should read:

- 9 titles (including 7th Wimbledon, World Tour Finals, 4 Masters 1000, 3 ATP 500) from 11 finals in 16 tournaments over the past 52 weeks.


Tennis Fan Says:

I guess if Djok needs to use blood doping to help him with his performance that just makes him the kind of athlete that I have no respect for anyway.


Pitchaboy Says:

As James Scott Connors puts it these days there are clay court specialists (Nadal), hard court specialists (Djoker), grass court specialists and then there is RF. His weakest surface is clay and he has been to four finals atParis and won one besides winning Madrid and other clay tournaments. Nadal is an all time great, Djokovich is a great but there is only one GOAT. He is joint favorite at US open with Djoker.


scineram Says:

Good thing he doesn’t need it so he doesn’t use it, then.


Pitchaboy Says:

Laver is a reasonable discussion but he played in a weak era where his main rivals were fellow Aussies. Sampras cannot be considered given his pathetic performance on clay; likewise Borg had no hard court grand slams. At this point Federer is to tennis what Pele means to soccer, Jordan to basketball and Bradman to cricket.


Gaga Says:

Federer playing like it’s 2007. He is in sincillating form.

He is the top favorite for the US Open.


Gaga Says:

This is the first time Federer bagels Djokovic.


alison Says:

Congrats Fed fans Skeezer,Dave,Madmax,Swiss Maestro,Ajet,Conty etc etc,i didnt see the final but from what i can gather he played amazing tennis,and to add to that giving Nole a bagel wow who knew,didnt see that one coming,commiserations to Nole fans Jane,Wogboy,Courbon etc,a great achievement to reach the final,and certainly no disgace to loose to the guy whos the best player ever.


El Flaco Says:

Fed is hitting a lot of what is sometimes called a reverse forehand. When he is on the run he hits over the top and outside of the ball. The follow-through is above his head. This is a great running forehand because you can get an angle and it tails away from the opponent. It was one of Sampras’ favorite forehands. Fed’s always had it in his arsenal, but he is hitting it more often on grass and hardcourt than he used to.


steve-o Says:

Yay Roger on Cincinnati title #5, a display of surgical attacking tennis! Djokovic had a slow start but he really picked it up in the second set and Federer had to fight hard to close him out in the tiebreak.

With this title–his sixth of the year–Federer moves a bit further clear of Djokovic in the rankings. Now on to New York!


Sienna Says:

Gaga Says:
This is the first time Federer bagels Djokovic.

August 19th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

This is so true. HE IS TMF. Why else would he lose the olympic final.

He is gonna bring home the US Open win another master, Basel (of course) en to top it of he will win his 7th year end championship.

……

slow down 1 by 1.

First stop is Johny Macs number.


Eric Says:

I just hope Roger can do this again in a few weeks.


Love Says:

Can someone clarify this one for me?

Is the Year end no.1 determined by the YTD ranking points and not the SAA ranking? So someone ranked no.2 can be year end no.1?


Tennis Fan Says:

Points are on a rolling year basis … on Dec 31st that will be from Jan 1 to Dec 31st … what clarification is required?


David Says:

Pitchaboy

I can accept Fed as GOAT and can’t imagine anyone any better, but what I don’t understand is how can you consider Bradman the king of cricket but then at the same time not consider any tennis player before Laver. You do realize that tennis has a long history before Laver, right? What about Jack Kramer, Don Budge, Bill Tilden? Why would you give them no consideration in your GOAT arguments while simultaneously considering Bradman, who competed from 1927-1949?


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Sienna, If you talk of career, then Roger is definitely the best HC player than Novak. But if you look at the last 2 years, not sure if I can give that title to Roger. USO is the benchmark for the fast HC, and Roger has not even reached the finals for past 2 years.

But he is playing the best tennis now and if he wins USO, then definitely he would be the best HC player. So let’s wait till USO.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Rahul,

Hmm..let’s look at Novak’s stat in the first set and then see if we need to be too excited about Roger’s first set bagel. Sure Novak is a great player by reputation, but still if he plays a crap tennis we need to accept it’s part of the reason for the bagel. It was more of Novak throwing things around along with Roger’s great tennis.

I’m definitely happy Roger won this match. I typically looked at this match like a USO final and tried to extrapolate into a 5-setter. But when Novak is ON in his ground game, I just think his defense is too much for Roger to handle, unless he has a fantastic serving day. To do that at USO final with 5-setter, after coming from a Saturday semis might be too much of a task for Roger.

But there is no guarantee Novak is going to be in the finals, but I doubt anyone can take out Roger before the finals, if he plays the same form as cincy.


David Says:

Nirmal

OK, he didn’t make the final. But he had match points in both of those semifinal losses!!!! Clearly Fed was within inches of winning the USO the last two years. Now, with this extra confidence boost after winning Wimbledon and Cincy, he seems like a virtual lock to get title No. 6.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

David,

Ok, it was not the finals which he lost. So we cannot say he was within inches of winning the USO. He still had the most important title match to play. Let’s not forget that.

Yes, if he plays this form I do see him being serious title contender along with Novak. I would like to put Murray and Delpo also there, but not sure of Delpo’s injury. With Murray, I just hope he does not loose his momentum. He had shown some seriously good tennis at Wimby and Olympics and I’m desperate to see him perform well at USO. His tennis is really pleasing to the eye after Roger IMO.


David Says:

Nirmal

True, but given Roger’s domination of Nadal on fast hard, I think the hard part was beating Nole.

As for this year, I can’t put Delpo as a serious contender until he improves his serve and that just doesn’t seem to be happening.

You would think he would look at Raonic and think to himself “this guy is an inch shorter than I am yet has twice as good a serve.”

The point is Delpo will be a one-Slam wonder unless he figures that part of the game out.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

David,

I’m not sure when Roger dominated Rafa on fast HC. You mean the indoors? Even there, Rafa won their only GS match played in indoors. AO 2009 was played in indoors and Rafa won against Roger.


Huh Says:

Nirmal:

you need a break from overanalysing federer’s wins and losses with your less than impressive analytical skills and limited understanding of tennis; otherwise you would not be rationalising the losses of other players to federer, nor keep bringing up nadal wasn’t there argument each time fed won a tournament.

look, federer was certainly not the absolute king of HC tennis from 2010-12 and others won. but right now, you know, it’s for there for all to see, he has regained his kingship. It all started with the nadal demolition in Indian Wells, and its continuing. It may end up anytime, and he may not win the USO 12. But that doesn’t take away the fact that federer is playing better than anyone else right now for about 4-5 months. so stop coming with things like novak was not playing great in first set and all that, coz we all know that federer also has lost only those matches where he has played below par by his untouchable standards. one could argue that fed lost matches to novak(or anyone else for that matter) also coz he didn’t play like his true self in those matches for the longer part.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Huh,

You are right. Tennis matches are typically won because of two factors, one player played great and other slipped from his level. It’s applicable to Roger or any other tennis players.

You can give the title of best grass court player to Roger since he won at Wimbledon. But we need to wait till USO to decide who is better player on fast HC.


David Says:

Nirmal

Any time the court is too slick for Nadal to get the ball up high to Roger’s backhand it’s a total mismatch.

Obviously that’s not the case at AO, but at the WTF it’s a joke. It’s like Roger’s playing No. 50 in the world. Hard for Rafa to avoid bagels or breadsticks.


Tootie Says:

Federer is such a jerk.


skeezer Says:

^”Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering”

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