Indian Wells QF Open Thread: Roger Federer v. Rafael Nadal 29
by Staff | March 14th, 2013, 6:39 pm
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For the first time in Indian Wells history (since 1976) seven of the top eight players in the ATP Rankings have reached the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open. Five of the quarter-finalists have captured at least one Grand Slam title. In fact, the last 32 Grand Slam titles have been won by the five (since ‘05 Roland Garros).

The quarterfinal line-up is highlighted by tonight’s 29th edition of the greatest rivalry currently in tennis, Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal.

This collision marks their earliest meeting since the first time they played in 2004 Miami (3rd RD). They last met at the Indian Wells semifinals last year with Federer winning 63 64.

Nadal leads their overall head-to-head, 18-10, including 8-7 in best-of-3 matches (all of their other meetings have taken place at Grand Slams or best-of-five ATP Masters 1000 finals). Federer leads 6-5 in their hard court head-to-head (Nadal leads 12-2 on clay, Federer leads 2-1 on grass) but Nadal holds a 5-2 edge on outdoor hardcourts.

Federer, the oldest player left in the draw at 31, is playing in his 58th career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final (45-12 mark) and Nadal is appearing in his 53rd (43-9 mark). Federer is 4-6 in his last 10 matches against Top 10 opponents, while Nadal is 10-0 – his last Top 10 loss was last year here to Federer.

This will be the last time the two greats will be scheduled to play the same event until Madrid in May.

(2) Roger Federer (SUI) vs (5) Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Nadal Leads 18-10
- This is the 29th meeting between two of the game’s all-time greats, first in 2013, and only fifth time in the U.S. (2004-05, ’11 Miami; ‘12-13 Indian Wells)
- This is only their second different tournament on U.S. soil
‐ This is their earliest meeting in a regular tournament draw since their first career meeting in ’04 Miami (3R)
- First time in history 28 Grand Slam title winners will meet on court (Federer 17, Nadal 11)
- Nadal leads 9-4 in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 play and 8-2 in Grand Slam meetings
- The United States is one of 10 different countries they have played in: England (five times), France (five times), United States (five times), Monaco (three times), Spain (three times), Australia (twice), China (twice), Germany (twice), Italy (once), and United Arab Emirates (once)
- In the previous 28 matches, the winner of the first set has gone on to win 21 times, including last 15 of last 17

THURSDAY INDIAN WELLS SCHEDULE
STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
[4] A Kerber (GER) vs [7] S Stosur (AUS) – WTA

Not Before 1:00 PM
[6] T Berdych (CZE) vs K Anderson (RSA) – ATP

Not Before 3:00 PM
[1] V Azarenka (BLR) vs [8] C Wozniacki (DEN) – WTA
S Hsieh (TPE) / S Peng (CHN) vs [3] N Petrova (RUS) / K Srebotnik (SLO) – WTA

Not Before 7:00 PM
[5] R Nadal (ESP) vs [2] R Federer (SUI) – ATP
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) – ATP

BET-AT-HOME ODDS
Roger Federer 1.70 v Rafael Nadal 1.95

WEATHER.COM INDIAN WELLS EVENING FORECAST
After hovering over 95F during the day, temperatures are expected to cool into the low 80s by 7pm, dipping into the low 70s by 9pm. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

U.S. TELEVISION
Tennis Channel will have live coverage all day including the 10pm ET match.


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122 Comments for Indian Wells QF Open Thread: Roger Federer v. Rafael Nadal 29

alison Says:

Beautiful scenery,wish you were here?


van orten Says:

there (as always)is a special aura lurking around -

it is their first quarter final ever.

there will be more and more matches beneath sf or f.as they get older and will drop sooner or later
it is rogers favourite match up. because he has to try so much harder to win it
the best scenario for him this year is to win tonight in 3 hard fought sets and later in the year at wimby or us open in 5! then he could retire !

thats why for a lot of fans fed losses vs djoker in 2010 and 2011 us open hurt so much!!!
you want to see them play classics like they used to. australian open 2009 was their last great match!

djoker vs fed is awesome as well but fed has a better record and won there big matches too. a 5 set win vs nole would be awesome but it is more difficult. because on hardcourts djoker is the same beast now . roger was from 2005-2008; at wimbledon i still give fed the edge

7:6 in the third for fed tonight . bang!

we all know he can bagle him from time to time but he lost so many close matches.

hence his best win ever for me was 2007 wimbledon ..ergo he wants another big win vs his nemesis

federer vs nadal – this is it!


RZ Says:

I hope that Fed doesn’t crumble mentally, Rafa’s knees hold up, Fed’s back holds up, and both guys bring their A-games. Allez and Vamos!


Humble Rafa Says:

Allez and Vamos!

They don’t go together, unfortunately.


Humble Rafa Says:

If the Arrogant One brings his A game, and I bring my B game, as long as the knee holds up, I win.

I know he can’t hit 5 backhands in a row.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Let’s get ready to RUMBLE!


Fleischer Says:

Rafa is the better player and clear favorite to beat Federer tonight.

Obviously rankings don’t tell the truth at the moment.


jane Says:

Home just in time: missed all the pre-match hype though.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Great play from both so far, at 2-2. Biggest note so far is that Fed is breaking the cross-court backhand pattern that hurts him so much by hitting his backhand down the line effectively. Its not hurting Rafa, but its breaking the pattern and he’s making the shot.


jane Says:

Thus far, Fed seems to be serving well, but it’s early goings.


Daniel Says:

Fed’s serve is saving him.

But on Nadal 30-30 he hit an isnide out forehand that woukd be a winner against most. Nadal retunred in Fed”s foot. Now another inside out that Nadal counter attack. At leats tggis part of his game is lethal.


Daniel Says:

Sorry. Had an eye exam and my pupile are huge;)


Humble Rafa Says:

Feeling good out there.

Humble from Indian Wells


jane Says:

The serving & volleying wasn’t working for Fed, and he is broken by Rafa, who will serve at 4-3.


Daniel Says:

Federes asked for this game 40-15 he suddenly start coming to the net and lost 3 points. This last ball he did nothing with a sitter forehand nhe didn’t even hit deep to force Nadal to hit a proper passing shot. Nadal just needed to hit a crosscourt backhand and the ball passed Federer.

Nadal is confirming his games with ease.


the DA Says:

Nadal has improved his BH so much. Quite a few winners off that wing.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Rafa is threading the needle with Fed at the net, just like he never was away.
Rafa dominating on his serve too.


Humble Rafa Says:

The “rivalry” is going well..for me.


Fleischer Says:

Rafa’s game is C R A P today.


Daniel Says:

Damm, Nadal’s backhand is clicking today. He is just smacking the ball wi angle!!


Wog boy Says:

the DA,

Agree, he is killing with his BH!


jane Says:

“Nadal has improved his BH so much. ”

It has, and his serve, too, although I think that’s still a work in progress as he hits a few doubles.

Methinks he was doing a little tweaking while he was away.


jane Says:

Commentator at SkySports said “we’ve seen enough from Nadal in this set to know that he’s feeling just fine.”


Humble Rafa Says:

Thanks for noticing my backhand improvements.


vrael Says:

rafa hitting more winners,playing better…Vamos!


gannu Says:

Its the same old story…i am DAMN PISSED OFF …just cant stand roger losing to nadal…and roger plays absolute CRAP against him,..just ultra below par….He is clearly not at 100%…i am disgusted…cant see feddy bear in such a state…He is in total decline


Fleischer Says:

Rafa’s game is so error prone and missing a lot of BPs


gannu Says:

And nadal keeps giving knee excuses..his gamesmanship has no parallel…He has a readymade excuse…If he loses he will sa knees and if he wins he will say i am still OK but knee is still not 100%….


Humble Rafa Says:

I am not 100 either :(


Fleischer Says:

This Rafa can definitely NOT beat a top player.


Daniel Says:

Nadal dominate the set. Never had a deuce game in his serve. Nadal even had more winners. If it weren’t for Fed resilience the score would be 6-2.

Let’s see what Fed can do to change the set. Because Nadal, as expected, is playing his best against Fed.


Wog boy Says:

Federer is on the ropes.


jane Says:

Fed is in a hole already: broken at love.


Daniel Says:

Nadal is playing utterly agressive forenhis own standards. This Nadal isnplaying better in hardckurts so far. Or maybe is just that he felt Fedis not at his best and wants to liquidate the match.


juljo724 Says:

gannu, fed has already admitted that he is “suspect” also, so I’d say they both have made their readymade excuses as you put it.

Seriously, just enjoy the fact that the 2 of the greatest players are battling it out.


queen Says:

Ha ha Nadal broke again. This will be a quick game.


skeezer Says:

Funny thing is, Fed never has to win another match, even against Rafa. How many times is he expected to win after 17 Slams? It doesn’t last forever, and he still holds the treasure of all treasures every player admits they want.

Whatever.

For sure want to commend Rafa on this tourney and effort, when he took down the hot Gulbis I could see he would be a force to be reckoned with here.
We all know that when Rafa feels confident enough to be aggressive, and hug the baseline….he can be an unstoppable force.

Fed gave his thrashin of Rafa on this very SLOW HC last year when both were fit and injury free, so he has is feather in his cap for this tourney ( @ 30 yrsold ).

As predicted, Rafa’s movement with there injury status is better than Feds here no doubt, c’mon, its obvious. Look for Nole to right the ship in the final, If Rafa gets by Birdsh!t.


van orten Says:

it is obvious !!! berdy no chance vs rafa ..he only plays well vs fed!!!


van orten Says:

this hurts watching..go to bed now ..night !!


Daniel Says:

Nadal os scary good right now. Totally grooved


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Fed looks awful in the second set. Nadal is playing great hardcourt tennis,


vrael Says:

even rafa looks devastated…like FO 08…he respects his opponent and some fans here need to learn from that


Daniel Says:

I smell a bagle. Tia is one of their most loopsided matches. Still don’t know how Fed made 4 games in e first set. It is similar to Miami 2011 where the score was better than the match itself. When 2-2 we still had a match and they were both playing great. Now, ifnFed doesn’t hit a decent serve ii is winner Nadal. Never thought I will see Nadal hit more winners than Fed in a HC.


van orten Says:

ahhahahaha yeah nadal is playing out of this world tennis..come on this is total crap by federer…just crap


Humble Rafa Says:

6-0 would be nice


Fleischer Says:

Geezer,

“Funny thing is, Fed never has to win another match, even against Rafa.”
Then what is he trying to do on the tennis court ? He wants to be a puching bag for Rafa ?


van orten Says:

it is ok..it is just a qf!!! still lots of tennis in 2013


jane Says:

The atmosphere is kind of flat there. The crowd maybe not sure what to think as they were hoping for the magic.


Daniel Says:

Fed will risk everything to save a game or two, if any.


Wog boy Says:

I said few times before and I will say it again, last seven months was never so much about Rafa’s injury as it was about changing Rafa’s game. These few matches on HC confirms that. Rafa was playing all the time somewhere,not in public eye, he is 100% ready. Just naive people can believe otherwise.


Daniel Says:

1st BP Fedt. Atvlests this..


nadalista Says:

Federer not even at 35% capacity.


juljo724 Says:

Somebody will always be the better player on that day. Every player has their off days. They just hope it isn’t in a major match though.

Rafa has always respected fed, but he also is out there to win, not only the match, but his confidence.


Daniel Says:

Wog Boy

I am starting to think the same. He is playing too good on his third match on HC


Daniel Says:

Well. fed prevented Nadal form having a flawless match. A least 1 break back.


Humble Rafa Says:

Call me daddy! Call me GOAT owner!


Daniel Says:

Mini momentum shift? Tis was Fed’s best game, 40-15 and quick.

If e match is to be competitve Fed needs to attack again this service game of Nadal while he is still in this: how did I lost this last two games?!


Wog boy Says:

Does anybody knows average speed of Rafa’s serve today?


van orten Says:

fed got broken after having 40:15 his old habit..as usual…now the last 2 games he played normal tennis, just normal..nothing extraordinary..but before it was eyehurting what was going on..lets hope for more action now


van orten Says:

serving 9 times into fed backhand and once in a while to the forehand when feds not expecting it..never ending story


jane Says:

It’s not listed in the ATP match stats Wog boy, but Rafa has won 72% of his first serves and 53% of his second serves in the match thus far.


van orten Says:

how boring is this ..it is the same all the time..why on eart nadal had to be lefty…this is ridiculous…


juljo724 Says:

Seriously?? Just because Rafa is playing well in his first match back on HC, and both guys are saying they are suspect, now you’ve come up with a conspiracy theory of Rafa playing in secret??


skeezer Says:

“He wants to be a punching bag for Rafa ?”

Fed has won what ……11-12 times ? Hardly a punching bag. Regardless, i’ll take the all time records and 17 Slams, you can keep the punching bag. have fun with that.


Wog boy Says:

thanks jane, pitty IW doesn’t show speed of the serve like others do, that would tell us lot little bit more.


Daniel Says:

Who was saying Nadal return was crappy?! To me thisis one point thatbis killing Fed today as well. Sme serves Nadal was out of the court and hit amzing llooping retunrs which landed just in Fed’s feet in backhand corner, as usual


jatin Says:

Its over
Same old story ,so sick of it .
Roger federer at its worst possible form


gannu Says:

i ahve stopped watching this crap…this is going to be THE WORST EVER YEAR FOR FED FANS…If this is the play he isnt going to win anything…hope he realises where he stands…and despite his reduced schedule this is the level and he is prone to injuries…Forget it…Good times are over…he has had a stellar career…I will be disheartened to see him play like this…would rather take his retirement over such pathetic display any day!


queen Says:

Skeezer, how many times are u gonna write about the 17 Slams? Broken record


Humble Rafa Says:

Time to sign off. I am not interested in attending the funeral.


Wog boy Says:

It is not conspiracy theory, it his right to do so, just some of us don’t buying it, I mean all the stories that came out of Rafa camp.


Green900 Says:

Fed is clearly hampered by his back injury


vrael Says:

grace personified this nadal.well done…get well roger…VAMOS!


jane Says:

Daniel, I think i mentioned it after the Gulbis return, since Rafa was pushed more in his service games and didn’t get too deep into Ernie’s but perhaps that was down to Ernie’s serving. Also, Rafa would not be as familiar with Ernie’s serving than he is with Fed’s.


queen Says:

Game over. Congrats Champ!


The fighter Says:

Van orten stop whining.


nadalista Says:

Mission accomplished, Rafa, well done.

Indian Wells ranking points defended.

Another match to play, good for comeback plan.

10-19

Somewhere in Indian Wells, Berdych is licking his chops, must fancy his chances against a less than 100% Rafa.


Daniel Says:

Fedal matches will go as ususal: everyn3 matches played, Nadal wins 2.

Amazing how Nadalmkeptmthe iw strait going, last 8 tourneys, at least 8 semis or better.


jatin Says:

@gannu
agree with you man
With this type of form +vack injury its impossible for fed to even win a 250 level tournament .Its backhand and forehand both are not working
Its frustrating to see the way he played the whole match .
Why rafa always playS so good against roger ? Why ?


rafaeli Says:

19 and counting. The race is on between Roger and Djoker for who will be the first player to lose to Rafa 20 times.

Roger 19-10
Djoker 19-14


jatin Says:

i mean “his ” not its


Wog boy Says:

I can see RG going further and further away from Nole’s hands..


jatin Says:

@rafeli
Don’t worry nole is never gonna lose against rafa from now on .He is not like roger .He will never gift a match like he do .
Roger always brings his z game against the top 3 .

Its time for retirement i guess


juljo724 Says:

Congrats to Rafa!! Thsi will definitely help his confidence even more. Condolences to fed and his fans. I don’t understand those fedfans (?) that are so quick to write him off because of this loss. He is still up there for a reason.


juljo724 Says:

I think Rafa knows Berdych is tough and will fight for the win there also. If Rafa ends up facing Nole, then I just hope for a great, exciting match and I know the better player on that day will win.


nadalista Says:

Rafa needs to do something about his serve. It was working so well in South America but has gone AWOL at IW.

His backhand is smoking though, the forehand is not yet at it’s “fearhand” best but not worried there, it will come…..

I think he should go home after IW and rest, ready himself for #8, with a bullet!


jane Says:

That’s was anticlimactic. :/

Congrats RN & Commiserations RF and respective fans.


the DA Says:

hehe..just saw this funny quip on twitter:

“Federer, just like Superman, is in blue and red. Nadal, just like Kryptonite, is in green.”

I also think Berdy should seize this opportunity. Rafa isn’t moving 100%. But already in his post-match interview yesterday he displayed a defeatist mindset by saying he’d prefer to meet Roger. He has the tools to trouble Rafa just not the mindset.

Anyway, onto tomorrow’s remaining QFs.


jane Says:

nadalista, how so his serve was AWOL? He was winning over 70% firsts and over 50% seconds, and in the second set his first serve percentage was basically 70%.


Wog boy Says:

OK,

Question for Rafa fans and other posters:

What shots did Nole tear apart of Rafa’s in 2011?


mg Says:

It was nice of Rafa to ask Roger how his back is during the handshake at the net. Rafa knows Roger is playing with back pain.


jane Says:

Wog boy, Nole might have to wait until Rafa retires to try for a Roland Garrros. If Rafa is this good on hard courts, he’s going to be hecka tough to beat on clay methinks!


Daniel Says:

The ultimate irony would be if Nadal, whinhasn’t won a HC title since Tokyo 2010 ends up winning IW on his first HC tourney after not playing in the surface for 11 months. That would priceless. The way he is playing more agressive I don’t doubt that happening at all. Until Berdych beats Nadal, is Nadal match to lose. And in the final could be DelPo or Murray. The only bad scenario for Nadal is Djokovic in title match and even so, Nadal won last 3 on clay and Djoko may feel the pressure fo being the ultimate favorite for that encounter. Too soon to speculate, but seems very possible.


van orten Says:

rafa will sweat even less vs berdych…easy 2 setter then vs nole


andrea Says:

bummer of a match….shortly after the second place, the whole vibe just fizzled. roger should have probably retired but will never do so. nadal looking sharp. some great angles on his shots.

with roger’s back being so testy, i’m happy with nadal taking this match and making a run for the final. doubtful that roger could have sustained this match, a semi and a final.

was hoping kevin anderson was going to take out berdych. ah well.


Sidney Says:

Congrats, Rafa!

Too bad Roger was not 100%, according to the TV commentators. His back issue wasn’t as pronounced tonight as it was in the match against Wawrinka. Hopefully, Roger will use his Miami skip to rest and recuperate.

Does Andy have a chance now to take the number 2 ranking next week? Somebody had posted a while back that Andy had a chance based on different scenarios.


Cougar Says:

Humble Rafa,ive been wanting to tell you this for a long time.When i first visited this site,i fell in love with you and your posts.I knew i had to make you mine.I felt this deep connection with you whenever i read your posts.I wanted to tell you this a long time ago but i was just too shy.Will you be my Romeo and light the spark in my life?


Wog boy Says:

jane,

I said that too, not long ago on this very forum. Rafa is coming back scary good. Not really good timing for Nole and RG:(


the DA Says:

@sidney – Andy just needs to reach the final. Delpo & (probably) Nole might have something to say about that.


Sidney Says:

My draw challenge picks for the finals are starting to make me look like a genius: Nole vs Rafa. :)

Tomorrow, hopefully we’ll have more competitive
QF matches: Nole-Tsonga and Andy-JMDP. Heavyweights all. Should be better than tonight’s matches, I hope.


jane Says:

DA, thanks for the update. Andy is really close to number 2 then.

Wog boy, yes, I was responding to your comment on the FO.


nadalista Says:

@jane, Rafa’s serve is lacking pop. Against a crocked opponent like Fed tonight, he is always going to get away with it, but against Andy and Novak, he won’t. So those numbers are misleading, I’m afraid.

Second serve points won in the Gulbis match was at 45% and in the Fed match 60% (for a crocked Fed). Sorry, not impressed, this needs to improve. In this game, you are only as good as your second serve as Koenig says.


marrisv Says:

Commiserations to roger and his fans. Congrats to Rafa and fans…. Happy to see him win but sad to see roger in a hampered state. Hope we see many more battles between these greats. Go Rafa….


moam Says:

It’s a bit surprising the number of people who seem disappointed in Fed’s play this evening. Clearly he was not 100%, but then neither was Nadal. All credit to Fed for sticking it out instead of retiring. That’s class. He knows the gallery of fans paid $$$ to see a much anticipated renewal against Nadal. He did what he could to at least give them some viewing.
Regarding Nadal, he’s still not 100% nor could he be expected to be, but he’s getting better with each match. I for one am happy to see him back in the thick of things.
http://martinstake128.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/the-return-of-nadal/


marrisv Says:

RAfa was striking the serve much harder in Acapulco I thought. He has been holding back on it here though, trying to get more percentage in maybe. Definitely his serve and ros positioning on second serve needs to improve. He has to try and show attacking intent on the second serve


jane Says:

nadalista, it would be nice to know speeds to know for sure. But against Gulbis, definitely he was getting more second serve returns in play, and even for a few winners. But that’s his style, too. Ernie’s I mean. Anyhow you know Rafa’s serve better than I, but it looked good from here. I see what you mean about Fed being hampered though.


bada bing Says:

Was that Larry Ellison’s daughter standing next to him?


Wog boy Says:

Since I have to go and there is no answer I will tell you:
What shots did Nole tear apart of Rafa’s in 2011?

The answer is: serve and backhand!

What shots are the most improved since Rafa came back from seven months injury:

The answer is: serve and backhand

Rafa wasn’t oreparing himself for Roger, he already had a game for him, Rafa was preparing himself for Nole and next few years! Nole lost to him last year because ocasion took better of Nole and Rafa (read uncle Toni) new that.

Is this conspiracy theory? No, not at all, just very smart move by uncle Toni or should I say Don Vito;)

I rest my case.

I wish all the best to my man against New Rafa.


skeezer Says:

@queen

“Skeezer, how many times are u gonna write about the 17 Slams? Broken record”

I know its old, but its always relevant until it is broken. Mostly post it for respect when idiots question his greatness. You all know who those idiots are.

That said, queen and to Rafa fans (minus Flieshter) congrats, he is playing outstanding for so little time on HC!! He is back, keep those knees healhy!!


Wog boy Says:

One more thing, this wasn’t mine observation, but from the person that has better knowledge then me when it comes to tenis. It just happened that we had same opinion.


skeezer Says:

Btw, some great matches comin up,

Djoker vs Tsonga
Murray vs Delpo

nice!


jane Says:

^ Yep, looking forward to both skeezer!


Wog boy Says:

skeezer,

you are not anymore safe on top of challenge bracket, are you?


nadalista Says:

Rafa keeps his IW semis streak going, goes into his 8th straight SF.


van orten Says:

it is good to have rafa at full throttle…he is going to be a force..of course he is !

2013 will have lots of drama! remember that from the top 4 fed has had the longest career so far. lots of wins and some tough losses more on his belt.

fed is the agassi of his generation . competetive and hungry till the very end ..still some decent years in him.

as for nadal djoker and murray.. they have to battle it out and see if they gonna equal his slams…they have a pretty good chance to end up with more masters title though!

maybe this is the year someone beats nadal at RG. maybe not! he is playing pretty good tennis and he is back at his best .. he can win vs the best. he won vs ferrer in style and now finished off not 100 %fed..still it was fed he beat!

berdych can make a statement though and play the way gulbis played rafa! berdych has the power. he beat fed fair and square last 2 times.

do not know if anyone thinks he can beat rafa???

it is about time berdych wins vs nole rafa or murray beating fed is not enough if he wants to be a top tier he needs to deliver


jane Says:

“do not know if anyone thinks he can beat rafa???”

He’s lost the last 11 straight versus Rafa; I fancy Rafa’s chances. I’d slot him in the final.


skeezer Says:

@wogboy

True, but I got your man winning it all ;)


bada bing Says:

I can’t find Novak’s interview on IW website. Why is he on ESPN instead of Tennis Channel tomorrow?


Giles Says:

Well done my Champ. Vamos Rafa!


Purcell Says:

Nadal’s Usain Bolt impersonation during play and in between points and games indicates that his knee(s) are perfectly fine and it’s clear that the seven months absence spent retooling his game is now paying off.
For spoilt and ungrateful Roger fans, stop demanding his retirement just because he’s not continuing to live up to the phenomenal standards that he has set. The bloke is clearly not well and yes…that gives me a good idea. During his two months off let’s ask his team if they can issue daily updates on his poorly back.
What a palaver this fandom is. In one corner Tennistalk exiles cooing over the wuvely manchild Wafa and in the other……well, see above. Oh and let’s add admirers of Grabber of body parts Murray and Shirtripper Djokovich to the
mix.
They are all great in their own way, as are the rest from Delpo to Dimitrov to Borg to Leconte to Rosewall to Perry to Graf to Navratilova to Little Mo………………
Cheers to tennis and thanks to all involved for bringing such rich variety to the finest sport on the planet.


raven Says:

Wog Boy,I totally agree with you about Nadal slinking away to work on retooling his game, while crying por por me and my knee.

Fed definitely was not moving well at all. He grimaced a couple of times, presumably from pain. But he never called for a trainer or took a medical time out. And while Nadal was out “babying” his por por knee, it was Fed who worked hard for the players. That’s class and that is my hero.

I cry when fed loses. In my heart of hearts I knew that this day would come. Fed cannot win forever. But, I still beleive that fed will win a few more titles, even a grandslam. I never ever give up on fed.

Skeezer, love your posts. Until somoene with the por por kness can come close to what Fed has accomplished, we, Fed fans have the bragging rights.

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