Roger Federer Says He’s Playing His Best Tennis Since Dubai
by Tom Gainey | October 31st, 2013
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The indoor season often brings out the best in Roger Federer and yesterday at the Paris Masters the Swiss admitted that he’s feeling good again.

Federer just reached the Basel final and after the win yesterday, the 32-year-old says he’s playing his best tennis since February.

“I feel really good again, probably the first time ever since maybe Dubai,” Federer said. “So this is a good thing. I’m happy that I can play this way right now.”

Federer won his opening match yesterday over Kevin Anderson to clinch his 12th straight berth into the ATP Finals in London. It was a welcome highlight to what has been a difficult season for the former No. 1.

“I’m just happy right now to have made it again,” Federer said. “It’s definitely somewhat of a highlight of the season for me after having a tough few months to still make it to the World Tour Finals.It’s great news actually, because it’s one of the goals I set myself at the beginning of the season. So it’s nice achieving things this year, because many things I couldn’t achieve that I wanted to.”

And the back problems that plagued his much of the year, those are a memory.

“I feel good again,” Federer said. “I had no problems the whole week last week [in Basel]. I can play freely. Today is the day I felt best, and after a tough week last week I feel fresh. I’m surprised, in fact, how well I was able to rest in two days. I’m very happy about that.”

Federer, though, cautioned his confidence still isn’t where he wants it to be.

“It is where I want it to be? No,” he said. “I definitely feel an improvement over Basel, no doubt about it. That’s also because I was able to play some matches, get some information, know where my game is at, my body is at. Got a lot of info and I could feel it out there, the way I was taking decisions, the way I was moving. It was very clearcut. No second‑guessing.

“So it’s really ‑‑it’s nice playing this way again, even though Basel was good too, you know, to fight through almost every match. It’s not something I always had the chance to do. So it was an interesting week last week, to say the least.”

Federer continues the fight later today against German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber.


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63 Comments for Roger Federer Says He’s Playing His Best Tennis Since Dubai

Josh39485 Says:

Good luck at the World Tour Finals, Roger! Hopefully he can take time off, train hard in the off-season and plot his return to the Top 4.


Perfect fan Says:

Good for u roger :)

Allez….do it for ur fans!


WTF Says:

“Federer just reached the Basel final and after the win yesterday, the 32-year-old says he’s playing his best tennis since February [in Dubai].”

This is not a high benchmark, since he didn’t even win that Dubai tournament.


WTF Says:

How did he go from dethroning Nole last year as #1 to winning only one title this year (Halle, ATP 250 at that)?

How does one year make this big a difference?

Is he still testing out that new racket head?


Josh39485 Says:

@WTF There are several possible explanations for that, but I have no idea which is the closest to the truth.

He expended a lot of time and energy on the South America Gillette Tour, which hampered preparations for the beginning of the year. He picked up a back injury in Indian Wells, took too much time off, went in and played hardly any matches on clay, failed to gather momentum in the summer, saw his back injury return in July/August, tested out a new racket and failed, and this culminated in an early US Open exit, after which point he has finally slowly begun to improve his play.

The work that Federer does off-season this time around will be very very important for 2014 – I heard that he has cancelled all of his scheduled tours and substituted in more training time.


hawkeye Says:

Vamos Rafa.


Giles Says:

@WTF. You had best direct your question @10.29 am to @madmax. He knows everything about fed or thinks he does. Lol


Giles Says:

@hawkeye. Hopefully there will be a new magic number today!
Vamos Rafa


Sirius Says:

Matches between single handed players are wonderful. Really like it a lot


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Solid performance from Roger,and what class from Phil.K even after losing taking the time to stop to sign autographs for the fans,a truely nice guy.


Humble Rafa Says:

He knows everything about fed or thinks he does. Lol

I want to marry a big woman and have twins. Can you help me?


Josh39485 Says:

@Humble Rafa Of course we can help. Just get Xisca to eat more and more, and then propose to her at RG next year.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Humble Rafa twins run in my family,so bin Xisca off,and there ya go :))..


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Just to say if Berdych wins this match(and its looking likely now),that means both Wawrinka and Gasquet have qualified for the WTFs.


Perfect fan Says:

Yeah courbon….very satisfied indeed to see roger slowly getting into groove.

But my real happiness will come with roger winning titles beating top guys….I am actually looking forward to the start of 2014 whr I believe fed will start afresh with a positive mind and less pressure to defend….”touch-wood” ;)


courbon Says:

@ Perfect Fan: Very tall order to be honest but one can hope, no?I think he will start much better in 2014 and occasionally beat top guys in Masters but difficult in best of 3 format.
I’m glad he is doing well last 2-3 weeks.


Sirius Says:

^Difficult in best of 3 format?? Then impossible in best of 5 formats, no?


madmax Says:

WTF Says:
“Federer just reached the Basel final and after the win yesterday, the 32-year-old says he’s playing his best tennis since February [in Dubai].”

This is not a high benchmark, since he didn’t even win that Dubai tournament.

October 31st, 2013 at 10:22 am

WTF Says:
How did he go from dethroning Nole last year as #1 to winning only one title this year (Halle, ATP 250 at that)?

How does one year make this big a difference?

Is he still testing out that new racket head?

October 31st, 2013 at 10:29 am

You know WTF and GILES (God you really can’t leave me alone can you?). It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that Federer was talking about his tennis at the start of the year, he could have mentioned the Australian Open to be fair, where he reached the Semi Finals and also he did well in Dubai, clearly the GOAT was comparing his level of play then, to the mediocre year he has had since then, and now, he can feel that he is “almost there” once again.

All hail Federer I would say. Good luck to Roger to keep on improving.

WTF, just a gentle nudge mate, it was only in 2012 that Roger won wimbledon, that isn’t really that long ago, so might be a good idea for you to eat a bit of humble pie, see what it tastes like.

Your sarcasm right now surpasses your would be brain.


hawkeye Says:

madman many past and present tennis greats would take you to task on calling TMF GOAT.

Agassi, Sampras, Courier, JMac, Muzz and Nole just to name a few. This is well documented but I respect your opinion.


hawkeye Says:

^^^^ Sorry madmax! Spellcheck always wants to make that madman.


Turner Says:

Federer said that? Playing his best tennis since Dubai??

That comes across me as a little arrogant and a disrespect to his fellow competitors….


Josh39485 Says:

@Turner – How on earth is that disrespecting his fellow competitors? All he’s saying is that he feels good about his game for the first time in several months (never said he was ‘playing his best tennis’). He picked Dubai as an example because he played there right near the beginning of the year. Incidentally, Del Potro also commented that he (DelPo) thinks he’s playing “fantastic tennis” too.
Not sure where the arrogance is there – everyone says these kind of things…


Steve 27 Says:

After 31 you can not expect much about a tennis player to win big things. atp 500 and 250 are the kind of titles he can win henceforth.


Turner Says:

@Jose39485

What Federer is saying in other words is as you have also stated yourself is:

Due to his back injuries recieved after dubai and perhaps his unwise tournament scheduling, he could have won those matches he’d lost….

Which in my opinion, undermines the credibility of how well other players have played to win against him….


Patson Says:

@Hawkeye

Something tells me that ‘madman’ was deliberate on your part :-p

As for Federer, ‘since Dubai’ might actually refer to his vacation plus light training in Dubai after the US open :-). You are bound to feel good on a vacation. So he might actually be 100% correct albeit in a trivial sense. He was in Dubai in September, then he goes to Shanghai and runs into Monfils, and then heads to Basel.

Roger Federer pulled a fast one on all of us, that’s what I think.


Patson Says:

On a side note, has any of the Federer fans ever participated in an #AskRF twitter session with Federer ? The guys has a great sense of humor. He recently had an #AskedRF session where he actually asked his fans a question and the fans would tweet back.

Two guys I like on twitter: Roger Federer and Pseudo Fed. Nice sense of humor.


madmax Says:

hawkeye Says:
madman many past and present tennis greats would take you to task on calling TMF GOAT.

Agassi, Sampras, Courier, JMac, Muzz and Nole just to name a few. This is well documented but I respect your opinion.

October 31st, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Sure thing Squawkpie.

Your sideways apology of madmax doesn’t fool me, but I can take it. Quite like madman actually! Like I like Piles for Giles, or Squawkpie for hawkeye. Can take a joke, so don’t stress.

Now as for your comments, would like to point out the following too:

Agassi, Sampras, Courier, JMac, Muzz and Nole just to name a few. This is well documented but I respect your opinion.

Sports Now
SPORTS NEWS FROM LOS ANGELES AND BEYOND
Rod Laver says Roger Federer is greatest of his generation

October 10, 2013, 11:51 a.m.

The man who won all four Grand Slam tennis events in a single year — twice — Rod Laver, says there is no argument in his mind who is the greatest player of this generation: Roger Federer.

“When I look at Federer, with what he’s accomplished, against the competition that he’s
accomplished it with, I’d have to say I would think that Roger is the greatest player,” Laver said while attending the Shanghai Masters on Thursday in China.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-rod-laver-roger-federer-tennis-20131010,0,5749850.story#axzz2jO8RrPux

Said Sampras: “It’s always been so clear to me that Roger is the greatest.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/rogerfederer/5469630/French-Open-2009-Roger-Federer-greatest-player-in-history-says-Robin-Soderling.html

Roger Federer greatest player in history, says Robin Soderling

Beaten French Open finalist Robin Soderling hailed Roger Federer as the greatest player of all time after the Swiss completed the career Grand Slam and took his majors tally to 14 at Roland Garros.

[Federer] …is the most beautiful man to watch play tennis. The most beautiful I’ve ever seen play. His movement, combined with the artistry, his racquet, the look, he’s got everything going.
John McEnroe, winner of 7 Grand Slams, while commentating on United State’s Tennis Channel on June 1, 2012 [4]
We are witnessing history. This is the most dominant athlete on planet earth today.
Jim Courier, former world No.1, while commentating on Australia’s Channel Seven in 2007

For me Roger is the greatest player ever who played the tennis game. It’s always good to see him play and win and we are going to see so much more of Federer in the future; he is going to win more grand slam tournaments.

Bjorn Borg, winner of 11 Grand Slams, after Federer won the 2009 French Open Final
It’s a combination of how many grand slams have you won, how many tournaments have you won, how many years you were number one, and he’s got all those combinations. The body of work is phenomenal and now he has got that French Open and I think he can just go on and sip Margaritas for the rest of his life.

Martina Navratilova, winner of 18 Grand Slams
What he’s done over the past five years has never, ever been done — and probably will never, ever happen again.

Regardless if he won there or not, he goes down as the greatest ever. This just confirms it. Now that he has won in Paris, I think it just more solidifies his place in history as the greatest player that played the game, in my opinion. I’m a huge Laver fan, and he had a few years in there where he didn’t have an opportunity to win majors. But you can’t compare the eras. And in this era, the competition is much more fierce than Rod’s.

Pete Sampras, winner of 14 Grand Slams, after Federer winning 2009 French Open Final
His win today at the French Open, tying Pete Sampras’s record for major titles and the completion of a career grand slam firmly places him in a special place as the greatest player of all time.

He has earned his place and he has proven he belongs. Roger is a champion for the ages.

Billie Jean King, winner of 39 Grand Slams, after Federer won the 2009 French Open Final
I never played anyone playing that fast. He doesn’t have any weaknesses at all. He really deserves to be called the best player of all time.

Roger Federer will undoubtedly become the greatest tennis player to have graced the sport if he wins the French Open. It ends the discussion of where he fits in the history of the game. So nobody would underestimate where he deserves to fit in this game. He’s extraordinarily talented and talk about grace on court; watching him play is something special to see and if he does it tomorrow, he’ll know what an accomplishment it was.

Andre Agassi, the day before Federer winning 2009 French Open Final.

You guys are brutal. Absolutely brutal. The guy has only made two Grand Slam finals this year. I would love his bad year. I would love it.
Andy Roddick, to the press, on what he made of press’ criticism for Federer’s dip in form in 2008 that saw him slip to No. 2 in the world; US Open 2008-
For me, in my prime, I felt unbeatable. In Roger’s days, he’s unbeatable. It’s really hard to put one guy over the other. Having said that, I think Roger is dominating the game much more than I ever did. I think he’s going to go on and pass 14 and win 16, 17, 18 majors. I think he’s going to break all records.

Pete Sampras, before playing his third exhibition match with Roger Federer, Macau, China,
I had a taste of what the best is tonight and I think Roger has that extra gear. He has good volleys and he has this little backhand flick that honestly, I have never seen before… it’s something that I didn’t have. I am happy with my performance tonight. I hung in there right until the end.

Pete Sampras, after playing his second exhibition match with Roger Federer, Kuala Lumpur, Nov. 22, 2007
If he is playing very good, I have to play unbelievable. If not, it’s impossible, especially if he’s playing with good confidence. When he’s 100 percent, he’s playing in another league. It’s impossible to stop him. I fight. I fight. I fight. Nothing to say. Just congratulate him.
Rafael Nadal, after losing to Federer in the Shanghai Masters Cup semifinal, Nov. 17, 2007.

Rfael Nadal:
In my opinion he’s the best player ever. When
you play tennis, playing Federer is kind of a dream because you can see he does everything you would love to do on the court.

Fabrice Santoro, played 20 of the 24 players to ever hold the No. 1 ranking.
He’s the most gifted player that I’ve ever seen in my life. I’ve seen a lot of people play. I’ve seen the (Rod) Lavers; I played against some of the great players—the Samprases, Beckers, Connors’, Borgs, you name it. This guy could be the greatest of all time. That, to me, says it all.
John McEnroe, winner of 7 Grand Slams.

Roger is just the greatest player of all time.

He is the most beautiful player I’ve ever seen and I don’t ever get tired of watching him. Rod Laver is my idol, Pete Sampras is the greatest grass court player ever, but Roger is just the greatest player of all. I think we can all appreciate how incredible he is even more lately, because he’s shown a bit more emotion on court and he’s become a father so he seems a bit more human, more relatable. That makes what he’s doing seem even more amazing.

John McEnroe.
Federer is the best player in history, no other player has ever had such quality.

Rafael Nadal, after winning French Open 2006.
Yes, I really hit with him when he was 15, during a tournament in Basel, and I knew then he would be good, but not this good. If he stays healthy, it will actually be a miracle if he doesn’t win more Grand Slams than Pete [Sampras]. The way he picks his shots is unbelievable. He is fast, he has a great volley, a great serve, great backhand, great everything. If I was his coach, what can I tell him? He is a magician with a racket. Even when he is playing badly, which is rarely, he can still do things with his racket nobody else can do.

Goran Ivanisevic on the question if Federer is destined to become the greatest player of all time.

Well, I think when I look at Roger, I mean, I’m a fan. I mean, I’m a fan of how he plays, what he’s about, just the fact that I think he’s a class—I don’t know him personally, but seems like he’s a class guy on and off the court. He’s fun to watch. Just his athletic ability, what he’s able to do on the run. I think he can and will break every tennis record out there.

Pete Sampras, winner of 14 Grand Slams.
I don’t see anyone with a big enough weapon to hurt him. They’re just staying back and Roger is able to dictate well enough. You just have to serve well and attack him.
Pete Sampras.
I really consider myself top 5 player in the world, which doesn’t mean that I am close to Roger.

Ivan Ljubicic, at Indian Wells

Oh, I would be honoured to even be compared to Roger. He has such an unbelievable talent, and is capable of anything. Roger could be the greatest tennis player of all time.

Rod Laver, winner of 11 Grand Slams, considered by some the greatest player to ever play the game of tennis.
Roger’s got too many shots, too much talent in one body. It’s hardly fair that one person can do all this—his backhands, his forehands, volleys, serving, his court position. The way he moves around the court, you feel like he’s barely touching the ground. That’s the sign of a great champion.
Rod Laver, after 2007 Australian Open semifinal match.

The best way to beat him would be to hit him over the head with a racquet. Roger could win the Grand Slam if he keeps playing the way he is and, if he does that, it will equate to the two Grand Slams that I won because standards are much higher these days.

Rod Laver, speaking ahead of the 2007 Australian Open final against Fernando Gonzalez.

He’s the best I’ve ever played against.

There’s nowhere to go. There’s nothing to do except hit fairways, hit greens and make putts. Every shot has that sort of urgency on it. I’ve played a lot of them [other players], so many years; there’s a safety zone, there’s a place to get to, there’s something to focus on, there’s a way. Anything you try to do, he potentially has an answer for and it’s just a function of when he starts pulling the triggers necessary to get you to change to that decision.

Andre Agassi, at US Open 2005.

He hits that short chip, moves you forward, moves you back. He uses your pace against you. If you take pace off, so that he can’t use your pace, he can step around and hurt you with the forehand. Just the amount of options he has to get around any particular stage of the match where maybe something’s out of sync is—seems to be endless. His success out there is just a mere reflection of all the things that he can do.
Andre Agassi, at US Open 2005.

There’s probably not a department in his game that couldn’t be considered the best in that department.

You watch him play Hewitt and everybody marvels at Hewitt’s speed, as well as myself. And you start to realize, `Is it possible Federer even moves better?’ Then you watch him play Andy [Roddick], and you go, `Andy has a big forehand. Is it possible Federer’s forehand is the best in the game?’ You watch him at the net, you watch him serve-volley somebody that doesn’t return so well and you put him up there with the best in every department. You see him play from the ground against those that play from the ground for a living, and argue he does it better than anybody.
Andre Agassi.

He’s a real person. He’s not an enigma. Off the court he’s not trying to be somebody. If you met him at McDonald’s and you didn’t know who he was, you would have no idea that he’s one of the best athletes in the world.

Andy Roddick, at Cincinnati 2005.
I think there’s—he’s the main guy and then there’s probably four or five of us that are—I don’t know. Maybe we need to do just a tag team effort or something, join forces, you know, like Power Rangers or something.

Andy Roddick, after losing to Roger Federer at the final of Cincinnati 2005.

[In the modern game], you’re either a clay court specialist, a grass court specialist or a hard court specialist … or you’re Roger Federer.

Jimmy Connors, winner of 8 Grand Slams.

He hasn’t changed a bit. He hasn’t been arrogant in the locker room. He never is. That’s great to see someone that does it with class. He doesn’t intentionally get in anyone’s face. He doesn’t put people down.

James Blake, at Cincinnati 2005
.
He is on his way to becoming possibly the greatest of all time. But he’s still human.
James Blake, before he faced Federer in the Quarterfinal at the US Open 2006.

He put tennis, the bar very high—very high. It’s incredible what kind of game he can play.
Marat Safin, at Australian Open 2005.

I’d like to be in his shoes for one day to know what it feels like to play that way.

Mats Wilander, winner of 7 Grand Slams.

Roger Federer is the most talented tennis player I have ever seen. He has the capacity to become the greatest in history.
Nick Bollettieri.
Roger is a complete player. What he has, and it’s not luck, is the ability to change his game slightly as to what his opponent’s doing to him.

Jack Kramer, an all-time great of the game.

I thought Ellsworth Vines and Don Budge were pretty good. And Gonzalez and Hoad could play a bit, too, but I have never seen anyone play the game better than Federer. He serves well and has a great half-volley. I’ve never known anyone who can do as many things on a court as he can.
Jack Kramer.

I’m not sure if he has any weakness in his repertoire.

Jonas Bjorkman, after losing in the semifinal of Wimbledon 2006 6-2, 6-0, 6-2.

Maybe Roger Federer will rescue tennis. He plays like we did in the past.

Ilie Nastase, first ever World No.1 when rankings were introduced in 1973.

He is capable of hitting shots which other players don’t even think about trying. He has so many skills.
Ivan Lendl, on the 25 Birthday Party of Federer in Toronto.
Maybe I could win more championships and prize money if Federer was not in the same age with me, but you have to know that there is something money can not buy—that’s playing against Federer.
Ivan Ljubicic.
He is the best man in the game, on and off the court, and he has a great personality. I enjoy so much having opportunities to compete against him.
Ivan Ljubicic.

I am so proud to have him around. It is very pity that I am not able to play with Pete Sampras, but it’s okay; I can see Federer on the tour. I could tell my grandson someday that I have competed against the greatest player on the planet.
Ivan Ljubicic.

Today I was playing my best tennis, trying lots of different things, but nothing worked. When you’re playing like that and he still comes up with all those great shots you really have to wonder if he’s even from the same planet.
Novak Djokovic, after Davis Cup match.
Roger is like a good red wine, he’s getting better with age…I think his big years will be when he is 26, 27, 28.
Tony Roche, former coach of Roger Federer.
Roger hasn’t even started to use a lot of his game.
Tony Roche, former coach of Roger Federer.
Just about everything he does is pretty impressive. So, yeah, 50 titles at any age is impressive. 50 titles at 26 is incredible. 50 titles with 11 of them being Grand Slams, and I think now 14 being Masters Series, that’s just phenomenal.
James Blake after their final in Cincinnati 2007, when Federer won his 50th title in the ATP circuit.

I can cry like Roger, it’s just a shame I can’t play like him.

Andy Murray, after losing to Federer in the Australian Open 2010′s final.

No way I would be a journalist. You guys have tried to kill Roger – often. But he’s always come back and proved you wrong. So one thing I would not do is make the mistake of saying Roger is dead.

I just wondered squawkpie if you were bored yet, as I have many, many more from courier and others sstating over and over that Roger is the greatest. Just let me know now won’t you :)


hawkeye Says:

Sorry Madmax. Good joke but was unintentional. Try it yourself if you have an apple device although madmax is probably in your device’s library.

Scrolled through all but the beginning but am guessing most if not all of your references are past their best before date.

TMF WAS the GOAT and many expressed it (including me) at the time. But things change.


Giles Says:

It took me ages to scroll down somebody’s TEN THOUSAND lines. What a waste of space!!


WTF Says:

“WTF, just a gentle nudge mate, it was only in 2012 that Roger won wimbledon, that isn’t really that long ago, so might be a good idea for you to eat a bit of humble pie, see what it tastes like.”

That’s what I was asking about. It was only a year ago that he was #1. How did everything go to $h1t in only 12 months?


hawkeye Says:

Rafa came back.

When the cat’s away, the mice will play.


Sirius Says:

Hawkeye, do u have any reference where some of the past players have crowned rafa the “goat”? I don’t think no one has exactly said that. Some said he could surpass federer/ could be the goat. But no one has claimed that rafa is the best ever. I see its only u who is jumping n shouting rafa the goat rafa the boat

but u can wait, rafa may surpass federer and his records. Then u can call him goat, cow, boat, ship whatever

** i dont think people can determine a tennis player who is the BEST of ALLTIME. And nor do i claim that rogers the goat. But it really gets annoying when people call rafa goat even when he is trailing 2 players on the slam count. He doesn’t even dominate any slam other than the FO. He hasn’t hold the top spot like pete or fed. And some other things i cant remember right now. So to call him goat NOW is unfair to pete and fed


hawkeye Says:

Same way TMF temporarily looked in peak form and won 2009 FO and Wimby.

When the cat’s away, the mice will play.


hawkeye Says:

Siriusly, this is getting repetitive. I’ve provided references and links over and over again. Gets quite boring but here’s just one for you after Rafa lost at Wimby a few months ago…

McEnroe, himself a seven-time major winner, believes Nadal holds the trump card, pointing to his record across all surfaces, in every format and against his arch rivals.

“This guy is to me, I think you can make an argument right here and now, the greatest player that ever lived,” McEnroe said.

“If you look at his record against [Andy] Murray, [Roger] Federer, and [Novak] Djokovic, it’s way better than that.

“He won the Olympics. He’s got Davis Cups, which Roger doesn’t have. I have always said Roger Federer to me was the greatest player that ever lived, certainly the most beautiful player.

http://www.sport360.com/tennis/john-mcenroe-nadal-best-ever-despite-wimbledon-woe

I’ll readily admit that, as ex-GOAT, TMF has always been and continues to be most BEAUTIFUL player (BOAT). Nice outfits at Wimby, accesorizing and all of that. No question.

I know it hurts but I’m just the messenger here.


Sirius Says:

That’s one and interestingly its JMac, whos word changes every hour perhaps. Lol


hawkeye Says:

No they just changed once with respect to Fed and Rafa as GOAT. Again, he WAS GOAT, and Mac WAS right at that time.

Change is inevitable.

You asked if I had any reference and I gave you one.

Federazzi are so hard to please, no?


Josh39485 Says:

Djokovic was scarily good against Stan Wawrinka today. Winning the match so easily 6-1, 6-4 given all the tough battles they’ve had this year shows how confident he is heading into the Semis and Finals, and of course the World Tour Finals.


Giles Says:

Johnny Mac knows best!
# RafaGoat


courbon Says:

~@ Josh:80% of the first serve.He was very good.No dancing, no maskarede just focus on tennis-that’s how I like him ….
nadal is in the final waiting-Nadal can beat Gasquet with one arm…Nadal is bad match up for Richard.


Josh39485 Says:

@courbon No way, 80%?! Ridiculous. And really exciting! I think with Rafa and Novak in top gear, DelPo enjoying a good run, Ferrer consistent as always, Federer returning to form, Wawrinka enjoying his best season and Berdych finally gaining some consistency, we could be in for a very competitive Year End Championships.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Courbon agree its nice to see Nole simply going about his buisness,and thankgoodness there was also no incredible hulk impersination,he was indeed scarey good today,he will take some stopping.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

I have a hunch that Roger will have a good year next year,i dont believe for a minute hes done winning GS,i also think Stan will be a dark horse somewhere too hmmm.


hawkeye Says:

TMF returns to form every year indoors.

Like clockwork.


courbon Says:

@ Josh: I think you are right.Bercy was never this exciting and WTF should be good.Shame Andy is not in there also…

@ Hippy Chic: Personally I does not bother me too much when he is joking around ( It’s his choice, he’s personality ) but I prefer him like this more
If Roger wins some Masters and has a lucky draw in GS, then yes.
@ hawkeye:
By the way-why TMF stands for Roger? What is TMF?


Josh39485 Says:

@courbon Yeah, hope to see Andy back by the AO in January, it’s always sad when we don’t quite have all the top players present at the big tournaments.

(P.S. I think TMF stands for The Mighty Fed)


courbon Says:

@ Josh: Thanx


andrea Says:

nice win for fed. even though this year wasn’t stellar for roger, i agree that he is playing the best tennis of the year in the past couple of weeks. he looks sharp, serve is lethal, movement unhampered and mental state very focused. i’m looking forward to seeing him go against nadal or novak in this state of mind.


Okiegal Says:

Three cheers for Johhny Mac!!! He recognizes a goat when he sees one……LOL


Okiegal Says:

I was also wondering what TMF stood for, thanks for the info…….but I like TMN better!! LOL

Vamos Rafa!!


Josh39485 Says:

@Okiegal Why not have both, haha! I hope Rafa wins easily today


madmax Says:

Giles Says:
It took me ages to scroll down somebody’s TEN THOUSAND lines. What a waste of space!!

November 1st, 2013 at 8:40 am

Not quite a thousand Giles, but I thought you were going to scroll down anyway. The references were not for you buddy.

tweetie pie, if you know anything about Johnny Mac, he changes his mind after every tennis match, doesnt matter year, day, hour or second. Josh is right, and thanks for supporting what you said with a link I previously posted. You obviously take some things seriously.


madmax Says:

tweetie pie, we are actually talking TWO WEEKS ago! Did you misread or something?

Sports Now
SPORTS NEWS FROM LOS ANGELES AND BEYOND
Rod Laver says Roger Federer is greatest of his generation

October 10, 2013, 11:51 a.m.

The man who won all four Grand Slam tennis events in a single year — twice — Rod Laver, says there is no argument in his mind who is the greatest player of this generation: Roger Federer.

“When I look at Federer, with what he’s accomplished, against the competition that he’s
accomplished it with, I’d have to say I would think that Roger is the greatest player,” Laver said while attending the Shanghai Masters on Thursday in China.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-rod-laver-roger-federer-tennis-20131010,0,5749850.story#axzz2jO8RrPux


skeezer Says:

” I have always said Roger Federer to me was the greatest player that ever lived,”

Jmac

Je also said he is “leaning” towards Rafa, but never flat out claims him as thr GOAT. Also, like madmax says, jmAc is all over the map with changing winds of opinions.

Ask Rod, he has standed firm in his opinion of TMF as GOAT.


skeezer Says:

Btw, congrat to Fed on winning against one of the best players in the supposed “golden era”, and he’s an old man ;)


hawkeye Says:

(skeezer wants JMac to but it in writing in blood)

I see you are still scrolling My fan.


James Says:

upsets can happen even in the golden era, @skeezer;)

well, congrats Federer fans! Your guy is back in form. I like his chances against Novak tomorrow. I hope it’s a great match.


skeezer Says:

“(skeezer wants JMac to but it in writing in blood)”
No, just want hawkeye to tell the truth, and quit twisting someone elses comments and opinions.


skeezer Says:

James,
Thanks. Realize ANY big time win for Fed lately is LARGE ;)


Giles Says:

@James. If he plays anything like today then yes, he has a chance.


Michael Says:

It is just a privilege to watch Roger when he is on song. It is really exhilirating stuff to watch him on court dancing around, retrieving balls with such ease and hitting shots with insane angles and complementing with those exquisite drop shots stamping his class and mastery all over. Against Del Potro yesterday, I watched that flashes of brilliance of Roger on court and I was excited. After some time, he is starting to play well and I can see the sting in his serve too. Hope, he can keep up this level of play. If he continues in this form, he has chances against any player.


Thomas Says:

HOw on earth is this a “golden era”. THe top 4 is as good as it has ever been, but apart from that it is simply mediocre.


Thomas Says:

And djokovic will probably demolish Federer tbh.


metan Says:

Hey to All Roger Fans
How do you all feel????.Good I am sure. My prediction on other thread stand alone and correct better than Sean R hehehe. Will you give my gut feeling 2 chocolates . CONGRATULATION for the winning for Roger and his ardent fans in this forum.

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