Roger Federer v Novak Djokovic In The 2015 Dubai Final, Who’s The Pick? Azarenka Beats Venus In Doha
by Sean Randall | February 27th, 2015, 5:48 pm
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Our first big marquee ATP final of the season is set for Saturday in Dubai where the top two tennis players in the world, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, meet for the first time this season.

The two played times last year (not including their canceled ATP finals match) with Federer winning three including the semifinals a year ago in Dubai.

Federer leads overall 19-17 winning at least a set in their last seven, but in finals Djokovic actually holds the edge 7-4 taking three of their last four in title bouts.

Entering the match, both guys are playing exceptionally well on these slick courts. Federer, who is the defending Dubai champion having won the title six times in his career, hasn’t dropped a set this week and other than a brief hiccup int he first set against Fernando Verdasco, has looked devastatingly good. Granted, he hasn’t played elite level guys, but still beating former Top 10s like Mikhail Youzhny, Richard Gasquet and Verdasco in awfully convincing fashion bodes well.

And today he gave a lesson to the promising 18-year-old phenom Borna Coric. Yes, Coric was overwhelmed, but Federer got the job done.

“I can see why he has so far caused difficulties for some of the top guys and he still has a lot of room for improvement in his game,” said Federer of the young Croat. “He does a really good job for a big guy. It’s unbelievable how in the past 10 years we have seen so many big guys moving well from the baseline. I think he returns very well, especially off second serves, and that’s such a huge part of today’s game, I believe.”

Djokovic also breezed early on this week, looking even better than Roger that is until the second set today against Tomas Berdych. After blowing out the Czech 6-0 in the first, Berdych climbed back to take the second, then had an early break chance in the third before Djokovic regained control to win his 16h straight over the Birdman on hardcourts.

“Even after the first set that went as perfectly as possible and when I was break up I knew that the match is not over,” said Djokovic. “I just wanted to stay on that level, but it was hard.

“I started making some unforced errors, backed up a little bit, less first serves in. Then he stepped in. From that moment on it was an even match, a lot of unforced errors from my side. [I] just wasn’t feeling the ball great in the third but somehow managed to hang in there.”

So we are set for the 37th career meeting between Roger and Novak. This one in Dubai where I think the quicker courts do favor Federer – Roger’s won 2 of 3 in Dubai against Novak. And Novak concurs.

“When you play Roger, it’s always a great challenge,” said Djokovic. “If you want to win you have to play your best tennis, especially against Roger in the final of any event, but here particularly. Because I feel like this is the kind of a surface and conditions that it suits his game the best.”

Remarkably, between the two they have won the Dubai title now 11 of the last 13 years! And Djokovic’s never lost in the final there winning all four times he’s advanced this far.

This is, though, Federer’s second home. Or really his home court if you want. He arguably more comfortable on the Dubai court than any other outside of Wimbledon. The speed lends perfectly to Roger’s attacking game and first-strike tennis.

So, the court conditions do favor Roger and Roger did beat Novak in Dubai a year ago. But looking at the 2015 resumes I have to give the edge to Djokovic. Roger hasn’t even played a Top 5 player yet. Djokovic has and he’s beaten Murray, beaten Stan and Berdych was a good win.

And to me this is Novak’s time. He’s 27 in the prime of his career. He just won the Australian Open. He’s been the best hardcourt player for the last few years. He needs this win more, he as the pressure, so I have to pick him here. But it should be a great match.
The pick: Djokovic in three

The women aren’t too far away in Doha where Victoria Azarenka earned her first career win over Venus Williams 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 to book a spot in the final against Lucie Safarova, who beat Saurez-Navarro.

As 3-time defending champion, Azarenka’s won 14 straight matches in Doha. And after missing so much time recently due to injury, it seems like the 25-year-old Azarenka is finally back to playing top tier tennis.

“The final is something that you never know what’s going to happen,” Azarenka said. “There can be favorites and no favorites. Anything can happen. So for me what’s really important is that I finally reach my first final after such a long break and I’m excited about it. It’s the time of the week where you got to give it all and try your best.

“You have one more match and I’ve just got to stay focused on my game. But she’s been showing some amazing tennis from last year as well, so her confidence level is definitely up. So I’m sure it’s going to be a good match.”

I should also add it was an excellent week for Venus who continues her return to the top. At 34 she’s clearly still a real threat out there. That’s good to see.

Tonight, Rafael Nadal is on in the Buenos Aires quarterfinal against Federico Delbonis. Nadal could meet Carlos Berlocq in the semifinals then either Nico Almagro or Tommy Robredo in the final. After last week’s disappointment, this is a title Rafa has to have, and I think he gets it.

Also, Kei Nishikori and David Ferrer are in opposite semifinals on the hardcourts in Acapulco. Quite an achievement for Ferrer who was just on the clay last week! Nishikori has big Kevin Anderson while Ferrer gets Ryan Harrison.

And the women’s Acapulco suffered a major blow when superstar Maria Sharapova withdrew from her semifinal against Caroline Garcia due to a stomach virus. I can’t blame her. My stomach would also be upset if my partner lost that badly to Harrison.


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153 Comments for Roger Federer v Novak Djokovic In The 2015 Dubai Final, Who’s The Pick? Azarenka Beats Venus In Doha

Hippy Chick Says:

Said it on the other thread,no horse in the race,just hope its a cracker,hope Rafa can bag his first title of the season,and Kei wins Acapulco….


skeezer Says:

Picking Nole, just happy for the 33 yr old Maestro he is in another ATP Final! Better than fishin, no?


Hippy Chick Says:

^(Sigh)was there any need for that,i dont believe i said anything disrespectful to either player,so why the sarcastic dig Skeezer?^….


brando Says:

It’s simple: Fed brings his Shanghai firecrackers he’s going to win. He’s the greatest fast court player ever, those are the conditions here, plus Novak don’t seem to great. But: you gotta side with what likely to will appear: a consistent Novak outlasts a Federer who probably won’t sustain the required level. Fed can do this though-but he needs to have the same intensity as in Shanghai. Have that I see him winning. Anything less: it’s Novak.


brando Says:

Skeezie, have some cranberry juice my dear. Awfully cranky without any cause for being as such. It’s okay love, we understand the bitterness.


Hippy Chick Says:

That scenery in the background is beautiful,really spiritual,very wish you were here….


Ben Pronin Says:

Greatest fast court player? In these slow court times? I don’t know about that. I’d give that to Sampras.

This is Djokovic’s match to lose regardless.


nusi Says:

The one who cries for people to “please love me” will pull the MTO’s tomorrow and inch over the line. He will still be crying again after RG the muppet


brando Says:

@Ben: record Wimbledon, USO, Cincinnati, Dubai, Basel, WTF + that game= fast court GOAT. But I agree with you: it’s mighty close between him and the Pistol.


brando Says:

Dream all time fast court match that would be heavenly to watch (prime age, peak form and fitness): Federer v Nadal. Slow court: Nadal v Borg. Wow would that be a meeting between kings.


brando Says:

Lol: meant Federer v Sampras.


mat4 Says:

It depends which Novak shows up.

The way he played in the first set against Berdych was absolutely ridiculous. He hit harder than Tomas, made winner after winner, and his gameplan was perfect.

But we could also see that there is an evolution in his game that is a work in progress, and upon which his future depends.

We know that he has improved his serve and his net play, but, for me, the most noticeable change is his forehand. He started to work on a open stanced, flat FH, hit with a little jump, similarly the way Federer does. Just watch the first set, when it worked well. There are also a few examples in the HL on YT.

But it is a work in progress, as I wrote, and you got to be lose and believe in that shot to play it consistently.


Sidney Says:

Go Novak!


mat4 Says:

Anyway, if Novak means to stay at the top of the game and to win more slam, he has to improve, and to develop an aggressive brand of tennis, with a lot of variations, short points, and he needs a big weapon for that.

In a few years (probably less than that), he won’t be able to beat Nishikori, or Coric from the baseline — they are younger, and will move better than he does, so he needs to continue adapting and improving. His backhand is already great, so the placed where he can improve are the serve, the transition game, the volley, and the forehand. And I guess that his ups and downs in the last matches are due to being “in no-men’s land”, between old and new things. It just takes time.


Sidney Says:

Novak in two.


mat4 Says:

And when you rewatch the final of the AO, you can see that the point at 3-3, 30-40 in the third was problably the key moment, when Novak completely unleashed his shots and switched to the “new version” deliberately. Unfortunately, Andy was very tired, lost his focus, and the match ended rather tamely.


mat4 Says:

It also explains part of the problems of his stance when hitting FH when tired, his sloppy movements.


Daniel Says:

Kei beats Anderson and with this win guarantee to be Top 4 next week. Murray will drop to #5 as he lost 90 points.
Nadal will pass Murray with BA points because he did not play last year this time.
If Nadal doesn’t win BA and Kei wins Acapulco Kei will be #3 and Nadal #4.
A lot at stake for Kei tomorrow, career high ranking guarantee which will be great for him going into IW / Miami.


chris ford1 Says:

The Wall Street Journal Article had a piece on Djokovic. Worth a read.
Among other things, it discusses his longevity and some comments from the likes of Mats Wilander that Nole has a body built for lasting in tennis with good speed and low injury rate for a long time.
Dubai is a place Roger stands a good chance on outplaying Novak .Still have to make Novak the favorite but this is one of the few places where a Fed win would not be a huge upset.
If Nole wins and Fed loses, the ATP points gap just gets bigger. The quest for #1 seems a tough odds thing for Fed.


mat4 Says:

CF1:

I’ve read that article. Although I liked Wilander very much, as an expert, he shows zilch, nothing. He simply follows the main “narrative”, and doesn’t even watch what happens on courts. A kind of human parrot, almost, and I was very surprised by this, since he was a very intelligent player, with an unusual ability to use opponent’s weaknesses.

The truth is that an era is slowly but surely finishing. I guess it is already too late for players like Nishikori, Raonic, Dimitrov, DelPotro, to make a lasting impact on the game, but without improvements it will be more and more difficult for Djokovic, Murray, Nadal, Federer to continue winning the way they did. For all four of them, a slam is a bonus right now — because they already achieved so much, on one hand, and because it will be increasingly difficult to win, on the other.

But, anyway, I’d like to see them play for years to come, even if they don’t win.


chris ford1 Says:

Mat4 – You may be right about Wilander, but him saying Djoker has an almost perfect body for tennis makes sense. Flexible, fast, whippet thin…he glides the court like Federer does. La Monf and Kei, also great movers..don’t pound their knees and feet every point like Rafa, Andy Murray, and Andy Roddick do.

Victoria Azarenka – Glad she is back. The game on the woman’s side really needed her – someone with fire , willing to take on Serena. I’d like her even more if she would stop her stupid wooooing noise. It’s less offensive than the “sounds like their legs are being sawed off shrieks” of the two low IQ tennis queens Venus and Maria, but still irksome.


mat4 Says:

CF1:

But Mats just wasn’t the one that said it first, not even second. It is so obvious.

I still have the semi of the AO 2011 on my disk, and I was shocked then that Wilander almost missed the match completely (he did the same in this year’s final).

I watched it again recently. He had just a moment of insight — when he advised Federer to play “dirty”, to slice a bit, to change rhythm and make Novak generate his own pace. Despite the obvious help from the other commentator, he was way off the mark, missing the mental struggle on the court, the technical changes from both players, the way their defences impacted their serving, their movement…

When you know how both Djokovic and Federer have the ability to adapt and destroy an opponent just by revealing their weaknesses and avoiding their strengths, it was clear that they were both surprised in that match: Roger by Novak’s FH, Novak by Roger’s aggressiveness.

Their was an obvious evolution from their match at the USO 2010, with two almost “new” players, and they searched a path to win for the whole match, changing strategies, trying to outfox each other. It was just lost in the comments.


Okiegal Says:

My pick is Nole…..but would never count Roger out…..He’s still moving around the court like he’s 20……should be a cracker, as my friend Chick would say!!

@Chick….Rafa was vintage Rafa tonight…..looked much better. I read your comment that you record it and then watch later. I still hang in there with him live…..and hope for the best! The live stream wasn’t the best, but at least I could keep up with how he was doing.


Michael Says:

Well, obviously Novak is the overwhelming favourite in this match and it is only this certainity and halo surrounding him which is going to help Roger’s cause in this match. The pressure is on Novak. He has to win and Roger can take it a bit easy and go all out. Moreover, the surface and conditions here suit Roger’s game more than anywhere else and it is for a reason he has won this tournament a record six times in his career and has also made 9 finals, which means there is something the swiftness of this court offers as a ammo to his overall game as well as mental frame work. He feels greater comfort playing in these courts and has the confidence which is the most important thing in Tennis. So, in all, I would say it is a 55:45 match in favour of Novak. He has the slight edge, but not much and Roger certainly will fancy his chances after watching the match of Novak against Berdych where he struggled not able to find the sharpness that dot his usual play.


Michael Says:

I think Roger can take a leaf out of his Shanghai match against Novak. He was the aggressor there and it paid ready made dividends. Probably he will be eager to replicate that chip and charge tactics here to unsettle Novak and put him out of his comfort zone. In a game of unending rallies, Novak will surely get the better of Roger and the later has chance only when the points are short. So, it would be a game of contrasts and interesting to watch igniting our curiosity levels.


Yolita Says:

As it is, Novak has already gained 120 points with respect to last year’s performance, so even losing tomorrow, the gap between him and Roger will be almost 4000 points. If he wins, the gap will be almost 4400 points. And that’s not counting Davis Cup next weekend, when Roger will drop 40 points and Novak could win up to 80.
So defending the 2000 points from IW-Miami is already done.
Novak can relax and go out there to do his thing with abandon.
We’ll have a great match!


Yolita Says:

EDIT
@nusi at 6.51 pm
Have you stopped crying yet?


skeezer Says:

“when he advised Federer to play “dirty”….”
Dirty? Don’t think anyone can call it that. If he truly meant that, he was very wrong. It’s called “smart”, and the slice / chip is a shot that very very few can execute with precision the way Fed does. In the past, Fed has worked this routine well with Novak, who, like Rafa, thrives on getting in a rythim of play.


skeezer Says:

So the consesus here is that Nole will win from what I read. Just checkin….


FedExpress Says:

Fed in two
even when he is playing below his best and his forehand is off he can take it to the distance. See wimbledon

feds best beats noles best


Sloan Says:

I am no fan but i like Fed’s attacking game more and more bored to death by the boring effectiveness of the current no. 1 hope Fed occupies the net


Nirmal Kumar Says:

For Roger to win, his serve needs to fire. That would be the single key shot for him. Else it’s most likely on Novak’s racquet.


mat4 Says:

@Skeezer:

No, it isn’t. It will be a tough match for both player.


Damien Mills Says:

Spectacular tipping fail by me when I picked Delbonis over Rafa. Happy to be proven wrong, though. Very wrong. No more tipping with my gut.
I reckon novak gets it done in three, but going by my record, it’ll probably go the other way. Very happy to be proven wrong on that account as well.


sienna Says:

last week I claimed that a victory over Djoker is not a good time momentum wise.
but fed probably takes this opportunity to show he can best Djoker any given day.

i wanted fed to lose in semi but with Murray that would be almost impossible atm.


sienna Says:

FedExpress
Good call about Feds best beats Noles best.


FedExpress Says:

On noles racquet?!?


danica Says:

It’s gonna be either Nole or Roger :)).

On a somewhat more serious note, I am surprised to see that many favor Nole in that final. Although a Nole fan, I cannot see him as a favorite. I believe the match will be pretty even. There is no reason why Roger shouldn’t win this. So, from my perspective, it’s %50-%50.


KatH Says:

To Daniel – re. the ranking points. I may be wrong – but this is what I thought:
If Kei wins the final he will have 5705 minus 90 points = 5615. If he loses final he will have 5415.
Rafa: I think Rafa played a 250 last year (Washington?) – if so, there may be plus or minus re. his ranking depending on that result.
Murray: He didn’t play this tournament in 2014 – so I assume he gains a +90, rather than loses 90.
As said, I’m not sure – we’ll find out on Monday.
Cheers


Hippy Chick Says:

Okiegal my late father hated tennis,but he used to love football,he always said he enjoyed watching a match alot more if he didnt give a monkeys who won,when your so emotionally invested in something be it a team or a player it can get quite stressfull….


autoFilter Says:

I can’t ever pick between these two. When they both play well, it’s usually close. Sometimes one of them beats the other down pretty handily anyway.

In general between them, it’s either close or one beats the other down fairly handily.

For my taste, though, this match up produces pretty much the best tennis ever. Edge to Novak based on age, but I’d say it’s ever-so-slightly more on Roger’s racquet.


Giles Says:

Rafa has never ever in his career played Washington!


Daniel Says:

KatH,

Murray played Acaoulco last year where he went to semis so he will lose 90 pts.

Nadal has 0 points in Halle and Doha which were 250 so any points he gain this week will only add and remove one pf this tournaments to ‘not coutable’

If Nadal wins title and kei he is back at #3 and Kei #4
If Nadal loses and Kei wins, Kei #3, Nadal #4.
Murray will drop to #5 regardless


KatH Says:

Okey doke. Thanks to Daniel.


FedExpress Says:

Nole refused to be filmed at practice

hmmm


FedExpress Says:

Come on Federer


FedExpress Says:

nole playing well


FedExpress Says:

federer netting 3 balls already


FedExpress Says:

boah so many cheering for nole


FedExpress Says:

2 BPs nole


FedExpress Says:

epic game this is


FedExpress Says:

serve and volley on 2nd serve deuce


jatin Says:

Some amazing tennis going on.. Great escape by fed.
2-1…


skeezer Says:

Fed HAS to serve really well, or else. He’ll have no chance if he doesn’t.


FedExpress Says:

ohhh fed. court was open. but netting again


Giles Says:

Fed’s got this all wrapped up.


brando Says:

Big hold but not getting Shanghai vibes from RF.


FedExpress Says:

is fed a better player than in 2011?


jatin Says:

Quick game.
3-2…


FedExpress Says:

novak moonballing like possesed


FedExpress Says:

novak is a different animal against fed

no drop in intensity


jatin Says:

Loving the slice serve by fed. Leads 4-3


FedExpress Says:

BP fed


jatin Says:

comnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
Fed breaks… 5-3


FedExpress Says:

fed serving for set

oh yes baby (but since the WTF 2012 final i take nothing guranteed)


skeezer Says:

mat4,
If you’re still around, have you noticed that Nole does;t have the proper readiness or footwork when trying to hit Feds slice at times? Noticed it here and he sometimes will not take a step in and rather lunge at the ball as a result and not getting a proper stroke for it…??


jatin Says:

Fed playing brilliant.
6-3


FedExpress Says:

6-3 federer

come on


Giles Says:

Halfway there.


jatin Says:

18 Winners. WOW.


Daniel Says:

Fed taking everything on the rise and having several winners where Djoko didn’t even move to go to the balls.
Both are playing great, Djoko had 3 BP’s and didn’t convert, Fed had 1 and returned slice where Djoko send BH long. Apart from that game where Djoko also DF, pretty even match.


jatin Says:

Nice hold by novak. Leads 1-0


FedExpress Says:

that half drop volley was a joke


jatin Says:

Fed is spreading magic all over the court. Makes it look so easy. 1-1


Daniel Says:

With this last ace Fed reaches 9000 career aces.


jatin Says:

Wow Daniel. That is some record. :)


FedExpress Says:

hope fed keeps this intesity, not like IW last year


FedExpress Says:

i hear only “nole,nole,nole”


jatin Says:

Its rare to see Novak so frustrated on court. Roger’s game plan is working greatly so far.


FedExpress Says:

orgamsic bh


FedExpress Says:

wtf

i am having 2 orgasms in a row


jatin Says:

Some breathtaking backhand downline by fed, followed by some nice serve and game by novak to hold the game eventually.
Leads 4-3


FedExpress Says:

missed a big trick. wanted to make BH DTL 4 times in a row and failed two times.


Humble Rafa Says:

orgamsic bh

wtf

i am having 2 orgasms in a row

Sorry to interrupt you while you are having fun. Orgasmic is too strong a word to be associated with a backhand. Just saying.


FedExpress Says:

maybe that missed oppurtinty will cost him now


Daniel Says:

Wow, Fed with 4 excellent serves after 15-40 including two aces in all corners to hold, 4-4


FedExpress Says:

this serve should be in a museum


jatin Says:

Those last 4 serves by fed were unplayable. Saved 2 break points.
4-4


jatin Says:

Roger should hold now


FedExpress Says:

plz dont let nole break to take the set. in case of a third set plz make make sure u serve first

plz hold.


FedExpress Says:

THAT SERVE


jatin Says:

Wow… Another 2 break points saved by rog… Such serving exhibition.. Novak had no answer


Daniel Says:

Damm, third game that Fed recover from 15-40 with awesome serves. This can play into Djoko’s head because he just can’t break today, 0-6 so far while Fed 1-1.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Roger, just surviving on his serve. this can’t go for 3rd set like this. either Roger gets it done in 2 sets or it’s Novak in 3rd set.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Roger’s timing seems to be completely OFF on the GS, specifically after the 2 BH winner he had hit.


jatin Says:

woooowowowo … Fed breaks.. Now serve it out fed.


FedExpress Says:

break from fed after being 0-40 down

Fed, u little beuaty

now make it simple


Daniel Says:

Wow, told ya it would play into Djoko’s head, he was 40-0 missed a FH long, BH net, Fed attacked a point, DF and now lost 5 straight points to lose the game. Fed to serve 6-5 in a match where everything is going his way. One of those days that everything clicks.
Escape BP’s, serve impeccable, aggressive play and opponent tentative at the end. Match on his racquet now.


FedExpress Says:

0-30

shit


jatin Says:

Congratulations roger. You did it….. You did it man…..


FedExpress Says:

take that haters

THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME


Humble Rafa Says:

I want to congratulate all those have their o-moments right now. I hope it’s beautiful.


Daniel Says:

That was a masters serving performance from Fed, unbelievable placement today.

Another tourney entering his collection of 7 titles with Wimbledon and Halle. Next Cincy and WTF:-)


Skeezer Says:

MAESTRO!
Said he had to serve well today….and he did.
That game at 5 all was stupendous👍


jatin Says:

2nd title of the year :)


Brando Says:

Wow!

Federer kicking ass @ 33!

Major props to RF and congrats to fans!


Giles Says:

Well done old chap!


Daniel Says:

84 title, and 2 already this year from 2 finals, way better than last year when he was losing a bunch of finals.
Go with confidence for IW and can play clay freely focusing on keeping good form for grass.
If he has a good draw on clay he can even bag a title there but I bet he will target to keep this form to grass and summer HC swing, there lays his best chances.


jane Says:

congrats to fed for a strong match.

nole was iffy today, but all told, a good result. he should work on first serve returns, although with fed hitting 12 aces not much you can do there.


Tennis Fan Says:

Old man beats the Djok who is at prime tennis playing age … nothing else to say really is there?


FedExpress Says:

kudos to nole


Skeezer Says:

“Roger, just surviving on his serve.”
Uh… Yeah, he served well. But he also came up big on BP’s, which had nothing to do with “just surviving” on his serve.


Brando Says:

Djokovic:

Meh loss for him. Not a big deal really.

But he showed again how mentally fragile he could be, as soon as he lost those BP’s on fed’s serve knew instantly Novak was going to crack.

I said it yesterday:

Players need to stick with Novak. That’s hard to do.

But IF you do he will crack under the pressure. He’s always shown in his career that he has a fragile side mentally.

Still:

No big deal loss for him.


Giles Says:

Now don’t be hard on joker. He hurt his pinky! Lol


Skeezer Says:

jane,
Thought Fed had some unreturnable serves today, so me thinks he gets the credit for that. Nole is still the best returner in the game. Did notice Fed seemed to anticipate where Nole was going to return his serve way better, so maybe he needs to mix that up (return direction)better.


FedExpress Says:

20-17 just sweet


Brando Says:

Federer:

I have a major stat ridden tribute lined up for him. Will make interesting reading I promise. Heading out for now shall post it later, but for me this match CLEARLY showed:

On a fast court, serve clicking:

Federer is THE top dog still. Period.

And he showcased how superior his serve and mentality is today over Novak.

When Fed’s right: he really can kick some butt even at this age. Major props to him for that!


jatin Says:

Improves his H2H 20-17 now. But what a match that was.. Cannot forget those slice serves during the crucial points of the match. He was so focused and confident. He is not slowing down and that is a great news for us fans.
Novak played well. But not much you can do when the other guy is serving so well during the break points. It was fascinating to see.
Congrats to all fed fans here and everywhere.. So proud of our guy.
Don’t worry nole fans. Your guy is still the no.1 player in the world :)


Sidney Says:

Congrats to the amazing Roger Federer!


Skeezer Says:

jatin,
Agree about Nole fans, that he is going to fine. Am really looking forward to Nole’s performance on Clay this year. And I don’t see Fed beating Nole or Rafa on Clay. But this was fun to watch as a fan ;).


Okiegal Says:

Well, I missed that one! Congrats to Fed Followers. I want to send regrets to Novak fans, especially Jane. I didn’t see the first set and truly thought Novak would come back, but not today…….vintage Fed. I guess father time is gonna last as long as father time, no??? :)


jatin Says:

Skeezer
I don’t think its all so black and white. Fed could still beat Novak on clay as well ( Remember Monte carlo semis last year) and could really challenge rafa. Its all about confidence.
Earlier someone asked, is this fed playing better than fed of 2011. In my opnion, YES in some ways he is and it directly reflects upon his hunger to wins these titles over and over again and to challenge the future generation.

Lets see how he fares in Indian Wells. So far so good :)


FedExpress Says:

skeezer, the player who plays his best will beat the other.

even on clay fed will have have at least 50 % chances to beat novak. why do all downgrade his chances everytime and the next thing what fed does is beating novak?

no one can predict but to say fed wont beat nole on clay is nonsense


Purcell Says:

The phenomenon that is Roger Federer.


Giles Says:

Listen up everybody, Purcell has spoken!


skeezer Says:

FE,
I down play it probably because he is not suppose to at this age imo, not with THIS competition in the supposed “strong era” in Mens Tennis. (hee hee). My expectations are low, as reading here for several years he is done, Nole is better, Rafa is better, anyone who beats him is better, so he must not be that good anymore.
But……he is Roger Federer. He defies the age, the logic, continues to win and compete at the highest level and I’ll be enjoying each and every win. If he continues to surprise this fan I’ll be riding along with a smile ;-). Each and every win since his last GS title is all gravy baby :-).
As Purcell so adeptly posted:
“The phenomenon that is Roger Federer.”


Markus Says:

Wow! Bow!


FedExpress Says:

fair enough skeezer. Every his own. But i think he has a chance against every1. played rafa only one time last year at the beginning of his collab with edbgerg. will nice to see playing against them this year and which tactics fed will use.

i only wish that he wins a GS to shut up few mouths and retire after that


Yolita Says:

Congratulations to Roger and his fans.
He was the better player from beginning to end, in tactiucs, in execution and in mental strength.
What can we say? Too good.
Commiseations to my fellow Nole fans. You win some, you lose some.
Davis Cup next!
Onwards and upwards.


FedExpress Says:

thumbs up Yolita
nole tried he level best and won some great rallies. wasnt to be. but nothing to be ashmaed of. won the title which counted the most so far.

Fedovic rivalary is epic


Yolita Says:

That’s right, FedExpress. Nothing to be ashamed of. Those 7 BPs “wasted”, were not really wasted by Novak, they were saved by Roger with spectacular serving and composure.
I agree, it’s an epic rivalry and I hope we get to see them many more times.
Enjoy your man’s win! :-)


Hippy Chick Says:

Congrats Federer and fans Skeezer,Madmax,Michael,Nirmal,Jatin etc, really rolling back the years playing fabulous tennis,commies to Nole and fans especially Jane,Wogboy,Courbon,Mat4 and Harry not his day,but he will bounce back….


courbon Says:

“I think it’s really become a very nice rivalry,” said Federer. “I think we play very nicely against each other, and it seems people like the way we play against each other, as well. I don’t think we have to adjust our games very much against each other, which I think is nice, as well. We can just play our game, and then the better man wins.

“It’s been nice seeing Novak’s improvements over all these years. He’s become such an unbelievable player, especially the past five, six years, and cleaned up his game so nicely and became the best mover in the game. It’s really a pleasure playing against him every single time again.”

Hats to mighty Fed.Congrats to nice Fed fans, specially Skeezer and Madmax


courbon Says:

Fed mighty be 33 year old, but he is probably best player ever. So his 33 years are more like being 29 years,for average player on ATP…. (-:


courbon Says:

@ Hippy: I’m not upset at all.Better man won, Nole improved his ranking points so it is all good…


Hippy Chick Says:

Courbon nice attitude,you win some you lose some,nice to see you posting again BTW ;-)….


FedExpress Says:

Monaco and Almagro battling out for the runner up plate.

cant see them beating nadal. Almagro would have more chances, monaco lacks major weapons. only weak saftey shots off both wings.


FedExpress Says:

almagro making a comeback. one point away to be double break down he now leads 4-3


FedExpress Says:

how the hell almagro cant beat ferrer but can beat nadal?


jatin Says:

Thanks a lot Hippy chick. How are you ?

Its been quite a while since i posted here but i follow this forum every single day and read the post of you guys. Its like we are all a big tennis family, we have our own favorites, we prefer certain style of play but at the end of the end we are all here to celebrate this game and its players who bring so much joy in our lives.

Needless to say, i am very happy right now :)
Will catch you guys some other day……..


Daniel Says:

Just checked scores and Nadal saved 5 set points. It was 6-1 Berloq. He is slowly recovering his aura


Emily Says:

The tie-break was ridiculous, Rafa coming up w/ some magic at the net, down set points. Never gives up, ends up winning it 9-7.


Markus Says:

It does not matter who you root for, you just have to appreciate how great these top 3 guys are. Federer, Nadal, Djokovic: gifts to tennis lovers.


Hippy Chick Says:

Markus nailed it,no need to p*ss on one in favour of another either….


Daniel Says:

Berlocq had some chances. Had game point to go up 3-0 in the second but now seema will lose 6-2.
Don’t think Monaco has a chance in the final, he is too erratic.


Hippy Chick Says:

Daniel,Rafas losing to every Tom,Dick and Harry just lately,so i wont be counting out Monaco,or counting on Rafa as a dead cert to win this title….


FedExpress Says:

Monaco wont stand a chance. he hasnt got that killer shot. pushing and playing ping pong against nadal wont help.

easy win (should be).


Hippy Chick Says:

I dont think Rafa fans will be arrogant enough to expect him to win everything just because its clay,but im sure those accusations will fly afterwards anyway if he does lose the final….


Hippy Chick Says:

Hi Jatin i have good and bad days to be honest,nice to see you here,dont stay away too long ;-)….


van orten Says:

Whoever is Fan of Roger rafa and nole has had an amazing decade of tennis.. I hope roger plays till he is 40


skeezer Says:

Wanted to thank all the Nole fans for the congrats here, just read through all the posts, you all are a “classy” bunch! Nole#1

HC&OK
Didn’t forget you either :)


Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer, U r welcome….Fed was the man in Dubai! I will have to check with Wiki…..how many titles is it? :)

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