2018 Australian Open Final Open Thread: Roger Federer v Marin Cilic
by Staff | January 27th, 2018, 6:27 pm
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Roger Federer will seed a record-tying sixth Australian Open title Sunday night in Melbourne against Marin Cilic. Federer has been flawless thus far at the first Grand Slam of the tennis season, winning every set in his title defense.

The Croat comes in off wins over Pablo Carreno Busta, Rafael Nadal and in the semifinals Kyle Edmund.

Federer has won 8 of 9 against Cilic including two wins last year both in London, in the Wimbledon final and at the ATP Finals.

“I’m not looking at it as a revenge. I mean, it was on me that I couldn’t give my best in Wimbledon,” Cilic said.

“For me it’s great to again be in the final, giving myself another opportunity to win a Grand Slam. I’m playing very good tennis, and definitely very excited for the rest of 2018.”

Cilic’s lone win came at the 2014 US Open semifinals.

“I think overall consistently I’m playing better,” Cilic said in comparing his US Open title run to now. “I think I am performing better when you look at match after match.

“I think in US Open that was just amazing tennis that I played. But it was more difficult for me to keep it for a long period of time. Now I feel that with this kind of tennis that I can keep it throughout the season, and that’s my goal, in the end of the year that I look back and that I am happy about the performances on a consistent level.”

Federer is bidding for a 20th career Grand Slam title.

“I definitely think him winning the US Open, like Stan winning here a few years ago, it gave them great belief they can do it,” Federer said. “If the big moments come about, that they can attain this level. Not easily, but they can get there from time to time.

“I like his attitude. He’s very professional,” Federer added. “He’s always very much the same regardless of whether he wins or loses. I like that attitude. On the court, he’s a winner. You can see it on the way he behaves on the court. He’s there to win and not just to be there. Sometimes you see other players you feel like they’re happy to have made the quarters so far. I think he strives for more. I like those attitudes.”

ITF NOTES
* Defending champion FEDERER is bidding to win his 20th Grand Slam title and become just the 4th player – man or woman – to win 20 or more major titles.
* Federer is bidding to win his 6th Australian Open title and go joint-top on the list for most Australian men’s singles titles, ahead of Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson.
* At 36 years 173 days, Federer is bidding to become the 3rd man in the Open Era to win 4 or more Grand Slam titles after turning 30, after Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall, who both won 4 major titles after their 30th birthdays.
* Federer is also bidding to win a 3rd Grand Slam title after turning 35. Rosewall is the only other man to have won major titles after his 35th birthday in the Open Era. By reaching the final at 2017 Wimbledon, Federer became the 2nd man in the Open Era, after Rosewall, to have reached multiple Grand Slam finals after turning 35.
* CILIC is bidding to become the first Croatian player – man or woman – to win the Australian Open title.
* Cilic is bidding to become the first Croatian player – man or woman – to win multiple Grand Slam titles. He won his only major title to date at the 2014 US Open, defeating Kei Nishikori in the final. Goran Ivanisevic and Iva Majoli are the only other Croatian players to have won a Grand Slam title.
* If Cilic wins the title here on his 10th Australian Open appearance, he will go top of the list for the most attempts before winning the Australian Open title.
* If Cilic wins his 2nd Grand Slam title on his 12th Grand Slam appearance since winning his first major title at the 2014 US Open, he will go into joint-2nd place on the list for the most attempts before winning a 2nd Grand Slam title in the Open Era.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: Federer leads 8-1
A 10th career meeting for the pair, their 7th on a hard court, their 5th at a Grand Slam, and their 2nd in a final.

Federer has won the pair’s 3 most recent meetings – including coming back from 0-2 down for the 10th time in his career to win in 5 sets in the quarterfinals at 2016 Wimbledon.

If Cilic wins today’s final in straight sets, he will become just the 5th player to defeat Federer in straight sets at a Grand Slam on 2 or more occasions. Only Novak Djokovic (3 times), Arnaud Clement, Alex Corretja and Rafael Nadal (all twice) have recorded multiple straight-sets wins against Federer at the majors.

SUNDAY AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCHEDULE
4pm
Mixed Doubles Final
T.Babos/R.Bopanna (5) vs G.Dabrowski/M.Pavic (8)

Men’s Singles Final
NOT BEFORE 7:30PM
M.Cilic (6) vs R.Federer (2)

WUNDERGROUND.COM SUNDAY FORECAST
Sunny. High 98F. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph.

LADBROKES ODDS
Marin Cilic 10/3 vs Roger Federer 1/4

US TV SCHEDULE
ESPN will have live coverage of the men’s final at 3:30am ET.

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458 Comments for 2018 Australian Open Final Open Thread: Roger Federer v Marin Cilic

Humble Rafa Says:

Two keys to the match
1)Hit high and deep to his backhand.
2) Remember number 1.


Danica Says:

Attack backhand, serve to backhand, attack backhand…
Serve out of this world. Ace.
Don’t be intimidated. Show no respect.
Ask Rafa and Nole :)))


Humble Rafa Says:

Danica,

You are such a fresh breath of air in this forum. You speak the truth.


chofer Says:

I just hope Marin is up to the task. Wimby finals was a downer.

On the other hand, Cilic would have to play the way he did when he won the USO in ’14 to have any chances. And still…

There’s hoping a good match. Something this tournament didn’t offer that much. Barring that Chung double upstet.

I would never believe I would say this: this year’s women performances kicked some a** and then some.

It’s time for the F to go out with some bang!


Chris Ford Says:

Humble Rafa Says:

Two keys to the match
1)Hit high and deep to his backhand.
2) Remember number 1.

===================
Laugh if you must with or at HR.
Just remember those two bits of advice
made Uncle Toni a multimillionaire and a 2 sentence
coaching legend. That, and using more hand signals than a
master chief running light ops on the deck of a US nuclear
aircraft carrier manages to use in a career.


rognadfan Says:

Hahaha,
Ok, we know you are praying for Cilic to do what you have not been able to lately, resulting in a a**whopping.


rognadfan Says:

Jokes aside, I thinks this one is going to be a great match. I wouldn’t be surprised if Cilic knocks Fed out. Actually I wouldn’t even mind that; I like the way this guy plays.
The way Cilic played against Rafa, there was a pretty high chance he could have won even if Rafa had n’t injured himself. By the time Rafa got injured, he was already loosing the fourth set and cilic’s game was at a sustained high level throughout.

Especially, they way he hit his BH in that match was pretty special. If he brings his A1 serve and A1 game (both BH and FH), we’ll have a match.
For fed tho, heck even if he only brings just A1 serve and A1 FH of his, that’s enough for anyon; no need for A1 BH, but his BH has been at its A1, so, I think Fed is still going to win this one; he get #20.


Madmax Says:

It’ll be a great match either way. No surprises there.

After the fantastic women’s final; this match could surpass even yesterday! What an atmosphere!

Come on Federer. The federer fans salute you.😗😚💪💪


squirrel Says:

For Fed fans, I read something interesting somewhere where it says that this AO2018 is the 200th Slam since the Open Era, and if Fed wins his 20th Slam, it means he would have won 10% of all the GS titles. That’s nice me think :)


squirrel Says:

They closed the roof?? wTF? That’s unfair, and this is coming from a true Fed’s fan…


Daniel Says:

Fed is on fire!

Peaking for semis and finals.


Anto Says:

Looks like we are in for a disappointing final.


FedExpress Says:

Good start for fed. He has to keep that intensity. Not start mugging around like vs Youzhny.


jatin Says:

Fed on fire.
Cilic has also started to find his groove.


jatin Says:

Great set 1 for Fed.
He has to keep this up for 2 more sets. Go Fed


Daniel Says:

Last 4 matches they played in 3 Cilic won first set, only exception was Wimby 2017. I was a bit concerned about today, but now Federer couldn’t have a better start.

Cilci nervous making a few too many errors but last 2 service games he was better.


Daniel Says:

Double BP for Cilic time to serve


Daniel Says:

Great second serve, both saved.


FedExpress Says:

Wtf fed


FedExpress Says:

Good saves. ALLEEZZ


Madmax Says:

It’s already hotting up.

Come on Fed!


Daniel Says:

Fed`s returning great so far.


Madmax Says:

Hey Jatin, you are here, (of course) – the voice of reason and calm.


Madmax Says:

So far Daniel.

I’ll keep reading your comments every now and again, as I want to see the match in full.


Madmax Says:

Just imagine the mindset Daniel. Seriously.


squirrel Says:

Fed is indeed on fire! Hope Cilic can give more of a match


Daniel Says:

He is pressuring this game. Missed a few baseline shots by a hair.


Willow Says:

This will be over quickly, sorry guys disapointing final so far, another Wimbledon i think ….


FedExpress Says:

Silly mistaked by fed when on deuce


Daniel Says:

Love when TV shows the players vantage point and we can see how low both keep the bow, barely passing the net. They are playing first strike tennis at its best.


FedExpress Says:

Has the feeling of the goffin match.


Daniel Says:

Great return winner to set another BP.


FedExpress Says:

Cilic holds.


squirrel Says:

Ditto Giles, weird decision, hope they reveal he reason behind this decision.


tfouto Says:

Cilic getting better.


Giles Says:

The AO is an absolute disgrace. I hope somebody has the guts to expose their bias and blatant favouritism. Pfffft. This is an outdoor event. Why is the bloody roof closed? Because frauderer asked for it to be closed!!


jatin Says:

madmax
glad to see you too.
Can’t comment here every point as I am traveling as well.
Fed is serving well, he will break cilic sooner ot later.
Cilic is playing really well now as well. This set could go to a breakr.


squirrel Says:

Glad to see Cilic is getting into the match!


Van orten Says:

Federer couldn’t care less roof open or closed…


FedExpress Says:

Fed in a stage now where he cant afforf to get broken.

If Cilic somehow wins the set the whole dynamic will change


Daniel Says:

DF, 30-30. Crareful


FedExpress Says:

Federer on the backfoot in most of the rallies


squirrel Says:

Wow, Cilic is really getting into Fed’s service games


FedExpress Says:

Holding serve not easy anymore for fed

Come on break him now


Giles Says:

https://twitter.com/dimonator/status/957539810780082176
This is hilarious. Thought worth sharing with you lot.


FedExpress Says:

Big chance wasted for 0-30


Daniel Says:

Damm Cilic, second serve ace to save BP! nice


Van orten Says:

Please don’t dip in form rog . Cilic trying so hard just to stay in the match …


FedExpress Says:

What a 2nd serve by cilic to save BP

Fed getting frustrated

Should have been 0-30 up in that game though


FedExpress Says:

Oh my

Wtf is hapening


Daniel Says:

Now is Fed’s time to hit an amazing second serve down 15-30


Daniel Says:

Damm, than DF, set point Cilcil Time to serve


jatin Says:

Its super competitive. I am loving it.
Go Fed


Daniel Says:

Easy hold by Cilic, hope Fed does the same and go to tiebreak. Each had BP’s in 2 service ages of another. Super close set.


FedExpress Says:

Feds level has dipped and Cilics has gone up.


squirrel Says:

TB soon? Gripping!


FedExpress Says:

Its more surving in this set than anything else.


FedExpress Says:

TB time.

come on Fed


Daniel Says:

2 aces!


squirrel Says:

Nice aces baby!


FedExpress Says:

That bh :-(


Daniel Says:

What a BH cross court gun shot, mini break Fed.


FedExpress Says:

Mini break yes


FedExpress Says:

And gone as it came

Delpo TB vibes


Daniel Says:

Damm, Cilic its a great return again. 2 set points.


FedExpress Says:

Shiiiittt

2nd set cilic


squirrel Says:

Cilic so strong. Hope Fed recover and win the next two sets…


Van orten Says:

Roger Federer the master in making his opponents play better out of nowhere … big dip in concentration … amazing how happy commentators are .. but this match is Rogers to lose .. he will raise his level I am sure


FedExpress Says:

The first set seems a distant memory.

US 09 Final nightmare


jatin Says:

Cilic so clutch.
Fed has to up his game now in the 3rd set. Its too tense now.


Anto Says:

Yay finally fed lost a set.


Daniel Says:

And Cilic takes the set. He was better this tiebreak, return winner and another one on Fed’s foot won he the breaker, won just 1 more point than Fed this set.

At least Fed start serving first third set. He can not be broken early to not give momentum to Cilic.


Anto Says:

I am happy at least this will go 4 sets.


tfouto Says:

Not liking Federer mindset.


FedExpress Says:

That fake slice shot at 4-4 for 0-30 was the turning point


squirrel Says:

Easy hold for Fed, I’m sure he’ll up his level and concentrate more now.


rognadfan Says:

Great set of tennis in that second set.


Eric Says:

This is the same old Federer story– piling up the break points, never converting, and then dancing with disaster. Well, he needs to stop being annoyed and start playing freely again.


squirrel Says:

Fed being very passive on the return…


squirrel Says:

Cilic is maintaining high level, up for Fed to match this or not…


FedExpress Says:

I am nervous


Willow Says:

Anto im with you nice to see Federer pushed, thats what fans want a decent final to sink our teeth into ….


rognadfan Says:

That said these AO tournament folks seem to be a bunch of idiots making shitty decisions along the way; and they do it at a time fed haters have been barking all kinds of sh**t.


squirrel Says:

Me too FedExpress..you mentioned US Open final of 2009, that scares the shit out of me…I guess we’ll see..


Van orten Says:

He needs to make him cilic bad again . Mix it up more ..


Daniel Says:

Fed is serving big, Cilic is returning great. Have to keep the lead. If Cilic has a dip in one service game than Fed attacks. Last Cilic service game he already gave a lot of second serves and Fed couldn’t capitalize


squirrel Says:

True rognadfan…weird..they’re giving haters reasons to pile on excuses to denigrate Fed’s reputation..


rognadfan Says:

First they don’t close the roof on blistering heat and now they close the roof for nothing. Rh a little high, so what let the game be played outdoor like the sport that it is.


jatin Says:

Guys, I can’t watch it now as I am too nervous and travelling as well.
I really really hope It wont turn out like USO 2009. GO fed… comon


FedExpress Says:

Fed cant read cilics serve anymore


Daniel Says:

Cilic is pumped up on returns


squirrel Says:

Me too jatin, so nervous..but I still believe in our man..


FedExpress Says:

Feds groudgame gone


rognadfan Says:

Oh come on don’t just watch to see fed win each point! It’s been a great game since the second set. Great tennis


jatin Says:

yeah it’s great to see but nerve wracking at the same time.


Daniel Says:

0-40, this is it.


FedExpress Says:

0-30
Here we go


squirrel Says:

3 BP, come on Fed!!!!!


FedExpress Says:

Dont waste them please


jatin Says:

Go for it fed


jatin Says:

Thats more like it


rognadfan Says:

For me that’s the experience I watch tennis matches for. But I know what you mean.


Berghain Says:

Cmon Fed!


jatin Says:

Flashscores is my favourite live scoring site to follow.


Daniel Says:

Wow, Fed in the zone now.


Berghain Says:

Looking Better for Fed.


jatin Says:

Absolutely, and for me nothing can compare to last year’s 5th set against rafa as far as tensed moments are concerned when watching tennis matches. It was overflow of emotions.


FedExpress Says:

That fh half volley pick up from the baseline for 30-15

Not fron this world


squirrel Says:

Yeah jatin, that 5th set of last year’s final was a full override of emotions, never had that kind of experience ever before or ever will again I think.


Anto Says:

Its going to be routine now for fed it seems


rognadfan Says:

More than wimble 2008? For me that was the epitome of nerve wrack. But AO was all good in the end because u know why.


squirrel Says:

Fed now has to serve for the set, hope he does it with ease


rognadfan Says:

Routine? Highly doubtful that.


squirrel Says:

Yeah that one too rognadfan! but since Fed lost and it was soo heartbreaking, I tend to erase that a bit from my memory..hehe ;)


rognadfan Says:

Routine? Highly doubtful of that.


rognadfan Says:

Got it


jatin Says:

rognadfan
Didn’t got the privalage of watching that match Live unfortunately.


Giles Says:

Mister Barilla will be hugging his trophy soon


FedExpress Says:

Allleezzzz

Now dont repeat the mistake from the 2nd set.

One more set to go.


jatin Says:

squirrel
100%, I agree with you.


tfouto Says:

Cilic is super agressive a bit uncontrolled now.


jatin Says:

BP chance


Daniel Says:

Yeah, great venom return. Now all he needs is to hod serve 5 times straight.


jatin Says:

Wow. Fed .
Just keep on holding your serve now


rognadfan Says:

Ok turning out to be what Anto said now


Willow Says:

This rivalry reminds me of Sharapova / Williams, sometimes close matches but not often, with the same outcome, Sharapova had one great moment against Williams at W in 2004 and that was it, Cilic having one great moment against Federer at the USO in 2014 and that was it, never in doubt, 20th GS coming ….


Willow Says:

Hi Squirrel, are you enjoying the final ? ;-)


squirrel Says:

Good comparison Willow, kind of true but I hope for Cilic that he gets more than one win against Fed, he deserves it and should be able to do it. Unlike Sharapova when she sees Serena in front of her..hehe


squirrel Says:

Hi Willow! So far yeah, just so stressed after the second set and yeah.What about you? Hope you’re enjoying it too :)


FedExpress Says:

Ohhhhh

An insurance breal would have been nice


Willow Says:

Squirrel i might sound mean but i rather enjoy seeing Sharapova getting torn apart by Serena lol, as for Cilic gret player no doubt and i used to like him, but went off him forever after his USO 2014 win against Kie when i saw him pictured with a white supremacist pop star yuck ….


Madmax Says:

Daniel Says:
Love when TV shows the players vantage point and we can see how low both keep the bow, barely passing the net. They are playing first strike tennis at its best.

January 28th, 2018 at 4:20 am

absolutely Daniel. Glad to see that you are in the zone and writing posts that reflect a great battle. Love it. Loving it!


squirrel Says:

Oh yeah that photo was horrid, but he seems really nice. I really wanna believe that he wasnt aware of it or something like that…

Hahahha you really don’t fancy Sharapova, do you?? hehe ;)


Madmax Says:

jatin Says:
Wow. Fed .
Just keep on holding your serve now

January 28th, 2018 at 5:33 am

Has to do this Jatin. I feel he will.


Willow Says:

Squirrel i think the only reason Federer lost that second set was because of a slight dip, i rather expected it to be over in 3 sets to be honest, Federer is just too good, i really miss the gritty Fedal battles of old with both leaving absolutely everything out there ….


Daniel Says:

3 more holds


Anto Says:

Fed will probably break Cilic one more time.


Daniel Says:

Fed has to stop serving to Cilic’s FH


Willow Says:

Squirrel lol im sooo jealous of her good looks ;-)


jatin Says:

cilic with BP


FedExpress Says:

Fuccccc
0-30


Daniel Says:

Cilic smacking returns at will. Broke back.


jatin Says:

We are on even terms now


FedExpress Says:

Anton, there goes your predictaion


Van orten Says:

Same old same old. Instead of double break up . One little dip and cilic is back in the set … come on roger don’t do this … Vamos roger Vamos


squirrel Says:

Yeah Willow, those Fedal battles are what alleviate tennis to what it is today and have attracted millins of fans..hope we’ll get one of those soon.


Anto Says:

Wow that was unexpected.


FedExpress Says:

Nervous again. It sucks.


squirrel Says:

Hahahahha Willow, because all we do all day is getting jealous right?? ;))


FedExpress Says:

That missed Double break oppurtunity looks big now


jatin Says:

BP and virtual match point


Daniel Says:

Keeps pressuring his BH cross court, BP.


FedExpress Says:

Oh man

Bp came and gone


jatin Says:

Fed has to hold now


squirrel Says:

Ahhh couldnt convert that BP…such a shame..


FedExpress Says:

And cilic holds

He has been the better player at the baseline.


Van orten Says:

All fed haters can be happy . Fed bringing cilic back the whole match from the dead … hope he finishes him off in 4 … but no surprise if cilic gets to the fifth fed just too relaxed


FedExpress Says:

Us open 2009 all over again


Daniel Says:

Hole, 0-30. Time to serve smart, body serve.


jatin Says:

Is cilic going to break fed now ?


Van orten Says:

Look cilic’s face . Can’t believe fed injecting him with energy


FedExpress Says:

Fed seems gone

0-30


FedExpress Says:

Fed gone

I am gone


Van orten Says:

No first serves forever … Vamos roger Vamos Vamos Vamos Vamos


Van orten Says:

No first serves no win against cilic or other top players


Willow Says:

Van Orton im not a Fed hater, all i want is to see a nice competitive final, jeez i wish some people would just for once see the bigger picture, im the only Nadal fan here ….


FedExpress Says:

Federer playing with expecation unlike last year maked it difficult


FedExpress Says:

If this goed to a 5th i think fed will be too tired


Daniel Says:

Damm, this looks like Cilic vs Nadal second set.from 3-1 Fed to 5-3 Cilci, serving to force a fifth. He is super aggressive and everything is in hard to contain.


squirrel Says:

Damn…


FedExpress Says:

Cilic breaks

Fed has himself to blame. He blew it. Break up and from then on garbage.


Willow Says:

Squirrel lol bearing in mind shes 27 and im 50, shes young enough to be my daughter, if i were jealous of anything its her age ;-)


rognadfan Says:

Plot twist


squirrel Says:

Hahahahha, of that I’m jealous too! :)


squirrel Says:

Damn..fifth set it is..sucks…


Daniel Says:

Wow, fifth set it is.


Willow Says:

Set point Cilic, we have a fifth set ….


FedExpress Says:

Cant see fed winning it. Mentally down the toilet.


Anto Says:

As much as fed’s level dropped. Cilic has upped his level.


Van orten Says:

No first serves . No victory . No conversion of break points after second serves no victory … making your oppnont stronger is the typical fed move and I am sick of it


squirrel Says:

No FE, I still see Fed pushing it to win this, especially since he is serving first here. Come on, let’s keep our hopes up! He can do it!!


jatin Says:

Fed has to bring his game of last year’s final now.
That’s the only way


Daniel Says:

Fed is more tired, his first serve dropped. He needs to hold to stop the bleeding and use the advantage of serving first.


Madmax Says:

Fed express,

If you cannot watch this, then disappear.


Anto Says:

Finally a 5 set match in a GS final. But If fed and Cilic continue to play like this form exactly its gonna be a Cilic victory. But I very much doubt that. Fed is going to up his level now because now he knows he can lose.


Madmax Says:

This is what courage is made of. I said it would go to 5 sets and no one is going to be surprised if Cilic makes it.

Come on Fed, give it all you’ve got. Nothing to lose now.


Daniel Says:

Cilci is goring fro broke. He is smacking return if it is in, than he is in the points but he is missing a lot also. He didn’t change tactics


jatin Says:

Free up your mind fed


Madmax Says:

jatin Says:
Fed has to bring his game of last year’s final now.
That’s the only way

January 28th, 2018 at 6:07 am

Right on Jatin1

Right on!

Come on Fed!

This is it. Let’s go; Let’s go.

Well done to Cilic for hanging right there, toe to toe.


Daniel Says:

Fed need this hold.


tfouto Says:

The one that starts serving wins the game.


FedExpress Says:

Hmm


jatin Says:

YOU CANT LOSE IT FED..
CONNNNN NNNN… DO IT
WE ARE WITH YOU


Daniel Says:

Great hold. Now go on and push him. Returns in


Madmax Says:

Jatin,

Relax. Let Fed do it his way. Doesn’t matter at this stage of his career. Really. Hope he can grit it out, but either way, he would be happy to reach the final. It’s massive achievement.

Come on!


Madmax Says:

Come on Daniel!

Come on Jatin!

Come on Federer!


Anto Says:

Great hold for fed. Now if Cilic can keep his focus. its gonna be a great 5th set


rognadfan Says:

How’s that for a nail-biter


Madmax Says:

Nails are still here Rognadfan, still believe he can do this.

Come on!

We are all screaming here!

Allez, allez!


Daniel Says:

Yeah tfouto, all set were like this, the one who serves first won the set.


jatin Says:

madmax
Its very difficult to keep your emotions in check while traveling and only following scores.

LETS GO ROGER


rognadfan Says:

madmax at 6:15 am,
100% my thoughts. It doesn’t matter at this point. But it will be great if he can pull this one off. Looking more and more difficult for him tho


Daniel Says:

Yeah. Now go on and hold. He is feeling the nerves also.


squirrel Says:

Hehehe keep up the great spirit Madmax!!!


squirrel Says:

Yayyy Fed breaks! Hope he keeps this up!!


FedExpress Says:

Come on Fed

Its in your hands. Again.


rognadfan Says:

hmm…. another twist coming ?


Madmax Says:

I’m here squirrel!

I’m relaxed. Either way. That’s the truth. Of course, if he wins, fabulous. But every match he plays, I just thank tennis, he is here, we can still watch him play. He is amazing.

Both feeling the nerves, seriously.

Come on Fed!


Berghain Says:

Cmon Fed pls pull this off!!!


rognadfan Says:

hope not. that’s enough of a nailbiter for this year


Madmax Says:

squirrel Says:
Yayyy Fed breaks! Hope he keeps this up!!

January 28th, 2018 at 6:21 am

Yayyyy Squirrel!

Yayyyy!


squirrel Says:

Oh I wish I have your mentality Madmax, but I still can’t. I know I’ll be super devastated if Fed loses for a month…hehe


tfouto Says:

Federer 1st serve must get in


rognadfan Says:

Another twist coming? hope not. that’s enough of a nailbiter for this year


tfouto Says:

Federer 1st serve must get in.


Madmax Says:

Come on Fed!

This is the final set, either way, give it your all. I believe in your baby!


Daniel Says:

I am holding my Yoda to send the force for Fed.


Madmax Says:

haha! you baby!


squirrel Says:

Yeah! Enough with the twist, hmmm, now deuce. Come one Fed, concentrate!!


rognadfan Says:

Sorry guys, my browser keeps screwing things as I am posting. hence fragmented/double posts


squirrel Says:

Yayyy Fed holds!! Allez Roger!!


Daniel Says:

He needs an insurance break asap. Only than I will relax.


FedExpress Says:

I dont trust federer to hold till the end.

We need another break


rognadfan Says:

Great hold. Hope he sustains this now


squirrel Says:

hehe Madmax, yeah baby!!


Daniel Says:

Don’t give the game to him Fed.


FedExpress Says:

All federer service games since 3-1 gone to deuce


squirrel Says:

Yeah another break as an insurance would be nice, try Fed pleaseeeee


jatin Says:

Fed has to keep on holding please


Madmax Says:

Doing good my man, doing good, keep the faith, the yoda, the freaking forehand, keep it firing.

Come on!


Daniel Says:

3-1, time t also hold big as Cilic just held to love. Send the message. If he makes it to 5-2 no way he loses.


squirrel Says:

Yeah we need all the elements!!!


Naderer Says:

Yeeerrrrrrrr.does Cilic release a Farthingstone before he serves..?


Madmax Says:

It’s all good Jatin.

We got Yoda on our side. :-)

jatin Says:
Fed has to keep on holding please

January 28th, 2018 at 6:29 am


Daniel Says:

40-0, message.


jatin Says:

That was a quick one fed.
just 2 more now
Comon


squirrel Says:

Yayy easy hold by Fed!!


Daniel Says:

2 more holds, but those ones will be tense. Or break him now. He will start feeling the pressure also. He knows any slip and the match is gone.

C’mon Fed. I need my birthday present! #20


squirrel Says:

Yeah two more holds Fed pleaseeeee


Van orten Says:

Finally some first serves !!! Vamos Roger .. it is most important that you keep your cool… In contrast to me or other of your fans !!!! Komm jetzt komm du schaffst es Roger du packst ihn


jatin Says:

Right madmax
Keep it going :)


squirrel Says:

Oh yeah true, happy birthday Daniel!! I forgot!! ehhe. Your birthday present is coming soonnn, believe!!! :)))

Hope you’re having a blast!!


Daniel Says:

0-30. Pressure! Finish him.


jatin Says:

Danil
is it your b day today ?


Madmax Says:

Van Orten!

Allez!

Come on Le Roge!

Come on!

The pressure, like a hot pot, but you can do this, been here before.

Yeah baby!


Daniel Says:

Yeah Jatin, 3.7


rognadfan Says:

I think this is it for Cilic


jatin Says:

Happy birthday daniel
He sure will give you your present.


Madmax Says:

Come on, time for more belief than ever!

Yoda.


squirrel Says:

Hopefully rognadfan


Willow Says:

First game fifth set Cilic shouldve broke the Federer serve, that will haunt him after this match ….


Daniel Says:

BP, with a taste of Championship point.


Daniel Says:

YESSSSSSSS


Willow Says:

Sad to hear the crowd cheering an opponents miss, oh well they are pro Federer ….


squirrel Says:

Yayyy Fed one game away, fuyhhh what a relieve!!! no 20 coming!!!!


rognadfan Says:

Done


tfouto Says:

Federer let the anger out. Federer needs anger to motivate him. If is not uncontrolled.


Madmax Says:

Daniel,

Stay there please. Don’t go away.

DON’T.


jatin Says:

2 points to go Fed fans


rognadfan Says:

#20 in the bag for the Maestro. Cilic played heck of a match. Had chances in the early game could not grab.
But he should not feel that disappointed at his performance here.


Madmax Says:

Come on!

Commmmeeeeeeee onnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


squirrel Says:

Yeah true Willow, crowd could have been nicer towards Cilic but they’re so into it..like we are Fed fans at home, hehe


jatin Says:

He did it ..
he did it
congets fed and fellow fed fans. i am almost in tears.
20th GS


Daniel Says:

Yeah! Amazing.
Thanks guys, it was awesome enjoy this match with you fellow Fed fans.

Unbelievable Roger.

6th AO, 20th Gran Slam and soon to be back at #1 (March). Just awesome.


Madmax Says:

Come on!!! Oh, these fingers. These nails.

Daniel, stay there!


Anto Says:

Congrats Fed for another GS


Madmax Says:

YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

Jatin!

Daniel!

Yaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!


squirrel Says:

Congrats Fed and all my fellow Fedfans, so nice we are all here cheering on our man and each other! Thansk to non Fedfans especially Willow and anto too for making it lively here! I’m happy hihihiihihh


Daniel Says:

365 days ago he had 17 and preparing to face his biggest nemesis, now 3 more.

Just wow! Only thought 18 would be his max. How far can he go, how many more can he get now?!


tfouto Says:

Federer is the king.

Yeah!


rognadfan Says:

Beyond belief really! I really didn’t think he would get 18 after he lost that USOPEN 2015. Boy, was wrong!. Now relax you nervous souls out there. No month long mourning this time around, huh?


tfouto Says:

He can get to 23.


Anto Says:

Now he can very well win the wimbly also this year.


squirrel Says:

Yeah no mourning rognadfan, yayyyy!!!!


Markus Says:

20, my new favorite number.


Markus Says:

20, my new favorite number.


jatin Says:

Right squireel.
Thanks willow and anto for joining us
Hope you guys enjoyed this match from neutral point of view.


squirrel Says:

Ahhh no Kia guy, Humble Rafa will be sad! hehe


FedExpress Says:

I am in tears

i was again wrong. thankfully. the last hour so. so many heart attacks.

My man.

Number 20. Yesssssssssssssssssss


Madmax Says:

Now,

Let’s all hear about the roof.

My question to those of you who have complained about this. 3 things:

1. Whose responsibility is it to close the roof?
2. If the opponent was Rafa, would you still complain?
3. If Rafa had got through to the final, would you still complain?
4. Same for Novak and for Murray.

You have to remember, these are ALL professional athletes. ALL of them, used to these conditions. They deal with roofs and no roofs, day in, day out.

Stop the negativity.


fred stone Says:

Solid gold balls of a champion.


Madmax Says:

4 things!
I’m just that excited!


Humble Rafa Says:

This Kia guy sucks.


rognadfan Says:

That’s important Squirrel, for you to keep collecting acorns ;)
right? :) :)


Van orten Says:

Unbelievable!!! It feels it is far from over . But let’s enjoy that moment … what a match !!! What an achievement!!! Now get the number one ranking … so happy for all of you fellow Federerfans !!! What a day


rognadfan Says:

HR I thought you stayed just hear the key guy speak.


Daniel Says:

Cilic showed that the has the game to trouble all, maybe he kicked more thinking on court, a few times he was just smacking the ball where he should put returns back in, an Fed again showed composure to stay on the match and wait Cilcil to oscillate.


Madmax Says:

The Legacy grows

From Wimbledon:

36 years of age. 20 Grand Slam titles.

But…

STILL WINNING 5 SET BATTLES.


squirrel Says:

Hhehehehe so true rognadfan!! ;)))


Humble Rafa Says:

HR I thought you stayed just hear the key guy speak.
-
Not some guy speaking in Australian accent. I wanted the real Kia accent.


rognadfan Says:

My thought exactly Daniel. Few time on the second serves he just tried to go big instead to hit a high percentage return and that was at a point when fed was really spraying errors.


Anto Says:

@Madmax, even though what you said is true, you should not be forgetting the fact that this is an outdoor tournament. So if its not raining, I don’t know why we have to close the roof. But I don’t think Cilic would have minded this chance. But Rafa sure would have had problems.


FedExpress Says:

Rogers last 4 GS results

W
W
QF
W

Just unreal.


rognadfan Says:

Oh, I see, some would say they rigged that one too. h
Stripping HR of hearing the great Korean english accent.


Humble Rafa Says:

21 is possible (from me).


gonzalowski Says:

congrats to Federer, happy for you federites, I wish you enjoy the GOAT!!!! congrats to Margot, it is?? TX bracket winner :)


rognadfan Says:

I am with Anto, that was poor decision making no doubt. Of course they say they have some objective criteria to close the roof. But they need to change the criteria when, 40 degree heat would not make the root closed but a little higher RH would do it. Its and outdoor event, they play on pretty strong rain for a little bit on clays. Of course on hard courts that’s not possible but no rain, should be out doors


Rennie Says:

How disappointing that the BBC has not wheeled in the Dimbleby brothers to commentate on the trophy ceremony. It’s such a historic occasion. Commiserations to Marin Cilic, who has shown wonderful enterprise and spirit these past two weeks. And as for Federer: what can we really say? Just tremendous. Congratulations to both finalists.


Willow Says:

Congrats to the nice Fed fans they know who they are Squirrel, Jatin, Rishi, Amit, Madmax, the newbie Rajesh and any others ive forgotton, as i said they know who they are, ill leave out the bullies, 20 GS fantastic, ill repeat what ive said hes the greatest tennis player ever, and one of the greatest sportsmen ever ….


Madmax Says:

ANTO,

Professional Athletes don’t moan.

Rafa wants all tournaments to be on clay. Hard court causes too many injuries. Need I say more?


rognadfan Says:

HR, oh ya, for once you are optimistic for Federer. Not that it has mattered to him, still.
but For you, one more French may be 2 if you get really lucky, that’s it.


Humble Rafa Says:

Not bad for a one time doper.


Madmax Says:

Absolutely congratulations to Marin Cilic.

Lovely photo of him and Roge drinking from coconuts when they were in Mauritius was it, in November and practised together.

Golden moment.


Madmax Says:

Humble Rafa Says:
Not bad for a one time doper.

January 28th, 2018 at 6:55 am

I think you need to stay out of the doping discussion HR. You are going to get yourself into a whole lotta trouble.


squirrel Says:

Yeah congrats Cilic, he’s a very gracious loser, hope he wins his second Slam, he absolutely has the level and the tools to do it.


rognadfan Says:

madmax,
What you said is true, but that doesn’t mean the sport culture should bounce around for no reason. Tennis is an awesome sport that’s really best when played outdoors, whenever it’s feasible.
And I think that was certainly the case today.


Humble Rafa Says:

I tell you I can get to 20. I am still young. French Open is still held every year.


Rajesh Says:

Congrats to all fed fans


Daniel Says:

Love him showing emotions!


FedExpress Says:

I am crying also.

This guy is a total inspiration.


Anto Says:

@Madmax, true Rafa does “moan” sometimes. Yeah he aint perfect. But what does that anything to do with what I said.


Rajesh Says:

I tell you I can get to 20. I am still young. French Open is still held every year.
Yeah sure he can get 20 slams


rognadfan Says:

HR, hell of an attitude that is. What can I say, I like you on the court, only downside is you are pretty obnoxious here at TX. And sometime even give up to the hate some of your fans spread here.


Humble Rafa Says:

Not to mention, I will be a force at Wimbledon and the US Open.


Daniel Says:

Cilcil will be a contender for Wimby and USO for sure. He is #3 and will be fighting in that position with Grigor, Zverev, Thiem for a while.

Djoko may rise if his injury is not holding him and also DelPo.

Fedal will be top 2 easily until at least Wimbledon.


Markus Says:

How can I not love Federer, in his speech, when he started to thank his fans, his voice began to break and tears started to flow. He really appreciates the support of his fans. That’s gratitude beyond words.


FedExpress Says:

Roger didnt see say see you next year

just like last year. As he said last year. You cant take anything for guranteed


rognadfan Says:

Agree Daniel.
HR, US open possible, given 2017 repeats. Wimby, very slim chance for you, if you ask me.


Daniel Says:

“Not to mention, I will be a force at Wimbledon and the US Open.”

You are joking HR, Wimbledon? lol
USO yes, even more than Federer who last won there in 2009.


Daniel Says:

Fed did not day: “I’ll see you next year”. So people are speculating already


Rajesh Says:

Sir Nadal and Mr. Federer are true legends and inspiration to all young players


Willow Says:

I Doubt Rafa will be a factor at W, but i agree the FO goes without saying, and the USO which is a very open GS ….


rognadfan Says:

Hey, anything is possible at this time. He may wake up one day and say gosh, what the heck am I doing still playing tennis 6 hours a day and city hopping every month. That time will come eventually anyway; and he certainly doesn’t have anything remotely conceivable left to do in his career.


Willow Says:

Rajesh exactly lovely post, no need to hate either ….


Daniel Says:

Fed just 155 pts behind Nadal now.

Play Roterdam and get back to #1 or wait what happens in Dubai (where he will play again) and Nadal’s result in Acapulco.

If Nadal doesn’t playFebruary nor Acapulco (as he is recovering) Fed will be #1 even without playing a mach after Dubai.


Mahasthra Maharaja Says:

I agree with FedExpress.

His speech seemed to me like a farewell speech (regarding the AO).

I hope not but nothing is guaranteed in life.


Nithish Says:

Congrats to Roger on winning his 6th Australian Open & 20th Grand Slam.


Humble Rafa Says:

It was a good tournament and two bad things happenned towards the end.

1) I got injured.
2) AO didn’t bring the original real Kia guy, instead brings some Assie bloke who does not justice to the car company or the English language.

3 weeks from now, I go to work.


rognadfan Says:

Alright guys, it was great. Some hickups to the tournament itself how they handled some aspects. Other than that awesome.
Keep up the good discussion in this forum.
Though lately tennis discussion itself has fallen off the rim.
Congrats to Fed-fans once again on the ‘veinte’.

IW next.


Humble Rafa Says:

Play Roterdam and get back to #1 or wait what happens in Dubai (where he will play again) and Nadal’s result in Acapulco.

Petro dollars are not what they used to be. It sucks. I send my big bag every year for collection but nothing come back.


Humble Rafa Says:

What I can accomplish by 36 pales in comparison to what I have accomplished so far. Possibilities are endless. I will be goat and goat owner when it is all said and done.

I won’t be crying at my 20th grandslam win.


rognadfan Says:

Gosh too much greed on you ;). Don’t you have all your bags full by now?


rognadfan Says:

Alrite, enough TX-ing for one morning.
It’s 7:20 am, time to sleep.


rognadfan Says:

Ya, real life peter griffin. injustice really


Miles Says:

Well done, Federer! Simply extraordinary!

Giles, perhaps you ought to go and lie down in a dark room!


Miles Says:

The real GOAT is now confirmed – Federer has now won 10% of all major titles in the Open era. The first man to 20!


rognadfan Says:

Miles you don’t need to shout out to Giles just because you name is very similar (in letters anyway) to his! ;)
But ya well done federer. GOAT regardless. His tennis is the best there has been.


FedExpress Says:

Hope some1 uploads till evening the whole match so i can watch it again.


rognadfan Says:

See ya’ll around


tfouto Says:

Federer won 2/3 of Grand Slams finals.

20 out of 30.

How thats compare with Nadal and Djoko?


Humble Rafa Says:

I am still seething at the injustice that was done today. I hope the real Kia man is okay. Tennis Australia cannot do this to the sport.


tfouto Says:

Yes Kia man is the most iconic thing of Australian Open.


Madmax Says:

Anto Says:
@Madmax, true Rafa does “moan” sometimes. Yeah he aint perfect. But what does that anything to do with what I said.

January 28th, 2018 at 7:00 am

Anton,

Because, because – why moan about anything is my point. Just play the freaking game, With or Without a roof. It isn’t anyone’s decision except the tournament organisers, so that’s where it ends.

My point is, is that if Rafa was in the final, with a roof overhead, no one would be even having this discussion. IT is pointless. Players play in all kinds of weather. All kinds of weather, come rain or shine. They just get on with it. It didn’t really make much of a difference.

Fantastic match. Could have gone either way, Just think that Federer had too much variety. Seriously, those shots. Third set, 4:2 up. How on earth did he pick up that drop shot.

He is a genius.

One for the ages.


Rennie Says:

“What I can accomplish by 36 pales in comparison to what I have accomplished so far.”

I feel all the Federer fans on here will echo that sentiment. Perhaps you are confused?


tfouto Says:

The reason Roger was so emotional today on speech, was because Kia man not there.


Madmax Says:

It wasn’t a drop shot, sorry. He just made it look so damn easy.

This retirement thing. God. Leave it be. Leave it be. He has said he would like to play until the 2020 olympics. He has the right to change his mind.


Humble Rafa Says:

How can you not love this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z95xJLPrBrk

Knowing that this is what stands between you and the trophy is priceless.


Madmax Says:

I am sorry FedExpress,

But you are disgrace as a Federer fan. You bring me down when I see you posting. Go upload your own match and get depressed on your own.

You only cheer federer when he wins, but when he loses, you completely go the other way.

Can’t even bear to type your name.


Madmax Says:

FE You should stand by your man come win or lose. We do that as real fans. You don’t. Just in the for the win.
Roger was awesome today; so was Cilic and I would have been happy for Cilic. He played some awesome shots.

Would like to see him take the USOpen. That would be surreal. Seems a nice guy on and off the court.


tfouto Says:

Madmax yes, Cilic is getting better mentally. More positive, using aggressiveness focus instead of negative emotions. He will get better.

Also class outcourt.


Humble Rafa Says:

Some idiots are saying the Arrogant One will retire this year because he CRIED. He cries for everything guys.


FedExpress Says:

madmax, every1 handles tight situations in different ways.

fair enough to call me a disgrace.


Tony N Says:

Not surprising it went to 5 sets with his buddy Marin.

Federer may not play Dubai (his contract there ended last year). Indian Wells may be his next event. I don’t think he cares about taking the No. 1 ranking even though he’s only 155 points away. he might take an extended vacation.

Ashley Cooper gave the trophy to Federer. Cooper won four slams from six finals in 1957-58, including three slams in 1958 (he lost a close fifth set in the French semifinal, otherwise he probably would have achieved a calendar year grand slam). In 2009, Cooper acclaimed: “Roger Federer deserves his rating as the finest player to have picked up a racquet”
http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/federer-maybe-i-can-relax-a-bit-now-enjoy-the-game-1734455.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashley_Cooper_(tennis)


Markus Says:

When Federer plays and he starts losing points, I curse him and call him names and even say out loud that his opponent should just pummel him off the court. Then when he wins, I jump up and down (or something like that. Maybe I am like FedExpress, I become Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde when Federer plays but in the end and always, I am still a true Federer fan.


Humble Rafa Says:

when he wins, I jump up and down (or something like that. Maybe I am like FedExpress, I become Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde when Federer plays but in the end and always, I am still a true Federer fan.

Have you considered seeing a doctor?


FedExpress Says:

We should meet Markus.


Michael Says:

As I repeat often, words are not enough in the dictionary to describe the gargantuan achievements of Roger. That he manages to be so consistent at age 36 and over is astounding and one hell of a effort not possible for mere mortals. It is part of a fairy tale. So it is written and so it is done as it is ordained by the Tennis Gods. And the way he couldn’t control his emotions and cried during the presentation ceremony shows his passion, commitment and love for the sport. He infact is betraying his solemn promise that he would never again cry on court after 2009. But he is forgiven because for what he has achieved and still achieving taking Tennis to stellar heights.

It is celebration time for all Tennis lovers but the pain for the fate of Cilic remains. I rooted for him despite being an avid fan of Roger and he lost but can keep his head high for the way he fought valiantly till the end.


Daniel Says:

Tony N.

He can be the oldest #1 ever, it would be nice and fitting for all he is achieving lately. Its not everyday you have a chance like that.

He might even get it if Nadal doesn’t play Acapulco or lose early there. But right now is on his racquet. If he plays Roterdam in 16 days, he can do it. Or if he plays Dubai, which is more far away.
As Roterdam is an hour flight from his home and even with today’s 3 hours matches, he is not spent as last year. He should give it a go. Last year he played Brisbane before AO, so this year he is even more rested.

Once IW/Miami comes he won’t keep the #1 raking and will have to wait what Nadal does on clay.

It may not be a priority but is so within reach right now, I think he should at least give it a try. We know almost certain he will skip clay again so he will just play IW / Miami now?


Tennis Lover Says:

A very sad day for Wog Boy, Chris Ford, Giles and some other Rafa and Nole Fans..Where are they? I am gonna give a bash in their head to help them to return to their senses..Congrats Maestro Fed for Slam number 20, Now onto Wimbledon for Slam number 21. I said it umpteenth time and I am saying it again, neither Nadal nor Djokovic will be able to surpass Federer in Grand slam haul. Hence Goat title is forever sealed for Federer until someone like Federer emerges into the horizon which I believe will unlikely to occur.


tfouto Says:

I am big Federer fan. But now I don’t live as intensily this game as used to. I think there are much important things in live and that feeling miserable because of a sport game its not healthy.


Markus Says:

FedExpress, meet? Good idea but not during a Federer match because when Federer starts losing points, I become like Madmax and get angry at anybody who criticizes him. Only I can do it because I know I don’t really mean it.


skeezer Says:

Best thread of the year so far( minus Kia Lover)!
Congrats Fed fans. 20 Slams!!
What a saweet final 5 sets. Cilic made it the battle I thought he would.
Hope you all savor this important historical landmark in Tennis. It will not be broken in your lifetime.
GOAT, Best Ever, King of the Game. 20🎾


FedExpress Says:

Federer said in an interview that he will be back next year.


t4t Says:

I am sure Fed will be around for as long as he wants. The magic potion works. Fed is ageless, tireless and plays at night. Conclusion: Fed has become kin of Count Dracula!


Tony N Says:

Daniel, I agree he should give it a try at Rotterdam and/or Dubai/Acapulco. But I don’t think he will. (Btw, I don’t think he played Brisbane in 2017; it was in 2016).

The roof was closed since the mixed doubles at 4 PM because this was the first time during the tournament that that the ‘wet-bulb globe temperature’ exceeded the 32.5C (90.5F) threshold:

“organizers deciding early to close the roof for the final, just as they had for the afternoon mixed doubles final when Mate Pavic and Gabriela Dabrowski beat Rohan Bopanna and Timea Babos for the title…

Tournament referee Wayne McEwen can introduce the policy when the temperature reaches 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and a measure called the wet-bulb globe temperature — which combines factors such as heat, humidity and breeze — reaches 32.5C (90.5F).

The temperature hit 38C (100F) an hour before the men’s final and the tournament organizers issued a statement saying that the WGBT reading was 32.7C (91F) at that time.

“With no dramatic reduction forecast, the referee exercised his discretion and called for the roof to be closed,” Tennis Australia said in a statement. “At no other time during the event this year has the WBGT reading reached the threshold.” ”

http://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/22240469/roger-federer-beats-marin-cilic-5-sets-win-australian-open-claim-20th-career-grand-slam-title


Humble Rafa Says:

Today is Cat Lover’s day. Congratulations to them and their cats. I am sure the cats will get nice presents.


t4t Says:

Closing the roof was decided to favor Fed.


Willow Says:

Michael you were rooting for Cilic , who will you root for in the rest of the GS this year FO, W, USO sorry no harm or foul just curious ?


Amit Says:

It’s not good, the decision to close the roof! It favoured Federer a lot! Shouldn’t have happened like this. It shows bias. Federer has no right to take advantage of being a top star, not that he did it directly, but indirectly he was favoured by AO organisers. Cilic was really prepared to play in outdoor, but what he got was indoor! If some player cannot play in an outdoor tournament in outdoor conditions, so be it! You cannot keep the roof open under blistering conditions in women’s final and other matches where temperature was much higher and then close down the roof in a men’s final where conditions were much better and temperature much lower! It affected Cilic mentally, and none can deny it in heart! As i said #LifeIsUnfair 😑😠


Amit Says:

Shame on AO!!!


t4t Says:

Fed winning a slam with a rigged draw, rigged schedule and closed roof completely undermines the value of this title. The best thing would be for Fed to retire to prevent tennis from being reduced to a farce like the WWF.


Amit Says:

Even though I am a Federer fan but I shall always remember it as a match which was very unfair and biased towards my guy! Fed has no right imho to be given preferential treatment! Cilic might have won the first set if he wasn’t so unsettled by the decision of closure of roof! He didn’t win more than 4 points in the first 4 games, I read! I take it as clear indication of his resentment for the unfair decision of AO to close the roof! I firmly believe it! I am not saying Federer wouldn’t have win if the roof was left open, but still why close it in the first place to unsettle Cilic! Fed needn’t be fed with extra confidence! It can be terrible for his opponent!


Amit Says:

t4t

For the first time i must say your anger is very justified!


Amit Says:

WGBT theory is farce put up by AO! Just a 0.1 or 0.2 past the 32.5 index didn’t warrant such a biased and undemocratic decision!


Willow Says:

Amit in sensing your posts are tongue in cheek ;-)


Amit Says:

Still Congratulations To Federer for another slam! But his victory this year doesn’t have the same spark as last year, that’s for sure! Its my personak view. People can differ though.


Michael Says:

Willow @ 8.50 – Who else but Novak Djokovic.


skeezer Says:

“Cilic was really prepared to play in outdoor, but what he got was indoor”
He should have been prepared to play in whatever condition.
Regardless, weather conditions were a problem and concern based on what happened in the womens final.
—-
There is the typical jokes, sour grapes here that really equate to just bein jealous of an achievement that will never be topped in a lifetime. All good, 20 will still be 20 in the history books. Doesn’t matter.
Time to Celebrate🎉


Amit Says:

Willow

This shouldn’t have happened in such manner what happened today! What if something similar happens to Fed and a rival of his is favoured this way in a GS final twisting the rules?? It would hurt me bad and make me angry! I am happy that Fed won a 20th slam but it’s not sweet like his other slam wins!


skeezer Says:

@rognadfan
Your predictions on the t4t, giles, etc were true. Looky here👀.
Laughing all the way to 20.


Amit Says:

Skeezer

Bro, anyway still credit to Fed for fighting it out and winning it nonetheless! The man was already the greatest player ever in my view even before he surpassed Pete!
I am gonna have my drink now though! #SundayFunday


Willow Says:

Michael what to win the next 3 GS, i thought you didnt like players dominating, or does that only apply to your favorites rivals, i can understand how you like your favorites to share the GS between them like Roger and Novak, as opposed to Rafa and Andy i suppose, when your such a fan it stands to reason ?


Amit Says:

Skeezer

I am not exactly blaming Federer for what happened! I also dont assume anything is impossible for Federer, coz seriously he is beyond great in tennis! Just that i think it favoured Fed really, the roof-closure!


Amit Says:

The tears of Federer though showed how much it meant to him! And none less than Sir Laver himself was taking the pic of that moment! It shows how monumental this achievement of Federer is! The guy has won 10% of all the slams in the Open Era!!! #EffinRidiculous!!!
👌👌👌


Giles Says:

At least Amit joins me in saying “ Shame on you Australian Open”


Amit Says:

I as a Fedfan can relax for the rest of the year knowing that Fed has already picked up a slam in the very start of the year!!

And hope he skips clay season totally and concentrates on Wimbledon!👍👍👍


Giles Says:

Nobody is going to catch his slam count. Hope he wins 30 slams.


Michael Says:

Willow @9.18 pm – When I favour Novak for the rest of the Grand slams, I assume his opponents in the finals would be none other than Roger and Rafa.At Wimbledon and French, I cannot think about any other player who will be upto the challenge. Ofcourse, I do not like anybody to overwhelmingly dominate the circuit which I believe is bad for the Sport even in the medium run. But Novak at the moment in his career is flailing and he needs a boost and a win at a grand slam tournry could do his sliding career wonders. Moreover except for Australian open, Novak has hardly dominated the other grandslam as much has Roger or Rafa has.


Amit Says:

How are fedfans celebrating tonight?? Me gonna have my magic potion 😈🍺🍺🍺
Cheers to Dear Fedfans fedexpress, daniel, jatin, squirrel, madmax, skeezer, michael and all others!!!💃💃💃🍻🍻🍻


t4t Says:

Hollow victory! My Fedfan friends and family admitted this win had an empty feeling! Every year the organizers rig the draw etc but this year they went so much overboard in their enthusiasm that it became too obvious and the subject of controversy.
Both AO and Wimbledon are notorious for rigging everything in favor of Fed. No coincidence that these are the slams he wins most often.


Amit Says:

Michael

You support Novak over Roger??


Michael Says:

Thank you Amit. Congratulations to you too. All that I can say is that it is really crazy that Roger is dominating the circuit at this over age and humiliating the Competition.


Michael Says:

At this moment – definitely yes. Roger is always held by me in high esteem and I have immense respect for his achievements. But Novak at this time of his career when his fortunes are not so bright need all the motivation and encouragement. He was the only player who dared to unshackle the domination of Roger and Rafa and I have huge regard for him as a player.


t4t Says:

After not dominating the competition between 29 and 35, a player suddenly becomes dominating in his old age, it raises red flags.


Willow Says:

Michael what about Andy and his career boost, but then again he aint one of your favorites though ?


skeezer Says:

Amit
Cheers to you also.🍷
My drink will be full, not hollow ;)


Willow Says:

And there is no guarantee that Novak will bounce back at the click of ones fingers either ….


Michael Says:

The roof was closed even for the Ladies final and I do not think it is such a big issue when conditions remain the same for the two players. Citing this as excuse for defeat is lame and petty. All credit to Cilic. He fought bravely till the end. It is quite unfortunate that both the players were not at their best in the finals.


Michael Says:

Willow @ 9.39 – Andy is not my favourite player but I like his grace and style and he is another player who plays so skilfully as Roger and is a sight to watch as to how he plays mind games with his opponents always at his tactical best. I hope he recuperates soon and return to his very best.Tennis needs him and I will be most happy if he rediscovers his winning ways and the fabulous four equation reinvents itself.

All said and done, supporters rooting for anybody is not going to make any difference to the outcome.


Daniel Says:

They played faster points, a lot of free points on serve and I don’t think we saw a single rally going beyond 20 shots. So, Fed plays efficient tennis and conserves energy, even a five set match is played on his terms. 3 hours, which is a regular 4 setter for others.

He is the most talented player and with the way he play he was always prepared for longevity. Contrary to others who can only play exception for a brief period of time.


Michael Says:

Nicely put Daniel.


Amit Says:

Skeeze

No compromise in drinking bro!!!😛😜😝😂😂😂😈🍻🍻🍻🍗🍖🍤


skeezer Says:

Fed got off to a great start from the get go, returning and serving well, getting on top of Cilic early. Boded well for him later in the match.


Madmax Says:

FedExpress Says:
madmax, every1 handles tight situations in different ways.

fair enough to call me a disgrace.

January 28th, 2018 at 7:46 am

FedExpress, you are right. I am sorry. You do it your way. I just think you are so harsh all the time, it is very hard to read your posts. Can I suggest you buy yourself a punch bag. Have it right next to you and every time he loses a point. Punch the bag, rather than the keyboard, it is stressful enough as it is – so when you put him down, swear, go all crazy negative on him, it is hard to read, because by now, knowing federer, you should be pleased he is even playing.

I am sorry though.


Madmax Says:

t4t Says:
After not dominating the competition between 29 and 35, a player suddenly becomes dominating in his old age, it raises red flags.

January 28th, 2018 at 9:38 am

t4t.

You are right. It raises something.

Hatred and jealousy plus conspiracy theories from your celebrity hate club.

For us:

We raise our champagne glasses.


Madmax Says:

and Willow,

You are welcome to join us.


Markus Says:

Suddenly, I don’t feel the need to call Federer the GOAT anymore. Roger or Federer will suffice. I am simply happy and proud about what he has done in his career.


skeezer Says:

@Markus
How about Mr. 20?


t4t Says:

Celebrate hollow victory with full glass so you can forget the shame of knowing how it was achieved! Cheers!
I think Nadal, Djokovic etc are too scared to protest as they will get worse draws and worse scheduling!Berdych, I think, was punished for critisizing Count Dracula in 2010.


Giles Says:

How about Mister Frauderer! Lol


squirrel Says:

Amit! Congrats to you too, cheers for the drink! :)


squirrel Says:

Take a back seat t4t and Giles, you’re really embarrassing yourselves with your bitterness and slanders…


t4t Says:

Giles @ 11:04 am Lol!


t4t Says:

No squirrel, there is no bitterness or slander. Just speaking up for justice and fairness. Last year they changed the surface and this year they carried the rigging to further extremes thereby devalueing the title. So no jealousy for Dracula’s win.


Madmax Says:

Amit Says:
Even though I am a Federer fan but I shall always remember it as a match which was very unfair and biased towards my guy! Fed has no right imho to be given preferential treatment! Cilic might have won the first set if he wasn’t so unsettled by the decision of closure of roof! He didn’t win more than 4 points in the first 4 games, I read! I take it as clear indication of his resentment for the unfair decision of AO to close the roof! I firmly believe it! I am not saying Federer wouldn’t have win if the roof was left open, but still why close it in the first place to unsettle Cilic! Fed needn’t be fed with extra confidence! It can be terrible for his opponent!

January 28th, 2018 at 9:01 am

Calm down Amit. Professional athletes play in any weather, on any surface and don’t moan.

t4t and Giles. Make a great tennis couple I think.


Madmax Says:

with or without a roof. If they have practised well, they should be ready for anything. That’s the mark of a true sportman. If you have complaints, email the chairman. Get it off your chest.


Van Persie Says:

t4t,

Please, please..do not insult Dracula! Let Dracula out of this :)


skeezer Says:

Sorry you 2 are suffering in your hollow loser hater mode. Feel sorry for ya. Sometimes you just have to deal with it. Re watch the final, that should help your healing process.
#Mr20
#GOAT


Tony N Says:

Tennis Australia explained that the decision was made to close the roof when the WGBT threshold reached the threshold for the first time in the 14 days of the tournament. The roof was already closed for the mixed doubles match 3 hours earlier.

Tennis Australia: “During the afternoon the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) index reading was above the threshold of 32.5, and was closely monitored,’ it said in a statement.

At 6.30pm it was 32.7.

With no dramatic reduction in the WBGT reading forecast (the 8.30pm forecast was 32.5) the referee exercised his discretion and called for the roof to be closed.

At 7.29pm it was 32.5, and at 7.32pm, when the umpire called time to commence the match, it was 32.6.

The tournament referee made this decision BASED ON QUALIFIED AND PROFESSIONAL ADVICE FROM THE BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY WHO ARE ON SITE, AND THE TOURNAMENT’S CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER.

BASED ON THEIR ADVICE, AND THE FACT THAT THE WBGT READING HAD BEEN ABOVE THE 32.5 THRESHOLD FOR A CONSIDERABLE PERIOD OF TIME, AND WAS FORECAST TO BE AT 32.5 AT 8.30PM, the tournament referee used his discretion to invoke the extreme heat policy and close the roof prior to play.

AT NO OTHER TIME DURING THE EVENT THIS YEAR HAS THE WBGT READING REACHED THE THRESHOLD..”

The Australian Government’s Bureau of Meteorology forecast an “oppressive night” in Melbourne and provided expert advice on the heat conditions to the tournament officials. No one else repetitively whining about the roof has any expertise on this issue.
http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/forecasts/melbourne.shtml

If the roof had been open, Federer would likely have had an advantage over Cilic in the heat and humidity — Cilic would possibly have wilted in the heat after a few sets and Federer would have cruised to victory in 3 or 4 sets.

The superfit Federer has trained in Dubai heat for over a dozen years specifically to prepare for the Australian Open’s conditions. And he is a very experienced player in the AO’s hot conditions, having played 46 day matches in the AO. That’s why Federer holds the all-time record of 93 match wins at the Australian Open (the next most match wins in AO is Djokovic’s 61). Federer has won more matches at the AO than his 91 wins in Wimbledon, 82 wins at US Open and 65 wins at French.


Giles Says:

Mr. Frauderer!


skeezer Says:

Giles,
For you, the sore loser.
http://ftw.usatoday.com/2018/01/roger-federer-australian-open
Has a nice collage of Fed holding 20 various Slams, not 10 of one. That would be fraudulent, of course.
Enjoy the read.


pepe Says:

One short tournament like Rotterdam surely wouldn’t be an issue for Federer’s season. In the next 4 months he’ll play 2 tournaments, so getting in a third one would hardly strain him.

The danger is if he loses early in Rotterdam (used to be super fast, so a good server can wrek him), makes him look kind of silly.

At the same time, Nadal might choose to skip Acapulco, but part of the season coming up for him, would be silly to risk anything on a small tournament like that.


Giles Says:

Hey skeezer. Your man will never enjoy the feat of winning 10 of one Slam.


Giles Says:

Oh and the only reason he won French was cos Rafa was not there.


FedExpress Says:

Lol.
Giles, you clown. Nadal was there.
Nadal was beaten by Söderling who was beaten by Federer in the final.


skeezer Says:

Giles
I don’t think he cares. and nobody atm does either.
You are blinded by infatuated love. The only reason he won the French? LMAO.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

@giles we like to spread it around a little more. Variety is the spice of life.


Willow Says:

Thanks Madmax but i think ill pass, theres one or two from your fan group i wouldnt ever want to be in the same room as, so i wouldnt be welcome at your party, i dont think its fair he puts down the achievements of other players just to feel about Roger, and besides Federers incredible and doesnt need that anyway, and i dont think he would want that anyway either, its all so self serving, so i leave my congrats to the sensibe ones, not the bullies that even bully fellow fans, and seems to take umbrage with anyone that dares to disagree with him, or doesnt paint him as some saint, it used to be a pleasant site with posters exchanging views on tennis, now people seem to just argue and bicker, congrats for the win number 20 and counting, but im done too sorry ….


Tony N Says:

Cilic struggled in the heat of some of his first four day matches (Pospisil, Carreno Busta) at Hisense Arena. His best matches were on cooler nights in the Rod Laver Arena against Nadal and Edmund. Opening the roof on a hot and humid night probably would have benefitted Federer, duh.

Giles: remember your Uncle Toni boasting last year “”We will get to Federer’s 19, yes. I think it will happen”. And Uncle Toni boasting this year: “I trust he will endure enough to break Federer’s record of 19 Grand Slams.”
https://www.eurosport.com/tennis/toni-nadal-tips-rafael-nadal-to-catch-roger-federer-in-goat-race-but-is-he-right_sto6333124/story.shtml
https://www.express.co.uk/sport/tennis/902300/Rafael-Nadal-Grand-Slams-Roger-Federer-Toni-Nadal-Tennis-News

The bar has been raised. Again.
Remember: Federer got his 16th major at age 28. And Federer has 302 weeks at Nl.

Rafa was not at 2009 French… because Federer had thrashed Rafa 6-4, 6-4 in 2009 Madrid, the capital of Nadal’s country. Nadal chose to avoid Federer rather than risk losing to Roger at French Open.


Giles Says:

^^^ Console yourself with your fantasy theories. Rafa and Fed on clay – I remember clearly all the thrashings Rafa would dish out to your idol. You should be embarrassed!


Giles Says:

Rafa was not at 2009 French Open? Are you insane? Rafa lost to Soderling at the FO 2009.


skeezer Says:

“…I remember clearly all the thrashing’…”
Me too. The last 5 times the old man GAVE the thrashing LOL.


t4t Says:

oh Tony N admits poor Cilic suffered in the blistering heat for 4 matches on a different court so his fitness, stamina and rhythm would have been impaired. Thank you Tony N.


skeezer Says:

5 sets in just over 3 hours, now that is proper tennis.
#20


Giles Says:

Skeezer. I only remember the thrashings Rafa gave fed prior to the last 5 times. That’s a lot of thrashings. ROFL


Giles Says:

Skeezer. I also remember AO 2009 when Rafa reduced fed to tears. He was crying like a baby and even ruined the presentation ceremony for Rafa. #crybaby


skeezer Says:

“Rafa lost to Soderling at the FO 2009.”
This is correct. And Fed beat Soderling.
#14 Ties Sampras for all time Slam record.


skeezer Says:

Giles you talk sooo yesterday….ROFL. Quit living in the past, it is gone. Today you have a 20 Slam count winner. Rejoice, have another Beer. Rafa has proven the last 5 times they played he is being dominated by a 36 yr old.


Tony N Says:

Giles Says: “Oh and the only reason he won (2009) French was cos Rafa was not there.”
Giles Says: “Rafa was not at 2009 French Open? Are you insane?”

Multiple personality disorder is a mental disorder.

Giles Says: “I remember clearly all the thrashings”
Federer thrashed Nadal 6-0 on grass (2006 Wimbledon)
Federer thrashed Nadal 6-0 on clay (2007 Hamburg)
Federer thrashed Nadal 6-0 on har court (2011 ATP Finals)

Nadal thrashed Federer 6-0 only once — on clay when Federer was compromised by mononucleosis and was a step slow.

The sports world bows to Federer
https://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/sport/tennis/die-sportwelt-verneigt-sich-vor-federer/story/20348349


Giles Says:

I believe fed is taking his trophy to bed with him. Scared of burglars! Lol


Giles Says:

Pffffft. Fed never ever had Mono. That was just a drummed up excuse for his loss at the FO 2008(?). He won 4 games (?)


Tony N Says:

t4t Says: “oh Tony N admits poor Cilic suffered in the blistering heat for 4 matches on a different court so his fitness, stamina and rhythm would have been impaired. Thank you Tony N.”

When you’re the 6th seed or 14th seed, you deserve the blistering heat. You don’t get the equality of a tournament organized by communists orsocialists.

When you’re a top seed, you deserve the better courts and scheduling. Lucky for Cilic that he advanced through the draw to play his last three matches at night… and in air-conditioned comfort for this match.

Haven’t you played competitive tennis in your life… or are you just a couch potato in your basement suffering heat stroke?


Giles Says:

The wuss had one day match that too when the temperature dropped. Too scared to play in the heat, he asked for night matches.


skeezer Says:

Giles/t4t tagteam losers,
As much as your trying ro tarnish the GOAT, his status and all time records stand alone and will not be broken in your lifetime. Meditate on that. Be at peace with the Truth.
Have another beverage and celebrate with the global fan base.
#20


Tony N Says:

Giles Says: “Pffffft. Fed never ever had Mono. That was just a drummed up excuse for his loss at the FO 2008(?). He won 4 games (?)”

When Federer realized he would probably lose that FO final, he just tanked the match to conserve his mono-compromised body for Wimbledon. He wet for teh points to protect his number one ranking.

2008 was an Olympics year. Walter O. Frey, the distinguished sports medical doctor was the chief medical doctor for the entire 2008 Swiss Olympics team was interested in Federer (who was one of Switzerland’s few gold medal prospects). When Federer was diagnosed with mononucleosis, Dr Frey personally reviewed Federer’s medical records and publicly confirmed that Federer had mononucleosis (aka Pfeiffer’s Syndrome). Dr. Frey further explained that Federer would probably take longer to recover his fitness and game from the mono because he had played the 2008 Australian Open with active mono (undiagnosed at the time)

“Federer felt he had played the best tennis of his life at the end of 2007. While he did not agree that 2008 was a blessing in disguise, he said that he had had to reinvent himself in the wake of what was a moderate year by his own extraordinary standards. He went out in the semi-finals here after going down with glandular fever (aka mononucleosis), lost to Rafael Nadal in the Paris and Wimbledon finals, failed to win the Olympic singles gold medal in Beijing and slipped from No 1 in the world rankings. The key was that Federer felt he was not moving about the court with the same speed and lightness of foot that he had in the past.”
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/roger-federer-i-feel-like-i-could-go-skiing-tomorrow-1886194.html


Giles Says:

“ he just tanked the match”. ROFL
A player of his Calibre “ tanks” matches???
And he is supposed to be a role model??
Yeah, some role model.


Giles Says:

Skeezer. The one that always talks rubbish. I said earlier I hope he wins 30, didn’t I?
It’s the cheating I dislike.


Miles Says:

I really think, Giles, that you should seek professional help over your anti-Federer obsession. hating so much is not healthy, you know?


Tony N Says:

Yes, Giles, Federer sacrificed the match just to be a role model to… you.

When slumping Federer realized that, due to his earlier mononucleosis, he was too unfit and a step slow to be competitive on clay in that 2008 FO match against a top-form Nadal, Roger took his beating like the tough champion he is. Instead of resorting to feigning injury, taking a medical timeout, and retiring when he was losing (like your idol has done several times throughout his career), Federer stayed on court and took a 0-6 pounding. Even Uncle Tony said something was wrong, this was not like Federer. For proud Federer, this was the only match he was bagelled 0-6 in the 18 years since 1999. Federer could have given Nadal a walkover/retirement and still defended his ranking points just by being in the final – but he stood up like the champion and played the match. Given his groin injury in 2007 French Open (which forced him to skip 2007 Halle), Federer wanted to go to 2008 Halle without injury and exhaustion in order to begin his grass-court preparations for 2008 Wimbledon.

As role model, Federer’s lesson for you is this: whenever you are out of your depth and looking foolish, learn to accept defeat with courage and walk away instead of repeatedly sticking your head up for more pummeling and embarrassment. At some point, realize that you look foolish enough and you risk permanent damage.


Madmax Says:

My, My Giles. What a huge pity. A huge, huge pity, you are so demented and defeated.

Giles Says:
Oh and the only reason he won French was cos Rafa was not there.

January 28th, 2018 at 11:58 am

Yes. Giles, Rewind. He wasn’t there, because HE GOT KNOCKED OUT OF THE COMPETITION!

Move on. Look forward. Get over it.

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