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Belsius 08-14-2008 10:59 AM

Olympic Tennis thread
 
Shit, I wanted really bad a Nadal/Federer final. Whats wrong with federer? he is playing terrible. Is he just tired?

I hope at least theres a Djokovic/Nadal final, those games are good to.

Acie 08-14-2008 11:30 AM

He's in a bigtime slump.

Hopefully he gets it together in time for the US Open.

Ugo Ferst 08-14-2008 12:03 PM

Think again, its over, his reign at the top is coming to an end, it happens to all the greats in tennis at some point.

Acie 08-14-2008 12:10 PM

Not necessarily.

To write him off prematurely after one off season is a tad short-sighted.

Belsius 08-14-2008 12:23 PM

he is only 27, not a chance he is over.

Claudius 08-14-2008 12:38 PM

I'm starting to think it's an injury that's bothering him. Watching him play out there, it's just not the same Federer that we're used to seeing.

Taz 08-14-2008 01:03 PM

He has had mono since the end of 2007 last year ... honestly, you need at least 2 months of rest to recover from that, and he didn't take the time off. He took 2 weeks off after the Aussie open and then went back to playing. He'll be fine once he recovers ... no way is he done.

While I am a huge Nadal fan, I do miss the R-Fed of old ... shock and horror, I actually cheered him on when I went to the Rogers Cup. ;)

Go Nadal.

IggyPosterizes 08-14-2008 02:25 PM

Roger needs to do what Tiger did this year and just call it quits for the rest of the season.

Tiger will come back in 09 and dominate as he usually does, and if R-Fed does that I'm pretty sure he will make Nadal his bitch again.....on grass.

Taz 08-14-2008 02:30 PM

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Originally Posted by IggyPosterizes (Post 50101)
Roger needs to do what Tiger did this year and just call it quits for the rest of the season.

Agree with that!

rapsfan087 08-14-2008 02:41 PM

WOW, I think all the world wanted that final. Hope Fed comes to his old.

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Originally Posted by Belsius (Post 50026)
Shit, I wanted really bad a Nadal/Federer final. Whats wrong with federer? he is playing terrible. Is he just tired?

I hope at least theres a Djokovic/Nadal final, those games are good to.

Aren't Djokovic and Nadal at the same group?

Taz 08-14-2008 04:16 PM

Yeah if all goes according to plan they will meet in the semis.

Go Nadal.

Ugo Ferst 08-14-2008 05:05 PM

If you look at alot of tennis stars, nearing or around 30, is when they slip from the top. The top for Federer literally means not losing matches except on clay for the entire year, i really believe those days are done, do you remember Bjork?

Taz 08-14-2008 06:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Ugo Ferst (Post 50183)
If you look at alot of tennis stars, nearing or around 30, is when they slip from the top. The top for Federer literally means not losing matches except on clay for the entire year, i really believe those days are done, do you remember Bjork?

Do you mean Bjorn? ;)

Belsius 08-14-2008 08:44 PM

Bjork does have some really good songs.

Acie 08-14-2008 10:31 PM

Jimmy Connors, Pete Samprass, Ivan Lendl, Andre Agassi all continued to win and play at a high level into their 30's.

Bjork Bork retired at 26 because he was a headcase, not because his body was breaking down.

Ugo Ferst 08-15-2008 02:55 AM

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Originally Posted by ACIEEARL40 (Post 50261)
Jimmy Connors, Pete Samprass, Ivan Lendl, Andre Agassi all continued to win and play at a high level into their 30's.

Bjork Bork retired at 26 because he was a headcase, not because his body was breaking down.

None of the 3 u mentioned were nearly as dominatant late in their careers as they were in the mid 20s, and Pete is the only one in the realm of Federer's dominance. He wasnt nearly the same player in altho still good.

In brief, im not saying Federer will be a nobody now, im saying his one man domination of the sport is over.

Acie 08-15-2008 11:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Ugo Ferst (Post 50284)
None of the 3 u mentioned were nearly as dominatant late in their careers as they were in the mid 20s, and Pete is the only one in the realm of Federer's dominance. He wasnt nearly the same player in altho still good.

In brief, im not saying Federer will be a nobody now, im saying his one man domination of the sport is over.

In brief, I'm saying it's still too early to tell. One bad season where he's still managed to play at a really high level despite struggling doesn't convince me that he can't come back and dominate next year.

Belsius 08-15-2008 01:46 PM

What a final set in the Nadal Djokovic game!! felt bad for djocovic in the last shot. So easy to score and he would have been back in the game.

Taz 08-15-2008 01:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Ugo Ferst (Post 50284)
None of the 3 u mentioned were nearly as dominatant late in their careers as they were in the mid 20s, and Pete is the only one in the realm of Federer's dominance. He wasnt nearly the same player in altho still good.

Andre Agassi won 3 Grand Slams, and was the runner up at 2 Slams at and after the age of 30. He is truly one of the greatest players of all time.

Jimmy Connors won 3 Grand Slams and was runner up at 1 Slam at and after the age of 30.

Neither of them had the crazy win streak going like R-Fed did (no one does, really), but they were still winning when they were in their 30s.

Federer will come back next year (and this is coming from a lukewarm Federer fan). To write him off is ludicrous. For the man to get to the finals of 2 Grand Slams while he is ill just shows what a truly phenominal player he is.

Taz 08-15-2008 01:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Belsius (Post 50393)
What a final set in the Nadal Djokovic game!! felt bad for djocovic in the last shot. So easy to score and he would have been back in the game.

Who won, Bel?!?!?!??!


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