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The end of the magic spell

It's obvious that most of us were under Federer's game spell for so many years...

It was for Nadal to wake us all up and to show us that heroes, perfection, unbeatable for good records, GOATs are just silly words...

We entered a new era.
Roger will try to keep up, that's for sure...

Me, personally, I am hapier that from now on I will not watch Roger's matches as it is my life at stake...almost losing myself in the process...i will be again, after some years, just a mere spectator, lover of the game, not of some potential GOAT.

This doesn't mean that I will not cherish forever the moments Roger offered us during his reign.

But let's watch tennis for the game in itself, and not for some GOATs or other illusions...

Au revoir, Roger !

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Amen! The spell has been broken. For me it was broken @ Wimbledon 2007. Still I soldiered on until I realised at the beginning of 2008 that the old Federer had been left behind in 2007 and that no time machine could yank him forward to the future. Now every win by him will be a pleasant surprise, as I do not expect him dazzle us with angelic tennis anymore.
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Well, we see if its only Federers quest for perfection, that is beeing great on even your worst surface which has forever been destroyed or if Federers whole aura of nr1 has been destroyed and is unlikely to win many more slams. Wimbledon will be the most important tournament in Federers career and will be decisive for his whole future in tennis, if he doesnt win Wimbledon he probably wont win 3 more slams and wont be the GOAT.
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I never understood all the GOAT stuff anyway. Just seems like material for the commentators to wank each other off about. Can't we just talk about the obvious all time greats like Federer and not worry about trying to come up with ways to rank them? They're never going to play each other anyway.
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Everyone spoke way too soon re the GOAT thing. Now it's gonna come back to bite Fed in the ass. He should have nipped it in the bud a long time ago. Now it just adds more pressure on him to win and live up to the hype.
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I thought smoking some weed would make the match greater but it only made the match worse and more like a surreal nightmare. I knew Federer would lose and thought that I would be more relaxed with some good good drugs, but no it just made the match enter my subconscious or the imaginative part of my brain and now I am quite sure it will be in my dreams for a while too.
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Re: The end of the magic spell

Just throwing this out there as a "what if"

Suppose Roger wins Wimbledon and the US Open?

Will people still be saying "ahh all this GOAT is nonsense" or will be "oh it's just like 2005. He's not been as good but he's still winning the majors"
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Just throwing this out there as a "what if"

Suppose Roger wins Wimbledon and the US Open?

Will people still be saying "ahh all this GOAT is nonsense" or will be "oh it's just like 2005. He's not been as good but he's still winning the majors"
No, then he will be the GOAT. No doubt about it.
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I thought smoking some weed would make the match greater but it only made the match worse and more like a surreal nightmare. I knew Federer would lose and thought that I would be more relaxed with some good good drugs, but no it just made the match enter my subconscious or the imaginative part of my brain and now I am quite sure it will be in my dreams for a while too.
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No GOATNESS unless he beats Nadal @ RG AND beat Sampras' 14 slam record. Nothing less will do.
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It's obvious that most of us were under Federer's game spell for so many years...

It was for Nadal to wake us all up and to show us that heroes, perfection, unbeatable for good records, GOATs are just silly words...

We entered a new era.
Roger will try to keep up, that's for sure...

Me, personally, I am hapier that from now on I will not watch Roger's matches as it is my life at stake...almost losing myself in the process...i will be again, after some years, just a mere spectator, lover of the game, not of some potential GOAT.

This doesn't mean that I will not cherish forever the moments Roger offered us during his reign.

But let's watch tennis for the game in itself, and not for some GOATs or other illusions...

Au revoir, Roger !

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What illusions, there were no illusions. Federer is an elegant player with great flashes of brilliance and even ingenuity, and that is why we loved him. But consistency was never his strong point. Many people don't remember how prior 2003 he was loosing matches because of loads of UE's. He later somehow (and to surprise of many) managed to put that under control, but still, if he can't finish point quickly he starts to spray balls around. This becomes expecialy obvious on clay.

What I do agree is that we already seen all of his game and I don't think he can say much more new anymore... it will mostly be about wether he can stop the "young guns" AND ofcourse, the green green grass, on which he always looks so wonderfull...

And also I think that during past few years, when his game reached full matirty, and him still playing close to his peak, it is more the time to admire who he is and was than saying good bye

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