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No pressure Roger you mental midget you!
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He very well may do just that. He's had the perfect preparation for Wimbledon's fine green grass
He read this forum and saw that wimbledon = green clay so therefore thinks that if he is sneaky he can prepare for wimbledon on clay courts.
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Complete bandwagoners. After the AO all you heard about was Djokovic. Now it's all Nadal. I think Nadal has a good chance of winning this year but still think Fed is the favorite. If Fed does win all you'll hear about is how "Federer back. We never doubted it. Just a slow start." It's like the saying goes: everybody loves a winner .
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As much as I want Rafa to win, Istill think Federer will be the one. He is after all unbeaten on grass and has a huge advantage. Pundits or no pundits, I can't see Federer losing.

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I can't see Nadal losing. He destroyed Roger at the French. He's leading the race. He's won the most tournaments this year. He's a two time finalist and he has just won Queens beating Karlovic, Roddick and Djokovic. He is the overwhelming favourite as the pundits have rightly predicted. It would be a major upset if he didn't win. He's leading the polls right now by about 10 points...down from 15 points before Roger's win in Halle but still an insurmountable lead.
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As much as I want Rafa to win, Istill think Federer will be the one. He is after all unbeaten on grass and has a huge advantage. Pundits or no pundits, I can't see Federer losing.
As you know, I like both, and I'll be very happy if they both make it to the final again - I can only hope they will. But seeing all these journo's shamelessly jumping on a bandwagon - whichever - infuriates me. I bet they'll be the same ones to act as vultures when their predictions don't come true...

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imo, nadal is the favourite.

mono or not, federer is not in great form, not playing his best tennis at the moment. this year is his worst year since he becomes world no.1. the 59 wins doesnt mean too much now

nadal can play on grass. dont be fooled by other clay court players who suck on grass. nadal can play well on grass.
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BBC radio interviewed Borg today and he said he makes

Nadal the fav, then Djokovic
and Federer only his 3rd pick
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Rusedski on the 'big three'


The battle for the men's singles title at Wimbledon is one of the most eagerly anticipated in years, with five-times winner Roger Federer facing a huge challenge to hold on to his crown from Spain's Rafael Nadal and Serbia's Novak Djokovic.

Federer has been out of sorts since contracting a virus at the turn of the year and he has seen Nadal and Djokovic go on to win title after title.

It's set to be an intriguing battle between the top three in men's tennis.

Former US Open finalist and BBC commentator Greg Rusedski analyses their strengths, weaknesses and chances of glory at the All England Club.


ROGER FEDERER
FOR WINNING WIMBLEDON

"Many people are writing off Roger Federer but putting it simply he hasn't lost for 59 matches on grass.

"This year he has lost it a fraction, but that's only up against the high standards he has set himself over the last three years. For any other top-five player he would be having a tremendous year.

"Wimbledon will be the true test to see whether he can edge within one title of equalling Pete Sampras's record of 14 Grand Slams.


Federer is aiming to win a record sixth Wimbledon title
"I think he has to win Wimbledon or the US Open this year to confirm whether he is going to be seen as the greatest player of all time."

AGAINST WINNING WIMBLEDON

"At the start of the season he had mononucleosis which is a fair enough excuse for his form as it's very debilitating.

"The worrying thing for me was when I saw him play Novak Djokovic in Australia before he knew he had glandular fever and he was very nervous, and that is very un-Federer like.

"And his losses against Mardy Fish in Indian Wells and Radek Stepanek in Rome were not a good sign.

"Players now believe they can beat him and his matches are going to become more difficult.

"He will still beat those sort of players over five sets but it will be harder now as everyone will step out on court thinking they have a chance, whereas over the last three years most players had already lost before they went out there."


RAFAEL NADAL
FOR

"I'm impressed with how physically strong he is. He has just won the French Open yet he still continued to keep his high standard of play up day in, day out at Queen's.

"To concentrate for so long is extremely difficult. He has this incredible drive.


Nadal has lost to Federer in the last two Wimbledon finals
"He is the best number two in the world that's never been number one and his drive is to top the rankings and that will mean winning Wimbledon titles.

"He is stronger than last year and all facets of his game have improved; he's improved his sliced backhand, improved his return of serve, stepping in, and his serve is better."

AGAINST

"It's pretty hard to find many minuses for Rafa as everything points in his favour.

"Grass these days is slower, it's not serve-and-volley tennis any more, the courts are harder, the ball bounce is cleaner and he has no problems with his movement.

"The only thing I'd say was a weakness is sometimes he doesn't punch through his volleys enough and occasionally he is a little tentative with them."


NOVAK DJOKOVIC
FOR

"Mentally he is fantastically strong. His record at the Slams since the Australian Open in 2007 has been remarkable. He has just got better and better, a semi-final at Roland Garros, semi at Wimbledon, final of the US Open, a win in Australia and the semi at Roland Garros again.


Djokovic won his first Grand Slam at the Australian Open this year
"And I like the way he talks about his game with comments like, 'I expect to do better'.

"Maybe this Wimbledon is a year too soon, but at the pace he is going he could do it. I personally don't see him winning just yet but he likes proving us all wrong."

AGAINST

"For me the key is I don't think Djokovic moves well enough on grass yet.

"That's the only question I have about his chances. If you look at all the other surfaces he moves exceptionally well, but on the grass he just doesn't look as happy.

"Last year at Wimbledon he won a lot of five-set matches and by the time he got to play Nadal he just ran out of gas.

"If he can get himself comfortable enough, mentally there is no question he is strong enough and will be a future world number one at the pace he is going."


RUSEDSKI'S VERDICT
"I think NADAL is seriously ready to win the men's singles title at the Wimbledon Championships and has to be the slight favourite going into the tournament.

"I would like to see Federer face Djokovic in his semi so, if Nadal's fresh without the tough schedule he had last year, he can go all the way as he really is the real deal."

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/7454793.stm



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BBC radio interviewed Borg today and he said he makes

Nadal the fav, then Djokovic
and Federer only his 3rd pick
no love for the bridesmaid.

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Huh? Murray reached his first slam final at the 12th attempt. Federer took 18 attempts. So what if Murray only has 1 slam final? He got there quicker than Roger. He didn't have the good fortune to play a Mark Phillipousis in his first GS final, though.
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Please Don't Jinx Nadal !!!!!!!
I have a feeling Nadal is going to take it as well... but when I say that I HOPE that I jinx him
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This will be a nice bump.
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This will be a nice bump.
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Amazing how many people think there will be a carryover from Roland Garros.

Federer will win this event with ease.

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