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Borg says Federer is only third favourite at Wimbledon

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1 of 2Full SizeLONDON (Reuters) - Former Wimbledon great Bjorn Borg believes world number one Roger Federer is only third favourite to win the grasscourt grand slam this year.
Federer is aiming for a sixth consecutive Wimbledon title but Borg, champion five times in a row from 1976-1980, thinks the Swiss will have his work cut out.
The Swede also said he will not be surprised if Federer chooses to retire next year.
"I pick Rafael Nadal as winner and my second choice is Novak Djokovic, my third is Roger," Borg was quoted in British media on Thursday.
"For (Roger) to beat those guys at Wimbledon he needs to play much better than he did last summer. He knows he will have to play some unbelievable tennis to win again. This is the most open Wimbledon for years."
Borg, who retired in his mid-twenties, thinks Federer can overhaul Pete Sampras's record of 14 grand slam titles -- if he keeps playing.
"I wouldn't be at all surprised if Roger came out next year and said: 'I'm not going to play tennis any more', Borg added.
"It probably won't happen but if Roger decides to retire that wouldn't shock me at all. People expect him to win all the time and that is mentally and physically tiring.
"It's not going to be like before when he used to win nearly every match he played. That time has gone."
Federer, beaten in the semi-final at this year's Australian Open by Djokovic and in the French Open final by Nadal, has won 12 grand slam titles.
"He wants to break the Sampras record and I think he will if he wants to continue playing tennis," Borg said.
(Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Martin Petty)

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Borg, that's wishful thinking.. You don't want Federer to win more Wimbys than you did..
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Borg said that Federer is very likely to win RG.
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Re: Borg says Federer is only third favourite at Wimbledon

Borg had some mental problems in his youth, as I remember...
so he keeps talking through his own eyes...using his own life experience...
but Federer is made from another mental material...he will not retire before 30...
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Everyone is entitled to their opinion....
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Borg said that Federer is very likely to win RG.
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Re: Borg says Federer is only third favourite at Wimbledon

he is an idiot. about roger retiring.

but about favourites..
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1 of 2Full SizeLONDON (Reuters) - Former Wimbledon great Bjorn Borg believes world number one Roger Federer is only third favourite to win the grasscourt grand slam this year.
Federer is aiming for a sixth consecutive Wimbledon title but Borg, champion five times in a row from 1976-1980, thinks the Swiss will have his work cut out.
The Swede also said he will not be surprised if Federer chooses to retire next year.
"I pick Rafael Nadal as winner and my second choice is Novak Djokovic, my third is Roger," Borg was quoted in British media on Thursday.
"For (Roger) to beat those guys at Wimbledon he needs to play much better than he did last summer. He knows he will have to play some unbelievable tennis to win again. This is the most open Wimbledon for years."
Borg, who retired in his mid-twenties, thinks Federer can overhaul Pete Sampras's record of 14 grand slam titles -- if he keeps playing.
"I wouldn't be at all surprised if Roger came out next year and said: 'I'm not going to play tennis any more', Borg added.
"It probably won't happen but if Roger decides to retire that wouldn't shock me at all. People expect him to win all the time and that is mentally and physically tiring.
"It's not going to be like before when he used to win nearly every match he played. That time has gone."
Federer, beaten in the semi-final at this year's Australian Open by Djokovic and in the French Open final by Nadal, has won 12 grand slam titles.
"He wants to break the Sampras record and I think he will if he wants to continue playing tennis," Borg said.
(Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Martin Petty)
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Re: Borg says Federer is only third favourite at Wimbledon

Nothing wrong with his picks... I'd even put Roddick ahead of Fed as well
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Re: Borg says Federer is only third favourite at Wimbledon

I'm sure Borg would like to hang on to the tie with 5 straight, but I don't think that would affect his views of who he "thinks" will win. As great as Borg is, he was never one of my all time favorites. I don't however think he was/is a guy who's integrity is questionable. He is a class act and great champion. He is certainly entitled to his opinion and it doesn't take a mental giant to see that Fed is not playing nearly as well as he has the last 5 years going into this tournament.
Personally, if the weather and match schedules corporate this year, I'd give Nadal a slight edge at this point. There are a lot of factors at Wimby beyond how a player is playing that affect results. With the right weather conditions, schedules, and seeding; Fed could pull this off, but IMO that is the long shot.

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Re: Borg says Federer is only third favourite at Wimbledon

Yeah well Sampras says that Federer is still the best and will win his 6th Wimbledon this year.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7462963.stm

And Sampras won 7 Wimbledons to Borg's 5 so he's better.

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Re: Borg says Federer is only third favourite at Wimbledon

Borg comments doesn't make much sense. If he doesn't see Roger winning Wimbledon, then how does he see him breaking Sampras' record? Furthermore the comment about Federer needing to play better than in the past is wrong, I think. He needs to play AS WELL as in the past to win - and that is hard enough in itself. Neither Nadal nor Djokovic has got the grass court tennis skills of Federer in his prime, nor will they ever, IMO. The final of last year was the best grass court match Nadal has ever played, while Federer played at his usual level - neither better nor worse. Federer in JesusFed mode destroys everybody on grass.

Trouble is that JesusFed has only shown himself in glimpses this year, which is why the top 3 have about equal chances of winning. I basically see the favourites like this:

1 - Roger Federer - 33%
2 - Rafael Nadal - 31%
3 - Novak Djokovic - 29%
4 - Someone else - 7%
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Re: Borg says Federer is only third favourite at Wimbledon

I love how quickly the mood can change at MTF and with the commentators. Rafa narrowly beat Djoker at Queens and suddenly everyone writes off Djokers chances of winning Wimbledon and makes Rafa the overwhelming favourite. What if Djoker had one that match (very possible?). What if Rafa had had a terrible day last sunday and Roger had completed his career grand slam with a 5 set victory over Nadal? I agree that Federer is generally not playing nearly as well this year, as we've been used to, but on the other hand, people are putting a lot of emphasis on the results of a select few matches.
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Re: Borg says Federer is only third favourite at Wimbledon

Borg maybe a tennis genius but he is as good as our MTF's resident predictor when it comes to predictions

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