Originally Posted by Commander Data
I think Fed should retire when his game doesn't cut it anymore. Thats is not the case, he had the shots to win. He has some mental problems. he needs to fix that. he won't retire anytime soon. He cried because as he said himself, Mirka and Tennis is his whole Life.
It's true he did have the game to win last night but he didn't win and he can never take that back. I think hes pretty well stuffed as guys like Murray and Tsonga and Nadal are now hitting their straps just as federer did at their age.
Hes going to be in for a lot more hurt if he hangs around for 3 more years in the hope of picking up the odd wimbledon or odd Us Open. A lot more tears. And I dont think he can take it anymore. What kind of effect will it have on his mind and his body?
Sure Borg and Henins retirements were probably a tad premature but I can see why they did it now.
Even the Die hard Fed Fans admit the days of winning 3 slams a year are over. They are only hoping he can pick up the odd one to break that record. Tennis for Federer only got worse since getting Samprases record became his only goal IMO. During 2007. When he just focused on playing the best he could play and he steamrolled just about everyone in front of him. Those days are over now.
Sure he has the shots. You never lose that, look at Sampras even now. But tennis is a total package. You need to have it all.
Federer already has God status, 44 million, olympic gold, a hero and flagbearer in his home country, world fame, a beautiful women and his relative youth. What more could a person ask for and what more could a person achieve?