20 Truths to Ponder
1. 2006 was Federer's peak; at that point his backhand was incredible(even on clay) and he had a legitimate chance to seriously challenge or even beat Nadal at the French
2. Federer always believed he would one day win the French
3. Nadal always hoped one day he would win Wimbledon
4. Nadal's game, since 2005, has become more aggressive each and every year
5. At the start of 2008 Nadal fans (even if they wouldn't admit it) were worried about the Djokovic threat.
6. At the end of 2008 Djokovic fans were wondered if he was still the favorite against Nadal on hard courts
7. Andy Murray always thought (knew?) he was as talented as some thought, even though many thought he was not
8. Federer (mono or not, back problem or not) has no idea why he is not winning as much as he used to; neither do his fans for all the many possibilities that are discussed
9. Nadal is a more than apt volleyer, better than Djokovic, as good as Murray
10. Federer volleys well, but not as well as some people think
11. Nadal didn't play great against Tsonga in the 2008 Aussie semi, but he didn't play badly. The result of the match was based on Tsonga's play, which was as great as everyone says it was.
12. We are all dying to see if Federer can still beat Djokovic and/or Murray on clay/grass.
11. Nalbandian is as talented as everyone thinks, but he will never put it all together consistently enough to do anything more than he has done in the past
12. Hewitt was never going to stop Federer
13. Agassi was never going to stop Federer
14. Roddick always thought he would improve enough to beat Federer, but he was never going to stop Federer
15. Safin on his best day is competitive with Federer on his best day, but Safin was never going to stop Federer on a regular basis
15. The 2007 Wimbledon final *could* have gone either way, but Federer played better when it mattered.
16. Nadal is a talented grass court player, and what he did to Murray at Wimbledon last year raises doubts about Murray having a legitimate chance of beating him there this year
17. Federer is not sure that he will break Sampras' record
18. The Wimbledon grass may be slower or it may not; not everyone agrees. However, the Queens Club grass is as quick as it comes, and last year Nadal beat Karlovic, Roddick, and Djokovic there and won the title
19. Djokovic is a very good clay court player
20. As it stands, the Federer Sampras debate relies on determining which is more important, dominance or longevity
If I lose the first set, the match will be complicate, no?
My favorite Federer and Nadal quotes following their 2008 Wimbledon final:
“But right now, it’s not much of a how do you say? a feel-good thing.”
"In the last game, I didn't see nothing. The true, I wasn't see nothing, no?"