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How come Federer Never won Most improved player of the year award???

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATP_Awards

Djokovic won twice
Nadal won in 2005

in 2003 Schuttler won- Fed's first slam
in 2004 Johannsen won- Fed won the small slam

either year Fed was clearly most improved

and Djokovic won this award twice (strangely not winning in 2008 even though that was his breakthrough year and probably deserved a win)

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Re: How come Federer Never won Most improved player of the year award???

Because this is a consolation award.

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Re: How come Federer Never won Most improved player of the year award???

The winners in 2003 and 2004 were the most deserving although Henman would have been a worthy winner in 2004.

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Re: How come Federer Never won Most improved player of the year award???

because He is the best in 7 years

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Re: How come Federer Never won Most improved player of the year award???

I think it might have something to do with the level of expectations for Federer. I remember back when he was 17 and started playing "real" ATP tournaments, everybody was saying that this guy had unreal talent and was going to be #1. But for a long time not a whole lot happened, so while he was making rankings progress he was still disappointing people a little. Then when he finally got it all to click it was a bit of a "we all expected it" kind of event, so I suppose that people took it for granted. Unlike Schuttler in 2003, who nobody expected to suddenly be near the top of the rankings.

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Re: How come Federer Never won Most improved player of the year award???

By 2003 Federer had already beaten great players, won ATP events and pulled of unreal jesusfed shots. It was just about time he won a GS. He hadn't become amazing in 1 year basically.

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Re: How come Federer Never won Most improved player of the year award???

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I think it might have something to do with the level of expectations for Federer. I remember back when he was 17 and started playing "real" ATP tournaments, everybody was saying that this guy had unreal talent and was going to be #1. But for a long time not a whole lot happened, so while he was making rankings progress he was still disappointing people a little. Then when he finally got it all to click it was a bit of a "we all expected it" kind of event, so I suppose that people took it for granted. Unlike Schuttler in 2003, who nobody expected to suddenly be near the top of the rankings.
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Re: How come Federer Never won Most improved player of the year award???

You can't improve on perfection.
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Re: How come Federer Never won Most improved player of the year award???

He will, this year if he wins USO
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Re: How come Federer Never won Most improved player of the year award???

because he didn't have to improve anything. and still won't need to improve...anything.

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Re: How come Federer Never won Most improved player of the year award???

Because each year he gets worse.

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Re: How come Federer Never won Most improved player of the year award???

because they knew he would get plenty of other awards...

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Re: How come Federer Never won Most improved player of the year award???

Maybe he was born as a totally prepared and complete player.

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Re: How come Federer Never won Most improved player of the year award???

He peaked quick, after all. It was already known well before he was #1 that he was bound for the top ranking; so why give him a reward for improving something he already had?

But that's not a compliment, either. The mere fact that he peaked so fast also meant that he would decrease in skill quicker than he would increase, which I believe was and still is the case. He's incredible in most aspects of the game, but while he would try to increase one attribute, time would decrease everything else.

And when you think about it, who was surprised that he would win a slam back then? Just because you won a slam doesn't mean you drastically improved. The ones who won improved much more noticeably than Federer who pretty much didn't need to rise so high to get to where he is now, if you know what I'm saying.
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