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Question Is Federer still the title favorit?

I think the way Federer has been treated in this forum the last months is not fair. He's still # 2 in the world and lost in the quarters of the French-Open - he's least favorite Slam - against the eventual finalst, the guy he beat the year before to win all the Grand-Slam titles at least once. Remember how inconsistent Sampras has been! Federer has a few years at the very top ahead of him. His results in the past were unbelievable and he set up a very high standard. But he's only human! Let him lose once in a while.

And on grass he came into the tournament as a heavy favorit. Though Nadal won the title two years ago, he's no that threatening on grass as on clay.

But now that Federer struggled against Falla in the first round (and ALMOST lost that match) - is he still the favorit to win? Who can stop him?



The draw is actually not that bad (including Falla in the first round - a guy he destroyed two weeks ago in Halle/Westfalen, Germany).

2nd round vs Bozoljac - handsome but harmless
3rd round vs Clement or Luzcak - no threat either
4th round vs Lopez or Melzer (?) - a little bit tougher but by then Federer should have found his
rhythm - so no problem
Quarterfinal vs Berdych ? - getting tougher
Semifinal vs Hewitt, Djokovic or Roddick?
Final vs Nadal or Murray???


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Re: Is Federer still the title favorit?

Who knows how hard the draw is now, considering Federer was supposed to have an easy 1st round. Even Bozoljac could be tough, he's 6foot4 and good at tie-breakers. I enjoy watching the Roddick vs Federer matchup and the Hewitt vs Federer matchup, so I hope he makes it that far.
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Re: Is Federer still the title favorit?

According to the bookmakers - yes

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Re: Is Federer still the title favorit?

Of course he is, the chance was there to knock him out while his play was awful, and Falla didn't take it.

He'll make at least the Semi's and you'd always back him at that stage of the tournament.
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Of course he is, the chance was there to knock him out while his play was awful, and Falla didn't take it.

He'll make at least the Semi's and you'd always back him at that stage of the tournament.
roddick has his best chance ever
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According to the bookmakers - yes
Yes - I've seen that too. But we'll see how the rating is if we really have a semi against Roddick or Hewitt...
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But now that Federer struggled against Falla in the first round (and ALMOST lost that match) - is he still the favorit to win? Who can stop him?
Are you serious? The point is that these days absolutely ANYONE can stop him if he plays like he did yesterday and has been playing for much of 2010. Unlike Nadal who at least forces you to actively win the match, Federer is basically gifting matches away this year by playing without his usual power, without his usual consistency and without any hint of his old confidence.

Federer is still the best when he shows up - like he did at the AO - but who knows when he's showing up and when he isn't? His patchy form no longer seems to be confined to tournaments outside of the slams.

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roddick has the worst chance this year, because Llodra will easily beat him in R2. Have you seen Llodra's grass court play recently ?

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roddick has the worst chance this year, because Llodra will easily beat him in R2. Have you seen Llodra's grass court play recently ?
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roddick has the worst chance this year, because Llodra will easily beat him in R2. Have you seen Llodra's grass court play recently ?
The matchup is bad. Mika can't rally and with Roddick playing percentage plays left right and center Roddick should pass relatively easily.

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Re: Is Federer still the title favorit?

Yes he is the favorite still. But the favorites don't always win. I dont think it will be a huge shock if Fed dosent make the final based on his recent form.

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Taking everything into account, it seems pretty clear to me that Nadal is the favorite right now.

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Re: Is Federer still the title favorit?

he wasnt the favorite going in, but he is now
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roddick has his best chance ever
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but Federer is still for me a favourite to win this year

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