Re: Fedal Fans - Have you lowered your expectations?
Actually, I still have a lot of tension during Fed's matches ... but not the ones some would think : I have no tension at all in semifinals against Djokovics or Nadals, even against Djokovic in the US Open last year at match point I remember somebody told me "that's great he's winning" and I stopped him "it's not finished" quite calmly.
I have tension in other Fed's matches : the most tense round for me is round 16, when he has to meet a very good opponent but whom he still should beat, in QF I'm already less tense because I feel it's 50-50, and it's all gone if he reaches SF.
Why do I feel that tension ?
1. Because I feel it's his level, the level I can expect, between SF and QF.
2. Because it's still important for him to stay in top-4 to have better draws in slams then to still keep a correct opportunity to win a slam or reach the final, because yes he still has this ability when he's in a great form (remember against Djokovic in RG and US Open last year or against Nadal in WTF) or if the draw is good (Australian Open 2010).
I don't look at all at his ranking comparing to Djokovic, Nadal or even Murray (actually in my mind I consider that he's behind Murray, I'm still surprised he's ahead of him when I look at the rankings).
I only compare to Tsonga, Ferrer, Berdych, Del Potro, and last year also to Fish.
Fortunately I feel better since the Aus open since he has a better margin over them, but there's still something important which is keeping number 4 seed for Wimbledon comparing to Tsonga.
Currently he's 755 points ahead of Tsonga for that number 4 seed according to my calculations.
PS : this tension in R16 and QF is also explained by the fact that sometimes Fed let his opponents come back while he had the lead, some lost points which looked unimportant at the moment happened to be crucial in the end (for instance against Baghdatis in Indian Wells) : I remember last year when Federer missed a baseline smash to have to face a breakpoint against Tsonga in the beginning of third set of their QF, I took my head in my hands saying "Nooo" : I felt it might be a turning point ... and it was the turning point indeed in the end. Afterwards, I read an articles from a French journalist who said that at 2 sets-love it just looked too easy for Roger "another day at the office", that was clearly not my state of mind. In US Open semifinal I never thought Roger was comfortable when he led two sets to love against Djokovic either.
useless old guy
Last edited by duong; 02-17-2012 at 12:09 PM.