At first. When the title was created, everyone was laughin at Clay Death saying that he was on crack saying stupid things.
Now they're all starting to shut up.
He won 5 titles this year (Last year at this point he had only 1) and almost every title over SF.
So many unbelievers.
i think Fed is finally going snatch that olympics gold. its slick grass and he is on a bit of roll.
and finally its just best of 3 sets foremat until the final so it is not going to be as demanding as the slams.
Ok. Since Mr. Clay Death isn't around to bump his visionary thread at the appropriate time, I'll do it during his absence. As Mr. viruzzz said above, he started this thread when nobody, (probably even Federer), did not think it possible.
CD and others were saying he would have an excellent chance for the Olympics gold
That analysis has been proven correct.
So now we shall see if his 76th career title and 6th title of this year will come against Andy Murray on Sunday. He's assured a silver medal at least, which is still a great honor, even if not the title.
It won't be easy for Federer. The grass is not in as good shape now as it was during the Wimbledon championships. There is no grass at all along the baseline, making it easier for defensive players to retrieve without slipping. This should favor Murray's defensive skills.
I think Federer must hit a bit riskier sharper angles and low slice to the grassier part of the court, and have a brilliant net game to pull it off, not to mention continued excellent serving.
That's the technical side. Will he be ready mentally? He said he was emotionally drained following the Del Potro match. Will he come out flat for Murray, ala Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Djokovic? Federer has the silver in the bag, with Djokovic's loss, #1 is still his all the way to Cincy, so will he be too sentimental and feel for Murray who is trying to finally win a tournament at Wimbledon for Great Britain and himself? Murray is about as confident as he can be.
Considering everything, it seems about 50-50 to me.