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Should federer skip monte carlo?

Forget that he's only 800 points away from nadal for the #2 seed which could potentially play out with nadal being in nole's half at RG 2012.
He's been playing great tennis so far. Miami will end on 3-30 and roger will be out of action till 5-7 when madrid starts. He's got such great momentum he may lose his form by then.


Monte Carlo starts 2 weeks after miami ends. This Will allow fed to get a little bit of relaxation ( 2 weeks) and then as short of travel aside from playing in basel. It's only 300 miles from basel, switzerland so a 1 hour flight for fed. It's on clay which should be much easier on the body and a chance for fed to get some clay play started. Its only 5 matches at most compared to 6 at indian wells/miami and the tournament ends by 4-22 which would give fed another 2 weeks off post monte carlo for conditioning/rest while keeping him match tough and letting him know where his clay game is at and what needs work before madrid starts 5-7.

Otherwise if federer skips monte carlo he will have a full 5 weeks off, lose 180 points, and won't be back till madrid where he is defending the 360 points for reaching semis last year. I say if he's injury free he should play bc the older you get you wanna avoid long breaks if your lucky to be injury free to keep your game going strong.
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Re: Should federer skip monte carlo?

Obviously depends on how he feels physically. If he is fine then why not?

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Re: Should federer skip monte carlo?

Ya he looks really fresh despite all the tennis the past couple of months. I think he should play MC especially considering it would only be 5 matches maximum.

Either way, taking a glance at his schedule, it doesn't seem like he will be playing.

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Re: Should federer skip monte carlo?

I really think he should play it.
I know, Rafa's level on clay is almost unbeatable. But if Fed continues in the good way, he could upset Nole here.
And we never know with Roger... Never count him out.

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I really think he should play it.
I know, Rafa's level on clay is almost unbeatable. But if Fed continues in the good way, he could upset Nole here.
And we never know with Roger... Never count him out.

Honestly, I don't think nole is playing this event which is why roger should play since he's got an awesome shot to make the finals much easier and pick up +420 points from his last years 180 points. Nadal will still have to play and make it to the finals and win just to defend his 1000 points and an upset by anyone even injury could cost him major points.


On the other hand if nole decides to play, roger should maybe skip it since its a good chance nole will beat rafa and rafa woudl lose -400 points from that.

Is nole skipping or playing monte carlo?
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as long as he doesnt pull a Murray in Miami and hopefully makes a QF or SF (I will be more than happy with Fed going into the 2nd quarter of the season with that), a big fat NO.
He has played A LOT of tennis these last two months. When he is losing, everyone is like "ah he is old", when he is winning people tend to take his supposed "freshness" for granted. At his age, and with the back issue and the illness he has had already this year, overplaying will be a bad idea. Especially in an Olympic year.

Federer doesnt schedule retarded, and hopefully he will stick to the same this year. NO MC please. Take April off. Two tournaments b4 RG on clay is enough. If this is about the RG number 2 seeding, again its not really worth. There is no guarantee that Rafa will end up in Novak's half if that is to happen, secondly what if Nadal goes on a tear on clay a la 2010? Fed even with a final in MC wont get to Number 2

So IMO, its not worth it. Madrid suits him, he could make a good run there and maybe the stars will align themselves if it is meant to be.

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Re: Should federer skip monte carlo?

not sure.

federer has played a lot these last couple of months. playing 2 ATP 500 and a DC rubber between AO and IW was something pretty strange in federer's historical schedule.

maybe he'll keep on that plan and add MC to his schedule this year.

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as long as he doesnt pull a Murray in Miami and hopefully makes a QF or SF (I will be more than happy with Fed going into the 2nd quarter of the season with that), a big fat NO.
He has played A LOT of tennis these last two months. When he is losing, everyone is like "ah he is old", when he is winning people tend to take his supposed "freshness" for granted. At his age, and with the back issue and the illness he has had already this year, overplaying will be a bad idea. Especially in an Olympic year.

Federer doesnt schedule retarded, and hopefully he will stick to the same this year. NO MC please. Take April off. Two tournaments b4 RG on clay is enough. If this is about the RG number 2 seeding, again its not really worth. There is no guarantee that Rafa will end up in Novak's half if that is to happen, secondly what if Nadal goes on a tear on clay a la 2010? Fed even with a final in MC wont get to Number 2

So IMO, its not worth it. Madrid suits him, he could make a good run there and maybe the stars will align themselves if it is meant to be.

I understand your concerns. If federer doesn't play monte carlo he will have over 5 weeks and some days of rest. Even if he plays monte carlo he would still have 4 solid weeks of break plus some play on clay to gauge where his game is at. I feel two weeks after miami, then playing monte carlo on clay easy on body, followed by another 15-17 days off since they get first round byes in madrid would be a great mix provided he has no injuries and is feeling fully recovered from the virus.

I feel like 5 weeks and a few days off when he's playing at this level may throw him off. It's only a difference of 1 week in total break, he'll still have 16-17 days off after miami if he somehow made the final since he'll get a bye in Monte Carlo and even more days if he falls in the qf or sf of miami. He's also out of davis cup now so thats one less thing he would be actually doing during that block of time between miami and madrid that he no longer is doing so that would have been possiblly 2 best of 5 set matches and 1 best of 5 set doubles in 3 consecutive days that he had planned to play.
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I really think he should play it.
I know, Rafa's level on clay is almost unbeatable. But if Fed continues in the good way, he could upset Nole here.
And we never know with Roger... Never count him out.
is djokovic playing MC?

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djokovic playing, yes. he even early committed.

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Q. You played quite a lot during the month of February this year. Normally you don't do that. Do you think that has anything to do with the fact that now you're playing some very good tennis?
ROGER FEDERER: Sure, absolutely. I mean, I think in the past I have taken, you know, a lot of time off or not. I mean, a couple of weeks off after Australia, and then again you start again in Dubai and you go to Indian Wells.
For me it made a lot of sense in terms of traveling, because you should not underestimate how much traveling we do, how often we do play with jet lag. It's not always the healthiest thing in the world, so you also have to look at those things.
This year I decided I wanted to play a bit more, see how it goes. If things went great, you know, I knew I could be on a great run coming into Indian Wells and Miami. That's exactly what happened. I'm a bit surprised it's all gone that well.
I'm happy I have been holding up because it's been a lot of tennis and definitely looking forward to a break soon. But I will push for one more in Miami, and then I'll probably have to take a week off or so and then I will manage my schedule all the way through to the French Open.


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So I think he is thinking to play Monte Carlo, which is 2 weeks after Miami.

Q. Do you think you would have been able to play as well as you played today, or you think you would have pulled out from the game if it wasn't the Masters Cup final?

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He really ought to play. Miami, then 2 weeks off, then Monte Carlo, then 2 more weeks, then Madrid

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nah man getting that number 2 and hope that the djoker eliminates nadal for him is his best chance at a second RG that he will ever have. actually it's his best chance ever. that's a once in a career opportunity for him and he should take it.

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Re: Should federer skip monte carlo?

Federer is a master in planning his schedule, staying healthy and being prepared for the big tournaments.
Personally, I hope Federer plays, it's one of the very few important tournaments that he has yet to win (the others are Rome, Davis Cup and the Olympic Singles).
But if Federer skips MC, I'm sure he has good reasons to do so!

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IF he plays it means he's feeling good. If not he'll get proper rest and won't have to change surfaces from Miami and IW. The clay in Madrid is also blue this year .
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