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Something was bothering Federer at the French Open?

Hi all,

Given Federer's fairly poor form at this year's French Open, I couldn't help thinking something was bothering him. Maybe some nagging injuries etc.... Not enough to make him withdraw, but is enough to slow his game down, just like at around the same time in 2010.

I don't think it's because he's getting older, especially comparing with his form in USO 2011 and AO 2012, which isn't that long ago.

US 2011 - He steamrolled through his opponents, and in the semi-finals, he "should have" won against Djokovic. It didn't even need to go 5 sets in the first place, let alone 2 consecutive match points.

AO2012 - Again steamrolled through his opponents, extremely convincing against Tomic & Del Potro. He lost to Nadal, but it was a fairly close 4 set match.

His form after AO2012 were equally impressive, at least until Rome.

However at FO 2012

- The expression on his face during matches was different. He looked sad even when he won his matches. During the handshake he no longer had that "just another day at the office" expression toward his opponent. Instead he just smiled warmly and gave me the feeling that he knows for certain he isn't going to be able to win the tournament.

- He played extremely passive. Most of the time he was just happy to put the ball back in the court, without the sense of urgency to finish off points like he had in the previous 2 slams. Of course committing a tonne of UEs along the way.

- He needed 4 sets against 3 completely unknown opponents. The match against Unghur should never have gone to 4. David Goffin played extremely well to his credit, but there was no reason why Federer could not have won in 3. Against Del Potro he got a bit lucky with Delpo getting slightly injured, otherwise the match could have well gone Delpo's way.

The overall feeling I got was that he knew his days at the 2012 FO were severely numbered and he has accepted that fate right at the beginning.

Obviously I was disappointed that he lost against Djokovic, but I can accept it as it came as no big surprise considering his form in this tournament.

What's your take on this? Maybe I'm over analysing it. But I definitely think something is not quite right, even if it's a small hindrance.

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Federer blowing kisses to the crowd after the semi was weird..... is he not planning to come back next year?
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Re: Something was bothering Federer at the French Open?

The whole, "I'll play till 2016 Olympics" is utter BS. Olderer will retire at the end of next year most likely. He no longer has the game or the drive to win big titles.
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Federer blowing kisses to the crowd after the semi was weird..... is he not planning to come back next year?
threatened to never come back unless they change the surface to blue clay

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Yes, and his name is Djokovic.
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Federer blowing kisses to the crowd after the semi was weird..... is he not planning to come back next year?
I think he'll retire on the spot after winning the Olympics if he does, but nobody else seems to agree with me

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ShutUperer is getting old, I think he's thinking more about Wimbledon because I don't think he believed he could win the french this year

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Please, for once and for all:

"If you enter the court, you are ready & able to play!"

No friggin' ridiculous excuses, please.
ALL players suffer physical niggles more or less, all of the time.

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Please, for once and for all:

"If you enter the court, you are able to play!"

No friggin' excuses, please.
ALL players suffer physical niggles more or less, all the time.

MESSAGE: Fed lost to a BETTER player today, okay?
As he said himself btw.
I disagree. Fed was clearly nursing a scraped elbow injury he got in primary school during this match. This one doesn't count IMO.
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Undiagnosed mono maybe
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Please, for once and for all:

"If you enter the court, you are ready & able to play!"

No friggin' excuses, please.
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MESSAGE: Fed lost to a BETTER player today, okay?
As he said himself btw.
That was the arthritis speaking.

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He was bothered by too many millions and "i don't give a shit attitude" That latter one happens to us all at some point (in life)
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