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Roger Federer - Do you think he's the death of tennis?

In the past few years the tennis viewing has decreased in many countries, its not as good as it used to be. Part of the reason is a lack of rilvaries, such as Agassi-Sampras, or Nav-Evert, Hingis-Davenport, something to get you really hooked on it.

Federer is too good for everyone its true, but this is not going to attract fans to tennis at all. If someone wins all the time and makes it so predictable, it's gonna turn everyone off, possibly including myself. At least in the end i would not bother to watch a Federer match because i would know the outcome.

Unless someone manages to challenge him, i feel we will have a long 5 or so years in tennis.
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Re: Roger Federer - Do you think he's the death of tennis?

someone needs to challenge him but he's hardly the death of tennis. not sure u can call someone who might be the greates ever that!! up 2 others to raise their games...and the death of tennis is the huge number of people who cant even hit a ball on anything but clay!! shorten the clay court season and make the grass one longer!
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Re: Roger Federer - Do you think he's the death of tennis?

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Re: Roger Federer - Do you think he's the death of tennis?

I think it's the other way around: Federer is the revival of tennis!

I base my opinion on other sports, where a totally dominant player increased significantly the public's interest: Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Michael Schumacher to name a few.

I found it rather boring a couple years ago, when men's tennis was in an absolute anarchy, and 8 different guys would win 8 different slams.

Granted, Sampras was dominant and the sport might have suffered a little consequently, but he was never as media-accessible as Roger, and his tennis was nothing most of the regular tennis fans could relate to either.

Just take a look around you and see how many new tennis fans there are thanks to Federer!
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Re: Roger Federer - Do you think he's the death of tennis?

Another fool who has nothing to do but make idiotic threads.
I don´t even know why I am actually replying these fools.

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Another fool who has nothing to do but make idiotic threads.
I don´t even know why I am actually replying these fools.
Nah, I'm not looking at it this way at all, he/she made a controversial title, perhaps in order to arouse interest, should be interesting to see what people say actually.
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Re: Roger Federer - Do you think he's the death of tennis?

I think I agree with Rogiman. If anything, he has prompted further improvment, by setting yet another higher level. To excel, players must now play even better, and have an example by which to follow.

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Re: Roger Federer - Do you think he's the death of tennis?

An interesting thread!

Erm...he is the best in the world by far and you could say that if he loses no more than 5 matches per year for the next 3 or 4 years then I suppose fans could lose interest in the game because there is no variety in the tournament winners.

HOWEVER, I don't stand by that point of view. He is clearly a breath of fresh air and has raised the standard of the game to a level which the other top players will match within a few years.

Besides, he isn't unbeatable - he is most vulnerable on clay and so there will always be times when there are surprise winners.

Also, he has dominated for the last 12 months, maybe fatigue will still be there by the middle of January - a loss at the Aussie Open isn't unquestionable.
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If Federer is the death of tennis, then tennis doesn't deserve to exist. For what it's worth, I wasn't following the game before he came along.
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Nah, I'm not looking at it this way at all, he/she made a controversial title, perhaps in order to arouse interest, should be interesting to see what people say actually.
Maybe you are wright Rogiman. I am sure he will get blasted badly for starting a thread like this.

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Re: Roger Federer - Do you think he's the death of tennis?

Just because someone dominates a sport it doesn't mean the sport is dead. The Chicago Bulls was a dominating force, but no one called it the death of basketball. Someone has to be at the top of the sport, it just happens to be Federer and we're all better for it.

That's my two cents!!

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Re: Roger Federer - Do you think he's the death of tennis?

no i wouldn't say feds is the death of tennis! he's dominating the game at the moment purely because he's in a class of his own and he's defintiely raised the standard by a good few notches. he's up there now and its down to the chasing pack - the roddicks,hewitts & safins - to get up to the standard feds has set.

How many times must we of shot nerves witness the undoubted pain & suffering of muppets everywhere before we stand up against the cavemen??

One muppet, who wishes to remain anonymous, has this to say: "You know, I uhhhh cannot stay all the time at the you know, base of the line. Too much uhhhh pression."

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Re: Roger Federer - Do you think he's the death of tennis?

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Just because someone dominates a sport it doesn't mean the sport is dead. The Chicago Bulls was a dominating force, but no one called it the death of basketball. Someone has to be a the top of the sport, it just happens to be Federer and we're all better for it.

That's my two cents!!
well said!!
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Re: Roger Federer - Do you think he's the death of tennis?

Thanks, Federer Express
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Re: Roger Federer - Do you think he's the death of tennis?

If tennis is dead, it's the fault of the players who haven't stepped up to Roger's level on a consistent basis. As for now and hopefully many years to come, he's a blessing to the sport.
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