Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Re: I just went back in time, imagine there is no Federer in Dec 2002.....
Without Federer, every draw would have been different, the mental state of each player/drive/motivation would have been different, tennis history would have taken a completely different course - in fact there's even a chance that without Federer around, Nadal would have never won a Slam since instead of designing his game to counter Federer he could have adopted a different style that might not have been so effective, or simply not had the same motivation to dethrone a dominant force early on. His mental makeup would have been completely different had the state of the game been totally different as well, there's no telling how he'd have done and the same applies to every other player of course, we need to keep in mind tennis is played by humans not machines who are unaffected by their surroundings.
Take Roddick for instance - without Federer around he'd never have felt the need to tweak his style and eventually change it completely, if Federer had never existed he'd have been a totally different player, both in terms of game and mentally.
In short, it's preposterous to believe that you can remove a 17-time Slam winner off the equation and assume everything else stays the same. Had Federer disappeared in December 2002, everything in the past decade of tennis would have been different, the game itself would have taken a different course.
MTF games titles:
Suicide Tennis (5): Wimbledon 2014, World Tour Finals 2015, Madrid 2015, Kuala Lumpur 2014 and Metz 2015 - 1 Slam, 1 WTF, 1 Masters 1000, 2 ATP 250; 2 finals lost
Fill-in-the-Draw (5): US Open 2014, Rotterdam 2013, Geneva 2015, Sydney 2016 and Buenos Aires 2016 - 1 Slam, 1 ATP 500 and 3 ATP 250
Tennis Tipping (3): Veneza and Todi 2014 (with vn01), Knoxville 2015 (with Redkop) - 3 challengers; 7 finals lost
Last edited by Mark Lenders; 03-11-2013 at 01:32 PM.