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Federer's getting worse

I've been denying it for a long time now, but it's time to admit it - he's gotten worse . Last year he was a monster . Now he's good, but not as good as last year .

He used to serve incredibly on important points. Now he can't do that really anymore. I remember in his match against david nalbandian in AO2004, he was down 15-40 on his own serve, and he came up with 4 aces in a row . I think he did something like that in toronto against roddick in the finals last year too. He is WELL below that serving capacity right now . I'm not saying that he should be acing all the time on important points, but at least he should WIN those service points, but he fails to do that a lot more than he used to .

Federer used to be a lot more fluid and smooth . He's still incredibly fluid now, but definitely not as much as last year. Now a lot of times, he's trying to hit too hard so it becomes a more sudden shot. Notice now that he's too sharp with his swings. He sets up, freezes, then he whips the ball unnaturally fast. I think that's also the reason why he shanks so many more balls than he used to. Before, he would swing at the ball not as fast but rely more on his forward movement for power. He also wouldn't take as much time to pause his stroke before the shot nor to set up. More often he would run quickly to the shot while already starting his swing and not take so much time to set up. The result was a much more fluid and just as intimidating game. Last year I'm sure he focused more on the fluidity of his game than his power, and then the power took care of itself. He's certainly hitting it harder now, but I think his smoothness was definitely one of the keys to his game, and he's neglecting that now .

I think his quest to get even better has gone wrong. He should've stuck to what he was doing before. I'm thinking maybe he's practicing his volleys and dropshots too much and neglecting his other shots . He doesn't hit them as precisely as he used to. I remember when he played Tim Henman in the Pacific Life 2004 in the finals, oh man was he exact ! He would grab the sharp angle while hitting an inside out DOWN THE LINE forehand. He would run around and hit a forehand, it'd land inside the corner of the service box on the DEUCE side, and curve away off the court! ON A RUN AROUND! He did that so many times and with such conviction. Now he doesn't hit as accurately as consistently. He's become a little more jerky in his footwork and strokes than he used to. I know it's a problem with his focus: He's focusing on power more than fluidity now, and it's really backfiring on him. Maybe it might be because he's working on his volleys and neglecting his groundies and serves. Maybe it's that temporary coach Tony Roche that disrupted the balance. Maybe it's the change in his hairstyle, since I noticed this change coincided with the change in his game . Who knows what it is, but I hope Federer fixes the problem and gets back on track before it's too late. He needs to recognize this problem and realize that there was nothing wrong with what he was doing before. But if he doesn't, I hope what he's doing now will work out in the end. I should be his coach
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what do you want him to do, win every single match he plays?
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WTF is all this ??


...........GET OVER THIS CRAPOLA .........


He lost ...SIMPLE. He was in winning position but in Tie-Break anything can happen


You guys are crazy.Fu@k
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well he's obviously still the best guy on tour rnow I'm not denying that. But I'm not comparing him to the rest of em. I'm comparing him to what he used to be and he used to be better.
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i wouldn't want to be your child hehe

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well he's obviously still the best guy on tour rnow I'm not denying that. But I'm not comparing him to the rest of em. I'm comparing him to what he used to be and he used to be better.

OK he is GOD ...

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what do you want him to do, win every single match he plays?

Cough Cough, really, Now if he did win everything this forum would go dead or perhaps be filled with the Federer's dominance is so boring. Lets get a grip people the man is human, clay is his weakest surface and by the way hes not the only good tennis player out there, hes just a better player most of the time when at the big tournies, especially finals.

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Let's face it, he is a hack this year
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It seems ppl are getting addicted to Roger nowadays, when he keep winning there's a tons of thread about him and when he just lost one match the same amount of threads going on Yeah i know he's the GOD

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he should quit

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For heav's sake, didn't he have 3 mps against Gasquet?

A defeat once in a while doesn't take away the fact that he's still the player to beat.

Not unless you consider him invincible of course.

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Some people are idiots..

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he should quit
yea..losing 2 matchs in 4 months...just bad...

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yea..losing 2 matchs in 4 months...just bad...

what a travesty! He should quit and go home to play with his cow

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