Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Re: So, as Nadal wins Monte Carlo and Barcelona back-to-back...
You miss my point. Federer has a 35-2 record for the year, Nadal a 35-6 one. Federer has five titles, Nadal has four. Between them they have won the first three TMS events of the year plus the two biggest optional events so far. They are the top two in the Champions Race by some way.
The point is, there will always be domination on every surface. The results of the last two weeks have been no more unpredictable than Federer's were on faster courts; surprise surprise, we're seeing the same player dominate on clay that we saw doing well in big hardcourt events at the AO and Miami. The claycourt season has provided us with a few surprise packages, such as Ferrero's pleasing resurgence of form and the good results of aggressive players such as Gasquet and Sexy Radek, but as of yet (and that has to be emphasised) there are no unexpected floaters winning the big events.
The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.
Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?
ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.
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