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Remember this time 2 years ago...

Roddick just won Queens and was the hot favourite for Wimbledon. Federer was out of the limelight, got knocked out in the 1st round of RG and people questioned whether or not he would ever fulfil his potential and win a grand slam: he only won a handful of titles at that point....They met in the semis of Wimbledon and Federer was considered the clear underdog in that one...How the dominance of men's tennis can change so much in 2 years...
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'Twas truly a wonderful fortnight. Pat Cash wrote an article in the first week saying that Federer had to win a big one soon or he would be considered a massive underachiever, on the BBC highlights show when he was asked who the favourites were, he said in an obvious state of boredom, "Agassi, Roddick... those are the main guys." Federer was getting stuck out on Court 2 for his 4th round and QF matches while Roddick took centre stage, and sneaked through almost unnoticed. Roddick may have been the bookies' favourite, but I knew that Federer was the favourite for that SF based on their previous match-ups, that's why I was so nervous about it. The question was whether he would be able to produce the winning tennis on such a big occasion, his first time ever in the last four of a Slam... and boy, did he ever.

In many ways it was a much better feeling to be supporting the underdog (in the eyes of some of the media, at least), rather than the favourite - it's never pleasant when the hunter becomes the hunted.

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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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I remember that Fed v A-Rod semi from 2003 so much.
Fed destroyed A-Rod playing some of the best tennis I've ever seen.
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In many ways it was a much better feeling to be supporting the underdog (in the eyes of some of the media, at least), rather than the favourite - it's never pleasant when the hunter becomes the hunted.
Totally agree and that match was some kind of same stuff as recent Nadal v Federer in Paris
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Totally agree and that match was some kind of same stuff as recent Nadal v Federer in Paris
Your days of rooting for the kid as the underdog are largely over now, though.

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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please don't remind me of 1R '03. Hewitt.

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Your days of rooting for the kid as the underdog are largely over now, though.
Yeah I had that feeling before the match, so I made sure having no regrets of losing that chance
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Your days of rooting for the kid as the underdog are largely over now, though.
Except when Rafa is playing on surfaces either than clay, where he is always the underdog.

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Totally agree and that match was some kind of same stuff as recent Nadal v Federer in Paris
Nadal was not as much an underdog as Federer was 2 years ago. Many people, medias, were thinking that Nadal would win it.
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That SF match (at Wimby, not RG ) is still my favourite match to date, simply awesome display of tennis.
Many people consider Fed's win over Hewitt at the USO final his best match ever, but nothing comes close to that match IMO, although it might be my subjective memory.

People should watch that match again, just to recall beautiful tennis is not about "fighting", "character", "stamina" etc.
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That SF match (at Wimby, not RG ) is still my favourite match to date, simply awesome display of tennis.
Many people consider Fed's win over Hewitt at the USO final his best match ever, but nothing comes close to that match IMO, although it might be my subjective memory.

People should watch that match again, just to recall beautiful tennis is not about "fighting", "character", "stamina" etc.
I wish I could 'cause I have never seen it, but I will have to console myself by watching the 2004 final. I am getting into the Wimbledon mood by watching old Wimbly matches. The 2004 final brought out more of the "fighting", and "character" moments from Federer. He couldn't rely on his artistry alone. I think winning when the chips are down made him a more complete player.
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Totally agree and that match was some kind of same stuff as recent Nadal v Federer in Paris
I don't think so The 2003 Wimbledon SF was way more clean and well-played, it was simply a piece of art you can't play better than this
There were way too many UFES in the RG match unfortunately from both players

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Nadal was not as much an underdog as Federer was 2 years ago. Many people, medias, were thinking that Nadal would win it.
Same situation before the match concerning betting, same odds, same feeling about the underdog being the real favourite (at least for me )
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I don't think so The 2003 Wimbledon SF was way more clean and well-played, it was simply a piece of art you can't play better than this
There were way too many UFES in the RG match unfortunately from both players
I was talking about the scenario (see post above)
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I was talking about the scenario (see post above)
Oh about the scenario.. yeah, but don't you think in RG 2005 people were already expecting from the very first day this SF match-up? I don't remember 2003 perfectly, but I think there weren't so much hype surrounding that possible match-up (Fed-Rod)! Correct me if I'm wrong

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