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Federer makes tennis sink to new low?

I have just read this article.
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CALGARY -- Roger Federer may very well end up being the greatest tennis player of all time, but his dominance threatens to sink the game to new lows.

It's no secret the last time tennis was exciting Andre Agassi had hair, which made it fitting that for the first time in well over a decade, the men's U.S. Open final offered up delicious intrigue yesterday, thanks to what could be Agassi's final Open appearance.

However, with millions of casual sports fans sitting down to watch what they hoped would be a magical finish to Agassi's career, Federer proved once again he's essentially invincible.

Despite early excitement, it ended the same way all his matches do.

Without a worthy rival, Federer's brilliance will be lost as more and more people ignore a sport that died when wooden rackets and colourful players gave way to a power game devoid of rallies.


The pending departure of Andre Agassi - the last of the game's great personalities - is going to make tennis matters a whole lot worse.
Oh please. I don't think so. I think he actually makes tennis much more exciting. I definitely was more interested in tennis than ever.
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Wow! That twuntish article brings sports journalism to a new low!
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What's most irritating is how this know-nothing insults the sport and claims it's become a power game. What total crap.
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As a person who rarely likes such total dominance in sports in any sports, for me most Federer matches are everything else, but for sure not exciting because I already know in advance who is going to win for 98%. On the other hand, I don't think that Federer is bad for tennis because the way he plays and what he shows is high quality. But tennis is not only Federer or the #1. Others also have good skills and they are more exciting players for me. So therefore, "tennis minus Federer" (and some others) is for me still very very interesting and exciting for me and I love the new guys that break into the scene.

As for the dominance/monopoly thing, I'm trusting in the self healing effects of the markets, in analogy to economy. Maybe with Federer you just have to be a bit more patienet *g*

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The article states that Federer is brilliant. It also states that millions of ''casual'' tennis fans hoped to see a magical finish to Agassi's career (include me in, even though I knew it would not happen). Apart from saying that Federer ''will sink the game to new lows'' instead of saying ''will sink interest in the game to new lows'', the article was essentially correct.

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Apart from saying that Federer ''will sink the game to new lows'' instead of saying ''will sink interest in the game to new lows'', the article was essentially correct.
There's a degree of truth in it but there is a larger degree of nonsense in this article.

First of all, Federer is human. He's not invincible even if he's damn close to being unbeatable. But this year, Safin managed it, Gasquet did it and Nadal beat him. Other than that, a number of players have taken a set from him.
Beyond that, you really shouldn't focus too much on that number one spot and on his dominance. We've been able to see plenty of fun matches with lesser gods this year.

Secondly, saying that Agassi is the last of the game's great personalities is

Thirdly, saying that today's tennis is a game of power tennis devoid of rallies is utter nonsense and proof that this journalist is not interested in the sport.
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I never understand articles like this. Does the writer actually watch tennis?

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probably just some american student bitter about agassi's loss.
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It really depends on which section of the paper it was published. It would not be good in the sports section, acceptable in the "What's on TV today'' section and ideal in the funnies.

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Power game devoid of rallies


Does this person watch tennis?

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After Ferrero won Madrid, i wanted him to be the no. 1 in 2003. That TMC was really Rainer, Coria, Nalbandian, ...what a bunch of players fighting ... well, we all know what happened next

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Secondly, saying that Agassi is the last of the game's great personalities is

Thirdly, saying that today's tennis is a game of power tennis devoid of rallies is utter nonsense and proof that this journalist is not interested in the sport.
Agree completely. This is just non sense really.
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Re: Federer makes tennis sink to new low?

i just talked to someone who USED to watch tennis--got bored with all the mindless power bashing and stopped--and watched federer last night. she has been revived. his grace, his intelligence, his point construction (and deconstruction!), and radiance of true greatness can donothing but bring honor to the sport.

tennis has so many exciting players and rivalries, but the most rare thing is to have a true & golden leader. Now we do. And he's a great example of the highest possibiltities for tennis, so having HIM be most visible will always SPARK interest in the game.

For example, Chris Evert won more than 50% of the tournaments she entered over 18 years...No one got tired of her. She made people want to go pick up a racquet and play, brought the womens game into the professional era, and the respect the public had for her consistent success and high level of play solidified womens tennis as "real" to sports fans. Tennis has never suffered from a great leader.

If you already love tennis, then you will want to watch a master at his craft. People dont tire of Picasso. They just remain in awe....and will do so for hundreds of years. If you DON'T know tennis, Federer is a great entre into the sport so that it DOESN'T just look like a video game where a ball is getting hit from side to side.

But reporters are PAID to create STORIES and get people talking about them. It doesnt mean that even THEY believe what they are writing. But they believe it will get a response. And that is their job.


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I suppose the author needed to put food on a table for his family.
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