Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Re: Most feared player outside of the top 20?
Hard to say, since darkhorses are feared for different reasons. Karlovic is obviously a threat because of the intimidation of his serve, the frustrating service deadlock and the fact that you're going to have to be very disciplined on your own serve. Muller and Berdych are feared because of their unpredictable power game, the knowledge that if they get into a groove they're going to be slamming low-percentage winners past you all day and there's not much you can do about it. But then you also get people like Santoro or Mayer (OK, maybe just those two) who will feed you junk, disrupt your rhythm and make it hard for you to play your own game. So it's hard to reach a definitive conclusion.
It may be possible to look at this statistically and see which low-ranked upset merchant has the biggest number of scalps to his name. Muller is fast emerging as a strong candidate, considering his wins against Agassi last year and Nadal and Roddick in the Slams this year.
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.