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A critical time for Federer's career

I honestly believe the upcoming slam is the most pivotal one of Roger's career. If he wins it, 2006 is basically a wrap because it will allow him to relax so much, that the probability he won't get at least one of the three remaining slams is nil. And the momentum an AO title gives to the two hardcourt TMSs and the clay-court season is immense. If he wins the AO, his chances of finally getting his coveted Roland Garros title are close to definite. His win will be especially helpful to maintaining his aura if he happens to beat Marat on his way to the title. Right now Roger is like a racecar in the pole position with his competitors nipping at his heels. If he wins the AO, it will be like he popped a Speed Racer button in his car and spilt some oil on the track to foil his pursuers for the remainder of the year. If he doesn't win the AO it will be an uphill battle that Roger is certainly capable of winning but it will become unnecesarily taxing for his mental reserves. This year was a crucible of sorts and he doesn't want to attempt jumping through the fire again.

Along with an AO win he should really try to win either Rome or Monte Carlo as it will really help his chances at the FO. Adding 10 or so mph to his serve, working on a more threatening backhand topspin drive, generally adding some length to all his shots, and adopting a more offensive returning philosophy at critical moments will all help him tremendouslyAlso Federer should pick some tournaments where he won't mind losing and resolve to win the tournament with only non-stop serve-and-volley blitzing. It is of utmost importance that he not get bogged down from discouragement by succesful passes and resolve to continue coming in on every point and play the percentages. Now is the time for him to usher in a renaissance in serve-and-volley tennis. He has proven his baseline talent, but must play an increasingly efficient style in order to keep his body fresh. He may even have to allow 15 or so losses on the year(making sure they don't occur in Slams) while he retools his style.

The secret to longevity in anything is reinvention. You must tirelessly remake yourself, present a new and startling face to the enemy in order to continue your winning ways. Conservatively resting on your laurels allows you to "calcify" and lose sight of the developing trends in the game. The only way to keep "in the loop" is to be the one creating the new trends, the one controlling the flow and ebb of tennis's evolution. Roger's the DJ that has to keep everyone dancing to his tune by mixing in new beats, a con-artist who needs to stay ahead of the police by constantly running new gigs. Only by bamboozling his opponents in this way can he ensure his continued dominance.

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Re: A critical time for Federer's career

i dont agree, the ao isnt of huge importance, obviously it will release alot of pressure but isnt absolutely needed

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Re: A critical time for Federer's career

So if Federer doesn´t win AO he´s done for the year?
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Re: A critical time for Federer's career

I don't agree...AO would be nice start to the year and I hope he does it but since he lost last year in the semi to Safin and went on to win IW and Miami TMS's your point isn't a good one. The French is a separate challenge that must be scaled or not. At Wimby he'll have his confidance even if nothing else happened all year and so on. What is key is Roger's feet, healthy, he'll win a lot. Also Nadal's development matters. I would think AO surface would be a very good one for him, too.
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Re: A critical time for Federer's career

I hope Roger to win both Australian Open and Roland Garros, he can finish year-spanning Grand Slam!
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Oh dear lord
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Re: A critical time for Federer's career

Oh, please, get outta here!!!

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Re: A critical time for Federer's career



I think this guy was hoping to create as much controversy with this Federer thread as with his Roddick thread.

He must need the vCash.
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Re: A critical time for Federer's career

I think the poster "YS" also makes a similar prediction for 2005, and when he did not win in the AO of FO, he predicts he will go without a slam for 2005.

It is reall a credit to Roge that with all that pressure he then wins 50% of the "SLam Pie" after all in 2005. I hope he gets FO and WImbledon in 2006, anyting else to me is bonus
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Jesus it's so stupid....
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Re: A critical time for Federer's career

You know, it would be interesting to see Federer serve and volley exclusively to win a tournament.



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Guys come on, I'm not predicting a slamless year if he doesn't win the AO. I said he is perfectly capable of all three of the rest if you saw at the bottom of the first paragraph. I am just saying it would take more mental discipline than he might want to expend for a second year in a row. With an AO win he can start the year with a more free-wheeling approach, and we all know that Roger is most dangerous when he is most spontaneous in his play. 2005 offered new challengers and changed the dynamic of tennis at the top despite Roger's continued dominance. An AO win would send a proper message to the more ambitious challengers. And Carito, was it necessary to come into the thread and start laughing? Have I done anything to you the Andy Roddick debate aside? I haven't carried any feelings of animosity towards the people who were against me in the thread and I expected everyonelse to be mature enough to move on. At the end of the day personal grudges are too tiring.
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Tourmalante - Federer didn't win the AO and suffered an agonising loss to Safin in the SF even after having mp....would I be wrong in saying he has rebounded rather well?
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Roger is the best in the world and will claim 2 Slams next year as a minimum.
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A feature tying all three people who defeated Federer in 2005(except possibly Safin at the AO) is a lack of mental pressure in playing Federer as compared to the enormous pressure placed on Federer with every match (especially against teenage opponents who he wants to start the series off well in the anticipation that they may be a future threat, so he can have a psychological advantage). Gasquet produced the type of uninhibited hitting that can only come from a mind unburdened by expectations and pressure. Nadal went into the FO semi thinking he was the underdog, which probably helped him mentally. Federer needs to make things easier for him by attempting to remain "eternally young" in his mental mindset without carrying the immaturity, inexperience, and other baggage typical of a young player. One of the things that I think typified Becker's career was a move from an almost blaise unthinking confidence in the 80's to an all too a weary adult recognition and awareness of the importance of every match he played on his career. This with his aging, and the emergence of several promising players like Agassi and Sampras made winning slams a lot harder for him. The becker of 85 and 86 was rooted completely in the moment, while the Becker of the 90's entertained flights of fancy and and what if musings. Roger would do well to maintain a mental state of intelligent nonchalance because it will keep him swinging like a hungry, fearless rookie well until the end of his twenties.

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