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2006 - Who will be Federer's main rivals?

Before Nalby's win, there was talk of only Nadal and to some extent Safin being Fed's closest rivals in 2006.

Can Nalby be included in the closest rivals list now or was it just a flash in the pan?

Will Hewitt take heart from this win and be a serious contender against Roger (he actually played quite well at US Open 2005) ?

Will the young guns Tomas and Richard have the extra confidence to push Roger?

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Re: 2006 - Who will be Federer's main rivals?

Well, David met Federer three times this year, which was actually more than the Federer-Safin and Federer-Nadal meetings (of course, Safin was injured for the greater part of the year, so he's excused). I do believe that this might bring about a change for the better in his attitude and mental game, so yes, along with Safin, I think Nalbandian might be the prime rival for Federer among the 'older' generation. Of course, Roddick, Hewitt, etc., will all be trying to clamber up there as well.

I do hope the young generation can come in full bloom over the next year or two, though - Nadal, Berdych, Gasquet, Baghdatis, Murray, Monfils, Djokovic, etc., etc., should all rise to the top. If Gasquet is uninjured, I think he can manage to make it to the top 5 of the game, but he does need to win a Slam. Nadal - not much to say there, some more fast-court experience and he might even take Federer's #1 spot. The rest all have their respective games - Federer has met with most of them, apart from Monfils and Djokovic, and he has had some trouble with those he has met.



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Re: 2006 - Who will be Federer's main rivals?

Hmm....


I think-
Nadal on slower surfaces...and then more so on hard surfaces (He is improving!) I don't think he should be discounted next year.
Gasquet (duh...pretty game)
Berdych (he has shown us he is in the mood to win big titles)
Nalbandian ( I am living in fairyland where I believe the win of TMC will be the thing to get Nalby to get all of his talent together for a big tourney)
Djokovic (I think he is the one of the young ones that really will be an unexpected force in 2006)
Blake (okay- this may seem stupid- but when Blake is in his zone on hardcourts- he is one of the best imo)

I think Hewitt will finally win a match. Roddck- don't know. Safin- as I think most of us agreee- it depends upon his health.

Monfils- Baghdatis- don't think they will get far enough to meet him, but if they do- Baggy will cause problems.
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Re: 2006 - Who will be Federer's main rivals?

Nadal and Safin.

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Re: 2006 - Who will be Federer's main rivals?

Safin and Nadal, maybe David and someone else playing the match of his life

I miss: Ivan Lendl, Korda, Novak, Bruguera, Rios, Kucera, Courier, Mantilla, Costa, Santoro and Ferreira.

Good luck to:

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Re: 2006 - Who will be Federer's main rivals?

Nadal.


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Re: 2006 - Who will be Federer's main rivals?

yeah, let me add gasquet

I miss: Ivan Lendl, Korda, Novak, Bruguera, Rios, Kucera, Courier, Mantilla, Costa, Santoro and Ferreira.

Good luck to:

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Re: 2006 - Who will be Federer's main rivals?

Ok, my opinion now. Nadal and Hewitt.

Nadal is a given and he has shown us why in 2005.

Safin will still show flashes of brilliance but not be a rival.

Hewitt will actually be much more of a force against Federer next year, he will actually win a couple against him - I just hope it is not in slams.

The young guns will be there to provide one or two upsets (my bet is Gasquet).

In other words, Roger should cherish his 81-4 record this year since he will definitely not be able to reproduce it next year.

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Dominik Hrbaty and Karol Beck.

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I miss: Ivan Lendl, Korda, Novak, Bruguera, Rios, Kucera, Courier, Mantilla, Costa, Santoro and Ferreira.

Good luck to:

Gaudio, Murray, Florian Mayer, Chela, Nalbandian, Radek Stepanek, Volandri, Youzhny and Verdasco.

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Re: 2006 - Who will be Federer's main rivals?

Hewill will do it !!

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Re: 2006 - Who will be Federer's main rivals?

I hope a healthy Ferrero will beat Federer at some point next year

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