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Roger Federer's dominance - does it bother you ? Explain yourself.

There's probably been a thread made similar to this before, but I'm not asking if his dominance is bad for tennis. The question here is, is his dominance bad for you ?

Translation: Bad for you (your health, mental state, general attitude, tennis life)
All of the above.

So, this is a question based on personal opinion and not general views, so feel free to be selfish and forget what's good or bad for the game. The only person that matters is you.

Have fun.

I have my reasons for this, aside from the fact that there are dozens of other awful threads right now and it's completely unfair that I've been left out of the fun.

A few signs that it may have become bothersome:
1). Going for months, insisting that even though your username is Federer_Express that you despise Roger and that it's not fair, everyone should lose sometime.
2). Building a shrine of Nadal in your bedroom and anointing him the saviour or some form of hero - more popular, zoro or "Roger Killa", maybe in more basic forms: "Roger beater"
3). You've stopped supporting Roger since he began to dominate, because, well, it's just no fun if everyone doesn't get a piece of the cake.

No antagonizing here, it's a legitimate question and deserves 5 stars, even though for some reason I don't think it'll generate the same audience & popularity from other threads, which are absolute masterpieces.
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Re: Roger Federer's dominance - does it bother you ? Explain yourself.

I don't mind him being tested, I just hope those who beat him happen to play a game as entertaining as his (young Gasquet, for instance), which is very rare nowadays in the era of baseline ball bashers.

So to answer the question - no, I'm not bothered by his dominance, because I keep telling myself the alternative is an ugly dirtballer shouting "Vamos".
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Re: Roger Federer's dominance - does it bother you ? Explain yourself.

I see how this will turn into another Nadal bashing thread (or another clay bashing thread, or another "what-some-people-call-dirtballers" bashing thread, etc, etc, etc We have plenty of those, people )
That´s what really bother´s me, BTW. I am bothered by some Fed fans (not all of them) The same happends to me with some Ivan fans
And I would also like to say that Rog´s tennis is beatiful , that can´t be denied. But I`m not allways in the mood for dominance Sometimes I want to see how players compete in a tennis match.

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Re: Roger Federer's dominance - does it bother you ? Explain yourself.

I don't have a problem with his dominance - I just enjoy watching someone play who has such an enormous talent for the game.
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Re: Roger Federer's dominance - does it bother you ? Explain yourself.

I think I originally was bothered by the fact that his dominance seemed to make things more boring. So although I had nothing against him I tended to not watch matches on tv or in person when he was playing. But now I have to echo Rogiman's sentiments- as long as the match isn't onesided and both players are giving it their all that's the most important. And once I got to that reality- I started to enjoy watching Federer play and realized how incredible his game is and how he is able to switch gears thinking on court.

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Re: Roger Federer's dominance - does it bother you ? Explain yourself.

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No antagonizing here, it's a legitimate question and deserves 5 stars, even though for some reason I don't think it'll generate the same audience & popularity from other threads, which are absolute masterpieces.
were you talking about all the other threads you started?

Since you asked so nicely, I shall answer the question......

Roger Federer is a nice guy and has a good style of tennis to watch. I do get slightly bored by watching him continously steamroller his way through grand slam draws. I also did not think it was good for the game when Roddick was #2 in the world, and Hewitt was #3 and neither could even get close to winning a set off him. Obviously none of this is Federer's fault, but I would've prefered more competition in tennis.

I also disapprove of certain Federer fans on here (I won't name names) who continually talk down other players because they do not play with as much 'style' as him.

Personally, I am not a fan. The main reason for this is I like players with charisma. Federer is lacking in this department, and I personally don't find his matches enjoyable. I can see why people enjoy watching him though.
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Re: Roger Federer's dominance - does it bother you ? Explain yourself.

It bothers me.

For me, he was like a really obscure band that got really famous and then it just wasn't fun anymore. I used to like him so much when he was having all those mental issuesand everyone was wondering if he would ever pull himself together and win a Slam. It was frustrating to be his fan once upon a time.. And now that he wins every friggin' tournament, I kinda miss that when there was that uncertainty about him

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Re: Roger Federer's dominance - does it bother you ? Explain yourself.

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I don't have a problem with his dominance - I just enjoy watching someone play who has such an enormous talent for the game.

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Re: Roger Federer's dominance - does it bother you ? Explain yourself.

To answer the question - no, it doesn't bother me.
I always enjoy watching his beautiful game but I'd have nothing against it if certain 'dirtballer' with beautiful smile and incredible character shouting 'Vamos' would give him a really good fight and maybe even a certain Tatar person who certainly is able to match him talent-wise will manage some kind of comeback. Other young guys are coming too so tennis has never been so exciting for me.
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Re: Roger Federer's dominance - does it bother you ? Explain yourself.

I dont have a problem with it, I admire Federers game and mental strenght.
Having said that, I believe Federers game to be driven by frustration, not joy.
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Re: Roger Federer's dominance - does it bother you ? Explain yourself.

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Translation: Bad for you (your health, mental state, general attitude, tennis life)
it will have NO affect on my health whatsoever, my mental state or general attitude. This is a sport, that is all.

affect my tennis life? nope. Enjoy watchign him play. Haven't seen such a pure talent since McEnroe.

HIs dominance? i'm not so sure it will continue. Will be tough for him to match these past two 'sick' years. There's a 19 yr old that did him in rather easily at Roland Garros. I think the game is healthy with these two in the forefront. Hopefully '06 has a bunch of memorable matches for all to enjoy, like the Safin-Federer clash at Melbourne Park and the Paradorn-italian stallion match at Flushign Meadows just to name two off the top of my head.

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Re: Roger Federer's dominance - does it bother you ? Explain yourself.

I think that if one thinks that watching Federer is boring or don't think his game is great then you don't know what good tennis is. Just my humble opinion.
But if his dominance bothers me? yes, it does bothers me a lot! I'd love to see more competition in tennis. It's kinda annoying to see only one player winning almost everything.

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Re: Roger Federer's dominance - does it bother you ? Explain yourself.

Great responses, I've enjoyed reading each of them.

I was hoping that this thread wouldn't be taken the wrong way.

I'm simply inquisitive, with regard to what exactly drives some to support Roger or not.

Thanks.
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Re: Roger Federer's dominance - does it bother you ? Explain yourself.

Actually no, it doesn't bother me. It's really fun to cheer against him, because every time he loses, the feeling of experiencing something unusual is really good. The fewer times he loses, the better it gets. I don't have anything against him, I just like to support the underdogs.

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i have big problem with his dominance......he ruins the excitement of this sport.........

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I would love to see that!
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