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Cronin:Federer in denial after Nadal loss

Federer in denial after Nadal loss
Roger on losses: 'They don't break down my will or hope'
By Matthew Cronin, TennisReporters.net

Rafa is rolling over Roger.
For the most part, Roger Federer is a realist. But not when it comes to dealing with his rivalry with Rafael Nadal, which has completely gotten away from him.

On Sunday, the Spanish teen took down the mighty Swiss 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-3, 7-6(5) to win TMS Monte Carlo, registering his fourth win over Federer in five tries.

"I wish I could have won them, but they don't break down my will or hope or anything because what I care about is trying not to lose against him in Grand Slams, and then be ahead of him 2,000 points in the ranking,” Federer said. "That's what I care about, and not really losing tonight.”

No other player is in Federer’s head like Nadal is and no other player can claim such an excellent and potentially dominant record against him. Before the contest, Fed had called the 19-year-old “one-dimensional” which is an odd comment about a guy with at least three major weapons: his speed, forehand and competitiveness.

After three hours and 49 minutes of watching Nadal dig out ball after ball, one would think that Federer might have changed his mind. But he hasn’t.

"I am not disappointed nor frustrated but I'm exhausted,” Federer said. “It was close and it could have been a different story if I had leveled the match at two sets all. I think it's wrong to say that he's better than me on clay."

No. 2 Nadal is the only man to have flummoxed Federer twice this season, also beating him in the final of Dubai final on hard courts. He has the hooking lefty thing going and has no fear of Federer’s variety. He can hammer Federer's backhand and is just fine whacking cross court backhands when he gets an opening. "My forehand against his backhand is the best exchange,” Nadal said.

Fed was up 3-0 in the final tiebreak, but couldn't push through as Nadal hammered his umpteenth forehand winner.

"He might get a little bit bad, I don't know, nervous,” Nadal said. "The match is tough always, no?”

Yes.

So unless the Swiss decides to charge the net more at Roland Garros, he'll be a decided underdog in his quest to win his first Slam there.

"He leaves me no choice but to go for winners because I am the man who is pressing," said Federer. "I felt I got closer to Rafael than at Roland Garros last year. [My chances to win Roland Garros] went up, in my eyes. I think matches against Rafael are going to help me actually beating up players, too. Because I've got to adjust quite a bit to play against Rafael. So I've got to make tough decisions, in a split second right away because it's always coming from the left-hand side. So I think I'm actually going to improve a lot by playing more against him, and I already feel like I have since he's been around. That's maybe a good thing to be in. The more I think I play him, the more also I'll figure out his game and the easier it's going to get for me. Maybe I'm too optimistic, but I really believe it.”

After flaming out in the big US hard court tournaments, Nadal is feeling quite at home on his beloved dirt again. He's scored 42 consecutive wins and could pass Bjorn Borg (46) this week in Barcelona. Then he could tie Guillermo Vilas' 53 in Roma.

"It’s important for me be the now the No. 3 in the history,” Nadal said. “[But] any day, I gonna lose, on clay, sure."

He's the only man on the planet sure of that.
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"I wish I could have won them, but they don't break down my will or hope or anything because what I care about is trying not to lose against him in Grand Slams, and then be ahead of him 2,000 points in the ranking,” Federer said. "That's what I care about, and not really losing tonight.”
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It seems like this writer is blowing things out of proportion. Roger could never win RG and still end up winning 14 + majors in his lifetime and be considered one of the greatest of all time by many. As for his 1-4 H2H with Nadal this is still a very small number of times to have met to be making this out to be the end of the world.

Roger is smart to take this loss in stride, what else is he going to say? This writer is sort of missing the fact that Roger is not a natural clay court player. This was the first time he'd made it to an MC final. Roger's playing on clay has improved a lot and even the way he stayed in rallies with Nadal showed that he improved his stamina.

The one area that Roger needs to work on or aknowledge to himself is that he is too nervous against Nadal. I think he's always been way more emotional than we have realized. Look at how nervous he played against Agassi in the USOpen 2004. Look at how he cried after the Aussie Open. Roger has too much emtion but he has to learn some technique to turn that off when he needs to. If he wasn't nervous I think he definitely would have beat Nadal in Dubai and in MC.

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Fed had called the 19-year-old “one-dimensional” which is an odd comment about a guy with at least three major weapons: his speed, forehand and competitiveness.
Both qualities are weapons, but since when are they considered to be characteristics of M-D game? Top players have speed and competitiveness by definition.

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Well what would you expect him to say in his interview? "I have no chance to beat Nadal, he totally owns me, he is going to beat me every time we play"?
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Top players have speed and competitiveness by definition.
Uhm, no.


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No. 2 Nadal is the only man to have flummoxed Federer twice this season, also beating him in the final of Dubai final on hard courts.


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Well what would you expect him to say in his interview? "I have no chance to beat Nadal, he totally owns me, he is going to beat me every time we play"?
Maybe something other than claiming he's a better player than Nadal on clay?


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Federer is so far ahead of Nadal in the rankings he can probably lose to him in every final and it would still take Nadal a lifetime to catch up.

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So now, the reporters start ripping Roger for headlines..................



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Uhm, no.
Really? That's a look from the couch in the living room. There were no slow No2s in the world in the history of tennis. And even the challenger circuit is competitive as hell.

The only relatively slow top player I can think of is Davenport. But it's a completely different story with WTA.

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Maybe something other than claiming he's a better player than Nadal on clay?
He didn't say he was better than Nadal on clay. He said was wrong to say Nadal was better on clay. I don't really know why he said that. What's wrong with Roger being #2 on clay? I haven't read the whole context of this and the media does some times get obnoxious with how they provoke players. Roger is just working on improving his clay game, he played wonderfully all week. Then that all went out the window and he was nervous facing Nadal. He did show moments in the match of overpowering Nadal in the rallies. So he does have it in him to beat Nadal.

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Federer is so far ahead of Nadal in the rankings he can probably lose to him in every final and it would still take Nadal a lifetime to catch up.
He's 2,000 points ahead now but he still has to defend his own points to stay ahead.

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Maybe something other than claiming he's a better player than Nadal on clay?
If you want to rip him apart for what he said, at least stay with the exact quote.

He said "I think it's wrong to say that he's better than me on clay." meaning he can be as good as Nadal on clay (yeah you can call that denial if you like) but he certainly didn't claim he is better than nadal on clay.
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After reading that article, the title of the article is spot on
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