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R. Federer versus D. Nalbandian Semifinal

Roger will have to defeat the two active players who hold H2H leads over him to win the title in Paris. Brad Gilbert predicts in his usual self assured way that he expects Roger to win in straights..... I hope so, but David is definitely a huge challenge for Roger.
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Brad Gilbert is a clown.
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Yes.... this is such a tough one to call. For everyone who wants Roger to win, his having to meet David is a nightmare!!!! David will have a little bit of a mental advantage meeting someone who he plays so well against
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For once Gilbert's predictions will be right
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when is this match? thursday or friday?
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when is this match? thursday or friday?
Friday
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Friday.

So the semi-final we all saw at the start holds (great effort from David to get through that awful section)

Now let's see...
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Yes.... this is such a tough one to call. For everyone who wants Roger to win, his having to meet David is a nightmare!!!! David will have a little bit of a mental advantage meeting someone who he plays so well against
I'll say. What is this, like their 80th meeting-LOL. Just hope it's a good match. I've been a very realistic Roger fan: I don't think he can win the French this year, but I do think he'll do so next year or in '08.

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If anyone has the mental advantage it's Federer. He has a 5-1 record against Nalbandian in their last 6 encounters. I really don't think the fact that Nalbandian once dominated Fed and had a 5-0 record against him is an issue anymore. It's the recent matches that counts. Sure, they've had lots of close encounters of late, but Federer has got to be the favourite.
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This is going to be a tough match for Federer. He probably still has the TMC defeat in his mind even after his win over Nalby in Rome and the fact that Nalby used to own him. He will be nervous because:

a) He gets to the FO final for the 1st time if he wins
b) He evens the h2h with this win at 6-6

I hope Fed gets through his nervousness quickly or he will find himself a set down.

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b) He evens the h2h with this win at 6-6
I think that will motivate him just well. People will stop shouting that David owns Roger, which is already wrong for years !
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Go Rogelio!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Ummmmm....

Actually, I think I see David winning in 5 or not at all. He won't go down without taking a set so Brad is way off with his straight sets predictions. Nalbandians returns are too good, and his bhdtl is one of the best in the game bar maybe Safin or Andre. In any case, Roger turned it on today to beat Ancic, and surely he did impress but...Nalbandian is a different player and I think Daveed proved in the ye masters he can win on the big stage beating high quality players...(Federer).

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This is going to be a tough match for Federer. He probably still has the TMC defeat in his mind even after his win over Nalby in Rome and the fact that Nalby used to own him. He will be nervous because:

a) He gets to the FO final for the 1st time if he wins
b) He evens the h2h with this win at 6-6

I hope Fed gets through his nervousness quickly or he will find himself a set down.
If one of them is going to freeze up, it's going to be Nalbandian.

a) He gets to the Slam final for the 1st time since 2002 if he wins
b) The h2h is evened at 6-6 if he loses

I expect Nalbandian to feel twice as nervous as Federer will.
Plus the crowd will generally be on Fed's side for obvious reasons.

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I think that will motivate him just well. People will stop shouting that David owns Roger, which is already wrong for years !
Yep. If David owns Roger then Henman owns Roger too. In fact Tim owns Roger more than Nalbandian does.

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