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I'm no longer a fan of Federer's!

Ha! As you may know, I had a bet with my 70-year-old colleague on who'd win the French Open final. Well, I won the bet.

My friend, Ian, was flabbergasted. He put the $1 on my desk with a note: "I might have lost still, but I could have played smarter, with a lot of more fire & effort than I did. Roger Federer."

Ian is a fun guy so don't take this post as a bashing. He's also casual tennis fan (he's a big baseball and NFL fan as well) and thought nobody could beat Federer, who he liked becasue he's "a cool character".

Then he saw the final. "What a disappointment!" he said. He was so struck by Federer's bad tennis that he interjected comments to me throughout the day.

"Na-dal was jumping up and down and Federer stood there with his hands in his pockets. He should've projected more excitement."

"I hope he and Na-dal don't meet again on grass. I think Na-dal would win."

"Just wait until the British press gets a hold of him. They'll make a cartoon of Na-dal walking on the court with Federer carrying his bags."

"Even Tony Roche looked disgusted. I saw him pull his cap down over his eyes."

He also observed Rafa's rituals of lining up his water bottles. He thought that was funny.

One other observation. He knew of Nalbandian, who I said was once Federer's nemesis. "Yeah, Nalbandian. He's one scary-looking dude."

So, this is my French Open conversation with a casual fan. Did anyone else watch with someone who doesn't obsessively follow tennis?

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Interesting. I wonder if this guy ever watched a game where Barry Bonds struck out multiple times or a game when Joe Montana threw multiple interceptions?
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I tried to discuss tennis with my roomates once. They lost interest in the women after i told them venus and serena had either lost or weren't playing... as for the men, they were sad that Blake lost and thought Nadal was "cool". I'm not sure I will try this conversation with them again

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Interesting. I wonder if this guy ever watched a game where Barry Bonds struck out multiple times or a game when Joe Montana threw multiple interceptions?
Yeah, but as Bud wrote, history was on the line, and Federer blew it. (I'm playing devil's advocate here.)
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Yeah I watched the final with my girlfriend & it`s only the 2nd time she`s watched a tennis match, the other being this year`s Aussie Open final.
-->>She immediately noticed the prize fighting aura of Nadal,-the bouncing around at the coin toss & the sprint to the baseline, it wasn`t quite tennis but heck it was amusing. Also she noticed that Federer`s got all the shots in the book but there were too many shanks & the backhand failed him under pressure. BUT the LASTING IMPRESSION was that Rafa is a god damn freak with his retrieving abilities- my girlfriend couldn`t give a Kafelnekov about Nadal`s looks[she said Federer appeals more] but to watch Rafa return everything Federer through at him, & with interest, transformed her into an instant fan!

For people who don`t really know their tennis they probably wouldn`t realise how difficult it is to do what Federer does. However watching Nadal`s expressive & physical style it seems like a revelation to a lot of people that tennis can be such an explosive game.

If the ATP & media promote Fed & Rafa properly & the rivalry continues a few years then those two could be responsible for a massive boom in the sports popularity Worldwide. It`s already happening but tennis still should be getting much more coverage,^hopefully these two freaks of nature can steal the headlines they deserve.
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I tried to discuss tennis with my roomates once. They lost interest in the women after i told them venus and serena had either lost or weren't playing... as for the men, they were sad that Blake lost and thought Nadal was "cool". I'm not sure I will try this conversation with them again
Understandble to grab the American stars when there are no Canadian ones (I'm assuming your friends are Canadian).
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I tried to discuss tennis with my roomates once. They lost interest in the women after i told them venus and serena had either lost or weren't playing... as for the men, they were sad that Blake lost and thought Nadal was "cool". I'm not sure I will try this conversation with them again
Yes it's quite difficult to try to expose tennis to those who don't really follow or care for the sport. Let alone trying to put ESPN on the common area room when it's showing tennis. Gosh I hated it when I left my tv at home and had no tv on campus.

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Roger continue marvelling us the tennis mortals

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Hi What are the papers saying in Switzerland?
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Tourmalante flashback until I saw who started the thread.

Fan of: Federer Safin Haas Nadal Santoro Agassi Tursunov's blog

"I couldn't even tell you who the No. 1 ranked tennis player in the world is right now," Federer said. "It's probably me, still. It is, isn't it?" The Onion

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Tourmalante flashback until I saw who started the thread.
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Hi What are the papers saying in Switzerland?
The good thing about the Swiss is that they welcome all news with the same poker face. "Hingis won her fifth slam" is reported with about as much flowery language as "Hingis lost her first round" (although they have got a bit worked up about Roger in the last few years; always treated poor Marti as the Swiss-wannabe)
www.swissinfo.org and blick.ch are the two places you can read about it a bit; I'm also partial to nzz.ch
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The good thing about the Swiss is that they welcome all news with the same poker face. "Hingis won her fifth slam" is reported with about as much flowery language as "Hingis lost her first round" (although they have got a bit worked up about Roger in the last few years; always treated poor Marti as the Swiss-wannabe)
www.swissinfo.org and blick.ch are the two places you can read about it a bit; I'm also partial to nzz.ch
So very true, she's still not loved by any stretch I am sure. Too brash, outspoken and famous to be liked by the swiss. My dad loves her and he was born in Lucerne. He may be the exception however, he just happened to be born there and lived there for a large part of his formative years.

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Roger continue marvelling us the tennis mortals

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Understandble to grab the American stars when there are no Canadian ones (I'm assuming your friends are Canadian).
They're actually Nigerian

I lack direction.

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Yes it's quite difficult to try to expose tennis to those who don't really follow or care for the sport. Let alone trying to put ESPN on the common area room when it's showing tennis. Gosh I hated it when I left my tv at home and had no tv on campus.
I could usually get away with tennis in the common room... the guys I shared the Hall with tolerated it, since "it's sports, sports are cool" and the girls were too busy making valentines or some shit. I wish I was just stereotyping, but this is really how it went down.

Once I even overheard some random students have a conversation about the USO and Lleyton Hewitt on the bus

I lack direction.

Chocking makes me sad.
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