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Federer's assessment of various players

Since there was a thread recently on Fed's mistake when he talked in public about a player ( for an example see the Fed on Djokovic thread) and the subsequent uproar, here is a nice counter example. Someone on the BBC forum posted this:

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Federer was on swiss radio DSL giving his analysis on other players here's what he said about some players (hope it makes sense i translated it from Swiss German)

safin..."Safin is very unlucky he had a few injuries that set him back and I don't think he's got the right entourage, if he buckles down he can push me and everyone else in the atp all the way, he's very athletic and has perhaps one of the greatest baseline strokes, he's fantastic when on form"

rafa..."I think he's tremendously fit and has that connar's art of never giving up and tracking every single shot, he's one of those players who always tries to retrieve a smash. He's actually a very intelligent player he reads the game well but its his physique that gets more attention. He's also starting to get more confident on surfaces other than clay, he had his best Wimbledon and his best US open this year, so I expect him to push me all the way come 2007."

nalby.."I don't know what to make of david, he's talented but just hasn't been able to make that breakthrough yet, he did well in Shanghai but if we're serious he's underperformed when you consider his potential as a player. But I think he'll use the Davis Cup final against Russia to really stake his claim in people's minds."

roddick.."he went through a well documented blip, but i think he's past that. as a player he's now more confident, i don't know ho much of that is down to Connors, in the US open he was more adventurous playing me than he ever has been, he wasn't afraid to come to the net and started to read my game well at the end of the first set and handled the momentum well in the second, his less erratic in a match."

blake.. "he's one of those players that improves with age, he's 26 but it feels like he's just started to warm up, the way he came back from the injury he sustained tells you he's a fighter both physically and mentally."

murray.. "he's definitely one of the younger ones to watch, people said I tanked in Cinci but I think that's disrespectful to me as a person and to Andy as a player, yes i was tired but he took full advantage of my mistakes not all players can do that. he's also very tactical, which personally I like to see more of in the circuit."

baghdatis “he reminds of Becker, he’s got heart and plays not only for himself but for the crowd. In match’s his got the work ethic of Jim Courier, he can play you point for point, like if your serving 40 love he’s still run to retrieve the ball like it was deuce. He doesn’t think this point doesn’t matter I’ll give it all in the next game. He’s always happy both on and of court. I like him allot”

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Re: Federer's assessment of various players

I agree with a lot of his comments...not too sure about Murray though. Glad to see he likes Baggy who is becoming one of my favourite players.
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Very fair assessments of the other players.



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Who would say Federer thinks all this, on court he looks like he has no opinion of anything, realy
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Heh, it's all bs, you know, he has to play these clowns up, to give an illusion that there's some competition after all.

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Yeah, good assessment. And even if I'm not a hard core fan of Baggy I like his sunny personality on court and his game, and about Murray - he IS tactically very smart, all you Murray hatas.... and the same goes for Rafa! Now you can bash me as much as you like.
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Heh, it's all bs, you know, he has to play these clowns up, to give an illusion that there's some competition after all.
despite his positive comments, Federer is leaps and bounds away from anyone else(wayyy above Rafa's hard court or grass level)
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Time for cleaning-up Roger's image
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Federer on the outside:
"I think he's tremendously fit and has that connar's art of never giving up and tracking every single shot, he's one of those players who always tries to retrieve a smash. He's actually a very intelligent player he reads the game well but its his physique that gets more attention. He's also starting to get more confident on surfaces other than clay, he had his best Wimbledon and his best US open this year, so I expect him to push me all the way come 2007."

Federer on the inside:
How in the hell does this cheating, one-dimensional weird clay cretin beat my beautiful, sublime game most of the time?

Federer on the outside:
"he went through a well documented blip, but i think he's past that. as a player he's now more confident, i don't know ho much of that is down to Connors, in the US open he was more adventurous playing me than he ever has been, he wasn't afraid to come to the net and started to read my game well at the end of the first set and handled the momentum well in the second, his less erratic in a match."

Federer on the inside:
I really didn't see too much difference between the "old Roddick" and this "new Roddick" when I beat him again for the nth time in a row.


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Re: Federer's assessment of various players

So...the fed-man can say nice stuff too... I guess he says whatever's on his mind at the time of the interview. I thought he was at his "worst" after he lost to Rafa in Rome. Maybe he was just extra pissed at the time. It makes me like him a little better that he seems susceptible to the "moment".
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That's what he could have said on Ferrero :" I played him at Aus Open 2004 when both were fighting to take the number one spot . A year later we met again at Dubai , we were warminp up on court and the tournament speaker presenting players then I noticed that man said Ferrero was at 98th entry ranking position and it was like WTF . After that shocking moment I stared at Mirka and realized I was very lucky to have a person like her at my side , a woman that gives me stability . I guess JCF hasn't been as lucky as me or maybe he goes to many parties with or without Patricia , I mean a lot of hangovers are bad above all when you have to play the first turn of the day . "
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Re: Federer's assessment of various players

And what about Djokovic Roger?

"Well, I think he's a joke".
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So...the fed-man can say nice stuff too... I guess he says whatever's on his mind at the time of the interview. I thought he was at his "worst" after he lost to Rafa in Rome. Maybe he was just extra pissed at the time. It makes me like him a little better that he seems susceptible to the "moment".
Of course he was extra pissed the, 2 MPs wasted! And that was an AWESOME match IMO, both knew the importance of it. This is one of the best matches of the year IMO.
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Re: Federer's assessment of various players

on Agassi (speaking this past summer):

“We are losing a big legend of the game, so it’s never pleasant,” said triple Wimbledon champion Federer. “But I think he’s had a terrific career. I was lucky enough to play against him. Maybe we’ll play more, maybe here, maybe down in America.”

Federer failed in his bid to complete his grand slam collection by winning the French Open earlier this month and the Swiss hailed Agassi’s achievement in winning all four grand slams during his career.

“It’s an incredible effort. It is an incredible achievement to win all four grand slams. “The way he did it, it was basically unexpected both times.

To win Wimbledon, he beat Goran (Ivanisevic in 1992). Nobody really expected him to win here.

“To win at the French (Open in 1999) against (Ukraine’s Andrei) Medvedev, that came as a surprise, too, although he should have won earlier.”

Federer last played Agassi in the US Open final last September when he subdued the Las Vegan to win in four sets.

“He’s aggressive non-stop. That’s his game. He’s definitely not going to change it because of the opponent or anything,” Federer said.

“He always stays aggressive no matter how the opponent plays. That you have to admire.

“He was one of the best returners in the game, obviously one of the most colourful personalities from going where he came from, then coming all the way and still playing today at 36 years old.”

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