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Who is MENTALLY Able to Compete w/ FEDERER?

i hate rooting for anyone in a grand slam who is not strong enough mentally to hold his own against federer and not give the match away. players like blake, gasquet, berdych, malisse, haas, nalbandian, davydenko i will never root for in a grand slam because even if they make it to the finals, they'll choke it away.

here's my short list of players that are mentally competitive with the fed and have a chance of beating him:
roddick
nadal
hewitt
murray
djokovic
safin
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i hate rooting for anyone in a grand slam who is not strong enough mentally to hold his own against federer and not give the match away. players like blake, gasquet, berdych, malisse, haas, nalbandian, davydenko i will never root for in a grand slam because even if they make it to the finals, they'll choke it away.

here's my short list of players that are mentally competitive with the fed and have a chance of beating him:
roddick
nadal
hewitt

murray
djokovic
safin
Nadal and, possibly, Hewitt.

If Roddick or Safin manage to compete it is owing to the quality of their tennis.
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What's up with all these non-Fed fans starting pointless threads about him.

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surely Nalbandian showed grit at the TMC '05???
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surely Nalbandian showed grit at the TMC '05???
Quite the opposite in fact. He was up two breaks against Roger in the fifth set and Roger had just about thrown in the towel with nothing left in the tank. But Nalby being Nalby proceeded to litter the court with UE's allowing Fed to even out and even get a break up and serve for the match before Nalby remembered how he played to get himself in a winning position.

This match was very nearly the biggest blunder in the history of the game by Nalbandian
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Quite the opposite in fact. He was up two breaks against Roger in the fifth set and Roger had just about thrown in the towel with nothing left in the tank. But Nalby being Nalby proceeded to litter the court with UE's allowing Fed to even out and even get a break up and serve for the match before Nalby remembered how he played to get himself in a winning position.

This match was very nearly the biggest blunder in the history of the game by Nalbandian
This is true.

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Nadal, and maybe Hewitt. Nalbandian can obviously compete, but he is also prone to choking matches away.

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Nadal, Roddick atm, Murray and Djokovic in the nearest future...Hewitt from 2001-2002
Safin is a headcase, I've lost all the hope...
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i hate rooting for anyone in a grand slam who is not strong enough mentally to hold his own against federer and not give the match away. players like blake, gasquet, berdych, malisse, haas, nalbandian, davydenko i will never root for in a grand slam because even if they make it to the finals, they'll choke it away.

here's my short list of players that are mentally competitive with the fed and have a chance of beating him:
roddick
nadal
hewitt
murray
djokovic
safin
You've never heard of the bizarre concept of supporting a player based on his own merits? Because you like his game and want him to do well?

Threads like this prove that it's not Federer fans who are most obsessed with him, quite the reverse in fact.

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Im keen on nadal and hewitt and marat with the right head on. Dnt rlly agree with roccick and djocovic. Roddick battled a lotfacing federer like 14 times (inc exhibitions) Its hard when u go into a match against federer for the 13th time and think, what am i gonna do THIS time? As for djokovic, not at the moment.

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Threads like this prove that it's not Federer fans who are most obsessed with him, quite the reverse in fact.
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You've never heard of the bizarre concept of supporting a player based on his own merits? Because you like his game and want him to do well?

Threads like this prove that it's not Federer fans who are most obsessed with him, quite the reverse in fact.
dont pigeonhole me. i like a good match as much as anybody and have cheered for all the players on my blacklist in the past and probably will, just a little bit, in the future. but there comes a point where you have to roll your eyes when nalbandian makes another semi appearance, or blake makes another qf appearance only to lose it. i just might not root for em/want to see them make the final though a little part of me hopes its their breakthrough. contradictory, i know.
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