Journalism at its worst: Five reasons why Federer is Rubbish
Who is this guy? Is he really serious? All of his reasons are totally twisted and not making any sense at all. Should be ashame of himself.
Five reasons why Roger Federer is rubbish
January 30, 2007
OK, BUT seriously: sure, he hits the most brilliant shots we've ever seen, hardly makes a mistake, rarely loses and plays with a divine grace come from Heaven. But amid all the adulation, there are some flaws in the Roger Federer record that tell other players not to lose hope.
1. Nadal keeps beating him.
Has there ever been a time when the world No. 2 has so dominated his matches with the world No. 1? Federer has won only three of the nine matches between the two, Nadal six. Sure, four of them were on clay, but even on hardcourts, their matches have split 2-2. For Roger to become the Supreme Being, he has to find a way of forcing Rafa to kneel.
2. He has never won a big one on clay.
OK, last year, he was the best player on claycourts after Nadal. But during his three years as No. 1, he also has lost on clay to Albert Costa in Rome, Gustavo Kuerten in Paris and Richard Gasquet at Monte Carlo. In Rome last year, he barely made it past David Nalbandian and little-known Spaniard Nicolas Almagro. If you're Federer's opponent, where there's clay, there's hope.
3. Tie-breakers can't keep breaking his way.
Yes, Federer is special, but this is ridiculous. When he took the tie-breaker in the first set against Fernando Gonzalez on Sunday night, he won his 14th tie-breaker in a row. He has not lost one since he played James Blake in the US Open. Surely even Federer can't keep that up. When he starts losing tie-breakers, he could start losing matches.
4. Few beat him, but many come close.
Federer lost only five matches last year, four to Nadal and one to Andy Murray, but he came close to losing a dozen or so other matches. He is particularly vulnerable against unusual stylists who take the net away from him. The tiny Belgian Olivier Rochus almost toppled him twice last year, and it was only in the final-set tie-breaker that he put away Nalbandian in Rome, veteran Japanese samurai Takao Suzuki in Tokyo and Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan in Federer's home town, Basle.
5. He can't play over five sets.
OK, the problem for Federer's opponents is usually the first three sets, but the few times he has been pushed to five sets, he's had trouble. Federer has lost six of the past eight five-set matches he has played, and even since becoming No. 1, his record is only 2-2. We all remember Hewitt coming back from two sets down to beat him in the Davis Cup in 2003, and Safin's miraculous win at the 2005 Australian Open, but Nalbandian did the same at the 2005 Masters. Just stick with him for the first four sets, guys, and history will be on your side.