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WTF is wrong with Fed?

Just caught the Fed match, at least the end of it with Fish.

No drive. Tired. No passion, no fight.

Does Federer need to take a year off to discover his passion again for Tennis?

I don't know what kind of shit that he was trying to play against Fish. This was way worse then against Djokovic at the AO. There, he fought back and didn't give an inch to Djokovic. Never gave up. I saw a sad and tired man out there.
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Perhaps, an effort at rationalization on my part, but this entry from one of the resident contributing writers at tennis.com (in response to a Djokovic fan) eased things a bit --

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Andrew: There's a short term and a longer term answer to your question, how can you explain what happened today? Short term, Fish played pretty well apart from his first serve percentage - his second serve had lots of kick, and he did vary the placement. And Federer, for whatever reason, just wasn't timing the ball well today. One guy played well, one poorly: that was as close to a C game as I've seen Federer have, and if Fish brought an A game to the dance, he went home a winner.

I don't think Federer fears any player - not Djokovic, Nadal, Murray or Nalbandian. I think he acknowledges that in any match, he can walk off having given best to an opponent. Today Mardy Fish was that opponent. He played well.

Longer term, is this part of a bigger pattern. I think the answer is the Scottish term "not proven." My guess is Federer won't enjoy another two years like 2005 and 2006 - but that is an impossible standard. For the next three months, all the way to RG, Federer is in recovery mode from a serious illness.

It's not a recovery from two months on his back, but it has knocked out the fitness that was one of the ingredients of semi-invincibility. He's mature enough not to worry about the headlines, and he'll play himself back to his peak level. No match with Djokovic tomorrow, which is a pity. Many more to come, I hope.
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It's not so much the loss but how he lost that bothers me the most. He didn't seem to want to be out there today. No fire at all.

Now I didn't watch the first set, but what I've read from the first set matches up with what I saw in the second.

Yes, Fish played well there, but that was an atrocious match played by Federer. I don't see what the reporter is saying that it was a C game. Seemed more to me like and F.
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I agree JediFed. Mardy Fish is the kind of player that Federer NEVER loses to. And if he were to lose, you'd expect it to be in a couple of tiebreakers, surely not 6-2 6-3. I'm getting quite concerned now.
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It's not so much the loss but how he lost that bothers me the most. He didn't seem to want to be out there today. No fire at all.

Now I didn't watch the first set, but what I've read from the first set matches up with what I saw in the second.

Yes, Fish played well there, but that was an atrocious match played by Federer. I don't see what the reporter is saying that it was a C game. Seemed more to me like and F.
it reminded me to the one he lost to Murray in Cincy 06...same attitude, it is obvious there is something wrong.
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it reminded me to the one he lost to Murray in Cincy 06...same attitude, it is obvious there is something wrong.
Yeah, but the major difference is that the Murray loss looked like a tank job and he really didn't need the points. This time around he had something to prove and he failed to do so.
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Re: WTF is wrong with Fed?

I also want to know, what's wrong of him~~
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I have always support him ever since 2002. Now, he is not the Federer's play that i've used to watch. He played badly and poorly this year; no energy, no tactics, no motivation, no improvement, no good serve, no determination, no good return, no great winner, no smooth forehand and backhand, no good volley...... Roger, i hope you can regain your gameplan as the World No.1 that i respect. C'mon!!!

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tomorrow, Betfair announces that it declines all bets against Fish in that match.

Federer will be under investigation... until he retires (expected after 2012 Olympics)

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Something got Roger out of sync, and it is something, apperantly - he would not reveal in an interview.

Assuming he had a 5 hours screaming match with Mirka the night before for whatever reason, it is safe to assume that no, he won't share it with the press.

After Volandi, we found the reason for his bad play was Roche. I dare say we won't know the reason now, but it is something.
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tomorrow, Betfair announces that it declines all bets against Fish in that match.

Federer will be under investigation... until he retires (expected after 2012 Olympics)
Is this true???

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Agree.Camera never showed Mirka in the crowd either. Poor Rog, it is so disappointing to see him like this. Perhaps it is just the lingering effects or glandular fever which can take many months to disappear.
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I read in the japanese blog that Roger is suffering from
the same illness as Henin 2004.
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Assuming he had a 5 hours screaming match with Mirka the night before for whatever reason, it is safe to assume that no, he won't share it with the press.
why you said that?
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After Volandi, we found the reason for his bad play was Roche. I dare say we won't know the reason now, but it is something.
I agree. He didnt say anything to clue us in in his press conference, but something isn't quite right.
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