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Should Roger play a more limited schedule?

Taking the big picture, Roger stated he wants to retire after 2012 London Olympics. In order to do it he has to start preserving his body NOW. I propose for 2009 the following schedule:

Australia
Indian Wells
Monte Carlo
Rome
Roland Garros
Halle
Wimbledon
Montreal
US Open
Beijing Masters
Masters Cup

only 11 events and if he does well in all of them he can easily be top 4. I think Roger should seriously think about it! The nice thing about only 11 events and NO back-to-back masters as a #1 rule of this is that he can go full blast at every event.
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Re: Should Roger play a more limited schedule?

It's a tough situation for Roger...

In a way, he needs to play more to keep himself in rythmn.

But at the same time, he's at the age where more niggling injuries will become apparant.

I'm sure he knows best, and I think he'll continue to base his schedule around the slams.

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Re: Should Roger play a more limited schedule?

I think that schedule is too limited for it to work. Too much time between events means he'll be getting to the big events with very little match play which won't do his rythm and play good either. I think Federer has usually played a very sensible schedule so I don't think he meeds to make major changes to his schedule. Plus with the new changes in the rankings system playing a schedule without '500' level tournaments means with such a limited schedule he'll have to end his ambition of getting back to #1 which I don't think he's ready to do just yet.
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Re: Should Roger play a more limited schedule?

I don't think the #1 ranking is important anymore. Only slams matter.
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Re: Should Roger play a more limited schedule?

I agree that the GS are much more important than the #1, I just don't think Federer will already wish to give up on trying to get back to #1 which with such a limited schedule he will be doing. And I don't think such a limited schedule is the best preparation for the GS
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Re: Should Roger play a more limited schedule?

I think Roger looks GS is the most important thing now~~~
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Re: Should Roger play a more limited schedule?

No - all he needs to cut is those silly $$$$$$$$$$$-exhos. He's perfectly capable of playing all the TMSs (with the exception of Paris perhaps - he surely shouldn't have played there this year!), and I don't see him skipping Halle (practice for Wimbly) or Basel (home tournament) either.

Of course he'll concentrate on the GS - but the ranking is important as well (he thinks so, at least), if only for the seeding at the GSs.

Roger needs the match rhythm, he's said so often enough. So, no cutting necessary.

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Re: Should Roger play a more limited schedule?

he said he will only play the important tour next year~~
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No - all he needs to cut is those silly $$$$$$$$$$$-exhos. He's perfectly capable of playing all the TMSs (with the exception of Paris perhaps - he surely shouldn't have played there this year!), and I don't see him skipping Halle (practice for Wimbly) or Basel (home tournament) either.

Of course he'll concentrate on the GS - but the ranking is important as well (he thinks so, at least), if only for the seeding at the GSs.

Roger needs the match rhythm, he's said so often enough. So, no cutting necessary.
I'm also concerned about how too few matches would affect his form in grand slam events. They key I think is to find the happy medium. I think it def helps for 2009 not having Olympics and NOT playing a stupid exo right before Indian Wells. I think I can be 100% sure that Roger has cancelled all exos until 2010 or at least until he has slam #15 in his pocket.
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I'm also concerned about how too few matches would affect his form in grand slam events. They key I think is to find the happy medium. I think it def helps for 2009 not having Olympics and NOT playing a stupid exo right before Indian Wells. I think I can be 100% sure that Roger has cancelled all exos until 2010 or at least until he has slam #15 in his pocket.
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Re: Should Roger play a more limited schedule?

I'm just not in the mood to compete in the 2008-2009 ACC. Also Djoker's TMC win has me very down right now.
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I'm just not in the mood to compete in the 2008-2009 ACC. Also Djoker's TMC win has me very down right now.
I feel OK, not make me down~~~
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Re: Should Roger play a more limited schedule?

#matches played

1998 - 5
1999 - 30
2000 - 65
2001 - 70
2002 - 80
2003 - 95
2004 - 80
2005 - 85
2006 - 97
2007 - 77
2008 - 81

2003-2007 average - 87

So he played 6 less this year then his last 5 year average. Roger has played ALOT of matches in 9+ years on tour.
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Re: Should Roger play a more limited schedule?

OFF COURT - WITH THE BEST IN ABU DHABI

Roger will start the 2009 season by bringing in the New Year in Abu Dhabi where he plays the new Capitala World Tennis Championship.

The event, which is being held at the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex at Zayed Sports City from Jan 1-3, will have a “winner takes all” prize of $250,000. Roger will be joined by Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Nikolay Davydenko, Andy Roddick and James Blake.

Roger, who will clearly aim at reclaiming his position as the world’s leading player next year, said: “I am really looking forward to playing in Abu Dhabi. The player field is very strong and the location is beautiful. It is always exciting to play in new facilities and I am sure Abu Dhabi will be up there with the best of them. We all hope that this event will return year after year and set the standard for tennis lovers in the region.”

http://www.rogerfederer.com/en/roger...fm?uNewsID=833
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Re: Should Roger play a more limited schedule?

looking forward for Roger's 2009 schedule
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