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Re: Should Roger skip clay this year?

nice point fedfan,.. i think had federer woken up from coma (God forbid )and some1 told him he's the no.1 in tennis and he's playing vs some 150ranked guy called nadal,.. that he managed to have 10-1 in meetings,.. he'd rip him of thinking its gonna be a 11-1 ^^,.. the point is,.. He is somehow unable to close the set,.. to stay tough until the last point, him federer,.... whole 2008 every set against nadal i think he had adv... like 4-1 , 5-1 and serving,..but he was unable to close it... It has something to do with nadal's consistent play,.. but ,.plz,..
I watchd him play Rafa and when he was beating him., you could see he was playing to and expecting that,.. u could see he simply made his mind like that,.. i mean,.. coming back from set down, against nadal ON CLAY it just cant be just luck or skill,.. its all abut the head,... so he managed to outclass nadal on clay!! that lovely summer in hamburg on 07

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Re: Should Roger skip clay this year?

What a ridiculous thread. I guess I shouldn't be surprised by OP.

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Re: Should Roger skip clay this year?

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What a ridiculous thread. I guess I shouldn't be surprised by OP.
The thread is ridiculous because Federer isn't going to skip the clay season, but I believe that if he did, he would up his chances at Wimbledon. Sampras all but skipped the clay season late in his career and prepared for the grass.
The last time Federer left RG early (2004), he played exceptionally well at Halle and the first week of Wimbledon.
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Re: Should Roger skip clay this year?

It's ridiculous because people are making foregone conclusions before a single ball has been played yet. And knowing the nature of tennis, you just don't know what will happen, so why give up? Especially when you're a 3 time finalist.
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Re: Should Roger skip clay this year?

Roger's a 3 time RG finalist. The #2 player on clay. He's got a boat load of points to defend. I don't think skipping the clay season is an option at this point. And certainly not something he's going to do.

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Re: Should Roger skip clay this year?

Roger still has a chance at RG...

It may only be a small one, but still, he'll be second favourite.

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Re: Should Roger skip clay this year?

I think he don't
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Re: Should Roger skip clay this year?

It's 'doesn't ' and I disagree,.. HE DOES!!! he's thinking the same way that u are ..thats why he aind grabbin' it just yet... But I think with this loss and those tears he unleashed a negative part that was accumulating in him,and now as not being a favorite..the pressure should be off, and he should outclass nadal aswell!
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Re: Should Roger skip clay this year?

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The thread is ridiculous because Federer isn't going to skip the clay season, but I believe that if he did, he would up his chances at Wimbledon. Sampras all but skipped the clay season late in his career and prepared for the grass.
The last time Federer left RG early (2004), he played exceptionally well at Halle and the first week of Wimbledon.
Do you really think Roger would have better chances in Wimbledon and in a possible final against Nadal if he doesn't play the claycourt tournaments? He did fine on grass the last year's when he reached the finals of nearly all clay tournaments.

Roger has shown in the past that he is the 2nd best player on clay. He even did well in a lot of his matches against Nadal there, though Rafa was able to turn around those matches.
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Re: Should Roger skip clay this year?

Rogi should only or would only skip the clay season (highly unlikely tho) IF he is not healthy and fit. Let's see if this 3-week break is enough for him to recuperate, have his back seen to, start training for the clay.

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Re: Should Roger skip clay this year?

As much as I hate the dirt, Roger should only skip clay if his back is bothering him. If not, then he needs to play, he needs more matches and he desperately needs a big Win.

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Re: Should Roger skip clay this year?

roger is not roddick he doesn't 'give up' on a surface...
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Re: Should Roger skip clay this year?

Roger will rest pretty much an entire month before he plays again. There are Monte Carlo and Barcelona before he is back. I doubt his back will still be bothering him.
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Roger will rest pretty much an entire month before he plays again. There are Monte Carlo and Barcelona before he is back. I doubt his back will still be bothering him.
If you believe his interviews, it's been going on since November. What makes you think that the recovery "has been scheduled" for May?
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Re: Should Roger skip clay this year?

unlike Roddick and his countrymen,Roger has been the 2nd best clay court player behind Nadal,for years now.He has the results to back him up.Why should he skip it?

I mean why not hook up with Cahill as soon as this week and work hard as hell and having Cahill stay in Europe for 2 months for the clay and grass court seasons and stay in the States after Wimbledon and work in Vegas there.I know baby Federer will come soon but if Roger rents a house with Mirka and baby;it will be ok for them;as long as baby is comfortable and they are together,happy and safe

he can't be that tired really and the back is not hurting these days.

yoga and pilates and acupuncture might be a good idea for that sore back of his.I can attest to that.I have 2 bulging discs and I just got my 2nd epidural injection just 4 weeks ago

time to sack the trainer/physio if the back is still an issue because his training sessions should be modified to fit his age and his needs.They should be very aggresive with the method they are using or go a different way.We need long term relief and results

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