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no other player in history can have his two greatest weapons operating at sub-par levels and still be #2 in the world with the points he has.

federer plays challenger level tennis for his standards and he can still do pretty well...

somebody needs to remind him who the heck he is.
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no other player in history can have his two greatest weapons operating at sub-par levels and still be #2 in the world with the points he has.

federer plays challenger level tennis for his standards and he can still do pretty well...

somebody needs to remind him who the heck he is.
Exactly right.
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Roger has invited his Austrian friend Stefan Koubek to a whole practice week to Rome. Stefan mentioned this in a blog on a website. He said he would be there with his coach, Roger and Severin Lüthi. This practice week would have already been planned for a while, but after Roger's loss in Monte Carlo they arranged everything. Stefan said it's a huge honour for him and that he is really looking forward to it.
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Roger has invited his Austrian friend Stefan Koubek to a whole practice week to Rome. Stefan mentioned this in a blog on a website. He said he would be there with his coach, Roger and Severin Lüthi. This practice week would have already been planned for a while, but after Roger's loss in Monte Carlo they arranged everything. Stefan said it's a huge honour for him and that he is really looking forward to it.
It sounds really good. I hope we´ll see som results at Rome!
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its funny. all the hoopla about murray and novak challenging nadal. but to this day nobody has come as close as federer to taking him down on clay. it is just a real pity roger couldnt capitalize on some of those opportunities.
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its funny. all the hoopla about murray and novak challenging nadal. but to this day nobody has come as close as federer to taking him down on clay. it is just a real pity roger couldnt capitalize on some of those opportunities.
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I just watched the MC final and someone please hand rafa all the clay titles for 2009 already. The guy is a monster, no wonder roger is struggling mentally now, who wouldn't after all their epic clay matches

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I just watched the MC final and someone please hand rafa all the clay titles for 2009 already. The guy is a monster, no wonder roger is struggling mentally now, who wouldn't after all their epic clay matches
I would have given up on trying to win anything on clay a long time ago. Good thing the players on the ATP aren't like me, they're at least trying to win even if it is some kind of mission impossible
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Rome 2006 Hamburg 2008 (or was it Monte carlo )
federer had chances in mc 2006, rome 2006, french 2006...rg 2007.

im not saying he should have won all of them or even the majority of them but federer should have taken one of the first two and then we don't know what would have happened.
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federer had chances in mc 2006, rome 2006, french 2006...rg 2007.

im not saying he should have won all of them or even the majority of them but federer should have taken one of the first two and then we don't know what would have happened.
I was goimg to post the same exact thing. Asd for Murray and Djokovic challenging Nadal, Federer did a much better job two different times just last year.
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I was goimg to post the same exact thing. Asd for Murray and Djokovic challenging Nadal, Federer did a much better job two different times just last year.
And then got walloped in the FO final lost at Wimbledon and lost in the AO ... I begin to wonder if Murray hadn't beaten Nadal at the USO semi final whether Federer wouldn't have lost to him there as well
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And then got walloped in the FO final lost at Wimbledon and lost in the AO ... I begin to wonder if Murray hadn't beaten Nadal at the USO semi final whether Federer wouldn't have lost to him there as well
well it was going to happen. federer had lost several tough matches, some even he was leading against nadal. nadal started well at rg 2008, and then federer just started going for broke and missing - a blowout waiting to happen.

whenever i see players try to play this really risky style against nadal on clay, they get rolled with lopsided scores. nadal gets everything back and just plays into the opponents errors.

but if you can grind with him in the rallies and play selective aggression on points, you can put nadal on the brink which federer did several times. the main reason this works is because nadal isnt really sure what game plan to adopt.

if you play too aggressive, nadal plays defensive and kills you on clay...if you play passive, he will eventually take control of the points. you need to change up the rhythm between these two extremes and this puts doubt into his mind.
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Roger has invited his Austrian friend Stefan Koubek to a whole practice week to Rome. Stefan mentioned this in a blog on a website. He said he would be there with his coach, Roger and Severin Lüthi. This practice week would have already been planned for a while, but after Roger's loss in Monte Carlo they arranged everything. Stefan said it's a huge honour for him and that he is really looking forward to it.
koubek is a good hitting partner for roger on clay. i like this...hopefully it pays dividends.
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And then got walloped in the FO final lost at Wimbledon and lost in the AO ... I begin to wonder if Murray hadn't beaten Nadal at the USO semi final whether Federer wouldn't have lost to him there as well
I guess he would...

Not only against Nadal, I've been thinking of his three losses this year, once to each of the three guys, where maybe he should've won all of them, esp AO. If he had won that damn AO, the rest of the year would've been different...I don't want to talk about last Wimbledon...

He has been losing tight matches against these top guys consistently where he had good chances in all of them. This is very worrying, but still much better than that he had little chance. A real big win might just turn things all around, when he will start believing. But where is it...
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