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What are Fed's chances of winning RG and doing the Non Calendar Slam ?

It's gonna be tough. Is it realistic ? Nadal has almost skipped Miami to prepare the clay season. Fed is extra motivated, he will get the non calendar slam pressure from media. His game is on, his ankle seems OK. At this stage if he meets Nadal in the finals he will need an awesome performance given the bad matchup with Nadal, especially on clay. It seems to be a real challenge. What signs would make you think that Fed can win this one ?

"I asked a bloke in the front row if he liked the serve-and-volley stuff," said Rafter. "He said he did but asked if he was going to get to see any rallies. 'Not today, mate,' I told him."
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Re: What are Fed's chances of winning RG and doing the Non Calendar Slam ?

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It's gonna be tough. Is it realistic ? Nadal has almost skipped Miami to prepare the clay season. Fed is extra motivated, he will get the non calendar slam pressure from media. His game is on, his ankle seems OK. At this stage if he meets Nadal in the finals he will need an awesome performance given the bad matchup with Nadal, especially on clay. It seems to be a real challenge. What signs would make you think that Fed can win this one ?
I'm honestly not sure. We will have a better idea after some clay tournies. I don't buy into the whole 'Rafa tanked Miami' thing. I think he got beat fair and square.

Fed is on awesome form right now but RG is still a while away. His form can change hugely in that time.

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Rafa losing first round in Miami ? Just after racking up points in Indian Wells ? Right before the clay season ? To his best friend on tour ? Smells really like a tank IMO. Anyway it doesn't change the task that's waiting for Rog in Paris. It's huge but he seems pretty serious these days. A Rafa's upset in quarters or semis in RG would be fine for me. There's been a kind of maledication on great attacking players in Roland since Laver, sometimes in finals but never winners. I hope it will end this year.

"I asked a bloke in the front row if he liked the serve-and-volley stuff," said Rafter. "He said he did but asked if he was going to get to see any rallies. 'Not today, mate,' I told him."

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What signs would make you think that Fed can win this one ?
No signs now in reality, but there is in my dream

Seriously, I mean, though still early to call, but why not? From what I saw of his previous meetings with Nadal, it might be more a mental thing than other things that prevented him from toppling Nadal. I seriously believe if he can play fine even maybe not absolutely awesome but CONSISTENTLY in the best of 5 clay match in RG, no lapse like in Dubai or last RG semi-final, the match will be in his hands.

Well well well, I'd better stop. There is still too long a way to go. I now just hope his ankle is ok, his fitness stays fine all through to RG, and him not to be carried away by all the coming pressure from all over which I already can foresee will be horrible.
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Seriously, I mean, though still early to call, but why not? From what I saw of his previous meetings with Nadal, it might be more a mental thing than other things that prevented him from toppling Nadal. I seriously believe if he can play fine even maybe not absolutely awesome but CONSISTENTLY in the best of 5 clay match in RG, no lapse like in Dubai or last RG semi-final, the match will be in his hands.
I hope he plays him once on clay before RG, because to stay on a loss on hard is not very encouraging, unless his thrust for revenge is magnified to have lost on his surface...

"I asked a bloke in the front row if he liked the serve-and-volley stuff," said Rafter. "He said he did but asked if he was going to get to see any rallies. 'Not today, mate,' I told him."
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...because to stay on a loss on hard is not very encouraging, ...
Actually I had wanted to say, no signs that he can now, but signs that maybe he can't because of that loss to Nadal on hardcourt...

The loss itself is not only not encouraging, but actually frustrating, but I think the process is at least a bit encouraging...
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It's gonna be tough. Is it realistic ? Nadal has almost skipped Miami to prepare the clay season. Fed is extra motivated, he will get the non calendar slam pressure from media. His game is on, his ankle seems OK. At this stage if he meets Nadal in the finals he will need an awesome performance given the bad matchup with Nadal, especially on clay. It seems to be a real challenge. What signs would make you think that Fed can win this one ?
Nadal was talking about his ankle pain in his post match interview after Moya match so who knows how fit he will be before RG. Roger seemed ok with his since he smiled it off.
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Re: What are Fed's chances of winning RG and doing the Non Calendar Slam ?

Not a clue at this moment. I doubt any of us here really have any answer to that?

One thing for sure though nothing will make me more happy to see him lifting that trophy Even if he couldn't this year, I know he will do everything he possibly can to win it at least once in his career. That much we can be sure.

Besides, I don't believe a bit that's all he could have done vs Nadal in the RG match last year and no I'm not saying that Nadal was at his best either, but I wish even if he couldn't win it, he would have given it his best/all in whatever circumstances it is and that would be fine for me.

We'll see and we obvioulys can't wait, aren't we?
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We'll see and we obvioulys can't wait, aren't we?
No we can't, it's the most exciting challenge of Fed these days.
Keeping his grass record going is another one.

"I asked a bloke in the front row if he liked the serve-and-volley stuff," said Rafter. "He said he did but asked if he was going to get to see any rallies. 'Not today, mate,' I told him."
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Nadal is the most poweful barrier!

Also, the Spanish-speaking Clay Experts are also strong!
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They should meet before RG, unless something runs off the rails. Roger plans to play M-C- & Rome this yr. Wonder if they'll allow Puerta back in time for Paris - the hearing was a set up for a reversal on appeal on totally bogus grounds - gee, shucksypoo, my wife spiked my drink - pllleaseeeee. RN-Puerta was so boring, I didn't last 3 pts. just watching it; so if Roger has to play him in early rounds, god knows if he falls asleep as well.

I thght. he'd max his chances if he played clay since AO, except for IW, so he'd get used to the pace - spend 4-6 mos. on clay & it would become a part of him, rather than an irritating but necessary diversion. Look how short his points were v. Haas last night. He has to get his patience back. Not get bored, or lose focus. (Wonder if anyone has calculated avg. length of match & avg. #shots/pt. on h-c-'s vs. clay(RG) - or Wimby vs. RG. Be interesting.)

He & Mauresmo will both have huge targets on their backs this yr. It'd be a special yr. if men's final is Rog-Thuggy & Women's is Mauresmo-Henin!!!
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P.S. It'd be less awkward, if you called it a Sequential Grand Slam, rather than a non-calendar G-S- - as that's what it is - winning All 4 Majors in sequence, irrespective of which one you win first. And I don't see any reason it should matter which one you win first.

After hearing last night what Billy Jean had to say to Roger about his backhand volley, I thght. it might be worthwhile for Roger to pick the brains of other greats for their observations. Then, this am, I thght. of Borg, who's broke & knows more about winning them b2b than anyone. He should hire Borg & have him in his box in Paris & perhaps London. He may have one thing to say that's really helpful to Roger. Of course, Borg could be an ignorant bastard these days... But the concept was appealing.
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Roger has roche but he does need to improve his approach shots. Must be deeper to the baseline. I hope Tony is telling him and Roger is forgetting to do it.
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P.S. It'd be less awkward, if you called it a Sequential Grand Slam, rather than a non-calendar G-S- - as that's what it is - winning All 4 Majors in sequence, irrespective of which one you win first. And I don't see any reason it should matter which one you win first.

After hearing last night what Billy Jean had to say to Roger about his backhand volley, I thght. it might be worthwhile for Roger to pick the brains of other greats for their observations. Then, this am, I thght. of Borg, who's broke & knows more about winning them b2b than anyone. He should hire Borg & have him in his box in Paris & perhaps London. He may have one thing to say that's really helpful to Roger. Of course, Borg could be an ignorant bastard these days... But the concept was appealing.
Yep Borg would do a good adviser to Fed, but his own game was very defensive while Roche won the French while being an attacking Australian, so he's the guy. The question is to know if Fed has enough time to get consistent in terms of:
-patience
-solid approach shots
-management of strong top spin (esp. on his BH, esp. lefty )
If he goes deep in the three clay tournies it means he's gotten a good level of consistency. With the rest, experience, confidence, toughness, stamina, good baseline game, he could do it....

"I asked a bloke in the front row if he liked the serve-and-volley stuff," said Rafter. "He said he did but asked if he was going to get to see any rallies. 'Not today, mate,' I told him."
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