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Rome R2 : Gulbis def. Federer 2-6 6-1 7-5

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B.z.A.
04-27-2010, 04:56 PM
sry for last thread :S
:eek::eek: OMG WTF was that ?

Action Jackson
04-27-2010, 04:56 PM
Let the Gulbis bandwagon gather steam.

Ernie blowing all the match points at *5-4, including 2 double faults and then generous Fedclown hands back the break. Great comedy in the last few games.

Fed will peak for RG.

rubbERR
04-27-2010, 04:56 PM
why? gulbis sucks

dodo
04-27-2010, 04:56 PM
well played, Roger.
lock for RG.

SheepleBuster
04-27-2010, 04:57 PM
well done roger. outchoking the choke king. my god

docking34
04-27-2010, 04:57 PM
fucking epic, THIS IS THE END OF AN ERA.

Priam
04-27-2010, 04:57 PM
Choke beats Tank.

fabolous
04-27-2010, 04:57 PM
hello, club fed :D

andy neyer
04-27-2010, 04:57 PM
Expected stuff.

Federer once again showing his choking skills :lol:

dodo
04-27-2010, 04:57 PM
the mugness of this match cannot be put into words

madmax
04-27-2010, 04:57 PM
Roger will win Madrid and FO now, NID:banana:

Snoo Foo
04-27-2010, 04:57 PM
http://geekonfilm.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/ernest_p-_worrell.jpg
:worship: ERNEST :worship:

moon language
04-27-2010, 04:57 PM
Hilariously awful tennis at the end.

RawrArgh
04-27-2010, 04:57 PM
I love you you headcase you.

SheepleBuster
04-27-2010, 04:57 PM
it's not an end of an era. Roger does not care about the clay. good for Gulbis. hope he learns something from this. take something from this against nadal, djokovic and other guys

tangerine_dream
04-27-2010, 04:58 PM
What a strange coincidence that Roger hits another mini-slump just as Rafa is regaining his form.

Denaon
04-27-2010, 04:58 PM
I wish I could have watched this match :(
WTG Gulbis

rhinooooo
04-27-2010, 04:58 PM
Federer tanking to avoid Volandri/Benneteau as they both own him.

LocoPorElTenis
04-27-2010, 04:58 PM
Pathetic from Roger to come and tank like this.

solowyn
04-27-2010, 04:58 PM
:o That break back at 5-5, just fail.

I only caught the end of the last set, what happened in the 2nd?

Bargearse
04-27-2010, 04:58 PM
I picked Gulbis to win because it's clear Roger Federer can't get it up for these tournaments. In fact, I'm not even sure that was Roger Federer. The real Federer will turn up and do amazing things at Roland Garros.

Good win however for Gulbis & lucky to get away with wasting so many match points. Maybe he'll get to play Rafa :shrug:

nanoman
04-27-2010, 04:58 PM
Someone give Fedmug a big fine pleaase. This is str8 tanking !

Erica86
04-27-2010, 04:58 PM
That is a big upset.

asmazif
04-27-2010, 04:58 PM
massive LOL at the third set.

dombrfc
04-27-2010, 04:58 PM
Quite incredible

DualMedia
04-27-2010, 04:58 PM
ding dong, the FEd winning era is over.

andy neyer
04-27-2010, 04:58 PM
Roger will win Madrid and FO now, NID:banana:

fanboys :lol:

alter ego
04-27-2010, 04:58 PM
Great WTA match Roger.

Sophocles
04-27-2010, 04:59 PM
I never realised peaking for the slams involved losing every match outside them.

Gulbis on clay? FFS.

Snoo Foo
04-27-2010, 04:59 PM
Obviously Roger tanked to avoid a Pippo Volandri rematch in R16.

Arkulari
04-27-2010, 04:59 PM
Good from Gulbis besides that choke at *5-4, Shankerer in full force, he won like 10% of his second serve points in the second set :spit:

malisha
04-27-2010, 04:59 PM
yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss(fuck ing banana dancing)

dedicated to Bilbo



Federer is maybe the toughest matchup for Erno....but as we all know...mathups do not win matches

2moretogo
04-27-2010, 04:59 PM
Well there now. Congrats to Gulbis. It was sure entertaining from 5-3; holding match points on Federer's serve (2); holding 6 more on his own at 5-4. Then Fed collapsing. With the hell is going on!!!

Deivid23
04-27-2010, 04:59 PM
What a couple of clowns ffs :haha:

missvarsha
04-27-2010, 04:59 PM
Did he manage to outscore the 61 UEs from the Berdych loss ?
It's all well and good to only care about the GSs, but I'm afraid Federer is going to find out that just like winning, losing is a habit that is far too easy to get into.
Even in GSs he won't be able to always pull it out if he keeps being pulled into tight situations by every player on the circuit.

Bibberz
04-27-2010, 04:59 PM
http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/4412/14445086.png

:tears:

scarecrows
04-27-2010, 04:59 PM
bad match for the world no.1

Fedexex
04-27-2010, 04:59 PM
Roger:o

Ernie:) stop choking though:(

tennishero
04-27-2010, 04:59 PM
a lot of drama at the end lol gulbis wasting 6 MP's and getting broken only for federe to hand it straight back..
happy for gulbis but federer should have held serve at least.

Smoke944
04-27-2010, 04:59 PM
the mugness of this match cannot be put into words

let's just leave it at this.
but seriously, Roger literally could not hit the ball in the court for the last set. He made like 1 out of every 4 forehands.

SetSampras
04-27-2010, 04:59 PM
LOL...

The GOAT? More like a mug anymore. Another early round loss for the swiss mug against clown slamless Gulbis

Acer
04-27-2010, 04:59 PM
Federer looking genuinely annoyed each time Gulbis was missing a match point :spit:

Sunset of Age
04-27-2010, 04:59 PM
What a comedy match. My jaw hurts from laughing. :worship:

Feds :retard:
Gulbis :hatoff: but also :retard: for blowing 7 MPs, two of them on DF'ing :bowdown:

Raf would have double bagelled either of the two. :)

Huntress555
04-27-2010, 04:59 PM
:bounce::bounce:

Its 3 in the morning but I dont care, so happy I stayed up at watched that now! Ernie, thank god you didnt screw up serving for the match the second time :yeah::lol:

seljanin
04-27-2010, 05:00 PM
Well, of course Roger played a very poor match for his standards. Anyway, I am very, very happy for my countrymate. Amazing win! :yeah: Superb achievement, and there are no doubts, which will be the sports event of the month of April in Latvia :worship:

Good that he managed to clinch it in the end, otherwise it would have been a very painful loss after wasting all those matchpoints.

LinkMage
04-27-2010, 05:00 PM
Fedclown should skip the rest of the clay season and come back for Wimbledon.

Still can't believe he always wins the 1st set but then goes to sleep and loses. Why is it so difficult for this idiot to understand these are best of 3 matches, not best of 1 matches? :retard:

MacTheKnife
04-27-2010, 05:00 PM
Pathetic display of tennis. Both these guys should have been disqualified after the 2nd set..

SheepleBuster
04-27-2010, 05:00 PM
let's face it. roger's draw was god awful. he got nadal in semis and all kinds of traps on his way there. he has not done well in rome for a while now. let's hope nadal goes back to no. 2 soon!

octatennis
04-27-2010, 05:00 PM
obviously fed tank to practice for estoril.

thedesertsun
04-27-2010, 05:01 PM
Biggest mug festival of the last couple of years :lol:

tyruk14
04-27-2010, 05:01 PM
If that wasn't a strategic tank -- which I'm sure it wasn't -- then Roger needs to do something drastic.

If Nadal wins Rome and Madrid and Federer wins Estoril but goes out early in Madrid, how will the rankings look?

SheepleBuster
04-27-2010, 05:01 PM
it's truly pathetic to see people treating this loss like it's the end of the world. folks. Roger won his 16. get over yourself and your hate. everybody wins and loses. this loss is not worse than rafa's loss to Roddick. haha

rubbERR
04-27-2010, 05:01 PM
let's face it. roger's draw was god awful. he got nadal in semis and all kinds of traps on his way there. he has not done well in rome for a while now. let's hope nadal goes back to no. 2 soon!

face it, roger is done

dodo
04-27-2010, 05:01 PM
:o That break back at 5-5, just fail.

I only caught the end of the last set, what happened in the 2nd?
errorfest from the world #1 followed by a tank

Aphex
04-27-2010, 05:02 PM
Oh no Roger. Not against Hookers. :o

malisha
04-27-2010, 05:02 PM
Federer tanking to avoid Volandri/Benneteau as they both own him.

Obviously Roger tanked to avoid a Pippo Volandri rematch in R16.

great minds think alike

raahaat7
04-27-2010, 05:02 PM
What a match.

habibko
04-27-2010, 05:02 PM
same old same old, it's getting tedious already, I guess Fed fans have to wait for only Slams these days to watch Fed play half decently, oh well..

tangerine_dream
04-27-2010, 05:02 PM
http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/4412/14445086.png

:tears:

:haha: I saw that and was like, What exactly does that mean?

Persimmon
04-27-2010, 05:02 PM
:o

BlueSwan
04-27-2010, 05:02 PM
So basically Nadal will be #1 after RG, preventing Roger from beating the Sampras record, unless he gets injured.

Tutu
04-27-2010, 05:02 PM
Knew he would do this. Ernests did so well before the choke. It's so great to see him not just going out there and hitting the shit out of the ball, he has the weapons but now he seems to be using them. That was one epic choke but he did really well not to go back to old habits and just overpress and hit 8 errors in a row. Congrats Ernests, he's really maturing this year. :bowdown:

Corey Feldman
04-27-2010, 05:03 PM
Federer should probably "have another holiday and 2 more weeks of training"

take more fancy pics of him in retarded looking nike t-shirts with the i'm too talented to take practise seriously smiles

malisha
04-27-2010, 05:03 PM
no tank here

he was outplayed by the better player on the day

as simple as that

-Valhalla-
04-27-2010, 05:03 PM
http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/2917/wta.jpg :haha: :haha:

dombrfc
04-27-2010, 05:03 PM
LOL...

The GOAT? More like a mug anymore. Another early round loss for the swiss mug against clown slamless Gulbis

Can we get this guy banned?

Voo de Mar
04-27-2010, 05:03 PM
Gulbis is an idiot: with such a powerful serve (his 1st serve after wasting 6th match point was 233km/h) it's extraordinary if you can't close out a match :) It's hard to believe that Federer played such a pathetic game at 5:5 :o Paradoxically better for Gulbis winning 7-5 than 6-3 or 6-4 in the third set after wasting some many chances.

Federer lost tight matches in three consecutive tournaments, I can't remember a former No. 1 who did it the same... Rios once lost three consecutive matches 6-7 in the third but it happened a year before he got No. 1 spot.

SheepleBuster
04-27-2010, 05:03 PM
face it, roger is done

your point? so what if he is done? he gave me 5 or 6 very good years. haha. if he is done, he is done. everybody gets old.

Ales_Alessandra
04-27-2010, 05:03 PM
Drama match! Well done Gulbis! Well, way to go Rafa!!

Sunset of Age
04-27-2010, 05:04 PM
If that wasn't a strategic tank -- which I'm sure it wasn't -- then Roger needs to do something drastic.

As sad as it makes me feel, this is the inevitable decline of a former top player, which has been going on for at least two years already. Even in his GS's, it's not like he's unbeatable anymore. :shrug:

If Nadal wins Rome and Madrid and Federer wins Estoril but goes out early in Madrid, how will the rankings look?

Nadal might well not even have to wait for Wimbledon to overtake the #1 ranking position again.

UsD.AnDreS
04-27-2010, 05:04 PM
Some more material for guys thinking Fed avoids Rafa at non-GS events..
That loss must be really disappointing for fans..

jonas
04-27-2010, 05:04 PM
Strategic tank to avoid Rafa.

Arkulari
04-27-2010, 05:04 PM
this year is looking more and more like 2007 every time: won AO, lost early in IW/Miami, lost early in Rome... :lol:

I'm in the point on which I just laugh about Shankerer instead of suffering about him

Tutu
04-27-2010, 05:04 PM
And typically retarded comments as usual on this forum. :lol:

Noleta
04-27-2010, 05:04 PM
:yeah:Gulbis:took the gifts that were presented to him from Roger:hatoff:

Congrats to Ernie fans:hug:

rocketassist
04-27-2010, 05:05 PM
FUCK YEAH! :dance:

fred perry
04-27-2010, 05:05 PM
the art of the tank by Federer. really sublime stuff by Fed...

Smoke944
04-27-2010, 05:05 PM
Federer should probably "have another holiday and 2 more weeks of training"

take more fancy pics of him in retarded looking nike t-shirts with the i'm too talented to take practise seriously smiles

:lol:

Roamed
04-27-2010, 05:05 PM
So basically Nadal will be #1 after RG, preventing Roger from beating the Sampras record, unless he gets injured.

Pretty much, assuming Rafa really is back to his normal self.

rwn
04-27-2010, 05:05 PM
LOL...

The GOAT? More like a mug anymore. Another early round loss for the swiss mug against clown slamless Gulbis

Santoro-Sampras 6-1,6-1.

Tutu
04-27-2010, 05:05 PM
http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/2917/wta.jpg :haha: :haha:
Save your jokes. :rolleyes: WTA no.1 Serena would never do that shit.

duong
04-27-2010, 05:06 PM
Awful end of the match : Federer probably thought Gulbis deserved it and it would be too cruel :lol:

Because don't miss it : in second set and third set until 5-4, Gulbis played huge and Federer had no chance at all.

Gulbis definitely has the game to go very far, already in that tournament, he clearly missed the mind at one moment but maybe it will help him in the future.

Federer is physically fit, which is already good, he couldn't have any rhythm for his shots (and probably missed it in the end : he took far too many risks considering the momentum of the match at this moment), because Gulbis doesn't allow any rhythm.

I'm more confident for the following of his clay season (because he has not been too lazy : he's physically fit) now than I was this morning, except that missing three ends of tight matches is not good at all for the confidence.

Fortunately he will have more matches in Estoril, he needs them.

But Gulbis was too good, bad draw :yeah:

zlaja777
04-27-2010, 05:06 PM
Ok, I know Roger worships GS's but that performance was just awful.

SetSampras
04-27-2010, 05:06 PM
Santoro-Sampras 6-1,6-1.

Sampras won Rome:)

Sunset of Age
04-27-2010, 05:06 PM
So basically Nadal will be #1 after RG, preventing Roger from beating the Sampras record, unless he gets injured.

Exactly.
Those who claim that Federer doesn't care for this kind of tournaments anymore should ask themselves if he doesn't care for breaking Sampras' record anymore either... :o

gulzhan
04-27-2010, 05:07 PM
Gulbis :worship:

LinkMage
04-27-2010, 05:07 PM
Fedmug trying to peak for Estoril Grand Slam. :whoresheep:

Arkulari
04-27-2010, 05:07 PM
Sampras won Rome:)

Federer won Hamburg 4 times, Madrid 1 time and RG 1 time
so...

dombrfc
04-27-2010, 05:08 PM
Sampras won Rome:)


Fed won RG?


Move on...

Jomp1
04-27-2010, 05:08 PM
No words for how Fed can drop 5-5 to 5-7 with all momentum possible going his way. What a joke.

tangerine_dream
04-27-2010, 05:08 PM
RAFOLE final. :banana:

oranges
04-27-2010, 05:08 PM
:dance: :banana:

Obviously Roger tanked to avoid a Pippo Volandri rematch in R16.

:lol: :worship:

vavavoom
04-27-2010, 05:08 PM
Save your jokes. :rolleyes: WTA no.1 Serena would never do that shit.

She wouldn't even be arsed to show up. Which is worse...arguably.

Persimmon
04-27-2010, 05:08 PM
Unlike Agassi, looks like Fed won't be winning Rome after completing the career slam...

rubbERR
04-27-2010, 05:09 PM
your point? so what if he is done? he gave me 5 or 6 very good years. haha. if he is done, he is done. everybody gets old.

exacly, so what? ...then stop making ridiculous excuses why he lost :lol:

Fedicilous
04-27-2010, 05:09 PM
Pathetic display from Federer, I don't know what's going on, but it's unreal to build good form in 5 weeks from this shitty performance.

I hope that he will do something with himself until Wimbledon.

Persimmon
04-27-2010, 05:09 PM
Federer won Hamburg 4 times, Madrid 1 time
so...

The most prestigious MS on clay are Rome and Monte Carlo. Because of the long tradition and history:o

dodo
04-27-2010, 05:10 PM
Sampras won Rome:)
you make a broken record seem like a regular record

-Valhalla-
04-27-2010, 05:10 PM
Save your jokes. :rolleyes: WTA no.1 Serena would never do that shit.

Drop the ritalin and laugh for two seconds :lol: ...

http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/2917/wta.jpg

jdenelle
04-27-2010, 05:11 PM
wat's up with Fed?:confused:

foul_dwimmerlaik
04-27-2010, 05:11 PM
The last three games of that match should be taped and made into a comical sketch for nighttime shows. What muggery.

duong
04-27-2010, 05:12 PM
Did he manage to outscore the 61 UEs from the Berdych loss ?


I don't think so : Gulbis made too many winners and the match was too short to offer him an opportunity to make so many errors.

Gulbis in that match was hugely better than Berdych in Miami

Aaric
04-27-2010, 05:12 PM
My faves suck :hearts:
:o

fred perry
04-27-2010, 05:12 PM
you guys don't appreciate the master plan here. Federer is setting himself up for a ratings points bonanza come 2011. It's brilliant. Fed is always 6 moves ahead of everybody!

Arkulari
04-27-2010, 05:13 PM
RAFOLE final. :banana:

IF Nole makes it that far :p ;)

MacTheKnife
04-27-2010, 05:14 PM
Drop the ritalin and laugh for two seconds :lol: ...

http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/2917/wta.jpg

Don't insult the WTA !!!

djb84xi
04-27-2010, 05:14 PM
What's the use of Fed showing up at the Masters events, if he's not gonna treat them as importantly as the Slams? All credit to Gulbis, for finally playing up to his potential for a change. I wanna see him think less about his family's wealth and more about making a productive tennis career while he has time. Really solid effort.

If Fed somehow manages not to win Estoril next week, I would be a bit concerned about his form going into Paris. As of right now, I would say he definitely isn't the favorite to repeat at the French. So much for a Fed/Rafa rematch!! Maybe in Madrid............if Fed doesn't screw that up too.

Bibberz
04-27-2010, 05:14 PM
you make a broken record seem like a regular record

:haha: :haha: :haha:

malisha
04-27-2010, 05:14 PM
cant belive the crowds didnt booo him....they were celebrating Ernos DF....clueless mugs

duong
04-27-2010, 05:14 PM
So basically Nadal will be #1 after RG, preventing Roger from beating the Sampras record, unless he gets injured.

far from done : Fed was better than I expected and Nadal has missed Barcelona ;)

muchu
04-27-2010, 05:15 PM
Is this a space jam movie with Roger Federer in it instead MJ? Man, he can't even do proper first serve anymore

-Valhalla-
04-27-2010, 05:15 PM
Don't insult the WTA !!!

True dat! :lol:

Sunset of Age
04-27-2010, 05:16 PM
cant belive the crowds didnt booo him....they were celebrating Ernos DF....clueless mugs

Yep. I posted in the match commentary thread that Feds really deserved a few good loud BOO's, here. And crowds cheering for DFs, that's the ultimate low. :(

Fedicilous
04-27-2010, 05:16 PM
I don't know what's worse:

The fact that since Gulbis stopped making stupid errors and made some winners , Federer had not existed or that Federer's great choke in the end of match.

Third match in a row which should be won.

Hugh Jaas
04-27-2010, 05:17 PM
the mugness of this match cannot be put into words

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/multimedia/dynamic/00226/itc2_226537c.jpg


GULBIS THE FUTURE GOAT!!!

Priam
04-27-2010, 05:17 PM
I don't get why he tanked. He only has Madrid now to really prepare for RG. Gulbis almost eclipsed Almugro, good for him.

djb84xi
04-27-2010, 05:17 PM
Hilariously awful tennis at the end.

I thought after Fed broke back for 5 all, Gulbis was done. I was dead wrong about that. Those ridiculous errors came back to bite Fed in the ass.

Filo V.
04-27-2010, 05:18 PM
Very disappointing from Roger to not even give Gulbis the chance to be punished for not winning the match on his own serve. Just gave it all up, and didn't even try on Gulbis' last serve game. Shocking, and embarrassing.

On the whole, though, Ernests played well, so congrats to him, I'm guessing the best win in his career. Semifinals vs. Nadal is a real possibility for him now.

Xristos
04-27-2010, 05:18 PM
Expected.

missvarsha
04-27-2010, 05:19 PM
If Fed somehow manages not to win Estoril next week, I would be a bit concerned about his form going into Paris.

Shouldn't we first be concerned about him escaping the first round with a win ?

Filo V.
04-27-2010, 05:20 PM
I'm not surprised that he lost, but the way he did it was very shocking, and a little upsetting to be honest. Totally ridiculous playing and he's mentally gone from events that aren't majors or Davis Cup.

ApproachShot
04-27-2010, 05:20 PM
I don't get why he tanked.

He didn't tank. He tried to win the match but he lost - mainly courtesy of playing careless service games at crucial times in the match. If he really intended to tank, he wouldn't have broken back when Gulbis was serving for the match at 5-4 in the third set.

Matt01
04-27-2010, 05:20 PM
The most prestigious MS on clay are Rome and Monte Carlo. Because of the long tradition and history:o


And you think that winning Rome once is better than winning Hamburg 4 times and Madrid once?

Roamed
04-27-2010, 05:21 PM
you guys don't appreciate the master plan here. Federer is setting himself up for a ratings points bonanza come 2011. It's brilliant. Fed is always 6 moves ahead of everybody!

Except for Murray. :yeah:

djb84xi
04-27-2010, 05:21 PM
I don't know what's worse:

The fact that since Gulbis stopped making stupid errors and made some winners , Federer had not existed or that Federer's great choke in the end of match.

Third match in a row which should be won.


You're definitely right. Fed's serve didn't even have any life to it today. He's at the point now where he just can't keep control of his matches anymore.

ad-out
04-27-2010, 05:22 PM
No smileys to describe how happy I am for Ernests! :D

And please give him a break for not serving it out at 5-4. It was the biggest potential win of his career and he was nervous.. :awww:

Sjengster
04-27-2010, 05:22 PM
Steady progress from Federer, six matchpoints saved this time, none wasted. He might even be good enough to beat a Challenger-level player in Estoril next week.

Hugh Jaas
04-27-2010, 05:23 PM
Expected.

The Latvian has got spartan spirit.

duong
04-27-2010, 05:23 PM
I think people forget what happened in second set and third set until 5-4 and only think of the, indeed pathetic, end.

But what about second set and third set until 5-4 ?

I say it again : Gulbis played even better than I had seen last weeks, and there is no possible comparison between the way he played those sets and the way Berdych had to play to beat Federer.

Federer was awful in Miami, here his opponent was too good for a player who has not played matches at all on clay.

Maybe people should forget a little bit those few final games :rolleyes:

Aenea
04-27-2010, 05:24 PM
Federer looking genuinely annoyed each time Gulbis was missing a match point :spit:

:lol:

I missed the 1st set but watched 2nd and 3rd. The end of the match was pure comedy with both of them trying hard not to win. Finally Ernests had to do something to avoid a fine for not trying enough and took the match. Good play, Ernests :yeah: Do not lose next round.

As of Fed I don't know what to think. I'm still shocked he lost today but seriously those of you who say he's saving himself for Madrid/FO do you genuinely believe that? Because I don't. Still he has Estoril to practice and win a clay title :D

djb84xi
04-27-2010, 05:24 PM
Shouldn't we first be concerned about him escaping the first round with a win ?

you're right about that. let's see if he can at least get through his first round next week.

Topspin Forehand
04-27-2010, 05:25 PM
Not surprise this Fedclown tanked to avoid Nadal. What a pathetic display. No wonder he scheduled himself to play next week.

duong
04-27-2010, 05:25 PM
You're definitely right. Fed's serve didn't even have any life to it today. He's at the point now where he just can't keep control of his matches anymore.

I think Fed had chosen to play slow first serves to avoid Gulbis's return on second serve, but when Gulbis started outplaying him, he started wanting to play too big shots ... and that's why he made those awful errors in the end.

gulzhan
04-27-2010, 05:25 PM
And you think that winning Rome once is better than winning Hamburg 4 times and Madrid once?

No one ever cared about Hamburg. Maybe only Steppa.

And clay-Madrid is not a real Masters because of stupid timing.

Corey Feldman
04-27-2010, 05:26 PM
he can't even do proper first serve anymorethe biggest thing above everything else is how unbelievably pathetic his scheduling is, other than winning AO in January he has barely played any tennis (and none of it good) since the US Open last year. its looking to me that the motivation is dead, there is no excuse such a lack of tennis in about 8 months and its made him become a nervous wreck in big points and pressure situations.. look at the tight 3 set matches he's lost everywhere since then. everyone knows you do better when your in a good rhythm of tough matches and tournaments, something he is nowhere near.

sometimes you can wrap yourself too much in cotton wool and he's fell into that.

he thinks he's too big to play smaller tournaments and his ridiculous ego about his talent and how he doesnt need to practise hard has gotten out of control, he deserves everything that is coming to him now.

prima donna
04-27-2010, 05:27 PM
So what.

SerenaFederer
04-27-2010, 05:27 PM
:lol: see you in Paris Fed :p

congrats gulbis

Sunset of Age
04-27-2010, 05:27 PM
Not surprise this Fedclown tanked to avoid Nadal. What a pathetic display. No wonder he scheduled himself to play next week.

Yeah, Fed always tanks to avoid Nadal. That's why they have never played any finals against each other. Very wise of him to do so. :worship:

:silly:

ossie
04-27-2010, 05:28 PM
ive never seen 2 players try so hard to lose a match :haha:

SerenaFederer
04-27-2010, 05:28 PM
the biggest thing above everything else is how unbelievably pathetic his scheduling is, other than winning AO in January he has barely played any tennis (and none of it good) since the US Open last year. its looking to me that the motivation is dead, there is no excuse such a lack of tennis in about 8 months and its made him become a nervous wreck in big points and pressure situations.. look at the tight 3 set matches he's lost everywhere since then. everyone knows you do better when your in a good rhythm of tough matches and tournaments, something he is nowhere near.

sometimes you can wrap yourself too much in cotton wool and he's fell into that.

he thinks he's too big to play smaller tournaments and his ridiculous ego about his talent and how he doesnt need to practise hard has gotten out of control, he deserves everything that is coming to him now.

exactly what is coming to him? :scratch:

Voo de Mar
04-27-2010, 05:29 PM
Federer has lost 8 matches in a row when deciding third set came to 5:5 (Karlovic, Murray 2x, Tsonga, Davydenko, Baghdatis, Berdych, Gulbis) :o The last time Federer won 7-5 or 7-6 in the third set - Monte Carlo 2008 - beat Ramirez-Hidalgo 6-1 3-6 7-6(1).

djb84xi
04-27-2010, 05:29 PM
you guys don't appreciate the master plan here. Federer is setting himself up for a ratings points bonanza come 2011. It's brilliant. Fed is always 6 moves ahead of everybody!

You call that brilliant??? That's the absolute craziest thing I've heard all day. Keep on believing this, because I don't, lol

Priam
04-27-2010, 05:30 PM
Another RG plate maybe.

duong
04-27-2010, 05:31 PM
he thinks he's too big to play smaller tournaments and his ridiculous ego about his talent and how he doesnt need to practise hard has gotten out of control, he deserves everything that is coming to him now.

don't you think he was fast on his legs ?

I think his physical practise was good at least, he was not as lazy as I thought.

He should just have had a first match with more rhythm like one against Volandri or other precisely (who will be crushed by Gulbis except if he loses his mind :lol: )

gorgo1986
04-27-2010, 05:33 PM
Ernests played a good match even with the choke, lets not forget this kid is only 21 years old. Its a great win regardless of how Fed played. He is a huge talent and he can definitely play well on clay. I am really happy for him and enjoy watching him play. He has spunk!

As far as Fed, he just looked sloppy out there, out of practice. You can tell he is no longer committed when it comes to the tournaments outside of the slams. With that being said, I have learned that you should never count Fed out.

prima donna
04-27-2010, 05:35 PM
exactly what is coming to him? :scratch:
3/4 Grand Slams.

Roland Garros 2009
Wimbledon 2009
Australian Open 2010

Such a sorrowful existence!

Rumour
04-27-2010, 05:36 PM
Gulbis :bigclap:
Fed :wazzup:

Really pleased for Gulbis, even though I predicted (something I usually avoid) he'd go down in two tight sets if Fed came to play - which I presume from many comments that he obviously didn't, at least for a good portion of the match :rolleyes: There was never any doubt in my mind, though, that Gulbis would do his best to make a contest of it, so however much trouble he may have had closing it out (and whatever help he got from his opponent in finally doing so), I feel the Latvian truly earned this win and wish him all th best going forward in the tournament :D

duong
04-27-2010, 05:38 PM
Really pleased for Gulbis, even though I predicted (something I usually avoid) he'd go down in two tight sets if Fed came to play - which I presume from many comments that he obviously didn't, at least for a good portion of the match :rolleyes:

Fed playing very well would have had a tight match as well ;)

Diprosalic
04-27-2010, 05:39 PM
who cares about singles anyway? doubles is where it's at!

Deivid23
04-27-2010, 05:39 PM
Fed playing very well would have had a tight match as well ;)

Yup, that´s why he won 62 first set without breaking a sweat

Guille.
04-27-2010, 05:40 PM
:lol:

Vida
04-27-2010, 05:41 PM
gulbis :yeah: thank god he didnt lose chokingly - he was close.

Arkulari
04-27-2010, 05:42 PM
Roger clapped with his racquet at Gulbis before shaking hands :)

ossie
04-27-2010, 05:43 PM
let the rogerdoomtheories begin... again

Mr. Oracle
04-27-2010, 05:43 PM
Was hoping to see Rafa tear Frauderer a new one. Might have to wait till RG.

pica_pica
04-27-2010, 05:44 PM
Unreal stuff. Federer's indeed absent in everything not called grand slams :help:

Gulbis doesn't look too happy afterwards. It's not a beautiful win afterall.

Guy Haines
04-27-2010, 05:47 PM
Haven't seen the match yet, was it clownier and tankier than Federer's loss to Tsonga last summer? Because a lot of MTF took that one at face value.

Matt01
04-27-2010, 05:49 PM
No one ever cared about Hamburg. Maybe only Steppa.

And clay-Madrid is not a real Masters because of stupid timing.


Yeah right :lol:

Eden
04-27-2010, 05:51 PM
Roger :rolleyes: No need to gift Rafa the #1 ranking without trying your best in smaller tournaments. The points at the Masters will also be counted for the ranking :smash:

Congrats for the victory to Gulbis.

LocoPorElTenis
04-27-2010, 05:51 PM
Haven't seen the match yet, was it clownier and tankier than Federer's loss to Tsonga last summer? Because a lot of MTF took that one at face value.

Let's just say that Federer looked frustrated every time Gulbis choked away a mp

Roamed
04-27-2010, 05:53 PM
From @DrewLilley on Twitter:

Fed: "going to work, practise on clay every day, work some more, play doubles here, Estoril and Madrid then head to FO."
Fed: "Wasn't pretty tennis, Gulbis kept rallies short, took risks, couldn't get into a rhythm on the baseline, service went AWOL"

Corey Feldman
04-27-2010, 05:54 PM
Fed now won 3 matches (struggle wins over Hanescu, Serra on outdoor HC) from last six counting masters 1000's

3-4 and 2 no shows

MacTheKnife
04-27-2010, 05:55 PM
Federer's priorities are clearly where they should be. On his family. They sure as hell aren't on MS1000 events.

ad-out
04-27-2010, 05:58 PM
Gulbis doesn't look too happy afterwards. It's not a beautiful win afterall.

He only loves the "beautiful losses".. :lol:

analysist
04-27-2010, 05:58 PM
By this trend with MTFer logic, he 'll end up world no 2 with 4 grandslam

enigma
04-27-2010, 05:58 PM
:smash:

Nidhogg
04-27-2010, 05:59 PM
Excellent win for Ernests Gulbis, and it will be interesting to see how this spurs him on. I missed the first set, but when he finds his spots with the serve like he did in the last two sets he's a tough nut to crack for anyone. He made a mess of it when he was about to close it out but got it done in the end. Decent initial fightback from Federer there til he faltered on serve yet again, and he will most likely just continue to work on and finetune his clay game.

Johnny Groove
04-27-2010, 06:00 PM
Federer only plays tennis 8 weeks a year.

recessional
04-27-2010, 06:00 PM
:spit:

gulbis tried to choke the match away, but the power of federror was just too strong. :bowdown:

igralec33
04-27-2010, 06:00 PM
:banana:

MacTheKnife
04-27-2010, 06:03 PM
Federer only plays tennis 8 weeks a year.


:yeah: Might be 9. He does throw in an exho here and there that he seems to care more about.. :lol:

Corey Feldman
04-27-2010, 06:04 PM
seen players older than Federer with bigger family commitments play far better than this shit he is producing

Eden
04-27-2010, 06:10 PM
Federer's priorities are clearly where they should be. On his family. They sure as hell aren't on MS1000 events.

That's true of course, but nevertheless it's frustrating for us fans that he doesn't seem to be able to take advantage of the current situation of other players who struggle (Murray, Djokovic) or are out with injuries (Davydenko, Del Potro). On the other hand stranger things have happened in Roger's career as losing in Masters tournaments ;)
What matters the most is that he has won the most important tournament of the year for now - AO -, but it would be disppointing to see him wasting his chances of getting Pete's #1 record.

duong
04-27-2010, 06:13 PM
Haven't seen the match yet, was it clownier and tankier than Federer's loss to Tsonga last summer? Because a lot of MTF took that one at face value.

the loss to Tsonga was awful, for this one all the debate is concentrated on losing his serve at 5-5 :rolleyes:
but Gulbis was the better player there :yeah:

it was not like that at all against Tsonga.

By the way, someone asked : it was 38 unforced errors by Federer, but anyway he was outplayed by Gulbis's shots :shrug:

Even though he was fit and quick (remember how he took some dropshots in the beginning)

he tried too much at 5-5 because Gulbis had played so well before that he was in that idea that he needed to play great : it was an error as considering Gulbis's mental condition at this moment, he should have rather played it calm :shrug:

But Gulbis is the one to congrat here :yeah:

duong
04-27-2010, 06:16 PM
Roger :rolleyes: No need to gift Rafa the #1 ranking without trying your best in smaller tournaments. The points at the Masters will also be counted for the ranking :smash:


he was physically fit, which shows that he did care about that tournament ;)

I only wondered at the moment of the final break if he thought about giving the match back to Gulbis because it would have been so cruel for him losing like that, but I don't think Federer is so generous :lol:

paseo
04-27-2010, 06:24 PM
What a mug, this Federer.

KoOlMaNsEaN
04-27-2010, 06:27 PM
Roger proving to all of us that he's not the fav for RG

M4RC
04-27-2010, 06:28 PM
:haha:

Roger proving to all of us that he's not the fav for RG

:rolleyes: He hasn't ever been the favourite. Nadal's the favourite in every clay tournament he enters, even if he plays blindeyed.

*Jean*
04-27-2010, 06:31 PM
Ernests :D :)

RawrArgh
04-27-2010, 06:36 PM
Gulbis, when asked what happened on all those match points. "I shit my pants a little bit, sorry for my language..."

I love this man so much.

MatchFederer
04-27-2010, 06:51 PM
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/2010-04-27-rome-masters_N.htm

Federer opens his clay season with loss to Gulbis in Rome

ROME (AP) — Roger Federer lost his opening match of the clay-court season, beaten by 40th-ranked Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 on Tuesday.

In the 16-time Grand Slam champion's first singles match in nearly a month, Federer had an easy first set but his form then dropped drastically. The top-ranked Swiss struggled with his consistency under a light rain as the match wore on. Gulbis held on at the finish, winning on his seventh match point.

"My game was definitely not up to speed," Federer said. "My serve was not working at all."

NET POST: U.S. Fed Cup team makes statement

Federer took off several weeks after losing to Tomas Berdych in the fourth round in Key Biscayne, Fla., on March 30.

Federer played a rare doubles match Monday, teaming with Yves Allegro in a victory.

Federer reached the semifinal here last year and went on to win his first Grand Slam title on clay at the French Open a few weeks later. This year's tournament at Roland Garros begins on May 23.

He will play two more tournaments in Estoril and Madrid before heading to Paris.

"I hope I can come back from this. That's usually what I do after a loss like this," Federer said. "Sometimes it takes a loss to wake up and shake you up for your approach the next week. When you always win, sometimes you forget how hard it is. That's why today I don't get too worried about this loss."

Playing inside the tournament's new 10,500-seat stadium, Gulbis appeared nervous at the start and Federer won the opening set easily.

He didn't face a break point until the fourth game of the second set, when he missed a forehand wide to end a long rally and hand Gulbis a 3-1 lead. Gulbis then broke again to go up 5-1 when Federer made a series of errors including a rare overhead miss.

Federer committed 15 unforced errors to Gulbis' eight in the second set alone, and his form in the final set was even worse, missing one routine baseline shot after another.

In all, Federer committed 38 unforced errors to Gulbis' 39, and trailed 20-33 in winners. Federer also struggled with his serve, landing only half of his first attempts to Gulbis' 71%.

"On clay you can lose the feeling sometimes," Federer said of his serve. "At one point I tried to go three-quarters speed but that didn't work either, so I just kept going for it and hoping that it would come back eventually, and it didn't unfortunately."

Gulbis double-faulted on match point twice and made errors on each of his first six chances before Federer finally hit a backhand into the net to end it.

Gulbis also took Federer to a third set before losing in the quarterfinals in Doha in January, then won his first career title in Delray Beach, Fla., in February. He is coached by Hernan Gumy and credits the Argentine pro with his improved form.

"He has immense power on both sides and one of the fastest serves in the game," Federer said. "I think he's got a great future."

Federer wouldn't blame the cool and damp conditions.

"I started well and the conditions were kind of like the French Open final last year," he said. "Actually, I wasn't too happy that it was slow against a player that likes to end the points quickly."

Federer still has the doubles to look forward to here. He and Allegro will next face sixth-seeded Simon Aspelin of Sweden and Paul Hanley of Australia.

"It will give a good chance to forget today and move forward," Federer said.

Earlier, Novak Djokovic began his bid to reach a third consecutive final at the Foro Italico with a quick 6-1, 6-1 win over French opponent Jeremy Chardy.

Also, Lleyton Hewitt pulled out a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win over ninth-seeded Mikhail Youzhny, a positive step in the Australian's comeback from hip surgery.

Victor Hanescu of Romania beat another seeded player, No. 16 Juan Monaco, 7-6 (4), 6-4.

In other matches, Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland easily beat Juergen Melzer of Austria 6-1, 6-2; Feliciano Lopez of Spain advanced past Benjamin Becker of Germany 6-4, 6-3; and Italian wild card Simone Bolelli eliminated German lucky loser Simon Greul 6-4, 6-1.

MatchFederer
04-27-2010, 06:52 PM
Gulbis, when asked what happened on all those match points. "I shit my pants a little bit, sorry for my language..."

I love this man so much.

lol.

Yeah, I like Gulbis as well.

ad-out
04-27-2010, 06:56 PM
Amazing how much press there is about this.. Ernests hasn't been in the news this much since that unfortunate incident in Sweden last year.. :tape:

l_mac
04-27-2010, 06:59 PM
Steady progress from Federer, six matchpoints saved this time, none wasted. He might even be good enough to beat a Challenger-level player in Estoril next week.
:lol:
Roger clapped with his racquet at Gulbis before shaking hands :)
He's so patronising :o
"I hope I can come back from this. That's usually what I do after a loss like this," Federer said. "Sometimes it takes a loss to wake up and shake you up for your approach the next week. When you always win, sometimes you forget how hard it is. That's why today I don't get too worried about this loss."


:haha:

Filo V.
04-27-2010, 07:08 PM
Haven't seen the match yet, was it clownier and tankier than Federer's loss to Tsonga last summer? Because a lot of MTF took that one at face value.

I don't know, I mean, Gulbis played better than Roger throughout the 3rd set, which is sort of the difference, whereas Jo played better late as Roger's level dropped. But Tsonga didn't completely mentally lock up and choke like Ernests did. Roger sort of played the same tennis he did in Canada, but Gulbis deserves the credit for getting the win.

Filo V.
04-27-2010, 07:12 PM
Gulbis, when asked what happened on all those match points. "I shit my pants a little bit, sorry for my language..."

I love this man so much.

:worship:

Much respect towards his candid honesty.

Filo V.
04-27-2010, 07:15 PM
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/2010-04-27-rome-masters_N.htm

Federer opens his clay season with loss to Gulbis in Rome

ROME (AP) — Roger Federer lost his opening match of the clay-court season, beaten by 40th-ranked Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 on Tuesday.

In the 16-time Grand Slam champion's first singles match in nearly a month, Federer had an easy first set but his form then dropped drastically. The top-ranked Swiss struggled with his consistency under a light rain as the match wore on. Gulbis held on at the finish, winning on his seventh match point.

"My game was definitely not up to speed," Federer said. "My serve was not working at all."

NET POST: U.S. Fed Cup team makes statement

Federer took off several weeks after losing to Tomas Berdych in the fourth round in Key Biscayne, Fla., on March 30.

Federer played a rare doubles match Monday, teaming with Yves Allegro in a victory.

Federer reached the semifinal here last year and went on to win his first Grand Slam title on clay at the French Open a few weeks later. This year's tournament at Roland Garros begins on May 23.

He will play two more tournaments in Estoril and Madrid before heading to Paris.

"I hope I can come back from this. That's usually what I do after a loss like this," Federer said. "Sometimes it takes a loss to wake up and shake you up for your approach the next week. When you always win, sometimes you forget how hard it is. That's why today I don't get too worried about this loss."

Playing inside the tournament's new 10,500-seat stadium, Gulbis appeared nervous at the start and Federer won the opening set easily.

He didn't face a break point until the fourth game of the second set, when he missed a forehand wide to end a long rally and hand Gulbis a 3-1 lead. Gulbis then broke again to go up 5-1 when Federer made a series of errors including a rare overhead miss.

Federer committed 15 unforced errors to Gulbis' eight in the second set alone, and his form in the final set was even worse, missing one routine baseline shot after another.

In all, Federer committed 38 unforced errors to Gulbis' 39, and trailed 20-33 in winners. Federer also struggled with his serve, landing only half of his first attempts to Gulbis' 71%.

"On clay you can lose the feeling sometimes," Federer said of his serve. "At one point I tried to go three-quarters speed but that didn't work either, so I just kept going for it and hoping that it would come back eventually, and it didn't unfortunately."

Gulbis double-faulted on match point twice and made errors on each of his first six chances before Federer finally hit a backhand into the net to end it.

Gulbis also took Federer to a third set before losing in the quarterfinals in Doha in January, then won his first career title in Delray Beach, Fla., in February. He is coached by Hernan Gumy and credits the Argentine pro with his improved form.

"He has immense power on both sides and one of the fastest serves in the game," Federer said. "I think he's got a great future."

Federer wouldn't blame the cool and damp conditions.

"I started well and the conditions were kind of like the French Open final last year," he said. "Actually, I wasn't too happy that it was slow against a player that likes to end the points quickly."

Federer still has the doubles to look forward to here. He and Allegro will next face sixth-seeded Simon Aspelin of Sweden and Paul Hanley of Australia.

"It will give a good chance to forget today and move forward," Federer said.

Earlier, Novak Djokovic began his bid to reach a third consecutive final at the Foro Italico with a quick 6-1, 6-1 win over French opponent Jeremy Chardy.

Also, Lleyton Hewitt pulled out a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win over ninth-seeded Mikhail Youzhny, a positive step in the Australian's comeback from hip surgery.

Victor Hanescu of Romania beat another seeded player, No. 16 Juan Monaco, 7-6 (4), 6-4.

In other matches, Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland easily beat Juergen Melzer of Austria 6-1, 6-2; Feliciano Lopez of Spain advanced past Benjamin Becker of Germany 6-4, 6-3; and Italian wild card Simone Bolelli eliminated German lucky loser Simon Greul 6-4, 6-1.

He's saying all the right things, and obviously he knows what he needs to do and improve on, but even Roger isn't afforded the ability to be all talk, he's going to have to prove it on the court.

CyBorg
04-27-2010, 07:34 PM
Federer played awful tennis. Cutesy little shots; absurd net approaches, fancy drop shots with no sense or logic behind them. What was he doing approaching the net like that in the first game of set 2?

Too much ego.

holagirl56
04-27-2010, 07:42 PM
Clearly he wants to be extra fresh for the only tournament that really matters...Estoril.

duong
04-27-2010, 07:45 PM
I don't know, I mean, Gulbis played better than Roger throughout the 3rd set, which is sort of the difference, whereas Jo played better late as Roger's level dropped. But Tsonga didn't completely mentally lock up and choke like Ernests did. Roger sort of played the same tennis he did in Canada, but Gulbis deserves the credit for getting the win.

it's completely different : don't you remember Federer led 5-1 and played many errors :lol:

completely different : here Gulbis was the better player.

People should look at previous years' first matches on clay by Federer ;) : it was far from glorious but he had better draws.

For instance in 2008 he first plays Estoril : loses a set to Rochus then has a very tight match against Gremelmayr. Then Monte-Carlo 7/6 in final set to Ramirez-Hidalgo.

Today, if he had played Ramirez-Hidalgo, he would have got an easy win, because his physical is there and his shots were not so bad :shrug:

His tactics can be questioned as Cyborg does, but it's another question : when you're outplayed you try to change tactics but it's not always easy to find one :shrug:

When he went to serve and volley on second serve once, probably it was to surprise Gulbis : that's usually how people say you have to do against ballbashers. He didn't do it cleverly though.

duong
04-27-2010, 07:47 PM
He's so patronising :o



and you speak about haters :lol:

when one player claps at another one winning, never I read any comments like that :lol:

And remember what was said here about Davydenko :lol:

Horatio Caine
04-27-2010, 07:49 PM
Interesting how much attention Muzza's slump has received since the Australian Open...assuming he finishes off Seppi (leads by a set and a break) he'll have earned more points than Fed since then. :tape:

I doubt that Fed is particularly bothered about #1 status anymore (certainly once he breaks the all-time record in a matter of weeks...), and certainly he will struggle to hold onto it if Nadal reasserts his dominance on clay this season and remains healthy for the rest of the year.

Congrats to Gulbis...finally fulfilling his potential, and he may yet end the year inside the top 20. But to do that he will have to put together some good results in Masters and Slams. This is a good place to start, and he may even reach the SF.

duong
04-27-2010, 07:52 PM
Interesting how much attention Muzza's slump has received since the Australian Open...assuming he finishes off Seppi (leads by a set and a break) he'll have earned more points than Fed since then. :tape:

he hasnt' met the same opponents : it's also about the quality of the game ;) Fed played crap against Berdych but well against Baghdatis and better for his first match on clay than Murray against Kohlschreiber :o

However yes Murray has a great draw here and seeing what he does now, he might go far in this tournament.

.-Federers_Mate-.
04-27-2010, 07:58 PM
crap match, shit this was rubbish from Roger. I was looking forward to federer-nadal :o

tangerine_dream
04-27-2010, 07:59 PM
Weird photo to use.

http://img697.imageshack.us/img697/6590/fedyawn.jpg (http://img697.imageshack.us/i/fedyawn.jpg/)

Guy Haines
04-27-2010, 08:03 PM
duong, I don't think flyboy was being so laughably unreasonable. He was trying to be helpful. But yes, the way Federer squandered a 5-1 lead against that Herculean come from behind player Tsonga was ridiculous. That's why I found it strange that so many posters were treating the Gulbis loss as more of a joke. Tsonga was certainly ready to give back the match that had been all but giftwrapped for him.

duong
04-27-2010, 08:08 PM
duong, I don't think flyboy was being so laughably unreasonable. He was trying to be helpful. But yes, the way Federer squandered a 5-1 lead against that Herculean come from behind player Tsonga was ridiculous.

I didn't say he was unreasonable : he probably didn't remember Tsonga's match :shrug:

That's why I found it strange why so many posters (not flyboy in his answer) were treating the Gulbis loss as more of a joke.

the reason is very simple : because before final break by Gulbis, there was this ridiculous game where Gulbis had many match points on his serve which he wasted (and also at 5-3 on Fed's serve I'm just watching and Gulbis had Fed under his domination to conclude but made another bad unforced error) (there was also a ridiculous point from Federer to give Gulbis first match point on Gulbis's serve : he had made a great backhand attack, had the wide court opened but made an awful error : it was 40-15 Gulbis and two match points instead of 30-30, it also makes a lot in the same game :lol: )

That's why the fact that Federer lost his serve afterwards with 4 unforced errors (one of which was not a bad shot but too risky) made the situation even more ridiculous.

At this moment, Gulbis choking, of course everybody expected Federer to win the match :shrug:

That's why people were shocked.

But from Fed's point of view, the situation is completely different from Tsonga's match :shrug: : in Tsonga's match, he lost his serve twice making awful unforced errors while he dominated the match ; today, he was dominated by Gulbis, saved matchpoints by miracle but kept on being pressed and risked too much on his own serve : his errors were on attacks actually.

Actually I remember another match which was very ridiculous in Canada : against Simon in 2008, he had the break in final set but gave it back twice with a collection of unforced errors :lol:

Second reason why people are shocked is of course that it's 3 defeats in a row :lol: (but the one to Berdych is the most shameful imo, even though less than to Tsonga)

Horatio Caine
04-27-2010, 08:16 PM
he hasnt' met the same opponents : it's also about the quality of the game ;) Fed played crap against Berdych but well against Baghdatis and better for his first match on clay than Murray against Kohlschreiber :o

However yes Murray has a great draw here and seeing what he does now, he might go far in this tournament.

...well, better standards are expected of Federer. :ras:

Muzza's quarter is winnable, especially as Ferrero is no longer around. Ferrer is the biggest obstacle, and obviously it is possible that he can lose that match. Tsonga would also be difficult...that would be an interesting match-up considering the surface.

oz_boz
04-27-2010, 08:22 PM
ffs :spit: :spit: Come on Fed, can't do anything right outside slams these days. Anyway congrats to Gulbis, still have a lot to prove though, beating Fed in a TMS event counts for very little lately.

Roddickominator
04-27-2010, 08:45 PM
Roger doesn't care about Masters series tournaments....it's a shame that this needs to be repeated all the time.

Forehander
04-27-2010, 09:05 PM
:haha::

guga2120
04-27-2010, 09:05 PM
Some great playing from the "goat". The guy is on fire.

Johnny_Bravo
04-27-2010, 09:06 PM
The GOAT has arrived

samanosuke
04-27-2010, 09:08 PM
Roger you really exaggerate this time . Please do something or retire . I can't watch this misery

Mateya
04-27-2010, 09:20 PM
:speakles: :retard: :confused:

This is now getting slighty embarrassing. I understand Federror peaks for GSs, but should win a match or two outside of them for god sake. He's making such a clown out of himself.

Federer has lost 8 matches in a row when deciding third set came to 5:5 (Karlovic, Murray 2x, Tsonga, Davydenko, Baghdatis, Berdych, Gulbis) :o

Now that's worrying and just bizzare for the GOAT - with all the experience and everything, you should be winning most of these matches and not fading away like some unexperienced teenage mug.
It's about winning matches even when you are not playing your best tennis...and Fed just can't do it lately.
He'll be fresh for RG, that's for sure.

aeronatasha
04-27-2010, 09:20 PM
Whoa WAIT what??:eek::eek:
I have to go back and read up on it.
Damn it, missed all the action today. :mad:

enzogiovanni
04-27-2010, 09:24 PM
His mono must have magically returned. :wavey::wavey:

heya
04-27-2010, 09:36 PM
No doubt. Those Slams, his friendship with Agassi & Tiger Woods & crying are great indicators of his legendary status.
Clay Brilliant Federina is glad that no American beat him.

ad-out
04-27-2010, 09:39 PM
Gulbis, when asked what happened on all those match points. "I shit my pants a little bit, sorry for my language..."

I love this man so much.


Here is the interview.. He didn't actually say "shit" the pants. He said it was a "bad word" in an English expression.. Too adorable! Ernie the gentleman. :awww:

http://www.tennistv.com/tennistv/20100427/ernests-gulbis-rome_2252211_2036976

osmonde
04-27-2010, 09:50 PM
Roger doesn't care about Masters series tournaments....it's a shame that this needs to be repeated all the time.

You really think Federer plays in Masters to be humiliated?

If he would not care..he would not go..as in Monte Carlo...period.

heya
04-27-2010, 09:50 PM
I didn't say he was unreasonable : he probably didn't remember Tsonga's match :shrug:



the reason is very simple : because before final break by Gulbis, there was this ridiculous game where Gulbis had many match points on his serve which he wasted (and also at 5-3 on Fed's serve I'm just watching and Gulbis had Fed under his domination to conclude but made another bad unforced error) (there was also a ridiculous point from Federer to give Gulbis first match point on Gulbis's serve : he had made a great backhand attack, had the wide court opened but made an awful error : it was 40-15 Gulbis and two match points instead of 30-30, it also makes a lot in the same game :lol: )

That's why the fact that Federer lost his serve afterwards with 4 unforced errors (one of which was not a bad shot but too risky) made the situation even more ridiculous.

At this moment, Gulbis choking, of course everybody expected Federer to win the match :shrug:

That's why people were shocked.

But from Fed's point of view, the situation is completely different from Tsonga's match :shrug: : in Tsonga's match, he lost his serve twice making awful unforced errors while he dominated the match ; today, he was dominated by Gulbis, saved matchpoints by miracle but kept on being pressed and risked too much on his own serve : his errors were on attacks actually.

Actually I remember another match which was very ridiculous in Canada : against Simon in 2008, he had the break in final set but gave it back twice with a collection of unforced errors :lol:

Second reason why people are shocked is of course that it's 3 defeats in a row :lol: (but the one to Berdych is the most shameful imo, even though less than to Tsonga)
Shocked?:o Not from unbiased tennis fans.

Geo
04-27-2010, 09:59 PM
:tape: just saw the match and can't believe how bizarre it was :lol: :o Both choked in the 3rd set...Gulbis did well to finally close it out though :yeah: let's see if he can keep up his good form.

heya
04-27-2010, 10:00 PM
You really think Federer plays in Masters to be humiliated?

If he would not care..he would not go..as in Monte Carlo...period.Yes, hardly anyone posts here now. MTF community gets real quiet when Federina receives an outpouring of sympathy.

Arkulari
04-27-2010, 10:07 PM
where is the Fed should retire thread? :sad:
all haters are coming out of their hiding holes

Il Primo Uomo
04-27-2010, 10:09 PM
Come on Roger, get it up!

FiBeR
04-27-2010, 10:15 PM
props to Gulbis. Played some unreal tennis at patches. His groundstrokes were simply fantastic, had steam and was in the zone during sets 2 and 3.

Roger underplayed. He lacked a gameplan in the final set. He was just hitting the ball without any consistency making silly mistakes. As he said, he needs a wake up call but still.. amazing match in terms of drama.

Loved the drama

Jills
04-27-2010, 10:17 PM
Too good. Just too good. I'm crying from laughter.

The best part was when Ernie blew all the MPs and everyone said Fed was going to win for sure at 5-5. Then Federror showed up and gifted that break. What a headcase. :lol:

Honestly, I knew Fed would fail but with that piece of cake quarter he was in, I really didn't imagine this. I don't think I'll ever stop laughing.

JULIEN, MARCOS, TOMAS, and now ERNIE. Next he'll lose to Gabashvili. :haha:

Arkulari
04-27-2010, 10:24 PM
enjoy it till the next slam comes :)

l_mac
04-27-2010, 10:36 PM
enjoy it till the next slam comes :)

You think Fed will win Roland Garros?

KarlyM
04-27-2010, 10:42 PM
http://bestsmileys.com/toliot/14.gif http://bestsmileys.com/signs14/10.gif

duong
04-27-2010, 10:42 PM
You think Fed will win Roland Garros?

if Nadal is not at his best and with a bit of luck, why not ?

he's physically fit, it's already a first step.

Vida
04-27-2010, 10:44 PM
this is the first time it feels like fed is 'ripe' for a pre-sf loss at a gs.

Sunset of Age
04-27-2010, 10:47 PM
this is the first time it feels like fed is 'ripe' for a pre-sf loss at a gs.

Apparently you haven't been watching his matches for about two years or so - including at GS's. :angel:

duong
04-27-2010, 10:47 PM
this is the first time it feels like fed is 'ripe' for a pre-sf loss at a gs.

you think he was better last year at the same moment ?

and in 2007 after Canas's and Volandri's loss ?

it may happen as it could in those times

Nole fan
04-27-2010, 10:59 PM
Now that Djoko and Murray seem to find their former form and Nadal is in full swing, Federer keeps losing his first rounds... nothing indicative of what will happen in RG but for the next MS I think it will be again a Rafa-Nole love affair. I don't complain.

Regenbogen
04-27-2010, 10:59 PM
I am so sorry I missed this. :haha: :haha: I saw the headline and just started laughing. Now I'm off to read all the "what is wrong with Federer" analyses.

MrChopin
04-27-2010, 11:01 PM
Haters lovin' it. Shows how pathetic they are.

l_mac
04-27-2010, 11:06 PM
Haters lovin' it. Shows how pathetic they are.

Indeed.

star
04-27-2010, 11:32 PM
the biggest thing above everything else is how unbelievably pathetic his scheduling is, other than winning AO in January he has barely played any tennis (and none of it good) since the US Open last year. its looking to me that the motivation is dead, there is no excuse such a lack of tennis in about 8 months and its made him become a nervous wreck in big points and pressure situations.. look at the tight 3 set matches he's lost everywhere since then. everyone knows you do better when your in a good rhythm of tough matches and tournaments, something he is nowhere near.

sometimes you can wrap yourself too much in cotton wool and he's fell into that.

he thinks he's too big to play smaller tournaments and his ridiculous ego about his talent and how he doesnt need to practise hard has gotten out of control, he deserves everything that is coming to him now.

No he doesn't. He's playing Estoril. :hug:

Interesting how much attention Muzza's slump has received since the Australian Open...assuming he finishes off Seppi (leads by a set and a break) he'll have earned more points than Fed since then. :tape:

I doubt that Fed is particularly bothered about #1 status anymore (certainly once he breaks the all-time record in a matter of weeks...), and certainly he will struggle to hold onto it if Nadal reasserts his dominance on clay this season and remains healthy for the rest of the year.

Congrats to Gulbis...finally fulfilling his potential, and he may yet end the year inside the top 20. But to do that he will have to put together some good results in Masters and Slams. This is a good place to start, and he may even reach the SF.

I'm pretty sure you are wrong about that.

Apparently you haven't been watching his matches for about two years or so - including at GS's. :angel:

Best of five with a day off -- favors the aging champ. Not that I wouldn't love to have him dumped early.

habibko
04-27-2010, 11:34 PM
this is the first time it feels like fed is 'ripe' for a pre-sf loss at a gs.

no it isn't.

You think Fed will win Roland Garros?

if he avoided Nadal again, why not? since 2005 he is 0-4 against Nadal and 30-0 against the rest of the field in RG.

rocketassist
04-27-2010, 11:56 PM
this is the first time it feels like fed is 'ripe' for a pre-sf loss at a gs.

As funny as 'Murray has been figured out by everyone' :lol:

FlavorNuts
04-27-2010, 11:59 PM
Field is getting stronger. World #50 totally outplaying world #1.

superslam77
04-28-2010, 12:36 AM
this is the first time it feels like fed is 'ripe' for a pre-sf loss at a gs.

tards have been saying this for nearly 7 years in a row :)

but who knows :p

this match was :retard: to watch...fed spanks first set to play like crap and outchoke rival. Classic federesian MS loss. Given up hope for Federesian to ever hold rome. oh well maybe he can win 2 MS eventually.

ChinoRios4Ever
04-28-2010, 12:52 AM
hilarious ending :lol: good win Erno, reach the SF here :yeah:

MacTheKnife
04-28-2010, 01:06 AM
People act like this is the first time federer has had a loss like this. :lol: That in itself is hilarious. This guy has been written off more times than anyone in the history of the sport, then followed his write off by winning slams.

He's been like a cat with nine or more lives.

heya
04-28-2010, 01:44 AM
People act like this is the first time federer has had a loss like this. :lol: That in itself is hilarious. This guy has been written off more times than anyone in the history of the sport, then followed his write off by winning slams.

He's been like a cat with nine or more lives.People, as in Fed drooling fans?
Shitty opponents giving him many gifts doesn't look like misfortune to me. What planet do you live on?
The vulcanic planet McIdiot?

Arkulari
04-28-2010, 02:14 AM
People act like this is the first time federer has had a loss like this. :lol: That in itself is hilarious. This guy has been written off more times than anyone in the history of the sport, then followed his write off by winning slams.

He's been like a cat with nine or more lives.

truer words haven't been spoken all day long ;)
the day something like this happens in a Slam, then we can talk about it :p

this year is looking more and more like 2007...
winning AO, early losses at IW, Miami and Rome... :lol:

Rafa = Fed Killa
04-28-2010, 02:34 AM
What a pansy this Federer is.

Persimmon
04-28-2010, 02:47 AM
this is the first time it feels like fed is 'ripe' for a pre-sf loss at a gs.

It's not just about being ripe but about being due a pre-sf loss at a gs. He just won't be reaching sf at the slams forever. Something's gotta give:wavey: The more this streak goes on the more it gets closer and closer to coming to a halt. And since the last time he lost before a slam sf was at RG, well:wavey:

Quakes
04-28-2010, 02:59 AM
At least he's showing up at these events, comparing to what Serena Williams is doing.

I wonder if he even feels bad when he lost the match. I'd be like gee, finally I can go home and take care of the babies. :o

Mimi
04-28-2010, 03:09 AM
its strange that Roger was liked god in slams, I mean, his level can be either in god's mode or in error's prone model :scratch:

but well, the most important thing is slams, so he is smart to play better in slams:p

Filo V.
04-28-2010, 03:14 AM
it's completely different : don't you remember Federer led 5-1 and played many errors :lol:

completely different : here Gulbis was the better player.

People should look at previous years' first matches on clay by Federer ;) : it was far from glorious but he had better draws.

For instance in 2008 he first plays Estoril : loses a set to Rochus then has a very tight match against Gremelmayr. Then Monte-Carlo 7/6 in final set to Ramirez-Hidalgo.

Today, if he had played Ramirez-Hidalgo, he would have got an easy win, because his physical is there and his shots were not so bad :shrug:

His tactics can be questioned as Cyborg does, but it's another question : when you're outplayed you try to change tactics but it's not always easy to find one :shrug:

When he went to serve and volley on second serve once, probably it was to surprise Gulbis : that's usually how people say you have to do against ballbashers. He didn't do it cleverly though.

Of course Roger's ability on clay doesn't match his hard court ability especially when it comes to early matches, which should be taken into account when discussing and comparing this match and the Tsonga match. I think the difference is, as you say, Gulbis outplayed Roger for most of the match, whereas against Tsonga, Roger was dominating, and lost anyway. So if you took the whole match into affect, Gulbis' win may be more impressive in that aspect. However, IMO Roger played better at Montreal than he did today, at least at the end tiebreak and him actually saving the match points he faced there with good points, not errors. Much of Tsonga coming back was Tsonga hitting winners along with Roger struggling. In today's match, both players were struggling to win. It's sort of a tale of two matches in how they developed.

In terms of tactics, Roger is arrogant. He plays on personal feel, and I don't think he actually cares what his opponent is doing. He can mix it up, but he backs himself to win playing the way he wants to play, not being dictated by anyone to do anything differently. Against a player like Ramirez-Hidalgo, that type of attitude can work, as he has a better chance at gaining his rhythm with a man with less power. Gulbis was playing too well for Roger to find that rhythm, and instead of Roger getting more aggressive and trying to go for the win, he admittedly got defensive, and didn't execute when he did get aggressive when he knew he needed to at the end of the match. It's all a matter of confidence, and Roger doesn't have much right now, as his game shows. He needs some clay matches and wins and just to regain a feel for his game, and get match tougher mentally.

I always knew Gulbis had chances to win, but I am still now shocked with the way it happened. But he for sure earned his victory, chocking aside.

Roddickominator
04-28-2010, 03:57 AM
You really think Federer plays in Masters to be humiliated?

If he would not care..he would not go..as in Monte Carlo...period.

I'm pretty sure Federer isn't "humiliated"...because, again, he doesn't care about Masters series events.

He goes to these because he is obligated to. If he wins a match or few(or even wins the tournament), it isn't a big deal.

coonster14
04-28-2010, 04:15 AM
what is going on with roger federer???
i dont get to see a fedal SF...damn it fed, get it together!!!

nice win for gulbis! :)

.-Federers_Mate-.
04-28-2010, 04:25 AM
No doubt. Those Slams, his friendship with Agassi & Tiger Woods & crying are great indicators of his legendary status.
Clay Brilliant Federina is glad that no American beat him.

:cuckoo: what are you on about? no american would beat him and they never have. Of course his 16 and counting slams are indicators of his legendary status.

osmonde
04-28-2010, 04:52 AM
I'm pretty sure Federer isn't "humiliated"...because, again, he doesn't care about Masters series events.

He goes to these because he is obligated to. If he wins a match or few(or even wins the tournament), it isn't a big deal.

Well, in his interview, he said twice that "it hurts"...
Of course, he is not demolished...he knows his way..
But he received couple of whistles today, it must have "hurt" his pride, I think.

andy neyer
04-28-2010, 04:59 AM
Well, in his interview, he said twice that "it hurts"...
Of course, he is not demolished...he knows his way..
But he received couple of whistles today, it must have "hurt" his pride, I think.

+1

Turquoise
04-28-2010, 05:30 AM
Congratulations Gulbis. Thought the opportunity had passed after failing to serve out the match at 5-4. Memorable victory, well-deserved.

Jimnik
04-28-2010, 05:37 AM
YES!!! :woohoo:

Can't believe it. Love ya Ernie. :worship:

JolánGagó
04-28-2010, 06:06 AM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

:banana: :banana: :banana:

tennis reborn.