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Grand Slam Semi-finals & Roger Federer

betterthanhenman
07-01-2010, 06:05 PM
Do you prefer them with Roger as one of the final four, or without?

And your reasons why - not merely because 'I like him'.

And if Federer was to retire tomorrow, would the game suffer and to what extet on a global scae - with regard to marketing, income and popularity.

And when he does retire - who will take over as the player who transcends the support as Tiger does in golf. We will have another one who does it?

Persimmon
07-01-2010, 07:42 PM
Better with Roger.

He is the GOAT.

ApproachShot
07-01-2010, 07:59 PM
I'm a big supporter of Roger's but nobody is bigger than the sport itself. The best 4 players deserve to go through to the semis if the draw allows.

At every slam I'll be wishing him to make it to the semi-finals, but it is better that he earns the place. He made 23 straight semi-finals because he played proficiently enough to deserve his place there. Of course the ideal scenario would be that he plays well enough to reach the semis - he's one of the most popular atletes in the world and by my analysis of tennis statistics, the greatest to have ever played the game; the inclusion of such a figure at the semi-finals stage is a positive thing in my opinion.

In the last 2 slams he was just beaten at the QF hurdle by two players who were playing their best tennis. No shame in that - if anything, it is an indication of the depth of the field in tennis.

When Federer does retire, then I think it would be quite a sad day for the sport. I think this not for a moment because of the marketing perspective, but because he has been a good ambassador for the sport and because the style in which he plays will be missed. As I said before I don't believe that any player transcends the sport, but Federer has been the biggest icon for the game and his loss should not be underestimated.

Nevertheless, there will continue to be good and exciting players on the ATP tour...from greats like Nadal to younger prospects who will eventually rise through to the top of the rankings. In some ways this might make the ATP more interesting: will Nadal carve out his own path of dominance on all surfaces or how will the next generation step up to the competition?

Arakasi
07-01-2010, 09:45 PM
Well obviously he doesn't deserve to be in the semifinals if he didn't play well enough to get there.

But I do prefer seeing him in the final four because generally, he plays his best tennis at the latter stages of slams and even when he doesn't his opponents usually play spectacular matches to overcome him. So either way we get good tennis.

born_on_clay
07-01-2010, 09:57 PM
better with Roger for sure :D

ORGASMATRON
07-01-2010, 10:00 PM
its obviously a tragedy to lose any GOAT in any sport. anyone who says otherwise is not a tennis fan but a tard. cant say that i find your poll very appealing. if he is in the semis it means he played well enough top get there.

Persimmon
07-02-2010, 12:56 AM
Well obviously he doesn't deserve to be in the semifinals if he didn't play well enough to get there.

But I do prefer seeing him in the final four because generally, he plays his best tennis at the latter stages of slams and even when he doesn't his opponents usually play spectacular matches to overcome him. So either way we get good tennis.

Exactly. At the AO this year he played his best tennis in the final:wavey: Greats do that no matter how shakey they might look at the start of a slam. Remember how Fed struggled vs Andreev at the AO and then look at his performance in the AO final.:wavey: