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Fed tips Nadal to take over from him as No. 1

alexbayen
02-25-2007, 08:17 PM
http://www.gulfnews.com/sport/Tennis/10107138.html

Fed and Nadal are 2 of the best things to have happened to tennis.

scoobs
02-25-2007, 08:20 PM
I guess I'm a bit cynical, but I wonder if he really means that or if he's just playing a bit of psy-ops prior to the tournamant, knowing Nadal has not been at his best lately and has to defend his title - kinda suggesting Nadal has something to live up to.

sondraj06
02-25-2007, 08:24 PM
No, I just think he is being realistic. regardless of what people say Rafa is still the only real threat to Fed. And unfortunately for tennis that means he is the only person who has a real shot at being number 1. He has said that before when people have asked him, out of the new generation of youngsters who has the best change of challenging him, he couldn't have spit out the name Rafa faster and that is the truth. If these other players want the respect, they don't have to beat him but they will have to start to at least challenge him. That's why Rafa gets his respect. And I don't really blame him, If I were him I wouldn't respect them either. Not saying he doesn't respect them as people, but I don't think he takes any of them very serious as being any sort of threat to him

Eden
02-25-2007, 08:47 PM
Nothing new. Federer said something like this a few years ago. The thread must be somewhere here on GM and maybe Shotgun can merge the threads.

RonE
02-25-2007, 09:50 PM
Oh my God he is so arrogant! :p

adee-gee
02-25-2007, 09:59 PM
Nadal is retiring in 2 years though :confused:

wcr
02-25-2007, 10:01 PM
Arrogant? Wrong word to describe Federer.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arrogant



Self-assured is more like it.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-assured

sondraj06
02-25-2007, 10:05 PM
Arrogant? Wrong word to describe Federer.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arrogant



Self-assured is more like it.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-assured

well if you would asked me a year ago that first definition was would I have used to describe Roger.

kronus12
02-25-2007, 10:28 PM
well if you play sport then you know you need to have a bit of arrognats and belief in your skills to become the best, nothing wrong with that.

sondraj06
02-25-2007, 10:34 PM
well if you play sport then you know you need to have a bit of arrognats and belief in your skills to become the best, nothing wrong with that.

like you do you sports expert.

decrepitude
02-25-2007, 11:02 PM
Oooh, this thread is turning into a "Fed is arrogant" thread.

How exciting. We have never had one of those before.:rolleyes:

RonE
02-25-2007, 11:05 PM
Arrogant? Wrong word to describe Federer.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arrogant



Self-assured is more like it.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-assured

I clearly failed to convey the sarcasm in my post :p

sondraj06
02-25-2007, 11:07 PM
wait, how did this turn into a fed is arrogant thread, this one was about him saying something nice about Rafa, the other one was a fed is arrogant thread. I got confused

RonE
02-25-2007, 11:10 PM
wait, how did this turn into a fed is arrogant thread, this one was about him saying something nice about Rafa, the other one was a fed is arrogant thread. I got confused

Because he is so arrogant for praising Rafa. Now if he would have said something along the lines of "I will be #1 until I am 40 years old, Rafa hasn't got a snowball's chance in hell of becoming #1" then that would come accross as humble and respectful, no? ;)

Allure
02-25-2007, 11:10 PM
Obvious choice. Nadal blows all the other young guns out of the water with his talent and mental toughness.:armed:

sondraj06
02-25-2007, 11:12 PM
So lets get back to topic.:topic: Ah I already said my peace. Yeah it was nice and true

GlennMirnyi
02-25-2007, 11:34 PM
Federer is such a liar... :lol:

sondraj06
02-25-2007, 11:42 PM
Federer is such a liar... :lol:

who would you consider in the running to be number 1

GlennMirnyi
02-25-2007, 11:45 PM
who would you consider in the running to be number 1

Nobody is running to be #1. When Federer leaves, there will be someone from a new generation to take his place, not this bunch of clowns that play today.

nobama
02-25-2007, 11:49 PM
Nobody is running to be #1. When Federer leaves, there will be someone from a new generation to take his place, not this bunch of clowns that play today.
Whatever you say, Pete Sampras.

GlennMirnyi
02-25-2007, 11:51 PM
Whatever you say, Pete Sampras.

Anytime, dear! :hatoff:

The_Nadal_effect
02-26-2007, 08:01 AM
"There's only one thing stronger than the mind-The spirit"

Did Fed mean it for real or was he pumping Rafa up for defeat?
You know what, it could be both.

It might be hard to believe that a ass-pickin punk like Rafa would be able to pull off something of that sort. But if there is some similarity between the two, it is that both of them wear their beliefs up their sleeves that reads aloud, 'I-AM Invincible'.
Although Rafa is nowhere close to Fed right now, the fact that he believes he can do it makes all the difference. He is obstinate in his efforts, his admiration for Federer never throws him off his own ground, unlike a certain cap-chewing clown who worships Fed before and after every match. Most importantly, he never loses it in the head. Rafa has resilience and fights to the very last point, unembarrassed!

I cant think of anyone else who takes on FEd like that.

RonE
02-26-2007, 08:08 AM
"There's only one thing stronger than the mind-The spirit"

Did Fed mean it for real or was he pumping Rafa up for defeat?
You know what, it could be both.



I'm quite sure it is a bit of both. He is returning Nadal the favour after his remarks last year of Roger being the #1 and the favourite in RG, no? :shrug:

Daniel25
02-26-2007, 11:29 AM
I think Rafa has had his peak in his career already, but that's just what I am thinking so don't attack me!!!! The time for Djokovic and Berdych is coming, and I think those 2 are going to take over that first place. But over 4 years or something :) For now, Fed has to break the record for being on that number one spot for the longest time ever

Feketepuss
02-26-2007, 12:31 PM
All Federer has to do is twist an ankle badly or pull a hamstring and yes, Nadal will be the next number 1. Federer's reign as number one owes much to his uncanny ability to avoid injury, or to schedule his injuries for the right time of the season - had his October 2005 injury occurred in June 2005, Nadal would surely have claimed number one spot.

Longevity as world number one requires luck, although Federer certainly takes great care over his conditioning which is why he's enjoy so much good fortune so far. (The same arguing of course applies to the world number 2 and everyone else.)

dorkino
02-26-2007, 12:37 PM
Originally Posted by GlennMirnyi
Nobody is running to be #1. When Federer leaves, there will be someone from a new generation to take his place, not this bunch of clowns that play today.

OK.

The_Nadal_effect
02-26-2007, 12:59 PM
Longevity as world number one requires luck, although Federer certainly takes great care over his conditioning which is why he's enjoy so much good fortune so far.

Maybe it requires luck, but also a strong pursuit for constant self-improvement: A critical self-analyses of one's defects which is very difficult for anyone. Fed reduces his weaknesses to almost-zero, which is why he can play so serene and enjoy it.

If Rafa has to reach that level of consistency, he will have to play for the sake of being perfect in the game, like you-know-who. I dont think that what motivates RAfa to play is wanting to be perfect. Its more a point to prove to himself, or to prove to his family, and once that is accomplished he sort of loosens up and goes to Disneyland.

But if there is someone who can do it, I feel it is him.

Allez
02-26-2007, 07:54 PM
To all the cynics out there, who else could Rogi have tipped to take over from him ? Had he said Murray, Berdych, Gasquet or Djokovic, the same cynics would have had loads to say about that. Believe it! They'd be saying Roger either "disrespects" Nadal or just playing psychological games etc. Rogi should just shut up because he just cannot win with some tennis fans :rolleyes:

Merton
02-26-2007, 07:57 PM
In other news, it was snowing heavily in the Midwest this past weekend.

sondraj06
02-26-2007, 07:58 PM
To all the cynics out there, who else could Rogi have tipped to take over from him ? Had he said Murray, Berdych, Gasquet or Djokovic, the same cynics would have had loads to say about that. Believe it! They'd be saying Roger either "disrespects" Nadal or just playing psychological games etc. Rogi should just shut up because he just cannot win with some tennis fans :rolleyes:


well I have to agree there, I to think Roggi should just shut up, butttt seeing as how that's not going to happen.... I don't think too many people were criticizing roggi for saying that. It is the only logical thing to say, and i think he believes it, it was nice.

Andre'sNo1Fan
02-26-2007, 08:03 PM
Nobody is running to be #1. When Federer leaves, there will be someone from a new generation to take his place, not this bunch of clowns that play today.
Yeah, like Mirnyi :lol:

World Beater
02-26-2007, 09:40 PM
federer is very PC when it comes to his colleagues...he praised hewitt as his greatest threat at ausopen, roddick in the usopen etc....

DrJules
02-26-2007, 09:51 PM
No, I just think he is being realistic. regardless of what people say Rafa is still the only real threat to Fed. And unfortunately for tennis that means he is the only person who has a real shot at being number 1. He has said that before when people have asked him, out of the new generation of youngsters who has the best change of challenging him, he couldn't have spit out the name Rafa faster and that is the truth. If these other players want the respect, they don't have to beat him but they will have to start to at least challenge him. That's why Rafa gets his respect. And I don't really blame him, If I were him I wouldn't respect them either. Not saying he doesn't respect them as people, but I don't think he takes any of them very serious as being any sort of threat to him

Federer is 25 yrs old and Nadal is 20 yrs old. They are actually in many ways of different generations. Nadal is currently well ahead of his age group; Murray, Djokovic, and del Potro. However, Murray and del Potro are developing rapidly while Nadal has not progressed in 1.5 years.

R.Federer
02-26-2007, 10:07 PM
Federer's reign as number one owes much to his uncanny ability to avoid injury, or to schedule his injuries for the right time of the season

Longevity as world number one requires luck, although Federer certainly takes great care over his conditioning which is why he's enjoy so much good fortune so far.

I don't think it is "uncanny ability" that he has generally been injury-free. It has a lot to do with play style as well. All of these players have the means and resources to have good physios, so if it was so simple to be injury free as having good conditioning, you would find no top players out frequently with injuries.

R.Federer
02-26-2007, 10:09 PM
In other news, it was snowing heavily in the Midwest this past weekend.

Midwest of where? It could indeed be news depending on which mid west you are speaking of.

Merton
02-26-2007, 10:13 PM
Midwest of where? It could indeed be news depending on which mid west you are speaking of.

Sorry, that was like "there is fog over the Channel" :lol: I had in mind the region between the Appalachian and the Rocky mountains in the continental US.

R.Federer
02-26-2007, 10:18 PM
Sorry, that was like "there is fog over the Channel" :lol: I had in mind the region between the Appalachian and the Rocky mountains in the continental US.

I started thinking of Mid West Asia, which is approximately the area in which the Dubai tournament is being played. Then I remembered that they were also credited with the first artificial-ski resort in the desert and thought wow, now they produced a snowstorm even. Great, thanks for the clarification.

Corey Feldman
02-26-2007, 11:20 PM
Good tactics Roger ;)

Corey Feldman
02-26-2007, 11:22 PM
Nobody is running to be #1. When Federer leaves, there will be someone from a new generation to take his place, not this bunch of clowns that play today.Xristos

:lol:

GlennMirnyi
02-26-2007, 11:26 PM
Yeah, like Mirnyi :lol:

No, like Agassi the phony that has always been owned by Federer. Nadal and Roddick, two butchers of tennis, or Murray, mr. "I can't hit a winner to save my life".

Corey Feldman
02-26-2007, 11:35 PM
Yeah Agassi the phony...
los Angeles give him a nice watch to show thanks to him for playing L.A over the years and what does he say? "that's another one for E-bay"

:rolleyes:

GlennMirnyi
02-26-2007, 11:41 PM
http://img292.imageshack.us/img292/4756/owned2wg7.png (http://imageshack.us)

That's how Nadal is going to take over Federer's place. :lol:

Havok
02-27-2007, 12:40 AM
I, for one, don't agree that Federer and Nadal are the two best things to have happened to tennis. Think of how much better the tour would be if they were just winning, and not dominating. Now THAT would be a fun and wildly entertaining ATP world tour :drool:.

No way Nadal takes over #1 as long as Federer is fit. Plus Nadal has looked incredibly shaky off the clay courts and with Roddick, Gonzo, Haas and co plahying some superb tennis, Nadal might not even hold onto his #2 spot if he fails to go unbeaten yet again on the dirst this year.

alexbayen
03-01-2007, 09:38 PM
Sorry, that was like "there is fog over the Channel" :lol: I had in mind the region between the Appalachian and the Rocky mountains in the continental US.

i suppose we sometimes forget tennis is truly an international sport (not an american sport, where there would be no confusion about the definition of mid-west)