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Is the reign of the big two over?

Posted 02-09-2011 at 12:29 PM by Philip Oliver
After safely negotiating his way through to the second round of the World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam Jo-Wilfred Tsonga stated his bold belief that the reign of tennis' big two – Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer – is over.

His comments stem from the fact neither managed to make it to the recent Australian Open final, which was contested by World's number three and four Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.

Frenchman Tsonga believes that is a sign that their years of dominance, stretching back to 2005, is coming to an end, saying: "Federer and Nadal are not alone at the top of the rankings any more. Djokovic and Murray are beating Nadal and Federer very often, all the players are improving their games. It's not just about Nadal and Federer anymore."

It certainly sounds exciting for anyone following the live tennis scores, but is he right?

After all Nadal bowed out in Melbourne half-fit after suffering a muscle injury in his right leg. If he can recover in time the clay season is nearly upon us – and it would take a brave man to say Nadal no longer dominates on that surface and those who follow the goalwire latest scores should remember this.

Plus before the tournament in Melbourne the pair had won 21 of the last 23 titles (12 for Federer, 9 for Nadal) from the 2005 French Open through the 2010 US Open.

At 29 there is a case for suggesting Federer's sky high standards are on the wane, but again it would be foolish to write him off completely. Credit instead needs to go to Djokovic, who is in the form of his life and is gaining rewards for an improvement in his game over recent months.

I would certainly hold fire when suggesting the pair's dominance at the top is over. One swallow doesn't make a summer and so one Grand Slam without one or both of them in the final doesn't signal the end of an era either.
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Watching Nadal lose was not much of a shock as Federer. Nadal was injured and didn't have time to recover. But Federer is another story. He is my favorite player of all times. Even back in the Borg, Agassi and Sampras days I never felt such a feeling of respect and admiration for a player and not just his abilities, but his attitude inside and outside the court. Watching him loose over Djokovic was very painful. He was doing so good. He played admirably against his previous opponents, his fellow countryman Warwinka that I felt he was going to rock the final. Having the chance to break that slipped in his fingers, then making stupid non forced errors made me think about the mental game.
I remember back in 2006 when Germany was playing the soccer semifinal in the World Cup against Italy. Every newspaper said they always lost against Italy in critical matches on previous world cups, and it was like a curse upon them. I imagine the thoughts running inside the German players. The result, a 2-1 loss against italy. Can't the same thing be happening to Federer ?
Posted 02-14-2011 at 02:40 AM by MartinOcando MartinOcando is offline
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Nadal has been my old time favorite athlete! it is so heart breaking to know that he lose the game. i give my sympathy to him. speaking of heart breaking, i also heard another heart breaking story. Congressman Lee was found to have sent photos and emails to a female he met through a personals ad on Craigslist, which prompted him to step down. I found this here: Congressman Christopher Lee resigns amid Craigslist scandal Lee was entering his second term in the House of Representatives, and is Republican from New York. Christopher Lee favored cutting the scandal off at the knees instead of getting plunged to the middle of controversy.
Posted 02-15-2011 at 09:01 AM by marcoW marcoW is offline
 

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