Originally Posted by Arakasi
Federer's a tactical genius. Clearly, he anticipated he was going to lose to Djokovic in Australia so he faked an illness right before the tournament. That way he could claim he had mono later on! Such cunning and foresight!
I imagine he orchestrated that 5 set match with Tipsarevic as well just to he could make himself look vulnerable and make the mono story look more convincing.
It takes a keen mind like yours to see through this guy. Well done
Olderer was in a win-win situation when it came to faking life crippling illness (or so his fangirls would have us believe). You see it started in USO 2007 final where he had to rely on a horrendous choke from Novak to win. He realized then, he wasn't an invincible ballerina and a tennis god. So he was fearful that once he's exposed by young, strong and hungry players, his legacy will be questioned. (after all beating clowns like Roddick, and Mugzalez in slams doesn't take much effort).
The mono was perfect: it gave him an excuse in case he lost AND it elevated him to a status of a warrior who never gives up even when he's on his death bed. It all went according to plan. Despite Djokovic and later Nadal who started dominating him in slams, his previous achievements were never under question. After all, Goderer would easily win 3 slams in 2008 if he weren't "sick". Olderer played gullible media and tennis fans like a bunch of pawns on a chess board. Only the perceptive saw through the charade of a tennis player who feared that he was starting to lose his grip on tennis dominance because actual competition had emerged.