Hopp Rogi! Go Gonzo! Allez Gasquet!
Más vale maña que fuerza -- proverbio español
"Pero, con todos mis respetos para Rafa, Federer tiene más talento." - Marat Safin
"Pero para mí el mejor es Roger Federer. / For me, the best is Roger Federer." - D. Nalbandian
"He's the best sportsman, I think, in the world. He has a lot of humble." - Rafael Nadal
"He's so charismatic." - Marcos Baghdatis
Oh, come on. All I'm hoping for is for him to have a decent first round and second round - not sure I'd choose Ginepry out of everyone but I suppose it works. I just don't want it to be Soderling, or someone like that.
I mean, you guys are talking like he's losing to mugs. He lost to Nole and Murray - exactly the two guys who are suppose to trouble him if he's not 100%. If he gets over the rust and get to the Q, I fully expect him to win the tournament, even if it is a Nalby Quarter and a Djoko Semi. It is what he expects of himself.
As long as the first two opponents aren't too rough, I think he'll be fine. With some match practice I still think he'll dismiss the other top players, with the exception of Djokovic who's the player of the moment. So basically I hope for a few easy rounds and for Djokovic to be on the other side of the draw.
When I was at this event last year the two SF's I got to see were: Nadal thrashing Roddick and Joker thrashing Murray. And then I got to see Nadal holding the trophy the next day. At least the weather was nice...
God I hope this year is different, and hopefully Roger is in the picture.
Becoming cowardly, panicking and drawing on weak draws won't help. A little more courage and confidence would be appropriate.
Roger has hardly any matches under his belt this year. I'd like to see him maybe be able to work his way into the tournament rather than getting someone really tough R2 and potentially being sent home packing. If he could get a few easy wins under his belt I think his game and confidence would start to come back.
I don't think he needs a cupcake draw, in fact I don't think that will help. Winning matches against players who will not challenge him at all will not get him match tough. Yeah it may help his confidence, but imo it will be false confidence because easy matches aren't going to get him match tough. I agree that he needs to play a number of matches and and that it would be great for his confidence if he win get far at both IW and Miami but I would prefer if it was against players who will at least challenge him a bit.
[Pannicked fan mode on] Although given his recent form that might be every top 100 player out there [/Pannicked fan mode off]
Btw Does anyone know whether he's playing doubles?