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View Poll Results: Do you agree with Pete?

No. I think Federer's decline is a fact and he's not winning any major in the future. 38 17.35%
I kinda agree... He's in a great moment, but the other 2 guys are too good. No more slams for Feddy 45 20.55%
I totally agree. Fed's still playing great tennis and he'll probably win another major 104 47.49%
Hello. I'm Rod Laver and my records are intact. Suck it losers. 32 14.61%
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Old 06-06-2009, 12:57 AM   #166
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well isn't a slow decline better than a sudden one?
How is it fair that tennis players decline so quickly, while golfers can continue to win majors into their late 30s?
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Old 06-06-2009, 12:58 AM   #167
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So this is a joke thread?
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Old 06-06-2009, 01:01 AM   #168
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How is it fair that tennis players decline so quickly, while golfers can continue to win majors into their late 30s?
Golf is a much less physcially demanding sport. also in golf there aren't as many up and comers to take your spot. I mean when was the last time you heard of a young gold prodigy to challenge Tiger Woods?
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Old 06-06-2009, 01:02 AM   #169
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well isn't a slow decline better than a sudden one?
And isn't this a decline that 99% of the guys out there would love to be having right now.
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This is perfectly normal. 26/27 is the age when all great players begin to see their results suffer. Look back over the last 30 years. Sampras, Borg, Edberg, Becker, McEnroe, Wilander... All of these players saw their results dwindle or disappear after this age. Agassi, Lendl, and Connors are the only ones to win multiple slams in a season after this age. Whether it's father time or the next generation coming up, it's a normal occurence. I don't think it damages Fed's legacy that his results are slowing at this age.
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Well, when I signed up to MTF Roger was winning 3 slams/year.
cool. when i signed up, djokovic was going to win the golden slam.
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Decline? what decline. Federer has reached 5 slam finals in a row, the last time I checked reaching a major final was considered a great achievement.
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I don't think he is in the decine as yet. He is still reaching the finals of the slams (I could be wrong but isn't Sunday his fourth straight appearance in the FO final, his worst surface?)and winning. He is not as unbeatable as before but that is expected as he ages and his opponents, who are younger improve as well.

BTW, will you still feel this way when he wins on Sunday?
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Heck Borg quit at 26 because he was mentally fried.
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So the big question is what happened between Feb 07 and spring 07 that made Federer descend from JesusFed to NormalFed? That was the single biggest decline IMHO.
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Really guys, he's simply getting older and a bit slower.

It happens, there's nothing to be said, his mental and physical state has decline. His consistency has dipped, his serve has lost edge and his movement is a tad slower.

That said 20 sem-finals in a row.

Almost everyone in the draw would still want to be Federer even at his age...
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So obviously Jan 2008 to present is a major decline. Federer should be winning 3 slams a year.
FYI, I was being facetious.

Bring up this thread again after Federer's lost in the early rounds of at least a couple of Slams, and fallen out of the top 5. As it stands, everyone except Nadal (and maybe him too, recent events considering) would want to be Federer.
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When you are on top, you'll have bull's eye on your back. People improve. It's just sports. Fed is still making all those 20 semis so he is not doing too bad. And if Nadal retires soon, Fed can go back to No. 1. No?
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