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Old 07-16-2008, 08:05 PM   #1
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Isn't it a copout to ignore the clay result? Shouldn't Roger at least be able to be 4-5 instead of 1-9 on clay?
No, it isn't. Federer could've been losing in the QF's and SF's of clay tournments all this time and he would have avoided 8 losses or so. It's not just a very good clay player he has lost to, but the 2nd best ever and perhaps on his way to becoming the greatest ever.

As for a 'tarnished' legacy, I think the loss at Wimby will be more devastating on that front 15 years from now than any he lost on clay.
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the wimbledon loss wont mean anything if roger wins more slams.

It will be remarkable if he never wins anymore, then the wimbledon loss will become emblematic.
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Higueras not being at Wimby was a sign that perhaps that partnership was over. I was hoping he had someone but I can't see who Roger would be with. People don't seem to want Gilbert these days although I know as a coach he has great skills. I can only see Gilbert talking someone to death and thinking he's right about everything. I wonder if he got worst as he aged.
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Isn't it a copout to ignore the clay result? Shouldn't Roger at least be able to be 4-5 instead of 1-9 on clay?
no... how many ppl have beaten nadal more than once on clay?? who else but borg have won 4 consecutive french?? who else but nadal could accumulate 81 consecutive clay court wins? who else but nadal could accumulate a run of 115-2 (since 2005) record on clay -- where one of it came from federer??


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I'm not buying this myth of Nadal as "clay GOAT". Roger simply chokes every time on clay vs Rafa. Roger losing all those times has made Rafa the "Clay GOAT". If Rogr wins his share of those finals, then Nadal is simply the Gustavo Kuerten of this generation.

Fed's Clay Choking = Nadal's Clay Goatness!!!!
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I'm not buying this myth of Nadal as "clay GOAT". Roger simply chokes every time on clay vs Rafa. Roger losing all those times has made Rafa the "Clay GOAT". If Rogr wins his share of those finals, then Nadal is simply the Gustavo Kuerten of this generation.

Fed's Clay Choking = Nadal's Clay Goatness!!!!
Oh, COME ON, here. As much as you dislike Rafa, please give him the credits he truly deserves. He's a FANTASTIC clay court player, and yet a very good one on all other courts as well. It doesn't take anything away from Roger. Both players are truly wonderful, as both of their ranking points say.

Besides that, don't you EVER say anything bad about Guga!
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Oh, COME ON, here. As much as you dislike Rafa, please give him the credits he truly deserves. He's a FANTASTIC clay court player, and yet a very good one on all other courts as well. It doesn't take anything away from Roger. Both players are truly wonderful, as both of their ranking points say.

Besides that, don't you EVER say anything bad about Guga!
agree... while i dislike nadal... i respect him and his skills -- NOT just on clay... as much as roger respects him...

saying nadal is GOAT on clay because roger chokes on clay is as good as the critics/skeptics who are saying that federer appears to be GOAT because the rest of the field is of sub-standards....



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saying nadal is GOAT on clay because roger chokes on clay is as good as the critics/skeptics who are saying that federer appears to be GOAT because the rest of the field is of sub-standards....
Spot on. Both kind of reasonings are despicable, an insult to the players to whom it concerns, and in general... sad.
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Klahn calls warm-up 'pretty special'
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The day before the men's championship match last week at Wimbledon, Roger Federer was looking for a practice partner as he prepared to face nemesis Rafael Nadal.


Advertisement After several calls between Federer's agent and a coach for the United States Tennis Association, Federer found his man. It was Bradley Klahn, an aggressive, athletic lefty.
Klahn, 17, a graduate of Poway High this spring, was available after participating in the Junior Wimbledon competition. It would be Klahn's job, in the hours leading up to the match, to play the part of Nadal, also a left-hander.

“It was pretty special to warm up possibly the greatest player of all time,” Klahn said.

Little did Klahn know that his practice session on July 6 would be a prelude to what is being called one of the greatest Grand Slam finals of all time. Federer, owner of 12 Grand Slam championships, had his string of five straight Wimbledon titles snapped by Nadal, who triumphed in a five-set match that lasted 4 hours, 48 minutes.

For Klahn, trading shots with Federer on an outer court at Wimbledon provided an exclamation point to his first visit to London's All England Club. The youngster found himself in awe of the venue's atmosphere and history.

“At Wimbledon, it's hard to explain,” Klahn said. “I've been growing up watching it so much. It was hard to believe that I was actually there and playing.”

In singles, Klahn won two matches before falling in straight sets to third-seeded Cesar Ramirez of Mexico. Klahn teamed with American Ryan Harrison in doubles, where the second-seeded tandem lost in the quarterfinals.

Klahn has competed in three junior Grand Slam events this year, establishing himself as one of the world's top young players. He is ranked 17th in the International Tennis Federation junior world standings. In the United States, Klahn is ranked third in the Boys-18 Division.

In the Junior Australian Open, Klahn lost in the third round of singles, but not before downing the tournament's 14th seed. He did not fare as well in the Junior French Open. On the red clay of Roland Garros, Klahn lost in straight sets in the opening round of singles and doubles.

Despite his early exit at the French Open, Klahn relished the experience. He and his mother, Nancy Klahn, spent the extra days in Paris, touring the city and visiting sites such as the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.

“Just being at those tournaments, the Grand Slams, there's such an electric atmosphere,” Klahn said. “There's so much energy – the crowd, the sights, the history – especially at the French and Wimbledon. It's pretty cool to know that you've played there.”

Later this summer, Klahn will complete his Grand Slam tour at the Junior U.S. Open in New York.

“To play in all the Grand Slams before he goes to college was exciting for him and the rest of the family,” Nancy Klahn said.

Next season, Klahn will take a break from the international scene to play tennis at Stanford. His ranking and mental toughness made Klahn a blue-chip recruit at Poway, where he won the San Diego Section singles championship as a junior and helped the Titans win two section team titles.

Klahn said he hopes to refine his game at Stanford, gain strength and help the Cardinal win an NCAA championship.

“If his success in the past is any indication of the future, I think he has a great chance of being a professional tennis player,” said Lee Merry, Klahn's personal coach.

Merry, who has coached Klahn since he started to play competitively at age 11, spent two years on the pro tour in the 1970s.

Klahn said when the time is right, he will give the pro tour a shot. Someday, perhaps Klahn will have a chance to compete against Federer instead of warming him up.
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7 pivotal matches in tennis history
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Updated: July 16, 2008, 9:03 PM EST

Earlier this month, Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer in a Wimbledon final for the ages. It had everything — high quality of play, great drama in which Federer rallied from two sets down to finally lead and a battle to finish the match before impending darkness.
It had history riding on it. Federer was bidding to break the record he shared with Bjorn Borg of five straight Wimbledon titles, and Nadal was aiming to become the first man since Borg in 1980 to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year.

Tennis fanatics hit the lottery at Wimbledon.


Before the final began, many wrote of this match being a possible changing of the guard, in which the torch is passed from the present king (Federer, who has ruled tennis for the last several years) to his successor (Nadal, who became the first man in the history of the ATP rankings to finish as world No. 2 for three consecutive years).

Frankly, I'm not convinced this match can conclusively be called a changing of the guard, since a point or two in Federer's favor would have won him the match and Nadal has yet to surpass the U.S. Open quarterfinals.

Only time will tell.

Tennis is not a sport like boxing in which a contender can defeat a champion and in the course of one fight elevate himself from challenger to champion. For all we know, Federer could win the next 10 majors and not play Nadal in any of the those tournaments.

Since many are talking about pivotal matches that signaled a shift in tennis supremancy, let's review the history books to determine what matches might truly signal the passing of the torch. Let's define a match as one player who ruled tennis for at least one or more years losing to another player who would be the No. 1 for at least two consecutive years. It avoids the problem in recent years of certain players becoming No. 1 for about one second and then dropping from their lofty perch.

In reviewing tennis history prior to the advent of the computer rankings, it can be tricky to state a true No. 1 in certain years, since different lists often defined different top-ranked players. Perhaps the match may not immediately signify the changing of the guard, but it may be a preview of things to come in the future, in which the player defeating the champion may become world champion later.


Here are a few of the matches that signaled the changing of the guard in tennis:

1. Bill Tilden defeats Bill Johnston 6-1, 1-6, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 in the 1920 United States Nationals final

Tilden had finished as the losing finalist to Bill Johnston the years before, with Johnston apparently picking on Tilden's weaker backhand. Tilden worked to correct this weakness during the winter of 1919-1920 in Providence, R.I. This was the turning point in their rivalry and Tilden defeated Johnston in the final in five sets. Tilden went on to dominate the tennis scene as no man ever had, arguably, perhaps even up to the present day.

2. Rene LaCoste defeats Bill Tilden 4-6, 6-4, 8-6, 8-6 in the 1926 Davis Cup

The first major defeat by Tilden in years and the first of many successes by the French Musketeers against a player many consider to be the finest ever. Tilden was injured during the match, which obviously hindered his play (and may have affected him just days later at the U.S. Nationals when he lost to Henri Cochet in five sets). In some ways, this was not just a passing of the torch from Tilden to LaCoste but from the entire U.S. Davis Cup team to the French Davis Cup team.

3. Rod Laver defeats Ken Rosewall 7-5, 4-6, 5-7, 8-6, 8-6 in the 1964 Wembley final

In a rivalry that may have spanned as many as 200 matches, this was perhaps their best match, and that's saying a lot. Both players were at or close to their peak. To quote from Joe McCauley's great book "The History of Professional Tennis": "The final was a connoisseur's masterpiece lasting 2 hours, 44 minutes. In a match of many winners and few unforced errors, Laver fought back brilliantly from the perilous position of 3-5 in the fifth set to win. ... It was one of the greatest matches it has been my privilege to watch, but I must say that I thought Laver was a goner when his opponent served for the match at 5-4. Suddenly Rocket raised his game and, from playing steady but safe tennis, he went all out on the attack to break back. Continuing to go boldly for winners, he broke again for victory when Rosewall's service failed him."

Laver was arguably No. 1 that year and was the best player in the world for years afterwards.

4. Bjorn Borg defeats Jimmy Connors 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 in the 1977 Wimbledon Final


Jimmy Connors had won the majority of their matches before they played this final and was favored to defeat Borg again. Borg led 4-0 in the final set before Connors played a streak of great tennis to actually lead slightly at 4-4, 15-0. Borg has confessed that even he thought he was going to lose at this point.

However, Connors unfortunately chose this moment to hit one of his rare double faults. This give Borg the feeling he could still win, and the Swede won the last two games and the match 6-4. It would be a very rare occasion after this that Connors would even give Borg a close match. Connors had won six of seven meetings, with Borg leading up to the 1977 final, but Borg would reverse that trend in winning 13 of their final 15 meetings, including nine in a row to wrap up this rivalry. Borg was ranked by some to be the top player of 1977 even though some gave their support to Connors and others to Guillermo Vilas, who beat Connors to win the 1977 U.S. Open at Forest Hills. The 1978 Wimbledon final could have been chosen here also.

5. Martina Navratilova defeats Chris Evert 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 in the 1982 Wimbledon final

It seemed like every major had Evert and Navratilova in the final in those days. They were just so far ahead of every other player. Evert was the defending Wimbledon champion and the top-ranked player in the world virtually every year except for 1979, when Navratilova was world champion. The left-handed serve-and-volleyer beat the right-handed baseliner to spark a streak of dominance that has not been matched in the Open era. In a stirring span of championship tennis from 1982-86, Navratilova won 70 of 84 tournaments that she entered. Tennis commentators considered it fantastic if Navratilova's opponents lasted more than one hour. The Evert-Navratilova rivalry is undoubtedly the gold standard in women's tennis history.

6. Steffi Graf defeats Martina Navratilova 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 in the 1988 Wimbledon final


Admittedly, Graf was already No. 1 in the rankings when this match was played, but many still considered Navratilova No. 1 since Martina won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open the previous year over Graf in the finals. Martina got off to a great start in the match, winning the first set and leading 2-0 in the second before Graf went into overdrive and won 12 of the next 13 games. I have never seen Graf hit her backhand return so well. She was so good with her backhand return that match that her husband, Andre Agassi, would be proud. Graf went on the win the Grand Slam that year and was undisputed No. 1 for a number of years until Monica Seles came to the forefront.

7. Ivan Lendl defeats John McEnroe 7-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the 1985 U.S. Open final

John McEnroe was the defending champion, the No. 1 player in both 1983 and 1984, and had defeated Lendl the previous year in straight sets with the loss of only eight games. McEnroe started out well, controlling play for the first few games before Lendl took control and won the set in a tiebreak. This was the first of three straight U.S. Open victories for Lendl and the fourth of his eight consecutive final appearances in the tournament. Lendl finished No. 1 and would do the same in 1986 and 1987 before Mats Wilander took over the No. 1 ranking from him in 1988.

I'm sure there are a number of matches I could have included here, as well as a number of matches I may have missed. It's a rare occasion in tennis history where you can point to the changing of the guard in tennis, and it's even rarer when you can say you felt it was so at the time.

These are seven matches I believe changed the power structure in tennis. Sound off with your thoughts below.
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Roger's rationality, betting against Venus and Nadal's hard-court case Story Highlights
Federer answered plenty of questions about his willingness to scrape and claw
Few even noticed how radically Venus Williams repaired her game at Wimbledon
Encountering a softer, more accessible side of the new Anna Kournikova


An unconditional Roger fan, I also felt crushed. Still I was able to come up with the following positives: 1) What Rafa did to win the match was extra-terrestrial and such a performance must be rewarded; 2) Roger is more rational than I am in interpreting the meaning of his wins and his losses; 3) Roger is not Justine, he will not disappear because the competition fundamentally suits his body and his mind.
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• Yes, Nadal's effort was super-human -- and even so, he barely won the match. Roger is not Justine -- he will be back. I take issue with your other point. I fear his "rational" nature is not always conducive to success. "Rational" could mean: this is NOT happening again! I'm kicking his butt next time. "Rational" could also mean: jeez, the kid beats me on grass. Maybe my reign really is winding down.

If we're looking for signs of encouragement, how about this? Federer was down two sets to love and faced match points in the fourth set. He responds with reserves of courage I'm not sure we've ever seen before. Ironic that it came in defeat, but he answered plenty of questions about his willingness to scrape and claw and sacrifice art and creativity for street-fighting. He called this the worst defeat of his career and, given what was at stake and how drama-saturated the match was, that's understandable. But -- particularly after the debacle in Paris --there's plenty of reason for optimism.


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