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Old 06-12-2006, 04:34 AM   #1
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Hey there everyone .

The French Open final last night was a pivotal moment in the careers of both Federer & Nadal . So Roger loses his 1st slam final despite a landslide opening set 6-1 ,then Rafa manages his usual role of escape artist & extends his dominance over Federer .

Lets get this straight Fed is still going to win his fair share of Slams in the next few years & I`m sure he`ll pass 10 in total- but his confidence has taken a beating. Especially after losing three successive finals to the same guy .Up until November 2005 Federer was on a record run of 24-consecutive wins in finals. Then he lost the TMC to Nalbandian & 4 other finals to Rafa. So Roger is 4-5 in finals over the last half-a-year.

I`ll cut to the chase>>> ,as much as Federer has converted me into a fan I realise that psycholigically he`s taken a beating & this year`s Wimbledon is much more open than the previous couple of years...

I predict Old Rog won`t be able to make it 4-Wimby`s in a row. However Nadal is still not ready to win big on grass, so who are the other contenders...

Even if you don`t agree with me, lets say for hypothetical reasons, assuming Federer doesn`t manage to win Wimbledon again this year then who are the other contenders...

1.Lleyton Hewitt, the timing is perfect, with all the attention on Roger & Rafa the former Rocky fighter can turn the tables & pull a surprise .
2.David Nalbandian, he`s certainly due for a major- you got to figure if he keeps knocking on the door eventually it`ll happen for him!!
3.James Blake, his form has been good & he`s the Cinderalla story after the Rome accident a few years back. He likes fast hard courts- so why not grass
4.Mario Ancic, we all know he`s mentally fragile but so was Gaudio before he nabbed the French a few years back, as a former SF you`ve got to rate him & the form is good..
5.Ivan Ljubicic, I don`t really think he`ll do it but he has been improving in recent slams with a QF at AO & now a SF at FO .


I predict one of these five will win, meanwhile Roger & Rafa will both lose either at the QF or SF stage... As I said it`s just my hunch, but I`d appreciate any other fair dinkum opinions ...

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3.James Blake, his form has been good & he`s the Cinderalla story after the Rome accident a few years back. He likes fast hard courts- so why not grass
Ljubicic LOVES fast hard courts, so why not grass?
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Blake is not good on grass

Agassi was also crap on grass until he landed the 1992 Wimby title, beating a succession of classic serve-volleyers along the way .
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Ljubicic LOVES fast hard courts, so why not grass?
Good point mate, sorry I left him off the list- I`ll edit it now .
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Im expecting QF from Ivan, but if draw opens up again like FO, who knows the game is there, now he just needs to DO IT
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Will Nadal make it to Wimbledon final? His chance is slim, IMO.

And I really can't see any other players will give Roger any trouble in Wimbledon.
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Then he lost the TMC to Nalbandian & 4 other finals to Rafa. So Roger is 4-5 in finals over the last half-a-year.
You're kidding. I remember hearing the same thing last year after Roger lost both the Aussie and RG. But a note in that 4-5 recent record in finals, he won one of the most important, AO and made it to the finals of other, RG.

I say all that to say, dont count Roger out. Roger is a champion on the level of Sampras and Graf, a whole another level.
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Will Nadal make it to Wimbledon final? His chance is slim, IMO.

And I really can't see any other players will give Roger any trouble in Wimbledon.

Rafa won`t trouble Fed on grass but after the shattering loss & all the psychological energy that Roger put into winning this years French it means that this one`s looking like it might be up for grabs. IE., Federer will trouble himself at Wimbledon [only this year], as it`s difficult to regroup from losing so many finals recently~ he`s only human & yesterday proved it .
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It is as wide open as it was in 2004 and 2005.
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cmon mate....Everyone said roger was gone last year after the FO, but the FO is not the best way to rate roger

roger's gonna kick ass and win wimbly/USO for 5 years to come!
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You're kidding. I remember hearing the same thing last year after Roger lost both the Aussie and RG. But a note in that 4-5 recent record in finals, he won one of the most important, AO and made it to the finals of other, RG.

I say all that to say, dont count Roger out. Roger is a champion on the level of Sampras and Graf, a whole another level.

I hope you`re right because, as I mentioned in my post, I`ve been converted into a Federer fan .I was screaming at the TV 12-hours ago just like you mate ...
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cmon mate....Everyone said roger was gone last year after the FO, but the FO is not the best way to rate roger

roger's gonna kick ass and win wimbly/USO for 5 years to come!

Good on ya cobber, happy to get your opinion - but do you seriously think Federer can dominate the Wimby/USO double for another half a decade .Surely the law of averages & injuries, plus pressure will make him crack every now and then....
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Rafa won`t trouble Fed on grass but after the shattering loss & all the psychological energy that Roger put into winning this years French it means that this one`s looking like it might be up for grabs. IE., Federer will trouble himself at Wimbledon [only this year], as it`s difficult to regroup from losing so many finals recently~ he`s only human & yesterday proved it .
I really can't see how Roger will lost his confidence or in trouble when the only player he lost to this year is Nadal and knowing in Wimbledon, he will likely not face Nadal.

May be you're the one that needs this reinforcement.
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cmon mate....Everyone said roger was gone last year after the FO, but the FO is not the best way to rate roger
Or maybe it is, if you consider that he made the final on his worst surface.
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