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thanks to him sucking last year early on and late in the season

stole this from Judio

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  New     Old                     This  Project   "5th"
  Rank    Rank  Player            Week  Points     Best
   1       1    Federer           450   6,630       0
   2       2    Nadal             450   5,980      55
   3       3    Djokovic          700   4,865      20
Points to Defend
Rotterdam
Djok 110
Dubai
Fed 300 Rafa 75 Djok 75
Indian Wells
Fed 5 Rafa 500 Djok 350
Miami
Fed 75 Rafa 125 Djok 500

So Roger is still along away ahead of Rafa
and Rafa is still along way ahead of Novak

Taking the above Points off
Rankings at April 1 before adding 2008 Points
in Dubai Miami Indian Wells as they haven't happened ;)

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  New     Old                       Project   "5th"
  Rank    Rank  Player              Points     Best
   1       1    Federer             6,250       0
   2       2    Nadal               5,280       0
   3       3    Djokovic            3,845       0
 

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It's all about motivation.

He's hitting the same wall that Sampras did now. We'll see how he responds.
 

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If Federer keeps playing like this, he's not holding the #1 spot for too much longer.
Up 53 in the first, he just played like crap for 10 games.
 

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To me Fed is clearly fading.. Last Wimbledon final was the first indication of that.. I would not bet on him breaking Sampras's record at this point.. I think the chances of him winning a GS this year are not much higher then 50%..
 

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To me Fed is clearly fading.. Last Wimbledon final was the first indication of that.. I would not bet on him breaking Sampras's record at this point.. I think the chances of him winning a GS this year are not much higher then 50%..
50% is pretty damn high lol. You're basically saying that he won't win more than 2 slams this year.
 

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What people have to defend means nothing in terms of actually being #1 at the end of the year. If Federer is the best player then he will keep it, if not then he will fall.
 

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And this match, he didn't play like a #1.
How many forehand UE's on big points? Federer was giving away key points.
You don't win titles doing that.
 

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fed is far from through. the majority of the AO was too easy for him. losing only 6 games in total to hartfield and santoro made him somewhat complacent, allowing tipsareciv to take advanatage. then he had berdych and blake, a pair of muppets when it comes to playing against him. he wasnt challenged enough before the semis, so he couldnt really hit the kind of form he needs to win a GS. he'll come back with a vengence and be back to his brilliant best soon enough
 

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What people have to defend means nothing in terms of actually being #1 at the end of the year. If Federer is the best player then he will keep it, if not then he will fall.
Precisely. :worship:


Anyway, as IL points out, Fed should be relatively okay up until the second half of the year (unless he is inactive or something), which is when things would get interesting.
 

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ATP might have contributed to Federers too early fading with their's tampering with the draws
 
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