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I'm very happy Feds won, even though he tried to bagel Agassi with that dropshot :eek:

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Maybe he was experiencing a different match from the one I watched, because he was clearly choking and we may have had a different match if he'd lost the TB.

Do you agree with him also or not?
 

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I think he is probably saying that to just show that Agassi played well. Because if he said he played his worst match, then it will seem as if he is dissing Agassi's play IMO. I dont think Federer played well though, just in patches like against Hewitt yesterday. I also dont know what happened to his first serves. He seems to have lost a lot of pace on it compared to last year. Just my observation.
 

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No I don't agree...I don't think he played his best...He seemed out of sorts in the 3rd set...Agassi was changing up his game and Fed couldn't handle it...somehow Fed got his wits during the tiebreak...still don't know how he did that.
 

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asotgod said:
I think he is probably saying that to just show that Agassi played well. Because if he said he played his worst match, then it will seem as if he is dissing Agassi's play IMO. I dont think Federer played well though, just in patches like against Hewitt yesterday. I also dont know what happened to his first serves. He seems to have lost a lot of pace on it compared to last year. Just my observation.
Johnny Mac kept talking about the change in his serve and how it's lost it's "pop"...why would Fed change such an important part of his game?
 

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he definitely did not play his best. he started out well, and then went away and decided to let andre to whatever he wanted to do with him. he was definitley choking at some points, making some poor decisions and not attacking when he needed to. but in the end as usual he stepped it up when it matterd and turned things around. i don't think he necessarily saves his best stuff for the finals he just has a way of finding his best stuff for those key moments when he's in trouble.
 

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Maybe. I was actually surprised that he said that but I would say he was not losing points in the 3rd set, Agassi was winning them by constantly attacking his backhand, changing speed of his serve etc. When Fed gets overwhelmed, his backhand becomes his first liability. He could not use his slice backhand because unlike grass, on HC the ball just sits up waiting to be pummeled and Agassi did just that.

At that point, Fed had two options - continue using his topspin backhand or run around and use the forehand. He is not comfortable running around his forehand so he had no choice but to use his horrible topspin backhand.

Agassi just overwhelmed him and Fed had no answer. Nothing to do with choking.
 

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That's his secret ;) and that's his best tennis ;)

No serious Roger sure got testet by Andre big time - he should have broken Andre more often!! His backhand didn't work that good some winners but too many errors!! O.K. his serve was better than in matches before but not his second serve.... there he used to be much much better - oh I forgot Andre is amongst the best returners so that's why his serve wasn't that effective. You have to give some cudos to AA too!!But once again he stepped it up when it mattered most - getting that rebreak in the third and winning the tb conviningly and then rushing through the 4th set and to do that he for sure had to play his best tennis and right then he did!!
 

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all the crowd were laughing when he said this
Feds: I waited to play my best in the finals, as usual
 

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You can join this one to some others of his cocky statements after a big win, nothing new. Anyway I´d probably be more cocky than Roger if I had his talent with a racket, so no big deal
 

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asotgod said:
I think he is probably saying that to just show that Agassi played well. Because if he said he played his worst match, then it will seem as if he is dissing Agassi's play IMO. I dont think Federer played well though, just in patches like against Hewitt yesterday. I also dont know what happened to his first serves. He seems to have lost a lot of pace on it compared to last year. Just my observation.
I think he started bombing it too early and just god tired. Or maybe he was tired from yesterday's match.
 

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Doris Loeffel said:
That's his secret ;) and that's his best tennis ;)

No serious Roger sure got testet by Andre big time - he should have broken Andre more often!! His backhand didn't work that good some winners but too many errors!! O.K. his serve was better than in matches before but not his second serve.... there he used to be much much better - oh I forgot Andre is amongst the best returners so that's why his serve wasn't that effective. You have to give some cudos to AA too!!But once again he stepped it up when it mattered most - getting that rebreak in the third and winning the tb conviningly and then rushing through the 4th set and to do that he for sure had to play his best tennis and right then he did!!
Hey Doris! It seems like I only hear from you once a year :lol:
 

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Roger didn't play his "A" game today. He simply waited until Agassi had nothing else to give and won. People criticize his drop shot in the fourth set but Andre had no intention of giving up and Roger was correct to use the logical shot at that point of the match.

Agassi, in Roger's place, would've done the same thing.
 

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I think he started bombing it too early and just god tired. Or maybe he was tired from yesterday's match.
It was only his first couple of service games he bombed it. He couldn't have gotten tired from that. I think he was going for too much placement today to try to set up his forehand but Agassi got some good reads on the serve and pummelled them.
 

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You can join this one to some others of his cocky statements after a big win, nothing new. Anyway I´d probably be more cocky than Roger if I had his talent with a racket, so no big deal
K.

Anyway, my first thought was that he was talking about his play in comparison to the rest of the tournament. In comparison, I'd say, the Minar match was probably better... and the Rochus match... but yeah. If he had said 'I played decent tennis in this final,' that would have been very unsportive. I guess this way, he's just cocky, but at least he got some laughs, eh? :worship:
 
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Roger does make cocky statements, but there's something disarming about their frankness. I don't know, he seems sweet when he says them and they're always true!
 

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What are you all talking about? Roger served brilliant in the final set. Hardly lost a point on serve, was hitting all the corners. Yes, his backhand went wildly off in some portions of the match and he squandered some break points with loose shots. But overall a well-played match with his usual moments of genius.
 

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Who cares. He won the tournament. He raised his level when he needed to. I don't think the record books are going to put an asterisk next to this one saying 'Roger won but he didn't play his best'. Roger played good enough to beat his opponent. What if's don't mean much to me.
 

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Deivid23 said:
You can join this one to some others of his cocky statements after a big win, nothing new.
What would you want him to say? "Oh, I didn't play my best and still won comfortably at the end". Sure that wouldn't sound cocky, eh? :retard:

He probably said that to give props to Agassi, especially after Bud Collins said that Agassi played his best today. But Federer played well, he was being outplayed for part of the match, but stepped it up and won.

Deivid23 said:
Anyway I´d probably be more cocky than Roger if I had his talent with a racket, so no big deal
Downplaying a nasty comment, :lol: . I'm just not surprised. :rolleyes:
 
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