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Fed needs the match practice and I would consider an SF appearance a success. :)
 

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any result that doesnt imply a win means failure
he cant start the clay season with no titles -_-
True but given the state of his game currently, I am fine with a SF appearance. Miami is where I would expect a win so that he goes with confidence into the clay season.
 

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2nd round vs Ginepri
3rd round vs Querrey
QF vs Blake
SF vs Roddick
F vs Kolya

;););)
 

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hoping vs. hope for a cupcake draw...

rofe, and if Rogi doesn't make the SF??
 

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:sad: omg now it comes the time that we wish Roger to have a cup cake draw :eek:

i hope he can win a title before the clay season begins or it is going to have a very bad effect on his confidence :confused:
good luck Roger
 

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Oh, come on. All I'm hoping for is for him to have a decent first round and second round - not sure I'd choose Ginepry out of everyone but I suppose it works. I just don't want it to be Soderling, or someone like that.

I mean, you guys are talking like he's losing to mugs. He lost to Nole and Murray - exactly the two guys who are suppose to trouble him if he's not 100%. If he gets over the rust and get to the Q, I fully expect him to win the tournament, even if it is a Nalby Quarter and a Djoko Semi. It is what he expects of himself.
 

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As long as the first two opponents aren't too rough, I think he'll be fine. With some match practice I still think he'll dismiss the other top players, with the exception of Djokovic who's the player of the moment. So basically I hope for a few easy rounds and for Djokovic to be on the other side of the draw.
 

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When I was at this event last year the two SF's I got to see were: Nadal thrashing Roddick and Joker thrashing Murray. And then I got to see Nadal holding the trophy the next day.
At least the weather was nice...

God I hope this year is different, and hopefully Roger is in the picture.
 

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:sad: omg now it comes the time that we wish Roger to have a cup cake draw :eek:
What a low this forum hits. :rolleyes:

Becoming cowardly, panicking and drawing on weak draws won't help. A little more courage and confidence would be appropriate.
 

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What a low this forum hits. :rolleyes:

Becoming cowardly, panicking and drawing on weak draws won't help. A little more courage and confidence would be appropriate.
Roger has hardly any matches under his belt this year. I'd like to see him maybe be able to work his way into the tournament rather than getting someone really tough R2 and potentially being sent home packing. If he could get a few easy wins under his belt I think his game and confidence would start to come back.
 

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I don't think he needs a cupcake draw, in fact I don't think that will help. Winning matches against players who will not challenge him at all will not get him match tough. Yeah it may help his confidence, but imo it will be false confidence because easy matches aren't going to get him match tough. I agree that he needs to play a number of matches and and that it would be great for his confidence if he win get far at both IW and Miami but I would prefer if it was against players who will at least challenge him a bit.

[Pannicked fan mode on] Although given his recent form that might be every top 100 player out there ;)[/Pannicked fan mode off]

Btw Does anyone know whether he's playing doubles?
 

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If he could get a few easy wins under his belt I think his game and confidence would start to come back.
Game and confidence won't come back by beating cake-walk opponents.

I have not seen his match in Dubai, maybe it is not just all about HIS game and HIS confidence, but due to the fact that opponents are catching up. The years of utter domination my be gone.

Please note, I am not predicting his decline, though.
 

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When I was at this event last year the two SF's I got to see were: Nadal thrashing Roddick and Joker thrashing Murray. And then I got to see Nadal holding the trophy the next day.
At least the weather was nice...
:lol: Ohhhh that can't suck any more for a Roger fan I guess. Hope you have better fate this year.
 

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Fed needs to get back his anticipation and a cupcake draw will help him because match wins will do wonders for his confidence and get that anticipation back. The field has caught up to him but he still has the game to beat the young guns. It may not be easy anymore but he still has the ability to come out on top.
 

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Game and confidence won't come back by beating cake-walk opponents.
Probably they won't and also won't help much when he faces an opponent of another level all of a sudden, but I think it surely is better than losing to a tough opponent in early rounds again :p Not that I think it's very likely to happen with the 96-draw in IW.
 
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