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When Lendl was asked what he has made of Federer's past two months, in the wake of blowing match points against Djokovic at the U.S. Open for the second straight year, he replied: "People tend to overthink all of this. Let's see what happens in Australia."



To me that pretty much says he doesn't make much of roger winning the last 3 events carrying into Australia perhaps like bet you won't see it continue come AO 2012 watch and see. Just a vibe I got from how it was phrased.
 

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Practically every player other than Federer was tired for these last few tournaments. You'll see the outcome when Federer has to face fully fresh opponents the beginning of next year.
 

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All those clowns saying Federer could win 3 slams next year should have their freedom of speech taken away.

Good to see Lendl is still not senile.
 

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No slam no impress
 

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Not much to be impressed by.. Bottom line, the YEC doesn't carry nearly the same prestige anymore compared to the when the top dogs were scratching and crawling for it 20-30 years ago. Fed had a good late season surge here.. But Fed is held to a high standard really.. And the past 2 years, his main surge have came at the very end of the season when the other guys are burned out, injured, just picking up some extra cash.

I don't believe Nole cared about the YEC at all.. It was obvious.. Judging by the way Nadal has upped his game at the Davis Cup contrasted to the YEC, he didn't seem to care as much either.
 

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Lendl is correct. In the grand scheme of things, only the GSs matter. But IMO it's important for Fed to have these victories so that he'll continue to have hope that he can add to that GS total. I don't think he could go almost 2 years not winning any thing and falling down the rankings as Pete did and continue to play. He's got a wife and 2 kids - it's a lot harder to keep working hard. It'll get harder too as the twins reach pre-school/kindergarten age (activities, friends, etc.) - when they're young, mom and dad are enough.
 

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Federer will do good in the AO. One of main concerns Federer would have was his fitness concerns, considering he is 30. but the way he has performed at the Year end is quite impressive. He was dishing out tennis lessons to blokes who were 4 or 5 years younger. This was important as it shows his fitness level still holds up well.
 

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I don't think Lendl was being sincere, knowing him well, he was just displaying his cold behavior. If it was someone else saying this, maybe I would have agreed to an extent.
 

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Lendl is telling it how it is. Slams count.

Fed got a masters he never made even a final in.
Another WTF title, taking the record for wins there.
Really good additions to his resume.

He got a decent year because of his late run.

But for sure, lets see what he does at the AO.
 

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At this later stage of Federer's career it's about the Slams even more so than before.

It's alright when Federer answers a question honestly, but not ok when someone else does it. Can't have it both ways.
 
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Not much to be impressed by.. Bottom line, the YEC doesn't carry nearly the same prestige anymore compared to the when the top dogs were scratching and crawling for it 20-30 years ago. Fed had a good late season surge here.. But Fed is held to a high standard really.. And the past 2 years, his main surge have came at the very end of the season when the other guys are burned out, injured, just picking up some extra cash.

I don't believe Nole cared about the YEC at all.. It was obvious.. Judging by the way Nadal has upped his game at the Davis Cup contrasted to the YEC, he didn't seem to care as much either.
Every player cares about the WTF.
It's just that Djokovic couldn't do anything about it, he was either worn out and/or still not completely over his injury.

Nadal also wanted this one badly but the surface is just not good for him though he still has time.

Prestige matters but you still have to win and the WTF is one tough tournament no matter what the prestige.

Besides, Fed had the same struggles as everyone else this year.
 

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I remember very well when, a few years ago, when Roger just started to threaten a few of the records, a bitter Lendl was calling for all of us to be pacient and to wait for Roger's future to unfold. He had the numbers on his side back then: Usopen consecutive finals, Wtf finals and many more, and Roger's numbers were just starting to increase...Now things are changed, but not Lendl's bitterness...

Anyway, I agree that Roger needs to win a slam in order to proove he still has it, but one thing I am sure of. When that will happen (and I am sure it will happen at some point in the future), the detractors will find lots'of excuses: burn out opponents, easy draw, bad schedule, bad weather, Berdych and Tsonga choking, old injuries of we know who....So I cannot care less about Lendl and all the haters on MTF...
 
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At this later stage of Federer's career it's about the Slams even more so than before.

It's alright when Federer answers a question honestly, but not ok when someone else does it. Can't have it both ways.
I think Lendl could have actually commented on Federer's run rather than just blowing it off.

I think Fed has nothing left to prove at slams.

And I think it's unfortunate that an influential former player is adding his voice the "only slams matter" mantra. Treating all other tournaments as filler and warm-ups for slams doesn't serve the tour or the sport.
 

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At this later stage of Federer's career it's about the Slams even more so than before.

It's alright when Federer answers a question honestly, but not ok when someone else does it. Can't have it both ways.
The importance of the WTF has nothing to do with roger's season per say but it has a historical and record breaking significance and hearing Lendl down play the WTF the same year his record got broken reeks of an inferiority complex and as this SI piece shows the WTF demonstrates (like Sampras beofre him) the longivity of Roger's game, style and athleticism at 30 playing against guys at the peak of their game
  • in 2004, 2006 and 2007 Federer won 3 majors and went on to win the WTF -
  • in 2005 he won 2 majors and went on to win the WTF
so that puts a crack the size of the grand canyon on the excuse (used by some fans here) of excessive play/success for failure of certain players
 

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[*]in 2005 he won 2 majors and went on to win the WTF

so that puts a crack the size of the grand canyon on the excuse (used by some fans here) of excessive play/success for failure of certain players
Fed lost in 5 @ TMC Shanghai :(
 

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Either Lendl is a bitter tool or the press twisted his words.
 
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