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Post the events of yesterday evening, should Federer feel robbed?

He was forced to play in terrible conditions, in what could have been his last match in Roland Garros.

His main weapons such as his serve were clearly hampered- what's worse playing in such conditions, he may have had chance of aggravating any injuries.

That too at 38 years of age. If anyone deserved special tratement, it was the GOAT

No disrespect to Nadal or his fans, Nadal would have won anyway, but was Federer given a fair chance? Federer might have atleast won a set and made it closer.

Federer is the one that has most reason to feel robbed because of this. Atleast Thiem has a chance to now set things right and win today, Federer has probably played his last match in RG. Under these appalling conditions.

Yet, he chose to play in these conditions, without complaining, because he thought it was fair game and because it was the same conditions for everyone.

But after the events of yesterday, it seems there's one rule for Djokovic and one for the others.

Imagine if Djokovic completes double career slam and double Nole slam and comes closer to Federer's record because of this.

Such a victory of Nole must be asterisked when comparing them in GOAT stakes.
 

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No, both guys played in the same conditions.

Federer is a great champion not a crybaby who tries to use his position to enforce what he feels will suit him more.

That’s why people all over the world respect and love him.
And for giving them free tennis balls during the matches ;)
 

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Yes, they should have changed the courts to indoor hard- given him the perfect conditions to play his game!??
 

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Look at his PC and ask yourself if he looked like a robbed or even disappointed man.
 

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He would have fared better under normal conditions. He plays first strike and relies on perfect timing and taking it on the rise as much as possible.
He would have almost surely lost, but not playing in a hurricane would have allowed him to get some sense of timing and be more competitive.
 

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Nope because Nadal played in the same conditions as well and adapted better.

There is no shame to lose to Nadal in RG, especially on the SF where he always shows his best level of tennis.

Federer’s and ofc Nadal/Thiem’s behaviour yesterday definitely deserves praise because they didn’t whine over the terrible playing conditions and did whatever they could to adapt and play on them. It is disappointing to see that the organisers gave in to Djokovic to suspend the match and give him special treatment because he demanded it.
 

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why should he? he didn't win against rafa on clay for 10 years now and never in paris, so it was an impossible task from the get go.
a plus for the effort reaching the semis at his age tho, one can't deny he still is up for the fight.
 

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Nah, that was as you good as you could expect from 37 year old champion on his worst surface against the clay GOAT on demanding conditions.

I applaud Federer, and his PC was great as well, he praised Rafa, didn't complain about conditions, and said he got what he wanted from clay, and looking forward to grass season. Think he will be very dangerous there in Germany and UK.
 

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Nope because Nadal played in the same conditions as well and adapted better.

There is no shame to lose to Nadal in RG, especially on the SF where he always shows his best level of tennis.

Federer’s and ofc Nadal/Thiem’s behaviour yesterday definitely deserves praise because they didn’t whine over the terrible playing conditions and did whatever they could to adapt and play on them. It is disappointing to see that the organisers gave in to Djokovic to suspend the match and give him special treatment because he demanded it.
This. I kinda hoped that Fed could pull it off because Rafa winning RG again and again is just boring. However, the conditions were the same for both players.
 

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He said before the match his only hope was if Nadal was sick or injured, or some other misadventures occurred.
He'd be happy to get the hell out of there.
The only one who will be robbed is Nole, who now has to play his semi over 2 days like he did in 2015.
 

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Hmmm I remember you siding with nadal in that Wimbledon roofgate last year

Didn't Nadal play in the same conditions there as well and Djokovic adapted better?
Hmm because it was sunny? Match should have not been played under a roof and wouldn’t have if Djokovic didn’t request to play with the roof.

It’s a pretty different situation really.

Now if you argue that play shouldn’t have happened at all in the first place, then that’s another discussion entirely. There is a fair argument on that. However as a player you should accept the conditions and not storm off and constantly demand for play to stop like Djokovic did. Did Nadal do that last year with the roof? Did he stormed off or constantly whine during the match why was the roof closed? If he did that I would have definitely criticised him because he was being a diva, but that wasn’t the case :shrug:
 

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[...] If anyone deserved special tratement, it was the GOAT

No disrespect to Nadal or his fans, Nadal would have won anyway, but was Federer given a fair chance?

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Yet, he chose to play in these conditions, without complaining, because he thought it was fair game and because it was the same conditions for everyone.

But after the events of yesterday, it seems there's one rule for Djokovic and one for the others.

Imagine if Djokovic completes double career slam and double Nole slam and comes closer to Federer's record because of this.

Such a victory of Nole must be asterisked when comparing them in GOAT stakes.
No one deserves special treatment. As you said yourself, it was same (outdoor) conditions (in an outdoor tournament) for both. Only thing that remains baffling is why Thiem-Djokovic match was suddenly halted with the sun still shining for hours. If it was due to the wind, you shouldn't have played in the first place then, instead of suddenly coming up with the idea of halting play out of the blue. No asterisk really (as Thiem or Rafa have the same conditions as Djokovic on the other side of the net), but the organization has been an utter travesty.
 

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No, conditions were bad for both players. Federer made some bad blunders at crucial points, but even without that, Nadal was better and deserved to win. The only one who is entitled to feel robbed is Thiem.
 
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