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Waterworks: The Agony of Defeat February 01, 2009 - 12:01 PM

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I had planned to post a roundup of profound or amusing athlete quotes (predominantly the latter) as my final Aussie Diary entry from Melbourne. But after tonight’s dramatic men’s final – and the emotional awards presentation that followed – it doesn’t seem appropriate to do so. So I’ll save those inanities for when I’ve returned Stateside.

In the meantime, I’ll offer just a few short thoughts on a match that was long on tension and significance. First, I’m surprised and impressed that Federer rebounded from his catastrophic third set to win the fourth. In that fateful (for Federer) third, the 13-time major champ had triple break point with Nadal serving at 4-4 and failed to break. In Nadal’s next service game, at 5-5, Federer had three more break points, and again failed to convert any of them.

After he lost the third-set tiebreaker, I would not have been shocked to see Federer go quietly in the fourth. But he recovered and was able to send the match to a deciding fifth set—a development that shouldn’t have surprised me, given that he’s proven himself to be a resilient competitor many times in the past.

The fifth set itself was a disappointment. Unlike the deciding set of the 2008 Wimbledon final, which was played at a ridiculously high level, tonight’s fifth set saw Federer struggle. He looked stooped, fatigued, broken. His serve, which had been a key weapon in his semifinal defeat of Andy Roddick, let him down against Nadal – particularly in the fifth. Serving at 2-5, Federer was broken for the seventh time to end the match. Championship point felt anticlimactic, and the atmosphere in the packed arena was oddly subdued. For all of Nadal’s brilliance, it was discomfiting to see Federer bowed.

Then came the trophy presentation and Federer’s emotional reaction. As the runner-up began to address the crowd, he was overwhelmed by tears, and had to retreat to the back of the podium in order to regain his composure. The emcee presented Nadal the winner’s trophy while Federer gathered himself. Then, in one of the most poignant moments of the night, Nadal went back to put his arm around Federer, his respected rival, to ask him if he were ready to speak.

Federer, still crying, returned to the microphone and gave some very gracious and brief remarks, thanking Nadal, the tennis dignataries (including Rod Laver himself) who were on hand for the occasion, and the crowd. His voice quavered particularly when he said the word “legends,” a reminder of how much the history of the game – and his place in it – matters to Federer.

We’re not used to seeing superstar male athletes weep (Paul Pierce’s outpouring at the Boston Celtics’ ring ceremony being one recent notable exception), but again, I shouldn’t have been surprised to see Federer so affected by his loss. He’s not the stereotypical alpha male, by any means, and he’s been emotional in both victory and defeat before. Tonight, as he cried, I wondered what he was feeling. Crushing disappointment that he didn’t get to magic number 14? A fear that he might not ever tie or surpass Sampras’ record? Sadness that his days of playing otherworldly tennis in hard court majors (the 2004 U.S. Open final comes to mind) may be behind him, and that he has, for the time being at least, been eclipsed by Nadal? Intense relief that the tension of the past two weeks, and the past four-and-a-half hours, had finally broken?

None of those thoughts, it turns out, were on his mind. Federer said afterwards that his tears were merely his reaction to being beaten. He is a genius with a racquet, to be sure, but he is foremost a competitor.

“In the first moment you're disappointed, you're shocked, you're sad, then all of a sudden it overwhelms you,” he said, the strain still evident on his face. “I love this game. It means the world to me, so it hurts when you lose.”


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Posted by Filip February 01, 2009 at 10:36 PM

Fed's success and the easy with which he has been dominating the game the past 5 years has spoiled him. In the fith set after realizing Nadal is not going away, but rather turning it up, Fed behaved like a spoiled child who didn't get his way and simply went away himself. He followed his disapearance with a self pitiful spoiled kid cry fest no doubt about how unfair the world is that someone dared to take away his 14th slam ego-stroke.

After today, I will still be a fan of Fed's game, but not of Fed himself. Nadal is 5 years his junior but 5x tha man Fed will ever be.

Cry me a river Rogers...

Posted by RealTennisPlayer February 01, 2009 at 10:55 PM

Federer needs a coach. He simply should hire one (for more than 3 months of clay season) and stick with him. It is his hubris that lost the game yesterday...he thinks he is the best and doesn't need help. We could see that wasn't true.

As for Rafael: he is a class act, isn't he? There are so many things he could have done and said but he was respectful and caring; he didn't celebrate in Roger's face as so many would have.

Posted by jon February 01, 2009 at 10:57 PM

When you blow a REALLY GOOD shot to actually make history (something you, Filip, probably can't even comprehend), to secure- statistically speaking at least- a spot among the greats, you try not to cry. This meant a lot to Roger, and I'd be sad if he treated it like it was no big deal. This was a very tough loss, there is just no 2 ways about it.

Congrats Rafa. He's made a believer out of me...he has to be doing something right to consistently beat Roger (my favorite player), and some of the points last night were simply unreal.

Posted by Chris Oddo February 01, 2009 at 11:02 PM

Then it's settled! We love them both and can't wait until they play again!

Posted by aussie open fan February 01, 2009 at 11:04 PM

ha ha! cry me a river... funny.
i do believe that roger will get to 14 or 15 or maybe more slams.
but i am truly disappointed in his breakdown. get a grip man!
it completely shifted the focus of the trophy ceremony from the winner to the loser! who else would've ever gotten the kind of treatment that roger did from the officials presiding over the ceremony "we want to adopt roger!' for chrissakes - rafa just played his heart out (as well as his legs) - and you're sitting there talking about how roger "needs a moment but will gather himself to talk later". what about the winner people?! ugh.
rafa seems 10 times the man to me than roger right now - after that comforting hug and practically apologizing for winning.
i'm so over roger federer right now. (again, even though i think he'll totally break sampras' record).
vamos rafa!

Posted by February 01, 2009 at 11:08 PM

oh yeah - and whoever said "roger was having an off day - his serve was off, etc." - when are you going to get that tennis is about 90% MENTAL? roger's own mind and rafa's tenacity is what forced this loss... not an "off day"...

Posted by mw February 01, 2009 at 11:26 PM

Sandra77

That's my point...he cried when he won the AO over Bagdatis, he cried this year..and oh yeah, he cried on Jmac's shoulder when he lost to Nadal at Wimbeldon. He cried when he WON over Nadal at Wimbeldon, after his 7th. Yes, I get it. Good cries and bad cries. My point is, he seems to do it quite often.
I don't think Roger MEANT to steal the light away from Nadal, just like I don't think a child MEANS to misbehave at inappropriate times. But Roger is a 27 year old, grown man! By now, he should know better about when and when not to do the proper thing. He seems to have alot of class, that's why it surprises me when he behaves so selfishly like this.
He should know better. Cry when you get home.

Posted by Prasad February 01, 2009 at 11:29 PM

wow! what a match.. i am a great fan of nadal, his simplicity and human nature really makes me very happy and builds confidence in me. roger should first come out of that "ego" thing and realize he is no longer number 1, dont understand why he gets offended when someone addresses him by number 2.. of course he is number 2, if he has the same attitude and ego he could soon become #3 or #4, look out for Verdasco.. he is a raising star!! roger crying like a baby "crying baby".. champs don't cry.. when they loose they smile and be tough and plan for next slam.. thats the sign of a true champion.. look at Venus she smiles eventhough she lost in early rounds.. because she knows she will win a slam in this year.. thats a mark of a true champion!!

All the best Nadal!! you are my hero!!

Posted by Pat February 01, 2009 at 11:46 PM

I am completely stunned by the master of ceremonies' complete lack of taste or respect, let alone proper preparation in the way he handled the awards presentation. This has nothing to do with my respect and admiration for Federer's talent. It has to do with the mc's complete lack of consideration of the possibility that Federer just might NOT win the match. It also has to do with his display of favoritism and completely disrespectful presentation to Nadal. Introducing Federer, he said, rather stumbled "if we (this country) could ever vote for our sports hero, it would be this guy." Nice, thoughtful intro for Nadal's winning ceremony, right? Duh, there stands the WINNER in the background, probably thinking "what do I say?" He then insulted the WINNER-- AGAIN, beyond belief, in saying (after Federer stepped back to compose himself) "...and so, IN THE MEANTIME, we'll give this guy his award." IN THE MEANTIME??????? SECONDARILY???????? WE'LL GET THIS BUSINESS OUT OF THE WAY SO THAT FEDERER CAN COME BACK????? Thank God that the two players had enough grace to pick up after that treatment of Nadal. Nadal's first words were "...sorry about today." HOW MANY TIMES DOES NADAL HAVE TO APOLOGIZE FOR WINNING???? To the MC: lots of other intro's. would have worked. Too bad you didn't take the time to prepare for this eventuality. "Today was not this champion's day." "What a shame that one of these great players has to lose." "We love your matches and know that it will be sad to see one of you two greats lose." PLUS MANY OTHERS!!!!!! I apologize to Nadal for such shabby treatment in his great moment and hope that the AO chooses a presenter more wisely next year and previews (which means making him actually prepare [just as a high school student would have to do)his remarks.

Posted by KP February 01, 2009 at 11:53 PM

Ummmm...I don't get it. Rafa WON. Period. He deserves to celebrate without worrying if he will hurt Roger's feelings by doing so, but being the incredibly gracious person he is and at such a young age I might add, he kept it to a minimum. This is not the first time Rafa had to tiptoe around poor Roger's feelings. GET OVER YOURSELF ROGER! He is an amazing player, maybe the best ever, but isn't how you behave in defeat that defines character? Sure I felt sorry for him, but it was embarrassing.

Posted by February 01, 2009 at 11:53 PM

i am not as sad as when i was after Wimbledon. i lost some respect for Fed after he cried and stole the limelight from Nadal, even though he did recover by letting Nadal speak last. Fed is done; as far as beating Nadal is concerned, stick a fork in him. i will now wait for the day when Nadal will be beaten by some one else.

who knew, Wilander knew what he was talking about.

- angry Federer fan :(

Posted by Rob February 01, 2009 at 11:54 PM

First four sets were great. Rafa deserved the win and the respect of a more mature and experienced Federer. He didn't get it. As a trainer to elite athletes it is sad to see a great champion crumble under the pressures of their sport. I would love to see Federer (or any athlete for that matter) go back and really re-evaluate why he is playing tennis. My view is that it should be for the love of the game and the continual struggle to become the best player HE can. If he does this the record books will take care of themselves. Think of Rafa's words post match "I may never win another, who knows, but I will keep trying". Clearly one player has the mindset of a true champion.

Posted by February 01, 2009 at 11:55 PM

i completely agree with Pat's comments posted @11.46pm.. the "cry baby" has stolen the centerstage of a great achievement.. very unfair to nadal ...a winning guy saying sorry.. very funny! c'mon roger grow up man! dont act like a baby! - prasad

Posted by Jason February 02, 2009 at 12:08 AM

C'mon guys. Fed couldn't do anything about it. Tennis is just so close to Roger's heart that when he loses a chance to achieve the greatest goal of his life by a mere 4 games, it's just too much for him to handle. He's a true competitor and is one of the classiest guys I have ever seen, in or out of sports. This Australian Open was just something that he wanted so badly, that he needed so much, that to have it ripped away from him was something awful. I mean, the 08 Wimbledon final was a much more devestatiing loss, but you didn't see him crying during his speech. It's because whether he won or not, he would not achieve his goal then and there. This was a completely different situation, and I hope for Roger to have a quick recovery from this loss and get back to that beutiful tennis that we all know he can play.

p.s. This is all coming from a die-hard Rafa fan :) VAMOS RAFA, hopefully this win means he's capable of breaking Fed's strangle-hold on New York. Anyway, all the best to both of them!

Posted by Aaron DH February 02, 2009 at 12:14 AM

Here is what I'm fearing... that if Rafa continues to playh this wel, that Federer may not win another major, UNLESS someone else beats Rafa (like, say, Murray) en route to the final. Case in point, last year's U.S. Open... had Rafa beaten Murray then beaten Roger in the final, Fed today would be stuck with 12 majors, while Rafa would quickly be elevated to the ranks of those handful of lucky players to have won all four grand slams. That, in and of itself, seems like a more impressive achievement than having one of the slams missing on your resume. And it's quite possible that Rafa (if he stays healthy) could feasibly win the calendar. Now imagine that. It would quickly turn Roger's achievements over the past 5 years into distant memory. And then what? Well, I'd expect everyone to start considering Rafa--not Roger or Sampras--as the Greatest Ever. But, I'd say that buzz will start once he wins the U.S Open.

Posted by JG February 02, 2009 at 12:16 AM

Too many good comments, as well as sad ones...we should be thankful that we are witnessing this rivalry unfold every few months.

I agree with the ESPN commentators, Roger needs to go after Nadal's second serve. He "finally" needs to realize that Nadal can't be beat from the baseline. The guy is a practice wall. Roger has the best volleys in the tour right now...please use them against Nadal. That's the only chance...

Roger will get to the 14...if he doesn't face Nadal in a final.

Posted by Ryota February 02, 2009 at 12:23 AM

Nadal lost a heartbreaker in Wimbledon 2007. Did he cry? Oh yes, he did. He cried in the locker room not during the trophy presentation! Sure, losing hurts but Federer has got to handle these things better.

As for me, I'm just waiting for Nadal to finally say "Hombre, you lost. Get over it!" instead of apologizing all the time.

Posted by Squallzell February 02, 2009 at 12:25 AM

W/e federer had his prime, they are like 8 years age diff? Federer is getting too old, but he owns

Posted by RafaFan February 02, 2009 at 12:27 AM

I thought I was the only one who'd noticed that the attention is still always on Federer...headlines, articles, promo photos...I'm sick of it! Nadal is seemingly mentionned as an afterthought even when he's the champion! Soon, Federer will disappear into history and THEN will you put Nadal in front in promotional pics, mention his name in headlines and actually write ENTIRE articles about him, the champion, with others mentionned as supporting characters?? I really hope I don't have to wait much longer before those who write about and photograph tennis wake up to the discrepancy.

Posted by eric007 February 02, 2009 at 12:37 AM

I am a Rafa fan and I am now a Roger fan too!
Time to move on to the French Open, people !

Posted by Octennis February 02, 2009 at 12:52 AM

Well lets congratulate Nadal finally for winning on hardcourt and putting all the doubters in their place. As far as the MC's and Fed in the tournament ceremony after Nadal won Shame on them. Why should Nadal have to apologize just like many of you already said. I was a huge fan of FED and even more of a fan of NADAL but this tournament has made me less likely to be a FED fan in the future. Lose like a champion like you are. Dont be a baby like you were. When FED wins its a huge celebration and when he loses its a burial ceremony not fun at all. It should be fun for the winner and FED made it horrible and not fun at all. Shame on him.

Posted by moraa February 02, 2009 at 12:57 AM

the game was okay, not an epic by any standards, but Roger shouls know that thats what he others feel when he beats them!!! i am his fan but that was childish and self centred. does he think ke is the only one who deserves to win? if he palyed better, maybe he would have won.

Posted by February 02, 2009 at 01:06 AM

crybaby

Posted by Tuang A February 02, 2009 at 01:16 AM

next grandslam must be better Roger

Posted by Re February 02, 2009 at 01:31 AM

No matter what everyone says against those two players, Roger Federer and Nadal are great and the best in a open era and they are very good for the sport and bring respect for each other and others.

They are champions!!!!

They really love the game/sport and bring all this great moments to our eyes.

Congratulations Rafa and give a break to Federer.

Posted by RafaFan February 02, 2009 at 01:32 AM

HeeHeeHee...I just checked the new rankings and noticed that the EX-great Federer is only 50 points away from being #3 !!! If he's freaking out now when he is referred to as #2, OMG, whatever will he do when the bitter reality of his waning skills and position hit him!!??! Will his uber-ego be able to handle it?

Posted by Priya R February 02, 2009 at 01:35 AM

Stupid Azhdaja,

Do try to understand others feelings, BS Rafa won just bcoz of LUCK in the 5th set n nothing else.. Y dont u go play the game with Fed n win him once again, he'll blast both u n ur BS Rafa. Winning is not permanent to one person. He will beat RAFA that is 4 sure. He cried for his loss, n not for his record. If Rog is not a class player, then its obvious that U r NOT at all a HUMAN BEING. Just bcoz u have a comment page dont sit n blabber whatever u like. ok? chi po! po! po! veetla yaaraavadhu periyavanga irundha vandhu comment type panna sollu... po! po!

Posted by Jo February 02, 2009 at 01:45 AM

Hey RAFA Fans,

Y r u people jealous on Feddy, Pity on u guys, However RAFA plays, All the people n media n etcs will get attracted to Roger as he is the Evergreen Champion No.1 forever in the world's heart. He is the Best Tennis player on this Planet. Nobody can deny this, even if u do, am least bothered. Of course Mentally retarted deny it. he he he!

Posted by temsu jamir February 02, 2009 at 01:46 AM

ian reed.... you see even pete sampras with all his wins is not even considered to be a contender of GOAT.... to be a goat one must have grand slam wins in all surfaces to show that he has the skills, stamina and mental toughness to win in all surface against anybody in the most grulling five sets........ that should be the true character of the player tagged as the GOAT.. and even federer with all his slams is just a one track player( grass and hardcourt) and his style cannot win against opponents on clay... so untill and unless he beats NADAL in french open grand slam he is not even considered for the GOAT tag....... but NADAL with all his wins in three diff surfaces in a grand slam is definitely one of the biggest contender of GOAT and even with the current record he can rub shoulders with the games legends.. at so young an age with many more years to play.... and five of his six grand slams have come against the so called best player in tennis(roger) when roger was playing at his best on three diff surfaces.. which adds more value on NADAL's contention as the GREATEST OF ALL TIMES as he has shown with his deeds that with his style of play he could win on any surface against anybody(past or present) .. and that should be the real quality a GOAT should have.( federed with all his wins will not be able to say that nor pete sampras)

Posted by temsu jamir February 02, 2009 at 01:46 AM

ian reed.... you see even pete sampras with all his wins is not even considered to be a contender of GOAT.... to be a goat one must have grand slam wins in all surfaces to show that he has the skills, stamina and mental toughness to win in all surface against anybody in the most grulling five sets........ that should be the true character of the player tagged as the GOAT.. and even federer with all his slams is just a one track player( grass and hardcourt) and his style cannot win against opponents on clay... so untill and unless he beats NADAL in french open grand slam he is not even considered for the GOAT tag....... but NADAL with all his wins in three diff surfaces in a grand slam is definitely one of the biggest contender of GOAT and even with the current record he can rub shoulders with the games legends.. at so young an age with many more years to play.... and five of his six grand slams have come against the so called best player in tennis(roger) when roger was playing at his best on three diff surfaces.. which adds more value on NADAL's contention as the GREATEST OF ALL TIMES as he has shown with his deeds that with his style of play he could win on any surface against anybody(past or present) .. and that should be the real quality a GOAT should have.( federed with all his wins will not be able to say that nor pete sampras)

Posted by Banti February 02, 2009 at 02:01 AM

Oh my god tennis jamir. Rafa needs to win as many slams as pete and Roger before he is even thought of as the Goat. The guy obv is not as talented in this sport as Roger is. ROger outplayed him in everyway. Better overall game. Roger had the worst serving day in his 19slam finals and he lost this match. What would happen to Sampras if he served 50% against Rafa? This is traditionally one of Rogers strengths. Roger won more points on return ( better return of serve, remember thats all of Rafa's first serves(70%)) , more break point opps, faster serve, more winners, more total points!!, list goes on. Roger cant beat any top 10 player serving at 50% forget Rafa. this was a bad day for Fed.

The only thing Nadal has over Roger on hard and grass is a mental edge. If ROger gets by this quickly you will see who the real GOAT is.

Posted by February 02, 2009 at 02:02 AM

@Jo
"Hey RAFA Fans,
Y r u people jealous on Feddy, Pity on u guys, However RAFA plays, All the people n media n etcs will get attracted to Roger as he is the Evergreen Champion No.1 forever in the world's heart. He is the Best Tennis player on this Planet. Nobody can deny this, even if u do, am least bothered. Of course Mentally retarted deny it. he he he!"

It exactly the opposite! Put in your sentences Federer instead Rafa and you are right.

Posted by February 02, 2009 at 02:05 AM

@Banti
Add to your list that Fed crys better and more than Rafa and your list would be complete!

Posted by February 02, 2009 at 02:07 AM

Fed fans do not respect Rafa. They are sore losers, just as their idol!

Posted by chieko February 02, 2009 at 02:17 AM

It is wonderful that these two great tennis stars respect each other so much. I love them both . We are so lucky to have them both at the same time.

Posted by NAGARAJ February 02, 2009 at 02:26 AM

ITS NOT D END!!!!

Posted by February 02, 2009 at 02:37 AM

@Eddy Tennis Fan
It is interesting that now Fed fans say that they are equal, now in the situation that Rafa is in front, but said nothing similar just a year ago when Fed was #1!
Double standards!

Posted by February 02, 2009 at 02:41 AM

Federer= pure vanity and EGO!

Posted by February 02, 2009 at 02:44 AM

"Hey for those who think it goes down to poor scheduling - as Jim Courier said - if you want to complain about scheduling look at the US Open - one of those competitors does not get a day break at all."

Yes, and it was Federer´s oponent (AndyM)!AGAIN!

Posted by aldo February 02, 2009 at 02:45 AM

Roger felt what Pete Sampras felt when Pete's career will soon be over. It's just a matter of time.

Posted by aldo February 02, 2009 at 02:47 AM

Roger felt what Pete Sampras felt when Pete's career was soon over. It's just a matter of time.

Posted by RafaKAD in Dubai February 02, 2009 at 02:49 AM

Wimby 08 was Nadal's moment. Federer did not lose it - Nadal won it. Let's not forget that tennis is an on-going battle by the minute. Anyone who fails to adjust his losing game plan will simply fade away. The rain delays gave Federer those valuable minutes. They saved him from the brink of defeat in 3 sets.

In AO09, it was anybody's game - until the 5th when Federer had a monumental collapse due to Nadal's ferocity and never-ever-say die "i'm gonna hunt you down" attitude. I actually thought that Nadal will eventually fade out from physical exhaustion but he was not to be denied of his moment in tennis history.

Nadal had a lot to do with Federer's poor serving as well as his failure to convert those important break points. I recorded the match yesterday and watched it again in the evening and clearly Nadal was just relentless. I really could not really fathom how Federer could not convert those break points that he normally make. He had a lot of chances on Nadal's second serves on break points! But instead of running around his backhand to send a ferocious forehand return, he just simple blocks them! What do I know? We will never know what went his minds when a ball is rushing towards him.

For those who always say Nadal's game is boring, think again. His all-court game had improved a lot. How many times did he win points using his under-rated back hand? He sent down bullets cross-court on important points with his stinging backhand. His net approaches are very fluid! On service strategy, there were several occasions when Nadal served to Federer's forehand with aces to erase break point opportunties or win important points. On Federer, there is no doubt that he has an enormous talent. His ability to turn defense into offense is magical. But clearly, the defining moment came in the 5th set when Federer lost his service game at 3-1. That did him in.

Enough said. Nadal is the new King of Hard Court - errr - the King of Australia!

Vamos Rafa!

Posted by jp February 02, 2009 at 02:57 AM

For me both player are great. I don't understand why people have to so negative about one of the two. Nobody can deny that they are both extremely good. They will both go down history as great. Why that talk about being the best ever? That's all a question of taste. The players now have better equipment so comparison is difficult.

Next to that, I don't think it is what sport is all about. It's about enjoying to great men playing great tennis.

What I do want to say is that I think that the press should be writing about the winner; in this case Rafa and not about the tears of the loser. It is sad for Roger, but he has won already 13 times and often against players who would only have to wait and see if he would get another grandslam final. So I think Roger has had his share of luck and I'm almost sure he will get some more. Just like Rafa. And to all the people writing here; I'm for Rafa but that doesn't mean that I can acknowlidge it when Federer would have won. So be a little more of a sport and see that they BOTH played good...

Also, Watching the game last night and reading now about it in the comments, I was wondering if some of you saw a different game. For what I saw, were to players playing at times very good and who were quite equal. Then I read from people that Feder was much better, scored more points (1), had much more breakpoints (7/16 and 6/19). For me that is not a big diffence.

What I just want to say; let's just enjoy two of the greatest players tennis have produced and acknowlidge that they are both of them great and be thankfull that we can watch them.

Can't wait for their next final!

Posted by alex February 02, 2009 at 03:03 AM

roger could have won...i`m so sorry for his defeat...good luck Roger you can do it !! don`t give up !

Posted by Rod February 02, 2009 at 03:09 AM

All comes down to two things, really.

1) Federer is certainly one of the greatest tennis players of the current era , though how well he would have gone against a super champion like a Laver or a Borg , or others before them, when playing with the same gear on the same surfaces - we will never know.

2) Nadal may well be even better than Federer, though again, the same provisos apply when it comes to the giants of earlier eras.

Posted by amy February 02, 2009 at 03:13 AM

hahahahaha... great, an article on federer's tears... why don't you make articles on roddick or others who had been beaten so many freaking times but never cried, instead of this 13 grand slams winner... hahahahaha what a crybaby. totally stole rafa's moment. putting rafa in an awkward position and couldn't fully celebrate his amazing achivement because he had to console the crybaby... 3 times in a row(french, wimbly and this). damn federer always ruining rafa's moment.

Posted by kim February 02, 2009 at 03:23 AM

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Posted by temsu jamir February 02, 2009 at 03:34 AM

if people want to see the real personality of NADAL and ROGER YOU SHOULD SEE THEIR POST MATCH INTERVIEw
Q. A lot of us felt at the end of the fourth set that the momentum probably had swung back in your direction. How tough is Nadal in a fifth set?

ROGER FEDERER: Tough like many other guys. You know, in a fifth set, anything can happen. That's the problem. Not usually the better player always wins. Just a matter of momentum sometimes.
" not usually the better player wins" implying that he is a better player than nadal when he has such poor record against nadal...what an ego centric looser.......


Q. Number six Grand Slam. How special is that one for you?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, very special, no, for me. Is a dream win here, one Grand Slam on hard court. I worked very hard the last ‑‑ well, all my life for improve the tennis outside courts, well, outside of clay.

Very happy, no? Very happy for the title. Today was really lot of emotions on court. I was there with the best player I ever saw, like is Roger.

My uncle always told me Rod Laver was the best because he win two times the Grand Slam, the whole Grand Slam, the four in a row, and for like six or seven years he didn't play. So for that reason he can be.

Everything was very special. Sorry was tough moment for Rog today. I know how tough must be there in important situation from him. But, you know, no, he's a great champion. He's the best. And he's, for sure, very important person for our sport, no?

So sorry for him, but at the same time congratulate him for everything.

Q. After the victory of Wimbledon last year and after the victory of the hard court now, I guess you proved yourself as a true king from this moment. How do you think about that?

RAFAEL NADAL: Can you repeat the last thing only?

Q. You proved yourself as a true king.

RAFAEL NADAL: Oh, no, no. Well, the true, no. I don't know. I just win for sure an important title for my careera. But I no better five hours before than now, no? That's the true, no?

When you win an important match, but you have to know before the match who you are and after the match you have to know who you are, too. You are the same, no?

Q. Everybody is talking about the record of Pete Sampras, Roger coming near to it. You have now won Grand Slams on all kinds of surfaces and you're 22 years old. How far can you go, compared to these guys and records?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I have six right now, no? Happy with my six. Well, for sure I gonna continuing my best try every day for improve my tennis and for try to continuing win matches and titles.

But I know is very difficult, everything, no? Every title, I know how tough is win every one. I don't know if I gonna win more, but for sure I gonna continuing try. But, you know, when I won my first one I didn't know if I gonna be win more.

You never know when that stop. So you have to be always with precaution and you have to be humble for continuing work like all my life, no?


you see fellas .. that is the difference .. NADAL with all his achievements is saying that no one knows what future holds.. he may not even win another slam.. he just have to be humble and work harder..... that is what makes a great CHAMPION.

Posted by mahmah February 02, 2009 at 03:54 AM

TNX federer you are the best tennisor in the word !

and i love you so much

PLZ do not worry and i miss you!

Posted by Rod February 02, 2009 at 03:57 AM

Yes, temsu. Federer's comments in the press conference were very disappointing. No real recognition that he was beaten by the better man on the day, or, for that matter, the better man on most days in recent years. Certainly no recognition of the extremely difficult lead up match that Nadal faced either. I personally doubt that Federer would have beaten Verdasco with his current attitude.

Until Federer recognises that Nadal is at least his equal, and probably his better "one on one" , he is going to have great difficulty in improving his own game in the ways needed to beat him.

Roger needs to do some serious reflection on his reactions, I'm afraid. His current "but I was meant to win and something went wrong" attitude isn't just costing him his reputation. Despite his sublime skills it is costing him the opportunity to take the step necessary to become a truly great player regardless of the era. Unless he does so then Nadal, rather than Federer , will be seen in the history books as the greatest player of the early twentyfirst century. Nadal may well be any way, given his own abilities, but Federer isn't even really giving himself a chance with his current attitude.

Posted by TEMSU JAMIR February 02, 2009 at 03:59 AM

banti.......... NADAL did not get a mental edge over ROGER by doing nothing......... he had to beat roger many times on all surfaces to get that mental edge.... so don't grieve over RAFAS MENTAL EDGE.. it only shows what a great champion RAFA is .. to even bring down the great federer to mental blockage and tears.
we rafa fans do not want undeserved respect.. respect has to be earned through achievements... and so now that RAFAEL NADAL has earned it by winning tha grand slam finals against the so called best player for the fifth time on all different surfaces when roger was playing his best... i believe that roger fans should shut their complains and give the respect the CHAMPION" RAFAEL NADAL " deserves

Posted by Bartho Sihombing February 02, 2009 at 04:07 AM

Both of you (Nadal anf FedEx) are the best. Crying make you good human to hope the best, but you still the best forever FedEx. Rafa, congratulation, I hope may to show you on your game...

Posted by K.K. February 02, 2009 at 04:08 AM

I think everyone should grow up. Why do we always bring up the GOAT discussion? It's basically pointless. We could never find a GOAT because to be honest, if every new generation doesn't improve on the previous ones, the game would be stale and the excitement of tennis would be lost for sure. After Nadal, there would be someone who would take his place, who might even be better. It's just a natural cycle. The unfortunate thing is, we would never get to see Fed in his prime versus Nadal in his prime because Fed is in the twilight of his career, and Nadal is just starting to be THE dominant player (when he is not hurt).

Personally, I don't think it's a big deal to cry when someone lost. Also, Fed did try not to hog the limelight, and he definitely did not try to do it on purpose. It is writers and media who want to instill drama in the game so that people would start watching this instead of the SuperBowl. Can't wait to watch the French Open! (I predict it will be Nadal's 7th GS).

Posted by Maggie Zhang February 02, 2009 at 04:10 AM

a great man with a sensational heart

Posted by K.K. February 02, 2009 at 04:12 AM

I do have to say Federer has done nothing to improve his game or change his game plan against Nadal. I was watching the game, and Fed's reaction to shots and especially on Nadal's service games is eerily similar to Wimby 08 and French Open 08. Since AO is on hardcourt, Fed's sublime shotmaking just seem to have more effect. That's why he can hang with Nadal to 5th set. Just a question though: I don't play tennis, but watching Nadal's receive Fed's serve, would Fed be wiser to mix up his serve? Just like Hingis in her FO loss to Graf, maybe Fed should try the underhand serve? When Nadal thinks he is getting the underhand serve, Fed will fire a good strong ace........just remember, I don't play tennis at all....lol

Posted by temsu jamir February 02, 2009 at 04:15 AM

banti just imagin how tough it was for NADAL to win those 6 grand slams....... he had to beat the best player of the time (roger) all the six times to get them........ that only shows how good, skillful,talented and mentally tough NADAL IS....( that too at such a young age). but with all his achievement unlike roger who desperately wants others to regard his as the greatest.... NADAL's feet are firmly rooted on the ground... nadal cares less about recognition but more about improving his game and winning matches humbly..

Posted by temsu jamir February 02, 2009 at 04:30 AM


@k.k

don't say that federer was not playing at his best when nadal beat him french 2005,6,7,8 wemb 2008 or aus 2009... see the way he beat other players on his way to the finals and roger also had 2008 u.s open to his name.. it is just the simple fact that NADAL was a better player and played better than him so he lost... dont take credit away from NADAL's victory.

Posted by sim February 02, 2009 at 04:36 AM

Roger Federer is the best ever player to play the game. Rafa is the best ever competitor to play the game and a great athelete who never gives up. They have both always played some of the greatest ever matches in the history of modern tennis. Yesterday Rafa won simply 'coz his determination was stronger than that of Roger's. I definitely agree with whoever said that Roger lost the match more than Rafa winning and he lost the match in his head before it had begun.

Everyone knows that Roger cried when he has won his first slams at the majors. So why are ppl giving him the stick if he cried when he lost it. Last year when Rafa won the wimbledon, Roger was upset but he did not cry although its common knowledge that he cried in the locker room later on. Roger is always been honest about what he thinks and feels and is it so bad that a champion like him who wanted to win so he could receive the trophy from Rod Lever cried when he could not achieve his ambition. All those who are bashing up Roger for crying need to take hard look at themselves and think of how they would feel if they lost something they desperately wanted.

My respects to both Rafa and Roger and congrats to both of them for achieving what they have achieved.

Posted by Rod February 02, 2009 at 04:41 AM

K.K., I reckon Federer would want to crucify you if he saw your suggestion that he was in the "twilight of his career". He is 27. This should be the "prime" of his career. Sampras, for example, won four of his individual grand slam titles , including three Wimbledons, when 27 or older. Rod Laver won his second grand slam 4 game "sweep" in the year he turned 31.

Federer, if he gets his mind into gear, has several years to get things right before he can claim age as an excuse, and to join the very top of the pantheon that others have prematurely elected him to. Whether he can really do so depends in part on him sorting himself out mentally, and in equal part, on the quality of immensely talented young players like Nadal who, one would have to say, currently has more than his measure.


Posted by Jo February 02, 2009 at 05:00 AM

Poor, poor Roger...it was a different story when he was the victor. Personally I feel that Australian Open and award ceremony officials, the media, and AOL all owe Rafa a sincere apology for focusing on Roger's loss and for spoiling Rafa's splendid and well-earned victory. If commiserating with Roger was necessary, it could have waited until later.

Posted by samsudeen February 02, 2009 at 05:03 AM

dont worry roger!god is great.you are a very younger.dont loose it your mind.one day you are get it another grant slam and after you make world record is sure.i will pray for you.

Posted by temsu jamir February 02, 2009 at 05:15 AM

@sim


YES WITH 13-6 WIN-LOOSE RECORD BETWEEN NADAL AND FEDERER (5-2 IN SLAM FINALS) AND 6-2 IN SLAM OVER ALL ONE CAN CLEARLY SEE WHO IS THE REAL CHAMPION.... AND WHO IS THE CHALLENGER/ COMPETITOR .... YOU WILL DO VERY WELL IN LOGICAL AND MATHEMATICAL INTERPRETATION IF YOU CHOOSE IT AS YOUR MAJORS.. :0

Posted by Rod February 02, 2009 at 05:20 AM

The presentation was appalling, Jo, I agree. In many ways it probably made it even worse for Federer. Here were a bunch of people saying "you are our hero so you should have won". THis is the last thing he needs in the long term. He was outplayed. He lost. He needs to work out how to improve.

Yet everyone seemed more interested in him than in the person who has beaten him two time out of every three, and who had made a remarkable journey into the final. Hero worship is all very well, but it doesn't help a hero to improve when he is pretty clearly second best.

Nadal , to be sure, has the benefit of winning in most of their encounters, but the respect that he shows to Federer is something that Roger is going to have to learn himself if he is to find a way out of his current malaise.

Nadal is both a remarkable player and a remarkable young man. He deserved far better than he received from the Australian officials. Even the ball boys and girls seemed to get more recognition!

Posted by kokk February 02, 2009 at 05:38 AM

both players are my fav dont know who to side, Roger was prepared to win and Nadal was prepared to lose if Roger were better. Roger didnt manage to do so well and Nadal not willing to give up as the giant didnt play that well. The inevitable soon happen and so the outpouring.

Posted by Mujtaba Mohammed February 02, 2009 at 06:10 AM

don't take on heart.you will win now all tournament. I am with u buddy. I love u very much. I am from Pakistan. Play easily and I miss u a lot. u will win all tournament till when u will play. OK. don't take tension

Posted by moraa February 02, 2009 at 06:10 AM

Roger...... you are a great player, but you dont always have to win.... sort yourself out, chnage your gameplan and maybe get yourself a coach... that would be the starting point. I have never supported Rafa, but he displayed great humility and sportsmanship and i am tempted to shift my affections

Posted by Mujtaba Mohammed February 02, 2009 at 06:13 AM

don't take on heart.you will win now all tournament. I am with u buddy. I love u very much. I am from Pakistan. Play easily and I miss u a lot. u will win all tournament till when u will play. OK. don't take tension

Posted by Fedfan February 02, 2009 at 06:33 AM

Breaking those stupid records means nothing-Lets see how many people played tennis many years ago and today-guys which today dominate this game in style Roger does are really great champions

I liked Borg, Sampras and Roger for his all court style of play-as well as other great champions-this is the true tennis-not playing from baseline and waiting for opponent errors-I think, in this final Roger was too defensive and I was shocked by his first service (52% average)-it was unusual-maybe heat wave in Australia afected his final games-something was in the air-Lets be objective-Fed won more points than Rafa and it were the moments when he served at his level-in those games Rafa has nothing to do... also when he was more agressive with net game-he should play his game and I see him winning more net points as he used do it in the past...

Rest is only simple probability-if two guys play on similar level in lets say 10 meetings it is not something unusual that one of them wins 3 times in a row and so on-everything may happen but I thing Roger is the most complete player I've ever seen and the way he reaches finals is fantastic and let him play longer at this level than other guys in the ATP tour and he'll win French Open this year...

Posted by imagine February 02, 2009 at 06:38 AM

i watched the match again and the ceremony. have to say i have a different perspective on it now.

before the final, i thought federer would possibly lose because of what was at stake and the high expectations (14th GS, first hard court slam against rafa, desire to start the year off well - which had not happened last year -- no. 1 ranking, etc.)

and rafa looked unstoppable - the sheer tenacity and the steely determination... also the desire to validate his no 1 ranking by winning a hc slam would be very strong...

a second viewing today at the match shows that federer played pretty well except for the serving and break pt conversions. the fifth set - only he knows what led to the backhand errors. nerves? fatigue? i don't think he choked as some have said. but the headline in the times (leaves federer a broken man) is a bit unfair...

and the crying.... he's emotional, so no surprise there. on second viewing, it appears that the accolades from the emcee, the presence of Laver and the emotions of the crowd and the shout-outs from the crowd sent him over the edge...

he was already deeply upset at the loss and i believe he was overwhelmed with the affection being shown him (and he had let them down by not winning as he may have felt)... but i do think that in times like this, uncontrollable crying often reflects an almost unbearable tension you're not conscious of.. the dam broke.

he was nearly on the verge of tears when he won in basel last year...had something to do with the hometown love possibly?...

i'm amazed at the reaction of some posters here. he definitely did not steal the limelight -- in fact he begged off and stood back when he couldn't speak. and only when rafa said something to him did he again try to speak, and briefly and graciously at that.... Dinara Safina spoke far longer than federer did at the ceremony.

Rafa's reaction, the hug... priceless and touching... Both players are such a credit to their sport. love watching both play (especially together!) although their styles are highly divergent, but special in their own right.

only wish more sportspeople were like these two... it adds another dimension to the game. it was a fitting end to the final to have these two incredible athletes and competitors play (thank you fernando and andy for taking the other two, who frankly don't have the same panache, out!!)

Posted by martin weston February 02, 2009 at 06:40 AM

I was really astounded at how much attention was given to Federer and not to Nadal.
I didn't feel sorry for Federer at all. His tears were painful for sure, but it took all the attention away from Nadal who fully deserved the victory - not only due to the way he played, but also due to the distinct disadvantage posed due to the scheduling and length of his semi-final match.
I was also amazed at the end of the prize giving ceremony, the emcee closed it out by asking everyone to congratulate "these two great champions"...helloooo...Nadal is the champion here and not Federer.

Did anyone also notice how the umpire spoke to Federer in French during the match? I was shocked that this was allowed. Surely umpires shouldn't be allowed to do that? They should just speak in one language to both players and perhaps not even speak the native language of either player. Does anyone agree that this was strange?

Nadal you are amazing. An amazing champion and I really hope you win the grandslam. You have done something that neither Federer or Sampras was able to do and win on all three grandslam surfaces...and you know what...that's what Federer will never be able to swallow.

Posted by Crispus Crishnamurti February 02, 2009 at 07:17 AM

Pascal and some if the others have it spot on. I will summarize:

1. Fed needs a coach who can think out of the box
2. He needs team to match Raffa's
3. Fed must lose the insecurity and acknowledge that Raffa is greater
4.Fed must try harder than harder against Raffa
5. It's only a game. Pressure is self-inflicted
6. Always keep learning and improving, like Raffa


And here's one of my own:

1. Dump that Fatty

:)


Posted by dan nabedrick February 02, 2009 at 07:32 AM

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Daniel Nabedrick
To: patrick mcenroe
Cc: peter fisher
Sent: Sunday, February 1, 2009 8:44:16 PM

Subject: WHO WILL BE THE NEXT COACH FOR ROGER FEDERER

FEDERER V

THE REST OF THE 2009 ATP TOUR TENNIS GRAND SLAM SEASON

THE PLOT: The MOST COMPELLING Sequel Continues at Wimbledon IN JULY, and the US OPEN IN SEPTEMBER 2009- BUT THE REAL STORY TAKES PLACE BEHIND THE SCENES OF THESE TWO AMAZING GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENTS IN THE COURTS AND BOXING TRAINING CENTERS OF THE FIRST EVER SOPHISTICATED COACHING AND TRAINING TEAM FOR ROGER FEDERER.

THE ACTORS:
ROCKY BALBOA/ ROGER FEDERER- THE GENIUS PROFESSIONAL TENNIS LIVING LEGEND- STEPS AWAY FROM BREAKING THE RECORD BOOKS OF TENNIS HISTORY, BUT PLAGUED BY HIS OWN PSYCHE AND THE STRUGGLE TO DEFEAT HIS TWO GREATEST COMPETITORS NALDO AND HIMSELF. HE MUST LEARN TO PLAY UNDER PRESSURE AGAINST NADAL WITH THE SAME BRILLIANCE AND EXPERTISE THAT HE CAN DO AGAINST ANYONE ELSE. HE MUST SEARCH HIS OWN SOUL TO TAKE THE BOY GENIUS AND TRANSFORM HIM INTO THE MAN WUNDERKIND THAT IS IS TRUE AUTHENTICITY AND DESTINY.

IVAN DRAGO/RAFAEL NADAL- THE BULL/ THE SCIENTIFICALLY AND GENETICIALLY CREATED PERFECT DEFENSIVE OFFENSIVE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL MACHINE- HE CAN GO 5 SETS AND THEN 5 MORE SETS IF HE HAS TO WITH THE RESILIENCE AND MENTAL FORTITUDE THAT NO ONE BELIEVES THEY CAN STOP, NOT EVEN ROGER THE GREAT. AT 22 HE HAS BECOME THE GREATEST TENNIS PLAYER IN THE WORLD AND THE THREAT NOW LOOMS THAT EVEN ROGER KNOWS MAY BE INEVITABLE. NADAL MAY BREAK THE GRAND SLAM RECORD OF PETE SAMPRAS BEFORE ROGER FEDERER AND IN DOING SO PREVENT ROGER FROM HIS OWN LEGENDARY DESTINY THAT TENNIS ONCE NEVER BELIEVED COULD BECOME A REALITY, BUT NOW BELIVED THAT ROGER WAS THERE TO BRING TENNIS TO THE FOREFRONT OF THE SPORTING WORLD, TO MAKE TENNIS THE GREAT SPORT IT ONCE WAS, AND IN DOING SO DEFINE HIS CAREER WITH ONE OF THE GREATEST RIVALRIES OF ALL KIND. NADAL HAS CRUSHED THE DREAMS AND DESTING OF ROGER NOW AFTER TAKING THE LAST THREE GRAND SLAM FINALS, TWO FIVE SETTERS, AND ONE DRUMMING AT THE FRENCH, AND THE LAST 5 SETTER WE NOW HAVE SEEN THAT FEDERER THE VETERAN KING IS NO MATCH FOR NADAL THE YOUNG RAGING BULL PRINCE OF THE PRESSURE AND HIS OWN COURT.

PETE SAMPRAS/APPOLLO CREED- THE GREAT ONE OF THE LAST GENERATION, STILL THE RECORD HOLDER, A UNIQUE CHAMPION LIKE NONE BEFORE HIM AND NONE AFTER HIM. A MASTER OF TRUE POWER, THE SERVE AND VOLLEY, FLAT FOREHANDS, SLICE BACKHANDS, ATTACKING, PRESCISION, SKILL, ATHLETIC NET PLAY, SECRET BOXING TRAINING, MENTAL FOCUS THAT IS ONE OF A KIND, AND THE ABILITY TO RISE TO GREATNESS UNDER PRESSURE THAT TRULY ONLY DEFINES A SELECT FEW, JORDAN, WOODS, SAMPRAS AND WHAT WAS ONCE A COMPARISON MADE TO FEDERER, BEFORE NADAL CAME AROUND.
SAMPRAS BECOMES THE MESSENGER AND THE COACH FOR FEDERER, THE ONLY ONE ALIVE THAT CAN DELIVER HIM TO REACH THE GREATNESS THAT WILL NOT ONLY MAKE HIM THE GREATEST PLAYER OF ALL TIME BUT WILL HELP HIM BREAK SAMPRAS’S OWN RECORD. FEDERER LOOKS UP IN THE BOX AT WIMBLEDON AND THE US OPEN AND NOW BELIEVES IN HIMSELF WHEN HE LOOKS INTO THE EYES OF THE GREATEST BEFORE HIM, THE GREAT PETE SAMPRAS. SAMPRAS LEAVES HIS OWN LEGACY BEHIND BY GIVING THE GIFT TO FEDERER OF BREAKING HIS OWN RECORD AND IN DOING SO MAYBE PREVENTS DRAGO FROM DENYING FEDERER THIS PRIVILEGE AND ALLOWS NADAL/DRAGO TO REDEFINE MEN’S TENNIS AND CAUSE PEOPLE TO FORGET THAT THERE EVER WAS A POWER GAME IN TENNIS AND FORGET WHO PETE SAMPRAS EVER WAS.
INSTEAD SAMPRAS TAKES ON THE ROLE OF HEAD COACH TO FEDERER’S NEW TEAM, A TEAM THAT WILL BE THE MISSING COMPONENT TO FEDERER’S RESURRECTION.
YES LOTS OF COACHES WILL BE WAITING IN THE WINGS, BUT THE ONE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN AND BRING FEDERER BACK FROM THE “DEAD” AND GIVE HIM THE TRUE BELIEF TO GO BACK IN TO THE “RING” WITH NADAL/DRAGO, BELIEVING THAT HE CAN WIN- AND STOP NADAL FROM WIPING OUT THOSE WORDS THAT ONCE WERE HEARD ALL OVER THE COURTS OF THE TENNIS WORLD, ROGER FEDERER THE GREAT ONE, THE BOY GENIUS WHO BECAME A MAN AND CHANGED THE FACE OF TENNIS FOREVER.
SAMPRAS /APPOLLO CREED FUFILLS HIS DESTINY WHICH HAS BEEN A QUESTION FOR SAMPRAS SINCE HIS ABRUPT BUT PERFECT RETIREMENT FROM THE SPORT HE ONCE DOMINATED WITH THE CLENCHED FIST OF THE MOST BENEVOLENT DICTATOR IN THE GAME. SAMPRAS HAS STRUGGLED WITH COMING OUT OF RETIREMENT AS A PLAYER, BUT NOW REALIZES THAT HE CAN TRANSFORM THE GAME ONE MORE TIME LIKE NEVER BEFORE AND EXCITE THE WORLD TO BRING TENNIS TO THE FOREFRONT OF THE SPORTING WORLD.
HOW DO WE GET SAMPRAS AND FEDERER TO THE TABLE TO MAKE THIS PARTNERSHIP HAPPEN?

NARRATOR/ PATRICK MCENROE- PUTS A CALL OUT TO THE WORLD AND TO FEDERERE ON INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION AFTER THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN 5 SET BLOOD BATH IS OVER. FEDERER IN TEARS, EGO EXPOSED TO THE POINT OF NO RETURN, NOW HAS TO FIND A COACHING TEAM AND COME TO GRIPS THAT EVEN THE MOST TALENTED PLAYER IN THE WORLD CAN AND HAS TO ASK FOR HELP AND SEEK THE PROFESSIONAL HELP OF A COACH THAT CAN PUT HIM BACK TO WHOLE AND GIVE HIM THE DIRECTIION FOCUS AND PUROPOSE TO REDEFINE HIMSELF AND ONCE AGAIN TAKE BACK THE TITLE OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST FOR ONE LAST TIME FROM THE GRASP OF THE YOUNG NADAL/DRAGO. THE STAGE IS SET FROM THE OUTSET BY PAT MCENROES PLEA TO THE WORLD TO FIND FEDERER A COACH.

THE MESSENGER/DAN NABEDRICK-
DAN A TENNIS FAN AND STUDENT OF THE GAME, DAN HAD JUST ASKED PETE FISCHER (THE TRAINER/BURGESS MEREDITH) TWO DAYS PRIOR TO TEACH HIM HOW TO SERVE LIKE PETE SAMPRAS AND PLANNED TO MEET HIM IN LOS ANGELES ON TUESDAY AFTER THE AUSSIE FINAL TO LEARN FROM THE VETERAN COACH/ TRAINER OF PETE SAMPRAS THAT GETS LOTS OF CREDIT FOR THE SAMPRAS POWER TECHINICAL AND STRATEGIC GAME. DAN PLAN TO TELL FISCHER OF HIS VISION AND ABOUT PAT MCENROE’S CALL TO THE WORLD AND TO FEDERER.

THE TRAINER/ PETE FISHER

- ONCE THE GREAT COACH BUT NOW, MOSTLY FORGOTTEN BY THE TENNIS WORLD, HE APPEALS TO PETE SAMPRAS AND TELLS HIM ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY TO ONCE AGAIN SAVE TENNIS, AS PETE SAMPRAS DID WITH ANDRE AGASSI JUST 10 YEARS AGO. PETE SAMPRAS MUST NOW COME BACK TO BRING TENNIS TO NEW HEIGHTS, AND LEAD TENNIS INTO THE 21ST CENTURY AS ONE OF THE GREATEST SPORTS OF THE WORLD. NADAL AND FEDERER ONCE HAD THE POTENTIAL TO DO THIS ON THEIR OWN, BUT NOW WE ALL HAVE SEEN THE TRUE FATE OF THIS FLAWED MATCH UP, UNLESS FEDERER BRINGS SAMPRAS TO HIS CORNER, TENNIS MAY BE RULED BY NADAL WITHOUT ANYONE TO STAND UP TO HIM AGAIN FOR A LONG TIME. IT IS A DANGEROUS AND SCARY TASK AHEAD OF SAMPRAS, NEVER BEFORE A COACH, AND ONLY THE FOCUSED PLAYER, BUT HE LEARNS FROM HIS OWN GREAT COACHES, FISHER AND LANDSDORP AND BEGINS THE DEVELOPMENT OF HIS NEW STUDENT THE GREAT ROGER.

ROGER’S EGO NOW SO FRAGILELY BROKEN, HAS NO WEAR ELSE TO TURN.
THE PLAN IS TO SKIP THE BEATING HE IS DESTINED TO BE GIVEN AT THE FRENCH OPEN AND PLAN A NEW OFFENSIVE MINDED SURPRISE ATTACK DESINGED FOR THE TWO STAGES/COURTS THAT DEFINED PETE SAMPRAS CAREER BETTER THAN ANY OTHER WIMBLEDON’S CENTER STAGE AND THE US OPEN’S CENTER STAGE.

FEDERER’S GIRLFRIEND/ ADRIAN- PLAYS THE UNCONDITIONALLY LOVING PARTNER WHO FEARS FOR FEDERER’S LIFE AFTER TENNIS AND REALIZES THAT ROGER MUST TAKE THIS CHANCE AND TRAIN LIKE NEVER BEFORE WITH PETE SAMPRAS LEADING THIS TRAINING…..

……STAY TUNED FOR FOR FURTHER PREVIEWS. AND THE OPENING NIGHT FOR FEDERER V IN EARLY JULY




Posted by dan nabedrick February 02, 2009 at 07:32 AM

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Daniel Nabedrick
To: patrick mcenroe
Cc: peter fisher
Sent: Sunday, February 1, 2009 8:44:16 PM

Subject: WHO WILL BE THE NEXT COACH FOR ROGER FEDERER

FEDERER V

THE REST OF THE 2009 ATP TOUR TENNIS GRAND SLAM SEASON

THE PLOT: The MOST COMPELLING Sequel Continues at Wimbledon IN JULY, and the US OPEN IN SEPTEMBER 2009- BUT THE REAL STORY TAKES PLACE BEHIND THE SCENES OF THESE TWO AMAZING GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENTS IN THE COURTS AND BOXING TRAINING CENTERS OF THE FIRST EVER SOPHISTICATED COACHING AND TRAINING TEAM FOR ROGER FEDERER.

THE ACTORS:
ROCKY BALBOA/ ROGER FEDERER- THE GENIUS PROFESSIONAL TENNIS LIVING LEGEND- STEPS AWAY FROM BREAKING THE RECORD BOOKS OF TENNIS HISTORY, BUT PLAGUED BY HIS OWN PSYCHE AND THE STRUGGLE TO DEFEAT HIS TWO GREATEST COMPETITORS NALDO AND HIMSELF. HE MUST LEARN TO PLAY UNDER PRESSURE AGAINST NADAL WITH THE SAME BRILLIANCE AND EXPERTISE THAT HE CAN DO AGAINST ANYONE ELSE. HE MUST SEARCH HIS OWN SOUL TO TAKE THE BOY GENIUS AND TRANSFORM HIM INTO THE MAN WUNDERKIND THAT IS IS TRUE AUTHENTICITY AND DESTINY.

IVAN DRAGO/RAFAEL NADAL- THE BULL/ THE SCIENTIFICALLY AND GENETICIALLY CREATED PERFECT DEFENSIVE OFFENSIVE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL MACHINE- HE CAN GO 5 SETS AND THEN 5 MORE SETS IF HE HAS TO WITH THE RESILIENCE AND MENTAL FORTITUDE THAT NO ONE BELIEVES THEY CAN STOP, NOT EVEN ROGER THE GREAT. AT 22 HE HAS BECOME THE GREATEST TENNIS PLAYER IN THE WORLD AND THE THREAT NOW LOOMS THAT EVEN ROGER KNOWS MAY BE INEVITABLE. NADAL MAY BREAK THE GRAND SLAM RECORD OF PETE SAMPRAS BEFORE ROGER FEDERER AND IN DOING SO PREVENT ROGER FROM HIS OWN LEGENDARY DESTINY THAT TENNIS ONCE NEVER BELIEVED COULD BECOME A REALITY, BUT NOW BELIVED THAT ROGER WAS THERE TO BRING TENNIS TO THE FOREFRONT OF THE SPORTING WORLD, TO MAKE TENNIS THE GREAT SPORT IT ONCE WAS, AND IN DOING SO DEFINE HIS CAREER WITH ONE OF THE GREATEST RIVALRIES OF ALL KIND. NADAL HAS CRUSHED THE DREAMS AND DESTING OF ROGER NOW AFTER TAKING THE LAST THREE GRAND SLAM FINALS, TWO FIVE SETTERS, AND ONE DRUMMING AT THE FRENCH, AND THE LAST 5 SETTER WE NOW HAVE SEEN THAT FEDERER THE VETERAN KING IS NO MATCH FOR NADAL THE YOUNG RAGING BULL PRINCE OF THE PRESSURE AND HIS OWN COURT.

PETE SAMPRAS/APPOLLO CREED- THE GREAT ONE OF THE LAST GENERATION, STILL THE RECORD HOLDER, A UNIQUE CHAMPION LIKE NONE BEFORE HIM AND NONE AFTER HIM. A MASTER OF TRUE POWER, THE SERVE AND VOLLEY, FLAT FOREHANDS, SLICE BACKHANDS, ATTACKING, PRESCISION, SKILL, ATHLETIC NET PLAY, SECRET BOXING TRAINING, MENTAL FOCUS THAT IS ONE OF A KIND, AND THE ABILITY TO RISE TO GREATNESS UNDER PRESSURE THAT TRULY ONLY DEFINES A SELECT FEW, JORDAN, WOODS, SAMPRAS AND WHAT WAS ONCE A COMPARISON MADE TO FEDERER, BEFORE NADAL CAME AROUND.
SAMPRAS BECOMES THE MESSENGER AND THE COACH FOR FEDERER, THE ONLY ONE ALIVE THAT CAN DELIVER HIM TO REACH THE GREATNESS THAT WILL NOT ONLY MAKE HIM THE GREATEST PLAYER OF ALL TIME BUT WILL HELP HIM BREAK SAMPRAS’S OWN RECORD. FEDERER LOOKS UP IN THE BOX AT WIMBLEDON AND THE US OPEN AND NOW BELIEVES IN HIMSELF WHEN HE LOOKS INTO THE EYES OF THE GREATEST BEFORE HIM, THE GREAT PETE SAMPRAS. SAMPRAS LEAVES HIS OWN LEGACY BEHIND BY GIVING THE GIFT TO FEDERER OF BREAKING HIS OWN RECORD AND IN DOING SO MAYBE PREVENTS DRAGO FROM DENYING FEDERER THIS PRIVILEGE AND ALLOWS NADAL/DRAGO TO REDEFINE MEN’S TENNIS AND CAUSE PEOPLE TO FORGET THAT THERE EVER WAS A POWER GAME IN TENNIS AND FORGET WHO PETE SAMPRAS EVER WAS.
INSTEAD SAMPRAS TAKES ON THE ROLE OF HEAD COACH TO FEDERER’S NEW TEAM, A TEAM THAT WILL BE THE MISSING COMPONENT TO FEDERER’S RESURRECTION.
YES LOTS OF COACHES WILL BE WAITING IN THE WINGS, BUT THE ONE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN AND BRING FEDERER BACK FROM THE “DEAD” AND GIVE HIM THE TRUE BELIEF TO GO BACK IN TO THE “RING” WITH NADAL/DRAGO, BELIEVING THAT HE CAN WIN- AND STOP NADAL FROM WIPING OUT THOSE WORDS THAT ONCE WERE HEARD ALL OVER THE COURTS OF THE TENNIS WORLD, ROGER FEDERER THE GREAT ONE, THE BOY GENIUS WHO BECAME A MAN AND CHANGED THE FACE OF TENNIS FOREVER.
SAMPRAS /APPOLLO CREED FUFILLS HIS DESTINY WHICH HAS BEEN A QUESTION FOR SAMPRAS SINCE HIS ABRUPT BUT PERFECT RETIREMENT FROM THE SPORT HE ONCE DOMINATED WITH THE CLENCHED FIST OF THE MOST BENEVOLENT DICTATOR IN THE GAME. SAMPRAS HAS STRUGGLED WITH COMING OUT OF RETIREMENT AS A PLAYER, BUT NOW REALIZES THAT HE CAN TRANSFORM THE GAME ONE MORE TIME LIKE NEVER BEFORE AND EXCITE THE WORLD TO BRING TENNIS TO THE FOREFRONT OF THE SPORTING WORLD.
HOW DO WE GET SAMPRAS AND FEDERER TO THE TABLE TO MAKE THIS PARTNERSHIP HAPPEN?

NARRATOR/ PATRICK MCENROE- PUTS A CALL OUT TO THE WORLD AND TO FEDERERE ON INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION AFTER THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN 5 SET BLOOD BATH IS OVER. FEDERER IN TEARS, EGO EXPOSED TO THE POINT OF NO RETURN, NOW HAS TO FIND A COACHING TEAM AND COME TO GRIPS THAT EVEN THE MOST TALENTED PLAYER IN THE WORLD CAN AND HAS TO ASK FOR HELP AND SEEK THE PROFESSIONAL HELP OF A COACH THAT CAN PUT HIM BACK TO WHOLE AND GIVE HIM THE DIRECTIION FOCUS AND PUROPOSE TO REDEFINE HIMSELF AND ONCE AGAIN TAKE BACK THE TITLE OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST FOR ONE LAST TIME FROM THE GRASP OF THE YOUNG NADAL/DRAGO. THE STAGE IS SET FROM THE OUTSET BY PAT MCENROES PLEA TO THE WORLD TO FIND FEDERER A COACH.

THE MESSENGER/DAN NABEDRICK-
DAN A TENNIS FAN AND STUDENT OF THE GAME, DAN HAD JUST ASKED PETE FISCHER (THE TRAINER/BURGESS MEREDITH) TWO DAYS PRIOR TO TEACH HIM HOW TO SERVE LIKE PETE SAMPRAS AND PLANNED TO MEET HIM IN LOS ANGELES ON TUESDAY AFTER THE AUSSIE FINAL TO LEARN FROM THE VETERAN COACH/ TRAINER OF PETE SAMPRAS THAT GETS LOTS OF CREDIT FOR THE SAMPRAS POWER TECHINICAL AND STRATEGIC GAME. DAN PLAN TO TELL FISCHER OF HIS VISION AND ABOUT PAT MCENROE’S CALL TO THE WORLD AND TO FEDERER.

THE TRAINER/ PETE FISHER

- ONCE THE GREAT COACH BUT NOW, MOSTLY FORGOTTEN BY THE TENNIS WORLD, HE APPEALS TO PETE SAMPRAS AND TELLS HIM ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY TO ONCE AGAIN SAVE TENNIS, AS PETE SAMPRAS DID WITH ANDRE AGASSI JUST 10 YEARS AGO. PETE SAMPRAS MUST NOW COME BACK TO BRING TENNIS TO NEW HEIGHTS, AND LEAD TENNIS INTO THE 21ST CENTURY AS ONE OF THE GREATEST SPORTS OF THE WORLD. NADAL AND FEDERER ONCE HAD THE POTENTIAL TO DO THIS ON THEIR OWN, BUT NOW WE ALL HAVE SEEN THE TRUE FATE OF THIS FLAWED MATCH UP, UNLESS FEDERER BRINGS SAMPRAS TO HIS CORNER, TENNIS MAY BE RULED BY NADAL WITHOUT ANYONE TO STAND UP TO HIM AGAIN FOR A LONG TIME. IT IS A DANGEROUS AND SCARY TASK AHEAD OF SAMPRAS, NEVER BEFORE A COACH, AND ONLY THE FOCUSED PLAYER, BUT HE LEARNS FROM HIS OWN GREAT COACHES, FISHER AND LANDSDORP AND BEGINS THE DEVELOPMENT OF HIS NEW STUDENT THE GREAT ROGER.

ROGER’S EGO NOW SO FRAGILELY BROKEN, HAS NO WEAR ELSE TO TURN.
THE PLAN IS TO SKIP THE BEATING HE IS DESTINED TO BE GIVEN AT THE FRENCH OPEN AND PLAN A NEW OFFENSIVE MINDED SURPRISE ATTACK DESINGED FOR THE TWO STAGES/COURTS THAT DEFINED PETE SAMPRAS CAREER BETTER THAN ANY OTHER WIMBLEDON’S CENTER STAGE AND THE US OPEN’S CENTER STAGE.

FEDERER’S GIRLFRIEND/ ADRIAN- PLAYS THE UNCONDITIONALLY LOVING PARTNER WHO FEARS FOR FEDERER’S LIFE AFTER TENNIS AND REALIZES THAT ROGER MUST TAKE THIS CHANCE AND TRAIN LIKE NEVER BEFORE WITH PETE SAMPRAS LEADING THIS TRAINING…..

……STAY TUNED FOR FOR FURTHER PREVIEWS. AND THE OPENING NIGHT FOR FEDERER V IN EARLY JULY




Posted by February 02, 2009 at 07:36 AM

Thank you, Imagine, for the thoughtful and thorough post. I am a Federer fan, and am sad he lost. However, the rivalry means more to me and, I believe, to the sport of tennis. The match was pregnant with expectation and prediction. It was hard to witness the match in and of itself with so much chatter about records, legends, history, nad what it all means for the season ahead.

I am happy to hear, though, Federer's answer to his tears -- he doesn't like to lose. That's good if your TMF.

However, his number of unforced errors and low serving percentage and fifth set performance don't fit my interpretation of the match or Roger's emotional reaction. To admit he was preoccupied with ascending to a legendary level of tennis existence would, though, allow the tennis world a peak inside a man who probably wants to keep his distance and privacy for personal and professional reasons. I cannot find fault with that.

His relative distance, too, could be an enticement for tennis. The mystery or their rivalry adds excitment, anticipation, and drama. Again, that's all good for tennis.

Posted by deepanjan February 02, 2009 at 07:37 AM

it seems Azhdaja has more class than roger has in whatever field he/she is in. Before judging federer first juage yourself...and where u stand in judging a legend like federer....everyone plays to win...and if u love ur sport it pains when u lose...more so if u lose to the same opponent 5 times in a row...It needs a lot to understand emotions...idiots and blind fans like u dont know how to respect other sportsmen....we are lucky to have witnessed legends like federer and nadal in the same generation.....stop writing these shits and start understanding the game and its niceties....

Posted by O Well February 02, 2009 at 07:37 AM

Look Fed is probably the greatest player Tennis has ever seen. No doubt...However, He has made comments that he should be called a Grand Slam Champ..NOT the no.2 player in the world...WAKE up FED You are NO. 2 !!! You had the momentum in the 5th and got nervous....Looks like no one is intimidated by playing you anymore!

Posted by embug February 02, 2009 at 07:38 AM

Oops... I posted the last one, or wherever it lands."Thank you, Imagine..."

Posted by Dipcat February 02, 2009 at 07:40 AM

Imagine, thanks for giving such a good perspective of the situation. I personally felt its blown out of proportion. Rafa deserves all recognition for winning AO2009 and Federer did not intend to steal Rafa' limelight. I want to point to media who chose to write about tears instead of celebration of the sport and spirit of sportmanship that came with the match. Pls media, write THE RIGHT message to all tennis fans who are already very emotional about win/loss of their respective heroes.

Dear Rafa/Fed fans, hold your horses...there are more battles to come. Be fair to both of them, they deserve every recognition we can give them. Is not often we get to watch two great champions playing.

Posted by aaron lecciones February 02, 2009 at 07:58 AM

Roger Federer is my favourite tennis player period

Posted by Fred (make it 14 Roger) February 02, 2009 at 08:33 AM

Well Martin Weston, it might be fair for the umpire to speak just in english to both players I agree, but it happened very often, especially between french umpire and french players. And by the way Federer mother tongue is german not french.

Posted by marios February 02, 2009 at 08:41 AM

RAFAEL NADAL + ROGER FEDERER ARE THE BEST FOR EVER AND EVER AGAIN

Posted by go rafa! February 02, 2009 at 08:48 AM

i am looking forward to more rafa-fed grand slam finals simply because i can't wait to see fed crying again! so funny! what a selfish, sore loser! i also find it amusing how so many people are fooled by fed and his tears. come on folks, those tears are meant to take the attention of the tennis world away from the other guy... yes, the one who actually won the tournament.

Posted by Tony February 02, 2009 at 09:04 AM

Well, he's lost to Rafa before but he never quite had the same emotional reaction as the one he has at this year's Aussie Open. I think there is something not quite right with Federer, when he is less than forthright and straight about himself vis a vis Nadal... He choked in that last set. But he did not use that word (he said that "he gave the set the Nadal"). No, he choked. And very badly. Federer needs to be honest and face up to the fact that, just as he owns Roddick, Nadal owns him. That is the first step toward rejuvenating and reinvigorating his game against Nadal... I think that in his mind he thinks he is really better than Nadal, but I think this is clearly wrong. Nadal is better than Federer. Federer has a much more beautiful game, but tennis is about winning, not about playing the most aesthetically pleasing game there is. Nadal for example thinks that Federer is better than he is, and THAT gives him added motivation to defeat the Fed. But the Fed thinks he is better than Nadal, and the blow therefore is to his pride, but something that he does not want to acknowledge... I think if he begins to admit that Nadal is better than he is, then he might have a deeper incentive to defeat the Spanish superstar. Honesty and humility are what the Fed needs to own and demonstrate at this point in his career.

Posted by CherryNYC February 02, 2009 at 09:09 AM

I turned off the TV after match point, and couldn't even log on to TW yesterday, I was so ticked and annoyed. So I didn't see the trophy ceremony, and I don't think I can watch. All credit to Rafa, I love him too, but it was Fed's to lose. I've never seen him serve so poorly, and that 5th set was a disaster. Somebody needs to really lay into him re: attacking Nadal -- and soon. (I volunteer!)

That may have been his last best chance reassert himself as the top guy. It's just so hugely disappointing on so many levels. It's going to be a crappy week.

I don't think I can make it to Paris......

Posted by Fred (make it 14 Roger) February 02, 2009 at 09:23 AM

"i am looking forward to more rafa-fed grand slam finals simply because i can't wait to see fed crying again! so funny! what a selfish, sore loser"
Go Rafa, take a look at the definition of "idiot" in the dictionary, there's a picture of you sitting there.

Posted by Joelise February 02, 2009 at 09:23 AM

I am a Federer fan and like the millions of Roger's fans all over the world grieves at Roger's AO loss. With this win, Rafa only delayed the inevitable - Roger's breaking of Pete Sampras record. Everyone has to accept the fact though that Rafa earned this one. It is amazing how he retrieves Roger's well placed balls on a run and scores! I would bet though that he cannot possibly continue doing this on each and every match without slowing down or possibly getting injured. That usually happens when we push our bodies and faculties to its limits. I would pray though that, such an accident would not happen as I love to see both Roger and Rafa continue their fantastic rivalry for many many more years. I was not only in awe of Roger's fantastic shots but also marveled at Rafa's superhuman retrievals. At this point though, I would like to call the attention of the ATP and all tennis organizers and governing bodies to initiate an improvement of the current camera based system of resolving line calls. The current system is erroneous as it reflects the shadow of the ball on the court and if it falls even minutely on the line, it is considered "in".
Since my tennis playing days, I've always known the rule to be that, if the ball "touches" the line, it is "in". If it does not, it is "out". As I've seen in actual play, in so many of these contested calls, the balls were judged to be in when it is simply impossible for the ball to have touched the line. Its shadow of course, is on the line. I think it would only require a little modification to correct this error by simply reducing the shadow of the ball to reflect only the portion of the ball which conceivably touched the line. It maybe true that at different angles and different landing speed, the size of the area touching the ground is different, but hey, we've made more difficult calculations than these. The data can perhaps be made instantaneously available to the referee/umpire to avoid incidents such as the one that occurred at recent AO final where the referee made erroneous calls. I am sure that in the recent AO final, the two(2) erroneous calls by the referee affected Roger's play. It was hard enough for him already having Rafa at the other end of the court.

Posted by msd February 02, 2009 at 09:29 AM

I think people need to give the MC at the ceremony Sandy Roberts (an extremely nice man btw) a break. He was introducing Fed by saying extra nice things about him as a form of comfort/consolation ("don't worry mate, we still think you're great"). I'm sure he would have gushed enthusiastically about Rafa two minutes later ("what a great new champion, first Spaniard to win the AO, hasn't he had an amazing year etc" but when Roger lost it it threw a spanner in the works. You could just see the people on stage thinking "oh hell, what do we do now?". As a consequence, everyone was flustered and/or embarrassed and the presentation to Rafa seemed rushed. Even Rafa looked like he wasn't quite sure how to celebrate with Fed so upset. It didn't quite go to plan, that's all. And it wasn't helped by the fairly anti-climactic 5th set, which left everyone feeling like they'd seen one player fall apart rather than the amazing down-to-the-wire-battle we saw in the Rafa-Verdasco semi. A strange, intense moment to be sure but not a deliberate slight on behalf of the organisers.

Posted by CherryNYC February 02, 2009 at 09:57 AM

Tony at 9:04 -- excellent. I agree with that totally. I think Fed is quite stubborn when it comes to facing the fact that Nadal has his number. It's nothing to be ashamed of, it doesn't take anything away from his greatness. That's just the way it is sometimes. Somebody has to be able to get through to him, though, and soon. I think Mirka needs to take matters into her own hands, and find somebody he can talk to, even if it's not an official coach/player relationship. I think Cahill would be good -- he is a big Fed supporter and his analysis of the final was right on. Maybe Fed would prefer a European, but nobody comes to mind.

Posted by embug February 02, 2009 at 10:11 AM

Cherry NYC... I did the same thing - turned of the tv right after the last point. How could Fed bungle the fifth set; what happened to his serve? My co-worker and I are so sad. Roger could read and apply Tim Gallwey's "Inner Game of Tennis," which is top-notch head stuff even after 32 years on the market. And, Roger could surrender to the being #2. Acceptance might give him enough peace of mind from where he could then build himself back to the maestro he is.

Posted by Sandra February 02, 2009 at 10:23 AM

MW at 11:26 pm yesterday: Agreed.

Posted by vibhav February 02, 2009 at 10:25 AM

fed was good and would surely prove himself.......its the biggest agony of tennis that good players have to loose at times....only the thing is its the part of life good moments and bad moments comes in every bodys life......one has to handle that with courage......fed has everything and he would surely come out of it.........federer cried and all my friends got emotional.......he will definitely bounce back as i think he is a stron guy emotionally.......

Posted by chan February 02, 2009 at 10:47 AM

Fereder you're the best of all whatever u do!!!!!!!
I love u!

Posted by ladan February 02, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Im really sorry :(:((

Posted by dexter philippines February 02, 2009 at 11:07 AM

.....i feel for roger...can u even imagine losing on something that you have built your world around on?
.....like sampras, roger lives and breathes tennis. and putting so much investment on a particular thing would certainly give you considerable pain as you lose.
.....roger might have felt like everything was taken away from him, first, the wimbledon crown, second, his number 1 ranking, and as if those were not enough even a hard court grand slam was invaded by nadal.
.....so i really feel for him, i've rooted for him so much coz i see him as the underdog being beaten effortlessly by nadal so many times. i cant help but get teary eyed when i saw him broke down. i felt like i lost too. it's not a very nice feeling at all. and i'm only a fan, how much more if i'm federer myself.

Posted by nic February 02, 2009 at 11:19 AM

im a huge fed and rafa fan. this night was rafas of course. i wont count on fed fading from this loss. I still think that he will get his 14 and maybe even 15. but then again rafa will probably get to those numbers too unless his knees gives out. who is the greater of the two? thats debatable. in the end, the one who has more majors will eventually decide that answer. one thing for sure...these two guys are on their way of being the greatest tennis players in any era. go fed!!! vamos rafa!!

Posted by cesar February 02, 2009 at 11:27 AM

vamos roger!! para mi ya es el mejor de todos los tiempos-
ha superado a todos...y el momento que esta pasando nadal es pura suert...VAMOS ROGERR QUE GANAS EL ABIERTO DE FRANCIA!!!

Posted by donut February 02, 2009 at 11:28 AM

There is nothing more admirable in the world than a person who has worked hard to reach to top, then is humble about it. Go Agassi - Go Rafa

Posted by Fair-analysis February 02, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Dear Friends,
I am a Fed fan, but I did not expect this from Roger. “Boys Don’t Cry”. It hurts when you loose but has Roger ever thought what he did to his competitors over years. He has destroyed their tennis career. Ask Roddick, Hewitt.....etc, even Nadal in two Wimbledon finals. They never cried. Roger, for sure, thinks that he is the best. Roger is like a camel who thinks that he is the tallest until he comes across the mountain. He is now confronted with the reality that hurted him more than loosing this final. He has lost his dignity as a good sportsman. The moment belonged to Rafa not him. It was great to see Rafa stole the role of big brother in consoling Roger on the dais. Full marks to Rafa. Roger has been a great champion, and will remain so, but he is looking at the danger ahead of him. As I said in the columns before do not count Rafa out of AO title, when the tennis editors gave him no chance. If Rafa sets his goal on something he gets it. Watch out guys, he is ready to complete the grand slam by winning US open this summer. I am sure that he is the one who will stop Roger's run at big Apple. I also think that Roger should start appreciating his opponent rather than telling us that he gave it to his opponent. It has happened again & again. We all love sports rivalry, and truly this is the greatest one in Tennis, a war of titans.

Posted by highspeeder February 02, 2009 at 11:35 AM

If Federer was so great then why when the trainer came out for Nadal in the third set did Roger not take advantage of this. Nadal must have been fatigued badly what with his semi's match against Verdasco. If anything Federer has lost all confidence playing Nadal when it goes to five sets.

Posted by johnm February 02, 2009 at 11:38 AM

What great atheletes both these guys are. It's so refreshing to see the respect and integrity that they show in the ceremonies--makes me proud for them.
If Roger is to break this record, he's GOT to change his strategy. He has the shots and movement but needs the offense to counter Rafa's methods. Maybe being too long without a coach has left him out of ideas. "What got you to here won't take you to there" needs to be realised. Just listening to the tv commentators, you could understand that Roger was going in the wrong direction in the middle of the match.

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