Can Roger Federer get his 14th title in Australia?
January 21, 2009 10:01am CST
The Australian Open 2009 has begun and so is the quest of Roger Federer to get his 14th title and match the record set by Pete Sampras. I know there are a lot of great players out there and of course the top-seeder Rafael Nadal is a strong contender. By the way I created an article about this: http://www.sportales.com/Tennis/On-the-Road-to-Fourteen.468077 So guys, do you think Roger Federer is up to the challenge?
24 Jan 09
It is very unlikely this time. His best chance to equalize Pete Sampras would be in Wimbledon, 2009. Australian Open should go to either Rafa or Andy Murray as per the current form goes. I have seen Rafa's match against a spirited Tommy Haas who fought tooth & nail to overpower him but alas! Rafa was unstoppable. What an amazing Forehand Topspin he has, coupled with incredible court coverage. My bet this time would be on Rafa although I would not rule out a possibility of Semi-final exit thanks to his recent magnificient showing on hardcourts by who else? other than Andy (sorry folks not Roddick but Murray)
25 Jan 09
I also saw how great Rafael Nadal was during their match with Tommy Haas and as the commentators put it, he was just on a different level that day (Rafael Nadal). I also saw the match between Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych. It was only the fourth (read it in yahoo news ) in Roger's career that he had to climb from a 0-2 deficit. Well it really depends on each day on each match. And it also needs some luck. May the best man win.
26 Jan 09
I can see your point and it is also what I was thinking when I was watching him play. I also thought that if he played like that versus Nadal perhaps he would had exited. But when I read comments and articles from the Australian Open website, people also said that Tomas Berdych also did not play like he was seeded 20th. He played well but of course I also thought that he was not 100 percent ok with that hamstring injury bothering him (Berdych). And after todays A game of Rafael Nadal still not losing a set in the tournament, he is really on top form now, I am worried again for Roger. But like in any other sport, the ball is round, and we also saw today that Andy Murray was ousted in the Australian Open by Fernando Verdasco of ESP (seeded 14). Just hope he (Roger) would really have some great luck.
21 Jan 09
I read ur right up posted an hour ago as also the detailed article in spotales.com which make extramly interesting reading about Roger Federer who obviously did not enjoy a very good 2008 except U.S.OPEN.There is no denying the fact that Roger Federer is cast in the classical mould and is a great player but his authority has been seriously challenged by Rafael Nadal, Jokovic and others of the same class.It is no surprise that he looked distintly uncomfortable against his first round opponent in this years' Australian Open.He was stretched by aplayer who been a cake walk for him in his hay days which incidently are not over yet.This is where I feel that he does not look a certainty to win this years' Australian Open.But great players' have habit of surprising even their most pessimistic supporter and Roger Federer is no excetion. So heres, wishing him loads of good luck and a smooth performance right upto the finals and request all the myLotians' to wish him the very best.
22 Jan 09
Great players have a habit of surprising and i am sure the greatest of them has it in him to surprise anyone. Though he finds it difficult to finish off low ranked opponents,he has the game to compete against the likes of Nadal Djokovic and Murray. Hope the champion can bring back his elegant back hands as the tournament goes on. Well one thing for certain Unlike last year when Djokovic got the better of Federer in straight sets,he would surely put up a fight if some one manages to bring him down :)
22 Jan 09
Thank you for reading my article. I also do hope he concentrates more on his games and show us his full potential. As of now Nadal is really doing well and is in the 3rd round. I have yet to see Roger play in the Australian open because I work during the day and I live in Asia so we have almost the same time. I hope I can still watch him play during the weekends. Thanks and keep on supporting.
24 Jan 09
I have a feeling that roger is back with his deadly form. After I saw the match between roger and marat sapin, I observed and study the moves and baseline winners of roger. It's look like his confidence for the game is back. Maybe this Australian Open, he'll clinched the no. 14 grand slam and will tie on pete sampras as the most grand slam title ever won.
25 Jan 09
Sadly I missed to watch that match but I was able to see his last match against Tomas Berdych (CZE) ranked no. 20. I was worried because he was down 0-2 but climbed to win the match. I think it was his 5th (or 4th) in his career that he came back from a 0-2 deficit to win the match. He has a lot of aces in that match and i think it's a good sign.
23 Jan 09
He is still on to the next round by beating Marat Safin and avenged his 2005 seminal loss to him with a 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (5) win over the Russian in the third round at the Australian Open. His quest for that 14th Grand Slam title is still alive but yes as you said their are times that he just loses his focus. And we certainly can not tell what will happen like what happened to 5th rank Ana Ivanovic who is now ousted by her lost to Alisa Kleybanova of Russia. :(