Will Roger Federer regain his glorious past
February 3, 2009 11:32pm CST
The way Rafael Nadal made him struggle in the Aus. Open final'09 it appears a wee bit difficult but there is so little to diffrentiate between the two and still Nadal carrying that extra edge that one becomes apprehensive about Federers' comeback to world no. 1 position.
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9 Feb 09
This was his best chance. the surface was good for his sliced backhand, Nadal was worn our after a 5 1/2 hour semifinals just the previous day & he still could not make it. It looks very difficult for fedrer from here on. He is not getting any younger & other players like murray are breathing down his neck. he still has the best angles & best brains in tennis but his body refuses to co-operate with him. He will still manage to win odd tournaments here & there & may well win another grand slam event but will never be able to touch the zenith he achieved in the past.
9 Feb 09
You are right to some extent. But more than the age factor it is the psychological barrier that is causing trouble to Fedderer. His loss at Wimbledon has really made a deep dent to his confidence when playing against Nadal. The stats also show that Nadal has dominated him 13 times to Fedderr's 6 times do speak the ground reality of how vulnerable he is mentally when up against him. This barrier has to be crossed to by him which in my opinion is difficult at this moment, if not impossible. If Nadal is going to be there in finals in any future Grandslams he would be playing, it would be 90% Nadal to 10% Fedderer. What do you say? But all said and done, I want him to win two more Grandslams to overtake Pete Sampras and if he does that by beating Nadal in atleast either those two, it would be a huge bonus for his ardent fans like me.
10 Mar 09
I don't think Federrer has lost his form. He easily wins against other players. Previously he had never faced a tough opponent. So it was smooth sailing for him. But Rafael Nadal kept on improving. And he improved more than Federrer. Federrer is right now not weak in skill or physical ability but weak emotionally. After his second defeat against Nadal, Federrer has lost his confidence against playing Nadal. Once he overcomes this he will be able to defeat Nadal.
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4 Feb 09
I think Roger Federer is fine and will pass Sampras' record of 14 grand slam titles either this year or next year. Federer and Nadal played a great Australian Open. My predictions for the rest of the grand slam events are: Federer wins Wimbeldon, Nadal wins French Open, and Murray wins US Open.
4 Feb 09
Thats agreat prediction.You could have been more nearer to achievable results as I see them happening during the remaining grand slams this year.But I have my doubts about Andy Murrey.Hope you are right.Thanks for your wonderful response.
28 Feb 09
I think Roger will try his best but with Nadal in his way I don't think he will be Number 1 again soon. Nadal has advanced so much in the last year, he shocked all of us, and probably Roger too. It will be hard for him to regain his glorious past, although he probably really wants to. And as he said in one of his interviews, he only wants to play tennis and congratulates Rafa for beating him and being such a good tennis player. Roger will definitely try his best but he himself thinks he will not be able to beat Nadal out of the first place.
27 Feb 09
If any of you did pay attention on Federer´s backhand you saw that he didn´t slice as much as he used to (In AO final). It worked well, but Federer served bad during the final(I´m not saying that is why he lost, but I have seen him serve much better than that!). But Federer need to improve his self-confidence. It seems like he have a "blockade" and he doesn´t think he can win against Nadal. But I´m pretty sure that Federer will win Wimbledon this year, and maybe be no. 1 again. One way; Less faults. I´m not saying that this is why he didn´t win, this is MY explaination. :)
21 Feb 09
I also watched the Australian tennis open final this year. Though Roger lost the game to Nadal, we have to admit Roger is now playing more aggressively than before and his backhand has improved against Rafael's forehand. I'm confident he will come back to No.1 even though it is a tough way.
18 Feb 09
lol, well compared to last years AO, federer has certainly stepped back up again. Federer is playing more aggressively these days compared to what he played 5 years ago. Nadal is getting better, and Federer isn't really, that is the main reason.
10 Feb 09
Each has his own time to shine. I think right now, it is Nadal's turn to shine. No doubt that Roger Federer is a great player. He could still win Grand Slams and may be surpass the record of Pete Sampras. But it would be very tough. We should also not forget the surprise performance of Verdasco whose training seems to aim to match Nadal.