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  • Approach Shots: Federer back for Madrid title defense

    2013-05-05 05:51:37

    "Approach Shots" is Ricky's weekly look at what's ahead on the ATP Tour.

    Unless you’re a fan of Roger Federer, Tomas Berdych, or Fernando Verdasco, last year’s installment of the Mutua Madrid Open was an unmitigated disaster. If blue clay wasn’t the worst idea in the history of tennis, I’m not sure what was. Case in point: we’re back to the red stuff this time around.


    We’re also graced with an outstanding field that features the top six players in the world. In fact, of the Top 20 only seventh-ranked Juan Martin Del Potro is missing. Federer is back to defend his title, Djokovic is looking for his second winner’s trophy from the Caja Magica, and Rafael Nadal is bidding to win for just the third time in his 11th appearance at what is by far his worst of the clay-court Masters events.


    Mutua Madrid Open


    Where: Madrid, Spain
    Surface: Clay
    Prize money: 3,368,265 Euros
    : 1000

    Top seed: Novak Djokovic
    Defending champion: Roger Federer


    Draw analysis: Not unlike the situation that could soon be on our hands at Roland Garros, Nadal is the No. 5 seed this week and was at the mercy of the draw. This time, at least, it ended up having no effect because the Spaniard landed in the same quarter as countryman and No. 4 seed David Ferrer. It’s a friendly path for Nadal simply because he could have found himself in the same quarter as Djokovic. Still, it may not be a cakewalk. The former world No. 1 should not have any trouble in his opener against either Benoit Paire or a qualifier, but a possible third-round meeting with clay-court force Nicolas Almagro looms large. Ferrer, who won’t have much rest after the Oeiras final and cannot like his Madrid draw, could run into either Tommy Haas or Tommy Robredo in round three before the expected quarterfinal showdown against Nadal.


    Another chapter of the Nadal-Federer history may be written in the semifinals. Federer is in a relatively weak quarter at the bottom of the bracket along with Richard Gasquet, Marin Cilic, and Kei Nishikori. Gasquet is a solid form but he cannot face Federer until the quarterfinals. The ninth-ranked Frenchman may have to beat either Cilic or John Isner to advance that far. While Federer’s half of the section is far from daunting, he has not played a single match since getting destroyed by Nadal in the Indian Wells semifinals. An opener against either Bernard Tomic or Radek Stepanek will provide a much-needed look into the second-ranked Swiss’ form.


    Aside from Djokovic, the top half of the draw is wide open. Murray is obviously light years behind Nadal on clay and at this point he is a more desirable opponent than Ferrer. Assuming Djokovic makes his way to the semifinals, the top-ranked Serb will more likely to go up against someone like Tomas Berdych, Kevin Anderson, or Juan Monaco than Murray. On the bright side for the third-ranked Scot, he has an extremely favorable path at least until the quarters. A possible opener against clay-court specialist Thomaz Bellucci, however, cannot be overlooked. Djokovic can expect to begin his campaign against Grigor Dimitrov before possible encounters with Stanislas Wawrinka and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga—both familiar foes. Wawrinka will be coming off an Oeiras title match on Sunday against Ferrer.


    First-round upset alert: Juan Monaco over (9) Janko Tipsarevic. This would not be a huge upset based on current form or ranking (Monaco, No. 20, just barely missed out on a seed). The Argentine is starting to play better tennis after a disastrous, injury-plagued beginning of the season. Tipsarevic, meanwhile, is going in the other direction. The 10th-ranked Serb won Chennai and reached the Australian Open fourth round, but he has won only three of his last 11 matches. Monaco, who is 2-3 lifetime against Tipsarevic and 2-1 on clay, also has a surface advantage in this one so a loss by the No. 9 seed would not come as surprise.


    Also watch out for Milos Raonic vs. Nikolay Davydenko, Haas vs. Andreas Seppi, and Nishikori vs. Jurgen Melzer. Davydenko is still struggling for the most part but he will at least have a chance to put a dent in the big Canadian’s power on clay. Haas will have had a long week in Munich and Seppi’s consistency can be problematic for anyone—even Djokovic last year at the French Open—on the slow stuff. Nishikori is a stellar 15-6 for his 2013 campaign but a modest 1-1 on clay.


    Hot: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Richard Gasquet, Tommy Haas, Kevin Anderson, Fabio Fognini, Tommy Robredo


    Cold: Roger Federer, Janko Tipsarevic, Gilles Simon, Martin Klizan, Nikolay Davydenko, Fernando Verdasco, David Goffin, Jeremy Chardy, Julien Benneteau, Marcos Baghdatis, Radek Stepanek


    Quarterfinal predictions: Novak Djokovic over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Kevin Anderson over Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal over David Ferrer, and Roger Federer over John Isner


    Semifinals: Djokovic over Anderson and Nadal over Federer

    : Djokovic over Nadal


    Comments and your own predictions are appreciated!


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RickyDimon , 5/5/13 7:12 AM

"If blue clay wasn?t the worst idea in the history of tennis, I?m not sure what was. "

Ting. That was the sound of Peter Bodo un-following Ricky! Bodo and a bunch of Fedbots thought blue clay was the best idea conceived since sliced bread.

Ricky picking Djokovic over Nadal? As predictable as.......or never mind.

I don't have a prediction, don't care much for those. Hope Rafa plays well and wins.


rafaisthebest , 5/5/13 8:53 AM

Nole has the toughest draw. Potentially if the seeds hold:
Dimitrov - Wawrinka - Tsonga - Murray - Nadal

Rafa's draw is a piece of cake. His usual "victims" :)
Paire - Fognini/Almagro - Ferrer - Federer - ?

Oh well. I guess Nole has a chance to win again. This is the only clay tournament where he actually can be a favorite.

danica , 5/5/13 10:23 AM

Agree that Nole's path is a potential minefield but if you going to call Rafa's path full of his usual victims, presumably on the basis that he has beat them before, then you should characterise Nole's the same!

Rafa's path is littered with clay court "specialists" so technically, this should be the true strong field. But it's a measure of Rafa's proficiency on this surface that he makes them look ordinary and it's only Nole really who gives Rafa something to think about.......

rafaisthebest , 5/5/13 10:38 AM

I agree that Rafa's path indeed has Almagro and Ferrer but honestly, Rafa destroys them. Even when they up their games and have a chance to win, they choke. Federer is always a tough opponent but this is Spain and this is clay. Rafa is superior.

As for Nole, we saw how Dimitrov can be good on clay, Wawrinka almost kicked Nole out of the AO, Tsonga had 4 match points last year at RG... Among these, playing semis can actually be the easiest match (if he gets that far).

So, we'll see. What makes me happy is a prospect of a very interesting week :).

danica , 5/5/13 11:09 AM

@danica, take a look at Bodo's following article. I am not a fan of Bodo but his thoughts on Paire and Fognini (who lie in Rafa's path) are interesting: buffoonery/47330/#.UYZOHspRCDc

Point is, you never know what to expect from these guys....

rafaisthebest , 5/5/13 3:10 PM

rafaisthebest , 5/5/13 4:49 PM

Stan the Man is schooling Ferru over in Portugal!!

rafaisthebest , 5/5/13 5:42 PM

So happy for Stan the Man, Champion!

Gutted for Ferru.........

rafaisthebest , 5/5/13 5:44 PM

".. possible third-round meeting with clay-court force Nicolas Almagro looms large. "
Almugro a force? Looms large? Does it loom larger than the goose egg in their h2h? 10-0

chr18 , 5/5/13 6:46 PM

I think the issue of Rafa meeting Almagro in the third round is something worth noting. Rafa would normally bump up against Almagro in the quarterfinals or semifinals. I think the high altitude and surface in Madrid would be good for Almagro's game.

It's not like Ricky picked Almagro to beat Rafa! He still picked him to get through to the final. The point is that Almagro can give Rafa a run for his money with his serving, shbh and powerful groundstrokes. It's true that Almagro has never beaten Rafa, but that doesn't mean that Almagro won't keep trying.

Nativenewyorker , 5/5/13 8:37 PM

You think Isner's gonna make the quarters? I have my own wishful thinking too Ricky but often reality gets in the way.

ts38 , 5/5/13 9:24 PM

Djokovic over Wawrinka
Tsonga over Raonic
Murray over Simon
Berdych over Monaco
Nadal over Fognini
Ferrer over Haas
Gasquet over Isner
Federer over Granollers

Djokovic over Tsonga
Murray over Berdych
Nadal over Ferrer
Federer over Gasquet

Djokovic over Murray
Nadal over Federer

Nadal over Djokovic

JShifman , 5/5/13 11:01 PM

Isner "should" beat everyone in his eighth of the draw. "Will" he? Maybe not, but he definitely has a good chance.


RickyDimon , 5/6/13 5:17 AM

I think Isner could get through to the quarterfinals. We know he can play on clay. I am just wondering about Gasquet and Cilic. Gasquet seems to be playing well but sometimes just doesn't step up. I don't know where Cilic's game is at now.

I am not convinced that he will get through, but it seems to be a reasonable pick.

Nativenewyorker , 5/6/13 6:07 AM

Cilic is out mate.

JShifman , 5/6/13 11:13 AM

The courts look fast........

rafaisthebest , 5/6/13 1:31 PM

Is Cilic sick/injured?

ed251137 , 5/6/13 1:58 PM

I hadn't seen the results from yesterday when I posed the above question. Still a baguette from Andular in the 3rd set suggests Cilic is way below par.

ed251137 , 5/6/13 3:49 PM

ed251137 1:58 PM - not in the sense that you mean

RickyDimon , 5/6/13 6:15 PM

So I guess Ricky thinks he is sick in the head then. Anybody know why Rosol isn't here? He is ranked #34 now. He's missing out a chance to get more points before RG. Tired I guess?

chr18 , 5/6/13 6:41 PM

^^^chr19, maybe no one cares.

nadline , 5/6/13 6:48 PM

Nadline, Rosol's father passed away two weeks ago. Maybe he just needs some time to grieve and be home with his family. If you don't care, that doesn't mean others don't care. I have no idea, save the fact that he has a win over Rafa, why you show such animosity towards him. A true tennis fan cares.

danica , 5/6/13 8:02 PM

Rosol's ranking wasn't high enough at the entry deadline

RickyDimon , 5/6/13 8:03 PM

Where is the animosity? chr18 knew he is bereaved yet he posed the question? He wasn't thinking about his bereavement as he's already won a tournament since then, nor was I.

danica, stop milking his bereavement.

nadline , 5/6/13 8:20 PM

Fedbot fanboys don't care personally for Rosol. They are blinded by their Roger crushes.

I'd love to see a rematch. Rafa would dispose of Rosol the same way he disposed of Soderling in his FO rematch beatdowns both in straight sets in 2010/2011. Also took him out at Wimby since.

Hell, even Fed might have beaten Rafa in 2009. Nah. Not with that sad-ass BH.


Conspirator , 5/6/13 8:31 PM

I am not milking anything. My point about animosity is not based on this post of yours alone, but on a number of posts you made in the last year.

@rafaisthebest, 5/5/13 3:10 PM
Yes, a great performance by any of those players can bring an upset of the best. That's why I was not at ease when I saw that Nole is playing Dimitrov (most likely) in his first match. And down the road, there's Wawrinka who just dismantled Ferrer. But, like I said, it will be interesting to see how these matches unfold.

danica , 5/6/13 8:33 PM

danica, forgive me if I do not warm to a player who beats my favourite. Why does it surprise you that I don't warm to anyone who stands in Rafa's way. Do you want me to be a hypocrite and pretend that I like players just to look good?

Sorry, that is not in my nature. I don't ever see you attack any Rafa haters, so come down from your high horse and accept that rivals in sport do not like each other. Why don't you have a go at chr18 for asking why Rosol is no playing Madrid when he knows that he's just lost his Dad?

nadline , 5/6/13 9:43 PM

danica, to be honest, I don't even think I have mentioned Rosol once since he beat Rafa. He doesn't bother me that much because I know he is no threat to Rafa. Remind me of the things I have said about Rosol over the past year, because I think you are just talking off the top of your head. OK, watch my lips, I don't like Rosol because he beat Rafa. Happy?

What do people expect when they come on sport forum? For pits sake!!!

nadline , 5/6/13 9:51 PM

I don't REALLY like Nole and Muzz. Just looking for on-line pals.


Conspirator , 5/6/13 9:59 PM

^^^Oh I knew it!
Well That's your ass of the Xmas card list Conspirator!
And don't even try to crawl back

Twinge , 5/7/13 1:22 AM

'What do people expect when they come on sport forum? For pits sake!!!'

It's not what they expect Nadline.
It's what they hope for.
I suppose.
To live in a world without trolls with too much time on their hands.
It's such an unpleasant combination of vices,
Don't you think?

Twinge , 5/7/13 1:27 AM

Sorry Twingey, it was eating me up inside! I couldn't keep it a secret any longer!


Conspirator , 5/7/13 2:51 AM

Rosol got his own verb :haha: check it out (option one). bigotline will love this one.

rfzr , 5/7/13 2:51 AM

I doubt Stan, Haas, Kohls and all of those players who went deep in last week's tourneys will have anything much left in the tank to give any of the top players a tough match. All's good IMO.

scoretracker , 5/7/13 6:20 AM

I think a lot depend on whether they've played too much or not. If after MC, they rested for one week and then proceeded to play last week, I don't think they would be too tired. Unless, of course, they want to concentrate their efforts in the next Masters, ie Rome, in the following week.

I think Stan and Haas are good enough for another week. I think the quicker Madrid court may work in their favor, as they may finish points sooner on a quicker court. I like the way these two players played so far this clay, or even HC, season. I hope they do advance in their rankings this year, maybe one or both to get inside top ten.

luckystar , 5/7/13 8:20 AM


I think Stan is playing some of his best tennis. I think he's fit enough to give it a go at Madrid. I also think that Haas seems quite fit, especially for his age. He is also playing some great tennis. Sometimes people expect these guys to tire out, but those who have put in the hard work to get really fit, will be in it for the long haul.

Rome will follow right after Madrid next week so we will see which players hold up best.

Nativenewyorker , 5/7/13 8:40 AM

danica, I'm still waiting for you to come up with ANYTHING I have said about Rosol over the past year, ANYTHING. If you can't, then the decent thing would be for you to withdraw your accusation.

nadline , 5/7/13 9:18 AM

Or put you in jail?

samprallica , 5/7/13 12:08 PM

^^^No, it would just be the decent thing to do.

nadline , 5/7/13 12:27 PM

So danica, you can't find any evidence of animosity by me towards Rosol over the past year? I thought not, because you made it up and you haven't got the decency to say so.

nadline , 5/7/13 3:00 PM

Maybe danica has better things to do. Ask the high schooler, it clearly has lots of time to dig through years' worth of old articles.

ts38 , 5/7/13 9:44 PM

like i said Ricky, reality too often gets in the way..

ts38 , 5/7/13 9:52 PM

Nadline, I just came on this site pretty much right now (I made one comment on the Nole/Dimitrov match). This site is NOT my life and sometimes I do not check it for days. If the thread I posted is not visible anymore, I don't even check it anymore. That's how important it is to me. So if I don't reply when YOU expect me to, please, don't take offense. It's not personal, it's just that I have so many other more important things in my life.

Anyhow, I mentioned animosity based on your general disrespect and dislike to anyone or anything not named Rafa. I am pretty sure you objected at a time at the term "being rosoled" and found million reasons why Rafa lost that match. You and me obviously don't read the name Rosol the same way. While to me he is just a player who needs to be respected (at least because he beat Rafa and just won a clay tournament), you think that he is a nobody and that no one cares about his no show in Madrid. That's why I didn't see anything bad or provocative in chr18's post. He could have easily asked about the DelPo's whereabouts.

danica , 5/7/13 9:53 PM

Poof goes Ricky's prediction! Who you got now Ricky?

rafaisthebest , 5/7/13 11:28 PM


Yes, this certainly changes things. Nole's part of the draw is loaded. Dimitrov could get Stan next. Tsonga is in that part of the draw, too. Things are wide open now.

Also, Ricky was wrong about Isner. Andujar may be better on clay, but to beat Isner? I didn't see that coming. He was right about Monaco over Tipsy. Haas and Nishikori are still in it. Verdasco beating Raonic? It seems like playing in front of his home crowd got Verdasco going.

If Murray gets through to the semis, then at least he won't have Nole waiting for him.

Nativenewyorker , 5/7/13 11:47 PM

Nice prediction Dimon

willmw101 , 5/8/13 12:36 AM

ts38 and Danica:

LOL! I like how the "mob" thinks everyone doesn't have a life outside the tennis world. To quote them "they use multiple smart phones, laptops and computers and when they don't have access to these, they go to the nearest internet cafe and post with multiple monikers on a tennis blog" [while on a business trip, no less]

How can you explain the concept of "LIFE" to antiquated bats that live in caves all their lives? [ rafais..... just using a metaphor, not calling you people old bats, ok? you know how metaphors work, no?]

Fedkovic23 , 5/8/13 5:09 AM

Ricky, last year your predictions were for the most part so accurate that I wondered whether you had a magical crystal ball. This year your crystal ball seems to have lost its magic.

holdserve , 5/8/13 5:41 AM

Novak's ouster opens up the draw for Muzza. If he does not reach his first clay final at Madrid this year I will eat my hat.

rafaisthebest , 5/8/13 7:52 AM

RT @5livetennis: "After one more year in Istanbul, the globetrotting WTA take their season-ending championships to Singapore. An exciting move. "

The ATP is being "outplayed" by the WTA in this respect. Why doesn't the ATP also rotate it's year end Championships? I think rotating the hosting of the WTF is a potentitally massive marketing coup which the ATP has yet to realise....

rafaisthebest , 5/8/13 9:30 AM

@danica, 5/7/13 9:53 PM

Yes, I picked up on ed using the term 'Rosoled' as it felt like a Rafan ridiculing Rafa. How that translates into me showing animosity towards Rosol over the past year is beyond me. I am pretty sure that was the only time I ever referred to Rosol until chr18 adopted him recently.

The fact that you are a busy person does not give you the authority to invent facts.

nadline , 5/8/13 10:42 AM

Oh for goodness sakes!
So WHAT that you showed animosity towards blah blah
You tirelessly show it towards anything not Nadalish.
And by your own admission, not that it was required.
Case closed and stop being such a victim.

Twinge , 5/8/13 10:58 AM

Berdy escapes.........

rafaisthebest , 5/8/13 1:34 PM

Who invented facts about certain Lendl statements regardong Muzz's FO chances should he meet Rafa?


Conspirator , 5/8/13 2:12 PM

Novak's ouster opens up the draw for Muzza. If he does not reach his first clay final at Madrid this year I will eat my hat. rafaisthebest, 5/8/13 7:52 AM

What flavour's your hat? Hope it goes down smoothly! ;)

lluisa , 5/9/13 3:20 PM

^^^Hahahaha! Flavour's ginger...........

rafaisthebest , 5/9/13 3:45 PM

holdserve - my predictions are always perfect. It's the players fault whenever they happen to be wrong.

RickyDimon , 5/9/13 4:01 PM

Ricky! Lol!

holdserve , 5/9/13 4:57 PM

Classic message from The Maestro...


Conspirator , 5/9/13 6:37 PM

Love that post, Ricky :)))

danica , 5/9/13 6:54 PM

Ricky: Did you forget to copy in the players when you filed your copy?

ed251137 , 5/9/13 7:30 PM


That is so like you! This place would be pretty dull without you! :)

Nativenewyorker , 5/9/13 8:09 PM

Mr. Federer is going to have to start motoring if he wants to go to O2 this year.

ed251137 , 5/10/13 2:04 AM


The commentators on the tennis channel were discussing this while watching Fed lose to Nishikori. They said it's going to be difficult for him, having now just dropped a huge chunk of points and also being in the midst of a lengthy title drought.

Nativenewyorker , 5/10/13 3:01 AM

Not at all surprised Fed lost to Kei, who's got a great game with a lot of variety. It was expected coz he's been away for 2 months, and at his age, he just cannot do that if he wants to go deep in tournaments. Gone are they days that he can just play himself into form. He's 31 not 23, and should accept the fact that his glory days are now fading into the sunset.

Fed will be a dangerous floater always, but not a consistent one. It will now be anybody's guess when he takes the court as to if he'll win and the type of scoreline. I think most Fed fans have to come to accept Fed's dwindling mastery.

scoretracker , 5/10/13 3:40 AM

i got Ferrer and Murray in the quarters


RickyDimon , 5/10/13 4:33 AM

Also Tsonga and Rafa. 50% right.
Anderson, Djokovic, Federer were decent predictions but not Isner. Guess your Isner bias got in the way of your predictive ability.

holdserve , 5/10/13 4:41 AM

no. I pick against him whenever possible. There was no way he should not have made the QFs.

RickyDimon , 5/10/13 4:48 AM


Fed's best part of the season starts after the FO, when the greatest tennis tournament in the world is on the horizon. Clay has always been for mediocre players. [handful of players who win FO, do anything else on the other surfaces.]

Besides, Fed is the Iron man of tennis. 57 slams without phoney withdrawals and injury breaks [you-know-who on the other hand needs to beg uncle toni to help him stay off the slams every now and then because his knees are weaker than those of a toddler.

Stay positive. Fed's in for the long-haul. As a famous journalist proclaimed - Fed used to outplay his opponents, now he outlasts them.

El Mago = God of Tennis = peRFection of tennis.

Fedkovic23 , 5/10/13 6:32 AM

Well, everybody expected Fed to be rusty after his 2 months layoff except him. In his pre Madrid tournament presser he said he would be difficult to beat because he is fresh after his 2 months layoff.

I think he thought his 2 months layoff would have the same effect on him Rafa's 7 months layoff had on Rafa results wise....

rafaisthebest , 5/10/13 7:20 AM

Oh yes, only mediocre players win on clay, like Borg! The guy who won six times at FO and five times at, what is it again? - the greatest tennis tournament in the world!

How about this list of some of the great men's tennis players who won the FO -

Rod Laver - 1962, 1969
Ken Rosewall - 1968
Roy Emerson - 1967
Mats Wilander - 1982, 1985, 1988
Ivan Lendl - 1984, 1986
Jim Courier - 1991, 1992
Thomas Muster - 1995
Andre Agassi - 1999

Mediocre players? Someone should learn their tennis history!

Nativenewyorker , 5/10/13 8:44 AM

@ 7:20 AM
?For me, it was important to take a bit of a rest - not too [long] - just enough so I'm really sort of tough to beat in the next few months,? said Federer.
I see countless jokes have been made assuming he was stating a fact here.
He is not saying he is tough to beat, he is saying he wanted to take rest SO THAT he is sort of tough to beat (after the break), simply hoping a bit of a layoff would do his body and game some good.
And of course a 7 month layoff is now the gold standard. Anyone who is taking any amount of time off is doing so 'cause Rafa did it so well! And came back and made it to every tournament final and won most of them! Oh my!

xrf , 5/10/13 9:53 AM


who needs the actual quotes. surely not imbecile spannish donkey fans!


thomas muster is a legend now? wtf he did outside clay? jim courier and wilander are great? must be in rafa's world coz he won only 4 slams outside clay. laver/rosewall and emerson? LOL, you forgot rock the cave man - he is from the era you and your cohorts were born in - the stone age. maybe you should go check with the archaelogists if they have any stats from your era!

this is the last time i will tell english-challenged rafa fans. get help. your reading comprehension is abysmal. handful = a few players [borg/agassi/fed/lendl/kneedal]

Fedkovic23 , 5/10/13 10:20 AM

Who won 3 different slams in a year? clay, grass and hard in a year????? only Rafa Nadal.... any way spanish donkey fans are far smarter than you pig swiss fan....

tettylds , 5/10/13 10:25 AM

Hey Fedcrapper,

Who said anything about legends? You really are ignorant about the history of tennis, so please lose the faux-superiority act!

If you dismiss Laver and Rosewall because they were from the 60's, then you really have no respect or knowledge about this sport. However, please feel free to continue to display your complete and utter ignorance.

Did you even graduate from high school? Or are you just another loser who comes on here to trash people so that you can build up your pathetic lack of self-esteem.

Good luck with that!

Old does NOT equal bad!

Nativenewyorker , 5/10/13 10:27 AM

Fedkovic you are totally delusional if you claim clay is an inferior surface. All of Europe favors it and now China too is laying clay courts. Canada and US are also increasing their clay courts. Far from being an inferior court, it is in fact THE COURT. The court where your tennis skills, physical, mental and emotional are all tested. Hard court became popular because it is cheap but every one now realizes the heavy price to pay in other ways and how it has impoverished tennis by reducing the role of strategic thinking. A robot designed to play huge serves and big forehands can win.
Grass may favor big serves but is not for a one dimensional player because of the uneven bounce and unpredictable changes it undergoes with the weather, wear and tear etc.
It is hard court which is an inferior surface, get it Mr 23?

holdserve , 5/10/13 1:45 PM

No holdserve, not delusional, just a troll trying to make others as miserable as himself.

Fedkovic23 should be Fedkovic20 because both are running away from being the 1st to have that 20th beatdown handed to them. But then again, maybe he is planning for the inevitable future. They can't avoid him forever. Especially Nole. He is too good.


Conspirator , 5/10/13 5:00 PM

Slow AO 1. Clay 7. Slow grass 2. Slow US 1.

rogervic , 5/11/13 8:44 AM

Oh dear, there is a new game in town: invent a name. Federer has a lot of 'splaining to do, all this is coming because of his downward spiral in form..........

rafaisthebest , 5/11/13 8:52 AM

Nishikori won the third title of his career in February as he lifted the trophy in Memphis (d. Lopez) and fellow young gun Raonic added to his growing collection this year with victory in San Jose (d. Haas).

assessed Roger Federer. ?That was to be expected, that they were going to have a bit of a breakthrough this year. That's nice to see. I think it's exciting and good for the game that not-so-well-known and younger guys are beating the top guys. It's good to see. It means they believe in it. I hope we'll see more of it in the future.?

rogervic , 5/11/13 9:43 AM

since Roger and Djokovic lost.
I am already uninterested.boring.

rogervic , 5/11/13 9:52 AM

I dont think Federer can get through any press conference or interview without being 'excited' about something. lol.

I wonder if he is 'excited' at the prospect of losing more and more often to lower ranked players.

ed251137 , 5/11/13 9:53 AM

[Sampras Ivanisevic match, or one between those kind of players, is not enjoyable, It's not really tennis,it is a few swings of the racquet. For me, in the past it was just serve.]

I respect Nadal's arrogant remark truly. LMAO.

rogervic , 5/11/13 9:57 AM

ed251137, 5/11/13 9:53 AM,

Too funny! I think we are already seeing some meltdowns here because of it. The Fed fans better get used to it!

Nativenewyorker , 5/11/13 10:01 AM

foolishness and arrogant of crowd of Spain.

They repeat booing to Djokovic which wins Nadal. hilarious.

The worst crowd = Spain > United States > France.

rogervic , 5/11/13 10:03 AM

Oh no! It's tennisnba back again with a new screen name!

It's the same garbage, only shorter.

The nuts are really crawling out from wherever they have been hiding.

Nativenewyorker , 5/11/13 10:17 AM

It will be a very sad day indeed for tennis when Roger hangs up his racket for good. I just hope he calls it a day at the right moment and doesn't continue until he tarnishes the memory of when he was TMF.

I have to admit I will look forward to the day when we will be free of the Fedups.

ed251137 , 5/11/13 11:29 AM

It IS tennisnba. How ya doing you tinfoil RF cap wearing dumba$$?

Although, tbh you're infinitely more entertaining than the other monikers that, when you break the names down, are so obviously focussed on Rafa's dismissive 19-10 h2h vs Fed. They've only tacked on Nole's name because they realize that their man can't get it up anymore.

C'mon tennisnba, go back to your own name or, better yet, go back to RogerLoverF. THAT one is my favourite.


Conspirator , 5/11/13 3:09 PM

Fed is now officially the granddaddy of tennis...he is excited that a young guy beat him and wants more of this in th future for the "good of the game"....haha

atul1985 , 5/11/13 8:27 PM

C'mon tennisnba, go back to your own name or, better yet, go back to RogerLoverF. THAT one is my favourite.


Conspirator, 5/11/13 3:09 PM

How about you cleaning up the nasty, sick comments on Djoker before talking to any Fed fans. You are so sick!

scoretracker , 5/12/13 5:46 AM

How come tennis becomes boring after Djoko n Federer.. What a comment from a coward... As long as Rafa still there tennis is really really entertaining, other top 10s too .. People come to see Rafa even when he only practices.. Young guns also very entertaining.. Too bad a great players like Djoko n Fed having a really narrow minded fan like this one..

tettylds , 5/12/13 8:32 AM

The spin doctors and speech writers must be working overtime to come up with a positive slant for Roger to spout at his press interviews. Unless or until he gets his act together and proves he is not finished and is still the Maestro it would be better if he kept his mouth shut.

ed251137 , 5/12/13 9:22 AM

I wonder if Fed is even aware what many of his fans online indulge in. I bet however arrogant or cocky he is, he wont approve of it

sanju , 5/12/13 10:55 AM

I bet however arrogant or cocky he is, he wont approve of it

You sure about that? Because birds of a feather have a common tendency!

jean , 5/12/13 12:32 PM

Wonder if he reads PseudoFed, or even knows that it exists?

deuce , 5/12/13 12:44 PM

You bet he does. He is known to love reading about himself. lol.

ed251137 , 5/12/13 12:46 PM

Fed is a fraud.

rafaisthebest , 5/12/13 1:56 PM

After Nadal won IW he was signing autographs. It was clearly heard when one fan said,"Here Rafa, sign right on Roger's face" to which the 'classy' one politely smiled and signed. Talk about fraud and encouraging disrespectful fans Nadal is your man.

chr18 , 5/12/13 2:51 PM

chr18 , 5/12/13 2:51 PM

That was a Fedfan fedup with perhaps?

rafaisthebest , 5/12/13 3:00 PM

Trying to make something out of nothing again oh pathetic fedtard? Why don't you make an issue about players signing on shirts, posters, magazines and caps as well? It's insulting for Rafa to sign on the Mr Arrogant's ugly face but clearly Rafa is not ill mannered like federina and its tard-fans.

jean , 5/12/13 3:02 PM

chr18, you are now scraping the barrel.

nadline , 5/12/13 3:07 PM

Agree with jean and nadline.
Nor do I understand why the word "class" is used endlessly, especially by Americans. It's a highly subjective word. In Uk it is mostly said with an extremely ironic edge.

deuce , 5/12/13 3:12 PM

scrotracker, 5/12/13 5:46 AM

I'm glad you take great interest in My posts, fan.

Especially the ones I didn't write or are simply in your little mind.


Conspirator , 5/12/13 3:19 PM

Childish reply. It was Nadal and his fan who was dissin' the Fed.
The majority of British people don't have their real teeth. Nor do I understand this. Is it the socialist health care ala Obamacare?

chr18 , 5/12/13 3:32 PM

Oh come on, chr18, how else am I going to communicate with you unless I stoop your level? Give me credit for trying otherwise I would just ignore you.............

rafaisthebest , 5/12/13 3:42 PM

At least they're not off shooting each other every day.


Conspirator , 5/12/13 3:43 PM

Source for that remark about teeth please. I find it hilarious btw. We've had fluoride in our water for decades now. Have u been looking at pics of Victorian Britain by any chance?
BTW thought America was meant to be a "classless" society which makes Americans' references to "class" all the more puzzling.

deuce , 5/12/13 3:54 PM

What do you mean deucey?

chr19 is as classless as the get, no?


Conspirator , 5/12/13 4:05 PM

You're not far wrong deuce. My daughter went to school in the USA for a term on an exchange program and they thought she'd just stepped out of David Copperfield.

nadline , 5/12/13 4:11 PM

Lol nadline :) Just off to adjust my bonnet.....
Now don't YOU start! I find that "c word" far more offensive than the other.

deuce , 5/12/13 4:17 PM

I am told that Fed's fan website is full of offensive posts about Rafa. No effort is made to moderate them.

holdserve , 5/12/13 4:29 PM

nadline, I love the British accent. Probably most Americans do.

holdserve , 5/12/13 4:33 PM

Why all the Rafa comments on Feds website holdserve?

Must be the only stat that matters to them.


Conspirator , 5/12/13 4:37 PM

Who said Rafa is not doing fist pumps atm?


nadline , 5/12/13 5:03 PM

I guess Fedfans are all closet Rafa fans?

holdserve , 5/12/13 5:13 PM

some are it seems

chlorostoma , 5/12/13 5:14 PM

Watch the Austin Powers movies. Incidentally fluoridated water does not prevent dental caries. It causes a multitude of diseases when put in the water supply as it is an industrial waste and not meant for consumption. Classic Illuminati method for population control that sheep don't know about. Not to mention the immense profit big pharma makes off of sick care costs.

chr18 , 5/12/13 10:08 PM

British got good accent, but their teeth and bad breath!egad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fedkovic23 , 5/13/13 4:26 AM


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