• Federer defiant in face of Miami loss

    4/3/11 1:37 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Federer defiant in face of Miami loss Roger Federer will not let his fourth loss of a 22-win season put him off his stride after exiting the semi-finals of the Miami Masters to Rafael Nadal.

    "I know that I can do many more things in the game," said the disappointed but defiant 16-time Grand Slam champion. "Sure, it's disappointing losing a match like tonight, but those are the matches I work extremely hard for in the off season and practise. I'm very excited by what's to come still."

    Federer is already making plans for imminent travel to Monte Carlo where he will begin work on the clay in time for the first of the clay-court Masters 1000 events starting a week from Sunday.

    The Swiss is understandably annoyed with media trying to write off his tennis era at age 29, as was the case with Pete Sampras a decade earlier. "I don't feel like I'm 35 like you guys make me sound I am," he told said after the loss. " I'm still only 29, and I have many more years left."

    Federer still maintains his fighting demeanour despite the loss on the day wife Mirka Vavrinec celebrated her 33rd birthday. "For me, these are not big setbacks," said the Swiss of his recent losses to Nadal and three this season to Novak Djokovic. "I wish I could play better right now against those guys, but it is what it is.

    "I'm excited going Monaco now, he said of the clay season which starts in nine day in the principality. "I'm going to fly there directly and prepare as well as I can for the clay-court season."

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Why does the sports media always do this? The same thing happened with Roger in the first half of 2009. Same with Rafa in the second half of 2009. The man hasn't lost to anyone yet this year except the number one and number two players in the world. Oh my gosh, Federer can't play tennis anymore.

ts38 , 4/3/11 5:20 PM

The thing here is that for so long Federer has had the association of being the world's no1 player, the best, the greatest etc.

Then of course that changed when Rafa came along displacing him at the top. Despite this people didn't doubt Federer's status, infact Rafa's ascendancy in some ways enhanced his legacy, as Fed finally had a great rival who he could say challenged him.

But there are two players ahead of him, who are both younger, fitter and more importantly still improving. So when people say this is Federer's end they don't necessiraly mean that he can't compete, or that he can't play, it's just that it's the end of him dominating the way he used to 2004 - 2007.

In the next two years or so he has to decide whether he can enjoy playing tennis being the third man watching the top two battle it out for major honours.

I can't see him threatening much at the French - I think we'll get a Rafa / Nole final there - but he's still can compete at both Wimbeldon and the US Open. In fact I can see winning 1 -2 more slams at the most, with the last probably being at Flushing Meadows.

lebsta2 , 4/3/11 7:34 PM

Fed hasn't been the dominating force he had been in his prime for quite awhile now. He is still the 3rd best player by quite a bit. It's just that Rafa and Nole has distanced themselves from him and the rest at the moment. Fed will still be a dangerous player and if he is on fire like he was at the WTF then he could still take a couple more major titles.

cable , 4/4/11 1:23 AM

Still love you FED!

Vitality , 4/4/11 8:51 PM

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