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  • Federer Open survival plan working well

    8/28/12 9:43 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Federer Open survival plan working well Roger Federer has again made the annual adjustment to the chaos which characterizes the US Open, with the calm Swiss quietly going about his business of trying to claim a sixth title at the frenetic event.

    From overpowering fried food smells wafting around the grounds to over-the-top locals at every turn, the final major of the season is truly in-your-face as only New York can make it. Federer has survived well on court during his career, winning all 22 of his Ashe stadium night matches, including his 2012 opener over American Donald Young, just off a near-record 17-match loss streak.

    But Federer is simply going with the flow and keeping a discreet distance from as many non-tennis factors as possible. "The distractions are big here just because you almost enjoy your time too much," said the 17-time Grand Slam champion.

    "Not meaning you go party, but you do too many things maybe you shouldn't be doing. Maybe when you come on court your mind is still elsewhere. I do feel that, here; whereas in Wimbledon, you rent your house, you're full on tennis. All you do is you watch tennis, you eat and breathe tennis.

    "When you come here, you go out at night for dinners, you catch up with friends. You do maybe watch things on TV from time to time. There's many more things you can follow and do, so that brings challenges automatically with it."

    Federer seems to have his adaptation system down pat, resulting in five straight trophies from 2004-08. "I've never lost first round and that's helped me feel really comfortable in New York. But I love it here. The distractions are a challenge, the wind, the humidity.

    "The early matches, the really late, late matches, because it can get extremely late here, like in Australia, too. That takes some getting used to."

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C'mon Roger , this should be yours!

OnTheRise , 8/28/12 10:38 PM


Fed's got a tough draw, but with energy conservation as the focal point, he should get through to the finals.

djokovic on the other hand, has got a joke of a draw, same as last year USO, AO, etc.

scoretracker , 8/29/12 2:33 AM


SHUUT UP NEW YORK!!!!
GENIUS AT WORK,,,

zare , 8/29/12 8:51 AM


Is Federer now referring to himself in second person? "When you come here, you go out at night for dinners, you catch up with friends. You do maybe watch things on TV from time to time. There's many more things you can follow and do, so that brings challenges automatically with it."

Is Federer sure that all tennis players do that. Is he really, really sure about that?

nadline , 8/29/12 10:26 AM


"Is Federer now referring to himself in second person?.."

Actually I'm waiting for him to go the whole hog and refer to himself in the royal "we".
Im pretty sure its coming..

Twinge , 8/29/12 10:31 AM


Nadline, nadline, cant you find any better obsession in life than poking your nose into every federer thread and taking a jab at him? I mean, you really need to get a better life! I am not a regular poster and will not be responding to your comments in reply to this as i have more important things to do in life, but just could not refrain from this comment...

madhuvt75 , 8/29/12 10:39 AM


^^amen^^ give the guy a break, when Roger retires i'm struggling to think what you will do all day as there will be nothing to moan about! Maybe i'll send you some dvd's of Fed's 17 slams, that will cheer you up a bit!

brothdog , 8/29/12 10:43 AM


madhuvt, at least I brought you out of your hideout.

I just chuckled when I read it.

nadline , 8/29/12 11:07 AM


Atleast Roger has shown U can play and win tennis matches without grunting, groaning and moaning.There are some who just can't do without it

hrsikesa , 8/29/12 7:47 PM


^^^But Fed also grunts!! Not in every match though. Grunt or not, it doesn't make one a better or a worse player, the most important thing is to play high quality tennis. Nothing wrong with grunting, as long as it's not like Granollers'. His is unbearable.

luckystar , 8/29/12 9:08 PM


nadline , 8/29/12 10:26 AM "Is Federer now referring to himself in second person? "When you come here, you go out at night for dinners, you catch up with friends. "

Good grief woman, what's wrong with you? I suppose the next thing you'll find fault with is how he pees or kisses his wife?

Most of the guys on the tour are poorly educated, Fed happens to speak in 5 languages, and still speaks better English than most of them, e.g., Nadal. he's been on the tour for what 12 years and still can't speak English coherently.

To reiterate, nearly 75 percent of the players use the 'you' word, except for players like the Bryans, Roddick, Blake, and some others. Even Murray, who's not educated, and comes from a British country, uses the 'you' word. In fact, I'm somewhat surprised at how badly Murray speaks for someone whose mother tongue is 'English'

All that said, why don't you find another obsession, and take up a hobby since you seem to have a lot of time on your hands.What's wrong with you?

scoretracker , 8/30/12 12:57 AM



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