• Federer opens in London against Tipsarevic

    11/5/12 6:21 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Federer opens in London against Tipsarevic Roger Federer will kick off his bid for a third straight World Tour Finals title on Tuesday. Up first in round-robin action for the world No. 2 is Janko Tipsarevic.

    Roger Federer and Janko Tipsarevic will be going head-to-head for the sixth time in their careers when they clash in the Group B round-robin opener on Tuesday afternoon at the World Tour Finals.

    Federer has won all five of their previous encounters, including three on hard courts. Four were straight-set blowouts, while the other was a memorable marathon. In the third round of the 2008 Australian Open, Federer held off Tipsarevic 6-7(5), 7-6(1), 5-7, 6-1, 10-8.

    A similarly competitive showdown cannot be expected. Federer is 39-7 lifetime at the ATP year-end championship and has won it six times, including the last two installments. Tipsarevic, who is making his second appearance (both as an alternate), is 1-1 lifetime in London matches.

    The second-ranked Swiss won't finish the season at No. 1 in the world, but he owns a stellar 68-10 record for his 2012 campaign. So far this fall he has won a pair of Davis Cup matches, reached the Shanghai semifinals, and finished runner-up in Basel. Federer should be well-rested after skipping the Paris Masters last week.

    Tipsarevic's fall swing has not been one to remember. The ninth-ranked Serb is a mere 9-6 since the U.S. Open and his last two losses have ended in retirement (to Gilles Simon in the Valencia first round and to Jerzy Janowicz in the Paris quarterfinals). Tipsarevic, who replaced Rafael Nadal in the London field, is 57-25 for the season.

    Nothing about their head-to-head history, their World Tour Finals history, or their current form suggests Tipsarevic will be able to make this one especially competitive. Federer in straight sets is the obvious choice.

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Oh please, Roger's not 12 any more!

deuce , 11/6/12 8:28 AM

deuce: I'm thinking of applying for the job of picture editor. Why dont you apply to be News Editor then we would get to work together and have plenty of time to hone our skills as a doubles team on the tennis court ;-)

ed251137 , 11/6/12 8:50 AM

ed, brilliant idea. Would seek out the most flattering photos of OUR favourites...
Very much looking forward to Wimbledon next year.
SooooClose2012 ......;)

deuce , 11/6/12 10:59 AM

C'MON Rogerrrrrrrr! :)

sky , 11/6/12 4:11 PM

that picture is from either from this year or last year


RickyDimon , 11/6/12 4:17 PM

Nice first match for Roger (first serve 95%) and cool shots along the way... Go Rog! C'MON! :)

sky , 11/6/12 4:23 PM

Tignor tweets- '' Tennis Channel commentators already leaving this match behind, talking about how Fed should play Rafa.''

I think the commentators are forgetting that Fed does know how to beat Rafa, especially, here at the WTF.

abhirf , 11/6/12 4:27 PM

Anyways, was a good match 1st up by Fed. His service and groundstrokes improved a lot with the match. Hope he can continue this :)

abhirf , 11/6/12 4:36 PM

^^^^^face it, @abhirf, tennis's dirty little secret is now out: a tennis tournament without Rafa is dead boring.........even die hard Fedfans are admitting same!

rafaisthebest , 11/6/12 4:38 PM

Impressive win. He raised his poor level from the last couple of tournaments.

Btw, don't know why some talked about the outfit on his pic, but that's from last year tournament. This is the one he used today: BwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9aW5zZXQ7aD01MTI7cT04NTt3PTM0MQ--/http://media.zenfs. com/en_us/Sports/ap/201211060900324564226-p2.jpeg /iu/api/res/1.2/haeCWr6TBYsNiLWQGjcfpw--/YXBwaWQ9eXZpZGVvO2NoPTUxMjtjc j0xO2N3PTM0MTtkeD0xO2R5PTE7Zmk9dWxjcm9wO2g9NTEyO3E9NzA7dz0zNDE-/http:/ /

Emiliano55 , 11/6/12 4:46 PM

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Emiliano55 , 11/6/12 4:49 PM

The ball bounces higher this year, compared to the past two years. It's a pity Rafa is not here to take advantage of it. Too bad for Rafa, 2008 was his best chance of winning the YE Championship but he got himself injured and had to miss the tournament.

luckystar , 11/6/12 5:09 PM

@ritb, did I ever mentioned that Rafa is being or not being missed. Kindly read my post carefully.
#weird reply

abhirf , 11/6/12 9:45 PM

^^^why are Fedfans so touchy anytime Fed and Rafa are mentioned int he same sentence, lol?

@abhirf, this is what YOU wrote:

Tignor tweets- '' Tennis Channel commentators already leaving this match behind, talking about how Fed should play Rafa.''

I think the commentators are forgetting that Fed does know how to beat Rafa, especially, here at the WTF.

abhirf , 11/6/12 4:27 PM

Should I draw you pictures? Okay then: Suggest you read Tignor's tweet twice. If you still have trouble reading its meaning, do not hesitate to revert, I will gladly draw you another picture.

#register for online Phd Degree
#out for lunch

I'm sure chr18 will gladly send you details!!

rafaisthebest , 11/6/12 10:33 PM post it, you own it......even if Tignor said it.

#glad to be of assistance

rafaisthebest , 11/6/12 10:36 PM

Fed knows how to beat why does he not put that knowledge to good use and reverse THAT H2H?

I get it, he forgets, just like the commentators, how to, outside of the WTF.............

#gimme a break

rafaisthebest , 11/6/12 10:44 PM

^^^ He has beaten him apart from WTF 6 more times in case you dont know it. So it's not like this that he doesnt know how to handle Rafa. I think they should worry more about Murray, who has a much miserable record against Rafa.

Moreover, i didn't posted Tiggy's tweet to bring out Rafa. It was just to bring out the foolish part of these commentators. And please, I dont see any hint of anyone missing Rafa. As far as I can see into it, it was a mere discussion regarding Fed's game and how he can improve more by applying different strategies to beat his nemesis Rafa! Plain & Simple.

abhirf , 11/6/12 11:04 PM

^^^ ''to beat his nemesis Rafa 'more often'! ''

abhirf , 11/6/12 11:13 PM


1. regarding the "meaning" of Tignor's comment, I will defer to you in the absence of (a) my listening to the commentators (b) having mind reading powers, which you clearly have!

2. Everybody knows how many times Fed has beaten Rafa, me included. I only have to refer to the ATP site for the stats so I do not know get your point. Fact is, Fed does NOT know how to beat Rafa, the H2H says so.

3. You do not see any hint of anyone missing Rafa? Geez, I have heard of ignoring the obvious.........but hell, if it works for you, knock yourself out.

Talk about a weird response....why are you bringing Murray into this? This is about Fed and Rafa, and you started it...........

#diversionary tactic

rafaisthebest , 11/6/12 11:24 PM

@ Ricky 4.17pm

deuce , 11/7/12 8:04 AM

Rafa was prominent in the promotion of the WTF featuring on the posters all around London. They knew he wasn't going to be there but they had tickets to sell and many who are not tennis anoraks, like some of us, would have bought tickets to see Rafa. There is no denying that Rafa's absence leaves a big hole in the tournaments.

Rafa made an appearance in Valencia and they had to seal off part of the complex because of the clamour of fans wanting his autograph. He is the rock star of tennis. Federer himself admits that he misses Rafa.

Tuesday 6 November 2012

Fed rues absence of main rival Rafa

ROGER FEDERER admits he misses his on-court battles with rival Rafa Nadal as the Spaniard continues his recovery from injury. o f-main-rival-rafa-106362n.19340300

nadline , 11/7/12 9:35 AM

nadline , 11/7/12 9:35 AM

what do you expect him or for that matter any top player to answer??

but don't know what r u trying to prove by this??... everyone knows this and nothing new in your above post.

mani4Tennis , 11/7/12 12:14 PM

Poor chr18, it doesn't just rain, it pours. Mitt Romney gets spanked by that good looking, young Kenyan-Muslim and Rafa (that Armani-wearing stud) is still around to torment Fed!

It's okay, chr18, you can count on TT being a friendly refuge.................

rafaisthebest , 11/7/12 12:57 PM

mani4Tennis, I was responding to this:

I dont see any hint of anyone missing Rafa. As far as I can see into it,...................
abhirf , 11/6/12 11:04 PM

nadline , 11/7/12 1:01 PM

^^^ nadline, could you please do a favour of repeating the whole post rather than a phrase of the statement which can be very misleading at time. At least dont make wrong interpretations. If you would have gone thoroughly through my posts, you would have understood what I meant.
I never denied the fact of Rafa being missed by Tennis community. It was just those commentators discussion which I didnt feel like anything which involved Rafa's absence and its effects.

@ritb, going by your logic, Djoko, Berdych, Tsonga etc still dont know how to beat Fed; Fed doesnt know how to beat Murray; Murray, Djoko dont know how to beat Rafa etc etc and the list goes on..
You still seem to miss the crux of my argument which related to the dumbness of the commies. And you were the one who deviated it first by connecting it to Rafa's absence. I think this post should do some good to you.

abhirf , 11/7/12 1:55 PM

And you were the one who deviated it first by connecting it to Rafa's absence. I think this post should do some good to you.

abhirf , 11/7/12 1:55 PM

So you are now blaming me for you deviating and bringing Muzza into the discussion??????

As for my logic, I stand by it..................Fed does not know how to beat Rafa.

rafaisthebest , 11/7/12 2:20 PM

I have been away for some time..............i see nothing has changed. Still the age old debate rages on. I think it's about time people agree to disagree! Things will never change with all the arguing that goes on.......... Oh, and Fed will always be the goat ;-)

brothdog , 11/7/12 2:50 PM

Oh, and Fed will always be the goat ;-)

brothdog , 11/7/12 2:50 PM

......and you are determined to change the tone??? Welcome back................

rafaisthebest , 11/7/12 3:17 PM

^^^ yup, you were the one to deviate the topic by bringing up the topic of Rafa being missed.

And according to my logic, if player A can beat player B 10 times, then A does know how to beat B.

abhirf , 11/7/12 3:24 PM

^^^in which case, I cannot "win"!

rafaisthebest , 11/7/12 3:50 PM

^^^ well but then there's that small yet a wide difference b/w 'know to beat' and implementing the same consistently throughout a match. So I certainly believe that Fed knows how to beat Rafa for sure, it's his implementation of the plan through the course of the match that fails him.

abhirf , 11/7/12 5:26 PM

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