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Date: 02 Feb 2009 22:01:36
From: Patrick Kehoe
Subject: Fallen Fed
Funny thing is Fed will probably be loved all the more now that he's
having to fight for the historical record and not just gliding on the
wings of his unique talents... people warm to emotion from greats in
sports, especially those that keep their emotions in check to
facilitate their performances... he's been brought down, made mortal,
and will have to battle for what remains possible for him in
championship tennis... the crowds are roaring all the louder for him
now as happened in New York throughout the USO 2008 and it happened
again in Melbourne... a tennis writer friend of mine (not a Fed
supporter) said you could feel Laver Arena sigh and ache for him even
before the tears... "they just love the guy to them he is
tennis"...


P




 
Date: 02 Feb 2009 23:18:26
From: moosekak
Subject: Re: Fallen Fed
GET A COACH FEDERER!!!


 
Date: 02 Feb 2009 22:55:36
From: TennisGuy
Subject: Re: Fallen Fed
On Feb 3, 1:01=A0am, Patrick Kehoe <pke...@telus.net > wrote:
> Funny thing is Fed will probably be loved all the more now that he's
> having to fight for the historical record and not just gliding on the
> wings of his unique talents...
> before the tears... "they just love the guy to them he is
> tennis"...

Yes there is some truth in that.

But if Fed comes up again against Nadal in his quest for his next slam
he will have to bring with him at least two plans; Plan A and Plan B.

Plan A is usually sufficient for most of the other players on tour.
Sometime he just needs to shift up a few gears in the Plan, but it's
still basically one plan.

He brought just Plan A with him on Sunday and when things weren't
working for him
(his serve, breaking Nadal) he didn't switch to Plan B.

That will have to change the next time they play.

In other words, he can no longer count on Plan A working all the time
anymore.
Plan B will incorporate a lot more strategy and cleverness than Plan
A.
Plan A is for the youngsters, Plan B is for the ol' timers. :)

Like for example (as McEnroe 'cleverly' noted) when a player serves
close to 100% of the time to your backhand, it's OK to cheat a bit
over to that side!




  
Date: 03 Feb 2009 22:25:29
From: Richard Eich
Subject: Re: Fallen Fed
Jeffery21217@yahoo.com wrote...
> On Feb 3, 1:01=A0am, Patrick Kehoe <pke...@telus.net> wrote:
> > Funny thing is Fed will probably be loved all the more now that he's
> > having to fight for the historical record and not just gliding on the
> > wings of his unique talents...
> > before the tears... "they just love the guy to them he is
> > tennis"...
>=20
> Yes there is some truth in that.
>=20
> But if Fed comes up again against Nadal in his quest for his next slam
> he will have to bring with him at least two plans; Plan A and Plan B.
>=20
> Plan A is usually sufficient for most of the other players on tour.
> Sometime he just needs to shift up a few gears in the Plan, but it's
> still basically one plan.

This might be a result of his talks with Sampras. Fed seems to think=20
that all he has to do is focus on playing "his" game well, rather=20
than trying to outsmart his opponent. I remember Sampras doing the=20
very same thing: No B game at all. The few exceptions to that were=20
when he'd play guys like Flipper who could blow him off the court. =20
In those matches, he'd usually switch to a game where he'd encourage=20
Flip to make errors and self-destruct.

--=20
A fight starts when a man reaches the limits of his intelligence.


 
Date: 03 Feb 2009 07:40:30
From: *skriptis
Subject: Re: Fallen Fed

"Patrick Kehoe" <pkehoe@telus.net > wrote in message
news:1f02c444-d208-4724-89ae-1991a3deca0b@r10g2000prf.googlegroups.com...
> Funny thing is Fed will probably be loved all the more now that he's
> having to fight for the historical record and not just gliding on the
> wings of his unique talents... people warm to emotion from greats in
> sports, especially those that keep their emotions in check to
> facilitate their performances... he's been brought down, made mortal,
> and will have to battle for what remains possible for him in
> championship tennis... the crowds are roaring all the louder for him
> now as happened in New York throughout the USO 2008 and it happened
> again in Melbourne... a tennis writer friend of mine (not a Fed
> supporter) said you could feel Laver Arena sigh and ache for him even
> before the tears... "they just love the guy to them he is
> tennis"...


Hats off to Rafa.

There are objective reasons why Fed is the crowd's favorite but still it's
not so easy to play when almost everyone or majority wants your oponent to
win.
Guys who are more insecure can't take it. Hingis had a meltdown at FO when
crowd supported old-time champion Graf.

Lucky for Federer he doesn't have to go through, imo he wouldn't have been
able to take it, just like Hingis.


It's kinda perverse that Rafa, a multi FO champion is still not the crowd's
overwheliming favorite when he plays there.

But it's understandable.
Federer is older, longer dominant, people like perfection, they want him to
win everyting.
Nadal is younger and has that "savage look", one might say an almost
villian-like appearance. Long hair, muscles. The look in his eyes.
Thanks to the media mostly he has that "negative image". Ironically it can't
be further from the truth as he's one of the nicest athletes I've ever seen.

Hopefully their rivalry becomes labeled more as "two greats" and less in
that black-white fashion "good vs bad guy".



I also wish that they meet in US Open final this year. The only one they've
never played.
It would be quite awesome because with just 1 more slam final in between
they would break the all-time record.
The greatest rivalry ever for sure if that was to happen.