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Date: 17 Feb 2009 10:30:10
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Subject: Lets face it, Fed is a smart guy...
He is only thinking about the slams. The hell with mm tournaments like
Dubai and that pesky Davis Cup. Hello, Rafa, this is how you are
supposed to do.




 
Date: 17 Feb 2009 16:58:42
From:
Subject: Re: Lets face it, Fed is a smart guy...
On Feb 17, 10:57=A0pm, Patrick Kehoe <pke...@telus.net > wrote:
> On Feb 17, 10:38=A0am, drew <d...@technologist.com> wrote:
>
>
>
> > On Feb 17, 1:30 pm, Aranci...@selin.com wrote:
>
> > > He is only thinking about the slams. The hell with mm tournaments lik=
e
> > > Dubai and that pesky Davis Cup. Hello, Rafa, this is how you are
> > > supposed to do.
>
> > Federer was out there playing in all events and winning everything he
> > could when he was Nadal's age. =A0Now he's conserving energy and that
> > probably is the smartest way to play top level tennis.
>
> > Down side is that he won't be match tough going into his early round
> > matches of major events.
>
> > This is a fucked up time of year because the Master's series events in
> > the USA are hardcourt. =A0They should be on clay, or at least one of
> > them should be.
>
> ++ Fed is really signalling he's going to play enough to challenge for
> some select Masters Series events and then his usual bull rush for
> Wimbledon and the USO... it suggests he thinks he could win either
> Indian Wells or Miami =A0AND I don't discount the fact he'd like to nab
> another hand full of Master Series events before he's 30... Melbourne
> taxed him mentally and emotionally and he needs more time to recoop
> AND he's likely being straightforward IN ONE SENSE... he probably IS
> in need of doing some fitness maintenance training and this is a
> perfect time for him GIVEN THAT after this training block he can take
> a run at those two 1,000 point events then do just enough work on clay
> to take a run at Paris... ALL THE WHILE marshalling his reserves for
> the Wimbledon-USO push which is EFFECTIVELY the Federer mini-slam
> portion of the season, given he's won 10 of his 13 in Wimbledon and
> New York... it's a logical/tactical career move... nothing new... he's
> just being more bold faced about it now...
>
> P

Federer's second major training block is in February after the AO -
once that's over there is no time for any serious work for the rest of
the season as the tournaments come thick and fast.

He felt last year that he never got a good block of training done due
to the (alleged) illness. I guess that this year he wants to get into
top shape after the AO disappointment and maybe feels that he needs a
bit more work rather than play Dubai.

Dubai would have been the chance to pick up some ranking points
especially with Nadal probably out (and a first round exit last year)
but it's not a big event compared to the two MS events coming up.



 
Date: 17 Feb 2009 14:57:28
From: Patrick Kehoe
Subject: Re: Lets face it, Fed is a smart guy...
On Feb 17, 10:38=A0am, drew <d...@technologist.com > wrote:
> On Feb 17, 1:30 pm, Aranci...@selin.com wrote:
>
> > He is only thinking about the slams. The hell with mm tournaments like
> > Dubai and that pesky Davis Cup. Hello, Rafa, this is how you are
> > supposed to do.
>
> Federer was out there playing in all events and winning everything he
> could when he was Nadal's age. =A0Now he's conserving energy and that
> probably is the smartest way to play top level tennis.
>
> Down side is that he won't be match tough going into his early round
> matches of major events.
>
> This is a fucked up time of year because the Master's series events in
> the USA are hardcourt. =A0They should be on clay, or at least one of
> them should be.

++ Fed is really signalling he's going to play enough to challenge for
some select Masters Series events and then his usual bull rush for
Wimbledon and the USO... it suggests he thinks he could win either
Indian Wells or Miami AND I don't discount the fact he'd like to nab
another hand full of Master Series events before he's 30... Melbourne
taxed him mentally and emotionally and he needs more time to recoop
AND he's likely being straightforward IN ONE SENSE... he probably IS
in need of doing some fitness maintenance training and this is a
perfect time for him GIVEN THAT after this training block he can take
a run at those two 1,000 point events then do just enough work on clay
to take a run at Paris... ALL THE WHILE marshalling his reserves for
the Wimbledon-USO push which is EFFECTIVELY the Federer mini-slam
portion of the season, given he's won 10 of his 13 in Wimbledon and
New York... it's a logical/tactical career move... nothing new... he's
just being more bold faced about it now...

P



 
Date: 17 Feb 2009 10:38:20
From: Lax
Subject: Re: Lets face it, Fed is a smart guy...
On Feb 17, 1:30=A0pm, Aranci...@selin.com wrote:
> He is only thinking about the slams. The hell with mm tournaments like
> Dubai and that pesky Davis Cup. Hello, Rafa, this is how you are
> supposed to do.

The difference is, Nadal wants to be #1 for a long time (to add it to
his resume). Roger already did this so that isn't much of a goal for
him.


  
Date: 17 Feb 2009 19:45:48
From: *skriptis
Subject: Re: Lets face it, Fed is a smart guy...
Lax wrote:
> On Feb 17, 1:30 pm, Aranci...@selin.com wrote:
>> He is only thinking about the slams. The hell with mm tournaments
>> like Dubai and that pesky Davis Cup. Hello, Rafa, this is how you are
>> supposed to do.
>
> The difference is, Nadal wants to be #1 for a long time (to add it to
> his resume). Roger already did this so that isn't much of a goal for
> him.

He's still short 50 weeks, an entire year, of Sampras' record. Unlikely to
break that ever if he doesn't play full schedule.
Also no way he'll ever break 6-year-end record, not even tie it.

I am not saying it's more important than the slams.
But he "didn't do that" so that it had stopped being a goal goal for him.

He gave up on that probably in order to achieve something more important.




 
Date: 17 Feb 2009 10:38:06
From: drew
Subject: Re: Lets face it, Fed is a smart guy...
On Feb 17, 1:30 pm, Aranci...@selin.com wrote:
> He is only thinking about the slams. The hell with mm tournaments like
> Dubai and that pesky Davis Cup. Hello, Rafa, this is how you are
> supposed to do.


Federer was out there playing in all events and winning everything he
could when he was Nadal's age. Now he's conserving energy and that
probably is the smartest way to play top level tennis.

Down side is that he won't be match tough going into his early round
matches of major events.

This is a fucked up time of year because the Master's series events in
the USA are hardcourt. They should be on clay, or at least one of
them should be.


 
Date: 17 Feb 2009 10:32:54
From: Scott
Subject: Re: Lets face it, Fed is a smart guy...
On Feb 17, 1:30=A0pm, Aranci...@selin.com wrote:
> He is only thinking about the slams. The hell with mm tournaments like
> Dubai and that pesky Davis Cup. Hello, Rafa, this is how you are
> supposed to do.

if Roger drops to #3 (or lower), then he'll be playing Rafa earlier
than a final.



  
Date: 17 Feb 2009 20:45:55
From: Sakari Lund
Subject: Re: Lets face it, Fed is a smart guy...
On Tue, 17 Feb 2009 10:32:54 -0800 (PST), Scott <scottl44@yahoo.com >
wrote:

>On Feb 17, 1:30 pm, Aranci...@selin.com wrote:
>> He is only thinking about the slams. The hell with mm tournaments like
>> Dubai and that pesky Davis Cup. Hello, Rafa, this is how you are
>> supposed to do.
>
>if Roger drops to #3 (or lower), then he'll be playing Rafa earlier
>than a final.

Maybe, not necessarily. But it might be better for him to play Rafa
before the final.


  
Date: 17 Feb 2009 19:36:44
From: *skriptis
Subject: Re: Lets face it, Fed is a smart guy...
Scott wrote:
> On Feb 17, 1:30 pm, Aranci...@selin.com wrote:
>> He is only thinking about the slams. The hell with mm tournaments
>> like Dubai and that pesky Davis Cup. Hello, Rafa, this is how you are
>> supposed to do.
>
> if Roger drops to #3 (or lower), then he'll be playing Rafa earlier
> than a final.


Well he has a very good non-final h2h vs Rafa, tied at 2-2.

Maybe he thinks that would give him at least 50% shot at beating him?