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Date: 15 Jan 2009 11:00:25
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Subject: Now Federer is playing mind games with Nole!
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24918160-2722,00.html


Federer gets in Djokovic's HEAD (pun intended)

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ROGER Federer began a psychological battle yesterday on another front,
questioning the merits of reigning Australian Open champion Novak
Djokovic's decision to change racquets so close to his title defence.

The world No2, who failed against Djokovic in a semi-final at last
year's Australian Open when ill with glandular fever, tipped Djokovic
could struggle in tight moments, given a lack of familiarity with his
new equipment.

"It's tough because there's always a factor with the weather, how do
you play, day form, you know, other contenders, the pressure, now a
new racquet," Federer said.

"I'm quite surprised he made a switch like this in the best phase of
his career, you know. He can for sure play good tennis, but I think
when it comes down to the crunch you just have that bit of a doubt
maybe, you know, because you are not quite that comfortable with that
racquet.

"But we'll see what happens. It's going to be a big test for him."

While it is worth noting that Federer is sponsored by Wilson, the
brand dumped by Djokovic, his questioning comes after he repeatedly
highlighted this week Andy Murray's failure to capture a Grand Slam
tournament.

Although the Swiss star trails Murray 5-2 in head-to-head battles,
Federer proved superior in their US Open final clash last September
and says that to prove himself, the Scottish world No4 needs to win a
Grand Slam tournament.

Djokovic, who moved from Wilson to Head, has already complained of his
struggle to adjust to his new racquet, blaming his failure in Brisbane
last week in part on the change.

"I changed the racquet and it's not easy to get rhythm right away,"
Djokovic said.

"I'm under the contract so I have to play with the racquet. It's not
the end of the world. It's the first match. I'm trying not to be
pessimistic."

In contrast, Federer is full of praise when questioned about Rafael
Nadal, the player who seized both his Wimbledon crown and No1 ranking
last year.

Asked to remove himself from the equation when considering the likely
Australian Open winner, the $3.50 equal favourite with Murray for this
year's title said he would always choose Nadal ahead of every other
rival.

The Swiss champion did have some kind words for another rival
yesterday, praising Davis Cup hero Fernando Verdasco after beating the
Spaniard narrowly 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-5) at Kooyong.

Federer, who will play the winner of today's match between Swiss
Olympic team-mate Stanislas Wawrinka and Chilean Fernando Gonzalez,
said Verdasco should now be considered a real threat at Grand Slam
level.

"He seems like he's playing more consistently and he's got that big
shot that everybody is scared of. So he's got that going for him,"
Federer said.

"I think he's got confident more and more, so that he can hang with
normal players and occasionally beat the top players.

"The Grand Slam level, I guess it comes down a lot to mental and
physical as well. I think this is what he has to prove this year."

Former world No1 Carlos Moya is certain his compatriot, who lost to
Radek Stepanek in last week's Brisbane final to continue his rise to
world No15, can challenge for a major title.

"Verdasco, I think he's a really top guy," Moya said.

"He has the tennis inside of him to be a top 10 player.

"Now he has to believe in himself. And once he does he can become a
very dangerous player and one of the top guys."

It is self-belief Verdasco, 25, who is dating Ana Ivanovic and met the
King of Spain following the Davis Cup victory in December, says is the
difference between now and last year.

"With the Davis Cup it was a great moment for me, a lot of confidence
after that tie also, because it was really tough," Verdasco said.

"In this position I was thinking different than in other years. All
the things and all the motivation, believing in myself much more, and
I think that is the key.

"I'm so motivated in this 2009 to be top 10 for the first time. And I
will try so hard. I will do my best to be there and I'm already
practising so hard, trying all that I can to be there. And I will not
stop until I am there."







 
Date: 15 Jan 2009 11:12:29
From: Professor X
Subject: Re: Now Federer is playing mind games with Nole!
On Jan 15, 7:00=A0pm, oceanau...@netlimit.com wrote:
> http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24918160-2722,00.html
>
> =A0Federer gets in Djokovic's HEAD (pun intended)
>
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------=
-------
>
> ROGER Federer began a psychological battle yesterday on another front,
> questioning the merits of reigning Australian Open champion Novak
> Djokovic's decision to change racquets so close to his title defence.
>
> The world No2, who failed against Djokovic in a semi-final at last
> year's Australian Open when ill with glandular fever, tipped Djokovic
> could struggle in tight moments, given a lack of familiarity with his
> new equipment.
>
> "It's tough because there's always a factor with the weather, how do
> you play, day form, you know, other contenders, the pressure, now a
> new racquet," Federer said.
>
> "I'm quite surprised he made a switch like this in the best phase of
> his career, you know. He can for sure play good tennis, but I think
> when it comes down to the crunch you just have that bit of a doubt
> maybe, you know, because you are not quite that comfortable with that
> racquet.
>
> "But we'll see what happens. It's going to be a big test for him."
>
> While it is worth noting that Federer is sponsored by Wilson, the
> brand dumped by Djokovic, his questioning comes after he repeatedly
> highlighted this week Andy Murray's failure to capture a Grand Slam
> tournament.
>
> Although the Swiss star trails Murray 5-2 in head-to-head battles,
> Federer proved superior in their US Open final clash last September
> and says that to prove himself, the Scottish world No4 needs to win a
> Grand Slam tournament.
>
> Djokovic, who moved from Wilson to Head, has already complained of his
> struggle to adjust to his new racquet, blaming his failure in Brisbane
> last week in part on the change.
>
> "I changed the racquet and it's not easy to get rhythm right away,"
> Djokovic said.
>
> "I'm under the contract so I have to play with the racquet. It's not
> the end of the world. It's the first match. I'm trying not to be
> pessimistic."
>
> In contrast, Federer is full of praise when questioned about Rafael
> Nadal, the player who seized both his Wimbledon crown and No1 ranking
> last year.
>
> Asked to remove himself from the equation when considering the likely
> Australian Open winner, the $3.50 equal favourite with Murray for this
> year's title said he would always choose Nadal ahead of every other
> rival.
>
> The Swiss champion did have some kind words for another rival
> yesterday, praising Davis Cup hero Fernando Verdasco after beating the
> Spaniard narrowly 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-5) at Kooyong.
>
> Federer, who will play the winner of today's match between Swiss
> Olympic team-mate Stanislas Wawrinka and Chilean Fernando Gonzalez,
> said Verdasco should now be considered a real threat at Grand Slam
> level.
>
> "He seems like he's playing more consistently and he's got that big
> shot that everybody is scared of. So he's got that going for him,"
> Federer said.
>
> "I think he's got confident more and more, so that he can hang with
> normal players and occasionally beat the top players.
>
> "The Grand Slam level, I guess it comes down a lot to mental and
> physical as well. I think this is what he has to prove this year."
>
> Former world No1 Carlos Moya is certain his compatriot, who lost to
> Radek Stepanek in last week's Brisbane final to continue his rise to
> world No15, can challenge for a major title.
>
> "Verdasco, I think he's a really top guy," Moya said.
>
> "He has the tennis inside of him to be a top 10 player.
>
> "Now he has to believe in himself. And once he does he can become a
> very dangerous player and one of the top guys."
>
> It is self-belief Verdasco, 25, who is dating Ana Ivanovic and met the
> King of Spain following the Davis Cup victory in December, says is the
> difference between now and last year.
>
> "With the Davis Cup it was a great moment for me, a lot of confidence
> after that tie also, because it was really tough," Verdasco said.
>
> "In this position I was thinking different than in other years. All
> the things and all the motivation, believing in myself much more, and
> I think that is the key.
>
> "I'm so motivated in this 2009 to be top 10 for the first time. And I
> will try so hard. I will do my best to be there and I'm already
> practising so hard, trying all that I can to be there. And I will not
> stop until I am there."

frauderer is clearly rattled, trying to lay into his rivals.


 
Date: 15 Jan 2009 11:03:39
From: Scott
Subject: Re: Now Federer is playing mind games with Nole!
On Jan 15, 2:00=A0pm, oceanau...@netlimit.com wrote:
> http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24918160-2722,00.html
>
> =A0Federer gets in Djokovic's HEAD (pun intended)
>
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------=
--=AD-----
>
> ROGER Federer began a psychological battle yesterday on another front,
> questioning the merits of reigning Australian Open champion Novak
> Djokovic's decision to change racquets so close to his title defence.
>
> The world No2, who failed against Djokovic in a semi-final at last
> year's Australian Open when ill with glandular fever, tipped Djokovic
> could struggle in tight moments, given a lack of familiarity with his
> new equipment.
>
> "It's tough because there's always a factor with the weather, how do
> you play, day form, you know, other contenders, the pressure, now a
> new racquet," Federer said.
>
> "I'm quite surprised he made a switch like this in the best phase of
> his career, you know. He can for sure play good tennis, but I think
> when it comes down to the crunch you just have that bit of a doubt
> maybe, you know, because you are not quite that comfortable with that
> racquet.
>
> "But we'll see what happens. It's going to be a big test for him."
>
> While it is worth noting that Federer is sponsored by Wilson, the
> brand dumped by Djokovic, his questioning comes after he repeatedly
> highlighted this week Andy Murray's failure to capture a Grand Slam
> tournament.
>
> Although the Swiss star trails Murray 5-2 in head-to-head battles,
> Federer proved superior in their US Open final clash last September
> and says that to prove himself, the Scottish world No4 needs to win a
> Grand Slam tournament.
>
> Djokovic, who moved from Wilson to Head, has already complained of his
> struggle to adjust to his new racquet, blaming his failure in Brisbane
> last week in part on the change.
>
> "I changed the racquet and it's not easy to get rhythm right away,"
> Djokovic said.
>
> "I'm under the contract so I have to play with the racquet. It's not
> the end of the world. It's the first match. I'm trying not to be
> pessimistic."
>
> In contrast, Federer is full of praise when questioned about Rafael
> Nadal, the player who seized both his Wimbledon crown and No1 ranking
> last year.
>
> Asked to remove himself from the equation when considering the likely
> Australian Open winner, the $3.50 equal favourite with Murray for this
> year's title said he would always choose Nadal ahead of every other
> rival.
>
> The Swiss champion did have some kind words for another rival
> yesterday, praising Davis Cup hero Fernando Verdasco after beating the
> Spaniard narrowly 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-5) at Kooyong.
>
> Federer, who will play the winner of today's match between Swiss
> Olympic team-mate Stanislas Wawrinka and Chilean Fernando Gonzalez,
> said Verdasco should now be considered a real threat at Grand Slam
> level.
>
> "He seems like he's playing more consistently and he's got that big
> shot that everybody is scared of. So he's got that going for him,"
> Federer said.
>
> "I think he's got confident more and more, so that he can hang with
> normal players and occasionally beat the top players.
>
> "The Grand Slam level, I guess it comes down a lot to mental and
> physical as well. I think this is what he has to prove this year."
>
> Former world No1 Carlos Moya is certain his compatriot, who lost to
> Radek Stepanek in last week's Brisbane final to continue his rise to
> world No15, can challenge for a major title.
>
> "Verdasco, I think he's a really top guy," Moya said.
>
> "He has the tennis inside of him to be a top 10 player.
>
> "Now he has to believe in himself. And once he does he can become a
> very dangerous player and one of the top guys."
>
> It is self-belief Verdasco, 25, who is dating Ana Ivanovic and met the
> King of Spain following the Davis Cup victory in December, says is the
> difference between now and last year.
>
> "With the Davis Cup it was a great moment for me, a lot of confidence
> after that tie also, because it was really tough," Verdasco said.
>
> "In this position I was thinking different than in other years. All
> the things and all the motivation, believing in myself much more, and
> I think that is the key.
>
> "I'm so motivated in this 2009 to be top 10 for the first time. And I
> will try so hard. I will do my best to be there and I'm already
> practising so hard, trying all that I can to be there. And I will not
> stop until I am there."

"...Verdasco, 25, who is dating Ana Ivanovic..."

Lucky guy.