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Date: 10 Feb 2009 15:12:39
From:
Subject: Simon Reed: All over for Federer?
Simon Reed: All over for Federer?
Eurosport - Tue, 10 Feb 15:31:00 2009

Will Roger Federer ever win another Grand Slam? Eurosport commentator
Simon Reed kicks off his new blog by asking if it's all over for the
Swiss star.

More StoriesMurray peeved at doping controls
Jankovic blasts Federer
It's been over a week since Roger Federer lost the final of the
Australian Open, and still all anybody wants to talk about is if it's
the beginning of the end for him.

His trouble started with a mysterious illness at the beginning of last
year, leaving him weak and allowing him to get picked off not just by
the likes of Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, but also by Mardy Fish and
several others.

Doubt crept in - subconsciously, perhaps, but doubt nonetheless, and
it seems like he's still struggling to get past it, despite playing
some incredible tennis in Melbourne.

Before the tournament I had Federer as a distant third favourite -
with Nadal and Murray neck-and-neck - but it was Roger who showed that
at his best he is still the best in the world.

He can make Nadal look silly, Murray look silly, anyone look silly...
but for all his brilliance, and his ability to be ruthless against
lesser players, he alternated great performances with poor ones.

More worrying than that, though, is that there's now no doubt that he
has real problems pulling the trigger against Nadal - and Andy Murray
too for that matter.

Why? Well, I think that sometimes it just feels like there's no plan B
with Roger - other than to play still more amazing shots. But under
fifth-set pressure, with a stiff arm and against the very best in the
world, those shots just don't come off like they do in the first set
or two.

What's the answer? Maybe he should start looking for a good mental
game coach, because building his confidence by playing the same events
as Nadal and looking to beat him on a regular basis won't work for
him: only the Grand Slams matter to Roger these days.

Such is his focus on the Slams that I saw him at Abu Dhabi - an event
which Murray and Nadal were both taking very seriously - and he was
actually playing around and practising shots during matches.

Breaking Pete Sampras's record is everything to him now.

But unless something changes soon, and with the possible exception of
Wimbledon, he's simply not going to win another Grand Slam.

- - - - - - -

It's easy to look at Andy Murray's early exit in Melbourne and think
that he must be disappointed at having gone out relatively early - but
I really believe there's more to it.

I saw him around the place a lot and interviewed him several times,
and to me he looked very under the weather: as if he'd really picked
up a nasty virus. If I'm right, then it's all credit to him that he
didn't say a word about it.

Even still, it was a tight match anyway, one that Murray was winning
for a long time until Verdasco caught fire - and Verdasco is in the
form of his life anyway, and went on to give Nadal a heck of a match
later in the tournament.

I still believe that Andy wasn't right when he went into that match -
he had a massive cold sore on his face, his legs looked leaden, and
when you're talking about tennis at that level then a bug can make a
critical difference of a few per cent.

Had he over trained and weakened his immune system? I've heard people
suggest it, but only Andy knows how he felt.

Either way, it's really part of his maturing process that he refused
to blame the defeat on anything other than meeting an opponent who
played better on the day.

As for Verdasco? Well, I've always thought that a leopard can't change
his spots - and he's always had a reputation as a bit of a playboy. In
fact I've even seen him in action out on the town, getting girls'
phone numbers - he's as quick off the court as he is on it!

But last year he trained with Agassi's former fitness coach Gil Reyes,
a fearsome taskmaster who takes no prisoners. He survived the
experience, and has become a much better player for it. He's certainly
better than Novak Djokovic.

If he doesn't become a top-five player by the end of the year then
you'll know that something has gone wrong.

Simon Reed's exclusive blog will be right here every Tuesday and
Friday - come back at the end of the week to find out why he thinks
this could be the year Serena Williams wins the Grand Slam.




 
Date: 11 Feb 2009 08:33:57
From:
Subject: Re: Simon Reed: All over for Federer?
> >> Simon Reed was the worst of the Eurosport British commentators years
> >> ago, when I listened it in English much more than now. Now they have
> >> such a big team, that there could be someone even worse.
>
> >Chris Bradnam?
>
> Is that the cricket guy again? =A0:-)

Not quite - though if Bradnam was describing Bradman no doubt he would
just say "STUNNING!!"

>
> >Sam Smith?
>
> Sam Smith, what I have heard, has actually been pretty good. But I
> don't listen to them much these days, and they have such a big team,
> that I don't always know who is commentating. Always used to think
> Frew McMillan has a great understanding of all aspects of tennis and
> things related to tennis, and together with David Mercer they made the
> best team.

Sam Smith isn't that bad, it's just she has an annoying pseudo-
American accent, and continually talks up the ladies game as if
everyone is on the edge of their seat about it (understandable I
suppose)

McMillan is very sharp, even though sometimes he is a bit
schoolmasterish.

David Mercer seems like a nice guy, but I find him fairly bland.


 
Date: 11 Feb 2009 06:48:20
From:
Subject: Re: Simon Reed: All over for Federer?
> >If he doesn't become a top-five player by the end of the year then
> >you'll know that something has gone wrong.
>
> Simon Reed was the worst of the Eurosport British commentators years
> ago, when I listened it in English much more than now. Now they have
> such a big team, that there could be someone even worse.

Chris Bradnam?
Sam Smith?
Greg Rusedski (studio analyst)?

Reed used to commentate on basketball in the 1980s I remember. He is
the brother of the late actor Oliver and nephew of the film director
Carol Reed.





  
Date: 11 Feb 2009 17:04:40
From: Sakari Lund
Subject: Re: Simon Reed: All over for Federer?
On Wed, 11 Feb 2009 06:48:20 -0800 (PST), gregorawe@hotmail.com wrote:

>> >If he doesn't become a top-five player by the end of the year then
>> >you'll know that something has gone wrong.
>>
>> Simon Reed was the worst of the Eurosport British commentators years
>> ago, when I listened it in English much more than now. Now they have
>> such a big team, that there could be someone even worse.
>
>Chris Bradnam?

Is that the cricket guy again? :-)

>Sam Smith?

Sam Smith, what I have heard, has actually been pretty good. But I
don't listen to them much these days, and they have such a big team,
that I don't always know who is commentating. Always used to think
Frew McMillan has a great understanding of all aspects of tennis and
things related to tennis, and together with David Mercer they made the
best team.





 
Date: 11 Feb 2009 16:35:23
From: Sakari Lund
Subject: Re: Simon Reed: All over for Federer?
On Tue, 10 Feb 2009 15:12:39 -0800 (PST), Arancione@selin.com wrote:

>Simon Reed: All over for Federer?
>Eurosport - Tue, 10 Feb 15:31:00 2009
>
>Will Roger Federer ever win another Grand Slam? Eurosport commentator
>Simon Reed kicks off his new blog by asking if it's all over for the
>Swiss star.
>
> More StoriesMurray peeved at doping controls
>Jankovic blasts Federer
>It's been over a week since Roger Federer lost the final of the
>Australian Open, and still all anybody wants to talk about is if it's
>the beginning of the end for him.
>
>His trouble started with a mysterious illness at the beginning of last
>year, leaving him weak and allowing him to get picked off not just by
>the likes of Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, but also by Mardy Fish and
>several others.
>
>Doubt crept in - subconsciously, perhaps, but doubt nonetheless, and
>it seems like he's still struggling to get past it, despite playing
>some incredible tennis in Melbourne.
>
>Before the tournament I had Federer as a distant third favourite -
>with Nadal and Murray neck-and-neck - but it was Roger who showed that
>at his best he is still the best in the world.
>
>He can make Nadal look silly, Murray look silly, anyone look silly...
>but for all his brilliance, and his ability to be ruthless against
>lesser players, he alternated great performances with poor ones.
>
>More worrying than that, though, is that there's now no doubt that he
>has real problems pulling the trigger against Nadal - and Andy Murray
>too for that matter.
>
>Why? Well, I think that sometimes it just feels like there's no plan B
>with Roger - other than to play still more amazing shots. But under
>fifth-set pressure, with a stiff arm and against the very best in the
>world, those shots just don't come off like they do in the first set
>or two.
>
>What's the answer? Maybe he should start looking for a good mental
>game coach, because building his confidence by playing the same events
>as Nadal and looking to beat him on a regular basis won't work for
>him: only the Grand Slams matter to Roger these days.
>
>Such is his focus on the Slams that I saw him at Abu Dhabi - an event
>which Murray and Nadal were both taking very seriously - and he was
>actually playing around and practising shots during matches.
>
>Breaking Pete Sampras's record is everything to him now.
>
>But unless something changes soon, and with the possible exception of
>Wimbledon, he's simply not going to win another Grand Slam.
>
>- - - - - - -
>
>It's easy to look at Andy Murray's early exit in Melbourne and think
>that he must be disappointed at having gone out relatively early - but
>I really believe there's more to it.
>
>I saw him around the place a lot and interviewed him several times,
>and to me he looked very under the weather: as if he'd really picked
>up a nasty virus. If I'm right, then it's all credit to him that he
>didn't say a word about it.
>
>Even still, it was a tight match anyway, one that Murray was winning
>for a long time until Verdasco caught fire - and Verdasco is in the
>form of his life anyway, and went on to give Nadal a heck of a match
>later in the tournament.
>
>I still believe that Andy wasn't right when he went into that match -
>he had a massive cold sore on his face, his legs looked leaden, and
>when you're talking about tennis at that level then a bug can make a
>critical difference of a few per cent.
>
>Had he over trained and weakened his immune system? I've heard people
>suggest it, but only Andy knows how he felt.
>
>Either way, it's really part of his maturing process that he refused
>to blame the defeat on anything other than meeting an opponent who
>played better on the day.
>
>As for Verdasco? Well, I've always thought that a leopard can't change
>his spots - and he's always had a reputation as a bit of a playboy. In
>fact I've even seen him in action out on the town, getting girls'
>phone numbers - he's as quick off the court as he is on it!
>
>But last year he trained with Agassi's former fitness coach Gil Reyes,
>a fearsome taskmaster who takes no prisoners. He survived the
>experience, and has become a much better player for it. He's certainly
>better than Novak Djokovic.
>
>If he doesn't become a top-five player by the end of the year then
>you'll know that something has gone wrong.

Simon Reed was the worst of the Eurosport British commentators years
ago, when I listened it in English much more than now. Now they have
such a big team, that there could be someone even worse.

>Simon Reed's exclusive blog will be right here every Tuesday and
>Friday - come back at the end of the week to find out why he thinks
>this could be the year Serena Williams wins the Grand Slam.

Because she won the AO?


 
Date: 11 Feb 2009 00:51:49
From: RahimAsif
Subject: Re: Simon Reed: All over for Federer?
On Feb 11, 2:29=A0am, "*skriptis" <skrip...@post.t-com.hr > wrote:
> "RahimAsif" <RahimA...@gmail.com> wrote in message
>
> news:d9066ef0-a449-447b-b147-3db9fed83b43@n33g2000pri.googlegroups.com...
> On Feb 10, 5:12 pm, Aranci...@selin.com wrote:
>
>
>
> > Simon Reed: All over for Federer?
> > Eurosport - Tue, 10 Feb 15:31:00 2009
>
> > Will Roger Federer ever win another Grand Slam? Eurosport commentator
> > Simon Reed kicks off his new blog by asking if it's all over for the
> > Swiss star.
>
> > More StoriesMurray peeved at doping controls
> > Jankovic blasts Federer
> > It's been over a week since Roger Federer lost the final of the
> > Australian Open, and still all anybody wants to talk about is if it's
> > the beginning of the end for him.
>
> > His trouble started with a mysterious illness at the beginning of last
> > year, leaving him weak and allowing him to get picked off not just by
> > the likes of Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, but also by Mardy Fish and
> > several others.
>
> > Doubt crept in - subconsciously, perhaps, but doubt nonetheless, and
> > it seems like he's still struggling to get past it, despite playing
> > some incredible tennis in Melbourne.
>
> > Before the tournament I had Federer as a distant third favourite -
> > with Nadal and Murray neck-and-neck - but it was Roger who showed that
> > at his best he is still the best in the world.
>
> > He can make Nadal look silly, Murray look silly, anyone look silly...
> > but for all his brilliance, and his ability to be ruthless against
> > lesser players, he alternated great performances with poor ones.
>
> > More worrying than that, though, is that there's now no doubt that he
> > has real problems pulling the trigger against Nadal - and Andy Murray
> > too for that matter.
>
> > Why? Well, I think that sometimes it just feels like there's no plan B
> > with Roger - other than to play still more amazing shots. But under
> > fifth-set pressure, with a stiff arm and against the very best in the
> > world, those shots just don't come off like they do in the first set
> > or two.
>
> > What's the answer? Maybe he should start looking for a good mental
> > game coach, because building his confidence by playing the same events
> > as Nadal and looking to beat him on a regular basis won't work for
> > him: only the Grand Slams matter to Roger these days.
>
> > Such is his focus on the Slams that I saw him at Abu Dhabi - an event
> > which Murray and Nadal were both taking very seriously - and he was
> > actually playing around and practising shots during matches.
>
> > Breaking Pete Sampras's record is everything to him now.
>
> > But unless something changes soon, and with the possible exception of
> > Wimbledon, he's simply not going to win another Grand Slam.
>
> > - - - - - - -
>
> > It's easy to look at Andy Murray's early exit in Melbourne and think
> > that he must be disappointed at having gone out relatively early - but
> > I really believe there's more to it.
>
> > I saw him around the place a lot and interviewed him several times,
> > and to me he looked very under the weather: as if he'd really picked
> > up a nasty virus. If I'm right, then it's all credit to him that he
> > didn't say a word about it.
>
> > Even still, it was a tight match anyway, one that Murray was winning
> > for a long time until Verdasco caught fire - and Verdasco is in the
> > form of his life anyway, and went on to give Nadal a heck of a match
> > later in the tournament.
>
> > I still believe that Andy wasn't right when he went into that match -
> > he had a massive cold sore on his face, his legs looked leaden, and
> > when you're talking about tennis at that level then a bug can make a
> > critical difference of a few per cent.
>
> > Had he over trained and weakened his immune system? I've heard people
> > suggest it, but only Andy knows how he felt.
>
> > Either way, it's really part of his maturing process that he refused
> > to blame the defeat on anything other than meeting an opponent who
> > played better on the day.
>
> > As for Verdasco? Well, I've always thought that a leopard can't change
> > his spots - and he's always had a reputation as a bit of a playboy. In
> > fact I've even seen him in action out on the town, getting girls'
> > phone numbers - he's as quick off the court as he is on it!
>
> > But last year he trained with Agassi's former fitness coach Gil Reyes,
> > a fearsome taskmaster who takes no prisoners. He survived the
> > experience, and has become a much better player for it. He's certainly
> > better than Novak Djokovic.
>
> > If he doesn't become a top-five player by the end of the year then
> > you'll know that something has gone wrong.
>
> > Simon Reed's exclusive blog will be right here every Tuesday and
> > Friday - come back at the end of the week to find out why he thinks
> > this could be the year Serena Williams wins the Grand Slam.
> >Verdasco is "certainly better" than Novak Djokovic? What is he smoking?
>
> Extreme case of "ceibs".
>
> Verdasco had a good run at AO, apparently that's enough to forget that
> Djokovic won 2 out of the last 6 major tennis titles (slams+yec).

Agreed...


 
Date: 10 Feb 2009 23:58:41
From: RahimAsif
Subject: Re: Simon Reed: All over for Federer?
On Feb 10, 5:12=A0pm, Aranci...@selin.com wrote:
> Simon Reed: All over for Federer?
> Eurosport - Tue, 10 Feb 15:31:00 2009
>
> Will Roger Federer ever win another Grand Slam? Eurosport commentator
> Simon Reed kicks off his new blog by asking if it's all over for the
> Swiss star.
>
> =A0More StoriesMurray peeved at doping controls
> Jankovic blasts Federer
> It's been over a week since Roger Federer lost the final of the
> Australian Open, and still all anybody wants to talk about is if it's
> the beginning of the end for him.
>
> His trouble started with a mysterious illness at the beginning of last
> year, leaving him weak and allowing him to get picked off not just by
> the likes of Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, but also by Mardy Fish and
> several others.
>
> Doubt crept in - subconsciously, perhaps, but doubt nonetheless, and
> it seems like he's still struggling to get past it, despite playing
> some incredible tennis in Melbourne.
>
> Before the tournament I had Federer as a distant third favourite -
> with Nadal and Murray neck-and-neck - but it was Roger who showed that
> at his best he is still the best in the world.
>
> He can make Nadal look silly, Murray look silly, anyone look silly...
> but for all his brilliance, and his ability to be ruthless against
> lesser players, he alternated great performances with poor ones.
>
> More worrying than that, though, is that there's now no doubt that he
> has real problems pulling the trigger against Nadal - and Andy Murray
> too for that matter.
>
> Why? Well, I think that sometimes it just feels like there's no plan B
> with Roger - other than to play still more amazing shots. But under
> fifth-set pressure, with a stiff arm and against the very best in the
> world, those shots just don't come off like they do in the first set
> or two.
>
> What's the answer? Maybe he should start looking for a good mental
> game coach, because building his confidence by playing the same events
> as Nadal and looking to beat him on a regular basis won't work for
> him: only the Grand Slams matter to Roger these days.
>
> Such is his focus on the Slams that I saw him at Abu Dhabi - an event
> which Murray and Nadal were both taking very seriously - and he was
> actually playing around and practising shots during matches.
>
> Breaking Pete Sampras's record is everything to him now.
>
> But unless something changes soon, and with the possible exception of
> Wimbledon, he's simply not going to win another Grand Slam.
>
> - - - - - - -
>
> It's easy to look at Andy Murray's early exit in Melbourne and think
> that he must be disappointed at having gone out relatively early - but
> I really believe there's more to it.
>
> I saw him around the place a lot and interviewed him several times,
> and to me he looked very under the weather: as if he'd really picked
> up a nasty virus. If I'm right, then it's all credit to him that he
> didn't say a word about it.
>
> Even still, it was a tight match anyway, one that Murray was winning
> for a long time until Verdasco caught fire - and Verdasco is in the
> form of his life anyway, and went on to give Nadal a heck of a match
> later in the tournament.
>
> I still believe that Andy wasn't right when he went into that match -
> he had a massive cold sore on his face, his legs looked leaden, and
> when you're talking about tennis at that level then a bug can make a
> critical difference of a few per cent.
>
> Had he over trained and weakened his immune system? I've heard people
> suggest it, but only Andy knows how he felt.
>
> Either way, it's really part of his maturing process that he refused
> to blame the defeat on anything other than meeting an opponent who
> played better on the day.
>
> As for Verdasco? Well, I've always thought that a leopard can't change
> his spots - and he's always had a reputation as a bit of a playboy. In
> fact I've even seen him in action out on the town, getting girls'
> phone numbers - he's as quick off the court as he is on it!
>
> But last year he trained with Agassi's former fitness coach Gil Reyes,
> a fearsome taskmaster who takes no prisoners. He survived the
> experience, and has become a much better player for it. He's certainly
> better than Novak Djokovic.
>
> If he doesn't become a top-five player by the end of the year then
> you'll know that something has gone wrong.
>
> Simon Reed's exclusive blog will be right here every Tuesday and
> Friday - come back at the end of the week to find out why he thinks
> this could be the year Serena Williams wins the Grand Slam.

Verdasco is "certainly better" than Novak Djokovic? What is he smoking?


  
Date: 11 Feb 2009 09:29:13
From: *skriptis
Subject: Re: Simon Reed: All over for Federer?

"RahimAsif" <RahimAsif@gmail.com > wrote in message
news:d9066ef0-a449-447b-b147-3db9fed83b43@n33g2000pri.googlegroups.com...
On Feb 10, 5:12 pm, Aranci...@selin.com wrote:
> Simon Reed: All over for Federer?
> Eurosport - Tue, 10 Feb 15:31:00 2009
>
> Will Roger Federer ever win another Grand Slam? Eurosport commentator
> Simon Reed kicks off his new blog by asking if it's all over for the
> Swiss star.
>
> More StoriesMurray peeved at doping controls
> Jankovic blasts Federer
> It's been over a week since Roger Federer lost the final of the
> Australian Open, and still all anybody wants to talk about is if it's
> the beginning of the end for him.
>
> His trouble started with a mysterious illness at the beginning of last
> year, leaving him weak and allowing him to get picked off not just by
> the likes of Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, but also by Mardy Fish and
> several others.
>
> Doubt crept in - subconsciously, perhaps, but doubt nonetheless, and
> it seems like he's still struggling to get past it, despite playing
> some incredible tennis in Melbourne.
>
> Before the tournament I had Federer as a distant third favourite -
> with Nadal and Murray neck-and-neck - but it was Roger who showed that
> at his best he is still the best in the world.
>
> He can make Nadal look silly, Murray look silly, anyone look silly...
> but for all his brilliance, and his ability to be ruthless against
> lesser players, he alternated great performances with poor ones.
>
> More worrying than that, though, is that there's now no doubt that he
> has real problems pulling the trigger against Nadal - and Andy Murray
> too for that matter.
>
> Why? Well, I think that sometimes it just feels like there's no plan B
> with Roger - other than to play still more amazing shots. But under
> fifth-set pressure, with a stiff arm and against the very best in the
> world, those shots just don't come off like they do in the first set
> or two.
>
> What's the answer? Maybe he should start looking for a good mental
> game coach, because building his confidence by playing the same events
> as Nadal and looking to beat him on a regular basis won't work for
> him: only the Grand Slams matter to Roger these days.
>
> Such is his focus on the Slams that I saw him at Abu Dhabi - an event
> which Murray and Nadal were both taking very seriously - and he was
> actually playing around and practising shots during matches.
>
> Breaking Pete Sampras's record is everything to him now.
>
> But unless something changes soon, and with the possible exception of
> Wimbledon, he's simply not going to win another Grand Slam.
>
> - - - - - - -
>
> It's easy to look at Andy Murray's early exit in Melbourne and think
> that he must be disappointed at having gone out relatively early - but
> I really believe there's more to it.
>
> I saw him around the place a lot and interviewed him several times,
> and to me he looked very under the weather: as if he'd really picked
> up a nasty virus. If I'm right, then it's all credit to him that he
> didn't say a word about it.
>
> Even still, it was a tight match anyway, one that Murray was winning
> for a long time until Verdasco caught fire - and Verdasco is in the
> form of his life anyway, and went on to give Nadal a heck of a match
> later in the tournament.
>
> I still believe that Andy wasn't right when he went into that match -
> he had a massive cold sore on his face, his legs looked leaden, and
> when you're talking about tennis at that level then a bug can make a
> critical difference of a few per cent.
>
> Had he over trained and weakened his immune system? I've heard people
> suggest it, but only Andy knows how he felt.
>
> Either way, it's really part of his maturing process that he refused
> to blame the defeat on anything other than meeting an opponent who
> played better on the day.
>
> As for Verdasco? Well, I've always thought that a leopard can't change
> his spots - and he's always had a reputation as a bit of a playboy. In
> fact I've even seen him in action out on the town, getting girls'
> phone numbers - he's as quick off the court as he is on it!
>
> But last year he trained with Agassi's former fitness coach Gil Reyes,
> a fearsome taskmaster who takes no prisoners. He survived the
> experience, and has become a much better player for it. He's certainly
> better than Novak Djokovic.
>
> If he doesn't become a top-five player by the end of the year then
> you'll know that something has gone wrong.
>
> Simon Reed's exclusive blog will be right here every Tuesday and
> Friday - come back at the end of the week to find out why he thinks
> this could be the year Serena Williams wins the Grand Slam.

>Verdasco is "certainly better" than Novak Djokovic? What is he smoking?


Extreme case of "ceibs".

Verdasco had a good run at AO, apparently that's enough to forget that
Djokovic won 2 out of the last 6 major tennis titles (slams+yec).




  
Date: 11 Feb 2009 08:02:50
From: Stapler
Subject: Re: Simon Reed: All over for Federer?
"RahimAsif" <RahimAsif@gmail.com > wrote in message
news:d9066ef0-a449-447b-b147-3db9fed83b43@n33g2000pri.googlegroups.com...
>>>Verdasco is "certainly better" than Novak Djokovic? What is he
>>>smoking?<<<


Yeah let's see Hot Sauce win a big title first.



 
Date: 10 Feb 2009 15:15:13
From:
Subject: Re: Simon Reed: All over for Federer?
http://eurosport.yahoo.com/1002200958/simon-reed-federer.html