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post #1 of 371
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Oh snizzzap!

Nadal has just withdrawn with knee tendinitis. Is this Federer's tourney to lose or do you see someone else winning it?

My prediction: Federer-Roddick final where Roddick wins. Call me crazy.

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post #2 of 371
Yeah, no.

Roddick is the player I, as well as many others, like to call "the woulda coulda" player, just based on the fact that if Federer hadn't come along, he would've won a lot more slams.

Honestly? The best we'll ever see Roddick, in terms of serve, forehand, backhand, was this year's French Open.

He played well. No denying it. Just kind of horrible that he had to play Monfils.
post #3 of 371
I always feel bad for Roddick. He's a really good player, and every year he goes and reconstructs his game, works on his weaknesses, maintains his strengths, devises new strategies, comes to the Australian Open in fantastic form, plays brilliantly until he comes up against Federer who just annihilates him, and then the year is basically over for him. He always does well, I always hope he'll win, but after his first humiliating defeat to Roger for the year, it seems his confidence is lost.

In the past, I would say that Wimbledon would be Federer's tournament to take, but lately he's been all over the place, and even with Nadal out, I wouldn't call it a sure thing.

I definitely don't see a Roddick-Federer Final. I'd like to see Murray do well. An Englishman winning Wimbledon, wouldn't that be something!
post #4 of 371
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In the past, I would say that Wimbledon would be Federer's tournament to take, but lately he's been all over the place, and even with Nadal out, I wouldn't call it a sure thing.

The enormous pressure of having to chase the 14th title is now gone.

Federer can play however he wants. He has nothing to lose. #1 ranking? Nope. All he has to do is just play like he normally does on grass.

He made it to the Wimbledon finals without much threat, if I recall correctly.
post #5 of 371
Hes a contender for sure, a favorite to win even. I'd like him to win it actually, I am a fan of his. But even with the pressure off, he's unpredictable. I'd love to be proven wrong about that though.
post #6 of 371
I agree that he's unpredictable.

A couple of years back, it was normal routine for Federer to breeze through to the finals of every Open, and then take it. His best playing was in 2006/2007.

I honestly thought that Nadal would take the French. After almost losing to Haas, Fed came back in. He had the same situation with Del Potro.

In the end, I think that even though he may lose a set or two, he wins over his opponent based on mental edge. Watch the Haas and Del Potro matches to really see it.

That Monfils match was really embarrassing, considering how well Monfils was playing to that point.
post #7 of 371
Federer wins this easy.
post #8 of 371
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Federer won't breeze through; he's pretty much mercurial now with his age showing just ever so slightly. There are games where it seems like he's just not mentally there, spraying forehands on many important points (though if I remember correctly he's been hitting more forehand winners than errors in his FO matches).

Also his problem is that Wimbledon's courts have gotten a lot slower, so his slice backhand isn't as effective, though I'm sure he'll find a way to make his chip returns hell to deal with. Also his forehand slice is gonna be sick for this surface.

As for Roddick, I just believe that he is due for some reason. He has actually been playing very well this season, and has improved his backhand tremendously. However, if he could only learn to place his serves better! I'm really hoping for a Roddick-Murray semi, which I think could be a great, great match. It is the perfect contrast in terms of playing style.

Furthermore, Roddick will benefit the most out of all the players if there's a lot of rain during Wimbledon. Hard serve up the middle and short return-->forehand winner will work! Especially against Federer who will try to chop back every backhand return.
post #9 of 371
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Federer can play however he wants. He has nothing to lose. #1 ranking? Nope. All he has to do is just play like he normally does on grass.


If Federer makes it to the semi finals he'll regain the #1 ranking, due to the fact that Nadal will lose points for not playing.
post #10 of 371
I'd like to see a Murray-Federer final, with Murray winning. I think that's quite likely to, even if I am a bit biased...
post #11 of 371
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Anyone watch the Sharapova-Dulko match? Pretty hot.

Cilic-Querry match was pretty awesome too.
post #12 of 371
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I'd like to see a Murray-Federer final, with Murray winning. I think that's quite likely to, even if I am a bit biased...

This would be great
post #13 of 371
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Anyone watch the Sharapova-Dulko match? Pretty hot.
Saw it for like 5 mins. Did not expect Sharapova to fall so early.
post #14 of 371
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Hewitt beating del Potro was pretty crazy.

Wozniaki-Kirilenko was Both are so beautiful.
post #15 of 371
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I'd like to see Murray do well. An Englishman winning Wimbledon, wouldn't that be something!

Don't let Murray hear you say that; he's Scottish.
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