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post #121 of 371
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After that, he can retire, take care of his son, and enjoy life after a highly successful tennis career.

How do you know it's a son? He and his wife have been keeping the gender secret.
post #122 of 371
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Wimbledon 2008 was hard for me to watch, because the way the match went, I had a gut feeling Nadal would take it. Seeing Federer lose and cry made me feel more pissed off than sad. The AO 2009 was even worse. I think Federer's whole mindset is based on his desire to be a self-reliant, self-made player. He refused the possibility of getting a new coach. In a way, he's very much arrogant (maybe even selfish/stubborn), but who isn't when he/she has been such an icon in tennis history? His more recent interviews have shown a little bit of his pride in his accomplishments. I think this is due in part to him being thrown down to #2, having the press hounding him as a soon-to-be retired player, and basically everybody pointing fingers saying that he will never be #1 again, as long as Nadal is present. Him explaining all his accomplishments etc. is a way for him to basically tell everybody that he's still in the game, still playing and fighting and that he's not going anywhere, as opposed to what the media said a couple of months back. Let's be honest; we all doubted his ability to play at his top level when he was losing badly. But maybe we were harder on him and placed more pressure on his shoulders because he's supposed to be #1, to beat anybody, and to defend his #1 title. Now that his confidence is at a high, I honestly think he deserves to show that. He's still playing, and I hope he wins a few more slams. After that, he can retire, take care of his son, and enjoy life after a highly successful tennis career.
Yeah I agree with pretty much everything you said here. I can understand how many people get rubbed the wrong way when they only hear snippets of his post-match press conference interviews where he's talking about his accomplishments. This is for the most part, where most of his quotations get reprinted, and a majority of the questions now are about his legacy and about his records. Very few questions are actually about his matches, IMO. After losing in Australia, getting demolished at the French Open, and losing Wimbledon, everyone was ready to write Federer off, despite his mono episode. For comparison, mono pretty much destroyed Mario Ancic's career, so the fact that Federer made the semifinals at the AO was an amazing feat, whether he actually had mono at that time or was recovering from it. All the people I know who've had mono were sick for about six months.
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For comparison, mono pretty much destroyed Mario Ancic's career, so the fact that Federer made the semifinals at the AO was an amazing feat, whether he actually had mono at that time or was recovering from it. All the people I know who've had mono were sick for about six months.

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post #124 of 371
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All the people I know who've had mono were sick for about six months.

I had mono a few years ago, was sick for only a single week and experienced none of the fatigue symptoms, just the acute symptoms (and how). But I was fortunate. It definitely hits some people a lot harder than that.

Mono or no, I found it a little strange how quick many people were after the '08 Wimbledon (and even moreso the '09 Australian Open) to begin talking, as if it were inevitable, of Nadal eventually surpassing Federer's achievements. Sure, he seemed to be on top of the world, but his playing style had been inviting injury for a long time. And now look at him. I give him another two, three years at the most.
post #125 of 371
Andy looks better than he usually does against Fed. He probably doesn't have a chance.... does he?
post #126 of 371
Just tuned in for that last point. Get the feeling if Fed pulled ahead, that could triggered something bad, however I would say Roddick's got a chance now.
post #127 of 371
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Booyah!
post #128 of 371
Well the 1st set is a pretty big victory, but then, Roger has lost first sets to Andy a bunch of times, and is still 18-2 against the guy, so until he gets that 2nd set, I wouldn't be TOO optimistic about his chances. You've got a lead in sets, you've got a chance...
post #129 of 371
Arod!
post #130 of 371
That was fun.
post #131 of 371
Roger is hitting for lines and missing them. This has been his problem vs. Nadal in recent majors, that and getting first serves in. His serve hasn't let him down yet, but he doesn't seem to have an advantage in rallies on Roddick's serve as he has in the past.
post #132 of 371
Set point... 2... 3... 4... Where will Andy go on his serve... 4 set points saved! Can't believe it! Set point Federer! THERE IT IS! SET! That was ridiculous!
post #133 of 371
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What a choke job.
post #134 of 371
The overhead was a bit of a choke but Roger won the rest of the points... give the guy credit.
post #135 of 371
I'm going to make breakfast now and come back when the third is at 5-5
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