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Pete Sampras said Roger Federer is the “best tennis player ever”!

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After 5 sets with 30 games in the last set, Roger seemed subdued in triumph. As always low key and ever polite he took all kudos in stride, as if he knew that he was going to win all along, even when Roddick seemed in control of the match. If nothing else that makes him “great” I guess. Both players played a hell of a match and statistically Roger hit more winners than Andy so he deserved to win, but the margin was slim. After 4+ hours of play an unforced error by Roddick made the final difference and gave victory to Roger.

So I won’t question his greatness any more, whatever happens when Nadal comes back to possibly meet and beat Roger in the next US Open around 60 days from today. Way to go Roger!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/07/05 at 14:53

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This image was copied from an NY Times slideshow. It was titled “Evolution of a Champion” but IMHO it could have been “He ain’t physically right!”.

Now we have the confirmation of his not being physically right since he has pulled out of Wimbledon 2009 because of tendinitis in his knees. Yes, it’s a sad moment for all tennis fans.

Will he come back for the US Open? For the 2010 tennis season on whatever surface, hard, clay or grass?

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/06/19 at 13:13

A year ago it was Raf and Roger. Now it’s Raf, Roger or Andy

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Andy Murray
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This quote from an NY Times article explains what has happened in Grand Slam Tennis matches:

Rafael Nadal is no longer the only hobgoblin in Roger Federer’s closet. Andy Murray has taken up residence after extending his winning streak over Federer, the former master of men’s tennis, to four consecutive matches.

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Federer sat atop the world rankings for a record 237 consecutive weeks until his inability to beat Nadal bumped him to No. 2 in August. Nadal is 13-6 against Federer. But Murray is now 6-2, including those four consecutive victories since October. The assumption that Nadal and Federer will play for the championship of any important tournament no longer seems inevitable.

But Julian Barnes has written “There is nothing to be frightened of“. So take heart Roger, you are human  and you can be beaten on any given day, after all.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/03/29 at 04:47

If you stick to your passion long enuff, u 2 could be a world champion

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Lorne Main, a 76 yr old Canadian singles tennis world champ, is a legend in his own time and it’s now!

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There he is behind the wheel of his convertible that he uses to criss-cross Canada in search of the next over 75 tournament. Wow, I vaguely remembered his name and was astounded to hear his story on CBC Sunday Night. A real story of tennis success in Canada!

And here is the link to the canada.com version of his story!

Lorne, I’m sure you don’t have the time to read my blog, but let me say for the record that envy you a ton and I’m 73. Just a great story!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/11/30 at 19:20

Federer falls to Andy Murray’s tennis onslaught

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From BBC News text report of the 2008 Masters Cup match:

THIRD SET:

Murray 4-6 7-6 7-5 Federer
A double fault and a mis-hit brings up an eighth match point for Murray at 15-40. The Swiss world number two doesn’t look up for the fight this time – and he goes long. Murray wins the match and Federer is out of the Master Cup.

That’s it for Roger’s efforts in 2008. This time it seems that injury was a major contributor to his loss to Murray.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/11/14 at 07:21

Raf Nadal is not in Shanghai for the year end Masters Cup and now this

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He will not play for Spain in the Davis Cup!

Raf’s style of play is catching up with him and this is not a good sign for Men’s ATP Tour. But Andy Murray, Djokovic and del Potro will make hay while Nadal and Federer and Nadal seem to be unable to dominate in the way that Federer has over the past 5 some years.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/11/10 at 12:09

Raf Nadal will miss the last two tournaments of 2008

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Nadal vs Federer en la final de Roland Garros 2007

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I guess winning early cost a lot of his physical health and match readiness.

From AP:

MADRID, Spain (AP) — Rafael Nadal pulled out of the season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai on Monday, citing fatigue after a long season and the need to prepare for the Davis Cup final.

The world’s top-ranked player made the announcement on his Web site, describing his withdrawal as “one of the most difficult decisions in my career.”

Nadal, who won two Grand Slam titles and the Olympic gold medal this year as he supplanted Roger Federer at No. 1, said he was physically rundown.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/11/03 at 13:47