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A really solid first week

01.09.2013 | Tennis, Starseite 1

Roger enjoyed a confident 6-3, 6-0, 6-2 win over Adrian Mannarino (ATP 63) in the third round to round off a great first week at the US Open.

Roger faced just a single break point in the entire match against the Frenchman and was obviously very pleased with his performance after 81 minutes of play. "There's always a lot of pressure coming out here on this court to perform, because you never know if you're going to play well. Tonight was one of those nights."

Roger will now play the round of the last sixteen against Tommy Robredo (ATP 22). Our champ leads the head-to-head 10-0 and could then be in for a quarter-final against Rafael Nadal in the quarter

 
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09/03/2013 | 10:38 AM
@ SHIV08SPYDER & SDANU
Both of you seem to have kept your brain cool under this difficult situation & saying exactly what one RF fan should say now.
I also think the same as you & hope rising has just started, he will be no-6 after USO.
Hope our IDOL keeps it up & get a move on.
09/03/2013 | 10:29 AM
I strongly believe that Federer will be topping the most grandslams titles list, followed by Sampras and then everyone else, Nadal will be 13. It just looks right that way, the greatest players are those that made Wimbledon, the most exclusive grandslam, 'their backyard' and Nadal hasn't done that, and he never liked the serving of Sampras's era and made this public, so he will always see Sampras's name above his.
09/03/2013 | 10:23 AM
Sdanu - Roger has always had the bigger fan base than Nadal & really his records are unique in their own ways, Nadal is the same, to compare the two of them is just not possible, GOAT is a personal choice. Will Nadal get 17 or more, I don't think so, he will be 28 next May, has many points to defend and a slump is going to happen, no one is immune to the effects of having played so many matches over the many years. I think it will be at this time that Roger will make his last stand & win 2 slams
09/03/2013 | 08:38 AM
TO ALL MY FELLOW RF FANS

TO ALL THOSE WHO THINK RAFA IS GETTING CLOSER TO THE 'GOAT' STATUS.

Think about this ...

It Rafa is given Roger's racquet
and Roger is given Rafa's racquet,
whom do u think will play better tennis and ranked higher ??

I see Rafa ranked above 100 and Roger ranked below 20.

That shows Roger's sublime racquet skills and genius tennis brain.

AND ONLY ROGER IS WORTHY OF BEING CALLED THE GOAT.
09/03/2013 | 08:25 AM
SHIV08SPYDER
Wow.. Exactly what i thought.. Spot on !!!
Nice to talk to someone who observes the game as meticulously as i do !!

Yes. Roger was putting so much effort but was reaping very less dividends.

Yes. Roger's racquet head speed was so so high, that it looked so laboured and its only normal to mishit or overhit or shank more shots with a small racquet head by today's standards..

All other players are just lucky that Roger is still playing baseline game with old racquet.
09/03/2013 | 08:16 AM
Sdanu - when I watch Roger he looks like he is trying to hit the ball harder and harder and keep points short, but his old racquet is what is making him put in more physical effort, sometimes it looks abnormal, unnatural, like he is forcing the issue rather than having the confidence of a the bigger frame, more effortless power.I don't know if Fed likes technology, like Hawkeye but they have made the game better, so he should embrace new technology racquets just the same.
09/03/2013 | 08:05 AM
Dear Roger,
It is sad that you lost your match but you played really well against Tommy Robredo. The score can be much better, you did everything but it is just not enough for winning the match.
09/03/2013 | 08:02 AM
SHIV08SPYDER

Now that is what the experts (Sampras, Roman Prokes, Paul Annacone) say.
I agree with u 100%.

Roger is losing a tiny bit of movement and hand eye coordination due to his aging which is perfectly normal for a human being who has played the MOST NUMBER OF matches of ALL THE EXISTING ACTIVE PLAYERS ON TOUR.

Roger has done an EXCELLENT JOB OF GETTING BACK INTO SHAPE BY HEALING HIS BACK.

Now its up to the coach and the experts to convince Roger to get the best equipment .
09/03/2013 | 07:55 AM
FEDFHURER

Roger is 32 years old which NOT young enough to play a such a physically demanding game that tennis has become today.

At 32 years, your limbs hurt , your lungs hurt and the player CANNOT BE PUSHED TO THE LIMITS THAT HE WAS PUSHED TO WHEN HE WAS 25 YEARS OLD.
ITS A FACT.

If you push a 32 year old around the practice courts and gym too much, then he WILL GET INJURED.

PAUL ANNACONE UNDERSTOOD THIS VERY WELL AND
SO HE SUGGESTED ROGER TO UPGRADE HIS RACQUET
WHICH IS THE BEST
09/03/2013 | 07:55 AM
I said Roger would lose early and it would be the final nail in the coffin for the old racquet. It is now time to take all 20 something old racquets, go to Wilson and say, 'Please may I have a credit note for these?' There is no going back to the old racquet ever again....sure it gave you success in your prime but the time to change is upon you and we pray that you do. I mean Nike is already supporting you, 'Just Do It'.
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