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Satch
06-08-2008, 12:16 PM
So do you think he has become more aggressive (since last year RG final), he now stands closer to the baseline (he used to stand 2-3 meters behind), also his FH have much more depth, and a little less spin, also much more pace.

Also Fedex said this:
“He no longer plays short balls, the way he did in the past. You can no longer attack him on his forehand, the way I could in the past,” said Federer, now 6-11 overall against Nadal, 1-9 on clay. “He is getting much more aggressive, and it’s becoming much more difficult.”

Anyway, this style is a killer, really amaizing.

Whay do you think? :???:

babbette
06-08-2008, 12:22 PM
can you please post the full transcript? I can't find it anywhere. I can't find Nadal's either.:oops:

MichaelNadal
06-08-2008, 12:37 PM
Thats whats so cool about it.... his balls were always very effective but short so he must have thought.... hey, why dont I stand in closer? And boy is it ever working.

tricky
06-08-2008, 12:42 PM
Yeah, it's a reflection of his continuing experience with playing on hard court surfaces. He started to play this style during Wimbledon last year, playing a more offensive game (i.e. coming over) and especially using his BH (great angles, if not depth) to take you off the court. The one thing that people hadn't been picking up the past 2 clay seasons is how Nadal's been cutting down the time it takes him to finish points and sets.

Joker plays a similar game (high percentage shots but on the rise of his opponent), and that is partially why he stood in there longer than Federer. But Nadal is more effective from both wings when it's clay.

Basically, I think Federer's strategy has been correct. Forcing Nadal into a North-South game theoretically cuts off his passing shots and at least enables you the possibility to finish the point with a winner. It's also inherently a strategy that is not suited for clay, regardless of whether you use a SW grip or a Wstern grip, whether you use a 1H BH or a 2 hander. And Federer has historically resisted playing this style on slow surface, including during his tenure with Roche.

BUT, given the alternative of playing a lateral grinder game, you almost have to do it. Federer on his best day, playing a true East-West game, trying to control the center of the court and force his opponent to generate errors, probably cannot beat Nadal on clay now. He covers the baseline better than anybody else on tour. When you pull him on his BH side, that just enables him to hit a BH shot with even more ludicrious CC angle. If you bite on a Nadal moon ball, you have to try to pass him immediately, otherwise, he'll exploit your position and hit to the opposite court.

Federer's mindset now is that he can beat Nadal on clay only in the sense of playing a true offensive game where he literally makes low percentage shot after shot to win points. Push Nadal back; finish him off early. Unfortunately, the last time Federer played like this was before his dominant era.

That all said, I actually enjoyed how Federer played during the FO. Come Wimbledon, he's going to kick a lot of ***.

NikeWilson
06-08-2008, 12:47 PM
Nadal's confidence is growing stronger. Clay is his ultimate surface.
Fed is losing confidence with each passing year.

Satch
06-08-2008, 12:54 PM
can you please post the full transcript? I can't find it anywhere. I can't find Nadal's either.:oops:

http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news;_ylt=AuYTc3QfBJ3Guz0in7YsMng4v7YF?slug=ap-frenchopen&prov=ap&type=lgns

flyer
06-08-2008, 12:56 PM
yeah absolutely is getting better, and yes hes much more agressive, when he first came up he used to run around 10 ft behind the baseline and track down as many balls as possible until his opontent hit and error, now he dictates play and still have the defense when he needs it but is great at the transition game, backhand, at net, and serves bigger....its scary

Djokovic and Nadal are getting better, Federer has kind of maxed out on his potential, thats why he will be passed by both, not because hes lost it but because Nadal and Djokovic have not only caught him, but will soon surpass him

David L
06-08-2008, 01:29 PM
can you please post the full transcript? I can't find it anywhere. I can't find Nadal's either.:oops:
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Transcribed Interview

Q. That couldn't have been what you envisioned when you walked onto the court.

ROGER FEDERER: No, not really. I was hoping for a better outcome, no doubt, you know. But Rafa played well today, made it hard for me, and, yeah, was better. It was a tough loss, but I tried and I hoped, and it wasn't enough.

Q. Has he improved since this day one year ago, and have you gone off?

ROGER FEDERER: I mean, I think he's played a terrific tournament, you know. He's dominated everybody he played these last two weeks, you know. I mean, I definitely think he's improved.

I always had that feeling, you know, he's playing, you know, quite differently to the first time we played here in Paris in the semifinals. He's much better on defense, much better on offense, you know.

When you, you know, really cannot play your game and he can, you know, play exactly what he wants from the baseline, well, you end up with scores like this sometimes. It's tough for the opponent, obviously.

Q. Commiserations, Roger. It's 3‑All in the second set. You have that break point to go ahead 4‑3, and Nadal hits that dropshot. You chase it down. You look to just flick a backhand winner, but unfortunately you net. You don't win another game thereafter. I mean, that was a pivotal game, wasn't it?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, looking back, it was. I didn't think it was going to happen when I missed that backhand, you know, into the net. But what can you do? You know, I mean, I guess that was my best chance. But if that would have completely turned the match, I don't know.

Didn't come real close today so it's disappointing, because I really thought I was playing well the last few weeks and months. And where I've come from, you know, the last, you know, last half year or so, I think, you know, I'm still very ‑‑ we're very pleased, you know, with the efforts I've put in, you know.

So to lose the way I did today, it's obviously hard and it's a rough loss, but it's ‑‑ it's okay. I'll move on from here, and I'll try again next year.

Q. There was almost some 50 unforced errors, approximately, that you did. Do you think that's because of some overconcentration that worked against you, or is it just that what we call unforced errors, the way Nadal's balls bounce, you disliked them? Like, what made these unforced errors that were so numerous?

ROGER FEDERER: Um, look, doesn't matter now what happened, you know. I mean, the match is over; clay court season is over. I'm just here to answer some questions, not to analyze the match. I wish it was a different outcome.

I wish it could have, you know, gotten off to a better start, like maybe the last few years, but today Rafa was supreme, so it was hard.

Q. If there is a key reason in your mind for what happened, and could you name it?

ROGER FEDERER: I didn't get the beginning.

Q. If there is some key reason in your mind for what happened...

ROGER FEDERER: What kind of reason?

Q. Key reason.

ROGER FEDERER: Key reason. Excuse me, okay.

Q. For what happened, could you name it? This thing that happened today, what is it going to mean for you in the next future?

ROGER FEDERER: I mean, key for me is the way Rafa played. I mean, no doubt he played excellent. He hardly made unforced errors, and when he's on the attack, he's lethal.

On the defense, he had some, I mean, unbelievable shots, you know. I can only praise him for the level of play he's had for the last two weeks and today again under pressure.

It's not like it's easy for him either. He handles it very well. To come up with a performance like this under pressure shows what a great champion he is.

For me, I mean, it's been a good tournament. I still go out of this tournament, you know, with a positive mindset. You know, not with a mindset, Oh, my God, you know, I had no chance today. I mean, I had a little chance in the second set. Okay.

But, you know, it doesn't matter now. I mean, I'm going to look forward to grass. I think the second half of the season, hopefully, is going to be better than the first.

Q. Does the magnitude of something like this shake your belief that you can win this title?

ROGER FEDERER: Sure. I mean, after a loss like this you don't want to play Rafa again tomorrow, that's for sure, you know. You hope to be here again next year, and you probably assume that Rafa is going to be here, also.

It doesn't make it easier, you know. But I still believe that with the right mindset, with the hard work I'm going to be able to put in hopefully, you know, without hiccups, like what I had in December and February where I unfortunately missed out on, you know, key practice, you know.

I hope that that's going to maybe help me again for next year to be even better than this year. But, I mean, I still feel like I'm improving, you know. Same counts for him. So let's see what happens again next year this time.

Q. When you do play again in possibly four weeks today, will you have still have the psychological edge, do you think? Or do you think maybe that's changed after today?

ROGER FEDERER: Um, look, I mean, I've beaten Rafa 6‑Love in a set. I've beaten him in finals before. I've beaten him also quite comfortably on previous reasons. Didn't really give me the edge on clay against him, you know.

I haven't lost on grass for, what is it, five years now, six years? I still definitely feel very strong about my chances and being the big favorite, you know, going into grass. You know, it's so far away, grass and clay, that losing in four or five or, you know, no chance like today, I don't think it has a big effect on me mentally.

Q. Will you play in Halle?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, yeah, I'm scheduled to play.

Q. Roger, you're by miles the second best clay court on earth. At the end of this long clay court season and this incessant talk about Rafa, are you a little bit relieved the clay court season is over?

ROGER FEDERER: No. I mean, the tough part about the clay is, let's say the first three or four weeks, you know. Not that enjoyable, you know, because everybody is just talking about Paris, everything is just, you know, this big hype. I mean, it's nice to be part of it. It means you're playing well. It is a little bit much at times.

But when sort of the French Open comes around everything sort of calms down. You focus on your section. You know, you're only sort of doing press every second day which sort of helps, as well.

Now I'm much more relaxed than maybe, you know, one month back where I don't think it's that enjoyable for us players sometimes.

Q. Beyond that, your peers look at you as an extraordinary player. Do you look at Rafa as an extraordinary player on clay?

ROGER FEDERER: Sure. I mean, it's not first time I'm saying that. I'm giving him plenty of compliments. Yeah, I don't know what to tell you.

Q. At this stage in your career, do you still have sort of the capacity for moral victories? Or do you pretty much just go into a tournament, and if you're not winning the trophy it's not fully satisfying?

ROGER FEDERER: No. I mean, like ‑‑ I mean, the tournament has been good for me. I mean, I go out of this tournament thinking, you know, I tried everything I could. You know, I put myself in the position. But Rafa was better today, you know.

So I do find ways to stay positive even though I don't win the tournament, you know. You know, especially when you end up losing sometimes, victory is so much better, you know. On clay, you know, it's been tough on all of us, you know.

But I stayed very strong and, you know, in my mind, you know, trying to put myself over and over again in the same position and playing Rafa. I could lose every time in the semifinals and tell myself I don't want to face him in the finals, but I've been strong and I've been tough, and I made my way there. That gives me great, great feeling, you know, a good satisfaction.

Then, of course, I hope I can play better when I play Rafa or, you know, that he maybe doesn't play so well. But, you know, like today, it's hard to play against him. It was hard for everybody who faced him these last two weeks. But for me, you know, I go out and I'm positive. It doesn't always need to be a victory to go out in a positive mindset.

David L
06-08-2008, 01:30 PM
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Q. Are you going to continue working with Josť Higueras?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah. I mean, we spoke about it briefly at the beginning of Paris, you know. He's going to come to Halle with me, and he's also going to be in Wimbledon. It's something we're going to speak about the next few weeks, you know.

But I've given the request that he should consider what weeks he wants to join me for the rest of the year, so we'll see how it goes.

Q. Rafa's offensive skills are obviously improving, but do you believe that still on this surface great defense beats great offense?

ROGER FEDERER: Look, I mean, he's ‑‑ I mean, I don't know if it's got that much to do with great offense or great defense, it's just his movement on clay. It's just better than the rest.

I mean, I've always said it three years ago already: He plays like two forehands from the baseline, you know, because he has an open stance on both sides. I can't do that, so I lose a meter or two here and there from the baseline. So he's got a huge advantage in this aspect, you know.

I don't know how he grew up doing that, you know, but it's definitely ‑‑ I think that's very difficult, and maybe he's got the great advantage as well that in his normal life he's right handed by nature and not a lefty.

But his forehand is great, you know, and he's very tough mentally. He hardly misses, and when he goes on the offensive, he plays it close to the line. So he's got a very good clay court game.

Q. What do you think that today Rafa did better than usual? And what do you think that you did worse than usual? I mean, to explain what happened, because the score, of course, is particularly strange, no?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, yeah. I mean, of course it's a tough result, you know. But I guess, you know, when somebody of us plays very well, it's hard to stop the other opponent. Sometimes you get, I guess, results like this. Unfortunately, for the fans, you know, I wish I could have put in a better match, you know.

But I mean he ‑‑ he was good today. That's all I can say. No more I need to add.

THE MODERATOR: French questions, please.

Q. Do you still think you can win Roland Garros?

ROGER FEDERER: Yes.

Q. Are you sure?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, if you want me to answer no if that makes you happy, then no. Choose the answer. I said yes. (laughter.)

Q. The fans were very much on your side today. How did you feel about it?

ROGER FEDERER: On the points I won, yes, but there were not that many. This is why I really hoped I could do better today, because I thought the fans could be an asset for me if the match was getting close.

But I never managed to be close enough to Rafa in the match to give the fans an opportunity to join in, so it's my mistake.

Q. When did you become aware, when did you realize, that you had to play an excellent Nadal?

ROGER FEDERER: I think he started off very well. I don't think I served bad today. My serve was okay. But he made huge progress returning my serve, and I had many difficulties taking the lead with my serve, even more than usual.

I think this is what cost me the match, because when I can win my serve, then I always have an opportunity on his serve. But when he keeps on breaking you like this, it's very difficult when I was two sets down, 4‑Love. I mean, I realized there was nothing I could do.

Q. Is it more difficult to lose on such a score, or do you just accept you have a guy who can do just anything on the court?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, right now I'd say it's easier to lose this way as today, because all along the match you realize that there is nothing you can do. You're not going to win.

I think it was the same thing for him, and this is probably why his reaction was not as intense as it usually is. That's because of the result. It's always more difficult when you lose when you really could have won. Today I lost, and I lost, clearly.

Q. He is always much better than you on clay. Is he getting closer to you on grass?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, we just played each other once on grass in Wimbledon. We played each other quite a few times on clay. I don't think we've had many matches on hard surfaces this year, but he is improving as a player.

I improved, as well, this year. But I think I had to work harder to come back to my usual level after I had this disease. It was a bit difficult for me at the beginning of this year. This is probably why I lacked practice. It's a lot like for him two, three years ago when he had been injured, and you know, I was coming back.

So you need to put more effort to reach this level, and this is what I had to do. So it's a great satisfaction for me too, that I reached a final.

Of course, defeat is difficult today. I also feel how much Rafa has progressed on clay, but we'll see in the future if he is stronger on grass or on hard surfaces.

Q. Is it possible for anybody to defeat Nadal in Roland Garros? We have a feeling that this is getting tougher and tougher for everybody.

ROGER FEDERER: Of course it's tough. But you want to believe it, and this is what I tried to do. This is what I tried to do. But, I mean, the way he played today made it very difficult.

He has wonderful, awesome sensations here in Roland Garros. He has never been defeated. The only time he wasn't there was because he was injured, so, yeah. Many players should think about defeating Rafa, because I don't think many of them do that, do think about defeating Nadal.

Q. Imagine it's 2009 and this little fairy comes to you and says, You're going to win one tournament, but you have to choose: Wimbledon or Roland Garros. Which one?

ROGER FEDERER: I don't want to answer these stupid questions anymore. They're too stupid.

Q. But why?

ROGER FEDERER: Because I want to win at everything. I have no preference.

Q. You talked about your disease and the problems you had at the beginning of this season, and all the hard work you had to put in to come back to your best level. Many times during this tournament you said that you felt you were at 100% of your physical abilities. Now tell us the truth. Weren't you lying a bit to us about that? And do you genuinely feel at the top level, the level you were at before your disease?

ROGER FEDERER: Honestly, yes. I felt good today from a physical standpoint, but things turned out a bit more difficult for me than usual. He no longer plays short balls as he did in the past. You can no longer attack him on his forehand, as I could in the past. He is getting much more aggressive, and it's becoming much more difficult.

I tried to fight him physically speaking and points were not difficult for me, but he was just much stronger than me today. I didn't want to give him any free points, but it's got nothing to do with mental state or physical state. He was just stronger today.

Q. You're still No. 1. That's good.

ROGER FEDERER: Thank you. I'm happy you say so.

Q. But do you feel competition from younger players?

ROGER FEDERER: Yes and no. I played young players and all the players ‑‑ I mean, players older than me, but they were stronger, like Hewitt and such when I came on the tour. I had to play Agassi, Roddick, Ferrero, and then there was Rafa. Now there's Djokovic coming up. He was playing semifinals in Grand Slam tournaments this year, so yes and no.

So it's motivating to see all these young players coming up. It's a challenge, but I'm quite confident the second half of the season is going to be better than the first, and this is why I want to focus on grass now.

We'll see later what happens for the ranking. It's true that Rafa has played very well so far, but the clay season is over, so let's see what happens.

http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2008-06-08/200806081212942624771.html

ACE of Hearts
06-08-2008, 01:32 PM
Everyone has already put this guy on his grave.Can u wait till the end of the year?All you trolls dont know ******** about tennis.There are 2 slams still left!!!

pound cat
06-08-2008, 01:35 PM
And in the palace the king sits on his throne wearing his royal robes, holding the spoils of war.

http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/photo;_ylt=At4VVN3Oljz3dKns7ZjoTe0gv7YF?slug=d5671 aced3c64c83b160e8e753da88f9.france_tennis_french_o pen_xrog180&prov=ap

robin7
06-08-2008, 01:37 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news;_ylt=AuYTc3QfBJ3Guz0in7YsMng4v7YF?slug=ap-frenchopen&prov=ap&type=lgns
ďHe dominated from the first point until the end,Ē said Federer, who hadnít lost a 6-0 set since 1999, and hadnít won fewer than 5 games in a match since 2002. ďItís the strongest Rafa that Iíve ever seen. He was more dominant than the previous years.Ē

The above basically summarises the article.

deme08
06-08-2008, 01:38 PM
Yeah, it's a reflection of his continuing experience with playing on hard court surfaces. He started to play this style during Wimbledon last year, playing a more offensive game (i.e. coming over) and especially using his BH (great angles, if not depth) to take you off the court. The one thing that people hadn't been picking up the past 2 clay seasons is how Nadal's been cutting down the time it takes him to finish points and sets.

Joker plays a similar game (high percentage shots but on the rise of his opponent), and that is partially why he stood in there longer than Federer. But Nadal is more effective from both wings when it's clay.

Basically, I think Federer's strategy has been correct. Forcing Nadal into a North-South game theoretically cuts off his passing shots and at least enables you the possibility to finish the point with a winner. It's also inherently a strategy that is not suited for clay, regardless of whether you use a SW grip or a Wstern grip, whether you use a 1H BH or a 2 hander. And Federer has historically resisted playing this style on slow surface, including during his tenure with Roche.

BUT, given the alternative of playing a lateral grinder game, you almost have to do it. Federer on his best day, playing a true East-West game, trying to control the center of the court and force his opponent to generate errors, probably cannot beat Nadal on clay now. He covers the baseline better than anybody else on tour. When you pull him on his BH side, that just enables him to hit a BH shot with even more ludicrious CC angle. If you bite on a Nadal moon ball, you have to try to pass him immediately, otherwise, he'll exploit your position and hit to the opposite court.

Federer's mindset now is that he can beat Nadal on clay only in the sense of playing a true offensive game where he literally makes low percentage shot after shot to win points. Push Nadal back; finish him off early. Unfortunately, the last time Federer played like this was before his dominant era.

That all said, I actually enjoyed how Federer played during the FO. Come Wimbledon, he's going to kick a lot of ***.


Thank you for a sensible and generally possitive post about Federer.

bluescreen
06-08-2008, 02:00 PM
"ROGER FEDERER: Because I want to win at everything. I have no preference."

best line of the interview.

drive
06-08-2008, 02:13 PM
"Q. Imagine it's 2009 and this little fairy comes to you and says, You're going to win one tournament, but you have to choose: Wimbledon or Roland Garros. Which one?

ROGER FEDERER: I don't want to answer these stupid questions anymore. They're too stupid."

hahahaha. Great Roger :)

TheTruth
06-08-2008, 02:15 PM
Worst question of the interview. Shameful!

Q. You talked about your disease and the problems you had at the beginning of this season, and all the hard work you had to put in to come back to your best level. Many times during this tournament you said that you felt you were at 100% of your physical abilities. Now tell us the truth. Weren't you lying a bit to us about that? And do you genuinely feel at the top level, the level you were at before your disease?

zagor
06-08-2008, 02:17 PM
That all said, I actually enjoyed how Federer played during the FO. Come Wimbledon, he's going to kick a lot of ***.

Thanks for this part,coming from a knowledgable poster like yourself this gives me hope as a Fed fan that he can win Wimbledon again.The rest of the post is great as well,helps me understand how Nadal developed his game over the last few years.

flyer
06-08-2008, 02:58 PM
Thanks for this part,coming from a knowledgable poster like yourself this gives me hope as a Fed fan that he can win Wimbledon again.The rest of the post is great as well,helps me understand how Nadal developed his game over the last few years.

Idk if you consider me knowledgeable but Im not so sure, I got to believe losing that badly means something, there a difference between a bad day and 61 63 60 if your Federer, and that it is a pretty rough blow to the confidence either way

Satch
06-08-2008, 03:02 PM
If i were Roger at this press conference i would throw a bomb on these ******** people who ask ******** questions.
too much questions IMO, i would just go home and let them f*ck themselfs.
You can see all the evil trough that Q's.

He is really a patient good guy, Roger is the man.

GO ROGER get the Wimbly and US...

zagor
06-08-2008, 03:10 PM
Idk if you consider me knowledgeable but Im not so sure, I got to believe losing that badly means something, there a difference between a bad day and 61 63 60 if your Federer, and that it is a pretty rough blow to the confidence either way

Well IMO Wimbledon will be very interesting this year with 3 major contenders Federer,Nadal,Djokovic and after them Roddick has the best chance.I think Federer would have been more mentally shaken if he had lost a close match(meaning he had the chance to win but it slipped away) as in this case he can just say too good and try to forget it(that's just my opinion,could be wrong).
Tricky is one of the most knowledgable posters here(I remember when he picked Djokovic in 3 over Federer in AO when very few people thought it would go that way),his posts are sometimes hard to understand(especially if english is not your first language like in my case)but if you take an effort to try to read his posts carefully and analyze them then there's a lot of tennis knowledge there IMO.So if he says Fed will do good at Wimbledon it certainly raises my hopes as a Fedfan.

flyer
06-08-2008, 04:56 PM
Well IMO Wimbledon will be very interesting this year with 3 major contenders Federer,Nadal,Djokovic and after them Roddick has the best chance.I think Federer would have been more mentally shaken if he had lost a close match(meaning he had the chance to win but it slipped away) as in this case he can just say too good and try to forget it(that's just my opinion,could be wrong).
Tricky is one of the most knowledgable posters here(I remember when he picked Djokovic in 3 over Federer in AO when very few people thought it would go that way),his posts are sometimes hard to understand(especially if english is not your first language like in my case)but if you take an effort to try to read his posts carefully and analyze them then there's a lot of tennis knowledge there IMO.So if he says Fed will do good at Wimbledon it certainly raises my hopes as a Fedfan.

fair enough, just so you know, i picked djokovic in three at the AO as well, won money on it actually ;-)

Nadal_Monfils
06-08-2008, 05:14 PM
Federer said he and Nadal only played once on grass, I guess he forgot about the 2006 Wimbledon.

Melissa
06-08-2008, 05:41 PM
I am a Nadal fan but have always recognized Fed's awesome tennis skills. After Fed's interview I am now a fan of his too.
Djokovich should have as much class and humility as either Nadal or Federer. The men's top three. Two men and a boy.
Hopefully Djok. will mature and I will be able to enjoy his person as well as the player.

zacinnc78
06-08-2008, 06:24 PM
if i had time id do it ....but...could somebody do a "you know "and "i mean" count from federers interviews?lol ...that would be an amazing number i think:)

jackson vile
06-08-2008, 06:32 PM
Worst question of the interview. Shameful!

Q. You talked about your disease and the problems you had at the beginning of this season, and all the hard work you had to put in to come back to your best level. Many times during this tournament you said that you felt you were at 100% of your physical abilities. Now tell us the truth. Weren't you lying a bit to us about that? And do you genuinely feel at the top level, the level you were at before your disease?

Did you see Roger? Guy looks deathly ill and then some, I hope he gets better. No BS I am serious

quest01
06-08-2008, 06:34 PM
If Nadal plays the way he did at RG, there is no doubt he will win Wimbledon. Also Federer was 100% healthy today against Nadal and he lost because he was simply outplayed.

whereisz
06-08-2008, 06:35 PM
Did you see Roger? Guy looks deathly ill and then some, I hope he gets better. No BS I am serious

Yea, he's so pale and seemed to lost weight compare to last year... no energy whatsoever during today's match.

MariaS
06-08-2008, 07:38 PM
He complimented Nadal a lot and didn't make up any silly excuses for his own playing. Got to admire Roger.
I've always thought of him as a gentleman and he was just that in his interview. :)

David L
06-08-2008, 09:51 PM
If Nadal plays the way he did at RG, there is no doubt he will win Wimbledon. Also Federer was 100% healthy today against Nadal and he lost because he was simply outplayed.Grass has nothing to do with clay. You cannot defend and hit open stance backhands on grass, the way you can on clay. Nadal will not look as impressive as he has during the clay season, but should do reasonably well on the other surfaces. He is just a different animal on clay.

TheTruth
06-08-2008, 11:24 PM
Did you see Roger? Guy looks deathly ill and then some, I hope he gets better. No BS I am serious

He doesn't look right. I don't remember him looking so thin. He's always been small, but he, I don't know, it's weird. I'll have to go back and look at some tapes, but his skin looked jaundiced. In the beginning when he was standing next to Nadal, I thought he usually looks more pinkish, now he looks a bit yellowish. I'll have to check it out though.

ta11geese3
06-08-2008, 11:53 PM
Thanks for the chat transcript! Good to see roger is as graceful as ever in his losses. And props to nadal (read some of his interviews)- a graceful champion also!

Satch
06-09-2008, 01:50 AM
He doesn't look right. I don't remember him looking so thin. He's always been small, but he, I don't know, it's weird. I'll have to go back and look at some tapes, but his skin looked jaundiced. In the beginning when he was standing next to Nadal, I thought he usually looks more pinkish, now he looks a bit yellowish. I'll have to check it out though.

I think the opposite way. Look at his belly, it looks bigger than before, that is why he can’t run as good as before. Federer got lazy, that's the fact.