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vtmike
04-04-2009, 08:52 AM
A couple of interesting articles about Federer's current state:-

“Roger, drop Davis Cup!”
~ By Boris Becker

Roger Federer is in the most difficult phase of his career. Here’s what “Ex-Tennis-Crack” Boris Becker advises to the multiple Laureus World Sportsman winner.

This phase that Roger Federer is in is not easy. I can feel what is happening. But I’m convinced that it’s not a crisis. It’s much more a pure Nadal complex.

Federer is motivated, he radiates joy when playing. This was seen in Melbourne. He was superior to his opponents, played freely. And then came Nadal. I can see it, he visibly cramps up. This is due to Roger’s lack of experience playing against players who can meet him eye-to-eye.

Federer was untouchable for many years. He didn’t know this situation of having a real opponent. Suddenly, Nadal appeared in Paris. And this was probably an ‘Aha!’ experience for both. Someone came from zero to a hundred into his kingdom and now this person has even defeated Roger on a hard court. Such defeats sit deep.

For me one of the worst defeats was in the semifinals at Roland Garros, when I clearly led against Stefan Edberg before he took me in the fifth set. That stayed with me. It took a while for me to process it. Young challengers are tough to overcome mentally. When I saw Sampras rising at Wimbledon, I brooded over the situation for a long time. It was almost like a midlife crisis for me, you start thinking that he is younger, faster, unspent. You focus everything on that one player and how to play him, no longer playing instinctively, thinking too much.

Like Federer in Melbourne. He broke immediately, but lost his service again. That was an exclamation point of nervousness. But I am convinced that Nadal is not shortening Roger’s career, but will extend it. For Federer it must have been boring to play against players of the caliber of Hewitt and to win every time. He is an intelligent player who can learn, train even harder.

Borg lost Wimbledon to McEnroe once and then stopped. But Federer sees it as a challenge. What he needs to change is his attitude towards Nadal. I’m always surprised at how nice he is. He can like him off the court but only there. On court he needs to be aware and needs to think: “He cost me the last three or four Grand Slams. Without him I would have long been the greatest in history. He wants to take something away from me. Today he is my worst enemy. And I am his.”

I am convinced that Federer remains motivated. If he eventually starts being eliminated in the semis on a regular basis then he will not be motivated any longer. But as he has been in the last four major finals and has won one of these, this is far from a crisis.

He needs to set priorities. This means that he should leave the Davis Cup. I also did the same, and in Germany they nearly crucified me. But that same year, I became number 1 in the world - and everyone was satisfied.

http://www.gototennisblog.com/2009/03/02/boris-becker-coaches-roger-federer-rafael-nadal-is-your-worst-enemy/

vtmike
04-04-2009, 08:57 AM
It’s been fun to speculate about Roger Federer’s coaching situation. We’ve explored all options, including Mirka, Darren Cahill, Brad Gilbert and recently, Boris Becker. But we’ve overlooked one major fact: Roger Federer already has a (kind of) coach. That man is Swiss Davis Cup Captain Severin Luthi - friend and long time coach/travel buddy to Federer. He’s in Birmingham, Alabama right now with his Roger-depleted Davis Cup team, and took the time to answer some questions (in German) via live chat. He talks about Roger’s chances at Roland Garros, his strategy against Nadal and if the recent snow storm in Alabama will be to the Swiss team’s advantage.


Q. Do you think Roger Federer is the best player the world has ever seen?

Lüthi:. I hope that he’s considered the best in history one day, but right now we’re about winning more Majors and beating Pete’s record.

Q. What’s Roger doing now?

Lüthi:. Training and preparing for Indian Wells and Miami.

Q. Can Switzerland win Davis Cup without Federer?

Lüthi:. We always believe it, but first let’s look at the first round (against the U.S.A.). And we want to win! Even if we are not the favorites. We have not traveled here to lose.

Q. Roger seems blocked at certain stages against players like Nadal, Murray and Simon. Could Peter Lundgren help psychologically, as he did in other transitional phases of Roger’s career? He and Roger made it back then, why not today?

Lüthi: I do not think at the moment that Peter is an option. He’s working with Dimitrov, a very talented young player.

Q: How do you see the rivalry between Federer and Nadal? Does Federer have a “Nadalkomplex”? How else to explain his uncertainty in matches against Nadal?

Lüthi: A complex, it is not. One must simply see that Nadal plays on an incredibly high level and dominates against almost everyone. In Australia and Wimbledon, Roger has two matches which he can win again, another time.

Q. Who on the DC team is the best at ping pong?

Lüthi: (after much deliberation) It is a very delicate issue. The winner is not always the same. We need a play off. Chiudi (Marco Chiudinelli), Stephen (Bohli) and Rog are mostly in the Leader group, but Stan (Wawrinka) and I make their lives difficult.

Q. The precise, deep slice in different lengths and speeds would be an effective variant against Nadal. Federer dominates that shot like no other, I think. In Melbourne, Roger showed that too little. Topspin duels against Nadal are not a good tactic. What do you think?

Lüthi: From the outside, it might look more simple than it is. But try once to play an aggressive slice on Nadal’s topspin. If the slice is too passive, Nadal dominates the point completely afterwards.

Q. Did Roger make the right choice in skipping Davis Cup?

Lüthi: For him, it is the right decision, because he wants to prevent injury to his body and have many more years of top performance. As Davis Cup Captain, it is of course a pity that he can not be here. But all of the team understands his decision.

Q. Do you believe that Roger can really win Roland Garros?

Lüthi: Absolutely!

Q. Do you think the season is over for Nadal, physically?

Lüthi: One should not underestimate Nadal. It’s been said for years that he has is physically problems. But he wins his games more easily than before and can thus save energy. It is clear, however, that his game is physically complex.

Q: It’s snowed in Alabama! I hope you can use this as a “home” advantage! Do the players feel comfortable in the environment?

Lüthi: We feel very comfortable. We are in a super nice hotel, and have a Swiss chef to cater to our every desire.

http://www.gototennisblog.com/2009/03/04/roger-federers-real-coach-dont-underestimate-nadal/

AprilFool
04-04-2009, 09:01 AM
"..no longer playing instinctively, thinking too much..."

I've noticed in these meltdown matches that when it appears he has lost the match he resumes playing well for a while. This happened yesterday when he was down two breaks in the third and then suddenly produces a love service game.

GameSampras
04-04-2009, 09:08 AM
I think its obvious Roger is not the best player ever at this point. Why is this question even asked to people. Hes not even the best player of his generation

vtmike
04-04-2009, 09:13 AM
I think its obvious Roger is not the best player ever at this point. Why is this question even asked to people. Hes not even the best player of his generation

Please don't make this a thread about "Greatest of All Time"...We have beaten that horse to death and there really is nothing more to talk about...If you think Sampras is the GOAT then good for you!! Now just STFU about the GOAT talk already!!

GameSampras
04-04-2009, 09:16 AM
Please don't make this a thread about "Greatest of All Time"...We have beaten that horse to death and there really is nothing more to talk about...If you think Sampras is the GOAT then good for you!! Now just STFU about the GOAT talk already!!

LOL... What are u gonna do about it. You have a problem with my posts just put me on the ignore list pal

vtmike
04-04-2009, 09:21 AM
LOL... What are u gonna do about it. You have a problem with my posts just put me on the ignore list pal

My profile pic is esp for people like you! ;)

PS: I actually like Sampras but can't stand you!

AprilFool
04-04-2009, 09:23 AM
Correct me if I am wrong but didn't Sampras lose quite a lot of matches on his way to 14 slams? Which part do people refer to when considering Pete?

leonidas1982
04-04-2009, 09:29 AM
Correct me if I am wrong but didn't Sampras lose quite a lot of matches on his way to 14 slams? Which part do people refer to when considering Pete?

I believe the difference is how one handles adversity. As our parents told us when we were younger: how one handles adversity strongly conveys one's real personality.

TheNatural
04-04-2009, 09:35 AM
so Becker wants Fed to stop playing Davis cup which Fed rarely ever plays anyway? great suggestion!

JoshDragon
04-04-2009, 09:45 AM
A couple of interesting articles about Federer's current state:-

“Roger, drop Davis Cup!”
~ By Boris Becker

Roger Federer is in the most difficult phase of his career. Here’s what “Ex-Tennis-Crack” Boris Becker advises to the multiple Laureus World Sportsman winner.

This phase that Roger Federer is in is not easy. I can feel what is happening. But I’m convinced that it’s not a crisis. It’s much more a pure Nadal complex.

Federer is motivated, he radiates joy when playing. This was seen in Melbourne. He was superior to his opponents, played freely. And then came Nadal. I can see it, he visibly cramps up. This is due to Roger’s lack of experience playing against players who can meet him eye-to-eye.

Federer was untouchable for many years. He didn’t know this situation of having a real opponent. Suddenly, Nadal appeared in Paris. And this was probably an ‘Aha!’ experience for both. Someone came from zero to a hundred into his kingdom and now this person has even defeated Roger on a hard court. Such defeats sit deep.

For me one of the worst defeats was in the semifinals at Roland Garros, when I clearly led against Stefan Edberg before he took me in the fifth set. That stayed with me. It took a while for me to process it. Young challengers are tough to overcome mentally. When I saw Sampras rising at Wimbledon, I brooded over the situation for a long time. It was almost like a midlife crisis for me, you start thinking that he is younger, faster, unspent. You focus everything on that one player and how to play him, no longer playing instinctively, thinking too much.

Like Federer in Melbourne. He broke immediately, but lost his service again. That was an exclamation point of nervousness. But I am convinced that Nadal is not shortening Roger’s career, but will extend it. For Federer it must have been boring to play against players of the caliber of Hewitt and to win every time. He is an intelligent player who can learn, train even harder.

Borg lost Wimbledon to McEnroe once and then stopped. But Federer sees it as a challenge. What he needs to change is his attitude towards Nadal. I’m always surprised at how nice he is. He can like him off the court but only there. On court he needs to be aware and needs to think: “He cost me the last three or four Grand Slams. Without him I would have long been the greatest in history. He wants to take something away from me. Today he is my worst enemy. And I am his.”

I am convinced that Federer remains motivated. If he eventually starts being eliminated in the semis on a regular basis then he will not be motivated any longer. But as he has been in the last four major finals and has won one of these, this is far from a crisis.

He needs to set priorities. This means that he should leave the Davis Cup. I also did the same, and in Germany they nearly crucified me. But that same year, I became number 1 in the world - and everyone was satisfied.

http://www.gototennisblog.com/2009/03/02/boris-becker-coaches-roger-federer-rafael-nadal-is-your-worst-enemy/

Federer has been losing to players other than Nadal for the past two years. He has a poor record against Andy Murray and doesn't play his very best tennis during most of his matches. I think Fed's problems extend beyond Nadal at this point, he doesn't have the same belief that he once did.

Tennis_Maestro
04-04-2009, 09:49 AM
Fact of the matter is .. Federer is the most talented player the game has ever seen, but as he is so mentally weak it makes finding him as the best player ever seen, as hard to draw upon.

Most talented - Yes
Best - No

Part of a great tennis player is their mental strength.

vtmike
04-04-2009, 09:51 AM
Federer has been losing to players other than Nadal for the past two years. He has a poor record against Andy Murray and doesn't play his very best tennis during most of his matches. I think Fed's problems extend beyond Nadal at this point, he doesn't have the same belief that he once did.

Yes but all those problems stemmed from the fact that he has constantly been losing GS finals and important matches to Nadal...which obviously resulted in a complete lack of confidence and spilled over other top 3 guys

JoshDragon
04-04-2009, 09:51 AM
Fact of the matter is .. Federer is the most talented player the game has ever seen, but as he is so mentally weak it makes finding him as the best player ever seen, as hard to draw upon.

Most talented - Yes
Best - No

Part of a great tennis player is their mental strength.

Let's not turn this into a GOAT debate.

vtmike
04-04-2009, 09:53 AM
Let's not turn this into a GOAT debate.

I agree...No more of the same old GOAT debates!

Azzurri
04-04-2009, 10:01 AM
My profile pic is esp for people like you! ;)

PS: I actually like Sampras but can't stand you!

keep bragging, cuz maybe someone, someday will make a complaint and it will be removed. It is easily an offensive Avatar, you need to STFU.

vtmike
04-04-2009, 10:05 AM
keep bragging, cuz maybe someone, someday will make a complaint and it will be removed. It is easily an offensive Avatar, you need to STFU.

One Sampras fanboy coming to the rescue of another Sampras fanboy...why am I not surprised :roll:

JoshDragon
04-04-2009, 10:08 AM
One Sampras fanboy coming to the rescue of another Sampras fanboy...why am I not surprised :roll:

Azzurri, is not just a fan boy. I've talked with him before, he's cool.:)

CyBorg
04-04-2009, 10:09 AM
I think its obvious Roger is not the best player ever at this point. Why is this question even asked to people. Hes not even the best player of his generation

He was by far the best player for four years in a row (2004-2007).

swedechris
04-04-2009, 10:15 AM
Boris Boom Boom Becker.. hmm. he suggests Fed should not think too much and try to follow his instincts more again. In the case of Boris, doing that led to some problems with a girl somewhere in London and i think most know the rest of that story.

Hope Mirka does get Fed away from Boris asap...LOL

Azzurri
04-04-2009, 10:24 AM
One Sampras fanboy coming to the rescue of another Sampras fanboy...why am I not surprised :roll:

thanks for noticing.

Azzurri
04-04-2009, 10:25 AM
He was by far the best player for four years in a row (2004-2007).

yes, greatest 4 years in the history of tennis (at least since 1968).

vtmike
04-04-2009, 10:25 AM
thanks for noticing.

Your welcome

veroniquem
04-04-2009, 10:33 AM
Federer has been losing to players other than Nadal for the past two years. He has a poor record against Andy Murray and doesn't play his very best tennis during most of his matches. I think Fed's problems extend beyond Nadal at this point, he doesn't have the same belief that he once did.
I totally agree. Why do we see all those new articles focusing on Nadal when Federer has just been beaten by Djokovic? Federer is having trouble beating the very best younger players, it's not just Nadal at this point.

ruerooo
04-04-2009, 10:36 AM
so Becker wants Fed to stop playing Davis cup which Fed rarely ever plays anyway? great suggestion!

I know, right? That truly was kind of o_0

JoshDragon
04-04-2009, 10:46 AM
I totally agree. Why do we see all those new articles focusing on Nadal when Federer has just been beaten by Djokovic? Federer is having trouble beating the very best younger players, it's not just Nadal at this point.

Federer, is having problems with a lot of players right now. If he isn't able to solve the Murray problem than he will lose to him at the majors.

Lendl and Federer Fan
04-05-2009, 09:49 AM
No, Federer should just ignore all the tips or expert advices, just hire Brad Gilbert as the coach. BTW don't read any news, watch TV, or come here to read the comments here; just concentrate on his own game. Absolutely do not go see Sampras, that would remind him of Pete's stupid 14 GS record. In my opinion, it was a BIG mistake for Federer to play those exhibition matches with Pistol Pete in 2007 &2008. :wink::rolleyes::roll:

THUNDERVOLLEY
04-08-2009, 05:47 PM
Boris Boom Boom Becker.. hmm. he suggests Fed should not think too much and try to follow his instincts more again. In the case of Boris, doing that led to some problems with a girl somewhere in London and i think most know the rest of that story.


Boris as a former great player knows his stuff....


.....as for his personal life? Eh. One woman today, two tomorrow....all in good fun! :)

FEDERER>buttpicker.
04-08-2009, 09:00 PM
federer dont need no coaching. he is the greatest. everyone else is just jealous.