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jevonclyde
06-08-2009, 07:11 AM
A commentator while interviewing Lleyton Hewitt after defeating Schwank at Queens, mentioned that Roddick, Djokovic, Andy Murray and Nadal didn't watch the match. Hewitt watched the last set and a half. Most guys said that they where practising.

If you where a top player, what would you have done? Watch or do something else?

Mick
06-08-2009, 07:14 AM
if i were a top player, i would rather spend the time playing a match or practicing my shots than to watch a match on tv.

ATXtennisaddict
06-08-2009, 07:21 AM
Most professional athletes don't like watching the sport they play. They prefer to relax or do something else.

Would you like to watch ppl do your job?

joeri888
06-08-2009, 07:33 AM
Most athletes like watching different sports better than their own. However, still.. If Roger is so popular as people say he is amongst his peers, why don't they watch? I can really understand Nadal not watching, and Murray and Djokovic don't seem Fed's best friends anyway, but I would expect guys like Safin and Wawrinka to defenitely watch.

Fedexeon
06-08-2009, 07:33 AM
I think Del Potro watched it. Haha.

scineram
06-08-2009, 07:55 AM
Woods watched it. Shouted on the TV.

sureshs
06-08-2009, 08:02 AM
I was also working on my own game. I only saw a recorded version.

gflyer
06-08-2009, 08:14 AM
if i were a top player, i would rather spend the time playing a match or practicing my shots than to watch a match on tv.

I agree with you in general, but that was not just "a match".
It was an historical milestone not only for Federer but for professional tennis in general.
I think if I were a top player for sure I would have watched it.

raiden031
06-08-2009, 08:20 AM
I don't blame them for not watching. You know what would be fun, to calculate how much money Federer has cost each of these players in prize money. :twisted:

eagle
06-08-2009, 08:22 AM
Like most including pros (I'm guessing), folks didn't watch it live but recorded it for viewing later.

I hardly watch anything live these days. This event is no exception. :)

r,
eagle

vtmike
06-08-2009, 08:23 AM
Most athletes like watching different sports better than their own. However, still.. If Roger is so popular as people say he is amongst his peers, why don't they watch? I can really understand Nadal not watching, and Murray and Djokovic don't seem Fed's best friends anyway, but I would expect guys like Safin and Wawrinka to defenitely watch.

Incorrect...The only person Federer has had issues with is Djokovic...

Max G.
06-08-2009, 08:25 AM
Not watch, of course.

It WAS just a match. For us fans perhaps it's more than that, we're watching and comparing to history... but if I were in the midst of it, I wouldn't be worried about history, I'd be worried about earning my paycheck tomorrow.

It's a lot more impressive to be able to say "I beat the guy who won all 4 Grand Slams the month after he won his french open" than it is to say "I watched the guy win his first french open." And to get to the former, you need to get your butt to the practice courts, ignore the history being made so you don't get overwhelmed by it, and work on your game.

theduh
06-08-2009, 08:26 AM
Doesn't matter if top players watch it or not, normally pros does not watch live tennis not unless if they are still in the tournament, needs to study someone before they play, or have nothing else to do.

jevonclyde
06-08-2009, 08:42 AM
Not watch, of course.

It WAS just a match. For us fans perhaps it's more than that, we're watching and comparing to history... but if I were in the midst of it, I wouldn't be worried about history, I'd be worried about earning my paycheck tomorrow.

It's a lot more impressive to be able to say "I beat the guy who won all 4 Grand Slams the month after he won his french open" than it is to say "I watched the guy win his first french open." And to get to the former, you need to get your butt to the practice courts, ignore the history being made so you don't get overwhelmed by it, and work on your game.

I agree with your point of view. I think a lot of guys in Federer's 'age group' or a (little) older would have watched and get a little overwhelmed (e.g.: Blake, Safin, Davydenko and Soderling). It's the younger guys who know their history but also know for a fact that they can beat Federer at this point in time and onwards (Nadal, Djokovic and Murray) weren't watching.

Personally, I think that I would also be working on my game. But I probably would check the score and statline a few times and watch tape or highlights of the match later on.

@all: Thanks for your thoughts

killer
06-08-2009, 08:51 AM
Not watch, of course.

It WAS just a match. For us fans perhaps it's more than that, we're watching and comparing to history... but if I were in the midst of it, I wouldn't be worried about history, I'd be worried about earning my paycheck tomorrow.

It's a lot more impressive to be able to say "I beat the guy who won all 4 Grand Slams the month after he won his french open" than it is to say "I watched the guy win his first french open." And to get to the former, you need to get your butt to the practice courts, ignore the history being made so you don't get overwhelmed by it, and work on your game.

Totally agree with you here, Max G. If you want to stay in contention, you can't focus too hard on how other players perform. If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best, and spending an afternoon watching some other guy (who you possibly have lost to en route) crown his career wouldn't do a lot to inspire you to beat them; it might just make them that much more intimidating to play against.

That being said, I am sure there were planty of players whose perspectives on Federer, as well as their sport, were changed/improved by the news of his victory. At the very least, I would think that you'd feel the sport you love is in a great place right now, with a tremendous amount of world-wide attention focussed on it and opportunities for future glory to come. Who wouldn't want to come out and play tennis? ALLEZ!!

scineram
06-08-2009, 09:04 AM
Incorrect...The only person Federer has had issues with is Djokovic...

Incorrect. Đoke and Murray are definately not his best friends.

vtmike
06-08-2009, 09:17 AM
Incorrect. Đoke and Murray are definately not his best friends.

So you think Nadal & Murray are best friends? or Nadal & Djokovic are best friends? or Murray and Djokovic are best friends?...Only a handful of players must be best friends...They just have a proffesional relationship...thats it.

What I was trying to point out is that Fed & Murray may not be best friends but as far as I know, they have never had issues unlike Fed & Djokovic...

malakas
06-08-2009, 09:20 AM
Right after the FO final Roddick made some comments on twitter so I think he watched.

joeri888
06-08-2009, 09:23 AM
Incorrect...The only person Federer has had issues with is Djokovic...

I don't think Federer really has 'issues' with either of them, but it doesn't really seem to me like Murray or Djokovic would be very glad for Federer. I think Murray's no. 2 ranking would be a lot more important to him than history being made. They are good sportsmen to one another, but they don't seem anywhere close to being friends.

kimbahpnam
06-08-2009, 09:23 AM
i'm sure they knew what the outcome would be anyway

NickH87
06-08-2009, 09:47 AM
Whats the beef between fed and djoker?

nikdom
06-08-2009, 09:59 AM
i'm sure they knew what the outcome would be anyway

That's more likely it. Plus everyone's concerned about their own mortgage payment. To you and me, its a sport, but its their livelihood remember?

killer
06-08-2009, 10:00 AM
It's no secret that there is no love lost between Federer and Djokovic; dating back to ND's victory at the 2008 semi (remember Djok's mother saying "the king is dead"?) through to the 2008 withdrawal in MC (wasn't it?) when Fed famously told Djok's box to "be quiet" when they were behaving inappropriatey. I have this feeling that Fed simply doesn't like Djokovic's habits; pulling out with injury is just not something you do at this level of sport unless you're genuinely f**ed. Being brash just doesn't jive.

As far as Murray goes, sure they aren't best friends, but at that level you can't really expect it. They do respect one another, however, as evidenced by Murray's comments at USO 08 and Fed's recent comment that he considers Murray the most difficult opponent to beat.

Just thought I'd share.

babbette
06-08-2009, 10:05 AM
rafa was looking estatic with his girlfriend during the final

http://i43.tinypic.com/1zok9qp.jpg

nikdom
06-08-2009, 10:09 AM
^^^^^^^^^^^ Looks more like a bored teenager life-guard at the local theme park to me!

:)

malakas
06-08-2009, 10:10 AM
rafa was looking estatic with his girlfriend during the final

I heard she was in FO this year,and when she comes to watch him he almost always loses,no?

babbette
06-08-2009, 10:11 AM
I heard she was in FO this year,and when she comes to watch him he almost always loses,no?

she was spotted before the tournament started but hard to say whether she was there during.

prattle128
06-08-2009, 10:13 AM
I don't blame them for not watching. You know what would be fun, to calculate how much money Federer has cost each of these players in prize money. :twisted:

figuring out just how much money roger has robbed people of would actually be so interesting to know haha.

tahiti
06-08-2009, 10:18 AM
rafa was looking estatic with his girlfriend during the final

http://i43.tinypic.com/1zok9qp.jpg

He's probably thinking.....man not the press again........:(

Camnation
06-08-2009, 10:28 AM
So you think Nadal & Murray are best friends? or Nadal & Djokovic are best friends? or Murray and Djokovic are best friends?...Only a handful of players must be best friends...They just have a proffesional relationship...thats it.
Actually I believe they've been friends since juniors.

malakas
06-08-2009, 10:36 AM
Actually I believe they've been friends since juniors.

yes.Murray and Djoker are indeed good friends.At least they used to be,I don't know about now.

P_Agony
06-08-2009, 10:41 AM
I think Del Potro watched it. Haha.

I wouldn't be surprised to even see some tears of joy from Del Potro when Fed lifted that trophy.

Dutch-Guy
06-08-2009, 10:57 AM
Thye knew the outcome before the game even started.

batz
06-08-2009, 11:01 AM
yes.Murray and Djoker are indeed good friends.At least they used to be,I don't know about now.

As are Murray and Rafa. Murray decided he had to leave the UK to further his tennis development when Rafa told him at a tournament they'd be playing together that he'd been hitting with the then world number 1 Carlos Moya.

Murray phoned home and said to his Mother "Rafa's been hitting with Moya, MOYA! I only get to hit with you and my brother".:)

malakas
06-08-2009, 11:11 AM
As are Murray and Rafa. Murray decided he had to leave the UK to further his tennis development when Rafa told him at a tournament they'd be playing together that he'd been hitting with the then world number 1 Carlos Moya.

Murray phoned home and said to his Mother "Rafa's been hitting with Moya, MOYA! I only get to hit with you and my brother".:)

I haven't heard that they are good friends,only that they used to talk in some tournament as juniors but nothing more.But Djoker and Murray were very good friends.That was one of the reasons behind all the talk of Djoker becoming English.

maximo
06-08-2009, 11:14 AM
Most athletes like watching different sports better than their own. However, still.. If Roger is so popular as people say he is amongst his peers, why don't they watch? I can really understand Nadal not watching, and Murray and Djokovic don't seem Fed's best friends anyway, but I would expect guys like Safin and Wawrinka to defenitely watch.

Your not Murray's best friend, in fact, you hate him.

angharad
06-08-2009, 11:21 AM
It's no secret that there is no love lost between Federer and Djokovic; dating back to ND's victory at the 2008 semi (remember Djok's mother saying "the king is dead"?) through to the 2008 withdrawal in MC (wasn't it?) when Fed famously told Djok's box to "be quiet" when they were behaving inappropriatey. I have this feeling that Fed simply doesn't like Djokovic's habits; pulling out with injury is just not something you do at this level of sport unless you're genuinely f**ed. Being brash just doesn't jive.

I think it was actually before that. Djokovic had become infamous for possibly faking injuries and all that, and Federer made a few comments on him.

veroniquem
06-08-2009, 11:27 AM
A commentator while interviewing Lleyton Hewitt after defeating Schwank at Queens, mentioned that Roddick, Djokovic, Andy Murray and Nadal didn't watch the match. Hewitt watched the last set and a half. Most guys said that they where practising.

If you where a top player, what would you have done? Watch or do something else?
I'm not a top player but I didn't think the final would be worth anything if only because this was Sod's first ever final ON CLAY, the guy had always been the ultimate fast court specialist and of course his first slam final to boot and the odds that the guy could live up to expectations and measure up to such an experienced and savvy champion as Fed were as low as can be.
Apparently, it turned out I was right on the mark.

maximo
06-08-2009, 11:31 AM
It was a boring straight sets final. Good decision on behalf of the players.

bolo
06-08-2009, 11:32 AM
Final was pretty dull, everytime federer hit a forehand he would take control of the rally.

dugger5688
06-08-2009, 12:12 PM
For a pro tennis player watching a match is like work, sure they probably enjoy it more than any of us enjoy what we do but it's still work. Most of these guys will watch the match at some point, they all have easy access to archived matches so they can review an opponents game.