View Full Version : Question about Federer and "the monster"

06-25-2009, 03:26 PM
When did it really begin in the media? At end of 2004 or 2005 US Open? I remember after 2005 US Open everyone all the tennis greats like JMac/Connors started talking that Fed could break Sampras' slam record.

06-25-2009, 03:35 PM
Even when Federer was playing in his first Wimbledon final JMac was talking about him breaking the slam record.

06-25-2009, 03:39 PM
Yeah but Federer himself didn't even mention the "monster" until late 2007. I think he knew about it by late 2005, but he didn't really feel the pressure as long Rafa wasn't a threat off clay. But you could sense it at 2007 Wimby when Roger said "I'm glad to win as many slams as I can right now before Rafa wins them all". He knew right then that his AO + Wimbledon + US Open was under assault and the pressure was fully ON at that point. I think he's been playing worse and worse tennis ever since until the FO final.