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OddJack
03-17-2012, 07:27 PM
Well, it was the best scenario possible. Nadal and Djoker not reaching the final so Rodge can enjoy a 1400 points (? more or less someone can do the calculations for a win).

If he wins this, which I think he does, then that's a huge step toward regaining top ranking.

He will also match Nadal's tally of Master 1000 titles won.

Things on top are getting more interesting after today. Both Rafa and Djoker show a decline and the old man is there to take advantage.

Can Rodge reach the top ranking and beat Sampras's record?

The odds are in his favor, I'd say.

mandy01
03-17-2012, 07:34 PM
He hasn't won it. Isner's beaten the best player AND beaten Roger in his backyard. Just saying...

tistrapukcipeht
03-17-2012, 07:34 PM
I wonder how many points will Nadal be in front of Federer as well.

Don't count on the eggs before they're laid.

tennis_pro
03-17-2012, 07:36 PM
Isner won't be easy to beat, you know.

Towser83
03-17-2012, 07:38 PM
if federer wins IW, then Nadal falls in the Miami semis and Federer makes the final, and then Djokovic beats nadal in MC, Federer will probabaly be number 2.... I think.

OddJack
03-17-2012, 07:39 PM
He hasn't won it. Isner's beaten the best player AND beaten Roger in his backyard. Just saying...

hehe.. now Mandy pulls one from Zagor's book, the reverse troll poster.

There is no reason to think Rodge gave his all in that match in his backyard. It was a Davis anyways.


I wonder how many points will Nadal be in front of Federer as well.

Don't count on the eggs before they're laid.

No he hasnt, but I say he will. Just a prediction.

And, what I was saying was even if he doesnt win the title, reaching the final over the other two is a big points swing, isnt it?

tistrapukcipeht
03-17-2012, 07:41 PM
Isner has beaten Fed this year already, but on clay.

Isner played really well, He beat Djokovic, it wasn't that Djokovic played a bad match, Isner hit through Djokovic's amazing defense and return of serve.

Isner is a very dangerous guy when He is on, you can see He is stronger and moving better now, He trained very hard after last year's season.

Roddick already said it's on his racquet the result of their matches, against Fed will a bit different though.

DjokovicForTheWin
03-17-2012, 07:52 PM
If Isner serves like he did against Djoker, Roger won't win

OddJack
03-17-2012, 07:54 PM
Isner won't be easy to beat, you know.

Isner has beaten Fed this year already, but on clay.

Isner played really well, He beat Djokovic, it wasn't that Djokovic played a bad match, Isner hit through Djokovic's amazing defense and return of serve.

Isner is a very dangerous guy when He is on, you can see He is stronger and moving better now, He trained very hard after last year's season.

Roddick already said it's on his racquet the result of their matches, against Fed will a bit different though.

I agree Isner is dangerous, but he is also the type Rodge can chew and spit out all day. Remember he just beat Raonic, who by the way is leading the tour with break points saved, all served out.

Note also that Djoker loss today was not because of Isner aces, Djoker was behind in mini breaks on both tie breaks after losing the points on rallies, not serves. It was Isnger who attacked Djoker's second serve as well.

I dont think it will be the same case with Rodge.

OddJack
03-17-2012, 07:55 PM
If Isner serves like he did against Djoker, Roger won't win

Disagree, read above post.

Agassifan
03-17-2012, 07:57 PM
Current Rankings:
Nole: 12670
Rafa: 10175
Fed: 8950+400 if he wins tomorrow

To Defend:
Pre-french + French + Wimby + Pre USO + USO
Fed: 990 + 1200 + 360 + 270 + 720 = 3540
Rafa: 3300 + 2000 + 1200 + 190 + 1200 = 7890
Nole: 3250 + 720 + 2000 + 1600 + 2000 = 9570

If we remove points from here till FO:
Nole: 9420
Fed: 7960+400
Rafa: 6875

If we remove points from here till the end of USO:
Fed: 5410+400
Nole: 3100
Rafa: 2285

So if Fed wins tomorrow, he will have a 2710 point lead over Nole until the end of USO and a 3525 pt lead over Rafa. If he has a good result in Miami, they should really fear Fed taking over Number 1.

JustBob
03-17-2012, 08:02 PM
Fed has always handled big guys/servers well. Mixing it up, slice & dice, change speeds/direction, come to the net, etc... he does that better than anyone else. Djokovic just doesn't have that variety and shotmaking ability.

tistrapukcipeht
03-17-2012, 08:10 PM
Current Rankings:
Nole: 12670
Rafa: 10175
Fed: 8950+400 if he wins tomorrow

To Defend:
Pre-french + French + Wimby + Pre USO + USO
Fed: 990 + 1200 + 360 + 270 + 720 = 3540
Rafa: 3300 + 2000 + 1200 + 190 + 1200 = 7890
Nole: 3250 + 720 + 2000 + 1600 + 2000 = 9570

If we remove points from here till FO:
Nole: 9420
Fed: 7960+400
Rafa: 6875

If we remove points from here till the end of USO:
Fed: 5410+400
Nole: 3100
Rafa: 2285

So if Fed wins tomorrow, he will have a 2710 point lead over Nole until the end of USO and a 3525 pt lead over Rafa. If he has a good result in Miami, they should really fear Fed taking over Number 1.

Good post!

I still don't believe Fed pulling it out in best of 5 yet against Nadal and Djokovic.

Now, Federer had the toughest draw of them all and came through. So this is encouraging.

Another point is: whenever these guys Del Potro, Raonic and some others start to fall in Nadal's side of the draw Nadal may be packing earlier.

If it wasn't for Nalbandian choking again against Nadal He would have lost even more points. It will be interesting to see Miami's draw.

forthegame
03-17-2012, 08:12 PM
OP, please don't jinx it!

Towser83
03-17-2012, 08:14 PM
realistically, Federer making number one without winning a slam would be stupid and pretty hollow. And even if he wins a slam but Djokovic has 3, that would still be stupid. So really the most important thing for me is can he win a slam? Cos if he can then maybe he will deserve a shot at the number 1 spot.

Xizel
03-17-2012, 08:17 PM
Isner is 3 inches taller than Delpo. Just spin that slice away to his backhand. He will not pick it up. Then Fed can start making off forehands highlight reels.

Sentinel
03-17-2012, 08:18 PM
Many Fed fans posting Clarky-isms in this thread :D

OddJack
03-17-2012, 08:20 PM
realistically, Federer making number one without winning a slam would be stupid and pretty hollow. And even if he wins a slam but Djokovic has 3, that would still be stupid. So really the most important thing for me is can he win a slam? Cos if he can then maybe he will deserve a shot at the number 1 spot.

See, the important part is the number 2 ranking.

If Rodge gets to 2, it means Nadal can go out to Djoker in any of the future tournaments before the final. Just imagine Fed chances in a FO final facing Djoker, or in W or USO.

Nathaniel_Near
03-17-2012, 08:27 PM
On the topic of Nole. His play today was so dull and boring. Every time he tried to pull the trigger something ugly happened, and generating even moderate power seemed like some incredible effort to him. He might be more aggressive then Nadal in general but his game is even more one paced and when he's in questionable form like today it really makes him look absolutely woefully uninteresting, to the extent that I'd rather watch Nadal (for realz).

Hood_Man
03-17-2012, 08:30 PM
I just hope he doesn't burn himself out for the Olympics. I can see him playing until he's 35 but I don't know how competitive he's going to be, so this year is likely his last chance.

Towser83
03-17-2012, 08:34 PM
See, the important part is the number 2 ranking.

If Rodge gets to 2, it means Nadal can go out to Djoker in any of the future tournaments before the final. Just imagine Fed chances in a FO final facing Djoker, or in W or USO.

yes exactly. Though before we get carried away, Federer at Number 2 could still draw Nadal in the semis. Imagine the collective groan if that happens :lol:

Tennis_Bum
03-17-2012, 08:38 PM
Isner is 3 inches taller than Delpo. Just spin that slice away to his backhand. He will not pick it up. Then Fed can start making off forehands highlight reels.

Isner is right-handed so the slice doesn't apply when you serve to the ad side.

TMF
03-17-2012, 08:50 PM
Isner is playing great but Roger has been known to handle big players in the past. I think Nole's shot stay high which makes it easier for Isner at 6 9. However Roger keep the ball lower and it's going to be tougher for Isner since he has a hard time reaching for the low ball.

OddJack
03-17-2012, 09:16 PM
Isner is playing great but Roger has been known to handle big players in the past. I think Nole's shot stay high which makes it easier for Isner at 6 9. However Roger keep the ball lower and it's going to be tougher for Isner since he has a hard time reaching for the low ball.

Rodge beat players with brains where spin and power does not apply.

Silly some people here thought Tomic had a cahnce against him with his cat and mouse game.

sportsfan1
03-17-2012, 09:17 PM
Fed's played Milos and Tomaz Belluci, who didn't seem to be a slouch in the serve department, this tournament, so hopefully that should have been good practice to play Isner. IIRC someone said before IW that there's about a 1700 diff between Nadal and Fed, so a title win should close the gap significantly.

Regarding the comment on burn out, as we have seen, Fed genuinely seems to enjoy the game and playing more doesn't burn him out, nor does he get "bored" winning the same tournaments. Noel's personality may be different in this regard, it certainly comes across that he has to be having fun outside the game, so we will have to see if he just targets the majors this year.

TMF
03-17-2012, 09:24 PM
Rodge beat players with brains where spin and power does not apply.

Silly some people here thought Tomic had a cahnce against him with his cat and mouse game.

I hope Roger uses his low slice more often. Big man don't like to get down.

OddJack
03-17-2012, 09:35 PM
I hope Roger uses his low slice more often. Big man don't like to get down.

I see the trophy in his hands already.

Expect to see a nervous Isner in his first ever master 1000 final. If he serves as well as he did against Djoker, he will lose.

Isner hit more winners than Djoker today, what does that tell ya?

Just look at the second serve stats, what Djoker won against Isner and what Rodge won against Nadal.

Can anyone post the match stats? For both matches?

zapvor
03-17-2012, 09:41 PM
I just hope he doesn't burn himself out for the Olympics. I can see him playing until he's 35 but I don't know how competitive he's going to be, so this year is likely his last chance.

this. when age is a factor the way downhill is so fast. he needs to get it done asap

Tony48
03-17-2012, 11:06 PM
Fed's last 4 slams: F, Q, S, S
Rafa's last 4 slams: W, F, F, F

And Fed's about to become No. 2? Pathetic.

Xizel
03-17-2012, 11:11 PM
Isner is right-handed so the slice doesn't apply when you serve to the ad side.

Backhand slice.

Fed's last 4 slams: F, Q, S, S
Rafa's last 4 slams: W, F, F, F

And Fed's about to become No. 2? Pathetic.

What's the point of showing up for the Slams and missing the rest? And WTF surely must count for something.

Feather
03-18-2012, 12:23 AM
I don't think Isner would be easy to beat. Roger will win, or so I feel but not that easily

Dean
03-18-2012, 12:29 AM
Fed's last 4 slams: F, Q, S, S
Rafa's last 4 slams: W, F, F, F

And Fed's about to become No. 2? Pathetic.

I understand your point but there ARE other important titles besides the majors that make up a season.

Since the 2011 US Open Feds won Basel, Paris Masters, World Champs, Rotterdam and Dubai and will likely win Indian Wells Masters as well. Nadal has wonn zero since last years French. That's 9 months ago.

joeri888
03-18-2012, 12:35 AM
realistically, Federer making number one without winning a slam would be stupid and pretty hollow. And even if he wins a slam but Djokovic has 3, that would still be stupid. So really the most important thing for me is can he win a slam? Cos if he can then maybe he will deserve a shot at the number 1 spot.

For Guy of Federers age and slam tally, being no 1 without slam would be anything but hollow

monfed
03-18-2012, 01:21 AM
yes exactly. Though before we get carried away, Federer at Number 2 could still draw Nadal in the semis. Imagine the collective groan if that happens :lol:

That would be a total buzzkill. LOL

joeri888
03-18-2012, 01:35 AM
If Roger ends the year as no. 1, Pete has little records left ;)

merlinpinpin
03-18-2012, 01:48 AM
Fed's last 4 slams: F, Q, S, S
Rafa's last 4 slams: W, F, F, F

And Fed's about to become No. 2? Pathetic.

Oh, you still think there are but four tournaments a year and the rest are all exhos? :roll:

Tennis_Hands
03-18-2012, 01:53 AM
Fed's last 4 slams: F, Q, S, S
Rafa's last 4 slams: W, F, F, F

And Fed's about to become No. 2? Pathetic.


Becoming number 2 for a short period of time doesn't mean squat. What are you afraid of?:oops:

I am pretty sure, that should the same results in the Majors repeat this year Nadal will be ahead of Federer at the end of 2012.

Rhino
03-18-2012, 01:57 AM
Fed's last 4 slams: F, Q, S, S
Rafa's last 4 slams: W, F, F, F

And Fed's about to become No. 2? Pathetic.

When did Nadal last win a tournament?

tata
03-18-2012, 02:06 AM
When did Nadal last win a tournament?

FO 2011 =)
Fed has been on the roll since USO winning 5 titles after that til now. In that stretch, a win over nadal in WTF and today in IW.

If Fed gets back to 2 then he earned it.

joeri888
03-18-2012, 02:09 AM
That would be a total buzzkill. LOL

Lol, yeah... Okay, but still. Federer might at least get a good shot at either Madrid or Rome then. Winning Rome for the first time would be special too you know..

Magnus
03-18-2012, 02:11 AM
Well, it was the best scenario possible. Nadal and Djoker not reaching the final so Rodge can enjoy a 1400 points (? more or less someone can do the calculations for a win).

If he wins this, which I think he does, then that's a huge step toward regaining top ranking.

He will also match Nadal's tally of Master 1000 titles won.

Things on top are getting more interesting after today. Both Rafa and Djoker show a decline and the old man is there to take advantage.

Can Rodge reach the top ranking and beat Sampras's record?

The odds are in his favor, I'd say.

Too soon to tell. If he wins bothe IW and Miami, which I doubt very much, that's where it really gets interesting. He doesn't have a lot to defend on clay Masters as well.

syke
03-18-2012, 02:21 AM
I understand your point but there ARE other important titles besides the majors that make up a season.

Since the 2011 US Open Feds won Basel, Paris Masters, World Champs, Rotterdam and Dubai and will likely win Indian Wells Masters as well. Nadal has wonn zero since last years French. That's 9 months ago.

Absolutely, he must have forgotten how Wozniacki was no. 1.

Btw, why is this thread here.. Such a spoiler.

OddJack
03-18-2012, 06:21 AM
When did Nadal last win a tournament?

FO 2011 =)
Fed has been on the roll since USO winning 5 titles after that til now. In that stretch, a win over nadal in WTF and today in IW.

If Fed gets back to 2 then he earned it.

BTW Nadal has not won a hard court tournament since 2010 and that was a Tokyo.

celoft
03-18-2012, 06:24 AM
Well, it was the best scenario possible. Nadal and Djoker not reaching the final so Rodge can enjoy a 1400 points (? more or less someone can do the calculations for a win).

If he wins this, which I think he does, then that's a huge step toward regaining top ranking.

He will also match Nadal's tally of Master 1000 titles won.

Things on top are getting more interesting after today. Both Rafa and Djoker show a decline and the old man is there to take advantage.

Can Rodge reach the top ranking and beat Sampras's record?

The odds are in his favor, I'd say.

See, the important part is the number 2 ranking.

If Rodge gets to 2, it means Nadal can go out to Djoker in any of the future tournaments before the final. Just imagine Fed chances in a FO final facing Djoker, or in W or USO.

I concur..............................


Fed's last 4 slams: F, Q, S, S
Rafa's last 4 slams: W, F, F, F

And Fed's about to become No. 2? Pathetic.

Claydal has not won a title in a year.:shock:

OddJack
03-18-2012, 06:27 AM
Good post!

I still don't believe Fed pulling it out in best of 5 yet against Nadal and Djokovic.

Now, Federer had the toughest draw of them all and came through. So this is encouraging.

Another point is: whenever these guys Del Potro, Raonic and some others start to fall in Nadal's side of the draw Nadal may be packing earlier.

If it wasn't for Nalbandian choking again against Nadal He would have lost even more points. It will be interesting to see Miami's draw.

Yes, the draw matters alot and Nadal has been very lucky. I was there in his match against Dolgo. He did absolutely NOTHING to win that match, or any other match before that. They just beat themselves, and I am not exaggerating.

Apun94
03-18-2012, 06:51 AM
Well, it was the best scenario possible. Nadal and Djoker not reaching the final so Rodge can enjoy a 1400 points (? more or less someone can do the calculations for a win).

If he wins this, which I think he does, then that's a huge step toward regaining top ranking.

He will also match Nadal's tally of Master 1000 titles won.

Things on top are getting more interesting after today. Both Rafa and Djoker show a decline and the old man is there to take advantage.

Can Rodge reach the top ranking and beat Sampras's record?

The odds are in his favor, I'd say.

He could but still a long way to go. Miami will be even tougher. Nadal and Jokovic will be really hungry after their semi losses so they will bring their best. Plus Murray will be back so a lot of challenge for Fed. Though, if he does win Miami then he has a good chance till Wimbledon to try and get the no 2 spot back. (Maybe even get close to the no1 spot depending upon how Jokovic, Nadal and Murray play)

OddJack
03-18-2012, 06:55 AM
He could but still a long way to go. Miami will be even tougher. Nadal and Jokovic will be really hungry after their semi losses so they will bring their best. Plus Murray will be back so a lot of challenge for Fed. Though, if he does win Miami then he has a good chance till Wimbledon to try and get the no 2 spot back. (Maybe even get close to the no1 spot depending upon how Jokovic, Nadal and Murray play)

Nadal and Djoker have been hungry for a long time.

Nadal was hungry in 2009 when he went to W but did not play. Djoker was hungry when he lost to Federer in 2011 FO playing for history.

Nadal and Djoker have worn each other out.

Right now nobody is more hungry than Fed, he has to feed two little kids as well, if you know what I mean.

Apun94
03-18-2012, 07:16 AM
Nadal and Djoker have been hungry for a long time.

Nadal was hungry in 2009 when he went to W but did not play. Djoker was hungry when he lost to Federer in 2011 FO playing for history.

Nadal and Djoker have worn each other out.

Right now nobody is more hungry than Fed, he has to feed two little kids as well, if you know what I mean.

ARE U KIDDING ME? Nadal and Jokovic are in their prime and they are the fittest on tour. This is their time. Fed has already accomplished a lot. Plus, this was a tournament with a slow surface so they have better chances of winning. Jokovic was very frustrated after his match with Isner becuz he cudnt handle Isner's serve. Nadal will be angry because he lost against a player he usually wins against, especially on slow surfaces...
I hope you were kidding about Fed having to feed his two girls. That dude is one of the richest sportsmen in the world. Rakes in bout 40m a year

big_bill
03-18-2012, 07:22 AM
Oh please. Federer gets to the final of a Masters and all the sudden he's the best player in the world. Only immature 20 something Fed fans would overreact so wildly. Remember his biggest problem is BEST OF FIVE set matches in Grand Slams. Until he proves himself in best of five this is just more of the same.

The Bawss
03-18-2012, 07:26 AM
Oh please. Federer gets to the final of a Masters and all the sudden he's the best player in the world. Only immature 20 something Fed fans would overreact so wildly. Remember his biggest problem is BEST OF FIVE set matches in Grand Slams. Until he proves himself in best of five this is just more of the same.

Masters don't matter so much when Nadal stops winning them.

tennis_pro
03-18-2012, 07:58 AM
FO 2011 =)
Fed has been on the roll since USO winning 5 titles after that til now. In that stretch, a win over nadal in WTF and today in IW.

If Fed gets back to 2 then he earned it.

What's Federer's record since the US Open? Something like 37 out of 39 matches won? (one of them a meaningless DC tie trying to save the Swiss team a** as usual).

And please...even if Federer wins the IW final today he's still 800 points behind Nadal which means he ALSO has to win Miami and count on Nadal losing before the final. If Federer gets there, he more than earned it.

tennis_pro
03-18-2012, 07:59 AM
Masters don't matter so much when Nadal stops winning them.

At least Monte Carlo is still valid. Up for grabs!

jackson vile
03-18-2012, 09:31 AM
If Federer regains #1 it will prove that he is not past his prime. Also, we saw that Federer has no excuses, he always has had the ability to defeat Nadal on any given day.

Also, it was great that Nadal explained there were no excuses nor shots taken at players, he claimed that he was simply out played. Hopefully Federer can actually be classy for once and fallow suit.



Well, it was the best scenario possible. Nadal and Djoker not reaching the final so Rodge can enjoy a 1400 points (? more or less someone can do the calculations for a win).

If he wins this, which I think he does, then that's a huge step toward regaining top ranking.

He will also match Nadal's tally of Master 1000 titles won.

Things on top are getting more interesting after today. Both Rafa and Djoker show a decline and the old man is there to take advantage.

Can Rodge reach the top ranking and beat Sampras's record?

The odds are in his favor, I'd say.

zagor
03-18-2012, 10:58 AM
If Federer regains #1 it will prove that he is not past his prime.

Not at all, how can a player be at his prime at the age of 31 (when as we know players decline already at the age of 24) ? It would just prove that Fed is so good that even at an advanced tennis age he is a threat to be #1 in the world.

If anything, it only enhances his legacy.

Also, we saw that Federer has no excuses

Hopefully Federer can actually be classy for once and fallow suit.

:confused:

Contradiction much? Are you feeling OK LOLville? Seems this loss was a bit too much for you.

Marius_Hancu
03-18-2012, 11:11 AM
Just in case you missed it:

(HD) Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal Indian Wells 2012 SF - FULL MATCH
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XclgoAIq_9I

DoubleDeuce
03-18-2012, 02:54 PM
Miami is key.

If None of the other two reach the final then big improvement.

It is true that Djok and Raf have a lot to defend but most of the points will be defended anyways.

Cup8489
03-18-2012, 02:58 PM
If Federer regains #1 it will prove that he is not past his prime. Also, we saw that Federer has no excuses, he always has had the ability to defeat Nadal on any given day.

Also, it was great that Nadal explained there were no excuses nor shots taken at players, he claimed that he was simply out played. Hopefully Federer can actually be classy for once and fallow suit.

No. More nonsense from LOLville, no surprises there though.

Logan71
03-18-2012, 03:13 PM
Oh please. Federer gets to the final of a Masters and all the sudden he's the best player in the world. Only immature 20 something Fed fans would overreact so wildly. Remember his biggest problem is BEST OF FIVE set matches in Grand Slams. Until he proves himself in best of five this is just more of the same.

I disagree with you and I'm middle aged.After last year going 10 months without a title losing a 2 set lead to Tsonga and twice in a row where Federer couldn't squeak out a win against Djokovic at USO,I had finally written Fed off.

The last few months are No1 form 37 out of 39 wins 6 wins from 8 tournaments.Yes he lost the crucial one and it was a predictable one considering he's 2-8 to Nadal in slams.

However the slack losses have gone from Federer's game at the moment and he really is in slam winning form.Only question is will he maintain it for a whole season as in the past.It's a packed summer this year and his only chance to it.If he doesn't win it back by the end of the USO then he will never get it back.

Towser83
03-18-2012, 03:16 PM
If Federer regains #1 it will prove that he is not past his prime. Also, we saw that Federer has no excuses, he always has had the ability to defeat Nadal on any given day.

Also, it was great that Nadal explained there were no excuses nor shots taken at players, he claimed that he was simply out played. Hopefully Federer can actually be classy for once and fallow suit.

No, it proves he found some form again. He's probably working 10 times as hard to do this now. It also doesn't mean that he didn't go through a lull for 3-4 years.

And yeah maybe Federer can be classy like Nadal, like when nadal said he only ever lost to Delpo 3 times cos every time he played badly, and Federer just said Delpo was the better player in the US Open final. :roll:

Enigma_87
03-18-2012, 03:29 PM
Federer has 2 focal points before the slams - Miami and Madrid. Both tournaments he can win.

If he wins them both and defends his RG final and win Wimbledon I think he'll clinch it before USO.

It's tough task, in terms of what he has to do:

1. Win one from Wimbledon or RG and makes the final in the other
2. Win at least 1 MS and 2 finals, or win 2 MS before RG.
3. He can pick up points in Cincy since he fell early last year.

tennis_pro
03-18-2012, 03:43 PM
Can you imagine Fed regaining the no 1 position aged 31 after 2011 which was dominated by 2 players (1 player really) with Fed sorta in the background for most of the season.

Heck, getting back to top 2 would be big enough for me, but if he gets there why not push for no 1?

Enigma_87
03-18-2012, 03:46 PM
Can you imagine Fed regaining the no 1 position aged 31 after 2011 which was dominated by 2 players (1 player really) with Fed sorta in the background for most of the season.

Heck, getting back to top 2 would be big enough for me, but if he gets there why not push for no 1?

It's a merry go round really. Federer can even win RG if Djokovic takes Nadal out. Clinching #2 is huge really as he could even have Nadal on the other side of the draw for Rome and Madrid. Same goes for RG.

Federer is more than capable of beating Djokovic on clay, as he's in a much better form now than last year, and he still managed to do that last year.

But for the clay tournaments he needs Nadal to be on the other side of the draw. Given that and a win at Wimbey he has a very good chance.

JamieSafe
03-18-2012, 03:55 PM
Stay thirsty Roger, it's possible

celoft
03-18-2012, 03:56 PM
Can you imagine Fed regaining the no 1 position aged 31 after 2011 which was dominated by 2 players (1 player really) with Fed sorta in the background for most of the season.

Heck, getting back to top 2 would be big enough for me, but if he gets there why not push for no 1?

That would be GOAT-like.

Cup8489
03-18-2012, 03:58 PM
Can you imagine Fed regaining the no 1 position aged 31 after 2011 which was dominated by 2 players (1 player really) with Fed sorta in the background for most of the season.

Heck, getting back to top 2 would be big enough for me, but if he gets there why not push for no 1?

Though it's far and away something that shouldnt be thought about, what if he finished YE #1? Only man to lose it twice and regain twice?

tennis_pro
03-18-2012, 04:38 PM
Though it's far and away something that shouldnt be thought about, what if he finished YE #1? Only man to lose it twice and regain twice?

As long as he's not losing before the semis (the last time he lost before the semis of a singles tournament was in August 2011!) I always give him a shot. Djokovic and Nadal won't always be there as IW showed.

tistrapukcipeht
03-18-2012, 07:01 PM
Rankings just came out: Fed is 850 points behind Nadal.

OddJack
03-18-2012, 07:27 PM
Rankings just came out: Fed is 850 points behind Nadal.

All Rodge needs is Nadal pulling Delpo and go out in QF