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@wright
03-03-2004, 06:19 PM
I'd love to see it happen, it would be an honor watching a special moment in tennis history. I'm rooting for him to do it, even though the odds are overwhelming...

Shaolin
03-03-2004, 07:21 PM
That would be incredible. Lets hope he has the motivation to make it happen. If he can just get thru the French, then he has to know it is possible for him and then his focus may go up another notch for W and the US.

As a side bonus, if he did win The Slam imagine how deflated Roddick would be (not to mention the hyper patriotic networks who think its more important to televise you countryman than the actual better player). Maybe Roddick would just go away at that point knowing he will always be 2nd to Fed.

PS: Just what is it that you and your monkey are hiding, Awright? LOL

PureCarlosMoyaDrive
03-03-2004, 08:03 PM
If he did it, I'd cry. If he wins the French, then it is more than possible. If he wins that French, then I think all eyes would be on him, and he'd win Wimbledon. Going into the US Open like that, so much pressure, but I believe he'd want to pull it off more than anything, and when he did, I would probably break down in tears. I'd sure as hell be yelling louder than ever.

@wright
03-03-2004, 08:09 PM
I think it would be pretty emotional seeing it too, pcmd. None of the incredible moments in tennis we've stored watching over the years would compare to such a feat.

sseemiller
03-03-2004, 08:34 PM
It's not that I don't want Federer to do it; if he does it, I'd be very happy for him, as it would be an incredible achievement. And he is a fun player to watch.

But I like parity on the ATP. The Venus/Serena domination bored me for a bit, and I'm now more interested in the WTA than I was. At least it's more than a one- or two-woman race (although you don't know that until the last rounds).

I thought it was cool that we had 4 separate slam winners on the ATP last year, and I wouldn't mind seeing it again this year. I like not knowing the result until it happens. I mean, how many of us just knew the Williamses would be in the final. I figured they should skip all the other matches and just play the final already. :roll:

I know there are many Pete fans here, and I think he's the GOAT at this point, but it was boring watching him win again, and again, and again. You just knew he would win once he got to a certain point, and there was no fun in me for that, as I wasn't a Pete fan. Although I do appreciate and acknowledge his accomplishments. At that point I felt about him the way many of you feel about Roddick. He was all serve and nothing more. I now know that wasn't true, but when you aren't a fan of a player, you see what you want to see. :?

So I'm happy to continue to have parity, unless of course, Nadal assumes Pete's role. But I think we are a bit away from that at this point. :lol: He definitely has to work on his serve. :wink:

Susan

Grimjack
03-03-2004, 09:14 PM
As long as the matches are good, I don't much care who wins them.

That said, with the way the game has developed, I don't think a non-clay-specialist will win the French again any time soon.

@wright
03-03-2004, 09:33 PM
Susan, I agree with every word you said about Pete. He was boring to watch, for me. OTOH, Federer has such incredible talent and shotmaking, I could stand a one-sided slam season to see him win all 4, which probably won't happen anyways, so I wouldn't worry about it!

Camilio Pascual
03-04-2004, 04:19 AM
Parity will lessen the popularity of the WTA. Hard core tennis fans say they like parity, the TeeVee fans don't. Prediction: The WTA hit a high water mark in popularity that will fade if the Williams sisters or some other 1 or 2 players do not dominate. I believe its short-term ascendency over the ATP is already over and not likely to be repeated any time soon. Too bad, I prefer the WTA.

Rabbit
03-04-2004, 05:17 AM
While I would love to see Federer (or Agassi) win a Grand Slam, I think there is about as much chance of that happening as there is of me becoming President. The closest he'll get is 3 out of 4 with the French being the one he doesn't win. If history repeats itself, and I hope it doesn't, that could be a deathnail for his career as it was for Wilander post 1988.

I've been giving the parity issue some thought. I like to hear that there is parity, but in reality I prefer when someone dominates the game. I enjoyed the Sampras and Navratilova years because I was always looking for someone to knock them off (Agassi & Evert). I enjoyed the Borg and McEnroe years because I admired both of their games. But, here lately with this guy out of the woodwork winning, it really has lessened the interest I have in the professional game.

I do miss personality in the game. There aren't two guys who genuinely dislike each other like there were when McEnroe played Connors and Lendl. Hell, all three of those guys didn't like each other and when they were on court, they acted like it. Now a days, it's all corporate and a job to them.

Shaolin
03-04-2004, 08:51 AM
Just wondering--When Laver did it last, werent the AO and the US Open on grass? So, if Fed does it it will be the first time ever on 4 surfaces for real.

Im definately hoping for it. In fact if he does, kegger at my place, everyones invited.

Rabbit
03-04-2004, 09:00 AM
Point should be made that the Grand Slam is winning the four majors in the same calendar year, regardless of surface. If the French should change to hardcourt, then the Grand Slam still consists of the Australian, French, Wimbledon, and U.S. Open.

When Laver won both Grand Slams, 3 of the 4 were played on Grass.

And, it's already been done I think. Steffi Graf won a Grand Slam in 1988 and if memory serves, the Australian had already cut over to Rebound Ace.

Ben42
03-04-2004, 09:24 AM
I like to see it, just for the excitement and the media attention tennis would get if for nothing else.

But I don't think that he stands a snowball's chance. Men's tennis is just too deep and the media storm too distracting.

Stinkdyr
03-04-2004, 09:31 AM
dunno if I can see it happening, though I would enjoy seeing it. Fed shows signs of choking under pressure. imagine the pressure as he closes in on the ultimate accomplishment. :shock:

Hyperstate
03-04-2004, 09:32 AM
Imagine the excitement if Federer wins the French, then Wimby and proceeds to the final of the US Open! All of us would be torn to shreds by tension.

I'd like to see it happen, though the French Open will be his stumbling block, unless Ferrero has an injury (not that I'm cursing him). Then it's FedEx all the way! With men's tennis being so highly competitive, it'll be a truly awesome feat. BTW, this being an Olympic year, perhaps we should be talking about a Golden Grand Slam a la Steffi? :lol:

polakosaur
03-04-2004, 10:25 AM
when he played at the AO it was like practice, i'd like to see a rivalry, but who will it be fed and safin, fed and roddick, got to be someone

Phil
03-04-2004, 06:22 PM
I don't care whether or not he wins it. But he won't-just too difficult-too many obstacles (i.e. tough players) in the way, even for a stud like Federer.

benbo3756
03-04-2004, 10:04 PM
if federer won the french and wimbeldon, i don't know if he could handle the pressure at the us open. everyone of his matches would be on tv and be fully packed, the pressure would be enormous, saying that i think fed has a good shot of winning the french, he has won titles on clay before and if he has a good 2 weeks he could def win at rg, if it gets close i will def be rooting for him just to see it happen would be awesome

MEAC_ALLAMERICAN
05-24-2008, 05:03 PM
I would like to see him do it, and of course he will lose but I hope he completes the cycle.