(ATP) Rome Masters Series

Discussion in 'Pro Match Results and Discussion' started by Zaragoza, May 4, 2007.

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Who will win in Rome?

Poll closed May 8, 2007.
  1. Nadal

    63.6%
  2. Federer

    21.6%
  3. Robredo

    1.1%
  4. Ferrer

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Nalbandian

    1.1%
  6. Djokovic

    2.3%
  7. Ferrer

    1.1%
  8. Gasquet

    5.7%
  9. Berdych

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. CaƱas (if he enters the main draw)

    3.4%
  1. The Victor

    The Victor Rookie

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    What do u guys think of Davydenko's gear?
    I've seen worse from better know brands. Keep it up Airness :)
     
  2. caulcano

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    True.

    Variety? What variety? We all know Nadal is king on clay & so there's no variety at all.
     
  3. croatian sensation

    croatian sensation Professional

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    Wow! Now who would have bet on that!? And Volandri out of all people.
    That's probably gonna stay THE WIN of his life...and in front of home crowd..nice. Bravo Filippo!
     
  4. caulcano

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    I don't think taking time off will help him at all.He should play to try and get his 'mojo' back.
     
  5. Andres

    Andres G.O.A.T.

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    Starace is 5-5 in the third set against Davydenko.
    It's a gruesome claycourt slugfest!! They're poking their eyes out, and hitting the crap out of the ball :p
     
  6. diegaa

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    starce falls in the end. 7-5 for davydenko. what a pity.
     
  7. fastdunn

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    Nadal was probably born with it. But I'm pretty sure that Federer, Sampras
    and Agassi have learned it. They were even worse than Gasquet when they
    were 20 (in terms of mental toughness).

    Sampras and Agassi had great coaches who help them mature.
     
  8. fastdunn

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    Of course, it actually started from 2006.
    He started to struggle unusually at early rounds.
    He managed to weather it until AO 2007.

    I expect more surprise loss of Federer at early rounds this year.
    In 2007, Canas, Volandri and Nadal have beaten Federer.
    I expect more unusual names here...

    I think Federer will concentrate more on slams.
    He can not continue next 3 years like his last 3 years, IMHO...
     
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  9. Baghdatis72

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    I am just saying that these losses are not positive for Federer but are something that he has to worry about. Not only he lost to Volandri but he was a mess in the court and played one of his worst matches of the last 2 years and all this come after two consecutive early exits in IW and Miami.

    Baghdatis has nothing to do with Federer as he wasn't ever close to number 1 and as opposed to Federer he had a couple of excellent runs and a few titles with very bad appearances in the middle.

    A player's potential and a player's mentality and results are very different aspects and although we know that Federer has the skills to beat everyone anywhere what we see lately is a Federer playing worse than we are used to seeing him play.
     
  10. Baghdatis72

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    Yeah but he will have different finalists now sometimes :lol:
     
  11. bluetrain4

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    It's too soon to talk about any sort of permanent slide for Fed. As others have said, he's been unbelievable for three years in Slams and all other tourneys.

    It simply can't continue. He's a little bit older, which at age 26, doesn't matter that much, but can matter every once in a while. Although few players will beat him, there is more info on how to do so and a fearless player on a good day may have a shot. Right, now his confidence is down.

    This isn't the end. But, Fed's majors may be tougher to come by now. Everyone assumed he'd get to 14 within the next 2 years, and that's still possible, but the game catches up to people. Sampras never even won 3 majors in a year and often only won 1 major.

    We'll see what the French brings. If Fed wins, obviously great, if he has a "good" loss, no problem, but if he has a bad loss then who knows where he goes from here.

    Right now its simply confidene and I have no idea how he gets that back. I don't think he needs to change rackets or coaches. The one thing I'd like to see him do is pull an Agassi and get in the absolute best shape of his life. Physical fitness can bring loads of confidence. He's only 26, his body will respond quickly and I think it will do wonders for his game.

    Since he's been dominating so much, I wonder if Fed is a spoiled champion. Like Agassi before his ressurection. It's come so easy, he must get frustrated, but the danger is in thinking that it's all you not the other player and that somehow you deserve it more because of who you are. When I see him tanking I sometimes think he is a spoiled champion.

    Should be a very interesting rest of the season on all fronts.
     
  12. slice bh compliment

    slice bh compliment G.O.A.T.

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    Aw come on, you're just way too rational, bluetrain. You just shut the door on a "Federer to retire" thread!!hahaha!
     
  13. slice bh compliment

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    Grass court tennis. Thankful and humble. And probably hungry. If he has a bad loss at Wimbledon, I think we can be concerned.

    Yeah, definitely an interesting season, though! Tough to see the king get whipped, but...very nice for Canas, Rafa, Volandri, the crowd at Il Foro, and tennis in general.
     
  14. tenniko

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    Yup. I think that Federer is not putting as much time into fitness as he should be. He was breathing hard against Vol.

    The game is so much physical nowadays that he really needs to step it up. He should ask Tiger about it.
     
  15. oscar_2424

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    Do you still thin that federer can win roland garros???/
     
  16. fastdunn

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    The condition is not same as 90 when the tennis was extremely polarized.

    Current tour (very homogeneous playing conditon) is easier to dominate
    but probably hard to extend domination.
     
  17. malakas

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    Winning Hamburg is what Fed needs now.Let's hope, that he will be able to..:neutral:
     
  18. oscar_2424

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    nah, he wont win Hamburg.
     
  19. oscar_2424

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    Davydenko beat Robredo in 3sets.
     
  20. diegaa

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    now, thats a surprise!
    stupid tommy! :mad:
     
  21. thu_huong

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    Yes he can win
     
  22. Baghdatis72

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    Of course Federer can win Hamburg but only if Nadal, Canas, Volandri and Djokovic don't meet him at any point.
     
  23. thu_huong

    thu_huong Rookie

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    :confused:
    What can I say about you??
     
  24. francoise

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    lol, that's a important change. Who would have said last year? ...
     
  25. Baghdatis72

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    You can say that I am wrong and that Federer will win it or you can say that I have a good point :D

    Really we are just expressing our opinions here and disagreeing is healthy and normal and debating in a good manner is one of the best things to do on a forum like this.

    P.S: I think Federer will lose early in Hamburg because the surface there is very very slow and that is not in Roger's favor.
     
  26. goforgold99

    goforgold99 Semi-Pro

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    Well, almost any player in the Top100 can beat Fed if he plays the way he played against Volandri. It didn't have much to do with the opponent that Roger lost.
     
  27. fastdunn

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    nah, i watched federer-volandri match last night on my tape.

    i realized volandri earned it at least partially.

    he won backhand to backhand rally and stretch fed on his forehand side
    causing fed commit errors...
     
  28. FitzRoy

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    To some extent, this is true. However, if Federer plays better, then he'd win against these other guys easily, and as soon as he started firing winners and being Fed, they would likely realize: "I can't beat this guy", and fold up like they normally do. Volandri, though, now has a victory over Federer, which could give him some level of confidence; perhaps enough to play within himself and not be intimidated, which could be enough to raise his chance of winning. Confidence goes a long way in tennis.
     
  29. FitzRoy

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    I also agree that Volandri earned it, but not partially; I feel that he earned it entirely. Even if Federer isn't playing well, he's still Federer, and you play him with the knowledge that he can completely take over the match at any time. Volandri earned his win totally in my book, but then, I'd say that about pretty much any pro beating any other pro.
     
  30. Baghdatis72

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    That's true but some may have choked at some point and hand him easy points.
     
  31. PrinceO3TourOS

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    I hope Gonzalez wins Rome! :D He can do it!, he can defeat Nadal or Davydenko and win his first Masters Series ;)
     

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