Australian Open R3 - The GOAT v Roger Federer

Discussion in 'Pro Match Results and Discussion' started by batz, Jan 17, 2013.

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So who wins?

  1. Are you kidding? Bernie in straights

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  2. Bernie gives Roger a set

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  3. Bernie gives Roger a couple of sets

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  4. Roger in 3 (crazy talk, I know)

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  5. Sexi in 4 (Someone poisons Bernie)

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  6. Sexi in 5

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  1. merwy

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    That's why it won't be effective on clay. No topspin on it, which is quite necessary. And a good clay courter, like Nadal or Djokovic or Ferrer puts a lot of heavy topspin on that ball. I don't know how he can deal with those heavy balls to his forehand when he doesn't even have a freakin backswing.
     
  2. Feather

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    What a screwed up day! Star Sports and Star Cricket are showing Cricket. Why would they both telecast the same match in two channels? It's tough if you are living in India. All these channels show the same match
     
  3. Prisoner of Birth

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    When Tendulkar retires, no one will give two tosses about Cricket anymore.
     
  4. Sartorius

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    Great match, superb from Fed. It sure didn't look like a 3rd round match of a 2nd seed, high level from start to finish. Tomic was very impressive, very good at those BPs; was a lot less funky than last year which made for a more mature, much better performance.

    Federer's service games has been great so far, faced his 1st BP of the tournament here and saved it with ease. Hardly put a foot wrong overall.
     
  5. Dgpsx7

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    That match was amazing. Tomic played amazingly well and Fed was just wow..
     
  6. Prisoner of Birth

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    It pained me, at times. It's amazing how much the step Federer lost with age costs him. All those errors he made on the running forehand would've been easy ins in his prime.
     
  7. DragonBlaze

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    Absolutely agree. Such a fun match to watch. Impressed by Tomic for sure, hopefully he can mature into a likable human being as well :lol:.

    At first I wasn't impressed by Fed's play, his groundstrokes were horrible I thought, always landing middle of the court. However I guess Tomic's crazy funky strokes are pretty hard to get used to. Fed did pick up his play though and got used to it and started playing better from the back. Then that lovely second set tiebreak! :D

    Also Federer was defending like a madman tonight. Was it just me or some of those sliding defensive shots just kept reminding me of Djokovic :lol:. Still, Fed is getting slower, a bit sad to see...

    Wonder if the courts being slightly faster are going to effect anything or not. Probably not lol.
     
  8. jwjh

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    JC: 2nd set tiebreak 4-1, how did u turn it around?

    RF: erm, not sure. i kept on trying the whole set. thought i had a few more chances than he did and thought the tiebreak was gonna go his way coz the set played out the way it did. just gotta keep on believing. well switch sides at 4-2 and i was on the side with the wind to maybe that help. it was a crucial tiebreak and maybe key to the match. thought we both played a great match. well he had a great run now and i wish him the best.

    JC: were u surprised by his overt aggression. he played very aggressive the whole match. was that something u were expecting?

    RF: i mean u gotta expect the unexpected right? and bernie has the tools to do that. i think the court plays a touch faster than last year so it allows you to play a bit more aggressive. Big guy so he has got alot of power and a good serve and he uses it well. but it is nice to see that he can move the ball around but then also u need the power in this day and age and he did a great job tonight. obviously it is something he needs to get used to and he did excellent tonight and he'll be hard to beat in the future.

    JC: well u played him last year so you're in a pretty good spot to see how he has improved. what was the jump do u think if anything?

    RF: i think another year of experience. years on tour go by quickly. and you improve extremely quickly at his age. it's his 3rd 4th year on tour now so it is more of the details really. impt to take the right things out of a loss coz usually u learn more when u lose. when u win u take the confidence. he's been extremely confident coz he's been on a good run but overall i just think he's a better player, bit more mature, hard to explain, the whole package is just a bit better.

    JC:U've only lost twice to players playing in their home slam. why do you keep beating down on the hometown heroes? not smart man.

    RF: i know definitely not smart. but u guys sorta invite me every year and enjoy me playing. but it is not my favorite part of the job.

    JC: next up u've got another one of the rising stars, milosh. what are your thoughts? another tall powerful player

    RF: right, they're not gonna get smaller these guys. and he's gotta monster of a serve so i'll try my best. we've played what 3 times maybe 4 times. i'm not sure anymore, i start forgetting matches these days. everyone of them was extremely close so looking forward to a tough one.
     
  9. joeri888

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    Fed was down 15-40 in his first game against Paire.
     
  10. Povl Carstensen

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    I think he did allrightt with the running cc fhs (it was not like against Djok in the YEC), and look at all the drop shots he ran up.
     
  11. underground

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    Actually I think he saved 3 BPs agaisnt Paire but they were all after Federer was in the lead.
     
  12. boramiNYC

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    putting a lot of topspin on a fast and flat shot like that is not easy. That's how soderling beat nadal. hard flat hitting against nadal's high bouncing balls. Apparently tomic can generate enough pace (70 to 90 mph) with a very small backswing and he seems to handle high balls pretty well. as long as he can slide and move well on clay his flat shots will be very effective on clay.
     
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    good match from tomic ...fought very well ....

    just an ok one from fed ... not that impressed with his anticipation,movement ( especially to the right ) and returning.... he was wayyyyy better at his peak ..... even at this age, he could do quite a bit better than what he did in this match ....anyways he did enough to take this match .... hopefully will improve as the tourney progresses ...
     
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    Christopher Clarey ‏@christophclarey

    No cheekiness from Tomic toward Federer tonight: "Full credit to him, he is the best player & greatest of all time" #ausopen

    The truth has been spoken. :lol::lol::lol:
     
  17. Prisoner of Birth

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    When can we see the press conference?
     
  18. Sartorius

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    Whoops, my bad.
     
  19. BeHappy

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    I'll give Tomic his due and say his serve has improved. Federer can't really move anymore but he is hitting the ball as well as ever.
     
  20. RajFederer

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    Bernard Tomic just gave a terrific press conference in defeat: just the right mix of respectful and hopeful #learningcurve #ausopen
     
  21. joeri888

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    Much appreciated.
     
  22. Rocky89

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    Tomic said he felt intimidated by Fed when the announcer was calling the players onto court.

    He seems pretty gracious in the conference. If only he was like this in the pre match interview
     
  23. idioteque

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    Yeah, he did really well in the presser. He's definitely made some changes. Good for him.
     
  24. nadal_GOAT_king

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    I imagine he'd be defiant if it were a proper beatdown handed out today.

    Anyway, I'm beginning to enjoy watching the kid play. Found his weird forehand rather mesmerising.
     
  25. Sentinel

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    So now Fred faces another GOAT -- two in a row, that's unfair !
     
  26. Zildite

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    Clay is his worst surface, heard about it a few times last year. See how he does this year with his improved level.
     
  27. natalia

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    From Rogi's presser - gotta love those questions :

     
  28. aimr75

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    I watched the fed / paire match live and the announcer went through every major he won individually and other titles. Was a bit ridiculous and at the time I thought what a way to intimidate the opponent. Not surprised when I watched Bernie's post match interview and said he felt intimidated.
     
  29. Goosehead

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    wow..must have taken the announcer ages :twisted:
     
  30. powerangle

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    a brilliant display from the fedexpress
     
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    He got fed a large piece of humble pie so now the tune has changed. He needs to learn to control the big talk before matches lest he be made to look like a fool when he loses.
     
  32. Love all

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    They used to switch any other event to espn. But they didn't this time. Cant understand why?
     
  33. TennisFan436

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    That tiebreak was truly epic. Differentiated the man from the boy. Hope I get to see the replay on TC.
     
  34. Sid_Vicious

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    Agreed. He is just a normal guy who was trying to remain confident before facing Federer. People should not be so hard on him for that.
     
  35. Russeljones

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    Easy win for Grandpa Dimitrov
     
  36. forzamilan90

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    Haha you sir have just made a great quote
     
  37. Surecatch

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    Wow, that's quite a prediction. Despite obvious improvement, I still think he's a long way from even consistently contending in slams. I'll be very surprised if he wins six, even if he does improve to the level of slam contender/winner.
     
  38. Masayoshi

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    I'm pretty confident saying Tomic will win at least 2 slams. In 3-4 years, the current top 4 will have dropped their level or retired, and Tomic will then be in his prime. I expect him to keep improving (his serve has gotten so much better than what it was), and he's among the best of the new bunch. Sure a new Federer may emerge out of nowhere and hoard all the slams, but I suspect that there will probably at least be an interim period that Tomic can capitalize on, à la Hewitt.
     

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