Federer Fans: Whose fan will you be after Federer retires???

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by SuperHead, Jul 21, 2013.

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Whose fan will you be after Federer retires?

  1. Nadal

    12.9%
  2. Djokovic

    10.0%
  3. Murray

    10.0%
  4. Dimitrov

    20.0%
  5. Raonic

    1.4%
  6. Janowicz

    20.0%
  7. Tomic

    1.4%
  8. Other (Say below)

    8.6%
  9. Would stop watching tennis

    7.1%
  10. No fan

    8.6%
  1. phnx90

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    Probably Dimitrov; he's pretty frustrating to watch at the moment but I like his game and he's fun to watch.
     
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  2. Russeljones

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    How about Roger Federer? Or must I admire Damien Hurst because Titian has passed away (albeit a short while back)?
     
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  3. adil1972

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    Djokovic 10 char
     
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  4. Chico

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    Who is this guy trying to deceive here? He is a hater and a troll. This post and his signature are a definitive proof. Sorry to say but he looks like a fool trying to deny it.
     
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  5. Silent

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    I'm one of those odd ones that are able to appreciate more than one player's game at a time, so I will answer: anyone I'm a fan of now that will continue playing after his retirement, and perhaps some others that will have joined along the way. That includes Nadal and Raonic.

    /boring answer
     
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  6. cknobman

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    I picked "other" from the options presented because currently I just dont know.
     
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  7. MichaelNadal

    MichaelNadal Talk Tennis Guru

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    "Novak Djokovic is the Kanye West of Tennis." You and Monfed are the only 2 people that have had a problem with that statement because you seem to be the only 2 people that are too dumb to understand it. It's a statement I stand by 500%. It means he's great at what he does, one of the best in his field, but the problem is he knows it and sometimes his behavior overshadows his talent. If you have a problem after I've explained it then you need to.....


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  8. tennisbuck

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    whoever is playing Nadal
     
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  9. MichaelNadal

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    ^^I'd hate him too If I liked Federer and Almagro :lol:
     
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  10. Clarky21

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    :lol:
     
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  11. powerangle

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    Except:

    The 2013 Novak is not the 2011 Novak...that is a no-brainer.

    Even in 2013, Novak was "still" able to defeat Rafa at MC and lose in a tight 5-setter at RG with super-favorable conditions for Rafa (sunny and clear skies). Yeah, yeah...Rafa "should" have been able to close it out in straights...but what counts is the end result: Rafa beats Novak in 5 sets.

    So if a 2013 (weaker) version of Novak can do this to Rafa...there is a good chance that a 2011 version of Novak facing Rafa in the RG final that year (after suffering 4 straight losses to Nole)...that Novak could have beaten Rafa. Yes, I do think that had Novak faced Rafa in the final that year, Nole would have won (maybe in 4 sets). That is not some super far stretch at all.
     
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  12. sarmpas

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    Janowicz is the one to watch for me. A really tall player who actually moves quite well, has reasonable technique, and very good touch on drop shots. Needs extensive work on serve consistency, a 6' 8"-10" player should not miss as much as he does on 1st serve.
     
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  13. monfed

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    I don't want this to drag much further but just wanna point out that during the early part of Ralph's career, his victory celebrations were quite frankly ridiculous, such as over the top fist pumping at opponent's UEs even on less important points, leg thrusts, jumping fist pumps, staring at opponent when the opponent hits a winner are some examples but somehow these didn't deter you from being his fan(IDC it's your choice). However, a lot of people hated him for it but you label them as "haters" while denigrating Novak for the exact same reasons as the "haters" do and somehow you're not a hater?

    Also, Ralph's celebrations aren't a justification for Novak's but your hate for Novak for the SAME thing that Ralph does is a classic case of pot calling kettle black which is why I find the reasons you provided as rather insincere and quite frankly laughable given the damage he's inflicted on Ralph's legacy(stopped him from winning 3 slams directly,cost him weeks at #1 etc,possibly terminating his slam chase ).

    You're just upset because I called you out for it but unlike you I don't keep calling you a troll/clown/hater etc in every second post of mine but you sure do if I don't have something favourable to say about your fav player. I'd prefer if you'd stop doing that.

    SO, I suggest lets call a truce here, you have your reasons to dislike/hate Novak as I do for Ralph and neither is better off for it, because if the namecalling doesn't stop then I'd wager a guess that the mods will step in and have us both ejected from this board. I don't want that and I'm sure you don't either.
     
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  14. MichaelNadal

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    Flame broiled :p
     
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  15. MichaelNadal

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    I don't mind fistpumps and we will just have to agree to disagree. It's the screaming, profanity and shirt ripping I have a problem with. And I agree, I'm tired of talking about it.
     
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  16. merwy

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    I think mainly Del Potro, who you should've included in the poll imo
    Also Nishikori, Dimitrov, Janowicz (but less than the former 2).
    Of the big 3 I would support mostly Djokovic I think. I want to root for Rafa because I like the guy in general, but I don't want him to get close to Federer's slam count...
     
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  17. WeeDiM

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    I already kinda like and root for Djokovic but really there are no players on tour currently who could really replace Roger as a real favorite of mine. Hopefully one emerges eventually. I won't stop watching tennis.

    Oh, and of course I'll generally be rooting for the one handers because 1HBH is such a beautiful shot which shouldn't go away. :) Maybe Dimitrov will be a great one, we'll see.
     
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  18. BLX_Andy

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    I'll quit tennis ENTIRELY. Jk I'm just gonna watch and play tennis like before, but I'm gonna be neutral when it comes to the pros.
     
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  19. SuperHead

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    I really wanted to, but the poll limits down to only ten options. Now I'm feeling sorry I included Tomic (who's got only one vote) instead of Del potro, who would've got many more votes.
     
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  20. jiddy-p

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    I'm not enjoying Federer's rapid decline and will sorely miss him when he retires.

    But there are some interesting players on the circuit, a high quality top 50, and it's only a matter of time before another truly great player comes along (to be honest we've been spoiled to have had three of the all time greats competing at near top form in this era).

    Some players I enjoy watching that I will support after Fed:

    Rafa. Say what you like about his attitude, his persona, he's a top 3 player of all time and how can you be a tennis fan and not appreciate is brilliance? Even if the rest of the field is terrible, he is always worth the watch.

    Dolgopolov. Surprised he gets no love in here. I love his style, his movement has a sense of weightlessness, he's got a crafty game, he's cunning and a he's got a great precision forehand. It's a pity about his consistency and it's becoming clear he's not a regular top 10 customer.

    Fognini. This guy has a great all court game and plays some of the best touch tennis on the tour. He's insanely talented and it's refreshing seeing a smaller guy having success while the rest of the field increasingly look like basketball players. I wouldn't say his Italian Casanova style has universal appeal though.

    Nishikori. Similar style to Fognini, similar stature, a great striker of the ball. But his injury prone body won't allow him to stay at the top of the game. His personality is also somehow disengaging and uninteresting, though he does seem like a nice guy.

    Raonic. Superb player with potential and an inoffensive, likable personality.

    Gulbis. He's not boring, but he's not champion material.

    Dimitrov. This guy somehow reminds me of looking at a wax figure ala Madam Tussauds. He bears a striking similarity to the real thing, but there's just something not quite right about it. His movement, his stroke, his everything looks like an imitation of Federer, but it's just not quite right, not quite perfect. Everything is a little jerky and half a beat slow. He has also shown that he doesn't have the psychological killer fearlessness of our recent champions; Fed, Rafa, Djokovic. Dimi is no spring chicken (what 23?) and he's already choked several times at clutch moments and has no notable achievements. That didn't happen with 19yo Fed vs Sampras centre court Wimbledon.

    All in all, it's slim pickings. There is no champion quite like Federer anywhere on the horizon. His effortless style, textbook technique, graciousness, charm. Tennis has been lucky.
     
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  21. heftylefty

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    I will still be fan of Federer, but there will always be a new and exciting player that capture the people imagination.

    That said, I hope that I don't turn into some bitter fanboy tearing down someone perceived to be a threat to Federer's legacy. Those guys are friggin' annoying.
     
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  22. 6-3 6-0

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    RNadal by a mile and it'll be very well deserved if he goes on to win 18 slams (or one more than whatever amount RFederer wins when he calls it a day)
     
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