Federer pulls out from Halle

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  1. Wolbo

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    Just read that Federer will not play in Halle to prevent possible injury.

    That's another 225 ranking points gone and will not help in his preparation for Wimbledon. He did not mention if he will now play in Nottingham or Rosmalen instead.

    Not good news.
     
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    link please?
     
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    no good news...will he win wimbledon if he doesnt win Halle?
     
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    Hmm.. interesting.. maybe he'll play in Nottingham or Rosmalen?
     
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    That's somewhat of a good news too. He won Hamburg, reached the FO final then he'll be fresh for wimbledon. Nadal took a week off before the french too because of his long clay court season.
     
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  8. caulcano

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    IMO, it doesn't look good. I don't think he'll play Nottingham or Rosmalen. Which means he'll be less prepared than he's ever been as a returning champion. I see an upset on the cards at Wimb. :-(
     
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  9. tennis_hand

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    i wonder too. will he play any warmup event?
     
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  10. SgtJohn

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    The clay season is over guys, Federer is an all-time great on grass, and I don't think a preparation tournament agains such grasscourters as Davydenko or Nalbandian was going to change anything. I'm not saying Roger has a total lock on Wimbledon, but should a meltdown occur, the cause will be mental struggle or an incredible match by an opponent. Playing Halle or not isn't going to change anything about either one...
     
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    I think it's a good decision. He was pushed too hard last year at Halle, considering that, it makes sense to refrain from playing when it hurts.
     
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    LOL nottingham. He'll double bagel everyone.
     
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    hmmm, I think he's just so disappointed by his loss in Paris that he needs a few days to himself. He looked devistated after Sundays match.
    I can't see how it would 'prevent injury' any more than last year, the two finals were almost the same length, both just over 3 hours.
    Also having to play Rochus on grass, who's probably been praticing on grass all of last week, is a risky match coming straight off the clay. He had some close calls last year - 8 tiebreaks in 5 matches - while he was adjusting to grass.
    A first round loss in Halle would just confound his misery right now.
    I doubt he'll play at Nottingham though... can you imagine Federer at the little Nottingham tourney? I will definitely travel to see that!!
     
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  14. War Safin!

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    It's about 10 minutes walk from where I live.
    I play tennis there every week!
     
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    he'll be fresher come Wimbledon
    good idea Roger.
    it's easier to adjust from clay to grass than grass to clay
     
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  16. lambielspins

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    That is incredibly stupid on his part. The rankings include a "best of 5 remaining tournaments". He only typically plays 5 and he has already skipped 1 he typically plays-Doha and now this. So he is already cutting himself down out of not even playing 5 remaining tournaments after the Masters to losing points. Then again the way he played the French Open final it is obvious he doesnt care about winning anymore, so I am not surprised he does not care about the #1 ranking either. Success is not important to him anymore apparently.
     
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  17. laurie

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    This is interesting because Federer took 6 weeks off after the Australian Open this year - something I brought up in a thread earlier this year asking whether Federer is underprepared.

    After mid January he didn't play again until March in Dubai which he won but not easily. He then lost early in both Indian Wells and Miami, plus he lost early in Rome.

    Federer hasn't played a lot of Tennis this year. He cannot be fatigued physically so it has to be mental fatigue.

    This will make it a very interesting Wimbledon. How will the opposition (not too much on grass these days for sure!) react over the next few weeks?
     
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  18. David L

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    He won the Australian this year without playing an event beforehand. Also, Borg used to play Wimbledon straight after the French, without playing any grass tournaments in between.
     
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    Grasscourters as Davydenko. Nalbandian has a Wimbledon final, and had good results on grass, for a change ;)
     
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    Didn't he skip Basel last year? Maybe he can play it again this year

    PS: No, I'm not sure about this. I'll check it on the website.
     
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  21. laurie

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    He played 4 matches at Kuyong before the Aussie Open, which is a good competitive practice session even if it doesn't count for any points on the ATP computer.
     
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  22. War Safin!

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    Maybe he'll do a 'Borg' and find somewhere like the Cumberland Lawn tennis club to practice on?
     
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    Maybe the mental pressure is too much, and he will retire
     
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    I know of some courts he can practice on... the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Seriously, exactly when are players allowed to show up at a slam and start practicing?
     
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    Yes, that's true, forgot about that. Even so, no law says a preliminary tournament must be entered into before a Grandslam. Look at Borg. The Australian also comes after the end of season break so it may take a little longer to get into things, whereas now we are in the middle of the season. Federer has already had recent experience playing in competition at the French, so he does'nt need to get used to playing in front of crowds again. Also, we're talking about Federer here, he's very experienced and knows what works for him. He just needs to get some good practice in, with practice sets. Now is more a case of getting used to the grass. Who knows, he may enter something else, but I don't think it will take him that long to adapt. I think it's a good idea to rest some, so he'll be fresh at Wimbledon.
     
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  26. ACE of Hearts

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    Give me a break, this guy is a natural on grass.He will get practice time next week when he flies to london.I am sure he knows what he is doing.Wimbledon is his crown jewel and he wouldnt sacrifice it!!!!
     
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    Is Federer pulling a Borg?
     
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  28. nickarnold2000

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    He's got 2 weeks before Wim right? So, he rests and practices this week and plays a warmup tourny next week - no problem. I regularily play on clay and although it's soft the long rallies are really tough on the body; he's being smart.
     
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    Sportsbooks are still taking wagers on his match with Rochus. Money is coming in on Rochus.
     
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    After playing two 3 hr matches on clay, plus all of the mental strain of Roland Garros, he needed a break to get away from it all. I'm sure he'll be ok come next week.
     
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  31. Feña14

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    Crikey, I hope he does play at Nottingham!!

    I've got tickets to the quarters and the semi's and then tickets for centre court at Wimbledon on the first day so I could get to see him 3 times in the space of a few days!

    It would be good practice for him as there is some good grass courters turning up as usual. Gasquet, Tursunov, Grosjean, Johansson and alot of very good serve & volleyers, maybe Henman and Murray might turn up aswell.
     
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    I called the box-office today and his name is down on the list - but in no way confirmed.
    If he does play, this could be one of the following that are left:
    four qualifiers; three wild cards; two special exempts.
     
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    Rafa has retired Roger, its over
     
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    Federer won the ao without dropping a set and he didnt have no warm up tourney, so wimby is his best surfaces, so 5peat.
     
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    but he did, he played the warmup tournament with roddick ect
     
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    Wow! That's amazing news.

    Roger in Nottingham, that would be like Ronaldo moving to Torquay United or something lol.
     
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    How about Roger entering the boodles challenge, that would be a first,lol.
     
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    yoohoo, sampras, wild card time!!! :D
     
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    I read that too....I was looking forward to the first round matchup between Federer and O. Rochus.

    Maybe he was nervous to play Olivier......he did get pushed 6-7(2) 7-6(11) 7-6(5) at Halle last year.

    Olivier is one of the few guys on tour that's not afraid of Federer.
     
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    Fed struggled through Halle last year because of fatigue issues.Nervous to play Rochus?No way, i think he wants to prevent injury.
     
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  42. LarougeNY

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    He played basel last year, almost got beaten by Srichapan, and ended up beating gonzo in the final. Its a hardcourt event though, after wimbledon.

    Hopefully he gets the rest he needs and wins wimby for a five peat.
     
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    I was kinda poking fun about O. Rochus. But he did play Federer very close the last three times they played. He doesn't want to risk injury because Olivier would play him hard right out of the gates after Roland Garros.

    Olivier did grow up playing against Federer and teamed up with him in junior dubs. He doesn't suffer from the intimidation factor that some guys show against Fed.
     
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  44. rfprse

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    He looked flat & tired at least last two, three matches.
    Maybe it was from the mental pressure, but not playing this week seems a wise choice in terms of conditioning in general.
    However, it's puzzling how he'll prepare for the Wimbledon.
    Doesn't he still need some match play on grass?
     
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    I thought it didn't start until Wimbledon?

    I hope it doesn't anyway! I'd of wasted a few players if it has started this week :(
     
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    In the only year Sampras didn't win Wimbledon (in 1996?) during
    his 8 year domination on grass, he skipped a warm-up AFAIK.
     
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    Wow that's to bad. Is he planning on playing any other warm up tournments
     
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    that doesnt count, because that was only an exhibition, roddicks win over roger there isint counted anywhere.
     
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    Federer takes break after defeat

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6740397.stm

    Roger Federer has pulled out of the Gerry Weber Open after his French Open final loss to Rafael Nadal.

    The Swiss star, who has won the last four tournaments in Halle, was beaten 6-3 4-6 6-3 6-4 at Roland Garros.

    "In an attempt to prevent injury after the long final in Paris, I cannot defend my title," he told his website.

    Among those to make progress on day one in Halle were third seed James Blake, eighth seed Marcos Baghdatis and fourth seed Tomas Berdych.

    Federer's four wins in the German grass-court tournament have all preceded similar success at Wimbledon, which gets under way on 25 June.


    Sunday's defeat ruined Federer's hopes of capturing a first French Open and becoming only the third man to hold all four Grand Slam crowns at the same time.

    Thigh trouble and general fatigue were cited as reasons for his decision to take a short break.

    Tournament director Ralf Weber said: "We were informed that he had been bothered by adductor problems in the final against Nadal and that he does not want to take any risks.

    "He will return to Zurich, take a few days off, get treatment and then travel to London."

    Federer is likely to be fined £20,320 under standard ATP rules if he does not undertake a medical in Halle before Wednesday.
     
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