Federer withdraws from Tokyo

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  1. Fedace

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    Is Japan open being televised anywhere on internet ?
     
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  2. BurghKing

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    Who care's if he finishes #2? The rankings are not a perfect system to determine who is number one. Seriously, does anyone honestly believe that he is the second best player in the world if his year end ranking is #2? Show me which current player has won 6 of the last 8 grand slams, and then maybe we can talk about Federer being lazy.
     
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  3. lonestar

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    Well then you have to blame the ATP for the ranking point system. Roger has 7605 points atm, he will lose 250 points by not playing Tokyo = 7355 points. So why should he care?
    Davydenko for example has played some 30 tournaments to earn 3255 points, losing to no-names in early rounds many times. Does this make him more determined than Roger? I don't think so.
     
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    This blows. I had signed up to see Federer in an "open" practice session on Sunday and I have tickets to the day that he was to have played his first match. I'll still go to the match, of course, but without the marquee player and defending champ, the tournament is now a shadow of itself.

    My friend called the Japan Tennis Assoc. and asked about this, and they told him that Fed had pulled out a couple days BEFORE today. But announcing it today, the tournament organizers were, I'm guessing, hoping that that many more people purchased tickets for the day of Fed's match.
     
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  5. ninman

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    He's only played 1 minor event this year so far, as opposed to 3 last year. I just hope he plays Paris, I'd like to see him take home 10 titles again this year. But if he doesn't, who cares, he'll still be number 1 by a mile anyway.
     
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  6. rommil

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    Nah that would be Los Angeles.....
     
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  7. rommil

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    I like to see Paradorn get back on the tour. He pulled out of Bangkok because I think it was too far for him.
     
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  8. CyBorg

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    Considering that Nadal has skipped Beijing there is no reason for Federer to overextend himself. He's in full control of the rankings and can now focus on the most important tournaments.
     
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  9. psamp14

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    i dont think he seemed tired during the USO final (well in 2004 he was just on fire) but its strategic thinking by federer....he just played davis cup and had 2 matches which were tougher than most probably thought, and maybe he just doesnt want to fly to tokyo.....

    also, because nadal, djokovic, and roddick have withdrawn from tournament play for the upcoming week, maybe he thought he'd join them in making this week sort of a "dead week".....
     
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  10. circusmouse

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    One of Fed's great attributes is his ability to avoid injury. I'm sure that's partly because he pays attention to his body and doesn't take unnecessary risks. However, I suspect that he has more injuries than he lets on. Sampras didn't discuss his genetic disorder (forget what it's called) until he retired because he didn't want to seem vulnerable in the eyes of his opponents. Most likely Fed has many small injuries that he doesn't discuss for just that reason. He says he's skipping Tokyo for exhaustion, but he may have a muscle strain or something that he'd rather not discuss. Regardless, I think it's wise of him to skip tournaments as needed. Some on this board may think that's a sign of weakness, but think of the number of players who play despite injuries and then have those injuries plague them for the rest of their careers. Fed wants to stay at the top for years to come, so he's not just thinking of picking up a few points right now. He's thinking of winning tournaments next year and the year after. He's a cunning one.
     
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  11. BurghKing

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    I totally agree. Fed's main career goal is to break Sampras' record of 14 Grand Slam titles. Why worry about a #1 ranking in a system that is not perfect? Why risk your career goal for some tournament in Tokyo that no one cares about (except for the people with tickets to the tournament) if indeed he has a minor injury he wants to heal? Focus on the long term. I think he would rather be remembered as the greatest of all time instead of the champion of the Tokyo Open or whatever it is called.
     
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  12. illkhiboy

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    Hey

    Or did Federer ever reject your request for an autograph or something? What's with the hate, boy?
     
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  13. fastdunn

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    It might benefit him in the long run. Current ranking system puts pretty big load on players. He is better off pacing himself smartly for longevity.
     
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