Julian Reister: "I actually don't really want to win against Federer..."

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  1. dropshot winner

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    Just read an article in a swiss newspaper about Federer's next opponent, it seems he finally found his "Almagro".

    His originial quote in german:

    «Er ist mein absoluter Lieblingsspieler. Und eigentlich möchte ich gar nicht gegen ihn gewinnen. Dann wäre er ja ausgeschieden und ich traurig»

    Loosely translatet that means:

    "He (Federer) is my absolute favorite player. Actually I don't really want to win against him. Because that would mean that he'd be eliminated from the tournament, and I'd be sad as a result".

    :D

    Looks like a hopeless Federer-fanboy, but he seems to be a really nice guy. He plays in the german tennis leage and a while ago waived his earnings in an attempt to save his club (which didn't work).
     
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    Well, Federer's going to get draw some flak for this, and finally, it's deserved.

    Playing Federer is many fans' dream. Sure, you'd try to win some points, but your eyes would twinkle and you'd flash a grin when Federer passes you with a brilliant forehand.

    I'm not watching Federer so I can see some Make a Wish exhibition. I'm watching so I can see him tested by opponents who want a bigger payday, who want to beat the best. The driving force of professional sports is competition, and if you're not planning on being competitive, I can hardly call you a professional. As a pro, you have every right to respect Federer with all your being because he's deserved every ounce of it. But you have no right to worship him.
     
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  3. vortex1

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    Another clown ready to bend over for his idol. Nothing new here.
     
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  4. dropshot winner

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    At least he's not ranked in the top10 like some fanboys of Nadal :)

    Reister doubled his 2010 earnings be reaching the 3rd round of Roland Garros and has never won a single ATP match.
    I don't think he has even beaten a top100 player in the challengers.
     
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  5. babbette

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    That's the mentality of most of them let's be honest. You can always tell when they walk out on court. I'n so glad one said it to validate speculations over the years :)

    where as when it's time to play rafa they're out for blood. that's why rafa always looks like he's been slaughtered when he loses big.
     
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  6. dropshot winner

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    That explains some of the fantastic performances from Robredo, Almagro and Verdasco against Nadal. You know, when they can't hit a single decent shot when it REALLY matters.

    Face it, Federer AND Nadal have free wins because of their reputation. It's not the whole world against little Rafa.
     
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    His compatriots don't count. 8)
     
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    Well not that he had actually much of a chance-it looks to me like this Reister guy is barely a full time pro-which justifies his statement which is NOT what a professional would ever say-much more believe.

    But yeah..cute.
     
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    LOL why? is this some kind of spanish armada secret oath they make-to always bend over for Rafa?
     
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    So top5, top10 and top20 players don't count, but some obscure player that has played 3 freaking ATP matches (losing all of them) does?

    Well, at least you're honest :)
     
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    Good quote. :)

    Realistically though, I'm sure he'll play harder in this match than he's ever played in his life. I like Roger and if I was in Julian's position I'd be a little sad if I had to knock Roger out too. But that doesn't mean I'm going to lay down and not try to win. That sure as hell isn't what he's saying. It's like playing your best friend in a tournament championship. Part of you feels bad for beating them, but you have to do what you have to do.
     
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    Some players don`t want to beat their idols although they are well capable of but in this case even if Reister would play his absolute best it would be impossible to take 3 sets of Federer.
    At least he can enjoy the stay on center court and if he puts a performance like Falla did the other day then he should be happy
     
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    er... ok?

    10 chars.
     
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    Why would Federer deserve to be criticized for something that his opponent said? (referring to the comment about how he's going to get some flak for this, and deservedly so).

    Federer is already criticized more than enough for the things he says.
     
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    How arrogant of Federer to be somebody's hero!
     
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    I can already see tears of joy in Reister's eyes after Fed serving him yet another bagel set.
     
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    I already feel sorry for people that 'll waste their hard earned dough to watch this [expletive] clown.
     
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    Could we say the same for a certain Spaniard in the top 10 who made a comment with a similar suggestion regarding Nadal?
     
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    I do believe that is what was implied. Another clown bending over for his rival, it's true we've seen that a few times already in the past few weeks. :sad:
     
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    Reister didnt think it was fair for Rafa to get all the virtual walkovers courtesy of Verdasco and Ferrer so hes decided to show Fed some love too.
     
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    Fed has a puppy of his own now? How cute :)

    Nadal's puppy(Verdasco) is a better player though.
     
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    Thank you for the one sensible post in this thread.

    My dear friend, he has a right to do what he wants.

    I don't think it matters to him what *your* or *my* definition of a professional is.

    And lastly, its not like he really has a chance to beat Federer even if he tries. Feddie hasn't reached some 20+ finals without deserving it -- you know that.
     
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    Almagro or Verdasco never said that they don't want to beat Nadal.
    Only the *******s want to see it that way.
    I'm sure they want to beat him because they don't feel very comfortable when they see that Nadal is getting all the attention in Spain. Verdasco even complained about this on the radio. If they don't do it, it must be because they can't.




    Is that guy allowed to say that he doesn't want to win? :neutral: Not that he would have a chance even if he wanted to, but the players who don't try are getting fined. I don't see how is this any different.
     
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    wow thats awesome
     
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    The guy is an idiot, IMO. I think he's an arrogant fool. What he's trying to say:

    "I can beat Federer, but I won't, because I am his fan"
    He has an early excuse for losing.
     
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    They should ban such cowardly players. If he doesn't want to win, why the hell is he playing. Guys like this one, the ugly Swedeling, James Blake and others are a disgrace. At least James Blake has a good reason ... Federer called him when Blake was in the hospital! LOL!
     
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    ^^^ Its a digrace, an scandal, an outrage, that someone should want to lose to Federer !!!
     
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    LOL, C.Man!

    What about the ugly Swedeling in the quarters? Is he also going to be starry eyed? :)

     
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    LOL, Sentinel! Truth be told though, I wouldn't complain if every player in either half stepped aside for the top 2. I want that Nadal-Federer final!

     
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    Dude go get some grammar lessons man. It's A outrage, not an.

    :):mrgreen::mrgreen:
     
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    It doesn't really matter. The only game that will matter this year in Paris will be the big final.
     
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    Sorry, I was so outraged that I forgot TW Grammar Chapter 2 (Subject of your thread).

    oh ksbh, you sadist, you want to see Roger being bageled again, and totally disgraced and outraged and scandalized, don't you !!! I'd rather see a fair battle like Andy Muggins vs Rafa - the Master Tactician and All Courter from GREAT Britain vs the King of Clay.
    Or even Djokovic vs Rafa (altho the draw wont allow). Two mental giants battle to death each refusing to give up. Final set going on for a week.

    Anyway, I can't blame you for wanting Rafa to win the title easily in straight sets against Roger. And then to add on his Facebook "I played terrible in the finals!" !! LoL.
     
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    my favorite player is borg, and if i ever had a chance to face him I would try my hardest to stomp him into the ground. of course that will never happen as he's 30 years older than me. being starstruck on the court is a recipe for failure
     
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    Easy, guys, the man surely was expressing his admiration of Federer in an exaggerated manner, but which player wouldn't want a goat skin overgrip? We are talking about huge rep, points and bucks here, especially for a nobody. He'll try his heart out.
     
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    :mrgreen: good one
     
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    Doesn't Nadal already have the entire Spanish armada bending over for him?
     
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    This Guy Is Arrogant, Just Like His Idol.
     
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    Exactly.. I cant believe everyone here taking the quote at face value :roll: The guy is just playing the match down, when he will probably go all out to win.
     
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    Wow, I don't believe someone would actually say that, though.
     
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  42. People don't see a clear difference between "I can't beat Nadal" and "I don't want to beat Federer."

    One is belief, the other is desire.
     
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    so which one you think is better ?
     
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  44. They're both bad, but having no DESIRE to win is far far worse. For example Verdasco (who everyone likes to bag on because he said he can beat everyone but Nadal) probably wanted to win this match against Nadal.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Agreed. Saying you don't want to beat someone (such as the case here in the OP), is WAY bad, rather than acknowledging you "can't" beat someone.
     
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    Both statements sound defeatist to me.
     
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    I just read a longer article about Reister on *********.com (in german) and there the quote was put in context. He wasn't fully serious, and even added that if it were it would be unprofessional, but that he feels a bit that way.

    He also said that suprises don't just happen by talking about them and that he's not delusional, adding that he respects Federer immensly, but that he's not in awe of him.

    At the end the reporter asked if he'd really be sad if he won to which he replied "Probably not" :)

    http://*********.com/WorldTennis/Articles/2010/05-2010/27-05-2010/FrenchOpen_Reister_Vorschau.aspx
     
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    I hope Reister puts up a fight...so people don't actually say that he wants to lose. He has to be more professional...and win!
     
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    If the translation is correct, then it shows bad sportsmanship from Mr. Reister, no matter what his intention is. Ultimately he is a citizen of a free country in a mostly-free world, he can say whatever he wishes.

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