On Fed's decline

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  1. daddy

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    He he. Good one.

    I think bottom line for me is, if you are not ready, dont play. If you play - you are ready. Thus any loss has to be credited to your oponents not your sickness.
     
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  2. stormholloway

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    Do you follow other sports? Are you familiar with Philadelphia Eagles fans? You also realize people commonly get murdered at European football games right?

    Federer may be healthy but his illness is still affecting his game. Is it a coincidence that since his illness his play has dropped a level? Roddick hadn't beaten him since 2003 and suddenly beats him after he gets sick.

    At this point it's about confidence. Take his illness out of the equation and he should have kept rolling from 2007.
     
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  3. fastdunn

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    i wish i could continue discussing in this thread but i am just uncomfortable with the title of this thread. there's hardly a decline yet... unless he considerably under-perform at remaining 3 slams this year.
     
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    His decline started when he lost to Canas 2 straight times. He loses to Djokovic in Montreal. He loses to Nalbandain twice on indoor hard courts. All these are hard courts which he is supposed to win. Fed is declined even more this year. I doubt all his wins are because he was healthy and all his losses are because he had mono. He didn't miss any time from mono so that goes to show how minor it was for Federer. It is a serious illness for some people but Fed got lucky.
     
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  5. Lionheart

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    It is not like that for him and many pros, he has the number 1 ranking to defend and if he doesn´t play we all know what happens.
     
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    Oh my dear friend it is like that for everyone. If you believe you can play while being ill try it. But not with mono, try playing with a flue or with something mild like a cold. You are a kid but nevermind I did it many times. You guessed correct, although not a pro, I would quit before the first set ends, it is not possible to stand on the ground let alone play vs a healthy oponent.

    If your life is at stake you would not be able to play. Not to mention winning and reaching last stages of the tournaments. He is healthy. Probably not back to 100% yet but very much near it. He said his coach believes he is at 95%. Thats about enough not to blame that alone on your losses.
     
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    I know you are a freak but seriously, he has to lose some matches. 2007 was great even by his standards although he sucked in some matches. But that was a rare occasion. You can not lose 7 or 8 matches during a whole calendar year and win 3 slams and be in a decline.
     
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  8. Lionheart

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    I was not talking about playing at the peak of the disease, that´s ridiculous. I thought you were talking about playing while still recovering from it.
    And I´ve done it many times too
     
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  9. daddy

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    Yes but you are not Roger Federer correct ? Anyways time is the best judge so we should all wait and there you go - all the answers will come. Good news is that we dont have to wait much more.
     
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  10. stormholloway

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    But he won the Australian without dropping a set and made the finals of all four slams and won three of them, dropping only two sets in those four grand slam finals. Keep in mind also that everybody got beat by Nalbandian indoors at that time. He also beat Nadal on clay, ending his streak.

    I admit he looked way off against Canas and Djokovic in his losses last year.

    I won't completely disagree. He looked far tougher in 05-06. I don't even care if he dominates tennis like before or not. I like competition. But I want to see Federer in top form again. I just don't think he's hitting with confidence.
     
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  11. leonardtay

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    I think for objective people, we should take Roger's words at face value unless there is proof otherwise. At the moment, Roger is building up on match practice and confidence for the clay court season. Expect him to have close calls and perhaps some losses which will eventually go away when he has gotten back to optimum condition mentally and physically.
     
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  12. Lionheart

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    I wish I was :)
     
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