opinion of the greats on Federer vs. Nadal at French

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  1. dh003i

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    Mind Over Matter for Federer

    No Holding Back

    Here's the opinions of Laver, McEnroe, Vilas, Leconte, and Courrier:

    Vilas: "I think Federer has everything...Nadal hasn't lost a match on clay for a long time. But Federer likes challenges....He likes to work at it on clay. He can do it."

    McEnroe: "Federer is so good, he could adjust in like five minutes...But the guy's a genius. What the hell is the problem with playing a left-hander?" (McEnroe seems puzzled at the difficulty Federer has with a very good leftie)

    Courrier: "No doubt he's in his head"

    Laver: "Federer is a great player. He does everything you need, and smoothly...With some luck, he has the stuff to get a Grand Slam. And more power to him. I admire his game, and the way he carries himself" (Laver thinks Federer doesn't need to really do anything differently, but just a little bit of luck)

    Leconte: "Attacking players still have a chance but they need the courage to move more often to the net and serve and volley sometimes...If you play a game like Edberg, or even now like Federer, I think you should come to the net more...He's going to have more easy points and with the clay at the French, and if the weather is the right and the balls are flying, it's great for attacking tennis...he should attack more - much more"

    Well, there you have it, some all-time greats. Laver, McEnroe, Vilas all think Federer can win the French Open. The only one who seems to be negative is Courrier, and while he was a great player, hardly on the level of the aforementioned.

    This is after the Rome Final, which, btw, many dimwitted Nadal fans were predicting would be a sweep. Now, the back-peddling is, "oh, we predicted the outcome right", and Federer played his best game, while Nadal played his "worst". What a laugh.
     
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  2. Aykhan Mammadov

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    Aykhan Mammadov: " Federer is a genius, he is Doctor of Arts of tennis, he can beat Nadal easily, simply he must assure himself that he can and become very angry till the last point in a match. He is trembling and my words must make him nervous enough to make him angry"
     
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  3. lucky leprechaun

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    All of them are right-on, except mcenroe.
     
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  4. FedererUberAlles

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  5. Hops

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    I see. Does that mean Courier's opinion is worth more than Gilbert's?

    Beware of giving a player's opinion more weight just because he won a couple more slams.
     
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  6. superman1

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    There are just various quotes from interviews. It's not like they were all actually asked if Federer could beat Nadal at the French.

    And I agree with McEnroe's lefty comment regarding Federer. If Fed is such a genius, he should be able to adapt to it.
     
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  7. federerhoogenbandfan

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    I think Nadal is a lock to win the French. Where on the womens side there are 6 women that have solid chances, in the mens there is also one. Just like at Wimbledon this year only Roger can win it, at the French this year only Nadal can win. They should hand him the trophy now. As a Roger fan I will be happy if he makes the semis or final, knowing the French title this year is unrealistic.
     
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  8. ACE of Hearts

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    Nadal too win the french once again.
     
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  9. Chadwixx

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    Is there any way to see what feds career record vs lefties is without looking at all of his matches?

    Id take courier's opinion over gilberts any day. Gilberts first book was amazing but has really went hollywood and is like a gossip queen. Doesnt mean i dislike him on tv, he just cant be considered an expert like the other guys.

    Leconte is in that group as well (achievement wise) but i think what he had to say was pretty damn good. An attacking game will only make your baseline game more effective.

    I think he needs to mix in more deep slices down the middle to make nadal work a bit harder at times. Short slices will also work if he can keep them low enough, you just cant have nadal on that baseline all day. Nadal will pop a few but thats expected, its like coming to net, you will be passed.
     
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  10. VamosRafa

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    May as well have Becker's take on this, too, as translated from Spanish by nou.amic of VR.com:

     
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  11. prostaff18

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    Fed will win the French in a five+ hour final against Nadal. 5-7,7-6,6-4,6-7,7-5
    Who really knows? The French is the hardest slam to predict, on any other surface the favorite would be Fed, but on clay Nadal has to be the favorite. But my pick is Fed just because his racquet looks better!!;)
     
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  12. VamosRafa

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    More interesting stuff from Becker, which I think some of you tennis historians will like which is why I'm posting it. Thanks to nou.amic of VR.com for translating it. It's amazing the stuff you get if you can get it through translation. The American press is rather vanilla at times:

     
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  13. Buzzlightyear

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    Interesting intereview from Boris Becker. But the Nadal/Ronaldinho comparison is the worst piece of analogy I ever heard in my life. Geez, I thought he knew better about football. You can compare Nadal to players like Batigol, maybe. But Ronaldinho? I think even Catalanian will shake their heads.
     
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  14. superman1

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    Good interview. But McEnroe was pretty damn close to winning the French in '84. Closer than Federer, certainly. But Becker probably meant that Federer's clay game is much better.
     
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  15. dh003i

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    Thanks for the Boris Becker interview, Vamos.

    I just wanted to bring some perspective into this. If Rod Laver says, "Federer can win the French over Nadal," then someone on this board says, "There's no way Federer can win over Nadal," you kind of have to think that person doesn't know what they're talking about, and discount their opinion.

    hooligan,

    You want to say Nadal is the favorite to win the French, fine. I'd agree. You have to place higher odds on him than anyone else. However, to say he's a "lock" to win it just sounds ignorant in lights of how well Federer is playing on clay, and that their last match was a 5-hour 5-setter.

    If Nadal played a 5-hour 5-set match against Federer on grass before Wimbledon, but lost, everyone would be saying "he has a good shot to win Wimbledon over Federer," and, while acknowledging Federer as the favorite, wouldn't say that he's a "lock".
     
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