Why does Federer love Del Potro so much?

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  1. Mike Sams

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    He's always talking about Del Potro as this incredible specimen who will be winning lots of Slams and will be giving nightmares to all the top guys. He's said this several times before and said it again this week. I've never seen him say this about any other player on the tour at any point. It's like Del Potro is his younger brother or something with the way he talks about him and hyping him? :-? Federer seems to really like him a lot.
     
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    Because he knows that he is his pigeon deep down.
     
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    fed bromance
     
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  4. Mike Sams

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    I thought del potro would've gifted him the basel tourny then. At the very least since it's federer's home tourny.
     
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    He maybe see class or himself in Del Potro, plus Del Potro hanged out with Federer in 2007, also Federer recommended him to Wilson.

    Del Potro pretty likeable to his fans barring one guy on TT. Maybe the Murray incident was his only accident.
     
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  6. Sabratha

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    Because Del Potro is a nice guy who can hang with the top four.
     
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  7. Talker

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    Nadal said similar words.
    They both see DelPo's potential as do a few other tennis fans.

    Besides that Del Potro is pretty genuine, a nice trait in anyone.
     
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    Del Potro seems like a really nice guy.
     
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  9. Mainad

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    Heh, heh, how arrogant of Federer! :)

    Del Potro is the ONLY player other than Nadal who has ever beaten Federer in a Slam final and, other than Djokovic, the only player ever to beat him in his hometown tourney, Basel plus their incredible semi-final in the recent Olympics! So naturally he's going to say that Delpo will be the next Best Thing! You don't think the GOAT could ever lose a Slam to some no-mark journeyman, do you? Who do you think he is....Rafa Nadal?? :wink:

    Seriously, Del Potro's 2009 US Open run means he will always have the potential to repeat that performance and make it to the very top IF he can remain injury-free and iron out a few mental issues. But that's a pretty big IF, especially where his physical fitness is concerned. He's yet to prove whether he can ever repeat his 2009 US Open run or whether it was just a once-in-a-lifetime, lightning-in-a bottle-type performance.
     
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  10. NadalAgassi

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    His fitness is his biggest problem right now. I couldnt believe watching the WTF semifinal with Djokovic he seemed to get tired in the middle of the 2nd set. Doesnt bode well for his chances of winning a series of best of 5 set matches vs the top players. His RG match vs Federer was an example of a match he had nothing left after about 2.2 sets of tennis, and Federer wasnt even playing remotedly well that event either.
     
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    Link or it didn't happen.

    IIRC, Fed called Delpo the "future number one" even before he lost to him in the USO 2009, didn't he ?
     
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  12. kOaMaster

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    wow, you must be really new to tennis. you have no idea.

    @OP: Where did he make this statement about Del Potro? In Brasil??
     
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  13. Mainad

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    Well no, I'm not new to tennis actually since I've been following it for more than 30 years!

    Yes, I meant to say that no-one other than Djokovic had beaten him in a Basel final but then I discovered he lost a final to Henman in 2001 (albeit that was pre-prime Federer who also lost to Henman at Wimbledon that year). My mistake! :oops:

    But hey, thanks for kindly pointing this out and setting me straight...not! :rolleyes:

    Be sure I'll remember to return the favour as soon as I can! :twisted:
     
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    Are you sure? Seems a bit odd to me that he would say that prior to 2009 USO!
    After all, what exactly had Del Potro achieved up until then?
     
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    Federer thought 'not bad' when Delpo became the only man other than Nadal to beat him in a GS final.

    Joking aside Delpo has class, that's enough for Fed to like him.
     
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  16. Mainad

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    Yet you wouldn't have thought so when they played that final at the USO. Federer was unusually angry and agitated and famously let rip at the umpire accusing him of allowing Del Potro to take too long to challenge calls! For a while afterwards, Federer complained that he should have won and implied that it was his own mistakes that caused him to lose it rather than Del Potro's superior play. He clearly doesn't like losing in Slam finals except to Nadal where he has had to accept him as an equal given the number of losses to him he has had to sustain at the FO!

    Maybe he is mellowing with age in being more generous in his current praise of Del Potro!
     
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  17. Gonzo_style

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    Everybody likes Del Potro, not just Federer...
     
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    He has a big-boy crush on him?
     
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  19. Hawkeye7

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    Not everybody.
     
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    Who else is out there lol. Ferrer is crap vs big 4, Berd is okey too but not as good as Potro.
     
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  21. President

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    Del Potro is a nice guy, everyone likes him. Everyone hates the Berdman for the opposite reason, sh!tty attitude and an immature way of thinking. It's a shame, in my book Berdych is one of the most talented players on tour but he will probably never live up to it.
     
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  22. kOaMaster

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    It's just weird you're spreading information and arguments that are totally untrue. if anything, I'd expect you to know at least what you are talking about more or less. even in your correction you overlooked that federer lost 2000 in the final of basel against thomas enqvist (his second final overall, the first one he lost to rosset).

    my point is - to me, what you're saying sounds very vague and it makes me less believing in anything you write here.

    you don't need to return anything, I'm fine. I'm neither hostile to you. I just don't like people writing down "facts" in forums without thinking or checking it while using them as arguments.
     
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  23. augustobt

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    Everybody but Nalbandian and a guy on TT.
     
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  24. Hawkeye7

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    Actually, I'm a girl and I have nothing against him. :) But there are a few more players who don't 'love' him.
     
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  25. Mainad

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    I made one mistake about Federer and Basel and you're blowing it up out of all proportion to make it sound as if everything I say has no basis in fact. I admitted I made a mistake and I don't think it would have hurt you to have been a bit more polite and gracious about it instead of coming across so rude and condescending. We all make mistakes and I'm willing to bet that you do too now and again. Nobody's perfect!

    I don't think you'll find much else I've said on here that has been wrong. But as I say we all make mistakes on occasion. Try and get over it.

    Well, you certainly came across to me as very hostile and unpleasant. If you are at all interested in having a friendly dialogue with others on here, try and moderate your tone and be a bit more gracious. If you can't do that, then I think it best we just ignore each other's posts in future! Okay?
     
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    How is it possible to not like Federer's tennis?
     
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  27. Hawkeye7

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    I thought we were talking about del Potro!? When did I say anything about Federer? But as his fan, you should know that while he is very popular, he also has many haters. Some might not even be fans of his Tennis.
     
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    I was hinting, that someone's tennis should be the main point of liking/disliking him.

    About Federer's haters - noone can help them.
     
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    I don't really dislike any player. I don't think it's my place to dislike people I don't know...
     
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  30. Razoredge

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    Del Potro is trash and nothing more than a walking bye for the top 4.
     
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    I wasn't talking about you. There are a guy here that chase every single Del Potro match and say (on every goddam point)
    "look this serve! in the middle of the box. ridiculous"
    "stupid! Blew a 15-40 away"
    "lucky. He just got that 6-0 by a big luck"
     
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  32. Clay lover

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    Well, you gotta talk up the man who beat you so you don't look as bad.
     
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  33. forzamilan90

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    Part of it that aside from late challenges Del Potro is a class act. He was on a crazy run then got injured badly. Also the fact that Del Potro hit some of the godliest power shots ever in their U. S. open match has to factor in. Delpo was incredible. There was also that great olympics match. Much mutual respect.
     
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  34. Towser83

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    He was agitated at the time in the match but he looked happy for Delpo at the end and was complimntary about him afterwards and ever since (he said nice stuff about him before that tournament too)

    Some bits from the post match interview.

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    ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, I thought it was a tough match from the start. I think even the first set was, you know, pretty close. I think both getting used to the conditions. It was kind of tough starting around the 4:00 time because the shadows moving in and stuff.

    I got off to a pretty good start, and had things under control as well in the second set. I think that one cost me the match eventually. But I had many chances before that to make the difference.

    So it was tough luck today, but I you thought Juan Martin played great. I thought he hung in there and gave himself chances, and in the end was the better man.


    Q. Would you say this defeat, looks like a little bit the one you had in Australia with Nadal?

    ROGER FEDERER: I don't remember the match almost in Australia. Was I up or down two sets to one?


    Q. Down.

    ROGER FEDERER: Down. I felt like today I was much more in control. You know, I had many more chances. It's one of those finals maybe I look back and have some regrets about it.

    But, you know, you can't have them all and can't always play your best. He hung in there and did well. In the end, he was just too tough. Just the way it is.


    Q. Are you at all surprised that he was able to keep his composure and not get sucked up by the moment of his first major final?

    ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, I guess, yeah. It's always an amazing effort coming through and winning your first in your first final. Got to give him all the credit because it's not an easy thing to do, especially coming out against someone like me with so much experience. I think it's not easy to have a steel racquet.

    Towards the end, of course, up 5-2 in the fifth. That was easy. But he had to live through some really tough moments earlier on in both breakers throughout those sets to come back.

    So his effort was fantastic. I thought himself he went through quite a few ups and downs. This is the one I should have used to make a difference, but I couldn't.

    In the end, was really good.


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    Seems like he viewed the match like it was.He had his chances early on to put the match beyond Delpo, but once he failed to do that Del Potro became too tough to beat.
     
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    Federer respects players who truly push him, it seems.
     
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    Federer respects all the players, but he likes/gets along better with players who are talented, respectful, classy but understated(JMDP, Rafa), but doesn't like brash, or over the top or aggressive (Berd, Djoker etc). Just a case of similar personalities I would guess.
     
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    I think in part because DelPo is a self-admitted Roger fan.

    Nothing wrong with that, certainly. :)

    However, I think being starstruck was something DelPo had to overcome to stop getting bageled by Roger (AO, anyone?) and start beating him, even occasionally.
     
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    More Fedpotro bromance on display prior to the exhos in Argentina

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  41. Djokodal Fan

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    deep inside Fed knows about his pigeon.

    So this is not expected!
     
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  42. smoledman

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    This. If Fed didn't have a super great record 13-4 against DelPo he wouldn't be so "loving".
     
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  43. zagor

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    Well it sure as hell didn't take him long to overcome being starstruck given that after the double bagel match he pushed Fed to 5 at FO and beat him in USO final the very same year.
     
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    Eh, he beat him in a slam final (the only player other than Nadal to do so), given that Fed values slams above everything else he could hold a grudge easily if it was up to that.

    Not surprised at this coming from you of course.
     
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  45. Gonzalito17

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    Maybe Fed is trying to inspire Delpo to be the one to succeed him on the throne as he likes Delpo more than he likes Djok and Rafa )

    Also, Delpo has deferred to Fed in many if not most of the matches they've played. It almost seems Delpo is afraid to beat Fed, though he has done it here and there, in stunning fashion too.
     
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    I'm quite sure he got some injury during the course of the match.
     
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