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Old 03-20-2012, 02:01 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by NamRanger View Post
Good thing Goran couldn't have been playing that bad because he faced Federer in the RO16 and QFs of the tournaments he encountered Federer in. So obviously he had to be good enough to string enough wins to be a good enough player to beat a rookie Federer who had almost no match experience, and was utterly prone to meltdowns.
At the 2000 London Indoors, Goran (ranked 61) beat Wayne Black (ranked 142) before losing to Federer (ranked 66).

Originally Posted by NamRanger View Post
Oh wait, he got utterly smashed. Federer owned a veteran Goran when Federer wasn't even good. In their 2001 match on carpet, I believe Goran was somewhere in the top 20s, so he wasn't exactly god awful. Federer was just not a good match-up for him.
At 2001 Milan, Goran was ranked 123 in the world when he lost to Federer (ranked 27). Goran had beaten 33rd ranked Nicolas Kiefer in the first round, a good win, and got a walkover in the next round.
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