I’m the opposite. Clay sucks balls.Not for me. Non factor in clay.
Oh man those were good days .."Where were you when 90s Clay got banned?"
You can't possibly imagine the buzz and the fuzz in the build-up to the match on TT. Some even took a vow of silence afterwards
Are we underrating the extent of the psychological damage that would have been done if Fed had lost 2009 FO though? At the time people were talking like his career was finished (after W08 and especially AO 09)- I think there's a scenario where he wouldn't have had the heart to keep going. He says in the original interview that that win has allowed him to be at peace for the rest of his career. Would we even have got AO 17 if he hadn't won FO09?In 2009, even if Fed hadn't won the FO, he was by all accounts looking to win 20+ slams and he would still get multiple opportunities to win the FO. Djokovic wasn't in the picture and people thought Nadal's grueling style would burn him out (it kinda did until Nadal resurrected in 2017).
I’ll leave you alone with your ignorance.I’m the opposite. Clay sucks balls.
It might as well be a different sport as far as I’m concerned.
Now for a recreational player - young kids or old people - it’s easier to play on so I’ll give it that. No good for professional tennis.
Yeah I mean comparing just final to final I suppose ao was more satisfying but feds French open journey to win that final slam was so stressful. So many times I didn't think he was going to make itAustralian Open for me.
But I'll add context as to why: In 2009, I was a pretty cocky Federer fan. I really didn't think he'd lose and remember not thinking of Soderling as a tricky opponent. I didn't really appreciate the magnitude of the situation. Conversely, for the Australian Open, I've become a lot less cocky as a Federer fan as I've grown up and matured. No matter how big a win streak he amasses versus Nadal/Djokovic, I'll always be nervous for their matches. Add in the fact that it had been an extremely long time since Federer won a major and many heartbreaking losses since the 2012 Wimbledon triumph, the Aussie win just felt like vindication. So many brutal losses, so many near major victories during the major drought. It felt great. Added greatness because of his opponent and how he did it, but just winning another major when it seemed so unlikely to ever happen again was amazing.
Omg yes,that,was,an,emotional ceremony and so well deserved. I think,who fed beat at ao is really influencing people but that major hole in his,resume was always the lack of french and he finally got it while tying beat. Plus based on feds interviews he also regards that win,highly and has referenced that,win when talking about being at peace with his career. Plus man people forget but the match threads,were crazy here,but in an enjoyable way.Definitely FO 2009; what with the raindrops coming down at the victory presentation; the whole thing was so surreal!
It would be perfect if Djokovic equals Sampras next year at the French.Just to have to add that fed not only completed the,career slam with fo he,also tied Pete at that slam which at the time was a big,deal. Kind,of neat,how both,nadal and fed tied,Pete at the French right after losing the Ao. In,any,case both are,fantastic memories but I think fo is just a,bit more special and fed himself tends to reference that win in saying he was at peace with his career after that. With that being said I watch the heck out of the ao 2017 5th set a,lot
Actually, if Fed doesn't win AO 18 I'd be reasonably happy to see Djoko take it. Whilst Nole fans can strike me as a bit paranoid the AO twitter feed this year has basically acted like the tournament is an extension of Federer's business empire so I've actually had a bit of sympathy for once. A seventh title would be a suitable revenge.Yes it would...
Why wait until 2019, when 2018 can do it all?
Yup, lest we forget "No Excuses" theread by 90s Clay!
I actually like Fed a lot. It's just that in almost every generation there was someone I liked even more than him. He is unlucky not to have my support more often, but certainly not as unlucky as most of my favorites who had to compete with him regularly.It's beyond my comprehension how some people can say that Fedr is not his or her favorite player.
That's it for me as well. And once Rafa lost in 2009 and Fed saved the Haas match with the inside out FH, I expected him to take the title.Happy? Australia.
I think anyone would have had to be quite hard-hearted not to feel a bit of pleasure for Fed in 2009. Even Nadal claimed it made him emotional. http://www.marca.com/2014/06/06/en/more_sports/1402072945.html Always wondered if that affected Soderling a bit.I actually like Fed a lot. It's just that in almost every generation there was someone I liked even more than him. He is unlucky not to have my support more often, but certainly not as unlucky as most of my favorites who had to compete with him regularly.
It's not your business,fanboy.https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/te...2009-im-okay-with-it-all-ending-a3689431.html
AO17 was such a high but really, FO 09 was the significant one, wasn't it?