Fed still practicing on HC

Sartorius

Hall of Fame
He said before in Miami that he would continue practicing on HC and make the transition to clay about 2 weeks before RG (he doesn't want to change his game too much). I think he's on a schedule and is definitely going to be there.
 

tennis_pro

Bionic Poster
He said before in Miami that he would continue practicing on HC and make the transition to clay about 2 weeks before RG (he doesn't want to change his game too much). I think he's on a schedule and is definitely going to be there.
This sounds so weird to me but it's Fed so he knows what he's doing.
 

kabob

Hall of Fame
He said before in Miami that he would continue practicing on HC and make the transition to clay about 2 weeks before RG (he doesn't want to change his game too much). I think he's on a schedule and is definitely going to be there.
Is he? Because Roland Garros is 11 days away...

:oops:
 

MasturB

Legend
He said to Gilbert in Miami that he wouldn't have an issue translating his hardcourt game to clay. It's all a matter of his knees and if he's excited about the clay transition.

Perhaps he feels he can practice on hardcourt and only need 2 weeks to practice on clay for RG. I mean it's Fed. He understands the game and the surface transitions better than anyone. I think he's just using the Dubai heat to get back in match shape.
 

NGM

Hall of Fame
2017 reminds me about 2010 when Federer won AO and Nadal won everything else. Started well but ended terribly. But it's life.
 

CivicLx

Hall of Fame
I feel like this is a silly question to ask when Dubai has freaking man-made islands but do they have clay courts in Dubai? Sureshly they must but I'm not quite suresh:confused:
 

Bartelby

Bionic Poster
If you were playing on clay in Dubai you'd want to be indoors or else the desert winds would ruin your day.
 

NGM

Hall of Fame
Nadal isn't 23 anymore.

I think Ralph will be gassed by the end of USO. Want to see his grass form in Queens.
He is playing like 23. He shows no sign of tiredness.
However the main problem is not lying at Nadal's level of play, but at Federer's motivation. I wonder if he has the same desire after so many successes. He had that problem in 2010. After AO, he quit mentally and had to suffer bad losses everywhere.
 

MasturB

Legend
He is playing like 23. He shows no sign of tiredness.
However the main problem is not lying at Nadal's level of play, but at Federer's motivation. I wonder if he has the same desire after so many successes. He had that problem in 2010. After AO, he quit mentally and had to suffer bad losses everywhere.
He's not as fast as he used to be, this is clear. He's had some success this year no doubt, but hardly had to go through the gauntlet like Fed did at AO, IW, MIA.

Nadal has more mileage at 30 than Nole or Mugg do. Expecting him to grind at RG is unthinkable. He's got to be more efficient than he is now. He looked rough vs. Fob and Kyrgios has been battling injury all week.
 

guitarra

Professional
I really believe he should skip FO. The chance of him winning it are very slim and playing it he decreases his chances at Wimbledon.
 

Surion

Hall of Fame
He is playing like 23. He shows no sign of tiredness.
However the main problem is not lying at Nadal's level of play, but at Federer's motivation. I wonder if he has the same desire after so many successes. He had that problem in 2010. After AO, he quit mentally and had to suffer bad losses everywhere.

WTF?

HE would lose 2-6 2-6 against his 23 year old version on clay.
 

Deine VS

Rookie
His only priority is majors and has been for the last 10 years or so.
I did not say that he would not try his best. But you know and anybody else, evan him, that RG is not his best shot for a slam. I was trying to say that he will not be to much disappointed whatever happen.
 

sportsfan1

Hall of Fame
Hey Roger, wrong surface:eek:
But the better Djokovic and Nadal play in Madrid and Rome, the better off Fed is not playing RG.
 

papertank

Hall of Fame
For Fed at this point I think it's all about him enjoying the tennis he is playing and having the motivation to play his heart out at the tournaments he does enter. If that means spending a lot less time on clay than usual, even for practice, then so be it. He knows that almost everything that he could achieve at this point is gravy, so he is just focusing on playing the way he wants to and the way he does best.
 

TommyA8X

Hall of Fame
Didn't he already confirm was gonna play the French (a week or so ago)? A week on clay is more than enough for him to get used to the movement and the rest will be taken care of by match play...
 

Sartorius

Hall of Fame
For Fed at this point I think it's all about him enjoying the tennis he is playing and having the motivation to play his heart out at the tournaments he does enter. If that means spending a lot less time on clay than usual, even for practice, then so be it. He knows that almost everything that he could achieve at this point is gravy, so he is just focusing on playing the way he wants to and the way he does best.
Yep. Pretty much what he said himself before. "Playing the way he wants to" is essential, he'll likely play the same way he did on HCs at RG, regardless of the result. I'm eager to see how he will look.
 
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