Federer fans....... Yeah I'm addressing you all..

Rafa4LifeEver

Hall of Fame
I know you guys are probably sad due to this loss and also angry because a lot of haters of the swiss maestro are posting ridiculous unnecessary junk about roger after this loss, but Trust me, ignore them.

The swiss legend has really played well in last 2 days for a professional athlete who's not played a competitive match in 14 months. He'll gradually build up his match fitness and play himself back into form. I see a lot of positive signs for Roger this year, and firmly believe that the magician has another magical stretch left in him which is gonna be unraveled in upcoming tournaments. The trajectory for Federer is only upwards and upwards from this point.

I know you'd be probably smell something suspicious in this thread, as its coming from a Rafa fan, but believe me, I genuinely mean every single word of what I said.

So, stay positive & happy, Komm schon, Roger.
 
Djokers comeback was brutal too, so it will just take some time.
Difference is Djokovic is 6 years younger than Fed. Plus Fed is coming back from multiple knee surgeries. It’s always worse for movement and all court game when it’s in the legs. Djoko had elbow problems but it’s easier to overcome that although it did take time. Plus only had the one surgery.
 

threehandedbackhand

Hall of Fame
Given he stays injury free, he'll 100% play himself back into form and be heavy Favorite on the holy grass of Wimbledon against everyone not named Novak Djokovic, gentleman.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but Federer probably will be seeded #6 at Wimbledon. That means he can meet Djokovic in the QF. Djokovic is more vulnerable in the earlier stages of this tournament.
 

Beckerserve

Legend
Watch him mess around and win Wimbledon lol
I posted here after FO 2020 the slam race is not done and Rafa needs the FO 2021 to guarantee at least a tie with Federer as i do think Federer will win W and retire like Sampras did at USO. Or he and Nadal end up squaring off at USO 2021 in the final for GOAT.
Sometimes there can be a destiny. Tennis seems destined for the first quarter of the 21st century to be remembered for Fedal unless Djokovic gets the slam record which seems out of reach now
 

RiverRat

Professional
Age is just a number!
If Fed comes back to a top ten player again, I think it might be the greatest accomplishment of his career. We would be talking about a nearly unparalleled ranking for someone nearly 40 and coming after two knee surgeries. If anyone can do it, Fed can, but it's unlikely. I was trying to figure out how many 40 year olds had been top 10. Perhaps someone else knows.

Edit: Some Fed fans may view my comments as derisive. But those who are young can't imagine the ravages of age. Yes, Federer is a highly conditioned professional athlete that has invested in the greatest care of his body. Still, to expect Federer to return to his previous status as a contender just isn't realistic. I hope I'm proven wrong.
 
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zvelf

Hall of Fame
Correct me if I'm wrong, but Federer probably will be seeded #6 at Wimbledon. That means he can meet Djokovic in the QF. Djokovic is more vulnerable in the earlier stages of this tournament.
Out of the last 10 Wimbledons, Djokovic has reached the semifinals or better at 8 of them, having to retire in 1 of them. Doesn't seem too vulnerable.
 

Gary Duane

G.O.A.T.
If Fed comes back to a top ten player again, I think it would be the greatest accomplishment of his career. We would be talking about a nearly unparalleled ranking for someone nearly 40 and coming after two knee surgeries. If anyone and do it, Fed can, but it's unlikely. I was trying to figure out how many 40 year olds had been top 10. Perhaps someone else knows.
Rosewall, and he was top 10 well over age 40. There are no ATP ranking for Pancho Gonzalez, but he would have been very highly ranked in 1968. He made the SF of RG that year, and the QF of the USO. Those are the most notable examples I can think of.
 
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King No1e

G.O.A.T.
If Fed comes back to a top ten player again, I think it might be the greatest accomplishment of his career. We would be talking about a nearly unparalleled ranking for someone nearly 40 and coming after two knee surgeries. If anyone can do it, Fed can, but it's unlikely. I was trying to figure out how many 40 year olds had been top 10. Perhaps someone else knows.

Edit: Some Fed fans may view my comments as derisive. But those who are young can't imagine the ravages of age. Yes, Federer is a highly conditioned professional athlete that has invested in the greatest care of his body. Still, to expect Federer to return to his previous status as a contender just isn't realistic. I hope I'm proven wrong.
It might just be enough to impress Ken Rosewall :cool:
 
If Fed comes back to a top ten player again, I think it might be the greatest accomplishment of his career. We would be talking about a nearly unparalleled ranking for someone nearly 40 and coming after two knee surgeries. If anyone can do it, Fed can, but it's unlikely. I was trying to figure out how many 40 year olds had been top 10. Perhaps someone else knows.

Edit: Some Fed fans may view my comments as derisive. But those who are young can't imagine the ravages of age. Yes, Federer is a highly conditioned professional athlete that has invested in the greatest care of his body. Still, to expect Federer to return to his previous status as a contender just isn't realistic. I hope I'm proven wrong.
They are derisive, and it is no coincidence that you thought about talking about that, because that is what you do.

No top ten placement (especially in this laughable era) will be Fed's "greatest accomplishment". That is a direct insult to his dominance in the past and another way to tout this era as a "strong one" (or his own as weak, whichever floats your boat more).

:cool:
 

RiverRat

Professional
Rosewall, and he was top 10 well over age 40. There are not ATP ranking for Pancho Gonzalez, but he would have been very highly ranked in 1968. He made the SF of RG that year, and the QF of the USO. Those are the most notable examples I can think of.
I knew of Rosewall. Didn't consider Gonzales. I suspect Connors. There have probably been several on the women's side: BJK, Navratilova, Court.
 

RiverRat

Professional
They are derisive, and it is no coincidence that you thought about talking about that, because that is what you do.

No top ten placement (especially in this laughable era) will be Fed's "greatest accomplishment". That is a direct insult to his dominance in the past and another way to tout this era as a "strong one" (or his own as weak, whichever floats your boat more).

:cool:
Of all the Big 3, Fed is my favorite. How old are you? It's one thing for a man to defeat other tennis players; an entirely other to defeat father time. In my mind, Fed is the greatest player of all-time, and it has less to do with his titles and rankings and more with his game. This is the perfect time to bring this up, before half of the Fed fans are dejected and the Fed detractors declare this some tarnish upon his career. That you use it as an opportunity to attack me, again, is what is no coincidence.
 
Of all the Big 3, Fed is my favorite. How old are you? It's one thing for a man to defeat other tennis players; an entirely other to defeat father time. In my mind, Fed is the greatest player of all-time and it has less to do with his titles and rankings and more with his game. This is the perfect time to bring this up, before half of the Fed fans are dejected and the Fed detractors declare this some tarnish upon his career. That you use it as an opportunity to attack me, again, is what is no coincidence.
Your snarky implications of your age as a fountain of wisdom are not very well measured this time around (maybe they work with some, I am not sure).

Since you say that those are two different things they are not comparable, are they, which then leads us to the point of how exactly you came up with the statement that you made, which reverts back to my previous post, where I explained it.

The parody continues with the statement that "Fed is the greatest player of all time in your mind" which is an obvious contradiction with the opinion of the well informed tennis fans (and you pretend to be one such) that there is no such a thing. So, then that is only used as a vehicle to earn "credibility" before you go on with the role of posing "protector of the realm" (for my amusement).

Oh, and, BTW, no one is defeating Father Time, so whoever tried it, failed, so after all what a player is left with are his "other" achievements.

:cool:
 
Fed looked tired and almost frail after the 1st set. But I think it was good for him to get back into it with those two matches. More finesse match play with Evans, and then baseline bashing with this Basil guy who seemed to be on a monster ball busting zone. I have a feeling Fed actually welcomed being challenged as much from those two opponents and he was ok with not having to absolutely win Doha at this early stage of his comeback. But as mentioned, Fed needs more improvement on his fitness and movement and these matches helped identify what he needs to try to improve on going forward. imo, one thing he needs to also do is to get on the weight training more, for the both the arms and legs, maybe even some upper body and back too. Doesn't have to be over jacked up, but at least closer to Thiem or Nadal where it's still doable to build up some more muscle for up to mid-40's guys.
 
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Terry Tibbs

Hall of Fame
I posted here after FO 2020 the slam race is not done and Rafa needs the FO 2021 to guarantee at least a tie with Federer as i do think Federer will win W and retire like Sampras did at USO. Or he and Nadal end up squaring off at USO 2021 in the final for GOAT.
Sometimes there can be a destiny. Tennis seems destined for the first quarter of the 21st century to be remembered for Fedal unless Djokovic gets the slam record which seems out of reach now
The slam record is out of reach for Djokovic despite the fact he is only 2 behind and will be favourite for every slam barring the FO? What on earth are you talking about? Its only a matter of time until he beats the record.
 

Beckerserve

Legend
The slam record is out of reach for Djokovic despite the fact he is only 2 behind and will be favourite for every slam barring the FO? What on earth are you talking about? Its only a matter of time until he beats the record.
Lol he is not even 2nd fav at USO. 4th round exits a favourite not one makes bud.
He will never do it. Sorry.
 

GhostOfNKDM

Hall of Fame
Out of the last 10 Wimbledons, Djokovic has reached the semifinals or better at 8 of them, having to retire in 1 of them. Doesn't seem too vulnerable.
Who’s going to stop him? Zverev? Mudyedev? Thieiem? Tsits? Raonic?

Yeah I don’t see the Djoke falling flat on grass.
 
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PETEhammer

Guest
It will just take him some time to get in a groove. He always finds a way to make himself a decent season even if his form is poor.
 

NoleIsBoat

Hall of Fame
I support novak but first and foremost I’m a tennis fan

Peak Fed played awesome tennis today. These nextgen players are a different level to Bagdhatis, Roddick, Hewitt etc. Upsets can happen more easily with the depth of the tour.
 
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