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He's thin as in 2017 right now (see practice video with Kyle) and he still looks "fuller" and "dumpier" because of the cut of his shorts. Just my opinion. I'm not denying he wasn't heavier at the USO through WTF in 2018, but the cut of the shorts is just off. His "fatness" has been exaggerated from last year, it's the shorts not being tapered and too long:

Maybe you're right because he is moving way better than 2018 grass season onwards...
 
As we get closer to the start of the 2019 Australian Open, we get a speculated glimpse into the mind of Roger Federer.

The kids in school today need to be taught the difference between confidence and arrogance. It's that simple.

And there you have it. Strong words from the defending champion. But will it be enough for the 3rd title in a row? We shall find out soon.
 
As we get closer to the start of the 2019 Australian Open, we get a speculated glimpse into the mind of Roger Federer.

The kids in school today need to be taught the difference between confidence and arrogance. It's that simple.

And there you have it. Strong words from the defending champion. But will it be enough for the 3rd title in a row? We shall find out soon.
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Interesting moment of self awareness. Sounds like he's saying he knows he can be "************" but he's just comfortable acknowledging his talent
It was Neil Harman who asked the question that led to the famous "very talented player" quote. This is Fed's answer in a later interview with Harman

I remind him that we share a little notoriety on YouTube, where my question after the Melbourne final as to how he keeps sustaining his remarkable record drew the answer: “Well, it’s no secret — I am a very talented player.” He laughs that incredibly infectious laugh of his: “Well, everybody says it. I’ve always been ‘that talented Swiss kid’ and I guess for me it was a matter of could I prove it and I guess I did in a big way, because that’s not just winning a grand slam and getting to No 1 in the world, but so much more.

“You always have to be very careful not to come across as arrogant or, like, the other way, by saying ‘Oh, I’m not that talented, I don’t know how I’ve done it, I’m incredibly lucky’ — so you walk a fine line. It’s important to stay humble but sometimes you have to accept who you are.”

It's a ridiculous cultural expectation that people should have to deny the completely obvious about themselves. Arrogance to me is when people expect that their talent should excuse them from the normal rules of politeness and consideration, it shouldn't be used to condemn people who refuse to play a false humility game.
 
It was Neil Harman who asked the question that led to the famous "very talented player" quote. This is Fed's answer in a later interview with Harman

I remind him that we share a little notoriety on YouTube, where my question after the Melbourne final as to how he keeps sustaining his remarkable record drew the answer: “Well, it’s no secret — I am a very talented player.” He laughs that incredibly infectious laugh of his: “Well, everybody says it. I’ve always been ‘that talented Swiss kid’ and I guess for me it was a matter of could I prove it and I guess I did in a big way, because that’s not just winning a grand slam and getting to No 1 in the world, but so much more.

“You always have to be very careful not to come across as arrogant or, like, the other way, by saying ‘Oh, I’m not that talented, I don’t know how I’ve done it, I’m incredibly lucky’ — so you walk a fine line. It’s important to stay humble but sometimes you have to accept who you are.”

It's a ridiculous cultural expectation that people should have to deny the completely obvious about themselves. Arrogance to me is when people expect that their talent should excuse them from the normal rules of politeness and consideration, it shouldn't be used to condemn people who refuse to play a false humility game.
"It's a ridiculous cultural expectation that people should have to deny the completely obvious about themselves. Arrogance to me is when people expect that their talent should excuse them from the normal rules of politeness and consideration, it shouldn't be used to condemn people who refuse to play a false humility game."

You have such a marvellous gift of expression. The above reads like a quote, or ought to be. What an insightful thing to say, and a wonderful way of saying it. It also makes me extremely happy to be a fan of Federer, because you're one too.
 
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Hopefully it shows on court. Because 2018 was the crankiest he's ever been.
True story.

Fed2018 was a tale of 2 Fedr. The happy guy upto mid-way of IW18, then the cranky old GOAT from IW18-SF onwards. I wonder if the crankiness was bc of the Nike negotiations early in the year spilling over (their 10yrs-contract ended March-2018, so frustration is understandable bc Fed is such a loyal guy; see his lifetime contract w/ Halle), or was it bc of the much-later revealed hand ailment (the Fearhand owner and recent #1 not having even a top100 FH out of nowhere? :eek:), or both, or none, or other factors. Who knows?

From the little we've seen, Fed2019 is looking fresh, fit, trim, and eager to play. He's 8-0 in sets played in singles, and yet to be broken. Taking out #15 Tpas while also dismantling #4 Z and #39 BigFoe, all in straights, ain't bad at all (3 of the most touted young guns). Hopman Cup isn't an official tournament, but make no mistake, Fedr/Z/Tpas/BigFoe were playing for keeps ;).
 
not the worst draw possible at all, I mean if fed is in form he should get through comfortably to the quarters at least. I'm always worried r1 just because it the first round of a slam and the only match play prior was hopman cup. I anticipate the draw will fall apart in some ways as it usually does. I guess my one concern might be monfils because that can be physical but also as another person pointed out, he might fall apart given the weather
 
FedEx starts his journey on Monday. No exact time yet, but likely evening. Not a certainty tho bc Nadal/Duckworth(Aussie) is a big crowd pleaser too, and it's unlikely both Fedal will play Monday night.

This is HUGE. Fed gets the extra day of rest at the end of the tournament, if he gets that far. His semi will be played the day before Djoker's presumed semi. He needs all the help he can get at his age.
 
The two most dangerous floaters (by far) are in Fed's quarter: Karen and Basilashvili. Either are capable of hitting Fed off the court. They worry me more than a possible semi against Nadal.
Perhaps you are right as both are big hitters and capable players, but I feel Khachanov doesn’t handle slices and variety, and Basilashvili is basically a poor man’s Wawrinka. They both got some work to even get to Rog, and I wouldn’t favor them to take 3 sets of him if he is serving like in Perth. I’d be much more worried about Cilic playing himself into form.

Draws have a tendency to fold out much differently than we expect so let’s just take it one match at a time. It’s mostly on Roger anyway - play like Us Open and he can lose to anyone. He needs at least Melbourne 2018 form to go deep, then it’s all about the details.
 
Perhaps you are right as both are big hitters and capable players, but I feel Khachanov doesn’t handle slices and variety, and Basilashvili is basically a poor man’s Wawrinka.
I won't disagree on either point, I'm merely saying that to me, Karen and Basil are the most dangerous floaters. Roger would be favored against either, but if he could avoid them, it's a net plus. Fed has lost many times unexpectedly in slams to guys who just blew him off the court: Del Po, Berdych, Cilic and Tsonga. That type of huge power game has troubled him in slams before. Some think Tsitsipas is the most dangerous floater, but I fear the Russian or the Georgian more because they can overpower him from the baseline.
 
Scheduling in favor of Federer, should he make the final, he will be fresh, since he will have two days off.
This is just massive. Cahill was saying right before the draw that for Roger (because of his age), the scheduling would be more important than the draw itself. Then he specifically mentioned the staggered men's semis, saying that if Roger reached that stage and played the second semifinal, it would be "a significant hindrance because he's 37. Recovery is so much less than at 25." That's paraphrasing, but very close to his words.
 

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I won't disagree on either point, I'm merely saying that to me, Karen and Basil are the most dangerous floaters. Roger would be favored against either, but if he could avoid them, it's a net plus. Fed has lost many times unexpectedly in slams to guys who just blew him off the court: Del Po, Berdych, Cilic and Tsonga. That type of huge power game has troubled him in slams before. Some think Tsitsipas is the most dangerous floater, but I fear the Russian or the Georgian more because they can overpower him from the baseline.
Yes, but the one place that historically doesn't happen is AO. With the exception of that loss to Seppi, who didn't blow him off the court, in Melbourne Federer appears to be that much more comfortable against the bigger hitters. In fact, going back to Safin loss in 05, only big four players have beat him here, not including Seppi in 15, and they didn't do it by blowing him off the court.
 
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