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Fedr is playing Rome according to the list but Fedr said he will only play Madrid
Not sure about rushing to Rome and playing another set of long matches.
He said he'll decide over the weekend. Which is the right thing to do, his emotions are probably high after a loss like this, he doesn't want to rush into a wrong decision.
Spot on! (see below)
In April, this is what Ljub said:
He was on Rome's entry list in 2017 as well, even though he had announced right after Miami he was skipping clay. All players are automatically on the entry list of Masters 1000's until they formally withdraw.Fedr is playing Rome according to the list but Fedr said he will only play Madrid
Think it's 50-50 right now, depends how he feels when he wakes up from bed tomorrow I guess.In April, this is what Ljub said:
"And while Ljubicic confirmed the intention remains to just play in Madrid, he did not rule out playing in Rome. "The plan is Madrid for now,” Ljubicic told Sky Sport Italia. “As for Rome, it depends on what happens in Madrid."
Rome is a lot slower, the balls aren't as lively and it's more of a grind. But Roger is in such beautiful form, I almost hope he plays Rome. Neither the Monfils or Thiem matches were particularly brutal, though I'm sure emotionally he's pretty blown right now.
I'd like a 'can I haz 360pts plox' @underground.Think it's 50-50 right now, depends how he feels when he wakes up from bed tomorrow I guess.
When I was watching the match today I thought for sure he was skipping Rome, but then the draw came out and it looks like a pretty nice path for 360 points with Rafa/Thiem killing themselves in the bottom quarter.
lol apparently he was not too thrilled about this loss, i mean no one ever is, but he seemed more far agitated here than he did after his loss in IW. based on what i read
Yeah that's quite interesting. But I think then it's more important he does wait for the weekend to decide, when he has time to reflect on this week.
SF looks doable. I hope he plays just to keep his rhythm if nothing else.R1: Bye
R2: Tiafoe / Sousa
R3: Coric / Auger-Aliassime /
QF: Tsitsipas / Fognini /
SF: Nadal / Thiem
A lot kinder draw than Madrid! He should easily reach another QF and another 180 points.
With Thiem moving up to 4th seeding more likely now for RG, Federer could potentially even win his quarter at RG. I wouldn't put it past him and make his ceiling a semi appearance. He looks eager on the clay, and doesn't look like he just wants to play a few matches.3 matches in Madrid + 3 matches in Rome + 4 matches in Paris = 10 matches on clay.
Perfect preparation for Wimbledon
He was fully dialed in to get some revenge over Thiem. So of course he's upset he couldn't get the job done.
Obviously he's not a legit contender in any of the clay events. The entire point is to wrack up points, nothing more and nothing less. It's the smart move as long as his body feels OK.Why? So he can tire himself out even more?
If he couldn't win today in Madrid, I don't see him winning the slower Rome.
But clearly there's a line you don't want to cross. If it was just about points he should've played Monte-Carlo too.Obviously he's not a legit contender in any of the clay events. The entire point is to wrack up points, nothing more and nothing less. It's the smart move as long as his body feels OK.
You're a Fed fan, please explain how he executes a 3 week training block on clay in Europe after having won Miami on HC, followed by an 8 day family vaca to the Maldives?But clearly there's a line you don't want to cross. If it was just about points he should've played Monte-Carlo too.
Fed hasn't committed to Stuttgart and I don't think he's playing it.If Fed is going to play Stuttgart and Halle, then don't play Rome.
Last year he made a comment he was worn out by the time Halle ended.
So does he need to play both Madrid AND Rome to make-up the points from Stuttgart? Or is it a minimal difference?Fed hasn't committed to Stuttgart and I don't think he's playing it.
I think he realized two long weeks going deep in Stuttgart and Halle wasn't beneficial for him. 2017 he lost in 1R to Haas then went on a tear and didn't drop a set at both Halle and Wimby. Halle dont think he was broken and Wimby he was only broken once or twice the whole tourney.
Yeah, I see no reason to push it. You couldn't ask for better prep for RG.More I think about it, this is perfect for Fed. Take the 180 points and the confidence gained(took one of the favorites to 3 sets and had match points) and get out and prepare for RG.