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I actually lived back then and don't remember "Borgmania". In fact the only place I hear about it is on this board, where the average age is 15.
*funny, spot-on '15 yr. ave. age' observation aside* ...

Those folks on 'Bellevue Ave' (Newport) would know. Connors sort of broke the stodgy 'good-ol-day's mold (of Stan Smith and the like) heading into the mid-70's with his hustling manager Bill Riordan and their winner-take-all challenge matches (often hustling challenge matches outside the formal tour schedule) .....and then came Borg: separate tennis racquet contracts for the U.S. market (Bancroft) and Europe/World (Donnay) to go along with his separate footwear contracts as well: in the U.S. Tretorn (ironically and originally a Swedish company prior to Puma buying them) and Diadora in Europe/World. His duds? He single-handedly turned Fila into must-have threads (Villas-n-Fila was sancho panza to borg's don quioxte). Guy was a teeny-bopper god (i.e. in tennis circles). The "my favorite male tennis idol!" salivating Fedbots of today (esp. on these boards) present a different dynamic in that they appear to be primarily males....and primates (rim-shot cheap shot). . : ) The 'boy crazy' Borgbots on the other hand were gushy and mush-y fans of the 'distaff' persuasion. And cut the faux, coy wallflower act--back in the day had that young golden viking been within reach, you'd have been draped all over him like Spanish moss on a tree....own it : )

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yeah, ok and all but....i dunno...
https://images.app.goo.gl/UZgDNvpkFxSwWWqj8
 

underground

G.O.A.T.
I guess I'm the only one that doesn't believe Roger's "injury" was real. I thought then and still do that he and his team felt 2 matches in one day and then another match the next morning was just pressing their luck and just begging for him to actually get hurt. Roger got what he needed out of the tournament.
More like "oooh my muscles feeling a bit sore today, you know what let's just take it easy and go watch Hugh Jackman instead"
 

underground

G.O.A.T.
Here's the list of seeds that I think are capable of defeating Roger at RG:

1. Novak Djokovic
2. Rafael Nadal
4. Dominic Thiem
6. Stefanos Tsitsipas
8. Juan Martin Del Potro
13. Borna Coric
14. Gael Monfils

I don't think Roger will lose to any others unless he's seriously out of form during the match (e.g. playing even worse than that first set against Coric over a large stretch of the match).

Depending on the draw I think Roger can end up as going out as low as R4 and as high as SF.

There is a 25% chance that he avoids everyone in that list until the SF. A dream draw for seeds would be the likes of Edmund - Basilashvili - Zverev in R3 - QF.

Do you guys agree or do you think I have missed out someone?
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
Here's the list of seeds that I think are capable of defeating Roger at RG:

1. Novak Djokovic
2. Rafael Nadal
4. Dominic Thiem
6. Stefanos Tsitsipas
8. Juan Martin Del Potro
13. Borna Coric
14. Gael Monfils

I don't think Roger will lose to any others unless he's seriously out of form during the match (e.g. playing even worse than that first set against Coric over a large stretch of the match).

Depending on the draw I think Roger can end up as going out as low as R4 and as high as SF.

There is a 25% chance that he avoids everyone in that list until the SF. A dream draw for seeds would be the likes of Edmund - Basilashvili - Zverev in R3 - QF.

Do you guys agree or do you think I have missed out someone?
It's totally dependent on what form Fed is on any given day. He is still capable of playing 2012/2017 level a few times a year. He still can play at that level for a few games (or even an entire set), and then revert to 2013 form with no warning (think Goffin match at the 2017 YEC). He will need a high, sustained level to defeat Tsistipas or Thiem in a BO5 format, but he can do it. But he would need a 2006 clay level to come close to either Nadal or Djokovic. I don't expect he'll go far enough in the draw to meet either. A QF result would be gold at his age.
 

Pheasant

Hall of Fame
Fed’s first Best of Five on clay since 2015 is going to be extremely challenging. I am looking forward to it.

Quite honestly, a R16 appearance at RG will be a good result. Fed only managed a QF at RG in 2015 and R16 in 2014. Since then, Fed has aged 4-5 years and has had knee surgery to boot. Toss in the rust of not having played RG in 4 years and you get an impossible tourney for the Maestro.
 

Grampa

Semi-Pro
It's totally dependent on what form Fed is on any given day. He is still capable of playing 2012/2017 level a few times a year. He still can play at that level for a few games (or even an entire set), and then revert to 2013 form with no warning (think Goffin match at the 2017 YEC). He will need a high, sustained level to defeat Tsistipas or Thiem in a BO5 format, but he can do it. But he would need a 2006 clay level to come close to either Nadal or Djokovic. I don't expect he'll go far enough in the draw to meet either. A QF result would be gold at his age.
That high sustained level will work against those young stalwarts only if they play slightly below par. Federer doesn’t have the stamina to play 4+ hours, that too on the dirt. He would have to get it done in 4, otherwise even winning the match would provide him with no sort of advantage for the next round.

Regarding Djokodal, do you believe that they are playing well enough that one of Roger’s top 3 RG forms would be required to beat them? I don’t. He can’t play like that anymore, so I suppose it’s a futile exercise. I really can’t wait for the French, the week before a slam is always the worst.
 

Rogfan

Semi-Pro
Here's the list of seeds that I think are capable of defeating Roger at RG:

1. Novak Djokovic
2. Rafael Nadal
4. Dominic Thiem
6. Stefanos Tsitsipas
8. Juan Martin Del Potro
13. Borna Coric
14. Gael Monfils

I don't think Roger will lose to any others unless he's seriously out of form during the match (e.g. playing even worse than that first set against Coric over a large stretch of the match).

Depending on the draw I think Roger can end up as going out as low as R4 and as high as SF.

There is a 25% chance that he avoids everyone in that list until the SF. A dream draw for seeds would be the likes of Edmund - Basilashvili - Zverev in R3 - QF.

Do you guys agree or do you think I have missed out someone?
I completely agree with you, but knowing Roger’s luck, I’m pretty sure he’s gonna draw Coric in R4 and Tsitsi/Thiem in QF. The dream draw is reserved for Nadal.
 

icedevil0289

G.O.A.T.
Here's the list of seeds that I think are capable of defeating Roger at RG:

1. Novak Djokovic
2. Rafael Nadal
4. Dominic Thiem
6. Stefanos Tsitsipas
8. Juan Martin Del Potro
13. Borna Coric
14. Gael Monfils

I don't think Roger will lose to any others unless he's seriously out of form during the match (e.g. playing even worse than that first set against Coric over a large stretch of the match).

Depending on the draw I think Roger can end up as going out as low as R4 and as high as SF.

There is a 25% chance that he avoids everyone in that list until the SF. A dream draw for seeds would be the likes of Edmund - Basilashvili - Zverev in R3 - QF.

Do you guys agree or do you think I have missed out someone?
any unseeded players he might have to watch out for?
I completely agree with you, but knowing Roger’s luck, I’m pretty sure he’s gonna draw Coric in R4 and Tsitsi/Thiem in QF. The dream draw is reserved for Nadal.
He wont be facing thiem unless they both make it to a final, atleast idont think so. Pretty sure no.3 and no.4 get placed in opposite halves
 

icedevil0289

G.O.A.T.
I can’t think of any dangerous floaters this time round (Nick doesn’t count, and Fed had got him figured out anyway).
I'm trying to remember who beat him the last few years he was playing the french open and I think they were tsonga, gulbis, and stan but idk how they are doing at the moment. i know stan has been struggling but I'm always cautious of him. idk if the other two
 

underground

G.O.A.T.
I'm trying to remember who beat him the last few years he was playing the french open and I think they were tsonga, gulbis, and stan but idk how they are doing at the moment. i know stan has been struggling but I'm always cautious of him. idk if the other two
Tsonga has recently returned from injury (lost R1 in Rome to Fognini). Gulbis just got trounced by Zverev 2 and 1 in Geneva yesterday.
 

underground

G.O.A.T.
I want a Djokovic USO 2016 draw for Federer.

Joke apart, a walkover (or 2) might help Old Man go deeper than expected.

Either way, this is the 1st slam since AO 17 where I have genuinely zero expectations from The Fedr. Simply gonna enjoy seeing the great man having fun.
Same for me during Madrid and Rome, until 3 of those super close matches where I’m inevitable forced to get emotionally involved.
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
Either way, this is the 1st slam since AO 17 where I have genuinely zero expectations from The Fedr. Simply gonna enjoy seeing the great man having fun.
I wouldn't say I have "zero" expectations, because if he lost in the first or second round, it would be disappointing. I think he'll do better than that and depending on the draw, a QF result would be fabulous. My goal for clay season for Roger was netting 400 total points. So far, he's at 360 points, so clay has been a win, as long as he doesn't get injured in the next 2 weeks, God forbid.
 

Otacon

Hall of Fame
"Federer who was fresh out of a training session for the next French Open, which runs in Paris until June 9. “I’m fully recovered,” said the tennis star and Moët & Chandon ambassador, alluding to the leg injury he sustained while playing the Masters 1000 in Rome last week.

“I’m incredibly happy to be returning to Roland-Garros; I haven’t played the French Open in three years,” he continued. “The audience’s expectations are high, but I’m trying to calm things down because I feel it’s going to be hard. But things went well for me in Rome and Madrid so I am really very satisfied.”

Arnault didn’t get the memo about keeping expectations low. “Tonight is the alliance of the king of wines and the king of the courts,” he said during a speech at the dinner, held in a marquis overlooking the vineyards.

“We will be watching you play the French Open, and we don’t want to always see the same guy win, otherwise it would be boring,” (y):sneaky:laughed Arnault, in reference to Rafael Nadal’s two victories in 2017 and 2018. “So I hope you will put a stop to that, and I’m convinced this year will be your 21st Grand Slam.”
 

icedevil0289

G.O.A.T.
"Federer who was fresh out of a training session for the next French Open, which runs in Paris until June 9. “I’m fully recovered,” said the tennis star and Moët & Chandon ambassador, alluding to the leg injury he sustained while playing the Masters 1000 in Rome last week.

“I’m incredibly happy to be returning to Roland-Garros; I haven’t played the French Open in three years,” he continued. “The audience’s expectations are high, but I’m trying to calm things down because I feel it’s going to be hard. But things went well for me in Rome and Madrid so I am really very satisfied.”

Arnault didn’t get the memo about keeping expectations low. “Tonight is the alliance of the king of wines and the king of the courts,” he said during a speech at the dinner, held in a marquis overlooking the vineyards.

“We will be watching you play the French Open, and we don’t want to always see the same guy win, otherwise it would be boring,” (y):sneaky:laughed Arnault, in reference to Rafael Nadal’s two victories in 2017 and 2018. “So I hope you will put a stop to that, and I’m convinced this year will be your 21st Grand Slam.”
if he wants to make himself feel better and downplay expectations, he should speak to me..
 

Rogfan

Semi-Pro
"Federer who was fresh out of a training session for the next French Open, which runs in Paris until June 9. “I’m fully recovered,” said the tennis star and Moët & Chandon ambassador, alluding to the leg injury he sustained while playing the Masters 1000 in Rome last week.

“I’m incredibly happy to be returning to Roland-Garros; I haven’t played the French Open in three years,” he continued. “The audience’s expectations are high, but I’m trying to calm things down because I feel it’s going to be hard. But things went well for me in Rome and Madrid so I am really very satisfied.”

Arnault didn’t get the memo about keeping expectations low. “Tonight is the alliance of the king of wines and the king of the courts,” he said during a speech at the dinner, held in a marquis overlooking the vineyards.

“We will be watching you play the French Open, and we don’t want to always see the same guy win, otherwise it would be boring,” (y):sneaky:laughed Arnault, in reference to Rafael Nadal’s two victories in 2017 and 2018. “So I hope you will put a stop to that, and I’m convinced this year will be your 21st Grand Slam.”
Sorry for my ignorance but who’s Arnault? TD? TD saying in a dinner party that they want a different champion this time?
 
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