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oldmanfan

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Roger's points update:

He came into RG with 360 clay points. Now having reached R4 he's added another 180, for a total of 540 points. :)
Thx!

It feels like M1000's pts spread is overweight. I mean, outside IW/MIA, a M1000 is won by winning 5 matches by top seeds, iirc. Winning 5 matches at slams is likely much harder, but it only yields 720 pts. 4 match wins is worth 600 pts to reach M1000 finals, but it's only worth 360 pts winning 4 Bo5's to make slam QF. Similarly, Fedr won 2 matches in both Madrid and Rome for 180 pts each, but he had to win 3 Bo5's just to bag the same 180 pts at a slam. Again, M1000's pts are bloated, especially so bc they have 1R byes for top seeds.
 

ghostofMecir

Hall of Fame
Federer has won more Grand Slam matches in straight sets than any other player has won TOTAL slam matches other than Djokovic.

# of Federer straight set slam wins: 258

All time slam matches won:

1. Federer, 345 (258 in straights)
2. Djokovic, 267 (176 in straights)
3. Nadal, 255 (186 in straights)
4. Connors, 233 (155 in straights, 14 of which were in best of 3 at RG, AO, and USO early rounds. [Obviously would have been more had he been able to compete at RG when he was banned or if players chose to participate at the AO in his time)
5. Agassi, 224 (141 in straights)
6. Lendl, 222 (139 in straights)
7. Sampras, 203 (125 in straights)
8. Murray, 189 (116 in straights)
9. Edberg, 178 (115 in straights)
10. McEnroe, 167 (116 in straights, 5 of which were best of 3 early rounds at the USO)

A few years back, Federer had won more straight set slam matches than anyone had won slam matches of any kind.

 

oldmanfan

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Next match Mahut or Mayer, any preference?

Assuming Roger survives the 4th round, do we want him to meet Zitzypass or Wawrinks in the QF?
For R4, I think Mahut is slightly easier (taller so likely worse movement, weaker ground strokes, older, more tired. But Mahut has better serve & net play than Mayer.).

For QF, I think Stan is slightly easier than Tsits, even though he 'can' be a beast on clay (up and down form, older, good match up if clay-Stanimal doesn't show up.)
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
The bottom half of the draw gets 2 days rest between QF and SF (https://tickets.rolandgarros.com/en/schedule). So I think even if Fed ends up winning the QF taking 3 hours let's say, he should be fine physically for the SF as long as he doesn't injure himself.
I must be reading the schedule wrong. Fed would play his (presumed) QF on June 4 and a possible semi on June 6. The top half would play June 5 and June 7. Is that wrong?
 

Sartorius

Hall of Fame
Mayer is fittingly the best player Fed will play here so far, he can move Fed around the court if he's having a good day. If Fed's having a good day it may not matter. Should be a tough one. Regardless Fed already did a good job here, if healthy he could end up hitting a better ball at Wimbledon compared to last year where the zip on his shots seemed missing - there was plenty of zip on his FH the first 3 matches here which is great to see.
 

Otacon

Hall of Fame
Thx!

It feels like M1000's pts spread is overweight. I mean, outside IW/MIA, a M1000 is won by winning 5 matches by top seeds, iirc. Winning 5 matches at slams is likely much harder, but it only yields 720 pts. 4 match wins is worth 600 pts to reach M1000 finals, but it's only worth 360 pts winning 4 Bo5's to make slam QF. Similarly, Fedr won 2 matches in both Madrid and Rome for 180 pts each, but he had to win 3 Bo5's just to bag the same 180 pts at a slam. Again, M1000's pts are bloated, especially so bc they have 1R byes for top seeds.
The opposition is tougher in M1000 though.
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
Fed often talks more openly to the Swiss press and here's something interesting he said today after the Ruud match:

"I'm glad to have survived the week safely. The most important thing for me is the certainty that the body holds. In Madrid and Rome I showed that I can keep up. And now I would assess myself a bit more, after all, I've been playing on this surface for a long time. I feel I can play even better, but so far I'm very, very satisfied with my form. I don't know for sure whether my best level is in me. I'm looking forward to finding out. "

https://www.bazonline.ch/sport/tennis/bei-federer-bleibt-etwas-ungewissheit/story/11430609
 

oldmanfan

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The opposition is tougher in M1000 though.
I see what you mean. But then again, if rankings hold at slams, the first 2 matches of M1K are comparable to rounds 2R&3R of slams, but it's Bo3 vs. Bo5, and needing 3 matches at slams. 2 matches of M1K yields 180 pts but 3 matches of slams also yield 180 pts. I just think it's much harder to win 3 Bo5 slam of top17-100+ randomized players than it is to win 2 Bo3 M1K of 'slightly' higher ranked top17-56ish randomized players. Look at all the upsets we've seen so far at RG19, and 3R is not even completed yet. This suggests that rankings aren't everything when comparing M1K's Bo3 vs. slams' Bo5.

But then again, IW/MIA gives the same pts to the 'seeded' winner having to win 6 matches vs. all other M1K's seeds only having to win only 5 matches, so I guess it's kinda moot. :-D
 

oldmanfan

Hall of Fame
Fed often talks more openly to the Swiss press and here's something interesting he said today after the Ruud match:

"I'm glad to have survived the week safely. The most important thing for me is the certainty that the body holds. In Madrid and Rome I showed that I can keep up. And now I would assess myself a bit more, after all, I've been playing on this surface for a long time. I feel I can play even better, but so far I'm very, very satisfied with my form. I don't know for sure whether my best level is in me. I'm looking forward to finding out. "

https://www.bazonline.ch/sport/tennis/bei-federer-bleibt-etwas-ungewissheit/story/11430609
Thx for this!

This confirms that Fedr's form makes a Fedal SF a very realistic possibility. Of course, one match at a time. Heck, maybe my wishful thinking of Fedr winning RG19 playing none of Djokodal might come true. :happydevil:
 

TheIntrovert

Hall of Fame
Fed often talks more openly to the Swiss press and here's something interesting he said today after the Ruud match:

"I'm glad to have survived the week safely. The most important thing for me is the certainty that the body holds. In Madrid and Rome I showed that I can keep up. And now I would assess myself a bit more, after all, I've been playing on this surface for a long time. I feel I can play even better, but so far I'm very, very satisfied with my form. I don't know for sure whether my best level is in me. I'm looking forward to finding out. "

https://www.bazonline.ch/sport/tennis/bei-federer-bleibt-etwas-ungewissheit/story/11430609
Reassuring words for me as I was worried for his back when he hit the backhand smash
 
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Deleted member 763024

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If Roger makes the semis, I think that would be a big deal in itself; forget beating Nadal on Chatrier.

I fully expect the clay fairy tale to end in the next couple of rounds. Onto the grass season...
 

ghostofMecir

Hall of Fame
Finally got around to watching the highlights. You guys weren't kidding during the live thread, some of those forehands were ridiculous. He's really cracking the ball this week.
What’s interesting is that in the clips we saw of him practicing on clay, he was hitting (or trying to hit) that same exact FH we see in the clip JMac talks about him.

It’s the usual FH taken ultra early, but he’s really swinging through that thing and almost jumping out of his shoes, something you don’t see him do. It’s really interesting. He’s not going to get into a contracted rally if he can help it AND that FH could really do something on grass if that’s the plan.
 
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MeatTornado

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It’s the usual FH taken ultra early, but he’s really swinging through that thing and almost jumping out of his shoes, something you don’t see him do. It’s really interesting. He’s not going to get into a contracted rally if he can help it AND that FH could really do something on grass if that’s the plan.
We'll see. Obviously the timing is very different on grass, and he'll know he doesn't need to do quite as much with it as he does on clay.

Kind of like how he pumped the brakes on hitting through his backhand so hard in 2017 once he got to Wimbledon because he didn't need it any more. Slicing was the more effective shot, and obviously what he was more comfortable with.
 

TearTheRoofOff

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Interesting stat below. We knew that Fedr just 'played' his 400th slams match in the RG19 3R, beating Ruud for his 345th slams match win. Coincidentally, it was actually Fedr's 400th match win in Bo5 (slams matches, WTF finals, M1K finals, 500 finals, 250 finals, DC). You can't make this stuff up! :)

My takeaway from this is that the final of the TMC 2004 was a Bo3, for whatever reason, despite the 2003 and 2005 editions being Bo5.
 

Tennisgods

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For R4, I think Mahut is slightly easier (taller so likely worse movement, weaker ground strokes, older, more tired. But Mahut has better serve & net play than Mayer.).

For QF, I think Stan is slightly easier than Tsits, even though he 'can' be a beast on clay (up and down form, older, good match up if clay-Stanimal doesn't show up.)
I’d take Stan any day. But I really can’t see him beating Tsitsipas at all so Stefanos it is (a long as Rog gets through of course.)
Obviously, if the lesser spotted Stanimal turns up, different story. But that guy hasn’t been around for a while now.
 

ARaj

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Finally got around to watching the highlights. You guys weren't kidding during the live thread, some of those forehands were ridiculous. He's really cracking the ball this week.
Watched him warm up with a French hitting partner on Sunday before his match on court 5, really incredible how much pace he was generating and his ability to just speed it up when he wanted to. He also asked the guy to hit serves in certain spots e.d. body, kick out wide etc and was cracking return winners off both wings
 

Tenacity

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And then people wonder why Fed still plays and tell him to retire, but look how he plays and keeps on winning at almost 38 years old. Incredible, mad lad and huge respect.:giggle:

Edit: Really happy that I'll get to hopefully see him and Novak I think next week. Might post some pictures from stadium.
 

AceSalvo

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So far Fed has won in 3 sets. Hope he keeps this up in the next match as well. That QF is going to be one tough match although I m not looking forward to a SF finish for Fed. As long as Fed keeps staying match competitive its all good for the grass season. As far as clay season goes, "Mission Accomplished".
 

BeatlesFan

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It’s the usual FH taken ultra early, but he’s really swinging through that thing and almost jumping out of his shoes, something you don’t see him do. It’s really interesting. He’s not going to get into a contracted rally if he can help it AND that FH could really do something on grass if that’s the plan.
And has anyone else noticed he's grunting more on the FH side, obviously trying to hit it as hard as he possibly can? He was grunting in the first set of the Ruud match when hitting out on his FH, something we've hardly ever seen.
 

BeatlesFan

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I didn't see if anyone had posted this? It shows highlights from all of Roger's matches at the 2009 FO. There is no commentary like a normal documentary, it's just a half hour highlight reel. Some great footage of Fed crying at the trophy ceremony though.

 

AceSalvo

Legend
I didn't see if anyone had posted this? It shows highlights from all of Roger's matches at the 2009 FO. There is no commentary like a normal documentary, it's just a half hour highlight reel. Some great footage of Fed crying at the trophy ceremony though.


Superb movement, FH and BH. That BP saved against Haas should be framed. So much history rewritten because of that point.

Had Fed won either AO09 or USO09, we would have seen a "Fed Slam". Sad it didn't happen because he was so close so many times. Oh well, cant have everything. But that would have just been the cherry on top of his career.
 
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oldmanfan

Hall of Fame
Full article, google translated below:

Federer's children are his toughest critics

Right now Roger Federer is on the tennis court at the French Open. All this would not be possible without his family. In a new interview, the maestro tells how much his loved ones give him - and to what extent they are not exactly squeamish.
Roger Federer
His children are his greatest luck - but also his toughest critics: Roger Federer. Getty Images

He is back: After three years absence Roger Federer, 37, plays again at the French Open. 20 years after its premiere in Paris - and ten years after its only success so far in Roland Garros.

Federer would not be where he is if his family did not exist. Because she drives the maestro. Above all, wife Mirka, 40. "She made me grow up faster and gave me stability. Also, she has given me of her experience, "says Federer in a new interview with" Paris Match ".

His name does not care for the kids

Federer perfectly demonstrates that the very big players in the sport privately live at least almost normal lives. He, the tennis star, is primarily at home: Roger, the flagship dad. "Sometimes, after winning a big match, my daughters tell me, 'Well, come play Lego!'" Says the 20-time Grand Slam winner about his twin girls Charlene and Myla, 9.

For tennis, the two girls are not particularly interested. Although they accompany their dad everywhere and would love to travel, but her sporting interests relate more to swimming, riding and golf, says Federer. The fact that only his two boys Leo and Lenny, 5, are on fire for tennis and football does not bother the famous dad in any way. "Tennis is a big part of my life, including one of them, but our home is not a home where everything refers to the sport." He wants his girls to live as normally as possible, says the athlete.

If Federer loses, he has the support of his children on safe. "Other times I come home after a lost match and they want to know immediately if I'm fine." But if dad did not play well in their eyes, they let him know unabashedly. "Sometimes they ask me without a filter: 'But, Dad, why did you lose? That was nothing! Or was he really that strong, the other? Next time you have to beat him! "" Roger chats.

The holidays are sacred

Spending time with his children and his wife is central to the tennis pro. Twice a year, the Federer family goes on holiday together. Federer calls this "holy". "When I plan my year, I always start with it!" Sometimes he also invites his parents. "For my mental health, the time we spend together is incredibly important."

The program of travel? No exhausting. "I spend my time in the big cities, combined with the high level of adrenalin all year round. I'm really satisfied with the simple idleness during these two weeks, "says Federer.
The children let him forget the defeats

He was always a well-balanced person, Federer continues. But his family still has great influence on his sporting achievements. "What has changed is that I can very quickly forget a particularly bitter defeat." It was important to hurt a defeat because you learn from them.

He used to be sad the whole day after that. "Today, that lasts a maximum of half an hour." Right at the first interview, he gains in distance. "And when I get home, it's as if the match never happened," says Federer.
Switzerland helps to stay normal

As a successful athlete Federer stands in public. Every step is tracked. "I always wanted to play big matches in front of a large audience, with a lot of pressure," he says. Nevertheless, he is happy he lives in Switzerland. "I manage to lead a normal life with my wife and children. I can not complain. Living in Switzerland, where everyone is by nature very discreet, helped a lot, "says the maestro.

Roger also gets a lot of respect in Paris. Recently he visited an exhibition of the Fondation Louis Vuitton. "There were a lot of people, but they were all very nice and left me alone. They were there to admire the artworks, not to watch a tennis player. "

In 2002, Miroslava Federer, then Vavrincová, announced her retirement from professional tennis. What few know: They and Roger Federer got to know each other in sports. The then 22-year-old met her husband today at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. "We spent two weeks together and got to know each other. On the last day we kissed for the first time, "said Federer once in an interview. In the beginning of their relationship, Mirka was mostly seen in sports clothes.

A normal dad

Federer is not right that he is always adorned with superlatives. "Sometimes a media, sponsors or others give the image of a superman. But this person does not exist. We all live on the same planet. I am fortunate enough to inspire many people to be role models for children. I like that, but I will not put myself in the drawer of the 'superheroes'. "

He keeps his feet on the ground thanks to his family and his team. This is also due to wife Mirka, who is largely responsible for Roger's brilliant career. "There is always a woman behind the success of a man, they say. I am the perfect example of this. »

Federer is fighting for the 21st Grand Slam victory

For the time being, however, the family has to take a back seat: in Paris, Roger Federer is fighting for his 21st Grand Slam title. After beating Casper Ruud on Friday afternoon, the Basel bidder is aiming for his second tournament victory in Roland Garros after 2009. Whether he succeeds? On Sunday King Roger is in the round of 16 and plays against the winner of the match between Nicolas Mahut and Leonardo Mayer.
By Ramona Hirt on May 31, 2019

https://www.schweizer-illustrierte.ch/people/swiss-stars/federers-kinder-sind-seine-hartesten-kritiker
 
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