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Fed needs a good serving day tomorrow, otherwise it will be extremely tough.Time to avenge that 2008 loss Roger, so hold your damn serve :D
I will be honest, I have been watching these two since 05, and I have this strong feeling that there is simply no way Fed can beat Rafa. I see it being 4 or 5 sets, but no special stuff like A017 (that was a once in a lifetime match as far as feelings go). I just have not seen a realistic argument where Fed prevails. Friday will be rough, especially if RBA beats Djoker too.

@Otacon , I commend your positivity, but I know how this will play out, and it is not good. Fed needed 5 sets and a crazy comeback to beat Rafa on a much faster AO surface... almost 3 years ago. I have been sick to my stomach for two days, and come Friday, I dont even know if FBPD will even go into effect.
 
I will be honest, I have been watching these two since 05, and I have this strong feeling that there is simply no way Fed can beat Rafa. I see it being 4 or 5 sets, but no special stuff like A017 (that was a once in a lifetime match as far as feelings go). I just have not seen a realistic argument where Fed prevails. Friday will be rough, especially if RBA beats Djoker too.

@Otacon , I commend your positivity, but I know how this will play out, and it is not good. Fed needed 5 sets and a crazy comeback to beat Rafa on a much faster AO surface... almost 3 years ago. I have been sick to my stomach for two days, and come Friday, I dont even know if FBPD will even go into effect.
This is one view.

Another is that he held his own in tornadic conditions in Nadal's stronghold.

After a three-year absence from the surface.

At nearly 73 years of age. :oops:

Seriously, prior to that match he had Nadal's number in five consecutive matches. There is plenty about which to be optimistic here.

Moreover, consider the buoying effect of the Centre Court crowd. The GOAT in winter? Ear drums will rupture, my man.
 
This is one view.

Another is that he held his own in tornadic conditions in Nadal's stronghold.

After a three-year absence from the surface.

At nearly 73 years of age. :oops:

Seriously, prior to that match he had Nadal's number in five consecutive matches. There is plenty about which to be optimistic here.

Moreover, consider the buoying effect of the Centre Court crowd. The GOAT in winter? Ear drums will rupture, my man.
Just don't see it, Rafa is playing at a high level with a much improved serve. Fed has the courts in his head and I have not seen him as confident this tourney.

Even with his improvement through each match, Fed still has not found the backhand. If his serve is even slightly off its a straights.
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
is the ball still staying low and how much would that help fed?
McEnroe and Gilbert addressed this yesterday and the bad news for us Fed fans is that the ball is bouncing higher the second week. We could see that yesterday in the Nadal-Sam match, Rafa's balls were jumping up to Sam's lower chest, which means they will be at Roger's shoulders tomorrow. Tommy Haas also said this, "I would be really shocked if Roger could win here once again. For me, however, Novak Djokovic is one of the favorites. Rafa is playing good too. Ball bounces high. But in the semifinals, I would prefer Roger."

https://www.**************.org/tenn...-federer-to-win-wimbledon-but-djokovic-will-/
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
Really nervous about tomorrow
I'll be nervous all day, will sleep poorly tonight and wake up with dread. But it was the same at AO 2017 and that turned out to be the greatest moment EVER watching tennis, at least for me. It's so important for Roger to start strong, unlike the Kei match, and take the first set. The first set is absolutely huge for Fed. I think it's 60/40 for Nadal, so many would say it's basically a coin toss, and that's being charitable.
 
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I'll be nervous all day, will sleep poorly tonight and wake up with dread. But it was the same at AO 2017 and that turned out to be the greatest moment EVER watching tennis, at least for me. It's so important for Roger to start strong, unlike the Kei match, and take the first set. The first set is absolutely huge for Fed. I think it's 60/40 for Nadal, so many would say it's basically a coin toss.
Yeah, AO17 was a dream. Watched it at my friends house, both of us are diehard Fed fans, and the fifth set was a roller coaster of emotions that I'll never forget.
Coming to tomorrow, the slow conditions and current form give Rafa the edge, but you just never know.
 
Yeah, AO17 was a dream. Watched it at my friends house, both of us are diehard Fed fans, and the fifth set was a roller coaster of emotions that I'll never forget.
Coming to tomorrow, the slow conditions and current form give Rafa the edge, but you just never know.
this thread right here on twitter kind of makes me feel better but its still always going to be a match up that drives me insane

 

Ann

Hall of Fame
Just don't see it, Rafa is playing at a high level with a much improved serve. Fed has the courts in his head and I have not seen him as confident this tourney.

Even with his improvement through each match, Fed still has not found the backhand. If his serve is even slightly off its a straights.
I thought his BH looked damned good in sets 2, 3 and 4 v. Nishi.

Rafa has played mugs and 1 decent player, Querrey, whose serve wasn't as good that match as it has been the entire tournament.
 
Couldn't see the QF and won't be able to watch the SF as well. Surprised to see so many pessimists here - no matter how slow it is, it's still grass. Yee of little faith...

Going into the tournament, Rog has been the 2nd favorite to win. I haven't seen anything that should change this sentiment, since Rog went through his draw fairly convincingly, and Nole is stepping it up each match. Rafa - who cares?

He is going to serve Roger away? I doubt it. He is the elite grass returner? Never was. He'll hit it deep and keep Rog away from the baseline? Not happening. Compared to Nole, Rog playing Rafa on grass is a picnic if you ask me. We all know what Nadal is going to do, and if the top spin BH holds decent enough, Rog can win. If it doesnt, he'll probably lose. Just the way it is.

Big deal, he had no business being here in the first place. He had a very small chance of winning Wimby as soon as the draw was out. Just come out swinging, you have 3 sets at least to figure sth out. If Nick could win 25/27 service games and break Rafa twice, why can't Rog?
 
I'm excited, will sleep like a baby, will be stressed-out during the match, normal life will resume when it's over.

and as a sidenote, win or lose - as soon as the match is over, I will utter the same expletive just with difference intonation depending on the circumstance.
Haha, I will more than likely have a heart attack one way or the other. If he wins, it will be much like AO17, shock and screaming. The macro of FBPD in AO17 and the macro when the final point was challenged.
 
As slow as the surface is, it's still grass and If Fed plays his best tennis, he wins regardless of what Nadal does. Fed beat him many times on slow hard.
This. I saw the Nadal Querrey highlights. Safe to say Fed has a damn better serve than Querrey. Just avoid Nadal’s BH at any cost.

No strong FS means Nadal get control of that point. Then it’s RG SF part 2.

Fed getting tentative is my only worry.
 
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