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BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
Sucks about Basel, but grass season coming is getting me excited.
The way Fed was talking to Courier, he may just pack up his bags after Laver Cup. He mentioned that being in the bubble and away from his family isn't something he's willing to do. So presumably no Shanghai, Paris or, obviously YEC, if he even qualifies for that.
 

Feather

Legend
The way Fed was talking to Courier, he may just pack up his bags after Laver Cup. He mentioned that being in the bubble and away from his family isn't something he's willing to do. So presumably no Shanghai, Paris or, obviously YEC, if he even qualifies for that.
I hope he plays YEC at least.. Can't imagine Maestro missing it
 

AceSalvo

Legend
The way Fed was talking to Courier, he may just pack up his bags after Laver Cup. He mentioned that being in the bubble and away from his family isn't something he's willing to do. So presumably no Shanghai, Paris or, obviously YEC, if he even qualifies for that.
Considering Olympics are in doubt too, Laver Cup could very well be the end of 2021 season for Fed. I hope he can use the downtime to gear up for a better 2022. I wonder what happens if the restrictions dont ease up in 2022 as well.
 
Was a good win yesterday despite the hiccup in the second. Will be interesting to see how Federer copes with the damp conditions under the roof tomorrow. Koepfer sounds easy enough. But an unknown opponent is always dangerous and more so considering the lack of match practice for Federer. But it has definitely been a positive start....
 
Considering Olympics are in doubt too, Laver Cup could very well be the end of 2021 season for Fed. I hope he can use the downtime to gear up for a better 2022. I wonder what happens if the restrictions dont ease up in 2022 as well.
Will be interesting if he makes the trip to Cincy in case the Olympics are cancelled or if he decides against it. But yeah looks like LC might be the end. Unless Federer wants to play Indian Wells...
 

Forehanderer

Professional
Was a good win yesterday despite the hiccup in the second. Will be interesting to see how Federer copes with the damp conditions under the roof tomorrow. Koepfer sounds easy enough. But an unknown opponent is always dangerous and more so considering the lack of match practice for Federer. But it has definitely been a positive start....
This is the first time this year Federer has put two wins together. Thats definitely a positive. yes unknown opponents are dangerous. we already saw what happened v Andujar. Lets hope he adds one more win v Koepfer before he hits the Berrettini train and moves to the grass season
 
This is the first time this year Federer has put two wins together. Thats definitely a positive. yes unknown opponents are dangerous. we already saw what happened v Andujar. Lets hope he adds one more win v Koepfer before he hits the Berrettini train and moves to the grass season
Haha you are giving him no chance against Matteo huh
 

Forehanderer

Professional
Haha you are giving him no chance against Matteo huh
I'm giving the young guy a chance. Matteo was a finalist in Madrid and is in decent clay form. Even if Roger wins against him he has to go through Novak and Rafa which is mission impossible. Better that Matteo wins and Roger can go to Halle for his Wimbledon preparations. If Roger tanked early, Stuttgart was an option to get more grass warmups. But now Stuttgart seems unlikely. Better for him that he gets some rest after R4 and go to Halle early for practice
 

Lleytonstation

G.O.A.T.
The way Fed was talking to Courier, he may just pack up his bags after Laver Cup. He mentioned that being in the bubble and away from his family isn't something he's willing to do. So presumably no Shanghai, Paris or, obviously YEC, if he even qualifies for that.
I am fine with that. Then let 2022 be the last ride with all cylinders ago.
 

fedfan08

Professional
Who is showing Roger’s match tomorrow? He plays at 2pm CST. My NBC guide says they will be showing women’s golf. And Tennis Channel guide has their coverage ending at 2pm CST.
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
One things for sure...FFT would surely not schedule Federer for the night session again...Him withdrawing actually makes it easy on them...lol
It's unbelievable they schedule the oldest guy in the draw (by far) and a former FO champion as the last match of the day. Beyond hideous scheduling, but they get the punishment, as Fed will almost surely withdraw now and leave the event. Moronic scheduling.
 
The clay court organizers be it Rome or RG have all been boneheaded in terms of scheduling....While I understand the reason Federer was scheduled last (being fair to all major players), to even have a night session with no fans makes no sense. The Nadal match finished early and there was still more than an hour and half left for the Federer match. Why do you need to wait at all when no fans are going to be in.....These guys are stupid...and now they have lost a marquee R16 match.....
 
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Lleytonstation

G.O.A.T.
Yeah, he's telegraphed he'll withdraw and not play 4R. It's the prudent move.
Would be disappointing.....but understandable and probably the right call....Time will tell...
I would be okay if he does pull out and prepare for grass, wouldn't bother me too much. He has always made smart scheduling decisions.

However, I did not get the read you guys did about him pulling out. I think he was just saying that in case he does wake up feeling an issue.

I say Fed will play.
 
TBH, a grinder with a powerful game like Koepfers on a slow as molasses dead court is the worst recipe for Federer....In hindsight he should have said yes for his R1 match to have been played at this time....Courier said he was offered and he refused after which SW got the slot....
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
I say Fed will play.
Seems unlikely....Hope you're right. To me it seems almost certain he's signaling a withdrawal tomorrow or on Monday:

'I don't know if I'll play': Federer ready to withdraw from French Open

Roger Federer is considering withdrawing from the French Open despite reaching the last 16 after a tense four-set victory over Dominik Koepfer in a tie which finished just before 12:45 on Sunday morning.

"I don't know if I am going to play," said Federer, who is just two months shy of his 40th birthday and is due to play Italy's Matteo Berrettini in Monday's fourth round.

"I have to decide whether or not to continue playing. Is it too risky to keep putting pressure on the knee? Is it a good time to rest? Every match I have to reassess the situation and see the next morning in what state I wake up and how my knee is doing," added Federer after being on court for 3 hours and 35 minutes.

"It may be even more true after a match as long as the one tonight."
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210606-i-don-t-know-if-i-ll-play-federer-ready-to-withdraw-from-french-open
 
Even if he plays, it will probably be similar to his AO2020 SF performance against Djokovic....One things for sure, its not going to be as physical......I say just wait for the schedule and if he's put on the night slot again, just say thanks but no thanks and leave....
 

Lleytonstation

G.O.A.T.
Seems unlikely....Hope you're right. To me it seems almost certain he's signaling a withdrawal tomorrow or on Monday:

'I don't know if I'll play': Federer ready to withdraw from French Open

Roger Federer is considering withdrawing from the French Open despite reaching the last 16 after a tense four-set victory over Dominik Koepfer in a tie which finished just before 12:45 on Sunday morning.

"I don't know if I am going to play," said Federer, who is just two months shy of his 40th birthday and is due to play Italy's Matteo Berrettini in Monday's fourth round.

"I have to decide whether or not to continue playing. Is it too risky to keep putting pressure on the knee? Is it a good time to rest? Every match I have to reassess the situation and see the next morning in what state I wake up and how my knee is doing," added Federer after being on court for 3 hours and 35 minutes.

"It may be even more true after a match as long as the one tonight."
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210606-i-don-t-know-if-i-ll-play-federer-ready-to-withdraw-from-french-open
Oh I agree he will if he has any doubts, but I don't think it is based on anything other than his nervous doubt.

I think he is just preparing fans and tourney and even himself if when he wakes up he feels a little uneasy.

But I don't think he is feeling something off, just has a feeling it might be sore tomorrow.

A lot also has to do with the fact that even if he gets to QF it will likely end there and for sure in SF.

So he is probably thinking he got the confidence, the match play, and some points.
 

Lleytonstation

G.O.A.T.
Even if he plays, it will probably be similar to his AO2020 SF performance against Djokovic....One things for sure, its not going to be as physical......I say just wait for the schedule and if he's put on the night slot again, just say thanks but no thanks and leave....
More I think about it, there is no reason to continue other than for respect of the players and tourney.

He accomplished what he needed to do. That being said I hope he plays.
 

AceSalvo

Legend
Seems unlikely....Hope you're right. To me it seems almost certain he's signaling a withdrawal tomorrow or on Monday:

'I don't know if I'll play': Federer ready to withdraw from French Open

Roger Federer is considering withdrawing from the French Open despite reaching the last 16 after a tense four-set victory over Dominik Koepfer in a tie which finished just before 12:45 on Sunday morning.

"I don't know if I am going to play," said Federer, who is just two months shy of his 40th birthday and is due to play Italy's Matteo Berrettini in Monday's fourth round.

"I have to decide whether or not to continue playing. Is it too risky to keep putting pressure on the knee? Is it a good time to rest? Every match I have to reassess the situation and see the next morning in what state I wake up and how my knee is doing," added Federer after being on court for 3 hours and 35 minutes.

"It may be even more true after a match as long as the one tonight."
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210606-i-don-t-know-if-i-ll-play-federer-ready-to-withdraw-from-french-open
Fedr was so clear that he prioritized Wimbledon over RG. There is no way Fed is going to throw everything he has at RG. Fedr got what he needed from RG. Even if he plays on Monday, it will just add to the unwanted situation of playing another night match where conditions are very slow. Maybe he does not want to take that risk.
 
More I think about it, there is no reason to continue other than for respect of the players and tourney.

He accomplished what he needed to do. That being said I hope he plays.
Yep...He should be more than happy....That being said, watching Federer play without any pressure of winning can be fun even if it is against Berretini...it was for the first set in that semi final....
 

oldmanfan

Legend
Big picture, I too think Fedr should withdraw. There are many positives to do so:

1) Grass is his priority and Halle starts in about 8 days. Withdrawing gives him enough time to recover, and then he can get a few practices on grass done. Playing the 4R, win or lose, would make it really difficult to recover/practice for grass, thus possibly ruining WB by rushing to get everything done. That would be a terrible decision since Fedr's #1 priority for 2021 is WB.
2) Win/lose playing against Berrettini has no bearing on Fedr if he was even more likely to withdraw before facing Djokr since he's already thinking about withdrawing now. Then some non-Fedfans will harp about how he's scared of facing his rivals. It's nonsensical logic of them to ask Fedr to over extend himself physically considering he's 2-months from 40 and grass is right around the corner.
3) If he was gonna withdraw (which is likely) either before 4R or before QF, then it's better for those involved that he does so now so that RG will have a full QF lineup.
4) Small clap back at RG ;). RG did Fedr no favor by scheduling him last in conditions that is the worse for him, and this was for a guy who's almost 40. They should've slightly favor him in all things, especially scheduling, considering how many eyes Fedr brings to RG just by being there. Guy Forget was complaining (crying really) about Fedr not being there at RG17, but this is how they treat him during his comeback trail from double knee surgery? :eek:
I mean, they don't have to favor him, but at least don't give him the toughest conditions to play in. That's the opposite of favoring him.

Fedr knows that he's at a very good level now, apart from stamina. Hence, a withdrawal makes sense. So take a breather and see you on the grass of Halle, Old Man.
 

Feather

Legend
Totally fine with him withdrawing. Actually kind of want him to.
I am also fine with him withdrawing! But I wish he play, so that I can see him play one more match

Rafa and Novak already played in SL. Roger hasn't played. So 4R match of Roger will be in SL. Since SL doesn't have night match facility, it will be a day match.
I like his chances against Berettini, if it's a day match. Plus reaching QF is nice. Don't care whether he loses or wins against Novak Djokovic. It hardly matters as he is not going to beat Rafa in SF
 

MeatTornado

G.O.A.T.
I am also fine with him withdrawing! But I wish he play, so that I can see him play one more match

Rafa and Novak already played in SL. Roger hasn't played. So 4R match of Roger will be in SL. Since SL doesn't have night match facility, it will be a day match.
I like his chances against Berettini, if it's a day match. Plus reaching QF is nice. Don't care whether he loses or wins against Novak Djokovic. It hardly matters as he is not going to beat Rafa in SF
I would root for him to win and not avoid Novak, I'm just of the same mind Roger is where I'm focused on him peaking for the grass season. I don't want that jeopardizes in any way.
 

Lleytonstation

G.O.A.T.
I would root for him to win and not avoid Novak, I'm just of the same mind Roger is where I'm focused on him peaking for the grass season. I don't want that jeopardizes in any way.
Nor should he, but if his body and mind feel good, which he never said it didn't, he will play.

If he makes that decision, that is the best scenario. If he plays I have no worries, as he wouldn't play if he felt any doubt cause he knows he won't win the FO anyways.
 

oldmanfan

Legend

Simon Graf: Few people know Roger Federer as well as Marc Rosset. I spoke to him about Roger's withdrawal. He said: «You can't accuse Roger of not having done much for tennis. And I think he always upholds fair play. Even in this situation. He could also have said he hurt his shoulder.»(1/5)

«So many players withdraw and invent some injury. Roger didn't do that, he openly told it like it is. Of course, his forfeit is a shock for people. Especially since it's a Grand Slam. But when you come back after 15 months and 2 knee operations, at 39, it's a special case.» (2/5)

«His first two matches are difficult to judge because Istomin and Cilic made life easy for Roger with their mistakes. But against Koepfer it was a real battle. I thought Koepfer played brilliantly. The courage, the heart that Roger showed on the court, I really liked that.» (3/5)

«I think Roger can win another Grand Slam title if he feels good and is well prepared. If not in Wimbledon, then maybe somewhere else. Champions like him tick differently than we do. You can't measure them by normal standards.» (4/5)

«I hope we will see him again in Australia. Of course, it's crucial that he doesn't have any setbacks physically and feels that he's reaching a certain level. If that is the case, I see no reason why he should stop this year. He has invested so much to come back again.» (5/5)
 
Looks like the man couldn’t wait to get to the grass…I am sort of nervously excited for Wimbledon….Halle will be a good indicator…Draw is on Saturday I guess like usual…
 
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