Federer responds to Mats Wilander

#13
Rhetorical question considering what transpired.

And even if true, are we really expecting Roger to admit it ?

That might cost him millions from his next James Bond commercial of whatever they want him to sell.
 

Chadalina

Hall of Fame
#16
Fed yesterday was reminded he had a lot of breakpoints and also had a couple of DFs while closing out, and that Mats said as you get older pressure becomes harder to handle and it's tougher to close out matches. Fed gives a thoughtful answer. Go to 05:37.

WIlander is one of my fav 2h players of all time, he was more of a counter puncher though. Fed plays offensive, the pressure over time is less because he controls it.

Getting old makes you care less, not more. The experience fed has with losses and wins makes him happy either way after a match, nothing left to prove.
 
#18
i think fed is the best at making you question whether its meant to be shady you're like wait, what? He says something and leaves you thinking
Fed is too smart. He is telling you in code that he knows what you are trying to do and he won't fall for it, while at the same time being classy and not humilliating you in public.
 

Newballs

Professional
#19
That first name seemed a bit strange to me to begin with...
The name Matt is somewhat common in my existence; when I first heard Wilanders’ first name I thought it odd that someone would name their child a plural version.
Anyway, Rog won (for now).
 
#22
Fed yesterday was reminded he had a lot of breakpoints and also had a couple of DFs while closing out, and that Mats said as you get older pressure becomes harder to handle and it's tougher to close out matches. Fed gives a thoughtful answer. Go to 05:37.

He said NO. I think he is right. I think with more experience, it is more intelligent to close out sets or save break points. it is more what the other guy does. if other guy plays insane good point to save break points or save match points, then it is what it is. age has nothing to do with it. If Mats is talking about just slowing down with age, then that would apply to all points, not just break points.
 

kevaninho

Hall of Fame
#24
WIlander is one of my fav 2h players of all time, he was more of a counter puncher though. Fed plays offensive, the pressure over time is less because he controls it.

Getting old makes you care less, not more. The experience fed has with losses and wins makes him happy either way after a match, nothing left to prove.
Disagree. I think in youth we do things without care, that we probably wouldn't now.

Plus in tennis terms, Fed probably wants to win a slam more now cos the chances are less as hes gotten older, which will no doubt make him more nervous.
Regardless of what he tells people, this can only be a fact.
Don't buy into the whole ' im just having fun' stuff.
 

Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
#25
Such a snappy answer. He took 2 seconds to say that, lol.

Really though, he wasn't going to say anything else, and Wilander only said it because he's Wilander and that's what he does. He's right in general, but only because everybody gets further away from their physical prime as they get older until they're not in position to serve out any matches anymore. That doesn't mean Federer won't serve 3 aces and hit a FH winner to close out some matches at 40 years of age. So using specific one off matches where Federer has trouble isn't really accurate. It's a very general statement.

Wilander was also never in Federer territory age wise. He retired at 31 or 32 I think? So he actually has no idea what it's like to be closing out matches at 37. He only knows that it probably got harder for him to close matches between the ages of say 29-32 until he retired. Not much expert analysis going on there at any rate.
 
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dParis

Hall of Fame
#29
I love how effortlessly he moves between three languages. Pure class.

There is no Big 3. There is Roger, alone. Then Joe and Twitchy and then everyone else.
 
#30
It became more difficult for Matts to handle pressure as he got older.

Matts like to generalize his own experience to other players, especially to FEDR. It rarely applies especially his hitting number one and then disappearing act.
 
#32
It became more difficult for Matts to handle pressure as he got older.

Matts like to generalize his own experience to other players, especially to FEDR. It rarely applies especially his hitting number one and then disappearing act.
So when Matts says that Fed's balls shrink when facing Rafa...?
 
#33
wilander is an ******* obviously and i get the feeling fed doesn't care for him much after the he has no balls when he faces rafa on clay comment so im glad he was like okay bye to wilander but lets be real his bp conversion is like a running joke between fans and non fans. everytime he gets a bp, we know he is most likely not converting on first try. i'm glad he is okay with that stat but meanwhile over here i'm like screaming at my computer to convert .i know with bps, its not always on him but like 1/17....you telling me some of it wasn't dumb errors?
 
#34
Disagree. I think in youth we do things without care, that we probably wouldn't now.

Plus in tennis terms, Fed probably wants to win a slam more now cos the chances are less as hes gotten older, which will no doubt make him more nervous.
Regardless of what he tells people, this can only be a fact.
Don't buy into the whole ' im just having fun' stuff.
You have a point. A long time ago I was watching a breakdown of penalty shootouts in football/soccer. Apparently the older guys miss more. They hypothesized that this is because of the memory of past failures haunting them.
 
#35
wilander is an ******* obviously and i get the feeling fed doesn't care for him much after the he has no balls when he faces rafa on clay comment so im glad he was like okay bye to wilander but lets be real his bp conversion is like a running joke between fans and non fans. everytime he gets a bp, we know he is most likely not converting on first try. i'm glad he is okay with that stat but meanwhile over here i'm like screaming at my computer to convert .i know with bps, its not always on him but like 1/17....you telling me some of it wasn't dumb errors?
The funny thing is his all time bp conversion isn’t even that bad compared to the other top guys. But I do feel like his conversion rate is the worst in tight situations against other top players. Meanwhile other top players seem to rise to the occasion when presented with the same opportunity.
 
#36
The funny thing is his all time bp conversion isn’t even that bad compared to the other top guys. But I do feel like his conversion rate is the worst in tight situations against other top players. Meanwhile other top players seem to rise to the occasion when presented with the same opportunity.
it probably isn't that bad, i do remember seeing a stat somewhere of conversion rates and it wasn't bad, i think it just seems worse than it is. i mean there are jokes, memes etc about his bp conversion that i dont think exists for the other top guys atleast the big 4 anyways.
 

dParis

Hall of Fame
#41
The more languages you speak the more class ? I have never heard that theory of class before. I met a guy recently that is fluent in 13 languages. Very classy. :unsure:
No, not in your clinical interpretation, but we know that's not exactly what I said. I don't know if Mr. 13 Languages can play world-class tennis one minute and soon after cut a dashing figure in front of the world's press, wittily and multilingually communicating with them.
 
#42
No, not in your clinical interpretation, but we know that's not exactly what I said. I don't know if Mr. 13 Languages can play world-class tennis one minute and soon after cut a dashing figure in front of the world's press, wittily and multilingually communicating with them.
I’m glad you have a good role model. It’s important for all teenage boys. (y)
 

JMR

Hall of Fame
#46
You have a point. A long time ago I was watching a breakdown of penalty shootouts in football/soccer. Apparently the older guys miss more. They hypothesized that this is because of the memory of past failures haunting them.
Perhaps, but I think the more likely explanation is slightly reduced ability to focus on the task, on average, among the veteran players. The mental power to concentrate without wavering does diminish with age, like many other physical or mental capacities.
 
#49
Federer should have replied, "I'm not sure that Mats is in a position to know this, since for him it suddenly became a lot tougher to close out matches even before he got old."
Zing! Mats' game collapsed after 1988 at the ripe old age of 25.
 
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