How has crowd pressure impacted Fed's career?

Has crowd pressure has a negative impact

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Bad_Knee

Professional
For the better or for the worse?

Obviously it must be great to have so much support, but you could make the case Fed really started gain massive support once the Nadal rivalry surfaced and he began to show signs of vulnerability.

This guy has to play every match with the same kind of fan craziness that someone like Murray only gets once a year....Even when he plays Murray at Wimbledon, Fed gets 50% of the support.

We have seen the great man choke (sorry no other word for it) on quite a few occasions in slams, particularly in 5th sets...do you think he may have a had a slightly better career without so much fan pressure, I think personally he would, for example looking at Djokovic, I think Nole benefits from having slightly less fan pressure.

To me, especially later in his career, I think Fed has succumb to the pressure of expectation in the crowd, particularly when it gets tight in the 2nd week of slams. Does he sometimes make the wrong shot s

Of course there is the counter argument that the crowd pressure has made him maintain his high level for so many years, and that the crowd have got him out of sticky situations in matches.

Interested to hear other views on this...
 

Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
Don't think it's done anything really. The massive amounts of crowd support Federer gets can only be good, IMO. Otherwise he may have retired earlier, you never know. He's not "choking" because he feels the expectation of the crowd. He's doing it because he's old and is not in the right position as much anymore. Unfortunately 33-34 year olds are not supposed to win slams so they need a few things to go right for them. Even if you are Federer.

I would also say that it wasn't just Nadal in 2008 that made Federer a bigger fan favourite. Yes he made 2 slam finals and lost them to Nadal, but he also lost to Djokovic at the AO, and then had many losses to players he would beat with relative ease just a year or two prior. Fish, Karlovic, Blake, Simon, young Murray, Roddick (who he usually beat), and Stepanek. He also had mono at the beginning of the year and back problems at the end of it.

There was a real sense then that Federer might be done because back then people weren't used to guys going long into their 30's like Djokovic and Murray look poised to do now, and Federer has done. There was only Connors. Other than that people were used to Borg retiring at 26 and Sampras retiring at 31. McEnroe, Edberg, and Becker were also done at young ages. It wasn't an older mans game. So the crowds really got behind Federer.
 
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OhYes

Guest
It is always better to have crowd behind you than against you.
 

Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
Don't think it's done anything really. The massive amounts of crowd support Federer gets can only be good, IMO. Otherwise he may have retired earlier, you never know. He's not "choking" because he feels the expectation of the crowd. He's doing it because he's old and is not in the right position as much anymore. Unfortunately 33-34 year olds are not supposed to win slams so they need a few things to go right for them. Even if you are Federer.

I would also say that it wasn't just Nadal in 2008 that made Federer a bigger fan favourite. Yes he made 2 slam finals and lost them to Nadal, but he also lost to Djokovic at the AO, and then had many losses to players he would beat with relative ease just a year or two prior. Fish, Karlovic, Blake, Simon, young Murray, Roddick (who he usually beat), and Stepanek. He also had mono at the beginning of the year and back problems at the end of it.

There was a real sense then that Federer might be done because back then people weren't used to guys going long into their 30's like Djokovic and Murray look poised to do now, and Federer has done. There was only Connors. Other than that people were used to Borg retiring at 26 and Sampras retiring at 31. McEnroe, Edberg, and Becker were also done at young ages. It wasn't an older mans game. So the crowds really got behind Federer.
 

metsman

G.O.A.T.
no of course not

We are not like some Djoker fans who complain if the crowd is too soft, too loud, etc. :D
 
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