Nadal calling Fed “chicken”?

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  1. Tennisanity

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    You could say the same about 2 of the last 3 slams. Fed reached the finals of them, Nadal could've had him there, but he couldn't reach 2 of them. AO18 was the big one where they both had chances to go to the final, and Nadal blew it.
     
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    You switched racquets a few years ago, and then when you came back from injury you had a very improved backhand. I know you haven’t decided on clay yet, but what is your confidence level right now that you can beat anybody, including Nadal, on clay, especially in five sets? If you don't think you can beat Rafa, will you avoid clay?

    ROGER FEDERER: I can beat 99% of this current joke-of-a-clay field, but unfortunately for me, the other 1% is Nadal. I couldn't beat him on clay then, and even with the bigger racquet and improved backhand, my confidence level of beating him now on clay is literally nonexistent. So hell yeah I'm avoiding him! The H2H is the one, uh, stain on my GOAT resume. And lets be honest...the ONLY reason anyone even mentions Rafa in the same breath with me is because of the H2H. My goal is to remove what many consider Rafa's trump card, and avoiding a meeting on clay is the way to do it. Five wins in a row so far!

    So you're not skipping clay because of injury fears?

    ROGER FEDERER: Yeah right. If I'm going to skip a surface because of injury fears, I'd skip slow hard to avoid aggravating my chronic back.

    And you're not skipping clay because you don't want to be tired out by Wimbledon?

    ROGER FEDERER: (laughs) When did I suddenly become Methuselah? No one really believes that I need to skip clay in order to be physically fresh for grass. The mere idea is ridiculous if not insulting.
     
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    Dirges? ;)
     
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    A guy who avoided playing non clay events throughout his career whenever he was not sure of winning and running short of confidence, takes a did at fed when Fed his 37.
    Funnier is the fact that Mallorca massage girls have got their pants wet on their perennialy injured boys interview
     
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    Fedal mind games strike again. Neither should be defended very much because they are both BS :D.

    Very early in the clay season and the seed has been planted, no matter how lighthearted it was intended. The press will bring it up for sure now. He meant it, I promise you that. I'm glad he said it :eek:. Really I am. Need a little tension in the air for future encounters to add drama. Federer has the mental advantage to a point where Rafa feels the need to whine about his fav surface being Federless now that he knows he won't meet him. Like to see a Federer reaction. I'm sure Roger said something under his breath as he read it. Bet Mirka knows the real truth. It's not bad, but they mean their putdowns even when it's for laughs supposedly. He's sick of losing to Federer.


    Haha! You thought I was playing clay Rafa??

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    I might...
     
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    We don't really know yet if Nadal is fully healthy for clay. Remember that he felt was completely healthy for Acapulco and then pulled out at the last minute right before his match. There's a lot of clay matches to be played. Will be interesting to see if Nadal can duplicate last year's result. It may not all be on his racquet as we tend to think.
     
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    I don't see anything in the article suggesting that Nadal was taking a dig at Federer.

    Looks like the writer put words in his mouth, which is not unusual for the Telegraph these days. They've gone kinda tabloid in the last few years.
     
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    He wasn't. Or if he was. it seemed good-natured. Personally I've always thought that Nadal sees Fed as rather like a know-it-all elder brother - someone you're irritated by but have affection for.
     
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    So we all agree, Fed is not goat, he is chicken - lol ;)
     
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    You are right - Nadal respects Fed more than anyone - storm in a tea cup. Fed has earnt the right under the rules to pick and choose his tournaments and he is doing that. It seems that it is working because he managed his schedule very well last year.
     
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    Injury did for him.
     
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    Phucking flying around the court! Phuck!
     
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    Spot on.
     
  18. paranoidandroid

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    Fed is universally accepted as GOAT.

    Only the VB cult argue against this.
     
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    This does not stack up with the evidence.
    H2H
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    On h/c Fed only leads by 2 and 4 of his wins were only last year.
     
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    Fed is unlucky to have only played Rafa on grass 3 times.

    It’s a shame that Nadal can’t get to the second week of Wimbledon any more these days. :D
     
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    Federer is too scared to go anywhere near a clay court.
     
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    Baphomet is badass and so is Fedr. :cool:
     
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    It’s called having your priorities straight.

    Would I rather get injured playing on mud or try and win the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world again?
     
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    LOL at this forum when a couple of pictures gets people ruffled.
     
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    If you are going to quote, I would kindly advise you quote properly. The bit that you seemed to missed out below. And hey, there is a saying, a picture paints a thousand words. :) And please try not to stir the pot, both Octo and I have moved passed it.

     
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    Whoops, I didn't get to all the bits of your back and forth, haven't been very active recently on the forums. Your point is a valid one though, for completeness.

    What I observed was a couple of pictures and, because of the heightened tension in here, even this causes threads to spill over sideways.

    Not a comment on you or the other poster, it's a reflection of these times.
     
  28. clayqueen

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    It's called 'chicken'.
     
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    Just like 4 of Nadal's wins were in 2013-early 2014.
     
  31. kevaninho

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    Yep the only reason Nadal dominated 2013 was because Federer had his worst year ever, apparently LOL
     
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    No, the only reason the H2H is 23-15 instead of just 18-15 is precisely because Fed had that horrible 2013.
     
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    And your point is? Fedfans just dream up injuries for him whenever it suits them.
     
  34. Jonas78

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    Thats not what i said. I only said 2013 is Federers worst year ever. Rafa was great that year,no doubt about that.

    Of course It's a bit unfair that they had to meet 3 times on HC In Feds worst year ever and Rafas best, but thats life:).The last 5 H2H matches have finally balanced it a bit though, although the early vs late season matches played will probably always remain skewed.
     
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    Look , it doesn't matter whos trash and what year ( according to Fed fans ).
    Nadal has had his fair share of poor form also, probably even more than Federer, since hes not naturally as good outwith clay.
    The fact is ALL of their matches count, and the statistic is that most of their matches have been played on HC, which by the way, is very close, and Nadal was leading in, up until last season.
    People need to stop cherry picking what results matter etc. They all matter, including those HC and grass victories that Nadal has over peak Fed. :)
     
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    LOL the irony.
     
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    No, actually USO 17 was the big chance, as Fed was the favourite to win the tournament, and he bailed out when he should've been there waiting for Nadal on the final day.
     
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    He defeated him on every occasion in 2008 also, when Federer was at his best then too LOL 5 years later in 2013 isn't the full story. He was beating Federer on HC right from their very first meeting in Miami, at Federers absolute best form.
    If you want to take off matches, then lets start with Basel in 2015, when Nadal had his worst ever year....
     
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    The court was as slow as clay.
     
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    Easy to say that now, but I think if you take off the tinted glasses, you will remember everyone said Fed would stroll to the title ;)
     
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    I don’t care what people said about Fed’s chances, the court was slow as hell and it gets slower every year.

    Just compare these two matches and you’ll see an astronomical difference in court speed:

     
  42. Jonas78

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    Isn’t all Rafas losses because of injuries? Except maybe one or two matches vs Nole?
     
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    The Federer/Nadal rivalry has at times been one of the best in sport. Federer has been in charge of late, winning each of their last five matches, all of which have been on a hard surface.

    Despite Federer's late surge, Nadal still has the edge. He has beaten Federer 23 times in 38 matches on all surfaces,
    according to the ATP. And if the pair squared off on clay, Nadal would surely be favourite to return to winning ways.

    On a clay court, Federer and Nadal have played each other 15 times and, in every match but two, it has been Nadal who has triumphed. That's an impressive 13-2 win-loss record. In total, Nadal and Federer have contested 57 sets on clay — and Nadal has won 72.5% of them, which is a landslide.

    On hard or grass courts, Federer has a far greater success rate, winning 13 games against just 10 losses.

    When you look at those statistics, it is easy to see why Federer may want to avoid clay competition against Nadal. Because, on grass, he has a much better chance of defeating him.

    http://uk.businessinsider.com/roger-federer-avoiding-rafa-nadal-on-clay-2018-4
     
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  44. Jonas78

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    Go watch some MC instead of crying about Roger not playing;)
     
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    Lol do you know why he is crying in that photo? Let me remind you: ;)
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    LOL, so no answer and only excuses :). You lose.
     
  47. Tennisanity

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    No actually AO17 and 18 were the big chances. Nadal was favourite to win the final in 2017 and his inferiority made him lose to Fed in 17 and Cilic in 18 when he should have been waiting for Fed on the final day in 2018.
     
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    Whatever happens now, Feddy will always carry the legacy of fearing Nadal on clay unless he mans up and plays Nadal on the surface.

    Pigs will fly.
     
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    “Feddy” will carry the legacy as GOAT and as the man who won more slams than any other player in history.

    Nadal will carry the legacy of an ATG who was amazing on clay but mediroce on HC and grass.
     
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