One positive note for Fed fans in 08

tennis-hero

Banned
At least now all the haters can't use their haterade and say Fed didn't play in a strong era

08 had one of the strongest fields ever, and Fed still won a slam, made 2 finals and a semi :) and recovered from mono.
 
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Deleted member 21996

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At least now all the haters can't use their haterade and say Fed didn't play in a strong era

08 had one of the strongest fields ever, and Fed still won a slam, made 2 finals and a semi :) and recovered from mono.
 

joeri888

G.O.A.T.
At least now all the haters can't use their haterade and say Fed didn't play in a strong era

08 had one of the strongest fields ever, and Fed still won a slam, made 2 finals and a semi :) and recovered from mono.
No need to open a new thread for this. There's plenty of positive notes. He showed he can comeback when not everything's going his way. He can fight, and still won a Slam and came as close as you can get to a second. So.. there's no need to open a new topic for every positive note on Federer this season. If you are a Hewitt or Safin fan you had a much tougher year.
 

tangerine

Professional
At least now all the haters can't use their haterade and say Fed didn't play in a strong era

08 had one of the strongest fields ever, and Fed still won a slam, made 2 finals and a semi :) and recovered from mono.
Pretty sure the *******s themselves were moaning about how weak the era was by dismissing Federer's contemporaries as "clowns".

You reap what you sow.
 

DoubleDeuce

Hall of Fame
No need to open a new thread for this. There's plenty of positive notes. He showed he can comeback when not everything's going his way. He can fight, and still won a Slam and came as close as you can get to a second. So.. there's no need to open a new topic for every positive note on Federer this season. If you are a Hewitt or Safin fan you had a much tougher year.
Absolutely. There are many positive notes already. Dorks will post their " Murray owns Federer" posts anyways, they are burning as the result of positive notes there is and yet posts like that isnt helping them at all.
 

veroniquem

Bionic Poster
It's a positive year for Fed in absolute terms (slam finals, slam win, etc). It's a devastating year in terms of career evolution: lost (year end) #1 spot, went from 3 slams a year to 1 slam a year, lost his very favorite tournament, failing to break Borg's record, didn't make a single master final on hard court, achieved Olympic glory only in the doubles category, fared worse than ever in the final of the only slam he has never won, lost ground on his Nemesis, losing to him all 4 times they met in major finals.
 
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Fed fans should be glad he won a grand slam this year. Pretty soon, he wont be able to accomplish that anymore.
 
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TTAce

Rookie
Murray has learned from Fed and Nadal a lot. Imo.
He plays more "alike" them now.

2009 going to much more interesting.

Fed really has nothing to worry about.
He can collect one slam at a time and keep his "market" high at the top.
 

cknobman

Legend
What Im interested in is how much the Mono really affected his game this year.

If he comes back next year to dominate the field again then Id say the Mono affected him pretty badly but if he comes out and has a repeat(or worse) of this year then the Mono was negligible and it would be fair to say Fed is past his prime.

Next year Federer will have a chance to really seperate himself from the field in terms of "GOAT" contenders. If he comes back to dominate the field with Nadal at his peak, Murray and Djokovic coming into theirs by winning 2-3 slams and retaking #1 then he will have earned a "GOAT" title(especially if he takes the French).

Since Fed has been #1 the only place he could go was down. Now hes been knocked off and has room to go back up. That is my positive looking ahead to next year.
 

JoshDragon

Hall of Fame
2009, should definitely be an interesting year. Nadal, really stood out this year by winning two majors and a gold medal and Federer, still managed to win the US Open despite being on a decline in his career.

Nadal and Federer have completely dominated the sport for the past four years. Djokovic, has challenged them but he's usually been a distant third. I've got a feeling that Nadal will be very successful in 2009. I could even see him winning the Australian Open if he plays well against Murray and Djokovic.
 

wangs78

Hall of Fame
What Im interested in is how much the Mono really affected his game this year.

If he comes back next year to dominate the field again then Id say the Mono affected him pretty badly but if he comes out and has a repeat(or worse) of this year then the Mono was negligible and it would be fair to say Fed is past his prime.

Next year Federer will have a chance to really seperate himself from the field in terms of "GOAT" contenders. If he comes back to dominate the field with Nadal at his peak, Murray and Djokovic coming into theirs by winning 2-3 slams and retaking #1 then he will have earned a "GOAT" title(especially if he takes the French).

Since Fed has been #1 the only place he could go was down. Now hes been knocked off and has room to go back up. That is my positive looking ahead to next year.
Well said. I agree with you completely. Next year is the year. I think that the most likely scenario is that Fed wins 1-2 slams next year, not 2-3. As a Fed fan, I'd love to see him dominate in '09 but I think he'll have a fairly strong showing but not dominant and he will remain a serious threat for 3 years or so and then he'll play another couple of years and retire at 32 or so. Again, I'd love to see him pull away from the field in the GOAT contest, but odds are he'll reach a point where it's still open to debate.
 

talock

Rookie
in general, i think Federer is the victim of his own success rate, we've never seen the level of dominance displayed in the four year span of 2004 through 2007 from Fed. so by that measure, sure, it's a down year. but by that measure every player since Laver have had nothing BUT down years. Sampras never had a year that approached the overall results posted by Fed in 2005,6, or 7. In fact, it's easy to forget that there were several years where Sampras won only *gasp* one major. it didn't mean his career was in shambles or total decline.

in short, it's not Fed's fault that we grew used to the idea of someone winning 3 slams + several master's a year and forgot it's the exception not the norm. with the new crop of young players starting to really achieve at a high level, one slam a year is still very sucessful, and if he adjusts to the new chalenges he will still be a contender in EVERY slam. let's not forget he has yet to miss a slam semifinal in 4 years.
 
2009 should be very interesting.

Fed looked much better at US Open.
He looked good at Wimbledon too but lost a great epic match to Rafa who in my eyes seems to continually improve and he's 22.

Djokavich is still a threat and Murray is really looking like he has bashed the top 3 or 4 party. He looked good beating federer last week at Madrid and Federer looked good too but the fact Murray won that while Federer looked good says something of his evolving game too. Fed beat him pretty good at US open though.

Fed's not done and I would think he has a shot at 3 majors ( french is doubtful that he has a real shot unless nadal gets ill )next year if healthy. I would personally pick him to win 1 maybe 2.
 

Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
Positive note for Nadal fans:

Rafa will never achieve the kind of total dominance over the tour that Federer has, so when he starts declining it wont be as obvious as it is with Fed. Also, with Nadal's physical playing style, it will be easy for you to blame his decline on whatever injury has occurred to him most recently. BTW, he still hasnt reached even a FINAL of two of the four majors. So you can stop talking s**t on Fed anytime now.
 

Nadal_Freak

Banned
Positive note for Nadal fans:

Rafa will never achieve the kind of total dominance over the tour that Federer has, so when he starts declining it wont be as obvious as it is with Fed. Also, with Nadal's physical playing style, it will be easy for you to blame his decline on whatever injury has occurred to him most recently. BTW, he still hasnt reached even a FINAL of two of the four majors. So you can stop talking s**t on Fed anytime now.
Someone is very touchy. :D
 

edmondsm

Legend
It's a positive year for Fed in absolute terms (slam finals, slam win, etc). It's a devastating year in terms of career evolution: lost (year end) #1 spot, went from 3 slams a year to 1 slam a year, lost his very favorite tournament, failing to break Borg's record, didn't make a single master final on hard court, achieved Olympic glory only in the doubles category, fared worse than ever in the final of the only slam he has never won, lost ground on his Nemesis, osing to him all 4 times they met in major finals.

All good things must end. Nadal fans must savor these times, they will not last forever.
 

veroniquem

Bionic Poster
All good things must end. Nadal fans must savor these times, they will not last forever.
This year Nadal has done better than last year in all important tournaments including all 4 slams, so it is truly extremely positive. Nadal has never dominated the tour the way Fed has so he still has room for improvement, which is something I'm really looking forward to. The way I see it, the only way for Roger from where he is is down, the only question is: will it be "slightly" down or "massively" down? That's where the suspense lies. I could be wrong but at this point I don't see Roger coming back to the kind of dominance he had in the past, he could still have big wins but his era of absolute dominance definitely seems to be over.
 

Cyan

Hall of Fame
At least now all the haters can't use their haterade and say Fed didn't play in a strong era

08 had one of the strongest fields ever, and Fed still won a slam, made 2 finals and a semi :) and recovered from mono.
Yup. He won 1 slam not the 3 he used to win in the easier era :-?
 

cknobman

Legend
Yeah it's been a great year compared to 2009. :twisted:
yep Nadal became number 1 in one of the strongest fiields ever
haha ROFL good one mate
Yup. He won 1 slam not the 3 he used to win in the easier era :-?
Agreed................
Its funny how this thread was started for Fed fans yet all you Nadal people can come in here and do is try and belittle him or come in here and talk up Nadal and imply how he is superior.

I actually feel sorry for you because your putting Nadal on such a high pedestal that your gonna fall flat on your faces next year if he cant reproduce this years results or better them. Despite what you think its going to be very very hard for Nadal to produce another 08.
 
Fed is not done and I'd say he has 3 or 4 more solid years if he stays healthy to remain at or near the top of the game.
At the US Open he lookes like his old self with his movement and forehand.

He looked good in Madrid too but Murray looked good too and won in a squeaker.

Nadal had a great year in 2008, he's only 22 and already has 5 slams, and in my eyes he seems to improve every year, his FH,BH and serve looks better, he's got pretty good touch too, though his BH volley needs improvement, too long a swing.

I read where Djokavich is getting on a weight program to get bigger and stronger even though he is already fit. He's got game and is always dangerous.

Would like to see Tsonga improve as he has some great flair and fun too watch.

If Gasquet could get closer to the baseline more consistently I think ha could possibly dash the top 5 party but wouldn't bet on it.

2009 should be very interesting.
 

zagor

Bionic Poster
I'd say that a positive note is that he reached 3 slam finals winning one and he also won an Olympic Gold on top of that(and yeah I know it's "only" in doubles but winning a Gold for your country is always great success),so many players would kill to have an "off" year like that.

Fed fans should be glad he won a grand slam this year. Pretty soon, he won be able to accomplish that anymore.
Maybe,maybe not,we'll find out either way.All I remember is people here saying Fed should retire,is done,will never win a slam again etc. etc. etc. and then after all that crap fans of certain other players here posted he went on and won USO but of course then you all people go on with your usual excuses why Fed won(players Fed beat at USO were then exhausted,choked,off their game,If Nadal was in the final he would have won for sure bla bla bla).

2009, should definitely be an interesting year. Nadal, really stood out this year by winning two majors and a gold medal and Federer, still managed to win the US Open despite being on a decline in his career.
Agree,2009 should be a very interesting year,I'm really looking forward to it.

All good things must end. Nadal fans must savor these times, they will not last forever.
True but I don't really think they get that.

Its funny how this thread was started for Fed fans yet all you Nadal people can come in here and do is try and belittle him or come in here and talk up Nadal and imply how he is superior.

I actually feel sorry for you because your putting Nadal on such a high pedestal that your gonna fall flat on your faces next year if he cant reproduce this years results or better them. Despite what you think its going to be very very hard for Nadal to produce another 08.
Agree with everything you said,yeah this thread has nothing to do with Nadal whatsoever but lately almost every thread turns into "Nadal is the greatest talk" even though it has nothing to do with the thread topic.And yes as much of a great player Nadal is,repeating 2008 results won't be easy(not saying he won't repeat them or do even better but it's certainly not a given,nothing in sports is).
 
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jelle v

Hall of Fame
It's a positive year for Fed in absolute terms (slam finals, slam win, etc). It's a devastating year in terms of career evolution: lost (year end) #1 spot, went from 3 slams a year to 1 slam a year, lost his very favorite tournament, failing to break Borg's record, didn't make a single master final on hard court, achieved Olympic glory only in the doubles category, fared worse than ever in the final of the only slam he has never won, lost ground on his Nemesis, losing to him all 4 times they met in major finals.
Being a Fedfan... this describes my concerns pretty well. My only hope is that he won't be bothered by the afterschocks of mono, cause believe me, when you have had mono, you are affected by that a long time after, you can be affected for many years after the disease has gone.
 
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