Should Federer tank US Open?

smoledman

G.O.A.T.
Serious. Winning #20 might prompt him to think about an immediate retirement and we'd be robbed of his future tennis. Chasing #20 for a while will keep him hungry and playing great tennis for a while. I don't want him to retire so soon!
 

r2473

G.O.A.T.
Serious. Winning #20 might prompt him to think about an immediate retirement and we'd be robbed of his future tennis. Chasing #20 for a while will keep him hungry and playing great tennis for a while. I don't want him to retire so soon!
I saw him talking to Tomic yesterday. Not sure what this could mean or what they were discussing

But I do know he called Kyrgios right after
 

Goosehead

Legend
God, when does this lull in the tennis calendar end again?

*checks*

August 7th 'til Rogers Cup?? Almost 3 more weeks of threads like this? :(
check out the line up for Washington atp500 on wikipedia played the week before..looks interesting.
 

VladBurn

Rookie
I think you have a good point here.
Plus, on the other side as someone else mentioned above, he's been often talking about the importance of family lately, which I think increases the chances of him retiring after reaching 20 grand slams, definitely not something his fans would like to see happening.

Tank it in Tomic's style ? Hell no, I dont want seeing him to lose in the first few rounds, I'd want him to reach at least the semi-finals.
 

TennisATP

Professional
IMO, I don't think he will retire unless he feels that Nadal will not catch him at all... If for example Federer stays at 19 slams or even wins the USO for 20 total he will probably wait at least until next year cause what if all of a sudden Rafa wins 2 slams like the AO 2018 and FO 2018, or the FO 2018 and USO 2018? He'd be at 17. Then a couple of more FO and another slam and the record is in danger. Right now it's 19-15, it's not that far off, and Nadal is much younger and might have many more years left. But if Federer sees that after this year's RG Nadal has not won anything of importance even in 2018, then he'll feel that his record is pretty much safe. Of course this is just my opinion I don't know what Federer feels. I am just assuming that the record plays some kind of part but I'm sure many will disagree.
 

fmadej

Semi-Pro
No he shouldn't. As long as he is able to win slams, he will play the tour. He proved that he can still do it, so I reckon it will give him fuel do play even longer. He can concentrate on slams only now, like Serena.
 

OKUSA

Hall of Fame
After the twentieth, he could move onto the WTA tour
wouldn't be hard. change his (now her) name to rogetta and identify as a female. nobody would stop him (now her) because the backlash would be too much. GOAT of all genders of all identities of all sexes
 

Bartelby

Bionic Poster
Australians trained Fed initially, then coached him, and it looks like they have more to give!

I saw him talking to Tomic yesterday. Not sure what this could mean or what they were discussing

But I do know he called Kyrgios right after
 

TennisATP

Professional
The entire top ten except for Nadal could retire tomorrow, and he'd still have zero shot at 19 slams.
Again a Federer fan disrespects and bashes Nadal for no reason. What a surprise. :rolleyes: But I will be a class act and not put down Federer as a response. Have a nice day.
 

chjtennis

G.O.A.T.
Federer has said his aim for this year was to win Wimbledon and USO. Half of that mission accomplished and the other half certainly is looking good for the moment.
 

Rod Laver

Professional
This is the last time you address me with disrespect like that, you are now on my ignore list.
I don't think federer is as slam obsessed as you are! He just loves winning and as he said after the AO, to put distance between his closest rivals is the last thing which made the win so good.
 

MasterZeb

Hall of Fame
wouldn't be hard. change his (now her) name to rogetta and identify as a female. nobody would stop him (now her) because the backlash would be too much. GOAT of all genders of all identities of all sexes
Not even the name. Just identify as a female, cause that's what today's society is edging towards. You can be whatever you want, whether that's an actual gender or a wardrobe.
 

TennisATP

Professional
I don't think federer is as slam obsessed as you are! He just loves winning and as he said after the AO, to put distance between his closest rivals is the last thing which made the win so good.
Oh please over 50% of threads are about slams including this one and you're singling me out that I'm obsessed? Lol OK this is too funny.
 

airchallenge2

Professional
Seriously, why would he retire, even if he won the 20th GS? Obviously he loves what he's doing, his family seems happy, he can take it easy and skip a lot of tournaments, why would he retire? Connors was entertaining to watch even when he was 40!
 

Rod Laver

Professional
Oh please over 50% of threads are about slams including this one and you're singling me out that I'm obsessed? Lol OK this is too funny.
I'm glad I made you laugh. Please do not deflect from the point. My point is that federers decision to continue playing has little to do with distancing himself from his rivals. Yes he wants slams but I think that it is more self satisfaction at this stage.
 

Dolgopolov85

G.O.A.T.
Serious. Winning #20 might prompt him to think about an immediate retirement and we'd be robbed of his future tennis. Chasing #20 for a while will keep him hungry and playing great tennis for a while. I don't want him to retire so soon!
No ****ing way, make hay while the sun shines. Beli20e...oh dear, I20 is the name of my car! :D
 

chjtennis

G.O.A.T.
Serious. Winning #20 might prompt him to think about an immediate retirement and we'd be robbed of his future tennis. Chasing #20 for a while will keep him hungry and playing great tennis for a while. I don't want him to retire so soon!
Once he wins USO #6 and Slam #20, then he can just aim for AO #6 and Slam #21, Wim #9, USO #7, etc..
 

smoledman

G.O.A.T.
I just don't pay attention. I honestly think Fed should think hard about not putting the slam record out there to such a level that would in a sense, destroy the sport. Fed has to show some MERCY now.
 

-NN-

G.O.A.T.
Yes I've often thought along similar lines. A gracious champion doing what's best for the sport and manufacturing the most enticing possible storylines and course of events. What figures and records Federer could have accomplished. Possibly even 40 Slams.

Federer is a worldly man. Worldly men do worldly things.



Wow.
 

smoledman

G.O.A.T.
Of course Rafa never showed any mercy, going for his La Decima, so why should Fed? Up the ante Fed and win 25.
 

Djokovic2011

Bionic Poster
If he cares about the game half as much as he says he does then I think he should. In fact I think any player who's still dominating after a certain age should be immediately transported to the Senior's tour. It seems really unfair that all the younger guys who want to win a slam are being deprived of their one shining moment all because Federer refuses to go away. Roger is really a very greedy man indeed.


#SarcasmModeOff
 

smoledman

G.O.A.T.
If he cares about the game half as much as he says he does then I think he should. In fact I think any player who's still dominating after a certain age should be immediately vanquished to the Senior's tour. It seems really unfair that all the younger guys who want to win a slam are being deprived of their one shining moment all because Federer refuses to go away. Roger is really a very greedy man indeed.


#SarcasmModeOff
Yeah heaven forbid the young guns do their God-given role and push Federer out of the game. You know, like they are supposed to. Like Fed ushered Sampras out.
 

-NN-

G.O.A.T.
That's the spirit. 25 is what I thought he could win after like, AO 2010. But Federer started caring about the health of the tour, storylines and narratives.

If he cares about the game half as much as he says he does then I think he should. In fact I think any player who's still dominating after a certain age should be immediately transported to the Senior's tour. It seems really unfair that all the younger guys who want to win a slam are being deprived of their one shining moment all because Federer refuses to go away. Roger is really a very greedy man indeed.


#SarcasmModeOff
I don't 100% buy the sarcasm.
 

smoledman

G.O.A.T.
After all, 4 slam lead on Nadal is not exactly safe is it? Really comes down to Fed's desire to keep kicking *** and not getting bored by it all.
 

NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
If he cares about the game half as much as he says he does then I think he should. In fact I think any player who's still dominating after a certain age should be immediately transported to the Senior's tour. It seems really unfair that all the younger guys who want to win a slam are being deprived of their one shining moment all because Federer refuses to go away. Roger is really a very greedy man indeed.


#SarcasmModeOff
Every generation since forever had at least one dominant champion to rise and challenge the elite of the sport. It just hasn't happened with the new generation yet. But Federer is enjoying his swan song and it's a pretty good song. Win two majors at 35/36 years old? I never thought I'd see that and it's pretty amazing. He's about to be 36 years old and I think this is the last year he will win a Slam, or maybe one more next year. I just can't see the year he's having happening again at 37 years of age and I hate to think the tour will be this lackluster a year from now. I think it's good if he goes out with a bang like Graf, Sampras, etc. did, but I don't know if he will retire just yet.
 
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Neil_Fedfan

Rookie
Did you see how he jumped back to his old form one day prior to the Miami final.
Then again became a Fed fan when Fed won.

LOL. I find it quite amusing now.

Good old @jacksonvile !
Yeah he did the same few weeks after AO making baiting threads against Federer.

Sigh, I guess "LOLville" has nothing better to do....
 

smoledman

G.O.A.T.
The thing though is Sampras hadn't won a title in over 2 years when he won his last US Open. He couldn't stand the grind of the tour, his back was a mess and he just couldn't stomach the idea of another year on tour. By contrast Fed seems 100% healthy, has amassed more records than many people have enjoyed hot dinners, speaks 5 languages, loves the travel, takes his family in tow, his wife is a former tennis pro and 100% supports this. So theoretically, yeah he could go to 40 which is 2021. Could he win 2 slams/year for the next 4 years?

Scary to think about.
 
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