THE Official Federer fan excuse thread.

rafan

Hall of Fame
No I am not a fan of Fed BUT I do not want him to go away as I like the competativeness of our two top gentlemen, Rafa and Fed and I mean gentlemen. They do not take their shirts off and run around when they have won a match - they are elated but not at all poseur. They do not smash the racket on the ground when losing a point. They have won respect of the fans internationally. They are an excellent example as to how sportsmen should behave and anyone new coming on the scene should follow by example
 

Dilettante

Hall of Fame
Fed got outplayed tonight. Fair and square.
Not really. I don't want to take any credit from Djoko, but honestly what I saw is Federer playing poorly, out of focus and missing some easy shots in crucial points.

I agree with Sentinel:

Fed was looking throughout the match like he had been forced to play.
Djokovic served and played well, but it was clear that Federer was not enough opposition today, not to Djokovic, not to any other strong player.
 

drakulie

Talk Tennis Guru
To add, Joker pretty much put his foot on Feds back and never let him up. He got his ass handed to him, and was severely outplayed by Joker.
 

SiLvErX

Rookie
Roger: "But, you know, from the spirit, the way I fought, the way I tried, it's all I could give, you know," he said."

so just STOP...
 

hyogen

Hall of Fame
Fed was looking throughout the match like he had been forced to play. He looked like he was hating being on the court.
His eyes were dark like he'd not slept all night.

Fed was hardly playing, he wasn't even at 50-60%, and its not that Djoko was causing that.

I don't think Djoko's going to beat him in a long time. The next match is going to be a drubbing for Djoko.

Was the match "fixed" ? It sure seemed so. Something was wrong there.
wow, i must laugh at this too............ yowsers...............oh my...........

i also couldn't help smiling at a post in a different thread and keep thinking about those incredible volleys tsonga pulled off. fearless in coming into the net against nadal :eek: finally someone to put an end to the baseline bashes.
 

wangs78

Hall of Fame
Fed just didn't have it. He's right when he says that between top players its all about form and who can show the best form on a given night. And he just didn't bring his A game. The #1 guy on tour is the guy with the most skills and the guy who effectively uses all those skills in a given match. Last night, Djokovic brought more of his skills (and he has a lot of them) than Fed did. There's no doubt Fed is the more brilliant player, I mean I don't think we'll ever have another player with Fed's mix of power, precision and his big differentiator, artistry. I hope he reacts to this match the way he has to his losses to Nadal at Roland Garros, and that is, to come back with a vengeance. But I do think things will get tougher for him, as he's getting older and his main challengers are still young and getting better. Still, I'm glad this is happening, bc now he has an opportunity to really win the GOAT title. If he can rebound from this loss and continue to dominate for a couple of more years, beating the likes of Nadal and Djokovic for another 2-3 years in the matches that count (Grand Slams) I don't think anyone will be able to say that he played against weak contemporaries. I think Nadal and Djokovic are VERY talented players, so we now have some excitement in tennis again. I hope Fed can pull off the greatest latter half of a career in history.
 

TheNatural

G.O.A.T.
In the post match interview Fed suggested that the courts appeared faster vs Joker because he coudn't defend as well as ussual. It seems like Fed would have preferred a slower court to slow down Jokers firepower a bit.








i think it was mentioned by pros and amateurs/announcers that the new court is really slow, like clay.
 
No excuses here, Federer was just outplayed. Was it his cleanest match? No, but a lot of that was Djokovic taking it to Roger all the time. Big ups to Novak, even though I don't love his personality and attitude, he earned this spot in the final big time.
 
Reasons(not excuses) for subpar performance: 1) don't play competitive tennis for 6-8 weeks 2) contract virus for 5 days that dehydrates you and saps your energy-lasting weeks with lingering effects 3) don't play in any tune up tournaments prior to Grand Slam due to illness, 4) play on new slower courts for the first time that is not conducive to your power game, 5) display poor movement and footwork-see reasons 1-3, 6) hit more fh unforced errors than usually-see reasons 1-3, and 5, 7) stay back behind baseline and never really dictate with forceful offensive game-see reasons 1-5, plus Djokovics deep, penetrating groundies.

Under the best of circumstances and preparation, Federer was going to have a difficult time with Djokovic. He will be fine, but don't eat chicken next time!
 

ksbh

Banned
LOL! Federer would have taken Tsonga to the cleaners!

It certainly was NOT gruelling or tough.

Actually, Fed knew he would lose to Tsonga, and so decided it would be better to throw the match to the #3, rather than an unseeded player.


j/k. :)

Jokes apart, we all know he hardly played.
 

ksbh

Banned
Finally, a Federer fan writes a worthy post ... brilliant post, pal.

Couldn't agree more. I hope Novak Djokovic wins the final tomorrow. It'll be just the first of many grand slams he'll win.

I don't think you'll get a lot of excuses, and I don't expect most people who would bother trolling for them really understand what's going on, here.

The huge majority of Fed fans are people like me, who have acclaimed and admired Fed for one reason -- the sterling quality and artistry of his tennis. In an era where it became not only fashionable, but almost necessary to play boring, academy-style tennis in order to succeed, Federer brought genius to the game. And not only that: with the genius, he was able to rise above the masses with the greatest period of dominance the game has ever seen.

Most true Fed fans aren't blind followers of Fed. We're not dazzled by his looks, style, or personality. It's all about the tennis. And the Nadal rivalry couldn't be taken seriously, for just that reason. Nadal is an unthinking claycourt moonballer who was never a serious threat anywhere but on clay. If you're a true aficionado of the game, you just can't appreciate that kind of pseudo-talent in the same way you can appreciate Fed.

Now, today, that same huge stable of Fed fans not only has no excuses...they don't WANT excuses, and are DELIGHTED by the result of last night's match.

Djokovic has been ascendant for over a year, now. He has proven that he has the real game to plow deep in any tournament on any surface on any stage. And till now, it's just been a matter of waiting for him to put it together -- to step up and legitimize his candidacy, as it were. Last night, he did that. And tennis is far better off today.

Djokovic brings something of the simple, all-surface, Safin/Lendl style power-with-versatility game to the show. He adds a rocket serve, and a cocky (but justified) belief in his own abilities. His game is elegant in its simplicity, without relying on the mechanical grinder ethic so implicit in the academy generation. He's the evolutionary successor to the grinder.

He gave notice last night that his combination of ferocity, tenacity, and power have given birth to a new dancing star. And he did it in the most dazzling way -- by utterly decimating a tennis god.

The anti-Fed (read: anti-tennis) crowd is here today looking for excuses, and is disappointed to be finding only smiles. A new era began in earnest last night, and this tennis fan hopes and believes that Fed still has a couple good years left -- and we can hope for legendary battles between these two tennis titans for some time.

The real beauty here is that Fed's pursuit of history just turned from a fait accompli into a genuine drama.

Shame the final has no drama.
 

lainey80

Semi-Pro
All I can say is that Federer got Serbed!
LOL. haha.
Yeah, you know Federer's first day he played at AO, he was looking better than I'd ever seen him play. There are no excuses, he's getting outplayed, period. Djokovic has stepped it up, and Federer needs to acknowledge that.
 

Sentinel

Bionic Poster
I have it on the most trustworthy authority that Federer received communications threatening him with dire consequences if he did not lose.
 
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FedForGOAT

Professional
I don't think you'll get a lot of excuses, and I don't expect most people who would bother trolling for them really understand what's going on, here.

The huge majority of Fed fans are people like me, who have acclaimed and admired Fed for one reason -- the sterling quality and artistry of his tennis. In an era where it became not only fashionable, but almost necessary to play boring, academy-style tennis in order to succeed, Federer brought genius to the game. And not only that: with the genius, he was able to rise above the masses with the greatest period of dominance the game has ever seen.

Most true Fed fans aren't blind followers of Fed. We're not dazzled by his looks, style, or personality. It's all about the tennis. And the Nadal rivalry couldn't be taken seriously, for just that reason. Nadal is an unthinking claycourt moonballer who was never a serious threat anywhere but on clay. If you're a true aficionado of the game, you just can't appreciate that kind of pseudo-talent in the same way you can appreciate Fed.

Now, today, that same huge stable of Fed fans not only has no excuses...they don't WANT excuses, and are DELIGHTED by the result of last night's match.

Djokovic has been ascendant for over a year, now. He has proven that he has the real game to plow deep in any tournament on any surface on any stage. And till now, it's just been a matter of waiting for him to put it together -- to step up and legitimize his candidacy, as it were. Last night, he did that. And tennis is far better off today.

Djokovic brings something of the simple, all-surface, Safin/Lendl style power-with-versatility game to the show. He adds a rocket serve, and a cocky (but justified) belief in his own abilities. His game is elegant in its simplicity, without relying on the mechanical grinder ethic so implicit in the academy generation. He's the evolutionary successor to the grinder.

He gave notice last night that his combination of ferocity, tenacity, and power have given birth to a new dancing star. And he did it in the most dazzling way -- by utterly decimating a tennis god.

The anti-Fed (read: anti-tennis) crowd is here today looking for excuses, and is disappointed to be finding only smiles. A new era began in earnest last night, and this tennis fan hopes and believes that Fed still has a couple good years left -- and we can hope for legendary battles between these two tennis titans for some time.

The real beauty here is that Fed's pursuit of history just turned from a fait accompli into a genuine drama.

Shame the final has no drama.
I disagree with the part about Nadal. I'm not a Nadal fan, but to say he was never a threat not on clay?!? He beat Federer twice (almost three times) on hardcourt and took him to a fifth set on grass! I'm a Fed fan, but I try to be objective.
 

FedForGOAT

Professional
LOL. haha.
Yeah, you know Federer's first day he played at AO, he was looking better than I'd ever seen him play. There are no excuses, he's getting outplayed, period. Djokovic has stepped it up, and Federer needs to acknowledge that.
It is obvious Federer wasn't playing his best. A lot of times when players lose, It is hard to tell if they weren't playing their best because they had an off day, or because their opponent never let them play their play their best. Federer, however, is a player that when he plays close to his best, he can hold his ground against anyone. Take the 05' AO. Safin outplayed Federer there, but it was obvious he was playing good tennis. If Federer played that tennis against Djokovic, my prediction would be straight sets Federer.
 

rafan

Hall of Fame
Someone who came along and watched the match with me was surprised at Federer's "sunken eyes" as they had not seen him since Wimbeldom Cannot really make a fair comment on someone who was not altogether fit
 
Reasons(not excuses) for subpar performance: 1) don't play competitive tennis for 6-8 weeks 2) contract virus for 5 days that dehydrates you and saps your energy-lasting weeks with lingering effects 3) don't play in any tune up tournaments prior to Grand Slam due to illness, 4) play on new slower courts for the first time that is not conducive to your power game, 5) display poor movement and footwork-see reasons 1-3, 6) hit more fh unforced errors than usually-see reasons 1-3, and 5, 7) stay back behind baseline and never really dictate with forceful offensive game-see reasons 1-5, plus Djokovics deep, penetrating groundies.

Under the best of circumstances and preparation, Federer was going to have a difficult time with Djokovic. He will be fine, but don't eat chicken next time!
Cute. two, three, four
 

TheNatural

G.O.A.T.
Fed didnt have any chicken before his early rounds match with Hartfield and Santoro, be bought some takeaway chicken to reward himself after thumping Santoro, then he felt ill during the Tipsy match. He recovered in time for the Berdych and blake matches and played some of his best tennis ever, then he rewarded himself with some more takeaway chicken again before the Joker match and fell ill again from the food poisoning. Must've been undercooked chicken. Big mistake eating all of that chicken. lmao.
 

Raoul_Duke

Professional
Fed didnt have any chicken before his early rounds match with Hartfield and Santoro, be bought some takeaway chicken to reward himself after thumping Santoro, then he felt ill during the Tipsy match. He recovered in time for the Berdych and blake matches and played some of his best tennis ever, then he rewarded himself with some more takeaway chicken again before the Joker match and fell ill again from the food poisoning. Must've been undercooked chicken. Big mistake eating all of that chicken. lmao.

Wow, so that's the reason ... Thanks God, someone before you have almost made me believe he was blackmailed by Serbian Government.

:D
 
Fed didnt have any chicken before his early rounds match with Hartfield and Santoro, be bought some takeaway chicken to reward himself after thumping Santoro, then he felt ill during the Tipsy match. He recovered in time for the Berdych and blake matches and played some of his best tennis ever, then he rewarded himself with some more takeaway chicken again before the Joker match and fell ill again from the food poisoning. Must've been undercooked chicken. Big mistake eating all of that chicken. lmao.
TheNatural-you obviously know nothing about food poisoning or viral infections and the lingering effects they have for weeks, particularly if you engage in vigorous exercise. Stressing the body through exercise without full recovery does drain your energy reserves.
 

TheNatural

G.O.A.T.
I think Nadal ate at the same take away shop before he played Tsonga - must be why he only served at 175k/hr all match- the kid was drained! lol:)

TheNatural-you obviously know nothing about food poisoning or viral infections and the lingering effects they have for weeks, particularly if you engage in vigorous exercise. Stressing the body through exercise without full recovery does drain your energy reserves.
 

Sentinel

Bionic Poster
Fed needs to get a haircut and have a fresh start.
And an oversized racquet.
And a coach, new girlfriend, and a 2 handed backhand, and some beef, and some fist-pumping, and some "yeahs"' and "c'mons", and needs to smash his racquet after each lost set etc etc.

(Just collating what the forum thinks :) :roll:.
 

Lotto

Professional
You can't expect someone to win all of the time. Federer lost because Djokovic played better then him and because Federer wasn't playing well. He didn't lose because he was playing crap and he didn't lose because Djokovic hammered him off the court, it was a mixture of Djok playing well and Fed playing poorly and not moving well. Tiger Woods doesn't win every tournament he plays in, does he? Manchester United don't win every single match in the Premiership do they? Does that make them crap or past their time? No! Come on Fed! You'll pick it up and the French is yours this year!
 

purple-n-gold

Hall of Fame
No one seems to be offering serious excuses. I think the best to go with is the sickness excuse. Federer was known to be sick at the beginning of the tournament. He hasn't played well the whole time, so despite his claims to the contrary, maybe he never recovered from his initial illness just prior to the tournament.
Good point, it takes around 2 weeks to recover from a viral illness and Fed didn't look well sporting dark circles around his eyes vs Djoker; still he was in the match and could've taken the 1st & 3rd sets even playing subpar. Congrats to tad-Nole, have fun swimming with the big fish.
 

tlm

G.O.A.T.
Fed was still sick, fed was this, fed was that, blah blah blah. Fed got his ass kicked plain+simple!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

cueboyzn

Professional
Federer needs to switch to Joker's racquet. He mishits too much.

I'd bet if Novak tried playing with Roger's racquet he would frame/shank a hell of a lot more shots than Roger does.

You make it sound like Novak's racquet is the reason he won.. lol. Come on.. The Wilson K-Factor 6-1 90 cannot be that bad. It won 3 Grand Slams and the Masters Cup last year.. all on it's own.. :lol:
 
M

Morrissey

Guest
I'd bet if Novak tried playing with Roger's racquet he would frame/shank a hell of a lot more shots than Roger does.

You make it sound like Novak's racquet is the reason he won.. lol. Come on.. The Wilson K-Factor 6-1 90 cannot be that bad. It won 3 Grand Slams and the Masters Cup last year.. all on it's own.. :lol:
Joker's playing with a 93 sq in. frame so he's not exactly playing with an "Agassi-like" 107 sq in frame.
 

JediMindTrick

Hall of Fame
I'd bet if Novak tried playing with Roger's racquet he would frame/shank a hell of a lot more shots than Roger does.

You make it sound like Novak's racquet is the reason he won.. lol. Come on.. The Wilson K-Factor 6-1 90 cannot be that bad. It won 3 Grand Slams and the Masters Cup last year.. all on it's own.. :lol:
Do you see the contradiction in your post?
 

Raoul_Duke

Professional
Fed was looking throughout the match like he had been forced to play. He looked like he was hating being on the court.
His eyes were dark like he'd not slept all night.

Fed was hardly playing, he wasn't even at 50-60%, and its not that Djoko was causing that.

I don't think Djoko's going to beat him in a long time. The next match is going to be a drubbing for Djoko.

Was the match "fixed" ? It sure seemed so. Something was wrong there.
And this one is good. Especially the last line.
 
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