What the French Open did for Federer

At this moment, Rafa seems to be in a prime position to take his 6th French in four sets against Federer. Rafa I feel has benefited a great deal from this tournament; he's shown that the real champions find ways to win even during their worst days and today, his convincing performance is to be marveled. His confidence is sure to be sky high going into Wimbledon. He showed the haters that he can still compete at the highest levels and that he can selectively peak at the biggest moments. Ironically, the biggest critics were his own hardcore fans on these boards (you know who you are)

Federer, despite this now likely loss against Nadal, has gained a tremendous amount from this tournament. Since the Australian Open, it has been a conclusive two horse race between Nadal and Djokovic. He was counted out, for the third time and showed up once again to silence the pundits. Djokovic went into the French Open, undefeated; this is dominance we haven't seen since Fed himself in his prime years. Federer is about to lose to Nadal, a bummer but there is no shame against arguably the best clay courter in history at the French. He might be a bit sore about losing that lead in the first or not putting up a better performance in the tiebreak but getting to this final alone while handing Djokovic his first loss in a fantastic performance has breathed life into his game and a renewed sense of confidence.

Expect Fed to be at the very least the second favorite in the coming slams.
 

lidoazndiabloboi

Hall of Fame
I definitely agree with the OP. Yeah it would have been nice for Federer to win this, but there is definitely no shame in losing. After the epic win against Djokovic, to compete this well against Nadal, this should give him a lot of confidence going into the grass and hard court seasons.
 

miyagi

Professional
Im not a fan of Federer at all BUT I think he played great at this French Open and really showed he should NOT be counted out I wouldnt be suprised to see him to one of the other two remaining slams.

Although I do think Nadal will be incredibly hard to beat at Wimbledon.

I did feel really sorry for Fed today though he just cannot find a way past Nadal which is such a shame and I felt it weighed heavy on him.

Good Luck Fed hope you win another slam soon :)
 

Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
They greatest thing is that he showed himself capable of progress even in terms of technique. That's great: to be 29 and do that. Not many ever did.
 

Xizel

Professional
Honestly, I think the true FO finals was Fed and Djo SF. Nadal is the greatest clay courter and wasn't likely to lose the finals anyway. Fed proved that at 29, he still had his game, especially the service.
 

Bobby Jr

G.O.A.T.
They greatest thing is that he showed himself capable of progress even in terms of technique. That's great: to be 29 and do that. Not many ever did.
Even better - he pulled out the GOAT shot of his repertoire for the first time in ages... the 'poke' - the shot where you think he's either going to come over a short ball or hit a drop-shot but he does neither and pokes the ball with a little slice into the corner to wrongfoot his opponent.
 

roundiesee

Hall of Fame
Yes, good thread, agree with all of you. At the end of the day, Nadal is just too good on clay and Roger should not feel too downhearted; he really played well throughout the 2 weeks and just ran into a supremely fit and talented tennis player at the top of his game. Kudos to the both of them!
 

kishnabe

Talk Tennis Guru
One thing is that it must give hope to his fans that he can reach a GS final again.....Wimbledon chances feel more positive!
 

cc0509

Talk Tennis Guru
They greatest thing is that he showed himself capable of progress even in terms of technique. That's great: to be 29 and do that. Not many ever did.
This is true. Amazing that he seems to be willing to try different things that he was not willing to do or try in the past, especially against Nadal. Too bad he did not try these things--i.e. to try and be more aggressive against Nadal in the past. But, better late than never I guess. Hopefully he still has what it takes to win a slam or two more. I am sure that is all he cares about at this point.
 

Tennis_Monk

Hall of Fame
Honestly, I think the true FO finals was Fed and Djo SF. Nadal is the greatest clay courter and wasn't likely to lose the finals anyway. Fed proved that at 29, he still had his game, especially the service.
There isnt such thing called TRUE finals.
 

cc0509

Talk Tennis Guru
Yes, good thread, agree with all of you. At the end of the day, Nadal is just too good on clay and Roger should not feel too downhearted; he really played well throughout the 2 weeks and just ran into a supremely fit and talented tennis player at the top of his game. Kudos to the both of them!
THIS. Fed did a really good job at this FO. Nadal just brought out his beast clay form in the finals. Too good today.
 

Netspirit

Hall of Fame
I wish I was a 30-year old veteran giving fits and winning sets off the clay goat, current world #1, in his prime, on clay.
 
To win over the clay GOAT in the French Open final was a big task for Federer. Regardless, Fed left this tourny with more pros than cons imo and at this stage of his career, he needs all the confidence he can get.

Whether or not the result would have been different if Fed had that first set is gonna be the next big question on these forums for the next few days. As irrational as it is to obsess over something like a single point and debating over "ifs," you still can't help but wonder.
 

Bjorn99

Hall of Fame
Fed has to feel good about things. I am worried about his serve though, it looks like he is losing a bit of power off of it. He needs his serve to be its usual amazing self to win Wimby.
 

SoBad

G.O.A.T.
I agree that Fred was the real winner today. Nadal bagged another RG title - he won many before and will win many in the future.

Fred on the other hand matched the John Isner record of taking two sets off Nadal in RG history, and is now firmly up there with the likes of Isner and Soderling in the tennis history books.

Congradulation Fred!!
 

BIBS

Rookie
I hope Fed can pull some momentum from this final, albeit it must be a tough pill to swallow. He played absolutely amazing today. Unloading "should be winners" at will, but I think Rafa got back into the "untouchable mode" on clay. He must have ran about 20 miles today tracking down shots. He hasn't looked that good for some time.

Anyway, hats off to you Fed! I think he'll be just fine for Wimby.
 

urban

Legend
Nadal was far from is best, but won anyway. His concentration was wavering, his serve was harmless and his forehand sometimes sloppy. He started badly and let slip away leads in the second and third sets. Federer made way too many errors on the forehand. Ever Nadal put on pressure and went a bit into the court, Federer was chanceless, running from side to side and getting no weight on his shots. If they will meet at Wimbie, Nadal will win again.
 
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