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  1. carrimcorn
    carrimcorn May 21, 2013 at 2:19 am |

    How to best describe most Fedal matches Ive watched (including this one) –

    Lets say that Federer is Superman, and Nadal is Lex Luthor. So some people wont get upset, lets say its “Superman: Red Son”, so its a little vague who’s the hero of the story. Oh, and the high-bouncing topspin to Federer’s backhand is kryptonite.

    Superman and Lex Luthor face off against each other, and the seemingly epic battle commences. Lex has a kryptonite rock and throws it at Superman. He apparently has an unlimited supply of kryptonite rocks so he just keeps throwing them, from a long distance, at Superman.Sometimes he throws a stick or whatever else he can find on the island. But whenever Superman seems to come alive again, he just picks up another kryptine rock.

    Superman is in a weakened state, so he cant do any of the spectacular things that earned the name Superman.He just looks depressed and resigned to his fate.

    Lex Luthor doesnt have to come up with any genius plan to win. He just continues doing the same thing- throwing kryptonite rocks and the occasional stick.This goes on for for a few hours, until Superman dies.


    1. Tennisfan
      Tennisfan May 21, 2013 at 8:20 am |

      Nadal is and always will mentally handcuff Roger. Fed has the weapons to beat Nadal and he does of the clay but mentally Roger just cannot deal with Rafa and I see a similar thing happening with Nadal and Djokovic now.

  2. white abed
    white abed May 21, 2013 at 4:55 am |

    It got to a point where I felt Federer should take one of your semi-serious suggestions about Nadal returning from the back fence: underhand drop serves. If someone could do it normal ball toss disguised then all the better.

  3. Simun Zed
    Simun Zed May 21, 2013 at 8:12 am |

    Nice, but hardly relevant. As Federer himself said, Nadal took out serve and return out of equation. I have been reading last couple of days that we actually witnessed new Federer game plan. Even though I am not his fan, it was painful to watch. So much for the plan.

  4. Tennisfan
    Tennisfan May 21, 2013 at 8:17 am |

    Don’t understand how Roger didn’t serve and volley more knowing Nadal was standing way back on the return.

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  6. Eva Kovacs
    Eva Kovacs May 29, 2013 at 8:03 am |

    How many times has a mental block of one kind or another been touted in the case of Federer, when playing certain players?
    I think it is totally wrong. A state of mind on a particular kind of day, the “not your kind of day” can happen. But otherwise, no.
    Look at the beating Federer laid on the totally in-form, and on a wild streak Djokovic at Roland Garros, was it 2011? And it was Djokovic style play: very big hitting throughout the game. It was clear Federer was going to win it, an it just goes to show that no one is on his mind in the way some people think.
    I tell you this: who disappears for months on end after a defeat, albeit an earlier defeat? Who had retired with any number of excuses from a match? OK, that was the past for Djokovic, whose diet I would like to have, because that much of an improvement in acumen, and power and game–19 to 15 percent–does not just happen through training and diet, and I don’t care what kind of diet it was/is.
    Dkpokovic, who years ago railed against the Great Federer, becaused he claimed “people were tired of watching him win” and complained about players being afraid of playing him, or already giving up when going oncourt–a most unsportsmalike statement–tries really to look intimidating, in appearace and behaviour. And doesn’t he think that people can get tired of his kind of game? Because flexible or not, his game is pretty mechanical.
    It’s anybody’s guess what anyone has in their head. I would suggest though that people wouldn’t talk in this manner about a 17 times GS champion, and on who has countless records, And one who has made the other playes up their game.

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