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  1. #1
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    Sep 2004
    New England

    Steve Flink on Roger Federer's Time to Win

    The Article on this Link was posted by Steve Flink, who is as you all know has been a long time Sports Writer specializing in Tennis Commentary. This article talks about why he feels Roger Federer will win the 2009 French Open especially given Rafael Nadal is no longer in the running. You can read his Article HERE

    After reading his article I decided to write Steve and provide him with my take on his comments and what I thought were Roger's chances this year. I realize of course that this is a lot of reading. To first read Steve's comments then to read my followup might be a lot for some of you however I would appreciate if you would take a moment and add what you think.

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    HiYa Steve ~

    I wrote a Post on the Tennis Forum I belong at in that Post I found myself speculating very much the same scenarios you have in your article, with one exception. For some reason History & Fate has a strange sense of humor. Take last year when the very surface we've come to consider was Roger's to have and to keep (Grass), He finds himself getting beaten by a Clay Court Specialist. And for Roger to fight back after being down two Sets to none only to lose it in a thriller 5th Set was mind boggling.

    Very much like Monica Seles found herself unable to recoup after her attack because of the emotional trauma it placed on her, Roger Federer suffered a similar fate after losing Wimbledon. Truly it wasn't until Madrid that Roger finally pulled it together enough to make an impression. But you do remember Ivan Lendl's ill fated bid to win Wimbledon and how close he came on so many occasions ? Poor Ivan past on the French Open the year Andres Gomez won over Andre Agassi, to practice on Grass. Found himself beating Boris Becker in the finals of Queen's Club enroute to Wimbledon only to fall short once again. It was not to be.

    The Book Makers actually had Ivan as the Odds on Favorite to finally win that year. Well if it were not for Robin Soderling's impressive display not only over Rafael Nadal but also his incredible dismissal over Davydenko, I'd say this guy had a great run but it's time for him to leave. But to be honest, I think good old Robin has more in his bag of tricks. His match against Gonzales should tell the tale. Should he dismiss Gonzales in the same manner and thus find himself in the Finals, we just might see the longest shot of all hoisting this year's Trophy. I mean Steve, wouldn't it be just the thing that after Roger's biggest nemeses gets the boot making Federer the obvious benefactor, that someone leaps up from the depths of who knows where, to snatch glory from his hands?

    Also, given Roger is now the #2 Player in the World, in my opinion, Roger can not get the respect he deserves unless it's Nadal he beats. I'm all for Roger getting to the Finals of the French & Wimbledon but I wanted Nadal to be there waiting so he could reclaim what Nadal took from and denied him of.
    Winning the French without beating Nadal is bitter sweet. Pretty much like on the Women's side where they've been having a Merry-Go-Round of #1 Players that have no Slam Title to their name.

    Anyway, you get my point Steve, I'd love to read your thoughts on this.

    The only acceptable loss is when your opponent was better than you on that given day.
    It is never acceptable to lose when your opponent was not.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    San Antonio, TX
    Coach, so you feel Robin Soderling is going all the way? there is momentum in a point, a game, set, and match.. why not a tournament?

    my opinion: even if Roger loses, i still think Robin will not leave with the prized trophy. if he can beat Gonzo, he will either have a fast, intimidating giant (Del Potro) or what some call the greatest tennis player of all time Federer to deal with.

    great article and response Coach

  3. #3
    If Roger get to the final, he won't let this one go. It is kinda now or never for Roger. Good Luck to Roger.

  4. #4
    Well as soon as I finish my first post. RF is in the Final. ohhhhhh yeahhhhhhhhhhhh go Rogerrrrrrrrrr !!!!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    New England
    Every Sports Forum has what is generally called a *Spoiler* Thread. That's the one where you post scores and updates so that people who have no means of getting the info can goto that Thread and catch up. I didn't go to that Thread because I haven't watched my DVR as yet.

    I want to thank you Wilton for taking away the enjoyment of watching the Match unfold. I'm not mad but geez now the suspense is gone.

    People please post results & scores in the *Spoiler* Thread ONLY !!!

    Thank You - Muchas Gracias

    The only acceptable loss is when your opponent was better than you on that given day.
    It is never acceptable to lose when your opponent was not.

  6. #6
    Its been a difficult route for Federer and he made it to the final. But he need to be cautious though, Soderling had provided us a lot of surprise results lately.
    Enjoy every tennis games with my Wilson ncode racquet. Big fans of all Tennis ATP matches.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    UK - Surrey
    If Roger Federer's name appears once again on the list of champions , no one will remember or bother who he beat or didn't beat in years to come !

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