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That's kind of what I'm saying. All I'm saying though is that it's in Federer's head and he's scared of Nadal because he thinks Nadal's got his number. I still don't get how you explain more forehand errors than backhand errors and 5 missed break opportunities in a game (not match). This is possibly the best player to ever grace the court--he should get his act together.
I think Federer has played players on other surfaces who have also similarly challenged him but he has kept his composure, which is what he is known for. He played an amazing match against Safin in the Australian open a couple of years ago, and though he lost, it was a very hard-fought match. He was really challenged by Roddick in the Wimbledon final a couple of years ago, and he did fine in that as well. Not to mention he defeated Sampras himself when he was just 19 or whatever I'm not taking anything away from Nadal's game--I just think that it's getting a little too much credit.
Actually, Nadal really took it to Federer even on Fed's best surface (grass). And I believe the record on hard court is something like 2-2.
Nadal's being a leftie is a problem for Fed's backhand but if you watched the game, Fed was most troubled on the forehand side. He actually dealt with his backhand shots quite well. I understand that Nadal is an excellent player..but I'm a huge Federer fan and I watch virtually each of his matches and things that he excels against other opponents he suddenly can't do against Nadal--and I'm talking about things such as unforced errors that he would normally not make, low first serve percentage, total lack of aggressiveness (not coming to the net...not varying his backhand with some slices, which he normally always odes), and languid body language.
Best example of this would be that five-setter final on clay last year (Monte Carlo or Rome) where I believe Federer had match points in the fifth and then collapsed and had the match stolen...or the French open final last year where he came out firing in the first set and then his level of play suddenly dropped exponentially...
Even on those other surfaces, it can't be said that Fed dominates Nadal like he dominates everyone else.
It's so disappointing to see Federer play like he's a completely different person every time he plays against Nadal. His strongest shot--his forehand--kept failing him and he was making wreckless errors. I'm not even talking about barely missing the line, I'm talking about forehand shots with complete lack of control when all he needed to do was direct the ball to the open court to win the point.
Not to mention his inability to convert all of those break points. Nadal is amazing but Federer's game always drops a level when he plays Nadal...it's all in his head.
This year really was his best shot, I really wanted him to clinch the Slam.
« on: May 09, 2007, 05:57:33 PM »
Gore's missing the opportunity of a lifetime by not running while he has all of this publicity going for him. And none of the other Democrats have really enthralled me, so I would likely vote for him.
He's just waiting for these other candidates to duke it out and tire out, and then he'll announce around labor day I believe. The thing with him is name recognition/fundraising/organization will be no problem whatsoever since he already has the machinery in place, so announcing late won't necessarily hurt him too much.
« on: May 09, 2007, 05:55:32 PM »
Yes. I went to one of his campaign stops before the 2000 election. Everything they say about him being dry and boring is totally wrong.
Yeah, it's funny how the media creates these conceptions of various candidates and they beat those into your head. I actually think Edwards is probably more boring than Gore/Kerry but he's the media's "charismatic" and "Clintonesque" darling. Interestingly, I was reading this article during the '04 campaign about how in '00, when Kerry was being considered as a running mate for Gore, various newspapers were suggesting that Kerry could bring some "charisma" to the ticket...4 years later, the media decided that his flaw was that he was too "dull."
That's pretty bad I guess, but also in the sense that it's just an indicator of the larger level of apathy and inconsideration that people have for one another (I don't know if that sentence made any sense but I don't care).
Today when I was on the subway, this lady was getting ready to get out of her seat to get off at the next stop, and this guy charges towards her seat from about 15 feet away, positioning himself to take her seat as soon as she got up. There were 5-6 people closer to the prospectively empty seat (including me) but the guy decided it was his seat. It was quite odd, though, the way this guy kind virtually went right up to the woman and slipped into the seat as soon as she got up. He was staring at the seat the entire time, indicating that he had staked his claim to it....weird.