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Watch Nadal talk before last year’s final at Wimbledon. Was FO final a factor last year?

Posted by tennisplanet on June 21, 2007

Are we in the same boat this year again?

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Listen Federer talk about starting at Wimbledon. Had back and neck pain?

Posted by tennisplanet on June 21, 2007

New jacket, practice with Borg etc.

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Courtesy: Jenny.

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Wimbledon draw – speculation based on seedings.

Posted by tennisplanet on June 21, 2007

With the draw few hours away, what are your predictions? 

Based on the seedings released at Wimbledon, here is a speculative draw.

Having received a tough draw last year, Federer is due to receive a friendly one this year. Conversely, Nadal is likely to go through a rough one.

Roddick may land exactly where he doesn’t want – in Federer’s half of the draw. Federer’s worry, if any, will come from Murray, who is most likely be his late round opponent. 

Nadal has to watch out for two players who have given him a lot of grief: Blake and Youzhny. Blake has a 3-0  H2H advantage. Although Youzhny trails 3-4, but when not on clay, he has a 3-2 advantage, having won the last two.

Nadal is likely to get Blake.

Couple of players to watch out for, other than the big guns are: Berdych, Gasquet and Baghdatis.

Federer’s opponent at:

Quarterfinal: Murray.
Semifinal: Roddick.
Final: Nadal or Djokovic.

Nadal’s opponent at:

Quarterfinal: Berdych or Gasquet
Semifinal: Djokovic.
Final: Federer.

Like I have said before, I grease the palm of the officials at every Grand Slam. So, come back to this, after the draw is released and get startled.

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Who is a tougher opponent for Federer at Wimbledon – Roddick or Nadal.

Posted by tennisplanet on June 21, 2007

Here are Federer’s stats for the matches he played against Nadal and Roddick. Remember, Federer has played three matches against Roddick and one against Nadal at Wimbledon.

Fed’s stats against Roddick have been ‘averaged’ for the three encounters.

Roddick has been able to take Federer to four sets only once, in those three meetings. Nadal took him to four in his first meeting. Considering grass is Roddick’s favorite surface, it doesn’t say much about him.

Nadal has been able to keep Federer on the court longer – an hour longer.

Roddick has been averaging just one tie-break per meeting and has never won any of those. He has played three so far. Nadal has taken Federer to two tie-breaks and has won one of them.

Federer has trouble saving break points against Nadal, but is able to convert them more easily against him, also.

Overall, considering Roddick’s preference to grass vs Nadal, Nadal appears to be a more difficult opponent, based on these stats.

Name Ist serve
Bk pts saved% Bk pts won% Sets Tie breaks Aces Time on court.
Against Nadal – one match 69 33 60 4 2 13 2:58
Against Roddick – avg for 3 matches 61 73 43 3.3 1 13 1:58

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Federer – His good side and his bad side.

Posted by tennisplanet on June 21, 2007

Like all of us – correction – like all of you, Federer has his good and bad side (Me? I just have the good one. Don’t drag me into this).

Here are some of what I like and dislike about this superstar.

-His movement on the court. Man, is that poetry or what, specially compared to ‘someone else’? It is an absolute pleasure watching him run around the court, with so much ease and poise. At times, it seems he is not even touching the ground.

No matter how far away the ball is from his reach, his shots never look ugly. They all have a touch of grace and balance. With balls flying around with so much speed and power in today’s game, it is unbelievable.

-Shot making: Man, have you ever seen that creativity ever? Whether he breaks Sampras’s record or the career / calendar Grand Slam, he is undoubtedly the most ingenious human to ever pick up the racket. His sick and hilarious angles on that rectangle are breathtaking both to the fans and his opponent.

Just attempting shots of that ‘degree of difficulty’ would be considered professional suicide. Not only does he attempt it, it is done decisively, but more importantly he is able to pull it off, with clinical precision. It is simply mind boggling.

I particularly love the backhand crosscourt flick, that dips vertically after barely clearing the net, and lands on the freaking sideline. It probably is his most deadliest shot after the furious forehand.

-Pace he generates from nowhere: That sweet spot he hits on the racket, particularly from the forehand, can be likened to an Olympic diver executing a perfect dive with minimal splash of water.

The sound you hear from the racket after that shot is music to the ears. If you have never seen Federer play in person, you are depriving yourself of one of the most co-ordinated and musical spectacle in sport. It can never be captured on TV.

Not only is he able to hit that sweet spot so consistently, he is also able to change direction at the same time. That’s is almost impossible to do and with every other player, if it happens, it happens coincidentally. With Fed, it is just routine. That’s why his forehand is so dreadful. Pace plus placement and you are dead.

-His respect of his collegaues: I admire that he has, and shows immense respect for other players on the tour, irrespective of their ATP ranking. If you haven’t heard of the Blake incident, reported on this site, yet – go drown yourself in the kitchen sink – and then come back and click here.

Can you even imagine how big a head, McEnroe would have, if he was in Federer’s shoes. He would be throwing people around, left right and center, in his tanturums.

It is the small things that give away, who you really are, since they are spontaneous and not forced.

I remember, after the finals at the AO this year, both Federer and Gonzalez went back to their respective chairs to wait for the trophy ceremony. Soon, Federer got up and walked up to Gonzalez’s chair and started chatting. He was bending over to be heard since Gonzalez was still sitting in his chair. Gonzalez was probably shocked to even realize what was happening. He kept sitting and Federer kept the conversation going, bending over all the time.

If you are a No. 1 player by this big a margin, you do not ‘disgrace’ yourself, bending over and talking to a lessor human, when he continues to sit as if he is the king. Federer has no such air about him. He is happy and pleased to make everyone comfortable at the expense of looking mundane and ordinary himself.

The fact that he does not spend lavishly and extravagantly like every freaking top athlete in the world, just validates that streak in him. Do you know, Tiger Woods, orders his own furniture brought in whenever he is on the road and he always rents a whole house at the location?

What does Federer do? Well, he stays at the same hotel, as the rest of the mortals from the event, stay – with whatever furniture is provided!!!!!!!!!

I always look for the small things to gauge a person’s character, since they happen so spontaneously and with so little time, that it is difficult to stage them. If you missed some of such acts from him, reported here, click here.

What I dislike?

– I simple cannot stand him devoting all that time and energy to activities that does not involve tennis. It’s like Agassi going out of his tracks and making acqaintances with Hollywood broads to pump his ego at the expense of his career. I believe he is one of the biggest underachiever there is, since he could have done a lot more if not for his detour. I cannot stand waste of talent. It should be considered a crime.

-His lack of motivation to improve physically: There have not been many instances, where he has been tested. Lack of many 5-setters in his career is ample evidence. But all those losses, I feel were mainly due to deficiency in that department, more than anything else. Hope he now, more than ever, realizes and fixes it, as he gets ready to launch the second part of his career.

Once again, sell your house and your car, and the buy the ticket, next time Federer plays at your village to truly appreciate the genius.

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The most irritating sound to a human ear. Have a clue?

Posted by tennisplanet on June 21, 2007

After extensive survey across the world, it has been determined beyond a shadow of doubt, that there is just one sound, that beats every other, to be the most irritating to humans, hands down.

It doesn’t matter which century you lived your life in. This is one for the ages. Humans just cannot stand it.

Have a guess?

Check back tomorrow for the answer.




Gracie gets the award – a brand new house in Beverly Hills.

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Want to live a long and healthy life? Sure you do. Try this.

Posted by tennisplanet on June 21, 2007

It is not brain surgery. People make it so complicated that ‘paralysis from analysis’ takes over.

-Exercise: Don’t freaking get into pilates, yoga or other latest fads, which after two days you cannnot keep up, because you are travelling or that it’s not fashionable anymore, or whatever.

Just keep it simple: freaking walk. Yes, walk. Walk for at least 40 minutes every day. You can never go wrong with that, and it can be done anyfreakingwhere, at any age.

-Food: ‘Stay as close to nature as possible’ is the theme you need to stick to, and you will be fine. Forget the processed food.

Eat stuff that is straight out of a tree or from the ground like an apple, carrot, banana, nuts etc. Even though man has tried to screw that too, by adding pesticides and other chemicals, you can still cannot go wrong.

Of course, you always have the ‘organic food’ option, if you want to take it to the next level.

-Stress: Do you freaking know if your job is killing you? Do you even know the most stressful jobs on the planet? Here they are: Click here.

If you could just do one thing to reduce stress, try this: meditation. There is now more than enough scientific evidence of the soothing effects of meditation. It is easy to do. Just get a basic book on meditation from your library and you are on your way.

-Water: Got to get at least six glasses a day. Do you know you can live without food, but not without water? Yeah. Carry a water bottle everywhere you go.

-Laughter: You have of course heard the ‘laughter is the best medicine’ cliche, but do you laugh enough during the day? At least three times a day, roll up your car windows and LOL. Try it right now, wherever you are. Don’t you feel great?

There are millions of scientific reasons and studies, that support all of above. You don’t need to know all of them. Just follow these simple, ‘cannot go wrong’ steps and you will live past your 200th birthday.

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Federer vs Borg at Wimbledon – 1st four years.

Posted by tennisplanet on June 21, 2007

Here is another masterpiece from me. Am I good or what? Hey, I can dream!!!!

These are stats from Borg’s 1st four consecutive years, compared to Federer’s four straight years. Keep in mind, Borg has one more year at Wimbledon, stats of that year have not been included, for obvious reason.

Federer has been literally mowing the competition compared to Borg. Federer has not had a single freaking 5-setter compared to a whopping seven for Borg.

Borg dished out just two bagels his first four years compared to a whopping six from Fed.

Maybe to compensate for the above two stats, Federer allowed opponents to take him to 18 tie-breaks compared to just 12 for Borg.

Both played five 4-setters, but the huge discrepancy shows up with the 3-setters. Federer has a whopping 23 vs just 16 from Borg, which is due to zero 5-setters from Fed. It also points to so much less time, spent on the court, by Fed.

But where Federer goes down, is the number, and the number of times, he had to overcome a Hall of Famer to win his four titles. Borg had to overcome Connors thrice and McEnroe once for that. Federer has Nadal just once.

Is that the reason for better stats for Federer in other categories?

Year Bagels dished 5 setters 4 setters 3 setters Tie breaks played Tie breaks won Hall of famers played
1st Borg 1 3 0 4 5 4 Connors.
1st Roger 0 0 1 6 5 4 None.
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2nd Borg 0 1 1 5 2 2 Connors.
2nd Roger 3 0 2 5 5 4 None.
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3rd Borg 0 2 2 3 2 1 Connors.
3rd Roger 0 0 1 6 5 4 None.
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4th Borg 1 1 2 4 3 1 McEnroe.
4th Roger 3 0 1 6 3 2 Nadal.
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Total for 1st 4 yrs-Borg 2 7 5 16 12 8 Connors-3 times,  McEnroe-Once
Total for 4 yrs-Roger 6 0 5 23 18 14 Nadal-Once

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