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Roddick gives US 1-0 lead over France in DC, after firing 30 freaking aces.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 11, 2008

Andy Roddick of the US reacts after beating France's Michael Llodra on April 11, 2008, during their quarterfinal tennis match of the Davis Cup World Group in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Roddick won 6-4, 7-6,7-6. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images) 

The score: 6-4, 7-6, 7-6. A win is a win is a win, but this was a player ranked 41 in the world.

Even though it’s still goes in the books as a straight set win, but do you really have to fire 30 freaking aces to 27 from your opponent to get a win with that score, when you are No. 6 in the world? What if Gasquet was there? Wimbledon repeat?

Andy Roddick of the US  hits a return to France's Michael Llodra on April 11, 2008, during their quarterfinal tennis match of the Davis Cup World Group in Winston Salem, North Carolina. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images) 

Nevertheless, it’s heartening to see Roddick’s name in the ‘W’ column consistently this year. He has paid a heavy price for being smack in the middle of a Federer era. These four months, if studied meticulously and duplicated, has potential to quench the parched Roddick land of some big titles, considering the uncertain conditions at the top of the ladder. 

His desire to impress his new friend and validate her choice of a winner should be fueling some of this resurgence. Can he carry it over to Queens and Wimbledon? This is the year to do it for a whole lot of reasons.

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Earliest Nadal can get to the No. 1 spot.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 11, 2008

Here is the shortest route for Nadal to get to the No. 1 spot. If Federer loses in the opening round at MC, Rome and Hamburg and Nadal wins MC and Rome and reaches the final at Hamburg, Nadal will be No. 1 by the time Hamburg arrives. That’s the ideal situation. Of course, Federer’s performance at Estoril will have some affect, but this is for the big four mainly.

It’s all wishful thinking at this point, but I am sure Nadal has prepared a chart similar to this. Estoril showing will give some indication of how seamlessly Federer has moved from hard courts to clay and how is fitness level is holding up.

Even with Federer’s current condition, it’s hard to imagine Nadal taking over the reins of the top dog until Wimbledon is over. Beyond that Nadal’s record for the second half of the season is dismal.

Whatever happens before the grass season starts, I feel Volandri’s win over Federer last year in the third round at Rome, will probably cushion Federer like Canas’s wins did for him on hard courts. It may not save him completely, but will able to at least buy him more time to get his mojo back to stem the tide and hopefully reverse it.

With Wimbledon as the cornerstone of his career, Federer is hoping to get his stride back by then to avoid what happened to Sampras at the hands of Richard Kraijeck or someone called Federer.

Below are the points available for MC, Rome and Hamburg in one column and for Roland Garros in the other. Second chart shows last year’s performance for the three jokers.

Current difference: 670 points.

Monte Carlo: Federer out opening (2nd) round and loses 315 points. Points difference 345.

Rome: Federer out opening (2nd) round loses 40 points. Pt difference 305.

Hamburg: Federer loses opening (2nd) round loses 465 points. Nadal becomes No. 1.

 

Rd Pts Pts RG          
W 500 1000          
F 350 700          
SF 225 450          
QF 125 250          
R16 75 150          
R32 35 75          
R64 5 35          
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Clown Monte Carlo Rome Hamburg Roland Garros Barcelona Estoril  
Federer Final 3rd rd Winner Final Did not play Did not play  
Nadal Winner Winner Final Winner Winner Did not play  
Djokovic 3rd rd Quarter Quarter Semifinal Did not play Winner  
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               

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Any volunteers? Please I am begging here!!!!

Posted by tennisplanet on April 11, 2008

Tennis player Rafael Nadal knees on a bench during a practice session in Bremen, northern Germany, Wednesday, April 9, 2008. Germany will face the team of Spain in a Davis Cup World Group quarterfinal match in Bremen from April 11 up to 13, 2008.

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Federer’s amazing Grand Slam records.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 11, 2008

In 2001, Federer ended Pete Sampras’s 31-match winning streak at Wimbledon in the fourth round of the tournament.

By winning Wimbledon in 2003, Federer joined Stefan Edberg, Pat Cash, and Björn Borg as the only players to win both the juniors’ and gentlemen’s Wimbledon championships. 

Federer’s victory at the 2004 U.S. Open marked the first time in the open era that anyone had won his first four Grand Slam singles finals. He eventually won his first seven Grand Slam singles finals before losing to Rafael Nadal in the 2006 French Open final. Only Federer, American Richard Sears, and Briton William Renshaw won their first seven Grand Slam singles finals. As of December 31, 2007, Federer has won twelve of his fourteen Grand Slam singles finals (85.7 percent). Sampras won 14 of 18 (77.8 percent), Borg won 11 of 16 (68.7 percent), and Lendl won 8 of 19 (42.1 percent).

With his victory over Marcos Baghdatis at the 2006 Australian Open, Federer became the first man to win three consecutive Grand Slam titles since Pete Sampras in 1993-94. Federer repeated this feat at the 2007 Australian Open, making him the only man to achieve this feat twice in the open era.

Federer has won five consecutive men’s singles titles at Wimbledon (2003-2007), a feat accomplished only by Borg in the open era. In the 34 matches Federer played at Wimbledon during those years, he dropped just eight sets. In comparison, Borg lost nineteen sets over the five year period he won Wimbledon (1976-1980). Sampras lost fourteen sets over the four-year period he won Wimbledon (1997-2000). Federer, Sampras, and Borg are the only male players to have won five or more Wimbledon singles titles during the open era, with Federer winning 5, Sampras 7, and Borg 5.  

Federer is the only male tennis player to have won eight Grand Slam singles titles in three years (2005-2007) and twelve in five years (2003-2007). Roy Emerson won 12 Grand Slam singles titles in 7 years (1961-67), and Sampras won 12 of those titles in 10 years (1990-99).

By reaching the singles semifinals at the 2007 Australian Open, Federer broke Ivan Lendl’s previous record of ten consecutive Grand Slam semifinal appearances. He subsequently extended this record to fifteen by reaching the semifinals of the 2008 Australian Open.

Federer in 2006 became the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to reach the final of all Grand Slam singles tournaments during a calendar year. He repeated this feat in 2007, becoming the only man to do it two years consecutively.

By reaching the singles final of the 2007 French Open, his eighth consecutive Grand Slam singles final, Federer broke the previous male record of seven consecutive Grand Slam singles finals set in 1934 by Australian Jack Crawford. He subsequently extended his own male record by appearing in the final of the 2007 Wimbledon Championships and 2007 U.S. Open making this ten. His run was stopped by a semifinal loss to Novak Đoković at the 2008 Australian Open. Steffi Graf appeared in a record 13 consecutive Grand Slams singles finals, from the 1987 French Open through the 1990 French Open.

With winning the 2007 Australian Open, Federer won his sixth Grand Slam singles title in his last seven attempts, equaling Laver’s accomplishment.

At the 2007 Australian Open, Federer became just the fourth man in the open era to win a Grand Slam singles title without dropping a set. The last man to do this was Borg at the 1980 French Open. The only other man to win the Australian Open without dropping a set was Ken Rosewall in 1971, although he had to play only five matches. 

By winning the 2007 Australian Open, Federer became the only male tennis player to win three different Grand Slam singles tournaments at least three times each (Australian Open: 3 times; Wimbledon: 5 times; U.S. Open: 4 times).

Federer won his 11th consecutive Grand Slam singles match in straight sets when he defeated Mikhail Youzhny in the fourth round of the 2007 French Open. This tied John McEnroe’s open era record for the most consecutive straight-set victories in Grand Slam singles tournaments. He then won his 36th consecutive Grand Slam singles set when he won the first set in the quarterfinals against Tommy Robredo at the 2007 French Open. This broke McEnroe’s open era record for most consecutive sets won in Grand Slam singles events.

Federer is also the only male player during the open era to win at least four consecutive Wimbledon and U.S. Open singles titles. He is thus the only player in history to win two of the same Grand Slam titles for four consecutive years (2004-07). Björn Borg won Wimbledon and the French Open four consecutive times each, but unlike Federer, not simultaneously.

Federer is also the only male player to have two streaks of 27 consecutive Grand Slams singles match wins, 2 matches short of the record set by Laver.

By winning the 2007 Wimbledon Championships, Federer became the only male player to have won at least 2 Grand Slam titles per year for 4 consecutive years (2004-07).

By winning the 2007 U.S. Open, Federer now holds the open era record for most consecutive U.S. Open titles at four. The previous open era record was three consecutive U.S. Open titles by both Lendl and McEnroe.

At the 2007 U.S. Open, Federer earned US$2.4 million, the highest prize money ever awarded at a single tournament, due to a $1 million bonus for winning the 2007 U.S. Open Series.

Federer and Nadal are the only No. 1 and 2 pair to contest back-to-back the French and Wimbledon finals for two years in a row (2006-7).

Federer is the second player to win two different Grand Slam tournaments at least four times consecutively (Wimbledon and the US Open). Borg was the first person to achieve this feat (French Open and Wimbledon).

During the open era, only Federer (2003-07), McEnroe (1980-84), and Borg (1976-81) have appeared in five or more consecutive Wimbledon singles finals.

During the open era, only Federer (2006, against Nadal), Sampras (1994, against Ivanišević) and Becker (1989, against Edberg) have won a 6-0 set in a Wimbledon final.

Federer’s defeat of Lleyton Hewitt in the 2004 US Open final was the first time during the open era that a player had won two 6-0 sets in a Grand Slam singles final.

Federer is the only male player of the open era to win at least one 6-0 set in the singles final of three different Grand Slam tournaments: the 2006 Australian Open against Baghdatis, the 2006 Wimbledon final against Nadal, and the 2004 US Open against Hewitt.

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