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How do you explain this?

Posted by tennisplanet on August 18, 2010

If Federer and Nadal are capable of the kind of tennis they play against each other, shouldn’t they be ‘bageling’ each and every opponent until lets say the semifinal of ALL tournaments? Why waste time and energy while adding unnecessary mileage / wear and tear. Clearly these tomato cans are not capable of raising their game that much beyond their capabilities to win two straight games – on their serve – forget about a set.

So do these top players just toy around while using the canvas to try new strategies / shots? Or is it just a case of dropping down to the competition? It proves my famous theory that we you all are basically lazy. Unless cornered we are content to cruise utilizing a miniscule percentage of our abilities thereby sacrificing longevity as useless effort is expended without the top gear to tire the entire contraption prematurely.

Sure there may be times when the tomato can just is on fire like that clown called Krajicek but 99 percent of the time the talent of these greats should be enough to coast leisurely adding that much more sparkle to their career just based on how much more time that kind of play will free up for bigger and greater things.


19 Responses to “How do you explain this?”

  1. Vr said

    The great philosopher speaks… ‘Unless cornered we are content to cruise….’ True. But in case of Fed and Nadal, they aren’t lazy. It just shows there is real talent in the top 10 if not 20.

    • librio said

      “It just shows there is real talent in the top 10 if not 20.”

      I agree with you on this, Vr. Much real talent. I would add that’s probably one of the greatest changes in mens’ tennis over the past few years, IMO. Great for men’s professional tennis as a whole and all of us specifically.

  2. Ricke said

    Sometimes these tomato cans play high risk tennis against the top guys. Figuring they have nothing to lose and they make a lot of those shots.

    • M said

      Excellent insight, Ricke.

      Even the mighty can get hurt, humidity can change the game …

      When Roger lost to A-Mur in Toronto, after the match when I talked to my mom, she said “Even if you have the best help in the world, parenthood can change your life more than you realize. It always affects your job.”

      So many factors. It’s one of the things that makes our magnificent game so exciting, but it truly comes down to the best player on a given day.

  3. Sir Vibhudi Aatmapudi said

    Gotta agree with you there, TP.

  4. Kitty said

    Agree with you, atleast roger it seems just wants to get the buffer of a break or set and then he is in trial mode, he never strives to get the second break unless giftwrapped or it comes along, he just doesn’t fight for it

    • BANTI said

      Very true on Roger’s attitude.

    • Sol said

      That’s because it used to be enough for him. Remember the days when Fed needed just one break and he (and us) knew that he would then hold serve and take the set/match? He didn’t need to run after every ball to get another break and end up exhausted. Unfortunately, those says are over and now there’s no guarantee that he’ll not get broken either in the very next game or while serving for the set/match.

  5. Phil said

    Personally, I don’t believe it’s an issue of physicality. When playing against tomato cans they still expend a huge amount of physical energy. Just because the other guy isn’t very good doesn’t mean you don’t have to run after the ball every shot. And they don’t exactly just push it around either.

    I think it’s a mental thing. Red-lining your game is more of a mental challenge than a physical one. Concentrating 110% for 2 hours is immensely draining, and the top guys don’t want to do it 6 times a week. They do just enough to get by.

    Also, I think if you go into a tomato can match, concentrate 100% and STILL don’t pull off at least a bagel, it’s pretty demoralising. You always want to have something left in the tank…you always want to be able to tell yourself “sure I struggled a little today, but I didn’t play my best.”

  6. Growltiger said

    Good article, TP.

    I thought Federer was practicing when he played Isomin (sp?) and told spouse same. I don’t believe Federer (a self-important arrogant (censored) in my opinion practices with his peers. (Novak, Nadal and Murray all are known to practice together, but I’ve never read that Fed does). If I’m right, he hits against college players and practice partners, but not professionals. So when he goes out in the first rounds and tries shots he wouldn’t try against the top players because he knows he’d get creamed. Isomin getting hurt probably deprived Roger of his practice time.

    And I DO think parenthood changes everything tho I’m not sure most of us understand parenthood as practiced by those with have nannies round the clock as he and Mirka have if they’re smart.

    • Sol said

      Here we go. Today it’s Federer the self-important arrogant (…) who doesn’t play with other pro players.
      You don’t like the guy, fine. But there are enough articles about Fed practicing with others such as Koubek, Kohlschreiber (this very summer for example), Melzer, Baghdatis, Monfils, Chiudinelli, even Murray and Djoko, but the problem is if you read them it would then contradict your theory about him being arrogant because he won’t play with the other kids. I remember he also practiced with Nadal at the WTF in London last year (there’s a vid on youtube) and there are tons of pics of the both of them together on a court in some of the big tourneys.

      • RafaFan said

        Ignorance revealed by district attorney Sol! Thanks.

      • Bonnie said

        Thank you for this response Sol, very elequently stated and, so true!

      • Jenny said

        Seconded, Sol. Fed does practice with other players, in addition to those stated, Youzhny, Ferrer, he practiced with David at the year end Masters in Shanghai. Infact when Fed met him in the final and won, he said post match, something like, it was strange having practiced with him the very first day of arrival and there they were in the final together. He also said he was ‘the player of the tournament’ so he wasn’t too big or arrogant to give full credit to the diminutive Spaniard. I recall from reading some time ago Youzhny used to beat him on the practice courts.

  7. Growltiger said

    I also think it’s sometimes harder to play against someone way below your level than it is someone near or at your level. I was a 4.5 level player when I played, and I had the most trouble with the “pushers” who never struck the ball firmly. I also think mentally Djokovic at least just “goes away” mentally even against top players. Did you see that 1-6 mess against Fed in Toronto. UGLY.
    Nadal is rusty. He’s also feeling pressure from somewhere because he’s crankier than he’s ever been. Berdych? Are they all afraid of him?

    • Sir Vibhudi Aatmapudi said

      Agreed. In my experience too, It’s easier to play an equally/higher skilled opponent than the average tennis player. The better guys push you into playing a level you never knew you had. The others don’t have that effect. Problem is, there are too many Tomato cans in proportion to really good players.

      • Jenny said

        I always remember Federer saying some years ago how much he enjoyed playing Nalby, Gonzo, Hewitt, Safin, Roddick too. They did bring out his best tennis, imo. It was never a gift from those guys even if they did lose to him by a big H2H, [except Nalby at 10-8]. Not forgetting Rafa of course, although I’m not too sure whether Fed actually enjoyed their encounters at the French! Nalby always gave him the frights and he probably felt that was a little too close for comfort!

      • Sir Vibhudi Aatmapudi said

        Hi Jenny, fear is normal, I think, when facing someone you really want to do well against. The word that is to be underlined here is ‘want’. It is a good sign to have some fear because that keeps you alert. Eventually, it is also what makes you a better player.

      • Jenny said

        Hi Sir V – Agreed! Some of our best actors past and present had/have stage fright, admitted it, and then went on to put on stellar performance!

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