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Players least / most intimidated by Federer – and proud to flaunt it.

Posted by tennisplanet on October 11, 2010

Least:

Berdych.

Soderling – Remember that ‘will you take the point’ exchange with Federer after a disputed call?

Murray.

Djokovic – he has recently moved to the space between least and most – from least. Or has he?

Nalbandian.

Delpo.

Oh and someone who is going bald and is from some obscure island – too.

Most:

Roddick.

Blake?

Wawrinka – for a whole ‘garden’ variety of reasons.

Tim Henman.

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22 Responses to “Players least / most intimidated by Federer – and proud to flaunt it.”

  1. M said

    Rafa has the highest respect for Roger, TP. You know that.

    The Berd-man, OTOH, has been known, upon occasion, to whine when he doesn’t get the accolades he feels he deserves.
    To quote Shania, “That don’t impress me much.”

  2. Manal Ismail said

    “Wawrinka – for a whole ‘garden’ variety of reasons.” — LOL!!

    Rafa has Uncle Tony to worry more…..

  3. jett09 said

    “Oh and someone who is going bald and is from some obscure island – too.”

    TP you are sooo 👿 🙄 😕 okay, it was funny.

    • Jenny said

      I have no idea who it is, Moya?!! Lol obscure island!!

      • jett09 said

        I think TP meant Rafa?? but no way Rafa is proud to flaunt it though. Like what M said, Rafa has the highest respect for Roger.

      • M said

        Ironically, Jett, Rafa and Carlos are both from Mallorca.

        When Rafa became the third Spanish Number One player, Carlitos pointed out that two of the three Spanish No. 1s were from there (as you know, JCF is the other one).

        I mean, if TP were going to call the island “obscure”, it might have made sense if they were from Menorca or something, but … 😛

      • Jenny said

        Sorry, Jett, I was being sarcastc!

      • Jenny said

        I believe Carlos is from Palma, Mallorca. Juan Carlos from mainland Valencia, or ‘Valenthia’.

    • jett09 said

      Thank you M and Jenny for the info 😉

    • chieko said

      TP sama are you talking about Nadal san. But he is not getting bald I don’t think so.

  4. mircea said

    Lame post. Who has the most disdain for Rafa? Many but cannot be mentioned because now he’s # 1. Crowds and fans are fickle and not to be trusted. Now that Federer is on the ropes, kind of easy to take cheap shots. I think your goats need milking TP.

  5. Jenny said

    Least/Most: I agree with TP. Given age closest to Fed, imo Nalby takes the lead here, he ‘aint scared of anyone, and he has some healthy arrogance going on.

    I don’t think Roddick is intimidated as such, he wants to beat him, they’ve had good battles, but he still doesn’t have Fed’s weapons or movement.

  6. Bjornino said

    “Oh and someone who is going bald and is from some obscure island – too”
    😀
    LOL!!!

  7. Bjornino said

    The most pathetic Fed-worshipping on court EVER must have been Björkman at the Wimby semi 2006. Björkman should have been defaulted for that 😛

  8. Growltiger said

    Hands down – the tennis commentators are the MOST intimidated by Federer. They practically come unglued when he walks on court.

    Least intimidated by Federer? Soderling. He’s not intimidated by any of the other players.

    So I’m not the only one who noticed Rafa is going bald?

    I also see a sea-changed in Djokovic’s attitude on court since DC.
    He seems to have decided he’d rather win than be liked. If that’s the case, he’ll thump Federer most of the time. He has the better game — just not the mental stability.

    • Sol said

      I disagree. Some commentators are very very harsh towards Fed, mainly because expectations are higher when it comes to Fed than any other player.

      And I also disagree with this: “he’ll thump Federer most of the time. He has the better game”. I’ve come to really appreciate Djoko and think he’s a great player but he doesn’t have a better game than Fed nor will he thump him. Nothing indicates that. The last time he beat Fed, it was in 5 sets, so not exactly thumping material.

    • Jenny said

      Currently their H2H is 10-6. Fed lost to Nole at the AO semis in 2008 because he was clearly sick with Mono, [diagnosed that month] medically he probably shouldn’t have been playing at all, it was his choice, but it took two tie-breaks for Nole to get the win as Fed faded physically in the third. Next year Fed will be 30, Nole 24. He may well beat him, but we don’t know that, they both have to get past other players first who are capable of an upset, and even then if they do meet, I don’t see it being a thumping most times as you suggest GT. You say Nole has a better game than Fed, it’s true, he’s a great player, I don’t think anyone would dispute that, but in which respect is he better than Fed, because I haven’t seen it just yet.

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