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Roger may win but

Posted on: September 8, 2008 1:50 pm
the tennis world is indeed a different world than a year ago.  Last year at the us open it seemed like Roger didn't really have to exert himself to win the title.  I don't know if he even lost a set.  This year we find both finalists having lost a set in the semis.  Roger has lost 3 sets total and Andy has lost 5.  Neither seems a sure bet.

Roger may win to get within 1 title of Pete Sampras.   He could just as easily lose.  Murray is not a deer in the headlights.  This may be his first Grand Slam final but he has been expecting this for a while.  He came to this tournament to win not just show.  He bested Nadal, who at number 1, perhaps was a little worn out from Beijing.  He has a good record against Roger.  If Andy pushes into 4 or 5 sets the pressure will be on Roger.  This could be a great match.
Category: Tennis
Tags: Federer, Murray

Since: Jul 12, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2008 8:59 am

Roger may win but

The field has improved a little, but more-so the "Mike Tyson" syndrome, the fear factor, that is partly gone.


I think it would have been shocking had he lost to Murray. Again, my opinion is probably a little bit biased though, haha! I still feel that if Roger is playing his best tennis, only Nadal at the French Open would be the favorite. I only watched a bit of the 3rd set by the time I got home yesterday, but it seemed pretty understood that Roger owned that match.


Until the king is beaten, he should be expected to win. Roger was the favorite going into the tourney, just like Wimbledon, and just like Nadal at the French. Never ever bet against the king (whomever it is and on their respective surfaces) until he is first dethroned once. Next year's wimbledon, I think Roger can win it, but I no longer can view him as the favorite. perhaps co-favorite.


oh, the other reason why Roger won the US Open is because I didn't jinx him by betting on him, haha! Granted I'm only 0-1, but it's my fault that Roger lost Wimbledon!

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2008 8:11 pm

Roger may win but

Roger did win rather easily.  My real point was that times are different from last year.  If Roger had lost last year it would have been a shock.  If he had lost to Murray it might have been unexpected but not all that shocking.  They are 2 and 2 now after todays final.  Murray is a good player who has been at the top of his game recently.  The top of Rogers game has lasted for four long marvelous years.  He may win more slams but he might not either.  The field has improved now.  I don't dislike Roger.  I actually respect him more because he has been very gracious even losing to guys he used to have for breakfast.  I also respect him for not just retiring but wanting to make his way back to the top.  You know, he just might do it.

Since: Jul 12, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2008 2:05 pm

Roger may win but

I have to disagree, and maybe it's my bias towards Federer talking now! We all knew that Nadal's weakest surface was hardcourts. While I am surprised that Murray made it to the final, I can't say that I'm surprised with Nadal not making the final. In time he will get there, but it's not as simple as he's made his matches on other surfaces look. Not that anyone has dominated the field at this year's US Open, but Nadal doesn't have the aura about him when his heavy topspin shots get negated a bit on this surface.


Now with all that said, lets get back to Federer and Murray. Murray is a rising star, how high I don't know though. Roger has been on a mission though. Before the Wimbledon final, he was smoking the field, and it finally took the effort of a phenominal player playing a phenominal match to beat him, 9-7 in the 5th set! I don't see Murray putting up a serious threat, however I will say that it would not surprise me if Federer loses the first set... Federer was up to the task of besting Djokovic, the man who knocked him out of the Aussie open, and I think that he REALLY wanted to face Nadal again. When you're at the top, you want to play the best. I hate to admit it, but I do think that Roger coasted too much in the early rounds. Maybe he's fine with it, but it showed to the rest of the field that, "hey, I'm beatable." I think the fact that he's not facing Nadal may make him take the first set a bit for granted. But I expect him to rebound very nicely:


6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-2, 6-3

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