Thursday, July 31, 2008

Snap Out Of It

Oh dear. I am not happy. I am not happy AT ALL.
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Roger Federer, get your head in the game. I know you lost at Wimbledon and that was bad - but that's in the past now. This is NOW.
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It's rare that I ever speak harshly of Roger, but this is not normal. This is just not good. He never makes excuses for himself, and I need to stop making them for him. Because this is just not good enough right now.
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What will it take to get you back on track, Roger? I have no doubt that you will get back on track, because that is the kind of man you are. But I am not ready for you not to be #1 just yet. But that's out of your hands now. It's in Rafa's. And let's face it - the last few months have been in Rafa's hands.
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This may work out well in the long run, with some added rest in the leadup to the Olympics and the US Open, but that does not make it good.
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And look, no one can say that Rafa does not deserve to be #1 at this point. He has been the best player of the last few months, undoubtedly. And it would be very sad for him to have such a distinguished career and not have a little run at #1. Even Sampras only managed 286 weeks at the top, and that was not consecutive. No one has even come close to Roger's run of 235 - and no one will come close to it for a long time.
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But I am just not ready for it to be over just yet. I know Roger can get it back. I know he probably will. But I don't want him to have to.
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But I refuse to wish ill on Rafa Nadal. Because he has deserved what he has done. And he is, at this point, playing better than anyone else in the world.
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Today's Results
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Western and Southern Financial Group Masters
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Ivo Karlovic def. Roger Federer, 7-6 (8-6) 4-6 7-6 (7-5)
Rafael Nadal def. Tommy Haas, 6-4 7-6 (7-0)
Novak Djokovic def. Andreas Seppi, 6-1 6-2
Ernests Gulbis def. James Blake, 6-4 1-6 6-3
Andy Murray def. Dmitry Tursunov, 6-3 6-3
Nicolas Lapentti def. Fernando Verdasco, 6-3 7-5
Philipp Kohlschreiber def. Robin Soderling, 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 7-6 (12-10)
Carlos Moya def. Igor Andreev, 6-4 7-6 (7-2)
Carlos Moya def. Nikolay Davydenko, 7-6 (10-8) 4-6 6-2
Rafael Nadal def. Florent Serra, 6-0 6-1
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Rogers Cup (Montreal)
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Tamira Paszek def. Ana Ivanovic, 6-2 1-6 6-2
Jelena Jankovic def. St├ęphanie Dubois, 6-3 6-2
Svetlana Kuznetsova def. Michelle Larcher de Brito, 7-5 2-6 6-4
Marion Bartoli def. Anna Chakvetadze, 4-6 7-5 7-6 (7-4)
Dinara Safina def. Patty Schnyder, 6-2 6-2
Victoria Azarenka def. Virginie Razzano, 7-6 (7-4) 2-0 retired
Dominika Cibulkova def. Nadia Petrova, 7-6 (7-2) 6-2
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Nordea Nordic Light Open (Stockholm)
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Caroline Wozniacki def. Emma Laine, 6-1 6-0
Anabel Medina Garrigues def. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, 6-1 6-0
Iveta Benesova def. Sania Mirza, 4-6 6-3 6-3
Camille Pin def. Johanna Larsson, 6-3 6-2
Virginia Ruano Pascual def. Maria Elena Camerin, 6-3 6-2

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