September 10, 2011, 2:20 am - (1 year ago) This is very interesting stuff. I'm not too surprised, as Roger has been playing tennis for one helluva long time and surely - and habitually - thinks ahead to other potential matches while he's battling it out with someone else...and why shouldn't he be thinking ahead? He's usually winning whatever he's playing! He's the genuine GOAT (with absolutely no sarcasm implied here...I think of him that way, for sure).
So his respect for Nadal is - to me, as a longtime Nadal fan - genuinely touching and inspiring. No matter how many slams Nadal wins in the end, Fed is one of a kind...ageless, priceless, talented beyond belief and, style-wise, pure class.
His take on last year's Open per an article in ESPN news:
Quote:Roger Federer loathes the concept of back-to-back men's semifinals and finals here at the U.S. Open. After he thumped Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday, he explained why.
Last year, Federer said, he was actually looking ahead to playing Rafael Nadal in the next day's final -- while he was still playing Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. Federer, for one, is relieved that the USTA will play the men's final two matches Saturday and Monday.
"It's better for sure for my match now for Novak, for both of us, for that matter, just to be able go out there and play that match instead of thinking of something else. It is true that I did think of the Rafa final and the prospect, you know, trying to get there without maybe losing too much energy. Maybe that was one of the reasons I was not able to stay tougher in two of the sets I lost, actually.
"Still should have won the match maybe, but it's just a tough prospect. You never have it that we have to play back to back best of five set matches, and only here before the final at the U.S. Open. It just somehow doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me."Honestly, it's probably foolhardy for us mortals to actually look ahead. After all, Murray can beat Rafa; Djoker can beat Fed. But if Nadal and Fed do make it through to the final, it's apparently a dream not only for Rafa, the clay court specialist, to be there yet again but for Fed, the hardcourt specialist, to be there yet again.
All things go 'round and 'round...and where it stops, nobody knows.:)
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