Sports Topic of The Day: Chink in the Federer Armor?

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    Mar 28, 2007 4:56 PM GMT
    For the 2nd straight tournament Argentine Guillermo Canas defeated Roger Federer - this time 7-6 (2), 2-6, 7-6 (5) in the 4th round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne.

    Canas is coming off a 15-month doping suspension, so he had to go through qualifiers just to make the Main Draw of the tournament. I'm sure Federer is asking for him to be retested. Canas has been ranked as high as #8, so this is not some no-name player. His secret seems to be his ability to continue points and break the patience of the stoic Federer (this generation's Ivan Lendl), who had 51 unforced errors in the 3-set affair.

    This bodes well for a group of clay-court specialists - including defending French Open champ Rafael Nadal. It seems to lay a game play for others to use as they try to whittle away at Roger's hold on the top spot in the game. I still don't see anyone having success against him once the grass and hard court seasons start, but until early June I think we can expect a few more losses out of the King of Tennis and I think his goal of winning the Grand Slam this year is going to be very tough now. Confidence is a huge factor in tennis and I think Roger's has to be shaken a little bit.



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    Mar 28, 2007 6:54 PM GMT
    Yea, I was glad to see him get beat. It's not always fun watching the same guy win everything. (Side bar: Praising Andretti's retirement too!)

    America's Men's Tennis has suffered the past few years with no one standing above the clouds, let's hope this increases the confidence in Roddick and Blake where they can both get into the top 3.

    Roddick's had a good year so far, let's hope he can continue. But with Federer 5000 plus point ahead... it's nice the mighty have fallen.
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    Mar 28, 2007 8:51 PM GMT
    I don't think Roger's in any danger of losing his #1 ranking - he's way too consistent for that. But it's nice to have some amount of tension/drama in the game. I think it may make Federer a more popular player too. He may start to show a little more emotion on/off the court. He's also been hanging out alot with Tiger Woods, so maybe some of Tiger's charisma will rub off on him.

    US Tennis has some quality at the top, but really lacks depth on both the men's and women's sides. It'd be scary if Blake hadn't recovered from his health crisis a few years ago and Roddick hadn't re-discovered his game late last year.

    Currently my two favorites on the tour are Blake and Tommy Haas.
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    Mar 29, 2007 10:02 PM GMT
    look, Federer won 41 straight matches, so a few losses are totally part of tennis... he played great acutally most of the match, and waas very unlucky to lose ... Canas is a grinder and played out of his mind, but credit to him ...

    Federer is the only good reason to watch tennnis, he's awesome and one of kind in the history of the game...
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    Mar 29, 2007 10:09 PM GMT
    It's nice to see someone other than Federer and Nadal win...

    Now if Andy Roddick could just get his crap together...would love to see him winning again!
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    Mar 29, 2007 10:14 PM GMT
    I'm glad that Canas was able to handle Federer 2 weeks in a row. Willy came back after being down a break in the 3rd set to boot. He hung with Fedex in the rallies snf played quite a few balls to the Federer backhand, a tactic that Nalbandian used frequently when he was beating Roger in the a few years ago. Of course, Roger has improved that wing quite a bit, but it was nice to see Roger frustrated in the 3rd set.

    Bottom line .. .Vamos Canas!