Roger beat Rafa on Clay!

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    May 17, 2009 5:59 PM GMT
    4 and 4 ... Granted, Nadal was probably tired from the gauntlet against the Djoker in the semis, but the win has to give Fed-ex some confidence heading into Roland Garros!
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    May 17, 2009 7:57 PM GMT
    Great win for Roger, despite Nadal's exhaustion. But, you can tell Roger is in a different state of mind. His third set win over Roddick (6-1 in the third) is a very different outcome then all of his other final-set outcomes this year. Instead of drifting away, it appears he may be focused again. Let's hope this bodes well for the French and the rest of the year.
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    May 17, 2009 7:58 PM GMT
    I'm still with Nadal in the French. I'm still with Serena and B&B twins as well.
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    May 17, 2009 10:52 PM GMT
    it is the first time that i was surprised that Federer DID win.icon_eek.gif
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    May 18, 2009 2:15 AM GMT
    I wonder if Rafa should change up his routine. Like letting his shorts stay in his butt crack?!?icon_lol.gif
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    May 18, 2009 4:24 AM GMT
    the beginning of a Roger Federer comback ??
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    May 18, 2009 4:30 AM GMT
    I heard from an unofficial source that Rafa is fighting off a knee injury. Do you guys know if there is any truth to that? Either way, I'm happy for Roger.
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    May 18, 2009 4:37 AM GMT
    I agree. Federer looked sharp, determined and focused. He was employing a good match strategy as well. I'd like to see him win the big ones again.
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    May 18, 2009 6:51 AM GMT
    RF is focused........and great to see the shot making he is capable of. Rafa - exhausted from his semi's..........will be an interesting French.
    Del Porto, Roddick, Verdasco...........
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    May 18, 2009 7:24 AM GMT
    I'm still banking my money on Rafa for the french... as long as he isn't injured....

    I would like to see federer win the french, he's always been capable of doing it... He just needs this slam to equal Sampras' record as well as finally accomplishing the grand slam lol.
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    May 18, 2009 7:26 AM GMT
    EastCoastNAZ saidGreat win for Roger, despite Nadal's exhaustion. But, you can tell Roger is in a different state of mind. His third set win over Roddick (6-1 in the third) is a very different outcome then all of his other final-set outcomes this year. Instead of drifting away, it appears he may be focused again. Let's hope this bodes well for the French and the rest of the year.


    Yes... but Roddick on clay? It's his worst surface, Fed should have taken him out in straight sets. But Roddick's movement has very greatly improved, i'm impressed with him.
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    May 18, 2009 8:14 AM GMT
    MedSci saidI'm still banking my money on Rafa for the french... as long as he isn't injured....

    I would like to see federer win the french, he's always been capable of doing it... He just needs this slam to equal Sampras' record as well as finally accomplishing the grand slam lol.


    I second that. Federer deserves it.
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    May 18, 2009 8:23 AM GMT
    upsguy68 saidI wonder if Rafa should change up his routine. Like letting his shorts stay in his butt crack?!?icon_lol.gif



    I would gladly help him out with that..em..problemicon_lol.gif
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    May 19, 2009 5:42 AM GMT
    MedSci said
    EastCoastNAZ saidGreat win for Roger, despite Nadal's exhaustion. But, you can tell Roger is in a different state of mind. His third set win over Roddick (6-1 in the third) is a very different outcome then all of his other final-set outcomes this year. Instead of drifting away, it appears he may be focused again. Let's hope this bodes well for the French and the rest of the year.


    Yes... but Roddick on clay? It's his worst surface, Fed should have taken him out in straight sets. But Roddick's movement has very greatly improved, i'm impressed with him.


    True, but this surface was a bit faster than the "normal" European clay like at RG. Plus, as you stated, Roddicks movement and especially his fitness are much improved this year which is needed to compete on clay.
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    May 19, 2009 5:44 AM GMT
    I was actually going to include the little bit about the clay being faster,
    but it was a new event and i didn't really see how the clay was.
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    May 19, 2009 6:07 AM GMT
    well, no matter what surface or how the conditions were, this victory will give federer a boost and will make the French open a little bit more interesting