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September 24, 2006

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Peacemaster

My pleasure. It's the sort of stat that almost nobody gets to see but it shows just how special this fellow is. In my mind, Roger is already the greatest athlete of all time. It is just a matter time that the he has the overall stats to justify that to the entire sports world.

sensationalsafin

interesting. but ur right. itd be 6-0 6-4 if anything. and where did u say theyr gonna play? masters cup? is that what that H-place is? and i doubt it cuz i dont see nadal doing too great on that surface.

ancicfan

i wouldn't say greatest athlete of all time...
but i would say tennis player.

Peacemaster

Fair enough, ancicfan. That statement was IMHO. That's why I specified: "in my mind".

Stellcat


The Masters Cup is in Shanghai again. There's an indoor tournament in Tokyo. Don't know if either Rog or Rafa will be there. I'm thinking the only chance of a Fedal match the rest of the year will be in Shanghai or the finals of one of the big Masters Series indoor tournaments in Europe.

ancicfan

okay peacemaster :)

hm, who do you guys think will make the masters cup?

Peacemaster

Pardon my ignorance, but I'm puzzled about the confusion re the possible Federer-Nadal duels. It is clear from their respective schedules that they can meet each other a possible maximum of 4 times: at the remaining two Masters Series tournaments, Basel Indoors and the Masters Cup in China. Roger, in addition, is scheduled for Tokyo; the organizers have been harping eagerly on him showing up in Japan (ticket sale concerns, etc.) and he has been a man of his word so far.

MC qualifiers IMO: Federer, Nadal, Roddick, Ljubicic, Davydenko, Nalbandian, Baghdatis and Gonzalez.

ancicfan

same except ancic instead of gonzalez (hey i can hope!!)

John Emms

Well, my picks are Federer, Nadal, Ljubicic, Davydenko, Nalbandian, Roddick, Blake, Baghdatis

sensationalsafin

hmm, federer, nadal, roddick, ljubo, davydenko, blake, baghdatis, ancic. hopefully anyways. as for who wins it? i say roger. most of these players can give him a good run but hes proved countless times he'll always come through. except for nadal, but this is fast surface and i think federer should be able to beat him, although i dont think theyll end up playing.

John

Imagine the dream group for Roger. Roger, Ljubicic, Davydenko and Baghdatis. Nadal, Roddick, Blake, and Nalbandian (Ancic) in the other group. Now, you tell me Nadal will win one of those games :)

sensationalsafin

y is that the dream group? all three of those have given roger a lot of trouble in the past. for nadal thats pretty bad, i mean blake, roddick even, i dunno i dont think nalbandian will make it, hes playing like shit and ancic is playing great so he might pass him. ancic could beat nadal i think, big serve, big forehand and backhand, exactly what u need to kick nadal's ass.

John

Listen, between the two groups, I think Roger has the quality to get 2 wins. He just beat Davydenko, Ljubicic doesn't have it no more, and Baghdatis is eh! But Nadal could lose all three :) The fan in me likes to see Blake, Berdych and Youzhny in Nadal's group

kimmie

just wondering, has the race to qualify for the masters been this close/closely watched before? anyway apparently murray would like to qualify too, take a look at this: http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=tennis/06/09/25/TENNIS_Davis_Cup_Nightlead.html

Stellcat


It's nice that there's some good battles going for the last few Shanghai spots. Normally the Europe indoor tournaments kind of go unnoticed and under the radar. This might make them a little more meaningful heading into the Masters Cup.

Hopefully everyone who qualifies for Shanghai will be healthy and willing to go. Sometimes injuries and burnout hurts the season-ending tournament...plus it's in China, which is a haul to get too from just about anywhere in the world.

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