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So what Nalbandian gets a free pass since he is an athlete? You talk about yourself as if athletes can do anything in the heat of the moment and get away with it. A default isn't enough. Hey, if I hurt someone in the heat of the moment in the normal context of life, I will get arrested or investigated. Do you writers or amateurs think? There are people in all walks of life who get angry and don't take it out on property or people. They are civilized and their reasons for being angry are probably more important than missing a ball in a sports game. Shouldn't we expect the same from athletes? To be civilized, to be mindful of what they do?
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I respect Agassi. Pete, one thing you didn't mention was the "time" off that Agassi had i.e. his BODY had. When he went through a period earlier in his life where he dropped mightily in the rankings and seemed to not care, the wear and tear on his body was not much. With Federer, he has never let up on his body. He spent 4 1/2 years at no 1 of which 4 years were dominant. This is what is spectacular about Federer,that he has plugged away at a full schedule all his career. Even though he has had back pain since he was a teenager and even though he went through a year of both mono and recovering from mono. And just because he was not as bad as Soderling is with regard to glandular fever, doesn't mean it didn't affect him. Even when mono is out of your system, one still has energy sucked away. So as far as Fed vs Agassi, Fed comes out way on top.
Toggle Commented Mar 19, 2012 on Dancing on the Stars at Peter Bodo's TennisWorld
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As someone else said, don't mention Nadal in the greatest category when all the courts have been slowed down as he has made is ascent. I know he is a great player but how many Majors would he have won if the courts were slowed down. I don't think he would have beaten Federer at the Wimbledon 2008 if the court wasn't slower. It is a testament to Federer that he won the 16 Majors. I am not against Nadal or how great he can play-the discussion though just leaves one to wonder.
Toggle Commented Mar 2, 2012 on Risk and Reward at Peter Bodo's TennisWorld
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As someone else said, don't mention Nadal in the greatest category when all the courts have been slowed down as he has made is ascent. I know he is a great player but how many Majors would he have won if the courts were slowed down. I don't think he would have beaten Federer at the Wimbledon 2008 if the court wasn't slower. It is a testament to Federer that he won the 16 Majors. I am not against Nadal or how great he can play-the discussion though just leaves one to wonder.
Toggle Commented Mar 2, 2012 on Risk and Reward at Peter Bodo's TennisWorld
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Steve, RE: Radwanska. You said "Watching her win her second Premier 5 level event". Radwanska has never won a Premier 5 before so Tokyo was her first. She never won Dubai, Rome, Canada or Cincinnati which are the other Premier 5. She has won Carlsbad (2011) and Eastbourne (2008) which are the small premier titles ( I wish the WTA would call these something else-because Premier is misleading when you receive around 470 pts if you win whereas the Premier 5 are 900 pts and the Mandatory 1000 pts). Her other titles were international (another strange name), Stockholm (2007), Pattaya City and Istabul(2008).
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McGrogan said the following with regard to Federer and S. Williams. "I feel like they are in similar yet completely different positions.". I don't think that a comparison can be made. S.Williams has had many breaks from tennis and hasn't played as much. There are less miles on her mind or body, even given the physical problems she has had since she never played as much as the average player. Federer hasn't had a break. 4 1/2 years at #1 plus coming back for a little more can take its toll. No mental or physical break but unlike S. Williams, he has been healthy. They are very different in how their careers have developed. Men's and women's tennis are so different. Hopefully they both can play for some years to come-it just will probably be different.
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Are you sure that it is 38 wins. He had 32 winning the final at Madrid for the year-34 in total. He won 5 more giving him 37 wins on the year and 39 in general. IS this correct?
Toggle Commented May 15, 2011 on Rome: Djokovic d. Nadal at Racquet Reaction
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Sunny MS to be correct since there is another Sunny out there. This match had it all but it showed two things. It demonstrated the skills and possibilities for the up and coming Jovanovski. And it showed the maturity and great game of Zvonareva. I enjoyed watching both but the more experienced one prevailed.
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This is Sunny MS-There is a another Sunny on here. Michele, you mentioned Justine Henin. The problem with this is this is something we saw. You don't know how many times, ANY of the top players DID NOT give a line call to a player. I have never seen Serena give a call away like Rafa did. So the problem with this system is that you don't know when people get by with it i.e. they see their opponents ball hit the line but they did not give the point to them. You only see certain places where what you call honor is obvious. Again, I think Tignor said that this more among amateur players. There are not to many professional players do more than let the ump make the call.
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Actually I agree with what Federer said when interviewd after the last Wimbledon. He was asked about Nadal not being there. Fed said that injuries were part of the game. In my view this means that if you truly have an injury it is bad luck but doesn't affect the person who wins. If Tommy Haas didn't have a couple shoulder surgeries then maybe he could have stayed in the top 10. But he did and we can't think about alternate universes. Bodo wants to put an asterik by Roger's win at the French. But Federer beat who was put on the other side of the net. Rafa played well until he was beaten. Federer can't help that. Also at Madrid journalists were saying that Federer's win didn't mean as much because Nadal was tired. Please! Even Nadal said that if he had played as well as Federer did in his semifinal he wouldn't be tired. Being tired is not an excuse. I like both players and I hate to see them diminished. If you go with Fed's mono for losing 2008 Wimby then you have to go with Rafa's knees at RG. But you can't do this for all the players every time. If you step on the court you are announcing you are fit to play.
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Pete you mentioned that Rafa was conveniently absent when Roger won Roland Garros. How about the fact that Roger was conveniently recovering from mono when Rafa beat him by a few points at Wimbledon. Let's be fair when we talk "injuries". Also with your penchant for making fun of Roger's clothes, what do you say about Rafa's fall attire. Bright lime green shirt and checkered pants.
Toggle Commented Nov 13, 2009 on Rivalry, Interrupted at Peter Bodo's TennisWorld
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I guess you have a problem with your own masculinity Pete. Only a person with that problem would be so obsessed with what you perceive to be Roger's image. "Federer seems almost frail, and certainly lacking in the departments of sheer physicality and power (but does anyone dare question his stamina now?)" Anybody who has followed Federer never questioned his stamina. And why do you call a man frail just because he isn't what people call ripped? Muscle respond differently to weight training so some people show it more than others. But even so, a person doesn't have to be ripped to be strong. You telegraph so vividly what your idea of a man is and it is not necessarily the only idea. Again, you continually show your underlying insecurity with your own masculinity. All that matters is his play.
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2009 on A Charmed Life at Peter Bodo's TennisWorld
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Whatever one's take on this subject is, it is difficult to take seriously the words of a guy (bodo) who has alluded to bias for Nadal all along. He has said that he has had issues w Federer in the past. It is too bad that we don't have real journalists in this sport. Objective ones. I like both players. Yes, a person can enjoy the play of the two top players; go figure. One doesn't have to choose a side. Can't anyone just love the game of tennis?
Toggle Commented May 5, 2009 on Pebble in the Shoe at Peter Bodo's TennisWorld
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