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Rafa's interviews must be frustrating for journalists. No need to challenge his sincerity though. If he were as smart with his scheduling as he is with his answers, none of us fans would ever worry.
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First of all, I've never liked Nike shoes. They lack support and Nadal is strong enough to wear a heavier shoe. Have said over and over again he needs to space his tournaments better, take a hit in points if he has to for one year, but save his wheels and live to play longer. It is pretty clear the good doctor is concerned that Nadal is able to continue to play, and is making these comments for that reason alone.
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Mary Carillo - F I had the mute button on when she was on, would turn it on half way through a point and she would STILL be talking. For God's sake, McEnroe's learned to shut up during the point and now she can't keep her stupid mouth SHUT. Davydenko - F for being ranked fourth and get his but bounced in the first round Dementiava - F for the comment she made regarding the Williams' final. Gimelstob - F still the worst commentator ever... someone bag him please.
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2008 on W: Report Cards at Concrete Elbow by Steve Tignor
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Mike: Nadal isn't the only one who beat him this year. We are going back to the hard courts and he hasn't fared too well on them; losing to Novak, Murray, Roddick, and Fish this year. They and others will all be waiting for their shot at him this year. Add to that Nadal's improved serve, his willingness and ability to get through early opponents quickly (in few sets), and the fact that he is going into this season healthier and emotionally ebullient as opposed to last year, means he will also be a factor. Fed's not going to have that easy of a Summer.
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2008 on Spartan in a Cardigan at Peter Bodo's TennisWorld
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Nice article...your observations of Federer were quite perceptive and accurate. Although this year may mark his slipping past the pinnacle onto the downward side, it be no means has to be a precipice. He can enjoy a long, competitive ride like Agassi's, competing for slams and hovering in the top 5 into his 30's. Hopefully he won't do a Borg, but you're right in regard to there being some things he needs to resolve as he proceeds. Great match, great reporting.
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2008 on Spartan in a Cardigan at Peter Bodo's TennisWorld
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Novak is going to do his best to keep Nadal from the final... whether it's enough? And Monfils will need to change the game he played against Ferrer or Fed will eat him alive. They still gotta get there, but it looks like both may make it.
Toggle Commented Jun 5, 2008 on Pieces of Everybody at Peter Bodo's TennisWorld
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Hey Pete... "a softcore porno movie"? Elevate the choice of descriptions please. You may be a degenerate, but our kids don't need to read this.
Toggle Commented Mar 20, 2008 on The Lion Sleeps Tonight at Peter Bodo's TennisWorld
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Federer's juggernaut has been hitting a few more roadblocks in the past year. These are players who are no longer afraid of the "golden one" (who is so enamored of himself that he wins his challenges only 30 percent of the time; he thinks he's so good, he can't believe his balls are out). Truly he is a great talent, one rarely seen in our lives. He is also full of false humility and when he loses as he did against Djokovic, he pouts like a baby(read his interview), gives little praise to the play of those who beat him and at best his compliments can be considered backhanded. While I've admired his gift, his veiled arrogance is showing more and more as he loses. That I have never admired. The younger ones like Nadal and Djokovic are a different breed. I remember when Nadal beat Agassi at Wimbledon and then stepped back and encouraged the crowds' continued outpouring of affection for their retiring hero. Djokovic has always been honest about his belief he can be #1 and doesn't hide behind false hypocritical humility. Instead he embraces the journey with a youthful joy and zest for life. Tennis is not meant to be a showcase of one man's talent; it's a battle, a graceful, beautiful, strenuous battle. Seeing people sit in fear of Federer's talent and not play their game has been painful to watch for those of us less enamored or idolatrous. Ford wrote a great article of how Djokovic said the players need to stop being afraid of the man and play him. It's what many of us have said for years. It's refreshing to see how many are now willing to step up.
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2008 on Confidence Game at String Theory by Tom Perrotta
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