Robredo Denies Tennis Fans Fedal 32

Sep 3, 2013

A lot of people in, and around, Flushing Meadows in New York yesterday would have been gasping and shaking their heads in disbelief at the fourth round defeat of five-time US Open champion Roger Federer to the 31 year old Spaniard Tommy Robredo, most tennis fans were eagerly waiting the anticipated 32nd showdown between Federer and his great rival Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals, however nobody let Robredo in on the script, the Spaniard has previously been ranked as high as world No.5 and yesterday it looked as though he was the higher ranked player instead of Federer, Robredo’s shock straight sets defeat of the Swiss maestro denied all tennis fans the expected Fedal 32.

It wasn’t just the loss that people were surprised about, it was the manner in which Roger went down to Robredo, Federer had beaten the Spaniard in all ten of their previous encounters and Tommy had only managed to win 3 sets out of the 27 they had previously played, Robredo made up for ten years worth by winning three sets in one day against the player many people still believe to be the best to have ever held a racquet, if Federer fans were worried about Roger’s decline in 2013 before the US Open started, then they will certainly be very concerned now, the cries of retirement will start coming through once again on many tennis forums but the biggest disappointment for many will be no match-up between two of the best players of all time.

The Grand Slam events have certainly produced their fair share of upsets in 2013 and the US Open in New York has certainly not missed out on being a provider of some, men’s 6th seed Juan Martin Del Potro was ousted in round two by Aussie veteran Lleyton Hewitt while the highly seeded women’s quartet of Sara Errani, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska will not be among the last eight in the women’s draw either, those aforementioned high profile players not going deeper in the tournament has been a surprise but Federer’s shock round of 16 defeat at the hands of Robredo probably supercedes them all.

It remains to be seen whether we will get an upset bigger than Federer going out before the quarters, personally I can’t see it, but for now most tennis fans are probably just a little sad that they will not get to see Federer v Nadal for the 32nd time, I’m sure Tommy Robredo would disagree though.

Written by: Tono

(4) Comments

sneaky says:
Sep 4, 2013

I find it hard to believe so many tennis fans want to see Federer and Nadal play. You would think after watching the last 31 matches most fans would not care to watch such a lackluster match. Nadal obviously wins most of their matches but Federer is still the superior player. The fact that Nadal defeats Federer is in my opinion an indictment on the sport of tennis. Federer represents the pure brilliance of tennis and Nadal is just a good player that learned to take advantage of the equipment. Federer is a player for the ages, meaning his brilliant game would have been even more dominant in an era that used standard equipment(the same or similar equipment). Today, the equipment (racquets and strings) help certain lesser talented players win more matches (create more spin and redirect pace). How would players like Nadal, Simon, Tipsarevic, Monaco, etc have done with midsize racquets in another era? Not nearly as well as they do now!!! LOL

The media and the fans give Nadal too much credit for the positive head to head over Federer. In my opinion, the losing head to head over Nadal is nothing but positive for Federer’s legacy as the greatest player of all time. You see Federer’s losing head to head over Nadal proves he made so many finals across all venues NOT just the ones he dominated. The only reason Federer and Nadal played so many times is because Federer made so many claycourt finals while Nadal lost early in hardcourt events (2004-2007). In comparison, how many claycourt finals did other great attacking players like Mcenroe, Edberg, Becker, Connors, Sampras etc. Not nearly as many which only makes Federer tower over the greats of the past. Comparing Federer with Nadal is a huge insult to the great Federer!!! Federer has either won most of the events he has entered or made the finals many times. Can Nadal say the same thing? Uhh……absolutely NOT!!! An excellent analogy would be to say in the best seasons of both players, Federer was a straight A student while Nadal was a C+ or B- student!!! Which takes us back to the media’s favorite question. Why does the media constantly bash Federer with the insignificant and trivial losing head to head over Nadal? The media make such a big deal of Federer’s losing head to head to sell tennis to the millions of internet junkie fans that are obsessed with social media. In other words, the media create a well written but flawed comparison that many of the young naive internet junkie fans will believe. Oh well, I guess the media want the fans to believe a C+ or B- student (Nadal) is superior to a straight A student (Federer) in order to sell tennis nowadays!!! LMFAO

Tono says:
Sep 5, 2013

I agree with you that Fed represents the pure brilliance of tennis sneaky but I do think you are being a little harsh on Rafa, he is better than a C+ or B- tennis student in my opinion. ;)

sneaky says:
Sep 5, 2013

Well, the stats do not lie, Tono. Most of Nadal’s success is limited to the first half of the season (excluding 2010 and 2013 season). Nadal has NOT typically made many finals in the second half of the season. Nadal’s best seasons (2008, 2010, and 2013) are NOT even close to Federer’s best seasons (2004-2007 won 90%+ across 4 straight seasons) in win %. Nadal has NEVER played a dominant season from January through November like Federer, Sampras, Mcenroe, Edberg, and Becker. Having good results for mostly half a season is IMO a C+ or B- grade. Just look at it this way, Federer has either won or made the finals of all the master series events and won and made multiple finals in all the majors!!! Did Nadal? NO The media just love to use the negative head to head against Federer to sell the so called Federer/Nadal rivalry!!! The truth is brilliance should be measured on a players dominance over the whole tour NOT just one player even if it is Federer!!! I find it very amusing that the media want the fans to believe Nadal should be considered as an equal to Federer in terms of GOAT status. For Nadal to be considered as superior to Federer he needs to surpass Federer’s best seasons (2004-2007) and surpass all of Federer’s records and major total of 17. The media want to make the fans believe that a positive head to head against Federer is greater than all of Federer’s accomplishments!!! LMAO There is NOT a shortcut to being the GOAT. It takes multiple seasons of sustained excellence across all masters events and majors.For example, the player (Nadal) that wins the same events every season (Roland Garros and clay masters events) and disappears in the second half of the season is definitely NOT the GOAT!!!

Tono says:
Sep 7, 2013

Well, you certainly won’t get any argument from me sneaky about who the rightful GOAT is as of right now, remains to be seen whether Roger’s fantastic achievements will ever be surpassed, but the way he plays the game with such poise, precision and grace probably never will be. :)

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