Murray pulled out of Roland Garros with his back/hip problem.Masterclass The Valiant, attempting to drag the thread back on topic! Nicely done.
Federer's chances to take a historic 8th Wimbledon title just went up.
1. Murray might not play Wimbledon, or if he does, he'll lack the solid ground game preparation that going deep in clay tournaments gives one.
2. Now there is at least a 50% chance that Federer will meet Nadal in the RG semifinal depending on the draw.
I think if they are drawn on the same side, Federer will probably exit Roland Garros by the QF, giving him a little extra rest before Halle and Wimbledon. If drawn on different sides, there is a slight chance that Federer can make it to the RG final.
3. Djokovic and Nadal may play another 2 day final, or 6 hours in one day. The time rule is not enforced at ITF events, yet. This could also help Federer at Wimbledon.
Isn't it amazing how the man-girl Federer just keeps going and going despite his frail appearance?
I think he took offense to your comment and cut off his beautiful locks of hair for a manlier appearence. Way to go monster. Speaking of which..
4. The aerodynamics offered by the new haircut will help him move up to the net quicker and provide forward momentum to stick his volleys better. Just as elite runners train with a parachute to induce drag and get stronger, Federer's hair all along was just a tool to create an extra challenge. Now that it's gone, he's stronger.
In all seriousness though masterclass, I have a hard time believing that top players ever PLAN or intend to "Exit at the QF" of big events , regardless of what's next in their schedule and such. It might be a different story if they happen to be trailing 2 sets and a break down but I don't think any top player plays a match not to win or a tournament not to win.
Perhaps you are right pawan89, but I think Federer has done enough in his career that he can afford to play his matches, tournaments and the whole season strategically, and I suspect he has at times, especially as he has gotten older. Of course, if he can, he will put himself in a position to win should things go unexpectedly with the other players, but if the expected occurs, could it be that he may just decide to play a certain way to achieve a strategic longer term goal?
There were indications last year from his camp prior to RG, that as long as he made it to the semifinal at RG, with Nadal winning RG, and made it to the final at Halle and won Wimbledon, he would be #1. So what happened? At RG, he played very patiently and hard to beat Del Potro in 5 to make it to the semifinals. Then as I recall, Nadal beat Ferrer in the first semifinal, thus assuring Rafa's final appearance, and then Federer played Djokovic, where Roger played super aggressively, hit or miss tennis, and missed a lot more than he made. Djokovic had very little control of a match he won. Then Djokovic and Nadal went on to play a two day match, while Federer got some extra rest prior to Halle.
At Halle, Federer made it to the final and played his good friend Tommy Haas. There were some winks and grins seen between Mirka and others in their box, even as Federer was losing to Haas. Federer himself said in his post match press conference he was extremely happy Tommy won. Was it a gift? Only a small circle would know for sure, and would probably never admit it. Then straight away after that statement about him being happy about Tommy winning Halle, Federer told the German press that he felt he would be difficult to beat at Wimbledon (click on Watch it Now
We know the rest; Federer won Wimbledon, and was 75 points in front at #1.
But maybe I'm reading too much into things and Federer is not the master planner I believe him to be...