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PseudoFed: My review of the year

   
PseudoFed: My review of the year:
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The Mayan calendar says that there will be no other years after 2012. I can confirm that this is not true because in the shops My staff have seen pocket calendars for 2013. The Mayans prediction was based on the belief that I would be retiring in this year so, obviously, it would feel like the end of the world. I can confirm I am not quite making the retirements so you may all breath holding a sign of relief.
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Let’s make some reflections whilst looking backwards.
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The year began with January. Not much happened in this month. Usually there is the Australian Open. I love this tournament very much and I like My friends down under, especially Crocodile Dundee and Jim Robinson. But this year the tournament was cancelled on Thursday 26th January which was the big shames. However, I know My Australian fans can’t wait to see Me early in 2013. The season restarted soon afterwards with Me winning some titles on My quest to be the number one seedling.
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One of My biggest rivalries retired this year too. Rafaello Nadal. He is from Spain. It was a big sadness to see him go and I only allowed Myself to smile for ten minutes, maybe eleven. We had many matches together and no matter what the statistics say, it was closer than you remember. I hate clay anyway. Andrew Rodrickson also retired this year. We miss you A+ Rod.
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I don’t want to Talk about St. David’s Cup. Sufficient to say Stanford could and should have done better. I don’t understand him sometimes. Talking of which, this was also the year that Tommy Haas made injury time outs illegal and Gilles Simon said all female nurses should be banned. Strange, I think they do a great job.
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A big highlight for Me this year was choosing to win Wimbledon and also seeing one of My favorite journos, Mr. Harmans of The Times, wearing white trousers. Few people can carry this off with style, he is one, I am the other. It is the big shame David Coulthard from the Formula One circuit has not been advised accordingly.
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After Wimbledon this year (2012) we also had a practise for the Olympics in Rio 2016. Obviously there was no point in making the big stretches and risk the injuries just for this so I chose not to win it. Anyway, I was going to make the focus in The Big Apples, New York (America). But I don’t want to talk about this either.
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Then Shanghai. This shows that sometimes, even when you are the best in the world the Gods are not on your side. We had a big typhoon tornado and the match had to be abandoned. I had never seen spots of rain that big. Somebody had to win for the sake of the fans and I withdrew, it just wasn’t worth it.
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As I sit here, sipping one of My favorite beverages, looking out from My balcony across the ocean of one of My homes whilst I reflect, I ponder that I was number one but now I am not. A staff member just said, “There’s always tomorrow.” I said, “Oh really?”
   
  • Terri

    Oh my!!! Brilliant!!! Love it, love it, love it!!

  • http://twitter.com/cheaterNadal cheaterNadal

    Roger Federer latest is among the most unexpected, especially for a man
    raised in a country known for its benign neutrality: backroom power
    broker.

    But after leading the ATP Tour Player Council as president the
    last three years, Roger Federer has become a savvy student of the laws of political
    governance.

    Much of Roger Federer’s behind-the-scenes work this year has focused
    on persuading the four majors to share a larger piece of the revenue pie with
    players.

    He has also lobbied that a larger percentage of prize money go to
    earlier rounds to rectify a growing income distribution gap.

    That work has increasingly fallen on his shoulders, as Djokovic and Rafael
    Nadal, once Player Council members, left their leadership positions.

    Take his pre-tournament schedule last month at the Masters event in
    Shanghai.

    Under added security because of death threats, Roger Federer arrived
    on a Friday and discussed strategy with ATP player and board representatives
    till about 1 a.m.

    He practiced the next morning, spent about 7 hours in meetings with
    various representatives of the Grand Slams and still attended the player party
    Saturday night.

    On Sunday evening, he hosted three hours of meetings in
    his hotel room with the Player Council, ATP executive staff, and U.S. Open
    executives — all before he struck a match ball.

    “Roger has so many demands on his schedule and the fact that he is
    investing so much time into the player council and these negotiations shows his
    character and how much he cares for the future of the sport,”

    doubles specialist and council member Eric Butorac of the USA wrote in a
    recent email. “I believe it is very unprecedented to have a top player so
    involved.”

    It’s not just Roger Federer’s time than matters. It’s his clout.

    “I think having someone like him on the council can be a big benefit, especially if
    you’re going into important meetings with the Grand Slams,” No. 3 Andy Murray
    said Saturday.

    Reserved by nature, Federer has come a long way in
    understanding the needs and concerns of everyone from players ranked well
    outside the top 50 to doubles specialists.

    Roger Federer did not slip into the role of leader without some angst.

    It is, like his precise shotmaking and fluid movements, a delicate
    balancing act. Demands can stretch on and on. The mind can become weary. Focus
    can waver.

    Despite threats of a boycott and other hard-line tactics
    – for tennis — Roger Federer and his fellow players and ATP executives have
    shepherded successes.

    The French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open each contributed a larger
    percentage of prize money to earlier rounds this season.

    The Australian Open will do the same in January, and in a pre-emptive
    strike already announced the biggest year-over-year prize money increase in its
    history.

    “More important,” Roger Federer said, is the “productive” dialogue taking
    place. “I’m happy that we’ve gotten to the table with the Slams and been
    able to explain our case,” he said.

    At 31, Roger Federer is brushing up against the usual threshold when
    age undermines skill, which means every minute and every decision he makes
    counts.

    In that regard, time management might just be the Swiss’ biggest
    asset. He seems to have found a formula that works.

    http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=212659

    what class.
    efforts.
    self-sacrifice.

  • Fiona Lamb

    “…so you may all breath holding a sign of relief.” Triple LOL!

  • http://twitter.com/cheaterNadal cheaterNadal

    arrogant Toni Nadal .wishes an injury of Roger and Djokovic. arrogant jerk team. nothing new
    http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=213518

  • http://twitter.com/patmoren Patricia Moren

    Made my.day, well done you have a gift!

  • Katie

    Excellent and accurate review of the year’s events PseudoFed. Such a shame that the Australian Open was forced to cancel – I believe the same happened to the French Open and the US Open too ;) But you made up for this by winning Platinum at the Olympic Games of course!