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Help Improve peRFect Tennis

No I'm not asking for money πŸ˜› but I am asking for your feedback.

Tennis doesn't stand still so for the same reason neither can this blog. Roger is planning on upgrading his equipment after the US Open to larger racquet frame so I thought I'd try and improve this site too.

I have a few ideas of my own but I am definitely open to your suggestions, tell me what you'd like to see here, any ideas you have for improvements or features I could add and please let me know about them.

For those who wish to remain anonymous you can send me your suggestions via this form:

If the embed above isn't working you can fill it out here.

There's no email collection or anything, just a box to give me your suggestions, so if you have a spare moment please fill it in.

Of course you can also let me know in the comments section your ideas too and that will hopefully start a discussion and let others expand on ideas.

Thanks for your feedback in advance, Jonathan.


Huge fan of Roger Federer. I watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or writing about tennis I play regularly myself and have a keen interest in tactics, equipment and technicalties of the sport.

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    1. YEAH BABY!

      As for feedback, this site is pretty good, attractive, comprehensive and interesting as it is. Don’t have any complains at the top my head so yeah, keep it up Jonathan!

      1. Yeah the site is really good, BUT… I check the site 2-5 times a day. And if I still see the same picture from the same article I allready read, I click on it and check for any new comments, but if the comment thread is really long, i have a hard time following the multiple discussions. Maybe its just me.

        Ok so I`ll get back to you when I have a real suggestion.

        Keep up the good work!

      2. Hey Tilas,

        Yeah I agree about the comments sometimes being hard to follow and you can lose track.

        How do you think it could be improved?


      1. Roger got around $1.3M per showing for that tour. I don’t need a trophy, cash is all good for me at the moment πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

  1. There’s not really anything more I can ask more. I love this site and it is absolutely peRFect in my opinion πŸ˜€ But I would be interested to see the ideas you have in mind Jonathan πŸ™‚

      1. Hi…,
        Not at all.., No need to change to larger fonts, fonts are clear & peRFect to read from your blogs both in system and mobile.

  2. Jonathan! I love the site..just love the interactions although I will never be as brave as Katyani!!
    Like Tilas I check regularly and always learn something!
    And I am proud I have one slam!! Just peRFect in fact!!

    1. Cheers Jen.

      Katyani has gone missing lately. I hope she didn’t think we were trying to shoot her down about Nadal. We are just Fed fans afterall.

      Please submit any suggestions if you have any.


  3. Maybe you should include my achievements on this blog – an olympic medal, master 500 and 1000 title πŸ˜€ and everyone else!

  4. Hi Jonanthan

    I love your site and the fact you actually take time to answer the people that leave their thoughts on your site also the people that go on your site seem such a friendly bunch – though I think Sid the cookie thief is a little scary, keep up the good work –

    1. Way to paint that picture of me, Trudi, well done! Don’t talk like one of them. You’re not…even if you’d like to be.

      Joker GIF

    1. Who`s online now is a great ideea. Allso a “follow” button for comments you want to follow. Maybe the comment can have a diffrent color on the edges.
      And diffrent ranks. You get a point for being the first one to comment on a post…

      Just brainsormmin` here.

      I hope Sid is ok…

      1. Thanks Tilas πŸ™‚ I guess the follow button is a perfect idea too, but it won’t be effective if it was marked by different color. It’ll be hard to be done i think, must invent a perfect way to deliver it.
        And also the flags idea! Take notice Jonathan, “IDEAS FOR FREE” πŸ™‚
        And what happened to Sid, I’m not following?

      2. ‘Bout Sid, I think he’s ticked off that Nadal is potentially doping. and pissed off that Rog loses to him having put honest efforts in it πŸ™‚

  5. this is the greatest tennis site on the internet but you could have a few articles previewing the tournament best matchups predictions for the tournament and you could do more quizzes but no need for prizes just for fun other than that its great

  6. Jonathan, I do not post very often here but agree with other members that your PeRFect Blog is very good. I always like to read it before and after Roger’s matches. I liked your previous posts about Roger’s outfits (allowed me to get collect some high rating ones!) and rackets. Summary posts like that are always very interesting. I liked your Star ratings after each match, I would suggest to add country to bloggers IDs. I would also like in depth analysis of Roger’s rivalries with top players (past and present).

  7. We need two things: Sid and some more roger slams! And where is statyani??
    Otherwise, I find the blog great, and not much to improve on. Except maybe a chat room for match discussions instead of spamming the comments section xD

  8. Hi Jonathan

    I think the site is pretty perfect the way it is. I don’t comment a lot but I read every single one and enjoy the banter that goes on and as someone else said, I learn a lot from your blogs and that you take the time to comment back to everyone . Maybe a just for fun – a way to track who gets a first comment and have a badge/star/tenns ball or racquet symbol? (don’t know how easy of difficult that might be) as we climb up the ladder with these wins πŸ™‚ While I love the in depth and intelligent analysis after each of Federers matches I also love to see the reactions and comments on who is first. Also like the idea of Tilas, having a country flag.
    Can’t wait to see what your new ideas are.

  9. OlΓ‘ Jon!

    As I said before: “You own my favorite tennis blog”!

    Certainly there is always place for improvement.
    I suggest some occasional space for fans that attending ATP matches, just like you did in Halle!
    It was very illustrative and interesting, specially for those who lives far away.

    And yes, how about anoher language? Could be portuguese πŸ™‚

    1. I like the idea of having a space for fans that saw it live (be it pictures or what they saw). Nice idea Ana!

    2. Thanks Ana.

      Yeah cool idea, I would be happy to post fan experiences, if anyone wants to send in pictures of write up their thoughts after seeing Roger play they should just let me know.

      Haha Portugese, if you translate them, I will post them πŸ™‚

      1. Yes, I can do it!
        Just let me now if you really want to put some portuguese words in your blog.

  10. Hi Jonathan,
    I really like your sites and post match analysis. I would you like to keep it simple and at the sametime, want to have closer look into Federer’s matches from Federer’s own point of view other than relaying his post match comments I.e. how he and his team going to tackle the issues he is facing now…may sound stupid but you can try speaking to Paul A and find out what’s going on??

  11. I absolutely love this blog, and like others have mentioned I think it’s great that you actually take the time to reply to those who share their thoughts on your articles. As for the website itself, I think it’s brilliant the way it is though I have a couple of suggestions. The chatroom idea is something I also back, and although this is (obviously) a Fed-centric blog, I’ve really enjoyed reading the few features which weren’t necessarily Fed-related, for instance the articles comparing racquets used between the top-4 contingent. More of that maybe? Also, upon the eve of any Major, you could perhaps write a piece on the player you think is in the best form, likely contenders for the title (lol I know it sounds Bleacher Report-esque but that’s a breeding ground for terrible journalism and I’d prefer to hear your well thought-out views ;)).

    1. Cheers Ludwig,

      Yeah chat is a good idea, it is on my list.

      I like going off topic from Fed, sometimes I am low on time though so can’t put things together I have ideas for.

      I don’t know how long you have been reading but there are a few I have done –


  12. please , add the most beautiful points in each FED matches (videos )

    for ex < fed vs nadal mach , fed came with lots of majestic points but ATP has chosen only one shot < if you collect these points in each match or even each tournament it would be great job
    it will be interesting


    1. Hey Fedalle,

      I think that would be a good idea but very time intensive as I’d have to download full matches, strip out points then merge them together.

      I am just going to stick with picking my favourite point / shot and having that.

      There are other people like Federerkoora who produce good highlight packages and will do a better job than me. You should check them ou.


  13. Since I don’t always have time to read all the comments, I prefer to have them in the order in which they come. If I have to scroll to find replies, it takes too much time.
    I think Katyani is not here because of the Nadal comments.
    I love your blog. You stick to the facts and don’t rant and rave and change your tune every week.

    1. Thanks Sue,

      I agree sometimes comments are hard to follow track of, not sure on a solution though.

      There is a simple way I can let people subscribe to comments so they get an email if somebody replies, but I think it could get annoying if you have 10/20 emails coming in at once.


    2. I agree that finding more recent comments is a real pain, especially when, as sometimes happens, the site slows down to a mere crawl and I can’t scroll properly.

  14. Hi Jonathan, your blog is great but maybe you should have a word limit of say 30 – 50 words. Otherwise big chunks of paragraphs can be overwhelming to look at. One – two sentences are peRFect just to express results among other things.

    1. Hey Maria,

      30-50 words per paragraph or per post?

      50 words would be a very short post, good job I’m not touchy πŸ˜› but I agree that things could be a little more concise. I sometimes find myself repeating myself a few paragraphs later. The one thing I’d like is more time to make articles a bit more polished as I’m often in a rush to get them out so the quality can suffer but not sure how I do that πŸ™‚

      I do try and keep sentences short and space things out though so I don’t think readability is too much of a problem.


      1. Running it by proofreaders would be a good way to do it. Maybe have one or two people who proofread it soon after it’s written. You can still post the original but just make corrections based on what they say, assuming it’s spelling/grammar/minor sentence structure-related. You will still have control over content so not a lot should change in between.

      2. I disagree. I think your posts are just fine the way they are.

        We come here to read up about Roger and interact with the coolest fans on the planet. What’s the fun if the experience were to end in 50 words. πŸ˜›

      3. @Rakhesh Yeah possible, many of the posts are time sensitive though so if they don’t get proofread quickly I may miss the boat.

        @Scooter Hmm yeah I think people will make too many amends though and abuse it so I don’t think I’ll allow edit. If anyone wants editing they can just drop me message.

        @Gaurav cheers man, I didn’t mean I think they should be cut down either, but I could probably chop some bits out that repeat what I already said a little.


      4. Hi Jonathan,

        Your posts are great. With the word limit, I was referring to when others comment about your articles. But keep in mind I love the enthusiasm of everyone on this blog.

        Maria πŸ˜€

  15. Donno, my suggestion’s gone alright? Just in case I will paste it here, too.

    Love everything about the blog. Clear, simple, peRFectly operated without any silly ads and the most of all, I like your composed observation and analysis.

    If I think of anything to add…..? No way I can even think about commenting during Fed’s matches because I am too intense, but it would be cool the blog to have a chatting facility. The guys seem having discussions anyway. Sometimes mid way through a match I visit the site when I feel WTF and want to share the emotion.

    Keep up your great work, Jonathan πŸ˜€

  16. Another favorite blog I follow is about my fav basketball team Panathinaikos BC which also happens to be the GOAT basketball team in Europe- The Boston Celtics being the GOAT of US. That’s where my shamrock comes from.
    To the point now, there was a great confusion over there with what you call multiple discussions and the way you had to scroll up and down and at the end get completely lost . So what the guys did is that they completely dropped the reply option and left only the post a comment. If lets say I had to reply to somebody I just used :

    @ Syd the cookie thief : Have you ever considered changing your avator so that you don’t scare youngsters of this blog ? And in the end are you really a Fed Fan or a Djoker fan πŸ™‚ .

    @ Ana Paula Simensato: Good Idea! I m getting to old and tired of English . Perfect Tennis in Greek for me please.

    @ Jonathan : Don’t try anything too radical and spoil this perfect blog . I know it’s a pleasure for you but again cheers for all the effort you put into this! Really Great Job!
    Just an idea could be to include now and then polls. Where we could vote on various serious or fun issues such as how optimistic we are concerning Fed for the US, person/ player we dislike the most etc. %charts would then be interesting to see.

    1. Cheers Gambler for the feedback and suggestions. My Greek is terrible though and I like Sid avatar.

      I did have polls on the old layout. I wasn’t sure if they were a popular thing however but I could easily reintroduce them.


      1. I agree with the polls. It’s great fun to see the results and is a great way of quickly getting a sense of what the entire community’s opinion on a certain topic are. It’s one aspect of Bleacher Report that I do enjoy (unlike their comments sections which closely resemble the idiot section of war ravaged youtube)

  17. Great blog jonathan, one of the best out there, in regards to improvements, i am with those who suggested to have some kind of chat room discusssion for matches.
    And please bring back katyani πŸ˜‰
    She is upset and posting comments in Ruan blog πŸ˜‰
    She is a die Hard roger fan πŸ™‚

  18. Most of these have already been suggested. My wish list, in the given order: –

    1 – Chat

    2 – Like, Dislike, and Spam options. Spam would be specifically for Katyani πŸ™‚

    3 – A technical section for those who play and want to talk about their game, exchange tips, post scores if they want to and brag about it etc. That way, those not interested can avoid the section altogether.

    4 – PeRFect Masters badges. You could give different levels, 250, 500, 1000, or Slam depending on the article and keep count of who won how many. Maybe if there’s a way to get those numbers retroactively for all posts till date?

    5 – Some kind of friendly betting section where everyone gets a certain number of dollars every month then uses them to place bets on predictions etc.? Bonus betting dollars for first posters? Too complicated?

    6 – Top commenter badges? Alongside PeRFect Masters badges?

    7 – Ability to insert pictures (animated gifs) into comments.

    P.S. Send a letter to Roger Federer on behalf of PeRFect tennis fans that he dare not retire before Rio 2016 πŸ™‚

    1. I like all of them, especially the chat function and the badges.

      other than that, it will be maintenance like keeping the site ad free, and from very annoying pop-ups. You may also include spam πŸ˜€

    2. Nice points Sid (I specially like the chat and inserting pictures/gif suggestions). In regards to point 2, (liking and disliking comments), Jonathan will it be possible to implement a Disqus commenting system, would that help?

      I love the layout of this blog Jonathan so not too many radical changes πŸ˜›

      1. I loathe Disqus. Not only does it never seem to work properly on any of the sites I try to use it on (anyone else been locked out of the Daily Telegraph comments for the last month?), but a lot of the implementations force you to go via Yahoo!/Twitter/Facebook to do so, and I don’t want to do that.

        Sorry, Scooter – not getting at you, just the system πŸ™‚

      2. Haha, Alison, that’s fine. Disqus definitely has it’s cons. πŸ™‚

        I was just trying to think of a commenting system that includes a thumbs up/thumbs down rating feature. Besides Jonathan, our esteemed blogger is not a fan of Disqus anyways πŸ˜›

    3. Cheers Sid.

      I like all those points.

      Technical section would be good – but I’d need to know there was enough interest in it otherwise we’d be the only two there.

      Betting thing – I like the idea, but could be very complicated to implemented + development costs. The site is ad free πŸ˜‰

      @Scooter – Disqus is possible, but I have used it on some other websites I run and I’m not really a fan of it.

  19. My only wish is live-chat when Roger is playing his match. I am sure we have tons of people who are keen to scream their lungs out each time Roger shanks his BH/FH or his lame chip return

  20. The proofreading thing could work if you just uploaded your posts as soon as they were ready and then edited them retrospectively. I’d be happy to volunteer as a proofreader. You wouldn’t have to take all of the comments on board, it’d just be a series of suggestions that you can incorporate as you please.

    I think it’s worth doing as it’ll probably help your writing look polished to new visitors. Fans of the blog like us will read it anyway but I’m sure you want more people to get involved!

  21. I don’t know what it is about WordPress, but my computers definitely have an allergy to it: this is one of the few WordPress sites I can actually read, so, Jonathan, whatever you do to the site I hope it doesn’t prevent me from reading it!

    Things that have mildly irritated me about the site:
    – There isn’t a “Reply” button by every post. Haven’t yet worked out whether there’s actually a reason for this, but it’s frequently the posts I want to reply to which don’t have one.

    These last two are “maybe it’s just my computer”, but …
    – The font on the “front page(s?)” looks rather weird, as though the printer was rapidly running out of ink while printing, yet this page and others I’ve posted on have normal-looking font.

    – I find that at times the site can be unbelievably slow. I’ll be trying to write a post, and the letters will come out several seconds after I’ve typed them, which is really disconcerting. Scrolling up and down becomes equally difficult at these times.

    1. Hey Alison,

      Cheers for the comments.

      – Reply button – I made it so comments can only go so deep because each reply gets indented and eventually the column becomes thin that only 2 or 3 words are on a line making it impossible to read. To get around it you just have to scroll up to the comment others have replied to and hit reply there.

      – Homepage I’m not sure on that, works fine for and I’ve tested it on a lot of browsers. What browser do you use and how old is your computer?

      – I’d be interested if slowness is a problem for other people? This site isn’t the quickest but page loading is about 3 seconds I think which isn’t too bad. I don’t think you should get a lot of slowdown though, it could be to do with your browser / computer?


      1. Jonathan,
        In regards to slowness when trying to write comment, yes it’s true, i find it very difficult sometimes and i get irritated and then stop writing πŸ™‚
        Sometimes in scrolling down as well

      2. Jonathan, admittedly both my laptop (2009) and my work PC (2007) are getting on a bit: I’m using XP and IE 8 on both of them (can’t use anything later with XP, apparently). Now I look at it on Firefox (23.0.1) I find I don’t get the same problem, so I suspect you can ignore that comment.

  22. I removed a bunch of comments here as they made the blog look childish. This is a Tennis and Roger Federer blog, there are plenty One Direction Tumblrs or’s for those kind of comments πŸ˜€

      1. Shamtoot, that was funny! Ahahhahahaha, ahahahhahhahhahhahhha hahhahahahaahah! πŸ™‚

      2. Think, McFly, think! πŸ™‚

        Oh come on, ok, so deleting Katyani’s semi infinitely long comments has shockingly made the world wide web and hence this website faster? *with an upper inflection*

      3. Ok Sid, based on the previous comments and the innuendos of long comments being deleted, using my deduction skills perfected by watching Sherlock I think I’ve solved it. I’ve figured it out.
        now I wish I had read said deleted comments, but alas.

      4. Sid,
        Like it when you start commenting like that πŸ˜‰ keep going and happy I made you lough after all πŸ™‚

    1. Did I miss something? Was it some of mine? If so I apologize if anything was said in the heat of the moment

      1. Oh okay. I wish I was here for it. You’re not going to fill me in are you?

        Also will you tell us the changes you are going to make, or will it be a surprise?

      2. Oh Scooter, you didn’t miss much, just 3000 words extracted from the Katyani monologues πŸ™‚

  23. In other news: The Swiss is looking to emerge from a difficult run of form to clinch his 18th Grand Slam championship. β€œOne thing’s for sure, Iβ€˜ll give everything I have,” said Federer.

    Oh man! I`m so looking forward to US open now!

    1. Th best part was when he said “I’ve had enough vacation this year” Haha, he is not playing around πŸ˜›

      1. looks like he is on a mission out three
        the Nadal match gave him the required boost
        good luck for him πŸ˜‰

      2. Don’t worry, Shamtoot, Nadal is planning an even bigger “boost” for the US Open πŸ˜‰

      1. Welcome Simon, anytime πŸ™‚
        I predict Roger will have Ferrer and Djoker on his half and Murray will have Nadal and Berdych on the other half
        What do you expect?

      2. Im praying for Ferrer… But I expect dull and mugray. Something along those lines. Cakewalk for nadal is my guess.

      1. So Possible #US Open QFs:
        #Djokovic VS #DelPotro, winner will play #Murray VS #Berdych,
        #Gasuqet VS #Ferrer, winner will play #Federer VS #Nadal.

        its good draw apart from #Gasuqet VS #Ferrer πŸ˜‰ its almost a BYE for Fed or Raf in the SFs πŸ™‚

  24. And Federer draws Rafa in the Quarters again…. FUCK!!!!!!!

    Nadal has a chance of rolling into the finals given his current form. I was hoping for Murray or someone to halt him in his tracks, but now all he has to do is wait for Federer to crumble against him, given his current doubts.


    1. The only plus point of this draw is the absence of any big hitters for Roger. With the exception of Janowicz in the semis, should either make it that far.

      Over the last few years, it’s been the big hitters that have traditionally given Federer trouble in the quarters of a slam. Soderling, Tsonga, Berdych, Del Potro. Only this year it’s Nadull.

    1. Doesn’t make it more fun…. Then again, if Feds was beating rafa in a slam again it was either wimby or uso… At least he won’t lose any pints, and if by miracle he can get by Rafa, then he should defo make the finals….

    2. Yep, has never happened at the Open so perfect oppo for it to be rigged! Ferrer/ Gasquet ? What an insult to the others, neither deserve a free ride like that. My heart says Djokovic v Fed final for Fed to avenge 2010/2011 semis! My head says Muzza/ Nadal and Dull winning, mores the pity! Oh for the knees to play up once more! But he is looking pretty unbeatable!! I plan to celebrate Feds every win!

      1. New trend! Drink it from a pint glass.
        But Simon, what If Nadal was on the other side of the draw, and they had to meet in the final? Roger still has to beat him you know πŸ™‚

      2. It’s a good point, maybe the earlyier is the better. And I still believe that this is one of the court that advantages him (same with cincy… -_-) but… it’s Dull so…

  25. Hi Jonathan… I am a little late with this comment but first of all this site is cool and ur post r always good and interesting. You hav people commenting with alot of valid points creating interesting debates !! πŸ™‚

    If i could make one silly improvement it would b everytime a person makes a comment, underneath their can bea Agree or Disagree functon to their comments just like the likes or unlikes on facebook, twitter that way we can see whos getting the most agrees or disagrees to their comment. You could hav a mini competition on ur post a leaderboard on whos comments r winning their arguments!! But without condeming the people with most disagrees. Other than that keep up the good work Jonathan. πŸ™‚ Serajul

    1. I disagree! We do not need to add Agree and Disagree buttons. That would not be good for my comments. I know that one Shamtoot guy will be all over me πŸ™‚

  26. So, draw’s out for the US Open. 1/64 chance that given they both play, Federer and Nadal are seeded to play in the quarters three tournaments in a row. Not saying that means anything, but certainly is unlikely in probability.

    What do you guys think?

    Anyway, Jonathan, if there is any improvement to be made, it won’t be new for me. I’d like to see you bring back your old rating system of how parts of Roger’s game are holding up in every match. We get to see an objective judgement of how well he played, and I always enjoyed looking at them, particularly when I couldn’t catch Roger and couldn’t find the full match online.


    1. I agree that the rating system was great.

      Also interested about the 3 quarters in a row point. The odds are indeed quite small for that to happen. Out of 4 possible quarters in 3 separate tournaments, Roger has found Rafa. These odds are even lower than when he always had Djokovic in his half and Nadull had poor old Murray.

      1. Hi Gaurav,
        A quick reply here if you don’t mind.
        It’s clear that draws of slams are not always made in a random way.
        It is even possible to proof it statistically by taking a large enough sample of draws and making use of the Pearson Chi square test to verify whether the observed sample results fit into the binomial distribution. Because in my view, if the draws are always made in a random way, than the observed data with regards to the allocation of the 8 highest seeds in the draw should comply with the binomial distribution. If you’re interested in the matter, you can always go to Ruan Federers blog and read there my comment on his blog β€œFrench Open draw: Nadal and Djokovic in the same draw” (may 24th 2013), when the FO draw was released. Don’t look too much at my useof language though, as my English is not very good.

      2. I do agree with you, Wilfried. I do maths at university, so I do love it when people talk statistics. But if we take a larger sample, and look at ALL tournaments in which both Roger and Rafa have played this year, we have on 4 out of 7 occasions that Roger has been given Rafa’s quarter with a prior of 1/4.

        I haven’t looked at the specific calculations, and didn’t bother completing a chi-squared test, but from the observed data alone, we can say the null hypothesis that the probability is 1/4 is rejected. Don’t know the specific stats, as I say, but 4/7 is far outside the bounds of any credible interval with any reasonable confidence level. So we conclude the probability is NOT 1/4. So we conclude the draws are somehow fixed or there is interference in some way we haven’t taken into account.

      3. Hi John,
        The Pearson Chi squared goodness of fit is not reliable when being used to test observed results of small samples. I think the values you obtain as observed results must exceed at least value 10 for each variable, which implies that you need to take a much larger sample than 10 draws. Even 20 draws won’t cut it in that regard. My sample included 60 slam draws, starting from Wimbledon 1998 up till FO 2013 (included).
        My first and most important observation was that the 4th and the 5th seed were paired with each other not less than 25 times out of 60 times in the same quarter (where the expected theoretical value is only 15 times (1/4 of 60).
        My second observation concerns 4 Wimbledon draws (1998, 1999, 2000 and 2003) being completely identical as far as the allocation of the 8 highest seeds is concerned, as well as the 2002-2003-US Open draws being identical and the 2004-2005 US Open draws.
        You can find the list of the 25 slam draws mentioned above with the 4Th and 5th seeds paired in the same quarter, in my comment on Ruans blog).
        By the way, they put the 8 highest seeds always on line 1, line 32, line 33,line 64,line 65, line 96, line 97 and line 128 of the draw.

      4. In any case, the performance of such a test is unnecessary, because Nadal is 2nd seed now and Fed is 7th, and various changes have occurred in all previous tournaments. We need not look at a particular pairing such as 4th-5th, I think it suffices to say that given such a small sample size (Fed and Nadal have almost never been in positions to play in quarters) we can’t make proper observations, but it is worth noting that we do not need to look at a complete draw. We need only stipulate that Nadal Fed is drawn first, and the other results being affected by lack of replacement are no longer relevant. And I apologise that I didn’t read your original comment, and will do so.

        However, I think it’s simpler than all that. We find any suggestions that draws may not be random and we all leap on it in any case, so advanced analysis isn’t necessary to prove our point. To disprove it, however, if we’re looking at the hypothesis NOT that draws are fixed, but THAT federer and Nadal in PARTICULAR are drawn together too often, then we don’t have enough evidence in terms of sample size, as you say, BUT the evidence available does suggest all is not quite right. I personally think draws are random, but then we need accept Roger has been SO unlucky in the worst period of his career.

  27. Hi Jonathan,
    I discovered your blog in 2012 when you’re friend Ruan told us to go to your blog or to Kyle’s blog, as he himself wasn’t sure at that time that he would be able to continue blogging.
    I like reading your blogs and the comments as well. Can’t give a comment very often myself.
    I’d say keep up the good work.

  28. Just had another thought: the ability to stay logged in would be nice. Then I wouldn’t keep forgetting which email address I’m supposed to be using on here πŸ™‚

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