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How Will Federer Start the 2012 Season?

I've just been watching highlights from the final in Doha last year where Roger beat defending champion Nikolay Davydenko with consummate ease. It got me thinking on how Federer will start the up and coming season? This post isn't going to look at what I think will happen, but more what you think will happen so please let me know by voting in the poll and letting me know in the comments section below.

Highlights are below, how well did he strike that backhand through the match? Crazy good.

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Just to get the ball rolling, I personally think he is more than capable of defending this title, but I don't think it matters too much, it's only an ATP Masters 250 tournament, so I think it should be used purely as a tuneup for Australia where I'm sure he has a good chance. Especially if luck is on his side.

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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. I don’t care less how he does in Doha. As we saw last year him winning it meant nothing. He sucked at the AO. I’d rather he loses at some point and bring his game when it really matters.

    1. Hey dude,

      Yeah me either. I just hope all Fed fans see it that way too, and don’t get on a downer if he loses. The fact Davydenko was defending champion last year proves it isn’t a great tournament.

      AO is way more important.

      1. Davydenko was playing at a very elite level at the end of 2009 so I wouldn’t say that Davydenko being the defending champ means it’s a bad tournament. I think it is a great 250 event because of the fast courts.

        It doesn’t mean a lot obviously to do well in Doha (Fed lost to Davy in ’10 and then won the AO), but it would still be nice to see Roger do well. Of course all that matters is winning the AO right now, no matter what.

      2. Yeah I guess. I’ve never really seen Davydenko as an elite player though, his success is determined by other results and his opponents too much.

        Agree on the court speed being a good thing though, pity all outdoor hard courts don’t play like that. Because that’s how they should be.

    1. Will have to see, the field is pretty weak for Doha as I just looked now – Monfils, Troicki, Youhzny – all chokers. Interesting to see how Nadal bounces back this year…is he done or was 2011 a blip..

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