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I’ll Never Watch Federer Again

July 5, 2009

A strange comment coming from a Federer fan!  It was, in fact, watching Federer at the US Open over the last couple years that encouraged me to pick up tennis again after being away from the game for more than two decades.  I made a special attempt to watch Federer during the 2008 Aussie Open as well as the French and Wimbledon finals.  Federer was defeated in the semis at the Australian and lost the two other finals; the French very badly.  So, I decided I would not watch Federer play during the US Open.  He won!

I got up early to watch the 2009 Australian Open final and I mean really early.  Once again, a five set heartbreaker.  So, I decided not to watch his matches during the French Open this year.  An incredible win for his career slam!

As a mathematician I know that correlation does not prove causality, but there was a perfect correlation between me watching Federer playing live and the result.  So, I resolved never to watch a Wimbledon match live.  I did not have any involvement in the final, including NO tweets.

The result speaks for itself.  Clearly Federer owes this historical achievment to me :)  I’ll be looking forward to that autographed picture, Roger.  While I’m waiting, I’ll continue this new tradition of never watching a Federer match live.  May the Fed Express roll on.

And, finally, credit where credit is due.  Congrats. to Roddick for one of the most impressive and courageous perfomances in a final in the history of the game.

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  1. July 5, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    your thesis is great!
    laughed a lot

  2. Evan
    July 5, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Roddick will somehow have to live with the result of that second set tiebreaker. Losing four set points like that is tough.

    • July 5, 2009 at 7:37 pm

      Roddick will learn and grow from this match. If he’s smart he will think that he’s gone from being a set away from the top of the heap to just a few points. That’s a great leap in a relatively short amount of time. I hope he continues to improve.

  3. July 6, 2009 at 8:44 am

    I saw people tweeting about how great the match was progressing. I tuned in to watch the end of the 4th set and all of the 5th. It’s my first time ever watching Federer. I think he owes his win to me.😉

    • July 6, 2009 at 8:58 am

      Ah, but that’s only a one-time occurrence; you must establish a multi-year trend in order to compete with my claim (and free autographed picture)🙂 I’m looking forward to getting a DVD of the match as soon as it’s released.

  4. July 7, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    The correlation is correct – I am in the same boat with my Bills – watched 4 superbowls on a television other than my own – and 4 superbowl losses…. coincidence? I don’t think so!

    • July 8, 2009 at 6:14 am

      We must be onto something. How do we ban together and offer this as a service to sports professionals/teams ?

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