Wimbledon Rd 3: Federer def Benneteau 4-6, 6-7, 6-2, 7-6, 6-1

Speaking of flirting with disaster. This Roger just loves drama doesn’t he? I mean how many times did he have a chance to make things easier on himself? Yet he insisted on walking the tightrope. But hey, so we know our man. For instance in the second set Roger got the early break which was exactly what was required after losing the first set. Yet he failed to consolidate and in the process gave Benneteau a boost. He couldn’t break again and a tie break ensued. He lost the first point of the tie break on his serve which is always crucial, and could never recover from it. I could hardly believe he was two sets to none down.

However, I still felt he was probably the favorite to win the match. He just needed to win the third set and wake up from his sleep state. I mean he really looked bored out there. No fire. I just wanted him to fist pump a few times and look like he is into the match. At least in the third set he woke up a bit and broke twice to win it. I felt Roger was for sure the favorite at this point. He then had Benneteau at 0-40 on his serve in the fourth set but blew all three break points. Once again he let Benneteau off the hook and was flirting with disaster. The fourth set went into a tie break, and even I was pissed off at Roger at this point.

I like a certain amount of drama, but this was getting too much. At least Roger was serving better and playing better in general now. The tie break was nerve wracking though. Roger held serve on the first point this time and this may have been the difference this time around. He got a mini break but lost it again. He got another one and I think he lost it again. But finally he got another one and this time he made sure to consolidate. Roger likes to torture his fans, and I guess in a way they deserve it for doubting him so often. But yeah, it’s a bit annoying. I always thought the fourth set would be decisive and so it turned out to be.

Roger easily won the deciding set and Benneteau was clearly a beaten man. Now lets get to the deeper meaning of this match. Roger played well in his first two rounds from what I heard. He was looking motivated to win this title, unlike the French Open. Now he has this bad match against Benneteau where he almost loses. My first thought is that these days Roger often have one ‘off’ match during a tournament. It is not like his prime where he just blasts every opponent off the court anymore. But once he gets that one bad match out of the way he goes back to his top form. I think that is what happened here.

I fully expect him to beat Malisse in straight sets in the next round, and the same for whoever he faces in the quarters. Tipsarevic lost to Youzhny today so it might be Youzhny. I don’t see Roger having another ‘off’ match after today. Gasquet also beat Almagro in straight sets today and looks to be on track for a quarter final meeting with Djokovic. That could be interesting but probably Djokovic would have the edge. I like Roger’s chances if he faces Djokovic in the semis. I think the fact that Nadal is out is a relief. He now only has one big hurdle in his way instead of two. So I think a Djokerer semi will decide the champion.

It’s too far to go to really to make any predictions but if it does happen I like Roger’s chances. This close encounter with disaster will give him a lot of confidence, knowing that he can trust himself in a tough situation. It is what we have been seeing a lot from Roger 3.0. He grinds out these close encounters and finds a way to win. So if you ever thought Roger 3.0 left us, think again. He is right there in the thick of things, ready to pounce like a tiger on slam title #17.

Rosol Destroys Nadal, Federer New World Number Two

What a glorious day. Nadal loses in the second round of Wimbledon after being taught a lesson in mental toughness. And amazingly I was able to watch the full last set, something that is a rare occurrence these days with my new job. I’m not gonna write a long post. I basically just wanted to share this moment with you and tomorrow I will try to watch Roger’s whole match and write a post about it. I was deeply impressed by Rosol today. Who is this guy?! Where does he come from?! It was the first time I ever saw him play. Unfortunately I couldn’t watch the whole match but what I heard from the commentators was that at the beginning of the match when Nadal was doing is usual jumping up and down by the net to intimidate his opponent, Rosol did the same thing.

Well hello?! I’ve been asking someone to do that for ages. And now some unknown journeyman comes along and shows the big boys how to do it. I mean really. How difficult can it be? You simply can’t allow Nadal to intimidate you if you want to beat him. You gotta lock into the mental warfare from the get go and show him that you are not scared. Rosol did that today and that is why he came out on top. It’s easier said than done but it’s not like you are going to jail if you do it, is it? Nadal was of course up to all his old tricks to try and disrupt Rosol, but Rosol wasn’t phased in the least. He really showed everyone how it should be done, and that includes Roger. Ok maybe Roger is not that type of person, but it is still the way to beat Nadal.

Of course it was not just mental. Rosol still played incredible tennis. But without the mental side he would never have won. Many players get into the position to beat Nadal but then they are too scared to finish him off. There are abundant examples of this. For instance in 2010 when both Haase and Petzschner took Nadal to five sets at Wimbledon. They just didn’t have the balls to finish him off. Rosol won the first set and then won the next two sets. Nadal then cam back to win the forth set 6-2. He looked to have taken control of the match. Then there was a break because of bad light while the roof had to be closed. When they came back I felt Nadal was the clear favorite to win, since we have seen this plot play out time after time.

But Rosol broke right away in the first game and importantly consolidated. It kept going according to serve until 5-4 where Rosol would serve for the match. I didn’t even think he would choke because of the way he was playing. I mean he was deep in the zone and totally calm. He then proceeded to hold serve at love. Amazing. He had beaten probably the favorite for the title under huge pressure. I mean Nadal was doing his usual cheating, making the server wait which is against the rules. He even complained about Rosol’s breathing(can you believe it?) and bumped into him on purpose on a changeover. I mean there are no limits to the depths this Spaniard will sink just to win.

It was disgusting behavior by a disgusting human being. After this match you feel like there is a God and that justice prevailed for once. It was a huge victory not only for Fedfans, but for the tennis community as a whole. For once a hero stood up and said up to here and no more. Rosol was incredible, blasting winners from every angle relentlessly. I gained massive respect for the guy today. I hope this boosts his career and he goes on to be a top ten player. He certainly has the potential. The big thing is that Nadal loses a huge amount of points now after making the final last year. He drops to #3 in the rankings after Wimbledon, making the GOAT #2 again.

Amazing. This is how unpredictable tennis is. You just never know what can happen. Roger is now big time in the hunt for number one. I haven’t even gotten to Roger yet. He has been looking amazing in his first two rounds, destroying both Ramos and Fognini. In stark contrast to the French Open I feel very positive about his chances at the All England Club. It’s like night turned into day. And unfortunately many Fedfans became very negative after Roger’s French Open performance. They were starting to write him off. It’s unfortunate that Roger has such fans. Fedfans are some of the worst fans in tennis. They are spoiled brats.

I will be hated once again for making such comments but I am just speaking the truth. Roger doesn’t deserve such fickle fans. If my comments doesn’t bother you then you know you are one of the good fans. If it does bother you then you may need to do some introspection. And if you leave a comment to this post saying that you are offended, then you know for sure that you are one of the bad fans. I tried to tell you guys over and over that the French Open didn’t matter much, but I guess some people just think they always know better. Now all of a sudden everything looks bright again and all those fans that were writing Roger off is back on the bandwagon.

Roger now has a very good chance of winning this title. In fact to me he is the favorite. I just have a good feeling about all of this. Roger has been looking all business from the beginning and I think he will beat Djokovic here for sure. No Nadal to worry about, just Djokovic who needs to be taught a lesson in grass court tennis. Of course the courts slow down in the second week but I still like Roger’s chances. I think he is destined to win #17 here folks. The stars seemed to have aligned with his draw and now Nadal’s loss. Only Djokovic is standing in his way now. I don’t see Murray as a threat.

Let me just say thank you here to all my readers who have stayed loyal and commented while I was away. Thanks Dave for saying you need your fix from my blog. These kind of comments mean a lot to me. You guys are awesome and I will do what I can to keep blogging. RF forever.

Wimbledon Draw

TOP HALF
Novak Djokovic SRB (1)
Juan Carlos Ferrero ESP
Ryan Harrison USA
Yen-Hsun Lu TPE

Benjamin Becker GER
James Blake USA
Sergiy Stakhovsky UKR
Radek Stepanek CZE (28)

Marcel Granollers ESP (24)
Viktor Troicki SRB
Martin Klizan SVK
Juan Ignacio Chela ARG

Jeremy Chardy FRA
Filippo Volandri ITA
Leonardo Mayer ARG
Juan Monaco ARG (15)
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Nicolas Almagro ESP (12)
Olivier Rochus BEL
Guillaume Rufin FRA
Steve Darcis BEL

Carlos Berlocq ARG
Ruben Bemelmans BEL
Tobias Kamke GER
Richard Gasquet FRA (18)

Florian Mayer GER (31)
Dmitry Tursunov RUS
Philipp Petzschner GER
Blaz Kavcic SLO

Simone Bolelli ITA
Jerzy Janowicz POL
Ernests Gulbis LAT
Tomas Berdych CZE (6)

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Roger Federer SUI (3)
Albert Ramos ESP
Fabio Fognini ITA
Michael Llodra FRA

Adrian Menendez-MacEiras ESP
Michael Russell USA
Gilles Muller LUX
Julien Benneteau FRA (29)

Fernando Verdasco ESP (17)
Jimmy Wang TPE
Grega Zemlja SLO
Josh Goodall GBR

Xavier Malisse BEL
Marinko Matosevic AUS
Paul-Henri Mathieu FRA
Gilles Simon FRA (13)
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John Isner USA (11)
Alejandro Falla COL
Paolo Lorenzi ITA
Nicolas Mahut FRA

Igor Andreev RUS
Oliver Golding GBR
Denis Istomin UZB
Andreas Seppi ITA (23)

Mikhail Youzhny RUS (26)
Donald Young USA
Inigo Cervantes ESP
Flavio Cipolla ITA

Ryan Sweeting USA
Potito Starace ITA
David Nalbandian ARG
Janko Tipsarevic SRB (8)

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BOTTOM HALF
David Ferrer ESP (7)
Dustin Brown GER
Kenny De Schepper FRA
Matthias Bachinger GER

Wayne Odesnik USA
Bjorn Phau GER
Jamie Baker GBR
Andy Roddick USA (30)

Kei Nishikori JPN (19)
Mikhail Kukushkin KAZ
Andrey Kuznetsov RUS
Florent Serra FRA

Go Soeda JPN
Igor Kunitsyn RUS
Robin Haase NED
Juan Martin Del Potro ARG (9)
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Marin Cilic CRO (16)
Cedrik-Marcel Stebe GER
Tatsuma Ito JPN
Lukasz Kubot POL

Vasek Pospisil CAN
Sam Querrey USA
Santiago Giraldo COL
Milos Raonic CAN (21)

Kevin Anderson RSA (32)
Grigor Dimitrov BUL
Albert Montanes ESP
Marcos Baghdatis CYP

Ivo Karlovic CRO
Dudi Sela ISR
Nikolay Davydenko RUS
Andy Murray GBR (4)

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga FRA (5)
Lleyton Hewitt AUS
Edouard Roger-Vasselin FRA
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez ESP

Lukas Lacko SVK
Adrian Ungur ROU
Jurgen Melzer AUT
Stanislas Wawrinka SUI (25)

Bernard Tomic AUS (20)
David Goffin BEL
Jesse Levine USA
Karol Beck SVK

James Ward GBR
Pablo Andujar ESP
Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo ESP
Mardy Fish USA (10)
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Feliciano Lopez ESP (14)
Jarkko Nieminen FIN
Brian Baker USA
Rui Machado POR

Matthew Ebden AUS
Benoit Paire FRA
Alex Bogomolov Jr. RUS
Alexandr Dolgopolov UKR (22)

Philipp Kohlschreiber GER (27)
Tommy Haas GER
Jurgen Zopp EST
Malek Jaziri TUN

Lukas Rosol CZE
Ivan Dodig CRO
Thomaz Bellucci BRA
Rafael Nadal ESP (2)

Hi guys, it’s been a while. I have been working long hours this week but there wasn’t much going on tennis wise anyway. The last time I made a post was before the Halle final and I was certain Roger would win, but he lost to Haas in straight sets. He did however have a cold which I think may have been the reason for him losing, Not that having a cold is an excuse, but I don’t know how he felt. The point is that it wasn’t that big a deal anyway. He won the important match against Raonic and he will feel pretty good after his week in Halle. I’m just happy for Haas and Roger is too. Sure he would have liked to win yet another Halle title but he can take positives out of the week and sometimes being happy for your opponent can put you in a good state of mind too.

Now getting to the Wimbledon draw which looks pretty promising for Roger. He is in Djokovic’s half of the draw again just like the French Open and it is something that happens a lot. It doesn’t really matter whether he is in Djokovic or Nadal’s draw to me anyway. A lot can happen before the semis but I guess being in Djokovic’s half gives Roger a better chance of making the final. Up until the semis Roger’s draw looks pretty easy. The highest seed in his quarter is Tipsarevic. The toughest guy in his quarter of the draw is probably Isner though. Isner is always dangerous if he makes the quarters to face Roger. In Roger’s 8th of the draw I don’t see anyone who can challenge him. He should get to the quarters with relative ease.

Like I said if he then faces Isner it could be a challenge and should be good preparation for facing Djokovic. If he faces Djokovic in the semis it’s anyone’s guess who would win. But I give Roger a fair shot at beating him. I see Kohlschreiber is not far from Nadal in the draw and of course he beat Nadal in Halle. Nadal will probably reverse that result but you never know. Tsonga and Murray is also in Nadal’s half of the draw, as well as Del Potro who gave Nadal a tough match last year. So even though he is the favorite to make the final there will be some tests along the way. As usual it comes down to the top three guys. Murray hasn’t impressed of late but I guess he has the potential to beat Nadal.

Nadal will be confident after winning the French but then he had that loss to Kohlschreiber. Djokovic will also be pretty confident after his French Open display and he is also the defending champ. All of the top three is confident and all of them will have a chance to win the title. It’s a big challenge for Roger to win the title but he will be up for it and look forward to it. It would be a dream scenario if he wins the the title and in the process win his 17th slam and 7th Wimbledon title. I won’t be able to watch any of the tennis and we are going to a small town that probably doesn’t have Internet so I may not even be able to watch highlights. I will see what I can do about blogging.

I believe…