Another routine win for the GOAT as expected. Jonathan from Perfect Tennis Blog told me he expected one close set but I protested. I turned out to be right. Phau is decent but Roger 3.0 is a different animal. I mean we are talking about nearly prime Fed so Phau isn’t much more than a practice match for him. I watched this match but I still need to get a box for my cable and the quality isn’t that great right now. And besides it was very one-sided. Roger once again had a high first serve percentage of 68%. He approached the net 47 times which is a lot for such a short match. I talked a bit about this in my last post.
It is important that he stays aggressive for when he faces the likes of Murray and Djokovic. He needs to show the base liners that the slowing of surface from Cincy to New York is not gonna deter him from imposing his game on his opponents. Any match is on the racquet of Roger 3.0, with the possible exception of Nadal. He has already showed that by beating Murray and Djokovic at Wimbledon. The French Open and Olympics were different circumstances. On hard courts and when not too tired he is the favorite against both of them. The only thing that can stop him from winning this title is Stupid Saturday.
Incidentally Murray had a very good win over Dodig and is suddenly looking like a threat again. Tsonga also lost which means there is no one to threaten him in the quarters. We will see how things go against Lopez and Raonic or Blake, but he can for sure stretch Roger if he makes the semis. And that is what we don’t want. If Roger plays Fish, Berdych, Murray, and Djokovic in a row, with no break between the semis and the finals, he could be in trouble. He would need to beat Fish and Berdych in straights, and lose only a set to Murray. As I said in the beginning the draw doesn’t favor him, but there is still a long way to go.
The draw is just a rough estimate of what could happen. And having a difficult draw is not necessarily a bad thing. It can prepare you for the latter rounds. Djokovic has an easy draw and it may cost him if when he plays Roger or Murray in the final. Djokovic is looking good so far, winning his first two rounds like the Djokovic of 2011. But it’s not like he is playing against giants of the game. He did the same thing in Cincy and then got bageled by Roger in the final. The most important thing is always the next round and for Roger that will be against Verdasco. He needs to win in straight sets and I’m confident he will do just that.
One match at a time…
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