This was just what the doctor ordered. A convincing win before a semi-final showdown with Djokovic. Again, I wouldn’t say it was JesusFed, but a very convincing performance nonetheless. Roger got off to the ideal start by breaking Wawrinka early on and then broke him once more to win the first set. It looked like he was cutting down on the errors although he did hit his fair share of shank backhands as well. Wawrinka’s backhand down the line was looking threatening early on but not enough to bother Roger an awful lot. The second set was again two breaks of serve for Roger. The third set delivered some entertaining tennis and Roger hit a tweener at some point but ended up losing the point. At 3-3 in the third Roger did face a break point but got through it unharmed. He got the break in the next game which was enough to secure the win.
The one stat about this match that stood out was Roger’s first serve percentage which was at 77%. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen him serve at such a high percentage and is perhaps the result of a conscious decision to make more first serves. It certainly helped him to hold serve comfortable and put the pressure on Wawrinka’s serve. The other stat that stood out was the 5/7 break point conversions which was much worse earlier in the tournament if you remember. When Roger converts more break points ity is usually a sign that he is gaining in confidence. You’s certainly have to say that this was an improvement on his last match against Robredo. There was no slump this time. Roger just stayed pretty much solid throughout. I wouldn’t call it JesusFed because there were still too many unforced errors.
It was just a very competent all-round performance, not giving Wawrinka any chance to get into the match. And as I said there was some very entertaining stuff there as well. Roger will now face Djokovic who took care of Berdych equally easily. Djokovic have been in good form throughout the championships. It won’t be an easy match. But I like how Roger is hitting from at the right time again. What happened up until this point in the event is pretty irrelevant. Roger is deadly when it comes to semi-final time in slams and I won’t be surprised if JesusFed shows up for this one. I think it is overdue. The form that we have seen from the Masters Cup have been absent for a while now and we may just see it return here. The semi’s and final is where you can expect to see Roger’s best form. He may just have been saving his best for last as well.
The fact that he put in a performance like the one against Wawrinka also points to that fact. It is like he is getting ready for something big. It is just a question of something clicking, and then Djokovic basically have no chance whatsoever. We saw what JesusFed did to him at the MC and on many other occasions. When Roger is at his best Djokovic is just no match for him. The time of day they play could also play a roll. I would think that Roger plays better at night, although the faster conditions of the day may favor him as well. We will see. I am just happy that Roger is through to a 27th grand slam semi-final and an 8th consecutive one at the Australian Open. Very impressive stuff. There is now only two matches between him and the record of 5 Oz Open titles. If there was ever a good time for JesusFed to show up it is now.