Australian Open Rd 1: Federer Shrugs off Lacko 6-1, 6-1, 6-3

Very nice start it was from the champ and true world number one. I watched some of this on live stream and although the quality wasn’t very good it was obvious that Roger’s quality was indeed very good. The match stats indicate a very clean match which it was. Lacko was never expected to give Roger much opposition, but he did manage to bagel Nadal in Doha. Lets not forget that. I mean the guy can play some decent tennis. Roger was just so solid from the back court though that Lacko got a complete schooling. It was the ideal start to the event for Roger. He sends a strong message to the rest of the field with a win like this. For me it is important that Roger keeps winning easily and that way put pressure on the rest of the field, especially his main rivals. That is what I have been expecting him to do anyway with the way he comes into this event.

I have said that I think he will make the final without too much problems. I think he will probably drop one or two sets like last year. Maybe even less. Last year he was in JesusFed mode and I expect the same this year. He is simply untouchable in that mode. Roger produced a lot of break points and converted on half of them. It means he failed to convert on 7 break points but it’s still not bad for a first round. If you have that many break points you don’t have to convert on all of them anyway. We know the break point conversion is something that Roger slips up on sometimes so it will be interesting to watch throughout the event. I expect Roger to tighten things up with every match so that when he plays his main rivals that his break point conversion rate goes above 50% at least. Roger now plays against Gilles Simon who he has a negative h2h of 0-2 against.

This is quite an interesting match given the negative h2h, which isn’t something many players can brag with against Roger. Those two losses were neither in slams however and you can expect something entirely different from this match. Simon is the retriever/counter punch type of player that has given Roger some problems in the past. But as I said in my previous post, I think Annacone’s influence will play a big part in him overcoming these kind of players. To me it has been a lack of game plan and decisiveness in the past that has caused him to have problems with these players(Nadal, Murray, Simon). He has the tools that these players should never have to give him problems, but he was too stubborn in the past, trying to beat these players at their own game. This has cost him many important titles, but it was necessary for him to wake up.

I think he realizes now that he has to bring his most attacking game against these players. You just can’t allow these players to lull you into a sort of sleep from the back of the court. As always the match is on Roger’s racquet. He just has to take advantage of that fact. The best offesnse is always better than the best defense and that is what Roger has at his disposal. I will be surprised if Simon wins a set. Simon played in the final of Sydney last week and now had a tough 4 set match against Lu. Not that being rested would have helped him much. He will simply be no match for the GOAT. Looking at the third round so long, Montanes and Malisse will play to face the winner of Roger and Simon. Mardy Fish also pulled off a five set win to make the second round and could face Roger later. Elsewhere in the draw Monfils made an escape in 5 sets.

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A seed that crashed out was Davydenko. I just don’t understand how he plays the final of Doha and then plays in Kooyong as well. I don’t think he has his priorities set up right. It’s always about the money for him. He gets what he deserves. Sam Querrey also lost so Roger won’t be facing him in the fourth round. Day 2 of the Oz Open will feature Nadal playing against a joke player called Daniel. The matches that I am looking forward to is Del Potro vs Sela and Hewitt vs Nalbandian. I hope the two Argentines can pull through but it won’t be easy. Both of them has the potential to go further in the event and so some damage but my gut says that they probably won’t. Nalbandian is getting over his best now while Del Potro hasn’t had enough matches yet. It would be very nice indeed if they both could make surprise runs into the quarter finals though.

One down and 6 to go then. All aboard the GOATship!

Interview: http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2011-01-17/201101171295246214764.html

Highlights:

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28 Comments

  1. I’m watching the match now after I recorded it last night. Fed moving so well around the court. Hitting the ball very pure. Fingers crossed he can get thru Simon easily and then chill out for a couple of rounds!

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  2. Ok. I’ve now watched the 1st 2 sets of the match. I am almost speechless by how good Roger played. It’s like he’s painting a picture out there on court- the way he expresses himself thru his play is amazing. The commentators were also speechless after lots of the rallies at Roger’s masterful play. At one point they even described his racquet as a “wand”!!
    Ru-an, I strongly suggest you go and find the 1st 2 sets on you tube- it will put a smile on ur face I guarantee!
    Also- they did a close up of Roger’s trainers and he has 4 swiss symbols on his trainer which stands for 4 aussie open titles! I love those little quirks of his- Nadal wears bright pink shirts or loud trainer, Roger just wears trainers with 4 little symbols :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah it was a masterful display Andrew. Would be damn nice to be in Oz now.

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  3. The stat for winners as against unforced errors makes the strongest point – 37 to 18 (compared with his opponent’s 11 to 27). Those are really good figures. The only quibble might be improving the breakpoint conversion rate of 50%, but then he was hardly pushed.

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  4. The ‘true world number one’ ….

    Oopsie, did you make a mistake? :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    No, how is that a mistake? Care to explain?

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    marron Reply:

    Why don’t YOU explain it to me? ‘Tis your blog.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    If you dont get it then i dunno if you belong here :-)

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    marron Reply:

    Awww…. gonna kick me off the playground?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I dunno. We’ll see i guess :-)

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  5. His break point conversion is a bit misleading. Most (I think 6) of the ones he missed were in the 3rd set. He was 0-40 up in the 4th game I think but Lacko served well and Roger didn’t really have a solid chance. He eventually got him later in a game with a couple of deuce’s and a couple of break points. In the 1st 2 sets he was very ruthless on break points.
    Also interesting that he chip and charged to convert on his 6th break point chance of 3rd set! Very aggresive

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  6. Marron
    Roger is the true number 1 because he’s the fans’ favourite, he’s the greatest player to ever play the game and he will very shortly be the ATP number 1 ranked player again!
    Nadal deserves the ranking right now but he’s only keeping it warm for Fed. Nadal is the record holder for most weeks at number 2 for a reason- he’s not been better consistently against another player from his era.
    Nadal can’t maintain the number 1 ranking for long cause he is weakest on hardcourts and 8 months of the tennis calender is played on them! Makes it very tricky for his top spin to ruin the match. We’ll have to wait for now but Roger is playing the best tennis in the world right now and has been for some time, no? ;-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yup, since Toronto in fact. Just a question of time before he kicks Nadal out of the to spot :-) Nadal just sucks on hard court. You cant have a number one who is just dominant on one surface. Thats why he will probably leave that spot soon.

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    marron Reply:

    Testify, boys!

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  7. Despite the let up with BPs in the 3er set(probably due
    to Lacko´s giving it all he had)this must be the best first round GS match I´ve ever seen Roger played.
    Floating around the court, and effortlessly producing
    incredible shots…reinventing tennis today!Really a treat for the eyes and the heart for you Ru-an to feel better.If he plays like this who is going to beat him?
    it´s hard to see any of them threatening Roger in the best of five format.
    Classic interview by Roger on court, all class.Love him to death!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Ines it made me feel better to watch Roger. So good to be his fan :-)

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  8. Just wanted to point out that you called the opponent of Nadals first match a joke before it was played, and guess what? It was a joke. What the heck was that anyway? Roger looks great, and has for months now. Let it continue Roger. Gosh, I hope he wins this tournament. G

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I am usually right about players ;-) He clearly was a huge joke :-)

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    Gary Reply:

    I heard his next match they are going to pull someone out of the stands from a lottery drawing to play Nadal. Thats how bad that match appeared to be. I could have gotten a point or two from Nadal, and would have loved a $20,000 paycheck. G

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  9. A terrific match from Jesusfed! It gives me the much needed hope and conviction to root for him for the rest of the tournament. It has been so painful to watch him play in the last few Slams.

    I particularly like the mentality that you think Rog should bring to this Slam, i.e. not for the sake of stopping Nadal, but to continue pursuing his own perfection and record! That’s as positive an advice as I’ve heard all year. Thumbs up! Please make sure you send that message to Rog, or Annacone…

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  10. Yeah, Gary, one hell of a joke. Gosh, Ru-an, you must be a prophet!! Common, Master Ru-an, foretell some more for us : Is Rafa’s second round also going to be a joke?! Just proves beyond any doubt whatsoever that Nadal’s draws since FO until now are all jokes. He could be the cakewalk GOAT for the most number of weeks playing with jokesters!! I watched the match at Rod Laver. Not only was I yawning away, the whole stadium was; even the Rafa fans; subdued and quiet; embarrassed that their high profile idol got drawn with an “old man”! It was so bad that the whole stadium was on the joker’s side, calling him on. I left the stadium so mad with the draws and so mad I wasted my money. Rafa’s form? Hard to say as he was playing an “old man” so we wait for his second round. Anyway, good to have you back, Ru-an. As we all agree, it is not easy; it takes time to heal. Just rest assured our thoughts, hugs and love are with you whenever you feel despair and lonely. As one of your readers say, they can hurt your body but they can’t hurt your spirit/soul. Must not be easy living in South Africa where things are bit uneasy and not very stable. I pray for your country. Anyway, welcome back, Ru-an. You are SO missed!!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Veronica! Yeah South Africa is a pretty crap country bit so are many countries i guess. I am jealous of you being at the AO! Bad luck with getting the Nadull match though. It was surely the worst first round match and a disgrace for a player in Daniel. Just pathetic the draws Nadull keeps getting. His next two round are crap as well!

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  11. Dear Ru-an
    I just wanted to say thank you for continuing to blog during this difficult time in ur life. None of my friends are tennis fans (everyone is obsessed by football/soccer in the uk) so I don’t really have anyone to share my joy with when Roger plays and ur blog let’s me do that as u also love Roger.
    Thanks so much!

    Andrew

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Your welcome Andrew it has also helped me to stay sane. The Oz Open is important for me as this incident has set me back. Watching Roger win is a healing experience :-)

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  12. hate these cctv guys who prefer playing asia cup highlights over live australian open broadcast…whats the point in broadcasting two matches a day…Retards!!!was lucky enough to catch smooth eurosport stream online last nite but then it choked after two sets :-(
    How badly i want it to work tonight!!!want to witness maestro at work…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Ah that sucks. Well my coverage isnt perfect either but at least i get to see all Rogers matches. I hope it works for you tonight, or else you can at least catch good highlights on youtube.

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  13. I’m glad to hear that Roger is helping your recovery. :-)

    There’s just something right about Federer’s best tennis; somehow it transports us into a realm of clarity and wholeness. It’s like a glimpse of heaven.

    Even when Roger is demolishing the opposition, it’s beautiful to watch. Even his opponents have to shake their heads and smile a little bit at how amazing his shots are.

    Anyhow, I hope you continue to make a speedy recovery and you remain in my thoughts.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Steve im getting there slowly but getting there.

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