As expected Roger got the straight set win here, but it wasn’t exactly the prettiest match he has played. It seems obvious that the Simon match shook him up a bit and he seemed to lack confidence. At time he almost seemed desperate, and it didn’t look like he was playing as freely as JesusFed. No, this wasn’t JesusFed. But who cares considering the scoreline. I have even heard suggestions after that match that Roger is in a funk, which to me seems a bit ridiculous. This is after all just a third round match. Why peak this early? The important thing is to bring your best tennis against the best players and Malisse wasn’t one of them. That doesn’t mean Malisse is bad. Malisse made the final of Chennai and is a player with a lot of potential. But in the end Roger was just too solid when it mattered. At times he played some really awkward looking shots though which made me think the Simon match dented his confidence somewhat.
He just looked unsure of himself like he did against Simon in sets 3 and 4. He’s ground strokes fell short at times and he didn’t step into the ball with full confidence. He did however use the drop shot on many occasions and it has become one of his weapons. There isn’t anyone who uses it as frequently and as effectively as Roger does. Roger started the match off in quite a hurry going up 4-1 with two breaks of serve but then hesitated and gave Malisse a break back. In the second set Malisse actually went a break up in the fifth game, but Roger broke right back to love. I felt he was slightly lucky to break two more times then to win the second set. The third set was more like JesusFed as Roger raced to a 5-0 lead and then got the breadstick. So in the end I would say it was a pretty satisfying win.
I was wondering if Roger’s form would slightly drop in the third set again and it didn’t happen. It was a good way to end the match and take some confidence into his next match. Like I said after the Simon match, Roger has time now to get any confidence back he may have lost against Simon. People are so quick to panic. It is still early rounds and Roger knows better than anyone how to peak during slams. He will now play against an easy opponent in Tommy Robredo. Robredo has really nothing to hurt Roger with and holds basically no danger whatsoever. This will be another chance for Roger to get an easy win and improve on his latest performance. Roddick and Wawrinka also won. They will now face off for a place in the quarter finals. Wawrinka was pretty impressive against Monfils and I won’t be surprised if he can pull of the win over Roddick.
Wawrinka has been solid since he began working with Lundgren. But either way I think Roger will be pretty comfortable with facing either Roddick or Wawrinka. Come quarter finals I think Roger will probably be back in JesusFed mode and be able to put away his opponent pretty comfortably. After that it will be semi-finals which would be really time to bring on the heat. I think Roger will face Djokovic if they both get that far which is a match I look forward to. Djokovic seems to believe in himself these days which will make it all the sweeter of Roger beats him again. It has now been 3 straight victories for Roger, although none of them have been in slams. A win in a slam after what happened at the US pen will just top it all off very nicely, and I do believe Roger has got the better of Djokovic.
Then we will see what happens in the other half. Can Murray pull off the upset over Nadal? Or will Soderling beat Murray? There is still a lot of tennis to be played in both halves and we will just have to wait and see. It promises to be interesting viewing anyway.