This was not what you would call a convincing performance from Roger, but again he gets the job done and moves into the next round. This takes him into his 27th straight grand slam quarter final, and ties him with the record set by Jimmy Connors. It’s nice when one streak has ended and there is just the next streak to fall back on, isn’t it? What amazing consistency by Roger at the slams. To give you and idea, Nadal lost in the fourth round of his favorite slam in 2009, which means someone of his consistency isn’t even close to this record yet and will never be. Today wasn’t JesusFed once again. There were too many unforced errors for that. In the second set things got even worse as Robredo broke serve after several unforced errors from Roger. Robredo held serve and it was all squared again. Then in the second game of the third set Roger got the important break which put him ahead again.
He held on to his serve for the rest of the set to take a two sets to one lead. Finally in the fourth set he started showing glimpses of JesusFed again. I must say I was pretty stunned by Roger’s bad play in the second set. I mean this was FedError back in full flow. Not a good sign. But at least Roger cleaned up after that. It is a bit concerning that FedError made an appearance after JesusFed has been on display most of the time since the Masters Cup. There is just too many shanks and unforced errors. I guess it is still the loss in confidence after the Simon match, but I would have thought that would have been in the past by now. In the third set Roger started playing more attacking tennis again which I thought was the key. It is nice to see him slice less backhands and hitting over them more.
Robredo did everything he could but was never gonna rival the attacking capabilities of Roger. Roger has now dropped 3 sets in four rounds which is somewhat unexpected for me. This is due to the fact that JesusFed has been mostly absent. I was hoping Roger could really put in a strong performance today but it wasn’t to be. He will now play his friend Wawrinka who took care of Roddick surprisingly easily in straight sets. Wawrinka has been a different player since he started working with Peter Lundgren and is not to be taken lightly. Roger will have to be on his game. I am a little worried about Wawrinka but I also know that if Roger gets his game together it should be a relatively easy win. The question is whether he can do it. His form throughout this event has not been impressive.
It would certainly help to make a statement by destroying Wawrinka. Roger has only lost once out of 7 times to Wawrinka and goes into this match as the clear favorite. But he will have to impose his game upon Wawrinka from the start and not give him any ideas. Wawrinka is dangerous. I watched some of the match with Roddick and he was very impressive. His serve was very solid and his backhand is always a weapon. I think it is gonna take a very competent performance of Roger to dispose of Wawrinka. IF JesusFed shows up then there can be only one result, but if FedError shows up there will be trouble. If neither shows up and Roger just plays at his normal level then it will probably be quite a tough match. Maybe something like the Simon match. I hope that doesn’t happen. I’d like to see Roger win this match handily and make a statement heading into the semi-finals.
It looks like he will be facing Djokovic there although it could also be Berdych. But whoever it is Roger will need to be on his game and thats’s why I want him to put in a good performance for once against Wawrinka. Allez Rog!