The Australian Open of 2009 is under way and I will be covering all Roger’s matches as well as other matches of interest in the men’s draw. I thought Roger had a good start today and looks ready for yet another Australian Open title. Judging by what he said in an interview and the way he performed today there should be no doubt as to how motivated Roger is to win this grand slam title for the fourth time. In the first set against Andreas Seppi the Swiss legend was in sublime form, not giving Seppi much of a chance to get into the match. There was one point where Seppi lobbed over Roger’s head twice and the second time Roger ran back and calmly hit a winner with Seppi approaching the net, shot of the tournament thus far! Here it is:
Seppi is quite a talented player though and in general he is quite impressive to me. It was only a matter of time before he would start being more competitive and in the second set he held a set point on Roger’s serve. Roger would have none of it though and they went to a tie break which Roger would end up winning 7-4. The third set remained competitive until Roger got a match point at 5-4 on Seppi’s serve but could not convert. He would however take advantage of one of the match points got in Seppi’s following service game to close out the match. I think Roger really wanted to prove a point and obviously did so in the first set. After that Seppi just settled down a bit more and Roger was trying to end the points a to quickly on the slowish courts. I’m sure he will be better adjusted to the court in his next match.
Seppi really struggled to take advantage of his opportunities and it showed in the fact that he converted 0/10 break points on Roger’s serve. It has to be said though that Roger played well on those points and I felt his serve was really good on those occasions. All in all I feel Roger would be pleased at winning the match in straight sets against a quality first round opponent. Next up for Roger is Evgeny Korolev, the Russian who beat former world number one Carlos Moya. Once again I don’t see Roger having too many problems here and hopefully he will win in straight sets. If both Roger and Marat Safin wins they will meet in the thrid round which should be an interesting clash. But first things first.
The other member of the top 4 that was in action was Novak Djokovic who looked pretty comfortable in his first round match with a 6-2, 6-3, 7-5 win against Andrea Stoppini from Italy. He was down 4-0 in the third set so quite impressive to have come back from that. Djokovic is such a dangerous player that it would be a big mistake to count him out as a favorite to defend his title. He might have had a shaky start to the season but he has too much quality to be underestimated. Other first round winners who can go deep in the tournament include Andy Roddick, David Nalbandian and Juan-Martin Del Potro.
Post match interview:
See you soon and enjoy your viewing!