What is there to say? After a long break and an easy draw into the Basel final Roger was expectedly rusty and very far from his best. I only got to see the last set an a half at work, and it was disappointing to see Roger play this way the first match I saw after his comeback to the tour. But what do people expect? After his long break after Wimbledon the same thing happened when he lost to Tsonga. That was an even worse loss though after he was up 5-1 in the final set. So not much to worry about. Just rust. Probably Roger will come back in Paris and win the tournament, although it must be said that it doesn’t seem to be his favorite tournament. The important thing from a fan perspective is that Roger is back on court, and that he will be getting better with every match he plays.
Against Djokovic he was hitting a lot of mishits off both sides. His timing was off and he looked low on confidence. But again I ascribe that to a lack of match practice. Even as talented as Roger is, he still needs to play matches to get back in the swing of things. In Basel Roger had a pretty easy draw as all the seeds in his half of the draw fell early. It doesn’t exactly do your confidence wonders when you march into the final after a long break without playig a top 20 player . I’m not trying to make excuses here. I really just think Roger was rusty and looked nowhere near his best. We all know what he did to Djokovic in Cincinnati and the US Open, so no need to think that he is all of a sudden having problems with Djokovic again. Just glad he is back!