Good stuff from the GOAT again today as he put in a clinical performance to dispose of the kind of guy that can cause upsets. Roger made only 53% first serves, but he won every point when he got his first delivery in. He also hit 19 winners and made just 5 unforced errors, while he was 2/2 on break points. Again, this is a very different Roger than from what we have seen before Toronto. The Toronto event was key for Roger. All the time when Roger was going through his slump, I was asking for one match where he could just grind out an important win. And he did that against Berdych in Toronto, and to a lesser extent against Djokovic. It’s ironic that Roger’s whole slump started against Berdych in Miami when he had match points and lost. In Toronto he was 5-3 down in the third and staring down disaster, but somehow managed to grind out a win.
Back then I remarked that it was a MASSIVE win for Roger, and it was indeed, because since then he has been a model of consistency. Since Toronto Roger has racked up a 24-3 match record, and he looks very good to win a third title since then this week. Again against Tipsarevic you could just see the confidence with which he was playing. Supremely confident on serve and taking the game to Tipsarevic in the return games. The forehand just looks lethal as well. The fact that he is coming off a tournament win is Stockholm is not hurting his confidence either. Roger is looking very sharp so far and I think he is going to take some stopping in this event. Next he will face Radek Stepanek, who beat Santiago Giraldo today. Roger has an 8-2 head-to-head record with Stepanek going into this match.
Stepanek, who is a serve/volley player, likes these kind of conditions. But he hasn’t achieved much of late, and even if he did, Roger would still be the clear favorite here. So I see nothing other than a straight set win for Roger.
Roger has been answering some questions for fans in Basel which you can check out here. Not that he is giving any specifics. He doesn’t really name any specific music or food that he likes. He says he owns several Ipods but he doesn’t use them :lol: