Cincy QF: Federer def Davydenko 6-4, 7-5, No Fedal Semi-Final

Finally Roger got some court time in today after he played only 7 games against Istomin and Kohlschreiber withdrew from their third round match. I was a bit worried as Davydeko is a dangerous opponent, but in the end I was very happy about Federer’s performance. It was a high quality match. Federer got the break to love at 5-4 to take the opening set. He also got the break immediately in the second set and got off to a 3-0 lead, but Davydenko broke back to trail 2-3. At 5-4 Roger had two match points on Davydenko’s serve, but Davydenko came up with some gutsy tennis. So at least Roger did not throw it away. But at 6-5 he would get Davydenko at 0-40 again and finally took his chance. There were a few moments where you wondered if this was going to be another Berdych or Djokovic match, but as I had hoped, Roger seems to be getting sharper.

This is great to see. I was also impressed with his willingness to be more attacking on the return of serve and his net approaches. He really does seem to be making more of a conscious effort to come into the net more. He made some really nice slice approaches during rallies and off the second serve of Davydenko. But it must be said that these courts are more rewarding to such play too. This could be the reason Nadal lost today as well to Baghdatis. Nadal doesn’t look very comfortable on these courts at all and I can’t help but wonder what his success would have been like if there were more courts like these. Cincy is the only Master Series event where he has never passed the semi-finals, and now he lost in the quarter finals. It doesn’t bode well for his US Open chances either. The other two players in the top four, Djokovic and Murray, also lost to Roddick and Fish today respectively.

Poetry in motion (Source)

So yet again we won’t have a Fedal encounter. These two seems allergic to each other these days, having met only in Madrid so far this year.  I was kinda hoping Rafa would win because this would have been a great chance for Roger to score a win over him, but it wasn’t to be. Even though Baghdatis missed chances in the second set he still came out triumphant. This now looks good for Roger to defend his title here. But these days I take one match at a time. I won’t say Roger is back to his best quite yet, but I think he is getting close. If he wins this tournament without any messy concentration losses I think he will be nearly impossible to stop at the US Open. Today he almost let Davydenko off the hook again, but he didn’t. I’d like to see him win this tournament as convincingly as he did last year when he beat Djokovic and Murray both in straight sets.

So far everything is going according to plan to make another very strong run at the US Open to win a record sixth title there. But it will help a lot if he can taste success in Cincy first and in the process become supremely confident again. If he wins the title he is also assured of at least one MS title this year(7th year) and he would have successfully defended his points from last year. That would also mean he goes into the US Open seeded number two, although a final would also get him seeded second. But all these scenarios is secondary to his tennis. If he stays focused and don’t allow his opponents back into the match when he has them down, the rest will inevitable follow. Roger still has the game to be virtually untouchable like he was at the Australian Open. It is now just a case of being more consistent.


We know he can play sets where he just dominates anyone, but then he lets it slip. This is simply a confidence issue and he is currently fixing that. If he wins this event I think he will be back where he was at the Australian Open this year and we may well see him dominate the field at the US Open again for a 17th slam. As far as the match up with Baghdatis goes, Roger has lost only once to him in 7 meetings, which was earlier this year in Indian Wells after having match points. So this is a great opportunity for him to get some revenge as well, and I really like his chances. I don’t want to speak to soon but I’m getting a really good feeling about Roger once more. I think if he stays aggressive like he did today, Baghdatis won’t have much of a chance. Not too sure who will win the other semi between Roddick and Fish, but it should be a good match.

Roger Federer

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13 Comments

  1. Good to see his lack of match play hasn’t hindered him at all; I was not sure he would be in good form but he surpassed my expectations. Davydenko played well, but Federer was betterer.

    He’s broken the even-year hex of not making it past the round of 32 at this tournament, albeit via opponents’ withdrawals.

    Things have worked out well; if he keeps winning in straights he can win the tournament having played fewer sets than Murray or Nadal did in losing in the quarterfinals!

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  2. Great form of Roger, nobody has a chance against him in this form on this surface.It jut as simple as that.
    Shame Nadal lost, he´d definitely lose to Fed, no chance for him in this surface.I don´t seem him as a
    threat at the USO.either.
    The cleanest match Roger´s played in a while.So far find this match to be the best of Cincy.
    A present for me I´m 23 today,Dragos I´m a bit older OK?

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    steve Reply:

    Happy birthday, Ines.

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    ines Reply:

    Thanks Steve, really Roger made my day.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Happy b-day Ines :-)

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    ines Reply:

    Thanks Ru-an, nice Roger´s present…Now
    I have a swiss flag and a red cap, dying to see Roger play live…

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    Dragos Reply:

    Sorry for the delay!!!!!!!!!!!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! MANY HAPPY RETURN OF THE DAY!!!!!!!
    I managed to read these comments only today…
    But you know in time, is coming with the age :-) , you will realize that every day is your day. A gift from God if you are grateful enough in order to thank for it, a gift that even if you are not thanking Him for the previous days, is again and again given by God. Once one of the persons that I respect most on this Earth was answering to the following question: “How do you feel on 90 years old”. His answer was: “like on 25 but my body doesn’t really know that”. Another nice word that I heard recently was said by a 95 years old person from the same category like the first one answering to “what is the secret to reach this age?”. He said that “having a bit of oldness when you are young is guaranteeing you that you will have plenty of youth in your senior years”.
    I wish you to live life with joy, love and passion but please don’t forget about the last answer gave by a 95 years old person. We should take in consideration that is not only a joke if he is recommending this way for a long and happy life…
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

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    ines Reply:

    Thanks Dragos, nice and deep words(out of he common nowdays).Hope I´ll have plenty of youth in my oldest days because I have a bit of oldness now, I have no parents and I´m almost the mother of my brother.But as you know I
    bring into focus love, passion and joy…
    You have made my day, thanks.
    Sorry Ru-an I know you hate non tennis
    comments, these are casual…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I dont hate non tennis comments. I wish only the best for you. You know that :-)

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    Dragos Reply:

    I can’t say nothing more that I pray to God to protect you and your brother and all the ones you care about. For the rest I am speechless. It is my normal attitude when I meet strong souls like yours and I realize that all my life I was spoiled by God without thanking him for anything. God help you to see all the beauty in a world that is the exact mirror of one’s soul and you have a beautiful soul…

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    ines Reply:

    Thanks again Dragos, I grew hard (tennis is therapeutic for me),I´m alone so your nice words sounds like music to me. Thanks .

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Hey Ines, this may help you http://hubpages.com/hub/My-Battle-with-Depression-Panic-Attacks-and-Nervous-Breakdown

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