Doha Rd 1: Federer Schools Schoorel 7-6(3), 6-3

Just a quick post to let you know that Roger schooled Schoorel today who looks like a pretty decent up and coming talent. Roger faced break points in the first set at 4-5 and 0-40, and again in the second set at 1-1. He was solid as a rock on the break points however which is a good sign from a mental standpoint. When Roger saved more break points at 1-1 in the second set a momentum shift occurred and Roger broke in the next game to take a 3-1 lead. From there on it was a formality to hold serve and get his first official win of the season. To top it off Roger hit another ridiculous tweener in the second last game just to rub it in. There is just no limit to this GOAT’s talents and ability to stun us. This time it wasn’t the tweener with his back to his opponent but the one where he hits it from behind his back.

Schoorel hit a forehand that tipped the net and it caught Roger off balance. No problem. He just adjusted quickly and hit the ball between his legs for a clean winner. Here it is:

Apparently Nadal tried a tweener is his match as well and it sailed long as usual. Poor Nadal still trying to come out of the shadow of the great man. Well at least you have to give him points for trying. The fact of the matter is that Nadal doesn’t have these kinds of shots in his arsenal. He doesn’t have the genius factor and that is something that no amount of hard work or iron will will help him gain. It is what it is. Next Roger will face is Swiss friend Marco Chiudinelli. They have faced once before in Basel where Roger won in straight sets. I expect something similar tomorrow.

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11 Comments

  1. schoorel played well…tweener is a routine shot for the GOAT which is an absolute delight to watch…would love to see nadal try this shot and fail again subsequently :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    :D

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  2. A tweener from Nadal comes to mind: against Federer in the final of 2006 Rome. Done out of necessity, not to show off. Federer just stood there nonchalantly admiring his lob and netted the volley:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqqAC2WRd3g

    Every player can do tweeners, they just don’t overdo it each time they feel extra confident because they are giving somebody a beatdown, like Federer does. He’s quickly becoming a Bahrami doppelganger with all that showboating.

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  3. And watch the exact same forward-facing tweener done by Istomin against Becker at 2010 Paris Masters:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvCzXT1AGa0

    Unlike Federer, Istomin just did it and was completely cool about it, without celebrating or doubling up with laughter for minutes afterwards, or boasting about it afterwards.

    It’s no biggie actually, Stepanek and Monfils do that shot from time to time.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Boasting afterwards? That sounds awfully much like hater talk to me…

    Yeah Clownfils is great with that shot http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYlShcq5ytI&feature=player_embedded

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  4. whenever he does the tweener he ends up losing the tournament );

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Come on lets not believe in such negativity. Leave it for the superstitious ones.

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  5. well what we are talking about is the consistency and major plus that roger has got besides a hefty bunch of unplayable shots…do us a favour kindly dont compare clownfils or IsToMiN to GOAT by any chance…thats pathetic…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Exactly. The the consistency with which he hists these shots that are unheard of. And dont compare him with Bahrami either. Thats almost as insulting as comparing him with Clownfils.

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