Federer Celebrates 33rd Birthday After Cilic Victory, Djokovic Upset by Tsonga

Hello, friends. Sorry about the missed post for the Polansky match. As I said in a comment I have been feeling a bit under the weather. I will always let you know if I can’t make a post because these days I’m really doing just the standards post with my busy schedule. Well, it was nice to see Roger get an easy 6-2, 6-0 win over the local favorite Polansky in his first match after Polansky defeated Janowicz. I could only catch the highlights of that match on Youtube as the Roger’s Cup is at a bad time for me given the time difference with Thailand. Granted Roger’s form looked promising, but I couldn’t help but notice how poor Polansky was. It made me realize how far Janowicz have slipped this year. Another player who slipped this year is Tsonga, but he made a big statement yesterday by destroying the favorite Djokovic 6-2, 6-2.

More about that later. This won’t be a long post. I’m still not 100% healthy. Yesterday Roger played Cilic who was always going to be a tricky opponent. Cilic has greatly improved after obtaining the services of Ivanisevic. I was lucky enough to catch most of the first set at work this morning and some of the third set as well. I was not particularly impressed with Roger’s groundstrokes in the first set, bar a few exceptions like the set point where he really went after his forehand. He seemed to lack confidence in his ground strokes for the most part and didn’t go after his forehand specifically. As usual his serve was the saving grace. I liked the way the first set tie-break ended anyway, with Roger going after the forehand and forcing the issue. Then I had to leave. When I came back it was something like 3-3 in the third set after Roger dropped the second set on another beaker.

I then heard that Roger squandered six match points in the second set. It’s a shame there are no highlights on Youtube because I would have liked to see what happened on the match points, but I think it was at 5-4 and Cilic serving to stay in the match. Apparently most of those match points were saved by great serving from Cilic. It looks like Roger could have closed it out there in straight sets and saved some energy, but the fact that it went to three sets is not necessarily a bad thing. Well, as I’m writing this post I can feel myself getting sick again so I’m gonna cut it short right here.

Happy Birthday, Roger!

 

Highlightshttp://www.dailymotion.com/video/x231cmd_marin-cilic-vs-roger-federer-1-2-round-3-rogers-cup-2014_sport

Posted in Canada, Masters 1000.

31 Comments

  1. Hi Ru-an,

    I hope that you are well by now.

    I didn’t see the match here is a report from Reuters
    http://af.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idAFKBN0G80R220140808

    It seems that the MP were on RF serve. I am glad that Roger prevailed at the end.

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    rahan Reply:

    I hope that it is OK to upload some lines taken from the above link
    (I received two times a span remark)

    Federer began the nearly three hour marathon on Thursday as a 32-year-old before leaving the Rexall Tennis Centre having turned 33 and the only one of the top seeds to survive a day of upsets that included Wimbledon champion Djokovic.

    “It is nice winning those kind of matches, I’ve also lost a bunch in my career especially this season,” said Federer, who had looked poised to join the exodus of seeds after squandering six match points in the second set.

    “I had 23 break points against Tsonga in Monaco, that’s worse. So from that standpoint I’ve been there before.

    “All six match points were on my own serve and it wasn’t like I didn’t have a chance so that was good in a way but also frustrating.

    “But you keep going.”

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    Jonathan Reply:

    No all MPs except the very last point were on Cilic’s serve. Cilic saved the first 4 with great lint, Roger sent the 5th one with a dumped volley into the net, and the 6th was him going too much with the FH DTL. But nevertheless he recovered and converted his 7th about an hour later.

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    Jiten Reply:

    This is another example the press twisting facts as it has been for quite a while. The actual transcript from the Rogers Cup web site (http://www.rogerscup.com/men/english/interviews.php) goes like this: “So from that standpoint, I have been there before. And it wasn’t my, all six match points on my own serve, and it wasn’t like I didn’t have the chance. So that was good in a way but also frustrating on the other side.” Thus Reuters removes “And it wasn’t my” part, and it becomes a completely different story.

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  2. Ru-an, am so sorry that you are not feeling well. Am sending you tons of “Get-Well” wishes. Take care of yourself.
    With warm regards,
    Dolores

    PS. Thank you for your post, Ru-an, adding my Happy Birthday to Roger!

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  3. Hey Ru-an, get well soon. Best wishes.
    That is a big no no, not to be feeling well on the Goat’s birthday :-)
    I watched the long game. And seriously, first of all kudos to Cilic. He tried everything to win that long game and succeeded. Second of all, MORE kudos to our hero. Wow, he did soooooo not want Cilic to win that game. He just would not let him go or take a breath. Reminded me of the way he put his claws in Andy at their long game at Wimby Final 2012. When the Goat gets you…. he just doesn’t let go :-) Unfortunately the last 2 MP in that game, he should have gotten that, but no worries. He fixed it by winning. And Ru-an…. we DO want Roger to have these kind of matches too right?? If this was “2013” he would have lost the 3rd set to Cilic with 6-2 !!!

    Proud of you Roger. Always and forever :-)

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    Katyani Reply:

    Ps: I am also getting something about spam…..

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    eric Reply:

    Me to, got the spam notice a few times.

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  4. Feel better buddy! Roger looked good to me. It as only his second match after a month vacation. I wasn’t expecting as good as he was. Moving and serving well, the rest will come.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Eric. Yeah I am happy about what I saw. I saw that volley he missed on match point which was really disappointing at the time but the way he came back to win it in the 3rd was what mattered. I’m sure this match will give him confidence. It was kind of a must win so I can understand that he felt some pressure. He must learn from it though and really go after that fh. That’s the key for me, and Ferrer will provide a good opportunity for him to work on that. The fh will be the key I think if he is to win #18 at the USO, which seems more likely now that Djokovic looks to be struggling. Remember I said after Wimby that Djokovic may just relax a bit after that final? Well that seems exactly to be the case now, which leaves the window open for Roger in New York. Especially with Nadal possibly having problems too(never can be sure about him). I know it’s early days to be talking about the USO though. Lets just see what Roger does in Toronto now. Great chance for his first MS title of the year. Both Berdych and Djokovic gone. How cool would it be if he wins Toronto?!

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  5. Get well soon, Ru-an! Cilic’s game with the 6 match points was 19 minutes long, and there were 12 deuces. Cilic served very well, and Roger just couldn’t finish him off. It was frustrating to watch Cilic take the second set, but Roger came through in the end, which is all that matters. He is one of the few top players who didn’t get upset yesterday!

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  6. Ru-an, if you do get a chance to go back and see the second set, there was a shot roger made in the 3rd game that was just soooooo awesome. As soon as he hit it I thought of you was was hoping you were watching. Am pretty sure roger was serving and served out wide to cilic backhand, got a short middle of the court return, both guys moved forward so it was complicated what Roger should do. As cilic moved in towards the center Roger set up for an angled dropshot behind cilic to his backhand. All of cilic’s weight was moving fast in the other direction to the center to cover the open court, so he drastically changed direction. Then Roger at the last second somehow got his racket to the outside of the ball and pushed it deep cross court to the open court, in the opposite direction. I thought cilic was going to break his ankles. This is the stuff that blows my mind about Roger. Can you imagine trying to defend against gat???

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  7. Hey, guys, do you know if Roger will wear this same outfit at the US Open? It’s so awesome and it looks so good on him! I wanna buy the shirt. The sneakers too! The he’ll with it – the whole thing. He looks awesome in it. I hope it brings him luck!! :-) )

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  8. A good win for Grigor today. He’s truly becoming a very good player – following the Wimbledon Semi with a Toronto Masters 1000 semi as well. Maybe he’ll take a step further and reach the final. My money is still on Roger though. Raonic is doing good too but his arrogance is a bit annoying..

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  9. Roger is just fucking brilliant. I LOVE that he won the toss and chose to receive because he knew he could get a break right away. I just LOVE how smart he is.

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  10. Half volleys, diving volleys, brilliant shoelace pick-ups. aggressive topspin backhand service returns, oh my. This is a master class, especially at the net. Roger iOS moving so damn well it is poetry in motion. First set down and can you believe it, I have to go out. Vily, please make sure Roger keeps this magnificence going in my absence. Enjoy!! Wonder what’s up with this annoying spam message??? Hard to make comments.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    What spam message?

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    eric Reply:

    ERROR: Your comment appears to be spam. We don’t really appreciate spam here.

    Please go back and try to say something useful.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Wow, really?! I just recently installed a new plugin because there were way too much spam getting through with the spam filter I used to have. That’s crazy. I’ll go uninstall it right away.

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  11. LOL! I don’t know if I should cry or laugh but I didn’t expect such a battle tonight. In any case, Roger is through. He is not playing his absolute best but he is winning and that’s what matters. It might not have been pretty at times but again the W is what matters most. Raonic is out – the poor fella will probably never win a slam. How pathetic was that 9 break chances missed in a single game. And I knew that even at 0:40 he wasn’t gonna get the break. It was Lopez who kept giving him UEs. In any case, Roger is within reach of his first Masters 1000 title in 2 years. And he’d better take the BULL by the horns.

    Enough is enough already. He won Halle (ATP 250), he won Dubai (ATP 500) and he has been in two Masters 1000 Finals and the Wimbledon Final. He’s got to finally win a big one and it has to be here. Even if it’s not pretty, he has to win. Then, he’ll play better!!! In Cincy, even if he loses in the QFs or SFs it will be fine but he’s got to win this Roger’s Cup.

    Only then will I be confident enough to put him as a favourite for the US a Open. Obviously the field is weaker now but hey – precisely that’s why I want him to take advantage. I would want to win Cincy as well but I don’t want him to burn out prior to the US Open. I am not sure what his physical level is at but at 33 now, he should be wise. The US Open will be huge but he’s got to win Toronto first. And I think he will.

    Tomorrow will be interesting with Tsonga and Dimitrov – will see what happens. I don’t want Tsonga to spoil the party for Roger – he’s starting to play well again. I hope that Grigor finds a way to stop him..

    Allez Roger!

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    eric Reply:

    So, what happened in the second set? Mental lapse from Fed?? How are you feeling Ru-an?

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    elizabeth Reply:

    Hi Ru-an hope all is well again in your world. I thought Roger would go on and win in the second set, but on reflexion I wonder if he was just slightly put off by the crowd singing, although in saying that as we know Ferrer just never gives up! I loved the confident way he was playing…even when he made mistakes, so C’mon Fed do it for all the 33 year olds!

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  12. It’s early days yet but IF Roger wins Toronto, I’m pretty sure he will win Cincy too. He always does well in Cincy, faster courts ! :-)

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  13. I was able to watch the entire Ferrer match. I didn’t realize how much Ferrer runs around his backhand, far more than Fedeer or Nadal. He was hitting forehands off the court regularly.

    Federer’s down the line backhand was misfiring and maybe he mistimed it several times. Ferrer knew this and so he wasnt’ afraid of covering his own forehand side. But eventually Federer starting to lcik by the 3rd set.

    The 1st set was great from Roger apart from being broken his first game after breaking Ferrer easily. Most of Ferrer’s service games were tight too. :In the 2nd, Roger once again broke early only to give it back. I would say he disappeared at the end of the 2nd set, allowing Ferrer to dictate and also missing some straightforward forehands. Suddenly Ferrer broke out of nowhere and served it out.

    In the 3rd set Federer faced a break point early at 30-40. He was looking shaky and I figured the Cilic match had done him in. Clutch serve and then he held (after another 2 deuces, I think). After that he got his legs back and finally broke Ferrer at 3-2, as usually happens when the opponent fails to take advantage.

    Federer nearly broke Ferrer again and probably should have won 6-2, but anyway he served it out. The groundstrokes were not great, but his serve thank God saved him as he started hitting his hardest serves in the final game, 200+ km/h. It was still 30-30 and I feared another miserable break was coming up.

    Ferrer was let down by the fact he just doesn’t have a powerful enough serve to earn any cheap points, even against Federer who isn’t the best returner. I mean Federer is great at blocking and slicing it back into play against the Roddicks, etc. but that is not so effective now in this age of the super-grinders like Nadal and Djokovic.

    Well I think on the one hand this is a great opportunity for Federer (he will surely face Dimitrov if he can defeat Lopez today). But I think thanks to this stupid scheduling of having him play until nearly 11pm several nights in a row will do him in. Lopez is a great server and I suspect there will be a few tiebreakers in store.

    Good luck Federer! Sorry for the long post, just started writing. After the Wimbledon loss I despaired but have continued to follow this blog and after 4 weeks off, I just appreciate watching this guy continue to play tennis even with 4 young children and at age 33. Complete class. And he endures all this painful interviews asking him how he feels to be so old, etc, and what he plays for.

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  14. Thanks very much for your take on things, Alex

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah nice to have the other Alex back, isn’t it?

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    Alex Reply:

    Oh, I think I may have missed something…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha you did. There was another Alex here who I felt was bringing too much negativity here after the Wimby final loss. I think he left after I told him that. I think my readers thought he was you and that I was being too harsh on a long time reader. I have always liked your comments and I’m glad to see you back.

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    Alex Reply:

    Ok I just saw the comments from the other Alex. The readers can’t tell which person it is or is there a way to tell?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Other than the comments themselves there is no way to tell, which is why I told people it was not you.

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