Federer Clinical in Second Round Win at Wimbledon

I couldn’t watch much of this match as it was the last match on Center Court and the WTA did a good job as usual of holding up the play. I just watched some of the first and second sets and then caught the highlights on youtube. From the start, I could see that Roger found a very good rhythm on his serve. In fact, I don’t remember the last time he looked so smooth on the serve. The match stats says it all. 25 aces is high over three sets in anyone’s book and only one double fault. The 77% first serves made is ridiculously high, and so is the percentage of points won on first and second serves. It doesn’t get any better than that on serve and I really think the new racquet is helping Roger in that department. The rest of the stats are just as impressive. I said in my last post that I expect Roger to tighten things up, especially in the break point conversions, and that is exactly what he did.

4/6 break points converted is good for anyone, let alone Roger Federer. Roger didn’t approach the net much, but he still won a high percentage in the forecourt. The 44-5 winner to unforced error ratio is highly impressive as well. Finally, Roger didn’t face a single break point on his serve and broke serve four times himself to win 6-3, 7-5, 6-3. Just an extremely efficient and clinical performance and nothing less will do if he wants to win the tournament. This is because the rest of the big four continues to impress. Nadal was thoroughly tested by Rosol again but this time he prevailed 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-4, 6-4. I watched this one and was amazed to find that Rosol was playing exactly the way he played when he beat Nadal in 2012. The difference being that Nadal never gets upset consecutively by the same player and this time he was up to the challenge.

As good as it gets

Rosol came out blazing away again, just hitting aces and winners at will almost. He breezed through the first set and went a break up in the second. It looked like this time he could make short work of Nadal, but I was stunned by Nadal’s mental strength yet again. He came back from a break to force the tie-break and in the pivotal tie-break he came back from a break again after Rosol was up 5-4 with two service points in hand. Nadal also saved a set point at 5-6. It is honestly scary how mentally strong Nadal is. I hate his game and the way he competes, but you have no choice but to respect his mental strength. It is without a doubt the best in history. Rosol himself was fearless yet again, showing no signs of intimidation from Nadal like just about everyone else does. That in itself was impressive.

He even deliberately knocked over Nadal’s water bottle at a change of ends. But Nadal remained unfazed and got his revenge. Unreal. Now you better believe Nadal will make semis, if not win the tournament. But as Fedfans it won’t do us much good to focus on what he is doing. I am just happy with the way Roger plays because with the way he plays at least he will have a chance if he faces Nadal in the semis. Roger now plays Giraldo who beat Granollers in a marathon 5-setter. I can’t imagine that Giraldo would do much damage with the way Roger is playing and I expect another straight set win. Looking a bit further on in the draw Janowicz beat Hewitt in five sets and it looks like Roger could face him in the last 16. Janowicz can be dangerous but not really with the way he played this year so far.

Clenched fist after a job well done

Then Stan is looking pretty good as well, while Lopez and Isner should be interesting in the next round. It should be between the three of them as to whom Roger faces if he makes the quarters, and it is impossible to call a favorite as to who it will be. Roger’s draw looks good for him to make semis, but that is looking too far ahead. In the top half, Djokovic was thoroughly tested by a rampant Stepanek. I watched some of that and Stepanek was playing out of his skin. So I wouldn’t make much of the close scoreline. Djokovic also beat Simon handily today, and will face Tsonga in the last 16. Tsonga’s 14-12 win in the fifth set over Querrey in the second round would have boosted his confidence and he can potentially be another test of Djokovic. But Djokovic is looking good. I’m sure he will make semis at least, but probably the final.

As for Murray, he still has to play today against Bautista-Agut which I will be watching. Bautista-Agut just won the title in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and it should be another very watchable encounter. Already this Wimbledon have delivered some great matches and I expect that to continue. Murray is looking sharp himself after losing just two games to his previous opponent. As for my dark horse Dimitrov, he may bite the dust today already because he is down two sets to one against very talented Dolgopolov. It is nice to see that another talent is coming through and continuing the good form he has showed so far this year after he has been too inconsistent for some time, so I don’t really care who wins. I like Dolgopolov’s flashy game too. Well, I’m off to go watch the conclusion of the Dimitrov/Dolgopolov match.

Enjoy the tennis!

 

Ps. I forgot to mention that the roof was closed after the rain stopped play at 3-3 in the second set. You better start praying for rain so long in case of a Fedal semi-final. No doubt that would make Roger the favorite.

Highlights:

Presser: http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/news/interviews/2014-06-26/201406271403865544559.html

Posted in Grand Slams, Wimbledon.

83 Comments

  1. Yes, Nadal came through. But did you notice the camera shots of Uncle Toni coaching him in those first crucial moments? Ridiculous.

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    Chris Reply:

    I noticed that. I couldn’t believe nobody said anything, not even the commentators.

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    elizabeth Reply:

    Yes Chris I noticed, but don’t you think
    it’s been happening for so long that even the commentators are getting immune to it! Just the same as the Umpires are ignoring Rafa’s time between
    points. Just read Rosol’s post match interview, he mentions the time factor but not blamimg that for losing the match.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Because Nadal needs someone to hold his hand during a tennis match. He can’t think for himself out there.

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    elizabeth Reply:

    Ru-an, really never thought of it that way, but I’ve always thought that out of the ‘Big Four’ that Rafa seemed the most immature of them all, can’t ever remember seeing a picture of Rafa walking down the street on his own…I’m sure there are hundreds, maybe I just haven’t paid too much attention!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah he is very sheltered Elizabeth. Very much under the influence of his family still. Still gotta find his own feet.

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  2. Roger looked crisp and smooth in this match. He served beautifully, but I wouldn’t read too much into all those aces he delivered. His German opponent is a very poor mover. When your foe’s feet seem almost frozen to the turf while awaiting a serve, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the Maestro whiffed him so many times. This will not happen against the likes of Nadal, Murray, or the Djoker. Roger will see a lot of those serves coming back with authority. But I agree with you, Ruan; Fed needs to keep serving at this level to have any chance of lifting the trophy. When he serves this well, everything opens up for him, and he can efficiently select the right weapons to use in the rallies. So if he can maintain this level of play, I think he has a decent chance to take out the dour Spaniard should they meet in the semis. And if he succeeds at that, his confidence would soar, and no one could stop him in the final.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    :D

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    Veronica Reply:

    Well said, Balthazar, completely agree with you. I expected a much tougher challenge from Muller. Such a poor mover and just a poor player. Is this good for Roger, still not being really challenged yet while Nadal has already been pushed and punched and knocked over (bottle) by Rosol?!! But the stats are just outstanding. Is the winners v unforced errors one of his highest of all time? He must have thought Roddick was on the other side of the net and it’s Wimby 2009! 25 aces?!! You gotta be kidding me! But I’m not complaining. It was such a soothing balm of a match! More of the same please Roger!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right Muller is a very poor mover. But we will take it.

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    balthazar Reply:

    Hi Veronica, ordinarily I’d say it’s not a good thing that Roger hasn’t been tested yet. But given his advanced age, I think this is exactly what we should hope for. If every match is easy for Roger until the semis, he will have a good reserve of energy and a healthy body, both of which will be direly needed in his attempt to slay the beast.

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    veronica Reply:

    True, Balthazar; we can’t have it both ways. And I think Roger would be keenly aware of and totally ready for stiffer competition in second week and from the beast himself.

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  3. I absolutely love it when Rosol knocked over Nadal’s water bottle. I guess Rosol got irritated by Nadal slow play, if this continues and ATP decides to install clock like basketball, the players can thank Nadal for this #justsaying.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yes the shot clock is clearly the way to go and is much needed.

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    Veronica Reply:

    I absolutely love love love Rosol!! Here at last is a player not intimidated by Nadal at all. He was in fact matching Nadal intimidation for intimidation. You guys noticed he absolutely refused to move from his chair and waited for Nadal to walk out first for the coin toss? Then he jumped up and down like Nadal at the net? What about running onto court after sit downs exactly like how Nadal does it?! And all that distracting and annoying movement receiving Nadal’s serve?! What about the cold stares, the big bully demeanor? And to top it all off perfectly, that deliberate knock over the bottle with his racket!! Haha! I watched that several times! MADE my day despite the loss! I’m really impressed that he dealt with the weight of expectations so well. I think he relishes bullying Nadal! Such a pity he couldn’t keep it up making errors but essentially it’s his low first serve percentage later in the match and Nadal’s improved first serve that decided the match. But really well done Rosol and he can only be very proud of his performance. I was also impressed that he was classy at the net despite his obvious contempt for Nadal during play and he didn’t make excuses for losing in his press conference.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Agree Veronica he is basically my hero. He is the new Soderling. Really couldn’t care less about Nadal’s intimidation tactics. Seems like he finds it all a bit childish and immature.

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  4. Who’s smoking crack now??? Are you kidding me?? My boy Dimitrov came thru with a monster win today. Awesome match. And did you hear what Rasheed said after the match? That Grigor is 25 percent of the way from where he was to where they believe he will be in a few years. Fabulous match. He is getting stronger every single match he plays for months now.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Lol! It was a good win Eric. Dimitrov was mentally very good. That is the thing that impresses me me the most about him maybe. I mean we know the talent is there but if he keeps this mental strength up we have another Federer coming.

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    Eric Reply:

    Music to my ears to hear you say that. Wooohoooo!! Btw, did you watch Murray today. Monster.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah he’s playing well. Murray has of course proven himself by now with two slam titles but I still don’t like him much. He is too much of a Nadal fanboy. I hope Dimitrov takes him out in the quarters.

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    elizabeth Reply:

    I am not a Murray fan either, about him being a Nadal fanboy, does anyone remember Murray (a few years ago) I can’t remember the tournament, but he was so angry with Nadal taking time between points that he went up to the Umpire and tapped his imaginery watch…however times have changed eh!

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  5. The thing is, I don’t think Nadal has ever played a bunch of consecutive tough matches in a grand slam in the opening rounds. We all think of him as a mental giant who deals with this often, but really he always eases through opening matches. Now I think about it, maybe there have been times where things like this have happened, but never for this many matches in a row. I think it may catch up to him this time. He’s older now.

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    Vily Reply:

    The good thing is that Nadal is getting worn out little by little. In the next round he is facing another big server so maybe another lost set. Sooner or later he’ll burn out and Roger can take him out. ;-)

    He’s struggling on the grass. That much is known by now.

    As far as Dimi he is doing good. I hope he beats the next guy without much problem…. And then Murray! ;-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Lol! Like Nadal can get warn out. Nice one Vily old sport.

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    Ajay Reply:

    I agree with Ruan.Like Nadal even knows what becoming tired means..haha :D

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  6. Indeed, constancy will ensure a very competitive tournament this year. Federer is still my favorite to win in a Fedal semi, due to grass favoring him no matter the disadvantages he has against Nadal.

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  7. Hi Ru-an, greetings to you! Nadal is into the next round, he is not tired, is he? Losing the 1st set to Kukushkin (sp.?)7/6, then Nadal strangles him in the next 3 sets 6/1, blah, blah. What happened here, Ru-an, how is this possible, Kush completely collapsed? Pardon my ignorant question….
    Looking forward to Roger’s upcoming match today, at least we know he is in charge of his match, no Aunt Toni to give him signals, etc.
    Best,
    Dolores

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Nadal doesn’t get tired. Not enough to affect the outcome of a match anyway Dolores. Kuku was just in the zone in the first set and couldn’t keep it up. Nadal all over him after that.

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  8. Wow, The Fed looking super sharp here. Means business.

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    Joe Reply:

    I just heard McEnroe say that Federer might win the tournament…

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    Vily Reply:

    That’s good to hear! BTW I want Robredo in the 4th round! And I want revenge for last year’s despicable loss at the US Open! ;-) Also Serena Williams is in her way out. Ouch!!!

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    Alex Reply:

    Indoor grass!

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  9. To me, if Roger schools Robredo in the 4th round, I am gonna get excited. It will give Roger an opportunity to get some rhythm and delete a
    That terrible inexplicable loss from last year. To me, that loss was probably the worst of last year so he’ll love to prove a point here, if you ask me.. ;-)

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  10. Plus, Kyrgius is my man! 26 aces! And Raonic is possibly next! But I believe in Kyrgius. Slowly, but surely Nadal will get so smoked that he’ll derail! :-) )) The FedExpress is doing well ;-)

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    Ajay Reply:

    Ok Vily lets not get too excited.Lets take it one match at a time.That is the best thing to do for all of us Federer fans.. :-)

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    Vily Reply:

    True!! ;-)

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  11. Roger just had a super cool long interview in studio with Chris Evert, Cahill, etc on ESPN. They haven’t posted it online yet, but you should really check it out when they do. He’s such a cool dude. Great insight into his game, the other players, his life, training, etc. Loved it.

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  12. Nice, Fed really wanted the other match to finish tonight so he didn’t have to play back to back 2 days in a row next week. And also nice that it’s Robredo. Looks like I get to see just that one more Fed match before I go. But I heard there is a cafe not too far from where I’ll be that apparently has internet. If so, I will be there like 5 hours a day – hahahahaha. Fingers crosed.

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    Ajay Reply:

    Looks like Federer is anyway going to have to play two days in a row.Look at the schedule. http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/schedule/

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    Vily Reply:

    Yep, but so is Nadal. I think Lopez or Wawrinka would be a good test for Roger if he manages Robredo. Isner is unpredictable and I don’t want to worry too much prior to the semis.

    In any case, it’s not the end if the world. I just hope that Roger SCHOOLS Robredo this time. Last year loss was so depressing – at least to me… This year I want Robredo utterly destroyed by the Fed.. No mercy!

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    veronica Reply:

    Yes, Vily, I want redemption like you do too for Roger V Robredo. I remember how totally shocked and depressed you were (like all of us here too!) when Roger got knocked out. No more surprises this time! Nothing short of straight sets win would redeem the pain!! Ha! Common Roger!

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    Joe Reply:

    Straight sets is what I’m hoping for against Robredo too. That will help a lot when he plays again the following day.

    If Roger wins the following day it won’t matter so much if he doesn’t get it done in straights, since he’ll have a rest day after that.

    His matches have been so short, about 80 to 90 minutes I think, that he should be ok over the long term. But he’s older than the other top players, and that has to be a factor too.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Lol Eric. Where are you going that there is hardly internet? Antarctica?

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    eric Reply:

    Haha. Close. Southern China.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Lol. That aint so bad. I think China is developing fast.

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    eric Reply:

    Well, as long as it develops by the time Murray plays Dimitrov or Roger plays Rafa, I’m happy!!! :-)

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  13. I mean, our optimism or pessimism toward Federer’s chances against Nadal will not change the result, so I feel we may as well be optimistic. Who wants to be miserable thinking about that match before it happens, and then miserable again after Nadal wins? May as well be as happy as possible before the inevitable result.

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    Vily Reply:

    I agree with you, totally!! Plus. Wouldn’t be awesome to see a Dimitrov – Federer final???

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    Chris Reply:

    It would be the most interesting final in a long time, I think.

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  14. I don’t know but I just have a weird feeling that either Kyrgios or Rainic will take Nadal out! They are so aggressive that they’ll hurt Nadal a lot and possibly smoke him out. This the type of draw Nadal just hates and he finally got it. No easy matches whatsoever!!! ;-) ))

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    veronica Reply:

    They are exactly the kinda players to smoke Nadal but over 5 sets?! They would need to be super fit (Kyrgios had long matches) and consistent (can’t see Raonic doing it in 5). But they just might soften Nadal for Roger to finish the job in the semis. I can actually see Roger beating Nadal here IF Roger is mentally in the right place.

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    zaph Reply:

    Looking at Federer’s matches so far I would say he has one hope for beating Nadal. He needs it to rain.

    In one area he is better than the rest of the field, playing indoors. If he meets Nadal on Centre court with the roof in place. The extra pace and no wind might just give him the edge.

    Otherwise I wouldn’t give him much of a chance.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah Vily is dreaming. Nadal is not losing before the semis, if at all.

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  15. Another soothing balm of a match! Roger showing off there you think Ru-an?!! Hehe!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Lol I wouldn’t know as I didn’t watch but it seems like he is turning back the clock of late!

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  16. Roger trying to dig at Rafa indirectly with his delicate choice of words.
    http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2014-06-27/16184.php
    Will they work as added pressure over each losing set in the following matches ? We will see.
    However, I can assume Nadal as favorite against Roger under normal circumstances, given that hyped-up clash will take place this time. But, I also believe Murray/ Djokovic can take him down in the final

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  17. Ru-an,

    I can’t wait for your round 3 analysis! Where is it??? I am content with watching the Netherlands vs. Mexico right now! ;-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Not tonight Vily. Sorry. Enjoy the football.

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  18. Hi all, didn’t get a chance to watch the first-week matches, but glad to see Federer’s into the second week without any problems.

    I’m of two minds about whether to be happy that he’s managed to avoid playing a long match. Sometimes he’s played flawlessly in the first week only to crash out later; other times he’s struggled early on to survive, only to play fantastic tennis at the business end. I guess simply taking the win, however it comes, is the best attitude to have. His serve hasn’t even been broken in three matches, which is pretty incredible. He’ll need to be serving his very best if he hopes to win this tournament—hitting his spots and mixing the spins and paces up at the right times. The grass gets slower as the tournament goes on, which favors the returner, but hopefully he’ll be able to adjust to the changing conditions. Not to mention, he can up his return game as well.

    He also seems to be moving well which is crucial to his game. He needs to be moving well in order to have the confidence in his shots to be able to play aggressively, hit the ball deep and close to the lines, and force the issue.

    I wouldn’t count on Nadal being upset before the semifinal. At that stage of the tournament, only Federer would have a chance to beat the Humble Bull–Murray will always cave to his master in big matches and Djokovic is no longer the world-beater of 2011. And he’d have to play really well to do it. It’s pointless to worry about such an encounter until it happens, though.

    As long as Federer keeps moving through the draw, I’ll be happy. I don’t think long matches hurt him too much on this surface; grass-court tennis isn’t too physical and the points are very short. He should be able to recover from a long match, if he has one.

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    Vily Reply:

    I think that potentially Lopez can be a good test for Roger. He had match points against Dimitrov at Queens so he is dangerous. But first things first – Robredo! Gotta wait until Tuesday for that!

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    Veronica Reply:

    Exactly Steve, I’m of two minds too but I guess as we all agree, to just take the wins as they come. Good thing is he hasn’t lost focus yet, serve is holding up and he can only improve. Plus I really think he should be keenly aware that a higher level is needed as the rounds get tougher and especially the usual let downs in his game like not playing well at the important points and not consolidating his breaks. And things like mid match adjustments, not get caught playing other players’ game, i wanna see that. I know it is looking ahead but I really do not want to see another fold over to Nadal – not in Wimby anyway. So far he has passed the test with big servers and big hitters. Next up Robredo would be perfect to sharpen his ground strokes and defence. I think he hasn’t done too well when it is over 6 shots in the first 3 rounds. This match should really give us a clearer picture where his game is at.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I think the quick wins are just fine Veronica. He needs to conserve energy especially with the back to back days of play coming up. He could get into a long match in the QF for instance and then he doesn’t want to be tired when facing Nadal. The way I see it these fast wins are definitely a good thing anyway. If he drops sets to the likes of Giraldo or Muller he is not beating Nadal. He needs to in top form to even have a chance, and thankfully he is. The Robredo match should be interesting like you say. I see a reversal of the USO match happening. Then he should be ready to go take care handily of whoever waits in the QF.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Wow, Ru-an, that’s an insight. So true. It’s all good then. The draws are happening so nicely, don’t you think so. I hope 18 happens because rarely will he get such a decent draw, especially as his ranking may not be as consistent as before.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right Veronica the stars seem to be aligning for Roger.

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  19. Sorry, should read “sharpen his ground strokes and volleys”. Robredo’s solid game will provide a more significant test of how well Roger rushes the net and keeping points short; while at the same time, giving lots of opportunities for Roger to get some rhythm on his ground strokes.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right Veronica Robredo will give Roger some good rhythm as opposed what a big server like Janowicz would have done. Chance to sharpen his strokes a bit more like you say.

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    Joe Reply:

    I have the impression that Roger has already been working on different aspects of his game during these early matches.

    One thing I liked in his match with Muller was his focus, the concentration in his eyes, even toward the end of a match that he was dominating.

    But only 9 approaches? It’s hard to think that Muller’s play prevented Roger from approaching the net! I tend to think he was working on different aspects of his game during that match, to some extent treating it as a training match, working on some of his multi-faceted ‘different stuff.’

    That seems like a smart way to do it, anyway. :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    What do you mean by ‘different stuff’? He needs to volley a lot like he did in Halle. It seems to me his net game has fallen off a bit since then. I liked what I saw there but I haven’t seen as much of it at Wimby. 9 approaches was not enough I think.

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    Joe Reply:

    From what I recall, it was mostly his baseline game of course. I suspect that he knows he’ll need that when he plays some of the stronger players. In retrospect it seems that he hit a fair number of lobs in that match, made a lot of good passing shots, etc. But I meant that observation more in a general way, i.e. that Roger was experimenting a little, and that he was trying to stay loose and work on whatever he felt like in the moment, try to avoid playing every point the same way, etc.

    It’s just difficult for me to think that Roger didn’t approach the net simply because Muller prevented him from doing it! So that’s why it seemed to me that he was ‘practicing’ a little out there.

    Of course I could be wrong! But I’d also say that he’ll be able to work on volleys more when he plays someone who is able to return a little better. And I hope he’ll be aggressive with his serve and volley game when that happens.

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  20. Btw, Ru-an, guys, ALL of Australia and The Fanatics will be cheering for our hero Wildcard to give the Beast a heck of a match! Kyrgios is eager and young and doesn’t realise yet what is happening to him! and that he might be a lamb led to the slaughter! Haha! But you never know. Stranger things have happened. He is fearless, has no hang ups, no expectations. Maybe that’s the best way to go into a match with the Beast. C’mon Kyrgios!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah you never know Veronica. I have been saying Nadal will make semis for sure but nothing is ever a given in tennis. I have actually never seen Kyrgios play and am looking forward to watch the match.

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  21. Hey folks, I just realise that all the big hitters are being lined up for Nadal! He’s got a draw from hell, guys! One of them has got to get him, right? It’s the law of averages, right?!! The tennis gods seem to be helping Roger out a bit, right? But IF Nadal gets through them all………I shudder.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yes the tennis gods are helping Roger out with the draw. Nadal has a brutal draw while Roger has it easy. And if the roof is closed when he plays Nadal then you know for sure the gods are on his side. But he needs to take advantage anyway. And I agree the law of averages has to get Nadal. But then again the law of averages have never applied to Nadal…

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  22. I think one of them is going to get him.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    You would think that he can’t keep beating these big hitters Joe. But I also thought Nadal would burn out by 26. Hopefully Kyrgios, Raonic, or Nishikori can take him out for Roger, but I won’t put money on it.

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    Joe Reply:

    I’ll keep my money in my wallet for now too Ruan!
    :-)

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  23. As of right now forecast is sunny Friday, then raining Saturday and Sunday.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right Eric, as well as today http://www.bbc.com/weather/sw19. Not looking promising for Roger if he makes semis. But like we said Nadal could lose against one of these big hitters eventually.

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    Vily Reply:

    BTW Lopez won today so Roger would do well to face him in the quarters. He has a big serve and is a left hander which could be tricky for Federer but at the same time it would give him a great preparation for the Nadal match if it happens..

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