What a player! What a milestone and what a way to reach it! But this is just the kind of thing you would expect from Mr. PeRFect. With his newly found mental strength he seems almost unbeatable right now and you wouldn’t bet against him to win his 18th slam in Melbourne. He has now won four out of the last seven tournaments he played including Cincinnati, Shanghai, Basel, and Brisbane, and that does not even include the Davis Cup title. So if ever he was ready to win another slam it is now. But of course it doesn’t depend only on him and there is a long way to go before that can be a reality. Today was another solid mental performance after Roger lost the momentum in the second set. Roger was reading the Raonic serve well right off the bat and he got the first break in the third game after forcing a backhand error from Raonic. He held onto his serve and took the opening set 6-4.
He also got the break in the second game of the second set and it looked like it would be another short day at work. Round about this stage I made a humorous tweet saying what a difficult match Roger is having and how much variation Raonic has. And of course right after I made that tweet Raonic broke back. It seems every time I relax Roger does the same thing, which makes me feel like I am dragged into the match more than I’d necessarily like to be. But if it makes you feel any better you are welcome to blame me for Roger lapse in the second set. I tend to get bored pretty easily and it seems to be the case with Roger too, because whenever things get too easy he seems to lose focus. I don’t know if Nadal would lose concentration at that point for instance, but such unrelenting focus would bore me. And apparently the same is true for Roger. Roger did play a pretty poor game at 2-1 so he did deserve to get broken.
Many small successful actions performed consistently…
But as long as the victory is achieved in the end it doesn’t really matter. When you are as talented as Roger it is just very difficult to focus like a robot(or Nadal). Roger is a creative player or an artist and these kind of people can’t necessarily focus for long periods. For them it is about playing and having fun, not adhering to strict and unrelenting discipline. Yes it can drag out things longer than necessary but it is part of the whole process. Who wants to watch a boring grinder anyway who does the same thing over a five hour match and waits for their opponents to get bored and frustrated? Oh wait I know. Nadal fans! Well they are welcome to enjoy their dull moonballer but don’t expect me to do the same. When Roger is winning a match too easily I actually hope sometimes that the other player comes back out of boredom. And being a former tennis player myself it doesn’t get too hard for me to watch, like it does for many Fedfans.
Like today I went to sleep after the first game of the third set. Not because I was bored but because I didn’t sleep much last night. That first game was a real struggle where Roger saved a break point. Once Roger got through that game I figured he would probably win the match. We see this plot play itself out in tennis matches all the time. The same thing happened in the Wimbledon final last year where Roger changed the momentum of the match in the fourth set and then had some chances to take advantage of that momentum by breaking right away in the deciding set, but once he failed to do so Djokovic took control again. It was the same with the Brisibane final. After Roger weathered the storm in that first game he went on to break again at 5-4 to win the match 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-4. It has to be said that Raonic played well though and I certainly don’t want to make it sound like he didn’t have any hand in taking the match to a deciding set.
…results in outstanding achievement in the long run.
As always he served big but his ground strokes were big too. So in the end it turned out to be a tougher match than I probably expected but yes Roger could have won much more comfortably if he just held serve in the second set. But the win is all that matters and of course with it Roger gets his 1000th tour win and creeps up one title closer to 100 titles with his 83rd tour title. Amazing! What great longevity and success the GOAT already had and with the way he is going you feel like he can do it for another five years probably. No doubt he had his lows too but he seems to be in a good place now with his health, his new coach, and his new racquet. I think he has adjusted his game to the point where it can stand the test of time too as he gets older. I see Stan defended Chennai too which is nice because I’d like him to have a good Australian Open. We know he has the potential to take out big names like Djokovic or Nadal for instance.
In the other tourney that was played this week in Doha Ferrer took the honors by defeating Birdshit in the final. As a proud Birdshit hater that was of course delicious to see. I think at 5-4 in the second set he had his chances to break serve but faltered, and in the next game handed the break to Ferrer with a double fault. The guy’s mental weakness is seriously underrated and he went to 10-15 in finals with this loss. I mean he has the potential in his game to win slams, but mentally he is just woeful and I never see it happening. Anyway I am happy for Ferrer who could possibly cause a big upset in Australia too. He has already beaten Nadal there in 2011. We are now only one weak away from the big one Down Under and I am looking forward to it being in my time zone for a change. It certainly promises to be an interesting one. What a start it’s been to 2015!
Roger Federer: 1000 Wins – Brisbane International 2015:
Surprisingly good match stats. Out served the serve bot.