Federer Completes 1000th Tour Win with 83rd Title in Brisbane!

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!

Highlights:

Hot shots:

Roger Federer: 1000 Wins – Brisbane International 2015:

Match stats:

Surprisingly good match stats. Out served the serve bot.

By the numbers: Federer’s 1000 match wins

Posted in ATP 250, Brisbane.

21 Comments

  1. Hi Ru-an, my sisters in the kangaroo and orange countries and all GOAT blog fans: a belated happy new year! Well, there was no live telecast in India for this Brisbane tourney and I could not get any good live streams. What I saw from Raonic in the highlights pretty much reminded me of the big heavy shots of Del Potro in his heydays. I have not seen Raonic hit this big and clean before. His movements were also pretty good from whatever I have seen on the highlights. Though I am extremely happy to see this new Federer avatar 5.0, however, I will still keep my fingers crossed for the Australian open as winning seven matches over best of five sets could be a completely different ball game. But with some luck, our hero can definitely do it. Still one match at a time. Anyways, we have already got the gravy and should be more than happy with the bonus we have savored in the past twelve months. But greed never dies. :-)

    [Reply]

    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Jiten. I’m wondering where that sister of yours in the kangaroo country is. I miss her and hope she shares at least this match with us. It happened in her country after all!

    [Reply]

    Jiten Reply:

    I guess she still has not recovered from the hangover of the celebration party she had. Come on, the 1000th win had to happen in Veronica’s country. We must celebrate. After all, drinking thousand champagne glasses is also a feat to be saluted. :-) :-) Bravo Sis. :-) :-)

    [Reply]

    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Bhai, what’s up?? Here’s your sis from the Orange country !! I hope you had the opportunity to watch the full match on YT. I watched the last 2 sets of the Raonic/Nishi-SF-match and I was sooo bored with Raonic’s game (so was Nishi to be honest). But seriously, the way Raonic played against Roger was amazing. He played aggressive and not boring at all. If it wasn’t for Roger, I would be rooting for him. He almost won you know. And this I have to be honest too, he did deserve to win the 2nd set. But luckily Roger was NOT in the mood to lose in the 3rd !!! Mental Goat or what?? Next time they meet, Roger will be very aware of Raonic 2.0.

    And yes…. I think Ronnie is still celebrating, since she is a secret millionair who travels a lot :-) Cannot wait to hear from you Aussie Aussie Aussie oi oi oi :-)

    [Reply]

  2. Congratulations to the Maestro for his 1,000th match win. What an amazing feat of longevity! He will easily pass Lendl for the #2 spot in 2016. Catching Connors will be very difficult though. But any knowledgeable tennis fan realizes that Connors intentionally bloated his match-wins record by playing a plethora of 250 pt. tournaments throughout his career, especially toward the end. I don’t know the actual number of his minor tournament match victories, yet I’ve read many articles which state that they represent a much higher percentage of his total wins than those in Roger’s illustrious career. So whatever The Maestro’s final count will end up being (1,150? 1,200!), it will carry much more weight than Connors’ 1,253 tally, at least in my book.

    [Reply]

    Ru-an Reply:

    It doesn’t matter whether he catches up with Connors which he most likely won’t. He is already twice the player Connors was.

    [Reply]

    balthazar Reply:

    Roger is definitely twice the player, Ru-an. Perhaps three times the player. But it’s still important for everyone to understand how Connors achieved his record.

    [Reply]

    Sarvesh Reply:

    Breakdown of Connors’ 1253 record match wins and record 109 titles

    http://www.tennisplanet.me/blog/2015/01/breakdown-of-connors-1253-record-match-wins-and-record-109-titles-from-gary-moser-good-work-thanks.html

    [Reply]

    balthazar Reply:

    Thanks for that link, Sarvesh. The article certainly underscores my point.

    [Reply]

  3. Hey Ru-an, great day and a great post. Agree with you. First it looked like Roger would win in an hour. But then… ofcourse Roger would not be Roger if he didn’t give his fans little mini heartattacks :-) I find it so funny that you are talking about 100 titles. So now… it is my turn to slow you down :-) He will get there, but first… lets focus on beating Lendl. 72 matches to go and 12 titles. We (meaning Roger) can do that :-)

    But to be honest, one thing that was very clear at Brisbane was that Roger made it easy for himself by winning his QF and SF in under an hour. What if those 2 matches would also be 2 or 2,5 hours?? Would he have been too tired for the 3rd set in the final?? That is why Roger really should win all his matches asap. Also…. he should sent Millman a thank you-card for making him matchready and for losing any rusty play :-)

    About Berdych, yes, I know you guys are not his fans, but oh my God, that was so sad for him. I was so happy Ferrer won. He totally deserved it, but oh my God, Berdych could have made a 3rd set out of it. The last 3 points where he could break Ferrer and take the set, were awful. And oh my God, his last bp… he had Ferrer near the net, the whole court was open and…. he does a dropshot !!! Even his girlfriend could not believe it.
    That is why Berdych will stop many players, but he will never win a GS. And if there is one person next to Roger who deserves a GS, than that is Ferrer.

    [Reply]

    Jiten Reply:

    Hi Sis, for a change, I liked Birdshit’s t-shirt. Have his sponsors hired you or what? As for our own Roger, I believe he has completely adjusted to his new racket now. Do you also feel that his shots had more punch this year, particularly the backhand returns? Augers well for our hero. Come on Roger!

    [Reply]

    Katyani Reply:

    Hey bro, next to his girlfriend, his family, his friends, his team and some Chech people, I am Berdych’s ONLY fan in the whole wide world :-) And proud of that :-) Those eyes and his killer kiiler killer smile…. oh my God that melts me everytime :-) Nobody likes him and he doesn’t make an effort for them to like them, aka his outfits !!! Remember his I think Miami outfit last year with those big blue and white flowers?? Awful. Awful. Awful.
    But no matter how much I like him, when he beats Roger…. that is a big no no :-)

    And you are right, come on Roger, Roger time is great !!! Bring on AO….

    [Reply]

    Jiten Reply:

    Hmmm! I am beginning to suspect your loyalty towards Roger. :-) :-)

    [Reply]

    Katyani Reply:

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo :-) :-) :-)

    [Reply]

    Ru-an Reply:

    Thank you Katyani. I’m not as sure as you Roger will get 100 titles but it’s a possibility. I don’t really care about Lendl’s records either as Roger is already twice the player he is too. I just think 100 titles would be a really special milestone, much more so than the 1000 tour wins. As for Berdych I am not taking it easy on you guy’s other favorites am I? First I’m on Dimitrov’s case who Vily and Eric are fans of and now it’s Berdych. Sorry I can still sort of stand Dimitrov in a way but Berdych just makes me sick. I know I should probably be less critical but hating on players is kinda fun too, just like most Fedfans hate on Nadal. It’s part of the game.

    [Reply]

    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Ru-an, don’t change. There is nothing wrong with disliking Berdych. Seems to be natural. But I love that guy. Not like Roger…. not even close :-) You can criticise him. No worries. I will still be his fan, eventhough I don’t think he will ever win a GS….
    Did you watch Fast4 with Roger and Hewitt??

    [Reply]

    Ru-an Reply:

    Cool. Fast4? You mean the thing where the played tennis on water? I posted a link to it on FB.

    [Reply]

    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Ru-an, I mean the whole match he played with Hewitt. Roger is sooooooo amazing. 24 hours before he played a grueling match, drank champagne and still beat Hewitt :-) But you could see he was tired and somewhat stiff. In the beginning he made a lot of UE. Someone in the crowd even yelled at Roger to wake up. Stupid guy. Don’t they know they should be lucky that Roger was even there?
    From what I understand they played the first match. Rafa will play Mark Phil… tomorrow and Saturday there will be a doubles with the oldies.
    The whole match is on YT. It is actually quite funny.

    [Reply]

    Ru-an Reply:

    Ok will check it out didn’t know they played today. You know I don’t care for this exho stuff and I don’t have to know where RF is 24/7 like some Fedfans.

    [Reply]

  4. Roger is definitely looking more confident with the new racket. To me, he looks to be more confident at the net, seems to be hitting more aggressively on the return of serve, and seems to have a bit more power and topspin on his forehand. Match win #1000 in the finals of Brisbane is really special, and the celebration that the ATP and Brisbane organizers put together was really nice to see. From his interview comments, Roger seems to have realized that Raonic has stepped up his game in the last couple of years, but it looks like Roger still has the upper hand. Raonic’s groundstrokes have really improved a lot in the last couple of years.

    I’m presonally not too stressed out about how Roger does at the Aussie Open. I think he has a chance to win it, but I still think Djokovic is the favorite. But I think these milestone wins are really making the latter part of Federer’s career just as meaningful as the peak Federer years.

    [Reply]

  5. Hi folks so enjoyed watching Roger this past week, what a winner. Raonic a player I never liked before I thought played with more variety and looks very happy with his game. This morning I watched Nadal and after I got over the candy pink outfit I thought I was going to wet myself (excuse me) when I saw him sitting on a ridiculous pink throne/chair very majestic or queenly. I also thought Verdasco could have won!

    [Reply]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *