It feels like an eternity since Roger has last played competitive tennis. I know he played Davis Cup but I didn’t get to watch any of that. I was hoping he would play Rotterdam but I guess he had to choose between that and Davis Cup. He can’t play as much as he used to. I was very satisfied with his performance in Melbourne anyway. There was a certain calm about him which I attributed to Edberg’s presence. He appeared to be mentally extremely stable. He lived in the moment and didn’t look back when he had a slump. I have always felt the game is still there but that mentally Roger was failing badly. As I have speculated before it seems that Edberg is bringing some mental stability and calm to Roger. It was the best start possible for Fedberg. Losing to Nadal in straight was expected.
Maybe he could have won a set but he was always gonna lose. I predicted that long before the tournament started, and some posters were so sure Roger could beat Nadal and that I was just being negative. I wonder where they are now. Anyway Roger’s draw in Dubai looks good for him to make at least another semi-final run but you’d hope for better than that. In current form Roger shouldn’t lose to Becker, Stepanek/Russel, or Tursunov. He’s got a decent draw because he has the lowest of the seeds 5-8 in his quarter, but he also has to deal with the #1 seed in the semis. Obviously Djokovic won’t be easy to deal with. He lost to Stan in Melbourne but don’t expect his level to have dropped. If anything he will be very hungry to set the record straight in Dubai. If he wins the title he will equal Roger who has won 5 titles.
Roger plays tomorrow against Becker who he has a 3-0 head-to-head record against.