Hey guys! I hope you were able to watch Roger’s match against Anderson and enjoyed it as much as I did, especially after Anderson said before the match on Twitter that he is facing the Swiss #2 and that he will be ‘easier’. Sorry about the missed post for the Haas match but I was having some trouble with my laptop. Roger won that match routinely 6-4, 6-4, and although it was good tennis the match just lacked a bit of spice to me. It was routine as I said. The Anderson match I enjoyed more because I knew Anderson personally and then he made that tweet. Yes it could have been a ‘joke’ but you don’t say that about Roger anyway. I think it showed inexperience from Anderson. Tennis players don’t think in terms of joking when it comes to tennis anyway. It’s a brutally competitive business and nothing is just a ‘joke’.
So even though Anderson is from my country I was happy to see Roger silence him with a 7-5, 6-1 masterclass. The bread stick must have been particularly ‘tasty’ after saying that Roger was the second best Swiss. I was genuinely happy for Anderson when he beat Wawrinka. It was a huge win for him over someone who has not lost a match all year, and he had been playing well of late. But I think he then got over confident and got embarrassed by Roger who keeps going from strength to strength in 2014. Roger has not lost a set all tournament. That is something you didn’t see in 2013. He kept losing sets that he should have won and that got him in trouble. Roger is now much more clinical and it seems he just keeps getting better. He is also back int the top 5 with this win, and if he wins the event he will be #4.
That would be just a terrific effort after starting the year at #8, but it is already a terrific effort just to be back in the top 5. And the rest of the big 4 all seems to be struggling which means there is no telling how high he could go. But I don’t want to get ahead of myself. Getting back to the Anderson match I knew Anderson could not be underestimated. He is very dangerous when he gets going. But he has always been below par in the mental department. Therefor it was important for Roger not to allow him to become confident. Roger had him 0-40 on his serve early on and didn’t take advantage. He then had another break point which he missed too. Bad start in the break point department and against a big server like Anderson you want to try and make those count. But at 6-5 Roger had Anderson at 0-40 again and this time he took his first break chance to win the first set.
After this it was smooth sailing as Roger broke in the second and fourth games and at 5-0 the bagel was on the cards. Anderson managed to avoid that embarrassment but he had to eat a bread stick anyway. I think Anderson easily has the potential to be top 10. He has a huge game but mentally he is still weak. This week would have given him confidence though and he is slowly becoming better in the mental department, so he could still be a top 10 player. But hopefully he learned his lesson that you don’t disrespect the GOAT, even if it was just a joke. I mean Anderson got owned. The match stats were very good again and after starting out 0/4, Roger ended up with a very respectable 3/7 in the break point department. Roger now faces Dolgopolov who has been the surprise of the event.
On fire with desire
First he upset Nadal and now he beat Raonic routinely after Raonic beat Murray in 3 sets. Definitely a talented player who can’t be underestimated. I obviously like Roger’s chances though. Roger has just been very solid mentally of late which makes him a very difficult opponent, as he already have all the talent and shots. The two have played once before and Dolgopolov retired after Roger was on his way to winning the match. This is a different Dolgopolov though and Roger will have to be solid again. In the bottom half Djokovic is still there but only after dropping sets to both Gonzalez and Cilic. He is certainly looking a bit vulnerable after suffering abuse at the hands of a certain two Swiss players. He will next play Benneteau while Gulbis will play Isner, which is the two quarter final matches for tomorrow.
I wouldn’t mind Djokovic coming through in the bottom half anyway so that Roger can get another shot at him while he seems vulnerable. The courts are slower than in Dubai but I would still like Roger’s chances. We will see how it pans out. Roger now has a difficult match, but at least it’s not Nadal! You do feel that Roger has an opportunity here to win a 5th Indian Wells title and that probably too many more chances like this won’t come along again. It would put him in a great position if he can win the title here for the rest of the year. He would be back in the top 4 with loads of confidence. Roger is also still in the doubles with Stan after they defeated the 4th seeds Stepanek and Paes in 3 sets. They will face the 2nd seeds Peya and Soares for a place in the final against the Bryans.
All looking good for the Swiss!