Federer GOATs Past Anderson into Indian Wells Semis

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!

 

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17 Comments

  1. Hey Ru-an, it is still unbelievable to think that Roger made every SF and more in every tour he entered after USO !!! How about that for a guy the critics, naysayers, etc were tripping over each other to “make” him (think) about retiring. Hope that like Anderson they too have learned their lesson never to underestimate someone’s believe and never decide for someone when their time is up :-)
    Go Roger !!! So hope that the doubles will not tire him out….
    And… did Anderson really tweet that?? I saw the match and he was actually embarresed in the second set that Roger was walking ALL over him….

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    Katyani Reply:

    Oh and one more point to make.
    While Dolgopolov had to face a hardhitter like Raonic. While Roger had to face a hardhitter like Anderson. While Isner and Gulbis have the most difficult match of them all….. Novak has Benneteau????
    Honestly, if it wasn’t for Roger, I would be rooting for Dolgopolov. He deserves to win. For himself and for his country. BUT NOT while he has to play Roger. Then it is GO ROGER :-)
    And like we all say the loss to Stan did more to Rafa than he and his team are showing, maybe the same goes for Novak. The loss to Stan and after that Roger of all players, did more to him than he and his team are showing.
    By the way, where is Becker?? And I haven’t seen Edberg the last two matches….

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    Jiten Reply:

    Edberg is back in Stockholm, playing a veterans’ tournament. And to the naysayers: Write off Fed at your own peril.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Just loving it Katyani. So inspired by this and just good feelings all over the place :D

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  2. Hi ru an..
    Thanks for ur update.
    Roger 4.0 looks like a different animal.

    agree with Katyani.. The kind of damage stan did to rafa and Djoker.
    Where is becker?… no idea as of now
    Djoker is little bit superstitious…

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  3. So happy you are back so quickly and that you didn’t miss the master class! Lol! “Federer GOATs past Anderson!” You come up with some of the most creative and appropriate post headings, Ru-an! Did Anderson really tweet that?! The jerk!! It is not funny and deeply disrespectful. You don’t joke like that! Roger must have read his tweet and decided to put him in his place! I hope he remembers this bagel for the rest of his life! Haha! He looked really pissed at the handshake and didn’t quite acknowledge Roger’s friendliness. Either he was too embarrassed or he was in shock of how far he was from beating the GOAT! I don’t quite agree with you that Anderson loses matches mostly because of his mental weaknesses. I think it’s more like limited player, one dimensional. Seriously the guy’s legs are like plastered to the ground, he can’t move! Of all the big hitters, to me, he is the least impressive. And now that I know he is such a jerk, I’m even less impressed! Ha! Are you nervous for Dolgo’s match? I am! The ranking is working nicely, good feelings are all over the place, as you say, Ru-an!! Even if he falls in the semi, I’m not too mad with him but it would be a really great statement to make if he wins IW and would skyrocket his confidence going into Fo and Wimby!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I think Anderson move well for a big guy and that he hasn’t done his potential justice Veronica, but that’s just me. I don’t think he is a jerk either. He was actually quite a nice guy when I knew him. Of course that was a while ago but I just think he is stupid and over confident. It’s better not to put extra pressure on yourself when you play someone like Roger. As for Dolgo I am not very worried. I believe in Roger. The real test would be if he faces Djokovic in the final again on slower courts and a bigger occasion, but you have a good way of looking at it anyway.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Ru-an, you are too serious! Don’t need to justify Anderson’s a nice guy. Everyone can be nice, even the worst player! But by tweeting what he did was just disrespectful and unprofessional and just for that tweet, I call him a jerk! Stupidity and over confidence is one thing. Disrespect is another. He can’t even measure up to a tenth of what Roger has achieved in tennis and done for tennis. We all can be jerks plenty of times in our lives. Anderson is no exception.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Fair enough. He’s a jerk. Haha.

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  4. Roger was superb! I am thrilled at his level of play. I am so glad he put Anderson in his place. That tweet came back to bite him! Looking forward to the rest of his matches. It is such a joy to watch him playing so well again.

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  5. Congrats to Roger who will be back to Top 5 next week. Nice :-)

    And regarding Kevin’s tweet, there is a winking smiley at the end and I think he actually meant by the match would be tough. This is his tweet by the way…
    “Thank you for all the support and messages yesterday, great day. I’m playing the Swiss number 2 tonight, so should be easier ;-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yes I linked to his tweet in my post. Anyway we all will have our own idea of what he meant…

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    Veronica Reply:

    Thanks girish for letting us know. It’s totally different now if there is a winking smiley at the end. Totally different meaning, totally acceptable and rather witty too! Ok, Anderson, your winking smiley saved you from jerk status! Haha!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Lol now you changed your tune again? I don’t think the wink makes any difference. Maybe even makes it worse.

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  6. I was disappointed. However, Roger looked happy at the trophy ceremony. Fed seemed to drop back to his last year habits. Novak had to fight hard to win. I hope Edberg can help him with what just happened. I had so much hope and still do.

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