Federer Into Dubai Quarter Finals After Trademark Verdasco Collapse

Only Verdasco is capable of going 4-1 up and then losing 20 straight points to drop the first set 4-6. That is why is nickname is Fiasco. That must be some kind of record because in my entire tennis watching career I have never seen that happen. No doubt Roger played some terrific tennis himself, but losing 20 straight points is very hard to do against anyone no matter how well they are playing. Especially if you were bossing the match until 4-1. Just unbelievable. This match epitomized everything Verdasco is about. In the first five games he was dominating someone who is by many considered to be the GOAT. Yet from there on he just inexplicably falls apart completely. As far as talent goes he has enough to be the GOAT himself.

But mentally he is probably the weakest player on the entire ATP Tour. He’s got stiff competition from guys like Gasquet, Anderson, and Berdych, but Verdasco may be at the top of that list. He is also the most talented of all those players. The first five games were just unbelievable to watch. Even as a Fedfan I enjoyed it. In the second set Verdasco got broken in the opening game again but then broke right back and held serve to take a 2-1 lead. I was kind of happy because I wanted to see a good match, but Verdasco just disappeared yet again and only won one more game in the match. It was nice to see Roger playing well again and I am definitely not complaining, but it is sad to see a talent like Verdasco’s go to waste like that.

Who would ever forget that semi-final epic he played against Nadal in Melbourne where he put up a better score than Roger in the fifth set. And yet that is still the best result of his entire career. With the amount of talent he has the sky is the limit, but he is just the biggest nutcase I have ever seen on the professional tour. But enough of Verdasco. Roger’s good form from the first round continued right on which was good to see. He now plays against another choker Gasquet who he leads 13-2 in the head-to-head. Gasquet had a good win himself over Bautista Agut who he beat 8-6 in the third set breaker. Having seen Roger’s form I just can’t see Gasquet beating him, but we will see. Murray also had an impressive 6-0, 6-2 win over Sousa.

Boom

He now plays rising star Coric who made the best of the fact that he got into the main draw as a lucky loser. That should be interesting but surely Murray will win. I’d love to see a Fedray semi anyway after what happened in London. In the top half Djokovic is still looking like the man to beat after destroying Golubev. In Buenos Aires Nadal also progressed after bageling an Argentine dirt baller and looks good for the title for now. Finally in Acapulco third seed Dimitrov was upset by Harrison as he got bageled in the final set and did another epic racquet smash which I posted in the comments of my last post. So in the end Roger is still looking in fine form and it looks like he will make at least semis here!

 

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31 Comments

  1. What ever happened to that big mouth rich kid with the weird but powerful ground strokes? I can’t remember his name for some reason but haven’t heard anything from him since he beat roger last year. Know who I’m talking about? Easter European with the billionaire daddy?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Lol. Gulbis. The guy with the ugliest fh of all time.

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    Katyani Reply:

    Gulbis better not vanish from the face of the earth. We still have to revenge our loss :-)

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  2. YES!! That’s him. Is he injured or did he just fall off the face of the earth or something? Btw, speaking of Fiasco ( love that ) he is only an inch taller than us and is ripped at 195. When I saw him in person he didn’t look that big but definitely in great shape.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well he is #14 in the world so he didn’t exactly fall off the face of the earth. He lost early in Dubai to Istomin though. Yeah Verdasco is very muscular though. He puts in a lot of hours in the gym.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    How much do you think this guy weighs? Just take a wild guess.

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    Eric Reply:

    165. That’s you!!

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    Eric Reply:

    Hard to tell but I would guess he’s a few inches shorter than us and about 175 or so. Small frame but big chest.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I don’t have his height but yeah he is shorter than us. He weighs 167 lbs in this picture, and you wouldn’t think it. You got pretty close though.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Ha I wish.

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    eric Reply:

    That is pretty much the ideal body. Lean and mean. Gotta go to sleep but will check out built lean in the morning. I assume some kind of exercise program. Curious.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well from the sound of it you are already on your way to that body! That is the website I used to drop 25 pounds. Marc Perry is great and you will find a wealth of info there about workouts and diet. You can buy a program there but I just used the free info. If you are disciplined you don’t need anything else. Once I get out of here I’m gonna get back in the gym myself and start building muscle again. I guess the point I wanted to make with that picture is that muscle takes up four times less space than fat, and most people are in denial about how much fat they carry. When I weighed 190 lbs I thought I was in ok shape. It was only when I lost 25 pounds that I realized I was fat! If I look at before and after pictures now there is a huge difference. My face looked all fat in comparison to now. Even now I can still probably drop another 10 pounds of fat, but I’m not gonna bother. I’m just gonna head straight into building muscle again when I get the chance.

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Ru-an, got any of those 2 pictures above of our Roger?? You know, for girls like Elizabeth and me and… well every girl else here?? :-) :-) Hmm, Dolores, I think you would also like it :-)

    Ps: “Rafa-beater” is giving Murray a hard time :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Here you go lol.

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    Katyani Reply:

    Haha thanks Ru-an. You know… me personally I don’t like when men have hairy chest, but my God, on Roger it looks amazing :-)

    Ps: Roger, dude… can you atleast act like you have a 6pack underneath all that hair?? :-)

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    Katyani Reply:

    Ps: Ronnie, if these pics of Roger don’t bring you back here, then I don’t know what will :-) #missingyoualotsweety

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah Ronnie is scarce these days. But she has more important things to attend to.

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    Eric Reply:

    He really just has an average body. That’s pretty incredible for one of the greatest athletes of all time. Amazing, really. Next to Nadal or Murray, berdych, Verdasco, Dimitrov, etc you would never guess that Roger was the premier athlete.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well he’s still a great athlete. He is just not very ripped or big in his upper body. In tennis you don’t need much muscle there. It’s more about timing and rhythm than power. And Roger is so talented that he can get away with it, but he has been overpowered in the past by Nadal, Berdych, Del Potro, etc. Djokovic and Murray doesn’t hit big enough to overpower him.

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  3. Ru-an, nice to see you’re feeling more positive about Federer. One bad match isn’t the end of the world. If he has another early loss, then we can start worrying but so far it seems he’s in good form. I think the only issues to worry about are if he gets injured or sick, and so far, he’s neither.

    In 2013, he had a letdown after the heroic exertions of 2012, and even before he tweaked his back at IW he was already having issues with his consistency. I think he was just so drained physically from playing for so long at such a high level that he simply couldn’t maintain a high standard, especially after his grueling match with Murray at AO.

    This year, he has the new racket, which should prevent him from wearing himself out so readily, since it allows him to penetrate the court more easily and gives him more margin when he goes on defense. And he is aware of the need to use his all-court tactics to close down the net and finish points quickly in order to preserve his body.

    To be honest, I’m paranoid that it’s been a little bit too easy so far. He’s faced opponents with aggressive, low-margin games but little consistency. Youzhny faded, both mentally and physically, after he dropped serve. However, Federer did say he was making a conscious effort to play aggressively in Dubai and take advantage of the speed of the court, rather than playing it safe which he felt cost him against Seppi.

    Verdasco also started great and tried to smack winners off of every shot, but couldn’t sustain it. It is a little worrying that Federer fell behind early, but that could be due to Verdasco’s overwhelming Federer at the beginning with his raw hitting power. The important thing is that Federer took advantage when Verdasco’s level dropped. Of course once Verdasco was broken back, it took the wind out of his sails and he melted down completely.

    It would have been nice had Gasquet lasted more than one set. Now there’s a small danger of Federer’s going into the semis underdone. Then again, I do remember his winning Cincinnati in ’10 playing only three matches (his first two opponents pulled out with injury) so it is possible for him to win without much court time. But given that Djokovic is the likely opponent should he get past Coric, I’d have preferred it if he’d played a more consistent player with strong defense so that he could get used to the long rallies. Then again, he’s played Djokovic close to 40 times so it’s not like he’s going up against an unknown opponent.

    Don’t know much about Coric, but I don’t think he has a lot of weapons. Against a player like Federer who plays so aggressively and takes away the opponent’s time, pure defense and footspeed won’t get the job done on such a fast court. It’s only when Federer is off his game and spraying lots of errors that a strong defense can stop him here. So far his game seems to be well-balanced, he’s playing quite aggressively but not making a lot of errors–although as I said, he’s not really been tested in the rallies.

    C’mon Roger!

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  4. Nice gutsy match from Ryan Harrison tonight against Dr Evo. Maybe Ryan is finally ready to live up to his potential. Nice playing, especially in the TB’s against a tough opponent – and – it’s a follow up to bageling Dimitrov. Hell of a week for him.

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  5. Anyone watching Novak vs Berdych?? After Berdy got bageled in the 1st set, he won the 2nd one. Go Berdy. You may end up losing (or winning !!), but respect for you :-)

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    Katyani Reply:

    Ahh too bad, Tomas lost, but he tried. Lost 15 or 17 times to Novak, got bageled and still believed. Taking my hat off for you Berdy.
    Come on Roger, now it is our time :-)
    Ps: Roger, please don’t fall for Novak’s acting…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah Berdy doesn’t have the X factor. I think you are overreacting as usual about the acting thing. I’d be very surprised if there is any acting and if Roger falls for it again he is really stupid.

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    steve Reply:

    Well, either way, the final was going to be a revenge match for Federer’s opponent, since he beat both Berdych and Djokovic last year.

    It’s better that it’s Djokovic. The only time they’ve met in the final here was ’11, when Djokovic was nigh-unbeatable and Federer was struggling to raise his game under Annacone’s tutelage, and Federer lost badly. Let’s hope our man can put up a better fight this time. And it would be nice to improve his finals record against Djokovic, for whatever reason he hasn’t done too well in title fights with the Serb.

    Don’t know how he will come out tomorrow. He’s looked great so far, but Djokovic is a whole other kettle of fish from the guys Federer’s dispatched so easily. And Djokovic has been tested, while Federer hasn’t really.

    It would be huge for Federer to defend this title. He defended Halle last year, but after all he was able to win there during one of the worst years of his career, so that defense is not as significant as this one would be. Hope he can rise to the occasion.

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    Albert Reply:

    Federer into the final again in his first tournament back from losing to Seppi… I’m not sure it’s fair to say he hasn’t been tested. He beat experienced veterans Youzhny and Verdasco, and Verdasco was up a break against him before things turned around. Then he beat Coric, the talented youngster. Even though Fed hasn’t been stretched to three sets, I think he must be feeling confident, and perhaps most importantly, fresh and full of energy for the final.

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  6. No, you are right Ru-an, Novak didn’t act this time that much. He doesn’t need to. That role is now beeing played by Boris Becker :-) Wow, is Boris serious?? Can anybody PLEASE tell him that he is the coach of the world nr 1 and not the coach of the world nr 250 or 500?? The way he is soooo nervous for Novak’s matches all throughout, I am thinking, get real man, you will give yourself a heartattack. Have faith in your “student”. Even the Great Uncle Toni doesn’t act so nervous during Rafa’s matches.

    Ru-an, did you see the match?? The 1st set Novak bageled Berdych. Novak played AMAZING. But… he did play like Roger. Very attacking and coming all the time to the net. I think Boris and Novak have studied the Shanghai match over and over again :-) Which is why I think it will be difficult for Roger to win, because Novak is kind of playing like him. But I really believe Roger will find a way and win.
    And Novak beeing mentally tired after the Berdych match is nonsense. Ofcourse he will come out perfectly fine…
    Come on Roger, you can do this. Dubai is yours !!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Who said Novak is mentally tired? If anything he is mentally ready after the Birdshit match.

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    Katyani Reply:

    The commies of Sky Sport said it after the match ended when Novak walked to the net for the handshake…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    And you believe them why?

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