Federer Into Quarter Finals After Fish Withdrawal

Hi guys. I know I haven’t been posting as much as I promised I would, but believe me I’m 100% into this US Open. It’s just that I’m still adapting to my job and my Ipad hasn’t exactly been playing along. Today is my first off day since the US Open started and I’m often too tired and busy to make a post. But I’m gonna try to make up for it today. And I have the weekend off as well so I will be able to blog about the semis and final. I am also getting HDTV today so I will be able to do some proper viewing. Now lets gets to the tennis. Since my last post Roger beat Verdasco in straight sets as I predicted.

I also said he would get through his first three round without expanding much energy. However, he still had the draw from hell ahead. Fish, Berdych, Murray, and Djokovic. It simply doesn’t get any harder than that, and given Stupid Saturday and the fact that he is 31 years old, he needed something to go his way. Fish’s withdrawal was it. It meant he would get an extra day off. Now I can’t see any reason he can’t win this title. Some people are saying the fact that Fish withdrew will break his rhythm, because next he is playing a tough opponent in Berdych. There is truth to that, but ultimately Fish’s withdrawal is a blessing.

Roger may not be as sharp in the beginning of his match against Berdych, but ultimately the break will have paid off. The match against Berdych may be a little harder, but when the weekend comes that extra day off will pay dividends. Roger will play tonight against Berdych. This is really where the tournament starts for him. I think there is a pretty good chance he will drop a set here. Maybe even two. But he should really try to get this done in no more than four sets. Or straight sets. We know how dangerous Berdych can be, and he has found form just in the nick of time for the US Open. Expect him to play well.

The important thing is that Roger 3.0 can be counted on. Even if it gets close we know he will stay mentally tough and grind it out. But going to five sets won’t be ideal, even though he has had a day off. I’m predicting Roger will win this in four sets. As far as Murray goes he has been looking very good. After a close match with Lopez he has gone on to destroy Raonic in straight sets. He now plays against Cilic who has beaten him at the US Open, but I’m pretty sure it’s not happening this time. I pretty much wrote Murray off before the US Open, but he is for real here. I think Roger will have to deal with a confident Murray in the semis, and Djokovic in the final.

This tournament is starting to remind me a lot of Cincy. And we all know what happened in Cincy. Djokovic has been looking unstoppable, destroying one opponent after the other. He was busy beating on Wawrinka today when Wawrinka withdrew in the third set. So I’m not worried about Djokovic’s form. He looked unstoppable in Cincy, yet Roger still bageled him in the final. Djokovic will now play the winner of Roddick and Del Potro. Roddick used the crowd and Delpo’s nervousness to win the first set in a tie break, but Del Potro started to relax in the second set and won it on the tie break.

He then won the third set 6-2, and they are now battling it out in the fourth. I think Del Potro will win this set and the match. It’s better that way as he will be a bigger test for Djokovic. Djokovic’s draw has been easy and if he faced a 2009-like Del Potro it would be justice. That kind of Del Potro is very dangerous and could even beat Djokovic. In the ‘weak’ quarter it will be Tipsarevic against Ferrer. It doesn’t matter who wins there because they are surely not making the final. I’d actually prefer Ferrer winning that match as he has given Djokovic some trouble in the past whereas Tipsarevic hasn’t.

Well we are down to quarter final stage as soon as the Roddick/Delpo match is finished, which is the business end of the tournament. Hopefully the rain doesn’t interrupt again and Roger gets his match done today. Then he will have another two days off after having three days off. That should be enough rest to get him through the weekend. With Fish’s withdrawal I now feel even more like winning #18 here is destiny for Roger. I can just feel the fear of Fedfans for Djokovic who seems to be in amazing form, but like I said Roger was the one with the tougher draw in Cincy and he came through it to bagel Djokovic in the final.

The fact that he has the tougher draw again here is a good thing because it will test him, so that he is in good form for the final. But Delpo can also test Djokovic if he gets through Roddick. It’s one match at a time now. Berdych will be a test that’s for sure.

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37 Comments

  1. Roger seems to be out of sorts!Let see if he can manage another epic come back…fingers crossed :-)

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    jason Reply:

    And he couldn’t. So he’s going to lose some ranking points. Now I hope that Murray is going to win this. The guy deserves at least a GS title, considering the quality of his tennis — and of course, to give Roger the edge for year-end no.1 ranking. I won’t mind Delpo winning it either.

    As for Roger, yes there’s a bit of a disappointment looking back at the promise being showed throughout. But he’s already achieved so much, in the bigger context, I’m OK with this. In this age, we must have our expectations on him in check. Hopefully he does well come AO

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    Muhammad Reply:

    Totally want any one other than djoker clinch this trophy now.I was completely stunned by that wide pick up from roger at 3-4(30-15) in the last set.But it wasnt meant to be.Well next two hours at work for me now will be excruciating.It will play on the mind for sure for some time.USO for me now is dead rubber.
    Yeah i guess we are completely ok with it.Besides he has to defend a lot of points before AO.Looking forward to next tournaments now!
    Roger federer,we love you!

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  2. Greetings Ru-an! Am very downhearted at the moment. Watching Roger go down to this cocky Berdych….wish your prediction would have come true, Ru-an. What happened to Roger tonight? Cocky Berdych did not win this by defeating Roger, Roger defeated himself. Be anxious to hear your comments plus others. Now I wish Del Potro would win the US Open. Am feeling badly for Roger but he has his loving family to go home to and recover.
    So glad you are back to blogging, Ru-an, you are missed.
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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    Muhammad Reply:

    I so want to run like crazy and crash into smth…Well we have got to deal with this i guess.Roger was shaky tonight.Cocky berdych is annoying,no doubt about it.
    Let see what ru-an has to say!

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    Jiten Reply:

    I cannot agree more. Roger just defeated himself. When his shots were not on, he still went for those impossible angles. He looked too anxious; on the contrary, whenever Birdshit was falling behind, he took more time between points to compose himself. I have a feeling that Fed may play Shanghai now to keep his no. 1 ranking till the year end. It will be interesting to see whether he decides to play Davis cup next week or not. And to all the Fed fans, don’t get disappointed. His year is still beyond our expectations; we have got way more than we expected. Just pray for good health for Mr. Fed so that he can prolong enthralling us.

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    JDub Reply:

    “Birdshit”……..hahahahah, that was the funniest thing I have seen in awhile. Thanks for the laugh! :-)

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    veronica Reply:

    The Bird flew last night and shitted on Roger Federer. Darn. There were lots of shit everywhere. Where were you, Roger Federer, the master wiper of Birdshit?! Have you forgotton you even wiped off blue-coloured birdshit in Madrid not too long ago?!! Or does it feel like 150,000 years ago that you did that, huh?! Have you forgotton how Birdshit stunk in Wimby 2010?! How you were shitted all over?! But you had a backache then didn’t you? And you couldn’t quite bend over to get all that Birdshit off; I totally get it. But last night you had the fittest back that I ever saw you have; you had a silver medal on your neck; you had that gigantic (ugly) Cincy vase to hold all the Birdshit you ever gonna wipe; and for added security, you carried another heart with you (Murray’s broken heart) just in case you lose courage when the last piece of Birdshit fall on you. Yeah, it’s nothing looking at the big picture. You have exceeded expectations. 17 is amazing. Anything and everything is fine but ….. not Birdshit. Not overpowering, cocky, “something in my game makes Roger uncomfortable” Birdshit. Pooh!

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    muhammad Reply:

    Wow!I totally loved your comment! :-)
    Did birdshit actually say that! What a jerk!

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    Chris Reply:

    Disagree. This is sports. The better wins. No need to insult players when your favorite does not win. What is the point of sports without FairPlay?

    Somebody on this blog said that Djokovic is done, burned out, in deep crisis. I could not understand.

    I’m proud of Roger Federer and his achievements. But I don’t expect him to win everything. I despise Nadal. Because I think he is the same kind of phenomenon as Lance Armstrong.

    If Berdych said that something in his game made Roger uncomfortable, he was only stating the obvious.

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    muhammad Reply:

    Fair enough chris!You are right in saying that.But class of roger federer is the yardstick actually and we,the fans,do sometimes compare.Playing all out and winning against a champion like roger is one thing and then gloating about that after is totally different thing!Someone here earlier pointed out that its actually the language barrier which makes people usually misunderstand berdych but i think expressions and guileful sneers usually dont go unnocticed.

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    Chris Reply:

    But has this guy ever won anything important? What will he be remembered for? Is there anything special or really likeable about him? Exactly! Beating RF in quarterfinals of slams has been his most notable success of his career, his life! And rightly he feels proud of himself because the list of people that have done this is not so long! I know it’s hard for us RF fans to take the perspective of these lesser players, but imagine he was your son, brother or father. Jeez, beating the great RF in a slam is one heck of an achievement, that’s what his whole life had been about. To feel proud about himself he is not counting titles and records broken, he’s counting the timed he was able to beat a #1 ranked player on a slam. That is as good as it gets for these ‘normal’ top ten players. Let him savour his moment

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    veronica Reply:

    Glad you liked it Muhammad. Good to laugh it off sometimes, isn’t it?!! Hope you still not feeling like you want to crash into something! Lol! Yeah, Birdshit made those comments about his game versus Fed’s game (see my comment to Chis which I would post a little later)

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    Dave Reply:

    It’s funny how birdshit had his ass handed to him by Mugray. How many errors did this guy make 60+. This idiot will never win a slam.

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  3. Roger is out! He was asleep for the first two sets, made an epic comeback in the 3rd but it was too late. He couldn’t break early in the 4th and at 4:3 I sensed he’ll get broken! It’s not a heartbreaker but it is a little sad because that STUPID withdrawal from Fish cost him the title.

    He lost his rhythm and you can’t do that against Berdych. Plus, I felt that he underestimated Berdych and he lost the 1st set which ultimately cost him the match.

    Now, going forward it’s going to be between Berdych, Murray, Del Potro and Djokovic.

    I kinda feel it will be a Murray – Djokovic final and I sense that Murray will win his first GS. I also felt that if Roger won today he would lose in the semis again.

    It is what it is. This match was a little lame just like the AO 2011 against Djokovic and the FO 2012 against Djokovic as well.

    Life goes on, Roger is still number 1 (for now), the QF streak is still alive but Roger should feel very disappointed.

    I really didn’t expect that Berdych will be such an obstacle but then again he has hurt Roger 3 times already – twice in Grand Slams at the QF stage and once in the Olympics. He’s very difficult to play against and unless you grab the lead and hold onto it, you’d better watch out!

    It’s over now but it’ll take couple of days to get over it!

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  4. Roger better smash Fish the next time they play. Roger had it all going after the 3rd set and it seemed like he would deliver another great comeback, but credit to Berdych I guess for not folding early in the 4th. Overall though, even if Fed found his game in the 2nd half of the match, it was the first half that cost him, and that was due to not having played for 4 days. So thank you Mardy. Not.
    UGH.
    And now I have no real reason to watch the rest of this US Open.

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  5. Are you all sure it was Roger Federer playing tonight? The same guy that won Wimbledon and played perfect tennis at Cincy? Didn’t look like him to me.
    It was all self destruct tonight. Berdych played a solid match, good serve, but nothing special. He played better in Madrid’s final against Federer. Tonight he didn’t even have to target Federer’s backhand like he usually does with his flat strokes.
    Federer wasn’t there, he just couldn’t find his range or his serve. He somehow took advantage of Berdych tightness in the 3rd set but as the 4th set started he went back to shanking easy forehands. It was obvious he wouldn’t make it out of it this time.

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    Kyle Reply:

    Yep, Fed was clearly affected by the 4-day break, unfortunately. By the time he got it going, one mistake was going to cost him, and in the end, that was the net cord at 30-30 at 3-4 in the 4th.
    You could say that Roger should have won the first set but that was false form. I knew as soon as Berdych broke back that things were going to take a big turn for the worse.

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  6. ARGH! ARGH! ARGH! Sigh……

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    anewor Reply:

    all will be okay if either JMDP or Berdych wins! Murray no way! moreso Novak! Please not Novak!

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  7. Sad day. I didn’t get a chance to see the match but it sounds like there wasn’t a lot to get interested in. Can’t say that I was too surprised that getting the walkover from Fish cost him dear.

    But still he’s accomplished fantastic things this season, and there’s still a chance he could be #1 at the end of the year, though to some degree it’s out of his hands. There’s no reason to be pessimistic about next year just because this.

    This is probably Murray’s tournament now. For the first time in forever, he doesn’t have to face either Federer or Nadal in a Grand Slam–should he fail to win this one, he won’t have the excuse of having to play two all-time greats to explain away his loss. It’s now or never for him.

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  8. Because I have stuck with Federer throughout his career, this is just a loss. The guy got Wimby, a silver, and into another quarters!!! 4 days off, might have been too much, but I like that he said, that at Wimby he once went 6.5 days off, and won the tournament. He’s still going to win, but not all the time, like he used to. Just cherish that the guy still has the fire to play and be at the top level. Hope we all stay in touch after this great season. G

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  9. Hi all

    I was actually at the match. Got a last minute scalped ticket outside the entry, just had this crazy desire to see my hero, not knowing how many more times that would be possible.

    Anyway, I always feel wretched after Federer loses, depressed for days sometimes, but this one was a little easier. I can’t explain it maybe because I was there or maybe because of Wimbledon or because he lost to Berdych and not Djokovic or Murray. I despise Berdych, but it just doesn’t matter that much cause he’s not a main rival of Fed. Anyway, the other reason I could live with it was that particular match Fed played more poorly than his opponent. That’s it. There was no way getting around it. I thought he came out flat, probably due to not playing Fish and Berdych played very well, though his game is totally uninspiring. Even on a bad night though, Fed had some genius shotmaking and it was inspiring how much the crowd was rooting for him. He just didn’t play at his peak for whatever reason. Too many UEs, too low a 1st serve percentage. The UEs were the killer. On all the long rallies it always felt like Berdych would win the point. It was a bit of a throwback to Fed a year or so ago, but I think it was temporary. He just wasn’t on and didn’t seem totally into the match, with the exception of the 3rd set. Some unnecessarily loose service games too. Anyway, it was a sad day, but not unbearable. I still am amazed he’s No. 1 and won Wimbledon. That’s a lot for a 31 year old champion. Hopefully he’ll get 1-2 more. Maybe Wimbledon again or the US Open next year. There’s still a chance if things align. Maybe even the Australian, though it’s awful slow.

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  10. This will be the first year after a long time, when 4 slams will be won by 4 different people. And thats the way the cookie crumbles…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    No.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Sir Ruan. ,4 Slams were won by 4 different people,

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    Muhammad Reply:

    Sarcasm!enh?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Good prediction mate.

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  11. Roger obviously didn’t play his best tennis and logically got stunned by a Thomas Berdych who was playing his best. A totally unexpected result to me…
    This loss hurts really, but it is not like it is the end of the world either. We know Roger isn’t one of those who lose themselves in passion nor one of those who lose their passion. He genuinely loves the game and has the mental strength to look ahead and move on as soon as he finishes a match. He lost an important one that he expected to win, but doesn’t lose his talent nor his will to fight by losing. I’m sure he’ll bring back soon his magic and will keep galvanizing crowds, as well as keep pushing out frontiers and braking records. As long as his health allows him to, he’ll move whatever mountains there are to be moved.
    As for the other remaining contenders for the US Open title, I believe Andy Murray should strike while the iron is still hot, but will he strike? He didn’t yet display his most refreshing tennis at this US Open event, but didn’t have to either (because his opponents seem to keep choking on the big moments). But the next hurdles may be a lot more difficult to pass. It’s clear that Murray remains a very emotional, temperamental person and player (and he has said so himself), albeit somewhat ironic with a reputation of being “dull.” But are those traits conducive to winning big titles? I guess we’ll find out soon…

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  12. I know someone would dislike to read it but it was not so unexpected that berdych was able to win that match. Most of us more or less spoiled fans forget that in Madrid Roger didn`t deserve to win as much as berdych (hate to admit it but is true).Berdych outplayed him for the larger part of that match and like yesterady Roder seemed slow, not focusted , hitting too many UE, not being able to stay in the long rallies.What saved him was Byrdych weaker mentality at the key points not the skills or brave/agressive play on Federer side. Most of you guy consider any win of roger as a beatdown even when he craws to win like vs Nadal in IW this year or vs Berdych in madrid. Berdych knew that only he can beat himself this time again and played with belief. Roger…well the old tradition of matches where he looses a 1st tight set and than thematch repets too many times last few years.The not so “epic” comebacks on slam matches these year came vs. Del Potro who was injured at FO and Benneatau on Wimby who got injured during mtach too.So yesterday happened what had to happen in Madrid.Sure the 4 days off didnt prepare him well but no excuse for his mediocre tactics and the missing 1st serve (u dont need 4 days off to ruin a good serve).

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    Chris Reply:

    I really liked to read this! Thanks man for your courage to give some facts here! Honor to whom honor is due, which for once is not RF. I will miss Andy Roddick, and somehow I wish he could have won his last Wimbledon final. Nobody made me laugh like he did in his pressers…

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    Michel Reply:

    Sorry, but I will not miss Rodick, actually since he intentionally wanted to hit (with a ball) Roger at 2009 Wimbledon final, I didn’t watch any of this guy’s matches.

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    Chris Reply:

    Got your point! Did not see or don’t remember that one. But if I had been in Roddicks place, I would have tried to hit that bloody Federer with the racket :-) By the way, I did not watch Roddicks matches, I watched his pressers, especially after him loosing to Roger.

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    Kyle Reply:

    In the Madrid final, Berdych played very well, but Roger certainly deserved to win. He was down 0-30 in 3 straight games at the start of the 3rd set and yet found a way to get out of them with clutch serving. So while yes, giving credit to Berdych in that match for playing well is appropriate, he didn’t give the match away for Roger. Fed had a break in both the 2nd and 3rd sets and was broken back by strong play from Tomas.
    And he didn’t “crawl” to beat Nadal in IW. It was 6-3 6-4 and should have been 6-3 6-2. He dominated Nadal almost that entire match.

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    Dave Reply:

    Stoyan it sounds like you’re a bit upset and irrational. First off, Federer won against Nadal at Indian Wells by playing aggressively and serving well and played much better than Nadal so don’t go and shit on him for a win he rightfully deserved. Second, Federer won Madrid because he pulled a Nadal tactic, which is he hung in there and fought and fought and he was mentally tougher throughout that match and prevailed, sure Berdych played better for the better portion of that match but couldn’t capitalize on the important points and lost. As far the U.S. Open is concerned, We all acknowledge that Roger plays at least one “off” match and usually has to dig deep to win in almost every tournament he plays and I believe he was having a bad night and that happens to human beings once in awhile. I feel no disappointment or regret. I am proud to be a Federer fan and what he has accomplished this year has far exceeded what most of us expected. Lighten up, don’t discredit him based on how you feel or what you expect of him. Berdych played lights and as much I dislike him, I have to say he deserved this win. I believe motivation and lack of match toughness played a part in this “horrible” loss. I mean it’s difficult to stay motivated all the time when you have accomplished every goal.

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  13. No way you could have expected it, a slump out of nowhere like Olympic final. I was preparing for weekend action and sort of sweet revenge against murray and djokovic and just have nothing to do right now :-( roger couldn’t make most of this version 3.0, now that he didn’t win that elusive gold medal, it feels something is missing. There is a bit of void (actually I found the reason later on, it is the first time since 2004 neither roger nor nadal featuring in a gs sf). If djokovic manages to win US open, no. 1 ranking will be remained questioned.
    And regarding berdych comments, he has the right to think so. He leads 4-3 in the last 7 meetings. Out of the three wins of roger, one is in the paris indoors, other two went to a decider, madrid final this year and very emotional toronto masters win after 2010 wimbledon shocker. He has got a game to trouble top players, e.g. Aus open qf against nadal. I think roger loves to beat this guy as he seems a bit cocky, which is not the case with tsonga or delpotro, so it may be a letdown for roger. I don’t feel good about it when a lesser guy beats in two consecutive grand slam meetings. I’d love to have berdych in roger’s quarter from next gs onwards.

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