Federer Into Third Masters Final of the Year After Defeating Lopez

Let’s see how far I get this time. But before I continue let me just apologize to any of you who have commented and got a message saying that you were spamming. I recently installed a new plugin because way too much spam has been getting through of late, so after some complaints from my readers I removed it. I will just have to keep deleting spam until I find a better solution. Well I haven’t been able to watch as much tennis and blog as much as I wanted to because the tennis is in the worst possible time zone for me and, of course, my health has not been 100%. Either way I have been very pleased with what I’ve seen so far from Roger. OK, it has not been vintage Roger but he just straight-setted Lopez 6-3, 6-4 to make his third Masters Series final of the year. And that at age 33. As a fan, I certainly can’t complain.

Roger has had to fight through a couple of tough three-setters against Cilic and Ferrer where he wasn’t quite at his best. As we have become accustomed to with Roger 4.0 he is willing and able to win ugly and grind out those tough matches where he is not quite at his best. That has been the main difference this year. Last year he just wasn’t healthy and confident enough to do that. This ability to grind it out has already seen him win an ATP 250, 500, make a 250 final, three Masters finals, a slam semi, and a slam final. Clearly a massive improvement from last year, but Roger has not quite broken through to win a big one yet. I feel like he is overdue to bag a Masters now. Of course, that doesn’t mean that he will. He is facing a resurgent Tsonga who is hungry to make his mark again after a long dry spell.

Poor stats from Lopez

Tsonga is a talented and dangerous player, but I believe in my player and think he will bag his biggest title of the year here. I feel like Roger has been playing well this year but haven’t been able to translate that form into a big title. Dubai was pretty big, but it is time to take the next step now. I think after the Wimbledon final Roger will be very confident in his chances too. From a personal standpoint, a third Roger’s Cup title would be highly satisfying. Not just for the title itself but also looking ahead to the rest of the season. I feel winning the title here is the next step if Roger wants to make a serious impact at the US Open and Masters Cup this year. It will just make me even more excited for what is ahead. I said after the Wimbledon final that I was not all that disappointed and that I was excited for the rest of the year.

I also said that Djokovic may just drop his guard a little bit going into the North-American hard court season and it seems like that is exactly what is happening. Obviously I am not writing him off for the US Open but to be destroyed 6-2, 6-2 by Tsonga tells its own story. Of course Djokovic got married after Wimbledon and his wife is expecting a kid to boot, so probably his mind has not been as much on tennis as usual. That could just leave the back door open for Roger at the US Open to slip through and win #18, especially with Nadal not having the best of seasons either and Murray still struggling. The stars could be aligning again, but there is still a long way to go. The most important thing Right now is to win Toronto which would give Roger that important winning feeling before the US Open.

Easy peasy

Then I don’t even care all that much what happens in Cincinnati. Of course you would like his chances there too but at least it would take some pressure off him to win Cincy, and could it take a physical toll on him just before the US Open if he wins two Masters back-to-back? But again that is looking too far ahead. All focus now goes to the Toronto final. But before I go there let me get back to the Lopez semi for a second. The match stats were pretty good aside from the break point conversions perhaps, but against a big server like Lopez break point conversions can be misleading. Also, Roger tends to create many break point opportunities and as long as he converts on a few that is good enough to get the job done. As I couldn’t watch the match I can’t give an in-depth analysis, but clearly I am satisfied with a routine straight-set win over a player who has been playing very well of late.

Well, here it comes again. I wanted to say much more, but I gotta cut it short once more here. Least I got a bit more writing in this time.

Allez champ!

 

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53 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for your great effort despite being under the weather, Ru-an. Although it hasn’t been vintage Fed in this tournament, there were so many vintage shots. Hope you can catch some highlights, Ru-an! Roger is not at his best here but the hunger and motivation are there plus his movement is just fantastic. It’s gonna be a tough ask though to beat Tsonga. Somehow Roger doesn’t do well in Toronto. I’m surprised he got this far this year. Slight disadvantage to Roger too because it would be his first day match in the final while Tsonga has played mostly day sessions. Roger has to up his first serve percentage, play his all court game and cut down the unforced errors, if he is to have a chance. At the same time, Tsonga has to drop his level too. Otherwise I see Tsonga winning this. I hope Roger proves me wrong. Anyone annoyed by the Toronto crowd? It’s nice that they worship Roger there (it’s like 100 percent Roger supporters) but there’s a thin line between appropriate and inappropriate enthusiasm. Too noisy and distracting and disrespectful for my liking. It would be interesting how much energy Roger would want to invest in Cincy. Roger loves the courts there. I hope it all works out well. Winning back to back Masters would be just wonderful but it may put USO in to jeopardy. But on the other hand, it can also bring him supreme confidence heading into USO. Anyway don’t wanna get ahead of myself. Get YOUR Cup first, Roger!! Get well soon Ru-an!! Oh, and thanks for removing that spam thing. Almost drove me nuts!! I couldn’t kick the ball (send my comments) after multiple attempts and I thought, “Gosh! Ru-an is guarding his goal post (blog) like a hawk!!”I even tried to reword my comments and removed as many “spam-offensive” words as possible but to no avail! Haha!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Veronica and I’m really sorry about the spam thing. I had no idea! But maybe you guys have felt some of the frustration I have felt with spam for some time now. I have to delete spam on a daily basis because for some reason my always reliable spam filter started letting through spam. It’s really annoying and now I still don’t have a solution. It’s been annoying that I can’t blog properly with my health problem too. Usually I just take a sleeping tablet and sleep it off when I feel my immune system weakening, but I am out of sleeping tablets and I couldn’t get to a pharmacy being in Thailand! No vitamin C tablets either. I’m also trying to watch tennis and the hours of it coupled with not being healthy makes it difficult. So it’s been frustrating but thanks for understanding.

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    Vily Reply:

    Ru-an,

    I hope you get healthier soon and also – I think that Roger will find a way – it might not be so easy but I think he will. Roger is desperate to win a Masters 1000 title – it’s really REDICULOUS he hasn’t gotten one yet thus far.

    I’ll say much more but first things first – the Final. I am excited. ;-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Vily. ‘Healthier’ is apt because I’m not actually sick, I’m just continually on the verge of getting sick and haven’t been able to return to full health for reasons mentioned. I appreciate you guys’ support anyway. I think Roger has been a bit unlucky not to win a MS OR a slam for that matter, which is why I have so much hope that he can win Toronto and possibly the USO too. I also have a lot more to say and hopefully by tomorrow I will be at full health so I can do that. Tomorrow I will finally be able to visit a pharmacy, but that means I will have to get up early and possibly miss the final. Or I will watch the final but that means I probably won’t be healthy enough to make a post tomorrow. At latest I will make a post on Tuesday to review the final.

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  2. Guys, I am really gutted now! I mean this is really starting to become a pathetic and sad pattern. 2 morally wins out of 7 finals.

    I mean how sad is that? If I was inspired by the Wimbledon Final loss, I am very pissed of and VERY disappointed. Roger played horrible. From the start. Desperate the whole time. Never for within a chance of breaking Tsonga and then he lost. I don’t care about the fight backs. They are all good but at the end I really actually EXPECTED Roger to win this in straights. And he didn’t even force the 3rd set. I am just ticked off. 3 Freaking Masters 1000 Finals and Roger keeps I choking when it’s really time to book the victory.

    I know that his game will improve but now how can I really think that he’ll win the US Open?!! He needs to improve in all areas VASTLY and Soon. This loss is just another crappy pill to swallow. Absolutely ridiculous. Roger getting in 7 finals and winning only 2 titles that are not even a Slam or a Masters 1000 event. Kudos to Tsonga. He deserved the win but I just upset… Roger, please pick up your level, man!!! Come on! I know you have it in you. Stop losing Finals already, pleaseee!!!!

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  3. Guys, I don’t want to jump to general conclusions but serious 2 Titles out of 7 Finals has got to be worrisome. Even more than that, Roger could not find to win even when he was playing badly. He’s got to be able to win even when he plays badly. That is the difference. It’s very frustrating because I don’t want to point the finger to the AGE factor. I really hope that Roger pulls himself through and finds a way to win a BIG title soon. ATP 250s and 500s won’t cut it. Masters 1000 and/or a SLAM – The US Open, please! Maybe I am just sick of seeing Roger losing in Finals I guess. I don’t like him settling for that. Especially at the Masters 1000 level. I mean freaking Djokovic will overtake probably (he is already at 19 so I really wanted Roger to put a little distance). Aye aye… Like I said, if the Wimbledon Loss felt more emotional but still an inspiring one, this loss is just sad and pathetic. Roger HAS got to improve if he is to have a chance at this year’s US Open! Darn it! Still pissed off!

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    Tom Reply:

    Nah Vily Roger won’t be able to get the job done in big finals playing poorly, this isn’t 2007 and we shouldn’t expect that. HOWEVER, he’s been in a slam final and three masters finals this season. Why can’t he make another big final this season and get it done?
    He knows he’ll have to improve and I’m sure that’ll be a focus point in these couple of weeks before NYC.
    I understand your frustration mate! But it’s only a matter of time before the champ takes one of these things home, ALLEZ!

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  4. Finally, to be honest I am not sure what to expect from Roger in Cincy?! This loss to Tsonga is a step back I think in my opinion. The draw is nasty in Cincy with Roger having to face Murray in the QFS and to be honest – I am not sure if he will win that match especially after today. And even if he is to win against Murray and reach the final, then I definitely expect Djokovic to be there because he want to complete the Golden Masters (winning all 9) and by all likelihood he’ll do it. I don’t want to see Roger expand even more energy and then leave empty-handed yet again. I wanna see Roger beat Murray and lose in the semis rather than him beating everyone except lose yet again in the final. That being sad, he’ll probably lose against Murray which would really be pathetic after the all the hard work he’s put in to finally her rewarded nothing and get unraveled so quickly. I HONESTLy hope that won’t be the case. Today was crucial. For all I care if he won today, he could have skipped Cincy. Now he’ll be spinning his wheels searching for answers and he might get even more dissapointed.. Aye aye!!!

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  5. To be honest, 2014 has not been that much more pleasurable than 2013. Just as many heartbreaking/annoying losses. Yes, they’ve been to higher ranked players, but that doesn’t make them less painful. If Roger doesn’t pick up his level soon, I highly doubt he’ll ever win a “big” tournament ever again. I’ve followed Roger for a LONG time, but I’m closer to calling it quits with him now than I’ve ever been. Not that I will, mind you, but honestly, he is in a worse position now than he was at any point last year. At least then he could go nowhere but up. This year feels like Roger’s last, desperate attempt to have a successful year, and he’s JUST fallen short. And no, he’s not going to win Cincinnati or the U.S. Open. No way. Even if he’s playing at a high enough level to do so, he won’t, because something will come out of the blue and stop him. Something ALWAYS does nowadays. VERY few chances left for Roger now.

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    Tom Reply:

    This time 11 months ago some people were wondering whether it was the end for Roger with his losses in Gstaad, NYC and Shanghai hitting a real low. To go from that and recover from his back problems and gain confidence, (that’s the biggest challenge 2013 left Roger in my opinion) to show a real resurgence this season going back to no.3, winning two titles, and making a slam and three masters finals is a HUGE turnaround! The amount Roger’s fans expect from him is a testament to the very champion that he is. But I know better (I don’t mean that in a derogatory way by the way!), this has been a very successful season and it’s not over yet, higher heights will be hit! He’s just made back to back finals at Wimbledon and Toronto so I’m struggling to see how Roger is going to lack more chances? He knows what he’ll have to do to improve and he’ll do it, he’s the champ, he’s RF.

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    Vily Reply:

    I tend to agree, Chris. I tried not listening when the annoying commentators said that no player has won a Masters 1000 when they turn 33… But it might be true.

    This year is just they year when you feels that Roger is on the VERGE of doing something GREAT and yet he keeps choking (missing this HUGE opportunities)

    It all started in Brisbane where he should have Schooled Hewitt and yet he lost.

    Then the Indian Wells Final was tough – but OK…

    The the freaking Monte Carlo Rolex Masters – that pissed me off too. Then the Wimbledon – which was actually his BEST loss so far.

    And then came this. Psychologically, I think that the turning point was the match against Cilic. Roger was used to just cruising through matches and not wasting any mental energy but after CHOKING on 6 match points in the second set, and having to earn his victory, I knew that it would cost him. He had to fight against Ferrer – a guy he would have destroyed had he straight-setted Cilic. The Lopez match was a nice and easy win although again the break point conversion rate was abysmal. A lot was on the line today. 80th Title, 22nd Masters, 120th Final, speaking 300 Masters 1000 wins, etc, etc. but even more than that, a validation that he us improving.

    Now he is left spinning again, looking for answers, etc. The year is not lost and I still have a feeling that Roger is on the verge of something great. It won’t come at Cincy because Djokovic, I feel will finally win the Golden Masters.. I don’t a want Roger to make the final. I want him to play amazing and beat Murray but that’s as far as I want him to go.

    Unless he is winning the tournament, I don’t want him in the final. I am just sick of it… Roger has better be sick of it too..

    The stretch from the US Opeto the Davis Cup Semi to the Shanghai Masters and beyond will be huge! Roger can make a decent year an amazing one DESPITE all the disappointments if he wins the US Open, the Shanghai Rolex Masters (he hasn’t won that one so I’d rather see him win there), get to the Davis Cup Final and cruise from there with wins in Basel and a deep run in the Year End World Tour Finals. Something’s gotta pay off for him. He got a bit unraveled here with the Cilic match but I still have high hopes and expectations for him for the rest of the year!!

    Roger, Answer the Call!!!! Take what is yours, dammit! No more lost Finals until the end of the year, deal?!!!

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  6. At least this loss doesn’t hurt as much as some others. Roger just played terrible. He deserved to lose. But these tough losses don’t affect me as much anymore because I’m numb to them. Kind of sad isn’t it? I started following Roger in 2008 (right after he stopped winning every tournament he entered. Of course). And it’s been almost nothing but non-stop misery and disappointment. I can count on my two hands the number of ACTUALLY satisfying and heartwarming moments Roger has given me. Whereas there have been at least 40-50 giant, anger-inducing losses that have just SUCKED. Shouldn’t it be 50-50? Come on. Not cool at all.

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    Chri Reply:

    -2008 French Open Final loss
    -2008 Wimbledon Final loss
    -2009 Australian Open Final loss
    -2009 Miami loss to Djokovic
    -2009 loss in Montreal to Tsonga
    -2009 U.S. Open Final loss
    -2010 French Open Quarterfinal loss
    -2010 Halle Final loss
    -2010 Wimbledon Quarterfinal loss
    -2010 U.S. Open Semifinal loss
    -2011 Australian Open Semifinal loss
    -2011 Madrid loss to Nadal
    -2011 French Open Final loss
    -2011 Wimbledon Quarterfinal loss
    -2011 U.S. Open Semifinal loss
    -2012 Australian Open Semifinal loss
    -2012 Miami loss to Roddick
    -2012 Rome loss to Djokovic
    -2012 French Open Semifinal loss
    -2012 Olympics Final loss
    -2012 WTF Final loss
    -2013 Australian Open Semifinal loss
    -2013 Indian Wells loss to Nadal
    -2013 French Open loss to Tsonga
    -2013 Wimbledon Second Round loss
    -Loss to Delbonis (I can’t remember the tournament.
    -Loss to Brands (Can’t remember tournament)
    -2013 Cincinnati Quarterfinal loss
    -2013 U.S. Open Fourth Round loss
    -2013 Shanghai loss to Monfils
    -2013 WTF loss to Djokovic
    -2013 WTF loss to Nadal
    -2014 Australian Open Semifinal loss
    -2014 Indian Wells Final loss
    -2014 Monte Carlo Final loss
    -2014 French Open Fourth Round loss
    -2014 Wimbledon Final loss
    -2014 Toronto Final loss

    That’s an unreasonable amount of tough losses. I don’t care what anyone says.

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    Chris Reply:

    I counted up all of the satisfying wins Roger has had since 2008, and the number is actually 32. BUT consider this: Once Roger suffers a tough loss in a tournament, he’s done and moves on to the next one. There is only room for one tough loss per tournament. However, if Roger has a satisfying win, he moves on to the next round to have an opportunity to get another satisfying win. There are many opportunities for satisfying wins per tournament. And EVEN keeping this in mind, the number of frustrating losses is higher.

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    Chris Reply:

    I guess Ruan removed the post I replied to with this. It was kind of spam, yeah. I just listed all of Roger’s tough losses from 2008 and onwards. The point is, there were 38 of them.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Nah I didn’t. I just woke up and haven’t approved your comment yet.

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    Chris Reply:

    Oh I see. It’s all good!

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  7. I had loads of fun watching the Lopez match last night, solid play, a tweener and fireworks to boot: just your standard Federer match haha. :-) It is pretty disappointing to see Fed’s groundies being pretty non-existent today against Jo-Willy, but there are loads of positives to take!
    He fought hard throughout the match considering that he was drained today, and did what he needed to do to change things up when things weren’t working from the back of the court. He played the match to the best of what was working for him out there, and it was nearly enough too! 5-7 6-7, hardly an embarrassment! Even the mighty Fed has off days with timing, it happens. It’s amazing it hasn’t happened more often really.
    Also he’s got another solid finals showing under his belt for the season, eating up 1600 points on Rafa when you add his withdrawal and Roger’s points earned. And he’s getting loads of matches in before the US Open where I’m sure he’ll do well. The number of times Roger’s been in these situations, it’s only a matter of time before he’s in the winners circle for at least one of these big titles. Allez Roger!

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    Vily Reply:

    My frustrating comes not from the fact that Roger isn’t sting well or losing matches left and right (2013)

    My frustration comes from the fact that Roger is playing very good tennis and sometimes even great tennis and yet he is not bring rewarded properly. I mean where was Tsonga all year??? Nowhere and here he comes and steals the victory right under Roger’s nose.

    I am really curious as to what Roger will do next? The Cincy can’t come soon enough although I have a guy feeling that Djokovic is winning that tournament.. I just hope that Roger won’t lose to Murray because his confidence can’t take another hit. Winning Cincy would be awesome but winning the US Open would be the Ultimate. So I’d rather see Roger lose and prep up for the US Open rather than expand a huge amount of energy searching for the win and still get gutted at the end.. I mean I just don’t know. I don’t think I or Roger can take any more of this shitty finals losses. Yes, I know Roger is playing well enough to give himself more chances. But he’s got to take them. I mean does he have enough to win Cincy and the US Open?! I don’t know?! I just hope for a very good showing and then preparing for New York and a cake draw at the Open to really put himself in a position. I hope he gets over the loss quicker than I do. ;-)

    “”I’m overall pretty happy that I made the finals in my first tournament back on hard courts…I know what I need to work on the next few days and next few weeks.”

    I guess he sounds more positive than me already! I guess that is good.. :-) )

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  8. I was somehow surprised to see a lower level from Roger in the final, after I was in heaven yesterday being able to see Roger playing live against Lopez. Years of watching the GOAT on TV gave me a solid sense of his extraordinary and unique talent and skills, but seeing him live provided new perspectives on his playing style, his movement which is so fluid, some incredible and powerful shots that took my breath away and his overall attitude towards the sport,opponents and people in the arena. I had to pinch myself to realize that it’s not a dream and Roger was there, playing not far away from me with so elegance and beauty, mesmerizing everyone around him, like a true God of tennis.

    I think Tsonga deserved to win today, as Roger was not there, mostly mentally, what would be the reason for this doesn’t matter anymore.

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  9. Looking at the SILVER Lining and possibly a hopeful positive out of this, here are all the meaningful results this year (2014) for Roger on HARD Courts:

    Finals in Brisbane
    Semi-Finals in Australian Open
    Winner in Dubai
    Finals in Indian Wells
    Quarter-Finals in Miami
    Finals in Toronto

    So, all in all, Roger is very solid on hard courts. He is possibly the 2nd best or 3rd best on Hard Courts this overall.

    This bodes well. Despite today’s loss and all the year’s dissapointments, I would trade them all for a Win in New York!

    I think that Roger will get better – maybe not exactly next week but he’ll be ready for the US Open!

    My dream of seeing Roger triumph in New York is still possible. Plus, I could see him make several more finals which he’ll take all. :-) The format there of a day between each match will do him good.

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  10. Finally, before I bore you all, despite my dissapointment, I still think that Roger is on the cusp of something EPIC. Yes, he’s lost a bunch and he has some painful losses this year but I still have high hopes for him this summer. As he said, the game is still there (even though today it clearly wasn’t). His confidence is a bit shaky but with a ton of practice and a couple of key wins, he should be key. As always, the draw in New York will be epic and will see. I still want Djokovic in the Semis.. Nadal is still an unknown factor and he could lose early and still go all the way to the final. The meaningful stat there is that Nadal HAS never defended a Slam consecutively outside of Roland Garros. This a huge stat!!!

    And another sweat stat that is more of a prediction:

    Nadal LOST the Australian Open Final and then WON the French Open
    Djokovic LOST the French Open Final and then WON Wimbledon
    Federer LOST the Wimbledon Final and then …. the US Open

    I guess you can fill in the blanks!!! By the way Roger won the US Open in 2008 despite losing in both Rogers Cup and Cincy!!!good omens?!!! Will see!!

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  11. I just hate seeing all of these reasons as to why Fed should do well soon or win Cincy or the U.S. Open. All of these rays of hope and reasons to justify them. Because in a month’s time, Roger will have lost at Cincy and the U.S. Open and all of us here will be even more upset. It sucks having to be happy with all of Roger’s wins en route to a defeat in the final. They are meaningless.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Why so much pessimism though? Who says he will lose at Cincy and the USO? Do you have a crystal ball? Just wondering.

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    Chris Reply:

    Based on his results from U.S. Open 2012 and onwards, it’s very likely I’d be right. I mean, which is more likely: Roger losing at both events or winning one of them? He hasn’t won a 1000 since Cincy 2012.

    Also, I just feel that pessimism is sometimes the right way to go. I would LOVE it if Roger could even just win Cincy, so if he does win it or the U.S. Open, I’ll be very happy. But if he loses, at least I was right with my prediction. It’s just a very small defense mechanism against crushing defeat.

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    Vily Reply:

    Just to clarify here: I may be dissapointed. I may be upset but no way I am depressed or pessimistic. If anything, all these losses will push Roger to push even harder to finally get the win. I hope the perfect storm comes in New York. I wonder what’s your take on all if this, Ru-an! I am sure you’ve ready all my rants and posts by now! LOL! ;-)

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    elizabeth Reply:

    Hi Folks if we are having a bad time trying to analize Roger’s loss then I think we have to be honest and say that a different Federer played the day match than the night before! I’m glad that Tsonga was the one that beat him, but although Jo played well I still don’t think he would have won if Roger say had played the afternoon match the day before. I think tiredness mental or physical lost the match for Federer. It’s unrealistic for anyone to play at their best going to bed at
    3.30 and play a final the next afternoon. I’m not making excuses for Fed losing, it to me is just not a level playing field.

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  12. Ru-an, am a bit upset reading all these negative comments, as if Roger is to win every match he is playing, as if he were a machine. Good grief! Roger played night after night, the last two nights getting to bed at 3:30 AM….that should tell you that he was tired, not enough rest coming, weatherwise, into a very warm daytime Final. ‘nough said. Tsonga was strong, looked by far more rested than Roger, plus Roger just turned 33. Ru-an, Roger played all matches at night, is he obligated to abide? Realize that he draws the crowds, which is money making to the tournament. Would appreciate your comment on this. Also, I think Roger does too many interviews in several languages to top it off.
    Hope he gets some well-deserved rest.
    Ru-an, hope you are feeling better. Take care. And, congratulations to Tsonga’s win today.
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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    eric Reply:

    You’re the best Delores. And you’re right, Roger’s schedule was not fair. Even worse than you said, I don’t think he played a single daytime match this whole tournament until the final. That is a very hard adjustment to make. Ru-an, get yourself to a BOOTS and get some drugs. They’re everywhere in Thailand. Feel better buddy, we need your good vibes around here to help fight off all this negativity.

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  13. You guys are a little wacky on this, especially you Vily. Chill, man. Roger never got out of bed this morning. He played poorly. But he didn’t give up, or disappear, he’s not injured, he lost to a top guy having an out of his mind tournament. It’s ok. To even remotely compare this season to last season, when Roger was injured and losing to nobodies in the first couple of rounds, is insane. Roger played an AWESOME Wimbledon and lost in the final. He’s been off for a month and while he hasn’t quite gotten his grove back in this tournament, except for today, he played pretty damn well. Who gives a crap about winning Toronto. Keep your eyes on the ball, folks. Roger is 33 years old. He will likely retire after the Rio Olympics. He’s got a few more chances to win GS’s – that’s what matters as far as titles. And frankly, it’s not about winning titles anyway – though that would be fantastic. It’s about watching this great champ and uniquely gifted tennis artist, try to figure out a way to hang with the best of the best and maybe even beat them – despite the fact that he’s 33 and DOES NOT HAVE ACCESS TO HIS GREATNESS ALL THE TIME. Give him a break. Someone above said they’ve gotten a handful of wonderful moments from Roger over the years. Huh???? Do you know anything about tennis? I got dozens of wonderful moments from Roger this week, and he wasn’t even playing particularly well. This guy is a blessing every time he bothers to go back out on a court one more time for us. When he’s stops playing, then where will your moments of inspiration come from? Give him a break. Enjoy what there is left to enjoy.

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    elizabeth Reply:

    Haha Eic you are so right we are all a little wacky…expecting Roger to wipe the floor with anyone who stands in his way no matter what! And Delores I agree about the schedule well said. I have loved Fed’s play this week until the final, and the tennis world has been so blessed with this seemingly timeless wonderful player so I think we should all cut him some slack and just enjoy. Ru-an, hope you are well x

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  14. From the man, himself: “Today was just difficult in terms of rhythm from the baseline, so it was like a new tournament for me,” said Federer. “No excuses. I think he played really solid and well when he had to and I think he served well overall, which was key for him.

    “I’m overall pretty happy that I made the finals in my first tournament back on hard courts…I know what I need to work on the next few days and next few weeks.”

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  15. Can I just point out 3 things some of you seem to have forgotten? (Apologies if I sound harsh, but I am kind of getting tired of Roger fans druling over him when he wins and then acting TOO disappointed when he loses)…
    1) Roger did not get bagels or lost with 6-2 6-2 or something. He MADE Jo Willy work his butt off for the win.
    2) Roger believed till the end AND fought till the end. He looked tired, still…. no gamesmenship, no MTO, no toiletbreak, no giving up, he fought till the last point.
    3) Did I miss something?? It was Roger in the final right?? Because….. I did not see the world number 1 Novak there, who is the best player since last year. I did not see Rafa there who is well… unbeatable. I did not see Andy there, who is back to his best level. I did not see Stan there, who won a GS. I did not see……fill in…. there !!!
    Who I DID see was a 33 year old Roger Federer, last year around this time nr 8, now nr 3, who played gruel matches at night instead of atleast one or two matches during the day….

    Please guys, I am more gutted than most of you, but only for Roger, because he deserved this win.
    NO ONE will mention that Jo Willy beat Novak and Andy, they will only mention Roger.
    I am so sad for Roger that he lost, but the year is not over. He will have wins.
    Look at how many finals, sf, etc he has made. Any top 20 player, etc would almost kill for what he has accomplished so far this year.
    Again, apologies for beeing too harsh.
    But lets not be too sad. Better times will come. Go Roger. I still believe. Bel18ve :-)

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    mridul1 Reply:

    Katyani !
    Exactly my feeling. I also wanted to write something in the same vein, but after reading your comments I am not going to write. I repeat. You have taken right out of my mouth. Thank you.

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    Joe Reply:

    Tremendous perspective Katanyi. You and Dolores are tops in my book. What you both said …. really, really needed to be said.

    If there were a Like button here, I’d probably be pressing it more than the limit allowed…

    :-)

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    Alex Reply:

    I’ll second your comments as well Katyani and Dolores. Nicely said!

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Mridul, Joe and Alex, thank you for the compliment. I meant every word of it. Hope it was not too harsh and sooooo hope that Roger gets through Cincy well. He has a tough draw. Especially if he has to play Monfils soon….

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  16. Yes, Katyani. But don’t be so sad for Roger. This is how he sees it: http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2014/08/32/Toronto-Final-Federer-Reaction.aspx

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    Vily Reply:

    Well, that is AWESOME to hear, especially from Roger! Knowing what he needs to work on and not feeling lost. I felt the part about trying to sneak in a set was so true. But it wasn’t meant to be.. But that’s ok! Coming into the tournament, I didn’t expect Roger to even make the final nor even win the title so he performed pretty good overall. I trust him when he says that he’ll work on his game and get better. Will see what lies ahead. As far as Cincy goes, I expect a lot from Djokovic, Murray and Wawrinka. They’ve had couple extra days to practice and in Djokovic’s case, a bit of extra motivation.. Will see! What I was MOST worried about was Roger spinning his wheels, looking for answers and feeling lost and discouraged after the loss. That appears NOT to be the case so that’s great news. If he reaches the QFs the match against Murray would be a good barometer to see where he is at! Winning Cincy is not an absolute must for Roger… But doing well is… a Semis is preferred to be honest. Maybe even if he loses to Murray, it might be blessing in disguise. But reaching the final and losing again – my least preferred scenario…

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  17. I get the point about not getting enough sleep, etc. etc. The truth is he had a bad day at the office. It’s just one of those days. I remember in 2011 in Indian Wells, Roger had a really crappy day at the office – losing to Djokovic in the semis and then losing the doubles final right after. This loss reminds me of that day.

    It’s frustrating because Roger has put so much work into this year and he deserved to make all these finals that he made. It’s just a pity he couldn’t win couple more tournaments but that’s life I guess.

    What I have no doubt about is that if Roger is fresh physically and mentally, he can play with the rest of them and give himself several more of these opportunities THIS year. I just hope that it’s at a big tournament such as the US Open or at a Masters 1000 event. And hopefully he can finally take the victory. It will be that much sweeter. This is really testing a Roger right now – reaching all those finals and falling short for one reason or another. He is so close to winning and yet it’s not happening for him just yet.

    I just hope that he keeps working, keeps improving and he may get rewarded sooner rather than later… :-) )

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  18. Another finals loss – this one had an air of inevitability about it. I have now watched from start to end all those finals losses – Indian Wells, Monte Carlo, Wimbledon, and now this one (didn’t see Brisbane). Actually the two finals he won I was forced to miss due to travel.

    In retrospect though his footwork was off . He hit a lot of forehands ‘falling away’ instead of stepping in. Why ? Well Tsonga hit very hard and deep. Federer was not expecting that I think.

    The said thing is Tosnga SERVED LESS THAN 50% in the 1st set and FEderer didn’t get a break point. That was the match. There was no way Tsonga would serve so poorly again. And serving 2nd the whole match is tough mentally. It seemed federer was always hanging on just to stay alive (and he was, thanks to serving 2nd).

    To be honest the reason he lost is that he played 3 consecutive night matches (the adrenalin keeps you up for hours after play too, and I think it gets worse as you get older, in my experience) and then 4 matches in 4 days. Stupid scheduling. The guy had about 18 hours between SF and Finals to recover.

    This one was a splendid chance with the other Big 3 out. That’s fine. On to the fast courts of Cinncy. I expect a Djokovic-Federer finals.

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  19. We all have them, even Fed. Federer said, “If you can’t hit forehands or whatever, it’s just, like — it wasn’t my day, man. It was just a sh—y day.”

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  20. Ok. Firstly, we’ve said this before. What we’re seeing is federer playing at a good level for the most part. It’s been a good year so far considering his age and also considering what happened last year.

    Most of us and I know Ruan despises excuses. But I do have a theory, please correct me If I state something wrong. I believe most of federer’s matches were during the night while most of Tsonga’s matches were during the day, as was the final in the end. This means that Tsonga was more used to the conditions. That’s one thing.

    Secondly I’m trying to figure out if fed was having an off day or if Tsonga made it so. Usually the answer is both. One thing is certain, that Tsonga played the tournament of his life this past week. Federer’s unforced errors speak for themselves. He was having a bit of an off day, maybe due to tiredness (I honestly don’t know but this was not the federer that played Djokovic at Indian Wells (his form was terrific in that match). Or it could have been the change in conditions as I said earlier. Anyway Tsonga was going after him and then it became mental. The fact that Roger was getting frustrated made it difficult for him to focus especially with Tsonga’s style of play which took time away from him.

    I know one thing. Both players play aggressively whenever possible. Last night Tsonga was playing with not many mistakes. The first set was lost for one simple reason and fed should have used his experience to avoid this trap. Because of the way Tsonga was playing, fed thought that he had to go for more than normal, I mean go for his shots a lot more, ie more power, angle etc which is actually a pretty bad mistake. It cost him the set. Sometimes less is more (ask djokovic and nadal who just keep getting balls back into play). But of course that is not Roger’s game.

    Finally, whatever encouragement federer got from a few good spells of play last night was immediately put to bed by Tsonga’s great serving. NOT ONE BREAK POINT!!! That’s the problem for Roger. That’s why this loss will hurt. Something mental happened out there which ultimately made Roger lose trust in his shot making. That was the end right there.

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    Alex Reply:

    I’m not sure about the break points, I just can’t remember any

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    Vily Reply:

    You make some very valid points, Alex. I guess despite the dissapointment, your explanation is very plausible. The way that Roger lost the first set on a single break point was dreadful. He did push to get to the tie-break but dammit Tsonga didn’t miss a 1st serve in the tiebreak. Absolutely ridiculous. If Roger stole the 2nd set, then you never know. But yeah, that was an overall not a good performance since Roger kept getting bunch of unforced errors.. The serve and volley kept him in the match which is what made the scoreline very respectable even though Roger never really had any serious chance of winning…

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    Alex Reply:

    It’s true what you said, I felt it throughout the match and I think we all did, that Tsonga was the better player on the day and that Roger never had a serious chance of winning. I want to see Roger reach the form he had in this year’s indian wells coz that Roger was as sharp as I’ve ever seen him and it was only one or two points which separated him and djokovic in the end. THAT was tournament winning form and he could have so easily won that tournament.

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  21. Hey Ru-an. Don’t feel the need to post but please just say hi to let us know you’re ok.

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    Dolores Reply:

    Eric, I have had the same thought, hope Ru-an is OK, give us just a Hi.
    Dolores

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Hello Dolores and Eric. I’m fine thanks. Thanks for caring. I gotta go to Laos to get my work permit today but I will try to fit in a post before I go.

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  22. Good stuff Alex. I agree with all except one thing. I don’t think Joe was playing well in the first set either. Roger was going for too much though, you’re right. Not sure why. Roger has a quirky personality. Maybe he was just irritated and off and knew he wasn’t playing well enough to win by rallying so wanted to hit big and maybe psych himself up, wake himself up,

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    Alex Reply:

    Yeah I have to say I agree with what you said. I felt whilst watching the first set and Tsonga not being able to get a first serve in that Roger better take advantage and take a break because if Tsonga gets through that then he gets more confident and Roger less so. At wimbledon I remember Roger speaking about the Raonic match beforehand and saying that he knew he would get so few opportunities to see break points so he went in with the mindset of ‘I have to take advantage of those few opportunities’. He was prepared for that. I don’t think this was the case with Tsonga. Ok he didn’t even see a break point but he knows that when Tsonga is serving well, the opportunities are few and far between. Like everyone has already suggested, Rog was way off his game though.

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