Not exactly what was expected, was it? The scoreline of 6-3, 6-2 was the same as the scoreline by which Djokovic beat Nishikori in Paris, on the same surface. Yet against Djokovic Nishikori was only rolling in his first serve. So this is a promising result for Roger. For Nishikori it was somewhat disappointing and I expected a much tougher contest. This time I watched the match and it was a bit of a letdown after everything I expected. I was hoping that Nishikori could at least break in the last game when he went up 30-0 on Roger’s serve and make him serve for the match at 5-4, but the way it worked out was better for Roger because he saved energy and sent a strong message to the rest of the field. If there were any doubts left as to whether he was still tired after Shanghai, Basel, and Paris then those doubts were silenced.
Roger has now all but qualified for the semis. It is extremely unlikely now that he won’t qualify. For one thing he would need to get destroyed by Murray and that is not happening. If anything I expect Roger to destroy Murray. I won’t get into the possible scenarios as I am sure Roger will qualify. The only real question that is left is whether Roger will qualify first or second in his group, and a win over Murray would be enough to qualify first as all the remaining members of the group have lost a match whereas Roger has been undefeated so far. I can see him at most losing a set to Murray but he will probably win that in straights too, so it is likely that he will top his group. The bigger question is who will be the other qualifier. Murray defeated Raonic in straight sets which means Raonic would need to defeat Nishikori to remain in it.
I think Roger and Nishikori would win the final group matches which would mean Roger and Nishikori qualifies but you can’t be sure. That would probably be the best thing from Roger’s standpoint as he would top his group and Nishikori would play Djokovic in the semis as long as Djokovic tops his group. This is important as Nishikori defeated Djokovic in the US Open semis. If Stan can for instance defeat Djokovic and Djokovic loses to Nishikori in the semis then Roger would still have a shot at year end #1, but that is still an unlikely scenario. Stan of course double bread sticked Birdshit since my last post which was awesome to see. First because I don’t like Birdshit and second because I like Stan and seeing him back to his devastating best is great for the Swiss Davis Cup hopes.
From a Fedfan standpoint this World Tour Finals could not have gone better so far. Some people have been whining about the lack of good matches in London so far this year but these are the kind of people will probably always find something to whine about in their miserable lives. Another match they are whining about was the one between Djokovic and Cilic where Djokovic double bread sticked Cilic too. Cilic was talking about an injury before London so maybe that had an effect there. But I think the WTF is interesting enough with Stan coming to life again, the year end #1 race still being alive, the three new faces in London, and a possible Djokerer meeting(whether it be in the semis or final). Some people will always find reasons to complain instead of looking at the positives, and you just have to feel sorry for them.
Today will be an interesting match between Djokovic and Stan while Cilic and Birdshit will fight it out for their first win at the WTF this year. Birdshit was atrocious in his first match against Stan where he didn’t hit a single base line winner, so I would probably favor Cilic. As for Djoka if Stan plays like he did against Berdych he may yet cause another big upset like he did in Australia this year. These courts may favor Djokovic over Roger but it favors Stan too. The ideal scenario is of course if the Swiss boys can work in a team where Stan defeats Djokovic and softens him up for the semis, and then qualifies first in his group so Djokovic face Roger in the semis in a match which could decide the year end #1. That scenario is not out of the question so I’m looking forward to see what happens in the Djoka match today.
You don’t even have to be a Fedfan to find these scenarios interesting. Any real tennis fan would find the race to year end #1 interesting. But of course some people are looking for reasons to whine. We are now half way through the group stage and although Roger is pretty much guaranteed qualification there is still a lot of tennis to play and a lot of exciting things going on. As a Fedfan things couldn’t have been more ideal so far but today is where things could get even more interesting if Stan can cause another big upset. Just getting back to Roger’s match against Nishikori Roger was not even at his best and yet he still routined Nishikori. Like I said Nishikori was a bit disappointing in the second set but he is no doubt a very promising player and can yet cause a big upset in London.
As for Roger he is saving energy which will no doubt come in handy toward the end of this all important event.