Federer Makes Short Work of Difficult Opponent in London

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.

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  1. Hey, Ru-an!

    It will be interesting to see how Stan fares against Novak. I expect that Novak will win but that double bread stick is shocking to say the least, give Stan’s recent poor form. I know that he’s been working hard to rediscover his form so we’ll see.

    Roger is looking good. It takes him a couple of games to get going so that will be key against Novak. Djokovic has been jumping on top of opponents very early and Roger has to withstand that and does his own damage as well, I have a good feeling about Roger winning the Masters Cup but the Year-End Number 1 is going Djokovic’s way.

    So if Djokovic ends up with 6 Titles (1GS, 4 1000s, 1 500) and Year-End Number 1 and Roger ends up with 6 Titles (WTF, 2 1000s, 2 500s, 1 250) and Year-End Number 2 (and possibly Davis Cup) it will be awesome and fair too. :-) Let’s see how it works out! :-) ))

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  2. I guess I’ll go ahead and post the first comment on this one. Ru-an, I’m glad you’re enjoying the WTF so far. It’s one where things are only going to get more and more exciting as we get to latter rounds.

    I was intrigued by this quote from Nguyen of Sports Illustrated:

    Federer dismissed any talk of fatigue being a factor in the scorelines. He thinks it’s the surface.

    “I think it’s very much a game of movement and the baseline game,” Federer said. “Whoever’s better from the baseline has the upper hand, then dominates. I think that’s why we’re seeing heavy scorelines, because it’s just hard to serve your way out of trouble. It’s almost not possible time and time again.”

    http://www.si.com/tennis/2014/11/11/atp-finals-day-3-recap-federer-nishikori-murray-raonic

    I think this London court really is a slow hard court in Federer’s opinion, in the sense that we don’t see easy service holds and lots of tiebreakers. I think that probably favors Djokovic, if he should face Federer. However, this does mean that this surface is going to be a lot more like the indoor clay that the Davis Cup final will be played on, so I don’t think the French are giving themselves as much of an advantage as they think they are.

    Finally, I’d point out that even though it’s the kind of slow surface where big-serving Raonic, Cilic, Berdych haven’t won a match yet, Roger hasn’t lost his serve yet through two matches! So let’s hope Roger keeps on winning.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    It is indeed a very slow hard court and the failure of the big servers and flat hitters are proof of that. No doubt it favors Djokovic over Roger too which is getting somewhat disgusting but if Fedrinka can team up then Roger could possibly get the job done of at least winning the title.

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    veronica Reply:

    What a let down. Stan can’t be counted on for anything now. I hope he gets out of his post slam funk by DC; otherwise the Swiss are not winning it. Such a pity when you think about it : 2 slam winners; yet can’t even put some matches together to “help” each other out. Stan has the game to beat Djoker; but he is not a very intelligent player; sometimes he is like all brute and no brain!! Haha! I’m not holding my breath for DC.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well I wasn’t counting on Stan anyway. I already said before the WTF that I wasn’t thinking about the #1 ranking. It only came to mind again when Stan destroyed Birdshit. But now it is 99% sure it’s over. I’m not mad at him for not ‘helping’ Roger or anything. I never expected him to just show up in the worst form at the WTF and destroy everyone in his path. Beating Birdshit the way he did was already good for the Swiss DC chances, so I am happy about that. In the end Roger has to do his own thing and Djokovic deserves the #1 ranking like I keep saying. Now he just has to do his best to spoil Djokovic’s moment which would be a big boost going into 2015.

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  3. When Federer’s playing well, especially indoors, he has too much variety for Nishikori. Nishikori takes advantage if his opponents fail to strike the ball cleanly and with precision, but if Federer is placing the ball well and staying aggressive, it’s really hard for Nishikori to keep up.

    He’s only failed to reach the semis once in 12 attempts at the year-end finale, so I think he has a great chance of coming through after two wins.

    Murray will be super-motivated to try to qualify for the semis. Hopefully our man has enough left to dispatch the dour Scot. If the courts are as slow as he says, it’s true that Federer’s serve won’t be as effective. But he’ll also be able to attack Murray’s weaker second serve. Once that happens, Murray loses rhythm on his serve altogether. Federer will have to play close to the baseline and step into the court whenever he can in order to keep Murray from running and grinding.

    It’s encouraging that Federer was able to post two straight-sets wins despite not really playing his best tennis. It’s incredible that his serve hasn’t yet been broken after two matches. Nishikori is the kind of player who can really make his opponents pay for a lousy serving performance, so to beat him without dropping serve is pretty remarkable. Federer will need to raise his game a notch for Murray and a further couple of notches for the knockout rounds so it’s good that he’s managed to conserve his energy thus far.

    I’m not as impressed by Djokovic’s form as everyone seems to be. He’s playing well since he became a dad, but he’s been extremely fortunate in the opponents he’s faced. In Paris, most of them were dead tired or having a letdown after qualifying for London, or both. Then in London, he opened against Cilic who hadn’t played a tour match for six weeks. (Federer, by contrast, opened against the guy who beat him a mere ten days ago). He’s not encountered very stiff resistance.

    Stan the Man seems to be finding some form at last and he has the tennis to beat Djokovic even on his favorite court so he has a very good shot here. But Djokovic must be considered the favorite.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well now that he bageled Stan are you still not impressed by Djokovic’s form and do you still believe that Roger can end the year as #1 Steve?

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    Jiten Reply:

    I honestly believe that after yesterday night’s performance by Djoko against Stan, Fed should concentrate more on winning the WTF than getting the no. 1 back. After that performance the no. 1 ranking is simply sealed. The way Birdshit is performing nowadays, I don’t see him beating Djoker even in my wildest dreams. Anyway, the year end no. 1 was always in Djoker’s hand rather than Fed’s as he had admitted himself. In my opinion, the lack of variety on the part of Stan did all the damage to him. On the very few occasions when Stan used the backhand slice, Djoker had trouble timing his shots. And the first serves deserted Stan when he really needed them. Hopefully our man will fire in all cylinders in the final against Djoker.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah the #1 ranking was always a long shot Jiten which is why I said before the WTF that I am not thinking about it and am just hoping Roger can somehow win the title. That will be hard enough with the slow surface. Djokovic’s form has been immense of late and he does deserve the #1 ranking having outperformed Roger in all areas this season.

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    Jiten Reply:

    Also, rather than becoming sentimental as a Fed fan and wishing for a semifinal loss of the current no. 1 (of course after a minimum of one loss in the round robin, which is not happening anyway) for our hero to have a go at the no. 1 slot, let us hope that both of them make into the finals. Going by the current state of affairs in O2 this year, they are the only two players who deserve to be in the final.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah I don’t see Djokovic losing to Birdshit so we might as well hope Djokovic and Roger makes the final so we can see a good match. Roger may not be able to get #1 back but he can still spoil Djokovic’s party and send him a message. Winning the WTF and going 4-2 vs Djokovic for the year would be a fantastic way to end the year.

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    steve Reply:

    He’s playing well, no question, and these courts seem to favor him. As Federer said, the serve isn’t very useful for cheap points on this surface. It’s all baseline tennis. That’s Djokovic’s forte because he defends so much better than the rest of the field.

    No one seems to have come up with a game plan for Djokovic except hit and then hit harder, which only results in more errors. Cilic was totally rusty and as for Wawrinka, his level seems to be up and down–until Paris, he’d lost in the first round of three straight tournaments. This surface seems to lead to very one-sided matches, even small differences in level are magnified.

    It’s highly improbable that Berdych will do any better than any of the previous contenders. But who knows?

    It’s not in Federer’s hands. The best he can do is try to win all his matches from here on out.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well Fed has qualified for the SF after Kei won a set anyway. Now he just needs to beat Murray to qualify first in his group and avoid Djokovic in the SF.

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  4. Hey Vily, I agree with a comment you made earlier. Tonight will be decided if Roger will have a chance to become world nr 1. If Stan the Man, who finally realised that he is a damn great tennisplayer and a grandslam winner, can beat Novak tonight, then Roger has a chance. If Novak wins, then Roger has no chance at all, because Berdych did beat Cilic, but he cannot beat this Novak.
    I do like Cilic, eventhough he beat Roger, but this is why Roger is so great, his consistency. Stan and Cilic won a GS and after that kind of didn’t perform very well. I do like Cilic and I know that Roger will get a chance to revenge him. To me it is important that Stan plays well, not only for the WTF, but also for DC.

    Tomorrow will be a tough match for Roger. Andy is no pushover and he wants to win, but Roger will finish him off in straights or in 3.

    But before I leave, I want to make one thing very clear…. even if Roger doesn’t become world number 1 this year…. NO WORRIES AT ALL….. STILL AND ALWAYS PROUD OF ROGER NO MATTER WHAT, because I know that he will be world number 1 next year. And lets be honest…. beeing world number 2 is NOT BAD AT ALL. Especially since he began at nr 8 and almost the entire tennisworld was writing his farewell speech and treating every tour as his farewell tour.

    Dear sweet hero, if you remain nr 2 for this year, I would and am still VERY PROUD and HONOURED to be your fan. Love you Roger. Always. Go Roger :-) And please… Go Stan :-)

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    Ajay Reply:

    Fuck Stan the Man. He deserves no respect. Same goes for Cilic. These guys are a joke. I think I actually prefer Nadal to this bullshit. And mind you I basically hate Nadal. This is pathetic. I remember how interesting the group stage matches were last year and even the year before. I think we are gonna have 12 straight set matches. Maybe the entire tournament will be filled with 6-1 and 6-0 sets.

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    Elizabeth Reply:

    Another letdown of a game. Stan’s serve went awol after a bright start. Only hope that Roger will succeed against Murray. It looks like a toss up who goes through with Djokovic. Any one of them will burst a gut if they have to play Fed (assuming Roger goes through). So C’mon Roger make us smile x

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    veronica Reply:

    lol, “burst a gut” good one, Elizabeth, and so true!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Being dramatic much? Stan and Cilic deserves more respect than ever after winning slams in this era and both of them are having the best seasons of their careers. If you prefer Nadal to them then maybe you should consider becoming a Nadal fan instead of being a Fedfan? Both of them play attacking tennis which is much more like Fed than Knobdull’s defensive base line crap. Not to mention that it is becoming clearer with every passing day what Knobdull has been up to all along.

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    Alex Reply:

    Do you mean that he just wants to surpass fed’s slam count and make sure the H2H remains skewed in his favor?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    No that is old news. What I meant is all this recent news about him using growth factors and stem call treatment and of course the PRP treatments of the past. All very shady treatments which can be used to mask doping and do many other things http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=2578102

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    Ajay Reply:

    I am not being dramatic in the slightest. I hate Nadal more than you. In fact I have never ever seen anything good about his game. You should rather get the point I was trying to make. You would never see Nadal pull the crap Wawrinka was pulling yesterday. If Novak got a bagel playing lights out then fair and square he is the man. He barely had to do anything. Wawrinka just played shitty. That’s the truth. I don’t know how I am dramatic. You have been infintely more dramatic about Roger. I am always happy whatever Roger does. Because he always tried his best. I though hate the crap from Cilic and Wawrinka. And don’t you dare tell me to be a Nadal fan.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Lol. I see Nadoll pulling crap all the time like he did in Beijing, Shanghai, and Basel. What do you expect from Stan anyway? He is coming off the worst run of form probably in his life and he has already destroyed Birdshit. Just be grateful about that for the Swiss DC chances. How were you being dramatic?

    ‘Fuck Stan the Man. He deserves no respect. Same goes for Cilic. These guys are a joke. ‘

    Need I say more? Yes the matches have been one-sided but does that make two slam winners jokes and deserving of no respect? I would like to see you be that big of a joke and that deserving of no respect.

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    Joe Reply:

    I’ve long wished I were quotable like Ru-an. Even though it’s only one word, I feel like I’m making progress!
    :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha it took me a while to figure out what you were talking about Joe. You guys crack me up. First Jiten called the intruder Knob and then you called Nadal Knobdull. Great stuff.

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  5. My take on all of this is that there are basically two players…. and everyone else. Novak is going to be the Number 1 player and Roger the Number 2 player.

    To me, however, if Roger beats this cocky Novak, then it will be even sweeter. You can definitely sense and see that both players are playing angry merciless tennis at the moment and nothing will stop them from meeting in the final.

    Roger creates a masterful performance and Novak strikes right back. I expect tomorrow another demolition victory tomorrow by the mighty Fed and another destruction by Novak on Friday.

    Roger will have the slight advantage though of being slightly more rested. On top of having extra 2 days off since he lost in Paris, he’ll have to play only 2 days in a row. Novak, on the other hand had a shorter turnaround after his win in Paris and will also have to play 3 days in a row. These small margins may make the difference.

    I love it when both Roger and Novak go all out against each other with no mercy because then they produce their best tennis.

    It will be a dogfight for sure but I just sense that Roger wants to shut everyone up – just a little but more than Novak. Novak will have his Wimbledon title and the Year-End Number 1 but the story of the year is Roger Federer and his resurrection from Number 8 in the world to Number 2. He really wants this title a lot and he senses the opportunity. Auatralia may or may not materialize and more often than not it won’t. But here in London there is everything to play for and I feel that Toger will win. It will be a battle so I expect a 3-set war of attrition with Roger JUST prevailing in the end!!! :-) ))

    Come ON!!!! :-) )

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  6. Looks like there are only 2 men in this WTF; the rest are boys playing like they are just out of their puberty! Haha! Getting to year end no. 1 was a far reaching dream; there was an opportunity for Roger to try. He did; at Paris; but he faltered. Now it’s out of his hands. Let’s move on. Besides if Roger continues to play well, he has good chance of taking no. 1 next year. Ru-an, if Djokerer happens, what are Roger’s chances you think? For me, I’m thinking it needed a perfect match from Roger to defeat Djoker in Shanghai. It’s all about surfaces now for Roger. This surface is a far cry from Shanghai. It does not allow Roger to play the kind of perfect game like Shanghai. Besides Roger does not look top form yet. On the other hand, this surface suits Djoker to a T. It seems Fatherhood has spurred him on. He is in devastating form. Besides Roger himself said the court was slow, that it rewards the best baseliners, that you can’t serve your way out that easily. But aren’t we all so impressed with how mentally tough Roger has been?! So clutch and playing the important points so well. And he’s looking like he really really wants this title. I hope he has one more inspired performance left in him this year; that he breaks the unbreakable streak, stop the unstoppable train and lift the trophy on Sunday! But first things first, give the Scot a beat down first tonight! Then he’s gotta bring up his first serve percentage against Djoker; otherwise it’s gonna be a hard day at the office.

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    Jiten Reply:

    I am also wondering Sis, WTF is happening with the other six in WTF? They need to marry soon and have kids :-) :-) .

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Given the surface I would have to call Djokovic the favorite if that match happens Veronica. It’s like you Roger had to play the perfect match to beat Djoker in Shanghai, and that was a faster surface. Last year Roger took Djokovic to three sets in Paris and London though and he is playing much better now, so by that reasoning Roger can surely beat Djokovic. It’s a tough one to call and right now it is a two horse race. If Roger does beat Djokovic the h2h goes to 20-17 too. That almost doesn’t seem right at this point but we will see what happens.

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  7. Haha, looks like the two parents (Federer and Djokovic) are “home-schooling” the kids, aka Murray, Nishikori, Cilic, little BirdBrain, and Stan the Boy Who Wants to be a Man! :-)
    I jest, but all the encounters have been pathetically one-sided so far – Cilic and Raonic have played like mugs, Wawrinka was a mug last night – he was clearly going to lose given how amazingly Novak was playing, but the way in which he surrendered was down to his own unforced errors. If “Mugray” turns up tonight (as opposed to Magnificent Murray), the organisers may as well hold the Federer-Djokovic final straightaway. Roger seems to be the only one who is capable of stopping Novak anyway

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    Vily Reply:

    I agree that Novak is an absolute monster right now – especially at returning. However, his serve is suspect. After all, he’s been broken twice already.

    Roger should accept the fact that he’ll get broken but as long as he breaks Novak as well, it should be ok. The key stat for Roger will be the 2nd serve points won. If that stat hovers above 50% than he’ll be ok. It will be extremely difficult though with the way Novak is returning. Obviously it will take a great serving performance to slay him. That being said, I know that Roger is very very motivated. So once again I’ll trust him. At Wimbledon prior to the finals, I wasn’t sure what to expect because Roger was cruising but wasn’t really playing that angry merciless tennis. Here he is but so is Novak so we’ll see. I still believe that at their absolute best Roger is slightly better than Novak.

    Case in point – the EPIC French Open Semi in 2011 – I think that this is the best match that they have EVER played against each other.

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    Krish Reply:

    Hi Vily, I agree with all that you’ve said above – let the best man win, and let’s hope it’s Roger!

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  8. Roger is playing tremendous tennis so far against Murray! Up 4-0 so quickly …. and if he wins the first set, I believe Murray will be eliminated, so the second set might be easier than it would be otherwise.

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  9. Are you guys watching??!!!! WOW – what a GOD-like set from Federer, and what an awful set from Murray! Totally one-sided – and Andy crashes out quickly.
    FedExpress sending out a message, Allez Roger!

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  10. It’s as simple as this: Fed has been the better player this season so that tells a story of its own. Secondly we are witnessing a combination of fed playing great at the same time while murray is playing bad. Plus Roger was relaxed having already qualified before the match and Andy was nervous knowing he needed to win in str8ts just to qualify.

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    Alex Reply:

    It’s pretty pathetic to watch really. Feel sorry for the crowd.

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    Alex Reply:

    This isn’t right…

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    Joe Reply:

    I know what you mean Alex. I can’t believe Roger dropped that game either!
    :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha nice one Joe. What a shame that he missed out on the double bagel. Now that would have been truly epic!

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    Ben chia Reply:

    Ha… Ha… that’s a good one Joe! Fed came in strong and continued to add bagels and breadsticks to this year’s WTF food basket.

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  11. Please explain this :

    6-0, 6-1 vs. the great champion ANDY MURRAY with only 39% 1st serve in !!!

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    Vily Reply:

    I know. It seems rather awkward. But I enjoyed it nevertheless. Enough to shut Djokovic up at least for a day. I get so annoyed when he tries to impose himself with a rediculous score line. I bet that he’ll go for the double bagel tomorrow. Simply ridiculous.

    But Roger is the man and the master. And Djokovic will get pummeled just as much! His turn will come. Soon! ;-)

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    Joe Reply:

    And Roger obviously needs a good first serve percentage against the game’s best returner…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yes Djokovic should not try to play his best and instead donate games to his opponent. Lawl.

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    veronica Reply:

    Yeah, Vily, it looks like Djoker and Roger are trying to outdo each other, “what you can do I can do better….!”, ha! But I’m delirious that Roger is matching him!! Like you, I get annoyed when Djoker pummels his opponents with such ridiculous score lines! Take that, Djoker, 6-0, 6-1, catch me if you can!! Let’s hope Thomas gets his act together and birdshits on Djoker for the first time!

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    Alex Reply:

    “Let’s hope Thomas gets his act together and birdshits on Djoker for the first time!”

    Hahahaha one of the funniest comments

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Vily: “Dokovic is a cocky bastard for trying to play his best tennis”.

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    Ben chia Reply:

    Veronica… sad to say, birdy wasn’t much of a fight. Surrendered rather meekly. Nothing much of a surprise, but this just reaffirms @ru-an spot on assessment of #birdshit. Regardless, it’s been a hell of a great season watching Fed breathe down nole’s neck till the end. 2 more matches for our champ to end yr in style. Switch for GOD mode is now on, and here’s hoping the switch stays “broken” for Fed a long time to come. Cheers to all!fellow Fedfans! :-)

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  12. Fed totally destroys Murray 6-0, 6-1. Probably Murray was a bit tired from all the matches he’s played this fall. Also, Federer came in with a solid game plan of attacking Murray’s second serve and playing solid controlled offense on his own serve, and he executed nicely. Federer moves on to the quarterfinals with a 3-0 record in round robin play. Not bad for a 33-year old. Also, Federer now has winning head-to-head records against both Murray and Djokovic, which I think he’ll appreciate. Murray could not have enjoyed taking a bagel and a breadstick in front of his home town crowd. He hasn’t been quite the same after his back surgery. Now remember when people were saying Fed got the tougher group earlier this week? Well he’s shown us just how good he can be against tough competition.

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  13. yes he definitely shows us what he can do against tough opposition…it’s almost as though he needs it to spur him on. He’s just fantastic, wonderful to see him play like this.

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  14. Oh my god. The title of this post is even more applicable to the Murray match. Other than the serve percentage, that was VINTAGE Roger. JesusFed, dare I say?

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  15. Imagine the extent of the slaughter if Roger had served at 70%! Murray’s a joke. He was never part of a “Big Four.” It was always only The Big Three. Perhaps this shellacking will make him show a bit more respect for the Maestro, but I doubt it. The Scot’s feigned arrogance knows no bounds, and is the hallmark of a mediocre champion. Grow up, Andy Murray. And bow to your Master!

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  16. A masterclass from the master! To limit a two-time Grand Slam champion to one game in two sets is no mean feat but Federer did it.

    Murray’s fans will insist that it was the back surgery and that he was tired from playing so much to qualify for London blah blah blah, but even if Murray had played like he did at Wimbledon last year he’d have still lost in straights.

    Poor guy, we heard no shortage of hype from the British media about what he had to do to beat our man and this is the result.

    Like Federer said, he was happy not to get the double bagel and that Murray retained some small dignity. Federer’s double-bageled an opponent in a three-set match only once in his career, nine years ago when he thrashed Gaudio. It’s not a pleasant thing for Federer when it happens, he doesn’t want to humiliate the opponent, just play his very best.

    As Veronica said, there are really only two contenders in this tournament, the rest are just there to make up the numbers. While Djokovic has been playing at his highest level the whole tournament, Federer appears to be peaking at the business end, which is just what he needs. Whoever he faces in the semis, whether it’s Wawrinka or Berdych, I hope he has enough left after the magic he showed today.

    C’mon Roger!

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  17. Btw Ru-an, guys, no one player seems to be having a decent first serve percentage in this tournament. Is it the courts?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Probably Veronica. Good observation.

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    bili piton Reply:

    How can the the courts have an effect on a players first serve percentage? The ball travels through the air.

    The speed of the court can only have an effect on number of aces, 1st serve win %, etc.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Nope. The slow courts mean less penetration with the serve which could cause the players to go for more on their serves, causing them to lose rhythm and drop their first serve %.

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    eric Reply:

    Bingo!! That and Djoko’s great return of serve make him extremely difficult to beat here.

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  18. Congrats to Novak and the Year-End #1! In the grand scheme of things, he earned it so I am OK with it. What I really want though is for Roger to beat him here. It will take a tremendous effort and as we can see that both players are playing their best tennis. We can pretty much fast forward to Sunday.

    It will be an EPIC match. It seems that if Roger is to get close to winning another Slam, he needs to win the WTFs. It will be a powerful message if he revenges the loss at Wimbledon.

    And Ru-an, YES! I want Roger to shut Novak because of his ridiculous trying to outdo the master. So glad he didn’t get the double bagel today!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Are you saying he should not try to outdo the master? Now that is ridiculous. Just listen to yourself.

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  19. Well it now appears certain that (assuming CIlic continues his poor form) we will have an all Swiss semi final. Difficult and I don’t think either man enjoys playing each other. Federer did drop that Monte Carlo final, but then won in Wimbledon (but was a bit fortunate as Wawrinka was devastating in the 1st set and Federer won a very tight tiebreaker).

    I wiish no ill to Wawrinka of course, but I do hope the error – version shows up. He has had his `poor’ game already out of his system and will feel rejuvenated to have made it despite this lousy performance against Djokovic.

    Looking forward to Ruan’s analysis of the semifinals.

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  20. It looks like the semis are Federer/Wawrinka and Djokovic/Nishikori. Will be interesting. Djokovic gets a re-match of his US Open semi. If he and Roger win, I hope Roger sees the final as an opportunity to break Djokovic’s indoor win streak. That would be a real statement just two days after seeing Djokovic clinch the year-end #1.

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  21. Stan looked as though he was managing his serve well, it was nice that he got through to the semi finals although I admit to being a bit nervous when Fed plays Stan. The French DC team will be rubbing their hands hoping for a long match, so C’mon Roger just do it! Roger ended Djo streak at RG and if I’m not mistaken his streak (smaller) in Asia so it would be nice if could do it for a third time x

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    Vily Reply:

    Can we please fast forward to Sunday?

    Tomorrow’s matches will be just a formality. We all know that we are getting a rematch of 2012 Barclay’s ATP World Tour Finals (Roger won Wimbledon but lost the Year-End Championship to Novak) and a rematch of this year’s Wimbledon Final (Novak won that one) so Roger will be desperate to win this one.

    Novak’s year is complete. He has the Wimbledon title and the Year-End Number 1. Of course that he’ll HOG for more but it ain’t happening. Roger will claim this trophy.

    It will be a dogfight but I am confident.. :-)

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    Veronica Reply:

    Vily, What happened to one match at a time?! Haha! What if Stan suddenly picks up form playing Roger? When Stan is on, not many players can stay with him; even Roger said as much. Let’s see which Stan turns up and how well Roger handles him. And I hope Kei has one last fight left in him this year. But this tourney will certainly fall flat if Djokerer doesn’t happen. C’mon Roger!

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    Vily Reply:

    I don’t know. I feel that I have pretty much seen both Roger and Novak schooling everyone and I doubt that will change.

    The only questions IS: how they’ll fare against each other. We’ll find out on Sunday. If Roger plays like he did against Murray AND his first serve % is at least around 59% I think that he’ll win. His baseline game is great AND he’s relentless at attacking. He’s really getting close to peaking.

    My only question for the future – how long can he maintain this form. He’s looking REALLY good. Let’s hope that he RIGHTFULLY will hold the trophy on Sunday.

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