Hey folks. Surprise surprise, I’m sick again. Must have something to do with Asia because I hardly ever got sick before I came here. I’ve only been able to watch one of Roger’s matches so far, the one in the afternoon session against Nishikori. Today he is playing his semi against Stan again in the evening session again which begins at 3 am here. Strange scheduling. And being in the state I am in I might have the miss that match too, as well as the final which begins at 1 am here. Oh well. I won’t make a long post about the final group stage matches either in an attempt to save my energies. I did say some things about the Murray match on Facebook if you want to check it out. I think Roger missed a big opportunity to double bagel Murray in the second last game when he was leading 6-0, 5-0 and 30-0 on Murray’s serve.
I looked everywhere for footage of that game but I only found one point, so that has to be taken into account. But from what I hear he missed a volley at 30-0 and made two more unforced errors. Then I read what he said in the presser afterwards and I was convinced he pretty much tanked that game because he was feeling sorry for his opponent. That is admirable and all, but this is pro tennis where the name of the game is kill or be killed. So that left a bitter taste in the mouth. More so because I realized that is the attitude which cost him the Australian Open in 2009 against Nadal in the final, which happened to be the most painful loss for me as a Fedfan. And judging from Roger’s reaction after the match it was the most painful loss of his career for him as well.
How often do you get the opportunity to double bagel an opponent, not to mention a two time slam winner? And then you feel sorry for your opponent when you have the chance? Get outta here! Anyway I don’t want to take anything away from Roger’s 6-0, 6-1 master class over Murray, but it just reminded me why Nadal now owns Roger in he head-to-head and why Nadal is breathing down his neck in the GOAT debate. And this has happened against Djokovic too in two US Open semis where Roger was match points up and failed to drop the hammer. I just hope it doesn’t happen should they meet in the final here, but I’m not gonna expect it. From what I heard and saw Roger was on fire against Murray which was great to know anyway. It takes some doing to hand a quality player like Murray a bagel and a bread stick.
39% first serves?!
So I am delighted with Roger’s from so far in London and he will have a lot left in the tank for the semis and finals if he makes it. He now plays Stan which is a bit of an awkward match, especially with Davis Cup ahead too. After Stan got schooled by Djokovic he came back to beat Cilic in three which was great to see. It shows that the match against Berdych was not just a one off and that he seems to be finding some form indeed. This is huge for the Swiss Davis Cup chances. It also shows how damn well Djokovic is playing that he man handled Stan the way he did. Djokovic then also went on to secure the year end #1 with a 6-2, 6-2 drubbing of Berdych yesterday. There never was much doubt that it was gonna happen after Roger lost to Raonic in Paris and in the end Djokovic claimed the #1 in no uncertain terms.
In the end he clearly deserves the #1 ranking after what he did this year compared to Roger, so I am fine with it. I would however like to see Roger spoil his party now and I do believe he can do it after what I’ve seen from his this week(which isn’t a lot mind you). But I can tell where Roger’s game is at by watching highlights anyway, and after what I’ve seen I now believe more than I did at the beginning that he can win the title. Yes the court speed favors Djokovic and he is in devastating form, but Roger is playing as well as he can too. This is not 2012 where he was burned out or last year when he was low on confidence. I have no doubt he can win the title, but he needs to win two more matches first. We know how tough Stan can be when he is in the zone. So that will be hard enough.
Nishikori also qualified with a three set win over alternate Ferrer after Raonic withdrew due to injury. Nishikori is the same as Stan in the sense that he can beat anyone on a given day. That said, Djokerer goes into their respective semis as the favorites. It seems destined that we will have a Djokerer final, kind of like it was in 2012. They are the two best players of the year and it is only fitting that they play in the WTF finals. And if it happens Roger will have a great opportunity to spoil Djokovic’s party. If he wins he will go to 4-2 against Djokovic for the year and to 20-17 overall. So then you have a situation where the one player is more accomplished but the other player owns the head-to-head, a lot like Fedal. But Djokovic did win that all important Wimbledon final so even in the head-to-head Djokovic would have it better.
I’m sure Roger would happily exchange the head-to-head with Djokovic had he won the Wimby final. But whatever the case may be it would no doubt be huge if Roger can win the WTF and I think he has a great shot. Well I have already written a lot more than I planned. I suppose I just had to have my say. The semis should be awesome to watch, not to mention the final if we have a Djokerer one. I am looking forward to see if Kei can at least make life difficult for Djokovic and then I will see if I can somehow watch some of Roger’s match. Problem is I’m having laptop difficulties again too! Wow. Maybe it is a sign that my health should come first and that I should not have gotten up at 3 am to catch a glimpse of the Djoka match during the week.