Federer on 999 Match Wins After Stomping Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2

Another masterclass from the GOAT. Was this ever gonna be a contest? You have the real deal versus his clone and unless there is something serious wrong with the real deal he will keep stomping on his imitator. Like I said in my last post they have similar games but Roger just does everything better. Much better in fact. My feeling is that Dimitrov is just a cheap imitation of the GOAT and that he won’t get anywhere near any of Roger’s achievements, but I know he has some fans here so I won’t keep harping on it. Maybe Dimitrov can become more his own man and stop being Sharapova’s boy toy, in which case he can actually do some serious damage. He does have a lot of talent. But mentally he is nowhere near as good as Roger 5.0. It was nice to see Roger continuing his superb form from the last match against a much more accomplished opponent and still getting the job done very comfortably.

Sugerpova did not at all look impressed with her boy toy

That match against Millman obviously got him right back in the swing of things and he can’t put a foot wrong right now. The serve is still in great shape and the net play is still very impressive. I always knew Roger had a great net game but I didn’t know he could use it again to such great effect with the conditions on tour being slowed down so much, and of course hooking up with Edberg made a huge difference in that regard. He really looks very much at home in the fore court now which bodes well for 2015 and the rest of his career. Roger now plays Raonic who pulled off the upset over Nishikori if you can call it that. It was a pretty impressive win for Raonic in three tie breaks. With his massive serve he is very hard to break and of course in the tie break only one or two points can make the difference. Nishikori made one unforced error on his serve in the third set breaker I think and that was that.

Island style

I think Nishikori would have been a more dangerous opponent for Roger but Raonic with his huge serve can be tricky too. We know Roger copes very well with big serves though and leads 7-1 in the head-to-head, only losing that one match in Paris last year when he was tired. For me he is the favorite tomorrow to get his 1000th tour win but you never know. It sure would be a nice way to get his 1000th win by winning his 83rd singles title. When Roger gets his 1000th win the next goal will be 100 titles. That would be a much more challenging goal but you wouldn’t put it completely beyond him. The way he is playing now he can still keep going for another five years probably. He is still destroying the most promising young talent in tennis today at age 33. The guy is just unreal. But lets see how things go tomorrow. If he wins tomorrow he goes to Melbourne as one of the strong favorites, if he isn’t already.

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Posted in ATP 250, Brisbane.

17 Comments

  1. I think Federer’next goal will be getting more match wins than Lendl (1071) and after that it is a toss up between getting more match wins than Connors (1253) and more titles than Lendl (94). And then the ultimate of course would be to have more titles than Connors himself who had 109. And all this while making sure than he has more grand slams than Nadal and trying to creep ever closer to his Masters 1000 count !!

    Lets see how many of these Roger actually achieves. I wouldn’t put it past him doing everything !!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well lets not get carried away. If he gets 1000 wins tomorrow and wins another title that would already be huge.

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    Charlie Reply:

    Yeah I am still determined to stick to what I said two posts ago, let Roger do his best against Raonic first, can’t assume anything about AO yet because I have a feeling that Nadal and Djokovic were just rusty. I fully expect them to work their way into the AO in the first two or three rounds and will probably go far. But Allez Roger!

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  2. Wow what a performance again, what a week! I know the conditions in Brisbane must favour him but… he just seems to be getting even better doesn’t he? I really hope he gets the win tomorrow and takes #18 in Melbourne: simply because he deserves it more than anyone else. How consistent he’s been these last 12 months given all these other guys in their primes around him is nothing short of remarkable. Novak denied him at the finish line in London, Cilic in beast mode denied him in New York, damn it Roger deserves it now. Like right now.
    All the best for him tomorrow though, should be a fun final!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Remarkable indeed Tom. Agree that he deserves the AO after last year but unfortunately you don’t always get what you deserve. Here’s to hope.

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  3. Wow, what a stunning performance. Everything was working, and working even sharper than last year. I mean, wow. The returns were aggressive, the groundies hard, deep, and accurate. And the freaking volleys man… Just had a relaxed stream of consciousness to them. Like he was not even thinking at the net, just trusting his body to react. No matter what, if Roger can play like this, it’s gonna be a really fun year!! Eric is a happy boy :-)

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  4. Great match summary, Ru-an. Given Federer’s form, a Raonic upset is unlikely, especially since the Canadian had a grueling three-set battle against Nishikori, who forced him to produce his absolute best serving. It’s hard to imagine that he’ll be able to summon that level of serving for a second match in a row, and if he serves anything less than his best, Federer will be all over him. Still, nothing can be taken for granted and Federer will have to be ready to handle Raonic’s bombs.

    Melbourne’s a long way away. For now, I just hope he wins this title (which is one of the few he’s never won) and gets win #1000. The extra points will also come in handy in his quest to close the rankings gap with Djokovic.

    Interestingly, the schedule posted on Federer’s website only lists two tournaments for 2015–Brisbane and AO. He did say he was playing it by ear this year and would only finalize his schedule after Melbourne. At Edberg’s suggestion, he played for long, sustained stretches last year. It seemed to work but maybe this year he wants to plan a few well-timed breaks in between his blocks of tournament play. I suspect he’ll skip MC, perhaps cut down on his Davis Cup schedule, and maybe play a few tournaments that he hasn’t had the chance to play before (he’s spoken many times of wanting to play more in Latin America and Asia). I guess we’ll see what he decides next month.

    C’mon Roger!

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  5. What a well earned and nail-biting victory. Perhaps, it should have been much easier but this victory is just as important. Roger’s nerves is what got him through. Raonic probably played as best as he possibly could have played and was very close to winning this. Roger should feel lucky. This was a nail-biter. So many break points saved by both players. Perhaps the fact that Roger was serving first in the 3rd is what got him to the finish line. A good victory and Congrats to Title Number 83 in Final 125 and Match Win 1000.

    :-) It was so stressful to watch. given the fact that Roger was cruising with a set and a break. Then he even got the minibreak in the tie-break and it all went down hill. Roger saved like 3 break points in the beginning of the third. Then Raonic saved some as well. Roger then saved like another two in a row. It was nuts.. It would have been so tough to see Roger lose this.. I am not so happy as I am actually RELIEVED that Roger won…

    Anyway! :-) Enjoy guys! :-)

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  6. First of all, big kudos to Raonic. He played (unfortunately) great. Roger does bring out the best in his opponents :-)
    Second of all big big big kudos to ofcourse the one and only Goat :-) Love you soooooooooooooo much.
    Third of all, keeping it one match at the time, but still… lets destroy Lendl’s records of 1071 and 94, by winning 72 more matches and 12 titles :-)
    No pressure on Roger, but I am sorry, I BELIEVE in THIS Roger. Love you Roger forever and beyond :-)

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    Charlie Reply:

    Yeah that’s right Katyani, CYGS for Roger this year, and another next year. That puts him on 25 slams, beating Nadal in every slam final. Spends the next 15 years at no.1 until his kids grow up, they become number 1 and he wins doubles titles with them. :-)

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    Katyani Reply:

    Oke Charlie, you are mocking me. I get that :-) But lets be honest, in 2013 a win of 1000 matches looked very far. Now we are here. In 2013 some of you here thought Roger would maybe retire in September 2014 or 2015. Now… we have not heard retirement-questions in more than a year…
    I know it is far strechted, but it can happen right?? Anyway, maybe I am a big fool, but I do believe Roger can do it, because I REALLY think he will play in his 40. I will say it again, he loves this sport too much and yes, he loves this ADULATION too much.
    I will not have expectations or burn Roger when he loses or be extremely disappointed. I will take it one match at the time. Because as you could see today, Raonic was very close. But I will NOT stop dreaming. If Roger “retires” tomorrow, I will be his proudest fan, and if he will play on and loses more and more, I will still be his proudest fan.
    I love seeing Roger play and win.

    Like he said Charlie, he is not in Brisbane to get matchplay for AO, he is here to win. And he did :-)

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    Charlie Reply:

    Yeah don’t worry about it, we all have quite high expectations but well played to Roger today! Did you enjoy the match as much as I did?

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    Katyani Reply:

    No Charlie I didn’t enjoy the match, was wayyyy to nervous :-) But the full match is on YT, so NOW yes I can enjoy it :-)

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    Charlie Reply:

    Haha, sometimes I feel the same, you just have to trust in the power of Roger!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    LOL

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  7. Well that was a match that required a Roger 5.0 (to use Ruan’s words!) performance to win. The first set and a half he was almost flawless. I think there was only one or two forehand errors in total. Raonic was playing well too but it seemed like Federer was playing effortlessly.

    He broke in the 1st game of the 2nd after about 35 minutes and I figured it would be over in an hour. Serving at 2-1 though he played a flat service game, missed a few first serves, and suddenly Raonic started to go for every shot. He was pounding winners off both wings. Federer was pushed behind the baseline, he coulnd’t get to the net. Raonic finished with 49 winners I think + maybe 30 errors, so he played extremely well.

    As mentioned above Federer started the tiebreaker well with the mini break but slumped after that losing 7-2. I thought he was tired out from playing consecutive days. Then the rest of the 3rd set was very nervy, Federer was down 15-40 in the first game and saved 3 or 4 break points before escaping…then Raonic saved a few himself.

    I dont’ think any moment of genius got Federer the victory, he just was mentally strong enough to know eventually Raonic had to pay for playing so aggressively…

    At the end he made the joke that he hoped that Raonic was still able to stand up when he got to his (Fed’s) age. Laver handed him an award for winning 1000 matches and you could see it meant a lot to Roger.

    Good set up for the Australian…it’s amazing Federer plays this well at 33. The guy has only lost to Monfils at the DC (and he was obviously still hurt) and Raonic (after playing for 2 weeks in a row) and before that Cilic . It’s a great run of form.

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