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.
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.