If yesterday was very hard work then today was just the opposite. And it was exactly what was needed to recover physically for the semis and possible final. This is the kind of result you would have expected after the war in the first match. Coming back from a set and a break was just what Roger needed to shake off the rust and kick start his season. Now he is looking good for this title, but it is far from a done deal. Next he plays Dimitrov who took care of Klizan 6-3, 6-4. Obviously I like Roger’s chances to beat Dimitrov but we will see what happens. He leads Dimitrov 2-0 in the head-to-head now and is yet to drop a set. Dimitrov wants to keeping making a move but I just don’t see how he can beat Roger as long as Roger 5.0 is around. They have similar games but Roger just does everything better. He is the more talented player and now that he has improved his mental game he is very tough for anyone to beat.
As far as the Duckworth match goes the score and stats tell the story and there isn’t much more to say, other than the fact that it was a another masterclass, similar to the match against Murray in London. Duckworth is one of those players who doesn’t have any serious weapons. He is just basically solid all round and against Roger 5.0 that is a problem, because he will just take you apart. Everything was just working smoothly for Roger and he really is a great sight to behold in this form. His serve was on fire and he was ripping both his forehand and backhand for winners. The net play keeps impressing too as he was a peRFect 10/10 in that area. It was basically just a nice practice hit for the GOAT. He now goes into the Dimitrov semi with maximum confidence which will make things very hard for Dimitrov. In the other quarters Raonic beat Groth in the third set breaker while Nishikori bageled Tomic.
This girl obviously got what she wanted, even though it lasted just a few seconds
I thought Tomic could put up a better show but Nishikori was in devastating form himself and is a player to watch in 2015. I think he will beat Raonic so a Fedikori final does look likely. But Dimitrov and Raonic shouldn’t be underestimated. The big news in Doha was that Djokovic lost to Karlovic in three tight sets. It was surprising to see Karlovic break Djokovic in the third set to win it 6-4. After looking in very good shape after the first two rounds Djokovic showed some vulnerability here but I wouldn’t draw any conclusions from it for Melbourne, as I wouldn’t draw any conclusions from Nadal’s loss. All credit to Karlovic though who was already playing very well against Roger in Basel last year. Well that’s it from me. Let see if Roger can keep this form up and win #83 here while getting his 1000th win in the process. My gut feeling says it’s going to happen but remaining cautious as always.