Hello, guys! Sorry for the late post but I left you a comment to let you know yesterday was my first day at my new job, and it was way too hectic to make a post. Today I got off early so I thought I’d try to fit in a quick post before Roger’s match this afternoon. I will make a proper post after Roger’s match with Tursunov, so this one will be shortened. Roger defeated Schwartzman 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday and I was happy to be able to watch. It was the first time I saw Schwartzman and I was quite impressed. He is a short guy, but I quite liked his game. Roger won each set by a break, broke serve four times, and was broken once himself. He was 4/10 on break points and probably could have won this match more convincingly as was the case in the first round. Roger’s unforced errors also outnumbered his winners again(34-29).
On serve, Roger was good as usual, making 63% first serves, hitting 9 aces, and making 2 doubles faults. In the forecourt, Roger had a pretty decent day winning 13/18 in that area. It was another performance from Roger that was not overly convincing, but he did what needed to be done and I don’t see why anyone would criticize him. Especially after a lack of matches since Monte Carlo. As far as I’m concerned he is right on a track to make a deep run. That said Gulbis is a potential danger after a pretty impressive straight set win over Bagnis. He now plays Stepanek who he is expected to beat. Probably a whole score of Fedfans are already worried about Gulbis. But we are not even there yet. There is no reason to look any further than the next round. The most important thing is that Roger raises his level against Tursunov and puts in a convincing performance.
A study of concentration
He has two matches under his belt now and the rust should be shaken off. The negative people will say Roger is in for a tough time against Tursunov, but if he raises his level as I expect it should be another straight set win. You never know when Roger could have a bad day, but I’d like to believe that before he could play Gulbis he will raise his level. As far as the head-to-head go Roger is 4-0 against Tursunov and has only dropped one set. Tursunov is potentially a dangerous player, but if Roger plays anything close to his best it should be a comfortable win. Elsewhere in the draw both Djokovic and Nadal had convincing wins again in the second round. Djokovic disposed of Chardy in impressive fashion winning 6-1, 6-4, 6-2, while Nadal sent very promising youngster Thiem packing 6-2, 6-2, 6-3.
I was fortunate enough to watch both matches and no doubt these two looks to be on course for another final meeting. No one is currently on their level. Ferrer is the only player left in Nadal’s path to the final who can challenge him, but I don’t see him beating Nadal at all. Then Murray is still in it as well and looked good in the second round, but there is no way he is beating Nadal. As for Djokovic, I don’t see anyone who could beat him either. Roger could potentially make life difficult for him, but that is about it. Djokovic clearly has a tougher draw than Nadal though, which is not necessarily a disadvantage. If Tsonga catches fire he could potentially make life difficult for Djokovic, and if Raonic plays like he did in Rome he could too. But I think people who think Djokovic can be beaten before the final are slightly delusional.
Not to mention those who think anyone can go through Djokovic AND Nadal here…