Federer Reverses US Open Result Against Robredo at Wimbledon

I’m gonna try to make this brief as I want to go catch some of the Nadal/Kyrgios match, even though I’m convinced Nadal will win in straight sets. This match captured my imagination a bit more than the Giraldo match as Roger had some unfinished business with Robredo from the US Open last year. That was maybe his worst result from last year and was a turning point as well. Roger has come a long way since that match and today he routined Robredo 6-1, 6-4, 6-4, reversing that US Open result in the process and getting his revenge. I predicted Roger would destroy Robredo if he played anywhere near his best, and he did play near his best. It was not absolute vintage Roger but still more than good enough to take care of Robredo. Roger cruised through the first set and delivered the bread stick.

That said he was poor on break point conversion from the start, ending the first set with 2/6 break points converted. In the second set, Roger should have broken again at 3-1 but missed an easy lob long with Robredo right on top of the net. But Roger held on to his one break to win the second set. In the third set, Robredo was looking more threatening and Roger was missing some forehands. Robredo was getting closer to Roger as the match progressed, but Roger made up for his missed break in the second set by breaking Robredo at 3-3. At 5-4 Roger struggled to serve out the match as Robredo actually had a break point and threatened to be the first player to break Roger’s serve in the tournament, but fortunately Roger held on and avoided any more drama. And avoiding drama is exactly what Roger has been able to do this year compared to last year.

The winner to unforced error ratio has been exceptional at Wimbledon

I was somewhat disappointed that Roger did not break in the second set when he should have, and that his break point conversion ratio was poor. But like I said he made up for it when he broke Robredo again in the third set when Robredo was starting to look much more threatening. So in the end I would say it was a very satisfactory performance after what happened last year at the US Open. I knew Roger should straight set Robredo if he played like he did throughout this tournament, but you never know when a slump could occur, and it still had to be done. I don’t think Roger will slump during this Wimbledon. I don’t want to jinx him or anything, but he has looked very solid and at home at Wimbledon this year, which is why I said in my last post that he is turning back the clock.

It is looking like the old days where Roger dominated at Wimbledon and it’s a great sight to behold. Even with Roger at age 32 we Fedfans are getting treated royally. What a privilege it is to be a Fedfan! The match stats for Roger was not as good as in his last two matches but still very respectable. The break point conversion rate was the only thing that was poor, but the thing that I was most happy about in this match was Roger’s intent to approach the net again. I had some strong words to say about it in my last post and it feels like Roger listened. I felt it was crucial that he controlled the net against Robredo at least and he did just that. 41 net approaches is a lot over three sets on this grass, and Roger had a good success rate too. I didn’t feel like Roger was necessarily at his best, but I was delighted to see that he showed real urgency to approach the net.

Thanks for listening!

Back to yesterday’s action and both Murray and Djokovic had straight set wins, all be it not having it all their own way. I have not always had the most positive things to say about my countryman Anderson as a tennis player, but I think he can feel very proud about being at a career high #18, making his deepest run at Wimbledon yet this year, and putting up a brave performance against home favorite Murray on center court. Tsonga managed almost exactly the same score line against Djokovic and Djokovic hit a ridiculous return winner on match point. Ring a bell? Djokovic may have the best return of serve in history, but I didn’t particularly appreciate his reaction after he hit that staggering return. Tsonga also challenged the call, which made Djokovic look stupid for the way he reacted.

That didn’t stop him from going over the top again after it was called good. It’s easier to understand Roger’s dislike of him when he does things like that. But it was an impressive way to end the match and he will now face Cilic who has been a different player since hiring Ivanisevic as his coach. He straight-setted Chardy and I can see him take a set again against Djokovic like at the French Open. Then we also have the blockbuster quarter-final between Murray and Dimitrov which I hoped for after Dimitrov continued to impress with a straight set win over Mayer. Roger now plays Stan who had an impressive straight-set win over Lopez. Sadly Stan has to play for a third day in a row now after being screwed over by Wimbledon and it will probably cost him the match. Now we are just waiting to see who will fill up the final two quarterfinal spots…

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  1. I haven’t see much of Raonic apart from the fact that he has a monster serve and when he gets a first serve in play, he’s pretty much winning the point. For the most part, Roger is as well. However, will we see another if those performances like at the AO 2013 or another one like the in Madrid 2012 or Halle 2013?! Roger will need to bring his A game again to beat him. I am not worried too much about holding serve but the tie-breakers. They are truly a test of one’s mentality. If Roger is ready to win this title, his focus needs to be SHARP. Today and yesterday against Robredo, a Roger was shaky serving the matches out, obviously because of the pressure and expectations and also because he knows that he’ll be close. I would much rather see another clinic however. I just don’t want my heart to go up again like that, LOL!!! ;-) )

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    veronica Reply:

    Yes, Vily, I don’t think my heart can take anymore tiebreaks! What a nerve-wracking match. I actually couldn’t bear to watch towards the end of 2nd set! Ha! But Roger did so well weathering the storm and taking his chances. And getting back to winning tb mode should bode well going into Raonic match. I would like to think that Roger has too much game for Raonic and it will be on his racket. If he can play his game and move Raonic around, keep the ball low and take care of his own service, he should win it. Don’t wanna get too much into tb’s as then it becomes a lottery. And I’ve had enough of lottery for now! Ha! I also think Roger has come too far and worked too hard to let this go. But then so is Raonic. He would be spilling blood for this. Hope Roger is sharply aware that Raonic isn’t the same player he played a year ago. But I’m bracing myself for another round of nail biting lotteries! Ugh!! As for the other semi, I think it is really a 50/50. Djoker is uncomfortable playing Grigor. Not surprising coz Grigor is similar to Roger. In fact Djoker does have a bit of problem with shbh – Roger, Stan, Grigor. If Roger wins, I would rather he meet Grigor than Djoker in the final; mainly because Djoker maybe more of a challenge to Roger being a better returner and defender; whereas Roger is still Big Daddy as far as Grigor is concerned! But if Djoker wins Wimby I wouldn’t mind too much as he totally earned it. Just look at the number of quality players he had to play in every one of his matches! I’m not ready for a Grigor maiden slam title; much as I would be excited about it too. Too soon. So hopefully Djoker/Roger would do their job and shut up all the “changing of the guard” murmurings! Sorry Eric!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Agree and disagree Veronica. Sorry about your player losing btw. I wasn’t very nervous for Roger’s match vs Stan. It was only quarters. Roger was quite in control of the TB and when serving for the match things got slightly tense, but I would have been very surprised if he dropped serve there. You are right about tie breaks vs Raonic could be a toss up, but he has done well in breakers of late and I’m not too worried. He can also be sure to play at least one or two breakers vs Emperor Rao. As for Djokovic I was very happy to see him win. All the big four losing other than Roger would have been too much. It would have been a bad omen for Roger too. I still want to see a Djokerer final too. I don’t want Dimitrov to come through yet, and if he does there could be a feeling that a changing of the guard can occur. I think Djokovic is the favorite anyway, all be it a slight one. He is more experienced, and he did well to come from 2-1 down vs Cilic.

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    Veronica Reply:

    You are certainly a much calmer spectator, Ru-an, than I ever shall be! What got me nervous was how strong Stan was in the first set. Roger himself admitted that he was able to take his chances after Stan’s level went down because Stan wasn’t feeling well physically. So it was a close shave for Roger. I suppose that Murray send off sort of set a somber tone on centre court and when Stan came out blazing, it did look like he was gonna do what Grigor just did! It didn’t help to know too that Roger often struggles in his next match after Nadal loses. And I think you should be worried about tb’s with Emperor Rao! (haha! Good one!!) Raonic has the bigger and more consistent serve. He leads in the most ace dept in the tournament. I would like to see Roger do his darnest to break, take his chances at all second serves and not even think about “resorting” to tb’s going into the match. Must have a good mind set and not let these serve bots get away with tb’s all the time. Yeah, sorry Kyrgios lost but he didn’t go meekly and can only keep his head high. If Roger doesn’t get his 18, at least the sweet memory of Kyrgios whipping Nadal is there for consolation! Ha! Allez!

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    elizabeth Reply:

    Haha,yes Kyrgios beating Nadal will forever be good! I thought Stan played really good at the start but I was sure that Roger would find his game and win…thankfully he did. As for Raonic I hope Fed wins, he knows how to handle big serves as Roddick knows but we know that our man will have to be on his toes. I find that as a tennis fan
    Raonic just doesn’t do it for me, Raonic
    says he won’t be playing a 17 GS winner,
    Father of twins he’ll just be playing the man who stands between him and what he wants most! Of course he missed the
    really important bit about Fed his CURLS so C’MON ROGER x

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    Veronica Reply:

    Haha, good one, Elizabeth! He forgot the curls! The power is in the hair, didn’t Raonic know already?!! The curls will get it done tomorrow! Raonic doesn’t do it at all for me too, Elizabeth. That includes his countrywoman, Bouchard. So up herself. I hope Halep shuts her up tonight and Roger does the same to her countryman tomorrow. Btw, aren’t those curls just gorgeous falling over his head band??!!!!!

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  2. Helloooooooooooo!!!! Yo what’s up friends. I cannot believe what has happened the last couple of days. I think Joe might be right about me and RF being connected on this one. Crazy days at Wimby and crazy for me too. My whole plans got turned upside down at the last minute. Guess where I am and where I watched the last 2 sets of Fed vs Stan? Switzerland!!! Wow crazy. I cannot wait to go back and read all your comments on these days. But I have to say this 2 things several of you said I was crazy for believing 2 weeks ago. Grigor has a legitimate shot at winning and this is the beginning of a new generation coming in. I’m loving it!! I only saw 2 sets but did not seem like fantastic tennis from either of our Swiss boys. Am I wrong?? I really hope roger can keep the mental strength together. He will need it to go all the way. ALLEZ!! Long live the GOAT!!!

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    Veronica Reply:

    Hey! From China to Switzerland?!! Ok! Where would you likely be next? Timbuktu?!! Haha! Careful what you wish for, Eric! We are very happy with our present tennis generation. Don’t need a new generation coming in just yet! Could you just tell your man to lay off Djoker tomorrow?!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I’m with you Veronica. The new generation has done enough. I’d like to see order restored tomorrow.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Sup Eric! Good to know that you can watch some of the tennis now. Yes Grigor has a legitimate shot at winning but as I said in my latest post I’d prefer Djokovic comes through. Grigor too much of an unknown factor.

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    Eric Reply:

    I see what you’re saying about the unknown factor. I missed you guys!! Am thrilled I will be able to watch, thrilled!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    We are happy that you can watch too Eric and look forward to your participation in the comments!

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  3. Sorry Veronica, no can do. I like Djoko very much but I want Roger to win number 18 and he’s got a much better chance of beating Dimitrov than Dloko. So of course may the best man win, but I’d rather see Grigor take just one more step at Wimby.

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  4. Yes my trip got delayed. Maybe by weeks maybe more. I have zero control over it. So I was able to join my wife for her grandmothers 95th birthday in Bern. Gonna stay here for a while until I find out what’s up with the work trip.

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    elizabeth Reply:

    Eric, many people were thinking about you when Dimitrov won. He definately played a blinder, as they say ‘the boy done good’. Who knows who you might
    run into Switzerland!!!

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    Eric Reply:

    Well… Apparently the Swiss open is in a small village not to far from here and starts soon. I heard it’s a tiny stadium on a outdoor ice skating rink and the cheap seats are very reasonable. So, you never know. Fed won’t be there but Stan the man will be :)) ))))

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  5. Ru-an,

    When are you going to preview the semis:

    Novak “The Djoker” vs. “Showtime” Dimitrov

    And

    Roger “FedExpress” vs. Emperor Rao

    LOL

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