Federer Routines Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-4, to Face Del Potro Again

Another encouraging performance from Roger. Roger faced a break point early on and then at 3-3 he faced two more at 15-40 after a loose volley. His serve came to his rescue again as well as an inside out forehand winner. In the next game as we see so often after saving break points, he broke Kohlschreiber and then held serve with an ace to claim the 1st set. In the 2nd set things went according to serve until 4-4 where Roger set up 2 break points with a forehand winner. Roger made a stretch return on the German’s next serve after which the German missed a regulation forehand long, and he then launched the ball into the crowd out of frustration. Roger then held serve to 15 for what was in the end a comfortable win. The most impressive thing from Roger was probably his serve as he settled into a very good rhythm and made 75% first serves.

He also converted 50%(2/4) of break points. It was probably the most clinical match he has played since the Australian Open. So as I predicted Roger’s confidence is still increasing. He just seems more certain of himself out there with every match. Roger will play Del Potro again in the 3rd round who came from a set down against Dimitrov to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. I was kind of hoping Dimitrov could pull off the upset but he got broken at 4-4 in the 3rd after a sloppy game. He is not quite mentally strong enough to win matches like that yet but he is getting there and it has been a good year for him. I have a feeling Roger will beat Del Potro this time but it will be tough anyway. If Roger wins it looks like he will face Djokovic who came from a set down against Isner to win 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-2. Despite losing the 1st set Djokovic is still in blistering form.

Anyone who can win two straight sets 6-1, 6-2 against a massive server like Isner is doing something very right. Djokovic now plays Stan who dismissed Almagro 6-3, 6-2. With Raonic losing today and Tsonga losing in the 2nd round Stan and Gasquet has claimed the final two spots in London. Still to play tonight is Nadal against Janowicz which should be an interesting one. Hopefully Janowicz wins. Then if Djokovic wins the event which is quite possible, there will be quite a lot of pressure on Nadal going into the London to get the year end #1 ranking. Of course I would like to see Roger beating Djokovic in the semis but he needs to get by Del Potro first, while I think it’s pretty certain Djokovic will beat Stan. If Roger makes semis I will be pretty pleased but ideally I want to see him win the title. I think it’s not impossible but one match at a time.

Highlights:

Interview: http://www.tennistv.com/video/clip/2300407/

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14 Comments

  1. Roger’s looking better with every match. These conditions are ideal for him to strike a rythm. On a slightly different note, Ru-an, and in response to your comment previously, I’d like to watch Roger spank Nadal in the finals of the WTA. I’d pay double to see that happen!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well he’s done before when he bread sticked him in the final set. Was fun!

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    Wilfried Reply:

    You mean the WTF, Grumpy ?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha I saw that too Wilfried.

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  2. What’s going on Ruan? Looks to me like the balls are bouncing up quite high in Bercy. Nadal is getting wayyy too much spin on his shots. Looks quite ideal for him.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yes I see that. Definitely helps him.

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  3. I think Roger did a great job beating Kohlschreiber. Nadal is just irritating to watch. I was pulling for Janowizc. I enjoyed watching him play. The commentator was definitely for Nadal. He called him the best player on the planet. I should have just checked the score at the end. After that game I am afraid Nadal is unbeatable unfortunately.

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  4. Hey Ru-an, this is what we all have been saying. It is a good thing that he is coachless. Let him stay that for a few months or maybe a half year, then he can always try to find a coach. This is working for him. Beeing responsible on court for his own win, finding solutions.
    I watched the Rafa match yesterday. How could Jerzy let that one go?? Rafa is good, but Jerzy was playing better.
    I don’t believe for a second that Rafa will win Paris and or WTF. Ofcourse he will reach the Paris final, but Roger or Novak will be there to stop him. Roger or Novak (HOPEFULLY ROGER) will win Paris and WTF. And I somehow know Roger will beat Delpo today…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah Luthi is enough. Just a yes man basically that could give the odd advice and who Roger can bounce ideas off of. Roger is headstrong and can find his own solutions. As for Janowicz he made unforced errors at crucial moments. Missed too many forehands into the net. I don’t think Nadal will win Paris or London either but he will do well enough to get year end #1. Don’t say you know Roger will beat Delpo today though. We know how that has turned out in the past…

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    Katyani Reply:

    “Don’t say…. out in the past”, so true what you just said to me, unfortunately was the situation all year through, but you called it Ru-an. This is another Roger. The warrior. I did not see the match, came home and saw that Delpo won the second set. Honestly I thought Oh God here we go again. But Roger held on and when he broke and got broken back in the third set 3-3, as much as I love Roger, I thought it was over. It would have been over for “Roger before Basel”, but THIS Roger… the warrior…. kept fighting.
    Now I know Novak will win tomorrow, but…. maybe…. THIS Roger will….

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  5. Great win over Del Potro! Fantastic that he could tough it out after the loss of the second set. His movement was fantastic, great variety too to keep Del Potro off-balance. That third set was a roller-coaster but he was able to get through it. He really wanted this win, you can tell.

    Defeating Del Potro/Djokovic/possibly Nadal in a row is a tall order (especially without a day off between), so I’m taking it one match at a time. But this was a key test and he passed it.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right Steve. Important win. I wanted him to make semis. Everything from here on is a bonus for me. Should be fun against Djokovic.

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