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.