Well so much for #18. Guess we will just have to wait some more. Or forever. This could be the end of Federer 5.0 in which case #18 once again becomes highly doubtful. I joined the match somewhere in the second set after Roger lost the first set. He then got broken at 4-4 in the second set after letting a sliced backhand from Seppi go and it dropped in. It was a very poor leave and Seppi would serve for the set. Roger then broke back when he got very lucky with a net cord. I thought Roger 5.0 was still around because that is exactly the kind of thing that he would do. But I was wrong. He lost a 4-1 and 5-3 lead in the tie-break to lose it 5-7. That was very unlike Federer 5.0. He was now two sets to love down and in deep shit. He then started fighting back as you would expect and got the break in the third game. He won the third set 6-4 and there was still hope. It looked like he was playing himself back into form.
But at the start of fourth set his confidence all of a sudden seemed to be lacking again. And the longer the fourth set dragged on the less his chances became of winning. They headed into a tiebreak where Roger got a break at 4-4 with a tremendous backhand pass. He had two serves to square the match, but instead of winning them and forcing a deciding set he lost both serves and the match. Again, very unlike Federer 5.0. It has to be said that passing shot on match point from Seppi was unreal, but Roger should never have been at 5-6 so there are no excuses. Just a very poor match. When I said in my last post I expect Roger to win in straight sets I meant Roger 5.0, not this rubbish version. It was just mentally a very poor performance and reminded me of the 2013 version of Roger. In fact, it was very strange and I have no doubt Nadal’s resurgence against Smyczek messed with his sub -conscious again.
And all of a sudden the ever reliable serve disappears…
People on Facebook don’t believe me, but it doesn’t matter. What matters is that this Roger would have been destroyed by Nadal worse than he got destroyed last year if they met in the semis. And I am free to write my opinion anyway. I never required anyone to agree with me. This was just too weird a loss for there not to be something else going on than fatigue. He is 10-0 against Seppi and have only ever lost one set. Now all of a sudden he can hardly win a set. People are also all of a sudden praising Seppi for how well he played, but it does nothing to disprove the fact that he would have won a set at most against Federer 5.0. Your opponent plays as well as you allow him to. End of story. It was a piss poor performance compared to the quality we have gotten used to from Federer 5.0. Some people are saying it was just a bad day at the office. Federer 5.0 never lost due to a ‘bad day the office’. He found a way to get through it.
But whatever helps them to get over the loss. As for me, this may be the end of Federer 5.0 and maybe he wasn’t the mental giant I thought he was after all. The real test was always gonna come when Nadal was back in the picture and he came up way short. Now Nadal has an open road to the final unless something crazy happens. He already destroyed Sela 6-1, 6-0, 7-5 today. Next he faces Anderson who has a big game but is a serial choker. Then it’s Birdshit and don’t even get me started on that clown. Fedfans are now shifting their hope to Murray, who Nadal has beaten seven out of the last eight times they played. Lol. Well, we will see. Tennis is unpredictable like we once again saw today, but I wouldn’t even be surprised if Nadal now wins the title. And if he does that the GOAT debate will be close to over. But at least Djokovic is still around. I was close to giving up on the Australian Open after Roger’s loss today, but that was just the Fedfan in me throwing a hissy fit.
The end of Neonerer
There is still a lot to look forward to in Melbourne. I’m kinda getting tired of this whole player fan thing anyway. I just want to watch tennis without being dependent on the result of a particular player or worrying about silly GOAT debates. There is no such thing as a GOAT anyway and probably never will be. It is a fun idea to play with but should never be taken too seriously. Who knows what is next for Roger. Apparently he is talking about playing Dubai but he can clearly use a break now. I think we will continue to see Nadal rise now in which case Roger may slump again. They alternate like that and unless Roger steps up and faces Nadal down in slams himself Nadal could win two or more slams this year. If Roger doesn’t want Nadal to surpass him then he will have to do the stopping himself. Djokovic has already shown he can’t keep Nadal at bay by himself. There is no hiding.