Federer Wins 5th Cincinnati Title, Becomes Outright Favorite for US Open

Hey Guys! As promised I am back with a post, and I am very excited to make it. I now have Internet at home which I am also very excited about. Now I just need to get TV this week so I can watch the US Open with you guys and I will be set. Unfortunately I could not watch Cincy but I am delighted with what transpired anyway. I said in my last post that I believe Roger will win Cincy and become the outright favorite for the US Open, and he did it in no uncertain terms, bagaling Djokovic in the final. Amazing! I just knew somehow that Roger would come back after the Olympics disappointment and his week of rest with a bang.

He needed to make it clear that the loss to Murray in Lodon was just a minor setback and that Roger 3.0 is here to stay. He is still the best player in the world folks. One thing that I have to apologize for is that I said he had to beat Djokovic to remain #1. That was a mistake. He would have been #1 even if he had lost, but winning that match was very important anyway. He didn’t only win it, he bageled Djokovic in the first set. Djokovic was starting to look ominous after winning Toronto and tearing up the field in Cincy. It has to be said however that the field in Toronto was weak and he didn’t face very strong opposition in Cincy until the final.

He faced Del Potro in the semis but Delpo was injured from what I gather. Roger on the other hand didn’t have it so easy. After my last post where he beat Tomic he played Fish who is dangerous on US hard courts, and Wawrinka who was in good form after beating Raonic. Roger beat both Fish and Wawrinka in straight sets, although he needed one tie break against each to get the job done. I didn’t see any of it, but I would guess it was pretty much JesusFed. He won his fifth Cincy title without dropping a set, and he was never broken throughout the tournament. Bageling Djokovic in the first set tasted extra delicious.

The tie break was close, but in the end Roger showed his mental strength and won it 9-7. With this title Roger once again tied Nadal at 21 for the most Masters Series titles won, and this is now his 76th career title. It’s also the 7th different title that he won 5 times or more. The head-to-head with Djokovic is now 16-12, and if there was any doubt as to who the current hard court king is, it is now settled. That being said, Djokovic did win the Australian Open and Roger needs to do better than him in the US Open to hold on to that title. But as far as being the #1 player in the world goes, I think Roger holds onto it even if he doesn’t play the US Open.

These are things I read on forums and I don’t have the time to confirm it myself, so I stand corrected. But it all comes down to the US Open now. If Djokovic wins it he will still be looked at by many as the best player in the world. But having seen what transpired at Cincy, I doubt that is happening. Djokovic was always going to be dangerous at the North American hard court season, but Roger showed in no uncertain terms who is the man to beat by winning Cincy. He goes into the US Open as the outright favorite for the title now. And you bet he wants revenge after what happened in the last two US Opens.

Losing twice in the semis to Djokovic after having match points is not something he will be proud of, and a Djokerer final would be the perfect stage for him to set the record straight. Since Nadal is not playing, I guess who gets Murray in their half of the draw is the next question. I don’t know what the situation is with Del Potro’s injury. Nothing is ever certain with him it seems. Therefor it’s probably better if Murray is in Djokovic’s half. But as I said before, I don’t expect much from Murray at the US Open. I see Wilander and Ivanisevic has already made him their favorite for the title. Funny stuff. I guess they never learn.

I wouldn’t mind if Murray faces Roger at the US Open anyway. Some revenge for the Olympics would be in order. Well guys, it seems 2012 is just getting better and better. If Roger wins a 6th US Open title the fairytale run of 2012 will be complete. Then he will be firmly back as the best player in the world, at age 31! Some people speculate that Roger will lose motivation at some point after everything he has achieved, which surprises me. It’s never about what others have achieved. It is about your own potential and fulfilling that. And who knows what else this GOAT can achieve, with the unlimited potential that he possesses…

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27 Comments

  1. Wooohooooo welcome back Ruan :-) Thanx for the good article and looking forward to have them more often during the US Open :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Stoyan. I missed you guys and look forward to catch up with you during the US Open :-)

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  2. The one person that has prevented Fed from making the US Open final the past two years will be in the other half of the draw. And the only other guy to beat him since 2003 at the tournament, Delpo, looks like he’s struggling with wrist issues again, and may not even be a factor. Things are looking very good for Fed right now.
    I’m not worried about Murray, in all reality. Even if Fed has to go through him in the semis he’ll very likely win. And of course, there is no guarantee that Andy makes the semis anyway, with the number of guys that are capable of beating him, as showcased by his loss to Chardy in Cincy.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well summed up Kyle.

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  3. Federer leaves us with no words. Amazing tournament, highest level of play, almost Federer 1.0 again.
    The win against Djokovic is great for two main reasons – the 1st set and the 2nd set:
    The 1st set showed everybody that Federer is still here with his best game and that the Olympics final doesn’t represent his current form. Everybody should be afraid.
    The 2nd set showed the top players and especially Djokovic that this time even their best game won’t be enough. To beat Federer 3.0 they have to come with something different and better than their best. This time he won’t give up match points easily, he won’t lose concentration, he won’t accept defeat.

    Bring on the draw.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well said TD. My thoughts exactly.

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  4. Hi Ruan, I’m glad things continue to go well for you in the States, and alos happy that you’ll find some time to watch tennis. Couldn’t watch any tennis myself lately and kinda needed a break too, but kept reading your posts and the comments whenever I could. Hope however to be able to watch some matches of the upcoming US Open. I share your optimism with regard to Roger’s chances there. He definitely must be considered as one of the two favorites to win the title, together with Djokovic. I’m looking forward to your posts and the comments of all your loyal readers. Thanks you all for the posts and the inspired comments. Enjoy reading them a lot.

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  5. Nothing against Murray but his win against Fed at Olympics is nothing to shout about. Fed just came off a very draining 3 set endless match against Delpo at the semis. I am very happy to see his transition to HC at Cincy is setting him nicely for US Open. Time is right for RF to take his 6th US Open.

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  6. Hello Ruan. Just want to thanks a bunch for your effort to keep blogging for us to keep reading. Keep up the good work, I hope things would get better and better for you in US. Fed Fan from Indonesia.

    I’m quite certain Fed would win the US open. The problem about Roger is can he keep his A level from time to time. His ultimate enemies is himself, not Djokovic, Murray, or Nadal. But I can see in his eyes in Cinci, that he has a lot of motivation, like he has never has for a long time. So, I think we will be given an art of tennis from the truly genius of tennis.

    So, keep writing, and I will keep reading.

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  7. hello Ruan!looking forward to regular posts from you now on.I am addicted to Roger and consequently your posts.I guess you can catch the action of ‘Jesus Fed'(term coined by you)in Cincinnati on you tube.Bring on the 18th grand slam and a sixth year end no.1!!!positive as always.

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  8. Hello! :-) It’s ok that Roger got Murray in the draw. He just needs to watch out and take care of Young in the 1st round. At least Del-Potro is in Djkovic Quarter, and Tsonga is in Murray’s.

    Other than that, the draw is decent.

    I think Roger doesn’t have so much revenge on his mind. I think he just wants to win the trophy because he’s been so close in the last 3 years that it just belongs to him. He’s learned his lessons and I was so impressed that he didn’t even face a break point against Djokovic.

    I think he is really dialed in won’t let Djokovic even sniff at a break point. He wants to win and has the confidence to win, the quality and the experience he needs in order to win. If he takes care of business in the early rounds solidly without dropping sets he’ll take of business. :-)

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  9. Greetings Ru-an! So happy you are back in business so to speak…you know I enjoy your blog plus all the great comments that keep coming. In all of this excitement about Roger’s Cincy win, the aniticipation in the upcoming USO, you are getting well settled in USA. Am so happy for you, Ru-an, keep well. In the meantime, I had my 87th birthday, am so happy and thankful that I can still watch tennis, especially Roger’s fine tennis he plays, no one can give us this beautiful tennis as he does.
    Will be watching the USO with best of wishes for Roger to win this title. One match at a time…..
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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    Chris Reply:

    Happy Birthday!

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    Dolores Reply:

    Thank You, Chris, for your kind wishes.
    Much appreciated. Isn’t it great that we have Ru-an’s Federer blog to all come together for thoughts and comments.

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    gary Reply:

    Does anyone else think Delores is the coolest person here? I know I do. Keep up the comments Delores, and let’s pray Roger can keep his dominating style up. G

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    gary Reply:

    Dolores….sorry about that. G…BTW, I saw Isner and Berdych highlights. Isner won, and left Tomas smashing his racket in a tantrum at the end of the match.

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    Dolores Reply:

    Hello Gary,
    Don’t know about me being the coolest person, but do appreciate your thinking so. Believe me, Roger has my prayers for continued good health. Did not see the Isner/Berdych match but have watched Isner in other matches. He is a bit scary with his big serve, believe that is his only big weapon. Wish Ru-an would give us his view on Isner’s tennis. He did beat Roger soundly at the Davis Cup. Wishing Roger good luck on his first match to start the US Open.
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yes I do. She’s awesome.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Many happy returns of the day dear Dolores!! Wow!! 87!! Gary,agree with you totally that Dolores is the coolest person here! Dolores, I was actually wondering if you were all right coz you have not been commenting lately. Thank God you are ok!! Yay! Now,we can all watch USO together!!

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    Dolores Reply:

    Thank You, Veronica, for your good wishes and such kind words. Love your bubbly enthusiasm in your comments on Ru-an’s blog plus all other Fedfans that come here…it’s a joy plus I learn a lot more about tennis. Tomorrow night will be “Roger night”….we all will wish him well.
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Happy birthday Dolores. You know I value you as a reader and we are privileged to have you here in our Fedfamily.

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    V Reply:

    Same thoughts.Happy Birthday Dolores aunty

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    Dolores Reply:

    Thank You, V for your kind and good wishes…love H.B. Dolores aunty. A smile is on my face.
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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    steve Reply:

    Happy birthday, Dolores!

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    Dolores Reply:

    Steve, thank you for your good wishes. I value your comments alot as I do others that come to Ru-an’s blog. He has established a good Fedfan family for sure.
    Am looking forward to Roger’s first match this evening, weather permitting.
    As you say, Go Roger!
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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  10. Hey Ruan.Its Good to see you writing Buddy and I am hoping the two jobs are to ur liking and the transition is smooth.Anyways,It does not matter that Fed got Murray-It will be a good practise for the Hopeful Djokerer final if that so happens.I am Glad you are continuing to write insightful posts as always as i am sick of reading at B/R.Its absolutely sick Fed haters over there and Lol its kinda boring to just keep shutting them up all the time with other fellow fed fans.So hope come sunday sep9 Roger will be lifting that Trophy.Regards
    V

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