Hi guys! I missed you. I’m sorry about the lack of blogging but as you would have seen in my comments it’s been very busy for me since coming to the US. I also haven’t been able to watch any tennis. Therefor I won’t be able to analyze as much as usual but I will give my general thoughts here and then you guys can discuss further. I was of course happy to see that Roger came back from two sets down to defeat Del Potro. I bet Fedfans were getting ready for big disappointment when Roger lost the first two sets. In the 2009 semis Del Potro also took Roger to five sets in a classic match. On that occasion he wasn’t two sets to love down however. So I thought it was pretty impressive that he came all the way back to win this time. It sounds like there was a momentum swing in the third set where Roger found his rhythm and then Del Potro started tiring again in in set four and five. But I hear he also had the knee problem. The Djokovic/Tsonga semi was very interesting as well to say the least.
Djokovic wasn’t playing well against Seppi and that form seemed to continue against Tsonga, because Tsonga is not exactly known for his clay court abilities. Coming back from four match points down showed great mental strength. I didn’t see any of the match points, but if they were anything close to the return he hit against Roger at the US Open last year it was very impressive. I think Djokovic’s mental strength is probably underrated. He is very good in that department. After he won that match I left a comment on my blog saying that I fear my prediction will come true, because Djokovic would have gained loads of confidence from that win. Roger would have gained a lot of confidence from his comeback too however. So it was a surprise seeing him lose in straight sets. I would have thought Roger will win at least one set. In the second set he was actually two breaks up at some point, although he did not consolidate the second break. This is still very strange, and it explains why I said earlier he will tank sub-consciously.
The second set was full of breaks and was an incredibly strange set. This is yet more proof that Roger tanked sub-consciously to avoid Nadal. Whenever something strange goes on like that it is a good clue that the sub-conscious is at play. Some of you were getting mad at me for even mentioning the word tank, calling me negative and a coward. But I only deal in facts. It’s nice and all to be optimistic but, it’s another thing being unrealistic. Roger was never gonna beat Nadal in the final and he knew it. He didn’t need another 2008 French Open beat down before the grass season. How much fun can it be to keep losing the the same guy in the final year after year? Better to get out of there, get some rest, and get ready for the grass court season. Halle starts next week already, so the extra couple of days off will do him good. In Halle Roger plays Raonic in the quarters which will be tough, while Nadal has Berdych in the semis.
Djokovic is not playing. Roger doesn’t have to win Halle to win Wimbledon, but it sure wouldn’t hurt his chances if he beats Nadal in the final. He has a point to prove now before Wimbledon. As for the French Open final I stick by my prediction that Nadal will win. I told you the clay season is a done deal after Nadal beat Djokovic in Rome, after which I was also called negative. Lets see if I can prove the doubters wrong once more, and lets see if Roger can do the same come the grass court season. There is already so much negativity under fans after Roger’s French Open performance, yet I predicted what would happen all along. There is no reason to suddenly believe his level has dropped. Who the hell cares about the French Open anyway? And people call me negative! The doubters will just have to accept that my tennis knowledge is unrivaled and that I am actually very positive when it comes to Roger.
Take care guys I will make a post whenever I can but it won’t be very often so check out my friend Jonathan’s blog at Perfect Tennis Blog. We have similar views on tennis.