Hi guys. Been a while. I hope you are all doing well and looking forward to Hamburg. As far as the draw goes it’s not exactly easy for Roger but it’s not exactly difficult either. He has a bye in the first round and then he plays the winner of Lorenzi and Brands. Brands is the guy who gave Nadal a tough match at the French and Lorenzi has taken a set off Nadal on clay as well if I remember correctly. Roger has played neither of them. Then if Roger wins it looks like he will face Gulbis who could be a real test. If he gets past Gulbis things may get slightly easier, as he will play Lopez or Dolgopolov probably. In the semis he will probably face either Janowicz, Verdasco, or Robredo. Those are all potentially tough opponents. Janowicz just made Wimbledon semis, Verdasco made Wimbledon quarters, and Robredo made French Open quarters.
Definitely no lack of good players in that section of the draw. In the final Roger could face just about anyone, but Haas is the second seed. If Roger is to win his second title of the year in Hamburg it won’t be because he faced a bunch of bums. That said, Roger usually bounces back very well from disappointment and I am excited about the rest of the year. I said the second part of the year will be a new beginning for Roger, and it started well in Halle. Losing in the second round of Wimbledon was of course a setback, but I think it will motivate him even more to do big things for the rest of the season. I think Roger’s loss at Wimbledon has been blown out of proportion. Stakhovsky was in the zone like Rosol was the year before against Nadal. How long could Roger hold off those kind of performances anyway?
He did so countless times in the past, and he was bound to lose one eventually. That doesn’t mean his career is over all of a sudden and that he should retire. Fans are really fickle things and they don’t know what they are talking about. I think Roger is very motivated right now and wants to prove a few things. He also wants to use his early loss at Wimbledon as an opportunity to win some more titles. He has only one title so far this year and he will have good chances at both Hamburg and Gstaad for more titles. It will also help him gain some valuable ranking points. Hopefully he can win Hamburg and Gstaad and go to Montreal and Cincy with loads of confidence and possibly pick up another title. That would be the ideal scenario and put him in great shape for the US Open. I don’t want to think that everything is about the US Open though.
I don’t expect Roger to win the US Open, but having seen the way he has come back from adversity in the past I wouldn’t be surprised if he does. That would be the best thing that could ever happen as far as I’m concerned. Winning the US Open just two months after he lost in the second round of Wimbledon would shatter all the critics, including some of his own fans. It would be sweeter than winning Wimbledon last year even. But I am not gonna spend much time thinking about that possibility right now. There is a long way to go and we will see how he fares in the next few events first. It is not all about the US Open anyway. There is still the indoor season where Roger always shines. I just like the fact that Roger is still fresh and I’m sure he will add some more events to his schedule towards the end of the year as well.
I can see him adding two more events. Either Beijing or Tokyo before he plays Shanghai, or Stockholm again. And then I’m sure he will play Paris again. A lot will depend on what happens at the US Open. If he makes a deep run there it will take a physical toll. But I am very excited for the rest of the year. And now there may be another exciting development. In my post ‘Should Federer Reinvent Himself in 2014?‘ I suggested that Roger should try a racquet with a bigger head, and today on Facebook he posted a picture of himself training in Hamburg with what looked to be a different racquet! Wilson has not come out with a new model of his racquet as far as I’m aware, so I doubt it’s just a paint job. He may well have changed his racquet and switched to a bigger head. We will have to see, but it would be pretty ironic if just a couple of weeks after I made a post about it he changed his racquet.
Maybe he reads my blog? He said before that he wanted to experiment with equipment though and that he couldn’t find the time. Maybe since he lost early at Wimbledon he had some time and thought that loss called for a change. I hope it is the case. It will just change things up a bit and be another new beginning. If things don’t work out it is always good to make a new beginning. It can be risky, but if you are losing anyway then there isn’t much to lose. Here’s to another new beginning!