Hello Fedfans. If you read my comments on my last post you would know by now that I have been having problems with my laptop. Unfortunately it has not been fixed yet and I just have a screen for my laptop that I can use for a day. It has obviously been very frustrating not to have a laptop, and not only because Dubai was going on. I also spend a lot of time on twitter and my music is on my laptop too. So life becomes pretty pointless without my laptop. And after today I will have to send my laptop in again to see if they can finally fix the problem. That means I won’t be able to cover the first few days of Miami at least. It really is frustrating because I’ve already missed out posting on Rotterdam because of work. Anyway thanks for the comments you left while I was gone. I am humbled and honored as always that you are so attached to my blog.
The traffic to my blog was still pretty high even though I wasn’t making any posts. That makes it even more frustrating because I don’t wana let you guys down. But enough of the frustration. There is a lot to talk about tennis wise and I have a lot to catch up on and look forward to. So let me first get back to Dubai. I watched all Roger’s matches accept for the first one against Llodra. After that he made Lopez his turkey(10-0) and eased past Youzhy. The conditions in Dubai was pretty fast which helps Roger. The thing that stood out for me in Dubai is the ease with which he held serve. Some service games he held serve under a minute which is just astounding. And the funny thing is that he wasn’t even necessarily serving with a high first serve percentage. The fact that he held serve easily put pressure on his opponent’s own serve and allowed him to break.
Roger was still riding the wave of confidence from winning Rotterdam. This is why I felt winning Rotterdam was so important. It helped him to find that momentum he had before he lost to Nadal in Melbourne and it also helped him to win Dubai. In the semis Roger was up against Del Potro again after defeating him in the Rotterdam final. So I was feeling pretty confident that Roger would get the job done once more. Despite losing to Del Potro in the US Open final it seems he pretty much owns him. Del Potro himself have been having a good time of it of late and it’s good to see him still working his way back up the rankings despite all the injury problems he had. I think he belongs in the top five instead of Tsonga. Anyway Roger went on to beat him in two tie break sets.
In the other semis there was a pretty big upset as Murray beat Djokovic 6-2, 7-5. Murray was playing very well and I’m not too surprised he beat Djokovic after what happened in the semis in Melbourne. Having said that, Djokovic was not at his best. He was a set and a break down, after which he broke Murray I think when Murray was serving for the match. I thought Djokovic would come back and win the match, but all credit to Murray for closing it out. Does this mean Djokovic is becoming more vulnerable? I think one bad match is not enough to draw any conclusions from. We always knew Djokovic was not gonna be able to repeat what he did in 2011. We will see what happens in Indian Wells and Miami. Getting back to Dubai, going into the final I liked Roger’s chances but Murray would be no pushover.
Dubai’s field was stronger than Rotterdam and here was a good opportunity for Roger to get a win over a top four player and improve his head-to-head with Murray which was 6-8 before the match. It was another dominant performance from Roger although it was still very close, 7-5, 6-4. The one thing that bothered me a bit was once again Roger’s poor break point conversion rate. That is something that has always been the case with him and he usually gets away with it because he produces so many break points and then eventually converts. But in close matches it can count against him, like against Nadal. The fact that he doesn’t convert a high percentage of break points shows that he is not as clutch as Nadal for instance. If there is any reason he can’t be the GOAT it is this, but he is such a force of nature that it hardly matters. It was great to see Roger pick up a 72nd title and a 5th Dubai title.
Whenever you win five titles of an event you pretty much own that event. Roger have now done it at six different events – Wimbledon(6), US Open(5), Masters Cup(6), Basel(5), Halle(5), Dubai(5). He has also won Hamburg, the Australian Open, and Cincinnati four times. Roger has now won five of his last seven events played. He is on quite a roll and definitely had a better start to 2012 than 2011. Since that break he took after the US Open last year to ask some questions of himself, he seems to have indeed made some progress. I thought when he lost to Nadal that nothing much have changed, but I think the way he came from behind against Davydenko in Rotterdam was quite impressive. The thing with Roger is that he puts negative stuff behind him very quickly. He definitely doesn’t dwell on bad losses. The last two years haven’t been great outside of the indoor season.
Roger reached a kind of plateau where he didn’t win any slams or much outside of the indoor events. So far it looks like 2012 will be different and a slam is certainly not out of the question. Next up is Indian Wells and Miami which are pretty tough surfaces for Roger, especially Miami. They are using an even slower surface for Miami than for Indian Wells, and because of it Roger got destroyed last year by Nadal in the semis. Roger’s draw in Indian Wells looks pretty tough. In his first match he should have no problems, but in the third round he probably faces Raonic who have been playing well of late. It will be a test for Roger but he should be ok. Then he will face Monfils or Melzer it seems. Melzer just won Memphis so again Roger could have a pretty tough match. In the quarters Roger will have Ferrer or once again Del Potro.
Once again you would favor him to win, although Del Potro is always dangerous. I would rather he plays Ferrer. Then if Roger makes the semis he comes up against his nemesis. It a shame Roger is not in Djokovic’s half but he will not avoid Nadal forever. I don’t wana look further than the semis, since I don’t know how Roger will beat Nadal. I am not gonna get my expectations up too high for Indian Wells and Miami. It really annoys me that they make the surfaces so slow there. I’d rather they cancel the events and start the clay season earlier so that there can be a longer grass season and that the French Open and Wimbledon can be further apart. Well it was good to catch up with you and I hope you can forgive me for not posting of late after this post. I will do what I can to get my laptop back as soon as possible to cover some of Indian Wells and Miami.
Ps. I don’t have a phone with internet like someone suggested, so every time I want to use the Internet I must get away from work and go to an internet cafe that is not open after 5 pm, is expensive, and have a shitty slow connection on top of that.