Congrats to Roger for making yet another semi-final at Masters Series level. He has now achieved the minimum that I wanted him to achieve in this event. The match wasn’t exactly eye candy however. Roger got the break early on in the first set when Stan double-faulted at 0-1 to give Roger a 2-0 lead. Roger has another good chance at 5-2 to break Stan again but missed a forehand down the line. In the second set Roger got the break in the fifth game after a good defensive point to take a 3-2 lead. Then it was just a question of holding serve for a routine win. It was a match that lacked drama and passion, and although I know you probably prefer that over drama, I found it pretty boring. It was however nice to see Roger attacking some returns and keeping things positive by approaching the net.
Next will be the expected semi-final against Djokovic after Djokovic took care of Gasquet 6-2, 6-4. Djokovic has so far hardly been troubled at all. He really looks unbeatable. Roger himself has looked pretty good but I’m afraid I favor Djokovic to win. And by the way they will be playing for the number two spot so there is everything to play for. Personally I haven’t seen JesusFed since the Masters Cup and that is why I’m not very positive about Roger’s chances tomorrow. He needs to be at nothing less than his best to beat Djokovic and I haven’t seen that since last year. I know that’s not what you want to hear but I just say it the way I see it. Djokovic is looking ominous and I’m worried for Roger’s ranking. He is campaigning for the number one spot, but if Djokovic keeps this form up he may find it hard to stay at number two.
In the other semi-final it will be another blockbuster match between Nadal and Del Potro. I said Del Potro will be dangerous in this event but is he ready yet to beat Nadal? I don’t think he has beaten a top 15 player yet since his comeback and it may be a tough ask to beat the world number one. On the other hand he has a good record against Nadal in the last three matches and Nadal himself is playing his first event since the Oz Open. I really hope Del Potro can get it done. At least that way Roger would have closed in on Nadal in the rankings. With this win Roger keeps his semi-final streak since Toronto last year going. He needs a win over Djokovic tomorrow pretty badly but I’m not holding my breath. I’m hoping for a small miracle. Good luck to Roger and Stan in the doubles semi-final against Nadal and Lopez today.