Indian Wells RD 2: Federer def Andreev 7-5, 7-6(4)

Andreev was always gonna be a bit of a tricky opponent for Roger given their history together. Roger was struggling with his rhythm at the start against Andreev’s heavy topspin shots. As the set progressed Roger started timing the ball better and he was up 30-0 on Andreev’s serve a couple of times but could not break. He did however break at 5-5 and served the set out at 6-5. In the second set he got the break in the first game, but Andreev started playing better and got the break back. The tie break ensued and Roger made great picks ups at *1-0 and *2-0 to take control. Basically Roger brought his best tennis towards the end of the sets which is what a clutch player does. It was not Roger’s best level but given the slow conditions and an opponent that is normally tough for him I’d say it was a pretty good win.

Roger now faces Chela who beat Petszchner in three sets. Roger has a dominant head-to-head of 5-0 against Chela and have only lost one set to him. This should be an easier opponent for Roger and I expect him to win easier. Ranonic continued his impressive run by beating Fish for a second time in two tournaments and will now face another youngster Harrison for a place in the fourth round. I think Raonic will probably win that match and face Roger in the fourth round for an enticing encounter.

Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=federer+vs+andreev+indian+wells&aq=f

Interview: http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Media/Videos/2011/03/Indian-Wells-2011-Sunday-Interview-Federer.aspx

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22 Comments

  1. Even in Roger´s prime Igor has been tough for him.His forehand is huge and has a lot of topspin, of course he
    always plays his best against Roger.
    But Roger has always found a way to win.
    Bottom line Roger won the big points when needed to.
    Congrats Roger for a straight sets win.Excellent match practice.GO ROGER!!!
    Ru-an did you see Nadal´s match?,and ESPN commentators saying Nadal is on fire…I can´t believe…are they kidding???

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Nadals match was a joke. The South African guy was very bad. It was just a practice hit for Nadal.

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  2. Ines- I missed Nadal’s match (as usual as I can’t stand watching him grunt his way around the court) How did he play?

    Andrew

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Nothing impressive which is understandable.

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  3. Hi Ru-an, I am still here….enjoy reading your blog about Roger’s performance. I did see him play just for a short time, am always a bit nervous for him to succeed. It will get tougher as time goes on so hope Roger can stand up and win. Also, enjoy reading the comments from your various Ruans Federer Blog fans, good reading better than some other comments on various websites. Keep up the good work, Ru-an.
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Dolores, glad you are still here after all this time.

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  4. I thought Roger’s forehand was lethal last night. Very pleased he got the W in straight sets. Have you seen how Nadal’s draw has opened up? Bagdahatis lost. Tsgonga lost. Even the 27th seed Monaco lost! Almagro has just lost. Ferrer lost. Does anyone want to even give Nadal a game? He’ll stroll into the semi finals. And Soderling just lost so that’ll make the semi final even easier. Oh well. Lucky lucky Nadal.
    ….
    On the plus side- Del Potro v Dolgopolov is on tv right now. A great contest on paper. I’m hoping for Del Potro to win easily. As Soderling just lost Del Potro would only have Kohlscriber to beat- and then because Murray is out he’d have an easy quarter final! Then Nadal can finally play a quality player in the semis. Go on Del Potro! And Roger of course :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yup Nadal has an easy draw but what else is new? Del Potro had another good win against Dolgopolov and he stands a chance of making semis.

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    TD Reply:

    Just wanted to add that Del Potro is very impressive. He is very mature, he’s experienced and the only thing he’s lacking is (maybe) fitness. In my bracket he’s going to lose only in the final, probably to Djokovic.
    But if I was Nadal or Djokovic, the future doesn’t look that bright…

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    GEORGE Reply:

    You’re probably right, if I were Nadal I’d worry about meeting Del Potro in the semis, but if I were Djokovic I’d be scared of me being owned once again by my constant master, Roger Federer, in the semis as well. And all these provided that DJ defeats Roddick in quarters…therefore even though I got a feeling that DJ won’t even reach the semifinals, mind you the GOAT will destroy him this time, like he used to in the past.

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    TD Reply:

    George, that’s exactly what I thought before the Dubai final. Now, I’m not so confident.
    I’m waiting for Federer to make me doubt less…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I think Roger could put up a better performance than in Dubai but winning is another story. Besides, he will have Raonic to deal with first as well as Berdych. Long way to go.

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    GEORGE Reply:

    Fed was literally in his ‘FedEx’ mode, nice and smooth bh winners, but to be honest the other guy seemed too weak for a third round opponent to me. Maybe he was too intimidated by the GOAT, who knows.
    His next opponent will be Harrison and not Raonic as many had expected (I personally thought he’d have at least equal chances with Raonic, who -in my opinion- has been far too overrated by almost everyone for the last couple of months). I watched the whole match which turned out to be very exciting as both players seemed to be in their ‘superb’ mode and eventually Harrison nailed it and showed everyone why he is considered to be America’s biggest hope for the future.
    Roger should definitely be sharp-minded and focused in order not to have any troubles against Harrison. I believe he will. Go our champ! :-)

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  5. The first set was a clinic, the second not so much, but Andreev has always been tricky for Federer, with his huge, spinny forehand and powerful serve. Federer can’t really control the rallies against him very easily.

    Plus he is one of those guys who always seem to elevate their game against Federer, so you’d expect it to get very close.

    This is encouraging, it shows that he is focused and his form is sharp. The last two times they played, Andreev took the first set. Not so on this occasion.

    I think Andreev would’ve managed at least a set if Federer had been even a little off, but again, Federer was too strong.

    No blips on the crucial points this time. He handled the power of Andreev as best he could, and made no mistakes in the tiebreak–Andreev hit several clean winners to erase the first mini-break, but he couldn’t keep that up and Roger was able to pull ahead and close the match.

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  6. The draw is shaping up nicely. I’m annoyed with Nadal getting to basically chill out all week until the semi finals but at least there is a good chance he’ll have to play Del Potro now. He was much better than Dolgopolov yesterday and I can’t wait to see him back up in the top ten and beating Nadal every week! ;-)

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  7. Roger will face Harrison instead of Raonic, your thoughts on this, Ru-an? Just watched the end of the Ranic-Harrison match, am impressed with both of those youngsters.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Sorry, the power was out here. I thought Harrison played amazingly well and will be a big test for Roger.

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  8. Nice read Ruan. your blogs are always the best around and very much analysed than all the others and i always enjoy reading yours.Yes he was playing well in later stages of the match against Andreev but his serve was too low for my liking .i think it was in the 50s.it should be right uo there if he has to win tougher opponents and I would also like to see the errors column go down and would like him to concentrate more and not lose concentration after a good first set

    Anyways he won and is through to the next round and that is what we need.Anhd hey dont forget to write about the federer vs chela match.Federer won it 6-0 6-2 and he was serving better and all the shots just stuck for him today and he will play harrison who beat raonic.

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  9. I hope ur ok Ru-an? I’ve been expecting a post from you considering that Roger played a whole match last night in JesusFed mode- 6-0, 6-2 against Chela and Chela actually played ok! Berdych also just lost so Roger will be up against his countryman Stan and I’m very happy with that development :-) Come on Roger!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    We had power out all day so i dont know if ill have time for a post. I saw the first set and Roger looked to be in JesusFed more like you said. There isnt much to say really. He took control from the start and it was only in the second set where Chela could manage two games. Djokovic beat Gulbis 0 and 1 and Roger almost matched him. I think this is the type of form he must show if he is to have a chance against Djokovic later on but Haarrison will be a big enough test. I saw some of the HArrison/Raonic match and Harrison did extremely well to beat one of the most on form players on tour. I am very impressed with Harrison and i think he will be a difficult test for Roger. Luckily Roger seems to be sharp. Wawrinka also beat Berdych i see, so he may be Roger’s QF opponent.

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  10. Federer has gotten past Harrison, but not without some trouble. He twice served for the first set, but his first serve completely deserted him and he got broken both times. Fortunately he was able to make more first serves in the tiebreak.

    Harrison played and competed well but it was ultimately Federer’s errors that were responsible for his dropping his serve at the end of the first set.

    This is the first night match he played here and just as has happened earlier this year, he seemed to struggle at night, having trouble timing the ball properly. Of course he was also playing a tougher opponent, but many of those errors were completely unforced.

    Wawrinka is up next and he is in good form, so it’ll be tough. Just hope he can play a cleaner match than tonight.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks for the extra analysis Steve. I depend on you guys these days ;-)

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