Miami Rd 2: Federer def Harrison 6-2, 7-6(3), to Make Roddick His Ostrich in Next Round

Here we go again Fedfans. The start of another exciting adventure. Roger looked totally untouchable until 6-2 and 5-3 where he served for this match. It felt like Roger was back in his prime. His footwork was amazing and his defense was incredible at times. Harrison is a promising youngster with a bright future, but Roger was basically toying with him out there. In a sense it was boring, because it was total one way traffic. It may have gotten boring for Roger too, because he dropped serve. If you are as good as Roger it must be a struggle sometimes not to get too relaxed and lose your concentration. At break point Roger hit the ball close to the base line and someone in the crowd called it out. Roger stopped and it meant that he lost the point.

I thought that was a bit strange, given that it didn’t sound like a call from a lines person at all. Maybe Roger just lost his concentration a bit there, or maybe he really did think it was a call from the lines person. Either way Harrison had gotten a bit lucky, but he also did show some good fight to hang in there and get to break point. Many players would have just thrown the towel in at that point. Harrison then got lucky on two more occasions. One where a forehand from him tipped the net and fell over for a winner and one where  the lines person called a backhand from Roger out which was clearly in.  He was in a good position to win the point and I think it ended up costing him. Both points were important anyway and allowed Harrison to hang in there.

It looked like Harrison’s tenacity was paying off and that his luck was changing as we headed into a tie break. Personally I didn’t mind that it had become a bit closer, although as usual the Fedfans on my twitter timeline were blowing up. Roger then proceeded to get the break at 3-2 in the tie break with an excellent defensive lob. He also broke Harrison again at 6-3 to seal the deal. As expected from Roger 3.0(this will be how I refer to Roger post US Open from now on), he steadied the ship and didn’t let things get away from him. So I was happy with this performance. I think if the courts were faster it may have been easier for Roger to serve the match out at 5-3 as well. The slowness of these courts just allows players to hustle and hang in there for a little longer in the points.

It is now obvious that Brad Gilbert was talking nonsense when he said the courts will be faster this year. The outside courts may be faster but the courts that matter are still slow as hell. For this reason I am not a huge fan of the Miami event. I don’t know if the court surface is slower than Indian Wells, but the humidity slows down things even more. We know however that slow courts are not necessarily a problem for Roger. He did play some of his very best tennis at Roland Garros last year, although the balls that were used there was quite fast. I wonder if Miami is not the slowest conditions on tour. If that is the case it’s not necessarily the best thing for Roger. Like I said, I am not so sure Harrison would have been able to get back into the second set if the courts were faster.

But I need to see a few more matches from Roger before I really draw a conclusion. For now I am not going to expect too much of Roger here. What I mean by that is that I still fully expect him to make semis. But from there on I lower my expectations slightly. I had the same kind of expectations for Indian Wells and I was pleasantly surprised. But like I said I may change my mind after seeing a few more of Roger’s matches. I just don’t want to have any unnecessary expectations. The next match for Roger is against Roddick, and that should already tell us a lot more. In his current form Roger should normally destroy Roddick. If there is any more hiccups then my expectations will stay slightly lowered. Roger currently leads the head-to-head an astounding 21-2.

He needs one more win to give Roddick ostrich status, and you feel it is inevitable. Personally I don’t know of any other ostriches in tennis. This may even be the first in history. Interestingly one of Roddick’s wins over Roger came in Miami, and another one in Miami was a close three setter. Again that for me just shows that Roger is not very comfortable in the Miami conditions and that it is very slow. Roddick himself had a good 6-3, 6-2 win over Muller. He has been struggling of late but that win will give him some confidence, and I believe he likes the Miami conditions quite a bit. So Feddick 24.0 promises to be quite interesting, and not just because ostrich status is on the line. I would like to see Roger win this something like 6-3, 6-4.

Anything worse than that and I still won’t be totally convinced about his chances to win this event.

Highlights:

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53 Comments

  1. hey, ruan!

    i’m thrilled that roger is playing so often, and so well. paralleled with you blogging so often also. the match against harrison was a bit boring in the beginning, but he put up a great fight despite roger’s level of play. i think roger is a bit nicer towards the younger players, though…

    speaking of younger players… i’m watching the berdych/dimitrov match, and the way dimitrov plays and behaves, it’s unsettling how similar he is to roger. the forehand, the backhand, the serve. he does that thing where he turns the racket in his hands when waiting for the opponent to serve. i was wondering if you know anything about him. is he just a huge federer fan/wannabe, or does this have something to do with them having the same coach (or a former coach or roger)… what do you think of dimitrov, ruan?

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    christine Reply:

    whoops, meant to add, “with you blogging so often and so well also”, hehe ;]] dimitrov just pulled an upset. he seems like a nice guy, i like the return while sitting and the way he celebrated. and defeating berdych, of course.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I have posted about Dimitrov before Christine. I think he is obviously trying to be like Roger. It can’t be just a coincidence. It’s kind of exciting anyway, even though he will never achieve what Roger did. Good to watch.

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    christine Reply:

    ah, i missed that post. i’ll try to find it ;] btw, i just remembered we’re from the same time zone, we share the same challenges trying to watch roger’s matches live then.

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  2. Hey Ruan, change the title. It should read Miami not Indian wells

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Alex, still stuck in IW lol.

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    Alex Reply:

    Well I can understand why

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  3. Hey, Guys! I am originally from Bulgaria and I am very happy for Grigor. He is still young and makes a lot of Unforced errors but he is a talented young guy and I noticed it 2 years ago when he took Nadal to 3 sets in Rotterdam. He does play a lot like Roger. Hopefully he’ll be great one day!

    But for now Roger is the best and the greatest and I’ll enjoy watching him play. Then after he retires, maybe if Grigor does 1/10 of what Roger did I’ll be very proud! :-)

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  4. I find it disgusting that ATP can’t see the impact of slow HC. They only see that is more exciting to have longer rallies for tennis fans. More and more players are getting injuries no thanks for endless grinding. As for Roger, based on draw, I hope reaches at least semis to retain ranking points. He needs to take a break to come back fresh for clay and FO.

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  5. Isner is out. I hope Nadal faces an in-form Tsonga and gets tested. Both Nadal an Murray are getting cream puffs draws to the quarters again. I believe Federer and even Djokovic are going to work a little harder to reach the semi’s. Anyways, looking foward to the Roddick/Federer clash. Roddick has been playing pretty good as of the last few games and I’m sure he is aware of his place in the head to head. I bet he plays lights out making Fed step up his game. Possible clashes, DelPo and Djokovic, Muzzray and Dimitrov or Tipsarevic, Fish and Federer. Nadal is playing good but hasn’t played anyone of any real talent yet. The Nishikori, Nadal game should be of interest. I like Kei’s game and I think he has some potential.

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  6. Roger 3.0. Love it. Brilliant and absolutely fitting.

    Roger 1.0 being 2004-2007, of course. Fed ’08 was a beginning of transition, aided no doubt by the mono, with Fed ’09 holding that off for a bit. But by feb 2010 we were in full Roger 2.0 mode which last for certain until at least oct 2010. Then Fed began the transition to 3.0 which was hiccuped by Nole 2.0’s surprising emergence. The first glimpse of Fed 3.0 was of course the semis of RG 2011, but that was short-lived. Only with the post-USO break has 3.0 really emerged. And, I’d say, although fall 2011 saw the sails really gaining wind, full-on 3.0 was first crystallized in Rotterdam – the Davydenko match. With IW being consolidation.

    I also agree, Ru-an, that we shouldn’t put too much stock in Miami – by far the least favorable conditions for Fed by comparison to those for his two main rivals.

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  7. Roger just lost to Roddick! :-( well you can’t win them all. onto the clay!

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    Dave Reply:

    Fed didn’t even look like he even wanted to be there. He almost looked bored. Oh well, not really shocked. One thing I noticed is that Federer looked mad or frustrated with himself. I’m wondering if he’s a little injured. I also think he gifted Roddick that a match too.

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  8. Well, so much for Federer 3.0 and Roddick his ostrich. A big win for Roddick, and a break of momentum for Federer, all because of that 2nd game in the 3rd set. Federer never recovered from it mentally. You have to give it to Roddick, too, though, who fought fearlessly, and honestly, as much as I wanted Roger to win, the way Roddick played he totally deserved a win.

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  9. Absolutely disgusted with Roger today. What was that??? I knew Roddick would be serving lights out but Roger had so many chances, but he didn’t take them. I discount the first set but what was the point of trying to “show off” so much in the second set by braking 3 times if you can’t break in the deciding 3rd set. If anything, he angered Roddick to punish him in the third. And having 4 break points at 1:0 in the third – and not converting none of them – I knew at this point it would be all for nothing. Federer was angry and he let it slip the very next game and that cost him the match. Roger dissapointed today and he know he has only himself to blame. So much for the 2nd ranking in the world.

    I hope that he forgets this loss quickly. Now, however I am not so sure about him taking a break after Miami. Maybe he should play Monte Carlo now after all. It was a nice little run but today it seemed like Roger underestimated Roddick and most frustratingly, he didn’t take his chances, and you can’t do that against big servers.

    Oh well.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Overreacting much? Nothing Roger could do. Roddick played the match of his life.

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    Ilya Reply:

    I think Vily’s point was that Roddick played the match of his life only because Federer let him to. Fed just completely lost it mentally after that 2nd game. 50% first serve percentage, very hesitant shot making, no real attacking there. Roddick seized the opportunity, but it was Fed who basically said “it’s yours if you want it.” And Roddick sure did want it badly. The problem is, this is a pattern with Fed, and we all hate to see its re-appearance every time we hope it has gone away.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    So he has to win every single match he plays for you to believe it’s gone? Wow. You are hard to please.

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    steve Reply:

    It’s not going to go away completely, but I don’t think this augurs a crisis.

    Simply, the older he gets, the tinier the margins in his game become. He relies so heavily on making the right choices of shot at the important moments, that if he has a lapse of attention, he can lose.

    He had to have been mentally burned out somewhat from the tough run he’s had. Now he can get a rest, spend a few days with his family, and recuperate for clay season.

    And give credit to Roddick, he backed his serve fearlessly and took his chances when they presented themselves. Sure, Federer played into Roddick’s hands a bit but Roddick played a smart match and went for his forehand at the right times.

    Roddick is a dangerous floater to meet in the early rounds; usually Federer would meet him later in the tournament. He’s no rookie like Bellucci or Raonic, whose lack of experience Federer was able to take advantage of. He’s a veteran, former world #1, and Grand Slam champ. Someone like that always retains the knowledge of how to win, and if in addition he’s in good form, like Roddick is, he can be very dangerous.

    It was bad luck for Federer to draw Roddick so early, and Roddick happened to be in-form and hungry and Federer maybe not so sharp, given that this is the early rounds.

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    Chris Reply:

    Wonderful win for Roddick! The guy deserves it. Federer destroyed his tennis career, and worse, broke his heart when denying him the Wimbledon title. The win today was huge for Roddick, and I feel happy for him. He’s a nice guy and I love to see him being part of the game.
    Some Federer fans already out swearing, frustrated and negative, licking self-inflicted wounds. As long as you keep expecting him to win everything, this will happen again and again. Roddick had his vengeance today for the Wimbledon final, well done!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I’m not a Roddick fan but otherwise couldn’t agree more with you Chris.

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    chris Reply:

    Nobody breaks the rackets on the court in a more stylish and convincing way ;-) Some of his post-match interviews made me cry tears of laughter when he described how it felt to be outplayed by Federer, he has a very ironical humor which I find very funny. I’m not his fan, but humanly speaking, I’m happy for him, because I felt sorry for him, especially in the price ceremony of the Wimbledon match. I did not expect Roger to win Miami, why should I? So he lost some points and won the opportunity to get some rest for the more important things to come. Fine with me, have a good rest Rog! You already gave me more to cherish this year than what I would have expected ever at this stage of the tour

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah I am glad for Roddick too. Miami has never been a a very successful event for Roger. Had he not made that comeback vs Nadal he would have only one title. Not surprised by this loss actually.

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    Dave Reply:

    @ Vily, guy you’re over-reacting. This Tournament means squat to Federer and it showed. If this was a grand slam final, Roddick would be breaking a lot of racquets and eating a can of whoop-ass. Federer is a little tired mentally and physically. That happens when you win six tournaments in six months. I’m glad he bowed to Roddick and not to Djokovic. He will be back and will have the fire in his belly again until then let’s be patient. After all he’s human and he can’t possibly win everything.

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    Jiten Reply:

    I could see a glimpse of Nole a la US open 2011 semis in those three fearless forehands at 1-1 in the third set. I had a feeling that after being broken Fed was already eying the clay court season and looking ahead towards the much needed rest. I am sure he would rejuvenate himself with one week’s extra break. Ru-an, do you think that Fed will (should) take a wild card in Monte Carlo? I think with one week’s extra rest, it won’t be too much of a toll on his body for the rest of the season.

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  10. I haven’t seen Roddick play like that since Wimbledon. He was on fire brother. He looks very confident, and definitely has the capability. Roger lost the confidence in the 3rd set, and Roddicks serve was too hot to handle there. He’s doing very well, so lets not get to worried about this little hick up. It will only fuel the fire to win more in the near future. WE WANT A GRAND SLAM BABY!!! G

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  11. Federer is out to Roddick, in only the American’s third victory in their head-to-head.

    Not surprising after such a long and difficult winning run, beating Nadal, Murray, Del Potro, Isner. He had to have a brainless match at some point. Now he can take a break and refresh himself mentally for clay season. As has been suggested, he will now probably take a wild-card for Monte Carlo, although I wouldn’t expect him to win the tournament.

    It’s not as bad as it looks, the idea of regaining the #2 in Miami was always a bit of a red herring. #2 and #1 will come if he wins more majors; that’s the priority.

    I would much rather he win RG and lose Miami than the reverse. He’s won plenty recently, enough to confirm that he’s on the right track. One brain-dead match doesn’t change that.

    On to the red clay. I hope he can capture a clay Masters and then prepare for RG.

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  12. I know it wasn’t a grand slam and Miami is probably Roger’s worst surface but considering the easy road to the semis after today, this stings a little bit. Especially after Roger played so well in the second and got to 0:40 in that second game. If this was a best of 5 match, I am sure Roger would have won in 5. It’s just that you let up and slip in the best of three it’s very difficult to come back right in that set.

    But at the end if the day, you guys are right. Roger won’t get to number 1 unless he wins a Slam. All these calculations about points here and points there don’t mean that much.

    It’s frustrating and I know it but that’s life. You can’t win every match. You can’t get out of tough situations all the time. You have to forget it and move on. I know Roger will do just that so we gotta support him nonetheless!

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  13. So after that unfortunate loss by Roger, espn3 started to show the Monaco-Monfils match which was in the middle of it, and I watched a couple of games just because it was on while I was writing my comments. And all I can say is that for all the heartbreaking moments when Federer loses when you feel he could have won, one thing is clear: when you see him play matches recently, whether he loses or wins, it is always more than just two guys hitting the ball. It becomes bigger than just tennis, there is so much human experience and emotion in it. In the era of sports becoming more and more mechanical games of attrition, Fed’s matches have this aesthetic and human dimension to them, regardless of whether he loses or wins. That is why he is the GOAT. I mean, Nadal or Djokovic can win their 5-hour grinding matches all they want, but why shall we care? There is no transformative experience for the viewers, no subtleness, no magic, no catharsis.

    Speaking of big moments, one of such transformative moments happened for Roddick today. I felt almost like he got his human dignity back by not becoming Fed’s ostrich. And I am sort of happy for him, and happy with this outcome. On the large scale of things, this win is more important for Roddick than this loss is important for Federer. It would have become too monotonous if Fed just kept winning over Roddick every single time without exceptions, and predictability is a bad thing in art and in sports, whether its Fed vs Nadal or Fed vs Roddick. So this loss creates a sense of openness, of possibilities wide open, of life being fluid and unpredictable.

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    Vily Reply:

    I like your comments Ilya. What hurts today, maybe above all, is that I had enjoyed following Roger and his matches for the last almost 3 months. And now, after today it will be another 3 weeks or maybe even 5-6 weeks before we see him on the court and I’ll miss it.

    I so much wanted to see Roger and Novak play but it’s just wasn’t meant to be. Now we have to go back to our regular lives and sit and wait.

    And that’s not always fun. But that’s life!

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    Jiten Reply:

    Despite the loss, Fed still had a 43-25 winner-unforced error ratio. And Fed won more points than Roddick: 87 out of 169. That speaks volume of the quality of his game where the three sets hardly took two hours. This would have at least taken three hours for the current bunch of grinders.

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  14. Damn. Those ostriches can be hard to catch.

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    veronica Reply:

    LOL! LOL! Rich! Fed is mentally tired and burnt out. He is 30. It is tough to win day in day out. Andy played the match of his life anyway and if he has to win one against Fed, this is the best time and the best tournament for Andy to do it. And I’d rather have the escaped Ostrich ending Fed’s run rather than the Bull or the Egg!! I’m cool. No worries. Onto clay!!

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  15. “I had my chances. I thought Andy did well to get the first, and then to put me in the situation I guess in the third,” said Federer. “I could have been up a break early in the third, but he did well also to fight off those break points. He served really well.
     
    “I think he had a good overhead. He played aggressive and clutch served when he had to. It was his credit. For me, it was obviously a tough loss. The one service game where I got broken, he really goes for it and it all works out.”

    So as you can see Roger is disappointed and knew that he missed the opportunity early in the third and that cost him the match. It hurts but he’ll wake up tomorrow and he’ll feel better. As will we! Let’s try to forget this loss and move on. That’s the best we can do at this point.

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    veronica Reply:

    Yes, he knows exactly where/how he lost the match. I could see he tried but was just not up to it today – mentally drained. Body language also a bit subdued (absence of fist pumps and common’s) If Andy’s level had gone down a bit or Fed was still as fresh as in the other tournaments, he would have won the match, I’m sure. Only a little worrying is his break point conversion. Still, he’s due a loss after such an unexpected and glorious run. Best of all eventhough he lost, he still basically held it together mentally and physically. Not like before where he would look lost, AWOL, uninterested etc etc. (although he seemed very angry with himself in the 3rd set; which is actually good – meant he cared enough). Also although he said it was a tough loss, I think he honestly don’t mind losing to Andy and genuinely happy that Andy is playing well again. His comments on Andy’s win are very generous and full of respect. I also believe the exhibition in Madison square had something to do with Andy’s confidence. Although Fed was not playing serious in that exhibition, Andy was thrilled to have beaten Fed there and it did give him some confidence against Fed coming into this match today.

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    Vily Reply:

    I agree with you, Veronica. As much as we all wanted for Roger to push until the end of this week and then take a well deserved 5 week vacation, things don’t always go according to plan.
    Roger admitted to coming out flat and tired on the court today. He needs a break. So it’s ok.
    Now, the key is whether he should take 6 week break or the 3 week break after today. Only he knows what his body feels like. I feel that he needs to take as much break as he needs to heel any lingering issues, refresh mentally, etc. He’s playing great. This loss today was similar to the loss to Isner in Davis Cup. We’ll just have to wait and see. There is no right or wrong decision.

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  16. I didn’t see the match between Federer and Roddick and don’t feel any sadness because of this loss either.
    I just would like to share with you my view on its limited impact for Roger in regard to his aspirations.

    Since the start of the new season Roger seems in many ways like a revitalized player who’s old inner flame has been rekindled. Nurturing great aspirations, Roger was to there on tour one of the most active players of the whole field. He has entered since the start of 2012 tournament after tournament without taking a break worthy of its name, and has been swinging and stringing the victories from match to match just in the same nice way as he used to do when he was still in his prime. Moreover with exception of his semifinal at the AO against Nadal, he thereby found each time the right approach, the right touch and the right tune to come out on the winning side of the contests that counted for him. And by doing so, Roger spoiled us with his swinging and singing play to such an extent that we would lose all perspective by it.

    But constantly performing in your high upper register of capabilities and thereby repeatedly being subjected to great amounts of physical, mental and emotional strain is humanly speaking not bearable in the long run, it is simply too exhausting. This counts for an athlete as well as for the professional singer. Like the singer is leaving his upper register at regular times to continue singing in his chest register, Roger also has to go down to his modal, more normal register at times to recalibrate his game and turn up the heat later on again. Melodies and arias aren’t written either only for the falsetto register, aren’t they?

    Today, against Andy Roddick, he apparently couldn’t find the right touch and tune at the moments that it counted, and some of us feel very deceived, because they had unrealistic expectations in my opinion. A loss could be expected sooner or later, and losing in Miami from Andy Roddick isn’t a shame I would think. I don’t feel so sad with this loss, because I know Roger has given his utmost and has put an awful lot of energy in his recent stretch of victories. For Roger the swing and the voice are still there, as you don’t lose these kind of things overnight. His main goal remains above all to win another slam and I’m sure he will do everything within his abilities to make this dream come true. He will take now some well deserved pause on the tour and prepare for the clay season. His aspiration of returning to the top spot is only a long term objective, which might come true but might not either. Future will tell if Roger’s aspirations were realistic or not.

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  17. this is inexplicable and a big setback. u may be ok with this kind of loss another day considering poor roddick’s fate when he faces roger. but he must not show any mercy to 2nd tier players like roddick, tsonga, delpotro, isner when he’s in hunt for #2 spot. he has lost the track midway, in this crunch time, all excitement regarding the point calculation has gone suddenly. certainly roger will not get back to #2 before at least wimbledon, if he’ll not play monte carlo now, that’s for sure.

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    Vily Reply:

    I always knew that if Roger wants to get the number 2 ranking he’ll need to win another Masters 1000 prior to the French Open. MC is out of the question. Roger has to win Madrid and at least make SF in Rome to have that chance.

    MC is not on his schedule right now and he’ll probably need a proper 3 weeks of rest before he’ll start training again so MC is less likely to happen. But you never know. If he skips Monte Carlo it could be one of the smartest decisions he’s made or one one of the not so smart decisions. It’s up to him. You saw Nadal take a long break after AO and he still made SF in IW. If Roger can come out swinging in Madrid after a break, that would be awesome. But that’s a BIG if!

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    MJ RUBAN Reply:

    yes,it seems that perhaps we have wanted too much from roger. it would be really nice if the #2 rank and djokovic-nadal SF scenario will come true, but i think roger is destined not to have a bit easier way to win a GS. :-( ohh, how long we have to wait? but obviously, we’ll root for him till the end. and another thing is that, we really don’t like these early exits (before at least SF) because we don’t want to miss any opportunity to see him play in a tournament.

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  18. First off, let’s drop the mumbo jumbo about the exhibition match at the garden having any effect on Andy’s confidence that’s b.s. Andy has been playing good for last couple of matches. I noticed when he played Berdych at I.W. he was moving good and serving good and also returning good even though he lost that match. Federer stated that he came out flat and mentally and physically tired from playing so many matches. Let’s give the guy a break and move on. I am however looking foward to seeing what happens with Nadal, he is winning but he hasn’t played Tsonga, Murray or Djokovic yet and there would be no greater gift than seeing Nadal get destroyed by anyone of those guys. I have a feeling none of the top three are going to win this tournament. To be honest with everyone I think Miami is the worst tournament of the tour with the slowest courts and awful attendance. I guess last night’s game w. Fed/Roddick had the highest attendance.
    I think should be remember last time Federer took a long break he came out fresh, in-form and winning tournaments back to back. Let us hope he can replicate that going into the clay season. I really think Roger should skip Monte-Carlo but for some reason I believe the tournament promoters are going to do everything they can to get him to play. Let’s see what happens. This not a bad loss for Federer, he did after all, throw Roddick a breadstick.

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    veronica Reply:

    While the exhibition may not have played a big part in Andy’s confidence against Fed, I wouldn’t call that exhibition bs and that it had nothing to do with Andy’s confidence. Yes, Andy has already been playing great in last couple matches. But having been Fed’s turkey all these years, I would think, as a great competitor that Andy is, he would try to draw as much as possible from whatever positives he can get to prep himself up against his nemesis (and that exhibition was a positive). Sometimes it just takes a little bit of self- encouragement and self-belief to turn the tables.

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  19. We’ll find out about MC soon enough. I am also hoping for the long break and the back to back titles but the wait will be long. We’ll wait and see.

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  20. Well… tired or not he lost. If he had won he wouldn`t have mention anything.He was playing good but it`s just that he saw competition that believe can beat him. Remember RG 2011 vs Nadal last set?he was having 2 or 3 break points and couldn`t break and then the set was over quickly 6:2 :-) If u can get upset by not breaking in the 1st game of a set and cannot live with that thought till the end of the set off-course you will loose even if Federer is your name.
    I think if he had lost the opening 15-18- min game vs Del Potro in IW he would have lost the match there too (that`s what Delpo did actually :-)
    Credit to Roddick for his performance though.

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  21. I know Roger missed an opportunity. It was a combination of mental and physical exhaustion, a little but of luck not going his way and of course the desire of Roddick to win. Roger really didn’t expect that Andy would put such a fight and that caught him by surprise. Also, the fact that Roger had a supposedly easy draw deceived him into thinking ahead in the draw instead of taking it match by match. In IW he did do that and that’s why he won. Here he was already thinking of the SF and that’s probably what hurt him. At the end of the day, it’s not the end of the world. In a week’s time the tournament will be over and we’ll move on to bigger and better things!

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    veronica Reply:

    Agree, Vily, Fed didn’t expect Andy to come out all guns firing. Wasn’t quite prepared for it; plus he is already a bit exhausted mentally and physically. Also contributing to his loss is maybe he was a bit relaxed seeing the easy draw. Sometimes easy draws can work against you. But, still, overall, Fed is tired. He needs a rest. Too bad about the no. 2 ranking. I know it is so sad, Fedfans; so near yet so far. Like some of you here, I’m listless and numb at the moment coz I had so looked forward to a week or two of Fed action but now NOTHING – for the next few weeks!! I think Fed better not go for MC. He doesn’t do well there. But he must target to win Madrid and go deep in Rome. Meanwhile I’m very thankful and proud of what Fed has given us this year. All hail King Roger!!

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  22. Nadal needs another MTO today to stop Nishikori. Complains of a knee injury incurred at Indian Wells (oh yeah, the one that explains why he was whipped by Fed. Funny but he didn’t mention it at the time.) Does he stop running? Nope. Does he stop coming up with excuses? Nope. Is there anything this b/s artist won’t stoop to win? Your turn.

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    veronica Reply:

    Yeah, Rich, exactly. How could anyone not see through Nadal’s “humbleness”. Yeah, maybe he is a humble cheat! Now he blames the knee which he didn’t mention when he got beat by Fed in IW. The nerve of the man!

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  23. What a Joke?!!! Roddick beat Roger just to get schooled today by Juan Monaco 7:5 6:0. That makes me even more mad that Roger didn’t take Roddick down again yesterday.

    Darn it.

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    veronica Reply:

    Vily, the positive is that no one, and I mean no one, takes down TMF without suffering the consequences. Roger squeezes every mental and physical ounce out of everyone who has the audacity to beat him! Ha!

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  24. I can’t wait for Nadal to get beat bad, another medical timeout against Super Kei. He will do anything to win a match. Oh Well, Roddick is eating a bagel right now. Didn’t think Roddick was going to suffer that kind of loss but then again you never know with him and his inconsistencies. I don’t understand Nadal, doesn’t he understand that people see through his phony, humble, play the victim, always an excuse b.s. He is just screwing the game up with his ridiculous tactics.

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