Roger was sporting a new outfit yesterday in his first match in Indian Wells against American youngster Denis Kudla. It was the same one he wore in Melbourne, just blue this time. Before the match rumors were flying around on twitter about Roger falling in practice on his wrist and not being able to practice. I didn’t pay any attention to the rumors but he ended up playing with some kind of flu. Apparently his whole team is infected but he was the least affected, which makes sense since he is fit and would have a strong immune system. Luckily he doesn’t have the virus which have been going around in Indian Wells that gives stomach flue and takes 24-48 hours to recover from. Apparently Roger was looking sick on court but I didn’t notice anything. I got up early for the match and was probably too sleepy to notice.
But I don’t notice things like that anyway. If Roger is out there it means he is ready to play and there are no excuses, so I don’t look for any. Some people say he wasn’t playing well but if you look at the match stats there was nothing wrong with his performance whatsoever. The magician of precision hit some nice backhand down-the-line winners as well as sublime drop shots. People tend to be dramatic and believe if he is ill he must play badly too, so they look for problems. Sometimes when you are sick you play some of your best tennis. Don’t ask me why though. Anyway Roger will now have another day to recover before his next match on Tuesday against Raonic. Raonic beat Berlocq 6-4, 6-2. You better believe Roger will be ready and sharp to take care of this up-and-coming youngster.
I can’t believe when I read forums and people say Roger should withdraw from the tournament because he is old and sick. I mean Indian Wells and Miami is kind of annoying tournaments which doesn’t really suit Roger’s game. But he is still the best hard court player in history and there are many ranking points up for grabs. You never know. Roger could get back to number one if he wins a slam this year. So skipping these events is not an option. I wasn’t very excited about these events myself, but the fact that Roger criticized Nadal for time wasting adds and interesting dimension to his possible match up with Nadal. It looks like Roger means business. He feels confident and has reason to. If he does come up against Nadal you can be assured it won’t be anything like the trashing he took last year in Miami. Indian Wells is faster courts anyway.
Remember if Roger loses to Nadal in their next meeting it is turkey time(10+ differential in head-to-head), and I’m sure he is anxious to avoid that. Speaking of Nadal, he looked pretty impressive in his opening match against Mayer, winning 6-1, 6-3. It must be said that Mayer was utterly useless though. Getting back to Roger’s next match with Raonic, the two have never met before. Raonic looks like he will definitely be a future top 10 player and this won’t be an easy match for Roger. Raonic has a massive serve, pretty big base line game, and has a good mentality too. If Roger haven’t recovered from his flu completely by Tuesday and his movement is still affected, then this match could work out well for him. He likes playing big servers anyway. It will be tough to break Raonic and we may have tie breaks, which means Roger will have to be clutch.
He is riding a wave of confidence so I am not concerned about that.