The first set today from Roger was Mr. Majestic mode, the second was more like the Roger we’ve been seeing of late. It seems Roger struggles with consistency these days, you can just sense that there is still a certain amount of doubt in his mind from losses suffered of late. If he can keep up the level of the first set on a consistent basis he might even win his first French Open. But as we have seen of late at 2-3 and serving Roger dropped his serve with a very shaky service game, conceding serve with a double fault. Suddenly Soderling after being completely outplayed in the first set was back in the match and for a minute there I was wondering if we would see another collapse from Roger. To my relief Roger broke back in the very next game however.
At 5-5 Roger played a good return game to break Soderling and after that he served out the match, ending in style with a second serve ace. The way Roger played in the first set made me think all the talk from him of late in the media was the real deal, but after the wobbly second set I wish Roger would just sometimes keep a lower profile and let his game do the talking. By saying in the press that you can do certain things you put extra pressure on yourself. Everyone knows Roger is still a threat when he is playing well, it’s not really necessary to remind them. If anything that just shows a certain amount of self doubt. Maybe this is something a coach could help him realize. Anyhow in the end Roger won and avoided the tie break in the process.
At least he was able to break right back and break one more time. Maybe that will help his confidence knowing that he didn’t fold like in the other matches. Next Roger plays against the winner of James Blake and Ivo Karlovic. Seems Roger and Karlovic gets into the same section of the draw often. There is a good chance Blake will beat Karlovic though as he almost won the tournament in Estoril last week. Whoever he plays in the next round I hope Roger steps it up a notch. Playing the way he did in the second set today won’t get him very far in the tournament. Tournaments aren’t won by flashes of brilliance but by consistency. I know everyone wants to hear positive things but Roger has a lot to prove to me before I believe he can win this tournament, or even make the final for that matter.
Roger on the other hand seems confident about his chances. Here is an interview with him in Madrid:
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