How nice of the GOAT to be handing out so many free tennis lessons on tour these days. I hope his opponents at least gives him a thank you after the match. This was another serving clinic by Roger and got him into his 104th career final. That is a hell of a lot of finals. Roger’s first serve percentage was pretty mind-blowing again at 71%. I think he only lost two points on serve in the first set which was two consecutive double faults at 3-1 . (I just realized the finals starts in and hour so I’m gonna make this short). Roger was down 0-30 on serve but took the next four points and that was pretty much the end of it. After this Roger was unstoppable. He got a second break when Tipsarevic was serving at 2-5 to take the opening set.
In the second set at 2-1 he broke Tipsarevic again with a God-like forehand cross court return. Then it was just a question of keeping up his impressive serving display to pass Nadal again in Masters Series finals made. If he wins today he will have won the most matches in Madrid and also equal Nadal on 20 Masters Series titles again. But maybe most importantly he will pass Nadal in the rankings if he wins. Personally I would get a lot of satisfaction from that. He has been number three for a while now and passing Nadal would be especially sweet. And lets face it he totally deserves it. If he wins Madrid he will have won 7 of the last 10 events he played. He has been incredibly consistent and the best player in the world since the US Open last year.
Since then he has only lost to Nadal, Isner, and Roddick. I just want to congratulate Tipsarevic on a great week too. He has impressed me of late. The fact that he lost so badly to Roger means little. Roger would have destroyed anyone in that mode. In fact I’m mad that Djokovic didn’t make the semis because Roger would probably have man handled him too. In the final Roger will play against Berdych who beat Del Potro 7-6(5), 7-6(6). I didn’t watch but it must have been a good performance from Berdych to beat one of the in form players of the tour. Berdych is not to be underestimated on clay, especially on the faster conditions in Madrid. Roger leads the head-to-head with Berdych 10-4 now after he got revenge in Paris last year with a masterful performance.
Another performance like that and Berdych has zero chance. Roger has obviously been in God mode in Madrid and I expect another clean, efficient performance from him today. The best thing about watching Roger since the US Open last year for me is his business-like attitude on court. He just seems very focused and he has that determination back which he lost for some time. I expect him to be all business again today and to do what must be done. There is a lot at stake here. Winning today would make him a strong contender for the French Open, and if the draw Gods puts Djokovic and Nadal in the same half there, all the better. Roger’s serve has been just awesome this week and it will be the key again today. Make us proud Maestro!
Ps. The Rome draw is out and Roger’s draw looks much friendlier there. If he can win today he will go to Rome and have a great chance of going deep and holding on to the number two spot before Roland Garros. Also Nadal drew Raonic in the second round. Could get interesting.