Miami Rd 4: Federer Trashes Rochus 6-3, 6-1

As was the case with the first round, Roger playes a near peRFect match against Rochus. The story is told by 6 aces, 1 DF, 68% first serves, 32 winners, 12 UE, 9/11 net points won, and 4/11 break points won. The only stat that could possibly be improved upon is the break point conversion, but it’s not like there was a shortage of breaks from Roger. The serve was solid again and Roger’s forehand was working like clockwork, hitting many winners off that side. Are we seeing JesusFed again? I wouldn’t be so quick to apply  that label, given how Roger performed against Monaco and the fact that Rochus was the ideal opponent for Roger. Rochus is a small guy who is basically just a practice match for Roger. His serve is nothing special and basically just asks to be hit, while his ground strokes has no penetration. Therefor this performance hasn’t got me overly excited.

You can just say that it was a very clean, sufficient performance. Against Monaco we saw the average Roger again who struggled to put away a pretty average opponent and couldn’t take advantage of his break opportunities. So I am not so sure Roger will have an easy time when he next faces Simon. Simon is someone who has a positive 2-1 head-to-head record against Roger and has the ability to test him. In the slowish conditions he can do a lot of retrieving and if Roger is not on his game it can cause him to make unforced errors. He must be decisive and his attacking game must be on like it was against Rochus. Only Simon has a bigger serve than Rochus and can create more pace off the ground. If JesusFed shows up it will b something like a 6-3, 6-4 win, but otherwise we could be in for a tough three setter.

Interviewhttp://www.sonyericssonopen.com/News/Tennis/2011/Interview-Transcripts/Interview-Transcripts/Extra-Column/2011-Roger-Federer-March-29.aspx

Highlightshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tj_fHp2-P1o&feature=player_embedded

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26 Comments

  1. It was a master class from Roger.I hope he carries this form through to the end of the tournament.We just don´t
    see this version as much.
    Please Roger:”First get rid of Simon, then teach Nadal a lesson and then teach Djoko how it´s really done.
    Then repeat the entire show especially in the Slams.So
    all those nonbelievers can EAT THEIR WORDS.
    May be he has to play behind Maria again???

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  2. Yay, thanks for posting. I do see 3 set match and hopefully Roger will prevail. I don’t see him getting easy win against Simon though. Is it true assuming Novak loses before final and Roger wins this tournament, he will reclaim his 2nd spot?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Whats the odds of that happening lol?

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    Dippy Reply:

    My bad, counting eggs before they hatch. Anderson had so many chances to break Djoker but self-belief was not there. Tactically almost there but execution is not consistent. Well one don’t get points for being almost there do they? Fish will get fried against Djoker, don’t see him doing any damage. Points gap will widen for Roger, tough.

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  3. If he can reclaim the no. 2 spot, it’s going to help him big time in points accumulation during the long clay court season! But like what Ru-an says, what are the chances of that happening in this tournament?
    My attention is now fully on the Simon match…

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  4. At least he’s finally beaten Simon, so he can draw some confidence from that. Simon is so good at redirecting the ball at weird angles and using his opponents’ pace against them, very tricky for someone like Roger who relies so much on reading his opponents’ shots.

    Their matches have always been very close. I hope he can play clean and aggressive like he did against Murray in London last year. If he does Simon has no chance.

    C’mon Roger!

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  5. I was very impressed by this performance. Similar to how Roger played against Chela. But he still lost in that tournament to a rival when alot was on the line (number 2 ranking for clay court masters/ Roland Garros)

    I agree with Ru-an that what he does in the rest of this tournament defines his hard court success for the start of this year. Winning Doha is good. Semi finals of Australia is ok by his standards. Semi final of Indian Wells is better than last year. But unless he either gets to the final or wins this event I think he will be disappointed as he had all the momentum going into 2011 and he’s let Djokovic come along and take it from him.
    ….
    He has been directly involved in every one of DJ’s victories this year so Roger will be directly responsible for DJ’s success and indeed in many respects he is due to his failure to finish DJ off at the US Open last year. That victory gave DJ the confidence to beat Fed in another slam earlier this year and has pushed him on to greater things.

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    veronica Reply:

    Andrew, agree completely. The victory DJ had over Rog in US Open last year is directly responsible for propelling DJ to untouchable status. It seems anyone who can beat Roger Federer will gain a full load of self-belief because Rog is the bar for players to measure themselves. If you can beat Rog, you can beat anybody. Rog should have put it right in Aussie Open and Dubai. He didn’t and so DJ’s self-belief grew bigger and bigger and it is now out of proportion. He’s like Rog 2004-7 reincarnated; but more nasty. Rog is a victim of his own success. He produces all these super tennis players just by being too good himself. In a way it is a terrible life for Rog. He has to win most of the time or players start to get ideas. I think much as we want to see Rog as long as possible, it is better for his history if he can get his act together one last time and give one good spanking to Nadal and DJ and then hang up his racket and not give them anymore reason to thin that they are superior to him. Pooh! makes me sick, all these human machines “created” by Rog’s greatness.

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  6. I was worried that in this article Simon Reed was going to jinx Roger by being too complimentary but then as usual the article went off at a tangent and he can’t hide his dislike for Roger:

    http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/tennis/simon-reed/article/5892/

    Reed doesn’t even know that Roger has already won a title this year! That’s a pretty obvious stat. Obviously most of what Reed says is nonsense however this article has made me think. If Roger wins a slam this year and say the Aussie Open next year, and then maybe Wimbledon again next year he’ll be on 19 slams. Very do-able with his current form. Then it’s the Olympics. If Roger were to win men singles gold….. I fear he may retire directly afterwards like Sampras did! He’d have completed the golden career slam and he’d have far too many slams for Rafa to catch him. If that did happen- how would we all feel about it!!? A scary thought. The concept of Roger no longer playing tennis is a scary thing to imagine

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  7. Ru-an, how good or how bad is this withdrawal of Simon for Roger’s match in his upcoming semi-final?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I dont think it makes that much of a difference Dolores. Only thing is that it would have helped Roger to know where his game is. If he beat Simon easily it could have given him a confidence boost.

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  8. The Semi final streak Roger is currently on is pretty impressive! Not as good as his finals streaks but it does show his increased consistency. Playing Simon would do nothing to prepare for Nadal. So I say this withdrawal is great as it gives Roger longer to get together with Paul and think up a great strategy to beat Rafa. Vamos Roger!

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    marron Reply:

    Rafa has to get through Berdych first. Don’t count your chickens yet, Andrew.

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  9. Marron, agreed on your last point. Also, as far as Roger’s game is concerned, it has less to do with coming up with a strategy than that he is able to make his shots when he needs to. He knows what players like Nadal and Berdych are capable of and how they generally play; to counter it he has to be able to play his best tennis – which is serve well, attack off the ground as soon as he can, finish points at net, and be solid off both wings. And be tough on the big points. It’s as simple as that. But not as easy.

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  10. Thanks for your reply to my question, Ru-an. You’re right about the confidence bit he would have gained. Let us hope that the next step will be positive for Roger. Let’s roll, Roger!

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  11. Berdych is not a player who buckles down and shows grit when faced with adversity. At the first fistpump and snarl of “VAMOOOOS!” from Nadal, he will wilt. Only if he senses his opponent is uncertain will he step up his game and start hammering his serve and forehand.

    OTOH, I don’t think “Super Nadal” is in the building today, nor has he been at any point this season except briefly at AO when he beat Cilic.

    So perhaps Berdych has a chance, should he be mentally tough enough to seize it. As I write this he’s down a set, but up a break in the second set, we’ll see how long that lasts.

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  12. Berdych has now leveled the match.

    As I thought, Super Nadal is absent. The mega-serve he displayed in the USO final is nowhere to be seen. He is missing the forehands and unbelievable backhand passes he usually makes with ease, and his forehand lacks the heavy spin and power it possesses in the Grand Slams.

    This may well follow the pattern of the IW final, depending on whether Berdych really believes he can win this.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Nadal doesnt impress me tonight either. Something is fishy.

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    marron Reply:

    Oh? Didn’t the Mega-Serve appear in the third set? Or did I hear wrong?

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  13. Nadal struggled to hold the very first service game of 3rd!!![went 0-40 till he served 3 consecutive aces!!! which is still pretty unbelievable] And it went on serve till 4-3 when on 15-15 what seemed like an ace was called a LET which Berdych didn’t like & went on to lose serving poorly… After the win the Commentator said”Great Performance,Nadal dumping Berdych.???And a Semifinal we all expected !!!!!….If Federer serves well[60-70%]& also work Nadal a point or two in his service, he can surely beat Nadal in straight sets!!!!!

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  14. With Simon retired, i think this has been the EASIEST semifinal appearance for Roger this SEASON!!! I hope he capitalizes on this to give his BEST of 2011 till date!!!

    And Djokovic has a TRICKY opponent of Fish who defeated both Del Porto & Ferrer in straight sets.

    And the match up starts at 1:00pm!!! Now we’ll know if all that talk about Djokovic’s 24 straight wins,next no:1 stands justified???

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