It was another routine win for the GOAT as he notched up his 700th career win, only the tenth man to achieve that feat. I don’t have much to say about this match, other than the fact that Federer can work at his first serve percentage which was 55%. Other than that is is hard to find fault with his play. At the moment his matches seems to be taking a pattern. The first set is pretty close as he settles into the match, and once he wins it he seems to relax and play more freely. Then in the third set his opponent tries to put up resistance but the result is inevitable. Reister was more like a training match for Roger. Roger did well at the net winning 20/24 points, but you can’t help but feel he needs to improve his volleying if he is to play against Nadal. The thing with Roger is that he prefers to play from the back of the court, and consequently his volleys are not as good as would have been the case if he approached the net more often.
It’s good to here about his mindset though:
With my own form I’m very happy. I’m ready to mix up my game playing aggressive.
I would have preferred that he said he’s ready to mix up his game by playing aggressive and using drop shots, but I think that is what he means anyway. It’s certain that if he is going to face Nadal that he would have to do many different things, but I’ll get back to that a little later in the tournament. Federer is not peaking yet and he will get better with every match. To be honest, I’m getting a little tired of these routine wins, so I’m glad he next faces Wawrinka, who is a pretty accomplished clay court player. As we saw in Madrid, I think Wawrinka is a pretty good match up for Roger, because he tends to be defensive in which case Roger can overpower him. Having said that, Madrid was faster conditions and that may be harder to do at Roland Garros. Wawrinka easily took care of Fognini today and has not dropped a set so far, so he can’t be underestimated.
I would like to see Roger serve well and use the drop shot quite a bit, because Warinka tends to stand very deep in the court. Wawrinka tends to be very defensive and if Roger plays attacking enough Wawrinka will be uncomfortable. It should be another nice match for Roger to practice everything he needs to do well if he is to face Nadal. Speaking of Nadal, he had another routine win today of 6-2, 6-2, 6-3, over Zeballos, and he is not even out of first gear yet. I feel sorry for his opponents when he actually hits top gear. He next faces Hewitt at the same stage he faced him last year, and he is probably gonna do the same thing he did to him last year as well. Soderling also had another impressive win today over Montanes in four sets, and now faces Cilic for a spot in the quarter finals. It looks like we will have a repeat of last year’s final in the quarter finals, but we’re not quite there yet.
Murray and Djokovic had wins as well. Matches that I think will be worth checking out tomorrow is Nadal/Hewitt, Verdasco/Kohlschreiber, and Sharapova/Henin. Yes, I actually mentioned a WTA match. Lol…
Presser: I don’t know about you but I really enjoy Roger’s post match interviews. It’s just something about the way he talks to the media, and they ask him interesting questions as well. Check it out. http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2010-05-28/201005281275060272861.html
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