Not much to report on here really. Just utter destruction. I actually replied to a comment on my blog, saying that Roger will destroy Seppi and that is exactly what happened. I mean it must have been brutal for Seppi. The crowd tried to get into the match but Roger just shut them out with a clinical display. He broke straight away in Seppi’s opening service game with another one of those cracking forehand down the line winners to make his intentions clear. He broke Seppi in the fourth game as well as he quickly rushed to a 4-0 lead. He was holding serve with no trouble at all. Seppi then held serve and produced a break point on Roger’s next service game, but Roger would not be denied. After the first set Roger’s first serve percentage was 86% percent.
So much for my theory about serving, but it wasn’t like Seppi but loads of pressure on Roger’s serve. In the second set Seppi made some more returns which caused Roger’s first serve percentage to drop but it was still high. Roger broke Seppi in the fifth and seventh games to rub salt into the Italian crowd’s wounds. In the end his first serve percentage was very high at 81%. The serve is really the thing that does the damage for Roger and then the forehand of course. But he also has excellent variation, slicing, drop shotting, and net play. His backhand drive have been very solid too. It’s just the complete package from Roger. Nadal on the other hand stands ten meters behind the base line, hits moonballs, and runs everything down.
It’s not attractive but unfortunately very effective on clay. Nadal will be extremely hard to stop from winning this event. He is back on his favorite slow red nonsense and looking in great form. Roger now plays Djokovic and judging by his form he could be very hard to stop from making the final. I think Roger will win after seeing how brutal he was last night. But Djokovic will be a very tough opponent anyway. The head-to-head currently stands at 14-10 in Roger’s favor and a win certainly won’t hurt that. Djokovic’s level hasn’t been quite at the level of last year while Roger’s has been much better, so I think that gives him the edge here. If he wins he will most likely play Nadal again, who I predict will beat Ferrer in straight sets.
I’m not very optimistic about another potential clay court final with Nadal but I have to try to be. I’m just annoyed that they keep facing each other on clay. Djokovic may have a better chance against Nadal given that he beat him in Rome last year and that Nadal is a much better match up for him. If Djokovic beats Roger I’m not gonna be overly disappointed because Fedal clay finals are not exactly very exciting to me. But Roger is playing very well so it changes things somewhat. Lets see what happens with Djokerer first. Roger needs to serve at a a high first serve percentage again and play attacking tennis while mixing things up like he did in that French Open semi last year. I hope you can watch the match. It’s gonna be a good one!