Rome Rd 2: Federer def Berlocq 6-3, 6-4 After Deciding to Play Rome

Hey guys! I was delighted to hear yesterday that Roger decided to play Rome, as I thought he would. We have waited a long time to see Roger back in action after Miami, and it would have been a bit sad if he withdrew from Rome. It’s also good to know he is fit, and the two days rest would have done him good. Apparently it did because he put in another efficient performance today, winning in 69 minutes. Roger is a master at saving his energy for later rounds, not only in slams but also in the smaller events. Playing two events in two weeks is tough because even though it’s best of three sets, you play almost every day. It becomes even more important now that Roger did not play Monte Carlo because he is well rested.

As far as scheduling goes Roger is also the GOAT. He gets it right invariably. His draw looks good here and he can easily win the rest of his matches in straight sets, which would save him energy for a semi with Djokovic. His next match is against Ferrero and then he plays the winner of Wawrinka and Seppi, who beat Isner 7-5 in the third today. I thought Isner might be a tough opponent if he got to the quarters, but it should be obvious by now that he is overrated on clay. To get back to today’s match, I was not able to watch it due to a dentist appointment. I did catch some highlights on TV and Youtube though. We are back on the red clay and I can’t say that I’ve missed it. It’s slow and the ball is harder to see on it. Also I don’t like the camera angle that they broadcast Rome from.

The camera is too low which doesn’t give you the same view as Madrid does for instance. Rome is the same as Cincinnati in that regard. Monte Carlo and Rome is probably my two least favorite events. And maybe Roger’s too because he has won neither of them. Berlocq is no push over on clay. He is ranked 38 and is pretty much a clay court specialist. It looks like Roger started out strongly and finished strongly. He broke Berlocq at 1-0 and held onto serve from there on to win the first set, but not before saving two breaks points on serve at 4-2. He served out the set to love in very blustery conditions. In the second set Roger broke at 2-2 but got broken right back for 3-3. Then in the last three games he raised his game again to get the break at 4-4 and proceeded to serve out the match.

The most noticeable thing about the match stats is the net approaches and his success rate in that department. It’s nice to see that he is being attacking on the slow red stuff. He needs that against Djokovic and Nadal. Speaking of Djokovic and Nadal, how do we want this tournament to play out? Do we want Roger to beat Djokovic and play Nadal in the final with the possibility of losing his #2 ranking, or do we want Djokovic to make the final and take out Nadal like last year? I know we have been here before and some of you always want Roger to win no matter what. But I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing if Djokovic makes the final. If he beats Nadal and ends up on Nadal’s side of the draw in Roland Garros, then he can beat him again and then we can have our Djokerer final with Djokovic being tired.

It’s all hypothetical though. If Roger can beat both Djokovic and Nadal in Rome then that is of course the best case scenario. There is still a lot of tennis left to be played anyway. We will see how it goes. Roger now plays Ferrero who he holds a 9-3 head-to-head record over. Ferrero is well past his prime and I don’t see how he can give Roger many problems. Stranger things have happened though. Good luck GOAT!

Roger arrives at the Foro Italico yesterday:

Highlights:

Presserhttp://www.internazionalibnlditalia.com/News/Tennis/2012/Interview-Transcripts/Federer-Wednesday.aspx

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28 Comments

  1. Hi Ruan and thank you for your post.
    I do not normally leave comments, but I continuously check your blog.
    I have a question and I would be thankful if anyone can help me out…
    I want to find out how the pointing system works exactly, because I thought that I knew it, but I cannot understand why Nadal will overtake Roger if he wins the tournament.
    Here is what I ASSUMED: Roger has 90 points from last year and Nadal has 600; if Nadal wins the tournament, he will add 400 points to his points. Right now, Nadal is 325 points behind Roger, so if Roger can add only 100 points to his points (e.g. make semis), Nadal cannot reach his points.
    Someone please correct me where I am wrong. I very much like to understand how pointing system works.
    Thanks everybody and Ruan, your posts are great…

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    amine Reply:

    This year is quite particular because of the olympics and the global rescheduling, most of tournaments are played a week later than last year and because the atp rankings is always calculated over a 52 weeks period, this year, the points from last year were dropped prior to the beginning of the tournament (for Madrid and Rome) and sometimes they will be dropped in the middle of the tournaments (Rolland Garros and Wimbeldon). Anyway, the current ranking points have already droped last year results from Rome. So, at the end of this week, they will just add the points earned from this year. I hope i am clear enough.

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    Farzad Reply:

    Thank you amine for your reply; it was clear for sure.
    So, I think my calculations were correct, but I did not consider the time effect, right?
    How can we find out that the points are dropped or not? Is there somewhere we can see? Because during the Madrid tournament, I checked out ranking points and there was no entry for Madrid and Rome; does this mean that the points are dropped? If so, why didn’t they put something for these tournaments?
    Thank you again…

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    amine Reply:

    The best place to check is the atp web site where you have, for each player, the ranking breakdown, there you can see what tournaments points are taking into account, dropping point dates…at your service brother

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    Farzad Reply:

    Thank you so much amine…

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  2. Ruan,

    This is the only blog about Federer I read, cause it’s the only thing I really need, ….blogwise that is. G

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Gary!

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  3. My first reaction watching the first 3 games against Berlocq was that, from the sound from this racquet, this was Roger in the same form as french open last year. His contact was fantastic. I totally missed that sound in Madrid. Later in the match, I got the impression that Roger was essentially doing a target practice, targeting the baseline. There were so many occasions were the drop shot seemed to be the safer choice where he still went for a FH at moderate angles to the baseline. Totally loved his two hard slice BH killers disguised as drop shots. The first one being especially nice. New to me but the commentators apparently saw him do it in Madrid.

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  4. It looks to me like now, Federer plays with a plan, which he thinks might work against Novak and Nadal in particular. And its good too, to take it one step at a time yet havin a clear idea abt what has to be done and what needs to done! And thats why i believe he’ll be able to beat nole and nadal to win RG!

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  5. I had a feeling that Federer was just honing his skills against Berlocq. If he can concentrate on one match at a time and amp up his skills and aggressiveness with each match, I believe he could win this tournament. Both Rafa and Novak look like they are out on a mission, I hope Roger takes this seriously. Looking foward to the Ferrero match. Nice write up, I have to agree that it would of kind of been boring if Roger skipped Rome. I’m glad he didn’t and I hope that he can conserve his energy for RG and the grass season. I’m glad Isner is out even though I believe he’s overrated too! I think Federer will make it to at least the semifinal and give Djoker a good fight.

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  6. It is interesting to note how the ATP commentators (Robbi, Sam gore, Jason, etc – at least this is what I get here in India) often refer to the players by their Ranking instead of names (like – the World No.1 Prevails, the World No.2 is under test, etc) and particularly more with the Top 4.

    This may not be new, but something I am only paying attention to recently. (I am sure they have been instructed to do so with all the media methods to create the excitement, the brouhaha, etc).

    After the Madrid results they wasted no time and often referred to Roger as “The world No.2”. How sweet it sounds! – Almost like the cash register ringing more often!

    I cannot wait for even sweeter sounds like:
    “The World No.2 has captured his 17th GS!”

    And

    “ The World No.2 equals Sampras’ Wimbledon record, gets his 18th Slam and thereby dethrones the World No.1 and becomes the New No.1!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    Now that will be SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SWEEEEEEEEEET!!!!!! Don’t you think?!!

    BTW – I am really hoping for Bredych to drop the BirdShit on Rafa. He is my only hope even much more so than Andy.

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  7. Guys – Great match between Murray & Gasquet. Gasquet has just taken the secodn set! I was sure he weill perform bettern in Rome than Madird due to Surface differences (Plus Roger was so Hot his Head
    Gask(q)et could not withstand!).

    Anyways – Gasquet is playing great. And I hate to say this being a Roger fan and in a Roger Fan Blog this – I am almost tempted (Only Almost) to look at the possibility of whether Gasquet’s One Handed BackHand is more beautiful to watch than Roger’s ???? Hmmm…- But What a TREAT to watch Gasquest’s One Handed BH!!!!

    BAN THAT OBNOXIOUS TWO-HANDER!

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    jarek Reply:

    Sure, Gasquet has a visually pleasing big backhand. Roger seems to be able to produce more angles with his and this reflects his play overall, working the court dimensions, backhand and forehand alike. Note also that Rogers approach is to take the ball early on both sides. There really isn’t room for too much of a show off, so to speak, which is why his backhand is more compact. More brains than power if you want. I really hope we will see lot of down the line backhand to backhand exchanges with occasional inside out forehand and drop shots to the ad court, by Roger that is.

    (watching Seppi-Wawrinka btw and Stan is making a total as of him self turning the audience against him. How sad.)

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  8. Wawrinka is such a JOKE!!! 6 match points and he choked on every single one. He deserved to lose!!!!

    Tomorrow Roger is going to have his hands full with Seppi and the crazy Italian crowd!!!

    But first – Ferrero!!! I still can’t believe Wawrinka couldn’t put Seppi away. Massive CHOKEster!!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Roger will destroy Seppi.

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    Vily Reply:

    I hope so, Ru-an. The crowd is annoying though. It’s like they are at a local soccer match or somerhing. Roger needs to be clinical.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Seppi has nothing to hurt Roger with and the crowd can do nothing about it. Ferrero first anyway.

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  9. What a CLINIC!!! Absolute Masterclass from Roger today!

    Tomorrow, we have Berdych vs. Nadal and Tsonga vs. Djokovic.

    Couldn’t have asked for more!

    :-) ) Allez Roger

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  10. I can’t believe it. I get a sense that Roger doesn’t want to be there at this point. I have a bad feeling about this. I hope I am wrong. He doesn’t look interested….

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Of course you were ;-)

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  11. What a relief!!! Overall a decent performance! Some moments of brilliance mixed with some slip-ups.

    I am glad Roger is through!!!

    Allez Roger! :-)

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  12. Screw the scheduling.Who wants to watch birdshit play that doping machine at 5pm in India. Damn the scheduling. But still loving the sleepless nights all the time seeing Roger play some wonderful tennis.Sure about him giving farewell to some patriotic Italian fans who are supporting Seppi.He is going to teach seppi how to play tennis on the RED DIRT.

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  13. V,

    Can you tell me – which channel is showing the Rome Masters live in India? Thanks

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    V Reply:

    Star Sports shows the live action and Ten Sports shows the highlights

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  14. Roger showed his 3 avatars at d single match against ferrero
    i) ‘goderer’ mode in d 1st set – highest level of tennis, may be superior than ‘jesusfed’ :-)
    ii) ‘federer 2.0’ in d 2nd set – which could be exploited by 2nd tier players also
    iii) ‘federer 3.0’ in d 3rd set – consistent and efficient, could be matched only by djokovic-nadal duo

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  15. MAN! what a match between Nadal & Berdych! As much I detest Nadal, I cannot help but respect this Guy’s Robotic Precision and inHumane Game! Unbelievable Consistency and CLEEEAANN HITTING! And as an added Bounus INCREDIBLE & SUPERB Serving! (70+ % on 1st Serves AND 70+ % on Winning on Second Serves – AWESOME (I think Rafa’s Serve is the most underrated part of his game) If Rafa plays like this and given how close the AO finals was, I have a feeling he will just Brush Aside even Novak or Roger in Rome and even possibly in RG. Very Scary!

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