As I predicted a straight set win for Roger. I heard some less than great things about this match, but when I watched the highlights and checked out the match stats I saw that this was JesusFed. I don’t care that Roger was broken twice. Cilic played well and Roger still broke him five times. Judging from the highlights Roger looked really sharp. And that is what I would have expected after that close encounter with Wawrinka. The match stats were good as well. Roger made a fantastic 68% first serves. He did however win only win 64% for first serve points, which is a bit unusual. I guess Cilic returned well.
Roger also won 5/7 break points. I think this Roger will be very hard to stop from winning the title now. He will now play against Murray who needed three sets to beat Stepanek. It doesn’t sound like Murray was playing very well either. Roger is the firm favorite for me against Murray. He lost to Murray in the 2010 final but I think the court surface has changed since then. I don’t see how Murray could have won that match so convincingly if it was played on the current Shanghai surface. It looks pretty fast and low bouncing. This really counts in Roger’s favor. The head-to-head with Murray currently stands at 8-9.
I think Roger will even things up at 9-9 tomorrow. In the bottom half of the draw Berdych defeated Tsonga in straight sets and Djokovic did the same against Haas. Djokovic’s win was more comfortable however. Haas is playing really well at the moment and Djokovic still beat him 6-3, 6-3. I think Djokovic will definitely take care of Berdych, so this looks like a Djokerer final to me. That would be the most exciting final too. Like I said in my last post, the two had an appointment in the US Open final to decide who is currently the best hard court player in the world, but Berdych spoiled that party.
Murray won the US Open but I don’t think he is the best hard court player in the world. I still think Roger and Djokovic is better. Both Roger and Djokovic is looking in best possible form so I think a Djokerer final would be a good indication of who is currently the hard court king. Yet it is not a certainty that they will face off yet. Murray is no push over and neither is Berdych. But it would be terrific if Roger can defeat Djokovic in the final. It would confirm that he deserves to be #1, whether he ends the year as #1 or not. If Roger can win Shanghai I am convinced he can win Basel and the Masters Cup too…