Toronto Draw: Will it be Roger’s Cup this Year?

[1]Djokovic v. Bye
Stepanek v. Monfils
Chardy v. Delbonis
Roger-Vasselin v. [13]Tsonga

[12]Gasquet v. Pospisil
Karlovic v. Q
Giraldo v. Kyrgios
Bye v. [8]Murray

[3]Wawrinka v. Bye
Q v. Falla
Anderson v. Q
Youzhny v. [16]Fognini

[9]Nishikori v. Kohlschreiber
Simon v. Thiem
Q v. Dancevic
Bye v. [7]Dimitrov

[6]Raonic v. Bye
Sock v. Melzer
Hewitt v. Benneteau
Sousa v. [11]Gulbis

[14]Bautista Agut v. Lopez
Q v. Robredo
Lu v. Granollers
Bye v. [4]Berdych

[5]Ferrer v. Bye
Mahut v. Q
Seppi v. Q
Dodig v. [10]Isner

[15]Cilic v. Istomin
Garcia-Lopez v. Q
Polansky v. Janowicz
[2]Federer v. Bye

http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2014/421/mds.pdf

Roger looking chuffed with his now official Wilson RF97 sticks!

Hi tennis fans. Long time no post. It’s been about a month now since Roger lost to Djokovic in the Wimbledon final and since then there hasn’t been much news about Roger, other than him playing tennis with Lindsey Vonn on top of a glacier in Switzerland for Lindt chocolate. I am not such a fanatic that I thought it warranted a post, but I did watch the Skype call he had with Lindsey before it all happened. Hopefully, you have all recovered from Roger’s loss in the Wimbledon final and are ready to move on to the North-American hard court swing with some more enthusiasm. The Wimbledon loss was a tough one, but I for one quickly got over it for reasons I have already stated. In fact, I was quickly looking forward to the hard court season because I felt there was some unfinished business.

Whether Roger can finish that business is another story but I think at least the Wimbledon final loss will make him believe that he is right up there with the best, and it will also motivate him to do really well at the US Open. First up in the hard court swing for Roger is, of course, the Roger’s Cup in Toronto. It has been 8 years since Roger won in Canada so it is no doubt a tall order for him to win the title, but with the way he has been playing and with Nadal’s absence it is not out of the question. Nadal withdrew from Toronto and Cincinnati due to a supposed wrist injury, which means he will lose 2000 points after winning both titles last year. This means the year end #1 is all but assured for Djokovic. Nadal has never been able to finish the year ranked #1 for consecutive years, and neither has he been able to defend consecutive hard-court titles.

These are only a couple of the many flaws in his resume if he wants to be a GOAT contender. As for the injury, it seems like a very convenient time to once again take some time off and get ready for a big onslaught in New York. We have seen this too many times not to be suspicious about it. And to make matters worse a fairly reliable source has revealed that Nadal will be getting hormone injections for his so-called injury. I’m not gonna get into all the details about it because you know my policy about doping on this blog, but I will say that the closer Nadal gets to Roger’s slam count the more seems to be revealed about Nadal’s questionable bending of the rules and the less cautious he seems to be about it. Nadal has used the questionable PRP treatments for years and even though there is doubt about the legality of its performance enhancing properties, the authorities have still legalized it for joint problems until more conclusive studies have been done.

Some time ago someone posted a link on my blog about this shady treatment and I read it. It stated that PRP increases banned substances in the blood stream which are performance enhancers. These conclusions were reached from actual tests. Why would the authorities even take the chance by legalizing it until they are sure about what it does? Anyway, Nadal seems to be smart because since PRP are banned for muscle use he now has a joint problem for which he is allowed to PRP. Hmmm. I think the way Nadal’s body is disintegrating after the years of abuse he is now firmly focused on equaling and surpassing Roger’s slam count. It’s an obsession. He seems to be less bothered about the smaller events and will no doubt come out guns blazing at the US Open in an attempt to win a third US Open.

Betterer hitting with the new sticks and outfit in Toronto

It seems he is recovering and getting his questionable treatment while the others are tiring themselves out. He gives the impression that he is injured and won’t be a factor for the US Open, and in doing so he uses one of his favorite tactics by taking as much pressure off himself as possible. Then he comes out at the US Open fresh and healthy and surprises everyone. I have my doubts as to whether he will really be a factor at this year’s US Open but with him you never know. He seems hell bent on closing in further on Roger’s record, and he would probably do anything to achieve that end. I think the closer he comes to R0ger’s record the more he will try to take pressure off himself with so-called injuries and the more doubts will be raised about the tactics he is employing to achieve that end.

I don’t trust the whole setup anyway. We have already seen with Agassi that when it comes to the stars of the sport the ATP will happily sweep breaking of the rules under the carpet. It is all about money and reputation here. And with Nadal there has been smoke now for years, and when there is smoke there is usually a fire. Anyway, I don’t want this to be a blog about doping so let’s not let things get out of control again. I don’t mention these things often, but sometimes it just comes to a point where you can’t keep turning a blind eye. It is Nadal’s business if he is breaking the rules. All accounts are squared in the end. I want to focus on Roger now and his chances in Toronto. He is the second seed and if he wants to win a third title he will almost have to produce a miracle.

Historically it hasn’t been one of his most successful tournaments and this year there are many hurdles in his way to the title. His path to the final is Polansky/Janowicz, Cilic, Isner/Ferrer, Raonic/Gulbis/Berdych, and Djokovic. I won’t look any further than the second round where he is already facing a very dangerous opponent in Cilic. Of course Roger did not play the Roger’s Cup last year which means he has a chance to gain some more ranking points. I hope Roger can at least make a deep run here like semis or final and then really go for it at Cincy. With Nadal on the sidelines, he must make the most of these two warm-up events for the US Open. I’m sure Nadal will come out all guns blazing at the US Open again but if Roger gets a bit of luck with the draw he can then potentially do some serious damage there. I’m not counting out a record sixth US Open title.

Djokovic remains probably the favorite for the title and there are many other dangers lurking but I am feeling optimistic about Roger’s hard court swing and I’m excited that the tennis is back!

Posted in Canada, Masters 1000.

55 Comments

  1. Hey Ru-an,
    Just a quick note – it’s the Rogers Cup, not Roger’s Cup. Though I do hope it will be Roger’s Cup this year. ;-)
    I think the draw is manageable. Janowicz could be tough but he’s having a bad season. Cilic will be dangerous but I think Fed could come through that one in straights if he’s on his game. Ferrer is a win, bottom line. I think he should definitely make the semis here and then I can only see him losing to Berdych before the final against Djokovic.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I wouldn’t worry much about the spelling Kyle, it’s Roger’s Cup either way.

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  2. Thanks for the new post Ruan.

    You really have different perspective on tennis things that just come across as eye opening or kind of like looking at the box from outside it. Never in a century would it cross my mind that these injuries could be part of nadal’s plan or so you thought.

    At the end of the day, all I see is tennis and I have no idea how these guys practice, what they do to keep fit for these matches etc.

    As long as Federer doesn’t play Gulbis he’ll probably ok. The guy just attacks federer’s backhand so well.
    All the mobile players like nishikori, dimitrov, murray, wawrinka, djokovic are at the top half. Should be ok.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Uchiha, but it’s not that hard to figure by now that these ‘injuries’ are a part of Nadal’s strategy. At the very least he uses it to take pressure off himself and remain the underdog.

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    Eric Reply:

    Last time Roger played Gulbis, Gulbis was at his very best ever and Roger was at 75 percent. I wouldn’t be overly afraid of Gulbis if Roger played him in top form the way he was at Wimby. As Roger says constantly, his matches are usually on his own racket. If he’s playing well there are only a few guys on the planet that can beat him even at this age. Incredible.

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    Joe Reply:

    Hey Eric,

    I agree! I think Roger was trying to prove his backhand was better than Gulbis’ last time they played, and gradually got into a one-dimensional rut.

    If he brings his other-wordly variety to a match with Gulbis, I expect him to settle that score.

    Allez Suisse!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Just letting you guys know I won’t be making a post for Roger’s match vs Polansky. My immune system is low today. Gotta rest up.

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    Joe Reply:

    Hey Ruan,

    Take care and feel better soon! And no worries about missing a routine first round crush by Roger!

    Best,
    Joe

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Joe. I’ll catch up with you guys tomorrow. Hopefully Roger makes at least the final so I can fit four posts in.

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    Eric Reply:

    Feel better brother. I like to handle that vampire style. Eat lots of garlic and sleep all day :-) .

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks man. Yeah for me the only thing that really works is rest. Some Vitamin C doesn’t hurt either.

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    Veronica Reply:

    No worries, Ru-an! As Joe said, not much to say when Roger crushes his opponent! Ha! Hope you are feeling better already. Lots of rest as you say. Combine that with garlic and Vit C and propolis. Always works. Draw more opened now with Djoker out. But lots of dangerous hungry players left yet. I won’t get ahead of myself just yet.

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  3. I’m curious why Nadal would be faking injury? Is it to rest his body so he can commit fully to the US open?
    I know the ATP 1000 masters are mandatory, but what are the penalties for skipping them if you are not injured. I had a look at the ATP rulebook; it mentions suspensions, ranking points penalties, and fines. I can only see rankings and suspensions affect Nadal’s run at the Grand Slams. However the rulebook isn’t very clear on the exact penalties for suspensions and ranking points.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah pretty much Gordon. He is just resting up and probably getting some dodgy treatments. Nadal isn’t worried about the rankings. He only cares about #1 and right now he is willing to concede that to have another go at a slam title.

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  4. “Will it be Roger’s cup..?”, like, Ru-an! Yes, hopefully it will be his; but I won’t get my hopes up; it’s not a tournament he does well. Is it coz it’s sort of slow hard court? About the Spaniard, I’m skeptical about injury claims. Is he really injured? Or is it an excuse to inject? Even if the injury is genuine, the treatment used is questionable. And it does seem like different parts of his body is taking its turn to get injured(knees, back, hand, wrist); maybe to divert suspicions? Anyway, we can only hope for a clean sport. The draw looks manageable to me. If Roger is to lose, I think it would be to Berdych/Gulbis. If Cilic is hot, he can be a handful too; maybe not; he has too much respect for the GOAT, ha! Hoping for Roger to play decently in Toronto and then win Cincy! Agree with Uchiha. It is so annoying how Gulbis attacks Roger’s bh so well, ugh!! C’mon Roger!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Not sure about the courts speed Veronica. I doubt Nadal is really injured. Looks like an excuse to get hormone injections so he can give it another big push for a slam title at the USO. He is getting growth factors injected which is basically the same as growth hormone and it can be used to mask growth hormone too.

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    elizabeth Reply:

    Hi Ruan enjoyed your post, now whenever
    Nadal says he’s injured it’s amazing how the social media is awash with disbelievers! What a stain it will leave on his legacy. See tennis is rained off in Toronto, so maybe Stan and Novak will not get to play doubles tonight…I must admit to being surprised with the pairing! Hope Fed has a good tournament will be nice to see him back.

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    balthazar Reply:

    What a depressing state of affairs, Ru-an. Looks like the sports world is rushing headlong toward an Orwellian drug culture that worships “performance enhanced” victory above all other values. Fifty years from now all athletes will be popping “smart-muscle” pills and injecting cocktails of wonder drugs as a matter of course, with records being smashed left and right. And it will all be hailed as progress! And the long bygone “era of the natural man” will be viewed as irrelevant and quaint.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well it’s like you said Balthazar if Nadal is doping and he gets caught that would be a big blow to tennis in the short run but in the long run it would cause more strict doping controls. At this moment I feel that is what needed.

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    Eric Reply:

    If he is doping I think it would be fantastic if he got caught. I think it’s terrible that someone can cheat and rob a great hard working athlete of his rightful rewards. Who was the number two American cyclist for the last 20 years?? I have no idea because a cheater was getting all of that Nan’s glory. I hate it and am disgusted that people get away with this. IF IT IS TRUE, Nadal should burn for it and tennis will absolutely be better in the long run. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr! This stuff really burns my ass.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah it burns my ass too. All those brutal losses Fed has suffered to Nadal, the head-to=head argument, and how much better his resume could have been if NAdal is doping and Fed is not.

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    Eric Reply:

    Haha NAdal, you are too damn funny, Ru-an.

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    Daniel Reply:

    The wrist injury of Nadal sounds odd; if it were serious enough for skipping the defense of two ATP 1000, he would not contemplate a return at the USO. Reference is made here to the case of Del Potro.
    Despite the presence of some growth factors, platelet-derived preparations (PDP) were removed from the WADA Prohibited List as current studies on PDP do not demonstrate any potential for performance enhancement beyond a potential therapeutic effect.
    Nonetheless, Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) authorize the use of prohibited doping substances for e.g. healing a joint injury. Nadal performing like a bull at USO would not be a surprise; his career goal might well be to beat Federer’s Grand Slam titles by all means. This is professional business $$$$$$$$, not kinder garden.

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  5. Hi Ru-an, Must pop in to make a quick comment….great post, btw., Ru-an.
    Re: Nadal. Can well remember the first time I saw and watched Nadal play tennis when he started to become popular on the scene….I gave one look at this young man, and for some reason I did not trust him. Don’t ask me why I had this reaction of Nadal, but I did.
    Don’t wish him any harm, it is what it is.
    According to Elizabeth, it’s raining in Toronto. The sun will shine when Roger steps onto the court, C’mon, Roger!
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I remember you saying this before Dolores and I agree. There is just something about him that I don’t trust. There is something false about him.

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    Joe Reply:

    Hey everyone,

    Here’s something I think is very entertaining. I’m only 99% sure this guy is joking.

    But watch Nadal’s body language, about a minute and a half into the tube, when he’s asked about drugs in sport. It’s amazing! And then DurianRider draws attention to the look in his eyes – and replays the interview.

    I hope it will be enjoyable; I definitely laughed when I saw it.

    But he does use the f-word a time or two so you may prefer not to watch for that reason.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Eps8Lx1ki4#aid=P9lb06k93Og

    Best Regards,
    Joe

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  6. Difference between Nadal and other guys we like… Right in the middle of the quarterfinals day at the Swiss Open they made an announcement that there was a special guest that wanted to say something. Stan the Man came out onto the court in his street clothes. He apologized for pulling out of the tournament, said he wasn’t injured at all, but that it had been a very confusing and difficult few months for him. He said the added attention, distractions, and pressure from winning Australia overwhelmed him, but he felt he was getting a handle on it and wanted to have the best possible end of year that he could. Though he really struggled with the decision, he decided it wasn’t best for the rest of his year to play the Swiss tournament this time. He said he loved the tournament and hated to disappoint everyone and that he’d try to make it next year. HONESTY!!!!!

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  7. Hi Ru-an. At your request I have avoided this very serious topic that I think is a deep plague on tennis. Now that you’ve brought it up can you please tell us who is this reliable source and why you now feel comfortable/compelled to mention it. If Nadal is cheating, I want to know and understand it. Are there any articles you’ve read hat you can direct me to? Thank you!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    There was recently a thread about it on Mens Tennis Forum where a journalist in a tweet said Nadal is injection growth hormone for his injury. Then the Nadal camp changed the story and said it was growth factors, which is basically the same thing. You have to do your own research because there is a lot of stuff out there and Nadal has a long history of suspicion. He has used PRP for instance which used to be banned but now is only allowed for joint injuries, because it contains growth factors. And now Nadal conveniently has a joint injury again. PRP can also be used to mask HGH use against dope testing. So there was a bit f a shit storm on MTF. For your education:

    http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=24192378&postcount=30

    http://tennishasasteroidproblem.blogspot.com/2011/02/curious-case-of-rafael-nadal.html

    Oh and the reason I discouraged talk about this is because it was taking the focus too much off Roger and what this blog was about, it looked us all look butt hurt, and I didn’t feel there was definitive proof of the accusations. However with this latest development and the fact that Nadal just keeps winning slams despite his grueling game style for many years I felt there was reason enough to talk about it again. If I mention it you guys can talk about it too. I just have to keep control over it to a certain extent.

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    Joe Reply:

    I’m sure most of you have seen this article about Nadal’s gamesmahship.

    The question of PED use aside (and it’s a very good question indeed), it means a lot to me that greats like Laver, Rosewall, Newcombe, and others have no respect for Nadal as a sportsman.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/wimbledon/10942290/Wimbledon-2014-diary-Rod-Laver-and-Ken-Rosewall-refuse-to-give-Rafael-Nadal-a-break.html

    And on another note, here’s a trivia question for you tennis experts out there: How many players have made it at least to the semis at RG five times in a row?

    :-)

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    Eric Reply:

    My guess is Rafa, Roger??, Tony Trabert, Roy Emerson. I can’t think of anyone else.

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    Eric Reply:

    Borg maybe but I think he skipped a year.

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    Joe Reply:

    Roger it is, standing alone!

    2005 – 2009, SF-F-F-F-W

    Great work Eric! If you’d said “Roger, Rafa?” you’d have received a perfect score!
    :-)

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    Eric Reply:

    You know what’s funny about that. I never even heard of Roy Emerson before but the Swiss open was played in the Roy Emerson arena. I asked someone who he was and they said the King of clay like fifty years ago. Haha, good timing.

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    balthazar Reply:

    Here’s what really puzzles me, Ru-an. The French officials were really pissed that Armstrong won so many Tour de France races, and it also aroused their suspicions enough to investigate him. The result: they were the first to accuse him of doping, which eventually led to his downfall. So why have they kept mum about Nadal for so long? He has, after all, surpassed Armstrong’s “achievements” and utterly dominated The French Open for a decade now. Surely they must be suspicious of such an inhuman feat. Not even the mighty Fed could dominate Wimbledon the way Nadal has dominated the French. I find it very strange that the French Open officials have never opened a public investigation of the man. Perhaps they are doing it in private and have been unable to find the smoking gun. And does that mean Nadal is innocent? Or are his doctors so good at covering up his PED tracks? I’d appreciate your thoughts on this troubling matter.

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    eric Reply:

    Thanks for the resources Ru-an. The more I read the more I understand the more sick I get. Disgusting.

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  8. If Nadal is cheating he’ll get his comeuppance. I’d prefer to talk about his absence in ranking terms… He’s losing 2000 points at least so if Roger can win one of Toronto/Cincy, the difference between the two would go from 6000 points to 3000 in a matter two weeks. Then Rafa is defending 2000 US Open title points as well while Roger is only defending 180… The year end no.1 is surely Novak’s already but I sense there is a chance brewing for Roger to maybe, just MAYBE end the year no. 2! What an achievement that would be compared to where we were a year ago!
    Also I’ve found a really nice article I read earlier today:
    http://www.oregonlive.com/the-spin-of-the-ball/index.ssf/2014/08/why_roger_federer_doesnt_want.html
    “Federer is showing them the way again” Truer words were never said. :D
    Thank you Ru-an for another great post!

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    Joe Reply:

    This is a really great article Tom.

    Thanks!

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  9. Hey guys, I watched the first half hour of the match (then I had to go to sleep). First of all, wow… you never know how much you miss seeing him play until you do. He played great, looked greater :-) and the paintjob on the racquet is not that bad.
    But oh my God, our dude hits hard !!! One of his returns in the beginning was…. smashing hard :-)
    Come on Roger, take your cup (Roger’s cup) home for the boys :-)

    By the way, is it just me or has he lost weight again??

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  10. As I expected, Djokovic is having a big let down. Losing to Tsonga 2 and 2! Roger HAS got to be the favourite for the title and potentially for the US Open! It might be a Murray – Federer Final and I really hope that Roger will win his first Masters 1000 since 2012!!!

    Allez Roger!!!

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  11. Little pissed off now that Roger lost the 2nd set the way he did after scuba squandering 6 match points if I am not mistaken. He’d better school Cilic in the 3rd… :-(

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Vily, I can understand your reaction, but did you see that long game?? I did. First of all, kudos to Cilic for hanging on and hanging tough and still winning that game. He tried, didn’t let go and didn’t want to lose that game. Has to be said too, so kudos to him. But oh my God…. Roger…. he had Cilic as a prey in his claws and did NOT let go !!! Unfortunately, he could have won the last 2 MP of that game, but it was not meant to be.
    I know that people read that Roger wasted 6 MP, but the ones who SAW it, can only have respect for how he did NOT want Cilic to win that game. Roger is on a mission. Lost the 2nd set, but made sure he won the 3rd. Go Roger :-)

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  12. Hang in there Vily, he’s got this.

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    Vily Reply:

    All in all, a very good win for Roger! I am happy that he pulled it out and was able to battle his demons a bit at 4:4 to finally get the crucial break! I am sure with him turning 33 today (Happy Birthday, Roger!!!) and missing all those MPs in the 2nd, I am happy that he wanted it that badly to win in the end! Cilic is a very good player and has been playing better this year, so I am happy that Roger won! A win is a win! Roger didn’t get broken and that’s key! Tomorrow I expect a chill training session exho against Ferrer and I am looking forward to Raonic in the semis! ;-) )

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    Eric Reply:

    Totally agree, Vily. Phew, that was a battle. Yes, Roger had a really rough time converting those break points, but I thought he looked fantastic for his second match after a month off. He’s moving like a 25 year old, and moving in to the net a lot. And Katyani is right, he is hitting the ball hard and deep. And hitting hard aggressive returns of serve, even backhands. Serve looks good. Aside with getting frustrated on not breaking, I really liked what I saw. With Djoko looking weak, Rafa “injured”, Murray not yet 100 percent, Roger could do some real damage in the next few weeks. Good stuff.

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    Vily Reply:

    What I noticed and was a bit upset about was the way he was actually going backwards on 2nd serve returns (trying to tinker with his game possibly due to the frustration of not breaking) but funnily enough he got the break after going backwards. I am sure it’s a one time thing though and he’ll go back to being aggressive on the 2nd serve returns.. I hope he really gets an easy win tomorrow. He needs it because obviously this tournament is there for the taking but I don’t want him to burn a lot of physical and mental energy prior to the big one – and that is New York! If he manages to win here, I wouldn’t even mind if he loses early in Cincy to get enough rest. But one step at a time.. ;-)

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    Jiten Reply:

    And more importantly Vily, he broke Cilic when he was 40-0 up on his serve. For a moment, Roger must have been cursing himself for not putting away that volley at match point in the second set, which I guess, affected him in the second set tie-breaker. I am very happy that he stayed calm and composed, finally got his due. I feel that Fed was a tad greedy on some of the break points where he could have avoided painting the lines and gone for some percentage shots. Anyway, just seeing him still play itself is a privilege; we Fedfans are a tad greedy as well.

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    Veronica Reply:

    A win is a win. Most important is he grinded it out. He wanted it so bad. He stayed calm. He’s moving well. Those are the most important things that must be happening and his game will take care of itself. Cilic has been a different player since he returned from dope ban. I expected a tough fight. So for me I think Roger did well. However if he is to win this, he better get it done in straights with Ferrer and Raonic. Don’t want him exhausted for Cincy and New York. Now, what is with the surface? Feels like clay. No one seems to be playing outstandingly well. Or maybe players are still suffering from post Wimby blues?!

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    elizabeth Reply:

    yes it has been a kind of strange tournament with the top guys going out.
    Loved that Roger got his win and had to fight for it. I know he didn’t convert many break points, but I think we tend to forget that the player at the other side of the net is trying everything to keep himself in the match! I’m just sorry the that Roger
    is once again playing last. Tsonga looking good, also Murray looked sharp against the young Aussie (I love this young man…the Aussie i mean not Murray) Happy Birthday to our man, oh to be 33 again!!!!!

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    Veronica Reply:

    Yes, Elizabeth, often Roger is given night sessions in every tourney he enters just because he is always the main attraction. And now twice in a row that he’s playing last! Sigh! It’s a “hard” life to be the most popular and most famous player in the world!! Ha! Yeah, our Kyrgios kid is quite a personality, isn’t he? Kinda wonderful mix of brashness/cockiness, humility and earthiness about him. I hope he goes far. Roger is his idol. He says he wants to be able to control his emotions like Roger does! Happy birthday dear Roger!! 33! Lucky number!

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Veronica, I am liking this Kyrgios Kid more and more. Ever since I first saw him at AO this year, where he lost to Paire, but he made quite the impression on me. Ofcourse beating our “greatest of all time Rafa” at Wimby was just a very lovely bonus. Hope he does that too to that cocky Novak. Just please Nick… don’t beat Roger. Unless Roger plays real bad :-)

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    Katyani Reply:

    “I know he didn’t convert many break points, but I think we tend to forget that the player at the other side of the net is trying everything to keep himself in the match!”
    GOAT-remark sweet Elizabeth :-) Just sumps it all up :-)

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