Sarcastic of course. Although Becker did have a break point when Roger was serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set. That was Becker’s only break point of the match and Roger saved it with a first serve and a forceful forehand cross court. I tried watching the match but there was only one stream available where I am in Bangkok and it was terrible. I caught some of the highlights which isn’t the greatest either. But as expected Roger didn’t have much trouble in overcoming Becker. I don’t think I missed much aside from the tweener he hit which I caught on highlights anyway. It is quite astonishing the regularity with which he pulls off these trick shots. Never in the history of the sport has there been someone who can pull off these kind of shots with the regularity and accuracy that Roger does it. He is truly a tennis genius.
I recently saw a video which shows all his best trick shots which I will post below as well. Nadal may pass Roger’s slam count but as far as pure tennis genius goes Roger will always be on another level. He is the creative genius. Nadal tries to destroy genius with boring moon balling and gamesmanship. OK maybe that is a bit extreme. Lets just say he plays high percentage tennis that doesn’t allow for much creativity. I think the overall feeling is that it was a good match from Roger even though the opponent was nothing special and it was only the first round. The positive vibe since Melbourne seems to be continuing. The match stats was very good as you can see. Really not much that could have been improved upon there. Even Roger’s break point conversion rate was 75% which is far above average for him.
Also Roger came to the net quite frequently as you can see, which is not surprising given the relatively fast court speed. If Roger plays Djokovic in the semis he will certainly need to be on his net game to win. Roger plays the winner of Russell and Stepanek next who plays tomorrow. Going back to last week Nadal won the tournament in Rio after making another great escape against Andujar in the semis to win 10-8 in the final set tie break. It seems adding the South-American clay swing to his schedule is gonna work out well for him because he can basically just go there and collect the points and titles without putting too much stress on his joints. The Australian Open final loss was one of those losses which would have Nadal out of the game in the past but now that he is back on his favorite clay he is already winning titles again.
I see he is not playing Sao Paolo again this year though, and he did miss Buenos Aires. We will see how the rest of Nadal’s year evolves, but I’m sure the title in Rio would not have hurt his confidence. I would have thought he will slump again after the loss in Melbourne but now I can’t be sure. We will just have to wait and see. Both him and Roger will play in Indian Wells and Miami. Probably those two events will give us a better idea of where their respective forms are at. If Roger wins three matches in Dubai I’d be relatively satisfied. That said, he would have made no real progress. That’s why I say we will probably have to wait until Indian Wells and Miami to really know what is going on with Fedal. I am still feeling optimistic about Roger’s year however and pulling off the upset over Djokovic is certainly not impossible in Dubai.
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