US Open Rd 1: Federer def Dabul 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 in Entertaining Match

It was a pretty decent start for against Dabul. Dabul reminded me quite a bit of Falla. He is a lefty and have nothing really big. He is also the second shortest player in the draw at 5’7. But Roger is a different player now than he was at Wimbledon where he came very close to losing to Falla in the first round. This is the difference that confidence make. Roger took the game to Dabul and never looked in any trouble at all. The encouraging thing was to see how often he came to the net. I especially like the chip-and-charge and serve-and-volley plays. Roger did the same thing last year, but he may be doing even more of it this year. This is what Annacone is there for so that may be the reason for it. It’s just refreshing to see this kind of tennis. The US Open is basically the only slam left that rewards this kind of tennis. Even Wimbledon has disappointed.

There is one area of concern for Roger though, and that is the break point conversion rate. This is something that has been a problem for him for a while now. However if I remember correctly I think it was better in Cincy. His break point conversion rate against Dabul was 5/19, which is pretty horrendous. There were two games in the second set where Roger was up 40-0 on Dabul’s serve. Not breaking on either of those occasions is nothing short of pathetic. The score should have at least been 6-2, 6-2, 6-1. But I don’t see this as too big of a deal right now. It was his first round and there was still a lot of sloppy play. The important thing was that he was never in any danger of losing a set and looked comfortable. He even spoiled us with that amazing tweener. It’s certainly not hard to forgive him for the break point conversion rate after he made that shot.


That tweener was ever better than the one he hit last year against Djokovic. I mean it’s debatable but I enjoyed watching this one more. He had so much ground to make up to even get to the ball that he ended up right against the fence after he hit it. And to be able to control it moving at that speed just takes incredible skill and control. Roger’s serve was working well with a 64% first serve percentage and 18 aces. I also like how he is still being more attacking on the return. The faster the courts are the more important the serve and return becomes. It was just nice to see Roger having his confidence back and having fun out there again. It is good to know the Roger has his mojo back. Roger is now 16-0 in night session matches after this win, and has qualified for the world tour finals as well.

Presser: They ask Roger again about the Gillette trick shot, and he refuses to tell them if it’s real or not. Gotta love how he still teases people, even though I’m 99% sure now that it is not real.

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  1. So funny this commentator at least I don´t understand nothing better than the biased ones of ESPN.
    Yesterday´s tweener was better done but the other was 30-40 in a SF. I think Roger is moving great, good service, very agressive, I like it.
    Onwards to the next victim.

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  2. Nothing to worry about the BP conversion. For me it was obvious that Federer was testing and calibrating his weapons throughout the match. Especially when he was 40-0 on Dabul’s serve he always went for the less predicted shot, trying something new. In his on court interview he even “blamed” his coach for the BP rate which I think proves exactly my point – he was doing what his coach asked him to.

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  3. Nalby not fit, Berdych out, who is going to beat you know “who”, I´m a bit worried about Roger´s ghosts.
    Isn´t Dragos in your forum anymore? For a while I think he was a “pastor” speaking so much of God but then I realized he was nice people, not easy in this world nowadays…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Nalby isnt necessarily unfit. I still hope he makes quarters. Rafa still has 2 tough matches against Istomin and possibly Kohlschreiber coming up. I dont think Rafa will pass Murray if he makes semis however. I dont think he will beat Roger in the final either for that matter. Rogers ghosts?

    As for Dragos, he left the forum and my blog. I felt he made disrespectful comments on my blog which i have erased since. I told him to be careful what he writes after which he became tense and then left the forum and my blog. I dont believe he is a good person and in fact he admitted it himself in a comment which you can still see a few posts ago.

    Does this mean that you are reading in the forum?

    Ps. Dragos is also definitely the old school ‘pastor’ type.

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  4. I said Roger´s ghosts because I have always thought he has Nadal in his mind.I would love a Fedal final with
    Roger winning badly but I´m afraid, I live in the hope
    of a Nadal´s loss.
    Yes, I was reading in the forum and I didn´t see Dragos between the members, that´s all.Still looking for a pic to join the forum, I don´t like to be hidden in the internet,my name is my real name and my pic is going to be a real pic.Look if you want it´s your forum, I don´t
    really know how a forum works but I can learn,just thinking…if your invitation is alive…
    Can´t wait for Roger´s match!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I know about the ghosts but honestly if Rafa and Roger makes the final Roger will have a chance to redeem himself for that AO 09 loss. The faster courts will suit him and help him do so. But i dont think Rafa is making the final.
    The forum is quiet at the moment. Members dont seem to be active and im still not sure whether its worth all the effort to get it going. But you can join so long if you want. There is no harm in joining. I cant guarantee you that Dragos wont join under a false name and try to talk to you, but maybe you are fine with that. But be warned he is indeed the ‘pastor’ type. If he should ever bother you its not a problem anyway cos ill just ban him.
    Looking forward to Rogers match as well :-)

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  5. Thanks Ru-an, I´m not so young but in a way I´m a girl without experience and perhaps he was just passing the
    line.You are right personal comments are not for a tennis blog.Interesting a blog to speak about life…
    I´m going to join the forum so you know my face(not so nice not so ugly),then we´ll see how it works, perhaps it has to be more interactive…( with my English?)
    I have to say something about Berdych and other players too.When he played against Roger his FH was like Nadull, served like Roddick and could run like Murray.Everything is gone when he plays with another players.That´s what makes me angry.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Ok that will be nice Ines. Looking forward to have you in the forum.

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