As expected a routine win for the GOAT. I expected Roger to open the bakery against Young actually, but it was just the first round and he did what needed to be done. I didn’t get to watch the match but I now have cable and should be able to see some tennis for a change. But from what I heard Roger was sweating quite a lot, something you don’t see often from him. And of course like clockwork some Fedfans would claim that he is sick. Probably it was just humid. Where I live in the US Monday was a particularly humid day since we had a lot of rain over the weekend. So probably it was the same in New York.
Roger made a high 70% of first serves. He continued his impressive net play by winning 19/23 points in the fore court. Attacking the net is something that pays off on the faster courts of Cincy, but Roger needs to keep it up in New York. I’m not sure what the court speed is like, but being offensive sure won’t hurt his chances to win the title. Roger’s winner to unforced error ratio was 27-24, which shows that he wasn’t quite at his best. He didn’t need to be. There are six matches left if he wants to win the title and he needs to peak at the right time, which of course he is a master at. Roger next faces Phau, who he leads 2-1 in the head-to-head and lost his first match against.
That first match was all the way back in 1999 though, and doesn’t have any baring on their next match. Roger should win easily in straight sets. Djokovic was pretty impressive as he only allowed Lorenzi two games. He did the same thing against Lorenzi at the Australian Open though, and obviously Lorenzi doesn’t have much faith in himself against Djokovic after that match. Murray beat Bogomolov easily but from what I hear it was terrible tennis. Murray is already showing signs of weakness it seems. I don’t think he will make semis. He plays against Dodig tonight which could be interesting if Dodig plays well.
Berdych also won in straight sets and I think him and Roger is on course for a quarter final meeting. We know how dangerous Berdych can be. He has been struggling of late but made the final of Winston Salem and lost in the third set breaker to Isner. He may just have found some form right in time for the final slam of the year. But before that Roger has Fish to deal with in the fourth round. Roger should get through his first three matches without dropping a set. He has to try and do the same against Fish. Berdych at his best is a tough customer and can take a set off Roger for sure. The main goal is to conserve energy for a possible meeting with Murray in the semis.
Because of Stupid Saturday Roger can’t afford to be drained for the final on Sunday. Murray may not make semis but Roger needs to conserve energy anyway. At age 31 he will make it difficult for himself if he plays five sets in the semis against Murray and then have to face Djokovic in the final. One match at a time though.