US Open Rd 1: Federer def Zemlja 6-3, 6-2, 7-5

Well Roger’s match rained out on Monday night and he had to come back yesterday during the day to play his match. Today play is suspended again and it has to be said that these rain delays are pretty annoying. The US Open is at last going to get a roof but it will only be finished in 2015. So we are looking at more rain delays and frustration. The US being a country where bigger means better, they made Arthur Ashe stadium so big that building a roof is difficult and will cost a fortune, which is why it is taking to long for them to find a solution. Anyway it was a decent enough performance from Roger. Zemlja looked like nothing special as he handed the first break to Roger at 3-4 after a shocker of a smash at 15-30. Roger took full advantage by breaking with a sweet cross court winning forehand.

It was a pretty shocking performance from Zemlja overall, but maybe that had to do with the fact that he had mono and is still recovering from it. I hope so anyway because it really wasn’t very impressive from his side. He’s a kind of all or nothing player. He hits the ball pretty big and it either comes off or it doesn’t, and he makes some pretty bad mistakes. Zemlja continued his average play as Roger broke him two more times to win the second set 6-2. In the 3rd set Roger broke again at 3-3 after another shocking volley miss from Zemlja. At this point Roger had one of his mental lapses because Zemlja broke right back. At least Roger woke up again at 5-5 to break again with another nice cross court forehand winner, after which he served it out. There are quite a few things we can take from this match, even though it was just a first round.

First of all it was a good serving performance. Roger made 60% first serves and served 12 aces. Second it was a good volleying performance winning 20/21 points at the net. It was nice to see Roger serve-and-volleying quite a bit as well. The net game is obviously important when he faces Nadal, so he has to stay on top of it. The other thing I keep noticing is how much Roger has slimmed down. This is obviously good for his movement on the court because he is lighter on his feet. It is important since he has lost a step of late, and that costs him. There are two ways to go. You can either slim down like Roger has and get to more balls against the power hitters, or you can bulk up and go toe to toe with them. I heard Roger slimmed down for the sake of his back, but bulking up would also help his back because the supporting muscles would be stronger.

The suggestion I made was that Roger bulked up to be able to compete with the power players better, but the most important thing is making changes, which he is doing. Bulking up would also cost him endurance, while slimming down would improve it. I just thought because Roger is not exactly a grinder that extra endurance wouldn’t do him much good, as opposed to getting stronger and not getting overpowered as often. But like I said the main thing is making changes, and if he was planning on bulking up then slimming down first would have been the wisest path anyway. Talking of making changes, Roger hit the practice court after his match. That is not something you usually see from him so it is pleasing. When things are not going well for you for an extended period you make changes, and Roger have been making plenty of those.

Loved the new attire

He is trying a new racquet, noticeably changed his physique, playing events he doesn’t normally play, practicing after his match, even cutting his hair short. It all shows he cares and wants to change things. At some point it must pay off. He is reinventing himself which is great to see. As far as practicing after the match goes, he probably realizes that he has a pretty easy draw until the quarter finals, and making it that far doesn’t mean he would be able to beat Nadal. Nishikori has already lost in the first round by the way. Roger needs something extra to beat Nadal. Lapses like the one against Zemlja where he failed to consolidate the break won’t do. That’s like the lapse he had against Nadal in the second set at Cincy. He can’t afford those. The difference between Roger in his prime and Roger now is just that. Those mental lapses.

He has them way too often these days. He struggles to close out matches and win them as easily as he should. His focus just drifts. In his prime Roger would almost definitely have beaten Nadal at the US Open, and he needs to get close to that level again if he stands a chance in a possible quarter final with Nadal. Hopefully that is what he is working on when he hits the practice court after a match. It just shows that little bit of extra hunger. Going that extra mile. I like it, because if he plays Nadal he definitely needs to go the extra mile. It’s all about wanting it really badly and being totally committed an focused out there. No mental walkabouts and no looking back. Just focused on the job 100%. Because you know that will be the case with Nadal. Nadal won his first round 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 against Harrison and is looking in ominous form.

He is clearly the favorite to win the event and Roger needs to do everything in his power to stop him. Like I said before, Roger doesn’t want to stop if he gets to the quarters. It wouldn’t do anything to to get the naysayers off his back. He wants to beat Nadal and go all the way. Only then will people realize that he is back again. Beating Nadal would mean an awful lot for his confidence and future and it is totally worth doing everything in his power to achieve that end. But there are still three matches to win. He next faces Berlocq who is a pretty decent base liner. They have played once this year in Rome and Roger won that pretty comfortably. Berlocq is actually a clay courter so he shouldn’t be much of a problem for Roger at the US Open. It will be another good test for Roger’s serve, volleys, returns, and just general ability to be aggressive.

The returns is something I forgot to mention and Roger looked to be pretty aggressive which helped him to create 11 break points and convert 5 of them. We know this is a key part of his game especially when facing Nadal so it is something I will keep an eye on, but it is looking good. So overall I would say I am pretty pleased and it is just a first round after all. I didn’t like that Roger lost serve in the 3rd set but I will forgive him since it was first round and Roger put in the extra effort to hit the practice court after the match. Below I also posted the interview Roger had with Roddick. I find the answer to the question about being seeded #7 especially interesting. He says he is not focusing on what people say but just on himself, and that he is feeling more confident now. Confidence and focus. Those two things will get you far…

Highlights:

Presserhttp://www.usopen.org/en_US/interactive/video/index.html?promo=subnav&category=press

Interview with Roddick:

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40 Comments

  1. Well!

    I’ve been thinking about it lately, and I just think that the serve and volley idea is a great one, especially at this point if the game.

    Roger is employing it early and so far it’s working beautifully. Roger will need to get more rhythm on his forehand, his backhand and his serve. But from the first round, I was very impressed with the strategy and with the serving.

    I sense that the courts are playing pretty fast and whomever stays agressive and steps on the baseline or Insude it should be on top.

    Obviously the top spin if Nadal may cause problems but as of today I feel very comfortable with Roger making the QFs with relative ease. Nadal may get tested but then agai. He may get a cake walk as well.

    Davydenko may be interesting match up but he’ll probably lose tomorrow. Isner can also test Nadal but he can also lose tomorrow against Monfils.

    I think that Roger needs to stick to that strategy and just keep sharpening the tools. I think that the serve, as always WILL be key. If he serves lights out – painting the lines, etc., he can prettying beat anyone. As long as that serve is clicking, the victory will be his. No doubt about it. So far – 12 aces is pretty sweet. I hope that he keeps racking up those aces cause he is going to need them in that QFs.

    It’s always sweet when you can count on the serve to get you of trouble.

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  2. Roger is scheduled for the day session and Nadak for the night session. That means that on Saturday they’ll switch and they’ll have Roger play during the night, weather permitting.

    Who knows? Then, if Isner and Nadal do make the 4th round, they’ll probably make Roger play his 4th round during the day and Nadal during the night.

    Roger may not have as many night sessions as usual but whatever. At the end, if he is ready, it doesn’t matter what session it is. I expect a comfortable sweet straight set victory tommorrow in less than 90 min. ;-) )

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Pretty confident aren’t you? Hope you’re right.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Good call Vily. Just 6 minutes off ;-)

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  3. Hey Ruan–It’s hard to tell where Fed’s form is after that first round match, though he was clearly aggressive, as he himself pointed out. He still shanked the ball a lot and seemed to still be reaching for the wide ball on his forehand. that’s the shot i’ll be looking for in terms of his footwork and speed—so, we’ll see if the loss of weight will help or not. berlocq will at least give him some rallies which is what Fed needs more than first strike tennis right now.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well the weight loss will obviously make him lighter on his feet Sakhi. That’s just simple logic. I can’t see how it will not improve his footwork.

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    Pryzm Reply:

    Well ‘training down’ too aggressively can cause Roger to lose strength as well as stamina, but I’m sure he and his trainers have got those basic possibilities well covered.

    And I still think you’re right Ruan – after his weight is ‘optimal’ according to trainers, Roger could certainly benefit from some ‘bulking up’. I think you called it correctly from that beginning, and I’ll bet that’s his plan!

    Best Regards,
    Pryzm

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  4. Hey Ru-an, lately I have been so busy at work and off work that I don’t even have time to read articles and comments !!! But this article I just read. Again… very nice one.

    It is obvious that Roger is not here at the USO to go deep, but he is here to WIN USO 2013 !!! Love that fact and love it that he is practising more to be better. I also saw the match. In the third set, the only reason he lost the break was because he wanted to finish the match asap. That is the only reason. Wel Zemjla made him pay for it. Which is good, he should be focused during the entire match. Like Rafa and Andy are. But overall, he played great.

    It is just me, but I cannot see that he lost weight?? To me he looks the same.
    I loved the Roddick interview. And really, don’t you just love Roger more for not accepting the fact that he is older now and therefor should fade away slowly and quietly?? I love the fact that he is doing everything he can to stay relevant, play longer and win !!! New racquet, more practise, slimming down, etc.

    And really, there is no one (outside his diehard fans) that thinks he makes a good chance. All they talk about are one of the three winning, Rafa, Novak or Andy.

    Ps: Ru-an, what did you think of the fact that Roger made a comment to the linesman???
    I thought it was so good of Roger. There is no need for him to be perfect every second. He too is aloud a sarcastic remark once in a while !!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Katyani what did he say to the linesman?

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    Girish Reply:

    It happened on Roger’s service game which he lost… Zemjla hit a ball which was long but the call came from chair umpire… At that time Roger asked the the lineman “what /where were you lookin at?”… Something like that what commentators mentioned…

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Ru-an and Girish, I loved that of Roger. He too is aloud a not so perfect moment once in a while. Like Vily is saying in one of his comments, he is too perfect and nice guys finish last, or atleast 7.

    I have a feeling about this USO.
    They all count Roger out. No one thinks he can win. Something is in the air guys. No pressure on Roger at all, but this might be his USO to win !!!

    While Roger played Berlocq beautifully losing only 6 games, 3,2 and 1, of course Rafa has to do one better, losing only 3 games,2,1 and a bagel!!!
    BUT somehow I think he will have trouble with Isner (if Isner makes it that far).

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I wouldn’t say there is no pressure on Roger Katyani. I think there is a lot of pressure on him to beat Nadal. I wouldn’t bet too much on Isner troubling Nadal either. Nadal is on the war path and destroying everything in his path. Unfortunately our feelings don’t determine what’s going to happen. It is out of our hands.

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  5. I found this so I wanted to share it with you:

    http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/mats-wilander/wilander-m-believer-federer-again-090539439.html

    All of a sudden Wilander is a believer in Roger again and he thinks he can win another major! There you go!

    I think that today’s performance will be even more definitive than the one in the 1st round! Couple more hours to go! :-) ))

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    Pryzm Reply:

    Vily,

    Roger seems to be breaking Berlocq almost at will in the second set. And it’s very impressive the way you called is so confidently before the start of the match!

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  6. Hey, guys!

    Well, well! I think Roger made a pretty big statement with today’s win. The emphatic 6:3 6:2 6:1 win by Roger should silence the critics for the next few days at least.

    What I was most impressed with Roger was his continuous and conscious plan of attack. He is again going for the paint lines on the serves and also he is attacking and coming in to the net on both his return and service games.

    His service percentage might seem low (52%) but you can tell there were ABSOLUTELY NO ISSUES with his back. As I said, Roger was purposefully going for the lines. In the first set he got 12 aces. This time he only got 6 but he is definitely going for them. I LIKE THAT!!

    Also he kept coming to the next with lots of success (27/40 for 70% success rate).

    On both sides (backhand and forehand) he was hitting it pretty good. But again, the overall IMPRESSION of the match for me was HIS AGGRESSIVE INTENT.

    His efficiency was excellent – finishing in 95 min. (only 5 more than predicted).

    Now, onto the next opponent. I think that the match against Mannarino I expect another EXHIBITION performance on Saturday night.

    Now, just to keep things in perspective – the guy to watch OUT for Roger is this new dude – Daniel Evans. He took out both Nishikori and Tomic today. Now, Robredo got through to the 3rd round and will play him.

    Roger is 10:0 vs Robredo but he has never played Evans. Obviously, I want Roger’s buddy Robredo to play like his rankling and to take care of BUSINESS.

    If he does, I expect another straight set victory in the 4th round and a perfect preparation for Nadal. If Evans somehow beats Robredo, however, it will be another VERY TRICKY match for Roger.

    I don’t want to think about it though. Robredo is pretty consistent and I think that he’ll end Evans’ run and let Roger have a nice cakewalk into the Quarters.

    Speeaking of cakewalks, Davydenko lost today and Nadal should have an easy going into the 3rd round. Nevertheless, Dodig is 1:1 vs Nadal and he does play a lot of serve and volley so we’ll see.

    Isner vs. Monfils will be interesting as well.

    I just want ROGER to really HAVE as easy as possible road to the QFS. As he mentioned in his post-match on court interview, smiling, that he just enjoys winning and that’s basically all he needs right now. Straight set wins, baby!

    That’s all he needs. Confidence. He’s getting into the groove. He’s walking casually between games – you can sense it – he’s slowly getting that AURA that he’ll need to beat Nadal.

    I think that the conditions will definitely suit him. His plan of attack – BEAUTIFUL SERVES into the CORNES and the T – ACE or OUT – it’s exactly the right strategy. To prove my point – Berlocq had a 84% 1st serve percentage – and he still got schooled 3,2 and 1. Obviously, it’s not about high serve percentage, but BRUTAL placement. I’d rather see Roger serve at 63% and have 10-12 aces per match then have him serve at 76% and have only 2 aces. You get the point!

    He’ll need that and he also did mention that he is working on a few things with the serve which is exactly what I’ve been talking about. Serve and volley if the opportunity arises, first strike tennis, etc.

    On his return games, he was also pretty good today – and that will improve.

    THINGS are ONLY gonna get better from here, folks. If Roger is having a 52% serving day and beats someone 6:3 6:2 6:1 you can only imagine what will happen once the serve picks up and the ACE count picks up with it.

    I think that 3rd round and the QFS will be played in the evening which usually have calmer conditions – i.e better serving.

    Anyway, guys! I was impressed by the EXHIBITION on DISPLAY. Like I said, my only caveat remains this Dan Evans dude (ranked 176) who may trow couple of curve balls to Roger should they meet but I believe that T. Robredo will smoke him out so no worries there.

    Onwards and UPwards. As Steve mentioned: 2 down, 5 more to go! :-) )) Allez!

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    Florian Reply:

    Rogers 2nd round performance was indeed pretty impressive and I am as optimistic as you, Vily. I think if we are talking about beating Nadal in QF, Evans should be no big deal for him too in 4th round . I also heard that Roger was practising with Evans a few days ago, so I’m sure he already knows what it needs to beat him.
    C’mon, Roger!

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  7. I am looking at Nadal right now and he is looking pretty comfortable right now but that’s OK.

    By the looks of it Isner is gonna make that 4th round unless a miracle happens. He still has to beat Kohlschreiber in the next round but so far so good.

    Obviously, if Isner meets Nadal it will be a very tricky match because Isner is holding with ease and it will go to tiebreaks.

    Isner can be tricky even if he somehow beats Nadal but I am counting on Nadal to get through.

    On Roger and Rafa – I am gonna say one thing – it will come down to EXECUTION – i.e who will be able to execute his game plan better. So far, Nadal has more margins for error so it will be easier for him to execute. HOWEVER, if Roger plays his game, he WILL BE the LAST Man Standing. He should be pretty fresh mentally entering into the match while Nadal will have been tested at least a little bit by Isner and it should take a little bit out of him – mentally.

    So, in the end – I’d say the chances will be even. I’m feeling GREAT about Roger’s chances and with each match, that feeling should increase exponentially. I am positive that ROGER feels the same way! :-) )))

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    rich Reply:

    Vily, you are nothing if not optimistic. Nadal is playing the top of his cycle right now – courtesy of a 7 month “injury break”. If Roger is clean, which I hope he is, how can he (or anybody who isn’t doping) beat that?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I think a lot of player are doping Rich so not sure that can be used as an excuse anymore.

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    rich Reply:

    That’s my point, Ruan. I don’t see how a player who isn’t doping can beat these ball-machine guys now.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    For all we know they could all be doping, in which case the playing field is level.

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    rich Reply:

    Doping doesn’t level the playing field. There isn’t one kind of doping, like one pill they can all take, that affects all players equally. If doping was that simple the dopers would be easy to catch – and it would be hard to argue against because it would be fair if everyone who doped gained no more advantage than anyone else. But they don’t – or rather they do. It’s more like a pharmaceutical ‘arms race’ where competitors are trying to catch up with the next guy or get ahead – sometimes at real risk to their health. If it wasn’t corruption – and possibly dangerous to those that do it – there wouldn’t be any reason to object to it, and anti-doping agencies wouldn’t exist. Cheating never becomes fair, and certainly not in a sport where even line-calling is now assisted by electronic aids because we want the right result.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right because the top guys won’t get banned. But it still levels the playing field for the top guys.

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    rich Reply:

    Some of them indeed look like they have drunk from the same cup.

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    Pryzm Reply:

    If Roger is doping, he must be the worst PED user in the history of tennis – or maybe in the history of history itself.

    He is shanking balls, often because he is losing speed and getting to the ball half a step late, and he frequently gets overpowered by other players who aren’t always top players. He sometimes runs out of steam in 5-set matches.

    He goes through patches where he looks weak and indecisive. His intensity and focus are the opposite of what you’d see from someone with hemorrhoid (oh, sorry – steroid) rage.

    In summary, he plays beautifully, as he always has – but he plays like a human being.

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    Vily Reply:

    Guys, doping or not, Nadal is going down!!! Roger will smoke him out! This ONE time, in best of 5 – Roger will show how Justice will prevail! No PEDs can replace Roger’s desire to finally crush Nadal one last time before going into the sunset!

    Roger is playing better and better every day while Nadal is just riding on a wave of confidence. That Balon will be deflated just like it was at the French. Mark my words – Roger will come out GUNS Blazing and Nadal, naturally being the defensive player that he is will NOT withstand the onslaught of Attacking Tennis from the Grand Master!!!

    This is not clay, after all. No miracle Moonballs will save you, buddy! You are going down! ;-) )

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    Pryzm Reply:

    Vily, I like what you say – I always do; in this case, though, with one exception: I do think next year (it may be the last for which I can say this) will ‘probably’ be better for Roger than this year, with has back problems hopefully behind him (for the most part), clicking with his new racquet, and maybe even with more power after bulking up, post-train-down of course.

    So the part of your post that grabbed me was ‘one last time before going into the sunset’!!

    I don’t know if Roger will beat Nadal this year, but even if he doesn’t I think he can do it next year. At least I’m not ready to consign him to the setting sun just yet!

    Best,
    Pryzm

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    steve Reply:

    Love your optimism, Vily! Federer’s best game still beats anyone and although he may not be able to summon it as consistently as he did, his best tennis now will beat his best tennis from seven years ago.

    All he needs is to peak at exactly the right moment. Right now he’s focusing on playing aggressive, first-strike tennis which is what he needs to do. Keep the points as short as he can, serve well, and then the sky’s the limit!

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    steve Reply:

    The same way Federer beats everyone else, Rich: by playing three sets of superlative tennis!

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    rich Reply:

    Steve, as we know, Nadal is not “everyone else”. In fact these days it’s not Roger beating everyone, it’s Nadal who pretty much owns the tour – as even Djokovic and Murray know. It’s a very big ask to suggest that an older player sliding in the rankings is going to take out the hottest player on the tour, who has an increasingly dominating h2h against him. It’s not impossible. But I wouldn’t bet the house on it. But if it happens, I’ll certainly join the celebrations and say “hat’s off to you” for still believing Roger capable of greatness.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well said Rich. No doubt Nadal is the favorite. But as we saw in Cincy, it’s dangerous to write Roger off. He is a more confident player right now. An upset is not completely out of the question.

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  8. I absolutely loved this article. Here it is:

    No one believes Roger Federer is going to make much of a mark at the U.S. Open this year. He’s too old, people say. He’s too tired, too stubborn, too satisfied with his life. The Daily Beast has put it baldly: “There’s No Chance Roger Will Win. None.”

    Beast editor Tina Brown should have checked with frenemy Anna Wintour, a Federer insider, before pushing the publish button on that post.

    The reason no one is picking Federer to win his sixth U.S. Open title isn’t his sore back or his toothpick racquet or his advancing years. It’s his amiability. The 17-time major champion should take after the legendarily icy Wintour, who, in Brown’s words, “has no interest in pretending to be human.”

    That certainly would have helped Federer keep his cloak of invincibility in place even through a mediocre season that has seen him nab just one minor tournament victory so far and fall to seventh in the world rankings. Maybe there’s a reason Federer hasn’t responded to the weird comments by Novak Djokovic’s father, Srdjan, who recently called Roger the greatest player ever but a horrible person. Maybe Federer is belatedly trying to foster a new, rougher persona. Nice guys, as Leo Durocher famously said, finish last. Or at least seventh.

    Not that it really matters at this U.S. Open. Because Federer scored a dream draw.

    His toughest potential opponents before the quarterfinals are 19th-seed and fellow old man Tommy Robredo, inconsistent young gun Bernard Tomic (who’s already played a five-setter) and 26th-seed and perpetual Grand Slam underperformer Sam Querrey. He couldn’t have asked for a better group of warm-up matches.

    The quarterfinals, of course, are the sticking point. That’s where Rafael Nadal, his bete noire throughout his career, surely will be waiting for him. But you don’t see Federer complaining. He really wants to score another Grand Slam win over Nadal before hanging up his racquet. You could say he needs another Grand Slam win over Nadal to be able to sail off into the sunset with peace of mind. After all, he hasn’t managed to beat his younger rival in the best-of-five format since 2007, way back when Spain was just another perennial World Cup underachiever. And a quarterfinal meeting in the U.S. Open is the best-case scenario for Federer. Flushing Meadows offers him a court surface that suits his game more than Nadal’s. And the Elite Eight round means it won’t be far enough into the tournament for Federer’s 32 years to be wearing on him but far enough that Rafa’s knees might start to bark if the match pushes into a fourth or fifth set.

    Make no mistake: beating Rafa at this late stage in his career is asking a lot of Federer. (Considering how Nadal is playing — up on the baseline, snapping off big-time winners — it’s asking a lot of anybody.) But it’s not going to get any easier for the Swiss in the months and years ahead. He knows this, and so he’ll come with guns blazing. He’ll be cracking his forehand and rolling forward, forcing the action, pressuring Nadal to come up with out-of-this-world shotmaking time and again. Federer’s a proud champion; he continues to believe in himself and his talent. The first requirement if you want to be a great tennis player beyond the age of 30: denial. Roger’s got that one, dismissing his critics last week with a curt “people are going to say what they like.” The next requirement: clutch serving. If Federer has a topnotch serving day against Nadal, you’ve got to like his chances.

    And if he does snare the big victory? He’ll even be allowed to come down to earth in the semifinals. Because he’ll be facing not World No. 1 Djokovic or reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, not even Juan Martin del Potro or Tomas Berdych. It’ll be Federer patsy David Ferrer or the limited Milos Raonic or — ye Gods! — Richard Gasquet across the net.

    Yes, indeed, even with Nadal in there, Federer fell into the sweet half of the draw. He’ll be tan and rested for the final.

    Yes, he’ll still be 32 on the second Sunday (or Monday) of the tournament, and he’ll be facing Djokovic or Murray. But it’ll be a Grand Slam final, the 25th of Federer’s career, and the all-time leader in major championships will be surging with confidence. Even if it’s Djokovic facing Federer, you have to wonder who Srdjan will be putting his money on.

    — Douglas Perry
    More: Read Douglas Perry’s e-book “The Fall and Rise of Roger Federer: 9 Unexpected Turning Points in Tennis History.”

    http://www.oregonlive.com/the-spin-of-the-ball/index.ssf/2013/08/why_roger_federer_will_win_the.html

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    rahan Reply:

    I like the end:
    “…Even if it’s Djokovic facing Federer, you have to wonder who Srdjan will be putting his money on.”

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  9. Hey Vily, I love the fact that you comment so much lately !!! You say all the right things !!!
    Keep them coming. Love to read more….
    Katyani

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  10. OK, Here’s why I think that this year is Roger’s perfect opportunity to strike:

    All year Djokovic, Nadal and Murray are playing consttently and they have produced on the BIG stage – i.e they have each won a Grand Slam. It has been a long and tough road to get to where they are.

    But, Roger, according to the naysayers has had a terrible season – the “worst season in ages”! Just think about that for a second.

    Roger, being the master that he is – basically has this ONE opportunity to strike and KILL three things with 1 bullet:

    1. Beat his nemesis and shut all the Djokers and Naysayers

    2. Improve his H2H with Nadal in all 4 Slams – I.e He’ll have leading Record in Wimbledon and US Open and Nadal will keep his leading Record at the Australian Open and at the French.

    3. Suddenly, magically TuRN a hideous season by “the critics” standard Into a Great One – Roger goes to the Final and if he wins – then oh, no Roger won #18 in his worst season. Could you please rewind that for a sec. You see how stupid people can be. I am glad that Ivanisevich and Wilander are getting on the train and they see that. Douglas Perry sees it also.

    You can see that Roger is the greatest because he has the LUXURY to pick and choose when to strike. He already has the most Weeks at #1 wrapped in the bag so Number 1 is not a priority right now.

    But beating Nadal and shutting the naysayers is the Number 1 priority. With that being sad, Roger has the PERFECT draw. No Berdych, Delpo, Mirray, Nadal and Djokovic back to back to back.

    No crazy stuff?! Just smoke Nadal, rest, smoke Djokovic or whomever and it’s done! It’s amazing what opportunity has right now! It’s mind boggling!

    Roger usually takes this opportunities by the horn and raises his level to insane LEVELs just to get it done.

    That’s why the HERE and NOW is the Perfect time for Roger! :-) )

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  11. Oke guys, what is wrong with Novak?? I predicted that he would not win USO, not come far, maybe atleast SF, but what is he doing???
    He is acting like Delpo, a young guy who is fast as hell playing points, but between points acting like an old man???
    He is huffing, puffing, out of breath, seriously out of breath !!! Does his leg bother him???
    He was, I think, kind of “Lucky” to win the first set.
    If he wins this match, how will he play Delpo or Andy?? He looks like he is struggling and out of breath…
    Come on, Novak, we need Andy or you to defeat Rafa !!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    So Roger has no chance vs Nadal?

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    Katyani Reply:

    Yes, he has !!! Roger will even win !!!
    But just in case…. we do need Andy or Novak. Lets not forget this is STILL Rafa 2013 we are talking about….

    Oh and Ru-an, one of my other predictions already bombed…. I thought Jerzy would make it to the SF.

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