US Open Rd 2: Federer def Phau 6-2, 6-3, 6-2

Another routine win for the GOAT as expected. Jonathan from Perfect Tennis Blog told me he expected one close set but I protested. I turned out to be right. Phau is decent but Roger 3.0 is a different animal. I mean we are talking about nearly prime Fed so Phau isn’t much more than a practice match for him. I watched this match but I still need to get a box for my cable and the quality isn’t that great right now. And besides it was very one-sided. Roger once again had a high first serve percentage of 68%. He approached the net 47 times which is a lot for such a short match. I talked a bit about this in my last post.

It is important that he stays aggressive for when he faces the likes of Murray and Djokovic. He needs to show the base liners that the slowing of surface from Cincy to New York is not gonna deter him from imposing his game on his opponents. Any match is on the racquet of Roger 3.0, with the possible exception of Nadal. He has already showed that by beating Murray and Djokovic at Wimbledon. The French Open and Olympics were different circumstances. On hard courts and when not too tired he is the favorite against both of them. The only thing that can stop him from winning this title is Stupid Saturday.

Incidentally Murray had a very good win over Dodig and is suddenly looking like a threat again. Tsonga also lost which means there is no one to threaten him in the quarters. We will see how things go against Lopez and Raonic or Blake, but he can for sure stretch Roger if he makes the semis. And that is what we don’t want. If Roger plays Fish, Berdych, Murray, and Djokovic in a row, with no break between the semis and the finals, he could be in trouble. He would need to beat Fish and Berdych in straights, and lose only a set to Murray. As I said in the beginning the draw doesn’t favor him, but there is still a long way to go.

The draw is just a rough estimate of what could happen. And having a difficult draw is not necessarily a bad thing. It can prepare you for the latter rounds. Djokovic has an easy draw and it may cost him if when he plays Roger or Murray in the final. Djokovic is looking good so far, winning his first two rounds like the Djokovic of 2011. But it’s not like he is playing against giants of the game. He did the same thing in Cincy and then got bageled by Roger in the final. The most important thing is always the next round and for Roger that will be against Verdasco. He needs to win in straight sets and I’m confident he will do just that.

One match at a time…

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15 Comments

  1. It’s pretty much up to Raonic to take out Murray, because he’ll walk all over Nishikori in the quarters.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Raonic will have to play the match of his life.

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  2. It certainly felt like a practice match but I really enjoyed the net play. Looking forward to more challenges and hoping Roger will stay focused and aggressive.

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  3. Roger seems to be healthier and fitter than most players, regardless of age. He basically contained Verdasco playing in second gear and raising his game when needed to win the match. He didn’t go to the net as often as he did in his previous matches and accepted to exchange in rallies with Fernando, winning most of them anyway.
    Murray on the contrary was struggling against Feliciano Lopez. Lopez won more regular games and more total points than Murray (162 points for Lopez against 154 points for Murray) but didn’t play as well in the tiebreaks, when it mattered. He should have dismissed the Scot in my opinion.
    Comparing Murrays game with Raonics game at this point of the tournament, I think Federer would rather meet Murray than Raonic (who seems playing very well); Roger barely squeaked by Raonic in the last two times they met. He could be a tougher opponent to beat at the moment than a struggling Andy Murray, unless Murray raises his level considerably.

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  4. Federer’s quickness and fitness is so underrated. He’s 31, and he still moves better on court than 98% of the guys on tour. His leg strength is just phenomenal.
    Murray should have lost to Lopez, but Raonic can take out Andy. At the very least, the Scot may be tired by the time he makes the semis if he has to have back to back to back tough matches against Lopez, Raonic, and Cilic.

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  5. Federer is going to be around for a while, but I think I found a player that I want to do well in the future. We will have to wait and see, but Jack Sock? Anyone else see that guys talent? Serve and forehand are unbelievable. G

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  6. Federer in Qs.. Should take care of the energy factor to some extent. A match each on Wed, Sat and Sunday.. Stars aliging again? :-) . Berdych match could be tricky !

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  7. Fish has retired due to “health reasons”. I was really looking forward to seeing Federer on my tv screen today…

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    muhammad sikander Reply:

    i woke up at 2:45 am too to witness the master class…what a pity!

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  8. Looks like MUGRAY got lucky and is heading for the semi’s unless Cilic can pull off an upset, which I doubt. If Federer can get through Berdych convincingly and with minimal energy, I believe Murray will get his butt handed to him. Looks like DelPo and Mork( Djokovic ) are heading for a clash and I hope they duke it out to five long sets. If Federer makes it to the final, I believe he will be the favorite to win this tournament.

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    jason Reply:

    Walking over to the QF might help his case, he didn’t need to expend any energy on Fish. Under normal conditions he should’ve been able to defeat Fish in 3 sets, but this guy has the potentials to give a scare. The negative side is maybe he will lack a bit of match sharpness against Berdych.

    Kind of wondering how walking over affect a player’s physical conditions. Does it mean even if he plays a 5-setter against Murray he will still be fit for the finals?

    What I hope is Roger get the first match of the SS & make short work of Murray… then Djokovic got the 2nd match against Delpo and it comes out as an exhausting 5-setter. LOL

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    Kyle Reply:

    Delpo would be the QF opponent for Djokovic I’m afraid. It’s Ferrer or Tipsarevic in the semis.

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    jason Reply:

    You’re right.

    And now given the delay in the Wednesday matches, there is a prospect Djokovic may have to play 3 days straight (Friday, SS, Sunday) if he wins the QF & SF. It will certainly be an advantage for Roger if he manages to get to the final.

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  9. Looks like he’ll finish his match today. Still though, say he has to go through Delpo and Ferrer, those won’t be easy matches to recover from with how physical they will be, even if he beats Ferrer in a tight three-setter (a match with Delpo could go 4 or 5 though.)
    I like Roger’s chances, I really do.

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