US Open Rd 4: JesusFed Serves Monaco the Bakery Goods 6-1, 6-2, 6-0

PeRFect. What else is there to say? When Roger plays like this you don’t try to describe it, because words fail you. You just watch and absorb the sheer mastery. With this win Roger has made his 30th consecutive slam quarterfinal. Just amazing consistency by the GOAT. It looked like the Cilic match did Roger’s confidence the world of good as he locked into JesusFed mode from start to finish. We don’t see JesusFed as much these days so I hope you taped it. Due to the stupid WTA match that dragged on forever, Roger only got on court around midnight. Rain was also threatening and it wasn’t even sure that Roger would get to finish his match. But where the women were dragging on forever, leaving viewers around the world in anguish, Roger came on and showed them how to be decisive while at the same delighting the fans.

Everything Roger touched turned to gold. His serve was simply on fire, and at the beginning of the second set he served four aces in a row! In the end his first serve percentage was 66%, but I remember at the beginning of the third it was at 76%. Then his forehand was absolutely lethal. It was prime Fed stuff. His backhand was on fire too, and in particular his backhand returns. I know Monaco is not the biggest server out there, but I don’t know if Roger’s backhand return has ever looked that good. Roger was clinical at the net as well, winning 19/22 points in the fore court. Monaco wasn’t playing badly, but when Roger plays like this Monaco is a mere practice hit for him. Roger got the job done in only 88 minutes, just in time to avoid the rain as it started pouring rain not soon after. Today it is raining in New York and it’s great that he got the job done.

Earlier Tsonga defeated Fish in five sets. I was impressed with Tsonga. He won the first set but lost the next two, and it looked like Fish would gain the upper hand in the fourth. Tsonga hung in though and it looked like Fish was tiring. Tsonga then cranked it up and blasted Fish off the court in the last set. Fedfans all over the world was now worried for Roger. I was wondering how it would affect Roger against Monaco, knowing that he has to face Tsonga again. At this point I thought Tsonga would be the favorite against Roger. I was just hoping Roger won’t be stubborn again and try to go toe to toe from the base line with Tsonga’s monster ground strokes. But with his masterclass against Monaco, Roger could not have sent Tsonga a stronger message. When Roger plays like he has of late, the match is not on his racquet against Tsonga.

He has to use variation and intelligence to have a chance. But when JesusFed shows up all bets are off. No one beats JesusFed. JesusFed level is just the highest level of tennis in the history of the sport. It is pure genius and sheer mastery. It is peRFection itself. He goes into the Tsonga match as the definite favorite now, provided he keeps up JesusFed mode. We don’t see JesusFed much these days, but we know what happened at the French Open this year when JesusFed showed up. He gave Djokovic his only legitimate defeat of the entire year. If JesusFed sticks around he is also winning his 17th slam in New York. The only player who can beat JesusFed is Nadal on clay. Other than that he has no equal. I have a good feeling about this. Of course I don’t wana say Roger is gonna win the tournament, because he has a long way to go.

But I think he may have reached a turning point. I think the Cilic match was really what he needed. It was a test that he passed and it obviously gave him a lot of confidence. Roger has the hardest draw of the top four by far, but it may have worked in his favor. I think Roger is primed for revenge against Tsonga now. If JesusFed shows up the match will be on his racquet and there will be no need to worry about tactics. He can just go ahead and play on pure instinct and give another master class. That does not mean I think it will be easy. Tsonga is a is a huge force in tennis when he is firing on all cylinders, but the genius of JesusFed just have no equals. It is as simple as that. So unless Roger’s form dips again I think he will win this in a close four setter. I don’t want to jinx him, but I think Roger has hit a new gear now where he will be hard to stop from winning a 6th US Open.

Highlights:

Presserhttp://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2011-09-05/201109061315321755462.html

Roger Federer

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23 Comments

  1. If if keeps that high livel I don’t think any body can stop him,

    Roger can beat any player in this planet if if continue playing like the GOAT that we all know .

    REALLY hope he wins this event . Good Luck Champ !

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  2. I couldn’t agree more with you, Ruan. When the mighty Federer plays like the mighty Federer, he is untouchable, even at the French against Nadal. I realize his opponent last night wasn’t the greatest, but what a tennis clinic Roger put on! It was sheer perfection. And save for Serena, it put the women’s game to shame. This is how God wanted tennis to be played, and only Federer has been able to reach those heights. But now, the big question is: can he stay in this Godly mode for the next three matches? That is an almost impossible order to fill. But if anyone could do it, it would be Roger.

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  3. Awesome write-up Ruan. Roger Federer played so good and was so fluid. Fed was on a roll and sent a message to everyone that he is still here and capable of playing the highest level of tennis. How about those four aces fired, that was phenomenal! I am proud of Federer and am hoping that the Tsonga match goes as well. One match at a time. Congrats to Federer for a great match.

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  4. Spot on Ruan,i was soo delighted with that display,it was a pleasure and privilege to watch that.No one can even come close to him when he plays like this.As you said,pure masterclass.Forehand brutal force so was backhand,volleys,serves.Roger will be always a favourite until he hangs up his racquet.There is no player with his variety and if he keeps that level for 3 more matches (which is possible)he will win 17th for sure.Bring on the Tsonga and the rest.Well done Roger,we are so happy for you

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  5. I was delighted to see Roger use the whole court, mix up his game & enjoy it playing free.This was tennis played on his terms. And this is what tennis is what it was meant to be & what it should be.
    Now Roger take revenge against Tsonga, you can do it!!!

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  6. “But where the women were dragging on forever, leaving viewers around the world in anguish” haha love it man.

    It was a great performance. I too have a good feeling about the Tsonga match, it feels like there is an air of inevitably about it now. He will need to play well of course, but this matchup is still on the racket head of Roger.

    Allez les suisse!

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  7. Roger was simply on fire last night, he could do little wrong. Feeling really good about this tournament because hes “in it”. Some of his loses the last few years have been painful to watch because we know how great he is. Once again we got to see his genius in motion, lucky us, happy for him.

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  8. it was a delight to watch the way Roger played against Monaco! But I don’t want to keep my hopes up again, I already witnessed the highs and the lows of Roger’s game. best game today then a bad game tomorrow :-( que sera sera…

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  9. “These are times, as you watch the young Swiss play, when the jaw drops and eyes protrude and sounds are made that bring spouses in from other rooms to see if you’re O.K.”
    (http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/20/sports/playmagazine/20federer.html?pagewanted=all)
    What else is there to say…

    Tsonga is going to be tough. One thing he will do for sure is bomb Federer’s backhand, something Monaco didn’t do too well. It’s going to be a test. He can pass it.

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  10. This is one of cleanest match he played and boy it has been a while. Correct me if I am wrong, last time JesusFed made an appearance was in Nov when he won WTF. I am expecting Roger to go all out against Tsonga trow. Good luck!

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  11. It certainly was a blast from the past. It brought to mind a match a few years back when Roger completely demolished the Argentine Guillermo Canas, who had beaten him twice in a row earlier in the year, and showed him just who is the boss. It was perfect, fluid, intuitive attacking tennis, using every shot in his remarkable arsenal. Of course, in ’04-’07 he could regularly turn on such a display – it was who he was; these days it can be a long time between drinks.

    However, Monaco is one thing; Tsonga is another. If Roger’s form slips he risks being overpowered – again – by the Frenchman. Also, his confidence has to remain high. Here’s hoping to see a repeat of the drubbing he gave Tsonga in the semis at the 2010 AO.

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  12. Federer is BACK and it showed against Monaco.

    The road to the finish is only going to get harder with Tsonga, Djokovic and Nadal (in that order). I say in that order because I think (it’s my opinion) the odds of Federer beating Djokovic are better than the odds of him beating Nadal.

    I would like to see his 1st serve % get higher and his unforced errors get lower against Tsonga and Djokovic and then if it’s Nadal in the Finals, then I’m not sure if Federer can clinch a victory.

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  13. Every so often Federer will offer a beautiful demonstration of total mastery like yesterday. Such gems are getting rarer; one has to take care to look out for them and savor them.

    Tsonga will be tough but he is beatable. As Neil alluded, Federer made the normally speedy and explosive Frenchman look slow and lumbering at AO, by means of careful shot placement and variation. His anticipation, agility, and court sense are his advantage over Tsonga’s power and speed and if he uses them, he’ll win.

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  14. Reading this forum today, just made me feel so good. Unfortunately, I couldn’t keep my eyes open through the whole match, and when I saw him up a set, I had to get to sleep. What was neat thought, was when I got home today, they were replaying the awesome match from last night, so I got to see most of it. BTW, ESPN sucks. They have 5 US Opens that he won, and they choose to show the one where he lost. I was watching it where he was 2 points away from winning, and hoping he’d pull it out. LOL. GO MIGHTY FED. Gary

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    BA Reply:

    @Gary – Couldn’t keep your eyes open during a Federer match? Blasphemy! :-P

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  15. Beautiful display of tennis. However, Roger’s biggest problem this day is lack of consistency. PLay beautiful one match, crappy the next. Lets hope that isn’t the case here and yesterday’s match wasn’t just a one-off. He really can do this, and I think that match sent out a message to the Nadals and Murrays out there who are struggling with their matches.

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    wilyam Reply:

    Sent a message? You must be joking right? Federer must have skidded so low that a victory over A Monaco becomes big news. Win first over Tsonga, then you can all start dreaming,

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  16. It’s hard to say what Roger’s amazing performance means, but it’s impossible not to be awed–and shocked–by it. There’s a kind of “be careful what you wish for” element in it–at least for me. I sat watching, mouth open, waiting for the magic, the razor line he was dancing on, to disappear, for the fall to take place: but it didn’t.
    It occurs to me that what we saw is the latest stage of Roger’s new, Annacone-inspired, play, which was evident from the very first match of the Open: the key is focused, electric aggression, first-strike tennis with a vengeance. And I’m wondering if what we’ve seen for the last year or so was actually this new Roger-in-training: hence the mistakes, the lapses, frustrations, the stresses of grooving new neural/muscle patterns at the age of 29-30, after a (to put it mildly) spectacular ascendency, followed by an unnerving, unprecedented set of defeats by the next, new, and horrifyingly successful rival to his position and status. And then Novak. And then Tsonga and Berdych. And, creeping in, the terrible sense that he could not will a victory, that it was he, not another, who was defeated in the locker room before he stepped onto the court. To work to come back from that de-throning, to stay the course, and set himself the task of learning, again, how to win, which means how to find within himself the nerve and will to change (which also includes reclaiming aspects of his younger self) is inspiring. And now that I’m thinking about it, I have to revise what I’d thought about what seemed the baseless, empty optimism of Roger’s post-defeat interviews. I thought they were hollow laughs-in-the-dark, the kinds of things a man who refused to face reality would say. But now, I’m thinking that it was my disappointment in him (my need of him to be whom he had become) that made me so cynical and put out. All the time he was at work on the hardest thing an elite athlete (THE elite athlete) could do: rethink and retrain himself in the teeth of a new generation of hugely talented sharks who smelled Roger’s blood in the water. This is my latest grappling with what might prove to be a phase of Roger’s career that equals (perhaps even surpasses) his golden achievements. We’ll see.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I think it’s a bit early to draw these conclusions. First we have to see what happens at the USO. If he does win it then frankly I don’t care how it came about. But I don’t necessarily think he is undergoing this change you are talking about. It may just be a case of JesusFed showing up lesser now than in his prime, in which case he is unbeatable anyway. IF he wins the USO then we will have to see what happens afterwards and whether he can maintain a consistent high level. Only if he can maintain that level over a long period of time can we conclude that he was working on a change when his level dropped and that he successfully made the change. Looking at some of his losses in recent times I am not inclined to believe he has been making any significant changes that could help him to return to his glory days. In fact he seems to stubbornly keep doing the same things wrong. It is easy to come up with these kind of theories when JesusFed makes a showing, but it is all about the long term. Either way it is way too early to make such conclusions. And like I said if he wins the USO I will be a happy man. Even if his form goes down again afterwards.

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  17. I still think Fish is better than Tsonga. Personally, I’m relieved that Roger will have to face Tsonga again no matter how bizarre/weird this may seem to the majority of fedfans. In his presser Tsonga showed he’s well aware of what to expect from Federer this time. He said that the upcoming encounter between the two is totally different because Federer now knows
    exactly what Tsonga is capable of doing to him, so he’ll do anything to prevent it. In other words Federer will be prepared for the difficulties of this match, whereas that would be doubtful in a QF against Fish; the danger of being hypnotized and trapped in his opponent’s game would be visible. In my opinion that’s exactly what happened to him in WIMBLEDON against Tsonga. Roger didn’t even realize he was losing that match. Anyway that is past. Now Federer seems to have found his lost identity! Go RF!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    How can Fish be better than Tsonga? Tsonga has a slam final, 2 semis, and 2 qf and a MS title. Fish has 3 slam qf and no MS title, and now Tsonga has beaten him in a slam in their only meeting.

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    George Reply:

    Obviously Tsonga has a better resume. On the other hand, Fish is a special case. “In 2010, he dropped over 30 pounds, from 203 to 170. This enabled Fish to become much fitter and improve his speed around the court”.

    It’s clear Fish is in his peak years now. He captured the 2011 Olympus US Open Series title for the first time in his career. Earlier this year he won against Del Potro and Ferrer in straight sets(Miami). Also, he overtook Roddick as the highest ranked American player on the tour. In Montreal he managed to rise to a career high ranking(No.7) and in Cincy he took his first win against Nadal(6-3,6-4) in his career. In Wimbledon 2011 he lost to Nadal in 4 sets. Fish is 0-4 in MASTERS Series Finals but if you look at it, he has lost to Roddick(Cincy 2003), Djokovic(IW 2008, Montreal 2011) and Federer(Cincy 2010). In all(!) four occasions he lost in 3 sets. He has made great progress in general. In my opinion, his net play skills have been improved so much that are the best in the game at the moment. I think the best is yet to come for him despite the fact he’s 29 years old. Fish would probably have done something big in his career had he not injured his left wrist in 2005. The surgeries hold him back in his career.

    In their 4th round match they were both good. The Frenchman was very lucky in the fourth set though. I can recall many rallies he should have never won but luck kept smiling at him. Anyway, I insist on my opinion above. A Federer-Fish encounter could have small hidden traps; Fed’s game plan against Tsonga now should be perfectly clear in his mind, after having played each other on grass and hard courts so recently. Fish would be a big question mark.

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