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.