Wimbledon QF: Federer def Youzhny 6-1, 6-2, 6-2, Sets Up Semi with Djokovic

It’s 12 am here as I start this post as I just got home from work. So this won’t be a long post. I basically just wana put something out there before the semi-final with Djokovic. I didn’t see the match with Youzhny but from what I heard and seeing the score JesusFed was in the house. It was great to see after the injury scare against Malisse. I said after that match that I was still optimistic and that I think the injury will be ok. So I am glad to see it worked out that way and that JesusFed was out in full force. I was hoping for that kind of performance against Malisse but the injury did not allow it.

The important thing is that he got a JesusFed performance in before playing Djokovic. Djokovic also destroyed Mayer but Youzhny is a better player. So I would say Roger’s performance was better. It now comes down to the big match that everyone has been waiting for. Federer vs Djokovic. This is pretty much the final. Whoever wins here is the hot favorite for winning the tournament. Tsonga and Murray is in the other semi and while neither of them can be counted out, they are not on the level of Roger or Djokovic. Neither of them have even played a Wimbledon final. The Djokerer semi is as big as they come.

And neither of them have to deal with Nadal in the final, so they know what an opportunity this is. Roger has lost his last three meetings with Djokovic including the US Open loss, the Rome loss, and the French Open loss. He still leads the head-to-head with Djokovic 14-12, but Djokovic is closing in. Roger could really use a win here. The head-to-head is a minor though. This is Roger’s big opportunity to win slam number #17, at his favorite tournament. With Nadal out of the way he really has to make this count. It would be epic if he can win this and tie Sampras’ record. As far as I know he will also regain the number one ranking.

I don’t know whether he just has to beat Djokovic or win the title, but if he beats Djokovic he will probably win the title anyway. So there is an awful lot at stake here. I think Roger is ready. His injury seems to be under control and he is back in JesusFed mode. He needs to serve well first of all. That will be key. He must also try to keep the points short by playing first strike tennis. And then of course he must use his slices and variation to keep Djokovic off balance. He has the tools to dislodge Djokovic. It is just a question of executing on the day. He beat Djokovic at the French Open last year and should have beaten him at the US Open.

It’s time to take revenge for that and the French Open loss this year. This really is a match of epic proportions. Everything is at stake and I believe Roger can and will get the job done tomorrow. There isn’t much love lost between these two so this will be personal as well. I have a feeling Roger wants to win this more than anything. He knows how big this is and will use every iota of his vast experience to get the job done. This is it folks. They don’t come much bigger than this.

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30 Comments

  1. I don’t want to predict the outcome. I just have a few words for Roger: play like a true champion, whatever be the outcome.

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  2. If these three are taken care of i think Fed will beat Joker

    1) 1st Serves — must be in 70s atleast
    2) BP conversion — must be far far better than what he has so far in the prev rounds
    3) FH — This must fire from all ends

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  3. Either way it is going to be a cracker for all tennis fans.My best wishes with Roger, as always.ALLEZ FEDERER!!!!!!!

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  4. Federer will become no.1 only if he wins the title surely according to a article on the ATP website … so there is a lot at stake here

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  5. I want Roger to put up a big fight (a fightless performance like in Rom 2012 and Roland Garros 2012 ist not acceptable). He needs to win the first set. Then everything is possible. Roger must not be subborn and try overpower Djokovic in forehand cross duels. Djokovic is too solid for that. Djokovic cannot do much with sliced balls. Roger should mix it up and try to draw Djokovic to the net and then hit through him :-)

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  6. GUYS our boy did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    hope you were able towatch the match Ruan, it was really special! Fed found some nhew mental forces in the 3rd set which was the critical one
    come onnnnnnn FEDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

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  7. OH.MY.GOSH!!!!!! I don’t believe it!!!! Am I hallucinating? Please, nobody wake me up from this sweetest dream ever!!! Now, EAT CROW all you soothsayers, all you so-called experts, all you Fed haters! And EAT GRASS you rotten egg, you!!! Get the robes out ready, line the streets, the coronation of the original and REAL King is at hand!!!!!

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  8. It was time for revenge …and what a sweet revenge it was !
    One more masterclass of our champ and he’s back to the spot where he belongs!!!
    Congrats for you, Ruan, your prediction came true.

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  9. I literally was crying when Roger won MP. I can’t believe it!!!! This is the happiest I have been since he been whiner Murray in the AO in 2010. Can he really win #17!??? GOD, WE ALL HOPE SO!!!

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  10. What a display from Federer. Clean and focussed and serving very well, especially the 2nd serve. At nearly 31 he soundly beat the world no.1 at the peak of his powers.

    I’ll take the Wimbledon SF any day over the RG SF. This is the title that means the most to Federer.

    Murray will be very, very tough. The stars have aligned for him with Nadal not making his semi. He has Lendl to come up with a scheme to break down Fed. He serves very well, he’s mentally tough and can chase anything down (and even lieks chasing things down).

    I hope that Murray feels the pressure in the first set and Fed can come out blazing.

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    Candace Reply:

    With all due respect, when has Murray eer been mentally tough? He’s consistently choked in slam semis and finals. I agree Ivan has helped him but until he wins a slam he still wears the mantle of massive choker in slam finals. Hope that continnues on Sunday. LOL!!

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    Bharata Reply:

    Yes I see your point that Murray has not really proved to be mentally tough by beating Djokovic in a Slam (he has beat Nadal though in Slams). He has survived though a tough draw this time and had to be tough to beat Ferrer especially, and a little less so with Tsonga today. He arguably came closer to beating Djokovic at the AO than Nadal did.

    That said, Murray’s best surface is slow hard. FEd did beat him on the fast courts of Dubai earlier this year. The keys which worry me about the match are:
    i) Federer for once won’t have overwhelming crowd support; don’t know how this will affect him
    ii) Murray is a better mover on grass than Djokovic, and a better first-server
    iii) Fed has to deal with hiw own self-pressure of wanting to win and the significance of this match to his legacy. I mean if he wins this he is truly unquestionably the greatest, coming back to no.1 in an era with other, younger, multi-Slam winners.

    I am hoping he can overcome these things. I know Murray will play better than he did in AO 10 and US 08.

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  11. So it will be Federer against Murray. I had thought that none of the semifinalists except Federer stood a chance of beating Murray.

    Murray knows his game matches up well with Federer and he is playing the best tennis of his life. He’ll have the crowd heavily on his side; he knows this the best chance he’s ever had to break through and win his first Grand Slam.

    As well as he played today, if Federer is to win the trophy he’ll have to play even better in the title match. Even if he wins in straight sets, it will be much, much tougher than his previous major finals against Murray.

    There is one match left to go, so nothing can be taken for granted. And there’s a lot on the line for Federer: equaling Sampras’ record of Wimbledon titles and regaining the #1 ranking.

    Here’s hoping he can top himself yet again and produce his supreme tennis on Sunday.

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    D.R. Reply:

    It won’t be easy, that’s for sure. But I have the sense that Murray is a little emotionally spent after breaking the 70+ year British drought in Wimbledon finals. And let’s be honest, Murray hasn’t typically been his best when the stakes are the highest. Maybe we’ll see something different from him this time around, but I’m pleased that Fed can go for #17 against Murray (who will be feeling monumental pressure, by the way) rather than Rafa. I feel really good about Roger’s chances on Sunday. What an accomplishment that would be! Getting back to #1 at his age, and breaking Sampras’s record of most total weeks at #1 would be very special indeed!

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    Candace Reply:

    The pressure will be unbelievable for Murray, as we all know. He hasn’t won a single tournamentin 2012 outside a minor 250 event in January. Fed cleaned Muzz’s clock in February when they played in Dubai. He lost second round in Queens. Roger was GOAT-ing today. I predict Fed in 4 sets on Sunday.

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  12. Hi Ruan,
    I don’t usually comment, but first – congrats to everyone that Roger won and is in another Wimbledon final! That’s amazing.

    My reason for writing is a bit more nitpicky though.
    For a guy who is as devotional to Roger Federer and tennis as you are, I find it odd that you don’t
    a) know that it takes a win in Wimbledon for him to reclaim the No. 1 ranking (you could check that out by just reading one tennis article about Wimbledon or a very quick google search – or your own calculation on the ATP)
    b) (in your last article) suggest that Federer might have retired had it been a smaller tournament. Though you then add that he doesn’t do that very often. Fact is, he’s NEVER ever done it and as a devotional fan, I would expect you to know that as that is a major part of his legacy and shows his devotion to the sport as opposed to some of the other top-players, who retire mid-match, when they have a smaller problem and are on the verge of losing. No matter the injury, Federer has always battled it out on court. Two times, he’s retired pre-match – last against Tsonga this winter.

    And now – let’s hope for no. 17, 7. and 286 weeks and counting.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I write these post under very difficult circumstances so just be happy that I am making any posts at all. If you have a problem with it then you are welcome to leave.

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  13. Arghh this is torture!!!!! Still a day to go before the final! All day literally doing nothing but visiting this blog! Plz keep the comments flowing and update with new post soon ok?? :-)

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  14. Well, I’m over the moon with this win. Two points though. The commentators can be idiots. Is it my imagination or does John McEnroe dislike Roger? He always seems to have negative things to say. His brother, Patrick, is much more objective.
    Second, thinking about Roger’s back. What if he received treatment in other matches when his back was seizing up. What comes to mind is Wimbly 2010 against Berdych. Would he have won that match? Clearly, his back was very stiff, poor movement on the court.
    The final will be all about belief and mental fortitude.

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  15. McEnroe has never been the same ever since he offered to coach Roger about 4 years ago, pre-Annacone, and Roger just never called him. Roger also never hit with J-Mac until IW in 2010 despite the fact Mac always publicly complained “I’ve never even hit with Roger.”

    Mac mades some truly asinine comments, like “Nadal is the best volleyer among the top 10.” What BS! He also hedges now whenever someone calls Roger GOAT, even though Mac proclaimed him GOAT in 2008 already.

    He did pick Roger to win Wimbledon this year, then reversed his pick prior to the Djoker match. Then switched back to Roger after he thrashed the Serb. So go figure.

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    veronica Reply:

    Thanks Candace for the info. Now I get it. I’ve always felt McEnroe disliked Fed although after every Fed win, he seems to love to be the first to annoint Fed as GOAT. But the moment Fed loses, he talks down on Fed. He is very contrary and jumps from one opinion to the next – the man has no substance. I used to respect him, but now I don’t give 2 cents to anything he says. Even when he picked Fed to win Wimby, I didn’t buy it. True enough, the moment Fed showed some weakness (in Malisse match), he changed his tune. And now he is back to his original tune again. Wow! the man is suffering from instability or what? I hope he doesn’t view his wife like that – “I love you, I love you not, I love…eh..you, I love you not…..” LOL!

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  16. Thanks Candace. I thought there must have been something on the personnel level. Some commentators are so biased and start to cut down the one losing the match.
    I have a feeling the people Roger hangs out with have good character including the players.

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