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.