Wimbledon Rd 4: Injured Federer def Malisse 7-6(1), 6-1, 4-6, 6-3

Hey guys, I’m still here! Surprisingly I got to watch some more tennis this morning when Roger played Malisse. It seems I may even be watching more tennis this week, as we are not able to work yet. I really hope I can watch the semi-finals especially if Roger makes it through. I am just happy that I am having some time off during the most important tournament of the year. I didn’t get to watch the whole match today but I did see the latter part of the first set and the second set. At some point during the first set Roger took an injury time out for what seemed to be a back problem. He came back not being able to serve properly or move well to his forehand side.

Malisse then broke at 5-5 and was going to serve for the set at 6-5. Things weren’t looking very good for the GOAT at all. But he is not called the GOAT for no reason. He broke right back and bageled Malisse in the tie break. He then went into JesusFed mode in the second set where he bageled Malisse again, playing some amazing shots in the process. I left the match and saw that Roger lost the third set. I was a little worried but relieved to see that he had won the match eventually. It was another heroic performance after the Benneteau match. It is clear to me that Roger wants this title badly.

In a lesser event he may have withdrawn, although that is something he very rarely does. I don’t know what the latest on his injury is but the fact that he completed the Malisse match and won is a very encouraging sign to me, both mentally and physically. Something similar happened in 2003 when he played against Lopez. You can read about it here. Roger also had to call the trainer and he was in a lot of pain. But as he played on he got warmer and started playing better. I think that is what happened against Malisse too. In the first set Roger seemed very stiff and in pain, but in the second set he seemed to warm up his injury and played better.

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I don’t know what happened in the third set as I didn’t see it, but maybe Malisse played really well. I was expecting a JesusFed performance today after what happened against Benneteau, but the injury did not allow for that. At least in the second set he was in JesusFed mode. I don’t know what happened after that. The big thing is that he fought through a very tough situation and got out on top like a true champion. He now has some time to rest and get his injury treated before his next match. So I am positive he will be ready for it. I don’t know the extent of the injury but if he could play with it against Malisse and win, I don’t see any reason he will give up now.

This is too good an opportunity to win #17 after the departure of Nadal. There has been a lot of drama and it reminds me of the 2009 French Open. It is as if there is a sense of destiny about it. We know how much Wimbledon means to Roger and if he wins it this year it would be a fairytale story. I think he should be ok against Youzhny and then he will have some more time to rest for is all important semi with Djokovic. Djokovic destroyed Troicki but I am not concerned with that. Roger is playing the underdog now and I am fine with that. It takes off some pressure. I just want him to be fully fit for a Djokerer semi and that is very possible.

Then he can go ahead and prove the doubters wrong once more. It’s a lot easier said than done, but at this moment I am fine with the situation. The important thing for Roger is to take it a day at a time now and get the best possible treatment for that injury so that once he steps on court with Djokovic, he is ready to play the match of his life. I don’t care that Djokovic is the defending Wimbledon champ. Roger has won this thing six times and last year Djokovic faced his whipping boy in the final. If Roger 3.0 is healthy in the semis I see tough times ahead for Djokovic…

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33 Comments

  1. Ruan:
    In the 3rd set, Malisse played very well, but it was not as if Roger gave it up. He got broken early which was poor, but he was in many of X-Man’s service games after that and made the guy earn it.
    I won’t talk much about the match as I have already talked about it too much, and I just finished completing my own article, but you’re pretty much spot on. Fed should be healthy on Wednesday and he feels confident that he will be.

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    Kyle Reply:

    Sorry for forgetting this, but I also want to say that in the 3rd, Fed was Xavier’s service games but could never fashion a break point.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Kyle.

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  2. hello ruan!i have been an avid reader of your blog for last one year but commenting for the first time.keep going .you are doing a stupendous job for Goderer fans like me.may God bless roger with good health to fight for the 17th grand slam.

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  3. This is what Jim White had to say about Fed’s performance in The Telegraph, London “The whip he applies to returns, the spin he puts in those chopped backhands, the easy mastery of the serves: he could play with one hand tied behind his back and still provide a succession of shots that make the admission to Centre Court seem the best value in the sporting universe.”

    A big salute to our Hero. Come on Fed! You can still do it as I believe the stars are definitely aligned with you, otherwise you won’t have crossed (or had to cross) the last two hurdles this way.

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  4. Even with his back injury, its a sublime performance by Roger. Reading other blogs, its amazing how so-called fed fans can write off Fed so easily. Not even a salute to how much fighting spirit he has. They have even started to write him off against Djoker #facepalm. I pray he recovers from his back issues and show those doubters that he can still beat the big guns when it matters.

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  5. Ruan, I’m not getting any emails for new postings. This has been going on for a week or two. I assumed this had something to do with your move. Just giving you a heads up. Congrats to Federer for pulling through another tough match. I hope his injury is minor and subsides until after the olympics. I think Roger is going to need a little luck for his next three matches and if anyone deserves it he does.

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  6. right on!!
    great post Ruan. i like the positive tone about it… i am lowering my expectations since Fed is hurt and Djoko looks sharp, but as RF said 9 yrs ago – “i hope for a wonder”…
    whatever happens i am so proud to be a Fedfan right now.

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  7. Hallo Ruan, first time writing here. As fed fan, I really like your blog. I keep your address in my google chrome tab. Always wait for your analysis after watching Roger plays. So, I kind of disappointed when you said you think you won’t have time to write for Wimbledon because of your job, and kind of excited reading all three latest post of yours. Refreshing, really….

    I want to ask something that has bothered my mind for sometimes. Many tennis experts said that Djokovic is too much to handle if Federer reach SF, I haven’t read others said otherwise (and that’s what I also thought watching Djokovic performance lately). But you wrote that you like Fed chances if he reach SF againts Nole. Since you are quite accurate about your prediction on RG, it gives me a little hope about Fed’s chances. Can you give a logical explanation how or why Fed can beat Djokovic if Roger reach semis? Thanks for the good blog. Keep up the good work.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Andy. Roger 3.0 as you know I call the Roger since the USO last year is well capable of beating Djokovic on grass. He has beaten Nadal this year in Indian Wells who is a tougher opponent for him that Djokovic and he has had some terrific results. If he serves well and his back is ok I don’t see why he can’t beat Djokovic on grass. He beat him last year on clay when Djokovic was playing better. Surely he can do it this year on grass.

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  8. I watched the match with my brother who has ongoing back issues and he was very quick to notice and point out that Roger was struggling. It was especially hard for us to watch when it became clear it was a back issue and we grimaced with him, or for him as he tried to handle it without too much show! But it was amazing to watch him pull through with style and phenomenal sportsmanship toward his opponent. I can’t bring myself to lower my expectations even with these circumstances because we’ve seen what Roger can do. My mantra will be “one match at a time”! Here we go…

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  9. Ruan, I agree with the positive tone of your write-up. Roger has more than a decent chance to go all the way in this tournament, especially with Nadal’s exit. It really doesn’t matter if he struggles to victory match after match, as long as his back holds up. Like you, I also feel the vibration of destiny in the air. The stars are aligned for Roger, and I know he’ll fight as hard as he can for that prized 7th trophy…. I also want to thank you for still blogging despite a move and a new job. That must be hard to pull off at times, so I salute you.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Balthazar, I try.

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  10. Hey, Ruan! Glad to hear you’re getting settled in the US. I myself am in the states on vacation 8D so i hope you’re enjoying the warm weather we’re having so far :-) As always, it’s great to read about your thoughts. Also wanted to share some great news I just recently came across: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-18686100
    Just adds to the long list of reasons one should cross one’s fingers for a Roger Federer Wimbledon win, eh? :-)

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  11. Federer played a great match even though he was injured found a way to circumvent his limitation and still go on to win. Yes it was a great performance in difficult times and we should congratulate him for it. But i think his performance is being slightly overrated.

    In the long rallies fed was putiin many relatively slower balls in mid court and malisse instead of taking them on was ready to oblige federer and do the same, he pulled way too many makeable shots,passing shots in the fist 3.5 sets uptill 2-1 in the third, . Fed is lucky his opponent wasnt playng very well. Roge was quick to realise his opponents condition and adjusted accordingly to make each shot even more akward for him. Some of his volleys were sublime and seeing that malisse was missing many balls moving forward he used the dropshot even more.

    Youzhny wont be as easy if roger is in the same physial condition. It should have more or less improved and lets hope for the best and another federer masterclass.

    Allex Roger!!!

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    Manu Reply:

    Alex? :-)

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    Anchit Reply:

    that should have been Allez! ! damn spell check

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  12. Congrats to Federer, straight set win. Youhzy looked deflated thoughout the whole match but a win is a win. Federer is going to have to be rock solid against Djokovic and play a sustained level of excellence through out his match. Anyways, I am both excited and nervous for Federer but always wishing him well. Djokovic played well today but he was broken several time by Mayer and Mayer blew all his chances to reinsert himself in the match. I think the semi-final will be a close one but a great one. Happy Fourth of July!

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  13. Youzhny’s wife/GF had a child only a few hours before the match started. This may have adversely affected his performance (good!) I fear for Roger against Nole, but I will be on the floor in tears if he can pull through. Whoever wins the Djoker-Roger semi will win W.

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  14. Roger, you danced like a butterfly and stung like a bee; you fought so valiantly through a 5 setter, through back injury; you showcased masterclasses for the pleasure of the Royals and Legends watching you. The stars are aligned, the stage is set, it is YOUR time, Roger. If it all (career) ends here in Wimby at 17, it is ALL worth it. NOW, go BREAK a leg or whatever and remove the stinking egg from your throne and TEACH him how to EAT grass properly, eh??!!!!! Love, love, love you, Roger! Sending positive vibes to you from each and every fan!! P/S And when you lift no. 17 and wag finger 3.0, know that we are all lifting that trophy and wagging that finger with you!!! ALLEZ Roger!!!!

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    sraman Reply:

    This reminds me of the song Black Superman and here is my twist of the same:

    “This here’s the story of the Swiss Maestro
    Who was christened the name Roger Federer
    He knows how to play and he knows how to fight
    And all the contenders were beat out of sight

    Sing, Roger, Roger Federer
    He floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee
    Roger, the Swiss superman
    Doom befalls on the other guys….Aaah..Allez! catch Him if you can

    Now all you Tennis fans, you’ve got to agree
    There ain’t no flies on Roger Federer
    He fills the arena wherever he goes
    And everyone gets what they paid for

    Roger, his game’s known to have said
    You watch me shuffle, my shot’ll jab off your head
    He moves like the GOAT He is
    And stands Tall among other guys….Aaah…Allez! catch Him if you can

    His game shows he’s the greatest the worlds ever seen
    The 6 time champion who came back again
    His game is so pretty you don’t see a scar
    Which proves He’s the King of the ring by far!

    Now Everybody – Sing Roger, Roger Federer……..!……”

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  15. Hi Veronica,
    Loved your bubbly comment, am with you all the way….Roger will win Wimbledon! #7, #17!
    The power of positive thinking!
    Ru-an, hope all is going well for you in USA. Miss you, keep us posted.
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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  16. I know it is a bit off topic, but I want to mention it anyway. I just read this nice informative article on the webiste of Querido rafa, where the autor assumes Rafael Nadal did have an injury when he lost to Rosol. In “tales of the Novrogmonster” the owner of this site writes following post:
    “So, Rafa announced today that his Alma Nadal charity match, scheduled for Saturday, July 14 in Madrid, has been cancelled, due to his knee injury. According to his statement, Rafa had treatment on his knee last Monday and has been ordered to rest for 15 days–which would mean he would resume training on July 16 at the earliest. (Play at the Olympics begins on July 28 and concludes on August 5.) My first reaction to this announcement was genuine surprise, because it’s kind of a big deal to cancel a charity event of this magnitude. (It does, however, make that tidbit from Neil Harman yesterday a bit more sensical–it seemed oddly irrelevant at the time, but now all of a sudden the pieces fit together.) My second reaction was along the lines of, #$%*!. Because the cancellation is such a big deal, Rafa obviously only would have done this if he absolutely had to, which means his knee is in pretty bad shape, which is extremely concerning, particularly in light of the fact that it’s already the second time this season the tenidinitis has reared its ugly head (he withdrew from the Miami semis and opted out of Davis Cup in April because of it, as well.). In the past few years, we’ve seen knee tendinitis wreak havoc on the careers of several top players, including Blake, Simon, Tsonga, and Monfils. Simon and Tsonga managed to come back strong after significant time away, while Monfils unfortunately is still recovering. Blake, at age 32, perhaps never had much of a chance to return to the top. So it’s scary. Even back in 2009, when Rafa missed Wimbledon due to his knee, he really was only out for about 6 weeks, and really he only missed that one big tournament, and then he went on to make it all the way to the semis at the USO despite the layoff. (Then again, he also went on to not win a set at the WTFs, so, yeah. It wasn’t a wholly smooth comeback.) My point is–this appears to be a persistent, somewhat treatment-resistant injury. Other players dealing with this injury have been forced to take 3-6 months off to allow the knee to heal. And the thought of Rafa having to do that at some point is somewhat unbearable. Every single tournament would be like this, like Wimblahdontcare! A slow boring procession of Novrogmuzz to the final/title. Every. single. Tournament”.
    The buzz is now all about ANdy Murray, and Novak and Roger Federer. I’m surprised how quick you’re forgotten by people in this world. No journalist still writes about Rafael Nadal. The buzz is all about Murray winning his first slam, and about Novak and Roger. Curious world we’re living in…!

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    stoyan Reply:

    Hi Wifried would like to share this fan`s opinion on Eurosport`s announcement about Nadal`s injury:
    “History repeats itself, doesn’t it? From what can be gathered in press reports, it appears Nadal received PRP treatment at least 3 times in 2010. One of the treatments was during the clay court season, right after Monte Carlo. Nadal claimed he only received a treatment at that time in his left knee, but “didn’t have time” to get one in his right knee. This, of course, is puzzling, since one might wonder why it would take longer to treat two knees at the same time and why he would simply leave one knee untreated. One possible explanation is that Nadal needed an excuse to get multiple PRP treatments, assuming the treatments were directly or indirectly providing some performance enhancement. That way, he can get double the treatments by alternating each knee (Dr. Sanchez insists that, “In our opinion a chronic tendinopathy must be treated with two or three consecutive infiltrations.”)
    .
    “I’m a little bit scared about the knee,’ Nadal said, and this time, he meant the right one.“
    To hammer his point home, Nadal presented another theatrical display of good sportsmanship and drama in a match against Philipp Petzschner (no stranger to dodging drug tests himself ). Nadal won, 6-4, 4-6, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-3, but, much to the dismay of Petzschner (who later said that he thought Nadal looked like he could have run for 3 more sets), Nadal called for the trainer on numerous occasions and received quite a bit of illegal coaching from his coach/uncle, making sure that everyone knew that he had another knee problem.
    Apparently, his fears were unfounded, as he went on to win Wimbledon, and was now fully set up to receive his next “treatment” before The U.S. Open, skipping Davis Cup to make sure that he was in “good health”.
    Nadal then received another PRP treatment prior to the hard courts and went on to win the U.S. Open. Nadal’s performance was quite impressive, particularly his serve, which suddenly had gained 10 mph from what it was just weeks before. This was quite surprising to the broadcasters, who brought a sheepish Nadal on the air to explain this amazing transformation in his serve. Nadal chalked it up to a simple change in his grip. This obviously seemed dubious to John McEnroe, who later surmised that Nadal must have been secretly working on this new serve “for years” before unveiling it at the U.S. Open. One might wonder whether McEnroe considered another possible explanation in line with a similar improvement seen in the home run hitting of Barry Bonds, but, if so, he never went there.”
    Make sense what is said….

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    rich Reply:

    Nadal’s knee injuries always seem to coincide with his losses, or near losses. What a sportsman. So this multiple grand slam champion has had chronic knee tendinitis for 7 years? What other top player can consistently beat rivals like Federer despite serious injuries? Nadal fakes injuries for two reasons: excuses when he gets beaten, and to get treatments (PRP) that don’t actually cure the problem (obviously) but provide a cover for getting the same kind of boost as Bonds and all the other great drug cheats of professional sport. These days, that appears to include most Spaniards. But don’t look to the tennis media to investigate any of that.

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  17. I watched the Murray-Ferrer quarter final and I must admit Murray’s performance impressed me.
    When he hit the decisive shot past the Spaniard, at the end of the fourth set, the whole team of the Scot stood up and cheered.
    A stoic coach Lendl however gave only an approving nod. After 3 :52 hours almost stuck in the pose of Rodin’s “Thinker”, his chin resting on one hand, the mentor and brains behind the transformation of British tennis hope Andy Murray still has a score to settle at Wimbledon, as it is the only grand slam tournament where the American never lifted the trophy in the air. Twice Ivan Lendl made the finals at Wimbledon : in 1986 Boris Becker was too strong, and a year later Pat Cash was as well. An Andy Murray title would be a form of ersatz for the gap in Lendl’s grand slam resume. The idea must be haunting, I assume.
    The collaboration with Lendl eyed very well from the start of it: immediately a title in Brisbane followed by a magisterial semifinal at the Australian Open against Djokovic. Although Murray lost, there were at that time already visible signs of progression in his on court demeanor as well as in his play : a more zen-like attitude, resulting in no more needless wasting of energy and more controlled agression in stead of the eternal counter punching approach.
    At Wimbledon, we can see again flashes of this transformation in Andy’s play. He’s lifting up his intensity level each time he wants to do so (as it was the case at the end of his matches in the third round against Bagdhatis and in the fourth against Cilic) or needs to do so, with the back against the wall, as it was the case in his quarter final against David Ferrer.
    Murray reminds me at the moment a bit of my own student time : when having seas of time, you’re thinking “it’ll be okay !!!”, and you’re leaning back… Only when the exam day is really nearing, when you’re put against the wall, you’re adrenaline starts pumping through the body. And Murrays starts firing aces and making winners…
    I think he’ll make the final and once there, he’ll have the support of a full house to eventually grasp the title from Federer or Djokovic.
    Exciting and compelling times coming up…

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  18. Think about that : in the last 37 majors, Federer has made the semifinal in 32 of them. He has lost 8 of them. The guy’s statitic’s are so unreal that i don’t understand how anybody (fedfan or fedhater) can say anything about this unreal athlete or start a debate about who’s the goat. The only thing you can say is wooooa. If you put in top of the results the style, the fitness and the character, you are talking about the second most respected man in the world.

    Respect to the maximum

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  19. What will be the scoreline between federer and Djokovic tomorrow? Any predictions?? I go for 7-5,2-6,6-4,7-6 Federer. Hoping to see a match preview from Ruan.

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    Jose Reply:

    Djoker will beat Federer 7-5,6-3,4-6,6-3. Federer simply wont match up against Djoker right now. Djokers serve is much quicker than Federers and his confidence is sky high. Federer has gone into a mental block against Djoker which he is currently having against Nadal. I dont see Federer coming out of that in near future. Anyways all the best for Federer

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    George Reply:

    Fed wins this and shuts every single doubters mouth once and for all, end of story. I know it is a very tough task, but my hunch says the lawn professor will teach ND a very useful lesson on this surface. He owes to himself to destroy him just for the two consecutive USO losses having double match points.
    Fed in straight sets.

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    V Reply:

    Its the Greatest of All time vs the Greatest of Thjis time.SO we will witness a great match and hope for the best.Fed in 4 or 5

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