Hey guys, couldn’t make a post yesterday since I couldn’t find a wireless connection anywhere. But I did get to watch some of the all important Djokerer semi. I only joined the match at the end of the second set. I was happy to see Roger won the first set. That was always going to be important. Djokovic then fought back to win the second set. The third set was once again going to be key. Roger was playing well but I felt he wasn’t quite aggressive enough and got involved in too many long rallies. At 3-2 on the Djokovic serve there was a long game where Roger had one break point I think and steered a forehand wide.
He wasn’t quite ready to take advantage but at least he was threatening. Then at 5-4 he had two set points, came to the net and hit a pretty tough volley deep to the Djokovic backhand. Djokovic tried to lob him but Roger put the smash away. The all important third set was in the bag. At this point I predicted Roger would win in four sets. At a set all the match was still in balance and Roger was not playing at his confident best. But winning the third set and playing more attacking tennis was starting to pay off and I expected to see more of that in the fourth set. Roger then broke straight away in the second game and consolidated for a 3-0 lead.
At 4-2 Roger had another three break points but Djokovic saved them all. The one break was good enough though to get the all important win. It was a very pleasing win from a fan’s perspective indeed. Especially after the last two slam losses to Djokovic. He proved the doubters wrong once more and is now in a great position to win slam #17. He will face Murray in the final, who beat Tsonga in four pretty tough sets. Roger had an easier time beating the world #1 than Murray had beating Tsonga. Roger was almost running away with the fourth set while Tsonga was threatening to come back after breaking back in the fourth set.
Roger is obviously the favorite against Murray. Anyone who doesn’t see that is blind. That doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. There will be a lot of support for Murray since he is the great British hope. Roger won’t mind much not having the crowd on his side though. He will still have support as all crowds like him. As always Roger’s serve will play an important part in this match. Free points on his serve always makes the job a lot easier. Then he needs to still keep it attacking. He must try to take advantage of Murray’s relatively weak second serve and forehand. Murray’s movement is good, but so is Roger’s.
Roger’s footwork and defense was very good against Djokovic. I just think Roger is overall a better player than Murray, even at 30. He just has a better serve and forehand. Also he is probably a better volleyer. He is overall a much better offensive player so he has to use that strength to beat Murray. Murray is a very good defensive player but Roger’s offense is even better. I think Murray leads the head-to-head 8-7 with Roger right now, but lost the two slam final meetings at the US Open and Australian Open, both in straight sets. I can see that happening again. Murray may have improved some with the help of Lendl, but he had a bad clay court season.
I don’t care about Lendl. Lendl couldn’t even win Wimbledon himself. I think Roger wants this more than anything and he senses what a great opportunity this is. He has won the big match against Djokovic but the job is not quite done yet. He must make sure he beats Murray to win that illusive #17 and regain the #1 ranking and equal Sampras’ record amount of weeks at #1. Winning tomorrow may just be the crowing achievement of his career and cement his status as the all time GOAT. It really is a massive opportunity. It may also be his last chance to win a slam, although if he wins it he will probably be the favorite for the US Open again.
But this really is massive. There is so much riding on this. Slam #17, #1 ranking, equalling Sampras’ 7 Wimby titles, equalling Sampras’ record amount of weeks as #1. I mean it would be peRFect if he can do all this at the most important tournament in the world. It just feels right. It feels like destiny if you look at the dream career Roger has had. I believe Roger will put in another JesusFed performance tomorrow and get the job done. There is just too much riding on this and as the champion he is he will rise to the occasion and take advantage of this massive opportunity. Because that is what champions do.