Wimbledon SF: Federer def Djokovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 to Make 8th Wimbledon Final

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.

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  1. You nailed it, Ruan. This is massive indeed. Perhaps even more massive than his French Open title and his 15th Major victory over Roddick. Why? Just to prove the haters and experts wrong, that’s why. Just to remind the world who the King really is. So many people are quick to dismiss Roger’s sterling accomplishments. Tomorrow he can really stick it to them, and shut them up once and for all. That would be so sweet, for a sense of justice would finally be restored. So let us all say a prayer for Roger Federer tonight, a prayer of best wishes, a prayer beseeching the Gods to grant him the strength and courage to take what is rightfully his.

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    veronica Reply:

    Love the comments, Balthazar!!! This will be so so sweet indeed. To me, shutting up the haters and experts is almost as important as Fed creating history!! Ha! Ha! Anyway, you better get out your thinking (poet) cap; pen poised; to write the greatest ode you’d ever write to the greatest champ there ever was when he lifts his 17th!!

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  2. Actually Fed played hugely attacking tennis throughout. Only made 10 UFE’s compared to 21 for Djoker. 3 rd set was so important, and Fed took his chances, second serve points won wa a ky factor as was serve placement. He mst continue this against Murray and get lulled into the Mrray sleepwalking mode of tennis. Yes, this is massive for him, and he knows it. He has pretty tough mentally and needs to keep that intensity and once he ha first set, close the door on Murray. It will be very tough but I agree, he really wants it bad! Come on Fed!

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  3. Ruan,

    FYI, your blog is as important to me, as the matches. It allows us to share our complete admiration for an awesome sports figure. I love sports, and have for years. I sort of like the fact that, here, in the U.S. I am somewhat of an oddity. By that I mean, that most folks just don’t get it. It’s gladiators and mental fortitude without the punches being thrown. I am skipping church tomorrow, to watch a God gifted athlete who is a great human as well. Go Federer. I don’t skip church for almost anything, so this is big. You all have a great day. G

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    veronica Reply:

    Lol Gary! Me too, Gary! Tennis with its gladiatorial and mental efforts without the punches is so much more appealing. Plus tennis players are more natural and classier without the “in your face” kinda egotism that is so prevalent in many sports (American football, rugby, basketball, etc) But I’m NOT skipping church though. Roger needs all the divine intervention that he can get!! Lol!!

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  4. Sorry you couldn’t see the whole match, Ru-an.

    It was short (two and a half hours for four sets), but intense. The first two sets went by in a flash, as one expects of grass court tennis. Luckily Federer struck first as he has never won a match against Djokovic when he loses the first set. The third set was where it really got interesting.

    Federer’s grass-court mastery was just too much for Djokovic. Usually it’s Djokovic who eats into Federer’s service games with his returns and beats Federer in long rallies. This time it was the other way around!

    Federer’s serve allowed him to relax on his own service games and take more risks on the return. He moves a little bit better on grass than Djokovic who was slipping and sliding so he was able to attack more readily from the baseline and come forward on the important points.

    Murray is a formidable opponent, and with Lendl helping him he’s playing smarter tennis than he has previously been. This won’t be nearly as easy as their previous two encounters in major finals, and I think expectations of a Murray choke are folly. Because of the home crowd and the fact that Murray didn’t have to face Nadal, there are a lot of X factors that will come into play and Federer will have to deal with all of them.

    Federer will have to raise his game to a higher level than he showed in the semis. As you say, if he serves well and stays on offense, he will come through. Regarding movement, Murray is quicker but Federer has superior footwork; he should be able to attack just a fraction earlier than Murray and that will prove key. Grass favors aggressive play and Federer must use the particular attributes of the surface to his advantage, as he did against Djokovic.

    Certainly he is capable of producing another masterclass on Sunday; the question is whether he can summon the will and heart to do it with so much on the line. This is just the latest of the many great trials he’s faced throughout his storied career and I hope he will rise to the occasion yet again. C’mon Roger!

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    veronica Reply:

    “Federer’s grass-court mastery was just too much for Djoko. Usually it’s Djoko who eats into Federer’s service games with his returns and beats Federer in long rallies. This time it was the other way around!”. Couldn’t agree more, Steve! It was surreal and was so deliriously satisfying watching Fed outplay Djoko. Didn’t know old gramps still had it in him. And like Mridul, I’m glad Serena won. If Rog wins, it would prove without a doubt that in tennis, the 30’s is now the new 20’s!! (See how many 30 somethings made it to the quarters – Ferrer, Malisse, Youzny, Benneteau)

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  5. Hi Ru-an! What a historical and long long awaited moment for us Fed fans! Two and a half years of drought. And in these two years we have talked so much, shared so much, up-lifted each other so much through this blog. Just want to speak my appreciation for you, Ru-an – especially now that you are in a new country, new job and without internet. It must not be easy. Thanks especially for the posts that you made since you left SA. This blog is in a good place and in good hands. Also, congrats, Ru-an, a lot of your predictions have been spot on!! And lately you have been very positive, confident and patient with Roger’s chances. I applaud you for this. About Murray. I’m a little worried. He seems to be nearly there; getting his first slam. He went through so much already; continually; – the losses, the massive chokings; the regrets, etc. One would think that he must have learnt, must have grown by now. I’ve been very impressed with his game and his mentality/emotions on court – not perfect yet but he has made great strides. I still believe Roger will win this as he will not let this golden opportunity pass by. But he has to be totally serious, focused and not for one moment think/underestimate that Murray is the same Murray as AO 2010 or USO 2008. I don’t think Rog 3.0 thinks like that anymore. He has to come out in typical Roger Federer guerilla warfare style, snuff out the first set and keep attacking. Murray always gets very intimidated when Rog gets aggressive and tend to go back to his shell. This will be what Roger wants – get Murray to go back to his shell. If Murray comes out of his shell, Rog can be in big trouble. I think this should be a cracker of a match and more tightly contested than the Djoko one. If Roger wins, he would be in a very good position to win Olympics and USO. If Murray wins, the floodgates would open for him and it would truly be the Big FOUR from thence onwards.

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  6. Until Federer finishes his job it is a bit immature to make comments but it is difficult to resist the urge. Federer first won the major at Wimbledon, surpassed Sampras’s tally of 14 GS at Wimbledon and is set to surpass the no of weeks at No.1 at Wimbledon. What a coincidence it would be!I never rooted for Serena until yesterday when I badly wanted her to win.The reason: she is thirty years old and older than most competitors and still she showed what a great player can do, be it at a prime age or at the age past the prime. I was so happy she won. That win should also have a telling effect on Federer’s performance.May the Providence grant Federer the 7th Wimbledon title, 17th GS and return to No.1 ranking!

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  7. Thanks for your post, Ruan. Was long waiting for it and rewarded for it, as you wrote us all a very nice post despite the difficult circumstances you’re in.
    You sound very positive with regard to the result , and I hope you’re right in this.
    I myself am a little bit worried about it and expecting somehow a very difficult match for Roger.
    I hope he’s well prepared for every type of eventuality and will execute well without leaving too many chances and half chances going begging the whole match through.
    I’m looking forward for a good result and hope Roger will level terms with Pete Sampras in number of Wimbledon titles and weeks being number one.
    Come on, Roger, let’s go and step it up one level more!

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  8. whatever happens today, i just want to share my feelings of gratitude torwards Fed. i am so proud to call myself his fan. what he did in these last 2 weeks was nothing short of incredible…

    to beat the world no 1 on the main satge, to overcome injury, bad patches of play, 2-0 deficit… to somehow maintain your form after more than 1000 matches on tour, maintain your desire after having won so many titles, to hunt for the top spot while facing such a tough, young, hungry opposition…to stay so dedicated while having family and kids!

    i admire Fed at this stage of his career so much more. he is unreal. once in a billion years phenomenon. i know i come accross as an idol worshiper but it is really not the case. i am well aware of the fact that Rog is a human being like me and you. this is what, at the end of the day, makes me admire him so much more.

    come what may this afternoon, thank you Fed.

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    veronica Reply:

    Beautifully said, Feddybear!!! I second every word!! I think Fed is easily the world’s most beloved figure.

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    veronica Reply:

    correction : world’s most beloved sports figure.

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    veronica Reply:

    Correction : the world’s most beloved sports figure.

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    Chris Reply:

    totally agree, but! I’m going to feel good no matter what result the final will bring. I felt sorry the last time RF won this title, sorry for Roddick who was trying to be there once in his life. If Murray wins this one, which I don’t expect, I will feel happy for him. Because it will mean so much to him, and his family, and his supporters, and his country. It’s different to win the first one ever, in what RF once called a 100’000 years for your nation, or to win #17. I want Roger to be the GOAT, but hey, he is the GOAT for me anyway! I will celebrate like crazy if he makes this one, it would be sooooo sweeeeet. But if Murray wins, I will feel good as well, even though I don’t particularly like Murray…

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  9. What a fairytale come true! What a nightmare for Murray, again. But seeing the girls watch their daddy win this, is unforgettable!

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  10. A great match fitting a final.Both players played their heart out and you gotta feel for Murray.He played a great match and Fed was just in a different mode come the third set.If you were not a fan of Murray,then you will surely become one now.I was really moved by his speech and really hope he lifts the trophy one day at SW19.
    But the GOAT showed why he is most dreaded on grass.And a welcome change at the top of ATP rankings.Hope Fed will hold onto this till year end and tie another one of Pete’s record of being ranked year end no1 for six seasons.Fed has done it for 5 seasons,this is a good opportunity for the goat to tie with his idol one more record.ALLEZ Roger Feder

    And Hard luck ANDY MURRAY(you won a fan today)

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  11. No.17, World No.1!!!!

    One more time for you Fed fans:

    “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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  12. I am so so happy for and proud of Roger, he fully deserves this one after what he did in the last few months!
    No one can ever doubt his will and resolve any more, and of course his status as the GOAT too!
    A big big congrats to Roger and his wonderful team!
    Have to say I was moved by Murray too and sincerely hope he will break the curse one day.
    Have a very good week ahead to all of us Roger supporters! Allez!!!

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  13. how well roger checked his emotions but the same is not true for all of us. oh my god !!! we have been waiting for this day for over two years. it is meant for us, the believers, we were talking about how roger missed his chance for becoming no. 2 by not opting to play at monte carlo. but it was the no.1 spot where he belongs and that was destined for him.

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  14. All i can do is quote Vily who quoted Saruman after the Indian Wells final:
    “Too long have these PEASANTS stood against you, but no more!”

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  15. Back to Number One for the 3rd time as I had predicted after the Nadal whopping at last year’s WTF !!!

    I was too afraid to leave comments after Madrid because that’s when I really felt my dream was getting closer to realization and I didnt want to jinx it by any means but you best believe I was glued to this blog since then, reading some encouraging posts to keep me going.

    After the 1st 2 rounds in this year SW19, The maestro had me near heart attack in each match ( Benneteau playing out of this world, taking an injury timeout against Malisse, didnt get to see the match against Youhzny but I was too nervous the whole day after his back issues came back, 1 set down against both Murray and Djoker) but again I felt like the stars were aligned for this incredible opportunity to snatch No.1 at his beloved Wimbledon !

    What a feeling !!! Victory tastes so much sweeter after a tough road and Federer is the master at sweet tasting ( next Lindt slogan please!)

    I want to thank Balthazar for his first post that made me say another prayer before this massive final, on behalf of all Fedfans across the globe !! I had been making prayers all throughout Wimbledon and I appreciated another poster asking for one last push !

    I cant express my feelings well enough but I just love the fact that Fed has stuck it to all these doubters, especially JMac !! Justice has been restored !! My life feels a little more complete now and I will be able to concentrate on other things now and use all this life lessons that Roger has given me and still does !!
    What a great Human Being !! What a fantastic Sportsman !! The Best Athlete that ever lived ( sorry Jordan, sorry Schumacher, sorry Tiger, Sorry Ali ) !!! Long live the King !!! Thats my idol on all aspects possible !!

    Its a Celebration guyz !! Cant get any better than this ( but you just never know with The Maestro !! )

    1+7= 17 Indeed !!!

    I will get to match analysis and the significance of his 7th Wimby later after Ru-an much anticipated next post ! I am sipping on Sailor Jerry and coke enjoying this feeling the best I can, my year is done after successful predictions ( Lebron winning his 1st ring that he so rightfully deserved and my Idol lifting a 7th Wimbledon and getting back to No.1)

    I feel like I’m high on life right now so I will let all of you enjoy this magical moment for Fed and his team and to each of you that contribute to this amazing blog !! What a ride it has been !!

    Cant wait for your glorious post GOAT Ru-an…

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  16. Roger was too good today. He is the GOAT!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    :-) Hope you are happy in your new job Mugray!

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    Andy Mugray Reply:

    Thanks! It’s going well so far.

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