Federer Faces Simon Test Tonight; Top Seeds Breeze at Australian Open
by Sean Randall | January 18th, 2011
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Roger Federer – along with the rest of the top seeds – breezed in the opening round Monday and Tuesday at the Australian Open. Federer pounded a hapless Lukas Lacko. Rafael Nadal didn’t break a sweat against the gimp Marcos Daniel. Novak Djokovic, Tomas Berdych, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, Robin Soderling and even Fernando Verdasco breezed in their respective openers.

With the start of the second round, things figure to get more competitive. Or maybe they won’t.

Tonight, in perhaps his first real test Federer takes on a man his has never beaten, Gilles Simon. Simon got Federer twice in 2008, taking down the Swiss in three sets at the Canadian Open and the Masters Cup. And we know Simon is playing well – the Frenchman just won Sydney.

But I think again Federer is firing hot and I’d be surprised if this turns out to be a match at all. I think Federer wins in three easy sets.

And the same for Roddick who takes on Igor Kunitsyn. Roddick’s won their two meetings and tonight I expect maybe one close set before Roddick pulls away.

Djokovic looked scary good as well on Monday and if he plays like that he could be a real factor come that final weekend. His path today takes him through Ivan Dodig. It shouldn’t be much of an obstacle for the Serb against this Croat.

Fortunately Wednesday, there are some matches which could surprise. While I’ll take Verdasco over Janko Tipsarevic, I think Janko could easily pull off the upset in this 50/50 match. And watch out for Phil Kohlschreiber against Tomas Berdych. Phil beat Roddick a few years ago in Melbourne and he could do it again to Berdych. That said, I think Berdych has regained some form this year and I like him to get through the German here.

About the only upset we did see in the first round (sorry, I cannot count Querrey or Gulbis) was the shock loss of Nikolay Davydenko to Florian Mayer. Davydenko’s dismissal is a boon for Verdasco and also Djokovic who had a good draw even with the Russian!

Overall, it was a very straight forward first round. We did get a lot of five setters and many comebacks. JW Tsonga got up off the mat this morning to beat the snakebit Phillip Petzschner. Tsonga’s countryman Gael Monfils did the same to Thiemo de Bakker who will be known for the choke of the tournament. And early this morning David Nalbandian toughed out Lleyton Hewitt in a near-five hour epic.

We also saw a flurry of new faces make an early mark. Bernard Tomic, Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori, Richard Berankis (plays Nalbandian next) and Grigor Dmitrov were victorious in their first round matches offering perhaps a glimpse of the future top on the ATP. In what could be a great match, Dmitrov plays Wawrinka today.

And it’s great to see Juan Martin Del Potro winning a Slam match. Thursday, I think he goes down to Marcos Baghdatis but he showed some good signs of life against Dudi Sela yesterday. It’s going to be a long road back for the Argetine. But it’s one big step at a time.

WEDNESDAY AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCHEDULE

Rod Laver Arena 11:00 AM Start Time
Justine Henin (BEL)[11] v. Elena Baltacha (GBR)
Andy Roddick (USA)[8] v. Igor Kunitsyn (RUS)
Venus Williams (USA)[4] v. Sandra Zahlavova (CZE)

Rod Laver Arena 7:00 PM Start Time
Jelena Dokic (AUS) v. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)
Gilles Simon (FRA) v. Roger Federer (SUI)[2]

Hisense Arena 11:00 AM Start Time
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[1] v. Vania King (USA)
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) v. Fernando Verdasco (ESP)[9]
Virginie Razzano (FRA) v. Maria Sharapova (RUS)[14]
Ivan Dodig (CRO) v. Novak Djokovic (SRB)[3]

Margaret Court Arena 11:00 AM Start Time
Tomas Berdych (CZE)[6] v. Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)
Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) v. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[8]
Rebecca Marino (CAN) v. Francesca Schiavone (ITA)[6]
Na Li (CHN)[9] v. Evgeniya Rodina (RUS)
Not Before:7:00 PM
Frederico Gil (POR) v. Gael Monfils (FRA)[12]


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376 Comments for Federer Faces Simon Test Tonight; Top Seeds Breeze at Australian Open

TGiT Says:

Go Fed! Get your revenge tonight!


M Says:

Gilles played wonderfully against Troicki in Sydney.
And he’s gotten faster.

But if Roger doesn’t let the grinding Gilles is capable of frustrate him, it’s Roger’s night, I think.

Allez Roger!


dari Says:

We have many hours till the fed-Simon match. I should go to bed early to wake up about 5 ET.
best to fed in the match, could be tough, but I think he will come thru in good form. Hopefully it won’t be too energy consuming!
May the best dad win.
Kill em dead fed!


M Says:

I was thinking early bed too, dari – ’cause early morning comes so early during AO season.

“May the best dad win.”
LOL. Cute. :-)


grendel Says:

yes, but what if it turns out that Simon is the best dad? will it be too late to switch….


dari Says:

Haha, grendel I thought about that just as I posted. Just a play on “may the best MAN win”, but who are we to judge these things!
For now I cheer on kohlschreiber vs berdych. Both are childless as far as I know


Nina Says:

A Federer upset? Could be…


Kimmi Says:

hello guys!

just in time to enjoy some tennis.

Nishikori up a break against davydenko slayer. Go nishikori.

Go henin. Go all the way


dari Says:

Kohls takes the first set from berdych, who is giving too much credit to the nickname “big berd” in his yellow shirt and shoes!
Long way to go in a major, but if he can start mixing up the pace more with berdych and keep his serve up, he’s got a great chance.
Let’s go, flip!


Kimberly Says:

No chance of a Federer upset. Come on! Rafa torched Simon at USO (of course there was the new father excuse).

I will go to sleep knowing full well that when I wake up Roger Federer will be in the third round of the AO11. Gulbis, Troicki, Nalbandian, even Petzchner I would not say that. But Simon is simply not dangerous in a best of 5 for a top 5 player.


Kimberly Says:

I think I picked Kohls and then was regretting it later.


Kimmi Says:

berdy strikes back in the second set


Kimmi Says:

hmmm, robredo up a break against fish in the second set. looks like a five setter this one. Didnt fish have a five setter in his 1st round? oh boy, he better win this one in 3, it is a very long road ahead!


Kimmi Says:

wow, impressed with nishikori. a break up in the second. go go go!


Daniel Says:

The Roddick match is incredible high level. Kunytsin returns are unbelievable.


Kimmi Says:

nishikori is pummeling mayer! 2 more games to finish the match. but what happened to that third set?


Kimmi Says:

nishikori thru :)


Kimberly Says:

Fish about to go bye bye


Kimberly Says:

Fish gone.


Kimmi Says:

i think verdasco will be following fish


dari Says:

Let’s get this, flip!


dari Says:

Haha, well, its a good thing berdych has the best smile on the atp, I can forgive him for taking away my kohlschreiber pick. I’ve got a lot to learn on this bracket stuff


skeezerweezer Says:

Kimberly

Contador

Responded back on the Bracket site.

A personal message to Hot Sauce;

“Car54 where are you?”


Kimmi Says:

berdy looking good today. is the confidence coming back? looks like it.


Kimberly Says:

Berdych looked great from what I saw. Excellent chance to play the quarters.

Verdasco looked really flat from what I saw.

Roddick winning easy but playing really defensive. I don’t understand why he does this. If he turned up the heat a little I think he could get that second slam.


dari Says:

Proud of berdy for seemingly shaking off that rubbish second half of last year. He is nice to watch on a good day. I don’t really see too much trouble for him to the quarters. He could be trouble for anybody in good form. Glad to see he is not juat fading away!


Kimmi Says:

hot sauce starting to hit the ball well, hope it is not too late.


Kimberly Says:

Verdasco came back from two sets down against ferrer.


stu Says:

phew, looks like i finally picked one upset correctly…GO Tipsa! No choking now!


Kimberly Says:

Set point number four verdasco


Kimmi Says:

c’moooon hot sauce..get the set. (i didnt pick him though)

YAY! game on!


Kimberly Says:

Hot sauce takes set three…..he is PUMPED now. Watchout. If hot sauce pulls this out he can go deep. Nikishori next round.


Kimmi Says:

apparently 5 guys came back from 0-2 sets down this tournament. can hot sauce be no.6?


Kimmi Says:

venus with another dress..haha! hope this is better than the previous one.


Eric Says:

I picked Verdasco in my bracket but I would LOVE if Tipsy won, which I hope he can. Otherwise, let the choke insults begin…
(My bracket is shot anyway, so…)


Kimmi Says:

eric – i picked tipsy. i think hot sauce is coming back in this match. he is playing much better. FH more aggressive. he is one of my faves, but i just didnt think he has it in him to win this match.

go hot sauce


Eric Says:

I see Woz is through 6-1, 6-0, making her 24-8 in games so far. Sure was stupid of her to switch racquets, she’s obviously playing horribly now.


Kimmi Says:

ah veradsco gives the break early…suicidal!


Kimberly Says:

I would say the hardest hitters on tour would be berych, delpo, soderling and verdasco.


Kimberly Says:

Uhoh,love forty


Kimberly Says:

Saved two break points


Kimberly Says:

Saved the third!


Kimberly Says:

Oh my Venus dress is not very pretty. Totally weird. Apparently she came really flat too. Seems to be picking it up. Dress is full of holes. The commentator said hopefully not representative of holes in her game.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Kimmi, Venus’ dress today is much worse than the previous one. Hideous! I hope her tennis isn’t as ugly as that dress.


Kimmi Says:

ah, venus dress is AWFUL. She says she is designing herself..well, she is a very bad designer! yack!


Lulu Iberica Says:

I see we had the same thought at the same time, Kimberly! I hate to see V like this. I prefer Serena, but love both sisters.


dari Says:

Venus’ dress is outrageous. I can’t believe she thought that was acceptable. The only good news is that it is not riding up.


skeezerweezer Says:

Well IF, a BIG IF, Fed gets through Simon, imo his draw has opened up to a smooth ride to the qtrs at least :). C’mon Maestro!

Tipsy is NOT feelin tipsy, quite sober he seems…


Kimberly Says:

Kimmi, hack agreed. Suffice it to say I will not be ordering that dress.


Kimberly Says:

Skeez, you know I’m not a fed fan but see my 8:19 comment.


Kimberly Says:

Sorry skeez I meant 8:16


skeezerweezer Says:

dari & lulu,

Venus …errrrr…outfit…..”air cargo?”


stu Says:

goodness, hot sauce breaks back in the most unimpressive of ways? whats going on?


dari Says:

Zahlavova forehand, wow!


stu Says:

Tipsa serving for the match again. He’s gotta seize this opportunity coz it won’t come again…


Kimberly Says:

Venus playing really flat. Looking really horrendous in that dress. I think this is the worst one yet.

I heard tipsy trying again to serve it out.


Kimmi Says:

verdasco is driving me nuts!


Kimmi Says:

2 match points. good on you tipsy


Kimmi Says:

hot sauce still fighting. is it too late


stu Says:

pretty entertaining match this,


dari Says:

The drama… it follows verdasco


Kimmi Says:

go verdasco!


scineram Says:

Tipsy won the match but had no challenge to prove it!


stu Says:

nando breaks back and im off to bed


Kimmi Says:

DF!! tie breaker!

C’mon verdasco..lets gooooooo!


Kimberly Says:

Stu you will miss the tiebreak?


Kimmi Says:

scineram – he didnt win it, the ball was OUT!


Kimmi Says:

verdasco pumped. everything is going in now!


Kimberly Says:

Not pretty. Verdasco is going to take this match I cant believe it. Good for my bracket. Feel sorry for tipsy.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Yay, go Nando! Now keep it up in the fifth!


Kimmi Says:

bad for my bracket kimberly..but gooo verdasco!


Kimberly Says:

Bagel or breadstick fifthbset?


stu Says:

Kimberly, couldn’t miss the tiebreak but there wasn’t much of it to watch :). Off to bed now, may the best guy win coz I like them both!


Gannu Says:

Skeez… stunned by your BIG IF.. you dont trust feddy bear?? Surprised that you have doubts about Fed’s ability to defeat Simon.. yes he has had a bad record… but this is Gslams and Fed is at his absolute best… and if he intends to get that rank No 1, he just cant afford to lose to Simon…


skeezerweezer Says:

kimberly,

I saw that but I commented cause you said you were going to sleep? Ahhhhaaaa! :)

Hot Sauce & the “Signature Sunglass Guy” going for the crowd pleasing 5th set.


stu Says:

breadstick. 2 games for tipper at the most!


Kimmi Says:

what a fight by nando! great come back. now win the fifth


Lulu Iberica Says:

Oh, I hateto see anyone double fault to lose a set!


Kimberly Says:

Venus playing terrible.
My friends I fear tipsy is done. He has tipped over. I’m voting breadstick!


scineram Says:

The ball was in. I think.
This is Hot Sauce-Ferrer all over again.


jane Says:

Awww, poor TIpsy tipped.

Verdasco hung in and it will pay off. Think i picked him so that is good, but i can’t help feeling for Tipsy. At least he didn’t “go away” like de bakker did after losing set 3, but that might make it hurt even more.


Kimmi Says:

scineram – the showed a replay (hawk eye) and the ball was out.


Kimmi Says:

Zahlavova takes the 1st set. we might not see more of venus dresses i am afraid.


Kimberly Says:

Show is over on hisense arena. Go home all, there is nothing to see there.


Kimmi Says:

venus injured herself. not looking good.


skeezerweezer Says:

@Gannu,

Yes, I guess I have a part of me that doesn’t want to get disappointed if things go awry…just don’t want posters to assume Simon is a lock to lose…..and by Fed winning it will be a good if not great win…not a coaster like others. They guy (Simon) has proven he can play.
But let it be know that Fed is my man! Go Fed!

Are you stayin up to see Fed? Don’t know if I can :(


Lulu Iberica Says:

Wow, that Zahlavova matching Venus in screeching as well as in playing tennis. I fear Venus is done for, perhaps for good. She never seems to have much energy these days.


jane Says:

Marino plays tonight, conty; unfortunately she plays Schiavone. It would be awesome if she could get a big win though. :)


Kimberly Says:

Looks like a bagel. And now Venus hurt.


Kimmi Says:

hot sauce, good on you. wish i would have believed on you and picked you on my bracket. oh well, i am happy you won. next nishikori..


Kimberly Says:

Verdasco is kind of hot. But I think when he stops playing tennis he may have some serious weight issues.


dari Says:

Kimberly, I think many, including the people in charge of the companies he models for, would call your “verdasco KINDA hot” a huge understatement!
Sucks for tipsy, fine for my bracket. Nothing can save it now except for maybe MARIN CILIC!


Kimberly Says:

Dari, I’m more a robin soderling, tom as berdych, Andy roddick type look admirer. Hot sauce not really my style, but couldn’t help but notice. He looks quite nice in red. And my fav, rafa is not my type either.


dari Says:

I don’t love verdasco myself, but Berdych is absolutely GORGEOUS. not my fave player but my fave looks. Something about hanescu, too. ;) you gotta admit Rafa is a cutie, cmon.
Must sleep a few before early rise. AO killing me already on the sleep pattern.


Kimberly Says:

I had to mute the tv. Couldn’t listen to the shrieking in this womens match. Night all! I will wish all nervous fed fans good luck even if you don’t need it!


Gannu Says:

Skeez.. I am in India and it is afternoon time here.. sadly i am in office..so just following all live scores…cant see the match at all :-((( Just will rely on fed fans here to give me a report as to how he is playing ;-)


jane Says:

Some sort of break throughs with Nishikori, Stakhovsky, Haase. Also Raonic, Dimitrov, and Tomic on the other side. This is good.

And wow Malisse pummeled Montanes.


Gannu Says:

Yes Jane.. interesting to see these young players.. but what i feel is that currently there is a huge gap between the top 10 and rest and would be interesting to c how this new generation fares against top 10.. For eg Marin Cilic has a disastrous record against top 10… barring Del PO none of the youngsters have shown that game and mindset reqd to beat the top 10 which is a diff league all together…Dont want multiple Gasquets ;-)


Lulu Iberica Says:

Ok, Dari and Kimberly, since you all started the hotness debate, I don’t mind joining in. Verdasco is hot, but there’s a hardness to his face that I don’t like. Berdych is undeniably very handsome. How anyone can find Soda good looking is totally beyond me! Roddick is cute in a ball cap. Remove the cap, and not so much! Rafa is like the man of my dreams, seriously. I know some people think he’s kind of Neanderthal looking, but I tend to find that look rather hot. Also, I love his boyishness and expressive face, cheekbones, mouth, arms, bum, on and on! A lot of good looking players out there. Sometimes I even find Fed rather handsome. I think I just like them all!


jane Says:

Oh my bracket is horrid, i picked tipsy to upset hotsauce. A lot of these couldve gone either way but best to stick to seeds. How did i pick gulbid to beat tsonga, the man couldnt even make it through round 1. Total bracket buster. Oh well, berdy seems to be playing well, i have him beating riiisshaard.


jane Says:

Very true Gannu. Will have to see how these players evolve and whether any of them can break through.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Oh, a friend who doesn’t follow tennis saw me watching Djoko play, and immediately said, “Wow! He’s very handsome!” I was like, “Really?” I realized later Djoko is a better looking version of her husband!


Gannu Says:

Almagro and Andreev in a massive topsy turvy match…Seems like Nalby – hewitt match!


margot Says:

Good very early morning tennis lovers from the UK.
jane this bracket stuff is very, very wrong for one’s moral compass, u keep actively wanting players u really don’t mind normally- to lose! Re pics in murraysworld, just click on last number, that’s how I found them.
dari: saw Big Bird at O2, head to foot in white strolling round court like he was at some Ascot garden party! So elegant.
Nina: loved your pic of Fandoly, but also like them giggling and hugging over net ;)
grendel, ged: last book of trilogy very spooky, following the shadow, that’s following him..liked others of hers.
grendel: hope u r brushing up on your chess.
Right, back to tennis…SO exciting, how is it possible to survive December?????????? ;)


van orten Says:

kohlschreiber has the worst bodylanguage ever..and berdych is the men´s circuit ivanovic…i believe he pumps it even more often ! annoying guy


van orten Says:

baby fed vs wawrinka now..could be a close match..at least the first set is


Rick Says:

Simon Gillies would gives Federer a real threat! If it goes to five sets, you have to hand the match to Gillies. Especially with with Federer’s bad five sets record. Simon had won in Sydney. He is being known as Federer’s nemesis. Sean, how you made your pick! But anyway, people never take your words with credibility.


Rick Says:

Gillies has a pretty good chance against Fed Allstop. I don’t think that, Fed could wins many 5 sets matches. You know he won the YEC last year. But the final used to be in a 5 sets match. And also, Nadal was tired playing Murray the other day. Murray should has been in Federer’s draw at this Aussie Open, instead of Djokovic.


Rick Says:

Nadal is heaps better than Del Potro. When he returned from injury in 2009. He already made it to the semi at the US Open. Simon Gillies, Nalbandian were playing bad when they returned.


Rick Says:

Really the last thing I want is Nadal and Federer being in the final. We already knew that, Nadal kicked Federer’s arse. And haven’t we got sick of them playing in these exhibition matches? I am bored with that.


Farley Says:

Don’t worry, at this time Federer will win easily against Simon, sound and sign very clearly, win in three sets.


Gannu Says:

Thanks Rick for your enlightenment…Please please be there even after the Fed-Simon match gets over.. would love to hear your feedback and assessment of the match…


van orten Says:

rick go to bed please


van orten Says:

and after you woke you will see that it was just a bad dream lol


van orten Says:

woke up of course


van orten Says:

wake up, man i should go to bed as well


Kimo Says:

Djoko not looking too impressive tbh.


mat4 Says:

Djoko has just won the first set against Dodig.


Kimo Says:

Fed vs. Simon…Here we go.


Kimo Says:

How Federer can hit a forehand from his shoelaces while moving forward without setting up for the shot is beyond my comprehension.


van orten Says:

simon already showing his gameplan…counting on a possible fed inconsistency


Kimo Says:

Simon can’t hit through Fed. If Fed keeps his winner/unforced error ratio decent, he’ll win in straights.


van orten Says:

too many forehand errors by fed in this one game..could have finished him off 3 times


Kimo Says:

Fed is dominating every single rally. He doesn’t win every point, but he’s dominating all of them. He’s running Simon ragged.


dari Says:

Margot- Thx for the berdy all whites image. I had begun to notice a preppy/elegant look on him, as I always see him with the collar up!
The pace of play in the fed-Simon match is dizzying and frightening. Glad for the break. Let’s go, Rog!


Kimo Says:

Fed’s service games barely last 90 seconds. Simon must feel like he’s the only one who’s serving out there.


Kimo Says:

Roger is scary good right now. His groundies are laser guided missles.


Kimo Says:

Another break :)


Kimmi Says:

djoko lost the second set. apparently he was 5-3 up in this set


van orten Says:

hahahah kimo ..yeah and running tooo


Kimmi Says:

why is djoko letting this guy hang out…obviously he has a big serve but apart from that …..


Kimo Says:

Roger’s serving pattern has changed since last fall. He used to prefer serving down the T on the deuce side, but ever since the indoor season, he fell in love with the off-paced serve out wide. Also, he’s not going for aces as much as he used to.


van orten Says:

he is mixing it up pretty good …djoker hasn´t found rhythm yet


Kimo Says:

I wish every Fed fan could watch this match, coz Fed is putting on quite a show.


Kimmi Says:

simon holds


Rick Says:

Gillies has pretty good chance against Federer. If not just give Roger a really difficult match. Then he would gets his arse kick in the next few matches. He is getting tired. Despite he is always getting an extra day rest in every tournament he plays. Haven’t you guys notice that, he always gets to play first, rather he is seeded one or two in every tournaments.


grendel Says:

Djokovic looking lethargic and tentative – and a touch puzzled. Shadow of the player of 2 days ago. Still, he’ll win, and he’ll have got the bad match out of his system. Meanwhile, just because the match is allegedly exciting – it actually isn’t, Dodig is dogged but not much more – I’m not getting the chance to see Fed/Simon. Seriously irritating…


Rick Says:

Simon just return to his normal self and won Sydney. Federer would pees in his pant!


van orten Says:

what is your problem rick? i have thought this board has overcome the childish anti- fed or anti- nadal comments


Kimmi Says:

federer has always won the first set easily against simon. the sets that follows are a test here..keep it up rog. go go go


Kimo Says:

Roger breaks to start the 2nd set :)


Kimo Says:

just ignore him van orten and he’ll go away.


dari Says:

ESPN won’t let me see


Rahul Says:

nice to see fed open the 2nd set with a break. hope he maintains the pressure and doesnt ease up. sick of his 2nd set lapses!


Kimo Says:

Guys, relax. We all know how the 2008 losses to Simon happened. The first loss was his first match after the 2008 Wimbledon final loss. The TMC loss was when Roger’s back was injured.


dari Says:

ESPN won’t let me see fed, but djokovic making up for things in the third so far. Love his speed.
Keep it up fed.


MalaMo Says:

@Rick Fed will pee alright, but out of joy! :)


Gannu Says:

Oh my goodness.. fed in awesome form.. cant see the match.. but guys hows feddy bear playing good bad??


Kimo Says:

I’m really sorry you’re missing the match Gannu. Fed is sublime. He looks like a man on a mission.


grendel Says:

djokovic broken twice, match clearly over – but still they persist in showing it. Djokovic is showing signs of brilliance, but also rank mediocrity – the match is a yawn. At least it sounds as if there is some great tennis to watch in Fed/Simon, even if it’s not competitive. So why aren’t they showing it?


Gannu Says:

Thanks a million Kimo…. As long as he wins i am fine.. just want him to take his 17th Gslam right now ;-))) Bring on… The emperor and God is wanting more ;-)


grendel Says:

i meant, of course, Djokovic HAS broken twice


van orten Says:

dodig completly ran out of gas ..


Kimo Says:

Another break :)

I’m starting to feel bad for Simon. He must have thought he had a shot at making it competitive since he was just about the only man not to be defeated by Fed before.

This is quickly turning into a slaughter.


Kimmi Says:

djoko back on business. dogic looks in resigning mode


van orten Says:

fed is awesome..guess they are waiting for the djoker to win ther 3rd set


Kimo Says:

Mental walkabout from Fed there. No worries. He’s still up a break.


Kimmi Says:

Focus fed!


Gannu Says:

I hope really that fed plays like this all throughoutthe tournament.. and now that shank gives simon one break back.. concentrate fed…(just manage dto cathc some glimpse in the office ;-)


van orten Says:

simon is taking advantage now of the inconsistency haha


grendel Says:

Finally Eurosport shows sense – and just in time to see Fed broken. Fed attacks Simon serve – but Simon gets them back easy; he’s a great, great defender. Looks like we might be in for a match.


van orten Says:

that is the one tiny difference between him and nadal ..nadal does not rest in a situation like that till his opponent is finished and wants to go home to mami


Gannu Says:

Oh God concentrate fed… again he is shanking.. should stop seeing him now i guess


Gannu Says:

excellent defense from Fed man..on this form Simon could have gobbled up nadal.. fed is somehow holding him off


Kimo Says:

Fed had to grind that game out, allow himself to regain his composure.

grendel, despite Simon’s great defense, he was nowhere near Fed’s winners in the first set and a half.


dari Says:

Whew, I stepped away for a sec, looks like fed squeaked out his hold game. Ok, he’s got to cut off Simon NOW.


Kimo Says:

Amazing forehand to wrap up the set. Minor hiccup at 4-1, but it’s nothing to write about. Just one of those “What the hell is wrong with Fed?” moments.


van orten Says:

love to see a match like that ..


Gannu Says:

Sublime sublime…Thats heavenly.. Nobody is better than Feddy bear in shot making in tennis! No one even comes close… When Fed is On – its a treat for the eyes!!


Gannu Says:

Yes kimo..unbelievable forehand.. Mirka the boss i happy ;-)


dari Says:

Does it hurt/ is it draining to play that good for fed?


grendel Says:

nice pullback from fed to take the set – but from last 3games, only ones I’ve seen, it is clear why Fed can have such trouble from Simon. I don’t think for one minute Simon will go away – Fed’s going to have to fight to take the next set and match – should stand him in good stead, an excellent test.


grendel Says:

Kimo – I believe you. But Simon is one of the very few players who doesn’t get phased by Fed’s brilliance. Smashed all over the court for a couple of sets? o.k., fair enough. Now for the next set. What have you got to offer? Simon is a bit like Murray, after all – not Fed’s favourite opponent.


Kimo Says:

Earth to Fed, the match is not over.


van orten Says:

now he is in typical fed mode


Kimmi Says:

fed concentrate pls


van orten Says:

it s funny to watch simon think he could win vs fed with a game like he has..fed please wake up again and finish this guy off!!!


Daniel Says:

Damm, Federes is 165-0 when winning first 2 sets!


Gannu Says:

Ohb God Simon broke… come on fed.. dont lose concentartion.. please..in straight sets


van orten Says:

missing too many easy forehands now!!1


Daniel Says:

Federer got tired in the last rally.


Kimmi Says:

UE cripping up


Kimo Says:

TBH, Simon changing his gameplan and Fed’s level dropping a bit is why this match is suddenly competitive. For the first set and a half, Simon played all his groundies to Fed’s backhand. He was predictable and it hurt him. Now he’s mixing it up a bit.

And Federer, well, in last years’s final he fell 2-5 to Murray in the third set and still won it, so I’m not too worried, even if Simon manages to pull a set off.


van orten Says:

come on fed stay offensive


grendel Says:

I can’t believe it, we’re back to Djokovic/Dogig match – what kind of nightmare of stupidity do the Eurosport organisers inhabit. I’ve just hearrd Simon has broken Federer – not surprising, in my view, that is a match. A real match. The D/D game is not any more, if it ever was. It is over. If I shake my head any more it’s in danger of falling off.


Gannu Says:

Simon up double break.. disgusting.. dont want to see any longer…i am too nervous now


Kimo Says:

Gannu, grendel: switch off your TVs and go to sleep. You’re jinxing my man.


Daniel Says:

Simon has more consistancy right now. I didn’t saw he miss a single Unforced Error this set. Fed is sweeting buckets and missing shots, plus Simon is returning all his serves.


van orten Says:

full credit to feds unforced errors!! easy ones no sense at all to drop his level so much !!!


dari Says:

I worried about the pace of the first two sets catching up with fed. He will have to do some digging now
Kill em dead, fed.


van orten Says:

simon is getting on my nerves ..didnt want to say it earlier…but i never liked his game..


Kimmi Says:

will simon be the other guy coming back from 2 sets to love down@#$%???


Gannu Says:

Kimo i ahve already changed the channel… i cant sleep anyways… So i will pray that fed takes this in straight.. this is frustrating.. come on fed dont lose ur hold and take this match in straight sets….


Gannu Says:

No kimmi.. please dont feed negative thoughts here at all.. dont want any kind of dubious record that simon should have.. Please only positive thoughts.. come on feddy.. take this


van orten Says:

he is getting passive again on breakpoints


van orten Says:

hahahah


van orten Says:

by the way i think its normal fed dropping a bit of level.-.simon is like a rubber wall..and the court seems pretty slow so


Daniel Says:

Ace some please, it’s good to have some once and a while!


Kimo Says:

Ok Fed, you have to snap out of it NOW. What’s wrong with you?


Daniel Says:

3 straight breaks, now he can’t hold serve anymore?!


van orten Says:

hahaha it s getting funnier and funnier that match..how can he let him back into the match like that??? as i said before nadal would be under shower already even djoker ..not so the maestro


Kimmi Says:

federer is doing exactly what djoko was struggling with in his match…they both are so tense. hope fed comes back too…


Kimo Says:

I give Simon his due credit, though. He’s playing A LOT better.


Daniel Says:

After Fed was up 4-1 in the second set, he served 5 times, got broken 4. He better wake up soon.


van orten Says:

not really better if u watch closely


Kimmi Says:

federer of old wouldnt do this. no way he is winning this tourny playing like this!


van orten Says:

90% of the points are on federes racquet


Gannu Says:

Really worried now.. whats happening Fed..wake up.. THis is pretty annoying and damn frustrating.


Kimo Says:

Ok, now Fed breaks again. This set is pretty weird. From both guys.


van orten Says:

i m watching this without commentary ..simon is screaming all the time and swearing in french hahaha


Kimo Says:

Kimmi Says:

“federer of old wouldnt do this. no way he is winning this tourny playing like this!”

Fed played like this against Murray last year and still won.


Gannu Says:

Kimmi i agree.. Federer of old would have thrashed Simon in thrird set.. wonder how he plays so well two sets and then suddenly dips so fast… just shocking… This is why fed is never a lock-in to win these days even if he is playing well.. he has these strange mental paralysis.. inexplicable… really…


Daniel Says:

4 serve breaks in a row!


Kimmi Says:

at least he is breaking back, he has a chance if he can hold here. i dont believe i even type that..”if he can hold” ha ha.. federer normaly hold serve easily.


van orten Says:

the good thing is this match could give him consistency needed for long rallies throughout the tournament !!!


Kimmi Says:

phew! back on business, great hold.

djoko with 2 match poinst.. miss one. gets the second. tough but he was able to hold it.


Daniel Says:

Djoko pass his test, let’s see if Fed passes his, fast.


Rahul Says:

His lapses are becoming far too frequent. He may get away against lesser players but you cant do this against the top guys.

If the shots stop landing in, I think he needs to work the point a bit more instead of trying to hit his way out of trouble.


Kimmi Says:

4th set here we go!


Daniel Says:

It’s official, Simon really is annoying to Federer. 4th set!


Kimo Says:

Simon only won the set coz Fed’s not even on court anymore.

Hope he comes back in the fourth.


van orten Says:

i hate when commentators dont see the truth and the truth is : fed making 4 unforced errors in this last service game !!!1


dari Says:

Roger needs to make sure he stays positive, and so do I! What to do in the fourth?! Go Roger, go!


Kimmi Says:

apparently simon is hitting thru federer now.


Gannu Says:

Oh God.. i am off… i just cant bear this tension anymore.. wonder where madmax is.. atleast she can give me some soothing comments ;-)…. Buy fed fans.. cant see any more… real nervous..


van orten Says:

more first serves into play free points …he has always a chance on simons service games…he had them in that last one too


Kimmi Says:

back hand is leaking so much..c’mon fed HOLD!


Daniel Says:

Fed is not geting to backhands as he were in first 2 sets, he is not even positioning himself to defend with slices, missing a lot.


grendel Says:

So, 3rd set to Simon. When he first beat Fed, they said it was a “one off” or words to that effect. When next Simon beat Fed, Simon remarked wrily that perhaps it was a “two off”. Make no mistake, this is a match to the death for Federer. Simon – once he has found his feet – is a nightmare for him, and it will be very interesting to see if the much touted improvements to his game enable Federer to finally get to grips with Simon’s game. A convincing win is necessary if he is to have any chance to win the tourney. There are other even more difficult players than Simon left.


Kimo Says:

grendel said:

“Simon – once he has found his feet – is a nightmare for him, and it will be very interesting to see if the much touted improvements to his game enable Federer to finally get to grips with Simon’s game. A convincing win is necessary if he is to have any chance to win the tourney.”

Exaggerating much?


Daniel Says:

wrong foot drop volley, nice!


Kimmi Says:

federer shots dont have bite now..this match is tricky


Daniel Says:

What a lobby. This game Fed should have won. Made 2 easy backhand mistakes and this volley where he should finished the point. He was 15-40, with a chance to make Simon play behind.
For his sake he is putting a lot of first serves in, to help him close his serve games.


van orten Says:

simon is annoyingggggggg


grendel Says:

2 break pts for Fed, weakly surrenders one of them. Then on game point, easy volley put away – so tentative, Simon takes it. Simon is undoubtedly in Fed’s head. Federer is looking weak.


van orten Says:

he has to take the wind out of simons sail!!!!the wind is the stupid UE´s


Kimmi Says:

those two break chances he missed earlier were very important. hope he can generate more chances for himself


van orten Says:

80% of feds volleys are dropvolleys. annoying too!!!


Kimo Says:

grendel, I love how any unforced error Federer makes must have a “mental” indication to you. You know, tennis players use their arms and legs too, and sometimes technique fails them. Smoetimes they have bad shot selection.

It doesn’t have to be “mental”. This is not poker.


Kimmi Says:

simon now concentrate on fed back hand. BH completely gone. the FH is leaking too. ah!

there BH error! AGAIN!

C’mon fed..dont get broken now!


Kimmi Says:

aaaaagh simon has a chance here


Daniel Says:

Fed’s backhand drop so much. Fed is losing a lot of points where he was in control, like this last one.


Kimmi Says:

HOLDS! phew! OK, now what??


van orten Says:

better he has an off day today and wins this than later on in the tournament against more competitive players !!!


grendel Says:

dreadfully casual halfvolley from Fed, Simon runs down – boy, is he quick, quick as Monfikls? – Mirka face in hands. Not surprised. Huge bit of luck with netcord keeps Fed in service game. At moment, Simon on top. Can Fed turn it around – or will Simon choke? If it carries on like it is, Simon wins.


Daniel Says:

Simon makes Fed hit more shots than he usually do in an entire match, I think age is getting a factor here. A lot of his mistakes seems like he got tires. The backhand erros is because he is not bending enough, not moving his legs properly. That’s my impression, since Simon make no winners all points are grinding. Not even Nadal, and Murray who give Fed a run for his money, play like this all the time. They finish some points qyuckly when they get the chance. Simon doesn’t know how to win a point with less than 4 shots.


Kimmi Says:

federer is now scared to go for his shots, he is tentative on his shots..aaaagh!

i am worried..very worried now.


Daniel Says:

grendel, please, 3 straight sets over Fed, who is playing not great, but not awfull?!


Kimmi Says:

C’MON! Yes, bring those c’mons!


Kimo Says:

That forehand to go up 40-15 was the first forehand Federer went after in two sets, and you can see how devastating it is. The problem with Fed right now is that he’s playing down to Simon’s level. If he plays to his own, he’s good.


grendel Says:

better service game from Fed and one lovely wrongfooter. This is SOME match.


Daniel Says:

Go Fed, this is the game to serve for the match.


Daniel Says:

Well, by his screem he knows that now is THE time to break.


Kimmi Says:

nah! now he needs to hold. dangeR time now!


Gannu Says:

I am going to die of an heart attack anytime..cant take this any longer. JUST KILL HIM FED


Daniel Says:

Simon is really annoying!


Kimo Says:

What’s with Roger and all the loopy forehands?! If I wanted loopy forehands I’d watch Nadal.

Go for it, man!!!


Kimmi Says:

danger game this is!

0-30


grendel Says:

Fed wins long rally by slowing the pace – why doesn’t he do this more often, don’t think Simon likes it – to gain deuce.Clever play. Then the aweful ues again. Well!


Kimmi Says:

0-40 oh no!


Kimo Says:

What the hell is going on?!!!


pigirl1 Says:

oh no simon breaks!!!!


Kimmi Says:

oh no! not looking good. simon breaks


Daniel Says:

Damm Fed lost all 4 points with second serve. He got into Simon’s trap. He should blast the ball instead of engaging in rallys like Simon wants.
Well, let’s see if Simon got his right on winning. The closer he gets the nerves will show up, eventually. He is no Nadal in the mental department.


pigirl1 Says:

fed pls break right back you can do it!


Kimmi Says:

now I starts to really worry


dari Says:

We need fewer errors and some federmagic here.
Gooo Rogerrrr


van orten Says:

this is very poor tennis by fed!!!he is gifting all the hard work to a tennis parasite like simon…how many more errors is he goin to produce ???


pigirl1 Says:

and fed dumped a forehand to go down 30-0


grendel Says:

5th set? On play so far, Simon huge favourite to win. But: I’ve seen Simon choke before, though I don’t think he will today – he believes he has Fed’s number. But: can Federer pull himself together? All very well to play brilliant when your opponent is sluggish – now we need to see if Fed can dig deep. Should be illuminating.


pigirl1 Says:

wow simon put an easy passing into the net! 30 all


Gannu Says:

all gone down the drain.. shocking set of developments..cant believe what i am seeing.. very disappointed and devastated now


Daniel Says:

2 forehand returns out when attacking second serve.


pigirl1 Says:

deuce!


Kimmi Says:

simon has passed fed like A LOT!


Daniel Says:

van orten,
“tennis parasite” was the best description to Simon’s game.


Kimo Says:

Ok. Now I’m worried.


Kimmi Says:

OK..time to go to work


van orten Says:

fed is done ladies ..incredible how bad he is mentally against a guy like simon!!!! incredible


Daniel Says:

If Fed loses this match I won’t see this AO anymore. He can lose later, but to Simon, really?!


Kimo Says:

Fed’s forehand is off. His backhand is off. His serve is off. His movement is off. How can one play so brilliantly for a set and a half and then totally suck for two and a half sets.

Pull yourself together, Rog.


Gannu Says:

Well done 5th Set… Gone Federer..u are not Fed of old… another record gone… after 165 matches you lose when you have won first two sets.. great well done..


mat4 Says:

Fed is just playing bad.


van orten Says:

he choked so badly in those last points oh my god !!!!


grendel Says:

Again, clever play from Fed, he slowed the pace down, Simon non-plussed, Fed nearly breaks back. Tried the slowing down again, it was working perfectly well, but Fed just couldn’t resist it – went for it – thankyou very much says Simon. There is a way to beat Simon when he is playing well – will Fed have the nerve to employ it in final set?


Gannu Says:

Daniel same sentiments here.. i will just stopp seeing AO..would just not have any interest…care a damn abt what happens…shit…just shocking and frustrating.. cant belive what’s happening


Daniel Says:

The problem is since he start making errors he is afraid to go for the lines more and his shots, even attacking shots are returnable by Simon. They are showing flashes of first set and his forehadn was poping. He has to revert to that and serve great.


grendel Says:

If Fed is playing bad, it is because he has been under intense pressure from a player whose game he doesn’t like one bit. He was in perfectly good nick in the beginning.
This 5th set is a real test of character for Federer. It could do him a lot of good. Or…..


Kimo Says:

Simon has got to be the fastest guy on tour. Rafa himself isn’t this fast.


Daniel Says:

Or drops! Simon doesn’t like playing in the net.


Daniel Says:

He needs an earlie break to feel his self again and run with it.


Daniel Says:

Simon level has to drop a little?! no, he is getting better.


scineram Says:

Deep dig from 0-30. Break now!


grendel Says:

courageous play from Federer to fight back from 0-30 and hold.


scineram Says:

Needs more consistency against second serves.


scineram Says:

Great return. Then shank. Simon has no first serve in this game, but 40-30.


scineram Says:

Backhand error, Simon holds without first serve.


Daniel Says:

Fed can’t play 5 points with no mistake. If he manages that he will break Simon. All Simon’s serveice games will be playable, Fed’s not. Simon will depend on a walkabout form Fed.


Kimo Says:

Simon is not letting up. Sean Randall was right when he called him indefatigable.


grendel Says:

phew! for once Simon thrashes an inviting ball into the net at 30 all. Federer still giving Simon what he wants – Simon thriving on Fed’s power. Play it soft, and Siomon is scratching his head…


Kimo Says:

Whenever Fed goes for a winner he gets it, he ust isn’t going for them anymore.


scineram Says:

Simon misses some. BP! Still no first srve.


Kimo Says:

RRRROOOOOOGGGGGGGGEEEEEEERRRRRRRR!!!!!!!


scineram Says:

BREAK!!!!!!!!!!!


scineram Says:

He fistpump like Hewitt.


Daniel Says:

grendel,

You were right. Federer removed pace and Simon missed 2 balls when attacking.


grendel Says:

Fed’s patience did it – that was character.


Kimo Says:

Roger is cheering “Allez”, which is unusual from him outside of RG. I think it’s because he wants to be in Simon’s face.


Kimo Says:

You know, Simon can generate decent pace on his own.


scineram Says:

5-2. Is He through??


grendel Says:

it’s premature, but Fed’s play is very gutsy right now – that test of character is looking like “pass with distinction”. But – still a match.


scineram Says:

Good drop. 0-15. 3 points to go.


Kimmi Says:

he just need this win rog..

then he will relax afterwards!


scineram Says:

Another drop! 0-30.


Kimo Says:

Lo and behold, the Fed of the 1st set is back, baby!!!


Kimmi Says:

3 MATCH POINTS. Go rog


scineram Says:

Chip and charge. 3 MPs.


Daniel Says:

Perfect game for Fed. Drops and nchip and charge to set match points.


Kimmi Says:

one served


Kimmi Says:

no s/b one saved

2 saved..c’mon fed!


scineram Says:

He is rushing. 30-40.


Kimmi Says:

Noooo, duece. c’mon fed


Kimmi Says:

i dont like when fed misses match points…lets go fed!

Now your serve


scineram Says:

5-3. Simon is unbelievable.


Daniel Says:

Worst thing Fed could do is set 0-40 game and let Simon hold. Now you better show the champion you are Fed and serve the match out!


pigirl1 Says:

30-30 Federer two more points!


Kimmi Says:

soooo tense..duece


Daniel Says:

The net is hating Fed today!


Kimmi Says:

5 match points


Kimo Says:

FINALLY!!!!!!

I have a newfound respect for Simon. I didn’t think he’s manage to take a set off of Fed, but then again I didn’t expect Fed to play this badly in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th sets.


Kimmi Says:

thank god..rog..congrats for getting the first win against simon

simon is a figher too


Daniel Says:

UHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF!!!!!!

Fed’s mind right now!
Improving the 5th set record: 18-14, and 166 matches won when leading 2-0 in Grand Slam.

Now Malisse, who used to bother Fed in juniors.


van orten Says:

incredibleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


scineram Says:

What is he saying to Courier?


grendel Says:

well, thankyou Simon. He forced Federer to go right to the depths – and find gold there. This victory will do so much for Federer’s confidence, the best thing that could have happened.


dari Says:

Holy $#!+ b@/!$
Way to get the W, Roger!
Great play from Gilles, though. Whew!


Kimo Says:

Courier: “Aren’t you listening to me?”
Fed: “Hey I just played a five setter!!”

LOOOOOOLLLLLL!!!!!


van orten Says:

i missed the interview on court
what did he say ????


Juiz Says:

Interesting how people think Federer played like crap in 3rd and 4th (i thought he did at least) sets while Federer himself disagrees, he gives credit to Simon.


grendel Says:

I repeat, if Fed played bad it was because Simon was, for stretches, too good for him. The “badness” didn’t come out of nowhere. But the great thing is that Federer hung on, up to a point started to work out how to play Simon – although it was tight right to the finish – and kept his nerve sufficinetly to be able to pull some of the old brilliance out at critical moments.


dari Says:

Just the test needed, this has to feel good for Roger. Not that many people are gonna pick up balls like gilles and hit so few errors.
I am worn out, to be honest. I hope Rog gets a break next round!
Fun interview afterwards!
Let’ Roll, Rog!


Kimo Says:

scineram, Courier asked Roger if he remembers the last time he was out before the third round of a major.

Fed replied: “French Open 2004 against Kuerten. I was the no.1 seed.”
Courier: “I think it was 2003.”
Fed: “Really? I think you’re wrong.”
Courier: “I said BEFORE the third round.”
Fed:”Oh!” Courier: “Aren’t you listening to me?” Fed: “Hey, I just played a five setter!!!”


steve-o Says:

What a fight!

Simon was a very difficult opponent for Federer to play in the second round. Similar of when he drew Andreev last year in the first round, but even more difficult since a) Simon was a top ten player and b) he’d never beaten Simon.

The quality of tennis both men produced was worthy of the semis, maybe even the final. And it was only the second round!


fedeRER Says:

thank god for fed´s win out there what a match. this match is easy to explain : NADAL-effect


Kimo Says:

For the record, if my memory serves me correctly, Fed lost to Kuerten in 2004 in the 4TH round. His last loss before the 3rd round was indeed in 2003, when he lost in the first round of the French, then went on to win Wimbledon.


grendel Says:

Daniel, I saw Malisse giving Fed trouble 3 or 4 years ago, in Fed’s prime. But I can’t see him troubling Fed now – he has a lovely game, but Fed finds it rather lovely too, I suspect.


Kimo Says:

Juiz Says:

“Interesting how people think Federer played like crap in 3rd and 4th (i thought he did at least) sets while Federer himself disagrees, he gives credit to Simon.”

Juiz, no one, no matter how ungrateful, will come out of a five setter and say “He only went this far coz I let him.” You certainly won’t hear it from a class-act like Fed, who not only gives credit where credit is due, but also wait for his opponent to walk off the court with him.


Juiz Says:

Kimo, i was trying to point out a contrast in perspective. People are usually quick to say Federer choked or had a mental lapse when he is down or suddenly broken while forgetting that his opponent might be half the reason.

I do agree with what Federer said, my remark about Federer playing like crap was an overstatement.


dari Says:

What do you mean ” nadal effect” fedeRER?
Youve got me curious!
I can’t say how excited this win makes me. I will not say that fed played poorly in the 3rd and 4th, that would be an oversimplification!
Gilles played top 5 tennis those two sets, that guy gets around the court and shows a lot of guts on big plays. I am looking forward to his play this year- BUT not against roger!
BTW, some great reactions from Mirka today, how does she do it?!
yay ROGERRRRRRRR!


mrmilbury Says:

The amazing thing of Simon (I remember well his match with Nadal) is that he looks like he is really enjoing the match.
He loves the way he plays, and the longer the point is, the better he feels on court.
Amazing.
Maybe it is not a wonderful play-stile, but his behaviour on court is great.


Nims Says:

Definitely Fed did not play poorly. It was absolutely a great play by Simon. On the baseline, the way he moves, I belive he should be the best mover among the top 10 with the way he did today.
There were so many instances Fed tried to wrong foot him, but the way he was able to move back and hit a very decent return to neutralize the point was amazing.
Also his return on Fed’s serve was amazing. He missed fewest returns possible even on Fed’s first serve. Fed hardly got any free point, except in the 5th set when he again used his slice serve. Not sure how many players can play at this level.
Just wondering if this guy had a better serve, could Fed have won this fifth set. I think his serve is a huge weak link in his fantastic ground game.


dari Says:

I honestly can’t stop thinking about Gilles play. his 3rd and 4th set performance and even partaking of the fifth are shining brighter than fed’s 1st and 2nd set play.
so many balls back, such racket head spee, such foot speed. I also just love his ball toss.
that did not feel like a second round match and that was NOT a 34th ranked player. Wow.
the dads showed how to put on a match!


Chico Says:

In the interview Courier actually changed the question :)!

First he asked when Fed had lost IN the 3rd round of GS, and when Federer answered dead right (Kuerten 2004 FO, 6-4,6-4,6-4), Courier said he had asked of loosing BEFORE the 3rd round.

Me thinks Courier had checked the 2003 FO 1st round loss and just accidentally used wrong words. Can happen to the best, he’s had excellent dynamics in the postmatch interviews. And why not? He’s totally qualified for tuning into a players postmatch mental state.


jane Says:

Kudos to Simon, sounds/looks like he fought valiantly, and i don’t find him annoying at all. Good win for Fed to take it in five.

mat4 did you see all of Nole’s match? I read that he was nervous before the match about fan disturbances like in the past here. I hope there weren’t any. Well, he lost one set in a tiebreak, but won the next two losing only 2 games, with a bagel included. Not too terrible.


grendel Says:

can’t go on games won, jane. Djokovic looked a shadow of player in first round. But: he’s got the bad one out of way, no doubt will go from strength to strength.
Simon valiant? Yes, to come back from 2 sets down. But actually, in the end it was kind of Federer who was valiant – he was battling against a man on fire, possessed of the type of game he struggles with. I agree with Nims – if Simon had a big serve – woof!!


Chico Says:

The way the match went, I’d say good and bad from Feds perspective. Nice to be able to tough it out, but this is just another reminder to the other players that he’s not invincible. Should mean an ounce of extra effort for every coming round.


Nims Says:

Chico..probably this match shows he is invincible. Because the difference between 2010 and 2011 is he is able to pull thru these matches whereas before he lost even after having match points.

I think these tye of matches gives more confidence to the Federer. Just wondererd how his form shot up after defeating Davydenko in AO2010. Also Davy came into the match against Fed with 2 match winning streak in AO10, similar to Simon in this match.

Also it was not like Fed played badly thru the match. He did play badly but that was only in patches. Most of the time in 3 and 4, it was Simon who could rise his level. Kind of return games he played without making any errors was amazing.


contador Says:

missed the whole thing…..federer/simon. but i was worried abt the match-up since the draw came out. i watched simon recently and he really was playing faster (footspeed) and with more power than when he was top ten …better than when he beat fed in the tour final 2008, definitely. and i thought stronger than when he was outclassed, as in over powered, by nadal at AO 09.

i like watching simon…always have. he plays beautiful tennis imo..it’s his lightness on court. he’s like watching contador or andy schleck race up the col du tourmalet and pass the strongmen in the pelaton like they are going backwards. if simon was a cyclist, he’d definitely be a climber. in tennis he’s been called, even called himself, “the poor man’s andy murray.” maybe that’s wrong now? i hope gilou gets his top ten back. he really is mentally tough, even when injured. i will never forget paris-bercy 2009 when his knees were taped and clearly he could barely move…but with the crowd cheering him on, he stunned ivan ljubicic. ljuby should have won that match but simon actually pulled off an amazing display of serve and volley and net play! i was laughing…i mean sad that simon was not able to play his usual tennis ….but stunned to see what he is capable of and the shots he came up with when his footspeed and return game was taken away. ljubicic was looking on in disbelief too.

although i think that match and efforts continuing to play did no favors for his faster recovery in 2010. it was painful watching him try last year.

have to find a youtube of the match to back up my memory but…true story. simon plays with guts, brains, is aggressive and determined. thankfully he is back better than ever. he says he loves tennis more than ever too. i believe him! allez simon!

but phew! sounds like roger escaped and really had to dig deep to win in 5. of course i always wonder if a 5 setter at this point in fed’s career hurts him physically more than tunes him up like it used to. we’ll see. i would think he’ll beat malisse but what does a tough 5 setter early round in a GS do for his chances physically in 2011 vs 2009 getting to and winning the final?


jane Says:

Grendel, many players down two sets to Federer in particular would cave, so yes, i would say “Simon valiant” and not “annoying” a comment i saw repeated on this thread more than once. Agree with Conty about Simon’s “lightness” but yet he jjust goes and goes and goes and is very sturdy. Deceptive in a way.


jane Says:

p.s. grendel, read that Nole was slack, but that is why I said the end result was not “too terrible” – that he powered through the last two sets with an off night is okay. He said himself he didn’t play well and that the end was “okay.” he also said it is good to be tested and he didnt feel tired at all, etc. So we will see how he makes out next round. Should also point out i did say good win from Fed to take it in five. I have reas the reports and Roger said he felt “lucky” to get through. So he must have had to dig deep. I missed it as middle of night here.


madmax Says:

gannu, heavy workload at the moment, but i watched the match and read the comments. I dont know why people worry so much.

I think some people have short memories. I dont know who it was, was it dari? who mentioned about Andreev, first round 09, was he a set or 2 sets down? or how about haas in third round at FO, or Delpo in Semis at FO 09, God, relax. Its unfair to think that roger is going to have an easy ride every round. Those days have gone and it isnt because roger’s talents have dropped.

Isn’t it great that roger is still the one being hunted! Did you hear what tsonga said at Qatar, “I want to play federer for the prestige”.

I would rather federer be tested early on than get to the business end and have it easy – he is the greatest of champions, roger can dig deep, and he does. I am not going to worry about his progress through this tournament as I feel this is the best thing that could have happened to him. He has been playing brilliant tennis for the last 6 months. Fact. And I’m not just saying that.

Do people remember that just over a year ago, Gilles was a no. 6 player in the world, so as good as Andy murray – knee injury- rest – and he is back. I am so pleased for Gilles. He is a wonderful player to watch. Thanks Gilles for testing Federer. Now its the coach and the physio’s job to sort out the body and the mind for the next match!

As for Rick:

Rick Says:
Simon Gillies would gives Federer a real threat! If it goes to five sets, you have to hand the match to Gillies. Especially with with Federer’s bad five sets record. Simon had won in Sydney. He is being known as Federer’s nemesis. Sean, how you made your pick! But anyway, people never take your words with credibility.

January 19th, 2011 at 3:22 am

No rick. People never take YOUR words with credibility. You need to read some stats rick and check out federer’s record. I think its 166:0 as it stands in a slam right now. Pretty amazing.

Nina, hope you recovered your balance when federer won through. Must have made you even more mad.

In Gilles interview he said there aren’t many people who can go longer than him on court in a 5 setter, but federer is one of them.

Federer has now beaten all those players who have beaten him in the last 18 months. thats rafa, soderling, murray, novak, baggy, berdyche, simon -

I think this sends a massive message to all of them. If anything, it shows that 8 years on Federer is STILL the one to beat in a slam!

Federer is the best. He is such a joy to watch. Just magical brilliant tennis. Federer fans should enjoy what is happening right now. I believe that Federer will regroup, rethink and be even more wary of the pack.

It’s good to be shaken and stirred once and a while, keeps you fresh.


contador Says:

jane- i was trying to stay awake and caught a little of wawa blowing out dimitrov…shouldn’t say “blown out.” dimitrov served so well and performed well from what i saw ( only awake for 1st set ) but stan obviously so much more experienced.

flipped over to watch djoko and dodig. the crowd was really loud…like the dimitrov fans and the nishikori fans. i don’t know what fans were louder in the djoko v dodig match. all i saw was djoko not quite as sharp and his opponent playing his heart out. never doubted the outcome tho. glad to wake up and find djoko made it… kinda surprised it wasn’t in straights. but… he won.

tipsaravic match was a heartbreaker. i don’t understand why he just gave up that last set not even trying. was he injured? that was disappointing from tipsy. he played so well for 2.75 sets and looked like the winner.


contador Says:

meant tipsy played well for 3.75 sets…looked like old verdasco’s confidence was gone, rather out-played. tipsy serving brilliantly.


contador Says:

ahh i don’t remember…it was too late.


grendel Says:

jane – Djokovic didn’t look good in last 2 sets either, despite score line. Within the games, plenty of surprising misses. One thing I did notice – Djokovic was very composed, not at all down on himself. This bodes well for his future in this tourney. I think he’ll sail into semis, although Berdych seems to be recapturing his form and can’t be discounted.
About Simon being “annoying” – that is simply a subjective feeling. Anyone can find anyone annoying, you can’t say they’re wrong as such. I think he is quite remarkable and love to watch him play when on song. Perhaps he should see Nadal about his serve – if he could crank that up, wow! His 2nd serve, b.t.w., seemed to me very accurate. I never thought Simon would crumble – he was coming back against Fed towards end of 2nd set, and it was obvious there was going to be a mighty battle. My comments at the time testify to this. I think we can say both men were valiant, and if Federer said he felt a bit “lucky” I won’t disagree. memorable match.


jane Says:

grendel, well your commentary seemed quite even throughout. Most of the people who felt Simon was “annoying” were probably just “annoyed” that he was taking it to Fed. ;) Methinks those same folks may not have found him quite so annoying were he doing that to Rafa, as an example. :) But that sort of thing is of course subjective: fully agree. I always enjoy Simon. I look at him and think he could blow away with a strong gust, not blow other players away. But he is tricky. Yes, I know Nole wasn’t at his best even though he won. He himself said it.

conty, yeah, was disappointed in Tipsy; stopped watching. And didn’t see any of Dimitrov vs. Stan but surely as Grigor gets more experience he’ll make those matches tougher. Wawa is riding high off a tournament win too, so Dimitrov just had the bad luck of running into someone in great form early on (much like Fed).


Cherry Says:

It will be a great game for sure. Both Federer and Simon are great tennis players. It will go down in history as one of the best tennis matches ever! http://www.tennisround.com


Nina Says:

I had a blast reading your comments guys, it was throughly enjoyable, specially grendel, kimmi and gunnu. In the end your man won, you must be happy. But please give respect to Simon, he could have won this match and it would have been a disaster for Fed. He came back and fought back and that is to really be admired. I have a newfound respect for Gillou. I’m pretty sorry for the guy, he was so close…

I couldn’t see Nole but I’ve read several accounts, seems he was down on something (maybe the fans?), emotionless, lethargic. Could have something have affected him on a personal level before this match? It’s the only explanation I have for his behavior. He seemed out of sorts, distant and cold. Dunno. Just happy that he came back in time and won the match and got that one out of this system.

I just hope that both Muzza and Nadal get tested as well. It was very disappointing to see Rafa winning against Daniel that easily, there was no contest, the other guy hardly moved. He needs to sweat it out a bit just like the others. He needs that preparation before the real contests.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Sooo… Rafa vs Hurricane preview?

Hurricane , highest ranking ever 139, titles, 0, notable wins, 0. But hey, there is always a first time. Why not with Rafa? Hope it’s a “Cracker”. This will be another nearly impossible match for the buggy whip lefty.


skeezerweezer Says:

Nina,

I think they said he might have been concerned/worried before/during the match becasue of fan tensions….see the link below

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/australian-open-2011/race-riot-fear-sparks-ban-of-national-flags-at-australian-open/story-fn77kxzt-1225991363716


jane Says:

Who is Rafa playing skeeze? Thought it was F-Lo. Guess I need to look at bracket more closely, doh. Who is Hurricane? :)


skeezerweezer Says:

Hi jane,

“Hurricane” is the nick name he was given in College, its Ryan Sweeting, from U.S. of A. You almost right about FLo. If Rafa wins against Ryan and Flo wins his next rd THEM they meet. Hope that helps….


jane Says:

Thanks Skeeze. Yes, i know Sweeting just didn’t know his nick. I am a round ahead of myself i guess. Sweeting is sometimes good for a round or two at slams but don’t think he has ever gone much deeper. Delpo/Baggy should be fun.


scineram Says:

Youzhny wins second set with unbelievable tweener.

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