Federer Faces Raonic At Indian Wells Tuesday; Berdych Ousts Roddick
by Sean Randall | March 12th, 2012, 11:23 pm
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In the first real marquee match of the Indian Wells Tennis Masters, Roger Federer collides Tuesday night with powerful youngster Milos Raonic in an excellent third round battle.

Federer fought off a bout with the flu bug inhabiting the tournament to dismiss Denis Kudla routinely 6-4, 6-1 Sunday night, but the big-serving Raonic figures to be a handful.

“He’s obviously got a good serve, so there is not that much you can do on his serve,” Federer said. “He’s known for his big serve and his big sort of one‑two punch. Against a guy like this you’re obviously going to try to make it as athletic as possible. I’m looking forward to that match. He’s a good player. Sometimes you can help and some it cannot help to never have played a guy before.”

Assuming Federer is flu-free and healthy, the slow courts and experience should tip the scales in favor of Roger. But the Canadian, who blew the chance of facing the Swiss last year losing to Ryan Harrison, is loving the challenge of finally playing one of the all-time greats.

“I have been looking forward to it for a long time, so that opportunity is definitely a big one,” Raonic said. “It’s gonna be interesting. I think we’re both going to be trying to do the same thing to each other, which is pretty much dictate. He’s obviously probably the best guy to ever do that. It’s going to be a great match for myself and try to make the most of it. I know priority number one is going to be try to take care of my serve and build from there.”

While the slow speed should help Federer, if Roger’s off his game Raonic could seize control. If given time, Roanic could simply outslug and outhit Federer. So Roger will have to keep the kid on the move and from setting up his big groundstrokes.

Raonic will also be playing in the biggest stadium he’s ever played in. Remember things didn’t go well in his previous showcase stadium match when he lost to Lleyton Hewitt in a mild upset at the Australian Open.

Former US Open champion and 2011 IW semifinalist Juan Martin Del Potro opens up play Tuesday against the suddenly hot again Fernando Verdasco. Fernando’s quitely seeded 19th this week and on the rise after an Acapulco final last weekend.

Fernando’s countryman Rafael Nadal is on later against Marcel Granollers. A fresh, ferocious looking Rafa destroyed Leo Mayer Sunday, and I expect a similar result Tuesday.

These slow courts really set up well for Nadal and for Novak Djokovic who won today breezing by Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-3.

In the other big result, Tomas Berdych sent Andy Roddick packing 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. From the ground, Roddick made very little headway on the slow courts against the big Czech. And Roddick’s serve just doesn’t hold the weight it used to. Even good friend and Tennis Channel commentator Justin Gimelstob wondered if this was the last time Indian Wells fans would see Roddick in action.

And credit to Berdych who looked ready to gag but was able to close it out convincingly for just his fourth win in ten tries against Roddick.

To finish, Caroline Wozniacki is on against Sofia Arvidsson. Then 19-year-old American Ryan Harrison continues his climb up the ranks against Murray-slayer Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. This will be a huge test for Harrison who plays well against the better players but seems to fall flat in matches he’s favored. Against Garcia-Lopez, Harrison’s the favorite but will be he able to deliver on one of the biggest stages in tennis when he’s expected to win?

In the decimated women’s field, World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, who’s already escaped both the upset and flu bugs, faces Julia Goerges. Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic are also on the schedule.

Tennis Channel again has wall-to-wall live TV coverage. Thanks Tennis Channel!

TUESDAY INDIAN WELLS SCHEDULE

STADIUM 1 Start 11:00 am
[19] Fernando Verdasco (ESP) v [9] Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)
Not Before 1:00 PM
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) v Julia Goerges (GER)
Roberta Vinci (ITA) v Maria Sharapova (RUS)
Not Before 4:30 PM
[26] Marcel Granollers (ESP) v [2] Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Not Before 7:00 PM
[27] Milos Raonic (CAN) v [3] Roger Federer (SUI)
Not Before 8:30 PM
Ana Ivanovic (SRB) OR Ksenia Pervak (KAZ) v Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) OR Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)

STADIUM 2 Start 11:00 am
Jamie Hampton (USA) v Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
[6] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v [28] Radek Stepanek (CZE)
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) v [21] Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)
David Nalbandian (ARG) v [10] Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
Marion Bartoli (FRA) v Lucie Safarova (CZE)
Andy Murray (GBR)/Jamie Murray (GBR) v [2] Max Mirnyi (BLR)/Daniel Nestor (CAN)


Also Check Out:
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Novak Djokovic: I’m Aware Of This New Wave Of Players, That’s Why I’ll Train Harder To Get Better
Hampered By A Bad Back, Roger Federer Now Faces Countryman Wawrinka This Afternoon
Nadal, Del Potro Near SF Clash; Federer, Djokovic, Roddick Headline Indian Wells Big Tuesday
Poll: Djokovic, Federer, Murray Or Nadal, Who’ll Win Indian Wells?

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169 Comments for Federer Faces Raonic At Indian Wells Tuesday; Berdych Ousts Roddick

andrea Says:

good for petrvoa for pulling out that win…i thought for sure after stosur came back and won the second set tiebreak, petrova would crumble. nice work.


Jose Says:

Almagro and Berdych again haha


Miles Says:

“…Novak Djokovic who won today breezing by Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-3.”

Anything BUT breezing. Djokovic played in his pre-2011 mode, pushing like Wozniacki. He had 5 winners and 19 unforced errors in the 1st set!

His serve, forehand and movement were atrocious. He was sputterring and stutterring and only towards the end managed to find some semblance of a game.

He basically won with a lot of help from Anderson, who was completely unable to hold a rally and made errors left and right.


Dave Says:

Federer played with a flu? bug or beat Kudia inspite of a flu? bug rather than “Federer fought off a bout with the flu bug”. If Federer got the flu at Indian Wells, it’s unlikely he is flu-free and healthy already. Most flu symptoms (e.g., fever, body aches and muscle pain, chills, tiredness, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, headache, cold, runny nose, sore throat, flushed face, etc.) can last 4 to 7 (even up to 10) days. The cough and weakness could last weeks longer.
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000080.htm


JK Says:

Thanks Sean for your articles.
I’m checking this site regularly and your articles are great source of updates in the world of tennis.


Michael Says:

My gut feeling tells me that Roger can easily defeat Raonic. The basis of my presumption is Roger’s excellent record against big servers in Tennis. He has the knack of getting things down. As Steve said, it will all boil down to the state of Roger’s health. If he is healthy and fit, he should have no problem in disposing off Raonic. As simple as that !!


Wog boy Says:

Michael, I am going for Raonic but I have to agree with you. He can mix it up like nobody else and this kind of players suits him nicely, but I am still going for Milos, anyhow it should be good match and big occasion for Milos.


Everyone is entitled to my opinion Says:

One of Djokovic’s service games lasted for exactly 15 minutes and Anderson couldn’t break because he got to anxious on the break points and netted the ball or put it out. If Anderson had played with more calm, we might have had an upset there.


Colin Says:

Michael, you picked the right phrase there – “gut feeling”! Let’s hope Roger’s gut feels OK.
I saw only part of the Stosur match, and she certainly didn’t look like someone who’d won a major title. The statistics for unforced errors and double faults for both players made me glad I hadn’t seen the whole match.


van orten Says:

fed will win in straight sets!!!


alison hodge Says:

e.i.e.t.m.o yeah reading teletext this morning,and novak said himself that the match,was much closer,than the end soreline sugested,kevin didnt take his chances and against a player of novaks calibre,you cannot get away with that,however a player like nole has earned his luck,and more often than not can find that extra gear,to get through a match, even when not playing his best.


Dan Martin Says:

http://tennisabides.com/2012/03/13/indian-wells-picks-for-3-13-2012/ My picks for today’s matches are up – Roddick looks to be in a tough spot. I hope he can regain some momentum, but this looks like a serious decline.


Michael Says:

Wog Boy,

Sure this should be a engrossing match between Roger and Raonic. May the best player of the day win. That being said, I feel that Raonic has still not attained the maturity in his play to compete with the top players. May be, this is a good challenge for him and hope he would convert this into an opportunity. But Roger (if he is healthy) should beat him in straights.

Colin – Yeah, let us hope so. I hope the ailment is not serious.


malher Says:

lets hope federer is healty enough – looked pail to me in previous match ;(


malher Says:

pale?


Michael Says:

With the way things are moving, it seems Indian Wells will once again have a Nadal vs Novak final. That should be really interesting and whoever is the winner there will dominate 2012.


alison hodge Says:

michael you could be right,nothing against either player,im finding dominance rather boring though,no doubt novak deserves his luck,and nadals had his fair share, but is it good for tennis?competition is whats good for the game not dominance,i would like the slams to be all shared out,and some other guys,getting in the mix,by winning some titles,and im hoping lendel will help murray,if its a novak rafa final,it will no doubt be novak holding the trophy again yawn.


Wog boy Says:

Michael, I wasn’t clear probably, I am going to cheer Milos but I agree with you, Federer is most likely winner.


Wog boy Says:

I just finished watching Novak’s match,it wasn’t best of Novak but it didn’t have to be. He just played good enough to win, raised the game when needed, after 2:2 in second set. Improved servis when needed, too.Anderson was nowhere near to upset Novak. Result wasn’t even close!
Ajde Nole:)


Stella Says:

Good chance for Milos to see where he stands against the big guns. He is certainly talented. Hope he is one that can cause some serious upsets this year…but not today and not against Roger.:)


Skeezerweezer Says:

Sean,

One thing yu didn’t mention is that Isner is lining up pretty good to make the semis, no?


RFFan Says:

In his presser Fed said he didn’t have the virus that’s going around the grounds; just a mild version of a normal flu that his family is much more sick with. He wasn’t on the grounds yesterday, so guess we’ll see today. Hopefully he’s feeling better.


Steve 27 Says:

Do everybody thinks Raonic could be a top 10 this season?
Is he a potential winner of many grands slamsike Wimbledon and Us Open?

We see today if the canadian isnt afraid agaisnt perhaps the best of open era

Another thing, if Nadal win today will be his 500 victory in outdoors -a beast- and his 100 victory hardcourt in Master 1000.not bad for those who say he is a specialist in clay.
If he retired today, he would be among the top 10 in grass and harcourts!
It is undisputed that!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Steve- I think Raonic will be a top ten this season, and he will not be afraid of Fed. He has nerves of steel. However, he needs some big improvements to win Slams. Specifically, his backhand is very unreliable, and he needs to improve his return game. He has the potential to win slams. I think he will do better than Harrison, Nishikori or any other young’uns. He has the potential to be better than Del Potro- he moves better, has a better net game, better serve. But his groundstroke consistency is not at the level of DelPo.


Sean Randall Says:

Skeeze, Big John sure is. The slow courts are actually good for him b/c it allows him to get to more balls and rip forehands and get more returns back.

And with his serve I’m not sure how much surface matters!

Steve27, if he stays healthy Raonic should hit the top 10 I’d say before the US Open. And yes, I see him winning multiple Grand Slams, maybe starting as early as the US Open this year.


jane Says:

“He had 5 winners and 19 unforced errors in the 1st set!” – umm, not that many errors: it was more like 5 winners to 12 errors. He finished the match with 18 winners to 17 errors based on the coverage I watched (tennis channel I think), so a it was a positive ratio in the end. That said, it’s obvious he played *much* better in the second set by raising his game – including serving better and hitting 5 aces. What is amazing to me is that he played that badly and still won 2 and 3. I do agree that Anderson wasn’t playing his best, but actually he hit a lot of winners, including ending rallies with them: he was indeed able to hold a rally.

I agree with you Wog Boy – Anderson might’ve won the first set but he wouldn’t have upset Nole.

Fed will beat Raonic. But it will be a good experience for Milos.


Fot Says:

Wow Sean can see Raonic winning the US Open this year. Interesting…. Best of 5 sets for 7 matches in hot steamy New York…. again…interesting.


Sean Randall Says:

Fot, Raonic has much more game than Roddick did when he won the US Open. Milos just needs to add some moxie, fitness and experience, and in time – who knows how much – he’ll get that, I think.

That said, I could really see him making a big run this summer, that is if Djokovic’s level does slip.

I think when Milos is playing at his best level he can beat just about anyone except Novak and maybe Murray.


Kimmi Says:

Here we go!!!

just heard davydenko retired due to illness so bellucci is given a free pass to round 16.

Lucky belluci, he played a sick melzer in the second round and now this. I don’t think anyone would want to play bellucci lol.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Sean Rancic may have more game than Arod had in 2003 but his road will be much harder. he would not get a match anywhere near as breezy Juan Carlos Ferrero. also Roddick was getting beat liek a Pinhata in the SF’s against Nalbandian but Nalbandian folded after lsoing in the 3rd set TB. noway Rancic gets anything lik ethat. he will have to beat 2 to 4 topnotch players to win probably including any 2 of the big 4. a tough proposition


Dave Says:

The only human to whip Roger Federer 6-0, 6-0 reveals all: “No one else can say they beat Roger 6-0, 6-0…But even though (10-year old Federer) didn’t win a game, you could see that he had a good touch – he tried special shots all the way through…He didn’t play like other young guys in Switzerland, who concentrated on keeping the ball in play and not making any mistakes. Roger was different, as he tried to play spectacular points. Perhaps that was a sign. It wasn’t normal tennis that he was playing…I have seen Roger in Basle since that match, once at the indoor tournament in the city and the other time out on Saturday night. He is very busy but he’s still the same guy. We didn’t talk about the match, but he said hello. I’m happy that he still knew who I was. But that’s the sort of guy that Roger is. A lot of other tennis players are very arrogant. But Roger is very down to earth. He’s not arrogant, he’s relaxed. He isn’t playing tennis for the money. He hasn’t changed as a guy, and I think that’s great.”
http://www.thetennisspace.com/on-court/the-day-i-beat-roger-federer-6-0-6-0/


Skeezerweezer Says:

^

Great post for the Arrogant accusers! Someone who actually knows the man.


John Mariano Says:

I think Federer can hold out if he stay’s healthy which is difficult if he is flu bound. Raonic will be relishing this opportunity and will take advantage of Federer’s health problems. Federer’s game and Raonic’s demeanor are very similar with the exception of Roger’s quickness. Both are serious and rarely show emotion. Very get the job done players. Should be a very interesting and cagey match. Watch out for that monster serve Roger. The young guns want you and you know that very well…..Good luck to both. May the healthiest win.


Fot Says:

Why even put Murray in there? Milos is in the same boat as Murray as far as the grand slams (winless)! lol!

Milos has played Nadal twice and didn’t even win a set. I guess I haven’t seen enough of him to be that high on his game yet. I’ll see tonight (but I hope Roger will come through that game).


Dave Says:

Fot: “Milos has played Nadal twice and didn’t even win a set.”

Milos today is playing his best tennis. He would be a danger to Nadal today.

When Nadal beat him, both times it was against a much weaker Milos:

- 2011 Tokyo: Raonic’s first tourney back after his 3+ month break and hip operation due to his severe injury at 2011 Wimbledon. In the first round, after beating the great tough Japanese player Yuichi Sugita 7-6 in the third set… Raonic’s second round opponent was Nadal. Raonic failed to beat any player ranked better than No. 33.

- 2010 Tokyo: No. 200 Raonic was not yet considered a player with the potential to break through and was mentally inconsistent. He had just engaged a new coach Galo Blanco who would soon help Raonic transform into the dangerous player we first realized he could be by Spring 2011.


El Flaco Says:

Nadal is vulnerable to big serving, but ironically he has never lost a match to Karlovic, Isner, Anderson or Raonic.


Steve 27 Says:

Nadal is so classy!, El Flaco


Ilya32 Says:

Damn, Davydenko really had a good chance to break through and beat Belluci.


tennis coach Says:

Being from Canada I like Raonic, however I do not think he stand a chance against Federer. Just heard that Roger’s condition due to stomach virus is rapidly deteorating and that his is not sure whether he will play match against Milos


dari Says:

Awww, I hope fed is well enough to play well the next few matches. Otherwise its best he gets out of the tourney and gets rest. He is a bit sickly, kids and planes don’t help!
he had the pale green look last match :/ Get well Roger


skeezerweezer Says:

Well Fed looks very pale but oh well he will give it his all.

Such an entertaining match so far, big server, cat and mouse, Raonic hang in in there with the monster serve games…..waaaay better than PONG


jane Says:

Guess this match will come down to tiebreaks – definitely about the serving so far.


Kimmi Says:

tiebreak coming up! with the big server, it is like lottery.


Kimmi Says:

milos second serves are big too, fed is missing them a lot.


skeezerweezer Says:

jane/kimmi…guess we saw this comin, no? hehe…

PS Roanic’s serve is HUGE


Kimmi Says:

WOW! who will crack first?


skeezerweezer Says:

Funny, if only Milos had Nole’s return game hehe, Milos has NONE


Eric Says:

Wow this tennis is terrible from both of them, except for the serving…


jane Says:

Exactly skeeze. Milos could use a better return and backhand. But his serve and forehand are darn tootin!


Kimmi Says:

hmmm, fed go the second serve back but not deep enough.

fed cracks first..oh dear!


Kimmi Says:

what a kick serve..no chance


jane Says:

Serve and Volley. Who’da thunk it?


van orten Says:

wow fed not returning well today..really sucks his returning game..ok now he ll win in 3 !!!


Kimmi Says:

cool calm and collected. he needed just one mini break. wow!

federer in deep trouble now!


Kimmi Says:

tipsa take the second set..i dont know about nalbandian now.


skeezerweezer Says:

well good for Milos! First serve points won an unreal 96%!!!!.

He deserves that set.

Key to 2 and 3. Fed needs to get a bead on Milos serves. Also Milos is easily exposed in his movement ( change of direction is horrible ). But if Milos can dictate his game….look out.


van orten Says:

fed is not in trouble…he just needs to wait and return better ..raonic should not be a problem except for his serve


Daniel Says:

I think Raonic won all points on his first serve. Is that right?
Fed can’t return.


van orten Says:

on the other hand neither nadal nor nole would have lost that set…


jane Says:

Milos has hit only 6 aces, so I am kind of surprised he didn’t face at least one bp in the first set. But he’s got one now…and a second serve…and yep he gets it.


van orten Says:

now thats what im talking about..finally woke up


Daniel Says:

Hah, suddenly he won a point in Raonic first serve and now a break!:)


Kimmi Says:

BREAK! phew! Milos couldnt get the first serve there.

now fed needs to hold all the way. let go roger.


skeezerweezer Says:

Like I said….Milos lack of side to side and change of direction movement is a big weakness as of now ( not his fault per se he is a BIG man ). If you can get by his serve then you are in the match. fed just proved that with a break…..


Kimmi Says:

jane, i agree with you about milos returning, that last game was awful returning


skeezerweezer Says:

No reason why the Maestro won’t win the 2nd, but he better keep the hammer down on the padawan cause Milos is a very dangerous cat with that serve game. Can you say “ISNER”?


Skorocel Says:

2 things I like on Raonic: his 2nd serve & his calmness


Steve 27 Says:

.Milos is so calm! And he is only 21.


jane Says:

It’s because he’s a laid-back Canadian people, dontcha know man?


van orten Says:

some slicing i was missing …


Skorocel Says:

@jane: 6 aces in 1 set against Federer not enough? I’d say that’s a pretty decent effort. Federer rarely gets outaced in a match…


van orten Says:

virtual set point now for fed???


van orten Says:

maybe fed should stand where rafa would be…4 meters behind the baseline..maybe easier to get it back


skeezerweezer Says:

Who would want to see an Isner?Milos match right now?

5 sets = 30 minutes, 1, 2 bam!!!

Fun….


jane Says:

5 aces first set actually – what I mean is, given that Raonic’s only served in the 60% range firsts, and didn’t have loads of aces, i’d've thought he would’ve faced a bp. But I suppose his second serve is rather unique too. Fed wasn’t playing as aggressively then as he is in this second set though.


van orten Says:

what a point !!!! fed breaks !!!


Skorocel Says:

Uff, he really screwed up that last point, Raonic! With 2 breaks now to Fed, it looks like we’re heading into the 3rd…


Kimmi Says:

nalbandian breaks, now serving for the match jane.


jane Says:

Kimmi, saw that – yeah Nalby!

I really didn’t even expect Milos to get a set, so that’s a nice outcome for him. It’s something to build on/learn from. He still has work to do, imo.


Kimmi Says:

YES nalbandian, VAMOS!


Kimmi Says:

this match is not over. if fed gets the second set, there is third set. milos has not served well in set 2. he could improve in the third. who knows.


contemperory Says:

Jane, I think Milos’s serve is really good enough to win a set from the top players. With the current conditions and may be due to Fed’s sickness we can expect a cracker in the 3rd.

Btw, any signs of illness in Fed?


jane Says:

I guess that’s true contemperory – when it comes to a tiebreak it’s a pick em (I still didn’t expect it), but usually in those situations experience trumps. Milos’ calmness helps him that regard though.


van orten Says:

fed is returning poorly throughout the whole match…on second serves he needs to take advantage there


Kimmi Says:

few double faults in this match fed. 5 all together?


van orten Says:

2 second serves two points for raonic…this is not fed at his best…but he is close finding it ..i guess


NachoF Says:

this guy just wont budge


van orten Says:

ok raonic def. beatable on his own serve but fed still not regular from the baseline in that set…


Kimmi Says:

milos still not serving well, but he is winning comfortably with his second serve.

ah, fed is missing on the BH too much.


contemperory Says:

signs of illness?


Kimmi Says:

jane, r u watching the match on TV? they showing on TV here.


jane Says:

Fed now has more aces than Milos (10 vs. 8). Skorocel is right: either Milos has a great second serve too (winning over 50% of those and only at 54% firsts in for the match) and/or, as van orten says, Fed needs to up the returning factor. Milos at 6 doubles; Fed at 5. Fed getting more firsts in at 59%.


van orten Says:

wow fed is really off returning wise…come on !!!!


jane Says:

Kimmi no am watching streaming and scores on computer as working too! Not enough time to just watch. : /


NachoF Says:

imminent 3rd set tiebreak?


van orten Says:

i am getting angry now…its hard to watch …really pisses me off..fed needs to get his act together…raonic is def. not serving that good…


Skorocel Says:

6 doubles for Fed now…


van orten Says:

30:30


van orten Says:

30:40 bp fed at 3:3


Kimmi Says:

SCREEEEEAAAM! Go FED!


Skorocel Says:

Great game from Fed!


van orten Says:

come on !!!! from fed ,,,what a return of serve and passing ball


van orten Says:

vintage fed!!!!


van orten Says:

it always needs to be drama with fed!!!!


Kimmi Says:

WOOO! what a return.


Kimmi Says:

PHEW! one more, one more!


van orten Says:

serve it out man!”!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

big return..c’mon fed.


NachoF Says:

should have challenged


van orten Says:

oops fed a bit lucky there that the umpire is a total ….


Kimmi Says:

he needs to learn..dont trust the umpire milos.


Skorocel Says:

Pretty big mistake from Layani…


van orten Says:

two mp°


Kimmi Says:

GAME SET AND MATCH fed! congrats milos for making fed fans VERY nervous.


van orten Says:

big test for roger !!!great match overall…


NachoF Says:

Come on!


Skorocel Says:

Doesn’t matter now… Good win for Roger!


Steve 27 Says:

Doesn’t matter now haha!


Michael Says:

Alison @ 6.50 am,

You have a point when you say that indomitable dominance is boring to the spectators who need competition. True. But if the other players are not able to live upto expectations it is not the top players fault. From the current competition, I do not think there is any other player able to upset the top three in majors or Masters. There are dark horse like Tsonga, Del Potro etc. But they are not able to play consistent. So, whether you like it or not, you have to love what is happening in Tennis currently. I for one admire the way the top Three dominate the Tennis today, especially a player like Novak who has challenged Roger and Nadal’s dominance very recently. That has not happened for a while, when only Roger and Nadal were dominating Tennis. Don’t you think that is interesting ? A player arising to check the Roger/Rafa’s dominance ?


Michael Says:

Novak is definitely not playing the way he did in 2011. His form has dipped for sure. He is missing too many shots and is making far too many unforced errors to his comfort. But nevertheless he is winning and that is good for him. May be this might be the best chance of Nadal to get the better of Novak. However, I think the finals will be a different story where Novak may rediscover his form and execute it to perfection.


Fot Says:

Glad Roger came through! That was a tight one but after the first set, Roger started returning a little better. He picked up his game in key moments! Now on to the next round!


Michael Says:

When Roger lost that tie break against Raonic, I saw a major upset happening. But that is not to be and Roger has once again tamed the demonic server. As I said, Roger always plays well against big servers and he is confident with such play. What he might not like are sloggers like Nadal.


Steve 27 Says:

And the great choker Murray, in second place , Michael.


Michael Says:

Steve 27, In second place – I cannot understand what you are trying to say ??


tennisfan Says:

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

And isn’t this true for the king of tennis- Roger Federer. Inspite of his ailment, he managed to win the match with some pretty good tennis. His chip Backhand no doubt is the best at present to neutralize the big servers. Go Roger!

From McEnroe-Borg to Roger Federer : A Fan’s Inspiring Two Cents! http://bit.ly/xtPz5P


steve-o Says:

Whew! Unfortunately I couldn’t watch it, but I’m glad Roger is through. Raonic is certainly a tough customer for his age and with that serve, he is always dangerous.


Steve 27 Says:

Murray 4 years in a row number 4. he is consistent too!


skeezerweezer Says:

Very entertaining match. The future looks bright with a big server with an attacking game and only 21!

Fed brings it again, and kudos to him for giving Roanic so much props in his on court interview afterwards.

Milos is still very young and a big upside in the future.

Pros: Biggest serve with action in the game today. Big FH! Volley game great when he can get into the right position.

Cons; Like Isner and most big guys, movement is a glaring weakness. Big guys can overcome this with anticipation, but it usually comes with a lot of experience. Top ranked guys like Fed, Rafa, Nole, will expose this. Hope he makes a big leap in that dept!!!! If he does, the sky is the limit. Would love to see him “on form” at Wimby. There, he just needs a better return game and he can cause some major damage.

Fed into the semi’s. ………

Fed’s match ups from here on out are pretty good, just hope he doesn’t take the lead off the pedal, or he will get upset. Delpo will be waiting. And my scared pick remains, Delpo maybe upsetting Fed this go around, errrrrrr hope not :(

On rafa’s side…..Rafa fans have to be aware of the “still around” Nalby. He plays Pogo stick next, which will be another Rafa fan lovefest matchup. However, Nalby getting through, 2 out of 3 sets against any of the top 3, well hey, the guy can bring it. He has the groundies in a short contest to bring down anybody. I would be watching him…..

Novak? errrr….see you in the final dude! Although…a Novak vs Isner match would be hecka fun to watch!


contemperory Says:

I think people underestimate Fed’s return game. If you see, Milos has got 76% (41/54) first serve points where as Fed has got 88% first serve points (45/51).

Milos won 24/42 second serve points and Fed won 23/37 second serve points.

Given how a great server Milos is, and while many were commenting that Fed’s return game is poor today, still the numbers show that the statistics are much better for Fec.

Now on to Bellucci, and then Del potro. Del potro has a fair amount of chance to win that match imo.

Michael was telling that the champion of this tournament Nadal/ Novak is going to dominate the year. It is good to see that when Rafa/Fed was dominating the field, Djoko was right behind them and losing the important matches. I feel the positions have been swapped by Djoko and Fed:). Nadal still remains the No.2 and I feel there is a good possibility that he will reach close to 16 grand slams or more.


NachoF Says:

I dont see Nadal getting to 16 GSs at all.. we’ll see.


skeezerweezer Says:

NachoF

No way no how. Not in this generation. Even the very die hard Rafa fanatic has conceded this. Best prediction as of now for the Beast is 14 tops, but with Nole types in he picture now, maybe only 1 or 2 more. He will go down as A great, with a looong list of others, but will not be in the top 2 or 3 GOAT. Rafa fanatics don’t care anyhow, they are more interested in dreaming about him at night in there fantasy dreams than the actual tennis player…….


Michael Says:

Contemporary,

Nadal reaching close to 16 majors. Yeah, possible. But a lot will depend on the Novak-Nadal match-up. If Novak continues to beat Nadal, then I do not see that happening at all and Nadal will be stuck with 13 at best.


skeezerweezer Says:

Sean,

“So Roger will have to keep the kid on the move and from setting up his big groundstrokes.”

Good call Sean…it didn’t go un-noticed :)


NachoF Says:

I would love to see Fed reach 17 though… maybe this year he can surprise us all?


contemperory Says:

If Novak continues to defeat Nadal , then Novak himself might reach somewhere around 12+ grand slams. Why I think that Nadal has a chance for slams is , French Open is definitely his forte unless Novak defeats him (60:40 in favour of Nadal). Plus, Nadal might win Wimby/Aus given his skills on slow courts. Nadal definteily will reach 16 if he wins 2 GS per year from now in the next three years, or 3-3-1 distribution in the coming years. While we know that his body needs to allow him to play first, apart from Nadal able to solve the Novak riddle.

If some one else like Delpo emerges or say, Fed himself is able to win 1-2 slams more, then we will have more interesting times coming up.


Michael Says:

If Roger and Nadal reaches the semis as it is evolving at the moment, then given the conditions in the Court and the surface, it should suit Nadal. However, Roger will have his chances if it is a day match when the conditions will speed up a little.


contemperory Says:

Michael, Was it a day match last year when Roger lost in the semis?

Didn’t realize that the R16 matches are happening tomorrow. Hmm, Fed had a tough 3 setter with 2 hr 7 mts match today and he needs to be back again within 18 hours or so for the next match. Fed will play around 4-5 PM tomorrow PST.


Skeezerweezer Says:

contemperory,
Re:,feds match. There wasn’t alot of “Pong” play, so he should be fine for the next match barring any illness effects


Michael Says:

Contemporary,

I am not so sure. Probably a night match only. Yes the last 16 matches are infact happening tomorrow. Novak has it very easy in the form of Andujar and Nadal faces the delightful and cocky Dologopolov who plays unorthodox Tennis very pleasing to watch, while Roger faces Bellucci. As you rightly say, it is somewhat taxing to players who play on back-to-back days but that is how the schedule has been designed and Novak is a bit fortunate in this regard. I expect the top three to sail into the quarter finals in a convincing fashion.


Kimmi Says:

WOW! havent seen ivanovic play this well since she won the french. Hope this win will give her the confidence she needs to play well again. that was a demolishen of wozniacki. Big FH and the serve was working.


jane Says:

Missed the end of the match, but it was a good effort from Milos, which hopefully he can build on, and Fed showed some spark at times, especially in the second set.


steve-o Says:

I think people take Federer and his accomplishments way too lightly. Just because he made it look easy, doesn’t mean it was easy. It was very hard. And without his remarkable natural gifts and the incredible amount of work and training and commitment he put into developing and maximizing those gifts, you can’t hope to match what he did.

People forget how hard it was for Sampras to get to fourteen. Even harder for Federer to get to sixteen. And it will be harder still for him to push the envelope even further.

And people like to forget some of his tougher campaigns, like his first successful French Open run when he played two grueling five-set matches (in addition to two four-setters) and faced the rain and Jimmy Jump running around on the court in the final.

Even in his heyday it was sometimes tough, for instance, AO 2006 when he played a five-setter against Haas and a couple very close four-set matches against Davydenko and Kiefer and then again in the final.


jane Says:

Kimmi, good for Ana; I missed it, am slaving away. Arrrgh. You must be relieved about Roger’s win, and we still can be proud of our young Canuck. ;)


Dave Says:

That was a high quality match from Raonic and Federer. Despite suffering the flu and not playing his very best, Federer shows the competitive spirit of a true champion, rasining his game when really needed. As usual Federer finds a way to calibrate his returns against a tough server despite his reflexes dulled by illness. He has now won 11 straight matches, and 35 of his last 37 matches since losing in the US Open semi-finals. Hopefully sick Federer can recover from this 2 hour 8 min, three set, high level match in time for his next match with Bellucci in 16 hours. And hopefully he won’t be complacent against Bellucci (who is better on clay/grass than hardcourt) or disoriented playing his first day match. For Federer, given his chances are compounded by the toughest draw and illness that will probably catch up to him at some point, every match (and points) won at Indian Wells is gravy. Even if he does not win IW, he will be in a good position to do damage in Miami. This year, Federer’s ground game is solid enough to do damage in night or day matches.

Well done Milos. What a wonderful classy addition to challenge the Three Titans of Tennis (as a Canadian newspaper called Federer, Djokovic and Nadal). Already today Raonic is a threat to beat Nadal, maybe Djokovic and a few other top ten players. This is not the Raonic that Nadal had won two matches from. Every facet of his game has since improved, icluding his mental toughness. As Federer said, “He did very well tonight under pressure as well”. He is still learning, but doing so at an excellent rate. Raonic just needs to work on consistently maintaining his concentration, his return game, and certain aspects of his movement that Federer occasionally exposed. If he can do these things he will be a contender at slams within 6 to 12 months — and he could win at least 5 slams if he remains uninjured and motivated. He already should be a factor in future slams as a potential giant killer.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/more-sports/canadas-raonic-falls-short-in-bid-to-upset-federer-in-indian-wells/article2368520/


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I believe every match Roger wins, Rafa would be grinning ear to ear. His only wish now would be for Roger to take out DelPo in the quarters.

Roger looked pale physically, but as always raised his game against big hitters. Raonic does not look like a typical big hitters, but he looks more of Del Po type (with allround game).

The good difference I see with Raonic is his willingness to approach the net. If he continues with this approach, rather than camping only on the baseline like Del Po, he can have much bigger success.


Sienna Says:

Raonic is the real deal I feel. The progress he made in the last year or so is tremendous. He moves pretty well and can hold his feeth in a ralleigh unlike Isner.
But it is very hard to make the last few steps and no one can be sure if he is gonna make that in the near future.

Iam glad Roger pulled out the win. I hope he recovers well and not take any chances.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I’m just confused some peoples pessimism of Rafa not reaching 16 GS. There is hardly anyone who beats him in slams. Probability of Rafa reaching the slam finals is much higher than Novak’s. If both Rafa and Novak are in different half, then I do not see a reason why Rafa cannot reach 16 GS. His success from age 25-30 may be much higher than Roger’s.


alison hodge Says:

NK as a rafa fan i would love to believe that you are right,but surely now novak is the one thats stopping rafa,if not for novak,rafa would have had another 3 slams and would be well on the way to challengeing rogers legacy,sure it might still happen who knows,but i think that oppotunity has now gone,personally as a fan i would be delighted if he won one or two more,but tbh i dont see him catching roger,and thats realism not pessimism.


dari Says:

Had one eye on the last set of the fed raonic match, very impressed that the old sick man managed to bring the goods at the imoortant moments. way to rog! And even thougj there were a lot of big/unreturnable serves, it was a fun match to watch. Milos really takes opportunities to come in and holds his own up at the net with that great reach. Good on both guys.
Did see some fantastic tennis from AI, too, she was on fire, really pounding the ball and i was waitinf for woz to do sonething- never happened. If only some consistency for ana…


Tennis Vagabond Says:

This fierce match was emblematic of the deep hate Canadians and Swiss have for each other. Raonic must have felt the weight of a nation’s violent fantasies on his shoulders, as Federer dolls were actually burned on Parliament Hill this week. Zurich banks meanwhile still refuse to carry Canadian currency.
On the one hand, rivalry is good for the sport, but this kind of tribal animosity could seriously damage tennis’ reputation.


Humble Rafa Says:

I believe every match Roger wins, Rafa would be grinning ear to ear. His only wish now would be for Roger to take out DelPo in the quarters.

Nothing gives me more pleasure than beating the Arrogant One. After the win, I can go to the press and talk about how lucky I was to pull out the win against the GOAT.

Everyone knows the result beforehand when I play the Arrogant One. Still, people build it up. I love that!


alison hodge Says:

steve 27 march 13th 11.15am,thanks for posting those stats about rafa,hes an amazing clay court player,although grass(even though he did win wimby twice,and reach three other finals) and especially hard courts are not neccassrily considered his best surface,its nice to here him been given credit for a change for been a great all round player.


dari Says:

Maybe it is just paranoia after all the times fed has lost to rafa, but I don’t see how you can be so sure rafa wont reach 16. He is still the second best player out there and could go on a tear after winning RG for example, and if he gets past Nole, who knows what can happen. In that case there are other obstacles for him like delpo, and maybe even Andy murray, but rafa keeps putting himself in position to get to finals and anything can happen there.

Best bet is for fed to get to at least 17 :)


alison hodge Says:

dari you have a point yeah,and rafa does keep putting himself in great positions to add to his gs total so you never know,maybe its just my paranoia because hes lost to nole so many times,hopefully rafa can get the better of nole at some point,but hopefully delpo and murray can get in there too,and i would never bet against roger adding to his 16 ,hopefully we will get an open and competitive year,not just one player dominating.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

i would be delighted if he won one or two more,but tbh i dont see him catching roger,and thats realism not pessimism.

Not sure how this is realism. Rafa is almost at the middle of his peak, not at the end. When he consistently fails to reach the finals like Roger, then we can say his slams will drain down. But right now I can easily see him getting another 6. I don’t see Murray as a big challenger nor Roger. Only Novak can stop him. But I’m not sure Novak will be in most of the finals like Rafa.


contemperory Says:

Nirmal,

Are you of the opinion that Novak’s level is going to drop? How can you be so sure?


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I’m not saying Novak’s level is going to drop. That’s why I said still HE is the guy who would take out Nadal. But I don’t think he will be in all major finals the way Roger and Rafa have been. I think he probably be in 2 finals out of 4, but I expect Rafa to be in atleast 3 of 4, out of which he could avoid Novak for 2 finals. I still believe Novak is a notch below Roger and Rafa. But only time will tell.


contemperory Says:

So you contend that Rafa will easily end up with 17-18 slams, Roger might remain at 16, and Novak with 9-10 at the max?


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Yeah, that’s how I see. Maybe Roger can get one more. Rafa and Roger could end with same or with Rafa one more than Roger. I believe Rafa’s best tennis is going to be played between 25-30, unlike others who predict his doom based on his physical play.


jamie Says:

contemperory Says:
So you contend that Rafa will easily end up with 17-18 slams

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Nirmal Kumar Says:
Yeah, that’s how I see. Rafa and Roger could end with same or with Rafa one more than Roger. I believe Rafa’s best tennis is going to be played between 25-30, unlike others who predict his doom based on his physical play.

======================

Is it April Fool’s Day already? LOL.

My predictions not the psychic.

Federer: 16 or 17(1 more Wimbledon, maybe).

Nadal: 11 or 12 slams(2 more French Opens, maybe).

Djokovic: 9 or 10 slams(2 more AOs, 2 more USOs and 1 FO).


alison hodge Says:

NK i love all the positive things your saying about rafa,coming from a federer fan thats really refreshing to here thanks,and great to see rafa still in contention,time will tell about his gs total though.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

jamie : Who is going to win next 2 wimbledon?


Nirmal Kumar Says:

alison hodge : I’m a Federer fan, not a fanatic.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

jamie says :Is it April Fool’s Day already?

Is it not that everyday is a fools day for your psychic, who keeps fooling around you.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I’m not sure if Roger has stopped practicing due to his illness. Probably he is taking his first set as practice sets.


alison hodge Says:

NK 14th march 11.00pm,well said,and there lies a classic case of a fan taking the hero worshipping way too far,thank goodness for the sensible novak fans,like jane,nina,wogboy etc.

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