Roddick Revs Up Forehand, Stuns Federer In Miami; Azarenka Escapes; Djokovic, Nadal, Serena Tuesday
by Sean Randall | March 26th, 2012
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As I said at the start of the tournament, I thought something or someone would get Roger Federer. Turns out it was Andy Roddick, circa 2003 Roddick.

Playing like it was turn back the clock night, Roddick stunned a red-hot Roger 7-6, 1-6, 6-4 in the third round at the Miami Tennis Masters. Roddick had won just twice in 23 career attempts against the Swiss, but this marked his second win over Federer in South Florida and one of his biggest victories in recent memory.

After a tepid opening set, which he dropped in a breaker, Federer seized complete control of the match destroying Roddick 6-1 in the second set. Roger continued the momentum taking the opening game then leading 40-0 on Roddick’s serve. And that’s when Roddick went 2003.

Suddenly, as if he had been playing possum the last two years with his passive mindset, Roddick changed gears, several gears. He managed to save the breakpoints with some timely serves to hold then blitzed Federer in Roger’s next service game behind a bevy of fercious forehands to break and lead 2-1.

Playing an old school grip-it, rip-it style, Roddick continued to crack his serve and crush his forehand to cruise past the finish line, ending Federer’s 16-match win streak.

“It was kind of a game of chess,” said Roddick. “I stayed back on the returns, which is something I have not done with him often early on. I think he might have been a little bit surprised by it. He made the adjustment like he does because he’s Roger. He started coming in a lot and putting the pressure on me, and it was 6-1 in the second and 0/40 early in the third. It was apparent that that wasn’t going to work much longer.

“So I said, ‘Well, all right. Let’s kinda go over the top aggressive.’ I was able to get out of that game and play that really good game to break, and then my serve held up from there.”

Watching the match, one has to ask why Roddick doesn’t play “over the top aggressive” more often? He finished off Nadal in 2010 in similar fashion and now Federer. It sure seems to work.

For Federer, who admitted he came out flat in the first set, I thought the numbers, the streak, the matches would eventually catch up to his 30-year-old body. While he played well in the second set also I think he was simply shell-shocked from the bombs Roddick was dropping in the third after losing those break chances. And by the time Federer knew what hit him it was too late.

“I had my chances. I thought Andy did well to get the first, and then to put me in the situation I guess in the third,” said Federer. “I could have been up a break early in the third, but he did well also to fight off those break points. He served really well.

“I think he had a good overhead. He played aggressive and clutch served when he had to. It was his credit. For me, it was obviously a tough loss. The one service game where I got broken, he really goes for it and it all works out.”

And again credit to Roddick, while retirement talk swirls he’s managed at least one last great win. There may be more and the draw has really opened up for him.

Other results on a very maniacal Monday was an incredible choke job by Dominika Cibulkova who led World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 5-2 but STILL LOST! Azarenka somehow pulled it out winning 1-6, 7-6, 7-5 to improve her win streak to 26 on the season.

“The turning point was [at] 6-1, 5-2 on my serve, and I just didn’t finish the match,” said Cibulkova. “Until then, I was killing her [with] the return and the forehand. After that, I just didn’t want to go for so much. I just wanted her to beat herself. That didn’t happen.”

Surprise!! No, it didn’t happen. In fact, when you are playing a hot No. 1 it hardly ever happens!

And when you are on such a run as Azarenka’s been on, things like this tend to happen. Amazing.

Also on the women’s side, Serena Williams avenged her US Open final loss to Sam Stosur by smacking 20 aces in a 7-5, 6-3 win. “Every time I step up to serve, I pretty much want to hit an ace,” she said.

“Every match for me is a joy to win,” said Serena. “Every time I go out there and win it’s good for me. I like it and I enjoy it. It makes me really happy.”

Serena will play former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki Tuesday night on one women’s quarterfinal.

“I really, really, really, really like Caroline as a person and as a girl and as someone on the tour,” Williams said of the Dane. “I like her a lot. She’s a good girl and it will be a tough match. It will be like going out there against a good friend. I always said if I can play Venus, then I’m okay playing anybody.”

In a battle of Slam champions, Li Na takes on Maria Sharapova in the other quarter. Li Na has won the last four meetings with her Russian foe.

Back to the men, my tournament pick Juan Martin Del Potro advanced as did Novak Djokovic, Mardy Fish, David Ferrer and Juan Monaco who beat Gael Monfils to set up a meeting with Roddick on Tuesday.

Del Potro meets Ferrer tomorrow night while Djokovic clashes with Richard Gasquet. Rafael Nadal opens play against Kei Nishikori.

“He’s got a lot of experience and a lot of variety in his game,” Djokovic said of Gasquet. “He can play equally well defensively and offensively. [He's] going to be a very tricky opponent, obviously. I just need to go out on the court and be aggressive, because that’s where I feel most comfortable.”

As for some picks, Nadal shakes off an early start to beat a very pesky Nishikori. I like the Serbs Djokovic and Tipsarevic and I’ll take Tsonga. Roddick should be able to consolidate against Monaco, who never seems to get that “big” win (or none that I can recall). And Fish gets through.

Murray struggles but advances over Gilles Simon and Del Potro overpowers a very tough Ferrer in the best match of the day. I’ll also take Serena and Sharapova to get the women’s semifinals.

Tennis Channel will again have complete coverage starting at 11am.

STADIUM Start 11:00 am
[16] Kei Nishikori (JPN) v [2] Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Not Before 1:00 PM
[8] Na Li (CHN) v [2] Maria Sharapova (RUS)
[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) v [17] Richard Gasquet (FRA)
[31] Andy Roddick (USA) v [21] Juan Monaco (ARG)
Not Before 7:30 PM
[10] Serena Williams (USA) v [4] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
Not Before 9:30 PM
[11] Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) v [5] David Ferrer (ESP)

GRANDSTAND Start 11:00 am
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) v [9] Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
[12] Nicolas Almagro (ESP) v [8] Mardy Fish (USA)
[13] Gilles Simon (FRA) v [4] Andy Murray (GBR)
[6] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v [19] Florian Mayer (GER)


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157 Comments for Roddick Revs Up Forehand, Stuns Federer In Miami; Azarenka Escapes; Djokovic, Nadal, Serena Tuesday

andrea Says:

venus and ana still battling it out. wow.


Michael Says:

Many posters here took this match for granted considering Roger’s H2H against Roddick. But I was quite sceptical about the outcome of this match and I had expressed my views in the other column. Roddick is not such a bad player that he will be beaten by Roger 22-2. The law of averages has to catch up sometimes and so it was today. I thought Roger played well but Roddick stood up to the occasion and he was determined that this time the results should be different. The crucial one was the first set in which Roger had many break points but could not convert. I feel Roger has to improve a lot in that job of converting break points. If you take his stellar record, it is one department where his goods have failed. Roddick served pretty well as he could managing around 72% of first serves and he also played well except for the second set where Roger outplayed him. In the third, he got an early break of serve through some hard hitting which surprised Roger and thereafter Roger tried hard to break back but he couldn’t and the match was over. Roddick won which should be a huge morale booster from him and I think this win will postpone his retirement plans if he has any at the moment.


Michael Says:

I do not think Roger’s elimination has made the life of Novak easier. Surprisingly Novak has a negative H2H against Roddick and the many number of times these two play have been hard fought battles. But still Novak is an improved version today and should be able to find the answers if he meets Roddick at the semi-finals.


Roger Federer Fan Says:

Nadal should be permanently banned from tennis.

He smartly conspired against Federer and stepped out of the players council at a critical time and put pressure on Federer.

That is the only reason Federer lost to Roddick today.


Michael Says:

Roger Federer Fan,

That is news to me. Has Nadal quit the Players Council ??


Michael Says:

Nadal has quit as Vice President of the Players council citing differences with Roger on the two year ranking system and the appointment of the ATP Chief Executive. This is a drastic decision and I wonder what comepelled Nadal to resort to this ?? I am not sure if this hurt the psyche of Roger in his match against Roddick ? I hope it didn’t. All said and done, Nadal is showing tremendous impatience in settling his grievances. While putting those forward, he sees that from a individual perspective and not as a sport perspective. Nadal must realize there are 1,000 other players in Tennis who are competing in this sport and their interest too cannot be mortgaged to suit just the top 5.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I’m not sure if Fed lost most of his Miami matches at Night.


Michael Says:

Roger is not as comfortable in Miami as he is in Indian Wells.


Sienna Says:

@Michael
Absolutely agree with your 1:21 post.I do get a bad taste in my mouth that he’ll throw everything back at Federer. It could affect his prep for a match with Roddick. In credible that Nadal is getting away with all politics surrounding these big tourneys. He did it at AU Open. He does it now. He could have waited for a week. But then the press is not so hot and keen to write about it.

Nadal needs to be put in his place.


King Federer Says:

nadal sure is a quitter. is he going to quit tennis soon because he cannot solve the djokovic puzzle any more? what a wuss!


King Federer Says:

come on guys, federer knows better than to let the tantrums of a drama queen affect his psyche.

Roddick played terrific tennis. People donot realise how good a player a-rod is, because fed is 21-3 against him, but the dude still has a winning H2H against djokovic, who is 5 years younger than him and has a respectable record against rafa.

without fed in the picture this would be a 3-4 slam winner with about 100weeks at the top. at the very least!

now that fed is out, i hope delpotro can deliver some big result. vamos delpo!


Michael Says:

Sienna,

I wonder what prompted Nadal to deliver such an outrageous decision ? It is certainly not in good taste and in a way he has insulted Roger whom he claims he has the most respect. Those grievances of Nadal cannot be resolved so quickly and they need time for it to attain consensus amongst the players. Particularly this two year ranking system is highly controversial and may not be so easy to implement.


tennisfan Says:

Roddick played great today- a well deserved victory for this former world no.1. Now with Federer out, the draw seems to have opened up for Nole! Nadal has a tougher draw as compared to Djokovic with Delpo/Murray in line!

Novak Djokovic- The Fearless Champion! http://bit.ly/H6CHrw


King Federer Says:

i think delpo is nole’s quarter. he still has the tougher draw, with delpo, a-rod in his way.

tsonga/mayer/murray? give me a break!


Michael Says:

Instead of indulging in this brinkmanship, Nadal could have waited for the Miami tournament to get over. But his Team has leaked this decision to the Press. For what ? Is it because Roger is right after him ready to conquer the No.2 spot ??


john Says:

Q. Besides congratulations, did he say anything after the game?
ANDY RODDICK: Roger’s great. He said, I’m happy for you. You deserved to win tonight. Good luck. Keep it going.
He said similar, something similar in the locker room before he left tonight. You know, he was really classy about it all.

Q. He also told us to enjoy you while you’re still around. Can you stay around for longer for this tournament?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, we’ll see. I’m gonna try.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Michael: Just wondering why Nadal quitting would affect Roger. Had Roger won the match, would this have propped up. Also this should affect Rafa more than Roger right?


Mark Says:

Well done Andy Roddick! Finally got Choc Boy!!!


Michael Says:

Nirmal,

I am too not sure if this would have affected Roger’s psyche and that is precisely the reason why I put a question mark over there. Roger lost the match because Roddick played really well. But still, I feel that Nadal should have waited for Miami to finish and his team Leaking out the information is not in good taste.


Ajet Says:

FABULOUS ROD!!!!!! :D :D :D
YOU DID IT MAN!!!
I LOVE YOU A LOT MAN!!!
CONGRATSSS FROM AN INDIAN FAN!!!!!!! :) :) :)

I’m really happy to see that roddick finally got a win vs fed after long wait! He deserves to imo, he’s a fantastic player, fantastic guy! :D
He needed this win a lot more than federr needed!

And one thing is again proved and repeated, never count a champion out! Yes, Roddick is a champion!
If not for federer, he’d have been sittig with multiple slams! He’s mentally strong, but injuries have effected rod’s career a lot!
He deserves a lot of respect for having the heart and courage to always take on his opponents as fearlessly as he can, he perseveres to do as well as he can! NEVER has given an excuse for loss!
A great competetitor, a witty guy, a handsone fine young man with a shining career! One of my all-time favourites! :)

The good thing about roddick is whenever you write him off completely, he proves you wrong(this match as well as wim 09 vs nurray and many other matyches like when he won miami vs nadal etc)! Thats the hallmark of a champion, he’s never finished until he’s finished!

Look for greater victories for roddick in the future! I would love if he resurrects a bit his dwindling career! I don’t expect him to et back to his prime form, but even if he gets close to his fine form, then he would be definitely keep reaching semis of important tournaments!
I would liek to play him as long as he can and stay injury-free and nothing would be more pleasant if he wins wimbledon in thew lasy match of his professional tennis life! :)

TAKE CARE A-ROD! :)


Ajet Says:

So many good matches these days for me to download highlghts like fedal IW, djosner IW, Fedsner IW etc!
Add Roderer match to this list! ;)

Enjoy Ajet! ;)


Ajet Says:

It should be ”in the last match of his professional tennis life!” in the last sentence of my 4.03 am post! sorry for typo error!

and oh, again congrats rod, for spoiling my bracket pick, LOL ;)


mat4 Says:

I fell asleep after the first set and, to be honest, I didn’t think Roddick would be able to win two sets against Federer.

But big servers are always dangerous. We saw it in IW. On a good day, when they serve 70% of first serves, they can beat anybody. Then, with such a weapon, you can always take risks, and play very aggressive on the return. You need just one break most of the time.


Ajet Says:

”Roddick is not such a bad player that he will be beaten by Roger 22-2.”

EXACTLY MY SENTIMENTS MICHAEL!!! :D

”Nadal has quit as Vice President of the Players council citing differences with Roger on the two year ranking system and the appointment of the ATP Chief Executive.”

I’ve not read about this yet michael, but if it’s true, then it is DOWNRIGHT MEAN of nadal to cite so openly! nadal wasn’t like this a little while agao, he was very patient always in dealing with problems; very reserved in not letting his inner thoughts out; always kept a very good and respectable image of himself in terms of being humble and never used to talk a thing bad about federer!
He was such a nice champion and caried himself well at least outside the court! dunno why this change in him suddenly, it’s sad. :(

”King Federer Says:
come on guys, federer knows better than to let the tantrums of a drama queen affect his psyche.

Roddick played terrific tennis. People donot realise how good a player a-rod is, because fed is 21-3 against him, but the dude still has a winning H2H against djokovic, who is 5 years younger than him and has a respectable record against rafa.

without fed in the picture this would be a 3-4 slam winner with about 100weeks at the top. at the very least!”

NOBODY COULD HAVE SAID IT BETTER KING FEDERER, YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY TRUE!!

@Roger Federer Fan:
i liked your 12.39 am post very much! you’re quite sarcastic and funny and sure know how to stir the pot and keep others on toes! ;)


Ajet Says:

I don’t want nadal to win miami.


Ajet Says:

c’mon djoker and murray and delpo and roddick, be ready to beat nadal if you meet him here!
go guys, you rock!


Michael Says:

Ajet,

I share your sentiments on Nadal. What has pushed Nadal to undergo this change in his personal profile for the past year and half ?? Is the demon of Novak haunting him that he is desperate to redefine the Tennis rules ?? My guess is as good as anybody.


Sienna Says:

Tennis did have a two year ranking many years ago as far as I remember.
Golf has a two year ranking and that is a very similar sport as to tennis.
4 majors and big tourney throughout the year etc, May be Golf is even more difficult with the asian/european an US tour.

But the 2 year ranking in golf doesnot mean it is in any way to comprehend for the fans. I mean nobody gives a damn about the rankings in golf.


jamie Says:

ROFL.

Djokovic-Murray final now with Djokovic winning Miami is the mot likely outcome.


jamie Says:

ROFL.

Djokovic-Murray final now with Djokovic winning Miami is the most likely outcome.


jamie Says:

Playing an old school grip-it, rip-it style, Roddick continued to crack his serve and crush his forehand to cruise past the finish line, ending Federer’s 16-match win streak.

________________________________

The streak ends at 16. Ominous. Just like the slam streak will end at 16. No more slams for Olderer. He will retire with 16 slams.


Atom Says:

@jamie I dont know what joy you get in bringing down federer everytime possible :( better enjoy his tennis when he is around


martini Says:

Roddick deserved to win, plus Federer was playing quite flat in the first and parts of third set. That being said, Roddick´s game can get awfully boring with just serving big. It´s like watching an ace-fest from the 90´s.


Brando Says:

It’s either nadal- djokovic or Murray- djokovic now! Nole has potential easy route to finals for the 2nd tourny running- let’s see if someone can do an isner on his side.


Rick Says:

Roddick kicked Federina twice this year! Also in that exhibition match! Federina can’t handle competition!


Rick Says:

Federina choking, man!


jamie Says:

Nole has fantastic transits,lunar and solar until May.

During the last solar eclipse on November 25, 2011, Nole lost at the WTF to Tipsarevic.

This was the last time he lost at one of the big five tournaments which are the 4 slams and the WTF.

The Solar eclipse was opposite to his natal Sun.

The next solar eclipse will be on May 21 and will be above Nole’s sun.

This is really terrible for Nole’s prospects at the French Open, he won’t win it.


Brando Says:

Nadal and djokovic officially are both OUT of Davis cup qtr final tie. Both are now certain for Monte Carlo masters. All top 20 confirmed except: RF, JMDP and mardy fish.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

We came in to this tournament with frantic math on the 2-3 positions. Its time to start imagining 3-4 switch scenarios. Of course, there’s no real (tournament) significance to that change except as a measure-for-the-sake-of-itself.


skeezerweezer Says:

http://thetennistimes.com/nadal-quits-council/
Rafa quits.
Well not surprisingly his true nature is shining through, didn’t get what HE wanted, so he quit. He didn’t get support from a majority of players on his ideas because they didn’t make sense. This is just the tip of the iceberg me thinks…..


jamie Says:

When Jupiter is in Gemini beginning on June 12, 2012, DelPotro, Murray and to a lesser extent Federer will be entering a “good period”.


jamie Says:

Nadal’s best months this year will be May and June.

Don’t expect him to win anything before or after the May-June period.


dari Says:

I read roger’s press. Gave good credit to Andy
http://www.sonyericssonopen.com/News/Tennis/2012/Interview-Transcripts/Roger-Federer-26-March.aspx

Also said he was tired. The rankings points loss does hurt, but its better for him to be tired now and get a dew days exrea rest than for him to be tired during clay before RG.

As for Rafa quitting, I didn’t read the book, but from all accounts rafa has not been his own man growing up and even into adulthood. He has been speaking out about issues and now quitting the council. I think he is in a phase of doing what he wants to do, and if he wants rp quit the council, then by golly he will!
I don’t have a problem with that. if he wants to just play tennis, zone out all the other stuff, then everyone should look out. A focused, undistracted rags is a dangerous one


jamie Says:

In the summer of 2012 transiting Jupiter and Venus will be conjunct Murray’s Midheaven). The two most fortunate planets in the zodiac in conjunction at the pinnacle of his chart. During the year up to July 2012, Jupiter will be moving through the international 9th house, showing fortune coming his way on his travels. In the first week of July, transiting Uranus will conjunct his North Node, sextile to transiting Jupiter and to his natal Midheaven bringing him lucky breaks when he needs it. If ever he is going to have a chance to win the biggest tournament in the world at Wimbledon, the one Britain wants him to win, then this year has got to be his best chance so far.


skeezerweezer Says:

Dari,

I don’t disagree with that, just don’t want to hear he quit cause he didn’t get his way. Guess if/when he makes a puplic statement about it we will all know ;)


jamie Says:

My prediction, not the psychic’s, is that Nole wins Miami.


jamie Says:

This article predicts Federer will win Wimbledon

http://www.sallykirkman.com/blog/who-will-win-wimbledon-2012


Lulu Iberica Says:

Oh dear Lord, what is this blog coming to? Maybe Rafa had a voodoo doll of Fed and was sitting under the stands sticking pins in it and that’s what caused Fed to lose! Jeez, we all know Fed can be up and down, and Roddick for once took advantage of that. You’d think Fed fans would be relatively happy (at least before last night) since their guy recently thoroughly beat his biggest rival and has been mopping up titles, but people have been rather nasty lately.

As for Rafa quitting the Players’ Council, I say good! If he feels strongly about some issues and most of the players disagree with him, how can he be their representative? Plus, he’s not a good politician and he needs to focus on tennis. And even as his ardent fan I will say the two year ranking system idea is stupid,o’so hopefully we won’t hear any more about it.


racquet Says:

For God’s sake. Nadal has been on the Council for 5 years and has seen almost every one of his propositions shot down. Why should he continue banging his head against a brick wall? Five years service is commendable.

IMHO, it seems that the final straws were opposition to Richard Krajicek as ATP Director and a reduced schedule more than the 2-year ranking .

Maybe the ATP should consider term limits to stave off perceptions of a player having undue influence. Anyway, I think Roddick should stand for the vacant position. He’s articulate and seems to be in touch with players concerns.


jane Says:

Brando, “Nole has potential easy route to finals for the 2nd tourney running” Wha? Not to me. He’s got Gasquet next, probably Delpo in the quarters, then perhaps Roddick/Fish, then Murray/Rafa – not an easy route methinks!


the_mind_reels Says:

@dari:

I did read the book, and you’re basically spot-on. The guy has led a pretty sheltered life, so if this is his own choice, so be it. It seems like a stretch to me to say that he “chose” this moment to trip up Federer’s performance in Miami. I watched the match last night — Fed had his chances, played sloppy on his forehand, Roddick served bombs and actually hit his forehand, and that was that. I suppose we’ll wait for a public statement, like skeezer said.

@jamie:

jamie Says:
Playing an old school grip-it, rip-it style, Roddick continued to crack his serve and crush his forehand to cruise past the finish line, ending Federer’s 16-match win streak.

________________________________

“The streak ends at 16. Ominous. Just like the slam streak will end at 16. No more slams for Olderer. He will retire with 16 slams.”

…or Federer just lost against a player he’s struggled with before in Miami. All of that astrology seems like a lot of work to keep up with (and doesn’t really seem to leave much room for agency).


madmax Says:

Not surprised in the slightest about this from Federer. Well done to Roddick, he didn’t let up and he won fair and square, the second set was a bit of a crazy one and Federer seemed to have really gone wild here. Roddick held on and believed in the moment.

Not too downhearted at all. Federer can go and relax now and look forward to the next tournament.

It’s all fine with Federer and he can’t really complain at the way that he has been playing of late.

If he had won, I wouldn’t have been surprised and now that he has lost to Roddick, it doesn’t surprise me either. Roddick is still a great player. He was written off too, having gone down the rankings to no. 31, but he showed the critics that he isn’t going to lie down just yet. Great for American tennis.

The crowd really does pull the player up in terms of motivation and belief.

Wished Federer had won. He didn’t. Got to move on quickly from this and look forward.


jane Says:

I have to agree with those who think Rafa’s resignation probably had nothing to do with Fed’s loss. I can’t see Fed being distracted by that; it’s just that he played a pretty unevenly: basic first set, not doing much off the return, great second set, and up and down third set – had his chances; didn’t take them.

dari and racquet make valid points: (a) that Rafa is probably just coming into his own, finally voicing his opinions a little more openly and (b) that Rafa has served 5 years so there’s nothing really wrong with stepping down after that length of time.

racquet I am not sure about Roddick taking that position, however. I say that only because Andy has made mention of retirement recently, so would he really want to get involved in all that behind-the-scenes stuff? Maybe he’d be better off just focusing on his tennis for these last couple years he plays?


El Flaco Says:

I know this is only 1 tournament, but it will hurt Fed’s chances of getting back to #1. If he gets there it is going to be close and losing early in a Masters 1000 could be the difference. Will Djokovic or Nadal lose this early in a Masters to offset Fed’s early loss?


alison hodge Says:

lulu iberica long time no see,and welcome back with a great post,completely agree,i dont deny rafa says and does some bloody stupid things sometimes,that get up the noses of even his most die hard of fans,but surely even he cant be held responsible for a loss that was inflicted on roger by roddick,if roger had lost to rafa then fair enough,then i would say that they would probably have a point.


Ajet Says:

IMHO federer’s ”so-called” distraction couldn’t be attributed to nadal’s resignation at all!


courbon Says:

Tipsarevic is playing some good tennis right now…regarding Federers loss..well,he is not the best any more but I would not dismiss him to win more slams.You never now!I notice that Rafa and Federe fans sometimes are taking hard loses of their players.I’m Noles fan and is much easier to accept when Nole lose-he disaponted me so many times in the past (2008,09,10 ) that I’m used to that.So this Noles period is great bonus for me ( as a fan )…


El Flaco Says:

Nadal called for the trainer.


jane Says:

Yes, Tipsy hasn’t had an easy draw either: Nalby, Dolgo, and now Dimitrov. So he is doing very well.

I agree courbon. It’s almost like Nole’s amazing play over the last year has been icing on the cake, a dream, because we were used to him getting deep but not winning so much. I guess we don’t take it for granted because of those tougher years. Now, though, I do have higher hopes. ;)


Steve 27 Says:

I’m happy for Roddick a gentleman on the court, one of the few who applaud the contrary when he makes a good point.

So Fed’s a bit on the tired side ? these 3 setter­ weeks with a day off in between to rest must be getting­ to him, maybe its time for him to invest in a Zimmer­ frame, to help him on and off the courts!


courbon Says:

Hi Jane, you said better then me.By the way, I like your posts-very fair and sensible (I’m following this blog for last couple of years but I rearly ever write).I also have higher hopes…but sometimes its stresses me so much that I can not watch him( I walk out of the room in the last five minutes of Australian Open…)have a nice day and speak to you soon


Jeanius Says:

Steve 27 maybe the Zimmer frame is what your wife bought you to up your performance


Brando Says:

Rafa through in straights, thankfully, 6-4 6-4.

Nishikori did well today, especially in the 1st set.

Rafa was patchy with his play at times, but glad he got through in straight sets.

Forehand down the line was on song in the 2nd set, and that could be crucial for rafa going foward….


Steve 27 Says:

Steve 27 maybe the Zimmer frame is what your wife bought you to up your performance

Jeanius you are so funny! Fed fans not tolerate a joke, that you all are sensitive, god have mercy on you, paradigms of intolerance!


Steve 27 Says:

Nadal probably will have to defeat Tsonga, Murray and his nemesis the Djoker if he wants to win this tournament


Jeanius Says:

Any Rafa fan..am I imagining things or is the spark gone. No swagger the way we know him. Or is he just waiting for the silent assassin. Novak Djokassvili


Brando Says:

@Steve27:

Rafa, POTENTIALLY, has the toughest route in order to win i think.

@Jane:

Bar Delpo, i think nole has a comfortable draw that he should come through- and will. And you have to remember, delpo has ferrer tonight.

Nole, POSSIBLY, could get ferrer, roddick/fish prior to the final- for him thats easy, for the others its the draw that they would have liked!

The final will, most likely atm, be tough for anyone- BUT nole has to be fav from here!

He’s the undisputed no.1, and bar murray, none of the remaining have beat him fully fit and on the ball in a very, very long time!


skeezerweezer Says:

“Nadal has been on the Council for 5 years and has seen almost every one of his propositions shot down”

and why is that??

Your on the council to contribute, to help, not only because you have to come up with ideas and then give up because the majority doesn’t want them. How ego centric is that? You don’t like my ideas so I quit? Just saying….would like to her the man himself make a statement about it I am sure he will…and if he doesn’t I am sure he will be asked, and Rafa will set things straight. Sure it was great for him to be on the council for 5 years…..however I believe it is an ELECTED position?? BTW, my post has nothing to do with Feds loss to Roddick, never ever said that. He lost because Roddick was better, and Fed said so.


Eric Says:

Gasquet isn’t a “comfortable’ draw kids, even if Djokovic has usually dispatched him straightforwardly in the past. And he’s proving that now, up a break.


jane Says:

I agree with Eric. Gasquet is not easy, even if the H2H is favorable. It was the same with Baggy for Nole; while the H2H is clearly good their matches are never straight-forward; this was only the second time he’d beaten him in straight sets. You never know. Look at Fed/Roddick. One could easily say that’s an “easy” draw, but was it? In fact, though Fed/Rod’s H2H says one thing, their matches have often been close too. Ferrer, for that matter, happens to have a very good record versus Nole, so Ferrer or Delpo are tough quarter finalists for him, any way you slice it.


Eric Says:

jane, exactly. Nole has a rough draw. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets bumped out before the final.


alison hodge Says:

good point jane,like fed/roddick as you say,bet no one saw that one coming,rafa/soda at rg etc etc,matches that look easy on paper can be a completely different thing on a tennis court,nothing can be taken for granted,anything can happen sometimes.


Brando Says:

Naa… After seeing rafa today, i fully expect nole to win the entire thing.

He’s just beat gasquet in straight sets- as expected- he’ll face ferrer or delpo next.

When was the last time that either one of those beat one of the top 4?

Delpo beat nole via retirement- and that was his 1 st win against him. Ferrer is a nice matchup for, a good tune up.

And then, fish or roddick? Come on now- a dream draw for SF.

Like i said earlier, he’s through to the finals AT LEAST. Rafa doesn’t seem like he’ll beat him here based on todays display.

That leaves murray- and its wise not to predict anything about that guy.


jane Says:

I hope not, Eric, but it’s certainly possible. Even versus Roddick he doesn’t have a great H2H. Basically it all depends on day form. Nole played amazing versus Baggy; if he keeps that up, he should, imo, reach the final. While I didn’t see the match with Viktor, I heard it was scratchy, so if he plays like that versus a tough foe, then yeah, he might not scrape through. I didn’t see today’s match either, so again I can’t judge form. I just hope he can play like he did versus Baggy, because if he does, then he should be able to reach the final and possibly win it.

My point was just in response to Brando’s that Nole has an easy route.

All that said, Go Nole! Go Murray! That’s the final I have on my bracket. :)


Eric Says:

Djokovic played superbly from what I saw to get the break back against Gasquet –both those guys had to go to ridiculous lengths to win points. So maybe he is a pretty safe pick, Nole is, for reaching the final. But he’s dropped serve a couple of times this week and like we saw in Fed-Roddick, just 45 seconds of poor play can cost you the match even if you’re better overall. Gasquet coulda held serve a couple more times to take that first set, and then who knows, maybe he could have forced a tiebreak in the second? Just saying, even with Nole playing great, as Fed has been, anything can happen. If Roddick plays like he did against Fed, it’s tough to see Nole beating him easily. It’d just be two points here and there, probably a TB or two. Fed was by no means returning poorly – he got to 30 points on Andy’s serve almost each time in the third set. 0-30 once, I think. But every time Andy just slammed the door closed with superb serves. The best guys in the world are vulnerable to that, as Isner and now Roddick have reminded us. Anyway, just saying, Ferrer/Delpo and Roddick (or even Fish) are not gimmes even for Djokovic. And his form has been up and down this week.


Eric Says:

Of course, like someone pointed out yesterday, you just know Andy R isn’t going to keep playing like that. I wouldn’t be surprised if he loses to Monaco now. That’s usually how it is with these upsets… Hopefully he’ll keep going, though!


racquet Says:

Murray through in straight sets 6-3 6-4. Sluggish start, bit up and down. He’ll need to be much sharper against Tipsy.


Ajet Says:

Good Grief everybody, about the draw of each of your favorite guys being the toughest! ;)

And as everybody was talking about how easy is federer’s draw and i differed, good grief to myself too, now that fed indeed lost! ;)

But on a bit more serious note, the draws which’ve former GS winners is always tougher than the draws with GS runners-ups. Thus Djoker’s draw, strictly speaking, is tougher than nadal’s for the simple fact that you can never know when a dead-looking former GS champion will suddenly pick his game up and overwhelm the best in business! These non-slammers just cannot do that!
That’s the reason they never won a slam!
When stakes are highest and dismissing chances at its perilous best, I’d always bet my money on GS holders liek Roddick or Delpo to beat the top-dogs instead of the mental midget slam runners-ups!


Brando Says:

@Ajet:

Good point!

I hope roddick, del potro and tsonga come through tonight.

Tsonga will test rafa moreso than mayer.

I want a delpo v djokovic- much more exciting than ferrer v djokovic!

and roddick NEEDS to capitalise on his win over fed as much as he can!


Brando Says:

Parting shot before i call it a night:

here is an excellent article about nadal’s resignation, for those interested, which also includes him answering as to why he his leaving.

Rafa’s reason’s seem just to me, but ultimately, i guess we all see what we want:

http://espn.go.com/tennis/story/_/id/7743014/tennis-rafael-nadal-now-focus-tennis-only


trufan Says:

This was vintage roddick, I doubt if he can sustain that. Too bad he was a 3rd round opponent for Fed.

Nadal is lucky with his draw – Stepanek, Nishikori – wow! As always….

Now its Djoke versus Nadal all over again. Nadal must be scared!!


skeezerweezer Says:

Brando,

Thanks for that. Thought Rafa would clear it up, and I for one am glad he explained it himself. Media reports were not good. Thought he spoke well and gave good reasons for moving on. ….


skeezerweezer Says:

Sean,

It did not go un-noticed…since most everyone gives you crap for your predictions;

“I said at the start of the tournament”….

A Sean prediction Win!
( Now….Next time pick Fed WINNING. )

;)


Brando Says:

@skeez: no worries, and thanks for the kind comments re nadal and roddick too. Anyhow, I have to call it a night now. Enjoy the tennis to you and those who are watching, and blog well about them, as I enjoy the commentary here about the matches! Night!:-)


Eric Says:

Ugh, Roddick loses first set 7-5 after leading by a break earlier. Not good…


Kimmi Says:

hmm, monaco is thanking roddick for taking out fed. he is now ahead with a set and a break.


Eric Says:

Yeah seriously, Kimmi. Whoops. Andy better turn this around fast.


dari Says:

Too much to back up the fed win, eh, Rod? :/


Eric Says:

Down 4-0. What a goddamn waste. He led by a break for several games in the first set, too.


Kimmi Says:

He played a match of his life with fed. monaco i thought was beatable. ah, about to get one break back here.


Kimmi Says:

nah, maybe not.


Kimmi Says:

bagel?


Eric Says:

Just pathetic.


Kimberly Says:

For all rafa fans, a friend of mine was at the match and apparently the trainer kept getting the taping on his fingers wrong and it had to be retaped over and over again. He said he seemed more focus on the taping of his fingers than the match. Well he will need to focus for the next match or its see you in Montecarlo!


y Says:

Fed fans have got to be kicking themselves over this farcical string of events.


Wade Says:

Damn Roddick must of had no energy. You can’t beat a man who’s on a hot streak and the best of this tennis generation and then lose and bageled to a man like Monaco at Miami.


Tennis_Tipster Says:

Love Juan Monaco!

Roddick must have been sapped, physically and emotionally.


trufan Says:

Roddick back to being Roddick.

Fed was unlucky to get a extremely rare version of Roddick last night.

I hope Nadal gets a red hot Tsonga who hands him his (much picked) ass!


trufan Says:

Wow, it was a bagel!! Roddick is just deplorable. Fed would have fought harder. Bagel to Monaco, are you kidding me?

I can see Djoke smiling. Ferrer will take the legs out of Delpo tonite, so Djoke will be primed to kick some Rafa Ass.


Kimmi Says:

carlo can beat serena if she doesnt serve well


Eric Says:

I know you meant if Serena isn’t serving well, but it’s a lot more important for Woz to serve well than for her opponent not to. I think it’s fair to say that Woz’s biggest weakness is that she just often has trouble holding serve – her serve is just average. But her rallying and return game are her strengths, so even if Serena is serving fantastically, Woz is still going to have her chances. Right now Serena is helping her along with some unforceds, too…


Kimmi Says:

yap, serena was good to break back twice when caro went down 0-30 while serving then errors came after that.

its looking to be a good match


Eric Says:

I’m confused. Serena hasn’t broken Woz at all yet. She hasn’t even had a break point. Do you mean she did well to get up on Caroline’s serve?


Kimmi Says:

yes, she was ahead 30-love on carlo serve..TWICE!


Eric Says:

Gotcha. This is a contentious game here. Several game points come and gone – no bp yet, though.


Eric Says:

Here’s something a little unusual: Caroline has to hold to love or 15 to win more than 50% of the points in the set, even though it’ll be 6-4. (If she holds, haha.)


Eric Says:

Haha, Serena tries to pull a Nole on that last service return. Not so much…


Kimmi Says:

set wozniacki. let see if serena can respond.


Kimmi Says:

i hate these on-court coaching. just ridiculous!!


Eric Says:

Caroline is just playing too well. And Serena is making it a bit easy… pretty questionable shot selection at the end of that point? The whole ad court was open…


Kimmi Says:

ooops, now serena in big trouble. she is been broken twice. her problem is she cant break woz, she hasnt even generated a break point.


Kimmi Says:

serena is not match tough..no wonder her shot selections are questionable.


Eric Says:

Yeah, I mean we can probably pretty much count on Serena to convert all of her BPs against Caroline if she gets any, right, haha. But so far Caroline has just been serving way too well when it counts — a bit out of character for her. And like I said, Serena is definitely giving her some free points with these errors now. But Woz is the closest to scary good I’ve seen her… usually her wins don’t seem that impressive, this one is. (I mean, she still has time to fall apart, of course.)


Eric Says:

WOW. Excellent challenge there.


Kimmi Says:

she challenge and she gets it. double break.


Kimmi Says:

serena is hoping for a comeback. a big hill to climb.


Eric Says:

Serving for the set. Now… can she do it or will we see a Cibulkova? Nah, she’ll do it!


Eric Says:

Wow, ok. Big test. Double break point for Serena — her first bps.


Kimmi Says:

one break back. serena believes she can turn this around.drama..


Eric Says:

Momentum shift. Caroline making the errors now. Time to collect her thoughts. Or have her on-court coaching, sigh.


Eric Says:

and there you have it. Caroline Wozniacki (finally?) proves she can actually beat the best. Of course the best had a bit of an off day. But still. :)


Kimmi Says:

she wins but not without a fight serena. caro was starting to worry in the end there..


Eric Says:

Q. How would you say the Penn balls at this tournament play compared to like Wilson balls and other types of balls at the tournaments?
MARDY FISH: They’re definitely different. It doesn’t take long for them to fluff up and get really big. It’s meant for a slower or sort of a player who doesn’t need to finish the points quickly.
You know, you can get, you know, someone like Isner who can serve right through it. He can probably play with one of those balls that those kids have that you can sign. He could probably play with one of those and still win. (Laughter.)


jane Says:

Quite a strong win for Wozniacki.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Thanks for the welcome back, alison! I can’t freakin’ believe A-Rod got bageled by Monaco! Did anyone see it? Was he injured, fatigued, or just terrible?

I saw the first set of Rafa’s match and he was very uneven. If he doesn’t play better tomorrow Tsonga will squash him.


Kimberly Says:

Serena would have lost to just about anyone. Caroline played like herself, which turned out to be an excellent game plan as Serena was struggling with fitness and couldn’t find the court with her forehand


Eric Says:

Not sure I agree with that, Kimberly. Serena hit a lot more errors than usual, granted. But Caroline served overall much better than I’ve seen from her in the past. She hit a bunch of service winners – usually that number is about 2. And she played with a lot of conviction. Less content to merely counterpunch. I didn’t see any fitness issues with Serena – not sure what you’re talking about, to be honest – and she hit quite a few winners as well as unforceds. It would have been much closer if she hadn’t flubbed so many pretty important points, but it’s pretty disrespectful to Wozniacki to suggest that Serena would have lost to anyone. Caroline only hit two unforced errors in the second set – in spite of them playing quite a few long, intense rallies – until she had to serve for the match, and that’s when Serena really stepped it up.


Eric Says:

In other words, Caroline played better than usual, and Serena worse. I guess that’s how it always is when the result you expect doesn’t transpire.

Ferrer up 3-0 against Delpo. Anyone watching – how is it?


Wog boy Says:

Jane, how did Nole play? It looks like it wasn’t an easy win?


sar Says:

Wog boy, it looked to me like Nole was struggling a little in the humidity so I don’t know how he’ll do against Ferrer/delpo. Maybe he ate too much gluten cake at Vajda’s birthday party yesterday. I hope he can advance.


Kimmi Says:

delpo has had tough matches with ferrer before. losing quite a few of them,.


Kimmi Says:

H2H is 2-3 ferrer


Wog boy Says:

Hi sar,
Thanks, birthday cake, good one:) as long as it wasn’t something stronger with cake:)
Neither of those two are easy, Ferrer one set up.


Wog boy Says:

Kimberly, thanks for your answer on the other thread. It looks like Miami is nice place to live in.


Kimberly Says:

Eric, you have your opinion I have mine. Serena was clearly struggling with fitness, after the long points she would lose the next several points in a row and she was bent over gasping for breath. She couldn’t find the court with her forehand, wozniaki not making unforced errors helped her cause but I didn’t see her do much different from her usual game other than belt two big serves in the final game. Her “service winners” were more a function of Williams inability to find her range on the forehand than anything coming from Caroline serve. But I do credit wozniaki for playing smart and serving and hitting to the williams forehand in response to seeing Williams spraying the ball from that side and playing consistent with depth to force Serena to go for it as she could not keep up fitness wise. And I credit wozniaki with fitness. But no, I don’t think Serena is the se player she was.


Kimberly Says:

Don’t try to lob him david he is 6’6


Andrea Says:

Was traveling and just saw the roddick bagel set…against Monaco ? Lord have mercy….didn’t we all see a flame out in his next match. Roger…u blew it!


jane Says:

So far Ferrer is handling Delpo. Nole is 7-5 H2H with Ferrer; he actually has a better H2H with Delpo than with David. They’ve traded their last two matches. Ferrer routed Nole at the WTF, but then Nole beat Ferrer at the AO.

Murray and Tipsy are 4-3 H2H for Murray, and they too have traded their last two matches.

Fish and Monaco are 2-2 H2H and interestingly, Monaco has won the last two, both last year, one on clay and one in Paris, when Mardy retired in the third set.

Rafa actually has the best record of the four potential matches against his quarter final opponent as he is 6-3 over Tsonga. Jo-Will beat him at the WTF’s last year, and at Queens on grass, so he’s taken 2 of the last 3.


jane Says:

Wog Boy, war – I didn’t see the Gasquet match, only saw some of the scores as I was at work. Looks like Nole faces Ferrer next, so he’d better put on his running shoes!


Kimberly Says:

And daveeed wins. Good for him he signed colino6 tennis ball and was nice to him even though colin was obnoxious and aggressive in pursuit of the autograph. And colino6 picked him in the bracket. Meanwhile I am just bombing this bracket. Delpo lost this round last year, after beating up sioderling I believe he lost to fish, who then beat ferrer at the famous baby ball launch match which colin and I were at.


jane Says:

that should be Wog Boy and sar, but my dumb spellcheck automatically changed sar. Sorry.


Wog boy Says:

Jane, I was there at AO and it was hard earned win for Nole. Ferrer just doesn’t give up but if Nole gets first set he will win, if not….. I don’t want even to go there.


Steve 27 Says:

Arrogant federer is back aka Dave Pekinzee said in earlier posts, after Federer defeats Del Potro: his level was enough to beat Nadal in Australy and then in IW, but bah! he is not even defeat the number 5 Ferrer who dismantle the Argentinian easy in two sets.
Yeah Mr Pekinzee you know a lot of statistic but your arrogance blind your mind!


skeezerweezer Says:

Steve 27,

Me thinks a little less Alcohol and more Tea will help you create more intelligent posts….


Steve 27 Says:

yeah skeezerweezer like yours!
I can not understand that in a blog like this which in itself is already awash with fans flock to know who, and to answer comments made ​​use of insulting your intelligence when they do not tolerate a sarcastic remark. If you did not know, you demonstrate your lack of intelligence by attacking and not tolerating the views of others, did not know that in America were as intolerant as the Bush family
Poor America, people like more skeezerweezer disappointed my idea of americans
cradle of democracy but who can not tolerate the sight of other, by chance you are not a racist as the governor of texas?


King Federer Says:

skeezer @ 1:33:

You know what they say ” you cannot cure stupid”. there is not enough tea in this world to improve raf@tard no. 27′s intelligence.

stupidity is as stupidity does. raf@tards are beyond redemption.


Steve 27 Says:

King Federer you are beyond stupidity!

King is worth calling to visit Dr freud and dig your own personal failings, apart from not knowing how to write and say things to children, besides tards call not knowing express, must hurt that you have named your life since high school, until, I doubt, the university. say nonsense, inconsistency after another, and protect yourself with other Members to give you reason without deir nothing of your own being. you are a waste of time, do not be like laboratory rats that are locked, leave your personal rottenness book a visit to the psychologist for if you can fix a little, I feel sorry for you, child. is the last time I answer, you are worth nothing.


Jeanius Says:

Steve I hereby declare your IQ to be officially 15. See that as progressive decline. Your sentences consist of a lot of words standing on its own. Just like you. No sense at all


Steve 27 Says:

Of course Federer is a sore loser, but that is who he is. Everybody takes defeat differently and that is Federer’s character. That does not mean I don’t enjoy watching him play tennis but the losses expose his weak points. When he is winning he is a different person, full of positivity and speaks freely but when he loses he is a grouse. We have to take him as he is or not watch him play.


madmax Says:

Lulu Iberica Says:
Oh dear Lord, what is this blog coming to? Maybe Rafa had a voodoo doll of Fed and was sitting under the stands sticking pins in it and that’s what caused Fed to lose! Jeez, we all know Fed can be up and down, and Roddick for once took advantage of that. You’d think Fed fans would be relatively happy

Fed fans are relatively happy and gave due credit to Roddick, perhaps read a few more posts Lulu.

Also, Federer has been a lot more consistent…I think winning 5 tournaments in a row is the complete opposite to being ‘a bit up and down’. Federer has done incredibly well. I am not surprised he feels tired.

Give federer a break!


alison hodge Says:

madmax i have to say all in all,lulu is like myself brando,kimberly a rafa fan,but a fair rafa fan none the less,who always gives fed,nole etc etc,the credit that they all deserve,i think what us fair rafa fans do find annoying,is when some fed fans blame every single loss on rafa,im not saying nadals perfect by any means,but sometimes the stick he gets is a little uncalled for,btw all credit to fed as he has had an amazing run,and to here him give such credit to andy yesterday was lovely too.


Ajet Says:

Lulu’s anger at the constant bickering against rafa by some federer fans is quite justified. some were speculating that fed got distracted by nadal’s resignation! Can’t agree with that! And as it was looking like putting more and more blame on nadal, Lulu hit back, justifiedly so!

And please people, don’t bring that federer’s tired excuse here! Federer saying that he feels tired is one thing, but you people repeating it like a recorder is a bit monotonous!

You people someimes definitely sound like real sore losers, though you may not be deep within! Why say fed was this or fed was that! That way, everybody could put a spin on many of federer’s wins as well, by saying that this and that were the reasons why federer won against djoker/rafa/x/y/z, otherwise he was toast! From what i saw in the match, roddick ”won the match in the 3rd set” after federer screwed up his break chances! that pretty much sums it up!

give yourself a break from federer was tired talk!


madmax Says:

hey, when someone says Federer has been a bit up and down recently, clearly they haven’t taken on board the last 30 match win and the win of 5 tournaments.

The constant bickering, well I just ignore it on both sides. I think it’s obvious that people still go on about Federer not giving credit to his opponents, yet he does. It’s tiring because it’s the same old.

Ajet, you are just as bad, so give yourself a rest!

As a federer fan, very proud of Roger being at no. 3 and working so hard to continue with the trend of staying there with the possibility of raising his game to go further.

It was media hype about him winning this tournament back to back and over taking nadal, thought that would have been an awesome thought.

I thought Federer played well against Andy R and it just wasn’t his day. Of course he is going to be a bit flat, but he took nothing away from A Rod at all, gave him all the kudos that he deserved.

Was strange the second set though but Federer just wasn’t able to sustain his brilliant efforts of late, and it was great for Andy to still feel good about his tennis because he has been knocked so many times recently.

As federer said in the interview, he never took the match lightly, nor did he think the press gave Andy any favours about writing him off and asking him the age old question of when he was going to retire.

I wish it would stop.


Kimberly Says:

nice post madmax, great seeing someone support their own fav without demeaning others. More mature than most of us here!


Ajet Says:

madmax:

stop giving yor lame excuses about federer being tired and also stop your mindless talk about who’s bad and who’s not! nobdy needs your pathetic certification! but i am not surprised by you saying this as your tennis begins and ends with federer! never seen a more obsessed fed worshipper than you! you seriously need a rest!


Ajet Says:

The hypocrisy of madmax is so obvious! this poster’ll never defend dirty talk regarding rafa, but the slightest critical reference to fed or even his fans, the tail just goes up!

your views have generally nothing except defend and worship everything about federer! so predictable!


Ajet Says:

The hypocrisy of madmax is so obvious! this poster’ll never defend against dirty talk regarding rafa, but the slightest critical reference to fed or even his fans, the tail just goes up!

your views have generally nothing except defend and worship everything about federer! so predictable!

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