Federer Tames Dimitrov, Seeks 1000th Career Win Against Raonic In Brisbane Final; Berdych Baffles In Doha
by Sean Randall | January 10th, 2015, 2:30 pm
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It’s a new year but really some things never change, even in tennis. For example today, Roger Federer once again showed who’s boss hammering Baby Fed Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2 in the Brisbane semifinals.

Dimitrov, who’s 10 years younger than Roger, just hasn’t found the answer against the guy he’s copied his game after. I’m not sure he ever will, nor if he really wants to – Roger’s Team 8 agency represents Dimitrov further blurring the lines between the two.

Federer’s win sets up a finale against Milos Raonic who edged US Open runner-up Kei Nishikori 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 7-6(4). Federer is also gunning for an historic 1000th career match win Sunday.

“I hope it’s tomorrow, clearly,” Federer said. “It’s a really big number, no doubt about it. Love to get it tomorrow, especially in the finals in an ATP event where most of my wins have come.

“If not tomorrow, I hope it happens at the Australian Open. Been a lot of the matches, a lot of toughening out plays,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s a goal, but it would definitely be an incredible milestone to reach.’

With his big game, Raonic can certainly pose a threat, and he just beat Federer in Paris last fall.

“I got to serve well. That’s always been a key,” said Raonic who is 1-7 against the Swiss. “Last few matches I started poorly. I would get broken right in my first service game, which is not the way to really go about things, especially against a top player and especially against Roger.

“So I got to keep that pressure on him and then sort of step up when I can create my opportunities. I think that’s a good place to start.”

After coming up just short last year to Lleyton Hewitt, I think Federer gets his Brisbane title and No. 1000. And he keeps the old guys ahead of NextGen.

In Doha, Tomas Berdych continues to be Tomas Berdych. That is someone who just cannot (or just doesn’t care to) beat the top players in big matches. In this case, today he fell to David Ferrer 6-4, 7-5 in the Doha final. Ferrer is a great, well-respected player, but someone with the weaponry of a Berdych, who’s beaten the Spaniard on five occasions, should win that match. Yet once again he falls short.

Just baffling.

“First of all, it’s a disappointment to lose the final,” said Berdych who had won his last two against Ferrer. “But on the other hand, it’s been a very solid week. It’s been a couple of good matches. I was not able to execute the right way (today), but I think it’s a good start for me.”

Glad he thinks it was a good week! But congrats to Ferrer for putting together an even BETTER week!

“I’m very happy,” said Ferrer. “I put in hard work this preseason. It’s special winning this tournament. I was ready to play tonight’s match against Berdych – a Top 10 player.”

In Chennai, Stan Wawrinka will try to make it two straight titles there as he goes up against World No. 156 Aljaz Bedene who saved four match points today against Roberto Bautista Agut to make his first final.

“It’s my first final,” said Bedene, who had to qualify for the event. “It feels really good. All the hard work I’ve put into it in the preseason. I’m excited to be playing tomorrow. I’m playing really well now. I’m looking forward to it.”

Stan beat up on the rising David Goffin 7-5, 6-3. So a good start for the season for Stan, and also for Federer, Raonic and Ferrer!


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64 Comments for Federer Tames Dimitrov, Seeks 1000th Career Win Against Raonic In Brisbane Final; Berdych Baffles In Doha

sienna Says:

Wow Federer the only one who keeps the next gen on hold.
decline of Murray, Nadal and Djokovic with Federer holding the ford.
He will battle his fourth generation.

GOATNESS in progress.


Wog Boy Says:

If the weather in Sydney is going to stay as it is now until thur/fri, as they predict it will, they might as well cancel the Sydney tournament, it is raining since yesterday and doesn’t intend to stop until late into next week.


Wog Boy Says:

In the other news, Serena lost to Radwanska, Poland beat USA to win Hopman cup, after Isner beat JJ, Americans lost doubles, and if somebody thinks that Hopman cup is not competitive, think again, they all were fired up like it was GS match. If Radwanska only has decent servis..:(
PS I have to say this, though it migh not be nice, I really don’t think that JJ is quite right beetwen the the ears, sorry JJ fans.


funches Says:

Ferrer is a better player than Berdych. Reached the same number of slam finals (1) and consistently higher ranked over the last five years. He’ll never win a slam (neither will Berdych), but he’s terminally underrated as a talent.


Okiegal Says:

@Wog…..I’ve wondered about him too, he’s a different kind of Kat!!


jatin Says:

Roger is starting from where he left of yesterday.
3-1 1st yet.
Great signs for the Australian open already


jatin Says:

Fed is outaceing Raonic as well :)
6-3 in that department


jatin Says:

1st set in the bag
6-4 fed


jatin Says:

Fed breaks
1-0


Mr. Larvey Says:

This Milos-Roger match is so interesting. It is just so ultra aggressive tennis which you don’t see very often nowadays. It’s almost like a different sport than when watching for example Murray – Nadal match. I just love the diveresity of tennis. You can play it in such different ways an yet be extremely successful. I hope that ATP cherishes this diversity and makes sure that you can be successful regardless of your style also in the future.


sienna Says:

Fed is dealing with those nextgen kids far better then Nadal, Djokovic, Murray.

He has far more technical variaty in the bag then those guys. This is aan fact so wel could see Federer holding much better his ground against the youngsters then the other.

so again something to ponder about for the know it alls on this site.


jatin Says:

An even contest
3-3


jatin Says:

@Mr larvey
I agree with you. This ultra aggressive match up is so much exciting to watch as well


sienna Says:

well said Mr Larvey. you could say Djokovic,Nadal and Murray are 1 dimensional. Who have good weapens against Federer himself but no variaty for different opponents.

followers no leaders.


Mr. Larvey Says:

@jatin
Yes, I enjoy watching long rallies and grinding on clay as well but lately I have not seen this aggressive tennis and it’s very refressing. There is kind of “Goran Invanisevic”-like in-your-face-attitude in this kind of match that I really enjoy.

I must also add that I regard Milos as number 1 youngster. His weapons are just strong that if he can keep it together I can easily see him winning Slmas – unlike Dimitrov for example..


jatin Says:

Mr larvey
Yes, absolutely. Milos has a great potential and his forehand is a very powerful weapon unlike the likes of other big servers Example Ivo Karlvoic.
I too regard him as a No.1 Youngster. But i am not very good at predicting the future grand slam winner. I once thought Alexender dogolpolov would be a grandslam winner among the youngster’s but he is no where to be seen now even though i really like his unorthodox type of tennis which brings a completely different flavor in the court ( I still believe he will have a good break through).


jatin Says:

Well… well… well… Here comes the final set.


jatin Says:

Raonic fought back with the brilliant shot making in the crucial tiebreaker.
Could go either way now. ( Comon fed)


Mr. Larvey Says:

@jatin,

What a tie break from Raonic! Fed just didn’t have a chance there. And that is exactly why Milos is such a dangerous player. If he serves well in the breaker he’s almost impossible to break and he will take chances in the opponent’s services…

Agree, that it’s very difficult to predict future. Dolgo has a great game and he had his moments last year, but he hasn’t been consistent enough. Same goes with many other Youngsters.


Mr. Larvey Says:

In the first set it felt like Roger was constantly outplaying Milos in the baseline rallies. Now it seems that Raonic has the upper hand. Momentum can change very quickly…

Such an imporant hold from Fed in the beginning of the 3rd set. Milos had 3 break points…


jatin Says:

Yup. Fed did well there and raonic’s game is just getting better. Nail bitter
2-1 fed leads


jatin Says:

Such a tough game that was. 2-2


Mr. Larvey Says:

Half chance there for Fed. Two break points but Milos played those just too well. It’s a good sign for Milos that he is serving well when it matters the most (on break points…).


Mr. Larvey Says:

Yet another two break points saved by Fed. Roger is living dangerously… 3-2 for Fed, Milos to serve.


jatin Says:

Fed saved 2 break points again. 3-2


Mr. Larvey Says:

In first two sets there were 3 break points in total and three breaks as well. There has been already 9 break chances in the third set, but no breaks yet…


Daniel Says:

Didn’t saw firs two sets but in the third Raonic inside out FH is excellent. He already had improve that shot last year but seems this year he added a notch. His ground game seems solid, maybe this fast court because they are playing a lot of strike tennis. Now that both squandered chances feels like another tiebreak coming.


sienna Says:

variaty will eventually be doomed against the next gen play.
if they actually start to play it is almost unstoppable.


Daniel Says:

Roanoke felt the pressure, DF to give Fed a MP.


Daniel Says:

kkk Sorry for the typo, swear I wrote Raonic. LOL

Fed did and won Brisbane for his 83rd title in great fashion: 1000 wins. Wow!
Perfect start for the season.


jatin Says:

Roger wins …. Comonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

6-4

Congrts champ. That was one heck of an effort.


jatin Says:

1000th match win. Another milestone in his already illustrious carrier.


Mr. Larvey Says:

Great stuff Roger. Congrats! What a way to reach the 1000 wins milestone.

I have to be a bit sorry for Milos thou, because you could see the nerves playing tricks with him in the last game. Milos has the game to beat anybody, but that is not enough, if you can’t deliver on the crucial moments. On the other hand, he served very well in the many of the break points…


sienna Says:

Federer def a contender for AU open. Raonic spells trouble especially when he reaches 2nd week in slam.
But still not at level Cilic so Fed can handle him.


jatin Says:

Milos again proved that he is a REAL deal this year. What an effort. Amazing


Daniel Says:

Fed is on a stride after US Open: won Shangai, Basel, semis in Paris losing to Raonic (last player to beat him in ATP match), final in WTF London (where he withdraw), winner in DC final and now winner here. Hope he can keep it for AO.

Roanoke apart from this last 3 points where he clearly felt the pressure and no first serves he seems poised to cause some damage this year.


Daniel Says:

Nice homage by the tournament delivered by Laver.


Michael Says:

Another milestone for the maestro with his 1000th win and his 83rd title. His legacy continues and is amazing that he is still a force to reckon with at 33. Bad luck to Raonic. Played a wonderful match and kept it quite close giving a nail biting feel for the audience but once again it is a case of so near and yet so far.

By winning Brisbane, he has laid a nice platform for the Australian open and who can write off his chances ?


jatin Says:

MOST WINS (10 or more) VS. OPPONENTS (275 TOTAL)

The players that Federer has recorded his most match wins over.

Andy Roddick
21
Nikolay Davydenko, Novak Djokovic
19
Lleyton Hewitt
18
David Ferrer, Robin Soderling
16
Juan Martin del Potro, Mikhail Youzhny, Stan Wawrinka
15
Jarkko Nieminen, Radek Stepanek
14
Richard Gasquet, Tommy Haas, Ivan Ljubicic
13
Tomas Berdych, Fernando Gonzalez, Ivo Karlovic, Nicolas Kiefer, Andy Murray
12
Feliciano Lopez, David Nalbandian, Tommy Robredo, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
11
James Blake, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Xavier Malisse, Rafael Nadal, Marat Safin, Andreas Seppi
10


Giles Says:

Congrats to fed and fans on his 1000th win. Wonder if he’s tired. Lol


Daniel Says:

jatin,
Out of this names 9 players have won Slams spreaded in 15 years.
Lack of competition my (_•_)


jatin Says:

daniel
A vague argument indeed.
Year 2015 and Roger is still winning :)


Okiegal Says:

Congrats, Fed fans…..this truly is a big deal! Fed continues to rack um up!! Good for him. I won’t be one bit surprised if he doesn’t win Aussie…..he’s still amazing us at 33 or 34…..which is it I’ve forgotten??……but it doesn’t really matter, proving once again, age is only a number!!

Ready for the first slam of 2015!!!!!


contemperory Says:

Good signs for Federer to start off in this fashion. Raonic has stepped up this year,folks based on what we saw today.

Fed is definitely a contender for the Aus Open, however Djokovic, Nadal have always the “buts” in his career. Chances of Stan retaining the title are slim this year.

While everyone speaks about Fed’s longevity and amazing skills, it all boils down to Djokovic and Nadal at the slams nowadays. For this Aus Open, Nadal is still not 100%, Djokovic is in the Fed 2004-2007 mode. Federer stands next in the probables list.

Is Brisbane a good preparation for Fed for AO ? I mean, the court speed is totally different, right (AO-Slow vs Brisbane-Fast)? Ideally, a court with similar speed would suit the preparations for any tournament.


Tennis Fan Says:

Giles Says:
Milos is rubbish as I have said before!

OK … after watching Milos lose so badly I apologize. I have to agree Milos game is rubbish … he has not return game and no future in tennis. :)


Giles Says:

Word coming out is that AO is faster than last year.


Tennis Fan Says:

You know the truth is … Giles is actually afraid of Raonic (for whatever reason).

I do expect Raonic to win his first Slam this season … Australia would be a good start.


Daniel Says:

also, Wawrinka defending his Chenai title and is coming of as Fed with DC wins, so confidence wise they should be feeling great. Wawrinka guarantee his #4 seed which means he can get Murray, but will play only two of Fedalovic if one of they are not upset. So he could get to the final without playing any of them and once in the final is a toss up. Last year prove us that so, he still has a shot.

Draw for AO will be interesting because inside top 8 there are a few scenarios whchc some players will like more than others.

Top 8 Seeds for AO:
1 Djokovic
2 Federer
3 Nadal
4 Wawrinka
5 Nishikori
6 Murray
7 Berdych
8 Raonic

For example Fed (even with Raonic playing like this) would prefer to get Rao ic in Quarters and Wawrinka in semis. That would be a good dra for him, compared to getting Murray or Berdych in quarters and Nadal in semis.

Djokovic don’t know if is better for him to get Wawrinka (to get revanche) or Nadal in semis but would definitely prefer to get Berdych in quarters.

None of the top 4 would want to play Murray or Kei (they are the biggest treats for QF), and based on Ranking, I think Nadal and Wawrinka are more likely to face this two. Usually 1 goes with 7 or 8, very rarely 6 and 1 with 5 in quarters is almost never seen. So Djokovic has the most chance to avoid Murray of the top 4.

I think the most balanced draw and with some potential great matches due to Huh would be Djoko x Raonic (to see if Djoko will still have problems with big servers due Ivo match), Federer x Berdych (Berdy almost beat Fed in AO before), Nadal x Kei (two of the best movers around) and Wawa x Murray (this two played some tense matches before).

The 9 to 16 bunch with the absence of Cilic and Tsonga think none wants to play R16 Ferrer, Isner and Gulbis (Dimitrov still a question mark). Fogini, Lopez, Robredo and Bautiste Agut the “easiest” ones.

A tough draw would be if any of the top 4 has to play Ferrer R16 and Murray QF.


Margot Says:

“Murray is one dimensional?”
Oh lol, lol and lol again.
Sienna: “Should’ve gone to spec savers.”


skeezer Says:

Congrats Maestro. Another notch in an illustruos career. 1000 milestone. Its all gravy baby!
—–
Milos is an interesting player. Some thought he is rubbish (well one poster lol)and others think he is close to winning a Slam. He has for sure put in the hard yards to improve. Very impressed with the improvement of his movement and groundies. He can give anyone a battle now, and has proven he can win points without serving an ace. However, would like to see how his game holds up on the slower surfaces this year. Especially @AO.


Tennis Fan Says:

Congrats also the Fed! Truly an amazing player to be able to play this level at his age.

Last year people were arguing that Milos looked more dangerous on clay because it gave him more time to get to the ball. Truth is he spent a great deal of time playing in Spain on clay with his Spanish coach. Although a defensive style is obviously not the correct approach for a player of this caliber … it has proved to be a great way to develop his game. Raonic has a very good game on clay as a result … but his biggest upside is definitely on faster courts. His movement has improved rapidly and his ground game with it. He now has a backend that is starting to look lethal to add to a very good forehand and a huge serve. He even has fairly good soft hands and if there is one weakness in his game it is the volley, but there is the upside that remains in his development. I think we are looking at a new top three player this year.


Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer…..it’s not….”It’s all gravy baby…should be “BOOM BABY, 1000 wins”….Skeeze be a little more enthusiastic!! Lol. Kidding of course…..Fed has reached another milestone to his illustrious, fantastic career!! Congrats to him and his adoring fans.


Margot Says:

@OK
I think its bloody amazing and surely demonstrates his incredible longevity at the very top of the game.
And I’m not even an “adoring” fan…;)


brando Says:

so much ecstasy over winning a 250 point title: lol.


Okiegal Says:

@Margot….Yesss maaam, you hit the nail on the head! Not an “adoring” fan either….but you got to adore his prowess around the tennis court…he is amazing!


brando Says:

Milos raonic: should be embarrassed losing to a player who’s all about “I really need to avoid x,y,z in order to have a chance to win”. How can you expect to win majors when you lose to 33 year old has beens? Still nowhere near the required level!


brando Says:

Roger Federer: congrats on the win. Good luck avoiding all those you wish to avoid in the AO. Would usually name them, but the list far too long to type.


dari Says:

So shady Brando! Bring it!


brando Says:

@dari: lol, my team United lost, feeling sour thought getting a cheap rise here would be fun lol. I retract my comments.


brando Says:

Roger Federer (in all seriousness): a great achievement. What does it signify to a Nadal fan like moi? Aside from what has been said, that the game has enjoyed a great ambassador for a long, long time. Fed’s just great to have around. Period. Wish him well down the line, as he’s the most charismatic figure outside Rafael that I have ever seen play the game. Guys like him don’t arrive often so when he’s gone it will be a bummer for all in the game. Here’s wishing for another 1,000 matches to be played for the Fed.


skeezer Says:

“so much ecstasy over winning a 250 point title: lol.”

The ecstasy is reaching 1000 match WIN point. Okiegal I agree the The Gravy is winning the Tournament. 1000 wins is Boom Baby!
…oh since back hand comments are flying around……:
Yes, he won a 250 with lots of hoopla/ecstasy, but at least didn’t lose in the first rd of a 250 to a qualifier. ;)


Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer, you could have just let the answer to my post be final….submit your comment and address Brando’s unsavory post in a separate comment…..after all, I’m one of the good guys!! LOL You spoiled it for me, just when we were conversing again. Tee hee!!


skeezer Says:

@Okiegal
Apologies you’re I should have split that into 2 posts….but was 2 lazy at that moment to do so. Part of that post was clearly not directed at u ;)
Thank u for the congrats


Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer….I don’t really mind, I was just having a little fun with you and U R welcome, hey, as I said Rog continues to deliver and he deserves the praise for his accomplishments!

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