Roger Federer: I’m Still Not 100% Over The Flu, But Feeling Better; I Was Impressed By Raonic
by Tom Gainey | March 14th, 2012, 12:49 pm

Roger Federer played some dazzling tennis handling the big-serving Milos Raonic in three sets last night at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. Federer and his family, however, have been fighting a flu bug in the desert, but the Swiss said that’s he’s slowly feeling better.

“Slow improvements, I’m still not 100%,” Federer admitted. “So I’m happy that I did play the tournament and I got kind of what I hoped for. It was a good, sort of a good match with Kudla, you know. Gave myself a chance there and played actually really good under the circumstances. I was surprised with a day off and playing Raonic who I knew was going to keep the points short. It’s kind of what I was hoping for. Now I’m sort of in the tournament and actually feel a bit better.”

After the match with Raonic, Federer gave the Canadian’s serve high marks, saying someday it would be among the Top 10 best all-time.

“I can’t judge his serve on one particular match.” Federer said. “He first has to prove himself time and time again. He hit a ton of aces, I think the most aces of this season than anybody. But I’m sure it’s probably gonna be top 10 of all time at one point.
But, yeah, he’s still got some ways to go. Let’s don’t forget how many great servers we’ve seen in the game in the past.”

Overall, Federer was impressed with the game Raonic brought to the match.

“I thought obviously he’s got an amazing serve, you know that he can basically rely on at all times,” Federer said. “With that power and size, that’s something that will sort of never go away, and it will make him a threat for the years to come, clearly.

“I was impressed. He played great and made it hard for me by winning that first set tiebreaker. He kept himself in the match till the very end, and obviously put a lot of pressure on me.”

Federer will play Brazilian Tomaz Bellucci later this after at Indian Wells.

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4 Comments for Roger Federer: I’m Still Not 100% Over The Flu, But Feeling Better; I Was Impressed By Raonic

bstevens Says:

It was an entertaining match. Watching him, you get the feeling that Raonic already possesses that ‘X-factor’ which champions need in the big moments. He still needs to work on his return, backhand, and movement. But his mental strength (and massive serve) should allow him to accomplish great things in this sport. Hope to see how he plays at future Wimbledons.

andrea Says:

on one hand, i’m happy to see a CDN guy make his mark, i’m less enthused about players (from any country) that add to the, what i feel, boring-ness of a men’s match, which big servers often contribute to since there are so many aces and fewer rallies.

but every guy in tennis is trying to lay down bombers these days so i guess that’s just the men’s game and how it’s evolved.

tennisfan Says:

A scary match today by Federer. Bellucci was up a set and had his chances in the 9 the game of the 3rd set: 0-30 up. But it was Federer again with his classic 4 first serve syndrome! Bellucci didnt have a chance after that! Federer was clearly looking a bit tired today and it will be interesting to see his energy level in the next match which can be against Delpo! But then as they say: Age is not measured by years. Nature does not equally distribute energy. Some people are born old and tired while others are going strong at thirty, forty or seventy!

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Michael Says:

Once again congratulations to Roger for his win against Bellucci. His Tennis was pretty ordinary but still that was enough against an aggressive Bellucci. Next up for Roger could be Del Potro and then Nadal & may be Novak. It is a very tall order to win this tournament. But Roger can do it. All that he needs to do is to lift his level of play and reproduce the form he unleashed in Dubai. Will Roger do it ? Let us wait and see.

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