Well it's been a while since we last saw Federer play, since his World Tour Finals Victory in fact, but I have to say I wasn't looking forward to this match in the slightest and it was justified from the performance and result. It was a pretty boring match, Djokovic struck the ball very cleanly, whereas Fed made tons of errors, served badly and returned awfully to to lose 6-2 6-1 in about an hour.
I have to reiterate though – this match means nothing. I noticed some fans already basing his Australian Open chances on this result alone and practically writing him off, which I think is ridiculous considering he's coming off the back of a 15 match streak in competitive play.
This tournament is used as nothing more than a tuneup, nothing is at stake, and I don't think there is much advantage mentally in it, sure, a win can only ever give you confidence, but a loss here isn't likely to derail a players season. My main beef would be if I'd paid for a ticket – as the tennis sucked and was done in an hour. I think even Fed felt a little embarrassed as he apologised afterwards, and said he'd be in better form when he plays Nadal in the next match. Nadal lost to Ferrer, I didn't watch, but it's one that gives the crowd the matchup they want. Who knows if it's pre determined.
Unfortunately, it was a short-lived match but we know he is a very good front-runner.
Anyway, the real season starts in Doha and that's when I'll actually look forward to watching, I think Roger should treat Doha as another practice session though and get matches under his belt for the Australian Open which starts on the 16th of January. He won Doha last year, but by the time Aus was finished nobody remembered that and it will be the exact same this year.
As far as the Australian Open goes, you have to put Djokovic as favourite for it in my opinion, although I didn't read into todays match after the shambles that Fed produced, Djokovic still hit the ball sweetly off both wings and hit a lot of winners and that can only ever be a good thing.
The guy tracks balls down for fun, and makes Fed play one forehand too many. If they meet in Australia Roger is going to have to pull out a ton of variety and keep changing the pace of the ball constantly.
But – here's a stat – every time Roger failed to win an Exho match – he went onto win the Australian Open. Long may that continue!