Boom, great win to make the finals for the 5th time in Madrid and now Roger has a great chance of moving up to number 2 in the rankings should he beat Berdych in tomorrows final.
Back to the match against Tipsarevic, it was a total routine for Roger and he brought his A game to the court. After Janko beat Djokovic yesterday I thought he might offer some stiff resistance but he couldn’t handle Rogers play nor the breezy conditions.
Roger once again put on a total serving masterclass, actually no I’ll rephrase that, it was a tennis masterclass of how to play on clay in breezy conditions.
The first set was over in a flash really, he broke early to lead 3-1 in then secured the double break to take the set 6-2. Roger again broke early in the second, faced a BP on his own serve at 4-2, got slightly lucky when Tipsy hit his backhand long, held and then went onto take the match 6-2 6-3.
I thought Fed really played well today, he moved the Serb around the court so well and never allowed him to get into the match. His serve was yet again firing and he coped with the windy conditions very well. He didn’t try to do too much with his ground strokes and often used the wind to his advantage, hitting with heavy topspin to control the ball and keep it within the lines, something which Tipsarevic was unable to do.
I’m focused on what I’m doing this week,” said Federer. “I’m trying to play well and get as far as I can.
“I’ve been able to get on a roll. I’ve played better as the week went on under tough conditions, especially with some wind tonight. I’ve had a lot on the line before, it’s no different now.
It’s also great to watch his purist style of play, whilst all the other pretenders are moaning about blue clay and how disgraceful it is, Roger is rolling up to the Caja Magica and floating across the court making it look easy. Movement might be slightly more difficult on the Madrid courts but Fed has adapted, just like any professional should.
Speaking of the blue clay, I’m really getting bored of Nadals moaning, blue clay, the length of the tour, paying too much tax at the World Tour Finals in London, the 2 year ranking systems, the fact he can’t find a pair of boxer shorts that fit properly, it’s just a never ending list. Just like Kyle from Lefty Advantage tweeted, Nadal has done more moaning this year than Roger has done in his entire career. It’s a joke.
Predictions against Berdych
Berdych got past Del Potro in 2 tie break sets to book his place in the final and he’s clearly playing well. Roger holds a 10-4 H2H advantage, and a 2-0 record on clay but Berdych has won 3 out of their last 5 matches so on that basis it’s difficult to weigh up.
I actually thought Del Potro would be winning that one given the H2H and how he’s been playing, but from what I gather he struggled today despite getting off to a really good start.
Back to the Fed Berdshit match I think Roger will get the job done, of course there is a slight concern Berdych can do damage on this type of court due to his big serve and heavy ground strokes but I think Roger has learnt his lesson about how to play guys like Berdych after he lost to both him and Tsonga at Wimbledon in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
As long as Roger serves well I think he’ll create some opportunities to break and that will be enough to put this match in his favour. I’ll go for a 6-4 6-4 victory.