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Federer cruises past Kudla in Indian Wells

Like the match itself this will be a very quick post after Roger cruised though his match against 19 year old American Denis Kudla.

It's one of those matches where no conclusions can be draw and little or no analysis is required. Kudla is a young guy trying to make his way on the tour, he qualified for the Australian Open this year where he lost to Tommy Haas in the first round.

I've never seen him play apart from watching some poor quality YouTube videos yesterday and after watching those briefly it was obvious he wasn't going to cause Roger any trouble.

Overall it was just a cruise match from Roger, he didn't have to exert himself much, which was probably a good thing seen as though he's under the weather. Fed did lose serve but I wouldn't read too much into that, when you're not having to really think out there lapses in concentration are bound to creep in.

I'm always relieved and happy when I am able to find my way into a tournament,” Federer said. “So it's a good start for me. I didn't know Kudla very much, or at all, really, so it was a good win for me. I'm looking forward to what's next.

Federer Interview after Victory over Kudla

Predictions against Milos Raonic

Next up for Roger is the Canadian up and comer Milos Raonic. It could be an interesting match as everyone is tipping Raonic for big things. I've only really seen him play at this years Australian Open, where he lost to Hewitt. Losing to Hewitt doesn't really fill me with confidence about his game and suggests he still has a long way to come.

Raonic does have a big first serve though and a big baseline game. However historically Roger usually owns big servers (Roddick, Karlovic, Philippoussis etc) so it might prove ineffective. If Roger's bout of flu isn't bad I see him winning through in straight sets.

In terms of Roger's chances for the tournament I think it will be pretty tough, the Indian Wells courts look slow and sticky. Watching the match against Kudla, albeit half asleep, it looked as though Fed's ground strokes lacked any sort of zip. Maybe he wasn't having to crank them up too much due to his opponent but from where I was sitting it looked slow.

That's not to say I am writing Roger off, he's won here before and it just means he will have to play with more guile and variation should he meet Djokovic or Nadal in order to penetrate their defenses. He's clearly confident about his game after back to back tournament wins so winning is not out of the question.

Jonathan

Huge fan of Roger Federer. I watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or tweeting about tennis I play regularly myself and use this blog to share my thoughts on Federer and tennis in general.

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