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Federer Defeats Mathieu in Indian Wells

We're up and running in Indian Wells and Roger made a solid start defeating Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-2 7-6(5) to move into the 3rd round.

It wasn't the prettiest match to watch but I thought Roger was the worthy winner and did well to hold off Mathieu's late charge.

It could have been a cleaner match from Federer's perspective I think but neither player had much rhythm. That sort of disrupted Roger on serve and the whole match was a bit stop start. Anyway let's take a look…

Quick Match Recap

Federer defeats Mathieu

This one started with a nervy opening service game from the Frenchman as he fired down two double faults to drop serve cheaply. Getting broken first game can often set the tone for the match and this was a real gift.

From there on nothing much happened as Roger served well and held all his service games comfortably. It looked like he was able to find the spots on serve and Mathieu never had a realistic chance to break back.

At 4-2 the Frenchman's serve again went missing and Roger broke for the second time before serving it out 6-2.

The second set looked to be starting in the exact same fashion but 5 unforced errors from Roger in the game allowed Mathieu to hold.

Mathieu then saved a break point at 2 all but Federer finally got the breakthrough to lead 4-3 before holding to take a 5-3 lead.

The Swiss then had a match point on Mathieu's serve but couldn't take it as the Strasbourg native held on to force Federer to serve it out.

That went badly, as seems to be the case lately, as Roger dropped his own serve for the first time in the match.

5 all was soon 6-5 Mathieu and at 0-30 on Federer's serve it looked like we could have had a decider on our hands.

In true Fed-style though he dug himself out of that game with big serving to force the tie break.

By this time Mathieu had got himself into the zone and was creaming his backhand deep into the court. He'd looked out of ideas for most of the match but in the blink of an eye he had Fed scrambling and unable to boss the rallies.

With his backhand firing Mathieu immediately went up a mini break to lead 3-1 before Federer reeled off 4 straight points. 5-3 then became 5 all with the next 2 points on the Federer serve. He dropped one of them but then capitalised on a Mathieu second serve to rifle a forehand winner into the open court to take it 7-5. Job done. The key shot was probably the whipped forehand on the run Federer hit at 0-2 in the breaker, had he gone down 2 mini breaks it would have been tricky to claw them back (check 7.35 in the highlights).

Match Stats

P. MathieuR. Federer
Aces19
Double Faults71
1st Serve %53%61%
1st Serve Points Won25/38 (66%)32/38 (84%)
2nd Serve Points Won17/34 (50%)12/24 (50%)
Winners1618
Unforced Errors2626
Break Points Saved2/5 (40%)1/2 (50%)
Service Games Played1010
1st Return Points Won6/38 (16%)13/38 (34%)
2nd Return Points Won12/24 (50%)17/34 (50%)
Break Points Won1/2 (50%)3/5 (60%)
Return Games Played1010
Total Service Points Won42/72 (58%)44/62 (71%)
Total Return Points Won18/62 (29%)30/72 (42%)
Total Points Won60/134 (45%)74/134 (55%)

Thoughts on the Match

Job Done Indian Wells

A solid start I think, not vintage or great to watch but he did pretty well to ride out the storm when Mathieu was coming up with the goods.

Mathieu seemed to find his game from nowhere and began to pound groundstrokes which caught Roger off guard. I thought he got a little passive when it was at the business end of the second set and that cost him. He was always on the backfoot in the rallies and having to defend hoping to draw an error rather than pressing to force it.

Edberg looked a little disappointed he didn't close it out first time of asking so I'm sure they will discuss that in their post match talks. I thought he should have returned a little more aggressively and tried to get on top from the first ball strike after the serve. Chipping and then starting at neutral worked in Mathieu's favour as he is quite good at moving his opponent around.

But anyway, can't complain too much as Roger dug deep to hold at 5-6 with some clutch first serves and came back from a mini break down to win the breaker. Another decent display of hustle and mental toughness to grind out the win.

Predictions vs. Tursunov

TURSUNOV

Next up is Dmitry Tursunov who defeated world class pusher Juan Monaco. He's 0-3 against Federer and by making the 3rd round has matched his best ever performance at Indian Wells from 2009.

Based on those stats I don't think there's much to worry about for Fed fans as Roger is better in all areas.

Tursunov is a solid opponent though so Fed would be daft to underestimate him and just has to stay sharp to get the job done. I've not seen him play this year but his best result was making the Semi's in Sydney. Since then he's lost to Dimitrov in Rotterdam and Rosol in Dubai.

I'm still not over Henman losing to this guy at Wimbledon about 10 years ago so I hope Fed can dish out some bakery products. Tursunov can definitely mix it but he can be quite erratic even from game to game and I think Fed will just be able to take advantage of that. Although if the ATP had rankings for humour he'd be right up there:

Fed in straights 6-4 6-4.

Review Overview

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Returning
Net Play
Winner to Unforced Error Ratio
Break Point Conversion

Deserved winner

Not the cleanest match but served well he needed it in the breaker to come through unscathed.

User Rating: 3.44 ( 11 votes)

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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134 Comments

      1. wasn’t able to, unfortunately 🙁 maybe a bug or something :)) but I think it is okay now 🙂 Hoping for the next match to be cleaner than this one 🙂 Thanks Jonathan!

  1. Third, and I read the article 😛

    Good write, and not so good match, Though credit to matthieu for pushing real hard towards then end 🙂

    1. Debatable 😛 I didn’t have a clue what to write other than the opening paragraph.

      Mathieu is streaky, caught fire for a brief period. If he didn’t serve so many double faults he may have got a set.

  2. was shocked that Fed got tight closing out the 2nd set, but thak God he played well on the breaker, cause as we all know.. Fed just seems to lose tie breaks the past few months 🙂

  3. Minus the slight blunder at the end of the second, it was overall pretty decent match with decent stats. OK so maybe the W/UE numbers could be improved some…but nonetheless I’m happy Roger is through to the next round. Hopefully Tursunov can get more time violations and entertain us with more amusing speeches 😛

    Jonathan, what are your thoughts on doubles, will going deep be a good idea? I wouldn’t mind at all.

    1. I don’t think they will go deep to be honest. Probably just put in a “below par” performance if they get to a certain point if they are both still in singles. Doubles is probably less physically demanding than a typical practise sessions / practise points. I mean check that vid vs. Dimitrov that was posted on last post, far more hard work than doubles. Only thing is I guess it’s more mentally tiring as in front of crowds and media commitments etc.

      Even if they do I don’t think it’s going to be detrimental, the schedule is pretty good in Indian Wells…

  4. Fourth, and I read the article 1st. Pretty sloppy in parts. No flow to this match. Thanks for the write-up. Stepanek almost had the win.

    1. Hahah yeah 2 people stole in while Sue was mid comment 😛

      Yeah it was sloppy in parts, I think Fed played ok though, like Mathieu was spanking it in the 2nd set after he broke back, did well to keep calm and get it done in straights.

      I didn’t see Nadal vs. Stepanek but judging from score it was a close one.

  5. Tursunov is my hero for this comment about Rafa! About time players start complaining about double standards in the game.

    1. although I am a big fan of Nadal, but I totally agree with Tursanove and others in regards to time violation. however, I have recently noticed that Nadal is talking less time in his preparation for serving. Noticed that in the last clay torny and the IW second round. maybe its due to the server motion he has adopted recently due to the back injury

    2. Hi Chris. A late reply to part of your comment on a previous post here about “the level of censorship on Western mainstream media”. Did you ever read Estulin’s book “The true story of the Bilderberg group” ? If you didn’t, I think you should one day. We have the French translation “La veritable histoire des Bilderbergers” at home. It’s a fascinating book to read, which among other things gives you precious insight in the topic of censorship in the western media, and is backed up with evidence in the enclosure of the book.

  6. Think I could have been first today, but I went away and left the spotlight for someone else. I know my place 🙂

    It wasn’t much of a match to watch. A bit sloppy as already said, and not really worth staying up for except if I hadn’t I would have been waking up regularly to check the score – so. Main thing is Roger won, had the mental strength to pull it together when needed. Funny about not being able to serve out though. Wonder what goes through his mind. He’s too old a hand to switch off thinking it’s over, or to get overly nervous. Anyway, never doubted the result, whereas last year I would have, definitely! Looking forward to Tursumov. He’s my unlikely hero too Chris 🙂

  7. Meanwhile Larry Ellison nearly had a stroke as Dull was having to save BPs in the third set…or so I read 😛

    1. Trust me Scooter, you just read about it, I watched that match. That Ellison is a horrible moneymachine guy. Don’t know why I thought he was a Roger fan. He is DEFINITELY a Rafa follower. You should have seen it. 3rd set 2-3. Stepanek was up 0-40. Oke…. have to be honest, kudos to Rafa for getting rid of all the BP. But that horrible horrible man, seriously fistpumped once when Rafa fought off one BP and even looked up and put his hands up the sky when Rafa got rid off all the BP.
      How “low” is that? I mean come on, did he not see they were showing his face? How would Stepanek feel? He was playing the match of his life. How would his team feel? Would they not have something like, well Ellison, then why don’t you put Rafa immediately in the final if you don’t want your golden goose to be defeated???
      And….. to top it off, seriously, I am getting mad thinking about it again, when Stepanek left the court, Ellison ACTUALLY stood up and applauded Stepanek !!!
      If I was Stepanek and I saw on screen during the play his reactions, I would have (after losing to Rafa), turned to Ellison and given him the middle finger !!!

      Me personally, I thought it was not done when Richard Krajicek treated Roger just like anyone else when he played in Rotterdam. I thought, why would you do that? You know your sales went up because Roger was here.
      Now, I am actually PROUD of Richard Krajicek for treating everyone the same, no matter who he is.
      If you are reading this: Sorry for doubting you and getting mad at you Richard 🙂

    2. Well he must hv had a heart attack last night then when the Dog took Nadull out! And my day was complete when Fed/Stan won their dubs! Allez les Suisses! Given how the slowness of the court evens things up, thought Fed stayed calm and just brought out the better shots when it mattered! Winning in 2 was gd though seeing how the likes of Muzza are struggling! Stadium 2 court is horrendous! Like treacle!

    1. I don’t think it makes much difference, winning is priority so how you do it isn’t so big a deal in a tournament like this. Maybe if they keep going 3 sets it will tell towards the end of the tournament but we’ll see.

  8. I did watch the whole Nadal match. Ellison loves Nadal. I usually don’t watch Nadal but it was interesting to see his poor form. Who is the girl/woman always at Ellison’s side? She’s been there for years. Girlfriend or daughter?
    I’m going to put in a formal complain…my comment was started before the others….so I should share 4th. Lol.

  9. HAHAHAH. The comment that Tursunov makes about Nadal is priceless. Perfectly well said. Spot on.

    “Rafa picks his ass for 30 seconds and you guys do nothing about it. How many warnings have you given him? 20? 30? 1?”

    Hilarious!!!!

    1. It is a joke how the top guys get away with flaunting the rules though, Nadal and Djoker both do it with no repercussions. Fed could take 40 seconds too and it’s unlikely it would get flagged. In fact I think he should just so he can “Don’t tell me to speed it up, when I wanna take time between points, I’ll take time between points, ok?”

      1. Well funny lol. The same saying at the US open when Fed said ‘Don’t tell me to stop speaking! ?! I’ll speak when I want to speak! ?! Ok

  10. Roger better start playing better from next round. Need a lot more winners and lot less unforced. Nishikori could be a tricky match. Match against Stan would be close. Hope Murray finds his best form by then to kick Dull out. Not likely to happen, but one can always hope.

      1. It’s not doping, it’s accellerating the recovery process of his injuries. Poor guy must be the most injured top athlete ever…

      2. Chris,
        I don’t know if this was sarcastic statement or something you meant “it’s accellerating the recovery process of his injuries” if this is something you really meant, I would like you to elaborate more on that.
        but if it was sarcastic , then ignore it 😉

      3. Look, Shamtoot, Nadal needs doctors around him virtually all the time. Now, he cannot have doctors around him all the time as that would make everyone suspicious as to why he has doctors around him all the time. So, Nadal must stay injured all the time. That way, he can have doctors around him nearly all the time.

        It’s just coincidence that Nadal indeed stays injured all the time, even when he is tearing down opponents. Especially when he is tearing down opponents.

        😉

      4. @shamtoot, I think it’s all about getting Therapeutic Use Excemptions (TUE), to allow Nadal using forbidden substances legally. Not doping, but performance enhancing of an injured player

      5. Oh finally, Mr Sid has responded to one of my comments! hollaloya 😉
        Back to the subject, it was funny how you explained it, anyway, I know from where you are coming 😉

        Chris,
        Appreciate what you have just said, that what I always tend to say. Nadal might use substances, there is no doubt about it, and I believe all players do, no exception for me. However, what is legal and what is not legal?! What is legal today, tomorrow turns to be is illegal and that how life goes. It is all about money

      1. It’s when Matheiu smacked a return winner, I think. I don’t remember when in the highlight reel it pops up though

      2. I’m with Gaurav, I like to see it. Not on every shot, but an acknowledgment once in a while – hey, nice shot.

    1. I didn’t see that, what minute does it happen? It sounds very un-Fed like. I actually hate it when opponents applaud the shot as it is unnecessary and disingenuous IMO.

      1. At 4:20 in the highlights, it looks like he does applaud on a service return winner. But knowing Fed, he’s just waving his hand across.

    1. And Berdych losing also good for Feds ranking but bot gd for the tourney! Djoker clear path to final but won’t get tested much. Route clear for a breakthrough! Grigor anyone?

    2. I feel bad, or rather, sad, when someone says some other player going out due to injury is “good” for Roger’s rankings. We need to banish those thoughts. We want our man to climb up the rankings by winning, not by hoping (or in case of some players, doping) 😉

      1. I agree with you Sid, except that Roger has had a pretty rough time over the last year so maybe deserves a little luck as well as winning. And if it’s at someone else’s expense well it’s not his fault.

    3. Cheers for the share Thinker I hadn’t seen that. I now pronounce you Head of Interviewing & Press Conference Sourcing at peRFect Tennis.

      Numerous perks including 4pm finish on a Friday.

  11. Good post, I think Roger is playing himself into form at IW. Conditions are different from Dubai but at least he is riding on the confidence wave to push himself through each match. Nearly tripped at the finishing line still a W. He needs to be a little aggressive and don’t go federror when serving for the match.

  12. Good honest post, and given how Muzza and Nadull struggled to adapt from their previous damp heavy conditions, clear that actually Fed did ok. Needs to up the winners but boy did he hang tough at 5/6, 0-30! Winning ugly does me when needed as 6 months ago, he Wld hv lost! And we all know PHM is streaky as J stated so Fed did well today except at 5-4 serving for match.

  13. I actually started appreciating Federer even more.

    I will tell you why?

    Recently I went to Maldives and apparently I found that the resort was managed by Swiss company. So naturally you will see a lot of Swiss tourist on island. I was wearing RF cap all day and people were noticed that I am Roger Federer fan. They approached me and became my friends and I took this opportunity to know more about our hero. They told me that it is so easy to approach the guy when he is in Switzerland. People told me that he is extremely down to earth and locals love him sooo much from kids to elderly. I could see their faces that they are so proud of him and they are so glad that I being non-swiss love Roger Federer. They offered me to come to Switzerland and they promised me that they will try to arrange a meeting with Roger himself. I was like…Whatttt !!!!

    1. Roger is THE Ambassador of Switzerland! Finally we have something else than chocolate and cheese to brag about 🙂 His down-to-earth behaviour, his ability to speak French as well as Swiss German, and his ‘normal’ family life make him very accessible for other Swiss people to identify with him. When you meet him, it’s like meeting the new nice guy from the neighborhood, he makes everybody around him feel comfortable and at ease. No complex of superiority off court. Still, it might not be so easy for your friends to arrange a meeting with him, since he hardly stops in Switzerland.

      1. Hi Chris,

        of course, I didn’t take their offer very seriously : )
        I mean, I will leave everything and will go to Switzerland to meet Roger if it’s possible.
        But the interesting part about our discussion on Roger was that if he is walking down some street, people wont even notice that he is Roger Federer,…I mean he is very simple guy with just like any ordinary person. BTW, when i asked about Nadal, they said Who is Nadal
        …: )))))

    1. Thanks Rita, cutty cute interview… I totally would love to be his little girls nanny! At least for a year (on the tour!!!) Who wouldn’t you’d say?!

    2. Ah, thank you Rita – I wondered where some of those quotes had come from since they weren’t in the other transcript.

      (Jonathan, clearly Head of Comm & Press works best as a multi-shared position!)

      Rita, I notice they talked about the hall in Geneva selling out, & thought hey, I know somebody who’s part of making that happen!

  14. Didn’t see the first but the second set was terrible. Sure, Mathieu got into the match but that’s because Roger had absolutely no contact. The BHx were absolutely garbage. 80-90 landed in the service box waiting to be crushed. Any top 10 player would have ended the point right there. The contact on the FH was better but not consistent.
    I got the feeling that he simply didn’t enjoy the match, just had to win it.

    1. I think a little harsh, he had no rhythm and then suddenly Mathieu starts hitting a big ball. Caught him off guard. Had virtually sleep walked through the first set. Looked a little tentative on BH often stopping mid shot and shanking, not sure, maybe ball not coming through the court.

  15. And here’s why I have alwayed thought Stan the Man was a gentleman:

    ” Q. Where have you placed the Australian Open trophy? And when do you think it will start getting boring with all the questions and Australia and all the things you achieved over there?
    STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Well, I think I’m not going to get boring about those questions, you know. It’s more about being Swiss No. 1 that’s annoying me.
    But about winning Grand Slam, I think it’s great. It’s positive. So I can answer many few questions if you want.
    The trophy is in Switzerland in a safe place.”

    This repeatedly asked question isn’t annoying you only Stan…

    Anyway, after saturday’s match I was amused (read here annoyed 😉 ) to notice that if it’s not the opening service game, it’s the one when serving for match… Fed should really not throw such important services games… If I never doubted he would win, I really could do without the extra drama!!

    And for everyone in live chat, don’t you never ever annouce again any final scores mid-match… As much as the Hold/Break works, the bakery products just jinx 🙂 🙂 🙂

    1. Roger that Alex 🙂 Think your message is more for Conal and Jonathan. They have such good streams or such fast computers that they know the score before we do 🙂 And you are TOTALLY right about the jinxing part.
      Hope (especially) Roger and Stan will not be too tired for their doubles. They are the only ones left. Andy, Delpo, Novak, they are all out.
      But to be honest, I kind of hope Stepanek and Paes win the doubles. After his match with Rafa he kind of deserves that……

    2. I bet Stan is sick of all these dumb questions, it’s like they are trying to get a response so they can write a headline about how they are big rivals and misquote something. I actually think the dynamic between Fed / Stan is kinda a little weird sometimes when you see em together. Like they are friends but not really lol.

      1. Hey Jonathan, I think Roger gets more along with Chiudinelli and the others.
        With Stan it looks more like it is “forced”. Neither Roger or Stan are perfect, think they are kind of the same. I do think Roger is really happy for Stan that he is a GS winner, but to be honest I get the feeling he doesn’t like it that Stan is the Swiss number one, ahead of him….

  16. Hi Jonathan,
    Can we just have a match analysis of the match between Fed and Dmitry Tursunov (final scores or point to point analysis even before the match starts!). i’m so restless, I can’t wait… 🙂

    1. Hey Rita, Roger loves Twitter too much 🙂 You are right. He should be practising. Looks like he wants to make up for lost time 🙂

  17. Yeaaaah!!!!!! Federer through a pretty tough match against D Tursanov. Good effort has got the W. Onwards and upwards.
    Flipping Muzza the lucky get. He should of lost against Vessely. Anyway I am happy that Fed scraped through. 🙂

  18. Yeh. Started really well then I don’t know what happened. This failure to serve out each time is a bit worrying though. Overall though, his game was a lot sharper than it has been, and most importantly he won!

    1. He is just going through his customary cycling down phase. He’ll be back just in time to tear through the clay season…If not then the bio passport really has he and his team spooked.

  19. OMG! Just watched Dolgopolov beat Nadal. What a match. Dolgoplov was serving for the match and completely screwed up. I thought that was the end of him. But he managed to pull it off. Nadal just doesn’t look like himself. Maybe the final in Oz has something to do with it. I don’t usually watch Nadal play too often but the last two matches were something else. A lot of upsets so far. Who will be holding the trophy on Sunday?

    1. Deserved victory for Dolgo! Did you see Nadal heading back to locker room on the little car? Such a pity! Enjoyable pity!!!

      1. He totally looked depressed and maybe crying actually! holding his head in his hands and he seemed to be wiping his eyes… He seemed devastated by the loss!!! Ah Ah Ah!!!

      2. It was in the corridor inside the stadium, 5 second camera shot… They were driving him back…
        He was just beaten today! No excuses!

    2. Credit to Stan I think, who has made others believe it can be done if they just stay tough. Expected Nadal to win when I saw he got the break back in last set. That’s the usual scenario.

  20. Stan is playing amazing! He destroyed Seppi! If Roger gets to the quarter it’s going to be very very though!
    Seriously though. Stan seems to be better accustomed to the surface than Roger so far!
    He needs to step up his game next round if he wants a chance to go far in this tournament!

    1. Agreed. Stan has never been better positions, or prepared, to beat Roger. Am not going to miss it for anything, if they both make it that far.

      1. Yes but Stan hasn’t played in form players so far and Fed has played dangerous flat hitters who can go on a tear! Seppi? Give me a break!

      2. Agreed Did. If we get the match up, its going to be bloody interesting 😀 and we better not underestimate Stan… 🙂

      3. Who will get the most cheers? Stan the new GS winner or Suisse olden golden dude Roger??

        Cannot believe it, with the year Novak had in 2011, with Andy winning Olympic Gold and 2 GS, with the year Rafa had in 2013, with the “bad” year Roger had in 2013….. they still could not take away the Fan Favourite Awards !!!
        Even at number 8 Roger is still unbeatable when it comes to people’s hearts 🙂

      4. Yes, Stan seems to have adjusted to the surface better than Roger so if they meet it’s going to be really tough that’s for sure. But first Roger has to get past Haas who will definitely come out guns blazing, Cincy might still be on his mind, you know 😛

    2. Stan will beat Federer in straights and confirm himself as Swiss #1! Just because he’s pissed having to answer questions about this all the time

    1. We need to be realistic, Roger mostly needs to! He needs to be ready for Hurricane Stan and prepare for the storm.
      If they meet it’s going to be a huge battle. As you say Sid, Stan is in the ideal position…but so is Roger (though he needs to show us he feels his game better on this surface). Tough match!
      This might be the highlight of the tournament. Mostly that there won’t be any Nadal Djokovic or a rematch of the Aussie final

      1. Hey Susie, sorry for my mistake in spelling. I did not see Rafa’s match, but I did track the scores. When I saw Rafa win the second set, I thought well that’s it.
        Imagine my surprise when I woke up and saw the man of all men had lost 🙂
        But…. Stan will be a handfull for Roger……

      1. Well…. not by the way he reacted when Rafa got rid of all the BP in the Stepanek match.
        See my comment somewhere above. Serves him right Ellison.

  21. Roger would have beaten Stan anyday anywhere. But this is GS-Stan !!! Come on Roger, no Rafa, you have to step up now…..

  22. I love this way to wake up!! log on cpu, atp loads, and see dolgo yelling. Go straight to peRFect tennis to comment! 😛

    PABLO?!? PABLOOO?!?

  23. So…………. Roger has to go through Haas, Stan, Andy and then Novak/Dimi………
    Anyone worried??? I am. Luckily Roger scrapes by the first matches, but when he has to, plays kind of like JesusFed….

    Ps: If Roger gets by Stan…. he will win IW for sure. Biggest threat is Stan I think….

    1. I thought yesterday’s match was good! Tursunov was hitting the ball pretty well, and the tie breaks just show it was a close match. If you look at the stats, they’re pretty dang solid 🙂 that’s my two cents anyways.

      And please don’t get ahead of yourself 😛 Novak is great on slow hard courts, and feds clearly does not have a cake walk. Stan seems to be on fire, Haas is no walkover, Andy/ raonic could potentially be tricky, and Novak is real good on these slow courts. And sorry, but I just don’t see dimi making it to the finals 😛 feel free to hang me for my predictions if I’m wrong 😉

      I do agree though that nadal out helps roger tremendously 🙂

      1. Hey Simon, I love to make predictions, but…. I am not good at it.
        Remember last year I told you all, watch out for Goffin 🙂 Anyone remember him???
        So I am not always right. But somehow I do think Dimi will make the final.
        And about Novak, I am sorry, but I cannot see him make the final. He has one thing going for him, Vajda is there, so he might be confident. But…. with Berdych out, Delpo out, Jo Willy out, with Novak not beeing in the more difficult draw….. if he still does not make the final, he and his team should be worried 🙂
        And I have a feeling Roger or Stan will win IW. Preferably Roger ofcourse.

        Oh and Simon, about yesterday… there were 2 TB, but I thought Roger’s stats looked great….

        Feel free to hang me if my predictions are wrong 🙂 Hope they come true about Roger

  24. Hi Jonathan, never too late to comment, right? At least leaving a comment, short or long, is my small gesture to thank you for your great job 🙂

    ‘A solid start I think, not vintage or great to watch but he did pretty well to ride out the storm when Mathieu was coming up with the goods.’ It sums up peRFectly my thoughts, too. Really happy that he’s been in a good mental state for quite while now.

    Are you guys going to buy the lavender kit? Watch out, I might get you!

  25. Jeez, Jonathan….send in d match analysis already…..we r commenting on the wrong thread 😛
    Btw, if Federer wins AO, he becomes world number 4 or 5 right…. 😉

  26. Funny tweets from Stan yesterday.

    @rogerfederer where are you?? We have to warm up soon…

    Finally found @rogerfederer after the doubles in the elevator (with selfie)

    and my favourite:

    @rogerfederer stop singing…..

    Sorry to see Nadal so upset after his loss yesterday. I woke up and checked the score and when I saw he had broken back in the last set I thought that’s it, he’s got it. Usual scenario. So was really surprised to find he lost. I’m in two minds. Glad he lost of course, but don’t really like to see any player crushed like that.

    1. Hey Rita, where do you get Stan’s tweets? Do you go to his site or somewhere else??
      He is quite a funny guy. To be honest, is it me or does Stan look more handsome after AO 🙂

      Ps: Sorry Rita, have to disagree a little bit with you. I feel for a player when he is very upset after a loss and cries. I really feel for them. They have teary eyes. To be honest, I feel for Rafa when it happens to him even if I don’t like him. BUT…. he IS getting what he deserves……. You cannot always win every match till the day you retire….. As much as I loved Stan beating Rafa at AO, for a few moments I did feel for Rafa when he had tears in his eyes. Still, glad he lost to Stan. And he will lose more. Last year when players started defeating Roger, others believed they could do the same. Now the same thing is happening to Rafa. Well…. we will see when clay arrives…

  27. @ Katyani, follow Stan on his twitter account @stanwawrinka
    I love him , he tweets anything and everything. Yesterday was just funny, his exchange with Roger. I really love the way he loves Roger!

    1. Hey Utch, thank you. Stan is my second favourite player, even before he became GS-Stan.
      I am watching Novak right now, he is playing great of course. Still think he won’t make the final.
      I am calling it: Roger vs Dimi final where Roger will win 🙂

  28. It looks like Fed is playing himself into form, and hopefully he can come thru against everyone to take this tourney. It would really send a great statement to the other top players. To all of you Nadal haters out there: He lost eary, but he is a great competitor and great person. If I wasn’t so fond of Fed, I would root for him. The fact is I feel sorry for him because he is so intense and feels victory and defeat so intensely. He is a credit to Spain, men’s tennis, and a good example for all the kids. Please stop tearing him down, all it is, is sour grapes. Let’s stay more positive and give Roger good vibes with out tearing down others undeserving of our contempt. Maybe we can all be more like Roger, and take the high road, and not get into mud slinging. How many of you can be as humble as Rafa is? Read his book and maybe you’ll see things differently. Tim

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