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Federer Dispatches Evans to Make Second Week at SW19

Roger Federer is the first man into the Last 16 at Wimbledon with a routine 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win against Dan Evans. The win sees him make the second week at SW19 for the 14th time and like with Marcus Willis on Thursday any hopes of a British victory on Centre Court were quickly put to bed by the 7 time champ.

The Swiss was in solid form throughout, racing into a 4-0 lead in the first 2 sets and winning 5 games a row in the third to come through in 86 minutes; hitting 11 aces and 29 winners to move into the fourth round on Monday.

Quick Match Recap

Federer Wimbledon Round 3 2016

Federer won the toss and elected to receive. Evans found himself in immediate trouble having to save a string of break points but couldn't fend off a fourth as he lost the opening game. Roger consolidated for 2-0 and moved into a 4-0 lead. Evans finally got on the board in game 5 (which saw the first successful SABR of 2016 I believe) and then recouped one of breaks for 2-4. The Brit then saved a break point en route to holding for 3-4 but Roger didn't give him another look as he took the set 6-4.

Evans looked to be getting into things at the end of set 1 but Roger broke to love at the start of the second to stop the world number 86 in his tracks. The Swiss again moved up a double break into a 4-0 lead and this time maintained his advantage to take the set 6-2.

With Evans now looking out of ideas Roger was able to take full control in the third. Breaking to lead 2-1 and cruising to a 5-1 advantage. Evans managed to hold to force Roger to serve it out but he did so to 15 to book his spot in the fourth round on Monday.

Match Stats

Match Statistics R. Federer D. Evans
Aces 11 0
Double Faults 0 8
First Serve % In 45/67 (67%) 54/94 (57%)
Win % On 1st Serve 40/45 (89%) 26/54 (48%)
Win % On 2nd Serve 11/22 (50%) 21/40 (53%)
Net Points Won 12/21 (57%) 9/18 (50%)
Break Points Won 6/15 (40%) 1/2 (50%)
Receiving Points Won 47/94 (50%) 16/67 (24%)
Winners 29 19
Unforced Errors 15 23
Total Points Won 98 63
Distance Covered (M) 1518.6 1458.5
Distance Covered/pt. (M) 9.4 9.1
SABR 1/1 (100%) 0


Thoughts on the Match

Federer def. Evans Wimbledon

Solid match again from Roger who was the better player throughout. I didn't think Evans had much chance going into it and that proved to be the case as Federer was all over his serve. If my numbers are right I think Evans lost at least 2 points in every service game apart from the one he held to love in at 1-5 down in the third set. Just way too much pressure which is why he sent down 8 double faults and Roger won 50% of points on the return. Looks like Evans has one of those serves that Fed can return all day long as it's not coming down from a great height or at a great pace.

Other than that I think Fed moved well throughout the match. The break in the opening game was from a defensive squash shot forehand that I don't think he'd have made in Stuttgart or Halle. The serve was on song for the most part losing just 5 points behind the first delivery and really he was just better in every area. He also seemed to get better as the match went on which another good sign. Of course he hasn't been tested and it's been an easy draw so you can't get too carried away. Part of me thinks he's getting sharper but the other thinks as soon as he runs into a consistent ball striker with respectable power his ground game will be found wanting. The good news is he keeps winning which means we'll probably find out ๐Ÿ™‚

Predictions vs. Steve Johnson

Next up is the form player on grass this season Steve Johnson who's on an 8 match winning streak on the surface after winning the Aegon Open in Nottingham (still a few to go to match his College winning streak of 72 ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). The American beat Dimitrov in 4 sets earlier today and he's going to be Roger's toughest test of the tournament so far.

They've never played each other (but they have practised together in Indian Wells) so it could be an interesting one. Johnson will be flying high on confidence whilst Fed's still in the rebuilding stage after his stop start year. Based on what I've seen I think Johnson could get a set and he'll definitely compete but Fed has to be the favourite going in. Johnson got his first top 10 win against Gasquet at Queen's so his record against the elite isn't great but like we saw with Querrey against Djokovic, anything can happen.

I'll pick Fed in 4. He needs to be sharp as Johnson has a good serve and forehand but if he can draw errors from the backhand and get enough returns in play I like his chances.


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    1. Phew… Finally

      I thought I will never win on a Grand Slam post.

      So happy to see the stat, seems like he is getting better each day.
      It’s true that he hasn’t been challenged with more consistent player, but he made it to 2nd week, yeay!

      and welcome back SABR!

  1. Only one comment so far: that’s unusual. Congrats Amar and I’m second with no competition ๐Ÿ˜†

    I thought Feds was moving better. Clearly he was only in 2/3 gear – no need to knock himself out after all. Johnson or Dimitrov will be a sterner test, but the old guy has a day of relaxation and a nice day of practice before his next match. Considering many weren’t expecting him to reach 2nd week, even though he got lucky with first 3 opponents, I’m pretty happy. Allez Federer!

    Can Querrey hold his nerve, and his serve, today?

    1. I had a funny feeling he was going to win when it was rained off for the evening. Looked like it had Anderson written all over it but law of averages says you can’t win them all. Querrey came up with some big serves when he needed them.

  2. Just happy he is through into 2nd week. His first test will be on Monday. I am glad he is slowly playing into form. Its good to see he is in relax mode and serving well. Too bad about Querrey, started slow on Saturday with 2 breaks down. Thank god for another rain delay. I hope Sam can make it W for once.

  3. Fed served well, his return of serve was good. I enjoyed this match. I want Fed to play a little better as each match presents a bigger challenge. I have a feeling that Novak is going to pull through after the rain delay from being two sets to love to Querry. Either way , I want Federer to beat Djokovic in the semis. One match at a time. GO MARSTRO!

    1. Huge chance for Fed if Sammy can follow through with Novak. The guy becomes more unbeatable as he gets closer to the final and with Fed not 100% yet, even slimmer chances if that match comes to fruition.

      1. Well, Djokovic is out. But I’m not very optimistic about Fed chances this year either. Could easily go down against Cilic in quarters. The same man who denied him at USO when we last had a surprising Djokovic defeat. Fed is just not the opportunistic type of player…

      2. Good points about USO in 2014. Murray becomes favourite now and Fed has a lot on his plate with big servers/power hitters Cilic and Milos. First thing first, dispatch Johnson.

      3. Yeah I guess, but he won the French in 2009 which was pretty opportunistic. Fed lost USO 2014 because he never recovered physically from Monfils match. If his legs keep working here then he has a good shot to make semis or the final.

  4. Well, Fed reached the second week which is my main hope crossed off. Ideally I’d like him to get to at least the Quarters but from his recent tournaments even reaching the second week seems pretty decent.

    Fed didn’t really have a flashy win for me here, but he was never pushed and it always felt he could go to higher levels if he needed to. Whoever wins out of Johnson and Dimitrov it should be a good test for Fed and one I think he’ll do well on. Little by little, Fed is looking better, we just need him now to shake off the last little bits of rust in the coming matches.

    1. Yup agreed, needs a bit of luck on his side, which so far he had with the schedule. Might make Quarters / Semis if his game keeps improving.

  5. Best match he’s played since his return I think. Agree about the pressure that will be faced once he faces stiffer competition but at least he’s going to be pretty fresh and have a full tank to give it everything he’s got. Very lucky with the scheduling so let’s hope the rain stays away for the rest of the tournament. Making it to the second week was always the goal, and now that he’s achieved that, the confidence in his fitness should be a lot higher so expecting him to turn it up a notch.

    Unlucky for Samuel. Another Anderson repeat on the cards here that’ll probably spur Djoker onto another slam. Sigh.

    Huge win for Delpo. Very emotional to see him back on the big stage although you have to question where Stan’s game is at right now. It would seem his grass stint with Krajicek was a bit of a fail. Or maybe Stan and grass just never going to fit together. Either way, Muzz should surely make it to the final without too many worries.

    1. Stan played a joke match. It should be a good surface for him if he could improve his forecourt game. Bit too of a bull in a china shop movement wise but has the power to negate it. Del Po just sliced and sliced and Stan clowned up.

  6. Cruise win. Evans just not powerful enough, to test Fed even at 85%. 2 wk ticked tho! ??
    Coming forward much more as confidence grows but we shall see what the step up his next oppo ( prob Stevie J) will bring! Def more power!
    Think he’ll be on ct 1 on Monday just when I hv CC! Will keep u posted!

    1. Yeah his forehand is a good shot. Should be interesting, depends how Fed recovers out the corners. Should have a bit too much though, I hope ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. I’ve court 1 on Monday but you will get Fed on CC now Djok not a factor. It obvious for them to put Muz/Kyrgios on and now they dont have to worry about upsetting Novak two rounds running. Its ironic that Djok not winning means I wont see Federer – boo. Good luck to you tho

  7. What a lucky person Djoker is.. Every time he finds himself into a hole… he gets a rain delay!

  8. Wow. Roger’s still got a huge mountain to climb – (kei or cilic even IF he makes quarters), but it’s a significantly smaller kind of huge.

    Meanwhile I will be grateful for a break from another Djoko-bot slam.

    1. True. Possibly Dimitrov next round, then the Japanese doper. Two very tough matches, given the physical state Federer has been in recently. Something tells me he will step it up, and get it done.

      1. It’ll be Johnson, not Dimitrov. Don’t know much about Johnson but I’m sure he will pose more of a challenge than his previous three opponents. I’m equally sure Federer and his coaches have already scouted him and will be wary of the danger–especially after Djokovic’s upset.

        Also, so far Federer’s played every match under the roof, thanks to being drawn against two British players in a row–don’t know how he will do if he suddenly has to adjust to playing outdoors. At some point you figure he’ll have to, and I’d rather it be sooner than later.

      2. Fed still lacking in good baseline prep, gonna be key if he makes it to the quarters and beyond.

  9. Sam was superb. ๐Ÿ™‚ .. Djokovic had the fourth set (and practically the match) in the bag when he broke to go up 5-4. But Sam held his nerve and Djokovic choked it away. His play in the tiebreaker was also excellent.

    1. Don’t understand how someone who is coached by Boris Becker could play such a horrendous volley on the point Sam broke back.

      1. Ruan is a complicated creature. He hates Nadal, so he likes Djokovic, because he actually loves Federer. Did I make that sound too complicated? ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. Sid, what makes you think he likes Federer? He doesn’t leave any opportunity to belittle him. I am not against him for liking Djokovic. It’s his blog and his choice to prefer one tennis player over another. But, the kind of aggression he has shown in glorifying Djokovic’s achievements and diluting Federer’s, it’s almost as if he regretted being the latter’s fan.

      3. Well, look at his latest blog post, talking about a conspiracy against Djokovic. Was he as obnoxious as a Fed fan as well, or has this newly developed anti-establishment streak of his increased his obnoxiousness manyfold?

  10. Take a bow Sammy! Opened up the draw big time. Not to mention, upsets are contagious, Fed gotta be cautious moving forward…

    1. Yeah Stevie J is bang in form. I dunno a lot about him other than his college streak. Looks like his backhand not great but is slice is good on grass.

  11. Good win for Federer, I think. He was pretty sharp and did just enough to win the important points. Federer was able to take advantage of Evans’s movement since the guy hits so flat. He also did a good job of keeping his foot on the gas, jumping out to an early lead in each set, and not letting Evans get his teeth into the match.

    Don’t think the atmosphere was as good as the Willis match, but that was to be expected since there was no heartwarming story of the underdog who almost quit tennis to become a coach but who made the second round of Wimbledon while being ranked somewhere close to 770 in the world. (Willis’s game was more interesting, too). It was all business from Federer’s end.

    As for Djokovic, I feel his motivation could be waning just a touch after reaching the Olympian heights of the Career Slam and winning four straight majors. It’s impossible to keep up that insane drive every single day for over a year. Since it’s a knockout system, one bad match and it’s all over. You can’t keep defying the odds by winning every single time, eventually the laws of probability are gonna catch up with you.

    Also, his game isn’t as versatile as Federer’s, if he’s having a bad day he isn’t able to come up with a Plan B when Plan A fails.

    When people claim that Djokovic’s streak of major quarterfinals was so amazing, recall that Federer made the QFs of every Grand Slam starting at Wimbledon 2004 and ending at Wimbledon 2013. There’s just no comparison; he’s the most consistent champion the game ever had, bar none.

    1. Djoker’s loss came down to a few things IMO: Sam Q’s serving + not playing his best + pressure to win the calendar grand slam. Can’t keep winning forever but what a last 12 months he’s had.

      Disagree about Novak’s game not being as versatile as Fed. Honestly, Novak is a pretty complete player and he’s incredibly mentally strong, maybe the best ever in that regard. So if he’s having a bad day, the last few years has proven he’s strong enough to hang in there and raise his game when he needs to. Probably the most impressive thing about his career since he’s been dominating.

      Also I think people are talking about Novak’s streak at the grand slams since he holds all four at the moment which is in a league of its own compared to Fed’s consecutive QF and SF streaks.

    2. Also, his game isnโ€™t as versatile as Federerโ€™s, if heโ€™s having a bad day he isnโ€™t able to come up with a Plan B when Plan A fails.

      First part yes, second part no. You can’t do what Djokovic has done without having plan A, B, C. He has many ways to win a match.

      1. And if nothing else works, there’s PLAN D WHERE HIS OPPONENTS BLOWS UP AND MAKES 4 OF 24 BREAKPOINTS!

    3. Agree with Jon and Alysha. Djokovic does not lack plan B. Quite frankly, with the exception of volleys, which aren’t that large a part of the game, there isn’t a shot I don’t think Djokovic has. Every backhand, every forehand, groundstroke, lob, serve, second serve etc.

      Fed has versatility over him in the sense that he’s tactically more able, and is better at moving inside the baseline, but any player, including Nadal (imo) can’t get to multiple major winner status at all slams without having a complete game. Djokovic especially so, given how consistent he is.

  12. Love you Sam!!! The draw opens up. Wimby is interesting know , it is Andy’s tournament to lose. But somethinh tells me that Federer and Delpotro will have big wimbledon!!!

    1. Delpo’s BH is still a huge liability, still not sure how he beat Stan TBH but a good bet to make the quarters at least.

      1. I suspected Delpo was going to go out in the next round after knocking out Stan. Typical ๐Ÿ™

  13. I’m glad Nole is out cause I’m tired of him being the only answer to who wins for so long.
    But i agree w the general consensus here that Fed is far from the favorite or near favorite now. He’s slowly played “come back from the dead” tennis for a few weeks now, but he to me he seems far from 2015 form at this point.

    1. Yeah he’s deffo not at 2015 level but to be expected. In some ways if he can find more match toughness / sharpness in the fourth round, the lack of tennis in his legs this year might actually help him. But gotta keep winning for that to be be of any assistance.

  14. Not sure about this Murray is the favorite hype. His draw is pretty stacked. He’s got Zverev, Berdych, Tsonga, Del Potro and Kyrgios in his draw. Roger has to worry about Cilic/Nishikori and potentially Raonic. I like Roger’s draw. He seems to be getting pretty lucky with the schedule and if he is able to get past his opposition and makes the final, if it is against Murray, he should be feeling pretty good about his chances. Still, many matches to be played, lots of twists and turns and you never know what can happen. Roger is playing games himself into form – looks more relaxed and less tentative with each match so anything is possible. ?

    1. Maybe you’re right – maybe Roger will get into form, but tom e he still hasn’t looked quite himself since he came back. Not yet. I still think Murray, Raonic, and a few others – maybe Cilic – are at a higher level right now.

      And he hasn’t faced any of the top guys for a long long time.

      I would def not at all pick him as a fave over Murray at this point. Not really close to me.

    2. Well, at least the British media will put all the pressure on Murray and not Federer. Federer did his part by dispatching the other two Brits in the draw, so there won’t be any other Brits around to distract the media’s attention from Murray.

      A top-form Federer would readily beat Murray, even if the latter were playing his best tennis. But Federer isn’t in top form and we have no idea how he would fare in the heat of a Grand Slam final. He’s been in one final this year and that was before the surgery.

      Post-surgery Federer is an unknown quantity because he hasn’t been tested against the best players. He’s had to learn how to move on his rebuilt knee and that takes time.

      We don’t know, and even he doesn’t know, how he’d hold up against Murray. He may have some idea of how he’d do against the Thiems and Zverevs of the world, but Murray is another kettle of fish altogether.

      Also Murray has lost two major finals in a row to Djokovic and he is no doubt hungry to overturn that streak. His bad luck has to come to an end sometime and he’s no doubt hoping that that sometime is now. And he won Olympic gold against Federer four years ago, taking advantage of Federer’s exhaustion after the epic Del Potro match.

      It would be very unpleasant, as a Federer fan, to see Murray be the beneficiary of Federer’s misfortunes yet again. And yet it seems that may well happen–assuming Federer even makes the final, which is far from given.

      1. I agree completely. I do not want to see Murray benefit from Djoker’s loss and Roger’s poor form. If it can’t be Roger, I rather a new champion. I like Murray well enough but a fully fit Roger has been able to dispatch him in straight sets in all their matches for the last two years.

        Let’s just take one match at a time though. Each match Roger is playing a bit better and he at least claims he’s feeling okay in the morning, so let’s hope he starts feeling better very soon.

      2. Wonder if Kyrgios can do some damage.

        Been a matchup from hell for him so far in their H2H, maybe grass can be a bit of a leveller. He needs to try get Murray angry but not sure he can manage it without blowing a gasket himself.

      3. I noticed that too. This is their first match on grass, just like Querrey vs Djokovic, so plenty of unknowns.

  15. Great to see Delpo gaining ground
    But sad to see Stan play so unsound

    Uncle Sam with the booming serve
    Unlike Anderson he held his nerve

    Fed of course gets a well-deserved rest
    He is on a roll, without playing his best

    Should get through in 4 if not straights on Monday. Fed will fancy his chances too now.

  16. So in the states on ESPN, J Mac is commenting on Raonic’s match against Sock. Commenting on everything – how to beat both guys, strategies, tips for both guys, etc.

    Isn’t he Raonic’s coach now?

    It’s surreal.

    1. I thought he did a decent job commentating on Raonic match. Was fairly balanced.

      I don’t mind him lately. He can be annoying but deffo has some good knowledge to share.

      I watched Roddick on periscope earlier, he is going to commentate a match via periscope this week as he said commentary is stale. Should be interesting.

      1. Hey, did you know J Mac used to play with a wooden racket….you’ve got to be kidding!

  17. I’ve heard people comment that in the heat of the Rafa v Fed era, Fed would get a confidence boost when Rafa was out of a tourney he was in. Don’t know if that’s true.

    But does anyone think Nole’s exit this might lift Roger’s spirits and improve his attitude/play?

    Or will it be of no effect at this point?

    1. IMO, if anything Roger tended to falter after Nadal got knocked out. I wonder whether he now regards Novak in a similar light, in which case Monday could be problematic. I could certainly see him losing a set against an in-form player who he hasn’t played before.

      1. Yes – I have ZERO expectations for Fed. Tons and tons of hope, but I wouldn’t bet a dollar on another round.

    2. Guess the big one was FO when he went 2 sets down to Haas. But he came through.

      Wimbledon 2012 was Nadal out when Fed nearly got done by Benneteau?

  18. Remarkable win by Querrey. It is a bit sad to think that if this had happened in 2014 or 2015, Federer would have cruised to the title with his level at that time – actually I think the level of 2015 semi final vs Murray was maybe the best since 2006-7.
    Unfortunately his form now is not close to that level and those losses to Thiem and Zverev must trouble his confidence.

    Raonic and Cilic are great challenges as well. Remember Raonic already beat Fed in Brisbane earlier this year, and Cilic can serve anyone off the court Goran-style. Things just go a lot more interesting, anyway.

      1. I don’t think losses to Thiem and Zverev will have done too much damage to confidence. Maybe a little but he had low expectations for those tournaments. Won 9 sets on the spin now so all forgotten IMO.

    1. Djokovic didn’t have the pressure or maybe even the wear and tare the last 2 years as he had this tourny. His success is a heavier weight now than ever.

      He is also 29.

      Too early to call, but it would be far from unprecedented if Djoker begins to ever so slightly move toward the other side of the mountain of his career soon. 30 and above is hardly prime in the history of the modern greats

      Fed’s GS record may turn out to be safer than feared. Who knows?

      1. No one has won 5 grand slams in a row so can’t really say Djoker’s dominance in the majors will all of a sudden start to fade away. People said the same thing about Nadal after Wimbledon 2012 and he won 3 more after that. If the young ones fail to rise up in the next few years I think Djoker should be able to overtake or equal 17.

    2. Yes, it is really annoying that Fed, fitness-wise, probably isn’t in a fit state to take advantage of Novak no longer being in the draw.

      1. Might be, might not be. Least we are going to find out because he’s still in the tournament and in the second week. Nobody knows how fit he is, not even himself pre tournament, he will know for certain now though. I think he looked rusty first match, but has improved round by round. But as the same time opponents have been easy peasy post Pella. Johnson should be a good yard stick.

  19. Congrats to Sam! I’m so happy he was able to defeat Djoker or as my sister likes to call him Voldemort.

    He said in his press conference that wasn’t fully healthy, but didn’t want to talk about it. I’m not sure what the issue was, but I’m sure he’ll come back strong for the hard court season.

    Why couldn’t this loss happen last year when Fed was fully healthy? 18 is still a long way away and Fed needs to improve a lot in his next matches, but if Sam can beat Djoker anything can happen, right?

    1. I heard shoulder but not seen anything confirmed. Will just be a blip, bound to happen to him eventually.

      And deffo, even a blind squirrel sometimes finds a nut as Sam’s coach says ๐Ÿ˜€

  20. I think Raonic and Cilic stand in his way, less so Johnson and Nishikori. Obviously reasonable chance of making final. Its interesting to compare early rounds with Stutgart and Halle. There he looked like he was struggling with shot choice and movement looked poor and like he didn’t know which shot to come in on which you could never imagine would be the case. It reminded me of me after I haven’t played for while and am put under pressure and make wrong decisions. Willis and Evans aren’t the same as Thiem and Zverev but you have to say he looked as though he know exactly what he was doing and moved with great confidence. I love it that he says Djokovic is clearly beatable and then is he is beaten. Monday is going to be interesting.

      1. Both American guys are coached by the same guy are they not? Either way it will be a welcome test for Roger because he’s going to need to sharpen up if he is to take advantage of the Djoker void.

  21. Not sure how much confidence can Fed get form Djoko being out of the tourney. Yes, if this happened in 2014/2015 Fed would have liked his chanced to close the deal. It was obvious Fed had some sort of confidence issue against Djoko.

    This year has been all about injuries. Fed did improve his movements against Evans. Against top 10 players, it still has to be seen though.

    1. Yeah least he is winning though so well see it happen. Johnson is a level up from his matches so far. Pella prob the toughest so far.

  22. I see Roger’s on Centre *again* tomorrow. I think they should have put him on No. 1, but with no Djok, Nadal or Wawrinka I suppose they’re a bit short on big names. Does that mean he’s going to be shunted to No. 1 for a potential QF against Nishi/Cilic? That doesn’t sound like good news to me …

      1. Well yes, but W are *supposed* to give everyone a turn on No. 1 – assuming they get far enough, of course. Roger and Andy have played only Centre so far.

  23. I am reading a lot of hype about this Johnson. He says he wants to win and is pumped up, etc. It’s also going to be played on US July 4th – Independence Day, etc. Roger should be focused, energized and ready for it. Not let up or let offs. He’s had couple of days of rest to get ready so no excuses at all.

    In terms of scheduling, I see no reason why Roger shouldn’t get all his remaining matches on Centre Court but it’s up to him to keep winning. The first 3 matches were super easy and relaxing on the eye. Will be curious about tomorrow. Then we’ll see. Roger should stay in the moment and not think too far ahead. Let the tournament come to him instead of trying to focus too far ahead and lose his focus on the present.

    1. Just the type of advice a 17 Slam winner would need. He does have a habit of losing focus though. I bet he has been dreaming of No.18 since Novak buried that ball into the tram lines. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. Guys what about the 4R encounter of Andy Murray taking on Nick Kyrgios. Thats sounds the most intriguing fourth round encounter to me. I ‘ed like to see Nick play some of his best tennis there and see what happens. I ll enjoy the match hopefully siiting relaxed given that Federer should make the quarters by then.

    1. Addey agree.

      But I think Murray is going to take the whole thing this year. Seems like his time to crawl back in.

      Lendl is his Yoda:

      “Do or do not. There is no try!”

      1. I am not so sure, Alb. I watched all the Andy’s matches so far. He certainly played well but his movement is no way near when he challenged Roger at SW19. Having said that, Roger’s form is also noticeably less than last year. I am hoping that Roger plays himself into form in the next one or two matches.

  25. Are you kidding me?

    No, not again. Thanks Djoker, for putting Roger on CC. I’m probably the only Fedfan who’re praying and rooting him to win on Saturday. (I know, I couldn’t believe myself!) I hate you, Novak.
    Don’t come near me people, I’ll be sulky and grumpy in Court No.1 :((

    Better win the damn whole thing this time, Roger!

  26. For the UK-based readers here (and anyone else who can get iPlayer), check out yesterday’s BBC2 coverage: there’s a long studio interview between Sue Barker and Roger somewhere about 1 hour 40 in. He says he has a much better idea of where his game is now than he did a week ago. Although that could be interpreted a number of ways, of course ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I watched that, Alison. it seems that his two girls are now old enough to pump theirs little fists for their dad and shout ‘common on’s today.

  27. Lots of sober comments about this match and the remaining. I feel that Roger will put this one off in straight. QF and semi could indeed be a slightly challenging. Have not paid much attention to Nishikori or Cilic but I did watch the whole Milos – Jack match. All I could feel is that Milos has definitely improved. Whether that will be enough for him to reach final or not depends on lots of other factors, we will see.

  28. Holy cow. Roger’s “come on” roar on the final breakpoint for 6-5 must have made half the people on court crap their pants.

  29. Good win by Federer today – broke back well in the 3rd or it might have gone to 4 . He hit some crazy angled shots from both sides and decent returns on Johnson, who served well.

    The bad news is Nishikori was too inured to do anything, so Cilic got a nice serving practice session.

    Cilic knows he can beat Federer on the biggest stages. He can serve himself out of trouble anytime and produces more power than Federer from the baseline. So this will require tremendous variety and focus. I think it will go 4-5 with a lot of tiebreakers. I just hope Fed can get trhough without being physically exhausted for Raonic.

    1. Hmm OK Goffin took the first set of Raonic, so I should stay away from blindly making predictions…Tintin vs Goliath indeed.

  30. Damn you Nishikori. Couldn’t you have waited one more match to retire. What Federer wouldn’t have given for that.

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