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Federer Makes it Sixinnati

The peRFect end to he peRFect week as Federer won his sixth Cincinnati crown and 80th career title. By beating Ferrer 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 Roger improved to 6-0 in Cincy Finals and a 16-0 Head to Head advantage against the Spanish Number 2.

Of course the final wasn't without some drama notably Roger doing well to avoid a bagel in the 2nd set but he clearly wanted this one more and came through 6-2 in the third with some high quality serving. A huge win really after Ferrer chucked the kitchen sink at him in the 2nd set but he steadied the ship, summoned that little bit of extra energy required and got the job done.

He's also snapped his 4 match losing streak in finals at Masters 1000 level which is a huge positive ahead of New York. Had he lost in another final before the US Open it was difficult to see him doing well there but now the confidence will be extremely high and he also has the hard court matches under his belt to back it up.

Quick Match Recap

Fed Triumphs in Cincy vs Ferrer

Roger won the toss, elected to serve and promptly held his opening service game. Ferrer isn't know for having a particularly strong serve and he had to work hard early doors holding to 30 in his first service game.

Roger however was holding comfortably, backing up strong first serves with crisp volleys and solid forehands and was soon into a 4-3 lead. Here Ferrer crumbled on serve firing down 2 double faults to drop serve and give the Swiss a 5-3 lead.

Know for his never say die attitude Ferrer looked to hit back immediately as Roger slipped to 0-40. 2 good serves bailed him out to make 30-40 and then a great volley saw him level the game at deuce. Another break point came Ferrer's way but it was snuffed out with a body serve and Roger went onto hold to take the set 6-3. Dream start.

Into the second and Ferrer immediately found himself under pressure, fending off 3 break points to hold what was really a must win game. The hold gave him a huge boost adrenaline and allowed him to take his game up a notch and he broke Federer to lead 2-0.

It was quite a dramatic turnaround as after being completely on the ropes Ferrer was crushing the ball and Roger looked like he was laboured at the back of the court. 2-0 soon turned into 5-0 in the blink of an eye and Roger was looking at the possibility of a bagel for the first time since the French Open Final of 2008.

Fortunately he avoided it, saving a set point before holding and making Ferrer serve it out which he did to take the set 6-1. Not a good set in the slightest but it was a big hold for Fed at 0-5 as it meant he'd be serving first in the decider.

I wasn't feeling too confident for Fed after his display in the second set though; his first serve was missing and it looked like he wasn't retrieving well enough to stick around in points where Ferrer had the upper hand. Fortunately he started the set well, visibly upping the speed on his first serve in a bid to end points quickly.

Ferrer's success in the 2nd set all came because he was able to force the issue from the back of the court but in the decider Federer changed it up, taking pace off his backhand using the short slice to draw Ferrer out of his comfort zone. It worked a treat too as Roger broke to lead 3-1 and then fired down a solid hold to consolidate.

3 more break points came his way in Ferrer's next service game but the Spaniard escaped. Did it rattle Fed? Nope, he bombed down 4 huge serves to hold to love and lead 5-2 putting himself one game away from the title.

The love hold meant the pressure was instantly back on Ferrer and the short slice worked yet again for Roger to create 0-30. A Ferrer mistake then gave Roger 3 match points, the first went begging off a makeable backhand pass but on the 2nd Ferrer missed a forehand long. It was called out but then over ruled by the Chair Umpire. Fed challenged, rightly and the call was overturned. Game, set, match Federer!

Match Stats

D. Ferrer R. Federer
Aces 3 6
Double Faults 3 2
1st Serve % 61% 64%
1st Serve Points Won 38/54 (70%) 36/47 (77%)
2nd Serve Points Won 14/34 (41%) 13/27 (48%)
Break Points Saved 11/14 (79%) 9/11 (82%)
Service Games Played 12 12
1st Return Points Won 11/47 (23%) 16/54 (30%)
2nd Return Points Won 14/27 (52%) 20/34 (59%)
Break Points Won 2/11 (18%) 3/14 (21%)
Winners 29 32
Unforced Errors 24 28
Net Points Won 11/14 18/32
Return Games Played 12 12
Total Service Points Won 52/88 (59%) 49/74 (66%)
Total Return Points Won 25/74 (34%) 36/88 (41%)
Total Points Won 77/162 (48%) 85/162 (52%)

On Court Interview

Thoughts on the Match

Federer Wins Cincinnati 2014

I really thought I was feeling better again towards the end of the second set, like he felt better at the end of the first. I carried that over into the third and served great and was able to come up with some really good plays. Just overall I think I played a great match at the end.

A huge victory here for Fed and maybe even a must win final. Losing Brisbane, Indian Wells, Monte Carlo, Wimbledon and Toronto were giving Fed a second best tag this year when it really mattered but by winning Cincy for a record 6th time he's turned it around in an instant.

Losing in Toronto to Tsonga clearly irked him to the point where there was no way he was going to let another final slip. I thought he looked dead on his feet during the second set but in the decider he got that second wind. Cranking up the serve and switching his gameplan up to use the short slice to drag Ferrer into the forecourt. After looking unstoppable for about 5 games, Ferrer began to make mistakes when he was playing shots from uncomfortable positions. Roger's serve then gave him that breathing space he needed to hold quickly and instantly put Ferrer back under pressure.

That's the beauty of having so many shots in your repertoire, I doubt Fed would have won this one if he'd continued to trade from the baseline where Ferrer seemed to have the upper hand, so he just changed it around and it worked. Serving ridiculously well also helped too of course and you could see Fed making a conscious effort to drive up with the legs even though he was tired to get that all important 1st serve in play.

Interestingly Roger said afterwards he came pretty close to withdrawing from Cincy after Toronto tired him out, but he felt good in practice when he arrived and gave it a go. Very good decision I must say 🙂

As for Ferrer he justified my Dark Horse tag ahead of Cincy and he's played himself back into form this hard court swing. If you're not a member of the big 4 then he's definitely not a name you want to see in your section of the draw at the US Open. I'll back him to make the Quarter Finals at least in New York.

More Records

By beating Ferrer in the final it was:

  • Roger Federer's 972nd overall career match win.
  • Federer's 871st match win against right handed opponents
  • Federer's 304th match win at an ATP-1000 masters tournament level.
  • Federer is now 6-0 in the finals of Cincinnati. He always won this title, whenever he has reached in the semifinal.
  • Federer's 80th career singles title. Only Jimmy Connors with 109 and Ivan Lendl with 94 titles have more titles than Federer in the open era.
  • Federer's 1st ATP 1000 masters title win in two years, last he won Cincy Masters on 19-Aug-2012.
  • Federer's 22nd ATP 1000 masters title win. Most number of ATP 1000 title wins: Nadal 27, Federer 22, Djokovic 19, Agassi: 17, Sampras: 11, Murray: 9.
  • Federer is the 2nd eldest player to win ATP 1000 Masters tournament title, Andre Agassi won Cincy Masters at the age of 34 years, 4 months. If we include Grand Prix from 1970 in this category, Federer is the 4th oldest after Ken Rosewall (35 in 1970) and Marty Riessen (32 in 1974).
  • Roger Federer's 12th win over a Top10 opponent in 2014 & that equals 27% of the total match wins that he had in 2013.
  • During, 12 of the last 13 years (with the exception of 2013), Roger Federer has won *at least* 3 titles each year.
  • Federer's 16 match winning streak vs Ferrer equals the 2nd highest winning streak in the open era. Highest active winning streak is Nadal vs Berdych 17-0.

GOAT.

Jonathan

Huge fan of Roger Federer – I’ll pretty much try and 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 Fed and tennis in general.

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123 thoughts on “Federer Makes it Sixinnati”

    1. Oh man son close. Thought this was my chance.

      Well, about the match. Roger was really on low performance on second set, almost as if he was just playing the near balls and not giving a second look to the ones he thought was going to lose. As if he was tired, as we saw against Tsonga.

      But apart from that tropical storm, first and third set were spotless. I think he changed his serve a little bit, now not just about aces but a 1-2 hit for serve&volley or serve+baseline forehand.

      Roger has to keep tuning his play to make the points even shorter, as it is evident that age is becoming the monster gorging his legs and fitness.

    2. I dunno really, back to back Masters 1000 tournaments are the ultimate test of fitness and he made the final in both. I’d say he is holding up pretty well. Slams with a day rest make it easier.

      1. Seriously Jon, you have to have a time clock which counts back till the moment you post. Atleast the honest non-dopers (like me) will have once a chance in this lifetime 🙂 🙂

    1. HEY! No odd win-lose cycles, no mysterious win-everything comebacks, no looking puffy…. oops, not a conversation I want to have, actually. Time to just celebrate Roger.

  1. I nearly lost hope and try to see silver lining after that horrible 2nd set. Its almost his mind went to Timbuktu and playing without any plan. I nearly felt that toll of last night match against Raonic will again cost him the title. Its much needed win ahead of USO. Tactically no complains in fact clutch stuff during 1st set while serving at 5-3 amazing stuff and grit. Edberg effect continues to yield great results and hope the partnership can bring on 2 more slams PLEASEEEEEE!!!! Lastly his best buddy Gavin Rossdale has issued Ice Bucket Challenge to Roger, I can’t wait to see him do it for ALS.

      1. Such a pity, well he needs to remain focus on USO now that he is 2nd seed. I am praying for good draw.

    1. I do not know what to think of it. Either he is serving yet another silent ban, or he wants revenge at AO15.

      I get the feeling this time Novak Djokovic will succumb before the final. And very likely a Roger-Dimitrov QF.

      1. I think he wants to focus on a 2nd AO, which will give him a double career grand slam & a 10th french open. If he does that he could be at 16 slams. I am pretty sure he is focused on AO. Hope Roger raised the bar to 18 at USOpen.

      2. Precisely! And then there’s this small matter of not having beaten Djokovic at the Australian Open to take care of, no? 🙂

      3. I doubt it’s silent ban. Why would tennis authorities sideline a cash cow? It doesn’t make sense that all his absences are indeed “be a good boy now and you can do a marvelous come back in few months”. I say human liver has finite abilities and Nadal absolutely needs time off so people dont witness anymore his cycle off performances like few years ago when he had abysmal indoor seasons.

      4. [Why would tennis authorities sideline a cash cow?]

        True. And that’s why a short silent ban, instead of a life time ban. It also presents him an opportunity to go through his down cycle.

  2. I would like to congratulate Jonathan, as the PeRFdect Tennis article appeared on Google News. Never seen it before. So congrats Jon. And great article as usual 🙂

    1. Wow, congrats for that, Jonathan!

      And now, something else that needs to be said: it’s been a tough 2 weeks for Roger, with 2 full-length Masters to play, but it’s also been a tough 2 for Jonathan, staying up til the early hours of the morning (yeah, thanks, tournament organisers!) watching all these matches, and then managing to write reports on all of them inbetween working, just so we can all benefit from them. A very big THANK YOU is called for. Now go and have a rest for the rest of the week!

  3. I would like to congratulate Jonathan, as the PeRFect Tennis article appeared on Google News. Never seen it before. So congrats Jon. And great article as usual 🙂

    1. His chance did not change much. Courts at the US open are faster than Australia. He would have had a decent chance against Nadal. Plus Fed is in excellent form and should be at least the 2nd favorite behind Djoker in New York. But the best news for me is that, he now has a chance to claim the 2nd ranking provided he wins New York or makes the final at least (not sure. Any idea?) . There is a strong chance that he finishes the year as World Number 2 and an outside chance he finishes as No 1. It all depends on how well Djoker plays for the rest of the season. I favor Fed in Basel, WTF and Paris. Not sure about Shnagai.. Any idea how quick is the surface there??

      1. He Wld hv to win NY to get to no 2. Simple!
        Great win for Fed. Like Jonathan was concerned about his second set tiredness, looked absolutely knackered! Key for him to take that bathroom break, regroup and recharge. Maybe he even had the Muzza Mirror talk but knowing Fed, doesn’t need such gimmicks! Think Edberg might hv sacked himself if Fed had lost this. He looked so tense throughout, never seen him on his feet before when Fed broke with that great drop shot in the 3rd set, and look so animated at the end!
        Jonathan, Can’t believe you didn’t mention that half volley BH down the line from Roger in the 3rd set. As Tennis TV said, made a hugely difficult shot look ridiculously easy. Agree with you, His armoury of shots are what won him the title last night. He used them all, particularly the slice to great effect. Ferrer a great grinder ( as Fed himself said in his interview afterwards) but really a FH/BH top spin merchant. He never really knew what Fed was going to give him.
        The post match celebrations say a lot about Roger. He simply loves winning, the whole child like thing of holding the trophy, waving at the crowds, grinning dorkishly down the spider cam. Never loses that innocence of the winning feeling. Pure joy, “this is what I love doing, and can’t believe I get rewarded for it when I do well!”.
        Loved the comment re bringing home the big prize, to keep the twins happy after so many small ones!
        Btw, hv we ever discussed what a hideous trophy Cincy has. Flipping door stopper of a trophy! And Fed already has 5 more at home in the garage! eBay anyone?

        So onwards to NY with Roger saying his game is where he wants it to be. Agree with that. All about conserving energy in the early rounds, not losing unnecessary sets and hoping for a favourable draw.
        With Nadal out, Novak, Muzza and Stan looking iffy, biggest challenge may come from dark horses such as Ferrer, Monfils, Tsonga or the big nothing to lose hitters early on so he must be on his guard and keep the focus. Fed is the fav and that tag hangs easily on him. Let the games begin!

      2. I’d say he has a decent shot at Year End #1 if he wins NY. I’m not sure he will make the trip to Shanghai though, considering he has also committed to the Davis Cup. Let’s hope Stan doesn’t screw it up again, so they can keep the DC detour nice and tidy.

      3. Hey Susie, I think Jo Willy will be the dangerous one. Maybe even Monfils, but Jo Willy…… hope he will not be in Roger’s half….

        By the way, anyone know when Delpo will show?? Or Tipsy?? What happened to him??

      4. Hi Susie, great comment as usual, loved that half volley BHDL and totally agree about the trophy. I always thought it’s such an ugly thing with revolting colour and Fed has 5 more of those! The garage and eBay…LOL.

      5. @Susie I forgot all about the half volley DTL, nobody else can really play that shot in the game I don’t think.

        Wonder if Nishikori will be back for USO?

  4. Rog is potentially flirting with #2 and if he reverts back to indoor greatness even “possibly” #1 by the end of the year. I know that’s a big ask, but…

    Thought his brain game was great yesterday – as you said J, bringing Ferrer to the forecourt in the 3rd was a crucial change up.

    Smart guy this Federer m

  5. I was out of town for the weekend & by the time I got back it was over; probably a good thing given that 2nd set, I would have had palpitations watching that. Having read some twitter comments since then, it seems that it was inexplicable & scary for watching Fed fans. Huge, huge kudos to him for bringing himself back enough, for trying something different – which we’ve all commented he’s not always very good at – and pulling it out. I saw people likening it to the 4th set at Wimbledon which was so mind-boggling.

    He himself seems so pleased, not only of course with the win but with how it sets him up for New York – he can actually rest & recuperate now, rather than having to work on problems & play catchup like last year heading into the last slam of the year.

    Thank you as always Jonathan for a thoughtful & balanced match report. He’s amazing, isn’t he? He’s been quoted recently as saying that the longevity records aren’t really a huge deal for him; but I remember him saying that beating Pete’s weeks at #1 wasn’t a huge deal for him either – until some time went by & he decided maybe that was worth pursuing after all, to the benefit of all of us. I’m kind of hoping he eventually decides at least some of the longevity records are worth pursuing too.

  6. After Toronto I wasn’t expecting much. But he has definitely picked up his game this last week. I even thought he didn’t lose the second set in the Cincy final because he played badly – at any rate nothing like in the Toronto final – but because Ferrer really took it to him. These days Roger is showing he can come back in the third. We haven’t seen that for a while. The only question now is whether he can sustain this level over best of five, in NY. But what a pleasure it is to see someone play consummate attacking all-court tennis again. No one else does. Echoes of the past. Hats off to Mr Edberg.

  7. Great Headline Jonathan. This was a Happy Tennis Weekend. I had to follow live score for two matches and so enjoyed the results. Thanks for your match reports Jonathan. Roger the Swiss Master is just awesome. I managed to remain calm during the second set yesterday which is highly unusual for me. Somehow I felt he was going to come through and he did. Happy Happy Happy!

    So now for a few rest days after reading every article on this win Jonathan (LOL) Looking forward to next week. CHEERS!

  8. Looks like Gavin Rossdale just nominated Federer for the ALS Ice bucket challenge!!

    I completed the ‪#‎IceBucketChallenge‬ thanks to Gwen Stefani, Nicole Richie and Jessica Alba! I now challenge Cash Warren, Roger Federer and Dave Grohl. You have 24 hrs. ‪#‎StrikeOutALS‬ Donate at http://alsa.org/.

    24 hours!! I wonder if Roger will do it. This should be hilarious.

    1. Hey Gaurav, on one hand I do want Roger to do the challenge (is for a good cause), on the other hand…. what if he gets sick just so short before USO??

    2. Yeah Gaurav, what if an ice cube lands awkwardly on his wrist or knee and he has to withdraw? You didn’t think about that did you 😀

      I doubt he will do it. I’m already sick of seeing it tbh, everybody is jumping on it, more about personal exposure now than charity.

      1. Yeah, I have to agree with you on that. It’s just become a gimmick for celebrities to put some inane video out there.

        Katyani, I was worried about the same- there would be NOTHING stupider than getting sick because you dunked a bucket full of ice cubes on your head just before a slam that you have a good chance of doing well in.

        The only reason he might do it is because it’s Gavin Rossdale (who comes across as an absolutely amazing person, I might add- so not like the average musician.)

      2. Yes I am over the ice challenge but it is great it is drawing attention to this dreadful disease which strikes out of nowhere and kills healthy, fit people in their prime in a few years hence it gets no research or interest. Brad Drewett dying of it so quickly got the Tennis world focused on it, remember las year how they all wore BD on their ATP officials outfits?
        Actually the ice bucket challenge might have been good in the Toronto final and cooled Fed down and woken him up as the day match threw him off a bit, but I would prefer to hear that RF quietly donates to the cause and this would encourage others too as he is so influential.

        Great write ups Jonathan , the time zone seems to have been handled amazingly well so much to enjoy throughout, and the confident tone of all on here is a joy too. I am sure we will see some good matches especially if there was a bit of strategic tanking going on in the lead up tournies. A major is always going to be super motivating and I am excited, R F is match toughened which he says is what he likes and winning shows he is competitive and right there with the best…..now for the desire of the champion to give him wings! Allez, C’mon Chum. Jetzt!!!

  9. When roger challenged I was really nervous and I think fed was too. The relief on his face when he won was amazing. A great turnaround considering he was struggling to hold to avoid a bagel his chances at the us open are quite high and with nadal it gives him extra motivation to put a strong showing in Ny and who knows he might win it but that’s for another day. A good 2014 turned into a better 2014

  10. Have been reading your website for a while Jonathan, but never commented. Just wanted to say I absolutely love your blog, and want you to keep up the good work. And of course, ALLEZ ROGER! Also, what do you think Nadal’s absence at the US Open means for Roger? Do you think he could leapfrog Nadal in the rankings?

    1. Cheers.

      Dunno really, an obstacle removed for sure but Nadal’s record at USO isn’t consistent so who knows how he would have performed. If he played Fed it would be interesting, Nadal clearly favourite but hard to pick.

      Looks like a silent ban to me for the Spaniard.

  11. Hi Jonanthan

    Watched the first set – had to leave the room during the 2nd set and got my nerve back to watch the 3rd set – thank god he won – and he looked so happy. Next stop New York – here’s hoping for a good draw and lots of Fed fighting spirit – would be lovely if he and Stefan could get the 18th grand slam – so lovely when Stefen stood to appauld his man after a wonderful point. Been unwell today so cheered myself up by watching the 2007 USO final – made me feel better for a while

    1. Haha, yeah the 2nd set wasn’t fun to watch. Looked like things were going to go wrong but he turned it around.

      USO 2007 is a good highlight reel, Prime Fed on US hard courts is pretty special.

  12. I’m totally insulted it was suggested I was doping. I came in 2nd because I needed a MTO! Now, that shouldn’t count.
    Thanks, Jonathan for all your posts. Great job!
    Did you notice the finger wag?
    What can I say….so happy for Roger. He has another gear this year. I hope he gets lots of rest before the USO AND he has a decent schedule. At least he doesn’t have the players council to attend this time. More time to rest and practice.
    I guess it’s statically possible to get to #2. I really don’t care what Nadal does.

    1. Thanks, yeah he’s been finger wagging all week, even on challenges :D. That would have been a funny GIF if the challenge was right, but he challenged like a boss but the call was correct.

      He has to win USO to get #2.

  13. My world stopped during the second set. I wanted to get off from watching yet my heart told me to stay and watch Fed no matter what happens. Federer is brilliant. No doubt he is one of the best, if not the best there is. He’s got variety of shots up his sleeves that would keep the opponents at a disadvantage. I wish him all the best in the USO. Just like what he always say, one step at a time, one match at a time and before we know it, he’s made it to the Top 2 spot, or even Top 1. 🙂

  14. A HYPOTHETICAL Solution for GOAT argument
    There are many ‘variables’ to consider to evaluate each GOAT candidate.

    These are the variables in decreasing order of importance or weightage.
    a) Racquet head size — 85to90sq inch(small), 91to95sqinch(medium), 96to100sqinch(large) — 3 head size ranges
    b) Court speed — fast, medium, slow — 3 different values
    c) Court bounce — low, medium, high — 3 values
    d) And finally, all the statistics — GS records, WorldTourFinals records, Masters records, H2H etc..

    The number of different combinations of Variables 1,2 and 3 is 3*3*3=27
    27 different combinations
    1) All players play with the small racquet on fast, low bouncing court (Example: wimbledon)
    2) All players play with the medium sized racquet on a slow, high bouncing court (Example: French open)
    3) All players play with the large racquet racquet on a medium paced, medium bounce court. (Example: US open)
    4) small racquet, slow, low bouncing court
    5) large racquet, medium, high bouncing court


    26)
    27)

    GOAT candidates (only taking players of the roughly the same generation):
    Roger Federer — probably the most skillful player
    Rafael Nadal — probably the most atheletic player
    Novak Djokovic — probably a hybrid of Roger and Rafa.
    and the REST OF THE PLAYERS on the ATP tour

    Lets ASSUME the players are of the same age group to eliminate the ‘age’ variable.
    Roger, Rafa, Novak and everybody else start playing on the ATP tour on the same date.

    THE PLAYER WHO ENDS UP HAVING THE BEST STATISTICS (d) in all 27 different playing environments together (all combinations of a,b,c) AFTER RETIREMENT SHOULD BE RIGHTFULLY CONSIDERED THE GOAT in tennis.

    Who do u guys think would be the goat?

    1. How can you have Djokovic in the GOAT argument?

      Lies, damned lies and statistics. There is way more than just stats to the GOAT debate.

      It’s a pointless argument really, nobody wins as everyone has a different opinion on it.

  15. Congratulation Roger’s Fans. he has been playing his goods recently, and it paid off
    it has been a fantastic two weeks, hope he takes the momentum to USO
    It will be interesting draw after Nadal withdrawal announcement
    All the best Roger

  16. I’m just truly amazed how could this one guy give so much joy to one’s life again and again. Simply remarkable.

    Jonathan, thank you so much for the great job day and night throughout last two weeks. Had lots of fun reading all comments as well, so thanks to all Fed fans here. I was relying on the blog for his results of match during my travel and was priority over the general world news to be honest, even needed more than 2-3 minutes to load the page at times!

    By the way, how on earth could Cincy decide to have such a revolting trophy?

    1. I actually think the Cincy trophy looks good. Don’t know if it’s actually ceramic, but it has that look, which is unusual on tour. Kinda clever that the “flowers” in the foliage are tennis balls. And I too thought of Madrid as a trophy that’s definitely worse.

  17. Seee!!! It’s good for some harsh words to be said after loses. I see Mirka and Stefan gave him a head smack.

    Well, predictions…
    US Open Champion, 2014: Roger Federer
    ATP World No 1, 2014: Roger Federer
    Barclays ATP World Tour Finals 2014: Roger Federer
    ***This is not open for debate. Just accept and move on with a smile 🙂 ***

    Hi Sue,
    Please tell me more about the finger wag.

    Oh, and Nadal tries a comeback at a later tourney this year, gets ousted, and throws in the towel completely for the rest of the year.

    1. Hey Utch, 2 things:

      First of all, don’t care which titles Roger wins this year (except USO, that one is a must), but this year he HAS TO has to has to has to and has to win DC and FOR GOD SAKE the WTF !!! He HAS TO win the WTF. If he doesn’t win the WTF….. I don’t know what I will do. Won’t talk to Roger for a week and will remove all his pictures from my room 🙂 For a week or so 🙂

      Second of all: You guys are not seeing Rafa’s plan. He knows with his injuries that he won’t equal or surpass Roger. Finally a year when he has no kneeproblem and what does he have?? Backproblem and wristproblem. Trust me, the Great Uncle Toni and he know that they won’t get to 17. So…. Rafa has a better plan: Keeping the H2H how it is and don’t let Roger make it better. Which means, Rafa will not show up when THIS Roger is playing THIS strong.
      Which means: a) he will not play AO 2015 and will come back when the clayseason starts and will win 14 titles next year or b) he will do whatever it takes to win AO 2015 to be the first with twice all the slams and then will take it “easy”.
      I know it doesn’t make any sense, but with all his injuries…. Rafa is going to go all out next year. Even if that means not playing till the end of this year. Does this sound alright???

    2. Hey Utch, how come you can make a prediction and no one says anything about it, but when I do, I am told very politely not to predict anymore 🙂 🙂

      By the way, don’t forget guys about my prediction of Roger winning Olympic Gold, getting to world number 1, playing till he is 40 and….. before he retires that there will be a or there will be a talk about a “Roger Slam” 🙂 🙂

      1. Maybe that’s because you’ve been wrong like 9 out of 10 times? 😉

        A “Roger Slam” is winning each slam at least once, and one kid to go with each of them” 🙂

  18. My best friends, can someone please enlighten me on how the ice bucket challenge works please. I do not know how it translates to money.
    #naive

  19. Hey guys, this stat shows just how great Roger also is: In about 1200 matches he has only been bageled 4 times. 3 times in 1999 and then 8 years later in 2008 and since then…. no bagle 🙂

      1. Or maybe…. he was smashing rackets BECAUSE he was getting bageled.

        Oh and apparently the only person ever to beat Federer 6-0 6-0 is now a police constable or something. It was in their junior days. Imagine that!!

      2. Most of his racquet smashes came after dropping tight sets. I think when he was down 5-0 40-0 he’d stopped caring back to even smash a racquet.

        That one vs. Safin is a good one in Rome. Then of course there is the Squillari match, the one where he decided not to do it anymore, one of the first milestone matches in his career.

  20. Really excited for the Fed. But point of correction: Rafa vs Tomas H2H is 18 to 3. Tomas apparently scored wins several years back. All matches won by Tomas were in ’05 and ’06, all consecutively.

    1. Nah, I wasn’t quoting the H2H, this is about winning streaks. Berdych won 3 in a row after Nadal won their first meeting. But Nadal has a 17 match winning streak vs Berdych since that point onwards, which is the biggest right now in the open era, second is Fed who has a 16 match winning streak vs Ferrer.

  21. Looking ahead to the USO I think what will be key for Roger is his return. It cost him Wimbledon (and of course Toronto) but it was heartening to see in Cincy how much more aggressive he was in that part of his game. It will need to be top-draw to win in NY. The rest of his game is looking sharp. His defensive game has clearly taken a step up, to back up his extraordinary attacking skills. Good work, Stefan.

    1. Yeah, return was poor. But I think his forehand has got better since Wimbledon so that’s going to help. Looks more confident in that shot, which can translate into the return games.

      If you can’t play that freely in a rally, you tend to return poorly too I think.

  22. Wow seems like I missed out on a lot. Unfortunately could’t keep up with the pace of Toronto and Cincy back to back and your speediness in posts as well J! Anyway, I’ve finally caught up thanks to reading these reports and getting in whatever highlights and matches I could. Can conclude that Roger has had a superb two weeks to kick off the hard court season and is looking like a contender for New York dare I say.

    Seems as Fed couldn’t stop taking the matches to the distance against some guys but coming out the winner surely has him mentally confident. Taking out Murray and Raonic in that form was a huge plus and getting another 1000 after 2 years is well deserved. Roger looked really sharp around the corners the past two weeks and that’s what pretty much separated the 2013 and 2014 season for him so far. I was a bit concerned in Toronto that Fed had once again lost a final this season and was saying he was fatigued when he arrived in Cincy but he went on to get back to his winning ways when it counted. Edberg looks like to have had an impact on Roger here for some reason and this team is making a lovely combo so far, congrats to them because 4 back to back finals on the trot is an immense achievement.

    What happened to Djoker I must ask? Getting married clearly took away from his Wimbledon momentum so his form is a bit unknown coming into the last slam but guess we’ll find out where he is soon. Andy on the other hand, should be completely worried about his game right now. When was the last time he beat a top 10 player? His consistency since winning Wimbledon has disappeared, will be interesting to see when he can start making an impact again. Rog to my knowledge has been the player with the most top 10 wins on tour this season so far -nice stat!

    Last but not lease- Dull. So no surprise here as he misses NY after being eaten up at Wimbledon. If his wrist was as serious as he says to miss a slam why wait until the week before to withdraw, makes zero sense. Looks like he will never defend a hard court title and funny these injuries are never triggered during the clay season. Does his plan revolve around missing a chunk of tournaments and then returning the following year to do a full sweep? Dull may ultimately overtake Roger’s slam count but when he pulls shit like this, it’s why he can’t ever earn my respect when it comes to being a decent human being. No doubt he will be ready for Australia after what took place there this year.

    Anyway, Nadal not playing the Open makes this slam a bit more unpredictable and allows the draw to be more open in a way. Fed should be extremely optimistic of his chances here after winning the title in Cincy and has displayed the capability to resume his unfinished business in NY and possibly grab the #2 ranking of Nadal? Will wait till the draw comes out but not scared to admit that I BEL18EVE! Allez!

      1. I had an eye on this one. Raonic did well, and he played a third tournament viz. Cincy, which had his points doubles. He won Washington too. Roger ended up finishing 2nd.

        Fear not, there’s still a hefty bonus though if he were to win the US Open (I think we will).

      2. Dull will be up to his old tricks as usual Alysha. Silent ban, rejuicing.

        Even the most ardant of Dull tards should wonder what he’s up to but nah they just say he’s a warrior 😆

    1. Not sure whether Novak isn’t suffering a post-Wimbledon letdown like Andy seemed to last year: after all, when you want something that badly … That doesn’t mean he won’t snap out of it by the USO, tough.

      That wrist business certainly is … odd, to say the least.

      1. Good point there. Fed also said after he won Wimbledon in 2012 that the climb back to the top was very mentally overwhelming and exhausted him, Novak could be going through the same thing but I still expect him to have a good open either way. Andy on the other hand can’t snap out of it.

        Yep, odd is an understatement.

  23. Hey Guys,

    just wanted to share an article read this morning. I will post it here, hope you’ll like it.

    By Simon Briggs, Tennis Correspondent
    8:45PM BST 19 Aug 2014

    How do you judge greatness? The question is always there, hovering in the background, when we talk about the Yin-and-Yang struggle between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

    Nadal’s followers claim that, despite a deficit of 14 grand slam titles to Federer’s 17, their man’s dominance in head-to-head meetings marks him out as the superior player.

    Yet this week we have seen another side to the argument, and it concerns longevity. While Nadal has just withdrawn from the forthcoming US Open with wrist trouble – the second time in his career that he has been unable to defend a grand slam because of injury – Federer has been defying his 33 years with a series of superb results.

    Can you imagine Nadal, who is only 28, still contending for major titles at that sort of age? Hardly. It is a rarity for him just to make it through a year without some catastrophic breakdown. The last time he played all four majors in a season was in 2011.

    Compare that to Federer, who will notch up his 60th consecutive slam when he walks out on Arthur Ashe Stadium next week. To put it another way, the great man has not missed one of these biggies since 1999, when he was 18 years old and lost to compatriot Ivo Heuberger (no, me neither) in qualifying for the US Open.

    Remember those iconic Gillette ads of the late 2000s? Today, as Tiger Woods rests his dicky back, and Thierry Henry warms a pundit’s sofa, Federer is still churning out the wins. He has 49 already this season, the highest figure on the tour, many of them against opponents who were learning to read when he won his first Wimbledon. He is surely sport’s greatest survivor.

    How, then, does Federer manage it? If tennis can be broken down into four elements – physical, technical, tactical and mental – then each piece of the puzzle plays a part. But the starting point must be his God-given gifts, which are hard to fully appreciate unless you are sitting beside the court.

    “When I watch tennis, the sound tells me a lot,” says Craig O’Shannessy, lead analyst for the ATP Tour and author of the Brain Game Tennis blog. “In Roger’s case, the guy floats around so lightly, almost as if he’s skipping rope, that you can hardly hear him. He has very elastic ankles and great strength in his calves so that the lower leg does most of the work. He’s not carrying a huge amount of muscle – just the right amount to get the job done.”

    Tennis is an incremental game. Every movement is repeated ad infinitum, and Federer’s elegant style – with its deft footwork and impeccable stroke mechanics – saves him a fraction of energy on every stroke. Those savings mount up over the years, which is why he is still going strong while contemporaries like Andy Roddick, Marat Safin, David Nalbandian and Lleyton Hewitt have either retired or are held together by steel rods.

    “One of the keys to injury prevention is a smooth style,” says Sergio Gomez-Cuesta, a biomechanical specialist at the Gosling International High Performance Centre in Hertfordshire. “Nadal is a magnificent athlete, but he wouldn’t even be in the world’s top 50 for smoothness. His backhand happens in a violent rush, with an incredibly fast swing. I don’t know the details of his wrist injury but I do know that the body stiffens up as you get older, and distal injuries [which occur at the outer end of bones] become more common in the wrists and elbows.

    “If Nadal is all about force and power, then Federer has incredible finesse. He scores 10 out of 10 for smoothness, like Pete Sampras did, or John McEnroe – a guy who often looked as if he was hardly doing anything on the court, because he would feed off his opponent’s pace. McEnroe is still playing at an amazingly high level today, aged 55, but you can’t see Nadal having much of a senior career.”

    In tennis’s greatest rivalry, opposite poles collide – which may help to explain its magnetism. Nadal uses his muscularity and endurance to wear down opponents from the baseline. The longer a rally lasts, the more likely he is to win it.

    Federer’s chief assets, by contrast, are his nimbleness and sudden speed. In fact, O’Shannessy believes he could have won even more titles if he had concentrated more ruthlessly on those key strengths.

    “Over the past two or three years, everyone has been asking the same question: why doesn’t he come forward more?” O’Shannessy says. “He was getting stuck at the back of the court and allowing opponents to find his backhand swing too often. It is only since he started working with Stefan Edberg that he has really made the most of his abilities by rushing the net more often.

    “You go back through the history of the game and the best volleyers – whether you’re talking about Edberg himself or Boris Becker or Sampras – have always had single-handed backhands. It’s easier to manoeuvre the strings into position for the shot when you can use your non-dominant hand on the throat of the racket. That’s one advantage that Roger has over the crowd, so he might as well use it.”

    After a grim 2013, by Federer’s own stratospheric standards, everything has come together this season. He has got over the niggling back trouble that restricted his movement last year, while his new and expanded 97-square-inch racket head has made it easier to step forward into the court and take the ball on the rise, thus facilitating those deadly advances to the net. He is undoubtedly the form horse going into the US Open, after winning in Cincinnati last week and reaching the final of both his previous tournaments: the Rogers Cup in Toronto and Wimbledon.

    So, to return to the original debate, we can probably agree that Nadal at his best would beat a fit and firing Federer on the majority of surfaces. Even on grass, judging by the epoch-defining Wimbledon final of 2008. But could Nadal ever be as great, for as long, as Federer has been? Not a chance.

    And so to the follow-up question. Which is more important: the highest point of your most daring climb, or the length of time you spend in the mountains? To that one, there is no obvious answer.

    1. Though, not sure I agree about that!

      “we can probably agree that Nadal at his best would beat a fit and firing Federer on the majority of surfaces.”

      And “Even on grass”? Hah, No way!

    2. Credit where it’s due: that was from yesterday’s Daily Telegraph (and there’s a very nice picture accompanying the hard copy 🙂 )

  24. A word on the trophy in Cinci. Ohio is famous for it’s pottery. The trophy is made from Rookwood pottery….a famous establishment in business over 100 years.

  25. Hey, it’s a good day! Eldest daughter passed all her GCSE’ s with flying colours!!!! Personally was more excited about her getting her tennis rating down to 6.2 so what does that say about me!!! For those who don’t understand GCSE’s or LTA ratings, ( all bit British) apologies!

    1. Bet they are way easier now than when I did them 😛

      Tennis is clearly more important than GCSE’s though, anyone who says otherwise is wrong. A levels next, 2 years of being told they are the be all and end all.

      1. Yep! Yes ratings are different! Daughter no. 2 only needs 1 more win to get to 6.2 too. Ratio of wins to losses 60/40 these days. Was 70/30!

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