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Federer Starts Off 2016 With Win Against Kamke in Brisbane

Hey all, first match report of the year is here as Federer began his 2016 season with a 6-2, 6-1 win in Brisbane against qualifier Tobias Kamke. Super efficient match from the Swiss which lasted just 55 minutes and despite some concerns earlier in the week regarding injury or illness he looked in fine fettle from the word go. The win sees him move into the Quarter Finals where he'll face Grigor Dimitrov who defeated Viktor Troicki earlier in the day.

Quick Match Recap

Federer Brisbane 2016 Kamke

Kamke kicked things off with a hold to 30 before Federer fired down two second serve aces to hold to love. Game three saw the German hit two double faults which helped Fed create his first break point chance. The Swiss duly converted first time of asking to lead 2-1. There was smart challenge from Roger too at deuce on a serve that was wrongly called good.

The break was quickly consolidated for 3-1 and the German immediately dropped serve again to slip 1-4 behind. Fed then held for 5-1 and closed out the set holding serve to 15 to take it 6-2.

Into set 2 and both players traded holds for 1-1. Roger then rifled a sweet backhand down the line winner to setup break point which he converted with a well constructed point finished with a run around inside out forehand. No way back for Kamke after that as he was again broken for 1-4 and this time around couldn't trouble the scoreboard again as Fed swept away with it 6-1 to move into the Quarter Finals.

Match Stats

R.Β Federer T.Β Kamke
Aces 2 2
Double Faults 1 4
1st Serve % 55% 59%
1st Serve Points Won 18/22 (82%) 15/27 (56%)
2nd Serve Points Won 12/18 (67%) 6/19 (32%)
Break Points Saved 1/1 (100%) 1/6 (17%)
Service Games Played 7 8
1st Return Points Won 12/27 (44%) 4/22 (18%)
2nd Return Points Won 13/19 (68%) 6/18 (33%)
Break Points Won 5/6 (83%) 0/1 (0%)
Return Games Played 8 7
Total Service Points Won 30/40 (75%) 21/46 (46%)
Total Return Points Won 25/46 (54%) 10/40 (25%)
Total Points Won 55/86 (64%) 31/86 (36%)


Thoughts on the Match

Federer Brisbane 2R 2016

Good start here as Fed looked very sharp to say it's his first competitive match since the World Tour Finals in November. Kamke is obviously not the toughest test but he has been well established in the top 100 before and has a couple of wins against top 10 players. Roger just out played him in every area though, hitting some lusty ground strokes and serving well when he needed it to keep out of trouble, only facing a single break point. First win with Ljubicic in the box too πŸ™‚

There was quite a lot of concern before the match regarding an injury or illness of some sort due to Roger only lightly practising one day and also asking for his match to be moved to Thursday. Those things were true as Fed revealed in his presser that he had being battling flu for the last few days and asked to play Thursday instead of Wednesday. It's not a recurrence of the arm injury from Basel that was rumoured which is a good thing.

Predictions vs. Dimitrov

Fed Dimitrov

Next up is Dimitrov who saw off Troicki in a tough three setter earlier in the day. The Bulgarian got his first ever win against Simon in the 1st round too so he's a little bit more battle hardened than Fed. Roger leads the H2H 3-0 and we're yet to see Dimitrov really trouble him in any of their previous encounters. I guess he's due a performance at some point in time but does he have the skills to beat Fed or is he all hype? I'm not sure, he'd have to serve really well to stand a chance I think. If Fed plays somewhere near his level today I think he will win at a canter but we'll see. Afterall Dimitrov now has Shitslinger in his box so playing in front of a woman you love, respect and admire + has 2.2 million Instagram followers is surely some added motivation πŸ˜†


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  1. Thank you for nice write up as usual Jonathan…I missed to watch match, so expecting this… Good to know Roger played great (hopefully felt good too)…It would be interesting match next….He seems making some statements about grand slam aspiration, lets see how he fares tomorrow..

    Lighting quick on first comment Sue…

    1. I think he just said he hopes to win one. Which is better than targeting them like he has been last few years, probably a better mindset going in for him…

    2. Well of course slams are Fed’s priority yet again this season so not surprised it would be one of his goals moving forward.

      1. Okay, I wasn’t very clear on my comment.. I was referring Dimitrov’s talk about young guns stopping Novak in GS… So was wondering how he handles Roger first..

  2. Nice to see him moving really well. Hoping for that 1st serve % to improve.

    And how about Pouille over Goffin !!!

      1. Ah, I’d forgotten about that – do think he’s been on the players’ radar for quite a while, if not on ours.

    1. Can’t remember which post but it was a recent one and I was tipping Pouille Lentils to be the best of the next generation πŸ˜‰ and he’s already over delivering πŸ˜†

      Pouille has practised with Fed quite a bit over last year or so.

      1. Plus they actually played each other at RG 2 or 3 years ago, didn’t they? I thought Pouille had potential then.

  3. First win of the year…how good is that beating out Emerson and Nambi! Thanks for the write-up Jonathan and esp the highlights since I wasn’t prepared to get up at 3am.
    Relieved it was the flu and not an injury. Does Fed’s forehand look different somehow…flatter, more whip?
    Hopefully, you will be busy blogging for 3 more days, Jonathan.

  4. 2016 off to a nice start lets hope its a good tennis year. Hopefully he will come through tomorrow though it will be tougher than today. Roger is up and running always betterer when Federer is on a tennis court!!!

    1. Well, I would have been 5th had it gone through when I hit “Reply” the first time!

      There’s clearly something wrong here: Roger having a good BP conversion rate AND getting a Hawkeye challenge right?!

      I notice the compiler of the highlights left in quite a few points ending in an error, so I can see that, while he’s generally playing well, Roger can still sharpen up somewhat – still looks as though he’s still a bit in just-back-from-holiday mode at times.

  5. Yep, the rumour has been messed with my head last few days so phew, glad it was flu not injury.
    Was a drama-free, stress-free match, I liked it a lot! Thanks for the recap, keep up your great job this year, too Jonathan.

    1. The thought of Fed with a slight injury keeps fan awake at night πŸ˜†

      Didn’t seem to effect him much on court so hopefully he’s over it. Should get over stuff like that quickly with his diet and fitness too.

    2. Might be just me but it feels like Fed is always dealing with something or another before the AO. Either way, looking like 90% of the men and women’s field dealing with something coming in but are just being careful as to give themselves a chance in Melbourne.

  6. Happy new year all. Best thing to take away from this match- apart from being healthy – is the great break point conversion. If he can keep that up …….

  7. I liked how Roger was hitting the ball on the rise, just in case there were doubts about who was to dictate the pace; the timing looks good, court movement ok, too.
    But, needless to say, this was just a warm-up. Let’s just hope the engine and the gearbox are running properly against Dimitrov.
    Speaking of who, that is another guy who puzzles me. No doubt he has natural talent for the game but as many others he is consistently “successful” in failing when the time comes to jump to the front row. A never accomplished promise. His mind seems to be more focused in keeping a nice looking company nearby. Not our business anyway…

    1. Kamke fought fire with fire really, I thought he hit big if not bigger in most rallies, just not able to throw in some variety or find angles to really put Fed in too much trouble.

      Dimitrov is a PR pony, look at Shitslinger joining the party, relatively speaking she’s probably skint compared to her peak, so it is time to try get back in the public eye.

  8. Thanks for the highlights Jonathan. Not showing on any TV channel and working so couldn’t go to a live stream, but at least they are showing QF on Eurosport, though not live. (I assume it will be the Fed/Grigor match). A few mishits, but I thought that forehand was singing – a couple of really lovely FHDTL/BHDTLs too and moving really well as always. Glad that there are no injuries to worry about and I couldn’t see any sign of ‘flu’ discomfort when I looked at the after-match interview. Phew!

    What will we get from Grigor? He’s got a new ‘squeeze’ – and even older than Maria at 37 (I think), so like you say, maybe he’ll be pulling out all the stops for her. πŸ˜†

    1. Yeah not even on TennisTV, nor is tomorrow’s match. Pay for the subscription and they don’t even show all the matches. Jokers.

      Yeah Shitslinger has chucked Hamilton now and onto Dimitrov, must be trying to raise her profile again after it’s tailed off in recent years. Needs Dimitrov to win some titles so she can get some air time. Wimbledon is the big one for her really, she needs Quarters minimum from him there and Cowell might invite her back as a judge on X-Factor. Job done.

  9. HNY all!
    Lusty, shitslinger! You have gone to torn an Jonathan! Fun write up and comments!
    I too thought Frd had more pace on his FH but cld hv been court angle!! Certainly IPTL form right behind him!’
    I think he will come thru Grigor but might be 3 sets…..

  10. Kamke was just like light practice opponent .. So against Dimitrov real season/tournament starts… I think Dimitrov is not looking too good to make any trouble to Roger now. Only thing which can stop him is that flu he overcomes .. otherwise 6-4 6-2 my tip πŸ™‚

  11. Hello, All,

    So happy we are all one big happy family again. haha.

    I must be the oldest poster on here because I had NO idea whom you were referring to as “Shitslinger,” and even when I Googled her she didn’t look familiar. OY!

    What is the provenance of her nickname? (A British thing?)

  12. I had no idea who she was…Europeans seem to all know about her. I thought her name was about what monkeys do. He ain’t no Fed.

    1. Me neither. I had to google that up until some Scherzinger dame came up.
      “Shitslinger” is a brilliant pun, really!
      This thread is risking to turn fast into a gossip magazine…
      Back to business: 5 games into the match and Roger is yet to lose a point in his service. Let’s see how it goes.

  13. Thanks Jonathan for 2016’s first match report. Very pleased that it was a drama-free win?

    What do people think of the court speed? Not sure if it’s the camera angle or what, but the court looks really fast to me. Perhaps just a bit slower than Dubai?

  14. There’s a young guy in the crowd last night, Indian looking, tied a Swiss flag as his cape, holding a ‘King Roger’ red banner. I saw him in Brisbane and Sydney in every match I went last year, as well as all Rogers matches I saw on TV – final of Brisbane and all Three AO matches. He always has the same gear on. Now that’s a real fan. He must have bought so many tickets just to make sure he can see every Roger match!

  15. Thank God it was after all only a flu
    Like Wanda I too murmured a Phew
    Was worried about no-show at Dubai
    Which always has been my yearly high

    Happy New Year Jonathan and rest of the loyals.

    Time to put the baby to bed. BabyFed I mean…

      1. Totally my pleasure Wanda. Happy New Year to you too. Januray should be a good month for Fed as once he defends Brisbane, its a good time to increase his points at Aus Open where he was a third round loser last time.

        And then Feb in Dubai. Can’t wait.

  16. Hey Murli, “the shayar of all shayaries” πŸ™‚

    “Time to put the baby to bed. BabyFed I mean…” Roger that πŸ™‚

    1. Hey Katyani, Main pal do pal ka shayar hoon ( means ‘a time-to-time poet’ ). Real poetry is watching Fed play live.

      And of course BabyFed still a baby, though he showed some signs of wanting to grow up today.

      1. Woah lots of Hindi speakers here it seems. J- you might want to have a hindi version of the blog? :p

      2. Haha Murli Bhaisaab (=brother)….. You deserve the title of shayar (=poet). Can we ask Jon to give you an official title, something like “Blogpoet”?? But remember…. with a title comes responsibility. I guess we all now EXPECT a poet by you on EVERY post…. doesn’t feel complete without one…. Are you up to it?? What say you Jon and Murli?? πŸ™‚

        Hey Gauravji, you are so funny. Nah… as long as we all keep it to a minimum and translate it in English…. Did you watch the match?? I was so impressed by Dimi, but also ofcourse by the Goat. 9 or 10 years age diff and you couldn’t tell. Both running from one side to the other πŸ™‚

  17. Katyani!!! Howdy! Happy New Year!!
    Murli, Murli, I hope we get loads of luck from your poems this year!
    We have to be lucky at least once this year!
    Come on!!
    Do we really have points to pick up in Dubai? I thought it was just AO this quarter.

    1. Hey howdy right back at you Utch and happy new year. I hope you have a better year than last one with the death of your dad I think. I won’t mention it again, but just to let you know, I was thinking about you. So…. how about Rogibear?? A bit of pain in his groin and a bit of the flu…. but the dude just doesn’t know how to lose…. Will win at any cost. Hope he does that against Thiem and ofcourse in the final. Here is to many wins in 2016 πŸ™‚

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