Just thought I'd do a quick post to recap Rogers performances this weekend in the Davis Cup against the Netherlands where Switzerland won the tie 3-1. Roger won both his singles rubbers against Thiemo de Bakker (former Wimbledon Junior champion) and against Robin Haase, a talented shotmaker. He and Wawrinka lost the doubles in pretty poor fashion but in the end it didn't matter as they won the World Group Qualifier pretty convincingly.
To be honest I have little interest in Davis Cup as it's just a run of the mill type event that players sometimes feel obliged to play in, but seen as thought we only saw Roger play 4 matches at the US Open and he's not playing any more tennis until Shanghai I thought I'd recap so here goes:
Federer def. De Bakker 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
I only watched the highlights of this match but it was clear Roger has transitioned from hard courts to clay in pretty quick fashion. As you can see in the image above the conditions were cold and wet (vest weather) so not really conducive to high quality tennis but Roger managed to get the job done and still came up with some awesome shots.
He was on top throughout the match, lost his serve a couple of times but always managed to regroup and got the job done in straights to get Switzerland off to the peRFect start.
On the serve, it can play tricks on you,” Federer said of the gusty wind. “The ball, after you tossed it, it was moving away from you and you had to adjust the whole time. So to find a way to move the serve was pretty difficult.
Haase & Rojer def. Federer & Wawrinka 6-4, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
Again this was another match I didn't watch and I only managed to catch the last game where Fedrinka lost in 4 sets.
From the highlights it looked a poor performance and they were outsmarted by the Dutch guys who just looked more tactically aware on the doubles court.
We never panicked even when Switzerland won the third set. We stayed concentrated throughout the match,” said Haase.
Rojer added: “It's fantastic. To beat Federer, even in doubles, will remain an extraordinary experience.
To be honest I think Fed and Stan are a pretty weak doubles pairing as they're really not that bothered about it. Roger said recently in a press conference that they rarely practice together and who can blame them? Doubles isn't interesting and it's filled with players who aren't good enough to win at singles. Roger also said in that presser the only time they practiced a lot was in Beijing and what happened there? They beat the Bryan brothers who are supposedly the Ultimate doubles pairing. Says it all and it must be hard to be overly interested in playing it!
Federer def. Haase 6-1 6-4 6-4
This was the first match I saw in full and it was a total routine for Roger. Haase is a consistent ball striker but a known choker and when you're up against the GOAT in a must win match you know that's going to factor one way or another.
Conditions looked a little easier than Friday's match against De Bakker and Roger was just too solid throughout the match and never looked like he was trouble. Haase had 7 break point chances but couldn't take any of them and Roger was always just one step ahead of the Dutchman.
He served really well and mixed up his play which always gets the crowd going. They desperately wanted Haase to win a set but ultimately he just didn't have enough to find a way to break through and was constantly under pressure on his own serve which made it almost impossible to ever get any kind of momentum.
Few pictures from the Weekend
Next Up: Shanghai Masters
Next up for Roger is the Shanghai Masters, he didn't play it last year after his tough US Open defeat and playing Davis Cup in Australia so I think now he's confirmed to play he'll be looking at coming back with a bang.
He made the final in 2010 (albeit playing like a clown against Murray) so I think he can play well there. He has a lot of fans in that part of the world so I'm sure he will have the full backing of the crowd which could help. I won't call it a must win but it'd definitely help him achieve the year end number 1 which would be huge.
Hopefully the courts play fast (I think they do), maybe not like a Dubai but certainly not as slow as Miami so it could be a good event for Fed.