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US Open Draw 2014

US Open Draw 2014: Federer Plays Matosevic 1st Round

The draw for the US Open is out and Federer's landed a good one. In fact on paper it looks peRFect but of course matches aren't played on paper, they're played on the court so I don't want to get too far ahead of myself. All I know is I'm excited for the tournament ahead and hoping Fed continues his form from Cincinnati.

I think with this draw and Fed's hard court game he has a great shot at making the final and then anything can happen. I would say on balance that Roger's going into this slam as second favourite but it's close between him and Djokovic. I make Djokovic pre tournament favourite purely because of his Wimbledon victory and his consistent record in New York over the last 4 years. Federer is up there because he's bang in form on the hard courts and has a pretty imperious record in New York, after all he won it 5 times in a row. Djokovic has been the best hard court player of the last 3/4 years, and he's won the US Open… a grand total of once.

Federer Seeded Opponents

  • 1st Round: Matosevic
  • 2nd Round: Groth / Ramos-Vinolas
  • 3rd Round: Karlovic
  • 4th Round: Fognini
  • Quarter Final: Dimitrov / Gasquet
  • Semi Final: Ferrer
  • Final: Djokovic

Full .PDF draw.

Thoughts on the Draw

Federer New York

First up for Roger is Australian Marinko Matosevic whom he beat earlier in the year at the Brisbane International. Up until the French Open this year Matosevic had lost in all 12 of his first round Grand Slam matches. Safe to say his record over 5 sets is very poor.

I think he can be dangerous when he's free hitting but this guy is such a loose cannon and I can see Fed dispatching him easily. Maybe there will be a close set in there but Matosevic has a very short fuse and I don't think he can handle a pro Federer crowd on a packed Arthur Ashe court.

The second round will either be against another Aussie, big serving Sam Groth, or Spanish leftie, Albert Ramos. I can't see either of those guys doing much damage. Fed schooled Ramos 6-1 6-1 6-1 in their only previous encounter and he's never played Groth who has a huge serve but not much else. Ramos hasn't played a single hard court tournament heading into New York either so I'm not sure what he can really expect of himself. I'll pick Groth to come through that one.

The third round could be Karlovic but I'll pick Granollers to make it to the third round from that section. I think he has too much consistency for Melzer and should beat Karlovic. I suppose Nieminen can't be ruled out either and he's actually troubled Fed before so that could be one to watch.

The fourth round is seeded to be against Fognini, but he has the reliability of an Italian car so I just don't see him making it. There's nobody else really there though other than Bautista-Agut who is a pusher at this level so it's really wide open. Mannarino could even make it if he has a solid run.

The Quarter final could be an interesting one with Dimitrov the seeded opponent but his form hasn't been fantastic after Wimbledon. Gasquet is there too but he withdrew with injury at the Roger's Cup and he's been plagued all year so I can't see him performing well over 5 sets.

The semi is seeded to be Ferrer and I think he will get there as he's the most consistent player in that half of the draw and has been in good form in Toronto / Cincy. It would be interesting to see Roger face Ferrer here for the third tournament in a row and it would be their first ever meeting in a Slam. 16-0 H2H but no meetings over 5 sets, quite surprising.

The final is of course seeded to be against Djokovic but I have no idea if he makes it or not. That half of the draw is wide open, as is the whole tournament really as Murray is out of sorts. Maybe Tsonga can play like he played in Canada but I think it's unlikely.

Elsewhere in the Draw

Top 10 Seed 1st Round Matches:

  1. Novak Djokovic vs. Diego Schwartzman
  2. Roger Federer vs. Marinko Matosevic
  3. Stan Wawrinka vs. Jiri Vesely
  4. David Ferrer​ vs. Damir Dzumhur
  5. Milos Raonic vs. Qualifier
  6. Tomas Berdych vs. Lleyton Hewitt
  7. Grigor Dimitrov vs. Ryan Harrison
  8. Andy Murray vs. Robin Haase
  9. ​Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Juan Monaco
  10. Kei Nishikori vs. Wayne Odesnik

The other half of the draw is definitely tougher and Murray especially doesn't have it easy with Robin Haase, Radek Stepanek, Fernando Verdasco, Tsonga, Djokovic, and either Wawrinka or Raonic all potential opponents if he were to make the final. That's a tough route considering he's not in very good form. Maybe he can finally get back to his slam contesting level but he hasn't looked convincing so far on the hard courts.

Djokovic has it pretty tough too with a potential third round against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and a fourth round against John Isner who has beaten him before on US hard courts. Big John's fitness is questionable though after he withdrew from Winston Salem and his body is clearly made of glass which gives Djokovic a huge advantage over 5 sets. Murray is of course his seeded quarter final opponent and then Wawrinka or Raonic are the seeded semi final opponents. He's clearly better than all those guys on his day but might have to expend a lot of energy to make the final.

Interesting First Round Matches

  • Lleyton Hewitt vs. Tomas Berdych
  • Marcos Baghdatis vs. Marin Cilic

I can see Baghdatis taking out Cilic here and Hewitt could easily go 5 vs Berdych if he is at full fitness. Good news for Fed if so as we definitely don't want a USO 2012 Quarter Final repeat.

My Darkhorse Picks

  • Philipp Kohlschreiber
  • Mikhail Kukushkin
  • Gael Monfils

So overall I think Fed has landed a very favourable draw but it really means nothing in the grand scheme of things as it's just one match at a time. It's definitely hard not be optimistic as a Fed fan heading into the tourmament but the final is 7 matches away. Fed would be stupid to look that far ahead and so would his fans. First task is getting rid of the unlike-able Aussie Matosevic.

I won't make a prediction and I don't want to either but I've always given him an equal or better shot at winning the USO than Wimbledon. This year I didn't give him much chance of winning Wimbledon as it would have been a shock considering he didn't have a great clay season yet he made the final. Making the final in Toronto and winning Cincy is definitely a huge stepping stone just like Nadal last year so it's not impossible he can go one better this time around.

See you guys next week on live chat. Personally hoping for day matches so I'm not hooking myself up to a drip at 3am πŸ™‚

About 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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140 comments

  1. Yes. My second title !! Won the first on Roger’s B’day !

    Now, moving on to more important things.
    The Draw looks really good for Roger.
    I guess any draw looks good unless Roger has to face Rafa before finals.

    Based on current form and draw, i think Roger is the favorite.
    Hoping for 18th GS title !!

    ********* BEL18VE *********

  2. Roger will be holding the cup in about 2 weeks πŸ™‚

  3. Really very good draw off Roger!!! All d best GOAT.

  4. Damn it!
    Grats Sakthi!

  5. Damn, I was keeping eye on Website for this post…then left to complete a work and boom! post there and it seems I am 8th on comments now …

    Anyway, Its really good draw but as you said we better go by each match…. Don’t Gayle Vs Girgor potential 3rd/4th round? Potentially Monfolis can make QF…

    Anyhow, lets focus on Fed and see…

  6. accurate as always, J.

    I like the fact that you don’t get carried away like some of the pundits of tennis.com (or – all of them). ND is surely still the favorite; interesting thing you’ve mentioned in saying that despite him being the best on hard court player in recent years he only won the USO once… quite surprising when you think of it. but he did made the final 4 years in a raw, so all this time he came pretty close even when he didn’t get the trophy. also all his losses were never straight sets.

    another reason why I refuse to look too far ahead is the heartbreak I had at Wimby. everyone said before the final that Fed is the favorite but I couldn’t help thinking – how can a nearly 33 yrs old player, as good as he is, be the favorite against a determined Djoker??

    I still think Fed needs luck, grit and a handful of Rafa-like fighting spirit to win 7 best-of-five matches at this stage of his career.

    fingers crossed, but very cautiously…

    • I have to agree with this. Tennis.com pundits are all jokes, they always jump on the Fedwagon when it suits them but then write the most cringe worthy articles when Roger loses making it seem like they never believed in him in the first place. I’d say Novak is a slight favourite coming into New York because of his consistency and has 6 matches to play himself into form like he did at Wimbledon. Fed is in his best form but like in 2012 couldn’t make it count when it mattered. Fed has already gotten luck with the draw and he’s demonstrated the last 12 months that he has the fighting spirit but has come up short in the key moments like in the Wimbledon final. I think Roger certainly is ready physically and mentally, just needs all the pieces of the puzzle to fit now.

    • Cheers Feddybear. I have no expectations for Fed to win, just hoping he can play well.

      And yeah the pundits are all picking Fed but their opinion changes with the wind.

      • Yes, I can’t remember the last time I saw *quite* so many carts being put in front of one horse! As someone said lower down, if he loses they’ll all start bringing out the R-word again.

  7. Yep I too think Monfils Cld be a danger. No draw is easy. All about on the day and who you face! Just hope Fed on his game from the off, gets a helpful schedule, the weather stays kind so always gets a day off! Hoping the US Open has dropped the 3 day first round crap! The organisers need to favour Fed to ensure bums on seats throughout because the loss of Nadal is potential revenue loss. Any more big names fall, their takings are way down! They need a Novak/Fed final or a Muzza/Fed final big time and they know it!

  8. I hope Roger has some challenging matches to be sure he’s in form, as I think others have already said on another thread – don’t really want to have him make the final without having to practice his best. It does look very good on paper, but as you say, Jonathan, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. You alluded to Berdych & he’s the one I’m most concerned about, really; he hasn’t been in great form but isn’t he due for a turnaround? And he has the experience of beating Fed here 2 years ago – they’ve split their last 4 meetings in fact. David took an impressive set off Fed last week but that was largely due to Roger disappearing, and he doesn’t have any historic wins on his side to give him confidence if they should meet up again. As you say, confidence and momentum from the Toronto final & Cincy win may be what was missing at Wimbledon to take Roger all the way. Remember how stunned we all were when he pulled out the 4th set there? He seems to be starting from a higher point here. You also reminded us somewhere, maybe in a comment, that he doesn’t have the obligation of Player Council meetings this time around, and that may help him with energy levels too. I’m excited for play to start. Allez Rodgeur!

    • Watching Fed in that second set against Ferrer, it look like he was running out of gas and thought he could go toe to toe with Ferrer being on the defence. Hopefully he learns from that and stays on top of his attacking game for the whole fortnight, it’s the only way he has a chance to get on top of guys like Djoker in a five set format.

    • I don’t know why fans think Fed needs challenging matches to make sure he’s in form. He just came into the tournament off the back of 10 tough matches in 14 days.

      • Actually 10 matches in 13 days…

      • OK, point taken, Jonathan. But aren’t you always reminding us that best of 5 is a different kettle of fish?

      • Of course they are a different kettle of fish, but I don’t think Fed needs tough matches over 5 sets to get into form as he’s evidently already in form.

        I think he’s slogging it out early at the USO then his chances go down considerably. One 4/5 setter is recoverable but any more then no way.

      • True enough, but OTOH don’t you think it cost him at Wimby, having such an easy match against Raonic? He didn’t seem to up his level for the final, whereas Djokovic did. And then I start thinking of other slams where he didn’t need to raise his game and then lost: USO 2012, when Fish pulled out and he missed a round all together seems like an example.

        I am going to force myself to take this one step by step and see what happens …

  9. Yes, I mentioned that. The council always meet in NY so less for Fed to focus on this year.
    Good write-up balloon head.

  10. Just like you say Jonathan I don’t think we should get too carried away, as the US Open was the scene of a real low point last year. It’s clearly a different Federer now and I like the way he has ground out victories this season, his confidence will be pretty good and he is battle-ready.

    However I still question his resilience over the course of a GS, and in a 5 set match against a top player, so if I had to answer now if I thought he was going to win it I would say no. But he’s in with a shout, and I previously thought that Wimbledon was his last real chance, so its very positive all in all.

    I would worry about a match up with Dimitrov, if they play and he gets through that then he will be in fine fettle. Looking forward to the tournament, and curious to see if Murray can raise his game to threaten.

  11. Federer has good chances of winning this thing, I just hope they don’t screw him with schedules (which is highly possible due to the neverending rain in NYC) like in Toronto, and that he doesn’t underestimate his opponents like everyone is doing. Just stay calm, focused, get the job done quickly if possible and that’s it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJBP7tW-5bM&list=UUreySyi6KNcNTgumpy87Rxg

    Good promo to get even more excited to the best Slam of the season!

    • Nice hadn’t seen that. Always looks really impressive when the footage is of the skyline and above the court.

      Although i’ts just footage taken from tennis shown on TV with a soundtrack over the top so not really having to do any work or source non tennis clips πŸ˜†

  12. Well done to your big brain for making the excellent draw analysis, Jonathan πŸ˜‰

    I know it’s only on paper and should be looking one match at a time, though I can’t help but grinning about his very doable draw. Couldn’t be any better. But no expectation from me, I’m just grateful that Fed’s looking in great shape and is about playing his 60th grand slam in a row, that alone is a celebration πŸ™‚

    Guess what? Aparently he will be playing 1R on Tuesday night. So it’s Darth Fed, then!

  13. Even though on paper Roger has the easier draw compared to Djokovic, to win it all, he needs to beat either the favorite Djoker or one of the guys in the tougher half of the draw that comes through to the finals. At the end of the day, winning it all is what counts. We all witnessed what happened in 2009 when Roger was the favorite to win it all and his nemesis dull was blown off the court by Delpo in semis. Roger is playing great, albeit giving all his fans a few missed heartbeats even during routine matches against unknowns. If he can return great and keeps the shanks and UFEs to a minimum, he should make the finals.

    I can see him have a tough match or two before the finals. With a little bit of luck going his way (hail-mary returns with eyes closed by Djoker going way out instead of in, for example), he should lift the USO trophy on the final Monday.

  14. Damn time flies, can’t believe it’s already time for the last slam and before you know it we’ll be back to Aus πŸ˜€

    Anyway, great summary about the draw, appreciate all the work you’ve done the past few weeks, the turnover for matches for Fed in Toronto and Cincy was so quick and yet you still managed to get it done, great job! As you said, it’s a really nice draw for Roger and Djoker and Murray have got it pretty tough but I’m gonna put this in perspective. Seems as a repeat of the Wimbledon final is happening in that a tonne of people are making Fed the pre-tournament favourite and picking him to go all the way. A massive kudos to Roger and his team for being in this position when 12 months ago we were near the bottom of the top 10 and having no consistency whatsoever. Just shows what a talent and hard worker Roger is and the form he has built since I guess Cincy last year is reaping the rewards (a post idea maybe similar to how Roger won Wimbledon 2012?).

    Let’s rewind back to 2012 for a second here. Roger won Wimbledon, became the no.1, medaled in the Olympics for the first time in singles and won the Cincy title over Novak. Yet what happened? He got shit on by the Berd. Whilst I think the circumstances are different because Roger was emotionally drained at that point after coming off a slam and getting the #1 ranking back (which looks like Novak is suffering from also possibly) makes me hesitant to make any predictions or confidence in Fed getting the title here. He’s certainly as prepared as he could be but this is a slam after all, and in that context, Roger has a way to go to be the last man standing. Conserving energy is going to be an absolutely priority in the first week and due to the US Open’s terrible scheduling, Fed will end up playing back to back matches towards the end should he make it. He’s played a tonne of matches already so he needs to be careful here, he can’t afford to make simple mistakes that end up costing him a set etc.

    So can Fed seal the trend that the runner up of the previous slam goes onto win the next one? I think Novak makes the final and if Fed makes it too then it would be sweet sweet revenge this one. Cmon Roger, let’s make it a good one!

  15. Hey guys i just saw nadal taking the ice bucket challenge on ATP website .he lifted such a big bucket but no problem cannot be found in his wrist πŸ˜€

    • But that big bucket had little amount of water in it and NO ICE at all (at least he took up the challenge and donated for a good cause).
      So it must have been easier to lift it.
      So the injury should be true.

    • I am surprised Fed did it tbh, been coerced into it via all the nominations and fan pressure.

      Like he said it’s better to just donate rather than try use it as a PR exercise.

      • He certainly made the point! Cldnt let Anna Wintour down! After all she is responsible for his wardrobe!!

      • LOL! True!!! The wardrobe is cool though!!!

      • Sid TheCookieThief

        All this buzz around this so called ice bucket challenge is a whole lot of baloney. I agree with Federer. Just donate, and cut out all the bullshit.

        The only thing some of these people need to make us aware of is how much of an asshole they really are. Which is particularly true in case of Rafael Nadal for example, who stays out of the US Open due to a wrist injury, and ends up taking the challenge. What he needs really is #dopebucket

        Hey, wanna know who needs an ice bucket challenge? Boris Becker. Because he said, “I burn like a volcano”. Someone ice his guy before he completely messes up our US Open plans.

        #icesucketh

      • The ice bucket challenge is crap stuff! All of them did it for PR thingy, so stop Murmuring about it like its only Nadal did it πŸ˜‰

      • Sid TheCookieThief

        Yeah, well, at least the Great Man admitted it wasn’t his style, which goes to show he didn’t do it as a PR exercise, but more out of peer pressure.

        Besides, doesn’t Nadal have better things to do like, I don’t know, see his doctors to get him ready for AO 2015? You can ban him from a slam, but you can’t ban him from taking an ice bath. Take that, ATP!

      • Actually Shamtoot, I agree with you on this. I watched Rafa do the Ice Bucket Challenge and I thought it was quite funny. He didn’t move at all. I think he is used to ice baths πŸ™‚ Roger’s challenge on the other hand shows you WHY he is beeing called a dorkerer πŸ™‚ Loved the way he did it. Truely, he is soooooo dorky. Small bucket, not much water, still he screamed and couldn’t take it. I watched his challenge like 30 times. Love it πŸ™‚
        Novak’s challenge on the other hand….. an actor. Always looking for laughs, the dude thinks he is sooo funny……

      • Sid, its fine, I have no issue with that. but its always Nadal and Nadala and Nadal!
        you hate the man, I get it and no secret about it. But he is not the only bast******, in your terms of course πŸ˜‰ , in this world! is he? πŸ™‚

        and again, PR exercise, peer pressure, he did it at the end, and he was cool πŸ™‚

        Katyani,
        yea, it was fun to watch πŸ™‚

  16. Ok I am officially nervous! Too many articles saying Roger a dead cert for the final! Let’s hope he can handle the pressure ‘betterer’ than his fans!! Mind you, he quite likes going in from a position of strength! Just as long as the schedulers don’t mess it up…..

  17. Draw looks pretty good on paper, but honestly all these pundits saying Fed is the favorite is making me slightly uneasy :P. Hopefully Roger just puts his head down and play his best and who knows perhaps he will lift the trophy!

    Jonathan, how are you still alive after Toronto and Cincy? The time difference is a killer.

  18. http://www.si.com/tennis/2014/08/20/roger-federer-interview-us-open

    I don’t know whether someone else has already posted this, but it’s a pretty nice interview!

  19. Any reports on how the court conditions are like yet? Last year it looked very heavy and sluggish to me. Maybe it was just my imagination, Fed-bias, or the camera angle which gave that impression, but I’m hoping that at least it won’t be any slower than the Aussie Open, which seemed a little faster this year.

    • I haven’t seen anything. I was watching some older clips on YouTube, was so slick back in the day.

    • Arthur Ashe and Armstrong are generally slow, and also Fed will probably be playing majority of his matches at night with the absence of Nadal so expect him to play in even slower conditions…

      • I do not expect Fed to play anywhere but Ashe this week! Last yr they moved him last minute and it proved a disaster…..

  20. Thanks for the draw analysis Jonathan. So hoping Fed will be the one lifting the cup. With everyone saying he is the favourite he could do a Dull and say “no no I am not but I will try my best” Looking forward to some great tennis and your reviews as usual. Taking it one match at a time.

  21. I expect the US Open to play faster than AO. Don’t get all these comments about the courts being slow..

    • The US Open Decodurf courts are faster than the Plexicushion courts at the Australian Open and always were. What a lot of pro players and fans are complaining about is that all the surfaces have slowed to a point where serve and volleying tennis has diminishes and the domination of baseline grinding emerges. Achieving the Career Slam is less impressive nowdays compared 10 or 20 years ago.

    • Hv heard they are playing faster! Hope so for Fed…

      • Sid TheCookieThief

        Folks, we are taking it for granted that fast court means an automatic slam for Roger. In fact, very quick US Open courts may end up being a negative. Grass fast, yes, that’s Fed’s territory, because that’s a different kind of fast. Hard court fast, not so much, at least not any more.

      • Yes, didn’t we say Toronto was playing fast?

  22. Well if the weather holds Fed will hv a day off between every match but rough R1 playing at night! Schedulers hv to look after him!
    To calm my nerves I shall watch James McGee on Monday ! Great storyline there! What sport is all about and the Yanks always love an Irishman!

  23. Ps Muzza also playing Monday! And Novak! Gd to see where their game is.

  24. Groth and then Karlovic …………..that’s a bit harsh !!

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  26. Nothing really new but for those who want to read everything about Fed πŸ™‚
    It’s much better time finding positive reads about him, compare to last year!

    http://m.europe.wsj.com/articles/the-revival-of-roger-federer-1408917608?mobile=y

  27. This is the second opportunity that Roger get, after Wimbledon. He need to capitalize this time, he won’t be getting this kind of draw every time. In addition, Djoker is not really in his unstoppable mode, so for me Roger is Fav going to USO.
    Its now or never, I would say πŸ˜‰

    • Sorry Shamtoot, I have no faith in Djoko. Many of you think he might not win the title. I disagree. The guy loves to act (like he won’t win it). I can see one of 3 things happening:
      1) Djoko might lose early.
      2) Djoko makes it to the final and loses to anybody and everybody on the other side of the net.
      3) Djoko makes it to the final and if Roger is on the other side….. ofcourse defeats him. (With atleast one mto).
      The guy loses to everybody, except Roger ofcourse….

      Come on Roger, this one is ours… just play with your game and heart and please…. don’t underestimate any of your “easy” opponents….

      • By the way, anyone saw Robin Haase almost making it to a 5th set against Andy?? If he would have made better decisions in the 4th set, he might have pulled it off. But still, kudos to Andy for winning the match, almost injured. He showed great fighting spirit πŸ™‚

  28. Aha! Now to sit back and relax and watch the game!! Like Fed tweeted this morning: #LetsDoThis
    He wants it….and he’s gonna get it!

  29. This is a Roger or Djoker USO. Hope this goes Roger’s way. If he doesn’t try to beat Djoker from the baseline, he should win his 6th Open. Looks like Murray is injured and might lost the first round. Even if he manages to win this, don’t see him playing Djoker. So much for the tough draw for Djoker.

    • * might lose

    • Well, he didn’t: it was just weird, inexplicable cramping, apparently. And I think at least one of his “terribly hard” draw has already gone out. *If* he manages to get through the rest of them, I wouldn’t discount him.

      • Shows how hard it is to play an injured player. Haase was paralysed, cldnt get the ball away from Andy! Just extraordinary! Shld hv beaten him easily

  30. I endorse what Shamtoot says above : this may well be one of the last few opportunities for Roger to secure another slam… having no Nadal there is a huge boost for Roger ( he is just a headwrecker sadly for our Roger ) and having Djokovic / Murray / Tsonga as his chief rivals all left to slug it out in the other half of draw is another opportunity NOT to be squandered. And Roger certainly does NOT need to be tested before the final. He will of course have some hairy moments – all players do of course, but not to be tested in terms of length of matches and energy expended is absolutely crucial.Because if he should manage to do all of this, I would be shocked, horrified and aghast if he did not then leave his absolute all in that final, no matter who he plays. Time will surely tell…

    • Sid TheCookieThief

      [this may well be one of the last few opportunities for Roger to secure another slam]

      Gotta love the cunning use of β€œone of the last few opportunities”. Yawn! Wake me up when you think it’s the last.

      [And Roger certainly does NOT need to be tested before the final]

      And that’s actually a good thing that will help Roger win the slam? I don’t think so. At Wimbledon, clearly Roger wasn’t as tested as Djokovic.

    • I do not see Tsonga as coming thru. Raonic clearly the big threat as his consistency has shown. Dislike his tennis but hv to respect his progress and serious intent. Think he is the big danger to Novak and Stan. Muzza clearly not in a good place but no change there,

  31. Sid TheCookieThief

    [this may well be one of the last few opportunities for Roger to secure another slam]

    Gotta love the cunning use of “one of the last few opportunities”. Yawn! Wake me up when you think it’s the last.

    [And Roger certainly does NOT need to be tested before the final]

    And that’s actually a good thing that will help Roger win the slam? I don’t think so. At Wimbledon, clearly Roger wasn’t as tested as Djokovic.

    • My point exactly: a doddle of a semi, and who showed up in the better form and won the thing?

      OTOH, he doesn’t need *too* much testing, and certainly not in successive rounds, I would think.

      • Sid TheCookieThief

        True. Just the right amount of testing. Familiarity breeds confidence. He needs to work out of a few pressure situations. Look at his last few slam wins. Wimbledon 2012 (Benneteau), AO 2010 (Davydenko), French 2009 (Haas), USO 2008 (Andreev). He went through some severely testing passages of play.

      • AO 2010 wasn’t a test vs Davydenko any more than Wawrinka at Wimbledon this year.

        French Open 2009 isn’t a good one to reference as every round was a test really, Acasuso, Haas, Del Potro were all tough tough matches. That slam win was a crazy 2 weeks.

        Fans are never happy. Draw is either too easy or too hard πŸ˜†

        Matosevic is capable of testing Fed. I think he gotta make 2nd week dropping max of 1 or 2 sets.

        Wimbledon final had nothing to do with who was tested more I don’t think. Djok just played that bit better.

  32. Re looking at Feds draw, actually think it’s pretty testing. Monfils the danger man for Fed I think after a hopefully easy couple of rounds. Can’t see Fog coming thru. I also pick Bautista Agut to come thru a couple of matches as pretty consistent. Hopefully Ferrer will take care of the big servers although Anderson Cld do some damage. Watching yesterday’s matches, Raonic is a big threat to Novak, Andy or Stan. There is no doubt Fed has to play 7 great matches, as any slip up Cld be messy. One match at a time as always Plse folks!

  33. Does anybody knows when would be “Federer Seeded Opponents – Quarter Final: Dimitrov / Gasquet” ??? What day and the time??? please help me !!

  34. Loks like he will be wearing this Air Jordan inspired shoes tonight:
    http://www.tennisworldusa.org/Roger-Federer-to-debut-Jordan-inspired-shoes-during-US-Open-first-round-articolo19884.html
    Nothing of Darth Federer…

    • Realized that too.
      A bit disappointed at first, then curious because it didn’t look like usual Zoom Vapor 9. I read the article, then I understand that this is for new line promotion.

      I personally don’t like the shoes. Prefer the normal Zoom Vapor 9 with big swoosh on the side.

      On the other hand, the polo cutting is not like Toronto/Cincy. This one is fit to Federer body, which is good. Toronto/Cincy polo looks too short and loose.

      Expecting the real Darth Federer with Red Light Saber on R2 πŸ™‚
      (I wish he still using the mate black racket)

      • Then it would be the perfect Darth Federer πŸ™‚ All black, including the racquet would be awesome.

  35. Well, Matosevic played better than I expected. A good first round test for Fed. So,e excellent backhand passing shots, rallies, lobs, serving and of course a couple of Fed specials in that game where he had 0-40 in the second set (5-3). Good match, good test without it sapping unnecessary energy by going into a fourth, should hold him in good stead.

    PS: Matosevic’s on court antics are quite something. “I want to be like you Mike”. That would have been funny had it not been at 15-30 on your opponents serve. Really should have chosen a better time to do that, just out of sheer respect for the opponent. But funny nonetheless. And damn, Federer’s box is like a celebrity hangout!! Didn’t see Edberg there though.

    • Hey Gaurav, did you see that part where they put a close up on Mato and he was holding his finger in front of his mouth while saying to the crowd “shut the F… up”?? πŸ™‚ Almost all of Roger’s opponents cannot handle Roger with sooo much crowd support πŸ™‚

      Some of Mato’s shots were pretty good, but some of Roger’s shots….. wow….awesome…just awesome.
      I was watching on Eurosport and the Dutch commie sometimes just didn’t have the words to describe….

      But there is something that bothers me a bit. Why doesn’t Roger go ALL out on converting bp?? His opponent and he BOTH know he will not convert…. so why not take a risk on bp you normally would not do???

  36. Hey girls, after a while I joined live chat last night. But…. where were all the girls??
    Don’t say sleeping. I watched at 1 o’ clock at night πŸ™‚ Come on girls, Jon was talking about Man United πŸ™‚
    Please be there next time so we can talk about how awesome Roger looks as Darth Fed πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • I wish I could be there, sweet Katyani, to chat about how gourgious and sexy Roger is in his Darth kit. I’m traveling again with an limited internet so couldn’t watch. Besides girls need beauty sleep πŸ˜‰

    • Blame Live chat Katyani :p wouldn’t work for me even if it usually does :-/ But it was a nice match πŸ™‚ should have converted more BP but a win is a win and that’s all I need from him now πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • Sorry communicated on Twitter with Jonathan ‘ need to update my password as keep forgetting it!
      Great match, awesome BH!

  37. Lol! Sorry I couldn’t go on live chat Katyani. I watched the match live though and only had an hour 30mins sleep before I went to the office. Had to keep sipping energy drinks to stay awake. Match was fantastic, though longer than expected…
    Matosevic was very funny, but the Michael Jordan outburst was a bit mistimed.

  38. Then guys, Federer finally posts a pic of the twin boyz!!!

    I was screaming myself hoarse.

  39. Sorry for late response, Federer posted the pic (his twin boyz) on instagram. I never was on instagram, my friend showed me and now I am an account on Instagram.
    Anything for Federer!

  40. Have an account so I can follow Fed. Sorry about the typo.

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