Federer’s serve is clicking so well that even a match with a score of 6-3, 6-4 was over in 1:16 minutes. Federer has 21 aces so far, compared to 3 for Nadal and 7 for Djokovic after three matches a piece. Double faults? Just one compared to 3 and 7 for Nadal and Djokovic respectively.
It seems the degree of difficulty for Federer is just perfect as he moves deeper in the draw. He is getting some needed help from the tennis Gods so he can ramp us his form as he gets closer to Sunday. What help? Almagro a seeded player was replaced with an unseeded Mahut, Robredo, a higher seed (15) was switched for a lower seed Ljubicic (23) and Murray with a winning record against Federer was knocked out for unseeded and aging Haas.
Is this going to continue with Fish frying Nalbandian next, Wawrinka ‘taking care’ of Djokovic and Blake knocking Nadal to maintain his perfect 3-0 record against Nadal?
Is Federer-Blake final likely? The stats do not support it. Djokovic-Federer final is more like it. Djokovic is a close second to Federer with his stats, even though he has battled higher seeds in his three matches so far.
Can Wawrinka upset Djokovic? Possible only if Djokovic loses his right arm in the first set and loses the left in the third – both scenarios have to happen for a W for W. Wawrinka has lost a set in each of his matches so far, with Baghdatis as the only legitimate player he trounced on his way up. Wawrinka will have the Federer-Djokovic rivalry at the back of his mind and also a few texts from Federer, to fire him up to at least induce some breathing problems from Djokovic.
Federer should be very happy with his performance so far, alongwith the presents he has received to open up the draw for him.
But he has achieved nothing yet. The wolves need the trophy shoved in their mouth to keep them shut. Nothing else will suffice. On the contrary, if he loses to Djokovic in the finals it will be even worse than losing to Blake.
Federer’s success in now being measured with Djokovic’s rise. For him to regain his armour, he not only has to win titles, but it will help immensely if he can kill two birds with one stone and defeat Djokovic every time he lifts that hardware over his head.
Everytime Djokovic wins, it’s another dent in his impenetrable defense of denying the decline theories. You think Djokovic and his camp knows that? You bet!!!!
Djokovic is more excited to play Federer than anyone has been in the last five some years. The degree with which his graph rises is directly related to how many times and in how many sets he can defeat Federer. He knows the AO win was not a real victory, but the one at Montreal where he beat Roddick, Nadal and Federer back to back was.
Djokovic is probably the only one who is truly not scared to square off against Federer. Reason: He has so much more to gain from a win and still a lot less to lose in defeat. An exact opposite of where Federer is.
It’s a true test for Federer. With no more excuses to fall back on, he has to win this title to stem the tide and probably halt the free fall.
Structure of the revised pecking order for the rest of the season may be decided this month.