Federer passes toughest test of the event in straight sets but……
Posted by tennisplanet on June 11, 2010
………….he is still waiting for a memo to inform him that it’s OK to break more than once in a set. At two of the three wins here, he has broken just once in each set after serving at over 70 percent for his first serve and maintaining a double-digit ace count per match. The latter part doesn’t affect your break record but it should however eliminate multiple BP offerings.
First match: Offered 3.
Second match: 2.
Third match: 1.
Translation: He is winning with the minimum of margins and we are talking about early rounds of an already ‘depleted to the basement’ field. While a win is a win, under the conditions these matches may not do much in bolstering the morale and confidence, if they are not hurting that is. After all, this is Federer’s surface of choice leading to the Slam of choice. Shouldn’t he be at least matching if not exceeding Nadal’s showing on his surface of choice – even if those were 1000 events on clay – to keep hopes of winning HIS backyard Slam alive?
Nadal switched from hard to clay seamlessly to throw out the ‘new surface’ alibi. Federer desperately needs a string of statement games right here right now not just for the rest of the field but for himself. With title here more or less a foregone conclusion since his next two matches are against some guy who likes pets and Hewitt, this is a good time to bring out the artillery to post matches named ‘destruction with no mercy’. If not the close albeit straight set wins will begin tipping over in the wrong direction.
But today, all that may be just fine since all seeded players at Queens have been sown back in the ground for fresh growth. Nadal’s lopsided loss to Lopez may prove to be a blessing in disguise if the discomfort or injury is weak enough to be healed before Wimbledon. Or was this all planned? With No. 1 rank secured irrespective of what happens at Wimbledon – that might have played into this result / plan.
If Nadal is more concerned about denying Federer those last 7 days at No. 1 needed to overtake Sampras more than his own obsession with the position, it would be far more sensible to let whatever injury it is to heal by skipping Wimbledon and concentrate at the US Open instead, as that’s where it (No. 1 rank) is more likely to get contentious. But if Wimbledon aggravates the problem, US hard courts will destroy him and the top rank title thereby releasing the seven-day hold.
And is anybody else interested in playing tennis anymore or should we start recruiting from WTA / WNBA /BoardgamesBA? Geeeeeeezzzzzzzz!!!!!!!!!!!!!