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Federer-Roddick stats.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 3, 2008

Andy Roddick (R) shakes hands with Roger Federer of Switzerland after defeating him during day eleven of the Sony Ericsson Open at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 3, 2008 in Key Biscayne, Florida.  (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)  

-Federer’s first serve percentage was 64 percent. Remember my post two days ago about how bad Federer fares when the percentage is at or below 65 percent? He was averaging 75 freaking percent for the tournament.

-Roddick had 18 aces, the most he has had against anyone at this event. Federer had just 8.

-Roddick first serve percentage? 70 percent. He was averaging 58 percent before this match.

-Roddick had less unforced errors than Federer. Federer 23, Roddick 19. Roddick was averaging 28 unforced errors per match so far before this match.

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Novak Đoković visits the Serbian province of Kosovo. From Kosovo is Serbia. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 3, 2008

Kosovo is Serbia

Novak Đoković has visited the Serbian province of Kosovo.

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Did Federer take the foot off the gas pedal and pay the price?

Posted by tennisplanet on April 3, 2008

Roger Federer of Switzerland changes shirts during a change over against Andy Roddick during day eleven of the Sony Ericsson Open at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 3, 2008 in Key Biscayne, Florida.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) 

The match was shaping like a typical Federer-Roddick encounter. Roddick gives his all in the first set and comes very close to winning it – this time he did – and then fades away for the remaining sets due to the energy expended to play a close first set.

Federer had a flashback to all those typical encounters and that blue print subconsciously assumed the same result this time. Result: Federer took his foot off the gas pedal which resulted in his game reverting to pre AO mono days without the scaffolding. The safety net being weaved here from the pre AO showing had not strengthened enough to hold that weight. He fell flat on his face.

For everyone crying mono, you have to look at these stats that clearly point to a slide after the loss to Canas, but more importantly after he celebrated his 26th birthday.

Roger Federer of Switzerland looks on against Andy Roddick during day eleven of the Sony Ericsson Open at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 3, 2008 in Key Biscayne, Florida.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) 

Mono may have something to do with it, but at this point based on what Federer himself has said at pressers, it may be too minuscule to affect his game so drastically. I think lack of match play against quality opponents or let me put it this way – sustained quality time on court against progressively quality opponents is what’s the major part of it.

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after breaking Andy Roddick in the second set during day eleven of the Sony Ericsson Open at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 3, 2008 in Key Biscayne, Florida.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) 

I know I have to freaking esssplain this to you lazy spoon fed freaks. Geeeeeeeeezzzzzz!!!! You see the falling of Wawrinka, Hewitt and Robredo has a great deal to do with it, exacerbated by the retirement of Soderling, causing Federer to jump in the pool filled with cold freezing water.

I have no doubt that had Federer not received the snap in his momentum by Haas’s and Soderling’s retirement and the falling of the quality seeds, he would have certainly had a much better outing both here and at Indian Wells.

Roger Federer of Switzerland waves to the crowd after losing against Andy Roddick during day eleven of the Sony Ericsson Open at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 3, 2008 in Key Biscayne, Florida.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) 

Mono may have started it all back in January, but the other planets that illness brought into orbit have now taken a life of their own. And the draw and the tomato cans he has faced, which would have been considered an advantage under normal circumstances, have actually hurt and is continuing to hurt him.

Solution? Revise your schedule to include more than usual tournaments with no regard to actually winning each one of them. Be happy to get enough match play to separate yourself from the dark cloud overhead. If mono is in remission, the train should eventually shift back on the tracks. It may take time but at least you are on your way.

I don’t think the days of him winning three GS in a year are ever going to come back. That phase is over and the sooner he accepts that and moves on the sooner he will achieve whatever else he can achieve.

For if he continues to hack away at the jungle mess without addressing the problems – exactly what he has done so far – and hoping for a different result, the end is not far.

Sampras and Borg are jumping on their bed after locking the bedroom door right about now. Wimbledon hopes of Roddick, Nadal, Murray and even Gasquet are shooting through the roof.

If you think Roddick has been hyper so far, you have no idea what kind of frenzy he is going to be in from now till the Wimbledon finals. That fiancee agreed to the engagement at the wrong time, for here comes a load of action she may not have signed up for.

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Federer out. From pommesdesuisse. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 3, 2008

pommesdesuisse |

the all-time greatest lost to roddick!
now…don’t even dare to count him out, or you’ll meet me in your basement!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Hp-EArV6s8

congratulations to andy, i forgot to add…

he really deserved his victory today, even though there was a moment when he acted like an AH!!!
he was right about the misjudgment, but there was no need to attack federer…

anyways…roddick played really well, specially when he was facing breakpoints…
and the other factor why he has beaten federer was…well…roger didn’t play a bad match…except at the big points. then he was playing something like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xm8za41XLGU

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Roddick pulls off a rabbit, defeats Federer to meet 5-0 H2H Davydendo in the semis. WOW!!!!

Posted by tennisplanet on April 3, 2008

Andy Roddick shakes hands with Roger Federer of Switzerland after defeating him during day eleven of the Sony Ericsson Open at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 3, 2008 in Key Biscayne, Florida.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) 

It seemed Federer had it in his bag until he folded in the last two games of the match. While Roddick deserves all the credit in the world to get to 2-15, Federer’s unforced errors in the last two games basically gift wrapped the match for him.

Roddick did show some nerves by losing first two of the triple match points he had and for a moment I thought history is going to repeat itself and Roddick is going to self destruct. But kudos to Roddick for getting back in the thick of things at the top of the tennis world.

Andy Roddick celebrates after defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland during day eleven of the Sony Ericsson Open at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 3, 2008 in Key Biscayne, Florida.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) 

He has now defeated Federer, Nadal and Djokovic in one month. Bodes well for getting that monkey off the back now.

Roddick needs to constantly make changes in his life to get himself motivated on the circuit. First Connors split resulted in two quick titles at San Jose and Dubai and now the engagement has energised him enough to knock out Federer after losing 11 straight matches to him.

Roddick still has to keep the win in perspective and not get complacent or over confident for the remaining two matches. He has a 5-0 H2H advantage over his next opponent Davydenko and has won what 11 of the last 12 sets he has played. But the job is far from over.

This does not call for a huge celebration, partly because it was not the usual dominating Federer he beat today. But he at least kept his end of the bargain up and waited for Federer to wilt eventually.

Did you notice how many of Federer’s returns came right in the middle of the court, instead of sharp and acute angles we are used to from him?

Losing to Roddick has to be bad for Federer for many reasons, the most important being that he has now lost to a player he practically owned. That does not translate well in tennis terms.

Federer cannot get past the semis this year. He has lost two semifinals now – AO, Indian Wells and one quaterfinal here at Miami. It becomes a tad more difficult to win a title if you are not in the finals, according to latest ATP rules.

More importantly four different players have defeated Federer this year ranging all the way from Fish to Djokovic. That’s about the number of losses he had the whole year couple years ago.

Has the free fall started already? Will it shift to the quarterfinal notch next from the semis?

Roddick has to resist the temptation of exhaling now, spurred by the fact that even if he doesn’t win here, he has already accomplished enough. He should ride the momentum all the way into the lion’s den.

This fiancee things appears good for him. How about switching to another one right before Wimbledon?

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Have you had a laughing fit lately? You should – every freaking day.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 3, 2008

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Federer in need of a geometry refresher course?

Posted by tennisplanet on April 3, 2008

 

Are you missing those acute angles already? If the ball was left hanging in the middle of the court, the point was considered over, since the angle Federer’s racket would create was impossible to even get your racket to. And if you did get to it, it was just for an easy put away from Federer.

Now, the ball comes back smack in the freaking middle of the freaking court. Those sharp angles are still seen occasionally but only when the ball is left short. Earlier, the angles were designed from the baseline.

Result: Federer appears to be working lot harder to win points now. Have you seen the running he has been doing lately? Normally he was there with plenty of time to spare and never gave the impression of being stretched or put on a string.

Do you know what I am freaking talking about? You know that inside out forehand that cuts the court so sharply to the right of the opponent that the player almost runs into the stands trying in vain to even touch it.

I have often wondered why other players don’t duplicate that. It’s such a sure shot to win the point and saves energy too. You don’t need any super talent for it. It’s pure mechanics. You practice it thousand times a day, you are most likely to get it. Instead players like Roddick will unnecessarily use their top spin forehand right in the middle of the freaking court, hoping for an unforced error.

Is Federer’s arsenal shrinking, or is the dependence on first serve and ace count so tempting that other areas are being put on the back burner for now?

The number of shots Federer has to now play in a rally, even amongst the early rounders has jumped significantly.

I did like the coming to the net more often against Acasuso though. It probably is going to be employed more often it seems, as Federer evolves and adjusts to cope with the inevitable slow down in other areas of his game mainly due to age and extra curricular activities.

Is that the reason we don’t see too many ‘wow’ shots anymore? Or is it because since he is trying to get traction on the circuit these days, he has relegated the riskier shots from his game for when he is back in the groove again?

It’s still better than watching boring rallies from Roddick, Davydenko etc.

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ATP annual awards for 2007.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 3, 2008

ATP annual awards for 2007:

Player of the Year – Roger Federer (4th straight year)
Doubles Team of the Year – Mike and Bob Bryan (3rd straight year)
Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship – Roger Federer (4th straight year)
Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year – Ivan Ljubicic
Most Improved Player of the Year – Novak Djokovic (2nd straight year)
Newcomer of the Year – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Comeback Player of the Year – Igor Andreev

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