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Federer turns up in 4th round

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by bogbrush (U14203930) 28 June 2010
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Nice of Roger to make an appearance after sending his rubbish twin brother to play the first week.

Very heavy play by the defending champion making Meltzer look very pondorus. It might not have been the best performance by Jurgen this year but it had an awful lot to do with the constant pressure from the return, which Federer was hitting over and through very often (at last!) and the forehand was available again.

Great start to the 2nd week from Fed.

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posted Jun 28, 2010

Federer's first two rounds were against big hitters willing to go for it on every shot. On this surface that's difficult for any player to deal with.

Clement and Melzer are more consistent players but are not going to play with the same degree of recklessness so they were never likely to be a problem for Fed.

Berdych on the other hand is more like his first two opponents except with more experience and a lot more consistency lately. This could be a big test for Federer.

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posted Jun 28, 2010

This is true. And I have tickets for centre on Wednesday!!!!!!

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posted Jun 28, 2010

Clement and Melzer are more consistent players but are not going to play with the same degree of recklessness so they were never likely to be a problem for Fed.
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Do you know Clement and Melzer? They are very different. Melzer is a very hard hitter actually. He played an horrible match today but he is as far as Clement as Murray is to Isner.

Berdych can certainly have a good day but his today's perf against Brands was not that great.

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posted Jun 28, 2010

Bogbrush -- Nice. Enjoy the match.

Tenez -- I didn't say they had similar styles just that they were more consistent players than Fed's first two opponents and that they were unlikely to trouble him.

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comment by Tenez (U1653885)

posted Jun 28, 2010

No surprise - to explain the easier score, you have to look at Federer's mobility essentially and the fact that both Clement and Melzer played terribly. Another day a different story.

Federer beat Falla 62 61 a couple of weeks ago so Fed can certainly handles that kind of games if really fit.

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posted Jun 28, 2010

I thought Federer looked light on his feet today and that was what made the difference.

People went a long time thinking Fed would always win easily and now I think they forgotten that when he's mobile and on his game he wins, unless he's playing Nadal on clay.
On grass the tournament is always on his racquet, and today it showed against a guy who's been playing very well.

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comment by Tenez (U1653885)

posted Jun 28, 2010

Yes he was moving more confidently but I think he wasn't trying very hard to get to balls he normally can put the racquet on. I am sure he is pretty cautious about his moving and luckily was helped by Melzer being overcome by his first outing on CC.

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posted Jun 28, 2010

the real acid test is against another brute hitter in Berdych,i think he really needs to use the slice and drop shot more as the tournament goes on,the big worry for me is the serve he wont beat anyone left in the draw bar Lu and Tsonga with the way hes serving at the moment.He needs the extra 5-10 mph on serve,the lack of variety has been a problem as well.

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comment by Sam (U13808265)

posted Jun 28, 2010

I think Federer is not playing his best tennis, but no one really has had the edge over him either. Big contenders such as Đoković, Nadal and (finally!) Söderling have had to go through 5 setters and Andy Murray is...well...Andy Murray and as usual we'll see him choke again.

Berdych can really hurt Federer, as he is a player who hits lots of winners in a match and has won against Federer on their last couple of meetings. I am pretty sure that if Federer wins against the Czech, he will be in the Final against whoever, as I don't see Novak or Lu being able to do any damage to him.

Rafa > Fed
Murray > Rafa
Fed > Murray

The big question is Söderling. If he plays his best in these last matches, he is, in my opinion, the man who may well win the tournament...easily.

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posted Jun 28, 2010

Soderling is a good player, but there is too much hype I think. He was pushed to 5 by Ferrer, and Nadal does everything better than Ferrer.

I still think Federer and Nadal are favourites to make the final. Murray is at 3. After that, Soderling and Berdych have about similar (30-70) chance against the top two.

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