Hi guys. This won’t be a long post as I was late for work today due to staying up to watch Roger. I watched the first two sets and then passed out before I could set my alarm clock. From what I saw and watching the highlights, this was an incredible performance. It is fair to say that this was JesusFed, and that in the first round! Clearly the break and the training did Roger the world of good. He needed no time whatsoever to get back into competitive tennis, as he broke Paire in the first game after forcing the error with another heavy forehand. He then broke again at 4-2 after setting up break point with a gorgeous backhand cross court winner. Serving out the set was no problem as Roger did so to 15. More of the same followed in the second set as Roger broke at 2-1. The break was enough to secure the second set 6-4.
It looked like Paire was getting closer to winning a set, but Roger quickly established dominance in the third set as he broke in the opening game again. He got the insurance break at 2-0 with a return that had Paire on the deck. At 5-1 Roger played a scorcher of a game to open the bakery and send Paire packing 6-2, 6-4, 6-1. Like I said, it was a masterclass. Roger put everything in his vast repertoire of shots on display here. His serve was finding the corners like clockwork. The forehand was at it’s devastating best as he ruled the base line with it. His backhand was hitting the target as well, which is usually a sign that he is really ‘feeling’ it out there. The rest was just as good. There were some superb returning, defensive play, drop shots, and volleying as well. It was the complete package in the true sense of the word, as only Roger Federer knows how to define.
This was exactly the start that was needed for Roger, and I am very much liking his chances for a record 5th Australian Open and 18th slam title. Everyone has Djokovic as the favorite. That works out perfectly. Everyone is focusing on him and to a lesser extent Murray, while Roger is being overlooked. So there is no pressure for Roger and he can fly under the radar to the semi-finals where he can first of all send Murray packing with another JesusFed performance, after which he can silence the critics yet again with a win over Djokovic. Yes it’s hypothetical, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it works out just like that. There is a long way to go and a lot can happen, but the first hurdle have been passed most impressively. If this was a taste of what’s to come the field will be ripped to shreds by Tennis God over the next ten days.