Hi guys. It’s been a while. I was going to make a draw post but firstly I have been too tired from work. Yeah yeah I know you are getting tired of that excuse, but secondly this is Rotterdam. It’s an ATP 500 event and and the draw hardly matters for someone like Roger. The top four seeds are Roger, Del Potro, Tsonga, and Gasquet. These are the only guys that can threaten Roger in the draw, and they would have to play out of their mind to beat Roger 3.0. Tsonga was in Roger’s half of the draw and he already lost in the first round. That just goes to show how little draws really mean. Roger’s road to the final is now very open after he beat Zemlja 6-3, 6-1 today. I caught the last part of the second set during my lunch hour and I liked what I saw. Roger was always going to be the strong favorite to win this tournament and his first round confirmed that.
There were thoughts that this may not be as routine as expected when Roger went down break point at 1-2 in the first set, but he saved it and broke to love in the next game. From there on it was all Roger as he only lost two more games. He broke once more at 5-3 and twice more in the second set. Despite the one-sided scoreline this match had some great rallies and the crowd must have felt they got their money’s worth. Roger looked sharped, which is what I expected after his Australian Open form. He keeps impressing me, and affirmed my faith in him to win a third Rotterdam title. There aren’t many indoor events around these days which is a shame, because Roger is almost unbeatable on the surface. Was he not tired after a long season in 2012 I am almost certain he would have won Basel and the Masters Cup.
How good is it to see the most beautiful forehand in tennis back?
I can see him winning Rotterdam several more times. But I don’t want to get ahead of myself. He can still face Del Potro in the final who can be a threat if he is playing at his highest possible level. Roger next faces De Bakker who is Dutch himself. I haven’t heard much of De Bakker of late and I expect another routine win for Roger. If he wins he will face Benneteau against whom he had that key match at Wimbledon last year. If they do face off you can expect something much more one-sided. In the semis Roger will face Simon if things go according to seedings, who has been a bit of a tricky opponent for him in the past. That could be more of a test, but definitely would be a less dangerous opponent than Tsonga would have been. Then in the final you would expect Del Potro to be there, but he is so unpredictable that it could be Dimitrov for all I know.
An interesting first round was two stars of the future Dimitrov and Tomic. Dimitrov won 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. I guess Tomic doesn’t do well outside of Australia very often. That’s the way it seems anyway. Dimitrov also beat Davydenko in the second round 7-5, 6-3 after Davydenko destroyed number 8 seed Mayer 6-3, 6-2 in the first round. Dimitrov has already made the Brisbane final this year where he lost to Murray. I have said before that 2013 may just be the year where he starts to make his move. He has always had a lot of potential but hasn’t really broken through. Maybe he can so so this week and make the final so that we can have a Fed vs Mini-Fed final. I have the last three days of the week off so I will be able to watch some tennis for a change. I will also have some more time for blogging and look forward to catching u with you guys.