It was nice to see Roger continuing his clinical form from Indian Wells in Miami by disposing of a dangerous opponent in Karlovic without ever being in danger. Roger was so clinical that he won 49/52 points on serve. Yes Karlovic is not the best returner in the sport but that is impressive whichever way you look at it. Roger dropped only one point on serve in the first set – at 5-4 and 40-0. Roger’s stats are pretty much impeccable and he hit some very nice passing shots. A match against a big server like Karlovic is never that great to watch but it was nice to see how Roger dismantled a potentially dangerous opponent in straight sets anyway. Roger got the break in the opening game, catching Karlovic early on before he was warmed up. In the second set it looked like Roger would get the break at 4-4 and 40-15 but could not convert.
It was down to the inevitable tie break where Roger continued his clinical play and clinched it after Karlovic netter a forehand. So like I said it was nice to see that Roger didn’t have any hangover from the Indian Wells final and that he still looks to be very sharp. The Indian Wells final loss was honestly not the worst thing that could happen. It’s not about how you play one match but how you play throughout an event, and from Roger’s point of view that was very good. As long as he keeps this form up he will definitely win some more titles this year. It’s really about the consistency and giving yourself chances. You are not gonna take all of them. Roger now plays against De Bakker who beat Verdasco in three sets. I think that should be another straight set win. I think Roger should make at least semis in his current form, which would be a good result in these slow conditions.