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Match Report, 7 May 2013: Radek Stepanek v. Roger Federer; with Photos & Video H/L

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#1 kartnite

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 08:30 PM

Roger Federer returned to grace the tennis courts for the first time in eight weeks; his last appearance being a quarter-final loss to nemesis Rafael Nadal at Indian Wells, California. 

 

Roger's opponent today was the sly Czech veteran, Radek Stepanek, and despite a lopsided 2-11 H2H, he was expected to test a potentially rusty world n° 2. 

 

 

 

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Salient highlights, first set:

» Rust? What rust? Federer starts with a love-hold and proceeds to break Stepanek in game 4. 

» And the proof for not being rusty? Federer was clearly winning the longer rallies. He would go on to save two break points in a long fifth game that featured 5 decue points. 

» Federer, hardly tested, would serve out the set 6-3.

 

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Salient highlights, second set:

» Federer is fast out of the blocks, yet again. Breaking in the third game to lead 2-1. Stepanek would rue a fluffed overhead on game point in that very game.

» Federer's movement and shot-making, still not at 100%, is still very very effective.

» The writing was seemingly on the wall when Federer broke Stepanek again for 5-2.

» There was an unexpected wobble in the eighth game. Stepanek survived 3 match points and Federer's serve finally buckled on the 6th break-point. 

» An anti-climax wasn't to be as Federer broke Stepanek in the very next game to move to the second round.

 

GSM, Federer, 6-3, 6-3. 81 minutes. 

 

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 08:44 PM

Post-match, on-court interview: 

 


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Posted 07 May 2013 - 08:53 PM

Shots from the match:

 

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:07 PM

Some more pics from the match :::

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:08 PM

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:27 PM

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:47 PM

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:48 PM

Final Game and match point video -----------

 

 

 


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Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:48 PM

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 10:13 PM

Here's a second set edited video ..


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Posted 07 May 2013 - 11:13 PM

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 12:09 AM

Full match video..

 

 

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 02:15 AM

It's certainly good to see Roger back on court again and moving more easily. Shame he could not close out when he had match point the first time, but hey, he won and this was a chance to get the feel of the court etc. Onwards and upward :)

Lovely to see the Mirka there with twins, who I must say behaved very well to stay quietly amused for the whole match.

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#14 Wendy_redRobin

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 12:34 PM

Here is Roger's post match interview.



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