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Match report, pics, video highlights of Roger Federer vs James Duckworth, Australian Open 2014

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#1 Vibhuism

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 10:55 AM

Roger Federer playing in his 57th successive slam & 16th consecutive Australian Open won his 69th match at Melbourne as he eased past James Duckworth 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in one hour & 46 minutes amidst some severe hot conditions with temperature soaring past 40C (105 F).

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This was Roger Federer's 69th match win at Australian Open in his 79th match & his 261st match win at a slam in his 302nd match at the majors



After today's win, Roger Federer has 69 match wins at Aus Open, while he has won 58 matches at French Open, 67 matches at Wimbledon & US Open.


1st Set


Federer's service looked quite sharp & he didn't face any break points in the 1st set. How ever, Federer had break points in the 3rd, 5th & 7th game on Duckworth's service. Federer converted the break point in the 5th game to get his only break of the set & that break of service was sufficient as he won the 1st set 6-4.



Here are the 1st set stats --------



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The only point worth mentioning here is that Federer had 8 break points in the 1st set & could break the Aussie service only once.


2nd Set


The Swiss maestro had break points in the 3rd & 7th game of the 2nd set & broke the Aussie's service in the 7th game to get to a 4-3 lead. That one break of service again proved sufficient as Federer won the 2nd set 6-4 in 36 minutes.



Here are the 2nd set stats ------



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The Aussie gave a good fight to Federer in these two sets. His tactic of serving from a wide angle looked effective at times, but he didn't have the consistency to trouble Federer.


Set-3


Federer broke Duckworth's service in the opening game of the 3rd set & that probably, ended the Aussie's spirit. Federer got the insurance double break in the 5th game to get to a 4-1 lead.


Roger Federer then served out the set & the match in the 8th game to win the match 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in 106 minutes.



Here are the overall match stats from Federer's 69th match win at Melbourne ------


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Federer faced only one break point in the 2nd set


Roger Federer's Round-2 match will be against Blaz Kavcic on Thursday.


The Swiss maestro is making his first appearance at a major under new coach Stefan Edberg, who himself is a two time winner of Australian Open (1985, 1987).


"It's great fun to be playing in front of him (Edberg) and it's been a dream come true for me," Federer said.


"I used to watch his matches and get inspired to play this great game so to have him in my corner through the year and this tournament is very special and I can't be thankful enough."


Federer says the heat, which hovered around the 40 degrees mark, made for quick conditions on court and he had difficulty finding his rhythm and getting into rallies.


"I'm feeling okay, it's not crazy so I'm happy with how I am feeling this way right now," he said.





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Posted 14 January 2014 - 11:59 AM

Some pics from the match ------------

 

 

 

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 12:00 PM

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 12:02 PM

Excerpts from Roger Federer's presser after the match ----------

 

 

 

 

Q. Much obviously today has been made of the conditions. How would you describe them and how it affected your play, if any, today?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I thought it was very dry, just hot, you know, stinging sort of sun.

I guess also it depends on who you play, if you're playing a big server, clearly faster conditions. If you're getting into rallies, I guess you'll feel the heat a bit more.

Depending on where you come from it has a bigger effect on you, this type of heat, than maybe humid heat. So it's very personal, and it can become just a very mental thing, you know, and you just can't accept that it's hot.

Just deal with it, because it's the same for both. That's basically it.

Q. You spoke before the tournament about how hard you trained in the offseason. Does that help you if the weather stays like this to cope well?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I didn't practice in 40 degree heat because that's hard to find, you know, around the world. I did that after the US Open. In Dubai we had 42, 43, so that was warm then.

But like I said, it's just a mental thing. If you've trained hard enough your entire life or the last few weeks and you believe you can do it and come through it, there's no reason.

If you can't deal with it, you throw in the towel. But that's for me.

Q. Were you surprised at how well your opponent played today?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I didn't know him that well, so I was open for, you know, high risk tennis from his side or just getting used to it. I don't quite know what his go to serve is or his go to, his favorite shot.

Clearly you speak to guys, but then I think he plays different against me than he would play against a lefty or plays different to me than against me a double handed backhand. That's one of the reasons he stood out on the ad side to serve.

Especially in the beginning. He hung tough for the first set and a half until I got the break in the second set. That's usually how it is, you know.

Conditions were playing pretty quick, so we didn't have much rhythm, much rallies. I kept missing some opportunities, which made it harder on me, because I think I could have been in a more comfortable lead early.

I think he did also well to stay in the match because and in most of the games, because he did serve well when he needed to.

Q. You're always quoted figures about records and what have, but 57 consecutive slams. They seem to mount up, don't they? And here you are again looking as fit as ever.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, look, I said it beforehand, this record is only really is real since maybe 20 years because not everybody used to go to all the majors. Agassi missed the Australian Open I think 10 times, and, you know, Borg only played twice.

I think it's only a thing players do since maybe 20 years ago to go to all the slams. By virtue of that slams have gotten more important over the years.

But I love my Masters 1000s, I love m5 500s and 250 tournaments. Clearly that's a record in a way I guess I'm proud of in some ways, because there's no shortcuts in Grand Slams because of the best of five set situation. You know, two weeks and it's spread out throughout the year, so you have to stay injury free and be healthy.

I showed that for, I don't know, what is that, 13 years? 13 years?

Q. Another record which I think you have is that you've won the ATP Edberg Award For Sportsmanship I believe more than anyone. What does that award mean to you, and how cool is it having that guy as your coach now?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, a bit weird, and I think I won it more than he did (Laughter.) That's my favorite thing about the award.

No, but I'm joking. Obviously he was a role model for me growing up, the way he conducted himself on the court, away from the court, in the press room. I learned a lot from him, and it's nice to have him in my corner and be able to just speak to him and be inspired by, you know, what he says about the game today and about how it used to be for him maybe, telling me stories.

Just to spend time together for me is a big deal. I hope it's going to be a successful partnership as we move along.

Q. You never seem to be a guy who looks at his coach that much. Is that going to change that much with Stefan?
ROGER FEDERER: Not really. I realize after a set I didn't look up once yet. I better check if he's actually sitting there. I did see them. He was wearing sunglasses. Okay, he is there.

No, I don't look up much. I stopped doing that way back when because just I said you just can't be dependent on these entire looks all the time. Being coached from the sidelines, that's not how I grew up.

I feel like it's like in school, you know, you do your work. At home, you get ready for the test, and then the test, you don't cheat and you try to do your best score.

I see it the same way in tennis. Clearly, you know, when I did look up, I, you know, it's nice seeing him sitting there. Even if he wouldn't be my coach it would be nice. Plus he's in my corner, it's great.

Q. Between now and your next match with Stefan Edberg, do you sit and have a long chat with him? What sort of things...

ROGER FEDERER: We will probably go to dinner tonight and just see who else joins in, and then we will just watch some matches, you know. I think he wants to see quite a few matches live, as well. Because he's seen a lot on TV but, live is a different animal.

So he's going to do a bit of that. Tomorrow we will just go through the motions in practice and discuss my future opponent. You know, just spend time, three of us, with Severin Luthi, my coach, as well. That's what's on the planning front right now.

Q. From your perspective, should the roof be closed on Rod Laver when the heat gets this bad?
ROGER FEDERER: No. I think it should always stay open, honestly. That's my opinion.


Q. With the game plan your opponent enforced, obviously something a lot of people have watched about you, going high on the backhand. Is it something you have worked on?
ROGER FEDERER: Sorry, the beginning?


Q. His game plan. He hit your...
ROGER FEDERER: My opponent, you mean?

Q. Yeah. He hit your high backhand quite often.

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, that's a decision he made. I mean, it worked out pretty well. It also keeps first serve percentage high and all that stuff.

But then again, you know, always changing based on your opponent is also not always what you want to do. You want to play with your strength.

I'm not sure if he plays like that every single game, but of course he was taking more chances against me than against other players which made him more dangerous. But can he maintain that throughout three sets or an entire season?

It was same thing with Tomic last year. He really went for his shots. I thought it will be interesting to see if he can keep it up. He went back to chipping and just making the shots, and he had not a great season after that, which was disappointing.

It's about being able to do it every single game or as much as you can, and be consistent there. But for me, clearly I have worked on my weaknesses. But I believe and also, you know, improving my strength, because at the end of the day that's where I get my free points and that's how I win points usually is my strength.

Q. Earlier you were saying that sometimes when you looked up at important people, celebrities, you felt

ROGER FEDERER: Celebrities is the wrong word. Let's make it legends of the game or friends, yes.


Q. You sort of felt a kind of pressure on yourself to perform. I mean, so many people have seen you, Royals, fashion editors, Tiger, other sports personalities. Was there a person you looked up to when you looked up you felt a particular pressure to perform?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah. Like I mentioned, usually used to be family and friends back home. Always felt strange when they were all sitting there. Normally you'd be sitting at dinner tables or coffee shops, and here you are now playing in front of them. It just felt awkward.

Then it was, you know, when legends of the game came out to watch you play: Bjørn Borg, Rod Laver, Stefan, Becker. You saw them around and you're like, Ah, these are the ones I used to look up. I want to make it extra special and I feel like I have to impress them or play a bit out of my you know, just come up with something that they might think is, wow.

And then you realize it's actually better to win the match than win a few "wow" shots, so you go back to basics. That's kind of where it's hit me the most usually, when those kind of people have sat in the stadium.

Today I'm a bit more laid back about it, thankfully.

Q. How do you feel setting out for a new Grand Slam campaign this year?

ROGER FEDERER: Feel good. I'm excited. I'm not thinking about Wimbledon or US Open so much, even though those were my last two slams which didn't go well for me.

I think also the way I entered this tournament now is very different. So it's in the past, you know, and the past you can't change anyway. I'm looking into the future to I have worked hard, put in the hard work, so from that standpoint there's no regrets right there.

I feel good, and it's about for me, I want to show prove to myself that I can bring it every match. I'm really excited. It's a tough draw, but I'm open for it and I'm ready to go.

I'm happy I managed to beat the heat easily today, and I've entered the tournament, which is most important, first week as a whole. Hopefully I can move on from there.



Q. Are you pleased with how you played today?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, it was okay. It was not much rhythm out there. It was a matter of getting the job done and not getting broken.

So it was a solid match from start to finish, yeah. Could have maybe won a few more break points here and there, but who cares now?


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 12:05 PM

Stefan Edberg on coaching Federer ------

 

 

 


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 12:06 PM

Federer's on court post match interview ---------

 

 

 


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 12:14 PM

I really need to add here- Australian Open without Jim Courier's post match on court interview isn't the same fun :).

 

 

Here is an interesting interview that he took of Novak Djokovic yesterday -------

 

 


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 01:28 PM

Rogers one liner about that stefan edberg warmup was superb. Just goes to show that he can be the best in whatever he does.

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 05:17 PM

Thanks everyone for all the photos, interviews etc.  I think it was a good win. Definitely worth staying up for. The conversions are a sticking point but from the interviews Roger seems to be aware of it so that's half the battle.  In the extreme heat I don't think you're going to have scintillating tennis from many players.  Hopefully the temperature will go down a bit in the coming days.  Edberg seems such a nice chap too. I think they go very well together.



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Posted 14 January 2014 - 05:36 PM

Thanks for that!!!



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Posted 14 January 2014 - 05:41 PM

As usual, very interesting reading. Unfortunately did not watch the match, but luckily an follow with above interviews, photos and videos. Yeah(as he keeps saying in interviews), he sounds very positive and believe Edberg/Luthi will maintain his morale. Txs for all the efforts on this feedback.

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 05:44 PM

Let's go ROGER!!! Grab the Aussie for us! :D

 

I would like to see Roger performing a bit more offensively and doing nearly 50 net approaches per match, or even more!! He's very good at the net! That would be neat!



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Posted 14 January 2014 - 09:51 PM

Goran ivanisevic once said that even in a match when Roger plays poorly or loses a match he looks a far better player than his opponent. Just Read a wonderful article reiterating this point . The link is given below.
http://www.theatlant...federer/283007/
Dont get misled by the title , read the entire article and also the last line ,guess you all will appreciate it.
Go Roger Go. Get the 18th GS. We believe in you.

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 10:00 PM

Let's go ROGER!!! Grab the Aussie for us! :D

 

I would like to see Roger performing a bit more offensively and doing nearly 50 net approaches per match, or even more!! He's very good at the net! That would be neat!

Maybe when the temperature goes down a little ;)



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Posted 15 January 2014 - 01:06 AM

Jim Courier with his thoughts on Stefan Edberg and Roger



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Posted 15 January 2014 - 01:33 AM

To be honest I find it hard to imagine how the players, court staff and fans coped in that brutal heat, so all in all it was a relief to see them come through without any obvious signs of somebody becoming ill ~ mother hen moment over :rolleyes:


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Comms did mention that Roger had asked for the roof to be closed over more and I began to worry that he would become distracted. Fortunately he managed remain focused on the task in hand and won in straight sets. The conditions were not conducive to spectacular play. I hope that was the reason he missed so many opportunities to convert break points. At least he recognises that he needs to improve on this. Let's hope the weather cools down a bit for everybody's sake.



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Posted 15 January 2014 - 01:48 AM

Thankfully Mirka had a seat in the shade :)


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Posted 15 January 2014 - 03:58 AM

 I am so glad Vibhuism you brought Jim's post match routine up. I really look forward to his interviews so you can imagine my disappointment last night. I'm relieved to find out he's still working for channel 7, though. Hope he'll be around next time Roger plays.



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Posted 15 January 2014 - 04:26 AM

The evening News on the TV here in the UK has mentioned the high temperatures at the Australian Open in Melbourne today and hinted it may be even hotter on Thursday as this heatwave continues :(

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 02:33 PM

Here's an interview that Roger gave at the Moët and Chandon party earlier in the week to Sunrise TV, who screened it after this match.

In this video Roger speaks about his hopes for this year's Australian Open, Stefan Edberg, his thoughts about his future in the game, and his family.






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