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Reviewing Roger Federer's majestic 2014 Australian summer

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#1 Umarah

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 11:21 PM

The Australian Open & Australian Tennis summer is over for another year. What? It's not? Oh, I meant it's over for another year for Roger Federer fans. A beaten semi finalist in Melbourne by an all too familiar foe; the Spanish thorn in his Swiss side. We're all still feeling slightly heartbroken from the latest defeat but, unlike previous Grand Slam losses, I feel a new positivity about Roger Federer and his game. He came into the "Happy Slam" with no expectations.



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The 17 time Grand Slam champion made his start to the Australian Summer by smartly chosing to play at Brisbane. He had a great outing there & played some fine tennis. Inspite of losing the Brisbane final to Lleyton Hewitt, he got the much needed match practice & most importantly, the confidence about his fitness level & his new racket.





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Then on 8th January, 2014, Roger Federer played an exhibition match vs Tsonga for his foundation & that again gave him the much needed match practice & that also helped him a lot during Australian Open.


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Uncharacteristically early losses in the last two majors have left the tennis world wondering if this is the end. Again. Add to that the fact that he was drawn in the tougher side of the draw, scheduled to meet Tsonga, Murray and that Spanish guy a round earlier than ever before. Hence, no one really expected him to get past the fourth round.


The whole word was busy discussing the draw, but Roger himself commented, "You guys debate the draw, I play in it."


Federer then started the Aus Open tournament playing local boy, Jack Duckworth, winning easily in straight sets and much of the same followed.


Next came the Slovenian, Blaz Kavcic, who was dispatched in similar fashion albeit with a much tighter final set than expected. All the while there was chatter of the potential fourth round match coming up against Tsonga. Federer, however, remained focused on the task in hand.


His third round win versus Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia was a routine outing with the loss of just seven games. All was well with the Federer game. He seemed fresh, sharp, hitting the ball cleanly with his new bigger racquet and with some stunning net play, he looked like a man revived.


However, sterner tests were to follow and people were expecting him to crumble under the pressure of a tougher opponent.



Jo-Wilfred Tsonga was waiting in the next round, a player who had posed some difficult questions in past majors. Everyone, including myself, expected a five set epic like in last years tournament when Federer ever so slightly edged it. So the match began and the four time champion took the first set with a single break of serve but surely the Frenchman would strike back. The second set was a tighter affair but Federer stole it 7-5. But as we all know too well, a two set lead against Tsonga means nothing. Nervously, Federer fans watched the third set but an early break saw him see out the match in straight sets. A stunning display of tennis left us wondering if this was a sign of things to come with new coach Stefan Edberg.




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Federer's reaction after defeating Tsonga to secure his place in his 11th consecutive QF appearance at Aus Open, 2014


Not many gave Federer a chance against Andy Murray in the quarter finals and maybe this time his critics would be proved right. The Swiss Maestro had other ideas.


The Swiss raced into a two set lead but the third proved to be a difficult affair. Federer served for the match and squandered match points, being broken back by the Scot who took it to a tie break. The shoot out saw more match points come and go and with it many Federer fans hopes and dreams of an eighteenth Grand Slam title. The set slipped away and a fourth loomed, with the momentum swinging firmly Murray's favour. But Roger Federer wasn't going to fade away and a single break saw him close out the match in the ensuing set. Again, we saw a brilliant, attacking display of tennis with crunching forehands and sublime volleys. The second part of the test was complete and passed.



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Roger Federer after defeating Andy Murray to ensure his place in his 11th successive semi-final appearance at Aus Open



Next came the aforementioned Spanish guy. Surely Federer couldn't beat him. Surely it was a step too far. This time the predictions were right. A losing head to head record and a troublesome topspin would prove to be too much of an obstacle for the number six seed. Despite a close first set Federer succumbed to a tie break and unfortunately the next two sets were dealt with much quicker than we would have all liked. The same old story prevailed and order was restored to the tennis universe.


Despite the loss to Rafa Nadal, I believe that Federer and fans can take a lot of heart from his performances at Melbourne. Not many thought he would make it past the fourth round let alone the semi finals but more importantly that he would play so well. This tournament would have given Roger Federer an amazing confidence boost and will set him up beautifully for the coming year, proving that he can compete at the highest level, something that was missing much of last year.


All in all, I'd say the Australian Open was a success and a step in the right direction for Roger Federer. Watch out for the Swiss maestro in 2014 & the coming years, the maestro is here to stay.


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#2 Rita

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 12:09 AM

Very nice analysis Umarah.  I also think we can take a lot of heart from Melbourne.  Who amongst us really expected Roger to make the semis?  Great stuff Roger.  Allez!



#3 Niraperky

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 02:10 AM

Thanks Umarah, enjoyed the read. I think he is doing marvelously well. Most important, he has regained his confidence and all the practice has certainly given positive results. Keep going Roger!

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 02:30 AM

What Roger displayed leading up to the semi-final with Rafa was both awesome to watch and a magnificent demonstration of what makes Roger Federer the GOAT and a man worthy of respect.

He was, in a phrase, sublime and picturesque!



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Posted 26 January 2014 - 04:55 AM

Thank you for the great posts and pictures of Roger and his great performance in Melbourne. Love the analysis and reading all the comments. Am wondering now, if Roger will sit in the Stan's player's box for the final. Think that would be awesome.



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Posted 26 January 2014 - 05:24 AM

A very nice analysis!!! Thanks Umarah.. Looking forward Roger... Come on!!!



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Posted 26 January 2014 - 06:28 AM

Thank you for all the pictures and posts. We all believe in Roger and know he will win another slam. He had a tough draw, he is looking better than last year. Maybe Roger should be hypnotized before he plays Rafa, to get him out of his head. We are all rooting for Stan now. Roger has a positive attitude and quite a gentleman.

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 07:48 AM

I believe AO a great start to 2014 for Roger. And on a good day he will believe he can beat Nadal and djokovic. Edberg will have him believing!

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 02:54 PM

For all the people who are posting here as a GUEST please kindly log in for others to like it! and have fun keep posting!! :) 


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Posted 26 January 2014 - 02:56 PM

indeed a brilliant analysis thanks umarah!! :)


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Posted 26 January 2014 - 06:29 PM

Welcome, Umarah! You are new here but you feel like an old friend already! :)

 

Great post as well. Hope to read your posts a lot more in the future!



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Posted 26 January 2014 - 08:05 PM

Great analysis Umarah, thanks for posting and look forward to reading more of your thoughts in the future :)

This could well prove to be a very interesting year for men's tennis. Roger Federer has started this season in a very promising way, he may have lost out at the Semi Final stage, but he has shown that the vintage Federer is not history and has admitted that he does not expect to be 100% till March or April.

Then with his performance at the Australian Open this year, Stan Wawrinka has indicated that Djokovic is not invincible, Nadal is surmountable ... and with other young players like Dimitrov showing promise ....

Is it time for the changing of the guard at the top? Could Roger Federer win another Grand Slam? Anything is possible!

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 10:07 PM

somehow he needs to find a  way how to  beat rafa in his den, whether  s&v or not ...he must  find out a solution to the rafa-puzzle.. its all in his mind...nothing else

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 04:40 AM

Thank you all so much for reading and for your lovely comments and feedback. Hope to write more and more about Roger Federer's coming success!

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 05:27 AM

I would love to see Roger winning French Open and Wimbledon this year!



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Posted 27 January 2014 - 06:54 AM

I still do not see Federer getting past Dokovic and Nadal in succession on any surface, unless they are both injured...



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Posted 27 January 2014 - 03:59 PM

Thanks Umarah great analysis, enjoyed reading it..Hope to read more from you in the future  :) 


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Posted 29 January 2014 - 11:55 PM

Plus it looks like australian summer stretch didn't take away too much from Roger as it has just been revealed he will compete in Davis Cup against Serbia. So exciting to see that happening, although first match against Novak will play Stan as he is a new swiss number one now.



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Posted 30 January 2014 - 12:03 AM

Oh my bad, Novak is not playing unless following Roger he'll join the party at last minute.



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Posted 30 January 2014 - 03:17 AM

Plus it looks like australian summer stretch didn't take away too much from Roger as it has just been revealed he will compete in Davis Cup against Serbia. So exciting to see that happening, although first match against Novak will play Stan as he is a new swiss number one now.

 

 

Not that Novak is playing, but actually if Novak was playing, then Federer & Novak would have played on the first day. (Its always the #2 vs #1 on 1st day).

 

 

It could have been the first or the second singles match of Friday (that actually gets decided on the draw day).


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