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Federer keeps it red

Roger Federer is wearing a red shirt for his day time matches at the US Open for the second year running.

Fed turned out for his opening round match against Devon Britton in a very similar outift to last year – but this time he wore black shorts instead of grey.

Ususally the Swiss master enjoys experimenting with different colours and styles for grand slams however on this occasion he has kept with what he knows.

Personally I am not a fan of red but he pulls off the outfit well with a black bandana and wrist band.

For night matches he has opted for the ‘Darth Federer’ look which was last seen at the Open in 2007. This includes a black shirt, shorts, socks and trainers which I think looks pretty cool.

Federer US Open 2008

Federer US Open 2008

Federer US Open 2009

Federer US Open 2009

Darth Federer US Open 2007

Darth Federer US Open 2007

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Karlovic loss saves me 250 big ones

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There was no-one happier than me that Roger Federer defeated Ivo Karlovic in straight sets earlier today.

One of my friends is a massive Karlovic supporter and two years ago I bet him £250 that Big Ivo would not reach a grand slam semi final in his career and my goodness, he came a little bit too close to achieving this feat for my liking.

Federer, who has reached his 21st consequtive grand slam semi final, thankfully tamed the big serving Croatian in style breaking him twice with relevant ease.

Breaking the 6’10 giant was particularly significant as he had not been broken in a match since he arrived in England for the grass court season a month ago!

It’s not that I’m not a fan of the Croatian, in fact I love watching him hit aces past everyone, it’s just that if a rally develops he will lose the point 8 times of out 10.

I generally thought he had a chance against Federer today however the Swiss master picked off his massive serves brilliantly. This was seriously a returning clinic and a pleasure to watch from the five-time Wimbledon champion.

But Karlovic will be very pleased with his overall performance at Wimbledon as he has made his first ever quarter final appearance in a grand slam taking out two top ten players along the way in Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Fernando Verdasco.

If you have been won over by the Croatian giant’s massive serve and dodgy ground strokes join this Facebook group – ‘Ivo Karlovic – The King of Tennis’.

Match Tipping – French Open – 05/06/09

Semi Finals

Robin Soderling vs Fernando Gonzalez

My immediate thoughts are that Soderling will lose this match just like I thought he would lose against Ferrer, Nadal and Davydenko. From time to time top 30 players go on unbelievable runs where they play at their absolute optimum level and this is currently happening to Soderling. I think this match will be close but I have to give the edge to the Swede as something has clearly clicked for him over the last two weeks.

Gonzo beat Murray in the last round which looks like a good win but really the Scot isn’t anywhere near the force he is on hard courts. The Chilean has a tendency to be on fire for a set and then drop off for the next and if this happens he will be in all sorts of difficulty. He needs to be pumped up to play well and Soderling may not let him play the massive forehands which allow him to build momentum. 

Prediction – Soderling win 3-2

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Roger Federer vs Juan Martin Del Potro

Del Potro has been playing well this tournament but I wouldn’t say he has come up against any particularly testing competition. Igor Andreev hasn’t been on good from as of late, Tsonga is a hard court player and Robredo doesn’t hit hard enough to trouble the top players. That said I feel the Argentine has a chance today as he must be feeling really confident.

Federer hasn’t been at his best but at times during matches he really excels and proves just why he was number one in the world for so long. For me he is a clear favourite here and I would be surprised if he didn’t advance to the final. Federer has spent longer on court than Del Potro but I think this counts in the Swiss master’s favour as he must be nicely tuned up.

It wouldn’t surprise me if Del Potro came out firing on all cylinders and won the first set. After that though, Federer should take the next three and win comfortably.

Prediction – Federer win 3-1

Federer survives

federer celebratingTwo sets down.

Serving at 3-4 in the third set.

30-40.

This was the perilous position Roger Federer found himself in yesterday against Tommy Haas who had been bossing the match.

This break point seemed like a virtual match point for Haas as he had been serving like Karlovic and Federer had been really struggling to make any sort of impact when returning.

Federer missed his first serve and nervously spun in his second and I think at this point everyone around the world watching this match was biting their finger nails off.

A short rally commensed before Federer, flirting with destruction, attempted a low percentage inside out forehand.

He slapped the ball as hard as he could in a desperate attempt to win the point as Haas has been playing unrealistically well.

In a heart in mouth moment the ball flew over the net seemingly in slow motion and caught the very outside edge of the line and from this point forward the match completely turned.

Federer held his serve, broke Haas in the next game, took the set 6-4 and then the German crumbled winning just two more games in the contest.

I wasn’t surprised Haas lost his way because after coming so close to serving for the match his confidence was bound to drop significantly.

Something that amazed me in this match was the fact that Federer did not drop a point on serve for the first SEVEN games.

Haas is surely the first man to win a set having not managed to rack up a single returning point leading up to the first set tie break.

Read the full match report on the ATP website here.

Here are the results from my TIPS yesterday…

Tommy Hass vs Roger Federer I said Federer win 3-0 // Actual resultFederer win 3-2

Tommy Robredo vs Philipp KohlschreiberI saidRobredo win 3-2 // Actual resultRobredo win 3-1

Juan Martin Del Potro vs Jo Wilfried Tsonga I said – Del Potro win 3-1 // Actual result Del Potro win 3-1

Gael Monfils vs Andy RoddickI said Monfils win 3-2 // Actual result Monfils win 3-0

Match Tipping – French Open – 01/06/09

Tommy Robredo vs Philipp Kohlschreiber

Oh dear. This is a massively tough match to call. I wrote in a previous post that I would put a considerable amount of money on whoever Kohlschreiber was playing due to his erratic tendencies.

Having now seen he is playing Tommy Robredo I am certainly not so confident.

This is a match the German should win in my opinion and that is precisely the reason why I am going to pick Robredo to advance to the next round.

Kohlschreiber had nothing to lose against against Djokovic and was able to play without a hint of pressure. This match will be a different kettle of fish and he will have a degree of expectation on his shoulders which could effect his play.

This match has five set thriller written all over it and I reckon Kohlschreiber will bottle it.

Robredo win 3-2

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Tommy Haas vs Roger Federer

Federer should stroll this match against the aging Haas. I think the first set will be competitive however after that Federer will dominate.

Federer win 3-0

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Juan Martin Del Potro vs Jo Wilfried Tsonga

On any other surface I would have no doubt in my mind that Tsonga would have a great chance of winning.

However clay courts do not suit his gung ho type of play as we have seen from his mediocre results as of late.

Personally I am not a fan of Del Potro but he has chalked up a few good results on the surface.

Like Tsonga he is not the greatest on clay either but his comfortable win against a ‘proper dirtballer’ in Andreev the previous round makes me side with the lanky Argentine.

Del Potro win 3-1

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Gael Monfils vs Andy Roddick

Monfils should get the better of Roddick on this surface however the Frenchman always seems to make life difficult for himself.

Roddick is a fighter and now he has come this far into the draw I am sure he will have been working on a plan to disappoint the French crowd by knocking their favourite player out.

Roddick will need to serve well to keep Monfils at bay.

And if Monfils fails to get into the Roddick service games he may lose confidence and go on the defensive which would allow Roddick to start dictating points.

If this happens we could be in for a long match however Monfils will eventually scrape the win by grinding down the American.

Plus Monfils has points to defend here which is an added incentive for him.

Monfils win 3-2

Match Prediction 18/05/08 Hamburg Final

Hamburg Final – Best Of three sets

Roger Federer SWI (1) – Rafael Nadal ESP (2)

In my opinion this will be Federer’s best chance to beat Nadal on clay this season. The Spaniard came through against Djokovic in three as I predicted but was tested to the limit both mentally and physically. The three hour long match was fantastic with at least 10 points that could be included in the collection of ‘amazing point’ videos on Youtube.

Nadal will definitely feeling the after effects of that match today and the Swiss master will be much fresher having cruised through every round. If Federer goes 4-0 ahead in a set like in the Monte Carlo final I very much doubt the Spaniard will perform the same sort of fight back. I really fancy the world number one here to reclaim his title here but this will be no walkover however and Federer will need to be on top of his game attacking the Spaniard’s backhand as much as possible. A three setter could be on the cards but Federer will prevail.

Predicted Winner  :: Federer

 

Match Prediction 27/04 Monte Carlo Masters

Best of three sets – Clay

Final

Roger Federer (1) SWI – Rafael Nadal (2) ESP

I tipped Nadal to win this tournament and he has cruised through the rounds so far. His battling displays have been impressive on his favourite surface and its going to take a seriously flawless performance from Federer to stop him winning his first title of the season. The interesting point is that the Swiss master has actually played near flawless tennis in his last two matches which makes for a thrilling prospect.

Nalbandian was brushed aside easily after he lost the first set and Djokovic is going back old ways as he retired in the second set as Federer was dominating him. His reason for retiring was that he hadn’t been well for three days. Well this obviously didn’t effect him against Querrey two days earlier and I think this makes Djoko look weak. Federer did not look at all impressed when the Serb came over to him to shake his hand.

Federer must have some belief back after coming back from 5-1 down in the third in his first round match and he really looks fired up here. This is why I think this match will be very close and most probably go to three sets. I feel if Federer gets his tactics right, for example not trying to beat Nadal from the  back of the court and mixes his play up he could unsettle the Spaniard. Moving into the net is an essential tactic here so he can avoid long drawn out points which Rafa revels in.

However overall I still feel this match is Nadal’s to lose as he has been on quite stunning form this week himself and there was a point against Davydenko yesterday which said everything about his character and ability on clay. He was sent wide by the Russian and Rafa attempted a pass down the line which Davydenko drop volleyed. The Spaniard then ran from one side of the court to the other and got the ball just as it was about to touch the ground and he passed Davydenko at the net. I couldn’t believe my eyes as Nadal had absolutely no right to get to that ball.

If Nadal replicated this sort of grit and desire against Federer he will be picking up his first title of the season.

Predicted Winner :: Nadal