Friday, January 9, 2009

Good god, man! Push the panic button!

Ummm, Roger? I think it's time to get a little nervous.

For what seems like the umpteenth time in a row, Federer lost to Andy Murray, this time in Doha. I didn't get to see the match, but that scoreline looked a little troubling: 6-7, 6-2, 6-2. In my experience both playing and watching tennis, I've found that that indicates

A) The eventual winner just got off to a slow start.

B) There's no need for said winning player to worry after droping a first set because he has the guy on the other side's number.

C) The losing player is a level or two behind the winning player.

D) Some of the above.

E) All of the above.

Murray racking up wins at tournaments like these against Federer will only help him come Slam time. Plus, Murray has a Slam final under his belt, so that only helps him more experience-wise. I'm assuming these two will end up on opposite halves of the draw at the Australian Open based on their rankings. If it comes down to them making the finals, I don't think Federer will be able to count on his "been-there, done-that" experience as much. I found this statement a little troubling from him after losing:

“I hope when big matches come, I beat him.”

You lose that much to someone, then they all should be big matches.

(Photo: AP)


hcfoo said...

Hi Van! Personally I think it was good enough for Roger to reach the semis at the start of the tennis season. Who knows he might pull off another USO in Melbourne. Roger is beatable these days but I think he is still able to lift a Slam or 2.

2Hander said...

This reminds me of the mental block he developed against Canas. He would start off playing fantastically, then subsequently fall down in a heap.

He MUST be saving himself for Slams and the odd Masters event...there just isn't any other 'logical' explanation!

I guess this makes for a more interesting season, huh?!?

Sarah said...

Im starting to get worried for poor Roger. I really wanted him to dominate for a couple more years but it doesnt look like its going to happen. He is such a gentleman and a great champion I hope he can get hs Mojo back. I would love to see him break the Sampras record. Great blog BTW xoxo

Jodi said...

I'm just hoping he gets his act together, plain and simple... and I'm glad that he did better than both Rafa and Djokovic this week. That has to count for a little bit of something... and hopefully Murray will be in the other half of the draw, so if they meet, it'll be a final.

Here's hoping, desperately!

freakyfrites said...

AAAAAH! Van, I'm already hitting my own panic button. As a rabid Fed fan, I just want Roger to win as many tournaments as possible.

Alas, routine tournament wins aren't going to happen anymore.

I don't know what to think about Roger - I agree with Jodi that it's a relief that he's on par with Novak and Rafa. The way Murray's handled all of them lately - I guess they all should be pressing the panic button.

My hope is that Roger's saved some energy and will be ready to go in those best of five matches.

van said...

• Hey HCFoo! The semis are a decent result, but I wonder about losing to the same guy in back-to-back weeks. That's gonna have to work on his mind.

• Hi 2hander. Yeah, that Canas thing was pretty bad there for a while, but it was good to see him get over it. The only thing is Murray's a way higher-caliber to start falling behind.

• Hey Sarah, thanks for the comment about my blog! It is kind of a worrisome situation, but I think he should still be able to break Pete's record.

• Hello Jodi. Yeah, something has to be done. I'm assuming they'd be on opposite halves of the draw, and I think they can both get through to the finals. What happens there is anyone's guess!

• Hey Freakyfrites, how are you? It looks like Murray has all their numbers, but I guess we'll see what happens in the big moments. And I think your guy definitely has some big moments in him!