Simply difficult

We gasp at the beauty, stand in awe of the simplicity, yet marvel at the degree of difficulty with which that simplicity is executed.

Friday, 10 January 2014

Australian Open 2014 draw

Roger endured a tough year in 2013, winning just one title in Halle, with his most notable defeat coming just a week later at Wimbledon, where he fell to Sergey Stakhovsky in Round 2.

It's a new year, a fresh tennis season, and the draw for the Australian Open was conducted this morning.

Here is the top half of the draw, where Roger is located:

I'm not even going to bother analysing anything beyond the 1st round, though a re-match against Stakhovsky would be welcome in the 3rd round should results pan out accordingly.

Federer's first match is against Australia's unheralded James Duckworth, but the pick of the round will obviously be Nadal vs Tomic in a night session on the Rod Laver arena.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Federer eases to 1st round win against Hanescu

I didn't believe my wife. I had just seen Federer win the first set before attending to my English class. When I returned to the living room my wife told me the match had finished. What I now saw on the TV were highlights!

Wimbledon 2013 has begun and I'm super excited as always at this time of year. Much excitement was made over the killer of a draw in the bottom half. With Nadal's catastrophic defeat in the first round to Steve Darcis, it doesn't look too bad now!

Federer walked onto Centre Court as the defending champion, donning a smart white jacket with orange trim, clearly dressed for the occasion.

And the match itself lasted just 68 minutes in a 6-3, 6-2, 6-0 victory for the Swiss. It was a walk in the park to be honest, and Federer also broke his own record for the fastest set of tennis - taking the 3rd set 6-0 in a time of 18 minutes.

A great start for the King, and with Nadal now no longer around in his quarter, we're looking towards a possible semi against Murray.

Next up in Round 2 is Sergey Stakhovsky.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Federer falls to rising Murray in semis

Roger Federer unfortunately lost his semi-final match to Andy Murray, but it wasn't without a fight. He eventually succumbed 4/6, 7/6, 3/6, 7/6, 2/6.

As much as I dislike Andy Murray, I have to credit him for a very solid performance, great serving, and even when he surrendered his serve at 6-5 in the 4th set for the match and lost the ensuing tiebreak, he still composed himself well to take the deciding set.

Roger Federer was always behind in the match, served very poorly by his high standards, and it wasn't his best match. Well done Murray for being the better player on the night and getting Federer frustrated at times.

I'm still proud of Federer for fighting and making a match of it, forcing the contest to 5 sets and giving his all again. It is important too, to be gracious in both victory and defeat. It was a pleasure seeing him play, even if the end result wasn't what we wanted.

He's made ten consecutive Australian Open semi-finals or better - that in itself is an achievement to be proud of!

We look forward to seeing you in action again Roger!

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Fantastic Federer overcomes Tsonga storm!

Roger Federer held his nerve and kept his cool to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Rod Laver arena in 5 pulsating sets tonight.

What a match! It was so tense and I was nervous as Tsonga rattled serves past Federer and won numerous long rallies. There were a few moments in the match when I wasn't feeling too confident about Fed's chances. But the great man pulled through and I'm so proud of him!

Federer won the important 1st and 3rd sets, both on tiebreaks, but Tsonga wouldn't go away. If it wasn't for his errors at vital times, the outcome may have been different.

Federer is 31 but showed no signs of fatigue as the match rolled into a 5th set. The final score read 7/6, 4/6, 7/6, 3/6, 6/3 to the Swiss in a little over three and a half hours.

Credit goes to Tsonga for a great performance too. The Frenchman appeared to be in the zone, on serve and with his dangerous forehand. He had Federer on the stretch a number of times.

But Federer's game held firm and I'm absolutely delighted with this win. I'm sure he'll take a lot of added confidence into his semi-final with Andy Murray after this match, and here's hoping he can make another major final!

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Flawless Federer beats Raonic in three

Roger Federer defeated Milos Raonic in straight sets last night to set up a mouthwatering QF clash with Jo-wilfried Tsonga on Wednesday.

Federer comfortably won the match 6/4, 7/6, 6/2, taking his H2H over Raonic to 4-0. He also reached his 35th consecutive major quarter final.

It was a clean and impressive performance from Federer who controlled the match from the baseline against his considerably younger opponent.

Fans appreciate Federer's tennis; photographers also are kept busy snapping pictures of this legend:

Federer is currently playing the best tennis at the Australian Open. If it continues I would feel very good about his chances of winning major #18! The backhand has looked solid, the forehand is a dream, his serve is efficient, and he's keeping the errors down low.

Keep going Roger, we love to see you perform!