Cincy 2nd rnd: Roger Federer [5] vs Philipp Kohlschreiber

Who will win?

  • Fed in 2

    Votes: 11 40.7%
  • Fed in 3

    Votes: 13 48.1%
  • Kohl in 2

    Votes: 1 3.7%
  • Kohl in 3

    Votes: 2 7.4%

  • Total voters
    27

underground

G.O.A.T.
Fed not aggressive enough, his usual cruise mode with a lot of UEs from Kohly. Still a bit sloppy but at this point it's just good news for him to win the first matches to gain confidence.

I actually think his 90 is fine and changing to a 95/98 might not be a good decision after all. He just ran into a zoned in Stak in Wimbly and really if you look before that his year up to date isn't THAT bad, but once switching to the new racquet (I know it takes time to adjust) he lost to 2 relative nobodies in a row.
 

TennisOcean

Banned
I noticed that. Kohl looks so dopey, hitting routine balls into the net, and missing the match-deciding challenge. Will be very hard for Kohl to recover from this disgrace. Although I only see him play a couple of times each year, maybe he always plays this way and is content with it. It really shows how weak men's tennis is, that a guy ranked 26 can be this hopeless :eek:
Kohlschreiber's problem is in his head, he's not mentally strong enough to beat top 10 players, the exception is his fantastic match against Roddick in AO.
Last year he also beat Nadal on grass but the Spaniard didn't look like he cared...
 

TimeSpiral

Professional
Fed played well. It was awesome to see him win. I really enjoyed his post match interview on the Tennis Channel--great attitude, nice and open emotion, and what seems to be a genuine love for his situation in life. Great to see.
 

merwy

G.O.A.T.
I don't think Fed was that good. Some vintage Fed stuff was there (liked seeing him come to the net often), but way too many UEs. Kohly was horrible, don't know if it was the nerves but he seemed unable to hit a rally ball into the court. But I think most people are overestimating how easy this match was for Federer. It could have easily gone the other way, you know. Especially if Kohlschreiber played normally.
 
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Nathaniel_Near

Guest
Roger seemed to lack depth on his strokes the moment he was forced into even just marginally defensive positions. If he doesn't get that sorted then that potential Nadal match will luck ugly.
 

thejoe

Hall of Fame
I thought his movement looked a bit sharper, but still too many UEs for my liking. Just looks like he could lose to anyone at the moment.
 

canuckfan

Semi-Pro
Roger seemed to lack depth on his strokes the moment he was forced into even just marginally defensive positions. If he doesn't get that sorted then that potential Nadal match will luck ugly.
Yes, this really stood out to me. And Kohlschreiber isn't a power hitter so it will be more difficult against the big hitters. Also there was a moment when roger missed a routine forehand overhead relatively short in the court where he seemed unable to get up and back into a good posture to put away the smash. Even the commentators mentioned that fed looked physically uncomfortable at that moment. His back is not feeling fully healthy. But, he has no choice but to try to play his way into form in cincinnati and hope for the best at the USO.
 

coloskier

Legend
He won't ever meet any of the real power hitters (Berdych, etc) unless both Murray and Djoker get beat. Nadal is not a power hitter. However, Nadal still causes issues no matter what court he plays on. Nadal hasn't exactly been lighting up the court either. Probably his worse surface, beside anything indoors.
 

TimeSpiral

Professional
He won't ever meet any of the real power hitters (Berdych, etc) unless both Murray and Djoker get beat. Nadal is not a power hitter. However, Nadal still causes issues no matter what court he plays on. Nadal hasn't exactly been lighting up the court either. Probably his worse surface, beside anything indoors.
No.

10no
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