Federer News

Just finished watching today's match (had to DVR it). I'm glad I knew the outcome before I started *phew*. I thought Roger looked 1/2 asleep in the first set and even winning commandingly in the second he made a lot of mental mistakes.

Hoping Roger gets his groove back.

Just happy he won.


Not a smooth start nor finish really. But it was his first grass match, so a win is a win. He will need to be better vs Tsonga tomorrow, especially on return of serve.

He will need to have that serve on lockdown to make a deep run at Wimbledon.
 

oldmanfan

Hall of Fame
We have players like Pospisil and Djokr pushing for a bigger piece of the pie at slams (without addressing taking less from smaller events that don't turn much of a profit, if at all), there's this NextGen player named Fedr supporting higher prize money for qualies and Challengers, both of which benefits him zilch. This Fedr NextGenner is a Legend in the making. Keep an eye out for him.


Also, in a scenario (on court coaching) in which Fedr benefits HUGELY over less financed players, Fedr adamantly says 'NO' bc it wouldn't be fair to them. And people wonder why he wins so many Sportsmanship Awards, and is Fan Favorite year-after-year?


What.A.Shot.
 
We have players like Pospisil and Djokr pushing for a bigger piece of the pie at slams (without addressing taking less from smaller events that don't turn much of a profit, if at all), there's this NextGen player named Fedr supporting higher prize money for qualies and Challengers, both of which benefits him zilch. This Fedr NextGenner is a Legend in the making. Keep an eye out for him.


Also, in a scenario (on court coaching) in which Fedr benefits HUGELY over less financed players, Fedr adamantly says 'NO' bc it wouldn't be fair to them. And people wonder why he wins so many Sportsmanship Awards, and is Fan Favorite year-after-year?


What.A.Shot.
This. This is why he is my fav and the TRUE GOAT... not the number 20.
 

Ann

Hall of Fame
It always comforts me when Federer acknowledges the problems we see and is honest about why they're happening. When he's evasive I worry that it's another injury. In this case it just sounds like the old dude needs to get his grass legs back again.

https://www.atptour.com/en/news/federer-goldilocks-forehand-halle-2019

Roger Federer often makes tennis look easy. But even the Swiss star found himself in a ‘Goldilocks’ situation during his 7-6(1), 6-3 victory against John Millman in the first round of the NOVENTI OPEN on Tuesday.

“I am aware that there were way too many errors there. I’ve got to find the right sort of power on the forehand,” Federer said. “Not too soft, not too hard. I’ve got to find the middle ground.”

Federer made an uncharacteristic number of unforced errors off the forehand wing during his first match of the grass-court season. And the 37-year-old knows he’ll need to make adjustments to the relatively lower bounce on this surface compared to when he was competing on clay.

“I was looking for it throughout [with] different balls [compared] to the past few weeks in Paris,” Federer said. “Grass plays different, how much spin I need to put on the ball, how flat I need to go through the ball. So I often played maybe a little bit on the aggressive side in the beginning because I always knew I can pull back a little bit. So of course that shot can only get better. It can’t get worse. There is a level I believe I have on my forehand.”


To be fair to the nine-time Halle champion, he did not play poorly against Millman, who defeated him at last year’s US Open. Federer won 90 per cent (38/42) of his first-serve points and saved the only break point he faced. In the first-set tie-break, the top seed dropped just one point to take command of the match.

“There were definitely some good moments there,” Federer said. “From the baseline all that stuff is only going to get better from here on. So I’m confident there.”
The grass-court season is different than it has been for the past few years for Federer, who competed at the MercedesCup from 2016-18, as he did not play Roland Garros. But after returning to clay for the first time since 2016, Federer is playing a slightly different schedule on grass.

“This is my first match back on the grass. It used to always be here in Halle, my first rounds. It was like back in the days. I always think any way you get through is a good way because the next match will always feel different or better and all that stuff,” Federer said. “Plus I think with this fact of John having beaten me at the US Open, I knew it was going to be tough. So thankfully I wasn’t too nervous.”

Federer now has a 64-7 record in Halle, and he will try to reach his 17th quarter-final at the ATP 500 tournament when he faces former World No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga next.

The Frenchman has won their past two FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings, at 2016 Monte-Carlo and 2014 Canada. But Federer leads their rivalry 11-6, and he has never failed to advance to the last eight at this event.
 

Ann

Hall of Fame
Anybody else feel uneasy about Tsonga tomorrow? I always feel stressed in their matches. Maybe it has just been a while since Fed beat him, but I am nervous about tomorrow.

I think tomorrow is a day for a relapse of FBPD...
Of course I'm uneasy about tomorrow. I taped the Millman match to watch at night. and refused to even watch the line score as it was happening. Clay was fun because I expected nothing and every small win was a huge victory - a loss to be expected _BUT grass. I expect him to win Halle and (to be honest) know I'll be disappointed if he doesn't make it to the SF of Wimbledon.

Yesteday, all my troubles seemed so far away........
 
Anybody else feel uneasy about Tsonga tomorrow? I always feel stressed in their matches. Maybe it has just been a while since Fed beat him, but I am nervous about tomorrow.

I think tomorrow is a day for a relapse of FBPD...
Justified.



Man, that's annoying, though. Can't even chalk it up to alphabetization.

But anyway, should be grand. Grass calibration continues. Initial hurdle cleared.

And remember: Tsonga's in his mid-30s now. Dude is freakin' old. :)
 

Ann

Hall of Fame
Playing Schedule 2019-06-20
Centre Court
12:00 noon
Matteo Berrettini (ITA)
vs.
Andreas Seppi (ITA/Q)

followed by
Richard Gasquet (FRA)
vs.
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP/7)

followed by
Steve Johnson (USA)
vs.
Alexander Zverev (GER/2)

not before 5:30 pm
Roger Federer (SUI/1)
vs.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA/WC)


Court 1
12:00 noon
Oliver Marach (AUT)
Jürgen Melzer (AUT)
vs.
Raven Klaasen (RSA/2)
Michael Venus (NZL/2)

followed by
Lukasz Kubot (POL/1)
Marcelo Melo (BRA/1)
vs.
David Goffin (BEL)
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA)

not before 3:00 pm
Dustin Brown (GER/WC)
Tim Pütz (GER/WC)
vs.
Ben McLachlan (JPN)
Jan-Lennard Struff (GER)
Court 2

tba
Matteo Berrettini (ITA)
Jean-Julien Rojer (NED)
vs.
Nikola Mektic (CRO/3)
Franko Skugor (CRO/3)
 

Ann

Hall of Fame
Last year Djoker played Queens Club and then went on to win Wimbledon. This year he's not playing any grass tournaments before Wimbledon

Fred admitted the conversion to grass after clay is taking time. Thank goodness he's playing Halle.

Here's to hoping Djoker made a huge tactical error. :happydevil:
 
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MeatTornado

Legend
Last year Djoker played Queens Club and then went on to win Wimbledon. This year he's not playing any grass tournaments before Wimbledon
The only reason he played Queens last year was because he was still trying to rediscover his form.

This year he was back to form, going deep in Madrid, Rome and Paris. So he needed a break like normal. Same reason Rafa usually forgoes Queens.
 

Gary Duane

G.O.A.T.
Agassi won Wimbledon in 1992 arriving in London on Saturday and playing his first match Tuesday with no grass practice till Monday. :eek:
Probably why his win surprised everyone.

I have not seen enough of Fed on grass this year to get an idea of what his level could be, but he's pretty much steady Eddy on the serve (service game) so we have to get a feel on how he's returning. His first match was pretty ragged on return. Tsonga may be a good test, and he's hard to break or is when he is playing well.
 

Tennisgods

Hall of Fame
Last year Djoker played Queens Club and then went on to win Wimbledon. This year he's not playing any grass tournaments before Wimbledon

Fred admitted the conversion to grass after clay is taking time. Thank goodness he's playing Halle.

Here's to hoping Djoker made a huge tactical error. :happydevil:
I don’t buy it though Ann. As number 1 seed, Djokovic will hone his grass technique through the early rounds and be fine by 2nd week. No, if Fed wants this one he’ll need to do it himself...
 
I really can't stand how the TV feed always misses the serve and changes angles as the guy is serving. Especially on grass, I have to reset after the serve because of the abrupt camera angle change. Real annoying.
 
Fed’s current game is scratchy at best. Been that way all year. This form is not getting him to the Wimb SF.
I hope he is not having back issues. No zip on serve or groundstrokes. He looks a little disgruntled, maybe because he is not playing great, but he is playing scrappy because he does not have his usual grass level.

This match is odd.
 

Tennisgods

Hall of Fame
I hope he is not having back issues. No zip on serve or groundstrokes. He looks a little disgruntled, maybe because he is not playing great, but he is playing scrappy because he does not have his usual grass level.

This match is odd.
He has been looking like he wants out of the match on a few of these shots. Head looks scrambled.
Hopefully just put it down to a bad day and move on???
 

AceSalvo

Legend
I hope he is not having back issues. No zip on serve or groundstrokes. He looks a little disgruntled, maybe because he is not playing great, but he is playing scrappy because he does not have his usual grass level.

This match is odd.
I don’t think he is getting into the positions to make the best shot. If he can’t hold serve on grass, that’s big time trouble.

I did mention his serve was so crappy at the RG SF for which I got a lot of flak. He is carrying that into Halle so far.
 
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BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
Fed’s current game is scratchy at best. Been that way all year. This form is not getting him to the Wimb SF.
He was pretty dismal with his ROS and volleying in the Tsonga match, but he held firm and won a match he possibly should have lost. Since he's lost endless, endless matches from a winning position, it's good to win one where Tsonga arguably was the better player.
 
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