Federer vs Gasquet : The return of the maestro

Federer will ...

  • Win in 2 sets

    Votes: 28 80.0%
  • Win in 3 sets

    Votes: 6 17.1%
  • Lose

    Votes: 1 2.9%

  • Total voters
    35
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Deleted member 763024

Guest
I think he's just a tad slow when he's changing directions.
To me Roger has never been as crisp a mover on clay as he is on hard. The difference might very well be in the direction changes as you suggest.
 

EddieChang

New User
To me Roger has never been as crisp a mover on clay as he is on hard. The difference might very well be in the direction changes as you suggest.
I disagree. Fed moves beautifully on clay. His biggest problem is that his shots cannot penetrate the court as much as they do on hard or grass courts
 

Tenez!

Professional
Opelka really could open this up for Roger. He'll have no problem dealing with the big serve once he gets past Monfils.

We may have a Djokovic-Federer on our hands at Madrid, which I believe has... never happened?
 

StrongRule

Hall of Fame
Opelka really could open this up for Roger. He'll have no problem dealing with the big serve once he gets past Monfils.

We may have a Djokovic-Federer on our hands at Madrid, which I believe has... never happened?
Never. Their best chance to meet was in 2009.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Opelka really could open this up for Roger. He'll have no problem dealing with the big serve once he gets past Monfils.

We may have a Djokovic-Federer on our hands at Madrid, which I believe has... never happened?
Everyone is presupposing a fairly rusty Monfils advances vs Fucsovics. IMO, that’s a toss up and depends on how serious Le Professeur is about the opportunity to play fedr again. Will it override fun times with Elina???
 

underground

G.O.A.T.
All in all, good match for a comeback 3 years from clay. There is room for improvement and he needs to be much better next round. Also needs to see how his game fares up under scrutiny, he was under zero pressure today.
 

Bukmeikara

Hall of Fame
To me Roger has never been as crisp a mover on clay as he is on hard. The difference might very well be in the direction changes as you suggest.
I think he said that as a child/junior he played mostly on clay and this is his most natural surface. The way he moved against Djokovic RG 11 was poetry
 

StrongRule

Hall of Fame
This just annoys me even more that he skipped in 2018.

Yes 2017 makes sense with the knee, wanting to peak for Wimbledon.

2018 all he needed were a few points and he’d have many more weeks at number 1.
I think playing in 2017 would make more sense given his form back then.
 

True Fanerer

G.O.A.T.
Can't say a whole lot about where Fed is. He looked ok. Gasquet wasn't much of a challenge. Monfils should be a good test to better tell what kind of chances he will have down the road. Assuming he beats Fucsovics that is.
 

Zardoz7/12

Professional
This was Federer's first clay tournament since 2016 and this was Gasquet's first tournament of 2019. You'd expect both to be nervous but Federer seemed calm and Gasquet was tentative as he usually is vs Federer.
 

Smasher08

Legend
This just annoys me even more that he skipped in 2018.

Yes 2017 makes sense with the knee, wanting to peak for Wimbledon.

2018 all he needed were a few points and he’d have many more weeks at number 1.
In 2017, had he not thrown his back out in Montreal he would have picked up more than a few points at The Real Slam & USO.

I also think that in 2018 he was dealing with a few small injuries for a very long time after Rotterdam. Fortunately he's finally been healthy since Dubai.

But I do agree that playing a tourney or two between April and June in '17 and '18 could have proven very beneficial for ranking points and draws.
 

Smasher08

Legend
This was Federer's first clay tournament since 2016 and this was Gasquet's first tournament of 2019. You'd expect both to be nervous but Federer seemed calm and Gasquet was tentative as he usually is vs Federer.
To be fair, Gazza wasn't in match shape and he was extremely unlucky with his draw.

Fed on the other hand was coming off of a very good post-AO run. To my eyes, Fed was challenged more by the altitude effects than the surface, so I hope he enjoyed his light hit today.

Barring any upsets, Fed's draw gets exponentially harder every round from here on in. Imo he has the toughest draw of the top 4, but win or lose it's the best possible prep for RG.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
Fedr looking good.
Will lose in QF to Thiemeles. ;)
Tough match if Thiemerer goes down again. Like 2017 Nadal v Thiem (two best players on clay). Now its Thiem #1 vs Fed #2 on clay; unfair they meet in QFs, but at least Madrid is a Fed friendly service so despite Thiem's form, not a foregone conclusion.;)

Gasquet was ate up from the Fokina match and looked worn out so next match should hopefully be Monfils who did play well in Estoril, but also got Fokinad by the drop/lob combo.:eek: Monfils looked great in Estoril so hopefully he comes through. Their last three matches on clay:
21/2015 R16 FO - RG Clay Roger Federer Gael Monfils 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-1 1.35 - 3.57
15/2015 R16 Monte Carlo Masters Clay Gael Monfils Roger Federer 6-4 7-6(5) 3.80 - 1.32
47/2014 France v Switzerland - DC WG - F Clay Gael Monfils Roger Federer 6-1 6-4 6-3 3.28 - 1.40

Really a nice before/after to test the Fed game though Monfils is much more servebot like these days.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
Maybe Thiem loses to Fog?
Thiem is close enough to Rafa in game to be to Fognini's liking, so its a real possibility. Problem for Fog is Thiem is playing exceptionally well and better than Nadal right now:
19/2018 R32 Rome Masters Clay Fabio Fognini Dominic Thiem 6-4 1-6 6-3 3.35 - 1.30

Thiem wasn't yet going in 2018 when they played and had gone to final in Madrid so perhaps a bit jaded. Thiem playing a whole lot betterer right now, so he'll probably trash Fognini (or rather Fognini will realize he can't win and tank.)
 
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