Super impressed by Federer's 1st round performance

Terry Tibbs

Hall of Fame
Just watched his match. What an absolute pleasure it is to watch this man play when he plays well. His full array of skills and shots were on display, the serves, the volleys, the forehand, the drop shots and general artistry. His movement wasnt bad either.

So dominant on serve. I dont even think he had to face a break point which obviously bodes well for Wimbledon. Granted, Istomin's level would have made Federer look better but he was still a joy to watch. I had anticipated him struggling a lot more and potentially losing.

Will we have a repeat here of Oz Open 2017 when he came into the tournament with low expectations just trying to get a few wins but ended up playing a blinder? Ok, probably not but such encouraging signs in that match for the rest of the season, particularly Wimbledon.
 
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His movement still doesn't look too good and he doesn't stay patient when points get extended. I would love for fed to make a deep run, but I don't see it happening, such a strong field of players, even "unknown" guys are playing insane tennis.
 

Beckerserve

Legend
Just watched his match. What an absolute pleasure it is to watch this man play when he plays well. His full array of skills and shots were on display, the serves, the volleys, the forehand, the drop shots and general artistry. His movement wasnt bad either.

So dominant on serve. I dont even think he had to face a break point which obviously bodes well for Wimbledon. Granted, Istomin's level would have made Federer look better but he was still a joy to watch. I had anticipated him struggling a lot more and potentially losing.

Will we have a repeat here of Oz Open 2017 when he came into the tournament with low expectations just trying to get a few wins but ended up playing a blinder? Ok, probably not but such encouraging signs in that match for the rest of the season, particularly Wimbledon.
I told everyone not to write him off. He did not even break sweat today.
I am telling you if he makes QF he will beat Djokovic. Full crowd in 2nd week. The French are raucous. Djokovic coukd even get DQd in that match.
The guy is a level above all but two players on any surface. That is kind of important.
 

skypadq

Hall of Fame
I told everyone not to write him off. He did not even break sweat today.
I am telling you if he makes QF he will beat Djokovic. Full crowd in 2nd week. The French are raucous. Djokovic coukd even get DQd in that match.
The guy is a level above all but two players on any surface. That is kind of important.
beckerserve , i am huge federer fan and he will never beat novak djokovic agian in least BO5 format
don 't give hope to federer fans
that will never happen
 

Beckerserve

Legend
beckerserve , i am huge federer fan and he will never beat novak djokovic agian in least BO5 format
don 't give hope to federer fans
that will never happen
Bud do not underestimate influence of crowd and media. The mind games will soon begin to rile up djokovic as everyone knows he can be got to.
I know in the past he has handled if well but i predict this time things will be febrile.
 

skypadq

Hall of Fame
Bud do not underestimate influence of crowd and media. The mind games will soon begin to rile up djokovic as everyone knows he can be got to.
I know in the past he has handled if well but i predict this time things will be febrile.
no , novak djokovic is better than you thoughts then
federer dosen 't have a back hand to beat novak djokovic in PC
federer will lose like 2012 RG SF
if federer win against djokovic , that will be biggest upset of year
 

skypadq

Hall of Fame
and why everyone overrated berrettni so much ?
this is red clay and he is type that federer love for
weak backhand and unstable return
 

Terry Tibbs

Hall of Fame
beckerserve , i am huge federer fan and he will never beat novak djokovic agian in least BO5 format
don 't give hope to federer fans
that will never happen
I think most sensible fans wont be encouraged by this claim to be fair. I would agree that if any hopes of another major win are to be entertained, Djokovic needs to be taken out by somebody else as I dont see Federer doing it.
 

skypadq

Hall of Fame
I think most sensible fans wont be encouraged by this claim to be fair. I would agree that if any hopes of another major win are to be entertained, Djokovic needs to be taken out by somebody else as I dont see Federer doing it.
federer never beat nadal or djokovic in french open
 

ForehandRF

Hall of Fame
He definitely played above expectations but his opponent was also mediocre.It's was a good play, especially given the circumstances :)
 

Beckerserve

Legend
no , novak djokovic is better than you thoughts then
federer dosen 't have a back hand to beat novak djokovic in PC
federer will lose like 2012 RG SF
if federer win against djokovic , that will be biggest upset of year
Federer will slice every BH pretty much v Djokovic. Djokovic hates slice coming at him as he struggles to generate pace off slice. Djokovic now is not Djokovic 2012 when he ground players down like a wall.
Djokovic obviously favourite but if Federer gets there i think he will cause the upset. It will be huge as Federer would ensure flr eternity he is greater than Djokovic even if Djokovic passed him eventually. Narrative would be Djokovic only did it when Federer departed. Trust me on this if Federer makes it that far it may be his crowning moment
 

skypadq

Hall of Fame
There’s still a long way to go, but I went from wondering whether he could pass the first round to believing he can actually make it to the SF. I hope he will keep getting better and surpass everyone’s expectations.
cilic will be easy , he have no leg on clay , slow

fritz will be easy too , that guy is too slow

and why everyone overrating berretini so much ?
his return and backhand is worse than 39 years old federer
 

skypadq

Hall of Fame
Federer will slice every BH pretty much v Djokovic. Djokovic hates slice coming at him as he struggles to generate pace off slice. Djokovic now is not Djokovic 2012 when he ground players down like a wall.
Djokovic obviously favourite but if Federer gets there i think he will cause the upset. It will be huge as Federer would ensure flr eternity he is greater than Djokovic even if Djokovic passed him eventually. Narrative would be Djokovic only did it when Federer departed. Trust me on this if Federer makes it that far it may be his crowning moment
maybe , maybe

i think federer will go QF , but will lose ND
cilic , fritz , berrettni are all slow

and federer will never beat nadal in RG
 

Terry Tibbs

Hall of Fame
There’s still a long way to go, but I went from wondering whether he could pass the first round to believing he can actually make it to the QF. I hope he will keep getting better and surpass everyone’s expectations.
I would be happy enough with 3rd round but he can go further depending on the draw. My concern was that he is not getting enough matches to get the necessary match practice for Wimbledon prep. 3 or ideally 4 or more BO5 matches here would help that situation. If he had lost today, he would have so few matches under his belt going into the grass season.
 

ghostofMecir

Hall of Fame
His movement still doesn't look too good and he doesn't stay patient when points get extended. I would love for fed to make a deep run, but I don't see it happening, such a strong field of players, even "unknown" guys are playing insane tennis.
His movement and serve are nowhere good enough to make a run, but it’s incredible to see the skill and talent where he can dominate serve games with a 100 mph 1st serve and first FH. i was very, very surprised that he was never challenged at all and how confident he was all the way through.

This is probably literally the first time he’s played a match with zero expectations and it showed.
 
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Forehanderer

Professional
His performance wasn't bad but Istomin let him dictate terms. His movement today is overrated by the OP. In the rare occasions where Istomin pushed him, he didn't even make an effort to keep the rally going. He is too quick to finish the points. He showed a bit of artistry here which he is known for but clay requires endurance and hard yards more than pretty shots. I guess Cilic will beat him for sure in 4 sets. He is the one with some clay runs this season and is looking good enough to beat the Federer we saw today. Cilic is also a slam champion so he understands how to latch onto any weakness shown by the opponent.
I don't care if he gets beaten by Cilic as he's a slam champion not some lower ranked player. It also opens up the opportunity to play Stuttgart so that he will get more time on grass which is his main goal
 

Terry Tibbs

Hall of Fame
His movement and serve are nowhere good enough to make a run, but it’s incredible to see the skill and talent where he can dominate serve games with a 100 mph 1st serve and first FH. i was very, very surprised that he was never challenged at all and how confident he was all the way through.

This is probsbly literally the first time he’s played a match with zero expectations and it showed.
His serve is nowhere near good enough to make a run? His serve is one of the main reasons for all his success! And again today, no breaks of his serve or even facing a break point which is impressive on clay.
 

I Am Finnish

Talk Tennis Guru
Just watched his match. What an absolute pleasure it is to watch this man play when he plays well. His full array of skills and shots were on display, the serves, the volleys, the forehand, the drop shots and general artistry. His movement wasnt bad either.

So dominant on serve. I dont even think he had to face a break point which obviously bodes well for Wimbledon. Granted, Istomin's level would have made Federer look better but he was still a joy to watch. I had anticipated him struggling a lot more and potentially losing.

Will we have a repeat here of Oz Open 2017 when he came into the tournament with low expectations just trying to get a few wins but ended up playing a blinder? Ok, probably not but such encouraging signs in that match for the rest of the season, particularly Wimbledon.

What it tells us?
 

JaoSousa

Hall of Fame
Just watched his match. What an absolute pleasure it is to watch this man play when he plays well. His full array of skills and shots were on display, the serves, the volleys, the forehand, the drop shots and general artistry. His movement wasnt bad either.

So dominant on serve. I dont even think he had to face a break point which obviously bodes well for Wimbledon. Granted, Istomin's level would have made Federer look better but he was still a joy to watch. I had anticipated him struggling a lot more and potentially losing.

Will we have a repeat here of Oz Open 2017 when he came into the tournament with low expectations just trying to get a few wins but ended up playing a blinder? Ok, probably not but such encouraging signs in that match for the rest of the season, particularly Wimbledon.
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
In the rare occasions where Istomin pushed him, he didn't even make an effort to keep the rally going.
Come on, that was deliberate and it's the prudent strategy at his age. Sampras coasted/semi-tanked every receiving game after he secured a break in a set and he was in his 20's. Federer would be a total imbecile to try and run down shots at 40-0 or even 40-15 on an opponents serve. Even Rafa has stopped going all out on such points and letting balls go by him with no effort to track them down.
 

NAS

Professional
Come on, that was deliberate and it's the prudent strategy at his age. Sampras coasted/semi-tanked every receiving game after he secured a break in a set and he was in his 20's. Federer would be a total imbecile to try and run down shots at 40-0 or even 40-15 on an opponents serve. Even Rafa has stopped going all out on such points and letting balls go by him with no effort to track them down.
That is actually quite good strategy
 

Omega_7000

Legend
Federer will slice every BH pretty much v Djokovic. Djokovic hates slice coming at him as he struggles to generate pace off slice. Djokovic now is not Djokovic 2012 when he ground players down like a wall.
Djokovic obviously favourite but if Federer gets there i think he will cause the upset. It will be huge as Federer would ensure flr eternity he is greater than Djokovic even if Djokovic passed him eventually. Narrative would be Djokovic only did it when Federer departed. Trust me on this if Federer makes it that far it may be his crowning moment
Just no.
 

Adman

Rookie
The Maestro is playing Santoro exhibition tennis now - still a feast for the eyes but with a 3rd round ceiling.
 

Raul_SJ

G.O.A.T.
Somebody just needs to knock out Djoker, Med, Thiem, Tsitsipas, Schwartzman, Shapo, Sinner and Zverev.

And then Fed has a chance against Rafa. Liking Fed's position here.
:unsure:
 

merwy

G.O.A.T.
A repeat of AO 2017? Well the small difference here is that he first has to beat Novak, and then has to beat Nadal in a RG final. I’d stop dreaming and just hope he wins the Cilic match. Let’s take it match by match.
 
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D.Nalby12

G.O.A.T.
Almost every match in 2017, for starters.
There were 3-4 events in 2017 when his forehand worked well. AO - IW - Miami - Shanghai - W. But not in single event it was clicking like today. Surely 2017 Fed had more power on strokes but technically speaking this performance right in league of his Shanghai 14 SF, Basel 14 F and AO 16 QF.
 
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