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Federer moves to Round 2 amidst a tattered Rotterdam draw

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http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2013/02/13/roger-federer-routs-grega-zemlja-in-1st-round-event-in-rotterdam/#Round 1 of Rotterdam has been a roller coaster ride so far. To put it frankly, most of my predictions, like most of yours I’m sure, have gone out the window. Seeds were scattered all over the place as seeds 3, 7 and 8 fell on the first day with seed 6 being ousted in the second. Out of 4 qualifiers and 3 wildcards in the draw, 3 qualifiers and 2 wildcards made it through to round 2.

Out of this topsy turvy line-up, Dimitrov, Benneteau and Simon, all in fine form, have made it through to the QFs already. All remaining round 2 matches will be played today. Local wildcard entry Sijsling-the-Tsonga-Conqueror will take on Klizan, for a chance to face off against Simon; Baghdatis, who took out Paire will square off against Gasquet, who in turn, defeated Troicki in straight sets. The winner will challenge Dimitrov for a spot in the SFs. Qualifier Bachinger, who defeated 6th seed Seppi in straight sets will look to go deeper in the tournament by defeating Nieminen. Nieminen obliterated Goffin in round 1 with a double bagel win. The winner of this match will face the winner of Juan Martin vs. another qualifier Gulbis. And lastly, Benneteau awaits the winner of Thiemo De Bakker, the local who won against Youzhny and Roger Federer. Speaking of Federer…

In the last round 1 match at Rotterdam, Roger took on an opponent he played only once before. Zemlja started strong, not committing too many errors. Meanwhile it took time for Roger to get the feel of the court and his returns were a bit shaky with some shanks here and there. He had to save a couple of early break points in his second service game of the first set. After that however, the Swiss quickly turned it around breaking Zemlja’s serve and then consolidated to go up 4-2. From that point on, there was no looking back for the Maestro; he held serve easily and breaking Zemlja once more for good measure to take the first set 6-3.

Federer’s first service game of the second set went to deuce but that was all Zemlja could muster. Even though he equalized at 1-all, that was to be the last game he would win. Federer’s return found its range and he created beautiful artistry on court. He read Zemlja’s serve perfectly and made him run all over the court forcing him to make errors left and right. Meanwhile, Roger’s serve held up quite well and his movement on court was a joy to watch. He dug out impossible volleys at the net and hit wonderful inside-out forehands and running forehands crosscourt like nobody’s business. In 58 minutes Federer won 6-3, 6-1 and moved to the second round. Here are the match stats. RotR1Today at 7:30pm local time, Federer will face Thiemo De Bakker, a local wildcard entry. They have only met in the Davis Cup last year when Roger won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. I predict Roger to take this one in 2 sets, though based on the way the Rotterdam draw has misbehaved so far, perhaps it’s best that I refrain from such proclamations. Tune in tonight for some tennis, some magic and some Roger!

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3 thoughts on “Federer moves to Round 2 amidst a tattered Rotterdam draw

  1. Goodmorning!

    What a great report again 🙂 Like I said before, it’s a blog that I read more than once, just to relive matches and think about tennis and Roger in general a bit more.

    Now having seen the 2nd round, I can see that I liked the 1st round more. Zemlja made much more of a match for it and although Fed said after yesterday, he was a bit happier with his 2nd round than the 1st, I think for me it was the other way around. At the same time, I didn’t think it was bad. Don’t get me wrong 😉 But for some reason, just liked it more on Wednesday. Maybe because it all had more speed, this didn’t really came to rallies most of the time. Having said all that: his movement again was really good. Heard he has been working on his fitness between the AO and Rotterdam, more than anything else and it shows. And the footwork was absolutely lóvely both matches… The Dutch tv is quite good in showing slow-mo’s and the speed that he moves around with was captured really well at times.

    I’m a bit worried about Benneteau, but I am heavily under the influence of the Wimbledon scare, so to speak. I can so vividly remember the raised bloodpressure I had at that match! This is not Wimbledon though in many ways and the H2H is 4-2 if I remember correctly, so that’s good (enough). I read Fed saying he is very aware of Benneteau being a tough opponent, so I think he’ll def move it up a few gears. Thiemo didn’t give him much rhythm yesterday, but the bits I read from the presser, sounded all right as far as his form is concerned. I’m thinking a close match, but a win.

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  2. It’s funny, I think I was working on my next post while you commented on this one! And in it, I expressed my worries about Benneteau. I’ll be nervous tonight that’s for sure. Feddy wasn’t very consistent like you said and I too enjoyed the first match more, although there were certain Federer shots in this one that made me go ooooh! But then again, there are usually some of those shots in every match of his. I am happy with his footwork too. Just worried about his serves really and honestly, after so many years of brilliant serving, this throws me off a bit. *sigh*. But hopefully like you said in the DMs, he is aware of how good Julien is and will bring it all out tonight. Will be online but won’t tweet much unless it’s straightforward 😛 Only 5 hours to go! fingers crossed.

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  3. Fingers crossed yes. I could say so many thing about the serve, all my theories, all my thoughts but the only one who knows is him… He def wasn’t in full gear. You could tell. Trust that will be different tonight. I read a few other peoples’ opinions about his match against De Bakker and they all thought he played well. Funny right?! What have we been seeing then? Are we too critical Not sure… We’ll see tonight. Won’t be much on Twitter either, but will find you somewhere at some point!

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