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Federer Defeats Djokovic to Make 8th Wimbledon Final

Federer Defeats Djokovic to Make 8th Wimbledon Final

Oh Yeah! Without a shadow of a doubt the best feeling Fedfans have had in a Grand Slam since the French Open last year and what a feeling it was seeing Roger defeat the defending champion, Novak Djokovic, to make his 8th Wimbledon final. (yet another record!)

Now my excitement has died down a little bit and I can look back on the match without fist pumping or screaming Allez at the TV, it was actually a pretty weird one. It was so fast paced and all the points were over extremely quickly especially in the first two sets.

Set 1 was basically just serve, return, error and the person who played 1st strike tennis tended to win the point. It was Roger who played the more aggressive as you’d expect early on and he took his first break point chance at 3-2 in the first set with a backhand pass which Djokovic attempted to volley but slipped on his split step (he wouldn’t have reached it anyway). With Roger serving exceptionally well he took down the set with no trouble at all 6-3 in just 24 minutes. I think for Roger this was a very important set to win, it was almost essential that he got off to a good start and didn’t have his confidence knocked early in the match. I think it also helped that he was able to win the set without playing at a JesusFed like level, he was solid on serve yes but apart from that there was no rhythm or long rallies and he wasn’t realy returning that well. It was cagey to say the least and these are good sets for Roger to win as they ultimately give him more confidence when he does find his A game.

Set Two – Djokovic Hits Back

As we’ve seen many times after winning the first set Roger got broken immediately at the start of the second and was soon 3-0 down as Djokovic consolidated easily. Like the first, this was another cagey affair that flew by in a mere 30 minutes.

There were few chances in this set for Roger, his return game wasn’t on fire and Djokovic was able to hold comfortably to level things up at one set all taking the second 6-3. You couldn’t really have too many complaints and when I was watching I never felt like this set was a huge deal or one that decided the match because still both players weren’t producing a consistently high level.

Set Three – The Match Catches Fire

As it turned out Set 3 was the set that decided the match and it was where both players finally came to life. More rallies, better returning from Roger and Djokovic creating his own chances to break.

It was Roger who had the first chance to break at 3-2, 30-40 but he went wide with a forehand down the line after a sustained rally. This game was full of lengthy exchanges and the one at the third deuce if I remember correctly where Roger sealed it with a backhand up the line was immense. Even though Djokovic held serve that game you felt like Roger was gaining more and more momentum, his timing was so sweet and his cross court forehand to the Djokovic forehand was really working well by this point.

At 4-4 Roger faced his first real mental test of the match where he slipped to 30-40 when a forehand went wide, he saved it with an accurate first serve down the T that Djokovic blocked back way beyond the baseline.

5-4 and Djokovic serving proved to the crucial game of the match and Roger got off to the peRFect start winning the first point and moving to 0-30 with a cross court forehand followed by a forehand up the line. At 15-30 Djokovic missed an easy overhead and for the first time in the match he looked tight. I wasn’t getting carried away as we all know how good Djoker is on break points these days but you just felt like Roger could take it this time after wasting an earlier opportunity and take it he did. It was a great play from Fed, an aggressive return, two great cross court forehands, a forehand up the line, a great backhand volley and then the overhead put away to take a two sets to one lead.

How Roger played on that break point was the key to match, he played aggressively, yet patiently if that makes sense. He traded cross court until he got the upper hand and then went up the line. It was great point construction and meant when he pulled the trigger he had a great chance of winning the point. I also have to stress how well played that backhand volley was to setup the overhead, Djokovic got a lot more on his passing shot than I expected and for Roger to control the ball deep and back in behind the Serb was scarily good.

4th Set – Roger Closes it Out

At the start of the 4th Roger quickly moved into a 3-0 love lead. Djokovic was leaking errors and looked like a broken man, which of course we know all too well can also mean he’s at his most dangerous because he has nothing to lose.

At 4-1 Roger created 3 break point chances I was seriously hoping he got the double break for security, but as you already know he wasted them. This time though there was no stopping Roger as he was now almost bullet proof on serve, even a drop shot from Djokovic that trickled over the net couldn’t stop him as he served out the match to take it 6-3 3-6 6-4 6-3 in 2 hours and 19 minutes.

What were the keys to the match?

As anticipated my most pundits and Fans, Rogers serve was a key area of where the match was won. He served so well from start to finish and really went for his second serves often red lining them and going for the lines. It paid off though as he won 75% of points behind his first serve and an amazing 72% of points behind his second serve. GOAT stats.

The other key was Roger’s aggressiveness combined with his patience. He went for the lines but only committed 10 unforced errors in the entire match, whereas Djokovic made 21 which is almost unheard of. This all happened because Fed didn’t go for too much too soon, he invariably made his move at the right time, forcing Djokovic wide and off balance before changing the pace and direction of the ball to great effect. I don’t know if it was a preset tactic or just Roger playing his natural, free flowing grass game but either way it worked a treat.

Predictions in the Final vs. Murray

Fed will now play Andy Murray in the final after he beat Jo Wilfried Tsonga in 4 sets to be the first British male player to make a Wimbledon final since 1938.

I watched all of the Tsonga match and really he made it too easy for Murray, he had a lot of chances but his return game was very poor and he netted a lot of easy balls. He did come up with some great shots as we all know Tsonga does but many routine shots went begging which against someone who plays consistent like Murray isn’t going to get the job done.

There’s a lot on the line for this one, Roger can win his 17th slam, return to number 1 and beat the record of 286 weeks set by Sampras. And on the other hand Murray can win his first slam and be the first Brit to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry.

As you are probably all aware, I am categorically not a fan of Murray, everything about him puts me off and there’s absolutely no way I could ever support him, which is why of course I am cheering on Roger 100%.

I actually hate matches between Roger and Murray because my dislike for Murray is so strong that should he win there is probably no worse a feeling in tennis which almost makes me scared of the outcome. Because of that I’m both nervous and excited for the final. If Roger plays his best tennis then I’m sure he will win. He’s clearly got a lot of desire to win this tournament and break some more records and I am hoping all these things come true which is why I predict Roger to win in straight sets.

Allez les suisse!

About Jonathan

Huge fan of Roger Federer - I'll pretty much try and watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or tweeting about tennis I play regularly myself and use this blog to share my thoughts on Fed and tennis in general.

40 comments

  1. I watched this match. It was truly amazing! I hope Federer can win one more grand slam title!

  2. Waited 3 hours for this match report! Amazing win for Roger, knew he could do it! Defense and aggression were excellent, super long rallies, Roger was too good! Murray might lose in straight sets, thats the result in every GS Final he’s played in!

  3. WHAT-A-MATCH, Jonathan.
    I enjoyed it so damn much.

    But I want to move on as quickly as possible, there’s a big match on sunday, the biggest of a long, long time.
    Roger seems pretty powerful, that’s amazing. I must confess i’m a little nervous about it.

    But, I have a good sensation that Roger will be very confident for Sunday, that’s important, if he’s confident and he wants to win this, he’ll play well and not make so many UEs (as you said, that was amazing).

    I hope his second serve works as well as today.

    Come on, Rog! You can do it, we believe in you.

  4. Murray Aunty is in good form. But one thing he has never come across is GOAT on grass court. Good chances that whatever happened to djoker will happen to Murray as well. Roger … Come oooooooooooooooooooooon!!!!

  5. Awesome match was it just me or even you guys noticed how good his backhand was today.. he wasn’t being as all out aggressive on his forehand but the quality of his backhand ment Djokovic had no safe side to go to he was hitting deep with great pace not giving any ground to Djokovic in those backhand crosscourt rallies.

    He still has a task ahead of himself Murray will be determined not to make a fool of himself for the fourth time in a row in a final. How many times will he choke. Roger will have to play at a high level. Just hope Murray chokes once more and FedEx shows the world why we fedfans call him the GOAT
    Allez Roger !!!!!

  6. Chances of top 4 for the No 1 spot By end of US Open. Considered only Canada Masters,Cincinati and US Open.

    Djoker:
    11000( at the end of wimbledon)
    Points to defend till US Open : 3600
    Worst Case after US Open (7400)
    Best Case after US Open (11400)

    Nadal :
    8900( at the end of wimbledon)
    Points to defend till US Open : 1390
    Worst Case after US Open (7510)
    Best Case after US Open (12900)

    Fed:
    10635* (800 could be added by wimbledon final)
    Points to defend till US Open :990
    Worst case after US Open (9645)
    Best Case after US Open (15435)

    Murray :
    7460* (800 could be added by wimbledon final)
    Points to defend till US Open :1830
    Worst Case after US Open (5630)
    Best Case after US Open (12160)

    Good chances that Roger will be No 1 by US Open. Let this Sunday be that day.

    • Thanks for the info on that! Hope he gets it back tomorrow.

    • Sid TheCookieThief

      You really are a true Roger fan! :) I like it that Roger will have the least points to defend till the US Open. But after that, he practically has to win everything, Basel, Paris and London. Tough to finish at year end No.1 because Djokovic can pick up a ton (remember he was worn out during that time last year)? However, Roger can pick up a lot until the US Open depending on his scheduling plans.

      But, I don’t care about all that. All I want is…Roger wins Wimbledon. After that, I won’t mind if he doesn’t get the gold medal :)

  7. What a Masterclass! Roger looks unstoppable,no? I believe Roger will win the final in 4 sets over Murray. The crowd will be for Murray but they will be for roger too! I don’t care about the score as long as Roger WINS!!!

  8. The tennis Gods have played a cruel game.. He has now placed 2 players on the courts who have lot to gain, and both of them wanting it badly! The victory for one means an anguish for the other! Who will be vanquished?? The quest ends on Sunday.. I am supporting for a peRFect ending to Roger Federer!!!

  9. the statistics of the tournament (return winners, second serve % etc) are pretty close.. So both the players are in their top forms. I agree that Jo didnt do his destructive best mostly because of his back problems. I hope he will have a great future. As far as Murray is concerned he still has emotional ups and downs despite Lendl’s help.. So if Roger should serve as he did against Djoker and his angels above are as kind as ever, Roger can definitely stroll against Andy as he did in US open and Australian open.. After all Roger is the son of Grass and the maginificient GOAT.. Allez Roger… :)

  10. the patient aggression analysis is spot on – I thought the multiple break points at 3rd set 3-2 was the key turning point. After making an error on the first bp Fed seemed to realize that he must be a bit more patient – later in the same game that BH DTL which you also mentioned was such a great example, Fed made that shot only when Djo ran around his backhand side to hit a flat CC forehand…

  11. I wish, I hope and I pray for a win tomorrow! Go roger!

  12. Guess I’ll start drinking at around 10 AM tomorrow. Just can’t stand the excitement. Go for it, Roger!

  13. Sid TheCookieThief

    This is a lose-lose scenario for Roger. If he loses, well, he will be losing all the possible things that can be lost. If he wins, he will be breaking the hearts of every Brit (except Jonathan) and will become some kind of a villain. So many will not have seen a British champion their entire lives. Will they still love Roger after that? He has to choose his poison.

    I’d choose to win it :)

    • You’d be surprised man, I’d say Federer is more popular than Murray here. The only fans he has are the ones who don’t watch any tennis and have jumped on the Wimbledon bandwagon… other than that his like ability is very low. I think the crowd will be very pro Roger tomorrow too!

  14. Astonishing performance from Roger.Now can he complete the journey against Murray.Come on Roger!!!

  15. I want Roger to win regardless how the Brits feel. Hopefully the crowd does not get out of control and messes up roger’s thoughts and plans

  16. Thanks guys! I am ready to go again, the break with Murray’s school history was sad but being from the US we hear that all the time. The scots wanted to bring on the sympathy side.

  17. Come ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. The Roger won!! He is the greatest !!!!!! gOAT?

  19. I agree Susan. I am watching the repeat and really really enjoying it. I drove friends crazy this morning telling them to get up and watch (not even tennis fans)

  20. I watched this match. It was an amazing display of tennis from Federer, winning in just 4 sets. The way he played in 1st, 3rd & 4th set was just brilliant.

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