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Absolute Roger

Posted by nishitdesai on January 25, 2007

How dare I? How dare I miss such a game, which BBC’s John Lloyd describes as, “It’s mind-boggling. We’re lucky to be in the presence of pure and utter genius.” and Chris Bailey as “Has Federer played better than this in a Grand Slam match? I don’t think so.”? How dare I miss the set where Andy Roddick angrily muttering to himself – something about Federer having an answer to everything ? but so I did.

This was supposed to be THE game of AO 2007, with Roddick rising to his old form on shoulder of legend Jimmy Connors and defeating Fedex just a fortnight ago, but here we are. Roger Federer sent Andy Roddick packing in just 1 hour 23 minutes in straight sets. 6-4 6-0 6-2. Watching highlights, it makes me feel… don’t know. I am too dumbfounded even to say that I am running out of words. Absolute genius. Roddick can’t believe his eyes either. Every shot he plays, leaves Roddick even more stunned. Is Roger a super human? Every single freakin’ shot in the book he played. Baseline half-volley, passing backhand, passing moonshot backhand, crosscourt forehand. EVERYTHING. Just like Jonas Bjorkman, Roddick might be forced to say “I had the best seat in the stadium.”

While first set was usual affair for Federer. It was second set where Federer showed why he is where he is. Federer made just one unforced error and Roddick in total gathered only six points in the set. Cheered at every point in third set, Roddick was able to hold two serves, but couldn’t stop the roller rolling and massacre was done. If I have to rate the games of Federer I have seen, this would surely land in top 3. A performance which even Roger couldn’t believe, putting him in tie for yet another record of reaching 7 consecutive finals of Grandslam. The record that was written way back in 1933! Phew!! and that puts Federer just one match away from his 10th grandslam title. Way to go Roger. All the best!

PS:- All those like me who are watching matches online, shouldn’t miss live commentary on BBC. Really precious for their comments and one-liners. Like one here for today’s match. Some gems:

Federer 6-4 6-0 3-1 Roddick
Fed is untouchable. He challenges after a serve down the ‘T’ is called wide and is proved right. Don’t think he’s got one wrong all night. Roddick goes to high-five the linesman, appreciating the attempt to help him out.

Federer 6-4 6-0 2-1 Roddick
Someone in the crowd has just told Roddick to “remember the Alamo”. Interesting. Perhaps he does, because he finally gets on the board after 11 games against him. The roar from the crowd is deafening.

“If this match were being played on water, Roddick would be drowning while Federer would be walking on it.”
BBC Sport’s Chris Bailey

Federer 6-4 3-0 Roddick
A miraculous backhand pass off a ferocious Roddick forehand gets Federer off to the perfect start and this is turning into another masterclass from the defending champion. If this was Wimbledon, you’d be hoping for rain to save Roddick.

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