Showing posts with label Federer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Federer. Show all posts



Federer lost to John Isner in 4 sets today to hand a 2-0 lead to USA in the Davis Cup tie. No doubt Isner played well but what was noteworthy to watch was the way Federer wilted under pressure. It has been long known that when it comes to playing pressure points, Federer has the tendency to become defensive and more often than not, he ends up losing the game or match against the top players.

Even today in the third set, inspite of having many break points, he lost the set. In the fourth set, after being unable to break Isner in the 5th game (3 break points opportunities), it was evident from his game that the desire to fight was missing. Result- Federer gave up and lost the set and match 2-6.Even his languid body language in itself pretty much told the entire story. Imagine the boost it must have given to Isner to see Federer so demotivated!

If anyone who has been following Federer's matches off late, he/she will agree that the motivation to fight back is somehow on the downhill. It's amazing when you compare it with Nadal/Nole who seems to give more than 100% on each and every point irrespective of the situation. Remember Nadal fought back against Isner in a similar situation last year at French Open in the first round after being down 2 sets to 1.

If one must have observed Federer even during his SF match against Nadal, after the 10 minutes mandatory break due to firecrackers, Federer came back as a rattled player and lost the second set easily without a fight. For Federer it's now more of a mental fight than physical as on the tour he is still one of the fittest players around. If he really has to win tough matches, he will have to dig deep and find the motivation to give his 100% on every point rather than giving up so easily.

It's pretty surprising to see arguably the greatest player in the history so low on mental toughness. When it comes to holding up their end and not giving up, Nadal and Djokovic really are one level up than Federer. Things are not looking good for this aging champion and if he has to really win his 17th GS, he will have to pull himself up and get to the level of Nadal/Djoker to give his all on each and every point rather than getting rattled by his inability to break on pressure points.

That's what champions are all about-  To fight and fight till the end! Isn't it?

In the end I will just end with this quote: Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the match!


Lost Hope?  (Maria Sharapova) 

Roger Federer- Low on Mental Toughness?




Federer lost to John Isner in 4 sets today to hand a 2-0 lead to USA in the Davis Cup tie. No doubt Isner played well but what was noteworthy to watch was the way Federer wilted under pressure. It has been long known that when it comes to playing pressure points, Federer has the tendency to become defensive and more often than not, he ends up losing the game or match against the top players.

Even today in the third set, inspite of having many break points, he lost the set. In the fourth set, after being unable to break Isner in the 5th game (3 break points opportunities), it was evident from his game that the desire to fight was missing. Result- Federer gave up and lost the set and match 2-6.Even his languid body language in itself pretty much told the entire story. Imagine the boost it must have given to Isner to see Federer so demotivated!

If anyone who has been following Federer's matches off late, he/she will agree that the motivation to fight back is somehow on the downhill. It's amazing when you compare it with Nadal/Nole who seems to give more than 100% on each and every point irrespective of the situation. Remember Nadal fought back against Isner in a similar situation last year at French Open in the first round after being down 2 sets to 1.

If one must have observed Federer even during his SF match against Nadal, after the 10 minutes mandatory break due to firecrackers, Federer came back as a rattled player and lost the second set easily without a fight. For Federer it's now more of a mental fight than physical as on the tour he is still one of the fittest players around. If he really has to win tough matches, he will have to dig deep and find the motivation to give his 100% on every point rather than giving up so easily.

It's pretty surprising to see arguably the greatest player in the history so low on mental toughness. When it comes to holding up their end and not giving up, Nadal and Djokovic really are one level up than Federer. Things are not looking good for this aging champion and if he has to really win his 17th GS, he will have to pull himself up and get to the level of Nadal/Djoker to give his all on each and every point rather than getting rattled by his inability to break on pressure points.

That's what champions are all about-  To fight and fight till the end! Isn't it?

In the end I will just end with this quote: Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the match!


Lost Hope?  (Maria Sharapova) 



Twitter is a social media platform where you can connect  with all, celebrities, players, reporters, fans, friends, everyone! So I thought wouldn’t it be an interesting idea to see the twitter reaction to Federer/Delpo match!

Here are some interesting tweets for you where you can see the media, player’s and fans reaction to Federer’s win yesterday:
  1. Darren Cahill -Scary good performance by The Federer
  2. Christopher Clarey - Don't look back Jimmy. Fed's 232 GSlam victories just one behind Connors' open era record. 30 GSlam semis just1 behind Connors, too #ausopen
  3. Matt Cronin-Federer yanks DelPo around & wins 64 63 62, thru to his record 9th straight semi at Aussie Open. Very impressive to say the least.
  4. TompaSthlmOpen -Roger dominated today's game against Delpo. Interesting to see that hitting the ball hard is not always the right thing to do....
  5. PatrickMcEnroe-What do we owe you Roger for that master class?
  6. Mahesh Bhupathi- If Roger continues to play like he did today, you gonna have to throw the rankings out of the window and peg him as the favourite.What say?
  7. niketennis -1000 matches. 232 grand slam victories. 0 sets lost this tournament. The #Federer Mastery continues. #makeitcount
  8. kmcg016- Federer is being added to the thesaurus as an alternative for beautiful, classy, sublime, remarkable, inspiring , elegant, GOD!! #Federer
  9. rogerismygod-It is safe to say that Roger #Federer has made my life much more beautiful . Congrats on the reaching 1000 matches.
  10. ShaynaJay-I can't be to upset my fave is out, fed was just at another level....awesome win for ur 1000th match fed! 
Funny tweets  which were tweeted during the match:
  1. Christopher Clarey -  BREAKING: Federer has sweat marks on his shirt.
  2. RD_Tennistalk - Clijsters has Federer-Del Potro point
  3. James LaRosa - Roger Federer, from the Latin "Rogerus Federum," which means ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
  4. Delpotweeties - Lucky I like you so much Federer, otherwise I'd be very mad #federer #delpotro
  5. TheSportBird -When I watch with my dad I find myself saying things like, "What an attractive man" rather than, "YOU ARE SO HOT, ROGER!"
  6. cindy67- Rog, got a date with Mirka and the twins in 30 mins?( Considering he just finished the match in  1 hr 59 minutes)

Random tweets worth mentioning
  1. kmcg016-Wen my alarm goes off at 7.30 for work I usually cry today I bounced out of bed at 5.30 to watch the champ ..The persuasion of Fed #Federer
  2. anna_tennisfan - All 4 men who play QF today are sponsored by Nike. #random
So which one was your favorite?

I will be publishing Twitter Reaction regularly, in case you have more interesting tweets for the matches, please feel free to let me know at https://twitter.com/#!/ApekshaHA

Also: Federer/Nadal Epic Semi- Final - What do Australian Open Stats Indicate?- Part 1




If you have any questions- You can mail me at [email protected]http://twitter.com/#!/ApekshaHA or http://on.fb.me/pouTOy




Twitter Reaction- Federer/DelPotro Match!




Twitter is a social media platform where you can connect  with all, celebrities, players, reporters, fans, friends, everyone! So I thought wouldn’t it be an interesting idea to see the twitter reaction to Federer/Delpo match!

Here are some interesting tweets for you where you can see the media, player’s and fans reaction to Federer’s win yesterday:
  1. Darren Cahill -Scary good performance by The Federer
  2. Christopher Clarey - Don't look back Jimmy. Fed's 232 GSlam victories just one behind Connors' open era record. 30 GSlam semis just1 behind Connors, too #ausopen
  3. Matt Cronin-Federer yanks DelPo around & wins 64 63 62, thru to his record 9th straight semi at Aussie Open. Very impressive to say the least.
  4. TompaSthlmOpen -Roger dominated today's game against Delpo. Interesting to see that hitting the ball hard is not always the right thing to do....
  5. PatrickMcEnroe-What do we owe you Roger for that master class?
  6. Mahesh Bhupathi- If Roger continues to play like he did today, you gonna have to throw the rankings out of the window and peg him as the favourite.What say?
  7. niketennis -1000 matches. 232 grand slam victories. 0 sets lost this tournament. The #Federer Mastery continues. #makeitcount
  8. kmcg016- Federer is being added to the thesaurus as an alternative for beautiful, classy, sublime, remarkable, inspiring , elegant, GOD!! #Federer
  9. rogerismygod-It is safe to say that Roger #Federer has made my life much more beautiful . Congrats on the reaching 1000 matches.
  10. ShaynaJay-I can't be to upset my fave is out, fed was just at another level....awesome win for ur 1000th match fed! 
Funny tweets  which were tweeted during the match:
  1. Christopher Clarey -  BREAKING: Federer has sweat marks on his shirt.
  2. RD_Tennistalk - Clijsters has Federer-Del Potro point
  3. James LaRosa - Roger Federer, from the Latin "Rogerus Federum," which means ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
  4. Delpotweeties - Lucky I like you so much Federer, otherwise I'd be very mad #federer #delpotro
  5. TheSportBird -When I watch with my dad I find myself saying things like, "What an attractive man" rather than, "YOU ARE SO HOT, ROGER!"
  6. cindy67- Rog, got a date with Mirka and the twins in 30 mins?( Considering he just finished the match in  1 hr 59 minutes)

Random tweets worth mentioning
  1. kmcg016-Wen my alarm goes off at 7.30 for work I usually cry today I bounced out of bed at 5.30 to watch the champ ..The persuasion of Fed #Federer
  2. anna_tennisfan - All 4 men who play QF today are sponsored by Nike. #random
So which one was your favorite?

I will be publishing Twitter Reaction regularly, in case you have more interesting tweets for the matches, please feel free to let me know at https://twitter.com/#!/ApekshaHA

Also: Federer/Nadal Epic Semi- Final - What do Australian Open Stats Indicate?- Part 1




If you have any questions- You can mail me at [email protected]http://twitter.com/#!/ApekshaHA or http://on.fb.me/pouTOy






In this article, let’s look at their individual game and do the Strength and Weakness Analysis of these players. Here are the statistics for their individual game on Hard Court in 2011:

Statistics*
 Djokovic
 Nadal
 Federer
 Murray
Del Potro
Aces
220
142
311
273
330
First Serve
65
65
63
58
60
First Serve Points Won
73
71
79
76
75
Second Serve Points Won
54
56
57
50
55
Service Games Won
85
82
90
81
87
Break Points Saved
63
63
63
61
66
Points Won Returning 1st Serve
36
34
33
37
29
Points Won Returning 2nd Serve
58
54
53
57
51
Break Points Converted
49
45
43
48
47
Return Games Won
41
32
30
37
25

* All stats are in % except Aces.

So what story do we see unfolding in front of ourselves? The red part highlighted shows the player who is the weakest in the respective category out of the 5.

Novak Djokovic: Clearly as you can see that Djokovic was no doubt the best in 2011 with an overall balanced game. If he can continue the same this year, it will be tough to see him getting defeated until a player overshadows him in every area of his game.

Roger Federer:  He looks strong but one area where he can definitely improve his game is break points converted. He had the lowest % amongst all the 5 and if he needs to win the first GS of 2012, he will have to make use of the opportunities, ensure that pressure is created and no easy chance is given to the opponent to return back.

Rafael Nadal: As we saw last year in US Open, Nadal’s service was a major cause of concern for him. He was way behind others in terms of aces and first serve points won. This could be a major deciding factor in crucial matches against Djokovic where easy points in terms of aces can be a major difference between losing and winning. For Djokovic, the best returner in the game at present, this would mean he can put pressure on Nadal’s service and can comeback or take a lead easily in the match. Hopefully heavier racquet will help Nadal improve his serve this year.

Andy Murray: Not only Murray had the lowest first serve % but he won the lowest service games.  This proved to be a point of concern for him in crucial matches such as 2011 AO final or Wimbledon/US Open SF.  With the players of the caliber of Djokovic/Nadal, you need to be at the top in each area of the game. This is one area (apart from mental toughness); he can definitely work upon with his new coach Ivan Lendl to win his first GS this year.

Juan Martin Del Potro: He is the dark horse this year but he will have to look at his return games won which was just a mere 25% last year. His serve looks solid but if you can not break your opponent service thrice in the match, it will be tough to win the crucial matches.

In the words of Sunzi:  “Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected”.  Djokovic was a perfect example of this in 2011; let’s see who will be the main force this time?

What do you think?

In the end, in case you missed this video, Watch it to to motivate yourself. Worth watching to see how one man and his determination proved everyone wrong!