I just finished watching Roger Federer put a beatdown on Richard Gasquet and I'm so excited that I have to write a post right now. Roger was in absolutely incredible form with a 6-1 6-2 victory in a mere 49 minutes! He took 5 out of his 6 break point chances, which is awesome in itself. He has had only one break point against him in the whole tournament so far, and saved it easily today. He made every part of tennis look oh so easy, and made it look oh so difficult for his opponent.
Much was made of Nadal winning 6-1 6-0 against Istomin in 59 minutes yesterday, but Istomin is ranked #57, Gasquet is ranked #9. Another notch in the belt of Roger Federer in his top 10 wins so far this year, which include Tsonga, Murray, Berdych, Gasquet and Djokovic.
I can't help but to keep coming back to the point that so many in the media put Federer's rough 2013 down to Father Time catching up with him, with some people saying he would soon be out of the top 10 and he should retire. There are many who should be very embarrassed and really owe him an apology for not giving any credence to the back injury he was suffering and that it was for that reason he was struggling. While it was hard to watch last year, it really makes these victories all the more beautiful.
He is projected to be #4 in the rankings again after this week, assuming either that Roger wins in his quarterfinal against Kei Nishikori or that Tomas Berdych doesn't win the title. At 32 years old, and with a growing family who travel everywhere with him, this isn't too shabby!
I felt like I was beaming like a proud parent during and after that match. So incredibly impressed with the comeback he has had in 2014. Let's see how far he can go in Miami!