This years Wimbledon final was a heartbreaker
for Roger Federer and I’ll explain how he can have a shot at redemption at the us open,
here on GS Tennis News Today. Federer will start his redemption tour against
Sumit Nagal who’s game will not trouble him at all. Damir Dzumhur is his likely second round opponent
but recently his game makes it UNLIKELY that he’ll offer Rog a true challenge. In the third round the third seed will play
a solid yet beatable player with Dan Evans, Phillip Kohlscreiber, and Lucas Pouille all
being possible opponents. None of these players are coming into this
slam with impressive results so Fed shouldn’t have too much trouble there. In the fourth round David Goffin is who Federer
will probably play. This is a step up in class seeing that David
is on a hot streak coming off a final appearance in Cincinnati. To avoid another fourth round fall Federer
needs to stay dominant on his serve and avoid getting into too many long rallies. In the quarters he’s likely to face Kei
Nishikori a matchup he’s had very little trouble with in the past. To keep things trouble free, Roger must avoid
a slow start like he did at Wimbledon and make sure he pushes Kei back and maintain
control. In the semis Roger may face Novak Djokovic
or Daniil Medvedev and I’m more certain that he’ll face the former. I mentioned why in my tournament preview. Against Novak in the Wimbledon final Roger
did everything he was supposed to do: he had better serving numbers, challenged Novak on
the return side of things, and dictated the pace of the match and he’ll have to this
and more. That “more” is cashing in on his opportunities. Not only did Roger let a 40-15 match point
lead slip, but also let chances of winning more sets. In the first and third sets, Roger was the
better player and had chances to claim both of those sets, but let the chances go by and
played poor tiebreakers. If you noticed I hesitated to say that Roger
was flat out the better returner vs Novak because that part of his game isn’t necessarily
his strong suit as shown through his lost to Rublev last week. Should Roger manage to get by this match,
I believe he’ll face nadal not nagal, in the finals. To be successful in this matchup he would
have to play like he did in their Wimbledon match, smothering Rafa and pinning him into
that backhand corner. He would also need some help on Rafa’s part
as Nadal’s return game that match was very poor. To close this video out for Roger to end his
New York title drought he initially needs to take care of his first week work, then
replicate that Wimbledon run but he’ll have to close things out when opportunities present
themselves to complete the marathon.

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Dennis Veasley

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