Roger Federer’s Aussie Open run 2013

 

 

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There was only one way to end this Federer report at 2:09AM and it was with both my hands cupped around my cheeks in shattered-ness much like the Federer fam at the end of Roger’s 2013 Aussie Open run. Here’s my take on Roger’s matches.

 

Match one- Roger Federer vs. Benoit Paire:

 

The young Frenchman, dubbed one of the most improved players of the season didn’t have Swiss luck on his side in his match against the Fed. Having teamed up with Roger’s Swiss buddy Wawrinka, the duo was able to take out Paire’s first ATP World Tour doubles title. Friend turned foe, Paire was knocked out of the Aussie Open last year in the first round by Wawrinka. Then being drawn to player Federer in his first round this year, we could only imagine Paire won’t be booking a holiday to Switzerland anytime soon.

In only their second meeting ever it took Federer only 92 minutes of ‘total control’ to once again see a Swiss end to Paire’s Aussie Open campaign in the first round. Federer victorious, flaunting his style with bright pink shoe laces (which I of course loved Haha) into the second round: 6-2 6-4 6-1

 

Match two- Roger Federer vs. Nikolay Davydenko

The fiery Russian Davydenko was stunned out of the Aussie Open in straight sets

:  6-3 6-4 6-4 but more importantly…………….leaving Tomic to eat his words and wish he could turn back time.

Tomic, the lonely Aussie still alive in the tournament surely dug his own grave making a comment that had me falling out of my seat. When asked about the possibility of playing against The Swiss Master Tomic replied; “If he gets there.”

My face-> :O !!!!!!!!!!!

I know a lot of Australians aren’t very fond of Tomic…I personally didn’t have anything against him…until he bad mouthed the Swiss Prince!

I honestly couldn’t believe it! Who would publicly (or even privately when I think of it) shoot down the best professional tennis player of all time’s (don’t argue) chances of making it into the THIRD ROUND?! It’s like me saying I write better than Jon Ralph and Sam Lane put together, it’s ridiculous, immature and way too cocky for my liking and so we go to the match…

 

Match Three- Roger Federer vs. Bernard Tomic… aka the ‘this is how you do it son’ match.

 

Tomic basically got belted in three straight sets.

My face ->  :D !!!!!!!!!!

Sure he was good enough to keep up with Roger for a bit in the first set but Federer is a ‘Tennis God’ and as expected Tomic got a whipped: 6-4 7-6(7-5) 6-1 ending his ten match winning streak.

 

Match Four- Roger Federer vs. Milos Raonic

 

The twenty-two year old Canadian made it very clear to Federer that his serve was of absolutely bangin’ quality and that was exactly what kept him in the game. What tipped the game to Federer’s advantage was the fact that he was able to come out on top in the rallies 90% of the time. As soon as Federer was able to return a crazy Raonic serve and turn it into a longish rally he’d nearly always come away with the point, leaving Raonic frustrated enough to misfire his returns into the net, and so another Federer victim was added to the list.

 

Match Five- Roger Federer vs. Jo Wilfried Tsonga

 

Finally, for the first time in the tournament Federer was taken for a bit of a ride. Roger was having an off day with his serving whereas Tsonga was ready to sing ‘Ace, Ace Baby.’ (to the tune of Ice, Ice, baby) dominating the Ace count with a strong serve.

Tsonga stayed annoyingly close to the normally cool Swiss Prince who soon had all signs of stress and frustration written on his face. As a confident Tsonga pushed a slightly rattled Federer into a fifth set my own nerves were coming out in the form of weird reaction squeals; this prompted all family members to stare at me instead of the match just to watch my reactions.

 

Joe (brother) – *stares at me intensely*  “she’s gonna cry!”

 

Dad *also stares*

 

Mum- “don’t be silly!”

 

Me- *stops gritting teeth* “IM NOT CRYING! HE’S NOT GOING TO LOSE!”

 

And right I was. Roger managed to slay the tall determined Frenchman 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-3 in 3 hours and 35 minutes (of slight torture for me)

Huge props to Tsonga, he really gave Roger a run for his money.

 

Match Six- Roger Federer vs. Andy Murray

 

Shattered. I was positively shattered, completely heartbroken watching this match unfold.

This match was the best of the Aussie Open if I may say so myself but the result for Federer fangirls like me was pout worthy.

 

Dad- “You better start looking for a younger tennis player to obsess over”

 

Me: *INTENSE DEATH STARE* -.-

 

Joe- “Did I miss it? Is she crying yet!?”

 

Is dad right? Was Roger’s age beginning to show a little… lacking energy in his serves, his multiple misfires into the net, his pace unable to return a fiery Murray forehand, which in the past he use to? Five aces, FIVE to Murray’s twenty-one.
Murray ran away with it and I had admitted defeat…but Roger amazingly somehow fought his way back in and tied it back to two sets! I was stunned, then Roger was stunned.

The match drew out to five sets with Murray taking charge, a demanding figure on the court, he’s changed, matured, improved. And so, Roger was defeated 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 leaving Murray to face Djokovic in the final and me to ponder my worries; im going to have serious issues picking someone to obsess over when Roger retires…

About Danielle Eid

Im 23, cute and most importantly im the Collingwood Football Club's very own PRINCESS!! :) A Latrobe Uni graduate from Bachelor of Journalism. Admirer of Samantha Lane and Jon Ralph. Not your typical 'Robot Journalist' Loves Alex Fasolo

Comments

  1. Peter Schumacher says:

    Murray held his nerve after that disastrous ending of the fourth set, and good on him I reckon.

  2. Michael Parker says:

    The highlight of the tournament for me was Roger somehow pulling the 4th set out of the fire against Murray. I love Federer but he never really looked like he would win that match and to break back out of nowhere and then take the tie breaker was- as Bruce would surely agree- “special”

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