Thursday, January 20, 2005

Federer defeats Suzuki in style but not without effort

Well Federer won 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 but it wasn't as easy as the score sounded. He had his serve broken for the first time this year, he had to run a lot and scramble for returns, some of which were absolutely amazing, and he was pressured by a guy who played like he never believed he was going top lose until he actually did. Suzuki played some amazing shots, pulling off passing moves, lots of volleys at the nets, lob volleys and even some aces.
To no avail however as Roger turned on some amazing tennis. This guy really is good! The "flick" return of a cross court volley that he made while the ball was right out of court to cross the net and land inside was just incredible.

I just finished watching Agassai clinically defeat Schuettler 6-3, 6-1, 6-0 and this game was as easy as it sounded. Schuettler pulled some nice moves out of the bag but it was like he was playing in a different class. Agassai is a true tennis robot. He walks efficiently to each serving or receiving position, serves quickly and efficiently, plays great tennis and ignores the odd shot that he cannot get to. I thnk he may go a fair way this year. It will depend on whether his recent hip injury will prey on his mind and cause him to hold back a little just when its needed.