Federer Just Too Good!

01 Jul 2009 by Hiland in Wimbledon 2009

Roger Federer celebrate after defeating Ivo Karlovic in  quaterfinal of Wimbledon 2009The mystery man of Wimbledon, Ivo Karlovic, certainly showed the All England Club that he deserved their special invitation to participate at this year’s Wimbledon. Entering his quarterfinal match with the greatest tennis player to ever lift a racket, Ivo had not lost his serve. In fact, his 138 mph serve had rarely been challenged.

The statistics tell the tale and show how the tour’s tallest player at 6 foot 10 inches has been able to reach the quarterfinals. Against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Karlovic registered an astounding 46 aces. Against another highly regarded talent, Fernando Verdasco, the 7 seed, Ivo made 127 serves. The dynamic Spaniard was only able to get 27 of those serves in play. Astounding!

Entering the match with Roger Federer, Karlovic had held serve 129 consecutive times. Amazing! Against Federer, he blistered his serve, dominating the first game at love. After Roger held again, Karlovic fired a 138 fastball down the line. Federer put a short stroke on the ball and Ivo stood flat-footed in disbelief as the ball skipped past him. Uh Oh! Match over!

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Roger broke serve easily to take a 3-1 lead and then held for 4-1. The set ended at 6-3 and the match was virtually over. The rest was a mere formality. Ivo Karlovic does not have the racket skills, foot speed or game to stay with Roger Federer and he knows it.

The real question is why is Federer able to figure it out when no other tour player has been so inclined. Roger made it clear to Ivo that the big Croatian would have to play tennis to get to the semis.

While Tsonga complained that it was not real tennis, the Frenchman got it wrong. It was the Frenchman’s inability to make Ivo play tennis that cost him the match. The same can be said for Verdasco.

That is what makes Wimbledon the greatest tournament on the greatest surface. To champion Wimbledon, you need to have all the shots, beat all different styles of play and have the experience and strategy to counter the opposition.

Roger Federer exposed Ivo Karlovic for what he is; the game’s most revered serving specialist. It works for Karlovic and he is not about to change his game so if players expect to beat him, they need to force him into points. As Federer demonstrated in his 6-3, 7-5, 7-6 (7) quarter victory, it helps to make Ivo move. Even the game’s best serve cannot overcome a lack of foot speed and questionable groundstroke technique.

This is why Roger Federer will be playing in his 21st consecutive Grand Slam semifinal round. This is just one more testimony to the man’s genius. Hail to the king! Roger moves on.

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