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Tuesday, 15 January 2019

How controversial Brit shook Federer


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Twenty grand slams aside, Roger Federer has made his reputation on his ability to look like he’s in cruise control even when he’s not feeling at his best.

He’s the coolest customer in the business and seldom looks stressed on the court, particularly in the early rounds of a grand slam.

But in his second round win against Englishman Dan Evans, Federer was strangely off his game and for once he couldn’t hide it.

Ranked 189 in the world, Evans looks a simple proposition for the classy world number three on paper.

However that doesn’t tell the whole story and the 28-year-old really made Federer sweat for his place in the round of 32, despite the straight sets scoreline of 7-6 7-6 6-3.

One of the best frontrunners in tennis history, Federer was never really able to put his foot on the throat of Evans, slipping up when he led with a break in the second set after just scraping through a first set tiebreak that at one stage bizarrely had six straight points go against serve.

His performance was down, with Nine commentator Sam Groth at one stage observing that he looked “half a step slow” and his demeanour dragged down with it.

As the first set drew towards the business end, Federer briefly lost his rag with the chair umpire, who disagreed that light rain had made the court surface to slippery to continue.

Federer wanted play to stop, umpire Marijana Veljovic disagreed and after a few choice words it took the intervention of the match referee Wayne McKewen to resolve it.

https://twitter.com/AustralianOpen/status/1085420239775518720

It could have spurred him into action but the normally even tempered Federer doesn’t tend to play his best when he’s got a bee in his bonnet and he was lucky to scrap his way to a lead after an ugly tiebreak.

The second set wasn’t much different with Federer failing to capitalise on an early break, getting dragged back into the dogfight after Evans broke back just a game after the Brit got an uncharacteristic reaction out of the Swiss champion when he passed him at the net.

“Yeah right,” Federer said sarcastically as he walked back to the baseline following the framed winner from Evans.

Even the top guns have days when they don’t play to their level but Evans deserved credit for making the hot favourite feel uncomfortable.

As a lowly ranked qualifier, expectations on Evans were low but rewind to 2017 and he was flying, ranked in the top 50 for the first time and a recent Davis Cup champion after winning it with Andy Murray.

https://twitter.com/wwos/status/1085422163723800576

Then, a drug ban following a positive test to cocaine put him on the sidelines for 12 months before returning from suspension last year, reputation tarnished and basically back at square one.

This fighting performance, highlighted by his ability to blunt Federer’s attack, proved that he’s capable of surpassing his career high water mark to date.

Asked by Nine commentator Jim Courier during coverage of the match how high Evans could climb, Groth replied that he could realistically aim to be a seed at the grand slams.

To do that he would have to reach a rankings high of 32 or better.

Andy Murray’s retirement beckons and Kyle Edmund fell victim to a shock early elimination in this Australian Open but perhaps it’s not all doom and gloom for the Brits.

 

Twenty grand slams aside, Roger Federer has made his reputation on his ability to look like he’s in cruise control even when he’s not feeling at his best.

He’s the coolest customer in the business and seldom looks stressed on the court, particularly in the early rounds of a grand slam.

But in his second round win against Englishman Dan Evans, Federer was strangely off his game and for once he couldn’t hide it.

Ranked 189 in the world, Evans looks a simple proposition for the classy world number three on paper.

However that doesn’t tell the whole story and the 28-year-old really made Federer sweat for his place in the round of 32, despite the straight sets scoreline of 7-6 7-6 6-3.

One of the best frontrunners in tennis history, Federer was never really able to put his foot on the throat of Evans, slipping up when he led with a break in the second set after just scraping through a first set tiebreak that at one stage bizarrely had six straight points go against serve.

His performance was down, with Nine commentator Sam Groth at one stage observing that he looked “half a step slow” and his demeanour dragged down with it.

As the first set drew towards the business end, Federer briefly lost his rag with the chair umpire, who disagreed that light rain had made the court surface to slippery to continue.

Federer wanted play to stop, umpire Marijana Veljovic disagreed and after a few choice words it took the intervention of the match referee Wayne McKewen to resolve it.

https://twitter.com/AustralianOpen/status/1085420239775518720

It could have spurred him into action but the normally even tempered Federer doesn’t tend to play his best when he’s got a bee in his bonnet and he was lucky to scrap his way to a lead after an ugly tiebreak.

The second set wasn’t much different with Federer failing to capitalise on an early break, getting dragged back into the dogfight after Evans broke back just a game after the Brit got an uncharacteristic reaction out of the Swiss champion when he passed him at the net.

“Yeah right,” Federer said sarcastically as he walked back to the baseline following the framed winner from Evans.

Even the top guns have days when they don’t play to their level but Evans deserved credit for making the hot favourite feel uncomfortable.

As a lowly ranked qualifier, expectations on Evans were low but rewind to 2017 and he was flying, ranked in the top 50 for the first time and a recent Davis Cup champion after winning it with Andy Murray.

https://twitter.com/wwos/status/1085422163723800576

Then, a drug ban following a positive test to cocaine put him on the sidelines for 12 months before returning from suspension last year, reputation tarnished and basically back at square one.

This fighting performance, highlighted by his ability to blunt Federer’s attack, proved that he’s capable of surpassing his career high water mark to date.

Asked by Nine commentator Jim Courier during coverage of the match how high Evans could climb, Groth replied that he could realistically aim to be a seed at the grand slams.

To do that he would have to reach a rankings high of 32 or better.

Andy Murray’s retirement beckons and Kyle Edmund fell victim to a shock early elimination in this Australian Open but perhaps it’s not all doom and gloom for the Brits.

 

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