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If you are a Roger Federer fan, the last week would perhaps have ended in a disappointing manner for you because the Swiss maestro lost the BNP Paribas Open final to Novak Djokovic, but, overall, if you look back and see how he has played so far this season, you would be absolutely thrilled.
Not only has Federer won matches quite regularly in 2014, but, he has won them convincingly and that’s what the biggest positive is. In the second half of the last season, he appeared to have lost his spark and there were questions being raised over his form and fitness by a number of people who follow the game.
It was not familiar for Federer at all. He is arguably the greatest of all time. He used to be unbeatable at one stage of his career. So, to suddenly start getting beaten by qualifying players and being asked questions whether he still is good enough to compete at this level would have been hugely frustrating for him.
But, as so often the great sportspersons do, they answer their critics with their tool, in Federer’s case, its racquet. He has shown that he can still do wonderful things with his racquet.
However, it’s only the start. Just a quarter of the year has passed. A lot of tournaments are still to come. So, it would be a bit early to say that 2014 has been a good year for Federer, but, it has certainly been a good start by him and he needed that start badly. The amount of pressure that he had been under at the start of the season would surely have been lessened and he would be feeling much relaxed now.
Federer has also reclaimed his spot in top 5 in world rankings now.
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Rafael Nadal will face Ernests Gulbis in the quarter final round of the ongoing Qatar Open tomorrow. The Spaniard’s record against his Latvian opponent is quite amazing. He has taken him on 6 times so far in his career and he has emerged out as winner every time, but, on this occasion, Gulbis is in with a chance. That’s because it’s just the start of the season and Nadal is yet to hit his top form. He was not anywhere close to his peak in his previous match against Tobias Kamke of Germany. Although he won that match but, he was made to toil hard for every single point.
Nadal has got the idea how tough an opponent Gulbis can prove to be. In his interview after the match against Kamke, when he was asked about the Latvian youngster, he had said, “He is one of those guys whom you do not like to face too often. His shots are as powerful as anyone on the tour and his biggest positive is his serve. His baseline game is pretty good too. In short, he is a fine all round player and it’s not easy to defeat him.”
Gulbis has been in the quarter final of the Qatar Open a couple of times in the past as well, but, on both those occasions, he had failed to move further. This time around, he would desperately be looking to cross this hurdle.
With the Australian Open around the corner, both these players are looking for momentum. Neither of them had featured at the Melbourne Park in the last season.
Despite the fact that Nadal had looked clumsy in his previous outing, he is the favourite to pull off a win in tomorrow’s match.
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