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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Federer upends Jack Sock's run at BNP Paribas Open

Federer upends Jack Sock's run at BNP Paribas Open

By Jawad Bisharat
Roger Federer had his 50th match win at the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over 22 year old American Jack Sock.
Taking a page out of Nadal's handbook, Sock started the match out very competitive with Jack hitting heavy shots to Federer's backhand. Sock, however, can not get the ball up high enough as does Nadal. This allowed Federer to stay in the rallies. I could see Federer was being pushed by the pace of Sock's forehands but in Federer style there was no panic. Roger stayed the course and forced Sock to come up with the goods time and time again. But, as in many cases, once Federer secured the first set Sock seemed to pack it up. His game declined dramatically and Federer put it into cruise control and allowed Sock implode in just 1 hour and 9 minutes.
Yesterday I wrote that Sock would need to serve over 70% to give himself a fighting chance in the this match. Unfortunately, he was well off this mark serving at a dismal 53% which included 6 double faults. By comparison Federer served at 63% for the match, 8 aces and no double faults. 
Federer said later "I played a very clean match, I think I served great. I was also actually returning very well. That gave me the opportunity to stay in the match."
Although Sock didn't play the match he was hoping for, he can take a lot away from this tournament. Winning his previous 3 matches all in 3 sets and along the way defeating world #16 Buatista Agut is definitely a step in the right direction for the young American. Look for Sock to continue on his path up the rankings. 
Next up for Federer is the surging Tomas Berdych who is off to a great start in 2015. "We have played on many occasions over many years," said Federer, who is 12-6 versus Berdych. "I don't know when we played the very first time, but I have seen his game evolve, seen how he established himself in the Top 10."
"I think he does very well, and probably also with a new team now he feels eager to try out new things and maybe gives him extra energy. So I think it's going to be an interesting matchup for him having a new team in the back." 
Look for Federer to continue his winning ways as Berdych's game plays right into Roger's hands. 
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015



Young American faces the mighty Roger Federer for first time. 

By Jawad Bisharat

Jack Sock is having a great BNP Paribas Open coming off an impressive 3 set win over #16 in the world Bautista Agut. Jack is playing some of the best tennis of his career but does he have a chance today against the mighty Roger Federer?

I say he has a better chance than most think. Wait, I didn't say he would win, I said he has a better chance than most may believe.

Lets break down the match-up. 

Jack Sock was shown to generate more spin or revolutions per minute on the ball then Rafael Nadal (forehands). Over 3100 RPM compared to Nadal's approx. 3000 RPM. This is incredibly difficult to accomplish, as you can imagine, and Sock needs to implore this pace onto Federer today in a big way.

What has Nadal done to Federer over the past 10 years to consistently beat him? Yes, hit high to the backhand and take control of the rallies. Roger's best results against Nadal have always been on a fast court or indoors, where the ball doesn't kick as much. Indian Wells has slow, gritty courts which works in  Sock's favor. Although, the high temperature and low humidity does speed things up a bit.

Jack will attempt to use Nadal like tactics against Feder today except for one little difference. Jack is right handed, so it will be much more difficult for him to consistently find the Federer's backhand. Jack needs avoid getting sucked into forehand to forehand rallies, which he will lose the majority of the time. He must find a way to frustrate Federer by not only playing to his backhand but use his power and pace to take the match the Federer.

Here is my struggle however, Jack plays a little like Andy Roddick. We all know the results Andy had against Federer. As Andy put it one time "How can you call it a rivalry if the same person always wins??"

Federer drove Roddick crazy by slicing short in the service box to his backhand. This forced Andy approach with a backhand and come to net where Roddick was most uncomfortable and vulnerable.

Look for Federer to use the same tactics today against Jack Sock as he did Roddick. Both player who have similiar styles and would prefer to stay on the baseline.

Final word. If Jack is to have a chance today then the serve will have to be near perfect. Serve over 70% first serve and he may find himself with winning opportunities.

BNP Paribas Open Results and Schedule 3/18

Great day of ATP tennis in Indian Wells with several high profile matches. 

1. Roger Federer vs. young American Jack Sock 
2. Kokkinakis vs. Tomic - Both up and coming Aussie's fighting for the bragging rights
3. Djokovic vs. Isner - only because Isner is American is it a match to watch. Otherwise maybe a little slow for my taste.  

USD 5,381,235.00 (ATP)
USD 5,381,235.00 (WTA)
9-22 MARCH 2015

RESULTS - MARCH 17, 2015
Singles - Third Round
[2] R. Federer (SUI) d [30] A. Seppi (ITA) 63 64
[3] R. Nadal (ESP) d D. Young (USA) 64 62
[6] M. Raonic (CAN) d A. Dolgopolov (UKR) 76(2) 64
[9] T. Berdych (CZE) d S. Johnson (USA) 64 62
[17] T. Robredo (ESP) d [11] G. Dimitrov (BUL) 64 16 75
[13] G. Simon (FRA) d [Q] M. Berrer (GER) 62 75
J. Sock (USA) d [15] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 36 63 62
[27] L. Rosol (CZE) d R. Haase (NED) 64 67(4) 76(3)

Doubles - Quarterfinals
[2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) d D. Ferrer (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) 75 36 10-7
Second Round
[1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d M. Draganja (CRO) / J. Peers (AUS) 67(8) 64 10-7
[8] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) d A. Begemann (GER) / E. Gulbis (LAT) 76(4) 62
M. Matkowski (POL) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) d [WC] T. Kokkinakis (AUS) / A. Murray (GBR) 61 64

Singles - Fourth Round
[1] [WC] S. Williams (USA) d S. Stephens (USA) 67(3) 62 62
[15] F. Pennetta (ITA) d [2] M. Sharapova (RUS) 36 63 62
[3] S. Halep (ROU) d [14] K. Pliskova (CZE) 64 64
[Q] L. Tsurenko (UKR) d [6] E. Bouchard (CAN) 67(5) 75 64
[12] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d H. Watson (GBR) 76(5) 36 61
[18] J. Jankovic (SRB) d [31] B. Bencic (SUI) 63 36 63
[27] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) d [23] E. Svitolina (UKR) 46 61 61
[24] S. Lisicki (GER) d [25] C. Garcia (FRA) 64 64

Doubles - Quarterfinals
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) d [WC] D. Hantuchova (SVK) / K. Knapp (ITA) 64 62
L. Raymond (USA) / S. Stosur (AUS) d [PR] S. Peer (ISR) / V. Zvonareva (RUS) 62 61

STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
ATP - [12] F. Lopez (ESP) vs [5] K. Nishikori (JPN)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA - [3] S. Halep (ROU) vs [12] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
ATP - [13] G. Simon (FRA) vs [3] R. Nadal (ESP)
ATP - J. Sock (USA) vs [2] R. Federer (SUI)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA - [1] [WC] S. Williams (USA) vs [27] T. Bacsinszky (SUI)

Not Before 8:30 pm
ATP - [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [18] J. Isner (USA)

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
ATP - [4] A. Murray (GBR) vs A. Mannarino (FRA)
ATP - [27] L. Rosol (CZE) vs [9] T. Berdych (CZE)
ATP - [6] M. Raonic (CAN) vs [17] T. Robredo (ESP)
ATP - [WC] T. Kokkinakis (AUS) vs [32] B. Tomic (AUS)
ATP - P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / R. Nadal (ESP) vs S. Bolelli (ITA) / F. Fognini (ITA)

Not Before 8:30 pm
ATP - M. Matkowski (POL) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) vs D. Inglot (GBR) / F. Mergea (ROU)

STADIUM 3 start 3:00 pm
WTA - S. Lisicki (GER) / A. Petkovic (GER) vs K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A. Klepac (SLO)
WTA - [7] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)