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Federer def. Almagro 6-3,6-4

Good solid victory- nothing too fancy but I am sure Roger would be relieved to successfully navigate a potential minefield considering their match last year.
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Re: Federer def. Almagro 6-3,6-4

Yes, I was happy to see him doing well in the first round, looked better than he had for a while in first round matches.

I was a bit concerned that he didnt' seem to come in a lot, and settled for a lot of baseline play.
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Re: Federer def. Almagro 6-3,6-4

Good performance from the back of the court but again unwilling to attack the net. On the bright side he was hitting the forehand with great authority.

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Re: Federer def. Almagro 6-3,6-4

Well done, Rogelio!

Never in doubt, though. I know, Almagro is a pretty good clay courter (and he showed again what he's capable of in this match, BTW), but well... so is Rogi!

Roger seems to have found back his serve, YAY! Still a bit sloppy here and there - quite a few UEs in that second set - but overall, a good solid victory. And indeed, I agree with what others have already said: perhaps he should try attacking the net a little more than he did today.
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Re: Federer def. Almagro 6-3,6-4

The Great One puts the first match to bed. Good job!
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Re: Federer def. Almagro 6-3,6-4

A fairly tidy match.

Forehand working: Check
Serve working: Check

Fed should take a lot of confidence from this match into the next round. No choking while serving for the set and match. Almagro played pretty well but Fed got the break and protected his service games well.
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Re: Federer def. Almagro 6-3,6-4

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Yes, I was happy to see him doing well in the first round, looked better than he had for a while in first round matches.

I was a bit concerned that he didnt' seem to come in a lot, and settled for a lot of baseline play.

That's what he's been practicing the past few weeks.
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Re: Federer def. Almagro 6-3,6-4

Coming in doesn't mean much if he doesn't do it when playing Nadal. Fed had some great net play in MC, which we saw none of in the final against Nadal.

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Yes, I was happy to see him doing well in the first round, looked better than he had for a while in first round matches.

I was a bit concerned that he didnt' seem to come in a lot, and settled for a lot of baseline play.
Know what you mean this was the match to experiment against a clay-court Spaniard!
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Re: Federer def. Almagro 6-3,6-4

Yea, and I'm excited Sampras seem to have returned Rog that forehand he 'borrowed' from him before IW, but I still wanted to see him coming in more.

I'm glad the FH is working, though.
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Yes, I was happy to see him doing well in the first round, looked better than he had for a while in first round matches.

I was a bit concerned that he didnt' seem to come in a lot, and settled for a lot of baseline play.
I got the impression it was deliberate and that he was practising a load of controlled moonballing - his forehand in particular was going higher over the net than usual with lots of weight on it.
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Coming in doesn't mean much if he doesn't do it when playing Nadal. Fed had some great net play in MC, which we saw none of in the final against Nadal.
Good point, but he needs to build up confidence in that.

Still a good match, with one exception.

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I got the impression it was deliberate and that he was practising a load of controlled moonballing - his forehand in particular was going higher over the net than usual with lots of weight on it.
Might well be, indeed. I noticed that too.
Worked well today, but we'll have to wait and see whether it is indeed the proper tactic to play Rafa... at least he seemed to be in good control of the longer rallies, which is a good sign.

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I got the impression it was deliberate and that he was practising a load of controlled moonballing - his forehand in particular was going higher over the net than usual with lots of weight on it.
Now, Roger's getting it.
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Re: Federer def. Almagro 6-3,6-4

The forehand and the serve are the elements Roger seemed to have lost in his last 4 tournaments, and finally he got them back today, so we can all be happy about that Hopefully he'll continue to use them well in his next matches GO FED!

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