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Rome R3: Federer def. Stepanek 6-4, 6-1

wondeRFul second set from Roger Fed is looking better than MC, managing his forehand well and playing smart tennis as well, serve could improve, one revenge done, next revenge Simon?

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Re: Rome R3: Federer def. Stepanek 6-4, 6-1

Best performance from Fed since AO
Today he actually played some clay court tennis and used his brain
Will be an interesting SF against Djoko

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Re: Rome R3: Federer def. Stepanek 6-4, 6-1

Second set was great. Though his 1st serve % for the match was horrendous. Can't read too much into this. I thought Steps looked very tired out there, did not play well at all.
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Re: Rome R3: Federer def. Stepanek 6-4, 6-1

Healed back Fed into the final
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Re: Rome R3: Federer def. Stepanek 6-4, 6-1

Stepa sucks,that's all.
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Whats this trophy celebration about?
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Re: Rome R3: Federer def. Stepanek 6-4, 6-1

Very clever display by Fed. Not forcing too much , BH solid . The only problem was the 1st serve.
Only 43% .
Gr8 second set , BH clicked so well.
If he increases his 1st serve %, I don't seen anyone apart Nadal who will beat him here.
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Nadal is going to slaughter Federer playing like this, Djokovic could also rip Federer apart. I think Djokovic has an honest chanse to beat a slightly tired Nadal in the final on these fast clay courts.
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Re: Rome R3: Federer def. Stepanek 6-4, 6-1

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wondeRFul second set from Roger Fed is looking better than MC, managing his forehand well and playing smart tennis as well, serve could improve, one revenge done, next revenge Simon?
never in doubt general habibko. who will be the next victim?

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Re: Rome R3: Federer def. Stepanek 6-4, 6-1

When volleying isn't working, Stepanek doesn't have a plan B.
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already shitted your pants in advance to sunday?
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you kidding me? Fed is only good enough to get to the semi.
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wondeRFul second set from Roger Fed is looking better than MC, managing his forehand well and playing smart tennis as well, serve could improve, one revenge done, next revenge Simon?
Good performance but again flashes of the past reminded me of how Roger won't play this well against a Murray, Novak or Nadal.

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Re: Rome R3: Federer def. Stepanek 6-4, 6-1

Some vintage stuff from Federer in that second set. Backhand constantly forcing Stepanek to volley up if not hitting outright winners. Silly forehand errors kept to a minimum. If Federer can keep this level of play, use it to build on, increase confidence, and get that 1st serve % up he can definitely make the final.

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