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Fed over Pless 76 36 63

A little rusty and Pless played well enough though slipped up on a few important points. Roger will be please to go through and he'll be sharper next match for sure.

Some of Roger's shots today were just landing too short and even being double digits in aces, he was missing too many first serves at key moments. Did enough to win though. 33 unforced errors from Roger!!

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Federer def. Pless 76(2) 36 63

Who cares he lost a set. A win is a win.


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Re: Federer def. Pless 76(2) 36 63

I expected him to be rusty, he wont be in his next match.
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Re: Federer def. Pless 76(2) 36 63

You could tell he's not played in a while. He was a little fortunate in the game he broke in the third - Pless missed an easy shot to take it to deuce.

Fed didn't play very well yet still got the win - and that is why he is the best player in the world.

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Re: Federer def. Pless 76(2) 36 63

not too bad

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Re: Federer def. Pless 76(2) 36 63

I expect that since he has not played since AO. Pless was the lucky one, Fed only faced 1 BP and Pless was able to convert. Pless faced 7 and Roger only converted 1!

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Re: Federer def. Pless 76(2) 36 63

no big deal he does sometimes lose sets early in tournaments, just a practice session for him, just getting his swings ready for later in the tournament.
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Re: Federer def. Pless 76(2) 36 63

Very rusty ground strokes but he served extremely well I thought. Pretty standard Federer first round - "Federer struggles" will be the headlines but frankly, he never looked like losing. Pless gave a pretty good account of himself as well - very strong serve and Federer struggled to break him and that was mostly due to Pless rather than the post-AO cobwebs.
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Re: Federer def. Pless 76(2) 36 63

OMG what a brave performance by Pless!

Didn't make it easy for Fed one bit.. served like a maniac and was actually going for winners, trying to be aggressive, coming to the net on Fed's 2nd serves what a spirit

I was scared shitless, this is exactly the kind of danger Federer is most vulnerable to - a guy who he never played before, doesn't know his weak sides, has no clue what kind of gameplan to pull out.. and the guy is especially fired up, playing against a #1 with nothing to lose as everyone expects Fed to win easily. When he won a set he seemed even more relaxed, knowing he didn't embarrass himself one bit, quite the contrary. Hats off.. the funny thing is, just yesterday I watched that video of him smashing his racquet to little pieces after he lost in 1st round of Dallas challenger
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Re: Federer def. Pless 76(2) 36 63

even when fed lost the second set he was still ahead for that set in total points won. Just an unluck break.


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Re: Federer def. Pless 76(2) 36 63

As expected a Rusty Fed in his first post-AO match... apparently still with his brain on the Dubai beach in that second set!

Fourth game, third set: Fed decides 'Partytime is over' , and does his job as he should do. I expect Feds rustiness to be over for the next match.

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OMG what a brave performance by Pless!

Didn't make it easy for Fed one bit.. served like a maniac and was actually going for winners, trying to be aggressive, coming to the net on Fed's 2nd serves what a spirit

I was scared shitless, this is exactly the kind of danger Federer is most vulnerable to - a guy who he never played before, doesn't know his weak sides, has no clue what kind of gameplan to pull out.. and the guy is especially fired up, playing against a #1 with nothing to lose as everyone expects Fed to win easily. When he won a set he seemed even more relaxed, knowing he didn't embarrass himself one bit, quite the contrary. Hats off.. the funny thing is, just yesterday I watched that video of him smashing his racquet to little pieces after he lost in 1st round of Dallas challenger

I agree - I actually thought he was in real danger of losing. Pless really got into a rhythm and Fed had awful trouble reading his serve. I was very impressed with Pless - well done to him.
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Re: Federer def. Pless 76(2) 36 63

It reminds me the situation in Dubai 2005. Federer in the first round beat Minar 6-7 6-3 7-6 and then won the whole thing.
This is 15th winning tie-break in a row for Roger. It's only one TB spit to equal Sampras' record of 16 consecutive tie-breaks.

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Re: Federer def. Pless 76(2) 36 63

usual rusty first perf by Rogi after a long break but he won and that's all that matters; Pless had nothing to lose and played well to give Rogi a workout

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Re: Federer def. Pless 76(2) 36 63

Expected win by Federer.
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