Sunday, July 03, 2005

WIMBLEDON UPDATE-8

It is a repeat of 2004 with Federer and Roddick to play in the final of Wimbledon 2005. Federer was expected to come this far although Roddick was not. Federer was simply magnificent over Hewitt while Roddick was stretched a little by Johansson in the semifinals.

Federer with his all round game has a definite edge over Roddick. The American has a great serve and has a devastating forehand. But can he handle the serve of the Swiss? Hewitt could not do much. Also, Federer seems to have the edge in the psychological side as well over players like Hewitt and Roddick. The American has to do what Safin did at the Australian Open early this year- attack Federer. Most of the players of today try to outhit Federer from the baseline. This is where Hewitt did go wrong and paid the price. Somehow, Hewitt simply avoided the net. Wonder, he was the Champion at Wimbledon a few years ago.

If Roddick is able to forget the past and plays well, there could be a contest. Otherwise, the result would be a foregone conclusion. There is a glimmer of hope for Roddick, though. At the Australian Open, Federer destroyed Agassi only to fall in the semis to Safin. If that were not an aberration, then Roddick has some chance.

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