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Thomaz Bellucci © Tennistalk.com
Indian Wells
4th round
3/15/12 1 2 3 Tot
br  Thomaz Bellucci 6 3 4 1
ch  Roger Federer 3 6 6 2
Roger Federer © Tennistalk.com
  • Federer fights back, beats Bellucci

    3/15/12 2:59 AM | Kelli DeMario
    World No. 3 Roger Federer advanced to the final eight, having rallied to upend Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci in three sets. The three-time former champion will take on either Juan Martin Del Potro or Denis Istomin in the next round.

    Third seed Roger Federer is through to the quarterfinals after fighting through to a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Thomaz Bellucci Wednesday evening. The 30-year-old tallied 8 aces en route to a round of 16 win in an hour and 41 minutes.

    Federer overcame a slow start to level the match at a set apiece. The Swiss held five consecutive service games to 5-4 in the decider. After missing a match point on the Bellucci serve, Federer completed the effort as the Brazilian struck a forehand long.

    The world No. 3 ended the evening with 40 of 49 first-service points captured.

    He is slated to face either 9th seed Juan Martin Del Potro or Denis Istomin for a place in the semifinals.

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Oh... yet another match with Del Potro, i think 4th in as many months... But DP may have a good chance this time...

RMadhu , 3/15/12 7:55 AM


@RMadhu
This was the same statement people had said against del potro in dubai semis

fedexpress , 3/15/12 8:57 AM


Watched the match last night and must say it is good to see Roger fighting and believing in himself.

There are however somethings that aren't right. Roger's movement isn't at 100%, he is defending good but his footwork just isn't as crisp as it was in Dubai.
Serve is working beautifully despite some DF.

And the most weird of all he's playing with a lot of topspin. He's playing more defensively than he usually does, maybe because IW plays like a claycourt almost.

All in all just satisfied Roger came through and hope roger recovers well for the quarters.

P.S.: Roger will meet Delpo for the 4th time in 2,5 months WOW!!! Looks like roger against Tsonga in 2011. Would like to see Delpo play against the rest of the top 4.

bleck , 3/15/12 10:08 AM


It's all in your imagination, bleck.

Last year Rafa played Delpo 4 times and won them all, Fed only played him once last year but has played him 3 times this year and Roger has also won all 4 of their meetings in 2011/12.

nadline , 3/15/12 12:39 PM


Well, fedexpress, in Dubai, Delpo lost 6-7, 6-7.

Are you saying that he DIDN'T have a good chance in Dubai semis???

agfmilos , 3/15/12 2:10 PM


Delpo will have a good chance one in so many matches but not that often.

nadline , 3/15/12 2:22 PM


"Last year Rafa played Delpo 4 times and won them all..."

He played 3 times and the last 2 weren't exactely a walk in the park.

Anyway del potro's level has been increasing over time. He now is in the top 10 and will reach the top 5 very likely.

Last year IW was one of the first tournaments he pleyd after injury, ranked 90, Wimbledon he has in the twenties.

Del potro is playing better but roger is a very bad match up for him because of the variety and how he moves delpo around the court and prevents him from getting into a rythm.

bleck , 3/15/12 2:58 PM


bleck, Rafa played Delpo 4 (FOUR) times in 2011: I/W, Madrid, Wimbledon and DC. That adds up to 4 doesn't it?

Rafa had a 4:0 lead over Delpo until his injury and return in 2009 so we can't make excuses for one and not the other, even though Delpo was out for a considerable time, Rafa WAS injured and returning from injury in 2009.

nadline , 3/15/12 4:09 PM


Bleck I saw that topspin too. It is realy funny, ball bounce was like on clay court realy.
I just cant imagine how fed will play with rafa, on this surface you must be mentaly, and physically fresh to grind like djokovic.
The best thing with rafa is that you dont need to think about strategy, others need to think. He plays his game like tank(fast one), with one big gun against others with many small kniwes. I saw so many tactics against rafa all these years and they all are not consistant.

anatolijs , 3/15/12 4:40 PM


If I am not wrong,in Madrid, Rafa got a walkover against delpo..Delpo didn't play because of some injury. Anyway, Delpo is playing much better now than during the same time last year. He has been very consistent in the last few tournaments he played. This court should suit delpo's shot making. Fed has the variety. But the question is if he will be able to recover from his illness in time. If Fed is fit he is the favourite, otherwise delpo has a good shot.

netcord , 3/15/12 7:55 PM


Yes agree with anatojils, no strategy seems to work against Nadal when he's fully committed to the match (see WTC FEd/Nadal, 2011 when Nadal clearly gave up in the 2nd set). Nobody except Djokovic has the mental strength to be prepared to go the distance with him. It's a question of will, just staying in the rallies, knowing Nadal will get it back over the net, no matter what is thrown at him, and he will forget about bad points instantly and refocus. I admire Djokovic because he can fight through that and smile grimly after 5 sets. This is what unsettles Nadal the most, I think.

With Djokovic having an easy path through to the final now with Murray out, and Nadal being able to deal straightforwardly with either Fed or Del Potro on this clay-like surface, I expect we will get another Nadjokovic or Djokodal or whatever people call it, final...

Bharata , 3/15/12 9:15 PM


Fed's been fighting off one of the IW bugs and had a bit of a cold as of last night.

Ramara , 3/15/12 9:53 PM



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