Hi guys, fantastic to read your posts again! Thanks for the detailed reports iopzzza, I'm enjoying following your career!
Been a long time since I've posted, but I've managed to continue my strong career. Let us pick up where we left off.
I just won the 2008 Australian Open (without losing a set) and now head to Dubai to try and pick up another title:
R1: Zeiner def. Korolev 6-0, 6-1 - comfortable win to open up proceedings
R2: Zeiner def. Tsonga 6-4, 6-2 - this was a good win because Tsonga had been in good form at the AO. I broke in the opening game and was untroubled on serve in set 1. Then I raced into a 4-0 lead in set 2, eventually sealing the win with an ace
QF: Murray def. Zeiner 5-7, 6-1, 4-6 - Andy Murray played really well to record his first win over me! He hit just 6 errors in the whole match, and I was not at my best.
2008 Indian Wells:
R2: Zeiner def. Falla 6-3, 6-2 - this was a routine win, but I usually have easier opening matches, he was playing like an Incredible level 3 player!
R3: Zeiner def. Wawrinka 6-4, 6-1 - tight first set. Wawrinka had 3 break points at 3-3, but I quickly erased them all
Then he double faulted on set point, and I took control.
QF: Zeiner def. Nalbandian 6-1, 6-1 - Nalbandian was awful lol
SF: Zeiner def. Roddick 6-4, 7-6 - big serving Andy Roddick played well, but I got a crucial break at 3-3 in first set, sealing a lead with a forehand whipped passing shot. The second set was closer and went to a tie-break. I found myself 3-5 down, but hit a backhand return winner as Roddick decided to approach the net! I sealed the win with an ace, extending my record with Roddick to something like 11-1 or 12-1
F: Zeiner def. Nadal 6-3, 6-4 - I won the title in superb fashion! I continue my dominance over Nadal, who did well to even reach the final. Overall, the angles I found with my forehand and my volleys at net were too much for him.
R2: Zeiner def. Hewitt 6-2, 6-0
R3: Zeiner def. Aydin 6-0, 6-0
QF: Zeiner def. Karlovic 7-6, 6-0 - this was tough initially, but I began to read Karlovic's serve amazingly well in set 2, and I recorded yet another dominant performance
SF: Zeiner def. Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 - I clashed with Djokovic again, who has been developing his game really well. I got the early break for 1-0 after he played a sloppy game, then served out the set 6-4. In set 2, he started finding the lines and broke me for 5-3, then sent down 4 aces in a row (!!) to win the 2nd set. Djoko had the momentum in set 3, but I forced my way into his service game at 6-5, 30-30, before playing a fantastic drop shot to set up match point. He hit a forehand wide and that was it, I was through to another Miami final!
F: Zeiner def. Federer 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 - I had yet another tough match but came through brilliantly against Federer. He was too good in set 1, not much I could have done about it as he broke me twice to win it. I was the better player in set 2, but he saved 7 break points before eventually I won the tie-break (7-4). Then momentum switched and I palyed a fantastic game to break for 4-2, before breaking again to seal the match with an overhead smash for 6-2!
Overall, very happy with my form and now we head into the clay season.
2008 Monte Carlo:
R2: Zeiner def. Berlocq 6-1, 6-0
R3: Zeiner def. Coria 6-2, 6-2
QF: Zeiner def. Ferrer 6-4, 6-3
SF: Nadal def. Zeiner 4-6, 6-7 - I looked comfortable throughout the tournament but Nadal played one of the best matches of his career so far to beat me. I led 2-0 in the first set, but I played too much to his forehand and he overpowered me. I also led 5-3 in set 2, but yet again he came back and I made too many mistakes in the tie-break, but now at least I have settled down on clay.
R2: Zeiner def. Soeda 6-0, 6-3
R3: Zeiner def. Ferrero 6-1, 6-4
QF: Zeiner def. Del Potro 6-7, 6-4, 6-1 - i think this was my first meeting with DelPo, where he played solid to take the first set, 8-6 in tie-break. I bounced back by breaking for 2-1, then served out the 2nd set. Then I raced into a 4-0 lead in set 3, finally winning with ease.
SF: Zeiner def. Djokovic 7-6, 7-6 - Both of us played like servebots! I did not lose any points on my serve in the 1st set, and only lost 5 in total in the match, producing 16 aces - my best serving display ever
F: Zeiner def. Cilic 6-2, 6-4 - Cilic was very much a surprise finalist, so I cleaned him up with ease and won my 5th CONSECUTIVE Madrid Open Title! Now onto Roland Garros! I still keep my no. 1 ranking as well, even though I have opted not to play Rome.
2008 Roland Garros:
R1: Zeiner def. Lacko 6-1, 6-0, 6-1
R2: Zeiner def. Lu 6-2, 6-1, 6-0
R3: Zeiner def. Bogmolov Jr 6-0, 6-4, 6-1
R4: Zeiner def. Robredo 7-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-1 - The opening 3 rounds were all comfortable for me, but against Robredo I had some problems. I was broken in my 1st service game, and Robredo was 5-2 up quite quickly. He even had set point at 2-5, 40-Adv but I saved it after a 68-shot rally where I ended up just pushing the ball back! I went on to hold, and won 7 straight games to take the first set 7-5, and go 2-0 up in the 2nd set. I served for the 2nd set at 5-4, but got broken back. I recovered to win the set 7-2 in the tie-break, but more errors from the backhand made me lose the 3rd set, before I eventually regained control to run through set 4.
QF: Zeiner def. Berdych 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 - I played a solid match, breaking at 4-4 in each of the first 2 sets before winning a 3rd set tie-break with an ace, to move into another RG semifinal
SF: Nadal def. Zeiner 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 5-7 - Nadal has really really improved this clay season and although I won the first set, I needed 67 minutes to do it! I got taken to deuce 11 times in one service game! I slowly started to get sucked into playing Nadal's game and gave him too many short balls to hit with his forehand. I did lead 4-2 in the 4th set, but got broken back easily and was unable to force a final set, eventually losing the set 7-5. Nadal narrows down our head to head to 3-13, and he went on to beat Federer in the final to win his 1st Slam Title, so well done to him!
I am now just 95 points away from losing the no. 1 ranking to Federer, and Nadal is back up to no. 3, but we will see how this goes as we enter the grass season!