Just because Federer won today does not mean that he is going to easy to get back to the finals. He has a lot of work left to accomplish and a lot more tough competition to face. A mixture of up and coming elites and and some proven studs will stand in his way, who are some of those guys that can get the job done that Alejandro Falla could not?
I don't think that this is a surprise to anyone. Although Federer is seeded one, yet ranked second, none of that will matter come finals time and these two are facing off. Nadal is Nadal. A speedy, strong, versatile, and physical player. He has everything it takes to beat any player. Should they meet in the Finals, You have to have be confident Nadal will be able to pull through.
Roger Federer and Andy Roddick played one of the best matches in history last year in the final. Now, it might occur in the semis. Last year, Roddick was two games away. If they were to meet in the finals, especially if Fed is not 100%, the match could go either way.
This is his home court. He will have the fans, and he will have the hunger. Fed or no Fed, he will be ready to compete. He has a lot going for him, and his craft and strength would be great against a vulnerable Federer.
Robin Soderling is becoming an elite player. He is consistently winning matches, and going deep into tournaments. He has beaten Nadal and Federer at a major before, and his big serve will help him on the All-England lawn. This man is the next tier of stardom on the men's tour.
One of the most athletic human beings that you will ever see, Monfils is a great combination of talent and smarts. He is maturing as a budding star. He is well rested after a quick loss in Paris, and has already won his first round match this morning.
Feliciano Lopez is one of the most underrated players on tour. He is strong, he has some experience against the man himself, and he is in a prime position to face him in the third round. He has a great serve, which is consistent, which is one of the reasons Falla almost beat him.
Wouldn't that be a fun quarterfinals matchup? They play doubles during the Olympics. Federer vs. Wawrinka. Swiss vs. Swiss. I think that Wawrinka is a little inconsistent, but if he can get hot at the right time, then beating Federer will not be out of the question.
One of the most strong, inspired players on tour, he can serve, run, and just outright hit the ball. He can compete with the best, as we saw in the 2009 Australian Open semifinal.
Verdasco is consistently still involved late in tournaments, and his main test will be to take out Andy Murray.
Nicolas Almagro has slowly progressed as a player over the last few years.
He has had some bad luck against his second ranked countryman, most recently at the French Open, where he lost two tiebreak sets. His draw is not that unbelievable, but he will need to bring his A-game against Verdasco in the third round, should it come to that.
I say Novak Djokovic almost reluctantly.
He would really need to step up his inconsistent game if he were to take out Federer. He has the talent, but does he have the heart. That is the key for the Serbian. He needs to build some momentum early though.