Is Roger Federer back to his old self? I wouldn’t go that far but the former No. 1 is playing the best brand of hard court tennis he has in the last 12 months. Federer earlier today dispatched Novak Djokovic 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 to reach the US Open final for a fifth consecutive time.
Federer I think played his best match of the tournament earning his 7th win over Djokovic in nine meetings, and second straight since his Australian Open loss. And with the other match, Rafael Nadal v. Andy Murray, locked a rain delay which could carry over until tomorrow, Federer’s got to be sitting pretty in the locker room. Raja definitely gets the edge in the final.
I actually thought going in Novak would get Roger today. I thought maybe Novak turned the corner after the Roddick win Thursday night, but he came out flat at the start and with the exception of a few spurts, he was never really in command. Credit to Roger for getting through again as he bids for his first hardcourt title of the year.
I will say in Novak’s defense the scheduling of his match was curious at the least. I would have thought that the Murray-Nadal would have been the early match especially since they both had two days off and Novak was the last to finish his quarterfinal.
Plus, Novak did finish late on Thursday so his having to play at 11am isn’t ideal start time. Again, I’m not sure what the decision process was, but had Andy Roddick come through Thursday night no way the US Open schedules him at 11am when he’s been playing a majority of his matches at night. Just a beef.
Federer now awaits the winner of the Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray match currently in a rain delay with the Scot leading 6-2, 7-6, 2-3. Nadal is down two sets but was up a break in the third before the rains hit. The delay should help the Spaniard who I thought would have won this match and still very well could.
In the weather breaks later tonight we get the Jelena Jankovic v. Serena Williams final. My girl Jankovic was trying to become the first player ever to finish a year No. 1 without a Grand Slam final, but she blew that by beating Elena Dementieva yesterday. Tonight she faces Serena in a rematch of their Miami final won by the American 6-3 in the third. I expect another long battle again tonight, and I think Serena’s experience on the big stage will prevail in the end.
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