Wow. Well, those the worst two sets I’ve ever seen Roger Federer’s play. After what I thought was a very strong start for Federer in the first set against Novak Djokovic in the semifinals at the Miami Masters Sony Ericsson Open, the former World No. 1 once again couldn’t maintain form as he started to unravel to start the second set then completely disintegrated to begin the third culminating in Federer destroying his racquet.
Djokovic literally put Federer out of his misery with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory putting the Serb into Sunday’s final against tonight’s Andy Murray- Juan Martin Del Potro winner.
Credit to Djokovic for hanging in there, keeping the ball in play and allowing the Swiss to do his thing, which recently has been to violently implode late in matches. That’s the pattern I first saw against Gilles Simon last summer. Then again at the Australian Open to Rafael Nadal, Indian Wells to Murray and we saw some more evidence against Andy Roddick the other night.
But this was an epic collapse. An “amazing disaster” to steal Nadal’s line from the other night. A Black Friday if you will for the Federer Faithful.
Luckily for Federer a few things are going his way. First he needs a break, and he’ll get one this month as he’s not scheduled to play Monte Carlo. He needs a change of scenery, and he’ll get that too as the tour shifts to Europe, and he really needs a coach if he wants get his game back on track and to get over these crushing losses.
Regardless of how he got the win, he got it, and this will do wonders for Djokovic’s confidence going forward. This is a victory, a result he desperately needed and got.
Back to Fed. There’s a poster on this site with the handle “Long live the king.” Well, based on that performance it looks like the King is dead.
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