Sharp Federer Sets Up Gulbis Rematch Friday in Madrid; Nadal Gets Monfils
by Sean Randall | May 13th, 2010, 11:45 pm
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Does one win restore Roger Federer’s game? Today, Federer played his best tennis since January thumping his countryman Stan Wawrinka in very convincing fashion 6-1, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals at the Madrid Tennis Masters.

Federer’s share of struggles the last few months have been well chronicled but today the World No. 1 really took apart a pretty decent player in Wawrinka.

“I feel good, though I didn’t play much the last few weeks and months, so it’s hard to judge your game on a few service games and return games,” said Federer. “That’s why there’s no reason to get over excited. I won the French Open last year, not out of luck or because I had a good draw or anything, I had to play great tennis. That’s why I know I can do it again and I played so well in Australia that I’m going to enjoy this clay court season.”

Next up for Federer is a rematch against the hot-handed Ernests Gulbis who shocked the Swiss last month in Rome. The ever-dangerous Gulbis ripped up Feliciani Lopez 6-2, 7-6(0).

Rafael Nadal remained on track for a third successive Masters title and the No. 2 ranking with a good win over Big John Isner 7-5, 6-4. Isner, who’s played a lot of tennis recently, looked somewhat gassed but Nadal put in a good performance, and the reward is a quarterfinal clash with my man Gael Monfils tomorrow. The flashy and more often fragile, Monfils won in straights over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

“He’s an important player for tennis because he’s really charismatic,” Nadal said of Monfils. “Both for tennis and to me personally, he’s a player that I like and I’m happy to see him here again. He’s very dangerous; he serves very well, has good forehands. He’s the fastest player on tour, or close to it, and it’s very difficult to beat him. I’m happy to be in the quarter-finals, and if I win tomorrow I’ll be in the semis, which would fill out a fantastic clay season.”

Also tomorrow, not to be overlooked is a good match up between David Ferrer and the slowly improving Andy Murray. And in the last quarterfinal, Jurgen Melzer, a shock winner over local favorite Fernando Verdasco, meets Nicolas Almagro.

As for the picks. I’ll take Spain! Nadal has won five of six over Monfils and I think he beats the Frenchman in what should be an entertaining match. Monfils has arguably been one of the (my) biggest disappointments among the younger players just isn’t physically and mentally strong enough for Nadal. It’s a man v. boy match.

I also like Almagro and while I think Murray plays close in the faster Madrid conditions, Ferrer gets through.

Looking at Federer and Gulbis. Gulbis has arguably been among the Top 5 best claycourters this season, I think Federer gets him tomorrow. The courts are quicker which should help Roger hold serve easier. And that will put more pressure on Gulbis who for the first time in a long while (perhaps since that Roddick match at the US Open), he’s now expected to perform well if not win a big match against a top echelon player. While I like the kid I’m still not 100% convinced that between the ears he’s ready to take that next step.

The women are also playing their quarterfinals tomorrow in Madrid. Venus Williams meets Sam Stosur in the marquee. Jelena Jankovic plays Aravane Rezai, Li Na squares off against Shahar Peer and Nadia Petrova tests Lucie Safarova.

MANOLO SANTANA start 11:00am
[16] N Petrova (RUS) vs L Safarova (CZE) – WTA
[8] S Stosur (AUS) vs [4] V Williams (USA) – WTA
Not Before 15:30
[12] G Monfils (FRA) vs [2] R Nadal (ESP) – ATP
Not Before 20:00
[1] R Federer (SUI) vs E Gulbis (LAT) – ATP
[3] A Murray (GBR) vs [9] D Ferrer (ESP) – ATP

ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO start 13:30
J Melzer (AUT) vs N Almagro (ESP) – ATP
Not Before 15:00
S Peer (ISR) vs [13] N Li (CHN) – WTA
Not Before 20:00
A Rezai (FRA) vs [7] J Jankovic (SRB) – WTA


Also Check Out:
Nadal, Federer Face Tough Draws at French Open
Nadal Survives Gulbis Gaunlet, Ferrer Next; Federer, Djokovic, Sharapova, Serena Roll On In Rome
Nadal Leads Spanish Party in Madrid, Closes on No. 2 Ranking
Nadal Blasts Berdych To Reach Madrid SFs; Serena Withdraws, Nishikori Into Top 10
Federer Flying High in Madrid; Roddick Getting Naked on Court

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247 Comments for Sharp Federer Sets Up Gulbis Rematch Friday in Madrid; Nadal Gets Monfils

Skeezerweezer Says:

Sean,

Nice read on the Fed/Gulbis match. Makes sense, but IMO Gulby is hot, beaten great players, confidence is high. Fed will need some of his great court strategy, tactics AND his “A” game to win :)


Andrew Miller Says:

Federer does not like losing to anyone twice in a row (Murray, Djokovic, Nadal). He definitely didnt like losing to Canas twice. I think he teaches Gulbis a lesson this time.


Naderer Says:

Great post Sean.
All i can say right now is th@ Federer has done what is expected of him which is to Peak @ the right moment….i hav a feeling that we’re realing towards a Naderer final come Sunday. Federer knows what he has to do to get the win against Gulbis and the win will
1. Assist in defending his points
2. Restore his confidence
3. Give him his aura come the French Open


Naderer Says:

By the way the abovementioned list is not exhaustive by any means…u can feel free to add on it


Tom Gainey Says:

I just added Roger’s video interview to the post. He sounds like he’s saying the worst is behind him.


skeezerweezer Says:

Naderer,

In defense of the King. IMO this tourney he has played excellent all things considered.IW up to now has not been pretty, for Fed standards.

IMO, even if he loses to Gulbis, unless it is so bad it looks like a confidence shaker, he is on track to play well at FO. If he wins, look out whoever is ahead of him….

Wawa is no slouch, and knows Feds game very well…IMO overall it was an impressive aggressive, attacking Fed in movement, serving and transition game.

However, not one or two matches is assured a turn around though. But hey, he has won 16 ( Sorry “R” ) GS titles, in so many different runs to title wins….. We’ll see… Gulbis is very hot right now….


steve Says:

Good to see Roger back in action, he’s playing very sharp. I think he has a good chance of defending this title.


Huh Says:

Interesting post by Randall as usual.

However for the coming matches, it’s me saying-

Allez Fed!

Allez Muzza!

Allez Monfils!

Where’s Nole by the way? Has he lost earlier here already?

I think recently Verdy beat him at some tournament. Was it in Madrid? Sorry for asking this as these days I am focussing a lot less on tennis a lot more on music, dance and studies.

Mrs. Jane:

Thanx BTW for informing about Muzza’s match in the previous thread. It’s always a pleasure to see Muzza doing well.

And dear Mrs.Margot:

My studies are going well. :) Thanks for asking. But asking ain’t enough, you gotta keep wishing me luck re. studies as u always do when I have my exam. I’m excited about both tennis and exams however, not to mention, maximum excited for the FOOTBALL WORLD CUP that’s in June, YEAH!!!!
Football WC, FO, WIM, just too much entertainment and I’m lovin it!!! :D :D :D


Huh Says:

Good Times all around. :D


Huh Says:

Naderer!!! What a cool name! :D


Naresh Says:

Gr8.. Sean’s picked Federer to win, which means Feds most likely to lose this one lol !!! Good job Sean.


OllyK Says:

Congrats to all qfinalists’ fans. :)
Since Nole is not there I’m rooting for Gulbis…Nothing is impossible, so..go, Gulbis!


Kimo Says:

Andrew Miller said:

“Federer does not like losing to anyone twice in a row (Murray, Djokovic, Nadal). He definitely didnt like losing to Canas twice. I think he teaches Gulbis a lesson this time.”

I agree that Fed doesn’t like losing to anyone twice in a row, and I also agree that he’ll get the better of Gulbis, but sometimes he fails to take revenge on his losses. It’s happened with Canas, Nalbandian, Delpo and Davydenko to name a few.


Von Says:

@ Naresh, LOL.


Von Says:

Naderer, I like your name! Are you a Fed and nadal fan?


contador Says:

in my mind, federer put things right by his win over davy at AO.

a win over any of them either in a GS or a masters 1000, works for me and doesn’t have to happen every time they meet. just me. i know other fans have completely different expectations.

rome was a bad loss to ernie. federer seemed to be watching gulbis more than minding his own game. i couldn’t believe how many times roger could have taken the match but just seem shell-shocked.

i too think he is “over” the gulbis infatuation…..LOL!

as much as i love ernie too, feddy, go on and beat him!

of course, i could argue that ernie will have more confidence this time, not less and that’s a scary thing.

not able to watch though – heading out the door now.
****************************
hi OllyK-

nice to see some nole fans checking in. i know there will be plenty cheering for RF here. c’mon champ!

great to have another EG fan here! go gulbis!

should be a 3 setter. i would think both will fight for the semi.

go muzza!

watched some of almagro match. almagro was on fire and showed so much confidence. now if he’d play like that against rafa.

tomorrow-

almagro is afraid. LOL…( sorry ) just a joke for “fed is afraid” : )


THE TENNiS APP Says:

Fed vs. gulbis, this is a good challenge / test for Fed. We should see by the results just how mentally ready Fed is for the French.


Naderer Says:

Hey Von and Huh….
Im more of a Fed fan than I am of Nadal…and one of the reasons im more of Fed’s fan is that he displays great sportsmanship than does Nadal…those fist pumps and grunts that Nadal makes displease and shame for the guy on the other side of the net.. but then i admire his game (neva miss his matches)….

On the positive from Nadal p.o.v Mann his shots are clicking…there are two shots th@ he seems to hav revived…
1. The inside-out cross court forehand with the angle that he plays from the deuce court and
2. The hook cross court forehand with immense topspin that he plays from the ad court….watchout for these disabling shots….they prepare for the kill….opponents become like sheep in the slaughterline

(this might fly over some of you’lls heads…sorry :) )


Steve Says:

The ‘Who’s in the trunk’ section on the homepage just shows how stupid this site and it’s bloggers are. They write:

1. Roger FEDERER
Loses prior to final at Estoril then says he only needs to get up for the majors — classy.

How to turn around someone’s words and intention, pathetic! Especially about someone who has given this sport so much.


Rsutherland Says:

I love the Naderer name too. The actual word (as boring as it sounds) for combing two words into one is called a ‘blend’.
So nice blend Naderer.
So did anyone notice that Nadal is playing a match? Yes, and against Monfils too.


jane Says:

This second set between Rafa and Monfils is a little tighter anyhow, with both holding to love for 3 all.


Stefani Germanotta Says:

“I’m supposed to enjoy this game and not make it burden on me”

Very nice quote from Fed from the clip above.


Stefani Germanotta Says:

Can anyone who is watching the Nadal-Monfils match tell us what gamesmanship Gael is up to? The live text indicates that he’s been up to some shenanigans?


jane Says:

Oops, right when I thought we might be heading for a second set tiebreak, Rafa breaks! Rafa has made easy work of Monfils’ second serves today, winning a high percentage of those points, and Gael has already offered 6 double faults too. Players need to serve better than that to challenge RAFA!


Rsutherland Says:

Monfils….shenanigans?….naw, never. They do elicit a chuckle from me sometimes….esp in contrast to Nadal and his ax-murderer scowl.


Rsutherland Says:

Allez Monfils!…er…um…Allez vous en, Monfils!


jane Says:

“axe-murderer scowl” – LOL R.S.

Congrats to Rafa – a great win. I thought Monfils might be more of a challenge; he can play on clay after all.


Rsutherland Says:

Federer – Gulbis may not be as entertaining as we all want. I believe Federer has awaken from his hibernation.


sam Says:

When is Fed’s match scheduled.


margot Says:

Sean: thanx for picking Ferrer, now I know andy’ll win! Come on!
conty: there’s a Presley song “You look like an angel looks, you talk like an angel talks” etc etc and then the punch line “But you’ve got the devil in your heart!” Just like ernie you think? And who’re you cheering for tonight?
huh: Good luck with your exams!


Ben Pronin Says:

I think the Fed-Gulbis match is on Gulbis’s racket no matter what.


jane Says:

Finally, Fed & Gulbis, game on.

Murray follows margot; I think he has a decent shot at the upset, since he played Ferrer in Rome. He’ll know what to expect, and this surface may suit him better. GO MURRAY!! : )


skeezerweezer Says:

early prediction: Gulbis :(


jane Says:

Strong start from Gulbis – but it’s only one break so we’ll see what happens.


margot Says:

Hi jane: I’m hoping it’s gonna be a much closer match than last time. ernie’s taking advantage of Fed’s slow start, looks so confident doesn’t he?


Gannu Says:

come on feddy.. fight.. hi kimmi, skeezerweezer.. blogging after a long time!!!! on my way from london to mumbai and i cant miss a feddy match.. so watching feddy play from my lounge..
our man needs support.. come on .. u can defeat gulbis


jane Says:

Yeah, margot. It’s hard not to admire Gulbis’ seeming self-assurance. He doesn’t seem (as the announcers I am listening to put it) “over-awed” in virtually any situation. Now that he’s fitter and more serious he’s got the game to back up the attitude too. Still early goings though, and Fed looks very determined today.

Liked your Elvis song. : ) Seems about right.


Gannu Says:

fed has a very bad draw.. look at that ass nadal.. has got a cupcake draw!!!
anyways if fedex goes on to win this tourney it will just be an amazing confidence booster… hope he somehow recovers..


andrea Says:

i dunno…gulbis couldn’t close out the rome match on the first attempt and fed is playing sharper here in madrid. i think he makes it in 3.


jane Says:

andrea, could be true. Definitely Fed is looking way sharper in Madrid. One thing going for Gulbis in this match versus Rome is that he now knows he can beat Fed (i.e., he may not be as choke susceptible). Tough to call this match though. Both are playing well. Gulbis has been a little stronger off the return though.


Gannu Says:

Fed is actually playing well.. but Gulbis is really focused and very confident… its a stern test for fedex and he needs this win to be a great confidence booster.. hope fed somehow finds a way to win…


Gannu Says:

there goes the first set.. hope you can pull it off fed in 3..


jane Says:

Hmmm … thought Gulbis was choking a little at the end there. But he’s got a set. Pretty good set from both really.


margot Says:

Wow jane, cool, calm, collected and confident! Has the man had a personality transplant?


tennisfansince76 Says:

i missed the first three games. after that it was good service holds by both. the play is definitely looking more like hard court than clay court tennis.


Gannu Says:

its all over.. i cant see this horrible one sided match..disgusting..


Daniel Craig Says:

nice forehands roger, how do you miss so much now for no reason…


Kimo Says:

If Fed thinks he doesn’t need more matches before the French he is sorely mistaken.

He needs to get to the final.


Gannu Says:

\yipppppppppppppppppppppppeeeeeeeeeeee he breaks now please put the pressure… come on … kill this guy


madmax Says:

chill.

c’mon fed!


Rsutherland Says:

Gannu – ‘look at that ass nadal’.
All those unscrupulous Nadal fans who find a way to invoke Federer’s name accompanied by some unnecessary adjective just because their favorite is having a hard time should be ashamed, don’t you think? And maybe, just maybe the reverse is true.
Chew on some non-sour grapes for a snack.
Federer is too good to just go away so consider sticking to the players involved.


madmax Says:

Hi Gannu,

havent seen you for a while. Am trying to find a livestream, just checking out your comments so far, so will get onto adte.com, catch you in a bit!

C’moon Roger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Rsutherland Says:

Unnecessary nouns count too, btw.


Kimo Says:

I have a feeling that all Fed needs to turn his luck around this clay court season is to claw his way back to win a match like this. If Fed comes through today, I think we might look back on this match and say this is where he turned it all around, just like last year when he beat Rafa in the Madrid final.


Gannu Says:

hey madmax great to hear from u… i am just too hyper when i see fedex play… and i hope he wins.. really.. its been quite a while.. actually since jan 31st ;-)


InMyOpinion Says:

Andrew Miller said:

“Federer does not like losing to anyone twice in a row (Murray, Djokovic, Nadal). He definitely didnt like losing to Canas twice. I think he teaches Gulbis a lesson this time.”

No one likes to lose to anyone twice in a row, infact no on likes to lose, full stop!!!!!


Gannu Says:

i agree kimo.. 100% wid u.. defeating a hot player like Gulbis will be a big turnaround.. hope he does it somehow


madmax Says:

Gannu,

I am actually feeling pretty relaxed. I enjoy watching federer play. Last match has put me on a high against Stan, so am just going with it – enjoy!

This will be a good test for Roger. Just seeing this as fine tuning all his skills, Gannu, so am enjoying the match more.

Gulbis is playing well. This is what roger needs , a challenge, a test and then take it from there. It is no good if this is easy for Roger. He HAS to be tested! I’m pleased!

Go Roger!


skeezerweezer Says:

mid prediction: Fed

PS: Way to mix up those strokes Rog!


Gannu Says:

YES… FEd 3-1.. 3 games in a row.. come on maintain the momentum.. Feddy fans – skeez,madmax, kimmi.. lets cheer for our man..


madmax Says:

Just slightly over cooking some shots – keep it cool Roger, keep it cool. Chill.


madmax Says:

Be aggressive Fed, that’s the key. No passive play please. Cos Gulbis is playing well.

C’moon RogerRRRRRRF!


margot Says:

You Fed fans must be breathing easier now, his forehand has started to sing.
madmax as Fed expert: is it my imagination or has he lost weight? Looks positively skinny, I’d say and quite beautiful…..


madmax Says:

Nice drop shot from Gulbis.

C’moon Roge, gulbis is totally fearless – nothing to lose.

Just enjoy the match ROge. Go for it!!!!!


madmax Says:

Did you hear that C’MONNNNNNNN, Margot! I love it!

C’moon Roger!!!!!!!


jane Says:

Just got back from errand to see Fed has control of 2nd set. Looks like this is going 3.


madmax Says:

MARGOT! hello my friend, yes he has lost weight Margot and of course he is beautiful. I just love him. :).


Kimo Says:

How many players can you think of who would do a drive forehand volley on break point?

Outrageous :)


Kimo Says:

Fed is yelling c’mons and pumping fists. I haven’t seen this Fed since Australia.

He wants to win it. That’s all I can ask from him. If he goes on to lose I wouldn’t be upset, I just want him to have that fire in his belly. That’s what made him a champ.


Huh Says:

For God’s sake FED, beat Gulbis!!! For God’s sake!!!


madmax Says:

C’mon Roger! play it! play it! go:go:go!!!!!!

Do your game justice!

Kimo, I know. He is fearless, what he must be feeling and he takes that risk!

But gulbis and the dropshot (seems he has learned a few things from TMF!).

C’moon Fed!

And Margot!

It’s then Murray! Whatta Friday night! Glad I am at home and not out! Who would want to go out when Fed is playing?!


Gannu Says:

phew…. that was a nervy hold… and i was really gasping for breath!!!!

madmax i just cant be like u now.. ;-) despite all that fed has achieved.. if i dont see him play and he loses it hurts less but when i see him play i just am too hyper and excited.. ;-) so cant control my emotions..

anyways good that our man consolidated the lead,, hope he can take this set and match..and oh gosh i just have 45mins more before boarding for my flight starts.. ;-((.. i hope i can see the entire match..


Huh Says:

Come on FEDERER!


margot Says:

Outrageous and brilliant!


contador Says:

oh man.

peeking in on a livestream from a coffee shop ( only for 15 minutes ) between clients and see gulbis took the first set but it appears federer is just getting warmed up and ernie is, well, getting impatient, nervous, something….”gone off the boil”

and fed is rolling, which is great to see, just taking back my wish, wishing it was someone other than ernie.

like that spanish guy, what’s his name?

c’mon fed! if you gonna dissect my man gulbis, you better win the whole deal, okay! or at least make it to the final.

must go. i don’t get to see if ernie gets it together for the last set. : ( GO ERNIE!

best one wins. i love’em both!

oh and go muzza

cheers


madmax Says:

Gannu, you’ll be fine and so will Federer.

He is playing well and this is a great match. I love it!

GENIUS SHOT! This is the THE genuis! Don’t mess with the Fed, Gulbis!

C’moon!


Huh Says:

I wud hate to see Fed giving up this time against Gulbis, especially cause Fed and only Fed can stop Rafa here, should they meet.


jane Says:

Fed is fired up now. Looks like he will win it. I don’t know if Gulbis can deal with an onslaught.


madmax Says:

Fed C’moon! Let’s do it!Lovely, smart, classy play from Federer. I love watching him play Margot. He is just BEAUTIFUL to watch.


Gannu Says:

“Contador:1like that spanish guy, what’s his name?”#

like that one ;-) is it the ass-picker ;-)?


Huh Says:

Outrageous? Really? Is Fed really playing that well? Hoping for just Federer win at the moment, can’t see beyond that.


Gannu Says:

jane: i agree…there is only ONE and only ONE who can defeat rafa on clay.. that is fedex,,. and i really want him to win this one and win semis and play teh final with rafa.. come on fedex


madmax Says:

Jane! Hold your horses! game by game! Always. Never take anything for granted, but he is playing better. Anything could happen/change. He just gotta stay focused and NOT lose it at 5:1.

No doubts Fed. No more Tsonga flashbacks at this crucial point in the game! Ugh!

C’moon!


Huh Says:

Gonna watch the match right now.


Gannu Says:

Huh: yes our man has really picked up.. wish u cud see him play


tennisfansince76 Says:

gulbis is definitely a talent. he still has lapses in footwork and shot selection. also one thing bugs me about him. he has soft calves. his legs don’t look like a runner’s legs. they don’t look like legs that can go five in 3 consecutive matches at the franch open.


madmax Says:

BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

C’moon Fed fans! Let’s go Roger!


Kimo Says:

As a huge Real Madrid fan I must ask this:

What the hell are all the Real Madrid players doing? The last match in the Liga is upon them and they’re chilling!!!!


skeezerweezer Says:

I don’t know if I like Gublis starting to serve the 3rd…. but great set Fed! Hope Gulbis keeps that first serve % down..:)


Huh Says:

2nd set to Fed is good. :)


tennisfansince76 Says:

sick drop volley to end the second set! now no lapses in the third please?


Gannu Says:

stunning volley from fed to take the set.. unbelievabel..our man is truly back
awesome display.. come on feddy.. please please win.. no collapse.. u have suffered from several mental collapses.. so no more of those… i cant take it ;-))


Huh Says:

MAXI!!!!

I’M WITH YOU. COME ON FEDERER!!!


madmax Says:

C’moon Federer! We need focus from federer, all the way now. All the way!

you genius, you!


jane Says:

tennisfansince76, you’ve been a fan a little longer than me, but not much. Anyhow, first time I heard anyone comment on “soft calves” : )


Huh Says:

That’s the way Fed must play. :D


skeezerweezer Says:

tennisfansince76,

But waht a raw talent. If he takes Tennis serious ( I don’t know if he is there yet )….he is a future GS winner for sure, Big serve, Big Groundies, and Variety he’s got!


margot Says:

Beautiful wonderful shot from Fed to take that set.
Yes, ernie has gone “off” but I so like his flashes of brilliance and his delicate play too.


madmax Says:

hello Huh! Focus now from the Fed! Stay cool. Great match. Loving it!


Huh Says:

Is Gulbis coming back or what?


madmax Says:

How can a tennis ball provide such joy when Roger federer plays it?


Huh Says:

Love the RF logo of course. ;)


madmax Says:

It’s okay Huh. Relaxxxxx. Federer said prior to the match he wants to enjoy the game, and he is.

Gulbis holds his serve, but Federer is reading the game better. So I am just willing him to win. Go federer.

Switching channels now!

Murray is on this channel! C’moon! Roger! go for the win!!!!!


Gannu Says:

i am really too nervous.. really want feddy to take an early lead.. just cant board the flight with so much uncertainty abt this match.. please feddy.. just hold and break him… just concentarte please


Huh Says:

I must stop watching tennis or again my all-day love affair with it will commence from where I had left it.


jane Says:

margot very much agree. Gulbis also shows flashes of brilliance too. But he is not consistent yet. Fed ended the last set with an exclamation point. It’ll be interesting to see if he takes the third set with as much fire or if Gulbis gets it going again and we have a tight third set. I still feel like momentum is with Roger a.t.m. He looks like a man on a mission.


Huh Says:

GO MURRAY TOO!!!


madmax Says:

Fed needs to stay calm but aggressive. Be aggressive Fed!

Ugh! the pressure, the stress, the joy of watching tennis.

Go Roger! (am excited everyone, sorry!).


Huh Says:

Fed clearly needs to hold here coz Gulbis is indeed VERY DANGEROUS at times.


madmax Says:

C’MON! Love it when he says that! C’MON!

Great shot Roger!

Gannu, you’re going to miss your flight!


jane Says:

Really want to watch Murray vs. Ferrer too, hate when they overlap. But have to go out soon anyhow. Sure hope Murray can win, but Ferrer has been on a roll on clay this year.


madmax Says:

Roger needs to be a bit freer, 2nd double fault. Lets have an ace Roger!

Silly dropshot! Ugh! stay focused Roger.


madmax Says:

Well done Fed. Holding serve. This is great! Great match. Lots of variety of shot making, aggressive play and enjoyment.
Flights gone gannu! meaning you can stay! :)


madmax Says:

everyone,

Federer’s backhand return is just well – GENIUS – I cant believe it when he plays like this!


madmax Says:

Gulbis is playing really, really well.

C’moon Federer!


blank Says:

Too bad I am stuck in the office :-(


madmax Says:

STUNNING SHOT FROM FED.


margot Says:

jane: in your absense will cheer andy loud enough for the two of us. Ernie’s serve wasn’t so good in the second set, how crucial it is.
yes, I too think momentum is with Fed.


skeezerweezer Says:

Fed returning like a madman, off first serves of Gulbis! Wow


Kimo Says:

COME ON ROGER!!!

COME ON

COME ONNNNNNNNN!!!!!!

LOVE THAT LOB!!!!!


Gannu Says:

|yipppppppppeee he breajks fantastic rog fantastic
no words .. i still have 10 more mins.. before i booard the flight.. fed fans.. please keep me updated on the scores…after 10 mins ;-)


madmax Says:

WOW!

Blank,

that was an unbelievable game from Federer. The short slice to the Gulbis forehand. It was amazing. Oh my God! It was as the commentator said “sumptuous”.

I am in heaven! Am loving this match!

chip, chip, chip away Federer! C’mon!


skeezerweezer Says:

K Fed, break is on, put the metal to the PEDAL :)


NELTA Says:

I just started watching. Fed had no right to win that game. Gulbis was serving bombs and Fed made about 5 great returns.


jane Says:

First blood in the 3rd set to Fed. Think that’ll do it. He’ll probably run away with it now. Gulbis’ serve has gone fishing. : ) J.K. It’s not that bad; it’s just that Fed is playing better on the return.

On a side note, looks like JJ is going out on the ladies’ side.


madmax Says:

Gannu,

We’ll do what we can for you!

Fed is playing great. He is showing some fire, the juices are flowing. He just needs to stay focused. I think he is . He wants to win this. No doubt. about it.


jane Says:

Okay, margot. Will be leaving in the next half hour so will likely miss all of Murray. : ( Cheer and holler at the top of your lungs. Maybe Muzza will hear you and win!! It’ll be tough, but I believe.


madmax Says:

Federer is sublime Gannu.

Brilliant shot. 3 games to 1. C’moon Federer! Keep rocking!


Kimo Says:

We are being treated to a delightful display of total tennis by the Master.


Gannu Says:

classic fed.. love him when he plays like this.. madmax its such a fun to share emotions with fellow fed fans i have 5 more mins.. i am hanging on ;-)


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Wow. Fed looks amazing. How quickly he has regained his form, its something else. So much variety on display with so much accuracy!


madmax Says:

Yes Kimo! Lucky net drop, but Federer pulled that from the hat! Go Federer!

Gannu, stay cool. Enjoy.


Kimo Says:

skeezer, it’s “pedal to the metal”, not the other way around :)


madmax Says:

Okay Gannu.

Gulbis is serving well, but just produced an AWOL shot. Federer 30:30 on Gulbis serve.


jane Says:

How on earth does Fed do it? In other words, “peak” at precisely the right time? It’s crazy!


madmax Says:

Gulbis served an ace. Good shot, gulbis but fed up 3:2 in third set.

3 minutes to go for you Gannu, why dont you miss your flight and get a standby one later? Stay and watch/listen to the match?

Hi Skeeze!


Huh Says:

I’M HERE FOR MURRAY AS WELL. COME ON MURRAY, KICK- YOU KNOW WHAT! ;)


skeezerweezer Says:

Kimo,

Doh! “I am soooo confused” :)


jane Says:

Huh – alright!! Cheer loud for Muzza; he will need your help against the roadrunner Ferrer.


Gannu Says:

i am there i am there 2 more mins ;-) i cant miss the flight// ;-)


Huh Says:

KIMO, GANNU, MAXI, SKEEZEE AND OTHERS, thanks for cheering for Fed! :)


margot Says:

jane: shan’t mind if andy loses, no really! At least then he wouldn’t have to face another trouncing from Fed., he doesn’t deserve that!


Gannu Says:

oh god i want to see fedex win this


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Fed the Aggressor is back. I love his play when he goes for it like this, just exhilarating.


Huh Says:

OK MRS.JANE! I’M READY. COME ON MURRAY!!!!!!!!!!!!


madmax Says:

Fed is razor sharp with his shots. 4:2 to fed on his serve.

C’moon Federer! Let’s go” Federer is playing the tennis we know he can play Gannu!

The Mighty Fed!

Jane, I know. It’s amazing when he plays like this, just got to stay focused. Loving the match Jane.


jane Says:

margot, lol. Yes, the way Fed is playing right now, it’s hard to see anyone in the final here but him and Rafa.


blank Says:

Thanks madmax! That’s wonderful commentary from you and the gang. Hope they show this on tv when they show the highlights today.

Enjoy the rest of the match!! Can’t wait for Fed-Murray! (hope it’s Murray)


skeezerweezer Says:

Crucial hold for Fed coming up……


Gannu Says:

I AM OFF GUYS.. WHAT A PITY I CANT SEE THE END OF THIS MATCH.. PRAY THAT FEDEX WINS.. KEEP ME POSTED.. I WILL BE CHKING UR COMMENTS THRU BALCKBERRY.. FEDDY FANS MADMAX,HUH, SKEEZ,KIMO.. ALL THE BEST.,. MAY OUR MAN WIN


madmax Says:

Federer up a break Gannu 4:3, but Gulbis is still in the match, so Fed just gotta stay cool now and get that adrenalin pump pumping!

Gannu,

save trip! 3 minutes gone :(, but stay calm and keep believing!

just gone to break!

Okay Fed, c’moonnnn!!!


skeezerweezer Says:

Madmax,

You are so funny with your comments :) Are you sitting down or standing up watching this match? :)


madmax Says:

just overcooked the forehand there. Take it easy fed!

Blank,

15:15 Fed’s serve.


margot Says:

blank: so you want Andy to get another beating from Fed do you…I see! As jane says, hard to see anything but a Fed v. Rafa final at this rate.


jane Says:

madmax, huh, skeeze, blank, Kimo, all you Fed fans – happy to see you guys enjoying this so much. It’s been a while since you’ve seen your guy’s best, and he is bringing it now.

And at least angel-faced Ernie is playing a little better in the third set to make it a contest too. Good match.


Huh Says:

completely agree skeeze, seems like maxi dear is in real fun mood. :D


madmax Says:

Great ace? ! Yes! Confirmed!

Federer 5:3, served it out with his 5th ace!

C’moon Federer!.

Blank,

He is changing his racquet. New balls.

Gulbis to serve to stay in the match.


Kimo Says:

Well, despite today, I think great things might be ahead for Gulbis. I would even say he might be this year’s Soderling.


madmax Says:

quite possibly kimo.

Federer needs to hold his nerve and focus. Stay focused fed. Gulbis is a tough player. Too many spectators shouting.

Federer hits a forehand drive into the net.

Oh, It’s raining.
Can you believe it?

Play on!


Huh Says:

Ernie is always a very good player, it is his rash shotmaking that has often created hurdles for him, otherwise his FH is a real killer, I admire him , just that I don’t like him very much, but he’s a fine player.

That said Fed is finer and he must prove it in this match, haha.


skeezerweezer Says:

oh no…no rain…no rain…no rain….:(


skeezerweezer Says:

jane :)


Huh Says:

WTF!!!


madmax Says:

Federer serving for the match, but we all waiting to see whether play suspended due to rain.

This is so crucial at this point. Federer is warmed up (well warmed up). Would not be good to stop the match and for them to come back. Too much to lose and too much to gain for both players.

C’moon Federer! Wrap it up! Nowwww!

The rain is getting heavier!

C’moon, play on, get it over with Fed! Just do it!

Do it for the twins!

Go!


madmax Says:

Fans are shouting blank. Umpire tells them off!

Fed 30:0 on his serve!

C’moon Federer, you doing so brilliant!


madmax Says:

Rains holding off. Fed just served. Returned into the net. 30:30. C’mon Federer!

This is crucial! C’mon!


Huh Says:

Rain rain go away!
Roger Federer wants to play and slay!
So go away!


Huh Says:

Rain Rain Go Away


madmax Says:

Fed lined it up!

40:30 rock solid fed! Let’s make it happen.

First match Point!

Yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gannu!!!!!!!!!!! Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


blank Says:

Thanks madmax! I am not going to wait for the highlights. I am going to go home, go to youtube and hope to catch the action right away!

Margot, Andy M doesn’t deserve to lose to Ferrer two straight times and I really want him to be out of the current slump. Having said that, I will certainly support the Fed tomorrow :-)

Jane, Thanks. Hope Djoko is well rested and puts on a great show at the FO!


andrea Says:

yahoo! way to go fed.


jane Says:

Congrats to Fed – great play. Good match too for Ernie – love ya.

Wish I could stay for Murray, but got to go. GOOOOO MURRRAY!!!! WIN WIN WIN! : )


Huh Says:

Rain Rain go away.
Roger Federer wants to play.
Fed has got Gulbis to slay.
So Rain Rain Go Away.


madmax Says:

Contador, sad for you my friend.

Roger just signed, waved, smiled and thumbs up!

I love Roger Federer!

I love him!!!!!

Ben Pronin! I love Roger Federer!

Go Federer!

Margot, Jane! The fed! won through to the SF’s,
Greeeeeeeeeeatttttttttttttttttt!!!!! sooooo happy!!!!!!!!!

EPIC!!!!!


skeezerweezer Says:

YES! Fed, you da man!


Huh Says:

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ALLEZ FEDERER!!!


Kimo Says:

And here’s a piece of trivia for you all: Who has just reached his first semi-final since January?

Answer: Roger Federer.


margot Says:

Hey you Fed fans, gr8 to see Fed getting back to form and hooray for Angel too, he fought to the last ball and showed lots of class and hooray for that lovely smiley referee who looks as if he thinks he has the best job in the world.


andrea Says:

madmax,

tell us how you REALLY feel about roger.

:)


Gannu Says:

madmax, skeez, huh. kimo.. i am back at a diff lounge ;-) near departure.. my follishnes if i was here i cud have seen the ending.. never mind our man won.. yippe way to go.. well done feddy.. proud of you


Huh Says:

Gannu:
Fed did it for you, for me, for Maxi, for Skeeze, for Blank and for all the other Fed fans including Conty.

But Maxi:

Why u sad for Conty? Is he/she ill? Any other problem? Let me know please.


blank Says:

Roger converted 4 out of 5 break chances. To me, that’s the key that has been missing from his game over the last 2 years…he has chances in every match…but has been stumbling at the break chances more often than not. Hope he can keep up this good play all the way till the end of the season!


Huh Says:

And of couse Fed did it for Kimo too. :)


skeezerweezer Says:

Ben,

I saw your post earlier and agreed I though it was all on Gulbis racket to win or lose. But got to give the “old man” credit, it was on his (Fed’s) racket. Gulbis 1rst serve percentage 60%, more than enough needed to hold serve, but Fed returned like a madman and his 1rst serve % (70) got his whole game going…..

This match was so good in so many ways as Gulbis was playing so hot and is showing that he IS in the big leagues. It will be great when we have everyone healthy (JDP, Nole, etc) and now Ernie in the mix. IMO it won’t just be a two man race like it has been…great for tennis :)


Gannu Says:

and guys… i will be there for the semis and finals to cheer him through.. hope our man wins.. come on feddy,… we alll are there till the end… life is just amazing when u win ;-) and all the xcitement and emotions during the match make it worthwhile ;-) wat say fed fans \?;-)


Huh Says:

I hope Fed would convert most of his BP chances this year, especially against Nadal.


skeezerweezer Says:

Contador,

Agree with Maxi. Also, who do you think is looking forward to play EG at the FO? NO ONE…..
:)


montecarlo Says:

federer finally puts his ego aside and accepts the fact that his backhand slices are much better than his backhand top spin shots. If he keeps slicing the ball in future he will definitely improve his clay H2H against Nadal.


madmax Says:

Fed answered the Bell!!!!! did he ever answer the bell so loudly!!!!!!

way to go Federer!!!!!!!!!!!!

Skeeze *waving*, do I really sound that funny?!!!

I do get excited. I have had a lot of caffeine today, and a couple of red bulls – too much caffeine, prob a bit hyper, but I just love Roger Federer. I mean, he is such a joy when he plays like this.

Superb tennis today.

ANd Gublis is an absolute force on clay. Still needs to fine tune a few bits, but he really is there or thereabouts. Amazing player!

I’m sooooo happy skeeze. It must be the marmite!!!!


Huh Says:

Well, so long as it is not Nadal on clay, the match almost always on Fed’s racquet.


Huh Says:

“montecarlo Says:

federer finally puts his ego aside and accepts the fact that his backhand slices are much better than his backhand top spin shots. If he keeps slicing the ball in future he will definitely improve his clay H2H against Nadal.”

AMEN TO THAT!


Huh Says:

Yeah yeah Gannu @ ur 4.15 pm post.


Gannu Says:

so bye guys ./.. i am finally borading the flight and i havent missed it !!!! Great having fun with roggy and u guys.. bye bye catch u later


Huh Says:

Have a safe journey Gannu.


Huh Says:

All is right in Fed’s world.

Now I hope all gets right in Murray’s world as well.


skeezerweezer Says:

Maxi,

“do I really sound that funny?!!!’

…in a good way :) your excitement shows through the posts, pretty cool actually :)


skeezerweezer Says:

Safe flight Gannu!


madmax Says:

montecarlo, all players have to have an ego, it is what makes them a champion! C’moon!

Federer played great today. All fed fans hope for this to continue and I, for one, am so pleased he has been tested and challenged. I felt good for Federer today.

Like Skeeze said earlier, havent seen fed with this much passion since Australia. It was great to see.

Andrea :), thanks. you made me laugh! Yeah. I take your point :). Am just happy. Happy. Happy.

Margot, over to you and Jane now. This is Murray’s time.

Enjoy!

Go Federer!!!!!!!


montecarlo Says:

I will be happy if Murray shows some fight in this match but most probably it will be another easy victory for Ferrer.


blank Says:

skeezer – I am not sure if I missed few already. Has there been any flash news reports from the players hot tub area? There aren’t too many players left…so make it to the tub before it becomes empty! ;-)


madmax Says:

you da man skeeze!


Skeezerweezer Says:

I was ordered not to write that as I got pulled into the hot tub and, well, let’s say the there was a lot of hanky panky stuff going on……girls, guys, champagne, and where was the clothing? Disgusting.. …that is all I can say :(. Obviously, I did not have a good time……..


blank Says:

Now, that’s a report in itself! Keep the good stuff coming :-)


OllyK Says:

Congrats Fed fans! Fed is DEFINITELY back. HE showed us his arsenal of mighty shots today.

Maxi, you see, I told you..no need to worry for Fed. He knows what he’s doing. :) Sorry for Gulbis, but on the other hand, he played reeeally well and didn’t surrender till the end! So, congrats to him, too! Wish him all the best for RG! :)
And…JJ lost…pity. :(


NELTA Says:

Where did all the fans go? The stadium is almost empty now for the Ferrer/Murray match. It’s a Friday night.


madmax Says:

Hello Ollyk! Really great to see you. How are you feeling? Any news on Novak? They played the match today between him and rafa from last year at Madrid, where novak lost the final set, 10:8. His face at the end. I just felt for him all over the again. Very hard to watch that match for novak fans because he was a warrior and he still lost. It was an unbelievable match.

Wishing him well Ollyk.

Federer fans, please will you read this interview by Roger from BBC. It is just so lovely, there is a videotalk which you need to click on for the full interview, just over 7 minutes, but the text is also there to read (in part).

Scroll down towards the end and you see what he says about “deconstructing his opponents shots”, it really does give an insight into what he is thinking when the ball is coming his way.

Just going to catch the murray match now, so g’nite everyone. see you all tomorrow!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/jonathanoverend/2010/05/federer.html

Go Federer for tomorrow! Really enjoyed all your company tonight everyone. Thanks.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Sean,

What jinx? Nice pick :)


OllyK Says:

Hey, maxi, I’m fine, thank you. It is weekend today and tomorrow here so I can enjoy in some great tennis, finally. :) Missing Nole in Madrid, I must say…:( but I know it is for the best, so…
You know, about that match from last year..I couldn’t watch it again. Í cried a river with Nole then and wanted to leave it behind. It was a fabulous match, indeed.

Nothing new about him, I think he is still in Belgrade… There was a show on national Serbian TV with Nole’s father as a guest, I watched it online..They showed clip of Novak from his first TV presentation, he was 7 years old..oh, soooooo cute and smart. He said then that his goal was to become no1!! :) For now, I hope he is recovering well…thank you for your kind wishes.

Good night, maxi. You’ll sleep tight tonight, no doubts. ;)

BTW, Murray is playing veery good!!!!!!!


madmax Says:

yes. am still up watching the murray match. It’s gripping stuff!

Margot? how are the nails?

Seems that Murray is finally getting aggressive and dahhveed has gone off boil slightly. Murray is taking more of his opportunities now.

Enjoy the match. take care.


madmax Says:

Ollyk,

Next year, am coming to Dubai. I can’t wait any longer. I have heard so much about the country and almost took a job in Qatar last year. So Dubai has to be a trip for me. Am starting to save now.


OllyK Says:

Maxiiiiii, what a nice surprise!!! I’m waiting for you!! You won’t be disappointed, trust me! ;)


margot Says:

madmax: was wondering if the tennisx box had emptied as well as the Madrid stands! I don’t know whose gonna win this but it’s pure joy to see Andy playing something like again!


OllyK Says:

margot, your guy is back, too! Or, dare I say, looks better than ever on clay!! Something is in the Spanish air today, obviously. :)


margot Says:

Hi Ollyk: yes, AO well behind Andy by now. His first serve is letting him down still but I’m liking the rest of his play very much!


OllyK Says:

margot, I hope you’ll celebrate at the end. Win against player like Ferrer will boost Andy’s confidence for RG. Really really good match so far… :) It’s pity cause it’s 1:50am here, I’ll fall asleep… :/


margot Says:

Oh gosh Ollyk so late and it’s not even Nole you’re staying up for! It’s ony 10.55 here but I too am falling asleep!


OllyK Says:

Margot, you see how great this match is..it keeps me awake this late. :D Oh, I need to get my “tennis fix” during weekend, cause during work days it is almost impossible to watch and enjoy matches in peace…

Oh, btw, Andy’s birthday is tomorrow, right? :)


Kimmi Says:

What is wrong with Murray technic on the serve..why so low first serve %…he is losing this match because of that and more…


margot Says:

Yes now! Happy birthday Andy!
Think he’s gonna lose this, his serve is still awful, makes it so much harder. But, as I said b4 I really don’t mind, I don’t think another drubbing at Fed’s hands would do any good for Andy’s confidence at this stage.
There, lost his serve, he’s gonna lose, I’m out. Catch you tomorrow, night Ollk. Nice chatting to you.


Ben Pronin Says:

Cmonnn Murray!!!!


Ben Pronin Says:

What a way to hold. Let’s go!!!!


skeezerweezer Says:

Murray mini comeback? C’mon!

On a trivia note:

2 brothers are in the semis and 2 sisters are in the finals. They are? ( Hint: They are from the same country )


madmax Says:

Hello Margot! I cannot sleep! Still thrilled about Fed,

and I didnt want you to be here on your own.

This match is unbelievable Margot! It’s just brilliant! Andy is playing awesome tennis once again.

He could just turn this around you know. It is very close. Ferrer is making more mistakes, his groundstrokes have lost their zing!

But,

Andy must monopolise on these errors Margot! A fantastic match so far!

So many deuce games though Margot!
It’s pure mental belief now.

What an ace! Crazy!


NELTA Says:

What’s up with the bad scheduling? This match is so late that either Ferrer or Murray won’t have the typical rest for the semi tomorrow. Also, it is scheduled for 6 hours after the Nadal/Almagro semi. That’s crazy. What time are they going to have the final on Sunday? Normally you play the 2 semifinals back to back, let’s say 12pm and 2pm. Then you would have the final on Sunday at say 4PM so that there is an equal opportunity for rest.


madmax Says:

Unbelievable tennis.


madmax Says:

Murray could clinch the hold here.


madmax Says:

Another deuce! How long can this go on?


madmax Says:

NELTA it’s swings and roundabouts.

This has happened to rafa and to federer last year.


skeezerweezer Says:

Maxi,

You are funny AND crazy! Can’t sleep? Don’t blame you that was one heckava performance by the Fedex express :)

Cheers!

NELTA,

Yeah, that scheduling sucks.


madmax Says:

Skeeze,

dude,

It’s the marmite! I’m telling you. It in my blood!

Ferrer! Overhead! WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


madmax Says:

The football singing is just brilliant. at a tennis match, so weird to hear that.

On the line.

Match point to Ferrer, but c’moon Murray! Do something special!!!!!!!!!


madmax Says:

MARGOT! WOW!

To say that Andy Murray is BACK!!!! yes he is.

Great tennis. Great shots. Another fine match! I can’t believe it. This is THE best Friday night I have had in my whole life.

I love tennis.

Just incredible.

Margot, are you okay? Do Not be Down! Your boy did good!!!!


skeezerweezer Says:

I will remember not to eat that Marmite at bedtime lol!!


madmax Says:

Night everyone. I really am going to sleep now!!!!

Til tomorrow!

Skeeze,

“out” :)


NELTA Says:

If it takes you 4 hours to win a match then that’s the player’s problem, but the scheduling should give each player an “equal opportunity” for rest. Semifinals should never be scheduled that many hours apart when the final is the next day.


andrea Says:

murray out again? he needs some results quickly…ferrer is good on clay but don’t want him in the final against nadal cos i don’t think he has the goods to take out rafa.

mind you, who knows if roger will but he’s looking more promising than a couple of weeks ago.

and in last year’s final, nadal was pretty wiped from the epic semi so, assuming a straight forward straight setter over almagro, he will be fresh.

i like it! some drama heading into the french….


skeezerweezer Says:

NElTA,

If I remember correctly the USO had similar complaint, I think someone had a very late night match, the other player on the other side played much earlier, anyways, there was almost a 24 hr difference between the both players rest from the semi’s to the finals, so this is not uncommon….I think…although not fair….maybe someone has a better memory up here than me and can help but I know this isn’t the first time……


skeezerweezer Says:

andrea,

The way Fed is playing and has handled DF in the past, I might go out on a limb and say he is the odds on fav to win that match. Maybe the Tennis-x staff can dig up some H2H comparisons in tomorrows post but I think Fed has pretty much dominated DF…….

Note: I was really like 40-60 that Fed was going to win today. As usual….Maestro proved me wrong and I liked it :)


skeezerweezer Says:

NELTA,

Sorry for mistyping your name :(. This new keyboard is killing me…..old habits die hard…..


Fot Says:

Hey folks! I have been out of town most of next week and all this week through yesterday. I have missed most of the tennis matches, but I set my tv to tape them so now I have to go back and watch all of Roger’s matches! Thank goodness I have some ‘wins’ to watch!!!! It’s been a while since I have had wins to watch that it’s going to feel good!

I haven’t seen him play this tournament, but judging by some of your comments – it seems like he’s rounding into form?! I was really concerned with this match today (Gulbis) after what happened the last time they played, then when I checked the scores in my phone, I saw that Roger had lost the first set. I was preparing myself for a let-down but Roger came back and now I can’t wait to watch it!

So…how have you guys been!!!!? Where’s Jane? Huh! Ben! Madmax! and the rest! I have missed you guys!


NELTA Says:

Skeez,

You are right. The USO is the only slam that does the semis on Saturday and final on Sunday so players get the least amount of rest between the semi and final compared with other slams. This is more likely to result in a disadvantage because of the minimum 3 sets played, but the semis are still scheduled back to back so it is not a guaranteed disadvantage like if they scheduled one semi at 1pm and then the other at 7pm with the final played the following afternoon.

They should schedule the Madrid final no sooner than 8pm on Sunday and even then there is still a large difference in recovery time that is only a result of the scheduling, not whether or not it takes a player 4 hours to win a match.


contador Says:

congrats to federer and his fans.

hope he beats ferrer.


Andrew Miller Says:

Federer is 9-0 vs. Ferrer and, out of the 21 sets they’ve played, Ferrer’s won only 2 of them. Last time they played: Cincy, where Ferrer took the 1st set last year. Lots of hard and clay matches.


Andrew Miller Says:

Mr. Randall – seems for some reason Madrid is a place Federer likes! Maybe one tournament makes a difference.

Call me crazy, but I think Federer may even have a shot at Rafa at the French if they make it to a matchup (a big if on the Federer end). Rafa comes in knowing that he did not win last year and lost the last time they played on clay, in Rafa’s home country.


Kimmi Says:

Nice comments guys (too many to read all)..

Yeeeeepeeee! Roger won. Oh man, I am sooo happy. Wish i was here, cheering with all fed fans. Hope he beats ferrer. C’mon roger. You can do it.

Sad for murray, i am afraid he still has a long way to go. that serve is awful..it was his demise today. And where is his backhand down the line..not existence today..C’mon Murray.


jane Says:

margot, Kimmi, conty, huh – just got home to see Murray didn’t win, but I am happy it was closer than in Rome anyhow, right? : /

Taking the good with the bad I guess… Happy Birthday to Mr. Murray. Nole’s birthday must be soon – next week? I know they’re only a week or so apart.

Definitely some drama building toward a Fed vs. Nadal rematch.


madmax Says:

Skeeze,

8/20/09 Cincinnati

Roger FedererSUI David Ferrer ESP3 6 6 3 6 4

11/18/07 Shanghai

Roger FedererSUI David Ferrer ESP 6 2 6 3 6 2

5/18/07Hamburg

Roger FedererSUI David Ferrer ESP 6 3 4 6 6 3

4/20/07 Monte Carlo

Roger FedererSUI David FerrerESP 6 4 6 0

10/27/06 Basel

Roger FedererSUI David FerrerESP 6 3 7 6

4/21/06 Monte Carlo

Roger FedererSUIDavid FerrerESP 6 1 6 3

4/1/06Miami

Roger FedererSUIDavid FerrerESP 6 1 6 4

1/3/05Doha

Roger FedererSUI David FerrerESP 6 1 6 1

10/7/03Vienna

Roger FedererSUI David FerrerESP 6 2 6 2

these are the stats about Roger v Ferrer’s previous matches:

9:0 to Roger.

But nothing must be taken for granted and am sure Roger will, being so close to the final, will not blow it at this stage! He is fired up and pumped with adrenalin, like I have not seen for a few months, so this is good news in itself.

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