Federer Playing Better-er, Gets Revenge on Gulbis to Join Spanish Armada in Madrid SFs
by Sean Randall | May 14th, 2010, 10:52 pm
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Watching Roger Federer this week, one has to get the sense that he’s trying to prove a point. The point being that he can still play. After two months of sleepwalking his way through the circuit and again engendering rounds of speculation that the “King is Dead”, Federer has seemingly flipped the switch to display his “A” game this week in Madrid.

Federer pounced on Benjamin Becker in the second round, then looked sublime in a win over friend, fellow father and countryman Stan Wawrinka and today after a sluggish start he put to together two of the finest sets he’s played all year.

Federer’s 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 dissection of Ernests Gulbis earned the Swiss his first three-match win streak since January and put him into the semifinals at the Madrid Tennis Masters.

“I think this tournament’s been great for me,” Federer said. “In all the matches I’ve hit the ball cleanly, serving well. There are no complaints from my side. Even the set I lost today was good.”

And he’s right.

Gulbis had beaten Federer just a few weeks ago in Rome. And after taking the first set and accumulating an early break in set two it looked like a second straight win for the Latvian over the World No. 1. But Federer took his game to another level.

“I think that’s one of the toughest things in tennis: When you lose to a player and you have to play him again in the next couple weeks,” Federer said. “There’s not much a change in playing styles or practice… all he did was sleep 10 times. And off you go and play each other again. It’s tough, so that’s why I’m particularly happy that I was able to come up with the proper game plan today. And even though I got off with a slow start, I managed to come through.”

Federer hit 34 winners en route to his 696th career win leaving him now just four shy of the 700 plateau. In the semifinals it’s him against the Spanish Armada. That is Federer gets David Ferrer while in the other semifinals tournament favorite Rafael Nadal meets Nicolas Almagro.

Ferrer sealed his spot with a grinding 7-5, 6-3 victory over Andy Murray. Ferrer’s been in-form all clay season and should pose a serious threat to Federer. But the Swiss owns Ferrer 9-0 in their head-to-head

“I think this is the best clay season I’ve had in my career,” Ferrer said. “I’ve been winning many matches, and it’s given me a lot of confidence looking towards the match with Federer. I’ve never beaten him. He’s a really complicated player, because his style doesn’t work at all in my favor. Mine, however, plays well into his. He changes the pace constantly, which hurts me a lot, but I’ll do my best. I’m in the semis and I’m going to enjoy it at the moment.”

While Federer-Ferrer figures to be a tight affair; all indications are Nadal will romp over his baby-faced countryman Almagro, a winner over Jurgen Melzer. Earlier today Nadal ran Gael Monfils ragged in a 6-1, 6-3 destruction. As usual, Monfils stands way too far behind the baseline and the Frenchman ended up doing most of the legwork with little to show for it.

“In the first set, I played at a very high level,” said Nadal, who is just one win from reclaiming the No. 2 ranking and the second seed at the French Open. “This is the toughest tournament for me, the conditions are the most difficult of the year for me on clay, but I’m fine.”

Nadal hasn’t looked like he did in Monte Carlo when he angrily destroyed everyone. But despite the quicker conditions and the uneven surface, Nadal’s seems to playing better this week than he did in Rome which he also won.

As for the picks, in the first semifinal I’m staying with Nadal. Almagro does have some weapons that can do some damage (serve, backhand, power) but he’s not a great mover and he’s lacking mentally.

In the big night showdown, as I said Federer’s beaten Ferrer all nine times they’ve played and 19 of 21 sets. In fact in only three sets of the 21 sets has Ferrer even held a set point! And it seems based on his remarks that he knows Federer has his number. Ferrer’s a hard worker and admire his tenacity and fight, but when players start talking about the other guy as being “complicated” and how the opponent’s style doesn’t work in their “favor” that raises a red (Swiss) flag.

Also working against Ferrer is the lateness of his finish today against Murray. That match ended nearly 1am local time and even though the semifinal is at 8pm I think that helps the better-rested Federer. We’ve seen it too often. Late finish one night means a loss in the next round.

Like today, if Roger serves well and minimizes the errors he’ll win. Ferrer’s had some tough matches this week and the late finish Friday night hurts him. I’ll pick Federer.

Of course if both my picks come through, you know what that means. But I won’t mention it!

In the women’s semifinals, Venus Williams takes on Shahar Peer and Lucie Safarova squares off against Aravane Rezai who ousted Jelena Jankovic.


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294 Comments for Federer Playing Better-er, Gets Revenge on Gulbis to Join Spanish Armada in Madrid SFs

Daniel Says:

Well Sean if you can’t say it, I will: FEDAL, NADERER, RAGER, ROGAEL, whcih way you want it!

A year ago was the last time we saw one of those, It’s about time!


blank Says:

First, Nadal match. Let’s not even waste time thinking if Almagro can pull an upset. The only way that’s happening is if Nadal pulls out.

As with Ferrer. He’s got to be mentally and physically drained. He’s 28 and has put on lot of mileage over the last one month. As you say, the late night finish and the attitude going in isn’t going to help either. He can win only if Fed presses the self-destruct button. I hope he is tired of using it and to my disgust, saves it for the Toronto Masters which I plan to go to and watch.


Jurasick Says:

First! Go ahead, say it Sean! You know you can. It’s a Federer/Nadal final baby. That’s the prediction. Of the final four in the men’s, you’ve got to feel sorriest for Almagro. I don’t think he is going to put much of a fight. In fact, he really has no clue on how to play Nadal. And his one-handed backhand is a serious liability against Nadal, despite being a fine shot.


funches Says:

If Almagro plays like he has all tournament, he’ll give Nadal a lot of trouble and might even win.

I’ve never been impressed with Almagro, primarily because he’s too slow to compete with the big boys regardless of how hard he hits the ball. This week, though, he appears to be moving better, and the fast clay court allows him to hit through the court even more than normal. He looks confident, which is strange considering how poor his clay season had been up until this week.


madmax Says:

Remember, I think last year? was it Rome?, he had match point against rafa, so Amalgro is definitely a very capable player. It’s just that Rafa is too good on clay!

Well, what a match against Murray this morning, I stayed up late in UK to watch. Simply brilliant, enjoyable, classy tennis from both players. Ferrer had a stronger mental attitude.

I think what would help murray in future matches is that he believes in his game more. It seems when he loses a shot, he starts talking to himself, getting angry and then just losing focus for a moment. You cannot do this in such tight circumstances (easy for me to say!), but he is back and I think his coaches will be talking to him about this.

Ferrer was brilliant though. He ran everywhere, and didnt give up. It is for this reason that Federer needs to be on his guard and not let this down for one moment during the match today.

Also, the tournament (can’t remember?! was it madrid?), where he played rafa, he had a broken wrist.


Rafa fan Says:

i can’t image that Almagro will beat Rafa it’s impossibe sure…Rafa will win sure…no doubt…and Federer will win too…i think roger and Rafa will meet in Final and Rafa will win sure…maybe ferrer will beat federer…Rafa will be in final i am sure and he will meet ferrer or federer it doesn’t matter Rafa will win sure…


Naresh Says:

Looks like Federer’s luck is changing finally, as is Sean’s.. right on the money mr Randall :)


Naresh Says:

Fed vs Ferrer.. 3 set affair ?


Naresh Says:

Did Gulbis do an interview after the Fed match and if so.. does anyone have it ?


Kimo Says:

Roger is definitely playing well, but is it beat-Rafa-on-clay-in-his-home-country well? I don’t think so, but I’m dying to find out.

Please let there be a Fed-Rafa final. It’s been a whole YEAR!!!!


Kimo Says:

WOW. Nico is kicking Rafa’s a$$ right now!!!


Kimmi Says:

almagro is not afraid so far


Kimmi Says:

what a hold by almagro..he is really pumped up too


Steve Says:

Almagro just needs to keep focusing on trying to be aggressive anytime he gets the chance. Also when the tight moments come, about now!!


Kimmi Says:

almagro! i am glad he got that set..saving the 2 breakpoints too..he is been very aggressive and in control..good for him.


Steve Says:

Nadal isn’t playing bad, that’s the great part!!

I would love Fed to beat Nadal in the final (although wouldn’t count on it) but if Almagro beats him now it’s just as good. And will be good for Fed’s ranking if he manages to win the tournament.


Sir James Says:

Nadal is so lucky that Davydenko, Del Potro and Soderling are injured, these 3 guys have always great chances to beat him on any surface.


contador Says:

intersting. almagro got a set. at least he’s out there to fight.

hey kimmi-

congrats to fed and hope can take ferrer. i don’t think it will be as easy as people think, even though the h2h goes to federer on any surface and ferrer is owning that his game doesn’t match well against fed’s.


margot Says:

My goodness, do my eyes deceive me?? Amalgro wins a set!
kimmi, kimmi: please don’t be sad about Andy because 1) he’s playing himself back into form and is beginning to look like the old Andy 2) no shame to losing to Ferrer on clay 3) if…yes I know if if..but if his serve had been only about 55% I think he’d have won 4) he avoids being trounced by Fed, not good at the mo. 5) He looked hungry to me. So I think he’ll justify his seeding at FO.


Sir James Says:

Yea only 1 set until now, but he did get the set in great fashion, he was able to relax when the nerves came.


Steve Says:

contador Says:

i don’t think it will be as easy as people think, even though the h2h goes to federer on any surface and ferrer is owning that his game doesn’t match well against fed’s.
___

Haha it’s not that I disagree with you but it’s funny you just give two arguments against your opinion.


Kimo Says:

I want a Rafa-Fed final, but I’m thrilled by watching Nico play aggressive tennis. It’s the only way to go against Rafa on clay.


Kimmi Says:

conty: i agree about federer v ferrer. ferrer has been very good this clay season, it wont be easy. Fingers crossed for the fed..apparently he played well yesterday (too bad did not see the match)

I think gulbis ranking will be 24 or something

OMG..Nadal is down two break points…can’t believe it..

big save by nadal wow..


contador Says:

hey margot-

was hoping for a muzza – gulbis semi.

i didn’t see much of fed’s “dissection” as sean call it. and saw none of andy’s match. but i agree, a fed-muzz match atm would not be a good thing for andy.


margot Says:

hey conty: nice ter see yer! No, Andy isn’t quite ready for your Fed yet! Good match isn’t it? I feel Rafa will prevail but good to see him tested.


Kimmi Says:

margot, dear margot. I was mad with muzza yesterday..I don’t know but his overall play was not up to par and his weapons were not there for some reason. he is much better player than that.

I know he is coming back slowly but maybe clay wont be the place…i have my fingers croseed for him. Go Muzza


Kimmi Says:

nadal back in the match…


contador Says:

kimmi-

good for fed, bad for ernie. did erniw walk off looking dejected? ; (

wonder if gulbis will go away more interested in hid “job” or less. hopefully he starts watching some tennis. that would be nice. more planning and pondering his job. but if the job is not a passion and the mind is elsewhere, i wonder about him continuing to improve.

and no gulbis interview to be found. would love to hear his response.


Steve Says:

Uncle Toni is a genius, the tennis doctrine that he has put into Nadal as a kid has really made him the FFM. You need a lot of mental support to become like Nadal. And from family it’s even better.


margot Says:

Rafa has now changed gear just like Fed did yesterday, their meeting has an inevitability about it!
conty: Angel was gr8 to watch! Such a delicate touch, flashes of brilliance, took a set off Fed, why would he be down? Forehand still too erratic, he netted too many volleys, hope their working on that. His explosion on the scene makes tennis more exciting! Do hope he doesn’t stop at one slam!


Sir James Says:

Doesn’t matter whether Nadal loses today or not, RG will be a different kind of clay and opponents can’t hit through him. Looking forward to beautiful Fed on grass…


Kimmi Says:

nadal will win THIS match. He is starting to find his range and almagro big hitting is becoming not so accurate..

Its difficult to keep that up

3rd set…


Sir James Says:

Almagro needs to get a break now to get his confidence back, somehow.


blank Says:

If Fed gets a backhand like this, he’ll be unbeatable.


contador Says:

margot-

nice to see yer too. is that yer brit accent i hear? speaking of which, i actually met a british couple in a coffee shop where i watched some of ernie falling to fed 2nd set . they were on a “biking trip.” as in harley davidsons, and had started in buenos aries and made it all the way to beatiful idaho where i live near the tetons and yellowstone. they were going on to alaska! i didn’t ask if how they planned to get back to wales; if they planned to ferry the bikes across the bering sea and head from vladivostok, bike the gobi desert, find the silk road and arrive home in tatters. LOL! but they did talk tennis with me some. i can count on a brit to talk tennis. but it was odd to run into one here! : )

but i left the coffee shop feeling sick. i guess that says it all. i’m a gulbis fan win or lose, and mostly lose, is what it has been until memphis and del ray. and a good run on clay.

*sigh* no expectations for the FO. he was aiming to be seeded, so i hope it registers in his brain to prepare more not less.

meanwhile, at least almagro will makes match go 3 sets. well done for almagro 1st set.

rafa has the physique of a sherman tank. what a difference from lasr fall! he seems bigger every time i see him. maybe the shirts are smaller and smaller. his legs are massive too.


Steve Says:

Almagro is good mentally when everything’s positive. But who isn’t? Lol… Nadal upped his game and Almagro has become the sensitive guy again, pity but kind of expected, or let’s say, guaranteed!!!


Steve Says:

Spaniards like to whistle at everything just like the French. Pathetic.


Kimmi Says:

Even if federer gets to the final with nadal, i am afraid nadal will beat him :((((


margot Says:

conty: nice story ’bout your Welsh couple. Very daring do. I think you must live in a very beautiful part of the world and quite remote if British accents are rare. Yep, Rafa looks amazing, so intimidating with all that snarling and scowling….yikes!


contador Says:

sheesh, i can’t type at all, sorry. getting ready to get outta bed and go work. what i get for taking time off last week to watch early rounds- weekend call.

will try and watch federer match. if i don’t won’t be because i’m a sore loser. i still love federer’s tennis. and i have to cheer for him against ferrer. ferrer is worthless against nadal. maybe every one is worthless against rafa on clay this year. we’ll see.

i’d give federer a set against him, maybe. this is madrid a faster surface.


margot Says:

That’s enough 4 me! See u all later. Fed in 2?


Sean Randall Says:

This is like the Gulbis-Federer match. Almagro has the game to trouble Nadal but mentally (and physically) he’s still so far away.


Kimmi Says:

BTW, if nadal wins this match he will be world number 2 on monday


contador Says:

i didn’t get the transfer back to ketchum/ sun valley, margot. there are all sorts of accents and part-time residents from all over the world in sun valley, idaho.

nothing so multi-cultural in eastern idaho.

this match is over. congrats on the spaniard built like a sherman tank rolling on, unstoppable. vamos.

cheers


Daniel Says:

Congrats Nadal back to n. 2! Sorry Nole fans.

Well if Federer loses to Ferrer than the guys who said he is avoiding Nadal will have a case. :)

FEDAL all the way, it’s time. Once again Federer wil be on Nadal’s way to win 3 Masters on clay in the same year. Something that never been done before.


Rsutherland Says:

1) Bravo to Almagro for his great effort. I hope he takes his swim in the lake anyway.

2) My heart goes out to the plethora of prognosticators who predicted an easy win. What makes it interesting (and we forget) is that the players are all human.

3) Thanks to the tennis-x posters who by and large avoided petty comments. In that my prognostications were happily dead wrong!

Here’s to the long awaited Federer/Nadal anniversary/reunion (sorry Ferrer – love you but it really is time)

Cheers to all!


jane Says:

Congrats to Rafa for today’s well contested win and return to #2. He deserves it – vamos! I think Fed will win too; a rematch seems inevitable. It’s inexorably coming to be…


jane Says:

conty – no shame in Gulbis’ loss; he played vert well (other than the second set – errors, serve) and he was in with a very good shot to win the match, given his level in the first and third sets. To say that, considering how well Fed was playing, means Gulbis still looks quite serious about his “job”. ; )


Kimmi Says:

Now for the girls. Rezai beat henin first round and JJ yesterday. must be playing well. have not seen her play much..

great to see different faces doing so well in madrid


jane Says:

Kimmi – quite the run by Rezai – do you know he ranking? It’s looking like Venus will play her in the final based on the early goings in this match.


jane Says:

he s/b her


Kimmi Says:

ooooops safarova decide to retire, she has a few bandages on her. rezai thru to the final and will face venus (right on jane)

let me check her ranking..it is 24 at the moment.
hope we get a good match tomorrow…i am kind of hoping she wins the whole thing now..


Xray Says:

@contador

Gulbis didn’t look depressed after the match. Federer gave him a friendly handshake and clap.

Ernests waved to the audience when he left the venue. He had a good tournament again.

And it’s clear that he works hard. Or do you think his results come from nothing?


jane Says:

Kimmi me too – when someone goes on a run like this, surprising everyone, it’s hard not to root for her to get the bigger trophy.


Anna Says:

Yep, it looks like it’s going to be Rafa and Roger once again, but Ferrer is a tough little rooster. Apparently it’s cold at night which slows the court down in Davids favor. Also this year David has taken down more than one player that’s been a problem in the past (on clay). I keep waiting for him to tire, but like the energizer bunny he just keeps going and going and going….


Kimmi Says:

Gulbis will be fine. he had a great run of his carrer in rome and madrid. I looked at the ranking, i think he will just behind sam querrey next monday..24 or 25

looks like he is destined for even bigger things this year. he seem to like clay too. Lets hope for good draw in RG, for him to reach R16 or Qtrs..he has to take out one of the big guys, which is possible. good luck to him.


Kimmi Says:

What the matter with the schedule here in madrid..nadal finished his match like 4 hrs before the other match starts. We all know nadal is a monster on clay, but he does not need all the advantages…just sayin’


jane Says:

Kimmi, I am guessing because Murray and Ferrer played so late last night, they’re trying to give Ferrer recovery time for the semifinal??

It’s almost always like this in the Masters series events; the winner of the late semifinal often has to play a fairly early final the next day – like at 1 or 2.


pro rafa Says:

i read somewhere(i don’t quite remember where) that Andy Murray has got his confidence back to win this Rolland Garros…. Ha ha!!! That is the biggest joke of the century… april’s over andy… we r in may n nobody’s a fool here… Grow up Andny


Huh Says:

There’s only one deserving No.2- RAFA!!!

Congrats Rafa!

Mrs.Margot:

I m sad for Murray, but we can only wish him the best. Hopefully Murray’ll be ready for WIM and especially for USO.


NELTA Says:

Kimmi,

I talked extensively about the bad scheduling on the other thread. I believe it started with the quarterfinals where they tried to put 3 of the quarterfinal matches on Santana with a women’s match in between.

What they should have done is schedule the 2 bottom half quarterfinalist matches to play at the same time on Santana and Vicario to be followed by the top half quarterfinalist matches on Santana and Vicario.

If you screw up the schedule and there are no days off in between like in a slam then eventually someone is going to get the short end of the stick. The best they can do now is schedule the final late Sunday night.


Skeezerweezer Says:

“Steve Says:

Uncle Toni is a genius, the tennis doctrine that he has put into Nadal as a kid……”

Yeah, funny Toni has to keep giving him advice and hand signals “during” the match.

Is that all necessary now that he is an adult?

Congrats to Rafa fans, good win!!… and although he claims this is one of his most difficult tourneys IMO he should be ecstatic he is on ANY Clay….Vamos Rafa!


Ezorra Says:

“Andy Murray has got his confidence back to win this Rolland Garros”

Why this is a joke? I don’t understand at all. If Murray has got his confidence back to win any titles, it should be great for him, no?


Skeezerweezer Says:

pro rafa,

Maybe you should get the “read somewhere” link before you tell Andny? to grow up. He’s got some fav’s up here, just so you know, and most of not all are respectful of your man…….just sayin….


jane Says:

NELTA: But I don’t see how the scheduling is different than at many of the other Masters events? There’s always a late semifinal, almost always in the evening around 7 or 8 pm, and the final is usually in the afternoon, sometimes quite early. In this case, Madrid is not that different from other events.

It’s also like the player who plays the late semifinal at the US Open on “super Saturday”, but at least the men’s final is usually scheduled in the late afternoon, around 5:00 or so.


Kimmi Says:

Agree NELTA. Even today they had nadal vs almagro between the two women matches. Why? why not play women first followed by guys..then at least not a big gap between the two mens matches.

I will be surprised to see the final played at night..very suprised.


Rsutherland Says:

Kimmi and Nelta – You are definitely right about the Tournament’s flaw in scheduling.
However, if Federer does not come through tomorrow, (big ‘if”) please do not forget Austrailian Open 2009.
I know the difference being about scheduling – noted.
But if the point ever becomes about a reason or excuse (discussion of this topic does seem like a potential point to rationalize a loss) it is too flawed for bloggers of your stature…
“…just saying..”


jane Says:

I don’t see anything wrong (or funny) about Murray feeling more confident. What is a tennis player supposed to say when his results improve? He is merely being ambitious.

Kimmi, it’s the same when Djok played Rafa late at Cincy this year, and then had to turn around and play Fed at 1:00 in the finals. Like Fed needed any more advantages on hard court! : ) Just kidding. However, my point is that it seems faulty to single out Madrid for this because almost all of the MS events have a later evening semi, and then an early afternoon final, so one player always gets less recovery time.


Rsutherland Says:

Jane – Do I read an echo? lol


Kimmi Says:

Point taken jane. Its been done before and still been done..what can we or players do? looks like nothing in this case.

So, nadal gets advantages on clay…big deal!


Rsutherland Says:

OK, not exactly an echo, but it is nice to see someone offer another foil to what I suspect may be pre-emptive rationalization.


jane Says:

R.S. not meaning to parrot. I actually read your post after mine. Honest! : ) It’s just the way it is with Masters series scheduling; it’s nothing new or unique to this event. That’s all I was trying to point out. It’s very true that it seems awkward that one finalist plays his semi early (2:00 or so) while another plays his late (8:00 or so) and yet they both meet in the final at the same time, one clearly with less recovery time. But it’s often like that.


jane Says:

Kimmi, I hear you. It’s hard not to feel it’s an advantage for one player, but as others here have opined when I’ve commented on a player getting less recovery time, these are professional athletes who are fit and ready to compete. And Fed is playing excellently. So if he gets through, don’t worry. He’s got a good shot. I can’t remember who played the first semi here last year, but if Fed was last then he’s proven he can do it.


Rsutherland Says:

Jane – yours fit the situation better than mine.
Somehow I always feel more prone to comment on posts rather than the tennis itself. There are many more qualified to do that.
Somehow I find the psychology of fans can be equally fascinating.


NELTA Says:

Jane,

I don’t ever recall 2 semifinals being scheduled 6 hours apart in a masters event unless there is a rain delay or the 1st match is a marathon which delays the start of the 2nd match.

The USO I believe is the only slam that does a Saturday semi and a Sunday final which can potentially be a disadvantage to the winning player in the 2nd match if it is a long one. Even there the semi are scheduled 4 hours apart and the final starts around 4:30PM which is about the same time that the 2nd semi begins on Saturday. Definitely not a 7 or 8pm start. Maybe if the 2nd match was 5 sets then they would be finishing at 8pm.

In the Italian open this year the semis were played at 1:30PM and 4pm. The final was at 4PM on Sunday. That is how it is normally done at a masters. The 2nd semifinal should not be at 7pm or 8pm to be followed by an afternoon final on Sunday.


Kimo Says:

I’m mad as hell right now. Both men’s semis should be played right after each other. Now whoever comes out on top in the 2nd semi will be a huge underdog. Considering that tomorrow might be the first chance we get in a year to see a Fed-Rafa final, I would have appreciated if both were in a similar physical condition at the start of their match.


Rsutherland Says:

…and here it goes…


jane Says:

Hi NELTA, at the Cincy Masters the semis are at noon and 7:00 pm, so even further apart.

http://www.cincytennis.com/en/ResultsAndSchedule/Match_Schedule.aspx


NELTA Says:

I believe Montecarlo was Saturday semis at noon and 2pm. Final on Sunday at 2PM. That’s normal scheduling as well.


Kimmi Says:

Cincy is as screwed up as madrid :)


sheila Says:

my fantasy: roger beats rafa in madrid final. roger beats rafa in fo final, roger beats rafa in wimbledon final & roger beats rafa in uso final. nice to fantasize.


NELTA Says:

Wow Jane. That is terrible, even worse than Madrid. Maybe it has something to do with broadcasting. I don’t know why the ATP would allow that. They should have some general scheduling rules.


jane Says:

NELTA, I think it does have something to do with broadcasting. At least that’s what one of the posters here (Tenisbebe) said, and she works at the event. They probably should be closer; at Cincy I think the final is at 12:30 or thereabouts the next day!

That all said, I believe Fed played the late semi last year at Madrid and it didn’t seem to affect him.


blank Says:

Scheduling two SF matches in two different sessions hours apart is good for tournament business. They can sell full price tickets for two separate sessions and make more money as opposed to one if they were to be held one after the other. Not sure if TV broadcasters gain anything at all.


NELTA Says:

I believe it was a similar schedule last year as Federer was playing in the 2nd semi vs Delpo and the lights were on in the stadium. It didn’t matter then because Fed dispatched Delpo efficiently. That’s really what it comes down to when you have a night match and have to come back the next day and play the final.


NELTA Says:

Ah you beat me to it Jane. I was thinking the same thing.


madmax Says:

Everyone ready for the Federer match guys?

Skeeze, you arount? Margot? Kimmi? Jane? Conty? Semi final number 2! Let’s go Roger!


montecarlo Says:

All the best Roger. Everyone wants Fedal final. Lets do it. :)


Gannu Says:

Hey madmax you forgot me ;-) Just kidding

So fed fans – huh, kimmi, madmax, skeez, margot, jane, conty etc(sorry for missing any one) lets cheer for our man.. Hope he wins tonite,,
badly jet lagged…Just cant sleep and add to that its a feddy match.. need to manage with a livestream..


madmax Says:

Hello Gannu! Sorry, I thought you were home in india, and wanted to relax so would watch the match on vcr. Glad you are here.

C’moon Federer!


Kimmi Says:

ferrer running down some great shots..


Gannu Says:

no probs madmax.. anygood livestream suggestions any one,.,, channelsurfing is horrible!!!


Kimmi Says:

hi maxi..fed had 2 break points went begging..c’mon


Skeezerweezer Says:

I am traveling, :) have fun everyone Go Fed!


margot Says:

Hi everybody! The gangs all here! yep, certainly cheering Fed with this one, only person with a chance against rafa.


montecarlo Says:

From early looks of it Ferrer seems pumped up and ready for the battle and Roger is serving well today.


Gannu Says:

skeez where are u going?


Gannu Says:

tough match… ferrer is hanging on.. hope roggy somehow holds and breaks him..


madmax Says:

gannu,

try http://www.fromsport.com
http://www.athe.co.uk

or google “livestreams tennis match”, you’ll find one.

Yeah, c’moon Roger!


madmax Says:

great serving by federer right now. He’s great!

Good match so far.


madmax Says:

quick reflexes by fed. very relaxed. well done roger.


margot Says:

commentator’s just said Fed has lost ONE point on serve in four games! Amazing.


Gannu Says:

thanks madmax.. come on fed break him here please.. no herat attacks for me in this match


madmax Says:

Gannu,

4:4 15:15 so far, in case you havent got livescore.

David serving.


madmax Says:

Fed is looking hungry Gannu.

Great match so far. Oh My Go. What a beautiful butterfly drop shot.


madmax Says:

Fed shots are just beautiful. The drop shot!

C’moon Fed. Break point.

Let’s do it!


madmax Says:

Oh my, oh my! I love tennissssss.

Movement is great.

Ferrer too has great reflexes.


Gannu Says:

oh man…i will go mad.. come on fed break tthsi time.. dont squander


madmax Says:

Ferrer is on deuce 3 Gannu.


Gannu Says:

i am watching adthe..its better.. so mnap bps gone.. very sad


madmax Says:

I wish commentators would shhhhshhhhh.

Advantage Ferrer.

on his serve. 4:4 Advantage!

C’moon Rogerrrrrrrrr!


Kimmi Says:

mmmmmm too bad


madmax Says:

C’moon Federer!

4 aces pleaseeeeee!

Let’s do it!


Gannu Says:

and he holds… really sad.. come on fed,, please please hold and win


montecarlo Says:

Ferrer saves three more break points and holds. Roger will serve at 4-5 now. Federer barely missed any first serves so second serve is totally untested till now. Sometimes that may prove costly in situations like these. You miss some first serves and you are in trouble.


guy Says:

as for scheduling rules, the atp does nothing because nobody in charge has probably ever played sport before and understands how much fatigue can affect performance. at the top level even 5% drop is a lot.

this crap happens all the time, usopen for one thing. the gasquet/fed match at wimby few years back was a farce, whoever won out of the previous gas/roddick match had little chance against anyone with under 24hrs rest in 5set scenario.

the hewitt/bag stupidity at the oz open, because noone wanted to upset venus williams, so they start a five set match at practically midnight. ends up finishing at dawn. again, who ever wins that is severely jeopardised the next round.


margot Says:

shades of Andy’s match this, Ferrer in loads of trouble on his serve but pulls through.


madmax Says:

Chill Gannu. Try to enjoy the match.

Both players playing great tennis. It would be boring if Federer wasnt challenged and tested. This is great so far.

Federer, keep the serve up. First serves 82%. winning 92% of them.

Greeeattttt first serve Federer! Keep it up!


madmax Says:

Well out! Federer is so honest! Even umpire didnt see it.

Cmoon fed.

lucky with the drop shot. He should have ripped it back.

C’moon Federer!

Let’s go!” yeah baby! Lovely crosscourt backhand!

5:5.

Great tennis so far!


blank Says:

Fed looks good. But as I keep saying…he needs to get the break point conversion rate up. That the reason he is losing so many matches recently. So far 0/5 break points won.

Having said that, it just looks like a matter of time before he gets a break. Now serving at 81% and winning 20/21 serve points so far. Amazing!


Gannu Says:

madmax..testing shudnt be to the extent that our man loses ;-).. i always prefer a relaxed match.. ;-)


madmax Says:

break fed. c’moon. It’s time now. breakkkkkkkkkkk!


Kimmi Says:

breeeak ! YES!


blank Says:

Break! Done like dinner!


Gannu Says:

HE BREAKS


madmax Says:

Gannu. Have a little belief. It will go a lonnnggg way. Federer will try to do his best, and he is playing pretty well right now. Break to Fed.

C’moon! Serve it out Federer!

Gannu,

stay calm buddy. Madmax sending calming vibes to you.


Gannu Says:

Madmax.. damn happy ;-))… lease hold feddy bear… please hold…


madmax Says:

C’moon Federer!

Serve 4 aces baby!!!!


margot Says:

madmax, kimmi: hope you’re really enjoying this cos we’re getting a bit of a masterclass!


madmax Says:

3 more aces baby!


madmax Says:

almost an ace.

2 more aces baby!


madmax Says:

nice shot ferrer.

C’moon fed. Great that you are doing some “casual drop shots”, but let’s be aggressive!

GO!


Gannu Says:

and he does the job.. well done federer


blank Says:

81% first serves in.
24/26 serve points won.

Phenomenal!


Kimmi Says:

SET..C’mon fed. keep GOING!!


Kimo Says:

Fed dropped only two points on serve in the entire set. He’s amazing on serve today. If he serves like that tomorrow, watch out Rafa.


madmax Says:

C’moon Federer!

Lets do it!

Yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!

First set!

Margot! Great tennis. Glad to see you!

Gannu, you okay? Kimmi? Blank?

Now! Do NOT take the foot off the gas/the petal off the metal? What is the description everyone? not heard the petal off the metal before,

BUT fed! C’moon!

Love.Love.Love.
Let’s be aggressive!

Commentators, shhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Just let federer play!


Andrew Miller Says:

Mr. Randall, great stuff. Some questions: who will do some damage at Roland Garros? Querrey and Isner – will one of them make the 4th round? How about Gulbis and Verdasco? Something tells me: Murray will do better than expected, look for Monfils to do some damage, Federer, Nadal and Ferrer to move on through the draw, and that Gulbis and Verdasco, despite being big players during the clay court season, might not make it through five sets.

I think they’re all playing BIG TIME tennis, but Roland Garros is pressure plus grinding, meaning only grinders who like war will be there in the end. Murray’s proved he likes is, Federer is a different player at slams, Nadal of course a warrior, even Ferrer a warrior. Verdasco showed some big tennis in the last two years, but not much on clay until significant success this year, and Gulbis is slowed down on clay.

(Call me crazy: I think Gulbis, if he keeps improving, may make a slam final by the end of 2011).


blank Says:

madmax, Couldn’t have asked for a better Saturday.

Anyone know what time the final is tomorrow?


margot Says:

12 out of last 14 points to wrap up the set, says it all.
I do wish Ferrer wouldn’t grunt so much I find it really disconverting. Every time he grunts I think someone has called the ball out!
yuk, they’re talking about bull fighting now…


blank Says:

Found it. 6:30PM local time.


Gannu Says:

Watching federer play in slow motion is just awesome.. i mean thats a treat to the eyes ;-)


madmax Says:

Brilliant Federer!


madmax Says:

Good serving by Ferrer start of the second set.

Margot, all the spanish players grunt dont you think?

Federer stay focused, let’s do it!

Federer awesome how he just picks up the ball!


madmax Says:

C’mon Federer! beautiful serve there. so calm. Gannu, how can he be so calm?


blank Says:

Ferrer has put on too many miles in his mind and feet over the last one month. I don’t think he may have enough in the tank to take this match to the distance.


madmax Says:

lovely shot ferrer, down the line.


madmax Says:

blank,

this is great so far. This weekend is just brilliant. (with great company too!).

C’moon Federer!


Kimmi Says:

Blank 6:30 pm not bad. i thought it would be earlier. this kinds of gives the winner in this match time to recover.


madmax Says:

beautiful shot by ferrer.


margot Says:

madmax: re grunting, perhaps there’s a special academy?
In contrast to AO, which I did not enjoy AT ALL for obvious reasons, am really enjoying this one.


madmax Says:

c’moon Federer! Hold it! Hold it!

Be focused.


madmax Says:

Ferrer breaks.


Kimmi Says:

CRAP..federer broken


blank Says:

I should just shut up. As soon as I said what I just said Ferrer breaks.


Gannu Says:

oh god.. i just cant take a third set now.. please federer.. just break back and win this set..please


madmax Says:

C’moon federer!

Let’s do it!

Man! take it!


margot Says:

how interesting a game tennis is ….was just thinking ferrer’s level was up, Fed’s slips and you’ve got 3-1 out of nowhere.


Andrew Miller Says:

Federer played the 1-2 game awfully. Ferrer taking it to Federer, Federer pushing. Hopefully Federer’s thinking about how to cool off Ferrer, but he better figure it out soon if he wants to do something this set.

1-4 Ferrer.


madmax Says:

I know. It’s a crazy, beautiful game!

Gannu, dont worry. Fed in 2.

C’moon Federer! Just took his eye off the ball for a second and look what happens!

We believe fed, we believe!


jane Says:

Just got back – looks like a tight one. I saw the break by Ferrer, though presumably it’ll be hard for him to hold onto it? Looks like he was down one at some point in the first set? Anyhow, Federer’s serving extremely well based on the stats: 76% first serves in for Fed compared to 56% for Ferrer.


Andrew Miller Says:

This is the Federer that worries me: the momentum shifts and suddenly he looks ORDINARY! It’s like he’s playing Tommy Haas at the French last year.


Kimo Says:

This is is gonna end in straights. Relax guys.


Andrew Miller Says:

Hopefully the ticked-off Federer shows up soon.


madmax Says:

Federer! Hold! this! game!


Kimmi Says:

Completly gone off the boil federer..errors are piling..c’mooon


madmax Says:

World beater! C’moon Federer!


Andrew Miller Says:

Federer’s playing better this game, still playing “less than confidently”. Ferrer playing with confidence.


madmax Says:

It’s all part of the plan Kimmi.

No problem. just gotta stay calm. Federer is gonna come back and drop the bomb!

C’mon.

I expect the serve to go off a little, due to tiredness in the second set, he played a blinding first set.

So just he gotta stay focused!

Done!

Now break fed, c’moon breakkkkkkkkkkkkkkk! david’s serve!


Kimmi Says:

great hold…hope he break back now!


Andrew Miller Says:

good hold.


Andrew Miller Says:

overpowered…by ferrer?


madmax Says:

Brilliant Ferrer, roadrunner shot! Smart.


jane Says:

Ferrer is playing well a.t.m. I like his hair.


blank Says:

Kimmi, Are you watching the match on TV? Tomorrow we are not so lucky, gotta catch the action on the computer. TSN is showing the match at 4:30PM.


Andrew Miller Says:

sheesh.


Kimmi Says:

ferrer looks to take this to the third..c’moon fed


madmax Says:

SO, Federer. What ya gonna do? Go for it and let’s have a few c’moons! (which are missing right now) – where has the passion gone?

Ferrer is on fire and wants to win more than roger right now.

C’moon though, this is IT, fed. Focusssssssss!


jane Says:

blank, I have it on a huge screen, high definition, via LCD projector! It’s awesome. Sure beats streaming. : )


Kimo Says:

Fed hasn’t lost his confidence. He’s going through a rough patch. That’s it. It’s normal. Happens more often as you get older. Consistency becomes harder to maintain.


blank Says:

jane, That’s cool. So you have TSN2 now?


Kimmi Says:

blank – I am watching on TSN2 now..did not know it was on till second set. I have tennistv…


Kimmi Says:

Great jane..big LCD screen TSN2..same here!


jane Says:

It’s interesting how important the serve has been at Madrid – some say serves don’t matter as much on clay, but they sure do/have here. When player’s first serves are firing it (Isner, Gulbis, Fed) it makes things considerably smoother.

Anyhow wonder if roadrunner can hold serve out the set? Love-15 already.


blank Says:

Good for you Kimmi. You don’t have to rely on the unreliable TSN.


madmax Says:

Jane! YOU SHOW OFF! :))))))))

Now,

does federer want to win this?
Yes he does!

I havent seen any c’moons though?

Federer, you are the defending champion!

Please win this! in two preferably!


madmax Says:

might have to go and do some cleaning.


Kimmi Says:

Ferrer really pumped up and federer gone off a little…

Moment of thruth for ferrer..commentator says

Ohh god..bad volley by federer

ferrer really pumped now..C’moon fed


jane Says:

blank – yep we broke down and got “the box” from Shaw. LOL.

wOW – Amazing point there. Both guys all over the court.


madmax Says:

No! I am going to stay! this match deserves full attention!

c’mon! Federer!

We love you! more aggression please. Because david is playing with passion right now.

2 set points.


blank Says:

madmax – you are going to go now!!?


Andrew Miller Says:

Yep. So far, Federer hasnt broken Ferrer’s run.

2nd set 6-3, Ferrer.


Kimo Says:

Fed was careless with that volley at 0-15. Ferrer deserved to win the set.

Roger needs to snap out of it.


Kimmi Says:

VINTAGE ferrer…ferrer could win this now, he has the momentum. Federer waht is happening…C’moon


madmax Says:

Guys, I really dislike it when a spectator shouts out in the crowd when both players are playing a crucial point like this one.

It’s bad and unsportsmanlike.

Okay, into a third.

Great match so far.

Let’s hope Federer is the Federer in the first set!

He needs to regroup!


Gannu Says:

and yuck it goesto a third set….man..federer.. do something please please win this..


montecarlo Says:

Some unreal stuff from Ferrer in that last game to hold. Nadal will love to see this match end something like 20-18 in third set tiebreak.


montecarlo Says:

No break point chances for Federer in set two. And don’t know why but suddenly First serve % is abysmal.


Sean Randall Says:

Really good, entertaining match. Hard to pick between them in this third set. Does Ferrer have the belief? That 0-9 mark looms. Federer’s level dropped in that second, can he regain it? Does he want to regain it?


jane Says:

madmax, LOL. Well, I couldn’t help showing off just a little; it’s amazing! It’s not even a big screen t.v.; it’s a big screen on the wall.

Anyhow, quite the gutsy performance from Ferrer to get the second set. I don’t think he can win it, unless Fed doesn’t get back on track. This break should allow him to regroup. I am happy there’s a third set since I missed the first one.


madmax Says:

Requires pure focus now guys. pure focus from federer to win this third set.

Federer is slightly lacking in mental belief, just a lil bit.

Final push fed.

Blank. Going nowhere. Am going to stay, whatever. He is looking forward to playing Rafa tomorrow!

Federer v Rafa!

C’moon Federer!


margot Says:

madmax: as a Brit I don’t know what jane’s talking about…LCD what????
It’s a serve thing yet again, Fed 42% in second set and Ferrer playing gr8 tennis, 72% serve. I feel a whole lot better about him beating Andy now!


Andrew Miller Says:

Some hope: Federer played a little better with the racquet switch, presumably to a different tension to handle conditions. Also some more aggression.

He hasn’t found the “chink” in Ferrer’s playing yet. But Federer observed the 2nd set and Ferrer’s strategy, and I bet Ferrer will take the same strategy into tne 3rd set.

On the changeover, hopefully Federer has some ideas about how to cut through Ferrer’s strategy. So far, a lack of Federer “firepower” and excess of “cream puff spin shots” have given Ferrer all he needs to execute some aggressive play.

Hopefully Fed spotted something…here we go, 3rd set.


madmax Says:

LCD Margot! Fabulous, amazing TV which does the whole lot, cooks, cleans, dances, talks. They are brilliant! Jane is a lucky girl!


Andrew Miller Says:

Sean, didn’t Ferrer’s strategy change and Federer confused by it? Federer seems to be doing more of a one-two punch know to prevent Ferrer from “staying hot”


madmax Says:

C’moon Federer!

Fed, I want some aggression and the mindset of a champion pleasessssssssse.

Better. As commentator said. More purpose now.

C’mon federer. I dont care what happens tomorrow. but today, I want you to be in the final!


Andrew Miller Says:

There’s a simple change from Fed on that inside out FH winner: hit where Ferrer isn’t!


Andrew Miller Says:

Federer hitting a little more flat, right?


jane Says:

LCD projector margot – projects onto the wall or a big screen. We got it a couple months ago at a recycling techno place and have barely stopped watching movies since! But now that we have TSN2 we can see more sports huge-like. Very fun.

Fed looks really tall. : ) Can’t imagine what Delpo, or Isner, would look like- veritable tennis giants in the living room.

Fed’s starting razor sharp in this third set, whereas it seems the wind may’ve gone out of Ferrer / roadrunner’s sails? Or am I imagining?


Kimmi Says:

return is not going well for the fed..c’mooon


Andrew Miller Says:

Ben Pronin right about Federer: backhand “not working”


Gannu Says:

Federer come on break him please


Gannu Says:

PLEASE PLEASE DO IT


Andrew Miller Says:

but: the Fed forehand now “working” – hard and flat. Suggestion to Federer: run around the backhand and ride the forehand to the third set win.


contador Says:

please break him fed!

c’mon!


Gannu Says:

please dont do this fedddy please convert the BPs


jane Says:

Big fight for the break/hold.


blank Says:

No wonder Fed is at #45 for break point conversion on ATP tour right now.


madmax Says:

we’ve had federer’s first c’moon!

That’s more like it!

C’mooonnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!


madmax Says:

evening contador!
How are you?


madmax Says:

Jane, an I come and watch your LCD with you?
Ferrer is on fire!

Federerrrrrrrrrrr! C’moon!!!!!!!


jane Says:

Ferrer is a hard worker, really going for it. He’s lucky that smash was in though.

Fed’s first serve followed by a dropper is a nice combo/surprise.


jane Says:

Anytime madmax!


Andrew Miller Says:

Fed: run around the darn backhand. it’s not doing you any favors to keep playing the backhand when it’s not doing YOU any favors.


jane Says:

Andrew, he heard you for the winner!


madmax Says:

sweet shot federer!

Now, let’s do it!

This is close, this is tough, but this is IT!

Love the challenge Federer, enjoy the match. Let’s conquer!

A few more fist pumps and a c’moon!


Gannu Says:

that was a real nervy hold…


Gannu Says:

i just cant understand why federer doesnt slice his backhand..why does he have to go for top spin everytime?


margot Says:

madmax: Wow, janes box of tricks does all that? In which case I want one, can’t let jane have all the fun.
jane: sounds gr8, I’m just dead envious.
2 brill. forehands from Fed to hold serve.


madmax Says:

Federerrrrrrrr!

win! concentrate on this match! not tomorrow!

Federer! Break! Oh this is touch and go.

keep the believe madmax keep the belief.


madmax Says:

do you know what. it is all about belief right now. that is the difference. Federer, shoulders back and just do it.

Yep. Reap what you sow, as the commentator says.

C’moon Federer.


madmax Says:

that was a risky shot by fed. great reflexes though.


madmax Says:

serving better.

that’s nice.


jane Says:

Fed needs to listen to Andrew and Gannu – slice the backhand, or run around for the forehand winner. Still sense that he has the upper hand even though Ferrer is still in it.


madmax Says:

c’moon federer. back in front. keep it that way please and break.

breathe.


Gannu Says:

Good Hold.. now please put pressure on his serve.. please break.. please please feddy… As madmax said.. keep the belieff!!


madmax Says:

Jane,

even though am young, i think heart attacks can still happen this young, right?

It’s the stress of the mind.
gotta keep playing with aggression.

Where is skeeze, man of calm?

Jane, you are the mother of calm.


madmax Says:

Gannu,

I’m with you there man. really.


Sean Randall Says:

Ferrer is making a lot of easy errors. Might the nerves, the 0-9 mark be getting to him?


Gannu Says:

agaain a horrible top spin.. wtf is that


blank Says:

Skeezer is in the hot tub ;-)


madmax Says:

Ferrer keeps going to Fed’s backhand.

So, Roger! run around it if it aint working completely.

It’s a bit hit and miss right now.

C’moon federer. still believing, but need a toilet break.


madmax Says:

commentators shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. already writing federer off! hate them hate them! shut up!


madmax Says:

Okay Fed! Important hold!

C’moon Sean, send positive vibes to the federer! The Man! here to do some damage!


Gannu Says:

3-3 all come on fed.. please hold and then break .. please


jane Says:

madmax, cool it girlie. No heart attacks allowed. And no way and I calm during Djoko and Murray’s matches – angst city all the way. So I empathize. : /


madmax Says:

Much betterer federer.

Let’s do it!

This is taking a lot of energy fellow federer fans out there :)


Kimmi Says:

federer back hand is leaking errors..too much to the net..especially on big points..aaaarg!


madmax Says:

Ferrer’s coach must have said backhand, backhand, backhand.

Federer! pull it together man. Have to watch now people.

Hold Roger. Hold.


Kimmi Says:

double fault..yack..c’mooon fed

great move by fed to hold serve


Gannu Says:

Good hold..but man.. ferrer is just crazy has gone mad.. just is running down everything in this world… Please fedex now you HAVE TO BREAK HIM and serve for the set,.. i cant take any more heart attacks…


madmax Says:

Ferrer isnt even tired.

Am calm mother jane. Am going to listen to you :)


madmax Says:

Gannu,

we calm each other now. Jane says so! :)

We love federer.

Beautiful shot by Federer. Lovely. Sweet. Calm moment. Forehand pass. Beauty.


Kimmi Says:

c’mooon here here here here


madmax Says:

commentators! shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Federer now break!


jane Says:

15-40 — Fed’s running forehand the match winner?


Gannu Says:

LOOK BLOODY THE SLICE WORKS PLEASE DO MORE


Kimmi Says:

BRRREEEEEAAAKKK..serve for it man…c’mon..NO wooobling!


madmax Says:

Fed breaks jane.

Still calm.

see?

Now c’moon Fed! Hold! (that took a lot of restraint Jane!).


Gannu Says:

HE BREAKS
MADAMX COME ON.. CHEER OUR MAN


jane Says:

He did it because of that forehand at 15 all, and then 15-30 so Ferrer tightened up. Amazing how one shot can flip things. Good match.


madmax Says:

3 aces federer!

what the hell was that camera doing coming down on court!

2 aces.

C’mon fed!


contador Says:

yeah baby! please serve this out now, feddy.

this is not over……


madmax Says:

1 more ace fed.

Focussss please.


jane Says:

madmax, Oh I am impressed. With your calm and Fed’s forehand.
: )


Kimmi Says:

2 match points..yes fed


madmax Says:

stay, hold, keep sweet federer.

Lets just take the match.

shhhhh comentators!


Kimo Says:

Fed and Rafa at last.

It’s been a while. We’ve earned it.


jane Says:

Congrats to Fed. Nice match – and now a Fed vs. Rafa rematch. Woot!!


madmax Says:

yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!

Jane!

I am now uncalm!


janadev Says:

Oh MY GOD.. ITS FED VS RAFA IN FINAL ….


Gannu Says:

YES LADIES AND GENTELEMEN ITS A FEDERERE NADAL FINAL AND WE FEDEX FANS WILL BE IN FULL FORCE TO CHEER HIM.. COME ON,…WE WANT FEDEX TO BEAT NADAL


madmax Says:

(I know there is no such word by the way! Just having fun!).

I love Roger Jane!

I love him!

One year ago tomorrow they last played!

Happy birthday to Roger and to Rafa! bake a cake! bake a cake! 1 year old!

Yessssssssssssssss


Kimmi Says:

CONGRATS the fed…finally a clay final. nadal to increase the H2H lead unfortunately.


margot Says:

I can here the cheers from madmax, kimmi and co from here! The maestro turned it on when he needed to. Well played!


madmax Says:

To all rafa fans, wishing your guy a great match tomorrow.

I am so happy federer is in the final and has the chance to defend.

I honestly feel it “could” go either way, but I don’t care, because I love Roger so much. I am happy he meets rafa there. I cannot think of two better champions, opponents, adversaries, friends, respectful champions. If Federer wins (c’moon fed!), then sweet. If rafa wins, then well deserved.

I dont care, I am just so happy right now.

Jane, invite to watch the match with you, cos those balls are gonna be popping through your screen!

It’s gonna be amazing. Do you have blue ray? or HD?


contador Says:

got it!

we have the fedal. arrrrgh
***********
hey X-Ray -

with gulbis, i am not sure what he does. sure it appears he is taking tennis seriously atm and working.

keeping my fingers crossed he keeps going.

************

c’mon fed!


Kimmi Says:

Already predictions by this commenators..Nadal to win..YIKES!!!!


Kimmi Says:

Contador..where have you been..just showing up after the match finished..hope you still have some ICE CREAM left :)


jane Says:

Enjoy all – calmly or uncalmly. : ) Tomorrow’s the big one!!


Gannu Says:

I DONT GIVE A DAMN WHAT COMMENTATORS SAY.. ITS A GROUPTHINK..AND COME ON MADMAX – WE ARE ALL DIEHARD SUPPORTERS OF FED.. AND I JUST WANT HIM TO WIN.. AND KIMMI DONT BE SO PESSIMISTIC.. WE HAVE TO CHEER OUR MAN..


Gannu Says:

sorry by mistkae pressed the caps button ;-)


montecarlo Says:

Finally we get the match whole world was waiting for. Time to repost this video-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=is-JCJCUy18

Lets see who turns out to be the man tomorrow. All the best to both gladiators.


Kimmi Says:

gannu..can’t help it..but will cheers ofcourse..*nervous giggles*


Ben Pronin Says:

Last year, no one gave Federer a chance in hell to beat Nadal. This year, well, I think most people feel the same. I hope it’s close.


madmax Says:

Gannu,

buddy! I am with Federer, all the way. NEVER to depart from the great one. EVER. He is just too special. Plus Duro would smack by backside. He says there can only be “one true love”. He is right.

Always Federer for me!

See all of you tomorrow.

Jane, enjoy your “first love”, LCD TV. you lucky thing you. You will christen it “properly” tomorrow, fedal gonna be breaking through your screen.

I will not be able to sleep tonight.

5.30pm UK time.

See you tomorrow.

Enjoy your evening everyone.
Gannu, hold tight for tomorrow. I am with you every step of the way. x


contador Says:

i been working, Kimmi. driving all over the past two days. but between clients, i drop in (using work laptop) and pull up the livestream if the score looked good. hahhaa

i couldn’t take watching fed lose to ferrer, nah not fun.

but fed’s first serve % started coming up and that’s always a good sign. win those points quicky against the road runner, i commanded the livestream …lol. it workded.


Gannu Says:

Bye bye everyone.. its 2:00am in India and i am yet to come out with my jet lag.. but i am so thrilled that the final will be shown live in TV in India.. so i will be in front of my comp and TV and will be cheering our man all the way with all of you guys..

So guys lets be ready to go through another emotional roller coaster, plenty of heart attacks… 100s of messages .. ;-) crazy stuff but it makes all this worthwhile for someone that you love so much ;-)

So yippe good nite and we will catch up tomm..


contador Says:

you and duro are pure fruitcake. madmax. : D

(you know i am teasing) two of my fave posters on tx.

but spread the love, is my message.


Kimmi Says:

Contador..work, on the weekend..mmmm! I am on cloud nine now. federer did what i hoped he would do in madrid..even if he loses tomorrow, i am happy he is peaking at the right time for FO..Go fed.

It will be a miracle to beat this rafa..but he has done it before and can do again.

c’moon fed


Cbeast Says:

Hi, everyone

Sorry I have been gone for so long ….

But I am moving to switzerland on monday and then the Swiss Army!!

I practically had to get my girlfriend to hate me just to watch theses matches and am sitting in my boxers down stairs typing cause she kicked me out of bed … all cause i wanted to watch the fed match! loved it .. was super nervous and smoking about 15 smokes lol! plus the wine .

Cheers all

Good luck fed and nadal .

Am a big fed fan but I agree its gonna be a togh job for fed.


madmax Says:

Contador,

Yes I am a fruitcake! But I dont care! And its great to see you here again – I love federer but I love you too contador! Do you know how much? *this much*, way, way, big!

CBeast,

Moving to switzerland, to see the swiss and join the swiss army? In honour of Federer! :) Amazing!

Kimmi,

Have some belief for tomorrow, as Gannu says! Federer fans together, the vibes will be strong and very, “VERY” sweet.

C’moon Roger!


Skeezerweezer Says:

My man, hello everyone, goooooood Fed! :)

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