Federer, Djokovic Battle for No. 2, Nadal Out for Blood Against Del Potro in Indian Wells SFs
by Sean Randall | March 19th, 2011
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What a great afternoon of tennis we have in store from Indian Wells. Arguably, the four best players in the sport who also happen to be the last 24 men’s Grand Slam champions are featured in today’s semifinal round.

In a repeat of the 2009 US Open semifinal lineup, it’s Roger Federer v. Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin Del Potro v. Rafael Nadal.

I’ll start with the first match, Nadal v. Del Potro. When these two last played in New York about 18 months ago it was Delpo slapping Nadal in easy fashion 6-2, 6-2, 6-2. However, Nadal had injuries issues with his abs during that match while Delpo as we saw was at his very peak.

This time things are different. Despite his recent play Delpo, I don’t think, is still not back where he was in 2009. And he too may have some lingering injury concerns today with his leg, though the two days offs should help alleviate any ailments.

Nadal’s been productive thus far but going to a third set tiebreak against Ivo Karlovic – who is a far lesser player than Del Potro – gives me some pause.

“He’s one of the best of the world, for sure,” Nadal said on Thursday of playing Delpo. “He’s coming back after one year outside of competition almost. So when you are in a difficult situations like he was last year and you come back and you start to win, you are stronger than before because your motivation and you want to — you know, you want to recover the time that you lost for one year.

“I have to keep improving much more to have chances on the semifinals. I gonna work tomorrow on the doubles to practice, and I hopeful with this confidence and everything I gonna be able to play a fantastic match, because that’s all the way.”

Said Del Potro, “Well, I believe much in my serve, in my game, and my weapons. Maybe I feel little difference at this moment against — between me and the top 10 players here, because I already play against Roddick, against Verdasco, and I feel little difference. So maybe against Rafa I can feel the same. But, you know, it’s a long road. If I lose, I will take a good things to improve in the future. That’s the main and important thing if I lose. Even if I win, I know it’s a long road to be in the top again. Of course I would like to win, but I will see in the future.”

Does Delpo sound like he has that killer instinct yet?

In their series, Nadal leads 4-3 but Del Potro has won their last three (7 of 8 sets!) meetings, all which have been on hard court.

But in the end I’m picking Nadal here. Rafa’s a perfect 16-0 in odds years at Indian Wells. Also, I think Rafa’s out for revenge for that US Open match and I just don’t think Del Potro has that 100% belief yet needed to beat Rafa, though if the Argentine continues on his upward climb he’ll get there very soon. Rafa showed a lot of emotion after his Karlovic win, that should help ride him to victory today. Nadal in straight sets.

In the second match, I had Djokovic winning this title at the start of the week and I’m sticking with that. Novak didn’t play his best yesterday in a 6-2, 6-4 win over Richard Gasquet, but I think he’ll turn that around today against Federer.

After a couple shaky matches against Igor Andreev and Ryan Harrison, Federer breezed yesterday. But I think that was more to do with hs opponent, friend Stan Wawrinka, not putting up much of a fight (again) against his countryman.

The circumstances are again similar to the Australian Open. Federer cruises past Wawrinka only to get tripped up by Djokovic. I think that happens again today and as a result Novak moves ahead of Federer for the No. 2 ranking.

If Novak serves well he’ll win. And the Serb’s been on fire this year winning all 16 matches to extend his career-best win streak to 18. And this week, he’s lost just 12 games in total during Indian Wells so his confidence has to be at an all-time high.

“Confidence plays a very important role in the life of a tennis player,” said Djokovic. “If you can roll on that run and try to use that confidence, then you can have a lot of success and you can really play well. That’s what it’s all about, my game these days. I do feel really comfortable on the court and am trying to use that confidence because I know that it can easily change. It’s a very mental game.”

Head-to-head Federer still holds the big lead at 13-8, but when you dive into the numbers it’s Djokovic who has the upper hand right now. Novak has won the last two meeting this year both on hard courts and both in straight sets – Dubai and Australian Open.

“I have beat him four times before that,” Federer said referring to his 4-1 mark against Novak in 2010. “That’s also happened in the last six months, so I can’t be doing so many things wrong. It’s just that sometimes against top players you can’t win them all. It’s important to have the mindset and right game plan for tomorrow, and that’s what I will be thinking about tonight and tomorrow.”

Federer still should walk away with a title this weekend. After finally getting his first doubles win over rival Rafael Nadal yesterday, Federer and Wawrinka will play Alexandr Dolgpolov and Xavier Malisse for the doubles title later today.

In the women’s final tomorrow, Caroline Wozniacki goes up against surprise finalist Marion Bartoli.

ABC will have live coverage starting at 2pm . ESPN3.com will have live streaming for the big day ahead. Tennis Channel will have the doubles final.

INDIAN WELLS SATURDAY SCHEDULE

STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs J Del Potro (ARG) – ATP
[3] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [2] R Federer (SUI) – ATP

Not Before 3:00 PM
[8] B Mattek-Sands (USA) / M Shaughnessy (USA) vs S Mirza (IND) / E Vesnina (RUS) – WTA – DOUBLES FINAL

Not Before 4:00 PM
A Dolgopolov (UKR) / X Malisse (BEL) vs R Federer (SUI) / S Wawrinka (SUI) – ATP – DOUBLES FINAL


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479 Comments for Federer, Djokovic Battle for No. 2, Nadal Out for Blood Against Del Potro in Indian Wells SFs

Gannu Says:

Fantastic sean… thanks for picking Djokovic and Nadal…. I can be rest assured that its gonna be Del Po vs Fedex final ;-) Come on feddy bear… Its been a while you having beaten top players and won a tourney…!!!


jane Says:

Rafa out for blood but not Fed? Nole has beaten Fed at the last 2 slams, and in Dubai, Fed’s sort of “home away from home.” I think Roger will be gunning for the win today. But I still think they both have a shot for the win. Hard to call!

On the good side for Djoko fans, we know that If Nole doesn’t get number 2 here, he can get it in Miami. He’s already surpassed his results from last year here. And he lost early last year in Miami so he can gain there. The main thing for Nole this year is to be consistent, and go deeeeeeeeeep at all four slams. He can do it. He can play well on every surface.

Anyhow, looking forward to both matches.


billyboy512 Says:

What’s this idiotic and nonsensical obsession with framing a player’s results in odd or even years?

It’s a trope proliferating like a virus in the tennis prass. Come back, credibility, come back!


dave Says:

Since Wimbledon, Federer has remained the most consistent player on tour. Roger has reached at least the semifinals in every tournament he has played — 11 tournaments in a row since the Canadian Open. He has beaten Djokovic on four different occasions on hard courts since Wimbledon. Federer beat Djokovic in straight sets 7-5 6-4 at Shanghai, when Djokovic entered the match in red-hot form on a 9-game winning streak without dropping a set in his previous 8 matches. Federer’s loss to Djokovic in Dubai at night was understandable — since 2006, he has not won any tournament after a vacation break (except where he has played a warm up tournament or exhibition beforehand, e.g., Doha 2011 and AO 2007). Federer’s loss at the Australian Open in the cool night conditions on slow plexicushion courts was also understandable. Today, it will be a day match in a mild 72 degrees Fahrenheit and cloudy, so no advantage to either player. Even if Federer loses today, it is not critical. Federer has his eye on the big prize — regaining the number one ranking at Wimbledon or after. At the moment Federer is ahead of both Nadal and Djokovic on points achieved since after Wimbledon 2010. However, even if Federer wins today and goes on to win both singles and doubles at Indian Wells, how will the anti-Federer media try to rationalize the wins?

Interesting article in the WSJ:

Reinventing the Way We Rank Tennis Players
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704823004576192782049730532.html


Gannu Says:

” billyboy512 Says:
What’s this idiotic and nonsensical obsession with framing a player’s results in odd or even years? It’s a trope proliferating like a virus in the tennis prass. Come back, credibility, come back!”

Good one… mindless pointless statistic… and that too coming from Sean.. If you wnat to picka player pick him on hi merit and not pointing out baseless statistics as one of the reasons!


Kimo Says:

The exact semi-final line-up of USO 2009. Me like.

TBH, even though I’m a Fed fan all the way, I’m more interested in the Rafa-Delpo semi, to see if that 2,2 and 2 result was a fluke, or was it justified :)


madmax Says:

gannu, just keep it together!

Dave, a GREAT post. A lot of people writing federer off already. I dont really care. He goes in as the underdog, no matter what other people say. Both novak and roger know how to win tournaments and I really believe it is who plays better on the day. It had just better be roger!

Very close at the top. Rafa has a lot to lose in terms of points this year. Roger, as Dave said, has his eye on the bigger prize. But…Roger has improved on his points at indian wells, after being knocked out of the Qf’s to baghdatis last year. So it’s all positive.

Whatever happens, Roger is playing great. But I think Roger is going to do it. Time for revenge roge!

No reason why he shouldn’t win! but I accept that novak will be hard to beat, being the man of the moment.

Come on Roger! The testosterone levels are going to be high between these two and the adrenalin off the scale!


Huh Says:

Hopefully Fed will kick ass and JMDP can win too.

HI KIMO:

That was anything but fluke coz JMDP has beaten Rafa two times befor dayt USO semi too, and not to mention JMDP has beaten Rafa while Rafa was at his best and JMDP far below his best in dat Miami 09 match


madmax Says:

i’ve just watched rafa practising and he’s put on weight! Anyone else noticed that?


Huh Says:

Who cares who’s out for whom, all that matters to me is Fed n JMDP winning :)


blank Says:

Starting with the clay season through US Open, by my rough calculations:
Nadal is defending >9000 points
Federer is defending ~2000 points
Djokovic is defending ~3000 points

Should be a very interesting summer of tennis!


Huh Says:

I’d not be displeased if the final is between Rafa n Nole to see whether Nole realy has d guts to stop a great player like Rafa at his prime, betain a below par Fed two or three times continuous doesn’t mean Novak’s the king, to bhe declared the new king, Novak HAS TO dethron Rafa, and not just at a masters series, if u guys know wat I mean[of cours u know guys! ;)]


Huh Says:

d tenis summer dis yeatr too is interestin as hell


dari Says:

Delpo is making great progress in his recovery, playing #1 is a great step in that progress no matter the result.
Be careful kimo, in using this match as a measure of if JMdP win over Rafa was a fluke. Give him some time.
That said, this is a win-able match for delpo, as long as he can hang physically. Just hoping for a good match. Let’s go, delpo!
Kimmi- don’t know exact origin per se, but I guess its because he is “stick” thin. palito is “little stick”


andrea Says:

part of nadal getting to a tie break with ivo is was ivo’s serve. i don’t think anyone on the tour likes to play ivo – it’s always tense since he tends to breeze thru his service games, forcing the other player to hold their serve.

i don’t want to call him a one stroke wonder though because ivo came up with some great strokes in clutch moments…it’s just that those great strokes come erratically. his performance at the net was abysmal.

have to catch it all on the PVR later, but the doubles match should be cool to watch. this dogopolov guy is one to watch.


dari Says:

It’s good for delpo to take advantage of Rafa not playing as well. He’s really staying in even the longer points :)
Ohhh, nice shot of roger and nole practicing next to each other, dramaaa.


Dory Says:

Del Potro is to Nadal what Nadal was to Federer. His greatest challenger!!!!!! Nadal had a good year in JMDP’s absence. Now JMDP will always win against Nadal.


Kimo Says:

Rafa is not settled-in. I think Delpo is in his mind.


Kimo Says:

Dory said:

“Del Potro is to Nadal what Nadal was to Federer.”

I thought the exact same thing like 20 minutes ago :)


blank Says:

Dory,
IMHO, a little premature to make that call, but nevertheless, could be very true.


jane Says:

I’d forgotten about Delpo’s win over Rafa at Miami in 2009 – good point huh.

And Delpo is starting strongly today! 3- love!


Daniel Says:

Wow, Delpo’s game really bothers Nadal. Nadal atastes strong hiting hard, but Delpo hang and now Nadal is spreading errros and backhands into the net. Low on confidance at the moment.


Kimmi Says:

thanks dari. polito with a good start..but rafa is not in there yet. i am expecting for him to get it together.

Go delpo!


blank Says:

jane,
Getting ready for lunch? What do you want…Federer served on a platter? ;-)
Here’s hoping that likely event doesn’t happen :-)


madmax Says:

rafa’s nervous. but even if delpo takes the first set, and that’s an if, rafa will come back all guns blazing. this is what he does. takes him a while to settle – especially against delpo who is in his head, since USO.


Dory Says:

What a forehand by JMDP! Most powerful and equally stylish.


jane Says:

blank thanks for those calculations! Rafa hasn’t served well at all so far, and at this event overall. He’s at 50% now.


Kimmi Says:

nadal starts to find the FH! delpo needs to keep it together!


madmax Says:

lovely point by delpo. It’s so good to see him back!


madmax Says:

i love tennis!


Kimmi Says:

nadal to the net! great volley! hold delpo hold!


jane Says:

lol blank, just saw your other post. Of course I’d love to see Nole continue his winning streak, maybe hit 20 or more? (including a second slam, which imo shows he has guts) but i suspect Fed will make it really tough. I remember when Fed and Stan played doubles in Olympics, Roger followed up by winning the USO. Maybe it is a good tool / prep for him? Anyhow, we’ll see.


Kimmi Says:

delpo not serving well either! needs the big first serve here…


Kimo Says:

Unlike all of Rafa’s matches, it’s not a question if #Delpo can rally with Rafa, it’s can Rafa stay in a rally with Delpo?


jane Says:

Kimmi, true. Delp is at only 53% and Rafa had dropped down to 36% in first serves! He is totally suffering on his serve today. It was a weapon at the USO last year for Rafa, but not here, not today.


dari Says:

I think you’re right, kimo. That’s odd for a Rafa match! Then, i worry about fitness for long points, but delpo is doing his thing. Keep it up, JMdP!


Kimo Says:

TBH, Delpo’s forehand is still not what it was in 2009. Forehand winners for him: 0.


aleish17 Says:

This is intense for me. I just tuned in to see Nadal is trailing by one game.

C’mon!!!


aleish17 Says:

C’mon, break back! pleeeassse!


aleish17 Says:

Rafa breaks back! Wheew!


Grand Slam Says:

I love Rafa and admire what he has achieved over the years, at such a young age!!!!! I just hope he gets a win over Juan today, just because I would love to see him in the final tomorrow against Nole or Fed. (as I write this Rafa gets the break back).

On the other hand, I cannot ignore how great and smooth Juan’s forhand is\! It is just a beauty!!Of course he is not the best mover on tour but his Ground Strokes especially a la Sampras forehand make up for it. If he could get the serve working the way it was working in 2009 he will be a real threat! I still believe he is not back at 100%. But I know he will be back sooner than later in fact I think his real comeback will be RG!!!!


jane Says:

4 all. I think Rafa, fitness-wise, has the edge; do others agree? Sometimes Delpo seems to get tired, like in Delray. But hard to say.


dari Says:

Rafa picking up a bit and delpo few more errors. Let’s go, delpo. Get it back!


dari Says:

“Vintage” Rafa!


jane Says:

Delpo has a mean forehand for sure Grand Slam – thing of beauty. Eep Rafa with 2 more break points …


dari Says:

Wasn’t that ball gonna be out?! Vamos, jaun!


Kimmi Says:

madal on court now!


Kimo Says:

What’s up with Delpo?!


Grand Slam Says:

Jane I agree Delpo fitness has always been a problem! Rafa is making this affair as physical as possible and here he has another break point, and he takes it as he will be serving for the set.


jane Says:

Yep, classic Rafa there dari. He’s such a good fighter, so admire that about him.


Daniel Says:

Well, Nadal found his range and Delpo fade a litle. Not Gois for him losing a set 6-4 after leading 4-1 30-30.


Kimmi Says:

2 straights breaks..arrgh. lets go delpo..don’t give up pls!


Naderer Says:

Im happy with any final other than a Delpo vs Djokovic…
That’d be a useless match. There’s no history, no rivalry, Nothing!!!!


jane Says:

Delpo still out-first-serving Rafa, but contrary to earlier in the match, Rafa’s out-returning Delpo in both first and second serve returns. Let’s see if Juan can turn this around and break back to 5 all…


Dory Says:

What a turnaround. I agree Del Potro isn’t hitting his forehand as hard as 2009. And backhand not as 100% reliable.


jane Says:

love-30!


Dory Says:

Naderer, any matchup will be GREAT IMHO.


Kimmi Says:

delpo has to stop the bleeding! here!


Grand Slam Says:

Juan will not give up but I am sure he knows his fitness is falling behind and there is a lot of catch_up he needs to do in that area as well as serving! Now this is an important game crucial as Nadal is serving for the set.


Kimmi Says:

wow! what a come back..great set frm rafa!


jane Says:

Juan has done alright returning second serves, but he has not made a dent when Rafa gets in a first serve (only 52% in set one). He wasn’t able to capitalize on Rafa not serving his best. He outserved Rafa overall, but his return game still not at that level of Rafa’s, Nole’s, Murray’s, Fed’s imo.


Daniel Says:

Wow, this game Nadal really dig in a show his best. Down 0-30 He hang, made an excelent backhand down the line an ace to close the set.


Kimmi Says:

delpo needs to hold!


dari Says:

Ok Juan Martin. Stay in it


Kimmi Says:

yes! good hold!


aleish17 Says:

Nadal outplayed by Delpo in the 1st game of 2nd set.


sheila Says:

well its going 2b another predictable year, nadal winning everything. difference djokovic will be in finals instead of roger. unless federer wins djokovic, then djokovic is definitely #2 player, but i dont c djokovic becoming #1, not unless ic him beating nadal in finals


dari Says:

Good return, delpo


aleish17 Says:

nice return by delpo.


Kimmi Says:

c’mon delpo fight! hold! hold! great volley!


Kimmi Says:

fist pump delpo..yeah!


Dory Says:

Does anyone else feel that JMDP’s not feeling so confident because of playing his first big match since his comeback?


dari Says:

Haha ESPN/ance commentators love to gossip.
I’d love a break from delpo.


jane Says:

Delpo’s picking it up in this second set methinks.


Kimmi Says:

break delpo!


jane Says:

bps – Delpo needs to get these. Rafa still is having a tough time getting in his serves first try. When he gets them in, he gets the point the majority of the time.


Kimmi Says:

nadal spread the court very well there..


madmax Says:

rafa is just running delpo from side to side. this isn’t good. change the game plan delpo.


Dory Says:

Why is JMDP playing so far behind the baseline suddenly?


Dory Says:

On Nadal’s serve I mean?


madmax Says:

what a handsome man delpo is. just had a close up shot of his face.

More aggression is needed from delpo at this point.


jane Says:

Dory maybe he’s trying to allow himself a better shot on the return? More time. He probably realizes if he could just get back some of those first serves, he’d have a much better shot at breaking Rafa.


madmax Says:

delpo needs to take the ball earlier on the return, he is just getting into rallies with rafa which aren’t conducive to his game.


madmax Says:

first serve needed here.


Kimmi Says:

break! oh well, delpo tried but rafa is too good!


Daniel Says:

Classic! Delpo had BP didn’t convert and Nadal broke in the next game. Sometimes is better for a player not even have break points.


Dory Says:

He hasn’t given up yet JMDP!!!!!


jane Says:

Hmmm…wondering if Delpo can find a way to break back? He’s 1/4 on bps since he broke to begin the match. Nadal is at 2/3. That’s the difference. Plus returning.

If Rafa wins, there’s a good chance for a Fedal, which would be the first since WTF.

If Nole beats Fed, i wonder if he will be able to win? If Rafa serves like this I think Nole could take more advantage on the return. But then again, Rafa can also take advantage of his serves…both great returners.

Anyhow, still not over. Let’s see what Juan can do here.


Dory Says:

Nadal’s serve to the ad side is scary today.


Kimmi Says:

movement is much better from rafa..

delpo needs to at least hold here!


madmax Says:

delpo should be proud of his performance, after today, he will move from position 90 to…is it 10 points lower?

I think it is safe to say that rafa has got this one after a spirited performance from delpo and rafa has pretty much been under the radar but he has had a cupcake draw this tournament. Playing all qualifiers along the way.

When has that ever happened?

I know this is a bit premature, but am glad to see federer is motivated to play novak. I just remember when he lost to him in USO last year, and he said he was thinking too much of what would happen in the final – please fed, don’t do that next. Just concentrate on YOUR game. I hope he forgets about the ranking position as well – reading this, it seems he has his head straight.

Anyhow here it is:

Federer said he was ready to face Djokovic in what will be their third contest in the past three months. ”I won’t be just chipping in the ball,” Federer said.

Federer’s win not only sets up his first semi-final match against third-seeded Djokovic since the Australian Open but the outcome will determine who stands higher in the rankings. World No. 3 Djokovic has been blitzing his opponents the past few months and is currently on an 18-match winning streak dating back to last year’s Davis Cup final.

Federer said winning mattered the most to him and the ranking was just an added bonus.

”If you are playing a fellow top five guy I don’t care what is on the line. I just want to beat him,” Federer said.


Dory Says:

Something broke in him after 3-0 1st set.


madmax Says:

Delpo looks tired. After a few more tournaments, he’ll be ready to play a lot better. His fitness level has suffered a lot, being out for 12 months. He had done incredibly well.

Just heard that he will move into the 50′s after this tournament (delpo), which is great.


Dory Says:

Yes his comeback has been great. As he moves into top 50, his confidence will rise massively. I hadn’t seen lots of his play before this tournament so I expected too soon for him to return to top form. Few more months it will take. :)


madmax Says:

how much does delpo want this do you think? his shoulders have slumped.


jane Says:

Dory “Something broke in him after 3-0 1st set.” I think that was Rafa. ;)

Congrats to Nadal and his fans; even on an average serving day/week overall, he is in the final.


dari Says:

Good match, Juan Martin!


jane Says:

^ yep, good effort Juan Martin!


Kimmi Says:

great win by rafa! delpo going the right direction. hopefully he can compete with the top guys soon.

Good luck to rafa in the final and good luck to delpo in the future.


aleish17 Says:

On to the finals Rafa!

Kudos to JMDP for a nice run in this tourney!
Im sure we’ll be seeing more of him in the coming tournaments.

Congrats Rafa!

Smile Rafa fans! =)


Kimmi Says:

now go get ‘em fed!


sar Says:

If Nole doesn’t get number 2 here, he can get it in Miami. He’s already surpassed his results from last year here

Good reminder for me, Jane.


Ike Says:

hopefully, Nole will win it in two sets :)


dari Says:

Come on, roger! Focus and do some magic!


Dory Says:

My heart split between Novak and RF. Can never pick between two of my most favorite but at the moment I don’t want Novak’s streak to end.


Dory Says:

But I don’t want RF to lose again so many times in a row. Can’t decide…phew.


jane Says:

Good luck Nole!


Ike Says:

sar
getting no.2 will be get for Nole, but i m sure he is already thinking about no.1
As everyone knows Rafa has tons points to defend in next 6 months…Nole can get real close to no.1


Dory Says:

RF reminds everyone in the pre-match interview that he beat Nole 4 times in a row earlier. :P


Ike Says:

Dory
very interesting…I don’t know that many fans who root for both Nole and Fed


Ike Says:

Jane
i m in ur camp…go Nole!


Kimmi Says:

dory – federer will have to look at the positives, so its not a bad thing to think that way!


jane Says:

Dory, when I can’t decide, i find that often as I watch the match I’ll end up leaning one way or the other. It’s almost involuntary how it happens, and kind of cool. But in this I want Nole to win, due to streak and because I’d like to see how he’d match up versus Rafa. On the other hand, if he doesn’t I won’t be devastated because he can get number 2 soon and he could rest and a Fedal final would be interesting too. Slams – we’ve seen lots of them – but when is the last time Nadal and Fed met in a Masters final not on clay? Anyone know?


dari Says:

Dory, that was yesterday, but yeah, that’s Rog!
Do your business, roger!


jane Says:

He didn’t beat him 4 times in a row, lol! He beat him in Canada, but then Nole won USO. Then Fed beat him 3 itmes in a row (Shanghai, Basel, WTF) and now Nole’s beaten him 2 times in a row. Fed’s chosen to forget about the USO loss. ha ha. Oh well, the point is, their matches are always very close!


Ike Says:

it will be pretty cool for Nole to beat Fed in semi and Rafa in finals!


Dory Says:

My bad that was a semi.


madmax Says:

come on roge!

straight sets please! oh the media keep going on, and on.

lots of positives to take into the match roge, confidence should be high.

federer magic indeed!


Dory Says:

It’s 2005 Miami! I can’t believe Fedal’s 2nd ever meeting was hard court Masters 1000 final!!!


Ike Says:

Jane, Dory,

I think Rafa & Fed in Master’s finals was only ones…Miami in 2005


sar Says:

Any live streams? Our TV keeeps cutting into the tennis and showing another war we are starting.


blank Says:

jane,
Very interesting question. I was amazed when I looked up, it’s 2005 Miami finals!


Ike Says:

blank
and that will remain the only time….


Ike Says:

is it just my computer / internet connection, or there was/is some issue with tennis-x site?
it’s getting frozen…


margot Says:

Well played Rafa, that’s how to do it :)
Now, come on Nole:)
jane, kimmi, nina, dAri: if u google “Andy Murray Comic Relief Outnumbered Youtube ” you’ll get Andy in a delightful, self deprecating little skit, all in aid of big BBC charity night. Charities include funding operations to get sight back for kids and adults in Africa. People how can 2 year olds have cataracts ?????


madmax Says:

22nd meeting between these two. It’s incredible.

Let’s go federer! butterflies…

need that serve to be *on fire!*


dari Says:

Haha, Jane fed remembers what he wants!
Let’s f*ING rock, Rog!


madmax Says:

consistency and what a great game.


Ike Says:

seems like Fed is playing with lot of purpose…


blank Says:

Ike,
Thanks. But I will wait for the match to end to know that.


Ike Says:

hey margot!
how is 2011 going for you? (excluding Murray blues)


jane Says:

I know blank, dory – weird how they’ve not met on hardcourt in a Masters final in 6 years!!! wowsa. But lots of clay finals, same with Nole. I guess both have met Rafa in a hardcourt slam final and lost, however, so Rafa proved himself when it really mattered against both Roger and Nole. Both start well on serve…


jane Says:

margot, will check it out. Nice of Andy M to do that. :)


Kimberly Says:

jane where are you watching this—-i just put on tennis channel and saw some match with hewitt and davydenko?


jane Says:

fromsport but have on scores since screen keeps cutting out in annoying fashion like it did all through rafa/delpo too. congrats on your guy’s win kimberly.


Ike Says:

TennisTV.com


Ike Says:

margot
Andy Murray Comic Relief Outnumbered is pretty funny


blank Says:

jane,
Do you get Rogers Sportsnet1 (SN1) where you live? I am watching there.


Ike Says:

Fed couldn’t hit winner FH on Nole’s BH side after serving wide…sign of the times?


dari Says:

ABC and espnclassic


jane Says:

blank, thanks but I checked and we have downhill snowboarding on sportsnet here…


Ike Says:

who is Gwenn Stefani?


jane Says:

holy moly dari – it’s on ABC, I found it!! thank you!!!!!!! :)


Ike Says:

dari
i didn’t realize it’s on ABC, thanks.
i don’t remember watching Tennis on ABC in last 7-8 years! looks like ESPN execs convinced them…


jane Says:

Go Nole!!!!


Ike Says:

Nole draws the first blood….


Kimmi Says:

break already! aaarg roger! is it me, or is this match kind of slow motion?


dari Says:

ABC owns ESPN, notice same commentators.
Break back, fed!


Skeezerweezer Says:

Fed tryin everything that game to hold…Nole just too tough and the break to Nole…Fed is p1ssed


Kimmi Says:

too many errors roger..that is what has been his problem. errors at big point!


Ike Says:

dari

Walt Disney owns both ABC & ESPN…


Kimberly Says:

thanks jane! i was out showing houses so missed it all. I wouldn’t even look at livescores because I would be a nervous wreck and not pay attention to clients. When I got home it was 4-3 in the second. My girl Maria got worked though so sad about that.

wow, great point from Fed there.


jane Says:

great point from fed – might get the break right back…


Kimmi Says:

break back roger! pleeeease!


Kimmi Says:

c’mon..dont make errors on those big points fed!


Kimberly Says:

great save of bps from novak


Dory Says:

OMG Federer-Djokovic tennis also the same level as Federer-Nadal isn’t it?


jane Says:

margot lol, “are you british or scottish?” “depends whether i win or not” – and those two brothers, ha ha.

GO Nole, hold please!


Ike Says:

GREAT defense from NOLE!


jane Says:

double fault arrrrgh.


Ike Says:

Andy Murry
Scottish …if he WINS!
British …if he LOSES!
LOL


Dory Says:

Nole playing in God Mode (TM)!!!


jane Says:

Holds, phew – keep going Djoko. Way to stand inside the baseline, come in and finish the point. Nice one.


madmax Says:

brilliant shots from novak. His defence is incredible.

Fed needs to dictate more points!

come on fed!


Daniel Says:

Wow, Djoko is just tôo good. Fed webt for broke this game and Djoko returned everything Fed trown at him. Amazong stuff this last points.


dari Says:

I am aware of that, ike, I thought I would leave that link out as it usually doesn’t pertain to tennis!


Kimberly Says:

novak just looks very very very very good


Ike Says:

i think now Fed realizes hist best is not good enough to beat Nole…


Dory Says:

I have not seen anyone playing faster tennis than these two.


Kimmi Says:

first set will probably be 6-2..i have a bad feeling in this set!


Daniel Says:

Damm They are both slaming the ball rigth now!


Ike Says:

dari

ABC…showing tennis…i m great to c that!


Dory Says:

DF from RF!!


Dory Says:

Federer bringing out his full repertoire of shots!


Ike Says:

Daniel

“Damm They are both slaming the ball rigth now!”…agree, but Nole is winning most of them :)


Kimmi Says:

at least! ok, now break!


madmax Says:

stop it kimmi! you’ll talk yourself into it – dont!

slam dunk fed! whoooo hooooo! loving this match!

Make it happen fed!


dari Says:

Djokovic insane!
Fed is making his own mistakes, he can’t do that against this novak.
Vamos, rog


Ike Says:

“Federer bringing out his full repertoire of shots!”…it’s not gonna be enough though!


Ike Says:

they should have Double’s exhibition match…Raf+Fed vs. Nole+Murray


jane Says:

Eeep that’s two doubles Nole – the horrible memories of the past. :( Come on you have to hold here!


Ike Says:

Robbie Counig is reading my mind…i think, they should do this exhibition for Japan relief fund…


Ike Says:

who has better BH…Gasquet or Fed?


Ike Says:

jane
no worries…Nole is going to win this match!


dari Says:

It’s deuce now, do.something roger!


Kimmi Says:

errors on big point..aaaarg!


jane Says:

Ike, you are so sure, which is great! Me, I am all nerves & hope. Come on Djoko! Put this set to bed.


Kimberly Says:

I don’t think Roger looks bad at all….no shanking or silly misses. He’s still totally in this match.


Kimberly Says:

I don’t think Roger looks bad at all….no shanking or silly misses. He’s still totally in this match.


Dory Says:

zOMG! What a match. Loving it.


madmax Says:

novak is just too good right now.


Ike Says:

sign of greatness from Nole!


Ike Says:

Nole is just too good…


madmax Says:

It’s brilliant tennis from boy guys.

Fed has nothing to be sad about right now. Just novak has all the shots. hopefully fed can pull something back.


Ike Says:

jane

Nole will win this two straight sets!


jane Says:

NOLE! Lovely stuff – speed, variety. :)


madmax Says:

roge, bad forehand miss!

Now whats going to happen.

Ah, I’m just going to enjoy this match. I just love watching roger play.


Kimmi Says:

2 breaks! great defence frm djoko!

now what!


Ike Says:

passing of the baton..


Dory Says:

Feeling sad for RF. Forehand errors on important points. No chance with Nole playing in God Mode.


dari Says:

That bh down the line was not a winner against novak, then fed makes the error. Bummer.
Not over, and as great as novak is playing, fed could make a difference by cutting out some of those errors!


Ike Says:

who has better defense…Nole or Rafa?


jane Says:

Nole tends to dip in the second set sometimes; he did versus Golubev and Gasquet, so we’ll see what happens now. That first set was nice though.


Daniel Says:

Djoko is on his prime. I don’t know if He can play any better. His movement ate unbelievable. Hes is get To balls and ready To return with pace and power. Is not like Nadal defende which He pulls the ball up with his top spin to gibr himself time. Djoko os right nos the quickest player on tour. This match is high level. But both can serve better.


Kimmi Says:

federer needs to play much better, or that it!

djoko is just on fire.


Ike Says:

i think Fed has completely lost hist mojo against Nole!


Kimmi Says:

over serving, going for too much, i agree with cahill!


Dory Says:

I’m excited about clay season bcoz Nole and JMDP are back. Clay season is just Nadal otherwise.


Daniel Says:

Nole, his defense passes close to the net. Nadal plays with more safity margin. Djoko is playing everything to the limit. As if he is disco ering how far hecan go.


Ike Says:

Daniel
Nole is first serving over 70% and winning about 80%, on most of the days that’s good enough


Daniel Says:

Fed is missing a lot in depth. I He can cut his He will have a shot.


Ike Says:

i don’t see Rafa winning Rome, Monte Carlo, Madrid and French Open this year…Nole should be able to win one of those…


Ike Says:

the gym that i go to closes at 7 pm, hopefully Nole will win this match in next 30 minutes, so i can workout for 1 hr :)


Daniel Says:

Look at this return. Fed is not believing the ballas are getting back, and how fast They are returning.


jane Says:

Djoko can improve a couple of things: still at net, for e.g., but his forehand and speed are better than they have been in the past. His mental focus and positivity are generally better, which comes in part from confidence/wins and in part from maturity. His return is just excellent. And now that he has his serve back, he can really go for it on return games. But he could improve the serve even more imo.


Daniel Says:

Gret hold by Fed. 2 first serves which Nole couldn’t return.


madmax Says:

great length from fed.

excellent stuff. about time.


Daniel Says:

I think te same Jane. His serve can be better. But He made some wicked volleys this match So far.


madmax Says:

dont balls this up fed – literally!


madmax Says:

time to convert


jane Says:

Oh oh is the dip going to happen…? two bps for Fed. This is exactly when Golubev and Gasquet broke Nole.


Dory Says:

These seemingly easy casual shots that RF misses when he’s got chances. Worrying me about his long term prospects.


Kimmi Says:

federer just too nervous..what was that! c;mon wake up!


Dory Says:

RF breaks!!!


madmax Says:

He said Come on!!!!!!!!!

Fed is now playing. You know he is alive when he says Come on! You gotta love the fed!

Come on!


Daniel Says:

Wow, this match has potential to be a Classic if Fed grabs this set and they kept playing this level!


Kimmi Says:

that was a tough break..he had to earn it. please hold and stop the errors!


Dory Says:

See how RF showed patience in this game. Sometimes I feel he rushes things and nets the ball or misses.


jane Says:

I know my guy – there’s the dip. Hope Nole gets it back!


madmax Says:

ohhhhhhhh – attempted volley, but come one fed a much cleaner game.


madmax Says:

dont lose focus fed. keep focused and play your magic.


Kimmi Says:

hold! go fed!


jane Says:

Now Nole’s making the errors; Roger’s upped his level.


madmax Says:

this cameraman doesnt know where his camera is at!

yeah, about time Jane.

Come on Federer!


madmax Says:

I absolutely do not want a tie break in this set. Fed just gotta hold his serve now, give him the confidence to give novak a spanking :)


Kimmi Says:

the tough this is to keep on holding. hold fed!


Kimmi Says:

wow! the FH from djoko is killing fed! hold fed!


Dory Says:

Wow this game was magnificent Roger.


jane Says:

good point, nole almost had it but fed got the final say.


Kimmi Says:

Phew! great hold and great pick up of the dropper! go fed!


jane Says:

Nole getting mad at himself. Hope he can stay focused.


Kimmi Says:

easy hold! hmmm! fed to battle to hold again!


jane Says:

Nice hold from Nole there.


Kimberly Says:

I went to the store to get icy hot patches for my shoulder as my injury woes are becoming worse than rafa’s and fed goes up. Should I go out again Fed fans? Come back in an hour or so?


madmax Says:

I hope he doesnt stay focused Jane! :) novak is just scary good right now, but if this goes to a third, then at least there will be a fight to the death – the doubles doesn’t matter and the final doesn’t matter tomorrow.

Just want fed to get to the final!


Kimmi Says:

bad start, hold hold is the theme of today roger


blank Says:

Kimberly,
Please go :-)


madmax Says:

first ace fed! whoooo hagooooo


Kimmi Says:

go kimberly! go out, go anywhere, so please!


madmax Says:

Come on Fed!!!!


Kimmi Says:

i mean..go please!


jane Says:

good hold from Fed too – looks like this is going 3 sets…


jane Says:

Fed’s playing fast and well a.t.m. Nole is frustrated, needs to keep his cool here, or to start the 3rd set.


madmax Says:

keep your nerve fed.. just hold. come one fed. come on. Hold it. Pleasssssssseeee


madmax Says:

Yoooooooooooooooooo hoooooooooooo

Yipppppppppppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


Ike Says:

oh well, can’t go to gym now………


jane Says:

Going 3! Nole better pull up his socks; he looked flat in that 2nd set.

Otherwise, first hardcourt Masters Final between Fedal in 6 years!


madmax Says:

more belief from fed now , hopefully he has that going into final set. and keeps it!

down to the wire.


Kimmi Says:

yay! at least we have a set for a loong time. keep going man!

kimberly, dont come back pls!


madmax Says:

clutch tennis.


Kimmi Says:

what? break point, oh nooo!


Ike Says:

jane

hope this will make you feel better…….


Kimmi Says:

bummer! not good..we are back in trouble again!


madmax Says:

why does fed do this?

come on. am glad I am not a tennis player, – those pressure moments are for the pros.


Dory Says:

Insane volleying by both!!!


jane Says:

Nole sheesh! >: I (grim face of determination)

No matter what happens – nice battle between these two again, and certainly a worthy one with the #2 ranking on the line.


Dory Says:

Djoko overall has definitely improved his abilities to hold when facing break point.


Daniel Says:

Can’t believe Federer misses these 2 backhands.


Ike Says:

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!


Ike Says:

Dory
“Djoko overall has definitely improved his abilities to hold when facing break point.”..agree, but can he match Rafa in that dept…


stu Says:

Only watched the last few games and I’m not impressed at all with either of these two..


Kimmi Says:

dory – you are right about djoko holding when facing BP..federer breakpoints all have been on bad errors.

Fed serving 33% in this third set..wont cut it!

djoko even gets challenges right!


Dory Says:

Djoker is THE best returner ever, even better than Agassi.


Kimmi Says:

needed that hold. c’mon break back!


madmax Says:

very funny stu!


jane Says:

stu, the first set was great; catch it if you can.

Dory, I agree that he’s one of the best. Murray and Rafa up there too. And Fed is still one of the best first serve returners in the game. So they are all pretty good. JMDP could do some work in this area based on what I saw today.


stu Says:

good grief


jane Says:

love-30: careful Nole, Fed’s playing well here.


madmax Says:

he has to break back!

Come on Fed. Please fed.


Dory Says:

WTF DF on 0-40.


madmax Says:

break back! Federer. I love you!


jane Says:

Ugh love-40. stu… come on you are jinxing Nole. ;)


madmax Says:

This should be a final!


Kimmi Says:

break back..go fed! Now HOLD please!


jane Says:

Terrible game by Nole. Awful. Worst of the match.


madmax Says:

marvellous. marvellos. well done fed.

come on fed.


stu Says:

haha jane, i was just about to stop watching because i don’t wanna see him lose badly after all these great matches! if he wins, he will probably win ugly so i won’t be missing much!


madmax Says:

close. keep it on your serve fed.


Dory Says:

stu, you affected the match quality (just kidding).


Kimmi Says:

oh noo! hold fed!


madmax Says:

dont throw it away. Stupid person shouting out in the crowd.

Serve an ace fed.


Ike Says:

awesome!!!!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

shit..error, error, error! get your self together fed! dont get broken! DF! this is incredible!


madmax Says:

tough but close.


jane Says:

Okay Nole – now you must consolidate and win!


Dory Says:

Champions of RF-class don’t DF on break point.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Fed! Talk about an “out to lunch” service game. C’mon man! Geez…


Daniel Says:

UnFuckinbelievable! 40-15 all momentum with him and He return the favor with a doublw fault to surrender the game. Djoko himself must not be believing this actuallu happened.


Ike Says:

i think Nole will steamroll over Fed now!!!


jane Says:

Maybe neither wants to play Rafa, ha ha.

stu, just kiddin of course! :)


stu Says:

way to consolidate! yayy!


Kimmi Says:

skeezer – it was terrible! this is where i say federer of old would not do that..very unfortunately!

when they analyse this match i hope they see that!


Dory Says:

I think if Nole wins this one, he WILL defeat Rafa unless he becomes the old Nole tomorrow.


Dory Says:

RF loses patience sometimes, trying to finish the point too fast.


Daniel Says:

Nos He has lost, what 10 points in a row!


Ike Says:

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Dory Says:

Djokovic MUST win tomorrow now.


Eric Says:

Disastrous, Roger…. world no. 2? Not for a second more.


Kimmi Says:

how does a tennis player self destruct so much! horrible! horrible!


madmax Says:

immense tennis from both players, but novak is his day today.

dont be so hard on fed skeeze, he has played brilliantly. it’s been one or two points and novak has had the advantage.


Daniel Says:

Very bad shot selection this last point. Fed coime have saved this game to stop the bleeding. Well, it is always hard to close this matches.


jane Says:

Yes! Serve it out Nole.

Nole’s returns put pressure on the server immediately as he gets him on the backfoot. Makes server go for too much sometimes I think.

Kimmi, when “they” analyze the match they had better acknowledge Nole’s crap serve games too. There have been a few – in the second set, and the one where he got broken back here.


jane Says:

And they can add this one to the other crap serve games, sheesh! Nole sheesh.


Dory Says:

That forehand on match point!


Ike Says:

maybe Nole is giving Fed the fake hope…


van orten Says:

djoker and nadal and all the others will live the same inconsistency that federer shows on a regular basis now…it is hard to watch him lose like that…2:2 40:15 and then ???? 4 unforced errors in a row ….man that is too much


Ike Says:

i m telling you…


jane Says:

4 doubles from Nole now. Grrrr.

Fed needs to vary his backhand return, occasionally run around it and hit a winner from the forehand side. I really think it would help on second serves in particular. I know people have said this before, but it seems true still.


Ike Says:

YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!


Duro Says:

The GOAT undertaker…


Kimmi Says:

Jane – they have to analyse fed’s game, they can do nothing about nole. it was a self destruct from 40-15 2-3 coz djoko did not do much. if he had hit winners i say too good. but it was just a ball that was waiting to be hit… what does fed do..he makes an error one after another…too bad!.

congrats to djoko and his fans


Ike Says:

congrats NOLE!!!!!!
go get Rafa tomorrow!!!!


madmax Says:

fabulous tennis.

well done to novak.

those of you that came in late and are criticising federer, can I suggest you watch the whole match. Wholly unfair to criticise him. – Eric and Skeeze.

It was terrific.

Come on fed go do the doubles.


jane Says:

This time Nole has EARNED number 2 the right way; means a lot to him. HURRAY!!! :)))

Sorry Fed fans, but there were some great classic Federer moments in the match.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Fed…..:(

Congrats to the new number two, Novak Djokovic


jane Says:

Ah, first since Sampras to begin the year with a 17 match winning streak – Nole will love that; Sampras is his idol.


Ike Says:

overall i wud say this was a poor quality match!


Dory Says:

So many UEs by both at the match end. Probably because how fast these two play.


madmax Says:

Duro Says:
The GOAT undertaker…

March 19th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

unnecessary duro. and completely classless.


dari Says:

Too f*ING bad.
Now if nole is gonna beat Rog, go beat Rafa, too!
Congrats to novak fans.
Tsk Tsk to Rog, he had chances…


Ike Says:

i bet Rafa is scared :)


jane Says:

Ike, here’s my take: First set was good by both I thought; second set, Roger was betterer; third set, both were very up and down, but Nole ended up stronger in the end.


Dory Says:

I think it was an okay match till 3rd set. RF plays too casual and fast. Needs a bit more steady shot making.


jane Says:

Fed fans, don’t forget Federinka! He could still win a title here.


Kimmi Says:

the bookies rarely gets it wrong! they were right again on this one. too bad for fed..now djoko has his number..ouch!

anyways, djoko has beaten federer over and over again..now he has a chance to slay the bull! hope it is a classic match!


Ike Says:

jane
i agree, but the quality wasn’t top notch all the time…for a few games here and there they BOTH were playing great, but otherwise it was just either of two…
agree with DORY …re. UEs…speed of Nole & Fed’s game


sar Says:

What? No on court interview?


Ike Says:

jane
not sure if u watch NFL…i root for Packers! i was the calming force for Packers fan when they played Chicago (in Chicago) and Steelers in the Superbowl…when I am around here u don’t have to get so worried/nervous about Nole losing..


jane Says:

Sean – 2 for 2.


dari Says:

Thanks for the reminder, Jane!
Third set was whack in so many ways, pretty pissed. But if my guy loses, I want whoever took him.out to take the whole thing. So, adje, nole!
And then of course Hopp Suisse for the dubs final!
C’Mon, Roger, win something today!


jane Says:

ike, no I watch only tennis and some hockey. Well, and other stuff but for sports that’s mostly it. Occasionally soccer. All the “downs” and stuff make me confused. :)


Duro Says:

New world order…


Ike Says:

dari
interesting…typically I want revenge…i want the some other player to beat the player who beat my favorite!


skeezerweezer Says:

@kimmi

Yep no doubt.

@Duro

“The GOAT undertaker…”

Classic! :)

Ok…I am over the loss already. Novak is goin on in my bracket(Yes!)

It’s been talked over and over that Fed can’t keep the intensity level he had years before. What makes it frustrating is he has moments of brilliance that make him look better than anyone still, but then the lapses are getting worse and worse.

Novak has come of age, Delpo is almost back, Rafa is the reigning #1 with Murray and Sod not far behind. Newcomers on the scene are coming fast ( Dolgo )so there is plenty to cheer about in the game. And the Fedster won’t leave the scene anytime soon, yes he’s still that good.


Ike Says:

jane
come on…it’s not that hard!


Eric Says:

It was obvious that after he won the second set, Roger thought he was in the clear. Then a combination of bad luck and gritty determination from Djokovic saw him drop his very first service game in the final set. The second game was a mirror of the first- Djokovic fell to 15-40, just as Roger had, thanks to some poor luck and good play from Roger. But the difference was then apparent: Djokovic won the next four points with dazzling play to secure the hold. Roger held serve in a close game and then, playing amazing tennis for the only time in the third set, broke back to level it at 2-2: but then he started committing more and more and more UEs while Djokovic continued to play well, and that was that. A great example of how a few spots of bad luck can really shape the match – Federer could have easily been up two breaks, serving at 4-1 instead of 2-3, but it was not to be.

Anyway, I thought they both played very well in the first two sets, but the last one was just kind of a shitshow from both, especially Federer, until the final few games when Djokovic really stepped it up.


Kimmi Says:

ike – me too! for the first time in a long time i will cheer for rafa….aaawww! too pissed with djoko for beating up my guy too much!


jane Says:

okay it’s just an excuse ike; I don’t like north american football. too many pile ups and ramming. lol!


Ike Says:

Duro

YES! New world order!
First time since Lendl player form Eastern Europe is dominating tennis this much and getting close to world No.1


Eric Says:

And (after catching up), madmax, I did watch the whole match – but that was some pretty shambling play from Roger, DFing on break point and committing more UEs in the first five games than in the entire first set (or close to it, anyway).


Kimmi Says:

Eric – totally agreed with your analysis! these kind of lapses will hit fed all the time he plays the top guys!


Duro Says:

Sorry, Maxi. You are right. I accept it.


jane Says:

Kimmi, Wow. I am surprised you will cheer on Rafa over Nole. Nole earned his number 2 and now could beat the number 1 to continue his streak. Oh well. Whatever works for ya. ;)

Eric, excellent summation: totally agree.


jane Says:

^ referring to your 5:58 post Eric; think it captures well the vacillations in play. “Shitshow” from both for a while there indeed. Was happy that Nole stepped it up in the end.


Ike Says:

those Russian / European tennis hotties are great but nothing can beat bethany mattek sands! True American chubby beauty! i bet she is big fan of McDs!


Ike Says:

kimmi
come on think like dari and not me, root for the player who beat ur player…please root for Nole…please


dari Says:

Ike, kimmi occasionally I feel the revenge, bit at the end of the day it looks better for your player to have been one of the many victims of a killer player.
Plus, it would be just another exciting dimension to the game right now, nole beating the two biggest dogs. I’m kinda over it, but bottom line, fed didnt have to lose that match!


Kimmi Says:

jane – it will take me a while to get happy for nole for beating roger. right now I am not very happy :( so it will be awkward for me to cheer for him tomorrow.

Nadal last beat roger in madrid..so maybe by madrid i might cheer for nole, who knows! now that i think these two will be in the business end of many tournaments a lot..


Kimberly Says:

oooooh, i love the pile ups and rammings. love football almost as much as tennis even if miami has a crap team. I tend to go for college as I am an FSU alum but they have been sorely disappointing in the past few years. But I was a student when they won their second National Championship. Their games now are unwatchable to me, sort of like Rafa’s matches (need to leave the room several times) I feel a hatred towards UF though that I cannot even feel to another tennis player. I don’t think its possible to detest another human being that much, a team yes.


Ike Says:

jane
well let me talk to Jim Irsay (owner of Indianapolis Colts) / Peyton Manning and get some tickets for next year’s Superbowl, would you like to attend? you will love the game :)


Kimmi Says:

forget about “a lot” at the end of my 6:07pm post


jane Says:

^ No problem Kimmi. It’s understandable of course, and totally none of my beeswax. But I know Rafa has never been high on your list to cheer for so was just surprised. I’m sick of Nole losing to Rafa in finals (0-5) and standing with the plate. I want to see him win a big one, and in my humble opinion I think this would be a very good one to win as it’s a Masters. Then, if he does it, he can go for a slam win. We’ll see. We all know how difficult it is to beat Rafa in any match let alone a bloody final. Sigh.

Fingers crossed for Nole.


Ike Says:

kimberly
almost forgot u r a Miami Dolphin’s fan…well i feel for you :(

i bet u hate UF! Just like our Red Sox nation hates Yankees (that evil empire!)!


jane Says:

Ike, no thanks. but what a kind offer. i found the superbowl half time show horrendous. my god that woman from black eyed peas just wails like a sick animal. : /


Ike Says:

dari, jane, kimberly,
Nole WILL beat Rafa tomorrow!


Kimmi Says:

if you keep saying things like nole is 0-5 in finals against rafa (ouch) i might just change me mind. that is a very POOR record.

I agree about rafa being tough though..he found a way to beat the delpo today even when playing crap in the beginning…we all know he will never give up. wont see too many errors from rafa for sure..


Eric Says:

Del Potro hasn’t been playing especially well on average this week and he was still able to get up 4-1 against Rafa. Of course, then he lost five in a row, but that’s how it goes. So call me crazy, but I think Djokovic has a great chance to win tomorrow. I hope he can do it — after so many tournaments doing the hard work of ousting Roger, he certainly deserves it.


Ike Says:

jane
according to many NFL experts 2011 superbowl was the worst organized superbowl ever! seating issues, halftime show, botched national anthem….list can go on…i feel bad for Jerry Jones …as this was adding insult to his injury (cowboys didn’t even make the playoffs, Romo injured)


Ike Says:

dari, jane, kimberly,

NO ONE beats Nole six times in a row in finals! NO ONE! Nole WILL win tomorrow!


Ike Says:

Eric
i m with u bro…Nole gonna win it…you know what will be even sweeter…beating Rafa in French Open final!


Ike Says:

ladies and gentlemen
c u tomorrow


jane Says:

Kimmi, “i might just change me mind. that is a very POOR record.” – I know I know, : ( and 2 of those finals were on clay, 2 on hard, 1 on grass. You know what it feels like to have your guy beaten by Rafa in lots of finals (6 wins for Fed; 12 losses).

But of course, credit to all them for getting to the finals again and again and giving themselves a chance at the titles.


jane Says:

Eric “after so many tournaments doing the hard work of ousting Roger, he certainly deserves it.” AGREE! :)


stu Says:

Darn it, the final is scheduled for the middle of the day!

Eric, I agree. But he’s still done the hard work of ousting Roger. Let’s hope he’s got some energy reserved!


Duro Says:

Love… the most beautiful emotion there is, but the most dangerous one in the same time, whenever it meddles between opposite interests or aspirations… It’s so easy to hurt or to be hurt. So fragile are our friendships as long as we cheers for different faves. But, that’s what the cheering or being a fan is all about. Our faves first!


Skeezerweezer Says:

@Duro…poetic and so very true..where have you been all my life? :-)


Duro Says:

But I am a man, Skeez!!! Don’t get too carried away! Plus, I’m married ha ha ha…

The reason I said it was because I hurt Maxi and I also sow how someone can easily change his/hers attitude towards a player or a persons if that one caused him or her a pain… (Talking about kimmi).
Too bad. But, our faves first, as i said. No hard feelings.


jane Says:

Fed now has to play a doubles final! It’s a lot. Stan should have to pick up some of the slack. But at least that’s it and Fed doesn’t have to play tomorrow.


skeezerweezer Says:

But Duro…I’m a woman! haha…j/k…gotcha on that one was just jokin wit ya..

But me thinks you’re still in love w/Novak, regardless…:)


AtlasHugged Says:

Just finished watching the Federer-Djokovic match in person. Thought I’d share a couple of thoughts that I don’t think I would have had if I weren’t there:

1) Roger probably had more fans in the stadium, but Nole’s were waaaay more organized and waaaay louder. (So loud that two young male supporters were removed from the bleacher section.) I really think they give a lot of support to Nole, since he’s very aware that he is playing in part for Serbian pride. (People shouted out “Serbia!” at times rather than Nole, etc.)

2) In person, it seemed like Roger didn’t have many UEs. Djoko and Roger were hitting the ball hard – harder than Nadal and Delpo I thought, and both were keeping control on a lot of shots. Perhaps they were both just playing closer the baseline than Nadal-Delpo? Either way, it was impressive. Occasionally Roger hit some serious bombs, and Djoko would get them back somehow. Very impressive.

3) Roger looked waaay casual in the Harrison match – like almost humorously so. And that went to a first set tiebreak, so it wasn’t a simple match for him. Nonetheless he looked focused the whole match… I wasn’t surprised when he dropped his serve in the first game. Djoko was obviously the more consistent of the two… and when he lost games, it seemed like it was because he had lost confidence, etc. Basically, I felt that Djoko’s mood and confidence determined the points more than Feds. Sacrilege?

4) Really stoked I could be there and cheer for Fed. As I said above, really seems like cheering has an effect on the players. Would love to hear a retired pro talk about how it changes matches.

Anyway, awesome tournament and very affordable tickets – $57 for the bleacher seats all day. Felt lucky to go!


skeezerweezer Says:

@AtlasHugged,

Great stuff, thanks for posting your experience, and was great insight, as the observation you revealed from being there is nothing like watching it on the Tele. I know, I was there earlier in the week :). Cheers..

“Confidence can better most strokes a player has”


Duro Says:

Now you’re confusing me utterly Skeez…

Are you a woman or a man, damn it!

Regardless of what? Being a man? I am in love with him, all right, no matter what! He’s my Nole. In Novak I trust!

It would be better an easier to be a girl though, like those beauties in the stands, but nobody’s perfect :-), right?

Oleeee ole ole oleeee, No1-leeee, No1-leeee!


dari Says:

Do ladies doubles play champs tie break in the third, too?


jane Says:

Thanks AtlasHugged – very interesting points to hear from a first person perspective, from the bleachers. :) Great report. Interesting that you think Nole/Fed were hitting the ball harder. These two have seen so much of each other lately that maybe there is no tenativeness; they just lay it all out there. Also both tend to be aggressive players, while both have excellent defense. A couple great lobs by both, drop shots, some good play at net – Nole’s lob at net stopped working as Fed got his smash in order. :) Thankfully Nole stopped using that play.


dari Says:

Thanks for the report, Atlas!


jane Says:

doubles final – where is contador!


dari Says:

Dolgo use extra conditioner tonight? Hair looks extra silky.
Go Suisse!


Carol Says:

I’m lost for words! What is happening to dear Fed? This match he lost it, not djoko winning it so much.

I agree with Kimmi “Jane – they have to analyse fed’s game, they can do nothing about nole. it was a self destruct from 40-15 2-3 coz djoko did not do much. if he had hit winners i say too good. but it was just a ball that was waiting to be hit… what does fed do..he makes an error one after another…too bad!.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

I agree with Maxi, the undertaker comment was completely classless. No way this Fed fan will be rooting for Djoko, when one of his fans talk like that. If Djoko becomes No. 1, I will stop watching tennis.


Kimmi Says:

watching the doubles the commentators reminding us about federer self destruction at 2-3 40-15…aargh, don’t take me there again please. just awful!

i was starting to get over it but now everything is back..go win the dubs federinka!


dari Says:

Yeah, where is contador? Two great returns from dolgo that game.


Kimmi Says:

carol, seriously I did not see your post before i posted mine.

fed fans are in for a tough time. sad to see federer losing this badly. at least if he tried and fight to the death then i would say too bad. but this one was tough to watch! third set I mean.

can he beat the nole and nadal of this world again? i dont know, dont think so!


Kimmi Says:

break and break back! wow! dolgopo..wooooo!


jane Says:

Fed played well until the third set. Nole played excellent in the first set Carol; not much Fed could do, even Cahill said it. Yes, in the third set, Fed should have consolidated his break back, but he had 2 backhand errors. After that Nole did step it up; Fed didn’t. That’s the way it goes sometimes. I think Fed needs a more aggressive second serve return. He lets the other player in the point. Also, as Dory correctly assessed, sometimes Fed rushes.

Tight doubles so far.


jane Says:

another break, this time to alexavier…


Kimmi Says:

wow! dolgopo is the man, these monster returns are hurting federinka..they break!

contador – dolgo/ mallise should play doubles always..they make a great team.


jane Says:

^ true kimmi, and they seemed to be having so much fun too.


jane Says:

although don’t you think xman looks chunky??


jane Says:

i was hoping federinka would get the title as both have done so well here in singles. but i gotta say … the ponytail pair are somewhat infectious and very fun to watch! contador was right about this.


sar Says:

Novak has won every match since DC final. You have to lose sometime and it could be tomorrow although I hope he wins it all. Novak managed to hold it together nicely in the end but there won’t be free points from Rafa.


Kimmi Says:

carol – 2011 will probably be djoko year. it will be good for him to be no.1. somebody to challenge rafa. unfortunately federer is aging, he will never be the same i am afraid. as somebody said earlier it is a changing of guard..so true. we can always remember his great years…no one is even close to what he has achieved. don’t worry about fans, they drive me nuts too sometimes but i have learnt to let it go. its not worth it. tennis is a great game to stop watching.

there is a lot of good players coming up, hope there is somebody else to challenge nadal and djoko soon. i am hoping for delpo, murray..well i dont know about murray…it just does not look good for muzza right now. also my eyes open for some new blood!


Kimmi Says:

federinka needs some crazy shots to save themselves in this match..dolgopo is on fire man!


Carol Says:

Kimmi: No problem, at least we’re thinking alike.

Fed will beat Djoko again. I don’t know about Nadal.

jane: Djoko played excellent? We must have watched a different match. He didn’t do anything much that can be called excellent. Sorry to disappoint you. Fed missed a lot of his returns by over-hitting and played badly, very badly.

I don’t see any perfection from Djoko at all. He’s had some very poor quality opponents, which helped him to conserve energy. He struggled against Gasquet, but, Gasquet is a head case plus he gets tired fast, which happens when he goes deep in a tournament I think Gasquet would have played better at a night match.

Nothing’s wrong with Fed’s second serve return. I didn’t see Djoko doing anything special with it, but keep the ball in play. He’s been pushing back balls all tournament, even at the AO and Dubai. He’s just lucky that he’s been having such easy draws.


jane Says:

^ agreed sar, with all of it. Rafa won’t make the kinds of errors that Fed made to give the break back in the third set. However, if Rafa serves like he did today, Nole may have a better shot at exploiting some second serves than Delpo did.But Djoko will have to try to finish points quickly to win against Rafa, whereas with Fed it’s almost the opposite; longer rallies often helped.

tight set in doubles again …


jane Says:

Well, I guess we just see it differently Carol.

i certainly don’t think playing Berdych, Fed, Murray in a row is easy. :) But to each his/her own.

I thought Nole’s groundies etc were excellent, even some great net play, lots of first serves in, etc, in the first set.


dari Says:

Insane point.
Now a decider, Allez Suisse!


Carol Says:

kimmi: Indeed, it wil be tough going for Fed fans, but he’s still making SFs and finals, so we can’t complain too much.

The Djoko fans get ahead of themselves a lot, and today is a perfect example. One reason why I wouldn’t want to watch tennis if he’s No. 1, no way.


Kimmi Says:

OMG, federinka still holding on….on a thread! dolgopo, what the…


jane Says:

kimmi, agree – dolgo on fire! he might be the new blood you are looking for in singles? i don’t want to count out muzza though; i think he’ll be back!


Carol Says:

Fed is older by 7 years jane, and that’s a lot.

You mentioned Berdych and Murray. Was Murray even in the AO final mentally? I don’t think so. Berdych was taking it to Djoko; remember he had Djoko breathing heavily in the first set, which he won. Then, Djoko got lucky, Berdych got injured and retired. In that match, no way was Djoko on fire. Talking about breathing heavily, I just remember the asthma thing. What’s the story on that?


Kimmi Says:

yeah jane, if only dolgo can get his crazy shots in singles..right now he is too inconsistent.

federinka still fighting!


Carol Says:

Yes jane, to each his own. I guess I’m just an upset Fed fan when I think he gave the match away.


dari Says:

Hope swiss can find a way to break soon. It’s too tight to be just on serve with the ponytails.


jane Says:

You’re talking about the Dubai match between Djoko/Berdy. The one at the AO was different, no one retired.

Carol, I have no idea if Nole has asthma or not, but I do know he began traveling with a doctor late last summer, holistic, I guess, which seems to have helped.

Anyhow, I don’t want to get ahead of myself. i don’t know if Nole will win tomorrow. Frankly it’s amazing to me that Nole has had this long streak, and I am happy with 2 slams. I think Fed is declining somewhat and so your age point is fair. But he is still an excellent player so I would value any of Nole’s wins over Fed.

Sorry you are sad for you guy, disappointed, etc.


Kimmi Says:

federer serving and in trouble..break point..again!


grendel Says:

very high quality tennis for a lot of the match – better, actually, than Fed/Nadal matches imo.

Some thoughts. Djokovic’s defence is extraordinary. He doesn’t turn defence into attack like Nadal can do – he absorbs a powerful shot, like a boxer, and then calmly restarts the rally so that his opponent has lost his advantage. It’s frustrating for any player and a bit of a poser for Federer, I suspect, since he must start to feel that he has to be even more aggressive. But he plays better these days if he tempers his aggression, waiting his moment. So the insidious thought that maybe there’s not a lot he can do about a Djokovic in top form might be beginning to take hold.

The confidence which Federer has, as a uniquely great champion, goes very deep. But it is not limitless, and Djokovic is slowly whittling it away.

It is a slightly shocking prospect, a great player refusing to call it quits and dying in very very slow stages. On the other hand, it is exhilerating too, a tribute to the human spirit. The way Federer keeps fighting, in particular against a young champion right at the height of his powers is, in my eyes, quite remarkable.

It is true, Federer faded yet again, though nowhere near as badly as in Dubai – but it wasn’t because he gave up at all. He simply can’t, as Skeeze pointed out, keep up the intensity all the way through a match any longer. For the few games he played near his best, Djokovic looked rattled, but somehow it was no surprise that Federer couldn’t keep it up.

One last thought – Federer didn’t serve an ace till the latter stages of the second set. It is true that Djokovic’s return was spectacular – more imposing these days, I think, than Ferrer and Murray, but this is a long term thing. Federer’s serve has lost its bite for a good while now, and that’s bad news for a veteran – generally, the serve is the last thing to go, if it goes at all (look at Sampras). But Federer’s serve has, to my eyes, always been magical and a thing of pure beauty. At its best, it was more effective than Roddick’s, but now it is a fading weapon and without the large number of free points it used to earn him, it is hard to see how he can beat the very best.


Kimmi Says:

dari – federinka are holding on a thread..will it break or will they hold on..incredible! win it federinka


jane Says:

hi grendel – haven’t seen you for a while. Fed is still great, but yeah, you can see he’s not as sharp as he once was, although in moments he is, which makes his matches very exciting – those flashes, like in the second set, where he dominates. a little easier to take from my perspective, than the all-out assaults he delivered in the past to some of my faves. :) are you swearing off posting or just busy these days? conty has sent you posts “where are you? miss your posts” in your absence. :)


dari Says:

Yeah, kimmi, its really tense! Stan and roger should break here, please.


Kimmi Says:

grendel – nice to see you.


Kimmi Says:

what a second serve..x-man! setpoint..go fed!


grendel Says:

http://sport.uk.msn.com/tennis/articles.aspx?cp-documentid=156526691.

KBO, Serena, as Churchill used to say. (keep buggering on, for those unfamiliar with Churchilliana).


Kimmi Says:

Dolgo! WOW! super..tie break!


dari Says:

What the heck, dolgo!
Ok, Suisse, get this TB, stop these ponytails!


Kimmi Says:

dolgo is just incredible! those returns! wow!


Kimmi Says:

OK..mini break again. federer hold yours


Kimmi Says:

3 set points…get it federinka


Kimmi Says:

one more wawa to take it


jane Says:

They get it! Onto a breaker?


Kimmi Says:

deciding tie breaker! c’mon the federinka


grendel Says:

hi, jane and Kimmi. Sort of busy, and one thing and another. Very nice of Conty – she has always been very nice to me, which I greatly appreciate.


dari Says:

Stan was the man on that set point!
Ok, first to ten by two?
Allez Suisse.


Kimmi Says:

you are welcome grendel..dont go away for too long.

so close..dolgo with a mini break


Kimmi Says:

dolgo to win this..6-3 now.

federinka wake up!


raven Says:

It always hurts when fed loses. But Novak was the better player today. Roger has slowed,that is undeniable.

As a wise Seth once said, there are mn belief will get you far, but there are some laws of physics that humans cannot change. roger is getting older in tennis years, but he is still making the finals and semis. And as Jon Wertheim said in his article, the flame is flickering. I add, the flame is flickering but not gone yet by a long shot, it still burns brightly for many moments to come.

I love watching Roger play, been a fan of his since my husband made me watch him when I was nagging him to do some work around the house, about 5 yrs ago. I still believe he will win more slams and atp titles. Never will give up on Roger. He is a class act.


Kimmi Says:

4 more points! dolgo!


dari Says:

Allleeeezzzz!


jane Says:

yeah grendel: stick around.

tense match but looking close to the end. ponytails bouncing.


Kimmi Says:

championship point..dolgo!


jane Says:

congrats to the pony(tail) express. better luck next time to federinka – still a great run. beat a lot of key teams/players on the way.


Kimmi Says:

congrats ponytails. great match. sorry federinka..not a good day. on to miami!

x-man/dolgo for the double team? i vote yes!!


dari Says:

Well, shit.
I mean the ponytails played great, roger again with some major mistakes :/
I don’t want to be gracious, but they smile so much, it makes it a little harder.
F* the fact that roger won zero today.
Booooo.


dari Says:

Jane, nice nick name!
Everybody is happy and joking, so its all good.
Dolgo speaks better english than I thought.
Indeed a rough day at office for fed, but on to the next!


Kimberly Says:

Dare, I feel your pain but remember us nadal fans suffered forn11 months with some agonizing losses including the humiliating WTF 09 where nadal didn’t even win a set.


dari Says:

Lol, Robbie saying the winners will be celebrating tonight, they “know how to let their hair down”!
Fun dubs times at IW, and congrats to alex on first title ever! Congrats xman, too!


sar Says:

Dolgo won his first title ever.


dari Says:

Kimberly, appreciate the comiserations, but the difference is that fed is much older than Rafa was during his drought. Had much more time to make up for a year lost.
Oh well, nothing a new pair of tennis shoes can’t heal. See ya’ll for the finals. And Kimberly again, your tourney is coming up!


Mike Says:

Congrats Roger, 0-2 on the day with 2 pretty much similiar blow ups when you got back into the match

these are sad times for Federer, he is still getting ‘consistent results’ but is starting to see titles and glory moments fade away slowly in the distance

manner of the the loss to Djokovic was pathetic, he just crumbled like a cheap tent and yet we’ve seen it so many times in the last 2 years


billyboy512 Says:

@ mike…don’t forget..he had mono three years ago…he’ll be back..at least 3 or 4 more grand slams, for sure!!!


raven Says:

Jeez. Mike, hope when you have major losses in your life you have support rather than getting shit. Life happens, athletes lose, Peyton lost, roger lost. So what if he crumbled. At least he keeps going forward. Many seem to forget how much he has accomplished. I absolutely believe he has 2 more slams and a few more ATP titles left in him.


sar Says:

I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Fed. He’s just beginning the last phase of his tennis career.


jane Says:

agree – fed is not done yet! olympics next summer? he’ll be there.

just read this at ATP site: “marking just the fourth set he’d lost since December (45-4 in sets)”

Nole has only lost 4 sets in his last 49 sets? wow – that’s a nice run of form!


jane Says:

Here’s another great stat for Nole: “Djokovic had lost just 12 games total en route to the semi-finals, the fewest by a player at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament after four matches.”


jane Says:

I agree with what Fed and Nole said: the match was very close until the end –

Per Nole – ““It was a very close match, so up to the last point you really couldn’t say who’s gonna take the win out of today’s match,” said Djokovic. “A lot of emotions. You could feel the intensity and I guess the pressure with both of us. I made some double faults on break points, as well as he did in the next game. I guess that fifth game in the third set was crucial to make a break, and then I played very solid.””

Per Fed – “I had my chances today in the singles,” said Federer. “I thought it was a good match, played at a high level. I know I wasn’t far away at all today, because I really had him going. But look, I guess he escaped. I guess confidence is a big thing for him at the moment. I’m sure it’s gonna be a good final tomorrow.”


thark Says:

“It is a slightly shocking prospect, a great player refusing to call it quits and dying in very very slow stages. On the other hand, it is exhilerating too, a tribute to the human spirit. The way Federer keeps fighting, in particular against a young champion right at the height of his powers is, in my eyes, quite remarkable.”

really fantastic words grendel – and on point.

in other news, dolgopolisse is a freight train, no?


The fighter Says:

Congrats Rafa for the win…..hope u cn win 2mrw…..


Polo Says:

There is no more doubt that Djokovic has now surpassed Federer. Tomorrow, in the final match against Nadal, will tell us how close he has gotten to Nadal. A hard fought match, win or lose, will work in his favor. I like the new Djokovic. It reminds me so much of the early Djokovic which I so admired. Nadal and Djokovic, those are the names I expect to give me exciting matches from now on.

To Federer, thank you for all the years of memorable tennis from you. Now the spotlight which has been on you for all these time has now shifted to two younger men.


Polo Says:

I would hope for Federer to be more gracious in his interviews from now on. A littly humility and some self-deprecating commments could serve him well in the long run.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Congrats to Nole fans! It’s going to be a great fight tomorrow! I’ll be satisfied with whoever wins, as long as it’s not an embarassing blowout for Rafa. My condolences to the Fed fans. I wouldn’t yell at him for his mistakes today. It sounds like he played excellent in some patches, and he is a great champion deserving of respect, obviously. I think he has concentration lapses at times and can fade, but I don’t think he ever just throws in the towel.


Rick Says:

Told ya, Del Potro only beaten Nadal. Because Nadal was just back to tour with injury. And now Federer found himself called Djokovic. He really should never said stuffs like Novak being three or four on hardcourts.


madmax Says:

Polo, you should read the full interview. Fed was complimentary but then people always seem to concentrate on extracts… and he did let the game go in the third set,(fed) so novak did escape (because he played better) and novak did step it up, i really think this is due to fed not talking in his mother tongue – it can be misinterpreted so badly.

People choose to want to believe this about him, its their problem not fed’s.

i can’t imagine what it must be like to lose a match, then have to go straight to press (still digesting the loss), feeling the worst you have felt all day, and speak.

It’s ridiculous that he has spent all these years carving a brilliant career and giving his time so freely to the media – for it to be readily misinterpreted by avaracious fans who feed on words that could be misconstrued.

Just hope that he can pick himself up, as he has so many times before.

His year has not been so bad reaching fianls and semi finals of all tournaments he has participated in and winning one of them. I’d say that is still pretty good for a 29 year old.

Good for novak too. He has been no. 3 for a long, long , time (as long as nadal was no. 2? 3/4 years? So fed has done well to hold them off for so long. I still think the points between novak and fed are still close and anything can change again over the next few weeks.

But, its winning tournaments thats on fed’s mind and I for one, still believe he has a lot let to give. It’s just difficult to read when people are just waiting for him to either retire – why?

Every great champion will reach this point of their tennis career. Federer has signed a contract in Halle, Germany to play there for the next 5 years (signed last year), which to my mind means he intends sticking around playing until he is at least 34, irrespective of playing the olympics in 2012.

When he loses it’s difficult but you take the good with the bad.

It was a fantastic match yeseterday and if federer had not let the break go, (but he did), who knows? I hope that Annacone can work on his confidence at these critical points, because this is what he needs.

Fear has crept into Fed’s game which results in him either not knowing where to the place the ball, and at that juncture, this is where novak was able to take advantage with some glorious play.


madmax Says:

also, why is it that when murray lost his ranking of no. 4 and went to no.5 there was hardly any fall out.

Fed moves down one place, by how many points? and the tennis world goes mad. It’s still a long season ahead where anything can happen with lots of twists and turns. Federer has shown himselfto be resilient with his more recent losses, and has been prepared to evolve his game and not give up. Shame some of his fans aren’t as resilient.


madmax Says:

onwards and upwards!

who is going to win today?

The man of the moment or the world no. 1?

Would not like to be either fan at this moment. (though I like novak as you know Jane, Sar)

Too close to call.


farley Says:

Yes, Nole as I predicted, was perfect. Now time to beat Nadal, just straigt sets, it will be.


madmax Says:

Novak on his tussle with Federer, he added: ‘It was a very close match, so up to the last point you really couldn’t say who’s going to take the win out of today’s match.
‘A lot of emotions. You could feel the intensity and I guess the pressure with both of us.

‘I made some double faults on break points, as well as he did in the next game. I guess that fifth game in the third set was crucial to make a break, and then I played very solid.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-1368086/Novak-Djokovic-beats-Roger-Federer-reach-Indian-Wells-final.html#ixzz1H8uQyFrV

If federer can work on what goes on in his mind at break point – he can and will – get over this ? then he will move forward PROPERLY.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Federer is starting to show his age. Djokovic is stronger and mentally tougher than Fed. I don’t care how fit Federer is, eventually age catches up with everyone.

Good luck to Federer for the rest of his career being a Quarter finalist/Semi finalist in grand slam and master events.

Just hope he doesn’t stay delusional too much longer and pull a John McEnroe believing he can still win big matches against better younger players who he used to own.


grendel Says:

I think the comparison Cindy_Brady makes of Federer with McEnroe is good.Both Fed and Mac were true one offs. My understanding of the technicalities of tennis is close to zero, but any fan can get a good feel for what is going on simply by virtue of watching enough. McEnroe’s game seems totally different to Federer’s – whereas, for instance, you can see a lot in common between Federer and Sampras. But my suspicion is that both the difference and the similarity are quite superficial.

For both MacEnroe and Federer seem to me to have been supreme touch players. They operated, therefore, more than most players on very fine margins. Let something start to go wrong, and the whole edifice doesn’t collapse exactly, but it has a tendency to descend into a curious ordinariness, punctuated by flashes of the old brilliance. Take both players’ serves, for example – both very different, but alike in being extraordinary and not especially fast. So when the edge is lost, and the potent factor of speed is not there to shore up the ruins, other players suddenly find they can handle the serve reasonably well.

MacEnroe’s decline was much more sudden than Federer’s – and incomprehensible at the time – but he did hang on for a long time in the second echelon, so to speak. Did he really think he could beat Agassi and company? I doubt it. I think Mac just loved playing, everything about it – and therefor was prepared to put up with the fact that he was going to lose a lot more. Fed seems to me the same.


jane Says:

madmax, just so you know, I posted that excerpt as that is all I could find of Fed & Nole’s interviews last night – they were taken from the ATP site article. I actually thought Nole and Fed’s comments were accurate. It was a very close match and Fed had Nole running in the second set, and for the first 4-5 games of the third, when they both were having bad service games, but I think Nole stepped it up once he got that break back and that was it. The confidence thing is very true. When you face a player you have lost in a couple big matches it is in your head and the reverse is true too. Nole said he steps on the court with more belief now. Not sure how that will translate to this match with Rafa. He has lost all 5 finals they have played. Would like to see that change today. Fingers crossed.


dari Says:

grendel, your paragraph 4 at 9:07 is nice reminder for fans of old fed that he is still hitting with these young kids. Thanks for that.
And I’ve said it before, but I think I really mean it, im jist gonna relax and enjoy fed tennis.
Ps, mentioning 5 year contract with halle tournament. Is that really gonna be what keeps him around? Surely there is a stipulation there about retiring…


madmax Says:

jane, your extract was helpful in part only. thanks for posting it. (why are you explaining this?) it was helpful but didnt give the whole picture. I read the whole interview (as I tend to do), as it gives a fairer picture of what was said. I am happy with what fed said, and I believe he wishes both players the best for the final today. No matter if people want to read more into it. That is up to them.

dari, I think the fact that the halle contract shows that federer wants to continue playing wimbledon – yes I believe he will do this. He could have retired after losing the AO 2009 but he want on to gain further success.

I believe he will continue to have success this year and am not someone who thinks he should retire because he reached a semi final and not a final. If by the end of this year, he has not won any titles – then I’ll rethink but until then, I’ll continue to watch him play with butterflies in my stomach.

grendel, you say that you watched sampras at the tail end of his career? (I think it was you?), how did you feel when he wasn’t winning so often?

I suppose the thing that keeps me going is 1) watching federer play – always a joy to watch the footwork – simply chocolate to me.
2) He gained his 16 slams in half the time that sampras gained his 14 – so I do see federer reaching another 4 before he says bye. Call me foolish, deluded whatever you want, but I really believe he is in it for the longhaul.

All of his comments suggest he wants to improve his game and he worked nadal out last November, and son in comprehensive style. Wow, wasnt federer confident then! So this time, he has novak to work out and he has already worked murray out – federer is doing just fine. Just not winning as much. I see this as a challenge he wants to and will – work very hard in overcoming.


dari Says:

Well then if we have four more years, according to halle contract, and that’s for sure, then I’m good :)
Woz taking care of business against bartoli. At this rate men’s final will be up in no time!


dari Says:

Great point from the ladies! Bartoli was getting around, too!


jane Says:

madmax, just wanted to clarify that i wasnt taking stuff out of context but that last night when i found those excerpts, the whole interviews were not available or i couldnt find them anyhow. that’s all. :)


Swiss Maestro Says:

Madmax:

Good to see you flying the Federer flag high. As someone said, federer’s serving has lost its zing and he is struggling in “clutch” moments – mainly because he is not hungry as the other younger guys.

In a way, it is better federer loses to novak, than nadal or murray.(even though his fans are the most obnoxious tennis fans i have known. too much patriotism and not much because of his style of play, as is the case for most tennis players!)
the H2H damage is minimal. Losing to nadal or murray would hurt the H2H more.

I am with you that Fed will get atleast 4 more slams before he retires. He has to keep himself at the business end of the GS and things will fall his way, just like they do for most Champions. He has the heart of a champion and he has mental strength to keep fighting Father Time as long as is physically possible.

The King Marches on. As long as the 16GS records stand, the King lives on. we will talk of a new order when the record falls. till then, talking about a new world order is like people getting excited (somewhere in 2005 I think) that Dominik Hrbaty was the ATP race no.1 in the 3rd week of january. I mean, 2GS might mean a LOT to some players and their fans, but Federer and his fans have seen such lofty heights that seeing the fans of such players make juvenile comments makes me feel like an astronaut chuckling at kids who get on a merry-go-round and think that is the greatest ride in the universe. LOL!


Kimmi Says:

tough games to hold in this match..


Kimmi Says:

If Nole does not beat rafa on hard courts then clay will be very difficult, no?

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