Roger Federer: Against Rafa “At Least I Got One Surface That Goes My Way”
In the last three sets Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have played at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals it’s been all Swiss. Federer has won 61, 63, 60 in exact reverse of Nadal’s 2008 French Open win.
In stunning fashion Federer dominated Rafa today in those last two sets 63, 60 to win his most one-sided match against his arch rival.
“It was a great match for me basically from start to finish,” said Federer. “I was able to do what I was hoping to do: dominate from the baseline, play close to the baseline, serve well, take his time away. [It] hasn’t always worked.
“I always knew I could beat Rafa. The question is sometimes it was hard to do because he has a big say, as well, in how the matches go. The quicker the court, the more I favour myself. Maybe Rafa didn’t play his very best tonight. But on an indoor court, it all happens very quickly as we saw at the end. For me it was an exciting match to play.”
Nadal, who battled a stomach ailment in a three-setter Sunday, still leads 17-9 in their rivalry (12-2 on clay, 4-5 on hardcourts, 1-2 on grass) but indoors Federer’s been perfect at 4-0.
“At least I got one surface that goes my way,” joked Federer after the 61 minute destruction.
“A very surprising result,” he added. “I’m excited at how well I played tonight.”
Federer won the last seven games of the match and finished with 28 winners to Nadal’s four. It was also the third time Federer bageled Nadal in 26 meetings after 2006 Wimbledon 2007 Hamburg.
Federer’s win, his 14th straight, assures him of one of the fourth semifinal berths while it eliminated Mardy Fish who lost earlier to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The Nadal-Tsonga winner will recieve the second berth from Group B. The Spaniard could still meet Federer again during the weekend. Nadal’s last title came against Federer at the French Open.
Federer is seeking a record sixth ATP World Tour Finals title. He is the defending champion winning last year over Nadal.
If Federer beats Mardy Fish on Thursday and then wins his semifinal on Saturday he will overtake Andy Murray for the No. 3 ranking. Murray withdrew earlier today from the event because of the groin strain.
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