Federer v. Ferrer, Tsonga v. Berdych In London SFs
by Staff | November 26th, 2011, 12:47 am
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Of the Top 4 players in the world, only Roger Federer was able to advance to the semifinals at the ATP World Tour Finals.

On Saturday, the favored Federer will meet David Ferrer in the first semifinal. In the second it’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga against comeback kid Tomas Berdych.

In a must win, Berdych earned his spot by overcoming a 6-3, 4-2 deficit to stun Ferrer 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.

“The turning point, I think, was just the one that I made on set point to win the second set, because all the time before I was down,” said Berdych. “When I made the second set, it just gave me a lot of confidence [and] energy. I started to feel really great on court.”

Berdych was playing his third three setter of his round robin while the surprising Ferrer dropped his first two sets of the tournament.

“I think I was playing good the first set, and [then in] the middle of the second maybe at 4 3, 40/15, I didn’t serve really well,” said Ferrer. “I served very badly and I played my shots very short. In the third set, he was playing with more confidence. When it’s not working, my serve, it’s very difficult to beat the top players.”

The win gave the Czech the Group A top spot, eliminating world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the process.

A fatigued Djokovic lost earlier to countryman Janko Tipsarevic 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

“He [Tipsarevic] deserved to win,” said Djokovic. “He was the better player in the second part of the match. It’s obvious it’s never easy to perform against somebody you know very well. Regardless who is across the net, obviously you want to win. That was the case today. But it wasn’t meant to be. I’m glad he got the chance to play and got the chance to win as well. It can give him a lot of confidence for next year.”

Djokovic ends the season with three Grand Slam titles and the No. 1 ranking. He finishes with a 70-6 record and 10 titles on the year but none since his US Open title over two months ago.

“I had an unbelievable year,” said Djokovic who has battled a bad shoulder since the summer. “Nothing can really ruin that. I will always remember this year as the best of my life. I just want to prepare well for 2012.”

In the semifinals tomorrow Federer will put his 15-match win streak against Ferrer who he has beaten in all 11 of their career meetings with just three sets lost.

Also on the line for Federer is the No. 3 ranking which he will secure by beating Ferrer.

Power hitters Tsonga and Berdych meet for just the second time in their ATP career (not including a 2004 Challenger) with the first, won by Berdych in three sets, coming last month in Beijing.

“It’s going to be definitely different match than the three previous ones,” said Berdych. “I think Jo is different. He likes to play aggressive. He likes to vary the game. [I] just need to rest and prepare for it. We are both playing well this week.”

The 30-year-old Federer is the only player left to have won the ATP Finals. Ferrer has been a finalist losing to Federer in 2007 Masters Cup finale while Berdych and Tsonga are competing in the semifinal stage for a first time.

The doubles semifinals feature top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan against No. 3 Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor followed later in the day by No. 4 seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes vs. No. 8 Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski.

Tennis Channel will have delayed TV coverage of the two semifinals at 11am ET and 5pm ET. ESPN3.com has live streaming of both semifinals at 9am and 3pm ET. ESPN2 will also re-air the semifinals from 5am-9am Sunday morning.


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110 Comments for Federer v. Ferrer, Tsonga v. Berdych In London SFs

Ali Says:

Federer will win in 2 sets and Tsonga will win in 3 sets.
Then in the final, Federer will win in 3 sets.


Michael Says:

While watching the match of Djokovic it seemed that he wanted to gift the match to Tipsaveric especially the way he played in the fag end of the third set. Where is that “never say die attitude” of Novak, that tenacity and will power ? I am shocked that these attributes have disappeared all of a sudden and Djokovic seemed like a man lost who is not enjoying what he is doing. Hope Novak turns a new leaf in 2012 when he begins his defence at Australian Open.


Gregoire Gentil Says:

At 0-11, what could Ferrer hope? To avoid leaving London at bicycle??? Bottom-line, the pressure is on Federer’s shoulders because nobody expects and nobody would understand that he loses this match.


Wade Says:

Should they have WTF anymore!? No-one apart from Federer really is at 100% every year end.. It seems like players just show up maybe win some more money if not go home who cares! I find the tournament just an exho. There has been no news or advertisement here in Australia about it even though it features worlds best.


scineram Says:

Should there even be an Australian Open. No one around cares about it, most haven’t even heard about it or know what it is.


TomA Says:

Scineram, your impertinence angers me. Wade simply uses hyperbole to emphasise his point that Federer somehow seems to be as fresh at the end of the year as when he started it. Being an inhabitant of Melbourne, your scorn for the Aus Open fills me with sickening contempt for you. It’s such a wonderful event which invokes joy and happiness in anyone so lucky enough to witness these godly beings hitting a yellow ball back and fourth over the net. And 12hours a day tv coverage? Ahh the simple pleasures in life…
Zero coverage of WTF in Aus, it’s like WTF? I have to stream on the internet. So swag

Look forward to a good response from ya


grendel Says:

Actually, it’s not the case that only Federer is at 100%. Everyone is fine except the top 3. Well, Fish – but that was bad luck, and anyway, for a player who lost all 3 of his matches (all of which he could so easily, as he amusingly slipped out in an interview,have won), he made a big contribution. His second set against Federer was outstanding, not for nothing did Federer admit he thought he was going to lose.

But take the top 3. Djokovic – well, he’s emotionally spent. But: that in itself is interesting and shows, as another poster pointed out, the great difficulty of maintaining form over the entire 12 months. Do we just get rid of our Everests, or do we regard them as worthy challenges for the very best?

Nadal: it’s a difficult surface for him, so for him to provide a credible challenge, everything must be tiptoperoo in the Spanish cranium. But it evidently is far from that, he has been talking of losing his passion and so on. Repeated defeats to the same player can have that effect. If Nadal wins a couple of slams next year, expect him to be fully primed for the WTF.

Murray: always an enigma, he does seem to have picked up an injury, although Becker was disappointed in his attitude in the Ferrer match (and when challenged, Becker said yes, he’d played when injured, and implied he’d given his all). That’s just one of those things. In short, the cases of Murray, Nadal and Djokovic are all entirely different, and you could say that the parts here do not add up to give a coherent whole.

Meanwhile, if Tsonga or Berdych win the tournament, this may give either of them the boost each needs to finally win a slam. So a lot is at stake. Less for Federer, I feel. It would be nice if he wins, but whether he wins or whether he doesn’t win has almost no bearing on what he does at the AO, imo.


Mr. Larvey Says:

I fully understand Scineram’s comment. I’m sure that he doesn’t want to cut out the AusOpen from the calendar. He was just making a point. Cutting out the WTF would be almost as random as and as stupid as cutting out the Aussie Open.

I agree that the season is too long and it’s a shame that some of the top players are plagued by the injuries at the end of the season. Still, I feel that WTF is definetly one of the true highlights of the year. I enjoy enormously watching every single match. The format of the tournament makes the WTF even more interesting…

I think that one of Rafa’s problems in WTF (besides the injuries) is the format of the tournament. Rafa is often a slow starter. He struggled in the early rounds in Roland Garros and in US Open. However, he got through and improved his game gradually. In WTF one has to be sharp form the day one, because all the opponents are extremely though.


Kimmi Says:

so the bryan bro lost to mirnyi/nestor. the mirnyi/nestor partnership is coming out very good. They havent lost a match this tournament too.


alison hodge Says:

i only hope to see an open and well contested match,one things for sure feds expected to win so the result if or when he wins wont come as much of a surprise anyway,the pressures of david as no one expects him to win,so hopefully he will relax enough to at least make it a contest.


Daniel Says:

Federer with 2 UE and2 missed returns in all second serves by Ferrer


Gannu Says:

Has Sean become damn lazy…why no regular prediction updates these days?

Good to c u kimmi and daniel…Wonder what abt other fed fans like skeez, madmax, huh etc …they seem to be absent these days from posting…

Federer making tons of errors


Gannu Says:

really sloppy and unimpressive perf from Feddy bear so far….


Daniel Says:

They are here Gannu, except Huh who relay disappear. But in general everybody is posting less.

Fed had the look of I will win anyway. But I expected he will have more intensity. Well, as long as he secures his serve every time, eventually he will find a gap in Ferrer’s serve.

But right now he is kind of slow/


Kimmi Says:

he seem to be still sleeping. he needs to wake up soon..
ferrer is always a dangerous opponent..


Gannu Says:

damn boring…federer is sloppy and ferrer is even sloppier…


Kimmi Says:

ah, federer should not believe this layani


Daniel Says:

Why Fed didn’t challenge, if you feel is in, challenge, Don’t go against your guts!


Gannu Says:

as u said kimmi fed is sleeping..he is not even playing 10% of what he played against Nadal…That was just some mind blowing tennis…ferrer hasnt played that well…


Kimmi Says:

i hope he is not going to be broken because with this sloppy tennis he can be.


Daniel Says:

He can play sloppy, as long as his service games are not going to deuce. Last game already he had a chance when Ferrer hit 2 DF. HE all have again.


Kimmi Says:

its funny how ferrer screams when he misses.


Kimmi Says:

c’mon federer crunch time now.


Kimmi Says:

sloppy! very sloppy..aaaaargh!


Daniel Says:

Ferrer is targeting Fed’s backhand as it should be attacked, moving him to the side. Nadal was just hitting to that wing and fed was getting everything on the rise. Ferrer is very smart with his tactics, all inside out with depth.


Gannu Says:

this is the worst that feddy bear has played in this tourney and wat a bad time ;-(


Daniel Says:

At least his net game is sharp!


Aravind Says:

Federer playing in second gear so far. Lot of UEs. Ferrer playing consistent.. Federer needs to step up here and he does with a sublime volley


Daniel Says:

He should stop in the outside to take a picture in one of the bridges as he posted on Facebook. Maybe he got too much wind on his face?!
S…t deuce


Daniel Says:

Souldn’t


Daniel Says:

And Ferrer knows that this Federer he can beat


Kimmi Says:

aaaargh! ferrer cant take adv. funny! c’mon fed


Daniel Says:

This match worths Year End Number 3, chase to lay his 100 final, win 70 title and record breaking 6 YEC, Fed should be more enthusiastic about it.


Daniel Says:

Can he hit an ace on adv side?!


Gannu Says:

really if it hadnt been any other player he would have thrashed federer …this is the prob with federer…very very incosnistent…one day god mode on and other day some terrible mode on…

first serves missing…sloppy forehand sloppy backhand…really messy and shocked he could play so badly…


Aravind Says:

Shades of Davdenko 2009 SF so far. Federer can’t seem to get out of second gear!!! FedERROR is playing today and not Federer. He scraps through to win the game after 4 deuces!


Daniel Says:

Finally, a fantastic point.


Kimmi Says:

at last some sublime tennis..c;mon


Gannu Says:

chance to serve for the 1st set for feddy bear despite playing so badly!!!! Neways will take it ;-)


Daniel Says:

Fed is playing as needed. Somehow, knowing That he won’t face neither Djoko, nor Nadal in semis and finals, change your mind set. Got the broke! Let’s see if he can serve it out, at least his serving and net game are perfect.


Kimmi Says:

i think federer came sloppy coz he know ferrer is not a big threat.

If he comes this sloppy vs tsonga or berdych, he will be toast


Gannu Says:

kimmi i dont think that shud be the attitude… all those players against whom fed had not lost ever or had a great H2H have started catching up…so he has been a victim of his overconfidence under his subconscious mind…thats why he shudnt take anything for granted…


Contemperory Says:

First set to Fed !! May be amongst the most sloppiest performances after US Open.


Daniel Says:

Well, after that 4-5 game which lasts 8 minutes, Federer already won 4 games in a row. When he got in danger, he woke up.


grendel Says:

Ferrer had every chance to break Federer, but he resolutely refused to take them. He can live with Federer – years and years ago, i saw him give Fed a really tough battle in Hamburg – but, at crunch time, all belief seems to evaporate, and Ferrer plays quite bad shots. Federer must know this, which might explain a slightly casual attitude. His bh was pretty woeful in parts, but somehow this didn’t matter. Nothing mattered. It was all ordained. That’s what it felt like, no pressure, no tension. Maybe that is an illusion. Always hard to tell with with this weaver of illusions and magic.


Daniel Says:

Wow, Ferrer putting Fed on his place, toying with me, no way!


Gannu Says:

grendel are u an author by profession ?;-) U write very well ;-)


racquet Says:

Federer is extremely fortunate that it’s Ferrer across the net today. Ferrer will have nightmares about those missed opportunities at the end of the 1st set.


Gannu Says:

really bad match…


Kimmi Says:

DF from ferrer dont help either.


Gannu Says:

Fed you better pick up agsint berdy or tsonga and dont get carried away by what scoreline if at all u win…


grendel Says:

that’s twice Ferrer has had 2 doublefaults in one service gamer, and still managed to hold. Argues for a certain degree of carelessness on Fed’s part, and tenacity on Ferrer’s. But, in both cases – it’s the early part of the set. Doesn’t feel critical, somehow.
Gannu, kind of you to say so, but no, I’m no more than a sort of beachcomber.


Kimmi Says:

great game to hold!! go go go


Daniel Says:

100 finals, Damm!!


Kimmi Says:

yay! i think he was better in the second set.

apparently it is federer 100th final.

Good luck tomorrow.


Gannu Says:

very unimpressed by this win..not that i am greedy but i dont think fed played well at all… remember that ferrer is the worst server in the top 8…that luxury feddy bear will not have against tsonga or berdy and if he screws his service games then it would become very difficult for feddy bear to do well… hope feddy bear brings out his best in the final


Kimmi Says:

federer winners 24 UE 29
federer winners 8 UE 21


Gannu Says:

the only thing impressive today was feddy bear’s volley…was exiquisite! …So atleast he has multiple options if something doesnt work well…. Ok kmii daniel cya tomm.. and all other silent fed fans…come on ….come and post..its boring without u all guys…miss those days when we used to come in volumes and support our man in all matches…we used to have record 1000 comments!

Bye and take care
A bientot


Contemperory Says:

82% first serve % in 2nd set, and 55% in the 1st set… ferrer served poorly which was one of the reasons apart from his missed opportunities…

Gsnnu, love youe enthusiasm.. 100 career finals, 806 career wins (equal to edberg)…amazing..


grendel Says:

Well, I think Federer began to enjoy himself towards the end. It’s as if he had finally warmed up, and felt like expressing himself. One rally in particular, great play by both men but Fed in control and finally unleashes with unlikely forehand. He was standing in the left court, and he hit right across, sort of inside outish, and short angled too. Just missed – but what a shot.

Really curious division between the player and the man displayed at the handshake. The tennis player had been largely held in reserve – sterner battles ahead sort of thing – so that to a casual onlooker, it might have seemed as if Federer was quite bored with it all. But the human being had trouble containing his emotions, he seemed to me to be tearing up. It mattered to him enormously.

b.t.w., agree with Gannu about the “exquisite volleys”, and also the play which lead to the volleys. That could augur well for next year.


atin Says:

hi guys m new here…… really like ur discussion… as far as my view is concerned fed played well today…..his net play was sublime…had a little problem with ground strokes…especially with backhand side….but its ok….he served really good

and the best thing is …he is now no.3 in the world

so congrats to all fed fans..


alison hodge Says:

gannu im a rafa fan who also has alot of respect and admiration for roger,so will one of my posts do? congrats to roger and all his fans on reaching yet another final,i agree i dont think it was his best performance,but i didnt think he was ever in any danger of loosing,hopefully he will raise his level against tsonga or t.berd and grab that title tomorrow,go fed.


Leon Says:

Gannu, conversely, in a way I am quite impressed by this win. For some reasons, Federer obviously played in a practice mode – nothing could force him to play solid. Those numerous extremely sloppy forhands, lazy volleys, etc irritated everyone – except him himself. And, with all this:
had 8 BPs (3 taken);
never gave a single BP opportunity to Ferrer;
never allowed anybody to doubt the match outcome;
so on…
And finally, 1000pts, #3 back, 70th final and huge resource savings for tomorrow. With NO DRAMA.
Is not it astonishing?


Contemperory Says:

Another interesting stat: Fed didn’t commit even one single unforced error on the backhand side. Though Ferrer was attacking Fed’s backhand, surprising that no unforced error came out.

Fed at No #3 – Lets wait and see how the draw is going to be at the Australian open.. This year, wasn’t it 1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3? 2010 – It was 1 vs 3 and 2 vs 4, I think.


atin Says:

@ Contemperory

hey mate u r somewhat wrong…. fed was doing tons of unforced errors from backhand side especially in the 1st set….even some in second set….but it doesn’t matter at all……he is in the finals and ready to grab the tourney……go fed


Kimmi Says:

yeah, it true atin. I saw lots of errors from both wings.

contemperory, those 29 UE must count the backhand surely?


Contemperory Says:

@Atin: That is why I put my comment as “Interesting stat” – ATP site says that there is no unforced error from his backhand.

But, I was just watching the youtube video of the last game of 1st set once again, and am seeing an unforced error..Not sure why the ATP site thinks so.

What are the grounds on which we say an error is “Unforced” or “forced”? Going by common sense, I see errors on the BH side from Fed in this match.


skeezerweezer Says:

Forgot to set the alarm. Dang!

“1000pts, #3 back, 70th final”…Leon thanks for posting that!!

Go Fed! See you in the Finals of the WTF!


skeezerweezer Says:

^thats 100th final, looking for 70th career title, no?


atin Says:

@Contemperory

forget it mate…. i want berdych in final…tsonga is serving a way too hard and he might well be dangerous for the goat..i want a single sided game totally dominated by fed.. thats possible if and only if berdych wins today.. and berdych is also equally dangerous..but tsonga is very bad


Contemperory Says:

And kimmi, I don’t think he committed ONLY 29 UEs… the number of UEs seem higher to me:( May be I feel it because overall I get an impression that this was one of Fed’s B level performances.

Connors has contested 163 finals and 109 titles (wow!!). He has the most number of match wins. Pretty interesting that he didn’t win the most number of grand slams. Sometime may be we don’t give sufficient credit to him when compared to the ranks of Federer and Laver.


Leon Says:

Oh, yes, skeezerweezer, sure, sorry for this typo!


atin Says:

i guess most of the people only give importance to the slams count ….that may be the reason


atin Says:

some nice words from the master(roger federer)

‘Obviously I’m very happy to have played so well again. That’s what it takes to beat David, he’s had an amazing season and an amazing tournament. He can still win the Davis Cup next week so I hope he does that.’


skeezerweezer Says:

Contemperory,

Yeah Connors was a Iron Rabbit. Guy played on tour till he was 39!!


grendel Says:

atin – absolutely. In first set, one bh error after another. Who compiles the unforced error count? It’s always pretty subjective.

Leon – I think it’s his 70th title if he wins tomorrow. It’s apparently his 100th final. I don’t know where that stands in relation MacEnroe etc. Also there was drama, but only after the match. One of things that makes this extremely famous man – way beyond tennis and even sport – likeable is a certain innocence. This can account for tetchiness and so on, but always displayed in public for all to see. You can bet he doesn’t go home and take it out on the dog. But also, an almost childlike enthusiasm – no hint of world weariness – and even a kind of surprise at the very warm receptions he always gets.

Anabelle Croft had a little titbit of gossip. It seems Tsonga is in a very bad mood because of the pressure he feels from the French media contingent. Evidently they are putting all kinds of expectations onto him, and he doesn’t like it. Boris Becker, sitting alongside the rather delectable Annabelle (actually, sometimes you, you know, and sometimes you don’t where Annabelle is concerned, curious; age is cruel and can only sometimes be disguised) shrugged: pressure is pressure and, he pointed out, if you didn’t have it, that would mean you had lost. In other words, deal with it, sonny.


Ben Pronin Says:

100 finals. Wow. And hopefully it becomes his 70th title. Wow. So excited for Federer. I really hope he has a great year next year. If he can avoid a few losses here and there that he didn’t do this year, he has a great shot at returning to the top.


steve-o Says:

The important thing was that Federer won in straight sets to conserve energy for tomorrow. He only needed a solid performance to advance, and he did that.

Don’t know how Tsonga/Berdych will shake out. I’d give the edge to Tsonga if he’s on. It could be a long slugfest of power tennis, or it could be over in an hour. No way to predict.


Contemperory Says:

Watching the highlights in second set, am seeing some exquisite shots from Fed. Just enjoyed the point which brought up the final match point – the excellent backhand slice. Such shots come from only Fed’s racquet. Just astonished to see brilliant tennis from this guy even after playing more close to matches (992 matches). Doubt if such aesthetic play can from nadal or djoko or any others in this tour.

This guy just needs to keep playing until his body allows him to, and it will be a treat for the fan’s eyes. Whether he plays at the highest level or B grade level, records will keep on tumbling. All the best for tomorrow’s final.


Contemperory Says:

*playing close to 1000 matches (992 matches)*


Kimmi Says:

“It’s obviously a special occasion for me tomorrow playing my hundredth final, possibly winning my 70th [title and] winning my sixth at the [Barclays ATP] World Tour Finals,” said Federer. “That would be a record.”

ha ha for sure he like to say “obviously”.

Good luck tomorrow!


Leon Says:

Steve-o, yes, I think that’s the main thing, too. How on earth can he arrange this so wisely? I vividly imagine the haters’ remarks in case he’ll win tomorrow (“oh, big deal, poor Tsonga/Berdych was obviously exhausted after so gruelling semi”).
Grendel, concerning “drama”: I was perfectly sure you would point that out, yes, I meant on court. It would take too much from me to proceed with those fine post-match nuances and with Federer’s personality in general, and you deal with all that so well that I seldom dare add anything to your thoughts.


grendel Says:

not at all, Leon, I just have opinions which elicit agreement or indifference from some and get absolutely up others’ noses, and that’s fair enough. We all see different things. What would be the point of communicating if that were not so? Incidentally, I thought Ferrer’s smile at the handshake was a genuinely warm one. And I also thought he signed rather more balls than is usual for the loser. That reflects his inherent modesty, I think.


Kimmi Says:

berdych looks so tight again.


marrisv Says:

Tsonga takes the first 6-3


steve-o Says:

First set to Tsonga, 6-3.


Ben Pronin Says:

I think Berdych is tired.


steve-o Says:

Same dynamic as yesterday: Tsonga, just like Ferrer before him, drops serve right after breaking Berdych. Nerves getting to everyone.

Unlike Ferrer, I think Tsonga will still be competitive even if they go to a third set.


marrisv Says:

Berdy waking up here…


steve-o Says:

Tsonga breaks for 6-5. Will he be able to serve it out?


steve-o Says:

Tsonga seals it with an ace: 6-3, 7-5.


marrisv Says:

Fed and tsonga clashes bookends wtf 2011


bstevens Says:

So Federer and Tsonga will play for the 8th time this year on Sunday. Does anyone know if that is a record between 2 players in one season?


Brando Says:

Congrats to both fed and tsonga! I don’t think it’s a done deal that fed shall win tomorrow. Tsonga has shown that he can keep fed quiet and powerless in big matches this year BUT If fed takes the initiative from the start and also in the rallies he should win. Roger in three, I say.


Brando Says:

@bstevens: I’m sure they have not played 8 times this year? I think it’s the 4th time if I’m not mistaken. Rafa played nole 6 times, as we know, unfortunately:(


bstevens Says:

Brando, they have played 8 times this year (Doha, Rome, Wimbledon, Montreal, US Open, Bercy, and twice here). Kind of strange because they had only played 3 times before 2011. Maybe Mcenroe and Lendl have the record for most meeting in a year as they have met in the most finals.


bstevens Says:

I also think the most that Fed and Rafa played in a year was 6 times in 2006, the same number as Novak and Rafa in 2011.


grendel Says:

Strange how Berdych relaxed at the very same juncture as in his match with Ferrer. Didn’t stop him doing 2 doublefaults in one game, but he’d found his rhythm and battled it out. Still, Tsonga is more formidable than Ferrer, and he upped his game to deny Berdych any more than a glimmer of a comeback. I thought that volley for the 2nd last point of the game was out of this world – it was, after all, off a terrific return of serve from Berdych, right down at his feet and hard. How did he get the damn thing over the net?

Tsonga showed his variety today – Berdych does have the power to beat him or anyone, but he has to be right on the top of his game throughout the match, not just for a couple of games towards the end. Imo, Tsonga and Federer are, right now, at this moment in time, the two best players in the world – never mind Djokovic and Nadal and Murray. They’ll be back soon enough, but meanwhile, we have the best possible final tomorrow. Federer, I reckon, will have to be at his absolute best to hold off a rampaging, but calculatedly rampaging, Tsonga. Yes, he has become one cool customer, tremendous defence, wonderful from the back and at the net, incredibly powerful serve, and imbued with impressive self-belief. I think he’ll worry everyone in the top 4 next year. Meanwhile, how fascinating to see if the genius of Federer, with a comparatively lightweight game, can hold off this marauding player of all the skills.


bstevens Says:

grendel,

as a frequent reader but infrequent commenter at this website, I must say that I enjoy reading your posts. You have a good grasp of the English language :)


steve-o Says:

Agreed, grendel. Tsonga is known for his power game, but he played very smart tennis today to keep Berdych guessing. He also made good use of his touch.

Federer has his work cut out for him tomorrow. He’ll need all of his tactical acumen and shotmaking genius to outwit the more powerful Tsonga, and I hope he can come up with the goods.


Brando Says:

@bstevens: WOW, did not know that! Thanks. It must be a record, cannot imagine anyone playing someone else as much as that.


alison hodge Says:

both tsonga and fed have been the best,and most concistent players this week,the right two players are in the final,i agree with brando although feds the favourite its not neccasrily a given that he will win,i hope for an open and well contested final,a three set thriller to end the year on a high.


Kimmi Says:

ha ha a three set thriller alison with a tie break 24-22 on the third set. That will be perfect but not for my stomach :(


Eric Says:

Not to poke sleeping dragons in the eye, but th is whole idea that somehow Fed magically manages to be “fresh” at the end of the season, while everyone else is spent from the long, hard year, is crap — and it’s because whole idea of a tennis “season” is bunk. There’s barely a month off in between the last event of the season and the first of the next, and that’s without counting Davis Cup. There’s almost as much time off in between Wimbledon and the fall season as is there is between seasons, so it’s really only the players who don’t make the cut at the WTF, play in any exhibitions or Davis Cup matches after that, and don’t participate in the January pre-AO “tuneups” who have a meaningful off season.

In other words: the idea, that players have energy bars full on Jan 1 that are gradually emptied over the year until they are empty on Nov 30, is utter crap, and talking about Fed’s prominence in the post-USO tournaments as somehow unfair is simply stupid.


skeezerweezer Says:

Dear Fed,

No party late nite stuff nor “getting lucky”. Been there done that, Give it all you got tomorrow!

Yours Truly,

MS


laslo Says:

Is noone here rooting for Tsonga? I’s like him to pick up this trophy.


laslo Says:

It looks like Novak tanked so Tips could win some money. They are both on their way to Maldives.


andrea Says:

i’m glad tsonga won – i have a feeling the final will be a bit more competitive with federer having to face him rather than berdych. fed’s win today against ferrer wasn’t pretty but nowhere near the nadal match level. message to ferrer: it’s boring when a players strategy against roger is doing nothing else but hitting to his backhand.

tsonga will get way more free points on serve and has shown some good hustle and touch at the net over the past couple of matches. should be a good one!


alison hodge Says:

kimmi granted i suppose as a fan you want your fav to come through a match with the minimum amount of fuss as possibe,especially in the earlier rounds of a tourney,however as a nuetral its always great to see a cometitive match,surely half the excitement is in the matches where your on the edge of your seat,biting your nails,pulling your hair out,heart racing,the shear adrenalin rush,ok not all finals live up to that,which can take the edge off,and only end in an anti climax,sorry jmo for what its worth.

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