It’s Federer v Berdych For The Madrid Title, Who’ll Be Crowned Blue Clay GOAT?
by Sean Randall | May 12th, 2012, 5:35 pm
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After a tumultuous and testy week of tennis on the virgin blue clay, power players Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych have arrived in the final of the Madrid Tennis Masters. Both Top 10ers took advantage of the controversial quick courts to all but dominate the field thus far with their aggressive games. But someone is going to lose as we determine who’s the greatest on the blue clay.

Earlier today, Berdych pulled off a minor upset ousting the red-hot Juan Martin Del Potro in two tiebreakers. Del Potro, who had won 10 straight and 22 sets in a row coming into the match, allowed line calls in each tiebreak to ruin his day. The Argentine wasn’t even convinced after the chair ump inspected the marks and confirmed both calls (they were also confirmed by the inactive shotspot). But Delpo wouldn’t let it go and it help cost him the match.

“The match was really long, really close,” said Del Potro. “I think that we won the same amount of points. But this is tennis and one of the two has to lose and he played the tie-breaks better than me. Those were the key points. The feeling is not the best because I lost. But he earned a lot of merit in the tie-break to win and he won fairly.”

Berdych, who had lost three straight to Delpo, squandered a break lead in the second but held it together in the breaker to get the win.

“I am definitely very happy with the game I played here since the beginning of the week,” said Berdych. “It doesn’t matter that much if you drop a set or not, it’s just how it is. Sometimes you can fight through the whole tournament and then get to the final as well.

“I definitely felt that [del Potro] was going to be the toughest one so far in the tournament, that was for sure. As I started I already had the feeling that he is going to be right and that it was going to be a tough game. I was confident to go for the match; I believed in myself and that I could do it.”

In the second semifinal, in windy conditions Federer breezed by Janko Tipsarevic 6-2, 6-3. The match wasn’t even that close against the Serb who had upset his countryman and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic a day earlier.

Federer kept Janko on the run playing first-strike tennis and it paid off. Since losing his opening set to Milos Raonic, Federer has reeled off eight straight sets on the blue smurf turf.

The win also catapulted Federer past the $70 million mark in career prize money.

As for tomorrow, Federer may lead the head-to-head against Berdych 10-4 (5-0 in sets on clay) but Tomas has won three of the last five. And the surface does help the big Czech who’s playing awfully well.

But I like Federer here. Not only is the (temporary?) No. 2 ranking at stake but with Nadal and Djokovic watching on the tube from Rome, it’s too good an opportunity to pass up for a guy whose real goal is to get back to No. 1. If Roger wants to get back to that top spot he’s got to cash this chip in.

“(Berdych) got me in big matches in my career in Wimbledon and at the Olympics. I got him back at the same places,” Federer said to the AP. “Still I remember those losses vividly. I think that we match up pretty well against each other because of the shot-making.”

Berdych, though, is more than capable of pulling the upset. He has the first strike ability so crucial to doing well on this slick surface. And he hits flatter, so that’ll take time away from Roger’s defenses. But I think Federer, 44-3 since the US Open, will blunt Berdych’s bombs and mix in just enough variety to get his 4th title of the year and 20th career Masters.

“It’s going to be a tough match,” said Federer. “Berdych is playing well himself. It’s quick conditions and he can be a big threat in the finals like that.”

The women’s finale is also a blockbuster with World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka against Serena Williams. Serena hasn’t lost on clay and Azarenka has been virtually unbeatable this season, so it should be a heck of a match. In the end, I think Azarenka somehow wins this one. She’s had her troubles with Serena who leads this series 6-1 but I think now as a No. 1 and a Grand Slam champion she’ll get that big win.

“She’s one of the best players in the world and one of the toughest opponents to play against,” Azarenka said of Williams. “We’ve played a lot of matches and I was young – I was just coming on the tour, but I was always competitive with her. So it’s going to be a different story. We had a very good match at the US Open last year, so I can take some positive things out of that one.”

Tennis Channel will have live coverage of the women’s final starting at 7:30am ET followed by the men.

SUNDAY MADRID FINALS SCHEDULE

MANOLO SANTANA start 10:50 am
[6] R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU) vs [4] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) – ATP DOUBLES FINAL

Not Before 1:30 PM
[1] V Azarenka (BLR) vs [9] S Williams (USA) – WTA-SINGLES FINAL

Not Before 4:30 PM
[3] R Federer (SUI) vs [6] T Berdych (CZE) – ATP SINGLES FINAL


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292 Comments for It’s Federer v Berdych For The Madrid Title, Who’ll Be Crowned Blue Clay GOAT?

sheila Says:

so hoping federer wins this. i didnt realize berdych has beat him 3 of the last 5x they played. thats kind of worrisome. hope federer can play some super variety tennis & throw berdych off his game. do not want 2c berdych blowing federer off court. its amazing that berdych has beaten federer but cant seem 2beat nadal or djokovic. he certainly has the weapons to beat them, but probably not the mental confidence. want 2c federer win this & then a major tournament. that would be a gr8 year if indeed he can pull it off. well @ least if he gets 2finals in tournaments the opportunities r there. keeping my fingers crossed that roger wins tomorrow in madrid & hoping serena wins the womens final.


bstevens Says:

Fed is looking for his first non-hard court title since 2009! Though it seems like the blue clay plays more like a hard court (aside from the slipping). Berdych is also trying to win his 1st Masters event since 2005. Lets hope for a good match.


bstevens Says:

Oh yeah, and no one outside the top 4 has won a Masters event since 2010.


spankanthony Says:

federer should become the spokesman for Blue Clay since it seems to be kryptonite to rafa and nole.


Brando Says:

Feds the fav- BUT berdy does have a chance.


Kimberly Says:

Really looking forward to the Williams azarenka match since my fav is out on the boys side. Makes for a laid back mothers day at least.


Kimmi Says:

fingers crossed for fed. go get the title !!


jane Says:

Kimberly, I might miss both finals. Apparently I am being feted tomorrow. Ha ha. We’ll see what that entails…


Kimmi Says:

kimberly – apparently vika beat radwanska 6 times this year, that must hurt. there is nothing she can do, her serve is the major problem.

I have a good feeling this is serena’s. unless vika serves bombs, which is not her forte.


Lisa Says:

Am a Federer fan, but I agree with Nadal, Djokovic and other players, Madrid should get rid of blue clay and get back to red clay next year. Its a ridiculas idea to input during the clay court season. It disrupts clay court specialist concentration, isn’t fair and just not a well thought out idea, period. If they want a blue clay court, make a different schedule, anytime during a calander year except clay court season. But congrets to Roger for making the final tommorow, hope you win tommorrow. But be careful, Berdych is also a great player.


steve-o Says:

If Federer plays his best level it may not look competitive.

When he’s playing his best, he’s painting. The court and the opponent are the canvas on which he paints. Competition doesn’t enter into it.

He’s putting each ball in its perfect place according to some inner vision, as a painter places each brushstroke on the canvas.

The opponent acts as the necessary foil for this act of creation, without which it would be impossible.

But sometimes he’s not inspired and has to play a more sublunary kind of match, like everyone else.

If you define a “good match” as one competitive in terms of games and sets, in which both players struggle visibly and there is no clear advantage until the very end, then Federer masterclasses are not for you.

If you want to see a tennis problem solved in the simplest, most elegant, beautiful, natural fashion possible, then that’s exactly what Federer provides at his best.

Though he has played many matches that are competitive in the conventional sense (see Wimbledon finals, 2007-09).

I hope for inspiration tomorrow, but would be happy with a sublunary win too.


Polo Says:

I am not used to seeing Berdych play at a consistently high level in any tournament. He has been playing so well that I suspect tomorrow may be his off day. Not that I want him to play poorly. I just want Federer to play better than him tomorrow.


skeezer Says:

steve-o

“When he’s playing his best, he’s painting. The court and the opponent are the canvas on which he paints. Competition doesn’t enter into it.”

Great description, my thoughts exactly :)


RZ Says:

Saw a little of the Fed vs. Tipsy match today. That clay plays like a hard court! Those were some super-high ball bounces for “clay.”

I hope Fed wins tomorrow. It’d be great for him to move up the rankings.


Tennis Fan Says:

Its just not fair to make the clay court specialist have to play on fast courts … they should be allow to play on slow slow red clay … lower and slower bounces. Anything else would be too radical to consider. Not fair! Not fair I say!


Gannu Says:

come on feddy bear…step by step..first no 2 ranking and thgen going for the kill and take the no 1 ranking….will be there to support you…been a while since i posted…too much busy wid work;-(…hope all fed fans madmax, kimmi, huh, skeez,daniel etc are there to cheer our man…and madamx have been reaing all ur posts and u rock as a fed fan ;-)


Humble Rafa Says:

hope all fed fans madmax, kimmi, huh, skeez,daniel etc are there to cheer our man…and madamx have been reaing all ur posts and u rock as a fed fan ;-)

Don’t worry Gannu. Arrogant One’s progress (mostly lack of progress) has been reported his disciples on a point by point basis.


Kimberly Says:

kimmi-consistency IMO opinion can get you very far

BUT when you come up against a power player that has consistency, nothing you can do. Azarenka knows this, Radwanska knows this.

And I disagree with Sean. With the surface playing fast I give a HUGE advantage to Serena.


Lisa Says:

Am a Federer Fan but I completely support @Tennis Fan. They should do away with the Blue Clay for that exact reason……


Gannu Says:

humble rafa…

pls eat ur humble pie and think before u speak…ur hero anyways vomits out written speech which is retarded uncle writes for him… “lack of progress”??? since US open who has won more titles in men’s tennis??? and if it had not been for that dirt…mr butt picker would have been some no 10 in the world by now…
If there is one person who deserves being No 1 its fed for all the worjk he has put in

more importantly time and again even staunch fed fans like me have lost hope have written him off but he never loses hope or confidence and comes again and again and proves us all wrong…he is the last person who needs to do tht…his undying optimism and attitude is just a class apart…


skeezer Says:

HR,

Say “Hi” to RFF for us all.

@Tennis Fan

“Lower and Slower bounces” …you don’t mean that really? Clay naturally increases the higher bounce with more “action”….there is no way the ball bounces lower on Clay…


steve-o Says:

Azarenka doesn’t have the variation to baffle Serena at her best. Only Henin did, and she’s retired. This time for good.

Serena’s a more complete player than she’s given credit for. She is no Henin, but she has more options in her game than the tall blonde power baseliners who currently dominate (Kvitova potentially excepted).

The new improved Radwanska, who can slice and dice many of the power players (with the notable exception of Azarenka), would be eaten alive by Serena.


Jai Says:

Rome 2012 preview.. http://liveanddieatptennis.blogspot.in/
Please check it out and feel free to comment :)


carlo Says:

lol, jai. i agree with your picks. but i’m so tired and just got done switching back to rafa winning. now you are making me want to go back to Nole winning.

nice blog! thanks


ismaell Says:

who wins? its up in the air… and i like it.
for once… a clay final its even.
i could not care more for the color of the surface, i watched green, blue, red… and watched those colors in hard and clay courts… and who cares about the color.
but since wimbledon and australian go for slower play, putting the advance in defensive players, its fresh to see a new surface favors the offense play.
many had their opinions, and we all can not agree, thank god for diversit…
but to me, this week watched the tennis i like, watching delpo, berdych, federer this week was beautiful, i like offensive tennis, i dont like ping pong tennis, i dont like passing the ball endless times to see who give up, i take any match from those 3 players this wweek instead of the long boring australian final anyday.


Matt Says:

@Jai, I’d be 50/50 with Djokovic coming through for a ‘Federer vs Djokovic’ semi-final at Rome . The last time they both met, were at grand slams. Federer easily had Djokovic under control, even at the US OPEN semi-final last year where he lost. Plus Federer has never won in Rome, all the more to his motivation….


Nims Says:

Roger seems to have more success on tournaments which are totally irrelevant to the build up to the slams. Not sure if it’s a coincidence or he is playing role of a perfect 3rd player in the world, when the Top 2 are chasing the GS.


Nims Says:

We are getting into the real tournaments now starting Rome, post the exhibitions which were happening after the AO. Starting Rome, we will see the separation between Men and the Boys. The guys who are capable of winning big matches and GS.

The most important period of tennis season starts now. Let’s see who triumphs.


Dave Says:

Federer is 44-3 since 2011 US Open, not 44-4. Federer’s $70 million prize money makes up only 22% of his $316 million career earnings. Federer is fourth on the list of richest sportsmen — behind only basketball’s Michael Jordan ($516 m), F1′s Michael Schumacher ($823 m) and golf’s Tiger Woods ($869 m). Federer has no financial incentive to keep playing tennis — if he retired today, he could probably spend more time leveraging his reputation to make much more money than he gets from prize money. Instead, as long as he plays, the ATP Tour and all players benefit from Federer’s presence as the voice of reason and professionalism that’s sometimes lacking in the top two players. Sponsors are going to be turned off from tennis by their whining and threats.
http://www.worldcarfans.com/112050844100/schumacher-worlds-second-richest-sportsman

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Nims: “Roger seems to have more success on tournaments which are totally irrelevant to the build up to the slams.” I’m still laughing since Nadal played Barcelona and Monte Carlo without several top 20 players in the draw. And Djokovic played Monte Carlo and was scheduled to play Belgrade. The only two clay court tourneys Federer scheduled were Madrid and Rome — and there’s a rumour he might skip Rome if he wins Madrid.


Lynd Says:

Indeed, the most important stretch of the tennis calendar starts now! At the Madrid M1000! Not at some fake Masters at MC nor exhibitions in Barcelona which a certain whiner has managed to find his only success at all year! Talk about irrelevant build-up, you must mean those.


Lisa Says:

If Federer skips Rome, he would definately lose respect from his fans!


Wilfried-b Says:

Roger’s fans want him to win Roland Garros in Paris.
There are many roads leading to Rome and as many roads leading to Paris. It’s Roger’s choice which road he’s taking.


Michael Says:

I would give the edge to Roger in this match. The prospect of becoming No.2 should shore him up and he should be firing all cylinders. Having said that, I hope Roger plays Rome too as he already had a long lay off. He should not skip Rome where he has good chances to get more points as he was beaten in the third round last time around.


Lisa Says:

If Federer skips Rome, he loses resect not only from fans, but players also. With such conduct, he doesnt deseve to win at Roland Garros…..thats all Im saying..


Dave Says:

Lisa, 30-year old Federer needs to do whatever is best for his body. After all, 25-year old Nadal and Djokovic skip or tank tournaments for various reasons. And Federer deserves the rest given he has been the voice of reason, maturity and professionalism in Madrid to compensate for the unprofessionalism of the two prima donnas.

Federer has enough respect from his fans and other tennis fans and even players — Janko Tipsarevic: “I think that apart from being the best player, that (Federer) is probably the best player in the world when it comes to adjusting to any situation on the court.”


Nims Says:

Dave : Yeah, what Rafa and Novak achieved post AO are immaterial. I believe what’s to be achieved starting Rome will what define the years best player. Let’s see who triumphs.

Also I agree with your point on Sponsors turning off if Roger retires. He is required now more than any other period, not that Nadal and Novak are showing what poor Ambassadors they are becoming once they have reached the Top of the tennis. It just show how easy it is to be humble when you are No 2, but not easy when you reach No 1.


Lisa Says:

Thanks @Dave, very fair comments….But I hope he would still play at Rome….Besides he hasn’t won there yet..


Alex Says:

There’s too much on the line for Federer, not to win the match. Berdych, may be younger and he hits a heavier ball than Fed but he’s no world number one.

Roger, has done a great job this year of capitalizing on opportunities. He won Indian Wells, while going through Nadal and Isner. I’m picking him to win here too.


King Federer Says:

It must p!$$ rafa and nole’s fans that their fellow countrymen and fans at tournaments they win praise fed more.

a few years ago, moya made a similar remark – whether intentional or not. and ofcourse, rafa-dominated france (RG and monaco) cheers more for fed than the man who is the king of clay.

some people win matches. others win hearts of fans. very handful of players can do both of them. that is why fed has long transcended the sport and is often compared to GOATs of other sport.

Long Live King Fed! may the magic continue.


Kimmi Says:

Serena is playing first strike tennis. variety on her serve is incredible. great kick serve on the second serve.

Azarenka with 5 DF so far


Atom Says:

(From India)Cant be able to see FED final coz star sports gonna show football :(


Kimmi Says:

WOW! a beatdown to the world number 1


Kimmi Says:

Atom – there will be streaming on the internet when the match starts.

try “sports lemon”.

I tried to send the website but my post was blocked for some reason.


Atom Says:

Thanks Kimmi :) Rooting for FED!!!


Kimmi Says:

serena keeps looking at the trophy, she cant figure it out i guess. same trophy as last year, somebody said here it looked like a cactus?? lol


racquet Says:

Lots of whistling and jeering at Tiriac and Santana as they were introduced for presentation ceremony. Interesting.


X Says:

Why would Roger lose the respect of his fans when he skips Rome??

If he wins Madrid, he’d have the most titles this year than any player on tour

For a guy who has achieved more and played longer than any player in the Top 25, he deserves all the rest that he deems necessary to perform at his best. Besides, he doesn’t have much to defend nor is this his favorite tournament basing on past results.

And if Murray can tweet and prance around in Rome while the others are slipping and whining in Madrid, why can’t Roger do the same while they all slug it out in their “true” clay


Kimberly Says:

The blue is rewarding big hitters. Serena was unstoppable. Will she be a factor in the French when movement and patience come more into play. Not sure but defintely possible. This should put her back in the top 8 for the French at least, for some seeding protection (more for her opponents than her!)


Skeezer Says:

For the Tennis players here;

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-13/groth-takes-fastest-serve-record/4008550?section=sport

Congrats to Serena, who’s from a Womens ERA that kicked a$$.


Skeezer Says:

Who is this speaking for Fed fans. As mark would say….Pffft!
There will never be dis respect coming from any true Fed fan, the guy has won it all, done it all. This stuff going on now late in career is all gravy! And he has a shot this year at getting #2 at 30/31? Woot!


Brando Says:

why would fed want to skip Rome? It doesn’t make sense to do so. Thought I would be in his interest play. He better not ruin my bracket picks!


Tennis Fan Says:

This from the Australian Papers this morning
“Federer was flawless on the same slick blue clay surface which had angered world No.1 Novak Djokovic and No.2 Nadal, both men vowing never to return if the surface does not change.”

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/sport/tennis/federer-breezes-into-madrid-final-20120513-1yl16.html#ixzz1ul9dut7E


carlo Says:

LOL’s Brando, spoken like a true Bracketeer already! 10:02 am. You are a natural. hehehe…..


Tennis Fan Says:

If Roger wins today he should probably ship Rome given that he was able to shake off his rust so fast this week. No sense to rush into Rome to play given all the other players have had a few days break … better to practice on mud and get ready for a greulling run through to Wimbledon then the Olympics … it will be a busy year.


Kimmi Says:

skeezer – the guy hit the fastest serve and then lost the match. it is not all about the serve we can see.


Kimmi Says:

here we goooo!


Skeezer Says:

@kimmi

I know. Just thought that in itself was amazin :)


Daniel Says:

I am with you Brando.

Jumped the Fed bandwagon and picked him to win Rome. He has an easy path to the semis and somehow Djoko isn’t quit there yet.
In the final, the Fed fan in me can’t pick Nadal beating him again, so, I dropped all sense of reason and picked Fed over Nadal:)


the mind reels Says:

Federer doesn’t have the toughest draw in Rome, and given that he just took a long break, I’m not sure why he’d skip Rome. Seems like an easy enough place to pick up a few more points. He (and all the other top guys) will have another week off to rest/prepare for RG while the remainder of the tour is playing in Nice and Dusseldorf.

Let’s see what happens after the match today. Good luck to both guys, but I’m hoping Roger can pull it out in straights.


racquet Says:

Berdy breaks already! Strange shot from Fed in that game – what was that?


Daniel Says:

Silly point with that attempt of drop. Berdych 3 winners in this return game, 2 returns winners and a backhand DTL. Seems Fed’s ball is in his strike zone.


Kimmi Says:

bad start. this is not looking good already


van orten Says:

come on berdych as always normally he ll choke later ..at least vs nadal or djoker vs fed he plays always his best


racquet Says:

As expected Berdy is crushing the ball. I can’t think of another player – aside from Fed – who has such seemingly effortless power on the forehand.


madmax Says:

Fed biding his time. A lot to take on board, Berdyche is firing cannon balls right now. It can’t last, but you know Fed just gotta do his best. Not think of anything ‘on the line’, just play the way he has been playing in the tourney.


Daniel Says:

Berdy’s returns affecting Fed who went too much nd double faulted.


madmax Says:

Great, he is on the board!

But has to be more aggressive in my view.


madmax Says:

Fed can do this Daniel. Just taking a while to get into the match. Berdych is not an easy player to play. Look at his build! He is like a machine.

Fed got to be wiley guy.


madmax Says:

What berdych got to lose here? Nothing. He playing amazing tennis right now.


van orten Says:

berdych overpumped up and fed doesnt seem there yet


Daniel Says:

Damm, Berdych is firing winners from every corner of the court.


Daniel Says:

Actually Fed is even returning some un returnable serves. Berdych is just crushing the ball moving directions at will Not much any one can do, unless his level drop and or first serves percentage drop as well.


van orten Says:

sometimes fed starts really bad…like this time..never happens to other top 3 players it feels like..fed with his calm posture seems to feed berdych right now…


Skeezer Says:

Have seen Birdsh!t play like this before, he can knock the cover off the ball, like Sod.


madmax Says:

Fed will have to get pumped, for certain. But it’s only the first set, and may be he saving energy. Still working him out. Berdych is playing better right now. That’s a fact.

It’s still great to watch. Let’s just hope that Fed wakes up a bit more and is able to put the returns in and play more aggressive.


Daniel Says:

Madmax I believe he can. But if Berdych continue like this the first set is his and Fed will have to hold his games and see what happens.


tfouto Says:

Federer is going to loose. Anaconne is watching live.


Daniel Says:

This is insane level!!


van orten Says:

i really hate berdych asking for his towel after every point with his index finger…annoying!!!!!!


Daniel Says:

Everything is going in, I think only 2 UE for Berdych and more than 10 winners in 7 games. That is awesome tennis.


madmax Says:

Probably because Annacone has been watching him all week tfouto, along with wife and co-coach. If fed loses, he loses. It’s not the end.

Just glad to watch him play and of course would love him to win.

Time will tell.


madmax Says:

He needs to up the first serve though. Not as good, I think hes nervous. But he will overcome it. He has to.


Daniel Says:

Well, everything is going right for Berdy, even this return. Berdy too steady.


Daniel Says:

Yeah. hold Fed and let him serve for the set.


van orten Says:

this is how you bring berdych to choke…


Daniel Says:

Wrong choice Federer. In control of the point and left the court open?!


van orten Says:

fed not playing well..not to take anything awaY FROM berdych but fed not playing well enough


Daniel Says:

3 second serves and Fed only won 1 point. It won’t get better than this. He has to go for much, Berdych is going of the kill all the time.


Daniel Says:

Fed has to be more aggressive in the return. Berdych missed all 5 first serves this game


Daniel Says:

More chances than he has this game won’t happen. And Berdych can play even better if he increases first serves and aces?!


van orten Says:

never seen himm so passive….really provoking berdych going for his shots ..pretty bad performance by fed,.again not taking away anything from berdych but come on fed can do better …not moving at all it seems


tfouto Says:

well, when Annacone is watching live Federer almost never win a tournament. i know its just concidence, but its a common one…


Leon Says:

One mistake costs a set. Just like with Raonic?
“…power players Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych have arrived in the final…”
Parroting Nadal’s philippics?
Since when Roger is considered as a power hitter, Sean?
Serve? 200 km/h fastest. One-handed BH? You can’t be serious. FH? Isn’t Nadal’s much stronger (not saying of some others)? Even smash is often “lazy” and seldom fatal.
Del Potro with his levers, Berdych, even Verdasco or potentially Raonic – agree. But Federer, especially now? Look at the current match…


Daniel Says:

Agree van often seems he’s movement is a little off. But maybe Berdych is leaving him guessing and clueless. He has to d his part, hold his serve and wait for a Bedrych bad serving game.


madmax Says:

Daniel,

It is a barrage of shots from berdych, but fed got to change the game plan because it’s not working.

And the one thing that Federer does have the berdych doesn’t is variety.

The first serve has got to be firing more and the placement isn’t as accurate as it has been. Also Roger got nothing to lose now. Really, might as well just go for it.

Come on Roger!


madmax Says:

A 3 setter in a final is how it should be though. Even though all fed fans want him to win in straights. Don’t like the heart attack tennis, but really do love watching federer play full stop. Just got to win!


madmax Says:

Frustrating to watch when he misses a classic he shouldn’t have missed! Arghhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!


Daniel Says:

Fed… Ace and hold. You have to stay in front this set.


van orten Says:

@leon feds forehand is def. faster than nadals…!!!!!!!!


madmax Says:

Nope. Fed doesn’t make these kind of mistakes with the drop shot. He is nervous making that shot today. So needs to either get confident, or stop playing it!


skeezer Says:

Face it, Birdsh!t has been in a zone the whole tourney. It is not surprising he is playing this good.


Daniel Says:

Madmax, first serves is fine, Fed has more aces. The problem is we know he is not in a On day when he already misses 2 drop shots attempt and an volley on his feet like in this game. Usually he makes this shots when on. Thank God his serve is ON and Berdy serve is not on, Berdy is wining the points in the rallies.


the mind reels Says:

Berdych is hitting the ball more confidently so far. He’s hitting with depth and pace, whereas most of Federer’s groundstrokes are landing short and with too much topspin so that they’re sitting up for Berdych.

Perhaps a small opening here for Fed at 15-30.


Daniel Says:

Finally a break point! And he stepped in the court to return.


van orten Says:

please someone take away berdychs towel…makes me sick !!!


van orten Says:

finally a come on!!!!!!!vamos roger #1!!!!!


Daniel Says:

Yeah!! Aggressive from the return.

Berdych is playing flawless form the back court, but his serve is not on. Gave too much second serves to Fed. Imagine if he was serving 70% first serves and 1 ace per game?!


tfouto Says:

finally… c’mon


Daniel Says:

Sh#$t The ball hitter Berdych’s racquet, than his court and passed. Fed must be furious!


racquet Says:

Ooh, controversy. It looked like a double bounce. tsk tsk Thomas.


the mind reels Says:

Hopefully Federer can loosen up a bit. He hasn’t looked *super* tight yet, but he’s certainly been hitting somewhat conservatively from the back of the court. Would be nice to see him play more freely, but Berdych has done well to take time away from him today.

Bad call there from the chair.


van orten Says:

i will not watch anymore..i am only listening cant stand berdych asking for his towel,..more annoying than nadals routine


Aravind Says:

Berdych looking the better player today. Federer’s second serve nicely sitting up for Berdych to kill and in this surface Federer is unable to defend. When Berdych picks up his first serve percentage, it could be all over for Federer


Brando Says:

IF berdych finds his 1st serve, this is a win for him- otherwise I back fed


madmax Says:

COME ON FED,

playing better this set. Much better.

Now let’s eat it all up!

Love it when Fed shows the c’mon! emotion.

C’mon!


Aravind Says:

The game is missing Soderling. Imaging a scenario like this. Top four and a trio of big hitters in Berdych, Delpotro and Soderling along with Tsonga in the top 5-8.. It would be a true nightmare to win a slam!!


madmax Says:

sloppy return. Or was it a bad bounce?


Daniel Says:

2 silly mistakes on forehand to give Berdy an easy hold.


madmax Says:

my live stream keeps disappearing, so I might have to rely on you guys for great commentary please!


Leon Says:

van orten @11.26: maybe faster, but I doubt more powerful. Anyway, power isn’t Roger’s trademark, is it?


van orten Says:

hahahah will smith giving kisses to the audience


racquet Says:

What a rally on set point! Deuce.


racquet Says:

Berdy breaks back!


van orten Says:

well well fed is really his own grave digger today…unbelievable !!!!1


Djokowins Says:

LOL….hahahahaha
Federer is moon balling !!!!


the mind reels Says:

Berdych heating up again. Federer had a couple opportunities to change things up and hit a dropshot or two in that game but opted to play the percentage ball, and he paid for it.

Let’s see if Berdych can consolidate.


Daniel Says:

Damm you Berdych. Fed had his chance on set point and hit a weak forehand. Now an excellent serve and Berdych return it deep. He is almost making rain on court.

Focus Fed and find some returns to break back and start serving the third.


van orten Says:

pretty sure berdych will win now…its ok…why not..he never won anything big or little at least …what i know though is he will choke again vs nole or nadal as always…thats the sad part of it


Aravind Says:

Looking bad for Federer now.. Berdych is a better player today. Really killing Federer on the returns. this is sometihng that I have observed in the last few meetings. He reads Federer’s second serve well and the ball goes right into his strike zone.. If he has a good serving day, Federer can forget about hte match..


Djokowins Says:

Berdych is beating Federer basically with his second serve.


madmax Says:

Just have to watch now. Livestream back on.

Come on Fed, just give it what you got and get the second set.

vo, of course, why not?


van orten Says:

fed should have executed the drop shot on set point…berdych was way out off the ground and he played right into his forehand!!!!


van orten Says:

just wanna seee berdych once playing like that vs other top players just once !!!!!


madmax Says:

Reminds me of when fed was 5:1 up to monfils and then there was Tsonga, but really can’t complain.

Game just not god like today, but berdych too good today. Really. Not seen him like this since wimbledon.

A blow out in the second set.

See if he can pull it back.


the mind reels Says:

@van orten: yep, exactly right. He rolled that approach shot up the line and got beaten.

Federer has a way of hanging on and toughing matches out. If this goes to a tiebreak, I think Berdych has the edge given how he’s been serving and returning.


madmax Says:

God, that was quick!

Now fed is ‘on!’.

Come on!


van orten Says:

this was sooooooooo unnecessary letting berdych back into the set…a shame…


madmax Says:

Have to watch and have to breathe.

Wish I could be inside Fed’s mind right now. What IS he thinking?

What IS his game plan?


van orten Says:

again set points!!!! vamos roger vamosssssss


madmax Says:

BRILLIANT RETURN!


van orten Says:

there you go berdych choking finally !!!!


tfouto Says:

perfect…


madmax Says:

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!


sub023 Says:

Blessing in disguise…Fed starts serving first in the decider.


Kimmi Says:

eventually! phew


van orten Says:

this reminded me of the match in cincy in `11.. but fed this time avoided the breaker…and now he serves first in the decider..something fed usually likes very much…


madmax Says:

VO,

good point.

Federer is coming into the third set, with more confidence for certain.

About time, I see.

Federer just got to go for it now, the serve percentage last set was much better.


madmax Says:

okay, live stream gone.


van orten Says:

fed needs first serves now!!!berdych reads incredibly well every 2nd s


van orten Says:

thats what i am talking about …vamos roger !!!!


Daniel Says:

Great hold saving BP


madmax Says:

Fed will do it. Keep the opponent guessing with those serves and keep the balls short. I don’t like these longer rallies!

Berdych is just too strong.


Aravind Says:

Phew.. Breakpoint down Federer. Second serve, went to Berdych BH, Berdych hit a screming BH DTL that missed by a few inches.. Federer goes on to hold..


jamie Says:

Federer will not win Roma.

LOL @ those predicting that here.


Daniel Says:

Slice winner wrong footing!


van orten Says:

amazing return of serve …30:30 vamos roger


Aravind Says:

Federer hitting his BHs very well this week.. Best I have seen him hit in a long time. His BH is amazing. The only stroke that can exploit it is the Nadal FH..


Daniel Says:

Another drama game on Fed serve!


van orten Says:

this is tight folks…both struggling in holding serve


van orten Says:

break point…he breaks there its over..


madmax Says:

This is a tussle.


racquet Says:

How many break points has Berdy squandered?


van orten Says:

good hold from fed…gotta say i love my pessimistic lines…brings fed luck it seems ;-)


Kimberly Says:

nice match. Especially to watch as someone with nothing invested.


Aravind Says:

Great hold for Federer from 0-30 down and saves a breakpoint in the process.. How long can he survive.. He desperately needs a break..


madmax Says:

Who cares whether Fed will win Rome.

I don’t.

I don’t expect him to.

Not the way he is playing in Madrid. I have tickets to watch Fed in Rome, but he may not play, if he doesn’t I would be pleased.

For now, just hoping that he gives his best here now, because Berd is not breaking down, whereas fed is using his serve to get him out of trouble. Just hate it when people predict he is going to win, and then go to number 2). It means nothing.

Who cares? Just win the match Fed and everything else will take care of itself. People just like to jinx here. More and more.


madmax Says:

van orten, keep up your comments. I like them :)


van orten Says:

fed come on…take advantage of his second serves man!!!1


racquet Says:

Berdych holds. 2-2


van orten Says:

ok now hold easy ,,,and put some pressure on berdych…difficult task to ask but it is about time for fed sailing through one of his service games


Aravind Says:

Berdych getting some easy points on the serve.. holds to make it 2-2.. Close match..


van orten Says:

hate this guy


madmax Says:

Fed’s serve is not on today.


van orten Says:

ok folks this is getting ridiculous how berdych plays..annoying !!!!!!


Aravind Says:

Uh-oh.. Federer in trouble again at 0-30..


van orten Says:

what a second serve for 30:30 now bring first serves man !!!!


van orten Says:

at least his second serve was clicking in that game…another tight hold!!!


Aravind Says:

Berdych seems to be over powering Federer on the FH to FH rallies.. However, Federer hits an ace and a great unreturned second serve to get to 30-30 and two Berdych errors give Federer the game!


van orten Says:

crosscourt forehand exchanges are good for fed in this match…problem begins when berdych changes direction !!!


the mind reels Says:

I was surprised to see the statistic that said Berdych has only 4 return winners. Feels more like he’s had 14? In any event, Federer is hanging tough in his own service games. Just needs to get into one of these Berdych games.


van orten Says:

another bad miss…after a great return…come on roger .focus now focus,..dont get distracted by will smith haha


Aravind Says:

Federer is the only player whom I have seen slide on this court with any authority. I guess, the more you play, the players get used to it. Rapid changes in direction are impossible, but it looks like you can slide a little bit..
Meanwhile both players keen to get the first strike.. Berdych holding on to his sevice games more freely than Federer.


van orten Says:

another easy hold for berdych …fed needs to hold easy now …to put him under pressure


van orten Says:

what a recovery crosscourt forehand winner.and another one to go up 40:0.finally some magic


van orten Says:

opening up nicely the court with his wide serve…now leading 4:3


Aravind Says:

Great hold for Federer there. Now would be the time to step up and break!! :-) Some of the folks are underestimating how good a player Berdych is. When he is serving well and hitting deep like he is today, it is very difficult to beat him. You need to have great defense to keep putting the extra ball in play and frustrate him to errors. Rafa does this better than anyone in the game. This court does not allow you to turn defense to offense. So it is always a tough task to beat him..


van orten Says:

come on!!!0:30


Aravind Says:

Screaming BH DTL return winner from Federer to go up 0-30. Here is the chance for Federer..


van orten Says:

0:40 fed returning in god mode now!!! vamos roger!!!!


Daniel Says:

Damm Berdych, 2 aces on break points, c’mon…:)


Daniel Says:

WTF is that?!?!?!?!?! Saved best for last.


van orten Says:

3 first serves in a row…cannot believe it what is wrong man!!!!!


Aravind Says:

Would you believe it.. Phenomenal serving by Berdych.. 3 aces and 3 BPs gone for Federer..


van orten Says:

what a guy berdych is…now he double faults???to give fed another bp


Aravind Says:

WTF moment of the match.. 3 aces to save 3 break points from 0-40.. Followed by TWO double faults.. Federer to save for the match..


Daniel Says:

My God, nerves… 0-40, 3 aces and 2 double faults. Seems he didn’t wan to play any point at all. Gift Fed the break and possible the title.


sub023 Says:

3 aces to escape 0-40, then double double fault to lose it anyway,


racquet Says:

Clutch serving saves 4 BPs! Then he chokes with a DF


van orten Says:

i cannot believe what a strange player berdych is…0:40 3 first monster serve aces and then ??? 2 double faults to give fed the break !!!! now serving for the championship and #2!!! vamos roger vamos


Kimmi Says:

and another DF..what a guy!


Aravind Says:

Not done yet.. Federer down 0-30 serving for the match..


racquet Says:

Berdy breaks back! What drama.


Daniel Says:

Why can’t he just have a blasting serve game when closing the match?!
Now drama back again. Hope he keeps his returning and Berdych chokes, again!


Kimmi Says:

federer couldnt find first serve.


van orten Says:

unbelievable roger federer ..this is not possible he played the complete last game with now first serve at all…now he loses this one will hurt!!!


Aravind Says:

Great game by Berdych to break back.. The match continues.. Now he will serve to stay in the match!! The first point was a great serve from Federer, wrongly called fault.. Federer couldn’t get two first serves after that and it became 0-30.. Wonder if that wrong call will come to haunt Federer.. Such a big psychological difference when you win the first point on serve when you are sreving for the match..


racquet Says:

He was 2 points away from being No. 2 again.


El Flaco Says:

Fed only got 1 1st serve in that game, but they called it out so he got none in. He was lucky to be in that game at all.


van orten Says:

this is typical federer..cant understand what happened..now first serve at all..how was that possible


Daniel Says:

He can’t miss this easy shot on 0-15 in a tense game


racquet Says:

Fed is hitting a few more loose shots now.


Daniel Says:

And Berdych is nervous holding his arm, bad miss for Fed again


van orten Says:

my god this one will hurt ..all the chances on his side and he really screwed it up


Daniel Says:

OMG. Fed needs to hold to at leads bring to a tiebreak and pressure Berdy


Daniel Says:

Serves come back….


van orten Says:

now get broken fed come on…you already brought nole back from the dead why not berdych


van orten Says:

really pissed now …at least now serving…i guess even the great roger from time to time shows nerves


Aravind Says:

Federer hitting some great serves and an outrageous FH winner to go up 6-5… The last FH was just phenomenal.. How on earth did he get that angle


sub023 Says:

van orten, why the hell are you so negative? If you want to root for Federer, you’ve got to take the bad times with the good. You can’t have your cake an eat it too.


Daniel Says:

Either Fed wins now or a drama tiebreak where Berdy will be the upper hand since he survived the match after that bizarre game of him


van orten Says:

in a post above i mentioned my pessimistic lines..take it as superstition ok;-) i am not all too serious believe me about it


sub023 Says:

Also this match is hardly over, so we don’t need any eulogies for Fed just yet.


sub023 Says:

Ah, I see. Well carry on then, Fed’s has a 0-30 chance now.


Daniel Says:

Bad Luck for Berdy. This kind of ball smell match is over for him. Unless he rediscover that strike of aces again.


El Flaco Says:

nasty slice!


Aravind Says:

Three great points by Federer.. Great return to force an error and another great defensive slice followed by an aggresive slice forcing the error..
Three match points!!


Aravind Says:

Two match points saved by Berdych with great first serves..


alison hodge Says:

What a great final,great for a neutral fan to watch without feeling the jitters,deffinetly the best two players made it to the final,such clean and great quality ball striking,however never warmed to Berdych so come on Roger.


El Flaco Says:

Fed choking


Aravind Says:

All matchpoints saved by Berdych.. Credit to him.. He is playing great today..


van orten Says:

match point number 4 and me having a serious angina …my god…what a player


Daniel Says:

YEAHHHH BACK TO N#22222222!!!

Happy mother’s day to you all. Leaving for lunch, I am starving:)


El Flaco Says:

Berdy choking worse lol


Aravind Says:

And he does it.. Ladies and gentlemen.. Roger Federer is the new world number 2.. Thomas Berdych take a bow.. what a great match he played as well.. Very very entertaining match..


van orten Says:

federer please….becker almost killed and you are even worse haha…great match great tournament…congrats for number 2 ranking…now go and enjoy playing rome…


sub023 Says:

Hell of a match altogether. And congratulations to the new no. 2.


scineram Says:

Not gonna be number one with nerves like these.


Brando Says:

congrats to fed!

Berdych choked though!

BASED on todays play, CANNOT see fed beating either rafa or nole at rome or FO- they won’t choke like t-bird did for sure!

Should fed skip rome? Maybe- he wouldn’t want ANY confidence he does have to be dented by rafole in rome!


steve-o Says:

Roger Federer is the first man to win a title on blue clay! And regaining the #2 ranking!


Noogie Says:

I would rather be 31, with 16 GS, 6WTF, 20 M1000 and just won on a court that has a split personality than being an over the hill CLAY COURT KING that is skyzophrenic


madmax Says:

God, I can’t bear it. Seriously, I had to take a break. I could not breathe.


van orten Says:

first you all should know that fed does not have to fear nole on clay as much as nadal…thats a fact


the mind reels Says:

Like he did often this week, Federer found a way to win when his back was up against the wall. He withstood an onslaught from Berdych today but toughed it out.

Berdych didn’t serve as well as he could have down the backstretch, and while Federer didn’t have his best game from the baseline, he served better when he needed to.

Congrats to both guys, and a well-deserved return to the number 2 ranking for Roger. I hope he plays Rome, if only to pick up a few extra points. The week off before RG should be enough, I’d think, given that he had really only two tough matches this week.


alison hodge Says:

Great match very competitive,congrats Roger and all his fans Skeezer,Madmax,Ajet,Swiss Maestro,Kimmi etc,etc.


Kimmi Says:

YAY! needs to go back and watch the match now. couldnt take that pressure.

Congrats to fed. For how long can he keep no. 2? could he lose it in rome?


van orten Says:

fed a class act as always confirming he ll be back next year!!!!!


van orten Says:

ahahhahahha will smiths spanish is almost perfect hahaha


van orten Says:

kimmi i believe in reaching the final in rome he confirms his number 2 ranking


jamie Says:

Expected. Told you so.


Kimmi Says:

thanks van orten. I hope he does.


jamie Says:

If Nadal wins Rome, the Spaniard will be #2 for RG no matter what Federer does in Rome.


Gordo Says:

Kimmi – if he matches or does better than Nadal in Rome he keeps the #2 spot. Fed finally has a decent draw, so he could make a deep run.


jamie Says:

If Nadal wins Rome, he will be back to #2 but just 30 more points than Federer. Nadal 10060, Federer 10030, if Federer reaches the final of Rome.


the mind reels Says:

I’d expect Nadal to run deep in Rome (if not win it), but he could have a tough first match vs. Raonic, assuming Milos gets by Mayer.

Seems like a toss-up whether Fed holds onto the #2 ranking going into RG, but with this win today and the results this week, there’ll be some compression in the top 3 guys when the rankings come out tomorrow. It makes defending runner-up and wins in the grand slams all the more important for each of those guys.


Gannu Says:

Congrats to all Fed Fans…Our man is back to No 2…good i couldnt see thr match live as they were not telecasting..now lokking at the recording..just will not have any heart attack now…Looking at ur comments i would have had an attack for sure considering all the drama ;-)…
Come on feddy bear ;-)


madmax Says:

My understanding (Sean/Ben?) is that Fed has to get to the third round in Rome to secure the number 2, but there are so many variations out there, I don’t know what to believe. I thought if he won Madrid, that secures No.2 prior to FO, but now I have read other stuff, I have no idea.

If someone really knows what they are talking about, please spill the beans.


Kimmi Says:

gordo, that will be very tough then. rafa is back to his turf in rome. Lets see what happens.


NachoF Says:

madmax,

What exactly have you heard?
Think of it like this. they are pretty much tied. Whoever goes farther in the Romegets the #2 spot for the FO.


NachoF Says:

I think Federer will probably go back to #3 after Rome. Theres just no way Nadal wont win that one. :s


carlo Says:

Oh I could give a diddly about the rankings. whether fed gets #1 or not. He has soooo much already!

YAY !!!!!! pop the bubbly! Fed rules the blue clay hehehe and beat the big bird!

Cheers everyone!


Gannu Says:

thats partially right i think NachoF….Madmax the diff between Nadal and Fedis less than 400points…rome points have already dropped off…so if nadal wins rome then clearly he will atleast have a gap of 400 points as runner up gets 600 and winner 1000….If nadal doesnt win Rome..then there are whole lotof combinations and depends on when federer loses..


Gannu Says:

So in other words Nadal has to lose Rome for Fed to have any chance of maintaining his No 2 before French open…!!!


Gannu Says:

Gordo was right…

Gordo Says:
Kimmi – if he matches or does better than Nadal in Rome he keeps the #2 spot. Fed finally has a decent draw, so he could make a deep run


Green900 Says:

What is the deal with feds no2 ranking? From what i heard regardless of Rome he gets to keep it? Can someone please explain?


Gannu Says:

Green900…thats wrong..refer to my earlier posts


Andrew Miller Says:

Mr. Randall’s comment about how the outcome determines “who’s best on the blue clay” is totally accurate! Federer is now the world’s best blue clay court player.

I have my doubts about what this means for Roland Garros. Federer clearly formidable. Berdych looked good and for a five set match I think he will be good for Paris. Nadal and Djokovic I am pretty sure they just wrote this tournament off (maybe thinking hey, it’s blue. Roland Garros aint going blue anytime soon. This means nothing!)

But for Federer, it is a confidence booster. And any player with confidence should be good for the at least week two of Roland Garros.


NachoF Says:

Does anyone know how many points Nadal gets in Madrid?


Andrew Miller Says:

As for Serena, sheesh pretty great result! Puts a question mark in Azarenka’s head for the French. I have some serious doubts about Serena in Paris. I don’t think much will happen for her there, hard to see her as French champ. you never know, maybe she wants it enough for her 2nd french title. Serena is hard to figure out.


madmax Says:

90 I think NachoF


scineram Says:

I hope Roger makes to the quarters at least so he can keep number two for Roland Garros.


NachoF Says:

So the difference is 325.
That means is Fed reaches semis and Nadal loses in the final Fed keeps #2.
…. Which is quite possible, really (Djokovic could certainly beat Nadal in the finals)


NachoF Says:

scineram,
Thats not enough. Quarters gives you just 180 points.


the mind reels Says:

Rome points, as of today, have not yet dropped off, I believe. Standings before Madrid points apply are:

1. Djokovic: 12,020
2. Nadal: 9,615
3. Federer: 8,520

Tomorrow, Madrid points will go back on, and Rome points will drop off. Rankings then will look like this, I think:

1. Djokovic: 11,200 (he’s +180 for Madrid and his 1,000 from Rome come off).

2. Federer: 9,430 (he’s +1,000 for Madrid and his 90 from Rome come off).

3. Nadal: 9,105 (he’s +90 for Madrid and his 600 from Rome come off).

If Nadal wins the tournament, regardless of how well Federer does Nadal takes back #2.

If Nadal loses in the final to Federer, Federer maintains #2 (and I think could overtake Djokovic if Novak loses early — this all seems unlikely).

If Nadal does not make it to the finals and Federer wins at least one match, I think Fed holds onto #2 by 10 points.

Someone should qualify all the above, though I think it’s right? Makes Nadal’s potential match with Raonic all the more intriguing. Not a lot of mention about Djokovic above, I know, but he’s likely going to maintain #1 regardless of what happens in Rome.


Gannu Says:

mind reels…..i am not qualified enuff but ur logic and analysis looks OK to me ;-)


harry Says:

@the mind reels

you calculations are mostly correct; your send case is not possible: fed cannot overtake nole under any circumstance at rome. they have a diff of nearly 1800 points.


harry Says:

ah! mistakes… i meant:
your calculations are mostly correct; your second case is not possible: fed cannot overtake nole under any circumstance at rome. they have a diff of nearly 1800 points.


scineram Says:

Nadal also drops 45 Quenns points tomorrow.


Leon Says:

Great Roger.
Meanwhile, Raonic lost the first set to Mayer…


X Says:

Nole Fed Nadal
11200 9430 9105

W 12200 (11480) 10430 (9230) 10105(8105)
F 11800 (11080) 10030 (8830) 9705 (7705)
SF 11560 (10840) 9790 (8590) 9465 (7465)
QF 11380 (10660) 9610 (8410) 9285 (7285)
3rd 11290 (10570) 9520 (8320) 9195 (7195)
2nd 11245 (10525) 9475 (8275) 9150 (7150)

*Numbers in parentheses are points after FO points come off on May28

1. If Nadal wins Rome, he regains No.2 ranking regardless of Fed’s performance

2. If Nadal loses in the SF or earlier, he stays at No. 3 regardless of Fed’s performance

3. If Nadal loses in the final, he could only regain No.2 if Roger loses in the QF or earlier

4. Fed won’t regain No.1 before FO

5. If Fed wins both Rome & FO and Nole loses in the QF or earlier in FO, Fed will get to No.1

Is this right?


Mark Says:

The old man is tired. Early exit for him in Rome. He has never done well in Rome.


the mind reels Says:

@Mark: I guess two runner-up performances means never playing well? And the ’06 final, which went 5 sets, was one of the best Federer-Nadal matches ever played.


madmax Says:

Fed said in his interview he will make a decision within the next 2 days as to whether he is playing Rome. He doesn’t seem that bothered about the no. 2 position so really, neither should we. He knows what he is doing and that is listening to his body.


Lisa Says:

I dont think Fed is worried about maintaining his #2 ranking prior to RG. His main goal is to win RG. His got to prepare himself well for that. Whether he his #3 or #2, winning RG would difinately bring him to #1. Mission accomplished, he will prove haters and self-centred past players and everyone who say he will never ever regain #1 again wrong!


Skeezer Says:

Mark,

Is that the best shoolyard talk you can do? You been babbling all week. Your mans at #3, And a 30 yr old man just passed him.

Awesome awesome tennis match to watch. Nice to see despite the controversy, the place was packed, the players made a point to say there coming back!

Another title for the Fed, ON his worst surface, in retirement age. Nobody does it better. Its all gravy :-)

Hope he chooses wisely here, needs to be ready for FO.


trufan Says:

Mark just shooting off with the inside track (from right inside Nadal’s butt!).

You’ve gotto be blind not to see the “Annacone” effect. After a freak USO loss in the semi, Fed is 45-3 since then, 7 titles, including two masters and the WTF. He is the hottest player on tour right now, clearly, having won two masters this year itself.

Nadal can whine all he wants, he is clearly in decline, and now No 3. And he has just two tournaments left before his season for 2012 is over.

THe good sign is that Federer is winning even when he is not playing that well, and gutting it out in the final set.

And Rome is where Fed has reached two finals, lost the closest one (5 hour 5 set final) to Nadal in 2006. He will fight it out there, since its one of the few masters trophies he hasn’t won yet.

Anyway, this is the last year for both Nadal and Federer when they are in serious contention for a major. Once the Mayan calendar ends, A South American player will rule next year onwards (DELPO!!!).


trufan Says:

And for all the whining from Nadal about the surface – did ANY player even roll an ankle (mens or womens) on this so called worst surface, blue clay?

I think its mostly a few rich players whining because their game is not good enough to adapt to even a slightly different surface.

THis surface was DIFFERENT. “Different” is different from “bad”. Don’t confuse the two.


Michael Says:

Roger should play Rome in my opinion. But that depends upon his physical fitness. If he is okay, he should go on to play despite the fact that his record in Rome is not that bright.


Dave Says:

Serena Williams implies blue-court detractors are “weenies”: Asked about criticism from Djokovic and Nadal over the slippery surface at the Madrid Open, Williams told a news conference that women were simply tougher than their male counterparts. “Women are way tougher than men. That’s why we have the babies, you guys could never handle kids… We ladies don’t complain we just do our best. On the WTA (tour) we are real performers, we are not about going out there and being weenies.” (Dictionary.com lists several definitions of “weenie” including “an insignificant, disliked person” or “a stupid and inept male”)

Not a single report of injury due to the ‘slippery’ blue clay in over 220 matches played (mens, womens, singles, doubles, qualifiying).

Richard Evans: “After endless discussions and arguments, it appears that the color of the court is not the culprit, as far it being too slippery. Many players have pointed out that these courts at the 4-year-old Caja Magica have always been slippery and often produced bad bounces. This has been almost entirely the result of the courts being dug up every year on orders of the Madrid government agency that oversees the property because other events are staged here. But the fact is that you can’t build a proper clay court in the seven weeks tournament director Manolo Santana and his team have been given. It does not provide enough time for a court to settle. In an attempt to improve the bounce situation, they pressed the under soil much more than in previous years. It worked for the bounce but, inevitably, made the clay slide faster over a hard surface that did not absorb as much water. All of this had nothing to do with the color of the court. It would have been the same had it been red, green, black or blue. If Nadal and Djokovic come to accept this, they will be back next year, despite pronouncements to the contrary. Having seen the fuss it has all caused, the city of Madrid has relented and will allow the courts to sit there for the next 12 months — more than enough time for them to play properly.”

Ion Tiriac stated that he is planning on keep the clay blue and said that players must keep the changes in perspective. He said he was simply trying to pioneer changes in the sport, comparing the switch to blue clay to previous significant innovations for tennis like the introduction of the tiebreaker and metal rather than wooden rackets. The Madrid government finally agreed to keep and maintain the clay courts at the complex throughout the year.

- Tiriac: “Do not whistle at him (Manolo Santana), but at me. I take responsibility for those whistles, Santana should not be blamed. It’s been a tough week for everyone. Not so much for me, because I’m too old. The technicians have worked like dogs until 5 AM to correct the condition of the courts. That the conditions are not perfect is obvious, but they are the same conditions for all players. We have only had about five weeks before the start off the tournament. We tried to make the bounces adequate, but we have not been able to get it.” He conceded that it’s impossible to get the clay courts right when they are taken out and reconstructed every year (Madrid’s center court is normally used as a basketball arena and for other events)… it had proved hard to lay down the clay well with only a few weeks of preparation time… but insisted that any problems with the surface had nothing to do with the color choice.

- Tiriac: “It is the duty of the organizers and the players to think about the future and think that we are fighting for television time, sponsors and money… A worldwide tournament is not created for one player, if it was it would fail,” he said. “I don’t know when they are going to decide about the blue court, but we can’t go against their decision. [The players] should consider television audiences. We fight for money, sponsors and television time. And there are studies that tell us that the visibility of the ball increases with the blue.”

- Manuel Santana, the Spanish tennis legend and Madrid tournament director, noted that, during his career, the U.S. Open had changed its color and surface several times (from grass to clay to hard court). As to the grumbling among the players, Santana said, “I would like to thank publicly Federer, who said that you have to adapt to the conditions.” [Nadal and Djokovic should apologize for disrespecting Santana and Tiriac, as their generation made the sacrifices for pro tennis and played under more difficult court conditions that have made today's top players into millionaires]


Lisa Says:

@Dave, with all due respect, but clay court should be kept traditional….i.e red clay.

If the director wants ‘Blue Clay’, he should may be reschedule the tournament to another time, any time except clay court season. Its just isnt fair to all players especially if your trying to get ready for FO….

I mean do you play ‘clay court’ at Montreal Masters 1000 before US OPEN? Do you play ‘grass court’ at Rome Masters 1000 before FO?.

I think Nadal and Djokovic have a very valid point here, and I think they are right and dont deserve to apologise….

The good director has done a great job to bring the sport of tennis to be where it is now, and for that, the sport and players will forever be indebted and always thankful for. However, in this case, I think he is wrong….


Lisa Says:

For all you know, they might want the ‘grass court’ to be painted Blue, so we can see the ball more clearly too?? How absurd, because people who love tennis would rather ‘grass court’ be kept traditional…i.e green

Likewise, ‘clay court’ should be traditional ‘red dirt’….


TennisFan Says:

Lots of gray coloured clay out there … to run every clay tournament on the same colour is just illogical.
Grass is green … therefore it is green.
Hardcourts are every colour in the rainbow and so are the tournaments …
Clay comes in all sorts of colours, natural or coloured. I want to see different speeds of courts in every traditional venue of clay, hardcourt and grass. They seem to be able to modify the surface of grass to both slow it down and speed it up … they also do the same with hardcourts … why not clay? .. and the reason shouldn’t be that Nadal or Djok can’t play on any other colour.


trufan Says:

Good point, TennisFan.

With zero injuries in mens and womens combined, the “slippery surface” argument is truly on a slipper slope, as far as the blue clay in madrid is concerned.

Only players with inadequate tennis skills are complaining – sore losers…

Boy, if there wasn’t the slow red clay – Nadal probably would have won NOTHING in his whole career (since he wouldn’t have had any mental edge over other players anyway, which is established purely by his amazing results on slow red clay courts).

Nadal is a single surface guy. Period.

I am sure he hates the fact that the WTF is not on clay! That’s the only way he will win it anyway.

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