Federer v Murray Tonight In The Australian Open Semifinals, Who’s The Pick?
by Sean Randall | January 24th, 2013
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It’s the semifinal match we all wanted to see when the draw came out an now we got it. It’s Roger Federer against Andy Murray for the right to play top dog Novak Djokovic Sunday in the Australian Open finals.

It’s also the 20th time they meet in a rivalry dating back to 2005 Bangkok. Murray leads the Swiss 10-9 overall but Federer won three of five last year and most importantly, has dominated the Scot 3-0 in Grand Slam matches losing just one of 10 sets played including two whitewashes in Australia.

Tonight, of course, Murray will need three sets if he wants to advance to third Australian final. And this is their first match at a Major since Murray’s won a Grand Slam, so with the monkey off his back Murray should play freer, with a looser attitude.. But will he? Is the pressure really off?

Looking at the results this week, Murray’s benefited from a dream draw, one of the easiest you’ll ever find any player have en route to a Grand Slam semifinal. It’s no wonder he hasn’t dropped a set. Honestly, who among the other “Big Four” would have given the tomato cans he was up against all week.

The best player by ranking he faced was a fourth round encounter with Gilles Simon who was physically spent from a marathon win over Gael Monfils. His next best was another Frenchman, Jeremy Chardy, in the quarterfinal. In his first career Slam quarter, the unseeded Chardy had also played a lot of tennis including three four-setters and a five set win over Juan Martin Del Potro.

In the early rounds Murray enjoyed the company of Robin Haase, someone named Joao Sousa and qualifier Ricardas Berankis. Names that don’t exactly strike fear. And Murray, as he should, cruised.

So Andy may never in his life get such an easy path at a Slam or any other tournament.

“Who knows,” Murray said about his lack of competition this week. “I played a lot of tennis in December. I had some good matches in Brisbane. So I can’t be disappointed about being in the semis of a slam without dropping a set. That would be silly.”

To extent Murray is right. A win is a win.

On the other side of the net is the battle-tested Federer. Roger may have just navigated through one of his toughest roads to a semifinals. Beating Nikolay Davydenko, Bernard Tomic, Milos Raonic all in straights and then fending off JW Tsonga in five is no easy feat. And Roger did it with his usual style.

Even in his first tournament, Fed’s been playing exceptionally well. He may not have the range or power off the ground he once had, but the smarts don’t go away. Tsonga at times was out-muscling Roger but when it came down to it, Federer’s mental game prevailed.

Against Murray, Federer won’t have to worry about getting blown off the court. For some reason Murray just doesn’t play that way, and who can really match Tsonga for sheer aggression? So Roger should always be in the match and that’s to his benefit.

“I always enjoyed the matchups with him because it gets to be very tactical,” Federer said. “Wasn’t a straightforward match. e would make you doubt and play very different to the rest of the guys. I kind of always enjoyed that, you know, when it’s just not every point’s the same. We used to mix it up against each other. Now it’s changed a bit because he’s playing more offensive. The rallies aren’t as long and grueling as they used to be. We both can do that.”

And under Lendl’s more offensive mindset, Federer’s held the 3-2 edge with Murray beating him comfortably for the gold at the Olympics and in the fall at Shanghai. Federer’s two most recent wins – ATP London and Wimbledon – both came indoors (Wimbledon roof was closed mid-match) an he got him last February in Dubai on an outdoor hardcourt.

As usual when these to play, it comes down to Roger. If he serves well, puts a cap on errors he should dictate and win. If Federer’s in form and Murray’s playing defense again it’s going to go the Swiss’s way. Murray, though, has that ability to take it to another gear. I just don’t know if we’ll see it.

That said, I do think Murray’s the overall better player here. If these two played 10 times next week on a neutral court I think Murray wins six of them. And he could/should win this in straight sets – Murray is 25 in his prime, Federer 31 well past it. But is Andy playing the better tennis this very minute? As we saw with Maria Sharapova yesterday, early round results can be deceiving when you face stiffer competition.

Federer’s success over Murray in Slams also gives me some pause. So after picking Murray to beat Federer at this stage at the start of event I’ll make the cardinal sin and go in reverse. I just think Federer’s playing better, more confident tennis right now and I’m just not impressed with any of Murray’s wins. Yes, Murray’s a Grand Slam champion now but Federer’s a 4-time Australian Open winner.
The Pick: Federer in five

As for yesterday, no real surprise with Novak who absolutely ripped David Ferrer. It was scary good tennis from the Serb who now gets two full days of rest of recoup any lingering distress he had from his earlier win over Stan Wawrinka. Based on what I saw from Novak I just don’t see who either Murray or Federer could beat him come Sunday.

Match time is 3:30am for you nightowls on the east coast. ESPN will have the call.


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229 Comments for Federer v Murray Tonight In The Australian Open Semifinals, Who’s The Pick?

bstevens Says:

Should be a good match. At this stage of his career, Murray should win this match as he is in his prime and Roger is not. Normally, the slower night sessions would favour Murray but has he even played a night match at this tournament? Federer has played all of his at night except one so he should have the better start. I just hope the match isn’t a blow-out for either guy and we see at least 4 to 5 sets of high quality tennis.


Wog boy Says:

I don’t think Federer fans will be happy with Sean’s prediction:)

Andy’s fans can relax … Sean picked Roger to win.


the DA Says:

Yes! thank goodness Sean reversed his pick. ;)

Overall, fair assessment. Federer is the favourite: he’s played 5 night matches, he’s battle-ready, has the edge in their H2H in slams. Andy hasn’t been tested and might take time to adjust to the conditions. IOW, on paper, the match should be on Roger’s racquet. I also hope that the match is competitive and that the eventual victor had to play his absolute best to win.


the DA Says:

Just saw the weather forecast: 80 degrees at lunchtime, then low 60s for the start of the match. I think one of the players will be pleased about that.


jane Says:

I keep thinking of how Andy played Raonic in the evening conditions at the USO; that really suited him and may make his level rise – in addition to facing a top rival.

50-50 I couldn’t call this match.

Hope it’s good and that I can catch some of it. But these late nights peeks at scores and staying up into the wee hours is wearing!!


Humble Rafa Says:

If the Arrogant One plays another 5 set match, he is going to lose. Bad match up on a slower court.

In other news, my recovery is going well. Hope to see you all soon.


skeezer Says:

Nooooo! Sean picked Fed? He’s a goner for sure now.


Wog boy Says:

the DA,

I did mention that on the other thread. I am still in Melbourne and it was even drizzling. The only worry is that clouds can stay and they may have to close the roof, in that case advantage Federer. This is Melbourne, you can have four seasons in one day, and you cannot predict it.


Humble Rafa Says:

It is also important that whoever wins, works hard. That’s the Egg Lover’s wish from his oxygen chamber.


the DA Says:

@ wog boy – I get your point but fortunately the forecast says it will clear up by evening. There will also be a nice 26 km/h wind ;)

Funnily enough Andy was asked about the AO roof just yesterday and, surprisingly, he said “The court plays slower here when the roof is closed.” So I think it will be a different matter compared to Wimbledon.


Kimberly Says:

Skeezer @ 8:27, my first thought when I read. Missing tennis this evening. Back to basketball I guess. Everyone here is so excited about the hurricanes beating duke but I am an fsu fan so I can’t stand university of Miami.

I am setting my alarm for tonight. This should be a good match. Hope it’s a well played match but not so brutal that the final is unbalanced.i would like a competitive 3 hour match of good tennis and I don’t care who wins.


Humble Rafa Says:

I am going to steal your alarm and put the Olympic match on replay in your TV.


jamie Says:

The AO champion is coming from the winner of this SF.


The Great Davy Says:

Time for Murray to finally taste sweet taste of Semi-Final Federer! Poor little one slam wonder…

Poor Ferrer too, he will always be remember as the SECOND best player never reaching the slam final. Would Ferrer have challenged Fed at the 2006 Australia, the 2007 United Status, the 2007 Rolling Garros?


Humble Rafa Says:

Great Davy,

Congratulations on a great season. It’s time go downhill from here!


skeezer Says:

Kimberly,

That was totally awesome, Hurricanes take down #1 ;)

I have to give you props for setting your alarm to watch it live, I haven’t been able to do it all week. Thank you DVR.

___

Jamie, you said Fed is done winning Slams like how many times?


skeezer Says:

Here is a great article to read for Murray fans whilst you are waiting

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/andy-murray-must-batter-roger-federer-into-submission-8466233.html

Your welcome margot, jane and DA ;)


Kimberly Says:

I have been watching mostly women’s tennis this tournament. I guess cause the matches are earlier and rafa is not playing.


skeezer Says:

^what do u think of Stevens?


Nirmal Kumar Says:

“That said, I do think Murray’s the overall better player here.”

I cannot understand this ridiculous statement. When did this happen? I’m yet to see this on a tennis court. Maybe you were intending to write Novak instead of Murray, which may be true. I have a huge respect and a big fan of Murray’s tennis, but this is just beyond acceptable. Still, he may go on to win the match.

I believe the pick of the match has a big influence on the finals. If Murray gets through it could be a competitive final. But if Roger gets through then it could end up being a 3 set clinic for Novak.


skeezer Says:

NK,
Always the closet anti Fed


Michael Says:

The match will boil down to the form of the player during that particular day. Roger has an advantage in the sense he has beaten Murray convincingly in all the slam finals. He also had tough opposition to navigate through to the semis and adding to it he also has played most night matches. Therefore, all things considered, it should be advantage Roger. I would say it would be 55:45 in favour of Roger. But I do not count Andy out. He is still in it and has the capability to overwhelm Roger. All in all, it is a toss up.


Michael Says:

Nirmal,

Why do you think Roger would be easy picking for Novak ? True, Novak showed murderous form against Ferrer. But it doesn’t mean it will repeat in the final. If it does, he would beat any kind of opposition. But remember even Stainlas Wawrinka took him to the brink and almost snatched away the match. So if Stan can do it, why not a GOAT like Roger ? Moreover, the H2H between Roger and Novak is 17-13 in the former’s favour and he leads him in all the courts. Even last year, Roger got the better of Novak at Cincinatti as well the most important Wimbledon. Moreover the World Tour finals was not a walkover for Novak. It was a close contest which could have gone either way. So, all your talk of Novak taking Federer easily is nonsensical at best.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Michael,

It does not do anything with his match against Ferrer. I already said that the match does not prove anything about Novak, except he just showed he is the best HC player.

I’m not sure what is their H2H for past 3 years. I would be more curious to see that rather than their career. Note, when Roger was at his peak, Novak was what a 19-20 yrs player. So we should expect Roger to have a better H2H against Novak from a career perspective. But let’s look at past 2-3 years when Novak has matured. I read somewhere it’s 10-3 in favour of Novak. I could be wrong here with the numbers, but definitely he has a positive H2H over Roget in the past 3 years. That’s what I care about. Not when Roger beat Novak when he was 19 or 20 yrs old.

We all know who were beating Roger when he was 19 yrs old. Agassi has a positive H2H over Roger till he turned up 22. Let’s not be misguided by their overall H2H record. The gap is getting narrowed rapidly.

I saw Roger play his best tennis in 2011 and lose to Novak in AO semis. It was the same in WTF 2012. A well rested Roger playing some of his best tennis could not even take Novak to a 3rd set. What can he do against Novak here. I cannot understand. Maybe Novak can have one of his worst days in the final, or might need to play with a SHB to lose to Roger. I doubt one of them would happen.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Skeezer, not sure what made you to make such a statement. Maybe you misread my post. My point was that Roger is still a better player than Murray. How can that be anti Roger.


The Great Davy Says:

Who is the closest to Anti-Fed???


Michael Says:

Nirmal,

If you say Roger beat Novak when he was 19-20 years old, the same logic can be extended to Novak too, who beat an aging Roger at 29 and 30. You cannot see these things from a narrow prism. True, Novak has got the better of Roger in recent years. Well even in 2010, Roger beat Novak 5 times consecutively. He lost the US Open 2010 and 2011 to Novak by a whisker when he had match points with him. He got the better of Novak at the French 2011 when he had an unbeatable run. Even 2012 was not a bad year for Roger as far as the H2H against Novak. So, your premise of Novak having a massive H2H advantage is a little blown out of proportion than real. You say Novak is the better Hard court player today. Well it may be true. But it doesn’t mean it will easy picking for him against Roger. He being the No.1 player always starts as a favourite against any other player. However, your premature conclusion that it will be a perfect demolition is too pre-judgemental and extremely biased.


The Great Davy Says:

Is it similar to ‘Fed-be-gone’ or ‘Fed-off’? I have never hear of this ‘Anti-Fed’. However, I should like some before our next match.


Michael Says:

Nirmal,

Tomorrow if Roger manages to win the Australian Open, you have to swallow your words. Mind that. You need to tread very carefully when you put your views.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Micheal, may be I have misinterpreted what I meant to write. I did not mean Novak would demolish Roger. I don’t think so. But I do not see it would go to a 5-sets. I think it could be a very tight 3-setter for Novak or maybe in 4. It will certainly not be a demolition. But I don’t think Roger has the athletic ability to beat Novak anymore on these courts. Murray has the athletic skills to stay with Novak. To beat Novak it’s not enough to be a great tennis player, you have to be a supreme athlete. Though Roger is still a fantastic athlete, at his age he is a notch below Novak.


skeezer Says:

@michael,

Right friggin on!

———

NK,

Try this;

“But if Roger gets through then it could end up being a 3 set clinic for Novak.”

And re; Novak

“except he just showed he is the best HC player.”

Of what and when? Always your comments are cryptic , and in the end imo demeaning to someone who claims Fed is there fav. Realist or not, it does not sound like a fan of Fed.

You are waay to wishy wasy for me. sorry…

U say the age factor and what if…and yadayada…

What if this; Slow court, fast court, h2h, sunrise, sunset, age, haircut, wind, sun, Fed has accumulated 17 all time record Slams, despite your negativity. Stew on that.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Michael, If Roger manages to win, it would be a pleasant surprise to me. I would be rooting and praying for him to win and if he wins there would be nothing to worry just because I thought he cannot beat Novak. It would be a fantastic feeling to have as a fan after the pleasure of seeing him win Wimby.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

skeezer,

I cannot understand your animosity towards my statement of Novak being the best HC player. Did you read Roger’s pre-tournament interview. He said exactly the same statement. Anyone following tennis would know that for the past 2 years Novak has been the best HC player. What proof do you need, except to follow the HC tournaments played for past 2 years.

Let’s be real. How does Novak being a better player demeans someone being Roger fan. You enjoy Roger’s matches rather than be jealous of some other player’s success. That’s how a true fan should be.

I did mention of age factor. So you think age factor does not impact the outcome of the matches? That too when a player is just up and coming being beaten by a 10 time GS champion, is that a big surprise. For me it’s not.


Gannu Says:

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

SEAN u deserved to be punished for this CARDINAL SIN…U jinxed my GOD ;-))))

Neways…Feddy bear i want u to win…thanks to some fckng shit meetings i will miss quite a bit of this match but atleast hope to catch a glimpse….Hope all fed fans are there to root for him…


Kimberly Says:

SkeeZer, sloane is from my part of the world, south Florida. Know girl who plays at UM who played her twice. I think she is classy, has a great game and a nice personality. I hope she can go far and I think she will. She seems a little princessy but don’t they all. I like her.


volley Says:

Nirmal Kumar

didn’t you read the manual? all fedfans must think alike. fedfans are like the Borg, i.e. a collective. if one strays from the manual they will turn on you.

#resistance is futile


skeezer Says:

@K,

Me too :) Love how she handled Serena and Azarenka dramas( although Serena truly got dinged up pretty good ). Seems overall a good young lady. Go USA!


skeezer Says:

Volley,

Ahh yes i knew your true colors would come through, as predicted.

#therafaborgttmanual


Michael Says:

Skeezer,

Well said !! Roger has achieved so much in this sport. He has nothing left to prove. I am very happy for him reaching the semi-final stage of this edition of Australian Open despite one of the most brutal draws ever handed over to him. So, I am happy and will not be worried much even if he loses in the semis.

Nirmal,

You said Novak will win in straight sets against Roger. You did not even mention that as tight. What does that mean except a total demolition. You say Roger doesn’t have the atheletic ability to beat Novak. Well, he can compensate that disability with his experience. I am not belittling Novak in any way. He is also one of my favourite player. It is only that I like Roger even more and I cannot tolerate comments belittling him.


Margot Says:

Prepare! Attack! Destroy!
Let’s Go Andy! Let’s Go!
Time for him to “man up” in a slam, as u Yanks are want to say.
Cheers for article, skeeze. I do think that win on such a big occasion should give Andy confidence. But he’s always been able to beat Fed, just not on such occasions, so the jury’s out.
Lol Wog Boy re Seanie’s jinx, but as the DA pointed out, even a broken clock is right twice an hour.
Lol again, how swiftly Andy moves from, “best player never to win a slam” to “one slam wonder.” Will be mighty surprised if the cynics are able to say that at the end of Andy’s career.


the DA Says:

@margot – you’re up early. Couldn’t sleep?


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Michael, I agree. That’s why I said it’s my bad that I had misinterpreted what I meant about the match. I said clinic, because I thought it would not go to a 5th set. But it would be a tight 3-sets or 4-setter for me. Let’s see.

As far as brutal draw I find it quite funny. He did not face a single GS champion to reach the semis. What sort of brutal draw is that I cannot understand. So players like Tomic and Raonic are brutal players for Roger? What has Davydenko done for past 2 years?


the DA Says:

Andre Agassi has arrived at the AO and will be presenting the trophy Sunday

https://twitter.com/AustralianOpen/status/294683480875474944/photo/1

I won’t say who he picked tonight in 4. Jinx alert!


Margot Says:

Lol the DA, so r u! Unless of course u are not a Brit? Though your sense of humour suggests u r?


Margot Says:

NK just made same point elsewhere.


the DA Says:

@ margot – Not a Brit (a Yank). But an honorary one since I lived there for many years.


Margot Says:

@ the DA
Well, shiver my timbers and blow me down, am gobsmacked!


nadalista Says:

Best wishes to Muzza and Fed fans…………..


Humble Rafa Says:

Still Mr. Lady Forehand’s forehand breaks down at crucial points.


the DA Says:

^ Except when it doesn’t. Break.


jane Says:

Murray breaks through first.


jane Says:

Oh oh I don’t think I can last much longer … 1:00 am zzzzzzz


nadalista Says:

2 gladiators slugging it out for the right to lose to Novak…….eoic.


mat4 Says:

It doesn’t look good for Fed. They both look very nervous (it is understandable, of course), but Murray’s big serve gives him a few free points and that makes a difference.


mat4 Says:

And Roger just can’t hit through.


the DA Says:

Andy serving like a dream. Nice to see him unleashing on his FH too. First set 6-4.


Daniel Says:

NK

You were saying this sane thing during Wimbledon. Look what happened there:)

Fed may not even beat Murray. They are both playing great with Fed having a few errors in BH DTL when he tryed that shot.

Murray’s form seems excelent, when e misses court is by inches. And he is hitting his forehand way better and harder in last 7 months.


Daniel Says:

Also, Murray is hiting very deep, close to baseline keeping Fed from stepping in


Daniel Says:

As much as Murray is a great returned Fed didn’t managed a single ace in first set. Odd!!!


Daniel Says:

2DF in 7 service games. Odd#2!!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Daniel,

I said the same during FO and AO last year. So yeah it does not work sometimes.

I did not see Murray serve this well before. He is just not letting Roger get into his service game. It’s an amazing serve display so far. All the pressure on Roger to hold his serve.


Daniel Says:

Fed knows he has to hang in there. Murray is in his confort zone in this match so far. Bit if Fed holds his games once the set gets close to end. Murray may have a lapse and Fed could make a move. He is serving first so after 3-4, 4-5 or 5-6 the pressure will be more on Murray. And eventually he will have a more so so service game. Or can he sustain this standard for 3 sets?!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Roger’s body language looks pretty strange today. There is no hop in his steps and he is not driving the BH as he was doing in his previous matches.


Daniel Says:

So NK, all 4 Slams you play the same song: Fed can’t beat Nole, beacuse you know he won’t be winning 3 Slams per season anymore?!


the DA Says:

I can’t remember the last time Andy served this well. Hope it continues.


Daniel Says:

Fed, drop shots are not working today!


Daniel Says:

Fed open serve in deuce side started working and he got some free points last few games.

Now moment of pressure 4-5 Murray serving.


Maso Says:

Murray is playing absolutely incredible tennis! I’m glad to see that Roger is putting up a better fight in the 2nd set, getting more 1st serves in. But the way Murray is playing, putting in 70%+ 1st serves and playing absolutely stunning defense, it’s going to take a first class Roger to turn this one around.


Daniel Says:

Can’t believe this Murray defense landed in. Point was Federer. But that is why Murray pracyice this shots, eventually ond of them land in.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Daniel..yeah the song would be the same as long as the players are the same right? I’m not sure what’s a surprise in it.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Roger is slowly getting into rhythm with his serve and ground game. I just hope he takes the 2nd set. It could make this match a very competitive one. But if Roger loses the 2nd one, it could be a quick end for him.


the DA Says:

Well, at least it’s not a blow out match as some of us feared. Good stuff.


Daniel Says:

Fed guarantee at least tiebreak.

Crucial set for Fed, if he loses hos mind can think in the long mile ahed, win 3 straight sets on this Murray and arrive in the final to face a fresh Djoko after 2 five sets.

Do or die set for Fed and he should go guns blazimg to Murray on this game. Attack every second serve, make a movie.


Daniel Says:

Wow Murray. This is A serving display by him!


Green900 Says:

Federer being slaughtered out there :(


Maso Says:

Fed definitely needs to win this set if he wants to win this match. Murray gave him 2 free points off his serve in the tie break. Fed needs to stay calm and hold now.


the DA Says:

2 simple errors from AM – could cost him dearly.


Daniel Says:

They boyh won all tiebreaks this year, Fed 4 and Murray 2.

Murray is yet to win 2 sets in a Grand Slam match with Fed. Pressure.


oggy Says:

Wow, Andy’s turned into a Dr. Ivo with the serving there. Fed helpless when the first serve goes in. Still not exactly a Dr. Steel Nerve though, couple of bad forehand errors there. Props to Fed for mixing it up and raising his level when most needed, though


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Tentative tennis by Roger here. His footwork seems to be in the wrong direction most of the time. He is misreading Murray’s shots so many times.

And a ridiculous returns from him on Murrays serve. He is just blocking the 2nd serve returns. This is such a contrast to what he did in Wimbledon where he was hopping around and taking those serves in his FH side.


Daniel Says:

Yeahhhhhhhh

That was tense!!


the DA Says:

One set all.


Maso Says:

1 set-all!! We have ourselves a match, ladies and gentlemen! May the best man win.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Roger gets the 2nd set with some poor play by Murray. Roger needs to step up on Murray’s second serve. Not sure what he is trying to do in blocking those 2nd serves. It’s perplexing.


mat4 Says:

I never rooted for Federer that much.

I am a bit ashamed.. But not much, really..


budum Says:

Did you guys see! Fed almost ripped his shirt off and put his hairy chest right on Murray’s face!!


Daniel Says:

NK agreed. Fed was 2 passive in those returns. I think he is surprised by Murray level of serve and doesn’t want to miss any return. Sometimes when the other guy is serving great you have to hold the storm for a while.

1 set all and let’s see if losing second set will affet Murray.

I think it was a set with no BP.


Daniel Says:

Game Fed wanted to make a mive but from 0-15 he mossed 2 shots when in control.


Daniel Says:

Murray speed of serve decrease a bit. Or he doesn’t want to give Fed too many seconds.


Giles Says:

Commmmmmmmmmme Onnnnnnnnnn MUZZAAAAA!! You can do it!


Maso Says:

Meanwhile, back at the hotel, Djokovic smiles while Murray and Federer tear each other apart…


Huh Says:

I’d rather see fed lose to even rafa(what to speak of murray, whom i like most after fed!) than nole on HC, but everybody knows here i don’t like rafa’s game and i don’t dislike nole game that much! irony??? yep! :\


Daniel Says:

Damm Fed misses 2 second serves forehand trying to go in the higher part of the net. Murray served awfull this game and he didn’t win a point!


the DA Says:

It’s rare to see Federer muttering so much. This is going to be a nervy set for both.


mat4 Says:

Life is full of irony..

But why do you assume that Fed will lose the final, if he makes it?


Huh Says:

nole’s form n confidence is worrying off late. he sure looks safe to beat fed in final, if that happens. the young, hungry n determined murray for sure poses more threat to nole imho at the moment, lookin on how things’ve shaped up in the last few weeks.


Huh Says:

mat4

coz nole looks scary HC player at the moment, anyway much scarier than fed! :\


Huh Says:

pardon, nole actually looks scarier on ALL courts, n not just HC! to me at least!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Daniel, Yeah you are right. But that’s the time to make a move and put more pressure on 2nd serve. But things are different playing on the CC with entire world watching. It’s much easier to type in suggestions.

But I’m liking what I see of Roger now in this set. he is missing few but he is trying to be very aggressive. I would better see Roger play aggressive and lose rather than play tamely.


Huh Says:

anyway, whoever takes on that tiger like nole, should better transform himself into a similar beast for the judgment day match of oz open.


the DA Says:

Of course some here would rather the older guy has to play at least 4 sets face Nole rather than the younger fitter guy.


Huh Says:

honestly speakin mat4, m actually jealous of nole’s on court exploits of partcularly the last 12-15 months. it sucks to see him thrash fed like crap in WTF n stuff like that, ya know! so no much irony actualy! ;)


the DA Says:

It’s weird seeing Fed getting more irritated and expressing himself than Andy. Anyway, break!


Daniel Says:

Fed is crazy. Going for a BH DTL on 15-40. Missed and broken


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Pathetic game by Roger to get broken.


Sienna Says:

Fedalmost gpt the upperhand at beginning of third set but the break gives Murray back the control. Fed needs to break in order to get back in otherwise I think he will loos in four..


the DA Says:

Very impressive stuff from Andy. Leads 2 sets to 1.


mat4 Says:

If I root for Federer in this match, it is not because he is the older player, and should be an easier opponent to Djokovic in the final. If Nole plays well, the way he did in most of his matches, I don’t care who will in, and I also don’t have doubts he could win.

But I always liked Federer’s game, his grace and versatility, and I always root for him when he plays Rafa or Murray.


Maso Says:

Poor way to lose the set from Roger, he seemed to be playing better early on in that third set and then lost his means in that weird game. Anyway, 2 sets to 1, anything can still happen!


Daniel Says:

Murray is determined and is impressive that he does not have lapses.

One last monkey of his back. Won 2 sets from Fe in a Slam. Now will he seal in 4?!

Fed better change something, because as it seems Murray’s level is not dropping.


Giles Says:

C’MON MUZZ, ONE MORE SET!!!!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I believe Roger lost this set rather than Murray won it. Roger had 54% of 1st servers and has 9 errors in such a short set. Nothing special from Murray, but a pathetic play by Roger in the set. He started well, but lost it after couple of games.


Huh Says:

there was a time i used to be afraid of muzz reachin slam finals, but times have changed n now i hav faith in muzz. each time there’s a big challenge in a big stage, i know that muzza dear will not fold n walk away. he just doesnt seem ready to lose happily anymore! way to go muzza!


the DA Says:

mat4 – fair enough.

I wish Andy would use his BDTL more – it’s a beauty.


Huh Says:

thou a first n foremost all-time fed fan, i wouldnt mind muzz winning here at all. coz i do feel that he’s not gona hand nole victory on a platter(fed too wouldnt!), but time is on muzz\s side n he wants more slams n wins! :)


Huh Says:

”I wish Andy would use his BDTL more – it’s a beauty”

I LOVE IT TOO!!!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Looks like Roger can’t get his 1st serve in and his legs are very heavy. Today he is losing more because of his poor movement. Not sure why his movement is so bad, after moving so well till the quarters.


Huh Says:

safin, nalby, muzz n sometimes baggy: they’re the lords of BHs!


Huh Says:

actually muzza’s soft hands r magical! he’s perhaps less than none in talent except fed.


Daniel Says:

Old Murray finally showed up. 0-40


Maso Says:

Come on, Roger!!! 0-40, do NOT miss these opportunities!!!


the DA Says:

Ugh, sloppy game there.


Daniel Says:

Yeap. After more than 2:30 hs Fed finally breaks. Now hold


mat4 Says:

It could be that Federer hasn’t said his last word.


Daniel Says:

Damm, Murray is resilient.


the DA Says:

Yes! Andy breaks back. Still alive in this set.


Maso Says:

Piss poor decision making from Roger…


Giles Says:

That’s the stuff, Muzz breaks back!


Giles Says:

Now all you have to do Muzz, is hold and break! #EasyPeasy


the DA Says:

What a hold. What a lob.


Daniel Says:

Fed lost chance to break and serve with a sitter forehand. He needs to hold.

Wow, Murray just made an awesome defensive lobby


Daniel Says:

Seeing Federer fight with this hunger is just remarkable. What an athlete. He won everything, accomplished all, losing here will make no difference but still his fighting hard.


Giles Says:

Ole man very resilient!


Wog boy Says:

Andy is outplaying Federer in every department so far, even mental one.
Interesting thing is that Federer never ever played back to back two five setters.


the DA Says:

OMG. Too nervous to post. C’mon Andy!!


Giles Says:

C’mon Muzz finish the job now!!!!


Daniel Says:

This is it. Murray to serve for the final.

Will depend on Murray serve, if he goes to aces or just first serves in. And if Fed will attack and take risks or not.

Tense, alwas tense


Daniel Says:

This set deserves a tiebreak:)


Daniel Says:

What a BH DTL to set BP!!!! Wow!


Daniel Says:

Now returns an un returnable serve and Murray misses a shot more on shock that the ball come back. Tiebeaaaakkkkkkk


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Federer did some unbelievable returns in the last game to break. Still I think Murray takes this in tie breaker. Roger is blowing hot and cold too much. But let’s see if Murray plays a bad breaker like he did in the second one.


Wog boy Says:

Can you believe it?
Don’t tell me he is going to win TB like against Tsonga?


Huh Says:

lolz, cant get delicious than that, lolz again!


Huh Says:

the longer the match goes, the better for nole fans! n y is it that its the AO which has the most pain@$$ semis year aftr year?! somthin under the aussie sun must be heatin things up! :


Nirmal Kumar Says:

This match has all the ingredient of Roger’s match where he fights hard and loses. I would be surprised if the result is different.


Maso Says:

YES! FIFTH SET!


Sienna Says:

set Federer. He will make his move quickly in the fifth….


Brando Says:

Andy is royally f!cking this one up! Could easily have won in straight sets and he in a 5 setter now! Congrats to nole and his fans : the winner of this one will be pummelled by nole!


budum Says:

if old man fed wins this match, no way he beats djoker. Two five sets, and djoker doesnt go down in straights. Please want to see a competitive final!!


Sienna Says:

Nirmal kumar the biggest Fed fan on this site. Talking of Fed loosing the match in every comment he makes.


Giles Says:

Ole man STOLE that set.


the DA Says:

Oh boy.


Maso Says:

Roger, king of AO tiebreaks!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Big big advantage for Murray to serve 1st in the 5th set.


Giles Says:

Joker must be eating popcorn and smiling from ear to ear! #LuckyDevil


Huh Says:

these ferray matches r gettin tense n tense each time in slams! may b muzz decided to follow the trend, firstly no sets in slams vs fed, then 1 set in wimby, then may be here he isnt willin to take mor than 2 off fed. my goodness!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I don’t know how many matches it will take for Roger to understand that his drop shots do now work against Murray.


budum Says:

Djoker ripped his shirt off when Fed won the fourth set.


Huh Says:

“Giles Says:
Joker must be eating popcorn and smiling from ear to ear! #LuckyDevil”

yum yum yup yup! ;)


Huh Says:

“budum Says:
Djoker ripped his shirt off when Fed won the fourth set”

oh, i kinda see that too! ;)


Wog boy Says:

I wonder what was said on the net when Andy was serving for the match? His face was strange towards Federer.


the DA Says:

This match has had more twists and turns than an old country road.


budum Says:

Yaaay keep hitting those drop shots Fed!


Huh Says:

brando

i was just gona say that, but u stole it frm my mouth! ;)

indeed muzz could n shoulda won in straight sets! but i blame it on oz open ghost. remembr 2005: fed vs safin 2008: fed vs tipsy; 2009: nadal vs verdasco, fedal final; 2012: hewitt nalby, muzz vs nole, rafa vs nole n now in 2013 this: nole vs wawa, fed vs muzz ALREADY!!! n thats not the full list, many more 5 long remarkable scary disgustin 5 setters played here.

AO ghost bringin out the monster fighters in all perhaps! :/


Huh Says:

“the DA Says:
This match has had more twists and turns than an old country road.”

hahaha, so true! :p


the DA Says:

Impressed with Andy’s focus. He’s not backing down. Time for another break to put in the bank.


Huh Says:

closin out the matches in later stages is difficult in slams, but even more so here! cant remembr how many times players hav made a mess of themselves n made thickwork of lightwork! case in hand fedal 09, rafole 12 etc etc! :/


Huh Says:

“Andrew Castle, BBC Two
On Roger Federer: “For all the grace, the power, the serenity, underlying it all is the guy is an animal and is he is incredibly tough to play against.”

CANT AGREE MORE as a fed fan!


budum Says:

Don’t even remind me of Rafa’s backhand miss at net :(.


the DA Says:

Apparently Federer yelled something at Murray at one point. There’s a video up already but I haven’t had time to check.


Huh Says:

its not just how one starts, but also how one ends. muzza started well n perhaps will end well too. tough tough match…


Huh Says:

murray’s just not ready to lose. i see him winning, after all’s said n done.


the DA Says:

GSM Murray! Fantastic match. I think that’s the best I’ve seen him play in a GS. Another monkey off his back also.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Ok, so Roger stretched Murray to a 5-set when it should have been a straight set win. He has just helped Novak to some extent. Let’s see how good Murray is on his physical strength when he comes back to play Novak.

For fans, this is a better final.


Brando Says:

Did Andy Murray just play a calm, composed, imposing 5th set in a GS SF v roger federer? I must be dreaming!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Brando,

Roger played a pathetic tennis in the 5th set. Nothing to take away from Murray, but it was more of Roger doing nothing in the 5th set. His serve left him completely and his second serve speed was poor.


Brando Says:

@Huh: LOL- I was Mightly peeved with Muzza at that moment. Honestly though: the way he played that 5 th set was immnsely impressive, and to me showed a new Andy: one who’s metally tough and can handle screwing up in big moments, the pressure and still follow it up with dominating and composed tennis!


Sienna Says:

Murray will win hi second straigth slam. Fed will take the start of the year as a good motivator for his next phase…. Be not surprised if he wins either FO or Wimbledon again.


the DA Says:

Can’t wait to see the stats. Think Andy had 66 winners to Roger’s 49 or something like that. And can we finally put to rest the notion that Andy doesn’t know how to play aggressively?


Brando Says:

@NK: Conversely it could be argued that had Andy not screwed 3 makeable FH in the 2nd set TB h would have won in straight sets. Had Andy not had a mental AWOL moment he would have also won the 4th. Should have. So let’s not go into the ‘ he won because the other guy was yada yada yada”….


van orten Says:

didnt comment the whole tournament on roger .. but now i have to say great play roger…the magic will always be yours …he can still beat anyone ..what a performance in the 4th def. ran out of gas in the 5th …well done andy murray..hope for a semi fed vs murray at the french…! who ll be favourite there…interesting. but fed still playing superb…now let the grinding on sunday begin…


Brando Says:

@ the DA: I think ONLY fools thin that Muzza or Rafa cannot play aggressive tennis. They play aggressively: it’s just rey use their superb defence to create the right moment in which they can then unleash aggressively with an attack. It’s called: choosing the right moment in which to play offensive tennis!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Brando, I have already made that statement above stating it could have been a simple 3-setter. But yeah when you analyze a match, you look from both sides. Not just from the winners perspective. This was a match where Roger could not even put a mid court balls away.


Giles Says:

Well done Andy. Now just try and discover Nole’s secret recovery programme and lift the trophy on Sunday!! #GoodLuck


Arun Says:

Roger’s performance in the 5th set was eerily similar to how he played in the 5th set in the 2009 final.Yes,Roger lost but he did take it to five sets and that shows he can find a way to make a match competitive even when he’s not at his best.Also not to forget 10 straight AO S/F’s and his 35 consecutive QF’s which is nothing to be ashamed of!


Huh Says:

congrats to all on a fantastic match. fed fans can b proud of their man’s fightin spirit n muzza fans can b proud of their guy crossin the fed hurdl in slams. no shame for eithr guys or their fans but special congrats to mrs margot, the DA n othr muzz fans! :)

n fello fedfans like daniel, gannu, skeeze etc, i know u lov fed as ever, no matter win/loss. :)

allez fed!


Brando Says:

@fed fans: the TRUE fed fans- Daniel, skeezer, Dave, Ben, Michael etc- fans of that ilk: my heartfelt commiserations regarding Feds loss. But honestly speaking, I wouldn’t be disappointed at all! Fact is he is 31, this was his 1st tourny of the year and on a slow HC he went through the toughest draw of the lot and ONLY lost I. The 5th to the man who won the last slam, aged 25! He performed brilliantly here IMO and is a REAL CONTENDER for RG!


van orten Says:

and by the way why are a lot of people always so sure who is going to win??? feds stands no chance he is old blah blah ,..djoker is invincible ..murray is now a gs champion blah blah blah. fed was extremely tough to beat today. so great performance from both.

murray has a pretty good shot vs nole ..a few points here and there will make the difference..like today.fed def. lost the match in the 1 or 3 set so def. fed gave his all and this time murray was stronger so what..this is tennis ..! it s gonna be a great final!!!


Wog boy Says:

I will agree with NK, Roger had nothing left in the tank for fifth set. To be honest, he didn’t have weapon to hurt Andy tonight. It was more of Andy chocking in the second and fourth set than Roger playing good tennis. As I said, this was his first time to play two five setters in the row.
I wonder what he yelled at Andy when Andy was serving for the match?

NK, I saw your question on the other thread, I google those thing and try to memorise them. I will look for them again tomorrow and will get back to you by sunday night, local time.


Brando Says:

PS: Huh too in the last of great fed fans!:-)


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Few positives for Murray from this match. His serve looked a lot better and he has become a much better offensive player, ready to use power than slice from his BH much more.

Though Novak would be the favourite for the finals, Murray could just take it.


van orten Says:

bravo brando


Arun Says:

@Wog Boy “It was more of Andy chocking in the second and fourth set than Roger playing good tennis”
Just cant give credit can you?You can say all you want but Federer did won those sets and well deserved IMO


the DA Says:

Oops, forgot my manners. Commiserations to all Federer fans – he put up a hell of a fight.


Arun Says:

Btw forgot to say well done Murray!His best serving performance in a while IMO.Bodes well for him in the final.


Wog boy Says:

the DA,

You can always check stats at AO app, it is free to download.


alison Says:

A fantastic win for Murray,hope he has enough left to beat kryptonite Nole,a fantastic match actually saying that,Roger played amazing too but Murray today was just better,congrats to Margot,Colin,Raquet,Jane,the DA etc,sorry to all the lovely Fed fans Skeezer,Madmax,Gannu,Huh,and not forgetting the much missed,and the much loved Swiss Maestro and Ajet(please start posting again guys),for a player whos 31 its amazing that Rogers still contesting GS,i wish Roger and all his fans the best of luck for the rest of the year,im sure it will be another cracker anyway.


Wog boy Says:

Arum,

I give a credit when credit is due, Andy was better player tonight and he chocked to finish the match in three sets.That is my opinion and what is your problem with that, and I will repeat if you didn’t hear, Federer did not have a weapon tonight to hurt Andy, is that clear enough to you.
It is 50/50 match on sunday night.


the DA Says:

@ wog boy – thanks. I’ve got them now.

Murray-
21 aces > 1st serve 64% >2nd serve points 63% > 6-16 BPs won > 62 winners > 47 UFEs

Fed –
2 aces > 1st serve 61% > 2nd serve points 42% > 2-6 BPs won > 43 winners > 60 UFEs

Impressive.


van orten Says:

fed got broken in the first and the 3rd not because murray played brilliantly or something…fed there just couldnt come with the goods and got broken. see when fed broke he played lights out tennis remember the fourth at 6:5 murray


van orten Says:

so not really a choke from murray anywhere .. he did worse a lot of times vs fed


Margot Says:

Oh me, oh my. Andy finally “manned up.”
Gr8 tense match for Andy/Fed fans, lucky all the rest. Hope u enjoyed :)
yes, DA another monkey drops to the ground.
Prepare! Attack! Destroy!


Wog boy Says:

Total points won:
177:151


Arun Says:

@wogboy so i will assume Djokovic was undeserving to go through to the final since wawrinka choked in the second set and should have won the match in 4.Yes,Federer did not have any weapons to hurt Murray today but he did have one thing and that is his willpower which is highly underrated.its just that his body could not meet the demands of his mind in that fifth set.Also combined with the fact that Murray played phenomenal tennis.Well deserved by Murray but Federer did very well to take it to a 5th too and you cant attribute that to Murray choking,that is all im trying to say.


Daniel Says:

Damm, has to take a flight an missed fifth set. By the score seems Murray was able to impose himself once again.

3 finals in last 3 Slams. He likes the taste of Slam wins an wants more. Don’t think this match will take anything away from him agains Djoko. And I think in his mind he fancy his chances as well.

Younger generation took over hardcourts for good.


Wog boy Says:

Arun,

Wawrinka did choke in the second set, he took it up to Nole and looked like a winer until very last point, on the other hand Federer never looked like a winer tonight from the word go, that doesn’t take anything from his greatnest or GOATnes. I don’t understand what is the problem if somebody said that, he is still the GOAT, still has all his records that nobody is going to reach any time soon. I watched the match as an neutral observer and that is how I saw it and to be honest in my opinion, todays Federer would be eaisier for Nole to handle than Murray, if I am allowed to say so.


Daniel Says:

I remeber that Fed made Murray wait a bit to serve for the match in the fourth, he was asjusting something and than made a sorry signal raising his hand. Murray was ready to serve but I missed the scream.

Murray is way more compose and he recover fast from a disapointing mentality nowadays. Hope for a great final. Once again history will be made: Djoko’s 3 AO in a row or Murray 2 straight Slams after winning first.

Oh, and just remembering, if Murray wins, he would have made 3 out of 4 Slam finals, 2 Slams wins plus Olympic, still not good enough to be #1 (Djoko will be Slamless in the last 52 weeks but with 3 finals and WTF), not even #2. He will have to show consistency during clay season. But at least we are set for a 3 dog fight if he wins on Sunday, whihc will make the year more interesting, until Nadal returns


jamie Says:

Murray wins the AO.

Already predicted this last year.

http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2012-07-12/10278.php#comment-295336


Arun Says:

@Wog boy well you are entitled to your opinion and i am entitled to mine.Heartening to see a non federer fan acknowledge his GOAT status.Cheers!Just curious,whom do you support?Im guessing Nole since you mentioned the words “neutral observer” ?


jane Says:

Congrats to Andy and fans! Margot, DA, racquet, Colin, and all – wow 3 slam finals in a row. I could last only 1.5 sets before I had to sleep but Murray’s serves in particular looked scary-good.

If Nole wants to defend his title, he’ll have to be at the top of his game!

Last two slam finals – Nole/Andy!

Wog boy, yeah I think you’re right – can’t predict the winner.


Wog boy Says:

Arun,

Yes, I am Nole fan but I also love tennis regardless of taking every Nole’s loss as Greek tragedy.


Arun Says:

@Wog Boy Ah i thought as much.Best of luck to your man.I think we are going to see another 5 setter though with a different champion this time.But nole is definitely the favourite!


john Says:

I am proud of roger federer and the way he fought .He was nowhere in this match but still come up with God like performance when murray was serving for the match .I mean ,haven’t you watch that Down the line back hand and his next unreal service return plus the great tie breaker he played.
Wow i was blown away to see the way roger fought even though he was not in his best .

As far as murray is concerned .He is the best player in this planet in my eyes .Just see his defence ,his attack ,his serve ,wow.He has all the goods to beat novak on sunday .I want him to win too .

I am proud of roger’s fighting spirit, 2nd and 4th just was just a great example of that .
LOVE YOUR ROGER

I WANT TO SEE YOU “PLAY”,I DON’T EXPECT YOU TO WIN ANYTHING.I just want to see you in court and proude magic once again .
NEXT STOP :French open


Arun Says:

@John great post and great point about Federer’s fighting spirit.I think we should take it one at a time.His next tournament is Rotterdam.He should be able to defend it without much trouble unless Del Potro shows his magic.Dunno why but i get the feeling Federer has Rome as one of his targets this year considering its one of the only 2 major events he has not won.


Wog boy Says:

Arun,

Thanks, it will be huge battle and if there is no more my posts on TX that means my heart couldn’t take it any more.


racquet Says:

Woohoo Andy. For once this was a rollercoaster with the desired outcome. The adrenalin is pumping and I can’t calm down.


jane Says:

Wog boy, lol at “greek tragedy” comment. :) :( ;)

Looks like Fed fought hard; when I went to sleep after the first set and a half, I thought it could be straight sets the way Andy had come out – on fire! But Fed came back into it and forced it to a decider. So kudos to him. He’s still right up there. K

DA – re: those stats – kind of surprised at the discrepancy in aces between the these two – wow!


Huh Says:

muzza says he wants a painful final! wow! he sounds positive, no? perhaps not so much for nole thou! ;)

i like muzza’s chances in this final. :D dont care even if i hav to eat my words. my heart is for muzza the player n my mind too. c’mon now!!!

and DEAR BRANDO n ALISON

thanx as always for your kind words n sweet gesture. :D :p :)


the DA Says:

Where did mat4 go? I’m curious to hear his assessment of the match. He always has lots to say when Andy loses ;)


Alok Says:

This was a very tense match, but it was great to see that Fed’s fighting spirit is still there. He gave his all but it was very clear he was gassed in the 5th set.The fatigue from the Tsonga match was lingering in his movement.

That match is the difference between one player having a difficult draw, and having to play back to back 5 setters, against another, a 6 years younger opponent, whose draw was extremely easy. The fatigue Fed was feeling was obvious in his missed FHs and movement..

I’m, not making excuses, but it’s clear that Fed is having some kind of issue with his back, e.g., he’s been wearing an undershirt which provides some warmth to his back muscles. The fact that Fed didn’t hit many aces is an indication that his serve was compromised by his back issues. Low ace count is always a signal of his back acting up. He’s also suffering from fatuge due to not having enough recovery time. Murray had more time to recover from his batting practice match with Chardy, playing in the day, while Fed played late at night and had to go 5 sets. It would have been good for Fed had he played in the day and Murray played at night.

It’s funny how many were moaning over Djokovic’s 5 setter against Stanwondering how well Djokovic would be able to play after his match with Stan, but very few thought about the difficulty for Fed having to play against so many big servers, then 5 sets against Tsonga, and then be ready to meet Murray, who had a lot more reovery time and played so many easy matches. That situation could be one of the reasons Fed stated some years ago that he created a monster, and fans expect the impossible from him.


madmax Says:

The SEAN JINX! Seriously Sean. STOP MAKING PREDICTIONS WHERE FEDERER IS CONCERNED!

Well done to Murray.

As a federer fan, very, very proud of Roger’s achievements. Thought it could go either way in the fifth set, but I guess the previous 5 setter with Tsonga was bound to have some effect. Doesn’t matter though. A win is a win and these guys are used to playing this way…Am happy for the first slam of the season that Roger has reached the semi finals.

Novak v Murray, am pleased for the new rivalry and wish both players the best for sunday.

For the grieving federer fans, it was time for murray to beat federer in a slam at some stage otherwise it would have meant that since 2008 and his first slam final, Murray would have made no progress and that is not going to happen. He is in with the big boys now. And so it should be.

I need to read what both players have said about the match and watch the match again.

Loved it. Was a real thriller.


madmax Says:

Alok, yes to all you have said, but Federer has nothing to be ashamed of, nor has any federer fan. Roger did us proud. He always does. And Fed has had his fair share of easier draws, it was Murray’s time this time. No one can argue that he had the eaiser draw and more recovery time, but Federer is used to playing tough and he hung tough with Murray.

Murray edged him in the last set by a mile really, probably due to not dropping a set this tournament, still, fed took 2 sets off him and still played his mercurial game.

It’s all good.


Huh Says:

mercurial game is the best description for fed. :D


laslo Says:

Madmax
Roger picked Novak to win in his presser.


mat4 Says:

@The D.A:

I finally cam from work and, for once, I will answer your post.

A disclaimer. I rooted for Federer in this match as usual, so my view can be biased. Then, I write this post factum, so, of course, with the insights of knowing the result it is easy to be smart. Or not.

Watching the match against Tsonga, when Roger didn’t serve and didn’t return well, and was most of the time the underdog, I had the impression that he needed a Houdini act to win the semi, and that his main weapons will be his experience and mental fortitude. The fact that he played 5 sets didn’t help either.

And things looked just liked that from the beginning. Murray was nervous, but he could always rely to his excellent serve when things went wrong. He played his usual nadalesque game, defending, slicing and waiting for an opening, and Roger just couldn’t hit through.

With a serve that didn’t work, Roger had to be patient, try all the options he had, and wait for his chances. He did it well, showed that he is very steady under pressure and won both TB.

[About Fed's serve: to break this serve, you have to weary down Federer, and Djokovic has the same problem. Their serves, especially now, are similar, and they are clearly not as strong as Nadal or Murray.

That is the reason Rafa always choses to serve first after the changeover. A few years ago, you could predict the result of the set just knowing how serves first in the fedal or rafole matches.

But I also have the impression that he has other problems, perhaps with his back again. I have watched only two matches, so I can't be certain. It is just an impression.]

Finally, the match was decided in the fifth set, when Roger paid for the efforts he spent in the previous match.

Murray has improved (but all the top four players have improved, and Murray practically lost two years without a good coach), but he is still is very frail under duress, and he clearly didn’t play the way he can.

I also still think that Lendl didn’t bring him anything McLagan wouldn’t have.


grendel Says:

mat4

I believe you may be right about Federer’s back. I really don’t think this should be brought up as an excuse at all, all players have to deal as best they can with niggling injuries, that’s part of the deal – but still,you have to account somehow for Federer’s uncharacteristic serving display.

Your last sentence is interesting. Greg Rusedski said that all of the innovations introduced by Lendl were proposed by earlier coaches, not just McLagan. But Murray just wouldn’t listen. Then along comes 8 slam man Lendl.

It was the aura wot did it.


the DA Says:

@ mat4 – ”He played his usual nadalesque game, defending, slicing and waiting for an opening, and Roger just couldn’t hit through.”

Again, you seemed to be watching another match. Defense played a part but the stats – Andys 62 winners to Rogers 43 – proves it wasn’t the whole story.

@ grendel – ”he aura wot did it”

Precisely. There’s an interview with Miles that states he couldn’t get Andy to be more aggressive but he thought that Andy was more willing to listen§ to Ivan because of his stature.


Bada Bing Says:

Agassi is in OZ and picked Novak to win.

In the final, he picked Djokovic to walk away with his third consecutive title and fourth overall Down Under

Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/tennis/news/20130125/andre-agassi-australian-open.ap/#ixzz2J2kNziR5

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