Fresh Federer Faces Del Potro In 2012 Basel Title Rematch; Ferrer In Valencia Final
by Staff | October 26th, 2013, 6:53 pm
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For the second straight year hometown hero Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro will square off in the Basel final after both earned tough three set semifinal wins on Saturday.

Federer, who lost to Del Potro last year in the Basel championship match 7-6, 4-6, 6-3, edged Vasek Pospisil 6-3, 6-7(3), 7-5. The 23-year-old Canadian was seeking a first career ATP final and led Federer 3-1 in the third before the Swiss stormed back.

“I was maybe a bit down, a bit tough with myself at the beginning of the third,” said Federer who failed to serve out the match at 5-3 in the second. “I think that is also why I got broken. It had nothing to do with actual playing.”

Earlier Del Potro advanced to his sixth final of the year with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 victory over Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

Federer has beaten Del Potro 13 of 17 times but the Argentine has won the last two

“Tomorrow in the final, I have to play well for sure,” said Del Potro. “It’s going to be [an] interesting final for me.

“Against Federer, it doesn’t matter what he says. He’s Roger Federer. He’s playing in his hometown and on this surface. He’s very good on this surface. He has experience. He’s won here five times. He’s looking forward to winning again and to qualify in London with a win here. If I play much better than I did today and serve well, I know the way to make things complicated for him. In the final, anything can happen.”

Federer hasn’t won a title since June in Halle, his lone win of the year. If he wins tomorrow he’ll also assure himself a spot in the London finals.

“It’s all coming together nicely at the right time because I want to finish the year strong,” said Federer.

“Winning any match is a good thing right now. It’s not like other years, where I’ve played many matches. I don’t feel like it’s the end of the season physically or mentally, because I did have a four-week break after the US Open.”

In Valencia, David Ferrer beat countryman Nicolas Almagro to reach the final where he’ll meet Mikhail Youzhny in an all 30-plus final.

“Youzhny is a good player,” said Ferrer. “He has a good backhand and also slices the ball very well. It will be a close final.”

The Russian was a winner over countryman Dmitry Tursunov.


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115 Comments for Fresh Federer Faces Del Potro In 2012 Basel Title Rematch; Ferrer In Valencia Final

madmax Says:

Good luck for the final today Roger and to Juan Martin (who I have a lot of respect for). May be playing Popsi yesterday, and the angle of his shots and power, will afford Federer a better mindset and game plan against Delpo. Their serving is similar, due to their height.

I see that the match starts at 9.30 a.m. and am wondering whether that is too early? Hope Roger has enough recovery time!

Way to go for Ferrer and Youzhny, (who seems to have now put the PHD in psychology to good use on the tenis court!).

Both men in Valencia playing in the final – I go for Ferrer to win.

In Fed’s game, of course, would be wonderful for Fed to win, but I don’t think this will be an easy one for him. Then again, I don’t think he has the pressure that Juan will have being the title defender, then again…


The Great Davy Says:

Fed so old and tongue so dry he can barely lick popsicle. NintenDotro will ‘finish him’.


Michael Says:

Should be a blockbuster match. Roger is slowly discovering his magical touch yet again and Del Potro is in fine fettle. I will give the edge to Del Potro, a 60:40 in his favour. But Roger can still make a match of it if he serves well. He cannot definitely win with the way he was serving against Pospisil.


I Love Tennis Says:

Goodluck to Roger … hoping it will be a great final between him and Delpo.


madmaz Says:

The Great Davy Says:
Fed so old and tongue so dry he can barely lick popsicle. NintenDotro will ‘finish him’.

October 26th, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Yeah, so old and tongue so dry he can barely lick popsi, that’s why he won, and won with the fighting spirit.

If Federer loses, he made the final and he toughed it out along the way. True Champion.


madmax Says:

The Great Davy Says:
Fed so old and tongue so dry he can barely lick popsicle. NintenDotro will ‘finish him’.

October 26th, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Yeah, so old and tongue so dry he can barely lick popsi, that’s why he won, and won with the fighting spirit.

If Federer loses, he made the final and he toughed it out along the way. True Champion.

October 27th, 2013 at 3:19 am

That should be “madmax” – sticky keyboard.


andrea Says:

great match between fed and pospisil. thought fed was running away with it then it became a nail biter.


madmax Says:

andrea,

the story of fed’s matches right now, but great that he has that fighting spirit. I think people tend to forget that and just focus on the way he “should” have played the game. Upshot is that he came through, nail biter though it was.


metan Says:

For the sake of WTF and all his fans here, Roger will win. I bet for odd. Best of luck Roger.


madmax Says:

metan, I love your faith and I hope for the same.

Good luck to Roger, let’s hope he has learned a few lessons from his matches here at Basel, along the way.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Hope its a great match,i have to admit to enjoying a match like this from a neutral perspective,one where i like both players and enjoying watching their tennis,best of luck to both,may the best man win,i think Roger needs this one more after the tricky year hes had,so go Roger.


Shailesh Says:

On serve till now. Looks like Roger’s serve is clicking.


Shailesh Says:

Spoke too soon, Roger gets broken :-(


Shailesh Says:

And he breaks back immediately. Phew!!


Brando Says:

Rubbish game from Delpo there, but Fed hit some sweet BH’s.


Josh39485 Says:

not bad, it’s closer than I initially thought it would be. Hopefully the first set will go to a tie-break


Brando Says:

What a rally to save set point by Fed!


Brando Says:

Wow: Fed showing some major stones and bringing the best when it mattered.

On serve


Brando Says:

Tie break time: nice!


Josh39485 Says:

Pressure-cooker tie-breaker – the 3rd one these two have played in Basel.


Josh39485 Says:

And it’s Del Potro who comes out on top.


metan Says:

Relax Josh, still have another sets. Go Roger!!


Brando Says:

Delpo takes it.

I agree with Barry Cowan- that was the best set of tennis Fed has played since set 1 v Rafa back in Cincy this year.


Josh39485 Says:

Looking at how many Federer, Nadal and Djokovic fans love and respect Del Potro really makes me wonder at how huge his fanbase will be once these guys all leave the game!


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Not much is seperating these two,both are playing great tennis,just a couple of points here and there,hopefully Roger will take the 2nd set and push it to a 3rd.


Josh39485 Says:

Ridiculously good from Federer.


metan Says:

That’s it . Get second set Roger. I am betting for you.


metan Says:

Nice one Roger. Keep it that.


metan Says:

Aces displaying from Roger. His served is clicked today.


Kimmi Says:

Suddenly delpo is hitting harder and harder


Kimmi Says:

wow!! this is tough, delpo trying to come back and fed working hard to hold his own. fantastic match.


Josh39485 Says:

Del Potro vs Federer is always a pleasure to watch. DelPo has a very different approach to each top guy, and that results in different types of matches being played out.


I Love Tennis Says:

WoW !!! What a great set of tennis from Federer.


metan Says:

Delpo got duck in the second set.
Come on Roger!!!


Josh39485 Says:

Federer breaks again to take the set 6-2! We have a deciding set, really really entertaining stuff.


Hawkeye Says:

Fed playing much more consistent today than yesterday.


Josh39485 Says:

Interesting 3rd set playing out here. DelPo with the advantage


I Love Tennis Says:

it’s all Del Potro now, :-(


Hawkeye Says:

Sense a dip in Delpo. Fed will break here for 3-all.


Josh39485 Says:

Meanwhile, just a quick update: Youzhny is thrashing Ferrer in the first set of the Valencia Final (up 5-1, serving for the 1st set)


Josh39485 Says:

DelPo holding on at 4-2 – Ferrer has recovered one of the breaks, etc.


I Love Tennis Says:

one game away for the tittle .. Del Potro


metan Says:

Yes, kind of sayonara for Roger. Sad!!!


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

In the ladies WTFs,Li Na is leading Serena took the 1st set 6/2.


metan Says:

Congratulations to Delpo and his fans . Hi Emily. Nice win just for you.


Josh39485 Says:

Game, Set & Match Del Potro! He holds his nerve, but what an absolutely fantastic match!

Several positives for both players.


Josh39485 Says:

96 points won each. Federer 3/6 on Break Points, Del Potro 2/6.

First serve percentages almost exactly the same.

Very fine margins, congratulations to Del Potro, a superb effort, and well done Roger, you’ve shown that you can still compete at the topmost level, and I look forward to seeing you at the O2.


Perfect fan Says:

Congrats Delpo & fans….good to see him win & a great year for him so far.

However, also content with fed’s performance….but he seriously needs to work on his return games though….otherwise he is pretty much there.

BOL to both players for PARIS. :)


Hawkeye Says:

Fed played very well today. Good to see him back playing at such a high level again. Bodes well for the rest of the year and hopefully next.

Delpo can beat anyone playing at this level especially on a fast hard court.

Commies to Fed fans esp. perfect fan.

Congrats to Delpo. I like him a lot.


green900 Says:

Argggghhh, federer was so close to winning! He played so well apart from that terrible game that he got broken in the third set, where he hit a few double faults


Brando Says:

Roger Federer:

- The Bad:

1. Only one win v a top 10 player all year. A stat like that makes me fear for him at the WTF.

2. He seems to get fatigued, IMO, rather quickly on court. Looked downbeat at times.

- The Good:

1. High level throughout the match: Barring that very disappointing game at the start of set 3, Fed actually played a consistently high level of Tennis throughout the match.

2. His best performance since v Rafa at Cincy: Comfortably. He showed he still got game today.

3. Much improved week:

His performance and results this week are far, far, far better than what he has done post Halle.

All in all:

The good far outweigh the bad, I think what he needs to look at his intensity: it’s only my opinion but I sense he gets fatigued rather quickly at times. A tired looking player at points during the match.

Barring that I thought he played a great match for sure.


madmax Says:

Hey Brando!

I arrived too late, but just read the comments. I completely got the times wrong. Read it as the match starting now, only to find it’s over :(

Judging by what you all said, lots of positives to be taken from the match, so that’s good.

Am sad though, have to say, of course wanted Roger to win, BUT congratulations to Delpo. How could anyone note love this guy?

He is on the up and so is Fed. And that is all that matters I guess.


Brando Says:

Del Potro:

Huge props to him for winning.

Beating Fed in Basel is not a easy task, and he’s done it in back to back finals there now so that’s huge.

He continues his very impressive post USO run:

1. Tokyo: Winner

2. Shanghai: RU losing in a 3rd set tie break

3. Basel: Winner

Hugely impressive form from him.

I think his game suits indoor tennis greatly. I’m not too sure he’ll do well in Paris but I think he’s a co favorite with Djokovic for WTF right now.

And here’s a stat of the day for him:

Having won in Rotterdam, Washington, Tokyo and Basel he is the FIRST player to win 4 500 point tournies in one calendar year.

Vamos Delpo!


Brando Says:

@MadMax:

Hi Max!

Yep you are right: Fed is on the up!

Like I said in my opinion (a Rafa fan) barring one game at the start of the 3rd set, Fed played at a high level consistently throughout the match.

He has to be really pleased with that.

Perspective is king: And in this match Fed- a struggling player- was on the same level with Del Potro- the most inform player right now arguably on tour.

That has to be a huge plus for him going forward!

Overall i would give him a 8/10 for the week for his quality of Tennis and 10/10 for effort, improvement.

He’ll benefit from this performance IMO.


Josh39485 Says:

What are people’s views on Del Potro’s chances at the World Tour Finals? (WTF really is a rather unfortunate acronym!)

Would it be possible for the Argentine to ascend to World No. 3 by the Australian Open?


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Commies to all the Fed fans,it was a great performance and one as Brando has said that he should take alot of positives from,congrats to Emily Delpo has indeed won alot of friends on this forum,you should be here celebrating your man is playing sublime tennis,enjoy your day you deserve it :))..


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Delpo has set a record this year winning 4 atp 500 titles this year,congrats Delpo.


Brando Says:

@Josh:

Re acronym: LOL, true but i’ll persist with it due to laziness! :-)

Re Del Potro:

IMO right now I have it for the WTF as:

1. Novak

Co fav just slightly behind:

Delpo

Great gap

3. Rafa

I think if Delpo plays his best then he’ll win. He’s arguably the most inform player right now, is a former RU at WTF in 2009 and has a fantastic matchup v all the big players.

IF he’s fresh enough: I think he’s good enough to win WTF.

We all know that mentally he’s solid and has the heart of a big fighter.


Brando Says:

Wow: Youzhny just beat Ferru in straight sets at Valencia Open final: big surprise.

Congrats to Mikhail: he was unlucky to lose in Halle this year so this win would really please him!


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Does this mean that Delpo will jump to 3 in the rankings now,or does it all depend on what happens in Paris,anybody have any thoughts on this?


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Congrats Mikhail whos playing amazing tennis again,what about Daveed who seems to be going into a bit of a decline.


Josh39485 Says:

@ Tennis X Hippy Chic

I don’t think DelPo will move up this week, but if Ferrer goes out in the Quarters of Paris (or something like that), and Del Potro improves on his performance there and at the WTF, then he could very well go up to No. 3 I think.

On top of that Ferrer and Murray have a lot of points to defend at the 2014 Australian Open, whilst DelPo exited early last year.


hawkeye Says:

Delpo’s rank is unchanged. He defended his points. He is still 5th in the Race as well.

Delpo can move to No. 3 in the world if he wins Paris and Ferru (defending champ) fails to make the final.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Josh thanks for the info.


Josh39485 Says:

@Tennis X Hippy Chic No probs.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

IMO Delpo will have great year in 2014,i think he will be a dark horse at any one of the GS,i think the USO is his best bet though.


Emily Says:

This was such a great thread, thanks for all the shout outs and I am definately enjoying the day @ Tennis X Hippy Chic. Congrats to Roger and all his fans. He really stepped up and it was obvious how much he wanted to win in Basel after what’s happened this year. He made Delpo earn this title and it seems almost a given that he’ll be in London. I think it will be an exciting WTF, especially if a certain person wins.


Emily Says:

@metan, thanks, I feel very special


Okiegal Says:

I really wanted Fed to win this one…..He could use a little confidence push……but congrats to Del Po fans….he is playing hard. I am afraid his wrist will start giving him probs……wow, he hits the ball so hard! Two great athletes out there today.
…on to Paris to cheer on Rafa!


Michael Says:

Congratulations to Del Potro for his superb win at Basel. I think he has now won this tournament twice consecutively in Roger’s own backyard and that is indeed a remarkable achievement. . He was always known to be a player who belonged to the top three, but he couldn’t live up to that expectations. It is pleasing to know that he is finally coming of age and is realizing his potential. If he is playing Paris Masters,then he should be the favourite to win it. I hope he does making his debut with a Masters title win.


Michael Says:

As regards Roger, what is next for him ? Well, he needs to win the first round at Paris Masters to qualify for the World Tour Finals and I am sure that must be his goal. Despite a forgettable year that he has had so far, the silver lining for Roger from Basel is that he is slowly rediscovering his magic touch which has deserted him right through 2013 except for that Cincinnati duel with Rafa where he nearly won. Here, not much seperated him and the winner with both winning 96 points each. It was a very close match and I was privileged to see some of the glimpses of that vintage Roger which we were all used to seeing in his hey days. He tried his best and the standing ovation that he received from the crowd after the match told everything about his legendary status. Del Potro was not playing Roger at Basel, he was playing his legend. Let us see if Roger can finish this year in a spectacular fashion by winning Paris Masters and the World Tour Finals.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

It was nice that Roger had to be beaten by DelPo’s best tennis, rather than destructing himself.

For me, it looks like he gassed out in the 3rd set. His movement was not as good as it was in 1st two sets. Maybe a tough 3-setter the day before could have taken it’s toll. Not sure if he would have done better in the 3rd set if he had won his semis in 2-sets, when he was serving for the match.


Steve 27 Says:

Rafa and Delpo until now never face each other in indoors, perhaps they will meet in the WTF


Perfect fan Says:

Gotta share this stat…..(esp. with all fed fans) which is troubling me since start of 2013….

Have any of u guys realized that this year fed has been esp. pathetic in the TBs (a time of the match where fed generally feels in the comfort zone)….this year he has a horrendous TB record – 12-10. I knw its positive but still a very bad stat for him by his standard :(

Not long back….whenevr fed faced a hard hitter, i used to pray for the TBs whr i knew for sure fed will thrive. He always raise his game enough in the TBs to squeeze out of the danger….even with top players, i’ll safely bet for fed in the TBs.

But this year, that feeling completely over-turned….by this time I really don’t want him to see in a TB position against any god damn player.

To begin with at the start of this year….he gave my old feeling a boost by pushing tsonga & andy to 5 sets in the AO by winning both sets in TBs….from there on, its all down-hill. The most remarkable ones are the one against Sergie in Wimby (lost 2 TBs)….and what more cud be pathetic, he lost to a no-one called Delbonis in Hamburg in straights (both in TBs).

I still remember having my eyes glued to the TV watching FED in TBs coz i always knew for sure he will produce some magic and pull this out….AWWW, who can forget that magical match against RAFA in Wimby ’08 when he pushed him to 5 sets being 2sets to love down and going on to win the next 2 sets in TBs before losing in the 5th. Remember that magical BH passing shot down the line in the 4th set :)….NOSTALGIA !!


Steve 27 Says:

when you get older, you start to living in the past. Is unhealthy but we are humans after all.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Emily your welcome, im a Rafa fan,but i actually have a pretty great raport with all the fan groups on this forum,hes my favorite,but i also admire and respect all the other players and their achievements too.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Perfect Fan i was thinking that too,have to ask was it my imagination?or was i the only one that noticed that Roger was grunting?its strange as ive never heard him do that?


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Steve 27 i thought that they met in 2009 at the WTF?


Perfect fan Says:

@hippy chic: did u seriously hear roger grunting?….thats strange & weird….never heard him do that in a decade. I jus wan him to stay healthy above all.

BTW, rosol def chardy in straights :) and incidentally he happens to be in rafa’s half. Rafa mus be sweating already ;))


Giles Says:

Fed grunts especially on the BH side!!! Has been grunting for ages!! It’s not very loud though.


Giles Says:

@PF. Yep, Rafa might withdraw if he has to face Rissole!


ID Fan Says:

Hippy Chic:

Federer has started grunting this year. I think it is a tough thing to be 32 and playing all these younger players.

He may call it quits around this time next year. I hope not, but time and tide wait for no one. Even if you happen to endorse Rolex, like the Maestro :)

Here is a gift for you and other rafa fans:

http://sportzcosmos.com/2013/09/26/why-rafa-is-the-goat/

Vamos Rafa :)


Giles Says:

@ID Fan. Nice article. Hope it doesn’t trigger off another Goat thingy!! Lol


Perfect fan Says:

@ Giles: rafa can play on one leg if he got a chance to face rosol ;)

And my guess for the scoreline wud be:
6-0 6-1
And yes….on a fast indoor hc…. LOL !! :))


Giles Says:

^^^ Lol


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

ID Fan thanks for the article,it was a nice read,although i dont give a rats wotsit for GOATDOM TBH,the only thing ive ever asked is for Rafa to be given credit for his achievements,and to be regarded as one of the greats,and thats always been good enough for anyway.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Perfect Fan i would eagerly await a Rafa/Rosol rematch should it happen,i can just imagine Rafas face withe the how dare you look lol,and yeah i did here Roger grunting,even Mr TXHC noticed it and he hates tennis.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

I actually have alot of affection for Rosol,when he lost his father he still carried on playing,which must have been hard for him given what he was going through.


Sirius Says:

I heard fed making a sound when serving. It was like “Humf” (don’t laugh plz, i don’t know how to write that sound). Thats it, only when he was serving. It was not very loud, but loud enough to reach my ears

btw, never heard him making noises while playing. Started it this year,


Giles Says:

@Hawkeye. As I said last week Rafa has in fact been credited with the 150 pts from VdM today. That’s good new, no?


courbon Says:

We can start another GOAT argument-no problem!
And I can finally join the debate!Why?
Because, as off today there is a plane in Air Serbia with the name : Novak Djokovic!

So that’s for me clear proof that Novak is a GOAT!
For crying load, Fed does not even have Lindt chocolate having his name or Rafa some kind of chorizo with his name.So who is the goat?
Novak clearly…and hi owns World supply of donkey cheese!
Move on Rafa and Fed, there is a new GOAT in the town!


hawkeye Says:

Giles, yes is good news (but I can’t understand why he wasn’t forced to take a 0-pointer as one of his 500 results as penalty for withdrawing from Basel.

Similarly, Raonic received no point penalty for his withdrawal either.


Giles Says:

hawkeye. The ATP works in mysterious ways! This whole ranking system is a joke with their countables and non-countables which is far too difficult to make any sense of.Why can’t they simplify the system?


Brando Says:

@Courbon:

LOL- why not.

On a side note:

Did you see Joe Hart’s absolute idiot moment v Chelsea?

If not you need to see it ASAP- it’s priceless laughter!

As a ManU fan that was very joyous to see! :-)


courbon Says:

@ Brando: I haven’t seen.I’ll have a look now.


courbon Says:

@ Brando: I can not find it on net.When it happened? This weekend?


Brando Says:

@Courbon:

It happened yesterday- an absolute howler from Hart.

I’ll try finding a link for you and i’ll post it here if possible.


courbon Says:

@ Brando: I’v just seen it.Priceless!!! He can be thick sometimes…I’v seen him before doing stupid stuff-I think it was in England shirt.


Brando Says:

@Courbon:

Here’s a youtube link C:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09xRRoeM7GM

It was in the 89th minute that he lost the plot and cost his team big time.

Funny thing is, I searched Joe Hart and Chelsea and this came up:

‘Joe Hart Close Your Legs’:

LMFAO- he’s a farce v Chelsea:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9Dqgu7gI_4

LOL- enjoy! p


Brando Says:

@Courbon:

LMAO- he can be an epic idiot at times. On MOTD they had a camera angle where he was blaming the defender for the mistake and i’m like: WTF? that was Hart’s mistake big time.

What do you think of the 2nd link I posted, that was epic also I thought.


Steve 27 Says:

Tennis X Hippy Chic, until now, Rafa and Delpo never face each other in indoors. I really think this time they will meet, I hopen in Rouend Robin

Group A Nadal, Del Potro, Berdych, Wawrinka
group B Djokovic, Ferrer, Federer and Gasquet or Tsonga


Brando Says:

Wow: Rafael Nadal backs Roger Federer to be a contender for Australian Open 2014 and to have a better season in 2014.

http://www1.skysports.com/tennis/news/12110/8996688/tennis-rafael-nadal-thinks-roger-federer-will-be-back-to-his-best-in-2014

‘ His talent allows him to keep being one of the favourites, to keep winning the best tournaments of the year.’:

True words spoken there by Rafa.

I am sure Fed would appreciate this vote of confidence from Rafa.


Giles Says:

Rafa in his presser today “My goal is to end the year healthy”.
Vamos Champ!


Giles Says:

Steve 27. I see you chose the easier group for joker!
Let joker have Delpo!! Lol


Josh39485 Says:

@Brando Great words from Rafa – it’s really nice to hear that he still believes in Roger, and shows what a true sportsman he is.


courbon Says:

@ Brando: Brilliant!Good goalkeeper but a real plonker sometimes!


Brando Says:

@Courbon:

LOL- i have to agree completely about the plonker part.

I wish Dvid Jason as Del Boy would go up to him one day and say it………………that would be such awesomeness.


Brando Says:

@Josh:

Yeah I agree. Rafa’s a class act as many sportsmen realize, and most commentators of the game.

He’s always backed Fed, and so has RF backed him.

Rafa- more than ANYONE- knows what Fed is capable of , has the best measure and outmost respect for Fed’s talent.

He faced Fed at Cincy was pushed to the limit by Fed there: so he knows Fed has still got it.

I think Del Potro (paraphrasing here) summed it up best for me about RF right now:

Roger plays better versus the best players rather than the lower ranked players know since he gets up for the fight alot more.

And it’s true.

He pushed Muzza hard at AO, Rafa at Cincy and Delpo at Basel.

I’m sure that for Fed it shall be a great confidence boost and really pleasing, nice thing to know that people who know what it takes win right now like the World Number 1 Rafael Nadal and class act top 5 player JMDP back him and believe in his ability still to come back strong.

They’re opinion is more relevant and informed than the reactionary writers.

I’m sure post seeing him in Basel that Fed shall improve., and moreso now seeing that the best back him to do so.


Steve 27 Says:

Giles, is better facing Delpo in Round Robin where you can lose and still reach sf, than face him in sf and there is no second chance to still in the tournament.


Steve 27 Says:

Besides, Berdych, Wawrinka, are his pigeons, so no problem


Steve 27 Says:

James Blake about the constant progress of Rafael Nadal
“My first impression of [Nadal] then was he was a clay-courter playing on hard courts. He was playing with a lot of topspin, hitting the ball heavy, but not attacking the ball, not moving forward at all,” Blake recalls. “He sort of counted on his defense and his movement to win a lot of matches. He did it exceptionally well, obviously.

“I also remember specifically, I had never even hit with him before I played him, the first couple balls in warm-up, he hit the ball so heavy, I actually thought I was in trouble from the start. Once the match started, he was hitting the ball shorter and playing with a lot of margin and not being as aggressive. As I’ve seen him now and practiced with him much more recently, that guy is gone. He’s so much more effective with being aggressive, with taking his game and imposing it on me, like I said, being more effective with his serve. He’s still one of the best movers, moves so well side to side.”


metan Says:

@Steve 27 10.31pm.
Nice one, no.!


Giles Says:

@ Steve 27. Ok I see your logic. Sounds good, let’s see.
#EasyDrawForRafa
#VamosChamp


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Steve 27 thanks for putting me right,i hope Rafa can put to bed the notion once and for all that hes no good indoors,everyone seems to be favouring Novak or Delpo when it comes to indoors,yet he did beat Novak at the WTF in 2010,so i see no reason why he couldnt do it again,it will be interesting to see which group Delpo falls in,but as you say he can afford a loss to a player,and due to the RR format still make the final and win the title,and Rafas Rafa so loves to prove people wrong.


hawkeye Says:

Saying Rafa is no good indoors is a ridiculous exaggeration.

That said, for indoor tennis (Paris, WTF), I’d rate the players chances as follows:

1. Nole
2. Del Potro
3. Rafa/Federer

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