Indian Wells Final: Roger Federer v Novak Djokovic, Who’s The Pick?
by Sean Randall | March 16th, 2014, 10:18 am
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So much for the “changing of the guard”! The men’s Sunday Funday final once again features two very familiar names starring in the very familiar role of winning titles at big events as Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic lock up for the 33rd time in the desert later today.

At the start of the tournament, thanks to great draw I had Djokovic in this spot, but not Federer who I didn’t think would get past his nemesis Rafael Nadal. But Alexandr Dolgopolov did him the favor of knocking out Nadal – no wonder Federer speaks so highly of the Ukraine! – and the Swiss’s path cleared.

Yesterday, Roger took full advantage hammering Dolgopolov 6-3, 6-1. For all his awkwardness, Dolgopolov was never in the match and Roger, just like he should, took care of business swiftly and efficiently.

The same cannot be said for Djokovic, however. The Serb not once but TWICE served for the match in that second set and FAILED! And this was against John Isner, one of worst returners the sport has ever seen, yet here was the mighty Djokovic unable to serve it out given TWO tries.

Djokovic then of course got squashed in the breaker but then overwhelmed a knee-troubled Isner in the decider 7-5, 6-7, 6-1.

“I thought I returned really well today and allowed myself to have a bunch of opportunities on his service games,” said Djokovic. “Then twice I had chance to finish it out and I played two bad games and he played an incredible tiebreaker. And when you get to the tiebreaker with John Isner, whoever you are, you’re not a favorite. I just tried to hang in there, stay mentally tough when I lost the second set, and played a great third.”

Novak returned great, but geez, how do you get broken by John like that in the second set?

With that as the backdrop, let’s look at the finale.


Roger Federer v Novak Djokovic
Federer leads this one 17-15 but really it’s about as even as it can be. Roger leads 13-12 on hardcourts, in finals it’s 4-4, etc. There’s just not much separating these two. It’s a true “rivalry”.

“Whenever we play each other it’s always a huge challenge for both of us and very few points can decide the winner,” said Djokovic yesterday. “I do not expect anything less tomorrow. I just hope for myself that I will be able to perform on a high level, because I’m going to need to do that in order to get a chance to win against him.”

Added Federer, “I think we have had great matches always. I think we have played here as well before, if I’m not mistaken,” said Federer. “So it’s one of those matches I think we both know what to expect going into, and even more so maybe now that we have just played in Dubai and also in Paris and London at the end of last year.

“I think he really wants it, and that’s going to be a challenge for me to accept that and fight that with good play myself.”

Federer got him two weekends ago in Dubai and while the air conditions at Indian Wells may be the similar the court isn’t. It’s much slower and grittier than Dubai and that, I think, should help Djokovic here.

But is he playing well enough to take advantage?

We know where Federer is at. With the back healed and now greater comfort with the larger racquet, Federer’s playing his best tennis since the summer of 2012 when he won Wimbledon and Cincinnati. There’s no argument.

Roger’s won his last 11 matches and hasn’t dropped a single set at the event. And he’s never lost in four prior appearances in the Indian Wells final. Everything really seems to be clicking.

Not so for Novak who just continues to struggle. He seems mired in fits of patchy play as we saw again yesterday. And after gagging like that against Isner, confidence-wise, even though he won the match he had to have more confidence in his game yesterday when he woke up than he does this today.

So for me this pick is easy. Federer’s clearly got the momentum and the confidence, two things Djokovic really doesn’t have. But Novak might have the slight edge in motivation. As I’ve been saying all week, no one needs this title more than Novak. Unfortunately, if you can’t serve out Isner TWICE, how are you going to do it against Federer? I just can’t get over that. However, if he brings his “A” game Djokovic can win and probably should, but I nothing I’ve seen this year tells me he has it.
The pick: Federer in three

The earlier women’s final pits surprise finalist Flavia Pennetta against Agnieszka Radwanska. They too just played last month in Dubai and the Italian won. Pennetta is the hotter player but Radwanska is so steady, so sharp and that makes this a real mess to pick. In a real toss up I’ll take the higher ranked Radwanska who’s simply had more experience in this stage before.

The women’s final starts at 3pm ET on ESPN2. The men’s final will also be on ESPN2 at 5pm ET.

SUNDAY INDIAN WELLS SCHEDULE

STADIUM 1 start 12:00 noon
WTA – SINGLES FINAL – [20] F Pennetta (ITA) vs [2] A Radwanska (POL)

Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – SINGLES FINAL – [7] R Federer (SUI) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)


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223 Comments for Indian Wells Final: Roger Federer v Novak Djokovic, Who’s The Pick?

Alexandra Says:

What Changing of the guard? Has anything happened to suggest that? Certainly not. Don’t believe all the hype for certain players.
Looking at this week Federer should be the favourite, Djokovic was struggling all week. Can’t have lapses in concentration against Fed, that is for sure. He might take advantage of that. But you never know. Fed’s confidence will be high again, could help him as well. Djokovic can also come up with a win anytime.
With the ladies I would like Flavia to win, but the head says Aga will win. Let’s see.


xmike Says:

will federer be back in the the top 4 if he wins? i tried to work out the maths, i think he will but am not sure :/

i guess he’s guaranteed number 5 already, does anybody know if ferrer is still injured or will he play miami?

and yes, i am a fan and would like him back at least in the top 4 to avoid playing nadal before the semis in the coming clay season


gannu Says:

Yes xmike… feddy bear will b top 4 if he wins and he will be no 1 in the race to london!!!!!


Mr. Larvey Says:

xmike,

Yes, Fed will be 4th in rankings if he beats Nole today.


Kathy Says:

Wawrinka will remain no. 1 in the race to London – even if Fed. beats Dojokovic.


Mr. Larvey Says:

Alexandra,

If you noticed the AusOpen title slipped outside the “Big Four”. Djoker and Muzza haven’t won a title this year and even Rafa lost early at IW. So, there are more things suggesting towards changing of the guard than in ages.

But yes, it might be that we still need to wait for awhile before changing of the guard really happens. It seems that the new stars still need to be more consistent before they can really challenge the Big Four. And, I still don’t see anyone (but maybe Nole) really challenging Rafa on European clay…


Skeezer Says:

@Mr. Larvey
From #8 to possibly 4?
Quite the jump!


Mr. Larvey Says:

Skeezer,

Yes, that would be great. It would be a pity to see Fed playing against Rafa or Nole already before SF stage – especially in RG.


Gordon Says:

The points system sometimes works. I don’t imagine anyone would deny the way he has played this year Fed deserves to be in the top 4. If he does then there will be 2 Swiss men in the top 4 for the first time ever.

Time for a trivia question -

Recently Spain has had 2 men in the top 4 (Nadal and Ferrer).

What was the last country before Spain to have 2 men in the top 4 rankings?


Mr. Larvey Says:

Gordon,

I don’t want to check from the web so I’m just going to guess that Sampras and Agassi. Probably, there has been someone else after them.


Mr. Larvey Says:

Rankingwise Miami will be interesting. Last year Murry won and Ferrer was the runner up. Nadal, Wawrinka and Federer don’t have any points to defend and Nole has only 90. I’m not sure if Ferrer is even going to paly Miami this year and I don’t see Murray winning the title. So there will be more changes in the top 10 rankgins…


A Tango Lad Says:

Argentina.


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Fed. The man is in form right now, simple as that. Going to be a great match, can’t wait!


madmax Says:

I have been trying to get a stream for the match, for later, but not been able to yet, so if anyone out there can help? Or would be wonderful if someone here could provide excellent commentary throughout the match, highlighting some of the shotmaking, would make my evening.

Thanks guys.

Good luck to the Fed, and to Novak.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

i cant see any wind the womens final (radwanska injured and set and 1-4 down in the second)

should be a cracker of a final


Dan Martin Says:

My picks are here – http://tennisabides.com – I think this should be a good match and am happy to see Nole and Fed in the final.


Hippy Chic Says:

No horse in the race so i will just enjoy this from a neutral point of view,however i would like to see Roger win this one to give him an extra boost,and carry on his great form,Roger has looked superb,and Nole has struggled somewhat,so i would give Roger the slight edge,hope that the match live up to its hype,also i dont think theres much love lost between these two either,so it should be a great contest,may the best man win.


madmax Says:

Nah, alison, I just checked out the interviews of both Fed and Novak, at the end of their previous matches. A lot of respect from both sides, with very pleasant comments – huge round of applause from the audience. So there is plenty of love and acknowledgement of the greatness of the other, but once across the net, of course, it’s a different story.

Bring it on!


tfouto Says:

install sopcast and/or acestream and see in HD.


tfouto Says:

break


jatin Says:

Roger is super agressive
3-0 … Great :)


TennisVagabond.com Says:

What an incredible level of play for Fed. This isn’t even like 2012, this is like 2006.
I am thrilled to have another chance to see this vintage Fed, hope he can keep it up!


courbon Says:

Incredible level from Fed…


tfouto Says:

Can Federer keep it up? This level?


van orten Says:

finally a stream in a weird language functions. seems pretty fast the conditions


Salleh Ahmed Says:

first set to federer

simply masterclass


jatin Says:

Roger is looking invincible.. Wow


TennisVagabond.com Says:

I really didn’t think I’d ever see Fed play at that level again against a top opponent for a set. Beautiful. Vintage. Hot Tub Time Machine.


van orten Says:

it is great to see him like that


courbon Says:

@tfouto: I don’t know.Novak can definetly get better but will he?


tfouto Says:

Yes, Novak can do alot better…


tfouto Says:

Federer level is dropping… Djokovic can gain confidence…


Purcell Says:

Is Djokovich due for one of his famous comebacks?


Okiegal Says:

Novak took a nice long look at his box and Pam Schriver said she just heard Marian Vjada tell him that his swing plan on forehand side should be flatter…….Rafa the only one who gets coaching from the stands……pftt!! Novak caught red handed! Lol


jatin Says:

Great hold roger
2-2


van orten Says:

chumm jetza


Salleh Ahmed Says:

fed has difficulties to hold serve now

novak not so


courbon Says:

Novak is making too many errors-he is losing this match.


van orten Says:

long time since i have seen a fed as gritty as now
..


Salleh Ahmed Says:

novak had only one bad service game

the rest was very comfortable


Salleh Ahmed Says:

nole is dangerouse now

momentunm change?


Salleh Ahmed Says:

if its gonna to a third set, fed should make sure he serves first


van orten Says:

what an animal he is in returning first serves ..wow nole


jatin Says:

Jaw dropping stuff from roger.
3-3


Salleh Ahmed Says:

has fed his right thumb taped?


tfouto Says:

It’s a more even game now… Djokovic is more consistent now. Federer is alternating between loose shots and great shots…


Okiegal Says:

2nd set looking like a final should look between two great champions!! This is more like it!! Much better!!


Okiegal Says:

Was that a nose signal?? Whatever it was, funny!


van orten Says:

fed now spared nole there. 30:30 second serve he needs to attack there


jatin Says:

Hope fed can hold now. Important game


tfouto Says:

Federer is less agressive now…


Kimmi Says:

shaky game!


Salleh Ahmed Says:

15-30 on feds serve

didnt have to face bps woudl be a bad timing this

first two break points for nole

saw that coming


Purcell Says:

Mirka having kittens…………


Kimmi Says:

ah! bad game.


Purcell Says:

Knew Novak would do this. Roger’s level dropped bas ever.


van orten Says:

all due respect to nole but fed playing not so good at the moment . he gave it away


Salleh Ahmed Says:

not one single convincing hold in this set from fed

he has to do better in the final set


courbon Says:

Here we go again-Novak is self destructing himself…


Salleh Ahmed Says:

fed missing some regular shots


van orten Says:

the only way to win for nole ..fed was playing almost too good to believe he gave that set away


Kimmi Says:

I could see that federer was getting close to be broken. he was getting too tentative and his serve was not biting as much


courbon Says:

Yes!Got that set!Uf….


van orten Says:

last 10 points 6 unforced errors fed
third set is exciting though


Salleh Ahmed Says:

fed losing his first set in this tourney

advantage that he is erving first, should start to play better now


jatin Says:

1 set all.
Are we heading towards Dubai finals repeat ?
But this time Novak as a winner ?
Momentum is in his side for sure.


tfouto Says:

The result of this game is on Federer head.

Can Federer recover the confidence, focus and energy and will of first set, or will doubt, tireness progress to 3 set?


Salleh Ahmed Says:

nole is playing amazing now


tfouto Says:

Djoko returns are really really impressive…


van orten Says:

credit to nole when he returns like this he is so tough to beat


Salleh Ahmed Says:

DF federer deuce

he has to win this game


Salleh Ahmed Says:

nole is painting the lines


Salleh Ahmed Says:

BP Nole

not good signs for fed


jatin Says:

I am laughing right now….. These guys are so good


Salleh Ahmed Says:

good hold from federer

but he hasnt served great since the 2nd set

all gone to deuce or bps


jatin Says:

The intensity of this set is reminding me of us open 2011 semis 5th set.. Both guys are trying their hardest to win…. Really enjoying the non stop heartbeats.


courbon Says:

First game of third set is just unbelievable tennis…


van orten Says:

nole when playing like that you can only beat him by playing super super super brave tennis. he returns by will first serves ..crazy stuff from him. fed with important hold


tfouto Says:

This game is one the edge of the knife…

Great tennis from now…

Djoko seems more firm… Federer dont want to let it go. Can he do it?


Purcell Says:

That drop shot rather suggests Fed is getting a little tired. Have a nibble of some bar and get some coaching. Oh, no coach around….


Salleh Ahmed Says:

insane tennis by both now


Okiegal Says:

Great rally……Love grinding tennis!!


Salleh Ahmed Says:

comically nole is holding serve with ease atm


Salleh Ahmed Says:

even a break is not enough for fed by this kind of serving

nole is really painting the line


jatin Says:

This is real struggle by both. Hope roger can hold comfortably now


tfouto Says:

This game is super intense. Federer age can play a role here…


Salleh Ahmed Says:

fed start to shanking


Salleh Ahmed Says:

WTF fed why into his forehand


Salleh Ahmed Says:

BP nole again


jatin Says:

Roger looking tired .. :(


Salleh Ahmed Says:

what a shot
take a bow


jatin Says:

Amazing


jatin Says:

Nole is too good


Salleh Ahmed Says:

as long he hasnt got his serve under control i cant see him winning this


tfouto Says:

Federer is tired. He cant keep it physically and mentally, the will is there, tough. Djokovic intensity is brutal…


Salleh Ahmed Says:

WTF federer

what was that


jatin Says:

BP Novak


Okiegal Says:

Roger giving a stare and a scream at a heckler in the stands. Pam Shriver doesn’t miss a thing in her on court announcing…..


Salleh Ahmed Says:

break nole

should be it for nole

fed really struggeling on his serve


courbon Says:

Fed played amazing tennis in first set-third set, Novak is sublime so far


jatin Says:

Its not over until its over.


van orten Says:

everytime someone here in this forum says nole lost because he played badly rafa lost because he was injured you should admit how many times fed just did not pull the trigger and finish his enemies off instead of bringing them back to winning ways .. hurts to watch but nole is playing more solid.all he needs to do . he returns practically every first serve ..dó not know it is becauase he is so good or fed dropping level there


tfouto Says:

Federer played out of this world tennis. Federer was better on first set then Novak on third. But Federer cant keep it now. Is really tired. And Novak is near his best. Sublime indeed.


van orten Says:

because feds returning game is a bit off today


van orten Says:

why he doesnot come in ?????for gods sakeeeeee


jatin Says:

Novak is defending so well


tfouto Says:

Can Federer hold?


tfouto Says:

Federer should come in on Novak game…


van orten Says:

ok why complain. but all the grave diggers will come up again. and the next time nole will be the overwhelming favourite instead of admiting that their matches are too close to call normally…the difference he stoppedd coming to the net .nole is not that much better today ..lets not kid ourselve. this is close and is still.


Purcell Says:

Tired Fed still producing magic. Pity he can’t keep it up.


courbon Says:

I think this goes to wire.


Okiegal Says:

@Purcell 6:34

Roger said yesterday in his after match interview that he was his own coach!


tfouto Says:

Only if Djoko level drops this game can change, but i dont see it coming…


van orten Says:

it is not about magic
it is about point construction he should prefer losing a point by attackin instead of being passive and still lose the point .. there is just no logic for me there. he should lose firing out of all cylinders


courbon Says:

That rally was so intense


jatin Says:

Great hold roger.
He probably has last chance to break now


van orten Says:

a pity he got broken . he had all the chance not to …


Okiegal Says:

Joker just got better and better in this match. Not that I think 32 is old, but age will come into play against a guy like Novak…..it has to. But it ain’t over until the fat lady sings!!


Okiegal Says:

What a return!


Purcell Says:

Excuse me van orten, haven’t a clue what you’re talking about.


Okiegal Says:

Novak will be very nervous this last game …..can he do it??


courbon Says:

5:4.Can Novak hold the nerves and serve for match?


courbon Says:

@Okiegal: I don’t know.I’ll get heart attack by the end, that’s for sure…


Purcell Says:

Okiegal: perhaps you’re putting a twist on Roger’s views on coaching from the sidelines…….


van orten Says:

well great match ..miami can be totally different. and pls stop talking nole into a crisis only because he does not win everything , who does by the way ?


Okiegal Says:

Don’t tell me…Novak’s gonna choke?? Fed fans hang on tight!


Okiegal Says:

Wow……me thinks there might be a tiebreaker!! Yay!


tennisfansince76 Says:

Wow!0


tfouto Says:

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
C’mon Federer


courbon Says:

Novak just pressed self destructing button. As I said-it goes to wire…


jatin Says:

God mode roger… I am shocked


Okiegal Says:

@Purcell…….splain what you mean exactly….


tfouto Says:

Is there a tie-break on 3 set or 2 games advantage?


courbon Says:

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

WHAT A MATCH! Come on Fed!


tennisfansince76 Says:

On that break Nile was tight as a drum. The crowd totally got behind Fed and he made some good plays.


pigoonse Says:

Courbon, this reminded me of the Nole’s match with Cilic, except the role reversal in the second set was a lot more subtle this match. Nole did not or was not able to step on the gas as much as he did versus Marin.

…not that this over quite yet…

And Federer breaks back. Well, now we see how Nole responds. Aw, Nole.

This match lives on in suspense.


tfouto Says:

6-5 Federer on front… Who have wonder :)


Okiegal Says:

Crowd pro Federer……poor Novak, that atmosphere would have to play on your nerves a little.


jatin Says:

Tie breaker time…


tfouto Says:

Okiegal, a while ago when Federer was serving (throwing the ball) there some barbarian people shouting loud for Novak…


Okiegal Says:

YIPPY SKIPPY…….a tiebreaker!!


tfouto Says:

3-0 Novak…


pigoonse Says:

Mirka sighing and biting her nails.


Okiegal Says:

@tfouto

Yeah, I hadn’t paid any attention to it, but Fed did and you can’t blame him! I was glad he gave him the look!


van orten Says:

tie break last set does not hurt it is a toss up


van orten Says:

congrats nole . but what a man is roger federerr. wow he is back ..that is for sure.. some great matches ahead of us …


courbon Says:

YESSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


tfouto Says:

a bad tie-break played by Federer… but in a all a great game…


metan Says:

Roger in. Focus Roger. Focus. .!!! Give all your best. Don’t panic., don’t nervous, you can do it


Okiegal Says:

Killer Cahill called it, said Novak had the edge, and he was right!

Congrats Courbon!

Sorry to Fed Fans…….it was a heartbreaker go you buy.


tfouto Says:

congrats courbon, enjoy, djoko deserves i

seing the stats the game was really even…


metan Says:

Congrats Nole. ! And all his fans. Hi Courbon. Feel. Good😄😜😄😜


jatin Says:

Congratulations Novak and his fans … Wonderful match….
Roger, proud to be your fan… Keep going…. You are amazing


Okiegal Says:

@Courbon

Did you have to have CPR?? LOL well, it was a nailbiter…..Hope you are OK!! Lol


metan Says:

Any Roger fans need beer, I can supply. The man played fantastic, both of them actually. 👍👍👍👍


pigoonse Says:

Sorry to the Federer fans. He was the best player through the tournament.


courbon Says:

Well, commiseration to all Fed fans.What a player Roger is….Sorry Skeezer, next stop Miami.
@ Pigoonse:Absolutelly right!As hard core Novak fan, this was very suspense.But he needed this title desperaetly and last two sets he played top tennis ( apart from that choke on 5:4 ). And that is all can ask for-winning or not.


Okiegal Says:

Meant to say……a heartbreaker for your guy at post 7:26……for Fed fans.


James Says:

I’d predicted Novak in 3, didn’t I? Novak’s always done well vs Federer on slower hard court, even when Fed was in his 20s.

Congrats Nole fans! First title of the year for the Serbanator.

But I have to say, despite winning the title, Novak’s shown he’s not that strong mentally. He gets way too nervous under pressure. He failed to serve out a match again.


tfouto Says:

pingoonse the best player through the tournament has to win the final…

Federer shouldn’t feel bad. He’s playing really well to his age. Djokovic is 26, on his prime, and this game was totally on limbo…


courbon Says:

@Okiegal:I’m fine but I should stop joking like that.One of this days…(-
Did you enjoy the match?


Hippy Chic Says:

Congrats Courbon and all the great Nole fans,i dont really feel too sorry for the Fed fans as most of them wont be too sad,as many like Novak as their second favorite anyway,but for those that dont sorry for Roger and all his lovely fans.


James Says:

This victory could help Novak’s confidence for the rest of the season. Miami will be very interesting.
If Nadal’s hitting the ball well, it’s going to be one of Nadal/Djokovic winning the title in Miami.


pigoonse Says:

Nole played this tournament like he was distracted and maybe a bit weighed down by something. He was not moving well at all versus Cilic and the 1st set today was not as bad but almost. Maybe he is thinking too much? This should help clear his mind.

Bravo Roger, nice speech

Congratulations Novak!


Okiegal Says:

Great speech Roger!!


James Says:

A good tournament for RF too. He’s played 3 finals this year so far and won 1. He’ll have his chance to win a Master 1000 again this year. It could be Mutua Madrid.


jatin Says:

Great speech by roger. So proud to be his fan. I love his positive attitude. Amazing.


pigoonse Says:

tfouto, did you watch all Nole’s matches? I did, it was not pretty.

But I take your point. Sorry someone had to lose.


courbon Says:

@James: You are right-but every win brings more confidence and mental strength so there is a hope for my guy…
tfouto: Fed is not playing well for his age but very,very well.
Nice talking to everybody, off to bed-have a good day/evening where ever you are.


tfouto Says:

I seen Novak last 3 games.

He played really well against Beneautau. Also against Isner… He played good tennis…


Okiegal Says:

@Courbon

I really did, the first set wasn’t as exciting as I expected, but when Novak settles down he can git r done…..with a hiccup or two along the way….causing a near coronary! Hey, I’ve been there and done that…..kudos to your guy!! He’s an awesome player.


pigoonse Says:

Aw Nole.

Courbon, agree he needed this so much.

Such a relief to get this win. Has been too long!


Purcell Says:

Fantastic match. Well done Novak. Happy for Roger to have come back so well this year………don’t drop the ‘beautiful Baccarat trophy’ Novak.


Hippy Chic Says:

Hey Courbon great day for you,great day for me LFC beating Man UTD 3-0 at home YNWA YIPEE.


Okiegal Says:

Well, Okiegal is getting ready to watch the Amazing Race…the Oklahoma Cowboys are good friends of my son, used to go to bullriding events together. Have to cheer for them now! They are two good guys!

Tennis was great today for Novak fans and a sad one for Fed fans. Sorry for you guys, know how you must be feeling.


the DA Says:

Incredible match. I thought Nole was going to blow out in the 2nd set but he suddenly remembered who he was. Fedfans should feel encouraged by his performance – vintage. I think Nole actually needed this win even more than Fed. Interesting couple of months ahead.

BTW, Boris should have his twitter revoked. His tweets during the match have sent Fedfans into a frenzy.


tfouto Says:

Guys, great discussing the game with you. Great, great tennis today. Federer and Djokovic for moments played their best tennis. I am off to bed now.

Good luck for all your men in Miami. I would give the edge to Djokovic and then Nadal. I am sure Nadal will bounce back strong. Miami is too slow to Federer. Federer should reach to SF. Forward to see how Dolgopolov will appear.


Okiegal Says:

@Purcell……tell me what you meant…..n
I think I know but not sure.??


Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal enjoy your day,it sounds like alot of fun lol.


pigoonse Says:

Gulbis/Dimitrov and Dolgo/Nadal were my favorite matches of IW 2014! Love Indian Wells. Hope Miami is as full of surprises.

Good luck to your favorites…


van orten Says:

miami is to slow for fed when it comes down to nole or rafa maybe. but if he plays like this he ll beat anybody else. he at times threw the kitchen sink at nole . not many players would have won those crazy points where he returned by will.. fed could have won this.as nole could have won dubai too. great match..

fed is simply the best.

nole on the other hand should finally be able to beat nadal again on clay .that could be the confidence booster he needed.

fed has been already there. he just enjoys being that hard to beat again. ageless timeless ..


tfouto Says:

Forgot of Murray. Dont know what to expect from him going to Miami. He won last year. Hope he gets better.

Both Federer and Djokovic promise a great year ahead. Hope that maybe Miami can be the tournment to bounce up Nadal and Murray.

I also would like to new players like Dolgpolov, Dimitrov and Gulbis to step in, but the ‘top 4′ (real top4) are miles ahead.


http://tiahpost.com/blog/ Says:

@Metan,

I’m waiting for my beer!!

Great job Joker. Didn’t watch the match. Must have been a tough day’s work for Roger. Encouraging showing, though, throughout the tournament. Don’t know if he should be playing doubles as well. Probably uses that for practice. OK, Papa Fed, get some more energy. Better luck in your next tournament.


TennisVagabond.com Says:

What a match. Always loved this match-up and this was a classic. Novak really elevated his level the second two sets, but ROger didn’t go away. Great stuff.


Rafa better tha Roger Says:

Isn’t comforting that armchair fans have better predictions.

Is it 0-2 so far???

Correct me if I am wrong.


andrea Says:

that was a super match. the stats afterwards really showed how close it was. loved roger breaking back at 5-4. he played a horrible tie break, but good stuff from both of them. always a treat to watch those two.

novak needed that win for his confidence.


A Tango Lad Says:

Congrats to Courbon and Djokovic fans.

I didn’t think he could win if not at his best but he proved me wrong.

Sorry my man couldnt get it done today but I’m just happy Roger made it to another final. Great to see him at his best again! It should be a strong season for The Maestro!

What happened to skeezer? I hope he’s ok and doesn’t take the loss too hard.


volley Says:

congratulations to djokovic fans. surely this means mat4 will come out of hiding now.


Okiegal Says:

@Chic

Thanks, If I can have a day of watching tennis, that’s a good day……even though you know who was missing! Here we come Miami!! More tennis!!! Have a good week Chic…..My Sat started off with my heart going into A-fib, thought I was going to have to go ER but it settled down…..been crash dieting and got dehydrated and my electrolytes got all out of kilter, but am OK now. I would have blamed it all on Rafa if had been playing! Tee hee


A Tango Lad Says:

Tignor basically echoed what I’ve said here earlier:

“I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that things have been very mental for Djokovic of late; look at his sense of relief, rather than outward celebration, he did after winning. It’s fitting that he needed to believe before he could achieve.”

Indeed.


A Tango Lad Says:

Roger may be questionable for Miami:

Beyond The Baseline (@SI_BTBaseline)
Posted at 16 March, 2014 10:15 PM on Twitter
“Federer on Miami: ” I’m going to leave tonight to Miami, and then I will see how I feel over there.” #SonyOpenTennis

A lot on his plate with DC to follow Miami.


Caleb Says:

What a great match!


Skeezer Says:

Congrats to Nole and his fans. It was a battle all the way through this tourney for him. A warrior.
Happy to see the comeback and winning atititude in Feds game. Allez an onward! He started out imo a little shaky in the 2nd and was not as aggresive. Hope he saw that. Overall a great match from both of them! Now that is Tennis!

#seanjinxagainugh


Rafa better tha Roger Says:

Indeed a great match. But Roger lost.

Tignor, another roger rah rah fan, just echoed all the atl losers hype. Roger in 3.

But what happened?


Peep Says:

Okie
I know someone with afib that had an ablation in Texas. They are cured now. Good luck


http://tiahpost.com/blog/ Says:

@Rafa better thaN Roger,

Someone is gonna lose, right? Both people cannot win and predictions are just that! You win some, you lose some.


Okiegal Says:

@Peep

I am down to my last medicine that I can take, the others I’m allergic to. When this one stops

holding my heart my next thing is the ablation. I knew one person that it didn’t work on. Some have to have it twice……53,000 once then 53,000 again. I all so know 4 more people that’s had it done and it worked. I’m doing the meds as long as I can but I have talked to a cardiologist about it…sigh….I’m nervous about it. I have insurance, thank goodness.

Hey…..Thanks for caring and sharing. Appreciate that! You’re nice PEEPLE……LOL
Good luck to your fav!


metan Says:

Anyone knows about the ranking results on Monday ? And when will be Miami”s draw out???


pigoonse Says:

metan

Qualifying draw is out. Starts Monday, 3/17
Singles will be out on Wednesday, 3/19

Rankings is not updated yet. I just was looking.


Jeez Says:

The match was so close the Fed won 98 points to Nole’s 99!!!!!:-}


Rafa better than Roger Says:

Great match for Nole. But Roger lost in spite all that hype from so many pro roger writers predicting roger in 3.

Lo and behold, who won and made a great speech (with a bit if a dig at riger’s crowing just two weeks ago). Wow, such revengr so sweet and so soon!

But then the proof is now surely validated. Had riger been playing his weak conterparts in his weak era, roger woukd have won this 1000 event ( not the 500 he won). But roger lost because pretty soon novak will have a positive h2h advantage lead by Rafa with a dominant 23-10.

Just like I said before, riger will
Be up and down this season which will be even more corrosive than his dismal 2013.

The truth is that no amount of roger rah rah writers can deny Nivak’s sweet victory over Roger.

Too bad roger lost.
Or, let us not forget to congratulate Novak!!!


the DA Says:

Top10 post-Indian Wells:

1 Nadal
2 Djokovic
3 Wawrinka
4 Ferrer
5 Federer
6 Murray
7 Berdych
8 Del Potro
9 Gasquet
10 Isner


Skeezer Says:

So Fed jumps up to 5. Nice ;). Thanks theDA.

@Roger better tha Rafa
Jealous much? Where was he? Appararently you felt the need to mention Rafa, although he was long gone and insignificant here. LMAO.
Also, apparently you don’t know that Tiggy is a Rafa fan. Get with the program.


metan Says:

@pigoonse and the DA.


Bad Knee Rules Says:

———-
A Tango Lad Says:
Tignor basically echoed what I’ve said here earlier:

“I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that things have been very mental for Djokovic of late; look at his sense of relief, rather than outward celebration, he did after winning. It’s fitting that he needed to believe before he could achieve.”

Indeed.

March 16th, 2014 at 9:30 pm
———-

Was it Tignor, you or somebody else who said that:

http://m.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/03/indian-wells-djokovic-d-federer/50922/#.UyaFDCkazCQ

………………
I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that things have been very mental for Djokovic of late; look at his sense of relief, rather than outward celebration, he did after winning this strenuous, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) championship bout. It’s fitting that he needed to believe before he could achieve.
………………..


metan Says:

My post at 1.09am. I meant to write thank you. Sorry gentlemen.

Roger hoppppp!! Great!!!!


Giles Says:

Oh dear, so close and yet so far! Looks like Faderer ran out of steam!


Giles Says:

Maybe it is for the best that Faderer didn’t win that “beautiful Baccarat Trophy” . Looks like it weighs a ton, yer know with his bad back and all!


A Tango Lad Says:

Thanks BKR.

Yes at first I thought it was Tignor then realized it was McGrogan but I didn’t correct so thank you so much for that!!!


Purcell Says:

Giles: Novak made it look like it weighed a ton. He could barely hoist it after his efforts on court. Roger doesn’t have a bad back now. Oh and he broke through the glass ceiling long ago so a small vase will do nicely thank you.
Seems like you have ‘run out of steam’ with your name calling. Where’s ‘the fire within’ that brought us such gems as ‘Faderer?’ Due for a change, no?


Translated Age Says:

No, no bad back now but in yesterday’s presser, still won’t stop talking about his back problems from last year!

“But, you know, being sore every day… You’re scared a little bit.”

http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/03/federer-back-injury-was-scarring/50926/#.UycX5_ldXzk

Move on,Fed. No more excuses. 2013 is over. You play, you’re fit, right?


Giles Says:

Rafa himself has struggled lifting that “Baccarat” gem in the past. IT IS HEAVY.


Purcell Says:

Man or mouse? Squeak up.


Purcell Says:

As I pointed out above, Fed is fit and ready, and his level of play, positive comments and happy demeanour have come as a welcome relief and a cause for celebration. If he wishes to respond on the subject of injuries and what he’s done to deal with them that’s up to him, exactly as it has been and is with other players. Sooner or later, they all move on which is good for them as professionals, and for us as lovers of the sport.


Okiegal Says:

How many of the top ten do we have that are really fit and ready?? I mean really 100%…………I don’t know, seems that an injury can pop up at any minute…..or an old one can rear it’s ugly head, and just hate that for all the guys…..Andy, Rafa, DelPo, Fed, Ferrer….they maybe be in the tournament, but how fit are they really? This is when the new wave of guys need to step up to the plate……but they haven’t done it yet! You had Novak and Fed, nothing different…..imo


http://tiahpost.com/blog/ Says:

@Okie,

That’s a great question, you know. I was thinking the same after I read about Radwanska’s match yesterday. It’s not really good for the paying fans – sitting there and then strange things starting to happen. Don’t think people are really fit.

Good luck to all in Miami. No pop-up injuries, please, if you can help it !


Okiegal Says:

@tiahpost

Thanks for the feedback! I think most fans want to ignore injury talk, for the most part…..but it is what it is. Yes, sad for Aggie, Vika, Maria…they have had their problems. I just hate it when our players have to skip tournaments to get healthy. I really believe Novak is in the best shape of anybody now and just think how he used to be. So glad Roger is better and we’ll see if he can hold up to it! He played great…..looking like his old self, except he didn’t win. I thought he took the loss well!

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