Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer v Stan Wawrinka; 2015 ATP Finals SF Picks And Pans
by Sean Randall | November 20th, 2015, 9:37 pm
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It’s quite a final four in the last ATP event of the season. And it’s a great way to end 2015 at the ATP Finals in London with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal colliding for the 46th time and then it’s a rematch of last year with Roger Federer taking on friend and countryman Stan Wawrinka.

Before my picks, a quick recap of Friday’s final day of round robin play.

Going in, having already wrapped up the Nastase top spot, Nadal had nothing beyond prize money and ranking points to play for against countryman David Ferrer. And with a well-rested Djokovic waiting, common sense would have dictated that Nadal would take it easy, conserve energy and his fragile body. Instead, he did nothing of the sort.

The two played tight opener with Ferrer stealing the set thanks to a strong breaker. And just when you thought Nadal would give in and relax (maybe play one set hard, then ease up), he stepped on the gas and roared back taking the last two sets to win it 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-4 in almost two and a half hours!

“Doesn’t matter if I was qualified,” said Nadal after winning the longest match of the tournament thus far. “For me the main goal is to try to arrive in good shape next year. Today was an opportunity to play against another of the top eight players of the world.

“I think I competed well. I won a very tough match. I think a very good match in terms of quality moments.”

At first, I couldn’t understand why Nadal would push himself that hard, but then it became clear, this was likely his last chance to pick up points this year, something he even mentioned afterward.

“200 points are not the same when you are No. 1 and No. 2 than when you are No. 5,” Nadal said. “Winning today is almost like winning a 250 tournament.”

And he’s eight. Except…And while I credit Nadal for going 110% and beating Ferrer, it won’t help him win his first ATP Finals.

While Nadal’s weekend result is in doubt, it’s with 100% certainty Murray won’t be holding his first ATP Finals trophy on Sunday. That’s because in the winner-take-all encounter that followed later in the day, Murray fell in straight sets to Stan Wawrinka 7-6(4), 6-4.

Even with Davis Cup next weekend, the loss ended what had to have been a disappointing week in London for the Scot. He beat Ferrer, but then lost in straights to both Nadal and now Wawrinka, and today he led Stan 4-2 in the first set breaker but couldn’t win another point.

“Way too many errors the last two matches,” Murray said. “Everyone obviously can make mistakes. It’s just more on easy shots, cheap errors. Just something really for the most part of this year I haven’t been doing.

“But this week and actually a lot of the time when I’ve played here on this court, I’ve felt the same way. I made too many mistakes. Maybe against David I had a little bit more time on the ball, whereas Stan and Rafa hit the ball pretty big. My timing wasn’t there today.”

Stan, at times, looked the part of a heavyweight Grand Slam champion, zoning at one point during the second set before Murray mounted one last push recovering a break, but it was too late.

“I’m not trying to take anything away from Stan. He serves big,” Murray said. “At certain points in the match, he was hitting the ball very hard off both sides, playing sort of high-risk tennis, making a lot of winners.

“There was a period in the middle of the second set where he played extremely well, a lot of passing shots, hitting clean winners onto the line. There’s not much I can do about that.”

So the semifinals are set.

Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal
Showdown #46 of what was the best rivalry – that label now belongs to Federer-Djokovic. That’s because Djokovic has been all over Nadal lately winning seven of their last eight and all three this year in straight set blowouts.

Yes, Nadal is playing a lot better as he said. But honestly, based on Rafa going full on today and then talking about winning those ranking points and looking ahead to next year, he sounds like his tournament is over. Mission accomplished. “I can’t beat Djokovic no matter what, so why save energy? I might as well fight hard and pick up these 200 ranking points from David.”

And maybe it’s the right strategy. I can’t blame him. That said, knowing that it’s been a successful week, maybe Nadal comes out loose, cracks some winners and creates some problems for Djokovic who will feel the brunt of the pressure. It’s possible, Rafa’s done it before. But he’ll have to serve well, especially on second serve, and return well also.

“I need to play my best to have any chance but the right work is done. Lot of positive things during the last weeks. Very good confirmation this week. So tomorrow is another opportunity to compete against the best, to see if I am able to compete at a very high level again,” said Nadal.

Djokovic hasn’t been at his best the last two matches, but he’s got a comfort now with Rafa he didn’t have before. And the gritty London court should help him defend and force Nadal into that extra error and/or make his second serve that much more attackable.

“It’s a fact that he’s been playing better and he’s been raising his level ever since US Open,” Djokovic said of Nadal yesterday. “Already in China, playing finals in Beijing, semifinals in Shanghai, you can feel that he’s starting to get comfortable on the court, start to play better.

“I’ve been watching. I know what is expecting me. We played so many times. I’m going to get ready for that one and hopefully I’ll be able to play at my best.”

And if Novak serves well he’ll get through this.
The Pick: Djokovic in two

Roger Federer v Stan Wawrinka
So the rematch from an edgy semifinal last year is on. Mirka was allegedly getting on Stan. Stan had matchpoints. Roger was dealing with a back. Both had Davis Cup the next weekend. And of course Roger won in the end.

And I think we get a similar match tomorrow. Just without all the histrionics.

Roger’s playing great. After a poor opener, Stan is now playing great. So it should be a great matchup.

Federer leads 17-3 and he’s the favorite here. He’s won all three matches, he’s won this event six times and he owns Stan. And he feels great.

“Honestly, I feel really good about my body,” Federer said. “I’ve got the perfect schedule. I’m off before the semis, which is huge. Now you’re looking at potentially a maximum of two more matches and the season’s over then. It’s easy for the mind now, in my opinion. There’s no best-of-five-set matches look forward to, so it should be pretty easy.”

But if Roger doesn’t connect with his serve and if he drops balls short Stan can really make him pay. That’s the danger. Because off the ground few can bludgeon it like Wawrinka, and he’s fearless and there are those times when he gets into that “zone”.

If Stan can maintain that zone level, he can win. That’s not easy though.

“[He's] playing really well,” Wawrinka said. “It’s tough to play indoor, especially World Tour Final, he is always fit, always ready.

“Last year was an opportunity to beat him, didn’t take them. Let’s see, I had a tough match now, two hours match with a lot of pressure. I also feel quite tired. I’m going to be focused on that, try to rest, try to recover and be ready for hopefully a good match.”

And as I said, I think this turns out to be another tight slugfest with Stan just falling short.
The pick: Federer in three

As for upsets, the biggest would be Rafa winning in straights. Again, based on his effort today, I think Rafa finished his tournament. He’s content, he’s happy. He got some good wins, beat Murray and Stan, and no shame in losing to Novak. So tomorrow will just be the icing against Novak. And I don’t see how he wins. In the second match, I make it 55-45 for Roger. So it could go either way, it wouldn’t surprise me too much.

The Djokovic-Nadal match is on at 9am ET with Federer-Wawrinka at 3pm ET. Both are online on ESPN3.com.


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330 Comments for Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer v Stan Wawrinka; 2015 ATP Finals SF Picks And Pans

django Says:

Great report!
I agree with your take on rafole but think Stan can take it.


Pauly Says:

Djokovic will win but Nadal will put up good effort if he can find the energy
Federer will win also but yet again it won’t be easy
Two great games … Hoping for Nadal vs Federer final


skeezer Says:

Picking Ben over elina in the first one and courban over wog boy in the second matchup.


Michael Says:

I will have to go with Sean picks except that the match between Novak Vs Rafa might go the distance with Novak prevailing in the end. Lately, Rafa has been playing some breath taking Tennis that you normally expect from him and still I feel that may not be enough to get the work done as Novak has the confidence and the wherewithal to check the onslaught of Rafa on court, especially his fearsome forehand with his double handed back hand down the line and cross court shots and so even if it gets too close to call, Novak might scrape through in the end.

As regards Wawarinka Vs Roger, I expect the later to finish it in two sets with a tough set in offing.


Chrisford1 Says:

Djokovic’s had an year of a top pro’s lifetime, but he is still human. Fed, Andy, Stan have bagged wins off him, and a Rafa at 90% would be in that group as well if Nole has a slightly subpar day.
Well, Rafa is getting close to 90%. I don’t think there is any chance NOLE and his team are looking past Rafa to what they have to do to prep for and beat Stan or..the clear 2nd best player in this fall – Roger.

As for Fed, Stan – I believe last year stuck in Wawrinka’s waaaaaay back on some shelf craw. Last year, Stan or Roger had a shot at beating Nole in the Final. Think Stan still believes if Roger’s back was getting too bad to play another match, he should have retired and Stan had the chance to take Nole down in the finals.
And I believe he has quietly looked forward to the London rematch with Fed all year.


Pauly Says:

Last year Wawrinka was playing well but Federer couldn’t retire … Wawrinka could have that on his mind & might win this match ?
Federer can beat Djokovic more than Wawrinka can so expect this to be great match with Federer winning in 3 sets !
Nadal must serve well if his serve is off Djokovic will break him too often but even if Nadal loses this has been good week for him considering how bad he played most of the year
His terrible losses to Fabio fognini were a joke plus losing to others who he never lost to is hopefully a thing of the past
Nadal’s target in 2016 is Australian open & of course Roland Garros plus US open … I think he should bypass Wimbledon his knees just can’t handle grass !
Federer vs Djokovic most likely final with Djokovic winning to cap off his best ever year that’s my prediction hopefully I’m
Wrong !!!


Gypsy Gal Says:

Hi Michael, This is why this tournament to me seems unfair, anyway i doubt many people would see it my way,but Rafa has won all his matches in his group,yet will still probably lose now to Novak who lost one of his matches in his group, i suppose Rafas had a positive week on his worst surface , but i dont really think he will have enough left in the tank to challenge Novak….


Pauly Says:

Rafa won 3 matches
Federer won 3 matches

Why isn’t it Federer vs Nadal in final
Both won their group ?


Gypsy Gal Says:

Pauly exactly,im thrilled as a fan that Rafa won all his matches in his group,which was something i didnt expect in a million years before this tournament started,but now the hard work will have all been for nothing,as he will probably lose to Novak….


Giles Says:

Alison. Why is the hard work for nothing, eh? He has earned 600 ranking points which is 100 Pts more than if he would have won a 500 event. So, tell me, what the hell is your problem?? He is not expected to win today so there will be no disappointment from his true fans, we are just happy he has made strides in this very difficult part of the season.
ALWAYS NEGATIVE, no matter what, that’s you in a nutshell. 😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑
Just go away!!


Shaun Says:

I would say Novak will feel the pressure more than Nadal because it is a must win match for him.
But his level is so good and he will come through.


Margot Says:

@GG
Whatever happens I think Rafa’s had an excellent end of season/WTF. And you have to be in it to win it.
I think one year Andy missed the semis by a game or something equally silly. This is how the RR cards fall.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Margot yeah true,nothing more to add really….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Giles he tops the group which is amazing and yes he has also earned 600 ranking points,but i just thinks its all unfair that Rafas played the best tennis topping his group,yet hes still not and might not get to the final unfairly in my opinion due to this format?….


jalep Says:

Hi Gypsy!


Gypsy Gal Says:

Hi Jalep nice to see you here ;)….


jalep Says:

This is it. This the last real tennis (except Davis Cup) of 2015. Rafa is back – that’s what I’ve been saying but will he win this semi? There’s a better chance of that than all year, imo. He’s not sweating – literally looks cool as a cucumber on the court recently.


jalep Says:

@ Shaun, what makes you say this is a “must-win” for Nole?


jalep Says:

I love Nole, win or lose!!! (been holding that in, please excuse me)


Daniel Says:

Game on!


Daniel Says:

GG, this format is fair. One can argue that Nadal was in the “ease” group. Will he top his group of he had to face Fed and Djoko?!

Now is the time to prove it


jatin Says:

That was superb running forehand down the line by rafa.


jatin Says:

What exchanges. Lovely
Novak leads 1-0


jalep Says:

Hi jatin – are you cheering for Rafa or Nole in this match?


Daniel Says:

This last point clearly show why Nadal is not able to top Djoko latelly. Agaisnt ant other player he would gave won the point but Djoko kept returning until he got an opening.


jalep Says:

Don’t think Rafa fans are going to agree with RR format or WTF being a good thing until Rafa wins WTF or they change it to outdoor clay.


jeez Says:

Commentators saying O2 court too slow !! for (even)Nadal’s liking

as he

prefers ….

FASTER indoors???

:-)


Daniel Says:

2 points on Nadal serve and 2 winner for Djoko to win both


Daniel Says:

Wow, Djoko, third straight winner, 0-40


jeez Says:

Commentators saying O2 court too slow !! for (even)Nadal’s liking

as he

prefers ….

FASTER indoors???

:-)


FedExpress Says:

bye bye nadal


Daniel Says:

WTF was this game from Djoko, best retunr game I’ve ever seen. 4 points and 4 winner from tge back of the court, amazing!!!


jeez Says:

Broken already

2-0 Djokovic


FedExpress Says:

7 winners wtf


jeez Says:

Any one hungry for

BREADSTICK

&

BAGELS ??


Daniel Says:

12-3 in points so far


FedExpress Says:

tennisfan was right. 99% it is noles tournament to lose


Daniel Says:

No, Nadal return winner cahllenged


Daniel Says:

Nadal has to put all first serves in to have a chance (above 80%), because last game he had 2 or 3 second serves and Djoko went for the killing.


Daniel Says:

Nole’s return are sharp today he is going for winners from it.


FedExpress Says:

this is done and dusted. wawa and fed will destroy themselves in the evening, less than 24 hours to recover


Daniel Says:

Djoko showing his human and missing a few shots, 3-1


jeez Says:

BREADSTICK ??


Daniel Says:

Love drop lobby combo. 4-1 Djoko.

But Nadal still on it, he got to 30 in all Djoko’s service games so a bad game from Djoko and he can get back, but he has to hold his own as well.


Giles Says:

Joker’s fans were saying that he is very ill. Really?


FedExpress Says:

some Ue from nole now


jeez Says:

YEAH !!

No BREADSTICK or BAGEL for you !!!


jalep Says:

Keep thinking Nole’s level is going to drop and Rafa’s going to start hitting the forehand like he was 1st game of the 3rd set yesterday.


jalep Says:

Nole’s 1-2 punch and an ace and it’s 5-2!


Daniel Says:

Perfect gane from Djoko, 2 aces an unreturned serve and a winner after second shot. Couldn’tbe better. 5-2, Nadal serve to stat alive and force Novak to serve for the set. Novak will try to pressure break and start serving first second set.


jatin Says:

Feeling sad for rafa. You aren’t supposed to have a baseline duel with THIS novak, unless you hit that running forehand down the line time and time again. I wish rafa could come forward or try something different. His tactics just isn’t working at all.
Novak is playing like he always does at the end of the tournament. Just amazing level


Daniel Says:

Not Novak Giles, Fed who was rumor to have a flu versus Kei


jeez Says:

Better service game from Nadal(love hold)

5-3 Djokovic


jalep Says:

Courier can shut up any time and I’ll be happy — Haber too. Can’t stand them! Why, why, does it have to be constant gibberish.


FedExpress Says:

6-3 nole

why they dont play the second semi final after this one. more fair.


FedExpress Says:

nole looks like a skeleton


jeez Says:

6-3 Djokovic

Time for Nadal’s COMEBACK in SET2

?????????????


jalep Says:

Rafa needs his 2010 US Open rocket serve, jatin. Maybe he’ll get it back by AO — then we’ll all be sorry!


Daniel Says:

Easy first set for Djoko not having to face a single deuce game on his serve.

As for Nadal after first 2 service games he hold easy, so he can built on that and he’ll serve first to stay in top of score.

But things not looking bright if he can’t win sets versus Novak anymore.


Giles Says:

Daniel. No not fed, joker fans crying that he is very ill.


jatin Says:

Hope rafa could play better this set. Comon.


FedExpress Says:

why did nadal change his serve for the us open 2010 for the place only to get back to the old one


Daniel Says:

0-30 bad call from judge, ball hit the line.


jatin Says:

jalep
Yeah, he was serving insane that USO. I have no idea where that serve went though.


Daniel Says:

Saved with a body serve and shot return


FedExpress Says:

kudos for nadal to have such a weak serve and still competing


jatin Says:

The pattern of play is quite obvious, novak attacking wide oN rafa’s forehand and then finishing the point with backhand.
I recall, John isner was the man who first impose this pattern of play vs rafa in the 2nd round of French open 2010. He pushed him to 5 sets. I remember how commentator’s were talking like crazy about this tactic.


Daniel Says:

Great hold by Nadal, losing serve ealry again would be worst thing. Now Djoko can feel pressure as first game of sets are always tricky


jatin Says:

I think it was 2011.


Daniel Says:

Agree jatin, that’s what I was commentig with CF1 one of this days that Djoko changed that taticnof going after Nadal
bh corner all the time. Nadal’s covering his FH sode was the aspect of his game that decrease the most with years as his BH he is pretty solid now.


jatin Says:

Confused.
Anyway, its 1-1 :)


Daniel Says:

Djoko trying to be too agressive sometimes, missing a few FH DTL wide and a few returns as well.

2-1 Nadal


FedExpress Says:

nadals forehand has become a joke


jatin Says:

Yeah Daniel, he looks slow while defending from that wing when stretched.
Novak’s looking to finish the point earlier. Comfortable hold for rafa, 2-1


Daniel Says:

Nadal serving much better second set, an ace in each service game


Daniel Says:

Double BP for Djoko


FedExpress Says:

ladie and gentleman, the best volleyer on the tour lol


jatin Says:

Insane retrieving skills from novak


jeez Says:

LOVELY VOLLEY from Nadal into the net!!!

Ha huh ha!!!


jatin Says:

Novak breaks. He is too good right now.


Daniel Says:

What a point and break. Djoko not forced on serve so far, not a single game of his went to deuce. Prefect clean march from him.


Daniel Says:

Djoko is pounodng some cross courts winners out of knowhere


sienna Says:

yup best volley in tennis claimed on this site.
Ridiculous statement that made me come out of retirement.
Meanwhile this is a poor quasi match. Nadal is making djokovic look good.


calmdownplease Says:

This must be what Tennis Vagabonds return to glory for Nadal must look like.

Context of wins has to be taken into account too.

(He beat Murray huzzah!)

I doubt anybody else is surprised however.

I know I’m not.

I’m not sure poor old Nadal is ever going to beat Novak again

If other top players are distracted (i.e like this week) he has a good chance however.

Concerned (but less so) if Andy is going to turn the tide also but there’s always the next tournament.

Novak will eat Fed for breakfast lunch and dinner on Sunday too.


jalep Says:

Well, jatin – Nole’s so good at returning and good off the ground on both sides; then, put those things together with his own improved and quite lovely serve, plus his confidence and clear mind…he’s #1 right now – I’m enjoying Nole a lot. Nothing is forever; enjoy while you can, right?

Have to believe Rafa is working hard behind the scenes to get his rocket serve back. Glimpses of it here and there. Rafa’s backhand isn’t what it was, quite. More match wins will help, of course. WTF is tough because all matches are a mental stress – which demands a high level of confidence – that’s my opinion.

This is still close!


Daniel Says:

Looking forward to next year they can play Doha, AO, IW or Miami lre clay and Djoko will be favorite in all this courts.

Looks like another big stareak of wins for Djoko is coming and even more convincing that the previous 7-0 because those were competitve matches and now it’s clear and clear that Nadal doesn’t have a chance anymore.


Daniel Says:

Great volley from Djoko


skeezer Says:

Giles,
You do a very bad job of trying to be a Bully. 😜

Nole is in a peak year, peak form, and peak condition. Stud.
Will Rafa ever get his court speed back (legs). He looked like and olderer generational player out there.


Daniel Says:

Not close jalep, Nadal can’t pressure any of Djoko’s game.

Nadal serving to stay alive, 5-3


calmdownplease Says:

But Novak is not invincible
Not at all.
It’s just that his opposition is sadly not up to the task right now.
Not by quite some way.


sienna Says:

Djokovic is vulnerable but still to good for Nadal.
We will see Federer raising his level to set him up for another major title.


calmdownplease Says:

Those low balls just aren’t Spanish, are they?


Daniel Says:

Nadal can’t cope with Djoko’s power, his ball is just faster


jane Says:

nice stab volley nole! keeping the points short.


Daniel Says:

30-30, 2 points for final for Djoko


Jeez Says:

MOONDAL not good @ overhead


jatin Says:

What a lob by nole


jane Says:

lobovic! :D


calmdownplease Says:

Great Lob
Now he is toying with him.
Rafa has NOTHING on Novak
NOTHING!

wow


jalep Says:

shh…Daniel about close – from a Rafa fan point of veiw, please? ;)

Seriously though – expect Rafa to be fully back in 2016.


Daniel Says:

2 lobbys this game alone, humiliating for Nadal and infuriating for a player.


jatin Says:

Rafa hit a tweener but novak was there for a volley


calmdownplease Says:

I don’t know if these telegraphed volleys are the best approach
At least not for most players
however, if you can lob like that…


jatin Says:

This is SUPER novak.. just wow


Daniel Says:

When Nadal wins a set verus Novak ever again, or maybe beat Fed, or win a Masters than I’ll believe he is back.

Nothing different than winning some matches at the end of the year.

Mp


jalep Says:

Hi jane!


Daniel Says:

It is not even competitive anymore the depth between than is huge.


jatin Says:

What a shot to finish it up. No words


jalep Says:

I’m gonna cry.


jane Says:

bravo nole! wonderful tennis.


FedExpress Says:

done.
wtf is that for a schedule. nole has 27 hours recovery time and wawa/fed less than 20 hours


calmdownplease Says:

A well deserved and thoroughly crushing win
congrats to WB JAne Jalep and the rest
But next year….
The ewoks and the Jedi are making a comeback against the dark lord
Or something like that.


jane Says:

hi jalep… wonderful from novak today hey? sigh…<3
does that even his h2h with rafa?


sienna Says:

schooled. Nadal can keep up for an hour. his physigue is gone . to slow dumping balls into the net or mishitting. Djokovic is playing him and playing poorly himself.


calmdownplease Says:

It’s 23 each
Maybe if Rafa retires he can at least stop a losing H2H from happening.


jalep Says:

Yes it does – happiness to you, jane!


jalep Says:

Hello cdp!


skeezer Says:

Like I said, he is a Stud. When / if he takes RG away from RN, his journey in tennis will be complete.


Pauly Says:

Very disappointing from Nadal … Looks hard to see how he can beat Djokovic ever again on hardcourts ?
Maybe on clay he will beat him in 2016 but he needs to play better than today … Disappointing effort today !
Only Federer or Wawrinka can beat Djokovic but Nadal no hope !


Margot Says:

Just amazing from Nole. Am in absolute awe. His tennis is beginning to look as effortless as Fed’s did in his pomp. Hope that’s not too controversial to say on this site….;)
And commies to Rafa fans, us Andy fans know just how you feel.
Nice on court interview BTW.


skeezer Says:

jane,
Ok, ok….here…he was not a grinder πŸ‘πŸ˜‰


Chrisford1 Says:

Finals or better in every event Novak entered in 2015, save a 250 warmup event. Plus wins at Paris and the WTF in 2014 adding to the streak. Remarkable consistency.


calmdownplease Says:

Hi Jalep

Well you must be in a good mood right now eh

;)


jalep Says:

dear cdp, thanks!

I am very afraid – everyone will be gunning for the Dark Lord in 2016.


jatin Says:

Commies to rafa fans specially Gypsy gal, okiegal and others. Nole was just too good Today.


FedExpress Says:

hope fed wins. wawa can only beat and push nole in GS matches


Daniel Says:

It’s inevitable now, the 2 main records most Nadal fans got attached ref GOAT agaisnt Fed (HxH and Masters records) are about to get broken forst half of next season. Alteady tied HxH, and 1 Masters shy. Nadal can’t win Masters nor beat Djoko anymore so it is just a matter of time. Than reaching 14 and no doubt of who the better player is, and last chading Fed’s #1, 17 Slams.

As for tomorrow if indeed is Fed it is a match that count for 2 titles. Fed has 6 and Djoko 4, it could eother end 7-4 for Fed or 6-5.


jatin Says:

Congrts to novak fans.
Jane, Wog Boy and others.
Jelep, are you a nole fan ?
Didn’t knew it :)
Congrts to you too. Your guy was on fire today. It was some jaw dropping stuff.


courbon Says:

Commies to nice rafa fans- all the lovely girls 5 GG, Oki…), james, Skeezer…


FedExpress Says:

gosh nole could lose all his finals to nole. hadnt it been for nole he would have 10 titles


calmdownplease Says:

Zverev basically announcing that Raonic, Dimitrov are already basically over lol


Margot Says:

Ooh er… a very pretty young man on court now, “player of the future.”
Goody gum drops…;)


calmdownplease Says:

My little (actually quite large) Ewok will finally come of age, Jalep

At least I’m hoping for a Novak style rebirth courtesy of Davis Cup.

Sigh, we’ll see soon enough anyway

;)


Pauly Says:

Clay is Nadal’s only hope to beat Djokovic in 2016 but he will need to improve his game … Nadal wasn’t good enough today didn’t even have any break points ?
Nadal isn’t back until he can beat Djokovic ?
As I said very poor effort today


jane Says:

thx to everyone for the nice comments.
honestly today the winning was besides the point in a way; i just enjoyed watching novak play so well. so aggressively. fun.
maybe see ya’ll later for the swiss showdown.


FedExpress Says:

davis cup could be washed out


Chrisford1 Says:

Nadal may be struggling, but his fans should take heart in the fact that you couldn’t ask for a better mental attitude from a player fighting to get back to the top again. A down year shows the depth of his champion’s mindset. Easy to be positive, gracious to opponents when you are winning. Not so easy when you are in a time of trial and tribulation, trying to right the ship. The fall swing of the Tour, typically Rafa’s worst time of tennis, is showing evidence his positive attitude and perseverance is showing fruition.

Now the epic rivalry between Rafa and Nole is tied up.
Lets all hope the future holds more fine, even classic matches between the two.
And may the man better on each of those days be the winner.
Vamos, Rafa!
Idemo, Nole!


Giles Says:

Joker getting his wins after Rafa not in his prime. LMAO. I remember the times Rafa reduced him to tears on the court.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jalep@9.21am nothing to do with the surface,i dont actually have an issue with that,just dont care for this format,and id say that even if it was on clay,they also use it for the world cups in football,surely you know me better than that,im dissapointed as i have always done my best to be fair have i not?….

Anyway positive week for Rafa,but big congrats to yourself,Jane,Wogboy,Courbon,Mat4 on Novak making another final,the guy is playing fantastic, and a worthy winner ;)….


calmdownplease Says:

Well, it would be funny if it was after Muzz clearly being so committed to this once in a generation etc..
NOT
As in not funny, at all!
I want it out of the way!


Okiegal Says:

Congrats to Novak fans…..yep, he’s a beast! I’m
proud of my guy too…..he had some good year end results. I think the WTF should be 5 setters…..or would that mess up the calculations of sets won or lost? After all, you have the top players in the world, it needs to be five sets……and played on clay….at least once in awhile! LOL VAMOS RAFA!!! Looking forward to 2016!! Please work on that serve….we need more free points…….


Margot Says:

Lol CDP isn’t “our little Ewok” a bit more like Chewbacca? You know grunts, grumbles, moans at Hal aka Jonas, not too good at expressing emotions etc but, in a fight, you’d want no-one else beside you.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Thanks Jatin,a positive week,no complaints,better player won ;)….


J-Kath Says:

Fantastic by Nole – thought he looked pale – a wee bit tired….didn’t play as if he were tired though..no way….consummate professional.

Congrats to All Fans …

GG, Okie – Rafa has had an amazing tournament, I’m sure he is happy with his progress.


calmdownplease Says:

Well, After this week’s mostly lamentable performances, he’s more like ‘Jar Jar Binks’ in my view.
Luke Skywalker is a minimum in Belgium (if it happens, and it should do on principle)


jalep Says:

Are you Kidding me, Gypsy?

You are Most Fair, darling. I didn’t mean anything that way to you. These damm intertubes/cyber paper. Cyber hug for Rafa and you.

All I know is that Rafa is back, imo. “Back” definitely means different things, depending…
Too tired to ezplain but…well…trust me ;)


NK Says:

The winner of the first semi final has 5 hours of rest before Fed-Wawa match even gets under way. Why can’t they start the second semifinal right after the first? It is Saturday, so the TV ratings excuse does not hold up.

I think it is extremely unfair that if the second match goes the distance, Fed or Wawa will have had 7-8 hours less rest than Novak before the finals.

I am truly surprised that neither the players nor the commentators see this as a blatantly unfair issue. It literally can make the difference between winning and losing for Fed or Wawa.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Daniel @9.17am,if Nadal was in the same group as Fed and Novak would be top the group?well probably not?but thats a different argument and has no relevance,anyway you think its fair i dont,and thats fair enough and your perogative….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Thanks Jalep,and sorry i read you wrong,im in tears as we speak after reading your lovely post :(….


AndyMira Says:

Fair and nice comments from Chrisford1..not sure who he/she voted for..but from that comment it shows that he/she has a big heart..after reading so much jibe and nasty comments here..it’s refreshing to read what Chrisford1 wrote.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Thanks J-Kath and Courbon ;)….


jalep Says:

This isn’t over, WTF. The WTF isn’t over yet. Gosh, I’ll be happy not to type WTF anymore for a year.

Jar jar binks is my favorite character (don’t think too hard about it, probably because I like saying jar jar binks), cdp. Allez jar jar binks! Don’t be a stranger…you make me laugh in a good way.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

What really stood out today is how slow Rafa is now. His shot making was pretty good; this tournament I think he hit the ball better than he has all year. But his defense and retrieval are just gone. He was constantly late to the ball, so he couldn’t go for winners and often hit the net. There wasn’t a single AHHH! moment on defense, as was always his hallmark. He wasn’t even bothering to chase a lot of the balls that in the old days he would have had easily.

I have been so impressed with Rafa working his way back into contention, his attitude has been great, but I don’t see how he’s going to get faster again, and without that, he isn’t beating Novak.

Ben and Skeeze, I have to admit, now that you pointed out how Rafa drops his racquet below the net to hit volleys I really noticed it. On the other hand, his groundstrokes have never been textbook either, so whatever works.

Novak played great- controlled aggression. This was not the grinder’s paradise of ’11. Rafa just can’t get to the balls, for one thing, but Novak is playing him much more aggressively than he used to. Clay will not be kind to Rafa vs Novak. Honestly, Rafa looked like one of the slower guys in the top twenty today. He’ll beat most players with his shotmaking if he hits like that; I think he can beat Roger again, but against Novak, I don’t see the trend changing.


James Says:

2006-2010 – Djoke Nadal 7-16
2011-2015 – Djoke Nadal 16-7

Two very different 5-year periods in their rivalry. I think recent trend continues and Nadal remains Djoke’s pigeon. H2H strongly in Djoke’s favor.

With Djoke, Nadal doesn’t have someone 5 years older with a one-handed backhand. Take those two advantages away and its clear what’s happening.


skeezer Says:

@Courban
Commies to Rafa fans….Skeezer?
Thought u could slide in there no? Ha! Gotcha! Lol ;)


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Rafa will still be a force on tour in 2016. He just beat Murray and Stan! But the match-up against Novak, with his lack of speed and serve, is not going to get better. He is in the Fed-Rafa position of old: if Fed/Stan/Murray can take out Novak, Rafa could win a Slam.

Considering where he’s come back from, this is a great comeback.


skeezer Says:

TV,
Agree om all pointsπŸ‘


calmdownplease Says:

`Rafa will still be a force on tour in 2016. He just beat Murray and Stan!’

hehehehe
Oh YEAH!


calmdownplease Says:

And is fed still considered a force at slams when he was Bridesmaid extraordinaire for 2015 at slam level?!
Not.a.chance
By the looks of it it will be down to Andy to save tennis
And we all know how shaky that one feels as a prospect.
There’s always hope, however
‘A new hope’
;0)


Okiegal Says:

Many thanks to Courbon and J-Kath for the commies. If anyone else singled me out, ditto! Regardless of today’s outcome, Rafa got some good wins and I’m a happy camper……. :)


Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer….Courbon is quite the comedian! :)


Gypsy Gal Says:

Okie damn straight girl,didnt for a minute expect him to top his group,had no expectations,so all wins were a bonus ;)….


courbon Says:

Skeezer, I though you will not notice..;well, that was my retribution for your “grinder” comment (-;
I bet Fed , while watching this match, was thinking: Shit, I should finish second in the group-Stan will be much tougher then Rafa…merde


Margot Says:

And CDP
What effect will the babe have????? Eek! He’ll probably absolutely adore it, refuse to leave it for a second and will become a house-husband and send Kim out to work.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Courbon hi,did you enjoy the match?….


courbon Says:

Oki, I’m watching you..


Margot Says:

Courbon: Tee hee


courbon Says:

GG-Well, In enjoyed because Novak was very good and there was some great exchanges and some great winners…Novaks match against Berdy, I did not like it-this was good.Rafa was OK, but still bit slow…I liked last night match-first set-it was great.After that, Andy was gone…


courbon Says:

Writing in bold letters is fashionable these days…eh..


Margot Says:

@courbon
No…. definitely not! ;)


Gypsy Gal Says:

Courbon my computer laptop wont do bold,ONLY SHOUTY CAPITALS….


courbon Says:

Ok, I can see I’v been attacked by Spiced Girls…


Margot Says:

Well gorgeous Mr Beckham was at the O2 so it’s kind of inevitable that Posh would appear…. ;)


Gypsy Gal Says:

Courbon who are the spice girls,Margot is posh spice,Okie is baby spice,i was scarey spice,what about the rest??


Gypsy Gal Says:

Margot i prefer you to Victoria,and i prefer the Gaelic genius that is Rogers bezzie mate Mr Henry,Beckham was always overated both in looks and as a footballer IMO….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Sporty and ginger spice Courbon?….


courbon Says:

GG-You got it right-Margot-posh name, Posh Spice, Oki baby spice and you are…Scary Spice.I think Jalep is kind of sporty, so she can be Sport Spice
We have to continue search for Ginger Spice…


Margot Says:

“Margot” is a French name, so of course I’m Posh! Wonder who will own up to being “Ginger?”…;) Yes, Mr Henry more talented than Mr Beckham but the genius, who is Mr Leo Messi, trumps them all.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Courbon lol yes like me shes Northern and from Yorkshire,and a bit of a headcase,with long bushy curly hair,i dont dress like her,or id be mistaken for a woman that earns her money in another rather unsavoury way,still it would pay more money than care work….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Courbon yes Jalep definetly Sporty spice due to her love of other sports as well as tennis….


Travis Bickle Says:

Djoker didn’t allow a single break point!
Games on Djoker’s serve never reached deuce!
Nadal got to 30 only twice!
’nuff said…

#Bickle_Tennis


Gypsy Gal Says:

Courbon J-Kath=Ginger Spice?….


Giles Says:

That Pickle bloke is still here??


courbon Says:

GG-Yes!She is Scotish so she must have ginger hair! ( talking about sterotypes…)Ok, you are complete now. GIRL POWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Okiegal Says:

@Courbon…..I’m thrilled someone is watching me! I had forgotten that I was once a spice girl! I’m so glad you post on TX……You have a great sense of
humor!


Gypsy Gal Says:

Courbon who would you guy be compared to Reservoir dogs?Mr Blonde,Brown,Pink,White,Nice Guy Eddie?….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Okie agree on Courbon,not only one of the best Nole fans,but also one of the best fans on this forum ;)….


courbon Says:

Girls, you make me blush…
GG, definitely Mr.Blonde


Gypsy Gal Says:

What about the rest?….


Wog Boy Says:

Frenchie,
You sneaky bugger, are you trying to chat up all the girls on TX, you can’t help yourself, can you? Shame on you, married man, father of two and yet mucking around..

Girls, stick with me I am safe..


Wog Boy Says:

BTW,
Thanks all for congrats, Nole looks pale to me too, like he hasn’t eaten last seven days.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Wogboy lol,i would put you in that catagory too,by your picture you look like such a nice guy,so your Nice Guy Eddie ;)….


courbon Says:

Wog Boy, yep, you are safe like a monkey on LSD playing with machine gun..
I miss Belgrade-have not been 5 years now.I think I will go next year.


courbon Says:

Off to party, speak later everybody


jeez Says:

POLL :

How would one like this Wawrinka Vs Federer match to be ?

1) TIGHT 2 SET (like Murray Vs Wawrinka)

2)BLOWOUT in straight(Djokovic Vs Nadal)

Or

3)ATTRITION (a la 2014) ???

NOTE:Competitive Final requires 1 or 2


jeez Says:

Back 2 back S&V


jeez Says:

3rd S&V to take the game!!


jatin Says:

Some nice serve and volleys by roger. Great start


jeez Says:

2 ACES already by STAN !!


jeez Says:

BEARDERER !!!

;-)


Pauly Says:

Novak’s not unbeatable
Just watched Nadal vs Djokovic
Nadal’s not at his best … Playing nothing like 2013 so I suggest Federer or Wawrinka can beat Djokovic


jeez Says:

With that PASS 1st point against serve +netted

40-30


Bob Lewis Says:

Another year, another opportunity gone by for Nadal to win this tournament. He’ll probably never win it, but it has also never been played on a surface that suits his game. Indoor clay would probably help him, but it would be a weird, sudden change after weeks of hardcourt tournaments.


jatin Says:

Loving those volleys of Fed. Came up with a completely different game plan :)


jeez Says:

Federer bringing his inner Lopez(S&V) to this match

Already 5 or 6 Serve & volley !!!


jeez Says:

3rd ACE for STAN

2-2


jeez Says:

1st S&V miss!!


jeez Says:

DOUBLE FAULT.

15-30


jeez Says:

BP Wawrinka!!


jatin Says:

Stan breaks


jeez Says:

NET playing spoil sport on consecutive points from deuce gives the break to STAN

3-1


jeez Says:

Ok it’s 3-2


jane Says:

wawa with first blood. can he hold? he had breaks against andy that he then promptly lost.


jeez Says:

CONSOLIDATES the break

4-2 STAN


jeez Says:

Serve & Volleys becoming too predictable ???


jatin Says:

Fed has to raise his level. Stan is serving really good, giving no room to roger at all


madmax Says:

Fed is muffing a few shots jeez. Nerves? Over confidence? Tiredness? Stan is always dangerous. And Norman seems a confident one tonight.


jeez Says:

MOONBALL from Fed!!

3
15-30


madmax Says:

Could be first set to Stan very easily if Roge doesn’t sort out the beard!


jeez Says:

Error 2 BP 15-40

2nd seve


madmax Says:

jatin, you are there! Keep up with the commentary. My live stream keeps cutting out. Not reliable anymore.


jatin Says:

Breaks back.. Good :)


jeez Says:

Breaks back

4-4


jatin Says:

Sure thing, madmax
ItS 4-4


jane Says:

fed breaks back as i thought he might


madmax Says:

Thanks Jatin. Still there to clutch the first set. Stan playing well though.


jatin Says:

First serve is back.
Amazing volley by fed to end the game.

5-4. Roger leads


jeez Says:

5-4 FEDERER !!

Now can he break for the 2nd time to take SET 1???


madmax Says:

Live stream zoned out on me Jatin. I depend on your expert commentary right about now. :)


jatin Says:

That rising running forehand by fed reminds me of the old times. Does not do that often anymore


jatin Says:

Game stan.
5-5


jatin Says:

Fed is volleying like crazy today.


jeez Says:

5-5 in just 32 minutes!!

@ this pace 3SET match would finish within 2hrs!!


jatin Says:

6-5
Roger leads


jeez Says:

TIEBREAK ??


jatin Says:

Hope he can break here


jatin Says:

Wonderful forehand down the line by stan


jatin Says:

Followed by a double fault
15-15


jeez Says:

2 points to take the SET 7-5


jatin Says:

Another forehand long
15-30


jatin Says:

Fed with a wonderful forehand passing shot
2 set points


jeez Says:

GREAT PASS

2 SET POINTS

Breaks 7-5 Federer!!


jatin Says:

Followed by another passing shot :)
1st set roger
7-5


jatin Says:

Fed really raised his level at the end of the 1st set.


Daniel Says:

Fed takes first set. I think this is the fastes 7-5 set ever with 36 min. Fed coming to the net a lot and serving much better.

Hope he wins the second set easy and fast as well for us to have a competitive match tomorrow where a lot will be on stake for both Fed and Djoko and future record holder of WTF.


jeez Says:

1st serve gone for Fed

0-30

Volley

15-30


jatin Says:

VOLLEY FED VOLLEY :)


sienna Says:

Federer capable of raising his game when needed. Get second set and of to bed.

Tomorrow Roger needs to claim second spot by equalising h2h with Djokovic for the yard.

CMON!!


Daniel Says:

Fed basically playing serve and volley the whole match. Not giving Wawa any pace or rhytm.


jatin Says:

I am loving those volleys guys. This roger is looks so different. Volley- fed


jeez Says:

Breaks

2-0 Federer


jatin Says:

He can do SABR, he can do chip and charge and now he is doing serve and volleys. So many variety. Loving it
2-0


jeez Says:

3-0 Federer


jeez Says:

After this match someone should REWATCH to see how volley is done

And No !!

Nadal is not a better volleyer than Federer period ….


jatin Says:

This is a pure exhibition of volleys :)


jeez Says:

7-5,3-0 in 50 minutes

OUTRAGEOUS !!!


jeez Says:

2 BP saved by STAN

DEUCE!!


jatin Says:

Stan saved 2 break points


jatin Says:

Fed has one of the best overheads i have ever seen


jatin Says:

30-30.. Stan trying to break .


jatin Says:

2 consecutive aces and game over.
4-1


jatin Says:

I Would love to see the highlights reel of this match for sure.
I remember watching the single handed backhand exhibition of fed against blake in youtube.


jeez Says:

RACQUET DOWN!!

4-2


jatin Says:

4-2
30-0


jeez Says:

5-2 solitary game from taking the match


Gypsy Gal Says:

Looks like Federer will win this nowi will pull for him in the final,IMO its only right that the player who, was undefeated in all their matches should win the final and championship,but thats JMO….


FedExpress Says:

shiit. couldnt watch the whole match

how is it going? no heartbreaks so far?

and fed volleying like crazy?


jatin Says:

Firing all cylinders.
Just one game away.
Roger didn’t spent much energy, thanks to his clutch serve and volley play. So he will be more than ready to face novak. Hope he will bring all of these tactics into play tomorrow. I Would love to see him win this tournament again.
Go Roger, go


Giles Says:

Looks like fed gonna kick some serb’s butt tomorrow. 😜😜😜


jeez Says:

Already ready for AUTOGRAPHS !!!


Pauly Says:

Federer can win it
He’s played the best tennis out of all the other players
Good luck
Djokovic is beatable unless Yor Nadal then it’s impossible


jeez Says:

STAN IS JUST THROWING IN THE TOWEL??


jeez Says:

Back2back ACES

40-30


jatin Says:

Fed EXpress
Everything is going well so far. Fed basically served and volley for the 1st set and half.


jatin Says:

HOW good was that


FedExpress Says:

Match ball


jeez Says:

MATCH POINT!!!


jeez Says:

SAVED

DEUCE!!


FedExpress Says:

saved


FedExpress Says:

moment of truth now for fed


jeez Says:

GAINT MOONBALL saves game point but 2 no avail

5-3 Federer serving for the match


jeez Says:

7-5,6-3 in just 70 minutes!!!


Gypsy Gal Says:

The final most people were picking/wanted,congrats Roger and Nole,hope its a cracker of a final,may the best man win….


Bob Lewis Says:

The semis and final should be best of five. Feels kind of “cheap” that they aren’t. JMO.


jatin Says:

Gypsy gal
Glad you are rooting for fed tomorrow. Hope we will see another cracker between these two. :)


jeez Says:

Good thing this match finished early

Off to Sleep for me!!!

:-)


Daniel Says:

Novak x Fed that is. Battle for record WTF, if Fed wins and make it 7, hard to see antbody breaking that; If Djoko wins, 5 one shy from Fed’s 6th and real possibility to tie or surpass that. Plus, getting even on HxH again, 11th title of the season and best year in tennis ever beyond any doubt.


madmax Says:

Jatin, so glad you were there to commentate. Thank you so much.

Sorry Fedexpress, it was great too, with no negative commentary from you.


FedExpress Says:

against nole he cant do this volley stuff. becker has made a notice


FedExpress Says:

madmax, my pleasure hahahaha


Dave Says:

I agree. The volleying won’t work against Nole. He doesn’t just chip them back like Stan a lot of the time.


jeez Says:

Becker also knows Fed hasn’t used SABR yet!!!


Pauly Says:

Nole must remember Federer isn’t Nadal
So he must play his best match
Federer can win it but it will be close encounter with 3or4 points to determine winner
First set critical for federe


Dave Says:

If it goes 3 sets, Nole most likely wins. First set is huge for sure.


James Says:

Fed can only win if its in 2 sets. If he loses the first set, he is done. nevertheless, great effort for a 34 year old man.


Daniel Says:

Out of 13 major tournaments: 4 Slams, WTF and 8 mandatory Masters, Fed and Djoko made the final of 6 (IW, Rome, Wimbledon, Cincy, USO and now WTF). Half the important tournaments of the year. Trully the rivalry of 2015.


Wog Boy Says:

Roger is the favorite.


FedExpress Says:

whoever won the first set this year has won

first set is so crucial

plz no repeat of 2012

break up in both sets. saved one SP with an insane half volley. but missed the next shot on serve and lost the set

was serving for the 2nd set. had two 2 SPs.

and then unfolding like at the USO 10,11 after having chances. i thoug he saved the second MP but nole came with an incredible pass. the following monkey celebration was legendary


Wog Boy Says:

Daniel,
Let me finish your thought with (slightly) correction , out of 14 major tournaments Nole played 13 finals, one skipped, never happened before.


Giles Says:

Joker fan trying to jinx fed by saying he’s the favourite. Their cheap tricks are endless!


J-Kath Says:

It’s over to Nole. I think he is without doubt the Champion …Fed & Stan did well, but …..

Hey Guys (& Dolls) …Thank you for adding me to the Spice Girls am highly flattered (U obviously know nothing about my musical career)

…used to have ginger (Celtic) freckles…As to the hair, well now, a wee touch of colourant can take care of that. ….”I’m worth it”!!! Heehee.


Tennisfan Says:

And of those 5 finals, Fed only beat Nole in one (Cincy). Would be great to see Rog win but realistically Nole has this in the bag. Good for him, he’s completely dominant right now.


FedExpress Says:

fed beat him in the dubai final


Wog Boy Says:

“Their cheap tricks are endless!”

Not even close to yours…and uncle Toni’s.


Tennisfan Says:

I was referring to Daniel’s comment about the important finals this year


FedExpress Says:

yep. nole is favourite as he was in their last meeting. i hope fed serves really well and FH/BH click. and doesnt waste BPs. he has been quite goot on BPs.

apart from 2 games in todays second set i think he broke in every game where he had BPs (maybe didnt vs berdych in one game)


Dave Says:

Nole definitely looked like he had been putting in some extra time serving on the practice courts. Intelligent serving throughout the match today.


django Says:

Fed is the favorite tomorrow

I was watching courier and annacone choose winners of the next 4 slams.
Courier: Nole wins AO RG and uso – wim murray
Annacone: Nole wins AO and uso- wim Fed rg nadal


J-Kath Says:

On a serious note – the evening news (UK time 10.00pm) the news re. Belgium is quite alarming…trains, tubes, market, features closed/cancelled …based on the same sort of scenario as what happened in France. Prayers, fingers crossed …for everyone..


RZ Says:

Just read about that J-Kath. Hopefully any attempts with be foiled and everyone will stay safe.

Ghent is not that far from Brussels (about 35 miles, I think). Hopefully DC will not be a target and everyone there will be safe.


django Says:

Wog
Someone above said Fed had the flue against kei.
I don’t know why Novak looks pale. I am going to watch the match again and see.


jane Says:

django, yolita, a novak fan, was in london for some of the earlier matches; she thought nole seemed to have a cold earlier in the week. maybe that’s why he’s pale? who knows. maybe a virus going through the locker room? it’s that time of year anyhow.

wog boy, anyone who believes “fans” can “jinx” a player just by saying who they think the favourite is in a forthcoming match is rather silly. we know that with novak vs fed it’s generally a 50-50 affair, and fed just won their last match handily. so for us to think he has the edge is actually logical.


Wog Boy Says:

django,

Nole looked even worse against Berdych, pale, fragile and lethargic and slow off the mark, which is when his game suffers the most.


django Says:

Thanks guys, i am going to watch again.
Novak needs one month off for sure.


Wog Boy Says:

jane,
With Roger and Nole is always toss up, if Nole is only quarter of step slower and let Roger dictate the point he is goner, every match Nole lost is when he plays passive or he is forced by Roger to play passive. I remember when it was rain delay at Wimbledon final, they asked Nole what Boris told him in the locker room, Nole said “Boris told me to make things simple and go for my shots”, which is actually what he did after the rain delay.


jane Says:

let’s hope boris has some good advice for tomorrow wog boy. but i agree. when fed starts fast it’s difficult for anyone to catch up


mat4 Says:

Hi, jane.

Novak played a smart match today. He let his tennis flow. I was very happy with his performance.

Hope he will play well tomorrow.


madmax Says:

It’s a 50/50 toss up for sure with these two greats.

Interesting to see how both players will react to each others’ game plan.

Oh to be a fly on the wall.

Sleep well Fed. Big day tomorrow. xo Tomorrow, actually being today!


jane Says:

hi mat4
ditto!


madmax Says:

Isn’t this an amazing stat in itself everyone?

By beating Rafa, Novak evened his lifetime series with the Spaniard at 23-23.

A win against Federer would, appropriately, level that rivalry at 22-22.

Everything so close, so even, everything to play for.


skeezer Says:

“Roger is the Favorite”. Love seeing this from fans who think a 34 yr old playing a 28 year old is the favorite. It just shows the testament to the man with the Beard.


Bob Lewis Says:

Oddsmakers have Novak as the favorite.


skeezer Says:

^Now that makes sense!


django Says:

Yeah, skeezer but Fed has sabr. Seriously,slight edge to Fed.


J-Kath Says:

Jelena…How about a subtle application of “blusher” to Nole’s cheeks today? Confuse the opposition??? Fed. has sabr…even things out?

All’s fair in love and war!!!


Gypsy Gal Says:

J-Kath/Ginger Spice lol….

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