Federer Foils Coric, Faces Del Potro In Indian Wells Final, Who’s The Pick?
by Sean Randall | March 17th, 2018, 10:10 pm
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After a week of surprises, the end result of the Indian Wells men’s draw wasn’t much of a surprise at all. It’s 5-time champion Roger Federer against 2013 finalist Juan Martin Del Potro.

Federer almost didn’t make it, and maybe shouldn’t have.

Federer shook off a break deficit in the second and third sets to deny Borna Coric 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in a tight semifinal. The 21-year-old Coric, who was playing the biggest semifinal of his career, was cruising on serve early, hardly being pressed. But then came the pressure and things changed. Serving up 4-3 in the second, Coric fell apart just points from the finish line.

Federer, who had been a tad off with his game – maybe it was the rare 11am start – sharpened his game, broke Coric, then held and broke again to force the decider.

The crowd approved and with the Swiss serving to start the third, it seemed like order was restored. But Federer surrendered a quick break at love, then fell in another 4-3 hole. But he did it again.

Coric served 4-3 30-all and also at deuce, but he would never get that close to the final again. Federer seized the moment, sensed the Coric’s tightness and ran off the final 11 points to up his start to the year to a personal best 17-0.

“I had to fight a little bit just to keep the ball in play,” said Federer after his 10th straight Indian Wells match win. “I tried not to do too much shot-making because it was difficult in the wind and Borna was incredibly steady. He was playing deep, with hard shots. It was tough to do anything.

“When he was up a set and a break, it was tough for me to accept and move on and just be happy to stay in the game, stay in the rallies with nothing fancy and maybe he would get a little nervous, and I think that’s exactly what happened. I got a little bit lucky, too.”

After some shortcomings the last few years, Coric is starting to look the part and maybe he becomes a factor going forward. Though I do question his ability to win close matches – like today – and he needs to get more consistent and develop at least one major weapon. But he’s on the right path.

“I was really surprised how well I played, how much pressure I was putting on him, and I was also enjoying it,” Coric said. “I think I was pushing him to the limits. He pushed me to the limits, for sure.

“I need to look at it from the positive side definitely, just the whole tournament, and this match, as well. I played a great match. I was very close. I just didn’t take all the chances.”

The second semifinal was a complete duck. Del Potro destroyed a listless Milos Raonic 6-3, 6-2 to win his 400th career match and earn a spot in his second Indian Wells final. But it didn’t even feel that close.

Delpo broke in the Canadian’s second service game and coasted from their with barely any resistance. It was a much-needed quick match for the Argentine who has played a lot of tennis recently – he’s won 10 straight – and had a tough 3-set win Friday over Phil Kohlschreiber.

“It was surprising to see him serving not too hard, and I broke his serve very quick in both sets. That give me the control of the match,” said Delpo. “I played a smart match, because the conditions were tough to play in. I served well. I took all my chances. It was an easier match than what I expected.”

As for Raonic, at least he’s healthy, but there’s just not a lot of fire there. There’s a lot of coaches, but where’s that spark in his eyes? I don’t really see it.

“I was trying to find a groove, but when you haven’t played for a while, you already are overthinking a lot of things,” said Raonic. “And then, with the wind, you’re not sure. You don’t have that calm and ease about going through things and figuring things out on the fly.”

So the final is set…

Roger Federer v Juan Martin Del Potro
Well, I picked Federer to beat Delpo in the final at the start, and I don’t see a reason to switch now, though Delpo could certainly win it. That wouldn’t surprise me.

He’s beaten Roger a few times on the hard courts in the U.S., namely twice at the US Open. But these courts at Indian Wells are much slower and my guess is Federer will get the big man moving around and out of his comfort zone early and often, attacking the weaker backhand.

Of course if Del Potro is in the zone, he’ll take anyone of their comfort zone so with that awesome power, the match is on his racquet.

Federer leads 18-6 winning the last two, but Delpo has taken a set in their last three including that US Open stunner. And I think we get another 3-setter here.

“We’ve had a lot of close matches,” said Federer. “Big matches, close matches…I think we have an interesting matchup. We both know what the other is trying to do, and we try to stop the other person from doing it. But it’s hard when me or him is in full flight. It’s basically an arm wrestle the whole time.”

And when Delpo is in full flight, he’s virtually unplayable. The question is, will he be? There’s no way to know. I will say, it’s fantastic to have him playing top tennis again!

“Roger is the favorite to win,” Del Potro said. “I would love to repeat my win from the US Open 10 years ago. But it means a lot play against Roger. He’s a friend of mine. I admire him a lot. He shows the greatest sportsmanship on tour. It’s an honor for me to play a final against him.”

As I said, a quick, easy match today was key for Delpo so that will help.

Serving will be key. If Federer serves well, he should get a look somewhere at a break of the Delpo serve – his return is better the Delpo’s. But if it’s off, Delpo will feast.

And let’s not forget that is a huge match for Del Potro. The guy hasn’t won any title this big – never won a Masters – since his wrist surgery and since that 2009 US Open, which also was a win over Federer.

So in a very close match, I just think the experience and the momentum get Federer through. Delpo struggled with Kohlschreiber and Federer is a much, much better version of the German.
The Pick: Federer in 3

ESPN will have the match live at 4pm following the 2pm women’s final between the Cinderallas Daria Kasatkina and Naomi Osaka – what a crazy women’s event, that’s some real March Madness!


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314 Comments for Federer Foils Coric, Faces Del Potro In Indian Wells Final, Who’s The Pick?

chofer Says:

Again, it’s not the slower courts that will favour Federer. Delpo was twice on the brink of defeating him at Roland Garros.

It’s how they start, usually. Federer on full mode attack and Delpo struggling with his movement early in the match. Delpo don’t like playing that early at all, and hopes the condition are cooler (and cloudy, best of all:- All of his matches in Acapulco were at night) It is how he last starting the engines goin.
If Roger wins the first, it’s his. If Delpo win the first, then I’m not so sure. He’s not Coric.
Making the case of slower courts it’s silly, when someone with Delpo’s wingspan needs time to set up a stroke. It’s about energy and mobility from the start. I hope he rests well, go for the jugular on second serve returns from the get go and stays in the score. Passivity won’t get him too far.


chofer Says:

If it’s windy, both can be prone to errors. Roger’s variety could prevail… if he gets the ball on court most of the time.
If it’s like today, expect lots of UFEs. Coric plays with a safe margin. Neither these two are about “margins”. With their different styles,they like to take risks, which is unfathomable with high winds. Let’s see.


Willow Says:

Federer in three tights sets possibly two, the elite players are better when it comes to exposing Delpos movement, and he has more variety than Raonic, and his movement is much better ….


Margot Says:

Although the two most of us predicted these two would be there at the final, its been a really weird tournament, up to this more like the WTA in its unpredictability. All I know is JMDP has a much better chance than Kohls or Coric. Fed clearly didn’t like the conditions yesterday and, by his lofty standards, played poorly.
Hoping for a good one!


Madmax Says:

Ooh…I think this is a close one. I love Roger and really if he wins, fabulous, if he doesn’t, happy for Del po with everything that he has been through.

The pressure is on Roger.

Should be a great match.


James Says:

Delpo in 3. Fed has gotto be tired after that grueling match.


skeezer Says:

For Giles; “He shows the greatest sportsmanship on tour.”
Delpo on Fed.
Note: that was no twit.


FesExpress Says:

James, physical fatigue shouldnt be a problem for Federer. Remember Miami 2017. Played tougj three setters vs berdCh and kyrgios back to back and the next day nadal only to beat him in straights.

Fed will leave it all out there today.


Van Persie Says:

“Fed has gotto be tired after that grueling match.”

I am sorry , James, had to smile at this one. What should say Kvitova about her week in Doha this year? :) Or Kasatkina in Dubai…
Federer got a first competitive match in weeks, and now fans are afraid, he might be tired. He’s a 36 years old man, not 50.He’s fave for the win.
Really hope, DelPo with play with heart, as he usually does in big matches.
Vamos DelPo!


Van Persie Says:

^^ Correction: DelPo will play with heart


Markus Says:

Sean has spoken. The die is cast. 😢😪😞


Markus Says:

I don’t know why US Open 2009 and 2017 keep popping in my mind.


chofer Says:

Van Persie

That’s crucial, because he tends to tread water early on, unlike Roger who is accustomed to step foeward with the “second shot”.

I mean, how important is that shot in tennis? It is extremely underrated by fans. But not for players. It is the shot either AFTER you serve or AFTER you return. Its is the worlwide difference. It is THE reason why Roger can get away with most at this age: HE HAS THE BEST SECOND SHOT ON THE BUSINESS. He plays so close to the bounce, he got used to play THAT shot so quick, you SEEM slow @willow!!

That doesn’t mean you are. If Delpo somehow move his feet (that’s crucial; his Vampire mood waking up from a lethargic dream won’t do!) ans he’s quick for THE SECOND SHOT, he CAN trade blows with Federer. In fact, he can win it.

But if Roger is accurate with serve and that second shot is working, watch out. Delpo needs, absolutely, to move his feet before the second shot, as he, like Roger, tend to play INSIDE the baseline when dictating, therefore they both need to get back to hit the second shot. And that requires someone who is really alert with their feet!


chofer Says:

The second shot is everything for agressive players, I must have added.


Giles Says:

VP. He’s on magic potions. Tiredness ain’t no problem for him. # superoldman


Margot Says:

Too true VP. Fed’s match was what 2.30? Kasatkina’s was 3 hours. My goodness I’m expecting to read speculation that that poor woman will likely be brought out on a stretcher….;)


chofer Says:

Tiredness is not a problem for someone who plays quick, steps forward and his service games lasts no longer than 5 minutes… when he’s accurate. It’s about the accuracy of Roger and escaping the lethargic feet movement for Delpo. If it is windy, forget all about these things. They will have to improvise a lot.


chofer Says:

I truly believe Novak’s problem started with the issues with his wife. Your mind isn’t in it. Your training is for crap and mental stress CAN let you inside of your body. I really belive in those things.

Delpo had just broke up with his girlfriend before Delray Beach. He lost to Tiafoe. Enter one famous psychiatrist from Argentina, in Acapulco. The mind work wonders.

He’s a matriculate shrink, not a guru!


chofer Says:

When you see today, in Delpo’s bench, a capped dark haired man clinching his fist in support: that’s his psychistrist. It is the first time ever he travels with one.


Van Persie Says:

Chofer,

Very good analyze. I agree. His serve was not the greatest yesterday, therefore second shot not the greatest, but Borna was also good in returning and he managed yesterday to do a really good job in keeping Fed in his BH corner. I have the feeling, Fed did not expect a such tough competition yesterday. Tbh: me neither, not from Coric.

Giles, :)

Margot,

If the WTA will provide further matches, as we had at the beginning of this year, Navratilova gets me in her fan club :D


chofer Says:

His serve was not the greatest yesterday

VP- The wind yesterday absolutely play a part in the way you toss the ball. You change the toss because of that, you don’t serve where you want to. Notice, too, federer didn’t go to the net so often as he does, after serve! To what point? You can’t be accurate on serve, you won’t be accurate on volleying either!
However, the slice at the middle was the SAFER shot. He adjusted, and Coric didn’t have power from that shot to retrieve. he had to create his own. That’s a tricky thing, playing with wind. I think it’s also the reason raonic crapful service games! There is a LOT of wind in Tandil:))


Van Persie Says:

“I truly believe Novak’s problem started with the issues with his wife.”

Chofer, haha, we had many discussions here about this last year, far too many, perhaps. Jelena’s BD is in June, after RG…feel sorry for her a bit, she had a few ruined BDays because of that in the past, I can assume ;)
About DelPo, I had no clue abot him and GF. Good to know, he’s on the market now :D. Just kidding.


chofer Says:

It’s also the reason Nadal thrives at IW. Top Spin allows for a much greater safe margin with wirlwinds. It is the reason Delbonis (a heavy topspinner) created problems for federer early one.


Willow Says:

Maybe the reason went off the boil, was just due to the fact other players were actually better than he was, played better etc, just a wild guess ?


chofer Says:

VP-

The Serbes had a point with that:))

Psychologists on individual sports, I’m all for it!! Jim Loher saved Gabriela Sabatini’s career in the early 90s. She was depressed, trading mindnumbing topspin shots from the baseline. Kirmayr supported her to move forward, hit flatter and get to the net. She had fantastic hands, to the surprise of no one. When she was under Lohers’ supervision, she beat Steffi Graf 5 tomes in a row! Nobody did that at the time, nor ever since!


chofer Says:

@Willow

Who are you refering too? We talked about many players here.


chofer Says:

I HAVE to bow down to Mirka here. I don’t fancy her (a “skin” matter for me) but she must be a super mother, agent, friend and lover to Roger. You don’t get what he gets if a woman gets in the way. She’s fantastic. Although, sometimes, can be annoying, too (see: Wawrinka)


Willow Says:

Chofer Novak


Van Persie Says:

Chofer,

I agreed with the Serbian poster regarding Nole’s privat live, the only problem was, Nole’s fans started to argue regarding this. Diffrents point of view..
Did not understand much of the tennis, when Grag played…I just liked her because I loved Germany’s HARIBO, tbh.:)


chofer Says:

@Willow

Ah, of course. I didn’t want to say the others players played better than him. That’s a given. He lost a match?. End of discussion.

But I do believe in having your life outside of the court organized and armonized enough to just think abopu tennis and nothing more. Don’t worry, be happy, I mean:))
Novak didn’t find his “Mirka”. That’s for sure.


chofer Says:

But enough about him! This is a post about Roger-Delpo. Anyone knows the forecast for today? It’s important.


skeezer Says:

Perfect. 70f, 4mph wind, clear.


Margot Says:

VP “talked” to you a bit about Coric and it’s lost, but agreed with you. Also “talked” to AM, Daniel and Skeeze, but gone, gone gone. :(


chofer Says:

@Skeezer

Thanks!

Moderate winds favours Roger in my book. He’s going to go for the kill from point one. I don’t see him speculating for a decider.

Delpo will need to stay on the score and get a lot of first serves in, which is something he wasn’t doing lately. If they get to a breaker, anything goes. I spite of their lopsided H2H, their breakers are evenly matched.

The best part of it, as a Delpo “fan” (I’m his fan by default, I’m Argentine)otherwise I root for Roger. So it’s a tricky thing for me) is that If Roger wins it will be because he’ll be the superior player, not because Delpo chocked. That sits well with me. I hope, for the sake of everyone, it is a good match. That’s all I ask for. Don’t ruin my Sunday!!:))


chofer Says:

And Delpo, by all means, move your feet dammit!

See you after the match. I want Delpo to win his first Masters. I can’t fathom Zverev, Dimitrov, Sock (!!) have one before him. That’s not fair!

But my mind and “gut” feeling says Roger. He wants badly to get to 100 (he will, anyway!)


Giles Says:

Hey skeezer. Wasn’t Delpo being managed by Team 8? Hence his comment!!
#Obvious


Madmax Says:

Good God Giles,

Disappear please. Ridiculous person.


Giles Says:

https://twitter.com/genny_ss/status/975416226859057153?s=21
Hmmm. Some not so impressive stats for fed!


Humble Rafa Says:

T Daniel is Japanese. Osaka is Japanese. I don’t understand.


Humble Rafa Says:

Now that the women’s final is over, it is time to close the roof. Never mind.


skeezer Says:

Chofer,
4mph winds is really nothing sugnificant, if that forecast holds.


Markus Says:

Federer eked out a win over Coric and some of his evil fans (and there are so many as I found out in Twitter), instead of just being happy about it, went about bashing Coric.. They are horrible. Federer should disown them. Those evil fans just might inflict bad karma on Roger.


Willow Says:

Are you jesting Markus ?


Markus Says:

No, Willow. I am a Federer fan but only him, not his evil fans.


jatin Says:

Some nice hitting by Both.


Markus Says:

Del Potro broke first, evil Fed fans repent before it gets too late.


jatin Says:

Its gonna be a tough ride for fed today. Del potro playing awesome. Fed misfiring few forehands.


jatin Says:

Delpo serving for the set.


jatin Says:

First set Delpo


Okiegal Says:

I repeat…….nothing gets by Giles!! Cheers to my fellow Rafa fan! 🍻
VAMOS!!


jatin Says:

Fed should focus on his serve in this set. He is not able to make any inroads in Delpo’s serve today.
Hope he raise his level.


skeezer Says:

Seen this type of match before: Fed getting bludgeoned by Delpo’s FH. Can he turn it around?
Crucial hold 1rst game 2nd.


FedExpress Says:

Come onnnnnnnnn

2 Bps saved and held

that pick up to not go down 0-40, out of this world

Fed, I believe in you


FedExpress Says:

hammering and dominating with his FH now


Daniel Says:

Missed first set and when start watching Fed saved 2 BP’s, held and now won this awesome point with everything. Hope it goes to three.


Van Persie Says:

Ole DelPo, what a point!


FedExpress Says:

Uhhhhhhhh

what a point to lose

Federer stumbled


FedExpress Says:

Delpo serving bigger vs Fed than he did vs others in this tournament

good hold

Federer brings out the best in Delpo since the he lost to him at Madrid in 2009


jatin Says:

Insane level of play.
Fed has raised his game as well. Hope he get into delpo’s now.


FedExpress Says:

Delpo in a similiar position like he was vs Nadal in 2013 at this tournament

Led by a set and a break till he was figured out and lost.


Van Persie Says:

A break for DelPo would be good now


FedExpress Says:

Why Van Persie? A break from the game?


Daniel Says:

Problem is Fed didn’t have a single BP so far. He needs to push in one of next games to have DelPo second guessing a bit.


jatin Says:

Is there going to be one easy hold for fed ?
He leads 3-2
Delpo not missing anything.


Daniel Says:

DelPo’s approach are great. Whenever Fed draw him to the net he find a great counter shot to neutralize.

Fed missing a sitter FH to level at deuce and instead game DelPo. Things not going his way. He should be going for passing shots DTL, he is targeting DelPo and is not working.


FedExpress Says:

wtf was this FH

a sitter of a FH into the net


Daniel Says:

Why about the one at 15-0 Fed Ex? He should be game to love.


Giles Says:

Cheers Oki. 😜


FedExpress Says:

hahahha

Daniel, i looking at the the funny side now.

His FH has been bad all week. It has to be the slow coniditons.

On the other hand Delpo is firing his FHs like a bullet.


jatin Says:

20 unforced from fed and 6 from delpo so far.
Fed is pressing too much a lot of times.


FedExpress Says:

0-15

come on


Daniel Says:

DelPo will have to crack or Fed steal a tiebreak. To soldi on serve.


FedExpress Says:

4-4

big game coming up


FedExpress Says:

DF to starrt


Daniel Says:

Fed needs to hold now for 5-4 and put the returns on court next game. Maybe if DelPo have a few second set.


jatin Says:

Every service game of fed is super tense right now.
5-4.


FedExpress Says:

5-4

Fed has to find some kind of magic from somewhere.

and even if he snateches this set a 3rd set wont be easy either


Daniel Says:

0-15. Time to pressure. Make DelPo feel the game.


FedExpress Says:

a simple BH netted.

Damn. 15-15


Daniel Says:

15-30. one of next 2 points and is set point. Pressure on DelPo


FedExpress Says:

good approach

15-30


FedExpress Says:

2 SPs

guys, 2 SPs

come on Federer


Van Persie Says:

good save


Daniel Says:

He went for the shot at least and DelPo hold back. Missed by an inch


FedExpress Says:

5-5

Fed rattled


Daniel Says:

What a slice drop shot full of effect. Amazing.


Okiegal Says:

@Giles…..Keep your finger in the pulse!! 👍


Van Persie Says:

wow, there was pressure…gone, for the moment


Daniel Says:

2 FH that he went for too much. No need for it.Rushing to kill the point.


FedExpress Says:

Oh myyy


Van Persie Says:

lovely FH


Daniel Says:

That’s why he is going for too much when attacking DelPo’s FH. what a missile.


FedExpress Says:

I dont trust Federe in TBs vs Delpo

still having nightmares about the ones in 09 and the one last year


Daniel Says:

Damm, DelPo smacking BH like long time don’t see.


Daniel Says:

At least tiebreak guarantee. He should be in third set already if that FH winner on 30-40 was in.

One more chance to break, let’s see if DelPo will feel the pressure again or serve big.


FedExpress Says:

6-5

come on fed break him now

I couldnt bear a TB after all the heartbreaks you had in them vs Delpo


jatin Says:

6-5.
Go fed. Dont want a tir breaker


FedExpress Says:

Daniel, you have the feeling he has not learnt a lesson from the Us open loss in 2009. He keeps attacking Delpos FH.


Daniel Says:

Not moving through the FH, needs to step it up. Misisng too much.


FedExpress Says:

TB time

damn


Markus Says:

Del Potro has ferocious groupies.


Daniel Says:

Markus, There is a reason we Brazilians don’t like Argentineans;-)

Kidding aside I like DelPo a lot, always has, even with the crushing defeats to Fed


FedExpress Says:

game over it seems


Daniel Says:

Crucial finals points of tiebreak. C’mon Fed.


Daniel Says:

What a FH! 4-3 with minibreak. 2 serves


Markus Says:

If I were a player who challenges a line call, I would not point out a mark. Rather embarrassing when hawkeye shows you’re wrong.


Daniel Says:

Now he hit the FH moving forward and step-in ON the ball instead of going backwards.


Daniel Says:

Get another mini break and close the set.


Daniel Says:

OMG, 4th SP saved. Fed with one set point on serve. Huge serve in now.


Daniel Says:

S%^$ t


FedExpress Says:

loooooooolllllllllll
this is so Us open


Van Persie Says:

DF Fed. Soo glad. Want those Neanderthalians from the crowds to suffer


Daniel Says:

DeLPo always taking too long to challenge. Fed shouldn’t be rattled by it. DF was junior stuff.


FedExpress Says:

What a choke job by Fed. It has to be said


el_matador Says:

oh my god..oh my god..


RZ Says:

What just happened? I thought Federer had won that tiebreak and went to the kitchen to get something, come back and se they’re playing the tiebreak still.


Tiago Silva Says:

Federer is going crazy.


Daniel Says:

YEAAAAAHHHHHHH

Saving MP. Third set. Crowd went crazy


Van Persie Says:

3 set it is. Good news is, DelPo will serve first


Willow Says:

Federer in 3 ….


Daniel Says:

Fed pissed with one umpires and DelPo pissed with the crowd who make noise when he misses the first serve.


jatin Says:

Warrior…a fighter.. FEDERER.


Tiago Silva Says:

players are going crazy. Now delpo broke the racquet.


Willow Says:

Delpo is as slow as molases between points ….


Markus Says:

A third set?! I already had two heart attacks and a stroke in that tiebreaker.


FedExpress Says:

I hope Fed turns up and doesnt get flat in the 3rd set


jatin Says:

This has USO 09 final kind of intensity. Both players are pissed with the umpire and everything. What a a match it has been so far


Humble Rafa Says:

All those who think His Arrogant is all grace now know why he is Whiny Baby in Chief.


AndyMira Says:

DelPo shouldn’t let the crowds get to him & lost his focus & lost 2nd sets…He should learn from Novak how to handle disrespectful Fedfans..He should focus & give his best out there & and that is the only way to shut them all…


el_matador Says:

seems llike another glorious failure for delpo..after 1000 masters final loses to rafa,andy,novak..maybe he’s gonna full the circle..but sets like these,matches like these is the reason I’m proud of him..go big man /m\


jatin Says:

Markus
I even shut down the stream as soon as delpo had the match point.
Hope fed raises his level even more now


FedExpress Says:

he defendet so well the FH firings only to miss a simple BH


FedExpress Says:

deuce


FedExpress Says:

There was more in that game. Especially on the deuce points


RZ Says:

DelPo isn’t bad at the net but can certainly improve there. He would be really hard to beat if he had a stronger net game


Humble Rafa Says:

Arrogant One using bad language (f..off, etc) and being disrespectful to his opponent. Why the hell do people like him?


Daniel Says:

Fed variation with some occasional drop shots.

Hope Fed gets an early break. if the set goes the distance all disservices games from 3-4 down will be tense, like minus 2 years of life long term


el_matador Says:

and fed is a joke..he has to win everything..even at 36..aside from that fh miss the match point,delpo did nothing wrong in this match & yet the old man will let him suffer like that..the old man is still angry,hungry..I’m liking the outbursts of both players..the heat is on


FedExpress Says:

Daniel, exactly.

Rmember the olympic match. I died everytime when Fed served to stay in the match


Daniel Says:

DelPo may feel more tired than Fed, he played more long matches and mistakes can creep in, like these last 2 points.


FedExpress Says:

Federer maiking UEs on big points

30-30

netted


FedExpress Says:

Federer making the difficult shots but missing the basic ones


Daniel Says:

Fed knew he gave a huge chance to DelPo, he missed 2 straights FH, than hit a FH middle of the court and Fed netted a BH when attacking 30-30. Than he was so frustrated. Had to make him play.


jatin Says:

Fed has to keep on holidng serve.


Humble Rafa Says:

Hope Fed gets an early break. if the set goes the distance all disservices games from 3-4 down will be tense, like minus 2 years of life long term

Daniel,

You are Japanese (now all Daniels are). Taking two years from your usual life expectancy of 120 still leaves you 118. No need to complain.


Daniel Says:

Whoever loses this match will be pissed the hell off. Neither won’t to lose at all. They are playing as if it’s Wimby final.


Daniel Says:

Fed has to hold his won. DelPo is already in conserve energy mode. Eventually he will have a bad game together with Fed increasing his level.


Willow Says:

Markus lol your still alive to talk about it, tough been a fan aint it ?


Daniel Says:

What a point for DelP, angled FH than DTL. Could have been 15-40


FedExpress Says:

0-30

need the break now


FedExpress Says:

3-2 Delpo

after being 30-0 up. Gosh


jatin Says:

Delpo not giving an inch.


FedExpress Says:

Why always into Delpos FH? Why?


FedExpress Says:

15-15

danger times


FedExpress Says:

Fed’s serve has been key this match


Humble Rafa Says:

FedExpress,

Report to duty at Fedex NOW.


FedExpress Says:

Every service game of Federers now could be his last

4-3 Delpo


jatin Says:

Comon Fed.
Focus on the serve now.


Daniel Says:

Tense games from now on. 3-4


Van Persie Says:

4-4. another TB, perhaps?


FedExpress Says:

4-4

break him please here and now.


FedExpress Says:

I fear for Federers wrist after this match

these bullets fired by Delpo


Daniel Says:

Finally Fed unleashing a few BH DTL for winners.


FedExpress Says:

15-30

COme on Federer


FedExpress Says:

nooooooooooooooo

30-30


FedExpress Says:

whaaaaaaaaaaattttttt a point

BP


FedExpress Says:

that a Fh by delpo

so annoying

saved

deuce


Tiago Silva Says:

what a game now.


FedExpress Says:

Anothr BP

Come on, please take it.


jatin Says:

STRIKESSSSAS


Daniel Says:

Awesome!


Van Persie Says:

Oh DelPo, do not see Fed missing this one now


FedExpress Says:

Come onnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

Dont mess it up now, please dont


Tiago Silva Says:

Federer is on the top of his game now.

How can he play like his last points with his age.


FedExpress Says:

DF

15.15


FedExpress Says:

30-15

come onnnnnn


FedExpress Says:

Match points


Tiago Silva Says:

Federer is nervous with something. He was all game. Dont know if some record. Any thing is on his mind, that keeps troubling him.


FedExpress Says:

one wasted


FedExpress Says:

both Mps gone

nooooooooooo


Daniel Says:

Damm, 40-15 2 MPs


FedExpress Says:

Bp delpotro

this is a joke


FedExpress Says:

Defended


Daniel Says:

Drop shot in MP Federer, really?!?!?!


FedExpress Says:

Mannnnnnnnnnnnnn

abother MP wasted


Daniel Says:

Another BP. Jees


Van Persie Says:

Respect to DelPo for not giving up, even if he loses today


FedExpress Says:

Another BP

i cant belive this joke


Daniel Says:

Knew it when he went to DelPo FH not forcing the line.


FedExpress Says:

What a choke


Van Persie Says:

Ole, Ole, Delpoo, Delpoooo!!!


Daniel Says:

What a topsy turvy match.


Markus Says:

I just died, dropped dead after that drop shot.


FedExpress Says:

if federer loses this he is one to blame

what a way to lose a final

Dont think he ever lost a final having Mps.


Daniel Says:

What the heck????


FedExpress Says:

loooooooooooollllllllllllllllllll

federer hahahahahahahahahaha


Van Persie Says:

Game, DelPo! Vamooos!


Daniel Says:

Tiebreak in best case, if he doesn’t get broken next game. Me and my mouth. hope I am wrong.


FedExpress Says:

just a bad dream.


jatin Says:

Comon Fed. Get it to the tie breaker. Focus


Daniel Says:

That drop shot was the stupidest shot he hit all year. BH corner open and as if he was afraid of going for the shot and netting it.


FedExpress Says:

Federers head has been gone.

this will take a while to recover from.


FedExpress Says:

wont sleep all night if he loses


Daniel Says:

What a sensational point by Federer. Flying on court. To not open behind.


Daniel Says:

40-0, think s safe to say tiebreak it is. Let’s see how many more MP each other will save. So far Fed saved 1 and DelPo saved 3


Van Persie Says:

TB, DelPo first to serve.


Daniel Says:

Match over. Can’t find a first serve in tiebreak, toasted.


FedExpress Says:

how he loses won matches beyong belief


Daniel Says:

Everything going out.

Got a feeling this match will hunt Fed in #1 year end. He will need to reach at least Miami QF to hold it during clay.

40-15 up and couldn’t close on serve. Than that bizarre drop shot. Credit DelPo!


Markus Says:

Federer choked!


Daniel Says:

He got tired, Feds’s serve deserted him, tiredness.


FedExpress Says:

Daniel, this will haunt Federer till end of the season mentally.


Van Persie Says:

Don’t cry for me, Argentina, cause DelPo wins tonight!


FedExpress Says:

Daniel, Federer choked in all honesty.


Daniel Says:

2 MP saved for Fed;-) Lol


Daniel Says:

First Masters, finally and most deserving. Fully back, now go on and win a Slam this year.


Van Persie Says:

Olee, Olee, Ole, Ole, DelPooo, Delpooo!

Amazing match, great win


jatin Says:

Congrts Delpo. Well deserved.
Match of the year surely.
Tough luck fed. :(


FedExpress Says:

This sucks, to lose the first match of the season in this fashion just sucks.

better to lose in straights. so close and yet so far.

What a choke


Daniel Says:

A few years back he was thinking of retirement and now a huge win. Best match of the year.


chofer Says:

Vamoooooos!!! Delpo, carajo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


FedExpress Says:

Interesting to see how Federer will mentally handle this loss.


Van Persie Says:

Fed played amazing too, respect.
Would have like to see though, why he deserves each year the sportsmanship title…not happened. Could not help myself!


chofer Says:

My God, what a maaaaaatch!!


el_matador Says:

u invaded the God’s arena & just silenced all of the Gods noisy legions..as if to say “the God is tired..let him take rest today”..I love u delpo


Markus Says:

There it is, chofer. It does not seem unfair anymore. Delpo got his finally.


Daniel Says:

Indeed Fed Ex, But Fed is in a state of mind that he will forget this match in Miami pretty quick. He will be piss today and maybe tomorrow but than, big things ahead for the season.

And he will have the motivation for Miami that he needs to reach QF to retain #1 ranking, which always is a plus to having something to push.

Love their embrace at the net.

Many more epic matches between than.

Hoping DelPo wins RG now.


Markus Says:

There it is, my best argument as to why del Potro is not just a tad better but a whole lot better than the would be group. And that is with a revised post-surgery backhand. Congratulations!


Van Persie Says:

El_matador,

I am a Christian. Please do not call Fed God and those from the crowds angels. :)


Van Persie Says:

I am only afraid they might replace they might change Michelangelo’s Genesis, and we would see Roger’s face there….


chofer Says:

@Markus!!

Indeed!! Wouldn’t have been a travestry?? I mean. C’mon. He’s a Slam winner against the two best players of this era (or any other) Show some respect!!


Van Persie Says:

hehe, he just got the “5th slam” of the year :)


Okiegal Says:

@Giles 4:14……..You got it!!

Regarding this IW final……DelPo got the job done! Kudos to him….he had to beat his opponent and the crowd!

Who in the world started the rumor about Roger’s back?? I don’t believe there was a back issue going into this tournament but there might be one now that it over. If he pulls from Miami…….maybe so.

Roger’s scruffy look made him look mean and intimidating…….Spaniards wear that look better than a GOAT!


Van Persie Says:

Was happy to be here tonight. I would have heard some mean things, if he had lost , am sure :) I took that risk , and glad I did ;)

Bye guys, LONG LIVE TENNIS!


el_matador Says:

vp,plz dnt take God as compliment..I hate Gods


Van Persie Says:

aaaah, ok, sorry I misunderstood you :)

Enjoy the win, as am sure . you are even happier than I it is your biggest fave. It is sweat for sure ;)


el_matador Says:

markus,about that delpo argument..when fed was serving for the match & had those match points,ony 2 players would be able to come back like delpo did today-rafa & novak..and delpo always gives everything in these big moments..and just like nalbandian,this spirit becomes even stronger when he represents Argentina-davis cup(which nalbandian coveted so much but always deserted him in the last hurdle) final match vs murray prime example..I love him for these moments


el_matador Says:

thanks vp


Markus Says:

Del Potro’s two biggest wins are against the biggest man in tennis. Hats off to him.


el_matador Says:

yeah but its also those loses against fed in 12 olympic,murray in 16 olympic,rafa in 13 indian wells final,novak iin 13 wimbledon semi,rafa in davis cup final are such special,epic matches..I dnt believe in “history only remembers winners”


skeezer Says:

Congrats Delpo… and a great match. Good to see him back to form, hitting through the BH. Would have been a better match if these two weren’t so grumpy. However the ump was not a experienced ump that is for sure. Did not have control over the match, the players nor the crowd.


Humble Rafa Says:

This match showed why the Arrogant One is called Whiny Baby in the locker room.


Humble Rafa Says:

Now looking forward to this years Fan Favorite, Good Sportsmanship, God’s Savior award going to the Whining Genius.


skeezer Says:

HR,
LMAO can you be any more jealous? Keep fishing the fishies with your Cats. Slams and titles are not available at this time for you.


AndyMira Says:

Yeah Skeeze…Not at this time…but 2,3 years to come..insyaallah as Rafa still 33,34..


skeezer Says:

AM,
Good luck with that👍😃


Rick Says:

Rooferer is beaten as expected. And he also couldn’t beat Del Potro at the US Open. And you expected him to win today, Sean? rofl


AndyMira Says:

Hehe….Thanks Skeeze!


Rick Says:

They should had built a roof at the Indian Wells’stadium and the event needs night sessions, no? And


Rick Says:

The final should had been played indoor, no?


Markus Says:

Nadal seems to be the kind of player who can go away for a while to heal then come back and zoom straight to the top. I am waiting for and would not be surprised with his next resurgence.


Daniel Says:

Fed will have 3100 pts in ATP race and DelPo clear second above Cilic with 1.760 pts.

DelPo move to #6 in Rankings close distance from Zverev and Dimitrov. Depending on the outcome of these 3 in Miami he could enter clay as #4 ranked player.


skeezer Says:

Rick,
And haters gonna hate, no?


AndyMira Says:

Awww!Thank u Markus!…No wonder Miss Okie & i likes u very much!!Hahaha…


Humble Rafa Says:

Some people are having miserable nights. But remember, goodness always beats nastiness. His Arrogance’s behavior was beyond words – worst of the worst. He only did not ask for a pom-pom.


skeezer Says:

Maybe you should focus on why Fed is the most awarded sportsmen in Tennis Mr Jealousy.
#askDelpo


Okiegal Says:

Why is he the most awarded sportsman in tennis? I have yet to figure this one out…… Mr. Super Brat today…… nope not jealous of arrogance…… got his comeuppance regarding this match!


skeezer Says:

Ok,
Don’t ask here ask all the players on tour….
As far as his behavior today. He is not allowed to not be happy about his game and show it for once? Delpo got grumpy too. They are competing to win, no big deal, let them play. They both were very unhappy with the ump, and right to be so.

#obvious


Madmax Says:

Oh Come on Oki, come on. Understand that you aren’t happy Rafa isn’t sportsman of the year, but he is voted over and over again by Sportsman. He is human and really, you shouldn’t put him up there on a pedastal – like GIles does – all he does is post things about Federer. Crazy fan.

Well done to Delpo. Soooo close, unbelievably close all the way through – not unexpected. After 51 attempts at a master’s win, Delpo had to win it – could not think of a better competitor.

Well done. A great match. it was nothing about Come-uppance Oki, t(that shows how bothered you are by his skill and his talent), that shows your lack of understanding – doesn’t matter that you might be a nice person outside of TX, this is a match, with all the frustrations, the athleticism, the humanity, the speed, they are there to win. How the hell they keep their feelings in check is beyond me.

Whoa, what a game.


Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer……I don’t have to ask the players……. I’ve got eyes…….. he’s a brat…… and so is his wife……

Come on Madmax…… I’m not the least bit unhappy Rafa isn’t sportsman of the year….. I could care less about that award that means absolutely nothing to me………more concerned about injuries……

I think they should give out a head to head award……..😎😎😎


skeezer Says:

“I think they should give out a head to head award…”
You mean the last 4 times in a row they played? And Fed @36? That would be embarrasing and disrecpectful to Rafa, an all time great.
Sorry they don’t have that award…it never would apply to this sports format…become a fan of another sport…..try boxing maybe?
You can have your opinion, same here. But it doesn’t count. The fellow players(who know him best) are the ones that count.
—-
Fed did come unglued today, usually the guy has his emotions in control, but Delpo had his moments also. The ump imo was the problem.


Van Persie Says:

“You can have your opinion, same here. But it doesn’t count.”

Skeezer,

Oh, it counts! Why the hell had to explain John Macon Eurosport, why Fed had to get the day matches at AO…and a pissed off Fed had to play a day match against Fuchsovic, after all the comments on Twitter and other social medias. Internet has power, Daniel explained it.


Van Persie Says:

^^ John Mac on Eurosport, correction


Okiegal Says:

“Fed did come unglued today……..so shocked you noticed……..

“Sorry they don’t have that award” duh…… I’m aware of that……. me thinks they should! ….. So he’s 36…… why is that embarrassing and disrespectful to Rafa, an all time great? I’m 72 and pee all over myself…… now that’s embarrassing!
😜😜😜

Nothing anyone on TX can say to me that will change my mind on Fed’s arrogant ways. The world is full of people that think the same way as I do…..He is an all time great player of his era…….I can’t deny that and I love to watch him play because he is brilliant…… but enjoy seeing him get beat too……just like Fed fans love seeing Rafa get beat, I’m sorry to be rude about all of this but I’m just in a crotchety mood……. it’s all Fed’s fault, his action’s on court yesterday rubbed off on me…….😡😡😡

Rafa 23, Roger 15 ❤️ this stat!


Okiegal Says:

Skeezer……….One more thing, I don’t really care whether my opinion counts or not…..I can say what I please on this forum just like you do……….


Margot Says:

JMDP showing what a gutsy player he is! Congrats.
Bit of a tetchy old match at times. IW needs a new crowd, not sporting to cheer when a serve goes in the net, and new lines people with good eyesight.
The last set was terrific see-saw tennis but for a set and a half Fed played poorly, I thought.
VP: re my last sentence, and so I’m even crosser with Coric now, what an opportunity he missed, hope he gets loads more. The crowd was unfair to him too. If I’d been there I would’ve cheered and cheered for him, in the interests of fairness, apart from anything else.
Good morning OK….;) Indeed comment is free, as they say.


Van Persie Says:

Margot,

Yes to all, what you said. Also think, Fed did not play as good as he did last year at this time. But his comeback in the 2nd set yesterday and the will to fight deserve much respect.


FesExpress Says:

6 losses since his comeback. And 3 of them were when he had MPs.

Dont get me wrong. He has a stunning comeback. 3 Grand Slams.

I would take the 3 GSs at any day and would take every loss at the other events.

Hope Fed bounces back. He was one point away thrice to stay at the top of the ranking till wimbledon. Now the calculation changes.


Okiegal Says:

@Madmax…..,I am not bothered by Roger’ s skill and talent….. I’ve said many times he’s a great player. Also I don’t have a lack of understanding of sports and frustration….,I played sports and it can be frustrating. BTW I’m a nice person on TX and outside of TX . I was just put off yesterday by how the sportsman of the year acted on court…… bad attitude……….I think that was instrumental in him losing too………


Okiegal Says:

Good morning Margot! Free it is! DP had his hands full with the crowd…… they were terrible….. but you have to be able to tune it out. That is probably one thing Roger has never had to deal with much as the crowd is generally on his side………lucky him! For the most part, people want to follow a winner….. and that would be Roger…. he is a great champion.


Madmax Says:

Oki,

I’m sorry Oki, you are out of order here. BY all means be personal, but don’t ever say that Fed is a brat. That is McEnroe’s honour. Plenty of people here hate him, cannot stand him for whatever reason. I see through all of that, I will stick with the guy.

He is amazing and I would take his ways over any others. To carry that pressure on his shoulders all of this years, and then yeah, he can get it wrong, in the limelight in front of a world stage.

Who can’t? So, don’t give me that.

Focus, concentration in all of those key points. Man, I couldn’t stand it. Just couldn’t.

He is amazing. Not his day, well done to Delpo. To me, it was 2099 all over again. Excruciating in the tight points. Not only that, in my heart, I knew it was Delpo’s time, so really, I am so happy for the guy.

It is you Oki who is behaving like a brat. Ready to pounce on the smallest of details. Go eat a sandwich.

Delpo’s breaking a racquet, completely understandable. Gentle giant goes galistic! Don’t care. Love the passion. Love it. Not becoming, of course it isn’t, but boy it shows they care.

It really does.

The crowd, will always be partisan, it’s the way the cookie crumbles. Delpo survived it, he knows what he is up against and it doesn’t much bother him.

Bring it on – all the passion, all the frustrating. Human. They are human. All of them!

No one is perfect.


Madmax Says:

2009!

May be Fed plays until 2099!

haha


Madmax Says:

FedExpress,

Federer doesn’t have to bounce back. He is done, right? Toast?. That is what you usually say.

He lost a match. Who cares? He didn’t deserve it yesterday. It was tight. Bloody damn tight, but he fought. Like a warrior.

Proud of him.

Congratulations though FULLY to Delpo. Love the guy.


AndyMira Says:

Whooo!Madmax!Watch out your language please!…Okie is a 72 years old wonderful women…Not a brat okay??


j-kath Says:

Sounds/reads like it was an absolutely stunning match yesterday – duty called and was sad to miss it. So belated KUDOS for both guys…especially Delpo who evidently & heroically came back from the dead.
Reads like lots of Poster conflicting comments – so thought I’d send you this re. Andy Murray……thank goodness he was being a “good boy” and was alone when he was visited.

http://www.thenational.scot/news/16095625.Andy_Murray___39_great_sport__39__in_late_night_charity_prank/


FedExpress Says:

Delpo was the better man 1 1/2 set, Federer the rest of the 1 1/2

But i have never seen Roger fail to serve out the championship after having MPs. He rushed on the points. and drop shots were ill advised. Remember the drop shot at the US open 2009 when he served for a 2 sets to love lead and failed. He got what he deserved. And Delpo played a good breaker (though assisted by Feds DFs)

But the mind boggling thing is why attack and play to Delpos FH everytime and gets punished. So stubborn at times.


AndyMira Says:

Awwww!…So sporting Andy!…If it was me,that McIntyre sure will kiss my flip flop already!


Giles Says:

I guess carrying all that overgrown facial hair weighed him down! Lol


Giles Says:

“He lost a match. Who cares?” Lol. Evidently you do MAdmax. Suck it up!!
And lay off Oki, you great big Bully!
🧐😤😱


Giles Says:

https://twitter.com/couglore/status/975589850006020096?s=21
And yet this is the man voted Sportsman of the Year EVERY year. Pffffffffft


Margot Says:

Fed Express: Fed changed tactics during the 2nd set.He took the pace right off the ball and started sending it to Fed’s backhand, and it started to pay off. Then towards the end of the 3rd, he was back to trying to outhit JMDP forehand to forehand. Baffling.
VP: Yes Kudos to him too, to keep battling, even tho., playing poorly by his lofty standards.


Amit Says:

Delpo deserved a MS way back!! Kudos to JMDP!!!😀😀😀 Most deserved win!!😍😍😍 Fed will come back strong again! 😍😍😍 Great tournament! But shame on the crowd for too much biasedness towards Fed! #GiveYourselvesABreakMeanCrowd #RowdyCrowd 😠😠😠


Daniel Says:

Nadal fans saying Fed is a brat on court where Nadal is the biggest rule abuser the sport have ever had and a huge bully on court! Have to laugh hard at that one. Lol


Daniel Says:

I Have nothig agaisnt Nadal outside a tennis coirte. He has a genuine humble atritude and love what he brings to sport and his cahrity. His on court persona and abises I have a problem with.

Some dislike Fed outside court as they consider him arrogant. But once in a while in a tense match he having a bad behavior same as DelPo was is nothing. The line umpores in IW are the worst pf the while season, they were mistakes in alatches and all players were not trusting them, hence the hige amount of challeges. And they picked an umpire with not a strong fist to hold the crowd and players, add to that a nail bitter tense competitive match and it was an oven about to explode.


skeezer Says:

^yeah typical from those rafans, it smells jealousy …real bad.
If Rafa had 10 sporstmenship awards they wouldn’t be saying what a sham it is. Also I remember them touting Rafa winning the Laures award one year lol. Whatever.
Fed wasn’t on his best behavior yesterday for sure, but neither as Delpo. They both had big time issues with the ump.


skeezer Says:

^re 8:01 post


Amit Says:

I just love del potro!! 😀😀😀😍😍😍 hope he wins the FO this year and uso too! 😉 And hopefully Fed wins the wimby!! Thats my dream scenario!😈😈😈


Amit Says:

Delpotro FH and even BH when its firing well, oh gosh!! Gotta love them! JMDP at his best is a sensational player! His serve and FH plus even BH are nightmares for rivals, a pleasure for his fans! Always been a Delpo lover! #GoJMDP!! Win more slams man!! 😍😍😍


Amit Says:

People can complain about Fed behaviour much, but still he is the classiest by far! 👍👍👍 absolutely theres none even close to.his decency.. the rest are far worse than Fed, all the time.. i rest my case at that as i dont wanna point out how disgusting some of the other successful players are on tour.. people can see it.. thats why fed is loved more than others and his peers know the reality best..😎😎😎


Amit Says:

Fans of other players criticising Federer behaviour is like pot calling the kettle back, hahaha.. i am outta this discussion…


FedExpress Says:

When is the draw for Miami?


Amit Says:

Judgments apart, the year became just much more exciting with JMDP getting into the mix! For all i know, delpo can repeat such victory in a slam too this year, if he holds well for rest of the year.. jmdp is phenomemal tennis player and surely one of the biggest under-achievers ever, going by his lofty standards…


Daniel Says:

FedEx,

Mimai draw probably Wednesday afternoon. First Round matches starts on Thursday.

I Hope DelPo as #6 land in Fed’s QF. So if they have to play again, they do it in a QF and not finals. My health can take another match like yesterday.


Daniel Says:

Yeah, not disrespecting Nadal, Djoko and Murray, but yesterday just showed that you don’t need a packed draw for a tourney to be a hit. 2 players on top form and we have a classic final match like that. One were on 17th match winning streak and the other on a 10th match sreak


rognadfan Says:

My observations on yesterday’s match.

On court attitude: Fed was unusually rattled and complained a little too much than usual. But that’s part of the game. Unless you abuse the rule and try to scare away little ball-girls/boys by shouting at them and that kind of stuff, it’s all good, if you ask me.
Delpo was also visibly upset but that is totally understandable.

But, like Okiegal mentioned, Fed’s was a little too rattled which may have caused him to loose focus when it mattered the most, and that may have cost him the match.

The Game: Fed’s approach to playing Delpo has been so stubborn, almost always, that when Delpo is feeling it, he almost knows what to expect, chances to hit bullets of forehands more often than against anybody else.

An example, Fed serves, get a decent ball that he is able to make it a FH shot and then he chooses to go inside in, for which he can’t hit a flat shot with a much pace and has to put topspin. Since it doesn’t has much pace, Delpo has plenty of time to hit the bullet. He does that every freaking time against delpo.
The most obvious example was on one of his MPs yesterday where he had the chance to go inside-out-Flat-shot, for which he would have most like gotten a slice response from Delpo. Doesn’t mean he would have won the point but he surely wouldn’t have lost in the next stroke of a bullet as well. He chose otherwise, like he had done the entire match and had not been successful at all. Same was the case in the entire US open. He needs to reassess that strategy against delpo. I guess, may be, because he wins against Delop more often than he loses, he hasn’t realized that he has failed repeatedly on that particular tactic.

By now delpo almost knows that more often than not those kind of ball come to his FH

That said, Delpo’s game has really come together, but with an awesome great twist w.r.t. his old style and that’s really really exciting because it’s better for his wrist and it is now effective enough to hang on against the best.
Now, at least there will be matches everyone wants to tune in all big tournaments.
In the end, Fed seemed confused out there and Delpo was just too damn focused and rock-solid.


Madmax Says:

Awesome match!

Frustration on both sides. But guess what? Plenty of Cudos to delpo. Rightly so.

Fabulous frustrations on both sides. Rock solid players. It was a fantastic match and I will take away the great shots on both sides!

Brilliant. Thank you Roger. Thank you Juan Martin. Always so entertaining these two. Really.

Ricky Dimon
@Dimonator
it is so epic how furious these guys are

10:52 PM – Mar 18, 2018

@Bridget_Otoo
Federer Bn angry has to be the funniest thing

Dave Levitan

@davelevitan
If you’re into tennis, turn on the #IndianWells final. They’re heading to a final set, level of play is incredible, and Federer and Del Potro are both very very angry. It’s great.

10:53 PM – Mar 18, 2018

Temper tantrums aside, the tennis was extraordinarily entertaining. Down 5-4 in the second, Del Potro saved two set points as Federer struggled to level things up. The Swiss needed seven set points to eventually make it one set apiece.

The standard wasn’t always perfect — both players made uncharacteristic unforced errors as Del Potro’s forehand failed him and Federer’s backhand didn’t come to the party. But interspersed between the ugliness were cracking running winners, while Federer’s artistry with his drop shot was next level.

Tensions weren’t quite as high in the deciding set until the crowd was treated to some late drama. Federer broke for a 5-4 lead and was serving for the match when he pinged Del Potro with a backhand to the body, prompting the Argentine to glare at him.

Del Potro maintained the rage as he saved three match points to break right back and make it 5-5 before both players held their next service games, sending things to a tiebreak.

After the 29-year-old hit a scorching forehand winner Federer once again took his frustration out on the umpire and losing his cool may have cost him at the start of the tiebreak.


Madmax Says:

Amit Says:
Judgments apart, the year became just much more exciting with JMDP getting into the mix! For all i know, delpo can repeat such victory in a slam too this year, if he holds well for rest of the year.. jmdp is phenomemal tennis player and surely one of the biggest under-achievers ever, going by his lofty standards…

March 19th, 2018 at 8:24 am

Amit,

Delpo has always been in the mix. Someone as we know who has immense talent, but a string of bad luck with wrist injuries. I really hope he is back to stay and that he goes on to win more slams. Boy, he deserves to.


Margot Says:

Fed got rattled because he was missing shots he usually makes, frustration more than anything. As rognadfan says all the players behave like that, yes, even Andy! As for “sportsman” award, that’s quite contentious anyway. Perhaps we should give to the player who is happy to lose and smiles, smiles, smiles and re-name it “Best Loser” award……;) Fed Express would love that one!


Madmax Says:

That’s right Giles. Sportsman of the year, because for the most part, Fed keeps his frustrations in check. That’s what makes him a master of the game and for people like you, the taste of jealousy, well, it’s bitter right?

Never mind Giles, Fed won’t mind your spewing. Carry on and reveal yourself to more frustrations.

I’m glad to see this passion from Federer. I really am. He left it all out on the court yesterday, no one here can argue it was not a close match and that man is an absolute fighter.

Onwards and upwards. Hope Fed takes a rest now. Much, much deserved.


skeezer Says:

@Margot & rognadfan,
Spot on observations.


Daniel Says:

What is great about DelPo’s comeback is how he is slowly improving his backhand. He gave time for his wrist to fully heal, as if he set a chronogram on pace and power increase month by month. Last year he was only slicing (which contrinuted for his slice to get much better and precise), tagretiing the backhand corner; than he kept hitting 2 hand heavier and heavier and yesterday he even unleashed some BH bombs like the pre surgery DelPo.

He is now on a 11 match win streak with two titles on HC, Acapulco and IW and will be pumped up for Miami as well, co-favorite with Federer.


Markus Says:

Great match yesterday. The talks and discussions should focus on the two finalists who battled there. There’s no point in dropping Nadal’s name where he had zero role at this year’s Indian Well.


Okiegal Says:

Fed always gets testy when he’s losing……. I think he wanted to strangle Hawkeye yesterday…… you all know the time.

@Madmax…….I’m out of order here?? When did you get a black robe and a gavel to pass judgement on me? Pot kettle black…. obviously it takes a bully to know a bully! I will say whatever I please ….. thank you very much! If it’s OK with you I think I’ll have a hamburger instead of a sandwich! 🍔


Okiegal Says:

@rognadfan 9:03….. Thanks for agreeing with me on one point…….being an old woman and all I don’t get a lot of respect regarding anything I say…………but I nailed that observation…….just saying……


rognadfan Says:

Okiegal,
My tendency is to always try to look for points that I can agree on. If you dig in TX, I have sometimes agreed even with HR and Giles, the front runners of the ‘TX Fed-loather’s posse, when they make rational points/observations.

On top of that, you observation was pretty objective. Hence the agreement.
Cheers!


Okiegal Says:

@Amit 7:52……I made mention way up on the thread that DelPo had to beat his opponent and the crowd ……….Roger doesn’t have to deal with that problem because he’s so loved. …… possibly at Davis cup??


Okiegal Says:

@rognadfan…..I always like your comments and cheers back!! 🍻🍻🍻


Willow Says:

Rogernad fan your posts are great i agree with Okie, what i find with some fans is you can be a fair and objective poster, but unless you give a rival 100% credit all the time about absolutely every given thing, or dare to defend your favorite, your not really considered a fair fan to some, so what if Okie doesnt like Federer she still respects him as player and gives him credit, same with Skeezer about Rafa ….


Willow Says:

About crowd support well Federer will always have that monopoly, the only time it would be almost equal would be when he plays against Rafa, even then Fed would still have a slight edge, what i dont like is when they cheer on an opponents error, or heckle an opponent, treating them with such obvious distain ….


rognadfan Says:

OKiegal and willow-
Thanks

Willow at 3:39pm,
I agree that Fed has huge advantage with the crowd against any player on the planet. Rafa comes close to him. But then these two guys earned that over the course of 15 years. Nole too has come a long way in that department from say, in the 2008-2009 days. So it takes that kind of performances to achieve such superstardom.

The down side of such following, for the opponents is that there is always a ‘mob mentality’ at play in those situations. This more, often than not, leads to the situations you point out. But a professional player playing in front of 10-15 thousand people can’t complain on that. He should be able to feed on it regardless of what atmosphere there is. At least after a while.
But then I am not a professional player so it’s easy for me to say.
But still….well I’ll leave at that. :)


Okiegal Says:

@rognadfan 9:35……..Great post! Willow is so right about me. I do respect Roger as a player…..he’s a great champion and loved by millions! I can’t deny that. I have said nice things about Roger before and never get a thumbs up from his fans. In all reality I don’t think his fans want non fans saying positive things about him ……they rather you say negative things then they can pounce and fuss at you and tell you that you don’t belong on the forum because you’re a bully………I repeat I have said many nice about Roger……….goes unnoticed. I have said snarky things …….. always get a quick reply!
I always read your comments and enjoy them rognadfan!! 👍👍👍😊😊😊

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