Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer Tuesday At London ATP Finals; Big 4-0 As Nadal, Murray Winners
by Sean Randall | November 16th, 2015, 7:30 pm
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More things change the more they stay the same. Through two days of the 2015 ATP Finals, guess who the winners are? The Big 4! That’s right, we are still living in 2010 as Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray joined their Big 4 brethren Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer not only as winners this week, but straight set winners.

Murray stepped up his game after going down an early break in the second and re-focused to beat David Ferrer 6-4, 6-4.

“It was a little bit off for a couple of games in my first match on Monday and my returning could have been better,” Murray said. “But to beat a guy like David Ferrer in straight sets is always encouraging and physically I felt good, so I’m happy about that.”

What I liked today was Murray appears to be playing this week to win, not just to tune himself up for Davis Cup.

Later, Nadal dropped his opening service game before crushing past what Jim Courier called a tanking Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 6-2.

“I think I played a solid match,” said Nadal who improves to 5-11 vs Top 10 players this year. “I had one bad game, the first one of the match. But then immediately I was playing well. I played the way that I wanted to play. I played aggressive. I played with not many mistakes.”

Nice to see Nadal get a big win like that, but the story was the lack of anything really from Wawrinka who all but admitted afterwards he just wasn’t into it.

“When something went wrong today, everything went wrong,” said Wawrinka. “It was just a really bad day at the office.”

Nadal will face Murray on Wednesday. If Murray wins he’ll also clinch the year-end No. 2 ranking for the first time in his career.

Stan will have to regroup and face Ferrer. “That’s why it’s interesting here,” Wawrinka said. “You can lose the first match and still qualify. I will have to play some better tennis. I will have to be back on my top form for the next one against David Ferrer.”

Tomorrow, someone in the Big 4 will finally lose when the marquee round robin match between Djokovic and Federer is scheduled.

The two tournament favorites have split 42 career meetings but lately Djokovic’s had the edge, and he won recently at the US Open on a court more suited to Federer. Roger will have to go into hyper-aggressive mode and serve incredibly well, but the court once again appears slow like Paris, so advantage Novak.

“I think it’s a really good court for me personally. I think it’s a really good court for Novak, too,” elaborated Federer on Sunday. “Seems like whoever takes charge of the baseline, and if you cannot serve your way out of trouble often enough, which is hard to do here because of the pace of the court, the guy from the baseline wins, the better one.”

And that’s Novak. And in this pre-cursor to the final I think it will be in straight sets. He’s simply better than Roger from the baseline.

Another subplot is the loser of the match may have to win on Thursday. For Federer, it’s much easier with Nishikori while Djokovic will have to duel the dangerous Berdych. So as far as getting out of the group, maybe it’s a little more important for Djokovic to win.

In the early 9am ET match, I’ll take Tomas Berdych to beat Kei Nishikori also in two. Indoors, Tomas should have his way with Kei who’s been struggling of late.

TUESDAY ATP FINALS SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT STARTS AT 12:00 NOON
(4) Jamie Murray/John Peers VS (8) Rohan Bopanna/Florin Mergea

NOT BEFORE 2:00 PM
(6) Tomas Berdych VS (8) Kei Nishikori

6:00 PM
(1) Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan VS (5) Simone Bolelli/Fabio Fognini

NOT BEFORE 8:00 PM
(1) Novak Djokovic VS (3) Roger Federer


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193 Comments for Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer Tuesday At London ATP Finals; Big 4-0 As Nadal, Murray Winners

Travis Bickle Says:

Based on the level shown in the first matches, I say Novak in two and Kei in two.

Kei’s level against Novak, especially in the first set prior to him being thoroughly thrashed and discouraged, is more than enough to beat Berdych’s level shown against Federer.

Similarly, Novak’s level from the first match may indicate fairly easy victory against Federer, something along the 6-2, 6-3 lines…


Sivaji Says:

If Novak wins 6-1 6-1 against Nishikori, Novak in Great form nobody can stop him But Nadal wins 6-3 6-2 against Wawrinka, Wawrinka tanked.. huh!


Michael Says:

To stop a rampaging Novak in such a murderous form, Roger has to have a very high first serve percentage above 80% as otherwise there is little chance to effect the upset.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Any group could get complicated doubt Novak loses to anyone,but i think Berd beats Kei today,and Novak beats Roger,then Kei wont want to suffer a whitewash,so could salvage some pride and think f*ck it against Roger and just go for it,then that group will also get messy….


Armstrong Moave Abur Says:

Matches involving novak and Federer are risky to predict but with the form that novak is in, difficult to see Federer with a chance.


Giles Says:

I think fed wins this one.
Sivaji. Agree. That’s the extent of the bias.


Viki Says:

During Paris Open, I have written big paragraph to show why now it is almost impossible for Murray and Nadal to beat Djokovic for atleast next one year until they learn to volley or how to make passing shot if other player is volleying (this is true for Murray).

Also mention how Djokovic is working on drop shot at paris open which will really comes handy at French open.

Today after seeing highlights of Federer and Berdych, i can say that other player needs to learn and Federer just need to try. He again show his masterclass in playing those drop shots.

I wish Nadal has great serve and Federer can play as aggresive from him backhand as from forehand (he can learn from wawrinka).

But Props to Djokovic for his hard work and work ethics and he deserve years of dominance.


Gypsy Gal Says:

The French Open is months away yet Viki,anything can happen between now and then….


calmdownplease Says:

`it is almost impossible for Murray and Nadal to beat Djokovic for atleast next one year until they learn to volley or how to make passing shot if other player is volleying (this is true for Murray)..`

?
What an absurd post.
NEXT!


elina Says:

You guys, so many predicting Novak in 2 over Roger, something he hasn’t done in three years and nine tries on a hard court.

Quite the opposite in reality Roger has beaten Novak in straight sets three of the last four times on an ATP hard court in the last year.

If Novak plays his best on this slow court, agreed that Roger stands little chance, but I don’t think he will.

Roger all the way in this match up. Likely straight sets.


RZ Says:

With Berdych-Nishikori going 3 sets, I guess if either Novak or Roger win in 2, they are automatically in the semis.


RZ Says:

^ sorry, meant “the winner is” not “they are”


Viki Says:

@CDP,

It is not absurd, it is the truth. If you observe Murray matches with Djokovic or other Djoko matches also. If in a rally if he is hitting good shot, he is coming to net to take the initiative. At present only Nadal is able to win point in that situation by hitting a passing winner but other players does not have that skill.

Even in Paris match with Wawrinka, this tactic was making the difference. Wawrinka did not try even once to come to net and in rally Djokovic always coming to net whenever he is in good position.


Ben Pronin Says:

What’s this? A close match? At the WTF? Impossible!


Viki Says:

Otherwise here is thing to ponder is how much Djokovic is improved in last two years. Remember 2013 French open and definitely if you follow Djoko, you know in those days, Djoko even not able to make the smash shot on looping balls at net. This not happen once but many times. But courtesy of Federer and Becker, he improve those areas and he has too to beat Federer consistently.

Thats why i always say, Federer improve Djoko game but not Nadal because Nadal can beat him without improving his Game. But For Djoko to do that he needs to learn serving and volleying. And these things are only helping him to beat other players.


Viki Says:

As Djoko Need one year to improve this aspect of his games, That’s why i am telling Murray and Nadal need atleast one year to prepare these aspect of their game. I hope from now on you will see how these things are making all the difference between him and other players.


calmdownplease Says:

It IS absurd dear.
Muzz was playing at the net and volleying very well way before this (presumably) Becker inspired innovation from Novak.
The Idea that Muzz has to learn something he is one of the best at to catch up with something newly added by Novak, is a.b.s.u.r.d.
And the same for Nadal also (who has always been very good at the net).


calmdownplease Says:

And Nadal’s passing shots are legendary!


Viki Says:

First of all, Nadal and Murray are not coming to net.
And even now if they are coming they are not good at volleying as Djoko. Federer is best at volleying and there is still lots of ground for Djoko to become as gud as Federer in volleying. So it not only coming to net but execution is also important.

Until now i have not seen single player who is good at net but not great server. Means these two these skill are inseparable. We know how good the server Murray and Nadal are.

I am telling the fact, just observe from now on.


Viki Says:

I already told that at present, only Nadal and Djoko are good at passing shots. That’s why they are able to beat Federer.
But Djoko was always close to Nadal and Murray in skill but because of new facets of his game, he is unbeatable now.


FedExpress Says:

first proper match at the wtf. big 4 not involved and as a consequence competitve match


calmdownplease Says:

`And even now if they are coming they are not good at volleying as Djoko’

You are NOT CORRECT
You simply don’t know what you are talking about going on like this.

Both are great at the net but they do not go to the net enough.
There’s been an improvement with Andy recently but he plays about 30% of skills tops in any match.
The reason for not seeing various things is tactical
You assume the reason they don’t come to the net is because they can’t which is rubbish
But whatever.
I doubt anyone agrees with you either (that know both of their games)


elina Says:

The big 4 have bigger fish to fry.


jalep Says:

Poor Berdych. What is it called, elina? A sandwich short of a picnic? ;)

Happy for Kei.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Viki, Rafa is one of the best net players on tour. It does not fit in his game plan, but he has exceptional skills at net. Besides seeing Rafa pull off many difficult volleys for years now myself, I’ve heard commentators say he is one of the best on tour many times. So it is not ‘inseparable’ from service.

Murray, I agree, has never been great at the net for someone who is such a master of touch.


FedExpress Says:

commentators even say that rafa is a better vollleyer than fed.*hahahahahahh*


Daniel Says:

Only shor for Berdych is for Fed to beat Nole and Kei and Berdych beat Djoko, this way Fed leads group and the other 3 are tied with 1-2. If Djoko beats Fed today, Berdych out, Djoko leader and Fed and Kei will battle for second spot last match.


calmdownplease Says:

You WHAT TV?

Do you watch as lot of Muzz then?
You’re not a fan so I don’t think you do but he is quite brilliant at the net when he decides to go in.
He used to do it more.
But whatever


elina Says:

Funny because it is no doubt true.


RZ Says:

Nice article here on the professionalism of the Big 4 and how it shows at the WTF. http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2015/11/pros-end/56830/#.VkthmHarSWg


jane Says:

saw that RZ. and i totally agree. :)


Ben Pronin Says:

Nadal has never been as good a volleyer as Federer. It’s just that McEnroe couldn’t contain himself when he saw Nadal come to net to put away easy volleys.

Murray is OK at net. Having soft hands doesn’t make you a great volleyer by default. But he has never come in as often as he should. No idea where the idea that he used to come in more comes from. But he did come in like 50 times against Djokovic in Paris.


elina Says:

Roger’s volleying skills while quite good are definitely overrated when compared to Nadal’s.

Nadal’s ability to get low under the ball and volley especially when the ball drops below the net is simply unmatched.

Only criticism of Nadal’s volley is that he should use it more often.


jatin Says:

Talking about the net play, I think we will see Fed doing a lot of those against novak today. Still remember their 2012 title match where fed was leading in both sets but novak came back each time and finished the match with one of the best backhand DTL winner one could possibly hit.

Observations aside, what can I possibly say about novak ?
I never witnessed fed’s dominance, but many people have often told me that players used to mentally lose their match even before hitting the ball against Fed. Such was his aura. And I can see the same thing when most players face Novak, as he is THAT good.
I saw his match against nishikori and he was playing JAW dropping tennis, was missing nothing, running down every possible ball. Nishi was actually playing good but what could he possibly have done against an opponent who is playing in such high level ?
I have seen a lot of people coming up with a weak era theories again but I don’t see it as such. This era may look weak because novak is THAT good . And yes, I have come to enjoy novak’s era as well even though he had given us fed fans some of the many painful defeats ( Those Break point chances in the USO final FED )

Hope we can see another good encounter between these two again with fed emerging victorious :)


calmdownplease Says:

`No idea where the idea that he used to come in more comes from’

It came from me, obviously
i.e the only person commenting here that actually has WATCHED Murray play week in week out for years!
He used to come in a bit more and used it for a time as a tactic against Nadal, for example.
None of you would bother with him other than when he is playing your favourites, or from a few key matches so cut the crap.
You don’t know what you are blathering about!


calmdownplease Says:

And yes Ben recently he has started coming in against Novak as a tactic (as he should).


RZ Says:

The Bryans look to be winning their match (though it’s still early in the 2nd set). If they win, it’ll come down to their last RR match against Murray-Peers to decide who goes to the semis.


Chrisford1 Says:

My own opinion is that excellent skills at net with an inability to come to net at the right time to exploit those skills consistently (Andy and Rafa) is not as good as someone who now instinctively knows when to go to net but with still medium skills at net (Djokovic).
Djokovic, under Becker, seems to have fully grasped what an edge it is to be a top baseliner that can now shorten point time and get easy winners or run Andy ragged….conserving Nole’s own energy for the match or future matches.. And, as many note, after avoiding net like the plague the 1st half of his career, Nole is discovering he is indeed capable of touch, fine volleys, ending his infamous Djoko-Smashes (or at least making tem far rarer).
And as many note, since net play and half court volleys, drop shots were so absent from Djokovics arsenal before – he amps up his offensive capability with just a little more work put in far easier than his rivals because there was so much room for improvement. Even though Fed, Rafa, and Andy are all still “better at net” – edge to Djokovic.
But again, key to this is Djokovic understanding and now having confidence to know WHEN to come in. He is actually better at that than Rafa or Andy, who both shy away from that “risk” to stay in their baseline comfort zone.
Federer, obviously is a different cat. He knows when to come in, he has the serve and volley skills. But edge to Djokovic there because Fed knows he does not have the speed or stamina to hang with Nole in a 3, let alone 5 set baseline battle – so he forces his net appearances. Hoping that even though he is not in as good a court position as Nole, that Nole cannot make the passing shot or the threat of Roger coming in disrupts his game.
All credit to Fed. What he is doing is slaying just about everyone younger than he – but Djokovic has (1) The defense to counter, (2) That incredible return of serve that keeps Fed back more often than not, (3)Noles passing shots the equal to Rafa’s these days, and (4), He can wear Fed out if Fed stays on baseline with Djokovic’s better speed and stamina.


Ben Pronin Says:

Elina, strange, because I never see Nadal coming under the ball since he never needs to. You only see Nadal at the net when he has easy put-aways – nice and high over the net.

Federer’s volleying skills were overrated, especially during his prime. He always had a good backhand volley but his forehand volley was serviceable at best. Under Edberg, he’s become probably the best volleyer on tour. Nowadays, his ability to come under the ball is really incredible. Just watch his volleying highlights on youtube for this year. He’s hitting incredible shots at the net.

CDP, Murray is a big star, it’s not hard to watch his matches. In any case, I don’t know if it was the right tactic. It didn’t really help him.


Wog Boy Says:

I am pretty sure Roger will do his best and try to bully Nole coming to net today, forget about baseline play, that is decoy, Roger doesn’t intend to stay on baseline and do the baseline battle. This match is 50/50.


elina Says:

Ben, then you missed a beautiful volley last night when Nadal had to come under the ball on an approach that Stan made very difficult for him.

Have a look!

https://twitter.com/TennisTV/status/666360594908520448


elina Says:

Well said WB, it is Roger’s typical pre-match deception antics but Novak won’t bite.


Ben Pronin Says:

That was a great volley, but I wouldn’t say it’s “unmatched”.


elina Says:

No, that was just a recent example at the top of my head.

I’m talking overall.

He just needs to use it more.


Wog Boy Says:

Nishikori win might put some extra pressure on Roger.


jatin Says:

Roger is serving first :)


FedExpress Says:

ahhhhhhhh

why are they showing the us open for the anaylis


Thangs Says:

Nole is the best in volleying..


Daniel Says:

Djokovic already getting to an impossible shot to set BP, Fed saved with serves.


jatin Says:

Great rallies to start the 1st game.


Ben Pronin Says:

Well, if this game is a precursor of things to come, Federer will need to serve well to stay in it.


Ben Pronin Says:

The bounce on this court is actually insane. I don’t know why Nadal complains, it’s clearly a clay court.


FedExpress Says:

wtf this court is#
in the first game some shots from fed would have been winners on medium fast courts


jatin Says:

Good game by fed with 2 aces. Leads 2-1


FedExpress Says:

laughable court really


FedExpress Says:

fed making silly mistakes

led 40-0 in two service games and let nole back to 30

it will cost him if he doenst lead 40-0


jatin Says:

Fed firing aces. That’s more like it.


FedExpress Says:

nole applying nadals tactic

attacking feds BH


FedExpress Says:

big chance missed after having 15-30

nole basically moon balling everything


Ben Pronin Says:

Nole is moonballing? He’s firing lasers from the backhand side whereas Federer has been moonballing his own to the middle. C’mon now.


jatin Says:

Hope fed can put some pressure on novak’s serve again. 4-3


jatin Says:

Novak’s backhand defense is breathtaking to see


FedExpress Says:

i wish fed breaks nole for the set instead of serving it out (when the oppurtuniry arises)

ben u r right


Ben Pronin Says:

Neither guy appears particularly crisp and yet they don’t look terrible, either. Both serving really well, though.


jatin Says:

Great Backhand DTL to finish the game from fed. Serving great


FedExpress Says:

why nole looked upwards when fed played a jam o a FH winner


jatin Says:

Since winning the USO novak has only lost on average 5 games per match. Ridiculous


FedExpress Says:

why tf isnt fed slicing


Daniel Says:

Well contested match, apart from that first BP Djoko had they are holding with authority and the usual great points, this is THE rivalry of the moment.


FedExpress Says:

fed commiting suicide nearly


FedExpress Says:

if fed loses the TB he will lose the match

if nole loses the Tb it wouldnt make any difference


Giles Says:

The bounce is LOW


Okiegal Says:

Which one of these two players is a “mug”?? Tell us, FedEx……. :)


FedExpress Says:

wow fed won a long rally. clap ur hands


Ben Pronin Says:

^LOL. To be fair, Federer is always really good at carrying the momentum from the TB to get an early break in the second set over Novak.


FedExpress Says:

SP fed
he will waste is as usual


Daniel Says:

Set point Fed in a game Djoko made 2 UE already. Fed serve is impeccable, let’s see how this point plays out.


Ben Pronin Says:

They’re both useless mugs haha.


FedExpress Says:

didnt i say it

he is dirtying his pants


Daniel Says:

Djoko shutting down the door, ace 1 point from tiebreak, most fitting for this set.


FedExpress Says:

fed will lose the TB like 3-7

SP fed. grande


Ben Pronin Says:

Let’s be honest, Djokovic has the worst overhead of any number 1 ever.


Daniel Says:

GOAT shot to close the set, drop half volley on the line, amazing!!


FedExpress Says:

hshahahahahahahah

i am rolling on the floor

hahahahhahahah


jatin Says:

What a drop shot that was by fed to win the set.
Just AMAZING


FedExpress Says:

hahahahaha
sky sports saying fed acciently using noles bench did the trick to unrattle nole hahahhahaha


Giles Says:

Fed growing a beard? Suits him


FedExpress Says:

i saw that volley on SP going out tbh


Ben Pronin Says:

Is it just me or was that the fastest 7-5 set ever?


Ben Pronin Says:

You just had to know Federer was going to prevent Djokovic from topping his 06 season :D.


FedExpress Says:

3 BPs

now is the moemnt of truth

will he choke all 3


Daniel Says:

Wow, who said Fed is master of breaking to start second set, 0-40.


FedExpress Says:

one gone


FedExpress Says:

two gone


jeez Says:

3 BP
2 saved


Ben Pronin Says:

Just like that, carrying momentum to get the early break. Looks like Novak felt the pressure today. Now he’ll have to beat Berdych and hope Federer beats Nishikori just to make the semis. Poor showing from the world number 1.


jatin Says:

WOW ..drop shot return to break novak. 2-0


FedExpress Says:

the real test starts now

15-15


FedExpress Says:

15-30

this game is so important


jeez Says:

2 BP for Djokovic


FedExpress Says:

2 bps nole. 1 remains


Ben Pronin Says:

The problem is no matter what Djokovic does now, Federer is serving too well. Federer has taken the racket out of Djokovic’s hands.


FedExpress Says:

break nole

was so predictable

fed shitting in his pants


FedExpress Says:

there goes the match fed


jatin Says:

Hope fed can break again


FedExpress Says:

nope

nole will boss this set now


jeez Says:

@Ben Pronin
Spoken too soon!!!??


FedExpress Says:

chokerer appears

fed will be broken in his next service game. doubts creeping in


FedExpress Says:

this so paris 2013 SF


Ben Pronin Says:

I don’t think so… Federer is still serving first this set. Djokovic needs to do more than just break back to even the second set. He’s in the rabbit hole.


FedExpress Says:

ty fed for waking nole up


jatin Says:

That was instance Backhand DTL by novak. 2-2


FedExpress Says:

double fault hahahah

15-15


jeez Says:

Both Novak & Fed not serving as well as in SET1


FedExpress Says:

feds serving vulnerable now


jatin Says:

positive game for fed.
Novak’s serve has dropped a little, hope he could attack it a lot more now.


jeez Says:

Still slight advantage for Federer as he is serving 1st…


FedExpress Says:

its always advantage nole till the last ball is played


jeez Says:

Errors by Novak!!


FedExpress Says:

15-40

will he waste it


jeez Says:

2 MORE BP


FedExpress Says:

luckerer

break fed


courbon Says:

Novak is crap tonight, Fed is serving great.


jatin Says:

THat’s more like it roger. What a backhand to break.. wow


FedExpress Says:

this game is so vital


Ben Pronin Says:

Federer is playing really up and down. He’s catching fire at just the right moments. But this is a horrible match from Djokovic’s side. He’s serving bad and he’s awful from the baseline. And it’s strange because Federer is gifting him plenty of sitters off his backhand. Djokovic completely failing to take advantage.

No way does Federer lose after being up a break twice.


FedExpress Says:

fed will have 3 chances for the match

either break or serve.

i hope he breaks him

5-2


jatin Says:

Novak’s frustrated. Roger on roll. Leads 5-2


jeez Says:

Djokovic is spraying BH & FH bringing inner fed while Fed is playing error free inner Djokovic !!!

Heh he …!

And Federer is 1 game away

7-5,5-2


jatin Says:

Comon fed. Serve it out :)


FedExpress Says:

30-30

break him fed


FedExpress Says:

40-40

such games if they go long and nole comes thorugh it coudl have an impact

MP fed


jeez Says:

No need to serve it out?

MATCH POINT


FedExpress Says:

shitttttttttttttt


jeez Says:

Saved

DEUCE !!


FedExpress Says:

this could be a turning point folks


FedExpress Says:

man fed dont pronlong this

serve 4 aces and its enough


jeez Says:

2nd MATCH POINT!!


Daniel Says:

Djoko a bit careless.

If Fed indeed wins in two he is qualified regardless for semis. Even if Kei beat him 2-0 and Djoko beats Berdy 2-0, Fed stays with 4-2, Djoko 4-2 and Kei 4-3, Fed qualify first and Djoko second. If Fed wins 1 set versus Kei, he qualifies first. Second MP Fed.


Daniel Says:

And he wins it, Another time Fed stops Djoko streak!


jatin Says:

WOW.. Loved it.
7-5,6-2. Such a sweet victory :)


RZ Says:

Fed didn’t want Nole to lead the head-to-head (though I feel that would be inevitable next year)


Daniel Says:

And Djoko seems can’t get over the HxH, this is the second orchard time he even and than Fed gets ahead again.


jatin Says:

He didn’t need to serve it out :)


FedExpress Says:

in your face haters


Ben Pronin Says:

Good match from Federer, pathetic from Djokovic.


jeez Says:

congradulations for SEAN JINX !!!


courbon Says:

Congratulations to Fed fans.Great playing by Fed, truly deserves to win.


elina Says:

Seems like I should be doing the predictions around here.

As I said, Fed in two – fourth time in straights on a hard court in the last 13 months.

Oh ye of little faith.

Congrats to me and anyone else that picked fed in two,

Commies to those that picked Nole.


Markus Says:

At age 34 Federer shows us who’s the boss.


Thangs Says:

Good job Federer


courbon Says:

Congratulations to Fed fans.Great playing by Fed, truly deserves to win. Lets have now gloating from Fed fans…


Giles Says:

Well done fed. Take that joker! Lol


jeez Says:

STREAKBREAKERER !!!


FedExpress Says:

nole played bad but we know how he won so many matches playing badly (goffin, gulbis,…)

fed was solid


Giles Says:

Stubble bringing fed good luck it seems 😳


FedExpress Says:

still cant overtake fed in h2h. he will eventually

but this will only make feds legacy greater


jatin Says:

Elina, that was some bold prediction definitely :)

Hope fed can continue the momentum. I don’t think novak fans should be worried though as he will beat tomas and reach the semis.
Hope we could see the big 4 in the semis.


jeez Says:

To be Fair,Djokovic played bad only in SET2

as SET1 was pretty CLOSE …


RZ Says:

@Elina – can you please predict a team GB win in Davis Cup? Pretty please? :-)


Wog Boy Says:

What happened, i couldn’t watch, did Nole tanked tha match..


FedExpress Says:

Djokovic in the press: ” i handed him the win”


Travis Bickle Says:

Great win for Federer, congratulations!
Congratulations also to elina for an amazing prediction!

Djoker played very bad considering his own standards. Let’s hope that is one bad match that he got out of his system and will improve in next matches.
He still has quite reasonable chance to win this tournament which would make the greatest season ever.
And if he meets Federer in the final, even better because that is the match that will really count…


FedExpress Says:

rusedski talking shiit


Wog Boy Says:

I am more than happy the streak is over.


Okiegal Says:

I guess Roger knew what he was talking about after all……He closed the gap regarding his level of play against Novak. Mice-stro came to play today! Novak played sucky…..but some days you got it and some days you don’t!! Like Stan, a bad day at the office…….


courbon Says:

FedExpress-Feds legacy is already greatest.Enjoy the win and you can continue rolling on the floor…(-:

Wog Boy: It’s good that you did not watch.Fed was good, great serving, hard to break but Novak was shanking the points all over and mostly in the net.Easy to break .Played badly …


FedExpress Says:

jhahjahahahahah

sky sports think the towel incident had an impact on the match?!?!?!?!?wtf


courbon Says:

Oki, there is some Spanish bloke playing tomorrow.I heard that he is not that bad and is quite cute..are you gonna watch?


Travis Bickle Says:

What happened with the towel? I missed it…


Wog Boy Says:

courbon,
It was bound to happen, better now than later, I already said that few days ago. Nole just have to make sure he plays his game against Berdych, shouldn’t allow this defeat to distract him.


courbon Says:

WB:I know-ride had to stop one day. I agree with you from some previous posts-Bull is very dangerous


Gypsy Gal Says:

Hi Jatin i didnt see the match,but i agree with you,i couldnt see Novak even losing a match before this all started,so losing two would be unthinkable,Berdych would need a miracle to beat Nole,should Kei beat Federer then things will get complicated,thats before the other group even plays tomorrow lol….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Courbon hi,Novak will be fine against Berd who will likely need a miracle to pull of an upset,TBH Stan didnt really show up against Rafa,i think Murray will be much tougher….


jatin Says:

Hi Gypsy gal, they played a good first set with novak having the early chance to break, both served above 70% with novak winning 80% of the times. The decisive break came at the end of the first set when fed displayed some amazing hand skills with that wow drop volley. Novak’s level dropped drastically after that game and fed was way too consistent with his serve. Loved the outcome ofcourse and the 1st set :)

Eagerly waiting for rafa vs murray. Still remember their epic 2010 semi final match.


J-Kath Says:

Courbon – Really? I look forward to great glee and satisfaction from Fed. fans – a match of great determination with a win, worthy of congratulations.

The last rose of summer is often the sweetest…

You and family are well, I hope.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Courbon Agree with J-Kath hope you and your family are all safe and well….


J-Kath Says:

OK – it has happened Nole fans. But it is rare, I fully expect Nole to pull out the stops…he is not going down anytime soon.

To Andy – just get one match win and b-gg-er off to Belgium.


Daniel Says:

Of the 6 times Djoko lost tthisnyear three was to Fed, who seema is the playee to beat him, but obly best of three


Dascochoke Says:

Giles Says:

I think fed wins this one.
Sivaji. Agree. That’s the extent of the bias.

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love this.


elina Says:

RZ, TB, jatin thanks!

GB for DC in four is the pick!


Dascochoke Says:

Lets have now gloating from Fed fans…
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what a baby! your guy wins 3 slmas and takes out in tw of them.

Yeah gloat!


Okiegal Says:

@Courbon…..Thanks for the shout out to me! Yes, I will be watching the Spanish bloke tomorrow. I can hardly wait. I hadn’t noticed if that bloke was cute or not…….but I did see an ad where he was modeling a good looking pair of undies!! Lol

Hope everything is OK for you and your family. Horrible things going on in our vast world these days. Take care. OKIE


Dascochoke Says:

I like this comment, it speaks true, two great champs:

Congratz to Roger on a great match. Creaming 49% of Novak’s first serves is no small feat and as Novak is really comfortable playing indoors, this was a great match for Fed. Novak had a few more unforced errors than he normally draws but everyone, and I mean everyone, has a bad day once in a while. The fact remains that there is a ton of excitement on the part of real tennis fans everywhere when these two meet across the net, regardless of who wins. It’s always a marquis performance by both players. They are both that good and the outcomes are not predictable.
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Dascochoke Says:

Its funny when some people say Djokovic is unbeatable.

Fed just goes out and does it.

These same people come back, with a bunch of excuses.

What a laugh. Thx for the comedy.


courbon Says:

J-Kath-Hi there, all good here -thanks for asking


Margot Says:

Congrats to elina….WOW! Hope you have equal success with the lottery.
Great analysis from CF1 on volleying, about a 100 posts above.
Hugs to Courbon and matt4.


courbon Says:

Hi margot-As German , Becker should clearly advise Novak how to get the towel first! He is living too long in Uk, he lost his touch…
Looking foward Andy -Rafa match-have no idea who will win, or even a gut feeling

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