I basically repeated my post from the Chitchat thread but I had to because I basically covered everything in that post. Did you see the match Emma?
Federer did play aggressive tennis (which he always does, doesn't he?) but neither Nole or Murray were at their best - especially Djokovic because he has no mental weakness against Federer. Didn't Federer fans make the same excuse about Wimbledon final that he put too much effort against Murray and didn't have much left for the final? And it's true - he did put extra effort to show off against Murray and wasn't able to do the same against Djokovic but of course, these are the best returners of the game and so one of them was going to get to him. Djokovic is No. 1 for a reason and by miles.
Anyway, Federer was as fresh as daisy coming into this tournament, one of the tournaments where he tends to play well, and had a very easy draw up until Murray and played night matches mostly. Also, I am not sure if Federer would have won against either Gasquet or Wawrinka. No guarantee that he would have.
Murray should have tanked his match against either Dimitrov or Gasquet as I suggested before the tournament and Nole could have afforded to go out to Dolgo and save as much energy as possible. Unfortunately neither made a smart decision. But in any case, not all is lost since USO is upon us and we do have one week in between. Cincy will be forgettable soon.
Fed was literally stalking the baseline and refusing to budge.
Any short ball was punished.
The blitzkrieg returns on 2nd and even one 1st serve were stunning.
He did serve lights out.
And yes, he was 'fresh as a daisy' compared to the other 2 fellers.
Should make for an interesting storyline if he is able to make the 2nd week of the Open.
I fully expect Nole and Andy to be there regardless of how tired they might be.
I saw the matches. In fact and it's up to you to believe me but I already knew they are both going to lose to Federer. The signs were all there from the get go. In fact, when I found out Federer decided to skip Montreal, I knew right away what he had in mind. Once you get to follow these players and for a while you start to notice all sorts of patterns in players. He and his team already planned this perhaps knowing already who were likely to make the Motnreal final.
Anyway, Federe's serves were very on and effective no doubt but Djokovic's return game was far off. He was returning at 20% at some point - one of his career lowest. Even Goffin and Dolgo were all over him and I hope you saw those matches in their entirety. And Murray looked completely out of sorts from his Fish match. He just dragged things on for ranking's sake. I'd like to have a word with Mr. Bjorkman at this point. I mean that was such an unintelligent decision. Murray suffers a great deal from bad decisions and this kills me.
I am sure Andy is very eager to win a Slam this year but he's been given some tough draws and his schedulings are something of a nightmare especially lately. So on top of playing a very long schedule this year, he will also have to battle all those things that are against him quite unfortunately. He is not as popular as Federer to get any advantage or favours.
And Nole should be really motivated especially after taking those 2 big losses to Andy and Roger but I am not sure if he'll be able to manifest it in the end given that he's feeling a bit tired after the long successful season. 2 Slams, 4 Masters and 4 finals are not a matter of a joke.
Quite often there is a direct correlation between someone serving exceptionally well and the opponent unable to return as well as usual.
I didn't see much of Nole v. Goffin, just a few points.
A bit more of Dolgopolov.
If I remember right, Nole beat them both.
Yes Andy DJokovic has played much more tennis than Fed.
They are also a few years younger and responsible for their own schedules.
As you may remember I don't have any likings for the top 3.
I have a disliking for the cheater who has yet to win a slam playing within the rules.
I just enjoy the game and offer up my viewpoint as a fat old hacker who's played the game for nearly 40 years now.
Please take my opinion with a grain of salt.