That was a good match, in the third DelPo lost most of his power and slowed down.Well said, Swish. Sorry your man couldn't do it, but it was a big ask, after his two previous matches, to have the stamina to go to the hilt against Nadal. Had it been any one else, he might have managed it. He has had a great tournament here, and should be proud of that.
Nadal was as good in the third as the first set.
First HC title for Nadal since October 2010.
I still think DelPo's arguing with the chair took away his focus, he's done that before.
Silly to think about that, you have to move on.
Nadal's back and the announcers were right about Nadal's level but he can get a little bit better with his forehand consistency.
DelPo has to be more fit, what would happen in a slam if he plays a few 4/5 setters?
Nadal knew that D-P couldn't keep up the momentum for long & made full use of his chances when errors crept into the D-P game. After winning the second set, he put D-P under siege & it was clearly all D-P could do to hold serve.
What a comeback in this match and to the tour! Congratulations to him for doing it with style, the last man standing in a field which included the top hard court specialists in the world!
In that, there is no doubt a lesson!
DelPo should not feel too bad, it was very difficult to play Murray and Djokovic with something left in the tank.
Both those players can take a lot out of you, not just physically but mentally especially after being down a set to both of them.
Then to take on a very fresh Nadal is a big ask.
Good for Nadal though as he is back without a doubt.
Now we have some interesting matchups to look at:
Nadal is back
Djokovic is still Djokovic
Murray will only get better, he was a little off in that DelPo match
Gulbis is blowing his horn.
Then there's DelPo, who damn well better work on his fitness or I'll send him a nasty email about it.
Isner can have his day
Dimitrov and Tomic seem to be working hard
Raonic and Isner can be very dangerous at times
Jerzy is still trying to figure out how many times he'll get a bad call.