Well, the semis are over.
Congratulations to Nadal, Ferrer, and their fans. Condolences to Djokovic, Tsonga and their fans.
The first match went longer than I expected, the second shorter.
Nadal's play was about as I expected. Djokovic's play was mostly very good, but sometimes, how shall I put it, mysteriously inept in some stages of the match. He appeared to be quite stiff in the middle of the match, losing 6-1 in the third, but then played himself out of that.
Nadal really should have won this in 4 sets, but his play dipped some and Djokovic upped his level. Strangely, it was almost the reverse of the 2012 Australian Open, but in both instances the final result was as one would expect for the player's favorite surface.
Ferrer was his usual steady self, bringing his A game, returning and retrieving well, and made relatively few errors. This seemed to discombobulate Tsonga. Tsonga also seemed rather flat to me, maybe as a result of his victory over Federer. Jo didn't attack, rarely came to the net. He didn't seem to have a real plan against Ferrer. He needed to serve better, attack more, and overpower Ferrer. He didn't do any of those things well enough. So David Ferrer won in 3 sets.
Now it's Nadal vs. Ferrer in the final. Will the match against Djokovic have tired Nadal enough to make a difference against the much fresher Ferrer who has yet to drop a set this tournament?
The weather conditions are supposed to be much cooler and damper on Sunday. This might also favor the smaller Ferrer if Nadal's balls don't bounce so high. We will see. It's David Ferrer's first major final. How will he react to the occasion? Will he be overwhelmed or psyched for his first chance to win a major? Stay tuned folks. It ain't over yet....