...........................In the last 2 games, Roger threw caution to the wind and went for his shots. When he's tight, which he was the first 7 games of the 3rd set, he makes errors. Not just his BH, FH and serve as well. He was ripping BHs in the end. You guys make up your minds it's one thing
As soon as Roger got broken at the end of the 2nd set, the match morphed into Tommy Haas-Roger Federer, with Fed playing the part of Haas ("there went my chance...") and Rafa playing the part of Federer ("now I've got him!"). Too bad Roger couldn't at least get it back to 5-5. Kind of anticlimactic after dropping his first service game. As for Rafa, the ultimate competitor. In marquis match ups, he never believes he won't win. That wasn't the case for Roger.
I haven't read everything, but this match analysis of yours hits the spot for me, too, Babblelot.
It underlines what was discussed after the Federer / Haas match about patterns of behaviour etc.
I enjoyed the match, as it was very good to see Federer playing some excellent tennis again. Winning / losing is one thing, but the poor quality of his game for much of this year has been disappointing, and this match showed that he is still able to play his game. Good stuff.
As for Nadal, congratulations & hats off to him. As you say, the unflinching belief and ability to capitalise on the slimmest of chances is phenomenal & his greatest asset. I cannot see anyone but him lifting this trophy. Furthermore, I detect an attitude in him that is far more serene and grounded than I've seen in non-clay events before. He is approaching the net more & although insistent, no longer killing himself to get every single ball. He keeps making adjustments. He reads the opponent like a book & can neutralise most forms of attack sufficiently to sow doubt in the opponents mind. And all the while, his energy never wavers. On the form I've seen all round, I think he'll lift the USO title this year. He really has put the so called hard court specialists to shame in this part of the season. It is worth remembering he also won at Indian Wells this year.
The signal for the tour is simple. Nadal is not only back, but back to succeed. Unless Djokovic & Murray liven up their act somewhat, he will be number one again very soon in my view.
Welcome to the board Nadal2005RG.
Congratulations to you, RAFA816
& all Nadal fans for the remarkable return of your man to the hard court season. N2005RG
- I disagree your point about Federer fans unreasonable sense of disappointment. I haven't conducted or read a study on this issue, nor do I aim to speak for other Federer fans, but as his fan, my disappointed relates to the fact that he has the ability to play well, but hasn't been doing so. Whether it is injury related ( apparently he has back issues) or not, for as long as he continues to take to the court, I will hope that he can play well & put up a good match.
I'd be pleased if he could win more titles, but this isn't important to me. I just love his game when its on & last night, it was a pleasure to see him playing well again.