It’s Rafa and Roger for the 20th time. The hype machines have been working over-time overnight. Would the match live up to it? It wasn’t really an exciting match and I don’t think it’s my Rafa bias that made me feel that way. Rafa never really pushed Fed on his serve and both players were having a bit of a problem with balls sailing long and wide. In the end, it’s Fed who once again stops Rafa’s run on clay. Federer wins: 4-6 4-6.
|Statistics on Serve|
|1st Serve %||80%||63%|
|1st Serve Points Won||32/43 (74%)||29/42 (69%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||5/11 (45%)||17/25 (68%)|
|Break Points Saved||0/2 (0%)||4/4 (100%)|
|Service Games Played||10||10|
|Statistics on Return|
|1st Return Points Won||13/42 (59%)||11/43 (26%)|
|Second Return Points Won||8/25 (32%)||6/11 (55%)|
|Break Points Won||0/4 (0%)||2/2 (100%)|
|Return Games Played||10||10|
|Statistics on Points|
|Total Service Points Won||37/54 (69%)||46/67 (69%)|
|Total Return Points Won||21/67 (31%)||17/54 (31%)|
|Total Points Won||58/121 (48%)||63/121 (52%)|
As it happened blatherings:
Rafa’s looking chatty while waiting to walk onto the court.
The warm-up is complete. Talking heads saying that the windy is making its presence known.
Fed won the coin toss and elected to receive (he’s played Rafa enough to know that Rafa prefers to start receiving), so Rafa to serve to get things started. Rafa’s brought his cross-court forehand today. Rafa holds in a fairly routine game.
Excellent passing shot from Rafa in Fed’s first service game – sending Fed a message about charging the net.
Kalliopeia: I DIDN’T KNOW THE FINAL WAS ON.
miri: silly girl
Kalliopeia: I THOUGHT IT STARTED AT 2 FOR SOME REASON. I’M NOT READY! MY CROCHET STUFF ISN’T OUT.
Break point for Rafa on forehand errors from Fed. Forehand return sails on Rafa and it’s deuce. Ace from Fed. Another long forehand from Rafa and Fed holds: 1-1.
Ataraxis00: Nice little rally, Fed hits the net cord, but Rafa chases it down for the winner .. 30-0
Rafa holds: 2-1. Rafa is definitely looking sharper than he did at the start of yesterday’s match.
Nole should take notes on that Fed drop shot. Easy hold for Fed.
Another amazing passing shot from Rafa. He’s doing all he can to take the net away from Fed. Rafa holds at love.
Excellent get from Fed. Rafa got that ball at his feet and Fed was still able to pick it up. Fed has 8 UEs to Rafa’s 2. Oh, and there’s another one. Break point for Rafa. Fed hits a good approach and Rafa’s pass goes just wide. Fed holds: 3-3.
Fed’s up on Rafa’s serve, but another forehand UE from Fed and it’s even again. Fed sails two balls long and Rafa holds. On serve: 4-3.
Double fault from Fed. Follows it up with an ace and 2 service winners. Easy hold for Fed: 4-4.
Double fault from Rafa – a nasty looking one – gives Fed 0-30. Rafa pulls to even and then Fed gets a break point. Rafa nets a ball and Fed breaks. Nasty time for a break. Fed is up 5-4. Rafa must break to stay in the set.
Rafa sails a shot long. Excellent wide serve from Fed. Good return from Rafa, but Fed picks it off his feet and volleys a winner into the open court. Rafa nets another ball and curses a bit. (Or lets out a sound that sounds like curse.) R afa totally whiffs the ball on Fed’s set point. First set to Fed: 4-6.
Kalliopeia: it’s because I wasn’t ready! it’s all my fault.
miri: Indeed. ‘Cause I had my draw sheet filled out – it’s not me.
Kalliopeia: well I’m ready now
Kalliopeia: no more of this, Rafa!
Nando watching the match. Rafa holds to start set 2.
Rafa trying to pump himself up a bit. Fed moves Rafa well – in control of the point and forces an error from Rafa. Fed holds: 1-1.
Another lovely passing shot from Rafa. Ace! Rafa holds at love: 2-1.
AMAZING passing shot from Rafa. Totally threaded the needle. Fed goes on to hold: 2-2.
Smart play from Fed and he goes up on Rafa’s serve. He then misfires two forehands and Rafa’s up 30-15. Brilliant down the line forehand from Fed and it’s 30-30. He follows that with a perfect dropshot and Fed has a break point. Second serve… Rafa sends a shot long and Fed breaks: 2-3 second set.
15-15 on Fed’s serve.
Kalliopeia: I don’t think Robby Koenig knows what ironic means
Fed’s moving Rafa all over the court. Easy hold for Fed.
Kalliopeia: if he loses, I can take comfort in the fact that it wasn’t to Djokovic.
miri: Oh yeah, you gave him permission to lose this…
Kalliopeia: not so much permission. I just kind of won’t be surprised. Rafa’s been superhuman the past month.
Kalliopeia: Roger really only ever has a chance of beating him on clay when he’s utterly worn out.
Fed’s in the shadows and you can’t see him at all. It’s like Rafa’s playing a ghost. Rafa holds: 3-4.
It’s Rafa’s turn in the shadows. Rafa up on Fed’s serve. He nets a ball… Excellent serve/smash combo and Fed pulls even. Rafa moves Fed well – position him where he wants him…then hits the ball out. Fed holds: 3-5.
Rafa has failed to put 30% of his return of serves into the court.
Fed wins the first point on Rafa’s must win game. Fed sends 2 balls sailing: 30-15. Make that 3 balls: 40-15. Excellent passing shot from Fed: 40-30. Rafa sends a shot just wide: deuce. Fed returns the favor – game point Rafa. Rafa holds: 4-5. He MUST break in the next game to stay in the match.
Fed serving for the tournament. It’s really been a low energy match. Not just because Rafa is losing, but neither player is giving off high-energy vibes. Fantastic point – what was my energy complaint? I’ll shut up now. Two net cords in one point – Fed wins it. Still break point. Rafa JUST misses a cross-court forehand. Deuce. Ace – championship point to Fed. Low return to Fed that he can’t pick up. Deuce. Fed pushes Rafa wide and it’s match point again. Ace. Fed wins: 4-6 4-6.