Hi guys, I’m spoiling you again this weekend. You may end up getting four posts out of me. I was hesitant to make this post because it would take attention away from my last post and there was such an important discussion going on there, but I will just sum it all up here in a few sentences. There is no place for blind, biased followers on this blog. Here you will only find the truth. Nothing more, nothing less. If you want to be biased and blindly worship then there is RF.com and I’m sure many other Federer blogs that would welcome you with open arms. Now lets move on. In my last post I said I was looking forward to a Djokodal final, but it wasn’t to be. Del Potro spoiled the party and I couldn’t be happier for him. I made a prediction some years back that he would win many slams, but since then he has been plagued by injuries and inconsistent results.
I liked both his game and him as a person. He is a humble and honest guy. His inconsistent results annoyed me however and made me believe he was a bit of a flash in the pan. But this week he has really proved that he’s still got it. He has beaten the two best players in the world in succession, both times coming back from a set down. It reminds me of that US Open he won where he beat the two best players in the world back then on his way to the title. In full flow he is just about unstoppable. He just crushes the ball and has the biggest forehand in the game. I watched both his last two matches and it was a revelation to see him basically hit the two best players in the world off the court. Against Murray he breezed through the last two sets 6-3, 6-1 after losing the first on a tie break, and against Djokovic he lost the first set 6-4, and then reversed that score in the next two sets.
Just unreal. In the 3rd set against Djokovic he was even 3-0 down, and showed tremendous fighting ability to come back and break Djokovic at 4-4. That was a terrific game full of drama. There were some grueling baseline rallies in this match and it was good to see Del Potro not tiring and being fully fit. Does he have enough left in the tank to beat Nadal? I guess we will find out. Nadal on the other hand won 6-4, 7-5 as expected against mental midget Berdych. Berdych was up 5-3 in the second set serving for the set but went ahead and dropped 4 consecutive games to lose the match. At 5-5 he missed a shocker of an overhead on break point to hand Nadal the break. I mean the guy just doesn’t have big mach temperament and I don’t see him ever winning a slam because of it. No doubt he has the game for it but he is just too mentally weak.
Now we have a Delpodal final instead of a Djokodal final and I am just as excited about it if not more so. We have seen many Djokodal finals and it is nice to have something fresh for a change. I am a little concerned about how much energy Delpo will have left after two very tough matches, but I think he may have one last push left. You get the feeling this is his week and he has a point to prove. Not that he hasn’t already done so, but he badly wants to go all the way. And he has already shown his fighting spirit. Combine that with the crowd support and the adrenaline kicks in and he can do this. Of course Nadal is on a mission of his own and wants to prove that he is back just as badly, but I think Delpo definitely has the game to dislodge Nadal. Nadal’s heavy topspin cross court won’t bother his two-handed backhand and at the same time he can rip those immensely powerful forehands to Nadal’s backhand.
He destroyed Nadal 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 back in that 2009 US Open semi-final, and although Nadal was clearly injured he almost certainly would have won anyway. It shows that he can overpower Nadal and boss him around from the back court. It will be a lot harder to do this time around, but no doubt he is one of the few guys who can really trouble Nadal. He just needs to serve big and rip those forehands. His backhand is strong too and it is important that he plays attacking tennis and move to the net when necessary as well. This is also a match up that I like. In fact any match up that involves Nadal and a player with a two handed backhand that doesn’t fear Nadal I find very interesting. No doubt Del Potro’s mental strength will be one of his biggest assets in this match as well. You can rest assured that he won’t choke like Berdych did.
The shocker smash from Berdych is at 9:48. Personally I can’t even see where the ball went. The sun was in his eyes and clearly he should have let it drop first. Enjoy.