Epic win for the GOAT. But let’s face it, that was a pretty poor performance from Murray. Nothing like we saw from him in their last two meetings anyway. Murray just didn’t impress at all. He kept missing first serves while his return game wasn’t the strength that it usually is. He also made a lot of unforced errors. Roger, on the other hand, played a very clean match. His serve was working well as usual and the return game wasn’t bad either. I thought it was important that he came over the return to show Murray his attacking intentions. He did chip quite a few returns, but at least he came over them as well. Roger was mixing it up nicely out there. He used the slice a lot and with different speeds and spins. There is no doubt Roger has the best slice in the game, and maybe the best slice of all time. He can do anything with it.
I thought Murray was going to run down many more balls and really try to frustrate Roger, especially on these courts. But Murray was too inconsistent while Roger was too clinical. Roger even had a chance to bagel Murray in the second set when he was leading 4-0. I think he had some break points in that game, but Murray ended up holding. Even though Murray avoided the bakery, it was still a very convincing win. It just goes to show why Roger is number two in the world while Murray is struggling to stay at number four. Even though Roger is over his prime, he is still more consistent than Murray who is now in his prime. Murray has won only two titles this year, in Toronto and Shanghai. Roger has won a slam, a Masters Series, a 500, and a 250. With this win Roger has once again reminded Murray who is the better player.
Murray is just too inconsistent. The head-to-head in now 8-6 in Murray’s favor, with Roger having won all their slam meetings and two of their three meetings in the Masters Cup. Roger should really have won that match at the Masters Cup in 2008, but his back was badly injured that day. I thought this was in important win for Roger. He is now all but assured of going through to the semi’s. It is nice to have that pressure off going into the third RR match. I think he only has to win something like five games against Soderling to qualify. But anyway he will probably win that match. This match was also a nice confidence booster. Still I am not convinced yet. Roger has still shown of late that he can have days where he loses all his confidence against people like Murray, Djokovic and Monfils. Back in his prime this did not happen.
This event is a good test because he has five tough matches. If he wins all of them then I will be satisfied. If he is going to have an off match, then I suppose it has to be against Soderling. But after that he will be facing guys like Nadal and Djokovic. If he can beat Murray, Djokovic, and Nadal in the same event it will be a very good sign. Murray can still make the final though. It doesn’t really matter if he plays Murray in the final, as long as he can beat any of the top four three times in the same event I will be happy. If he ends up playing Roddick in the semi’s, that will be probably too easy. I’d prefer he plays Djokovic or Nadal. Speaking of Nadal, he was let off the hook by Rodddick two day ago. Roddick had him down a set and a break, but could not consolidate by holding serve. That was at 2-1 in the second set, and when Nadal broke right back to level at 2-2, I knew Roddick had let him off the hook.
GOAT meets miniGOAT
Nadal doesn’t need second invites to get back in a match, being one of the most clutch players in the history of the sport. If Roddick had consolidated the break at 2-1, the match would have been all but over. Nadal was really looking rusty out there and he may just have lost hope had that happened, and Roddick would have seen the finish line. But now that Roddick let Nadal off the hook, he will gain a lot of confidence from coming back like that. Actually I don’t even care because I want to see Nadal make the semi’s. I hope him and Roger can meet either in the semi’s or final. Today’s match between Nadal and Djokovic could decide that. The winner of that match could decide who ends on top of group A. Roger will probably end on top of group B, which means he will probably meet the player who finishes second in group A.
This is all still hypothetical, of course since there is still some tennis to be played. It’s just nice to see Roger at the top of his group and looking good so far. He has after all been the form player of late, and he will be hard to stop from winning a fifth Masters Cup, which would incidentally tie Lendl and Sampras. I think Roger is looking good, but like I said the semi’s and finals will be the real test. Best case scenario is that he meets Nadal in the final and beat him. He has already beaten Nadal twice at the Masters Cup, although the courts were faster on those occasions. At least here Roger has the low bounce in his favor.
Interview: There is no interview on the official website. All I could find was this – http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/more-sport/2010/11/24/roger-federer-shocked-and-surprised-by-how-easily-he-beat-andy-murray-115875-22735986/
Ps. I really like this video that I found. Enjoy.