Masters Cup RR: The GOAT Manhandles His ‘Nemesis’ 6-3, 6-0

This is it Fedfans. It doesn’t get much better than this. Seeing Roger manhandling Nadal in this way is a dream come true for me, as I’m sure it is for you. How long have we waited for this exact kind of performance? How many agonies have we suffered as fans at the hand of Nadal? We needed a performance that would once and for all erase those pains and set the record straight. This was it. It confirms what we have always known at a certain level – that Nadal does not own Roger. It must now be clear for all that this head-to-head is massively skewed due to the amount of meetings these two have had on clay. Roger is now 4-0 against Nadal on indoor courts, and this victory was an utter destruction. It had that extra significance about it. It came at an important time too. If Roger had lost this match he would have been Nadal’s turkey.

If he lost to Nadal indoors and became his turkey, we could once and for all declare that Nadal does in fact own Roger. It would have been beyond all doubt. Now the opposite is true. Nadal was absolutely OWNED today. There is no doubt about that. There are no excuses. Nadal said on Facebook that he had recovered from the stomach problem, and the win against Fish would have given him confidence. Nadal is not riding the wave of confidence he did last year, but it makes no difference. He was fit but simply outplayed by the far superior player. He simply had no answers for Roger’s relentless offensive assault. Today gutsy, offensive tennis won over cowardly, defensive moonballing, as it always should. It was immense beauty. Justice was finally served. It was judgement day. Good triumphed over evil. The force was brought back into balance.

Roger actually began this match in the worst possible way as he served a double fault. But he quickly got his act together as he hit a clean forehand winner on the next point and proceeded to hold serve to 15. Nadal held serve until 2-3, but the floodgates were about to open. Roger was really spanking his forehand out there and kept Nadal on the defense as I pleaded in my last post. He raced to a 40-0 lead on the Nadal serve. An epic rally then ensued where Roger did some great defense as well as offense. Eventually Roger’s forehand assault was too much for Nadal as he steered a backhand wide. From here on Nadal was only allowed one more game. Serving out the first set was mere formality for Roger as he clinched the first set with a sharp cross court forehand winner. After Roger won the first set it was always going to be difficult for Nadal to get back in the match.

I mean you could just sense JesusFed had showed up and he was out for some serious revenge. I said in my preview that I expect Roger to raise his level in this match, but I didn’t expect an absolutely peRFect performance. I expected a lot from Roger in London after what happened in Basel and Paris, but the Tsonga match was somewhat disappointing. However, it was just the stillness before the storm. He put in an average performance against Tsonga and left his very best for his indoor plaything. He could do no wrong. The second set was pure devastation. Roger kept dominating with his serve and his forehand, and hit some telling backhands as well. The backhand was just extremely solid. There was no chance of Nadal getting free points off that side. Roger kept Nadal running around on the baseline like a headless chicken and made him look like a lost child out there.

I had such a good feeling about Roger today that I asked for a bakery product when Roger has break point in only the first game of the second set. When he broke I asked for a bagel. At 4-0 Roger held two break points on the Nadal serve and the bagel was very much on. Nadal saved the first and on the second Roger had a forehand down the line which he really should have made to get the break, but he found the net. I desperately wanted my bagel so suffice to day this didn’t go down very well with me. But to my delight Roger manufactured another break point and this time secured the break with a backhand down the line winner. I was ecstatic that I was going to have my bagel. I knew Roger would hold serve and he did so with ease. With this bagel Roger assured that he has now bageled Nadal on every surface.

He did so at Wimby 2006 on grass, in Hamburg 2007 on clay, and now at the Masters Cup on hard court. On the other hand Nadal has bageled Roger only once, on his worst surface during post mono form. As I said, it is now clear that Nadal does not own Roger. Owning would be what Roger has done to Roddick(21-2), or what Djokovic has done to Nadal this year. Roger now leads the head-to-head off clay 7-5. Today’s match comes as an early birthday present for me, which is next Friday. This match really made me happy. It is definitely one of my favorite Fedal matches ever, if not my favorite. It may just have been a round robin match, but that doesn’t matter in the least. Roger just could not afford to lose this match for the head-to-head, and instead he went out there and owned the guy that was supposed to own him.

I haven’t even gotten to the match stats. Roger had a staggering 28-8 winner to unforced error ratio, he made a staggering 70% of first serves, and he converted 4/6 break points. As clean as they come. Another interesting stat is that Nadal won 27 points, but Roger hit 28 clean winners! Where does this match rate in terms of Roger’s matches this year? The match against Djokovic at the French Open is still amazing, while the one against Berdych in Paris wasn’t bad either. I asked this question on twitter and my followers said if Roger now goes on to win this title then it would be his best performance of 2011. I have to agree. This win against Nadal was simply epic, but if Roger goes on to win the title it would just all come together nicely. He would have won his biggest title of 2011 while owning his ‘nemesis’ in the process.

This win was also very important for Roger to stay in touch with the top two. He lost touch with the top two earlier in the year and then got that win over Djokovic in the French. But he was still 0-3 against Nadal for the year. This win will give him a huge boost for future meetings with Nadal. It should also be clear after this match that Roger is far from done. He still has it. I mean this performance is as good as anything in his peak. It is an even bigger beating than the one he gave Nadal at the Masters Cup in 2007 when he beat him 6-4, 6-1. This bodes very well for the future. Now Roger just needs to capitalize on his rich vein of form and go win this thing. And getting another win over Djokovic in the process won’t hurt at all. I think it is safe to say that Roger will qualify now, and he will probably end on top of his group.

He only has Fish left now and will probably defeat him in straight sets. Today Tsonga beat Fish 7-6(4), 6-1. Tsonga and Nadal will now play for the second spot in group B. That should be interesting. I think Tsonga has a good chance of beating Nadal. In group A there is still quite a bit of tennis to be played. I think Djokovic will end on top of the group. Murray withdrew today and Tipsarevic will take his place. Ferrer has good records against both Tipsarevic and Berdych and he may even end up qualifying. Or it will be Berdych if he can win his remaining two matches. So you could have a semi of Roger vs Ferrer/Berdych and Djokovic vs Tsonga/Nadal. Roger’s semi shouldn’t be much of a problem. In the other semi I don’t really mind whether it is Tsonga or Nadal. It would be nice if Nadal is eliminated before the semis, but it would also be nice to see him lose to his master Djokovic again.

If it is Tsonga it would be fine as well since Tsonga has a positive head-to-head with Djokovic and should make for a good semi. Of course this is just speculation and we don’t know for sure what is gonna happen yet. But I think we have a good chance of seeing Roger playing Djokovic again, which is what I would like to see. Roger is in such fine touch right now while Djokovic has not been at his best, so this will be a good opportunity to get another much needed win over Djokovic. If Roger gets a win over Nadal and Djokovic each, and wins the title, then you really have the best possible scenario for him. Well I hope you all enjoyed today as much as I did. I’m definitely savoring the moment. Lets hope we will have something more to celebrate soon. This is for all of you who have hung in there through the difficult times with Roger!

It’s been an amazing ride and it’s clearly far from over!!! :D

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Roger Federer


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53 Comments

  1. It was truly spectacular. I always thought that the way Roger played last year against Nadal was as good as it got. In TMC2007, Nadal was far from a great hard-court player, and last year he was very good. But this, this was just epic. Crisp forehands, crisp backhands, aggressive, attacking tennis. He can counter Nadal so easily on this fast indoor surface, and it is like he is playing any other player. It is not Federer vs Nadal, but merely Federer vs a very beatable opponent. This was something very special and we should all cherish this match as a true masterpiece in tennis history. Roger Federer, at age 30, dominated a player 5 years his younger, and his biggest nemesis. What a win.

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  2. Awesome win for Fed, great to see him play this well. The biggest factor (which has plagued Roger the past year or two) was his break point conversion. Lately, he’s never been able to step up on those crucial points in the same way he did when he was dominating everybody. He was always able to get the bp’s, just failed to convert on them. I think that will still be one of the biggest factors for Fed going forward. 4/6 against Nadal today was fantastic.

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  3. What a win!It is an absolute pleasure to witness such blistering performance by roger.I had a plan to call in sick today before the match but i am at work now as i feel really fresh despite of getting only 2 hours of sleep.Such is the excitement and jubilation.
    Roger federer for ever!

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  4. Unbelievable tennis today, and Ruan, you did it justice again with your wonderful writeup. One curious peRFection: he did it in exactly one hour’s time, and after these 60 minutes, the score was 6:0 :-)
    Go Roger!

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  5. “Roger kept Nadal running around on the baseline like a headless chicken and made him look like a lost child out there.”

    After watching the match, I can very clearly visualize this image in my mind.

    Justice was done today. Never have I seen Roger play so well against Rafa. It was his best ever against him, hands down!!

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    Ilya Reply:

    Btw, loved a lot how you put it, Ryan!

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  6. Ruan, your blog tonight is so full of passion as are the hearts of Federer Fans. The perfection of Rogers play was atomic, the match was over in what felt like a moment. I’m so excited for Roger, can’t wait until thursday for more. He really has been schooling all the hot dogs this month and making doubters eat their words. Confused, is your birthday this coming friday or the following friday? I can’t stop grinning over this win.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Susan :-) My b-day is 2 December.

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  7. Boy, do I feel vindicated by this win. He had a slump folks, and he is after all, only 30. He’s got at least 3-5 more good years left in him, and playing like that gave me goosebumps. Unreal.

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  8. Goosebumps indeed. Just goes to show that Roger still has years of tennis left in him and Rafa has never been anything but brawn.
    It says on the atp website that he gets back to #3 if he makes the final. That would be the icing on the cake :-)

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  9. Ruan, sure it doesn’t get better than this ! What a performance against the “Nemesis” !
    Do you know if you combine the last three sets Federer and Nadal have played at the WTF (final set of last year’s final and the two sets from this match), the score is 6-1, 6-3, 6-0 : Exact replica of French Open 2008 final beatdown that he suffered at the hands of Nadal.
    As happy as I am , it is not over until it is over. I don’t want to prematurely celebrate like the victory over Djokovic at the French Open which was not the final. I just hope Federer sustains this form till Sunday.

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  10. Perfect performance. Perfect game plan. Perfect execution. Nadal got a free tennis lesson today.

    Nadal is a strange beast. He simply can’t get himself to play in the Fall and this year it’s even worse because of the beat-up he suffered from Djokovic. It seems he lost his fire, he doesn’t battle to the end. On top of that he’s not moving well, his backhand is terrible, his strokes are too short and I can’t find words to describe his serve. Not that any of these would have helped him today. I will be surprised if he makes any effort to beat Tsonga when Djokovic is waiting in the semis. No way, he has no chance against him in this form. He’ll lose and look for comfort on the clay in the DC finals.

    I hope Federer can make it a quick win over Fish in order to save his strength for the next rounds. He’ll probably won’t play in that same high level but he should do enough to win in 2 sets. It’s still a long tournament.

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  11. Great article Ruan as always you represents the true blooded Federer admirers.I too was in euphoria while watching my idol crushed nadal.I slept early (Kuwait time)just to witness the most anticipated match of the WTF live on jsc sports 2 channel.Roger’s performance didn’t surprised me cos I believe in his capacity to outplay nadal esp outside of nadal’s dirty surface.What surprised me was Nadal’s ‘lost like a child’ expression.He resembled Murray not the Fierce Armada of Espana.Roger simply silence his detractors with his superb performance last night.A 30 yrs old man who moves like a 20 yrs old.I’m eating a yummy bagel now courtesy of Nadal.Advance Happy Birthday Ruan and may you write more beautiful and entertaining articles in many many more years to come.Cheers to all Federer fans.

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  12. The first paragraph of this post almost brought me to tear, tear of joy. It really spoke to me. All the moment of frustration we’ve experienced as long time fed fans is “derailed”. I wonder what all those Wilanders will say now. Is Nadal in Fed’s head? Does Fed has a fear of Nadal? And all these craps about 2-hand backhand vs one hand…. Fed will be top of his group even if loses on Thursday because he’s already beaten Nadal and Tsonga.

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  13. Staggering performance from the GOAT and as usual the ideal post from Ruan. Happy birthday in advance. There were a few things Roger did differently this time and it paid huge dividends

    1. Be agressive on the return of serve esp return to the backhand so Nadal has to move and cannot dictate play with his forehand

    2. Stay solid off the backhand wing and grip Nadal on his backhand side

    3. Serve well and mix it up across the court.

    I think this win bodes well. If Roger can keep this focus and take into the Grand Slams next year he will be unstoppable.

    May the King live long!!!

    Suneer

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  14. great read…happy early bday…it’d be a nice early bday present 4 u & every Federites/Rogerholics WHEN ROGER HOIST THAT VERY BUSY TAGGY TROPHY COMES SUNDAY FOR THAT 6TH RECORD-BREAKING TROPHY~!!!

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  15. God has spoken. God said, “in the Indoor Arena, the purest form of tennis can now be played—no wind, no sun, no dust or rain shall despoil you—just show me your strokes, oh ye of little faith!” And God saw Roger, and smiled, and said it was Good…. Yes, today the Swiss Maestro found his Faith, and not only God, but the world, saw, and was awed. What a great and resounding victory!… Like you, Ruan, I have been waiting a long time for the mighty Federer to show up against the plodding Spaniard, and today he did, no doubt about it. It reminded me of the first set he played against Nadal in one of their earliest French Open finals, when he annihilated The Grinder 6 to 1. I remember thinking at the time, ah, this should now be so easy for Roger! But alas, as we all know, it didn’t turn out that way. Ever since that blazing set, for years, I’ve been wondering: why can’t THAT Roger show up for a whole match against Nadal and really teach him a lesson? Well, finally, THAT MAN showed up. And it was GOOD. At last, the stars can tremble gently once again, with the cool night breeze softly whispering its proclamation to every sensate ear: “all is right with the world, all is right, forever and ever, amen….”

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Awesome comment :-)

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  16. Awesome post, Ru-an. You always capture the emotional highs of a Federer win. And this is one of the most amazing wins in a career full of fantastic victories.

    I agree with you totally–this match was proof that justice does indeed exist somewhere in this world.

    It was tennis not as it is played on earth, but as in some elysian realm where the gods frolic in the perfect, eternal sunshine. For one hour we were given a glimpse into this realm, courtesy of Roger Federer.

    It was brutal destruction and sublimely beautiful at the same time. I was afraid to blink, in case I missed something.

    Nadal was a spectator, an afterthought. He might as well have not been there, for all he was able to do against Federer’s mastery.

    If one were to try select particular points for a highlight video of that match, one would simply have to give up and put the whole match in. It was an hour-long Federer exhibition, relegating his great nemesis to a mere hitting partner.

    Winning the title would frankly be an anticlimax after a match like that, but I hope he does.

    The match with Fish should be a friendly, enjoyable affair, even if it won’t be the kind of masterclass we saw today.

    This match showed beyond any doubt that the pure white flame still burns clear and bright within Roger Federer. There is still much to look forward to from him, and I am eagerly awaiting the sublime tennis wonders he will show us next.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Steve :D

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  17. Ruan, I don’t know if it was a “victory of good over evil”, but it was certainly a triumph. Barring one or two matches, like the FO-semi win over Djokovic, Roger as we were once used to seeing him has not really been present this year – until the last few weeks, in Basel and Paris. And now London. For a fan, last night’s match was a rewarding and long overdue experience. And, boy, did it make a statement.

    Nadal has long been in Roger’s head – since the loss at the Rome Masters in 2006. But whatever the therapy Roger has had it seems to be working, because there was absolutely no sign in last night’s match that the Spaniard held any fears for him. I don’t think it just comes down to the surface – although indoors does favour Roger. I believe he would have won on clay this year at the French but Roger has never really played Nadal with the self-belief that he has had against other players, like Djokovic. But whatever has brought it about, I think Roger has turned his “nemesis” into simply another competitor. The result is that Roger found his shots when he needed to, made his breakpoint opportunities, converted them, and built on his lead instead of conceding it. One wonders whether his seeing Djokovic own Nadal this year has given Roger’s self-belief a necessary impetus. Because Roger is, for all his extraordinary talent, a player who must play his game with complete self-confidence. Yep, Roger is undoubtedly back and looking the favorite to win the tournament. And my pick, like yours Ruan, is that a shellacked Nadal will be upset by Tsonga.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    The ‘good vs evil comment’ shouldn’t be taken too seriously. It specifically refers to the respective player’s on court demeanors. Roger is a fair player and plays pure tennis. Nadal uses gamesmanship and other questionable means to secure victory and wins ugly. I expect you for one to understand this.

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    neil Reply:

    No, I don’t take any of it too seriously. But I might say that Roger’s performance doesn’t require hyperbole. If I could frame it and put it on the wall I would.

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    booya719 Reply:

    Now that I think of it some more, we might even end up with a Tsonga vs Federer final on Sunday if Tsonga puts Nadal out and goes on to beat Ferrer in the SF. This might even be a dangerous scenario for Roger depending how badly Tsonga wants to get another win over Roger. In my opinion the Tsonga/Nadal round robin match is going to produce the finalist. Out of everyone left I’d say Tsonga would be the most dangerous final opponent for Roger at the moment, so I hope Nadal can eliminate Tsonga and then advance to play Roger again in the final. Djokovic just got totally owned by Ferrer and it appears that he won’t even reach the SF anymore if the Berdman wins his match over Ferrer. If Berdych beats Ferrer in straight sets he’s in I believe. Djokovic would be the odd man out on sets/games won for losing so badly vs Ferrer. However, Djokovic gets in if Ferrer knocks Berdych out and goes 3-0 to win the group.

    In this case we’ll have Federer 3-0 vs Djokovic 2-1. Nadal 2-1 vs 3-0 Ferrer. It’s looking like it could turn out very nicely for Nadal drawing Ferrer in the semis and Federer having to play Djokovic. Federer most likely is gonna have to have beaten Nadal, then Djokovic in the semis, then Nadal again in the final to win this tournament. For whatever reason some higher power wants Roger to have the hardest possible draws everywhere recently but it’s also nice for Roger to have a chance to beat these guys on his best surface.

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  18. I´m so happy I wonder where all those fans are who show up after loses to say Roger is old…Too bad for them they´re missing all the joy and happiness we have.This bagel is for all the frustration Nadal
    give us when he beat Roger with his unbearable game.
    Roger completely steamrolled the bull from Spain!!!
    This was brilliant tennis may be even more determined and focused than the Roger of 2006-7.
    CONGRATULATIONS CHAMP!!!

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  19. This was a spectacular performance by RF, it was worth waking up very very early to see this match, i somehow got a bad feeling when he double faulted the first point, but i was praying he win the first set because for any Fedal match the first set most certainly sets the tone of the rest of the match, and after he finished the first set, there was no stopping, and yes even i was wanting a bagel ver badly :-)

    Loved this line “Today gutsy, offensive tennis won over cowardly, defensive moonballing”

    btw, advance b’day wishes from my side, may you have Fed’s 2011 Tour Finals trophy as a gift :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Suhas!

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  20. Ru-an, can you share your bagel with me please? Noway I could have ordered any bakery product at my place in India during the match as it was 2:30 am when he got the first break in the second set. Yes, this is what we have been long waiting for agonizingly all these last few years. First strike tennis at its fabulous best. Did anybody see a shade of Murray in Nadal’s face yesterday? I hope Nadal somehow manages to get to the final (which I don’t see happening as his confidence after this match will be at the lowest ebb) so that Fed can bagel him again. Who knows, he may tank his next matches in order to avoid the Fed destruction again?
    COME ON FED! I am sure your opponents have already got your message loud and clear: “I AM FEDERER, ROGER FEDERER”.

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  21. Fedtastic post. Ruan.

    you know what is the best thing for me about this victory? when the match ended it was close to midnight, about 5 degrees (Celsius, like 40F) outside, but all i wanted was to pick up my racquet and go play tennis. coz thats what Federer does at his best: he INSPIRES. inspires in a way NO OTHER PLAYER, past or present, can inspire.

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  22. Nadal simply didnot show up, and in some twisted way, im glad. if only to stop ya all from calling him all sorts of names if he beat Roger. Worry not, they will surely meet again, lets see who wins then.

    Roger played well though. unless he chokes (hapened before) against Djokovic in the final, i see him lifting this trophy.

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    TD Reply:

    Emy, can you explain why didn’t Nadal show up? Wasn’t he playing his main rival over the years which he usually owns? Wasn’t it important enough for him? Isn’t that event one of the most important ones for him now?

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    emy Reply:

    who knows what goes on in Nadal’s head? but i know when nadal plays to win and when he simply couldnt be bothered. well.. Roger won, thats good.. no?

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    neil Reply:

    So Roger won because Nadal “couldn’t be bothered”? Garbage. Nadal didn’t miss balls by centimetres because the match didn’t matter to him, as you imply, but because Federer’s accuracy and pace of shot was well-night unplayable – for anybody. It is a style of tennis that Nadal can’t replicate, and we saw that. Nadal played his usual game but against this Federer it was nowhere near good enough. I suggest the only option for your hero is to crank up the dope.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    He couldn’t be bothered cos he got shut out. So much for the ‘spartan warrior’.

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    vaibhav Reply:

    stop irritatin ppl n get a life…y is it so hard for u nadal fans to accept a loss or any kinda ownage for tht matter? ur guy is makin a new record of losin the maximum number of finals in a season. b happy.

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    vaibhav Reply:

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=400033 :D

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    Ru-an Reply:

    LOL.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Nadull wasn’t allowed to show up and that is all there is to it. Deal with it.

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    booya719 Reply:

    I don’t recall anyone calling Nadal bad names around here, except for the occasional “Nadull” here and there. It pales in comparison to how much Nadal fans overuse “FedERROR,” “Federina” and all other sorts of stuff they come up with to make fun of Federer.
    Nadal fans are usually pretty quiet after a loss like this though and leave their guy hanging. I give props for you to have something to say at least although it’s not much. You’re saying your guy quit when he actually gave his best effort.
    Nadal tried his best and was beaten. It’s a surface issue and on this court Federer is better. Federer has been very close to winning against Nadal on clay many times, and has beaten Nadal on clay twice. Where as Nadal has never stood a sniff or even been close to winning against Roger on Federer’s best surface here indoor. Federer is better than Nadal on fast courts…and that doesn’t include slow grass, or the slow hard courts in Australia and Miami. Australia ripped out the rebound ace after 2007 and changed to that slow blue stuff for 2008. Those courts have all been changed over the years to play slow like clay. Very few courts remain fast, and Federer is undefeated against Nadal here and the result is not due to Nadal’s lack of trying. It’s just a surface issue and you should be glad that 8 months of the year is played on slow courts which favor Nadal.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Exactly Booya. That’s why I called him Nadull, because I didn’t appreciate her saying things about my readers that isn’t true. As for Nadal he was not on the same level as last year but so what? It’s his own fault and no one is always at the same level. You don’t take only a players results into consideration when they are on a hot run, do you? Nadal said himself he felt fine and that he gave everything. He was just shut out by the far superior player.

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  23. Finally something going Roger’s way, getting a bit tired of loopsided H2H. If only he meets Nadal more indoors, maybe he can narrow the gap. For now I am enjoying this smackdown.

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    booya719 Reply:

    Definitely! And they may meet again Sunday. I’m probably the only one who predicted a Nadal vs. Federer final before the tournament began and I’m sticking to it unless Tsonga proves otherwise.

    It’s all gonna come down to the Nadal/Tsonga match, that may as well be the SF. The three best players at the moment were unluckily drawn into the same pool so Tsonga or Nadal has to go out early and the winner will go on to the final and face Roger a 2nd time.

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    Dippy Reply:

    Tsonga/Nadal match will be interesting, I think Tsonga has the edge. He is definately playing better than Nadal right now. A little shocked to learn Lord Farq handed Djoker his version of smackdown too.

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  24. Ruan, I love your vitriol against Murray, especially this line:

    “Personally I hope he plays on so I can see him losing some more!”

    I love it! And predictably, he “withdraws” from the YEC. I hate him!

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  25. Good one Ruan.Happy days.It does not get any better than this.I was so happy,remember guys when Roger lost to Berdych in Cincinnati and so many people were so down here and i was telling us to keep believe in Roger,no to give up,one bad match and people really can easily put Roger down,same as Boris Becker who just can’t stand Rogers achievements..can’t satand his comments.Anyway of course Nadal did not show up,cause Roger did not give him a chance to show up and his moon-balling is just not enough against peRFect Roger.
    It was a privilege to see that match,he made my year..
    Anyway if you have a chance watch the video with Nadal after the match watch it.He looked same little boy as he looked on the tennis court,did not know what to say,then eventually he did say that Roger played better,but also said in strange Spanish-english that last nite he had no chance same as Roger had no chance in Roland Garros final.I mean common Nadal,that final was freaking close and few points decided that match,so unfair from him.Could not believe it what he said..that’s just show sportsmanship.And Janko Tipsarevic said that he practiced with Murray just day before the first Murray’s match and said that Murray was fit,no problems,but Murray said he had this problem time ago..common,can’t handle the pressure(he swore out loud between first serve and second one-what an example for young kids…)guy will never win grandslam,or maybe he will if Roger wil be forty,Nadal out with knees,ankles and shoulder’s problem and Djokovic will play left handed..
    Anyway let Nadal be Nadal,Murray be Murray and enjoy Roger’s game.
    It was superb,unreal but so real,bakery,bagels and other delicious stuff..
    Enjoy them days till Rogers hangs up his racquet.

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    TD Reply:

    Pete,
    I think Nadal was referring to the 2008 RG final when he destroyed Federer. It’s a fair correlation and IMO his whole presser was dignified.
    Federer and Nadal are friends and they respect each other. Nadal didn’t celebrate his win in Miami earlier this year and Federer didn’t celebrate last night. That’s the dynamic between them.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Correct.

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  26. Novak loses to Ferrer, the supposed whipping boy of the group lol. That puts Murray’s loss to Ferrer in context and­ should make him feel better about it. Will it be a­ Federer-Ferrer final? Federer wins the alphabet game­ 7-6!

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  27. Roger now needs to solidify this great performance by running the table in London, as well as in the upcoming Australian Open. If he can accomplish those two amazing feats at the age of 30, then I would even dare to believe that he has an outside chance of reaching 20 Major titles before he retires. So the start of 2012 is huge for him: bag the Australian, and then the odds greatly increase that he could win another Major the same year. This is what confidence could do for him, given his exquisite skill set. So Roger, burn this memory of crushing Nadal deep into your brain, and never let it go. Believe, Roger, BELIEVE!

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  28. Great post Ruan — as usual!

    What a treat it is to see Roger playing such clean, transcendent, elegant tennis again. In my humble opinion, there is nothing comparable in all of sport — current or historical — to the beauty and genius of Roger Federer in full flight. Let’s hope he can keep it up and take home an astonishing 6th year-end title here. And isn’t it remarkable that the game’s “young guns” — Murray, Djokovic, Nadal — all seem to be tired, injured or struggling physically while the “elder statesman” of the game — a man who has already accomplished more than anyone could dream of in the sport — looks fresh, motivated, and spry. That says a great deal about just how remarkable Roger Federer is, and how lucky we are to be tennis fans in his era.

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