The first match today between Nadal and Ferrer was, of course, a dead rubber because Nadal had already qualified first in group Nastase. Nadal ended up winning 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-4 after dropping the first set. He and Federer had very similar paths to the semi-finals with both winning all their matches and struggling in their final group match, but they could both lose in the semis as well. Stanimal was in beast mode again today when he straight-setted Murray 7-6(4), 6-4. He was hitting some ridiculous winners out there and prevailed despite some ridiculous defending from Murray as well. It was a great contest with Stan getting the first break in the opening set but losing it again which resulted in a tiebreak.
- Semi-Final Preview
It doesn’t get any betterAnd given the season he has had it would be a smart ploy to play one poor match and get some mental and physical rest in the process because he only needs to win the title. A round robin loss would mean nothing to Djokovic as long as he wins the title. So don’t ask me to subscribe to the idea that Djokovic is in trouble before he actually loses again. Knowing him, he will salivate at the prospect of playing Nadal and crush him first thing tomorrow. But who knows. That’s why we watch tennis because we just don’t know. The same thing could happen to Federer. He could get crushed by Stan this time after that classic semi-final last year. For one thing, I don’t think Stan would be as nervous as he was then and hopefully this time Mirka will restrain herself. Stan is a different player these days than he was back then. He seems way more at home in the top five after a second slam this year and he has found consistency. Whatever the case may be, I think we are in for two terrific battles tomorrow because Nadal has been playing very well too. He looks really close to his best again. No doubt both Djokovic and Stan have their work cut out tomorrow. Should be epic!