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    (Original post by ubi1)
    Don't know about that but did the "Baby" put up a better fight against Rafa or did "Papa"?
    I'd say Papa.
    In the 1st set and right up to the point where Rafa broke Roger to win the 2nd set, Federer was easily the better player. But then as always against Nadal, Roger suffered a mental lapse and made the worst possible start to the deciding set. I can't believe what a poor drive volley he played at 30-40, which allowed Nadal to break him by hitting his trademark passes. He should have let the ball bounce first. He played well to save those 3 match points but in the end, he wasn't consistent enough, but definite good signs for Federer fans.

    And Nadal not looking as good as he was last week. Perhaps, feeling the effects of a long season. Berdman or Delpo or even Isner can take him out.
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    (Original post by Roger1)
    In the 1st set and right up to the point where Rafa broke Roger to win the 2nd set, Federer was easily the better player. But then as always against Nadal, Roger suffered a mental lapse and made the worst possible start to the deciding set. I can't believe what a poor drive volley he played at 30-40, which allowed Nadal to break him by hitting his trademark passes. He should have let the ball bounce first. He played well to save those 3 match points but in the end, he wasn't consistent enough, but definite good signs for Federer fans.

    And Nadal not looking as good as he was last week. Perhaps, feeling the effects of a long season. Berdman or Delpo or even Isner can take him out.
    Rafa is now playing Big Servers/Hitters on their preferred surface so he is no longer the favorite. Delpo would hit him out with his forehand and Rafa won't be able to defend as good due to court speed, also he could get served out of the court by isner. He needs to play the way he played in Montreal.
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    Seen the highlights. Good win for Nadal, he's got a great shot for the title now, only Del Potro can realistically beat him. A very competitive match actually, so a lot of positives for Federer to take out of this It's probably Roger's "best loss" since the one to Murray at the AO, so there are signs that he could do well in the coming months. Had he played anyone else but Rafa, he may well have won nicely.

    The one annoying thing is that it's taken Fed 9 years to finally work out the "right" gameplan against Rafa - had he employed this tactic much earlier, he could have won some of the important GS matches they played.
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    Del Potro breaks playing the percentage game. Holding serve but much less winners and unforced errors.
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    Isner broke back but Del Potro takes the first set tiebreak.
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    Come to the net Delpo FGS.
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    Wow, Isner in the final. Anyone think he has a chance of winning this?
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    0% unless he gets 85+ first serves.

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    Berdych becoming a mental midget again! He was playing so well up until 5-5 (1st set), and has gifted Nadal a break of serve from nowhere.
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    Berdych does not seem to have to have the mental resolve to beat the Big 4 back to back especially Nadal anymore. Credit to Isner for winning but really the Del Potro DF was just so sad to watch and I think Del Potro would have a fairly good shot of winning against Nadal, I would give Isner a small chance at most. Seems like nothing can stop Nadal from the tournament win
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    Also this just popped into my head, where the hell is Top Hat?
    Seemed to be really active till just before Wimbledon...?
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    (Original post by usamakhanlodhi)
    Also this just popped into my head, where the hell is Top Hat?
    Seemed to be really active till just before Wimbledon...?
    No clue what's happened to him
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    (Original post by usamakhanlodhi)
    Also this just popped into my head, where the hell is Top Hat?
    Seemed to be really active till just before Wimbledon...?
    It was really strange that he didn't post during Wimbledon considering that Murray won the whole thing and Federer went out early. I thought he would have been all over that.

    NattyB stopped posting around about the same time too.:holmes:.
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    Berdych isn't gonna beat his idol, now is he?
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    Berdych has broken, but knowing him he'll gift it back at some point...

    EDIT: And, right on queue!
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    Berdych has been wearing this same boring white shirt forever now. It's perhaps time to try out different colours Tomas.
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    This has been a high quality match throughout. This is the toughest match Berdych has given Rafa in years. Rafa's forehand in particular has been absolutely devastating today, so many winners.
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    (Original post by Sirocco11)
    This has been a high quality match throughout. This is the toughest match Berdych has given Rafa in years. Rafa's forehand in particular has been absolutely devastating today, so many winners.
    Their best one since AO 2012. It was clear after Djokovic exited that Rafa's "hardest" match would be against Federer. He always plays well against Berdych and has an enormous win-streak against him, and Isner should not be a threat in the final.
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    Good effort by Berdych. Rafa just take care of your first few matches nice and quickly in New York because boy have you got a good chance with nobody else in great rhythm!
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    Well, Rafa just keeps going. I guess lucky to only meet Novak once in this run and have "easy" finals but hes been winning the matches that he is supposed to.
    Rafa should surely win it now, producing some potential interesting semis at the US Open, Novak vs Andy or Rafa vs Andy.
 
 
 
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