Thursday, January 29, 2009

Another Federer Match. Another Loss.



He didn't even get to a tiebreak. Didn't break serve once. Lost two sets 7-5, which almost always means mental collapse.

I wasn't going to go sleep-deprived to watch what I felt would be a straight-set loss. I DVR'd it. Told my dog, who sleeps in front of the TV and actually watches it, to bark if Andy won a set.

Slept like a baby.

I could slap Tomas Berdych.

Three times.

10 comments:

b said...

You are too funny.

Can I slap Berdych as well?

Federer has barely been tested - if Nadal makes it to the final, even with only 1 day of rest, it may be another straight set merciless beatdown.

I really hope Nadal pulls through. Beating Verdasco will be a lot more challenging than Fed.

oddman said...

As I sit here, watching Andy get beat, once again, and listening to the commies argue (ex-coach Gilbert vs DC coach PMac) over what Roddick should do, it occurs to me that there are some positives to find. One, Andy is moving better, faster, albeit moving in on Fed's tempting short ball to get passed yet again... sigh. Two, Andy's only been with Stefanski for a short period now, didn't they agree on a three-year contract? I may be in a minority here, but I still believe Larry can do a whole lot of good for Andy. You can't expect perfect results right away. From what I've read, Stefanski has a pretty astute tennis mind. There's surely more to come than losing 15 lbs and working 'Squares', no?
Did I hear somewhere that Andy's focus on shoring up his bh has resulted in losing his strength on the fh - makes sense to me. Was that BG? If so, well, he's the one that started that in the first place. I do agree, though, that Andy should let it rip, a la Tomas Berdych. He's got a similar game, build, but faster feet, imho.

Yeah, Fed is a bad matchup against Andy, just like Rafa is to Fed. Tough, but not impossible.

I'm betting on Stefanski to do some real good for Andy yet.

oddman said...

I dunno, b,. *IF* Rafa makes the final....
(insert anti-jinx sentence here)

I'm really worried about Verdasco, he's playing just amazingly and full of confidence too.

IF Rafa makes the final, I don't think it will be a straight set merciless beatdown by Fed. Not at all.
(remove ajs here)

Pretty sure they hold the final in the evening Sunday, so even a late night match for the two Spaniards shouldn't put them behind the 8-ball like what happened to Baghdatis and Djokovic.

cy said...

Berdych must have felt my hands coming through the screen trying to lift him up and over Federer. But it didn't work. Andy didn't play well in my eyes. If Andy and Djok were indoors that day I think Djok would have beat him.
Now we can only hope for RAFA.

Beth said...

Craig, you made the right call. I went to sleep early and woke up to watch the match only to be pissed, when all was said and done, that I wasn't back in bed. Andy just couldn't deliver and couldn't maintain an aggressive posture. He had a couple of great net points that were very intuitive but he just couldn't find his way....

b said...

Oddman, sorry my post was not clear - I should have specified that, if the match happens, I think Nadal will give Fed a beatdown..... not the other way around.

Reading JMDP's interview it's clear that he completely gave up the match - so of course Fed played beautifully..... He runs into trouble when his opponent has a completely different mindset (and game).

I wonder how many Final chances Roddick has lost due to his being constantly positioned in draws as Federer's pigeon....

Craig Hickman said...

Andy made a Slam final four years in a row from 2003-2006. Since then, at three Slams where he's competitive, he's been in Federer's quarter or half of the draw more often than not.

I think.

That's how it seems anyway.

Not that Andy has always gotten to Raja....

They've played EIGHTEEN times.

Mad Professah said...

I agree that Andy has had pretty rotten luck with being in Raja's draw for so many slams in a row

dapxin said...

I am a tennis n00b by all definition, but the few times I have seen Andy Play - I have enjoyed the games more than any other.

I think if Andy Murray can beat the Fed, Andy R can do so too. Oh Well, I dont know Tennis...

He has to believe he can do it tho.

cp said...

Dapxin, some players can just figure out another. It's like Bartoli always beating JJ and Vera always beating Baroli.