And from little I saw, he also played the best tennis of the week, if not his entire career. Appropriate, too, that he didn't win any of his matches by retirement in this record-breaking week of retirements.
As for the former No. 1, he was so far behind the baseline, playing so much defense, he could never get aggressive. He hit less than 10 winners in the match. He flatout refused to flatten out his ground strokes, and they say up like basketballs. And most remarkably, he never tried to mix up his game to take his opponent out of rhythm.
Great tennis by the champion, but a bizarre match.
Samantha Stosur of Australia won her first WTA title at the Japan Open women's tennis tournament in Osaka on October 18, 2009. Stosur defeated Francesca Schiavone of Italy in the final 7-5, 6-1.
Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer presents the trophy and flowers after her 6-3, 6-4 victory against Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova in their final match at the WTP women's open tennis in Linz October 18, 2009.