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Date: 27 Jan 2009 17:48:56
From: Sakari Lund
Subject: Federer's level of play today

I don't know if I have become too critical, but I didn't think he was
that great. Sure, he played well, but he wasn't tested at all.

I have never quite understood the hype about Del Potro, but I think he
is much better player than this. A bad day. Fed must have been happy
in the 1st set, Del Potro didn't have power anywhere near Berdych. So
there was no danger of being outhit, he could keep in the rallies even
in Del Potro's best moments. And there were not many best moments.
Most of the time he missed even with his soft shots.

Then about after the first break in 2nd set, Del Potro stopped even
trying. A real anti-climax this match.

Some nice half-volleys and other good shots from Fed, but it was like
a practice session. Didn't feel like a match.






 
Date: 27 Jan 2009 13:43:48
From: Jason Catlin
Subject: Re: Federer's level of play today
On Jan 27, 10:48=A0am, Sakari Lund <sakari.l...@welho.com > wrote:
> I don't know if I have become too critical, but I didn't think he was
> that great. Sure, he played well, but he wasn't tested at all.
>
> I have never quite understood the hype about Del Potro, but I think he
> is much better player than this. A bad day. Fed must have been happy
> in the 1st set, Del Potro didn't have power anywhere near Berdych. So
> there was no danger of being outhit, he could keep in the rallies even
> in Del Potro's best moments. And there were not many best moments.
> Most of the time he missed even with his soft shots.
>
> Then about after the first break in 2nd set, Del Potro stopped even
> trying. A real anti-climax this match.
>
> Some nice half-volleys and other good shots from Fed, but it was like
> a practice session. Didn't feel like a match.

His level was plenty good enough to win the tournament. If he plays
Nadal, the match will probably
be a nail-biter and hopefully another classic.


 
Date: 27 Jan 2009 13:37:34
From: xamigax@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Federer's level of play today
On 27 jan, 16:48, Sakari Lund <sakari.l...@welho.com > wrote:
> I don't know if I have become too critical, but I didn't think he was
> that great. Sure, he played well, but he wasn't tested at all.
>
> I have never quite understood the hype about Del Potro, but I think he
> is much better player than this. A bad day. Fed must have been happy
> in the 1st set, Del Potro didn't have power anywhere near Berdych. So
> there was no danger of being outhit, he could keep in the rallies even
> in Del Potro's best moments. And there were not many best moments.
> Most of the time he missed even with his soft shots.
>
> Then about after the first break in 2nd set, Del Potro stopped even
> trying. A real anti-climax this match.
>
> Some nice half-volleys and other good shots from Fed, but it was like
> a practice session. Didn't feel like a match.

He played fantasticly simple & 100% efficient tennis, no less (and
that is something not so easy).

Let me expose my ideas.
It was clear from the very start that Federer was relaxed, and wanted
to dictate the game.
He hit very strong BH from the opening game, that's a sign; possibly
THE sign to let you know how is Fed's mindset.

I agree that most of the match Federer had not to play "incredible"
shots for win the point.
He got few really great great shots, but since the match was one-way,
and that he was in control all the time; it was easier for him to have
to shots right.

Yet we all know -for the most blind of RSTers at least since 08Wim-
that Fed can ALSO hit breathtaking shots under big big pressure.

Share & Enjoy,
Manolo

NB: JMDP didn't play bad. Federer simply didn't let him play at all.
Kuddos to Rogga for that, not all shame on JMDP.


 
Date: 27 Jan 2009 13:12:50
From: PeteWasLucky
Subject: Re: Federer's level of play today
On Jan 27, 10:48=A0am, Sakari Lund <sakari.l...@welho.com > wrote:
> I don't know if I have become too critical, but I didn't think he was
> that great. Sure, he played well, but he wasn't tested at all.
>
> I have never quite understood the hype about Del Potro, but I think he
> is much better player than this. A bad day. Fed must have been happy
> in the 1st set, Del Potro didn't have power anywhere near Berdych. So
> there was no danger of being outhit, he could keep in the rallies even
> in Del Potro's best moments. And there were not many best moments.
> Most of the time he missed even with his soft shots.
>
> Then about after the first break in 2nd set, Del Potro stopped even
> trying. A real anti-climax this match.
>
> Some nice half-volleys and other good shots from Fed, but it was like
> a practice session. Didn't feel like a match.

After Federer lost the AO in 2008 and started to lose to everybody, we
started to wonder if he will be able to find a way to win matches
again. People said he won't win matches on clay, he will zero slams,
etc.

2008 ended up for him with one slam, two finals and one SF, not too
bad.

Now when he is healthy and he wins easily we wonder what is going on!
I can tell you what is going on, he is the guy that won three slams in
2007 and dominated the tour for four years adding 13 slams to his name
but got sick with a virus everybody knows how bad it can affect any
athlete.


 
Date: 27 Jan 2009 10:47:55
From: arnab.z@gmail
Subject: Re: Federer's level of play today
On Jan 27, 9:48=A0pm, Sakari Lund <sakari.l...@welho.com > wrote:
> I don't know if I have become too critical, but I didn't think he was
> that great. Sure, he played well, but he wasn't tested at all.
>
> I have never quite understood the hype about Del Potro, but I think he
> is much better player than this. A bad day. Fed must have been happy
> in the 1st set, Del Potro didn't have power anywhere near Berdych. So
> there was no danger of being outhit, he could keep in the rallies even
> in Del Potro's best moments. And there were not many best moments.
> Most of the time he missed even with his soft shots.
>
> Then about after the first break in 2nd set, Del Potro stopped even
> trying. A real anti-climax this match.
>
> Some nice half-volleys and other good shots from Fed, but it was like
> a practice session. Didn't feel like a match.

I just watched highlights, so didn't get the feel for the entire
match. But this is as good a result for Federer as it can be. After
that five setter against Berdych, this short one is good for his legs.
Hopefully Roddick and eventually Nadal will provide the real tests for
Federer. Del Potro still has a long way to go.


 
Date: 27 Jan 2009 08:25:28
From: Patrick Kehoe
Subject: Re: Federer's level of play today
On Jan 27, 7:48=A0am, Sakari Lund <sakari.l...@welho.com > wrote:
> I don't know if I have become too critical, but I didn't think he was
> that great. Sure, he played well, but he wasn't tested at all.
>
> I have never quite understood the hype about Del Potro, but I think he
> is much better player than this. A bad day. Fed must have been happy
> in the 1st set, Del Potro didn't have power anywhere near Berdych. So
> there was no danger of being outhit, he could keep in the rallies even
> in Del Potro's best moments. And there were not many best moments.
> Most of the time he missed even with his soft shots.
>
> Then about after the first break in 2nd set, Del Potro stopped even
> trying. A real anti-climax this match.
>
> Some nice half-volleys and other good shots from Fed, but it was like
> a practice session. Didn't feel like a match.

++ Isn't that the point... he took the #8 in the world and routined
him, at a major, at night when heat was not bothering Del Potro ala
Novak... Fed in full flight made it look like a practice session...

P


  
Date: 27 Jan 2009 10:17:29
From: Patrick Kehoe
Subject: Re: Federer's level of play today
On Jan 27, 8:36=A0am, Scott <scott...@yahoo.com > wrote:
> On Jan 27, 11:25=A0am, Patrick Kehoe <pke...@telus.net> wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
> > On Jan 27, 7:48=A0am, Sakari Lund <sakari.l...@welho.com> wrote:
>
> > > I don't know if I have become too critical, but I didn't think he was
> > > that great. Sure, he played well, but he wasn't tested at all.
>
> > > I have never quite understood the hype about Del Potro, but I think h=
e
> > > is much better player than this. A bad day. Fed must have been happy
> > > in the 1st set, Del Potro didn't have power anywhere near Berdych. So
> > > there was no danger of being outhit, he could keep in the rallies eve=
n
> > > in Del Potro's best moments. And there were not many best moments.
> > > Most of the time he missed even with his soft shots.
>
> > > Then about after the first break in 2nd set, Del Potro stopped even
> > > trying. A real anti-climax this match.
>
> > > Some nice half-volleys and other good shots from Fed, but it was like
> > > a practice session. Didn't feel like a match.
>
> > ++ Isn't that the point... he took the #8 in the world and routined
> > him, at a major, at night when heat was not bothering Del Potro ala
> > Novak...
>
> don't know if i'd say "routined". =A0a double-bagel doesn't come that
> often.- Hide quoted text -
>
> - Show quoted text -

++ Right you are... blistered...

P


  
Date: 27 Jan 2009 08:46:47
From:
Subject: Re: Federer's level of play today
It is pretty obvious that Fed will win this AO and very easily as well.


   
Date: 27 Jan 2009 20:00:14
From: TT
Subject: Re: Federer's level of play today
Arancione@selin.com wrote:
> It is pretty obvious that Fed will win this AO and very easily as well.

Nope. Verdasco will...He double-bagelled Stepanek. Nobody does that! :)

--
"Now I have so many dreams to chase - the French Open, an Olympic
singles gold medal in London in 2012, the Davis Cup for Switzerland"


  
Date: 27 Jan 2009 08:36:26
From: Scott
Subject: Re: Federer's level of play today
On Jan 27, 11:25=A0am, Patrick Kehoe <pke...@telus.net > wrote:
> On Jan 27, 7:48=A0am, Sakari Lund <sakari.l...@welho.com> wrote:
>
> > I don't know if I have become too critical, but I didn't think he was
> > that great. Sure, he played well, but he wasn't tested at all.
>
> > I have never quite understood the hype about Del Potro, but I think he
> > is much better player than this. A bad day. Fed must have been happy
> > in the 1st set, Del Potro didn't have power anywhere near Berdych. So
> > there was no danger of being outhit, he could keep in the rallies even
> > in Del Potro's best moments. And there were not many best moments.
> > Most of the time he missed even with his soft shots.
>
> > Then about after the first break in 2nd set, Del Potro stopped even
> > trying. A real anti-climax this match.
>
> > Some nice half-volleys and other good shots from Fed, but it was like
> > a practice session. Didn't feel like a match.
>
> ++ Isn't that the point... he took the #8 in the world and routined
> him, at a major, at night when heat was not bothering Del Potro ala
> Novak...

don't know if i'd say "routined". a double-bagel doesn't come that
often.



 
Date: 27 Jan 2009 16:53:23
From: Petter Solbu
Subject: Re: Federer's level of play today
Sakari Lund wrote:
> I don't know if I have become too critical, but I didn't think he was
> that great. Sure, he played well, but he wasn't tested at all.
>
> I have never quite understood the hype about Del Potro, but I think he
> is much better player than this. A bad day. Fed must have been happy
> in the 1st set, Del Potro didn't have power anywhere near Berdych. So
> there was no danger of being outhit, he could keep in the rallies even
> in Del Potro's best moments. And there were not many best moments.
> Most of the time he missed even with his soft shots.
>
> Then about after the first break in 2nd set, Del Potro stopped even
> trying. A real anti-climax this match.
>
> Some nice half-volleys and other good shots from Fed, but it was like
> a practice session. Didn't feel like a match.

You are too critical. He did an excellent match with very few UEs. Both
his forehand and his backhand seemed to be where it should be. He was
steady in all departments of the game.

PS.