I can’t believe Federer turned the match around vs. Murray. Murray was in control early, up the break, hitting the ball with power and precision all over the court, making Fed looks slow and off balance. Then a friend called and we were talking boxing and I was watching the DVR of the match out of the corner of my eye and next thing I see Fed won the first set and was up 4-2 in the second.
What?! I thought for sure Murray had this match in the bag and Fed was dead in the water. Murray was on fire, had the momentum, had control of the match, the crowd support, yet Fed, the magician that he is, found a way to get out of the jam.
For those who say Fed won’t win another major, you just can never count this man out of any tennis match, never ever.
Djokovic was on the ropes and enduring a pounding also, down a set and a break to Del Potro in the other Master Series final semifinal. Djokovic badly missed an easy overhead and then double-faulted, and seemed ready to unhinge after a very, very long season of so many ups and a few downs, like the Djokovic of a three years ago surely would have. Del Potro was mutilating every ball all over the court in a display that reminded of his unforgettable U.S. Open triumph over Fed.
Gilbert said Djokovic needed to hit to Delpo’s forehand to open up the court to attack the backhand and that’s what he did, adding in some damaging backhand’s up the line. Djokovic re-galvanized and raised his level, while Delpo seemed to falter a tad.
In the first set Delpo showed flashes of being the best player in the world, but just flashes. While it’s not hard to see Del Potro attaining ATP world #1 status by the way he played in the first set yesterday, if he can find a way to play like that more consistently in the big matches, it does not seem to be a goal of the Argentine to be the #1 face of the sport, does it?
I have never heard Del Potro express a desire to be #1, He seems to be more of a player and personality who would rather be stationed in the top 5 rather than be the ruling general of tennis, the face and flagship of the sport.
Though Del Potro is an amazing talent for such a big man – 6-8 – and he is one of the classiest, most honorable champion sportsmen you will ever see in any sport around the world, selling Del Potro to the public as a superstar would be quite a difficult task for the tennis powers that be, compared to selling and promoting Federer the artist, Nadal the charismatic Spanish bull, and Djokovic the entertainer extraordinaire.
Del Potro seems destined to play the role of the challenger to the tennis champion, at least at this point in time. We never know how a player will evolve and develop as not only a player but also a person…of course, Andre Agassi proved this.
In any event, it should be a marvel of a final today, I like Djokovic in three tough sets.
(Djokovic art by Andres Bella, www.andresbellaart.com)