Roger Federer has never played better tennis than he did last night in totally destroying an in-form Rafael Nadal 62 63. For the first time in his magical career Federer’s backhand actually beat up the Nadal forehand. Federer was whistling winners all over the court with his backhand – up the line and cross court and even the match point was a jaw-dropping backhand return cross court winner that landed on the baseline/sideline corner. Last night’s masterpiece by Federer might have been his finest performance of all. I wish I was there to ask Rafa after the match if this Roger performance was as “perfect” as the one he witnessed up close from Djokovic last year in Dubai.
Nick Kyrgios has taken the next step and apparently has matured his incredible physical skillset arsenals into a perfect symphony with his mind. For the second week in a row Kyrgios has outclassed a very driven and striving Djokovic who is desperate to regain his A plus game which has been curiously absent for the past year. Kyrgios looks a class above Djokovic now and best of all his mind game is on point. Kyrgios is using positive emotional adrenaline now. He is roaring and fighting like Serena and prime Hewitt while also showing Muhammad Ali like trickery and showmanship with his “hotdog” shots. Kyrgios is making tennis look easy and playful like Ali did with his world-captivating boxing talent.
Yoshihito Nishioka also dazzled us this week with his Marcelo Rios-like magical tennis. Nishioka extended Stan Wawrinka to a third set tiebreaker (having failed to serve out the win twice in the third set). Nishioka has a court sense and extraordinary ball control that very much resembles the game of Rios however he has a better demeanor and the positive qualities of a champion which could propel Nishioka to even greater heights than Rios.