Re: Epic Sunday
Heres some food for thought:
-Federer is 51-3 away from clay since his defeat last year in the semis of the USO to Djokovic (in a match where he obviously should have won being up a break with 2 break points in the 5th.
-Federer has 7 titles the last 9 months.
-Federer beat Murray on a different surface in Dubai earlier this year but similar in the fact that both surfaces play fast. The Swiss-man created 9 break chances in that one and was only broken once in a straight set win.
-Murray leads the rivalry by a slim 8 to 7 advantage but at one point Murray enjoyed a 6-2 edge. That means that since then Fed is 5-2 against the Scot.
-These guys have never played on any surface other than hard courts.
-The two have played twice in Grand Slams and ironically enough both meetings were in finals. Federer won both including 30 months ago which was his last slam title and almost 4 years ago in Flushing Meadows.
-Fed has never dropped a set to Murray in a GS final.
-Murray has only broken Federer 4 times in Grand Slams over 6 sets.
-Federer has created 22 break points in 2 GS matches and has broken Murray 11 times.
As if all these stats aren't enough theres no secret about the fact that Federer will have WAY less pressure and his level has been better this week. Murray was weak against Baggy and would've been down 2 sets to 1 against anyone in the top 10. He could have easily been down 2 sets to 1 against Ferrer who is pretty inferior on grass and Tsonga almost squared it up at 2 sets apiece even though Tsonga really hasn't been very good since that 5 set loss to Djokovic in Paris.
Murray is an elite player and full marks to him for taking advantage of an opportunity with Nadal going out and not choking it away but this is just going to be another cruel chapter in the Scot's book of tragedies.
Last edited by Busterovic; 07-07-2012 at 09:07 AM.