“The goal, when I took my break of six months, was doing this for the next couple years, not just for one tournament, I understand people who say, ‘Oh, this would be a perfect moment to go.’ But I feel like I’ve put in so much work, and I love it so much, and I still have so much in the tank.”
Very clever display by Fed. Not forcing too much , BH solid . The only problem was the 1st serve.
Only 43% .
Gr8 second set , BH clicked so well.
If he increases his 1st serve %, I don't seen anyone apart Nadal who will beat him here.
Nadal is going to slaughter Federer playing like this, Djokovic could also rip Federer apart. I think Djokovic has an honest chanse to beat a slightly tired Nadal in the final on these fast clay courts.
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Re: Rome R3: Federer def. Stepanek 6-4, 6-1
Some vintage stuff from Federer in that second set. Backhand constantly forcing Stepanek to volley up if not hitting outright winners. Silly forehand errors kept to a minimum. If Federer can keep this level of play, use it to build on, increase confidence, and get that 1st serve % up he can definitely make the final.