Originally Posted by mystic ice cube
Too many UE's, lack of first serve %, and forehand not working accumulates in a disaster of a match for Federer. That, and he looked a bit tired by the end of the match. What happens to him when he faces Nadal? By far the worst I've seen her play in a long time. Nadal certainly deserved it though. The winner of the other semi will win the final.
As for people saying Rafa is the GOAT? Please get real.
Mr. Federer's first serve % was decent enough, though not overwhelming at 64%.
But, forget the serve, it was all about the unforced errors, 63 of them to 46 winners. And it all started with those 2 very strange unforced errors when Mr. Federer was up 3-0 and threatening to make it 4-0 and double-break in the first set. After those errors, it was 3-1, and the damage had been done, as it unhooked Mr. Federer from his unplayable mode "that only he can reach". Even though he was up 4-1 in 18 minutes, more errors crept in, Mr. Nadal gained confidence, and it had to go to a tie breaker and took 58 minutes for something that should have been over in no more than 25-30 minutes. Once Mr. Nadal recognized Mr. Federer was out of the unplayable level mode, Mr. Nadal's own level increased, gained more confidence, and though Mr. Federer occasionally made some brilliant shots, he could not sustain that level for more than a game.
Mr. Nadal held Mr. Federer's winners down by making some incredible gets. Mr. Nadal's serve was also good in the sense that Mr. Federer seemed to have trouble reading it, and he changed his pattern especially during key points. This was enough to keep Mr. Federer from breaking him more, even though he had the opportunities (3 of 10). Mr. Nadal's incredible retrieving of balls that would have been winners against almost anyone else was also demoralizing, even though it is to be expected that one always has to hit an extra ball against Mr. Nadal, especially on slower courts.
Mr. Federer's unforced errors are horrible for his game as he loses the confidence to be aggressive, and continuous passive striking will never win against Mr. Nadal. I believe it to be a more important statistic for him than 1st serve %. He can deal with 56-60% if his winners to unforced errors ratio is positive by a good margin, since he still maintains confidence to be aggressive. I do think he went with too many drop shot attempts early on, when he had a whole court open for punishing the ball. A few of those hit the net, and he had to feel like a fool afterwards.
Congratulations Mr. Nadal and his fans!
Condolences to Mr. Federer and his supporters!
I hope both keep up the fight and best of luck for the coming year and more.
Tomorrow it's Mr. Djokovic vs. Mr. Murray. Good luck to both!