The AO Final Nole had bad luck if anything. Had so many points lost due to bad line calls. Then when he challenged they were usually in his favor. Instead he got to replay the point and naturally lost about 50% of those bad calls. Can't remember last time I've seen a player robbed that badly by linesmen.
I do agree that he fluked out vs Fed in USO. But that's how it is. Sometimes you go for broke and make it. A funny example in 2011 was Verdasco vs Soderling when Nando had 40-0 and his own serve. Soderling goes for one big all or nothing return, then next rally hits a winner. After that Verdasco tries to go for his serve and hits like 3-4 DFs in very short time.
It's the ballsy play that puts the pressure on the opponent, especially his serve
Nole definitely took the risk to at least have some of it in his own hands. Luck to make that big return but let's not kid ourselves. He knew EXACTLY what he was doing. If he tried pushing he knew Fed would have it entirely in his hands instead and probably paint the line with a winner. Many other players wouldn't have taken that insane risk on MP and Federer wouldn't have gotten under the same pressure with his serve and probably closed it out.
As for the Murray SF it's the same as their Rome match. Nothing was over. 5-5 15-40 in 5th set? Give me a break. In Rome he even served for it but never got MPs. It was far from over
That's fait enough and i agree with all the above.
It is exactly like this. Nole goes for the shots, he's good enough to make them and then the momentum changes.
The luck factor is there, but the better you are, the lesser luck affects your plays.
As mentionned above, except his FH return against Roger, all those points were actually flawlessly played and fought.
In an very similar way Roger put himself in position to play for and eventually win his only RG tittle, we all remember this inside out FH against Haas in a desperate situation.
These things are part of the game, but just blindly denying some facts like the other kids around is plain stupid.