Well this match was good for confirming one thing - the main battle for slams will remain between Nadal & Djokovic this year with the potential for Murray to get involved too. Fed's good indoors but looking at his struggles against Davydenko, the number of break points Delpo had (when Delpo wasn't even playing great) and his showing against Isner there are very few signs that he'd beat Nadal & Djokovic in big matches. On slow hardcourts like IW and Miami next month he's got very little chance...
I really thought Del Po would be a contender this year but he seems unable to take the next step. More chance for Isner & Raonic to pull off some upsets with their serves than Del Po. Horrendously played break points & no change in tactics throughout the match. Expected a lot better from Juan.
All that said - congrats to Fed - he's clearly trying to make an assault on the ranking playing all these tournaments and credit to him for winning even when not playing near his best. Dubai will be the real test though - lets see how he does vs Murray and/or Djoko...
umm... hello? Federer had no serve! Imagine if he'd served 65% first serves instead of 49%
I was right in the AO semi's, so I'm on a winning streak right now, why change my set up... and I'm just judging them on how they've played so far.
I predicted Fed to win against JMDP at the AO, but now? Nope, don't think so, Davydenko should've taken him out already. And if I'm wrong, I'll cry deep into the night and have a good Federer avatar until Nadal wins another tournament.
Re: Rotterdam Final: Federer beats Del Potro 6-1 6-4
Very sad for Juan's loss, but I agree with Sue, it wasn't his day today. Hope to see better form from Juan as the season continues. Also agree with ash86, this title is pretty meaningless when you think about the GS's. Nadal and Djoker will continue to clean Fed's clock before trying to kill each other for 6 hours in the finals, especially when you consider how much slower the GS surfaces are compared to this indoor hardcourt.