Huge win really for Roger, this will help him more than a routine 6 3 6 3 (as it should have been today)
Roger hung in there and fended off an opponent who was getting hotter and hotter, its a good win to get under the belt.
Benny next rd will be just as tough, if not tougher, Roger needs to bring some sharp tennis throughout the match...
Anyway, onwards good luck Feds!
And also, to the majority of Fed "fans" who were berating the man so pathetically in the live commentary - shut up and F**K off.
yup not fans just glory hunters.
Federer: Future number one.
Fed vs Rafa
U.s open: 5-2
Weeks at number one: 302-140(about)
Falla redirects pace really well. Every time Fed went toe to toe with falla with topspin backshands, he struggled. Every time Fed varied his pace and used the low slice to bring Falla forward and make his own pace, Fed won.
On the deuce court, Falla was repeatedly serving down the T. Very surprising that Fed did not pick it up until the very end.
You gotta give cred to Falla to not make a UE like on the last MP on those two 0-40.s in the 2nd overachieving goatness. How Roger lost his serve twice is a blackout for me. Thankfully he could play great again in the third and not think to much about the wasted bp.s. Unreal though how the mental aspect comes in and haunt like this.
this match also proved 2010 wasn't a fluke, for some reason Falla is able to read Federer's serve and most of his patterns from the baseline really well, and he's able to bother Roger with his patterns of play himself
“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.”