Originally Posted by federer express
No in the first set he was just incredibly nervous thats why he lost it...he could hardly make a ball. I still didn't see any moonballs. And he looked to be hitting pretty big to me when hewitt was scrambling after those backhands down the line
You obviously did not see him smacking the ball so hard he hit an error very quickly, which was in part due to nerves. By moonballs, you must be thinking of balls travelling over the net by five feet. What I mean, is balls with so much spin, that once they hit the court, they check up high, which is what Safin did, though he does it a bit more naturally because of his height.
Those backhand down the lines were set up by the heavy spin shots he used to push Hewitt around. The finishing shot is always needed, but that is in no way overpowering. He did more of that game against Sampras, which he could never repeat again, and had to figure out that he couldn't just use power shots to win everything. Today, he showed his head, and used heavy balls instead of power balls.