Originally Posted by Deivid23
I guess I know what u r talking about. Roger felt sick in the previous round against Davydenko, but himself declared he felt much better against Nadal and he simply lost to a better player that day. I also watched the match several times and Nadal simply served the best way he would have been able to do in that stage of his career and played very well, Roger felt uncomfortable all the time, bc Nadal´s topspin mainly, but imo it was far away from Federer not trying hard.
I don't remember reading that he felt better, but I'll take your word for it and I certainly recall the praise of Nadal, especially Federer's aged, weary comment about "these youngsters" having so much energy these days... LOL, that's why I like him, he's an old man trapped in a tennis player's body at times. One thing I saw when I watched the match was how, after Nadal won a crucial game to lead in the second set, he leaped in the air and vaulted past the net back to his chair, and by the time he had sat down in it Federer had barely crossed the service line on his own side, he was walking so slowly (although he does that all the time anyway, it's true).
It was evident back then that Nadal's heavy topspin forehand to the Federer backhand was giving the latter nightmares, that became even more apparent this year when Nadal worked him off the court with the spin and got so many easy balls in the middle of the court to mop up with his forehand.