Originally Posted by R.Federer
In this set, andre has really used a lot of his power and strength. During the set you could hear him groan as he reached and run for many balls. I believe that he lost a lot of energy after this set because he was giving so much on each of the balls. It is a tough balance. Because you have to put so much in to win the set but then there is the gamble that you get so tired that you will have little left for later on if it goes to a fourth, fifth.
You'd be suprised how much energy Andre would have displayed in the 4th had he WON the 3rd set (and don't tell me about Fed's BPs - you're leading 4-2, 30-0 and have great looks at Fed's struggling backhand, you BETTER take advantage because if you stick in the 'neutral' long enough, Fed will destroy you; getting 1st serves in would have helped as well, I'd imagine...).
It was definately win-the-3rd-win-the-match-lose-the-3rd-don't-even-bother-playing type of a deal - much more so than even with Hewitt and the 2nd set in the Semis. Even against Malisse, Blake and Ginepri, at various points late in the game, Andre looked SPENT, then all of the sudden found 2nd and 3rd winds...
As for the 2nd set, Andre was finally hitting the returning/groundstrokes like a "legend" should be. The set was closer than it appeared despite the 6-2 outcome because his 1st serve was crap, which normally is suicide against Federer, who, thankfully, didn't play that well.