Originally Posted by R.Federer
Someone who is watching-- is Roge playing terrible or rafa is playing too great or both or neither??
by the 3rd shot in a rally, fed will hit it long or wide...he is VERY VERY tight and constricted. NOT from nadal's play AT ALL just the pressure of the expectations & occasion. it started in the first game & the game ended with a double fault. 12 UE in first 3 games despite no long rallies, and when he takes a big chance, he misses. so that is keeping his confidence down. first set really was his worst.
he's freeing up a little here in the 2nd set....but for the most part, nadal --once again-- is not being tested enough to judge how is game is today. BUT it sure easy easy to play with confidence with fed not putting pressure on him and seeming so nervous! that alone could bolster nadal as we go on.
ah., there we have it--nadal just broke, and the announcer said, "and fittingly the game ends with yet another federer error. its a bit of a nightmare for the worlds #1 today."