Federer always gets this way when Dave puts pressure on him. ALWAYS. Fed gets frustrated against Nadal because he figures he should beat him, but when Nalbandian plays well, it worries Fed because Fed pretty much has to change his game.
Federer has kicked Nalbandian around for the past few years because he has improved his BH and Nalbandian would always serve weakly giving Fed some chances. Today, Nalbandian served well and harldy missed. What Federer needed to do was change his gameplan and attack the net more and see if he could draw some errors or snag a few volleys. It is very, very difficult to hang with Nalbandian when he's hitting like he was on an indoor court.
Fed will be fine. It's dissapointing that he didn't get to nearly close out the #1 for the year, but oh well. There could be a re-match in Basel next week. Nalbandian, Murray, Nadal, Djokovic....those are the four players that can bother Federer and beat him. To this day, I am a bit relieved when I see Nalbandian on the other side of the draw when TMS events and Slams roll around.
Thats a tough decision for federer to make against bandy because he believed that was the key reason he lost to bandy so many times early.
What should federer do?
Should he hope his rhythm comes back from the baseline or should he start chipping and charging or..?
Ive seen federer - bandy matches in the past where federer was being dominated from the baseline for periods, and federer has elected to stay at the baseline. For the most part it has paid dividends, but when david starts serving like he did today, it becomes tough.
I was disappointed that federer started slicing all those bh returns when he was having success in the 1st stepping in and taking control. I understand that federer thinks the slice is effective against bandy and it is, because of how relatively flat nalbandian hits the ball, but he was just slicing too much. After the second set, federer was on the back foot on the fh the whole time. I dont even know if he hit any winners on the fh.