Originally Posted by Roger the Dodger
Though he lost to Novak, it wasn't like he was totally poor. There were more than flashes of brilliance; in fact he was up 3-0 and 6-5 in the first, and then 40-15, 5-4 in the second shows he's got some problem between the ears closing matches vs Novak because he's been losing them from winning positions too often. Yet, it also shows (as do the match stats), he was the far better player.
no it show that he starts better but Djokovic finishes better
and that against a player like Djokovic or Murray, breaking and losing one's serve is much more usual than against other player.
imo Djokovic was the better player when he went for it, had the best highest level, but Fed kept his focus much more than him in this match. If anyone had problems between the ears in this match, imo it's Djokovic, I rather admired Fed's focus and effort.
That said, yes, as Djokovic let him go away like that, Fed could have clinched it : in second set on the first set point his forehand was very near, and he also had breakpoints for a second break early in that set ; and the tiebreak was very tight.
But anyway Fed needed to win in 2 to clinch it, as physically Djokovic was much better, then too many good circumstances were needed imo. Djokovic is no Murray who let Fed go after losing the first set tie-break.
I still think Fed's potential is better on this surface than Djokovic's, but when he's in a better form than this one.