Originally Posted by Illinuera
what was the reason for the huge collapse at 6-2 2-0* ??
he took a 2-set time-out there
Jarkko fought bravely, no question about it. But I think his choice of tactics was not correct. He played an incredible 1st set, but from the 2nd set Nalbandian took over. Why? Because Jarkko was not able to prevent David from dictating from the forehand.
I was asking myself the whole time, why was it that Jarkko kept hitting about 80% of his shots straight back to David's forehand. It must've been a deliberate decision since he didn't hit to Nalbi's backhand even if that side was wide open. So Jarkko must have thought fh is the weaker side for Nalbandian.
In the 1st and 4th sets Nalbi actually made quite a few fh errors, but in 2nd and 3rd sets it was rock solid. And then Jarkko couldn't control the points but was running left and right like a dog. David won over the control because Jarkko couldn't make him run. Many times Jarkko actually hit a good serve or service return, got a weak reply from David and a chance to start dictating the point. But what did Jarkko do? Hit it to Nalbi's fh and let him take over. Jarkko kept hitting down the line and David kept hitting cross-court.
In sum, Jarkko tried to play a little bit like he played against Hewitt in USO QF, but the difference is that David is far better than Hewitt in dictating baseline exchanges and doesn't make too many ue's from the fh. That's why Jarkko should've used cc forehands to David's bh much more, even looping the ball once in a while. On the run David's shots are not as dangerous as Jarkko's.