Hm. It looks like the Djoker is already inside Roger's head. Roger has 2 df's already and he's won only four points off Nole's serve.
And now he's just broken Roger and will serve for set
Wow. What a choke by Nole serving for the set. Roger lucks out again.
ESPN CHAT WITH BONNIE FORD AND GREG GARBER, SEPT 6
Matthew (Omaha): Maybe I missed something....I watched the match last night and never once did I get the feeling that Andy was going to win. He only had one break point the entire match! I know he played hard, but if one break point is the best he can play then he will never have a shot to beat Federer.
Bonnie D. Ford: Matthew, whenever a set goes to a tiebreak and a big server is involved, that player has put himself in a position to win. The tiebreaks were 5 and 4 -- and if either had gone the other way, the match could -- and I emphasize COULD -- have gone differently.
Var (Boston): Roddick's awkward movement kills him against Federer. Unlikely he'll be able to overcome that disadvantage in an important match.
Bonnie D. Ford: Var, who doesn't have a disadvantage against Federer? he makes everyone look helpless at some point or another. I thought Andy covered the court well last night.
Adi (Toronto): I developed so much respect for both Jelena and Andy last night. They fought valiantly, and were very gracious in defeat. Jelena's defence was amazing and her joyful personality was on full display! On to my question - how on earth was Roger able to return Andy's 146 mph serve? that was completely unbelievable!
Greg Garber: Well done, Adi. What people in the gam will tell you is that Roddick's serve, while huge, is sometimes predictable. Federer hits the ball 15-20 mph softer, yet guess who had more aces last night, 15-14? Yes, Federer. It's like pitching; placement and changing speeds is just as important as having the big fastball.
Rohan (Bombay, India): Hi. I watched Roddick v/s Federer and thought that Andy played realy well. Only on a few points , he went to Fed's forehand and got passed at the net. I definitely think that if he keeps attacking fed's backhand and goes to the net, he has a shot at winning for sure. What do you think? What is the future of Roddick and Connors' relationship from here on? Thanks for doing a great job.
Bonnie D. Ford: Another country heard from. Thanks for weighing in, Rohan. Several people have suggested that hitting high topspin shots to Roger's backhand is one of the few ways a player has to make him uncomfortable. Easier said than done, but I'm sure guys will keep trying to probe for weaknesses in his game.
Var (Boston): Roddick getting matchpoints against Fed in Shanghai does not prove he can beat Fed. All it proves is he can compete with him if Fed is having an off day. Andy has no chance against Federer in a slam, but might score a win in a lesser tournament if Federer is off his game.
Keith Hawkins: Beating Federer in a best of five outside of clay has been virtually impossible since 2005. Yes Fed does have to have a down day and Roddick has to have his A-game going...and yes a best of three would be the best place to knock off Federer.
jason (canada): After the French Open, there has been a lot of talk about how the "Federer intimidation" factor has decreased? Do you think that its back now? I think it is. I think its back because 2 of the biggest servers in the game (Isner & Roddick) brought their best heat - Fed took 1 or 2 sets to figure them out, and then dismantled them with cold precision. At the same time, both Agassi and McEnroe spent over 2 hours gushing about how amazing he is. Its scary, but in less than a week, we've gone back to conceding the title to the mighty Fed.
Keith Hawkins: I think if Djoker is in the final he might get caught up more in the moment than Darth Federer. He's played him enough to know his game -- but he hasn't played him on this stage for a Slam final. Ferrer has been playing his best tennis and I just wonder how much gas he would have left in the tank. Fed intimidates some but Roddick tradeded punches with him for two sets.
Kathleen (NY,NY): The crowd seems very blah about the matches. What's your take? Personally, I found Roger hard to root for. Too slick, too put together, too European (in a way that makes Roger seem a little soft). I guess I like more macho athletes. Oh well!
Greg Garber: Kathleen: You're not the first to make that observation; Mary Carillo just referenced how quiet the crowd was. The fact is, Federer is so good, he drains most matches of their color and competitiveness. The man bag probably doesn't help his cool Euro image, but he is an artist. I'll take substance over macho style -- but that's just me. My wife would probably side with you.
Pics from the Federer match.
Federer def Roddick 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4), 6-2