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post #973 of (permalink) Old 05-17-2009, 04:02 PM
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Re: Qué Será, Será - Buena suerte a Madrid Roger

A few things:

1. All of the usual Nadal/Fed clay match tendencies reversed themselves.

--Federer took all the BP chances he got, and Nadal didn't.
--Federer played really well on the 2nd serve points, something he doesn't usually do.
--Federer remained calm even when he lost 40-0 leads (twice in the 2nd set) and didn't allow the games to go to deuce.
--Federer played well when serving to the Ad court, something he's probably only done about 3 or 4 times against Nadal.

2. Federer has a much easier time dealing with any opponent if he has BH dtl working; it doesn't even have to be the one snugging the line for a winner, but good, deep BH's dtl, near the baseline and somewhat near the sideline allow him to move the opponent around and not get caught in BH-BH (or BH-FH against Nadal0 exchanges. He couldn't hit a single one against Nadal at Wimby in a basleine exchance and it made things so difficult.

3. I love how everyone is now saying that he 'played with the right tactics' etc. He's always had a gameplan (other than Rg 2005) and has executed it well at times. His problem was that he never executed it during the BP's (on his serve or Nadal's). He did today and now he looks like a genius.
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