Good match really. Federer played much better today than against Djokovic. Playing this level, he would have likely beat guys like Monfils, Tsonga or even Ferrer (given how RF's game gives a ton of trouble to the Spaniard), but it wasnt going to cut against the likes of Novak and Rafa, and I am betting Roger knew that but wasnt going to go out of his way and try too hard.
As always, when Roger and Rafa play average, Rafa wins. Inspite, it was a good match from both. Not too taxing for either, some very entertaining points in the second set. Good win for Nadal but beating Federer doesnt mean a hell lot anymore to Rafa, his game has never troubled him. But some nice shots off the BH for him, that must be a relief for him. Federer tried out a lot of new stuff today, unlike Djokovic Rafa game him that chance. Some nice net play, some typically retarded net play too
And the best bit was that delicious BH slice DTL approach mid second set..good to see him do that. Still very rusty but that will go away after a couple of matches in Doha. As long as he doesnt have any fitness problems (he did look slow, but maybe that had to do with not putting too much effort), all is good for Roger going into AO.