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Federer def Berdych 7-6 (5) 7-6 (10) 6-3 to level tie at 2-2

Action Jackson
09-23-2007, 02:39 PM
Great stuff Tomas.

Fed played the big points better.

elessar
09-23-2007, 02:40 PM
Great stuff Tomas.

Fed played the big points better.

Anyone else had a USO final flahsback ?

Or Levy
09-23-2007, 02:42 PM
From the little bit I've managed to see on the buffer-stream it was very high quality stuff and a great match, very tight, great serving, quick points. Thomas quality in this match would have deserved a win...

Against anyone else but Roger.

Now, why didn't he play like that in the past few months?

stebs
09-23-2007, 02:42 PM
Berdych missed SP's left right and centre in the second set TB and I didn't see the match but Federer should be praised for pulling out another set where he should've lost.

That said, Berdych is certainly at fault and he also served for the first set. Just like DJokovic at the USO, Berdych could easily have had a two set to zero lead but he just couldn't take his chances.

Or Levy
09-23-2007, 02:43 PM
Anyone else had a USO final flahsback ?

I did, most definitly.

The last TB was SOOOO tight. Thomas converted 1/11(!) bp chances in the match, some of them were SP chances.

Roger too, only broke twice, but that was out of 6 chances.

Action Jackson
09-23-2007, 02:43 PM
Berdych for those who didn't follow had 1/11 break point conversion rate for the match, while Federer was 2/6.

Berdych had 2 break points for a double break in the 1st set and then failed to serve it out. Lead 3-0 in the 1st set TB and then lost 6 points in a row.

Berdman had 6 set points in the 2nd set and couldn't close it out, but hey got to take the chances when they are on offer.

Billabong
09-23-2007, 02:43 PM
Berdych missed SP's left right and centre in the second set TB and I didn't see the match but Federer should be praised for pulling out another set where he should've lost.

That said, Berdych is certainly at fault and he also served for the first set. Just like DJokovic at the USO, Berdych could easily have had a two set to zero lead but he just couldn't take his chances.

The mark of a champion:worship:

LilyRoseAva
09-23-2007, 02:44 PM
so many occasions wasted, i think tomas had 4 or 5 setpoints in the second set
GO STEPANEK

elessar
09-23-2007, 02:45 PM
Anyone know how many set points Berdych had ?

I really hope Stan can win his tie ( although I wouldn't bet on it), so he doesn't have to deal with all the crap again

leng jai
09-23-2007, 02:46 PM
So did Federer "raise his game" by tapping the ball and keeping it in play on the big points like he didnt against jokervic?

stebs
09-23-2007, 02:46 PM
Anyone know how many set points Berdych had ?

I really hope Stan can win his tie ( although I wouldn't bet on it), so he doesn't have to deal with all the crap again

Six, although it was only either 1 or 2 on his own serve.

Or Levy
09-23-2007, 02:46 PM
Berdych missed SP's left right and centre in the second set TB and I didn't see the match but Federer should be praised for pulling out another set where he should've lost.

That said, Berdych is certainly at fault and he also served for the first set. Just like DJokovic at the USO, Berdych could easily have had a two set to zero lead but he just couldn't take his chances.

That's why he's Roger Federer, and they aren't.

stebs
09-23-2007, 02:47 PM
So did Federer "raise his game" by tapping the ball and keeping it in play on the big points like he didnt against jokervic?

Or Levy says that it was good serving and good tennis overall but obviously Berdych had to make mistakes as well to miss as many chances as he did.

Billabong
09-23-2007, 02:47 PM
If some people think Berdych choked, just watch Jankovic VS Szavay, where Jankovic led 7-6, 5-1 and had championship point, and has now lost 9 games in a row:eek:

Action Jackson
09-23-2007, 02:48 PM
So did Federer "raise his game" by tapping the ball and keeping it in play on the big points like he didnt against jokervic?

That many break chances and set points missed can't be all due to Federer's greatness.

Looks like it's all up to Stepanek and if he wins, then watch all the crap that will be written about Wawrinka.

garad
09-23-2007, 02:49 PM
Well done Roger! Fed did what has been asked from him and won 2 points, extending his unbeaten run at DC to 14 matches (I think). Now it is up to Stan to be the hero against tired Stepanek.
Go Stan!

Action Jackson
09-23-2007, 02:49 PM
If some people think Berdych choked, just watch Jankovic VS Szavay, where Jankovic led 7-6, 5-1 and had championship point, and has now lost 9 games in a row:eek:

This is proper tennis, the Davis Cup, not some MM event on the WTA.

Angeltroy
09-23-2007, 02:50 PM
:bounce: :bounce: Yeah Roger.

Tomas:smash:

leng jai
09-23-2007, 02:51 PM
This is proper tennis, the Davis Cup, not some MM event on the WTA.

Exactly. No fucking comparison.

groundstroke
09-23-2007, 02:53 PM
Same as the US Open quarters and the US Open final.

DrJules
09-23-2007, 02:58 PM
If some people think Berdych choked, just watch Jankovic VS Szavay, where Jankovic led 7-6, 5-1 and had championship point, and has now lost 9 games in a row:eek:

just watch Jankovic VS Szavay, where Jankovic led 7-6, 5-1 and had championship point, and has now lost 9 games in a row:eek:

Jankovic had an injury time out at 5-4 up in 2nd set so may not physically been alright.

stebs
09-23-2007, 02:58 PM
Federer is 26-8 in the year for TB's.

That's 0.76, incredibly impressive record. It's a shame that four of those breakers cost him two matches (Djokovic, Canas) which kind of takes away the edge but still it's mental toughness defined to win so many breakers and especially so many important ones (Five - Zero in GS finals).

garad
09-23-2007, 03:00 PM
I suspect that if Fed lost the number of posts in this thread would be increasing a way more rapidly...

mangoes
09-23-2007, 03:06 PM
Happy Roger Won:D..........but I'm also happy to read that Berdych made a good showing. If only he would do so throughout the year.

RonE
09-23-2007, 03:07 PM
I suspect that if Fed lost the number of posts in this thread would be increasing a way more rapidly...

That is like saying that the sun rises in the east.

DrJules
09-23-2007, 03:09 PM
Berdych missed SP's left right and centre in the second set TB and I didn't see the match but Federer should be praised for pulling out another set where he should've lost.

That said, Berdych is certainly at fault and he also served for the first set. Just like DJokovic at the USO, Berdych could easily have had a two set to zero lead but he just couldn't take his chances.

I did, most definitly.

The last TB was SOOOO tight. Thomas converted 1/11(!) bp chances in the match, some of them were SP chances.

Roger too, only broke twice, but that was out of 6 chances.

Berdych for those who didn't follow had 1/11 break point conversion rate for the match, while Federer was 2/6.

Berdych had 2 break points for a double break in the 1st set and then failed to serve it out. Lead 3-0 in the 1st set TB and then lost 6 points in a row.

Berdman had 6 set points in the 2nd set and couldn't close it out, but hey got to take the chances when they are on offer.

That many break chances and set points missed can't be all due to Federer's greatness.

Looks like it's all up to Stepanek and if he wins, then watch all the crap that will be written about Wawrinka.

Federer plays differently on these key points.

His main focus is not to make errors and to ensure that his opponent does not have any easy chances to go for a winner. He will hit slightly softer and further inside the lines with the intention of not making errors. Nadal in Wimbledon final, Djokovic in US Open final and Davydenko in 3rd set of US Open semi-final all found the same problem.

It is Federer's over attacking play that puts him in these problem situations.

The key to modern tennis is forcefull defensive play taking few risks, but ensuring the opponent does not have good attacking opportunities. If you attack your error count will defeat you.

tcorinna
09-23-2007, 03:10 PM
:woohoo:Congrats Fede :worship:

GOODLUCK SWISS TEAM ... WIN THIS ONE ...

:wavey:

stebs
09-23-2007, 03:13 PM
The key to modern tennis is forcefull defensive play taking few risks, but ensuring the opponent does not have good attacking opportunities. If you attack your error count will defeat you.

I agree with all previous and in a way it is disappointing to see players approach crunch time like this but hey, that's life.

I don't agree with this though, on the whole more players are aggressive than defensive and look at the top 5 and Federer and Roddick are aggressors, Nadal and Djokovic are more defensive and then Kolya is about in the middle.

R.Federer
09-23-2007, 03:24 PM
HOOOOOOOPPP!!!!

Here is Wawa's chance to really shine and win his rubber and win for Switzerland!

Action Jackson
09-23-2007, 03:25 PM
Federer plays differently on these key points.

His main focus is not to make errors and to ensure that his opponent does not have any easy chances to go for a winner. He will hit slightly softer and further inside the lines with the intention of not making errors. Nadal in Wimbledon final, Djokovic in US Open final and Davydenko in 3rd set of US Open semi-final all found the same problem.

It is Federer's over attacking play that puts him in these problem situations.

The key to modern tennis is forcefull defensive play taking few risks, but ensuring the opponent does not have good attacking opportunities. If you attack your error count will defeat you.

Not necessarily. Just moonballing, or being passive on the big points doesn't mean they are going to be won most of the time. If everyone did that, then there'd be 90 shot rallies with 3 m clearance over the net and no one taking the initiative.

The defensive skills aren't great for the most part, it depends on the player.

stebs
09-23-2007, 03:29 PM
Not necessarily. Just moonballing, or being passive on the big points doesn't mean they are going to be won most of the time. If everyone did that, then there'd be 90 shot rallies with 3 m clearance over the net and no one taking the initiative.

The defensive skills aren't great for the most part, it depends on the player.

I agree with you. What Federer does on big points is keep his shots deep and control the point. It's true that on the whole he doesn't hit out at the ball and chase the point very often but he is usually in the drivers seat.

Controlled aggression and defence are very different but Federer is also good at chasing down balls when it counts and that's not equivalent to moonballing.

rwn
09-23-2007, 03:31 PM
Federer is 26-8 in the year for TB's.

That's 0.76, incredibly impressive record. It's a shame that four of those breakers cost him two matches (Djokovic, Canas) which kind of takes away the edge but still it's mental toughness defined to win so many breakers and especially so many important ones (Five - Zero in GS finals).

He's won 2 tiebreaks against Berdych, Djokovic, Roddick, Karlovic, Nadal, Davydenko and Seppi. It's still impressive compared to those losses against Canas and Djokovic.

fmolinari2005
09-23-2007, 03:35 PM
That is like saying that the sun rises in the east.


Never in doubt indeed As is never in doubt that when Federer loses a set he was serving for the match he is a choker, and when he wins a set when the opponent had set points, it is because the opponent is a choker.

Action Jackson
09-23-2007, 03:37 PM
I agree with you. What Federer does on big points is keep his shots deep and control the point. It's true that on the whole he doesn't hit out at the ball and chase the point very often but he is usually in the drivers seat.

Controlled aggression and defence are very different but Federer is also good at chasing down balls when it counts and that's not equivalent to moonballing.

On fast courts Federer defensive skills are outstanding, but at the same time players have to go with their natural instincts in tight situations.

Even then there is no excuse for 1/11 break point conversion, though not as bad as the 0/15 against Blake at the US Open for Berdych.

nobama
09-23-2007, 03:37 PM
just watch Jankovic VS Szavay, where Jankovic led 7-6, 5-1 and had championship point, and has now lost 9 games in a row:eek:

Jankovic had an injury time out at 5-4 up in 2nd set so may not physically been alright.What a surprise. :lol: Someone needs to tell her she doesn't need to play every friggin week. :retard:

Rogiman
09-23-2007, 03:38 PM
Never in doubt indeed As is never in doubt that when Federer loses a set he was serving for the match he is a choker, and when he wins a set when the opponent had set points, it is because the opponent is a choker.Not so sure about "choker", but yes, in both cases the player choked.

stebs
09-23-2007, 03:44 PM
On fast courts Federer defensive skills are outstanding, but at the same time players have to go with their natural instincts in tight situations.

Even then there is no excuse for 1/11 break point conversion, though not as bad as the 0/15 against Blake at the US Open for Berdych.

On the whole I agree and I hope Federer did so against Berdych and I assume he is intelligent enough to see that attacking and making the big guy move is the right way to do business and Federer may play defensive sometimes but on an indoor court against Berdych I doubt he defended 6 SP's.

The thing is against certain players for Federer it is certainly better to play tentatively and it is used as a tactic not because he is scared to attack. I mean, Federer hit the lines on second serves down BP's in the fifth to Nadal at Wimbledon. If he has the guts to do that no doubt he can attack in all big moments. When he doesn't it can be tactics.

BlueSwan
09-23-2007, 03:48 PM
Federer sure has been winning a lot of tiebreaks lately.

I'm sure there are people who suspects that Federer is purposely taking himself to tiebreaks to practice his mental strength, which in the past has been a weakness against Nadal.

Thankfully, I'm not one of those people.

Action Jackson
09-23-2007, 03:50 PM
On the whole I agree and I hope Federer did so against Berdych and I assume he is intelligent enough to see that attacking and making the big guy move is the right way to do business and Federer may play defensive sometimes but on an indoor court against Berdych I doubt he defended 6 SP's.

The thing is against certain players for Federer it is certainly better to play tentatively and it is used as a tactic not because he is scared to attack. I mean, Federer hit the lines on second serves down BP's in the fifth to Nadal at Wimbledon. If he has the guts to do that no doubt he can attack in all big moments. When he doesn't it can be tactics.

Berdych when in the mood is very dangerous indoors, and he seemed to be in the mood today and had more than enough chances to go 2 sets to 0 up, but these have to be taken.

It's the old line, and it's true with Federer. These players forget to play the ball and they play the man instead.

uNIVERSE mAN
09-23-2007, 04:10 PM
waste of energy since wawrinka doesn't have a hope in hell.

jonny84
09-23-2007, 04:12 PM
Federer pulls it off again! Was really close.

Voo de Mar
09-23-2007, 04:22 PM
so many occasions wasted, i think tomas had 4 or 5 setpoints in the second set
GO STEPANEK

Berdych had 6 set points in all: 1 in the 1st, 5 in the 2nd.

Anyone else had a USO final flahsback ?

There Federer saved 7 set points: 5 in the 1st and 2 in the 2nd.

Voo de Mar
09-23-2007, 04:39 PM
^ What an intensity of thigh sets and matches for Federer. He has played at least 2 tight sets in each of his last 6 matches (singles & doubles), including 9 tie-breaks, saving 15 set points (2 Davydenko, 7 Djokovic, 6 Berdych) and wasting 2 match points (1 Stepanek - strictly set/match point, 1 Czech duo).

TNX1.0E6TOPCA
09-23-2007, 04:52 PM
wanna die...

sawan66278
09-23-2007, 05:12 PM
Interesting article about Roger and the Cup...from tennis.com

The Davis Cup semifinals are this weekend, with the U.S. heading to Sweden and Germany taking on Russia. Viewers in the U.S. can catch the American tie on the hunting-and-killing Versus network and the other match-up on the Tennis Channel.

Roger Federer (left), Yves Allegro (right)
Roger Federer (left) clearly enjoys the Davis Cup experience. So why doesn't he play more often?

© Fabrice Coffrini/AFP Getty
But the most intriguing contest, which won’t be on TV here, is Switzerland against the Czech Republic in Prague. One of a handful of relegation matches that will determine which teams remain in the elite 16-team World Group, this tie features Roger Federer’s annual emergence from Davis Cup hibernation to rescue his country from imminent irrelevance.

For a guy who professes a passion for tennis history and his place in it, Federer has exhibited a curious attitude toward our sport’s premier team competition. In each of the last four years, he has skipped the opening tie because it doesn’t jive with his schedule, only to play for his country in the relegation round.

You can set your Swiss watch to that.

In February, Switzerland lost to visiting Spain 3-2. Where was Federer? His favorite stomping grounds, Dubai. He was there on business with his buddy, Tiger Woods, schilling for his latest endorsement, Gillette.

The following month, Federer was asked at a press conference in Indian Wells why he doesn’t play Davis Cup, and the champion grew testy. “Why I don’t? I do play every year. But I’m going to play in September, so it’s not like I’m not playing.”

When he was younger, Federer played quite a bit of Davis Cup (he’s competed in 41 Davis Cup singles and doubles matches in his career), but hasn’t played much lately. At one point, he voiced concerns about the drain of having to carry his team. “I need a bit of help with the team and the fans and everything. I’ve done it a number of times to win three points.”

That may have been the case a few years ago. Not now, not with teammate Stanislas Wawrinka. He’s a talented, hard-hitting kid, kind of like a Version 2.0 of Marat Safin, who can more than hold his own. Swiss Marco Chiudinelli has had promising DC results, too.

Clearly, if these guys banded together, Switzerland wouldn’t just be a factor in the Davis Cup – it’d be one of the favorites to win it all.

Right now, though, Switzerland is just trying to stay alive against a tricky Czech team with Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek. “I’m really looking forward to the Davis Cup weekend again,” Federer said recently. “I haven’t had it for a year. I’m very excited.”

Where is that enthusiasm during the rest of the season? Federer has said that he doesn’t play the earlier ties because he wants to concentrate on being No. 1 and win Grand Slams. “I decided in the last couple of years that Davis Cup is not my No. 1 focus,” he said.

Fair enough. But was he focused on being No. 1 when he was doing that photo op in Dubai with Tiger, the two of them looking smugly self-contented and shaving their mugs?

While Federer hasn’t ruled out playing more Davis Cup, he won’t take the plunge in 2008. “I know that the season’s going to be hard, being the Olympic year, it’s going to be tough,” he said. “I can’t follow all the goals but maybe down the road I’ll play more Davis Cup again. I have to have time to consider.”

Federer should consider this: To go down in history as an all-timer you have to win – or at least make a committed charge to win – the Davis Cup. Some players, such as John McEnroe and Boris Becker, understand this. Others don’t. Take Jimmy Connors. He hated playing the Davis Cup – things didn’t revolve around Jimmy there, you see – but did occasionally commit to donning the Stars and Stripes, most infamously in 1984.

That year, Connors decided to join his hated rival McEnroe in Gothenburg, Sweden for the final round. Word was, Connors only participated because his new advisor, Donald Dell, thought it’d be good for his image. After a weekend of bad behavior even by Jimbo’s and Mac’s standards, the U.S. tennis establishment was outraged, and the team’s sponsor, Louisiana Pacific Corporation, threatened to withdraw its $300,000 backing.

Connors’ career was amazing, but his Davis Cup shortcomings unquestionably tainted his legacy. Of course, we don’t have to worry about Federer playing the Cup for phony reasons, or throwing tantrums. It’s also hard to hold is feet to the fire too much on this issue. He’s still just 26, and he happens to be one of the best ambassadors the sport has ever had.

Hopefully, in deciding his Davis Cup future, Federer will not get spooked by a soul-crushing experience his new buddy and soon-to-be exhibition partner, Pete Sampras, had years ago. In 1995, Sampras single-handedly led the U.S. to victory over Russia in the final, winning all three points, including a five-set marathon over Andrei Chesnokov that left him doubled over with cramps. Upon his return to the States, Sampras was greeted by… crickets. “It went unrecognized in the U.S.,” Sampras later said of his accomplishment.

Would Federer be ignored by his country if he won the Cup? Probably not. Americans just don’t care about the competition like the Europeans and South Americans do.

But he should also know that Sampras, to this day, rates his Cup performance as one of his greatest achievements. Deep down, Sampras cared, and still does.

Roger should care, too.

James Martin is the Editor-in-chief of TENNIS magazine.

uNIVERSE mAN
09-23-2007, 05:30 PM
no one gives a shit about it, that's the bottom line.

Merton
09-23-2007, 05:32 PM
Hopefully Tomas will bring this level in the coming tournaments, then good things will happen for sure. Things would get very interesting if Tomas got his chances in the first two sets and he should feel good realizing that it was a winnable match and pissed off that he missed his chances.

Ceri
09-23-2007, 05:48 PM
Well done Fed. ;)

Eden
09-23-2007, 06:36 PM
wanna die...

:hug: No, you don't ;)

It seems that Tomas is in a great form right now, so that we can hopefully expect good matches from him in the next weeks. Would be wonderful to see him in Shanghai.

Too bad I couldn't watch this match. Sounds like great stuff. Congrats to Roger for expanding his DC statistics :)

TNX1.0E6TOPCA
09-23-2007, 06:37 PM
Hopefully Tomas will bring this level in the coming tournaments, then good things will happen for sure. Things would get very interesting if Tomas got his chances in the first two sets and he should feel good realizing that it was a winnable match and pissed off that he missed his chances.

I'm re-watching the match and Tomas was playing really great, a true Top 10 :angel: ... it was so close and of course tie-breaks so unpredictable.

Lunaris
09-23-2007, 06:39 PM
I'm re-watching the match and Tomas was playing really great, a true Top 10 :angel: ... it was so close and of course tie-breaks so unpredictable.
In an interview after the match Fed said Berdych was top 5 indoors.

TNX1.0E6TOPCA
09-23-2007, 06:46 PM
In an interview after the match Fed said Berdych was top 5 indoors.

awww Roger always so nice in his comments

PS: for those who think that Tomas Berdych won Bercy by accident ;)

Lunaris
09-23-2007, 06:53 PM
Yeah, in the interviews after both his singles matches he seemed really friendly and full of respect for his opponents. They didn't interview him after the doubles though. I mean immediately after the match.

DrJules
09-23-2007, 07:44 PM
Not necessarily. Just moonballing, or being passive on the big points doesn't mean they are going to be won most of the time. If everyone did that, then there'd be 90 shot rallies with 3 m clearance over the net and no one taking the initiative.

The defensive skills aren't great for the most part, it depends on the player.

I think you are taking what I said to an extreme and I did mention forceful defensive play.

Federer hitting the ball slightly softer and hitting with more margin for error is rather different from moonballing or being passive.

tcorinna
09-23-2007, 07:47 PM
I'm so sorry for Swiss team and Stan ... :hug::hug:

Federerhingis
09-23-2007, 08:34 PM
Exactly. No fucking comparison.

Exactly there has not been a quality WTA match since the Wimbledon 2005 final, When Venus beat a mentally inferior Davenport not only with her will but with her superior athletic supremacy. The Mauresmo/Pierce wta year end final supposedly was of great quality I cannot ascertain this since I did not watch it; the scoreline does suggest this so who knows but there has not been a quality match on the WTA tour in over two years.

That's sad and shameful. :tape: :o

fmolinari2005
09-23-2007, 08:40 PM
Hopefully Tomas will bring this level in the coming tournaments, then good things will happen for sure. Things would get very interesting if Tomas got his chances in the first two sets and he should feel good realizing that it was a winnable match and pissed off that he missed his chances.

I hope the same. Tomas has game to beat any top 5, including Federer. It would be great seeing him playing the Masters Cup. Who knows?! Maybe he can win one of the next TMS.

Federerhingis
09-23-2007, 08:43 PM
awww Roger always so nice in his comments

PS: for those who think that Tomas Berdych won Bercy by accident ;)

Being Czech only almost warrants you some success playing on indoor courts. Just to name a few Ivan Lendl, Martina Navratilova, Hana Mandlikova, Jana Novotna and the list goes on....

The former Czeckoslovakia (probably mispelling) has produced some great players including former greats namely Martina Hingis, Helena Sukova(especially on a doubles court).

Now not only is it being Czech a good omen for Tomas being good indoors, but his game based on the Czech traditional style of game flat clean early ground strokes ensures him success on this surface and other fast courts. His game has all the ingredients for being potent on this surface especially with that smooth serve. ;)

FedFan_2007
09-23-2007, 08:49 PM
Congrats Fed. Now 54-6 on the season. Now just win Tokoy, Basel, Madrid and TMC and you'll finish 74-6 to match 2004.

Deea
09-23-2007, 10:33 PM
ooh how much I wish I had seen this match. Tomas was so close, at least in those TBs :eek: even though he lost I'm happy to hear he played a high quality tennis and I hope he manages to keep it up these next weeks. Masters Cup sounds mighty fine :aplot:

Sunset of Age
09-23-2007, 10:49 PM
awww Roger always so nice in his comments

PS: for those who think that Tomas Berdych won Bercy by accident ;)

:hug: Couldn't see the match, but apparently Tomas did a great job :hatoff:
I, too, hope he'll be able to make Shanghai and do well there as well.
(might depend on his results in TMS Madrid... :devil:)

Congrats for the win, Fed. Unfortunately it only cost you your time in the end... :rolleyes: - but at least a little bit of practice in winning TB's again. :D

Tennistunes
09-23-2007, 10:54 PM
While Roger won two singles matches - and lost his doubles match - against the Czechs this weekend in Davis Cup play, it bears remembering another disappointment in Roger's Davis Cup career - when he lost to Lleyton Hewiit and Australia in the 2003 Davis Cup semifinal. Here is an excerpt from Rene Stauffer's book THE ROGER FEDERER STORY, QUEST FOR PERFECTION (wwww.rogerfedererbook.com) that briefly describes this circumstance.




Melbourne and the Davis Cup semifinal against Australia was next on Federer’s agenda. At the suggestion of both Federer and Lleyton Hewitt, both the Swiss and Australian teams dedicated the match as a memorial for Peter
Carter. A silver bowl was ordered and presented to Carter’s parents during the matches.

After Hewitt opened the series with an easy win over Michel Kratochvil, Federer defeated Philippoussis 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) in a rematch of the Wimbledon final. In the pivotal doubles rubber, Federer and the aging Marc Rosset
were defeated in five-sets by Wayne Arthurs and Todd Woodbridge, giving Australia the important 2-1 advantage after the second day of play. Switzerland had to sweep the final two singles matches in order to reach the
Davis Cup final.

Federer and Hewitt took to the Rod Laver Arena on a cool Sunday to open up the final day of play and Federer leisurely dominated Hewitt and stared at his 11th consecutive Davis Cup singles victory leading 7-5, 6-2, 5-3. With Federer two points from victory, the tide turned. A brief lull in Federer’s performance was enough for Hewitt, carried by 12,000 spectators, to fight his way back into the match.

After winning the third set in a tie-break and the fourth set 7-5, the match was tied at two-sets apiece. The temperatures were so cold at the start of the fifth set that many of the Swiss journalists could barely take notes on the match their fingers were so stiff and frigid. Christine Ungricht, the President of Swiss Tennis, complained to the Swiss media that she felt the Australians had intentionally left the retractable roof of the Laver Arena open to give Hewitt an advantage in the colder conditions. “They want to give Federer hypothermia,” she said. “What they’re doing is not against the rules but I’m going to complain anyways.”

Hewitt’s momentum was too difficult for Federer to overcome and the Aussie won the epic match 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5, 6-1, allowing Australia to reach the Davis Cup final. Hewitt’s chest swelled with pride as he explained
that he thought constantly of Pat Cash’s comeback from a two-sets-to-love deficit against Mikael Pernfors of Sweden during the 1986 Davis Cup Final. Federer, who didn’t show up in the interview room until two hours after the defeat, meekly said: “I couldn’t be more frustrated.” The flight back to Europe was torture for him. Every time he awoke, his body and his soul ached.

Federer no longer held great hopes of becoming No. 1 in the world for 2003. “Roddick and Ferrero deserved to be ranked in front of me,” he said before the start of the indoor season. “Ferrero is the best clay court player
and Roddick is the best hard-court player. This fall, I simply want to prove that I’m the best indoor player.” He had no such luck. Although he defeated Carlos Moya in the final of Vienna to successfully defend a title for the first time in his career, the remainder of the fall season did not produce the results he desired.

After he lost Ferrero in the semifinals of Madrid, Federer once again failed to fulfill his boyhood dream of winning the title in his hometown of Basel. In the biggest tournament in his country, Federer was only a shadow of himself due to back problems and lost in the second round to Ivan Ljubicic. The next tournament in Paris likewise did not contribute to Federer being crowned the king of indoor tennis, losing for the fifth time and six meetings to Tim Henman of Britain in the quarterfinals. Henman, together with Hewitt and
Nalbandian, became part of the small circle of his Federer’s nemeses.

GonzoFed
09-23-2007, 11:54 PM
Tennistunes = Tony Godsick? :scratch: :p

PS: I saw that match, and alongside the Rome final last year, are the most painful Federer defeats i have seen. Rome IMO cost him RG. By no means he would have assured the W if he had won, but certainly he assured his lost. Pity because he played tactically pretty well.

Action Jackson
09-24-2007, 10:21 AM
Understandable Berdych was disappointed and the point he made about if it was anybody but Federer on the other side, then he would have won was interesting, it shows his a bit of frailty there.

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/audio/mp3/DC_8364_mp3.MP3

stebs
09-24-2007, 06:34 PM
Understandable Berdych was disappointed and the point he made about if it was anybody but Federer on the other side, then he would have won was interesting, it shows his a bit of frailty there.

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/audio/mp3/DC_8364_mp3.MP3

Based on what people have said about the match I think that is more in reference to his level of play than to mental issues. I'm not saying that when he had SP's he wasn't affected by the name on the other side of the net but that particular comment implies that he felt he played well enough to defeat anyone but Roger yesterday.

Action Jackson
09-25-2007, 05:26 AM
Based on what people have said about the match I think that is more in reference to his level of play than to mental issues. I'm not saying that when he had SP's he wasn't affected by the name on the other side of the net but that particular comment implies that he felt he played well enough to defeat anyone but Roger yesterday.

He played the man and not the ball on those set points and saying if it was anyone else but Federer on the other side shows mental frailty as well.

stebs
09-25-2007, 10:12 AM
He played the man and not the ball on those set points and saying if it was anyone else but Federer on the other side shows mental frailty as well.

I disagree and I am not saying that what he said CAN'T be perceived as mental frailty but that it is not definately that. It could easily be to do with level of tennis like Roddick played a good USO QF and lost in straight sets and he could easily say he'd have had a great chance against any of the other players in the draw and that's not because he choked those breakers. He played flawlessly almost throughout both of them and lost both.

Action Jackson
09-25-2007, 10:16 AM
I disagree and I am not saying that what he said CAN'T be perceived as mental frailty but that it is not definately that. It could easily be to do with level of tennis like Roddick played a good USO QF and lost in straight sets and he could easily say he'd have had a great chance against any of the other players in the draw and that's not because he choked those breakers. He played flawlessly almost throughout both of them and lost both.

Bottom line, Roddick talks a big game, but deep down he knows he can't beat Federer after he did it that one time and Berdych is on the same path.

Different situation, did Roddick serve for the set and lost serve easily in the US Open match? Did Roddick have a multitude of break points?

Berdych isn't stupid enough not to know, that he isn't going to get heaps of chances and he came up short when they were on offer.

stebs
09-25-2007, 10:23 AM
Bottom line, Roddick talks a big game, but deep down he knows he can't beat Federer after he did it that one time and Berdych is on the same path.

Different situation, did Roddick serve for the set and lost serve easily in the US Open match? Did Roddick have a multitude of break points?

Berdych isn't stupid enough not to know, that he isn't going to get heaps of chances and he came up short when they were on offer.

Yes different situation and no as matches they aren't comprable. The comments are however and it is easily possible that Berdych could be indicating that if anyone other than Feds was on the other side he would've won more easily I mean I still haven't seen the highlights of the match but you know as well as anyone that being broken for a set isn't ALWAYS choking and the same goes for missing BP's on your opponents serve.

I'm not saying Berdych came into the match and played it mentally well but unless you've seen what happened and describe if for me I'm not willing to make any assumptions.

Action Jackson
09-25-2007, 10:34 AM
Yes different situation and no as matches they aren't comprable. The comments are however and it is easily possible that Berdych could be indicating that if anyone other than Feds was on the other side he would've won more easily I mean I still haven't seen the highlights of the match but you know as well as anyone that being broken for a set isn't ALWAYS choking and the same goes for missing BP's on your opponents serve.

I'm not saying Berdych came into the match and played it mentally well but unless you've seen what happened and describe if for me I'm not willing to make any assumptions.

I am willing to say he shat himself partially and the BP conversion indicates that and when the opportunities came up to take the first 2 sets, he failed and he had enough of them on his own serve, it's not like he serves like Volandri.

Federer is going to be like Davydenko to Berdych.

stebs
09-25-2007, 10:43 AM
I am willing to say he shat himself partially and the BP conversion indicates that and when the opportunities came up to take the first 2 sets, he failed and he had enough of them on his own serve, it's not like he serves like Volandri.

Federer is going to be like Davydenko to Berdych.

I agree, although I think Davydenko is a worse matchup than Federer. I mean Davydenko exploits Berdych's weaknesses perfectly whilst Federer does need to change a tiny bit from his natural game to irritate Berdych.