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Madrid QF: Federer def. Ferrer 6-4 6-4

espana
05-11-2012, 08:43 PM
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mKbE-tq3UDA/T616WqfCXxI/AAAAAAAAASU/bOvmdoSs5L8/s1600/Federer-Ferrer.jpg
It's quite amazing how well is Ferrer moving on this bad surface, however this surface is too fast for him, but he put up a fight against good serving Federer, who only lost 6! points on serve.

Federer in 2
05-11-2012, 08:44 PM
Pretty much average. Ferrer was good though.

Le_Bousier
05-11-2012, 08:44 PM
Just routine.

Paylu2007
05-11-2012, 08:45 PM
wtg!!

only star left -___- hope he wins!

tealeaves
05-11-2012, 08:45 PM
NID :shrug:

LastRocket
05-11-2012, 08:45 PM
Good fight from Ferrer. Easy for Federer on this super fast surface :)

henke007
05-11-2012, 08:45 PM
78% 1st serves
86 won on 1st
90 % won on 2nd :eek::worship:

asmazif
05-11-2012, 08:45 PM
pics hitting more winners than fed, and in a 4-6, 4-6 loss, hmmm

Certinfy
05-11-2012, 08:46 PM
Boring. Predictable. Awful.

Only thing good in this match was Federer's serve.

Commander Data
05-11-2012, 08:46 PM
Federer dancing on ice like a ballerina.

Fujee
05-11-2012, 08:46 PM
Papa Fed showing how its done on a difficult surface.

his h2h vs Ferrer is unbelievable

viruzzz
05-11-2012, 08:47 PM
Great serve stats.

samanosuke
05-11-2012, 08:47 PM
what a crap of a match. in entire match few decent points, Fed was serving huge, ferrer didn't do anything good . Huge match up issues fro Ferrer. Has to force and this isn't his game neither has physical abilities for playing on that way. Just i don't understand why he was so pressing on serve . Instead of putting big percentage of first serves in he was searching for winners and then making DFs with second serves

KoOlMaNsEaN
05-11-2012, 08:47 PM
Roger finally won that never-ending ninth game of the 2nd set, otherwise it was clear sailing for Captain Federer :hatoff:

iriraz
05-11-2012, 08:48 PM
Both guys moved pretty well on this surface.It was tough in this fast conditions for Ferrer though,he looked to try a bit too much and made plenty of DF`s and UE`s.

Slice Winner
05-11-2012, 08:48 PM
Holy balls. How did Fed win 90% of 2nd serves?

Corey Feldman
05-11-2012, 08:48 PM
all the Madrileno superstars were out to see the true superstar of tennis and he didnt disapoint with the virtuoso display :cool:

2 more mugs to down for another title

Certinfy
05-11-2012, 08:48 PM
Hate people going "good fight from Ferrer" etc.! For fuck's sake this guy is ranked 6 in the world and is apparently one of the best claycourters in the world who is so damn loved here yet losing 6-4 6-4 to a 'decent' Federer is a good fight! :stupid:

Caralimon
05-11-2012, 08:49 PM
Ferrer looks so average when playing Federer, it's unreal.

alter ego
05-11-2012, 08:49 PM
Routinerer as per usual against Ferrer.

70-68
05-11-2012, 08:50 PM
That's how you move on this surface :yeah: this applies to both.

This tournament shows who is good at adapting to different (and faster) surfaces. The kings of homogenized courts are exposed.

Commander Data
05-11-2012, 08:50 PM
Hate people going "good fight from Ferrer" etc.! For fuck's sake this guy is ranked 6 in the world and is apparently one of the best claycourters in the world who is so damn loved here yet losing 6-4 6-4 to a 'decent' Federer is a good fight! :stupid:

there is no contradiction here.

let me spell it out for you: FEDERER

pascal'rG
05-11-2012, 08:50 PM
Good stuff for Roger...could be more challenging against Berdych or DelPotro on this surface and if berdych can keep his very good level of play !

r2473
05-11-2012, 08:50 PM
Has Ferrer announced that he won't play next year on blue clay yet?

hisham70
05-11-2012, 08:50 PM
LOL at the double faults.

hipolymer
05-11-2012, 08:51 PM
*yawn* Ferrer should just retire from tennis. Worst number 5 ever.

EddieNero
05-11-2012, 08:51 PM
Hate people going "good fight from Ferrer" etc.! For fuck's sake this guy is ranked 6 in the world and is apparently one of the best claycourters in the world who is so damn loved here yet losing 6-4 6-4 to a 'decent' Federer is a good fight! :stupid:

Quit whining and try to understand Ferrer is 5 levels below Federer tennis-wise.
Roger playing at 5% would still prevail in this one.

henke007
05-11-2012, 08:51 PM
Give some credit to Ferrer pls he took risks and hit 20 winners out of it, he has grown in the offensive department and his serve is really good at times.

Johnbert
05-11-2012, 08:51 PM
unreal serve stats from fed :eek:

Certinfy
05-11-2012, 08:52 PM
Ferrer looks so average when playing Federer, it's unreal.
Ferrer looks average against everyone. There's only a few times where's he's looked anything more.

Singularity
05-11-2012, 08:52 PM
Hate people going "good fight from Ferrer" etc.! For fuck's sake this guy is ranked 6 in the world and is apparently one of the best claycourters in the world who is so damn loved here yet losing 6-4 6-4 to a 'decent' Federer is a good fight! :stupid:
Against Djokovic or even Nadal he would probably have done better.

henke007
05-11-2012, 08:52 PM
Ferrer and Fed moved great on the surface btw

Sunset of Age
05-11-2012, 08:53 PM
Decent match, Fed on cruise-control most of the time, unfortunately Ferrer's serving was just too bad to allow him have any chance of any bite in the dent (or rather blue clay) today.
Oh, there was one out-of-this-world dropper from Feds in that second set. Someone please upload it to youtube asap? :D

Hate people going "good fight from Ferrer" etc.! For fuck's sake this guy is ranked 6 in the world and is apparently one of the best claycourters in the world who is so damn loved here yet losing 6-4 6-4 to a 'decent' Federer is a good fight! :stupid:

:hug: sorry to see you so butt-hurt by this disappointing result.

Lopez
05-11-2012, 08:53 PM
GOAT shows how it's done :yeah:. Get the nr.2!

LastRocket
05-11-2012, 08:54 PM
Ferrer and Fed moved great on the surface btw

Agree :)
If only Ferrer was 10cm taller.....
Good aggressive tennis from him

Orka_n
05-11-2012, 08:54 PM
Good job Daddy-O. The title is waiting for you.

Certinfy
05-11-2012, 08:54 PM
:hug: sorry to see you so butt-hurt by this disappointing result.
I'm not hurt at all, I don't even like Ferrer.

But the point is the love he gets on this forum is just fucking stupid.

JediFed
05-11-2012, 08:54 PM
Has Ferrer announced that he won't play next year on blue clay yet?

:lol::lol::lol::lol:

Corey Feldman
05-11-2012, 08:54 PM
Hate people going "good fight from Ferrer" etc.! For fuck's sake this guy is ranked 6 in the world and is apparently one of the best claycourters in the world who is so damn loved here yet losing 6-4 6-4 to a 'decent' Federer is a good fight! :stupid:need a tissue?

Beat
05-11-2012, 08:55 PM
ferrer had more winners than federer? :scratch:

congrats to roger.

SheepleBuster
05-11-2012, 08:55 PM
I like blue clay. Turn everything blue. Can we have blue grass too?

Mark Lenders
05-11-2012, 08:55 PM
Hate people going "good fight from Ferrer" etc.! For fuck's sake this guy is ranked 6 in the world and is apparently one of the best claycourters in the world who is so damn loved here yet losing 6-4 6-4 to a 'decent' Federer is a good fight! :stupid:

This.

We won't hear many "Good fights" if Federer happens to routine Tipsy, Del Potro or Tomas. In fact, not even if they lose in a close match.

Arkin
05-11-2012, 08:56 PM
GOAT shows how it's done :yeah:. Get the nr.1!

FYP :o

Certinfy
05-11-2012, 08:57 PM
need a tissue?
Like I said I couldn't care less Federer won, Ferrer losing in itself is good for the game so not all is that bad.

Ferrer is the real problem here, can't wait till he drops outside the top 10.


This.

We won't hear many "Good fights" if Federer happens to routine Tipsy, Del Potro or Tomas. In fact, not even if they lose in a close match.
Exactly. Instead we'll be hearing the words: mug, choker, idiot etc...

Mystique
05-11-2012, 08:57 PM
Average match but regal serving from Federer. Unreal numbers against a good returner like Ferrer. If he serves like that in the semis and hopefully finals too, no one is beating him.

Ferrer was average to awful during the crunch parts of the match and Federer was just way too solid.
David really needs to up his aggression even more but maintain his usual consistency to beat Roger, something about the Swiss ticks him off. I think their matches have reached a point where David seems uncomfortable just having to play Roger from the off...

Anyway, nice to see how Ferrer still managed (that beautiful) smile at the end :inlove:

Roger:yeah: Keep going and win this godforsaken title please and give the haters reason to cry louder :)

JurajCrane
05-11-2012, 08:57 PM
Dolgopolov, Ferrer and Verdasco announced today that they would never come back to Madrid, because of slippery bathrooms in hotels.

alter ego
05-11-2012, 08:57 PM
what a crap of a match. in entire match few decent points, Fed was serving huge, ferrer didn't do anything good . Huge match up issues fro Ferrer. Has to force and this isn't his game neither has physical abilities for playing on that way. Just i don't understand why he was so pressing on serve . Instead of putting big percentage of first serves in he was searching for winners and then making DFs with second serves

He played defencive against Fed 12 times before, came empty handed every time. Tonight he was playing outside of his comfort zone. And he lost. Contrary to what MTF armchair analysts think when a player is more agressive then per usal he faills 90% of the time rather than trasform themself into superman.

Corey Feldman
05-11-2012, 08:57 PM
That's how you move on this surface :yeah: this applies to both.

This tournament shows who is good at adapting to different (and faster) surfaces. The kings of homogenized courts are exposed.damn true here 70-68

all this week has proved is what a bunch of running pushers NoleDal are, fuming at the slighest change and they get taken out of their comfort zone

Kat_YYZ
05-11-2012, 08:58 PM
Fed :yippee:
David :hug:

Corey Feldman
05-11-2012, 08:58 PM
has Ferrer said "I'M NOT! playing here next year unless something changes" yet ???

Mystique
05-11-2012, 08:59 PM
But the point is the love he gets on this forum is just fucking stupid.

Not as stupid as the love Birdsh!t gets from you :o

Mark Lenders
05-11-2012, 08:59 PM
Like I said I couldn't care less Federer won, Ferrer losing in itself is good for the game so not all is that bad.

Ferrer is the real problem here, can't wait till he drops outside the top 10.



Exactly. Instead we'll be hearing the words: mug, choker, idiot etc...

Truer words had never been spoken.

Sunset of Age
05-11-2012, 09:00 PM
Anyway, nice to see how Ferrer still managed (that beautiful) smile at the end :inlove:

Oh yeah. How can anyone ever dislike Pics? :hearts:

Marta in the crowd - even more :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

Bigselber
05-11-2012, 09:00 PM
Solid

Certinfy
05-11-2012, 09:00 PM
Not as stupid as the love Birdsh!t gets from you :o
As least Birdshit has a game to be loved for. What the fuck has Ferrer ever done of note in his career?

Kat_YYZ
05-11-2012, 09:01 PM
oh and Ferrer haters suck :ras:

Mjau!
05-11-2012, 09:01 PM
Rogi's serve stats :eek:

Just two more wins now Rogi! :bounce:

Sunset of Age
05-11-2012, 09:02 PM
Dolgopolov, Ferrer and Verdasco announced today that they would never come back to Madrid, because of slippery bathrooms in hotels.

:rolls:
May I include this in my signature? :worship:

Orka_n
05-11-2012, 09:03 PM
This.

We won't hear many "Good fights" if Federer happens to routine Tipsy, Del Potro or Tomas. In fact, not even if they lose in a close match.Pure bullshit, they get credit too. You actually made this up just now and thought it sounded logical.

Certinfy
05-11-2012, 09:03 PM
oh and Ferrer haters suck :ras:
Why exactly? This forum just proves the stupidity of the posters, so many of you love Ferrer while Murray is simply a far better player yet he's somehow so hated here? Fucked up shit!

samanosuke
05-11-2012, 09:03 PM
Hate people going "good fight from Ferrer" etc.! For fuck's sake this guy is ranked 6 in the world and is apparently one of the best claycourters in the world who is so damn loved here yet losing 6-4 6-4 to a 'decent' Federer is a good fight! :stupid:

partly agree with you on this one but you have too simple understanding of tennis. you see matches just from one retrospective. outcome of matches doesn't depend just on one guy and what he did . in tennis almost everything is in match ups and mental assembly. you can't base today's form on yesterday's and the most important think if he plays great against guys who suit his game he'll do the same with bad match ups .

Tennis-Life
05-11-2012, 09:03 PM
I'm not hurt at all, I don't even like Ferrer.

But the point is the love he gets on this forum is just fucking stupid.

too much emotions mate, too early I would say..

Keep yourself ready for Sunday when Fed spanks Bird in best possible manner :sport:

TigerTim
05-11-2012, 09:04 PM
Unlike the other two clowns federer can actually adapt to a none homogonized surface, well done to him, and well done ferrer - he had a good tourney

TigerTim
05-11-2012, 09:05 PM
Why exactly? This forum just proves the stupidity of the posters, so many of you love Ferrer while Murray is simply a far better player yet he's somehow so hated here? Fucked up shit!

because Murray comes across as a argumentative arse?

Fujee
05-11-2012, 09:07 PM
As least Birdshit has a game to be loved for. What the fuck has Ferrer ever done of note in his career?

The only thing berdshit can be loved for is his eventual retirement.

martinatreue
05-11-2012, 09:07 PM
No reason to hate on someone as classy and awesome as Pics. The guy is an incredible mover and has improved his net play and his serve. The low slice on this very slippery surface and the precision of Fed's serves and the occasional heavy topspin shot mixed in by Federer just makes it very very hard for Ferrer to hit his shots. It's not an accident. Roger obviously knows what tools to bring to the match and we know that he has basically all of the shots in the game. You cannot say that for Djoker or Nadal (well they may have he shots actually but don't have the mindset or consistency to be able to use them).

Corey Feldman
05-11-2012, 09:08 PM
too much emotions mate, too early I would say..

Keep yourself ready for Sunday when Fed spanks Bird in best possible manner :sport:
gonna be like Rotterdam

Delpo squashes Berdy in sf and then Fed squashes him in the Final

#2 baby !!

Singularity
05-11-2012, 09:10 PM
I'm not hurt at all, I don't even like Ferrer.

But the point is the love he gets on this forum is just fucking stupid.
I find it funny that you're criticizing him at a time when he's playing his best, most aggressive tennis. He went toe-to-toe with Nadal in Barcelona, and matched him from the baseline. He's hitting with a lot of depth, and is crushing the return and inside-out forehand. Take away Federer's serve today and it would have been a much more competitive match.

Lopez
05-11-2012, 09:14 PM
From Twitter:

Federer: "when I came on tour in 98 I had to adapt to different speeds every weekk. These days players have same speed everywhere"

Tell it like it is Rog :yeah:

Kat_YYZ
05-11-2012, 09:16 PM
Why exactly? This forum just proves the stupidity of the posters, so many of you love Ferrer while Murray is simply a far better player yet he's somehow so hated here? Fucked up shit!

Because Ferrer has a soul. He goes for winners even though he is a grinder (as seen in his stats today; not just the winners but the UEs, many of which were attempts at winners). He tries to be aggressive even though he wasn't gifted with the tools to pull it off. Because he's stubborn like a terrier and doesn't give up against a bigger dog, while Murray mopes around the court, busting up his hand by punching his strings and yelling at his mom, like some angsty teen. And your boy Berdy dives like a footballer when hit by an opponent's ball and throws hissy fits.

Sunset of Age
05-11-2012, 09:17 PM
No reason to hate on someone as classy and awesome as Pics.

Absolutely. One of the most sportive guys on the tour. :worship:

From Twitter:


Tell it like it is Rog :yeah:

:yeah:

Friday16
05-11-2012, 09:23 PM
From Twitter:

Federer: "when I came on tour in 98 I had to adapt to different speeds every weekk. These days players have same speed everywhere"

Tell it like it is Rog :yeah:

This! :worship:

reery
05-11-2012, 09:26 PM
Channel Slam for Federer coming up this year.

masterclass
05-11-2012, 09:31 PM
Federer dancing on ice like a ballerina.

Both guys moved pretty well on this surface.It was tough in this fast conditions for Ferrer though,he looked to try a bit too much and made plenty of DF`s and UE`s.

COmmander Data is spot on!

Everyone talking about movement... Yes, Federer and Ferrer move pretty well, but in my estimation not as good as Djokovic or Nadal at the moment, especially side to side. Mr. Djokovic has fantastic movement and stretching ability and Nadal is not far behind, especially on normal red clay.

What Federer especially and Ferrer do have much better than Djokovic and Nadal, is great footwork, which is the key on this kind of surface. I believe Federer's footwork had "slipped" for a couple of years, but I think he has worked hard and has restored it lately to what it needs to be to threaten at the top again.

Sky Sports commentator tonight said that Djokovic looked like "Bambi on ice" vs. Tipsarevic. Maybe not quite that bad, but in that direction, yes. On this kind of surface, one has to be able to make quick foot movements and adjustments and bounce more instead of trying to move, and hit on the slide, with heavy planting for power.

Respectfully,
masterclass

JurajCrane
05-11-2012, 09:45 PM
:rolls:
May I include this in my signature? :worship:

You don´t need my permission ;)

Arkulari
05-11-2012, 09:53 PM
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Mr. Oracle
05-11-2012, 10:31 PM
That's how you move on this surface :yeah: this applies to both.

This tournament shows who is good at adapting to different (and faster) surfaces. The kings of homogenized courts are exposed.

Sir, you may be correct but I'm not sure at what point it becomes irrelevant how many surfaces one can play on (ie: who can play tennis on an ice surface etc). I cannot easily dismiss the many complaints that the suckage of this court is so great. I am still becoming acquainted with this new blue clay court surface so I will reserve judgment. I just don't know.

habibko
05-11-2012, 10:37 PM
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habibko
05-11-2012, 10:44 PM
The only thing berdshit can be loved for is his eventual retirement.

too true

70-68
05-11-2012, 11:01 PM
Sir, you may be correct but I'm not sure at what point it becomes irrelevant how many surfaces one can play on (ie: who can play tennis on an ice surface etc). I cannot easily dismiss the many complaints that the suckage of this court is so great. I am still becoming acquainted with this new blue clay court surface so I will reserve judgment. I just don't know.

The surface indeed sucks in some ways. Shouldn't be this slippery, and clay should never be this fast. A bit tougher to play and move on it, but it's not like it's impossible to do it :shrug: It's something different compared to most of the courts on the tour. These are the conditions this week, and players needed to adapt. Rafa and Novak, despite being multiple slam champions at various slams, couldn't adapt, while a true all surface player like Federer has much less problems with it.

Sunset of Age
05-11-2012, 11:03 PM
You don´t need my permission ;)

Couldn't goodrep you, but it's there mate... thanks. :D

zlaja777
05-11-2012, 11:19 PM
7 DF's? What was that Ferru?

Chase Visa
05-11-2012, 11:43 PM
Dat serving.

#2 here we come.

Rumour
05-12-2012, 12:23 AM
Did not watch this match but just have to address this comment to the haters I've noticed emerging from the woodwork after his recent losses: Ferrer is fully deserving of the love he gets here on MTF, perhaps more so than any other player - including Fed, who I :worship:

While he is certainly not perfect from a physical, temperament or tennis standpoint, Pics has made the most of his abilities and rarely (if ever) leaves anything on the court. Unlike other players, including those mentioned upthread or even the one in my current avatar, he has overachieved where they have mostly failed to live up to potential or expectations.

Those who dismiss him as a boring claycourt grinder not only underestimate him but also display a shallow knowledge of his overall game because, as consistent and steady as he's reputed to be, Ferrer does often try to be aggressive and proactive on court - some times successfully, others not (like today).

Topspindoctor
05-12-2012, 12:32 AM
NID, Ferrer lacks weapons to challenge top players and his mental strength is overrated. He only appears mentally tough against scrubs.

Corey Feldman
05-12-2012, 12:43 AM
NID, Ferrer lacks weapons to challenge top players and his mental strength is overrated. He only appears mentally tough against scrubs.that how he's hammered Nadal twice at GS's then

Topspindoctor
05-12-2012, 12:48 AM
that how he's hammered Nadal twice at GS's then

Nadal was injured in 2010 and not good enough on HC in 2007.

Arkulari
05-12-2012, 12:51 AM
Nadal was injured in 2010 and not good enough on HC in 2007.

And Ferru was a world class hardcourt player back then :yeah:

The thing about David is that he never gives up and does everything he can to win on court, regardless of the opponent, his match-up issue against Roger is big because the Swiss has too much variety and refuses to grind it down the way David likes.

If he was so mentally weak he would have never beaten Rafa, much less in a GS where the Bull has defeated other players in one leg.

Arkulari
05-12-2012, 01:58 AM
YTbAI-7kRao

The amount of sidespin on that drop shot :eek: :worship:

HKz
05-12-2012, 02:38 AM
NID, Ferrer lacks weapons to challenge top players and his mental strength is overrated. He only appears mentally tough against scrubs.

Like Rafa several times?

Sunset of Age
05-12-2012, 03:02 AM
Like Rafa several times?

Doesn´t count, as you know.
In Topspinny´s, Stard da Fail, Everko´s and whatever other Raftard´s Universe, Nadal only loses because he´s tired, injured, and oh wait, blue clay. :bowdown: :o

The idea of Rafa being just a normal human being who has his normal share of bad days at the office just like everyone else, just isn´t possible in their universe of thinking. Ajde.

Jverweij
05-12-2012, 07:10 AM
Doesn´t count, as you know.
In Topspinny´s, Stard da Fail, Everko´s and whatever other Raftard´s Universe, Nadal only loses because he´s tired, injured, and oh wait, blue clay. :bowdown: :o

The idea of Rafa being just a normal human being who has his normal share of bad days at the office just like everyone else, just isn´t possible in their universe of thinking. Ajde.

too true! Funny thing is that it even started working like this in my mind. Everytime I see Nadal lose I think something is up with him. He looks unbeatable at times.

On topic: I thought Federer played quite well. Ferrer did put up a good fight but can't really hurt Federer, on any surface really.. I don't really like Ferrer, but I have alot of respect for him, and he did seem very aggressive today :yeah:

Pirata.
05-12-2012, 07:16 AM
Did not watch this match but just have to address this comment to the haters I've noticed emerging from the woodwork after his recent losses: Ferrer is fully deserving of the love he gets here on MTF, perhaps more so than any other player - including Fed, who I :worship:

While he is certainly not perfect from a physical, temperament or tennis standpoint, Pics has made the most of his abilities and rarely (if ever) leaves anything on the court. Unlike other players, including those mentioned upthread or even the one in my current avatar, he has overachieved where they have mostly failed to live up to potential or expectations.

Those who dismiss him as a boring claycourt grinder not only underestimate him but also display a shallow knowledge of his overall game because, as consistent and steady as he's reputed to be, Ferrer does often try to be aggressive and proactive on court - some times successfully, others not (like today).

Nothing but the truth :worship:

Nadal was injured in 2010 and not good enough on HC in 2007.

:baby:

Myrre
05-12-2012, 08:15 AM
Ferrer looks so average when playing Federer, it's unreal.

Has always looked average to me. Boring, predictable and no weapons.

Houstonko
05-12-2012, 08:24 AM
Has always looked average to me. Boring, predictable and no weapons.

Of course Ferrer has no ans. He has answers to Djoker and Nadal and works them. Against variety and slice he fears. He prefers a momentum in every rally.

Kiedis
05-12-2012, 09:56 AM
:zzz:

tripwires
05-12-2012, 10:07 AM
If you take away Ferrer's numerous DFs and that horrible penultimate game, this was a pretty good match. Good shots from both guys for the most part. Great serving from Roger.

Go for the title Rog. :hearts:

stebs
05-12-2012, 12:56 PM
He played defencive against Fed 12 times before, came empty handed every time. Tonight he was playing outside of his comfort zone. And he lost. Contrary to what MTF armchair analysts think when a player is more agressive then per usal he faills 90% of the time rather than trasform themself into superman.

Spot on. The notion that a player with a naturally less defensive style can up the levels of attack without expecting any trade off in terms of UE's is nonsensical. Not that it never happens, rather exactly as you say, 90% of the time it's going to be end up like that. I guess Ferrer would rather try that than play marathon man which has no history of working for him. His problem with Federer is all match-up, this is a great example of it. The way Federer serves troubles him too much to be a consistent threat on serve and he doesn't have a good enough left side (ie backhand) to pin Federer down with much difficulty on his weaker wing.

All of that said, what Certinfy has been saying about the 'good fight' stuff does resonate with me a bit. I often see people post quite contradictory statements in match threads, I wouldn't say Ferrer put up a particularly good fight yesterday, it was a below average performance (decorated with some very good forehands). This probably isn't the most paradigmatic example, but it doesn't really make sense to say of a match in which one top player comfortably beat another, that the winner played poorly and the loser applied himself well. The only way to make that consistent is to claim that the loser is hugely inferior to the winner (perhaps true in this case, but often not when similar things are said).