Originally Posted by Mercury
Llodra was so much better than Ferrer in the 1st set... When he lost it it completely broke him, was obvious it was GSM right there.
If he'd been really better, he would have won it, don't you think?
It's not like Ferrer was lucky, the reason why he won this set was that he was absolutely outstanding at holding his serve and defending BPs. He has nerves of steel and was able to raise his level every time. That's the hallmark of a great player.
Llodra tried to go for a quick victory by giving his all in the first set, but he lost that bet, and then logically he was not able to keep playing at that level.
So yes, definitely, Ferrer was struggling more than Llodra in that first set, but that's because Mika was at his max and he wasn't. Tatiana Golovin said so early in the first set(I don't like her much usually, but she has some good analyses sometimes). The other commentators were saying that things were looking good for Llodra, since he was obviously struggling less than Ferrer, and threatening him constantly. But she contradicted them and said that in the end, if you considered the result so far, Llodra had been playing at his very best, and it had not been enough to take Ferrer's serve. She was not very optimistic because she thought that Mika could not do much better than this, and was rather more likely to get tired and lower his level. She was right