Wow, this should definitely spice up things in the Gold group. I wasn't expecting such a result This Ferrer is actually good on Indoor fast courts. Novak wasn't great on return and especially on break points including the one when Ferrer was serving for the match. His body language showed he wasn't that fired up until that last return game,might have been the nerves of playing his first TMC.
When Djokovic started getting into form late 1st, I figured Ferrer was in trouble, but Nole kept cranking the errors, adding up to 41 in just two sets. Ferrer retrieved and returned exceptionally, as usual. Was there something wrong with Nole? He was obviously struggling to breathe, even lifting his arms over his head.
Anyway, so glad about this one after Ferrer was obviously bothered by Nole taking forever between points. Nole's added racket bouncing to the routine, at least during key points. Moments after Ferrer complained about it at 5-3 in the first, Djokovic racket-bounced the ball 7 times, then bounced it by hand 17-18 times, dropped it, caught it, and then re-bounced it another 4-5 times, Ferrer bouncing around all the while as he anticipated the serve. When is Nole going to learn to show some courtesy?