James barely deserved this victory.
1. He missed too many sitters/easy azz shots.
2. He played too tenative until the 2nd set tiebreaker.
3. He hit right back to Mahut too many times.
Ultimately, it is always about execution. The main reason Roger is so dominant is because of his execution. He wouldn't have missed the shots James did nor the ones many of the other players on the tour would miss. I mean really!
I didn't know how to post the stats from the scoreboard. They don't show the winner to UE ratio - but from the TV, J. B. had 50 winners to 30 UEs or something like that. That's not too bad. 62% first serve percentage, et al. I think he had 19 aces in the hole - so those helped his too laid back rump at times. At least, he had more winners than errors. His second serve % and returns could always be improved.
Hats off to Mahut - though. He played hard. He played smarter than James the first two sets. And he served well until the end of the second set. James had break point chances he didn't convert, and so on.
Anyhoops, he'll have to pick it up against Ricky.
And as it pertains to who rips off the last two spots, whomever does will surely deserve them. I won't feel too bad for James if he doesn't make it. He's been there and done it. And over all, he wouldn't have deserved to be there. So, que sera sera.
"AND MAY THE BEST PLAYERS ON THE DAY WIN"