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AO Day Fourteen: Sixteen

Posted by gauloises1 on January 31, 2010

Roger Federer d. Andy Murray, 63 64 76(11)

Too good.

Well, Andy got a beatdown at the hands of a Federer on vintage form. There’s not that much more to say than that. You can debate the possible flaws in Andy’s game plan – he played much more of his standard defensive game than the aggression he showed against Rafa – but as he pointed out himself in his press conference, it’s easier to do the latter against Rafa because of the different kind of ball you get. Not to mention that the defensive approach has had good results against Roger in the past. But it wasn’t getting him anywhere with Roger on the kind of form he was on today.

Where his game was lacking (apart from his first serve, which looked erratic against Federer’s ability to repeatedly serve big when he needed it) was that when he did have opportunities to be more aggressive in the rallies, he either didn’t take them or hesitated fatally. The second set was too good from Federer, but Andy had a handful of break points in the first, served for the third and had another small bushel of set points in the third-set tiebreak. Although Roger saved some, there were a few that were on Andy’s racquet, and for whatever reason – lack of confidence or over-eagerness or whatever – he fucked them up. And no matter how well he plays for thirteen days or whatever, that’s always going to cost him until he finds a way to get past that. As Boris Becker wisely noted, “Andy still sometimes expects opponents to lose finals, [and] that doesn’t happen, especially against Federer”. 

But as tempting as it is to analyse the match purely in terms of what Andy did and shouldn’t have done or should have done and failed to do, it would be ignoring how well Roger played. And I thought he was absolutely [insert superlative]. There were moments when he played as well as he has ever has, and although his level did dip at times, it was never enough or for long enough to give his opponent more than a sliver of an opportunity. He was brilliant. Undeniably, awe-inspiringly, infuriatingly brilliant.

And I mean. Sixteen. Sixteen. Jesus wept.

So it goes.

4 Responses to “AO Day Fourteen: Sixteen”

  1. naughty T....urbane gentleman said

    Hey G, sorry that Muzz has not lifted the bad mojo of 150,000 years of slamless British tennis. But it was a ..*insert hyperbolic adjective*.. display from Fudd today. Just too good and MAndy played so defensively that there was not a hope in hell of wrestling the match away form Raja.
    indeed.. 16??? Incredible.

    • gauloises1 said

      If I never hear the ‘150,000 years’ thing again I will be a happy woman.

      But everything you say is true. Congratulations 🙂

      • naughty T....urbane gentleman said

        hug you love you missy.

      • jewell - Make tea, not war. said

        That was my impression of the match too. First half of the first set – even. Next set and a half – Federer was just too good, everything working. Third set – Fed’s level drops, fighting Murray wins a break, serve lets him down a bit, TB – and then it’s hard to take the couple of opportunities you get when you’ve been hustled about for that long a stretch of time – it puts so much pressure on taking the points. (I think Murray only had about 2 real opportunities despite having 5 set points.)

        *hugs gauloises* *congratulates Roger fans – 16 is amazing* *wanders off into the night*

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