Re: Tennis Muttering Thread - vol2
I'm really surprised that Andy folded up so easily in the final. Then again, I don't get why he was so tight in the match with Federer either - I mean, he's on great form, Federer isn't and what's more, he's leading their H2H and thrashed Federer last time they played each other! Also, his game gives Novak more trouble than anyone else's + Novak isn't exactly on stellar form + Andy won their last GS final. So, why such attitude in the final?
But as up-and-down as Novak is and as mentally fragile as Andy is, the two of them are obviously in the class of their own in ATP ATM. Federer can't keep up any more (finally!
) and I don't know when Nadal is coming back and what state he'll be in. I kind of expect these two to play all the GS finals this season.
I agree, there is a good chance that they could play all the GS finals this year (Andy would need a hell of a lot of luck at FO
). I don't think that would be good for tennis. Having Novak/Rafa for four consecutive GS finals was bad enough. He needs to step up, because I don't want to see the golden slam for Novak. It's too awful for me to contemplate. Indeed, it's such a wasted chance. That match against Federer really diminished his chances physically. It's appalling that he allowed that match to go on for four hours
Federer was esentially useless in the match (the first, third & fifth sets highlighted this perfectly) but yet he couldn't finish him & played some useless tiebreaks
I'm not sure how much Andy will ever improve mentally. I think there's only so much even Lendl can do
He's had leads in a lot of GS SFs/Finals lately, only to be unable to keep any kind of momentum. The choke vs Rafa at Wimbledon '11 was by far the worst. Anything other than finals at Wimbledon & USO will be a failure. Though he can also match Novak on clay. He should've been in the finals of Rome only to choke when serving for the match against him
That was also one of their better quality matches.
Last edited by Cilla; Jan 28th, 2013 at 04:42 PM.