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Match report, pics, video highlights of Roger Federer vs Rafa Nadal, Australian Open 2014

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#1 Vibhuism

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 06:43 PM

Rafa Nadal reached his 3rd Australian Open final & overall, his 19th grand slam final beating Roger Federer 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-3 in 2 hours & 24 minutes to set-up a clash vs Stanislas Wawrinka on Sunday.

 

 

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This was Rafa Nadal's 23rd win over Federer in 33 matches & his 8th match win at a grand slam in 10 matches at Grand slams vs Roger Federer.

 

 

This would be first time in over a decade that Roger Federer would be the No. 2 ranked Swiss player as his ATP Ranking would fall to No. 8 while Stan Wawrinka is assured of getting up to No. 5 in the ATP Rankings to be announced on 27th January, 2014, after Australian Open, read more about the ATP ranking scenarios post Australian Open, 2014 right here.

 

 

Roger Federer's ranking in the last 11 years has never fallen below #7 & this will be the first time after November, 2002, that Roger Federer will be ranked #8.

 

 

 

1st Set

 

 

 

Going in to this match, Roger Federer's service had been broken only twice in the whole tournament. Federer started confidently & had three comfortable service holds. Nadal's service also looked on song as the first 6 games went on serve without any break points.

 

 

Nadal had two break points in the 7th game, Federer managed to save. The Spaniard was able to put consistent pressure on Federer's backhand.

 

 

Nadal had another break point in the 9th game, but Federer managed to save it & the next 3 games went on serve as the first set went to a tie-breaker.

 

 

Tie-Breaker

 

 

Nadal got the first mini break after a forehand error by Federer, how ever Federer got the mini break back after a mis-hit by Nadal. A mis-hit by Federer ,then error with a volley, a forehand error & a backhand error gave 4 consecutive points to Nadal & he was 5-1.

 

 

Federer how ever, raised his game & won the next 3 points to make it 5-4. Just as we thought, momentum is shifting in Swiss's favor, Nadal won the next two points on his serve winning the tie-breaker 7-4.

 

 

The first set lasted 59 minutes & here are the 1st set stats -------

 

 

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Clearly, the 24 unforced errors by Federer costed him the set, though, he gave a good fight to Nadal in the 1st set

 

 

 

Set-2

 

 

Nadal took a medical time out after the 1st game to get the blister on his hand treated.

 

 

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The first three games went on serve. After the 3rd game, Federer complained to the chair umpire about Rafa Nadal's grunting & that probably, disturbed his concentration a bit. Federer had to face three break points in the 4th game, but the Swiss saved those after 4 deuces as it was 2-all in the 2nd set.

 

 

Nadal's service looked flawless, but Nadal was able to consistent pressure on Federer's service.

 

 

Nadal got the 1st break in the 6th game on his 2nd break point of the game as he got to a 4-2 lead. The next 3 games went on service.

 

Federer had an early opening by winning the first two points to make it 0-30 on Nadal's service in the 9th game as Rafa Nadal served for the set up 5-3. How ever, Nadal won the next 4 points & wrapped up the 2nd set 6-3 in 47 minutes.

 

 

Here are the 2nd set stats ------

 

 

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Set-3

 

 

Rafa Nadal broke Federer's service in the 3rd game but how ever, Federer broke right back & it was 2-all. How ever, Nadal again had 2 break points in the 5th game, which Federer managed to save. How ever, two more errors by Federer in the 7th game gave Nadal the crucial break & 4-3 lead in the 3rd set.

 

 

Nadal won his next service game & it was 5-3. Federer had a 40-15 lead in the 9th game, but, Nadal broke Federer for the 3rd time in the match on his 2nd break point & won the match & the 3rd set 6-3 on his 2nd match point in 38 minutes.

 

 

Here are the overall match stats ----------

 

 

 

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If Rafa Nadal wins the final vs Stan Wawrinka, he will become the second man in the open era after Rod Laver to win every grand slam twice.

 

 

In his on-court interview to Jim Courier, Rafa Nadal stated, "We have played at a lot of important times. Roger (Federer) is a great champion and it's an honour to be here with him."

 

 

On the hand: "There is too much talk about the blister. The blister is ok. The problem is the position of the blister. It is difficult to cover. To do normal life the blister is 100 per cent perfect. But to play best of five against the best players in the world is difficult. But I am happy now."

 

 

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#2 sausan

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 07:59 PM

Here are pics from the match...

 

 

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#3 sausan

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 08:04 PM

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 08:07 PM

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 08:08 PM

 
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Roger Federer at press conference:
 
"I'm not too disappointed tonight. This is a good step in the right direction. I have belief this could be a very good year for me. I think that it's been a good start to the season...I feel my best tennis is ahead of me"
 
 
"The lack of opportunities I gave myself created pressure for me...he deserved to win tonight, he was better. I think Rafa does a good job of neutralising you...I guess at times I couldn't do what I wanted to do. It was a tough match. He's played me this way many times, I'm not sure if I served as good as I could have. I enjoy playing against him, it's always going to be a big story going into the match - that's what you train for. I didn't lose the match because of Nadal's time violation.I want to tell if there's a rule you have to respect it."
 
"It's not as cool when you lose in straight sets but I enjoy it all the same. I wish I could have won tonight and made an all Swiss final. That's something I'll regret" 
 
 
 

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 08:16 PM

Rafael Nadal post match interview:

 

 

Q.  You couldn't play much better out there tonight.  Can you agree?


RAFAEL NADAL:  I played well tonight.  I think I played probably my best match of the tournament.  So very, very, very happy for this great new that I played my best match in that semifinal against Roger.

He arrived to that match winning two great matches against Tsonga and Andy two days ago.  Really very happy the way I played tonight, and very special moment try to have the chance to be in another final.

 

Q.  How critical do you think it was to win that first set tiebreak to get in front?


RAFAEL NADAL:  For sure was very, very important.  Was decisive to win that first set, after winning the first set, a tough first set.  So after a few tough rallies at the end of the first set, was a lot of confidence for me.

Is true that he had Love 30 during the set before.  But is true that I had more breakpoints than him, no?  I had few ones that I had the chance.

But it's fine.  I think I played great.  The first set, as I said, I played solid at the end of the tiebreak.  Just can remember one important mistake with the return, second serve.  I don't know, probably was 5 3.

In the deuce position I made second serve return with a backhand that I had mistake.  That is the only point I am not happy about the way that I played on the tiebreak.

With 5 1, I missed a forehand down the line but was the right shot.  Missed it for just little bit.  So happy about the whole match.  Yes, the first set was very important.

 

Q.  Do you think he was more aggressive than usual in the first set?  He was coming to the net more often.


RAFAEL NADAL:  No, he's trying to play aggressive.  Sure he's trying to play more aggressive, but I think he tried against me in the past, no, with success.

Is nothing completely new that he's playing aggressive.  He's a very aggressive player.  He's one of these players that he's able to win the point in one shot, in two shots.

So not everybody's able to play that way.  He's one of these players that is able to play that way.  That's very difficult to stop.

 

Q.  Because you have such a good record against Roger, do you go on court with a very clear mind against him?


RAFAEL NADAL:  No, I go on court knowing that is a really tough match and if I am not playing my best, I will not have the chance to win, so...

Every time I go on court I know what I have to do, but I don't know if I will be able to do it or if he will give me the chance to play the way that I want to play.

So, sure, when I go on court, I go with doubts.  The doubts are good.  Is not a bad thing have doubts before the match.  As I say, I know the way that I want to play against him and against everybody, but the problem is I am not able to do it every time that I want.

 

Q.  A couple days ago Roger said that Stefan had a couple ideas on how he should best approach you for this match.  Did you notice any different tactics from Roger this time that you hadn't noticed before?


RAFAEL NADAL:  I don't know.  I think he tried to play very aggressive, taking the ball very early.  But if you go to YouTube and you see the video of 2012 match, you will see that he was playing very, very aggressive, too.  Especially the beginning of the match.  So is nothing completely new.

I saw that video today, the morning.  I see the way that he will try to play again.  But important thing for me is serve well, resist the beginning.  I know he will try to go on court going for the winners, taking the ball very early.

So when the match is coming and the match is longer, then that's more difficult.  Because physically is very difficult for me, for him, for everybody to play with that intensity of trying to play that aggressive during a few hours, no, because mentally and physically is very tough.

So when the match is going on, I know that I will have the chance to hit a little bit more rallies.  That's the position that I want to be.  So is very important to resist the score at the beginning.

 

Q.  You served almost exclusively to his backhand.  Is that knowledge you require by knowing him so well, playing him so many times?


RAFAEL NADAL:  I serve what I can serve.  I serve at the position that I feel that I will have the chance to start better the point.  And today I felt that serving against his backhand I had the chance to start the point with little bit of an advantage.  That's what I tried.

If that didn't work, so I will change.  I will try to play the serve, you know, more combined.  But was working well because I didn't had many breakpoints against.  The serve that I lost was in the third, 2 1, I think, I lost that serve because I played bad from the baseline, not because of the serve.

 

Q.  It seemed from watching that you were moving as freely as you have done for quite some time.  Do you feel as though your movement is exactly where you'd like it to be at the moment?


RAFAEL NADAL:  I think I am quick today.  I am moving quick.  I am able to come back from a difficult situations, you know.  With great shots of the opponent I am able to keep producing power on the shots.  And produce great shots from very difficult positions.

That's because the movements are ready and because I feel the power in the legs when I arrive in tough positions, and, sure, the confidence on the shots.  I hit a few passing shots today that if is not because you are quick and playing with confidence, you cannot hit that shots.

 

Q.  Have you watched any of Stan's matches this week?  What do you think he's doing differently in this tournament or recently that makes him a better player, being able to beat Djokovic?


RAFAEL NADAL:  Yeah, I saw him play against Novak.  I saw him play against Berdych.  He's playing great.  I know him.  He's a good friend, great guy.  So happy for him that he's in the final.  He deserve it.  He's playing better and better every year.

He's serving unbelievable.  He's hitting the ball very strong from the baseline.  Very, very quick.  Is very difficult to play against him today.  I know will be a very, very tough match.  If I am not able to play my best, I think I will not have chances because he's coming to this match with a lot of victories and playing great.

 

Q.  You took a timeout because of the blister.  You said the other day you were having trouble serving.  Any problems with that tonight at all?


RAFAEL NADAL:  We maked the tape a little bit smaller.  That help me.  Is true that making the tape smaller, I assume a little bit more risk that the tape can go.  I don't know how many times I can change the tape during the match, because to change the tape I need the trainer.  I need to wait at the end of the set, or if is an emergency that happen that the tape gone in that point.

So I need the trainer in that moment.  If that happen again, I don't know how the rules are, but is a little bit more risky.  But the blister is good.  Is not bad.  Looks better every day.  We are doing the right things.  Blister today is not a problem any more for normal life.  Is not painful.

Problem is to play tennis.  The only problem is the position of the blister, the place.  Because if is in another place, I will no have problem because I don't feel pain today.  Problem is to cover that blister in the position where that is.

 

Q.  Having won 12 times in a row versus Wawrinka, is it a relief that you have to play best of five?  He has never won one set.  He can win one; he can win two; but to win three is even more difficult.  Don't you think so?


RAFAEL NADAL:  No.  You play a normal match, no.  For me, no.  If you play a match, you play a Grand Slam final, that's a different kind of match than I played against him in the past.

He's playing better than ever.  Is not a question of winning one or two.  Is a question that he's a player that is ready to win against everybody today.  If I don't play my best tennis, I am sure that he will win three sets against me.  I don't going to have the chance to beat him.

I am really focused that I know that I need to play like today, and if not I will not have a chance to win the final.  Is not the final that I think playing normal I going to win; I need to play my best.

 

Q.  Before the match they were having some problems opening the roof.  Did they talk to you about that?

RAFAEL NADAL:  Yeah.

 

Q.  Were you concerned if the roof was closed it would change the conditions a bit?


RAFAEL NADAL:  No.  No, I prefer to play outdoors.  But, you know, the history that I don't play that well in indoors is true, but is not only a question of indoor, is a question of the court, no?

When we are playing indoors, we play normally in that surface that is like a (indiscernible), you know, when the ball stays a little bit low.  If we were playing indoors in this court, I don't know how to say, but the material how to say, but the bounce is still going higher, so is not a big deal to play indoors here.  That is my feeling.

 

Q.  You have a wonderful record against Federer; you've won recently on all surfaces.  Can you talk about success against Roger.


RAFAEL NADAL:  Well, the real thing is I played a lot of times against him, and a lot of times I played great against him.  So probably that's why I had this success against him.

But you never know when that stop.  Today I am happy that I am able to win against him again.  When you go on court against Roger, even if we played each other 32 times I think before this one and I was able to win against him 22, I go on court knowing that I am playing against a player that is unbelievable.

What happened in the past probably will not help me.  I take every match like a different history and every day is different.  Sure, helps the matches that I won against him in the past to make me feel confident in the way that I have to play, but that's doesn't mean that I will have the chance to do it again.

 

Q.  You said on court it was emotional for you.  How much does it mean to get to the final, especially when you weren't able to be here last year?


RAFAEL NADAL:  Well, for me it's a very important thing start the season this way again, winning in Doha, now being in the final of Australia after missing this tournament last year.  Come back here, the support of the crowd is just amazing for me.  Just can say thank you very much everybody.

Very emotional moments in the Rod Laver Arena in the past, very emotional moments this year especially because is the Grand Slam that I really had more problems in my career.

2006 I didn't had the chance to play for the injury on the feet at the end of 2005 in Madrid.  I remember 2010 and '11.  2010 I think was against Andy I had to retire because of a problem in the knee; 2011 I didn't want to retire but I had a strain on the muscle in my leg third game of the match; last year I didn't have a chance to play here.

Lot of years I didn't have a chance to play in this tournament that I really love so much with the perfect conditions, so is very special have the chance to be in the final here again.

 

Q.  Were you aware that apparently just after the start of the second set, when you were having your treatment, that Roger had quite a long exchange with the umpire suggesting that you were grunting a little louder than normal and it was putting him off?


RAFAEL NADAL:  I really don't know that.  When I am playing, when I am hitting the ball during the point, the last thing that I am thinking is try to bother the opponent.  Only thing that I am focusing is try to hit my ball well.  That's it.

I am sorry if I bothered somebody, but I never did in the past.  So is something that nobody in my career, you know, told me nothing about this, that I am bothering the opponent.  But if I bothered him in any moment, he knows 100% it was not because I wanted.  I never do nothing on court to bother the opponent.  I think I did the normal things that I do in every match.


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Posted 24 January 2014 - 08:22 PM

Roger Federer post match interview:

 

 

Q.  What was the most frustrating about tonight?


ROGER FEDERER:  Probably the lack of chances I was able to create on the return.  'Cause I hung around, you know, the first couple of sets.  So I guess that was frustrating, you know, because I thought I was going to get into more of his service games.

If you get the lead at least in the first or second set, at one point maybe I can also play a bit more freely, you know, do a bit more what I was hoping to do, play a bit more aggressive.

But like that you kind of always have to keep playing to stay with him, to play the score.  But, you know, it was a tough match.  So I guess that was the toughest part today.

 

Q.  Did you feel like you didn't play as well as you hoped or is it just that Rafael played too well tonight?


ROGER FEDERER:  No, I think Rafa played well.  I think he's the way I know him.  He's played me this way many times.  You know, I'm not sure if I served as good as I could have.

But then again, you know, for the first one and a half hours or so, I mean, I didn't get broken, I don't think.  It wasn't all that bad, you know.

I was hoping that my forehand was going to work out a bit better, but it didn't, so that let me down a bit.  Then it was just the lack of, you know, opportunities I created for myself which put the pressure on me too frequently, you know, instead of maybe being able to do that the other way around.

He did a good job.  He didn't make many errors, even though I was trying to hit hard and flat.  I tried to play my game.  Sometimes I did play very well and sometimes I didn't.  But he overall was more consistent.  He deserved to win tonight.  I mean, he was better.

 

Q.  How satisfied do you think you'll be overall with the fortnight, with the new racquet, Stefan on your team?


ROGER FEDERER:  Yeah, I mean, it's very encouraging, you know, no doubt.  Wish I could have won here tonight and then, you know, given an all Swiss final.  That's something I'll regret, you know, for a long time.

But then again, you know, it was a great start to the season for me.  Would have been nice to win Brisbane, would have been nice to win here tonight, but you can't have it all.

I think this is a very good start to the season for me overall.  I played some really good tennis here.  I still feel my best tennis is only ahead of me right now.  So I'm looking forward to the next couple of months, how they're going to play out for me, and hopefully by April I feel like I'm going to be at 100% again.

 

Q.  You said on Wednesday that Stefan had some ideas on how you could try things differently against Rafa.  Anything specifically you tried tonight that was good?


ROGER FEDERER:  Yeah, I mean, I tried a few things, you know.  Then again, like I said, I think Rafa does a good job of neutralizing you.

The problem was, like I said, because I wasn't getting into enough service games, you're not going to try out a crazy amount of things on your own service games.  There you need to play tough and aggressive and you just have to be solid.

So I guess at times I couldn't quite do what I wanted to do, but that's because of Rafa.

 

Q.  I think we heard you tonight complaining to the umpire about Rafa's grunting.  Was it worse than normal tonight?  Do you find it distracting?


ROGER FEDERER:  Not when he does it every point.  But it goes in phases.  One point he does and he doesn't.  That's just what I was complaining about.

Had no impact on the outcome of the match, you know, but the level was the same.

 

Q.  Have you complained before?


ROGER FEDERER:  I have, yeah.

 

 

Q.  Is Nadal the guy that distracts you the most?


ROGER FEDERER:  Not necessarily.  I enjoy playing against him because it's always going to be on center court, it's always going to be a big story, you know, going into the match.

So that's kind of what you train hard for, you know.  That's where you want to be.  It's not where I don't want to be, so I'm always happy when I come out against him because the atmosphere is different and I enjoy the matches normally.

I mean, it's not as cool when you lose in straight sets.  Nevertheless, there's good moments out there, as well.

 

Q.  He's had a decent record against you in the past couple years.


ROGER FEDERER:  A good record (smiling).

 

Q.  You just lacked that extra kick in your step tonight.  After going down to someone that often, does it start denting your belief that you can beat them?


ROGER FEDERER:  No, I don't think necessarily.  I think Rafa did a good job of keeping the pressure on me.  You know, I might have gotten a little tired, you know, maybe in the third set, you know.  But that's maybe just the lack of trying to get back to an absolute 100%.

But overall I'm very happy.  Rafa played well and he played solid.  So, you know, I don't have crazy regrets tonight other than, you know, maybe not having created more opportunities for myself.  You know, Rafa was his usual self, what I kind of expected.

I don't expect him to be worse off just because of a blister or worse off because he's having sort of an up and down sort of performance at this event.

When he usually comes in against me, he always plays solid, if not great.  So I think it was one of those nights again, which I knew was going to be tough.

 

Q.  Did you feel a bit slower today than the other days?  Was the reason because of your backhand didn't work today very well on the return maybe?


ROGER FEDERER:  It's a totally different match.  I don't know how to explain you guys.  It's totally different playing Rafa over anybody else.  Playing Murray or Rafa is day and night.

It's not because of the level necessarily, but it's just every point is played in a completely different fashion and I have to totally change my game.

No excuse.  It's just a fact of what it is.  I try to fight that today, and he    yeah, it's a different match   very different.

 

Q.  Pete Sampras told us earlier today that he was pretty amazed by your mindset, your freshness at this age.  When he was your age or younger he felt beaten down by the grind.  Having said that, are you excited about this uptick and the whole the vitality of the early part of the year, does that give you a lot of juice?


ROGER FEDERER:  Yeah, I mean, in a way I needed it, as well.  I needed a good moment again because I've been going through a tougher time for some time.  Even though you can say that Basel was better, Paris was better, London was better, the results were slightly better, but the game itself was not necessarily amazing.

I mean, it was solid, you know, but what I like to do is I like to take it to the guy.  I like to be in command.  That's what I was able to do now the last couple of weeks.  So that's very encouraging.

Like I said, that's why I'm not too disappointed tonight because I feel it's been a good start.  I've come from far back.  I didn't have surgery like Murray had or like Rafa the problems had being out for seven months.

I've played with something that has been going on for a while.  This is a step in the right direction, and that's the way I want to go.  I have a belief this could be a very good year for me again.

 

Q.  What advice will you have for Stan for the final?


ROGER FEDERER:  I hope he wins and I hope he gives everything he has.  You know, there's no reason not to believe that he can beat Rafa.  He's clearly got a tough record against him, but many players have that.  There's no difference there.

Pressure's clearly on Rafa because he's got to win this finals.  Stan's in his first Grand Slam finals, so that makes Stan also unpredictable.  He's got to use that to his advantage.

 

Q.  Clearly it wasn't a difference in the result of the match, but the grunting and also the serial violating of the time rule that Rafa does, do you feel that umpires generally are too lenient with him?  You seem to be waiting all the time.


ROGER FEDERER:  Rafa is doing a much better job today than he used to.  I mean, I'm not complaining much about the time.  But I think I've played him, what, 33 or 34 times.  He's gotten two point penalties over the course of our rivalry.  I just think that's not quite happening.  I mean, we know how much time he used to take.

I'm not complaining about so many things.  But, I mean, either you have rules or you don't.  If you don't have rules, it's fine.  Everybody can do whatever they want to do.

I just think it's important to enforce the rules on many levels, whatever it may be.  On all the players the same way.  Don't give me or Djokovic a free pass just because of who we are.

I think we should all be judged the same way.  Not just a guy on Court 16 because the guy had a brutal rally, you have to give him a time violation just because you can.

On center court, they're always going to be afraid, the umpires, to take those decisions.  I just like to challenge them a little bit.

I don't want to go in the office and complain all the time.  I never do.  I just hope they do their job correctly.  If they don't, what are you going to do?  Sit and watch.  Sometimes you just got to say things.

I didn't lose the match because of that.  It didn't bother me.  I just felt I had to mention something.


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Posted 24 January 2014 - 08:36 PM

Rafael Nadal on-court interview

 

 

 


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Posted 24 January 2014 - 08:39 PM

Sadly Rafael Nadal was just too strong for Roger Federer today.
Despite receiving treatment for what appeared to be a raw and very painful blister in the palm of his left hand, The onslaught from Nadal was relentless. The repeated long baseline rallies took their toll and Roger was unable to consistently ignite the spark for the quick fire angular volleys that had served him so well in previous rounds. He sometimes looked tired and frustrated with himself.


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When Roger walks off the court for the last time in a tournament, for me it feels as if somebody has turned the lights off.

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Putting this sadness aside and looking objectively at the last two weeks Roger has really done very well in a tough draw. He has put on a strong performance in the previous rounds, at times the Federer of old really shone through with breathtaking shots and his ability to appear to glide effortlessly across the court. It would have been an incredible occasion for him to reach the final and, as it has turned out, face Stan Wawrinka in an all Swiss contest, but sadly that is not to be. I wish Stan well in his efforts to win his first Grand Slam.


Roger can take encouragement from the fact that he reached the semi final in the first Grand Slam of 2014, after all he went through last year. In the post match Presser he said, "I'm not too disappointed tonight. This is a good step in the right direction. I have belief this could be a very good year for me ... I think that it's been a good start to the season ... I feel my best tennis is ahead of me"

In fact I seem to remember him mentioning in a previous interview that he expected to be back to full fitness by March or April this year, so again, to reach the semi final is a good start to the season, all things considered.


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Posted 24 January 2014 - 09:08 PM

Here are the match highlights as posted by the Australian Open



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Posted 24 January 2014 - 09:14 PM

More highlights packages ..

 

 






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Posted 24 January 2014 - 09:50 PM

Great job on the report and pics! Congrats!

 

A clash between two great champions! It was a pity Roger couldn't manage to win the first set, I think it would have been an even greater match and perhaps with a different outcome.

 

It's pretty hard to overcome that much "spinned" forehand cross court shots with a one handed backhand! That, and some mental edge Nadal has over Fed, decided the game, as so much others!

 

Few things would make me happier than seeing Roger overcome Nadal in his best again! Hope it happens very soon! Roger is working very well, so I have many hopes on that!



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Posted 25 January 2014 - 12:09 AM

Here is a short video, released by the Australian Open, of an interview given by Rafael Nadal following this match.



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Posted 25 January 2014 - 04:33 AM

Federer will get better from this point onwards. Let's see how he goes in French Open and Wimbledon.



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Posted 25 January 2014 - 06:07 PM

Now, Nadal who will win tomorrow, and if he continue to play like this, I'm sure he can win 20th GS...

So, congratulate Nadal, Federer was amazing in that tournament..

 

 

Actually, I expected that Federer will lose, but not in 3 straight sets!!!


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Posted 25 January 2014 - 06:15 PM

Pete Sampras admires Roger Federer as the G.O.A.T!
 
"I think if you look at the numbers, you have to look at Roger, what he's been able to do: 17 majors, been No.1. Certainly Roger has been the best player for the last 10 years. Rafa is up there with him. When you look at the numbers, Roger has been so dominant. He's won on all surfaces. He's a phenomenal player."

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 06:20 PM

Here's great Video of Federer, AUS Open 2014

 

 

 


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Posted 25 January 2014 - 09:09 PM

Great report, overall a hugely successful tournament, Nadal is a warrior no doubt about it! Really looking forward to the rest of the season now, here's hoping Fed takes his tweaked game style forward, if he does it is going to be really exciting. Hope the final is at least somewhat competitive. 



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Posted 25 January 2014 - 10:37 PM

I believe the main reason for the straight sets defeat is, Roger was not mentally there after the grunting complaint. Something should have disturbed him and he was not able to concentrate 100% for few of the crucial points. That decided the fate of the match! Else even the 2nd and 3rd would have been tight and there might have been a 4th or 5th, I believe.

 

Missing dolly's and hitting easy one to nets, won't help our champ especially against, NADAL, who gives very few chances to the opponent. And I feel he lacked the final punch in net points, even though Nadal pass shots were too good, but I still believe, with 100% confidence, Roger would have got to atleast 4 of those shots, that might have put pressure on Rafa for the rest.

 

One thing that worries me, Roger always not playing to his full form in the recent matches with Rafa whereas Rafa easily brings his A game against our champ, I wish to see a change in Roger in this, If he comes stronger to play a 2 or 3 hours competitive match, He still has 60 40chance to overcome the current No 1. I hope he does that in their future meetings!!!

 

So It was rather a sad ending to otherwise a very successful tournament for our champ, but there is nothing shame here losing to Rafa, and I wish Roger concentrate more getting back his mental toughness and down the line shots on both side of the wings. He needs powerful down the line shots as a winner to defeat the nole, andy, nadal in grand slams. I think he will comeback stronger the forthcoming tour matches and make himself 100% ready for RG and Wimb.

 

It's a pleasure seeing RFin Brisbane and here and especially the last two wins and the vintage service game and net points gave me a lot of hope and as he has said I am sure the best is still ahead of the champ! 



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Posted 25 January 2014 - 11:54 PM

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger - right?  Roger will be fine. He's not as fragile as we sometimes fear.  If he was, he would never have got those 17 grand slam titles under his belt, or have been at No. 1 for over 300 weeks (a stat I think Nadal is unlikely to beat even if he does equal Roger's slam record).  I think he will get better - as Wendy rightly said March/April was his estimate, and I also think he will beat Nadal again at some point.  At first I thought the draw in Melbourne was a shame for Roger, and the defeat by Nadal catastrophic. But the more I think about it the more I think it was a good thing.  His play with the new racquet and Edberg (who only joined him last week) is very much a work in progress and this defeat allows him to know exactly where he is at - what is working and what is not, and what needs to be done to challenge Nadal in the future. If he hadn't faced him he would never have known.  Silver lining time.

 

I'm hoping for Stan to win tomorrow.  Unlikely I know but unlikely things do happen - often when we least expect them. 







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