Hey guys, another Slam Final loss at the hands of the Djoker as he took down Roger 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in 3 hours and 20 minutes to win his third major of 2015 and 10th career Grand Slam in what has been a hugely impressive season.
Yet again Djokovic showcased his supreme defensive capabilities, making Federer play one more ball time and time again, saving 19 of 23 break points in the match and winning virtually all of the important points on the night to come out on top.
Quick Match Recap
Federer won the toss and elected to serve; soon finding himself in trouble having to save 3 break points before holding to lead 1-0. Djokovic then held to love and broke Federer at 30-40 after a long rally. The Serb however could not consolidate, dropping serve to love and taking a nasty fall in the process. Both players then exchanged holds but at 3-3 Djokovic again broke through and this time consolidated, saving a key break point to lead 5-3. Djokovic then served out the set 6-4.
Roger needed an immediate response in set 2, and in the second game we got the first SABR of the night, that helped created 3 break points for the Swiss but again he couldn't convert any of them as Djokovic made deuce and then saved 2 more break points to hold.
Both players then exchanged holds, Fed only dropping 3 points on serve as he moved into a 5-4 lead. Here again the Swiss had chances, holding 2 set points on one of which he missed a routine forehand into the open court before Djokovic held. Fed then held for 6-5 and finally got the breakthrough, leaning into a backhand to fire a cross court winner at 30-40.
Set 3 saw Roger hold to 15 to kick things off but at 1-1 he was broken from 40-15 up. He was again able to break back to level thanks to Djokovic hitting 2 double faults in the game. At 2-2 both players had won exactly 90 points apiece; Roger then held to love and created 0-30 on the Djokovic serve with another SABR return. Djokovic held, and after the Serb again saved 2 break points at 3-4 he broke Federer from 15-40 down before saving 2 break points en route to serving out the set 6-4.
A hugely disappointing set meant the match was all but over and Djokovic immediately broke in game 1 before holding for 2-0. Roger had a break chance at 2-3 but missed wide with a forehand and then dropped serve to slip 5-2 down. Serving for the match saw Djokovic drop serve to 30 and Fed then held for 4-5. Stepping up for the second time to close it out saw Djokovic once more slip to 15-40, this time he clawed his way to deuce, saved another break point and then delivered two good serves to take his first match point and win his 10th Grand Slam title.
|Stats||Novak Djokovic||Roger Federer|
|1st serves in||96/155 (62%)||87/137 (64%)|
|1st serve points won||63/96 (66%)||62/87 (71%)|
|2nd serve points won||32/59 (54%)||23/50 (46%)|
|Fastest serve||124 MPH||125 MPH|
|Average 1st serve speed||115 MPH||115 MPH|
|Average 2nd serve speed||90 MPH||95 MPH|
|Net points won||21/32 (66%)||39/59 (66%)|
|Break points won||6/13 (46%)||4/23 (17%)|
|Receiving points won||52/137 (38%)||60/155 (39%)|
|Total points won||147||145|
|Distance Covered (Feet)||10744.5||10962.3|
|Dist. Covered/Pt. (Feet)||36.8||37.5|
Thoughts on the Match
Yeah. A lot of opportunities miss the. If it's backhand, forehand, volleys, it doesn't really matter at the end of the day. I know why I lost the match very clearly the moment I sat down at 5-2 down in the fourth or after the match was over. So something I will work on, and keep moving forward, you know. It's no problem for me.
So where to begin with this one 🙂 I'm not going to really bother with the niceties of it's great Fed is still making Grand Slam finals etc. etc. as that simply goes without saying. Nothing has changed on that front; whenever Fed steps on court something special invariably happens and the fact he's made 2 Slam Finals this year and won multiple titles is definitely a big achievement.
But in terms of last nights final it has to go down as a bit of a blowout. Djokovic was expected to win, he's 6 years younger and has made the finals at every tournament he's played this year from the Australian Open onwards. But whilst the outcome was the one that was supposed to happen, Federer kinda chucked it way, or at the very least prevented himself from making it way closer.
There were a few key moments in the match for me – first up was dropping the first set, it just set the tone for the match and meant Fed had to play catchup from the word go. Second was the failure to win set 2 in easier fashion, Fed had to spend another 20/30 minutes to box it off 7-5 when he should have broken way sooner to take it 6-4; it's just wasted energy both emotional and physical. And then finally the failure to convert break points at 4-3 in the third. Plus all the other wasted break points thrown in their for good measure 😆
Roger was 4/23 for break points on the night and only converted 1 break point of 11 when facing second serves. He really needs to do better there and even though SABR won him some points, it seemed to put more doubt in his own mind rather than his opponents last night as he didn't play with the same level commitment on the bigger return points or when up against 2nd serves.
Maybe I haven't played this offensive for a very long time, and that's maybe the reasons, as well, why maybe I was slightly shaky when it came to the crunch on the break points. Who knows?
Do you agree with his assessment? I agree he was definitely shaky on the big points, never seemed able to play committed tennis which he talked about in earlier matches, either going too safe or going big but with that hint of hesitation which never ends well. But as to why? I'm not sure, perhaps it was more about Djokovic making him doubt than him playing too aggressive. Either way the forehand leaked a lot of errors.
As for Djokovic – he was solid without ever being brilliant but just found that little extra on the big points. Notably the point at 40-30 with Federer serving at 4-4 in the third set before going on to break, just extra effort to win that point and then coming up with more crazy defensive work on break point at 30-40 5-4 in the very next game when he served it out. 2 points that made a big difference and ultimately he won 147 points to Federer's 145 in the match. I guess we really are in the era where defence can overcome attack on the biggest stage.
So overall same story as Wimbledon – good tournament on the whole, but not a great ending and it all boils down to just a few points here and there. Hard not to feel a tad disappointed if you were pulling for a Federer victory but there's not much you can do about it. Will he come out on top in one these matches before he hangs up the racquet? Your guess is as good as mine. Next stop Geneva for the Davis Cup 🙂