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Tsitsipas Takes Out Federer to Make Final in London

The Greek saved 11 of 12 break points to see off a stuttering Federer in the last four of the ATP Finals.

Stefanos Tsitsipas is through the finals in London after seeing off six-time champion Roger Federer in Saturday's semi-final thanks to a 6-3, 6-4 victory.

The Greek put in a tidy performance, saving 11 of 12 breakpoints and taking his chances to ensure Federer was forever playing catch up as he tried to make his 11th final at the year-end championships. 

For Federer, it was a quick come down from the highs of his masterclass on Thursday against Djokovic, with his game off the pace from the word go and several routine shots going awry on the crucial points.

Tsistipas will face either Dominic Thiem or Sascha Zverev in Sunday's final and he'll be looking to be the first man to do the NextGen and ATP Finals double having won in Milan last season.

Quick Match Recap

Federer Tsitsipas Atp Finals 2019

Federer won the toss and elected to receive. Tsitsipas won the first two points, but Roger reeled off the next three to hold an early breakpoint.

The Swiss will have been disappointed not to take it, sending a forehand long off a weak 91mph second serve that seemed to catch him by surprise with how short and slow it was. Tsitsipas went onto hold for 1-0.

Federer kicked off his first service game with a missed overhead, and although he recovered from 0-30, another missed overhead gave Tsitsipas a breakpoint which he converted to take a 2-0 lead.

The Greek consolidated for 3-0 with some powerful serving before Roger got on the board with a love hold for 1-3.

Game five saw Federer again make deuce on the Tsitsipas serve, but his forehand wasn't producing the goods when on the run as Tsitsipas held for 4-1. 

At 2-4, two unforced errors in a row gave Roger three break points but some strong play from Tsitsipas and another unreturned second serve allowed the Greek to escape to lead 5-2.

A love hold kept Federer in touch for 3-5 and then came the longest game of the set that saw Roger create a fifth break point after winning an impressive rally. This time around Roger finally made the return, but it was a little safe and Tsitsipas saved it. 

A sixth breakpoint followed, but a stiff-looking backhand sailed long, and Tsitsipas eventually held to take the set 6-3 after 13 minute game with eight deuces.

Federer kicked off set two with a 90-second hold to get Tsitsipas serving again, but the Greek was able to dictate from the baseline to quickly level for 1-1.

Game three saw Federer throw in a disaster of a service game with three unforced errors in a row that gave Tstsipas 0-40 and he converted when Federer couldn't dig out a crunched cross-court forehand.

A slick forehand and volley putaway gave Federer an immediate chance to break back in game four at 0-40. However, yet more questionable returning allowed Tsitsipas to make deuce and hold a game point. However, Federer hit a sweet slice dropped shot to set up another breakpoint and finally converted by running around the backhand on a second serve to get the forehand in play.

Game five was crucial for Federer to hold and recover the break fully, but he couldn't make it. Successfully fighting off one breakpoint and holding two game points before dropping serve. Tsitsipas then held to fifteen to lead 4-2.

Federer was then forced to thirty all in game seven, but he held and then had another small window opportunity at 15-30, but Tsisipas closed the door with some strong serving to lead 5-3.

The Swiss was then able to hold for 4-5 to force Tsitsipas to serve it out. Another 15-40 window came the way of the Fedmeister, but he wasn't able to convert, letting out a roar of anger on the first breakpoint and Tsitsipas made deuce.

The deuce point summed up the match, with Federer hitting a gorgeous backhand slice down the line to set up a forehand down the line into a gaping open space but he blazed it wide. That gave Tsitsipas match point, and he sealed it with an ace.

Match Stats

  Stefanos Tsitsipas Roger Federer
Aces 6 3
Double Faults 3 0
1st Serve 63% (56/89) 56% (30/54)
1st Serve Points Won 64% (36/56) 70% (21/30)
2nd Serve Points Won 55% (18/33) 46% (11/24)
Break Points Saved 92% (11/12) 25% (1/4)
Service Games Played 10 9
1st Serve Return Points Won 30% (9/30) 36% (20/56)
2nd Serve Return Points Won 54% (13/24) 45% (15/33)
Break Points Converted 75% (3/4) 8% (1/12)
Return Games Played 9 10
Winners 18 21
Unforced Errors 21 26
Net Points Wonn 38% (3/8) 70% (12/17)
Service Points Won 61% (54/89) 59% (32/54)
Return Points Won 41% (22/54) 39% (35/89)
Total Points Won 53% (76/143) 47% (67/143)

Highlights

Press Conference

Thoughts on the Match

Fed Loss London Sd 19

No doubt I had my chances. Yeah, don’t know exactly why it went the way it did, you know. I think getting broken with missing two smashes in one game, that hasn’t happened in a long, long time or ever. So that was tough. That’s not something you can train or practice for. That’s tough, just feet were not quite there yet, still not quite getting used to the high one and all that stuff.

But, you know, I accepted it and moved on and actually got into the match well. Had some good spells, but the spells where things were not working well, they were pretty bad, you know. At this level, you just can’t have it happen, so that was pretty disappointing today.

I actually felt I was hitting the ball okay in the beginning, to be honest. If you take those two smashes away, actually things are okay. I know you say, like, yeah, well, but you missed those two smashes. But they are not forehands and backhands and serves I was actually doing that part okay, I thought, for the first whatever, 10 games, but then again, you know, to be broken 2-Love in the second set with I think no first serves made and stuff like that, and then when you do have the chance to finally get into the lead in the second set, you know, to throw it away again however I did it, it was just frustrating.

But again, I look across the net, and I thought that he played really well. He took the ball early. I know he does that. I thought I returned actually pretty good on the first serve. The second serve on breakpoints and stuff, I guess there were better moments, but for the most part I wasn’t quite getting into the rallies the way I wanted to.  Federer on his loss to Tsitsipas

A bad day at the office for Roger here and he was back to the level of tennis he kicked off the ATP Finals with against Thiem and Berrettini. With the fleet of foot player who took down Djokovic on Friday, nowhere to be seen two days later.

It was always going to be a tight encounter, but unfortunately, Roger set the tone early for how this one was going to play out.

A bad return miss on a tame second serve on a breakpoint in the first game, then two botched overheads in the second to drop serve meant he was immediately playing catch up.

From there it was nothing we haven't seen before, the first serve wasn't firing to win cheap points (just three aces and 56% first serves landed), that put pressure on his forehand to do more in the baseline rallies which in turn drew the errors.

With Federer fighting his own battles to try to get his own game together, when the important points presented themselves on the return, he was not thinking clearly or able to play freely. Missing several routine second serve returns which is why he went 1 for 12 on breakpoints just like the Australian Open.

Anyway, not a loss to dwell on, just one of those days where things don't go in Federer's favour. You don't create 12 breakpoints or make your opponent play 35 more points on serve without giving it all you have on the day, so no complaints from me 🙂

As for Tsistipas, I thought he played a very smart match. Nothing spectacular but he wasn't afraid to go big into Federer's forehand, he moved well (better than Federer which was somewhat surprising), kept his cool on the breakpoints especially in that thirteen-minute game at 5-3 and was the better player from the first game to the last. 

What did you guys think of the match? Let me know in the comments.

Jonathan

Huge fan of Roger Federer. I watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or tweeting about tennis I play regularly myself and use this blog to share my thoughts on Federer and tennis in general.

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  1. I thought he would have a let down after the Djokovic match tbh. I think he can take a lot of confidence from the fact that when he plays close to his best he can still beat anyone. Off days are going to happen at his age especially at the end of a season. Hopefully we get quick courts at the Aussie where he can come in confidently after a good end to a good season

  2. Bah. Stringing 2 or more good matches in a row is getting less and less frequent, but on this one it looks as if Roger defeated Roger. You need a goat to defeat a goat.
    Tsips did just what he had to do, hung in there, shaken but not stirred in the shaky moments.
    It is what it is, so let’s move on.
    At least there is the consolation that he was the last old man standing. Big deal…

  3. Some days are easier than others to be a Fed fan. Disappointment and frustration for all those chances gone out the window.
    Sad that this was the last match of the year. Best for him and us to focus on the Djoker match. It made me wonder after matches like this, when his body and mind aren’t in sync , that he says, the hell with this.
    Jonathan, your post nailed it. Bad day at the office.

    1. I agree with you Sue and Rui. You also captured this match perfectly Jonathan and found redeeming points when I thought there were none. This tournament demonstrated that Fed can be magical and sometimes simply human. As Rui suggests, would like him to string together a number of good matches against tough opponents. Well, we are done for the year. I suspect 2020 will be the last true hurrah with Wimbledon and the Olympics hopefully being the highlight before the sunset begins.

    2. With an expected light schedule in 2020 he should be able to keep his energy levels high for tournaments but neeeds to strike that balance between conversing energy and underplaying.

  4. Been a silent reader for a while, just wanted to make a comment because it was a tough loss and I fully concur with what you said here ‘You don’t create 12 breakpoints or make your opponent play 35 more points on serve without giving it all you have on the day, so no complaints from me’ . This is what most fed fans fail to see, the man was struggling to find his A game today, but still he tried till the last game. His play during BPs was dismal, but his play to create those BPs were yet another proof why the man is special. There were flashes of brilliance, but he couldn’t hold on to them mainly because his serve wasn’t firing today, and he couldn’t play a confident game without the serve.

    I am following Tennis for a long time, seems like I would have to give up on it (after Roger) if the future is Tsitsipas like attention seeking overhyped guys.

    Sorry for this long rant! Thanks for all your writeups, always enjoyed them.

  5. Where did he go?
    So frustrating to watch but just one of those days, not the end of the world and he was the last “big guy” standing. Think I’ll just watch a replay of the Djokovic match and wait for the AO. Also hoping to see some snippets of his exhibition matches in South America.

  6. end of 2019 season manything happen happy and sad not bad year next year have olympic should be his goal and i’m feel bad after end olympic roger maybe decide about how long he will play after this

  7. Just a bloody bad day for Roger. Seems to happen more these last 2 years when he plays amazing tennis on one day to be followed by a mediocre showing the next. When he failed to play the big points well, you could see the way the match was going to end. Not a great serving or returning day. Overall an easy match to forget and move on. Hopefully he can win the AO again. 🙂

  8. Well – pretty much what you said really, thanks for making the point about the opportunities created. I’m reminded of Rod Laver’s comment about playing brilliantly one day & almost forgetting how to play tennis the next. I don’t think Roger is wuite there yet, but we’re getting more & more evidence that it’s coming. Still Rosewall continued to be competitive till he was a few years older – obviously the game has changed since then. I don’t know if there’s anything Rog can do to convert a few more of the break opportunities he creates, or not. If there is, I hope he finds it. Hope he has fun with his exhos, but takes it easy on his body, & we get to see more of Thursday Fed next year.

  9. Yes the frustrating part was that the tennis was so good to create the breakpoints, but then Tsitsi pas’ good play and Federer’s poor play always came together in the break points. Come on, 0-40 a few times, I thought he had to break for sure .

    I would say though Tsitsipas just really tired him out, it was amazing defence from him and Federer couldn’t win any cheap points, which is rare for him. It seemed though that Fedeer was being run ragged as the rallies were relatively long…

  10. Come on, Dr. Karlovic just made it to the Houston Challenger final, which only shows that there is still plenty ahead to hope for from middle age gentlemen. Hmm…

  11. While he did not win he gave his fans a revenge win against Djoker. And he also prevented Djoker from regaining Number one. While that is not a GS victory it still heals that wound quite a bit. Does anyone think that Medvedev, Tsitsipas, Thiem and Zverev will start dominating the big 3 next season?

    1. I need to see them actually doing it. For the last few years now it has been “this is the year they do it” and they just haven’t. I’m not buying Medvedev either.

      1. Well Jonathan give us all your wisdom and tell us whom will be the first to break the non-big three in a GS and which GS will it be?

      2. This will be a new post?
        I was rooting for Thiem. He seems level headed as well as talented. Ran out of gas, energy level seems to be an issue.
        ST is a bit of a dingbat.
        Go Canada, eh.

  12. Thanks to Jonathan and all the other readers for encapsulating today’s match – and the season end. Just wasn’t there on Fed’s racquet this afternoon but it’s not a heartbreak outcome either. I’m definitely holding onto the energy from the Fed/Djokovic match. Some new kids are town for the ATP finals clash (although at 21 and 26 not kids exactly) and Zverev is off to play some exhibitions with Fed.

  13. Really disappointed by all the SF and F finishes. Especially all the 0-40 and 40-15 chances. But, if Roger says he is excited for 2020, I am looking forward to 2020 with the same excitement.

    All the best to Roger for AO 2020.

  14. I agree with everything you posted. Disappointing, but at least he prevented Đoković to catch his record, so at the end it didn’t hurt so much.
    I noticed some very bad choice of placement of his shots, and the lack of use of the drop shots. Roger wasn’t very lucid today as well, damn it.

  15. A frustrating afternoon. A good sign is that Roger did not play well but still had more than enough chances to have come out on top. He just didn’t win the big points throughout the entire match. Had he won just a few of the break points it could have been a reverse scoreline.
    As others have said he does seem to play god like tennis one match and now have a bit of a hangover in the next match. Same thing happened at the US Open when he started to look fantastic in destroying Goffin only to suddenly fall flat against Dimitrov.
    Anyway, on to 2020. Thank you Jonathan for all of your hard work once again this year, it really is much appreciated. Let’s hope Roger can get at least 1 slam next year to make it all worthwhile!

    1. Cheers. Tbh Dimitrov match is not a bad performance, he was injured. No way he loses to Dimitrov even playing C game. Look at Grigor’s results post USO, dreadful.

  16. It was disappointing but I was a lot more frustrated in the moment than I am now. I think Berdych retiring helped put things into perspective. I don’t think it was an awful performance, just not executing on the big points. That’s going to be something I think Fed needs to focus on next year, as there were a few times this season where Fed hasn’t found his best when he needed it. But eh, I’m glad he beat Djokovic again and frankly he hasn’t gotten past the semis here in a while so I can’t say it’s a complete shock.

  17. Yeah it was disappointing to lose, Roger did not play well enough at crucial moments. Only silver lining he did create a lot of BPs chances but not able to convert with sloppy shots. Kinda of strange after beating Djoker, thought he will ride the confidence wave and get a W. I guess with age never know which Roger wakes up in the morning. Such a pity we dont have Hopman Cup next year, its a great pre-AO tourney. Overall 2019 is mixed results but isnt too shabby a couple of close points we would have IW Master and Wimbledon no 9. Roger is probably on his way to South America…..we wont be seeing him for at least 2 months crikeyyyyy.

  18. Such a cool-headed and down-to-earth post after the disappointing loss, which made me feel okay and move on.
    “Federer fighting his own battles to try to get his own game together” – Yep, he fought and tried but the things just didn’t go in his favour. For me, we always have Thursday vs Novak for this year’s WTF as a souvenir!
    Many thanks for the great job throughout the year, keep going, Jonathan.

    1. And righteously so. About half the break chances he had were wasted by him rather than saved by Tsitsy.
      It seemed that once a break point was created, Roger got unsure as to how to play it. He was either expectant or inpatient. I say it’s mental. It’s his biggest enemy: he thinks too much. It cost him set #4 in the AO18 final, for example, among many others. When he stops thinking, we have set #5 in the AO17 final. Among many others.

    2. Seemed like that first one he wasted in the opening game threw him off. Was a crap 2nd serve and he played it terribly, from there kept changing his mind. Chip, drive, etc. Only successful one was when he ran around it.

  19. No doubt, very disappointing. I just couldn’t figure it out, while watching it, why his FH misfired so much. Perhaps, not being able to have a normal serving day made him to wonder. Squandering so many BPs just gave Tsitsy so much confidence, which he didn’t even fought for it. Just a bad day – neither of the two most reliable weapons worked.
    Thanks Jonathan for all the write-ups. As a whole, it has been an okay year with no complaints. May 2020 be brighter.

  20. Many thanks for the article and comments. Not at all the same player who annihilated Djokovic 2 days earlier and Tsitsipas in Basel a couple of weeks before that (I saw that one live :-)). Just for the record, I’ve been following Roger’s career for 11 years now and found that, if ever he has a totally inexplicable “bad day” like yesterday (spraying errors from the get-go), it’s practically always because he has an injury (very often the back). Of course Roger (unlike certain others who feign injury on court and afterwards) will never mention an injury after a loss. It may be my imagination, but to me he looked apologetic yesterday even as he came on to the court, as if he knew he couldn’t win.
    These are not excuses. Only recently it was persistent back problems that lost Roger the US Open in 2017. In 2013 he had back problems all year, especially at Wimbledon (there were times when he couldn’t even sit during the change of ends). And so on. Only last year, an injured right hand almost certainly lost him Halle, Wimbledon, Cincinnati and the US Open (did anyone here know that?). The hand injury happened during practice at the start of the 2018 grass season, but the first anyone heard of it was in November, when a journalist and confidant, René Stauffer, questioned Roger closely – in Swiss German. I’d been wondering for months what was wrong, and that explained it. It wasn’t until Basel that he could finally play again freely.
    I’m not sure if it helps to know this, but I felt it was worth saying. Really hoping he stays fit and invincible in 2020.

    1. I agree. But whenever I question his performance because of injury esp back, people say it’s an excuse.
      It looked like he was struggling to pick up his bags and walk off the court with his usual swagger. When your back muscles are tight, it’s hard to swing freely and think straight. Not his day for a physical and/or mental issue. As usual, we probably will never know.

    2. I read he was fine for most of the match, but on 11 of the 12 break points he had a back injury 😆

      Who knows. It’s a nice crutch for fans to lean on when he loses that’s about it.

  21. Roger could have walked away in 2016. But he didn’t. ❤️

    “Federer recent seasons record

    2017 54-5 (7 titles, Aus Open & Wimbledon W, rank No. 2)
    2018 50-10 (4 titles, Aus Open W, rank No. 3)
    2019 53-10 (4 titles, Wimbledon F, rank No. 3)”

    (cc: christophclarey)

    My comment :
    3 more victories that last year.
    38 years old.
    Play forever, please, Maestro !

  22. Hey guys, here is how I see it:
    Thursday Djoko had a bad day at the office, mayby a little problems with his elbow, Roger was killing it and him and deservedly won the match. Yesterday Roger had a bad day at the office, maybe a bit tired, Stef was killing it and him and deservedly won the match. Nothing more. No crap that he couldn’t keep up with Stef or was outplayed, no just a bad day at the office where he ALSO couldn’t break. Just one of those days. Unfortunately he couldn’t win it. And I was so impressed by Stef. He just lost the TB to Thiem, but I do hope Stef wins. Because he played three days in a row and because atleast we can say that Roger lost to the eventually winner 🙂

    The bad days at the office will keep happen, also because Roger keeps playing. I can’t wait for Djoko and Rafa to have more “bad days at the office” so their fans will know how it feels like 🙂

    As for Roger, unfortunately he lost, but like I said, people expect others to save his records, but Roger saves his own records 🙂 and what else can we ask for, he beat Djoko !!!

    And my most proud moment:
    Roger getting angry at himself and also frustrated during the press. This means he still wants to fight for it, he still wants to win badly, he still wants the titles and he still wants to improve. Just watch out for 2020.

    Also… Roger played a SF at the WTF with 8 of the best players in the world, while after that Ferrer, Berdych, Youzhny and others had a retirement ceremony !!! LETS LET THAT JUST SINK IN !!!

    Go Roger, I love you so much, you will get better and you will improve and you will kick ass in 2020.
    I honestly believe that. ROGER IS NOT OUT YET !!!

    1. A fantastic and heart-warming comment Katyani !
      When RF loses a match, I always remember  the statement below which a journalist wrote after the Millman’s loss at the USO 2018 :

       “Roger Federer’s  decline has been predicted too many times to imply a hurried judgement about his loss, but we have to admit that at 37 of age, his victories are outstanding, not his defeats”.

      Watching all the faces of his fighting spirit all along year 2019 as shown there, I guess we can be sure he gave everything he could in every single game…

      https://mobile.twitter.com/norinchi_df/status/1196029195224268800

  23. Damn. just forgot the most important thing:
    Remember when Roger beat Rafa at Basel, after losing to him like all the time and after that he beat Rafa like 5 or 6 times… well… hoping this will be the same with Djoko, that he beat Djoko after losing to him like all the time and now he will beat him like 5 or 6 or 7 times and hopefully in big finals 🙂 Make it happen Roger 🙂

    Great post Jon.

  24. Watching the final today, many thoughts were swirling through my head. These young guys watched Fed while growing up. Roger has imprinted so much into their game and behaviour. Remember the era when players didn’t speak to each other, let alone be friends? Remember how alarmed we were that the one handed backhand was going the way of the dinosaur? Remember when we feared tennis was becoming a baseline only game with extended rallies and nothing else?
    Look at the respect the young guys show to each other on and off the court. Look at the varied styles. Look at how players are rushing the net, serve and volley, being creative on court.
    Thanks to you, Mr. Federer (and a handful of others)….tennis doesn’t look so bad looking to the future.

    1. Oh, yes, that was a high quality final that deservedly went the full length. Some of the backhand to backhand duels were breathtaking. There was none of the boring baseline grinding that has been plaguing the sport. Few unforced errors, very aggressive and fearless play and great net game especially from Tsitsy. His net points statistics were what? 90% won? And I agree: much of that is already Fed’s legacy.
      Well done, lads.

    2. The two handed BH is much more efective. There is no doubt that Nole, Zverev, Rafa, Medvedev, etc have way better BH’s than Tsitsipas, Roger, Thiem etc.
      Let’s not fool ourselves and be prisoners of the moment, this season was completely dominated by Rafa and Nole.

      1. I don’t agree. Put one point more to Federer in Wimbledon, one week more without any back problem in the US Open, and he’d probably be number one of the year. Reality is that Nole and Rafa were outstanding in their slams, but they were very lucky in the other two (even though they played two fantastic finals)

      2. It depends on the surface. On low bouncing courts, a 1 hander is better. On high bouncing, a two-hander is better. One-handed backhand way more powerful, and can hit with way more spin than a 2 hander. I don’t think it’s an inferior shot at all.

        Half the time it’s not even the shot itself, if you gave a player with average movement Djokovic’s backhand it would be an absolutely awful shot. He makes up for it by being ridiculously good at getting to the ball.

      3. Alfonso just check the ATP Ranking, it does not lie. Nole and Rafa dominated the season with an iron fist (pretty much what they did for the entire decade).

        Jonathan, it is not only Nole (Murray, Rafa, Medvedev, etc), I can’t think of a single BH close to the level of the best two handed BH’s. It is just a much more consistent shot.

      4. I see the ranking, I just think “Domination” is an exaggerated statement. And I already told you why. Only a bunch of points in a different way (I mean, come on, on the infamous 8-7 40-15 Fed was 1mm away from hitting the third ace in a row… and Medvedev was VERY close to breaking back Nadal on the fifth set TWICE) and we would have 4 different GS winners like in 2012

      5. There is a big gap in atp ranking points between Rafa & Nole and the rest. Nole completely annihilate the competition at the AO and Rafa did the same at the FO. At Wimbledon, Djokovic got to the final I believe without droping a set (or maybe one) and Rafa did the same at the USO.
        The fact that they had to play 5 setter finals does not mean it was not a complete domination of the season (Rafa got at least to the SF in every single tournament he played in but the ATP finals where he lost after winning 2 out of 3 matches).

      6. It is more about the player than the backhand though.

        If you gave Djokovic, Wawrinka’s backhand it would be a ridiculous shot because of his movement. Even better than his two-hander right now. More power, more spin. It would be ridiculous.

        If you gave Wawrinka, the Djokovic backhand, it would not be as good because Stan does not move as well.

        Isolating the shot, there are several one-handers that are equal to or better than the best 2 handers in the game.

        Look at the forehand, Verdasco has (or had) arguably the best forehand on tour but dreadful mentally and not an elite mover. Which is why everyone would say Fed or Nadal’s forehands are better. But if you gave Verdasco either of their forehands, would he have better results? I doubt it.

      7. I agree that the movement is key on every shot but I still think that using your example Nole wouldn’t have a better BH if he had Stan’s. I just think it is easier to counter attack with the two handed.
        When they put you under pressure and really make you run, that shot (sometimes a passing shot) is easier to produce with a two handed BH. You can get to a more stable position.
        Then obviously you have the issue of dealing with the high bounce. Nadal eats the single BH players alive (he is an special case tough).

        PS: What a waste of talent Verdasco is.

      8. Nah I disagree that it is better when defending. Needing 2 hands on the racquet considerably limits your reach, which is why when players are really stretched, they take one hand off the racquet to hit the backhand. That is why Djokovic’s backhand looks so good, not because it is a brilliant shot technique-wise, it’s because he is able to get to balls other players can’t and still hit with 2 hands.

        I think a 2 hander wins on higher bouncing surfaces for sure because you are getting more stability. 1 hander is using weaker muscle groups when it’s up above the waist. And most surfaces plus the combination of string and spin mean that most balls get up there.

  25. Katyani, FBFR, Sue, Dippy and all my fellow cheerleaders, great comments!
    Many thanks for sharing ups and downs, joys and despairs together on the chat. Not least, thanks Jonathan for giving us such a platform. Because of you guys, I am still alive and ready to ride the emotional roller coaster in 2020. Bring it on!

    1. Cheers, Wanda! I suppose I should renew my heart and anxiety meds prescription for the AO. Yes, Roger takes us on quite the ride.

  26. Been watching all your posts , I would have liked DT in the finals. don’t know
    why I’m not a Tsi fan but I don’t think he’ll ever be another Federer! But
    you would expect a Fedfan to say that, many thanks J for all the posts (I had
    a Med Time out I Hosp so they kept me up to date x)

    1. I think it’s not fair for a player to be expected to become the next XXXX. And it’s not fair to XXXX either…
      To each his own individuality with his virtues and defects.
      Since we are in an existencial mood (Are we really?… Hehe…), I will quote the late and great Carl Sagan:
      “If you come across another being, treat him well because the chances are that you will not find another one like him (her/it) in the whole Universe.”
      (too bad so many people don’t get this…)
      PS: get better!

      1. I totally agree with you.The commentators on Amazon Prime were just sick making before the
        match…he has the look of Borg with his long hair, genius ,superstar etc, so much so that I had
        to turn the sound off.When will they learn to just shut up and let people develop at their own
        pace.

      1. Yes, and add to that the fact that talking to a microphone in front of a live audience of thousands and of millions remotely in the heat of the moment (and what a moment that was) is no easy task and it takes a lot of experience and ease to handle it properly.
        Even those more use to the spotlight will make the occasional blunder. Tolerance is in order…

  27. Couldn’t watch the match so many thanks for the great write up.
    Not converting the break points and missing two overhead smashes-a stroke Fed is usually rock solid on, where a great
    disappointment.
    However Tsitsy was on fire and the tournament winner.Fed got further than Djoker and Nadal😀
    Felt very sorry for Thiem,what a shame he just went away mentally in the second set.But what a warrior he is.
    Of course if Fed had served first……….
    Tennis has become more interesting now, the boring baseline grindathons hopefully in the past-perhaps.

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