Sunday, 19 August 2012

The Mighty Fed

Roger Federer, magnificent performance today (in fact, all week) in Cincinnati. For those who didn't manage to catch this, there are highlights here. Fed has been in jaw dropping form all week. The first serve has been clicking, the returns have been consistently lethal and the movement unbeatable. To watch Fed dance around the court, moving the ball as though on a wire has been a treat. Mardy Fish played extremely well in the quarters and threw the bathroom suite at Fed. Fish's face at the conclusion of the match told the story of a man who knew he had played exceptionally but realised it wasn't enough; the wry smile and gracious acceptance of defeat was pleasing to see from a guy who appears to be getting back to his 2011 best in time for the U.S. Open following a difficult few months.
Photo by Toga via Flickr with thanks.
This afternoon's performance from Fed was flawless. Unbroken all week, the streak continued. Fed washed Djoko away in the first spanking him six-bubble. The shame stung the Djoker into action and he went toe-to-toe in the second, carving out a set point. Fed's aggressive game garnered the result his play deserved, coming from behind in the tie break with a handful of ferocious winners. Djoko, despite playing very well (particularly in the semi v Delpo) looked second best today, with no answers forthcoming from behind the baseline.
Can Fed maintain this level throughout fortnight at Flushing Meadows? Let's hope so. It's a huge treat to watch him play like this.

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