Federer became the second man in tennis history, after Ivan Lendl in 1989, to
have regained the year-end n.1 spot. He did in "his" London after defeating Andy Murray 36 63 61
with a stunning display of attacking tennis.
glimpse of "benevolence" towards the 17,500 fans who packed the greatest tennis
arena in the world, hoping to see them again in the much expected final of the
tournament, Roger repeated the diesel start he showed against Verdasco. Andy
gained the light of the stage with a first 23-shots rally, an early break, and
a display of aggressivity so rare considering his hyper-defensivistic evolution
of this period. Roger played shorter than usual, and ainly on Murray's backhand, but the Briton alternating
slice and top-spin hurt the Swiss, so similar in the game to the "bad copy of
himself" breaking the first racket as a pro against Gilles Simon.
mis-hit a number of forehands (only one winner and 12 errors in the first set)
and struggled with his first serve percentage. In the Cincinnati semi, earlier this year, when
Roger conquered his third victory in the h2hs in 9 meetings, the Swiss sealed
the first set 62 with only the 36% of first serves. In the London
night, the percentage was slightly higher but the result completely opposite in
the first set, highlighted by the Sampras' style smash by an extra-dynamic Murray (so different by
the "abortion" from Verdasco two days ago, who hit one on his own shoes). At
the end of the set, from some angle of the by no imagination partisan crowd lifted
a chant, "Roger, Roger". In that moment, the match changed.
set opened with Murray
holding a marathon 14-points game serving only 4 good first balls while Federer
started playing finally aggressively, focused, centred and well inside the
baseline. The good old Roger dusted his shirt and racket and went on Murray's throat with 7
forehand winners in the second set (19 the total count of winners in the set)
and serving with verve, accuracy and an outstanding 94% of points transformed. When
Roger broke to 4-2 with a gorgeous inside-out forehand on Murray's backhand side, the cracks widened on
was space only for the inexorable flow of Roger Federer in his pomp.
success, anyway, hasn't guaranteed yet the Swiss champion a berth in the semis.
To be sure of coming through the RR he must defeat Juan Martin Del Potro. He
could theorically hope to pass even losing against Palito, only in case the
then eliminated Verdasco should defeat Andy Murray. Extremely, if Roger should
lose to Delpo in three sets and Murray
shoud win against Verdasco in as many sets, at that point the game percentage would
decide the two spots in the Group A of the World Tour Finals.