So that was pretty much one of the fugliest tennis matches ever. Mr Strawberry Swing might have come out on top, but it was not pretty. Not one little bit.
You very rarely hear the phrase 'winning ugly' applied to Federer, but that was what today was. In fact, you know, I don't know if it was that. It was getting very lucky that Djokovic was playing like a fourteen year old junior for last stretches of the match. Don't get me wrong, I am super glad he is in the final, but that level of tennis is not going to get you anywhere, Roger. Please do better tomorrow, honey.
But let's put on the rose coloured glasses. He's in the final! Woot! And he'll play Murray - and won't that be a match up. Murray hasn't won a title all year and Federer has won only one - the Australian Open. Beating Murray, and essentially breaking Murray for the rest of the year. These are the facts.
So it's going to be interesting. Muzz will want revenge, but how much is Roger still in his head? How far does that damage go? And if Muzz throws everything he has at this match and loses, I think that puts him in an even worse mental position. You can kiss goodbye to the rest of the US summer for him if that happens.
But if Murray wins - which he really should, if Federer plays anything like he did today - then this could renew him, revitalise him. The win against Rafa has got to count for something, but beating Roger would really vanquish some demons. If Murray wins, he becomes a big, BIG contender again. If he loses... I think he's broken. This match is more important, I think, for Murray than for Federer... but it is important for Federer too. Dude only has one win on the board. And even winning ugly - or winning fugly - is still winning. And we could use a win around here in the Federcamp.
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