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OddJack
11-26-2009, 03:14 PM
LONDON - After much confusion and mathematical calculation, Juan Martin del Potro advanced to the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals by beating Roger Federer 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3 and, in doing so, eliminated the local favorite Andy Murray.


Earlier Murray had defeated Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3) to keep himself in contention, but to be safe he needed Federer to win the night match. Murray could still have made if Federer had managed to take the third set even one game further before losing because that would have given the Scot a better average of games won and lost than del Potro.

Usually these things are decided by sets won and lost if three players end up with 2-1 winning records, but the closeness of this round-robin group had taken things past that. At one time during a day of hastily revised calculations, it seemed that a head-to-head record in this tournament would come into play, but ATP Supervisor Gayle Bradshaw insisted that rule had been discarded some years ago. So percentages of sets won and lost it was and, unhappily for the large, knowledgable and enthusiastic crowds that have been filling this magnificent O2 Arena to its capacity for each session, Murray's season is over.

How many people in the crowd were aware of the unfolding drama when Federer reached break point three times on the Argentine serve at 3-3 in the third set is impossible to guess, but at least they were rewarded with one of the most entertaining matches of the tournament to date as Federer unleashed all his mercurial talents against the man who had beaten him in the U.S. Open final last September.

Del Potro got away to a fast start but Federer, keen to finish top of his group (which he ultimately did despite this defeat) refused to buckle and staged a magnificent fight back from two points to four down in the second set tiebreak
Taking the attack to his baseline-hugging opponent, Federer scored with two great volleys to win the breaker 7-5 and then, at the start of the third set, produced the play of the tournament so far — a wonderful drop shot, perfect lob and, off del Potro's through-the-legs reply, a winning forehand volley.

The Argentine, supported by one of his nation's leading soccer stars — Carlos Tevez, who plays in England for Manchester City — started to waver in the face of all this dazzling talent and two errors put him 15-40 down in the seventh game. Good serving got him out of trouble but, again, Federer pulled off the drop shot-lob combo to reach a third break point. This time a first serve kissed the line with such venom that Federer could not reply and that proved to be that — for Federer in the match and Murray in the tournament.

Collapsing just as he had against Rafael Nadal in the closing moments of their great Australian Open final, Federer hit a smash an inch long; double faulted and hit a bad forehand well wide to drop serve in the next game. Holding his nerve, del Potro served out for a well deserved victory.


Rodge and Murray dont really have a pleasant relationship. I wouldnt be surprised if Federer did it on purpose.

http://msn.foxsports.com/tennis/story/10436166/Del-Potro-through,-Murray-out-in-dramatic-end

pound cat
11-26-2009, 03:23 PM
Re: Murray is given Pants




After the disappointment of not being in the semi's, I'm really happy to see
that Murray was finally given pants. Now he will be able to walk with his head held high instead of not only having been shattered by having been mathematically removed from the semi's, but also having had to walk around London in his underwear.

malakas
11-26-2009, 03:25 PM
Yes.Good he's given pants.Also a shirt would be good enough with the ridiculous bra.

SempreSami
11-26-2009, 03:26 PM
God I wish Murray had said bobbins instead of pants, your tiny minds would have imploded.

Blinkism
11-26-2009, 03:28 PM
I didn't know an audi needed pants.

pound cat
11-26-2009, 03:33 PM
God I wish Murray had said bobbins instead of pants, your tiny minds would have imploded.

Bobbins are the spools of thread you use with sewing machines. Don't leave much room for humour IMO.

pound cat
11-26-2009, 03:36 PM
I didn't know an audi needed pants.

What's audi? All i know is it is this.

http://www.tuningnews.net/news/070904b/audi-rs4-2009-render.jpg

OddJack
11-26-2009, 03:37 PM
Great stuff, best match so far

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73f8kQAP2vM

Blinkism
11-26-2009, 03:40 PM
What's audi? All i know is it is this.

http://www.tuningnews.net/news/070904b/audi-rs4-2009-render.jpg

http://twitter.com/ANDY_MURRAY

Your guess is as good as mine.

malakas
11-26-2009, 03:40 PM
What's audi? All i know is it is this.

http://www.tuningnews.net/news/070904b/audi-rs4-2009-render.jpg

http://www.yesinsurance.co.uk/insurance-media-centre/Cars-are-human.html

Over half the Uk population think that their cars are human.Apparently Murray went a step forward and thinks He's the car.

OddJack
11-26-2009, 03:42 PM
God I wish Murray had said bobbins instead of pants, your tiny minds would have imploded.

Get the F audi

OddJack
11-26-2009, 03:43 PM
audi: out,exit, leave

JeMar
11-26-2009, 03:45 PM
Please, like you guys didn't see Clueless.

They say outie like a million times in that movie.

pound cat
11-26-2009, 03:45 PM
Great stuff, best match so far

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73f8kQAP2vM


Thanks for the link & article. I think we are all saturated with the serious Fed speculation threads.

In the last set once the commentators had explained what was riding on the set I felt as if I had bet big money on the odds of DelPotro getting into the semis. Very exciting is putting it mildly.

HunterST
11-26-2009, 03:49 PM
At first I had the idea that Fed may have thrown the Del Potro match so he wouldn't have to get past Murray to win. I doubt that he would have known Murray would be out with all the complexities that had to be done to figure out who made it to the semis.

Del Potro is a scary man.

OddJack
11-26-2009, 03:57 PM
At first I had the idea that Fed may have thrown the Del Potro match so he wouldn't have to get past Murray to win. I doubt that he would have known Murray would be out with all the complexities that had to be done to figure out who made it to the semis.

Del Potro is a scary man.

He is, but he will have a short "high level" carrier because of his frame. He is not a long term threat.

HunterST
11-26-2009, 04:26 PM
He is, but he will have a short "high level" carrier because of his frame. He is not a long term threat.

Yeah, I agree. Plus I think Federer has been playing him the worst way possible lately, trying to outgun him. He should play more defensively like Murray did.

OddJack
11-26-2009, 04:42 PM
Yeah, I agree. Plus I think Federer has been playing him the worst way possible lately, trying to outgun him. He should play more defensively like Murray did.

... I meant career... oops

Haha Carrier..

Yes, good point.. that was what I thinking, seems like Murray's a bad match up for him for that reason

joeri888
11-26-2009, 09:42 PM
Yeah, I agree. Plus I think Federer has been playing him the worst way possible lately, trying to outgun him. He should play more defensively like Murray did.

Fed might not be quick enough anymore.

MuseFan
11-26-2009, 11:54 PM
True DelPo will not have a long peak, but Fed is already 28 and will not be able to outlast DelPo. I mean let's get real here - Fed is already the GOAT with 15 slams. What more do you FedFans want?