match itself was anti-climactic.
would have been nice for delpo to at least push novak more to his limits.
novak played steady and solid...about as straightforward a GS final as it could be...
Djokovic making a solid run now..he is easily the favorite going into AUSOPEN...WoW..if he wins...
Federer sounds like he in a bit of denail by chalking this up to "this happens sometimes".
it seems to happen to roger much more frequently than other players.
But i think federer knows this...is he going to do something about it? No. He's only got a few years (max) left.
i dont think djokovic had anything to do with this.
if fed thinks he cannot beat djoker, then don't play...
im pretty sure that is NOT his mentality..he knows if he plays well he has chances against everyone.
i'm not sure it has anything to do with respect or deference to the great players.
it has everything to do with GAME.
The younger guys just aren't physically, and technically good enough to challenge the previous generation.
it's not as if the mental part of the game is what's holding these...
novak has looked good.
kyrgios made fed look good, but once they got into a few rallies fed couldnt hit two bhs in a row.
Fed's game isn't solid/sharp/stable enough to beat djokovic.
Novak is the heavy favorite - i will be pleasantly surprised if fed takes this.
fed has a reputation for being a poor practice player...
a better indication is his own attitude and body language.
Federer is not exuding confidence at all. Fed cannot just turn the switch off/on from long breaks...he needs reps, and needs to play more matches. He is not sharp at all...that...
its officially an upset for Federer to win against novak anywhere now.
Always thought it was foolhardy for Federer to play only one tournament before the USOPEN. Now his confidence will not be high, and I doubt Federer can beat nole at the usopen a potential showdown.
Novak - you have...