Don't forget Nadal was in full flight during the US open finals. He smashed Rublev and Del Potro. Same can't be said about Fed's level. Berdych was just his mug self, falling apart when serving for the 1st then never mentally recovering before getting injured and the less said about Chung the better.Yeah sure. Cilic here actually believes, the same could not be said about Anderson in USO 17. Don't even try to compare the two.
True. Ultimately though I think Federer will step it up. He played a pretty poor set yet still almost won it, and Cilic played a good one. Despite Marin's big game I don't think it's on his racquet--Federer's missed some important second serve returns.Up against Fed that couldn't hit one single big FH in the tiebreak and made two doublefaults when he serve to stay in the 2nd set. He's too tense and letting Cilic dictate the match.
I hope I'm wrong but I'd bet on Cilic right now.
Such that if Cilic wins we can really credit this win to Djokovic by proxy. The return of Earth's Mightiest Warrior at last.Cilic has produce some Djokovic like returns late in the second set and a few here also. He he getting the balls deep into Federer's feet, forcing him to take a step back when he hits his forehand. Looks like he has take something from the Novak play book along...
Cilic has shown more mental fortitude this tournament than he has in his career. This is danger time for Fed. Should be up 2-0Delpo has 10 times the mental strength of Cillic and 15 times as much heart. Not to mention a bigger forehand and a better backhand .
Fed is the better player in this match. He's going to get this in 4 sets likely. Cillic can only redline so much..
Baghdatis is so obviously better than Le Giraffe. And Gonzy was brilliant in the 2007 final, just up against a devilishly good Fed.Nobody did except Nadal fans. It's not even in the same ballpark.
Fed never got that easy of an opponent in slam final. Often mentioned Bagdathis was taking it to Fed in 2006 AO final before running out of gas.
Put all that to one side, and tell me if you think Cilic is on the same level as Anderson. Just focus on Cilic here, the guy here actually believes, Anderson showed no belief. Ferrer shows belief against Nadal, even when he got smoked in RG 2013, so it is not only about the Nadal's level of play, it is if the other guy actually has the heart to believe.Don't forget Nadal was in full flight during the US open finals. He smashed Rublev and Del Potro. Same can't be said about Fed's level. Berdych was just his mug self, falling apart when serving for the 1st then never mentally recovering before getting injured and the less said about Chung the better.