Both had tears in their eyes!

DoubleDeuce

Hall of Fame
Delpo and Fed, what a match.

Since when Juan was so good on Grass?

I felt for Juan, although it was obvious that the longer it takes the less his chances.
 

Russeljones

G.O.A.T.
The occasion got to both of them, in one case lifting one player in the other hampering him (Fed being the latter).

One for the history books.
 

opiate

Semi-Pro
congrats to both. still thinks delpo's really phenomenal, esp. with all the pre-match talk about him not being any good on grass.
hopefully it's all up and up from here!

now win that mixed doubles gold and singles bronze, delpo!
 

syke

Professional
Someone needs to find Delpo's post match interview. That guy was CRYING.... In tears was an understatement..
 

Lorna

New User
Unforgettable

WOW and Whew . . . .Whew. . . Whew!!!! The sound effects in my house after having watched this match have totally unnerved my poor dogs. :???: UNFORGETTABLE. Thank goodness there is a rest day before the final because Roger must be knackered physically and emotionally.
 

TennisCJC

Legend
I think these 2 guys really like one another too - lots of mutual respect. I cannot wait to watch it when I get home from work. Class act from both of them.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
Best performance I've seen from Del Potro in a long time. He really hung in there but I always knew Fed would win the endurance battle in the end.

Amazing to think that at 4hrs 26 mins, it has already overtaken the Tsonga-Raonic match (3hrs 53 mins) as the longest in Olympic history!
 

jimmy2times

New User
I was surprised to see they're reactions as well. I guess I didn't take into account they might be the only hope for a medal for each of their respective countries. Fed was asked how it felt to have guaranteed switzerland at least a medal, and he got choked up, and replied in a lower voice "It's big" and walked away.

Anyone have video?
 

Starfury

Hall of Fame
I was surprised to see they're reactions as well. I guess I didn't take into account they might be the only hope for a medal for each of their respective countries.
By far not the only medal hope, but the ones that came up until now fell short of expectations.
 

kishnabe

Talk Tennis Guru
Happy Bday MichealNadal.

On Sunday there would even more tears from both Murray and Federer for different reasons.
 

Don Felder

Semi-Pro
I've never seen Fed look so DRAINED after a match before. Not even after Wimby 08, AO 09, or Wimbly 09. I think Murray hit on it pretty well in his own post-match interview: Federer is probably facing a type of pressure he hasn't felt since the beginning of his prime. He is going for something he has NEVER achieved. Sure, he had the pressure on him at Wimby 09 vs Roddick (to break Pete's record) and plenty of other occasions. But worst case scenario, he loses, he still has 14 slams. Here, he is trying to achieve something he wants BADLY for the first time ever. It has to be a different type of feeling for him, and I think it visibly showed.

I hope he's got some inspiration left for Sunday.
 

Big_Dangerous

Talk Tennis Guru
Yeah. Vids or it didn't happen.
I recorded the end of the match, but I don't think it included the press conference. You could tell Del Potro was choked up at the end of the match though. He hugged Roger Federer at the net for a few seconds and whispered something in his ear. Then he was crying with his head in his hands sitting in the chair.
 

kanamit

Hall of Fame
Can somebody post the video of both just after the match ended, including the Gimelslob interview?
 

BreakPoint

Bionic Poster
To me it felt more like Federer-Roddick. A match dictated by serving.
If it were the real grass like they used to have, groundstrokes shouldn't even happen. This match had TONS of groundstrokes. Too bad they had to slow down the grass so much that even clay court specialists can win on it. :(
 

BreakPoint

Bionic Poster
I've never seen Fed look so DRAINED after a match before. Not even after Wimby 08, AO 09, or Wimbly 09. I think Murray hit on it pretty well in his own post-match interview: Federer is probably facing a type of pressure he hasn't felt since the beginning of his prime. He is going for something he has NEVER achieved. Sure, he had the pressure on him at Wimby 09 vs Roddick (to break Pete's record) and plenty of other occasions. But worst case scenario, he loses, he still has 14 slams. Here, he is trying to achieve something he wants BADLY for the first time ever. It has to be a different type of feeling for him, and I think it visibly showed.

I hope he's got some inspiration left for Sunday.
Yup, and Federer knows that this is probably his last and best chance to win the gold medal in singles. He put so much pressure on himself to win this semi that he was clearly not at his best for most of the match.
 

tennis_pro

Bionic Poster
This is one of the few matches I'm not enjoying Federer's win at all. Del Potro played his heart out yesterday and to come up short again...must be devastating.
 
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