Fedpo 09 USO

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
Tried to beat Delpo in an FH-FH contest and abandoned the game plan.
But Fed has a GOATY enough FH to where of course he would think he'd break Delpo down. A lot of times you see the big 3 attack their opponents strength. I feel Nadal went to the Thiem BH entirely too much at the AO for the same reasons. Like he was thinking, "Yeah the bh is amazing no, but can you do this for hours?" and sometimes the opponents answer is yes
 

Breakpointerer

Hall of Fame
But Fed has a GOATY enough FH to where of course he would think he'd break Delpo down.
Yeah but Delpo's best weapon is the FH, he was hitting it huge. Would've been much better to go for the BH instead.
Also served poorly, at around 50% with 11 DFs(most in a Slam match for him?) and didn't try to draw Delpo forward.
 
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Bukmeikara

Legend
Del Potro was an amazing player. If not for his wrists problems, he will likely reach number 1 and win a lot of big titles.
 

Breakpointerer

Hall of Fame
Think that was very soon after he bottled the second set. That match is probably over in straights if he didn’t brainfart on serve in the second set. He played the tiebreaks as bad as he did at Wimbledon final last year
Much as I love Delpo and I'm happy he got at least one Slam, that was such an annoying loss. Could have had a 3 Slam year, 6 USO in a row, potentially a NCYGS of his own.
I'm grateful he pulled out that semi at the FO though.
 

Federer and Del Potro

Talk Tennis Guru
Much as I love Delpo and I'm happy he got at least one Slam, that was such an annoying loss. Could have had a 3 Slam year, 6 USO in a row, potentially a NCYGS of his own.
I'm grateful he pulled out that semi at the FO though.
I love Delpo and the loss still bothers me because it was like the Indian Wells Final versus Delpo. Fed played stubborn in both matches and it was his serve that betrayed him more than his return which is really bad.
 

Breakpointerer

Hall of Fame
I love Delpo and the loss still bothers me because it was like the Indian Wells Final versus Delpo. Fed played stubborn in both matches and it was his serve that betrayed him more than his return which is really bad.
Oh god that IW final... Seems like nothing after enduring Wimbledon but that was annoying as hell at the time. Although Delpo did have MP to win in straights.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
Got way too cute in the second set with a commanding lead. Tried going for style up a break instead of all but closing it out if he held serve to go up 2 sets to love. Shades of his stupid tweener vs Safin. Fed blew that match badly.
This is his biggest flaw to me he tries to be too cute and flashy sometimes. The crazy point at the beginning, at the 1 min mark he looks up to check the replay (he used to do this OFTEN) it's like bruh focus bc Delpo is here to play.
 

ForehandCross

Semi-Pro
This is his biggest flaw to me he tries to be too cute and flashy sometimes. The crazy point at the beginning, at the 1 min mark he looks up to check the replay (he used to do this OFTEN) it's like bruh focus bc Delpo is here to play.

Yep he used to that a lot. He is an exceedingly arrogant player but doesn't often show it to the world.

After all the hoopla of getting slam record ,media worshipping him, and him feeling invincible and all, he was slammed back to the earth by Del potro.

I don't understand at all, the guy has the best BH slice of any player I have ever seen and is FH is better than Delpo not because of power but placement.

Why not move Delpo around and completely throw him off his rhythm?

Instead he started trying to outpower Del potro.



I think Federer believed that he had won the match, before even stepping on the court that day, after the 1st and lead in 2nd, he got loose.

He wanted to win it in style,not by being challenged, with the whole world being gushing at how dominant he is.


Good thing Delpo was focused on battling rather than dazzling the crowd.
 

tennisaddict

Bionic Poster
Fed got cocky . This match should be over in straights or 4.

Fed didn’t think he was losing until he lost a second TB .

The umpire also played a part in annoying Fed.
 

ibbi

Legend
I'll never forget Del Potro blowing the third set and sitting there with the towel over his head in despair and thinking to myself he was about to be just another scalp. The fact that he held it together mentally more than anything from that position is proof absolute of his greatness.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
I'll never forget Del Potro blowing the third set and sitting there with the towel over his head in despair and thinking to myself he was about to be just another scalp. The fact that he held it together mentally more than anything from that position is proof absolute of his greatness.
This is one of those matches I remember exactly what I was doing/who I was watching with and how I felt :)
Like Shawn/Taker Mania 25 :D

 

Djokovic2011

Bionic Poster
For whatever reason I think Federer underestimated Del Potro which ultimately cost him in the end. Funnily enough I watched the extended highlights last night and when Fed was talking to Mary Joe Fernandez before the match started you could tell he felt he pretty much had it in the bag and that Delpo would get tight in his first major final. Still, to come within two points of a record 6th title must've stung like crazy at the time when he had it right there in the palm of his hands although given Del Potro's subsequent injuries in recent years I don't think anyone should begrudge him too much for what looks like being his one and only major trophy.
 

Subway Tennis

Hall of Fame
I have watched that match exactly once, live, and have never rewatched it.

I refuse to rewatch it in highlights format. Only going to rewatch it as a full match over the full 4-5 hours.
 

Sport

G.O.A.T.
Fed should have closed out second set property and won in straights. He started losing his mental edge over Delpo in second set.
Should have done this, should have won that. Should, should, should doesn't exit. You have to earn it.

Federer simply wasn't able to close the second set because Delpo was too clutch. When Federer was 5-4 in the second set, and 30-30 with his serve, Delpo broke him because he played inmensely great, not because Federer choked.

Minute 15:00. They are tied 30-30, Federer serves, Delpo returns, and then Federer makes an INCREDIBLE forehand to the line, yet Delpo makes an amazing and mindblowing passing shot. Saying that Federer "choked" here is disrespectful to Delpo, not giving merit to his incredible passing shot.

Minute 15:53. Federer is 30-40 down. Federer serves a first serve, Delpo returns, Federer executes a powerful forehand and approaches the net, Delpo returns, Federer makes an impeccable volley and unexpectedly Delpo runs, reaches the ball and makes another mindblowing and incredible passing shot. What "choke"? Federer made the right shot-exectuion, it is incredibly unfair to Delpo to deny the merit of his clutch play in this point.

 
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Should have done this, should have won that. Should, should, should doesn't exit. You have to earn it.

Federer simply wasn't able to close the second set because Delpo was too clutch. When Federer was 5-4 in the second set, and 30-30 with his serve, Delpo broke him because he played inmensely great, not because Federer choked.

Minute 15:00. They are tied 30-30, Federer serves, Delpo returns, and then Federer makes an INCREDIBLE forehand to the line, yet Delpo makes an amazing and mindblowing passing shot. Saying that Federer "choked" here is disrespectful to Delpo, not giving merit to his incredible passing shot.

Minute 15:53. Federer is 30-40 down. Federer serves a first serve, Delpo returns, Federer executes a powerful forehand and apporaches the net, Delpo returns, Federer makes an impeccable volley and unexpectedly Delpo runs, reaches the ball and makes another mindblowing and incredible passing shot. What "choke"? Federer made the right shot-exectuion, it is incredibly unfair to Delpo to deny the merit of his clutch play in this point.

Absolutely. Fed was obviously closer to closing out Nole in two huge matches. Mental lapses like these may ultimately rob him of his GOATdom.
 

maratha_warrior

Hall of Fame
Should have done this, should have won that. Should, should, should doesn't exit. You have to earn it.

Federer simply wasn't able to close the second set because Delpo was too clutch. When Federer was 5-4 in the second set, and 30-30 with his serve, Delpo broke him because he played inmensely great, not because Federer choked.

Minute 15:00. They are tied 30-30, Federer serves, Delpo returns, and then Federer makes an INCREDIBLE forehand to the line, yet Delpo makes an amazing and mindblowing passing shot. Saying that Federer "choked" here is disrespectful to Delpo, not giving merit to his incredible passing shot.

Minute 15:53. Federer is 30-40 down. Federer serves a first serve, Delpo returns, Federer executes a powerful forehand and approaches the net, Delpo returns, Federer makes an impeccable volley and unexpectedly Delpo runs, reaches the ball and makes another mindblowing and incredible passing shot. What "choke"? Federer made the right shot-exectuion, it is incredibly unfair to Delpo to deny the merit of his clutch play in this point.

Great post @Sport
 

The Guru

Semi-Pro
This match reminded me of the aura Federer used to have. It just felt like it was impossible to beat him. He just seemed like the god of tennis the way he floated around the court picking people apart showing no emotion while doing so. He seemed like he won the second he took the court. I don't know when that feeling got lost. Maybe it was before this when he cried in his AO loss to Rafa idk but watching these highlights brought that feeling back.

Also, he really needs to bring back the black outfit it looks sick.
 

ForehandRF

Hall of Fame
This match reminded me of the aura Federer used to have. It just felt like it was impossible to beat him. He just seemed like the god of tennis the way he floated around the court picking people apart showing no emotion while doing so. He seemed like he won the second he took the court. I don't know when that feeling got lost. Maybe it was before this when he cried in his AO loss to Rafa idk but watching these highlights brought that feeling back.

Also, he really needs to bring back the black outfit it looks sick.
His aura started to fade in 2010 when he lost to Berdych at Wimbledon and then followed the loss against Djokovic at the USO.After 7 consecutive finals and 6 titles at Wimby, he was down in the quarters and then after 6 consecutive finals and 5 titles at the USO, he lost in the SF after holding MP.Suddenly, he wasn't a lock for the final at his favorite slams.
 
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