Is this the worst match Federer has ever played in his career?

Honestly, I really can't imagine he's played worse than this. He actually played WELL in the first set of Miami last year. In the 2008 Roland Garros final, he at least occasionally DIDN'T make an unforced error.

Maybe prior to 2003? Somehow, I doubt it was ever THIS bad given how much talent he had.

He has absolutely nothing today...he's playing a guy who right now is a VASTLY superior player. You'd think Federer was ranked outside the top 100 right now.
 

myservenow

Semi-Pro
The first set and a half wasn't about Fed at all. It was all Daveydenko. It was imposing his will on Fed and Fed had no answer. To his credit, Fed never let up and eventually turned it around.

Then, Fed imposed his will on Davy. Davy made lots of mistakes but only because Fed was in control. Weirdest match I have seen in my life.
 
The first set and a half wasn't about Fed at all. It was all Daveydenko. It was imposing his will on Fed and Fed had no answer. To his credit, Fed never let up and eventually turned it around.

Then, Fed imposed his will on Davy. Davy made lots of mistakes but only because Fed was in control. Weirdest match I have seen in my life.
Disagree. Fed was shanking balls and making errors left and right, and was struggling on every service game.

I think Davydenko's meltdown allowed Federer to settle in and finally find his game.

When Davydenko started playing well again, it was a nail biter in the 4th.
 

myservenow

Semi-Pro
Disagree. Fed was shanking balls and making errors left and right, and was struggling on every service game.

I think Davydenko's meltdown allowed Federer to settle in and finally find his game.

When Davydenko started playing well again, it was a nail biter in the 4th.
I agree that Fed's play was very poor. That first service game was a struggle for him and set the tone. However, I think the bigger factor was Davy was playing out of his mind. Together, that is a bad combination. Most other players would have given up down a break and looking at a second break in the 2nd set. They would've said "too good" today. Fed kept clawing and finally settled into his game which caused Davy to choke.
 

DarthFed

Hall of Fame
I agree that Fed's play was very poor. That first service game was a struggle for him and set the tone. However, I think the bigger factor was Davy was playing out of his mind. Together, that is a bad combination. Most other players would have given up down a break and looking at a second break in the 2nd set. They would've said "too good" today. Fed kept clawing and finally settled into his game which caused Davy to choke.
don't you have to be ahead to choke? maybe on BP but for the majority of the match he was always DOWN on the score board.
 

Ultimatum

Rookie
Davy lost 13 games in a row because it was Federer on the other side on the net. Federer simply hanged on during the first set and the half and then found his game in the remaining three sets. Davy was lucky Fed was still searching for his game in the first one and half sets.:D
 
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TheMagicianOfPrecision

Guest
Honestly, I really can't imagine he's played worse than this. He actually played WELL in the first set of Miami last year. In the 2008 Roland Garros final, he at least occasionally DIDN'T make an unforced error.

Maybe prior to 2003? Somehow, I doubt it was ever THIS bad given how much talent he had.

He has absolutely nothing today...he's playing a guy who right now is a VASTLY superior player. You'd think Federer was ranked outside the top 100 right now.
This thread sucks balls!!! He beat the hottest player on tour for the last 2-3 months!! What are you talking about fool!?
 

Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
Honestly, I really can't imagine he's played worse than this. He actually played WELL in the first set of Miami last year. In the 2008 Roland Garros final, he at least occasionally DIDN'T make an unforced error.

Maybe prior to 2003? Somehow, I doubt it was ever THIS bad given how much talent he had.

He has absolutely nothing today...he's playing a guy who right now is a VASTLY superior player. You'd think Federer was ranked outside the top 100 right now.


Epic Fail.
 

raging

Professional
Epic Fail.
Fed played as well as he had to, when he was allowed to.
I thought the standard was very high(in parts but rarely both were good at the same time) and although fed started really slow, davy started out fast and played unbelievable, then he thought he could win..get a grand slam..it got too much...he choked...went in a hole and fed started to dominate...then the momentum changed as davy started to fight...as fed served for it, davy returned 2 rockets and broke him...he was on fire! then he got nervous again...and fed closed the door!
It was pretty up and down and davydenko will be really furious that he blew this chance. I hope he gets another one. I am not so sure if he can sustain/withhold this pressure mentally for 5 sets. What is worse is that he doesn't know either!

Fed moves on to his next challenge, a hot/cold Tsonga...Anything could happen.
Federer is not playing as well strokes-wise but he is winning on experience and even though he is shanking, he is finding ways to win. But he is also vulnerable now and also doesn't dominate the other guys any more.
He could still stumble but it is still fascinating to watch him try to reach for history...he is chasing records, titles and racing time...his window is closing but maybe a few big wins are left?
 

icazares

Rookie
Honestly, I really can't imagine he's played worse than this
haha, epic thread failure. For those of us who think that tennis greatness is not just about good shot making, last night's match was a piece of art. Beautiful. Sublime. Federer beat a player that could not have played better during the first one and a half sets. Federer was scared, and how not, if Davydenko was taking the ball insanely early, returning like I swear I have never seen anybody and on top of that, he was serving well. I think Davydenko would have won in 3 sets against everybody else.

But it was all about experience: the strategy change (and yes, he was hitting to the middle of the court), the bathroom break, the patience awaiting for the shadows to overtake- knowing that the court conditions were going to change, going shot by shot, believing that Davy could not continue playing like that forever. He had to dig deep and be patient, bringing memories of the Del Potro match at RG09. Matches like that are worth a GS.
 

Docalex007

Hall of Fame
Time and time again, Fed continues with racking up wins in Grand Slams. It's what he does. There's an explanation for that = he's a damn fine tennis player. The best. Period.
 
Right up until holding at 1-3 in the second I thought it was his worst GS performance outside RG2008 final for the last 5+ years. Still got through it, though.
 
It may have been the worst I;ve seen Kolya play. There was talk of a wrist injury w/ Dasco, probably why, hope it's not serious. Sigh.... new avatar time! Do I want Cilic or Federer (though i havent ruled out the other 2) from now on, my favorite player is going to be an avatar from a given tourney
 

dwhiteside

Semi-Pro
I admit during the first set and a half I was clearly perturbed but I knew in the back of my mind that this man has won 15 grand slams for a reason, and it is a BEST OF 5, not a best of one and a half. Part of the reason Federer has done so well is clearly mental. He's lost plenty of sets in grand slams before, what matters is whether or not he wins the match.
 
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