This was about as anti-climactic as the U.S. Open final.
Actually, that’s all I pretty much thought about during this routine win from the Swiss #2 in the world.
If his back was 100%, Del Potro more than likely goes down and we have a Nadal v Federer SF (essentially F) at the 2017 U.S. Open. Federer’s hard court tennis is a thing of beauty, especially this 2017 version. He presents way too much for just about anyone, when he’s clicking on all cylinders (See: Jan – March 2017). But health is part of the challenge. He broke down and others took advantage, which is pretty much the theme of this golden era (or any time and space in life, on earth . . . okay that got away from me). You get my point.
I woke at 2:00am PST to see Federer serve-out the first set and then made it through the second set before back to my interrupted shuteye.
This morning I watched on tape the first set. Wow. Match was decided in the first game of the contest. What was more telling: Federer’s unreal shot-making and demoralizing serve, or Nadal’s body language? That’s the debate we should be having here. What came first: the chicken or the egg?
I mentioned in my preview that Federer’s footwork, variety and serve would be too much even for this rampant Rafa. Pretty much the case.
The footwork and variety: the BH is back. It’s offensive. His volley is polished and his FH, how about that shorter-angled CC that’s out-of-play for even the great retriever, though not as big as the Del Potro hammer, is almost as lethal.
The serve. With Rafa getting broken in his first service game and Federer seeing blue skies throughout (one service game in the first, Federer took 50 seconds to hold, 3-4 aces in a row). That’s tough peddling if you’re Rafa.
Back to the U.S. Open thought experiment. Rafa started setting-up his ROS back behind the “Shanghai” stamped behind the BL. This of course brought back those memories of the U.S. Open where Rafa was literally butt-to-the-line-judge deep. It was an awful look. Del Potro and/or Anderson should have made him pay for that. Nada.
Federer toyed with this ROS strategy. Obviously the serve-and-volley came into play here; but really you saw how this just didn’t work for Rafa today. Nor should it ever. How can digging and looping a return back into play, barely, work at this level of competition?
The first set today should have been 6-2 Federer. This was IW and MI all over again.
So, what does this all mean? It means Federer won Shanghai, and he beat Nadal in the final to win this title. I have already vanquished the H2H hysteria, so I’m not about to change course on that. Federer avoided clay. Federer got hurt early in the summer hard courts. There are many factors and lines of reasoning, but in the end the H2H doesn’t carry as much weight as people want to argue. It’s just that, part of a larger argument.
We’re all about the body here at Mcshow Blog. The body of work.
If you were voting now, who would be Player of the Year (POY)? I would give it to Rafa, pretty much on the 3 major finals/ 2 majors factor. That kind of production at the biggest tournaments of the year is big-time.
Our buddy Jon Wertheim made some comment on Twitter suggesting that Federer’s 4-0 2017 H2H against Rafa puts the Swiss in the driver’s seat for POY, despite the rankings.
That’s the stupidity I shot down back in the day with my discussion of H2H. Wertheim was seen in his Federer pajamas, too, playing with his Federer doll. Cute.
Anyways, I could go on and on.
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