This was an even more pathetic display by Federer than the one at the AO against Tipsy and Djokovic.
Did you notice how he was always stretched and jabbing at returns? That has to be due to severely curtailed movement. I don’t know how long and how badly the mono BS lasts, but if this was not mono. then he is done.
The combination of two factors could have resulted in this dismal display. Not enough match play coupled with a classic trap game. That Haas match was crucial for Federer to not only get some match play but to also transition from tomato cans to real contenders.
The easy run he had here could have eventually prov-en to be his undoing. From Almagro’s exit to Murray’s to Haas’s, it all kept piling on like a compound interest on a Principal amount.
If Federer does not come up with a reasonable and convincing reason for this demise, he, then by this match, has stamped his approval on the decline document. The only question that’s left to be answered is how abrupt and swift will be the free fall now. He cannot win a freaking title anymore, leave alone winning a Grand Slam. He cannot get to a final, forget about winning anything.
If it is just as it looks, the new era of tennis has already begun and the seed was sown right here last year by Canas. Now we know that loss and the series of subsequent losses and near misses were the beginning of an end.
With the complete destruction of an in-form Nadal in less than one and half hour, Djokovic has already taken over the reins unofficially. It’s just a matter of time that the No. 1 rank changes hands and rackets deservedly.
The loss to Djokovic and the way it went down has hit Nadal lke a ton of bricks. He was rendered virtually helpless despite the incredible momentum and determination he came into this match with. Djokovic’s elevator is moving up so fast Federer and Nadal may not even see it with they pass each other on the way down.
The immediate question that popped up in Federer’s mind right after this loss was No. 14. Will he be able to even match Sampras’s record, forget about beating it? This is clearly panic time for Federer. The run appears to be over for good.
This match made it official, and if still there are some who are holding out hope, Miami will more than answer their doubts.
Although Fish played well, he was made to look supernatural by miserable performance from Federer. It was similar to Nadal-Tsonga match at the AO.
This was an unseeded player for crying out loud. I don’t give a rat’s ass how great a run he was on. If you don’t believe it, just see how Fish will be made to look mundane and ordinary tomorrow by Djokovic like he did to Tsonga.
At one time, Federer first serve percentage was 47 freaking percent, and he was about to go down 0-4 in the first set by providing two break points to Fish. It was so close to being a bagel. If that’s not going down and probably out, I don’t know what is. He ended the match with 53 percent first serve percentage from his average of 75 percent for the tournament and had two freaking aces to seven from Fish. And look at this: Fish first serve percentage: 34 freaking percent.
Translation: Fish outplayed Federer in his own fort: In the rallies.