This is a match that should force your lazy behind to get yourself in front of some kind of screen from now on EVERYTIME Federer holds court, irrespective of the round or the event. If not, you will sorely regret not having watched enough of Federer when he is one day gone.
Make sure ALL you cheap lazy freaking freaks are up, in front of the screen and on the ‘live chat’ every time from now on. You will be glad you did one day. What did you say? My time zone….. SAVE IT. Geeeeeeeezzzzzzzzzz!!!!!!!!!!!
This was a match that gave you that ‘never in doubt’ feeling about Federer’s chances of advancing. I mean, the guy I think, NEVER lost more than one point on his serve until that third set break.
Historically, in a three set format, whenever Federer loses a set it usually is the second one. But more usually, he gets so angry about it that the third set ends up being a thorough beat down with a bread stick or even a bagel.
This exact BS played out in the very last match against Han&Cu. Federer lost the second set and then dished out a bread stick in the deciding set. That’s exactly where he was in the third set here against Baghdatis after breaking him to go up 3-1 evoking the ‘historical’ complacency bug further bolstered by an opponent with fading credentials.
Result? Federer was broken the very next game to level the match. Not only that, the ‘losing just one point’ on your serve trail vanished from then on to force a tie break.
Until this all happened, there wasn’t any doubt as to who was going to win this thing despite the second set fireworks. Baghdatis was routinely extended to 30 or deuce on his serve. Just the fact that Federer had twice as many opportunities to break bears it out 8-4.
Match was punctuated with some exquisite shot making from Federer especially at the net. Remember the bullet Baghdatis fired to a reaching Federer on his backhand at the net? Federer barely managed to get to it but still managed enough touch to make the ball drop near vertically – dead – over the net.
And does Baghdatis need glasses to see his opponent? Why else to squint every time he gets ready to serve. Or is he trying to visualize his opponent in an underwear to jump-start his own BS?
And has Mirka lost some freaking weight or freaking what? Her face has thinned d0wn so much. Hope everything else has too, except one or two. And why was she in a box all by herself with Federer’s mom, dad, Gewani and her errand boy in a box all by themselves?
This loss has got to hurt Federer more than just the obvious reasons:
-Federer has now lost seven of the last eight events.
-Losing to a potential winner even if it hasn’t happened yet, still provides some moral solace. But to lose to some guy who is not sure he will even win the next freaking match has its own pangs.
-Losing at just the second match back AFTER losing a set in the first one has got to underscore the pain.
-With Djokovic now in the hunt for the No. 1 spot instead of Nadal, the urgency and the need to win gets that much more magnified for obvious reasons, you should now by now, unless you are just dragging your sorry carcass from under that rock.
-This was not a close match despite what the scoreline suggests. Federer had Baghdatis’s number from the get go despite some tremendous play from Baghdatis considering his first serve had completely deserted him allowing Federer to dictate the rallies. That combination of events makes the loss ever more painful. It was in the freaking bag. Heck, Federer had what three freaking match points in all and numerous 15-30 leads on Baghdatis’s serve.
-Federer may have won the only Slam of the year, but successive losses at ALL other events and counting cannot boost confidence no matter what you are made of. To avoid that you have to do what Serena did – skip tournaments to focus on the Slams while modelling, designing etc.
-All this BS when Baghdatis’s ‘average’ first serve was completely non-existent almost throughout the match.
However, the most vital spectacle on display at this match was the ‘secret’ formula for taming Federer today – the piece Murray forgot so conveniently at the AO final to receive the straight set thrashing: Firing a bullet on the open deuce court after pinning Federer on the other side with a constant barrage to his backhand.
Unless you are able to evoke at least three or four chop / squash shots from Federer, you have NO freaking shot at winning the match. Baghdatis showed exemplary maturity for a player of his stature to not only take the risk but to pull it off immaculately denying Federer the luxury of running around the ball since he HAD to respect the open court.
That could be one of the many reasons Federer had 46 unforced errors to 41 winners landing him in negative territory.
Federer’s AO win has enough juice to carry him over for quite sometime before pressers begin to start biting – again.