In Murray’s elimination, Nadal secures his second wish. Ist? Berdych.
Posted by tennisplanet on September 5, 2010
Instead of facing a hot Nalbandian and Murray / Berdych in the next two rounds, Nadal is now looking at Ferrer and Querrey. While that’s no walk in the park, it’s clearly a massive step down from the original line up hugely boosting his chances of at least making it to the final – a step better than his previous career showing here – if not winning the whole freaking thing now.
So what possibly went wrong with Murray apart from his left leg, neck, elbow and whatever freaking else? Could it be related to these numbers – too? 123 and 27. Anybody know what I am talking about? No, you don’t!!!!!!!!!!!!
Murray faced No. 71 and No. 123 ranked player in his first two rounds – with ease. While the draw progression is built to ramp up the degree of difficulty, sometimes it can create a false sense of being in control specially when the jump is as stark as 123 to 27 (Wawrinka).
Nadal HAS to be hoping for similar scenario to play out on the other side of the draw with these numbers: 96, 104 and 15. If it does, Nadal’s last wish may come true too. Those are Federer’s numbers with Heltor Skelter next.
That should place Nadal on suicide watch instantly even if he loses to a resurgent Djokovic in the final.
However, this also takes some pressure off Federer, not having to face a clearly better player on this surface than anybody else today – in the finals – after losing to him in straight sets at Toronto. Will Nadal as replacement prove to be a better alternative is what’s for us to find out. Besides, Djokovic may have shown up on Federer’s radar too after what Djokovic has produced in the last two matches considering the higher seeds he has fought. Federer is on course to meet Djokovic in the semis.
Nadal has got to be thinking what Federer was just few days ago: With current showing, Djokovic should be able to tire Federer long enough to make the sacrifice on Sunday a lot less tedious. Federer thought the same about Nadal / Murray hours ago.
For Murray, this has got to be devastating. He was coming into his own after Toronto win with Cincy’s failure resting on the ‘back to back’ crutch. With both Nadal and Djokovic struggling just a short while ago, it was just ‘beginning to find form’ Federer left between him and the first Slam. Murray is on clock with every passing minute relegating him into realms of another Nalbandian mould – best player to never win a Slam. Besides, historically he is cutting it close to being just another ‘also ran’ player instead of being one of the greats as the window begins to close on him.
So if above pattern is any indication of who will do well here – with respect to opponent’s rank and rank ‘shock’ treatment as guidance – Djokovic appears most over the hump to take away the spoils as he has battled the highest ranked players so far making him more ready and tested. Or will match-up BS enter the equation to wash away all such advantage? Besides, Federer can never be discounted here leaving a significant hurdle for Djokovic to overcome compared to Nadal who is looking at all green signals on his half.
If nothing else this current dynamic lends credence to another FEDAL final spicing things up one more time – unexpectedly.