Rain delay and consequences.
Posted by tennisplanet on September 12, 2010
Clearly this favors Djokovic in a big big way given his history of physical problems but it also removes that underdog status to maybe allow Nadal to slip into his gear – the gear that brings out the best in him – of not being the favorite. It should also remove any excuse Djokovic may have garnered after his last match to turn on the tap containing something called pressure.
After all, he has already been here once (US Open final) – not to mention that this is his third Slam final in total – all on hard courts. However, this rain delay injects the H2H log into the equation with a little more authority and credibility. For rock people, Djokovic leads Nadal 7-3 on hard courts.
If nothing else, it eliminates the degree of certainty Nadal was initially approaching the match with thereby opening the match to a possibility of a thriller from a straighter. If Nadal wins now, it will mitigate some of the blame he may be guilty of: Easy draw. If Djokovic wins, that last match against Federer WILL go down in his memory banks as the best he has ever played – irrespective of what he goes from now on.
Worst case scenario? It still ends up being a straighter – either way.