Murray puts Federer back in his place @ Shanghai – rudely – in straight sets.
Posted by tennisplanet on October 17, 2010
All that while Federer was serving at 70 freaking percent. That number has been more than enough in the past to compensate for the runaway unforced errors. Not only was it not enough to win the match it wasn’t even good enough to win more than three freaking games in a set – and being broken twice – one of them to open the freaking match.
Murray has now beaten Federer eight times in 13 meetings, including the last two. Murray’s win was also the most lopsided match the two have played. All that after beyond masterful gagging of two in-form clowns in Soderling and Djokovic leading up to this. You cannot but get the feeling that your best is not good enough anymore as every avenue to improve has already been milked and exhausted pitifully.
If you cannot freaking convert even ONE of the six freaking break point opportunities offered on the platter – four of them in the second set so you can get back in the match – you are not even close to ‘did not deserve to win the match’. You are not even on the same freaking continent, for crying out loud.
If Federer is not able to break the stalemate and come through soon, the hot air that’s holding him up there since Wimbledon will succumb to Mr. Futility so severely that Sampras’s two-year drought will begin to look like some out of the world run. That’s not science it’s logic based on pattern already established by people in similar predicament at every discipline on the face of the earth. When you initiate the process of emerging from the ashes, you need something to bite somewhere pretty soon to sustain the momentum. That bite takes you to another plane from the bottom ashes surface so you are able to operate at a whole new level – physically and mentally – much like the video games. You cannot keep that high-octane run going for long without a hook. Sooner than later it will come crashing down – hard and strong.
Federer has now lost 13 matches this season with just four more to come: Stockholm, Basel, Paris and WTF. He should be able to win at least two of them blindfolded given his current form, namely Stockholm and Basel. Or will he? Both Soderling (at home) and Berdych are entered for Stockholm with Djokovic and Berdych at Basel. The other two feature someone called Nadal who hasn’t even made an appearance yet. Are we then looking at 17 losses for the season with two titles? Or can he at least move the title count to a respectable 5?