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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Federer Drops Set, World Gasps...

Not that it's going to stop the French Open Final from looking any different, but it could be said that Nadal now has a psycological advantage. The chunky-armed one has not dropped a single set so far on his route to the semi-finals.

I don't think that necessarily means that Nadal is a shoe-in; we all now that this is not Federer's best surface and the guy he was playing, Tommy Robredo, loves the red stuff. Surely he's entitled to lose a set or two before we start writing him off isn't he?

Big Rog will face Nikolay Davydenko in the semis, a guy who has beaten in all eight of their previous matches, so that should pretty much see him into the final. Nadal will have a tougher time against Novak Djokovic, but not much of a tougher time.

So it looks like they could have just done away with the rest of the matches and shot straight to the final doesn't it? Either way it should be a good match.

[BBC Sport]

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At 9:21 am, Anonymous drew phillips said...

I think Federer was simply "finding his range" in the 2nd set against Robredo. The third and 4th sets were vintage Federer and I'm sure that this is how he will start playing against Davedenko. I predict a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win for Federer with Davedenko playing at the top of his game. I also predict Federer to win in 4 against Nadal in a nail-biter of a final.

At 4:27 pm, Anonymous WBRS Sports said...

what an unbelievable run this guy has had. right up there with tiger woods.

At 5:35 pm, Anonymous Sanchez said...

Drew: I completely agree. Federer seemed to have Robredos number by the end of the match. I do think that's a pretty bold prediction though, we'll have to see how it turns out!

WBRS: Absoluutely.

At 10:22 pm, Anonymous Erwin said...

The better test, I think, was his ability to brush off all those break points against Davydenko in the semis.

Can't wait to see what happens on Sunday...

At 12:52 pm, Anonymous Sanchez said...

Yeah, I agree. It was like water off a ducks back. A duck that can play tennis that is... or something.


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