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RG Crisis Center, Day Quinze 06/07/2009 - 8:45 AM

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Well, it's T-minus 2 hours and 28 minutes as I write this here in the Roland Garros press room. I wrote an preview of the men's final for ESPN, you can read that post here. Beyond that, I think you can throw discussions about the X's and O's out the window on this one, even though they will ultimately constitute the "official" history of the 2009 Roland Garros final.

What we have here is something that only the most passionate of Federer fans might have expected as few as two weeks ago: a potential career-defining match. For just as a win here over Rafael Nadal in the final would have been the sweetest thing imaginable for the Federer faithful, a loss to Robin Soderling today will be a buzz-kill of remarkable proportions, making any defense of Federer's record sound hollow - even if that defense is utterly legitimate.

BTW, I hope all of you will remain civil and compassionate toward each other, no matter how things turn out. No amount of fanlove justifies the kind of chest-thumping or gloating that a huge match like this will invite- whoever wins.

On another front, a number of the Twibe's lovely chicas have assembled here at the last minute, despite scalper tickets running around $600 per seat in Chatrier. Given the historic nature of this match, that's a bargain, at least if you compare it to trying to get a ticket to, say, the seventh game of the World Series in a major market city. Anyway, Viv and her mum flew in from Cork, Ireland, and Alex and Susan K. from New York, who spent the first week here on vacation, extended their stay, hoping to see Federer make  history today (And JB - Susan, Viv and I were going to call you a few minutes ago, but wiser heads prevailed. . .)

Robin When I walked into the press center this morning, Dick Norman was standing at the desk, talking with one of the press assistants. It occurred to me that he may be trying to reach one of my Belgian colleagues, who sit near me in the work room upstairs. As I passed I said, "Dick, are you looking for somebody?"

"No," he said, "I'm just trying to get a video of a match."

When I was halfway up the stairs, he called after me, "Thanks for that article, I thought it was really great. . ."

We don't often get that kind of feedback from the players, so it's welcome when we do. But I bring this up just to let you know that many players read TennisWorld, and we can all be proud about that, right?

Enjoy the men's final, everyone, it's going to be one helluva day no matter what happens.

-- Pete

As at 10:35 TW time, TypePad is freezing, so an overflow is up.  Andrew

And at 1:10pm TW time, Overflow 2..... Andrew

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Posted by art_corvelay 06/07/2009 at 08:48 AM

Frazzle, Frazzle...Come on Roger, do it please!

Posted by Sorana, Scandinavia’s New No. 1, Based on the Never Rescinded Viking-Romanian Treaty of 742 06/07/2009 at 08:49 AM

Robin:

Relax in the calm b4 the storm.

And like your Viking warrior predecessors, triumph in your most important battle.

Knowing that the fair Valkyrie Sorana waits to celebrate your great victory with you.

Posted by Natalie 06/07/2009 at 08:50 AM

Good luck, Roger!!!
Just do IT!

Posted by Roger's Restoration 06/07/2009 at 08:51 AM


finally
we've come to this moment
an event
which will be remembered
100 years hence.

The official coronation
of Federer
as the
Greatest
of all time!

Posted by Kim (Swiss in Brisbane, Australia) 06/07/2009 at 08:53 AM

Allez Roger!!!

Posted by Kim (Swiss in Brisbane, Australia) 06/07/2009 at 08:53 AM

Allez Roger!!!

Posted by Matt Zemek 06/07/2009 at 08:53 AM

Pete,

You're 1,000 percent right in your terrific ESPN piece. Soderling's not the type to go all mushy on us and pull a Jonas Bjorkman 2006 Wimbledon semifinal on us. This Swede is made of sterner stuff, "sterner" applying in more ways than one.

No coronations, no auras of inevitability, no fated futures, no "it was just a matter of time" lies.

There's nothing certain about this match, but the most likely aspect of battle on the battue is that it will be fiercely contested. A straight-setter isn't a very likely outcome, in either direction.

May the better man win, and if Soderling's good enough to get it done, Fed can know that he lost to a man who took one upset a week ago and backed it up with credibility, consistency and poise.

Posted by marat 06/07/2009 at 08:54 AM


Robin and Batman

I like the fighter in Robin

but he just does not have

the moves

the grooves

of The Mighty Fed.

Posted by jb... (Go Smiley Fed!) 06/07/2009 at 08:54 AM

Pete! lol - can't believe Viv and her mom roadtripped and great you could hook up w/ susan and alex - i am completely envious! and greatful about that holding off on the call, as I JUST rolled out of bed. Though I would have been happy to talk at you - no guarantee i'd of made any sense.. :)))

glad to know the weather seems like it will be fine, nothing like rain delays all over the place. Enjoy the final!

Allez Federer!

Posted by Matt Zemek 06/07/2009 at 08:57 AM

DO NOT CROWN ROGER UNTIL HE'S WON MATCH POINT!

NO CORONATION.

Paris is a city known for taking down kings and queens who thought they were above and beyond losing!!!!!!

The ceremony comes after the match, not before it or during it.

Please.....

And so, the mantras must be brought out of the bag, one more time:

Win one match.

Win one match.

Win one match.

Win one match.


FOCUS


AND

FINISH

Posted by Taco Bell 06/07/2009 at 08:57 AM

Roger just do it today.....for yourself and for us.
I will be contended forever if you win today.
Thanks

Posted by HK 06/07/2009 at 08:57 AM

Some thoughts before the final.

First, the elephant in the room or not in the room rather is Nadal. The fact that his absence has changed expectations and storylines so dramatically going into the final is a testament to the force he has become in the game. Steve Tignor said it was “History vs Le Sod” for the final. While he meant this from Roger's point of view. It is equally true from Rafa's point of view. A perfectly conceivable scenario without Soderling's upset would have been Rafa taking the French, having at least at 50:50 chance of taking Wimbledon and heading into the US Open in a position no one has been in the open era since Rod Laver. Soderling stopped that run at history as well. I always felt that Roger Federer's reign would surely end the day he lost at Wimbledon. I don't feel that way about Rafa though. He is much younger than Roger when his streak got interrupted. He will likely win many more French Opens. However, he has lost a huge opportunity at a run for the calendar year grand slam. I think the calendar year slam is something that can be achieved only by grabbing rare opportunities. Steffi Graf was a prime example. She capitalized on a brief period of complete dominance when Martina Navratilova was waning and before Monica Seles arrived. Hingis had a similar opportunity in the late 90s, but she lost to Iva Majoli in the final of the French. Federer might have had his chance in 2004 if he had gotten past Guga. After Nadal's win, I had thought this was surely Nadal's golden opportunity. Soderling's upset therefore has not just changed the storyline for this tournament but for the whole tennis season of 2009.

Second, Robin Soderling can draw inspiration from Michael Stich at Wimbledon in 1991. Stich was relatively older when he broke through there (a few months shy of 23). The prevailing gods of Wimbledon were Becker and Edberg. Edberg was number 1 and the favourite to win. Everyone wanted a fourth Becker-Edberg final in a row (sound familiar?) No one thought anyone could run through both of them to win the title. And if they did, Stich was far from being on anyone's list. Stich just thumbed his nose at all conventional wisdom and beat both of them in the semis and finals. So, if Soderling wins, what he would have done would be very rare but not unprecedented.

Third, Roger Federer is at a critical fork in the road. I have felt that ever since his AO win in 2007, he has played increasingly nervous tennis at the slam finals. Definitely his competition has improved and that does make a difference. But, for his part, he cares about the history of the sport and it is his notion that he has a chance of making it that is weighing down like a heavy millstone around his neck. The Federer of the past few finals is not the same one who would fly freely for at least part of his matches, even Slam finals. He now almost seems afraid to take off from the ground. What I mean is that, a few years ago, you could feel him enjoying playing great tennis and going for his shots. This lifted his game tremendously. Now, it seems like the minute he opens his shoulders once and plays a great shot, he immediately clamps down for fear of making mistakes. The stakes have become too high. A win today, should go a long way towards freeing him from this cage. And as a tennis fan, it would be good to see a free Roger Federer playing out the remaining years of his career. If he loses today, he runs the risk of never quite reaching the mountain top he has set for himself. The more times he fails, the more self-doubt that creeps in the next time he has the opportunity and the harder it becomes. So, he is at a very crucial fork in the road. On one side lies an attractive positive confidence spiral that would allow tennis fans to see the best of Roger Federer. One the other side lies a dangerous negative confidence spiral that might see Federer struggling for a long time. Now, neither of these scenarios might happen. However, these are the psychological forces at play that he will be subject to. It will be interesting to see how he reacts.

Fourth, even if Roger Federer wins today, his claim to GOAT status will be controversial at best. In fact, the whole GOAT concept itself is flawed to some extent. Tennis by definition is a sport between two people unlike Golf which basically is the player against the course. Hence, in Golf for example, I could leave the course unchanged over hundred years, and arguably say that Tiger woods was better say than Arnold Palmer because he scored 25 under par instead of 15 to win. Of course, I am simplifying things here a lot. The technology has changed, the courses have changed and we are neglecting the impact of competition spurring you to greater heights. My point though is that with Golf you at least have a shot at some basis for making an objective comparison. In tennis on the other hand, this is not possible. To make it very simple, let's assign some number, say the GOAT number to each player who came along since tennis began. For now, let's ignore how you would come up with such a number. The GOAT is the one with the highest GOAT number. Now, with tennis, you never know what anyone's GOAT number is in absolute terms. You may have a much better chance of knowing the relative GOAT numbers for players playing in the same or overlapping eras, i.e., if a player's GOAT number is greater than another players number. However, this is also quite difficult and controversial because it depends on how one comes up with this GOAT number. Do you use only head-to-head records? Do you use overall weeks at no. 1? Or what combination of all these do you use? Therefore, we have the endless Fed vs. Rafa vs. Pete vs. (take your pick) debate. Now, all of this is harmless fun for the fans, but it can be a serious problem when a player buys into this. Unfortunately, Roger Federer seems to have bought into this flawed concept at least a little bit and then it becomes dangerous for him. It is hard not to feel pressure when the stakes are so high in your mind. Let's see how he handles the situation today.

Posted by Pspace 06/07/2009 at 08:57 AM

Pete, hehe, I was trying not to frazzle, and you just threw me back into it. Oh well. Btw, thanks for all the nice reports from Paris. And, to all the volunteers for setting up the CCs -- notable mention to Rosangel, Andrew, and ptenisnet. May the best man win. But, allez Roger!

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 06/07/2009 at 08:58 AM

Thanks Pete Yes indeed you do write a decent article may I say.

Allez Roger,this is on your racquet.Go and forfill your dream.

Wishing you good luck.

Also good luck to Robin you have earned your place in this final.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war 06/07/2009 at 08:58 AM

*waves hello to everyone*

Er...I'm not a Fed KAD, but I expected him to be in this final (with a possible tough match and doubt around Nole in the SF, if they played.) Tough matches and scrappy play or no.

Blind faith and wilful ignorance seems as reasonable a way as any to predict these things. ;-)

Didn't expect it to be Soderling, but all power to him. :) I hope he plays well.

Can't wait for the tennis...and I think it is so unfair that I have the frazzle! Hopefully, it'll be a good match, and no rain delays!

and, good luck, Roger. :)

Posted by Red 1.7.17.287⁺ = Legacy Solidified 06/07/2009 at 08:58 AM

Dear Roger,
So..here we are at yet another FO final.
I know the pressure must be gynormous (I made that word up just for you) and should one try to pluck a strand from those perfectly coiffed curls of yours it would probably explode but do not succumb. I also recognize that you are a man of habit but yes, it really is true your Nemesis will not be there. Do not become disoriented worse fooled for the man/machine Swede has literally blasted his way through the tournament terminating the rest of the field along the way. (surely, you must have heard). I am soooo proud of you, having scratched, clawed, stumbled and played your way to this moment but you are going to need to ASSERT TMF for this match to take him down
Hey, Sarah Connor did it. So can you.
Your favourite fan,
Red

P.S. No pressure!!!

Posted by Angel of the Surf (Dinara Safina the new WTA #1) 06/07/2009 at 08:58 AM

I think Soderling is rather good looking, he has lovely blue eyes so I wish him well and if he wins then would of deserved it.

Posted by 1221 06/07/2009 at 08:59 AM

Hi everyone! How's the Fed KADs? Good luck to your guy!!!

Posted by Sher 06/07/2009 at 09:02 AM

It doesn't all come down to this, and I don't believe in goatship, but Go Roger! Hope he wins. :)

Posted by Samantha Elin, Soderling has friends. 06/07/2009 at 09:02 AM

"The man who did what Federer couldn't, beat Rafa at the FO," NBC. Du er den bedste, kom nu, Robin.

Posted by Angel of the Surf (Dinara Safina the new WTA #1) 06/07/2009 at 09:03 AM

Oh yes good luck Roger and his Kads, especially Beckham and Andrew. Beckham hopefully you have pulled over to the side of the road until the match is over.

Andrew please don't hurt the cat.

Posted by Angel of the Surf (Dinara Safina the new WTA #1) 06/07/2009 at 09:03 AM

Oh yes good luck Roger and his Kads, especially Beckham and Andrew. Beckham hopefully you have pulled over to the side of the road until the match is over.

Andrew please don't hurt the cat.

Posted by Pierre 06/07/2009 at 09:03 AM

I'm cheering for Sodomy...I mean, Soderling.

Posted by Samantha Elin, Soderling has friends. 06/07/2009 at 09:03 AM

Robin isn't afraid, he will fight like a viking, cool, ice demeanor like a Swede. Shout out the great Borg is in the house.

Posted by Angel of the Surf (Dinara Safina the new WTA #1) 06/07/2009 at 09:04 AM

Oh yeah and Tari, FoT and even Tim. Special mention to Maha.

Posted by Tfactor 06/07/2009 at 09:04 AM

Robin is getting a good reception by the crowd and Roger gets the standing ovation ;)
Hoping for a great match.
Good luck to both players

Posted by Paul Ryan 06/07/2009 at 09:04 AM

I don't even know what to do with myself right now. I'm so nervous. I can't even think about Federer losing.

Posted by Roger's Restoration 06/07/2009 at 09:04 AM


Roger,
just
believe!
Talent
and
beauty
triumph
at all
costs!

Posted by Roger That 06/07/2009 at 09:04 AM

Any link for live stream?

Posted by Maha - *RG officially in state of chaos - Roger, seize your chance?????* 06/07/2009 at 09:05 AM

Hi all!!!!!!

So this is it eh? *freaking out*

This unfortunate Fed fan is on a train for the first hour and a half of the match!!!! *horror* so please keep me updated O most gracious TWibers!!!!!!

Omg I am majorly freaking out.

Posted by Orpheo 06/07/2009 at 09:06 AM

Can´t believe im writing this on FO final day but here goes nothing...
VAMOS ROGER!!!!!!
This Rafa Kad wants you to win badly....heck, im even a tidy bit nervous and all.
May Beckhams bus deliver that Coup in a non frazzling (yeah right) style

Posted by Pierre 06/07/2009 at 09:06 AM

The most remarkable thing about this French Open seems to be that so far I haven't heard anyone say "terre battue". This year "Coupe Des Mousquetaires" seems to be more in style.

Posted by Angel of the Surf (Dinara Safina the new WTA #1) 06/07/2009 at 09:06 AM

Maha we will keep you posted, don't fret.

Posted by Roger That 06/07/2009 at 09:07 AM

http://channelsurfing.net/watch-roland-garros.html

Posted by Sam 06/07/2009 at 09:07 AM

Good morning all.

*sends positive thoughts to Roger & my fellow Fed fans*

Go Roger!!

Posted by jb... (Go Smiley Fed!) 06/07/2009 at 09:08 AM

1221 - i'll speak for this fed fan. I feel ill. absolutely ill. orange food may not even help. it may be a clean the closets kind of match.

arh - soderling is totally going to come out firing, and if fed is nervous or hesitant, he could take this. Don't understand why people are discounting him, really. perhaps they haven't seen him play?

Posted by Samantha Elin, Soderling has friends. 06/07/2009 at 09:08 AM

Ja, Kom nu, Robin. The Swedes are in the house, they will shout out the noisy french cheering for Feds.

Posted by Pspace 06/07/2009 at 09:10 AM

jb, no one is discounting Soderling. He's earned is place here. If any1 has a chance to beat Roger, it's him. A fitting final in a sense. The man who did the impossible vs the man on the verge of the impossible.

Posted by Christopher 06/07/2009 at 09:11 AM

One shot at a time, Roger. ONE SHOT AT A TIME!!!!!

Posted by m 06/07/2009 at 09:11 AM

hello,
i think they said it was cool and overcast in paris. if this is correct what does these conditions do for the players? who does it help?

Posted by Matt Zemek 06/07/2009 at 09:11 AM

Not that I can do anything to influence or shape how Roger feels, but I hope that his ability to make it through the bottom half of the draw, while the "Rafa-is-out-so-Roger-has-this-huge-chance" frenzy raged through Paris, will enable Mr. Federer to realize that he's taken care of one of the most distracting and pressure-filled six days of his career (Sunday evening, after Nadal's loss, through Friday evening, when he finished off Delpo). Now that he's in the final, with a chance at victory, he will hopefully find a small but meaningful dose of inner calm amidst the undeniable nerves that he should, of course, be feeling.

Posted by Samantha Elin, Soderling has friends. 06/07/2009 at 09:12 AM

I hope everyone is discounting him, then the surprise will be extra special.

Posted by Sliceman 06/07/2009 at 09:12 AM

May the best man win...
but Allez Roger!

Posted by Matt Zemek 06/07/2009 at 09:12 AM

M:

I personally think slow conditions favor Fed, but Soderling has said the conditions will favor him.

Posted by Matt Zemek 06/07/2009 at 09:13 AM

Soderling to serve first.

Hopp, Suisse!

Posted by plainsong 06/07/2009 at 09:13 AM

Hello Twibe!
just want to say: good luck for both players! I really want Roger to make it but as Pete said - whatever happens it's gonna be big.

Posted by 1221 06/07/2009 at 09:13 AM

We all know that feeling JB...

Fed has to start well...he just has to.

Posted by m 06/07/2009 at 09:13 AM

GO ROGER! GO ROGER! GO ROGER!

Posted by Samantha Elin, Soderling has friends. 06/07/2009 at 09:13 AM

Come on Robin.

Posted by Matt Zemek 06/07/2009 at 09:13 AM

If the rest of the match is like that first rally, we're in for a war.

Posted by yello fuzzy 06/07/2009 at 09:14 AM

bonjour
well here we go... may the best man win

Posted by elenas 06/07/2009 at 09:14 AM

No one discounting Soderling? oh you've not seen the home page poll

Posted by Matt Zemek 06/07/2009 at 09:14 AM

We could immediately be heading for a break chance.

If Fed does get one, he'll need to convert.

Posted by m 06/07/2009 at 09:14 AM

thx matt

Posted by toonie 06/07/2009 at 09:15 AM

I hope Fed thinks why should I freak out my fans are watching this with hands to shaky to type and stomach cramps.

Posted by Roger's Restoration 06/07/2009 at 09:15 AM


Borg and Soderling
combined on one side of the court
could not beat
Roger on the other side of the court
by his lonesome

That's the huge gap
the abyss
between these players

Posted by Jacko (Private Detective) (Sick of unnecessary JJ bashing) 06/07/2009 at 09:15 AM

*from previous thread*
Congrats to Kristina Mladenovic winning the girls singles today 3 and 2!!LOL....that girls a star of the future.....France will love her!!!LOL ALLEZ!!!!!.....as well as the Serbs!! AJDE!!!!

ehm....i think that if Soderling keeps it up it will be a tough match for both.......but i'm rooting for roger today surprisingly (cos i usually love the underdog) cos i want to see some history made today!!!LOL....

Posted by Tennis Observer 06/07/2009 at 09:15 AM

Go Söderling! ACE HIS ASS!

Posted by Beckham (Bus Conductor!!!) 06/07/2009 at 09:16 AM

love -30 hole and then 2 routine BH errors...dude seriously, today is not the day, ALLEZ!!!

Posted by jb... (Go Smiley Fed!) 06/07/2009 at 09:17 AM

pspace - some mite not, but many are. either way, it should be a heck of a match. these players games match up well.

soderling is nervious now, but i expect him to settle.

Posted by Samantha Elin, Soderling has friends. 06/07/2009 at 09:17 AM

Hang tough Robin, keep fighting.

Posted by Angel of the Surf (Dinara Safina the new WTA #1) 06/07/2009 at 09:17 AM

I wonder if Sveta is at the match?

Posted by Beckham (Bus Conductor!!!) 06/07/2009 at 09:17 AM

Soderling is nervous as hail...he DFs to hand the Fed the break, now let's see if the Fed can hold now...

Posted by Pspace 06/07/2009 at 09:18 AM

Ouch. Nervy start from Soderling.

Posted by seaweed 06/07/2009 at 09:18 AM

*maha*

soderling DF on break point, roger to serve 1-0.

Posted by Matt Zemek 06/07/2009 at 09:18 AM

Soderling's nerves get to him. 0-for-6 first serves, I think; might have been 1-for-6.

Consolidate, Rog. Take the upper hand.

Posted by Codge 06/07/2009 at 09:18 AM

What's going on?
Didn't show the court or Roger once in that game.

Posted by yello fuzzy 06/07/2009 at 09:18 AM

Sod is a bit nervous...hope he can reel it in and stay with Roger....please no blow out today

Posted by 1221 06/07/2009 at 09:18 AM

Rog's on fire...good to see.

Posted by Maha - *RG officially in state of chaos - Roger, seize your chance?????* 06/07/2009 at 09:19 AM

Thanks Angel!!!

Omg what's happening what's happening???

I am now on a coach and STILL deprived of everything except GPRS!!!!

Posted by toonie 06/07/2009 at 09:19 AM

OMG broken. Robin must be so nervous too. Deep breathing, Hold Please, Go Roger!

Posted by seaweed 06/07/2009 at 09:19 AM

*mah*
rog holds, 2-0

Posted by Matt Zemek 06/07/2009 at 09:19 AM

Keep pushing, Fed. Keep pushing.

Posted by Samantha Elin, Soderling has friends. 06/07/2009 at 09:19 AM

Roger restoration really the great Borg who won more FO than many couldn't beat Roger. Right!

Posted by 06/07/2009 at 09:19 AM

Wonderful start Roger!

Posted by Mike 06/07/2009 at 09:20 AM

I'll tell you what ... I feel for Sod out there. My legs would be like rubber, seriously ... crazy pressure.

Posted by Matt Zemek 06/07/2009 at 09:21 AM

DROPPAH!

Posted by Beckham (Bus Conductor!!!) 06/07/2009 at 09:21 AM

And finally a great serve by the Sod...c'mon Fed, another break would be awesome...ALLEZ!!

Posted by Josh 06/07/2009 at 09:21 AM

Roger reading Soderling's serve very well to start.

Posted by Matt Zemek 06/07/2009 at 09:22 AM

Keep pushing, Fed.

Posted by Beckham (Bus Conductor!!!) 06/07/2009 at 09:22 AM

Dude c'mon break...

Posted by seaweed 06/07/2009 at 09:22 AM

*maha*

rog breaks again. rog to serve 3-0

Posted by Beckham (Bus Conductor!!!) 06/07/2009 at 09:23 AM

A mishit by the Fed lands on the line and Soderling is broken again...dude hold your freaking serve...this is the F, no walkabouts...

Posted by elenas 06/07/2009 at 09:23 AM

Robin you have got to calm down, we want see a match

Posted by 1221 06/07/2009 at 09:23 AM

Wow...how's that for pressure, you'd think Soderling is the one who's trying to get his 14th slam...

Rog leads 3-0

Posted by Pspace 06/07/2009 at 09:23 AM

Nothing going right for Robin. Bad misjudge. But, some great points from Federer there.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 06/07/2009 at 09:23 AM

Soderling where is your 1st serve gone?

You will be toast

Roger just keep bringing him to the net,correct play

3 love Roger Allez!

Posted by Mike 06/07/2009 at 09:23 AM

Yeah ... like Matt said, keep pushing .... run with it and don't look back.

Posted by Angel of the Surf (Dinara Safina the new WTA #1) 06/07/2009 at 09:23 AM

Come on Sods you've enough time to settle.

My legs would be like jelly.

Posted by Matt Zemek 06/07/2009 at 09:23 AM

Not the start I expected at all.

Definitely the start Switzerland and a few other folks dreamed of.

Posted by Andrew 06/07/2009 at 09:24 AM

Morning, all.

3-0 Federer, with two breaks. Started quickly, served well, Soderling nervous. OK by me.

Posted by Maha - *RG officially in state of chaos - Roger, seize your chance?????* 06/07/2009 at 09:24 AM

Thank you everyone for calling the match!!! Much appreciated!!!!

Oh yes!!!! Great to have the double break cushion!!!! But don't lose control now, Roger!!!!

Posted by toonie 06/07/2009 at 09:24 AM

OMG broken again, Robin must be really really nervous, deep breathing, stomach cramps easing, go Fed, hold your serve!

Posted by Tfactor 06/07/2009 at 09:25 AM

Andre sighting ;) Looking quite animated there.
Is Fed going to bagel Soderling? Soderling looking quite deflated out there

Posted by ms. tangerine popsicle (tangi) 06/07/2009 at 09:25 AM

Good Morning, everybody! I was on the wrong thread. I'm clearly nervous. But I like the quick start for Rog. Whew.

Posted by seaweed 06/07/2009 at 09:26 AM

robin really does look nervous. couldn't quite keep the ball in play. rog 4-0

Posted by 1221 06/07/2009 at 09:26 AM

4-0...this could be over soon.

Posted by Samantha Elin, Soderling has friends. 06/07/2009 at 09:26 AM

fight Robin fight!

Posted by Matt Zemek 06/07/2009 at 09:27 AM

Soderling not moving well at all.

Posted by Angel of the Surf (Dinara Safina the new WTA #1) 06/07/2009 at 09:27 AM

Roger first serve ace 15-0
Roger hits fh out 15 all
1st serve wide
2nd serve in Sods into net 30-15
Sods hits fh out 40-15
Sods sends another fh long game 4-0

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