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Toronto Last Call 08/15/2010 - 11:30 AM

103387895 [[Pete is on vacation from today until Wednesday, the 18th. He'll be back with a post on Thursday.]]

By Jackie Roe, TW Contributing Writer


Hey there, TWibe. Are you pumped for today's final? I'll be in attendance at Federer-Murray in Toronto, then heading straight to Cincinnati for more live tennis action. Stay tuned to TW for my daily reports in the Queen City.

Before I preview today's final, I thought I'd give you a run-down of all that's happened here since I posted last (in Friday's Deuce Club):

Friday, 8/13

(Unfortunately, I spent much of the afternoon in the press room, wrapping up the DC, so I didn't catch all of the action. Apologies for the gaps in match coverage.)

Centre Court for Murray-Nalbandian. Rooting (silently, of course) for Nalbandian but good to see Muzz playing so cleanly and not getting down on himself.

Caught the beginning of Nadal-Kohlschreiber. Not surprised about Rafa's slow start - not the first time that's happened. Left shortly after it started to write so I can't say how either guy played. Check out Steve's post on the match for more.

Murray presser. When I first attended one of these, back in Cincinnati, my most salient impression was how nervous he was. Still the case: Poor eye contact, hands in hoodie pockets, serious. Called the match one of the best he's played all year.

Nalbandian presser. Demeanor not altogether different from the last one, despite the different results. Still open, easy-going. Said he feels tired, but would be fine in a few days. Arrived to the ball more slowly because of the fatigue.

Federer-Berdych.

  • Missed the first set as I was still in the press room. Expected it to be more competitive at the outset, but not so. Beth left this message for me in the DC, which is funny in retrospect: "If you don't hurry out there, Jackie, Federer is gonna be done. He is on a mission, from what it looks like via scoreboard."
  • Intense. Fed with emphatic "Come on!" in the second set.
  • Berd didn't look 100% physically. Movement a little labored, maybe?
  • Loads of crowd support for Berd in the second set. Fans wanted more tennis!
  • Described the last game of the second set - when Berd broke to even up the match - as "odd." Fed double-faulted twice, then the awful shank at set point. Happened in the blink of an eye; it was like an accelerated version of his typical mid-match walkabout (i.e. going to Mirka Land).
  • Third set - both guys beating the felt off the ball.
  • When Berd hits his stride and has his mojo/confidence flowing, he's intimidating. Develops almost a swagger, actually feels like he belongs. Gone are the days when you trusted he'd collapse in any pressure-packed situation. (Later in the third set, I added a "Okay, maybe not.")
  • Obvious how much this match means to Fed. Another big "Come on!" to go up 0-40 on Berd's serve at 1-1 in the 3rd. Only to squander them all, as is typical for Fed.
  • The game at 5-3 was when all hell started to break loose. Waves of applause for Fed, urging him to break. Every point won by Fed met by deafening applause and a standing ovation.
  • Then my notes just became a mess. This is what I have: Heart attack! Fed BP. Wasted. Another. Wasted. And another. Wasted. And another. CONVERTS! This place is a madhouse.
  • The unruly crowd surprised me. Isn't impoliteness a felony in Canada," as Codge said? I hated when the guy yelled, "Berdych, are you nervous?" in a mocking tone. At least it only seemed to fire him up. Saw on Twitter that the crowd's antics were obvious on TV. What did you guys think? (There was one funny moment, though. When Lars Graff said "Thank you" to quiet the crowd, a guy called out, "You're welcome!" There was so much laughter that Berd had to step off the service line.)
  • I realized this was the most nervous I'd ever been watching live tennis.
Met up with Sher again - and met Grant for the first time! We didn't get to chat much since I was about to fall over from starvation, unfortunately.

Federer presser. Re: that "odd" game, Fed said the transition from day to night was rough. Hmm. Appeared a tad irritated, but maybe he was just tired.

I missed Berdy's presser so I could finally get food. But Mariya at TalkAboutTennis.com said that it was tough to sit through, as he was almost beside himself with disappointment.

Saturday, 8/14

Cermak/Mertinak vs. Benneteau/Llodra on Centre.
  • Bendra are uncannily in sync with one another. Was easy capturing them on camera since they seemed to never be more than a few feet away from each other, mirroring the other's movements.
  • Cermak/Mertinak are like twins, too. When receiving, they act out the same routine in unison (take a few steps, kick last leg, step back).
  • It's been said countless times but I'll repeat it again anyway - live dubs is incredible. Exciting, engaging, fun.
  • Shallow observation of the match: I wish all dubs pairs dressed in the same outfits, like Bendra.
Nadal-Murray up.
  • Whenever I watch Rafa, I catch myself literally gasping at his shots. I don't know that I do that with anyone else.
  • From the very beginning, Rafa didn't look like himself ... playing too passively.
  • Murray looked focused, dialed in, and even postive. None of the dour/whiny stuff we saw in the Monfils match. Served increasingly better as the set went on.
  • At 4-4 in the second set, it started to sprinkle; fortunately, the match ended shortly thereafter.
  • Rafa gave a look of resignation after a wind-induced UFE at 5-4 in the second. I can't remember the last time I saw that kind of a look from him.
Murray presser. He looked more relaxed than he did yesterday, but still far from comfortable. Speech is monotone, slow, measured. (I guess I'd appear that way, too, if I had to reckon with the British press.) Said he actually likes being aggressive and more offensive - I wish he'd do that more often!

Nadal presser. Looked great in green, came in munching on a snack. Clearly not too bent out of shape over the loss. Called his serve the "worst thing in [his] game today" and noted that he didn't practice that particular part of his game much because that's how he injured his abs last year. Also said that he was slower than usual and that he needs to improve his backhand, since he had to "think too much" when playing those shots during the match. When asked how he's feeling now vs. a year ago, he responded with "I never like comparations." Perfect response

Federer-Djokovic next.
  • The crowd energy was off the charts before the first ball was even played.
  • Nole was clearly edgy at the start; changed his racquet after his first service game (was broken).
  • Nole already looked spent by the fifth game. Atrocious serving. (Remember how he served back in '08? My, how things have changed.)
  • Confident and crisp Fed. Nole trying to be more aggressive on the return but generally looked sluggish, defeated, pained. Couldn't buy a first serve.
  • Momentum shift in the second, with the crowd trying to pump up Nole. It worked.
  • Noticed that Fed wasn't as expressive today as he was yesterday. No loud "Come on"s (until late in the third). Did the Berd match affect him more emotionally? Psychologically? Or perhaps not ... just a different match, different conditions, different crowd.
  • After Fed squandered a boatload of break point opportunities, I scribbled down, "Fed's gonna get broken now, huh." What do you know, I was right. The one time I didn't want to be.
  • Fed's little exhalation before serves is much more apparent in real life than on TV. Which also makes it more disconcerting.
  • "The fat lady is still warming up her pipes." I wrote that when Nole broke back at 2-4. Kind of sums up that last set.
  • Overall, it wasn't a great match, quality-wise. Still, the drama of the third set was worth the price of admission.
Djokovic presser.
  • This may have been my very first Nole presser, at any tournament. Anxious to see him in that context in real life.
  • Looked very "king of the castle" in the chair, with both arms on the arm rests and legs spread apart.
  • Confident speaker. Articulate. Thoughtful analysis of the match and his/Fed's games. Likable. Charismatic. Not negative, like I had expected after the loss.
  • Was unsatisfied with all of the unforced errors but overall felt that the tournament was a success.
Federer presser.
  • Re: Murray, knew from the first time he played him in Bangkok, he'd be one of the best in the world.
  • What did Nole say to Fed at the net? That he should've won earlier! Fed described Nole as a"good sport."
  • Fed was asked about how his relationship with Annacone was going. His response: "It's very romantic." Quote of the tournament. (His real answer was that he's taking it week by week, that Annacone might not be in Cincy since Severin will be there.)

And now we've arrived at the final, between Federer and Murray. My thoughts:

  • Muzz has shown fine form, particularly in his last two matches. He described both as being one of the best he's played all year. Fatigue won't be a problem.
  • Fed showed some rust early but winning two tough 3-setters in a row should do wonders for his confidence. Particularly the victory over Berd, who's had his number. Still, have these matches taken their toll? Even Fed alluded to this in his presser last night, saying, "Hopefully I won't be too banged up." Even if that's the case, this Fed fan is glad he got the match play.
  • Looking forward to a competitive match. Murray leads the H2H at 6-5, but Fed took their last three matches. I don't have a clue what the outcome will be, but I'm just glad I get to witness it.

This is where you should be to call the Toronto final. Enjoy it, guys! (I'm flying to Cincy this evening, and will be posting from there the next few days. Make sure to check out my reports here, and for some added coverage, follow me on Twitter, @JackieRoe.)


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Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 05:13 PM

Okay Roger...HOLD..baby steps. HOLD.

Posted by Jerell (Finally, a Great French Open Final Weekend!) 08/15/2010 at 05:14 PM

John McEnroe on taped coverages. He gets the corporate answer, sigh:
http://www.thedailyforehand.com/2010/8/15/1624523/john-mcenroe-tape-delay-tdf-john

Posted by TripleF(FedFanForever): Not Fuchsia! Pink it is. 08/15/2010 at 05:14 PM

Fed is hitting very sweetly. The pop you hear is so HEALTHY off the racket...

Posted by Mike 08/15/2010 at 05:15 PM

Is there an actual human that updates the Live Scores? They've credited the wrong player in the Fed/MAndy match at least 4 times since the match started ... I'm having a heart attack over here! LOL

Posted by Jerell (Finally, a Great French Open Final Weekend!) 08/15/2010 at 05:15 PM

http://www.fromsport.com/v-0/2/118/v-31845.html

Live stream of Fed and Murray folks.

Posted by carlos 08/15/2010 at 05:15 PM

i don't think sharapova is much better than kim.
i'm just saying that their matches are decided by sharapova ground strokes.
if she miss to much she loses otherwise she just run clisters from side to side and kim is qite happy with doing that.
kim didn't take a set off sharapova in 5 years.

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 05:15 PM

Fed is on fire!

Posted by crazyone 08/15/2010 at 05:15 PM

now would be a perfect time for a break, Fed.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 05:16 PM

Roger playing far more aggressive tennis now good to see

Posted by TripleF(FedFanForever): Not Fuchsia! Pink it is. 08/15/2010 at 05:16 PM

TMF is here what do you guys think?
(MJ on speakers. jeez)

Posted by Andrew 08/15/2010 at 05:16 PM

OK, back in my hotel lobby. Do I know how to go on vacation, or what? 5-4 Federer, now back on serve, apparently.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (FOTHB - Roger and Venus) 08/15/2010 at 05:16 PM

C1 so true your 5:15

Posted by Rafa 2010 Cincy champ, I told you so 08/15/2010 at 05:17 PM

oh blimey, rain stopped already? Darn it. However, old Fed rested up, watch out Muzz, your daddy has returned. Now Fed, take this 2nd set!! Then hopefully rain will come back at some point in 3rd set just when Fed gets tired again.

Posted by crazyone 08/15/2010 at 05:17 PM

there's that awful slice return again.

Posted by Nam1 08/15/2010 at 05:18 PM

oy, this is going to be a long night...

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 05:20 PM

Great dipping b/hand Andy

Posted by crazyone 08/15/2010 at 05:20 PM

these net approaches are just illjudged. stop now.

Posted by jb (FOOPs unite!) 08/15/2010 at 05:20 PM

Fed has GOT to stop hitting right back to his opponents. its NOT the smartest move, unless you opponent doesn't have his racket in his hand... sigh.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 05:21 PM

Great ROS Andy

Roger down love 40?

Posted by Ezekiel Mellifluous 08/15/2010 at 05:21 PM

Fed now dialed out.

Posted by TripleF(FedFanForever): Not Fuchsia! Pink it is. 08/15/2010 at 05:21 PM

Fred is back. It's like watching eh a tennis match from the sidelines...Fed Fred Fed Fred Fed

Posted by Rafa 2010 Cincy champ, I told you so 08/15/2010 at 05:22 PM

fight, Fed, fight!!

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 05:22 PM

Yep Roger take it to his f.hand

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 05:22 PM

Great ROS Andy

he breaks Roger

Posted by Nam1 08/15/2010 at 05:23 PM

oh Roger....why?

Posted by crazyone 08/15/2010 at 05:23 PM

all right. It's now or nothing.

Posted by tennisesq. 08/15/2010 at 05:23 PM

Judy Murray looks scary in those shades. I would not want to get on her bad side.

Posted by TripleF(FedFanForever): Not Fuchsia! Pink it is. 08/15/2010 at 05:23 PM

It's faaaaar from over folks. Take it from me.

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 05:23 PM

Fed's hitting back to opponent is just baffling sometimes.

Anyway, Andy's gotta serve it out.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (FOTHB - Roger and Venus) 08/15/2010 at 05:23 PM

Oh man, that was not good. Oh well, at least he was fighting and fighting and fighting.

Posted by Andrew 08/15/2010 at 05:23 PM

Federer saves two BPs, but a wicked cross court Murray BH return puts him right under the gun at 30-40, and there's no escape. 6-5 Murray, to serve for the title. Two superb passes by Murray at 0-0 and 0-15 set up the break.

Posted by Rafa 2010 Cincy champ, I told you so 08/15/2010 at 05:23 PM

Darn. I thought old Fed would be fresh for at least remaining 2nd set. He already got tired and broken. Rain come back! But no cloud in sight. Darn darn. Fed looks doomed. Doomed, I say!

Posted by Arun 08/15/2010 at 05:24 PM

"its NOT the smartest move, unless you opponent doesn't have his racket in his hand... sigh."
so true.
Another timely brainfart game. oh well.

Posted by TripleF(FedFanForever): Not Fuchsia! Pink it is. 08/15/2010 at 05:24 PM

If I say Judy Murray is a MILF, would all be offended?

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 05:24 PM

See Murray thats what I have been talking about

Aggression when its there for you to take the point

You have a great ROS use it more often to set up the point

Posted by Matt Zemek 08/15/2010 at 05:24 PM

I don't mind this match ending in two sets - not at all - but Murray's return of serve looked wide. No Fed challenge.

The 2008 US Open final in reverse. (I'm fine with the tradeoff, of course.)

Posted by Rafa 2010 Cincy champ, I told you so 08/15/2010 at 05:25 PM

We need another miracle comeback from Fed. Why three times in row? Come back, old Fed, come back!

Posted by TheMightyFunk 08/15/2010 at 05:25 PM

I will be very happy if Fed loses this in two sets

Posted by crazyone 08/15/2010 at 05:25 PM

what a backhand volley!!!

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 05:26 PM

Hmmm Shank

Posted by crazyone 08/15/2010 at 05:26 PM

bad miss on that FH...

Posted by wilson75 08/15/2010 at 05:27 PM

TMF: Me too.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 05:27 PM

Roger keep attacking the 2nd serve

Posted by carnap - Is Murray British again? 08/15/2010 at 05:27 PM

:X

Posted by Rafa 2010 Cincy champ, I told you so 08/15/2010 at 05:27 PM

Yes! break point! Break him!

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 05:28 PM

2 Massive bombs from Murray

great

Posted by carnap - Is Murray British again? 08/15/2010 at 05:29 PM

dae it, son

Posted by Rafa 2010 Cincy champ, I told you so 08/15/2010 at 05:29 PM

noooo.... yes! Muzz choked on that drop shot! Now come back Fed!

Posted by TheMightyFunk 08/15/2010 at 05:29 PM

I really don't want 3 sets with Cincinnatti next week and USO one week after that

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 05:29 PM

Return from Roger Yay

Get from Murray more Yay

Posted by carnap - Is Murray British again? 08/15/2010 at 05:30 PM

oh yes : )

Posted by Rafa 2010 Cincy champ, I told you so 08/15/2010 at 05:30 PM

darn. Fed done.

Posted by TheMightyFunk 08/15/2010 at 05:30 PM

ok, good. well played Andy!

Posted by Arun 08/15/2010 at 05:30 PM

Well done by Andy.
The match seemed to be played on his terms.

Fed just didnot win the big points (unless they ended with Muzz UEs).

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 05:30 PM

Congrats to Muzz fans! He played well.

Fed is doing all the right things..lacking in execution but the ideas are correct.

Looking forward to Cincy

Posted by crazyone 08/15/2010 at 05:31 PM

oh well. There it is. Muzz with the Toronto title.

See y'all in Cincy.

Posted by Nam1 08/15/2010 at 05:31 PM

congrats to Andy and sorry Roger and his fans ; this was a good win for Murray.

And Fed is at least getting to finals now...

Posted by Ezekiel Mellifluous 08/15/2010 at 05:31 PM

He lost, why go on living?

Posted by carnap - Is Murray British again? 08/15/2010 at 05:31 PM

Congrats to Andy for holding his title. Well done, Fed; you added a few hundred points to your ranking total for the number two position.

Posted by wilson75 08/15/2010 at 05:31 PM

Well is the media going to now pick Murray as the favourite for USO since he beat both Roger and Rafa in a tournament?

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 05:31 PM

Congrats Andy winning back to back titles here at Toronto

You have been the "player" here and so deserved your win

Well played and well deserved

Your 5th Master Shield too

Congrats!!!!!!!!

Posted by TripleF(FedFanForever): Not Fuchsia! Pink it is. 08/15/2010 at 05:31 PM

Good stuff from Andy. Congrats Andy Fans.

Fellow Fed fans...it was a bit too late by the time Fed woke up...but commies. See you all in Cincy

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 08/15/2010 at 05:32 PM

Yay! Happy for Murray. :)

Commiserations to Federer fans, pretty good week anyway with some quality wins.

So tired I can hardly see. 'Night all.

Posted by Kim (Swiss in Brisbane) 08/15/2010 at 05:32 PM

Congrats Murray. Commies to my fellow Roger fans.

Posted by Tim (Outlaw the Moonpie!) 08/15/2010 at 05:32 PM

sounds like a merciful ending, not that i saw any of it! no 3 setters, rest up and get to Cincy, bigger fish to fry and the game is back, clearly ... Fed can write this off as a rain plagued fluke, and Murray can use it for confidence, no probs ...

Posted by scoreboarding 08/15/2010 at 05:33 PM

So Andy Murray gets his first title in 8 months. Good for him.

Not so happy my prediction was so wrong but Fed had his moments out there. He showed some brilliance in between not so great play so hopefully it'll get better form here until the USO.

Posted by wilson75 08/15/2010 at 05:33 PM

You have to hand it Roger he did make Murray fight for the title. Congrats to Murray, cue the British media and BG hype machines.

Posted by Papo (Got Nadal?) 08/15/2010 at 05:34 PM

Congrats to Murray. At the moment he is the inform player out of the top 4. It doesn't hurt all matches until the end of the season will be on his favorite surface either.

Commiserations to Roger and all his fans. He successfully fought to get to the final and it was by no means an easy victory for Murray.

Posted by Rafa 2010 Cincy champ, I told you so 08/15/2010 at 05:34 PM

Well, i am slightly nervous now since Fed lost here. He may try hard next week, thus giving furious Rafa hard time on his quest to win CIncy for the 1st time.

Is it me or Mama Muzz looks a bit Lesbianish with her hairdo? Nothing wrong with that, but just saying.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 05:34 PM

Roger bad luck

Though you have impressed me.Especially with the games against Tomas and Nole

Even though you lost in the final this will give you added condifence going into Cinncy

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 05:34 PM

Fed was intermittently brilliant and unbelievably bad. Hopefully, he'll keep one pattern and get rid of the other in the next few days.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (FOTHB - Roger and Venus) 08/15/2010 at 05:34 PM

Well folks, we saw Fed, Fred, small sightings of TMF (that backhand volley was superb as well as that ROS at 6-5 second set). Baby steps. Final of a MS title. Second tournament final since Madrid this year. Had to struggle a little bit but no one can say that he is not motivated to win the MS events. He showed it today by fighting and kicking and clawing his way to a loss.

Rest up Junkyard Dog. On to Cincy we go.

Posted by CL/Hold the Foam 08/15/2010 at 05:34 PM

Feh - well, that was somewhat disappointing and I don't even know if it was entertaining since I have seen so little of it on tv.

I did/do want Fed to collect another couple of MS before he is done, so this feels a bit like a wasted opportunity. Still, for his first tourney back, making a final isn't so terrible.

Good win for Andy. Now he HAS beaten Fed in a final. Both guys, though, must be wondering about how vulnerable their serves were.

For once Fed's BP % was pretty great. And since Andy swatted the most important one away with an Ace, hard to fault him there.

Nap time for Fed and on to Cincy.

Posted by linex 08/15/2010 at 05:34 PM

Congrats to all Murray's fans. A pity though that the stream was not working properly and that I could not watch the last points well.

Posted by carnap - 08/15/2010 at 05:34 PM

Looks like Murray only dropped one set in this tournament, the bagel he got from Monfils.

Posted by TheMightyFunk 08/15/2010 at 05:35 PM

I have a feeling part of the storyline in the media will be the resurgence of Federer, even though he lost today. I feel good about where he is right now...he was out of gas today.

Posted by Jerell (Finally, a Great French Open Final Weekend!) 08/15/2010 at 05:35 PM

Tim, I can feel your pain from my PC.

Anyway, speaking of Cincy, they are almost back on court there, here is the live feed:
http://www.fromsport.com/v-0/2/128/v-32994.html

Posted by Mike 08/15/2010 at 05:35 PM

Ahh well ... congrats to MAndy fans, hugs for fellow Fed fans. The old Buck nearly made it to the finish, but he ran into a better player on the day. At least we know he can still make it to a MS Final ... maybe next week he'll go all the way (though I'd trade that for another USO any day). ;)

Posted by Andrew 08/15/2010 at 05:35 PM

And we have a winner. Congratulations to Murray fans, commiserations to Federer fans. Murray wins 70-62, or 53% to 47%. Clean kill.

Emblemmatic point: 15-30, last game. 13 stroke rally, Federer opens up the court with a powerful DTL BH, Murray scrambles the ball back with a slice FH get, Federer hits the mid court FH putaway long. That FH finally let him down today - but credit Murray for outstanding defense, and playing the big points just that bit better - including a wide 219kmh serve BP down in the last game.

Oh, well. On to Cincinnati. Hopefully Messrs Federer and Annacone have gelled a bit. Congratulations again to Murray for another Masters 1000 title, and a final win over Federer.

Posted by Cupcake lurker 08/15/2010 at 05:35 PM

Congrats to Andy and his fans. This Fed fan is happy lots of positive to take from Toronto, I hope it keeps going up at least for the USO.

Arrrrggg No trophy ceremony. :@

Posted by Caroline 08/15/2010 at 05:37 PM

Now that's what I call coloured hair:)

Posted by Rafa 2010 Cincy champ, I told you so 08/15/2010 at 05:37 PM

So out of two 4, the best bet for Rafa at US open would be Djoker, I guess. Let old Fed and Muzz fight each other in the 2nd half. Muzz looks pretty good threat, so better to avoid him until final. Fed has all his US open history. So Djoker it is.

Posted by Ezekiel Mellifluous 08/15/2010 at 05:38 PM

Could be worse...he could be Nick Watney.

Posted by Texastennis 08/15/2010 at 05:38 PM

That strikes me as a much more important match for Murray - who seemed to lose his way after Australia and now is back on track after beating Fedal back to back - than Federer.

Next week will be interesting...

Posted by linex 08/15/2010 at 05:39 PM

I see that the streams do not work when you need them like today when the match
before the TV could start its broadcasting again.

Posted by wilson75 08/15/2010 at 05:40 PM

As I said earlier, Roger's had a good week. I think he will take some positives from this tournament. I'm hoping for an equally good performance at Cincy. He doesn't have to win but just play well.

Posted by Kwaku 08/15/2010 at 05:40 PM

Had Murray already won Toronto, or only Montreal?
Against Rafa yesterday and partly today he's played very attacking. Well done.

Posted by TripleF(FedFanForever): Not Fuchsia! Pink it is. 08/15/2010 at 05:40 PM

isn't it time to stop the publishers-clearing-house like huge cardboard checks? it used to be vulgar...now it is just lame

Posted by Mike 08/15/2010 at 05:41 PM

Fed did an excellent job at net this week ... hopefully that and a bit of aggressiveness helped break him out of his funk a bit ... we'll see. Fed's serve got him out of a lot of trouble this week, but was still not where it has to be for him to have full confidence ... IMHO.

Posted by TripleF(FedFanForever): Not Fuchsia! Pink it is. 08/15/2010 at 05:42 PM

If Andy says The Greatest Played Ever Played...then it must be true. On that note...see you all next week. Lots of fun. Thank you.

Posted by scoreboarding 08/15/2010 at 05:42 PM

What happened in Cincy? There is nothing on the scoreboard or the today results about the final

Posted by Matt Zemek 08/15/2010 at 05:42 PM

Huge congratulations and hugs of joy to Murray fans across the globe! His defense and court coverage were tremendous, and they made the difference in a fully-deserved and clean victory. When he wins his first major, I have a sense that more will follow. Just has to knock down that first door.

And to my fellow Fed fans, I'm glad it's over. A semifinal showing in Cincy - or whatever will enable him to enter the US Open with that 2 seed instead of a 3 - is of paramount importance. Mirka and everyone else on Team Fed need to work hard getting the fella tuned and rejuvenated for Tuesday or Wednesday, whenever Cincy starts.

Posted by Nam1 08/15/2010 at 05:43 PM

Murray has won Rogers cup in Montreal last year and this year Toronto 2009 and 2010.

Posted by wilson75 08/15/2010 at 05:44 PM

scoreboarding: my scoreboard still says match suspended-rain

Posted by carlos 08/15/2010 at 05:44 PM

i bet sharapova is going to lose the match,she is always a slow starter

Posted by TheMightyFunk 08/15/2010 at 05:44 PM

Its got to be Wednesday for Fed...Tuesday would be too cruel on the old geezer :)

Posted by linex 08/15/2010 at 05:45 PM

Nice speeches from both players. It seems that Andy is very aware that this is the first time that he beats Roger in a final and plans to do it again in NYC.

Posted by Andrew 08/15/2010 at 05:46 PM

I doubt that Federer's crushed by this loss, though he'll be disappointed to come back in both sets then give away game 11 in both. I think Murray was the better player today: slow hardcourt and clean bounces suits his game. He passed superbly all day. The serve is still completely hit and miss, but he got out of the gate very fast and Federer never led (well, he had game point at 5-5 in set 1, but I don't think that counts).

BTW, I saw no evidence that Federer was tired today. Just didn't hit enough good FHs.

Posted by Kwaku 08/15/2010 at 05:46 PM

"TheMightyFunk 08/15/2010 at 05:29 PM
I really don't want 3 sets with Cincinnatti next week and USO one week after that"
So you really think one more set tonight can have an influence 3+ weeks from now? And I don't mean butterfly effect, which can go either way...
Sometimes fans think too much :)

Posted by scoreboarding 08/15/2010 at 05:47 PM

Wilson75
Thanks. Mine is blank.

I don't think Fed looked tired either but then again I can't remember seeing tired ever so maybe it's just that I don't know the difference :)

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