Saturday, August 11, 2007

Friday Montreal Match Analysis

Roger Federer over Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-4
Federer has always owned Hewitt so this scoreline is about as good as the Aussie could have expected. It would have been a bigger blowout had Federer put more first serves in, as he won 88% of the points on his first serve and just 33% on his second. There were some hard-fought points and the quality of play was solid overall, but Federer was never really threatened.

Novak Djokovic over Andy Roddick 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
I had Djokovic reaching the finals in my initial tournament predictions but then I flip-flopped and took Roddick in this match. Poor decision. Djokovic served extremely well and didn't let Roddick's first serve get the best of him too often. The result was that Djokovic now looks like arguably the biggest threat to Federer on hard courts.

Rafael Nadal over Frank Dancevic 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
I thought this was going to be straight sets, but hometown hero Dancevic continued his amazing summer play by thrilling the Canadian crowd with a first-set stunner. Not as surprising was the fact that Nadal quickley asserted himself in the second and third. Fans have to be glad that Dancevic didn't deprive them of a Nadal-Djokovic semi-final, but you still have to give the guy credit for hanging tough under intense pressure.

1 comment:

Topaz said...

I know this is on the wrong day, but since you're a fellow Buphathi fan, I had wondered if you knew he won the doubles in Montreal with Vizner? It was their first time playing together, and they took out the Bryan Bros. in the semis.