Nadal defeats Federer in classic

Man in form, Rafael Nadal comeback from one set down against Swiss maestro Roger Federer to reach Cincy semi-finals. In semis he is against the Tomas Berdych, who toppled Andy Murray in 3 sets.

It's definitely a good match, which Federer was expecting to have. Considering recent matches from Roger, this is confidence booster. Despite the loss, Fed is playing good tennis. Playing more agression with precision in the back hand especially. He skipped backhand slice for returning the serves, and choose flat shot.In the first set at 6-5 40-30 Federer's back hand cross court that was amazing. And the final winning shot from Rafa went out. But Federer didn't challenge that, only he knew that after the shake hands.
I’m not totally unhappy about the match. I could have played a bit better, but I think I was playing well and  tactics were working. Of course, I always have to adjust to faster courts, slower courts when I play Rafa. Plus it is him; it's the type of game I don't see very often.I'm happy with my progress along the way. Could have won tonight. Should have won tonight, who knows? But at the end, I think Rafa's confidence and the way he's playing at the moment got him through. So for me, I think it was a good step in the right direction. My mind's already totally geared into what I'm going to do tomorrow, next day, and the following day, and looking ahead at the US Open.  So I'm excited about the next sort of 10 days" - Roger Federer

I think my movement starts to be better, more intensity. I started to put more balls inside on the return, and I started to have more times control of the ball from the baseline with my forehand, something that didn't happen the first set and a half.But the match was there. It was very close. He had a good chance in the second. I think I played a good few points in important moments." - Rafael Nadal

Novak Djokovic, the man in the pursuit of golden masters crown lost to the Ace gun, John Isner. It was great performance from Isner against the inspired World No.1 Novak to win all the 9 atp master events once. Isner will play against Delpo in the semis.

 


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