Australian Open 2009 Men's Singles Final
 Rafael Nadal Vs  Roger Federer
Here is what I wanted to do. I wanted to show how biased the commentators were towards Federer. It happened mid second set so I decided I'd note down a little of what they said. But all I was doing was opening and closing my laptop because every time I opened it Nadal lost a point and I had to close it. I am weird. I believe in such things. (If you did not realize yet - I support Federer's opponent any day and I hated Federer until I made the previous post.)
So here goes my list.
For the second set...
This is bewildering.
And Federer won the set.
For the third set...
This is phenomenal tennis. ( I type this and Nadal loses a point in the tie break and I closed and opened late in the 4th set when I realised I was being foolish)
General observations - Vijay Amritraj needs new words to be coined - Magnificent, tremendous, spectacular, stupendous, phenomenal have done their job.
For the fourth set...
He has got amazing reserves of energy and stamina ... He looks indestructible. ( And I am surprised they are praising him).
Then the justifications pour in. (Come on! Federer can't lose. Something not going well for him today. Next time, I swear the stars are going to kill you for holding them responsible everytime Federer loses.)
His serve hasn't been good. (Quotes his 2nd set 1st service percentage and attributes that to his 2nd set win. - BALLS!)
Federer feels he has been in the wrong end of the line calls... (Federer challenges a point and shakes his head and they have to discuss it.)
We are going to 5!!
Flash the statistics and there we go again
1st serve % Federer - 62% Nadal - 55%
So thats why Federer won. (To hell with your logic - Really)
For the fifth set...
Nadal's 5th set record ** to 3
Federer's 13 to 11
Who is your money on?
Its the fifth set anything can happen.... ( Oh! finally some sense)
Now comes what the commentators were hoping would make Nadal lose.
Lactic acid build up!
He is supposed to be tired... I don't know if he knows the meaning of that word.
And then the comment that hurt me the most
The greatest player of all time VS the greatest player of the moment... (!!!)
And its justification time again when Federer was broken the 1st time in the 5th - Federer's top spin backhand (to Rafa's forehand) ... overcooked it and its break point...
And when he was broken - Guess what!?! Its his backhand again.
And then came a bunch of goodness for Rafa. They didn't have a choice, did they?
May be he has run out of ideas with this 22 year old Spaniard.The Spaniard who never gives up.
The calm(Federer's) has been broken by this man.
Look at him - hes the one who is supposed to be tired ... hes the one who is supposed to be running out of steam!?! :D
Now you know why Verdasco would have made an easy opponent for Federer and a useless finalist!!!
So we are not done with Federer love yet -
How many errors do you think Federer has made with this top spin backhand in this match?? (WHY!!)
It can't be nerves... (Please let him live!)
5-2 Federer to serve to stay in the final. ( How Fed-centric! )
Errors are still coming from Federer!
15-40 to deuce
7-5 3-6 7-6 3-6 6-2
For the aftermath...
Some Nadal Jap -
What a remarkable performance by this man. Two 5 setters won back to back and 10 hours on court.
Indefatigable human machine.
Greatest tennis athlete of all time writing a tennis history that no one else can match - least of all, Federer.
Federer : God, Its killing me. (And he cried)
I don't want to have the last word.
In the first moment you're disappointed, you're shocked, you're sad, you know, then all of a sudden it overwhelms you.The problem is you can't go in the locker room and just take it easy and take a cold shower. You can't. You know, you're stuck out there. It's the worst feeling. It’s rough.
You can't go through your whole life as a tennis player taking every victory that's out there. You've got to live with those, you know. But they hurt even more so if you're that close, like at Wimbledon or like here at the Australian Open. So that's what's tough about it.
And to the world - Stop over - analyzing him. Stop breaking down every aspect of his tennis. Leave him alone. Poor Federer.
Nadal (and I) : Rog, sorry for today...