WTF Day 6 & 7

Written By: achangeofends - Nov• 26•10

I’m visiting home for Thanksgiving and for some reason, my computer and my parents’ wifi don’t get along. All week, I’ve had a couple of brief windows to use the internet, which has hampered both my ability to write about tennis and find spectacular shopping deals. Anyway, I wasn’t able to write a preview for Day 6 at the WTF, so I’ll have to do a recap instead. I don’t think anyone was surprised by Friday’s results. Rafael Nadal made a pretty strong case for winning this year’s WTF by beating Tomas Berdych 7-6(3) 6-1 and going 3-0 in his round robin matches. However, Roger Federer topped group B, also going 3-0 in the round robin stage. In the second match of the day, Novak Djokovic sailed into the semifinals after beating Andy Roddick 6-2 6-3. Roddick worked so hard at the end of the season just to make it back to the World Tour Finals, so it’s kind of a shame to see him go out without winning a single match. The same could be said for David Ferrer.

In case you are unfamiliar with the WTF format, the top two men from each group advance to the semifinals where the winner of Group A will meet the runner up of Group B and visa versa. Both undefeated thus far, Rafael Nadal won Group A and Roger Federer emerged as the winner of Group B. Nadal will face Andy Murray and Federer will play Novak Djokovic in tomorrow’s semifinal matches. These are the right matches. While Andy Murray may no longer be number four, these are undeniably the best four tennis players in the world right now. Nadal and Federer are the two best players, and each won their group quite convincingly.

Rafael Nadal vs. Andy Murray – Not Before 2pm GMT

The top guys play each other a lot, over the last three years, Nadal and Murray have met 12 times. Rafa leads the head to head 8-4, but any time you hear him talk about Murray, you would think Andy had the winning record. Rafa has great respect for the danger in Andy’s game, possibly too much. Murray’s four wins came at the ’08 US Open (we all know Rafa wasn’t at his best in Sept. ’08,) Rotterdam in ’09, the 2010 Australian Open (Nadal retired,) and the 2010 Toronto Masters. Clearly Andy poses a threat, but Nadal’s track record makes him a strong favorite going into tomorrow’s match, even if he doesn’t think so. Andy played great tennis against Ferrer and Soderling in the round robin matches, but had no answers when playing Roger Federer. If he had trouble with Roger, I’m going to venture a guess he’ll have trouble with Rafa. Nadal in two.

Roger Federer vs. Novak Djokovic – Not Before 8pm GMT

Roger Federer has yet to drop a set in this year’s World Tour Finals. He is in a quest to tie the record for the most World Tour Finals won (5) and so far his case looks just as convincing if not more than Rafael Nadal. Federer and Djokovic have played each other eighteen times over the last four years, and like Rafa/Murray, Fed has won twice the number of matches Nole has (12-6.) Most recently they played in the Basel final, which is also an indoor hard court event, where Roger Federer came out on top in three sets. Fed also won their semifinal in Shanghai this year, another indoor hard court tournament. However, who could forget their US Open battle in this year’s semifinals, where Djokovic dethroned the six time finalist? I honestly think that the crowds are going to get what they want this time. Everyone was hoping for a Federer/Nadal final at the US Open and Djokovic deprived us of that, but I don’t think it’ll happen this time. We haven’t seen a Fedal meeting all year and it’s only fitting that we get one in the last tournament of the year. Federer in three.

Pic by Getty.

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  1. Thank you for the article, it was nice to learn something. :))

  2. Kym Tokley says:

    Great read. Do you have a Twitter page?

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