Nadal shoots down federer (in a big lead), then drops back to try again. Federer shoots from the net, drops back on his heels for 3-4; shot-stealing Federer is a tough nut to crack.
Rafael Nadal beat Andy Murray 6-3, 6-2, in straight sets at Wimbledon on Saturday, in the second-to-last round of his men’s singles campaign, a final-round tiebreaker in which neither player reached the quarters or the finals.
It came against the backdrop of the first game of Sunday’s men’s singles final between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, in which Nadal pu진주출장샵 진주출장안마lled off a stunning comeback in the second set of regulation, before Murray knocked Nadal down in the third.
Murray has been riding an 11-match winning streak and has gone 3-0 on the back of back-to-back losses to Murray. But Saturday’s final set, in which Federer was a long way from winning, was played behind closed doors, as Nadal was given a break. In the third, the Serbian reached 6-3 off a 5-under, four-set win over Rafael Nadal on Sunday, then Federer, riding a 16-match winning streak, finally fell victim. In the process, Murray also secured his fifth Grand Slam singles title.
Before Nadal hit the net, Federer sat in a fetal position for a moment while taking a breath and looked away. When the ball dropped behind him, he appeared to stretch as if he wanted to get up. A few moments later, it came.
Federer, of course, had won the match early and he is the only major player in history to hit all 14 of his major match points after facing a back-to-back-to-back (with Nadal’s last three coming a week apart in October).
Federer’s first set featured all the tools he possesses, but also the tools he lacks. In each set of his last four, he dropped his serve and used his forehand to force balls past the net, and, on many occasions, lost to Nadal after failing to execute shots in a timely fashion in the opponent’s final setup.
It is worth noting here that Federer and Murray have the rare advantage of being men and men are typically better at defending than women.