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Roger Federer © Tennistalk.com
Madrid
Quarter final
5/11/12 1 2 Tot
ch  Roger Federer 6 6 2
es  David Ferrer 4 4 0
David Ferrer © Tennistalk.com
  • Federer takes care of Ferrer

    5/11/12 11:16 PM | Kelli DeMario
    World No. 3 Roger Federer is through to the semifinal in Madrid after defeating world No. 6 David Ferrer. The two-time champion moves on to face world No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic for a place in the final.

    Third seed Roger Federer remains unbeaten against fifth seed David Ferrer, following his 6-4, 6-4 success in Friday's quarterfinals. The Swiss held 10 consecutive service games without facing a break point.

    Poor serving from Ferrer handed Federer a 3-1 advantage in the opening set. Two set points came in short order for the world No. 3, who closed the set once Ferrer missed a service return. Federer took a key break at 4-4 in the second set after the Spaniard netted a forehand.

    Federer held triple match point at 5-4, then completed the winning effort on his seventh ace of the night. He ended the match with 17 winners and just 6 points surrendered on serve.

    The Swiss will take on 7th seed Janko Tipsarevic in the semifinals. Tipsarevic upset top-seeded defending champion Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinal, 7-6(2), 6-3.

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I honestly think this has been interesting to see how this plays out, as I agree the players seem to be complaining about the blue clay. I find that Nadal who was just a clay courter and found a way too adapt to hard and grass courts has really let it get to him more than he should have, Novak has just followed along.

Federer has just got on with it, as has the guys still left in the draw. If Federer wins this tournament it will be because he just did what he had to do, and mentally stayed strong throughout the week.

Poor form from Novak and Nadal to let it take over their mind as they played, both losses resulting in a loss of concentration and opponents playing with more belief.

eelesino , 5/12/12 1:44 AM


I guess it's good to be a neutral, level-headed Swiss. No seriously Fed has adapted to yet another new surface : blue sand. Fed could win on anything. He's that good. He could probably ice skate and play tennis at the same time. Maestro!

chr18 , 5/12/12 3:48 AM


He could probably ice skate and play tennis at the same time. Maestro!

chr18 , 5/12/12 3:48 AM

LOL He must be really GOOD!!! This Maestro! :) C'MON!!!

sky , 5/12/12 4:23 AM


Fed could win on anything. He's that good. He could probably ice skate and play tennis at the same time. Maestro!

chr18 , 5/12/12 3:48 AM
What logic. Fed hasn't won a slam for 2 years and has managed to reach just one slam final. Forget about winning on anything, he hasn't won anything for a long time.
If I am not mistaken, in the last two years he has not only won only minor events i.e. non-slam, but they were all on hard court. Talk of winning on anything!
Yeah, he can skate and do ballet perhaps but he needs to play tennis to win slams.

holdserve , 5/12/12 4:37 AM


It makes me laugh reading some comments here. I bet Fed will be hoping they add a sand surface to one of the slams so that he can maybe win another slam this year! If Fed is so good reaching the SF on blue clay, so are the other three semifinalists. I bet if both Nole and Rafa are still around, non of these Fed supporters would dare to brat about how good Fed is, for they'll be busy worrying about his encounter with Nole. Well at least show some respect for guys like Tipsy, Delpo and Berdych. One of them may be beating Fed here, so just be a bit more patient and see who will lift the winner's trophy here. Who knows, Fed may be stopped in his next match? Let's wait and see.

luckystar , 5/12/12 5:16 AM


From the beginning it was clear that the surface will be bad for the 2 best movers nadal and djokovic. And see they are both out. Fed and the big hitters are feasting on the surface. Ferret had no chance. Big berd has played the best in this court and is the favourite until he suffers from brain fart in the finals vs fed

atul1985 , 5/12/12 5:33 AM


Like Rafa said in Oz, Fed goes around smelling of roses while the others burn.

http://www.foxsports.com.au/tennis/roger-federer-refuses-to-join-n ovak-djokovic-rafael-nadal-in-criticising-blue-clay-at-madrid-masters/ story-e6frf4mu-1226353562898

rafaisthebest , 5/12/12 7:03 AM


It's about enjoying tennis. FED is enjoying tennis, and so are his fans.

sky , 5/12/12 7:18 AM


yay Fed.. lovely tennis unlike the loosers No.2 and No.1 who started crying after the loss. :P

He could probably ice skate and play tennis at the same time. Maestro!
chr18
, 5/12/12 3:48 AM ---> Loved this one.

PS: No attack.

tomnjerry2 , 5/12/12 8:12 AM


Not with a few slip ups here and there. Er..I seem to remember someone crying after losing at the AO....

luckystar , 5/12/12 8:26 AM


duh not crying about the surface.Fed did not say I wont play on AO hard court ever after.Ting

tomnjerry2 , 5/12/12 8:49 AM


I am really amazed with Fed's focus and his motivation to play...he is true champion and as eelesino rightly says he went on to do what he had to do, to do his job...sometimes in life we are not happy about the conditions we work in, or we are not happy about the contract we sign, but we still do our job in a professional manner...there are ways to influence the situation we are not happy with, rather than just complaining and as it seems here losing matches on purpose as everyone suspects here for both Rafa and Nole...they both can just decide to skip Madrid next year and that is all...why sending threatening messages about it to Tiriac and others? I disapprove this way of handling things, but that's just me. Nobody has to agree with me. But I wonder why then didn't they just do what Murray did: skip the damn thing and let the players who want to play enjoy their lives...

Anyway, want to congratulate Fed for doing his job professionally and staying calm when things matter...I wish him all the best at this tourney...

natashao , 5/12/12 9:30 AM



Off late Nadal has become too much whinger. Suck it up and get on with it!

nirv02 , 5/12/12 9:33 AM


The idiot Rafans here actually thinks that we Fedfans really cares that much that Fed is not dominating tennis like he did. Fact-of-the-matter is. Rafa had never sustained a period of dominance as long as Fed did. We are just grateful the guy's there playing tennis and winning tournaments.

I am sure no Rafans or Djoko fans stopped supporting their idols when Fed was winning everthing.

Fed's game is the best ever. It can adapt to different surfaces. That's why he's the greatest.

torres9 , 5/12/12 9:54 AM


Ha ha, fancy Fed skipping the AO after he lost?? Not going to happen.

If everyone keeps quiet so nothing is being done to the slippery surface, I'm not sure that will help the players in the long run. Oh it's not only Rafa and Nole who are complaining, others also complain, it's just that they're not as high profile.

They have legitimate reasons for complaining, so this is not whinning. By keeping quiet and skipping the tournament going forward, they're avoiding the problem but not solving the problem. Since they're the no.1 and no.2 players, Nole and Rafa can make their voices heard and help effect changes for the benefits of the other players, whose voices may not be heard by the tournament directors, organisers etc. Apparently Ion Tiriac had apologized to Rafa and promised to do something to rectify the situation.

Nobody is asking to slow down the surface, it's just to rectify the slipperiness. If they restore the surface to be like the precious year but with proper clay surface, I'm sure all players would be fine with it, the top three guys, who have all won here before, would not be complaining.

luckystar , 5/12/12 9:58 AM


This is perfect, great players adapt to any surface, Rafa and Novak were unable to, but after 5 weeks off Fed still has the ability to adapt and progress through a really tough section of the draw. Who will stop him now?? Nobody, it's a good job the courts are not as fast as they were 6 or 7 years ago and the balls are heavier because everyone knows that Roger is the greatest on the quicker surfaces. I'm sure the ATP slowed everything down just to give others a chance to beat Roger! He does what he likes and is a joy to watch, still moves better than the guys 6 years younger than him! Holdserve i look forward to when Rafa wins a tournament again that isnt on clay. Roger the GOAT!!!

brothdog , 5/12/12 10:01 AM


it's a good job the courts are not as fast as they were 6 or 7 years ago and the balls are heavier because everyone knows that Roger is the greatest on the quicker surfacesI'm sure the ATP slowed everything down just to give others a chance to beat Roger! He does what he likes and is a joy to watch.
brothdog, 5/12/12 10:01 AM

excellent point.

I dont enjoy Roger's winning these days as much as Nand-ul-al and Djoker's losses :P

tomnjerry2 , 5/12/12 10:05 AM


I really find it odd that Tiriac had to apologize to Rafa when Rafa lost his match...I thought the conditions were the same for Rafa and Nando...just because Rafa was not in that match due to his own reasons and just because Rafa let it go when he was clearly wining does not mean Tiriac needed to apologize...that is so funny...I did not see Tiriac apologizing when Rafa destroyed Davy...

I think Milos will have most regrets now because he came so close to beating Fed and he would have gone far and maybe won the whole thing with Rafa and Nole out...

natashao , 5/12/12 10:09 AM


I'm not sure Fed is the greatest on fast surfaces, there're still Sampras or even big serving Goran. To jump into conclusion like this is having little respect for the past greats to say the least.

Also, Fed has not even won this Madrid tournament yet, he may lose in the next round and out goes all this ability to adapt talk. The other three guys happen to adapt well too, why only Fed being mentioned?

Well at least Tiriac admitted his own mistakes and apologize. No one want to see the top two guys injuring themselves when they went for their shots. Fed almost slip and fell and had he really fell down Tiriac would be the first to apologize to him too. Verdasco certainly not complaining when he won, slipperiness or not, it's this slipperiness that played a part in his win against Rafa. He'll more than happy to thank Tiriac for this surface.

luckystar , 5/12/12 10:27 AM


Bringing up Goran? lucky is really out of it.

Verdasco was 5-2 in the last set. Still think it's the surface's fault? How did Rafa get to 5-2? Owhh it only got slippery after that, not before?

What a load of excuses.

torres9 , 5/12/12 10:44 AM


And what's this? 'little respect for past greats'?

What Rafans here has potrayed it minimum respect for a living legend who has achieved so much. oh, the irony.

torres9 , 5/12/12 10:59 AM


To say i beleive Rog is the greatest on fast surfaces is not showing a lack of respect to Sampras. I'm not even going to mention Goran because to mention him and Fed and Pete in the same leauge is crazy talk! It's just what i believe, when Rafans harp pn about Rafa being the greatest of all time on a clay court does that show disrespect to Borg? I don't think it does, its just one persons preference over another. Torres 9 is so right, all was going well until he threw it away in the final set, then its too slippery for the final 5 games that Verdasco won, do me a favour!

brothdog , 5/12/12 11:03 AM


natashao, 5/12/12 10:09 AM

Tiriac publicly apologised for the quality of the playing surface, that is a matter of public record. Presumably he went to Rafa to offer him his apologies in person in that respect.

How do you know Tiriac did not do the same with Verdasco, apologise to him I mean? Just because there is no public report about it does not mean it did not happen. The reason the apology to Rafa is public is because Uncle Toni made it public.

So, again, I ask you: how do you know Tiriac did not apologise to Verdasco, did you talk to him?

I think it's a fair question given that you appear so upset with Tiriac's apology to Rafa.

Thank you.

rafaisthebest , 5/12/12 11:20 AM


I don't see him apologizing to Nole, Fed, Berdy, Delpo...at least I did not hear about it, maybe you know more than I am...I would understand if he went public and apologized to all the players, which he in fact did attempt to do by saying the conditions are bad...but going to apologize Rafa in person is for me not worth mentioning...it is not his fault that Rafa let Verda win the match...

natashao , 5/12/12 11:37 AM


^^^So why don't you take it up with Tiriac?

nadline , 5/12/12 12:02 PM


Because, I personally don't give a damn about it...Tiriac apologizing in person to Rafa means absolutely nothing to me...and it does not solve the fact that Rafa lost a match that he was surely wining...

natashao , 5/12/12 12:08 PM


For someone who doesn't give a damn about it, you sure give it some air...............

rafaisthebest , 5/12/12 12:16 PM


He did'nt let him win the match, a champion of Rafa's standards would never do that! Or at least i hope. Roger will dispatch Tipse with ease, the other semi is a tough call. I fancy Delpo to get through in 3, it will be very close! No matter, the winner unfortunately has to play Roger the day after and he will beat either of them. Roger for No2!! Then again No1! It is a possibily if he can capture a GS this year. Roger to get to No2 before RG then it will be Novak vs Rafa in the semis and open up the draw for Rog, Novak to beat Rafa in the semis and then Fed to beat Novak in the final! it's a long shot but i believe Roger can do it!

brothdog , 5/12/12 12:22 PM


brothdog, 5/12/12 12:22 PM

Hmmm, nice psychedelic dream you got going on there................wow!!

rafaisthebest , 5/12/12 12:26 PM


I reflected on it just because someone thinks it can be used to justify Rafa's loss to Nando...I wish to talk tennis here, not what TIRIAC has done or has not done...I believe Tiriac will end up being pleased that he gained so much publicity over it now...

natashao , 5/12/12 12:26 PM


natashao, with respect, YOU are the one who brought up Tiriac and Rafa in the same post............may I refreash your memory?:


I really find it odd that Tiriac had to apologize to Rafa when Rafa lost his match...I thought the conditions were the same for Rafa and Nando...just because Rafa was not in that match due to his own reasons and just because Rafa let it go when he was clearly wining does not mean Tiriac needed to apologize...that is so funny...I did not see Tiriac apologizing when Rafa destroyed Davy...

I think Milos will have most regrets now because he came so close to beating Fed and he would have gone far and maybe won the whole thing with Rafa and Nole out...


natashao, 5/12/12 10:09 AM


Suddenly you do not want to talk about it because...................the questions are uncomfortable? You brought this up, lady.........

rafaisthebest , 5/12/12 12:38 PM


Haha! Nothing wrong with dreaming. If fed wins Madrid and Rafa fails to make the final in Rome then he will be no2 and that isnt impossible. No1 is a way off but Novak is struggling to re capture the form of last year. He has so many points to defend. Will see what happens, i'm just happy Fed is still able to produce great tennis on any surface.

brothdog , 5/12/12 12:42 PM


^^^totally agree....and best part? Dreams are free, and we can all dream!

rafaisthebest , 5/12/12 12:46 PM


Oh we are talking about fast surfaces are we not? I'm not sure Fed could handle Sampras or even Goran's serves. To say that Fed is the greatest on the fast court is truly an exaggeration, when Sampras was winning all his Wimbledon titles on the fast grass courts. How many of Fed's slams are on fast courts??

Borg vs Rafa on clay? Oh it's not us here saying that Rafa has already surpassed Borg, but even the experts, the commentators etc are talking about it, so no disrespect to Borg, Rafa has already achieved more than Borg at this point of his career.

Verdasco vs Rafa, oh need I say anymore when their H2H was 0-13 in Rafa's favor. Yeah Rafa lost the match rather than Verdasco won it, when Rafa was 5-2, 5-3 in the third set. Instead of serving aces to finish the job, he hit some weak forehands and lost the game. Would that happen on a proper clay court? Certainly not, but this was slippery clay or sand we're talking about. Do note that Verdasco has never won a set off Rafa on proper clay court, that's the difference.

luckystar , 5/12/12 12:53 PM


Credit where credit is due, Verdasco ought to be commended for hanging in tough and seized the opportunity when it arose to take advantage of the situation. The win meant alot to him as he was overcome by emotions and cried. A win is a win and it'll be a legitimate win so good for Verdasco to have a win over Rafa on Madrid soil (sand). I'm sure Rafa won't bear any grudges about this loss to Verdasco.

luckystar , 5/12/12 1:01 PM


If Fed could handle the serve of A - Rodd in his pomp in 04 05 and 09 on the grass then to say he could'nt handle Sampras or Goran is some way off the mark. Let's not forget Fed beat Sapras in 02 on the grass and Sampras was only the same age as Fed is now. Handled it pretty well then. I like how you say its not just you that say Rafa is the best ever on clay, experts and commentators say it too, because that is the exact same arguement the Fed fans have about the GOAT debate. It's not just us Fed fans that say it, it is the experts and commentators too!

brothdog , 5/12/12 1:09 PM


no, I didn't...see this post...

luckystar
, 5/12/12 10:27 AM
read it yourself...

natashao , 5/12/12 1:16 PM


While is Fed is busy taking care of his opponents at Madrid open Rafael nadal is busy taking care of his hurt ego after loosing to Verdasco. haha

tomnjerry2 , 5/12/12 1:17 PM


Ha, how about the commentators now changing their tune about Fed as Goat, they first talk about Rafa being the Goat and now Nole is also being in consideration for Goat. Unfortunate for Fed, the Goat status keeps changing, while Rafa's king of clay status keeps getting stronger and stronger.

Oh so Fed fans are so proud that Fed beat an aging Sampras at Wimbledon? Do note that Fed duly lost to Tim Henman in the next round. Er..Fed also lost to Berdych at Wimbledon in 2010 when Fed was 28, and lost to Tsonga at Wimbledon 2011 when Fed was 29. So are they better than Fed?

luckystar , 5/12/12 1:33 PM


Oh the grass of 04, 05 and 09? Didn't some of you said that the grass was slowed down since 2002, and hence Fed's win over Roddick on grass started. Picutre a peak Fed and peak Sampras on the fast grass of the 1990s, tell me who beats who? So, the statement ' Fed is the greatest on fast courts' is truly debatable, so please don't go around telling people Fed is the greatest on fast courts please.

Now 'Fed is the Goat', we have to wait and see how Rafa and Nole fare in their respective career before jumping into conclusion. I'm also not sure Laver is out of the picture when we're talking about Goat. IMO, there's no goat, but the greatest of the era. I'm happy to say Fed is the greatest of his era, while Rafa and Nole can be greatest of their own eras.

luckystar , 5/12/12 1:43 PM


The hypocritical thing is the other day Fed fan's supposedly talked 99% negative about Nadal and 1% about Fed. Now I'm praising Fed for a job well done and still take flack. I say bring back indoor carpet and Fed will win on that too. So he hasn't won a Slam for over 2 years. He has won WTF and 2 Masters 1000 in the last 6 months or so in addition to 3 500 events. Fed is winning!

chr18 , 5/12/12 2:55 PM



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