• Federer begins World Tour Finals against Verdasco

    11/21/09 9:39 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Federer begins World Tour Finals against Verdasco Roger Federer will begin his final tournament of 2009 on Sunday night in a quest to finish the year No. 1 in the world. His first World Tour Finals opponent is Fernando Verdasco.

    Roger Federer and Fernando Verdasco will be squaring off for the fourth time in their careers when they do battle in the opening night session of the World Tour Finals on Monday. Federer is 3-0 lifetime against Verdasco and has never dropped a single set. The top-ranked Swiss prevailed 6-3, 7-6(5) in their most recent encounter earlier this season at the Masters Series Indian Wells.

    Federer, of course, is a monumental favorite to get the best of Verdasco once again. The 15-time Grand Slam champion is 59-10 on the year and he broke Pete Sampras' record by winning both the French Open and Wimbledon. Federer has cooled off since losing the U.S. Open final to Juan Martin Del Potro, as he lost to Novak Djokovic in the Basel final and dropped his Paris opener to Julien Benneteau.

    Verdasco, in the midst of his best season on tour, is enjoying a remarkably consistent 2009 campaign. However, he has failed to reproduce any real magic like he did on the way to a semifinal finish at the Australian Open. The eighth-ranked Spaniard owns an impressive 52-22 match record for the season, but he lost early at the recent Masters events in Shanghai and Paris.

    Furthermore, while Federer is a four-time champion of this event, Verdasco is making his World Tour Finals debut. A left-hander, Verdasco has the game to trouble his favored opponent, but the occasion is probably too big for him to score what would be a major upset. Federer in straight sets--again--is the pick.

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Federites unite! This is actually the most important match if you ask me. Fed has ice a history of loosing the first match to the dark horse. I think this till be tougher for him than the other 2 matches ( yes, i said it! ) this match will set the tone. C?MON!!

fedexfan , 11/22/09 11:44 AM

Oupsss...ExFed's forehand is gone??? So many unforced errors...

zare , 11/22/09 10:18 PM

Fed's in trouble all right; however Verdasco is not playing that well either and may not believe he's going to win

seam , 11/22/09 10:33 PM

Here we go...sec. set. Don't CHOKE Nando!!!

zare , 11/22/09 10:39 PM

terrible call by the lineswoman at start 6th game, second set, first serve by Verdasco, fed was totally unimpressed - she stooped down well for the next serve; I wonder how they test if these volunteers are going to be any good

seam , 11/22/09 11:01 PM we go again...master of choking...
Third set will probably be very easy for Roge...

zare , 11/22/09 11:28 PM

"I wonder how they test if these volunteers are going to be any good"

i guess it is sufficient to be murray fan :)

posmatrac , 11/22/09 11:31 PM

The story of his life: so close but so far.
Seam: I beg to differ. He played some scintillating tennis in that lst set. But you're right about not believing enough he could win. He let Federer back in and, true to form, Federer slammed the door shut on him.

ed251137 , 11/23/09 1:06 AM

I agree. At the beginning of the match Verdasco was on fire and Roger wasn't. Then came the second set...I could almost hear the cracks happening in Verdasco's mentality as he had to play "catchup" and serve second. With each passing point and each passing game I'd hear a new "creeeeaaak!" and "crack!" as if there was an elephant trying to sit on a glass ceiling.

Then came the 12th game of the second set where he had to hold to force a tie-breaker, he gave away the break in the most comical fashion. I couldn't believe he dared to take one of Federer's shots for granted and assume it was going out, only to watch it land in and then feebly attempt to hit an overhead smash with slice?! Isn't that one of the first things you learn as a junior? NEVER take one of Federer's shots for granted. You chase it, prepare to hit it and if it goes out (and your Verdasco) you thank your lucky hair jell. That goes for any player. Never "hope" for a ball to go out. Hope is not a plan people!

The way he melted away in the third set was so disappointing for someone who is in the top 8 and for someone who's qualified for the first time. He didn't deserve to win it because he didn't want to after he dropped the second set.

Despite the disappointing ending to the match (on Verdasco's end) it was still fun to watch. There were some really good shots and rallies by both players throughout and we got to hear Federer's German Voice as he got vocal and pumped himself up with his "C'MON"s. It's always fun to watch when a top player picks up their game mid-match.

Oh, one more thing, I really love it when they use the slo-mo cam! I'm thrilled to see that they have it for this tourney. They give us such fantastic shots of the players in action! I just love watching a close up of the athletes doing their thang! Hmm, does that sound wrong to any of you? O_o

Hopefully there's a slo-mo shot of Rafa doing one of his Vamos! fist-pumps tomorrow. That would be SO awesome! Fingers crossed! :D

MiniArbre , 11/23/09 2:58 AM

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