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Old 07-12-2019, 11:41 AM   #3001
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Nadal needs to channel his inner Djokovic and use the fact that the crowd is behind Federer to pump himself up here.
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Old 07-12-2019, 11:48 AM   #3002
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Looking a bit like the 2017 AO Final, although the first set was tight in this one. But both guys controlling the other sets they won. Feels like Roger needs the early break in the fourth to really get Nadal down.
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Old 07-12-2019, 11:49 AM   #3003
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Looking a bit like the 2017 AO Final, although the first set was tight in this one. But both guys controlling the other sets they won. Feels like Roger needs the early break in the fourth to really get Nadal down.
Ahh the 2017 AO Final, also known as my least favorite match in tennis history
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:03 PM   #3004
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There's that early break that the Senator wanted.
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:04 PM   #3005
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Pretty important game this one coming up.
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:05 PM   #3006
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:19 PM   #3007
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Wow that backhand winner was vintage Federer. Unreal get.
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:21 PM   #3008
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Wow that backhand winner was vintage Federer. Unreal get.
Bringing out the serve and volley now as well. More vintage Fed.
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:38 PM   #3009
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Fed throwing away challenges and now misses an overhead.
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:40 PM   #3010
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Man, even if Rafa loses this match, he's played some gutsy tennis on these match points.
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:42 PM   #3011
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Nadal doing everything to hang on.
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:42 PM   #3012
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All and all that was pretty straightforward, relatively speaking. Was also wise to tank that second set once Rafa got the break to conserve the energy, went hard those last two sets.
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:43 PM   #3013
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Beautiful. Roger you're the best!
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:46 PM   #3014
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Congratulations to Roger he was certainly the better player today especially on the important points. That missed BP in the last game will haunt Nadal.
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Good.

Not sure why but I've always hated Nadal.

Go Federer!!!
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:50 PM   #3016
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That racquet switch in 2017 tho....
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Old 07-12-2019, 01:14 PM   #3017
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It was 23-10 Rafa in the head-to-head vs. Roger and now stands at 24-16.

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Old 07-12-2019, 01:17 PM   #3018
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Outside clay Rafa just doesn't have a gameplan anymore to beat Roger. He can't go to the backhand anymore, Roger has the confidence to swing freely with it that he never had before the racquet change. And Roger's serving outside the second set was exceptional. Still think Novak is too much on Sunday, but if Roger brings the serve then we're in for a classic.
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Congratulations to Roger he was certainly the better player today especially on the important points. That missed BP in the last game will haunt Nadal.
you're a good sport, I know what I would have done if the result was different, i.e. not be anywhere near this board until the final.

joining a different team for Sunday or just hoping the Centre Court roof caves in during warmup?
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There's a sizable gap opening on the second serve efficiency in Nadal's favor. Roger needs to do a much better job on his second as this match progresses.
This proved pretty prophetic. In the end Roger gets over 60% on second serves and Rafa finishes under 50%.
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