Talk about super Saturday! I was thoroughly impressed by the match between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Nole came back from what I thought was going to be a four set victory for the Swiss champ. Instead, Djokovic did the exact same thing he did in 2010, came back from from two sets down and two match points down to win against Federer.
Djokovic played tennis like John McEnroe likes to say “lights out tennis”. After being down those match points, Novak found another gear and put himself on overdrive to take it to Roger. Finishing off the Swiss in 3 hours, 51 minutes and 5 sets, 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.
The real question is, did Djokovic beat Federer or did Federer choke? I think it was a combination of the two; I believe that Roger took his foot off the gas a little in the third set – perhaps to make it more competitive. Though he never really put his foot back on the pedal. In the fifth I’m almost certain that he choked a few points, especially when he held match points, Federer lost focus and overhit too many balls. So a little bit of choking and a lot of Djokovic beating him.
The second semifinal featured Andy Murray and defending US Open Champion, Rafael Nadal. Before this match started I was already telling my buddies that Rafa was going to win in straight sets. I was 95% right, it was four sets – Nadal finally dropped a set at this US Open. It was a lot like their previous meetings, Nadal dictating points and ripping his forehands down the line. Now, Murray didn’t play a bad match, he really has some moments of greatness but it just was not enough to compete against the Spaniard.
Djokovic will now meet his major finals rival, Rafael Nadal. The two have met a total of 28 times, Nadal owning 16 of those meetings. In major finals, they have met twice but have split the wins, most recently Djokovic winning at the All England Tennis Club (Wimbledon) this year. However, this years US Open final will be a repeat of last years final, but it’s different now.
Now Djokovic is the guy to beat, he’s the king of tennis, the #1 player in the world, the head honcho, and the guy who has a better chance of winning the 2011 US Open title more than Rafa. I’m going to call this final right now, my prediction is that Novak Djokovic will win the 2011 US Open in four sets, with Nadal winning the second set. It’s not going to be an easy match for either of the players. They each have something to prove; Nadal has a title to defend and Djokovic has the title to win.
We will see what happens on Monday – I’m totally bummed that the men’s final was moved to Monday in the middle of the day on the West coast – Will Djokovic beat Nadal at the 2011 US Open final?