Sunday, January 31, 2010

Federer Dominates Murray for Sweet 16th Slam

"I'm over the moon."

Those were the words of Roger Federer following his flawless performance in the Australian Open finals. The Swiss number 1 was serving near perfectly and hit his forehand as good as ever in the 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (11) win over Andy Murray. Just when a few of you thought that Roger had nothing left to prove, he amazed us again, hitting 46 winners and 11 aces, controlling the tempo the entire match and never letting the Brit implement his strategy.

Andy was gracious in defeat, but also heartbroken, struggling to hold back tears when confronting his fans back home.

The best moment, though was this quote:

“I can cry like Roger, it’s just a shame I can’t play like him.”

Murray's serve let him down, just as Federer's did in last year's final, as the 5th seed served at just 57 % while hitting 36 errors and 29 winners. He did, though, up his level in the 3rd set, grabbing a 5-2 lead before the world number 1 took the set to a tiebreak, where Murray wasted 5 set points, eventually losing the breaker 13-11.

The victory was Federer's 16th career slam and 4th Australian open title, putting him comfortably in front of the pack for career majors. He was able to lift his game to a level practically unheard of, improving his head-to-head against Murray to 5-6.

In the trophy ceremony, Federer assured Murray that he has no need to worry, saying, "you're way too good of a player not to win one."

Here was one of the better parts of Fed's post-match presser:

Q. How will you celebrate tonight? Any different?

ROGER FEDERER: Friends and family, you know. See if the babies are up. Hope not (smiling). Otherwise I’ll wake them up tomorrow or I’ll just grab them because I’m so happy.

No, we’ll just have a good time tonight with drinks and food. That’s what I usually do, regardless if I win or lose. It’s something I’ve got the habit, you know, because I got a lot of support. I just like to let the tournament unwind a bit, you know, see where it ends. At 12:00 apparently we have a photo shoot.

Gotta wonder how many more of these things Roger can win after seeing him play at such a high level today.

Congrats Rog!

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