Abu Dhabi: Shut up, you loser.
The next time you go AWOL in the decider set of a match Roger, I’ll personally wax every single piece of hair off your body so you look like a furless cat.
Losing is becoming Federer’s profession these days as he acquired his third straight loss to a top 10 player with a 76 67 26 defeat to Soderling. It’s the sort of streak that makes you want to stick your head into a toilet bowl because it looks prettier than the scoreline. Way to start the new decade, Rog.
But all in all, it was a decent match.
Federer served big and played smoothly for the first set and a half, squeaking out the tiebreak and racing into an early break in the second.
Just when I thought I could sit back and muse over his tan, the Dimpled One loosened up and began swinging for the fences. Bobby Sod quickly recovered the break as the set rolled into a tiebreak. Roger floundered, the Sod was reenergized, conceding only 1 point in the tiebreak to walk away with the second set.
Once Federer got down an early break in the third, it became clear that he wasn’t prepared to go the distance, as the douchebag began to S&V and squander his break chances. Looks like that ‘aversion to breakpoint conversion’ followed him into 2010.
But it was no biggie. Roger was hardly breaking out the tears over an exho. “Obviously it’s hard to start playing against him [Sod] but I had fun,” said Federer.
The Sod had fun too, as he enjoyed his first victory over Fed in 13 attempts, “I always said the more times I play him, the closer I’ll get, and here I am today,” he told the crowd.
Urgh. Stop looking adorbs. *shields eyes*
Seriously now – well done, Dimples. You refused to fade away when down a set and a break, and I can’t think of a more deserving victor.
In the other match of the day, Rafa took out his Armada mate Ferrer 7-6 6-3.
After a tight first set in which Nadal saved five break points, including two sets points, Rafa took control of the tiebreak and his form.
With a set under his belt, Rafa raced to an early break in the second set. Unlike Federer, he kept rolling while Ferrer faded into the night. The second service break did the trick as Rafa progressed to the final to face his twice-conqueror Bobby Sod.
So can Rafa overcome two straight losses against Sod to score a meaningless victory but make an emphatic statement about his form? Or is Sod emerging as Rafa’s new kryptonite?
I have no allegiances here, since I’m partial to both. I just want a furious and nasty match.
Oh yeth …