Saturday, August 14, 2010

Oz Redux in Canada

Andy Murray of Britain celebrates his win against Rafael Nadal of Spain during their semi-final match at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Toronto August 14 , 2010.  REUTERS/ Mike Cassese  (CANADA - Tags: SPORT TENNIS IMAGES OF THE DAY)

In a replay of their AO semifinal, Muzz succeeded in hitting through Rafa (6-3 6-4). A typical point was that Rafa would hit to Muzz's forehand. Muzz would hit a reverse FH that angled Rafa off the court to his backhand. Rafa would try to hit a sharper angle back with topspin back, but Muzz is so fast he'd run it down and take the control of the point with a flatter forehand. Muzz presents a different problem to Rafa than, say, Fed, because when Muzz takes control of a point he's such a great retriever and such a great defensive player he's not likely to miss. Plus Rafa's heavy topspin FH to Muzz's backhand doesn't bother Muzz.

TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 14: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates match point against Novak Djokovic of Serbis during the semifinals of the Rogers Cup at the Rexall Centre on August 14, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

The Greatest Shanker of All Time eked out a victory to set up a redux of his Oz Open Final. He admitted that he got ahead a bit too quickly against the Djoker (6-1, 3-6, 7-5). The Djoker settled down from trying to outbash Rafa, cleaned up his game and almost used his forehand to angle Fed out of the tournament. Kudos to Fed for clutch play in the 3rd set.

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