And that was. . .relatively painless. Heck, it was a weekend at Canyon Ranch. At least for the grizzled Fed Fans amongst us, who have developed elephantine thick skin when it comes to Roger’s match-up vs. Andy Murray at a non-Major event. So it was with great surprise that I woke up Tuesday morning to watch Roger Federer dismantle Andy Murray 6-4, 6-2 as if the hometown hero was some Kevin Kim-style journeyman asked to fill in at the last minute.
Really, even Roger was taken aback, admitting in his on court interview that he was “a bit shocked” that he wrapped it up so easily.
“I’m surprised, I really am, that I was able to win my service games that comfortably.” Roger said in the post match press conference.
Murray said the loss was inevitable, given his failure to serve or return successfully. “Against someone as good as Roger, you can’t do them (serve and return) badly. You’re not going to win the match. That’s why the scoreline was like it was.”
Interestingly, Murray refused to admit that he was “flat” during the match, telling reporters that he was working on showing less emotion on court (say it ain’t so, Andy! It’s so entertaining to watch you rip at your underpants with disgust!)
“I didn’t feel flat on the court. Maybe it’s just very different to what you’re used to seeing from me. But that’s something that I’m trying to work on, to not let my emotions sort of control how I’m playing. I just tried to stay calm, tried to find a way, but it didn’t happen today.”
This also continues Murray’s self-help theme. “Keep it together! Keep it together!”
Federer and Murray quotes via the Herald Scotland.
Highlights from Murray vs. Federer:
Murray will meet David Ferrer in his last round robin match. David Ferrer lost 7-5, 7-5 to Robin Soderling in Tuesday’s night match. Soderling and Murray are now basically tied for second place in their group – with Murray having a two game advantage over the Swede.
Highlights from the night match:
In other Tuesday highlights, Rafael Nadal accepted both his Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award and the gargantuan ATP year-end No. 1 trophy in an oncourt ceremony.
The cameraman caught a nice moment between Rafa and Roger as Roger was leaving the court after his match:
Rafa will be fierce and focused on Wednesday, when he takes on Novak Djokovic in a MOUTH WATERING night match. I’m really excited about this one and curious to see how both these guys handle their various demons: Rafa showed some real rust and uncertainty in his match vs. Roddick on Monday and Nole admitted before the tournament that he’s saving his body and soul for the Davis Cup final, not three sets of blood and guts tennis vs. Rafael Nadal in the O2 arena.
I’d love to know what Todd Martin thinks, since he did call Roger over Andy in straights, but for some reason his prediction isn’t there. Perhaps he finds it as impossible to figure as I do.
Roddick and Berdych play each other in the first singles match of the day.