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Roger Federer admitted to being “a little bit” stunned after routing Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-0 in Tuesday’s round robin match at the World Tour finals. Not as stunned as I was. We all knew he had a great chance, this being the one that favors him most in the match-up: “At least I got one surface that goes my way,” he joked in his on-court interview. But there was something amazing and almost strange about the ease in which Roger dictated play. It was a cool, soothing balm for aching Fed fan hearts still sore after weathering this emotional season and the many painful losses, including this year in Miami and Roland Garros, inflicted upon them by Rafael Nadal. So while it was a relatively minor win in the grand scheme of things (I’m sure Roger would have traded this round robin WTF victory for a couple more sets in this year’s French Open final), it was not minor in terms of emotional bounce and sheer, Fedtastic happiness.
Oh, and Roger seemed pretty happy about it too.
“I’ve felt the power of Rafa in the past,” Roger said in his post match presser, “So this is a great win for me.”
“We know Rafa has a certain standard. He does not go below a certain standard. That’s where this victory for me – I can still rate this extremely high.”
Here’s more from Roger’s presser.
Rafael Nadal gave a thoughtful press conference after his loss, claiming to be “perfect” physically despite some gastro intestinal distress vs. Mardy Fish in his first match on Sunday and some talk of a sore shoulder.
“The score is true. And today he played too good for me.” Rafa said in his presser. “I have my limits. He has his limits. Today my limit was there. His limit wasn’t there.“
More from Rafa:
As Rafa said after losing: “It’s a moment to keep fighting.” He still plays for a spot in the semifinals vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who beat Mardy Fish in straights on Tuesday. That should be a fantastic match. In Group A news, Andy Murray pulled out with a groin injury, granting alternate Janko Tipsarevic a place in the tournament.