Nadal Wins Australian
Just finished watching the Open. Thought Roger had a chance after coming back in the second, but then he seemed to relax. Nadal is too mentally and physically tough (anyone see the match against Verdaso). Back and forth, trading sets, and then I saw something very unusual. Roger’s edge in big matches has always been his ability to come up with a big serve to get out of trouble or get up in a game. His serve completely deserted him in the fifth. Nadal up a break and it was all over.
Nadal is to be congratulated not just for a big win but for elevating his game to complete at the highest level on all surfaces. Federer’s time is not necessarily over, but on the downslide while Nadal is reaching a peak. Federer will have to go back to the proverbial drawing board and find a way to elevate his play to solve the Nadal problem, a person who is clearly inside his head.