Originally Posted by WOOLCOCK
Only caught the start of the final set, though I kept in touch with the 4th set via text alerts. Murray played well and seems to be maturing with every game now. Time and time again Federer would have walked that final set and capitalised on swinging the momentum but Murray looked assured, calm and played the bigger points much better. Serve was also deliciously consistent in the final set and by all accounts was much the same throughout. Djokovic will almost certainly win with Murray playing far longer, but it'll be a good match and with the way Murray's playing you can't truly count him out.
That shows how much Murray has improved ever since that loss against Fed in Wimbledon. I'm still amazed at how much that loss did to Murray. His forehand is so much better now. He is playing very aggressive now. He actually had more winners than Federer yesterday. His serve was very good throughout the match, he was able a lot of those first serves in. His second serve wasn't that good though, I've noticed that there is a lot of difference between's Murray first serve and second serve.
Honestly I thought Federer would have won the 5th set, I thought Murray would have crumbled, very surprised he didn't and won the set comfortably.
Expected more from Fed though, he wasn't really at his best. His serve wasn't good, he wasn't able to get those first serves in, gave Murray many chances to break(Murray return wasn't bad though). If I'm not wrong, he hit his first ace in the second set, I don't remember the last time that happened. His return wasn't good either, only had 1 break point until the fourth set.
Murray was actually outplaying him in the second set, Federer barely hanged on until the tiebreak, then in the tiebreak, there was point where Murray made a silly mistake and Fed took his chance and then won the second set. If it wasn't for Murray choking in the 4th, Fed wouldn't have won it.
Overall it was a very entertaining match(that usually happens when these two play), if I'm not wrong this is the first match where Murray and Federer played a 5th set. If Federer played better, we would have probably seen a better match.
As for Djokovic/Murray, I'm expecting Djokovic to win because he has more rest and he is brilliant form atm, the way he destroyed Ferrer in the semis was incredible. Probably in 4 sets.