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re: Tennis Discussion Thread
Novak Djokovic was in destructo mode today. Absolutely annihilated Ferrer, best performance of his so far. He'll be very tough to beat in the final whether it be against Murray or Federer.
I didn't expect Na Li to beat Sharapova at all, let alone so easily. Sharapova has been in great form through the tournament although hadn't faced a stern test at all, but still a bit of a shocker. Azarenka coming through was expected but she sure did make a meal of it. She just couldn't serve the match out to save her life. I would actually give the edge to Na Li in the final. I think the crowd have embraced her and it might get on Azarenka's nerves a little. She's also far more composed in pressure situations. So Na Li to win for me.
As for Murray/Federer. Yes, Federer has beaten Murray in their last three slams but Murray is a different player now. He's far more aggressive, far more composed and can play his best tennis when he needs to. Don't forget that Murray has a winning record against Federer, and it doesn't count for nothing. In the Wimbledon final, he was in the drivers seat before the break, in the Olympics it was pretty much destruction and he beat him again in Shanghai, Federer won at the O2 (indoor) where he plays best. On an outdoor hard-court, I would give the edge to Murray right now. But it wouldn't shock me if either player won.
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