Federer defeats Del Potro, 6-4 6-3 6-2
… Well, the Oz Open is an exhibition Slam anyway, right?
Zombie DelPo seems to agree. This photo was probably taken at the point of realization that hitting constantly to Fed’s BH is not a one-size-fits-all tactic.
… Someone looks a little too happy just to be there. Smiling at the net after a straight-sets loss is probably not a good look, DelPo!
DelPo’s first serve % was actually pretty high. He served at 67% this match, which is higher than he’s served in a long time. However, Fed had a good read on his serve this match and DelPo’s weaker return games hurt him.
DelPo gave away the 1st set by double-faulting on break point. I’m afraid double-faulting on BPs has become a thing for DelPo. Though he managed 5 aces and 3 DFs for the entire match, the first DF came at a crucial point. He clearly tightens up when facing BPs.
From what I saw, DelPo’s still going for his FHs so I don’t think his lower ace count is due to a wrist problem. He has mentioned the work he needs to do on his serve, so I suppose that’s what he intends to work on in the months to come.
In Fed’s presser, Fed said his match against Tomic was a better test of his form than the one against Del Potro. Thank you, Fed. Your words are as flattering as the photo above. DelPo got Ferru’d — apparently, no one wanted to interview him, as there is no available transcript on the Oz Open site.
DelPo closes his AO without having really maximized his potential here. Part of me thinks he was content to have reached the QF. And he should be. Still, that won’t be the case later, when he has huge points to defend at Indian Wells (he reached the SFs last year).
Despite the straight-sets scoreline, DelPo actually played a decent match. He broke back after being broken early in the 1st set, only to lose the 1st set on a DF. In the 2nd set, he hit an ill-conceived dropshot that led to him being broken early. Those are two clear instances of bad decision-making. Otherwise, his groundstrokes were pretty solid and he did well enough against a Fed who clearly showed up for the match. It may be small consolation, but Fed seems to really show up for his matches against DelPo, as he does against Soderling. Jimmy Connors approved of DelPo’s performance.
Next time, big man.