The 2010 ATP Tour Finals semi finals were completed yesterday with an absolutely brilliant match between Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, with Roger Federer continuing his impressive form against Novak Djokovic. The 2010 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Men’s Singles Championship match schedule of play for Sunday 28 November sets No.1 seed Rafael Nadal against No.2 seed Roger Federer at 5:30pm local time in London.
World No.1 Rafael Nadal set another personal best in his most supreme year in his career thus far, by winning through to his first final at the ATP Tour Finals. Roger Federer who has really stepped up his desire and form since being defeated at Wimbledon this year by Tomas Berdych in the quarter finals has won this title 4 times (in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007).
The 29-year-old Federer goes into this final with a 7-14 win-loss record against the 24 year old Nadal. For the second year in a row Federer and Nadal have only played each other twice (today is their second match this year). The 1.85m Nadal won their only other match played this year, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) in the final of the Masters 1000 Madrid Open. The 1.85m Federer’s game does not match up well against the left-handed Spaniard, with the Swiss only managing one win in every three matches against Nadal.
Federer is the all-time record holder for Grand Slam singles titles with 16 and has been the most impressive player during this tournament with 4 straight sets victories on his way to the final. Federer has not dropped a set, having won against Novak Djokovic, Robin Soderling, David Ferrer and Andy Murray, who Nadal had immense difficulties in defeating in the semi-finals. It seems like if Federer is going to defeat Nadal again, today just might be the day. Federer has won both of their previous indoor court matches, which were both at this event in 2006 and 2007.
Nadal has had to fight long and hard just to make the final, first against Andy Roddick, then in a pivotal 1st set tiebreak against Tomas Berdych and for over 3 hours against Andy Murray in yesterday’s semi final. Nadal has the advantage over Federer in terms of being a better tactician than the Swiss and if the head-to-head results for the past 3 years – where they’ve played 7 matches – is anything to go by then a Federer victory today seems even more unlikely. The 9-time Grand Slam champion has won 6 of their past 7 matches and the last three Grand Slam singles titles in a row.
One thing is for sure tennis will win today with the game’s two biggest names squaring-off against each other in a major tournament final. This Nadal and Federer match is what the majority of people were hoping would eventuate, so make sure you don’t miss it. You never know how long it will be before they meet again.
Before I give you my prediction, let me just warn you that in tennis more than any other sport, you should never bet on the outcome of a match. Instead of betting you should invest your funds into enjoying, watching, playing and improving the great game we love.
The great news is that it always comes down to who can do it on the day. Anyone who REALLY understands this game knows that in the vast majority of matches, both players will have critical moments and opportunities that can swing the match either way and often there can be a number of these situations within the same match.
On any given day the winner will be decided by the player who, in the above mentioned situations, can:
- Make the better strategic decisions;
- Successfully execute their shots during the BIG points;
- Cope best with mental challenges they face;
- Sustain the best levels of concentration;
- Experience the better serving of luck and hit a portion of those lines.
I cannot wait to see what happens in these situations and what they try to do against each other when it counts the most. If you really want a prediction, my best guess is that Nadal will win in 3 sets.
The Great Roger Federer won 6-3, 3-6, 6-1!
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