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Murray v Federer as it happened

Flushing Meadows, 25 August-7 September


US Open

Final result:


6-2 7-5 6-2







By Caroline Cheese


0025: I know it wasn’t the result many of you were hoping for, but you have to give it to King Fed. The Swiss mister showed flashes of genius tonight and Murray – only 24 hours after beating the world number one – wasn’t quite there. Lay off him, though. No one beats Nadal and Federer in the same tournament. It’s tennis law. Murray will win a Grand Slam title. There, I said it. Thanks for your company tonight. Off to bed with you.

0021: “As much as I love Murray’s style of play, Federer deserved to win it tonight for his overall performance over the past fortnight, but Andy’ll be back I’m sure.”
xenosys2005 on 606

0019: Rog has won a car for his efforts but I think he’s more bothered by getting his hands on that sparkly trophy. For the fifth year in a row, Federer is the US Open champion. He is the first man in history to win both the Wimbledon and US Open titles five times in a row and the first since 1924 to win five on the trot in New York.

0018: Here comes “history-making Roger Federer “, as he is introduced by our super-enthusiastic announcer. “It definitely feels great,” says Rog. “After this year, to take this home is incredible. It means the world to me. I’m not going to stop at 13 – that would be terrible! I congratulate Andy – he’s done great these last two weeks. I’m sure we’re going to see a lot more of him in the future.”

0015: Andy Murray gives the crowd a forlorn wave as he comes to collect his runners-up trophy. “I had a great tournament but I came up against, in my opinion, the best player ever to play game today. I got the better of him the last two times and he definitely set the record straight today. I’ve learnt I’ve got a lot of improving to do if I want to win one of these things. I love playing in front of this crowd – it’s been the best time of my life.”

0012: The Stars and Stripes are waving in the Arthur Ashe Stadium, along with the flags of Switzerland and Great Britain – which still looks rather nice actually. Bit of bla-bla to go before we get to the presentation.

0011: “Not too shabby from Fed. Great to see him get number five, well-deserved, and a nice cap on what has been for him a disappointing hard-court run. Murray very gracious, and gave it a good go, coming back from what looked like being blanked in the third.”
Im_partial on 606

0009: Federer’s experience told in that final, the world number two delivering when it counted – in particular in that closely-fought second set. Murray couldn’t quite produce his best, but not many players do in their first Grand Slam final. He will be back.

0007: “Federer was simply awesome. Unlucky Andy, you have a lot of years ahead of you.”
Andrew, Edinburgh, via text on 81111

Murray 2-6 5-7 2-6 Federer
Murray refuses to concede defeat and is fuming as he puts a lob narrowly long. Federer’s forehand puts him two points away from the title – but Murray responds with a sizzling backhand down the line and Fed sees his forehand go wide after hitting the tape. An errant backhand gives Murray game point but Fed pounces on a weak second serve to make it deuce and a Murray error gives Fed his first championship point. Two brave, brilliant volleys from Murray save it but Fed earns another with a brutal backhand. The crowd don’t want this to end – but it has. Murray scampers around the back of the court sending up lob after lob but Fed puts him away in the end, falling onto the court as he celebrates his 13th Grand Slam title, his first for a year and his fifth US Open in a row.

2358: “Federer has been top class but you can’t help but feel like Murray’s time is yet to come in the sport.”
Anon via text on 81111

Murray 2-6 5-7 2-5 Federer
Hold the back page. Murray powers away a forehand winner to bring up a break point and then a searing return makes Fed net. Who wrote him off? Come on, own up.

Murray 2-6 5-7 1-5 Federer
Three cheers. Murray gets a huge roar from the crowd as he puts in a massive effort to hold serve for the first time in the set.

2352: “I think Roger will pass Pete Sampras’ record of 14 Grand Slams now. I can’t see how he won’t get two more in the rest of his career.”
Jeff Tarango on BBC Radio 5 Live

Murray 2-6 5-7 0-5 Federer
The crowd aren’t enjoying this much. Murray looks completely spent. Federer, though, deserves all the praise in the world. Grand Slam number 13 is a game away.

Murray 2-6 5-7 0-4 Federer
I can’t watch. A double fault puts Federer 0-30 up and a poor backhand into the net gives the world number two three break points. Murray trots to the net in very unconvincing fashion and doesn’t seem at all surprised to see the backhand flashing past him. This could be over very quickly.

2346: “Unfortunately, Federer really seems to have got his game back together at the moment. Nadal wouldn’t have had any answer for this either.”
cilurnum on 606

Murray 2-6 5-7 0-3 Federer
Murray looks to bounce back, engaging Federer in a mesmerising rally from the baseline – but then ruins all his good work by belting a backhand long. No matter, a sizzling forehand forces Federer into his zillionth volley error of the match. The world number two survives from deuce, but good battling from Murray.

Murray 2-6 5-7 0-2 Federer
Federer plays Murray at his own game, a delicate drop shot leaving his opponent flat-footed. Federer places a simple pass cross-court to bring up three break points. Murray puts a tame forehand into the net and that’s a break to love. The 21-year-old now has a mountain ahead of him – and he looks far too weary to climb it.

Murray 2-6 5-7 0-1 Federer
Just three sets, Andy, just three. Fed holds to 15.


2335: “My days!!! Roger just played the best game ever man!! Whoa!!!”
intellectualAdam on 606

Murray 2-6 5-7 Federer
Good start from Federer, whipping a forehand into the corner to make it 0-15, and it gets better, the champion finally nailing a decent volley. Murray’s first serve deserts him at the worst possible time and Federer chip-charges to bring up three set points. An absolutely scintillating rally ends with Federer chasing down a drop shot and sending his forehand down the line. The world number two punches the air with delight – and I think he senses title number five.

2330: “Come on Murray, do it for us people on night shifts… You’re adding a lot of fun to a very tedious work place! I cant think of anything better than seeing you wipe the smile off that smug Federer’s face!”
Laura, Ipswich, via text on 81111

Murray 2-6 5-6 Federer
Murray wins the point of the match so far, running back to collect a Federer lob before rocking the world number two with a brutal forehand onto the baseline. He had no right to win that point. Fed shanks a backhand and that’s 30-30. Murray’s return is called long – to gasps from the crowd – but the Brit doesn’t challenge. Strange.

Murray 2-6 5-5 Federer
Murray batters his head with his racquet after a loose forehand into the trams on the first point, but the British number one recovers brilliantly with a backhand winner. Federer goes walkabout again and that allows Murray to come through quite comfortably.

Murray 2-6 4-5 Federer
At 15-15, Murray steps in for a forehand with the whole court at his mercy – but blasts it long. Murray responds with a brilliant cross-court pass, although Fed’s approach shot was poor, but the champion hangs on and the pressure is right back on the Brit now.

2318: “How about printing a message from a Federer fan for a change? Come on Roger – you’re the best there’s ever been!”
Anon via text on 81111

Murray 2-6 4-4 Federer
During that changeover, the crowd are treated to pictures of actress Charlize Theron snogging her boyfriend on the big screen. Back to the tennis though. Murray is still clutching his knee from time to time, but he’s keeping his focus. The 21-year-old races into a 40-0 lead before taking it to 15 with a second-serve ace.

2314: “I think Andy is figuring it out…”
mexito on 606

Murray 2-6 3-4 Federer
Murray attacks the Federer forehand and is rewarded when the ball hits the net. That’s 15-30 but he then shanks a forehand disastrously. “Noooooooooo,” screams the Scot. Fed gets the forehand back on track and the second seed sneaks ahead in the set again.

Murray 2-6 3-3 Federer
Murray clutches his knee and hops about a bit after every point. Bit worrying. Still, the Brit holds to 15 – in part thanks to another shocker of a volley from Federer. The world number two looks like he has never been to net.

2306: “Murray needs to stay positive. He missed a few break points but if they keep coming, he’ll get one. He just needs to concentrate on popping in a few big serves as he has done in the last few service games.”
Pat Cash on BBC Radio 5 Live

Murray 2-6 2-3 Federer
Federer goes spectacularly off the boil. He puts a routine backhand volley in the net and that’s three more break points for Murray. Fed, though, comes right back. Powering groundstrokes onto the baseline, he saves the first two before somehow winning the third despite some very shaky volleying. The defending champion survives by the skin of his teeth. Might be a very big game that.

Murray 2-6 2-2 Federer
Billie Jean King, wearing some delightful 60s-style sunglasses, is studiously reading something. Shame. She’s missing some good tennis here. Murray seems to have come to the party, while Federer is still showing flashes of brilliance. Murray polishes off the game with the old one-two: a big serve and the easy put-away off the short ball.

Murray 2-6 1-2 Federer
Hello. Hello! Welcome to the US Open final, Andy Murray. He steps in to spank a forehand return cross-court and then hammers a backhand so hard that Fed nets his volley. Break back.

2252: “Murray hangs in. That’s what he does very well – and Federer will miss a few balls. He’s not superhuman anymore.”
Pat Cash on BBC Radio 5 Live

Murray 2-6 0-2 Federer
The crowd have gone a bit quiet and you sense that if Murray can find some inspiration, they might just get behind the Brit. Federer, though, just looks awesome. He races into a 0-30 lead on the Murray serve and it’s almost a shock when Fed sticks a backhand wide. Murray clenches his fist as he forces another error, but then a shanked forehand lets Fed back in. A couple of deuces later, Murray nets a simple forehand and it’s break point Fed. The baseline rally ends with Federer whipping a stunning forehand cross-court. It’s just too good.

Murray 2-6 0-1 Federer
Murray’s head is dropping. A man with a Union Jack painted on his face looks on with concern. Worrying times these. Unless you’re Roger Federer. The champ rises gloriously to put away the smash and that’s a love service game.

2242: “I wouldn’t want to be a teacher in Scotland tomorrow because there are going to be a lot of tired kids because this is going all the way! Come on Andy.”
Anon via text on 81111

2241: “Murray played the first set like someone who played yesterday and has only had 24 hours off.”
Jeff Tarango on BBC Radio 5 Live


Murray 2-6 Federer
The crowd are definitely behind the artist formerly known as King Fed, but they may swing the other way if this continues. Two stinging forehands have Murray rocking and that’s two set points for the world number two. Yet another forehand hammer forces another Murray error and that’s the first gone in 26 minutes.

2237: “No-one can live with Federer when he plays this well, not even Nadal. It’s just too good.”
Manufan87 on 606

Murray 2-5 Federer
Bad news Murray fans, Federer looks good. Very good. He shows how confident he is by charging to the net and driving a volley cross-court. Murray manages to get it back to 40-30 but Federer bangs down a first serve and all of a sudden, he’s a game away from the first set.

Murray 2-4 Federer
Uh-oh. Murray goes for a big second serve, but it’s just long and his first double-fault of the match gives Fed a 0-30 lead. Federer goes long with a forehand but when Murray nets a routine backhand, it gives the world number two his second and third break points of the match. Going for the big winner, Murray sends a forehand into the trams. HawkEye agrees with the linesman’s call and it’s first blood to Fed.

2228: “Well 50 years I’ve been watching tennis, seen Tim and Greg come and go, I didn’t think I would see another Brit in the final before the end of my time, COME ON!!”
Anon via text on 81111

Murray 2-3 Federer
“Federer’s hitting the ball very hard,” comments a colleague. Devastating analysis. The hard-hitting Federer is winning most of the baseline exchanges for the moment and his serve is looking top-notch too. An easy hold for the Swiss mister.

Murray 2-2 Federer
Federer steps it up, sending a rasping forehand onto the baseline before some brilliant reactions at the net make it 15-30. The world number two is unlucky to see a backhand clip the net and drop wide but after a brutal baseline rally, Murray is the first to blink, mis-hitting a forehand to give Fed a break point. Brave stuff from Murray though, rocking Fed with a deep forehand.

2220: “Federer is just too talented for Murray. The match is on Federer’s racket.”
cheeryBerbatovRules on 606

Murray 1-2 Federer
Federer moves into position to spank a forehand down the line – but Murray scampers over and incredibly loops the pass cross-court. That makes it 30-30 but a big serve helps Federer out and Murray nets a backhand.

Murray 1-1 Federer
Murray loses the first point with an errant backhand but there’s no sign of panic. Two service winners – including his first ace – get him back on track and a cross-court forehand pass takes him to game point. Fed goes just wide. Good start from the Brit.

Murray 0-1 Federer
Fed opens up with two winning first serves before Murray puts a tame return into the net. The world number two seals the game with an effortless backhand winner. Not bad, not bad.

2212: Off we go then. Murray will receive the Federer serve.

2211: Half the crowd seem to be still polishing off their hot dogs outside because the stadium is only slowly filling up. Still, it is Monday so I imagine a few ticket-holders have had to go to work.

2209: “I’m terribly nervously excited!!”
napoleon-solo on 606

2208: A note for the fashion watchers. Murray is wearing his now familiar grey T-shirt and white shorts. Federer has just taken off his special ‘NY 2008’ tracksuit top to reveal a red top and khaki shorts combo.

2205: The umpires goes through the toin coss routine at the net before the players pose for the traditional pre-match photo at the net. “Have a great match,” Federer tells Murray. “Thanks,” says Murray.

2202: Andy Murray makes his entrance into the Arthur Ashe Stadium, waving at the crowd as he does. The Brit looks pretty calm as he prepares for his first Grand Slam final. A fella called Federer follows.

2200: “I am possibly a little older than Andy’s Gran and on this day awaiting two happy events – the arrival of great-grandchild number two and Andy becoming US Open champ. Come on Mr Murray – make my day.”
Supergran via text on 81111

2156: “Anyone feel like singing with me?” asks Harry. “Not really,” the crowd seem to respond. But his rendition gets a good ovation before a very noisy flypast by the Blue Angels.

2154: Here he comes. Yes, jazz twiddler Harry Connick Jr will sing America the Beautiful.

2152: “He’s come a remarkably long way, especially from when he was getting criticism a year ago about his fitness. But he always insisted he just needed time for his body to grow. The way he played and lasted against Nadal shows he was right. And it also shows he was right to get rid of Brad Gilbert and take on Miles MacLagan, even though he was just starting out as a coach.”
Murray’s biographer, Rob Robertson, speaking on BBC Radio Scotland.

2146: A well-known sportswear company employed boxing promoter Don King to big up the ‘Grapple in the Apple’ between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal before this tournament. Things didn’t quite work out as planned did they? Still, the wacky American has done his best with Murray… “He’s the double 0 seven of the tennis court: Andy Murray. Blistering back serves, forearm, one two, know what I mean?” Erm, I’m not sure that I do.

2140: “Andy seems pretty calm. Obviously, it’s a new experience when you get to this stage but I think he’s pretty clear about what he’s trying to do. I don’t think anything will surprise me. Andy is very capable of winning.”
Paul Annacone, Pete Sampras’s former coach and current LTA men’s head coach

2137: “Watched yesterday’s match in NYC LaGuardia airport. As John McEnroe said: “If Murray stays aggressive and doesn’t get down on himself he can beat anybody, he is that good.” Come on Murray get stuck in and do us all proud…”
hyflyer on 606

2135: Here’s a treat for you UK users, video footage of Andy Murray as a 14-year-old. He appears to be chewing gum while making mincemeat of the BBC man. Tsk.

2130: “If we take away the scenario, we know Andy Murray has got a big chance, we know he can beat Roger Federer. But it’s a massive occasion and the big question is how will he deal with it? How will the nerves affect him? The crowd will be with Roger, no question. He’s a big favourite here.”
Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash

2127: “I have to be up at 4.30 tomorrow for a history trip to France. Should I go to bed now or watch Murray? Not really a hard choice – Murray in four.”
Daniel, London, via text on 81111

2124: “He’s up there with the big three. Nadal was the only one he has never beaten. He’s beaten them all now.”
Andy Murray’s gran Shirley Eskine


2119: “The weather is beautiful: sunshine, blue skies and pretty still.”
BBC Radio 5 Live’s Jonathan Overend in New York 2117: “I’m in a tent, camping in Cornwall. I’ve bought my laptop, an internet card, and ready for Murray to sort Fed out. My girlfriend is not pleased.”
Anon via text on 81111

2114: Ooh, I forgot to say. If you’re a 606 fan, opening hours are extended today so you can chat away until 0300 BST tomorrow morning. How marvellous.

2112: “My other half is Scottish and desperately wants a Murray victory, I however couldn’t turn down the 8-15 odds offered on a Federer win, there may be trouble ahead.”
Brian, Liverpool, via text on 81111
I’m no betting expert, but they don’t sound like good odds to me. Am I mad?

2108: Let’s hear from Scottish golfing legend Colin Montgomerie shall we? “As a fellow Scot and fellow Perthshire resident I am delighted. I am passing Dunblane on the way home this evening, we only live 10 miles apart. If he can beat Nadal and then Federer he deserves to win the US Open.”

2104: No one seems to remember 1936, but apparently everyone remembers that 1483 was the year of three kings. Many thanks for all your texts on that, but please, let’s hear no more about it. History’s boring innit?

2102: “The doors are open, the patrons are coming in and beginning to take their seats in Arthur Ashe Stadium.”
BBC Radio 5 Live’s Jonathan Overend in New York

2059: “I’m going to go on the same muscle-building programme as Andy Murray. I’m going to become Super Minister. He’s quite skilful, he’s unpredictable. He’s fast. He’s got instinct. I hope he wins tonight. But one way or the other, this is a top-class tennis player.”
Scotland First Minister Alex Salmond

2055: “I was at a party with Andy’s girlfriend’s brother last week. That sort of makes me famous, right? I’m thinking he’ll win in four sets! Good luck Andy.”
Adam from Burgess Hill, via text on 81111

2052: Andy Murray and Roger Federer have both completed their warm-ups. The four-time defending champion opted for Arthur Ashe Stadium, while Murray stuck with one of the outside courts. Interesting? Or not really?

2049: “Re 2042: Sorry, but only two kings in 1485. Rich 3rd and henry 7th. Basic history mistake.”
Thom, Wokingham, via text on 81111

2047: The great and good of Scotland have been throwing their weight behind Andy Murray today. Here’s His Royal Hoyness Chris, er Hoy: “The fight and determination he seems to have is inspiring for a lot of athletes and if anyone can beat Federer, I’m sure Andy is the man to do it.”

2042: “Re 2027: 1936 was only the third year in history to have three kings. The others being 1485 and 1066, but you’ll probably be hard-pressed to find someone who remembers them.”
Alex, Wimbledon, via text on 81111

2037: According to my extensive research (yup, wikipedia again), Fred Perry, Britain’s last male Grand Slam singles champion, used to shout “very clevah” when his opponent hit a good shot – which would really rile his rivals. Just a little tip for Andy, if he’s reading.

2032: “Forget school tomorrow, I’ll be up as long as long as they’re playing! Had a really awful day today so hopefully Andy can improve it with a winning performance.”
arryaddick on 606

2027: Of course, I especially want to hear your memories of the last time a British man won a Grand Slam singles title back in 1936. A year when the Depression lingered on, the Spanish Civil War began, King Edward VIII abdicated and the Hoover Dam was completed. And the good old BBC started its first television broadcasts. Wonder what happened to the Beeb?

2021: “COME ON MURRAY. Had to get that one out before anyone else!”
Chris in Chepstow, via text on 81111

2017: Look, former Wimbledon champ Michael Stich has got involved already. “I think you have to go for Roger for his experience,” the German told BBC Radio 5 Live. “He has 12 Grand Slam titles. A lot depends on how the match starts. Andy has to make sure the first set is tight. It’s not too bad if he loses it, but he must not let Roger win it 6-2 or 6-3 and cruise it.”

2011: It won’t have escaped your notice that there are still nearly two hours until the big kick-off in New York, and even then, there’ll be all sorts of razzle-dazzle before the players actually get to the court, so this is where you come in. Text on 81111 (charges apply) or get involved on 606 . Don’t let me ask you twice.

2005: Hello. You’ll be here for the big one. The grudge match. The Grapple in the Apple. Four-time defending champion Roger Federer against world number one Rafael Na… you what? A Brit? In a Grand Slam final? Well, bless my soul…


Federer v Querrey as it happened

French Open: Sunday 25 May to Sunday 8 June

French Open

First-round result:


6-4 6-4 6-3

* denotes server

Third Set:

Federer 6-3 Querrey
Federer finishes things off with another break of serve when Querrey goes long with a backhand, and his day’s work is done in one hour 35 minutes. Federer will play Kristof Vliegen or Albert Montanes next. I reckon he’ll win too. Join us later for a bit of Rafael Nadal action.

1332: “Currently revising for finals on Iraqi Kurdistan and worrying about finding a job… How did you get your dream biscuit-eating tennis-watching job Piers?”
From anon, via text on 81111 (I know someone who knows someone, who fortunately didn’t know me)

Federer 5-3 Querrey
News just in that French hope and one-time wonderkid Richard Gasquet has pulled out with a knee injury. He’s not having the best of times, which is a shame, as anyone who saw his amazing Wimbledon win over Andy Roddick would agree. Back on Suzanne Lenglen and Federer holds from 30-30, taking the game with a second serve that leaps off the clay and forces the error.

Federer 4-3 Querrey
Entirely predictably, Federer breaks serve with an absolutely blistering forehand return and he’s one game from victory. Querrey’s fitness coach, Gil Reyes, looks unimpressed in the stands. He looks like he’s seen some stuff in his time, old Gil.

Federer 3-3 Querrey
Buoyed by a sugar-coated biscuit, I’m now ready for a five-set thriller. Not sure Federer feels the same though and he continues to move serenely towards the finish line.

Federer 2-3 Querrey
Querrey holds. Apologies for the lack of detail on this game but someone has just opened a packet of chocolate biscuits and they’re not going to hang around.

Federer 2-2 Querrey
Federer gets back on level terms and we’re back to the traditional early-set atmosphere that’s reminiscent of a library on a Bank holiday.

Federer 1-2 Querrey
A lingering shot over the top of the stands catches a glimpse of the top of the Eiffel Tower, and for a moment I think it’s the Blackpool Tower. It’s not though. Querrey holds.

Federer 1-1 Querrey
A few gasps from the crowd when Federer looks to have bunted a simple forehand long but it just catches the line, and he holds to love.

Federer 0-1 Querrey
A great forehand from Querrey is followed up with a woeful smash into the middle of the net, but he gets out of trouble when Federer comes up with one of his fairly regular mishit backhands.

Second Set:

Federer 6-4 Querrey
Squeaky bum time – as Sir Alex Ferguson would put it – for Federer at 0-30 but he digs deep to find some first serves and get back to 30-30. The Swiss then wins a lengthy baseline exchange and converts his first set point by hooking a forehand down the line. Nice.

Federer 5-4 Querrey
Big Sam keeps his spirits up with a big forehand winner and then produces another at set point down. A good hold.

Federer 5-3 Querrey
Querrey might hit the serve harder but Federer’s placement is superb. One delivery leaves the flat-footed American swiping at fresh air, which is embarrassing enough if you’re down the park. A sweeping cross-court forehand gives Federer the game.

Federer 4-3 Querrey
Querrey holds easily to keep himself alive in the set.

Federer 4-2 Querrey
Federer slides into to punch a backhand volley down the line but it squeaks wide. However, the Swiss finds a couple of big serves to take the game and he looks in total charge now. To fashion matters, and white appears to be the colour of choice among Parisian women this spring. Looks like a dentists’ convention. Pretty dentists, mind.

1251: “Yay! BREAK from 0-40. That’ll break Querrey’s resolve, maybe. Oh I’m mean….”
undsoweiter on 606

Federer 3-2 Querrey
There we go – a Federer moment. He reaches out wide to get to a Querrey forehand and sends it fizzing back past the onrushing American to drop smack on the line. A burst of applause follows and, I think, the first whoop of the day. A really fine game goes to deuce, at which point Federer fires a forehand return winner down the line and Querrey follows up with a double fault. A key break of serve.

Federer 2-2 Querrey
Another simple hold for Federer and the atmosphere on Suzanne Lenglen at the moment n’existe pas. Or something. Absolute silence for the most part.

1241: “Federer will be aware that one poor service game could get him into a bit of a dogfight here.”
Mark Petchey on BBCi

Federer 1-2 Querrey
Another nice backhand sends Federer scurrying fruitlessly behind the baseline and Querrey holds again.

Federer 1-1 Querrey
One flashing backhand winner down the line is a highlight for Querrey but Federer takes the game easily enough. There are considerably more people on Suzanne Lenglen court for this one than the emerging thriller between Robredo and Coria on Phillipe Chatrier. Who knows why?

Federer 0-1 Querrey
Querrey looks in trouble at 0-30 and does well to hold on.

First Set:

Federer 6-4 Querrey
After a few dodgy moments, Federer gets it right when it matters and holds serve comfortably to take the first set – it’s been very much a loosener for the Swiss and he’ll hope to step it up now.

Federer 5-4 Querrey
According to a well-known online encyclopedia, Querrey is “sometimes referred to as ‘The New Todd Martin’.” Hopefully this means he is tall and well-mannered, rather than destined for a career of near-misses and injuries. Either way, he comes through from 30-30 to hold and force Federer to serve out the set.

Federer 5-3 Querrey
Federer lets a lead slip but comes through from deuce with some decent serving. And Bolelli has finished off Baghdatis in three very easy sets, so no more from the grinning Cypriot in Paris this year.

Federer 4-3 Querrey
Scratchy stuff all round at the moment, although that’s probably not surprising bearing in mind it’s their first match and the weather isn’t exactly great. Querrey holds under little pressure from Federer. Marcos Baghdatis is on the verge of defeat to Simone Bolelli on Court Two – nice for the Italian but a shame to see Baggy struggling.

Federer 4-2 Querrey
Federer holds serve to consolidate the break and finally get a bit of daylight. Talk in the office turns to The Apprentice – Michael has got to go, apparently.

Federer 3-2 Querrey
Querrey fights back from 0-40 to deuce but two points later, Federer wins a lengthy rally with some vicious sliced backhand forcing the error. He’s back in front but it’s inconsistent stuff so far.

Federer 2-2 Querrey
Federer doesn’t make things easy for himself these days and a couple of errors hand Querrey a break point, but the Swiss takes charge with two fizzing forehands to see off the danger. Querrey then earns another with a fine forehand of his own and Federer promptly thumps one six feet long.

Federer 2-1 Querrey
Agassi’s former coach Gil Reyes is in the crowd – apparently he works on Querrey’s fitness training, which will be tested today if he plans to hang around a while. The American gets on the board with a solid hold.

Federer 2-0 Querrey
In no time at all Federer moves two games clear and it’s a very smooth start from the top seed.

Federer 1-0 Querrey
Querrey has a thumping great serve which helps me not one bit in the opening game as Federer gets to three break points at 0-40. The American saves the first with a service winner before Federer shanks a backhand on the second, but the Swiss converts the third with a big forehand into the corner.

1159: Good morning everyone, I trust you’re enjoying your Bank Holiday in traditional style by sitting in front of a screen while it buckets down outside. If you’re fortunate enough to live somewhere other than the south of England I suggest you get outside and light the barbecue now, while there’s still time.

You can surely leave this one in the safe hands of Roger Federer, the world number one, twice a runner-up in Paris and trying to win the title for the first time.

Sam Querrey is 20 years old, ranked 40 in the world, from Thousand Oaks, California, and stands a lofty 6ft 6in. Being American, he’s supposed to be rubbish on clay, but he reached the quarter-finals in Monte Carlo recently leading some to suggest he might trouble Federer. Some, but not me.

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Federer v Nadal as it happened

Monte Carlo Masters

Final result:


5-7 5-7

By Phil Harlow

Second set:

1602: “Well done Nadal – first championship of 2008 – most players would’ve given up at 4-0.”
noname on 606.

1559: A fantastic match for the neutral to watch – but what will it do to Federer’s confidence? The world number one has now lost seven of his eight meetings with Nadal on clay.

Federer is working with a new coach, and the new approach did seem to pay dividends at times. Can he take heart from that? Or will he be thinking that there’s no way past this amazing 21-year-old?

Federer 5-7 5-7 Nadal
This is a battle of wills – and the indomitable Nadal wins it. Federer goes 40-30 up thanks to an awesome serve but a reaction volley goes past the baseline to bring up deuce.

It’s nip-and-tuck, but a wide forehand gives Nadal match point and a long backhand hands his opponent an incredible fourth Monte Carlo Masters title in a row.

The Spaniard drops to his knees in celebration and then jogs in to shake hands with a crestfallen Federer at the net.

1551: “Federer’s level has dropped by no more than 10% and suddenly he is being humiliated. Incredible what difference a few per cent make.”
NoRtHeRnMiDz¿ on 606.

Federer 5-7 5-6 Nadal
The momentum is all with Nadal. He holds to love with some brutal shots that make Federer look ordinary. I know where my money would be if I had time to put a bet on…

Federer 5-7 5-5 Nadal
Top play from both players as Federer finally stops the rot by holding serve.

There were a couple of shots of outright genius from Federer, including a volley at full stretch with his back turned on the ball. Nadal also plays some breathtaking shots, but Federer just about does enough.

Federer 5-7 4-5 Nadal
Nadal wins his fifth game in a row in one of the most impressive turnarounds you’re ever likely to see in sport, nevermind tennis.

Federer is still playing some nice stuff on occasions, but he just seems powerless to do anything about it. A backhand, played at full stretch well behind, goes into the net from Federer and he will have to serve to stay in the match now.

1539: “Nadal has just come back like a freight train, this is incredible!!”
kingachilles on 606.

Federer 5-7 4-4 Nadal
This is an incredible turnaround, just incredible. Nadal goes 40-0 up on his opponent’s serve as Federer’s majestic form of just a few minutes ago seems to desert him.

A misjudged backhand down the line goes wide and we’re back on serve. You have to take your hat off to Nadal though. How many players would still think they had a chance at 4-0 down to the world number one?

Federer 5-7 4-3 Nadal
Great game from Nadal as he holds serve again. The next game is going to test Federer’s skills and resolve to the limit.

Federer 5-7 4-2 Nadal
Nadal goes 30-0 up on Federer’s serve, but a magnificent second serve gets the world number one up and running.

But Nadal keeps the pressure up and is rewarded for his commitment to a set most players would have given up as a bad job. Federer goes long at break point down. Surely this set can’t escape his grasp though, can it?

1525: “Federer is treating Nadal to a lesson in clay court tennis at the moment.”
Anon via text

Federer 5-7 4-1 Nadal
Both players are still giving this everything. Nadal, stung by what has happened in this set so far, finally holds serve with some vicious hitting from the back of the court. Federer throws in an exquisite winner for good measure, and the set is still firmly in his control.

Federer 5-7 4-0 Nadal
This is just incredible to watch – Federer is in absolutely sensational form. He goes 40-0 up, with his first ace of the match helping him on his way. Nadal wins one point, but Federer seals the game.

Federer 5-7 3-0 Nadal
Federer has just played one of the best games of his superlative career. Everything he touches is coming off, with one backhand – played on the rise and with the minimum of backlift – drawing gasps of admiration from the crowd.

He breaks Nadal’s serve to love. Absolutely brilliant.

Federer 5-7 2-0 Nadal
Federer is suddenly playing his best tennis of the match. A great stretch volley at the net puts him 30-0 up and a glorious forehand on the next point takes him within sight of consolidating the break.

Nadal produces some breathtaking shots to close to 40-30, but Federer seals the game after the Spaniard can only put a difficult backhand into the net.

Federer 5-7 1-0 Nadal
Impressive start from Federer as he instantly puts the disappointment of the last set behind him. He breaks Nadal in the first game of the set. We’ve still got a match on here, don’t worry about that.

1509: “Nadal will go down as the greatest clay courter of all time – even though there’s only Federer that can challenge him.”
singhsta2006 on 606

First set:

Federer 5-7 Nadal
A fantastic two-handed backhand down the line puts Nadal 30-0 up as the set gets serious. Federer wins the next point but then goes long after a lengthy rally to give Nadal two break points.

A slightly bizarre point sees Federer play a nothing shot into the middle of the court, giving Nadal every chance to put the ball away. The world number two obliges and Federer loses a set in which he broke serve twice. A massive psychological blow for the world number one.

1501: “Federer’s performance on serve will be crucial to him getting a win that could possibly define his season and even his career.”
Big talk from thebeautifulgameturnedugly on 606.

Federer 5-6 Nadal
Nadal becomes the first player to hold to love. Not a bad time to do it either. Can Federer follow suit and take us into a tie-break?

Federer 5-5 Nadal
Federer looks to be comfortably absorbing the pressure as he races into a 40-0 lead. But Nadal puts some doubts in his opponent’s mind – helped by a slight hesitancy at the net by Federer – with three smart points in a row to go to deuce.

But once again, Federer finds what is required as two tremendous first serves ensures he holds serve.

Federer 4-5 Nadal
The first ace of the match, and it really was unreturnable, takes Nadal 40-15 up. A brief exchange at the net goes Nadal’s way and the game is his. The pressure is back on Federer now.

Federer 4-4 Nadal
What is going on out there? Nadal goes 30-0 up after a surprising mishit from Federer, and three points later the Spaniard has broken back for a second time. It’s almost like a women’s game, dare I say it…

Federer 4-3 Nadal
The drop shot is becoming a real weapon for Federer. The world number one goes 40-0 up on his opponent’s serve courtesy of a delightfully worked point that leaves Nadal chasing shadows.

Nadal saves the first break point, but a lob on the next point goes well clear of the baseline to give Federer his second break of the set.

Federer 3-3 Nadal
Federer smashes a relatively easy chance into the net to allow Nadal to take the game to deuce.

A beautiful shot down the line gives Nadal a break point, but Federer suddenly ups his game with three classy points in a row to hold. This is shaping up very nicely indeed.

1435: “Federer needs some first serves if he’s going to win. He missed four or five in his first service game.”
NoRtHeRnMiDz¿ on 606

Federer 2-3 Nadal
Federer takes Nadal to deuce with some incredibly accurate shots to the very outer reaches of the court.

But Nadal keeps it together and holds serve again as Federer’s returns both go long.

Federer 2-2 Nadal
A comfortable hold for Federer. He shows great athleticism to put away a tricky overhead smash, but otherwise he is untroubled. Intriguing stuff so far.

Federer 1-2 Nadal
Nadal hold his serve as Federer goes wide of the tramlines with an improvised flick after a cunning drop shot.

But there’s enough in the play so far to give Federer plenty of encouragement. He seems to have plenty of time on the ball – doesn’t he always though? – and is getting somewhere with moving Nadal around.

Federer 1-1 Nadal
Well Federer’s lead in the set didn’t last very long. Nadal breaks back at the first time of asking with four points in a row. Something tells me we could be in for a reasonably decent match here…

Federer 1-0 Nadal
Great start for Federer as he goes 30-0 up on Nadal’s serve. A fearsome forehand down the line from Nadal gets his fans going, but on the next point Federer comes to the net and puts away a volley to give himself two break points.

Unlike some of their other meetings on clay, Federer takes it at the first time of asking as a Nadal error gives his opponent a morale-boosting early break. Blimey.

1412: Hold on to your hats. Off we go…

1409: “I really just hope that both players come out onto court pumped up and play great tennis. Nadal is the favourite but I have to pick Federer.”
The absolutely unbiased Federerprotege on 606.

1403: The players are out on court in Monte Carlo, enjoying a little practice before the serious action gets under way. Nadal looks very much at the races and fully focussed. Federer actually looks fairly relaxed, for what it’s worth.

1350: Afternoon all, we’ve got the two best players in the world going head-to-head in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters. So who is your money on?

It’s the third year in a row that these two – Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, in case you weren’t quite sure – have faced each other in the final here.

Nadal has the edge on clay, no doubt about it. The Spaniard has a fantastic record of six wins and just one defeat against Federer on the surface.

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Murray v Federer as it happened

Dubai Tennis Championships

First-round result


6-7 (6-8) 6-3 6-4

By Caroline Cheese

1712: Well, well, well. Brilliant stuff from Murray, who kept his composure after losing the first-set tiebreak from 5-2 up. Federer looked short of match practice – but it still takes a special player to hold his nerve against the world number one. Murray now has a 2-1 head-to-head record against Federer. The Briton did not face a break point in the entire match. Astonishing.

Murray 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 6-4 Federer
Murray bangs down an ace to make it 40-0 and the 20-year-old delivers another huge serve down the middle to complete a fabulous win. The defending champion and world number one goes out in the first round.

Murray 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 5-4 Federer
An unbelievable point. Federer somehow picks up a ferocious Murray return on the half-volley and then recovers to put away the attempted pass. That makes it 40-15 and he holds to make Murray serve out the match.

Murray 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 5-3 Federer
Federer has won the title on four of his last five visits to Dubai. The other time, he only managed to reach the final. He’s staring down the barrel of a first-round exit in 2008 as Murray holds comfortably. The Briton’s serve has been awesome today.

Murray 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 4-3 Federer
Federer stems the flow of games against but he needs a break of serve – and he hasn’t really come close yet.

Murray 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 4-2 Federer
Fed dumps a volley into the net to give Murray a 40-15 lead and the Briton is cruising now.

Murray 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 3-2 Federer
Another terrible line call. Murray is 0-40 up and thinks he has the break when Fed’s second serve is called long. Hawk-Eye says very differently so Fed has another go – but Murray simply blasts a forehand at the world number one and he can’t deal with the pace. What a chance for Murray now…

Murray 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 2-2 Federer
No sniff of a break point for the world number one there. Love service game from Murray.

“Rog hasn’t had a single break point today!!!!!!!”
JonnyFedFan on 606

And that stat does deserve seven exclamation marks Murray 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 1-2 Federer
Federer seems to have recovered some form as he holds to 15. We could be in for a blockbuster finish…

Murray 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 1-1 Federer
Murray is pegged back to deuce in unfortunate circumstances. He’s ready to hit a short ball for a winner when a line judge inexplicably calls it out. Murray laughs it off – but it could have been crucial. The point is replayed and Fed wins it – but Murray takes the game after a couple of deuces. The crowd are definitely behind the Brit.

“You absolute beauty Murray. I am unashamedly kissing the computer screen right now! The reign of the Fed Express is over…”
Maudinio in Bath, via text on 81111
Calm down, Maudinio, it’s not over yet…

Murray 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 0-1 Federer
Murray’s got this crowd in the palm of his hand now as he unleashes another spectacular forehand winner to move 30-15 up. Federer responds with a horrible backhand error, giving Murray two break points. Fed saves both but he’s clinging on here. The world number one’s gone off the boil in a big way – but Murray has to take some of the credit for that.

“Murray has the game to challenge Fed. Awesome service game.”
Marc, Gloucesteshire, via text on 81111

Second set

Murray 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 Federer
Federer challenges a call on the baseline but he’s wrong so Murray gets two set points. An ace seals it – and we’re into a decider. Brilliant recovery from Murray.

Murray 6-7 (6-8) 5-3 Federer
Murray has a little chuckle with the umpire after his lob narrowly misses the baseline. Will he be as relaxed as he goes to serve out this set?

Murray 6-7 (6-8) 5-2 Federer
Love service game. That was a quickfire – and I must say, unexpected – turnaround and suddenly Murray’s on a roll.

Murray 6-7 (6-8) 4-2 Federer
What am I saying? A break point! Our first of the day! And it’s to Murray! Federer is disgusted with himself as he goes long and Murray makes the most of it with a brilliant forehand pass. And with the way the Brit’s serving…

“I believe Andy Murray is gonna be the best! But when is it gonna happen?”
Via text on 81111
Not today anyway…

Murray 6-7 (6-8) 3-2 Federer
At 30-15 down, Federer produces one of the best backhand drop volleys I’ve ever seen. Honestly, I don’t know quite how he did it. Murray does well to recover, his serve once again doing all the damage.

Murray 6-7 (6-8) 2-2 Federer
Fed’s backhand might be a bit off but his volleying has been impeccable. A quickfire game there and we’re all square again.

Murray 6-7 (6-8) 2-1 Federer
It’s deuce – only the second time a game has gone to deuce I think. Fed lets Murray off the hook though by completely shanking a backhand. The world number one’s backhand hasn’t looked great today, it has to be said. By his stupidly high standards anyway.

Murray 6-7 (6-8) 1-1 Federer
Federer stretches to put away the smash and in doing so, levels up the set. Interesting point about Murray’s hair there. Mind you, a new ‘do’ didn’t do Federer any harm did it? He’s been even better since getting rid of the ponytail.

“I wonder if the hair was the source of Murray’s power? I guess we’ll find out soon enough. A bit like Samson. But Scottish. Obviously.”
Richey in Weymouth, via text on 81111

Murray 6-7 (6-8) 1-0 Federer
Someone just asked me if Murray choked in that tiebreak. That would be very, very harsh. If you were being hyper-critical, I suppose you might accuse Murray of playing a bit too safe. This is a huge test for the Brit now but he’s off to a good start – holding to 30.

First set

Murray 6-7 (6-8) Federer
The first mini-break goes to Murray as Fed goes long off a terrific return from the Scot. Some more brutal serving from the 20-year-old puts him 5-2 ahead but crucially he then misses a relatively easy return. He smacks his racket – sensing a missed opportunity – and he is proved right. Murray belts a forehand into the net to concede the break. You rarely get a second chance against Federer and the world number one snatches the breaker with a huge forehand Murray can’t handle.

Murray 6-6 Federer
Murray heeds The Nameless One’s call – just about. Federer wins the point of the match so far, Murray hitting a shot round the net only for the Swiss master to half-volley it back onto the baseline and beyond the Scot’s reach. Phenomenal. He gets to 30-30 but Murray responds with a brilliant volley on the stretch. The crowd are loving this now.

“Don’t you dare get broken now Andy.”
The Nameless One on 606

Murray 5-6 Federer
Murray is like a terrier out there, chasing down an angled drop volley and forcing Fed into an error. No worries for the world number one, though. He holds to 30.

Murray 5-5 Federer
Lucky boy Murray. He tempts Fed into the net with a drop shot and then mis-hits the pass – but it has so much top-spin on it, it drops onto the baseline. That makes it 30-0 and he goes on to wrap up a love game with an ace. No break points so far.

Murray 4-5 Federer
Well, this is really flying by isn’t it? Great quality so far but the sparks are yet to fly. Pressure all on Muzza now…

Murray 4-4 Federer
Solid serving again from Murray – who isn’t giving Fed any rhythm on his return. Crunch time approaching…

Murray 3-4 Federer
“Yup,” comes the response from Muzza as Fed whips a forehand down the line to bring up 40-0. The world number one looks like he really fancies it today.

Murray 3-3 Federer
Great serving from Muzza in this opening spell. That’s his first love game.

“C’mon Murray. Not to put too much on it, but this game could make or break his season…”
MontheDano1 on 606

Good for you, not putting too much on it. Murray 2-3 Federer
Federer produces an miraculous backhand volley on the stretch to get himself to game point. Let’s hope that’s a taste of things to come.

Murray 2-2 Federer
One of Murray’s fans is wearing a Tam O’Shanter hat – not the best choice of headwear in scorching Dubai I wouldn’t have thought. Muzza’s in a bit of trouble at deuce but he places a backhand down the line to get back on track.

“I think Andy will win this one, especially if he starts well. He’s had more matches and is in better form.”
Ajeet, Notts, via text on 81111

Murray 1-2 Federer
Another comfortable hold for Federer, who is playing his first match since his semi-final defeat by Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open back in January.

Murray 1-1 Federer
Fed rifles a backhand onto the line to make it 15-15 but Murray hits back with a couple of aces and he’s off the mark in impressive style.

Murray 0-1 Federer
Federer opens the defence of his title with two straight aces and goes on to hold to love. He looks in the mood folks.

1512: Away we go then. Fed to serve…

1511: “Which Murray will turn up? The world beater or the first-round loser? My money’s on a classic!”

1510: So who’s your money on (proverbially speaking. We don’t encourage actual betting)? Let me know via text on 81111 or join in the chat over on 606 .
1506: I think Andy won the coin toss and chose to receive. It was a bit difficult to hear because the night crowd in Dubai are super excited about this match – and so am I.

1503: And the big news is… Andy Murray has finally had his unruly hair cut. Very tidy it is too. Thank goodness.

1500: Andy Murray hasn’t had the luck of the draw this year has he? He picks out Jo-Willy Tsonga in Melbourne then gets world number one Roger Federer in Dubai. Still, we’re not complaining. This has all the makings of a belter…

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Federer v Djokovic as it happened

Australian Open, Melbourne

Men’s semi-final latest:


5-7 3-6 6-7

By Jonathan Stevenson

1115: “That was a staggering performance from the number three seed. Federer had an off day, but my word he didn’t give him anything.”
BBC Sport pundit John Lloyd THIRD SET

Federer 5-7 3-6 6-7 Djokovic
Fed gets the mini-break with a pounding forehand and after the rally of the match the Swiss produces a truly memorable backhand right into the corner. He promptly loses the break with a mis-hit forehand and then blazes one miles beyond the baseline – 3-3. They swap enormous serves before Fed goes 5-4 up and screams “come on”. Two huge Serbian serves hand Djoko a match point and Fed nets. Djoko slumps to the floor – he cannot believe what has just happened. Ladies and gentlemen, you’ve just witnessed history in the making.

Federer 5-7 3-6 6-6 Djokovic
Fed cranks up the pressure with a brilliant reaction volley at the net and the crowd are off their seats. Djoko then goes long – set point Fed, but the Serb produces a monster serve to save it. A blinding cross-court forehand earns Fed another one, but Djoko again holds his nerve. Another massive ace and we’re into a tiebreaker.

1057: “This is great – I’m watching online at work, my boss caught me during the first set and told me to get back to work, but he is now sitting next to me eyes glued to the screen.”
Anonymous, via text

Federer 5-7 3-6 6-5 Djokovic
A woman in the crowd holds aloft a Swiss flag – but she looks like she is about the burst into tears. Fed nails a quality volley but nets next point, to leave him precariously positioned at 30-30. A fine forehand earns him game point, and Djoko cannot return the next one. Good hold from the champ.

Federer 5-7 3-6 5-5 Djokovic
Djoko holds his nerve big time with an ace and a pounding forehand and after Fed pulls one back, he simply takes more time and launches two more unreturnable serves.

Federer 5-7 3-6 5-4 Djokovic
Quality use of the court from Fed and after a double fault, he hits the line with a forehand – he could not afford to miss that. Djoko goes long and then drop-shots into the net after a phenomenal defensive backhand flick from Fed to stay in the point.

Federer 5-7 3-6 4-4 Djokovic
Fed is sensing a chance on Djoko’s serve, but the young Serb is managing to keep him at bay and his first serve is just about holding firm. A double lets Fed in, but an unreturnable swiftly shuts the door in the champ’s face.

1045: “Don’t write Fed off yet. It will be a comeback of biblical proportions if he makes it. Think Matt Di Angelo on Strictly Come Dancing.”
Zoran76 on 606

Federer 5-7 3-6 4-3 Djokovic
A magnificent backhand smash takes a bouncing Federer to 30-0 – he is trying to get himself going now. Djoko pulls it back with two power points, but then launches one long and Fed holds. Federer 5-7 3-6 3-3 Djokovic
Fed puts some pressure on but Djoko defends brilliantly and the Serb races 40-0 up. But Fed’s defence is tested to the full and Djoko opts for a drop-shot at 40-30 – bad idea. He manages to hold with some sturdy defence, but Fed is still not middling much out there.

1035: “Looks like another Fed has cut its rate this week.”
Sebwinder on 606

Federer 5-7 3-6 3-2 Djokovic
A whipped forehand puts Fed 30-0 up and he leaves a long one, before wrapping up his easiest service game for a while with an ace. Can he now put pressure on the Serb’s serve? Federer 5-7 3-6 2-2 Djokovic
When Djoko increases the pace, Fed cannot stay with him. He holds to love and the Swiss needs to find a few extra gears here if we are even going to have a fourth set.

1030: “Novak must win this third set, or Fed will steamroller it. Djoko must go for the juggular or Fed will come back to bite him.”
David, France, via text

1029: “I dont think I’ve ever seen Federer play so bad. It’s like he can’t be bothered to play and is just letting everything go.”
TopGunnerChrissy on 606

Federer 5-7 3-6 2-1 Djokovic
It’s good point, bad point for Fed. A lovely winner followed by an unforced error. Djoko climbs all over a second serve to go 15-40 up – Fed easily saves the first break point and then Djoko goes long to go to deuce. Fed then leaves a shot that flies into the corner of the court but Djoko misses one chance down the line with a backhand and then goes long. Fed holds, but my word is he hanging on now. Federer 5-7 3-6 1-1 Djokovic
Djoko slams wide after a thumping rally and then goes long, before another poor forehand goes wide and hands Fed three break points. The Serb produces one huge serve before Fed blazes off target with a backhand and then an ace saves the last. Djoko increases the tempo in a Federer-like manner and holds with an ace. Gutsy.

Federer 5-7 3-6 1-0 Djokovic
Fed looks a bit more lively, but Djoko finds his range with a glorious forehand right into the corner. The Swiss manages to hold, but it’s not comfortable by any means. He needs a break to boost his flagging spirits – and he needs one sharpish.

1012: “Notwithstanding who we want to win, the one thing the latter stages of this tournament have not had is a close, good match. Tennis lovers must want Federer to pull himself together here and make a game of it. If he does this could become a classic.”
King of the Biscuits on 606

SECOND SET Federer 5-7 3-6 Djokovic
Bang. Fed dominates a rally and then thwacks a brutal forehand cross court, but he misses a golden chance to go 0-30 up and then Djoko nails one, before the Serb goes long – 30-30, tense times. A massive unreturnable serve gives him set point, but Fed destroys a forehand to take it to deuce. Djoko then gets a time violation but he produces two big, big serves to go 2-0 up. Is this one all over bar the shouting?

Federer 5-7 3-5 Djokovic
Where has the real Roger Federer been hiding? A brilliant serve-and-volley, a couple of big first serves and a fine forehand down the line help him hold and there’s a bit of pressure on Djoko now to serve for the set.

1003: “Cant believe anyone is doubting Fed the legend to win in 5!”
Big G, via text

Federer 5-7 2-5 Djokovic
I can barely believe what I’m seeing. Just as it looks as though Fed’s gone, he produces a gorgeous forehand to go 15-30 up. Djoko nets under fierce pressure and then has a shot called long – but he questions the call and the ball was good. We go to deuce and Djoko flies wide before a sumptuous Fed floater down the line gets him a break back.

0956: “Is the Fed Express about to go off the rails? Let’s hope so.”
bon-nadal on 606

Federer 5-7 1-5 Djokovic
Djoko blazes another clean winner past a shell-shocked Fed and Mirka looks less-than-pleased in the crowd. Her man goes way long once again and Djoko secures another break with a thumping forehand Fed doesn’t even look twice at. Totally rampant now, the Serb. Federer 5-7 1-4 Djokovic
Every time Fed has a sniff, he blows it with an unforced error. Djoko is not in the mood to give him too many chances and he serves big to extend his advantage. Djokovic has won eight out of the last nine games now, remarkable.

Federer 5-7 1-3 Djokovic
Fed nets twice to go 0-30, but Djoko tries a cute volley and nets. Fed lashes a wild forehand off court to go break point down, which he saves with a magnificently-worked point ending with a top-drawer smash. But Djoko powers his way to another break point and then takes the game with a remarkable pick up and backhand down the line. Sensational stuff from the young man.

0943: Thanks to everyone for answering the question at 0935 correctly, it was of course the Australian Open final in 2005, when Marat Safin beat Leyton Hewitt.

0941: “Fed’s losing but he’s the architect of his own downfall right now. The amount of shots he’s netting or hitting long is just silly.”
Blue_Phoenix on 606

Federer 5-7 1-2 Djokovic
Fed is just not hitting now with any of his big shots. Djoko is being aggressive in his movement and he races 40-0 up. But the Serb tries a through-the-legs showboat shot and Fed takes it to 40-30, before an ace gives Djoko a get-out-of-jail card. Federer 5-7 1-1 Djokovic
Djoko is making Fed do all the running, but the champion produces some quality defensive tennis to secure his first game in what seems like an age. He celebrates by doing some limbering up.

0935: “When was the last time a Grand Slam final was contested without either Nadal or Federer playing in it?”
On Tsonga, via text


Federer 5-7 0-1 Djokovic
Djoko is sending Fed’s sprawling forehands back with interest and the Swiss has gone totally off the boil. Five games on the spin and the world number one needs to sort himself out.


Federer 5-7 Djokovic
Djoko is timing it nice now and only misses a big backhand by a fraction that would have taken him to 15-30. But he stays strong and Fed goes long to give Djoko a set point, which Federer smashes way past the baseline. Four games in a row for the Serb, are we on for an upset here?

0927: “Who do you fancy in the women’s final then? A tough call for the guys that one.”
WUSCHLI on 606

I think it’s best for everyone if we focus on the guys for now. I just don’t know how to answer that question in a BBC-friendly way.

Federer 5-6 Djokovic
Djoko gets excited – he double faults, before Fed hits a frankly ridiculous backhand down the line that you’d have to super slow-mo to even see. But Djoko out-rallies his more illustrious opponent once again and now the pressure is on Federer to stay in the set.

Federer 5-5 Djokovic
Fed misses two standard forehands, but a quality first serve produces the Swiss’s first “come on” of the day. Remarkably, Djoko out-manoeuvres the world number one and Fed hits two more unforced errors to hand the Serb his break back.

0919: “I’ve sat in the far corner of my office so no one can see my screen, watching the tennis on BBC of course. Novak in five!”
Luka, London, via text

Federer 5-4 Djokovic
Stunning – Federer produces an impossible backhand at an angle that didn’t even exist a minute ago. Djoko is left motionless, speechless and pointless. But the 20-year-old gathers his thoughts and fights back well, with some big serves and a crunching cross-court backhand winner to stay in the set.

Federer 5-3 Djokovic
Federer has upped his game in a big way as we get to the business end of the set and moves to 30-0, but two cracking winners from Djokovic get him right back in the mixer. A return into the net infuriates the Serb but Fed double faults to take us to deuce. An ace and a Djoko later and Fed has held.

0910: “Are any of them wearing squeaky shoes?”
Jer, via text

There’s a fair bit of squeak out there for sure, but let’s hope no-one goes on about it this time.

Federer 4-3 Djokovic
Federer hits a backhand right out the middle of the sweet spot down the line before Djoko goes wide on a forehand, 0-30. Two big Serbian serves levels it, but he blazes another one miles wide and then the Swiss grabs a crucial break after a nervy rally with both guys clipping the top of the net.

Federer 3-3 Djokovic
Fed mis-times a forehand way long before he ends a top-drawer rally with a dominating smash. The Swiss is a funny mix of stunning timing and careless mistakes at the moment, but he sees the game out in relatively comfortable fashion nevertheless.

0902: “We’re off! I have a feeling Djoko is adopting a tactic of putting the Fed man under pressure by charging to the net. Well, let’s see how it works out.”
Maxxfoot on 606

Federer 2-3 Djokovic
What an easy service game that was for Djoko, put under no pressure at all by Federer and holding to love. Federer 2-2 Djokovic
Federer slashes a forehand well wide and then nets a routine backhand and a routine forehand to provide Djokovic with an opening at 15-40. But the Serb goes long and then cannot return a down-the-line first serve and it’s back to deuce. An angry Djoko goes long again twice and one potential break is averted.

Federer 1-2 Djokovic
A very impressive hold that from the young Serb, not unnerved by his first double fault of the day. Federer nets a return and then goes long at 40-30. Djokovic’s first serve appears to be working well.

0852: “Just as well there’s tennis on this morning otherwise I’d have to do some work. Federer to win in four.”
Euan, Edinburgh, via text

Federer 1-1 Djokovic
With minimum fuss Federer holds, not much wrong there from the three-time Australian Open champion. Djokovic nets and we’re level.

Federer 0-1 Djokovic
Federer lays down a marker with a cross-court forehand right into the corner and my word is that thumping backhand in full flow already as he out-powers the Serb. But Djokovic keeps his cool with a couple of good volleys and an ace and holds.

0845: “Time”. Djokovic to serve first. Here we go.

0844: “Guess they’re slugging it out for the runners-up cheque. Never thought I’d say that about Federer!”
Andy, Berkhamsted, via text

0842: “Beating James Blake was good, it was an entertaining match. I hope to back it up with another good one today,” said Federer. I reckon we’re not far off starting, then, as the players go through their warm-up.

0840: “It has been an amazing two weeks for me, I’ve been playing at a very high level, hopefully I can continue that tonight,” said Djokovic as he prepared to walk out on court.

0834: As always, I’d love for you to get involved in today’s proceedings – it really is the more the merrier. Text your views on 81111 , or get involved on 606 . I especially want you guys who have never got in touch before. Go on, do something new today…

0831: Roger Federer is about to step on court for his 15th Grand Slam semi-final in a row, a sensational record. He says recent talk about him losing his grip on the world number one slot does not bother him. “I’ve heard it before and don’t read it anymore because it’s the same thing over and over again,” said the 26-year-old. 0827: “Things have gone well so far,” said Federer. “So far things have gone well,” said Djokovic. Let’s hope there’s nothing to separate them on the court as well as off it.

0824: So now it’s the turn of defending champion and three-time winner of this tournament, Roger Federer, and the number three seed, Novak Djokovic. The Swiss master has a 5-1 record over his young Serb apprentice – but will that count for anything today?

0822: In case you’ve been frozen in carbonite for the last day, you will of course be aware that Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wiped the floor with second seed Rafael Nadal on Thursday to book his place in the Australian Open final.

0820 GMT: Morning. Hope you slept well. This one should be a real crackerjack, two boys slugging it out for the right to face the Muhammad Ali of tennis. Huge.

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Federer v Blake as it happened

Australian Open, Melbourne

Men’s quarter-final result:


7-5 7-6 6-4

By Tom Fordyce

Federer 6-4 Blake
He doesn’t, and Blake’s brave battle is over. Federer’s into his 15th successive Grand Slam semi, which has got to be a new record. Sharp-shooter Novak Djokovic awaits.

Federer 5-4 Blake
Blake is making a glorious last stand, blazing away from the hip and blowing that game away in a hail of forehand bullets. Surely flinty-eyed Sheriff Fed won’t miss with his next six shots – surely…

Federer 5-3 Blake
Hold on a second – someone’s turned the music back on. Roger duffs an eyes-shut volley into the net and Blake has broken back. Is there life in this bash yet?

Federer 5-2 Blake
Blake holds with shoulder-shrugging resignation. Is that the door-bell?

Federer 5-1 Blake
Ring for a mini-cab and get your coat from the upstairs bedroom – the party’s nearly over.

Federer 4-1 Blake
There’s the double break, and Blake is a beaten man. He’s like a boxer who’s thrown enough haymakers to decimate an army, only to look up to see his opponent dancing happily round the ring without so much as a bloody nose.

Federer 3-1 Blake
The Fed serve has been solid as granite in this match. So in control of this match is Rog that he actually serve-volleys from the baseline. The Swiss flags are being waved with a confident fervour.

Federer 2-1 Blake
Every service game for Blake is now a battle to survive. He wobbles at 30-30 and deuce but hangs on by his fingertips. He’s wearing the blank-eyed expression of a man who’s seen too much.

Federer 2-0 Blake
It’s reinforced too as Fed holds with expressionless competence. How does Blake drag himself back into this?

Federer 1-0 Blake
Sloppy from Blake. His brain is still doing cartwheels after the robbery of the tie-break and Roj is at him like a jackal on a wounded gazelle. That’s the break gone.


Federer 7-6 Blake
Fantastic play from Roger – Blake plays two points about as perfectly as he could ever hope for and yet still loses them to slices of pearly Federer brilliance. The wafted running lob-pass which seals the second is the sort of thing that could make a hard man weep. Blake can do nothing about a crunching serve wide to his backhand at 6-4 and Fed is two sets up. What can Blake do? He can’t play much better, but whatever cards he lays, Roj trumps them.

Federer 6-6 Blake
No stumbling this time from Blake – we’re in Tie-Break Town for a second-set shoot-out.

Federer 6-5 Blake
What a chance for Blake. Roj buries a volley in the tram-lines and then goes wide the other way to slip to 0-30. Blake sees the next serve all the way and launches into a monster of a forehand – only for it to fly just out. He then duffs a backhand off a short bed-wetter of a second serve, and Roj has escaped.

Federer 5-5 Blake
Nerves clanging like a fire alarm out there. A sensational backhand pass from Fed gives him set point, only for Blake to batter down two successive aces to save the day. Key stage of the match, this.

Federer 5-4 Blake
Oohs and aahs as Blake goes to 0-30 with two blistering returns of serve. A point later he has a chance to go 15-40 but guides a forehand just out. “JAAAMES!” he yells in anguish. When Roj correctly challenges a forehand called long, the break chance has slithered away.

Federer 4-4 Blake
“WAKE UP!” screams Blake at the line-judge, slightly unfairly, after cracking a forehand wide. It leaves him teetering at 15-40, but that booming forehand rides to his rescue and squeezes him past a lip-licking Federer.

Federer 4-3 Blake
Same again from Roj – a hold to 15 in just over a minute. Another woman stands up in the crowd to raise a banner. It reads: “Just married, but I still love you Roger.” Bet her husband’s delighted with that.

Federer 3-3 Blake
Tough hold for Blake – he pulls off one fine reaching overhead to put away a cheeky Roger lob and move away from a nervy 30-30.

Federer 3-2 Blake
As you were – Rog express-trains through his serve, not giving Blake a look-in. He glides back to his chair and peels the plastic off a pristine racquet.

Federer 2-2 Blake
Good stuff from the vested Blake, running round onto his forehand at evey opportunity. Roger prowls impassively.

Federer 2-1 Blake
It’s like the first set all over again – Blake bounces back like a kangaroo on a trampoline, sizzling a big forehand down the line to set up a break-back point and sealing the deal when Roj whips an over-ambitious cross-courter into the tram-lines.

Federer 2-0 Blake
Roj has suddenly stuck his foot on the pedal. Spotting a Blake wobble, he goes on the attack again and is at 0-40 before his opponent has worked out what’s going on. Blake then balloons a forehand a racquet-length beyond the baseline to concede his second break on the bounce.

Federer 1-0 Blake
Easy does it for The Man In Black. The cameras focus briefly on a man in the crowd doing the two-horn thing with his fingers while sticking his tongue out like a Maori warrior.


Federer 7-5 Blake
Fed climbs all over Blake’s serve, wrestling the break and set off him with a delight of a cross-court volley. Blake crumbles under the onslaught and spanks a forehand way long at 30-40. Boff – that’s what champions do to you, non?

Federer 6-5 Blake
Roj holds in the time it takes to write this sentence. If I had typed it one-handed.

Federer 5-5 Blake
Blake’s first service game to love. He correctly challenges a line-biter of a first serve at 30-0, much to Roger’s obvious disapproval. Not a fan of Hawk-Eye, the Fed. An over-excited lady in the crowd dressed all in red waves a banner reading “Hop Schwiiz” and screams with delight when she spots herself on the giant screens.

Federer 5-4 Blake
Blake’s finding his range here, taking the ball as early as he can and attacking the Roj second serve like a growling Doberman. At 30-30 he lashes a forehand into the corner, only for it to drop fractionally out – and Fed hangs on with a certain quiet anxiety. Glugs of barley water for both players at the change-over.

Federer 4-4 Blake
New balls for the Blake serve, and that extra pace gives him his easiest hold of the match so far. He wipes his hands on his complimentary Aussie Open towel and tosses it back to the eager ballboy.

Federer 4-3 Blake
Fed leans back onto his dreamy thumper of a serve and lets it batter him through the game. The sweaty chap in the Swiss-flag poncho mops his brow and applauds a touch wearily.

Federer 3-3 Blake
The sun drops behind the roof of the Rod Laver Arena as Blake plays the point of the match so far, sprinting back to catch a Roj lob and playing it back through his own legs before forcing a Fed error. The crowd roars and Blake fist-pumps.

Federer 3-2 Blake
Double-quick again from Fed, holding to love with the aid of a dubious line-call on his final ace. Still, there are a couple of patches of rust on the champ’s armour – if Blake can get his sword swinging, he’ll have a chance here.

Federer 2-2 Blake
A ding-donger of a hold – three deuces – before Blake clings on. When the forehand’s ripping, he can match Roj – but he seems to have the concentration of a 13-year-old boy, and is following ripper with stinker.

Federer 2-1 Blake
Hello – Blake unleashes his bad dog of a forehand, and Roger can’t cope with it. Two rapid ones rip across his toes, he balloons another response wide and Blake has his break back. He scuttles back to his chair with determination scrawled all over his features.

Federer 2-0 Blake
Sloppy from Blake – two double faults and a wayward forehand gift Fed the earliest of breaks. Blake’s sporting his trademark white towelling headband, a white sleeveless vest and grey baggy shorts. And his head is freshly shaved.

Federer 1-0 Blake
Federer opens out with two dismissive aces and canters through the game with unflustered grace. Roger’s dressed entirely in black tonight, except for a sky-blue bandana keeping the floppiness of his fringe at bay.

0835: Lovely warm evening in Melbourne, and the fans at the Rod Laver Arena are garrulous with anticipation. There’s a chap wearing a poncho made entirely from small plastic Swiss flags. He’s worked up a nasty sweat already.

0825: Lovely little match-up this morning – the reigning champ vs the Player Most Fancied By My Female Colleagues. Jump on board for a rollercoaster ride.

In case you needed a nudge, you can also watch the action live on BBC Interactive or listen to commentary on 5 Live Sports Extra.

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Federer v Berdych as it happened

Australian Open, Melbourne Men’s fourth-round result:

R Federer (Swi) bt T Berdych (Cze)

6-4 7-6 (9-7) 6-3

* denotes server

By Piers Newbery

Third set:

Federer 6-3 Berdych
No problem for Federer, although Berdych does throw in one more howler with a woeful backhand into the net. It may have been straight sets but it was engrossing stuff and Federer was in real danger in the second set tie-break. Still, only those of us who were here will ever really understand that.

I’m off to lie down for a couple of days before returning for the glory shifts later in the week, my colleague Sarah will be bringing you Hewitt v Djokovic from 0830 GMT. And of course you could watch it via the red button or on this website. Or listen on 5 Live Sports Extra. There’s no excuse.

Federer 5-3 Berdych
For old time’s sake, Berdych smacks his seventh ace of the day to take the game.

Federer 5-2 Berdych
Federer might have ben on court for about nine hours the other night but he looks as fresh as a daisy at the moment, finishing the game with an ace and a hooked foreahnd. Tasty.

Federer 4-2 Berdych
And goodnight. Berdych slips to 0-30 and then double faults. Break point and the Czech obliges by sending a forehand over the baseline.

Federer 3-2 Berdych
Federer is looking in great touch now, playing one gorgeous drop shot and another of those sweeping forehands. Not much Berdych can do about it. Federer’s girlfriend, Mirka, continues to demolish the world’s chewing gum resources in the stands.

0537: Absolute horror show from Berdych, he’ll have nightmares about that tie-break. After toms text, i too have no lectures this week but thats because i have exams. Im doing an all nighter 4 my economics exam which is now in only 4 hours!”
From Olly via text

Federer 2-2 Berdych
Federer looks a little frustrated as he fails to take advantage from deuce, firing a forehand well long to give up the game.

Federer 2-1 Berdych
Easy peasy for Fed – he really is serving well at the moment. A love game and the pressure is back on Berdych.

Federer 1-1 Berdych
The game appears to be up when Federer sweeps to 15-40 with a couple of sweet passing shots but he cannot convert either set point and Berdych hangs on.

Federer 1-0 Berdych
Federer nips off for a break at the changeover, Berdych sits with his legs crossed shaking his head in disbelief. Rog opens the third set with a double fault but is quickly back on track and holds easily.

Second set:

Federer 7-6 (9-7) Berdych
I’m involuntarily laughing again – that was fantastic entertainment. Federer battles back from 5-2 down and then puts a forehand long. Set point for Berdych and he goes for…. a drop shot! Naturally it plops into the net and his coach holds his head in his hands. Unbelievably, the Czech gets another chance and this time he wallops an easy forehand into the tram lines. His coach looks ready to cry. Federer is not going to pass up this gift and converts his first set point when Berdych thwacks a forehand over the baseline. That, my friends, is choking. Great to watch though.

0509: “Good thing I’ve no lectures this week. We love you Piers!”
Not my words, the words of Tom via text (honest)

Federer 6-6 Berdych
Federer races through a love-service game and we’re into a huge tie-break that will surely dictate whether we’re facing another epic, or a straight-sets win. And when I get to eat breakfast.

Federer 5-6 Berdych
Big Tommy B is hammering down big serves and finding the lines with his groundstrokes, and a routine game is on the cards at 40-0. Federer keeps him honest with a winning return and then clips way a volley before Berdych misses one from the net – it’s deuce. Berdych survives with, yes, a bog serve and a big forehand.

Meanwhile, James Blake leads Marin Cilic by two sets and a break.

Federer 5-5 Berdych
Federer does well to stay alert to a Berdych forehand that clips the line, geting a racket to it and sending the ball back into the open court – just. He holds and we’re heading for a tie-break.

Federer 4-5 Berdych
Blimey. Berdych hits one forehand winner that is so good it makes me laugh out loud, don’t know why. He does it again moments later to hold serve and Federer will be desperate to get this set.

Federer 4-4 Berdych
We’re coming to crunch time now and both men are raising their games. Federer cracks ace number five at 30-30 but Berdych hits back with a spectacular cross-court forehand pass. A couple of deuces come and go but Berdych cannot capitalise.

0449: “Berdych has got all the talent in the world but Federer raises his game and Berdych just seems to wilt under the pressure. It has been a problem for him in the past – he just doesn’t seem to believe he can beat Federer.”
BBC Sport’s Chris Bailey on 5 Live

Federer 3-4 Berdych
More top-quality stuff and Berdych does brillianty to hold with a couple of sharp volleys.

Federer 3-3 Berdych
“Allez!” screams Federer when he saves a break point with a beautiful wrong-footing forehand. He repeats the trick on the next point and claims a vital hold to level things. Berdych asks the umpire if he can change his shoes, so Federer changes his racket. I decide to crack open the biscuits.

Federer 2-3 Berdych
Federer looks like he’s got his groove back as he races to 0-40 and three break-back points but Berdych saves the first two with the usual combination – serve/forehand. He can’t make it three in a row, though, thumping a regulation forehand long and we’re back on serve.

Federer 1-3 Berdych
Federer gets off the mark in this set but Berdych manages one stunning backhand pass, and Fed still has aface like thunder.

Federer 0-3 Berdych
Fed is back to the grumbling that marked much of his match against Tipsarevic the other day – he’s not happy with a line call but doesn’t challenge it. Berdych ingores it and holds to love. I think his fans are chanting “barmy army, barmy army!” Bloomin’ cheek.

Federer 0-2 Berdych
This time it’s Federer who falls 0-30 behind, attracting some rather harsh giggles from the crowd when he nets a smash. It went about three miles into the bright blue Melbourne sky. Anyway, Berdych arrows a beautiful backhand winner down the line that Federer unsuccessfully challenges and the Czech converts his second break point with a big forehand. Settle back everyone….

Federer 0-1 Berdych
Alarm bells are ringing for Berdych when he slips 0-30 down at the start of the second set but the man from Valasske Mezirici (!) serves his way out of trouble impressively.

First set:

Federer 6-4 Berdych
The world number one is in the mood today, wrestling the initiative away from Berdych to grab the first set with a noncholant forehand winner into the corner after 31 minutes. Federer is serving at 71% and will be hard to beat if that continues.

Federer 5-4 Berdych
After eight games of bish-bash-bosh, Berdych goes for a delicate drop shot that plops into the net. Federer skips around a backhand and wallops a forehand down the line for 30-30, giving it some “C’mon!” The first break point of the match arrives and Berdych fails to put away a mid-court ball, allowing Federer to hook a forehand past him and move ahead.

Federer 4-4 Berdych
A smash and an ace help Federer to hold, despite a successful Hawkeye challenge from Berdych. The winner will play James Blake or Marin Cilic, and Blake has just taken the first set.

0412: “Well, hopefully Berdych will come up with an upset, but, in all honesty? I can’t see Federer losing this. Federer in straight sets.”
From Shaun via text

Federer 3-4 Berdych
Guess what – Berdych holds easily with some heavy serving and huge groundstrokes. It’s blow for blow at the moment, no sign of weakness from either man.

Federer 3-3 Berdych
A thumpingly impressive game from Federer, who is serving well and swats away a couple of forehands for a hold to love.

0407: “I have a lecture at 9, im hoping for a 5 hour marathon match to keep me occupied before i leave.”
From ray in telford via text

Federer 2-3 Berdych
Berdych dominates on serve again, taking it to love when Federer frames a forehand out of court. Prepare yourselves for another long one.

Federer 2-2 Berdych
Another superb game – Berdych moves 0-30 clear with a fizzing backhand return down the line. Federer looks in trouble on the next point but produces a magnificent forehand volley and serves out the game.

Federer 1-2 Berdych
Berdych digs out an incredible lunging forehand pass that he hooks around Federer at the net and races to 40-0. But Federer finds an even better forehand winner at a ridiculous angle and Berdych then double faults and sticks a forehand long. The big Czech holds his nerve with a couple of winners – cracking stuff.

Federer 1-1 Berdych
Big serves and big forehands are the bread-and-butter shots for both men and Federer makes a mightily impressive start, thumping an ace for a love game.

0353: “Federer will win in 4. Still looks like it’s gonna be a Fed/Nadal final… again.”
From Tom via text

Federer 0-1 Berdych
Some wonderful defence from Berdych, including a running backhand winner, and a couple of aces see the Czech get off to a good start. It certainly pleases the massed ranks of Czech supporters on Rod Laver Arena, who have decided to take their shirts off and daub letters that I presume read ‘Tomas Berdych’ across their chests. Nice.

0340: Good morning. Lord knows what you’re doing up at this time on a Monday morning but I’m thankful that you are.

It’s hard to say how this one will go after seeing Federer taken to the very limit by Janko Tipsarevic on Saturday.

The world number one has a 5-1 record against Berdych and his only defeat came in their first meeting at the 2004 Olympic Games, which would suggest a straightforward win.

But 22-year-old Berdych is ranked 13 in the world and has been tipped for great things for a couple of years now.

It’s time for the Czech to make good on his obvious promise, could this be the day?

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