Day 5: Federer v Fish Tennis: World Tour Finals


Day 5: Federer v Fish

A last push this season for the elite of men's tennis who fight it out in a series of round-robin matches. Presented by Sue Barker.


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Roger Federer done it all before. Federer has the bit between his

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teeth. Five times champion of this season in the event. Federer is up

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Federer finding a way to gain the victory. Federer is in good shape.

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Good afternoon. Roger Federer has proved he is very much back to his

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unbeatable best. He has enjoyed remarkable matches during his

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career but that 6-3, 6-0 demolition of Rafael Nadal he rates as one of

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his very best. It was a clear answer to those who had consigned

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the 30-year-old to the history books. Tim and and drew are with me.

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Let us you'll jis about the man and the form he has been in. He hasn't

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lost since the second semifinal against Djokovic. He has won Paris,

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it is just, the whole place is just, drips with love when he takes to

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the court. This was in, you know, this was in the final. Look at the

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footwork here, look at the footwork here, look at the

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adjustment there.. When he starts playing with real focus, as he is

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at the moment, I just can't get enough of it. It is manner in which

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he goes about his business. He has the ball on a string and he can do

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what he likes. That is what Nadal found out the other day. Tim, he

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seems to get better and better. When you think is he on the Wayne,

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he reinvents himself. Gl that was as good tennis as I have ever seen.

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I still think in the right condition, Roger's best is everyone

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than everyone else's. When you reflect on a years it is about your

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average. I think Djokovic's average has been better than Roger's hence

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the ranking. When you see the shots he hit. It was 21 winner, it was

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amazing he could play that aggressively, that consistently.

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has only lost 14 points on serve. So you can look at the numbers all

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you want. Look at the pretty pictures he paints. To Rafa's

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credit at the end of the match he said "I wasn't injured, there is no

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problem. This isn't the most important event in my life, it is

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not one of the slams but congratulations to Roger, when he

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plays well, there is nothing I can do." On another surface on another

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day like on the French, Rafa will do the same thing to him. That

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reaccuse haun -- reaction at the end. It was an easy victory, it was

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almost like, "I'm back." He will take a massive amount of confidence.

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In his first match against Tsonga, he came through and he will be

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looking to finish off the group. didn't celebrate in style. He has

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huge respect for Rafa. Other players when they beat Rafa would

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be jumping round and shouting, but there is respect between the two.

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There was very little reaction. Here is the man waudge Waughing

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into the Lion's den. -- walking. He is about to be introduced to the

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Calling Ladies and gentlemener -- ladies and gentlemen, the hoefrld

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16 Grand Slam finals. The number win, the Barclays ATP world finals

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defending champion, from Ladies and gentlemen. He is so cool.

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So relaxed. So he looks like he is walking on for a practise session.

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There is not a lot at stake for him. He is through to the semifinals. It

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is pride and prize money. There is momentum on the back of his

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performance against Rafa. He will want to maintain that form. I will

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be surprised if he can reach the same levels. He don't want to drop

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his serve or being loose mentally. He doesn't want to be out there for

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two-and-a-half, three hour, he will look to dominate in match and win

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as quickly as he can. We should give the daily medical report.

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There is a hamstring injury Fish came in with. He felt that in the

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second match. There was talk of a Spanish player coming in from the

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altern naits list. They will stroke the ball round here, and, look, he

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will, if he has to be at 85% he If you want to challenge, please

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try to do it in a timely manner, we have television change over, so

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please try to sit down the whole time. Any questions? Heads is

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called. It is heads. You choose So, the coin toss completed. And

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the match will get under way in just a moment. So a reminder of the

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group stage, as we mention Roger Federer booked his place in the

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semifinal, but a real shoot out tonight between Rafael Nadal and

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Tsonga as to who will go through alongside him. While Roger Federer

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has December patched his first two opponents with ease, in Group A

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jock has had a torrid time, I think, came through in three sets against

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Thomas Berdych and last night, well, he was outplayed by this man, who

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was known before in as a clay court specialist, but he has booked his

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place through in the semifinals. Juan Carlos Ferrero -- David Ferrer.

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Novak Djokovic is fighting survival in that group. A very gracious in

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defeat. The world number one, so Ferrer is already through in Group

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A, but Novak Djokovic will be on court tomorrow, that is the match

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we have got live for you, against Janko Tipsarevic who came in for

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Andy Murray and Ferrer-Berdych in the evening. We may have to get

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theical kulaitors out tomorrow, but it is straightforward today.

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Tonight will be a real shoot out. Tonight, we will find out a lot

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about Nadal tonight. And, he has already said he can't afford to

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drop the ball short. He will try and maintain a good lence oo length

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to keep Tsonga back. He can hit people off the court so it will be

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interesting. Nadal is not on his best form, but stranger things have

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happened than him winning big tournaments while not on good form.

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This one, it is an exhibition, a Federer exhibition and I am looking

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forward to it for that. You have to say what can Mardy Fish do? He

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hasn't looked at his best. He has had a difficult preparation. He has

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the hamstring problem. Fish to qualify next year for the year end

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championship woubs an unbelievable achievement. It is fantastic he has

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made the top eight at the age of 29. I don't think this will be an

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exhibition for him. I think this is his one opportunity to try and win

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a match in the tour finals. He is playing against the best player

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that has ever lived. $120,000 for winning just before Christmas would

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probably be a nice added bonus. a few nice Christmas presents. He

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has had a tremendous year. A couple of years ago we had written him off.

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He has always had the ability to, with a ball. Unbelievable hands and

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everybody knew that, but it quite simply came down to this. Loose

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weight. Get fitter and before you quit, give everything, and the

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great credit belongs to his wife. Him for doing it but his wife for

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saying that is the way you will get better. By exhibition I don't mean

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disrespect to Mardy. You can imagine Federer carving through

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this one fairly comfortably. We will see. I was looking at the odds

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and Federer is 10-1 on to win this match. He looks in a different

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class. This environment when we talk about you know, his best and

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this surface, indoor court, no element, no sun, no wind. I think

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he is the man to beat. emphasised in that in his matches.

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He is guaranteed through to the semifinal, he will be the player to

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beat. He has had eight years in the top two This is the first year that

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won't happen. Now little things like that you may not think matter

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when you have won 16 slam, you have made 30 quarterfinal slams,

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quarterfinal at the Grand Slams in a row, but I think he is such a

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proud competitor, I think it is possible he could get the world's

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number one back and that would be thrilling to watch. He is certainly

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the man in form and has been over the last week. Let us take you back.

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You mentioned about the eight year, do you think he is a better player

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than what we considered his peak a few years ago? Tim faced sort of

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Sampras and Federer, I think he probably S it is just that, he may

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be a quarter of a step slow e and the concentration may not always be

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absolutely perfect. It may take more to get him up and get his

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blood flowing, but if you go back to the semifinal of the French,

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which he played with Djokovic this is tennis the like of which we have

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rarely seen ever. But you go back to Federer Sampras in Wimbledon in

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2001, and he was awesome then, he is a complete player, but he is a

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mature man and a dad. He can't get up 35 weeks of the year but his

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highs are still very high. It is interesting, he is different from

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many of the other player, who are all the aches and pain, he is a

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very private person. You don't know if he is injured. He wants to keep

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that to himself, if he has a bit of a niggle he doesn't want to give

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his opponent any advantage and, but also as well with the team round

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him, the schedule he has rbgsz he manages his body as well as anyone.

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So I think he appreciates it is rare he will have to play with an

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injury. If it is too bad he won't play. If he does have a niggle and

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he wants to play, he is going to get on court and get on with it.

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There is your old buddy, your old coach. That is a nice job V He said

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a couple of times, not with me, when you are working with a Ferrari

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you don't have to do much. That was the case with Sam us pras and

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Federer. It is not about teaching him to hit forehands and back hands,

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it is about trying to emphasise which parts of the game the use,

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and his game plan is match up against these different opponents.

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Also, there was a bit of a veiled swipe by Roger that we were reading

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about Andy Murray and the injuries we know there is a bit, they have a

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bit of a dig at each other all the time about how hi manages to play

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through the injury, even at these big events. That is right. There

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seems like there is an undercurrent sometimes, but I think from you

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know from Roger's point of view, when he has had nibbles he has

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managed them. He hasn't always benefit. He has had problems with

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his back and his shoulder gets sore from time to time. He is a guy who

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likes to get on and let his tennis do the talking. So Rafa got three

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games. How are we hoping for today? Thank you Tim. Andy is in the

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 78 seconds

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So just 14 points lost on serve in three sets against Tsonga, the

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final set he won 6-4 against Nadal. Match he won and this opening

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service game against Fish. To say he feels comfortable in this

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environment is a bit of an understatement really. As you can

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see, family and friend over there, his wife. Dad, this morning, was

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saying just how proud he was every time his son, Roger, comes to the

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arena and it is the reception he Stacey Gardner there just in the

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middle of the shot. At his Mardy They have come to see their son

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play. It is a great honour to be in The elevation from his ranking in

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March last year up into the top 10 is amazing. He was 100 m in the

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They say you reap what you say and he is a classic example. He has

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lost a lot of weight and is making better around the court. He has had

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a big impact on his game. His ability has not been in question.

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This could be a poor start. His game is built around his first

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serve and a heavily kicking second serve as well with a lot of

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variation. He lost his first game in his previous two matches. Roger

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Federer in this type of form, that is the daft thing that he wants to

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 78 seconds

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Two break points saved with That is definitely the strategy for

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Fish. Looking to finish the point at the neck and tried to take Roger

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 78 seconds

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The longest rally and it goes to Roger Federer. The American No. 1

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will face a third break point. We can hear the chatelaine of the feet

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of both men. -- shuffling. Some heavy hitting from Roger Federer

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but much of the time he will fit into the big spaces and wait before

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The first serves in on the big UMPIRE: Roger Federer is

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It is very early to look at the statistics but on first serve,

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 78 seconds

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The three break points sake with first serves. The moment he serves

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a second serve he is in trouble because you cannot stay at the back

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of the court with Roger Federer and Did you ever get intimidated

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playing against him, Roger? There was a me one way for me to play and

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that was getting into the net quickly. -- only one. He did not

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like it when he was being rushed and his timing was taken away and

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he could not use his great shot. If I was chipping and charging, that

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was how early on I was able to have some success. He beat him six times

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in your career. When he was under It was 2001 when Pete Sampras had a

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wonderful match against Roger Federer. Pete Sampras tied him out.

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And then he'd lost to you. A Concentration may be more difficult

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for Roger Federer today than the D did well to get back in that

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rallied. When you get a break point opportunity, you have to take it.

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Welcome, Mardy Fish. Another mistake from Roger Federer and back

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on serve. -- well done. That is good news from the neutral

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perspective. Keeping the match quite close. We will talk about

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rackets for a second. Are these rackets the ones that you can get

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at a sport shop? To a certain extent. The rackets these players

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will be using will be adapted for them. They have got the weight and

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the balance and they have got a tape to alter or the weight of the

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frame and distribute the weight from the head or be handled. But

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actually boat rackets that they are using are relatively old technology.

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Roger Federer's is an adaption of the Pete Sampras racket which was

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adapted from Stefan Edberg, going back to the 1980s. I was wondering

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if somebody can walk in and buy one because I have flipped them around

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a little bit and it feels like, do not tell him, but they feel very

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difficult to play with. This particular frame is an expert piece

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of kit. Not a lot of help is coming from the racket. But when it comes

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out of the middle... It usually does well. But it is the strings I

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think which have changed. In the past everybody was using natural

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gut but now they are synthetic strings we cannot use and they seem

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to give more spin and power and control. They probably last a bit

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 78 seconds

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The two oldest men in the draw. 30 at the beginning of December. In

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fact, Roger Federer is already Both married men as well. Who else

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is married? David Ferrer is not. Jack Cade Tipsarevic. -- Janko

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If there are any young players wapt watching who want to learn how to

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construct a point. He was hitting to the open court, he was hitting

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behind him, keeping his guessing, waiting for the ball to pull the

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trigger on, and technique wasn't bad either. It is not about belting

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a winner. So often the kids like the follow the winner at the end

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but you have to lay the foundations. Just punching that forehand back at

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the feet. Fish couldn't handle it. Looks like Mardy will have a hard

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Federer's tech neat generates so much speed he is able to lay with

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an enormous margin of error. The ball is probably going three or

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four feet over the net. Henry. He was at the football last

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night with Roger. Are they new best Actually they are quite old friends

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to be honest. Couple of commercials Oh! I mean, even sorts his hair out

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at the eend! That was so sweetly done. It is a good effort from

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Mardy Fish to get to the ball in the first place and he made Federer

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stretch up, which is all you can do. Watch this. Just a... Pretty win

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badminton Al England as well, wouldn't he. UMPIRE: Game Federer P

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--. Federer leads four games to one. So four to one but and he backs it

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up by holding it. Let us look at his year this year. A year that has

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seen him go to number four in the world, but do you know what, talk

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about leaving shots on the course. He has left a few wins out there.

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Djokovic was fantastic. French Open he beat Djokovic and lost to Nadal.

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If he had won one of the first two sets he's will feel he could be in

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the match. Didn't happen. Good effort getting to the final.

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Wimbledon, two sets up the first time in Grand Slam play he had ever

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lost from that position to Tsonga and two match points against

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Djokovic at the US Open. One he said stayed with him for a couple

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of days, that is the second year in a row in the semifinal he has lost

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to Djokovic, so he was gutted. So Grand Slam for the first year in

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many for Roger Federer. The man he is playing today. Lost in the

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second round of the Australian open to Tommy Robredo in four. Lost to

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Simon Gilles in the French Open but Wimbledon quarterfinal, tremendous

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effort to get to the quarters and lost to Nadal. Lost to Tsonga in

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the US Open on one of the windiest days of the year. Remnants of

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hurricane going through. But an ATP ranking of eight. He has a good

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summer on the heart courts. aspect he has talked about is his

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record in Grand Slams, he has never had a big Grand Slam performance, I

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think the qafrts is his best showing. I think, you know, maybe

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at Wimbledon, maybe US Open he could have a good run. I think he

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would like that, before his career He beat Thomas Berdych at Wimbledon

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It is uncomfortable for fish when the serve is the best part of your

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game, stepping up to for your third service game and you have yet to

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Might get charged for this lesson at the end of it. He has fish on a

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 78 seconds

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line here, look, just chase that Oh, yes. Sorry but he just love

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watching it. The way he comes round the outside of this ball. On the

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backhand it looks hard. It is coming in like a forehand. It is

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coming in the other way it is just That is the perfect drop shot.

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Another 40 something of those and he might win! Top of the net and

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then look, it still has the back spin on. Super shot. UMPIRE: Let,

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first service. The crowd are giving him a sort of... Little bit of

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sympathy. Fish just questioning whether or not that was a let or

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 78 seconds

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having a go at the machine, but you Federer leads five games to one.

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You played Federer, I know you got your wins as well, I am not having

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a go. I was commentating with Mr McEnroe. You were playing, second

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round, what u year was that? Some year? 2006 maybe? And he was in

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sort of form, where every shot was possible. Four, love and two he

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beat me. Anything you could do? Could have lost three, love and one.

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I don't think I could have got more You have to try and brings it back

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to yourself and say I have to do the bassist sick, play the best I

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can. If he is going to come up with the answers and he has more than

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that, then too good and Fish is in a similar scenario, he hasn't

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played badly. Federer just got all Oh yes. That one's gone up to the

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score board and down through. That He is just trying to put on the

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finishing touches to this set but Just beneath the corporate boxes,

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in between be lower and upper tear spectators, said. Comes up. -- the

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lower and upper level spectators, Band A set it is to Roger Federer.

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Very comfortable. It was difficult at times this morning. The stand is

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simply dripping with love for Roger Federer. He got a great reception.

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Because of the way he has conducted his business and the manner of his

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success and is playing. It is certainly elegant. But I was

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reflecting on the journey of Mardy Fish. Out of the top 100 in the

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world for much of his career. 50, 60, 70 but he has elevated himself

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to this end of the season showdown. I am not surprised his mum and dad

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are here. It does not just happened. He has had eight huge focus.

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qualify for any event like this, it is a great achievement. But will he

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be able to qualify again? It is going to be hard as he gets older.

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But as he starts next year down in Australia, at the back of his mind,

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he will be looking to qualify again. They will probably be 25 or 30

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people that have that at the back of their mind. It is the

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culmination of a great year of work. And a lifetime. As far as the

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parents are concerned. They moved from Minnesota in 1985 down to

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Florida. He attended a high school with Andy Roddick and lived with

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him in 1999. He lived with his family. They played for the same

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football team and tennis team. That is where he developed his tennis.

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And perhaps developed his diet. He has changed all of it. He does not

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eat anything after the evening meal. He eats a lot of vegetables and

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says it is a bit boring. Venus Williams is doing that now. She is

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on a vegetable diet. Expect her to be the comeback Player of the next

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It hasn't helped serve yet. needs to get a couple of games

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early in this second set to put any That is a Serb. A massive kick

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serve. Just 96 mph. This is the eye but he has. -- that is a serve.

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He will be thinking, that is great. Just under 40 minutes of play and

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finally he has held serve. We can finally he has held serve. We can

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have a look at the comparison of. D average speed is changing

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dramatically. That is a view of the Roger Federer serve. When it you

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can't buy that one, he will clip down the middle. -- and when you

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cut up at one, he will slip down cut up at one, he will slip down

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the middle. It is all instinct. They have done research on it. You

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have got 0.4 of one seconds to see the ball and make the return. --

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They have been a pantheon of great surfers over the year. Roger

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Federer is not quite talk about enough. -- servers. If you look at

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their speed and how fast and how many aces, it is the accuracy of

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But accuracy and variation bus-stop Second serve. He saw that and

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picked that up early. He took a half swing. Sometimes there are

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good ones to miss. That was the right intention. He had the

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opportunity up the line but just a fraction loan. -- laid down. --

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I am sure Federer thought about challenging on the baseline. He

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looks at the lines judge. Perhaps a perfect length and certainly a

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perfect drop shot. Perfect tactic to take his time away. Easier said

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UMPIRE: Mardy Fish is challenging Is off! Is just going to walk

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straight out. He is coming back. That is good. He got pulled out

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wide. He had a chance but then, up and over. A difficult Chase. It is

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a good job it was not the water By UMPIRE: Roger Federer is

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What marks him out is that as soon as he has got one chance, it is

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like a surgeon's night. He is very clean and you know it is happening

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when he is in this kind of form and he has got a chance. His conversion

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rate is extraordinary. The very Great tennis from Fish. He was

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never really giving him many opportunities to attack him that

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rally. Textbook overhead at the end. It is important to get the shoulder

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and the right ankle and keep that And that is another game. Be crowd

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are happy with that inside the 02 Arena. Coming to the end of the

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tennis year. Just the Davis Cup final coming up in Spain in a few

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days after this. We can have a quick look at the Grand Slam a year.

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quick look at the Grand Slam a year. After all, that is what it is all

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about. We must not forget the person that has had to retire from

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this tournament this weekend, and the married. He has made -- Andy

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Murray. Just the six Wimbledon titles, Roger Federer! 16 is the

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Grand Slam record. Rafael Nadal won in Australia. Just once at the

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French Open. He has got a couple of Wimbledon titles as well. Three of

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Djokovic's victories have come this year. He has not won at the French

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but he loves the clay and I bet he can become another player to

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capture all of the Grand Slam I have a feeling the sponsor may

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have given that one out earlier on. As we look round the crowd here.

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There are a few likely rads lads up there. Had a couple of winter

:00:52.:01:01.

warmers I would think. It's a great arena. There will be a few hundred

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short of full capacity here today. To see Federer in action against

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Fish would like that shot again. He got the mishit that set up the easy

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ball. You have to take advantage of those opportunities. Opportunity

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It will be a nervous line judge because Federer doesn't get these

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wrong too often. And he's got that Just, it is a great take isn't it,

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into the game. It has really added to the drama. You are more likely

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to get the right call, therefore the right outcome. It could have

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been second serve. It is the right We say the best bit about it is

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Hawk-Eye doesn't know the score and it doesn't know the players --

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Well done. A bit of a dip in Federer's farm form. Fish not doing

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too much apart from cutting the unforced errors out. Playing a nice

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solid game. Not being intimidated. Talk from Oli Holt in the Daily

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Mirror about the possible use of technology in football. They are

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examining the idea again. It is hard to believe why can't you use

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it? You get the right call. Absolutely. We would have beaten

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Germany, wouldn't we. Lampard's goal. Absolutely. Four feet over

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Played such a positive game to break Federer's serve. A bit of a

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lapse in concentration, but Fish got an opportunity in this set. He

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has a great serve. He has to make sure he does a great job holding on

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UMPIRE: Mr Fish is challenging the serve. The ball was called out.

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When they are serving so quickly and the balls are going so close to

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the line. It is a tough job calling Oh yeah, how about that the other

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Mishit return, quite nicely controlled by Fish who was

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recovering all the time Federer didn't go into the open court. And

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that just enabled Mardy, this is fitness work, right there. Stay

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UMPIRE: Game Fish P Fish. Fish Had a little bit of a chat with Tim

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Henman about the sort of rackets the player use at this level and

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all round the world when they are playing professional tennis, can

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you walk into a shop and buy them. You can buy the frames but he was

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saying the strings are making a huge difference, what stringing

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tension are these guys coming on the court with? I think much loser

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when you, you know, going back 15 years when everyone was using gut,

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they were stringing them tightly because they didn't need the power.

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But they wanted the control and now with these synthetic strings you

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are able to string them loser, that gives you a bigger sweet spot. That

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means you can get more spin and control but maintaining the power.

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Federer is stringing at, I think he is about 21, 22 kilo, and that is

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sort of high 40, low 50s pound which is pretty loose. What do you

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string at, you are playing at the Albert Hall next week? I used to be

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fussy. Do you know? As long as it's not broken I'll have a go. A bit

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tighter than that but only 23, 24 kilos maybe. Well, that's some

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Simon Brook, he is in there watching the tennis, he is not just

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working on it, he is watching it. Do you regrip when you play? Not

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any more, I probably would have had It is great point from Fish, even

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though he loses it. He is take it the Federer, Federer having to come

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up with a great pass, not having Sweetly played. Nice disguise on

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this. It had some top spin which Mardy just uses. Another break here

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would really, wouldn't stun the crowd but I think they would be

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surprised. A that! -- Aha! He was having a bit of a swing and he is

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producing dramatic winners and at 4-1 with a break, here is a break

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UMPIRE: Game Federer. Fish lead 4 games to two. He ghost the -- lost

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the game. Still with a break up, Fish. Just get the feeling he is

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probably going to need another one. Felt like that break point for 5-1

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was is set point. Flee points later suddenly the pressure back on Fish.

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-- three points later. UMPIRE: Federer challenging the serve. The

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ball was called in. It is a tough call for the line judge as well,

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because Federer is in his way while he is trying to look at the ball

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bounce. Yes. Get out of the way Roger! That was funny. Mardy, when

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that challenge was going ahead, just looked down and just went

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"Give me a break." I think he thue it was out, or had a feeling it was.

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At least he will be able to complete this event and all his

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matches in it. Coming in there was a question mark over that. He had a

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bad hamstring. He retired from the two previous tournaments he placed.

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It is a tough little group he was in when you hi about. T Federer,

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Nadal. Tsonga. Not a lot of daylight there is there? Federer is

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already through, the win over Nadal versus Tsonga is this evening's

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match. Not before 8.00. Winner of Semifinals on Saturday. Finals on

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I think he had probably retired by the time you started a family. Did

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you travel with your family? I did a lot with my first. A little bit

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with my second. Grace was born afterwards. A Roger troubles with

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his two girls. -- travels. Is that a case of 21 seed cases? It is

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difficult getting around the world. -- suitcases.... A travel virtually

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every week and it is not easy. it a trained army of nannies?

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a few of them, yes. But I think Roger likes having them around. But

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he still has a chance to concentrate on his tennis. But it

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is difficult to have these distractions but they are good

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distractions because obviously they keep things in perspective. It

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gives Roger something else to focus on instead of just tennis. I think

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after you have looked after twins, the tennis court his spine. -- is

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just fine. That is probably the He understands that mistake could

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mean he has to serve for be set instead of taking it now. -- this

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Roger Federer's at work letting him down which does not happen often. -

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- footwork. He is probably struggling to be fully engaged. It

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is a dead match. He is already He chased at one. Look at the spin

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on that. A way it goes. And the way Great recovery, Mardy Fish. He did

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not have much of the court but He is certainly forcing the pace,

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isn't he? Twice as many winners in the set as Roger Federer. From the

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first to be laughed in these rallies he is just going for it. --

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That is the job done as far as Federer is concerned. He has held

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serve and he is making Mardy Fish serve for the set. The freshly

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It was a good plan and well executed. He played these look kick

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-- that its low serve. -- at slip And that is a quick handed exchange

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from both sides of the court. reflexes. Fish doing very well to

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react to everything that has been A catch-all Swat on the backhand

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side. It was a tough call. That looked quite simple. Just landing

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in sight. Another set point here, and the lead for the American. --

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That is it. 1-1. Well played, Mardy Fish. Roger Federer has got some

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work to do here, even then he is safely through to the semi-finals.

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Third set coming up. We have got Third set coming up. We have got

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that to look forward to in just a moment. Just a reminder of the

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group stages... Roger Federer has already booked his place in the

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semi-finals. But who joins them? That will be decided tonight. Jo-

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Wilfried Tsonga or Rafael Nadal. Cried out about that on five Live.

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It is more complicated after that. David Ferrer is definitely through.

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He will be joined by Djokovic or Tomas Berdych. That will be decided

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tomorrow. We have got the world No. 1 playing at 2 o'clock. We have got

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about 20 minutes left here on BBC Two before we stop. You can follow

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coverage on the red button. Plenty coverage on the red button. Plenty

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to look forward to. We can rejoin the match. And this is how Mardy

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Fish won one of these points. He concluded 6-3. That was excellent

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made good. Roger Federer might be a bit slower. People have to pick it

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up. -- Roger will have to pick it up. It was a combination of his

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opponent raising his game and Roger losing a bit of intensity. But he

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does not want to get into the semi- finals with a defeat. It is a

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strange scenario. Normally, you would be going home but he has

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already qualified. He will walk a strong showing in this set.

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pretty good professional himself in the picture. He was a good all-

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rounder. I played him in the third round at Wimbledon on Centre Court.

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I think as usual I was a break down in one set and had to fight my way

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out of trouble but got stay in the The afternoon crowd are probably

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quite pleased that this is going Fish looking to get on the front

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Could be that the world number four as is, Roger Federer, he needs a

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bit of a scare here. Needs he to feel he is going to lose the match

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to hit the heights. Regardless of what is happening in this match, we

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have seen some strange results already this week, really. Nothing

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I mean to see Novak Djokovic, the player of the year by a country

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mile losing so easily in straight sets to Fred Astaire was the

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biggest surprise, probg probably -- Federer is on this 14 match winning

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streak at the moment, through the Davis Cup. He flew to Australia,

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after the US Open, in September, and beat Hewitt in four sets. So a

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win for Switzerland, then he won in barrel, then in Paris, so 14 --

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basil.. So a 14 match winning streak. Aiming at the backhand.

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Aiming at the court isn't he. has a fairly random distribution

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We went through a face in the second set where Fish was dictating

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place and early on in the third set. Federer is going to try and play

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this match on his terms. Whoops, almost went over there. That would

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have been a nasty one. Cutting away He has got some speed back in the

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feet, hasn't he. Children get told not play with fire. Trying to play

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games with Federer at the net is UMPIRE: Let. Mr Federer is

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challenging the serve. I like the way players challenge. Some wave

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their rackets round, Federer does a quick tick with the eye and maybe a

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small sound. Oh. I don't think he He has the fast challenges right

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So you hit a serve at 10 -- 111 mph. You must have to play a half-volley

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from behind you, and then he does this. Yes, that is nice. It is not

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always a very pleasing shot, it is ugly, that was pretty. You are

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trying to disguise it by using your UMPIRE: Game Federer. Now approach

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to the forehand of Roger Federer with something a bit more than that.

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But he wasn't able to. Disappointing start for the

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American player. It wasn't a great approach shot. You look at Fish's

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court positioning. It was like he was covering the middle. It wasn't

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a great passing shot from Federer. Three feet inside the sideline.

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cover the cross court, it San easier move for the volleyer to

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cover. Or you certainly anticipate I would rather having Federer

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UMPIRE: Mr Fish is challenging the serve. The ball was called in.

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Federer just trying to see the mark the ball leaves a little felt on

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the surface. UMPIRE: Game Federer. Federer leads, three games to love.

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He anticipated being right about the call answered was. 3-0. And

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Federer is in charge in this final set. Not sure how long this set has

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to go. But here on BBC Two we have under ten minutes to go, so if the

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match is still going on you will be able to follow it on the BBC HD

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channel and it will be available on the red button. But still a few

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minutes to go before we close our transmission on two. Seven players

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have won over00 matches on the professional tour. Federer was the

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last to achieve that. He did that with a win over a player in Paris

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recently.00 and counting. Got all the Swiss fans here. T he is an

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easy man to support, to be honest. Those two children are Tony

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Godsic's children, who is his manager and their mother is a

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former gold medallist. And a very fine intervier, but tone wri goes

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everywhere with his charge. He just has the one client hasn't he.

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he looked after Lindsay Davenport, and Monica sell less. He only has

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one now. I think he helps out some of the others but I think it is

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 78 seconds

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. The less said about this one the Loves to get the two hands on this.

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He rises up off the left leg here. The hitch kick. Pretty individual

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 78 seconds

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APPLAUSE. A bit unlucky really for Mardy Fish. The first volley was

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magnificent. The second was too high to get full control on. It was

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happening all a bit too quickly am not sure Federer's forehand pass

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was going in. You don't have time to make decisions when it is going

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He has gone for the kick. Just 86mph. It wasn't perfect. But he

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got away with it. It was like the off speed pitch. In baseball. The

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 78 seconds

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slower ball in cricket can fool the UMPIRE: Game Fish. Well Fish

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wriggle out of that one he is still down a break in this decided set --

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deciding set. At this point we are saying goodbye to viewers on BBC

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Two, if you want to continue watching this match to its

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One last push this season for the elite of men's tennis - ever-improving British number one Andy Murray included - who all battle it out in a series of round-robin matches at London's O2 Arena ahead of the final on Sunday.

Presented by Sue Barker. Commentators are Andrew Castle and Tim Henman.


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