Day 7: Semi-Final: Federer v Ferrer Tennis: World Tour Finals


Day 7: Semi-Final: Federer v Ferrer

Sue Barker presents live coverage of the ATP World Tour Finals, the climax to the men's season. In this first semi-final, Roger Federer plays David Ferrer.


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It began with two groups of four, and B, featuring the top eight

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players in the world. On the third day, number three fell, giving way

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to injury, and was replaced by number nine. On the 5th day, number

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two was toppled and on Day 6, number-one went. Now, just four

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remain. Tonight, six plays seven as a Tsonga takes on Berdych. But for

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now, our focus in on number four and number five, Federer first is

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Ferrer, for a place in the final. - - Federer versus Ferrer. For one, a

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place in the final, for the other, fare well.

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Roger Federer is a five-time winner of this event. He will reaches 100

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tour final if he wins today. He is on a 15 match winning streak and

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has beaten his opponent today 11 times. Not bad for numbers, is it?

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Federer has been the man in form this week. Rightly so, he came in

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on the back of the winning streak and has looked incredible the way

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he has played. The match against Nadal was probably the best tennis

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I have ever seen. He was a bit distracted against Fish, knowing he

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was through to the semi-final, but I think he will be focused on the

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job in hand and I do not think there will be many people betting

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Ferrer is going to get his first win. The locker room has been like

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a scene from Casualty to that the week, and yet Federer just moved

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right through it. He knows how to handle his schedule, he took time

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off after Australia after using -- after losing the semi-final of the

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Open. This match winning streak takes him back to that US Open, and

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you expect him to cut through from here. If he wins this, he goes

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above Murray in the rankings. And I think it matters. The players are

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on their way, but to come firm group and a, we did not know he was

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coming through, but Tomas Berdych finishes top of the group and David

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Ferrer his second. In Group B, Roger Federer has been Supreme and

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga comes through. The semi-final line-up for today,

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Federer against added Ferrer, the player we thought would win the

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grip, and Tomas Berdych against Jo- Wilfried Tsonga tonight. Here they

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come, I think David Ferrer is going -- it is going to be so tough for

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him. He was on until late last night. He has to pick himself up

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physically and mentally for this M C MUSIC: "London Calling" by The

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MC: The winner of 16 Grand Slam titles, the five tinier end ATP

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World Tour No. 1, the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals defending

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champion, from Switzerland, Roger MUSIC: "London Calling" by The

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SUE BARKER: It was a heck of a record in that introduction, and

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the standing ovation, the biggest we have heard all week. It is easy

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for David Ferrer to play against! If he had won yesterday he would be

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playing Tsonga, now he has to face Federer here because he lost. He

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has won three sets against Roger in those 11 match ups, it is hard to

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see anyone but Federer for this one. But David will try. But Federer is

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just cruising this week, striking the ball so well. How top will it

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be for David? -- how Prof will it be? He looked like he would finish

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at the top of the group. I don't think, physically and mentally, it

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will be backed off because he is one of the fittest guys out there.

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I don't think he has got anything to lose. He has had a tough time

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We have tee the changeover, so please be seated until it is time,

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and we have Hawk-Eye. -- we have a TV changeover. David, heads or

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tails? Head so he has called. Yes, hence. -- heads. Picture, be is for

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strong we are ready for the off. -- picture, please. It was the

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manner in which he lost last night, he seems to fall apart, it was not

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like he was outplayed by Berdych? You felt he was in a dominant

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position, which he was, but I still think given the format, when you

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lose in any other tournament you are going home, but in his first

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match she beat Murray, in the second match she beat Djokovic, he

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is going to be feeling good about his game right now and that is why,

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if he had said before this tournament, semi-final against

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Federer, take-it-or-leave-it, he would have taken it. He can go out

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there with the thought that he has got so much to gain here, making

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the finals of the Tour Championships, or if he loses he is

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on holiday, so it will be interesting to see. You wonder how

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he will hurt Federer, because we saw with Murray, he was injured,

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limping around, and it was still a close match. Djokovic just was not

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there that day. You wonder where he will hurt Federer. This is a world

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class competitor, a world class runner, a world-class athlete. We

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don't know him quite so well because Wimbledon is not his strong

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suit, but he is a warrior, and animal out there. There are certain

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things you look at, and one of them is the track record between the two

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men. Three sets in 11 meetings, it is a tough ordeal. Maybe that is

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what Timmins when he says there is no pressure. You do not have much

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to lose against Federer in this environment. This is a repeat of

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the final from 2007, he has been at David Ferrer is much more known as

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a clay court specialist? That is how most of the Spanish guys

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learned their games, on clay, and it is a better platform for them.

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He has won a title on grass. It is amazing what he can achieve. You

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look at the top four, they have separated themselves, there is a

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definite gap. You would say Ferrer is the best of the rest. He has had

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a fantastic season, can he make it better? I have my doubts, but that

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is the beauty of sport. He is very consistent, but Sunday is probably

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a more dangerous play it. I think song that has got the bigger

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weapons, but over the year, Tsonga is more likely to have those depths.

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Week-in, week-out, Ferrer is a phenomenal competitor. Let's talk

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about Roger, we can eulogise about the way he has played over the last

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few weeks, really, since the US Open. He committed himself and he

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is right back up there. For all the achievements he has obtained over

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the years and the rankings, this is the first time in donkey's years he

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will not finish one or two. For everything he has done and the

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manner in which she has done it, it is easy to think of him as gracious,

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elegant, understated, subdued. Those are right, but underneath is

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a vicious competitor, and I love this as a platform -- I look at

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this as a platform for next year. Nothing would please me more than

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two seed 3, four guys up at the top, Federer regaining some former glory.

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I think he is re-energised, which is a delight to watch. He is surely

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coming to the end of his career in the next two or three years, we

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don't know, but while we have a chance to watch him play at this

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stage, it is a treat. And when you reflect on his performance against

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Nadal, best of a three-set match indoors, bat level of tennis, in my

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opinion, is still better than everyone else's. He has not been

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able to do it over an 11 month period this year, but that will

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give him so much excitement before the off season, the training, the

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hard yards he has to put him on the track and the courts. If he can put

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themselves in this environment in the latter stages of Grand Slams,

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he can tie a players' performances. There is no doubt in my mind he can

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add to his major tally of 16. will send out a strong message if

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he can win here. He is only 110 points behind Murray with what he

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has picked up this week, so if he wins today he will move above him.

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Novak Djokovic sustained that injury after the US Open and has

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not been the same since. Nadal says he is feeling less passion for the

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game. Roger must be thinking... he is the elder statesman. Roger

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should be worn out, falling out of love with the game. But I think

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again it goes back to your schedule but also goes back to the playing

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style. Read in the planet of's game, Djokovic's game, -- when you look

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at Nadal's game, the way what to play his is so aggressive, he is

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such a fluid mover -- for way Federer plays. He will be able to

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keep playing for as long as he wants. Let's not forget Andre

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Agassi, whose game was quite taxing, he did not have many short points.

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He made the final of the US Open at 35, Roger is only 38. I am not

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saying he will carry on for five years, but... He said he will carry

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on for the next few years, he announced that this week. He is not

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saying just next year. Certainly not. Most importantly, as long as

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he is enjoying what he is going, and that is going to be reflected

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in the results he is having, I see him playing for a few years yet,

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and let's hope so. You mentioned Agassi, Pete Sampras won a Grand

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Slam in his thirties, McEnroe did. There are a number of players who

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maintain the fitness, and that is what is often underestimated with

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what it. People talk about Nadal and Djokovic, but Roger is

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supremely fit. Some of the youngsters who trained with him say

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they cannot keep up with him. there is the other aspect, the

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mental wear and tear of the treadmill that is the tour, forever

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going round and round the world, and that can become tiring, but I

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think he enjoys the travel aspect so much, and on top of that he gets

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his schedule right, he has the breaks, get away from the game. He

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always seemed so fresh, and that is important to maintain that aspect

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as well, and then he can keep going. We are looking forward to this one.

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The first semi-final here at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals,

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Federer against Iraq. Let's join Andrew Castle.

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ANDREW CASTLE: -- Federer against Ferrer. Roger Federer once again in

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the semi-finals of the World Tour finals. If he wins he will go

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This match is a mouth-watering So, David Ferrer, a good effort,

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that, to get off to a winning start He won in Auckland, and it was a

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big deal for him making a semi- Not a man Federer will be taking

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lightly, despite their head-to-head record and everything that goes

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with it. You still have to go out Federer's wife there, and his twins

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are here as well, two-and-a-half How much of a game plan does Roger

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Federer have here? Is it as easy as it looks, or does he have specific

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in mind? He will have specifics of the way he can dominate Ferrer's

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UMPIRE: Game, Federer. ANDREW CASTLE: And what are they

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against Ferrer? Virtually everybody Federer plays against, he will try

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to use his forehand. He wants to try to get to Ferrer's backhand and

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the way to do that is to hit strong to the forehand to open up the back

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hand. I think Ferrer generate his own place -- his own pace

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considerably, so Federer will be looking to use that and attacked

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when he has the opportunity. Ferrer? What is his plan? He has

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got to keep the ball deep in Federer's backhand-making hit as

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many as possible. Try and keep the ball deep -- it into Federer's

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backhand, making him hit as many as possible. He will probably be

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keeping his fingers crossed that The first year Federer has not won

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a Grand Slam since 2002. That year, Lleyton Hewitt won Wimbledon and

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Pete Sampras won another Open. It Ferrer hit a good first serve, got

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a weak reply there. The danger of going into Federer's forehand, if

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you do not hit the shot perfectly, you expose yourself. He did not do

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enough with his second shot of the rally. Ferrer's long-term coach

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there. What did you think he says two Ferrer before the match, having

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lost 11 in a row? How are your legs Backhand slice just sitting admit

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court there from Federer. Not striking that with any real purpose.

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If he is going to slice like that, UMPIRE: Game, Ferrer.

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ANDREW CASTLE: Good effort from the There are so many numbers

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associated with the career of Roger Federer. So many victories and

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finals and the 16 Slams and all the rest of it. It has been another

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consistent year for him. Started with a win in Doha after the US

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Open. He won in Paris as well. But he will judge his year by the Grand

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Slams. He lost to Djokovic in straight sets at the Australian

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Open, lost to Nadal at the French Open after a magnificent match with

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Djokovic, which ended his 4-1 match winning streak for the year. -- 41.

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Just when he was getting into the tournament at Wimbledon, it did not

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It is amazing to think his best Grand Slam performances he was on

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clay at Roland Garros. He has been so dominant in the majors. But it

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also emphasises how good he is on clay. People forget what a great

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clay court player he. He is in an era of the best clay court players

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in history, with Rafa Nadal, but he has been in several finals. And he

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won one, of course, when Nadal lost to Soderling. He resisted the

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pressure, the pressure was on him that year, now or never, and he won

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If Ferrer has half a chance to make his opponent's life a misery, he

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does. He pushes and prods, just asks a lot of difficult questions.

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What a highly respected Ferrer has certainly made a good

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start, you feel Federer has not found his rhythm. This might be his

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half a chance to get his nose in His mum there, dad is never far

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away. His dad was saying how proud he is, every time, all around the

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world, when he is received in these I don't think mum and dad like

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sitting together during the I know you don't like to blow your

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own trumpet, but tell people what your record is indoors against

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Roger Federer? I did have lunch with him today and asked him how

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many sets he won against me in five meetings. He did win one once. He

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was under 12, though! Would see got to 13, he used to beat me! -- when

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Where did he win his set? The Anna, he had match point. I don't know

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how he lost -- Vienna. He was killing me all day but I managed to

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A horrible start to the game. Two doubles. I did play debit for rare

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indoors in Madrid and I beat him 6- 1 in the third set and he went into

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the press conference and said it was the worst day of his life! -- I

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did play David Ferrer indoors. you play him on clay? No, thank

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That is the tactic from Federer, the head the slice that gets Ferrer

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to move up the court and cannot get much on the backhand. In that

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moment Federer is edging over to A couple of shots there that

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Federer has not been missing all week, and certainly given the

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position of the game they are This is not a rally that Ferrer

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would have learned on clay courts. Good recognition that Federer was

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in trouble. He sneaked in to the That might be a challenge. The

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umpire is up in the chair, he has had an excellent tournament. He is

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so quick to respond to players. He cannot challenge. He could over

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rule. Federer obviously felt the When the ball is that far away from

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the chair it is a tough call. You would rather that the umpire stayed

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out and gave the player the option, said, look, it looked about to me.

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That could have cost him the game. The from Ferrer's point of view, it

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probably looked close. -- from Ferrer's point of view. I must

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thank people for all the feedback yesterday. We had a chat about

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siblings who have played the game. Djokovic has to my younger brothers

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who could be professionals -- has two younger brothers. We talked

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about the Lloyds, Bob and Mike Bryan. We even did the warts ands

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at one point. There are so many that we left out. -- the Watsons.

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What we left out the Washingtons. We did not have long to think, did

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we? Let's defend ourselves here. Sue Barker was leaping up and down

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in the studio, talking about the That is a mistake. Federer is a

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little bit tight today. It is a match he expects to win and which

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everyone expects him to win. It is just trying to find that the game

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that can get a smoothly past Ferrer. Half chances are not going to come

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along that often. Ferrer does not usually miss those returns. He does

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We have Mr Major Spanish family. -- Tight, once again, from Federer.

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When you are nervous the first thing that goes is the for it work.

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If your feet are not in the right position, your timing will not be

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Ferrer would have fancied making UMPIRE: Game, Federer. You see how

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Federer hit that ball down to the other in straight away -- the other

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end straight away to say to Ferrier, UMPIRE: Game, Ferrer.

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Four holds of serve for David Ferrer. In the previous game he

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double faulted on the first two points and still got out of it. He

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has made exactly the start that he would have hoped to. We are going

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to continue this tennis-playing family game. Ramesh Krishnan, his

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father was an excellent player and a bit of a favourite at Wimbledon

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as well. We have extended it a bit. It was sort of brothers and sisters,

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now it is fathers and sons. It is too much now! It is quite engaging

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mentally, isn't it? Have their Sanchez -- Xavier.

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In this match Ferrer is ahead in the psychological game, isn't he?

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You feel like he has got his rhythm with his feet and he shot. As a

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bonus, Federer has not found his rhythm yet. He has made 12 unforced

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errors in this set. After serving a double fault against Nadal he only

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made six in the rest of the match. I think Ferrer will be the happiest

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of the two right now. New tennis balls in play after

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You cannot keep that! He is trying! When the ball goes into the crowd

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at the US Open, the public are allowed to keep them as souvenirs,

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aren't they? Yes, I think they're a bit cheaper Rover there! I think it

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is quite a nice idea. -- cheaper Business end of the set - this is

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where many unforced errors or silly mistakes are going to be magnified.

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Definitely out of sorts on the backhand side, Federer. There is

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the Swiss Davis Cup captain, encouraging his friend. Ferrer is

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doing a great job here, making life You always talk about maximising

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talent and making the most of what you've got, this man has done that.

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Absolutely. When you reflect on his results so far, he really has had

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amazing achievement. One of the most impressive is the way he has

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embraced all the different surfaces. To begin with he was obviously an

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out-and-out clay-court player. But he has moved on. Most impressive to

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win a tournament on grass. I think that sums up his attitude, that he

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embraces these challenges. Grass was always seen by the

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Spanish players traditionally did not play well indoors. Moving on a

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few years, when grass-court tennis changed, the courts got harder and

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harder, the ball bounced higher, I think that Rafael Nadal had a big

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part to play in it. He spoke about Wimbledon as the tournament that he

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wanted to win. He eventually won You don't need that at the

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beginning of the game if you're I think a lot of the time Federer

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have always better the more difficult the volley years. --

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Extra effort from Ferrer on the return, getting something on the

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return. A quality set of tennis, this. Federer is trying to find his

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best form. Ferrer is two points No defence against that! He really

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cut round the outside of that one. It is long. No challenge. He is at

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the coalface today, Federer. It is not coming easily. Nervous moments,

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and he hasn't had many of those in Sometimes you watch Federer and it

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almost seems like he is not trying. The clenched fist after that shows

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For a man of Ferrer's character and his game style, it is really

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inexcusable to miss a shot like You knew that Ferrer was going to

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make ground to that. But this is all just contributing to a sense of

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frustration for Roger Federer, the defending champion here. Ferrer

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remains two points away from this Was that a good second serve or a

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poor return, or both? It was a rising ball. But Ferrer would

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expect to make that nine out of ten It is a pretty handy reverse

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backhand volley off of a Federer Neither player can string two

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points together. It is Federer that keeps coming out on top on the

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Again, it is a shot that a player of his calibre at this moment in

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UMPIRE: Game, Federer. That makes it 5-5. Almost nine

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minutes of head-to-head from one game. 17,500 people in here,

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thoroughly engrossed in the this That was a delightful piece of

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delayed at forehand work from Federer on the approach. He had 20

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minutes to play this ball. He waited for Ferrer to commit. Then

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it was solid down the middle, knowing that Ferrer would be

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committed to the forehand side. As is often the case when you come

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through a long service game, the pressure is right back on your

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opponent. Federer is now looking to He had 0-30 on the first serve

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earlier on and he came back. -- on Federer settling on a backhand half

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Federer is trying to get his forehand into play. Ferrer was able

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just to push it through enough and Interesting watching the great

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players grind it out. For every 2008 final with Federer and no

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doubt at Wimbledon, you have these great moments, Djokovic at French

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Open this year, there are great matches. Djokovic played so many of

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them this year. But most of the time the top players are using

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their B game to win. They are not at the very top. Today is very much

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a B game day for Federer, a get the job done sort of... That is right,

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he is just struggling with his shots a little bit and his foot

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work has not been quite there. But over a period of time, over 70, 80,

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90 matches in a year, you will not always played brilliantly and

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sometimes Federer does not get the credit he deserves for how well he

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competes, how he is able to find a way to get two sets, three sets

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under his belt. So far today it has been a struggle but he is the one

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who got the break and he will be coming out to serve for the first

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set. They all do at the top of the game, Ferrer Grimes it in day-in,

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day-out. Federer, at the moment, with enough, it would seem, on this

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court. What can Ferrer do to respond as Federer serves for the

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first set? He has been in six finals at this season-ending

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championships, and he has won five There was a massive hold of serve

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at 4-5, then the break and now set UMPIRE: Game and set, Federer.

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ANDREW CASTLE: That does it. At this point against Rafa Nadal he

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had almost on the match, this is much tougher. -- he had almost won

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the match. SUE BARKER: A few minutes ago,

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Ferrer was two points from the set but he did not take them, bodger

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pounced and Federer is in charge. It is a prestigious title to win --

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Roger pounced. Whatever happens today and tomorrow for David Ferrer,

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he will remain as world number five. If Roger Federer wins today, he

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will overtake Andy Marriott. He has already won 600 points at this

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tournament -- he will overtake Andy Murray. Tremendous prize money, as

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well, but that does not mean a lot to these guys, they learned a lot

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of money around the world. Federer begin to reach his 100 tour final

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here at the O2 Arena. He would only be the 5th man in history to do

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that. The other four, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, and a player often

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ANDREW CASTLE: If Federer ties this match today, he will have 806

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career wins. When it comes to contracts and endorsements with

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companies, rackets, clothing, the rest of it, there are bonuses

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according to where you finish, like the Premier League. The higher you

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finish, the more bonus money you get. The difference for Andy Murray

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and Roger Federer if they swap rankings will have a bearing on

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what they do it. I'm sure it will, and there has been talk about what

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they means. Aside from the financial gains, I think for Murray

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it would be good if he did finish three because it would be his

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highest end-of-year ranking whereas Federer spent so long between want

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or two. Having said that, 3 and four, there is probably a

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significant financial difference as UMPIRE: Mr Federer is challenging

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Vitally important for Ferrer to hang on here. Three games in a row

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from that top hold at 4-5 from Federer showing more control and

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defensive ability on that backhand side but he has knocked -- he has

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not looked particularly comfortable We saw what happened last night

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could Ferrer against Berdych and he suddenly lost several games in a

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You could see on the faces of the Federer camp how important they

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felt that break point was. That shot was a risk well worth taking.

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His return is largely going to the Ferrer backhand side, dropping it

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safely in the middle of the court. I guess the ball on the right hand

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side of the screen is the return we have just seen. Average return

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You think back probably less than 15 minutes ago, Ferrer was two

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points from getting the first set under his belt. All of a sudden he

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is a break down in the second set and a really must hold serve to

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That backhand was a shot that Federer struggled with the timing

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of in the first set. Now it seems he has got his feet in the right

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The first one of those. A good time. I tell you what, he does not like

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letting the ball bounce twice. That was a lovely backhand to finish it.

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I suspect we will see a replay of that in a moment because that was

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lovely. It was the drop shot from Federer that looked to be the

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winning shot in the rally, early stages. It gets him out Laird --

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out there. Just dropped it in short, over the head, had a run-up for

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that one. That was a surprise, Tim, that he played that one? He has

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such a big forehand, you are used to him picking a corner and going

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for it. A lot of players would back off. It ended up being a good shot

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because it went to an awkward height, Federer could not put the

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backhand volley away. We say he has got good wheels. He has got

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unbelievable Wales. The two oldest man left in the tournament, he is

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29 years of age. He spent some time, and still looks like he could earn

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his money on, a construction site when he was a teenager. After about

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a week he got completely disillusioned with that and said, I

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think we will do this tennis thing. I can't imagine anybody more

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devoted to the training and the professional aspects of the game.

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And about $10 million later he probably realises that was quite a

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UMPIRE: Game, Federer. New balls, It is little touches like that

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which make Federer so watchable. He could have dropped that forehand

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volley in short, he could have poked it down the line, but he went

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back behind his man. He knew Theroux would move a little bit. It

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is a sweet touch. -- he knew Ferrer He has got the Davis Cup final next

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weekend against Argentina back in He is under the cosh again and if

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he loses his second service break to Federer you have to think that

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is likely to be the match over. Some important points coming up for

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Transition game from the back of the court to the net position,

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Perhaps a little early to say, but Just waiting, weren't you, for the

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Federer Popp on one of those as he hit the winner. But he was just not

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able to find the backhand down the line and win it. But he has another

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With Federer's numbers on serve, you are quite right. To go a double

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break down, it probably would be curtains for Iraq, but he is not

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giving up without a fight -- UMPIRE: Game, Ferre.

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ANDREW CASTLE: four straight points for the world No. 5. A packed house

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at the O2 Arena. This event, the season-ending championships, just

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eight men earned their place here. This will be here again at this

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Arena next year and the year after that. Then an announcement will be

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made about the next menus. But it has found such a home here, full

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house time and time again, packed to the rafters to watch this board.

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Superb. -- to watched the sport. The man who coaches Roger Federer

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was with Pete Sampras in his heyday, he was with Tim Henman in his

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heyday as well. I wonder what it is like coaching Federer? I think

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coaching is the operative word there. It is not teaching. Paul is

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not trying to tell him how to hit shots, it is more about when to hit

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shots and why to hit them. Federer obviously has a lot of strings to

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his bow, different ways of playing, and it is about him having the

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biggest implements and biggest impact against his opponents, and

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obviously using the attacking game which is an area that Paul has

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tried to emphasise. More attacking? He wants to see him more

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aggressive? It does not mean you always come to the net, but the way

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he will hit his backhand down the line to get the next shot on to his

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forehand, playing a short size to get base liners out of their

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comfort cent, they are all areas that Roger has done a good job

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implementing in his game -- out of Federer's game has certainly

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changed over the years. There was a time he would serve a volley first

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and second. He gave that up and won Such a good shot, the backhand down

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the line, especially against clay- court players. They love running to

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the left, but they do not like You can see with Ferrer's movement,

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it is not quite as comfortable going to his forehand. The BT again

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is once you have him how it -- have him out wide to his forehand, his

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back hand is a big target to aim in two.

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UMPIRE: Game, Federer. Federal leads four against two. -- Federer

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UMPIRE: Mr Federer challenge is the call on the left baseline. --

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UMPIRE: It stands. ANDREW CASTLE: Vindicated! It is

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UMPIRE: Mr Federer has two challenges remaining.

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ANDREW CASTLE: I would not have thought Federer would challenge --

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would practise after this, but given his lack of rhythm on that

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backhand side, 20 minutes hitting them might be an idea. A golfer

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even after a good round will go and So many unforced errors on that

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UMPIRE: Federer leads four games to Would the guys go and he did the

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balls to listen off after a victory? Generally not. Given the

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amount of tennis and the experience of Roger Federer, it would be more

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likely a conversation with his coach he might say, how did you

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feel on your backhand out on the court? Bodger might say, my

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forehand wasn't quite right, my backswing was big -- Roger might

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say. I think today after the match, if he comes through, it will be a

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conversation and then maybe five minutes on the practise court

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tomorrow before he were to get ready for a final if he comes

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through. Having said that, if you are a David frack, who relies

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heavily on rhythm and solidity from the baseline -- David Ferrer, you

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might hit that 50 minutes to regain He is certainly not to be written

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off in this match, Ferrer. He has had a tight first set here. He is

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Ferrer has been to the final of this event before, back in 2007. He

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lost to Federer then. He knows how to get the job done. He is not out

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Ferrer is obviously trying to get the break back you. Federer is

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serving at 79% of first serves. 13 Battering down the hatches after

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you get the break of serve, isn't You look at Federer's Serv, it is

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by no means the fastest. Time and time again, it sets him up for the

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shot that he wants, which is the If you're not careful, people will

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start thinking you know what you're talking about, Tim Henman! It was a

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quick game and David Ferrer Serbs After playing a point like that, I

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think Federer could look you in the eye and say, it is all right, I

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They say it evens up. Ferrer did have his fair share, I suppose, a

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earlier on. They say the harder you like that. So jealous. He enjoys a

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rally like that like a cat enjoys a It would be fantastic as a method

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if Ferrer can get out of this game. And just make Federer serve for it.

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I know he has been successful on 99 Another example of Ferrer just

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edging over to his left, trying to run round his back hand. Federer

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A 100th final it is in the What a fantastic contribution David

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Ferrer of Spain, the world No. 5, has made to the World Tour finals

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and our enjoyment this week. Once again it is Roger Federer. That his

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nine matches in a row that he has won here. He will await the outcome

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of the second semi-final, which is tonight in this arena - Jo-Wilfried

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Tsonga against Tomas Berdych. It was not always the most sumptuous

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performance from Federer. The first set was a grind as he found his

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rhythm, but the second set he moved up through the gears. One hour and

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25 minutes of good work from both players. Federer is through to yet

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another final, his seventh here in the season-ending Championships.

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SUE BARKER: Yes, another tremendous performance from Roger Federer. A

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big ovation, too, for David Ferrer. He played his part, not just today

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but throughout the week. He is signing a few autographs as well.

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This man is still going. No wonder he is smiling. That was a superb

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performance as up how key that game was in the first set -- that was a

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superb performance. How key that game was in the first set. Yes, his

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footwork was slightly off. There was one game which lasted nearly

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nine minutes. He was two points from winning the set on two

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occasions but he never quite got there. Once Federer broke through

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that service game, he won the set and his form got better and better.

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He will be very happy with his afternoon's work. He has had the

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perfect schedule and now he is through to the final.

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We can hear from him now. He is talking to Mark.

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Roger, congratulations. You're through to your seventh final of

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the season-ending Championships. That is some record. I am very

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happy to have played today. David has had an amazing season and an

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amazing tournament so far. Well done to him. I wish him well in the

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Davis Cup next week. I know you have beaten him every

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time but he is never one to be underestimated. He had the upper

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hand from the baseline in the first set. I was really struggling to hit

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the ball back cleanly because of his top-spin. He was moving me

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around well. To have all but 5-5 gave me confidence. I served well

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and got myself out of trouble but that was definitely the key to the

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match. On Sunday it will be a 100th Korea final. What an amazing

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achievement that is. I am not sure I want to say they

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expect. But you're going for your sixth title. What do the number

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minty? You cannot really plan for that. I will not retire after my

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100th final. I knew going into this match that I

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could reach my 100th final and I could win another title. I have

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been so fortunate and so lucky. I am still standing and still running.

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I do not know how I'd do it. I am still walking normally, still

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healthy and fit. It has been wonderful to play for so many years

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at the highest of levels. To play my 100th final in London means a

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lot to me. And also to do it in some style. I

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was reading in a survey the other week of global celebrities -

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politicians, musicians, sports people - you came second, behind

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Nelson Mandela! It is true, I know! It is a crazy thing. I did not mean

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to embarrass you. Everything I say will be recorded, it is not so easy

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Congratulations. Thank you. SUE BARKER: He really was in a no-

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win situation with that question! He is through to his 100th final.

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That is another record picked in his incredible career. 7-5, 6-3 and

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he is through to the final tomorrow. It will either be Tomas Berdych or

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. They play their match tonight and you can hear

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coverage on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. We will be back tomorrow to

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watch Roger in the final at 5:15pm. Tim and Andrew, it was a lovely

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moment out there. It was a question he could not really answer a!

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They like the manner in which he goes about his business. Can I tell

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you who was third in that opinion poll? Bill Gates. And he has given

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something like $6 billion into his charitable foundation. Long may it

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continue. At the top of the men's game, it is absolutely captivating

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to have him playing well. We know that Djokovic is there, Nadal is

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there, Murray is trying to break through.

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This could have been the year where he thought, I have done so much,

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but so many records, maybe I should wind down. But he is going for it.

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He has had a bit of a break, come into the end of the season with two

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tournament wins, and he has played so well here, that will motivate

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him even more. Upon reflection, he has left a few matches out there.

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In the past he has been able to win those important matches in the

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latter stages of Grand Slams. It was great first in the French Open

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to win against Djokovic. He hat two Matt points in the SMEs of the US

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Open. I think it motivates him, the challenge of adding to his list of

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Grand Slams. He is one of the few tennis players

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who really values the Olympic Games. Yes, I almost forgot about that. It

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is in London, you know! No! He already has the gold medal,

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he won the doubles. That is not good enough for Roger. There are

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lots of things to motivate him. His kids are not at school yet, they

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are only two-and-a-half years old. There is no decay at all when he

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hits the ball might like this. He is only 30. Just back to today, we

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talked about Roger, when he held serve at 5-5. How often do we see

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it in tennis when you get a sniff of a chance, do not take it and

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then drop you serve? Absolutely. It is about always putting a bit of

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pressure on your opponent. He had those opportunity. He never got is

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set point, but you felt like he was really making Federer work. Once

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Federer came through that service game, it felt like the tables

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turned a little bit. Federer is not at his best but, like all great

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champions, you find a way to win when it matters. This is the

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rallying that went over the top of the head. He has got the ball on a

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String, just like his opponent. Sometimes it is not magnificent

:50:03.:50:13.
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tennis, it is about getting the job done. Federer Grand other top

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players sometimes play well inside the lines, a huge margin for error.

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-- Federer and other top players. As far as the match tomorrow goes,

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whoever comes through, it will be a different sort of match, or won't

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it? They are both big hitters. I spoke to Roger and Paul when he

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was playing Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in his first match. You sensed that

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they were uncomfortable because it is often in Tsonga's hands because

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he is so explosive. You never feel totally settled. I think Berdych is

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more erratic but he still has a huge first serve. He hits the ball

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might very flat from the baseline. He has to make sure he is

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consistent and keeps the ball out of the middle of the court. He goes

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into it as the clear favourite and it would be great to see him get

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his six -- to get his sixth ATP World Tour final. He is in good

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company with Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras already having five.

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People underestimate him, but Nastase certainly made his mark. He

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was often underestimated. You member the trouble with the

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rackets and he was trying all different kinds? Was that the Smith

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final? That magnificent picture of him sitting at the end with all the

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hair around the look. You do not play here by being an idiot. Twice,

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wasn't it? Twice, yeah. We have a few minutes left so we

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will talk about Mr Murray as well. He had to pull-out of the

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tournament because of an injury. He spoke to Jonathan earlier than the

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weekend he was talking about the season and how tough the euros.

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A lot of people spoke about it after the US Open. If I look at the

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other guys who played a lot of matches over in the States, Rafa,

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Roger and Novak, Novak and Roger took maybe a six-week break. Rafa

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took the long break after Paris, and maybe I needed to take that

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break and Miss Paris. Then there would be no-one left at the eastern

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its? Year, that is the situation that we are in. Maybe that is my

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mistake in not looking further ahead. I always want to try to play

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the commitments of the tour that you need to meet. Who knows what is

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going to happen. The season is a little bit shorter next year, it

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might help. It is also more compact. Perhaps a difficult decision. He

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went in Asia, try to get the number three world ranking, then picked up

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injuries. It is difficult getting the balance right. It is. In

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hindsight, you would have said that, after the US Open, the Asia tour

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looked a good idea. When would you ever complain about winning? I

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still think it was the right decision for him. I think he took a

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wild card into Switzerland but ended up not playing. I wonder if

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he could have had a little bit of a break. These guys are so good.

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Playing in the Grand Slam they are always in the finals. It is an

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enormous amount of tennis and I think we should remember that that

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is a nice problem to have. If you are losing in the first or second

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round you will have plenty of time. It is because they are so

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consistent that they play loads of matches. There will always be

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niggles along the way. Andy has talked about his diet has changed

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and I think that has an impact. He will live and learn and perhaps do

:54:56.:55:01.

things slightly differently. 2012 is hard because it is an Olympic

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year. Instead of your four majors, you then have the Olympics the

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morning as well. It is not easy but you have to do the best you can.

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The questions that came up were raised by the players themselves,

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notably Nadal, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray. They were the ones who

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were talking about the length of the season and how no-one was

:55:21.:55:25.

listening to them. Of course, if they have that opinion they must be

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listened to. They are the most important thing in the game and

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their opinion is respected. They are the ones who came out. Then he

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played three tournaments in Asia, played superbly and then satisfied

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his commitment in Switzerland. If you think you're doing too much,

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don't play. It is not just 10 because Novak

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Djokovic played in the Davis Cup after the US Open. He made the

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decision to play because he is so proud. It is not easy for these

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guys but I am saying, when you are making this a matter of dollars,

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with the economy the way it is and the public perception of a good

:56:13.:56:16.

thing at the moment, to even consider mentioning the possibility

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of a strike just made the game look a little bit foolish temporarily.

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But that is one man's opinion. They are big box office, the tennis

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players. We have had a number of celebrities here. We saw Denise

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Lewis, a number of football players, including Rio Ferdinand. He did not

:56:40.:56:45.

want to sit in the stand. Boris Becker was shouting to him from the

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side. He looks all right, doesn't he? Yes, all right. His backhand

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grip is a little bit dodgy. Talking of football, coming up

:57:01.:57:05.

tonight there is much of the day, including Manchester United against

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Another programme to highlight, coming upon 2nd December, is the

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euro 2012 draw. Gary Lineker will be presenting that. Looking ahead

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to tomorrow, this man will be in action. He will be through to the

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final, against Tomas Berdych or Jo- Wilfried Tsonga. You're wondering,

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Andrew, whether he might go out and hit a few balls. Do you think he

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will? No. He raised his level and found his timing. At this stage in

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the year, given how much tennis he has by, he will be saving his

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energy for tomorrow. While we were having a sandwich, he was having

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lunch with Federer. Was it nice? is not what you know it is who you

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know! OK, guys, thank you very much. That is it from the O2 arena. We

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know that it is Roger Federer who is through to the final tomorrow,

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which means that it is his 100th tour final. He is also bidding for

:58:34.:58:40.

Sue Barker presents live coverage from the O2 in London of the ATP World Tour Finals, the climax to the men's season. In this first semi-final, Roger Federer plays David Ferrer.

Andrew Castle is joined by Tim Henman in the commentary box.


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