Saturday, October 18, 2008

'Adios Madrid' for Both Rafa and Federer

The top two seeds in Madrid, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, have taken their leave as they both suffered close defeats to their opponents in the semifinals on Saturday.

Federer stumbled 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to world number 4, Andy Murray, who was firing 210+ km/hr serves throughout the match.

The young Scot, who fell to Federer in the US Open final last month, is now 3-2 against the Swiss.

Murray, who will be bidding for his second Masters Series shield of the season (won Cincinnati in August) next faces unseeded Frenchman, Gilles Simon, who delivered a major upset to home favorite and world number 1, Nadal.

Simon edged the Spaniard 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (8-6) with a dramatic ending to the final set tie-break, when the Frenchman challenged a ball from Nadal that was called in, but was then proven long by the hawk-eye system, giving Simon the game, the set and the match.

Despite the defeat, Nadal will leave Madrid a happy man, as he has secured the year-end number 1 ranking after Federer failed to defend his points from a final showing last year.

Simon and Murray are tied at 1-1 head-to-head, where Murray has won their most recent meeting this year on clay.

Simon, who is currently ranked number 16 in the world, has now joined an exclusive club of players who have posted victories over the world's top 3, Nadal (Madrid semis), Federer (Toronto 2nd round) and Novak Djokovic (Marseille 2nd round), all in the same season.


Kamil said...

Only consolation is that the guy that beat federer beat the guy that beat nadal. It's a little complex to decipher but nonetheless satisfying.

Reem said...

haha kefaya nafsana 3al walad ba2a mesh keda!!!

Hisham said...

Hehe I agree with Kamil on that one!