Saturday, January 4, 2014

Federer sets up pundits dream final against Hewitt - Video highlights

Roger Federer edged his way into the final at Brisbane after a mid match blip against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy. Federer who recently formed a new partnership with childhood hero Stefan Edberg sailed through the first set in under 30 minuets, taking it 63. Things were going accordingly for the Federer camp however the world 34 had other ideas by putting up mighty resistance in the second set and eventually winning the tie break 7-3. The mighty Swiss player reacted to this by charging on in the final set to generate solid 63 win in it.

Up next is the 32 year old former world number 1 (2001) Lleyton Hewitt who had encouraging three set win over second seed Kei Nishikori. Going in to the match Hewitt had a 1-0 head to head lead (2011 Wimbledon) but it was the world number 17 Nishikori who took the first set. At 5-5 Hewitt was leading 40-0 but the second seed battled back to break him and further more take the set 75. Hewitt was however not to be denied as her fought hard in the second set to take it 64 and then opened up a 3-0 lead in the final set to enable him enough of a margin to take the match. The final scoreline was 5-7 6-4 6-3.

Going into the final Federer has a 18-8 head to head lead over the Australian. Highlights of Hewitt's and Federer's Semi final are below (I’m afraid I couldn't find a English version for Federer's video):-

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