FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Fernando Verdasco is no slouch. He is ranked no. 25 at the Open. That is the good news. The bad news is that he had to play a very hot Roger Federer today.
Game over quickly.
Federer won 6-3,6-4,6-4.
And the match had am amazing statistic. Federer was 26 of 27 in net points won. And it could have been worse if he had come in more. It was a bit too windy for that.
In the post-match press conference he seemed stunned by the stat.
He also would not admit that playing doubles in the Olympics helped his net play.
This came a day after his double partner, Stan Wawrinka said that Federer would be the best doubles player in the world if he played more doubles.
No one is better than Federer, but when in an age that he is trying to close out points earlier, some more serve and volley in his game would help appreciably.
There is no doubt that coach Paul Annacone is trying to incorporate that aspect more into his game.
Federer was effective coming in against Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final. Admittedly, the rough was closed and it was easier to do.
If Federer incorporated some more doubles into his regimen at places like Miami, Montreal and Cincinnati he could even be more effective when he plays the likes of Nadal and Djokovic.
And he could also preserve some wear and tear on his 31 year old body.