In perhaps the strangest match on the ATP World Tour this season, Federer looked as though he would cruise into the final in less than an hour. Djokovic, who hit two winners to 16 unforced errors in the first set as a he blasted ground strokes far and wide, found himself staring defeat in the face at 2-6, 0-2 0/30 on his serve.
But after belatedly switching gears to play with a greater margin for error, Djokovic worked his way back into the match and eventually held three break points on Federer’s serve at 5-all in the third set.
But Federer held serve and then watched on as the match finished as it started, with Djokovic spraying five errors in the final game to lose serve and the match.
Asked about the strange nature of the match, Federer said, “I was up very quickly, too quickly almost. Against a guy like Novak I knew all it would take would be one service break and his whole attitude and demeanour will change. He started to serve better, return better and not miss so much and everything just tightened up. He’s known for being a bit streaky and we saw that tonight. I could have won the match earlier but I’m very happy to have come through anyhow.
“I’ve had some tough losses this year and it’s nice to get some of those back. I was losing the tight matches that I’m supposed to win."
Date: 15.08.2010, Source: ATP