ROGER FEDERER: I mean, yes, there is a lot in a match like this. I've talked to the team a lot before, probably over an hour 15 about all the different possibilities about what might happen.
They told me what they think will happen. We share these feelings. When you go out, you just don't know if this is going to work out or if it goes the way it goes.
I felt from the beginning that I had a good pace off the baseline and on serve and that I felt that he was living dangerously if he wasn't going to play great tennis. It felt good to have, but again, that doesn't mean much, because Novak did an unbelievable job in his career to find ways to make you play bad or just be better with you on the day or squeeze another one. win as out at Wimbledon.
So I knew the beginning wasn't the key, but I knew it was important. I also had a great serve run throughout the first set.
I was able to keep up the pressure and mix my game up because he was playing incredibly aggressive at one point in the middle of the first set, which surprised me a little.
Yes, I think things worked out very well for me. Tonight was one of those nights when, you know, I was clear in the game plan. I got what I expected, and it was a great feeling in the end. The reaction showed.