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Federer vs Del Potro: Barclay's ATP Final's Clueless Commentators

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26:  Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball during the men's singles round robin match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina during the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena on November 26, 2009 in London, England  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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TennisMasta1Contributor INovember 27, 2009

One would think that the paid commentators Jason Goodall and Robby Koenig at least understand the ATP rules. Otherwise how could ATP justify $84.95 per year from viewers like me to listen to them on TennisTV.com?

Today is another example of how uninformed these two are and how they mislead their viewers through the year.

At 2-2 in the third set of Roger/Delpo match, Koenig assures the viewers that Roger had at that point qualified for the semis. That is incorrect. The fact is Roger could have lost the set 0-6 and still qualified because his games won ratio of 50.62% would have been higher than Murray's 50.57%. That is, as soon as Roger won the second set he qualified for the semis. Clearly Koenig was misleading.

Then it was Goodall's turn. When Roger was serving 3-4 in the same third set, Goodall says that if Roger holds his serve he would advance to the semis (another incorrect statement contradicting Koenig's earlier incorrect pronoucement). Promptly Roger drops his serve and Delpo serves out the match. Goodall then quickly says that Delpo and Roger advance reversing himself from just a few minutes ago without any explanation whatsoever? Which of his statements is a viewer without a calculator to believe?

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