It seemed like it was going to be just a straight forward win against young Canadian Vasek Pospisil. With the first set in the bag thanks to some Pospisil errors, Federer seemed to have found his old game and confidence - that is, until he tried to serve for the match at 5-3. I don't know if it was nerves, or if a little lack of confidence started flowing again, but it all went downhill from there when he got broken and then lost the second set in a tiebreak. His whole demeanor seemed to change to one of defeat and lack of energy, even getting broken in the third set. But he must have decided he really wanted it after all, because he found his energy, grit and determination to immediately break back.
Pospisil showed a lot of determination himself and it really could have gone either way. But I kept thinking that if Federer were to lose the match when he totally had it in the palm of his hand, that I really didn't know what that would do to him going forward. These matches that he can fight through, though, even when incredibly tough, are so important to his belief right now. Each one builds upon the other to continue to boost the confidence for the future. I really have no idea what to expect for the final against Del Potro, but win or lose just getting himself into the position again to be able to win his home tournament is huge for him. So I will be setting my alarm early to cheer for the great win for my hero.