Nadal vs Marcos Daniel
Nadal’s forehand is so evil it even looks heavy. It sounds heavy. It is heavy. He’s the heavy. Only took him 19 minutes to take the first set 6-0. He hit 13-winners and scored a total of 24 points to Daniel’s 4 that first set. Daniel is ranked #93 in the world, but he’d have been no worse off asking me to sub for him. My ranking, for unfamiliar readers, is considerably less than 93rd in the world. Daniel retires at 0-5 in the 2nd set. Nadal wins 6-0, 5-0 in 47 minutes.
Later in a post-match interview, Rafa answers the question, “What do you think about Roger hiring a coach specifically to beat you?” by saying, “Roger is not my problem right now…my 2nd round is my problem right now”. That’s just pure pragmatic focus. One match at a time.
Kimiko Date-Krumm vs Agnieszka Radwanska
At 40-years old, Kimiko’s ranking (#56) is not too far removed from her age. And as I type this, she is leading the #14 ranked Radwanska 4-1 in the deciding 3rd set. Pretty cool stuff.
Uh oh…hold everything. Radwanska took an injury timeout and totally killed Kimiko’s momentum. After the break, Kimiko came out serving to go up 5-1, and lost her serve at love. Then she only managed to win one point against Radwanska’s serve. And then Kimiko gave back the 2nd break, and just like that, they’re back on serve. And [for the love of Pete!] Kimiko managed to break Radwanska’s serve again, and now has a chance to serve for the match. And [I can’t take much more of this] got broke again. Radwanska serves at 5-5. Goes up 40-0…and then 3 points later they’re at deuce. Kimiko sets up a break point, but Radwanska fights it off. Deuce #2. Kimiko sets up another break point, and Radwanska fights it off again. Deuce #3. Ad Radwanska. Kimiko fights it off. Deuce #4. Ad Radwanska, and she wins the game on an unforced error from Kimiko. Kimiko serves. Love-15. Love-30. 15-30 when Radwanska hits a forehand long. 30-30 when Radwanska hits a backhand long. Solid net play to go up 40-30. And…Kimiko hits a forehand into the net. Deuce. Advantage Kimiko when Radwanska’s racquet head separates from the handle. Yes, you read that correctly: the racquet came OFF the handle. Unforced error by Kimiko sets up deuce #2. Another unforced error sets up match point for Radwanska, and another unforced error from Kimiko spoils the upset.
Vera Zvonareva vs Sybille Bammer
Zvonareva wins 2 & 1, but she always seems to me like she’s on the verge of having a complete mental meltdown. She’s handling the pressure better than she used to, but I keep watching her and thinking, “Oh man, she’s gonna lose it here…”
David vs Goliath Dudi Sela vs Juan Martin Del Potro
They’re tied at 13-13 in the first set tiebreaker as I write this. The pattern seems to be brilliant & fearless tennis followed by atypical, unforced errors. Del Potro finally wins the first set 15-13. Dudi looks like he can keep this up all day, and if that’s the case, it’s gonna be a long day at the office for Del Potro. Wish I didn’t have to sleep; I’d stay up and watch the rest of it.
Andy Murray looks like he’s on his way to a straight sets beatdown of Karol Beck.
[going to bed, grumbling about the time difference] See ya’ll tomorrow…