Day 3 (cont’d)
I woke up this morning to catch the very end of this match, not entirely surprised to see it in the 5th set. I remember when Simon beat Federer in Montreal a couple years ago, and knew he was a dangerous player. When I tuned in Simon was serving at 2-3 in the 5th. Federer played some brilliant defense (how many times has that happened), and came up with a clutch break of serve on his first break point. Wounded though he was, Simon was still very dangerous and made Federer earn every point. Fed wins, 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3.
I read an article about the match where the author (who I don’t perceive to be a Federer fan) said:
“Roger Federer is through to the second round of the Australian Open a relieved and rattled man. He came so close to going out in the second round today against the brilliant but brittle Frenchman Gilles Simon that he could struggle to re-establish his aura in the remainder of the tournament.”
Whatever. Simon had beaten Federer on both of their previous meetings, so the fact that it was a tough match shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone, least of all Federer. Simon went into that match with the kind of confidence that very few people on earth could possibly have when playing Federer: “I’ve never lost to this guy. I’ve beat him before, I can beat him again.”
Fed fights through to round three.
Day 4 results, Women’s Singles – Winners include:
Kim Clijsters, Shahar Peer, and Shuai Peng, in a fantastic (if not predictable) upset of Jelena Jankovic. A quick glance at the match stats tells the story: Each had the same number of winners, but Peng made half the number of unforced errors that Jankovic made. What’s up with the Serbian women lately? Other than the fact that Serena, Venus, Clijsters, Stosur & Henin (to name but a few) are better players?
Do you really need to check that link? Do you really have any doubt – whatsoever – who won that match?
Rafa is ‘da man. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I feel unbelievably fortunate to live in a time when the two greatest tennis players who’ve ever held a racquet are competing for the G.O.A.T. title. It may sound like hyperbole, but it’s very well possible that we (the family of tennis fans) will never – ever – see this (players like Roger & Rafa, competing as they are for titles & records) again. Enjoy it my friends; every time they take the court they’re making a statement. Rafa’s statement today: 6-2, 6-1, 6-1. Rafa’s through to the 3rd round having lost just 4 games.
Bernard Tomic vs Feliciano Lopez
The ‘Tomic Punk takes out Feliciano “I’m too sexy” Lopez! Right on T! In straight sets even! 7-6, 7-6, 6-3. You’ve now earned a free pass to play Rafael Nadal. Congratulations.
Tsonga vs Seppi
Up two sets to love, Tsonga blows a huge lead in the 3rd, but hangs on and comes through a close tiebreaker.
Bojana Jovanovski vs Vera Zvonareva
Jovanovski takes the first set 6-2. Zvonareva takes the 2nd set 6-3. I’ll read about what happened in the 3rd set tomorrow.