Round 3 (cont’d)
Miscellaneous Math Stuff
It takes 7 wins to hoist the trophy at a grand slam. Since every match involves two players, here’s how I visualize the size of the field at a slam:
Not only is this instructive in understanding exponents (to include why anything to the “zeroth” power = 1), it’s also instructive in understanding the place value in the binary number system. Recall that in binary there are only two choices: 1 or 0. So if you wanted to express the (decimal) number “16” (as in, the same number of grand slams that Federer has won) in binary you’d write it as: 10000. See? You’d put a 1 in the “Round 4” column (which has a value of 16), and a zero in the remaining columns. And if you wanted to write the decimal number “25” (as in, the number of combined grand slam titles that Federer & Nadal have), you’d write that as: 11001. Make sense?
Women’s Singles – Round #3 (Bottom Half of the Draw)
Simona Halep vs Agnieszka Radwanska
Radwanska wins 6-1, 6-2
Nadia Petrova vs Ekaterina Makarova
Makarova wins a tough fight: 6-2, 3-6, 7-6
Alize Cornet vs Kim Clijsters
Kim’s forehand just keeps misfiring. Kim’s serving at 5-6 to stay in the match, and at this particular moment in time has 22-unforced errors to Cornet’s 11. Kim plays that 12th game very solid, and Alize plays it very sloppy. Kim serves her way into a first set tiebreaker. Cornet’s level of play continues to deteriorate throughout the tiebreaker and she doesn’t win a point until it’s 1-5. The lead proves too much for her to overcome, and Clijsters wins the first set 7-6. Despite generally lackluster play, Clijsters still finds a way to win. Like champions tend to do.
Samantha Stosur vs Petra Kvitova (I’m not stayin’ up for this…)
Flavia Pennetta vs Shahar Peer
I’m not stayin’ up for this either…
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Iveta Benesova
Benesova wins 6-3, 1-6, 7-5. Who is she and who’d she beat?
Lucie Safarova vs Vera Zvonareva
Zvonareva hangs in and beats a very tough opponent in Safarova. 6-3, 7-6(9) Hard to get too excited about this match.
Shuai Peng vs Ayumi Morita
Wow! Gutsy finish from Peng Shuai. Serving for the final set she was struck by some obviously painful hamstring cramps in her right leg, but she toughed it out and hung in for the win. 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
Men’s Singles – Round #3 (Top Half of the Draw)
Rafael Nadal vs Bernard Tomic
Too late for me to stay up and watch. Dammit.
John Isner vs Marin Cilic
Isner wins the first set 6-4, but totally slumps in the 2nd set. Maybe he’s still tired from that match at Wimbledon? Nevertheless he hangs in and takes the 3rd set in a tiebreaker. Will find out what happens (happened) when I get up in the morning.
Mikhail Youzhny vs Milos Raonic
Surprise upset from the young Canadian! Takes out Youzhny in 4-sets; 6-4, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4. Pat McEnroe & Killer Cahill interviewd Milos (sounds like “Kilos”) after the match and I was impressed with his level of level-headedness and overall “tennis sense”. He’s clearly a student of the game. They asked him (I’m paraphrasing here), “So how’d you get here?”, and he replied (I’m paraphrasing here), “Lot’s of hard work”. That’s actually pretty close to what he said. Heat, cold, tired, sore…he still put in the hours, he still put in the hard yards. And you could tell that he knew he’d worked hard, and that he was confident in his game, and in his chances, because of it. Check out those match stats, this kid is 6’5”, and threw down 31 aces for the match! Hit 64 winners to Youzhny’s 24.
Richard Berankis vs David Ferrer
Every time Gilbert says Ferrer’s name he says it like “Fair Air”, with a slight growl of ornery admiration in his voice. Cracks me up every time I hear him say it. “Fair Air” advances to round #4 with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 win, making half the number of unforced errors that Berankis made (15 for “Fair Air”, 46 for Berankis)
Robin Soderling vs Jan Hernych
I continually underestimate Soderling. I think he gets better every time I see him play, and yet I keep waiting for him to screw up. Only he doesn’t. Takes out Hernych in straight sets: 6-1, 6-3, 6-4
Alexandr Dolgopolov vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
WTF? Tsonga just tanks in the 4th & 5th sets. Loses 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 1-6. Tsonga makes 58 unforced errors to Dagwood’s 26.
Jurgen Melzer vs Marcos Baghdatis
Yet another match I’m gonna miss due to the fact that I have to sleep sometime…
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez vs Andy Murray
Murray’s through to round #4 having put an absolute beatdown on Garcia-Lopez. Converted on his first SIX break opportunities, and 8/11 for the match. Murray: 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 in 1hr, 22-min.