1. The first set was damn close – Roger wasn’t really struggling, he was just outplayed. That’s a relief from those indescribable, Mardy Fish-style, losses.
2. The last two sets were a very respectable 6-2, 6-2 for Roger, meaning he had both a mental struggle and a solid win at the same time. A good test.
3. Nalby has a great backhand, and he used it to probe Roger’s mercilessly. Our guy’s backhand stood up to the test, and his footwork was good enough to get in some laser-sharp forehands.
4. Even if Rog loses tomorrow (go Rog!) I think he’s proven that his desire and physical capacity are both strong enough to go the distance – remember, there’s still Barcelona, Rome and Hamburg to go before the French Open.
5. I’ve claimed David Ferrer as my unofficial tennis boyfriend. Yes, I’m fully aware that Rafa, Safin and even Robredo are hotter, but there’s something so enduring and sweet about the fiesty Spaniard. He was “this close” against Rafa today, and I fully expect him to make strides in the next tournaments. Go David!
Tomorrow’s match against Djokovic is going to be fun (by that I mean an excrutiating battle between me, the fast forward button on the DVR and the internet.) I’m dying for a retro Rafa v. Roger final, but something tells me I’ll be disappointed. Good thing the Djoker will be losing first round by Hamburg.
Keep your fingers crossed, everyone!