Oh my goodness! No wonder I slept like crap last night. I just must have known something incredible was going on on Rod Laver Arena. At least I didn’t turn on the television. I can’t even imagine the insanity of a five set, second round night match between Roger Federer and Gilles Simon.
Roger pulled it off in the end: 6-2, 6-2, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3.
This is Simon’s first loss to Fed in three meetings. Shame on me for thinking those wins were semi-flukes, won by a good defensive player on a hot streak. As much as I like Gilly, I thought the new, Annaconized Federer would eat him up like a piece of fondue dipped bread.
“He’s a great player first of all so matches against him are never easy,” said Federer. “This is the first win I’ve had against him, every time we played we go the distance, so hopefully we don’t play each other any more. It was really important to get the second set and from then on it was a tough match, it showed what a great mover, return player he is. It’s great to play against him, I really enjoyed myself out here tonight, it’s really special, and obviously I’m really happy.” (via AustralianOpen.com)
“I wasn’t playing poorly either to lose the third and fourth set, I really think Gilles took it to me, but you remain positive, I worked hard my entire life, I’m happy I won and I’m still in the tournament.”
Simon: “There are not too many players who can play longer than me, but Roger is one of them.”
Yeah, but a Fed five-setter so early means that we’ll be hearing about the “pressure”, the reduced “locker room effect”, the “inconsistencies” and “question marks,” “decline” and lack of “confidence.” And that’s just our internal commentary, not Chris Fowler’s. What’s a Fedophile to do? Focus on the positive, I guess:
“Four or five sets, what’s the difference really?“ Roger said, with mock flippancy. “Doesn’t matter if you win in straight or in five. Just keep on moving on in the draw.“ (via Guardian)
Okay Fed, we trust you. But I’d like to hear from the rest of you. Did anyone watch all five sets?