Freaky Fry is taking a break so it’s time for some two handed blogging! Let’s see how far I can get.
There was a lot of hype over Tomic vs. Federer in the 3rd round, with me hoping for a visit from Professor Fed and mostly being satisfied. I like the spunk of the young Aussie, but like Roger so subtly suggested, I think it will take a bit more time and maturation before his results can live up to his self-proclamations. This one was a goodie, post match from Bernie:
“A lot of players, when you play these sort of players like Roger or Novak, you lose belief before you get into the match,” the highly rated 20-year-old said.
“Eighty or 90 percent of players that play the top guys, like with Roger, you lose your belief.
“I got in there, I started to think after they mentioned all these grand slams leading up — Wimbledon champion six times, six times US Open champion.
“Then I was, ‘Oh crap, it’s Roger’. I tried to block out who’s on the other side of the net but couldn’t quite do it after that announcement.” (via MSNBC)
Roger gets another young gun, Milos Raonic, in his next round. Milos, who speaks softly but carries a huge serve, is likely a bigger threat to Roger’s place in the quarters than Tomic ever was, especially with the courts playing faster this year. Gulp!
I really was upset by the upset of the tournament so far – Del Potro’s five set loss to second tier Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in the third round. Did anyone else think Del Potro was as much a favorite for the title as the top three were? I was really looking forward to that quarterfinal between the Argentine and Andy “your mother” Murray (reference) I found some consolation in the fact that the Frenchman is coached, in part, by Martina Hingis. I just love that French male players (thinking of Llodra and now Chardy) are proud to be coached by top female former pros like Mauresmo and Hingis. Listening to her commentary on Tennis Channel, I think Navratilova could coach anyone in the ATP top 100. But for some reason, you rarely see a female of any stripe coaching a guy on the ATP (I forget, who’s the one who’s coached by his mother?) It’s like the final taboo in tennis. Let’s hope this mini-trend goes mainstream!
Speaking of girl power, how about that Maria Sharapova? Losing just 5 games on her way to the quarterfinals? Say what? Yes, her third round match vs. Venus Williams turned out to be a sad flop for us fans- then again, at least Venus managed to win more than a game off of her! In Maria’s other three matches so far, only Flipkens managed to eke out a single game. When I think of Venus’s future, I do think of Maria, and how long and hard and humiliating her own road back to the top was. Of course, Venus is in her thirties and struggling with a chronic illness, not an injury like the relatively young Maria Sharapova dealt with. But I haven’t given up hope that V can still turn things around, at least at the Big W. As for Maria, it’s hard to see her doing anything but winning on any court, any where, until you remember that she’ll likely need to get through Serena for the title, and she hasn’t beaten her since 2004.
Closing “oh crap!” question (ans, OH CRAP!, the Freaky Fry is starting to wake up from her nap!) – what do we make of Novak’s near-upset last night vs. Second Swiss, Stan Wawrinka? Is this merely Nole’s “Benneteau Bump” on his way to three-peat glory or a sign of more struggles to come, especially with a fiend like Berdych waiting in the quarters?
Enjoy the tennis, everyone! And GO SLOANE!