Looks like I'd be losing those quid soon. Djokovic makes Del P look ordinary in the first set, 6-3. As the tournament switched stadiums to get this match in, it seems like there are a lot of pissed off people trying to get into a stadium that they don't have the proper ticket for.
Del P's howitzer forehand is now finding the range and this match is suddenly getting very interesting, with Juan Martin up a break, 4-1...and Del Potro takes the set, 6-3...don't know how much longer they can play; it probably would be a good idea to stop at a set of piece and make it a best of three setter tomorrow....and indeed they stop there. Good decision...my quid are at least safe over night.
one of the areas where Djokovic has an advantage is his conditioning and makingit a best of three takes that away.
I got the feeling that both players were happy to call it a day. As you pointed out, Nole was looking a little out of sorts. And Del P was definitely coming on some. Nole played pretty well in losing that second set--not necessarily a fact I would have wanted him to dwell on too long with the third set starting. So best of three tomorrow is fine with me from just about every angle that I can think of.
I really want a Nadal, Djokovic final. Novak is playing at a much higher level right now but Nadal seems to step it up in the big spot.
Me, too. The French seems like it belongs to Nadal and I am sure he would put up a tremendous fight to retain the championship.
Didn't see the end of the match today, but it sounds like it was a clean kill. Next up for Djokovic, Gasquet, who has a brilliant backhand that will keep him competitive in the cross court rallies, but I doubt if he has the rest of the game to threaten Nole over five sets.
With only four exceptions, eastern Europe sure owns the women's Round of Sixteen with six Russians alone still alive in the tournament along with players from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, Belarus, and Poland, plus Petkovic, who, though now living in Germany, is from Bosnia originally.
3rd round is over.. Obviously Falla-Chela and Fognini-Montanes competing for QF spots are huge surprises. Roger and Ferrer are both looking great, but sadly for them Novak is on another level right now. It will take something extraordinary in order for them to make it out of that half. Not much to say about the other half, usual suspects there. Since Murray got injured and is doubtful to play let alone be 100%, I fully predict the winner of the inevitable Sod-Rafa QF to make the final. The top5-6 are at a completely different level for the time being and it shows.
Woz crashing out early didn't surprise me, on clay any player with a remotely working offensive game will still beat her. In the 4th round, every single matchup looks like a crapshoot except for Azarenka's. Azarenka remains my favorite for the title, she's looking good out there and she outplayed Maria in Rome while she was still healthy. My dark horse is Schiavone, as she's starting to look like Championship form of last year.. But really though, about 10 players of the remaining 16 could realistically win on the women's side.
Nadal feels like he's been 'playing for 100 years'
"It's my ninth year on the tour, and its completely the same feeling every year," Nadal told reporters. "You don't have the chance to stop, never. I think for that situation we have a shorter career. So having a different model of ranking, of competition, I think we can have longer career, no? I [am] almost 25, but seems like I am playing for 100 years here on the tour. I didn't spend a weekend at home since the week of Davis Cup before Indian Wells. That's too much. Tennis is a very demanding sport mentally and physically. I won Roland Garros five times, but next Monday I am practicing on Queen's. So that's makes the career shorter for everybody.
Federer knocks off Warwinka in three clinically precise sets. Roger had a brief wobble in the third when he lost serve for the only time in the match, but he recovered with aplomb. At the moment anyway, he is definitely in form and if he continues to play this way is a genuine threat to any player he faces from here on out. Tough potential road from here on out, though: Ferrer, Djokovic, Nadal.
Only saw the last three games on replay, but Fognini won a controversial five setter, 11-9 in the fifth, saving three match points along the way. At the point the replay started, he was limping visibly. He had taken an injury time out during the 14th game (I didn't know you could do that while a game was in play, actually), and soldiered on. At the end, he could barely move or serve, but Montanes was useless and Fognini kept hitting winners whenever Montanes wasn't making an unforced error. It appeared that Fognini was booed for his efforts, despite winning.
Djokovic, with a 30-8 winners/unforced errors ratio, takes the first two sets against Gasquet. 6-4, 6-4. Today, perfection is boring....Gasquet goes quietly in the third set and who could blame him? There was a greater chance of a tsunami hitting Calgary than of him coming back from two sets down to defeat Nole in that match.
Schiavone in tough at the moment against Jankovic, 3-4 on serve in the third set...but just like last year, she grabs a win in a match that could have gone either way. Quality of tennis not high in this one, but now only Azarenka is ranked ahead of her, as Zvonerava lost in three earlier today.
Well, I just tuned in to the coverage this morning (first time I've been able to catch any on TV). The first game I watch, Bartoli is down two break points to Dulko, saves both of them and then hits a couple real nice winners to go up 5-2 in the set... and the whole while, the NBC crew is yammering on about where Serena and Venus will be seeded if they play at Wimbledon. Oh NBC