I assume you all watch the tennis live/taped or follow the matches via mobile device if you have a job/life. Seems a bit redundant for me to constantly update the blog with each-round-drama. Of course, the most unpredictable thing happened today in Paris R16: Federer lost to Isner. Oh, it’s not that surprising? Yet another thing we agree on. Common sense says the 34 year-old Federer might lose a match after an emotional week prior, beating the hard-court charging Nadal no less who is playing suddenly like he’s king of the indoors. I digress.
Roger succumbed to Isner in three sets. He didn’t drop serve once, but he’s packing for recovery and WTF preparation. The only surprising part was this followed his 47 minute thrash of Seppi. Such is the 1000 field, a deep trough of talent on a tight schedule.
I doubt this convinces the crowd chiming Roger is playing better than he ever has that they’re terribly mistaken. These arguments are of passion and politics. Tough to sway a crowd of such bias and belief system blue balls. Roger is an older fellow, none the less. He will not tear through every half of the draw that’s his. Not in 2015. He just won a 500 and he has WTF in a week and a half. This loss today should be anything but shocking. Congrats to Big John. Get some rest, Mr. Federer.
Paris is going to be a bloodbath. Already some fine tennis has been played; gents are reaching for that end of year peak (hoping at least). Djokovic has much to play for and will most likely overcome anyone in his path to 1000 #6, title #10 (I think my fact checker is right on that). Djokovic is charging, obviously. He has Berdych who just spanked hometown fave Tsonga 3 and 4 and then gets the winner of Nadal/Wawrinka. Goodness gracious this is going to be good. As well as Novak is playing, he’s going to have to earn #6/#10. Nadal seems to have found the 2010/2013 form after looking like a drunk Serena Williams all year. Would be nice to see Stan avenge his Shanghai walkover vs. Nadal. All four in that top half are finding WTF form. Should be good.
On the bottom half, I didn’t like Roger, as well as he was playing prior to Isner, against Murray anyways. Murray is intent on representing his country at the DC opposite Belgium in the coming weeks. He agreed to play WTF, but I suspect he knows this is his week, perhaps letting up in London to be ready for DC play. He is bread-sticking folks. I thought Coric looked decent vs. Verdasco (although Verdasco might have been up all night), but Andy destroyed the Croat before practically bageling Goffin, whom he’ll play in some high-stakes singles when their respective countries square off in the DC final at the end of the month. Gasquet nor Isner/Ferrer stand a chance against Murray if you ask me. Djokovic has a tough road, indeed, if the tennis stays the course.
Cheers to those who think Federer took a dump in Paris. I can’t wait to see how Murray, Nadal, or even Djokovic play when they’re 34 years-old.
Jusqu’à ce que nous nous reverrons. 😉