I know, that doesn’t quite work with my line-of-reasoning, but what does make sense in all of this? All kinds of strange plot twists: Christmas in May . . . or it’s an early birthday present for Nadal? The Spaniard’s major draws are the gifts that keep-on giving.
He’s blessed, kissed by the French princess — oh what a beautiful story.
Here’s what he has left to get to QF:
- Maden (not John Madden, the NFL icon)
- Goffin (almost out of the top 30)
Of course, Medvedev is gone, so Rafa’s QF looks like (especially after Tsonga and Nishikori play tomorrow) merde d’escargot. Djere, de Minaur? Wild card Popyrin?
All I care about at this point is that Novak looks quite locked-in. Watching Federer breeze looks good, too. Let’s see a Fedal SF, followed by a Djokodal final.
I’m quite interested in seeing Tsitsipas, Thiem and Juan Martin advance, as well. Of course.
I know you want to ignore the dark cloud hanging over Roland Garros right now.
There are a lot of things you want to ignore.
Tough to take this seriously, given the lack of competitive integrity of that draw (and as it is only a tennis tournament). But somehow the herd’s ignorance of these shenanigans maintains a certain consistency, of apathy, a certain stink.
I see that FAA has withdrawn. He was fighting a groin/leg issue in Lyon, where he succumbed to Paire in that final.
Maybe Paire emerges and plays Nadal in that QF. 😀
Nice slate of matches tomorrow.