Hey guys. I know we are in day three of the French Open, but here are my thoughts on yesterday’s concluded matches. The ones that caught my eye anyway.
This may have looked easy from the results, but I’m sure for Milos it was anything but. He’s coming off some recent bad form and Tipsarevic, while making a return, is always a dangerous customer. While I don’t consider Raonic a dirtballer by any stretch of the imagination, I do feel like he can put in a decent second week showing here. It’ll be good to build up his confidence for Wimbledon: A place I feel he can rediscover that Australian Open form he displayed in January.
One of a fair share of five set matches played yesterday, the veteran dutch man pushed the young American to the brink. Sock did well to hang on and eek out the win. Question is will he have enough left in the tank for the next round. His body hasn’t always been the most robust out there. For now, he proves that a few American men can survive on clay.
Ah Grigor, Grigor. He of so much potential and so very few results. Personally, I think Grigor’s slide started at the tail end of 2014 – a breakthrough year for him. He had the opportunity to participate in the World Tour Finals – he was an alternative when Rafa pulled out – and didn’t take it. At the time, I thought it wasn’t the wisest choice. It was a golden opportunity for him to test his mettle against at least three of the best eight players in the world, back to back. His not taking it was a show of some hubris for me. What professional player thinks a top 8 finish is guaranteed? Grigor hasn’t been in contention for that high a finish, since. Enough said.
Is Rosol some quadrennial event waiting to pick off French Open champions when you least expect it – at the early rounds of a grand slam? The Rosol catastrophe nearly happened again and this time his intended victim was yet another player who evokes bestial comparisons. The Stanimal, Stanilas Wawrinka. Four years ago, he had blasted Rafael Nadal, off the court in Wimbledon. Yesterday he nearly took down Wawrinka and he nearly did it with finesse, rather than power. Sure there were the blitzing shots he is known for, but there was also a willingness to come to net that was a bit surprising for a big guy. ON CLAY nonetheless. It almost worked. But a man who has perfected the art of failing better, can at any moment, topple any adversary. That’s exactly what Wawrinka did. The champion survives to fight another day.
Side Note: 2014 U.S Open champion, Marin Cilic, was knocked out. The victor? A qualifier named Marco Trungelliti. I guess we’ll chuck that up as a mini upset. Stay tuned for the women’s musings.