Hi guys, just a quick post to let you know I’m still around. I currently can’t access the Internet much because of work, living in a small town, and not having received my paycheck yet. But I will soon get Internet at home which should be in time for the US Open. It’s good to see Roger starting off in Cincinnati as I expected and hoped for. His first match was a routine win over Bogomolov and now he did the same against Tomic. I caught some points on Youtube and Roger looked to be playing pretty offensive tennis on the fast courts.
The surface in Cincy suits his game well and his record there proves it. His net play was pretty impressive with 11/12 points won at the net and he won 3/6 break points. He also hit 27 winners compared to Tomic’s 12. The big news of the day was that Murray lost 6-4, 6-4 to Chardy. I said in my last post that Murray is already cracking under the expectations after winning the Olympics and this is further proof of it. I don’t have him as a favorite for the US Open. It will be between Roger and Djokovic who wins it, and possibly Del Potro.
Del Potro had a three set win over Troicki today after dropping the first set. He really should make the semis to face Djokovic. Roger now plays Fish and then he might play Raonic or Berdych. Raonic is currently a set up against Berdych so I think it might be him. So his draw is not the easiest as I first thought. Both Fish,Berdych, and Raonic can test Roger. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing after he missed out on Toronto. If he gets through them all he will be in good shape for the US Open.
Well I probably won’t be able to make another post this week as I work every day until next Wednesday and don’t have much Internet access. But I will for sure make one next Wednesday to sum up Cincy and then by the time the US Open starts, I should have Internet at home and maybe even TV so I can watch a bit. As I said to a reader, I will eventually make up for all the missed posts. It’s just been a crazy couple of months having to adapt to two new jobs and a new country.
I believe Roger will win his fifth Cincy title here and become the outright favorite for a sixth US Open title.
Ps: I forgot to mention Nadal’s withdrawal from the US Open. Pretty crazy how this seems to be the exact same situation as when he lost to Soderling at the French Open. After that loss he missed Wimbledon and then struggled big time for a while. Rosol is a similar player to Soderling and Nadal seems to be heading down the same path now. He is missing the whole North American hard court season which can’t be good for his confidence. This is as much a mental injury as it is a physical injury.
That loss to Rosol really hurt his pride, just like the one to Soderling did. It will be interesting to see how he recovers from this second big setback now. In 2010 he won three slams but I seriously doubt the same thing is happening in 2013. The physical and mental toll that his game takes may really be starting to tell this time. It’s never wise to write Nadal off but we all know there has to come a point where his physical and mental game took it’s toll. This might be it.