It was a rough start for the GOAT today as he got broken to love in the very first game of the match. This still shows his lack of confidence because that is not something you would see often from him. It’s more likely that he would hold serve to love. In fact I wonder if that has ever happened to him. Well at least he got the break back not soon after. They ended up going into the tie break which was a close affair, Roger taking it 9-7. After that close first set I think Roger was always going to make short work of the second. Clement didn’t have it in him to take it to a third. If Roger lost the first set he could probably still have won the match, but it was important that he got it done in straight sets. It is another win, and with every win the winning feeling is coming back, eventually turning into a habit again. Roger now faces Albert Montanes, the number four seed.
Roger holds a 3-0 lead in the head-to-heads, having won their last meeting in this year’s Australian Open in straight sets. The other two meeting was on clay, one of them a four setter at the 2008 French Open. Montanes is a good clay court player, and will probably be Roger’s toughest test of the tournament. This is because both the second and third seeds Ljubicic and Monfils withdrew without playing a match. Things are working nicely for the GOAT, he just needs to take care of Montanes tomorrow. If he wins he will face the winner of the fifth seed Garcia-Lopez and the winner of a match which is still being played which involves the two Portuguese players Gil and Machado. Roger should really win this title and he knows it. His confidence has been low of late and losing in this tournament would not do his confidence much good.
He came to win the title and that’s what he should do. And I do believe that he will. Off court news is that Roger was being his usual inspiring self as he hit some balls with kids from Portugal. Check it out HERE.