Hello, friends. Sorry about the missed post for the Polansky match. As I said in a comment I have been feeling a bit under the weather. I will always let you know if I can’t make a post because these days I’m really doing just the standards post with my busy schedule. Well, it was nice to see Roger get an easy 6-2, 6-0 win over the local favorite Polansky in his first match after Polansky defeated Janowicz. I could only catch the highlights of that match on Youtube as the Roger’s Cup is at a bad time for me given the time difference with Thailand. Granted Roger’s form looked promising, but I couldn’t help but notice how poor Polansky was. It made me realize how far Janowicz have slipped this year. Another player who slipped this year is Tsonga, but he made a big statement yesterday by destroying the favorite Djokovic 6-2, 6-2.
More about that later. This won’t be a long post. I’m still not 100% healthy. Yesterday Roger played Cilic who was always going to be a tricky opponent. Cilic has greatly improved after obtaining the services of Ivanisevic. I was lucky enough to catch most of the first set at work this morning and some of the third set as well. I was not particularly impressed with Roger’s groundstrokes in the first set, bar a few exceptions like the set point where he really went after his forehand. He seemed to lack confidence in his ground strokes for the most part and didn’t go after his forehand specifically. As usual his serve was the saving grace. I liked the way the first set tie-break ended anyway, with Roger going after the forehand and forcing the issue. Then I had to leave. When I came back it was something like 3-3 in the third set after Roger dropped the second set on another beaker.
I then heard that Roger squandered six match points in the second set. It’s a shame there are no highlights on Youtube because I would have liked to see what happened on the match points, but I think it was at 5-4 and Cilic serving to stay in the match. Apparently most of those match points were saved by great serving from Cilic. It looks like Roger could have closed it out there in straight sets and saved some energy, but the fact that it went to three sets is not necessarily a bad thing. Well, as I’m writing this post I can feel myself getting sick again so I’m gonna cut it short right here.
Happy Birthday, Roger!