Gotta love the cheeky angle that won him the first set at 0:40. Roger also paid the queen of England a little visit today.
Not sure the king should be bowing to the queen, but as always Roger is the ultimate gentleman. Funny photo isn’t?
Also today was the conclusion of the the Isner/Mahut match, which ended with Isner winning it 70-68 in the fifth set. It was sad that such a historical match had to eventually end, and of course you had to feel for Mahut. When Isner hit the final winning passing shot it was almost surreal. I had started to believe this match would never end. One of my readers sent me a really funny article about this match which you can read HERE. Poor Isner has to play singles and doubles and he will play both tomorrow. This almost doesn’t seem fair. If I was him I would just withdraw from the doubles. I’m sure Querry would understand.
Nadal was also in action today and he got a scare from Robin Haase, but eventually prevailed 5-7 6-2 3-6 6-0 6-3. I watched the whole match and was pretty frustrated by Haase during the last two sets. He played very well to go up 2-1 in sets, but then just disappeared in the fourth and didn’t even hold serve once so that he could start serving in the final set. When he dropped serve in the final set he didn’t make a single first serve either. But we can surmise from this match that Nadal is beatable on grass when a player serves big and uses flat ground strokes to pressure him. This is exactly what Haase did, but he just couldn’t keep it up long enough. Soderling and Murray is more experienced and you would expect they have a better chance to beat Nadal. Soderling has been in good form so far as well, winning his opening two matches both in straight sets.
The same goes for Murray. I didn’t have much faith in Murray given the form he’s been in of late, but apparently he was looking confident today. Tomorrow is Federer’s third round match against Clement, and as I stated before, he must win in straight sets to prove to me he is feeling confident. And I think he will. You may know by now he was playing with a bandage against Bozo, but I don’t think that was anything serious. If it was a problem he would have gotten treatment today as well. It’s just great to see how he never even mentions an injury unless asked about it. Personally I want Roger to win this title as much as ever. I just want him to prove the critics wrong as many times as possible, and even some of his own fans. I guess the more people doubt him the more I want him to win.
I have found something special that can motivate us all. It is by far the best Federer video I have ever seen. I was almost in tears watching this and had goosebumps all over. Hope you haven’t see it before. Enjoy.
Tomorrow’s OOP: http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/schedule/index.html