Above you can find some points in the Clement/Federer match. There is no full highlights on youtube.
Today Nadal was in action against Petszchner and again he was 2 sets to 1 down, only to come back to win it 6-4, 4-6, 6-7, 6-2, 6-3. It was pretty much the same story as against Haase. Neither Haase nor Petszchner could keep up their level of play long enough to beat Nadal. Nadal is just mentally and physically stronger than these guys, and we must respect that. At 2-2 in the fourth set Nadal called for the trainer, and right after that he broke Petszchner. Nadal does seem to do this kind of thing a lot when he falls behind. I never paid much attention to it but it does look suspect after this match. Nadal also got a warning for receiving coaching from uncle Toni. He is obviously not the classy and fair player that Federer is, but still I feel like players should not allow Nadal’s mind games to get to them. They should be prepared for it and either counter with something of their own or block it out.
I realize this may be a moral dilemma for Roger, who does not want to go down to Nadal’s levels, but if I recall correctly he did just that in the Madrid final last year. If you play competitive sports you should expect these kind of things to happen and find a way to deal with it. Anyway Nadal is looking vulnerable at this point. He now plays Mathieu, and should he win there, he could well run into Soderling. Soderling has to beat Ferrer, which should not be very hard for him at all. If Nadal and Soderling meets, Nadal may just be in trouble. Soderling is a step up from guys like Haase and Petszchner. He plays a similar game but he is better and he is more experienced. I think Soderling is already drooling over a rematch with Nadal to avenge the French Open loss. This is a match that I really hope will happen because it will make for terrific viewing.
I like the match up because Soderling does not fall for Nadal’s games. He is very much an in-your-face kind of guy himself which is why he has given Nadal problems in the past. Other than Soderling and Nadal, Murray and Tsonga won as well, and they will be facing Querry and Benneteau respectively in the next round. So everything still points to a Soderling/Nadal, Murray/Tsonga quarter final in the bottom half of the draw. Tomorrow Roger will be on first on center court against Melzer. What I find strange is that Nadal and Murray is also playing their fourth round matches today, as well as Roddick and Djokovic. Berdych on the other hand is not playing. Not sure what’s up with that scheduling. It makes for good viewing anyway. The matches I am most interested in is Roger’s match and Djokovic against Hewitt. That could well be the most competitive match of the fourth round.
I’d like to see Hewitt win, but it could go either way. I hope Roger wins in straight sets tomorrow or at most in 4 sets. I think you can expect a result in that vicinity. We have reached the half way mark now and it’s time for Roger to send a clear message to the rest of the field.
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Ps. I obviously completely failed to take into account that there is no play on Sunday at Wimbledon. An unnecessary tradition if you ask me. All round of 16 matches will be played on Monday.