As you are probably aware of by now, Roger was not playing today but is in action again tomorrow. I think he was scheduled to play today but because of the rain yesterday his match got postponed. I would have let you know but as there was nothing to write about I didn’t want to make a post just to tell you Roger won’t be playing today. In the future if you want to know the schedule of play you can go to the Roland Garros website:
Two of Roger’s main rivals were in action today though, Rafa and Murray. Rafa beat Teimuraz Gabashvili 6-1, 6-4, 6-2, while Murray struggled to beat Petito Starace 6-3, 2-6, 7-5, 6-4. You would think that the scoreline of Rafa’s match suggest that he impressed, but Gabashvili is not a very impressive player at all. In fact when the two met on hard court in Miami earlier this year Rafa won 6-2, 6-2, and he was actually struggling in Miami. So the score line is a little misleading. As you know I think Rafa is showing some vulnerability this year. He might have had an impressive clay court season but both in Monte Carlo and Madrid he looked a far cry from his usual dominant self.
And again in the first round in Paris he didn’t impress either. Next up he is probably going to face Lleyton Hewitt, and I think that should give us a better idea of where his form is at. And it doesn’t get easier for Rafa. If he beats Hewitt he will potentially meet David Ferrer in the fourth round and Fernando Verdasco in the quarter finals. I just have a feeling Rafa’s scheduling could catch up with him, in fact it may have already. In Madrid he was already looking tired, and that was not surprising after playing four weeks in a row. His tournament scheduling is almost mind boggling. It’s bound to catch up with him. It’s well known that he didn’t want to skip Barcelona because that is the closest that he has to a home town tournament.
But then why not skip Rome or Madrid? I know the players are under contract to play some of these tournaments but it’s a fact that he didn’t have to play four weeks in a row. It’s obvious that it was a difficult decision for him but still it makes no sense. Surely the French Open deserves priority. Whether it will cost him his French Open crown is not known, but I don’t feel like it’s worth the risk. Not that I’m complaining of course, if Rafa runs out of steam like he did in Madrid it means Roger will have a better chance at picking up his first French Open title. I think if Rafa is off his game slightly he might get into some long matches with the likes of Hewitt, Ferrer, Verdasco and Gonzalez, which would play into Roger’s hands.
Roger only has one potential tough match against Djokovic, other then that he he is in the easiest quarter of the draw. So even if he has a tough match with Djokovic he will stll be fresh. He obviously doesn’t have the kind of clay season behind him that Rafa has. In the end the fact that Djokovic is in Roger’s half of the draw doesn’t make his draw harder. Rafa has quality opponents to deal with from now on until the final, while Roger have pretty much only one. So I’d say they have equally tough draws until the final. As for Andy Murray I’d be surprised if he makes semi-finals. Today he was 5-1 down in the third set and basically Starace choked away the match. I didn’t watch all of it but the commentator said Starace missed a drop shot to an open court on set point.
So I’d say Murray can consider himself lucky. Next he is facing Janko Tipsarevic who sent the surprise semi-finalist of the so called experts, Albert Montanes, packing in the first round. And today he continued that good form by beating the number 28 seed Feliciano Lopez. So I think he has a good chance of upsetting Murray. It has to be said though that Murray has a very favorable draw and he really should make at least quarter finals. Other then that Djokovic was in action yesterday and looked to be in good form before his opponent Nicolas Lapentti withdrew from the match in the second set. That’s all from me for now, I will be back again tomorrow with a report on Roger’s match against Jose Acasuso. Happy viewing!