Before I get to my match analysis, let me just say a few things about my blog. You would have noticed I have a new picture in the top bar of my blog. I recently saw my blog on another computer and realized that the top bar appears differently on different sized monitors. For the old picture was nicely fitted and I thought it was the same for you guys. So I just wanted to apologize for that. I am terrible with website coding and never had someone to help me. Thanks to my friend Jonathan from Perfect Tennis Blog I now have a picture that is properly fitted, and thanks to @its_fb from Twitter I have different pictures to use as well. Jonathan knows a lot about website coding and as a result he has gained many readers in a short period.
But of course he is a good blogger as well. I bring this up because it is not only a compliment to me that my blog is so popular, but mostly to you. Despite not even having a properly fitted top bar picture, you have faithfully read my blog. That means you are here for the content of my blog, and not just the appearance of it. Personally I like things to look good, and I was disappointed when I found out that my blog looked different on different sized monitors before I fixed it, but in the end the writing is the most important thing. Having a flashy looking blog is secondary. So I just wanted to thank you for focusing on what is important, and it shows that you guys are not shallow and that you have your priorities right. Anyway I’m glad that I have the top bar fixed now at least. I hope you like it.
Onto the tennis then. With his win over Ungur Roger broke Connors’ record and have now won the most matches in grand slams. Yet another fantastic record for the GOAT. I missed the first two sets again today because this time my channel decided to show the action on Lenglen and not Chatrier. Roger was racing through his first two sets while Djokovic was dragging his feet in the third set. At least they started showing Roger in the third set when things started to get a bit more interesting. Ungur had some chances to break Roger in the third set, but seemed to choke. Ungur then had two set points at 5-4 as well but again couldn’t take advantage. So I thought Roger would get this done in straight sets for sure, even though they headed into a tie break.
Roger was then a break up and serving at 5-4. He won his first service point to bring up two match points, but Ungur broke back. Ungur held both serves and broke again to win the second set. To my surprise he didn’t choke again. He was playing fearless tennis out there which was good to see. Ungur also has a very nice one-handed backhand which is also nice to see. At the start of the fourth set Roger was break points down but held on and broke in the next game. That proved to be the pivotal point in the match because there was no way back for Ungur from there. In the end this match was an improvement on Roger’s first round, which was to be expected. We have a better idea of where he is at now. Losing a set was not a big deal. Ungur actually played really well in that set and deserved it.
There was no reason for Roger to bring his A game yet. The important thing is that he got himself out of trouble in the first game of the fourth set and then steadied the ship. Roger now plays the winner of Klizan and Mahut, who is in a fourth set as I’m writing this. Roger’s draw has really opened up, which shows you once again that the importance of draws are overrated. He won’t face any seeds in his first four rounds. After that it gets pretty tough as he will probably face Berdych or Del Potro in the quarters, who both won again today. Del Potro had a tough four setter while Berdych had a routine straight set win. Berdych is probably the favorite to make quarters. Elsewhere Djokovic also won routinely in straights and still looks in good shape for at least a semi.
But let me get back to Roger’s chances at the French Open for a second. I talked about it in my last post and got a lot of comments about it. I love interacting with you guys especially during the slams. It’s probably the favorite part of the blog for me. I have already said probably everything I wanted to say in the comments section on my last post, but I will repeat some things here just to make it clear. I have said that it’s probably the best if Roger loses in the semis here and I stick by that. It’s not the popular opinion but I don’t care. I have many reasons why I think it is the best. Actually I am not going to name those reasons again here. If you want to know them you can go back to the comments on my last post. As the tournament goes on I will bring them up again anyway.
Lets keep the discussion going.
Ps. I made a chat thread for the Federer/Mahut match in the forum if you guys wana chat during the match