First time in a while we see Roger bagel and opponent. It wasn’t the best start as Roger broke early on an got broken right back. I thought it would be a Federror day. But Roger picked it up to get a break and served out the set. In the second set he really got going with some good tennis all round. JesusFed? Hard to say, since it wasn’t exactly a tough opponent. But Teixeira fought hard and managed to avoid baked goods in the third set. Although the start wasn’t encouraging, I thought the rest was pretty inspiring from Roger. Roger now plays against Tipsarevic, who had an equally comfortable win in the second round. Roger leads the head-to-head 3-0, with that one long five setter at the Oz Open when Roger had mono. Dare I say, I expect Roger to win this one without much trouble. We shall see.
Yesterday the big news was that Nadal was almost upset by Isner, but scraped by 6-4 in the fifth. This was the sign of vulnerability I was looking for from Nadal and I wasn’t in the least surprised. It is obvious that Djokovic is doing more and more damage to his psyche with each win over him. If it wasn’t for Nadal’s ability to fight back we may have seen the biggest upset in a very long time.
Nadal looked fragile as he let Isner back into the match after winning the first set. Isner gained in confidence and use his huge serve along with an attacking game plan to win the next two sets. Nadal then did well to win the final two sets. Even though this match showed us how vulnerable Nadal had become, it will give him confidence having come through it. This match reminded me a lot of the first round match between Roger and Falla at Wimbeldon last year.
The fact that Roger came through that match gave him confidence, but not enough to pass the quarter finals. I wouldn’t be surprised if Nadal now makes the final, but if he runs into a hot opponent like Roger did at Wimbledon I wouldn’t be surprised if he lost either. Either way, I can’t see how he will beat Djokovic. Djokovic next faces his biggest test however against Del Potro. If Del Potro is on fire the upset is not impossible. This is the one time I prefer that Del Potro loses. If Del Potro wins it will probably mean a sixth French Open title for Nadal. Djokovic is in Nadal’s head right now and he will breathe a huge sigh of relief if Djokovic gets eliminated from the draw. I think that is the only way Nadal is winning the title. As long as Djokovic looms in the draw a dark cloud will hang over Nadal, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he loses before the final.