I didn’t see much of this match, but it is pretty much the score line that I expected. I don’t think it was anything special from Roger. He probably played similar to the match against Lopez, only Lopez played better than Malisse. Roger now plays against Soderling who defeated Tsonga, and I’m not sure his form will be good enough to beat Soderling. We all know Soderling can play on clay, and he would have gained confidence from his last two wins. I’m not sure Roger wants to play against Nadal either. How many times have we seen him lose the round before he is supposed to face Nadal? The last time he played Nadal was in Miami where he got a 6-3, 6-2 beat down. How much worse will it be on clay? And would you believe it, Nadal is in the quarter finals due to the withdrawal of Del Potro. Obviously I was highly disappointed to hear this news.
It was the first match of this clay court season I was actually looking forward to. It was the first time Nadal was going to be challenged. But I should have known with Nadal’s never ending luck in draws that this match was never going to happen. Also, Del Potro is so injury ridden that he isn’t certain to play any match. It is now not certain whether he will even be back in time for Roland Garros. He is the one guy other than Roger that I enjoy following, but how much fun is it to follow an injury ridden player? You just set yourself up for disappointment. Anyway Nadal has past the hurdle without touching a racquet, never mind being tested. It is now up to Djokovic to test him, but I am already so sick and tired of those two that I am not even interested in the rest of Madrid. I will now watch Roger and hope he can at least make semi’s, only to get slaughtered by Nadal.