So it was a pretty interesting day’s tennis as I expected. First Nadal flattened Anderson which was easy to call and then Kyrgios did what Roger could not do, which was to come back from two sets to love down, win the fourth set tie-break, and progress to the next round. Berdych also defeated Tomic in the mean time, but I wasn’t very interested in what went on there. Whoever won was likely gonna lose to Nadal and I didn’t think it would make for interesting tennis anyway. Berdych won comfortably in straight sets only going to one tie-break. He will now in turn get destroyed by Nadal in straight sets or win a set if Nadal plays as badly as he did against Anderson. Nadal was out of sorts, but even that was good enough to beat Anderchoker 7-5, 6-1, 6-4. At 5-5 Nadal went down 0-40 on his serve. Anderson choked away five break points and after that it was one-way traffic.
Nadal just played the percentages and Anderson self-destructed. Shocking performance from the South-African but expected. So like I said Nadal now plays his bitch Birdshit who is on the verge of losing a record 18th straight match to his master. And I can’t think of a more deserving player of that dubious honor, so I am very much looking forward to that match. Nadal is likely to raise his level from the Anderson match too in which case we could see another beat down as well. In the semis, Nadal will face the winner of Kyrgios or Murray, who just defeated Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-5 in a reasonably interesting match. The honor of match of the day belonged to Seppi and Kyrgios though. With the Australian crowd behind Kyrgios, it turned into a Davis Cup atmosphere. Where Roger choked against Seppi in the fourth set breaker, Kyrgios was clutch and I’m sure much missed Aussie member of this blog Veronica would have been delighted.
She may even have been there. Anyway when Kyrgios got the break in the decider it looked like he would win the match for sure but then there was more drama as Seppi broke back. In the end, Kyrgios and the crowd had the last say however as Kyrgios ran out a 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5), 8-6 winner. He fell on the ground holding his head with the Aussie crowd in ecstasy. Finally, they have an Australian player to be genuinely excited about after Hewitt and the disappointment of Tomic. I mean he is the real deal and I like him. He is pretty cocky, but I do like his game. You can never go wrong with a big serve and a big forehand, but what I like most about him is his mental fortitude. He is a big time player as he already showed when he defeated Nadal at Wimbledon last year, and that at 18 years of age. Very impressive indeed. Can he go a couple of steps further now by making the final?
I think that is a tough ask. Going one step further by beating Murray will be tough enough. I think he can do it but beating Nadal is unlikely. It would be his first slam semi against a veteran in the area and Nadal almost never gets upset by the same player consecutively. But like I said Kyrgios will have his hands full with Murray. I don’t think anyone is stopping Nadal before the final. Murray has lost seven of their last eight matches and trails Nadal 2-7 in slams. Depending on who Nadal faces in the final he could even win the title and complete his second career slam. I don’t think he is ready to beat Djokovic but if Stan takes him out again then Nadal could get revenge for last year in the final. I realize I am looking way ahead now, but such a scenario is not impossible given Nadal’s luck(or Stan’s ability to spoil things if you want to call it that). Personally I’d love another Djokodal final where Djokovic wins again but we can’t always get what we want.
Tomorrow it is the top half’s turn to complete their fourth round matches which should be another interesting day’s tennis. I guess the higher seeds are all favorites to win their matches but who knows. The Nishikori/Ferrer and Raonic/Lopez matches could get interesting, but surely Djoker and Stan will win. A semi-final which would be interesting is Djoker vs Nishikori, but we are not there yet. Mind you Nishikori himself could possibly upset Djokovic like he did at the US Open, but Djokovic is still the favorite for me to make the final. He did well to defeat Verdasco in straight sets in the last round. He now plays Muller which could get ugly for Muller. Finally, I want to thank the commenters who have stayed optimistic and interested in the tennis after Roger’s departure. We have already had some great discussions and I hope that will continue.