Hi there Internet family. I could not watch this match and won’t be able to watch any of the Olympics due to time difference and work responsibilities. Also there probably won’t be any highlights on youtube as the BBC is clamping down hard on copyright. I’m not too destroyed about it. As long as I can watch the North American hard court season and especially the US Open I’d be a happy camper. This week I was still very busy and didn’t have time to make a post about the draw yet. You can see the draw here . Roger’s draw looks pretty damn good.
Djokovic, Murray, Tsonga, and Berdych are all in the bottom half, and of course Nadal isn’t playing. I mean he couldn’t have asked for a much better draw. Today against Fella it wasn’t all smooth sailing though. Falla almost beat Roger in the first round at Wimbledon 2010 so we know he can be dangerous. But I would have never expected that he could beat Roger at the Olympics after the year Roger has been having. So things pretty much turned out as expected. From what I hear Roger was up 5-3 and 40-0 on the Falla serve in the second set, but failed to take his three match points.
He then proceeded to lose serve when serving for the match at 5-4, and at 5-5 he was up 40-0 on the Falla serve once more, but could not break. So clearly there was a big slump in his concentration during that period. That doesn’t concern me however. It is just the first round and Roger must have thought he had the match won at 5-3. He ended up staying out there longer than he needed to, but I’m fine with it as long as he got the win. We have seen this kind of thing happen in the latter part of Roger’s career, but the important thing is that in 2012 he doesn’t lose those matches.
So all in all I’m happy with his performance, even though I didn’t get to watch. Playing a three set match in the first round and spending some time out there may not be a bad thing. We know Roger plays well after a match like this. I think in the next round against Benneteau he gets the job done in straight sets. I don’t expect this match to be anything like that close encounter they had at Wimbledon. Probably JesusFed will show up and destroy Benneteau in straight sets, just to make it clear that he was far from his best against Benneteau at Wimbledon. Once again I have a good feeling for Roger about the Olympics.
The draw has gone his way and he will feel very confident playing on the stage where he just won his 17th slam. It seems the stars has once again aligned for Roger to win this title. The fact that this is three set format makes things a bit more tricky, but I think he wins it anyway. I guess someone like Isner could make it tricky for him over a three set format when he plays out of his mind. We will just have to see. But his toughest match will probably in the final. Before that there isn’t really anyone who should cause him any major problems. It will be interesting to see who he faces in the final if he gets that far.
Will it be Murray again? Or is Murray gonna slump again after the Wimby final? Will it be Djokovic? Or does he not want another beating at the hands of the GOAT after Wimby? It may even be Tsonga. Berdych already lost today against Darcis. I kinda hope it’s Djokovic in the final and Roger beats him again. That would really be the ideal scenario after Roger took three losses in a row to Djokovic at the US Open, Rome, and French Open. How important is it for Roger to win the Olympics? As far as I’m concerned not very important since he already has Olympic gold, and guys like Massu and Rosset has won the Olympics.
But it would make his resume just that little bit more rounded.