Hey guys, I’m still here! Surprisingly I got to watch some more tennis this morning when Roger played Malisse. It seems I may even be watching more tennis this week, as we are not able to work yet. I really hope I can watch the semi-finals especially if Roger makes it through. I am just happy that I am having some time off during the most important tournament of the year. I didn’t get to watch the whole match today but I did see the latter part of the first set and the second set. At some point during the first set Roger took an injury time out for what seemed to be a back problem. He came back not being able to serve properly or move well to his forehand side.
Malisse then broke at 5-5 and was going to serve for the set at 6-5. Things weren’t looking very good for the GOAT at all. But he is not called the GOAT for no reason. He broke right back and bageled Malisse in the tie break. He then went into JesusFed mode in the second set where he bageled Malisse again, playing some amazing shots in the process. I left the match and saw that Roger lost the third set. I was a little worried but relieved to see that he had won the match eventually. It was another heroic performance after the Benneteau match. It is clear to me that Roger wants this title badly.
In a lesser event he may have withdrawn, although that is something he very rarely does. I don’t know what the latest on his injury is but the fact that he completed the Malisse match and won is a very encouraging sign to me, both mentally and physically. Something similar happened in 2003 when he played against Lopez. You can read about it here. Roger also had to call the trainer and he was in a lot of pain. But as he played on he got warmer and started playing better. I think that is what happened against Malisse too. In the first set Roger seemed very stiff and in pain, but in the second set he seemed to warm up his injury and played better.
I don’t know what happened in the third set as I didn’t see it, but maybe Malisse played really well. I was expecting a JesusFed performance today after what happened against Benneteau, but the injury did not allow for that. At least in the second set he was in JesusFed mode. I don’t know what happened after that. The big thing is that he fought through a very tough situation and got out on top like a true champion. He now has some time to rest and get his injury treated before his next match. So I am positive he will be ready for it. I don’t know the extent of the injury but if he could play with it against Malisse and win, I don’t see any reason he will give up now.
This is too good an opportunity to win #17 after the departure of Nadal. There has been a lot of drama and it reminds me of the 2009 French Open. It is as if there is a sense of destiny about it. We know how much Wimbledon means to Roger and if he wins it this year it would be a fairytale story. I think he should be ok against Youzhny and then he will have some more time to rest for is all important semi with Djokovic. Djokovic destroyed Troicki but I am not concerned with that. Roger is playing the underdog now and I am fine with that. It takes off some pressure. I just want him to be fully fit for a Djokerer semi and that is very possible.
Then he can go ahead and prove the doubters wrong once more. It’s a lot easier said than done, but at this moment I am fine with the situation. The important thing for Roger is to take it a day at a time now and get the best possible treatment for that injury so that once he steps on court with Djokovic, he is ready to play the match of his life. I don’t care that Djokovic is the defending Wimbledon champ. Roger has won this thing six times and last year Djokovic faced his whipping boy in the final. If Roger 3.0 is healthy in the semis I see tough times ahead for Djokovic…