Finally found an easier way into the stadium with my press pass. The press centre was the first port of call to drop off my laptop and get myself a drink. Novak was my first match of the day so off I headed to Court Lenglen.
Bless poor Blaz, handed a bagel in the first set. But he got himself together made a fight of in the 2nd set; he even managed to break Novak. Minor scare for Novak when trying to retrieve to shot, he went sliding along the court and his racquet flew from his hands. He ducked for cover but thankfully it hit the ground and not his head. The fight back from Kavcic was sadly it was short-lived and Novak levelled for 4-4. I left after the next game to see what was going on with Del Potro on Court 2.
Delpo had his left knee strapped and I wondered if this was precautionary or a slight injury. The first set was won by Roger-Vasselin on the tiebreak and I joined at 3-3 in the 2nd set and watched them both trade breaks. The crowd was very vocal for both players and once again it was down to a tiebreak to decide the set. 2 breaks gave Delpo the early lead though Roger-Vasselin got one back. 2 more breaks each were won but Delpo ran out 7-3 to level the match. I took this as my cue to move to Chatrier and watch some Roger.
I actually only stayed for a few games as the PA announcer informed us that Sam Stosur was on her way to the main interview room. I decided to tag along and see what Sam had to say about her match. Of course she was happy with a straight set and played a solid match. Next match will be against Nadia Petrova who she beat on her way to the US Open last year. She talked about being more relaxed than she was at the start of the year and how disappointed she was with how things went back home in Australia.
I went back to the pressroom and started to write this report etc. Each workstation has a TV with coverage of all the courts so you can keep track of which matches are looking interesting. After flicking through the channels I decided to head for Court 3 and watch Berrer v Devilder whilst waiting for Novak’s press conference.
With the walking distance to the court etc I only managed to watch 5 games before having to head back to watch Novak’s presser. He looked relaxed even though the 2nd set had proved more difficult than the 1st.
“He was defending really well in the second and third sets, especially the second. He wasn’t missing as many balls as the first set, but I stopped. You know, I gave him the opportunity to come back to the match after a perfect first set.”
He was also asked about the Olympics and if he was going to partake in the Mixed Doubles.
“ Well most likely I will not play mixed doubles in London because I already have singles and doubles. I think it will be too much.”
After the conference finished I went to watch some of Berdych v Llodra. I had a little side role in the match when Mika miss-hit a shot. The ball landed behind me so I acted as ball girl and threw it back to the ball boy. I was quite taken by Mika’s footwear though it did not match the rest of his kit.
Court 3 was next for a bit of Muller v Verdasco. Like with the Berrer v Devilder match I only caught a few games as I want to see about getting a seat on Court 6 for Wawrinka then Fognini.
Off I went and watched for 30 minutes. Pablo did well to level the match but then Stan was running away with the 3rd as I left. My eyes had been drawn to the scoreboard from Chatrier, Simon v Baker was into a 5th set.
The fairytale was not be but hat off to Brian for pushing Simon all the way to a 5th set. Every credit to him and he can be very proud of his results over the past few months. Challenger wins that gave him direct entry here, his first Slam since the US Open in 2005, a final appearance in Nice and now 2nd round at Roland Garros, well done Brian.
Big Jo time on Lenglen and I arrived just in time for some fans to blow their air horns, sure woke me up. Solid start from Jo to go and early break up for 2-1. This was further boosted by another for 4-1 but he gave up 3 set points before finally serving out the 1st set 6-2.
With Jo seemingly in control I called it a day and made my way back to the Press Centre to finish this report and watch 2 matches via the TV screens. Agnieszka Radwanska was going great against Venus Williams on Chatrier and Fognini was playing tennis for a change and took the 1st set against Troicki. I did want to watch some of Fabio but he also turns into a headcase when I watch him so it is best that I stayed away.
Another day over but I have managed to catch quite a few matches, even if only for a short while. The weather is certainly cooler now and as I left for the day it started to rain!
Remember to check out tomorrows report, as it will include a few “Meet The Fan” interviews that I have managed to conduct. Until then, au revoir.