The first match of the day was Kohlschreiber v Kubot and I joined with the scoreline 2-1, on serve. It was Kohlschreiber who had the chance to take the initiative when he was presented with 3 break point chances. Much to his annoyance (he let out a rather large scream after blowing the 3rd one) he could not find a way through and the set went to the tiebreak. Again he was handed a chance, the early break, but it did not last long, he lost it the very next point. This proved vital at the rest of the tiebreak went with serve until Kohlschreiber’s last serve when he netted, Lukasz then hit a volley winner and the set was his 7-6 (5).
I must once again praise the Media café; they have TV’s in there so you can follow the matches whilst eating lunch. Lunch is served at 13.00 and you need to be quick if you want anything. Today’s vegetarian option was linguini, which I had with cabbage; yes I had pasta with cabbage!
Following the match from the café and from my seat it was very clear that Kohlschreiber had put the disappointment of the 1st set behind him and was in a hurry to level up the match. He did not have everything his own way as Kubot managed to get himself on the scoreboard though it was not enough to save the 2nd set and the two breaks for Kohlschreiber were enough.
The good run from Kohlschreiber continued into the 3rd set when he broke in the 1st game and held on. There was an interesting shot during Game 5 when Kohlschreiber somehow managed to hit a shot behind himself and into the crowd, a very bizarre miss-hit. A brief attempt to get into the match by Kubot was made but Kohlschreiber’s serve held up to the task and he won 6-7 6-1 6-3 much to the delight of the crowd.
Another German for the locals to cheer was next, Tommy Haas. Before I talk about the match I’m sure you have all seen this by now. During an interview after his first match Haas made comments regarding Andy Murray. He claims Murray of feigning injury. His way to describe it was:
“looking like he is injured … and then moving like a cat”.
In an interview with German TV at a tournament in Halle, Haas claimed, “everyone in the locker room knows about it and talks about it”.
“It’s difficult when you play against someone who is walking on the court like he is not well or is injured,” Haas said. “I find no one does this better than Andy Murray, from time to time. Sometimes he looks like he can barely move, then comes the trainer and then he moves like a cat. I believe everyone knows this now. People talk about it in the locker room.
“Maybe he would like to take some pressure off himself. He tells himself, maybe I have a niggle or a problem, I am not feeling too well, but I’m going to try it anyway. But he is such a talented player that he really doesn’t need [to do] this.”
As you can expect there were large howls of protest from the British media but personally I don’t think he is far off the mark. Murray does have a tendency to hold various parts of his body during matches.
I started watching the match between Haas and Granollers on the TV as I started this report and looked up the above quotation from Tommy. It seemed that the old man brought his game to the court; unfortunately Granollers brought his awful grunting, something he only seems to use when the opponent is serving or he is in trouble. Very unsportsmanlike. He also got on the wrong side of the crowd when he disputed a call; this ensured much whistling and booing from the audience. Tommy was unfazed by it all and took the only break of the 2nd set in game 9 and served out for a 6-3 6-4 win and a match against Berdych.
I went to Tommy’s press conference so I missed the start of Rafa’s match so when I arrived at the seating area I presumed that there had been no breaks of serve (and if there was any it was taken back). Lacko was holding his own against Rafa and it took him 4 tries before he broke in the last game and came through 7-5. This seemed to knock all the life out of Lacko as he won only one more game as Rafa piled on the pressure and was in no mood for another tight set. His 3rd match point was taken and he won 7-5 6-1.
A nice competitive match followed with Mayer against Federer. Both players were comfortable on serve and hitting some nice shots too. Roger was the one to take control when the important break was gained right at the end for the first set score of 6-4. A similar set followed and again Roger left it late to get the break and he is into the next round to play Milos Raonic, a match I am very much looking forward to.