My wifi problem is solved and I’ve found another way to upload my photos. I walked to the tennis today, as I need some exercise and wanted some fresh air as it had finally stopped raining. I also wanted to avoid a repeat of yesterday’s train journey!
I arrived in plenty of time to get myself set up on the laptop and get my camera ready. I made it to the media seating area just in time to see the players walk out onto court.
A very enjoyable match between Federer and Youzhny was first up. Lots of lovely deft touches, volleys, smashes and slices were played. The scoreline betrays the very good tennis that was played by both players during the set.
The 2nd set was more of a “power game” as Mikhail tried to find a way back into the match. Roger played a solid match and the pressure told in Game 5 when he broke to love, he also broke in Game 7. He was not to have the set his all his own way as although we thought Mikhail was done for he was still trying and was rewarded with a break back. After multiple match points (I forget the exact amount) Youzhny held his serve and it was once again up to Roger to serve out the match. This time there were no problems and he finished the match with an ace for a place in tomorrow’s final. Federer 6-1 6-4.
The match finished just in time for lunch so I headed to the café and had some pasta (again) potatoes (again) and hash browns! Bizarre combination once again but it filled my belly so I was happy. I went to upload my photos from the match and managed to watch a bit of the Dimitrov v Anderson match on the TV.
There was a break upto 15.00 before the final Singles match of the day so I went for a walk around the grounds and had a look in the stalls on site. I have found a new laptop bag so I will treat myself later.
On to the tennis and both players started very nervy with a few serves hit fault or as a let. They both settled down after a few games and were cancelling out and it was to a tiebreak to decide the 1st set. The tiebreak was there to be won by Kohlschreiber but he blew it. He gave back his two breaks straight away and the momentum was with Haas. A shot long from Kohlschreiber gave Tommy the chance to serve it out and he did so.
Whilst the 2nd set followed a similar setting there were chances for Haas to put the match to bed but a lovely backhand slice that floated over the net and a drive volley were enough to see of Haas the first time. The 2nd time Kohlschreiber was not so lucky and a shot into the net then a hold meant that it will be the 2009 Champion in the final against Federer tomorrow.
I got to ask Tommy two questions in his press conference:
How good was it to come through that first set tiebreaker?
I think it was very important. I think we both struggled reading each other’s serves and kind of getting into each other’s service games. When the tiebreak comes along you hope to play a pretty solid one. I didn’t get off to a great start, was down 1-4 with him serving. And I knew, God this could be very quick. So, I tried to be a bit more aggressive, was kind of going for it and it did pay off. Winning the first set helped me mentally for sure, so it was very important.
You are going to play Roger tomorrow for the third time in Halle. Do you think it might be third time lucky and get the win?
That would be nice. I certainly will give everything i got and push for that. That’s the goal obviously. We don’t need to talk much about Roger, you know pretty much everything. So, all i’m going to do is try to play to my potential and give it my best and see if I can beat him once again. It’s been a while.
This will be the 3rd time the two have meet at Halle and the 13th time overall.