I started by having a very overdue and relaxing lie-in. I then watched an Italian film I had downloaded from iTunes (The Son’s Room which I recommend). I needed to stock up on food so I went to the local supermarket for some supplies. Before leaving the apartment I made sure that I was suitably dressed, as I did not want another day like yesterday were I was cold.
I made it to Roland Garros shortly before the first match of the day, Cibulkova v Stosur. I am sure I sat in the same seat today as last year. The view was very familiar behind the Perspex but this time there were no rails in the way so I was not too fussed.
On with the tennis and this was my first time watching Cibulkova and from the match I can say that I neither like nor dislike her. Sam was too strong for her today but she kinda played into Stosur’s hand. Moonballs that just begged to be volleyed away are not going to be missed by someone like Sam and she was duly punished. One of the highlights of the match was the ballboy who slipped whilst collecting a ball, poor kid gonna get some stick from his mates at school for that! Thankfully he was not hurt and just got on with his job like a pro.
A quick pit stop between the matches and then it was time for Novak & Jo.
Oh my, what a match. At the start it was all Nole, Jo was still in the locker room. With the 1st set wrapped up 6-1 and up a break in the 2nd set Nole was cruising. But then the crowd dragged Jo into the match, cheering every point as if it was the match winner. Jo responded with the break back and then going on to take a break himself and the 2nd set 7-5.
It was now anyone’s match and the tide certainly turned in the way of Jo. A tight set was only won at the end, like the 2nd and once again it was Jo taking it 7-5. By this point everyone was engrossed in the match, myself included and it is so tough to believe that Jo did not win, 4 MP’s but he could not put the match away. The 5th past very quickly as the fight had gone from Jo and pretty much all of the crowd to.
Nice words from both players at the end of the match and hopefully Jo can get himself together and have a good run at Queens & Wimbledon. Novak now plays Federer who too had a bit of a tough time on Lenglen, having to come from 2 sets to love down against Del Potro. A rematch from last year, will it have the same result? We shall find out on Friday.
Sorry that the pics are a little fuzzy, like I said, I had to take them through a Perspex screen but hopefully they are not too bad.