I am certainly making the most of the 14.00 starts. Once again I had a lazy morning around the apartment watching a film (Blithe Spirit). I arrived at Roland Garros and made my way to my seat on Chatrier. I was in the same stand as yesterday (Tribune Jacques Brugnon) but my seat was further towards the centre of the block so I had a clear view of the court, no screen in the way.
I watched the Ladies match from 5-2 in the first set and Sharapova served it out. The 2nd set went to the same scoreline and Maria is into her 3rd semi final at the French Open. Not bad considering she once described herself as a “cow on ice” when playing on clay. Her opponent tomorrow will be Petra Kvitova (she came through in 3 sets against Shvedova) so a replay of last years Wimbledon final. A final word on Maria, I know she makes a God-awful sound when she hits the ball but it can be rather hypnotic!
The all-Spanish affair was next, Rafa against Nico Almagro. I had every intension of recording the warm up but the heavens decided to open so I could not see the whole court due to umbrellas! Once it was time for play to start the rain stop, how typical. Nico made a decent enough start to the match, something I feel he had to do if he was to have any chance at all and make it competitive. I really am not sure what it is this tournament with players missing smashes, once again there was a easy miss from Almagro. The set went to a tiebreak and this is when the wheels started to come off the Almagro wagon. He started the tiebreak badly and could only recover one of the breaks. Rafa wrapped it up by taking the breaker 7-4.
The wind was slightly gone from Nico’s sails now and another badly missed smash did not do anything to improve his performance. Rafa’s next service game did though, Nico had the chance to get back into the match but Rafa showed him how to put away a smash and with the next point slammed down an ace for the game. With the chance gone it Rafa showed him how to do it and broke to take the 2nd set 6-2.
The Nico of the 1st set made a brief appearance in the 3rd but it was a little too late. He could not take the chances when they presented themselves to him and Rafa held on and took the break in the next game to give him the chance to serve out the match. He did just that with no problem, hitting an ace on his first match point.
So another semi final for Rafa where he will meet another Spaniard, David Ferrer as he came though against Andy Murray in 4 sets on Lenglen.
Tomorrow I am not attending the tennis. It is Ladies semi finals day and I was not wanting to spend €70 on a ticket for something that I don’t mind watching occasionally but I’m not enough of a fan to justify that amount of money. My day will be spend at the Musee de l’orangerie and whatever else I find to do. So until Friday and the Semi Finals of the Simple Messieurs (that is Men’s Singles for those that don’t read French).