What a match last night between Milos Raonic & Roger Federer.
Much has been written regarding the blue clay of Madrid but I never thought it would have Federer serving and volleying so much. Regardless of the controversy it was a fantastic match to watch.
Milos showed that he is a great prospect for the future, give him another year and he will be up there, of that I have no doubt. He is still slightly rough around the edges but went toe to toe last night and really tested Roger. Watch Top 10, he is coming for you!
Rafa played his first match on the blue stuff and echoed the thoughts of Djokovic the day before.
‘The court is not one that makes you feel comfortable’
‘The court is a difficult court, it’s very slippery and it makes supporting movements and getting back to defend very tough.
‘But the only thing we can do now is turn the page and we are not going to get the red courts back tomorrow so we have to adapt to the blue courts and the conditions as well as possible and hope for a change next year.’
The battle of the big serves was won in two tie-break sets by Marin Cilic. Disappointed with Isner, he seems to be very stop & start right now. Hopefully he can pick up a few victories in Rome and not draw Rafa in Round 1 at Roland Garros again. Good to see Cilic finding a win after going walkabout for a while.
Have Argentina found a new star? Federico Delbonis gave Tipsarevic a good work-out, taking the number 7 Seed to 3 sets. Another young player to keep on the radar.
Full Results from Wednesday:
R Nadal defeats N Davydenko – 62 62
D Ferrer defeats R Stepanek – 76(4) 62
R Federer defeats M Raonic – 46 75 76(4)
F Verdasco defeats A Falla – 67(4) 64 64
J Del Potro defeats M Youzhny – 64 76(1)
N Almagro defeats M Granollers – 63 76(3)
M Cilic defeats J Isner – 76(4) 76(3)
J Tipsarevic defeats F Delbonis – 76(5) 67(6) 63
G Simon defeats G Garcia-Lopez – 64 63
J Tsonga defeats R Harrison – 62 76(4)
S Wawrinka defeats J Melzer – 61 64
G Monfils defeats I Andreev – 63 10
A Dolgopolov defeats A Seppi – 67(5) 76(5) 63
R Gasquet defeats V Troicki – 75 63