I forget to bring a pad with me!! Thankfully I have my voice recorder so I have taken notes throughout the day, which I will now use to write up the report.
I started the day with a much needed lie-in. I was not too concerned about missing the first Ladies match of the day so I caught a later bus. With it being Sunday the bus I needed only ran every hour so I left at 11.15.
Arrived onto Chatrier with Errani 6-0 2-2 against former champion Kuznetsova. Kuzzy made more of a fight of it in the 2nd with a break but Sara was showing no signs of nerves and got it back to level at 5-5. She then added to that by breaking again and winning the match 6-0 7-5.
Then it was time for Novak. Apart from the first 3 games of the match I am not quite sure what Novak was doing in the first 2 sets. A shed load of credit must be given to Andreas for taking it and basically kicking Nole’s behind.
From my seat I could see the studio the French TV channel uses to broadcast their show. Lots of action over there with cameramen and photographers etc. I managed to catch a glimpse of the object of their attention; it was the birthday boy Rafa. Before his interview he stood and watched a few points of the match, no doubt hoping that Andreas could pull off the shock win.
The 3rd set moved back and forth as Novak broke, gave it back then broke again! Much to the delight of Team Djokovic in the stand, Mum and Dad are here as well as GF Jelena (who was doing her best to will on her man), Novak got a set under his belt.
The 4th kinda past me by in a bit of a blur, I can’t even remember the score. All I do know, and this is the important part, Novak won it! The 5th set was more like the Novak I like; he was certainly the better player and staggered over the line 6-3 in the 5th.
Like I said before, all credit to Seppi, he had Novak on the ropes for sure today but just could not finish off the job. I know that Roger has been a bit iffy this tournament, dropping sets in his last 3 matches but Novak would be out, no question at all, if he plays like that against Roger in a potential semi final.
A little break before it was time for Big Jo against Wawrinka. I had hoped for a more relaxing match from one of my players (Jo) but that was obviously too much to ask today. Just like Novak, Jo decided to put me through the wringer as well. I really thought he was going to win in straights, especially given that Stan may not be 100% (little chat & rub from the trainer in set 2). I had to leave the match before the end to get the Bus (useless Sunday timetable) but I see that Jo is up 4-2 in the 5th set with the match to continue tomorrow. So too will the Delpo v Berdych match which has the Argentine leading 2 sets to 1.
Tomorrow I am on Lenglen so my main focus will be Tipsarevic v Almagro the Rafa v Monaco.