The Match Denied

Rotterdam Results:

  • Rafa def Monfils 64 64
  • Murray def Ancic 61 62


“Ohhh yeth”. This is the match that I felt we were denied of at the Australian Open this year. Mind you, the semifinal that we did get more than made up for it. But Rafa v Murray match ups intrigue me more than Fed v Murray match ups right now, simply because we haven’t had a whole lot of them, so this is definitely one that I’ll be watching out for.  


Over in San Jose, it’s been a pleasure watching the impeccable form of Mardy Fish over the last two matches. I only saw parts of his destruction of Del Potro, but when your guy starts serving aces left right and centre, and plays like he’s the guy ranked inside the top 10, the end result is a foregone conclusion. What I didn’t expect however was his easy dispatching of James Blake, 63 62. Let’s hope some of this form carries over to Indian Wells where he’ll be defending a final. “Oh yeth.”


In the beautiful city of Paris, MoMo is the first one through to the finals after defeating Jankovic 62 06 61. I’ve long put Amelie Mauresmo in the same basket as Safin, Nalbandian and Gasquet – the “tortured artists” best admired and then forgotten for my peace of mind, but it’s Jankovic that I want to talk a little more about. This time last year, the 3 ‘vics of Serbia looked like they had tennis glory within their grasp. 12 months later, the same trio looks like they belong in the bottom half of the Top 10 (or in the case of Ana Ivanovic – not even). Where is this funk coming from? Snap out of it folks. 


The other semifinal in Paris, Dementieva vs Williams, spells deliciousness. Oh yeth. 


Other results: Pattaya City, Thailand – Mirza through to the final, to play the winner of Zvonareva and Peer.

Costa Do Saupe, Brazil: Bellucci (aka the guy who won more games against Rafael Nadal than Roger Federer at the French Open last year) to play Robredo in the final.


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3 responses to “The Match Denied”

  1. TopSpin says :

    Well that was an anti climax. Nadal was pretty out of sorts in that last set. Pity. I was hoping this match might answer sons questions about where Nadal is at against Murray on hard courts now that he’s won a Slam in Melbourne.

    Haven’t seen any of the ladies final at Paris yet – but looks like it was a close match – Allez Amelie!!

  2. TopSpin says :

    Darn auto word correct – “answer SOME questions”

  3. dootsiez says :

    Aah pity indeed. Poor Rafa’s had to do it tough this tournament – all but one of his matches went to 3 sets, and all this just a week from playing two marathon matches in Melbourne, I’m not surprised it just got too much for him. I’d love to see Nadal against Murray at a grand slam again though. Best of 5 between these two – hmmmmmm

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