Montreal Day 4: the Fabulous 8.
For the first time ever, the top 8 of the ATP tour are through to the quarterfinals. Clap clap, well done guys.
Federer def Wawrinka 6-3 7-6 (5).
Vintage Federer in the first set, 2009-hard-court Feduruh in the second.
Credit to Stan though for some massive serving towards the business end of the second set – I have no idea where that serve even came from. The backhand was as sizzling as it was erratic.
But as always, Federer fought back from being down 0-3, hung on to the set and found a way to win. Much less rust than his first round performance. He’s got a step it up for Jo-Willy, and most likely Murray, should he make it past the next round.
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Tsonga def. Simon 6-3 6-3.
Did I declare at the start of the tournament that I’d be okay with Jo-Willy beating Federer?
Well, I am a friggin liar.
Jojo had a solid performance against Simon to kick the top 10 pretender out of the tournament.
Simon hasn’t been playing stellar tennis for a while now, so I wouldn’t regard the match as a good litmus test for Jo-Willy’s form.
What is clear is that Tsonga has a lot of trouble with massive servers, but not so much with the counterpunching types. What’s also clear is that he likes his little “happyjump”.
Murray def Ferrero 6-1 6-3.
Barring a “be quiet please” styled performance from Federer in his next two rounds, Murray’s going to win this thing.
Tough luck for JCF, he has managed to draw Murray in the last 3 tournaments they’ve both contested. And it appears that Ferrero is just a terrible bad match up for Murray – offensively not strong enough, and defensively, he’s never going to outpush Muz.
Nadal def. Petzchner 6-3 6-2.
Petzchner is not the hardest competition, but Rafa won comfortably, as he should’ve, which is a sign that the knees are holding up just fine.
Roddick def. Verdasco 7-6(2) 4-6 7-6(5).
Didn’t watch the match at all, but from the score line, it could’ve gone either way. Tough luck for Verdasco, as always, he comes up short on the big points.
Oh yeah, Novak Djokovic won his match against Youzhny in straight sets. Can’t be bothered pretending that I care.