Thursday, May 28, 2009

Acasuso's Gallery of Disappointments

Whoa, whoa, whoa, Roger Federer! You owe me a manicure, monsieur! I am not really cool with this being-a-set-and-a-double-break-down-to-some-random lark you seem to think is so much fun. What was this, some kind of bet with Andy Murray about who could dig themselves a deeper hole in the third set and then still come back to win in four? I've got no nails left, I was biting them so much.
Of course, after putting himself in this most unadmirable of positions, Federer did the admirable thing and dug himself out of it handily - after being down 5-1 in the third set, he reeled off five straight games and ended up winning the set in a breaker. It's an object lesson that anything can happen in tennis and you should never let your guard down when one of the great champions of sport is playing, because when Roger had a double break in the fourth, you knew there was no way Acasuso was coming back from that. So the comeback itself = good. The hole itself - I wasn't a fan.
All credit to Jose Acasuso - he played out of skin well. But he did choke majorly on a few huge occasions - the breaker in the first, where he had four set points, springs to mind, as well as, oh yeah, the double break he gave back. Sure, Federer lifted his level, but he should have won that third set. I guess this will be another one to add to his gallery of disappointments with those two Davis Cup rubbers he lost in finals.
But we all know I care much more about Federer than Acasuso. What effect will this have on him? None, I hope - and if it is an effect, I hope it will be positive. It certainly won't wear him out, that's for sure - he's fitter than that. I'm hoping it will give him some mental toughness here at Roland Garros - he proved himself capable of digging himself out of a position where he was losing badly, and he did it with style.
Other exciting matches included Safarova and Venus Williams - both had match points, though Williams pulled it out in the end - and Jeremy Chardy and Simone Bolelli, which went the full distance, with Chardy coming out the victor there (score one for the Stars!) Heartbreaking matches... well, the cake here goes to Dokic/Dementieva. Dokic was looking like she was going to win - she won the first set 6-2 - and then she had to retire. I was very sad for her.
Of the Aussies, Olivia Rogowska also went out in a tough three setter to Kateryna Bondarenko - she has a lot to be proud of there! - but Sam Stosur and Jarmila Groth are both through. With Hewitt, that means we have three Aussies in the third round. That isn't too shabby at all - it still means one sixteenth of the women's draw is Australian!
Today's Results
French Open (Roland Garros)
Men's Draw
Roger Federer def. Jose Acasuso, 7-6 (10-8) 5-7 7-6 (7-2) 6-2
Gael Monfils def. Victor Crivoi, 6-4 6-3 6-3
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga def. Juan Monaco, 7-5 2-6 6-1 7-6 (10-8)
Nikolay Davydenko def. Diego Junqueira, 4-6 6-3 6-0 6-2
Jeremy Chardy def. Simone Bolelli, 6-2 6-3 4-6 4-6 6-1
Paul-Henri Mathieu def. Pablo Andujar, 6-2 6-3 6-4
Christophe Rochus def. Arnaud Clement, 6-1 7-5 4-6 6-3
Andy Roddick def. Ivo Minar, 6-2 6-2 7-6 (7-2)
Tommy Robredo def. Daniel Gimeno-Traver, 6-4 6-4 6-3
Jurgen Melzer def. Guillaume Rufin, 6-2 7-5 6-4
Igor Andreev def. Martin Vassallo Arguello, 1-6 7-5 5-7 6-3 6-4
Maximo Gonzalez def. Andreas Seppi, 7-6 (10-8) 6-3 6-3
Tommy Haas def. Leonardo Mayer, 6-3 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 4-6 6-4
Juan Martin del Potro def. Viktor Troicki, 6-3 7-5 6-0
Marc Gicquel def. Andreas Beck, 6-4 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (7-3) 7-5
Women's Draw
Tathiana Garbin def. Marion Bartoli, 6-3 7-5
Serena Williams def. Virginia Ruano Pascual, 6-2 6-0
Venus Williams def. Lucie Safarova, 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 7-5
Jelena Jankovic def. Magdalena Rybarikova, 6-1 6-2
Sorana Cirstea def. Alize Cornet, 6-3 6-2
Virginie Razzano def. Anabel Medina Garrigues, 6-2 6-2
Elena Dementieva def. Jelena Dokic, 2-6 4-3 retired
Caroline Wozniacki def. Jill Craybas, 6-1 6-4
Svetlana Kuznetsova def. Galina Voskoboeva, 6-0 6-2
Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez def. Viktoriya Kutuzova, 3-6 6-3 6-3
Jarmila Groth def. Mariana Duque Marino, 6-2 7-6 (11-9)
Samantha Stosur def. Yanina Wickmayer, 6-3 4-6 6-4
Agnieszka Radwanska def. Mariya Koryttseva, 6-1 6-4
Lourdes Dominguez Lino def. Alexa Glatch, 7-6 (7-0) 7-5
Melinda Czink def. Sybille Bammer, 4-6 6-3 10-8
Kateryna Bondarenko def. Olivia Rogowska, 4-6 7-5 7-5
Aleksandra Wozniak def. Petra Martic, 6-3 6-3

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