Match 1: Frederic Niemeyer (WC) def Igor Kunitsyn 7-5 6-1
I decided to arrive little later at the Rogers Cup today, like around 12h. For some unknown reasons all of the good ''Matinee'' matches were on Court Banque Nationale, the secondary court. First match I covered was what I expected to be Niemeyer last carreer match , but Fred had some other ideas. Ok, lets say Fred started a little slow. He got broken at 4-3, he then held serve and HOP! we were at 5-4 Kunitsyn serving for the set. Pushed by the Crowds cheerings, Niemeyer came back from 30-0 disadvantage and 30-30 we were. He got a first chance to break, but he stayed tentative and Kunitsyn made him pay for being nervous . Anyways, next break point Freddy got the break and back on serve was the match. 30-0 Niemeyer hits great first serve, comes to the net, hits a winner , starts limping, he can barely move . The crowd is in total shock, no sound whatsoever is being heard. Freddy gets a medical timeout, he's back on his feet. Can he hang in there. YES! He holds 6-5. Come on, Fred! Break! . Forehand of Kunitsyn clips the net and...doesnt make it through. Game, First Set, Niemeyer! In the second set, Kunitsyn looks empty. He basically tanks the match after being broken early on . Fred wins the Match and gets a Shot at Federer on Centre Court. That could very well be the end of is career indeed. But could it get much better ???. I mean Centre Court, facing Federer on a night session Merci Fred piur ses beaux moments de tennis que tu nous a fait vivre à tous et toutes. Mille Fois MERCI!
Match 2: Peter Polansky (WC) def Bruno Agostinelli (WC) 6-3 7-6 (6)
The first set of that match was really a streak thing. Polansky was off a great start taking a 3-0 advantage. Then Agostinelli started finding a bit more rythm on serve, he got the break back and the score was now of 3-2 for Polansky, Agostinelii to serve, so basically on serve . Polansky then took the streak back and rallied to win the first set. The seconde set was more of a Serving Contest, with both player keeping their serve and loosing it only once each. Agostinelli was way more consistant and precise, but unfortunately after saving a mtch pooint in the tiebreaker, Agostinelli dumped a forehand long . Polansky has proven once again to be the next canadian hope. Agostinelli his very uninteresting to watch in my opinion. He does what he's suppose to, but he doesnt have any big weapon and particularities. He's like Raonic, but in elder and so on... a more desperate case .
Match 3: Gael Monfils (13) def Marat Safin 6-2 3-6 6-2
That was such a weird match. I mean the scores ressembles more a womens match scoreline. Whatever, in the first set Monfils was Outstanding. He accelerated on every ball, whether he was on or off balance . Safin was really struggling with getting some first serves in, which led to many DFs thereof. In the second set, the opposite happened, Safin got his serve back on tarck while Monfils started making uncharacteristic erros on the forehand side especially. Safin got a code violation of ball abused, in the first so no need to say he could not afford being a ''BAD BOY'' again . The third set was a really a two-momentum thing. Safin got up an early break, but Monfils was able to break break back after a long breathless game. We from there for saw the Monfils of the 1st set: The Best Monfils Ever Played in my opinion
Well, not much to be said about that one. Murray did what he had to do and in great fashion. Chardy got a few chances in the second set to get back on serve, but some unwelcome mistake had him lost the match. I was surprised how Montreal people love Murray and also happily surprise of how nice he was. I always thouhgt of Murray as a British ''snobinard'' taking care of his person only. Guess I was wrong . Anyways, Murray will now be facing the winner of the Monfils/JCF match. Whoever the winner of that encounter is, Murray will have to take care if he wants to make the semis and get a shot at the ''GOAT''.