I posted this in the qualifying thread. Bottom line - Frank played very well, overcame bad calls and late nerves and was the clear better player. Serve was on, forehand solid as usual, some fantastic backhand winners. I hope he keeps it up
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Dancevic vs. Clement - The only match I watched start to finish. Frank played very well. He was on top of Clement from the start - was holding easy and had deuce on Arnaud's first three service games. Had 6 break points in those games where on the first five he missed five backhand returns in a row without putting the ball in play. Was starting to get frustrated. Then Arnaud gave him a gift, double faulting on the 6th but Frank played a loose service game to get back to 3-3. That game was the turning point of the match. Frank had already been screwed over by the umpire the game before, and it happened again at 30-15 to Clement. Clement hit a ball literally two feet out but the umpire gave the point to Arnaud. The next point, Frank ripped a frustration forehand that hit the line. After that, his level rose considerably. He broke Arnaud twice in a row to win the set 6-3, and then held very easily in the 2nd set while breaking Clement with several fantastic passing shots and forehand winners. At 5-3 serving, he went up 40-0 with some good play again, and then... well Frank historical inability to close came back almost. He double faulted twice to get back to 40-30 then missed an easy backhand for deuce. Fortunately for him, after a couple more misses Clement missed badly on a weak second serve, and then Frank closed in out with a great rally. Overall, Frank will be very happy with this performance, needs to improve the return game against Wolmarans though. Clement on the other hand should be ashamed - his first serve was non-existent, his attitude on the court was poor, and he was pushing like a Spanish clay courter.