Originally Posted by Henry Chinaski
What were you watching? I only watched the first set and a half but it was some of the ugliest tennis I've ever seen.
Montanes got 39% 1st serves in and still won the set. That says it all.
Ferrero had about 10 framed forehands and 10 bh unforced errors off 2nd serves. watching Montanes standing in Equatorial Guinea to receive serve and dumping backhand returns into the net repeatedly was also amusing. Then he apparently just stopped trying. I don't know if he was injured or tired or what but he was moving like Isner's 30 stone cousin out there in the last 2 sets.
The match completely turned around in the second set. Yeah the first set was ugly...or tortuous I would say. Both guys started slowly and making many UEs, and although Ferrero sort of found his rhythm halfway, he couldn't take the 2 SPs in the 10th game and played a poor TB.
But he was on fire in the second and third set, hitting winners from all over the place. He led 5-0 before Montanes managed one break of serve.
The match lasted 131 minutes of which the first set was about 80 minutes. The second and third set went really quickly with not only Ferrero winners but a few nice rallies.
I suspect Ferrero started the match a bit gingerly becuase he had a wrist problem since Australia and didn't decide to play this week until after he arrived in Brazil late last week. Maybe the wrist felt OK and he was able to hit more freely from the second set.