Bloger had 6:4 in the TB and somehow he lost the next 4 points in a jiffy shanking all over the place. He also had his chances in the second but as usually he burned himself down. Tsonga was dead calm on BPs and SPs.
Huh? Murray reached his first slam final at the 12th attempt. Federer took 18 attempts. So what if Murray only has 1 slam final? He got there quicker than Roger. He didn't have the good fortune to play a Mark Phillipousis in his first GS final, though.
Nadal always plays as bad as possible, but within chances of winning. Tomorrow he will raise his level.
Not that Jo Wilfried is looking good, this is so far an ugly tournament.
Nadal career prediction: 6 RG, 2 Wimbledon, 1 Australian Open, 1 US Open, 2 Master Cup, 20 Master Series, 65 titles.
(Predicted before RG 2008 when he had 3xRG)
The inhabitants of the Balearic Islands are said to have been the inventors of slings, and to have managed them with surprising dexterity, owing to the manner of bringing up their children. The children were not allowed to have their food by their mothers till they had first struck it with their sling.
~Vegetius, De Re Militari, late 4th century
Nadal: the last Balearic Slinger, the ultimate product of natural selection. Feel the weight of the centuries in the Topspin from Hell!
I think Tsonga actually played very well today. By this thread you'd think Tursonov played like crap when he in fact probably played his best match of the year (though not saying much). He showed variety with slices drop shots and volleying that he usually doesn't, but couldn't come on top in the big points. And I know Nadal always takes it as easy as he can in early matches, but honestly Tursonov today seemed like a harder matchup for Tsonga than even a somewhat in-form Nadal.