Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Sleeping in the house of my latest jumpoff.
Indian Wells R2: Harrison def. Troicki 7-6(5) 6-3
Troicki hasn't beaten anyone good this season so I didn't expect a lot from him in this match, but his game is seriously hackish. People like to make fun of Viktor but his game has definitely declined from where it was to get into the top 15.
Harrison played really well to get up 5-*2 in the first set, after a shaky first service game where he saved a break point. Hit the forehand very big, consistently looked to attack Troicki's second serve, cut down on the errors he made at the beginning of the match, and was dominant. At *3-5 Troicki played a strong game to break to get back into the first set, competed hard and played good defense, made a great BH passing shot to set up 15-40. But in the tiebreaker he made loose errors, and was simply too defensive. Harrison played offensive tennis and although he made some errors in the breaker, he was the more positive player and deserved to win it.
Second set Troicki fell apart predictably to fall behind *0-4 15-30, atrocious body language, looked deflated, but as in the first set started competing better at the end of the set and got one of the breaks back. Harrison then broke to win the match, needing four match points to do so.
Harrison obviously has a lot of game. His forehand looks bigger than it was last season and when he plays within himself, he's a strong player. But too many lapses overall today, too many loose errors to make it harder on himself than it should have been.
Troicki really doesn't have much of a game left at all. I'm still shocked someone with his skill level ever made it nearly to the top 10.