Monfils-C.Rochus -> Entered in court at Rochus leading *2-1 and main difference in the match was that Monfils needs to be more agressive and attack more in these kind of courts. Both players were solid from baseline (Chris played a bit more error-free tennis) but the Belgian attacked more and better and I think he didn´t lose a point at the net from the 10-12 times he went there. Gael broke in 2nd game of 2nd set (a couple of fh winners included) but Rochus came back from *1-4 to win 5 games in a row. The smarter player won here.
Berdych-O.Rochus -> Tomas was a typhoon in first 35 mins. He didn´t miss a backhand and was hammering with amazing depth his fh and serving like a beast. Result: 6-1 2-0, nothing Olivier could do. Since there, Berdych suddenly started at serving at a lower level, his backhand started to commit tons of errors and even his fh was letting him down. He overcame several bp´s but finally at *4-3 30-0 a double fault and an easy fh error from midcourt gave Rochus the chance to break back. Rochus was the better player then and at *5-6 Berdych saved a *0-40 (fh winner dtl, fh winner cc and and ace), then another set point to go to the TB. In TB, mostly errors than well-played points and Berdych blew his biggest chance at 6-5* (match point). He returned with a deep and big bh to Rochus´ bh, who retireved it quite forced, ball bounced at midcourt and when all people thought that was gonna end on a fh winner, Berdych wanted to break the ball and send it 2 meters long from baseline. Rochus took the set on a service winner and a Berdych bh ue. No story since then, Berdych was mentally out, his bh had gone and Olivier was the better player by far.
Entered at Central Court at Calleri trailing 3-6 *1-2, but since then he played pretty well, Ferrer was running down all balls as always but Calleri was striking the ball pretty well and over powering David. I noticed Calleri didn´t say anything at Ferrer on a couple of netcords so I thought there had been some kind of affair before but I wasn´t on court. Agustín was leading 3-1* 0-30 and *4-2 but his bh started to miss and Ferrer didn´t let his chance escape, he played very solid tennis overall, though match was almost always depending on Calleri´s inspiration.
Went to Misha-Chucho. I came there at Youzhny leading 7-6 *2-3. I was told Chucho was leading 5-3 in 1st set but blew it up and Misha was up *1-0 40-0 in 2nd set but now things were even. Some stunning backhands from Youzhny were the most worthy things there, but they both missed a lot of balls. Acasuso plays 100 m behind the baseline and imo he was lucky that Youzhny pushed self-destruction button, his father was close to me and was shaking his head since final of the 2nd set when Youzhny started to commit double faults and miss easy shots. Finally at *1-1 in 3rd set, Misha committed 3 df´s in a row (a couple of them were crazy, his 2nd serves were just misiles
), it looked to me like he was tired or angry bc something and he decided to withdraw (don´t know what he alleged he looked fine to me)
After then Kiefer - Beck it was a pretty good match, Beck was superb and Kiefer was outplayed. We lose his mind also at a doubtful call against him at a break point on Beck leading *3-2. He behaved like an ass, he was staring at the poor girl calling the left side like he was going to kill here, and he did that for a couple of minutes between point and point. When he was broken at 1-1 in 2nd set he decided to pull out (he also was running properly and didn´t notice any kind of pain signals
Ferrero-Mirnyi: Max was a deserved winner, Ferrero´s ball depth is a joke and I wonder if he ever will reach a close level to the player he once was. I guess he won´t. Anyway it was funny how he dissapointed the crowd, I was laughing a lot
Verdasco-González: People said Verdasco played well but I heavily disagree, don´t know when this kid is gonna bury his brain problems. He lost that match only bc he messes it up. He was broken in 1st and 3rd set in the same way. First set: Leading 15-0 then a double fault (he made like 10-12), unbelievable point won on a fh winner dtl) 30-15 then an eeeeasy bh volley, and another df to concede the bp. 3rd set: Leading 30-0, then a double-fault and he starts shivering.... 30-30 easy fh error when point was his and all went down the river. He served like shit most part of the match and wasn´t smart enough to be more patient as 90% of the points he was working on Gonzo´s bh with his lefty topspin fh were won by him. You can´t be a top player that way, Fernando
PD: Some fh´s battles were just unreal, I think 3 of the points that were played from powerful Gonzo`s cc fh to Verdasco´s fh and Fer reached at time were answered with stunning fh winners dtl, those ones drove the crowd crazy, as Verdasco has a natural ability to change direction with his fh with terriphic ease. It was an entertaining match but it´s time to ask Verdasco for more, he fought (that was a good improvement) but he´s too inconsistent yet and needs badly to avoid those eternal collapses.