Originally Posted by mishar
Way to go James! I sense by the scorelines that Jimmy is not playing his very best yet, but that's okay... its important not to peak too soon and there are still five weeks until the US open... Anyway, even not at his best, he's reached the semifinals, at an event where he's never won a match before.
I watched the match. He actually looks pretty good. Mahut played an incredible first set. His first serves were deadly and the surface appeared to be playing very fast. James had little chance to break him in that set. But in the second set , Mahut's serve and consistency slacked just a bit. Still came up with some great points( nice volleys and a couple of killer dropshots that just died on the turf) but one never had the feeling that James was going to lose after the first set. What I was happy to see though is that James had fewer lapses of concentration. You could tell he was focused and determined. In some matches this year he really tends to lose it in the second set. Not to be this match. When he was broken in the second set he really stepped up his agressiveness and broke right back.