Re: The Mighty MM
I watched the match live and here is my analysis. I haven't been to enough matche live to know whether it is negative to arrive late to a match. Maybe it was some mind games from Matosevic. But anyway. So the match starts at 1.15 instead of the scheduled 1.00 as Matty arrives at 1.07.
Intially, Matosevic is off to a flyer. he has a really solid game. Barely makes any unforced errors in the first set and very clinical in his finishing in that one-two punch from that very consistent, well placed and fast serve of his. He also returned well as well, effectively using the pace of the ball from the opponent's serve (which only hurt him at times) to place the ball deep or attacking the lines and counter punching on some occassions. His opponent (looks like a claycourter with very heavy top spin on his shots) makes 6-1 a lot of unforced errors (maybe he was going for too much or was just off his game) and nothing goes his way.
The first set ends and i hurry to CT 1 scampering through the crowd just to grab my digital camera. In the second set, Matosevic leads a break up at 3-1, and I know notice matosevic has lost his intensity a bit and is involved in more rallies with his opponent. He loses his intensity a bit especially when he puts in a few short balls which his opponent attacks with heavy top spin as expected. But at 4*-3 up with the Matosevic serving , he pulls off some great serves and clinical finishing and well constructed points and the luck of unforced errors from his opponent to save a few break points. I knew that after Matosevic won that game as that was a mental blow to his opponent, he had the match. Matosevic celebrated his winners with a roar but the crowd seemed oddly quite.
He finishes in style by getting most of his first serves in play to finish of the match. He threw the ball in the air and smashed the other ball out of the court in delight. How exuberant that celebration was I just had to laugh. What a character Matosevic is. He was walking past centre court after the match and I was thinking about getting his signature but he was walking with a group of people so I decided not to bug him (and I chickened out, well at least I got Luczak's signature.) While I was eavesdropping and he said "I was so nervous at 4-3." I guess there's more to life than tennis, he has some personality.
His opponent (sorry for using his opponent instead of the player's last name) built some momentum in the second set, made too many errors in the first. Matosevic was almost flawless in the first but dopped in intensity and allowed his opponent in the game but served well in points which were turning points in the match.
So glad to see matosevic qualify, he should consider himself lucky to face Alternate players but what an effort and his performances are well deserving of it.
He is up against Starace in the first round of the main draw.
Last edited by save ausdecline; 01-10-2010 at 10:07 AM.