Excellent win by Duckie, showing that his WC Play-off campaign was no fluke and that he is in good form.
Poor form from TA not being able to give tennis fans live coverage of the event on a public holiday. What an opportunity missed.
Cheers for that. Hopefully he can adapt. Mahut isn't a very good returner so James' serve might hold up alright tomorrow regardless.
If you watch how James is serving today it seems he has no problem flattening out his first serve and getting it over 200kmh. Great to see he knows how to switch his play when on a different surface. Even though he is down a set he is more than capable of beating Simon, mainly due to the the way Simon plays.
I was very impressed by the pace of his serve. Plus his kick out to the ad court is excellent. I feel he could possibly take more advantage of that serve (taking them way off court) than what he did today.
The first time (out of two total) I bet on a sports result was Nadal versus Soderling French Open 2009 (Nadal -x.5 games).
James was impressive in his match against Simon. A few errors when Simon stepped up his game at the end.
On this display Duckie should be able to hold his own on the Challenger circuit this year.
Will be interesting to follow.