rege, tell me how it went! Were you able to see the match at work or not? I have not seen the match... but I know he did not play his absolute best. He was serving average in the first set and well below average in the 2nd set (44%)... he served only one ace while many of Roger's winners were service winners (including 11 aces, many of which came on crucial points). He had a lot of unforced errors in this match as well, but so did Roger.I'm a little worried about how the match against Federer is going to play out... read a news blurb that noted Robby had more unforced errors and fewer winners than his first round opponent. He can't be that sloppy (or even the teensiest bit sloppy, for that matter) against Roger.
Happily, I now have access to a TV at work that receives the Tennis Channel. Guess where I'll be spending my lunch hour
Thanks rege! It's good to hear that he was playing well. I saw the highlights clip that was posted on YT. I noticed Robby definitely had the "fight" in him... He gave it the effort I was hoping he would!Unless your name is Rafael Nadal and you're playing on clay, you're going to be the underdog against Federer... I was just hoping that Robby would play well and keep it close.
I wasn't able to watch the entire match from start to finish, but I saw most of it live (caught the parts I missed during the repeat after I got home) and thought Robby actually played pretty well . Yeah, his winners-to-errors ratio wasn't the greatest but his unforced errors weren't bad ones... it's not like he was overhitting or missing easy shots (I'm happy to report that not once did I find myself thinking " jeez, even I wouldn't have blown that one!").
Robby mixed up his serve pretty well and the announcers were constantly praising this tactic. I think his serve percentage was a little lower because he wasn't playing it safe... Federer had a fair amount errors when returning Robby's serve.
Also, it seemed like the crowd was behind Robby... but I couldn't tell if it was because they wanted him to win or for Roger to lose :lol:. Regardless, it was very sweet and seemed genuine.
Overall, Robby should be pleased with his performance today (he didn't look depressed when he was walking off the court!). He played the dominant #1 player and kept it competitive. He was serving pretty well and didn't make stupid mistakes. OK, Robby failed to convert on his break chances (including a double break in the 1st set!) but that's more Federer's doing than anything else... he has that annoying habit of playing even better when it's close.