Saturday, May 29, 2010
Semifinals of Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid. Finals of Rome. Third round of Roland Garros. Which one of these kids doesn't belong?
David Ferrer will rue his chances in his quarter of the draw after getting fed a bagel while being upset by Jurgen Melzer 6-4, 6-0, 7-6 (1). The Austrian was clearly the aggressor in the match hitting 34 winners to 24 errors compared to the 23 winners and 24 winners by Ferru.
His quarter also saw Andy Roddick go down meekly to qualifier Teimuraz Gabashvili 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. Novak Djokovic is still very much alive in this quarter though he was given a brief scare by Victor Hanescu before closing out a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win.
I don't know if it was a matter of overplaying on the lead up to Roland Garros but he was a shadow of himself out there. He had a great chance of equaling his best effort here and reaching the quarterfinals since his opponent in the Round of 16 was to be Gabash. And, he surely had a fighting chance of surpassing that mark with a potential Nole showdown lurking in the quarterfinals.
Oh well. It's in the can now Ferru.