Today was a good day for lots of tennis in the sun. I was out from 10 until after 5 and came through nicely by using sunscreen with SBF 70. The stuff they hand out at the tournament has SBF 30 and is not strong enough as I found out a couple of days ago.
I started off with a doubles match: Pospisil/Sock vs Peya/Soares. I'm not familar with the strategies of doubles play but I did want to see the former pair in action as they were Wimbledon winners, having beaten the Bryan brothers there. I was not aware that their opponents are no 3 in the world so the fact that Pospisil and Sock beat them in a spirited game adds additional lustre to their reputation. Score was 6-2, 5-7, 10-7. It was a fun match!
While this match was going on Benneteau had a victory over Wawrinka, which surprised everybody. I did not see the match and have not had an account of it from anybody yet.
Then Raonic and Fognini followed. When Fognini lost his opening service game, I said to myself "There goes the first set
. Indeed it followed: Raonic 6-1, and the second set at 6-0 was even more decisive. Fognini called the trainer for treatment of an apparent thigh injury after the first set so he was not in good shape and his tennis was nowhere near as good as it was against Hewitt. It was good to see that Raonic has other talents besides his monster serve such as nice work at the net. He moves well for such a large fellow.
Ferrer vs Robredo was the match I enjoyed most. It went for way over 2 hours with Ferrer characterisictically squeezing out a win at 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Mertov pointed out that these two must have played each other hundreds of times and indeed scoring was as close as could be, more so than the above numbers indicate. There were many long rallies and much beautiful tennis with well constructed points. Ferrer plays Benneteau in the semis tomorrow whch should be interesting.
I did go back for the Federer- Murray match tonight. As people like Dallas will already know, Roger won 6-3, 7-5. There was much more vintage Federer tonight but I still would not call it a great match. Both players had their clumsy moments. I enjoyed it a lot, especially seeing some of the masterstrokes that Fed pulled off. This time it was
worth the price of admission. He plays Raonic tomorrow. Remembering his past talent at reading an opponent's serve (e.g. Roddick's) I expect he will come through OK.
He's my pick for the winner of the tournament now.