It was a somewhat disappointing day.
I stayed away fron Center Court and moved around the side courts. My impression is that the number of attendees is up this year and even the side courts become crowded. Still, with a little bit of agression, one can usually find a seat.
I started off seeing Janowicz play Dimitrov. The former has a very impressive serve and it would have been nice to have seen how fast some of them were. He easily got the first set 6-4, but Dimitrov recovered some form (it was never very good) and got the second 6-3. But he came apart again in the third to lose that at 3-6. Many errors, in particular from his one handed backhand, which rarely seemed to work. One handed backhand admirers miss Gasquet who is not here.
Then on to Matosevic - Isner. A tall order and not much was expected. On the whole Matosevic played a very respectable game. To win off Isner, you have to break his serve
, or hold your own to the tie-break, which you must then win. Matosevic lost serve only once,in the first set and got to the tie-break in the second. Score: Isner 6-3, 7-6. No unpleasant interludes in this Matosevic match. With 'shot spot' available in the Grandstand Court, there was no point in whingeing about line calls and everything went in an orderly way.
Fognini-Hewitt was a disappointment. Hewitt was not playing well. Terrible serving in the first set; 6 double faults, 30% first serves in (No way he is going to win with that, said my neighbor). A trainer was called to apparently treat his right shoulder. But the most important factor was that Fognini was playing exceptionally well; far far better that two nights ago when he seemed very lacadasical. He deserved the win. After the match, Mertov and I wondered if we would see Hewitt play again.
The best came last. I wandered past court 9 and saw Ferrer was struggling against Kohlschreiber; score 6-7, 2-5. Thought it worth a visit and found that Ferrer was in his famous recovery mode and was on the way to move to 6-6 and finish the set by winning the tie-break. It was truly white hot tennis from both and never clear in the third set who was going to win. Eventually Ferrer pulled the match off as he so often does, fighting every inch of the way. By a long way, this was the most memorable match I saw today. Much gratitude to both players for a spectacular show.
For dessert, I waited for the first set of the Gulbis - Johnson match. Johnson is one of the US wild cards. Gulbis was in a mildly clowning mood (asking Johnson why he had to stand so far back) and then launching a monster serve at him . I got the feeling that Gulbis did not really want to stay around. Perhaps other interests elsewhere
. Johnson won both sets 6-4, 6-4. He may be one of the few surviving wild cards. Most go early.
Having a quiet night back at the motel tonight
. Shall be fresher for more tennis tomorrow.