From Barcelona it seems like Nico and Rafa are getting ready to clash. I would love to see them face-off in a final. But first they need to get thru their semis. Nico will face Kohlschreiber and Rafa will face Raonic. I think Nico has the more easier semifinal and he should be able to beat the German, but it will take a great deal of work. As I said a few posts ago Nico sometimes gets these mental-stumps where he can’t seem to get over a hurdle.
As for Rafa, his semifinal will be a bit more dangerous because of all the success Milos has had lately. Even though the clay courts do not suit Milos’s style of play, the Canadian will feel somewhat at ease on courts. (Barcelona is one of important places he trained to get to where he is now.) I did get to see the first set of Rafa playing Benoit Paire last night and he was a bit shaky at the start. In fact the Frenchman was up a break initially and it took Rafa full effort to break back! Rafa will need to start off strongly against Raonic and cannot drop his game-play for an instant.
M&M and Marrero/Verdasco are in the semis and have the chance of meeting up in the finals if they can each pull off a win on Saturday.
I was lucky enough to watch the last point of Robredo vs. Berdych. I turned on the t.v. in the early hours of morning here and was overjoyed suddenly that it was match-point for Tommy. Right then I felt such a rush of happiness for him. Beating Berdych was his first win over a top ten player in over two years. One could tell how much it meant to the Barcelona native. And yes I realized he was again tested by Raonic and lost it in a dueling three-setter. I think if Tommy had proper rest, he could have made it to the semis. Maybe that’s the fan in me talking! 😉
I hope you guys have a great weekend planned. 😀 Take care.
UPDATE: Whoops on my part. My fault completely…I didn’t even realize that Guillermo Garcia-Lopez was playing all this time in Bucharest. He’s actually made it to the semis (by beating number one seed Tipsarevic) and will next compete against Florian Mayer from Germany. You know, I never understood why a Spanish player would play outside his country when there is an actually tournament going on the same time. I guess there’s a lil someone named Rafael Nadal who would eventually be the “end-all” for those kinda players! Ha 🙂