There is always a way! And today Tommy proved that. What an amazing performance.
The Catalan native took on home crowd’s Gael Monfils. Monfils is such an enthusiastic person who always looks like he’s having a good time on court, especially when he’s playing in France. For the first two sets he was able to rile up the crowd behind him and it looked like Tommy was gonna lose in three.
The Frenchman started off very strongly and even though Tommy came back in the second set, Monfils still was able to close it out. Tommy walked away with the third set with his aggressive play. Tbh there were little differences in the fourth set in you take a look at the stats. In fact Monfils had 4 match points. But Tommy was truly able to play the big points better. In the final set the Spaniard started off strongly by breaking his opponent. It looked like Monfils was having trouble because the trainer was called out twice.
Anyway Tommy was able to stay confident in the 5th set and close it out with a winner at the net. The result? Pure bliss from Tommy as he lied on the floor. The exchange between them was warm and Tommy for a moment even put his head on Gael who showed true class. I mean the guy had match points in his hometown and yet managed to put on a good face! Not easy to do. To think a year ago Tommy was coming back from a year of not playing and that too in a couple of challengers. This win today will really boost his confidence. These pics explain it all. (From Roland Garros’s FB site).
Next up for Tommy is Nicolas Almagro. It seems like he’s been dong well so far in Roland Garros as of this far. Nico beat Andreas Seppi today 7-6(1), 6-0, 6-4.
Chances look very good for at last one Spainiard, other than the obvious, to be in the semifinal.
As for Rafa, he surprisingly lost the first set to Klizan, but came back to show who’s indeed boss out there 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. Nadal has said in an interview (after the match): “I cannot play third after men’s and girls when our possible opponents plays second after girls. That’s not fair. And today I was playing almost three hours on court, and my opponent (Fognini) was watching the TV in the locker room. So if you told me that’s fair, I say that’s not fair.”
Oh my goodness, Rafa is complaining about how the women are playing smaller amount of sets! I really think he should hush on this one. He has the most unparallelled success at this tournament in tennis history. There’s no need for him to speak out like this. This isn’t good for Rafa because the French already [supposedly] don’t like him. They might use his complaining against him on court tomorrow.
David took on friend Feliciano Lopez today. I wasn’t able to see this which was a bummer for me. Happy to see Ferru thru even though it does appear from the scoreline that he had some trouble in the second set. The Valencian won 6-1, 7-5, 6-4. (I didn’t get to see this or Verdasco’s match, but F.V. also lost to Tipsarevic today. )