Does anyone else have a hard time keeping up with everything during grand slams? I mean, why does life keep getting in the way of tennis? It's especially difficult on the west coast, when I have to try to catch up on about 4-5 hrs worth of tennis that already happened when I get up in the morning. Finally finished watching Saturday's action at 4:00 and actually got to watch all of it for once!
Well, lots of stories so far for the first week. The Americans actually have two women into the round of 16, neither of whose name is Serena Williams. Maria Sharapova has only lost 5 games total in her first three rounds. Isner had another marathon match (though nothing like Wimby '10!). There was a 38 shot rally that ended with one guy throwing up on court and the other guy cramping incredibly badly with his shorts falling down as he dragged himself to a chair, and that in the 2nd set! We have a lucky loser getting to the 4th round who will be playing his idol, Mr. Federer. Roger has lost 2 sets already, and the last time he did that at the FO he won the tournament (have to think positively!). Nadal looks amazing so far in his first three rounds. Wozniacki has lost in the third round, being seeded #9 this year after having been #1 at the last GS. And, of course, who could forget that Roger broke another record for the most wins in grand slams, passing Jimmy Connors, who played until he was 39! Those are a few stories that just jump to the front of my mind. I know there are many more.
If you want to hear the full version of Roger's press conference after his 3rd round win against Mahut, here is a link to it:
It was interesting to actually watch his response when they told him he was Goffin's idol. Rather than sounding rather cocky, like it sounds when the press just reports what he said, I thought he looked a little embarrassed and appreciative about it.
Did anyone see Justin Gimblestob interviewing skiier Lindsey Vonn? I thought it was rather cute the was she was kind of gushing over Roger Federer. I'm sure I would be doing the same thing!!
As to how the favorites are looking so far, I have at least somewhat learned that you can't always judge by what happens in the first week of a major. Someone can look amazingly on form and then lose in the next round, or vice versa, so I am going to try to reserve definite predictions.
Ok, to wrap it up, next week at this time we will have crowned a new ladies champion and we will know who the men's finalists will be. Any big upsets or surprises in the next week? Time will tell. In the meantime it will be an early night so I can get up early to watch more tennis!!!