I think the heat is beginning to get to us as we decided to forego some of the tennis yesterday in favor of staying at our hotel and enjoying the gym, pool, and some spa treatments. We had always planned to go to the stadium for the evening match as it was Federer but mid afternoon we discovered that they had finally closed the roof due to the heat advisory so we couldn’t resist temptation and practically ran back to Hisense to catch Radwanska’s game.
Radwanska looked like a far better player than she did in her opening round although once again she won the opening set 6-0 then had a bit of a wobbly in the second going down a break. I’m sure its concentration but she sure looks pissed off when she is playing, I do hope she enjoys the career that has seen her win over $14,000,000 in earnings to date – not too shabby.
I’m sure the roof closing had a little to do with the capacity crowd inside Hisense as the outside matches had been postponed due to the heat but Federer’s match sure brought out all the ‘Swiss’ supporters. As he entered the arena there was an explosion of noise and camera flashes and clicks. It really was like tennis royalty entering the court.
Fed’s first two sets were like an exhibition match of how to run your opponent ragged and once you get bored just finish the point with an amazing shot. Fed looked on fantastic form, he covered the court so well, ran down all balls even when he didn’t really need to and didn’t even appear to break a sweat. The third set was a little different as his opponent seemed to step up to the challenge and even smiled a few times as really what was he expecting to achieve? I’m sure he will be very happy with the fact that he broke Fed’s serve, even if he was broken straight back the next game.
There had been some noise in the media about Fed playing on Hisense rather than top billing on Rod Lever but we were very pleased that we got the opportunity to see him play again as you always wonder how long he will continue his quest for more majors.
Due to the schedules being thrown out by the closure of the outside courts we got an added bonus of Monfils match against Jack Sock. I guess this doesn’t happen too often at Melbourne as the organization went a little astray as seats became a free for all and the ‘yob’ that took our neighbors seat and decided to bang the hoarding for Monfils became too irritating so we watched the first set before heading out to find another good bottle of Australian Pinot.
Tonight we get to see the Brian Brothers although it will be a tough one for us as they are playing the Brit Jonathan Marray so we have mixed emotions.