The AO is killing me. Some of the best matches are played at night at the AO which means they start at 3:30 AM here. It’s crazy, I am not getting a lot of sleep these days. Last night I wanted to watch the Murray/Nadal match but barely made it through the first set. So I went to bed but boy what a shocker this morning.
Nadal retired from the match due to a knee injury. This is not a good sign for people wondering whether Nadal can ever return to his 2008 form and his long term prospects at the top of the game. Nadal is not one to retire on a whim. The thing is, he came into this match relatively fresh and then this knee problem flares up again (knee tendinitis took him out for half the season last year). I think Cilic has what it takes to beat Murray but he might be tired. Cilic is an absolute warrior, having played three 5-set matches already. He’s young but he’s still very calm and stoic out there – he’s not flashy or temperamental. There’s a lot to like about the kid. And he has the raw game to make it to the top.
Fed plays Davydenko tonight and I think he’ll come out on top. He’s lost to Davy the last two times after going undefeated against Davy 12 straight times. But those were all in best-of-3 matches. I don’t see Davy pulling off the upset at a slam but we’ll see. I think the key for Fed is to serve well – if he comes out serving poorly, it will not end well for him. It should be a good match. Fed looks to be in great form in his last few matches but none of those opponents had anything that bothered him. I’m just glad his match is in the day session so I can catch more zzz’s tonight. As for Tsonga/Djokovic, I think Djoko might finally win one against Tsonga this time around. Djoko has had a cakewalk in the draw and is fresher since Tsonga had that 5-setter against Almagro (damn I didn’t know that guy had power).
Who am I rooting for to win the tournament? GOAT.