Our boy Fernando has clearly grown a pair and pulled off the biggest upset so far on the men's side, beating Muzz in convincing fashion in five sets, 26 61 16 64 63. Fernando just played tight, controlled, aggressive tennis. Why he hasn't ever played like this before is beyond me but it was a joy to watch. He served big when he needed to, and that big forehand jerked Muzz around the court.
As for Andy, he looked at an utter loss as he tried to figure out a way to win. The feeling of watching this match for me was the same as watching the Ana/Kleybs match. Muzz had so many chances to turn this around and he didn't. On the big points, Fernando played well. And in the end, Fer just wouldn't go away. He seized his moment and stepped up.
Is it weird that I'm, like, really proud of Fernando? Good boy. He'll face the winner of Blah/Jo, which, if he keeps up his level, means he's got a good shot of making the semis.
As an aside, immediately after Fer won all I could think of was Ana on holiday somewhere talking to Scott or her Mom, trying to figure out if it would be appropriate to call/text to congratulate him. Made me chuckle.
At the same time on Rod Laver Arena, Rafa was taking a whoopin' stick to Gonzo. Utter destruction. He won, 63 62 64, and seriously, it wasn't that close. Rafa's now the only player left in the draw that hasn't dropped a set. He's got Gilles next.