The faves were looking sharp today and in the case of Rafa and Muzz, they saw their draw potentially open up. After falling behind an early break to Hajek, Muzz turned on the afterburners, blitzing his way to an easy and very fun to watch straight set win. It was a sexy performance and one I haven't seen in quite a long time. Andy was attacking his returns, cracking backhand winners, and dictating play with his forehand. Lovely stuff and hopefully an omen of good things. The other good news for him: a gassed Fernando was upset by FaBrows Fognini. Then again, Andy would probably rather play Fer on grass than Jo, who notched a four set win. So...six in one, I suppose.
Rafa notched a fairly straightforward win over Project 45, who, I thought, acquitted himself well. Kei didn't roll over, instead making tactical adjustments as the match progressed to give himself a chance. I was impressed and I hope the kid stays injury free. Incidentally, my sister, who's been living in Tokyo for the past year and is in town for a visit, informed me that it's not "Cup 'o Noodles". It's just "Cup Noodles". Check the package next time. This totally blew my mind.
I love love LOVE Masha's kit. Love the jacket, love the dress, and love that she dished a stick and bagel while wearing it. As for Serena, well, her tennis was dominant. She fired down 15 aces. And thankfully she left that piece of fabric on her shoulders in her bag while she played. All I know is that while Serena makes me want to donate blood, I feel like hiring Masha to sue the shit out of Serena for fucking up the donation procedure.
But this is a tennis blog and I know you tune in to hear my always insightful analysis. So here it is:
These four players played good.