1.Top ten Tomas is terminated
Given that Berdych single-handedly busted my accumulator, I’m in no mood to be understanding here. Losing to a 140 ranked journeyman from two sets up is an absolute joke.
Berdych is now 13-7 in career five setters which looks impressive until you realise that he was 9-0 at one point. It’s a testament to how mentally weak he is now compared to when he was fearless teenager.
At one point when his second serve was getting destroyed I suggested that he needed to use his kicker. It was then that two tweeters, more knowledgeable of the player’s game than I, reminded me that he doesn’t actually have one.
For a guy of 6’5 that’s a disgrace and another indication of his failure to improve his weaknesses over the years.
With 720 points gone today and another massive chunk likely to disappear after Wimbledon, it’s goodbye to the top 10 for a while.
2. Djokovic is going to have a pretty easy quarter-final if he gets that far
Berdych’s elimination means that one of Stephane Robert, Fabio Fognini, Marsel Ilhan or Guillermo-Garcia Lopez will reach the fourth round. Whoever makes it is likely to face Albert Montañes or Mikhail Youzhny, both of whom have been woeful lately.
Having said that, the weakness of the section makes it quite intriguing. With the exception of Youzhny, every player left has a golden chance of posting a career-best slam result that they might not see again for a very long time.
On today’s showings Djokovic could have potentially tough third and fourth round matches against Del Potro and Gasquet, but if he gets to the quarter-final it’ll be an easy one.
3. Bernard Tomic was a waste of a wildcard
While the Aussie maybe able to trouble a few players on hardcourts, giving him a wildcard for Roland Garros is ridiculous.
He can’t play on red clay because he moves with the speed and grace of a fat kid walking under water.
Australia is guaranteed a wildcard and not exactly dripping with talent right now but Peter Luczak would have given Carlos Berlocq a better match today.
At least take a leaf out of the USTA’s book and make players earn their wildcards. I can just imagine how that would go down in the Tomic camp.
4. The best thing about Roland Garros is the sound
While grass may have the edge in visual aesthetics, you just can’t beat the sound a ball makes on the clay of Roland Garros. Especially when the courts are as dry and hard as they have been this week.
I’m not even going to try and describe it. Just listen for yourself
5. I expected too much from Milos Raonic
In theory, conditions should have been perfect for him today. With the quick courts and light Babolat balls he should have been very tough to break, but he lost he serve four times to a player who has had his best results on indoor hardcourts.
I’d also put too much faith in the idea that Raonic is a mental giant. The stats today suggest that he was anything but, and the story of the match was the break point conversion rate.
Raonic saved just one of the five he faced while converting just two of eight. Hopefully just a bad day at the office and nothing more.
The fact that Berrer is a lefty might also have been an issue and it’s worth noting that Raonic has now gone out of four tournaments in a row to southpaws.