Quarter Finals No. 1

Jan 26, 2010

Only two quarter final matches have been completed and I already need a lie down and a hot cup of tea from all the excitement that’s been going on. I imagine most of you will know the first two to get through to the semis: Andy Murray and Marin Cilic will square up to each other to get a place in the final once the rest of the quarters are completed. And the pair of them did it in some undeniable style.

Andy Murray had a dominance over the start of his match with Rafael Nadal after a little bit of a rocky start when the Spaniard appeared to be going for the jugular. But it was in no way a sure thing when they went into the second set. Rafa played the brutal way we all know and love; Murray went for his ‘smart tennis’, with nifty drop shots, passing shots and volleys galore.

But as the second set started to move in favour of the Scot, Nadal started to have some problems. It was his knees that robbed him of so many tournaments last year, and it was the same problem again that meant the trainer was called on. After some treatment on his tendinitis-stricken knees, he was back in the game. Unfortunately, for not much longer. There was no doubt that Murray was on fine form, but what frustrated many watching was that Nadal had been too. The injury appeared to have flared quite suddenly, and no-one was happy to see him retire in the third set. Murray was amongst them.

Although he will take satisfaction from getting through to the semi finals and having Britain’s hysteria in his ears, he didn’t seem all that happy with the way he achieved his historical move to the semi-finals. Now he has to impress, because if he can’t bring all of the elements together to get past Cilic – as he failed to do in the US Open 2009 – it will be a bitter exit and questions may be asked about what would have happened if Nadal had been in normal health. Still, you can’t take anything away from the guy. He certainly looks primed for a Grand Slam, but there’s a question that I can’t shake: If he were to come up against Roger Federer in a Grand Slam final, could he beat him?

No, would be my answer. But I’m perfectly happy to be proved wrong, I would love to see that kind of final any day.

Of course, I shouldn’t get carried away with myself. Marin Cilic will not be a push over for Murray, or for indeed anyone. As I have already mentioned, he has beaten Murray once before in a highly pressurised situation such as this. He has been on formidable form throughout the tournament, much to the surprise of many. This includes myself. I have always loved to watch Marin Cilic play, but the tenacity he has shown since the beginning of this Open has been even more impressive. This will be the first Grand Slam semi-final of his career, and he was no slouch about it. In fact, he managed to beat Andy Roddick to get there. It was a five set battle, with a score line that was faintly ridiculous in terms of length and numbers. Roddick hit back midway through after straggling at the beginning with a shoulder injury. Soon, he claimed, he was feeling ‘numb’ in two of his fingers. I’m no doctor, but that doesn’t sound good. Apparently it’s a lower neck injury, and hopefully some rest will sort it.

The next quarter final matches are Roger Federer vs. Nikolay Davydenko and Novak Djokovic vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. No, I can’t wait for those matches either.

My Favourite Twit:

TaylorDent81 (3 minutes ago) “What an ordeal!! Wow! 99% pure agony and then pure elation at the end. Declan weighed 8lbs 12 ounces and was 21″ long at birth. Go Jenny!!!”

I know this is a schmaltzy choice, but allow me to do some of my cooing in this blog and I won’t be doing it all over the forums.

- SophieG

Written by: SophieG

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