Monday, June 28, 2010
2010 Wimbledon - 4th Round: Rest Does A Body Good
I wrote this and then forgot to post it! Congrats to Rafa on his straight sets victory against Paul-Henri Mathieu today (err.. Monday.). He's back in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon! It was a pretty straightforward win for Nadal, finishing things up 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. He got through the match in just about two hours. This was the kind of win he needed going into the next round where he'll meet the dreaded Robin Soderling. My irrational and intense distaste for Soderling has been expressed here before. Soderling beat Rafa in the 2009 French Open and again at the end of the year Masters Championship, but Rafa avenged those losses by beating Soderling in the 2010 Roland Garros final just weeks ago. Grass is different than clay though, and Soderling's play has been outstanding this tournament. Hopefully Rafa will be in great shape for that match, which will be played on Wednesday (err... today). Soderling must be DESTROYED! Vamos Rafa!
On a sadder note, Andy Roddick is out of the competition after losing to 82nd-ranked Taiwanese player Yen-hsun Lu, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 9-7. This is really disappointing, since Roddick really should've rolled through this match. Andy served up 38 aces but converted only one of eight breakpoint chances! It sucks that he only lost serve once, but it also happened to be the last game of the match. I really wanted him to have another real shot at the title. A Nadal-Roddick Final would've been ideal because then I'd be delighted by whoever won. I still think Roddick has a Wimbledon title in him before the end of his career. Next time, Andy!