Saturday, May 30, 2009

Not-so-fantastic fours

It looks like that number-four seeding was not a good place to be on either side of the draw today, huh?

First, Elena Dementieva fell to Samantha Stosur in three sets. Granted, it was an upset, but with the way that Dementieva had been playing lately, you just never knew with her. Still, I thought her game would turn around here and she should've gotten through that match. What's going on with her? I guess that's a question for another day.

I say that because the shock of shocks so far this event happened as Philipp Kohlschreiber knocked off contender Novak Djokovic in straight sets. Phil Kohlschreiber is an old TTA? favorite, but I didn't think he'd be able to pull this one off! Going into the tournament, I was thinking that if Djoko would've ended up on the same side of the draw as Rafael Nadal, he would've won their semifinal encounter, then taken the title. Now, he's just a third-round flameout. But he's young and I really think he'll get a French before it's all said and done.

You know what I totally blame this loss on? Too much play the past few weeks. It was only four tournaments, but if you go deep in all of them, that's going to add up to a lot of matches. When you're a top player, you have to schedule a little smarter. And playing that glorified Challenger event in your home country right before the French that your family owns wasn't a good move. That tournament should've been played after the grass-court season.

Regardless, it's a good win for Phil and though he bristles at the notion that he'd need any help advancing, the man that stands to gain the most is Roger Federer. His path to the finals just got a lot clearer. This half of the draw is definitely intriguing!

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TopSpin said...

As great a win as this is for Phillip, and as much as I love his game, I can't help feeling a little bummed out for Djoko.

He was after all the most solid clay court player coming into this bar Nadal, his greatest threat.

Bit of an anti climax to his best clay court season yet.

I don't even think he did much wrong, Phillip just kept him pinned behind the baseline - don't often see Djoko there!

Vava said...

Shock of shocks? Up until yesterday. Can't wait to read your take on Nadal's elimination! And about Federer's match with Haas, that just ended.