You know, sometimes a player just feels comfortable against another.
And sometimes, a player can be a little rusty and might fall to someone a bit unexpectedly--particularly when it's the opponent's best surface.
But still, Andy Murray and Caroline Wozniacki going out in Madrid to Julia Goerges and Thomaz Belluci is a little shocking to me.
Let's start with Wozniacki: You see, she's the number-one player in the world right now. Goerges is at up-and-coming status right now who is coming off a big tournament win in Stuttgart last week. A number one is supposed to win against an upstart coming off a big moment, particularly if there's a chance for revenge--Goerges upset Wozniacki in the finals at Stuttgart. I worry about Wozniacki's killer instinct so close to a Major, considering she hasn't captured one of the Big 4 before--which has been discussed ad infinitum.
As for Murray: I know clay's not his best surface, plus he is just returning from injury. But it wasn't that long ago that it looked like that post-Aussie-Open slump was wiped out with a semifinal run in Monte Carlo. Belluci's a decent player, for sure, and is a threat to most of the top seeds. I think Murray missed a bit of an opportunity at a deep run here, which could've helped his confidence going into the French but more importantly, after then.
So I have questions about the state of the games for two of the best active players yet to win a Slam. These mini-Madrid runs only enhanced those queries.
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.