Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has suffered a shocking loss in the Aegon Championships which is happening in London at Queen’s Club. He was beaten by the Australian player Marinko Matosevic in the straight sets yesterday.
Matosevic was criticized a lot right before this match for some of the statements that he had made about the female’s game in his recent interview and also for what he had said about Murray’s new coach. Some people had even called him ‘Pig Headed, but, the Aussie didn’t reply to any one of them and just did what a player should do. He went out there on the court and talked through his performance.
Matosevic was absolutely brutal against his higher ranked opponent Tsonga who was actually the favourite to win this match, but, let alone winning, he wasn’t being able to even limit the damage.
Matosevic should get more plaudits for this victory because he played almost the whole match with slight injury. He had twisted his ankle in the initial parts of the first set and there were fears that he might not be able to carry on. But, he did so and he had an extremely determined look on his face. He desperately wanted to prove a point to his critics.
In the post match interview, when he was asked about that injury, Matosevic said, “I got really worried initially. I thought it would swell up a lot, but, thankfully, I was wrong. I got taped and I was fine after that.”
“It’s actually the blow that I took on my hip after slipping, that was troubling me more. But nonetheless, it’s a win for me and that’s what matters.”
In the next round, Matosevic will take on the Australian Open Champion Stanislas Wawrinka.
Renewed rivalry between Nadal and Murray takes place on Friday with Murray vying to reach the finals of French Open 2014. If he does so it will be his first clay court final. Rafael Nadal is the defending champion.
It is hailed as clash of the titans between the two. Two different styled players-one right hand and the other left hand. Comparisons of all sorts have already started that it will also be hailed as the clash of Adidas vs. Nike. It is not often that the two have come together often and the time is ripe for Nadal to surpass Murray. Both have had a tough duel in their quarter final match but it was Nadal’s sheer excellence that will be struck in his mind when he plays against Murray. The styles do not match with each other hence, one cannot presume who is going to win but one has to go with Nadal as he is the ultimate King of clay.
When it comes to Rolland Garros, Nadal’s tryst of love does not seem to end as it is his favorite grand slam and obviously, he is coming in with a lot of confidence and vigor. If he triumphs he will have 9 French Open titles under his belt. It was in 2011 that Murray lost to Nadal consecutively in the semi finals of three grand slams- Wimbledon, U.S Open and Rolland Garros. Nadal has lost only once at the hands of Robert Soderling in French Open.
Will Nadal continue his winning streak and reach the finals of yet another French Open grand slam is a matter of days. He will be hoping for a fitter body and presence of mind that he will need when he plays Murray.
Mardy Fish’s countryman John Isner saw his campaign in the French Open 2014 getting finished yesterday as he suffered a straight set defeat against Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic in the round of 16. Isner lost the match by 4-6, 4-6, 4-6.
Isner had the opportunity to be the first player from the United States of America to make it to the quarter finals at Roland Garros in more than a decade, but, he couldn’t do so.
The last time that an American male player had entered the French Open quarter final round was about 11 years back. Andre Agassi had done that back then.
Many people were backing Isner to go till the latter stages of this year’s French Open because of his recent form and the way he started the tournament, it appeared as if those people would prove to be right, but, in the match against Berdych, the 29 years old fell completely apart.
He just couldn’t match Berdych’s energy on the court. The speed with which the Czech was moving and the way he was timing his shots, he never let Isner settle down.
Isner is one of those players who don’t believe in swift movement on the court. He relies more on his capability of flattening people with his booming serve. But, Berdych is an equally good server and in addition to that, he is a far better mover on the court than Isner and that was the real difference between the two players.
Speaking in the post match interview, Isner said, “I couldn’t get going at any point of time. I should have been a little more aggressive, but, unfortunately, the day was not mine.”
This is the second time that Berdych has reached the round of 8 at Roland Garros.