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Unfortunately, Roger Federer will be headed back to Switzerland to rejoin his recently expanded family after falling to J. Chardy of France in the second round of the BNL D’Italia in Rome, 6-1, 3-6, 6-7. Roger looked quite rusty and Chardy is a tricky match up, (Fed lost a set to him earlier this year in Brisbane). Fed had a match point in the tie break in the third set but Chardy hit an unbelievable cross court running forehand that probably would go in about 2% of the time and saved the match at that moment. Roger likely had flashbacks to a similar scenario in Flushing Meadow when he had Novak Djokovic on the ropes at the US Open and Nole pulled a similar hat trick. Have to say all congrats to Chardy as he really took the match and Roger had a huge number of unforced errors. The conditions were less than favorable as well, very windy with the red clay blowing around the court with winds up to 20 mph. All in all, NOT the match I wanted to wake up this morning and see, (especially with the A/C broken for the second time in less than eleven months in ATL!). Wish Federer could have won and got some good clay court action in this week prior to the French Open but a big ask after pulling out of Madrid and experiencing the birth of his second set of twins with Mirka just last Tuesday. Have to wonder if Mirka was hoping he would go a little further in the tournament? Just kidding…Daddy is on his way home for about ten days perhaps…action gets underway in Paris May 25th. Anyhow, disappointed Federer fan am I but there is much more tennis action underway today. Back with that later as well as my usual Surviving “Paradise” on Wednesday promo!
And I am back! THE match of the day from Rome just finished (finally!), Rafael Nadal over G. Simon in three long sets (0ver three hours). Rafa advances, 7-6, 6-7, 6-2 (Simon just seemed to wear out in the third set). This was far from routine, and I believe Rafa is vulnerable with the French Open coming up. He should have lost to Nishikori last week in Madrid in the final had Kei not succumbed to his injuries (Nishikori is sitting this tournament out and hopefully will be ready for Roland Garros). Anyhow, Rafa is through into the round of sixteen, great match and great effort by G. Simon. Still, late in Rome, Jankovic and Kuznetsova are about to take the court!
Winners today…Tommy Haas in two sets (he will face Wawrinka tomorrow!), Dimitrov in two sets, Berdych in two sets, Andy Murray in two sets, Youzhny and Tsonga, both in two sets. Still, hated to wake up and watch Fed go out in three sets to Chardy.
On the women’s side…winners: Sharapova in two sets, S. Williams in two sets (looking healthy right now), Errani and Ivanovic advanced in two sets, S. Halep needed three sets, and Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens both lost in two sets.
Whew…that was a lot of tennis today!
Now, to the business order of the day…Wednesday…Surviving “Paradise” day. Please check out my book Surviving “Paradise” by Susan Willoch Shaver available at Amazon.com. Follow a southern woman who relocates to a new town full of great expectations only to be met by a ridiculous set of people and circumstances. Check out the Home page at the website along with the Buy the Book page on the menu bar. Thanks!
Tonight, ABC hit Nashville offers its season finale. It is guaranteed to be filled with drama and intrigue. I think there may be a proposal…will it be accepted? Much more in store I am sure. Next Wednesday, 5/21/14, Motive will return in this 10:00 pm time slot on ABC. Until later…enjoy your evening!