4-6 6-3 7-6 6-7
After four sets, it’s 2 sets all. A 25 year old American ranked 19th and a 28 year old Frenchman ranked 149 started playing their first round match at 6.18 pm (BST) on Tuesday 22nd June 2010 on Court 18. As the whole world knows by now, it’s Thursday and they are still playing. Obviously the other players around are talking about it.
“It’s unfortunate these guys are going to be a little bit tired tomorrow and the next day… and the next week… and the next month…” grinned Federer
Mahut incidentally is a qualifier having played three matches prior to this one including two five setters. His second match went the distance with the final set going to 24-22.
The match will start again around 3.30 pm (BST) depending on the other matches. In the mean time, Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker is waiting for the winner to play his second round match. The chances that the match is going to be short due to tired players is high – de Bakker himself had a five setter first round match against Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo with the final set going up to 16-14.
Meanwhile, the first groups of the World Cup are done and we have
- Uruguay v Korea
- USA v Ghana
- Germany v England
- Argentina v Mexico
The first two matches will ensure that at least one dark horse makes it to the semi finals. Uruguay, inspite of being two-time champions shall be deemed a dark horse in contemporary football. The second pair of matches involves three former champions – potential mouth watering contests like Germany v Argentina or England v Argentina (with due respect to Mexico).