Nadal d. Tsonga, 6-2 5-7 6-4
Tsonga put up a fight after a series of errors in the 1st set, but Rafa closed him out.
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Having seen intermittent points of the match, before finally settling into the 3rd set, I can only say this match started as an error-fest that eventually rose in its level of quality. Tsonga was making simple errors, which Rafa took advantage of to take the 1st set. However, Rafa’s level dropped in the 2nd set and he looked troubled by his knee as well. The knee has been mentioned as a source of pain in recent days, and Rafa had the trainer out for a massage during the changeovers.
When Tsonga broke to the take the 2nd set, there was a shift in momentum. However, Tsonga was Tsonga. He tightened up and lost focus in the 3rd set. There was a particularly horrendous dropshot attempt as well. Rafa regrouped to take a 3rd set that was very competitive and of higher quality. Twitter was entertaining to follow during this match, as the error-fest brought out the snark in horrified/bemused tennis fans.
Rafa’s now into the SF, where he faces Muzz. This is an open match, given Rafa’s knee concerns and the Lendl-factor behind Muzz.
Monaco d. Fish, 6-1 6-3
Sony Ericsson Open (@SEOpen) March 29, 2012
On his 28th birthday, Pico notched a big win for his career by defeating world no. 8 (soon to be no. 9) Mardy Fish. He now plays the winner of the Ferru-Djokovic match in the SF. This is Pico’s 2nd SF appearance at a Masters tourny. Credit to him for playing so well here. Also, tough luck to Fish, who finally received his Stadium showing, only to play below-par. Patrick McEnroe had some harsh descriptions of Fish’s play.
In the SF, Pico moves on to face Novak, who defeated Ferru in straight sets. Meanwhile, Muzz defeated Tipsy in 3 sets.
Yer Miami semi-finalists:
Pico v. Djokovic
Rafa v. Muzz
Dale & Vamos for Pico & Rafa!!