SAP Open 2nd Rd
Nieminen v Berdych 82% @ 1.333, Pinnacle
Nieminen ei nyt siinä kunnossa, että pärjäisi Berdychille. Ihan en saa Berdychin suoraan 0-2 voittoon prossia, koska ei tsekkikään nyt missään hirveässä vireessä ole ollut. On pystynyt voittamaan Jaken joka kerta aiemmin (neljä kohtaamista), enkä näe muutosta tälläkään kertaa. Keskimmäisen erän Vatta saattaa napata - jos sitäkään. Suomalaisen blogikirjoituskaan ei nyt uhoa mitään taisteluintoa - enemminkin väsymystä.
"Greetings from San Jose! I have been in four different continents in one week... that's pretty rough. I came here last Thursday, before that I was in Finland for one day, four days in South Africa to where I flew from Australia. I wanted to come here as fast as possible after losing in Johannesburg. I got good flight connections and was able to go home and change my summer clothes to some warmer ones (because it's quite cold here) and sleep in my own bed for the first time this year (for one night).
Since I came here my body and game has felt good, normal again. I played my first round match yesterday against Lars Poerschke, he got a wild card to the tournament. I beat him 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. I didn't know Poersche well before, I had just seen his name in the challengers. Harri and Kobra (they played the qualifying here) just told me that he has a good serve.
Even though I lost the first set, I didn't underestimate him in the beginning. Every tennis player knows that so many players can play really well nowadays and the marginals are small. Latest examples are Berrer and Robert (they played the finals in Tour Events in Johannesburg and Zagreb last week). I just played against them in small challenger finals in the end of last year (Jersey and Salzburg).
I had quite a lot of chances to break Poerschke in the first set but I couldn't get any of them. So it could have been 6-2 or 6-3 set for me as well. I just played extremely bad in one of my own service games, two double faults and two unforced errors, that cost the first set.
I'm not satisfied with the way I played, but I'm satisfied with how I turned the match around after a very frustrating first set and then won the other sets quite easy. I will play against Berdych tomorrow. Today I'll play doubles with Chardy against Sela and Istomin."
Enimmäkseen tasapanostus, 1% kassasta.