Silent No More
Posted by gauloises1 on November 12, 2009
Put away the mint sauce, rename the Tricolore the United Colours of Benneteau, and tell Agassi his record is safe for now, because Julien “the Lamb” Benneteau has beaten Roger Federer in a three-set thriller, 36 76(4) 64.
This was quite seriously the best match I’ve seen in ages. I couldn’t look away. I didn’t think Federer played badly at all, frankly; he served at 70-something per cent and while there were errors, we’ve all seen worse. But Benneteau was quite simply spectacular. It reminded me slightly of the Soderling-Nadal match at Roland Garros, where I kept thinking that the upstart couldn’t possibly keep up the level of play he was showing. And yet he did. Driving that cross-court backhand, serving quite brilliantly, and stunning touch at net. Loved it.
The match ended on a slightly odd note when Federer challenged Benneteau’s match-winning ace, but it was to no avail and Julien’s reaction was something to see as he dissolved in tears in front of his home crowd (who were, it must be said, amazing). So no Bercy title once again for Federer, who now has a good ten days or so to prepare for the WTFs, a famous victory for Benneteau, and the match of the day/week/month for the rest of us. Good stuff all round.