Game, Steps & Match.
Posted by gauloises1 on February 18, 2011
Milos Raonic: still happening. Fresh from his victory over Fernando Verdasco in the finals of San Jose, the pair met in the first round of Memphis and the result was the same, Raonic winning 64 36 76(5).
Verdasco, with a hint of sour grapes, was less than complimentary:
“For me that’s not a real match in tennis,” Verdasco said. “I hope to play soon against him in clay court to show him what it is to play tennis, and play rallies, and run, and not only serve.”
Saucer of milk, etc. Anyway, Raonic’s run continues after defeating Radek Stepanek tonight in the second round. Steps was on ebullient form, coming up with some superb play to save match points and snatch the second set tiebreak out from under Raonic’s feet, 10-8.
He celebrated thusly.
The third set also went to a tiebreak, but Raonic showed impressive composure to close it out with an ace even when some typical Steps-like antics were employed (going around high-fiving the linespeople at 1-6 down, for example). The Canadian has to be feeling the effects of so many matches now, emotionally and physically, but his confidence is frankly absurd and this mini-tear continues to be so much fun to watch. It may not be real tennis, but it’ll do me.