2012 Wimbledon day 5 round 3 recap
2012 Wimbledon has been nothing short of amazing! For a few minutes there I thought I was going to witness more 2012 Wimbledon history, with the possbility of Roger Federer losing in his third round match against Frenchman Julien Benneteau. That’s pretty much the news from today’s matches at the 2012 Wimbledon championships.
2012 Wimbledon third round match between Roger Federer and Julien Benneteau
Roger Federer’s match was the match to watch today, by a long shot. The Frenchman came out firing, taking the first two sets, with the first being his easiest, 6-4. The second was more ball bashing from the two, the two exchanged breaks in the second set, but it was the tiebreak that decided the fate. Benneteau took the second 7-3 in the tiebreaker. You can imagine how nervous every Roger Federer fan was at this point. My heart was beating extremely fast and my hands shook, could the third set be the end of the road for the great Roger Federer?
Apparently not, Roger Federer came back from the changeover like he was already winning. Federer blasted winner after winner, breaking the Frenchman quickly and efficiently. Roger Federer converted both break chances he had on the Frenchman’s serve. At this point, something sparked the desire of the Swiss; Roger closed out the third set with authority 6-2. The fourth set, I was expecting a steamroll over Benneteau, I was mistaken. The Frenchman, came back and held serve like no big deal. Though Roger Federer was able to hold his serve with more ease. They ended up in a very close tiebreak, where Federer took an early minibreak, only to lose it on the next point. Roger Federer came out on top, winning the fourth set 8-6 in a tiebreak.
I had a very strong suspicion that Federer would ease through the fifth set. Which he did. Immediately taking charge. Roger Federer went on to win the fifth set with two breaks, 6-1; game, set, match. It helped that Julien Benneteau began cramping in the legs, though had they not, I doubt very much that he would have had the energy to carry on and fight for the win.
The whole time I was watching the match, I kept thinking to Nadal’s second round loss; where he was outplayed and outsmarted by a lesser player. Had Roger Federer actually lost, it could have been the “nail in the coffin” to his career. And, perhaps even let the likes of Andy Roddick have a chance at glory for once. Or not, who knows what the consequences could have been if Roger had lost. Your thoughts?
In other 2012 Wimbledon day 5 results, Djokovic advances past Stepanek after dropping the first set 4-6. American Sam Querrey has a big win today, beating Milos Raonic in four sets. Richard Gasquet had an easy match against Spain’s Nicolas Almagro, a straight set victory for the Frenchman. Other victories include, Troicki over Monaco, Youzhny over Tipsarevic; Malisse over Verdasco, Istomin over Falla, and Mayer over Janowicz.
There were no real upsets on the women’s side of the third round of 2012 Wimbledon. Though Vera Zvonareva, who was seeded 12 fell to Kim Clijsters; which is foreseeable but still I’m a little shocked that the Russian retired from the match.