Just when I thought Wimbledon was over. Rain delayed play yesterday for up to 7 hours as only two quarterfinals were completed.
Frank Dancevic defeated Igor Kunitsyn 6-4, 7-6(3) in a match that was stopped and started at least three times before the Canadian came back from 1-5 down in the secondset and eeked out the victory to advance to his first ATP semifinal.
"I feel pretty privileged to be in the semi-final of this tournament being that I was the last guy in the draw," Dancevic said. "I'm a pretty happy guy tonight."
Apparently, he drove from Niagara Falls to Indianapolis at the eleventh hour when he got the call.
Unfortunately, the rain kept all the quarterfinals from being broadcast live. Apparently, the commentators were off at 9:00 PM EST because when Andy Roddick and Hyung-Taik Lee finally took the court at nearly 10:00 PM, The Tennis Channel was showing repeats of the first quarterfinal of the day.
(And even as I type this, the James Blake - Sam Querrey quarterfinal is being played live, but TTC is showing the same old repeat over and over again. What's up with that?)
But anyway. "I'm not used to getting here at 1130 and having to play so late," said Roddick, who didn't finish his match until after midnight. "It's frustrating."
Yeah. Well. How frustrating was this? Andy had these amazing stats (9 aces, no breakpoints faced, winning 90% of first serve points and and 85% of second) and all of a sudden at 5-4 in the breaker with two serves to close out the encounter, he double faulted for the first time in the entire match. He dropped another point on serve (I was scoreboard watching [how fun!] so I had no clue what happened there), saved a set point against serve, but couldn't hang on and dropped the set 9-7 in the breaker to lose his 3rd tiebreak in a row after a record run of 18 straight wins.
Train headed in the wrong direction.
I went to bed. Happy to see this morning that he finished off the match 6-1 in the final set. Why must he continue to make things more complicated than they ought to be?
The bottom half of the draw is officially screwed, since the final four will have to play both their quarterfinals and semifinal today. And we don't get to see the all-American quarterfinal live or Dmitry Tursunov find out what Kei Nishikori is all about, so we're screwed, too.
Tennis. Can't live without it. Can't kill the tournament and network executives.
On the West Coast
Mirza, Chakvetadze, Hantuchova, and Bammer advance to semfinals
Matt Cronin's summary
Across the Pond
Juan Monaco marches on; faces Starace in Kitzbühel final