ROLAND GARROS (Grand Slam)
One of the most important tournaments of the season for me. Seeded no. 13
R1: Sousa W 6/2 6/1 6/3
R2: Herbert (WC) W 3/6 6/2 6/2 6/1
R3: Shapovalov (19) L 4/6 6/4 6/3 4/6 8/6
Points won: 90
Rank: 15 (+1)
Recap: Such a disappointment. At the start of the season, RG was one of my main objectives and I wanted desperately to make a deep run there. Unfortunately, things didn't go as planned. First two rounds were tough but against unseeded opponents so no trouble. Even against Herbert whose serve and volleying caused me a lot of trouble for a set. In the third round, a massive opportunity at revenge against Shapovalov. The first two sets were very very close with a single break for each being sufficient. Then he took control of the third with the momentum carried from the second set. The fourth was a battle but I managed to take it to a decider. The fifth is very tough, we both had our chances to break, but as he was serving first he got over the edge and created ultimately, match point. The rest is history.
Frustrating to know that Shapovalov had to withdraw from the next round due to injury. I had a pretty decent draw, to be honest. Sitting in Anderson's quarter along with the likes of Del Potro and Zverev, I really did fancy my chances. Perhaps a little too much.
Well, overall a pretty bad clay court season for me.
But now, it's grass time. And I have low expectations for this one. We'll see how it goes, but the main objective will be to play as many events as posible to prepare Wimbledon and get as many points.
There is hope for the helpless, rest for the weary and love for the broken heart...
There is grace and forgiveness, mercy and healing, He'll meet you wherever you are. Cry out to Jesus!