A French Open Grand Slam tournament rarely ever goes by without scheduling mistakes, upsets in each round and intriguing play all day long—and this year's tournament hasn't disappointed.
The day has ended, and we are left on tenterhooks—the Novak Djokovic-Juan Martin del Potro match is still in the balance, and it is both players' to lose.
Novak Djokovic's strength this year has been his consistency. Reeling off win after win, title after title—he has reversed the status quo. He finds himself locked at a set all with Del Potro—but there should be no cause for alarm. He has beaten the world's best, time after time, against the odds—surely there is no need to worry. Certainly, at least, this will be what his camp is telling him.
They will remind him to keep his calm, his composure and his belief in himself—they will remind him of Del Potro's recent illnesses and of the restraints these will put on his performance. There is no doubt that Djokovic is the favorite—the adversities he has faced and overcome this year put him in pole position to wipe away the smear of the loss of the second set. As well, he is the form player on the tour.
His opponent, Juan Martin del Potro, won't let it stop him anyway.
Although Del Potro's run to Roland Garros hasn't been the most star-spangled of the big guns, he has had a pretty decent 2011. He won at Delray Beach and Estoril, and these wins will have upped his confidence after being away from the game and the elite division for so long.
He finds himself tied at a set all with Djokovic, and he will be very pleased with what he should consider a job well done. After losing the first set, to most viewers it would've seemed that the match was heading for a straight sets Novak Djokovic victory—but not if Del Potro had anything to do with it.
He was able to raise his level and find consistency with his first serve. I've always believed that the person who would end Djokovic's streak would have to be more consistent than Djokovic himself.
This may well hold true.
Tomorrow, the match will recommence, and both players will be looking to make a quick start—one just feels that the winner of the third set will be favorite for the match, but only time will tell.
Roland Garros has thrown up some interesting stories, headlines and quirks. It has also managed to perpetuate what is probably destined to be the best match of the year so far, for the viewers' prolonged enjoyment.
Novak Djokovic vs. Juan Martin del Potro: Who do you fancy for the win?