It's rather amazing just how quickly a game of tennis can change in the space of 15 minutes. I was on the ATP Site tonight watching the live score updates from the Stockholm Open Semi Finals. Australian Bernie Tomich was up against Grigor Dimitrov, a match that the Bulgarian perhaps was expected to win comfortably.
Bernie lately though seems to have got his act together and this match looked like one that he felt he had a bit of a chance in. After a 6-3 first set win to the favored Bulgarian World number 11 Tomic was cruising at 5-2 in the second and deuce on Dimitrov's serve, just two points from a third set showdown. From memory the match clock was showing one hour and six minutes .
At one hour and nineteen minutes the match was over , 6-3, 7-5 to Dimitrov. Was it the fact that Tomic felt he could have or should have taken that set at 5-2 up then started the final set on his serve or did he simply tighten up ? Either way the game of tennis has a way of sorting the men from the boys especially when the match gets to a time of high stakes decision making.
It's why the best are the best and the rest, well, they are just that , the rest, and there's a lot of em........