Forgive us for being late with updating the blog, but once a tournament takes place, the days are very busy. We’re in the middle of Roland Garros, and we’ve seen several things of Nico so far. It already started on saturday, with a mini match on kidsday against Argentinian player Alejandro Gonzalez. Nico took the set with 6-3, and then spent a while signing many, many autographs for his fans.
Monday was matchday on court number 2 against Kukuskin from Kazachstan. It was a difficult day, with sometimes light rain. The match started more than an hour later, and was stopped for rain once too. Nico in front of his homecrowd is something special, it feels good to be between people who all want him to win the match. The first set lasted 46 minutes and went to Kukushkin with 6-3, but Nico never gave up in the match and won the second set in tiebreak to equal the score. Kukushkin came back to win the 3rd and the fourth set, but not without a good fight from Nico. He seemed nervous, but kept fighting for all the points. In the end of the fourth set it looked like Nico could force a decider, but unfortunately this wasn’t the case. After more than 3 hours of play, the score was 6-3 6-7 6-3 6-4 for Mikhail Kukushkin. Sorry for not tweeting during the match, but internet was not working. :(
Yesterday was the start of the doublescampaign, on the side of Michael Llodra. The opponents were Gael Monfils and Josselin Ouanna. Good decision from the organisation to have put this match on one of the bigger outside courts, number 17. It was packed, not a free seat in the house. Almost all the people supported Monfils and Ouanna, but Mika and Nico thought otherwise and won relatively easy their match in 59 minutes of play. 6-4 6-1 and the two are in the next round to play Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky. Good to see that Mika could actually play, because in his singlesmatch versus Verdasco he could hardly walk in the end.
Then we also have mixed doubles to come,but Nico is not on todays schedule of play so we have to wait one more day to see him back in action. Let us give you some pictures from the week so far, with hopefully much more to come! ;)
Nico fought till the end, keeping himself pumped in his singlesmatch.
On a place where we love to see him, at the net in doubles with Mika Llodra.
The road to London continues, best of luck for the rounds to come!