"Closing" thoughts on Miami
This event has not been a good one for real estate transactions, as it seems a lot of people have been unable to close. Sets, matches, etc. It's hard to remember a tournament where there were so many failures to "seal the deal" on a daily basis. And these weren't just journeymen having problems, but also top players.
Serena served for the match today, having won 11 straight games, and being in total control, and was broken. In both sets of her semi, she served for it at 5-3, and was broken. In all cases, she immediately rebounded and closed the door in the next game.
Venus served for her quarterfinal match at 5-3 in the 3rd. Broken. She managed to regroup and stay on even terms into the tiebreak before ultimately surrendering.
But many weren't able to "right the ship" immediately. In that same Venus match, Dementieva served for the match in the 2nd set, then proceeded to drop 6 consecutive games before rebounding.
And some didn't rebound at all. When they were in the position to close, not only did they fail to do so, they completely fell apart. Gonzalez collapsed against Coria after failing to close. Moya went into total meltdown against Roddick. Coria received similar benevolence earlier in the week from Benneteux? (sp?).
Were there any other such matches that I overlooked? Remember, the player in question doesn't have to reach match point; just have the opportunity to serve it out.
I can't recall, off the top of my head, a tourney where this has happened so many times. With all of the failures to close, maybe it's a good thing this is called the Nasdaq-100 "Open".