I missed the semi-final action at Indian Wells ATP 1000 tournament this morning.
Djokovic vs. Isner happened too early. I woke up at 430am and checked the ATP Score Update App on my iPad to see that Isner was taking the 3rd set against Djokovic into a tie-break. Shut the iPad but couldn’t sleep. A few minutes later, opened it again and there it was – Isner beats Djokovic 7-6, 3-6, 7-6. Amazingly, Djokovic actually won more points than Isner in the match – 117 vs. 106. But Isner used his serve to win the 2 critical tie-breaks. Very happy for Isner…have been following him since he broke through at the relatively late age of 22 years.
Then came a rain delay followed by Federer vs. Nadal. I didn’t have the courage to watch that. I checked the score online to see that Federer had broken for a 3-0 lead only to lose the break. That was enough for me; I decided I was better off doing the weekend grocery shopping. Came back nearly an hour later to see that Federer was on match point and play had been halted due to rain! Unbearable! But a few seconds later, he served an ace and was through to the final.
The press will refer to this as a revenge final, since Isner famously upset Federer on clay in Switzerland in their Davis Cup tie last month. Should be an interesting match, but I will probably be too tense to watch…