Today, I saw the beginning of Youzhny/Isner.
Isner's big serve was there, but Youzhny was just chipping it back into play, neutralizing the serve. I left around 4-3, but it was very high quality tennis. I saw the end of Verdasco/Mayer
, which left me feeling terrible for Mayer (who was a good sport however). Fernando must have signed for everyone on the court haha!! I just missed getting a photo by a bit though (wrong place at the wrong time haha)
Then I saw the end of Dancevic/Duclos vs Davydenko/Kunitsyn
. It was good quality doubles, and the match tiebreak was super exciting. It's all kind of a blur now, but Frank was really happy with the win, as was Pierre-Ludo. Frank said, "wow, 90 ATP points, I think I have a doubles ranking know"
He posed for a photo with me
Then it was Robredo/Petzschner
. I didn't know Phil, but he has a really nice game. I love watching Tommy though. It was a really even match, neither leaving the other too much ground to work with. Tommy was super frustrated at the end of the match I could feel, Phil's serve came through in the crucial moments of the match.
I saw Youzhny
win against Isner then; he was so pumped you could hear him from Robredo's court.
He did the typical salute and signed autographs for the fans, he was visibly super happy.
finished a practice and posed with me
They were talking about buying acres of land.. ????? Quite confusing !! Zimonjic/Nestor
were also practicing. Nestor looked winded a lot, and I'm wondering if he's injured as he said. He didn't look 100% today, but you never know by watching practices. They both signed this newspaper clipping I had from when they defended their Wimbledon title, they both smiled when they saw it. Super cute!
We watched the end of Hanescu/Kohlschreiber
as well. Hanescu just has a booming serve, what can I say! The guy never quits. Phil was playing well, but Viktor just let no ground up on his serve. He was very pumped up at the end of the match, he posed for a super cute photo with me
Then it was time for the match of the week in my eyes (mostly because I'm such a big fan of all the players): Aspelin/Hanley vs Lopez/Verdasco
. Wouldn't you know it, I was sitting right next to the Spanish camp (who were loud and never ceased talking
) The rallies were of the highest quality, the serves unrelentingly fast; some of the shots they hit in the rallies were outstanding. The crowd was capacity; we were ooohing and awwwing like you wouldn't imagine. I love Fernando and Feli, but everyone was cheering so much for them that I had to cheer on my guys Paul and Simon. I felt terrible for Paul/Simon when they lost, they were visibly upset at not having capitalized in the tiebreaker. But Feli/Fernando really wanted to win this one, you could tell. Today confirmed what I knew: Simon and Paul are really, really good doubles player. I had never seen Simon play live, but he's just a wiz at the net and his serve is AWESOME. (which is why he's my favorite doubles specialist
) Paul is also handy, quick with his hands. They just lost by a thin margin today (mostly due to the Spanish having more aces at bigger moments). But I am confident that on a good week they can win a Grand Slam together.
I watched Ullyett/Soares vs Petzschner/Dlouhy
after. Kevin/Bruno were playing well, but Lukas was just ON FIRE and so was Phil. Phil's serve boomed as usual (his service games took under a minute) and Lukas was very agile and quick with his hands today. KBruno let up a little bit at the end when he needed to be on his feet the most, and he left the match visibly upset. But Phil and Lukas were ECSTATIC. Phil posed for a photo with me and Lukas said "Smile, eh?" and he said "I am ALWAYS smiling" (and indeed he was... but unfortunately I had left my zoom on my camera so the photo looks blurry
was good while it lasted... quite short. The crowd from CC had come over only to leave.
But I did walk into Melzer/Coetzee vs Bhupathi/Knowles
. After the first set, they let us come down so I was in the second row behind the baseline. That is just an AMAZING seat, I cannot describe it, you feel as if you are right behind the player as they hit... I'm still dazed. The match was good quality, but Jurgen would miss shots and lose his mental. He put too much pressure on himself tonight. He even had a little outburst that Mahesh was receiving for every deuce point (all the while Jurgen was always receiving for the deuce points too
It was an odd exchange between the four players) On the way out, Mark posed with me (but I had to take the photo myself - luckily I didn't miss, and with the flash and the lighting it turned out the be one of the best photos I've gotten this week!
Until tomorrow, adios!