Re: Australian Open 2008
I dont know if David was still injured but someone posted that he DIDNT CELEBRATE HIS BDAY SO HE COULD TRAIN FOR THE AUSSIE!!! Now think about that, he sacrificed so much just for this Aussie right? And just a week before he has major back spasms (very very worrying) that take him out of training for several days, and then he comes to the tournament WELL UNDER-DONE in terms of not only match play, but on court practice and with the thought in the back of his mind that he just had back spasms so hes physically vulnerable.
How demoralising do you think that is? To work so hard and have life through you such a harsh punch in the gut, now I dont know if you guys missed the end of the Luckzak match, but Nalby was Really striking the ball well, he was deadly towards the end, and in saving break points and stuff in the 3rd he was just laser like reminiscent of last year, but then this match with JCF was thrown out, scheduled for the net before and then they tell him at the last moment that its gonna be on early next morning, throws off your rhythmn who knows what time he got to bed and how long he slept, on top of that JCF was playing out of his mind tennis, and he was pushing David on the back foot from the outset. Not only was he smackin winners off both wings with confidence and serving huge, but he was keeping the ball in play as long as possible, even when david was coming up with some great angles and taking JCF right out of it, JCF threw up lots of defensive lobs or whatever he could to stay in the point cos he knew that david wasnt in 100% form to be able to sustain his brilliant shot making for too many points (he also knew that David was pushing his current limits in order to hit those shots).
Finally after losing the first 2 sets, maybe even after losing that first set, one can must believe that David woulda been thinking "how will i be able to cope in 4 sets especially with him playhing like this... or worse 5 sets, can my body hold out? will my back hold out? IF i make it through will this affect the rest of my year"... etc etc
I thought David moved alright but his ball striking was way off, his serve really deserted him, and he showed flashes of his old brilliance but was forced to have to show that brilliance too often, he was tested and just wasnt full prepared for it after that injury. Im glad he lost, maybe coulda done it in better style, but if he got through ferrer is even better at doin what JCF does, and would you really want him to have to work his butt off only to lose badly to the in form players like Nole or Federer?
Im hoping this is a blessing in disguise, he has now just had all that pressure of trying to win, off him, and he can properley rest the injury which wasnt very long ago, and then he can get back to training hard when fully recovered, hes also slipped back under the radar again which is for the best i think (Just hope he is looking at it in the same positive way)