Well some of you guys might know that I offered myself this week here in Gstaad so far I had a great time.
Here are some impressions.
Well as I was busy monday morning it was about 3 PM till I got to Gstaad.
Thanks to a rain delay I haven't missed that much. Came in time to get JCF autographe as he just was having a autograph session. (Too bad this was the only time I saw him....
Well then I was able to follow Chiudinellys match gee he really had chances to win but Montanes played really good on the big points.
Next up was Stanislas Wawrinka. Guess this guy was nervos as he really did overhit a lot of forhandstrokes. So it was no wonder that he lost this match in straight sets. But also kudos to Ruben this guy is a runner and fighter and has a big forehand too.
Last on was Ivo Heuberger against Stepanek. Well the first set was pretty dominated by Stepanek. Heuberger missed a lot of shots. And I wouldn't have given a dime on Ivo again. That's also why I left after the first set had to go home as I had things to do the next morning.
So I later found out that Ivo managed to win the second set and then lost the third.
Well it was a fun day - exept for Ferrero loosing first round - and I
missed his match becouse I had to do something at home and wasn't in
Gstaad before 1 PM just to find out that he lost...
Oh well at least I saw him yesterday when he had an autograph session.
Wished him good luck for the rest of the season he thanked for it - well
as it looks like it didn't help much...
Too bad for Michel loosing his first round match - he for sure had his
chances to win. Unfortunately he wasn't patient enough to convert his break
chances he had in the third set...
As for Marc glad he won - Pavel really got fustrated about Marcs serve (Gee
what is Pavel going to do when he faces Roddick or Karlovic??)
As for the ceremony for Roger he was sweat as allways (Though I had the
impression that there were less people than there were last year guess the
bad weather was part of the reason for this...)
As everybody else me too was wondering what he'll get this time. (Well guess
the organisers just were kind of forced to gi8ve him something after that
cow thing was that big last year!!) There was this alphorn dou playing a
song not bad but not all that great either as ppl started claping
severaltimes when they weren't finished yet. (Well we were here to see and
hear Roger not alphornmusic ;-) )
Then sure Roger had his go and yes he made a pretty good sound too but
hmmm to be honest either he practiced really hard before that or then
they tricked everybody couse even my brother who played the trumped
wasn't able to make such a clear loud sound at his first go on an alphorn...
The one he got can be splited in parts for transportation (otherwise he
really would have difficulties to carry it arround.
And then he came to play his match. And gee was he on fier!! Poor Tomas
Behrend (gee that guy is actually one of the better looking ones on the
tour!!) whatever he did Roger still had an answer. Just as well it was a
quick match as right after mp was played it started to rain again and play
had to be suspended...
...later on I watched the rest of Karlovic vs. Hernandes well Karlovic won
and will be Rogers next opponent looking forward to this match tomorrow!!
But it might even be harder for Roger to beat this guy on clay... oh well
Saw the upset of Albert Costa against young russian Igor Andreev
yes the one who coused already some headackes at RG. This guy really has a
powerful forehand. At the otherside Casta sort of moved not that great and
seamed to be kind of listless well that was my impression anyways.
The day started with the match Novak against Montanes. Novak breaking
Montanes in the first game to love there everybody was thinking that's going
to be a peace of cake for Novak but gee were we all wrong. As the spaniard
broke back right away and got used to the conditions with every shot. He
then showed what he can do with his forehand. Some great rallies there and
Novak wasn't able to find his rythm till the second set. Still the match
could have gone either way at the end Novak got the better end out of it but
he really had to fight hard for it.
Then I went to see some doubles Peas/Rikl s. Arnold/Garcia not that great
but still entertaining. But the outcome was kind of clear from the
Then went to see the rest of Potito Starace vs Victor Hanescou. As I only
saw the match from the third set on I don't know what was going on before.
But there must have been some arguments as I heard the public booing when
beeing on the other court. Anyways it seemed that the public was behind the
young italian and again a big forehand there but this guy also moves pretty
well he then finally won the match in a pretty clear tb.
Next up was Ruben Ramirez Hidalco (he sort of looks like Feliciano Lopez
only that Lopez looks kind of smoother ) Koubek seams out of rythem for most
of the time. (Unfortunately I have missed his match against Ferrero
yesterday so I can't compare his play between the two matches.) But it
wasn't only Koubeks bad play but more Ruben's great play. That guy is a
fighter and made some great dropshots too. And again a huge forehand. Seams
that this is the weapon of a lot of the young guys these days a powerful
The day ended with a doubles almost pure swiss. Only Schuettler beeing a
semi foreigner As he's living in Switzerland it kind of was team Altstaetten
(Rainer and Ivo are both living there) vs the Romands Rosset and Wawrinka
coming from the french spoken part of Switzerland. And the young Wawrinka
pleased everybody. He made some amazing crosscourt shots and tricked
everybody with it. Sure Rosset served helped as well. Still Wawrinka kind of
was the man of the match. Was good fun watching them and I'm already loking
forward to the match aginst Cermak/Friedl.
Day 4 Thursday
Well unfortunately play has been suspended by rain so Roger will play his match tomorrow and I doubt that Rosset will finish his match today against Stepanek but it looks good for him so far as he won the first set wasn't a good match as the conditions with the wind were kind of hard and it was pretty dark when they played.
The first match between Mantilla and Ferrer was very entertaining. Ferrer really playing good making a lot of dropshots and pushing Felix to the max. Unfortunately he missed some of his many setpoints as he was overpovering his forehand. Too bad still it was a good match.
Not like the one between Schuettler and Meyer. O.K. the conditions were hard as there was kind of a strong wind and it's bee though to play. Still Meyer wasn't that good missed a lot of shots. The match was boring so I left after the fist set. Only to go to have an icecream as Ruben Ramirez Hidalco was serving them
And by the time I had my icecream Schuettler had won his match - so I went to the court exit and got his autograph too. Pretty nice guy I have to say.
Well keep you guys updated tomorrow it'll be a busy day quite a lot of swiss in action so let's keep the fingers crossed for them.