Today was another day of tennis for me in Rotterdam
Second day of qualifying! We were with quite some MTF people too; more than yesterday. I was there with Legolas, Bovenbuuf, Dutchie, Kezzi & Catchie
And, although they were there, we didn't see Eruwen & SuperFurryAnimal
First of all.. The players I saw today
(practising / playing / whatever
Ferrero, Juan Carlos
Anyways, when we arrived, at a bit after half past nine, the cash deck was not open yet and I could not get the tickets that were put there for me. But four of us heard from Kezzi & Catchie, who were already there, that David Nalbandían was practising on Centre Court. So I successfully tried to get in via the player's entrance and me and Bovenbuuf went to watch him. He was looking fine to me, but it was early and he was not in a great mood. Took his time for pictures and autographs though.. We were the only four fans there, at that time!
After that, we headed for the practice courts. There we saw Julian Knowle practising with Rainer Schüttler on Court 3
On Court 1 Ivo Minar was taking on fellow Czech Bohdan Ulihrach and I expected him to win quite easily. I didn't really want to watch this match, so I stayed at Court 3 and chatted with the other MTF people
On court 2, Stanislas Wawrinka was practising with Olivier Rochus. And then....
started to practise on Court 2 with Andreas Seppi
On Court 3, Paradorn Srichaphan & Guillermo Coría replaced Schüttler and Knowle. And Marco remembered me from the previous day and said hi to me
So I watched him practising
When Marco was done, I went to watch the last set of Minar - Ulihrach and I must say that the quality of this match (Ulihrach beat Minar 4-6 7-5 6-3) was very good! I was pleased with the baseline rallies. Minar really made it too hard for himself with some unforced errors, giving Bohdan the break and therefore also the match. Bohdan was extremely solid and had good groundstrokes! I must admit that I expected Minar to qualify and maybe even win a match or two in the main draw, but he wasn't good enough today. But all credit to Bohdan, for being so solid!
The other match that I saw today was Marco's match against Yeu-Tzuoo Wang. Yeu-Tzuoo very much deserved to win the first set (6-3), after the extremely sloppy start from Marco
Marco's backhand was too weak, especially at the start of the match. The Taiwanese played smart tennis by aiming at Marco's backhand. Also, Marco didn't serve well his first serve game and was trailing 3-0 in no time. The rest of the set was characterized by pretty easy service games for Marco, who actually started playing quite well. Yeu-Tzuoo made few errors and has a very boring game! Just keeps the ball in play and uses his power sometimes.. I don't like to watch him play at all.
In the second set, Marco was the better player in my opinion. He had some chances to break too, but he didn't take advantage of them. And then, he got broken
:retard: 6-3 6-4.. So stupid of him! He could have won the set.. Oh well, Marco loses and I will not see him again for quite a while!
Hopefully he'll keep improving. He's got the talent, but he needs to work very hard on his backhand.
I also saw some players practising on centre court, but this wasn't very interesting at all. Just wanted to share the following:
- Juan Carlos opened up after I wished him a belated happy birthday
He was much friendlier after that!
- Dominik Hrbaty desperately needs some deodorant! It's no problem that some people's sweat doesn't exactly smell like haute cuisine, and although technically deodorant is a luxury item, in this case it definitely wasn't!
That was it! I will be going back to Rotterdam tomorrow.. The OOP is quite disappointing, but I will be sure to watch the doubles matches on Court 1. There is also the Meet & Greet with Roger tomorrow! And I won tickets for the evening session, so I will also watch Schüttler - Ferrero and Verdasco - Davydenko!