Today I went to the tournament in Rotterdam. I was lucky enough to get in for free.
At 11am I met up with the lady who got me in. We went for a quick drink in the VIP village and then I went to watch tennis. I met up with Francine on the practice courts. Andreev was warming up with Davydenko. Some of the doubles players were on the court next to it, but as always I donít remember who they are.
Berdych was playing against Soderling on centre court, but that wasnít interesting imo. After Andreev Sluiter came to practice. He was followed by Coria and Ferrero who hit for like 30 minutes. Ferrero actually took time to sign for fans, but stupid me didnít go take a pic with him or get his autograph.
After that practice session I went to centre court where Srichaphan and Andreev were about to start. I watched a few games and left again. It was a bit boring. The rallies were nice, but there were also some silly errors. I knew it was going to be a long match when both players had chances and didnít take them.
Back to the practice courts where Nalbandian was with his coach. He was hitting with Schalken. They played some games and then Schalken left. He also took the time for fans. Nalbandian is popular in Rotterdam and many people wanted his autograph. He obliged, but asked us to be quick.
I took a pic with him and after that he left.
There was a doubles match going on on court 1. Grosjean and Llodra played against Suk and Vizner. They were in an exciting tie-break when we wanted to go there, but we had to wait till it finished. Llodra showed how good he is in doubles, but it wasnít enough to win. There were some great points being played and I have to say I would not want to be on court against him. They play dangerous tennis!!! We left after Llodra lost his serve half way through the second set and went back to centre court. We did hear him swear in French first.
Andreev and Srichaphan were in a third set. It was 4-3 I think when we came in. The match was getting more exciting as the end was near. Srichaphan put the pressure on Andreev and managed to get match points on his serve. Both match points were second serves of Igor and long rallies followed. Paradorn made an error on the first mp, Igor on the second. I would have liked to see Igor win, but maybe next time.
Next up were Coria and Sluiter. The match started immediately after the other one and we stayed for the first set. Raemon started nervous and Guille took advantage of it by breaking in the first game. The first set had some great rallies and nice points, but Guille was the better player. He served well and didnít whine at all. Heís a great player to watch imo.
After that set we went back to court 1 to see Johannson (Thomas). He won the first set 6-2 and was trailing 4-1 in the second. I watched two games before checking the practice courts. Federer was there with an unknown (for me) French speaking Swiss player. Heís even great in practice. They played some points and they were nice. I got my pic taken with him afterwards. Rogi is smart, he came out to practice while all people were watching the local hero on centre court.
We headed back to court 1 to finish that match. Thomas was leading against Beck in the third set. Beck is a cutie and he looked so sweet. He got a bad line call against him and couldnít forget about it. The umpire was Dias I think and he didnít do anything about it. Beck smashed his racket, but it didnít break. He needs to meet up with Marat I think. Thomas won and then we found out Coria had just won as well.
Some doubles players were practising, so was Wessels and Nalbandian came out again. Other players I saw today:
Rochus and Dent practising together.
Stepanek was around all day. Watching, practising, watching, practising,Ö
Hrbaty getting dressed on court. I like looking at men, but sometimes they show too muchÖ
Kiefer practised in the morning.
Verdasco was there. He seems to have a pretty gf.
I have no pics cause I took even worse pics then last year. And yes it was with my new camera.
Iíve got a ticket for tomorrow evening and for Wednesday. They arenít good seats, cause the tournament is pretty much sold out. Iíll go sit wherever and Iíll notice when Iíll be sitting in someoneís place.