Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Re: Chela vs. Henman, what's the result?
I can understand the question in the first post because Henman's overall record against Argentinians is pretty poor, but Chela is one of his two pigeons (the other one being Gaudio). He also has quite a rivalry with Zabaleta, standing at 4-4, but his combined record against Coria, Canas and Nalbandian is a less than sparkling 3-12. Chubby Chela is just too rigid and uncomfortable in defence when he's rushed by Henman's attacking play, and his insistence on standing miles back on the return simply opens up the angles for Henman and gives him simple putaway volleys. You'd think he would have learnt from the RG match that he needs to stand in more given that at 6'3", he can hardly track down volleys with the same lightning speed as Coria and Canas, but he hasn't managed the transition so far.
The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.
Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?
ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.