x a million
I watched the entire match on tv, and OH, it was heartbreaking!! He came soooo close during the tiebreak. THREE MATCHPOINTS!! It doesn't get any closer...And after Nalbandian won set 2, I felt so horrible cause Tim looked so tired and drained afterwards. The poor guy.
Tim's serve wasn't quite here today, unfortunately. His first serve percentage wasn't too great, so Nalbandian could attack - and did - Tim's second serve. Umm...what else? Tim came to net a lot, but I think points won at net was only high 50s - low 60s I would guess. There were flashes of Tim's brilliance, but it must have been the sheer heat having an effect on Tim. I mean, it was an oven out there, I would think. But, Nalbandian played a solid game, and I guess we have to give him credit. However, the TSN commentators were saying that both Tim and Nalbanidian were playing smart. It's nice to know that at least Tim's thinking about his shots and doesn't NOT have a strategy of some sort.
Oh, also there was this point during the first set where Tim missed a volley (I think it was a drop shot fom Nalbandian, can't remember) but Tim was pissed, and he blasted a ball right out of Centre Court and got a warning!! Then, after losing the second set, apparently he pointed his racket somewhere, and the commentators said that Tim might've yelled an obscenity, but got no warnings. Whew. Oh and he got I think1 or 2 foot faults. Nalbandian got a few, too...
I feel bad for Tim, though. I mean, with Hewitt out and all...But good luck in Cinci, Tim. We're rootin' for ya!