Hi guys - sorry for the delay in getting back to you - I am only just back from Stoke Park. Originally I was going to come straight home after Feña's match, (I'm not too keen on watching Rusedski who was next on court), but my friend is playing in the Jazz Band there and he persuaded me to stay for a few drinks so I've only just got home.
Anyway - I think everyone here should be proud of Fernando - he really did play well. Have to admit the start of the match was pretty shaky - he lost his opening service game, and although he managed to get the break of serve back, he then lost the tie-break
His forehand was not working at all - it was really erratic, and his serve wasn't so good either. The only good shot was the backhand that remained brilliant throughout the match.
However - things improved rapidly in the 2nd set - he began to adjust to the pace and bounce of the grass court, and from then on he began to take command and played really well - much better than the 6-4 scoreline suggests.
The 3rd set could have been anyone's match to be honest - they both played well as Davydenko began to settle down again. There were a lot of long rallies (not typical grass court tennis at all), and both were serving well too. In the end, I think Feña won because he took his chances more than his opponent who was visibly beginning to tire half way thought the 3rd set. It was a good match though and played in good spirit - the crowd was packed and all seemed to enjoy it and both players did too.
So all in all, I think all Gonzalez fans should be proud of him today - he kept his head and stayed positive, even after losing such a close 1st set, and he stayed pretty focused throughout. I'm not going to lie and say he was 100% brilliant or anything - the adjustment from clay to grass is always hard and of course there were problems and mistakes - but he won and he played well and he can build from here.
I took some photos but I don't have a digital camera (only an old fashioned one), so you will have to wait for me to finish the film and get it developed before I can scan them and post them here. For those that are interested though, he was wearing navy shorts and a white shirt with navy sleeves, and a white baseball cap.
Bye for now.