hi there folks, sorry for me intruding!
Have to say, what a fantastic first set did Nicolas play tonight against Rafa!
So much better than I expected. I sorrily underrated you guy, I offer my excuses right here.
And just to say... boy your fellow is indeed dropdead GORGEOUS!!!
Better late, than never to have found out, no? :
When I saw the comments on the poll before the match, I thought, well, these people are obviously either very young or weren't really paying attention around 98/2000. And didn't see his previous matches in this tournament. Then I realised, well, ok, they have a reasonable excuse.
I didn't want to jinx it, because you never know, Nico is 32, very injury prone, so anything could happen, but under normal conditions, I knew he could hold his own against anyone. He has always played smart tennis, and has a very classy touch.
He wasted some chances in that first set, and I think he didn't challenge that volley that landed on the line in the TB because he forgot he could! I may be wrong, but I believe he hadn't played on a CC in a long time, so he had little or no experience with hawk-eye (his reaction when the crowd went crazy after they showed the replay on the screen was priceless!)
But I'm happy that he played such a great tournament, especially because he said in an interview that he would retire this year if he felt he wasn't enjoying himself anymore, having to play qualies, etc. I hope all goes well for him now - no more injuries, plz!