Report 12 April 2011
My train was late, so I missed Richard's warm-up, just saw him leaving the court on the other side, I had a long chat with French friends and then I went to CC not to miss anything, Richard was tense against Istomin, but he grinded it out, I had my banner up, but the gentlemen next to me complained about it, he said he doesn't want to be filmed, even if there were no cameras on the other side.
Luckily other people told him to shut up and encouraged me to go on, after his win I went to see Davydenko-Haase on a small court, great to watch a match so close, Haase could be dangerous in the future.
Then it was time for Richard's doubles, Ljubcic is such a reassuring presence, in the beginning Richard touched his back and looked a bit worried, I don't think it was an injury, though, just stiffness after his long match before, but the longer the match lasted, the better his play became. They looked good together, Ljubicic very reliable on serve and return and Richard with some good net-play and wearing Almagro down on the BH side; It was so much more comfortbale to watch than the singles match. Richard won't play tomorrow.