Thanks a lot for all your reports and pictures!
Did you manage to watch Paulo's match?
Yep, of course, how can i miss his matches
It's such a pity that he lost in the 1st round. He showed good status in the training session I have to say, so I really expected that he could take that match. But the truth is Ljubicic made full preparation and took the right strategy against him. It seems Paulo always has the problem of coping with the slices, so Ljubicic sliced a lot and changed the match rythm frequently which caused Paulo made a lot of errors. He was influenced at the early break in the beginning of the match, and used a lot of time to adapt the rythm. Ljubicic also kept the good and stable serving which made his serving games very difficult to break. Paulo did have chance to take the 1st set when he broke back and drag it into TB, and he was angry at himself when he lost that TB. It's a good fighting that he won the 2nd set back, but when he was broken first in the 3rd set, and Ljubo still kept powerful serving, the match became very difficult for him then. We all cheered for him a lot and a little bit sad when he lost, but that is life.
He was very unlucky to have some wrong linecalls, and some of them are quite fatal.
I also watched his doubles match with Mica. Well....the match is.......horrible
He was quite down at the beginning of the match, still influenced by the single lost. I heard Mica told him: "Allez Paulo, motivé!" They talked a lot in the match, and then seems he felt better and smiled again. But, Mica even played worse then him
. And you all know that these two didn't keep any of their serving games, and the only two games they won were breaking the Kubot/Marach
Paulo played some nice lobs and drops at the end of the match, and the people applauded a lot, then he laughed with Mica. So even they lost such a bad match, I think Paulo felt much better after that. Mica and he still sign a lot of autographs for the people. Hope he can cheer himself up
The masters 1000 still waits for him ahead.
I've been back to Shanghai yet, very tired these days, but happy except the match result
I will upload my pictures for Paulo to flickr including the training session and the matches and share them with you when I finish that.