I was there in Rotterdam
And I think Arno played pretty well. In the second set of the first match I got the idea he already thought he won after that 6-0, so he made it a little difficult for himself. The court was also right next to a training, guess he also was annoyed by the noise and all the people walking around. At that court there's no security to tell people they can't leave when the match is in progress.
Against Ouanna it was difficult to say, UE's on both sides, but also great points
It was played at court 1, no people walking around
Arno wasn't really that nice to the young fans, after the first match he was on the phone with Bruno and he sent everyone away who was waiting for an autograph. My sister and I wanted to get our books signed, so we got a little disappointed at first, but oh so happy when he noticed us. He stopped, finished the call and came over to sign our books and talk a little
(That's how I know he had Bruno on the phone, he said it almost immediately, I guess he noticed I'm a fan of both of them
After the second match he was nice to the kids, guess he doesn't mind to sign autographs when he's still on court
It was horrible to get back home from Rotterdam yesterday. We were at the train station at 18:00 and were home around 24:00. Usually it takes 1 hour and 45 minutes by train. There was a power failure in Rotterdam, Den Haag and Amsterdam, so we had to wait a few hours, finally a train to another city came, arrived there and had to take a bus to yet another city (which still was 1 hour and 15 minutes from home), take the train there to Eindhoven and from there another bus. But I didn't want to take a bus anymore, so I called my mother to come and get us there
I can't go today, so I'll support while watching live scores.
edit: My friend heard Murray say during practice, that he believed the court was slower than last year... It seems they really want Rafa to win
slower court, he could pick the balls...
But hopefully it helps Arno a little bit too