It's several hours now that the final is over and I'm home for some time but I'm still under that incredible shock of all those MPs saved. Woohoo!!But, let's begin with the beginning.
We have had to wait a bit because Melzer needed, and of course, deserved his break, after his lost singles final. So, a part of the crowd has moved out of the place, and some didn't come back. Poor beings. They've missed something. Sad for them.
Anyway, when Fab & Richie entered the court, you can easily imagine the ovation they received. And they appreciated. The mood was relaxed. The players seemed ok. But Melzer/Knowle is a very good doubles team, used to work together for long now, so the 1st set has been pretty tough for our 2 Frenchies. Richard seemed a bit tense as he made some errors he didn't do yesterday. But Fab kept relaxed. You could see that even if they had lost the 1st set, he was still confident. And there have been some funny moments too. For instance, on Fab's serve, Carlos Bernardes called his serve "let" twice in a row. The pb is that we all had seen that the ball didn't absolutely touch the net. Anyway, Fab looked at Carlos and said "Carlos, don't you need glasses, do you?"
And even Melzer and Knowle played that little game, as on the following point, Knowle's ball touched the net. And he immediately addressed Bernardes, saying " hey, this one touched it, have you got it?" The 2nd set turned out right for our 2 boys, as they could volley better than in the 1st set, and their opponents seemed to have some low time. So, here comes the match tiebreak. Things got worse from the very beginning. The Austrians found their good 1st serves back and Richard made some bad mistakes at the worst moment. Which quickly led to that incredible situation of Melzer/Knowle having 6 MPs -leading 9-3. The atmosphere in the stands was electric. And this is where Fab the Magician came into action. He made some great passingshots only him knows how they come that way. Richard felt stronger straight and also made some great points. We were all standing up in the stands. Even officials, along the fence, couldn't stand still. Boutter was jumping!!
Our guys erased those 6 MPs, and confirmed the 1st one they got as soon as they could. The whole crowd exploded. Both Fab & Richie looked so happy to have made it that way.
In their speeches, they both said that it had been a great experience and that they might do it again in some other events.