This is the first time I've been able to actually watch the whole match since it's before I go to work. Impressive. Footwork has improved. Just keep ball in play, wait for Troicki to make the error. As for this nosebleed issue, I have some suggestions for him. I am the queen of the nosebleed. I used to get them daily after recess in school when my blood pressure would skyrocket (before my surgery). I get them in the winter when the air is dry. I get them during allergy season (which is NOW since spring has decided to come early) when I take my allergy sinus spray. He needs to get a small bottle of saline nasal spray. I have a feeling the air inside the arena is dry with the heat on. Then when he does get one, wad up a little bit of tissue, wet it, and stick it under the upper lip in the middle, helps cut it off, then leave it there for an hour or so to keep it from starting back up. It works for me almost immediately.
BTW, when I first saw the giant tennis ball in the corner of the TV screen, I thought it was a giant orange. That's what confused me. It's a strange color or the color I'm seeing on the computer is off.
lol ... sure looks like orange to me, too ... maybe because orange is the Dutch Davis Cup's primary color and is one of the three colors of the flag of the Dutch Republic? ... maybe Carlita can comment? ???
i've seen delpo get those spontaneous bloody noses several times in matches ... seems to be an chronic problem for him, but I agree with you, smitty, that it's probably a seasonal allergy thing, aggravated by the air conditioning inside the building containing the indoor court. i've also seen it happen in the heat of summer.
in any case, Juan somehow always manages to avoid getting blood drips on his shirt, so I guess he's able to tell when it's coming ... he knows enough to keep his head back when it happens, and usually all it takes is some compression (?cotton plug?) inside the nose to stop the bleeding ... of course, the 3-minute limit for the MTO means that controlling it quickly is rather more of an emergency than it would be in an everyday situation. yesterday, the bleeding just wouldnt stop in time, so the trainer had to put some medicine in there looked like it stung pretty bad ... poor baby!
and wouldnt you just know it? It happened again Friday. Del looked like "Oh heck, not again"! ... difference Friday was that some other specialist (?doctor?) came out with the trainer, who did not apply the stinger again ... this time the 'doc' stepped in when the trainer wasnt successful, eventually controlled the bleeding by some kind of pleget that remained in for the rest of the match. ... juan had just stepped out to begin serving at 4-1 in the second set, when he threw back his head, seemed to be petitioning the heavens, turned around, came back toward the umpire, calling for a trainer since he was unable to continue at the moment ...
got a question for ya, smitty: how difficult would it be on the breathing to try to play juan's level of professional tennis with one side of your nose obstructed??????