It's okay to be pessimistic.. Then you can only be pleasantly surprised.
Perfectly phrased. I've always brought that attitude to Nadal matches. For some reason I get more optimistic about my lower-ranked faves, like Gilles and Ernests on the men's side and Szavay
and Radwanska on the women's.
Gilles has been fun to root for and follow in general (thoughtful and likable in interviews and always a pleasure to look at) this year. I don't think that many people outside of you guys thought he was going to break through at the start of '08. But you could tell from his Australian match with Nadal that he had a good year in store.
If he gets through the first round, things look good in Metz.