Originally Posted by Neely
They were booing him and quite mean to him and they didn't only cheer for Clément, but rather against Kiwi. But IMO it's to a very big part his own fault, I think he (intentionally or not) egged on the crowd with some of his emotions and he had gestures, C'MONs and fist pumps on celebrating some points. The people probably must have thought it's only show or fake to piss them off because he wanted to show off his good points he made against a French player. And not to forget... he also sweared at bad points and he threw his racket
I'm sure he could/should have solved it better and such behaviour can make you lose badly as well (remember so many times he was upset about something and lost?), but at this day it was his way to protect himself from 14000 people against him and I'm still very glad that he could withstand the pressure and WON.
However, the final point, his first match point was beautifully played at the end and before it was a long rally. After Kiwi won I couldn't hear a c'mon, but he raised his arms towards his box in the stands. This was a great picture
Against Andreev, I normally see the end coming because Andreev is a very good and agressive player when he has a good day. But maybe a miracle happens!
Thanks for this explanation, Neely
. I was over at the Arnaud thread and someone posted about Kiwi being an ass. I only laughed because he's not always the sweetest person. On court and off-court. Oh no...it means he's human
I am kind of surprised that the crowd would be so hostile though. Aren't they aware that Kiwi is half-French (his Mom
). Then again, if he was egging them on then maybe he needed that fire in the belly if NoNo was playing so slow. Kiwi likes to play fast and it bothers the hell out of him to play at a slow pace. I know that I don't need to tell you guys this but just thoughts that I've had. Class has been keeping me away from the boards
RG and last week of class end at the same time
I'm just glad that he didn't lose total concentration along with the match. They didn't show not one point of this match on TV either. It was horrible!! Best match of the day!! Absolutely loved all those photos that came out.
TV coverage will be horrible this weekend so I don't expect to see even a highlight