So-- a man began talking to me about federer and Nadal and said that the problem was that Nadal did not have man strength while federer sis have man strength. Nadal had only boy strength and he needed to lift some weights to gaining strength. Federer's man strength is the reason that he has such racquet head speed while nadal lacked racquet head speed. I mentioned that's my people thought Nadal was very muscular. No. It's not man strength. By this time I began to understand these was drunk but since I couldn't easily escape, and because I was truly curious, I asked what he meant by man strength.
Man strength, he declared, was that when a man was over 30 and he bent forward with his upper body, and at this point he demonstrated by rounding his shoulders forward and bent slightly, you felt that he might crush you.
After this explanation I said the only thing I could think of which was nothing at all.
He then launched into a ramble about the Williams sisters and how he was the one who could talk them into returning to IW. Then my opening to leave appeared and I did leave.
And yes Metis, it started raining right after the first semi so I won't hang around waiting. Especially as Rafa will lose to Rogelina anyway. A pity really, not to use the unique chance of not Nole in the final but I guess he only does the finals vs Nole these days.
__________________ Ernests Gulbis in Indian Wells 2013:
"If I finished my career right now I would have a lot of regrets. I would be hearing all my life, 'He was a talented guy but never made it.' I want to be the talented guy who changed his mind and made it."