You're all welcome.
Originally Posted by Truc
Merci! We're lucky to have you because I'm not impressed by the photo gallery of the official website.
I really have to go to Roehampton one day to see how it goes with those courts so close to each other and without any separation. Isn't the game often disturbed by balls flying over from the match on the next court? It must be like hell to play next to a Gaël-like player constantly retrieving balls out of his reach.
No pics of "Magic" JR?
About play being disturbed by having the courts together, yes it does happen quite often, one match I was watching, when the other court started warming up serves, the players had to strop play and they were literally catching the serves on their court as the balls came down. Also Chiudinelli requested to the supervisor during his match that there was no way he would have doubles start next to him (the doubles players had just finished warming up), so they sent them to another court. It's a lovely intimate atmosphere at Roehampton but sometimes it's a little too close for the Player's comfort.
Unfortunately no, I only saw him briefly on Tuesday (haven't actually uploaded any pics from Tuesday yet) and I was too enamoured with his wonderful argument with the umpire.
OK, here are some notes on Adrian's match yesterday, please note these are not that informative since when I allow myself to get emotionally involved I forget details more easily.
Arrived at 1-1 in the 2nd set and watched till end. Initially Kavcic wasn't too impressive in any department and was doing little with the ball. Meanwhile Adrian was trying to expose Kavcic's inability to move forward by playing those 'signature' dropshots again. This was visibly pissing Kavcic off, unfortunately I don't understand Slovenian but he looked about to 'spit his dummy'. Adrian was coasting through the 2nd set in the end, unsing all the angles of the court and driving Kavcic into errors, looking goof off both FH and BH. Kavcic recovered his game more in the 3rd set and this combined with Adrian losing the ability to make a 1st serve meant the 3rd set was a more hard fought battle, with both players exchanging breaks of serve (the game where Adrian got broken had some bad errors including a DF and a awful missed smash with an open court, luckily Kavcic didn't play a great game afterwards to gift the break back).
There was no love lost between the players by this stage and they were each winding each other up (it was sarcasm vs bad temper of Kavcic, would have really boiled over if it went to 4
). Adrian had taken on an almost sarcastic tone in his 'disbelief' at some good shots by Kavcic. At one point a FH passing shot by Kavcic totally wrong footed Adrian and as he tried to trun for it and failed to get it, he ended up right in my face. So he said towards me; "Bien joue, oui" about the play, in a sarcastic/frustrated tone (note: I was speaking to him on Tuesday and being 'audibly supportive' hence why he was 'acknowledging' me I guess). I just said 'ouias' then and allez
because he seemed to be looking for some support and encouragement. All through this set he was having blatant coaching discussions with his Father, not sure he'll get away with that during Main Draw.
He certainly needed to problem solve though his main problem was getting tight with the finish line in sight. At 5-6 30-30 on Kavcic's serve, Adrian was so frustrated he lay down on his back and kicked his legs in the air like a toddler having a tantrum, alas I couldn't hear what he was saying/whining because he was on the opposite side of the court from me. Adrian recovered/controlled his frustrationjust in time to play a good TB to finish the match finishing with a lovely FH touch volley. When he got the minibreak to go 4-2 up, he was so pumped up that he ran all the way to the other side of the court, fistpumping, it reminded me of Nadal (the way he sprints to the back of the court after the coin toss or to his chair after a good game).
Overall it wasn't as good a performance as his match against Robert but Robert was a much tougher opponent with more weapons, so his performance was still enough for today. It was still really entertaining to watch, on a personal note I could watch Adrian just hit balls all day because his strokes on both sides are so nice to watch and his touch shots are nearly always great as well. It was also entertaining for the needle and the stressed out rants in French/Slovenian respectively. Adrian at one stage was describing every play and shot that he was trying to make, especially when they missed (when Florent was coaching). 'Use your head' was a common yell of anguish. It was emotional and I let myself share in the emotion too much, so I had to stop myself audibly cheering at one point since I didn't want to mess with his rhythm- but he came through and made his First Grand Slam Main Draw by right.
I'm really happy to have 'shared' this moment.
Now to do it all over again at SW19, allez.