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Your Call, 2.10 02/10/2009 - 1:17 PM

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by Pete Bodo

Hey, how about that call on the USA squeezing out a Fed Cup win? You know, it was hardly on the media radar, and in the grand scheme of tennis things, it probably isn't destined to be what they call a "historic moment" when compared to, oh, Spain's upset of Argentina in the 2008 Davis Cup final, but I guarantee you this: these American girls who turned back Argentina over the weekend are ecstatic, and none more so than Melanie Oudin. After all, she provided WTA staple Gisela Dulko with some pretty firm opposition in the first match, only to lose. Then, in her second match, she endured a 2-6 nightmare of an opening set only to claw her way back into the match and win in three. The comeback win ensured that the tie would go the distance, decided by the final match - the doubles.

Pause a moment to appreciate this: Jill Craybas got the USA off to a good start by hammering Jozami, two-and-one. Oudin then had to play Dulko, with pretty much nothing to lose. Dulko is no. 44 in the world; Oudin no 147. Dulko was playing an underdog to try to keep Argentina's chances alive in the tie, while Oudin could swing from the heels, knowing the USA had a match in hand. If it was a high-stress situation, but only for Dulko. But within 24 hours, it was a different story indeed.

Dulko handled Craybas with ease in the third singles of the tie, so Oudin had to meet Jozami with the US on the brink of elimination. Okay, on paper Jozami had to be the nominal favorite; after all, at no. 134, she was ranked 13 places above Oudin. But the reality on the ground was that Oudin was looking at a winnable match, against an equal, with her team's survival on the line.

The funny thing about "pressure" is that it's something felt equally by all players. The degree of pressure that a David Nalbandian faces upon meeting a Fernando Verdasco, or Nikolay Davydenko encounters when he squares off against James Blake, is no different in intensity or substance than what Oudin must have felt before playing Jozami. You don't feel less or more pressure depending on your status, unless it's notably higher or lower than that of your opponent, or some extraneous factor comes into play. And let's face it, one of the reasons top players are ranked where they are is because of their superior ability to handle pressure - not because there is any more or less of it. Pressure is all about the conditions, and the degree of pressure is created by a potentially volatile mixture of temperament, the match-up, and whatever vibe is in play - in this case, the whole cluster of issues that arise from an international, team competition.

And on that playing field, it's pretty easy to forget that when it comes to any competitive athlete, there's a point where it doesn't matter who is - or isn't - watching. It isn't about the hype, and it isn't about the press. It isn't about the endorsements, and it's not about size of the trophy. It's about you, the team, (vaguely) the nation you represent and, in a small way, about the record books. You go into the books as someone who pulled your team and nation through a tough but winnable tie, and it's. . . sweet. Oh, so sweet! And at some level that we fans and pundits easily ignore because we're so focused on Roger and Wimbledon, Serena and the Masters Series, Rafa and the Davis Cup final, this matters in a way we can understand, but rarely sit back and appreciate.

But this, in a nutshell, is also why people like Melanie Oudin (and Betina Jozami, for surely there will come a time when the shoe is on the other foot) continue to play this game, despite triple-digit rankings, and it's the moments like these when the differences between them and Serena and Ana and Maria are, well, irrelevant. The truth of the matter is that a Wimbledon final is played a few thousand times each year on the tour, on clay, indoors or out, by individuals destined never to decorate the cover of Tennis magazine. Every once in a while, conditions congeal to create a special moment of importance - a break from but also a payoff for all those hours of frustration, tedium, matches whose significance, win or lose, is pretty hard for anyone - including the person experiencing it - to fathom.

But there's also this: Players exist to be found by moments like the one that located Oudin on Sunday, and such moments will enable them to look back on their careers one day and allow them to feel satisfied, to say something like: Yeah, it was tough, I always felt the blow of a setback like a slap in the face, and I know the sting of defeat. But it was worth every hour and ounce of effort I put into it.

So let's share Melanie's moment here, and also acknowledge first-time Fed Cupper, Julie Ditty, who joined with reliable Liezel Huber to clinch the match with a fine performance against Dulko and Jozami in the doubles. Happy 30th birthday, Julie! Here's to hoping it was, indeed, worth the wait.

Any further questions on this, just address them to the ultimate Fed Cup warrior, Flavia Pennetta. But she's a story for a different time. Enjoy the tennis, everyone. I am working on a red-meat coaching post, which I may or may not get done today. Stay tuned, enjoy the tennis and leave your always insightful comments below.


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Posted by neil in toronto 02/10/2009 at 07:19 PM

LOL gas station fail, and cable fail are AWESOME!!

Posted by Sherlock 02/10/2009 at 07:22 PM

100?

Posted by Sherlock 02/10/2009 at 07:23 PM

Aw, nuts. I went away from the computer for too long and missed my grand moment.

Posted by avid sports fan aka Sigh-Rena *back at work* 02/10/2009 at 07:24 PM

in case you missed this from the previous page ;-)

Serena receives Kids Choice Award Nomination for Favorite Female Athlete.

Serena and Common still an item ;-)

More Serena news, check the link below
http://simplyserenawilliams.blogspot.com/

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war 02/10/2009 at 07:25 PM

LOL neil, yes they are. :)

I used to work in a petrol station, but nothing like that ever happened to a customer. Pity, it was a very boring job, LOL. It should've happened to the idiots who would light up a cigarette while putting petrol in their car, and then shout at me when I went out to shout at them.

on the other hand, maybe that would've been too risky a way to have stopped them. ;)

Posted by ptenisnet 02/10/2009 at 07:26 PM

thanks nT. funny indeed.

Posted by Annie 02/10/2009 at 07:26 PM

naughty: your 5:56 was a hoot! Guys whoop and piddle? you cannot be serious! I thought that was strictly a girl thing.

*off to watch these videos..will they pass the piddle test?*

Posted by Rachael 02/10/2009 at 07:27 PM

Sher - Roddick's quote was from his pre-SAP presser.

http://www.sapopentennis.com/news/news.asp?story_id=269

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/10/2009 at 07:27 PM

lol Sherlock..typepad fail

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/10/2009 at 07:28 PM

Annie at a certain point we are all prone to bladder fail.

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/10/2009 at 07:30 PM

boy as a tall leftie, with not a bad game Bellucci should be a tad higher in the rankings and definitely on the radar as a bit of eye candy

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!) 02/10/2009 at 07:37 PM

lol - ok - failblog is the bomb. i am currently hysterical over snowdriving fail.

soon to move on to 'poledancing fail'.

oh hail. tennis. uhm. reeshard lost?! wtf? payback for reeshard making ph play davis cup....

Posted by Sher 02/10/2009 at 07:37 PM

>100?


LOL

Thanks a lot Rachael!

bye guys

Posted by neil in toronto 02/10/2009 at 07:39 PM

drainage fail is amazing as well...failblog taking over

backhand fail is cute for tennis fans.

Posted by Amit 02/10/2009 at 07:39 PM

Crazyone,

I also think Federer's BH held up very well through sets 1-4. Actually, his defense was the best I have seen in a while for 4 sets.

About his shots to Nadal's BH - very heavy slice that keeps low to Nadal's BH (not FH, those get killed). Nalbandian and Murray both use this against Nadal as well. It takes away options from Rafa.

Rosangel,

As Pspace said, it is a matter of being a front-runner vs someone who grows as the match progresses. Rafa prefers the latter, and his match scores reflect it often. He is seldom with his back against the wall in any real terms though.


Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war 02/10/2009 at 07:41 PM

Drainage Fail is scary.

Snow Driving Fail is what would happen to me if I had to drive in the snow, LOL.

Posted by Sher 02/10/2009 at 07:43 PM

Rachael,

Do you know how to get to any other interviews on that SAP site? I couldn't find a link...

Posted by Annie 02/10/2009 at 07:43 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOXnxmlEkY0

slide fail

Posted by Angel of the Surf 02/10/2009 at 07:44 PM

Hiya everyone

I have just been catching up on posts and I'm ok with Canas losing, though I am losing my patience with him but losing 6-7, 5-7 is not too bad at least he didn't get blown off the court by Gooch's big serve.

And I see Chucho is continuing his excellent form by beating Pico, this I am not too happy about. Why couldn't Betfair stream this match instead of Mr Potato Head.

Posted by Sher 02/10/2009 at 07:46 PM

nevermind, found it under 'news' > 'featured stories'

also, Annie: ROFL!

Posted by Rachael 02/10/2009 at 07:47 PM

Sher - I don't think there has been many interviews..
but here is Sampras
http://www.sapopentennis.com/news/News.asp?story_id=265
and Blake
http://www.sapopentennis.com/news/News.asp?story_id=268

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!) 02/10/2009 at 07:49 PM

oh gawd. i have a new habit.

and it aint a good'un.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHn1n0JJiFc&NR=1


Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war 02/10/2009 at 07:49 PM

*waves to Angel*

goodnight, everyone. :)

Posted by Sher 02/10/2009 at 07:50 PM

Thanks again Rachael.

Posted by Sher 02/10/2009 at 07:51 PM

'night jewell. i'm off too, waaay too much stuff to do tonight *sigh*

Posted by Annie 02/10/2009 at 07:51 PM

jewell: i'm crying i've laughed so hard at these silly things. the snow driving one really got me. that HAD to be a hill, no?

Posted by beth 02/10/2009 at 07:55 PM

ouch
that was quite a faceplant
I feel bad about laughing - but -it was just so funny

Posted by beth 02/10/2009 at 07:56 PM

ok - tennis here
can I just say that Haas / Stepanek doubles team is the odd couple of all odd couples

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/10/2009 at 07:58 PM

wow, I get to be doubly nationalistically proud. Gil won today and Gucci too. sweet.

Posted by Angel of the Surf 02/10/2009 at 07:59 PM

Dam I missed saying g'nite to Jewell.

And I see Pico lost boohoo, so congrats to Chuchoo fans.

Posted by Arun 02/10/2009 at 08:00 PM

Rachael: Thnx for those interview links.

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!) 02/10/2009 at 08:01 PM

er, naughty? who the heck is gil?

and beth - i know - i saw haas stepanek and thought - what the hey? definately odd couple from hail.

i just can't see them working well together. i can see them getting into a dual with their rackets - but not playing nicely... :)

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!) 02/10/2009 at 08:02 PM

lol - carillo the hott announcing the dawg show.

i want a puppy.

Posted by Rachael 02/10/2009 at 08:02 PM

since they took a set off Hanley & Kerr I'd say they were playing pretty nicely.

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!) 02/10/2009 at 08:04 PM

oh dear - helen keller just went off the stage..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7INfm99741E&NR=1

must stop this.

er, going to go find food and drink. then i shall concentrate on tennis. really.
oh dear - clown car fail?

Posted by beth 02/10/2009 at 08:05 PM

ok - they won a set
but , just wait for Steps to pull some weird delay tactic
and Tommy to get annoyed - and start whining about towel fluff or having to wait for his partner

I see a potential nightmare here

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/10/2009 at 08:07 PM

JB, Frederico Gil, portuguese who made his first semi last week in Chile

man this is a whole heap of eye candy as well. too good

Posted by Ndesque 02/10/2009 at 08:08 PM

Anyone up for recapping TW's reaction to JJ's thoughts on the Fed? More importantly, what did Samantha Elin have to say? ;)

Posted by Rachael 02/10/2009 at 08:08 PM

or maybe, Steps isn't a complete bastard all of the time. maybe.

Posted by beth 02/10/2009 at 08:12 PM

Rachael - it is always a possibility
but , I think Tommy H would be almost as hard to get along with at times
he's just prettier

Posted by neil in toronto 02/10/2009 at 08:12 PM

.....................................................................
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go caroline wozniaki...or something like that :D

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!) 02/10/2009 at 08:13 PM

mhm - good point rachael. but they're down in the second.

watching fabio fognini. empy stadium. man. you've got to watch these matches and know these guys are putting in the hard miles. man. they could be playing on a court behind the high school.

Posted by Rachael 02/10/2009 at 08:14 PM

ohh there's a Brazil stream??
I'd love to watch Fognini gurn his way out of the top 100.

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!) 02/10/2009 at 08:14 PM

thanks naughty - didn't register that Gil was from Portugal! now i know. :)

Posted by mina 02/10/2009 at 08:16 PM

LOL at nT's last post...

Posted by Rachael 02/10/2009 at 08:18 PM

why is nobody at this tournament?!

Posted by mina 02/10/2009 at 08:18 PM

slide fail is too much!!! ROFL

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/10/2009 at 08:21 PM

LOL neil, perfect precis

or maybe Steps has finally sucked the very marrow of Vaidasova's talent out of her and is now on the hunt for fresh blood.
seems to be working, they go down 6-2 in the second

Posted by Master Ace 02/10/2009 at 08:22 PM

Costa do Sauipe

http://www.channelsurfing.net/watch-wabuk-6.html

Fognini must like Brasilian bagels as Zampieri leads 6-0 in 21 minutes

Posted by neil in toronto 02/10/2009 at 08:23 PM

Thanks naughty..i was worried i was about to have a Humour Fail on my hands !

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/10/2009 at 08:23 PM

Brazillians waxing Italians. Theme of the day.

Posted by Rachael 02/10/2009 at 08:23 PM

uh, actually, from Fab's perspective.. he'll be glad there's a maximum of a hundred people worldwide watching this.
is he injured or something.. barely seen him move so far.

bagel.


ohh there was a particularly satisfying line-sweep just there. I'm jealous.

Posted by mina 02/10/2009 at 08:24 PM

pole vault fail is the worst! can't. stop. laughing.

Posted by Master Ace 02/10/2009 at 08:25 PM

"Posted by Samantha Elin 02/10/2009 @ 4:27 PM

I just went over to the WTA world site and they're reporting Jankovic's replies to Roger's comments about her.How dare Jankovic criticize Roger and say that he needs to concentrate on his own career. He has every right to comment on the state of the women's game. She will never be half the player he's and what he said about her was the truth. Even this tennis blog called her the weakest #1 in the history of the game. JJ has a big mouth, she needs to keep it close and let her racket do the talking. I think what Roger said was right on target. Go Caroline, Scandinavia's#1!"

Ndesque,
This is what the response was as I was waiting for one also. To read other posts, click previous twice and scroll.

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/10/2009 at 08:26 PM

oh Neil I will leave that to others

Posted by tennisesq. 02/10/2009 at 08:26 PM

Avid,
Thanks for the link to the Serena blog! I must check it out more closely when I have the time.

Posted by avid sports fan aka Sigh-Rena *back at work* 02/10/2009 at 08:27 PM

tennisesq. - yes you must. the part I like best is Serena and Common ;-) I thought they were no more an item ;-)

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/10/2009 at 08:28 PM

Rachael my experience of really good looking people is that they expect others to do most of the moving. I guess (not so) Fab is no exception.

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/10/2009 at 08:30 PM

ok Rabbit and Worm pull it out at the end.
Such an unlikely pair I kind of love it

Posted by Ndesque 02/10/2009 at 08:31 PM

MA, thanks!

I'd like to see what questions they asked her. Seems like a journo was trying to set her up, but once she was more than ready to talk some, they piled on the question about Nole.

Posted by Rachael 02/10/2009 at 08:31 PM

he's beautiful, but this is too sadistic even for me.
sigh. bye Fab.

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/10/2009 at 08:39 PM

believe it or not Zampieri has a facebook profile. I wonder if he will accept my friend invitation. LOL

Posted by Samantha Elin 02/10/2009 at 08:39 PM

Ndesque, of course the reporter was trying to set her up and she fell for it. Most players would have said no comment, butn't JJ. This is because she couldn't stand to hear the truth. The truth hurts and Roger put that massage stealer in her place. Roger only said what most people were thinking. Go Caroline, Scandinavia's#1!

Posted by piyush 02/10/2009 at 08:40 PM

Roger Federer is addicted to being the best. He certainly didn't hide this proclivity during the year-end Masters Cup, explaining that when he hears himself introduced as the world No. 2, it sounds foreign.

The elegant Federer had an impregnable game. That was, until Rafael Nadal evolved into a powerhouse and began exposing weaknesses in Federer's artillery, both physical and mental. Now Federer is palpably nervous as to whether he can break the Nadal code and capture a record-tying 14th Grand Slam title.

Is the inequity between them driving Federer crazy? Well, we know for sure he has shed a few tears. Here are 10 essential ingredients Rafael Nadal has that Roger Federer doesn't.

1. Six Grand Slam titles at age 22: Nadal owns trophies from four French Opens, one Wimbledon and an Australian Open. In comparison, Federer's majors tally by age 22 was only half as large as Nadal's: two consecutive Wimbledon trophies and a lone Australian Open crown.

2. French Open champion: If not for Nadal, Federer might own three French Open titles: He has been the runner-up at Roland Garros the past three years. But it is Nadal who owns the clay. He will arrive in Paris in May as the four-time French Open champion, and there isn't a hint that his reign is likely to end.

Paul Crock/AFP/Getty Images

A pensive Roger Federer needs to make drastic moves if he ever dreams of ending Rafa's reign.


3. Olympic singles gold medal: Playing in three Olympic Games (Sydney, Athens and Beijing), the closest Federer came to a medal in singles was a losing performance in the bronze-medal match at the 2000 Sydney Games. It's hard not to imagine it galls Federer -- a gold-star candidate in the sportsmanship department -- that he went home from Beijing this summer with doubles gold while Nadal won the singles title in his first Olympics.

4. Davis Cup champion: Nadal has always considered playing Davis Cup an honor and a top priority. His teenage-hero role in the 2004 final against the U.S. made him front-page news across Spain. An injury kept him out of this year's final win over Argentina, but he was still an integral part of the team. Meanwhile, Federer has cherry-picked his Davis Cup outings, often missing the first round, which often left Switzerland out of contention. Take notice, though, that Federer is now acting with Davis Cup urgency: He has committed to first-round action against the U.S. next month.

5. World No. 1: Federer wants the ranking back, but Nadal's Australian Open victory widened the point gap between the two. Nadal is now a comfortable 3,260 points ahead of Federer.

6. Grand Slam titles on three surfaces: Nadal is the first player since Andre Agassi -- who is one of five men to capture all four Grand Slam trophies -- to win majors on all three surfaces: clay, grass and hard court. Federer's 13 Slams have come on grass and hard courts.

7. Beats the best: Nadal has a winning record against the top seven players: Federer (13-6), Novak Djokovic (10-4), Andy Murray (5-1), Nikolay Davydenko (3-2), Andy Roddick(4-2), Juan Martin del Potro (3-0) and Gilles Simon (3-1). Federer currently has a losing record against Nadal as well as Murray (2-5) and Simon (0-2).

8. Stable coaching relationship: Rafa has Uncle Toni, a career-long mentor who has transformed him into the ultimate competitor. Federer stubbornly insists he understands his game better than anyone, so a full-time coach is unnecessary. He severed his most recent semi-permanent coaching relationship, with Tony Roche, in May 2007. Unheralded Swiss Davis Cup captain Severin Luthi has been with Federer at the past few majors.

9. The French-Queens-Wimbledon trifecta: No man before Nadal had ever won successive titles at the French Open (clay), Queen's Club (grass) and Wimbledon (grass), which he achieved in 2008. Federer has played Queen's only once, in 1999, playing the softer Halle, Germany, tournament in subsequent years.

10. Southpaw advantage: Nadal is blessed with being a lefty, giving him a distinct edge over opponents not as comfortable with the southpaw's spin of the ball. Though Federer has a 61-23 record against lefties in his career, 13 of his 23 losses came against Nadal.

Sandra Harwitt is a freelance tennis writer for ESPN.com

Posted by Rachael 02/10/2009 at 08:41 PM

only one way to find out, naughty.
my friend adds any lower ranker she finds. it is shameless but fantastic.


my scoreboard has broke. why would it does this to me..

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!) 02/10/2009 at 08:41 PM

mhm - fab is staging a comeback. he's decided he does in fact know what do do with that strange instrument in his hand.

Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 08:43 PM

Who is Todd Widom and why is he beating up on Ginep?

Posted by Rachael 02/10/2009 at 08:43 PM

jb - I can show him etc etc

Posted by Master Ace 02/10/2009 at 08:45 PM

Fognini has decided to show up in Costa do Sauipe as he breaks to even the 2nd set at 3 after eating a bagel in the 1st set

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/10/2009 at 08:50 PM

Todd Widom is the antidote to all the beauty in Brazil
just sayin'

Posted by Rachael 02/10/2009 at 08:52 PM

has Ginepri's match finished? I've been stuck on 4-3 for ages.

Posted by Arun 02/10/2009 at 08:52 PM

C1: he's the one who defeated Somdev in the Qualifiers.

Posted by Master Ace 02/10/2009 at 08:54 PM

Widom win match 6-4 in the decider per tennis.com scoreboard

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/10/2009 at 08:54 PM

"it is shameless but fantastic."

that could be my motto


Posted by Rachael 02/10/2009 at 08:56 PM

thanks MA.

the board better rejig when Roddick starts. I'd hate to think how I'd react otherwise.

Posted by Master Ace 02/10/2009 at 08:56 PM

Break point for Zampieri as Fognini FH sails long and breaks as he hits FH passing shot as Fognini was at the net.

Zampieri serving for the match 6-0,5-4

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/10/2009 at 09:00 PM

ai Zampieri blowing his chance to serve out the match

Posted by Master Ace 02/10/2009 at 09:00 PM

0-15 Zampieri volley wide
0-30 Zampieri nets BH passing shot as Fognini hit FH approach
0-40 Zampieri volley wide after low FH by Fognini
Fognini breaks as Zampieri FH sails long

Fognini to serve 0-6,5-all

Posted by Angel of the Surf 02/10/2009 at 09:01 PM

Fabio has great eyebrows. Bad luck to Caio for blowing his chance while serving for the match.

Posted by Rachael 02/10/2009 at 09:03 PM

has anyone got Rod on their SB?
why can't I get mine to rejig?
is this the reward I get for staying up (through pain!) til 2am to scoreboard a first freakin' round Rod match??

Posted by Master Ace 02/10/2009 at 09:05 PM

Zampieri serving to force a 2nd set tiebreak 6-0,5-6 as Fognini holds even though he blew a 40-0 lead


In case of tiebreak:
F = Fabio Fognini
Z = Caio Zampieri

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!) 02/10/2009 at 09:08 PM

holy crap - its POURING in brasil. dang. what a bad time for it to rain. tough for zampieri to come out and serve to stay in the set.

Posted by Master Ace 02/10/2009 at 09:08 PM

Roddick/Ryderstedt match will start in 55-60 minutes to be followed by Fish/Hewitt then the Bryans play Ratiwatanas(Thailand)

Rain delay in Costa do Sauipe

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!) 02/10/2009 at 09:10 PM

rachael - i didn't think andy would start till 7? i think thats still an hour from now, isn't it? its 9 here - and they're 3 hours behin me. so 10, right?

Posted by Angel of the Surf 02/10/2009 at 09:10 PM

Oh now it is raining in Brazil. I guess it is kind of late there, I can't believe the players would have to come out and keep playing this late.

Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 09:10 PM

Rachael: the scoreboard is working now.

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/10/2009 at 09:11 PM

No Rod yet Rachael but at least the Robby match is updated as over.
hmmm rain in Brazil.

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/10/2009 at 09:12 PM

complete bummer for Zampieri

Posted by Rachael 02/10/2009 at 09:13 PM

oh crap. classic case of wrong-time-zone-change.
I thought they were 7 hours behind me.
and I seemed to remember things starting at 2 last year.

aw nuts.

Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 09:19 PM

aww the SAP Open website is featuring Ernie on the front.

Why is this tournament not being streamed for free? Gah.

Gulbis-Roddick should be quality.

Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 09:19 PM

aww the SAP Open website is featuring Ernie on the front.

Why is this tournament not being streamed for free? Gah.

Gulbis-Roddick should be quality.

Posted by Rachael 02/10/2009 at 09:22 PM

crazyone - think Gulbis can take two sets this time?

Posted by Pspace 02/10/2009 at 09:22 PM

Gawd...Rotterdam looks fantastic for tomorrow:

Simon-PEHK, Ferru-Youzhny, Tsonga, Rafa-Bol, and Kolya-Benneteau

Swwwwwweeeeeeeetuh! I might even get a windows system.

Posted by Pspace 02/10/2009 at 09:24 PM

Ernie vs Rod? My my...a defensive battle...will prolly come down to who slices better ;-)

Posted by Master Ace 02/10/2009 at 09:25 PM

Play is about to resume with Zampieri serving 6-0,5-6 against Fognini

Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 09:28 PM

Rachael: prolly not. I'd be surprised if he hits that insane level he hit in the first set at the USO. Gosh, that was a ridiculous set of tennis.

I'm thinking two straight close sets to Roddick. He's too consistent.

And maybe Gulbis will be tired from his unfair doubles match tonight ;)

Pspace: Roddick is the purest defender in tennis, remember?


Posted by Pspace 02/10/2009 at 09:31 PM

c1, yeah, it's true. One of the oddest sights in tennis....Jeez, with a serve like that, he should freak out with his forehand :-(. Anyways, I'm rooting for Andy in this one.

Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 09:31 PM

ok, I am watching this with no sound but this is so adorable and hilarious anyway, it's Ernie acting in his mother's movies as a child:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aB2V4eG20&feature=related

Posted by Master Ace 02/10/2009 at 09:32 PM

Fognini stumbles over the net after he hit volley into the net.

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/10/2009 at 09:32 PM

holy flyin' Fogininis. Volley Fail

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