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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 Pspace 02/10/2009 at 09:34 PM

awww...so cute. It's a real movie? Looks like a home video, except for the outfits (but they're rich folks, yeah?).

Posted by sblily (Gil Reyes KAD) 02/10/2009 at 09:37 PM

c1 - Thanks for link of young Ernie. Such hobbit-y adorableness!

Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 09:38 PM

Pspace, I doubt Latvian films were very high budget--it's clearly not a home video unless the Gulbis family takes to dressing up like it's the 1920s...

he looks pretty much the same except for the hair. hilarious.

I remember reading an interview where he was asked about whether he had acted, and he said, "Yes, I played the son of my mother". So I guess this is the one.

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/10/2009 at 09:40 PM

ernie appears not to have aged at all. Freaky.

Posted by Master Ace 02/10/2009 at 09:43 PM

Zampieri forces the tiebreak at 15

Fognini serving to begin the tiebreak

F 1-0 Zampieri nets BH
F 2-0 Zampieri FH long
F 2-1 Zampieri FH winner on the sideline
F 3-1 Fognini service winner
F 4-1 Zampieri FH return long
F 4-2 Fognini BH return wide
F 5-2 Fognini with the scooper for the winner after point was dictated by Zampieri
F 6-2 Zampieri nets FH return
F 6-3 Fognini nets BH
F 6-4 Fognini nets FH passing shot after FH approach by Zampieri
F 6-5 Zampieri service winner
Fognini wins the set as Zampieri nets FH

Zampieri on serve with Fognini 6-0,6-7(5)

Naughty T,
They showed the replay as Fognini nets volley, stumbles toward the net then to cap it off tumbles over the net and lands on the dirt.


Posted by Pspace 02/10/2009 at 09:43 PM

""takes to dressing up like it's the 1920s""

Ok, I'll take your word for it. I assume you're acquainted with Latvian fashion :-).

Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 09:44 PM

Pspace, somebody provided a translation of the lines, and baby Ernie says it's 1922 in one of them. Plus, yeah, a phonograph and whatnot. Anyway, I'm sure it is a real movie, though not a terribly high-budget one.

Posted by Angel of the Surf 02/10/2009 at 09:45 PM

I've lost my stream from Brazil.

Posted by Master Ace 02/10/2009 at 09:49 PM

2 break points for Fognini

First: Fognini nets squash FH after deep BH by Zampieri
Second: Fognini breaks as Zampieri nets BH

Fognini to serve 0-6,7-6(5),1-0

Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 09:51 PM

Zhulbe on the board for doubles!

The only ATP title he's ever won is in dubs.

Posted by Pspace 02/10/2009 at 09:55 PM

Here's Rafa hitting with the women's wheelchair No. 1:

http://www.downthelinetennis.com/2009/02/video-vault-two-top-ranked-ballers-hit.html

Pretty cool...of course, Rafa's hitting pretty slowly. According to USTA, a wheelchair pro is about the equivalent of a 4.0-level player, which is pretty amazing.

Posted by Pspace 02/10/2009 at 10:00 PM

piyush, it is also possible to post a URL, no? I'd like to hear your thoughts rather than those of some Sandra Harwitt.

Posted by neil in toronto 02/10/2009 at 10:00 PM

epic posting fail...it was there...then it was gone, then it came back double...awesome!

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/10/2009 at 10:04 PM

yes very boring to repost the same thing in its entirety twice, especially now that we are down to 100 posts a thread.

Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 10:05 PM

I just went to her website...it's very clear she has something in common with Rafa.

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

I have no words for this level of passive-aggressiveness.

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

Who do you mean? Harwitt? What does she have in common with Rafa?

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

c1, counterpunching?

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

Pspace, sorry. Esther Vergeer. Her website prominently features her biting on her paralympic gold medal.

Posted by piyush sharma, ottawa, canada 02/10/2009 at 10:11 PM

pspace;

I think, in terms of strokeplay, federer is the greatest ; but he is weak in other aspects; strategy, mental makeup, serve lineup, stress prep;

so overall, he is not better than nadal today;

that damages his record;

also, 2-5 vs murray is not a goat record;

Posted by Master Ace 02/10/2009 at 10:12 PM

Break point for Fognini as he hits FH winner that was set up by deep FH approach and breaks as Zampieri nets FH

Fognini serving for the match 0-6,7-6(5),5-2

Posted by Pspace 02/10/2009 at 10:17 PM

piyush, I'll agree with the middle two bits. He is not better than Nadal today. That damages his record. Murray is prolly irrelevant to his status, unless he emerges as a contender at the slams. Sampras had losing records to some guys (I forget who).

""
but he is weak in other aspects; strategy, mental makeup, serve lineup, stress prep;
""

So, a guy who makes four consecutive GS finals, has 13 slams, is weak in all these things? Seriously? Isn't it possible that Nadal is just an awesome player?

Posted by Master Ace 02/10/2009 at 10:17 PM

15-0 Missed point
30-0 Fognini FH winner
30-15 Fognini FH wide
40-15 Zampieri BH wide
40-30 Zampieri FH winner
Fognini wins the match as he hit FH volley winner

Fabio Fognini defeated Caio Zampieri 0-6,7-6(5),6-2

Posted by Pspace 02/10/2009 at 10:18 PM

c1, hehe, didn't notice that. Seriously, tho'. I mean everyone who gets a Wimby from here on out knows that the trophy has been bitten, ew. I guess it's not much worse than kissing it...maybe a little.

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

oh boo.

I blame Igor.

Posted by Angel of the Surf 02/10/2009 at 10:19 PM

Ok guys I need to get out of here and get some fresh air and sun. I'm off the beach as it is bloody hot. Catch you all soon. Bad luck Caio you had your chance.

Posted by piyush 02/10/2009 at 10:21 PM

guardian, telegraph of uk have some very good articles on the fed rafa rivalry;

most say fed has better strokeplay, versatility, grace and touch than anyone ever but nadal is mentally stronger, strategically organized and consistent and more winnable;

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/10/2009 at 10:24 PM

ah poor Zampieri.

Posted by izidane 02/10/2009 at 10:25 PM

Back for some tennis in my life.

Avid, Thanks for that Ree diary link, hope you're feeling better.

Just saw a pic of Rafa and his new Aston Martin, good for him.
Scoreboard watching for Andy and the Swede, hope it's quick.

Posted by piyush 02/10/2009 at 10:25 PM

there is another good article on eurosport on federer's likely future

Posted by izidane 02/10/2009 at 10:28 PM

Looks like Andy is racing thru' his match.

Posted by izidane 02/10/2009 at 10:30 PM

wth typepad!

Posted by piyush 02/10/2009 at 10:31 PM

pspace;

it will take some time for nadal to prove that he is one of the goats; another 6 slams;

but fed has to prove himself against rafa too

fed cannot have a losing record against nadal-murray-joker and still be called the greatest;

sampras had a winning record against all his competitors;

including agassi, courier, everyone;

yes, if fed beats nadal-joker-murray consistently in slams he will b the goat;

that is also what pete bodo says in his "champion in adversity" on federer

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

Rachael is that you in the kitchen baking??

Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 10:36 PM

izidane, yes, it's quick. Roddick won 25 points to Ryerstedt's 5.

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/10/2009 at 10:36 PM

TypeBad is freaking me out.

Posted by Arun 02/10/2009 at 10:37 PM

eatables.

Posted by Pspace 02/10/2009 at 10:37 PM

I hope this JJ vs Fed battle catches fire. Some extremely entertaining possibilities. Curious to see if a guy can win a war of words with a woman scorned. Prolly not...but goal is for try best, no?

Posted by Rachael 02/10/2009 at 10:40 PM

TypeMad.

Posted by TENNIS.com 02/10/2009 at 10:41 PM

roddick had 0 aces in the first set.

Posted by Pspace 02/10/2009 at 10:42 PM

He's turning into Rafa?

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/10/2009 at 10:42 PM

LOL Zampieri just confirmed my facebook friend request. Guy must have checked his mail before he even had a shower or peed in a cup.
How special do I now feel?

Posted by vetmama 02/10/2009 at 10:45 PM

Wow, that guy actually got a game.
Randy must be slipping.:)

Since I just got great seats for the SAP final, I hope Andy's still in on Sunday.

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/10/2009 at 10:46 PM

stop eating my posts you monstrous thing

Posted by vetmama 02/10/2009 at 10:46 PM

TypeScam

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/10/2009 at 10:47 PM

last
let's see if that works

Posted by Pspace 02/10/2009 at 10:47 PM

TypeSad :-(

Posted by izidane 02/10/2009 at 10:52 PM

Ain't the new stuff a hoot!

Ooo, a contested set in the making.

Posted by Rachael 02/10/2009 at 10:55 PM

naughty - I'm impressed.

vetmama - I'm jealous.

Posted by 02/10/2009 at 10:57 PM

Excuse me, is there any livestream for San Jose ?

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!) 02/10/2009 at 10:58 PM

ooh - how fun vetmama! hopefully andy will be there too!

yawn. dang - i fell asleep and just woke up. as did mr ryderstedt... :)

Posted by Pspace 02/10/2009 at 10:58 PM

It's the Reuben Hidalgo Ramirez strategy. To push a top player, first get bageled, then he loses his focus, and then you start playing. I predict second set to RyderSneakyStedt.

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!) 02/10/2009 at 11:02 PM

mhm - is anyone watching san jose? i'm thinking 40 bucks a tourney is a wee bit too steep for me..

Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 11:02 PM

Zhulbe loses in dubs. Sad face. If he loses in singles I guess he can go concentrate on his acting career.

Wow this Ryerstedt guy...actually won enough points to win him multiple games.


Posted by Joe 02/10/2009 at 11:03 PM

Watch this guys, Federer is really a "tearfull"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZQ7WvxJ-ZU&feature=related

Posted by vetmama 02/10/2009 at 11:03 PM

Hey, Type&^%$# is working again?

Yeah Rachael, I'm excited.
Which obviously means the final will be a thrilling contest between Stepanek and Spadea.

Posted by C Note (FedCupCheering!Ana pwns) 02/10/2009 at 11:03 PM

Are we posting Fail videos?

This one is my favorite, primarily because it's from Serbia and pretty much everything you need to know about Serbia is in this video. Nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, fazes them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2GTPXVDP2Q

I'm sad to report that one of my Serbian posters told me the lady turned out to be really sick and passed away. I'm sure this speaks volumes about me that after I found out I still find it hilarious.

Posted by Rachael 02/10/2009 at 11:04 PM

I reckons I'll buy a San Jose day pass for a Rod/Gulbis stream.
and obviously another if Rod is in the final innit.

Posted by Rachael 02/10/2009 at 11:07 PM

maybe Rod should've spread his breaks out sensibly across the match instead of getting greedy in the first set.

Posted by Juan José 02/10/2009 at 11:07 PM


Samantha at 6:09 was absolutely fantastic. Top 10 best posts ever.

Sammy, I tip my hat to you.

Oh, and I agree with Bismarck in that Jankovic's comments are the sole useful thing she's done so far this year. My hat's off to her, too.

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!) 02/10/2009 at 11:07 PM

yeah rachael - i may spring for the final. but still - i just think its absurdly expensive. and i usually pay for this kind of stuffs. think they're pricing themselves out of hte market m'self.

dang - Andy best win, preferably soon so i can sleep.

Posted by Pspace 02/10/2009 at 11:08 PM

""I'm sure this speaks volumes about me that after I found out I still find it hilarious.""

Erm...me too. I'm disappointed in myself.

Posted by Rachael 02/10/2009 at 11:09 PM

really jb, you find it that expensive?

huh, a fiver to watch my favourite? sign me up every time.
I have a credit card for a reason.

Posted by vetmama 02/10/2009 at 11:10 PM

Was just reading the comments under the "Staying Conscious Fail", someone said the following:

"She had intracerebral hemorrhage and died @ the show. r.i.p."

:-/

Posted by vetmama 02/10/2009 at 11:13 PM

I think the seated woman's response is priceless. She doesn't even flinch.

Posted by Pspace 02/10/2009 at 11:13 PM

vetmama, I might not trust someone named Roflmfaoftw :-).

Posted by vetmama 02/10/2009 at 11:14 PM

Okay, Type%^&*( is feeling hungry again.

Arggh.

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!) 02/10/2009 at 11:18 PM

40 bucks for the tourney - yes. since for 70 we get the masters and more for a year... its all in proportion, so yes. oh and wimby is 25 i think.

i'm being a consciencious objector and refusing to pay the 40. delray beach is the same thing.

Posted by jb (pfft typead!) 02/10/2009 at 11:20 PM

sigh - why is typepad eating pots?

Posted by Bismarck 02/10/2009 at 11:21 PM

hey. i´m back. but prolly now everyone is slowly leaving cause most of the tennis is over, no?

Posted by avid sports fan *time for pain killers* 02/10/2009 at 11:21 PM

izidane - you are welcom and thank you :) I am good now.

Congrats to Rachael, Budour and all RAndy fans :) But how did he go from feeding a bagel to needing a TB ;-)

Posted by izidane 02/10/2009 at 11:22 PM

This is weird.
Anywho, weird win for Andy too, but his opponent will feel better for that 2nd set.
I might spring fro some tickets if/when Andy makes the final, or semis.

Posted by jb (pfft typead!) 02/10/2009 at 11:22 PM

well, congrats to andy. and to michael for making a match of the second set.

and on that note - i'm going to sleep. since typepad is refusing to play nicely. :(

Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 11:22 PM

I dunno, it's tough. Roddick-Gulbis...I may give in and buy that. Probably not though, because it could turn out to be really dull.

Posted by greenhopper 02/10/2009 at 11:23 PM

What up, people?

I'm just back from watching 3 doubles matches and a couple of practice sessions for $0. Dubs has no respect.

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/10/2009 at 11:25 PM

congrats Rachael and err coms to all Ryderstedt fahhhahahaahahns. sorry i can't even type that in all seriousness.

Posted by Rachael 02/10/2009 at 11:25 PM

jb - I guess. but this is the type of tourney where really, you only need to pay if you hardcore want to watch one/some of the guys.
I don't expect all the smaller tourneys to be giving it away. Brazil can't even fill their stands. I don't mind paying if I want to watch.

though I guess I'm not entirely in perspective money+tennis-wise.
(I spent a good £1000 or so getting tickets for Queen's/Notts last year, and was planning on buying even more for Queen's this year until the terrible dictatorship took over. I'll pay owt me.)


so a bagel and a breaker.
spectacular.

since I probably fell asleep about four hours ago, time to make it official and go to bed.

Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 11:34 PM

greenhopper, any stories?


Posted by vetmama 02/10/2009 at 11:38 PM

greenhopper

Do you have any inside scoop on watching at San Jose?
I'm going on Sunday. Do you think it's worth going a couple hours early to cruise practice courts? Can you even get into the practice courts?

Posted by 02/10/2009 at 11:38 PM

...

Posted by Bismarck 02/10/2009 at 11:39 PM

greenhopper,
did you see my shoutout from the other day?
i watched the CTB of the melo/sa vs BELLUCCI/prieto match on the stream.
team thomaz saved five nonconsecutive MPs before they won 15-13.
and there were about 4 people in the stands watching.
it was almost creepy to follow a match on a stream for which obviously no one cared in costa d. s.
despite three brazilians on court.

Posted by greenhopper 02/10/2009 at 11:40 PM

vetmama! no, the practice courts are a no go. They let people in only days there are doubles matches and sadly, that ends tomorrow.
Have a fantastic time on Sunday. Do you have good seats?

Posted by greenhopper 02/10/2009 at 11:45 PM

crazyone: I got a few photos on your boy. He's absolutely adorable in person.

About the actual tennis,
- he was pretty cheerful early on.
- served amazingly well.
- the dude has to hit the ball back to the other side of the net after he misses a shot. he just HAS to.

Kunitsyn's service was a bit shaky, but his groundstrokes were pretty good. Ernie got pissed serving at 3-5 in the 2nd second, 'cos he missed a couple of returns in the previous game. So was basically just blasting his serves and they fell all over the place. I don't think I saw a single 1st serve during that game. So yea, he lost his cool and lost his service game. But at least one seeded pair survived today.

Posted by vetmama 02/10/2009 at 11:46 PM

Yeah, baseline boxseats (sect 109, 10th row)
Should be pretty good, or they better be for that much money...

Posted by greenhopper 02/10/2009 at 11:46 PM

Forrealz, Bismarck? Such a shame about the crowd.
Was it a good match?

I saw Steps/Haas from late in the 1st set today. Steps was pretty good, but Haas totally stole the show.

Posted by greenhopper 02/10/2009 at 11:47 PM

Baseline box is the best thing there is. Enjoy!

C Note will be there for the final.
I'm going to the stadium again on Friday & Sat. nights.
Sideline box for me.

Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 11:50 PM

thanks, greenhopper! I think he also asks for the ball when he makes a particularly good shot as well.

I wonder what he's going to bring to the table against Roddick.

speaking of adorable, I'm going to post it again due to the silliness of pagination, just makes me laugh so much:

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


Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 11:52 PM

I can't believe Lleyton's out of the top 100 now.


Posted by greenhopper 02/10/2009 at 11:54 PM

aww, thanks for posting that, crazyone.

Posted by avid sports fan *time for pain killers* 02/10/2009 at 11:56 PM

greenhopper - Nice report :)

Posted by greenhopper 02/11/2009 at 12:00 AM

Hutchins's serves like he's a ballerina waiting to dance. I kept giggling through most of the first set. And the dude sweats so much, in an indoor, relatively cold hall.
Huss is more obscure than Kolya. I didn't even notice him for a long time. :-\

Posted by crazyone 02/11/2009 at 12:00 AM

*Hutchins's serves like he's a ballerina waiting to dance.*

like PEHK?


Posted by Bismarck 02/11/2009 at 12:01 AM

*I can't believe Lleyton's out of the top 100 now.*

sad face.


*Was it a good match?*
well, it was dubs, you know? ;)
couple of good points i´d say. and very close. but without any spectators whatsoever it felt so ... obscure. and meaningless.
empty stands really take away from the atmosphere of matches. they always seem kinda flat even if they aren´t.

how was your nishikori in real life? as glorious as you thought him to be?

Posted by greenhopper 02/11/2009 at 12:01 AM

He kept his eyes open though.

Posted by izidane 02/11/2009 at 12:03 AM

Avid!:)

It is depressing to see Lleyton's ranking this low..this is a tough 1st match for both of them.

Posted by avid sports fan aka "Sigh-Rena" *all good now :)* 02/11/2009 at 12:05 AM

izidane - :)

Posted by Pspace 02/11/2009 at 12:06 AM

Even among the "hard-core" tennis fans, there are only 2 who care about doubles? The end is nigh.

Posted by avid sports fan aka 02/11/2009 at 12:06 AM

For those interested channelsurfing.net may have a link for Paris tomorrow.

Posted by greenhopper 02/11/2009 at 12:07 AM

Nishikori is totally adorable.
The first thing I thought when I saw him was, "he's so tinnnyyyy."
I mean, *really* tiny. He's like a kid. But then, he IS a kid. So...

He rarely lifts his head up outside of rallies. I got this hilarious shot of him going back to dipping his head, after he left a bh return off a let call go.
And he wore a watch with red straps.

He was pretty cheerful after his win though.

Posted by izidane 02/11/2009 at 12:11 AM

Good to know you're doing well. Thank the heavens for pain pills.

Mardy/Lleyton might go 3 sets.

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