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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 mina 02/11/2009 at 03:24 AM

So I sort of lean towards the idea that Federer deserves some extra credit for his three-slam years.

well,i'm no uber Fedfan but if anybody dares to belittle the 3 slams a year performances i would gladly conk them in the head 3 ways til sunday! LOL

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 02/11/2009 at 03:25 AM

I'm not actually too bothered about the points...makes me feel like a very bad fan, LOL. I AM pleased that Rafa will have a proper long time as no. 1 in the record books, whatever happens now. I would rather he sacrificed ranking points for longevity (I realise it hasn't quite come to that yet, LOL).

And I kind of hope he doesn't exhaust himself during the clay season, to give him extra spring for the autumn. No Olympics should give him some extra rest periods on last year, which will be nice too.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 02/11/2009 at 03:27 AM

Mina Federer record is awesome full stop.Though the thing people Have to remember there are players now who have caught up to him.Nothing remains Stat.There is now a more even Playing Field in some repects.

Posted by Rosangel 02/11/2009 at 03:30 AM

I think Rafa can win the US Open. Of course, if/when it happens, I'll expect to see the argument that the DecoTurf II was slowed down to suit him.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 02/11/2009 at 03:31 AM

LOL Rosangel.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 02/11/2009 at 03:31 AM

Well with the New playing schedule the players have to think carefully regarding the schedule,the new points system etc.The onus is on them and their coaches,trainers to look at this.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 02/11/2009 at 03:32 AM

Rosangel I have my people slowing it down as we speak LOL!

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 02/11/2009 at 03:34 AM

*off to work*

Bye, everyone. :)

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 02/11/2009 at 03:35 AM

Also the no 1 players always get Cup Cake draws dont they? lol!

Posted by mina 02/11/2009 at 03:36 AM

LOL at the slowing of DecoturfII... i wonder how that's to be accomplished... modifying the polymers of the surface just to see a certain spaniard take it? LOL but hey, stranger things have happened...

and i dont buy the 'weak era that's why Fed took so many slams' crap, just for the record. :)

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 02/11/2009 at 03:40 AM

Well Rod Laver thinks Rafa can win a golden slam?

Anyway with that I have to drive back to the Central Coast for tomorrows interview

Wishing Rafa well in his first match at Rotterdam,probably slowed down the court for the No 1 Player in the world! Gee as they should lol!

Bye for Now!

Posted by mina 02/11/2009 at 03:54 AM

haha, cupcake for no.1's!!! yes that's what it's called when you have MAndy, Jo, Gilles in your draw...oh ok, i'll give them Roko if they give me what's his name Fed played in the first round... :)

bye AM!

Posted by mina 02/11/2009 at 03:56 AM

um, bye jewell. i'm off too...

Posted by C Note 02/11/2009 at 04:28 AM

Baby E has announced her new coach: American Craig Kardon.

He'll be joining her in Dubai. I'm excited. Sounds like a great fit on paper.

Posted by lira vega 02/11/2009 at 04:49 AM

Just read that, C Note. Sounds like a good choice for her considering his previous disciples. Hopefully she's ready for a full time coach now.

BTW, that woman that fainted is not dead. I remember some interview with her after the incident and I think it turned out she was pregnant. She was pissed off at those two for not helping her, though.

Posted by gauloises 02/11/2009 at 04:56 AM

Good for Ana for manning up and taking charge of the situation. I hope it works out for her.

Posted by C Note 02/11/2009 at 04:59 AM

I'm really optimistic. Good timing too, as they'll have a few months to get used to each other and work on her game before RG. I like that he coached Mary Pierce and Lindsay (two players AI gets compared to all the time) but I hope he doesn't take away from her finesse game.

And yes, she has a finesse game. Gah.

Posted by gauloises 02/11/2009 at 05:06 AM

I hope so too. I miss Ana's old game.

Posted by gauloises 02/11/2009 at 06:06 AM

...... *tumbleweed*

Posted by Samantha Elin 02/11/2009 at 06:23 AM

I think the only reason why JJ made those negative comments about Roger, a 13 time GS champion where she compared him unfavorably to Nadal who she said was a role model to everyone as if Roger isn't, is to get attention since she's no longer world's #1. This is a girl who would do anything to get it, remember when she changed her underwear on court and after her last years loss against Sharapova, she complained that she was popping so many pills that she didn't want to end up like Heath Ledger. What a horrible thing to say about someone who died so prematurely. Her sensitivity button isn't very high when you consider Ledger was very young and left a little 2 year old daughter. Again, she needs to consider the feelings of others, but she doesn't because she's so self centered. Like she said, "I concentrate on myself." We know, we know. Sorry, but I think Roger is a much better role model then her because he gives back to the poor in S.Africa. She has no right to question if he's a good role model when she's certainly not one. I'm looking forward to Valentine day and hopefully we'll get a special post on it like we did last year. Go Caroline, Scandinavia's#1!

Posted by gauloises 02/11/2009 at 06:28 AM

I cannot be bothered to press 'next' any more.

Posted by Angel of the Surf 02/11/2009 at 06:58 AM

Hiya everyone

It is still stinking hot in my part of the world.

Posted by Angel of the Surf 02/11/2009 at 07:00 AM

am welcome back I hope everything is ok with you and your family.

Posted by Angel of the Surf 02/11/2009 at 07:06 AM

I see Simon beat Triple P in straight sets. Jackie will be happy.

Posted by gabriela valentina 02/11/2009 at 07:11 AM

oh naughty t!! at 5:53 or some time about then...my first guffw of the day! thank you..

I see the ominous words Previous/Next on the lower left hand corner of the screen.Woe! Is it final then? Are we never to return to the perma-scroll format?

oh,excuse me.and greetings to all!

Posted by gauloises 02/11/2009 at 07:33 AM

It's like Egg vs. Sorbet in Paris atm ... and Sorbet just missed a set point.

Go three, girls.

Posted by Angel of the Surf 02/11/2009 at 07:35 AM

Hiya GV you haven't been around for about a week hope life is good.

Posted by Angel of the Surf 02/11/2009 at 07:37 AM

gauloises who is egg and sorbet. BTW I love sorbet.

Posted by gauloises 02/11/2009 at 07:37 AM

Patty's husband/coach looks so disreputable.

Posted by gauloises 02/11/2009 at 07:39 AM

Hi Angel, hope you're well.

Schnyder in yellow and white vs. Bondarenko in orange, pink and white. Maybe it's because I'm hungry, but it struck me as Egg vs. Sorbet.

Posted by Samantha Elin 02/11/2009 at 07:39 AM

To moderator, I think it would be great if we had a Valentine blog, where everyone could tell about their boyfriend, girlfriend, wife, husband and their favorite Valentine holiday. I think that would be very cool or we could give advice out like we did a couple of years ago here. I love that.

Posted by Angel of the Surf 02/11/2009 at 07:39 AM

Mischa has just broken Ferru, the big ? can he hold his own serve.

Posted by gauloises 02/11/2009 at 07:40 AM

TB!

Seriously, this match is kind of fun.

Posted by Angel of the Surf 02/11/2009 at 07:42 AM

Oh no not a Valentine's Day blog. I am going to see Jose Gonzalez then a friends birthday on that day.

Posted by gauloises 02/11/2009 at 07:43 AM

Surely if there's a Valentine's Day post then anyone who actually has a boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife will have better things to do than post on it?

Posted by temes 02/11/2009 at 07:44 AM

Hello!

Serena playing in a few moments...

Posted by Angel of the Surf 02/11/2009 at 07:45 AM

well put gauloises then the people who don't have anyone won't feel so left out.

Posted by gauloises 02/11/2009 at 07:47 AM

Schnyder beats Bondarenko, for the first time in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6.

Seriously, that was fun. Now I need to make a sandwich before Serena.

Posted by Samantha Elin 02/11/2009 at 07:48 AM

Angel, it was a lot of fun, people wrote in about problems and quesstions about their relationships and Pete and the TW gang answered their questions. Some of the stuff was really funny. I love Valentine day and go out for it, Chocolates, flowers and Victoria Secrets. I usually get all three and its my second favorite holiday after Christmas. Lot more gifts on Christmas so I like that better. Anyway, I'm sure you would love a Valentine blog.

Posted by Samantha Elin 02/11/2009 at 07:51 AM

Gauloises, the post usually came before the actual Valentine day, anyway I love it. Good luck to Serena, she needs the points to maintain the #1 status.

Posted by Angel of the Surf 02/11/2009 at 07:52 AM

Mischa takes the first set against Ferru. I like both players so I don't care who wins.

Posted by Master Ace 02/11/2009 at 07:57 AM

Serena Williams match against Iveta Benesova is about to begin with Serena serving.

*wish I was at home attempting to catch a link and not at the day job where links are banned*

Posted by Mike 02/11/2009 at 07:58 AM

Players with a winning record against Pete Sampras (min. 3 games)...

Sergi Bruguera 3-2

Paul Haarhuis 3-1

Lleyton Hewitt 5-4

Richard Krajicek 6-4

Marat Safin 4-3

Michael Stitch 5-4

Are Rafa and Murray the only active players to have a winning record against Fed? ... does anyone still have a winning record against Rafa?

Posted by Master Ace 02/11/2009 at 08:01 AM

Mike,
Dominik Hrbaty 2-1 against Roger.

Posted by marie j vamos rafa down under ! 02/11/2009 at 08:02 AM

usually i don't weight too much in the GOAT discussion, because the guys are still playing the game, you don't know what will come next, after fed won the master cup in 2007, he was due to win the golden slam, remember ? all the odds were in his favor, despite his RG reccord... but the thing he dosn't play alone, he faces a lot of guys willing to improvre their games, that's how it works.

things move fast, new players come in, more guy mature their games and mentallity between 20 and 24, injuries can change the carreer of anyone, like for kuerten, now hewitt.
nothing last forever and nothing can be taken for granted, not even RG for rafa, because it's just when you think you can relax a bit because you have allready achieved a lot and you don't see who can possibly gives you a run for you money that it's not going to happen, things can turn out fast, we have seen it in the past, and will see it in the future.

as for fed, until rafa came up in the scene and after establishing himself as numero 2, fed had a winning reccord against the top field until the end of 2007, minus caƱas i believe, that's was ultra domination, no ?
so to count him out because he no longuer has a winning record because rafa, murray and some guys like simon improved a lot during the last season, doesn't seem fair to me, and appart rafa, no one beat him at a slam appart djokovic once, the guy is still a mountain to climb for most of the top competition guys, ask roddick.
i only agree to a certain point, having a losing record against your best foe, aka rafa, in grand slams, and grand slams only can be taken as : hey how the best guy can't beat this one ? is he worty to the goat status ? for me, it's still YES ! some may disagree, but the question is fair to ask.

well for me the answer is simple, fed and rafa are in the same league of winning in grand slams and they are both worthy to be goaties at the end of their carreers, if fed had an edge over rafa on grass and hc, rafa has catch up with it, they are both even, and for me fed has a superior game on hc, he just fail to executed it in their AO final. so it's going to come to a mental thing between them for the rest of their carreers, and they will play more exciting 5 setters hopefully ;-)

the question most important to me, it's how fed will cope with this heartbreaking loss at the AO ? after wimby he seemed not focusing 100% on tournaments because he lost the edge over rafa by a tiny margin at Wimby, only the olympics at the prospect of the USO allowed him to bounce back pretty fast. right now the prospects look a lot different, a win at IW or miami are not going to heal his wound.
now he faces a long period of hc and clay season before getting ready for the grass which remains his priority number one, i see tough times for fed because fed exposed his vulnerability on a top stage. you can't afford to look vulnerable on a tennis court these days for whatever reason, it gives an edge ans a little boost of confidence to the other guy, imo.

winning when you are on a roll makes you great, winning when you find a bit down hill make you the greatest, imo. that's why i think this season is going to become one of the greatests and most interrestings to whatch on the fed side.

vamos rafa anyway !

Posted by rafadoc 02/11/2009 at 08:03 AM

Mike...the only one I know with a winning record against Rafa is James Blake 3-2...that is just off the top of my head though. Thanks for the Sampras record...seems no one had a huge record against him, for sure.

Posted by Samantha Elin 02/11/2009 at 08:04 AM

Wanted to comment on poor Ana who I think is the sweetest girl in the WTA. I think the clear problem has been the serve. If you don't have a serve then it throws off your entire game because the serve sets up the points. The thing that I notice she's doing different from last year is putting her head down before the service motion is over, Venus used to do this which resulted in DF. Her confidence is also suffering which is a shame because I think she's the best Serbian player in the WTA when she's at her best. I'm glad she's taking charge with the new coach. Good luck to her.

Posted by lira vega 02/11/2009 at 08:04 AM

I was impressed with how Alona was holding up against Patty trying to bamboozle her with all those spins and slices and angles and just when I thought she may have decided to put her headcasiness aside for today, she goes on and loses 6 straight points (most, if not all of those with UEs, of course) from being 2-0 up in the tiebreak. Oh well, girl's got a reputation to keep.
Some nice rallies though, especially one of 20+ strokes at 4-all, BP for Patty that finished with Alona's pick up volley. They seemed fairly evenly matched in that second half of the 2nd set.

Serena and Benesova warming up, Sugiyama withdrew, replaced by Rezai.

Posted by temes 02/11/2009 at 08:05 AM

How exciting! Wonderful to see Serena have that n.1 player aura around her again. She's obviously had amazing results last year and this year.

Posted by Angel of the Surf 02/11/2009 at 08:09 AM

Ferru has come back in the 2nd set and is leading 4-0.

Posted by Rosangel 02/11/2009 at 08:12 AM

Dominik Hrbaty has a winning record against both Rafa and Federer. 3-1 and 2-1 respectively. One of his wins over Rafa came on a retirement, and they haven't played since 2005. The two wins over Federer came in 2000 and 2004 - good wins, because both in Masters Series events, but not relevant to current form.

Posted by Rosangel 02/11/2009 at 08:17 AM

Also, Gilles Simon is currently 2-0 against Federer.

Posted by temes 02/11/2009 at 08:18 AM

Serena playing wonderfully...

Posted by Master Ace 02/11/2009 at 08:24 AM

Serena must have an early dinner date leading 5-1.

Posted by temes 02/11/2009 at 08:26 AM

Serena is really solid, although Iveta is playing just terribad.

Posted by Master Ace 02/11/2009 at 08:26 AM

19 minutes for Serena at 6-1.

Temes,
How is Serena looking?

Posted by temes 02/11/2009 at 08:29 AM

MA, Serena is lookin extremey good. As good as in the AO final, in fact. Iveta isn't exactly making is hard for her with her errors, though.

Posted by Samantha Elin 02/11/2009 at 08:29 AM

Wow, looks like Serena is delivering another beatdown. She looks like she's ready for Elena. She needs to bring her best against Demmy and looks like she's preparing for it.

Posted by temes 02/11/2009 at 08:32 AM

Humm now her level dropped a bit...

Posted by Master Ace 02/11/2009 at 08:33 AM

Samantha Elin and Temes,
As I said yesterday or Monday, if Serena wins Paris or Dubai, the WTA contenders are in for a long year as Serena may dominate 2009.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war 02/11/2009 at 08:33 AM

Hey everyone.

Just saw Hewitt lost - sadness.

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/11/2009 at 08:39 AM

oh i seem to have miraculously arrived at the end under my own steam.
I must be the only person that loves that dress, though it is not very telgenic unless in close up. Serena looks altogether scary good.
Benesova looks completely mortified every time she has to serve.

aaah now i weigh in Serena is working on df's and getting broken again.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war 02/11/2009 at 08:39 AM

Hee - how about simultaneous WTA and ATP Calender Slams? I would like to see that.

or either, separately. :)

Posted by Fabio 02/11/2009 at 08:40 AM

Hi all from Italy! First timer here, but I read you all every day!

Posted by sokol 02/11/2009 at 08:42 AM

Misha got the break in the third. I hope he can win against Ferrer. It's been a long time. Davai, Misha.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war 02/11/2009 at 08:43 AM

Hey Fabio, welcome. :)

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/11/2009 at 08:45 AM

Hey Fabio.
jewell and MA, this Serena looks capable of anything really.

Posted by Fabio 02/11/2009 at 08:45 AM

Wow. Karlovic just managed to lose even after serving 25 aces in a 3 sets match. How did Llodra manage 3 breaks against him??

Posted by temes 02/11/2009 at 08:46 AM

Iveta improves, Serena will have to work harder now...

Posted by Fabio 02/11/2009 at 08:47 AM

Btw, thanks for the warm welcome!

Posted by sokol 02/11/2009 at 08:47 AM

"Karlovic just managed to lose even after serving 25 aces in a 3 sets match. How did Llodra manage 3 breaks against him??"

mistery...

Posted by temes 02/11/2009 at 08:48 AM

I really love the way Serena is hitting, it looks relaxed, solid and balanced when she's confident instead of awkward and tight.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war 02/11/2009 at 08:48 AM

Karlovic lost to Llodra? How strange!

I like Serena in dominant mood.

Posted by Master Ace 02/11/2009 at 08:54 AM

Fabio,
Welcome to TW. Any local reaction to Flavia behaviour this weekend to the chair umpire?

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/11/2009 at 08:57 AM

Just as long as you don't give us the finger Fabio!!! We know what you Italians are like with your passion and heat of the moment. ;)

Posted by Lila 02/11/2009 at 08:58 AM

Are there any livestreams for Rotterdam? I hope to catch the rafa game.

Posted by temes 02/11/2009 at 08:59 AM

Too many errors now from Rena, and her shots are too short...

Posted by temes 02/11/2009 at 09:08 AM

Excellent tennis from Serena overall, really high quality, Iveta was playing really well in the second set too.

I really hope Serena can stay injury free for a loooong time.

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/11/2009 at 09:08 AM

beautiful way to end the match for Serena. Nice the way she just tightens the screw when she needs to.

Posted by Fabio 02/11/2009 at 09:09 AM

Master Ace: heh, I should have seen this one coming!

Mixed, really. I'm so happy, obviously, that our girls are doing well, but that "thing" casts a shadow over everything. Local papers don't mention it, they just say there was a verbal exchange between Flavia and the Umpire. There's no (or very little) mention of the "gesture".

Posted by Rosangel 02/11/2009 at 09:09 AM

Llodra is the defending champ in Rotterdam - perhaps it's inspired him today.

Posted by greenhopper 02/11/2009 at 09:10 AM

Argh. Ferru lost to BleedingHead Youzhny.
This is insane.

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

oh, Serena is sick. Coughing and very bunged up.
poor love.
Aah and speaking sweet French. Has an apartment in Paris. Who knew??
Says the French are "no nonsense".. again .. who knew??

Posted by Fabio 02/11/2009 at 09:11 AM

I agree Llodra win was not surprising. It's just that I looked at the aces in the stats and thought "wow"...

Ferrer just lost to Youzhny. That's a bit less expected.

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/11/2009 at 09:13 AM

by the way, I am loving the claim made earlier on this thread that "statistics don't lie"

Posted by Fabio 02/11/2009 at 09:13 AM

naughty, relax, I'm not going to give the finger to anyone... much less on the very first day I'm here ;)

Posted by alex 02/11/2009 at 09:14 AM

Rosangel -

But what do you do with a guy like Karlo - 25 aces in a match that didn't even stretch to tie breaks and Llodra still beats him. Must be pretty disheartening for the guy, I mean what's he going to do when his srve's not firing and he's up against rafa?

Posted by Fabio 02/11/2009 at 09:15 AM

alex, that was exactly my thought too

Posted by greenhopper 02/11/2009 at 09:16 AM

welcome, Fabio.
You have nay favourite players?

Posted by Angel of the Surf 02/11/2009 at 09:16 AM

Congrats to Mischa and bad luck to the honey badger. Sorry Jenni.

Posted by Fabio 02/11/2009 at 09:17 AM

greenhopper, Federer, of course!

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/11/2009 at 09:17 AM

actually I am all for a bit of virtual finger giving Fabio. hehe.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 02/11/2009 at 09:17 AM

too lazy to click through...sorry!

Posted by Angel of the Surf 02/11/2009 at 09:17 AM

Typepad why don't you get some proper food and stop eating my posts.

Posted by alex 02/11/2009 at 09:17 AM

Hi Fabio -

Great minds ...:)

Posted by Fabio 02/11/2009 at 09:19 AM

I have to say I never particularly liked reading typepadded forums. Now that I also write, it's even worse...

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/11/2009 at 09:20 AM

aaaaaaaah Fabio, there you go, that is the best fingering we have seen in ages.
you will never get flipped off by me.

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/11/2009 at 09:22 AM

I am loving the match up of names in Rotterdam
Jesse Huta Galung v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Lovely, sonorous.

Posted by Fabio 02/11/2009 at 09:23 AM

naughty, sorry I don't get it. You know, I'm not so good at english, even if it doesn't seem so... ;) And I'm warning you, this _will_ happen again! :)

Posted by ptenisnet 02/11/2009 at 09:23 AM

Jesse Huta Galung vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

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